Sunday, October 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Girl gang raped in front of family
Pays for brother’s indiscretion
Our Correspondent

Meerut, October 11
Another black chapter was added to the history of Muzaffarnagar district on the night of Thursday, October 9, when a teenaged girl was gang raped in the presence of her parents and other family members by some youths of a particular community. The girl was subjected to this torture as her brother had eloped with the daughter of the landlord and the two had got married.

Communal tension gripped the entire region after the horrific incident. All commercial activities ground to a halt on Friday and Saturday in protest against the incident. Senior police officials are still camping at the spot. Additional police force and PAC have also been deployed there.

According to the villagers, Davendra, alias Sonu, son of Gyan Prakash Dhiman, had been courting Roshan Jahan and two days back both of them eloped. Certain villagers also said that they had married. Roshan Jahan’s parents complained to the police and they were located at Saharanpur. Isreal, father of Roshan Jahan, and Gyan Prakash’s landlord descended on the house of Davendra with several supporters. A teenaged sister of Davendra was brutally raped by the culprits in the presence of her parents and family members.

The Police Department has been unnerved by the incident. Senior police officials have rushed to the spot.

In a telephonic conversation, the SSP, Muzaffarnagar, Mr Navnit Sikaird, told NCR Tribune the wife of Isreal, Ruksana, played a major role in the crime as she was the one who instigated the culprits to rape the girl at least seven times. Senior police officials and the District Magistrate have visited the place. 



Health Alert
Hospitals must notify dengue cases to MCD
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11
Mr Rakesh Mehta, Municipal Commissioner, today asked all medical institutions and hospitals to notify all cases of dengue/dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS) to the Municipal Health Officer. He said that dengue was a notifiable disease under Section 2 (a) (b) of the DMC Act, 1957, (Amended 1993) and its notification was mandatory. Any incident of dengue/DHF/DSS must be reported to the Municipal Health Officer at fax no. 23963208 and 23738132. He informed that the number of confirmed dengue cases reported till Saturday evening stood at 772 and the number of deaths remained at two. The number of confirmed dengue cases till yesterday was 757 with two confirmed cases of death due to the disease.

Mr Ram Babu Sharma, Chairman, Standing Committee, today reviewed the steps being taken by the MCD for control of dengue. He directed the health officials to ensure that dengue was effectively controlled by pooling all men and material resources at the MCD’s command. He assured citizens the MCD was doing its best to control the disease. The MCD had further strengthened and intensified its anti-dengue measures.

Mr Sharma said, “We have intensified anti-larval spray operations at vulnerable points with the assistance of the Delhi Fire Service. The power spray tankers were today deployed at various strategic locations viz. Bhajan Pura Nalla, Jaggit Nagar Nalla, the pond near the police station (Usmanpur), Mandawali (Ganesh Nagar), Pandav Nagar, Sultanpuri, DTC Nalla (Mathura Road), Nai Basti Nalla, Agrocanal (Okhla), Rethala pond, Budh Vihar, Inderpuri Nalla, NPL Nalla etc.

The MCD today checked 93,326 houses for mosquito breeding, informed the Chairman of the Standing Committee. Mosquito breeding was detected in 355 houses. Legal notices were issued to 249 householders. Prosecution was launched in 109 cases. As many as 24,900 houses were sprayed with insecticides by the field malaria staff to kill adult mosquitoes. As many as 225 fogging machines and 290 Ganesh pumps were pressed into service.

Mr Sharma informed that fogging operations were carried out at a number of vulnerable places, including Chirag Delhi, Hauzrani, Khirki Sarai, Nehru Nagar, Sriniwas Puri, Gari, Badar Pur, Jahangir Puri, Shastri Nagar, Prashant Vihar B-Block, Thansingh Nagar, Anand Parbat, Mangol Puri (Blocks K L M and N), Baradadari, Bagh Raoji, Ghonda, Khajuri, Madoli etc.

Mr Sharma has appealed to the citizens to cooperate with the MCD in controlling dengue. He urged them to eliminate all breeding places of mosquitoes in and around their houses.

He expressed hope that with their active cooperation the MCD would be able to fully control dengue in a few days’ time. 



BJP ready to take lid off Cong scandals
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11
After Parivartan Yatra, the Delhi Pradesh BJP today held a Pardaphaash Sammelan to expose the scam in the privatisation of Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) and other scandals during the five-year reign of the Indian National Congress (INC) in the NCT of Delhi.

