Sunday, October 5, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Chamber’s ready answers to Gurgaon’s traffic mess
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 4
In an effort to help decongest roads in Gurgaon and improve the connectivity of the city with the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has suggested a number of pro-active measures.

The measures include construction of a six-lane flyover on a 60-metre-wide sector road over the Sikanderpur bypass, the Gurgaon-Mehrauli road and the Gurgaon-Faridabad road. Also, a suggestion has been made to set up a four-lane one-way flyover on the Gurgaon-Mehrauli road through Sikanderpur village and over the Gurgaon-Faridabad road. The Phdcci has further suggested construction of service roads on both sides of the Gurgaon-Mehrauli road with four lanes on either side.

According to the chamber, the measures have been recommended by it as a long-term solution for ensuring effective and smooth flow of traffic. According to it, the entire project recommended by it will cost Rs 45 crore.

In a letter to the Principal Secretary, the chamber has pointed out that the government has rightly identified Metro Rail as an effective means of mass transit. A detailed project report is now being undertaken by RITES, an organisation with expertise in the scientific development of roads, for extension of the Metro from Andheria Mod to IFFC Chowk via the Gurgaon-Mehrauli road.

The chamber has pointed out that Gurgaon is linked to Delhi via two roads. National Highway 8 from Delhi to Jaipur is being upgraded into an access control highway by the NHAI. The Gurgaon-Mehrauli road is the second access from Delhi. Reflecting negatively on the government’s skewed policy, the Phdcci has observed that the road has been converted into a “mall” road with liberal approvals being given for shopping /commercial sites. With the partial opening of three malls, the traffic situation on weekends is chaotic with long jams.

It goes on to observe that another very important artery of Gurgoan is the 60-metre-wide sector road linking NH 8 to the Gurgaon-Mehrauli road and going further towards Sectors 55/56. On this road also, a large number of shopping/commercial developments have been approved, including the mega Cyber City.

With regard to funding of the project suggested by it, the chamber expressed the view that both government and non-government organisations would benefit after its completion. Hence, the beneficiaries should fund the project.


Dengue: A story of claims, counterclaims
& zero facilities
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 4
While there have been claims and counterclaims regarding suspected and confirmed cases of dengue here, the Health Department seems to be totally ill-equipped to deal with the situation in case of an outbreak.

There have been reports from certain private hospitals and clinics that more than 24 persons are suspected to have been affected by this deadly disease. A leading private hospital had reportedly admitted that as many as 28 patients had been found to be affected by the disease as a leading private laboratory at Delhi had confirmed them positive after a detailed blood test.

B K Civil Hospital here, which is one of the biggest government hospitals in the state and which receives hundreds of patients at the OPD daily, has no facility to detect diseases like dengue. It also has no arrangements to treat such patients. In such a situation doctors of private hospitals send the blood samples to laboratories in Delhi for tests.

However, the Health Department officials contest the claim about the number of dengue cases reported so far. The CMO has alleged that a misinformation campaign has been launched to create panic. While the reports from private hospitals state the suspected dengue cases could be well over 30 the health officials maintain that they are awaiting blood test reports of about 22 cases sent to Delhi for confirmation. The situation is likely to crystallise after the receipt of test reports.

However, certain medical experts question the readiness of the Health Department in dealing with an outbreak. Dr Vinod Kaul of a pathological laboratory here said a dengue patient required blood platelets, which was possible only when a hospital had a blood separator machine.

Although the Civil Hospital has created a special six-bed ward for dengue patients, the hospital is still waiting for its blood separator machine to arrive. A demand for this had been made several months ago. Social activist K. L. Gera said there was no reason why there could not be such an outbreak as the civic conditions in most colonies was pathetic.

Viral fever on the rise in Noida

Noida: The incidence of viral fever is increasing rapidly in Noida with dozens of patients daily trooping into the government district hospital in Sector-30. However, the administration’s response is woefully lacking owing to shortage of basic facilities. According to a rough estimate, about 70 per cent of the Viral fever patients are admitted at the district hospital in Sector-30.

