Saturday, October 4, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


DU students held for classmate’s murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
With the arrest of five persons, including two students of Delhi University, the North-West district police today claimed to have solved the kidnapping-cum-murder of Tarun Bharadwaj, alias Chintu (18), a first year student of Satyawati college of Delhi University. He was kidnapped from Ashok Vihar on September 25 and murdered on the GT Road, Ganaur. The body was found near the GT Road on September 28.

Those arrested have been identified as Amit Sharma (20), resident of Tikri Khurd and student of Satyawati Evening College, Devender Kumar (23), resident of Khampur, Vivek Gaur, alias Lovely (23), resident of Khampur, Shiv Kumar, alias Shiva (21), resident of Khampur and student of Satyawati Evening College, and Amit Khatri, alias Ramlu (22), resident of Tikri Khurd.

The main accused, Amit, was politically active and had also contested in the college elections for the post of president of the students union but had lost. Since Tarun and Amit were studying in the same class, Amit knew Tarun’s family background. Tarun had also helped Amit when he contested the college elections.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) Sanjay Singh said that on September 25 the victim’s father Satish Bharadwaj complained to the police that his son Tarun had been kidnapped on September 25 evening and he had received a ransom call of Rs 20 lakh. Satish told the police that the kidnappers would call again to give further instructions.

The police questioned the victim’s father about his friends and also questioned the college staff and students about Tarun’s friends and their activities. Since the body was found near the GT Road a list of students residing near Ganaur was also obtained. During this time the victim’s father also told the police that sometime back when he along with his family were going to their native place his son Tarun had stopped the car near Bakhtawarpur and spoken to three persons and identified one of them as his classmate Amit Sharma.

Taking this lead, the police questioned Amit and found his answers were not satisfactory. During sustained questioning he broke down and confessed to his involvement in the crime along with some persons. He also told the police that they had committed the crime as they were in dire need of money.


Set politics aside, let Delhi zoom ahead: PM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, while flagging off the Metro train between Tri Nagar and Tis Hazari, said today political rivalries should not come in the way of development of Delhi which had already been left behind in the race for modernisation.

Mr Vajpayee pointed out that Metro trains should have been introduced in the national Capital, which has such a big population, long ago but now that the work had been started it should gain momentum. With the inauguration of Metro train services in this section, Delhiites now enjoyed world class transport on a 12.8 km stretch from Shahdara in East Delhi to Trinagar in North-West Delhi.

The first section of line one of the Metro project’s first phase was inaugurated between Shahdara and Tis Hazari by the Prime Minister on December 25 last year.

The BJP, whose nominee, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, is Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Chairman, and the Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government of Delhi have been vying with each other to claim credit for bringing the highly modernised transport system to Delhiites.

The first phase, which covers 67.8 km, is scheduled to be completed in 2005. Mr Vajpayee said the Delhi Metro Rail with highly sophisticated safety and communication system should be a model to other cities in modernisation of their civic services. The DMRC had made all efforts to bring innovation in its project at every step with the combination of intricate designs and bold and rich colours at its stations. It proposed to give the commuters a totally new feel of technology.

The 4.5-km stretch had four new stations — Pul Bangash, Pratap Nagar, Vivekanand Puri and Trinagar. These were adorned with artworks on different themes. Murals at Pul Bangash Metro Station depicted different monuments and at Vivekanand Puri Metro station the theme was flora and fauna..

With the completion of the Trinagar- Tis Hazari section at a cost of Rs 280 crore, more than half of the first phase of the Metro project had been completed with Rs 4,500 crore spent so far.


Certificates, forms are now just a click away
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
The residents of Capital can now file applications online for securing various certificates issued by the office of deputy commissioner. They can also receive notification on government tenders and check their passport status on the Delhi Government portal.

With the launch of the re-designed portal, linking more than 70 web sites of govt departments and agencies here today, tedious work will be a click away.

