Thursday, September 4, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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DSGMC polls to be on Sept 24
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
Apparently under pressure from the Shrimoni Akali Dal (SAD), the president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Mr Paramjeet Singh Sarna, today announced that the elections to the executive would be held on September 24.

By announcing the date today, Mr Sarna is also understood to have pre-empted the move by the SAD-led opposition to unseat him on September 4 as he had already overshot his term. Mr Sarna’s term as the president of the cash-rich body ended on July 24 this year.

The announcement at a crowded press conference here came in the wake of Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa’s move, aimed at ousting the pro-Congress leader from the DSGMC office, which commands considerable influence over the Capital’s large Sikh population, ahead of the November Assembly elections.

Mr Dhindsa had last week shot off a notice to Mr Sarna, claiming 29 members of the 51-member committee would choose a new executive on September 4 as the present executive had overshot its term.

The DSGMC chief, who has so far refused to merge his faction with the SAD despite his mentor Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s patch-up with the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, swept the committee’s general elections last year on a fierce anti-Badal campaign.

On July 24 last year, he was unanimously chosen president of the religious body for a one-year term.

Observers say the DSGMC chief’s election order for September 24 has —for the time being—checkmated the SAD’s plans to wrest control of the committee. Mr Sarna also announced that the offices of the committee would be closed tomorrow in lieu of a Gurpurab holiday.

Meanwhile, SAD leaders here said that their party would discuss the legal aspects of Mr Sarna’s move before deciding on the next course of action. But Akali insiders say it would be hard for the SAD to justify its own election meeting tomorrow in view of the DSGMC president’s order. 



DMRC also leaves a trail of dead aspirations 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has earned kudos for the clockwork precision with which it has executed the Metro project but the residents of Pusa Road are an unhappy lot.

Their houses and shops have been razed recently to make way for the Barakhamba Road–Dwarka line. They are not happy with the rehabilitation package either.

Their complaint? The plots they have been offered in Bindapur near Dwarka and the financial assistance do not measure up to the promises made by the DMRC chairman, Mr Madan Lal Khurana. The political parties are promising housing for the economically challenged to gain votes for the Assembly elections later this year but none has taken up cudgels on our behalf, said the residents. The Pusa Road residents are not alone. Even the Association of Manufacturers, Tilak Nagar, had distributed pamphlets to highlight the problems of businessmen.

The association had contended that Metro means ‘underground rail’ the world over and it should have been constructed underground leaving enough scope for the future planning of Delhi. The Shopkeepers and Residents Welfare Association of Karol Bagh was also up in arms over the ‘eviction’ notices issued by the Land Acquisition Collector. Significantly, only 1.2 km of the 22.8-km-long line is underground. Of the 22 stations in this stretch, only two–at Connaught Place and Barakhamba Road – are underground.

Two surveys were carried out. The first survey, carried out by a French firm, was only the project report and had suggested that part of the Barakhamba Road–Dwarka stretch be underground.

The second survey conducted by an Indian team suggested that the stretch between Connaught Place and Panchkuian Road be elevated. The second survey was adopted by the DMRC.

Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani laid the foundation stone of the Barakhamba Road–Dwarka line of DMRC at Shivaji Enclave in Raja Garden on June 3.

Construction work began on July 31. The line, which constitutes the third corridor of the Phase I of DMRC, would be completed by September 2005 at an estimated cost of Rs 3,000 crore. 



When a construction firm erects walls, divides 
and prospers
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, September 3
The concept of a welfare state appears to have been hit for a six in Haryana. The Harijans and the members of the Backward Classes in Bindapore village near here, have been subjected to the worst kind of violation of human rights with the apparent collusion of the village panchayat, top functionaries of the Haryana government, associates of the ruling INLD and Ardee City, a construction company.