In the 100-bed hospital, there are some 46 beds in the general ward, which are fully occupied. Owing to the shortage of beds, many serious patients are sent home with a list of medicines and dos and don’ts. In the emergency ward, two patients are sharing one bed for the last four days. Alam Hussien, 6, of Harola came on Wednesday with typhoid, but after giving him the usual medicines he was told to report to the OPD on Wednesday.

Thirty-year-old Pradeep of Nithari, admitted in the General Ward, says that he has high fever, accompanied with shivering. He is awaiting his blood test report for the last two days. The patients lamented that they were given routine medicines by the hospital staff and told to procure the costly medicines from the market. This view is shared by Surinder Singh, 25, of Nithari, who was recently hospitalised with fever with body pains.

Most of the 600 patients who visit the hospital daily are suffering from viral fever or typhoid, hospital sources said. Dr H K Sharma of Medicine Department confirmed that most patients had viral fever, which is normal at the time of change of season after monsoon.


Trouble brewing in Gannaur civic body
B. S. Malik

Sonepat, October 4
Thirteen members of the Gannaur Municipal Committee have submitted a joint memorandum to the chairman, demanding immediate convening of a meeting.

In the memorandum, copies of which have been sent to the Chief Minister, the Director, Urban Development, and the Deputy Commissioner, Sonepat, a number of irregularities have been highlighted.

It is learnt that 13 councillors - Arun Tyagi, Vikas Tyagi, Naresh Kumar Verma, Dalbir Singh, Suman Gulia, Birenda Devi, Ved Parkash Arora, Mukesh, Indiravati, Rampal Pahal, Premvati Tyagi, Kanta Devi and Krishan Katiyal — held a meeting and finalised nine issues for inclusion in the agenda of the meeting.

In the memorandum, the councillors have demanded a meeting of the house every month and sought an inquiry into rampant irregularities, misuse of development grants and bogus payments.

The councillors have also questioned the doubling of the expenditure on submersible pumps in BST colony, bogus payments of earth works and issuing of no objection certificates to houses in unauthorised colonies.

It is pointed out in the memorandum that the municipality had lost a case in the court due to the negligence of the municipality employees and for want of necessary documents.

The chairman of the municipality, Mr Krishan Goyal, has dubbed all allegations as baseless and announced that he is ready for an inquiry.

In another development, four councillors, Naresh Kumar Verma, Birenda Devi, Summan Devi and Dalbir Singh, who had signed the Memorandum, have alleged that the other councillors had misused their signatures by sending the copies to the Chief Minister, Director, Urban Development and the Deputy Commissioner.

They explained that they had signed the memorandum with the sole intention of asking the chairman to convene a civic body meeting. “We were told that an agenda is to be furnished for the meeting and, hence, we signed it,” they added.


CITU sends SOS to ministry on workers’ woes
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 4
The CITU has appealed to the Union Labour Ministry to intervene and redress the grievances and problems of the workers in Noida and Greater Noida, where factory owners are allegedly violating and twisting the labour laws.

After staging a dharna in front of the Joint Labour Commissioner’s Office here, the CITU representatives handed over a memorandum — addressed to the Union Labour Minister — to the Joint Labour Commissioner, Noida, alleging that proprietors of industrial units in Noida and Greater Noida were willfully and openly violating the labour laws and running their units to the detriment of workers.

The units are not giving pay slips, leave cards, identity cards, ESI cards, bonus and double over-time to workers as per law.

According to the memorandum, the UP State Government had issued orders in its Gazette dated May 15, 2000, that units employing more than 50 workers should pay each of them Rs. 500 as increment, but due to the administration’s dilly-dallying, most managements had not passed on the pay hike to their employees.

Even the recommendations of the UP Wage Advisory Board of June 6, 2001, had been put in cold storage.

