Saturday, October 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Dengue well under control, claims MCD
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, today claimed that the dengue situation was well under control. The MCD control room, which is working round the clock, has received information with regard to only one case of dengue from Jamia Nagar, admitted in Loin’s Hospital in Defence Colony. With that, the total number of confirmed dengue cases has mounted to 757.

Mr Ram Babu Sharma, Chairman of the Standing Committee in the corporation, claimed that the MCD had reinforced and intensified its anti-dengue measures by gearing up its man and material resources.

The corporation had intensified spray operations at vulnerable points with the assistance of the Delhi Fire Service. The power spray tankers were deployed at Sarai Kale Khan, Ring Road, ISBT, MCD Flats in Model Town, Oxidation Pond in Wazirabad, Najafgarh Nallah, Naraina Industrial Area, Inderpuri, Kakrola Drain, Rawata Drain, Paprawat village, Roshanpura, Haiderpur Teatment Plant, Chintamani Jheel, Gokalpur Chowk Nallah, Mulla Mohalla, Dera village, Chattarpur village, Fatehpur Beri village, ESI Hospital, Basai Darapur, Punjabi Bagh, Karampura Chowk and in Pashchim Vihar.

Besides, fogging operations were undertaken in Andrews Ganj, Batla House, Zakir Nagar, Tuglakabad, Kotla Mubarakpur, Ayur Vigyan Nagar, MCD Flats in Azadpur Colony, Shastri Nagar, Naraina village, New Rajinder Nagar, Punjabi Basti, Anand Parbat, Baba Faridpuri, Padam Nagar, East Moti Bagh, Sarai Rohilla, Ambedkar Nagar, Sanjay Camp, Nehru Camp, Haiderpur, Alipur, Shastri Park, Ashok Nagar, Munshi village, Nanakpura, Sector 6 R.K. Puram, Munirka village, Rajouri Garden and Tagore Garden.

The MCD today checked 55, 881 houses: mosquito breeding was detected in 253 houses. Legal notices were issued to all the 253 householders.

Unimpressed with the steps taken, Delhi BJP unit chief Madan Lal Khurana has demanded that the Delhi Mayor and the MCD Standing Committee Chairman should resign, owning moral responsibility for the outbreak of dengue fever in the Capital.

‘’The number of dengue cases is double than what has been reported. There are more than 1,000 people down with dengue fever. Some people have already died,’’ Mr Khurana said.

Blaming the Congress-ruled MCD and the Delhi government for the outbreak of dengue, he said garbage and pot-holed roads filled with water were breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

‘’After the Congress came to power in the MCD, it has brought Delhi to this sorry state of affairs,’’ Mr Khurana said, adding that had steps been taken well in time, dengue would not have taken such a form.



...Even as patients swell in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 10
With the arrival of 10 new dengue patients in private hospitals, the total number of confirmed dengue patients in Noida has crossed 62. Dadri, incidentally, is combating malaria.

Thirteen patients in Max hospital, 16 in Noida Medicare Centre, four in Kailash, six in Vinayak Hospital, five in Metro, six in Prakash hospital and one in Shiwalik are confirmed to be dengue patients.

The first dengue patient, Pankaj Bhaganandani, was confirmed on August 16 by a private hospital. It was only when the number of patients crossed 22 that the CMO, Dr M A Haque, met Mr K M Pandey, the Addl CEO, and requested him to take steps for containing the disease. In a knee-jerk response, the blood samples of all patients were sent to Delhi for lab tests. The Noida Authority also began fogging operations in the town, but by then the disease had extended its ambit. Two days back, the number of dengue patients stood at 52, which swelled to 62 yesterday.

Likewise, the health department’s claim that malaria has been contained in Dadri is believed to be incorrect.

Out of the 133 blood samples tested, malaria has been confirmed in 30 cases.

Besides, viral fever is also sweeping the rural areas of the district. According to Dr Vinode Kumar, CMO, about 80 per cent of the patients admitted in the government hospital are suffering from viral fever. About 1,000 viral patients visit the government hospital OPD daily.



