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EC allowed to put teachers on poll duty
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 1
The Delhi High Court has given the Election Commission the nod to depute government schoolteachers for election duty in the forthcoming Assembly polls in the Capital. A division bench comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice A K Sikri refused to interfere in the arrangement made by the commission, pointing out that it is too late to make alternate arrangements for the December one polls.

The judges were disposing of a petition filed by counsel for St Mary’s school Jayant Bhushan that school teachers should not be deputed for poll duty as it would affect the studies of students, especially those in 10th and 12th standard.

It was requested that teachers should be substituted with other government employees, but the court said the elections were near and the EC would not be in a position to make such large alternate arrangements in the given time.

However, the bench felt that the commission should devise a better and durable mechanism, so that such problems were not faced in future.

On March 4, the high court had sought an explanation from the Union Human Resource Development Ministry and the Delhi municipal authorities as to why government school teachers were being deputed for official campaigns like election and census duty and Pulse Polio programme at the cost of their teaching time.

A division bench comprising Justices Usha Mehra and Pradeep Nandrajog asked why government personnel like clerks were not being used for such campaigns. The Election Commission should employ its own staff, they added.

The judges, however, had said that teachers and even students could be utilised, but only during non-study time like weekends and holidays.

The Delhi Government, in its affidavit, admitted that services of schoolteachers were being used for such work in the national interest. The teachers did such work before or after school hours or on holidays, except on a few days.

Earlier, the High Court had issued notice to the State Government and municipal authorities on a PIL seeking non-deployment of government schoolteachers on official campaigns. The bench issued notices to the Central and Delhi Governments, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the NDMC counsel on the petition, which opposed deputing government school teachers on official campaigns without assigning substitutes.

The petition, filed through the principal of St Mary’s school, said the absence of teachers was affecting the studies in their students. Out of about 200 teaching days in schools, government schools generally had about 100 teaching days. As a result, the pass percentage in government schools was 26 compared to 86 in public schools.


Sampla Chaugama to boycott CM’s programme
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, November 1
The Sampla Chaugama (a cluster of four villages) Panchayat has decided to boycott the official programme of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, scheduled to be held in various villages of Hassangarh Assembly segment on November 3.

The decision has been taken in protest against the non-acceptance of the panchayat’s demands, including handing over of the case of two missing youths of Garhi Sampla village to the CBI. The Sampla Chaugama has also sought action against the policemen, including Rohtak SSP, who manhandled some women of the village in the presence of the chief minister on October 3. The panchayat, attended by representatives from Garhi, Kehri, Sampla and Naya Baans villages, was presided over by Chaugama president Randhir and a former Sarpanch Dulichand of Sampla on Friday. After three-hour-long discussions at the Garhi Sampla chaupal, a four-member committee, comprising Bhartu of Naya Baans, Balbir of Garhi, Randhir of Kheri and Dharam Singh of Sampla, was constituted. This committee has been authorised to hold talks, in case it is invited by the chief minister to the villages in Hassangarh segment as part of his `Government-at-your-doorstep’ programme on November 3.

Chand Singh, an uncle of one of the missing youths Naresh, reiterated that the family would not accept any financial assistance as it was more important to trace the missing youths.

The panchayat also decided to consider allowing the residents of the four villages to attend the chief minister’s programme, if the latter yields to their demand for transferring the case to the CBI and takes strict action against erring police personnel responsible for the maltreatment of the village women. The panchayat also directed the sarpanches of the four villages to remain present in the Garhi sampla village ‘chaupal’ on the day of chief minister’s programme.

The panchayat was covnened for taking a collective decision on the CM’s visit as the residents of Garhi, including the families of the missing youths, were under tremendous pressure being exerted by the district administration. INLD workers, including Panchayat Samiti Chairperson Umesh Devi, made futile attempts to placate the panchayat.


Three petrol stations looted in 15 minutes
Our Correspondent

Dadri (Noida), November 1
Five armed men in a car looted Rs three lakh from three petrol pumps, one after the other, on Friday night on G T Road, Dadri. The three pumps were looted in a span of 15 minutes.