As a part of the Pardaphaash Sammelan to be organised till October 19 in all districts, the party held a rally at Ghanta Ghar Vegetable Market in which Union Minister of State of External Affairs Vinod Khanna, Union Minister of State of Sports Vijay Goel and member of Rajya Sabha Dara Singh also participated.

On the occasion, Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana said the rise in prices of vegetables, the spread of dengue, the scam in the privatisation of DVB, among other issues, would be highlighted during the poll campaign.

The four issues that the party has identified thus far for the duration of the Pardaphaash Sammelan are the multi-crore scam in privatisation of DVB, installation of faulty meters by the private distributors of electricity, looting of consumers in the name of single delivery point connection in unauthorised colonies and resettlement colonies and discrepancies in the Antyodaya Anna Yojana meant for distributing public distribution system PDS) rice, etc, to the below poverty line (BPL) families.

Mr Khurana alleged contractors patronised by certain politicians were fleecing the people living in resettlement colonies and unauthorised colonies in the name of single delivery point connections. The contractors, he claimed, siphoned off crores of rupees from the hapless consumers by levying arbitrary tariffs.

He further alleged that consumers were not satisfied with the meters installed on their premises. Many had complained about the faulty meters on the ground that the bills they received were inflated. This, Mr Khurana alleged, was being carried out in collusion with certain individuals in the Government of NCT of Delhi.



public angst
Villagers exhibit body of murder victim 
on road, block traffic
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 11
Angry residents of Kabirpur village blocked the traffic and exhibited the body of a murder victim, one Jagan Nath, on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh Road near Sikka Colony, to register their protest against the killing, allegedly by the sarpanch and his associates, and demanded an immediate arrest of the culprits.

According to a report, they held up the traffic on the road for at least three hours and did not allow any vehicle to pass through.

On receipt of information, a large contingent of the police arrived on the scene, but the officials failed to pacify the residents who insisted that the SP should come and hear their grievances. Thereupon, Mr Om Parkash, DSP Ganaur arrived and assured the residents that all the culprits would be brought to book.

In the meantime, more police force arrived on the scene and the residents were forced to lift the blockade and remove the body.

Jagan Nath, a father of five children, was allegedly attacked with deadly weapons. He was immediately rushed to a nearby private nursing home, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The police have registered a case against four persons, including the sarpanch and his brother, in this connection. However, the residents have alleged that the police is trying to protect the assailants.



Meter scam whistle-blower shunted by HVPN
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 11
When it comes to victimising upright employees, the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) seems to excel at it. The latest case in point is the alleged victimisation and transfer to Karnal of the district unit president of the All Haryana Power Corporation Workers’ Union, Mr Narinder Khokhar. This has been allegedly done at the behest of a senior Haryana Government functionary.

In fact, the action against Mr Khokhar, who had been spearheading the campaign against irregularities in the department, is seen as an outcome of his blowing the lid off a power scam in the city division of the Power Department last month. The top officials were reportedly miffed with Mr Khokhar for his having gone to the Press to expose the nexus between the officials and the contractor.

NCR Tribune had highlighted the scam last month quoting Mr Khokhar. He had alleged the contractor, who was awarded the contract in June this year, had been recording less reading of big power consumers in connivance with the officials. During a random survey by the union it was found that 40,000 units were shown less in case of 93 bulk consumers, causing a loss of more than Rs 6.50 lakh to the HVPN. Besides losing on the actual amount the department was a loser on another account: the interest on the bill amount collected by it.

Sources said as per the terms and conditions of the contract between the department and the contractor the latter owed the department several lakhs in penalties. But instead of taking action against the contractor the authorities allegedly transferred the union chief to Karnal at the instance of a powerful local politician, who is said to be close to the contractor.

The camp office of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. R. Anand, was shown to have consumed a paltry 168 units in the past two months while the previous average consumption for two months had been over 5,000 units.



Delhi men drugged by motorist
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 11
Two Delhi residents were robbed of their cash and valuables by two car-borne youths after being drugged on the Murthal-Panipat stretch of the G T Road yesterday.

