Saturday, August 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Cremation row blows over as khap relents

Jhajjar, August 8
At last, wisdom prevailed on the elders of the Kadian khap, as the body of Ranbir Singh, which had been lying at Jat Dharamshala in Beri village for the past three days, was cremated at Dubaldhan village in the presence of at least 2,500 persons.

According to information, the khap leaders started gathering at Beri this morning. They reached Dubaldhan in the afternoon where they decided to review the decision taken by them yesterday.

By evening, the panchayat presided over by Chhattar Singh had softened the stand taken by it earlier that the body would be cremated only in Charkhi village.

The panchayat took this decision to avoid any untoward incident, which might have occurred in case of a forcible entry into Charkhi. Finally, the khap came to the conclusion that the body should be consigned to the flames in Dubaldhan village.

The district administration had taken all precautionary measures to avoid any clash between the Kadian and Sangwan khaps.

While a heavy contingent of the Jhajjar police was posted around the panchayat venue, the Bhiwani police was also manning the borders to thwart any attempt to intrude into the district with the body of Ranbir Singh.

Although the issue of cremation of the body of Ranbir Singh, who was found dead at Charkhi village four days ago, has been resolved peacefully yet it has not been established whether it was a murder or a suicide.

The brother of Ranbir Singh, Leelaram, an accused in the rape and subsequent killing of Sunita of Charkhi village two years ago, is in jail. The Sangwan khap had ostracised his entire family. The two brothers, two sisters and the father of the accused had contended that Leelaram had been living separately since the past four years and they were not defending him in the court.

They pleaded that they had no house to live in except that at Charkhi village. The family also owned around 25 acres of agricultural land, which is lying unused.

The family had also approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court to facilitate their rehabilitation in the village, but the administration expressed its inability to rehabilitate them in the village.


Eye flu spreads among kids, CMO unaware
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 8
After cholera and diarrhoea it is the turn of eye flu to spread its tentacles rapidly here.

A large number of schoolchildren seem to have been affected by it. As a result, attendance in schools has been affected.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr M. A. Haq is, however, “not aware of any incident of eye flu”. There is, thus, no effort at the government level on dealing with it.

Many children of Delhi Public School in Sector 30 are suffering from conjunctivitis, according to Principal Neena Sehgal. The kids have been allowed a week’s leave for it. Children are being told how to prevent its occurrence during prayer time, she adds.

A large number of children from Sommerville School in Sector 22 are also suffering from eye ailments, says Mr Vijay, a teacher in the school. Teachers have advised parents not to send their children to school in case they are suffering from eye flu in order to thwart the risk of infection. The same is the story in many other schools of the area.

Eye flu is known to spread every year after monsoon in the area. According to Dr H. K. Sharma, Head of Medicine at government hospital in Sector 30 a virus is responsible for eye flu or conjunctivitis. It spreads from one person to the other easily. A burning sensation is accompanied by irritation during eye flu. Soframycin eye drops should be used three to four times a day and chloromiticin should also be used in the eyes, Dr Sharma advises. The eyes can also be washed with clean water a number of times.

Mosquito menace

New Delhi: In a door-to-door surveillance conducted by the Health Department of the NDMC, over 80 mosquitogenic spots have been detected.

Over 1500 mosquito-infested coolers and containers were unearthed during the drive. The larva breeding containers were detected in RML Hospital, Sucheta Kripalani Hospital and in the servants quarters of many VVIPs residing in Teen Murti and Janpath area.

Under the NDMC Act, action is being taken against the offenders. The NDMC Medical Health Officer, Lt. Col. S K Garg, has advised people to clean their coolers every week and add two teaspoons of kerosene or petrol in the water. TNS



Her son-in-law made her walk away from
excruciating pain
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
It is a different kind of dowry story in which the perpetrator ‘forced’ his mother-in-law to go in for hip replacement. It was a ‘dowry’ that won heart-felt affection in place of contempt and derision from his 39-year-old mother-in-law. Initially reluctant to go for it, now she is literally “galloping” with joy and relief.

The Delhi resident, who requested that her identity should not be revealed at any cost, said that before her daughter’s marriage life was one hell of an excruciating pain because of her worn out hip joint. She was almost immobilised and could not go out for any social engagement. Neither did she know that she could replace her abiding pain with relief for more than 25 years to come till her son-in-law told her about the new technique and “coerced” her into going in for the operation.

Not only did she say goodbye to her incapacitating pain, she also heralded a new concept of hip replacement, popularly known as metal on metal total hip replacement. Two weeks after surgery, her stitches were removed. A month later, she is now walking happily without pain. Not long ago, she would limp with her twisted waist. Now her feet have found new strength. More than moving upright, she can now even squat on the floor and keep her waist straight.