Minor’s rape case snowballs amid
charges of cover-up
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 10
Taking cognizance of the alleged role of the local officials in hushing up a rape case and subsequent illegal detention of three persons, including a human rights activist, a member of the National Commission for SC/STs today disclosed that the panel would soon write to the Haryana Chief Secretary, seeking action against the errant HCS official.

The minor Dalit girl was allegedly raped by a resident of Jagjivan Ram colony. When she and her uncle approached the police and sought a medical examination, the police allegedly tried to stonewall the case. Miffed at the attitude of the police, the family approached an HCS officer and sought his intervention. Instead of acting on the girl’s complaint, the victim and her uncle were allegedly assaulted by the HCS officer’s staff. In a written complaint, the family has alleged that the HCS officer also made disparaging remarks about Dalits and exerted pressure on them to withdraw the case.

Eventually, the family approached a human rights activist, Dr Narinder Kumar, who asked the police to register a rape case. However, instead of heeding his plea, the police, allegedly at the behest of the officer, picked up the HR activist from his clinic, rounded up the victim and her uncle on October 8 and kept them in illegal detention for a day. Late in the night Dr Kumar was charged with demanding Rs 20,000 from the family of the accused to effect a compromise, a charge which the doctor has vehemently denied. The victim’s uncle was also booked. While the uncle was granted bail yesterday, the rights activist has been sent to judicial custody by a local court.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Narayan Singh Kesri, the commission member, said that he has told the SP to take immediate action against the SHO concerned and the police post in charge.

Mr Kesri, who recorded the statement of the victim at the local civil hospital today, also asked the SP to immediately book the accused in the rape case. High drama was witnesses at the PWD Rest House when an agitated Mr Kesri refused to listen to the HCS officer when the latter tried to push his point of view. Coming to the rescue of the rights activist, Dr Kumar, who is now in judicial custody, the member alleged that the former had been falsely implicated in the case.

Mr Kesri expressed concern over the increasing “atrocities’’ against Dalits in Haryana.



81-yr-old retd Vice Admiral mowed down by Green Line
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
An 81-year-old retired Vice Admiral, N P Dutta, was killed this morning when his car was smashed by a speeding Green Line bus at Max Muller Road in the New Delhi district.

The killer bus, after hitting Vice Admiral Dutta’s Indica car, crashed through the boundary wall of the 91, Lodhi Estate residence of Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur.

The incident occurred at around 7.20 am when the Green Line bus (DL-1P-B-2341), plying on Route no 522, hit the Indica car (HR-26Q-8475), which was coming from the Safdarjung Madrasa side. The bus driver abandoned the vehicle and fled soon after the mishap.

The deceased, a resident of Sultanpur in Mehrauli, was immediately rushed to the RML hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving against the driver and are trying to trace his whereabouts.

Despite the Supreme Court’s order that Blue Line buses operating in the city should be regulated, the heavy vehicles continue to flout the rules and regulations. This is basically due to the alleged nexus between the police officials, transport authorities and the Blue Line bus owners, said sources.



Agitating student rusticated

Greater Noida: A student of Galgotya Engineering College, who had gone on a hunger strike in protest against the fee hike, has been rusticated by the management. Alok Mishra, the student who has been rusticated, was a first year MBA student of the college. The students have lodged a complaint against the arbitrary action with ADM Raj Mangal. Add D M Raj Mangal is understood to have issued a notice to the college management on the issue.

Alok Mishra had participated in a relay hunger strike for three days last month. The students had withdrawn the hunger strike on an assurance from the district administration that a fee of Rs. 35,000 will be charged from them.

Alok Mishra, in his complaint to the ADM, has said that the college management had gone back on its word and was charging a fee of Rs 60,000. When he opposed the hike, he was rusticated from the college.

ADM Raj Mangal has sent a notice to the college management. “Nobody will be allowed to play with the students’ future,” Mr Pandey asserted. OC



Financier found shot dead in car
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 10
A financier was shot dead in broad daylight while a cotton mill worker was stabbed to death in Ghaziabad in two different incidents yesterday. Both murders, one after the other, have caused panic in the city. Anil Tyagi of KB-12 Kavi Nagar was a financier who used to operate from his office in G-145 Sanjay Nagar. He had left his house at about 5 pm for his office, but when he did not reach there till late in the evening his family started looking for him and informed the Kavi Nagar police at 7 pm.