According to information, Harvinder Singh, a resident of Patel Nagar in New Delhi, and another unidentified person were waiting on the Delhi border for an Amritsar-bound bus when two youths in a white Maruti car with a Delhi registration number offered to take them to their destination. Since they were in a hurry, they boarded the car. Subsequently, the man driving the car stopped at a roadside dhaba near Murthal for tea.

While they were having tea they were offered biscuits by the car driver. After having the biscuits, which were apparently laced with some intoxicant, they fell unconscious.

The car-borne robbers dumped them near the GT Road here. However, before escaping, they decamped with Rs 95,000, two gold rings and one gold chain belonging to Harvinder Singh.



Three criminals arrested after encounter 
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 11
The Loni police claim to have solved three crimes with the arrest of three persons after an encounter. One of those arrested carried an award of Rs 25,000 on his head. He had been absconding for the past one year.

Two countrymade revolvers, two knives and a stolen motor cycle were also seized from the criminals who had masterminded a number of looting incidents, the police said.

The Vijay Nagar police have also nabbed a dreaded criminal who had been expelled from the district earlier. The Loni police, after an encounter at Vanthala tri-junction, arrested three criminals riding on a motorbike. Two countrymade revolvers and two knives were seized from them. The motor bike, they told the police, had been stolen from near the State Bank of India branch at Loni on June 26 this year.

They identified themselves as Sandeep, alias Babloo, Kushalpal and Deepak, of Loni. Babloo, the police said, was wanted in a Rs 1.25 lakh looting case at the Loni railway station on July 10, 2002. The SSP and the GRP, Moradabad, had announced an award of Rs 25,000 for his arrest.

Babloo and Kushalpal had also snatched a bag containing Rs 30,000 from a woman in Tyagi Market near the bank on October 10.

Both are wanted in about a dozen looting and cheating cases registered at Kher, Aligarh, Javer, Gautam Budh Nagar, Krishen Nagar, Delhi and Loni.



Sore over third girl child, woman abandons baby
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 11
A woman, who had given birth to her third girl child, has gone missing, leaving the new born in the hospital. Efforts are being made to send the girl child to some social service organisation.

According to Government Hospital sources in Sector 30, a woman, who identified herself as Madhuri and was in labour pain, was admitted to the hospital yesterday. An hour later she gave birth to a daughter.

When she was told by a nurse that she had given birth to a daughter, she was heard cursing her luck. As she already had two daughters, a son would have been a blessing, she was heard muttering.

She was taken to the women’s ward by a nurse after the delivery. Madhuri somehow sneaked out of the ward, leaving the new born on the bed. Earlier, she had told the nurses that they could leave as she was feeling fine.

When, after a while, the baby started crying, Madhuri was found to be missing.

The hospital staff looked for the missing mother but she was not to be seen.

According to the Government Hospital chief, Dr Vinode Kumar, the woman had given her address as house no. 163, Sector 56.

The police have been informed about the new born being abandoned in the hospital.

The hospital authorities are now trying to get the new born baby adopted by some private social service organisation.



Third Front may have seat adjustment with SP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11
The Third Front could leave certain Assembly seats to the parties like the Samajwadi Party if an electoral understanding could be worked out among them. Chairman of Third Front Ramvir Singh Bidhuri on Saturday told media persons that the conglomerate had identified 55 out of the 70 seats it would like to contest.

He said if the Left parties, Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal wanted to forge an electoral understanding with the Front, it could leave some seats for those parties.

Mr Bidhuri said the Samajwadi Party had shown its eagerness to contest 17 seats, RLD six seats and the Left parties three.

The possibility of those parties joining the conglomerate was discussed earlier in the day. The meeting was attended by NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar, Sukhbir Panwar also of NCP, Shoaib Iqbal of JD (Secular), HN Sharma of SJP and Ramvir Singh Bidhuri of Lok Janshakti Party.

Meanwhile, the National Akali Dal has severed its ties with the Third Front. President of the National Akali Dal Paramjeet Singh Pamma announced the decision yesterday.

The Third Front of “secular,” “non-Congress” and “non-BJP” parties took shape on June 5. It was floated by Janata Dal (Secular) senior national vice-president Romesh Bhandari, senior national vice-president of Lok Janshakti Party Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, president of Janata Dal (Secular) Shoaib Iqbal, national general secretary of Samajwadi Janata Party HN Sharma, president of Nationalist Congress Party Sukhbir Singh Panwar and president of National Akali Dal Paramjit Singh Pamma.