Dr. S.K.S Marya, Senior Joint Replacement Surgeon at Apollo Hospital, who did the first metal on metal replacement on her with success, is equally elated to see her walking away from pain. The operation, carried out by Dr Marya, was watched by about 150 surgeons, who found this new technique handy for young hip-disabled persons. Dr Marya says the long-lasting quality of this new replacement makes it viable for younger people.

The only pain that accompanies this new replacement is its cost. While the conventional hip replacement costs between Rs 30,000 and Rs, 50, 000, the new technique costs somewhere between Rs 50,000 and 70,000.

It took much more time for Dr Marya to convince her to go for the replacement than the actual surgery. According to Dr Marya, the new concept had to be tried on her because the conventional one would not have lasted for more than 10-15 years. The new replacement spans more than 25 years. With this all- metallic hip replacement in place, the lady will get along quite well till about 70 years.

About this new replacement, Dr Marya says in conventional replacement the ball in the ball-socket joint would normally be of plastic and the socket that of metal. The plastic ball does not last longer than 15 years because the ball gets worn out due to its constant friction with the metallic socket. On the other hand, the new replacement has both the ball and socket made up of metal, more lasting than the earlier one. According to Dr Marya, a large number of people who become hip-disabled at such an early age come to him for total hip replacement. He had a patient as young as 21 years old six years ago.


Duo held after robbing spree on Unchahar Express
Tribune News Service

Surender Singh and Devender Kumar who were arrested at Old Delhi Railway Station in the Capital on Friday
Surender Singh and Devender Kumar who were arrested at Old Delhi Railway Station in the Capital on Friday. — Photo by Kamal Singh

New Delhi, August 8
Two youths, who were involved in a robbing spree in a moving train in North-West district in the Capital, were arrested by the Crime and Railway Branch of the Delhi Police last evening.

The suspects, Surender Singh (40) and Devender Kumar (20), were arrested at Khera Khurd village where they tried to escape under cover of darkness after pulling the chain in the Unchahar Express. Surender belongs to Samaipur Badli village while Devender is from Libaspur. Their other associates, who are absconding, have been identified as Kamal Singh Rana, alias Jat, and Mahender.

The police recovered one countrymade pistol, a knife and Rs 3,000 in cash from their possession.

The train left Ambala for Allahabad last evening. The accused boarded it in Karnal and entered the general coach. They attacked the passengers, robbing gold chains, ear-rings, rings and cash. A few passengers resisted and they cried for help. They later pulled the chain and tried to escape. When the train stopped the Crime and Railway Branch police personnel who were on board tried to find out the reason behind the chain being pulled.

As the police personnel alighted from the coach they heard the distress cries of the passengers. On spotting the robbers fleeing towards the fields, they chased them. Three constables, Gajraj, Manveer, Balwan, and ASI Ram Kumar managed to arrest them. The accused had robbed at least 12 passengers but only five of them got a case registered. The accused robbed Amreek Singh of Rs 1,200, Nirmal Singh of Rs 2,000, Ram Lakhan of Rs 1,000, Ram Narayan of Rs 4,000 and Ravi Shankar of Rs 250. The victims were going to their hometown in Uttar Pradesh.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Railways), Mr R. S. Ghumman, said any previous involvement of the accused was not there in the police records. They are, however, being interrogated to ascertain their involvement in other cases. Robbers who operate in trains sometimes commit crime in other states.

He said that criminals usually boarded the train at Khurja railway station. Then they proceeded to rob passengers, alighting from the train at Ghaziabad or Delhi.



58-yr-old woman murdered in Paschim Vihar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
A 58-year-old woman was found murdered at her Paschim Vihar residence, which was ransacked, this afternoon. Her husband, who is a general manager in Engineering Project Limited in the Scope complex, was away in his office.

The victim, Mohini Srivastav, a resident of Green Apartments, was found in a pool of blood in the bedroom with injuries on her chest. Her body was found this afternoon by her nephew who later informed her husband, Mr N. N. Srivastav, at his office.

Mr Srivastav who reached his house informed the police at around 1.20 pm. The house was found ransacked but her servant who was in the house was safe without any injuries.

The police have registered a case and are questioning the servant to unravel the mystery behind the murder.

There has been an alarming increase in the cases of assault on elderly citizens. Two such murders had been reported from Vasant Kunj recently.


4 members of Bona gang arrested
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 8
The Noida police have recovered stolen goods worth lakhs of rupees from four members of the Bona (dwarf) gang who were arrested yesterday. Two of those arrested had escaped from Meerut jail and were also wanted in a murder case. Their arrest has also helped solve the murder case of an elderly woman in Sector 14. The arrested criminals have confessed to having killed the old woman. This was disclosed by the SP (City), Mr Vijay Bhushan, today.

