Wednesday, August 6, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Noida Board okays 12 pc hike in land rates
Parmindar Singh

Noida, August 5
The 117th Board meeting of Noida has approved the proposal to hike the rates of residential and industrial plots. This time, the hike is an across the board 12 per cent for all categories. It may be recalled that the authority had hiked the rates up to 25 per cent at the board meeting in July but had to beat a hasty retreat following a public outcry. Now, it has given the nod to the new rates of Rs 15,700 per sq m for `A’ category sectors and Rs 11,200 for `B’ category sectors. For `C’ and `D’ category sectors, the rates of residential plots have been fixed at Rs 6,750 and Rs 5,050, respectively. In `D’ category, the rate of Rs 3,300 has been enhanced to Rs 3,700 per sq m.

According to Dr Om Prakash, CEO of Noida, in all 14 proposals had been placed in the board meeting, of which the most important one related to the hike in rates of plots.

It may be recalled that the earlier rate of Rs 3,300 was hiked to Rs 4,100 per sq m for ‘D’ category sectors in the board meeting last month, but the proposal had to be withdrawn in view of public protest. Now, the rate has been hiked to Rs 3,700 per sq m, an increase of 12 per cent.

The rates of industrial plots have also been enhanced to Rs 5,250 in phase 1, Rs 1,250 in phase 11 and Rs 2,200 in phase III. Dr Om Prakash disclosed that the rates of institutional plots have been fixed at Rs 3,700 per sq m.

The board also approved the construction of the Noida Tower in the Administrative Building complex in Sector 25-A for which 10 acres have already been allotted.

The proposal to construct the Gateway City in Sector 94 on 100 acres has also been approved by the board. This city will be of international standards.

Another residential sector on a 120-acre plot will be developed in Sector 124, which has been dubbed the Builder’s City. Approval has also been accorded to the industrial Hi-Tech City in Sectors 137 and 138.

The Noida Board has also approved the proposals for setting up the NRI City, the IT City, the Bio-Tech City, the Medical City and the International Mall-cum-Commercial Hub.


Lid off land grab and the huge compensation
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 5
Over 140 bighas of village samaj land of Gojha in Sector 93 here was illegally allotted to certain persons who were later paid compensation worth crores of rupees when the Noida administration acquired the same. All the beneficiaries are residents of New Delhi.

Even the land acquisition was dubious, alleges area panchayat member Indirawatti Devi, who has lodged her complaint with Meerut Divisional Commissioner N. S. Ravi.

The Divisional Commissioner has now ordered Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate Venketeshwar Lu to inquire into the matter.

Ms Indirawatti Devi, in her written complaint, says that the village samaj land has been registered vide Khasra Nos 36, 86, 90, 215, 222, 224, 254, 518, 524, 635, 657 and 689. Nobody can misappropriate any land on which government roads or drains exist. The aforesaid, she says, is a clear case of land grabbing by the mafia in connivance with the tehsil and district officials.

She has further alleged that the ex-gram pradhan and a few outsiders had conspired to allot this land illegally. Significantly, none of the villagers is involved in the fraud and all those who have grabbed the land are neither residents of UP nor have any legal claim to it, she alleges.

Most of the beneficiaries are residents of Okhla in Delhi. Ali Azhar, son of Akhtar, has thus got over four bighas; Abid Asmer, son of Mohd Tahir, and Ashique Ali, son of Abid Ali, got four bighas each; Iqram, son of Abdul, two bighas; Nai Mulla four bighas; and Ijaz Ahmed three bighas while Tehmat, son of Abdulla, got five bighas of land, among others.

The wrongful allotment and the fictitious acquisition of the land by the Noida administration has caused a loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer, the panchayat member says. The ‘allottees’ have already received the compensation. This, she says, was done with the connivance of tehsil and district level officials.

Accepting Ms Indirawatti Devi’s letter as the basis of the complaint, Divisional Commissioner N. S. Ravi has ordered that the probe be conducted by a senior district level (ADM) officer who must submit his report within a fortnight, it is learnt.


