Sunday, October 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Dengue spreads its tentacles around Delhi
Wintry nights have no effect on larvae
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 18
Cases of dengue continued to mount in and around the Capital despite the drop in temperature during the night.
With 162 new cases of dengue reported to the MCD today, the total number rose to 1,392. However, no fresh deaths were reported because of the disease in the Capital. The Municipal Health Officer, Dr K.N. Tiwari, said that within one or two weeks, the dengue fever would wane by itself. Even though the number of dengue patients is on the increase, it cannot be declared an epidemic, he said. Giving a break-up of the cases, he said that in Delhi a total of 1,090 cases were reported while others were from the neighbouring states.

He said that 196 cases had been reported from central district, 124 from Shahadra South, 127 from Shahadra North, 110 from Civil Lines, 107 from South district, 88 from Rohini, 84 from West, 64 from Najafgarh, 69 from Karol Bagh, 28 from City zone, 17 from Sadar Paharganj and 17 from Narela Zones. Besides, 51 cases have been reported from the areas under the NDMC and 11 from the Delhi Cantonment Board. Haryana accounted for 47, UP 125, Rajasthan 5 and other states 26. As many as 34 cases remain untraceable and address was not given in 65 cases, Dr K.N. Tiwari said.

The Standing Committee Chairman, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, said that this year rains had been heavier than the previous years which led to the hot and humid conditions, along with fresh waterlogging at a number of places in the Capital. These conditions were conducive to breeding of dengue transmitting mosquitoes.

Looking into the scenario, Mr Sharma said the domestic breeding checking was started from June. At least 5,62,565 houses were checked in June. Out of these, 1,296 houses were found positive for breeding. In 48,317 houses, focal spray was carried out. He emphasised the community participation to prevent dengue for which the anti-malaria month is observed in every zone in June to educate and get the community participation for controlling the mosquito-borne disease. The Health Minister of the Delhi Government also started reviewing the situation every week from June.



Dengue no respecter of persons!

New Delhi: Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana on Saturday told reporters that Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Indian National Congress (INC) was one of the many people of NCT of Delhi suffering from dengue.

Mr Khurana said that the disease had affected more than 5,000 in the Capital. “Mr Azad’s wife told me that her husband had been running temperature for the last two days and the tests had confirmed that he was suffering from dengue,” he said.

“When people like Mr Azad who live in the VIP areas are not free from the dengue menace, the vulnerability of those living in unsanitary surroundings, which abound in the Capital, could well be imagined,” he added. TNS



More than 150 down with dengue, 250 
with malaria in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 18
With thousands of people down with fever, 250 having contracted malaria and 155 confirmed dengue patients in the district, the District Magistrate has requested the Noida administration for help.

Yesterday, 25 new dengue patients were admitted to the hospitals in Noida, taking the total number of dengue patients to 155 in the district. The number of viral and malaria patients has also constantly gone up in the district.

According to the CMO, Dr R. C, Gaud, blood of 3,274 patients has been tested in the labs, out of which 264 cases of malaria have been confirmed. The incidence of cerebral fever is also on the rise.

Dr Gaud said there were seven dengue patients in Kailash Hospitalm, two in Max, seven in ESI Hospital, seven in Vinayak, 25 in Prakash Hospital and three in NMC, taking the total number of patients to 155. The daily reports have confirmed all these as dengue patients. Blood samples of nine new dengue patients had been sent to Delhi for testing, Dr Gaud said.

A total of 3,274 patients had been down with fever in the district during the past 45 days. The blood samples of all these patients have been tested in the lab. Some 264 were suspected malaria cases. As many as 240 had been fully cured and sent home, Dr Gaud asserted.

The CMO has urged the NTPC for fogging and distributing tablets among people in the NTPC area. The District Magistrate, Mr L. Venketeshwar Lu, has written to the Noida administration for help in fighting the epidemic of malaria, viral and dengue fever in the district. The Noida administration, it is understood, has agreed to arrange for spray and fogging operations in the district.



