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It will be dengue vs development in assembly polls
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 27
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) manifesto for December 1 Assembly election, which will be released in the first week of November, will have dengue, power, water crisis and statehood as its main poll planks.

Delhi BJP Chief Madan Lal Khurana told mediapersons that the manifesto is being finalised by the BJP Manifesto Committee and will be released by the end of the first week of November.

Senior BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra, who is also the chairman of the party Election Campaign Committee, heads the Manifesto Committee. Addressing reporters, Mr Malhotra and Mr Khurana claimed that the ruling party is yet to decide its leader due to rampant infighting.

They pointed out that senior Congress leaders, including Jagdish Tytler, Prem Singh, Subhash Chopra and Sajjan Kumar, were all projecting themselves as the future Chief Minister of Delhi.

The BJP leaders, trying to buttress their claim, said that if the Congress is so confident about victory, then it should declare its Chief Ministerial candidate. They added that the party was not confident of doing well under Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Mr. Malhotra also rejected the pre-poll surveys conducted in the city, which project a comfortable victory for the Congress, as ‘’baseless’’.

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) also claims to be working on its manifesto. The party indicated that the manifesto would be released around the same time as the BJP’s manifesto.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has already indicated that development work, plans to make the city cleaner and mitigating the water and electricity problems would be the major poll planks. The Congress is also likely to rake up the issue of corruption in the DDA and the deteriorating law and order situation in the Capital since land and law and order fall within the ambit of the Central Government.

The Uttaranchal Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) has complained against poor representation in local elections. The party has demanded at least 10 nominations in the Assembly polls in the Capital.

In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, UPCC General Secretary Dhirendra Pratap has pointed out that, “There are at least two million people from Uttaranchal living in Delhi. But not one was nominated for the elections to the 130-member Delhi Municipal Corporation.... Still they supported the Congress overwhelmingly”.

Seeking nominations, he went on to add, “But this time the situation is different as the BJP is trying to turn the Uttaranchalis against the Congress”.


Hounded by stock market losses, colonel shoots self
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 27
Having lost heavily on the stock market, an Army colonel shot himself with his service revolver in his bathroom at his residence in Sector-29. He shot himself in the head.

The family quickly broke open the bathroom door and rushed the profusely bleeding colonel to a nearby private hospital, where he was declared brought dead on arrival. According to Sector-20 police, Colonel Sunil Kumar, 45, lived in House No 232 in Sector-29. He was posted in J and K, but was home on leave.

According to the police, the colonel had invested heavily in shares and in some other enterprises. He had reportedly suffered heavy and was extremely upset. His salary could not meet the expenses of his children’s education, car loan installments, etc. On Divali night, he had some guests over at his house.

He was seen smoking heavily and seemed to be mentally disturbed. After having breakfast with Dr Amandeep in the morning, the colonel was seen puffing away at cigarettes furiously. He quietly took out his service revolver from the cupboard, went into the bathroom, bolted the door from inside and shot himself above the ear.

Dr Amandeep and other family members immediately broke open the bathroom door and rushed the colonel to a nearby hospital, where he was declared “brought dead”.

SSP G K Goswami, SP City Vijay Bhushan and Dr SP Singh, SO Sector-20, rushed to the spot on getting the information. The body has been sent for an autopsy. Dr Amandeep has filed a report with the police that due to depression Colonel Kumar had committed suicide.

Two charred in Ghaziabad fire

Ghaziabad: Two persons, Illias and Naeem, were charred while goods worth Rs six lakh, stored in a plastic godown, were gutted in Rajiv Nagar colony of Bhopura area, Ghaziabad. Such was the intensity of the blaze that four fire tenders had to struggle for five hours to bring it under control. One of the victims is badly charred and has been rushed to Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi while the other has been admitted at Ghaziabad district hospital. According to fire brigade officials, the fire had broken out on the first floor of the 3-storey building.



Heavy security cordon around Nahar Singh Stadium
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 27
The final touches are being given to the preparations for the third one day international match of the ongoing TVS Cup series between Australia and New Zealand on October 29.

Security has been the main concern of the district administration. As a result, a heavy security cordon has been thrown around the Nahar Singh Stadium, the only ground in Haryana that hosts international matches.