The CITU has further alleged that police interference in labour matters is rapidly increasing. The connivance of the labour department and the police officials has allegedly cost many workers their jobs in Greater Noida-based industries

The CITU has called for scrapping of the contract system and strict enforcement of the labour laws. It has also asked the UP Labour Commissioner, Kanpur, to conduct a month-long camp in Noida and Greater Noida to examine the problems of workers.


A lie detector for MDU, but others need it more
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 4
It may not pay to tell a lie at the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) anymore. The MDU has invited tenders for the purchase of a lie-detector machine for its Department of Psychology.

The lie-detecting machine would have various other uses apart from catering to the needs of students of psychology. For example, the menace of copying can be taken by the horns. Even the most die-hard copying buff would find it hard to deny his passion, strapped to the lie detector. Also the device can help ferret out the truth from employees and teachers, especially those who happen to be chronic work shirkers.

The machine shall be a constant threat to the masters of intrigue, who thrive on whisper campaigns and incite various sections of the society, spreading hatred and creating misunderstandings. Similarly, the truthfulness of allegations of sexual harassment and abrasive casteist remarks can be verified with the help of this machine.

Academicians feel the society would be served better if politicians of all hues are also put on the lie-detector each time they visit their constituency. Their promises and track record needs to go through the wringer. Likewise, there are immense possibilities in bureaucracy and the police force.

Dr Rajbir Singh, Head of the Psychology Department, says that the machine is being purchased primarily for research in bio-psychology. “Later on, we can offer it to the investigating agencies,” he told the NCR Tribune.

He is not aware if other universities in the region have a lie-detector machine.

Honest people with an open mind on the campus have welcomed the university’s decision to train the students in the art of lie-detection. The university should extend this service, on payment of charges, to investigating agencies of the state, it is generally felt.


Living next to a crematorium
Court puts an end to residents’ misery
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 4
The Delhi High Court has asked the DDA and the MCD to provide an alternate cremation ground in the relocated colony at Sector 16 A in Dwarka. The order spells relief for residents of the area who had been complaining against the proximity of the cremation ground to their residential quarters and government-run schools.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice B.C. Patel and Justice A.K. Sikri gave the ruling on a PIL filed by Social Jurist, through their counsel Ashok Agarwal, highlighting the plight of residents who had to bear a cremation ground in their vicinity.

The PIL stated that residents were living in highly toxic conditions for the last three years, with the unauthorised cremation ground right in their midst.

The high court, while disposing of the PIL, directed the DDA and the MCD to take steps to prohibit the use of the cremation ground at JJ Resettlement Colony for the purpose of performing last rites.

The residents of the colony had complained that children had to bear the sight and smell of the burning bodies. They claimed that the students in the four government schools, which shared a boundary wall with the crematorium, were unable to attend school and their academic performance had suffered.

The petitioner told the court that students found it extremely disconcerting to watch bodies burning on the funeral pyre while at school.

The residents had further alleged that the ash and the debris would occasionally blow into their houses from the cremation ground. The vexed residents had also written to the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court about two years back, questioning the existence of the cremation ground in their immediate neighbourhood.

It was pointed out that the crematorium was unauthorised and built on land earmarked for residential plots. Moreover, the cremation ground was being run by an unknown person and not by the MCD or the DDA. Incidentally, the land belongs to the DDA.

The PIL urged the court to take action, pointing out that some villagers, in connivance with politicians, had been allowing the use of the cremation ground despite requests to the contrary.


Ram Mandir not on agenda of NDA government:
Vijay Goyal
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, October 4
“The BJP wants to build a mandir in Ayodhya but it is not on the agenda of the National Democratic Alliance and so the party wants a resolution through a court of law or bilateral negotiations” This was stated by the Union Minister of State for Youth and Sports and senior BJP leader Vijay Goyal while addressing a press conference held at the PWD rest house here today. Mr Goyal stayed for few hours here while on his way to Behal where he was scheduled to attend a school function.

