Tuesday, September 16, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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A half-forgotten pledge comes to haunt Congress
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgoan, September 15
An unredeemed promise made by the Congress, to turn Damdama into a model village, has come to haunt it a decade later with the Haryana Vikas Party demanding a clarification on the matter.

The dying embers of a half-forgotten pledge were stoked by a visit of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi to Damdama on September 6, where she inaugurated the Indira Gandhi Holiday Home for children. (The home has been built by the Indian Council for Child Welfare Trust, of which Ms Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson).

It was former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, who had promised to transform Damdama into a model village at a public meeting in 1994. Incidentally, the pledge was made at the time the foundation stone of the holiday home was being laid. And, as coincidence would have it, he was present at the inauguration of the holiday home on September 6.

Mr Ram Chander Yadav of the HVP, a local leader from Sohna Assembly segment, of which Damadama is a part, charged that villagers were sore over the betrayal of trust by the then Congress government. He recalled that the panchayat had even donated 15 acres of land to the ICCWT for the holiday home.

Mr Bhajan Lal had also announced that his government would give Rs 25 lakhs for the infrastructure. However, only Rs 7.5 lakhs of this amount had trickled down to the panchayat. Curiously, the panchayat was not allowed to use this amount and today nobody has any inkling what happened to it, Mr Yadav added.

He recalled that the local Congress MLA from Sohna, Rao Dharam Pal, was then a minister in the Bhajan Lal cabinet.

Almost a decade later, Damdama continues to languish: it has electricity for only a few hours and there is no proper supply of potable water. Incidentally, Mr Bhajan Lal again pledged a sum of Rs 5 lakh for the home during Ms Sonia Gandhi’s visit on September 6. Villagers feel that Mr Bhajan Lal owes an explanation for his conduct, says Mr Yadav. They had a right to know as they had donated 15 acres to set up the home.



Eighth class student ‘raped’ in Saket
Tribune News Service

The police personnel outside the Govt Secondary School (Saket) where a 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Monday.
The police personnel outside the Govt Secondary School (Saket) where a 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Monday. Photo by Kamal Singh

New Delhi, September 15
In a shocking incident, a 12-year-old student of Government Secondary School, Saket, was allegedly raped this afternoon. According to sources, the girl, a student of Class 8, had gone to the school to take her examination. The incident took place after the examination was over in the afternoon. The identity of the person involved in the heinous crime is unclear.

Later, the girl was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for examination. The police are yet to file a case.

Another girl’s quest for justice

Gurgaon: The father of an 11th standard girl, who was raped on September 11 by a 10 plus two student of the same school, is aghast at the callous attitude of the cops. Even though the girl was raped last week, the complaint was lodged only yesterday.

The victim, earlier a student of Ryan International in the Capital, was transferred after the summer vacation to Rotary Public School in Sector 22, Gurgaon. Now, the school was near her residence. Moreover, she was determined to pursue a career in engineering, which was not possible at Ryan’s where she was in the commerce stream.

“From the first day, my daughter was not happy with the atmosphere of the school and felt that the students behaved like goons,’’ recalls the father. He denies the girl knew the boy: “How can a girl develop close intimacy with a boy who is not in her class,’’ he reasons.

The FIR, lodged under sections 376, 323, 506, 109 of the IPC, states that the girl was waiting for school transport on the ill-fated day when the suspect offered to drop her on his motorcycle.

They never reached the school; instead, he took her to a house where he raped her with the help of his two friends.

The doctors have confirmed the rape, but the father of the girl is baffled why the police cannot arrest the boy when they have his address and other details? Says he: Even a layman can trace a person if he has his address and other details.

A week later, he is relentlessly pursuing the case. Says he: ``It is the courage of my daughter, who wants the criminals to be arrested at any cost, that keeps me going…’’ OC



Advani to inaugurate Metro IInd section
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
The second section of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) Phase-I will now be inaugurated on September 30, two days ahead of schedule by the Deputy Prime Minister as the Prime Minister, who was to inaugurate the section earlier, would be out of the country.

“As the notification for the Delhi Assembly elections is expected on October 1, we have decided to make arrangements for the inauguration two days earlier,” DMRC Chairman Madan Lal Khurana told reporters here today.

As Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee would not be in the country, the honours would be done by Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Urban Development Bandaru Dattatreya said the inspection of the 4.5-km-long stretch would be undertaken by the Commissioner of Rail Safety on September 20 and its report would be submitted on September 25.