The management authorities of Ardee City, which has purchased land around two colonies, Indra Colony 1 and 2, in the village have constructed walls around them, dividing the residents in the process. All entry and exit routes of the colonies have been blocked. The only entry-exit point is a gate set up by the firm. Movement through the gate is controlled by the firm. Consequently, freedom of movement of the residents of the two colonies have been curtailed, affecting their fundamental rights.

The Jharsa village panchayat, which is the common elected self-governing body for village Jharsa and Bindapore, had carved out two colonies for the members of the SCs and the Backward Classes in 1984. The two colonies have about 750 plots in all, each of the size holding measuring 100 sq yds. The two colonies were carved out and the plots given under the 20-point programme of the Union government.

The two colonies had been approved by the then state government even before the beneficiaries were given possession of the plots in 1984. The Town and Country

Planning department of the state had earmarked the sites and prepared a plan to lay sewerage system and other facilities that go along with the approved colonies.

Although no sewerage system has been laid to date, the plot holders constructed houses and were living happily till the time the Ardee City management arrived on the scene by purchasing land surrounding the colonies from the farmers. The process of purchasing the land by the construction company started about five years back. Gradually the company erected the boundary walls on virtually four sides of the Indira Colony 2 and the sides of Colony 1. While the Colony no 2 is exclusively inhabited by the members of the SCs, Colony no 1 has a mix of SCs and BCs. More than 300 plots fall in Colony no 2.

A visit this morning to the two colonies, divided by a road, revealed that the Ardee City management was getting an inner boundary wall erected on Colony no 2. Although an official of the management of the construction company denied, the residents allege that the firm has encroached upon a number of places while setting up the boundary walls.

An elderly resident of Indira Colony no 2,Mr Ved Prakash Balmiki, in the company of several other residents alleged that the construction company has an ulterior motive behind setting up the boundary walls and cutting them off from the outside wall. 



ABVP seeks apology; NSUI calls it publicity stunt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
From scarcity of U specials and hostels, the focus has now shifted to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), which has emerged as a major poll issue for the forthcoming Delhi University polls. Agitated by a statement of the presidential candidate of the NSUI, Rohit Chaudhary, over PoK, students associated with the ABVP today demonstrated and sought an apology from the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi.

The national president of ABVP, Mr Ramesh Pappa, addressing the media persons said that in an interview to a newspaper the NSUI candidate had said that PoK should be left with Pakistan.

The ABVP activists, however, could not submit their memorandum to the Congress president as they were stopped by the Delhi Police, which had been called in to maintain peace.

The NSUI on its part claims that the statement has “been tampered with” and that the ABVP, which had no election issue so far “is aiming for publicity”.

“Our candidate had said that Kashmir is an integral part of the country and that we are not bothered about other’s regions,” said NSUI spokesperson Kuntal Krishna. He went on, “DUSU elections should be based on the issue related to the students. In any case what does the ABVP have to say about the Kargil issue that left so many soldiers dead.”

The campaign for the 5th September polls is meanwhile heating up as the rival factions are trying hard to outdo one another. Apart from the two main factions of NSUI and ABVP, the third front represented by the CLJ-SFI combine has also managed to make their presence felt. 



BJP ministers also got plots of land: DPCC

New Delhi, September 3
Seeking to turn the tables on the BJP, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on Wednesday said certain BJP ministers were also among the beneficiaries of the land allotted to 291 societies. The allotments were cancelled by the Government of NCT of Delhi recently.

Springing to the defence of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, DPCC president Prem Singh told media persons that she had come to know of the ‘discrepancies’ and cancelled the land allotted to all the societies. An investigation, he said, was in order so that the truth could come to light.

Singh claimed that the BJP ministers had got plots of land allotted to themselves in the name of certain societies or non-government organisations. He said the investigation would vindicate the Congress’ stand on the issue.

