Monday, August 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Property wrangle: Nine of family set afire 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
In a bizarre incident last night, nine members of a family were set on fire over a property dispute at JJ Colony in the Wazirpur area in North-West district.

The nine hapless persons were rescued by the neighbours who rushed them to LNJP Hospital. Five of them, Lala Ram (50), his second wife Kuppai (37), son Monu (14), daughter Meenu (15), granddaughter Payal (six months) were discharged after being administered first aid. Four others, Lala Ram’s first wife Dhan Devi (42), his married daughter Bebi (21), grandson Kushal (2) and daughter Asha (15), who sustained severe burns, were undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The police said the incident, which took place around 10 last night, was the horrible culmination of a heated argument which the two brothers had over some property issue. The younger brother, Ravi Shankar, sprinkled kerosene on his brother and his entire family and set them on fire, it is alleged.

According to the police, Brij Mohan, alias Lala Ram (50), Ravi Shankar and Pinki (42) used to live in the same house with their families in the Wazirpur JJ Colony. While the families lived on the first and second floors they had four shops on the ground floor. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West), Mr Sanjay Singh, said Ravi Shankar used to quarrel with Lala Ram, demanding his share in the property. Last night, after a heated argument, Ravi Shankar poured kerosene on the first floor, sprinkled it on Lala Ram’s family members and then set fire to them. Shankar also doused the walls of his brother’s house with kerosene and set them on fire. The neighbours initially thought the house had caught fire accidentally but later came to know that it was a deliberate attempt. The police have arrested the accused Ravi Shankar and registered a case of attempt to murder against him.

Brother stabbed to death over petty sum

Ghaziabad: A petty row led to an elder brother killing his sibling with a khukhri (a Nepalese dagger) in the Loni area.

The police have arrested the accused and seized the murder weapon. Ram Rakham, originally from Bihar, had been living in Loni Colony. His younger brother, Sunder, had come to meet him from Punjab on July 29. Sunder, who was employed at a printing press in Punjab, had reportedly asked Ram Rakham for Rs 200 yesterday.

Both had a row on this issue during which the latter stabbed the former in the stomach with a khukhri, killing Sunder on the spot.

A cousin of Sunder has filed a report with the Sector 39 police, naming Ram Rakham. The police have arrested the accused and started investigation in the case. In another case, a 50-year-old businessman was stabbed to death over a money dispute in Sector 62, Noida. According to the SP (City), Mr Vijay Bhushan, Charanjit Singh was a resident of Rajiv Vihar in Khora Colony under the Indirapuram police station. He had a business partnership with Nawal Kishore Chauhan of Sector 22. When Charanjit Singh demanded Rs 45,000 from Nawal Kishore, the former was stabbed to death and his body thrown in Sector 62 to conceal the murder and mislead the police. OC


...As Khurana hits the road
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana on Sunday began his Parivartan Yatra from Dwarka in South West Delhi by boarding a specially-built motor vehicle. Before Union Urban Development Minister BC Khanduri and Union Tourism Minister Jagmohan flagged off the journey, Khurana said the Bill for making NCT of Delhi a State of the Union would be tabled in Parliament tomorrow.

Dwelling on the agenda for the Parivartan Yatra, Khurana said full statehood for NCT of Delhi and failure of the Sheila Dikshit Ministry would be at the core of the campaign. He said doubts about the BJP’s intention on making NCT of Delhi a State of the Union should now be laid to rest. Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, he said, would table the Bill. An amendment converting NCT of Delhi from a Union Territory to a State would also be tabled.

The Rath (chariot), as the party refers the motor vehicle, will take Khurana to all the 70 constituencies. (The Rath has been borrowed from Rajasthan BJP President Vasundhara Raje who recently undertook a similar Yatra.) BJP National General Secretary and in charge of NCT of Delhi affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma and East Delhi Member of Parliament Lal Bihari Tiwari were present on the occasion.