The DMRC has already spent Rs 5,500 crore on the four stations on the route between Pulbangash and Trinagar, he said. Ruling out any immediate hike in fares, DMRC Managing Director T. Sreedharan said the minimum would remain Rs four while the maximum fare for the distance between Shahadra and Tri Nagar would be Rs eight.



Chautala defends setting up of Sirsa varsity
Rakesh Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panipat, September 15
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today made it clear that the aim of setting up Ch. Devi Lal University at Sirsa was to recognise the services and contribution rendered by Ch. Devi Lal for the uplift of poor and deprived sections of the society.

While addressing the INLD party workers at Community Centre here today, the Chief Minister responded to the allegations levelled by the opposition.

He recalled that Ch. Devi Lal was a lover of education and he had initiated numerous welfare schemes for students, especially for girls. He doubled the matching grant for setting up of schools for girls during his tenure. The aim of the opposition parties was to mislead the students, he added.

The Chief Minister said that Haryana Government was committed to fulfilling the dreams of Devi Lal and implementing his policies.

Mr Chautala asserted that by July 2004 Haryana would be a surplus power state as many prestigious projects were in the pipeline. Seventh and eighth units of Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Plant would be ready by next year. Besides the global tender for the Yamuna Nagar Thermal Power Plant had also been invited.

He clarified that fees had been increased in technical colleges only as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court.

Mr. Chautala explained that Ch Devi Lal’s statues had been installed in the state in view of his contribution during the freedom struggle. He revealed that the portrait of the late leader would be unveiled in Parliament on September 25.



Protestors snap power supply to Hydel Colony
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad (Muradnagar), September 15
Livid residents came out in the streets against the erratic power supply in Muradnagar on Sunday. The angry crowd also snapped the power line of Hydel Colony.

Muradnagar has been reeling under power cuts for the past few nights. The protesters raised slogans and sat on a dharna in front of the office of the Executive Engineer and the SDO in Hydel colony.

The protestors turned violent when they found the officials were not available to listen to their grievances. They damaged the insulator of the transformer at the power office, snapping the power supply to Hydel colony.

They demanded that the city be linked with the city feeder and threatened to block the highway, if their demand was not accepted.

Apprehending further violence, a strong posse of police under SO police station, Om Prakash, has been stationed at the spot. The administration assured the people that it would call a meeting of the officials to resolve the matter.

Mr Gopal Aggarwal of the Vidhyut Sangarsh Samiti (Power Consumers’ Struggle Committee) said that an agreement had been reached with the officials of the Power Corporation on 12 August to link Hydel Colony with the city feeder. However, no action had been taken, he said.

The association leaders said that there was no power supply in the city for the last two nights, which was causing hardship to the industries here. Traders and citizens have threatened a prolonged agitation if the agreement of August 12 is not implemented in letter and spirit.



When schools shun weak students
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 15
The ‘Abhibhawak Ekta Manch’, Faridabad, has expressed concern over reports that certain public schools affiliated to the CBSE were not showing interest in securing the application forms of students for the Board exams, who fail to get a minimum of 60 per cent marks in their class tests. Worse, many students are forced to appear as private candidates or seek transfer to another school.

Mr Kailash Sharma, general secretary of the Manch, said in a statement that his organisation had received a written complaint from the parents of about 30 students of a school in Sector-16 here.

He alleged that the parents had complained that the school had been deliberately delaying the submission of the application forms of the students, who had not done well or were not upto the expectations of the school management.

It is reported that the last date for submission of application forms of students appearing in the Board exams of 2004 (Matric and Plus II) is September 22.

Mr Sharma claimed that the problem surfaces each year as certain schools do not want their overall pass record to suffer.

Many students were forced to appear as private candidates or seek transfer to another school. He said it was the duty of the school, where a student had been enrolled, to provide guidance, so that he or she was able to score good marks.

He said there were reports that some schools had been charging examination fee between Rs 400 and Rs 600, although the fee charged by the CBSE was Rs 300 and Rs 400 for matric and plus II examinations, respectively.

The Manch has reported the matter to the District Education Officer (DEO) and the Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), but it is learnt that no authority here is authorised to intervene in such matters.



42 monuments to be restored
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
Embarking on an ambitious project to create another India Gate kind of vista in the national Capital, the Tourism ministry will undertake restoration and conservation of the 42 monumental structures in an integrated manner at tombs of Humayun and Nizamuddin.

