Sunday, August 17, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Fake education board unearthed
Certificates, marksheets seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16
The East district police today claimed to have arrested two persons for allegedly running a fake education board parallel to that of the CBSE in Braham Puri on Pankha Road. A large number of fake examination forms, certificates, marksheets, stamps, answersheets have been seized from the branch office in East Delhi. The police also froze Rs 6 lakh, deposited in the board’s name in the State Bank of India’s R. K. Puram branch.

The board till date has cheated thousands of people by conducting examinations in private schools. It had given them marksheets and certificates, claiming that the certificate was equivalent to that of the CBSE.

Based on secret information that a board was being run in the city and pursuing a complaint from one Badar Ifran that the board had cheated her three daughters, Neha, Shadma and Hadia, of Rs 15,000 on the pretext of issuing class X marksheets equivalent to the CBSE, the police arrested Vijender Saraswati (47) and Prem Singh Nagar (50), both residents of Mayur Vihar Phase-III.

Vijender is an administrative officer of the board and the brother of its founder Balram Saraswati. Balram had registered a society in the name of Adult Education and Training and got it registered in 1972. He had been running the office in Braham Puri on Pankha Road. From each student, the board had charged Rs 3,000 for the certificate.

Based on the board’s certificate, the students also got employment in various Central and state government organisations as well as in the private sector and banks. Students had also managed to get employment in foreign countries like the USA and Germany by producing the fake certificates. The board had also engaged several agents for the purpose of bringing students for admission.

Compartment result: The result of the All India/ Delhi Senior School Certificate Examinations 2003 (Compartment) held in July 2003 has been declared. The schools under the Delhi Region are advised to collect the result from their respective Deputy Directors of Education after 2 pm.

Private and Patrachar Vidyalaya candidates have been advised to collect their results from the Centre of Examinations and Patrachar Vidyalaya respectively. The result will also be available on the website

The CBSE has informed that the results will not be available at the Board’s office. Therefore, the students have been advised not to go there for checking their results.



HC grants bail to doctor charged with 
culpable homicide 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16
Expressing surprise over a culpable homicide case registered against a doctor for alleged medical negligence, the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Police to explain how charges of homicide were made in a case of alleged negligence.

Saying that by no stretch of imagination, allegations of culpable homicide not amounting to murder could be levelled in such cases, a division bench comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice A K Sikri also granted bail to the doctor who had been in custody since July 31 in the case under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code in which a patient had died.

While Section 304 IPC prescribes punishment, extending up to 10 years for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, cases of medical negligence were normally registered under Section 304A which deals with causing death by rash and negligent act and prescribes punishment up to a maximum of two years.

Section 304 is a grave charge and attributes motive and knowledge for the act but Section 304A covers rash and negligent act in which due diligence and care had not been shown.

In the present case, the patient suffered severe cardiac problems after he had been administered anaesthesia before surgery in a nursing home. The patient was shifted to the accused doctor’s hospital, which was affiliated to the Escorts Heart Hospital. However, he could not be revived due to complications developed and he died.

Even though the anaesthesiologist of the nursing home, where the patient had been originally admitted, was granted anticipatory bail, the doctor owning the hospital, where the patient was subsequently shifted, was taken in custody. The doctor’s bail plea had been dismissed twice before he approached the High Court.

During the course of investigations, an expert view of the Delhi Medical Council was taken, which had opined, “No medical negligence was found on the part of the doctors who managed the patient....All the doctors did not communicate to the next of kin of the deceased about the nature of the complication, which had occurred. They have erred in this regard and are directed to be careful in future.”



Akali unity doesn’t percolate down
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16
The issuing of an election notice by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Delhi chief, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, to the president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, here, who has already overshot his term by a month, has once again caused considerable flutter among the community here. The notice has called for elections on September 4 this year to the cash-rich body which controls several gurdwaras and educational institutes in the Capital.

The confusion has been further accentuated with both Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra avoiding open support to the warring factions of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), particularly because it could erode the bargaining power of the Akalis in the forthcoming assembly elections in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. As things stand SAD, Delhi, is aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while the Sarna group, which is at present in control of the DSGMC, is said to be close to the Congress.