It is learnt that at least 1,000 cops will be deployed around the stadium. A special escort will be provided to the teams, which will be staying at five star hotels in Delhi. Two police teams will accompany the buses of players from their hotel to the stadium and back. Seven hundred cops have been requisitioned from the other districts for the match. Among others on duty will be 10 DSPs and 30 inspectors.

The district administration is busy holding meetings and discussing the preparations. A meeting of officials, including functionaries of the Haryana Cricket Association and the District Cricket Association, was held today at the stadium.

However, the sale of tickets for about 20,000 seats in the stadium is yet to pick up. Reports indicate that since India is not playing at Faridabad, the response to tickets has been lukewarm.

An engineering student said that his friends were less enthusiastic about the one-day match this time. The last one-day match to be played here was between India and Zimbabwe. Some youths have bought many tickets, which they intend to sell in black at the last moment, but this strategy may not work.

Ticket holders had complained last time that despite possessing bona fide tickets, the security personnel did not allow them to enter the stadium; as against this, many persons had gained entry without a ticket. The stadium has a capacity of 24,000.

This would be the eighth one-day international to be played here. The last one was played between India and Zimbabwe in year 2001. The match was won by the latter. While Australia would be playing its second match here, it will be the second one dayer for New Zealand. Wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist is the only other Australian player apart from skipper Ricky Ponting to have played here. The pitch at Nahar Singh stadium has been prepared under the supervision of a former national player, Mr Vijay Yadav. The pitch is expected to help seam bowlers initially, but may become a little dry later and help the batsmen. Also see page 4


Water woes: Livid residents detain PHD employees
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 27
Two employees of the Public Health Department, Mohammad and Anand, posted at Sham Nagar Waterworks, were kept in illegal confinement by angry residents for five hours on Sunday.

Residents alleged that the colony had not been receiving supply of drinking water for the last 15 days, leading to much resentment among them.

According to a report, SDO Ajit Singh and Junior Engineer R. S. Sharma of the department rushed to the site and succeeded in ‘freeing’ both the employees, after assuring the residents that they would ensure regular supply of drinking water in the colony.

The residents alleged that their repeated complaints had not yielded any result.

They complained that they had to purchase drinking water from private tankers.

Later, the residents held a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here.

Taking a serious note of public resentment over the issue, the Deputy Commissioner directed the authorities of the PHD to take prompt action and ensure regular supply of drinking water to the affected area.

The officials of the PHD have been maintaining that most of the water connections in the colony were unauthorised, which was precipitating the water crisis in the colony.

However, according to the residents, the employees posted at the waterworks had been showing regular supply of drinking water to the area in their registers, which was untrue. Moreover, the residents complained against the “objectionable tactics and uncooperative” attitude of the employees.


Lal Dora demolitions: MCD reins in DDA
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 27
A Delhi court has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) not to pass demolition orders without ascertaining the time, extent, nature and the purpose of constructions erected on agricultural lands in the National Capital Territory.

The MCD Appellate Tribunal Presiding Officer, Mr. B. S. Mathur, has directed that the authority should not pass such orders until it was satisfied ‘’in writing’’ that the construction in existence was a dwelling house or was recently erected in violation of the provisions of the Delhi Land Reforms Act. Highlighting that construction of buildings, other than a dwelling house, required for purposes subservient to agriculture, was not prohibited under the Act, Mr Mathur observed that there was no stipulation either under the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act or the Delhi Development Act for obtaining sanction for erecting a building for agricultural purposes.

The construction of a godown for storing farm implements and farmproduce, accommodation for self and farm labourers, including toilets, were permissible under the Act, the Tribunal said, remanding back for deciding afresh a demolition order passed against a nursery in Mehrauli.

Further, the jurisdiction of the DDA extended only to constructions undertaken after the area was notified as a development area, it said. The tribunal asked the authority to reconsider the same in the light of its directions. Observing that the order was passed in a casual manner, it said the authority “cannot be allowed to usurp and grab powers which are not vested in it by the provisions of law.’’


Divali was quieter in 40 Delhi localities
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 27
A study, which was conducted on Saturday to measure the pollution level, has concluded that air and noise pollution was considerably low in 40 localities in the national Capital on Divali night.