“Anything you want to know about
Delhi will be available on,’’ says Mr. S Raghunathan, Principal Secretary, Delhi Government. He went on to add: “Now a person need not go to the transport department to collect an application for a driving licence or any other related information, he can get it on our portal”.

The status of a case in the Delhi High Court, court orders and judgements can also be downloaded by punching the case number, or the relevant date or the lawyer’s name. The portal is divided into following categories: Application forms, online applications, certificates, licences, election and voting, municipal services, emergency services, bill payment, ration card, passport, vehicle and driving licences, law and order, courts environment, health and education.

For such services, frequently asked questions, application forms, format of affidavits and related information have been provided with the help of links to relevant pages of the departments’ web sites.

Mr Raghunathan said the portal would be extremely useful for those going in for second-hand vehicles. All information about the vehicle, whether it is genuine or not, and other details will be available on the net.

For visitors to Delhi, a separate link has been provided, giving details of monuments, museums, galleries, places of interest, haat and shows apart from details about the history of the city.

The portal also furnishes details about various welfare schemes categorised under different heads like those for weaker sections, for women and children, for labourers and for prisoners. The daily rates of vegetable, fruits, grains and other commodities are also available through its links to website of Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board.

Those interested in looking at value of shares can use the link to the National Stock Exchange. A list of schools in the Capital, their telephone numbers, and the result of recruitment/examination conducted by the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board is also available on this site. Electricity bills can be paid online and efforts are being made to provide the facility of paying water bills on the net, Mr Raghunathan said.


A murder every alternate day in Ghaziabad
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 3
Every alternate day a murder takes place in Ghaziabad.

In September alone there have been 16 murders in Ghaziabad with the merchants of death targeting rural areas with impunity.

A cop’s brother-in-law was murdered on September 1 in Pratap Vihar. His throat had been slit. A tempo driver was murdered at Pannepur villae in Hapur Dehat on September 12.

Property dealer Verinder Kaushak in Vasundhara and a dairy trader were murdered in Hapur Dehat on September 16. A man shot his wife dead in Vijay Nagar’s Akarampur village on September 17.

A young woman was murdered near Bhatia Potteries in the Sihani Gate area on September 21. A youth killed his uncle in a land dispute in Kaushalya village on September 22. A youth was murdered in a dispute over joint ownership of a tractor in Duhai on September 22.

A woman was strangled to death in Punjab lines on September 26 while another woman was shot dead in Janupura on September 28.

Two real brothers lost their lives in a revenge killing in Mehmoodpur village in Hafizpur on September 30.

Revenge killings are common in rural areas but what has been alarming is the sudden spurt in the number of murders. A middle-aged man in Kaushalya village of Mussori was done to death by his brother’s son, fearing that his uncle would give away his property to someone else. In Vijay Nagar area a drunkard shot dead his wife with his licensed gun. Land disputes are the major cause of murders in rural areas, according to SSP Jaynaryan Singh. He admitted that action to stem them was also not always taken. “We shall try to resolve land disputes from October onwards,” he said.


Education scheme for disabled by November
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
The Central government has assured the Delhi High Court that it will frame by November a comprehensive education scheme for the benefit of more than 20 million disabled children in the country.

Additional Solicitor-General K. K. Sud informed a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice A. K. Sikri that the Centre had written to various state governments who had responded favourably and the Union Government would be able to take the required step by next month.

Mr Sud also accepted that less than one per cent of the estimated population of disabled children in the country were going to school at present and that even the primary goal of having at least one integrated school in every district had not been achieved.

On September 24, unhappy with the attitude of various government departments, the judges had summoned four Union Secretaries to explain why the Centre was not taking initiatives to frame the scheme.

The court directed that if by next month the required action was not taken, then the Secretary with the Human Resource Development, Home, Health and Social Justice ministries would have to explain in person the delay in this regard.

The judges ruled that it was a sorry state of affairs that despite the legislation the departments were slugging it out over the cost and other nitty-gritty.