Mr Sarna has consistently refused to merge his faction with the recently united SAD, claiming that he would do so only if he is specifically asked by Mr Tohra to do so. Mr Sarna had swept last year’s elections to the committee with the blessings of Mr Tohra. An earlier revolt, apparently spearheaded by SAD, had fizzled out after the intervention of a South Delhi-based Sikh religious leader. Mr Hit, a former DSGMC chief, however, did not get open support from Mr Badal unlike in the past when SAD was in power in Punjab.

Nor did Mr Sarna get backing from his mentor, Mr Tohra, who had thrown his weight behind him in the June 30, 2002, general elections to the committee.

Observers here claim that both Mr Badal and Mr Tohra want to bolster their claims of heading a united Akali party which has an alliance with the BJP and any sign of a split, particularly in Delhi, which is set to face an election, will weaken the bargaining power.

But what is intriguing the community is the fact that neither Mr Badal is stopping Mr Hit from his efforts to unseat Mr Sarna nor Mr Tohra is pressing his loyalist, Mr Sarna, to merge his faction with the SAD. The stalemate continues.



Sinful trade thrives right under the nose 
of powers that be
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 16
Flesh trade is reported to be thriving in this city and its surrounding areas in the absence of an effective checking by the police and the district administration.
According to a report, the high class segment engaged in this trade uses mobile phones to evade detection and gets immediate information in case of raids by the police.

Raids on posh hotels on the National Highway No. 1 between Murthal and Ganaur and arrests of a few couples a few months ago have exposed the running of flesh trade and other illegal activities by some hotel owners. Sources disclose that the cyber cafes in and around the city are increasingly used to set up meetings. Close cabins offered by many city’s cafes are taken on rent to show girls to a prospective client. Couples then leave for a pre-decided place which is either a hotel or a guesthouse or even a residence in the posh colonies of the city.

The sources also point out that several posh residences and guesthouses in Model Town, Jiwan Nagar, Old DC Road, guesthouses near the general bus stand, Sector 14 and Sector 15, and hotels on the G T Road are the host to such sinful activities.

It is learnt that several guesthouses of government departments are similarly used for this trade and the police, including senior officials, are allegedly aware of it.

Powerful leaders, bureaucrats, businessmen, traders and government employees are involved in the trade and they pay pimps who run the racket. A few months ago, the police had arrested five persons along with some women in a raid at a posh hotel on the G T Road, run by a powerful Haryana politician. However, no prominent person landed in the police net, which, the sources say, speaks volumes of the power nexus in the trade. Those arrested in the raid, include four women from Delhi and one from Sonepat. Later, the police sent their challans in the court of law.

Meanwhile, representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations have expressed concern over the on-going flesh trade activities in a tourist resort at Rai, run by the Haryana Tourism Corporation, and urged the police authorities to conduct the raids.

In a joint press statement issued here, the representatives alleged that some of the resort officials and the employees work as touts for those who bring with them girls from Delhi and other places. A majority of the girls are said to be working in PCOs and beauty parlours and are also engaged in the flesh trade, they alleged.

The representatives of these organisations further alleged that all the entries in this tourist resort are on fake names. Many of them are as husband and wife. The trade begins early in the morning and the rooms of the motel are booked once for a day. However, they are used frequently by the couples engaged in this trade with the connivance of the officials of this tourist resort. In this way, the HTC is being duped by certain officials and is suffering a huge financial loss. A high-level inquiry is likely to expose the murky affair. 



Tooting their own horn, they forgot to 
honour martyrs’ kin
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 16
August 15 and January 26 are the days which give us the opportunity to remember the supreme sacrifices made by the freedom fighters for defending the security of the nation. A district-level function organised here yesterday lacked this feature as no kin of freedom fighters or the jawans who got martyrdom were honoured on the occasion.

The chief guest, Dr M. L. Ranga, Health Minister, Haryana, appealed to the people to be united and fight the menace of terrorism at all costs in his address. The Health Minister also spoke about the development works done during the past three years. The authorities gave away prizes and commendation certificates to several persons but no relative of the freedom fighter or martyrs was honoured. At least 12 Army and paramilitary jawans have lost their lives in the anti-militancy and anti-insurgency operations in the last several years.

Mr Rajvir Singh of the Punarjagran Sanstha, a voluntary organisation, expressed his unhappiness over the issue. He said everybody expected honour for the martyrs and freedom fighters on such occasions, but he alleged that a tendency had developed over the past few years to honour persons who had no role in defending the sovereignty of the country.