Man ostracised in rape case found dead with noose around neck

Bhiwani: A member of a family, ostracised by villagers following a rape-cum-murder case two years ago, was found dead in mysterious circumstances at his house in Charkhi village yesterday. It is learnt that the deceased, identified as Ranbir, had come to meet his relatives and a panchayat was called yesterday on the issue. The villagers are tight-lipped, but assume that it is a case of murder.

It may be recalled that a married woman, identified as Sunita, was raped and murdered allegedly by a youth of the same village two years back. The panchayat had then ordered the eviction of the family of the accused and a complete boycott. In compliance, the accused and his family shifted to another place. Ranbir came to the village on Sunday to meet his relatives. The villagers decided to convene a panchayat to take further action, following his entry into the village. But, Ranbir was found dead on the charpoi in his house, which had been locked for the last two years, yesterday morning. His neck was ensnared in a noose, which was hooked to a nail in the wall. The police brought the body to the civil hospital, where a medical board of three doctors performed the post-mortem examination. The police investigation is on. OC


Sarna faction keeping its support to BJP under wraps
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, may have extended “unconditional support” to the Delhi unit of the BJP in the forthcoming Assembly poll but the pro-Sarna members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) seems to think otherwise.

The Delhi Akali Dal, which had swept the committee elections last year under the leadership of DSGMC chief Paramjit Singh Sarna, has been opposing the merger of the party with the Delhi unit of the SAD headed by Badal loyalist Avtar Singh Hit.

The much-expected merger between the two Akali factions in Delhi — on the day Mr Badal and re-elected SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra were jointly honoured at Delhi BJP chief Madal Lal Khurana’s home last week — failed to take place because Mr Sarna and his men chose to stay away.

Mr Sarna, the president of the DSGMC, is considered close to the Congress. Sources said that Mr Tohra did not evince much interest in the merger of the two factions in Delhi even as a senior SAD leader from Punjab requested him to persuade Mr Sarna to dissolve his party.

The Sarna faction says it has kept all its political options open and that its support would depend upon which of the two parties — the BJP or the Congress — offers more concessions to the Capital’s large Sikh population.


Kidnapped boy rescued after 4 hours
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
Four hours after Deepak, a five-year-old boy, was kidnapped by his cousins in the Sarai Rohilla area, the North district police today claimed to have rescued the child safely from the clutches of his kidnappers from Khadkat in Haryana on August 4.

The police have arrested four persons, Anil Sharma, alias Monu (21), Sunil Sharma, alias Sonu (23), and Somvir (19), residents of Najafgarh, besides Manoj, alias Cheeku (19), resident of Mohalla Rani Bagh. A hunt is on for two other accused, Satnam Singh, resident of Hisar, and Radhey Pradhan, resident of Sonepat.

The accused told the police they kidnapped the child as they were not given their share in the family property. Since they were in dire need of money and knew that the child’s family had enough money they decided to kidnap the little one to receive ransom from the family.

The child’s sister, Jyoti (14), told the family she had seen Deepak with Anil, alias Monu. When the child did not turn up for a long time the family became nervous. At around 6.30 pm the family received a ransom call from the kidnappers who demanded Rs 15 lakh for the safe release of the child. In the meantime, the family informed the police and a team reached the house.

Another call came at 8.30 pm, which was attended by a sub-inspector. The kidnappers, not knowing that the person on the line was a cop, presumed it was someone from the family. They abused him and threatened to kill the child if the ransom amount was not delivered to them. The policeman assured them that the family would not approach the police and their demands would be met.

Since Monu was the prime suspect, on sustained interrogation he spilled the beans. When another accused, Sonu, became restless as he had not been contacted for a long time by Monu he reached the spot. He was also nabbed. During interrogation, he revealed they had kept the child at Khadkat. Two persons, Somvir and Cheeku, who were guarding the child, were arrested from the spot.