The police, instead of pursuing the robbers, got bogged down in getting all details from the employees of the three petrol pumps.

The miscreants, travelling in a green Maruti van, had first targeted Advocate Ram Saran Nagar’s Arjun Service Station on Dujana road. Here, they looted Rs. 1.58 from the safe, after overpowering salesmen Ashok, Madan, Som Raj and Yoginder. The operation was conducted on the sly and even the customers got no wind of it.

Next, the robbers headed for Laxmi petrol pump at Dharam Manikpur and looted Rs. 55,000 from the salesman. When some people tried to overpower them, the robbers whipped out their weapons, creating panic all around. Some of the rattled customers fled, abandoning their vehicles at the petrol station.

Within minutes the gang had reached the petrol pump of Raghunath Prasad on G T Road. Raughunath is said to be a relative of an IPS officer. Two cops, who are normally stationed here, were missing on that day. A security guard was also found to be absent. He is said to be the gunner of Raghunath.

Here, the robbers reportedly snatched Rs 46,000 from salesmen Narinder, Ganesh and Mohinder. The customers at the pump were also not spared. (Incidentally, the son-in-law of the owner is said to be an IPS officer of UP cadre).

The robbers had fled towards Dadri-Badpura Road, according to eye-witnesses. Some people reportedly chased the robbers till Rupwas village railway crossing, where they made good their escape.

Businessmen looted

New Delhi: The police have launched a hunt for unidentified youths, who looted more than Rs 2 lakh from two businessmen from different areas in Trans-Yamuna area last evening.

In the first incident, Jitender, a resident of Gandhi Nagar, was robbed of Rs 2.35 lakh and deprived of his scooter in the Dilshad Garden area last night. The victim runs a telephone wire factory in Jhilmil colony. When he was returning home, a youth, who was standing under the bridge, intercepted his vehicle and threw chilly powder in his eyes. The cash was in the tool-box of the scooter.

Jatinder managed to lodge a complaint with the help of a passer by.

In the second incident, four unidentified youths robbed one Shyam Sunder, a money changer at Shastri Nagar. He had his office in Dilshad Garden. Last evening the youth entered the office of the victim and professed to be customers. They robbed him at gun point of Rs 25, 000 and a gold chain. The Sarai Rohilla police have made a list of his regular customers who would be questioned.


Tribal retribution in UP village
Our Correspondent

Meerut, November 1
Western UP has acquired a notoriety of sorts: A girl was raped in Basera village recently in the presence of her parents because her elder brother had eloped with a girl of a minority community.

The gory incident has been replayed in Goyla village of Muzaffarnagar district.

Livid over the indiscretion of two lovebirds, the girl’s family and friends barged into the boy’s house in a bid to “teach” a lesson to the latter’s family. Result: The boy’s house was ransacked and looted; incidentally, this medieval form of tribal retribution was sanctioned by the local panchayat. Despite the impunity with which the house was ransacked, the police is yet to take cognizance of the matter.

Vinod and the girl had decided to get married against the wishes of their parents. They had been going steady for over two years and the entire village knew about the affair. Both the families tried their best to spike the alliance, but the couple eloped on the night of October 2. The boy’s parents and his family also followed suit: they too left their house as the girl’s family enjoys considerable clout in the village.

The episode took an ugly turn on Friday when the panchayat ordered that the movable property of the boy’s family be attached till the lovebirds return to the village.

Some villagers want the lovebirds to return, so that they can be punished in public, according to a BKU activist. He also disclosed that the girl had informed a police team that she was a major and she has left with Vinod of her own accord. She even refused to recognise her parents in the presence of the police.


Fitness bug bites Faridabad as youngsters flock to aerobic classes
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 1
The fitness craze is catching up among the young in this upcoming metropolis.

“In the last few years there has been a surge in the number of gymnasiums and health clubs,’’ says Yadvinder Chauhan, who gives aerobics training in the Gymkhana club here.

Incidentally, most of the members at the fitness clubs are youngsters. Though anyone between 12 years and 55 years of age could go in for aerobics, people need to consult their physician about some of the strenuous exercises.