He said successive governments had been using the occasion to tout their tall claims rather than lauding the role of persons who had sacrificed their lives. It may be recalled that certain family members of Shahid-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh reside in this town. Bhagat Singh’s mother had also put up here before her death several years ago.

Martyr’s mother, brother slighted

Rohtak: Describing the maltreatment of the mother and a younger brother of a martyr by the official machinery on the occasion of Independence Day in Ambala as a matter of disgrace for the nation, the Haryana unit of Lok Janshakti Party has urged the state Agriculture Minister, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, chief guest during the ID celebrations, to own the responsibility for the shameful incident and resign. In a statement here today, Capt Shamsher Singh Malik, state president of the party, alleged that the younger brother of a martyr, Major Yogesh Gupta was slapped and his mother, Ms Lalit Mohini Gupta misbehaved by the district officials on Independence Day in Ambala. He said this unwarranted incident had sent wrong signals to the soldiers shielding the boundaries of the nation. The LJP leader demanded that Mr Sandhu should resign on moral grounds, or he appealed to the Governor to terminate his services with immediate effect.

He also sought that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, should apologise to the masses as the incident could have an adverse effect on the morale of the defence forces. Besides, he demanded immediate arrest and dismissal of the erring police staff. Capt Malik said the Haryana unit of the party would stage a demonstration in protest against the incident in Ambala on August 18 and thousands of ex-armymen would participate in the demonstration. He said a memorandum would be submitted to the Governor after the demonstration seeking a high-level probe into the incident. OC



Costly MCD trucks unfit to carry rotting piles of garbage
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16
The efforts of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to clear garbage from ‘dhalaos’ have suffered a setback as some 40-odd trucks worth crores of rupees purchased recently for the purpose are now found to be inadequate to carry the load thanks to the unique construction and shape of their bodies.

As a result, garbage continues to be piled up at the dumps in bins scattered all over the city, posing a health hazard specially in view of the heavy rains.

According to highly placed sources, the MCD recently purchased 40 trucks from TATA company after a thorough discussion in the corporation. The MCD ordered the company to deliver 75 trucks on rates of TATA and Ashok Leyland. The company has to deliver 35 more trucks .The corporation has 600 trucks including 40 new trucks and 51 private vehicles hired by the MCD to transport the garbage.

The decision to purchase 75 additional trucks was taken after it was discovered that the existing fleet was inadequate to cart thousands of tonnes of garbage generated daily to landfill sites.

It is now discovered that trucks bought by the MCD are constructed in such a way that half of the body always remains unfilled when the garbage is loaded onto it.

The Leader of Opposition in the corporation, Mr Subhash Arya said that such was the condition that about 2000 metric tones of garbage was not being removed daily because of this maladministration.



Khurana to begin ‘Parivartan Yatra’ today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16
Former Chief Minister and the Delhi Pradesh President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr Madan Lal Khurana, will begin his 35-day ‘Parivartan Yatra’ here tomorrow.
An Ashwamedha Yagya will precede the yatra at the Ram Johri temple, following which Mr Khurana will mount the rath in true epic fashion. The yatra, which is being undertaken to bring about a change of regime in the Capital, will be flagged off by the Minister for Urban Development, Maj-Gen. B. C. Khnadoori and Union Minister for Tourism, Mr Jagmohan.

A rally to felicitate Mr. Khuarana and Mr Sahib Singh Verma will also be organised during the course of the yatra. The rally is being organised to honour the two leaders for “giving a new direction to the Master Plan by the Central Government for resolving the 35-year-old problems of Delhi”.

Mr Khurana will begin his yatra from Dwarka Sector 1, Pappankalan. In a statement issued here, Mr Khurana said |his ‘Parivartan Yatra’ is aimed at exposing the ‘’duplicity’’ of the Sheila Dikshit government on the statehood bill and the guidelines.

The 35-day yatra is aimed at bringing about a ‘’change in the present set-up’’, targeting among other things the ‘’failures’’ of the Congress government in the state, corruption and manifesto promises ‘’made only to be broken’’.

Mr Khuran added, “On the one hand, Ms Dikshit is not satisfied with the provisions of the statehood bill, and on the other, she is looking forward to the statehood to carry out plans of her government. This is nothing but double talk,” said Mr Khurana.