Sonu told the police that since the child’s father, Ajay Sharma, had not given their share in ancestral property both Sonu and Monu met their relatives, Manoj Sharma, alias Cheeku, Somvir, Om and Satnam Singh at the house of Sunil Sharma and hatched a conspiracy on August 2 to kidnap the child.

According to their plan, they came to Deepak’s house and lured the child on the pretext of a joy ride on their motorcycle. Sonu and Monu were the sons of Ajay Sharma’s elder brother Rajender. Ajay has a gas stove factory in Shastri Nagar. 


Helmet & end up with mussy hair? No, sir!
B. S. Malik

Sonepat, August 5
If any girl riding a two-wheeler in the town is asked why she does not wear a helmet, the query is likely to elicit a rather bewildering response: “Oh! Outlook kharab ho jayega”(Personal appearance will suffer). Then, the dainty damsel will go on to explain at great length how her nicely shampooed tresses and elaborate make-up could get ruined in a helmet.

Members of the fair sex are quick to admit, “The uncles in uniform also give us leeway in the matter. Then, where is the need to put on a helmet?”

Interestingly, the local traffic police have challaned more than 3,800 persons for violating traffic rules, mainly for not wearing a helmet, since January this year. Among them, there is not a woman with a challan to her (dis)credit.

The police authorities, of course, have the safety of the road users in mind. Result: Traffic police personnel can be seen at a number of crossings in the town.

Hardly any leniency is shown to men found not wearing a helmet. They are immediately challaned. But the traffic personnel are extremely coy when it comes to hauling up a woman. Rarely are they stopped and questioned for not wearing a helmet.

One police officer admitted that not one woman had been challaned in the past six months. The traffic police had a soft corner for them, it seems. During a tête-à-tête with college girls and working women, no one, except the middle-aged, were amenable to the idea of wearing a helmet.

According to collegiate Swati: “We spend a lot of time on make-up and hair styling. If we use a helmet, then the entire exercise comes to a naught. We’d rather not become a laughing stock with mussed hair and botched up make-up. Collegians Puja and Mamta echoed similar views.

Sunita, who works in a private firm and rides a scooter, opined that generally women took care while driving. Moreover, they were hardly contenders for Formula car race. Bimla Devi, a domestic help, said, “Ladkiyan scooter chalate samay idhar udhar nahin dekhti aur na hi tez chalati hain” (The girls do not look here and there while driving. Also, they are not speed maniacs).


NHAI gives 24-hr notice to NH 2 encroachers 
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 5
The National Highway Authority of India has served notices on persons occupying up to 90 metres of land on both sides of the National Highway 2 passing through the district, asking them to raze the constructions within 24 hours. The authorities have warned that any construction, which continues to exist after the given time period, will be demolished.

The task of removing encroachments on both sides of the highways passing in the state had been started in 1995-96 on a Supreme Court directive. While several constructions had been pulled down, a large number of encroachments continued. The encroachments include dozens of dhabas, shops, restaurants, houses, factories and farmhouses.

The stretch of the National Highway 2, popularly known as Mathura Road, is about 65 km in the district. The limit of the area which is to be kept free of any construction in the Municipal Corporation area is about 30 metres while it is up to 90 to 100 metres in areas outside the municipal limits. The NHAI, besides serving notices, has also made announcements, said a source in the department. While the exact number of encroachments on both sides of the highway is still to be figured out, an estimate put the number at several hundred. It is reported that dozens of factories on both sides of the highway have encroached space by extending their boundaries and gates. According to a shopkeeper near YMCA Chowk, there were hundreds of shops which might become the target of the demolition drive. He said this could affect jobs of many persons. But the traffic police and the highway patrol men claim the drive is necessary as it will decongest the highway and provide much needed relief to the commuters.

It is an indisputable fact that traffic jams and chaos have become common on the highway. Travelling has become a risky affair due to the excessive movement of locals on the highway. The authorities have failed to three-lane the road despite heavy pressure of traffic in the past two decades. Hardly a day passes when an accident on this road does not claim a life or injure a few persons. The demand to decongest the highway and construct flyovers on busy intersections has not met with any success so far.


