Monday, October 6, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Calves’ tails chopped off: Tantrik on the loose?
B. S. Malik

Sonepat, October 5
The villagers of Mahendipur have been rattled by recent incidents of calves’ tails being chopped off. There have been reportedly 17 such incidents in the past one month; in 15 cases, the calves perished due to excessive bleeding.

The villagers suspect the hand of a tantrik behind these incidents. Despite all precautionary measures, there has been no let-up in these attacks and it is feared that the menace may spread to the adjoining villages.

According to reports, about four weeks back the tails of some calves were found chopped off; due to excessive bleeding all the calves died. These belonged to Dharam Singh, Bheema, Pale Ram, Kanwal Singh, Mange Ram, Rajbir, Tek Ram, Suresh and Zile Singh.

Rattled villagers held a meeting of the panchayat on Thursday. It was unanimously decided in the panchayat that the villagers would punish those behind these incidents by chopping off their heads and hands and socially boycotting their families. A team of 20 village youths was formed for theekri pahra (night patrolling) in the village and the owners of milching buffaloes were asked to remain vigilant. The village Sarpanch, Ms Saroj Devi, informed that the villagers suspected the involvement of a tantrik who had been given shelter by someone in the village.

The villagers are so afraid that they do not allow the calves to go out in the evening and have started locking their houses. The panchayat has also appointed a chowkidar to carry out night patrolling between 9 pm and 5 am in the village.

Despite all such precautions, the tails of two calves were found chopped on Saturday morning. Sundu, son of Bheema, informed the village panchayat that after the cattle ate fodder in the morning he tied them outside the house and went inside for sometime. But when he returned after sometime, he found that the tails of the two calves had been chopped and there was a pool of blood around them.

The villagers feel that someone from the village was definitely involved in the attacks because the latest strike had taken place in the morning. The villagers have now decided to undertake round-the-clock patrolling.



Dengue death claims refuted
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 5
The Faridabad Health Department is adamant that there have been no dengue deaths in the district so far. Even the death of a woman of Dhatir village of Palwal sub-division on October 1, apparently due to dengue, has been contested by the District Medical Health Officer, who has dismissed it as a case of meningitis.

According to information, Mrs Kamlesh, alias Batti Devi (35), a mother of three children and wife of late Satbir Singh of Dhatir village, died in a leading private hospital here on October 1. According to relatives, the patient was suffering from high fever and had been given a blood transfusion. The family sources are adamant that the death was due to dengue. To buttress their claim, the sources pointed out that the hospital has billed the family Rs 56,000, even though Mrs Kamlesh was admitted only for 36 hours.

The Chief Medical Office (CMO), Dr S P S Bhatia, told this correspondent that he had no knowledge of any dengue-related deaths. Claiming that some private nursing homes and hospitals had been dishing out erroneous figures and information about the outbreak of the disease, he said public perception about the disease was such that any death could be misconstrued as dengue.

The CMO, however, admitted that blood samples of at least three patients sent for tests to the NICD laboratory were found to be dengue positive. At the same time, he hastened to add, about 50 per cent of the test reports had been negative.

Trying to put the claims and counterclaims in perspective, the MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Dalal, said that it was fact that a large number of villagers in Palwal and nearby areas were suffering from fever and other waterborne diseases. He alleged that there were ``no doctors, medicines or treatment facilities in the rural areas and the district authorities were busy organising the Surajkund mela.



65-year-old dies in case of road rage
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, October 5
An 65-year-old man, Mr Maleh Ram, has died as a result of injuries sustained in what seems to be a case of road rage. He was reportedly hit by a tractor in a street outside his house at Kakroi village, about 9 km form here last evening.

It is stated that Maleh Ram was feeding his buffaloes when one Hem Chander, who was driving a tractor, happened to pass that way. The rear side of the tractor hit one of the buffaloes, leading to an altercation between the driver and the deceased.

It is reported that a livid Hem Chander reversed the tractor and knocked down Maleh Ram.

The driver fled immediately after the incident. Maleh Ram was taken to the civil hospital by his family members, but he succumbed to his injuries en route. The police have registered a case against the driver and are hunting for him.

According to another report, a youth, Rajesh, was killed in a hit and run incident while he was crossing the GT road near Asawarpur village, about 15 km from here last night. The victim belonged to Rai village and the police have sent the body for the post-mortem examination.