Aerobics did not take up much time either. It consisted of warm up exercises, stretching exercises and workouts intended to tone up the muscles and boost the cardiovascular system. Anybody who does 30 minutes of aerobics daily five times a week could achieve near-total fitness. The obvious merits of aerobics included decrease in mental stress, increase in bone density, lubrication of joints, better metabolism and less risk of developing heart trouble.

Mr L R Jagar, a physical education instructor at one of the leading public schools here, pointed out that youths who followed a strict exercise regime were able to maintain their weight, reinforce their physical strength and build their stamina.

Although awareness about need for exercise and workouts had been increasing, the shortage of play fields and outdoor games had been an impediment in many colonies and residential areas.

However, brisk walking in the morning and evening was a good option for those who could not join a gymnasium or a health club due to their hectic routine.

A trainer at a gymnasium in sector-15 here said that more boys were joining the gym than girls. He, however, sounded a note of caution by stating that weight training ought to be done under the supervision of a proper coach.

Many people in the age group 35 to 50 had developed a keen interest in exercise and workouts, primarily because doctors keep warning them about the danger of obesity and how it could lead to heart disorders, diabetes and blood pressure.

If a person could go in for a regular health check up and pay a huge amount for that, why cannot he or she go in for regular exercise, which cost almost nothing.

He claimed that `awareness’ created by the media had been responsible for increasing the health consciousness. Ashwini Sharma, a resident of sector-17, here said that the civic authorities should construct walking strips and tracks on the side of roads and parks.


2 more dengue deaths in Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 1
With two more deaths, the dengue toll has reached touched 32. The first notified death is of Sunil (24), who died in St Stephen’s Hospital while the other notified death is of Ms Rekha (12), who died in Hindu Rao hospital run by the MCD.

The MCD spokesman said that while the death toll had mounted, the dreaded fever was under control as no new patients had reported at the hospitals. This could be the result of preventive measures taken by the corporation. Till today, the total notified cases of dengue are 2313. Of these, only 65 patients are under treatment in various hospitals while the others have been discharged.

Farmhouses: Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta has directed all Deputy Commissioners in the zones to launch an intensive drive to check commercial activities in the farmhouses and take stern action against the erring owners as per provisions of the DMC Act, 1957. The Municipal Commissioner said that as per the Master Plan of Delhi no commercial activity is permissible in the farmhouses.

He said that some of the owners were undertaking commercial activities like holding wedding banquets, birthday parties etc in their farmhouses under the garb of family functions. He warned the owners that misuse of farmhouses is illegal and action will be taken if anybody is found involved in such practices, he said.


120 officials of neighbourhood councils sacked

Greater Noida: The Greater Noida Authority has removed 120 officials from the neighbourhood management councils of various sectors. The process of appointment of new members has been set in motion.

The neighbourhood management councils had been set up for the proper maintenance of sectors. They had been authorised to charge Rs. 100 from retail sellers in the sectors and issue them passes to move about. Thus, the money collected was to be spent on organising cultural and social programmes in the sectors as well as on the proper upkeep of the sectors.

But some of the neighbourhood management council members allegedly misused the funds and misappropriated them. After these things were highlighted by the Press, the Greater Noida Authority had ordered a probe into the matter. After the probe, 120 members of the neighbourhood management councils were removed from their posts.

Most of the members are from Alpha I and Alpha II sectors. Rita Autoda and Bijender Sharma, president of both the sectors, have also been shown the door. OC


Admn launches anti-encroachment drive
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 1
Following strict directions from the government, the district administration has launched a special drive to remove encroachments in both the rural and urban areas of the district. The Deputy Commissioner has reportedly instructed the officers of the municipalities, revenue and the development and panchayat departments to speed up the anti-encroachment campaign.

Acting on the complaint of Sarpanch Aman Singh of Garh Mirkpur that some persons of the village had illegally taken possession of “Gaucharan” land of the village by sowing vegetable crops, the block development and panchayat officer, Mr Ashish Maan along with a police contingent reached the village to sort out the matter. He used tractor-harrows to plough the illegally occupied land, and later, handed over the possession of the land to the panchayat.

The Municipal authorities in Gannaur town also used JCB machines on the railway road to remove a number of encroachments.