Khurana said the Centre’s initiative to incorporate various changes like regularisation of 1,600 unauthorised colonies, legalising additional construction carried out in DDA colonies and flats, regularisation of shops in residential areas and conversion of 24 residential colonies into industrial estates would go a long way in providing a better lifestyle to the people. He said these changes would be incorporated in the Master Plan.


Cong dubs BJP’s Yatra a flop show
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Sunday continued with its August Kranti Yatra that was launched on August 9 by President Sonia Gandhi. DPCC President Prem Singh was among those who addressed meetings as the Yatra moved from one constituency to another.

Describing the BJP’s Parivartan Yatra as a flop show, Prem Singh said the BJP had planned to launch the Yatra from Nasirpur but the BJP developed cold feet after the Congress’ August Kranti Yatra received an overwhelming response there.

“That the BJP’s Parivartan Yatra is a flop show can be understood from the fact that Khurana had to make a last minute change and choose Dwarka instead of Nasirpur for launching his Yatra,” Singh spoke at the public meetings he addressed.

The DPCC president also addressed a public meeting in Vikas Nagar in Hastsal constituency. Singh was joined by Sajjan Kumar, Education Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan and Hastsal legislator Mukesh Sharma. Sajjan Kumar described Khurana’s Parivatrtan Yatra as Vinaash Yatra as the BJP had always spoken against the people living in unauthorised colonies.

Education Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan in turn said the Government of NCT of Delhi had launched new schemes for the benefit of the SCs/STs and the OBCs. The BJP’s Yatra, he said, had only exposed the double standards of that party.

Meanwhile, the August Kranti Yatra on Sunday started from Kapashera in Mahipalpur constituency and traversed through Mehrauli, Saket, Ambedkar Nagar and Tughlakhabad before reaching Badarpur. DPCC President Prem Singh addressed meetings on the route.

Speaking at one such meeting, Singh said the BJP was only trying to whip up passions as it had offered nothing to the people during the five years it was in power between 1993 and 1998. The groundswell of public support for August Kranti Yatra, he said, had unnerved the BJP and forced it to revise its strategy.

Singh reminded the people of the BJP’s track record when it was in power. “Theirs was full of scams and scandals … there is nothing the BJP has done for Khurana or anybody else in his party to claim credit,” he said and added that the people were fed up with the theatrics of the BJP.


Rape victim lives in the shadow of life threats
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Punhana (Mewat), August 17
What else can one call it but a travesty of justice: Hemani (name changed), a resident of Gubradi village under the Punhana police station in the Mewat area, after being allegedly raped, is receiving life threats from the perpetrator of the crime and his clansmen. The reason for this is not far to seek. Both she and her husband are determined to bring the culprit to book after getting an FIR registered against him.

Hemani, a mother of three, has written to various authorities, including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), complaining that she and her family members were receiving life threats from the accused as well as the police. She has accused the police of acting in collusion with the accused.

Hemani has accused the police of pussyfooting in the case by not arresting the culprit, a married person. An FIR was registered on July 7, but the culprit is still roaming scot-free in the village.

The family members of the rape victim have alleged that a state minister is stonewalling the arrest of the culprit. They say the police are not taking action under pressure from the minister.

The dilly-dallying tactics of the police and the life threats have forced Hemani to take the issue, inter alia, with the National Commission for Human Rights, the National Commission for Women, the Union Home Ministry and the Director-General of Police, Haryana.

In the complaint to the National Commission for Human Rights, copies of which have been sent to the other authorities, Hemani has alleged that she had taken cattle to a pond on the outskirts of the village along with her sister-in-law in the forenoon of July 7. On their way back one of the cattle strayed. Hemani parted company with her sister-in-law to shepherd back the cattle. Hassan, a married man from the village, dragged her to the nearby bushes and raped her. Hearing her cries for help, when her sister-in-law ran back the accused beat up both of them. He left after warning that if they talked their entire family would be liquidated.

It is further alleged that the police have adopted dilatory tactics whenever her family members approached them for action against the accused. Worse, the police have also allegedly been threatening them and advising the victim and her family members to patch up with the accused.