The Sector 20 police team, during a patrol, learned that a gang of criminals was planning a robbery in G Block of Sector 6, Noida. A police team led by Assistant Superintendent O. P. Singh was asked to nab the criminals.

The police team was able to overpower them. A thorough frisking revealed knives on their person. Later, the police recovered computers, TVs and other electronic gadgets from them. The criminals identified themselves as Naushad, alias Shahil, from Bihar, Bona, alias Krishna, from West Bengal, Promod, alias Mithun, of Kanpur Dehat and Rajesh, alias Baba, of Bagpat.

Naushad and Bona are hardened criminals who have served a jail term for murdering a guard, Hira Ram, on May 17, 1999, in Sector 9, Noida. After four years in Meerut jail they had escaped with the help of their friends Umesh and Lulla on November 22 last year, the SP (City) said. Bona and Naushad had both killed an old woman, Parvati, in B-179, Sector 14, Noida, by giving her electric shocks.

They had gone into the house for drinking water. Later, their demand for the cupboard keys was met with refusal by Parvati. They had decamped with gold bangles, a gold chain, a VCD player etc.


Brigadier’s son fakes kidnapping to avoid Swiss job
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
Reluctant to take up employment in Switzerland, the 22-year-old son of Brigadier H. J. Singh today engineered his own kidnapping, in the process shocking his parents and sending the New Delhi district police into a tizzy.

The police teams, which had fanned out in search of the boy for more than four hours, finally traced him near Neb Sarai, near the IIT campus, this evening and after much persuasion the boy reached home. Gunraj Singh (22) had gone to the Swiss Embassy this morning in his blue Tata Sumo and from there he did not return home. Around 12.20 pm, his father received a call from Gunraj’s friend, saying that his son had been kidnapped and would be killed. Panicked, his father immediately informed the matter to the police. The cops swung into action to trace the boy.

The police said that Brigadier H. J. Singh, who is undergoing a refresher course at the National Defence College and is a resident of the cantonment area in Dhaula Kuan, had planned to send his son Gunraj Singh to Switzerland for taking up employment.

Gunraj had recently completed his studies but refused to go abroad and wanted to stay in Delhi.


Warning against fake postal stamps
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 8
The Superintendent of Post Offices, Mr H. N. Tiwari, has warned the people of the city and elsewhere in the district about the sale of fake postal stamps by anti-social elements. He appealed to the people to purchase postal stamps only from the post offices. The appeal follows reports about the sale of fake stamps in the region by anti-social elements.

Mr Tiwari also stated that penalty would be charged if fake stamps were found to have been used on envelopes and post cards.

Referring to rakhi celebration, he said that the Postal Department had made special arrangements and instructions had been issued to distribute rakhis on a priority basis. Regarding the delay in the distribution of telephone bills, he said that the department had made new arrangements. He said the telephone bills would be picked up on the date they were mailed by the telephone department, and would be distributed on the following day.

Mr Tiwari admitted that the introduction of courier services in the country had affected the business of the Postal Department. He said that in Sonepat district alone, the number of letters reaching the post offices had come down by about 1.75 lakh, while the number of money orders and registered letters had increased during the past two years.


Bring Rewari under Delhi passport office: Chamber
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 8
The Rewari Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has sought the transfer of Rewari district from the jurisdiction of the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Chandigarh to the jurisdiction of the Regional Passport Office in New Delhi. This is to help local residents to get passports, jumbo passports, additional booklets and renewal of passports with valid visas done easily.

The matter was raised by Mr D. K. Jain, vice-president of the RCCI, at its inter-active session held with the top brass of the district administration here last evening.

Mr Jain pointed out that it was most inconvenient for them to travel 350 km from Rewari to Chandigarh to get works done in RPO in while Delhi was just 90 km from here.

Besides, when Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonepat and Jhajjar districts fell under the jurisdiction of the RPO in Delhi, why Rewari too couldn’t be brought under its jurisdiction, he asked.

Responding positively to the demand, the Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Neerja Shekhar, assured them that as soon as the district administration was received their written representation in this regard, the issue would be taken up with the Ministry of External Affairs.

Regarding the problem of inordinate delays being faced by local industrialists in obtaining necessary approval for their specific projects from Chandigarh-based offices of relevant departments, the DC said that in such cases the district administration would readily provide them with some alternative channels.

In response to the RCCI’s demand of concessional passes for the movement of their vehicles on National Highway 8 from the Toll Plaza, Mr Hanif Qureshi, SP, said that the matter concerned the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) but they would readily help them when they made a collective representation to the NHAI or the Toll Plaza authorities.