The Vijay Nagar police patrol happened to find a Santro car parked near the Mehrauli petrol pump at 8.30 pm. When cops peeped into the car, they found the deceased lying motionless in a pool of blood. He was rushed to government hospital by the police, but declared brought dead.

In the other incident, some miscreants stabbed a youth to death near Manohar Talkies under Kotwali police station area at 9 pm. He was later identified as Rashid of Kela Khera. There were five stab wounds on his body. He had come to watch a movie at Manohar Talkies and had an altercation with some miscreants who stabbed him at about 9 pm.



Tytler, Prem Singh bid to entice Khurana into their lair
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
Delhi Pradesh Congress President Ch. Prem Singh and the party’s newly appointed spokesman, Mr. Jagdish Tytler, today threw a gauntlet at BJP Delhi unit chief Madan Lal Khurana, challenging him to contest from their areas in the December one Assembly polls.

‘’This is our response to Mr Khurana’s challenge to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to contest against him,’’ Ch. Prem Singh and Mr Tytler said at a luncheon press meet.

Ch. Prem Singh, who represents Ambedkar Nagar (SC) constituency in the Assembly and enjoys the awesome reputation of never having lost any election, said if Mr Khurana locked horns with him at the hustings, the BJP leader would forfeit his security. The former Speaker, however, overlooked the fact that Mr Khurana could not contest from his constituency as it was a reserved one.

Making amends, Mr Tytler, a former MP from Sadar, later told reporters that he was throwing an open challenge to Mr Khurana from Timarpur and Pahari Dheeraj — the two Assembly segments of his one-time Parliamentary constituency..

‘’I will quit politics if Mr Khurana wins from either of the two segments,’’ Mr Tytler said, adding that he would not even change the sitting Congress MLA Rajesh Jain from Pahari Dheeraj area. ‘’Mr Jain may be a lightweight against Mr Khurana, but even then the BJP leader will bite the dust,’’ he asserted.

About the Congress prospects, Mr Tytler said the party would romp home not only because of the exemplary work done by Ms Dikshit but also due to the rampant factionalism in the BJP’s Delhi unit.

Elaborating, he said BJP General Secretary Pramod Mahajan had yesterday told reporters at Jaipur that the party had not decided on its chief ministerial candidate in Delhi. However, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu had, on earlier occasions, categorically said

That Mr Khurana would become the chief minister in the event of the party winning the Assembly elections, he pointed out.

Meanwhile, intense lobbying was continuing at various levels for securing ticket for the December elections. Prospective candidates, armed with their bio data, were seen thronging the DPPC offices.


HVP promises tax concessions
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, October 10
Former member of Haryana Public Service Commission and senior HVP leader Prof N N Yadav said here today that a number of steps for the welfare of the people would be initiated if his party came to power.

Addressing a public meeting at Akodha village today, he said that no house tax would be levied on self-occupants and Rs 10,000 tax on ‘halwais’ would also be removed.

Prof Yadav said VAT would be withdrawn and be introduced only if it was introduced all over the country. He said that the party government would give allowance of Rs 200 and Rs 250 to the unemployed candidates.

The HVP leader said that the present INLD government had failed to provide round the clock electricity in the state but the HVP would not only ensure a regular supply but power tariff rates would also be reduced considerably. Residential plots would be provided to Dalits and backward classes, he said.

Lashing at the state government on the decision of affiliation of colleges of five districts to Sirsa University, Yadav said the decision would be turned down and colleges would be re-affiliated to their previous universities.

He also opposed the government decision to appoint retired IAS officers as university vice-chancellors. For the proper development of the universities and creating a congenial academic atmosphere, it was necessary that the universities should be headed by the academicians, the HVP leader maintained.



Cleanliness campaign apart, residents still slum it
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 10
The cleanliness campaign launched by the district and civic administration on October 2 has proved a failure in the city. The whole town stinks and is replete with garbage heaps. About Sectors 14 and 15, the residential colonies of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the less said the better. They are just the urban slums. The nauseating sight in almost every lane and by-lane is disturbing, both for the residents as well as the visitors. The municipal set-up is engaged in the mutual fights, ignoring the main issues that concern the civic body.