Hemani has pointed out that no action was being taken owing to the proximity of the accused and his family members to the minister. She has demanded the arrest of the accused and the investigation of the case by an “honest” police officer. She has also sought protection for herself and her family members.


Rally season is on with student leaders gearing up for poll
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
Having taken a cue from the political bigwigs, student union factions in Delhi University too have decided to hit the road. The week beginning tomorrow will see the campus abuzz with rallies being undertaken to “create awareness and highlight the failures of the opponents” in the run-up to the DUSU elections.

The newly created Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) will be the first to take to the road. “We will organise a Vishal Jagriti Rally on August 18 in North Campus”, said the spokesperson of the INSO, A. Kapoor Chaudhary.

The rally, he claims, is to “protest against anti-student policies and demand more U-Specials. INSO will also submit a memorandum of demands to the Vice-Chancellor. The coming week will also be celebrated as Jagriti Saptah”.

Close on the heels will be the ABVP’s ‘Vishwavidyalaya Bachao’ rally. “We are going to highlight the corruption that has surfaced in the university and the rally is aimed at creating awareness about the discrimination against students”, points out the spokesperson of the ABVP, Jatin Mohanty.

The Congress backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) is also contemplating a rally in the “immediate future”. “We took out a rally in South Campus on August 7 against non-cooperation of the university officials there. There is no one to lend an ear to the grievances of the students there”, said party spokesperson Kuntal Krishna.

Each party is quick to declare that the issues raised by them have been their concern for the last few years and refuse to concede any similarity in agendas. The rallies, they assert, will help them reach out to a larger section of students.

Take for instance the INSO, which claims to have the support of a “large number of students who are aware of the failure of the past student unions”. Kapoor Chaudhary pointed out, “The rally will be attended by thousands of INSO student activists and will start from Vivekanand Statue in North Campus and culminate at the VC’s office”.

He said all other students’ organisations had been “ exposed by their lust for political gains” and that, “INSO is the only strong alternative to the ABVP and the NSUI”.

To substantiate the claim, INSO pointed out that despite a Congress led government in the state the condition of the U Specials remained unchanged.

With the rallies being their chance to reach out and claim their place under the sun, the student leaders for now are busy counting heads that they hope would surface at the rallies.


Consumer’s corner
Stone deaf BSNL fined for harassing subscriber
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 17
The District Consumer Forum has penalised the Bharatiya Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and directed it to make a payment of Rs 12,000 along with interest to a subscriber who was issued wrong telephone bills and his connection was severed. In its judgement, the forum has also directed that the amount should be deducted from the salary of the errant accounts officer. According to information, Arun Gupta of Gohana was allotted 52834 number phone connection on April 18, 1996, under the OYT category. This number had earlier been given to some other subscriber against whom an amount of Rs 1,080 was outstanding. When Arun Gupta was issued the bill, the BSNL authorities included the outstanding amount, which the earlier subscriber had not paid, in his bill and asked him to make payment.

However, Arun Gupta kept complaining to the BSNL authorities about the wrong billing. But the authorities continued to harass him by repeatedly including the outstanding amount in his bills. Finally, the authorities disconnected his telephone in 1998, alleging that he had not made payment of the outstanding amount. After great persuasion, Arun Gupta was able to convince the authorities that he was not responsible for non-payment of the outstanding amount and the phone connection was restored.

But that was not the end of the matter. In 2000, a recalcitrant accounts officer at the BSNL’s Sonepat office issued a new bill, asking Arun Gupta to pay the outstanding Rs 1,080. On non-payment of this amount, the BSNL authorities again disconnected his phone. The accounts officer even refused to accept a report given by the SDM, Gohana, in which it was clarified that Arun Gupta had nothing to do with this outstanding amount but the former remained adamant and did not accept the report.

Frustrated and disgusted, Arun Gupta lodged a complaint with the district consumer grievances redressal forum.