Expressing satisfaction at the conduciveness of the session, Mr Rajiv Kapoor, chairman of the RCCI, said such sessions should be held more frequently.


Excessive rains cause flood-like situation in Bhiwani villages
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, August 8
Over half-a-dozen villages in the district have developed a flood-like situation due to accumulation of rainwater. Most of the residents in these villages have shifted their families to safer places.

Farmers, who had been earlier praying for rains, are now wary of the prevailing situation and want no more rains. Power failure in certain villages has added to their woes. The farmers had earlier been planning to sow Kharif crops but continuous rains did not give them any chance to do so. The jwar and cotton crops sown through alternative means are also being damaged due to rains. In Ghuskani, Badesara, Kheri Daulatpur, Tigrana, Mittathal, Dhanana and Jatai, the crop has almost ruined due to water- logging.

They are now afraid that the situation could worsen leading to a shortage of fodder for livestock if the accumulated water is not drained out immediately.

In Jatai village, the villagers are facing great difficulty as two transformers have got damaged and there is no power supply for the last 4-5 days. They met the Deputy Commissioner today and sought his interference in restoring the power supply. In Mittathal village, residents in a few areas have shifted to safer places due to excessive water accumulation. Rainwater has entered their houses.

Residents complain that the administration has failed to get the rainwater drained out and the only drain nullah has not been of any use due to lack of maintenance. Jaiwly village, under Badhra sub tehsil, has been suffering as there has been no power supply for the last fortnight. One of the two transformers got burnt a few days back and has so far not been repaired despite repeated complaints, the residents said.

In village Pitoda Kalan, rainwater has entered many houses and several houses have been damaged, said Banarsi Dass, a villager. 


MoD to open polyclinics for ex-servicemen


Jhajjar, August 8
With an aim to provide medical facilities to the retired servicemen and their dependants, the Ministry of Defence has embarked on an ambitious project to open armed forces polyclinics under the ex-servicemen contributory health scheme at all the district headquarters in the country having an ex-servicemen population of 2,500 or above.

All the 19 districts of Haryana will be covered in the project, which will be completed in different phases, starting from September this year, likely to be completed by February next year, Mr R K Yadav, Secretary, Zila Sainik Board told NCR Tribune today.

He said that base hospitals are commissioned at 104 military stations in the country including Ambala, Hisar, Sirsa and Gurgaon districts in Haryana.

The Defence Ministry currently has polyclinics at 123 non-military stations and as per the scheme the remaining 15 districts of Haryana will be covered.

According to information available, all the districts have been divided in four categories on the basis on the ex-servicemen population. While Jhajjar and Bhiwani, which have an ex-servicemen population of over 20,000, have been included in type A, which covers only six districts in the country.

Narnaul, Rewari, Rohtak and Sonepat districts are being clubbed with 23 districts in the country, which are in type B category, with 10,000 to 20,000 of ex-servicemen population.

Faridabad, Jind, Panchkula, Karnal, Panipat and Yamunanagar districts have been categorised under type-C (population of 8,000-10,000). The other districts, Fatehabad, Kaithal and Kurukshetra districts fall in type-D. About 4 lakh ex-servicemen are expected to benefit from these health services in Haryana.

These clinics will be equipped with all the modern facilities for treatment of various diseases and will also have specialist doctors. Modern medical check-up facility with equipment like x-ray and ultrasound machines, lab auto analyser, dental equipment set, ECG machine, generator and ambulance will be provided in the clinics falling under all the four categories.

While in case of type A and B clinics, there will be three air-conditioned rooms, type C and D clinics will be provided one air-conditioned room in every hospital. There will be minimum 14 rooms in every clinic and these clinics will be controlled by a managing director at regional headquarter. The staff to be appointed in the polyclinics will include a medical officer, medical specialist, dental officer, officer incharge and nursing assistant.

According to sources, during the initial stages the clinics will start functioning in rented premises.

The ex-servicemen will be required to deposit a lumpsum amount after which they will be entitled to get medical services for lifetime without paying any further charges.


Unscheduled power cuts paralyse normal life
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 8
All the areas of this city getting power supply from the Subzimandi feeder remained powerless for more than two hours last evening causing inconvenience to thousands of residents, paralysing normal life and business activity.

The entire city and its suburbs were again plunged into darkness around 8.55 pm following a power breakdown. The power supply was, however, restored after half an hour.

Similarly, all the areas supplied power by the essential feeder remained in darkness for over an hour. The breakdown occurred around 1 am and the supply was restored around 2 am.