Professionals angling for political glory
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 18
Professionals are among the hordes of ticket hopefuls thronging the ‘corridors of power’, be it the Delhi Pradesh BJP office or the residences of political bigwigs, with bio-data and an army of supporters.

A large number of engineers and doctors converged on the 14 Pandit Pant Marg office of the party since early morning even as the election campaign committee met for talks.

The committee, chaired by South Delhi’s member of Parliament and BJP Parliamentary Party spokesperson Vijay Kumar Malhotra, held discussions yesterday and today.

The committee will set in motion next week the process of selecting the candidates for the December 1 Assembly polls in NCT of Delhi. It will begin interviewing the prospective candidates on Monday.

The interviews will be conducted on Tuesday also. The 14 Pandit Pant Marg office of the party has received some 1,100 applications. The committee has already ‘screened’ the applications once.

The applications were screened in the two-day meeting of the election campaign committee that concluded earlier this morning. Mr Malhotra told reporters that the committee also invited suggestions for the manifesto.

As always, the committee has listed image of candidate and winnability as the broad criteria for selecting the candidates. This time though, the party is particular that the persons with criminal cases be barred.

Meanwhile, the party has drawn up the schedule for holding sit-ins next week in protest against the incidence and spread of dengue that has claimed several lives in the past few weeks. According to the schedule drawn up by the party, the BJP Mahila Morcha will gherao Town Hall on Monday. (The Municipal Corporation of Delhi operates out of Town Hall.) On Tuesday, the BJP Yuva Morcha will hold a sit-in outside the Secretariat. Wednesday will be the turn of the workers to hold sit-ins and demonstrations in all the MCD zones.



Sarna offers olive branch to Congress 
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 18
The political scene for the Akali parties hotted up today with Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi led by Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna openly admitting proximity to the Congress.
“We are open to an alignment with the BJP or the Congress for the Delhi Assembly poll. While the BJP has promised two seats, the Congress is ready to concede six seats. We would go with the party which gives maximum seats to us,” the former DSGMC chief, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, said.

The six seats which SAD Delhi is demanding are Jangpura, Tilak Nagar, Rohtash Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Nangloi and Model Town or Subji Mandi.

“We would not fight the polls on our symbol as we are in no position to win on our own at this point,” he stated.

Mr Sarna, who was euphoric over his success in getting a former acting Punjab Congress chief, Mr Prehlad Singh Chandok, elected as the DSGMC president, however, did not see eye to eye on the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom.

While Mr Sarna blamed the Congress for the carnage, the DSGMC president blamed the individuals for it. Interestingly, the Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, which has an alliance with the BJP, has indicated its willingness to contest four seats under the ‘lotus’ symbol.

Defending his decision to align with the Congress, Mr Sarna said, “Our men, if they get elected, will rake up the 1984 anti-Sikh riot issue on the floor of the House. If we are not part of the system we cannot bring any relief to the victims.”

Political observers were of the view that Mr Sarna’s alignment with the Congress was the last option left for him to politically survive or else, he would have to merge his party with SAD on the terms and conditions dictated by the Akali party. SAD general secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta, reacting to this move of Mr Sarna, termed it a politically suicidal one. “He has the option to merge with SAD. But with his move to align with the Congress, he will be alienating himself from gurdwara politics,” he felt.



tragedy and farce
Entrepreneur shoots himself

Ghaziabad: A young entrepreneur shot himself in the head with a licensed revolver of his business partner under mysterious circumstances in the Kavi Nagar area. He was rushed to a private hospital. He is stated to be serious. The police have been informed about the incident.

Nitin Malhotra, son of Mr J.C. Malhotra of A-Block, Kavi Nagar, had dealership of a Modi consumer goods company along with friends Prabhakar, Tyagi and Arvind Prabhat. When Nitin had returned home today after 12 at night, he went straight to his room and shot himself in the head. The sound of the shot came as a jolt to the family members who rushed to find Nitin in a pool of blood. Arvind Prabhat’s licensed revolver was lying nearby. OC

School gets hoax bomb call

New Delhi: The Naval Public School authorities went into a tizzy this morning after receiving an anonymous call claiming that a bomb had been planted on the school premises in the Chanakyapuri area of New Delhi district.