An anguished father’s efforts bear fruit
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 16
Nav Prerna Shikshan Kendra, which holds the distinction of being the first institute opened here for mentally disabled children, has now purposefully entered its third year.

The institute, which was started here on July 15, 2001, with 10 children and five staff members, now has 20 children, including eight girls, on its rolls. The staff, headed by its Principal, Mrs Deepa Sapra, comprises four special educators, one peon, one helper and one school van driver.

The institute, which quite economically remained confined to its small accommodation during the past two years of its existence, has now shifted to a four-room spacious premises magnanimously provided by Shri Ganeshi Lal Goyal Charitable Trust in its newly built dharamshala in HUDA’s Sector 3 here.

It is pleasantly astonishing to note how Mr Narendra Batra, a prominent hotelier of Rewari, whose mentally disabled son Rohit had been getting specialised treatment at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, became instrumental in the establishment of Nav Prerna Shikshan Kendra through the inspiration of Dr Roma Kumari, Clinical Psychologist at the hospital.

With their joint and inspirational efforts came into existence a 17-member Nav Prerna Society which started the kendra in July 2001.

The society, which has Mr Ram Lal Sachdeva as president, Mr Amar Sharma as vice-president, Mr Harish Malik as general secretary and 14 other prominent citizens, has been running the institute with superb dedication and far-sighted vision. With the teething problems faced by the institute now almost over, the society is making all-out efforts to make it financially viable as well as capable in successfully coping with the liabilities involved towards its future expansion.

The institute, which prominently aims at bringing the mentally disabled children into the mainstream of life, is now adequately equipped with meeting their educational, recreational, therapeutic and other allied requirements.

The institute’s programme comprises a multi-disciplinary approach inclusive of scientific, educational and vocational training as well as recreational, cultural and sports activities which will enable the children to regain their maximum potential of self-sufficiency. Children are also given exposure to their external environment to enable them to gain a fair degree of self-reliance. Simultaneously, the parent-teacher meets, where day-to-day child related problems are freely discussed, are also a regular feature of the institute’s curriculum.

Creditably, several children of the institute, who participated in the second state-level special Olympics at Bhiwani in March 2002 , bagged three gold, four silver and four bronze medals.

Besides, an OPD of Child Development and Guidance Clinic is held at the institute on every second Saturday of the month. The institute’s wards as well as other mentally disabled children are given a thorough examination by a team comprising a clinical psychologist, a speech therapist, a special educator and an occupational therapist from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi.

The specialists’ team devises a monthly programme of specialised training and instructions which are imparted to the children of the institute for one month by the staff.

Score of poets from Delhi, Meerut, Rewari and several other places participated in a Kavi Sammelan organised by the district administration here on the eve of Independence Day. Sharwan Rahi, Satya Dev Haryanvi, Satish Sagar (all from Delhi), Rattan Singh Rattan (Meerut), Halchal Haryanvi, Vipin Suneja (both from Rewari) and several others paid glowing poetic tributes to all those freedom fighters who had made valuable sacrifices for the country.

Rahi, Rattan and Sagar virtually sent the audience into peals of laughter through their compositions replete with humour, satire and political pleasantries.

The symposium was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neerja Shekhar.

Besides senior officials of the district the audience also comprised poetry lovers of the town.



Motorists here find negotiating roads a nightmare
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 16
While a large number of roads here have almost been washed away in the rain during the past fortnight, leaving death traps in the form of potholes, the municipal council, the PWD (B and R), the market committee and HUDA seem to have a callous attitude towards repair work.

According to a report, only some roads could withstand the onslaught of the incessant rain. Most of the roads have, however, been reduced to a nightmare for traffic, particularly two-wheelers drivers.

Walking on the roads has become dangerous at night in the wake of poor streetlighting. Some roads are so heavily damaged that the people are wary in using them. The Atlas road and the mandi road towards Kalupur village are examples of death traps.

Roads, which were repaired only a few weeks ago as well as old ones which are already in a bad state, were all damaged by the downpour. Notwithstanding the familiar charge of poor quality of work undertaken by official agencies and contractors in connivance with the supervisory staff, lack of civic sense is equally responsible for the pitiable condition of the roads. Moreover, encroachments on the roadsides, covering the drainage system, often lead to the blockage of drains which in turn divert the water to have a free flow on the roads. The water damages the bitumen. Repairs, when done, are usually a patch-up job.