He also claimed Khurana was made chairman of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to “amass” funds for the BJP’s election campaign. The BJP, he alleged, was collecting money by coercion and the traders and businessmen were particularly ‘victims’. TNS



Massive hunt to nail gateman’s killers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 3
The Government Railway police (GRP) have launched a massive hunt for the alleged assailants, responsible for the murder of Mr Partap Singh, a gateman manning the railway crossing No. 23 C on the DUK section of the Northern Railway near Harsana Kalan railway station about 5 km from here on Sunday night.

According to a report, a dog squad and other forensic and fingerprint officials were summoned, but found no clue about the assailants. When his younger son went to the railway crossing for serving the tea, he did not find his father on duty. Thereupon, he went to the railway station and brought one employee with him. They searched for Partap Singh and found his body inside the duty room. The son immediately informed his parents about the incident. In the meantime, Mr Ram Niwas, another gateman turned up for duty and informed the GRP and other officials of the railways. A long-standing enmity is stated to be the cause of the murder.

According to another report, the GRP has found the body of a youth Jai Kunwar of Jatwara Mohalla from the railway track near Shanni Mandir and sent it for a post-mortem. It is stated that he was crossing the track and was hit by a train. Meanwhile, Mr Raj Swaroop, a cyclist was killed after being hit by a motorcycle near the main gate of the Gurukul at Khanpur Kalan village about 30 km from here yesterday.

Getting bills for non-existent mobile phones

The reports of releasing mobile phone connections on the basis of fake documents of the landline consumers, have spread panic among the subscribers as well as the BSNL authorities in the district. According to information, one Rajesh of west Ramnagar is the subscriber of landline phone No. 2260648 and he has not applied for mobile phone connection on the basis of his landline number.

However, he received two mobile phone bills- Rs 2,900 and Rs 2,100 for July and August respectively. After receiving them, he went to the BSNL office and lodged a complaint. During inquiries, it was revealed that one Ram Karan has got the mobile No 94160-13815 released in the name of Rajesh.

Realising their own fault in the case, the BSNL authorities disconnected the phone and have reportedly lodged a complaint with the police. Rajesh has also complained to the police. In another case, one Ajit Singh of village Kheri damkan informed that his domestic landline phone no. 260185 is under the Lath village sub-exchange. Though he has never applied for a mobile connection, someone in the name of Ajit, son of Ram Karan, got a mobile phone released and the real Ajit came to know about it when he received a bill of Rs 17,000 from the BSNL authorities.

He reported it to the BSNL authorities and it was found that someone had submitted a fake driving licence in the name of Ajit. When it was inquired from the office of the district transport officer, the driving licence No. 024692/s was found in the name of Virender, son of Maha Singh of Bhadana village.

When contacted, the general manager of BSNL at Sonepat, Mr Ramesh Chander Hooda said the complaints had already been lodged with the police. 



Noidagates: Mulayam regime cracks the whip
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 3
Apart from transferring Noida administration CEO Dr Om Prakash, DCEO Hira Lal, Noida and Greater Noida administration Chairman Lalit Srivastava and Gr. Noida ACEO Sudhir Garg, the Mulayam Singh government has taken a serious note of reports of scams in Noida and Greater Noida authorities.

The new government in UP has banned till further orders all payments except staff salaries in these authorities.

The transfer of land under the pretext of Taj Expressway has also been stalled in Greater Noida. The state government, it is learnt, has also taken a serious note of the agreements signed between Mayawati government and the JP Group of Industries. The government has ordered immediate stoppage of work on Rs 106-crore sewage work in connection with Taj Expressway and asked the Noida chief to explain its propriety. Meanwhile, the state administration is understood to have asked the Noida administration chief to submit a report on 13 points to be sent to the government as per the orders received.

The Industrial Development Commissioner, Mr Shashank Shekhar Singh, is reported to have sent, on Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s explicit orders, about 20 urgent fax messages to the Noida administration chief in the past two days alone.