The court had taken cognisance of the matter in February and given specific directions in July but nothing had been done.

On July 12, the high court had directed the Central government to frame a comprehensive educational scheme for children with disabilities and notify the same as early as possible. The Bench issued the direction and adjourned the matter for September 24 after Mr Sud conceded that the government had yet not prepared such a scheme and requested two months’ time to frame and notify it. On February 19, the high court had issued notices to the Union Human Resource and Development Ministry, the Delhi Government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on the petition.


JNU unveils election schedule
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
The election to the students union in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will take place on October 20.

The dates for filing the nominations are October 8 and 9, the dates for withdrawal are October 10 and 11 and the list of final names will be put up on October 12.

Campaigning by various parties will begin on October 13 and continue till the October 18. The presidential debate, which is the most interesting as well as the most decisive factor, will be held on October 18.

The elections, which are conducted by the students, are in stark contrast to the hullabaloo that the Delhi University elections have evolved into.

Candidates and their supporters are expected to follow the guidelines laid down by the 28-member Election Commission.

According to the Chairperson of the Election Committee, Mr Nagendra Honalli, candidates had been told to submit a copy of any notice or pamphlet that they intended to distribute in the EC office.


Property worth thousands gutted in ITDC hotel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
Property worth thousands of rupees was gutted in a fire that broke out in Hotel Ranjit here this afternoon.

The fire broke out on ground floor of the building around 2 pm. It engulfed the first and second floors of the building as well.

However, no casualty was reported in the incident. When the fire broke out the hotel employees tried to douse it themselves. When they failed to do so and the blaze had engulfed the first floor, they reported the matter to the Delhi Fire Service (DFS).

The DFS rushed 15 fire fighters, but by then the fire had engulfed the second floor also.

It took the fire fighters more then an hour to control the blaze.

The spokesman of the DFS said that computers, furniture and some documents of the hotel were destroyed. A portion of the building housed offices and people had vacated it just after they noticed the smoke.

According to preliminary investigation, a short circuit could be the cause of the fire.

The incident is being investigated simultaneously by the police and senior officers of the hotel.

The building was insured and was adhering to fire safety norms, the spokesman said.


Widows rebuffed on Gandhi Jayanti
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 3
Inept handling led to at least 200 women, mostly widows, being rebuffed at a state-level function held to mark the Gandhi Jayanti at Palwal yesterday.

More than 200 poor women had been invited to attend the function and told that each one of them would receive a 50 kg flour bag and a sewing machine.

But, according to eyewitnesses, some women were not given the atta bags. The women alleged that their names had been struck from the list at the last moment. One woman, identified as Gyanwati, raised slogans against a local councillor before fainting in front of the stage. Some women lamented that they were labourers and had to forego their daily wages to attend the function.

Incidentally, the Governor was the chief guest at the function. He reportedly expressed his unhappiness over the chaos and asked the officials to ensure that everyone included in the list should be provided with the promised goodies.

However, the officials by then had done some rethinking and revoked the offer to distribute the sewing machines.

The authorities later claimed that atta worth Rs 4 lakh was distributed. The RPI MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Dalal, has described the incident as shameful and demanded action against the officials responsible for harassing the poor women.


Unauthorised structures razed on govt’s instruction: Commissioner
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, claimed that jhuggi clusters and other unauthorised constructions were being demolished on the basis of policy formulated by the government. He said this when councillors objected to the demolitions in different areas of the Capital.

Responding to the councillors, he said that jhuggi clusters in Nizamuddin, near a historic structure, was demolished following the order of the Union Urban Development Ministry and an urgent appeal by the Archaeological Survey of India, as the historic structure had been included in the list of World Heritage.

A team of UNESCO is likely to visit soon to inspect the structure.

If the clusters around the structure were not demolished, the historic monument would be excluded from the world heritage list.