Moreover, the drainage system is often neglected while laying the roads. This results in blocking of water on the roads even in normal times.

However, official sources point out that during the past few years the maintenance work on the roads could not be done on a large scale as there was acute shortage of funds. No contingency plan was drawn up by the agencies responsible for the maintenance of the roads. However, the budgetary provisions are made for it for which funds are generated by these agencies under the non-Plan expenditure.



The battle within human mind for freedom

The human spirit always craves for freedom. This is far deeper than the struggle for political, social or economic freedom. There is a sense in which spiritual freedom is fundamental in ensuring freedom in other spheres.

Can you understand the joy and relief felt by a man sentenced to death at the announcement of his pardon just before the hangman was to complete his job? Can you sense the “freedom” that he experiences on being given a chance to taste life once again?

Or think of another man, afflicted by cancer and whom the doctors pronounced as hopeless case. One morning he wakes up finding himself totally free from the malignancy. He goes to the doctors; they can not believe their eyes and declare him free from the scourge. How relieved he must feel!

Or again think of the Shakespearean endeavour to tell us the magnitude of the misery and guilt Lady Macbeth underwent after the commission of a murder. All the oceans of the world did not have enough water to wash away the sense of guilt she felt. Who will set her free again?

Freedom from guilt, from fears, from resentments, jealousy, resentments, pride and prejudices — that is the spiritual mann’s struggle for freedom throughout his life.

“Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person, whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man. One, whose mind is not free, though he may not be in prison, is a prisoner and not a free man. One who is not free though alive, is no better than dead. Freedom of mind is the proof of one’s existence,” wrote Dr B. R. Ambedkar.

Yes, freedom has connotations other than what is associated with political liberty, flag hoisting or singing of national anthems. The struggle for freedom in the individual’s life seems almost doomed than even any nation’s fight for independence. That is why it is said that an individual who has gained mastery over his self is greater than one who takes (conquers) a city.

All religions affirm that the human race constitutes one family and that man must live with freedom in the community. There must be fraternity, equality and peace among them. The French revolution and perhaps subsequently there had been other sweeping efforts to achieve such ideals but in vain.

This clearly establishes the imperfections in man. Alexander cold conquer the legions of Persia, but he could not conquer his passions. Caeser triumphed in many battles but he fell victim to the desire of being a king. Bonaparte vanquished nearly the whole of Europe, but he could not vanquish his own ambition. Leaders, while accomplishing great tasks, had miserably fallen victims to their own passions. John Locke, philosopher, has written: “The most precious of all possessions, is power over ourselves; power to withstand trial, to bear suffering, to front danger; power over pleasure and pain; power to follow our convictions, however, resisted by menace and scorn; the power of calm reliance in darkness and storms.”

Every society today is in need of persons of character who would choose to be free from narrowness of mind and prejudices. Instead of erecting walls and barriers, they will build bridges. Tagore, witnessing the narrow domestic walls, prayed: “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where the knowledge is free, Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever widening thought and action — Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake!”

A society of Tagore’s dream can become a reality only when individuals are able to set themselves free from the limiting factors of human nature. A battle is on in each soul between the “flesh and the spirit”. The sinful nature of man is reflected, according to the scriptures, in sexual immorality, impurity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, jealousy, selfish ambition, envy, drunkenness and the like. All these make our globe a miserable place. Religious scholars, philosophers and theologians have been emphasising the need to set men free from the operation of the “flesh” and set them on the road to peace by teaching them selflessness, love, humility and the like. But no magic wand has been invented to bring about these changes.

In his book, the Psychology of Spirituality, Dr H. B. Danesh, a psychiatrist and leader of the Bahai community, calls for spiritualisation of lives, if we are to achieve the goal of freedom. According to him, modern man must learn to become “other-directed than self-centred; to be generous and self–sacrificing instead of selfish and egoistical. We need to able to postpone the gratification of our needs, to see ourselves as members of a body of humanity, to refrain from the much-valued but highly destructive competitive practices of our society, and to prefer others over ourselves, or at least to treat others as we wish ourselves to be treated.

In short, spiritual freedom demands that we abandon our materialistic values and adopt in their place those universal values based on the nobility of every human being.’’