Bomb explodes in Balli’s house 

New Delhi: A major flutter was caused in the Subhash Nagar area in the wee hours of this morning when a blast occurred at the house of former Delhi Industries Minister and BJP MLA Harcharan Singh Balli in West Delhi. Six cartridges including five small arm cartridges and one rifle cartridge were recovered from outside the house. However, no one was injured in the explosion. The bomb experts and the crime team which reached the spot said that it was a crude bomb. The police said that the explosion happened at around 1 am on the first floor outside the bedroom of Balli, damaging the gate besides smashing the window panes.

The police have registered a case and investigations were on. Balli was present at the time of blast. He said, “We are safe.”

Asked whether he was facing a threat from any militant group, he said, “No. I am a political figure and rivalry could not be ruled out.” TNS



Plan for state-of-the-art mini secretariat sent to govt
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, September 3
The process to construct the mini secretariat here has picked up momentum with the district administration forwarding a detailed plan to the Revenue Department of the Haryana Government.

In fact, a meeting under the chairmanship of the SDM, Mr W. S. Goyat, was held here today and various issues related to the construction were discussed in detail. Once the proposal was approved by the government, the construction would get under way, sources told the NCR Tribune.

The sources said the mini secretariat would be state-of-the-art and would boast of such facilities as a community centre, yoga kendra, service club, shopping centre, mini stadium and fire substation. To be spread over an area of 50 acres, the complex would have modern offices and spacious residences for the officers and staff of the district administration besides a judicial complex.

An area of five acres will be earmarked for the general offices. Of this, 10,000 square feet will be covered for the general offices of the secretariat on all five floors. Similarly, the administrative block, which will have offices of the DC, SP, SDM, DRO, tehsildars, the police control room, the District Informatic Centre, Treasury and conference hall, would also be spread over an area of five acres.

The ‘Vikas Sadan’, containing offices of the ADC, Zila Parishad, DDPO, Xen (Panchayati Raj), conference and training hall will be spread over two acres. While the judicial complex and residences will cover an area of 11 acres, the Lok Adalat, consumer court and labour court will be built in two acres.

The sources said that a total of 618 residences would be constructed in the complex. These include the residences of the DC, the SP and the ADC, which would be constructed in an area of 2,700 square feet each. Besides, 45 single-storey residences of Class I officers will be built in an area of 1,882 square feet each.

Apart from this, 70 Class II officers would get double-storey houses covering an area of 1,220 square feet each. As many as 400 residences for Class III and 100 houses for Class IV employees are also planned.

It may be recalled that the district had been waiti8ng for the mini secretariat since 1989. A foundation stone of the complex was laid down by the then Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, but the project had been hanging fire on account of bureaucratic wrangling.



MLA denies making anti-Jat remark 
Tribune News Service

Panipat, September 3
The alleged remarks of a former HPCC chief and the local MLA, Mr Balbir Pal Shah, against the Jat community have stirred a hornet’s nest. Even as a section of the Jats guns for his head, loyalists of Mr Shah, including certain Jat Congress leaders, today rallied around the Congress MLA and refuted the allegations that Mr Shah called the Jats ‘traitors’ at a public meeting recently.

In fact, the show of strength by Mr Shah at the government-run motel Skylark turned out to be a congregation of the motley crowd of the Bhajan Lal faction of the HPCC.

Mr Shah, a confidant of the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, refuted the allegations that he had labelled the Jats as traitors, who always worked against the interests of the country. He claimed that he had never indulged in caste-based politics and that was the reason that the voters of every community had supported him in successive elections.

Prominent among others who attended today’s meeting included the working District Congress president, Mr Mukesh Tuteja, former MLA, Mr Jai Singh Rathi, HPCC secretary, Mr Varinder Shah and Mr Ram Nath Kundu. However, leaders owing allegiance to the Leader of the Opposition in the Haryana Assembly, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, were absent.

It may be recalled that Mr Shah had been at the receiving end of the anger of the Yuva Krantikari Parishad, headed by a lesser-known leader, Mr Bittu Malik. The Parishad, had been agitating against the remarks of the MLA and had taken to the streets and even burnt the effigy of Mr Shah. Mr Malik threatened that the agitation against Mr Shah would continue till he tendered a public apology.