The demolition of jhuggi cluster near Captain Gaur Marg was done after a request of the Delhi Traffic police. The road was narrow due to which traffic jams had become common everyday. Now, the road is being widened and in Naraina, the land was owned by the DDA and it was encroached upon by the jhuggi dwellers.

The Commissioner said that all the demolition work was done before September 15, as the Election Commission had ordered not to undertake any demolition work after this date, as Assembly election were due in the Capital in November, he said.


Residents are craving for minimum civic facilities here

Jhajjar, October 3
The lack of political and administrative initiative on part of the authorities concerned in improving the basic facilities in the district headquarters has not only deteriorated the situation but also resulted in public resentment against them here.

The township was upgraded as a district headquarters about six years ago. But, if one makes a visit to any corner of the town and he will not found anything worth of a district. The residents of the town are craving for the minimum civic facilities, like pucca streets and roads, cleanliness and sanitation, streetlights and fire station.

Although the residents of the town desist from pressing for the required amenities for a couple of days after it become a district hoping that the things would improve. But, their hopes fall flat when after the passage of a long time, the prevailing situation take a turn for the worse and the residents have to linger on despite all the odds.

However, when the district authorities failed to break the zilch on the development front, the people started raising their voice of dissent. The residents alleged that the lack of will on part of the local political representative and the administrative machinery was responsible for the state of affairs in the town. An organisation of the youths, Democratic Youth Organisation (DYO), took the issue of development of the town in the notice of the administration time and again.

Comrade Ombir Singh of the DYO organised the youths for the cause and make frequent representations to the Deputy Commissioner. But the organisation alleged that their demands so far have fall on deaf ears as the town is still beget with all kinds of problems.

Pointing out some of their demands, Mr Singh said that the way to the shamshan ghat is kuccha and it should be concretised. He said that although the citizens are paying fire tax to the municipality, but the fire tender and station is being awaited. Most of the nullahas are overflowing with the sewage water and there are no arrangements of disilting.


Call to support caste-free politics
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 3
Mr Vijay Somany, convenor of Rashtriya Navchetna (a prominent voluntary organisation of South Haryana) and newly appointed chairman of the Rewari Improvement Trust (RIT), has called upon the people of Rewari region to extend support to the Rashtriya Navchetna’s struggle which aimed at demolishing the hegemony of casteist politicians which was the root cause of the backwardness of Rewari, Mr Somany asserted.

In his keynote address delivered at a huge conference of the Dalit and backward classes organised to mark the 64th convention of the Rashtriya Navchetna in the town’s Netaji Subhash Chander Bose Park here yesterday, Mr Somany recalled that during the past 50 years, almost all legislators, elected from the Rewari constituency, belonged to a particular community.

Simultaneously, it was now a known fact that the late Rao Abhey Singh and his legislator son Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav, had been at the helm of Rewari politics for about 30 out of the 50 years, he added.

Continuing his tirade against the pernicious effects of casteist politics, Mr Somany asserted that if the tardy pace of development in the Rewari region was attributed to the ‘lacklustre’ 14-year tenure of its present legislator Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav, who also occupied ministerial berth in the then Bhajan Lal Government from 1991 to 1996, it would be something impertinent.

He said that it was deplorable that in such a situation members of the Dalit Samaj as well as the backward classes had borne the brunt here and that was why the Rashtriya Navchetna had now resolved to take up the cudgels for them.

Making a specific mention of the numerous acts of service of the under-privileged people as well as mass awakening relentlessly rendered by the Rashtriya Navchetna here during the past 15 years, Mr Somany again pleaded for the people’s cooperation for breaking this jinx of casteist politics in the region.


Old man’s body found on railway track
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 3
The Government Railway Police (GRP) found the body of an unidentified aged man (65), lying on the track near the railway station here last night.

According to a report, the victim was crossing the track when he was hit by a goods train. The GRP has sent the body for a postmortem examination.

According to another report, the police have also found an unidentified body of a man lying near Subzi Mandi and sent it for a postmortem examination.