M P K Kutty



Call to shun parochialism to safeguard freedom
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16
Addressing a gathering assembled to celebrate ‘Mukti Parv’-the ‘Spiritual Liberation Day’-that coincides with the country’s Independence Day, Baba
Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, head of the Sant Nirankari Mission, called upon the countrymen to remove the barriers of casteism, parochialism, language and other such divisive considerations that weaken the nation today. “We shall repay the price of sacrifices made by our freedom fighters only if we safeguard the independence of the country and the values they cherished,” he said.

Describing these parochial issues as bondages, Baba Ji emphasised the need to remove them because they were causing harm to the nation. When we are proud of our own religion, for example, we develop hatred for others that broods violence.

Pointing out the damage this one factor was causing, he said there is violence in the name of religion, even though no religion preached hatred.

Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj called upon his followers to be disciplined. The pilot of an aircraft has no hurdle in his way while flying in the air. However, he must follow a given route because there are many other aircrafts, which too would like to fly safely.

In effect, freedom is never absolute, it never seeks to make one unbridled and cause harm, Baba Ji said.

Referring to the Mukti Parv, Baba Ji highlighted the role of the saints who submitted to their True Master with utmost sense of devotion.

They were called Gurmukh as against Manmukh because they acted according to their Guru and not according to their mind. They taught human equality, emphasising that every human body is composed of the same five elements.

Baba Ji said that these true devotees preached freedom from all such bondages that harmed man physically, socially and mentally, so that everybody lives a peaceful and happy life. They advised man to rise above selfishness and ego because it harmed man. These devotees inspired others to shed their doubts and delusions about religion, he said.

They preached that mere reading or reciting the name of God is not adequate, one must know and realise the God one worships. This was the only source of happiness for oneself as well as for others.

Speaking on the occasion, Baba Ji’s mother, Rajmata Kulwant Kaur Ji, also paid tribute to these devotees of the mission.

She said it is not easy to construct a railway line or build a road. But once it is laid, the vehicles move speedily. These saints laid the foundations of the mission on which we are now travelling.

This was possible only because these devotees completely surrendered to the true Master.

Mind is a horse which can be bridled only by Satguru, she said. Let us learn from their lives and act accordingly. Let us spread the light of truth so that humanity does not stumble and fumble in the darkness of ignorance.



Homage to Maharani Advanti Bai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) paid homage to Maharani Advanti Bai at a function held at the DPCC office premises here today.
Addressing the gathering, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr Prem Singh, highlighted the important role played by Maharani Avanti Bai in the India’s freedom movement.

It may be recalled that an important aspect of the first rebellion against the British rule in 1857 was the central role played by women.

The role played by Maharani Avanti Bai of Ramgarh, who belonged to the Lodhi community of Mandla district in Madhya Pradesh, would be remembered by her country.

DPCC chief said she fought against the British interference in her domain’s affairs. When the British appointed an officer to oversee the affairs of her state after her husband, Maharaja Vikramaditya Singh, fell ill, Maharani Avanti Bai aroused the patriotic feelings of her people against the British.

People from all segments of the society joined hands with the Maharani to fight against the British rulers. 



Poets pay homage to martyrs at HUJ function
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, August 16
Several poets from Rohtak and Bahadurgarh towns paid homage to the martyrs through their poems at a Kavya Sandhya organised under the auspices of the Haryana Union of Journalists (HUJ) at Lions Club here last evening.

Mr Dharampal Malik, Station Director, All India Radio, Rohtak, was the chief guest on the occasion while Mr Virender Singh Chauhan, president, HUJ conducted the stage. Mr Som Dev Kaushik, Mr Navneet Chhibar, Ms Kanwaljeet Kaur Juneja, Ms Archana Thakur, Mr Bharat Bhushan Sanghiwal, Mr D. S. Anuj among others hit out at various malpractices prevalent in society and the degeneration in life standards and politics through their creations.

Mr Malik gave mementoes to the poets. Mr Lokesh Jain, vice-president, district unit of HUJ, thanked the authorities of Lions Club and Spic Macay for their contribution in organising the programme.

Brothers held for double murder: With the arrest of two brothers on Friday evening, the district police claimed to have solved a recent case of double murder at the nearby Dobh village.

Those arrested are Azad Singh and Dalbir of Khandrai village. The suspects have reportedly admitted their involvement in the crime during police interrogation.

The suspects reportedly told the police that they had a dispute regarding distribution of money from their profession with the deceased which incited them to take the extreme step.