Run over by tractor

Jhajjar: A woman was reportedly crushed to death by a tractor near Ghosian Chowk here today. The deceased, identified as Bala (32), daughter of Chetra, was going to a nearby shop. When she was crossing the road, a tractor ran over her; she died on the spot. A case has been registered in this regard.

Two houses looted at leisure for 2 hours

Ghaziabad: About a dozen masked men made about six persons captive and looted two houses in Hindon Vihar under Sihani Gate Police Station area last night.

The thieves looted the inmates of the two houses of jewellery, cash and valuables worth Rs 2.20 lakh at leisure for about two hours.

They were armed with iron rods, knives, country made revolvers and hockey sticks.

First, they used a ladder to scale the house of one Abdul Gaffar. At gunpoint, they tied the couple and their three daughters and ransacked the house for cash and valuables.

Later, they barged into the house of one Babu Khan. Here, they locked the door from inside and looted the house at will. Incidentally, the police, who were informed of the incident at 6 am, turned up at 11 am only.



Three new jails to ease burden on Tihar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 5
Three new jails are likely to come up soon in the Capital to decongest the high-security Tihar Central Jail which at present accommodates 12,786 undertrials and convicts, over three times its sanctioned capacity.

Two new jails are under construction at Tihar while the third one, at Rohini in West Delhi, is likely to be functional by the end of this year, the District and Sessions Judge, Mr J. P. Singh, said in a report to the Delhi High Court.

Recruitment of staff for Rohini Jail has already begun and the same would be completed by December, he said. These additional three jails would have a total capacity of 1,800 inmates,” Mr Singh said, adding, “This will definitely reduce problems due to overcrowding”.

The report rejected allegations in a PIL by one L. R.Luthra that the inmates were “not being treated as human beings”. However, the District and Sessions Judge, who visited Tihar Jail complex along with the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr P. K. Bhasin, and also obtained comments from other inspecting judges, said the living conditions of the inmates required “improvement”.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Mr Justice A. K. Sikri asked the Union Home Secretary, the Delhi Chief Secretary and the Director-General, Prisons, NCT Government, to give a time-frame for the improvements suggested in the report. The matter has been posted for hearing later this month.

The report also rejected the suggestion that undertrial doctors and other professionals could be allowed to attend clinics and offices along with a jail escort.



He chucked his job with an MNC to work for underprivileged
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, October 5
For the young MBA from Delhi University, Dinesh Kumar Singh, July 1999 turned out to be an eventful month. Like hundreds of others, he had virtually realised his dream and that of his parents as well. He had graduated with good marks and had also managed to get a lucrative job in a multinational. The future looked bright. But apparently, destiny had other designs for this sensitive youth.

A peon, Ram Prakash, in his office was unable to attend office regularly because of the poor health of his wife. Since there was no one else to look after the ailing woman, the man had no option but to take time off from work. The management, however, was unsympathetic. His services were terminated one fine day.

The young executive was shocked to learn a few days later that the peon, unable to find another job, had committed suicide in desperation. This incident perturbed him. It left an indelible mark on his psyche. It was at that time that he decided to do something for these unfortunate people- people of the lesser God, as he puts it.

A resident of Ganesh Nagar area of East Delhi, Dinesh resigned from his office and started a voluntary social service organisation, Jan Jagran Manch, to help make the underprivileged aware of their rights and guide them in times of distress.

The initial days were hard work. First, a few persons joined the organisation uncertain about what it could do for them. But seeing his sincerity and determination, the others were motivated. Help came from many quarters as volunteers pitched in with financial contributions and even professional advice. The movement spread and within a couple of years the manch now boasts of thousands of members, mostly from the labour class - daily wage earners and rickshaw-pullers.

Through street theatre (nukkad nataks), slide shows and personal counselling, these people are informed of their rights so that they are not exploited by contractors and individuals. The manch also helps the more unfortunate ones with financial assistance when they are unable to find work.

The manch has recently started three temporary schools in various locations of East Delhi for the children of these unfortunate people. Here, everything is absolutely free. Most of the funds come from donations and membership fees.