It is pointed out that the Deputy Commissioner has sought details of the encroachments from the concerned authorities and the anti-encroachment drive is being regularly monitored by him.

However, many residents of the town feel that the ongoing anti-encroachment drives are mere eyewash and are just tip of the iceberg.

There are illegal constructions, both commercial and residential, in all corners of this city in the absence any regular inspection and monitoring by the Sonepat Municipal Council, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the Country and Town Planning Department and other official agencies.

According to a report, the menace, which is spreading its tentacles, comes into focus only when the authorities decide to remove illegal and unauthorised construction raised under their very nose. Such constructions are provided power and water connections, only to be removed later on.

The money involved in the illegal real estate business is mind bogging. According to an estimate, there are more than 5,000 illegal constructions in different parts of the city.

In a clear violation of all norms, the shopkeepers have encroached upon the land meant for a park near the ESI dispensary and the button factory. They have built concrete platforms for displaying their goods and parking vehicles.

The municipal authorities have so far failed to take any action against the land grabbers in this area. The manner in which the authorities are targeting buildings in their anti-encroachment drive has raised doubts in the mind of the public.

People alleged that political influence and other “connections” have been used to influence decision of the administration.

However, the administration have denied these allegations and said that only those buildings were being selected which were free from judicial complications, as most of the encroachers have filed suits to protect their illegal constructions.

Citing an instance, an official said that the owners of such buildings had gone to the court when notices were issued to them for the removal of their illegal constructions. As and when the courts dismiss their pleas, the authorities plan to demolish them.

He, however, admitted that whenever anti-encroachment drive is launched, it is the usual complaint that others have been left untouched. In some cases, the civic staff have been beaten up.

Sometimes the non-availability of police force in sufficient number for providing protection to the civic staff is one strong reason for the delay in demolitions and selection of only limited targets, he added.

According to an official, though no priority list has been drawn up for demolition, the field staff have been advised to concentrate on big “fishes” rather than wasting time on small cases.

Sources in the municipal council admit to a connivance of their staff in allowing unauthorised constructions. The steps taken are just of exemplary nature and are aimed at creating awareness among the people, he said. At the same time, he admits that these steps have not stopped the encroachments in the different part of the district.


Licences of ration depots cancelled, show cause issued to 73 others
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 1
The Food and Supplies Department has taken a series of measures to streamline the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Sonepat district.

Stating this, Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner, told mediapersons here yesterday that the officials of the department had checked as many as 92 ration depots during the current financial year and detected serious irregularities in the distribution of rationed commodities like levy sugar, foodgrains and kerosene oil. The official, he said, had cancelled the licences of seven ration depots and issued show cause notices to 73 other depot holders, asking them to explain why their licences should not be cancelled for committing irregularities and malpractices in the distribution of rationed commodities.

The DC also disclosed that the department officials had also confiscated the security deposits totalling Rs 17,800 of many ration depots for serious irregularities in the distribution of rationed articles.

The department officials, he said, had checked as many as 12 ration depots during the past one month and detected irregularities and malpractices in all the depots. The owners of these depots were served with show cause notices, and the supply to five ration depots were suspended.

The licences of three ration depots were cancelled and the security deposits totalling Rs 10,050 were confiscated by the department.

According to the DC, there were 237 brick kilns and 14 LPG agencies in the district. The officials of the department had checked seven brick kilns and cancelled the licences of 23 others for serious irregularities.

The officials of the department had also checked as many as 33 petrol pumps and eight LPG agencies in the district and found no irregularity in them. He asked the consumers to come forward and air their grievances without any fear against the owners of the fair price shops and the owners of the brick kilns, petrol pumps and the LPG agencies in the district.


Govt to promote farm tourism in Haryana
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 1
The Haryana Government has accorded approval to various projects aimed at promoting farming tourism in the state. This information was provided by the Chairman of Haryana Tourism, Rao Inder Pal Singh. He informed that Mrs Navraj Sandhu, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism, had already been entrusted with the task of identifying the prospective sites on National Highways and state highways.