Giving details of the project, Tourism Minister Jagmohan disclosed that the ministry has been able to clear the “Neel Gumbad”, one of the monumental structures, of encroachers. It was now focussing on the conservation work at “Ghalib Ka Mazar” and “Urs Mahal”.

“There were 300 jhuggis near the Gumbad and when we wanted them to be relocated the Election Commission raised an objection, in view of the coming Assembly polls.

But after we assured them that they (displaced people) will be given free transport on the day of the voting, the commission granted permission,” he said while talking to a select group of journalists here.

However, later the commission said that if the process of resettlement could be completed before September 15, then the people could get registered in their new areas, the minister said, adding these people have been resettled in Mullarband in South Delhi.

“After the project is completed, the area will provide a fascinating walk like that at India Gate,” Jagmohan said.



Monsoon is in no mood to relent yet
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
It pours when it rains… the Capital has experienced the adage thanks to the incessant monsoon showers this year. And with barely a week left for the monsoon season to end, rain in the Capital hardly seems to be in a mood to relent.

Which is why the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has reason to believe that the rain this year is likely to beat the 1975 record, when the precipitation touched 115 cm.

Till date the Capital has received 104 cm of rain this season; this is against the normal rainfall of 65 cm in the period June to September. One more significant feature of this year’s monsoon in the Capital and the whole of the northern region has been that technically there has been no break in rain with the number of rainy days much more than in the previous many years. In fact, the Capital has received rain almost daily this monsoon. (IMD officials point out that when 2.4 mm rain is recorded in a day, it is dubbed a rainy day).

The monsoon had arrived in the Capital a week late; it was expected on June 29, a deviation, which was not considered abnormal by weather scientists. The city had received record rain in July.

Even after excesses of the initial month, the monsoon maintained its vigour almost throughout the season, with no break in rain for a substantial duration, the IMD official said, adding that they are expecting more rain.



Polished performer

The word  difficult has no place in this man’s dictionary. And he is never tired till he achieves his goal. J. T. Vishnu speaks to Mukund B. Kaushal.

A former Delhi Police Commissioner and a former Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry Mukund B. Kaushal, is a busy man these days. After handling the 55,000 strong Delhi Police force, he now speaks the doctor’s language like the white blood and red blood cells. A policeman should know the ‘art of adaptability’, and that’s why “I am here serving the community,” says the 62-year-old retired IPS officer of 1963 batch AGMU cadre, who is now the Honorary Director of Rotary Blood Bank.

Born on December 1941, Mr Kaushal was also the Director-General and Additional DG of CRPF, before taking over as the Special Secretary in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir and Internal Security and police in the Union Home Ministry. Later, he went on to become the Secretary (Internal Security), the first IPS officer ever in the country to achieve the post of full-Secretary in the ministry. He also served as the Executive Director (Security), Railways, Additional Commissioner of Police, New Delhi range, Administration and Vigilance and Inspector-General, Goa and Daman Diu.

“Even after my retirement I am a contended man now. I still have energy to serve the community for the next 15 years. For me old age is 15 years ahead of your present age. During my tenure, I had never used the word ‘difficult’ and was never tired till I achieved the desired target,” said Mr Kaushal in a conversation with the NCR Tribune.

Police forces in the country are not completely modernised and lack adequate equipment needed to handle situations.

Police modernisation is a continuous process. The needs to induct new technology, improving law and order and controlling security scenario are very important for the states to handle situations.

Areas like computerisation of police stations, using training equipment like simulators for training officers, conducting scientific investigations like finger printing and also procuring modern communication equipment, advanced weapons and gadgets were very essential to improve the mobility of the police.

But most of the states were not showing keen on modernising their forces.

The funds for police modernisation for the entire country used to be Rs 50 crore till the year 1999, which was later increased to Rs 200 crore. The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) submitted a report to the Finance Commission about shortage of operational buildings, like the police stations, training institutions and police housing and operational patrolling.

During 2000, the Prime Minister had announced in the Chief Minster’s conference that the police modernisation funds were increased to Rs 10,000 crore to be spent over the period of ten years.

When the funds were increased then the states were reluctant to avail these grants due to the contribution problem.

What about police reforms?

It’s very difficult to bring about overnight change in an ordinary policeman. The reforms are part of everyday police functioning and the police needs to change from time to time adapting to new situations. We are still following the act, which was made in the year 1861.