Dinesh has recently completed his LLB degree from Delhi University and has started giving free legal counselling to the needy under the aegis of his organisation. His organisation has also been instrumental in speeding up the completion of some significant construction works in East Delhi area like the construction of permanent Chatha Ghat with lighting arrangement on the banks of the Yamuna.

With a majority of 40 lakh immigrant labourers from Bihar making East Delhi area their home this organisation is also trying to induct them into its fold and help them find employment and work. His wife, Mrs Shonu Singh, has always stood by him and even assists him in the social work.

Hailing originally from Siwan in Bihar, Dinesh says that he probably inherited his zest for social work from his father, Mr Bhagwan Singh, a popular social worker in his hometown. The peon’s suicide was perhaps an eye-opener and paved the way for his true vocation.



Traders’ stir from today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 5
The traders in the Capital will start an agitation from tomorrow in protest against the recent orders of the Sales Tax department on Trade Identification Number (TIN).
The agitation will be launched under the banner of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) at Ajmeri Gate Chowk in the walled city. The protestors will burn an effigy among other things, a press release said.

More than 150 traders’ associations will participate in the protest.

CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said the recent TIN order reflects the anti-trade attitude of the Delhi government. He regretted that traders were never consulted while drafting policies on matters concerning them.

Mr Khandelwal urged the Delhi government to withdraw the TIN order immediately. Various leading traders associations of Delhi, including Naraina Iron and Steel Merchant Association, Delhi Iron and HardwareMerchant Association, Kamla Market Manufacturers Association,

Automotive Parts Merchant Association, Federation of Sadar Bazar Traders Association, Federation of South Delhi and New Delhi Traders Association, Federation of Karol Bagh Traders, Kamla Nagar Vyapar Mandal, Delhi Aluminium Traders Association, Paharganj Plywood and Timber Dealer Association, Delhi Scooter Trader Association, Rajdhani Aluminium Dealers Association, General Machinery Merchant Association, Chemical Merchant Association, Delhi Sanitary and Hardware Traders Association will participate in the agitation.

Dulina lynching worse than Best Bakery case: CPM

Rohtak: The Haryana unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will observe October 15 as Social Justice Day as no action had been taken so far against those held responsible for the lynching of five Dalits at Dulina village in Jhajjar district on October 15 last year.

Addressing newspersons here today, Mr Hanan Mollah, MP in charge of party affairs in Haryana and Punjab, described the Dulina incident as more heinous than the Best Bakery case of Gujarat. He said four persons were held guilty after an inquiry by the Commissioner, Rohtak Division. However, he alleged no action had been taken against any accused. He said a delegation of the party would soon meet the National Human Rights Commission in this connection.

Referring to the proposed assembly elections in four states, he said the party would appeal to the masses to vote against the BJP as it was the deadliest enemy of the nation. He said the party would field its candidates against 33 seats in these states. OC



Faridabad roads in disrepair
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 5
The roads are in a state of disrepair here, so much so that the industrialists of Faridabad described the damaged roads as the number one problem in the district at the time of the inauguration of the ‘Surajkund Trade Fest’ here yesterday evening. The Chief Minister was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on behalf of the industry, leading industrialist K. C. Lakhani said that although we have attained much progress on various fronts, the biggest problem for the entrepreneurs and manufactures even for the general public is the damaged roads. Although the municipal authorities had promised repair, Mr Lakhani demanded more funds and prompt action. The Badarpur border was a ‘bottleneck’ and proving a disadvantage for the overall growth, he added.

He said that the proposal of constructing a four-lane bypass road connecting Ballabgarh with Kalindi Kunj was still to be taken up. In his reply, the Chief Minister said: “Not only the roads would be put in proper shape, but also announced that an action would be taken against the contractors who had been using substandard material in constructions of roads.”

He said the proposal of constructing on elevated flyover at Badarpur border was cleared by the Union Government and would be realised soon.

He said that a similar flyover on the National Highway passing through Panipat had also been okayed by the Centre. The Chief Minister claimed that Haryana was likely to be self-sufficient in power by September or October next year.

He said that efforts were on to develop Surajkund a permanent spot for holding trade fairs.



Dalits petition NHRC
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 5
The Dalits of Udesipur village under Gannaur police station in this district have sent a memorandum to Mr A S Anand, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, airing their grievances and highlighting the atrocities perpetrated on them by the majority community.