Forum strikes down repair charges in warranty period

Bhiwani: The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum here has directed a tractor dealer to return the amount charged for repairing the engine of a branded tractor despite the validity of its guarantee period and pay compensation along with interest to the complainants. The decision was taken by Chairman Pradeep Kumar Mehta, members Prem Singh Ola and Shakuntla Bala Sheoran jointly yesterday.

Two farmers of Ratera village of this district, Mahabir and Rajpal, had lodged a complaint with the forum that they had bought a tractor from the Omkar tractor agency located at Loharu road, Bhiwani, on January 4, 1998, with a warranty of two years or 2,000 hours. They said the engine of the tractor had seized on October 2, 1999, much before the expiry of the warranty period. The dealer repaired the engine but charged Rs 22,000 for the services, whereas the tractor had not run beyond 1700 hours.

The tractor dealer conceded that the engine had seized within the guarantee period but contended that it had run for 2,000 hours and the charges were justified. The forum, while giving its judgement, said since the engine had run for only 1700 hours and was in the guarantee period the dealer was being directed to return the money charged for repairs along with 12 per cent interest besides Rs 2,000 as compensation.


HVP rally to showcase its strength in Ahirwal
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 17
HVP leaders are making an all efforts to mobilize the people for the HVP’s rally on August 25. The rally is expected to be show of strength to portray the increasing hold of the Haryana Vikas Party in the Ahirwal region, particularly after its notable performance in the recent by-elections in the Yamuna Nagar and Fatehabad Assembly constituencies.

Addressing a press conference here on August 15, the general-secretary of the party, Mr Anil Rao, said that he had received extremely good response in almost all the 100 villages of the Rewari, Bawal and Jatusana Assembly segments of the district.

The HVP rally, which would be held Rao Tula Ram Park here, would be addressed by the party leader Bansi Lal. Mr. Anil Rao further informed that the HVP secretary-general, Mr Surender Singh, would be making a whistle-stop tour of about thirty selected villages of the three constituencies on August 18, 19 and 20 to mobilize the people.

Mr Rao claimed the HVP was fast emerging as a potent force in Ahirwal, where the people, disenchanted with the Chautala regime, was looking to Mr Bansi Lal to provide good governance to he state.

Action against martyr’s family condemned

The Haryana Janata Dal(U) president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has condemned the incident in which Vikas Gupta, the brother of martyr Major Yogesh Gupta, was beaten up while his parents were roughed up by the police at the Independence Day function at Ambala on Friday. He said that it was all the more agonizing and shameful that it happened in the presence of the Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu and the officials of the district administration.

He said this was in sharp contrast to the “tall claims” made by the Chautala regime that it had the highest regard for the martyrs. Urging the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to take a serious note of the incident, Mr Vidrohi demanded the immediate dismissal of the minister as he had lost the moral right to remain in office. He also demanded the immediate suspension of the DC and SP of Ambala and stringent action against the ‘erring’ police and civil officials.


JD(U) criticises bus fare hike 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 17
The Haryana Janata Dal (U) leader, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has criticised the hike in the Roadways bus fares, and alleged that it had been done to benefit the private bus operators in the state.

In a statement here today, Mr Vidrohi said that the hike was “unjustified” as there had been no increase in the price of diesel or petrol in the national and international market for the past many months.

He said the sudden increase in bus fares had taken everybody by surprise. He said the aim behind the hike was the interests of private bus operators in the state. He said it was reported that the government had decided to open several long routes to private bus services in the near future. He said this hike would help the private bus operators, who were politically influential in the state.

He said instead of doing something to salvage the cooperative bus services covering small routes, the present decision had other ulterior motives.

Even though the privatisation of public transport had been an ongoing process in Haryana, the hike could not be justified, he said.

He called upon the government to revert back to the old rates in the interest of the common man.

He said the losses incurred by the Haryana Roadways would not end by the recent fare hike, as corruption, inefficiency and mismanagement were the main cause of the problem.


BJP jibs at naming stadium after Rajiv Gandhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
The proposed inauguration of a stadium by the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, in West Delhi on August 23 has run into a controversy with the BJP objecting to its naming after Rajiv Gandhi.