Shakti Dal’s Gopal Jha and Rattan Singh of National Lok Dal joined the conglomerate later. 



Ministry gives Haryana full marks for rural development 
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, October 11
Haryana is among the three states, identified as having good performance in implementing the rural development programmes in the country. The other two states are Tamilnadu and Orissa. This was disclosed at the National Conference of Project Directors of District Rural Development Agencies held in Delhi on October 9 and 10.

The Union Ministry of Rural Development has compiled success stories from all across the country under its various programmes in the form of a book, ‘Parivartan’. It covers the programmes, namely Sampooran Grameen Rozgar Yojana (SGRY), Swaranjayanti Gram

Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), Rural Housing, watershed development programmes and Total Sanitation Campaign. It has also some stories of successful initiatives in the fields of transparency, people’s participation, use of information technology, capacity building etc.

These stories bring out the pains taken by the implementers and the people themselves to bring a change in the lives of the people in rural areas. Dr Suprabha Dahiya, a Ph.D. in Rural Development and ADC-cum-CEO DRDA, Jhajjar made representation on behalf of Haryana describing the impact of watershed on district Jhajjar which came into existence on July 15,1997 after the bifurcation of the erstwhile district of Rohtak.

She told the conference that in several watershed villages, the drinking water problem has been solved by enhancing the existing water supply schemes.

She recalled that the rainfall in the district was generally less and ranged between 300 to 600 mm. The rainfall is mainly during the months of July to September. The underground water was brackish except in few places. The brackish water is not suitable for the crops and hence only one crop was being sowed in most of the areas in the district.

Since the underground water in most of the project villages was brackish, the irrigation facilities were limited. With a view to improving the quality of underground water and bringing up the water-table, water harvesting structures and percolation ponds have been dug keeping in view the catchment area, run off and availability of rain water. These structures have improved the underground water quality and table, Dr Dahiya said.

Moreover, the villagers are making use of the ponds as drinking water source for the livestock.

Dr Suprabha Dahiya, in her presentation, said that district Jhajjar had spent Rs 944.79 lakh under the watershed scheme covering an area of 24,717 hectares.

The pavement of common street under entry point activity of watershed programme has really attracted the village community towards basic objectives. These streets have not only provided a better path to the villagers, but have also improved the sanitation and environment of the village.

The construction of school rooms, community centres, organising eye camps and construction of toilets were the other activities undertaken in several watershed villages in Jhajjar.



Special Focus on rewari
Hero Honda embroiled in sodomy controversy
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 11
Grave allegations of sodomy have been levelled against certain officials of the personnel wing of Hero Honda Motors Ltd, a prestigious industrial concern of Dharuhera, by a sacked casual worker.

The unsavoury episode, which has already taken a toll of the jobs of the victim as well as the principal accused, was recently brought to the notice of the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The victim, Hemant Kumar Singh, has also made written representations to the Chief Minister, the Governor, the DGP, the Labour Commissioner, the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court among others.

Though the allegations have been dismissed as false, frivolous and ill-motivated by the management, yet they have resulted in the unceremonious ouster of the victim as well the principal accused, where both had to tender their resignations on account of “unavoidable circumstances”.

The victim quit his six-year-old job on May 7, 2003, just when his services were going to be regularised and his monthly emoluments were slated to rise from Rs 2,000 to about Rs 24,000. The principal accused, an officer in the personnel department, had lost his plum job on May 21, 2003. He had served in the organisation for 16 years and his last post carried with it a fat salary and other perks.

At a crowded press conference here yesterday, Hemant disclosed that he had joined Hero Honda’s Dharuhera plant as a casual worker in October 1997. At that time, he was 23-years-old and only a matriculate.

During his stint as a casual worker he was allegedly sexually assaulted by the main accused and by several of his colleagues in the personnel department. He continued to suffer the pain and ignominy of the shameful act for years, so that he could get his casual job regularised.

But when stories of the ‘sordid episode’ began to circulate in the factory, the boss and his associates allegedly joined hands to get rid of him once and for all.

It is alleged that under a meticulously planned conspiracy, Hemant Kumar was shown the door on May 7, 2003.