He further said that loans on nominal interest would be made available to the entrepreneurs for setting up units of farming tourism, comprising rural huts, indigenous dishes and horse riding facilities etc.

Fugitive couple held for murder

The Rewari district police have eventually succeeded in apprehending a fugitive couple of Dahina village, who had been missing since October 15. The couple had been missing soon after the cold-blooded murder of a young farmer, Mangat Ram Yadav, son of Banwari Lal of the same village.

The accused, Gajraj Singh Yadav, son of Sawai Singh Yadav, and his wife Babli Yadav, along with their two children had been missing from the village. In an effort to trace them, the police had announced a cash prize of Rs 5000 for anyone providing information about their whereabouts. According to information Mr Hanif Qureshi, Superintendent of Police, Rewari, the police managed to nab the fugitive couple after a raid in Bas Padamka village of Pataudi Tehsil of Gurgaon district. The couple was arrested from the house of his married sister, where they had been in hiding.

Their two children have been handed over to their maternal grandparents in Dakhora village of Kosli Tehsil.

The accused, Gajraj Singh Yadav and his wife, Babli Yadav, have been remanded to judicial custody by a local court. During interrogation, the couple confessed to have committed the crime.

Narrating the sequence of events in the SP’s office here, Gajraj Singh said that the deceased Mangat Ram Yadav had acted as a middleman when he sold his buffalo for Rs 12,000 to one Hawa Singh.

Later, however, Hawa Singh and Mangat Ram demanded the return of the amount as they complained that buffalo suffered from certain defects. However, when Gajraj Singh Yadav expressed his inability to return the amount, Hawa Singh and Mangat Ram Yadav usurped his camel cart. Consequently, he and his wife decided to kill them. They attacked Mangat Ram Yadav and his companion Narender Yadav with iron axe while they were asleep in the field.

They disposed of the body in a nearby field, from where it was recovered by the police on October 15. Later, the couple along with their children fled the village and went into hiding.

Shaurya Diwas Samaroh

Large-scale preparation have been made by the ‘Rezangla Shaurya Samiti’ ( RSS ), to celebrate ‘Rezangla Shaurya Diwas Samaroh’ here on November 18.

According to details furnished by Mr Naresh Chauhan, general-secretary of the samiti, a special recruitment rally for Ahir jawans will be held at the Rao Tula Ram Stadium here on November 16 and 17 to commemorate the valour of Rezangla heroes, who made the supreme sacrifices while fighting against the Chinese at the dizzy height of 16,000 ft. at the Rezangla Post on November 18, 1962.

The rally will be organised jointly by officials of the headquarters recruiting zone, Ambala Cantonment and the branch recruiting office, Charkhi Dadri. A medical camp will also be held here on November 16 and 17 in which family members of ex-servicemen as well as serving defence personnel of the Rewari region will be examined by a team of specialists from the Army Medical Corps.

Moreover, decks have been cleared for the setting up of a military polyclinic, the foundation stone of which is expected to be laid by the chief guest at the samaroh and G.O.C. of the Western Command, Lt.-General S. S. Mehta.

Besides, the ‘Rezangla Shaurya Samiti’, functioning under the patronage of former Union Minister, Col. Ram Singh, will initiate steps for the construction of the canteen building as well as the pension disbursing office here. Their aim is to make these facilities available to families of ex-servicemen and serving defence personnel here under one roof.


Woman’s campaign gets a star ambassador
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 1
The Indian Menopause Society has got a shot in the arm with the appointment of former film star Rati Agnihotri as the “Cause Ambassador”.

According to a press note issued by the society president, Dr Urvashi Jha, Rati has agreed to launch special campaigns with a view to spread awareness among women in towns and villages of Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh.

“It was indeed a pleasure to take up a cause ignored by our 21st century women. It is a cause, which all women approaching 40 have to deal with at some point of their lives,” the press note stated quoting Rati. Dr Jha informed that menarche and menopause were the beginning and end of a woman’s reproductive ability. Though both were marked by physiological and psychological changes yet a woman went though great agony during menopause.