The Delhi BJP president, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, told mediapersons on Saturday that villagers of Bawana had given the land for the stadium on a condition that it be named after local leaders Chhotu Ram or Dada Ulhas but the Delhi Government had decided to name it after Rajiv Gandhi. While asserting that he was not opposed to naming of anything after anybody, he said christening of the stadium after Rajiv Gandhi would create a controversy.

“I want to ask Sonia Gandhi why should a controversy be created over this issue. Something else may be named after Rajiv Gandhi. Already several installations and roads are named after Rajiv Gandhi”, Mr Khurana said.

“Great men should not be drawn into controversies,” he said. Mr Khurana went on to add that at the time of laying the foundation stone for the stadium by Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi in 1998, the then Delhi Chief Minister, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, had given a written assurance to the locals that it would be named after whomsoever they wished.

He also had a dig at the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, saying that she was showing “hesitation” in appreciating the Vajpayee government’s move to grant statehood to the Capital even as she has started making promises after getting more powers. 


Municipal Council suffers losses as unauthorised construction continues
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 17
The Sonepat Municipal Council has been suffering financial losses on account of the non-recovery of charges from house owners for construction works undertaken without getting their layout plans approved from competent authority.

According to a report, the officials of the building department have failed to check the unauthorised constructions and alteration of buildings in different parts of the city.

Instead, these officials have been accused of accepting “nazranas” from the owners for overlooking the unauthorised constructions.

Trucks and tractor-trolleys, loaded with bricks, cement, bajri and other materials, are carelessly parked in the narrow streets, hampering the movement of motor vehicles. Apart from the motor-vehicle owners, even pedestrians face difficulties passing through these streets.

As usual, the civic authorities and the Traffic Police remain silent spectators as they hardly ever bother to challan the vehicle owners for violating the traffic rules and blocking the roads.

Meanwhile, encroachment on municipal and public land has become a symbol status with politicians and influential persons. These encroachments have remained undisturbed for years on account of the casual attitude of the authorities. Whenever a case of encroachment is brought to their notices, the authorities go through the routine of sending notices to the illegal occupants. They fail to follow up the case and the matter ends there.

Clearly, no one wants to earn the displeasure of the powerful politicians.

A big plot of municipal land in the button factory area of Model Town, which was intended to be a park, has been illegally occupied by the shopkeepers, who have constructed concrete platforms for display of their goods and parking of their vehicles.

The civic authorities have failed to remove the illegal occupants from the vacant plot meant for the park.

Some influential persons have adopted the cumbersome court procedures for retaining unauthorised occupation of public and municipal land. This method has been used to occupy the land near the Idgah.

Whenever the authorities initiate action against them, they persuade the authorities of the Waqf Board to claim the property. In effect, the question of title always remains unsettled for years.

Another common practice is to encroach upon the land and then apply for the lease with the help of powerful politicians or bureaucrats. In one case, an Executive Officer, who was hesitant to accept the demand of a ruling party politician, was transferred after a campaign against him.

Then there are the temporary structures built by the jhuggi-jhopri dwellers on municipal land. The government agencies have failed to construct low-cost houses so as to relocate them in a systematic manner. Clearly, these encroachments have proved a boon for the corrupt officials of the Sonepat Municipal Council, the PWD (B and R), the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the Industries Department and the Haryana Housing Board.


Question mark on Pension Bima usefulness
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, August 17
Renowned economist, Dr S B Dahiya says that the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana, the insurance-linked pension scheme, cannot be an answer to the social security needs of the senior citizens.

This scheme was launched on July 14 and is open to the citizens of 55 years and above.

More than five crore people are at present above 65 and this number is expected to be around 10 crore by 2020 when India intends to attain the status of a developed country.

Pointing out severe consumption and income inequalities, Dr Dahiya says that while the share of the poorest 10 per cent in India’s income or consumption is just 3.5 per cent, it is 33.5 per cent in case of the richest 10 per cent of our population. Even if one widens the base, the share of the poorest 20 per cent comes out to be 8.1 per cent while that of the richest 20 per cent, it becomes 46.1 per cent.