The newspaper offices had been inundated with press releases in support and in opposition to Mr Shah. A prominent Punjabi leader, Mr Shah, clearly knows the quantum of damage the agitation of Jats could inflict on him. That is perhaps the reason that within a week or so, he had called two press conferences against what he called a “deep-rooted conspiracy” by the vested interests to malign him. Mercifully, the Jat-dominated INLD government, which is quick to corner its political adversaries, has not yet opened its front against Mr Shah. That prominent Jat Congress leaders of the Hooda faction are not with Mr Shah only compounds his difficulties.

Political observers wonder why Mr Shah was bothering so much on the allegation he never made. The best course for Mr Shah was to ignore the allegations and now Mr Shah seemed to be in a quandary, they added.



These doors were soaked with the blood of Marathas 
Our Correspondent

Panipat, September 3
Even hundred years after Pandit Shagun Chand Rais of Uggrakheri village in Panipat presented a doorway to Queen Victoria one is reminded of the historical significance of the black mango tree, which was used to make this door.

Of the two doors made, the other was fixed in Gandhi Memorial hall, (formerly Victoria Memorial Hall) in Karnal and subsequently, shifted to the Panipat Museum. According to historical details available, the mango tree was sprinkled by the blood of innumerable Maratha warriors during the Third Battle of Panipat.

The unique Victoria Memorial Hall, now known as Gandhi Memorial Hall, was constructed in the early part of the 20th century in Karnal district.

The door was handed over to the “Battle of Panipat Memorial Society”, and is now kept in the Panipat Museum.

This tree itself is connected with an historical event. During the years 1740 to 1761, Chatrapati Sahu ruled Maharashtra and under the leadership of the third Peshwa, Balaji Bajee Rao, the Marathas wanted to extend their rule to the whole of India. In 1756 Ahmad Shah Abdali invaded India and plundered the area around Mathura. In between, the Afghan invaders had developed a powerful centre at Kunjpura (now known as Karnal). But the Marathas under the leadership of Sada Shiv Rav Sahu, attacked Kunjpura, arrested the Afghan sardars and brought the area under their rule.

On the other side, the Afghan invader Ahmad Shah Abdali reached Sonepat and was engaged in a fierce battle with the Marathas. In the battle, the elder son of Peshwa, Vishwa Rao, was killed, which disheartened the Marathas, leading to their defeat. Almost 70,000 Marathas were killed in the battle on January 14, 1761. It is stated that this mango tree on this battlefield was soaked in the blood of the Marathas. Subsequently, the colour of the mango tree turned black when it dried up and the area came to be known as “Kala Amb”.

Much later, the famous poet of the area, Pandit Shagun Chand Rais, used the wood of ‘Kala Amb’ to make two doorways. One of the doorways was presented to Queen Victoria on her arrival in India in 1903. The second door was kept in Victoria Memorial Hall, Karnal, now known as Gandhi Memorial Hall.

In 2001, this doorway was brought back to Panipat and displayed at the Panipat Museum to perpetuate the memory of the Marathas killed in the “Kala Amb” area in the Third Battle of Panipat.




Woman SI threatens to immolate herself at Noida office
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 3
A woman SI of Noida, Ms Mithlesh Sanghar, had been so upset and frustrated at the “irresponsible attitude of Noida administration” that she went to the authority office in Sector 6 here yesterday and threatened to self-immolate if she was denied justice.

Ms Mithlesh Sanghar has a plot, A-19, allotted to her in Sector 51 here. The owner of the neighbouring plot, A-18, is making constructions in such a way that it will encroach on her right to passage to her own plot.

She had lodged a complaint with senior police bosses as well as with the Noida administration but nobody had given her justice, she says. A frustrated and highly upset Ms Mithlesh Sanghar went to the authority office yesterday and threatened to self-immolate if the authority refuses to provide her relief and justice. Somehow she was placated and consoled by senior officers.