Over 15 per cent of the female population is postmenopausal and a woman spends more than one-third of her life beyond menopause, Dr Jha said. Her memorable role in the super-hit “Ek Duje Ke Liye” with Kamala Hasan, is expected to give a fillip to society’s campaign. In fact, the society seems to be cashing in on the image of Rati as “an actress, housewife, mother of two kids and a business woman”.


Making a difference through spirituality

Anyone sensitive to the poverty and misery stalking the lives of millions in the urban slums and the villages in this land is overawed by the sheer magnitude of the problem. A sense of helplessness creeps in paralyzing the very will to intervene in a hopeless situation. Many of us daily pass by victims of tragedies because of our sense of inadequacy. We move away with guilt feelings. In a country of one billion, there must be millions with a disturbed conscience.

But there have been brave men and women who tried to make a difference. Of them, the one name that comes readily to mind is that of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, who, starting with five dollars as her capital and unbounded love for those who suffer, launched a humanitarian programme to provide a little succour to the dying sick and the abandoned. It spread worldwide, her greatest miracle.

Among others, there is another encouraging example—that of Pujya Ma (Revered Mother), a former directress of physical education at Punjab University in Lahore, who, in the course of her spiritual pursuit, set up an ashram at Madhuban in Karnal, 110 km from Delhi. The inter-faith Arpana ashram is in the news with the visit of the Prince of Wales, a patron of Arpana (UK), to some of the villages served by the ashram on Friday. Let us face it: the poverty of our neighbourhood, in all its forms, poses a threat. There is much wisdom in the command to love our neighbour. We have a duty too. Those, educated at the expense of the masses living in ignorance and misery, can not be indifferent to their plight.

Communism had tried to explain poverty in terms of exploitation of the masses by the capitalist classes and called for a class struggle to set things right. And the Soviet experiment has proved that the Marxist remedies do not work. Poverty is not merely an economic issue and man does not live by bread alone.

Does spirituality has any relevance to the poverty issue? In many ways. It is the greed and covetousness of the majority that create islands of affluence and poverty; if there is less willingness to care and share, it is because they have not known the way of love. Besides some go on hoarding in the belief that life consists in the abundance of things one possesses.

All the reasoning by philosophers and politicians having failed to solve the issues facing mankind, there is a growing realisation of the need to look in the ‘spiritual’ direction (faith) for resolving the intractable human problems. “Intellect takes us along in the battle of life to a certain limit, but at the crucial moment it fails us. Faith transcends reason. It is when the horizon is darkest and human reason is beaten to the ground that faith shines brightest and comes to our rescue,” wrote Mahatma Gandhi, who had spent a lifetime trying to improve the condition of the masses.

Arpana’s experiment in villages and among the urban poor involves putting faith to work through love. Around 80 volunteers drawn from various professions, such as medicine, architecture, business, engineering, law and education live together as one integrated family at Arpana ashram under the guidance of Pujya Ma, who maintains: “I am of all religions. Since there is one Father, we are all His children, forming one family.” Her disciples, from different faiths, had left their lofty and lucrative careers to lead a life of service.

“The highest form of charity is to put someone where he or she can dispense with other peoples aid,” opined Moses Maimonides. In other words, teach a man to fish instead of handing over fishes every time he needs to eat. Women empowerment through education and training and attitudinal changes attempted in villages have this philosophy behind the charity operations.

Arpana’s activities achieved zero population growth in its 35 targeted villages in Haryana. Birth rates dropped from 36 per thousand in 1990 to 21 per thousand in 2002. Infant mortality declined from 120 per thousand to 30 per thousand. Women developed self-confidence; they learnt lessons in self-worth, seized opportunities and began to hope and dream of a more dignified existence than hitherto. The rural women are ready to act collectively for the common good. Prominent NRIs, Prince Charles of the UK, Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, and several organisations in countries like Japan and Ireland, have lent a helping hand to this love in action. If everyone loves his neighbour, the world will be transformed in an instant!

An old man was walking along the beach. He was found picking up starfish stranded on the beach and throwing them to the waters. There were thousands and thousands of such fish lying on the beach and another bystander wondered what the old man sought to achieve by his small effort. “There are so many starfishes on the beach. How are you going to save all of them? What difference does it make if you save a few of them?’’ he remarked, pointing out the futility of his endeavour. The old man, however, continued picking up the starfish and throwing one into the water, he observed: ``It (my action) made a difference to this one!”