Couple with AK ammo had pinched bag from Armymen
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
The arrest of a couple by the Central district police who were found in possession of 480 cartridges of an automatic weapon and turned out to be petty bag lifters gave much relief to the police and other security agencies. Lallan Kumar and Anita Das, from whom 480 rounds of AK ammunition along with Army uniforms were seized from Hotel Millenium 2000 Deluxe, Dariba Pan, in the Paharganj area, had allegedly lifted a bag from Army personnel at the Old Delhi railway station, the DCP (Central), Mr Arvind Deep, said.

Deep said the couple had lifted the bag containing ammunition after drugging Army personnel at the railway station, apparently without knowing what it contained.

The couple had told the police they hailed from Bagdogra in West Bengal and had come to Delhi by the North-East Express in August 1 in search of work, he said, adding that they could have been involved in similar crimes earlier.

The Delhi Police and other security agencies last night went into a tizzy after a large quantity of ammunition was seized from the couple, apprehending that they could be terrorists planning some strikes in the Capital around Independence Day. 


Govt sanctions Rs 15 cr to restore capacity of lift irrigation system
Shiv Sharma

Narnaul, August 5
With a view to restoring the capacity of the lift irrigation system, the Haryana Government has sanctioned Rs 15 crore for implementation of various schemes. This was announced by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a channel constructed to fill Hamidpur dam in Mahendragarh district today.

He said that with the completion of the restoration work, the capacity of the lift irrigation system will increase considerably.

The CM said that the remaining portion of Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal would be completed within a year as a result of the decision by the Supreme Court. The State Government had already started repairs of minors, watercourses and canals on priority basis for optimum utilisation of water which would flow through the SYL canal.

He reminded that the Hamidpur dam on river Dohan was constructed during the tenure of Ch Devi Lal as the CM, but the government of Rajasthan set up check dams during 80s. As a result, the flow of water to the dam was stopped and the water table in the area fell very low. The people of Dohan Pachese had raised a demand that the Hamidpur dam be filled up with river water. Thus, a 4.6 km long channel was constructed at a cost of Rs 34.6 lakh. With the filling up of the dam with canal water, not only the will the water table come up, it would also provide water for irrigation. The project would benefit 25 villages, he said.

Four injection wells had been set up at the base level of the channel so as to raise level of under ground water. Four more such wells would be set up at a cost of Rs 29 lakh, Mr Chautala announced.

He said that while the former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, had put the burden of costs of repair of minors on farmers, his government would get such repairs done at its own costs.

While reiterating the commitment of his Government to provide all minimum basic amenities to the people, he said that as a result of the effective steps taken to improve the power sector, the installed capacity of power generation had been increased by 792 mw by his government. On the other hand, installed capacity was increased by 118 mw only during the tenure of Mr Bhajan Lal and 199 MW during Mr Bansi Lal’s tenure. Steps were also being taken to ensure availability of atleast 40 litres of drinking water per capita per day. Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Ram Pal Majra, appreciating the Chautala government for its farmer friendly policies, said that 25 schemes of irrigation and 40 schemes of drainage had been completed. He said that 77 schemes of irrigation and 11 schemes of drainage were in progress. 


Employees’ association threatens agitation
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 5
The Haryana Karamchari Maha Sangh today threatened to launch an agitation if the police failed to arrest the culprits allegedly involved in the attack on Mr Rajinder, an ALM of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), within 24 hours.

The Sangh blamed the police for not taking any action against the alleged assailants despite repeated requests.

The SHO concerned has, meanwhile, promised to arrest the culprits soon.

According to another report, a large number of women and students of the Government Primary School held a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here yesterday, demanding shifting of the school from Garhi Ghasita to Idgah colony without any further delay.

They threatened to take out a procession in the city if the district authorities and the Education Department failed to shift the school.

They have also decided to send representations to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister, the Education Minister and the National Human Rights Commission regarding this.

The school, it may be recalled, had to function in the streets for several days after the Marketing Society of Sonepat got the building vacated. Due to this, the District Primary Education Officer had ordered shifting of the school in the Garhi Ghasita area of this city.