The Noida administration in its defence says that it had received her complaint only on August 23. During investigation, it has been found that architect Akshay Garg had given a false report to the authority. Norms and bye-laws had been violated in the construction being carried out on A-18 plot.

On August 25, a notice was sent by Mr A. C. Jha to owner of the plot (A-18) P. K. Agarwal warning him to rectify the illegal construction. Otherwise, strict action would be taken against him, he has been warned. Action is also being taken against the architect for submitting the wrong report, the authority sources say.

Meanwhile, SSP Rajiv Krishen said as the matter concerned the Noida administration, the police could not take any action. If it were a case of plot encroachment, the police would have immediately swung into action.



Police delay booking rapists of Dalit girl
Our Correspondent

Meerut, September 3
A teenaged Dalit girl of Sisola Khurd village was raped by two persons of the same village on Saturday morning. When the matter was reported at the thana at Jani, the cops reportedly did not show any interest to register a case. Moreover, they allegedly pressured the complainant to make it up with the accused. The culprits were finally booked on Tuesday evening when senior police officials mounted pressure on the Jani police.

According to Senior Superintendent of Police Mukul Goel, the teenaged daughter of a Dalit of Sisola Khurd village was going to answer the call of nature around 8 am. When she reached near a sugarcane field near a deserted place, two persons of the same village chased her to the field and raped her by turn.

Hearing the cries of the girl, several villagers reached the spot by which time the assailants ran away. The Jani police did not take cognisance of the complaint. Then same Dalits of the village meet the SSP on Tuesday and sought his interference in the matter. The SSP summoned the SHO concerned and ordered him to book the culprits.

Aid to kin of two jawans

Faridabad: The Red Cross Society has provided a financial aid of Rs 50,000 to the kin of two Army jawans, who recently died of illness while on duty. The administration has given a Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) deposit of Rs 10,000 to Mrs Seema, wife of late Naik Rajender Singh of Sagarpur village, who had died of a heat stroke at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir recently. Kisan Vikas Patras worth Rs 5,000 each were given to the three children of the deceased jawan. A similar help of Rs 25,000 has been given to the widow of Naik Bhanwar Pal of Likhi village. The jawan had also died after a short illness, while posted at Patiala. TNS

Youth waylaid, robbed

Sonepat: Two unidentified armed youths reportedly robbed a youth, Sanjiv Kumar of Bhuri village, outside the railway colony near the railway station here yesterday at pistol-point. According to a report, the youth had withdrawn Rs 1,800 from the Punjab National Bank and was going on foot towards the railway station. On the way, he was waylaid by two unidentified armed youths who snatched the money at pistol-point. The culprits fled with the money. OC

Cong to stage dharna against fee hike, affiliation issue

Rohtak: Activists of the Congress led by Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, would stage a dharna in front of the office of the Maharshi Dayanand University Vice-Chancellor on September 8 in protest against the ‘anti-education’ policies adopted by the Haryana Government as well as the university administration.

Announcing this here today, Prof Virender Singh, president of the DCC (rural), said the agitational programme would be launched to pressure the authorities for acceptance of five major demands. The demands included immediate withdrawal of the fee hike for various courses, no change of affiliation of colleges located in Bhiwani and Jind districts to MD University against the wishes of students concerned, stringent action against those police officials responsible for the recent assault on two scribes at Rohtak, a check on victimisation and discrimination against university employees and strict action against the university officials indulged in wasting the funds in ‘unimportant’ matters. OC



MCD opens multi-system health complex in Rohini
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
The MCD has set up a major multi-system and multi-disciplinary Health Complex at Sector 7 in Rohini at a cost of Rs 5.50 crore.
Mr Rakesh Mehta, Municipal Commissioner, today said that the complex would cater to more than 10 lakh people of Rohini and adjoining areas and provide ultra-modern diagnostic and curative medical facilities. Medical and curative services in all systems, including Allopathy, Ayurveda, Homoeopathy and Unani, would be available at the complex.