M. P. K. Kutty


Girl’s SOS stirs SI into action
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 1
The Delhi Police have rewarded Rs 5,000 to a Sub-Inspector, Rajbir Singh, as he saved a girl and a boy who were accosted by three armed youths. The youths wanted to outrage the modesty of the girl.

The Sub-Inspector was going to Model Town on his motorcycle on Thursday when he heard shouts of “bachao bachao” from the Ridge side. He turned his motorcycle towards that end and saw two boys had caught a youth and one had caught the girl. He shouted at the boys saying that he was a police officer. Seeing the policeman, the boys tried to run away. The SI chased and arrested one of them. He was identified as Sandeep Massi, a desperate hardened criminal involved in extortion and rape cases registered at Police Station Timarpur. His two accomplices, who are absconding, are identified as Shammi and Vickey.

Seeing the exemplary work of the SI, the Special CP Security, Mr S.K. Kain rewarded Rs 5,000 to the SI.


Training camp for news readers
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 1
A training camp for the announcers and news readers for radio and television was organised at Gaur Brahman Degree College here today. Mr D P Malik, Station Director, All India Radio was the chief guest and Mr Lokesh Jain, Programme Director, Siti Cable, Rohtak was the special invitee on the occasion.

Dr R K Bharadwaj, principal of the college said it was the first attempt in the state to give a direction to the people in information and broadcasting.

He said 45 students had been selected for the camp and the number of students could be increased in view of the rising inclination of students towards the programme.

Mr D P Malik exhorted the students to take this profession seriously.

He said a good number of youths of Haryana had already been flourishing in this field. Mr Lokesh Jain said the college students would be imparted training regarding the preparation and presentation of advertisements by the Siti Cable.

Fake currency seized

The Sampla police arrested four youths and seized 55 fake currency notes of Rs 100 denominations from them on Friday.

Those arrested have been identified as Mohabbat Pal and Gurdattar of Lalaud village in Fatehabad, Parminder of Tohana and Rajesh of Hisar. An unnumbered Indica car, a computer and a printer were also recovered from them.

According to police sources, a police team intercepted an Indica car and frisked its occupants following a tip-off.

The police seized 55 notes of Rs 100 denomination bearing the same number.

During interrogation, the suspects disclosed that the task of preparing fake notes was being carried out by Harnek Singh of Tohana at a house at Azad Nagar locality in Hisar.

The police raided the premises of Harnek who, however, managed to escape.


L-G decries sex determination test
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 1
Lieutenant-Governor Vijai Kapoor today denounced the misuse of technology for sex determination test and foeticide and called for confronting the gender issues.

Inaugurating the 25th Annual Conference of Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of NCT of Delhi, Mr Kapoor said it was a tragedy that people were misusing the available technology for sex determination and intervention. The prevalent appalling conditions of morbidity, mortality and mother-child health pose a serious challenge for the society, he said and exhorted the participating professionals to take active steps to counter the most unfortunate trends in the society.

The Lieutenant-Governor said there was a need for redefining the objectives and priorities of the family planning programmes. He asked the delegates to chalk out an effective agenda of action to sensitise the society on women issues. Mr Kapoor also presented Dr SN Mukherjee Trophy for 2003 to the Maulana Azad Medical College.

Nurse strangled

A tutor nurse, Raj Lutrhgra was strangulated in her house in JJ Colony in Hastsal by unidentified suspects last evening. She was unmarried and lived alone. The murder was discovered when one of her neighbours went to see her. The neighbour informed the police. A case of murder has been registered, the police said. The 99th birth anniversary of Sarila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj will be celebrated on November 4 in Agarsen Bhawan in Ashok Vihar. Goswami Maharaj is founder Acharya of All India Sree Chaitanaya Gaudiya Math organisation.

To mark the beginning of the birth anniversary of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj, Speaker of Lok Sabha Mr Manohar Joshi, Union Minister of Labour, Dr Sahib Singh Verma, Chief Minister Ms Shiela Dixit, Minister of State for Defence Chaman Lal Gupta along with other dignitaries will grace the occasion.