To give the ‘unceremonious exit’ a semblance of legitimacy, the services of the Labour Officer of Rewari were also allegedly availed of by the management.

The management, of course, made it known to all that Hemant had quit the job on his own to avoid facing penal legal action, which the management sought to initiate against him as his ITI certificate had been found to be ‘fake and bogus’.

However, Hemant contends that he had secured the job of a casual worker in the factory in October, 1997, on the basis of his matriculation certificate and he had no knowledge about the fake ITI certificate.

Several members of the Hero Honda Workers’ Union also attended the press conference. They have demanded a CBI probe into the gory episode and questioned why it took the management six long years to detect that the ITI certificate, purported to have been supplied by Hemant at the time of his appointment in 1997, was “bogus”.

They also expressed surprise at the manner in which investigations into Hemant’s allegations were being handled by the Dharuhera police.

In an explanatory note recently sent to the complainant, Mr K.K. Aggarwal, senior vice-president (Operations), Hero Honda Motors, categorically stated that Hemant had voluntarily resigned his job to avoid the ignominy of facing legal proceedings as he had furnished a ‘fake and bogus’ ITI certificate at the time of joining.

Mr Aggarwal further stated that his allegations of sodomy, which were false and ill-motivated, were an after-thought and seemed to have been levelled against some officials of the factory at the behest of some outsiders to tarnish the fair name and reputation of the factory.

He said it was strange that these allegations were never brought to the notice of the management, either in writing or verbally, by the complainant during his 6-year tenure in the factory.



Vehicle crushes two at petrol pump on G T Road 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 11
Two persons, including a lambardar, were killed on the spot when a vehicle hit them while they were waiting at a petrol pump on the G T Road near Ganaur town, 20 km from here last night.

According to a report, the victims were identified as Mr Shiv Charan (38), a lambardar of Raksera village, and Mr Jai Singh (35).

The police have registered the case and launched a hunt for the driver of the vehicle who managed to escape immediately after the accident, leaving the vehicle behind.

According to another report, a scooterist was injured when he was hit by a tractor on the Ganaur-Bega road, about 25 km from here yesterday. He was immediately hospitalised and was stated to be out of danger. The police are investigating the case.

Meanwhile, Mr Harish Chander Jain, General Manager of the Haryana Roadways depot at Sonepat, has placed Rajinder, a bus driver under suspension pending departmental inquiry on the charge of being employed by producing a fake driving licence.

Reportedly, the fact came to light after an order by Ms Anita Chaudhary, Additional Sessions Judge of Sonepat, for scrutinising his driving licence. This driver had been involved in a series of road accidents during the past five years.

In one road accident, the Haryana Roadways had to pay a fine of Rs 15,000 and in another case, it had to pay a compensation of Rs 7.90 lakh to the family of a person who was killed in an accident of the Haryana Roadways bus.

The Haryana Roadways has made it obligatory for the drivers, conductors and the employees of the workshops to wear uniforms during duty hours with effect from October 1. It has, however, warned that stern action would be taken if such employees were found violating this order.



protest zone
DPCC sit-in against poor law and order
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Saturday held a sit-in at Jantar Mantar to protest against the deteriorating law and order situation in the Capital. On the occasion, DPCC president Prem Singh accused Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister of Home Affairs L.K. Advani of “failing in his duty”.

“Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani should be held accountable for the lapses of the Delhi Police in containing the spiralling graph of crimes in the Capital. The Delhi Police is under the direct control of Mr Advani but he has taken no effective measures…. He should tender his resignation on moral grounds,” DPCC president Prem Singh said.

Singh said Advani should be held responsible for the state of law and order in NCT of Delhi where women and minors were raped.

Mr Advani, he said, had done nothing to stop the rising crime graph. “He was carrying on with life as if nothing had happened,” he said. The BJP, he added, had lost the trust of the people at large.

The Poorvanchal Cell of the DPCC had organised the sit-in.

Addressing the demonstrators, Singh said the elections would be fought on the basis of the development works carried out by the Sheila Dikshit Ministry. Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, JP Aggarwal and DPCC office-bearers and legislators joined Singh in the sit-in.



search within
Faith should be a life changing experience

We live in a world of complex realities today. People, all seeking happiness, choose varied paths to realise their goal. They run here and there, chasing one shadow after another, fretting and fuming meanwhile. When they finally achieve their desired dreams they find they are made of chaff.