Mr Mehta said that diagnostic and curative services in all major disciplines, viz paediatrics, gynaecology, ENT, ophthalmology, dentistry, would be available, besides general medical OPD.

The allopathic unit would be equipped with X-ray labs, laboratories and observatory beds. In the second phase, ultrasound and physiotherapy services would be provided.

The laboratory would be expanded shortly so that it could be utilised as a referral testing centre for samples from all medical institutions of the civic body within a radius of 5 km.

The Commissioner also disclosed that a maternity and child welfare centre was also being set up at this complex where maternal, child health and family welfare services would be provided. Children from neo-natal stage would be provided essential services at this centre.

Adolescent and young married couples would be provided counselling during pregnancy and after delivery. Besides, family planning advices on spacing and permanent birth control measures would also be available.

Birth anniversary of Swami Pragyanand: The birth anniversary of Swami Pragyanand was celebrated as Pragya Divas today by a large number of devotees. Several political and religious leaders and saints were present during the occasion.

Among those who were present were VHP’s Acharya Giriraj Kishore, Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma, Delhi BJP chief Madan Lal Khurana, Union Minister Ashok Pradhan and Vijay Kumar Malhotra.

CPI(ML) - New Democracy protests against WTO: The Delhi unit of the CPI (ML) – New Democracy today held a demonstration against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and demanded India’s withdrawal from it.

Addressing the demonstration by party workers here, activist Aparna alleged that the promises made earlier to developing countries during the Doha Round had not been fulfilled and said the country should boycott the Cancum meet.

“Doha Round was camouflaged as a Development Round. Both the US and the European Union have forgotten their promises on the Public Health Declaration and the concretisation of Special and Differential Treatment benefits on 80 issues,” she claimed.

Alleging that the past WTO agreements had “resulted in cruel blows to Indian agriculture”, she said it had forced “compulsory” imports of grains. The demonstrators also burnt an effigy of WTO during their protest. 



CPM rally against govt policies
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 3
Concluding the second phase of its fortnight-long campaign, the district unit of the CPM held a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner yesterday in protest against the ‘blind’ implementation of ‘disastrous’ policies of the Vajpayee government by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, recent hike in fee for various professional courses, rise in prices of petroleum products and bus fare and ‘inordinate’ delay in the payment of cane growers’ dues.



Woman killed for dowry 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 3
The Gohana police have registered a dowry death case against six members of a family on the basis of a complaint lodged by Mr Bhana Ram, a resident of Bhambewa village. The police have started investigations in the case registered against Bijender, the husband of Mrs Nanhi Devi, and five other members of his family.

According to a report, the case was registered following the recovery of the decomposed body of the victim from the fields of Chidana village on Sunday night.

The complainant had alleged that Bijender had beaten up his wife and forcibly thrown her out of the house for her inability to bring Rs 20,000 from her parent’s house for the purchase of a motorcycle.

Her father sent her back to her in-laws house after an assurance that he would visit her in-laws house with the amount later. It is alleged that she was murdered by her husband and others on August 19, and later the body thrown in the field on August 27.

Later, her parents were informed that she had run away from the house. Subsequently, her parents reached Chidana village and found her decomposed body from the fields during a search operations.

The police have also recovered the sharp-edged weapon allegedly used to the murder the victim.



Units making duplicate bulbs unearthed

New Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing has unearthed two units making duplicate Surya Roshini bulbs and seized bulbs worth several lakhs of rupees in West Delhi. Two persons have been arrested in this connection. The police, acting on a secret information that fake bulbs were being manufactured, raided the premises at New Patel Nagar and seized 19,275 plain bulbs, 3,200 wrappers of Surya bulbs, one stamping machine, one packing machine, two rubber stamps of Surya bulbs and one LPG cylinder and arrested Ashwani Kumar.

