Friday, October 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Does Sheila know her onions better than BJP?
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
Traders at Asia’s largest wholesale vegetable market, Azadpur Mandi, had a surprise visitor today. The visitor was none other than the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, accompanied by her Cabinet colleagues and senior officials.

Ms Dikshit visited the market as there were allegations from the main opposition BJP that onions had become scarce and the prices had skyrocketed. Ms Dikshit did not want to take chances as the scarcity of onions had turned into a major issue in the 1998 assembly polls in Delhi. It had then proved the BJP’s Waterloo and it was unseated.

After making a round of the market in North Delhi, Ms Dikshit assured the people of the Capital that there was no shortage of onions, potatoes and other vegetables. The reports to the contrary were ‘’nothing more than speculation and rumours.’’

Ms Dikshit said, ‘’Contrary to the impression being created by certain mischievous elements with vested interests, Delhi has an oversupply of onions as well as potatoes this year.’’ The reports about rising prices of onions were ‘’motivated and manipulative in nature’’ and people with vested interests were trying to create an artificial shortage, she added.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Development Minister Haroon Yusuf, area legislator Mangat Ram Singhal and Agricultural Price Marketing Committee (Azadpur) Chairman Rajendra Sharma.

Ms Dikshit also warned against hoarding and hiking of prices by wholesellers, retailers and vendors and said strict action would be taken against those trying to rake in profits by manipulating the market situation.

A task force had been formed to constantly monitor the situation. ‘’In certain areas, where the hike in prices of onions and some other vegetables was witnessed, the situation has become normal,’’ the chief minister said.

Mr Yusuf, who took stock of the situation a couple of days ago, had warned that all those hoarding and ‘’creating an artificial shortage’’ would be dealt with severely. The government was considering the involvement of Nafed for augmenting vegetable and fruit supply at reasonable rates, he had told a meeting of senior officials.

Mr Yusuf reviewed on a priority basis the availability and prices of essential vegetables and fruits. It was felt that the ‘’arrival trend has increased’’. He said there was a shortfall over the past few days owing to rains in Maharashtra and other ‘’scattered onion-growing areas’,’ which had delayed harvesting.


No respite for Delhi, yet another rape
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
Barely three days after the brutal rape of a 17-year-old Delhi University student in the Dhaula Kuan area by four army personnel, another case of rape – of an 11-year-old by her uncle in Uttam Nagar area — has come to light. The police, after receiving the complaint from the wife of the accused, apprehended the accused, Ombir (26), resident of Mohan Garden, this morning. The 20-year-old wife of the accused is pregnant and hails from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. Since she was pregnant, she had brought her two sisters — one 11-year-old and the other six-year-old — for helping her at home.

She told the police that before they shifted to the new house they were staying at Palam area in Sadh Nagar, where Ombir raped the 11-year-old twice. Again, on October 6, when Ombir tried to rape her for the third time, the girl resisted. Ombir also locked them in a room after beating them up and even inflicted injuries with a kitchen knife.

On October 7, his wife managed to escape from the room and reported the incident to the police.

HR activist picked up for helping rape victim

Panipat: The detention of three persons, including a human rights activist, allegedly at the instance of the local SDM last night has taken a new turn.

A local court today directed the Civil Surgeon to medically examine a woman who had alleged that she was raped by Harish, a resident of Jagjivan Ram Colony.

It may be recalled that the rights activist, Dr Narinder Kumar, was picked up from his clinic by the police early yesterday. Dr Kumar had been demanding the accused should be punished. The victim, along with her father, had met the SDM to demand action against the guilty youth on Tuesday.

The victim today approached the court of Mr Mahabir Singh, Judicial Magistrate First class, and alleged that repeated pleas to the police and the SDM to get her medically examined had fallen on deaf ears. Instead, the police was pressing her to withdraw the charges against the accused.

The father of the victim was also allegedly thrashed by one of the gunmen of the official. Even as Dr Kumar pleaded their case the police swooped down on his clinic and picked him up. The father and the girl were also detained later. Dr Kumar was today remanded in judicial custody while the girl’s father was granted bail.