The memorandum has alleged that some people of the majority community forced their way into the house of Mr Subhash, son of Mr Amar Singh, a Dalit. The former, along with other members of the family, was beaten up in the presence of the police.

The memorandum even named the police officials and demanded stern action against them.

The petition also alleged that the assailants fired shot in the air to scare the families of Mr Subhash and other Dalits who had tried to intervene.

The memorandum also alleged that the police has failed to arrest the assailants in spite of complaints to the higher police authorities and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Commissioner, Backward Classes, and others.

The memorandum also stated that the lives of Mr Subhash and other members of his family were in danger and if steps are not taken to arrest the alleged assailants, the situation in the village could take an ugly turn.

The memorandum also pointed out that Mr Subhash and other members of his family were being harassed and the women members were being threatened with dire consequences, if they approach the authorities.



Indians in great demand in Australia: Educationist
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 5
Prof. V.D. Randev, a veteran educationist of the town, has said that during his recent tour of Australia, he found that the Indian settlers were leading a prosperous and respectable life there.

He expressed these views here at a press conference which was convened by him today after returning from his 66-day tour of Singapore, Australia and Thailand.

He said it was a matter of pride that most of the Indian settlers, who now numbered two lakh, belonged to the upper and middle strata of the Australian society. On the basis of information culled from various sources, he could say that electricians, accountants and plumbers were in great number there.

He said that he was pleasantly surprised to note that the Christian population of Australia had also been gradually going in for cremation of their dead. As a result, several electric crematoriums had sprung up at various places in Australia which were providing the services to the Hindus as well as the Christians there.

Making a specific mention of certain things which impressed him most in Australia, he started that roads had fixed entry, exit and halting points, the strict adherence to which made the roads almost accident-free.

He lauded the functioning of the courts where the rate of conviction of the accused was quite high.

As regards certain other things which were antagonistic to the Indian ethics, Mr Randev said that it was shocking to find that young students of a university had graphically (by writing on the university board) thanked their vice-chancellor for making the provision of free condom supply.

He said he was also disheartened to note that the divorce rate was increasing among the Australian couples.

In the end, Mr Randev said that he would like to caution the young Indian chaps, who were eagerly aspiring to go to Australia for higher studies, against falling into the trap of private universities and colleges of Australia, which charged exorbitant fees. Many of them didn’t even possess the basic expertise and paraphernalia, the veteran educationist said.



RWA election candidate contests results
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 5
It was the election for the office-bearers of DLF Qutab Enclave Residents’ Welfare Association, but the stakes for the contestants, especially for the post of president, appeared to be high.

A contestant for the position of president, Mr Sanjay Khosla has lodged a complaint with the Registrar of Firms and Societies, Haryana, and the Block Development Officer, Gurgaon, against the large-scale rigging in the election, held on September 28.

He has urged the Registrar of Firms and Societies, Haryana, for declaring the election results of the president as null and void.

The former president, Mr R.S.Rathee, was declared elected for the second consecutive term mustering 503 out of 845 votes cast.

Mr Khosla, his nearest rival secured 320 votes.

The DlF Qutab Enclave Residents’ Welfare Association claims to be covering all the five phases of DLF City.

In a letter to the Returning Officer for the election, Mr J.S.Dhamija, copies of which have been sent to the Registrar of Firms and Societies, Haryana, and the BDO, Gurgoan, Mr Khosla alleged that about 200-250 votes were cast by way of impersonation in the name and on behalf of the persons who were not even physically present at the time of polling.

Giving details of the contents of the letter, he said that he had pointed out certain names of residents of the DLF City who had been outstations but votes were cast against their names.

He charged that the rigging has been done to benefit the incumbent president.

He said that some of the persons who were candidates were allowed to act as the polling officers as well, including participation in counting ballots.

No verified list of eligible voters was displayed or made available to the candidates. Although during the election process, there were several complaints against the impersonations, they were not attended to. No action was taken then or subsequently by the Returning Officer.

According to him, trends of gross impersonation noticed in the previous elections, have been allowed to recur without check.

However, Mr Dhamija rebutted the allegations of Mr Khosla. Mr Dhamija said that the latter did not raise any objection at the time of polling. He was raising the stink only after losing the election, he added.