Meanwhile, the Ganaur police have found the body of an unidentified man (45), lying in the field near G T Road at Ganaur Chowk and sent it for a postmortem examination. The body remains unidentified.

Cyclist killed

A cyclist Prem (35) of Nangal village was knocked down and killed by a bus on the G T Road near Pio Munyari about 15 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the police have registered the case and sent the body for a postmortem examination.

According to another report, a chowkidar Mr Kishori (35) was found dead in the Vijay Paper Mill at Kundli village about 25 km from here yesterday. The police are still investigating the case.

Senior citizens’ cell

In a bid to redress the grievances of the senior citizens, the Haryana Government has decided to set up Senior Citizens’ Grievances Cell in each town of the state.

According to a report, these cells would consist of four members including two women and the Deputy Commissioner, the Additional Deputy Commissioner, the Civil Surgeon and the District Education Officer will be the official members in these cells.

The Superintendent of Police has also been included as the member of these cells.

A monthly meeting of these cells will be held to hear the grievances and their disposal.

The selection of four senior citizens, including two women would be made by the district administration and these will be connected with social and voluntary organisations so that they could provide guidance to the authorities for redressing the grievances of the senior citizens.

Dak Adalat on Oct 21

The Posts and Telegraphs Department is organising a one-day Dak Adalat on October 21 on the premises of the office of the Postmaster General at Ambala, for redressing the grievances of the pensioners and other categories of the people.

According to a report, the complainants are required to submit their grievances to Mr V K Malhotra, Assistant Director (Public Complaints) by October 8.


Armyman held for extortion
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
The Mandir Marg police have arrested an armyman for his alleged involved in an extortion case.

A resident of New Rajender Nagar, Rohit Jolly (35), complained to the police that on September 7 around 11.15 pm, one person asked him for a lift as he reached Shivaji Stadium.

On reaching Ridge Road, the pillion rider Subhash Chand (38), resident of Haryana and a Naik in Rajputana Rifles, showed his identity card and threatened the complainant to hand over all the valuables, otherwise he would be implicated in a sex scandal.

The victim got scared and gave away his Nokia Cell phone, two gold chains, one diamond ring, Rs 3,000 and one pair of Woodland shoes to Subhash.

On October 1, the police got a tip-off that a person resembling Subhash was standing near Shivaji Stadium. The man turned out to be the culprit and was nabbed on the spot.

Cop, wife killed

A Delhi Police head constable posted at PCR and his wife were killed when a speeding truck hit them in Badarpur as they were heading towards Faridabad on October 2.

The victims Parmanand (47) and wife Nihala Devi died on the spot when the motorcycle was hit by the truck near NTPC Gate No 1. The police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving and launched hunt to trace the driver.

Devotees throng temple

A large number of devotees thronged the Badri Bhagat Jhandewala Temple on the occasion of Shardiya Navratra Mela today. Elaborate arrangements were made by the managing authorities for the devotees.




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I appeared in the MCA final examination in December 2002 from IGNOU, Delhi. My result was delayed. I have visited the university a number of times to obtain my result. After a long struggle, my result was declared. But, now I have to wait for my mark-sheet as well as the provisional certificate. I have written letters to the authorities. I have faxed and e-mailed my requests and even visited the university, but the exercise has proved futile. I have deposited Rs 25 twice, but the documents are yet to be sent. I am aspiring for several jobs and have to attend walk-in interviews, but the missing documents are proving a stumbling block in my selection.

One particular varsity official has misbehaved and talked rudely to me; he seems to be bent upon harassing the youths/students by dithering over their requests for documents. The university authorities should look into the matter, so that I get my documents. I am enclosing the letter dated 15.9.2003 sent to the Vice-Chancellor of the university as an attachment.

Anil Kumar Yadav, Roll No 000534119, MCA, Bhiwani

A student’s litany of complaints

I would like to draw the attention of the Haryana Secondary Education Board (HSEB) authorities by dwelling on how the senior secondary examinations are held.