They could affirm in Shakespearean language that they have been chasing the wind.

Enlightenment comes to many at the fag end of their earthly existence. But there are a few who are lucky and are able to effect a course correction in the journey of life. The New Delhi YMCA holds what is called a prayer breakfast meeting at which seekers of truth narrate their life experiences for the benefit of a distinguished audience that consists of bureaucrats, professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, academicians and social workers.

On Saturday, it was the turn of Pundit Dharm Prakash Sharma of Pushkar, son of a late chief priest of Pushkar temple, Ajmer, to narrate his story. He had the privilege of being born to religious parents who instilled in him a desire to seek the Lord while yet a boy of four. His father was in jail in connection with the freedom movement and his mother used to sing Ram Charit Manas late into the night. Very often he had watched her devotion and seen tears rolling down her cheeks. He wondered whether it was because of her separation from her husband. One day when he dared to ask, she replied it was “for the Lord.” He had seen his father too having elaborate ceremonies and pujas and he too had told the young lad, “it was all for the Lord.’’

“Do you know Him?” was the boy’s next question. “He is everywhere and he is in everything! When you know Him, you will find Him,” father told the boy.

His questions and his parents’ responses marked a definite landmark in his search for God. Somewhere along the way he took a sharp turn deciding to taste the joys of the world. “So as a poet, as a journalist, a writer and dramatist, I drifted around in the mud of this world.” Then came an invitation to join the film world. He signed contracts with the then best known directors, such as Mahesh Kaul, Kamal Amrohi and Kedar Sharma to play leading roles. This was followed by an invitation from the then Russian government to study modern cinematography, acting and the like.

As if like a bolt from the blue, she was summoned from Russia to the bedside of his ailing mother. “My child from today onwards you will not do anymore films!” she pleaded with him and narrated an experience she had before even he was born. “One evening I wept before God. I wept before Him and promised: “If you will give me a son, I will not keep that son for myself. I will give him back to you. So I have to fulfil that promise. You were not given to me to live a life in the things of this world. You must have a holy life. You must seek God. Your life must be acceptable to Him.”

He had always been an obedient son and much against his will, he decided to bid goodbye to the glamour world. Years passed by and the quest remained in him. In college, he had read the Sermon on the Mount and it gripped him. It occurred to him that the words he read therein reflected the light of Truth. Those same words had a tremendous influence on Gandhiji who led the freedom movement.

The year was 1972. He was general secretary of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. He was at the New Delhi railway station watching the large gathering, which had come to see off the then President V. V. Giri, who had just retired from his post and was proceeding to Bangalore.

“Where is he going?” Dharma Prakash Sharma heard a still small voice. “To Bangalore,” he replied within. “Where else then?” It was to him a revelation of the temporary nature of all positions of power a man held on this earth. He had tasted power and pleasure of various kinds. He was now convinced of their ephemeral character. He attempted an accounting of the life he had led. He tried to see his closing balance. It was very humbling.

On the third day following, he submitted his resignation to Mrs Indira Gandhi, who was then at the helm of affairs of the Congress. He made it clear to her that he was not running away because he hated politics. He felt that God was going to give him a greater position, a greater responsibility.

The Sermon on the Mount had set the values of his life. Continuing his testimony, he explained what faith had meant to him and should mean to all those who professed to believe in God. Turning to Psalm 15 (Bible), he read:

“Lord, who will dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbour no wrong…’’

No religion or philosophy by itself will bring about such changes in a man. It is not in man that walks to direct his steps. Human idealism and human perfection are unattainable for man with Adamic nature. It is the Spirit of the very Christ, the author of the Sermon on the Mount, could renew man to live the righteous life through a transformation of his heart, he concluded.

M P K Kutty



Nine children hurt in building collapse
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11
Nine children were injured in a building collapse in a community centre in block–17 in Kalyanpuri this evening.
The police said that the mishap happened around 3.30 pm when the children were watching television. The building collapsed suddenly. The injured Rakesh (7), Vicky (7), Sunny (12), Krishan (12), Vikas (10), Neeraj (10), Akash (12), Rajni (15) and Monu (13) were immediately rushed to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital.

However, Rakesh was shifted to the GTB Hospital for further treatment.