Soon after the call, the police rushed to the spot along with the bomb disposal squad and carried out a complete search for the explosives. The police, after searching the area for about two hours, dismissed the call as hoax.

During the search, students and teachers were asked to stay outside the school to avoid any confusion inside the premises. Once it was proved to be a hoax, the school started functioning normally after 10 am. The school authorities said, “The children remained unfazed by the bomb threat and fully cooperated with the police.” TNS



Taking exam even on Divali!
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 18
There is no holiday on Divali for thousands of students of undergraduate courses of Maharshi Dayanand University who have to appear for supplementary exams this year.

Candidates appearing for the exams in at least four courses, including B Com II (optional), BA II and B Sc II, will have to be present at the examination centre on October 25.

Not only this, the candidates have been asked to report for examination for the evening shift also (2 pm to 5 pm) on this day. Certain parents and students have expressed their unhappiness and protested over not allowing a holiday for Divali.

A parent residing in Ballabhgarh town, said it was ridiculous to hold an examination on a national holiday. He said it would be unsafe and risky for girl and women candidates to return their homes after 5.30 pm.

Hundreds of students of this district have to appear at the two examination centres set up at DAV School in Sector 14 and Dayanand College in the NIT area. While the centre at DAV School is for the boys, the college centre is meant for women candidates. Some of the candidates have to travel more than 100 km in a day.

Hodal town in the district is located about 60 km from here. A teacher employed in a government college here admitted that the datesheet prepared by the university this year had been improper, causing inconvenience not only to the students and their parents but also the staff appointed on exam duty. 



Give time frame to modernise police: HC

New Delhi: In the wake of the recent spurt in crime, a Delhi court today has taken strong exception to the failure on the part of the Union Government to give a concrete time frame for the implementation of certain vital aspects to strengthen and modernise the Delhi Police force.

The Delhi High Court has directed the Centre to provide a time frame within two weeks or face action.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Mr Justice B. D. Ahmed said the Union Home Ministry had failed to make a time-bound schedule and implement the same, effecting the city police’s efficiency, despite its earlier orders. The court was hearing a PIL, filed by advocate Rajeev Awasthi, highlighting the crime situation in Delhi. TNS



Chautala adopting anti-BJP stance: Sangwan
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 18
Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, vice-president of the Haryana BJP, has charged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, with adopting anti-BJP attitude. He said Mr Chautala would not succeed in ‘eliminating’ the BJP from the political scene in the state.

Talking to mediapersons here today, he said the base of the party had been strengthened on account of the ‘Jan Jagran’ rally held at Panipat on October 14.

The party workers and the leaders, he said, had received unprecedented response from the people during the ‘Jan Jagran Yatra’ and felt that the people of the state were fed up with the functioning of the Chautala government. He also claimed that an anti- incumbency wave was sweeping Haryana.

The people were in favour of the BJP and wanted to dislodge the Chautala government. He alleged that Mr Chautala had struck a deal with the HPCC president, Mr Bhajan Lal, to provide stability to his government.

Referring to the next Assembly elections, Mr Sangwan ruled out any alliance of the BJP with any other political party, and said that ‘it would contest the elections on its own’.

The BJP leader said that the Union Government had released huge amounts of money for the execution of development works in Haryana but the Chautala government had failed to utilise it.

Ironically, Mr Chautala was taking credit for the funds utilised on the development works executed in the state.

He also pointed out that though the Union Government had given Rs 500 crore to Haryana for the repairs of roads, it had failed to take necessary steps to improve the conditions of the roads.

He claimed that the Vajpayee-led NDA government had implemented many schemes for the welfare of the farmers. It was the first pro-farmer government in the country, he added.

Listing out the achievements of the Union Government, he claimed that the BJP wanted to make India into one of the most developed countries by 2020.



Police refuse to register case against hospital for infant’s death
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 18
The commitment of the state towards its obligation to take punitive action against violation of human rights, especially of children, as also taking action under Human Rights Protection Act, have been torn to shreds by the law enforcing agency in Gurgaon.