The BJP leader averred his party would win the forthcoming elections to be held in four states. He said the NDA government would leave no stone unturned to promote sports and the budget had been increased by three times during the present rule. He maintained that the central government was committed to providing better facilities to sportsmen. He expressed that there was a time when the public did not like cricket whereas their interest was developing in all sports like kabaddi, football, hockey and shooting of late. He said the spectacular victory of the Indian hockey team recently in Asia Cup had built interest among people for Commonwealth Games.

Describing the achievements of the NDA government, the minister said no government had done development works during the past 50 years as much as the present central government had done during its five-year tenure. A record number of telephones, LPG connections and kisan credit cards had been issued and a wide network of roads had also been laid.

He said India would think twice about maintaining sports relations, especially with regard to cricket matches, with Pakistan until terrorism, however, he added under-19 cricket had started between India and Pakistan. The next step would depend on the attitude of Pakistan, he said.

Mr Goyal said Muslims should endorse the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya after the survey report of the Archaeological Survey of India. He said the ensuing election would be fought on the achievements of the NDA government and Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee would be the next Prime Minister. Among others who were present at the press conference were senior BJP leader Prof Ram Bilas Sharma, district unit president Rishi Prakash Sharma, Jogender Singh, advocate, and district media in-charge Shankar. 


DPCC receives vyapari yatra from Chhattisgarh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 4
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Chaudhary Prem Singh, today received the vyapari yatra at Mehrauli which had started from Chhattisgarh on September 27 to protest against the anti-trader policies pursued by the BJP-led NDA central government.

More than 1,000 Congress workers and representatives of traders were also present along with Chaudhary Prem Singh. The yatra traveled through Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana.

The yatra was led by prominent trader Sanjay Singh. The yatra covered all main markets at Mehrauli before reaching the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office. It culminated at Raj Ghat.

While addressing the participants of the yatra, Chaudhary Prem Singh said the BJP-led NDA government had been acting against the interests of the traders. The trading community all over the country was fed up with the policies of the Union Government. The leader of the yatra, Mr Sanjay Singh, said it received full support from the trading community as well as the common people and they promised their total cooperation in whatever steps the All-India Vyapar Mandal took to solve the problems of the traders.

He said that under the BJP-led rule the traders were struggling under the burden imposed on them. Farmers were committing suicide and the labour force were being driven out of cities due to the closing down of industrial units, he said.

Meanwhile, the All-India Mini Bus Association has withdrawn the hunger strike started by it after an assurance by the Delhi Government that RTVs would be given permit by the Transport Department of the city government to drive on the Capital’s roads.


Trickster at showroom deprives couple of Rs 8,000
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 4
A couple was allegedly cheated by an unidentified youth who was sitting in a showroom of motor cycles on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road here yesterday.

According to a report, Mr Manmohan, a resident of Ganaur, along with his wife had gone to this showroom to purchase a motor cycle. They inquired about the instalment plan. The owner asked them to deposit Rs 10,000 initially if they wanted to buy a motor cycle. They said they had only Rs 8,000 with them and would manage the remaining amount of Rs 2,000 in a few hours.

Thereupon, they came out from the showroom and a youth who was sitting already there followed them and asked them to give Rs 8,000 to him for depositing the same with the owner of the showroom. They give this amount to him and went to a relative’s house for arranging another sum of Rs 2,000. When they returned to the showroom they found the youth missing. When they inquired about the youth from the employees of the showroom they declined to give any information about him. When they blamed them for cheating, the owner of the showroom pushed them outside the showroom.

The couple have lodged a complaint with the Sikka Colony police post in this connection. Further investigations are in progress.

Life convict dies of heart attack

Munshi Ram, a life convict in a murder case and a resident of Mundlana village, died of heart attack in the Civil Hospital here on Friday night.

According to a report, the prisoner had felt pain in the district jail and he was sent to the local Civil Hospital without any delay. But he died there after a few hours.