Cabby held for extortion: The East district police today claimed to have arrested a taxi driver who extorted money from a tourist. Mr Takashi Ojima of Tokyo, hired a taxi from Connaught Place for sightseeing. The driver Parveen Kumar, resident of Meerut, took the tourist around the city and then took him to his house. He offered him some liquor to win his confidence. Later, on the pretext of dropping the visitor at IGI Airport, he took the victim to his relative’s house where both he and his relative forcibly demanded Rs 9,000 as tip.

Since the victim did not have the Indian currency, accused made him sign traveller cheques. The victim, however, jumped out of the car at Noida T-point.

Meanwhile, the accused sped with his belongings including passport, luggage, camera and some money.

The police, with the help of the victim, identified the accused and seized the tourist’s effects.



Angry passengers disrupt train services
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 11
Train services remained disrupted for hours on the Sonepat-Delhi section of the Northern Railway following picketing of railway tracks by the irate passengers at
Narela Railway Station, about 11 km from here last night.

According to a report, the angry passengers were protesting against the pelting of stones by slum dwellers on the Panipat bound 7 DPM train at Holambi Kalan Railway Station on this section.

The irate passengers alleged that some passengers travelling on this train sustained injuries as a result of pelting of stones.

As soon as the train halted at the Narela Railway Station, the passengers got down from it and did not allow the train to move further by picketing the railway track and detaching the house-pipes of the train.

On receipt of information, the officials of the Government Railway Police (GRP) arrived on the scene and tried to pacify the angry passengers.

On seeing the situation taking an ugly turn, the GRP halted the Rajdhani Express and Jammu Mail bound for Jammu Tawi at nearby railway stations.

Similarly, the New Delhi bound Himalayan Queen express was halted at Sonepat. The Kalka bound Howrah-Kalka Mail and Nangal Dam Express were also delayed for hours.

Later, the GRP officials were able to pacify the irate passengers who lifted the blockade after assurance that the guilty would be brought to book shortly.

The rail traffic was normalised on this section around midnight.

BKU for price commission on Central pattern: The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has demanded the creation of Agricultural Cost and Price Commission on the Central pattern in Haryana for fixing the remunerative prices.

In a memorandum sent to the state government, Mr Hari Singh Khokhar, president of the Haryana unit of the BKU, has also demanded the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 780 for paddy this year.

The memorandum further demanded the fixing of support price for other foodgrains and crops well before the sowing season in the state.

It also demanded the immediate completion of the SYL canal in the Punjab territory and supply of canal water for at least 20 days in a month.

The memorandum also demanded a halt to the indiscriminate ban on the arrests of farmers and the attachment of their land in the event of their failure to pay the instalments of the loans received from banks and other financial institutions.

It has also demanded uninterrupted power supply and grant of subsidy to farmers who had installed tubewells, apart from provisions for employment to the farm workers and small farmers.

The memorandum has also demanded compensation of land acquired by the state government on the pattern existing in Delhi.

It has also urged the state government to introduce a slab system for water charges, where the water level has depleted considerably.

The memorandum also demanded the framing of rules for providing 90 per cent jobs to the Haryanavis in the industrial units functioning in the state. It has also urged the Chief Minister to make efforts for the re-opening of Bharat Steel Tubes, Ganaur, which had been closed down 13 years back.



Mail Divali cards without tickets!
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 11
The postal department has started the sale of Divali greeting cards which can be posted without affixing the tickets on them.
According to a report, this is for the first time in the history of the department that the sale of such cards has been started. The cost of each card is between Rs 12 and Rs 20 and the department has set up a special counter in the head post office of this city for their sale. The sale of such cards would continue till the end of the festival season.

Children justice boards: In a bid to dispose of the crime cases relating to the children, the Haryana Government has set up children justice boards on the pattern of other states. According to official sources, such boards have been set up in Ambala, Sonepat, Gurgaon and Hissar which would cover all the 19 districts of the state. The boards would consist of a judicial magistrate and two social workers and they would dispose of the crime cases relating to the children only.

Hitherto, the Chief Judicial Magistrate was empowered to hear the cases and dispose of them.

Unauthorised colonies: The Haryana Government is contemplating to regularise the unauthorised residential colonies in the state. According to a report, there are 163 residential colonies in 31 wards of Sonepat city and 69 colonies out of them have already been declared illegal by the government. Of these, 50 colonies would be regularised as these have completed the norms laid down by the government for regularisation.