An infant, Sahil, allegedly died after intravenous medications administered in the local Prem Nath Hospital on the intervening night of October 15-16. The parents of the child along with number of other people reported the matter to the police on the same night. However, no case had been registered so far. The parents and relatives of the infant, along with their friends, have been running from pillar to post in vain for the registration of the case. They also met the Deputy Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha and local MLA, Mr Gopi Chand Gehlot.

The charge of the aggrieved party was that the child was administered intravenous drug by the head of the hospital, Dr Prem Nath. After about half an hour, the child started vomiting.

Later, the doctor prescribed three more doses at intervals in response to the worsening condition of the child. After the fourth dose, the child started bleeding through the nose and other parts of the body.

The family members of the infant alleged that inspite of repeated plea, the doctor did not come to personally examine the child after his situation worsened, though his house was located in the hospital itself. He made the prescription orders to a nurse without personally monitoring the condition of the patient.

They further alleged that when the child was virtually gasping for breath and bleeding, the hospital personnel referred the matter elsewhere as the condition had become extremely serious by then.

It is also alleged that when they asked for treatment papers, it was not provided to them on the pretext that the doctor would give them in the morning.

As such, they should not waste time in procuring the papers, as the child was serious. The hospital staff, however, said that the child’s parents and relatives had insisted on the doctor treating the child.

The child was allegedly suffering from “double pneumonia”.

The police personnel investigating the case said that visra had been sent and the case would be registered only after the arrival of the report.

The report will take at least five days to be prepared. The police personnel reasoned that the case could not be registered without any evidence against the hospital. However, investigation is on under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), he added.

The staff members further alleged that the crowd indulged in vandalism on the night of the incident. They further said that the child did not die in the hospital.

However, the role of the police has come under a cloud of suspicion. Although many are not willing to ‘judge’ the role of the hospital in the case, they are of the view that the police should have at least registered an FIR, particularly when there was a prima facie case of unnatural death.

Even though the people of the area feel that it is for the court to decide on the merit of the case, there is an overwhelming feeling in the public that the police appears to have donned the mantle of the judiciary.

Meanwhile, the Gurgaon unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has come out in open support of the Prem Nath Hospital. In its meeting yesterday evening, it passed a resolution condemning the alleged vandalism in the premises of the hospital.

The local unit of the IMA today submitted a memorandum incorporating the resolution to the head of the district chief of the Health Department.



Special Focus on rewari
Luck deserted me in resolving SYL tangle: Birender
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 18
Octogenarian Rao Birender Singh, a former minister of Punjab, former minister of Haryana and former Union Agriculture Minister, has asserted that had Lady Luck favoured him when he held the additional charge of the irrigation portfolio for some more time to come in 1982 he would certainly have been instrumental in the total implementation of the tripartite settlement of December 31, 1981, which, he said, would have resulted in the resolution of the highly complicated SYL canal tangle long ago.

He made these revelations at a press conference convened at his residence here recently. He went on to say that apart from the transfer of the charge of the portfolio to the new incumbent, Mr B. Shankaranand, the Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, had gone to Kapuri in Patiala district in Punjab and laid the foundation of the SYL canal project there much against his counsel. He deplored that all this also proved detrimental to the smooth implementation of the tripartite agreement in as much as it brought things out in the open much to the chagrin of the Akalis who rose in vehement protest against the agreement in 1983.

Furnishing further details of the agreement, he explained that as soon as he assumed charge of the irrigation portfolio, he concentrated his efforts on screening Haryana’s share of the Ravi-Beas waters through amicable resolution of the long-pending dispute. Thus, through his consistent endeavours the then Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Darbara Singh, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, and the Rajasthan Chief Minister, Mr Shiv Charan Mathur, were eventually brought to the negotiating table in Delhi on December 31, 1981, when a tripartite agreement was clinched in national interest and for optimum utilisation of the waters of the Ravi and Beas rivers.