Under such a scenario, the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana cannot be an answer to the social security needs of senior citizens, he said.

An evidence of the failure of this scheme is the fact that so far only about 35,000 people have purchased the premium from LIC. This number is just negligible keeping in view the people above 55.

Dr Dahiya says that in a country where about 25 per cent population is living below poverty line, another about 15 per cent living in the neighbourhood of poverty line which keeps on rising due to inflationary situation in the country, the state shall have to think about alternative ways and means to provide social security to everybody. For this, he suggested a corpus fund needs to be created and the issues of governance shall have to be addressed candidly.

The state CPM secretary, Mr Inderjit Singh, feels that the restructured old-age pension scheme has in fact nothing new in terms of substantial material benefits for senior citizens.

The scheme lacks the most crucial welfare component despite the much-acclaimed revised version. There are no worthwhile incentives in the form of government obligations.

“By and large, the terms and conditions are in no way better than the private schemes mushrooming the market and alluring the common citizens who continue to be faced with all sorts of insecurities in their day-to-day life due to dithering away of the social security net presumed as a statutory government responsibility in the past,” he said.


Politicians not interested in social welfare’ 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
Manavata Abhiyan, a socio-cultural organisation engaged in promoting the objectives of Samarasta, Ahimsa, good-neighbourly relations and peace through various cultural and social activities, today expressed concern over the current political situation in the country.

While felicitating the president of Manavata Abiyan, Mr M K Gandhi, at Malviya Nagar today, speakers from Gulakwali Mosque, Begampur, Savitri Nagar and other adjoining areas highlighted the efforts being made by Mr M K Gandhi for the redressal of grievances and providing counselling regularly for the last six-seven years to all the people of the area, particularly the scheduled caste and backward class.

The speakers alleged that the elected representatives of the area have never shown concern for the developmental activities in their areas nor utilised the funds available to them by the government.

While addressing the meeting of Dalits and backward class organisations in South Delhi, today, the Manavata Abhiyan president, Mr M K Gandhi, appealed to the government to provide interest-free loans to the scheduled caste and backward classes of the society for construction of houses in urban areas.


Special Focus on Sonepat
Institute to be shifted: Finds no takers among blind students 

Sonepat, August 17
Following a sharp decline in the number of inmates and teaching staff, the government has decided to shift the local blind training institute to Panipat. Presently, only ten blind students are enrolled at the institute. The state government had opened two blind training institutes at Panipat and Sonepat in 1962.

In the early years, there were around 100 blind students between the age group of 16 to 40 years. The institute provided training along with free boarding and lodging facilities. However, the admission was limited to those blind students who did not receive any financial help from the government. The inmates were provided training in canning, music and learning in Braille script. Over the years, however, the number of inmates enrolled at the institute has gone down. By 1995, it had come down to 30 against nearly 100 students enrolled in 1962. This year, there are only ten inmates enrolled at the institute. Many reasons are attributed for this dramatic reduction in the enrolment of students here.

The superintendent of the institute, Mr Dhoop Singh, explained that the blind rate in the area has been lowered considerably due to the improvement in medical facilities. Moreover, a number of blind students prefer to avail of the financial assistance provided to them by the government, he pointed out.

However, one of the inmate, Bhagwan Singh, said the government had “no concrete policy for the employment of the blind students after they finished their training”. “Even after finishing ones training, there is no guarantee of a job,” he said, adding that this was a major consideration that had forced the blind students to ignore the institute.

Other inmates supported this argument and said, “even though we are handicapped, we want to work and earn our livelihood, which will not be possible without the help from the government,”

Presently, there are only two teachers at the institute and the building is in a dilapidated condition, with waterlogging a common sight during the monsoon season. 


10,000 youths to be enrolled for SYL
agitation: Birender
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 17
The senior Congress leader, Birender Singh, today said that a team of around 10,000 dedicated youths would be organised by October 2 to launch an agitation for the construction of SYL in Punjab territory.