Sonepat is an “A” class city with a population of over two lakh. Nonetheless, it remains in a state of neglect due to the apathy of the officials who unabashedly deploy most of the sanitary staff for the upkeep of their own houses. A municipal official admitted this fact. Sanitary work in the entire town has gone haywire with pigs, stray cattle and street dogs roaming all over. Sonepat’s residents are thankful, as it were, for the huge porcine presence since it is the pigs who have been engaged in the ‘operation cleanliness’ as they consume a lot of leftover eats. But the sad part is they often enter their houses straight from the garbage heap or just after a dip in the drain.

Pigs are known for their rate of fertility but their increasing number hardly bothers the authorities. Of course, the mini-secretariat area inhabited by the upper crust—civil and judicial officials—is out of bounds for the animals. So, the e ‘sahibs’ are not aware of the plight of the common man. Almost all the roads, lanes and by-lanes are in a state of disrepair. In fact, most of them are just beyond repair. Only patch work is done once in a blue moon!



Take any road, it is a bumpy ride to district HQ
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 10
Expressing concern over the dilapidated condition of almost all roads approaching the district headquarters, Mr Jagdish Rai Kaushik, state spokesperson of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, has raised suspicion that funds for development work were being embezzled by the administration and the ruling politicians.

In a joint press note issued by Mr Kaushik and Mr Bharpoof Singh Takhar, secretary of the farmers’ cell of the party, the RLD leader said even the newly laid roads like Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh, Jhajjar-Beri via Dhaur, Jhajjar-Rohtak, Jhajjar-Dadri via Jahajgarh were in bad condition.

Mr Kaushik said other roads leading to the district like Rewari road, Gurgaon road and Sampla road were completely damaged, causing great inconvenience in travelling. He alleged the use of sub-standard material in laying of roads. He also brought to light the irregularities in the work.

Mr Kaushik also said that a senior official of the state government had ordered an inquiry into the scam by sending the material used in road construction for a test in laboratories but he was immediately transferred by the government, fearing that his action might expose the influential people involved in the scam.

Mr Takhar claimed drinking water supply was still not up to the mark even after Rs 411 crore had been spent as announced by the Chief Minister.



Work in full swing at Bhindawas bird sanctuary
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 10
The Bhindawas bird sanctuary situated near Chhuchhakwas village in the district is all set to greet the winged visitors who are likely to arrive here in the winter season from overseas as also far off places in the country.

According to the district officials, most of the work of developing the bird sanctuary and lake as a tourist attraction has been completed. With the onset of winter, the local officials are expecting the arrival of birds of as many as 50 species from the cold countries.

Mr Mohinder Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, said the lake had been an abode of migratory birds but their arrival was marred by the adverse conditions in the lake due to excessive growth of jal khumb. But an ambitions plan was taken up and executed to develop Bhindawas lake.

The Deputy Commissioner said Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was likely to visit the lake in mid-November. Till then all work would be completed.

He said work on plantation of saplings by the Forest Department and construction of bandhs, renovation of a rest house and creation of special mounts for the migratory birds had been completed. He said work of removing the jal khumb grown in the lake was being carried out speedily.


UHBVN enforcing 30-minute load-shedding in
late evening

Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 10
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has enforced 30-minute load-shedding in the evening hours daily in this city without any prior announcement.

According to a report, this is in addition to the unscheduled power cuts enforced during daytime. The entire city and its suburbs remained in darkness between 9.15 pm and 9.50 pm last evening whereas these areas had plunged into darkness between 10.15 pm and 10.45 pm on Wednesday evening. This has caused great inconvenience to thousands of residents who have to stay in darkness during the period of the power cut.

Moreover, the long spell of unscheduled and unorganised load-shedding resorted to by the UHBVN in this city has not only paralysed the normal life of the people but also the business activity. The drinking water supply and the hospital working were the worst hit by this load-shedding.

The authorities of the UHBVN have also failed to give any reason in this regard. Instead, they have resorted to enforcing load-shedding for a long time in different parts of the city.