The announcement regarding the above inter-state agreement, which was also rectified by the Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, was made in Parliament on January 1, 1982, by Rao Birendra Singh himself as he was the Union Irrigation Minister also.

In an extensive elucidation, Rao Birendra Singh said under the agreement the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal project was to be implemented within two years (ie, by the end of 1983) to enable Haryana its allocated share of 3.5 MAF of water.

However, things went haywire within a fortnight of the signing of the above agreement and he had to relinquish the charge of the irrigation portfolio on January 15, 1982, Rao Birender Singh added.

Thus the agreement, which was destined to be a boon for Haryana, virtually went on the rocks much to the despair of Rao Birendra Singh as well as the misfortune of the farmers of Haryana and South Haryana in particular.

Rao Birendra Singh further deplored that thus when things stood in dire straits for Haryana the Rajiv-Longowal pact came into existence on July 24,1985, which tended to shatter any remnant optimism about the agreement of December 31, 1981.

He went on to say that the then Prime Minister, Mr Rajiv Gandhi, had inked the pact with the leader of a political party who had no official or representative position. Besides, no prior consultation had been held with the democratically elected governments of Punjab and Haryana which were a signatory to the inter-state agreement of December 31, 1981.

Thus, the situation attained such a sharp poignancy that he had to quit his ministerial berth in the Rajiv government by tendering his resignation on September 25, 1985.

Rao Birender Singh said though Haryana stood benefited by a favourable verdict of the apex court yet things were moving at a snail’s pace and one didn’t know when something tangible would emerge for Haryana.



Capital to celebrate Mother Teresa’s beatification today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 18
Joining the rest of the country in celebrating Mother Teresa’s beatification, the national Capital has chalked out plans to pay tributes as well as rejoice on the occasion.

Mother Teresa, a nun from Yugoslavia who made India her home, worked relentlessly for the ill and downtrodden from her house, aptly called Nirmal Hriday and founded in 1952.

Mother Teresa, who will be beatified at the Vatican tomorrow amid global celebrations, will have tributes being paid to her in the city where the day will begin with special Eucharistic celebrations in all 51 Catholic Church centres.

The main Holy Mass will be celebrated by Rev Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop of Delhi, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Central Delhi at 9 am and the New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC) Chairman, Mr Ramesh Narayanswami, will unveil the Mother Teresa Crescent plaque near Teen Murti roundabout at 11.30 in the morning.

As many as 300 dignitaries and other inter-religious leaders are likely to participate in the 30-minute ceremonial function. Rev Concessao will be the chief guest.

The Catholic Church in the Capital will provide a fellowship meal to 50,000 poor people. This will be done through its 51 Church centres, the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese pointed out. Doordarshan and all major TV channels in the country have made arrangements to show either the direct telecast or special programmes on Mother’s beatification.

A documentary film on Mother Teresa, ‘Call within the Call,’ would be telecast at 11.30 am on Doordarshan’s National Channel. The day will conclude with the laying of foundation stone for a ‘rain basera’ (night shelter for the poor) at Kashmiri Gate in East Delhi by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at 4 pm.

The central government on its part is sending a high-level delegation led by Minister of State for Law and Justice P. C. Thomas to Rome to participate in the beatification ceremony. Mother Teresa, of Albanian descent, died in 1997 at age 87, and the Pope decided to waive the customary five-year waiting period to begin the process of canonisation.

During the special religious ceremony, the Pope will declare Mother Teresa a blessed person. Henceforth, she would be known as the Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata. After the beatification, churches in Mother Teresa’s name could be opened in India. One to five years after the beatification, the final process of declaring Mother Teresa a saint would start.

She is the fourth Indian to be beatified by Pope John Paul II. The others include Chavam Kuriakose Elias, Alphonsa and Mariam Teresa, all from Kerala.



search within
Peace, the essence of the divine verses

An event that is of strategic significance for peace in the world is the award of the Nobel Prize for peace to Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi, who is also a human rights and democracy activist.