The decline in the noise pollution level was attributed to the campaign against bursting of firecrackers launched by the government, NGOs and educational institutions. The study, conducted by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), found that the level of suspended particulate matter (SPM) registered a decline of 55 per cent at 20 locations as compared to the level on Divali night last year. Also, the SO2 and CO levels declined in 21 and 27 areas, respectively, this time.

While SPM levels recorded a sharp fall in Defence Colony and Greater Kailash in South Delhi, it saw an increase of 150 per cent over last year in localities like Darya Ganj in Central Delhi and Krawal and Brahmpuri in the trans-Yamuna area.

The SPM level was found 26 per cent higher in Ashok Vihar as against that last year. Defence Colony and Greater Kailash areas also registered a decline in the levels of Sulphur Dioxide, by 70 to 72 per cent over that last year. However, in Vasant Kunj, Paschim Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Pahar Ganj, Inder Puri, Meera Bagh and Moti Bagh the SO2 level was comparatively higher.

However, the SO2 level in most places on Divali night was within the prescribed limit of 80 ug/m3, the DPCC found. 


Administration fails to check violators,
6 fire incidents on Divali
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 27
There was clear violation of all norms and precautions set for fireworks on Divali, including the ban by the Supreme Court on the bursting of crackers after 10 pm. Consequently, atmospheric pollution and disturbance continued till the wee hours of the morning.

Firework and crack sellers had a roaring business till late in the evening. There were also about half a dozen incidents of fire in the district in which houses and huts of some people were burnt down.

Unfortunately, there was absolutely no check or control by the administration on those violating the rules. “Everything can be managed with contacts or with money here”, was the common refrain among shopkeepers on Divali.

Six major fire accidents were reported from different localities, besides a number of smaller incidents, which were extinguished by the local people themselves.

In the A-Block of Sector-15, a fire in the house of Jatinder Kumar caused extensive damage. The fire was caused when a lighted candle fell on some garments in the house.

Contrary to the claims of the administration, shopkeepers selling crackers and fireworks had put up stalls through out the city instead of confining it to the Ram Lila Grounds.

The police put off a fire that broke out in Sector-31 in a jhompri (hut cluster) in Nithari area. The fire was caused after a cracker burst in the middle of hut. A second incident was in Sadarpur village, which was also caused due to rockets fired in the direction of some houses.

Even though the fire brigade managed to extinguish this fire late in the evening, some shops were damaged in the incident.

A fire was also reported in Sector-29 and Sector-27 in Noida late at night. A tent in Sector-27 was burnt down in the incident when a rocket crashed into the tent.

However, many concerned citizens of the area were upset that the officials responsible for checking such open violations were conspicuous by their absence.

When the violators were allowed to get away “what are these ban announcements worth?” an elderly woman asked.



HSMITC threatens to oppose INLD
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 27
The retrenched employees of Haryana State Minor Irrigation Tubewell Corporation (HSMITC) have threatened to oppose the INLD candidates in elections to the Delhi and Rajasthan Vidhan Sabhas.

At a meeting here, the All Employees Association of HSMITC alleged that nearly 20,000 employees of the Tubewell Corporation have been retrenched by the Chautala government.

Mr Satyavir Singh, former president of the association ridiculed Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and Finance Minister Sampat Singh for their claims that no government employee has been retrenched in Haryana.

Was the HSMITC not a government owned corporation, he asked. Were the minor irrigation tubewell corporation employees of ‘foreign’ origin, asked Satyavir Singh.

He asked the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister to clarify their position. The Association demanded a white paper on the retrenched employees of the HSMITC. He reminded the government that the employees of the Tubewell Corporation had been performing election duty and also doing duty during the census operations. These employees were also deployed during the floods control operations in the state.


Chand Ram urges Mayawati to join forces
with Congress
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 27
Former Union minister Chand Ram, who recently rejoined the Congress after a long estrangement, has appealed to Miss Mayawati, former Chief Minister of UP and national president of the BSP, to join hands with the Congress and frustrate the designs of the communal and fascist forces in the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Addressing a press conference here today, he said that such electoral alignment was the need of the hour as well as it was in the interest of the country and the Dalit samaj.