Representatives of various political parties, industrial organisations as well as trade unions have expressed grave concern over the inefficient and unsatisfactory working of the UHBVN in this district and urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to order a high-level probe and take stern action against UHBVN officials found responsible for the unscheduled and unorganised power cuts in this region.

They also demanded immediate transfer of the SDE and other officials of the Murthal and Ganaur sub-divisions who had failed to check cases of power thefts by owners of dhabas, hotels and restaurants in their areas.



UHBVN making light of staff shortage: Workers’ union
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 10
The All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union (AHPCWU) has claimed that the staff shortage had been hampering the proper functioning of the power department in Haryana.

In a statement here today, a spokesman of the union said that the field staff of the Dakshin and Uttar Haryana
Bijli Vitran Nigam had
been a victim of unusual heavy workload and mental stress.

He said that the Nigam officials had been neglecting the fact that the existent number of employees here was not able to do the job satisfactorily as the workload over the years had grown up by 50 to 70 per cent, while there had been no recruitment of the technical staff for the past 12 years in the state.

He said if a transformer was burnt or its oil leaked, the authorities tended to hold the JE, foreman or lineman responsible.

He said the main cause of the damage to the transformer was excess load due to theft and it was next to impossible for the employee to do all jobs.

Alleging that the thefts often involved the collusion of influential political leaders and senior officials.

The union alleged that the state government was not making recruitment on full-time basis against many vacant posts.

It said that the authorities had been providing contracts of employment to the politically influential contractors.

He said that the contractual system of jobs or services was against the interests of consumers and the overall power supply system.


Dehat Morcha calls for CBI probe into land scams

Greater Noida: The Dehat Morcha and a number of other organisations have demanded that all land scams in Noida and Greater Noida should be inquired into by the CBI.

The morcha has alleged the administration is just indulging in an eyewash under pressure from the Samajwadi Party. Mr Raj Kumar Bhatti of the Dehat Morcha has alleged that dozens of cases have come to light in which thousands of bighas of land have been transferred to the land mafias. Though the administration has ordered a probe into all the cases, incorrect and wrong facts have reportedly been mentioned in these inquiry reports, Mr Bhatti alleged.

Mr Teja Gujjar of the Bharatiya Kisan Morcha has alleged that land mafias had, in connivance with the local administration, got thousands of bighas of gram samaj land illegally transferred to itself. Now unfortunately the very same officials who had played a role in these scams were conducting inquiries into these scams. Mr Gujjar alleged SP leaders were also involved in these land scams. Pressure had been brought to bear on these officials from the day the new government took over in the state, he alleged. A probe, if ordered to be conducted by the CBI, could unearth hundreds of cases of land scams involving thousands of bighas of precious land illegally transferred to the land mafia, he added.


Doctors told to turn clinics into centres of social service
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, October 10
Veteran surgeon and supporter of the anti-tobacco movement, Dr Ram Kumar Agarwal, called upon doctors to translate their noble deeds into social service. “In this pecuniary era, the medical service has been connected with business whereas it is a mission of continuing service”, opined Dr Agarwal.

Earlier, the local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) extended a warm welcome yesterday to Dr Agarwal who is serving as a surgeon and has been a staunch supporter of the anti-tobacco movement at Udaipur in Rajasthan for the past forty years.

He said doctors should explain about the chronic diseases caused as a result of smoking and use of tobacco to their patients in order to keep them healthy forever. He said the use of any intoxicant spoiled life and “we ought to refrain from it”. According to a survey, most of the youths had been ruining their lives through chewing tobacco or gutka.

Holding the media responsible for the increasing use of tobacco in social life, Dr Agarwal said the youth got attracted by the spectacular advertisements on electronic media and print as well. Most of the channels screened advertisements of tobacco and cigarette smoking to draw attention of their viewers, especially the youth. He emphasised that a special drive should be launched to rid people of the smoking habit. Renowned surgeon Dr S. S. Bhardwaj, while welcoming the chief guest, said Dr Agarwal was not just serving people as a doctor but serving society as a social worker in Rajasthan. He had started his anti-tobacco movement in 1977 and has been organising free cancer operation camps with the cooperation of Lions Club, Rotary Club and several social institutions. He had accomplished several social works in Udaipur under the Narain Seva Sansthan which had been formed by him. He dubbed Dr Agarwal as a deity in the real sense.