The Muslim lawyer had won against 164 other nominees who included Vaclav Havel, former Czech president and Pope John Paul II. In an era of violence Ms Ebadi has consistently supported non-violence. She was an icon for defending the weakest in society and in doing so, she adopted lawful and peaceful means. The award has engendered hopes that changes within the Islamic community can come from within. Huntington’s thesis of a conflict of civilizations may not be necessary.

Iran with its 66 million Muslims is in the midst of a power struggle between Islamic conservatives and modernists. The lawyer has laboured tirelessly for more than three decades advancing human rights in Iran and promoting dialogue between hardliners and reformists.

“There is no contradiction between Islam and human rights…If a country abuses human rights in the name of Islam, then it is not the fault of Islam,” the Tehran University teacher declared recently at a press conference in Paris.

She represents reformed Islam and argues for a new interpretation of Islamic law, which is in harmony with the vital human rights such as democracy, equality before law, religious freedom and freedom of speech. She includes the rights of members of the Bahai community, which has had problems in Iran since its foundation.

With Islam as her starting point, Ms Ebadi campaigns for peaceful solutions to social problems and promises new thinking on Islamic terms. She has displayed great personal courage as a lawyer defending individuals and groups who have fallen victims to a powerful political and legal system that is legitimised through an inhuman interpretation of Islam. Since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, there has begun a debate on Islam and the Quran. There has been attempts to project Islam as a religion that promotes hatred and violence. By blaming Islam for the actions of a few, critics have mounted a challenge that has dismayed the moderates.

In this context, The Essence of Divine Verses, written by Dr Javed Jamil, a distinguished scholar and thinker, and founder director of PEACE, an organisation committed to universal peace and brotherhood attempts to provide for the Indian reader a proper understanding of Quran, which calls upon followers to eradicate every form of evil. He makes it clear that Muslims are not called upon to fight against any other community or nation; they are to unite for jihad (strive) for the ultimate purpose of the unity of the whole of mankind founded on the principles of universal peace and brotherhood.

A medical doctor by profession and a keen observer, his grasp on the world affairs has helped him to embark upon themes that clerics tend to ignore.

He recalls that the word ‘Islam’ literally means peace and is defined as submission to God. Peace cannot be obtained without total submission to the Lord of the universe.

And the best way to achieve peace, Dr Jamil writes, quoting Quran, “is to continually engage in jihad. Jihad is primarily aimed at achieving peace at all level; it implies revolution: within the body and outside. Endeavours to achieve peace, the regular (or major) jihad must obviously be chiefly through peaceful means; but if peaceful means are not enough to ensure peace, armed (or minor) jihad must be used, whenever unavoidable, in order to quell aggression, violence and mischief. But, before telling others to behave, one has to learn behaving oneself. This makes jihad against “self” as the best form of jihad. Internal revolution is a sine qua non for external revolution.

Dr Jamil emphasises in his book that “the contest today is not between different religions. The real contest is between religion and irreligion; between scientific morality preached by divine messengers and commercial morality advertised by the tyrannical monarchs of the business world.

Now reformers like Shirin Ebadi and Dr Javed Jamil have a role to play in presenting Quran to the followers of the faith so that they do not become intolerant and cause divisions within pluralistic societies. The upheaval within Islamic nations need to be channelised for a rethinking on peaceful co-existence, religious freedom for minorities.

Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, an Islamic Sufi from Sri Lanka, in his treatise, Islam & World Peace, puts it thus: My brothers, the holy wars that the children of Adam are waging today are not true holy wars. Taking other lives is not true jihad. We will have to answer for that kind of war when we are questioned in the grave. The jihad fought for the sake of men, for the sake of earth and wealth, for the sake of one’s children, one’s wife and one’s possessions. Selfish intentions are intermingled with it. True jihad is to praise God and cut away the inner satanic enemies. When wisdom and clarity come to us, we will understand that the enemies of truth are within our own hearts.” Satan and his qualities of backbiting, deceit, jealousy, envy, treachery, separations of I and you, mine and yours, intoxicants, theft, lust, murder, falsehood, arrogance, karma, illusion, mantras and magic, and the desire for earth, sensual pleasures and gold-–these are the spiritual enemies who separate us from Allah, from truth, from worship and from faith, he adds. M P K Kutty



Signature campaign against SC decision 
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 18
The Rohtak unit of ‘Sarv Karamchari Sangh’, Haryana, launched a signature campaign in protest against the recent verdict of the Apex Court prohibiting strikes. It was also to protest against the ‘faulty’ policies of both the state and the Central governments.