Simultaneously predicting a triumphal emergence of the Congress in the above states, Mr Chand Ram also made it known that numerous party activists from Haryana would participate in the party’s electoral battle in a big way in the two neighbouring states of Delhi and Rajasthan.

Lashing out at all such leaders who had been overtly and covertly fostering factionalism in the Haryana Congress just to grab seats of power, the Dalit patriarch candidly admitted that factionalism, if not curbed with a strong hand, could play havoc with the rising fortunes of the Congress in Haryana.

Making a specific mention of the growing disenchantment of the masses with the Chautala regime, he said that the people were looking towards the Congress and its president Sonia Gandhi who alone could be instrumental in ending this misrule in Haryana.

Mr Chand Ram also announced that at the Rohtak rally of November 2, he would urge the Congressmen in Haryana to rise above factionalism and unitedly work to strengthen the hands of Mrs Sonia Gandhi who was now the hope of the party as well as the depressed masses of the country.


Battered Noida sees a ray of hope in
new police chief
Parmindar Singh

Noida, October 27
Noida Police which, of late, are being challenged with a rising crime graph, have got a new police chief in Dr G K Goswami who brings experience and hope to remedy the situation.

“His priorities will include controlling the rising incidents of thefts and murders. For maintaining the law and order within the city, I need to study the crime pattern as well as the temperament of the citizens. I will do away with the primitive style of policing and lay stress on surveillance as well as implement hi-tech means to curb crime,” says Mr Goswami.

Maintaining transparency and being available to the public at all times, is going to be his mantra to improve the image of the police. “I will be available to the public 24 hours and will also answer all telephone calls myself daily from 10 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 6 pm. Besides, my team of inspectors and constables has been briefed about improving their behaviour with the people, who come to register their complaints,” adds the new SSP striking a welcome departure from his predecessors.

All complaints will be given a fair hearing and will be registered if found genuine and attended to within 24 hours. “My primary goal is to build confidence amongst the people by using empathy and sensitising my personnel to be more receptive”.

SSP Goswami plans to implement an effective policing system to help make Noida a safe and secure place. The police have launched and implemented several plans to check the increasing incidence of vehicle thefts. Parking space will be increased besides employing decoy systems, with an emphasis on keeping an eye on those sector which have reported the maximum number of vehicle thefts. The main idea is to heighten the public awareness and thus dispel their feelings of insecurity. Use of electronic surveillance wherever possible combined with an efficient and motivated police force will achieve positive results. “Use of advanced technology in terms of computerisation of equipment as well as focus on cyber crimes, economic offences as well as white collar crime is very much in my agenda”. Police teams constituted on the basis of educational qualifications, talent and requisite training provided to officers to deal with specialised crimes.

“I will appeal to the citizens of Noida to co-operate with us. I believe that with participation of both the law enforcers and the citizens, effective control of deliquent and criminal elements will certainly be achieved,” adds Dr G K Goswami.


Agencies accused of rejecting produce
on flimsy ground
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 27
Resentment prevails among the farmers over the “negligent” attitude of the government procurement agencies in the different mandis of the district.

The government agencies are being squarely blamed for rejecting the produce, particularly Bajra, on one ground or the other.

Incidentally, the officers of the Agriculture Department did not support the criteria laid down by the agencies as they contended that the colour difference in the Bajra produce was mainly due to different varieties of the crop developed by various researches.

Number of farmers at the Gohana Anaj Mandi alleged that the agencies were rejecting the produce on “silly excuses” including colour difference. The farmers pleaded that the Bajra produce could not become black due to the lack of rain during the harvesting season.

As such, they pleaded that the colour of the produce was not good enough reason to reject their produce.

The farmers also alleged that there was large-scale procurement of produce that had arrived from outside the area. They suspected that these crops were from outside the state.

Number of agriculture officers explained that there were a number of hybrid varieties of Bajra, including HHB-67 and 68, HHB-93 and HHB-50, which were darker in colour than the general variety. They pointed out that most of the employees of the procurement agencies were unaware about the colour differences in the different varieties of Bajra.