When the act was made, the police initially reacted well and were of great support to the people, but now because of the technological advancement in every sector and development of the people, the police cannot match their higher expectations.

So, what needs to be done to improve the efficiency of the police forces?

See, in my point of view policing should be included in the planned developmental activity of every state for improving the performance of the police force in the country. Now, with the law and order in the industrial areas in utter chaos, the industrial set-up blames the policemen and the police force blames it on not being adequately equipped to control the law and order in the state.

Instead of blaming each other, if they both join hands then we have some chance of getting funds from their quarters for the police development. Wealth is very important for any development.

The leader should keep on reviewing the system for the change in mindset and behaviour of policemen through various programmes. People are only concerned about the attitude of a beat constable and not about the senior police officer.

Were you a satisfied person during your tenure as Delhi Police Commissioner?

I was the youngest police commissioner at the age of 50 with 28 years of experience. As Commissioner of Police, I enjoyed the confidence of people and my force. Government and media were happy with me and I had not hidden any information from the media. During the tenure, we handled communal riots in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition, 1993, Delhi Assembly elections, Left and Uttarakhand agitation were handled very effectively and law and order was properly maintained.

We also had 13 encounters and were successful in neutralising many criminal gangs. During my tenure, no violation issues were raised either by the NHRC or by the courts. New posts were created and more than 1700 promotions were given in one month.

What were your experiences as Secretary and Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry?

It was a challenging experience. As Special Secretary, I was the Chief Co-ordinator for Parliamentary and Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir in May 1996, and was nominated as Chairman of high level Special Group to prepare an Action Plan for Jammu and Kashmir.

The government later approved the action plan. Also, I handled North-East affairs and initiated close monitory of FCRA cases and streamlined functioning of pensioners and foreigners branches.

During my tenure in the ministry, I also sanctioned 225 para-military forces battalions besides a special increase of forces in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Assam Rifles and Border Security Force (BSF). For the first time, the Chief Minister’s conference on Internal Security was held and was presided over by the Prime Minister.

How important is Internal Security to a country?

Internal security is very important to every country. It questions the very basic existence of the state or a country and without that the security and order life and peace would be disrupted. Life cannot be lead in an organised manner. Internal security is the very basis of any normal society. Otherwise, with the mushrooming of various extremist and terrorist outfits, the country would only witness terror and violence.

Can you recall your first day as a policeman?

I started my police career on a Baishaki day and was posted as ASP, Kotwali. From then, I was only showered with good things in life. During my tenure, I had opportunities to work with people like the Governor of Manipur and a former Delhi Police Commissioner Ved Marvah, former Chief Secretary of Delhi S. C. Verma, R. D. Pandey and M. P. A. Rosha.

Even the Goa government had selected me as an exposition commissioner of St Francis.

In the railways, I was instrumental in establishing the biggest regimental welfare fund called the Rail Surakshak Kalyan Nidhi – where everybody contributed their ten per cent of the salary when the Pay Commission was introduced.

How effectively you handled the security to VVIPs?

I was in-charge of VIP security for people like Moraji Desai, Charan Singh and Mrs Indira Gandhi. During that time, I always wanted ‘unobtrusive security’, to avoid inconvenience to the general public.

In fact, the Indian Government had sent me to the United States and West Germany for a special training in secret service and security aspects. The Government had also appointed myself and Ved Marvah to study about security matters in Bombay and Calcutta, so that it could be introduced in Delhi.

How did you land up in the Rotary Blood Bank?

As a policeman, I served the community in an impartial manner. It was after my retirement, the Uttaranchal Governor Sudarshan Aggarwal, also the founder of the Rotary Blood Bank and my lawyer friend O. P. Vaish, had requested me to join the blood bank and serve the community. So, I joined as an Honarary Director and in the bank we ensure people safe and healthy blood in life saving situation.

What were your experiences as a policeman?

I always enjoyed policing and proud to be a policeman. Being in the police always been an interesting part of my life. The police organisation gives you an enormous opportunity to prove yourself and in the process a chance to improve yourself. God could not have done better to me than making me a policeman.

Even after my retirement, I am a contended man now. I still have energy to serve the community for the next 15 years. For me, old age is 15 years ahead of your present age. Even during my tenure, I have never used the word ‘difficult’ in my life and was never tired till I achieved the desired target.