Meanwhile, scores of supporters of Dr Kumar gheraoed the police post last night. Dr Kumar has complained to the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and the National Human Rights Commission and demanded strict action against the guilty cops and the official.


Health alert
Watch out, this is the best time to catch dengue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
The absence of drainage and the incessant rain had turned the city into a happy breeding ground for dengue-laden mosquitoes, pointed out health experts here today. The revelation came in the wake of increasing numbers of dengue cases being reported every day. It was pointed out that dengue had already infected about 600 persons in the city.

According to the president of the Delhi Medical Association, Dr Anil Bansal, every five to six years an epidemic hits Delhi and this time it could be dengue. He pointed out that the weather, which was neither too hot nor too cold, was ideal for the spread of the disease.

The NICD officials blamed the long-drawn monsoon for the increase in the number of dengue cases. The institute has been receiving samples from various government and private hospitals in the Capital. Fresh water, when held for a couple of days, provides a good breeding ground for the Aedes mosquito, which acts as a vector, the Medical Superintendent of Apollo Hospital, Dr Anupam Sibbal, said.

The Flavy virus, which was responsible for dengue, could only grow inside the mosquito, he said, adding that once it got into the human body, the body on its own started creating antibodies to fight the virus. The All India Institute of Medical Science had received 26 suspected dengue cases so far out of which eight had been confirmed, the AIIMS spokesperson, Dr Arti Vij, said.

Three patients, who were admitted in the institute for treatment, had been discharged, Dr Vij added. Though there was no specific treatment for the disease, doctors should treat the patients according to the symptoms, Dr Bansal said, adding that not all dengue cases were fatal. Only .5 to one per cent of the cases, which went untreated, might end in death, he said.

He added that among four types of the disease, type II was most dangerous and could cause hemorrhage, which could result in death due to bleeding from the nose, mouth or rectum.

Dr Bansal cautioned people against quacks as they generally prescribed steroids, which, by reducing the immunity of the body, caused more harm than good. The Delhi Health Minister, Dr A. K. Walia, has issued directives to all blood banks and laboratories in all hospitals in Delhi to remain functional round the clock.

Directives have also been issued to the hospitals to keep reserve beds for dengue patients. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has also issued technical guidelines to the hospitals under the Delhi Government on disease control.


Maya’s brother’s house videographed by CBI
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 9
The CBI raided the houses of two brothers of former Chief Minister Mayawati and that of R. P. Barman, an accountant with the Noida Authority here yesterday. The CBI raided all premises simultaneously.

The CBI slueths also quizzed the Chief Minister’s brother Anand for about two hours. The CBI headquarters in Lucknow had informed the Gautam Budh Nagar police about the impending raids on some places in the district for which the help of the local police was solicited, it is learnt.

The SSP, Mr Rajiv Kishen, had constituted four teams to assist the CBI in this work, it is learnt. The police teams had reported at the designated spots early in the morning yesterday.

Simultaneous raids were conducted at T-38 in Sector 12, I-53 and I-54 in Sector 27 and B-182 in Sector 44, Noida. A Vigilance Department official was attached with each team headed by an SP level officer.

Ms Mayawati’s brother Anand was quizzed from 9 am to 11.30 at his residence, I-53, Sector 27, Noida. Another team had gone to the house of the former CM’s other brother Subhash at 1-54 but the house was found locked as Subash had reportedly vacated the house and moved elsewhere.

The CBI also inspected a house under construction at B-182 in Sector 44 where a video film was also prepared.

The contractor and other people connected with the construction of this house were also questioned about the sources of funds for construction. The house of accountant R. P. Barman at T-38 in Sector 12 was also raided.


Delhi Police activate election cell
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
The Delhi Police have activated their election cell under a Deputy Commissioner of Police after the announcement of the date for the polling to the 70-member assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The decision to activate the cell was taken following a prolonged meeting convened by the Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr R. S. Gupta, with senior police officers yesterday.