Dr U. S. Pahwa presented a memento to Dr Agarwal on the occasion.

Civic body chairman, secretary granted bail

The court of Mr Jasbir Singh granted bail to the chairman and secretary of the local civic body in a criminal case registered under Section 17 of the Environment Act, 1986. However, the court has ordered summoning the Superintending Engineer of the public health division to appear on October 15. The SE did not appear before the court on this date.

The plaintiff and chairman of the District Upbhokta Kalyan Sangh, Mr Din Dayal Soni, said this was the first case in the state under the Environment Act and nobody had the right to pollute the environment.

He said the sangh had issued a notice to the respective parties under Section 19B of the Environment Act on May 27 and after expiry of 60 days a case was filed in the court on August 8, 2003.



Justice Party organising meeting of intellectual
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
The Indian Justice Party is organising a meeting of intellectuals on Wednesday to condemn the killing of five Dalits in Jajjar on October 14 last year.

Talking to TNS, IJP president Udit Raj said, “We thought of organising the meet as any society is guided by intellectuals.”

Since the intellectuals here tend to look at the Indian reality through the western spectrum, our efforts through the interaction would be to refocus on the barbaric and ghastly killing of five Dalits at Jajjar in the light of new findings, Mr Raj said.

UTI branch in Saket

The UTI has opened its branch in the Saket area of South district. Dr P J Najak, CMD UTI inaugurated the new branch at E block, Opposite to PVR Anupam today. Dr Nayak said, “The new branch marks another step towards the extensive consumer banking focus that we are providing across the country and reinforces our commitment to bring superior banking services.”

Loadshedding in rohini, other areas

The New Delhi Power Limited has announced loadshedding in different areas on October 11 and 12 due to maintenance work in sub-stations. On October 11, the work will be done in Rajapur village and on October 12, in the Sector- 7 Rohini.





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I have been a resident of Rohtak since 1953 when the city had a population of under a lakh. In those days, the traffic on the roads of Rohtak consisted of only tongas, bicycles and pedestrians. Only few buses and trucks could be seen on the roads those days.

Quite remarkably, even in those days important road intersections in the city were regularly manned by the constables of the traffic police.

Traffic discipline on roads was such that even cyclists without light at night were challaned and fined.

Sometimes as a reformative step, the defaulting cyclists were given handy kerosene lamps on cost by the traffic police for use in front of bicycles. Those were the peaceful days, which would be easily recalled by senior citizens in the city.

Now, when the population of the city is nearly touching five lakh and the nature and mode of traffic on the city roads has undergone tremendous transformation with the introduction of cars, heavy trucks, speeding buses, vans, auto-rikshaws, two-wheelers, all plying with little sense of discipline, most of the road intersections are either unmanned or without functional traffic lights.

The worst affected by such traffic chaos are the intersections such as Bhiwani stand, Subhash Chowk, Ashoka and Medical Turn. The traffic goes for a toss at these intersections and the pedestrians, particularly the senior citizens, are the worst hit.

Not a day passes when some or the other people are not injured while crossing the roads in the absence of proper traffic control and pedestrian crossings.

The traffic lights at Ashoka intersection are out of order for the last one-year or more and no arrangement for manual control has been made at this important point.

There is a continuous flow of traffic from all sides and there is no stoppage of traffic for the poor pedestrians to cross over to the other side.

To make matters worse, scooters, motorcycles and even three- wheelers ply fearlessly without any number plates. They have total disregard for the law. I think these people are a real threat to our society. The chaos is such that one feels relieved after safely crossing a road in the city today.

I hope that under the changed circumstances the concerned authorities would rise to the occasion and take remedial measures to ensure full safety to the people, particularly senior citizens, at the various intersections in the city.