Dhaba owners ride the gravy train at the
cost of passengers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 15
The nexus between roadside dhaba owners and the Haryana Roadways staff continues to thrive much to the chagrin of the helpless passengers, particularly on the national highways passing through the state.

The staff and dhaba owners strike a deal whereby the drivers and the conductors are offered free meals in return for bringing passengers who are charged much more than the normal rate.

Usually, these dhabas are located at deserted places where no other mode of conveyance or shop is available. The frustration compounds as these unofficial halts are prolonged causing inconvenience to the passengers.

In many cases, rates have been fixed. A long route driver is paid Rs 50 or more and a free meal with liquor. Short route bus drivers are paid Rs 20 or more and a free non-vegetarian or vegetarian meal. The conductors are given only free food. Some ‘good’ dhaba owners offer more money.

A survey conducted by this correspondent has revealed that even contractors at the main bus stands also offer free meals to the drivers and conductors to prolong the halts. This helps the stall owners to sell more of their foodstuff. Usually, sub-standard food is provided at these dhabas.

Any protest against this swindling comes a cropper. While the transport authorities are deaf to the complaints of the passengers, the Health Department authorities never bother to check the quality of the foodstuff sold there. As the policemen look the other way, the poor passengers are looted.

Meanwhile, large number of roadside hotels, restaurants and dhabas on the National Highway No. 1 particularly near Murthal Chowk are doing roaring business and charging exorbitant rates for eatables from the passing customers who include truck drivers and car drivers. But the owners of these establishments do not pay sales tax or income tax, causing a huge loss to the departments concerned.

According to informed sources, some dhabas have become so popular that the people from far-off places visit them for taking their meals and the owners charge the rates of eatables equal to those of almost five-star hotels. Many travellers, after having meals, complained that the eatables and milk articles are adulterated but the owners just do not care. The owners of these establishments serve liquor and beer to the customers on demand, though they do not have a licence for their sale.

The officials of both the Excise Department and the police do not take any action as they allegedly get monthly commission from them.

Most of the owners of these establishments have encroached upon the public lands in front of their hotels, dhabas and restaurants, but the PWD (B and R) authorities have failed to get the land vacated in spite of the directives of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has been bearing a huge financial loss on account of power theft by most of these establishments.



Railway tracks turn into death traps
for careless passengers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 15
Railway tracks at the Sonepat Railway Station are proving to be a death trap for passengers who carelessly cross over it in order to board trains. According to a report, as many as 52 passengers had been killed during the past year while attempting to cross over in a hurry.

Among the unfortunate victims have been one newspaper hawker, identified as Rajesh, and the family members of one Ram Lal, hailing from Bihar. The victims had come to the city to find employment. According to reports, Mr Ram Lal and his family members were crushed while crossing the railway track in order to catch another train.

There are three platforms at this railway station and more than 40,000 passengers use them on a daily basis. Of these, 20,000 are commuters, who commute daily between Sonepat and Delhi.

Most of the daily commuters have monthly tickets and travel in the suburban trains, which are often overcrowded.

According to reports, nearly 50 trains cross through the Sonepat

Railway Station everyday. There are six suburban trains bound for Delhi in the morning and four bound for Sonepat in the evening.

Ignoring all legal restraints, large number of passengers use the railway tracks to cross over to the other platforms whenever a train arrives. Unfortunately, the over-bridge is not used by these passengers, leading to fatal accidents at the railway station.

Although the Railway Act strictly prohibits the use of the tracks for crossing over to the next platform, the police personnel from the Railway Protection Force deployed at the railway station remain mute spectators.

The violation of this Act is likely to attract three months imprisonment or a fine of Rs 1,000. It is stated that not a single passenger had been challaned under this Act in the past three decades, despite its regular violation by them.



Residents want colonies regularised, threaten stir
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 15
Representatives of 69 residential colonies, declared illegal by the state government, held a joint meeting here yesterday to register their protest against the decision. The meeting described the decision of the government as unjust and unwarranted.

According to a report, the meeting adopted a resolution urging the state government to approve these colonies and lift the ban on approving building plans within a month or face an agitation on this issue.

The meeting also demanded that the Sonepat Municipal Council should return the amount totalling Rs 74 lakh to the house owners in these colonies, which were recovered as development charges from them.