The cell headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr P. S. Bhushan, will monitor all poll related developments, identify sensitive areas for deployment of adequate police forces and look into complaints of candidates during the campaigning. It will also closely liaise with the Chief Election Officer for all poll related matters.

All district police officers have also been directed to be in touch with the election cell to ensure incident-free elections. The police have also obtained a list of bootleggers from each district and are monitoring their movements to stop the inflow of liquor, particularly from Haryana, Rajasthan and some parts of Uttar Pradesh.

Inquest throws up startling anomalies

Greater Noida: The senior IAS officer, T George Joseph, who is conducting an inquest into the working of Noida and Greater Noida authorities, has come across serious irregularities, incidents of high-handedness and nepotism in recruitment and promotions during the past one year. While vetting the files, Mr Joseph had came across some startling anomalies. At the moment, only the bigger and significant cases were being looked into, but once the smaller cases are examined, they are likely to throw up some astonishing facts. OC


Snow Park to provide ‘live’ experience of Antarctica
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 9
In a joint venture, the Polo group — well-known for its amusement parks – has launched its ``first and largest’’ integrated Snow Park here. The technology and equipment for the park has been imported from Japan, Canada and Europe.

The park was launched by a slew of international artists from Europe and Russia performing on the blood curdling ice floor.

The performances, packaged under the rubric ‘Magic on Ice,’ were specially compiled and choreographed to bring out the best skating talent.

A one-act show took the audience through different sequences of Latin, Russian and Arabian Sabre dance. Rock n’ Roll, the Hussar dance and Indipop were thrown in good measure.

The park is a multi-polar facility spread over 60,000 square feet with temperature ranging between 18 to 20 degree Celsius; it plummets to minus five degrees Celsius in the ‘Snow House’.

This would be an year-round facility, according to the Managing director of Polo group of companies, Mr Balwant Chawla. The park offers an ice-skating rink of international standards: the rink floor is said to have about 100 tonnes of ice.

Also, it would offer a package of ‘Snow n’ Ice’ experience with skiing, sledging, tubing, tobogganing and snow play areas for the entire family.

According to the director of the firm, Mr Santok Chawla, an indoor ski slope of 110 meters with real snow and a ski lift to carry the skiers to the top is also being developed.

The icing on the cake would include a ‘Snow House,’ where creations in ice and snow, coupled with audio visual and 3D effects, would aim to bring home a near live experience of the Antarctica, with 3-dimensional displays of avalanches, blizzards brought live by real snowfall, ice and snow trimmings.

Also being developed is an ice museum, which would be the first of its kind to showcase creations in ice, akin to creations in wax at London-based Madamme Tussad’s Wax Museum. This area would also include an activity zone for the guests.


Brazen attack
Plan board member charged with assault
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 9
The Civil Lines police have registered a case against Mr Ashok Chhabra, a member of the Haryana Planning Board, and three others, namely Tinu Batra, Bholu and Shastri, on the charge of assaulting Mr Mandeep Singh, president of the district unit of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front and a Youth Congress leader, on the night of October 5 last.

According to a report, the police carried out the surprise raids at a number of places to apprehend the culprits but failed to arrest them.

It is stated that Mr Singh was on his way to a shop in Sujan Singh Park when he was attacked with iron rods by the culprits.

Thereafter, the alleged assailants managed to escape in their vehicles. On the basis of a statement of the injured Mandeep Singh, the police have registered this case.

Earlier, a deputation of office-bearers of the Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee had called on the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, and demanded the registration of a case and the arrests of the alleged assailants.

Three-wheeler driver killed in collision

Shakeel, a driver of a three-wheeler, was killed when a Tata Safari hit the three-wheeler on the GT Road near Chirashmi village, about 15 km from here, on Wednesday evening.

According to a report, the three-wheeler was coming from Samalkha and the driver of the Tata Safari tried to overtake it but collided with the three-wheeler, resulting in the death of the driver of the three-wheeler.

The Tata Safari was on its way from Kurukshetra to Delhi and it was being driven by Ranbir of Pipli village, who managed to escape, leaving the vehicle there, after the accident.