Four labourers injured in roof collapse
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 5
At least four labourers were injured one of them seriously when a roof of a house being constructed collapsed near Mamoon Bhanja Chowk here last evening.
According to a report, the injured were taken out from the debris and rushed to the Civil Hospital from where one of them was sent to a trauma centre in Delhi.

The injured include Sanjay of Rattangarh and Amit of Dhanak Basti, Sonepat.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress.

Body found: The Government Railway Police recovered the body of an unidentified youth, lying on the railway track between Sandal Kalan and Sonepat railway stations yesterday evening and sent it for the postmortem examination. The body remains unidentified.

According to a report, the youth was crossing the railway track when he was hit by a running train and killed.

Dowry case: The Kharkhauda police have registered a dowry harassment case against the husband and the members of the in-laws family of a young housewife Mrs Indubala of Sisana village who is reported to have been forced to commit suicide by taking sulphas tablets in her house on Friday last.

According to a report, the victim leaves behind three children including a son.

The police registered the case on the report of Mr Suraj Pal, a resident of Bohar village in Rohtak vilage. He is the father of the victim.



200 cases of mobile snatching solved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 5
With the arrest of four persons, the South-West police today claimed to have busted a gang of snatchers and solved at least 200 cases of snatching of mobile phones.

The police also claimed to have recovered eight mobile phones, gadgets of stolen phones, computer, forged identification proofs, duplicate stamps, knife and financed scooter from their possession.

The police received a complaint from one Gagan Deep Kaur that her mobile phone was snatched by two persons on a motorcycle in Sarojini Nagar area. The police in order to control snatching in the area, organised a special drive and received a tip-off on October 3 that two persons would be at it in the area.

Accordingly, the police spotted the duo on a scooter No DL-3SAH-2188 and recovered a button-actuated knife from them. They were later identified as Vijay Malik alias Vicky (22), resident of Madangir and Firoj Khan (27), resident of Khirki Extention.

During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they were involved in at least 200 cases of mobile phone and purse snatching in Delhi and Haryana.

They also disclosed that they used to sell the mobile phones to two persons Rajender Kumar alias Bunty alias Lala (30), resident of Mehrauli and Rajender Prasad alias Raju (22), resident of IIT campus who were running electrical shops. They also sold the phones in Gaffar Market and weekly bazaars. Based on their information, both were arrested.

One of the accused Firoj, who had knowledge about computers used to alter the IMEI number of stolen mobiles and used to make fake documents for committing frauds.

The accused Vijay and Firoj would spend the money lavishly on their girlfriends. The police have sent teams to different places to nab their other associates and to recover the stolen items.



Snatchers, burglar held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 5
The East district police have arrested three persons and claimed to have solved at least four cases of snatching.
On August 26, the police received a complaint from one Lachi Ram, resident of Haryana and an employee of telephone exchange, Sahibabad that his bag containing Rs 50,000, self payee cheque worth Rs 35,000, challans and other receipts were snatched by a motorcycle-borne youth from the New Rajdhani Enclave.

The police during the routine patrolling picked up Deepak alias Ajay, resident of Fazalpur and when he was questioned, he confessed to have committed the crime with his associate Devesh alias Gaurav. The police recovered the stolen items and also nabbed Devesh, resident of Mandawali.

Another snatcher Shahjad, resident of Khureji involved in at least three cases of snatching was arrested by the police. One scooter and a gold chain were recovered from his possession.

In another case, the Mayur Vihar police have arrested a burglar Satish (22), resident of Trilok Puri and recovered articles worth Rs 2 lakh like 10 colour televisions sets, 14 geysers, one A/C from him.



Eight hurt in group clash

Noida, October 5
Eight person were injured in a bloody clash between two groups in Atta Gujran village under Dankaur police station area on Saturday.
Police have arrested about a dozen rioters today. The police had arrested Manoj and Ravinder of one group yesterday, the ruffians of other group were arrested this morning.

In view of the tension prevailing after the clash, police have been deployed in the village.

Three days ago, members of both the groups had clashed violently on the issue of dumping dung and waste in the fields. One community had objected to the other dumping dung and waste in the field which the members of the other group refused to remove. It had resulted in a bloody feud. Both had filed a complaint against the other in Dankaur police station.