Mr Ramesh Laura, secretary, district unit of the sangh, said here today that the sangh launched its campaign from the Medical College campus here.

He claimed that the sangh received an enthusiastic response from the masses, as a strong resentment prevailed among every section of society against the ‘destructive and anti-people’ policies of the state as well as the central governments.

He said a person was supposed to contribute Rs one along with his signature if he differed with the decision of the Supreme Court.

He said a large number of people, including women, children and elderly people were seen standing in the line to participate in the signature campaign.

He said the memorandum signed by 15 crore people would be submitted to the President of India seeking immediate check on the ‘faulty’ policies of the state and the Union governments. 



‘Janata Durbar’ receives poor response from villagers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 18
Like in the previous months, the ‘Janata Durbar’ organised by the administration received poor response from the villagers of Rai block. Even as about a dozen officers of the different departments waited for more than two hours, no one turned up to list their grievances in the government organised ‘Janata Durbar’.

Interestingly, even though these ‘Janata Durbars’ are to be presided over by the Deputy Commissioner or other senior officers like the SDM or CTM or DRO, none of them were present on the occasion.

Messages were reportedly sent to the villages that the ‘Janata Durbar’ would be presided over by the Deputy Commissioner. Later, however, the BDPO, Rai, presided over the ‘Janata Durbar’ after the officers present on the occasion received an information that both the Deputy Commissioner and the SDM would be unable to attend the function.

When no one came to put up their grievances in the ‘Janata Durbar’, some of the officers reportedly remarked that “Shayad Ram Raj Aa Gaya Hai” (Perhaps, Ram Rajya has come and so the people do not have any complaint). It is also pointed out that with the passage of time, the ‘Janata Durbars’ have become a formality, with poor attendance.

Scooterist killed: Rajinder, a scooterist of Kharkhauda town, was killed by a truck near Kharkhauda town, about 25 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the victim was coming to Kharkhauda town from Samepur Badli. The police have registered the case against the truck driver and sent the body for the postmortem examination.

According to another report, an unidentified elderly woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a train at the Ganaur Railway station, about 16 km from here last evening. She was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

Housewife takes poison: A housewife, Mrs Seendhra, was reported to have consumed some poisonous substance in her house at Rani Khera Village, about 40 km from here last evening.

According to a report, she was rushed to the community health centre at Gohana town where she passed away even as she was being treated. The police are investigating the case.

More dengue cases: Two more cases of dengue were reported from this city yesterday. According to a report, five persons are undergoing treatment in various hospitals at Delhi. The authorities of the Health Department have initiated steps to check the disease.



Unidentified body found in bag 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 18
A body of an unidentified man was found in a bag lying near Hanuman Bridge in police station Kotwali area. The body had several wounds. It has been sent for post-mortem examination and efforts are being made to establish the identity of the victim, the police said.

In another incident, one Dinesh (25) was killed when his motorcycle was hit by an unknown vehicle near Jain Dada Bari Temple on Mehrauli-Gurgaon road last evening. He was taken to AIIMS by the PCR van where he was declared brought dead, the police said.

Gaudiya Math Celebration: A celebration was organised on the eve of the appearance day of Sri Radha Kunda. Large number of devotees took part in the celebration at the Agarsen Bhawan, Ashok Vihar. The celebration was organised by the Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math. Addressing the huge congregation of devotees, Maharaj Ji said that Sri Radha Kund was the highest and the foremost place of worship for a pure devotee. It is the eternal abode of Sri Radha Krishna. 