Based on the information given by Ashwani, the sleuths raided another unit at Nangloi and seized 8,900 plain bulbs and 9,028 wrappers of Surya bulbs from another person, identified as Hayat Ali. In another case, the sleuths arrested five persons in three different raids and seized pirated software and CDs worth Rs 5 crore. During a raid at Nehru Place, pirated software worth Rs 4.5 crore were seized and Sanjay, Sunder Sherwal and Deepak were arrested. TNS



Mother Dairy hopes to end crisis in a week
Rajasthan failed in commitment
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
Delhiites can heave a sigh of relief, as the largest supplier of milk in the Capital, Mother Diary, has expressed the hope that it would completely normalise its supplies in a week.

At present, Mother Dairy is supplying over 15 lakh litres of milk per day in the city, which is 1.5 lakh litres short of the normal requirement of 17 lakh litres per day. Mother Dairy hoped to bridge the gap in a week, said an official here today.

He said Mother Dairy did not renew its contract with the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) for supply of liquid milk in December as it was getting enough supplies from Rajasthan. Mother Dairy had been taking 80,000 litres of liquid milk per day from Gujarat till December last year and three to four lakh litres per day from Rajasthan from January to March this year, he said.

In fact, the contract with the GCMMF was not revived as the dairy was buying enough milk from Rajasthan, which it was told to do in December last year by the then Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Ajit Singh, to help Rajasthan milk producers.

However, the supplies from the state decreased sharply by June because of the effect of the last year’s drought, he said.

Delhi Development and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf had, however, in August said that the dairies in the organised sector had failed to anticipate the demand and consequently did not order greater quantity of fresh milk and skimmed milk powder from Gujarat and other states.

He had also said that the milk testing drive launched by the Delhi Government had created some apprehension in the minds of private suppliers and they had diverted their produce to other states.

Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) head V. Kurien had also said that Mother Dairy did not order for SMP from Gujarat this year, thereby failing to maintain the additional stocks to meet any rise in demand.



Lucky winners cart away Lancer car at IndianOil’s ‘91 Premium Offer’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
IndianOil’s exciting scheme-“91 Premium Offer” came to an end with the winners carting away the mega-prizes-a Mitsubishi Lancer. Another 181 lucky winners took home a range of exciting prizes coinciding with the 40th IndianOil Day celebrations on Monday.

The scheme, which was launched in Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad, generated great excitement in the city and saw an unprecedented response from customers. Around 5 lakh customers participated in the scheme.

The IndianOil ‘91 Premium Offer’ became available to all vehicle owners buying fuels worth a specified amount. All participants were required to fill coupons on the basis of which a lucky draw was conducted at an IndianOil petrol station. In addition all vehicles refuelling from select IndianOil petrol stations in Delhi, with ‘91’ in their registration numbers became eligible for instant prizes.

The prizes were given away to the lucky winners at a function attended by IndianOil’s General Manager, Mr Y Sahai and representatives of the co-sponsors.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sahai said, “These schemes add a zing to mundane chores like buying fuel. We are extremely grateful to our customers for the overwhelming response to our ‘91 Premium Offer.”

IndianOil’s Northern Region headquarters at Yusuf Sarai, celebrated the 40th IndianOil Day in a novel manner. Apart from the usual celebrations, a blood donation camp was organised, where over 100 employees undertook `raktadaan-the mahadaan’ in homage to IndianOil’s mission of enriching the quality of life of the community.

The camp, was managed by AIIMS Hospital Blood Bank, which has a unique, state-of-the-art mobile blood donation van, the only one of its kind in Northern India.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr V. K. Sood, General Manager, Northern Region, said, “We must build on competence, capabilities and confidence so that we can deliver productivity, prosperity and profits consistently to all our stakeholders.” He also said that “as a truly Indian company, we must remember our social obligations and be true to our culture of sharing and caring.”


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