The police have sent the body for the post-mortem examination. The District Magistrate of Sonepat has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the case.

Fireman hurt in cylinder blast

Satish Kumar, a fireman of the Sonepat municipal fire brigade, was seriously injured when the gas cylinder in a car exploded and it caught fire near Sector 7 on the GT Road, Bahalgarh Chowk, about 10 km from here, on Friday night.

Housewife commits suicide

A young housewife, Indu Balal (28), was reported to have committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in her house at Sisana village, about 25 km from here, on Friday evening.

According to a report, the police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

Mother of two kids abducted

A woman was allegedly abducted by the driver of a four-wheeler when she along with her two children was waiting for a vehicle on the Sonepat-Gohana road near Lath-Joli village, about 30 km from here, late on Friday evening.

According to a report, the children of the woman raised the alarm and some people assembled there informed the police immediately about this incident. On receipt of information, the police arrived on the scene and organised a nakabandi to arrest the driver of the four-wheeler and recover the abducted woman but failed to apprehend him.

The police have registered a case.


Gandhi more relevant today than ever

GANDHIJI continues to be the one name among the billion people of India, which is spelt out with respect in the many nations of the world. Men still wonder how a ‘half-naked fakir’ mobilised millions of Indians to fight successfully and non-violently for independence.

What is the relevance of Gandhi to the present generation? Among the several programmes arranged for television audience on Gandhi Jayanti day, the one on the Asianet channel anchored by a well-known film director, Balachandra Menon, was very thought provoking. Around him were a few schoolchildren, teenaged boys and girls, trying to figure out how he had impressed them.

‘Keeping the environment clean’—that is Gandhiji to some. A few others rated his love and sacrifice for the nation as inimitable. ‘Non-violence’ summed up the spirit of Gandhi to a few others. Quoting recent statements of some politicians that there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics, the film director attempted a contrast between the Mahatma’s great ideals and the sharp deterioration that had set in society.

At least initially, Rabindranath Tagore was not among his admirers. Yet, in an article written in January 1938, the poet had to admit this about the saintly nature of the Father of the Nation: “An ascetic himself, he does not frown on the joys of others, but works for the enlivening of their existence day and night. He exalts poverty in his own life, but no man in India has striven more assiduously for the material welfare of his people. A reformer with the zeal of a revolutionary, he imposes severe restraints on the very passions he provokes. Something of an idolater and also an iconoclast, he leaves the old gods in their dusty niches of sanctity and simply lures the old worship to better and more humane purposes. Professing his adherence to the caste system, he launches his firmest attack against it, where it keeps its strongest guards, and yet he has hardly suffered from popular disapprobation, as would have been the case with a lesser man who would have much less power to be effective in his efforts.”

He advises his followers to hate evil without hating the evil-doer. It sounds an impossible precept, but he has made it as true as it can be made in his own life. I had once occasion to be present at an interview he gave to a prominent politician who had been denounced by the official Congress party as a deserter. Any other Congress leader would have assumed a repelling attitude, but Gandhiji was all graciousness and listened to him with patience and sympathy, without once giving him an occasion to feel small.’’ Here, I said to myself, is a truly great man, for he is greater than the party he belongs to, greater even than the creed he professes.’’

It is this greatness of his as a man that still interests a vast ocean of humanity. Greatness is marked by all the qualities he displayed in his life.

He donned many roles—as a politician, as an organiser, as a leader of men, as a moral reformer, as a spiritual teacher and so on. But he was greater than all these as a man and had set the best example for the country of his birth in its attempt to solve its many problems..

We miss him today when the pluralistic nature of society plunges it into problems of intolerance, suspicion and mutual hatred. Though people still pay him only lip service, he has set the standards for best behaviour in societies as diverse as ours.