Meanwhile, the Forest Department Mazdoor Union has demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in an attack on Mr Subhash, a worker, who was beaten up by some persons while he was giving duty on the embankment of the Delhi Branch of the Western Yamuna Canal near Barasni village on Saturday.

The union has also threatened to launch an agitation if the police failed to arrest the alleged assailants immediately. The injured Subhash is now undergoing treatment in the civil hospital of this city.


Poor PDS adds to woes of BPL families
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 5
The state government’s failure to ensure a foolproof Public Distribution System (PDS) has added to the woes of families living Below Poverty Line (BPL).

These families, holding yellow and pink ration cards, are reportedly being supplied wheat flour and other items at prices higher than those fixed by the government.

MP and vice-president of the Haryana BJP, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, has demanded a probe into the alleged malpractices adopted by a number of depot holders in connivance with the officials in the Food and Supplies Department in the district.

Residents allege that almost all the fair price shops in urban and rural areas remained closed for most part of the day and the owners opened the shops at their will. Since there was no check on this, the depot owners, at times, even kept the depots closed for several days at a stretch without even distributing the rationed commodities to the people, it is alleged.

Sources reveal that a major portion of the ‘ration’ items, supplied to the 341 fair price shops here, are being sold on the black market instead of reaching the poor and middle class people. While the racket in the Public Distribution System (PDS) here is flourishing, the residents, who as a result, are forced to make endless trips to these ration shops, are the sufferers.

Though ‘ration’ prices have gone up, the quantity of supply per head for the BPL families and the other beneficiaries has gone down. Moreover artificial shortages created by the diversion of the commodities to black markets, add up to the harassment of the masses. It is a matter of common knowledge that whenever the prices of these items increase in the open market, the fair price shops dealers divert them for sale on the black markets and manage to earn huge profits.

Even the state government has not been able to evolve a proper system of enforcement in the Food and Civil Supplies department that could ensure that the subsidised items reached those who were entitled to get them. Some depot holders blamed the officials of the Food and Supplies department for not releasing the rationed commodities in accordance with the ration cards they had registered with them. 


Green light to planning at grassroots level in Haryana
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, August 5
The concept of planning at the grassroots level appears to have been given a go-ahead at least in Haryana. A beginning has been made today from the Meham Assembly segment to achieve this cherished goal.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, today convened a meeting of the sarpanches and panches of 41 villages that form part of the Meham Assembly constituency at Meham to chalk out plan for involving the population in the development of their village. The functionaries of other two panchayti raj institutions—chairman, Zila Parishad and chairmen of Meham and Lakhan Majra Panchayat Samities—were also present to give a concrete shape to the proposals..

Explaining the concept, Mr Yadav said that from now onwards, the panchayat would prepare the development plan of its village with the help of the BDPO, SDO Panchayati Raj and JE Panchayati Raj department. The plan would then be ratified by the Gram Sabha before forwarding it to the district administration for approval. The Gram Sabha, he advised the sarpanches, should be held at public place like chaupal or building of the village school but not in his house.

The meeting has evoked great response from the male sarpanches and panches, though the female sarpanches and panches have not taken it seriously.

Out of approximately 100 women sarpanches and panches, only seven had turned up to attend the meeting. It appears that the women panchayat members were represented by their husbands.

The Deputy Commissioner told that the funds received from the Centre and the state government by the three panchayati raj institutions-gram sabha, zila parishad and panchayat samiti-would be clubbed and then would be doled out to the panchayats as per their needs. The funds would be provided in instalments to help the panchayat carry out comprehensive development which should be visible.

He advised the panchayats against the use of machines in the construction of streets, ponds and approach roads. The panchayat, he said, should generate employment to help the landless agricultural labourers of their respective village. The use of JCBs denies employment opportunities to this section of the population.

The Deputy Commissioner told the panchayats not to spend any fund on construction of a religious building like temple or gurdwara. The panchayats should also not spend on construction of any room etc in a senior secondary school or college, statues and a tar-coal road.