The police have registered a case and launched a hunt for the driver of the Tata Safari.


BJP jan jagran yatra covers 100 villages
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 9
The jan jagran yatra of the state unit of the BJP has almost covered more than 100 villages during the past 10 days in the Sonepat parliamentary constituency which is represented by the state vice-president, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, in the Lok Sabha.

In this jan jagran yatra, Mr Sangwan is accompanied by the BJP leaders, including former MLA Devi Dass, Mr Ram Singh Doda, Dr Om Parkash Atre, Mr Gulshan Chhabra, Mr Manoj Jain, mandal president Surender Mohan, Mr Hukam Singh Jogi, Ms Sunita Lochab, youth coordinator Anil Jharonti and Mr Rajiv Goyal.

During the yatra, which started on Dasehra day from Jassor Kheri village in the Bahadurgarh assembly segment of Sonepat parliamentary constituency, the BJP leaders are concentrating in giving detailed accounts of the policies and programmes of the Vajpayee government which are specifically aimed at rural uplift.

They are detailing out the financial assistance and development grants being provided by the central government to the state government with the claim that most of the development works and welfare measures have been launched and financed by the central government. It is a part of their effort to make people understand that the role of the central government is more than that of the state government in the development activities, particularly in rural areas.

Mr Sangwan, who claimed to have addressed more than 150 Jan Jagran meetings in different villages and towns during these days, does not miss the opportunity to explain that besides more than half a dozen rural development programmes the central government has introduced a number of new schemes, including formation of a new agriculture policy, implementation of kisan credit card yojna and crop insurance scheme, release of financial help to the state governments to make payment of the outstanding arrears of the sugarcane growers in the sugar mills, reduction in interest rates on crop loans etc.

He is asking the people to participate in large numbers in the BJP’s maha rally at Panipat on October 14 which will be addressed by Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani, BJP president Venkaiah Naidu, Union Agriculture Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior BJP leaders.

Mr Sangwan, while talking to NCR Tribune, said most of the people in the village were not aware about the central government sponsored development and welfare schemes and they general gave credit to the state government for such programmes. “We will ensure that it is known to the people and then they will certainly acknowledge it and will respond positively,” he claimed.


Money, muscle power take centre stage as ministers return home
Our Correspondent

Meerut, October 9
Western UP has been particularly blessed in the recent Cabinet expansion by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. The agriculturally strong region has been allotted 10 ministry’s, some of them vital portfolios in the government.

As the newly appointed ministers returned to their constituencies, an unending race to showcase ones money and muscles power took centre stage during the welcome processions.

The last two days have been extremely “tough” for the residents of western Uttar Pradesh as there has been a general chaos, and traffic jams in the region has been a common sight.

Among the heavyweights included in the ministry from the region are Virendra Singh from Muzaffarnagar, Kiranpal Singh from Bulandshahre and Jadish Singh Rana from Saharanpur.

Three Ministers, Prabhudayal, Shahid Manjoor and Hazi Yakoob are from Meerut.

Kutubuddin Ansari, Chitranjan Swaroop, Moolchand, Sanjay Garg, Dharampal, Umakiran, Swami Omvesh, Rajendra Singh Rana, Raj Pal Tyagi are from the adjoining districts.

Frenzied supporters of the newly appointed ministers from Meerut have ensured that the city has come to a standstill in the last two days. On October 7, when Hazi Yakoob, Minority and Haj Welfare Minister, was on his way to Meerut from Hapur Railway Station, he was followed by a kilometer-long procession. More than 1,000 heavy vehicles, including tractors, scooters and motorcycles along with more than 300 persons carrying firearms such as guns, revolvers and other country-made firearms followed ‘triumphantly’.

The firearms were openly displayed in the presence of senior police officers.

As the procession entered the city, the city came to a standstill and roads were jammed for most of the day. A large number of people out on their daily works were trapped amidst the procession.

Students and small children, including girls on their way back from schools, were also trapped inside their buses. In effect the traffic in the city became normal only in the evening. On Monday it was the turn of two ministers, Mr Prabhu Dayal and Mr Shahid Manjoor, to return to Meerut.