S. K. KAKKAR, Mansarovar Colony, Rohtak

Book bank for a noble cause 

It is heartening to learn that the International Punjabi Society, DPS, has launched the DPS book bank project. The project aims at helping deserving students from the economically weaker section of the society. It has started the project with a contribution of Rs six lakh and it would be enhanced over the next few years. It has selected 10 colleges from the national Capital and more colleges are likely to be included under this project in the coming year. Clearly, it is a noble cause. It would be still better if the children from the economically weaker section of the society are financially helped to get admission in professional courses due to the considerable hike in fees over the years.


Need to upgrade schools

Many schools were upgraded by the Haryana Government last year. These constructive steps have benefited the students of the area because they do not have to travel long distances to get basic education.

It is particularly beneficial to the girls, who face double hardships while travelling to schools which are located far away from their native places.

However, it is important to keep in mind that schools should be upgraded as per well-established and professional norms and requirements rather than on political considerations or other ulterior motives.

In this regard, I would like to draw the attention of the Haryana Government to the urgent need to upgrade the Government Girls High School, Bawwa, district Rewari, to senior secondary level. I think the school fulfils all the norms and requirements to be upgraded to the senior secondary level.

Village Bawwa has two high schools, one for boys and one for girls. The students of the nearby villages such as Bisoha, Garhi, Bhala, Nayagaon, Karoli and Gahra come here to receive education. However, the students of these villages have to go to Kanina, Bahu, Nahar or Kosli for senior secondary education.

It is particularly hard on the students since there is no basic transport facility for the students.

In the light of the great inconvenience felt by the students of the area, I feel the Haryana Government should upgrade the Government Girls High School, Bawwa, and Government High School, Lokhi, to the senior secondary level. This constructive step will go a long way in helping the students of the area and will be a great gift to the future generation.



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Demand for NCR sub-office

Faridabad-Ballabgarh industrial-cum-commercial complex has developed rapidly in the last few decades. The complex has carved out a sound industrial base and continues to attract a large numbers of entrepreneurs due to its well- developed infrastructure.

The population of the complex has increased manifold and presently, it is more than 20 lakh. Today, this complex serves as a mirror of industrial growth in the Haryana. If Haryana has been described as the “Go-ahead” state, Faridabad-Ballabgarh is aptly described a “Go-head” industrial complex of the state.

It has a single point concentration of about 15,000 small-scale units and about 250 large/medium scale units, apart from thousands of commercial enterprises.

Keeping the above facts in mind, most of the important English and Hindi dailies have opened their offices in Faridabad, who not only bring out special daily/weekly pullouts of Faridabad, but book ads for their papers.

Since The Tribune is the single largest daily of the northern states in India there is an urgent need for it to open a NCR Tribune local office at Faridabad.

I hope you would consider my humble suggestion and give a thought to this idea of opening a sub-office in Faridabad.

O. P. SHARMA, Faridabad

Appeal to Housing Board

The Housing Board, Haryana, has little regard for the residents of Rewari area. I appeal to the managing director, Haryana Housing Board, to extend the date for submitting application forms for the Haryana Housing Board, Sector 4, Rewari.

Unfortunately, the last date on September 30 was the closing day for banks. Those who could not get their bank drafts cleared before that date were left in quandary due to the banks closing day.

Moreover, even on September 29, a large crowd was kept waiting for application forms at the office of Estate Manager, Rewari. They felt cheated at the hands of the bank authorities and other concerned officers when they could not deposit their applications on time. Obviously, they are waiting hopefully for an opportunity to deposit their applications, which can be done only if a new deadline is fixed for the purpose.

The authorities of the Housing Board, Haryan, should keep the demands of the residents of Rewari area in mind and extend the date for submitting application forms and bank drafts.




Father of five killed by sarpanch, others
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, October 10
Jagan Nath, father of five children, sustained fatal injuries when he was attacked with lathis and other arms by the sarpanch, his brother and several accomplices at Kabirpar village about 3 km from here last night. According to a report, he was rushed to a private Puja nursing home where he succumbed to his injuries.

It is alleged that the assailants got the thumb impression of the victim on a piece of paper for a compromise in the case.