It also urged the state government to direct the Municipal Council to sanction the building plans of those house owners who had already paid the development charges to it.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rajiv Jain, general-secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), disclosed that the Bansi Lal government had completed a canal-based Rs 4.50 crore drinking water supply scheme for the people living in these colonies.

Similarly, the Union Government had undertaken a sewerage scheme costing Rs 3.25 crore for these colonies.

He wondered how the state government could declare these colonies as illegal when the Union Government had been spending funds on civic amenities in these colonies. He also said that a large number of residents had been living in these colonies for the past many years with water and power connections. Moreover, the municipal council had sanctioned building plans here after getting the development charges from the house owners.

Mr Jain warned that if the state government tried to demolish the houses and other structures, his party would strongly oppose the move.



Special Focus on Faridabad
Politicians in a rat race to be invited as chief guests
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 15
Inauguration ceremonies have become a major issue of contention between the politicians of the area. In many ways, the inaugural function has hogged more publicity than the scheme or the venture that is launched.

Ignoring an influential ‘VIP’ or politician of the ruling party on such occasions has become a major cause of concern for the organisers of the ceremony.

Such a development took place at Palwal town in the district yesterday, when the management had to organise two inaugural functions for a hospital in order to satisfy the ‘ego’ of influential politicians of the area.

In the first function on Saturday, the firebrand MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Dalal, a strong critic of the Chautala government, was invited by the hospital management for the inauguration of the hospital. The residents of the area were surprised when a similar function was held yesterday (Sunday) in which a minister of the ruling INLD government was the chief guest.

According to observers, it has become customary for ministers to demand that they be invited for such functions.

Therefore, it was difficult for the management to ignore the minister. At the same time, ignoring a ‘popular’ local MLA like Dalal, may have been a difficult decision for the management of the hospital. Moreover, Mr Dalal had been adamant not to be seen on the same platform as the minister. As a result, the management devised a practical way to overcome the problem and organised two separate functions for the inauguration of the hospital.

Similarly, a resident of Sector-9, who had launched a career institute here last month, decided to invite a local leader of the ruling party to inaugurate the institute. The truth is that having the powerful people on your side makes good economic and social sense.

However, many people are shocked by these developments and have expressed their disgust at deterioration in the political culture in the area.

Reacting to the development, the district Congress leader, Ms Sharda Rathaur, said that it was obvious that people prefer the ruling party leaders and VIPs for chairing such functions as the organisers expect some favour and publicity. She claimed that it is indicative of the trend that the Haryana Chief Minister makes it a point to inaugurate all the important schemes in the district.

Similarly, the politicians of the ruling party, including the ministers, were always on the lookout to become the chief guest at any function in the district, however small, in order to remain in the news and get some publicity, she said.

She opposed this trend of inauguration and foundation laying ceremonies by highflying politicians as it proved costly for the common man, whose money was used on such visits. She advocated that such functions should be attended by local politicians of the area, which would help save the money of the taxpayers.



Seminar on love & brotherhood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
A seminar on ‘Darshan—the Fountain of Mystic Love’ was held in the Capital during the 13th Global Conference on Mysticism being organised at Kirpal Bagh.

In his inaugural address, Sant Rajinder Singh said that mysticism or spirituality is the path of humanness and love.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who was the chief guest at the seminar said she was sure that each person would return from the seminar carrying a special message of love.

Devotees from across the country sang hymns and participated in the event that focussed on the need of love, brotherhood and universal peace.

Among those who spoke on the occasion include Rabbi Ezekiel Malekar, Rev. Father Prabhakar, Swami Sudharmananda, Shahi Imam Dr Maulvi Mufti Mukkaram Ahmed, Ms Luda from Russia and Robert Hoffman from Germany.

A free eye check-up camp was organised as a part of event today. Other events include an orientation camp, programme of mystic quawallis and a blood donation camp.



HPCC pooh-poohs INLD claim
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 15
The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has ridiculed the claim made by the ruling Indian National Lok Dal to field its candidates on around 100 seats each in Rajasthan and Delhi in the Assembly elections slated in November.

In a statement here today, Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister and spokesman, HPCC questioned as to how the INLD could dream of winning the elections in Rajasthan and Delhi when it had already lost faith among the masses in Haryana.

He claimed that the INLD would meet the same fate in the elections in these states as it faced in the elections held in Uttar Pradesh nearly one-and-a-half-year ago.