Meanwhile, residents here are facing inconvenience due to poor power supply and distribution systems. Unscheduled power cuts, voltage fluctuations, local faults and other such problems have become a routine.

Representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions today expressed their anguish at the unannounced power cuts, load-shedding and power breakdowns and urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the inefficient and unsatisfactory working of the UHBVN. 


SAD alleges scam in medicine supply

New Delhi, August 8
The Delhi unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has alleged a scam in the supply of medicines to Guru Harkishan Hospital at Gurdwara Bala Sahib. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee runs the hospital. The general secretary of the Delhi unit of SAD (Badal), Mr Kuldip Singh Bhogal, claimed the hospital was buying medicines from a firm that had been blacklisted by the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS.) Mr Bhogal alleged the hospital management was playing with the lives of the patients. “Very few medicines are available in the hospital … even the medicines that cost less than Re 1 are not available,” he said, claiming that life saving medicines were particularly conspicuous by their absence.

This, he claimed further, had led to a situation where the hospital was denying admission to the patients. “One of the reasons for denying admission to patients,” he said, “was also that the hospital has few or nil oxygen cylinders or the medicines used in the operation theatre.” The DSGMC, he said, was responsible for the upkeep of the hospital. It had failed to discharge its responsibilities and the DSGMC president, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, should quit on moral grounds, he added. The hospital authorities could not be contacted for their comments. TNS


SC ban has deprived govt employees of their basic right: CPM
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, August 8
Describing the Supreme Court order restraining the government employees from going on strike as an unprecedented judgement, the Communist Party (Marxist) today said that the order has deprived lakhs of government employees of their basic right to organise and resort to strikes.

The state secretariat of the party has, in a statement, said that the judgement was contrary to the fundamental rights in the Constitution and the ILO conventions to which India was a party.

The judgement, said the party, has made unwarranted observations against the political parties and organisations which seek to register the protest of the people who were suffering under severe socio-economic opression.

“Instead of safeguarding the rights of the citizens, the judgement has more or less endorsed the draconian ordinance amending the Tamil Nadu Essential Services Maintenance Act”, the party said.

It is unfortunate that the highest court in the country, which was expected to defend basic rights and check arbitrary state actions against the citizens, has come out with such judgement and the democratic forces in the country would find this judgement unacceptable, the party said.


Rs 1,540 lakh earmarked for drinking water scheme
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 8
The Haryana Government has earmarked a sum of Rs 1,540.24 lakh for the augmentation of the existing drinking water supply scheme in this city.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, told mediapersons here today that the Public Health Department has already received a sum of Rs 195 lakh for this purpose. The work on this scheme would be started soon, he added.

The DC also disclosed that the state government has sanctioned Rs 136.38 lakh for laying underground sewerage lines and the Public Health Department has received Rs 70 lakh for this purpose. With the completion of this scheme, there will be a considerable improvement in the sewerage system of this city, he said.

According to the DC, there are as many as 133 drinking water supply schemes in the rural areas of the district at present. At least 321 villages of the district have been covered under these schemes in the district.

As many as 180 villages have been covered under the 75 canal-based drinking water supply schemes, whereas 141 villages have been covered under the 58 tubewell-based water supply schemes.

The Public Health Department, he said, has been supplying 70 litres of water per head per day in 16 villages, 55 litres of water per head per day in 210 villages, 40 litres of water per head per day in 82 villages and 40 litres of water per head per day in 13 villages of the district.

He disclosed that the residents of Gohana town were getting the supply of drinking water through 14 tubewells and 80 per cent of the town have been covered under this scheme.

He said that nearly 90 per cent of the population have benefited from the various schemes.

The 11th Financial Commission has sanctioned Rs 885 lakh for ensuring the supply of 110 litres of water per head per day to the residents.

Similarly, a sum of Rs 72 lakh would be spent on the laying of underground sewerage in the town. A sum of Rs 121.53 lakh would be spent on drinking water supply schemes in Kharkhauda town.


Life term for killing daughter-in-law for dowry
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, August 8
A Delhi Court today convicted and sentenced a woman to life imprisonment for killing her daughter-in-law for dowry.

The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S. N. Dhingra, sentenced Veermati to life imprisonment and her son, Nanak Chand, received three year’s rigorous imprisonment for killing Arti by pouring kerosene and setting her on fire in 2002.

Mr Dhingra said in his order that instead of treating her daughter-in-law as a daughter, Veermati killed her for dowry.

Convict Nanak had been married to Arti for two-and-a-half years and had persistently demanded dowry from his in-laws, the prosecution said.

The case was registered with Badarpur police station in south Delhi.