I was a student of HSEB in 12th standard (science stream). In my examination centre in a government school there are no benches and other facilities. Candidates have to squat on the ground and take the exam. The police are not able to stop persons from sneaking in cheating slips. The situation is so bad that it is very difficult for a sincere student to concentrate on his question paper.

The story does not end here. The checking pattern is so poor that if a student of HSEB wants to compete with a CBSE student, he cannot do it.

If HSEB is not able to handle the responsibility, then why not divide the state into two zones. For each zone there can be a conducting committee. This will facilitate greater transparency. Then only, the future of HSEB will brighten up.

P. Wadhwa, MBA student

Can we break the vicious circle?

Law and order is a sensitive state subject. After Independence, much has been done to reform the working and living conditions of the police force and the Excise Department. Instead of meeting the latest challenges and trying to create a model setup of law and order, both are seeking pleasure in developing relations with the illicit liquor mafia. Consequently, we have had mishaps like the Lucknow tragedy. One leading daily reported that 23 people had died in mid September by consuming hooch in Kaisarbagh area of Lucknow. The suspension of the Kaisarbagh Station House Officer and the area excise officer followed. The report of the Divisional Commissioner, if honestly prepared, will ferret out the truth. It may also help fix the responsibility for the tragedy. But will the vicious circle of break? Who will offset the loss of precious lives?

Ujjal Pal Singh, NIT, Faridabad

Catch them young

Indeed there is weight in the Delhi Chief Minister’s suggestion that information technology & software studies must be initiated at the school level. This way there will be no burden on the growing children at a later stage.

Therefore, all recognised schools should launch the education vertical software for schools at the earliest.

Subhash C. Taneja, MDU, Rohtak

Regressive culture

Smriti Kak’s write up (NCR Sept 22) presents a sizzling story of a “spellbinding melange of dance and music’’ organised by Manav Sthali on September 14 at Vivekanand School. Ironically, the World Hindi Diwas, too, falls on the same day (September 14). The ceremonial celebrations were held all over. Even a global touch was given to the historic day by top leaders.

Thus, on one hand, we glamorize Hindi language and celebrate its role in our national mosaic. On the other hand, was have ludicrous and awkward felicitations. What doublespeak! What an absurd mix of the East and the West! Have our teachers ever thought of the sanctity of the Hindi Diwas?

A learned leader should have chaired the function of ‘Ecstasy,’ the musical saga organised on September 14. Those who harp on Hindi as a national language could have spared a day for it. Are we Indians not hypocrites and chameleons? Is bash and ball not taking the nation on the wrong track? Is it not a stark example of regressive culture? The World Hindi Diwas was facilitated by ‘Ecstasy.’ What a fine blend of culture and vulture of dance. Is it an appropriate way to honour Hindi and that too by Minister of State for Home Affairs? Or do we simply dismiss it as cultural advancement?

Ramautar Yadav, Rewari

Honey or poison, It is up to you!

Words are the vehicles of expression and communication. If they are powerful, they have the potency to change a government. They can bring peace and harmony, or divide the hearts and the human soul. They can turn enemies into friends and vice versa.

It depends on the user how he use this precious gift of God. If words are used to shower happiness, then they taste like honey; but if they bring tears, than they are like darts of poison.

A few days back I was out for my morning exercise. Another player joined me. He is younger to me and regards me as his elder brother. After exercise, we had a discussion on sports. However, I did not find his arguments tenable and started talking harshly, imposing my words on him. After a while, I realised his eyes had welled with tears.

This possibly happened because I was not able to make him understand what I had wished to convey.

Seeing the tears, I changed my tone and tried to make him feel comfortable. My words immediately yielded results and brought a smile on his face. After that, he was more receptive to what I had to say.

So, we all must keep in mind that words are not to be imposed on a listener. Instead, they should be articulated in such a way that the listener understands our thoughts.

Words are of such power that they can change one’s destiny. So, be wary with the usage of words. Use them as honey and not poison.