Again thousands of their supporters with hundreds of vehicles and a large number of firearms gathered at the railway station. They fired in the air indiscriminately, creating unnecessary panic in the procession.

In the panic, Mr Shahid Manjoor lost his balance and fell down. His clothes were torn in the panic and had to address the media in his torn clothes. Once again the people, particularly children coming from their schools, were trapped in the procession.

In effect, while western Uttar Pradesh may have benefited from the recent Cabinet expansion, this honour has turned into a curse for the common man as an unending race to showcase ones money and muscle power has taken centre stage.


Power employees sore over contract system
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 9
The privatisation of certain services of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (Power Department) seems to have not only failed to improve the image and functioning of the nigam, but the new regime has become a sticking point for the staff of the department.

The association of the employees, the All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union, has not only protested against privatisation but has also alleged that the appointment of contractors was being done on partisan lines, which had led to deterioration of various services.

A spokesperson of the association said here today that the contractors of the HVPN had started interfering in the working of the department in a direct and indirect manner.

He charged that a contractor, who had been allotted the work of meter reading in Panipat area, had exerted his political influence to transfer staff of the nigam, after complaints were lodged against the contractor for erroneous meter reading.

The spokesperson claimed that active members of the association at Tohana had also been transferred as they had been involved in a campaign against corruption and malpractices of certain officials and contractors in the nigam.

The chief organiser of the employees’ association, Mr Subhash Lamba, claimed that the policy of awarding contracts to persons close to the ruling party was not only unjustified but detrimental to the interest of the nigam and its overall functioning. He further alleged that the contractors had been exploiting the workers employed by them. The various services, too, had suffered on account of privatisation.

The government and the authorities might find it more convenient to award work to contractors but, he said, there was a lack of responsibility and accountability on the part of the latter, leading to inefficiency and corruption. Hundreds of complaints had been received in each circle or division in this connection. At times, the bills were not delivered; occasionally, the bills were delivered late and the consumers had to fork out a surcharge for no fault of theirs. He also alleged that in some cases meter reading had been faulty.

Mr Lamba alleged that many members of the union had been transferred under political pressure; often the contractors wanted to teach the staff a lesson. He said a meeting of the executive committee of the union would be held at Sonepat on October 18 and 19. The union and the Sarva Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, would be forced to start an agitation, if the recent transfers of the employees were not cancelled.


Musical treat by Army Band on Sunday
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
Sunday evening at the historic India Gate will witness an ambience of joy and rapture as the Indian Army will hold the Army Symphonic Band Concert for the public. The concert, which is the first of its kind, will be held at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. Traditionally a source of great pride and motivation for soldiers both during peace as well as war, the Army Band is now all set for a musical extravaganza.

According to an official spokesperson here, a total of 96 musicians have been selected out of 44 Army Bands to form this symphonic band, which will present a 90-minute performance on Sunday evening.

The musical repertoire that evening will include 20 foot-tapping numbers drawn from Indian classical, Western and martial tunes besides popular tracks from Hindi films. The climax of the evening will be ‘Raag Yaman’ depicting fusion music comprising Indian and Western instruments.

Shakti celebrates annual day

The Shakti project which was started by the Urivi Vikram Charitable Trust (UVCT) for supporting school dropouts and underachievers, especially from the weaker sections of society, celebrated its eight annual day on October 8.

The Shakti programme was started by the UCVT in 1995 in collaboration with the slum and JJ wing of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in absence of government or private bodies for supporting the adolescents.

The UN also identified the Shakti programme as a unique and one of its kind one, working towards the development of the adolescents, thus making it a landmark for their life skills programme.

The Chairperson of the trust, Joint Commissioner of Police (Training) U. N. B. Rao said, “The UN by adopting Shakti as the basis of the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) prototype programme on developing life skills modules for school dropouts and underachievers has given a tremendous motivation and recognition.”

The chief guest, Dr Arvind Mathur, National Professional Officer (Community Health and Health Systems), WHO, complimented the Shakti programme as it provides the “right direction and motivation for the downtrodden.”