One killed as tempo collides with train
Our Correspondents

Rohtak, November 1
A man was killed and another injured seriously when a tempo carrying them collided with a passenger train at an unmanned railway crossing between Kalanaur and Lahli railway stations on the Rohtak-Bhiwani section, nearly 15 km from here, today.

The deceased could not be identified so far while the injured has been identified as Sanjay, a resident of Neemri village. He has been admitted to the PGIMS.

According to the Government Railway Police and the railway authorities here, the mishap occurred when 2 BBR train, coming from Bhatinda in Punjab to Rohtak in Haryana collided with a tempo at an unmanned crossing. The railway engine developed some technical snag under the impact of the collision and the train halted at the site for several hours.

Drought relief

Khurja (Noida): Mismanagement rules the relief centres at the State Bank of India branch in Khurja where the farmers who come from far-off places face lots of problems.

The farmers have accused the bank officials of insulting behaviour with those who come to collect the relief amount. Often the situation results in a free-for-all as the number of the farmers who come to receive payment is quite large and they are keen to return to their villages the same day.

A number of touts are doing a roaring business as illiterate farmers just don’t know how to go about receiving the amount in the absence of guidance from the bank officials.

The SBI Branch of Khurja Tehsil has of course an onerous task, at its hands, to distribute the bearer cheques to over 32,000 farmers of about 200 villages.

Many agents are active outside the tehsil premises and some of the more enterprising ones are even seen in villages also. They collect the cheques, encashed them, but at a fee.

Cellular services

Gurgaon: AirTel, one of the cellular services had announced the commissioning of its National Network Operation Centre here.

The NOC here would centrally monitor, manage and control, performance and fault levels of AirTel’s India-wide 15 circle cellular network.

The centralised Network Operations Centre, powered by Hewlett Packard, was claimed to be having the potential to enable AirTel to increase its efficiency in customer service. TNS

Held for violating Arms Act

Sonepat: The Ganaur police have arrested a youth Raj Singh of Mundlana village on the charge of the violation of the Indian Arms Act.

According to a report, the police have also recovered a countrymade pistol and a live cartridge from his possession. OC

Minimum wages board member

Faridabad: Mr Manmohan Gupta, treasurer of the Laghu Udhyog Bharti, Haryana, an organisation of small scale industrial units, has been appointed as member of the ‘minimum wages advisory board’, a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Labour. TNS


Two businessmen robbed of Rs 2 lakh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 1
The police launched a hunt for some unidentified youths who had robbed two businessmen of more than Rs 2 lakh in different areas of trans-Yamuna last evening.

In the first incident, Jitender, a resident of Gandhi Nagar was robbed of Rs 2.35 lakh and a scooter in Dilshad Garden last night. The victim runs a telephone wire factory in Jhilmil Colony. When he was on his way home, a youth standing under the bridge, intercepted his vehicle and threw chilly powder in his eyes and ran away with his scooter. The cash was kept in the scooter. The victim did not receive any injury, police said.

In the second incident, four unidentified youths robbed one Shyam Sunder, a money-changer at Shastri Nagar. He had his office in Dilshad Garden. Last evening, the youths entered the office of the victim, posing as customers.

Initially, they asked him for some change. Later, they brandished a gun and robbed him of Rs 25,000 and a gold chain.

The Sarai Rohilla police have made a list of his regular customers who would be questioned.


Student run over by train

Sonepat: Arun, a 10th class student was run over by a Chandigarh-bound Shatabadi Express near the railway station here yesterday. According to a report, the student was crossing the railway track for going to the school when the accident occurred. The Government Railway Police (GRP) have sent the body for the postmortem examination.

Two women hurt in group clash

At least five persons, including two women were injured in a clash that took place between two groups at Jatheri village about 5 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured persons were identified as Pradeep, Rakesh, Sukhbir, Dhanpati and Babita. All of them were rushed to the local civil hospital. They are stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the case and investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has been made so far. A longstanding enmity over a piece of land is stated to be the cause of the clash. OC

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