Both mother and son were convicted under Sections 498(A) and 304 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Campaign for Assembly poll

Indian National Congress (INC) president Sonia Gandhi will launch her party’s campaign for the Assembly elections in NCT of Delhi on Saturday. For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani will kick off the campaign with the ‘Parivartan Rally’ on Sunday.

BJP Parliamentary Party Spokesman and Member of Parliament from South Delhi Vijay Kumar Malhotra said the ‘Parivartan Rally’ would give a clarion call to the people of NCT of Delhi to oust the corrupt and inefficient Government of NCT of Delhi. All the seven Members of Parliament (MPs) from NCT of Delhi, BJP Spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and other office bearers are likely to attend the rally.

Durgabai Deshmukh Award 

The fifth Dr Durgabai Deshmukh Award for 2002 will be conferred on Mahila Mandal of Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Chairperson of Central Social Welfare Board Mridula Sinha on Thursday told mediapersons the institution was carrying out rural development and women and child development programmes in the villages in Mewar district. Sinha said the Mahila Mandal had done landmark work for women’s education. It runs middle and senior schools for girls and has four primary schools. It also runs several creches for the children of working mothers.

The Mahila Mandal has a ‘Mahila Gram Udyog Pratishthan’ where food products such as papad, badi and spices are produced by 210 women.

Demand for Yadava regiment

The All India Yadava Mahasabha will observe a nationwide token fast on August 9 in all the state capitals and union territories demanding the government to establish Yadava regiment in the Indian Army.

The community will observe fast in Rajghat on Saturday. Since the Yadava community had raised the first banner of revolt against the British imperialism and the subsequent heroic death of Rao Tularam of Haryana, who headed the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857, the community has been reiterating their demand since 1962. Mr Nagendran, national president of the Mahasabha said that the community takes pride that of the 499 soldiers killed during the Kargil war, 112 belonged to the Yadava community and Yogendra Yadav was later conferred with Paramvir Chakra.



Income tax raid on Galgotya College
Our Correspondents

Noida, August 8
The sleuths of the Income Tax Department raided the Galgotya Engineering College in Greater Noida yesterday. It is learnt the sleuths, who continued the search operations from 8.30 am to 10 pm, have sealed a number of important documents.

The team was lead by the Assistant Commissioner, Income Tax, Mr D.R. Sinha, and included staff from Lucknow, Ghaziabad and Noida offices of the Income Tax Department. The well-known Galgotya Engineering College is one of the top technical institutes of western UP.

Strike against college affiliation

Bhiwani: The students of Vaish College and B. L. Jindal College observed complete strike for the eleventh day today in protest against the affiliation of their institutions with Ch. Devi Lal University, Sirsa.

A former president of Vaish College Students Union and Youth Congress district president, Mr Kamal Singh, termed this decision as an anti-student move and said the government should revert their affiliation with M D University, which is in close proximity to these towns.

A student leader and member of Chhatra Sangharsh Samiti, Mr Pranay Kaushik, claimed in a press release that the students of the local Adarsh College showed their solidarity by boycotting their classes.

4 booked in dowry case

Four members of a family have been charged with threatening their daughter-in-law for bringing insufficient dowry. Police have registered a case against her husband, mother-in-law and two others on the complaint of the victim’s father.

According to information, Lal Chand of Ravi Dass mohalla here complained that the in-laws of his daughter, who was married at Dhirana village, had been harassing her for bringing insufficient dowry.

Patwari arrested for graft

Rewari: Rajendra Singh, a Patwari of the Jhal was arrested yesterday from his residence at Kosli (30 km from Rewari ) by officials of State Vigilance Bureau on charges of corruption. A sum of Rs 20,000, allegedly offered as bribe by a complainant, identified as Pawan Kumar, was recovered from the patwari’s residence.

A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against the patwari, who has been remanded to judicial custody for two weeks by a local court.

Auction of shops

Sonepat: The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has announced the auction of 51 shops in the commercial centres of Sectors 14, 15, 12, 23 and 7 and its suburbs on August 28.

According to a report, these shops were lying vacant for the past several years as their auction had been postponed frequently.

Couple detained

The police detained a couple, who were moving in suspicious manner at the railway station here last evening. According to a report, they were identified as Raju and Rekha and had disappeared from their houses about seven months ago. The girl said she had gone to Balia (UP) with Raju. The girl was sent to her house after being medically examined.




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ROBERT D. Blackwill, the outgoing US Ambassador, has spoken very highly of India. His outpourings about India are neither forced nor artificial. They are natural, factual and based on his own personal experiences.

His views about terrorism across the Indian border are quite clear. He compares terrorism in India with that in the USA. He confesses that the predicament of the Government of India is more trying than that of the US Government. His heart is moved by the daily killings of innocent people in India. He claims that India can depend on the US as a natural ally in her fight against terrorism.