Jawan cremated with full military honours
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 9
The body of an Army jawan, Rajiv Sisodia of Lajpat Nagar in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad district, was taken out for the last journey with full military honours today.

Rajiv Sisodia had attained martyrdom when he was hit by enemy fire while fighting the militants in Baramulla sector of Jammu and Kashmir last Wednesday.

The body of the martyr was taken in a funeral processions from Rajiv Sisodia’s house in Lajpat Nagar, which was joined by a large number of relations, friends and local people en route.

He was given a national salute in keeping with the Army tradition. Rajiv Sisodia, who originally belonged to Dhelana town, had joined Army in 1996 from Babugarh. He was posted in Baramulla in J and K.

Rajiv is survived by his father Sheeshpal, his wife Poonam Singh and three brothers.

Income tax raids on construction co

In an income tax raid on a construction company’s office in Sahibabad, benami property worth Rs one crore has been unearthed.

The residents of Sector-V flats told the income tax sleuths that the proprietor had increased the prices of the flats in an arbitrary manner. He was now demanding another Rs three lakhs for finishing the flats, they alleged.

A Union Minister of State, who was considered a patron of the company, seems to have developed some differences with the owners, which is being linked by some to the income tax raids, it is learnt.

The Income Tax Commissioner, Meerut, had recently visited the area. Since then income tax officials have been eyeing such constructions companies. The office of an Employees Residential Cooperative in Kushambi was also raided by the income tax sleuths. The details of the raids have not been made public.


Scattered offices defeat the very purpose of mini-secretariat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 9
Although the state government has built a mini-secretariat here, most of the government offices are still scattered all over the city, creating considerable difficulties in locating these offices and getting the works done.

The distance between the judicial courts and the court of the Sub Divisional Magistrate is about a furlong, with the result that lawyers and litigants spend a great deal of their time rushing from one place to another.

Moreover, the offices of the Tehsildar and the Treasury officer are situated about 3 km away from the mini-secretariat. In effect, scores of government offices are housed in rented buildings, making the government needlessly pay thousands of rupees as rent every month.

Among the offices housed in private buildings include those of the Excise and Taxation Department, the Labour and Employment Department, Education Department, the Confed, the Animal Husbandry Department and the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam. According to some, the operation of these government offices from private residential houses has also aggravated the housing problem in the city.

The office of the Superintending Engineer (Operation), UHBVN, is located on the old DC road near Anand Cinema house while the City sub-division and the Model Town

sub-division are located in Prem Nagar and the Model Town areas respectively. Similarly, the offices of the Executive Engineer (Operation) and the Executive Engineer (suburban) are located at Fazilpur Village, which is three km away from the city. Hence, the people face considerable difficulties in locating these offices and getting their works done.

Moreover, since the shifting of the district Employment Exchange to sector-14, a residential colony of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), youths coming to register their names face great hardships as it is located about 4 km away from the main city.

Often the unemployed people are forced to visit the office on foot, as it is too expensive for them to pay the exorbitant rickshaw charges.

The districts unit of the ‘Haryana Non-employed Persons Sangh’ has strongly criticised the decision of the authorities to shift the office to Sector-14. Similarly, industrialists visiting the office of the Executive Engineer, Environment, located in Sector-15, to get their works done face great hardship. They have demanded the immediate shifting of this office within the city.

Representatives of various trade unions have resented the shifting of the office of the Deputy Labour Commissioner (DLC) from Sonepat to Panipat and have demanded its relocation to Sonepat as workers and trade union leaders face great difficulties in pursuing their cases relating to labour disputes and other associated matters.

They have pointed out that they have to spend a lot of money on conveyance between Sonepat and Panipat and vice versa.

Moreover, they have alleged that there is no coordination between the District Labour and Conciliation Officer, Sonepat, and the DLC, resulting in unnecessary delays.

Non-payment of wages

Residents of Chatia Aulia village have sent a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner demanding a high-level probe into the complaints about the non-payment of wages to the workers by the sarpanch of Tharu Uldepur village in this district.