Similar reports have also been received from the Kharkhoda Anaj Mandi. Jai Bhagwan of Bindhroli, Vishnu Dutt of Hasangarh, Rajesh of Bakheta and Ram Chander of Rohna village alleged that the agencies had rejected their produce on one ground or the other.


Lookout for test reports in 100 ‘dengue’ cases
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 27
Even as more cases of suspected dengue and malaria trickled in, the civil hospital authorities were on the lookout for the test reports of at least 100 patients who are undergoing treatment.

The district health department has been sending the blood samples of suspected dengue cases to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) at Delhi for confirmation. About 30 cases have been confirmed at the civil hospital so far.

As many as 10 suspected cases of dengue surfaced at the Bhadshah Khan civil hospital here on Sunday. But despite directions to carry out intensive fogging in urban and rural areas, the teams of the department have not fanned out, lamented a resident of a DLF sector here.

Physicians have warned that malaria too is lurking in their midst. Recently several dozen persons were found to be suffering from Falciparam malaria.

About 80 villages, which fall in the Mewat region of Hathin subdivision of the district, are the worst hit. Reports from Palwal and Hodal subdivisions also indicate an outbreak of Malarial and viral infections.

Dr Tarun Kashyap, a physician based in Sector-7-10 market, said that a large number of persons had been reporting at the hospitals with viral and malarial infections for the last few days. He said the climate was conducive for development and growth of malarial parasites and its larva.

He said people ought to take adequate preventive measures to escape mosquito bite. He also admitted that a dengue scare had gripped the area with the confirmation of many cases.

According to social activist Hawa Singh Rathi, there were many areas in the residential colonies of Ballabgarh and the NIT, where drains and sewers were blocked and the water bodies had become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other parasites.


He livens up lives

The scene of healthcare in our country is quite dismal. Dr Surendra Kumar Sama, the chairman of the board of management at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, is acknowledged as an expert in liver diseases. In a conversation with Nalini Ranjan, he spoke on various topics of gastroenterology.

DR Surendra Kumar Sama, a renowned gastroenterologist, was born in 1934. He graduated in medicine in 1957 from Amritsar in Punjab and took his doctorate in the same subject from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, in 1961. Starting his career as an ICMR research fellow in 1961, he underwent three years registrarship at AIIMS. He had another three years stint as a lecturer in medicine in G B Pant Hospital and later returned to AIIMS as an assistant professor for seven years. His career in AIIMS and G B Pant Hospital from 1958 to 1974, honed his professional skills and contributed to his professional growth.

Dr Sama has been acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of research on liver diseases. His contribution and work on Hepatitis–B virus and Non-Cirrhotic Portal Fibrosis has been acclaimed internationally. In fact, he was the first doctor to describe the new disease, ‘Non Cirrhotic Portal Fibrosis’, and was the sole representative from India in a WHO sponsored international workshop on Hepatitis- B in Japan in 1973.

Dr Sama was also in the panel in a symposium on chronic hepatitis in the 11th international conference on Tropical Medicine in Athens, Greece. He was invited to deliver lectures all over the world by various international forums on the basis of his outstanding contribution in the field of research, specially in the liver diseases. He has published over 45 landmark articles in national and international journals of repute. His research work continues to draw maximum references even today. His interest in his chosen speciality led him to establish the department of gastroenterology in G B Pant Hospital and contributed substantially in bringing up the department in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) along with Prof B. N. Tandon.

After leaving AIIMS, he established the department of gastroenterology in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. For more than seven years, he is the chairman of the board of management of the hospital. His academic achievement is laudable. He has been very closely associated with many academic organisations. He has been the president of Indian Society of Gastroenterology (1986-87) and is the lifetime member of India Society of Gastroenterology, Indian Society of Study of Liver Disease, India Society of GI Endoscopy and member of American Gastroenterology Association.

Recently, Dr Sama was awarded the Punjabi Rattan Award 2003 by the World Punjabi Organisation. His professional competence has been recognised by the President of India in 2001, by appointing him as his personal physician. Under his tutelage, the hospital has become a trend-setter in providing quality postgraduate education in many broad and super specialities, which has been recognised as role model both nationally and internationally. Currently, the hospital is undertaking many research projects with national and international agencies.