The Congress leader alleged that the farmers in Haryana had been facing an acute scarcity of power and water for the last several years while the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had been misleading the voters in Delhi and Rajasthan by promising adequate supply of both the commodities.

He announced that the leaders and the party workers of the Congress would soon launch a campaign to expose the ‘misrule’ of INLD.

Library network

Library is the soul of any educational institution and it reflects the quality of that institution.

Therefore, library professionals have a great responsibility towards institution-building.

This was stated by Dr A K Rajan, Registrar of Maharshi Dayanand University in the valedictory session of ‘Information and Library Network Regional Training Programme in Library Automation-2003’ being organised by the MD University. Terming ‘library’ as a health indicator of an institution, Dr Rajan said it was a transformation phase for the libraries from the traditional set-up to the modern one.



MM complains against accused who hurled
slippers at him
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
A Metropolitan Magistrate has lodged a complaint with the Delhi High Court, the District Judge and the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate that an accused in an Arms Act case threw slippers at him in the open court, thereby obstructing him from doing his duty and stalling the proceedings temporarily, court sources said. Vijay Pal, an accused in an Arms Act case registered at Chandni Chowk, allegedly hurled his footwear at Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar Jain of Tis Hazari courts during a routine production on Friday last, they said. The accused wanted to be let off on a personal bond, but the magistrate had some objections regarding the same, the sources said.

Pirated printed material

The Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch has seized pirated printed material of some software companies worth Rs 18 lakh.

Based on the secret information, the sleuths raided the Akash Chitranshi Associates and seized huge quantity of loose printed material from the godown. The materials belonged to the Software Engineering – Author Roger S Pressman, Fundamentals of Database Systems – Author Ramez Emmasri and Integrated Electronics – Analog and Digital Circuits System.

Hindi Week

The Mayor of Delhi, Mr Ashok Kumar Jain, today inaugurated the Hindi Week at a function in Town Hall. The Mayor while speaking called on the municipal councillors, municipal officers to promote working Hindi. During the Hindi Week, various competitions like essay writing, Hindi translation, Hindi writing will be conducted by the organisers.



Five held for satta gambling
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 15
The police have arrested as many as five persons on the

charge of satta gambling following the alleged recovery of cash and other articles.

According to a report, the persons were identified as Rakesh of Halalpur village, Ashok of Batra Colony, Sonepat, Rajoo of Rajinder Nagar, Sonepat, Sanju of

Tara Nagar, Sonepat and Ramesh of Bhatgaon village. Cases under the Gambling Act have been registered against them.

Woman, son injured

A young housewife Mrs Raj and her son Akhlesh were injured in an accident at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the injured were immediately hospitalised and were stated to be out of danger.

Youth ends life

Yashpal, a youth was reported to have committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in his house at Gumar village about 15 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the police are still investigating the cause of the extreme step.

Phone link

Telephone link between Ganaur, a sub-divisional town of Sonepat district along with several adjoining villages and the rest of the country continued to remain cut off today following the collapse of the Ganaur telephone exchange after developing of a major fault in it.

According to a report, the villages include Rajlu Garhi, Aghwanpur, Bhogipur, Panchi Jatan, Gumar, Ahir Majra, Ahulana, Atayal, Khubru, Sayya Khera, Bajana Kalan, Bajana Khurd, Kailana, Moi Majri, Garhi Jhinjhara, Purkhas, and Shekhupura.

At least 9,000 subscribers had been facing hardships for the past few days.

The recorded voice goes on telling the subscribers that “their lines have been temporarily cut off for non-payment of bills.”

The subscribers are further informed that they should contact the officials of the accounts branch in this regard.



Govt to give jobs to 49,000 educated
youths: Chautala
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, September 15
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today reiterated that the government was committed to providing employment to 49,000 educated youths during the current financial year.

He was addressing a meeting of the INLD party workers in local Municipal Park.

Taking a dig at the HVP supremo Bansi Lal for misguiding the people on the employment programmes of the state government, Mr Chautala explained to the workers that these government jobs included the posts of 7,500 gramin vikas sahayaks and 7,500 van rakshaks.

As many as 10,000 persons would be enrolled in the state industrial security service which has been created with the approval of the vidhan sabha in its recently concluded session.

Besides, he said that the government had also identified other 20,000 posts in various departments, boards and corporations and announced that all these posts would be fulfilled within this year.