Saurabh Duggal, Skating Coach, Gymkhana Club, Faridabad

Save the heaven

We can’t even go out alone anywhere? This is what a Kashmiri friend told me when I asked her about the life in the Valley. She need not have said anything. Her fearful countenance and terror filled eyes told the tale. One leads life on a razor’s edge in Kashmir. The pathetic part is that nothing much has been done to proselytize the situation, so that people can breathe in an alfresco of peace and dignity. The best possible solution is to ask the people of Kashmir what they really want.

Thus, one can formulate public opinion and prepare an explicit and exquisite pathway for Kashmiris to extricate themselves out of the quagmire.

Each and every step will definitely help in renewing the hopes of people of Kashmir. The govt and the citizens must contribute their mite to end the exacerbating tension between the Hindus and the Muslims.

For how long can we bear the loss of our people.

Hence, we need to bring a radical change in attitude of people, which can be positive or negative.

We need to develop the former, so that we can redeem Kashmir.

Akanksha Chaudhary, Model School, Rohtak


Vikas Yatra in memory of Rajiv Gandhi
Tribune News Service

YATRA IN PROGRESS: Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress president Rajesh Lilothia during the launch of Vikas Yatra dedicated to the late Rajiv Gandhi in the Capital on Friday. — Photo by Kamal Singh

New Delhi, October 3
The Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress president Rajesh Lilothia today launched Vikas Yatra dedicated to the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on cycles along with 800 Youth Congress activists.

They highlighted the achievements of the Congress Government in Delhi.

The Vikas Yatra was started from the residence the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

The Yatra was flagged off by Oscar Fernandes, general secretary of the party.

The Yatra will cover all 70 constituencies. One district will be covered in one day, Mr Lilothia said.


Malaria spreading in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 3
Thanks to unhygienic conditions, malaria is fast spreading its tentacles in Noida, though the area is not free from dengue fever yet.

In about the 122 blood samples tested during September, 26 have been found to contain malaria virus, according Dr Singh of the District hospital. Some private nursing home

doctors have also substantiated the incidents of malaria.

The blood samples of a small number of an average of 800 patients visiting government district hospital in Sector-30 daily are tested. Most of the OPD patients are just given medicine and sent home.

Patients said some routine medicines were being given to them at the hospital, but for costly medicines, they have to go to market.


HKMS to agitate for workers’ rights
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 3
Haryana Karamchari Maha Sangh (HKMS), a major employee organisation of the state, would chalk out an agitation strategy during its fifth bi-annual conference to be held here on October 18 and 19. A meeting of the high-powered committee of HKMS was held here today under the presidentship of Mr Dhara Singh to discuss the arrangements for the bi-annual conference.

The meeting was attended by the senior leaders of various organisations. Mr Som Dutt Gautam, assistant secretary of the Maha Sangh, said the employee leaders alleged that the government had taken no action regarding the adjustment of nearly 3,916 employees retrenched from Haryana State Minor Irrigation and Tubewell Corporation to other departments. The government closed down Harijan Kalyan Nigam when its employees sought revised pay scale. Several departments like Bijli Vitran Nigam, Haryana Roadways, Public Health and Health Department were being privatised.

On the other hand, they alleged the Apex Court attacked their fundamental right to observe strike. In these circumstances, they said the employees had the only option to ‘do or die’.

SFI meet on Oct 5

A two-day meeting of state executive of Students’ Federation of India (SFI) has been convened here on October 5 and 6 to chalk out the future course of action regarding the non-acceptance of their demands. In a statement here today, Mr Jai Bhagwan, state general secretary of the federation said the federation would organise a state level conference of the students to launch a massive students’ agitation throughout the state. The student leader alleged that the government had adopted repressive tactics to crush the students’ agitation. He condemned the police atrocities on students at various places in the region and said that the agitation would not be withdrawn till the acceptance of their demands. He cautioned the government that around 3 lakh students all over the state would play an important role against the Indian National Lok Dal in the forthcoming elections of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha.