Housewife ends life: A young housewife Mrs Saroj is reported to have committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in her house at Barona village about 10 km from here last evening.

According to a report, on hearing the news of her death, her husband Sanjay also took sulphas tablets in a bid to end his life, but he was rushed to the PGIMS at Rohtak for treatment. The police are still investigating the case.

Five hurt in group clash: At least five persons, including a woman were injured in a clash between two groups at Bindrauli village about 10 km from here last night. According to a report, the injured were identified as Umed Singh, Ram Chander and his wife Mrs Satya Devi, Suresh and Ramesh. All were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The police are still investigating the case. However, no arrest has been taken made in this connection.

Old woman’s body found: The police found the body of an unidentified aged woman, lying on the G T Road near Kurar village about 10 km from here last night. According to a report, the body remains unidentified and the police have sent it for a postmortem examination.



Guru Ramdass’ anniversary celebrated

New Delhi: A huge congregation was held at Lakhi Shah Vanjara Hall of Gurdwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sahib Sri Guru Ramdass Ji, the founder of Sri Amritsar. It was organised here under the aegis of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Amritsar city has now become a famous trade centre and the capital city of Sikh community. The anniversary was celebrated from morning to afternoon at Gurdwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib and from evening to midnight at Gurdwara Sri Bangla Sahib.

Senior vice-president Nirwair Singh, general secretary Harbhajan Singh Matharoo, vice-president Gian Singh and joint secretary Jathedar Kuldip Singh Karol Bagh, Professor Harmohinder Singh and other prominent members of the DSGMC attended the functions. Tarsem Singh and Jathedar Baldev Singh Rani Bagh, members of the DSGMC performed the duty of stage secretaries. TNS



Managing human resources key to staying in global market 
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 11
The management of human resources is a vital ingredient to maintain competitiveness and stay in the global market for any industry or trade in the challenging business scenario. This was stated by Mr Rajiv Gupta, managing director of the Resource Development International, while speaking as chief guest at a seminar organised by the Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA) here on Friday.

Mr Gupta said the concept of team spirit was quite important and its development depended upon the management of human resources.

He said motivation and proper direction led to team spirit and the willpower to achieve targets.

He said the issue of creating team synergies and leadership for bottomline result could not be avoided in the present industrial scenario and the forthcoming challenges in the business world.

He said a manager should always take his subordinates into confidence by seeking advice, involving them into decision-making process and providing due encouragement at various levels, so that the employee felt himself or herself a part of the organisation and develop a positive attitude towards the work.

He said sharing responsibilities and providing some freedom of thought could make a difference as far as the team spirit and involvement of staff was concerned. Admitting that there might be many employees in an organisation who shirked duty, but a good manager could remove many hurdles by proper handling of such employees.

He said due to ineffective management or leadership and delay in decisions, the employees did not feel attached to a job which resulted in unnecessary delay in the completion of the job.

He said gone were the days when a labourer was forced to do work by the fear of stick. He said no continuous supervision was required if the employee was self-motivated and dedicated towards his work. The managers should not forget to praise and recognise the efforts of sincere staff, and for this, he said some planning, thinking, implementation and supervision were required.

The general secretary of the FSIA Mr Rajiv Chawla, said that the solution to many major problems lay in simple solution, but it depended on proper application of strategies.

The FSIA president, Mr M L Sharma, the general manager, District Industries Centre, Mr Anil Chaudhary and several industrialists were among those present on the occasion. 



BSNL updates Faridabad, Gurgaon phone directory
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 11
A new phone directory of Faridabad and Gurgaon zone of BSNL phone consumers was released here by the Chief General Manager, Telecom, Haryana, Mr A. K. Nagpal.

The directory, consisting of the names and addresses of 1.26 lakh and 1.10 lakh phone consumers of Faridabad and Gurgaon respectively, has been updated up to May 31, 2003. The CD Rom version of he directory was also released. Addressing the function, Mr Nagpal said the main focus of the BSNL had been to improve the service and upgrade the network. Admitting that the nigam still had to work hard to provide efficient and prompt services in the rural areas, he said a lot was to be done to put the rural phone service on a par with the urban areas. He said increasing competition from the private companies in the telecom sector had put the BSNL on the alert. 


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