Mr Blackwill believes in true Indian, traditional mythological wisdom. He reiterates that good will finally triumph over the evil-incarnate, i.e. terrorism.

Mr Blackwill extols Indian civilisation. He eulogises the Gurbani music of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. He is impressed by the awe-inspiring ancient Jain Dilwara temples at Mount Abu. He recollects his happy visit to Chandigarh and his Shatabdi Express trip to the city of the Taj. He is overwhelmed by the Indian family values, arranged marriages and music and dance. He admires Indian press and the freedom of speech, which the people of India and her newspapers enjoy.

Mr Blackwill and his wife, Mrs Wera Hildebrand, attired in the Indian traditional dress, were present at the farewell lunch hosted by FICCI. Addressing the audience, he emotionally declared that mother India has changed his life forever. From a pure non-vegetarian, he has turned a pure vegetarian.

UJJAL PAL SINGH, Dinanath Public School, NIT, Faridabad

Teachers, teach them to be humane!

This refers to the write-up in Principalspeak column in the NCR Tribune on July 21, ‘Importance of value education in school’ by Seema Bhandari, principal of Children’s Valley School, Preet Vihar. Seema Bhandari’s views about value education is very true.

It is not important how much we score in our examinations and how much knowledge of subjects we have. The most important thing is how much we score in our real life, how much we respect the feelings and emotions of others and whether we are humane or not.

The first priority of a school is to impart knowledge of humanity, truth and friendship. For, to eradicate corruption and violence from the society, we have to produce humane persons.

We have IAS officers and judges who have got to the position by studying hard and developing a vast knowledge of their subjects. There are also officers of the same fraternity who are corrupt and are involved in sex scandals. This is because they do not respect the moral and human values. So, it is not only sufficient to be a topper, but it is also necessary to be humane.

The educationists must take the responsibility to ensure that they are not restricting education to books. Then we will have real intellectuals. The line quoted by Seema Bhandari “the role of parents and teachers remains in not teaching them how to walk, but also where to walk” is very meaningful. It is not only necessary that we have a good personality and move in confidence, it is also necessary that we have a strong character and do good work for the society.


Rs 9 lakh gone, thanks to bank

I deposited four crossed and account payee cheques, amounting to Rs 10,00,000, in the Wazirpur Industrial Area branch of the State Bank of Patiala for local collection. The cheques were replaced at the branch level with some other bogus cheques of Punjab National Bank, Nangloi branch, which were dishonoured on presentation.

Of the cheques deposited by me, three cheques for a total amount of Rs 9 lakh were drawn on the Shalimar Bagh branch of the Bank of Rajasthan and the other for Rs 1 lakh was drawn on Punjab National Bank, Asaf Ali Road branch.

The Bank of Rajasthan made the cash payment of Rs 9 lakh in one lot on the “account payee” cheques to the bearer across the counter without establishing the identity of the bearer and not applying due diligence. It apparently did not bother to verify the signatures on the cancellation of the crossing on the account payee cheques, that too under forged signatures of the drawers, which also did not resemble with the original signatures. This is an act of criminal breach of trust on the part of the Bank of Rajasthan as well as the State Bank of Patiala.

Punjab National Bank, Asaf Ali Road branch, however, showed due diligence when the fraudulent cheque of Rs 1 lakh was presented for payment across the counter. The bearer was refused payment and Rs 1 lakh could be saved due to the staff at the bank.

I lodged an FIR (No 405/32) on July 18 in the Ashok Vihar police station. The drawers of cheques have also filed a complaint against the fraudulent payments made by the Bank of Rajasthan, Shalimar Bagh branch with the Shalimar Bagh police station. The police are investigating but have not yet made any progress.

All these go to prove that there is no safety to the customers’ funds in the bank. The Bank of Rajasthan did not verify the identity of the bearer who was withdrawing a huge amount of Rs 9 lakh at one time from three different savings bank accounts on a single token, that too on the cancellation of the crossing of the account payee’s cheques.

SAURABH GARG, Wazirpur Industrial Area, Delhi

What is prayer?

Principal Madhu Chandra in the write-up, ‘Prayer can change your destiny’ (NCR Tribune, July 28), has delved into the significance of prayer in our day-to-day life. In this connection, I wish to say that eminent persons like religious leaders and philosophers have given their views on the importance of prayer for human beings. Perhaps, the NCR Tribune readers may like to know more about them. These are a few such sayings:

“Prayer is talking to God. Prayer is listening to God. Prayer is being quiet with God. Prayer is learning to think the thoughts of God. Prayer is learning to speak with God. Prayer is learning to do the deeds of God. Prayer is understanding the power and wisdom of God in nature.