Talking to mediapersons, he said that he has convened a state level meeting here today, in which at least 10 committed workers of the party from each district participated.

Each of these workers would further enroll 50 members, leading to the formation of a formidable team of 10,000 workers, who would be ready for the agitation, he said. He added that the future course of action would be decided by October 2.

He blamed the Chautala government for misusing the 120-B section of the IPC against his political opponents by implicating them in false cases.

The Chief Minister had even attacked the democratic values by framing charges of sedition against the kisan leaders, he added.

However, Mr Singh admitted that there was a general dearth of political leaders committed to the cause of the nation.

“Political leaders who introduced the practice of nominating persons of their choice in government bodies were responsible for the lack of dedicated and committed workers, he said.

He lashed out at the Chautala government for its failure to maintain law and order and its failure to fulfill its promises in the state.

He claimed that the Congress would return to power in the forthcoming elections in the five states going to the poll.

Later, he addressed a meeting and asked the party workers to be ready for launching the agitation for the construction of the SYL canal.

He charged that the entire functioning of the state government was autocratic and even the Assembly sittings had been brought down to 15-16 days in a year, depriving the Opposition of the opportunity to take on the government for its wrong policies on the floor of the house.

He also released a list of the media incharge in the various districts, which included: Joginder Antil in Sonepat, Devender Nagar and Prof Rati Ram in Delhi, Satinder Rana in Chandigarh, R K Malhotra in Faridabad, Ram Mehar Malik in Jind, Shanker Bhardwaj in Bhiwani, Shamsher Singh Gogi in Panipat, Ram Krishan Rod in Karnal, Udia Veer Punia in Hisar, Surender Madan also in Chandigarh, Aftab Ahmed in Gurgaon, Bhagat Singh Malik in Rohtak, Dinesh Goyal in Ambala, Dharampal Mehra in Kurukshetra, Dharampal Sharma in Kaithal, J.S. Yadav in Rewari, Nilay Saini in Yamunanagar and Parkash Sharma in Sirsa district.


NCR briefs
Girl kidnapped by neighbour
Our Correspondents

Noida, August 17
A 17-year-old young girl was reportedly abducted last night from Salarpur village by a youth living in the neighbourhood.

Sector-39 police said that father of the girl, Fakkruddin has filed an FIR that his 17-year-old daughter has been kidnapped by a youth, Sanjay, who used to live in their neighbourhood. Sanjay visited Fakkruddin’s house on some pretext and finding an opportunity, he lured the minor girl and kidnapped her.

Sanjay is originally a resident of Mainpuri and lived in a rental accommodation in Salarpur. He is employed in a factory in the area. The police are looking for the girl and Sanjay.

Lok Adalats on Aug 23

Faridabad: The Courts of the Additional District and Sessions Judges (ADJ) here will hold Lok Adalats on August 23, to dispose of cases regarding the Hindu marriage Act, Motors Vehicles Accident Act and other related matters pending in the courts. This has been stated in a press release issued by the public relation department, quoting the district and sessions judge here.

Dowry case

Sonepat: The Ganaur police have registered a case of dowry harassment against the husband and other members of the in-laws family on the complaint by a young housewife Mrs Urmila of Chairashmi village in the district.

According to a report, the woman has stated that she was married to Dinesh of Dindapur village in Delhi on February 20, 2000 and she is working as a teacher in a Delhi school.

Her parents gave sufficient dowry at the time of her marriage but her in-laws demanded more after the marriage. Thereupon, her parents gave Rs 1.40 lakh to them, but she was still thrown out of the house thereafter. The police are investigating the case. However, no arrest has been made so far in this connection.


Vanaspati Ghee for cordon bleu cookery

Ruchi Soya industries, the flagship company of the Ruchi Group has launched the Ruchi No 1 Vanaspati Ghee. The vanaspati is available in pouches of 100ml, 200ml, 500ml and one litre.

Amrita Shahra, product manager said, “Vanaspati comes as a very close substitute to the traditional cooking mediums both in taste and appearance. The national launch of Ruchi No 1 brand gives the consumers a high quality substitute for their traditional cooking habits without compromise on their taste.