“Let me own this. If I could call myself, say, a Christian, or a Mussalman, with my own interpretation of the Bible or the Koran, I should not hesitate to call myself either. For then, Hindu, Christian and Mussalman would be synonymous terms. I do believe in the other world there are neither Hindus, nor Christians nor Mussalmans. They all are judged not according to their labels or professions but according to their actions irrespective of their professions. During our earthly existence there will always be these labels.

I therefore prefer to retain the label of my forefathers so long as it does not cramp my growth and does not debar me from assimilating all that is good anywhere else.’’

That is the example he has left us –in the matter of accepting one another disregarding all the differences. He maintained that his is not a religion of a prison house. “It has room for the least among God’s creations. But it is proof against insolence, pride of race religion or colour.’’

Gandhiji has believed too that the principal religions of the world constitute revelations of Truth, but they have been outlined by imperfect men; they have been affected by imperfections alloyed with untruth. “We must not be impatient with those we consider to be in error, but must be prepared if need be to suffer in our own person. One must therefore entertain the same respect for the religious faith of others as one accords to one’s own.’’

Another relevant lesson for us today from his life is his emphasis on the truth and the purity of the means. He insisted that men in their fight for claims must only so assert their rights, whether as individuals or as groups, as never to violate their fundamental obligation to humanity, which is to respect life.

All these principles have their root in his spirituality; his deep faith in God. “I am in the world feeling my way to light ‘amid the encircling gloom.’ I often err and miscalculate. My trust is solely in God. And I trust men only because I trust in God. If I had no God to rely upon, I should be, like Timon, a hater of my species.’’

“Have faith in God.” Is it what he meant when he said, “My life is my message!’’ There is reason to believe so.

M P K Kutty


Ambitious sanitation programme launched in Rewari village
Our Correspondent

Rewari , October 4
A total sanitation programme, which aims at promoting better health and improved quality of life in rural areas, was launched in Odhi village of Bawal tehsil of the district on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Wednesday. The project is being sponsored by the Union Ministry of Rural Development.

As a part of this exercise, the Deputy Commissioner, Mrs. Neerja Shekhar, along with several other top officials of the district, personally inspected the latrines in households, which are being constructed under the TSC.

Emphasising the need for total immunisation of villages from the menace of open defecation, Mrs Shekhar exhorted the villagers, particularly the womenfolk, to vigorously adopt the TSC to ensure growth of fully sanitised, neat and clean villages. She announced that Odhi would be developed into a model village. Besides, if there was 100 percent sanitation coverage of individual households in the village, the village Panchayat would get Rs five lakh for development works as an incentive.

Mr. Jai Dev Naharwal, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rewari, informed presspersons that latrines in individual households of about 30,000 families living below the poverty line (BPL) would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.61 crore in the district. Each such family would be given a financial assistance of Rs. 600 for this purpose. Besides, latrines would also be constructed in 286 schools under the TSC throughout the district, he added.

It is noteworthy that a special sanitation drive had been also launched in Rewari, Bawal and other areas of the district on this occasion. The drive, which initially covered the municipal council office complex, the model town and the locality of Qutabpur in Rewari and the Jatwara Mohalla in Bawal, was personally inaugurated by the DC.

She said that the special sanitation programme would continue till October 16 throughout the district.

New BSNL internet service

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched a Calling Line Identification-based Internet accessing service at Rewari and Dharuhera for its subscribers.

Giving details in this regard, Mr. B. L. Varshney, General Manager, Telecom, Rewari district, informed that the CLI service, which is a new search method on the internet, could be accessed from any public switched telephone network (PSTN) line by dialing access code 172222. It then allowed automatic registration to any PSTN subscriber who gives the CLI user’s name and password, he added.

The internet charges would be 10 paise per minute for which the subscribers would be billed in their telephone bills.

He also informed that the CLI service, which had been started in collaboration with Elite Code Technology, Ahmedabad, was already in vogue in Ambala, Sonepat and Rohtak under Haryana Telecom circle.