What is the scene of cirrhosis of liver in India?

Cirrhosis of liver is known to be a common disease in India. However, it is morphology and morphogenesis, which are not entirely clear, due to lack of uniformity in the criteria used for distinguishing various anatopical types.

The disease is seen most commonly in person between 20 and 50 years of age, and men are more commonly affected by than women. Most of the patients belong to the working class, and their nutrition is considered to be fair. Cirrhosis of the liver with activity is characterised by mild to moderate jaundice, massive ascites along with other features of portal hypertension, persistent or intermittent elevation of serum transaminases and morphological characteristics of cirrhosis of the liver with lobular or periuportal hepatitis or both. Cirrhosis of the liver, in its different stages, is responsible for most of the cases of intrahepatatic portal hypertension. Although cirrhosis of liver is a common condition in India, yet its etiology, pathology and pathogenesis are not entirely clear. Alcohol appears to be a significant etiological factor in India. Infective hepatitis is believed to be a major etiological factor. Some accept malnutrition in this role. The concept of malnutrition is based on experimental work in animals and geographical correlation of high incidence of cirrhosis with deficient diet in the tropics.

What is the main source of gasrointestinal diseases?

These types of diseases are closely linked with common health problems, like waterborne and related diseases, due to poor hygiene and inadequate sewage disposal and malnutrition.

What progress have we achieved in healthcare after Independence?

About 55 years after the Independence, scene of healthcare in our country is very bleak and disappointing. Unfortunately, we are not in a happy position when it comes to providing healthcare to our masses and in the preventive and promotive health measures. There is little progress made in the rural and semi-urban areas, where the overwhelming majority of national population lives. ‘Community Hospitals’ can play a major role at this front. The community must learn to look after itself. Unfortunately, the general impression is that providing healthcare facilities is the responsibility of government and it should be available free of cost to all those who desire.

Everyone expects the best in terms of professional care, medicines, efficiency and devotion in return of nothing. This attitude of the public is indeed surprising and at complete variance with their attitude in relation to food, clothing and shelter, which by all standards are even not more important than healthcare. Everybody in the community feels quite satisfied when he gets food at reasonable price. Why then can we not accept the same attitude towards healthcare? As a natural corollary, healthcare should be made available to all at a reasonable cost, and free to the weaker sections of society. We have to think over the preventive aspect rather than the curative aspect of healthcare.

You have been conferred with the Punjabi Rattan award by the World Punjabi Organisation. Could you tell us about the other awards you have received so far?

To name a few – WHO Fellowship (1971), Academy of Medical Sciences Award (1972), Man of the Year Award by American Biographical Institute (1999), Human Care Award of Excellence by Eye Care Awareness Foundation (1999), prestigious Dr. B. C. Roy National Award for Medical Man-cum-Statesman for the year 2001, Bharat Jyoti Award by India International Friendship Society (2003). My professional competence was recognised even by the President of our country in 2001, by appointing me as his personal advisor.

Apart from these achievements, I was the member of committee constituted by the NCT of Delhi for the preparation of MPD 2021, pertaining to medical and public healthcare, member of Tripartite Committee - constituted by Ministry of Labour.

You are the chairman of the Board of Management, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital since 1996. What new initiatives you have taken so far for the betterment of the hospital?

It is my effort by which the hospital is today considered as multi-speciality hospital and teaching institution both nationally and internationally. The hospital has been recognised and awarded for its excellent work in areas, like infection control community services and human resource management by hospital management Asia this year at Bangkok. We have strong feeling towards providing the best care to weaker section of society and upheld the founder’s desire of keeping 20% free beds in the hospital through out its growth. We encourage free camps in all specialities in Delhi and remote areas in and around Delhi.


57th Infantry Day: Soldiery salute to lost sentinels
Our Correspondent

Meerut, October 27
The 57th Infantry Day was celebrated here by the Pine Infantry Division with the full pride of a soldier. The celebrations began with wreath-laying at 9 am at the Pine Division War Memorial, where rich tributes were paid to the brave soldiers, who sacrificed their today for countrymen’s tomorrow.

The Infantry Day is significant for the nation. The Indian Army valiantly defended Kashmir from falling into the enemy’s hands on this day.