Inter-state gang of criminals smashed 
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, October 18
The district police have busted a hardcore criminal gang engaged in robbery, dacoity and murder in Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and other nearby areas. The police seized three foreign-made automatic revolvers, two country-made high tech pistols and 93 live bullets after a raid on a house of a criminal at village Jharsa, about 3 km away from the city.

However, the occupant of the house, Rajesh Jat, alleged to be a hard core criminal wanted in a number of heinous crimes, is on the run.

The police have arrested two criminals, Sandeep Yadav, a resident of Kapasera, Delhi, and Ravi alias Roji, a resident of Gurgaon in this connection.

Addressing mediapersons at a hurriedly called press conference, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Balwan Singh, informed that four members of Yogesh gang had injured Harish alias Thagin in a shoot out in September. Harish had died in a hospital at Delhi after three days, he said. The police were on the look out for Sanjay Yadav, a resident of Kenhni village, Rajesh Jat and Kapil Batra, a resident of Dayanand Colony in the murder case.

The police arrested Sandeep Yadav and Roji in this connection. During interrogation, Sandeep Yadav confessed the involvement of the gang members in the murder of Harish. He also confessed before the police that the gang members were in search of soft targets, such as banks, and other financial bodies with heavy cash transition. On the tip off provided by Sandeep, the police raided the house of Rajesh. The leader of the gang, Yogesh, who is currently lodged in Rohtak Jail, is the mastermind and plans all such operations, claimed the DSP.

Mr Balwn Singh explained that the police seized one German-made 9MM pistol, one USA-made revolver, one double barrel country-made 35 bore revolver, one country-made 315 bore extended barrel revolver and 93 live bullets of these weapons from the house of Rajesh.

Most of the weapons seized were highly sophisticated, said the police officer, adding that USA-made revolver was being used by the government machinery.

The DSP said that the gang was engaged in hardcore criminal activities, such as murder, robbery, dacoity and other heinous crimes in Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, Delhi, Rajasthan and surrounding areas.



Three youths arrested, loot case solved 
Our Correspondents

Rohtak, October 18
With the arrest of three youths, the district police claimed to have solved an incident of loot. A spokesman for the police administration today said that those arrested included Ajay, Sanjay and Virender, all residents of Rohtak.

He said a pistol, a knife and the looted ornaments were recovered from the arrested persons.

The fourth accomplice of the robbers would also be arrested soon, he claimed.

The accused had allegedly robbed Ms Krishna, a resident of Rishi Nagar locality on Ladhaut road, of jewellery worth nearly Rs 25,000 at pistol point on October 15.

In another development, the police arrested three proclaimed offenders and four bail jumpers from different parts of the district on Friday.

Those arrested have been identified as Jai Singh of Indergarh, Chhaja of Chiri, Anil of Meham, Jagbir of Atail and Mehtab of Kheri Sampla villages and Ramesh Kumar and Dhan Singh of Rohtak.

80 pirated CDs seized

The police arrested a shopkeeper from Prem Nagar locality here and seized 80 pirated CDs from him last evening.

According to police sources, the police raided the shop of Shiv Narayan Saini at Prem Nagar following a complaint by a resident of Noida. The police recovered 80 pirated CDs from the shop and arrested the owner.

A case under Section 51, 52-A, 63, 65 and 68-A of the Copyright Act was registered in this connection.

Rs 10,000 snatched

Noida: Even as a large police presence was visible in and around Gole Chakkar in the city due to the VHP procession, two miscreants snatched Rs 10,000 from a woman in broad daylight under Sector-20 police station.

The woman, Arjun, was in a cycle- rickshaw near Gole Chakkar. As the rickshaw slowed down due to the traffic jam, two thieves snatched Arjun’s purse and fled away. Though the victim raised an alarm, nobody tried to chase the criminals. In another incident, one Rakesh Gopal was robbed of his brief case while visiting a private hospital in Sector-30. Reportedly, two youths grabbed his brief case and fled when he took it out from his car in the parking lot.

Minor girl untraced

Sonepat: The police have failed to achieve any breakthrough in tracing a minor girl who has been missing since October 1 from her house at Nathupur village in this district. According to a report, she was employed in the factory from where she had disappeared.


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