Numero uno watches

Timex watches has launched the Reebok range of watches–styled, engineered and manufactured by Timex to extend the legendary Reebok brand into the watch segment. The Reebok watches powered by Timex are available in 27 styles with 19 for men and eight for women.

Timex MD Mr Kapoor said, “This is an exciting collaboration between one of the world’s best-known sports brands, Reebok having leading endorsers like Venus Williams and Shakira and Timex, America’s No 1 watch brand.

Fragrance for men

Oriflame, the natural Swedish cosmetic company has launched its new fragrance for men, the Soul. The fragrance is meant to provide natural freshness and sensual depth to the man, who wants to portray physical strength and spiritual power.

Mr Thomas Ekberg, CEO, said the Soul, which is developed to cater to our ever-growing consumer base amongst men, would bring a serene feeling to them at any time of the day. “We are confident that this easy-to-wear natural fragrance will lighten the mood of our customers in the humid Indian weather.”

Comfortable drive

The Chevrolet Optra has now the Aura alloy wheels. Unlike steel wheels, aluminum alloy wheels not only enhance the visual appeal of a car, they never ever rust. With time even a great looking car could look shabby with rusted steel wheels, and concealing them with plastic wheels caps only makes for additional costs.

Aura Alloy wheels apart from lending an unmatched luxury and sophistication provide a wide range of benefits–they provide for a smoother and comfortable drive due to better road impact absorption.

Tickle your tastebuds

Mrs Bector Food Specialties has redefined Dessert Toppings by launching toppings in four exciting flavours—Chocolate, Black Current, Mango and Cherry..

Chairperson Rajni Bector said, “Living up to our philosophy of providing innovative and quality products to our customers, Bector now offers a range of dessert toppings for the first time in India. We ensure that the fruits and chocolate used in making these toppings are fresh and match up to the international quality.”

Latest shoes for men of substance

Franco Leone, the Indian cynosure label of international quality and design is all set to launch its collection of smart casual shoes which will definitely set new trend for the men of substance.

Designed with special concentration on comfort fit to Indian foot that allows better feel, the range is crafted out of imported upper material and PU soles which allows self-shine and durability, keeping perfect match with the latest fashion trend.

Enticing bike

Yamaha Motor has launched a new variant of its popular model Enticer–the Enticer DLX. A perfect combination of superior style, strength and comfort, the Enticer DLX is specially designed to make its owners ‘feel special’ about it. The new variant is facilitated with a disc brake for a safe, secure ride, self-start for an effortless start, superior suspension system and improvised horn.

The Enticer has received an overwhelming response from the customers owing to superior performance, style and comfort.

It’s music to your ears

Alpine has introduced CDA-9807, the CD tuner head unit. Packed with features, this head unit comes in a sporty silver and blue colour combination. It has a high wattage of 50 watts x four channels, with MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) playback facility.

The Bass Engine function allows the user to finetune the quality of music by adjusting eight per set frequencies. It can also control the Bass Width for a tighter bass sound. Subwoofer level control allows the bass level to be adjusted to exactly the level required between 0 and 15 dB.

For jogging and comfort to boot

Nike has launched the third version of Nike Shox, known as Nike Shox TL or Total Length. Nike Shox has been designed for the runner who wants to move into the future of cushioning in running shoes. It is Nike’s premier cushioning system briefed, designed and developed by Nike’s top designers and developers.

The 16 Nike Shox pillars extend from the forefoot to the heels. The concept for development of Nike Shox TL began in 1984 and the engineering continued even after the introduction of the original Nike Shox R4 in 2000.

Shoes a la mode

Red Tape has launched its latest signature line of “Outdoor Collection”. Red Tape, a world-class, high fashion range of casual and semi-casual formal shoes, has now acquired an almost cult status amongst the target group.

The “Outdoor Collection” is an exquisite range of semi-formal and casual wear shoes. This range is a blend of top quality leather, innovative styling and unmatched craftsmanship.

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