To commemorate the infantry’s gallant action, October 27 is celebrated as the Infantry Day.

Senior-most serving infantry officer of Meerut station, General Officer Commanding Major-General, R K Singh, VSM first laid the wreath at the war memorial and then saluted the soldiers.

Jawans also paid homage to the soldiers by reversing their weapons. In an exclusive conversation with the ‘NCR Tribune’ at the site of war memorial, GOC Major-General R K Singh said that the infantry is a backbone of any army and plays a vital role in war. Even though it is ably supported by other corps in war, it is the infantry first, which is needed for controlling ground, when we finally say, we have won, the Maj-General added.

As for as the ground holding factor is there, the victory can be achieved only after the ground is totally controlled by the infantry personnel.

He said that the maximum sacrifice has been done by the infantry officials as they are the first who face bullets.

For the last 15 years, infantry has also been deployed in the far-off insurgency-affected areas like J&K and the North-East. In 1947, Pakistan staked claim on Kashmir for its being a predominantly Muslim state and exploited the vulnerable situation by launching an attack with the help of raiders Kabailies/Pathans on October 18, 1947.

By October 26, 1947, the situation turned grave as the raiders advanced along URI-Baramula-Srinagar road.

On October 27, the battalion headquarters and a company plus of the first battalion of the Sikh Regiment, hastily mustered from its security duties at Gurgaon and were flown into Srinagar.

These soldiers fought valiantly reversing the tide of the battle and thus saving Kashmir for India. To commemorate this gallant action of the infantry, October 27 is celebrated as the Infantry Day.

A Sainik Sammelan for all ranks of the infantry, including officers, JCOs and NCOs of both formations, and of stations, was also held. Major-General R K Singh addressed the sainiks and also had an interaction with the jawans of various units.

A written massage of the director-general, artillery was also read.


DSGMC to hold special Kirtan Darbar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 27
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) will organise a special Kirtan Darbar, Panthic Samagam and Gurmat Akali Conference on November 1 from 12 noon to four pm at Lakhi Shah Vanjara Hall, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.

The programme will begin with Kirtan Darbar performed by Giani Kehar Singh Noor, Bhai Harjeet Singh, Bhai Gurjeet Singh, Bhai Avtaar Singh, Bhai Gurcharan Singh and Baba Bhupinder Singh.

Lectures highlighting the history of the Sikhs and the preaching of the Gurus will also be delivered on the occasion by president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Paramjit Singh Sarna and Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Amritsar.

A guru ka langar will also be organised on the occasion.


Bail bandit nabbed
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 27
Sukhbir, son of Surat Singh of village Bahuakbarpur, who jumped bail has been re-arrested by the district police. He was granted parole for six weeks on October 19, 2002 and was to report back in the district jail here on December 1 last year.

He is undergoing imprisonment on charges of murder in the district jail. Instead of reporting back on December 1 at the district jail, he allegedly jumped bail and then got involved in smuggling liquor from Rajasthan.

On September 17 last, he brought liquor from Rajasthan and hid the booty in the jungle near village Titoli. While he was searching for customers, the police nabbed him. He has also been booked under Sections 61/1/14 of Excise Act. The city police have also arrested six persons under the Gambling Act and seized Rs 7,800 from their possession.

Man’s nose chopped off

Sonepat: Four persons of Bhainswal Kalan village attacked one Rajender and reportedly chopped off his nose with a sharp-edged weapon. The victim has been admitted at PGIMS Rohtak in a serious condition and the police have registered a case against the alleged accused, who are reportedly absconding. According to information, Rajinder was to return on duty. He picked up a quarrel with Kuldeep and Rameshwar over a common way (dola) when he went to the fields on Sunday. However, the clash was averted with the intervention of some other villagers in the fields. OC

Kashyap elected president of Gurgaon BJP

Gurgaon: Mr Satya Prakash Kashyap was today unanimously elected president of the district (Gurgaon) unit of the BJP. The development assumes significance as the district unit has witnessed factionalism in the past. Supporters of the outgoing president, Mrs Anuradha Sharma, expressed satisfaction at the result.