Curbs on crackers

Taking a note of the need to restrain the public from causing noise pollution on Diwali and preventing accidents, Mrs. Shekhar, in the exercise of powers under section 144 of the Cr.PC, has promulgated orders, placing curbs on the manufacture, sale and use of fire crackers. Simultaneously, it has been made ordered that fire crackers would only be used between 6 pm and 10 pm . Besides, fire crackers shall not be used at any time in silence zones, that is areas in vicinity of hospitals, educational institutions, courts and religious places etc.

The District Magistrate has also issued directions that only licensed dealers will sell or store fire crackers and explosive material. Besides no person shall sell or store fire works and explosive material at congested places, markets or human dwellings other than the specified ones. The Ram Lila ground and Brass market in Rewari, the Mela ground in Kosli, the Govt Sr. Sec. School in Bawal, and the Govt. Sr. Sec. School in Dharuhera have been specified for this purpose .

The orders, which came into force with immediate effect, shall remain valid till October 26, 2003.


UHBVN launches scheme to settle
power theft cases
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 4
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has introduced a ‘Settlement Out of Court’ scheme to settle the disputed cases of power theft as well as recovery of the power bills arrears in the state. According to a report, the scheme would continue until October 31 and the parties desiring settlement of disputes under the scheme would be exempted from the payment of fine up to 50 per cent.

At present, as many as 432 cases of power thefts are still pending in various courts of the district. The consumers have been given incentives to get their disputes settled under this new scheme. At least 12 per cent interest would be charged on the 50 per cent remaining amount due from them.

According to sources, the arrears of regular power bills will not be settled under the scheme. However, the cases of excess charges filed by the consumers in the courts will be covered under this scheme.

The settlement of disputed cases will be through negotiations between the consumers and the Sub-Divisional Officer UHBVN concerned. But the consumers will have to give in writing that they would not file any further case in any case regarding the disputes.

The UHBVN has decided to issue notices to all such consumers whose cases were pending in the courts in a bid to make the scheme popular and successful.


Man kills ‘over-friendly’ neighbour, stabs wife
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 4
The West district police have launched a manhunt for the arrest of a youth, Ikramuddin, who was allegedly involved in a murder case in the Madipur area yesterday. The suspect and the victim, Raza, alias Raju, lived in the JJ Colony in the Madipur area. Raza reportedly used to visit Ikramuddin’s wife often which was objected to by the suspect. Ikramuddin asked his wife, Farida, not to meet Raza. Last evening when Ikramuddin reached his house from his workplace he found Raza sitting in is house. He stabbed both Raza and Farida. Raza was declared brought dead in Guru Gobind Singh Hospital while Farida was undergoing treatment in DDU hospital, the police said.

MCD School buildings inaugurated

The Mayor, Mr Ashok Kumar Jain, on Saturday inaugurated buildings of three MCD schools in Jaitpur, Tajpur Pahari and Molarband. While inaugurating the buildings, he said the corporation was giving top priority to provide better environment to students studying in municipal primary schools. This year the corporation had the target to construct 1200 pucca classrooms. He announced the unit area method for assessment of property tax in Delhi would be introduced from April 1.


JD (U) condemns manhandling of women by cops
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 4
The Janata Dal (U) leader, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has condemned the incident at Sampla town of

Rohtak yesterday in which some women were beaten and manhandled by police officials in front of the Chief Minister.

In a statement here today, Mr Vidrohi said it was unfortunate that some women had to lie in front of the CM’s car to demand justice. It has been learnt the protest was staged by the women as the police had failed to take action to trace two youths who had been missing for about a year.

The Janata Dal leader said the incident spoke volumes not only of the worsening law and order situation but also the behaviour of the police. He said it was very shameful that things had come to such a pass that victims of injustice were being beaten up in front of the leaders who got elected thanks to votes given by them.

Mr Vidrohi alleged the police department had been left with the job of taking care of visits of VIPs and the CM had failed to improve its image or functioning despite claims.