He advised them to pay house-tax (chullah-tax) on time. Mr Yadav regretted that certain persons in few villages were disrupting the supply of drinking water. These persons, he said, have installed electric motors direct in the water supply pipes as a result of which the residents at the tailend of the scheme are denied their supply. Certain unscrupulous villagers were irrigating their paddy crop with the water meant for drinking. He sought the support of the village panchayats in disconnecting the supply to these persons.

The Deputy Commissioner, as a token of gesture, today distributed about Rs 2.50 crore to the panchayats present in the meeting for carrying out much-needed works like draining out accumulated rain water, constructions of drains and repair of the roads and streets.


No toll tax on vehicles of companies
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, August 5
The Delhi Government has directed the road toll tax agency not to charge toll tax from the vehicles registered in the name of companies. The agency had started considering such vehicles as commercial vehicles.

The decision has come after a representation made by the Gurgaon based industrialists.

The general secretary of Udyog Vihar Industries Association (UVIA), Mr AP Jain, informed that the collection agency, M/s Banas Sands (TTC) Joint Venture, authorised by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), had given a notice to the entrepreneurs of Udyog Vihar and adjoining areas stating that toll tax was applicable to all vehicles registered in the name of companies.

The notice stated: “Your organisation is a commercial organisation and the vehicles registered in its name are covered under the category of commercial vehicles because you are driving profits out of their use; and are availing depreciation for them in your accounts. For this reason, as per rule, such vehicles are treated as commercial vehicles”.

The notice further directed the entrepreneurs to pay entry toll while passing through the toll barriers.

The industrialists were taken aback by the decision taken by the collecting agency as their private commercial vehicles were not paying any toll tax.

A delegation led by Mr Jain met the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, regarding the matter. They told the CM that as per the Motor Vehicle Act, commercial vehicles were supposed to carry yellow number-plates. Hence, the distinction between private and commercial vehicles was made due to this mandatory requirement.

The commercial vehicles owned by the companies are meant for personal use only, said industrialists.

The CM, after going through the details, clarified that toll tax be charged only in case of those commercial vehicles that carried yellow number-plates should be charged toll tax.


Scooterist crushed in Bahadurgarh 
Our Correspondents

Jhajjar, August 5
A scooterist was crushed to death by a truck near Sabzi Mandi in Bahadurgarh last night. According to information, the deceased, identified as Shrawan Kumar, resident of Rani Khera village in Delhi, was on his way to meet his relatives in Majra village. He was driving the scooter when a truck coming from the opposite direction hit his scooter. He was killed on the spot, while his friend who was riding the pillion, escaped unhurt. The truck driver fled with the vehicle. The local police have registered the case.

Sadhu murder case solved

The district police have solved the Sadhu murder case in Luhari village and arrested the accused, Rakesh, of the same village. The police have also seized the hammer used in the crime.

Police sources said that Sadhu Bhagwan Das was found murdered on July 1 on the temple premises, with injury marks on his head.

Sub-Inspector Rajendra Singh, succeeded in nailing the case and nabbed the culprit. The accused, Rakesh, confessed his role in the crime and disclosed that he had committed the murder to get hold of the Rs 2.50 lakh deposited in the bank by the victim.

Cash, jewellery stolen from house of health dept official

Sonepat: Thieves reportedly broke into the house of Mr Ashok Kumar, an employee of the Public Health Department, and escaped with Rs 17,000 and about 10 tolas of gold ornaments last night.

According to a report, Mr Ashok Kumar, who is a tenant in the house of Ms Roshni Devi, was not present in the house when the theft took place.

The thieves also took away an LPG cylinder and other household articles from the house of Ms Roshni Devi, who lives in another portion of the same house. She was also absent when the incident took place. The police are investigating the case.

According to another report, thieves broke into two houses at Khurumpur village, about 25 km from here last night, and decamped with cash, gold and silver ornaments and other goods worth several thousands of rupees. The increasing incidence of thefts has caused resentment among the residents of the village, who have demanded intensive patrolling by the police in the area.