Unanimity in the district unit was good for the organisation, they said. After having been declared elected, Mr Kashyap said that the district unit would take issues to the masses. He expressed reservations at the functioning of the INLD government. Incidentally, the BJP is the only ally of the INLD, both at the Centre and in Haryana. The election assumes significance when considered that Mr Kashyap emerged as a unanimous candidate keeping the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state in view. The central leadership has a target to get 300 Lok Sabha seats on its own in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. According to him, all sections of society are disillusioned with the policies pursued by the INLD government. TNS


Goods worth Rs 25 lakh destroyed in fire
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 27
Goods and machinery worth Rs 25 lakh were burnt in a devastating fire in Gupta Machinery Store on Gohana-Rohtak Road near Gohana town about 40 km from here last night.

According to a report, the fire was caused by a short circuit. It was brought under control by the municipal fire brigade after several hours.

It is alleged that the municipal fire brigades reached the spot after three hours which caused a huge loss to the owner of the store.

The fire spread and caused damaged to some nearby shops but the people managed to check it from engulfing the nearby petrol pump. Resentment prevails among the people against the delayed arrival of the fire brigade.

Murder case against ‘arhtia’

The Rai police have registered a case against an ‘arhtia’ Surinder and his associates on the charge of allegedly killing Mr Harish Sharma, an arhtia of the vegetable market Azadpur (Delhi) on October 24. According to a report, Mr Harish Sharma was shot dead and his body was thrown at a place near Sector 7 at Bahalgarh in this district. A professional rivalry is stated to be the cause of the murder. The police have launched a massive hunt for the alleged assailants.

Bus driver injured

Satbir, a driver of the Haryana Roadways bus (Kaithal depot) sustained serious injuries when a speedy truck collided with the bus on G T Road near Nangal Khurd village about 15 km from here late last evening. According to a report, the bus was on its way to Delhi and the truck driver applied the sudden brakes. As a result, the bus rammed the truck. The bus driver got trapped in the bus and was brought out by breaking the window. The bus driver was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress.

Ex-cop ends life

Ramesh Kumar (52) was reported to have committed suicide by sprinkling kerosene on his body and setting the clothes on fire in his house at Sewli village about 10 km from here yesterday.

It is stated that the victim was employed in the Delhi Police and left the job about four years ago. According to a report, the victim had reportedly consumed liquor before committing the suicide. The police have registered the case and sent the body for the postmortem

The victim had reportedly left the police job about four years ago. Thereafter he disappeared and got the employment in a rice sheller at Pasina Kalan village. He did not even inform his parents about his employment. However, the parents got the information and they brought him back after about 23 years.

Man’s body found

The police found the decomposed body of an unidentified man lying in the bushes along the railway track near the S M Hindu Senior Secondary School here last night. According to a report, the body remains unidentified.


Heroin valued at Rs 2.25 cr seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 27
The Delhi Police Narcotics Branch has arrested two persons and seized 2.185 kilograms of heroin in two different cases. The seized value of the heroin is worth Rs 2.25 crore on the international market.

The sleuths received a tip-off that one person who was involved in the supply of heroin in Ghaziabad and Delhi was to deliver a huge consignment near the Military Officer’s Club at Dhaula Kuan on October 20.

While the sleuths waited for the person, they spotted an old man with a bag at around 2.15 pm. The person was immediately overpowered and later identified as Ram Narayan (61), resident of Bhanpura district, Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh. The seized bag contained two kilograms of heroin.

During interrogation, Narayan disclosed that he had been active in the trade for the last 15 years and was never arrested. Earlier, he was supplying opium and during the last four years, the man started supplying heroin to make fast bucks.

He told the sleuths that he had a business in silver and suffered huge losses. To make up for the losses, he started dealing in drugs. Narayan also disclosed that he was getting the supply from one Ashok Yadav, resident of Mandsaur, an opium dealer and producer of heroin.

Another person Hardayal Singh, resident of Durga Pur, who receives stuff from Ashok, also supplies in Ghaziabad. In another case, one Sunil Kumar, resident of Meerut was arrested by the sleuths and 185 grams of heroin was seized from his possession.

Based on a tip-off, the sleuths apprehended Sunil from the ISBT, Kashmiri Gate where he had gone to supply the drugs.

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