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Water pangs: Bhakra solution peters out
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 2
The water woes of Delhiites are likely to persist as the Supreme Court’s May 2000 directive for release of 125 cusecs of additional water from Bhakra Dam remains unimplemented due to breaches in the carrier system coupled with Delhi Jal Board’s inability to draw the full quota.

In an affidavit, the Central Water Commission (CWC), empowered to monitor the implementation of the three-year-old order, informed the apex court that it has told the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) to release only 60 cusecs of water instead of 125 cusecs till further orders.

Giving reasons as to why the court’s orders have not been implemented in letter and spirit, the CWC, through Additional Solicitor General Mukul Rohtagi, submitted before a Bench headed by Justice S Rajednra Babu that supplying the full allocation of 125 cusecs would endanger the canal system.

“The full allocation of Nangloi Water Treatment Plant of 125 cusecs (ex-Nangal) cannot be restored without endangering the safety of the canal system,” the CWC said and added that experts who examined the canal system were of the opinion that it was fit enough to carry only 60 cusecs of water.

While making it loud and clear that both Haryana Irrigation Department and Delhi Jal Board should immediately repair the canal system, the CWC said that non-availability of funds had been a major reason for the work not being taken up in right earnest.

The CWC said in its affidavit that the officers from Haryana Irrigation Department have informed that comprehensive maintenance of canal such as strengthening of bunds, repair to the damaged lining portions, etc, could not have been taken up since the required funds have not been made available by DJB.

It said the DJB had made some funds available and the authorities have promised to look into the matter relating the release of balance funds. The commission said that due to non-commissioning of pumping stations, the Delhi Jal Board had not been drawing its allocated quota.

Meanwhile, the Bench has postponed hearing, asking all the interested parties to file replies to the affidavit filed by the CWC. Keeping in mind the acute shortage of drinking water in the NCT of Delhi, the apex court on May 10, 2000, had directed that the additional water of 125 cusecs be carried through the states of Punjab and Haryana.

The court had noted that though NWTP was completed way back in 1998, it had been lying idle due to non-availability of water. The court had directed the CWC to ensure that the additional water supplied from Bhakra Beas Management Board did not breach the canals.

It had said that the CWC would have the right to regulate the flow by reducing the same if it was of the opinion that carrying this water was likely to result in a breach of the canal.



Past record, Performance & Possibility of winning
Choice of candidates hinges on three ‘P’s
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 2
The campaign for the Assembly election in NCT of Delhi will gain momentum after the political parties begin announcing their respective candidates this week.

Both the INC and the BJP have asserted that the selection of candidates would depend on the “past record”, “performance” and “winnability”. They have also conveyed to those with criminal backgrounds not to ask for tickets. The BJP has gone a step further and decided not to give tickets to those who contested the MCD election last year.

The notification for the polls will be issued on Friday and the last date for nominations would be November 14. The scrutiny of nominations will take place on November 15 and candidates would be allowed to withdraw their candidature till November 17. The counting of votes will begin on December 4 and the process is to be completed by December 11.

The BJP leaders are busy giving final touches to the list of candidates, which is expected to be released in two instalments. The party leaders are holding parleys today and tomorrow to finalise its nominees for the 70-seat Assembly.

The Central Election Committee, headed by President Venkaiah Naidu and with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and his deputy L K Advani as members, will then decide the names.

Madan Lal Khurana, the party’s chief ministerial candidate, is all set to be nominated for the Moti Nagar Assembly seat, which falls in the Delhi Sadar parliamentary constituency presently represented by him. Among the constituencies where the party leadership is concentrating on fielding strong candidates are Gole Market, from where Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is the sitting MLA, Kalkaji, represented by Speaker Subhash Chopra, and the constituency held by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Prem Singh.

The names of Poonam Azad, wife of BJP MP from Darbhanga, Kirti Azad, and former Delhi Minister Poornima Sethi are among the frontrunners for the Gole Market and Kalkaji constituencies, respectively.

The campaigning, which is at present low profile, will hot up in the second half of November when central leaders and star campaigners of both BJP and Congress plunge into the field. Prime Minister Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister Advani and BJP President Venkaiah Naidu will be the star campaigners for BJP. On the other hand, INC will depend on Sonia Gandhi to spearhead its campaign.

Both the parties have claimed that their campaign would be focussed on governance and development. This has triggered a race for taking credit for the launch of the Metro, introduction of pollution-free CNG fuel for public transport and construction of fly-overs to allow hassle-free traffic movement.



BSP to contest 40 seats in Delhi poll
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 2
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today released a list of 40 candidates for the Assembly elections which it would fight with the main aim of defeating the BJP and gaining as many seats as possible.

Releasing the list, Delhi Pradesh BSP president Dharmveer Singh Ashok told reporters that all sections of society have been given representation in the list.

The party, he said, had created awareness among the electorate about their “Maan, Abhiman, Swabhiman (human dignity and self respect)”, which had been thrown to the winds by the BJP and Congress.

Exuding confidence that the party would increase its vote percentage from six per cent in the MCD election to 20 per cent during the Assembly election, he said the people were fed up of misrule of the Manuwadi parties.

He lashed out at the BJP for using BSP and Dalits for their own political interests and said the cases against BSP President Mayawati were politically motivated with not a grain of truth in them.