Farmers welcome bajra procurement decision
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, October 4
The farmers of Bhiwani district have welcomed the decision of the Haryana government for purchasing the bajra for the first time in the state at the minimum support price of Rs 505. This had been announced by Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala in the Samman Diwas Samaroh organised at Karnal on September 25.

The farmers thanked Mr Chautala for taking this decision for purchasing bajra from October 1. The farmers feel confident that the decision of the government would favourably affect their prosperity. Deputy Commissioner Harpal Singh said that more than 1,800 tonnes of bajra is produced every year in Bhiwani district.

The total area of bajra crop is about 1.85 lakh hectare, he added. Mr Singh also hoped that by the decision of purchasing the bajra would help in the promotion the crop diversification. The farmers lauded the efforts of the Chief Minister not only for the purchase of bajra, but for ensuring the welfare of all sections of the society in Haryana.


Month-long Gaudia Math fest from Monday
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 4
The Delhi chapter of Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math will celebrate month-long function of Kartik Mas Damodar Varta at Agarsen Bhawan, Ashok Vihar, with enthusiastic zeal and fervour. The function will be celebrated under the auspices of Sree Sreemad Bhakti Ballabh Tirth Goswami Maharaj, president of the World Vaishnav Association, and Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math. The function will start from October 6. Delicious food items offered to Lord Krishna will be served three times everyday to all those present. The Math is engaged in the maintenance, revival and practice of the Indian theistic culture as well as propagation of the gospel of divine love as described in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagwatam, the Geeta and other allied revealed scriptures propounded by Lord Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and practiced and taught by Gaudiya Vaishnav Acharyas, a press release said.

CM wishes Delhiites joy and goodness on Dasehra

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has greeted Delhiites on the occasion of Dasehra and expressed hope that it would strengthen the spirit of togetherness and brotherhood in society. In her message, the Chief Minister said that Vijay Dashmi, which signified the victory of good over evil and truth over falsehood would bring joy and goodness in the lives of the people of Delhi.

Attending to public grievances

The Chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has directed all heads of the departments that they should be available from 3 pm to 4.30 pm for attending to public grievances. The officer hearing the public grievances will keep a record of visitors, nature of problems, action taken to resolve public grievances and submit a report to the Chairman every week, a press release said.


Four held with illicit liquor, heroin
Our Correspondents

Noida, October 4
The Noida police have arrested four persons from different places and seized heroin and illicit liquor from them.

The Sector 58 police noticed a man moving about in Sector 71 in a suspicious manner. When they frisked him, half a kilogram of heroin and illicit liquor were seized from him. He identified himself as Rajinder of Barola.

The Sector 20 police arrested a youth, Om Prakash, who was carrying illicit liquor. The police seized 65 pouches of illicit liquor from him. Meanwhile, the Surajpur police have seized 42 quarters of illicit liquor from Rajiv and Ram Sukh in Navada village. Both have been arrested.

Youth festival from Oct 6

Bhiwani: A two-day district-level youth festival would be organised by the Haryana Sports and Youth Welfare Department at the district headquarters here between October 6 and 26. The final date for this district is yet to be declared.

While stating this here on Saturday, a spokesman of the department said the festival would be organised according to the guidelines issued by the central government.

Suicide bid after quarrel

Sonepat: Sunil, a youth, was reported to have taken sulphas tablets in a bid to commit suicide in his house at Jagdishpur village, about 15 km from here, on Friday night.

According to a report, the youth was immediately hospitalised and is stated to be out of danger. The police are still investigating into the case. The youth had reportedly taken this step after a quarrel with a friend.

Brick kiln licences cancelled

Jhajjar: The Food and Supply Department has cancelled the licences of four brick kiln owners on the allegations of not complying with the Pollution Control Board’s instructions on Saturday.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mohinder Kumar, said apart form violating the Pollution Control Board’s norms these kiln owners had not deposited the royalty for lifting sand to the Mining Department.

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