Those arrested today included Shrichand, Ganga Ram, Rajinder, Pratap, Hari Chand and Charan Pal.

The injured have been admitted to a local hospital, while some mischievous elements are trying to give it a communal colour, police say some more arrests could not be ruled out in this connection. OC



Float on air, this shoe has cushy interior

TSF range of shoes has achieved yet another milestone by launching a Complete Leather Shoe. The shoes have a genuine leather sole and the shoe upper is made of floater leather. The shoe has a plush interior with supple linings. Available in the shape of chisel toes, the shoe can be maintained with normal wax polish. These dress shoes are most wanted for a formal evening wear.

Cooking range for haute cuisine: Glen India Appliances company has launched a state-of-the-art Cooking Range GL 2012 Platinum in international matt finish stainless steel. The platinum model is incorporated with triple ring and sealed burners for the first time in the country.

The platinum cooking range incorporates the magic of brush steel and new elegant look that enhances the kitchen door. For the first time in India, Glen has introduced cooking range in international matt finish stainless steel and mirror finish toughened glass for control panel, oven and grill door to give an aesthetic appearance.

Aesthete’s delight: Duracell has launched the Duracell Penlight in the personal flashlights segment. The aesthetically designed lightweight and compact flashlight is shaped like a pen and easy to carry.

Vipul Sabharwal, regional business director said, “With the launch of the penlight, Duracell brings to the Indian consumer products that meet stringent international standards at affordable prices.”

Beauty care products: After the successful launch of Suman Bindi and Himvarsha Oil, Blaze Velvet and Cosmetics has offered the Aviva range of beauty care products like nail polish and remover, talcum powder, lipstick, kajal and sindoor.

Black flat monitor: Philips India has introduced the 107C 17-inch black flat monitor targeted at the Soho segment, graphic designers and internet users. Autoscan covers horizontal frequencies up to 71khz offering a maximum resolution of 1280 X 1024 with flicker-free display of 1024 X 768 at up to 89 khz.

Food processor for busy schedule: Aftron has launched a food processor. The product is a ‘mixer-grinder-juicer-chopper-kneader.”. It has been designed to adjust quickly to the busy work schedule of a modern housewife or working woman and fulfil her demands for efficiency, hassle-free maintenance and an extensive assortment of tasty cuisine.

Sun control films: Windshield experts, pioneers in car glass replacements have launched sun control films under the brand name ‘Wefilms’. Wefilms comes in three series like silver, platinum and diamond. These hard-coated Wefilms will retain their luster and clarity with the toughest scratch-resistant coating in the industry, meeting the rigors of automative installation, itself the toughest and most demanding of applications for window film as against low quality films.

Yum yum drink: Rasna has launched for the first time the delicious Mosambi (sweet lime) flavour in a ready-to-drink format. Acknowledged as the unchallenged leader of the soft drink concentrate category in India with a 90 per cent share, Rasna has added yet another first to its growing record.

Piruz Khambatta, CMD said, “The launch of the Mosambi flavour is part of our constant endeavour to give our customers quality, innovation and excellence.”

High protein soya flour: The Soya industries has launched ‘Nutrela PROFLO’, high protein defatted soya flour. Low in fat content, defatted soya flour has the oils removed during processing more concentrated in proteins, which is ideal for weight watchers.

Hundred per cent vegetarian, the product is fortified with calcium, iron, high quality protein, amino acids and lysine making it high in nutritional properties.

Novel men’s footwear: i-D has launched the novel range of men’s footwear that makes you lead an envious foot-life. The two distinct ranges under the caption “Adventure Circle” and “Dress Circle” have been launched countrywide by M and B footwear limited, the promoters of I-D shoes. The Dress Series is essentially a formal wear while the Adventure Series cater to the youths who live life with zest.

For your entertainment: Milestone Interactive Software Limited has launched the Playstation 2 in India. One of the most eagerly awaited products in the entertainment industry, the Playstation will be available in all major cities in leading electronics stores.

Winter Collection: Lee Cooper has launched its Winter Collection 2003 consisting of Tornado, Enigma and Inspiration–especially designed for office as well as casual wear. The collection is a unique concept, specially designed for chilled Indian winters. 


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