Question paper leakage

Bhiwani: The Secretary of the Haryana Board of School Education clarified here yesterday that the police were inquiring into the question paper leakage case. Talking to a delegation of the Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh (affiliated to the Sarv Karmchari Sangh), which called on him at the board headquarters here demanding a CBI probe, the Secretary clarified that “the inquiry is being carried out by the CID cell of the police with transparency”. However, he would send the sangh plea to the state government for consideration.

On the demand of stopping charging Rs 100 as fee from students appearing for re-examination, he said that the fee was charged on the pattern of several other boards in the country from
this year.


Hundred police officials tainted by corruption
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
A total of 100 Delhi Police personnel were alleged to have been involved in corrupt practices during the past three years till July 15 this year, Parliament was informed today. Of these, seven were placed under suspension and 82 transferred. The inquiry proceedings have been completed against 37 of these personnel as a result of which two of them have been dismissed from service; 11 imposed a major penalty other than dismissal from service; 23 exonerated of the charges framed against them; and one has been given administrative warning, Minister of State for Home Harin Pathak said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Massage parlours

The number of beauty/massage parlours found involved in immoral practices is insignificant in comparison to the number of such parlours functioning in the Capital. From last year till July 15 this year, the police registered cases against five beauty parlours and arrested 38 persons in connection with these cases.

Graft cases in NDMC

The CBI registered three cases of corruption against eight serving or former employees of the NDMC this year. However, this in itself does not establish that there is increased corruption in the NDMC, the minister said.

Illegal firearms

Police detected 319 cases of illegal firearms during the current year up to July 25, though no illegal arms manufacturing unit has been unearthed in the Capital. The licensing branch of Delhi Police has so far issued 50,818 arms licences and registered 8,844 arms licences issued by other states or the competent licensing authorities.

Bribe cases

The CBI registered 233 trap cases and investigated 309 such cases during last year. Of these 309 bribe cases, 260 were sent for trial, 22 for regular department action, two disposed of, six closed and 19 remained under investigation as on December 31 last year.

Criminal cases against cops

Seven police officials were alleged to be involved in rape and kidnapping/abduction between January 1 last year and July 15 this year, Mr Pathak said. Criminal cases were duly registered against all the seven officials and all of them were placed under suspension. In one case, the delinquent official was also dismissed from service, while in another case, the FIR lodged was later cancelled.

42 unsafe buildings

There are 42 buildings in Delhi owned by the Central Government or the NCT Government or autonomous bodies under their control or local bodies, which do not have in place all the fire safety measures, he said. The Delhi Fire Service has issued notices to the agencies concerned and the action to equip these buildings with fire safety measures is in process. Among these buildings are Mohan Singh Palace, Gaffar Market,

Yashwant Palace, USSR Building (Ferozshah Road), Northern Railway Flats (Panchkuian Road), Tis Hazari Court, Karkardooma Court, Rao Tula Ram Hospital, Deen Dayal Hospital and Trauma Centre near ISBT.


Kidnapped man rescued from Agra; two held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
With the arrest of two persons, the North-East district police today claimed to have rescued a 25-year-old man from Agra last evening. Efforts were being made to ferret out two other accomplices. The police also recovered a rifle from their possession.

A complaint was received from one Jagdish Chand that his son Kamal, resident of Shahdara, had been missing since July 27 from the market.

On August 2, the family received a ransom call for Rs 50 lakh for the release of Kamal and the money should be delivered in Itawa. As the phone was put under observation by the police, the call was traced to a PCO booth in Agra.

On verification with the booth owner, the caller was identified as Mahesh, a friend of the victim. The police later nabbed Mahesh and his associate Mukesh in Agra on August 4. Their associates Bahadur and Kuttu have been absconding.

Mahesh told the police that since he had borrowed Rs 20,000 from Kamal and could not repay the amount, he decided to kidnap Kamal and get the ransom.