According to a report, the residents have alleged that the sarpanch had given them only Rs 1,500 out of Rs 6,300 and had kept the remaining amount. 


MDU Academic Council decides 51 items on agenda 
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 9
As many as 51 items out of a total of 87 were decided by the Academic Council (AC) of Maharshi Dayanand University which met here today. The council will meet again on October 17 to discuss the items which could not be taken up today.

The items discussed at the 132nd meeting of the council, mostly confirmation of the orders of the Vice-Chancellor, issued under Section 9-A (5) of the MDU Act during the past one year were confirmed by the council.

The council decided to introduce a two-year MA course in mass communication from the next year. The diploma course being run in mass communication would be discontinued from next year. The council was of the view that members of the Unfair Means Case (UMC) Committee should be constituted in January or February before the commencement of the annual exams.

The AC members submitted a resolution on taking steps to strengthen the functioning of the council to the secretary of the council. With regard to the recording of minutes, the council members resolved that the note(s) of dissent, if any, shall be recorded along with the resolution and the objection(s), if any, of the previous meeting filed by member(s) shall be included in the agenda papers relating to the item seeking confirmation of minutes of that meeting.

With regard to the use of emergency powers vested by the Vice-Chancellor under Section 9-A (5) of the MDU Act the AC members resolved that the provision shall be used most discretely and only in extraordinary situations with substantial ground for use of such powers.


Plea to replace sample vaccine for rabies
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 9
The Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI) has appealed to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to replace the sample vaccine for rabies with modern tissue culture vaccine as it claimed the sample vaccine (nervous tissue vaccine) had been banned by the World Health Organisation nearly a decade ago.

In a joint statement, Dr G. N. Gongal and Dr Shailendra Sharma ‘Shelly’, president and general secretary, respectively, state unit of APCRI, said it was ironical that the dogs had been receiving modern tissue culture vaccines whereas victims of dog bite were administered the banned vaccine prepared from sheep brain. They claimed the modern anti-rabies vaccines were cost-effective and safe.

The APCRI demanded making rabies a notifiable disease and making arrangements
for creating public awareness as the incidence of dog bite had been increasing due to progressive increase in the dog population in India.

Dr Shelly said a majority of the victims were poor, hapless and slum dwelling people for whom the APCRI, the only NGO against rabies, was formed in 1998 in order to redress the sufferings of dog bite victims.


Check dam commissioned on Drain no 6
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 9
In a bid to supply canal water throughout the year to the farmers of the area, a check dam on Drain No. 6 has been commissioned near Jagdishpur village in this district.

According to a report, the check dam has been constructed with the financial assistance from Indian and foreign agencies. It would not only help to ensure adequate supply of canal water but would be used to generate power supply for the farmers. The state government has also decided to provide technical know-how to the farmers so that they could increase the yield from various crops, which had in the past been damaged on account of lack of adequate water supply. In the first phase, a 12-metre wide check dam has been constructed to collect the waste from the various chemical factories. With the help of a gear system the water level is raised upto 50 ft. Another gate has been constructed to raise the water level so that the turbine installed for the generation of power is started.

In the second phase, another power generation system would be installed which would start functioning by December 31 next. Machinery for the hydel project would be imported and the entire expenditure would be borne by international agencies.

Dr Surinder Dahiya, incharge of the project, stated that this project is first of its kind in Haryana for generation of conventional energy.


NCR briefs
Rs 22.19 lakh recovered in special drive
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, October 9
The Haryana Industries Department has launched a special campaign for the recovery of the arrears of the loans outstanding against the industrialists of this district.

According to a report, there were as many as 205 defaulters against whom a sum of Rs 1.08 crore was outstanding. All such defaulters have already been identified and they have been served with notices by the department asking them to repay the arrears on their loans without any further delay.