Claiming that his government has almost curbed corruption in the administration, he said no money exchange hands for recruitment and transfers. The traders had been given relief by abolishing the Inspector Raj and rationalisation of tax structure, he said.

On power front, Mr Chautala said that the construction work on seventh and eighth units of 250 m watt each was being completed on war-footing besides making efforts to generate power from bio-mass, solid waste and in sugar mills.

Terming the leaders of the opposition parties in the state as paper tigers, he said they had no guts to take part in the discussions on the floor of the vidhan sabha.

Rather, he said, they were engaged in making false propaganda.

He asked the party workers to participate in maximum number in the birth anniversary programme of the late deputy prime minister, Devi Lal at Karnal on September 25.

The CM announced that the last date of the applications for the post of gram vikas sahayak would be extended from September 15 to 24.

Dalit couple commit suicide

A Dalit couple reportedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous tablets in Chhuchhakwas village of the district last night.

According to information, Ramkaran (30), son of Chanderbhan was a landless labourer.

His family include his wife Urmila and three sons, Jitender (9), Sonoo (6) and Banti (4). The family had been facing financial crisis for a long time.

According to information, Ramkaran consumed sulphas tablets late last evening. When her second wife had gone outside to answer the call of nature, he reportedly also tried to administer the pill to his son, but the child refused to take it.

When Urmila returned home, the son narrated the incident to her mother. Subsequently, she also gulped the poisonous pills.

Both were rushed to PGIMS at Rohtak in a serious condition where the doctors declared them brought dead.

Now, there is none left in the house to nurture the three children.



Three inter-state robbers held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
The East district police have arrested three inter-state robbers involved in several cases in Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. The gang was known as the Black-Yamaha gang. Whenever they robbed someone, they would open fire to cause a panic in the public.

The police have recovered two country-made weapons and two live cartridges from them. Based on a tip-off, the police nabbed Ranjeet, resident of Orissa, Chander Bhan alias Neta, resident of Gorakpur and Nirmal Das alias Kale, resident of Delhi.

The gang was involved in more than 15 robberies and two murders within two months in Hyderabad. It was also involved in two sensational robberies in Sector-20 Noida. During interrogation, the gangsters confessed to their involvement in several cases of robberies, murders and auto-thefts in Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and Hyderabad.

Escapee held

The North-East district police have claimed to have arrested a criminal who had twice escaped from the judicial custody while being produced in the court. The police had also announced a reward of Rs 2,500 on the accused. One country-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from him.

The police acting on a tip-off that the accused Gaura alias Gaura Lal (29), resident of Ferozpur would be coming in a TSR near Red Cross Hospital, spotted the accused around 9.15 pm in the Seemapuri area. But the accused suddenly got down and started running towards New Meena Bazar. When the police followed him, he started firing at the police party, but was soon overpowered.

During interrogation, the accused confessed to have been involved in more than 12 cases of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping for ransom, kidnapping and Arms Act in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.



Four held for robbing armymen
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
Four persons who used to rob businessmen and armymen returning home for vacations were nabbed by the North district police. The accused used to pose themselves as auto-drivers.

The accused Munna Singh (20), resident of Behriach, Chand (22), resident of Farukabad, Ahte Sham (20), resident of Shajahan Pur and Shyam Lal (28), resident of Harola were nabbed and the police recovered Rs 5,000, one country-made weapon, two live cartridges, one button-actuated knife and an auto from their possession.



BHEL honoured for all-round achievements
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
Among public and private sector companies in the country, employees of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) have won the maximum number of `Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskars’.

Out of a total of 30 awards, BHEL has bagged as many as 13 of these awards for the years 2001 and 2002.

In the same period, six “National Safety Awards” have also been bagged by BHEL’s manufacturing plants located at Trichy and Bangalore. Significantly, BHEL and its employees have been winning both these prestigious national awards, instituted by the Government of India, Ministry of Labour, consecutively since their inception. Thirteen ‘Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskars’, under different categories, have been shared by 30 employees of various BHEL units for their innovative suggestions leading to cost reduction, higher productivity, import substitution etc. Various innovations and modifications in manufacturing systems and processes undertaken by these awardees have resulted in a cumulative saving of about Rs 5.5 crore to the company.

Six ‘National Safety Awards’ have been won by BHEL’s plants for outstanding achievements in terms of longest accident free period and lowest accident frequency rate at their works. The awards will be presented at a function to be held here on `Vishwakarma Day’ (September 17, 2003).


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