“Prayer is understanding the love and mercy of God in human experience. Prayer is believing and trusting God. Prayer is resting on the promises of God. Prayer is becoming identified with God and being committed with God.

“Prayer is praise and thanksgiving. Prayer is joy and assurance. Prayer is being at peace with God. Some think of prayer as something to do. A rite, a routine, a spiritual chore. Actually, prayer is a way of life.”

O. P. SHARMA, Faridabad

Making home a paradise

The article ‘Parents and good home: Let us thank God for them’ (NCR Tribune, July 27) by M. P. K. Kutty has rightly observed that for the future of the nation, every home needs to be a paradise, where children receive love, feel secure and well provided by caring parents. But the moot point is how to make the home a paradise.

In this connection, I wish to say that this is possible only if the parents try to make the home a happy one like a paradise through concerted efforts. Happiness in home does not depend on the money one possesses, but rather on a wholesome personality. To build a happy home, both parents must get along well with each other. Their personalities must blend together. Each must respect the rights of the other and both must be able to sort out their problems without quarrelling. Neither parent can expect to be right all the time in one’s own disposition. Habits may have to be corrected in order to build a successful and well-adjusted family, as also a happy home, where children can receive love, security and education.

Jealousy has no place in a happy home. A jealous person tends to be insecure. A happy home cannot be built by parents whose feelings are easily injured. Real happy home, like a paradise, is built on love that endures, not on feelings that fade away under the shadow of trouble, criticism or jealousy.

SUJATA SHARMA, Sector 15-A, Faridabad

MCD ensures hell during monsoon

Rain gods seemed to have been too kind to Delhiites this time. But this blessing has become a curse as the MCD was not prepared to welcome the bounty and was caught unprepared this year too.

This time again, the MCD’s claims of cleaning the drains before the monsoon turned to be hollow. Due to this, roads under knee-deep water and serpentine queues of vehicles could be seen everywhere in the city. All these have added to the public’s woes. Each face these days shows the tension of reaching the destination safely and on time.

As one thing leads to another, now the Capital is facing a real threat of outbreak of malaria and dengue due to the stagnated water. It is high time the MCD woke up from its year-long slumber and work towards the cleaning of drains and give us at least one chance to enjoy the monsoon, instead of combating it.

RAVNEET KAUR, B. K. Dutt Colony, New Delhi

Potholed roads

It is a matter of great satisfaction that the Delhi Traffic Police have identified more than 150 places where the roads are in urgent need of repairs. Potholes have developed on most of the roads due to the recent rain.

Potholed roads are dangerous and can lead to serious accidents. Therefore, it is hoped that the Public Works Department of the MCD will repair these roads immediately.



Petrol pump robbery in Rohini averted, three arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
With the arrest of three notorious criminals of Bulandshahr, the North-West district police today claimed to have averted a petrol pump robbery in Rohini last evening.

The suspects were identified as Hari Om (30), Yatinder alias Badal (23) and Narender (26). The police recovered one stolen Gypsy jeep, two country-made pistols with 10 live cartridges from their possession, the police said.

The police received a tip-off that notorious criminals of Bulandshahr were moving in a Gypsy jeep in the Rohini area with a plan to commit robbery at a petrol pump. The police located the Gypsy jeep near the MCD office in Sector 5.

When the Gypsy driver noticed the police, he tried to drive away. However, the police party chased the vehicle and managed to stop it. During interrogation, they disclosed their identity. On personal search, weapons were recovered from them.

They also disclosed that the Gypsy jeep (DL-3CH-6904) was being used as a taxi, having its base in Bulandshahr. The jeep had fake registration number. The police said that further investigation was continuing.

Fake tantrik nabbed

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested a fake tantrik from Uttam Nagar area. The accused was wanted in several criminal cases including those related to Arms Act, murder, dacoity and robbery.

The accused, identified as Subrati alias Rizvan alias Islamuddin alias Sufi Ji alias Mullah (45), resident of Bhagalpur, Bihar, was arrested following a tip-off that the accused had been living in the area as a tantrik in order to evade arrest.

Depending upon the status of the people who visited him, he charged between Rs 51,00 to Rs 20,000 for tantrik relief. With criminal records in Bihar, he lived in the jhuggis in Samaipur Badli when he initially came to Delhi.

He along with his associates committed a dacoity in the Mangolpuri area and decamped with cash and jewellery. When Ram Chander, the pradhan of the jhuggi came to know about this dacoity, he was killed by his associates.

Later, he shifted to Meerut where he met a practicing tantrik, identified as Ashraf, and decided to change his profile.

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