The authorities have already recovered Rs 22.19 lakh from the defaulters during the past three months. Some of these recovery cases are as old as 45 years. The department, it may be recalled, had provided the loans under a scheme to the industrialists for helping them establish units in this district. However, most of these units had closed down soon after its establishment. However, the officials of the department made little effort to recover these loans from the defaulters. The department has now recovered Rs 22.19 lakh in 46 ‘dead cases’ by identifying the defaulters.

In the service of the people

Jhajjar: The Lalitha Prasad Eye Hospital here has carved a niche for itself by serving the people of the region. The hospital run by the ‘Lalita Prasad Dharmarh Trust’ has illuminated the lives of thousand people by restoring their eyesight. The hospital was established in 1994 by the Manak Chand Gupta family in the name of their grandfather to provide medical facilities to the patients free of cost. The hospital has been serving the patients in cooperation with the Venu Eye Institute, Delhi.

Kartika Maas celebrated

New Delhi: A huge gathering of devotees converged at the Agrasen Bhawan, Ashok Vihar, to participate in the ongoing `Kartika Maas-Damodar Vrata’ function being celebrated by the Delhi chapter of Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math from October 6-November 5, 2003. After the ‘Mangla Aarti’ in the morning, a grand musical procession, ‘Prabhat Pheri’, was held by hundreds of devotees in the surrounding areas. Addressing the huge congregation of devotees present in the evening session, BhaktiVallabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj, quoted the Bhagwad Geeta that as long as the sweetness of Lord Krishna is not tasted, this tug-of-war between worldly attraction and Krishna bhakti will continue. TNS


Tytler appointed chairman of media committee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
The president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), Ch. Prem Singh, announced here today the appointment of the former Union Minister, Mr Jagdish Tytler, as the chairman of the media committee and chief spokesperson of the DPCC.

Ch. Prem Singh said the media committee has been constituted with the approval of the All India Congress Committee.

Ch. Prem Singh said Mr Shiv Charan Gupta and Mr Abjeet Singh Gulati would be the spokespersons.

He said the other members of the media committee would be Mr Krishan Swarup, Mr Haroon Yusuf, Dr Narendra Nath, Mr Mahabal Mishra and Mrs Anjali Rai.

Seminar on Knowledge Management

Inaugurating a two-day seminar on ‘Excellence through Knowledge Management and Innovation’ in the national Capital today, Mr C. P. Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC, said that when knowledge management and innovation becomes part of the culture of an organisation, it can compete in any business environment.

Mr Jain also said that today’s experience is tomorrow’s knowledge, which is to be stored and shared systematically.

Collective use of knowledge in systematic way in business environment leads to excellence.

Mr Jain also mentioned that to encourage knowledge and innovation, leaders should act as ‘jeweller’. Other eminent speakers at the seminar included Dr A N Saxena, Mr Pran Nath and Mr A A Niazi. The seminar was organised by the ‘World Academy of Productivity Science’.

Deterioration in law and order alleged

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee today criticised the Union Home Ministry and the Delhi Police for the rise in spate of crimes in the national Capital. The DPCC alleged that law and order had deteriorated in Delhi because the Union Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, had failed to monitor the Delhi Police.

Ch. Prem Singh demanded the resignation of Mr Advani in this regard and said that in the last few days crimes had gone up. He said that the recent rape of a girl by the Army personnel in a public park was shocking.


2 persons injured in road accidents

Sonepat, October 9
A student of S S Modern School, identified as Ravi, was injured when he was hit by a truck at Ganaur town, 16 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured student was immediately hospitalised and is stated to be out of danger. The student was going on his bicycle to Rajlu Garhi village after attending his school. The police are still investigating into the case.

According to another report, Mr Amar Chand, a resident of Delhi Camp, was seriously injured when he was hit by a motorcycle while crossing the road near Sector 12 here last evening. The motorcyclist, however, managed to escape. The injured was rushed to the local civil hospital and is stated to be out of danger.

Housewife burnt

A young housewife, identified as Mrs Rajni, sustained burn injuries when her clothes caught fire while preparing tea on a stove in her house at Khanda village, about 25 km from here last evening. According to a report, the injured woman was admitted to the PGIMS at Rohtak for treatment. The police are still investigating into the case. OCBack

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