Criminal nabbed

The East district police today claimed to have arrested a notorious criminal involved in 15 cases of murder, attempt to murder, Arms act, fake currency who carried a reward of Rs 2,500 from a bus stop near AGCR Enclave. The accused Laike Ahmed, resident of Muzaffar Nagar was involved in circulating fake currency in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

On July 13, the police apprehended one Mohammad Agan alias Mohammad Rashid Ahmed (25), resident of Vishwas Nagar. His interrogation led to the arrest of two persons Kapil Kumar, resident of Vishwas Nagar and Manish Gupta, resident of Azad Pur.

The SSP, Muzaffar Nagar had announced a reward of Rs 2,500 for the arrest of Laike.

Gangster held from East Patel Nagar

The West district police have arrested a desperate gangster Abad Khan alias Abbas alias Iqbal alias Miyan Suleiman Shah (26), resident of Meerut and recovered one country-made weapon and two cartridges from his possession. The accused was involved in more than 10 cases of looting, robbery and dacoity.

The police acting on a tip-off that the accused would be coming to East Patel Nagar spotted him alighting from an auto. He was immediately overpowered by the staff.


Accrual accounting should be tool
of management: L-G
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
The Lt-Governor, Mr Vijay Kapoor, today directed the Municipal Commissioner of the MCD, Mr Rakesh Mehta, that the Accrual System of Accounting (double-entry system) report prepared by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) should be a tool of management in the corporation. This report presents a clear picture of corporation’s accounts and its liabilities.

While releasing a copy of the report, the Lt-Governor pointed out the significance of the report and emphasised that the guidelines of the report should be adopted with the right spirit. Efforts have been made a number of times in the past to improve the functioning of the corporation and it was always welcomed by the officials as well as the politicians in the corporation. The accrual system of report is an important step in this connection. This report will make direct connection of the corporation with the citizens of the Capital.

The Lt-Governor said that a few years back, there was financial crisis in the corporation. The corporation did not have finance to give the arrears to its employees when the 5th Pay Commission report was made public. With the efforts of officials and politicians, corporation’s internal resources were exploited and the financial problems overcome. There was still the need to redesign the MCD to provide better facilities to Delhiites, he said.

The Chairman of the ICAI, Mr K. Bhupathy, said that the researchers in the institute took 14 months to complete the project which was challenging for them as the MCD financial structure was very complex. The MCD is the second largest civic body in the world and this report was prepared in the country the first time. Copy of report consists of 5,000 pages. The institute has prepared separate report for the Slum and J Department of the MCD. It has complete detail of the MCD’s sources of income, its properties and expenditure.

Earlier, the MCD had no data of its properties and sources of income. It has the record of its budget and expenditure only.


25th branch of J&K Bank in Delhi 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
The Jammu and Kashmir Bank today opened its 25th branch in New Delhi which is its 459th branch in the country. The branch was inaugurated by the Finance Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Muzzaffar Husain Beig. Also present on the occasion were other senior officials of Jammu and Kashmir Government including the Financial Commissioner, Resident Commissioner, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, and directors on the board of the bank.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr M. Y. Khan, Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, said, “Today we have added another branch to reach our customers in the national Capital. The bank had opened its first branch in Delhi more than three decades ago. So far, we have 25 branches in Delhi. This fully computerised branch equipped with the state-of-the-art technology will ensure service of high quality. The branch will offer world-class services, including ‘anywhere banking and anytime banking’ through its various ATM counters. This branch has an added advantage of being directly linked to the Central Data Centre of the bank set up recently.”

Commenting further, Mr Khan said, “J&K Bank, with a modest beginning, has today emerged as one of the leading and the fastest growing commercial bank of the country, with a strong brand image and identity at the national level.”

The bank has been awarded the “Best Universal Bank” and the “Best Private Sector Bank” Award by Mr Bimal Jalan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, on the basis of Financial Express Bank Survey 2002, said Mr Khan.

J&K Bank has been ranked among the top 1,000 banks of the world and 500 best banks of the Asian region, ahead of many public sector and private sector banks of the country.

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