‘Sanjhi’ competition

Jhajjar: The District Public Relation Department organised a ‘Sanjhi’ competition here today. Eight women participated in the competition for designing Sanjhi which was made by a mixture of clay and cowdung. The Sanjhi designed by Ms Usha Dahiya and Ms Darshna was adjudged best.

CITU meet in Gurgaon

Sonepat: The Haryana Committee of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) is organising its two-day state level convention commencing from November 15 in Gurgaon to discuss the reports of ‘exploitation’ of workers and ‘indifferent’ attitude of the authorities of the Labour Department in the state. Mr S N Solanki, president of the state committee of the CITU, told mediapersons here today that thousands of delegates from all over the state will take part in this convention. On the very first day, a big rally of the workers would be held in which the workers of various industrial units and government departments would take part in large number.


Property tax assessment plan ‘arbitrary’, says PHDCCI
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
Describing the proposed unit area system for assessment of property tax in Delhi as “arbitrary”, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry today suggested the need for adopting a more reasonable area rate.

In response to the suggestions invited by the MCD on unit area system for assessment of property tax in Delhi, the chamber said the base unit annual value rate and differentials for various categories of colonies and types of structures, use, age under the new proposal seemed to be arbitrary.

The basic area rate recommended as Rs 30 per sq ft was too high and would enhance the current property tax being paid by all categories of property disproportionately.

It also suggested that figure 2.0 should be adopted as the multiplication factor for rented property of all categories which would mean double property tax for all rented property. The multiplication factor should be the same for all rented property. Currently, the recommendations range from “3.5” for category A to “2” for categories E, F and G.

There should be a separate classification / categories for “residential”, “commercial” and “industrial” areas, the chamber said. The classification of industrial areas should be separate.

A multiplication factor of “6” for “industrial use” as compared to multiplication factor of “1” for residential property did not seem logical. Most of the industries in Delhi were small and medium enterprises operating in factory sheds / flatted factories located in industrial areas where the civic services were poor. To cite an example, Okhla Industrial Area had been classified in category B along with posh colonies like Ishwar Nagar and East of Kailash. This discrepancy needed to be addressed.

The new system imposed responsibility of calculating the tax and paying it on the owners without the MCD raising any bill. It pre-supposed all property owners to be educated and capable of filing detailed returns every year and each time there was a change in the nature and use of the property. This, however, may not be in tune with the ground realities, the PHDCCI said. Also, there was a need for a more simplified form like income tax return (SARAL) in the case of recovery of property tax.

It said that the suggestion of sub-dividing the MCD area into a hierarchy of eight tax property zones – A to G, with different rate of tax may not be real. Since the location of the plots and its value was not constant within the property zones, it would be prudent to further classify these zones based on the factors like location of the plot, size and shape of the plot and proximity to the institutional area which affected the value of the property.


A slice of SA in Gurgaon
Tribune News service

Gurgaon, October 3
Debonairs Pizza - the latest and nouveau entrant in the Indian fast food market segment, is going to make its debut with the launch of its first outlet in Gurgaon. The leading pizza franchise in South Africa, Debonairs Pizza, would dish out of its authentic gourmet pizzas and pizzas tampered to excite the Indian palette. The store is scheduled to open in the first week of October.

It would have sit-in dining as well as home delivery for pizzas. While Debonairs brings in a new tasty and scrumptious menu for the Indian taste buds, the company brings in their unique way of delivering prizzas. Since its inception, the company has been following a novel stipulation, this being pizzas would be delivered by smartly-dressed young men in bow ties.

Karim Nanji, director, Debonairs Pizza India, and Licensing Franchiser of the South African Chain, said that there is immense potential in the Indian market for quality fast food dining experience. The response to out gourmet pizzas has been overwhelming. The natives as well as the Indian community in South Africa have very well-received the product and its mode of delivery.

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