They said they murdered the two with sharp-edged weapons and put their bodies in a camel cart which was noticed by the villagers near Dobh village in the morning on July 27.

The deceased included a middle-aged man and a teenaged child.



Sanitary conditions in Capital reviewed

New Delhi, August 16
The Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government, Mrs Shailja Chandra, Commissioner, Additional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners of the MCD, disclosed at a review meeting held here today that there was a perceptible improvement in sanitary conditions prevailing in the city inspite of the limitations being faced by every MCD zones. The meeting was also attended by the Private Secretaries of Health and Urban Development.

It was recalled at the meeting that accumulation of garbage in various parts of the Capital on account of heavy rain had been reviewed by the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit.

On her direction, the Chief Secretary put in place a system whereby an independent assessment of the state of sanitation in Delhi’s 134 municipal wards was to be undertaken by committees of SDMs, Public Health Doctors and Sanitary Inspectors. Remedial measures were to be taken by the Deputy Commissioners of the corporation, a spokesman of the NCT of Delhi said. TNS



Killer of hotelier arrested
Our Correspondents

Hapur/Ghaziabad, August 16
The police have arrested the killer of a hotel owner, Dinesh, near Sane Chitauli village. The hotel owner had been shot dead in broad daylight on July 22. Police Circle Officer Divesh Kumar Pandya said Hafizpur police received a tip-off that one of the murderers had been seen near Ragunath Cold Storage. Subsequently, the police nabbed the suspect after encircling him.

The accused, identified as Satinder, confessed to his involvement in the murder of Dinesh and his companions. The police have picked up useful clues from him, which will help them solve the case.

Man succumbs to injuries

One of the four persons, who were seriously injured when a UP Roadways bus hit a three-wheeler, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The driver of the bus involved in the accident fled after abandoning the bus. The accident had occurred on Thursday night on the Delhi-Saharanpur road, near Balaram Nagar Colony, Loni.

The bus coming from Delhi had hit the three-wheeler, seriously injuring four passengers, who were rushed to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, Delhi, where Arvinder (20), succumbed to his injuries.

Power cuts continue to trouble residents

Sonepat: Sonepat city and its suburbs continue to be in the grip of power crisis on account of frequent loadshedding, power breakdowns, trippings and low-voltage.

The unregulated and unscheduled power cuts by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has caused widespread resentment among the residents and the shopkeepers. The power-cuts have become routine and starts early in the day and continue till late at night. According to the residents, normal life and business activities have been adversely affected. The power cuts affected the water supply in many areas of the city.

The residents alleged that their repeated complaints made to the authorities in this regard have fallen on deaf ears.

Legal cell appointment

Rohtak: Mr Vijender Singh, an advocate practising in the District Courts here, has been appointed the general-secretary, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (Legal Cell).

The chairperson of the HPCC (Legal Cell), Ms Dayan Chaudhary, told Mr Singh that his appointment as general-secretary has been made keeping in view his dedication and sincerity towards the party.

Training Centre Inaugurated

New Delhi: The Institute of Computer Accountants, a Kolkata-based organization, has inaugurated its first training centre in Gurgaon, Haryana. The chain of exclusive computerised accounting training institutes caters to qualified accountants and students of accountancy. An added valuable facility is the employment benefit. The ICA guarantees jobs for every trained student, but if someone fails to secure employment, the entire training fee will be refunded. TNS



9th Delhi Book Fair to begin from Aug 23 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16
A contingent of 35 writers, publishers and booksellers will arrive in the Capital from Pakistan to participate in the 9th Delhi Book Fair scheduled for August 23 to 31. It is for the first time that a contingent as big as this from the neighbouring country will participate in any book fair held here. On display will be Pakistani books as they share the roof with books from other SAARC nations.

The main theme of the fair is writing and publishing for children in SAARC countries. Focus on children apart, the fair will accommodate 556 stalls of about 300 participants. The figures, it is pointed out, are unprecedented. Representatives from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Thailand are among the notable participants who will showcase books from their region. Indian and foreign participants will also discuss issues related to copyright and reprographic rights. A section termed the ‘Rights Hall’ has been earmarked for this.

With the focus being children, special invitations and care has been extended to school to bring their students for the fair. Children will also be given a chance to prove their mettle through a series of competitions including a debate contest and painting competition.