However, the police have registered the case of murder against four persons, including the sarpanch and his brother, and launched a hunt for them. The victim leaves behind five children Anju (17), Manju (14), Seema (12), Sanjay (11) and Golu (8). It is stated that Jagan Nath was quarrelling with the children when Rajesh Saini, brother of the sarpanch, arrived there and asked him not to quarrel with them. But Jagan Nath did not listen to his pleadings. Rajesh Saini then left in a huff and returned after about half an hour. Thereupon, he along with the sarpanch and other associates assaulted Jagan Nath.

Housewife ends life

A young housewife Mrs Savita was reported to have committed suicide by strangulating her neck with chunni in her house at Rajlu Garhi village about 10 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, she took the extreme step after she had been harassed allegedly by her husband and in-laws for not bringing sufficient dowry at the time of her marriage about eight months ago.

The Ganaur police have registered a dowry death case against Ravinder, husband of the victim and three members of the in-laws. All the culprits are at large and the police have launched a hunt to apprehend them.

Man acquitted

The District and Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Mr B L Singhal has acquitted an accused Balwan, alias Biloo, of Ahulana village by giving him the benefit of the doubt in a case of an attempt to loot a petrol pump near Ganaur on December 18, 1999.

According to the prosecution story, the police had arrested two persons Balwan and Vinod on the charge of trying to loot a petrol pump following the recovery of a country-made pistol and two live cartridges from their possession. However, the accused Vinod had died during the trial period.

Youth held

The Rai police have arrested a youth Mohan under Sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 479 and 452 IPC on the complaint lodged by Mr Surinder of Balgarh village in the district. According to a report, the accused was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Pardeep Kumar, here yesterday who remanded him in police custody for 14 days.



Youth’s body found

Sonepat: The police have recovered the body of a youth, Rajbir, from the route to the fields at Bidhal village, about 25 km from here last night.

According to a report, the youth was hit by an unknown vehicle while he was on his way to the fields, resulting in his death on the spot. The victim is stated to be the son of the brother of Mr Dharampal Singh Malik, a former MP and former President of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC).

Mr Bhajan Lal, former Chief Minister and President of the HPCC, Mr Mange Ram Gupta, and other Congress leaders, including former ministers and former MLAs, reached the village and expressed their condolences to the members of the bereaved family.

The police have registered a case against the driver of the vehicle and launched a hunt to apprehend him.

According to another report, an aged man, Roopla (60), was hit and injured by an unknown vehicle on the Shamri-Khanpur road, about 40 km from here yesterday. He was rushed to the community health Centre at Gohana town but succumbed to his injuries on the way.



Three held for counterfeit currency racket
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
With the arrest of three persons, the East district police today claimed to have busted a gang running a currency racket and seized counterfeit currency worth Rs 1.1 lakh of Rs 100 and Rs 50 denomination from them.

The accused Shravan Mahato and Raj Kishore, residents of LBS Hospital, Khichri Pur and Dharmesh Kumar, resident of Laxmi Nagar were arrested.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Nuzhat Hassan said that on October 9, one of the accused Shravan went to a market in Khichri Pur with Rs 100 and bought some fruit from a vendor. Since the note was made of an ordinary paper and the silver strips were hazy, the vendor Suresh informed the policemen who happened to pass by.

The police after checking the note, informed the police station, and Shravan was questioned later. He confessed to the crime. His accomplice Raj was also arrested. The police also recovered Rs 1,000 of Rs 100 denomination.

The duo said that the mastermind was Dharmesh Kumar, resident of Shakar Pur who was also arrested. From Dharmesh, Rs 1 lakh of Rs 100 and Rs 50 denominations were seized by the police.

Two held for making fake auto parts

The Economic Offences Wing has claimed to have rounded up two persons, including a woman for their involvement in manufacturing spurious auto spare parts. The sleuths after receiving a secret information, arrested Manpreet Singh (19) and Surender Kaur (50), and recovered a huge quantity of spurious auto spare parts.

22 auto theft cases solved

With the arrest of one person, the South district police today claimed to have solved more than 22 cases of auto thefts and robberies and also recovered two motorcycles from his possession.

The accused Rajesh alias Dainy alias Brijesh (27), resident of Ghaziabad told the police he along with his associates Sanju, Rafiq, Ravi, Neetu, Sonu alias Saleem had committed several crimes in various parts of Delhi.


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