A special attraction will be a meeting with the authors, where people can not just interact and meet with some of the authors but get their books signed by them.

Special Gurmat Samagam at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib: The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee organised the first special Gurmat Samagam at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib here yesterday. The programme started with the recitation of the Sukhmani Sahab and Nitnem followed by the Shabad Kirtan performed by the Ragi Jathas, Bhai Amrik Singh, Bhai Gurvinder Singh and Bhai Satvinder Singh of Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Bhai Balbir Singh Amritsar wale. Prof. Harbans Singh of Khalsa College, Prof. Nirankar Singh and Principal, Narinder Pal Singh, revived the memory of the devotees about the contributions of the Sikh Community.

Prof. Harbans Singh highlighted the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Gobind Singh. The DSGMC presented Saropas to Lt. Gen. J. S Arora (retd.) and Prof. Harbans Singh Chawla. A langar was also organised on the occasion.

Review of sanitation work: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inspected the 85 Block, DIZ Area in Gole Market this morning. She reviewed the on going sanitation work and planted a sapling of Peepal in a park. Ms. Dikshit also visited the N P Girls Middle School where she distributed midday meals to the children after addressing them. The CM had recently launched the sanitation work being carried out here.

Road renamed: The Kotla Road running from Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg to Deendayal Upadhyay Marg has now been renamed after the former Union Home Minister and general-secretary of the Communist Party of India, Mr Indrajeet Gupta Marg. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit unveiled the plaque installed at the start of the road, press statement said.



Truck loaded with LPG cylinders rams 
maxi jeep, 10 injured 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 16
At least 10 persons were seriously injured when a truck loaded with LPG cylinders rammed into a maxi jeep carrying passengers on the G T Road near Samalkha town, about 40 km from here yesterday. According to a report, the injured persons were admitted to hospitals in Panipat, Samalkha and Delhi for treatment.

The condition of one woman is stated to be serious and has been sent to a hospital at Delhi for further treatment.

The injured persons were identified as Deesi, Rahul, Saroj, all of Ata Jaurasi village, Nirmal, Rajbala, Pooja, Seema, Suresh, Brijesh, Anil and Rajbala. The police are still investigating into the case and no arrest has been made in this connection.

CM’s visit postponed: The proposed two-day visit of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to the Kailana constituency of this district, commencing from August 18, has been postponed following the sudden death of Mr Ranbir Singh Malik, brother of Mr Ved Singh Malik, a former Haryana Minister on Thursday night.

According to a report, Mr Ved Singh Malik, is a close associate of Mr Chautala and Mr Malik is from Pipli Khera village falling under the Kailana Assembly constituency.



Couple arrested for kidnapping infant from 
Punjabi Bagh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 16
With the arrest of a couple, the West district police today claimed to have solved a kidnapping case of an infant from a house in Punjabi Bagh. The victim, Ravi Kumar, son of a shopkeeper in Paschim Puri, was rescued and the couple, Anita Mishra (25) and her husband, Ashwani Mishra, residents of Sultan Pur, Uttar Pradesh, were arrested.

According to the police, the accused, Anita, had falsely claimed to her in-laws that she was pregnant. However, when she went back to her in-laws house without the child, her in-laws were puzzled and kept asking her about the whereabouts of the baby.

In an effort to cover up her false claim, Anita met the victim’s mother, Shakshi, in a hospital and became friendly with her. According to a plan, she arrived in the Capital from Sultan Pur two days before Raksha Bandan. Later, she went to Shakshi’s house and while playing with the kid, she handed over the child to her husband, who was waiting outside.

She feigned ignorance when she was questioned by Shakshi about the missing child. She was immediately handed over to the police. During interrogation, she confessed to the crime. 



Four held for bid to molest girl

Hapur/Ghaziabad: Four young men were nabbed by the Indirapuram police for harassing and trying to molest a girl in Vasundhra. They had harassed the girl returning from tuition in Vasundhra Sector-V.

The arrested youths are Chakki Lal, Babloo, Ramesh and Shiv Kumar, all residents of Vasundhra. Vinode Kumar, father of the girl, had filed a report with Indirapuram police that when his daughter was returning after taking tuition at about 1 pm, she was accosted by four urchins who tried to harass and molest her.

On raising the alarm by the girl, the people in the locality had caught the miscreants who were later arrested by the police. OC


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