“‘The BSP will never forgive the BJP for implicating its leader Mayawati in false corruption cases,” he said. The party is contesting 40 seats as during the last one-and-half years it has worked untiringly in these areas and has a wide support base there. “These seats are winnable,” Ashok said.

The BSP has fielded six Muslims and given representation to Jats, Gurjars, Brahmins and Yadavs also, he said. The party had failed to open an account in the last Assembly election, with merely three per cent votes which increased to six per cent during the MCD polls later.

Justice Party first list out

In the first list released by the Indian Justice Party led by Udit Raj, the names of five candidates have been declared for the Assembly election in NCT of Delhi.

They are : Pravinder Dharia, Nand Nagari; Banke Lal, Trilokpuri; Kaushal Kishor Gupta, Saket; Babita, Sultanpuri; and Ram Kishan, Ghonda.



Nehru’s gun, FIR on Bhagat Singh among 
police memorabilia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 2
Old and frayed yellow sheets that faithfully capture the legacy of past will be part of the historical treasure to be put on display at the Delhi Police museum.
More than seven decade old FIR of bombs being hurled inside the Central Assembly by freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and another one recording the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, along with Jawahar Lal Nehru’s personal gun, are among a host of historical items to be exhibited.

The museum, being opened tomorrow, will also house other important FIRs, including that of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the oldest weapons dating back to 1907, a canon of the Mughal period, the first wireless acquired by the Delhi Police and umpteen photos.

According to Delhi Police spokesperson Ravi Pawar, most of these articles, which were preserved at various places, have been put together at one venue, so that people can travel into the past with the aid of these items.

The oldest FIR, to be kept in the museum, emanated from Police Station Mundka between December 21, 1862, and June 2, 1866, he said. Among the oldest weapons, the museum will house the 1907-make double-barrel rifle of 577 bore, a Smith and Wesson revolver of .38 bore of the same year and a .455 bore MK-V1 revolver of 1915.

The personal double-barrel gun of Nehru, gifted by him to Delhi Police in 1961 during his first visit to New Police Line Campus at Kingsway Camp, will also be on display. The museum will also house the first wireless set procured by Delhi Police in 1944. Apart from this static set, two mobile wireless sets of the same make (GEC-England) were also provided to Delhi Police and were fitted in two weapon carriers.

These wireless sets were used by the All India Radio for airing the running commentary of the funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi, it is pointed out. Another interesting article in the museum is the Morse Key, which were used for sending signals through Morse Code. Invented by US citizen Samuel Morse (1791-1872), Morse Code was an international code for transmitting messages in which letters are represented by signals of short (dots) and long (dashes) duration.



Ahlawat Khap endorses boycott call
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 2
The Ahlawat Khap (comprising 27 villages) has endorsed the decision taken by the Sampla Chaugama panchyat to boycott the official programme of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, slated to begin tomorrow in four villages of the Hassangarh assembly segment .

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Khap held at Garhi Sampla village this afternoon. It may be recalled that the Sampla Chuagama had decided to boycott the Chief Minister’s programme in protest against the Sampla episode in which some women of Garhi village were roughed up by the police personnel on October 3.

The officiating president of the Khap, Mr Jagdeep Singh Gochhi, along with other representatives of the Khap, would remain present at the ‘Chaupal’ at Garhi Sampla village to ensure absolute boycott of the chief minister’s programme. Mr Chand Singh Ahlawat, spokesman of the Khap, clarified that the Khap would stand by its earlier four-point resolution adopted by the Panchayat on October 12 to continue the agitation till acceptance of their demands.

The Khap spokesman refuted the allegations levelled by Mr Ranbir Singh and Mr Ramphal Sunarian, presidents of Athgama (cluster of eight villages) and Satgama (cluster of seven villages), respectively, that the affected families had violated the dignity of panchayat by rejecting the offer of financial assistance.

A Press release issued by the district administration quoted some sarpanches as saying that the boycott of chief minister’s programme as unjustified.



Cricket betting racket busted

New Delhi: The Delhi Police claims to have busted a betting racket involving huge stakes on the recently played India-Australia ODI match. Four persons have been arrested in this connection.

The police today said that Rajiv Arora, Manoj Arora, Nitin Kumar Chugh and Suresh Chand were arrested in Dishad Garden in North East Delhi while they were running the operation.

Twelve mobile phones, nine TATA telephone instruments, one TV, six tape recorders, four calculators, notebooks, 13 chargers, 21 audio cassettes, Rs 3,200 in cash, three stopwatches, two multi-cell chargers, nine earphones, four electric extension boards, two diaries and one iron box were recovered from their possession.

A Maruti Esteem car and a flat bought from the proceeds of the betting money have been sealed by the police. OC



bizarre times
Fed up with domestic discord, village 
pradhan shoots self 
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 2
Fed up with domestic discord, Vijay Singh Shishodya, a teacher of Sangram Singh Sanskrit College, Dadri, and pradhan of Payawali and Bisaahda villages, shot himself dead with his licensed revolver. The village falls under Jarcha police station.

He had gone to Dadri on Thursday but when he returned home he locked worried. On being asked the cause, he did not say anything. His wife Kusum, sons Jayvant, Dushyant, Hemant, Sangram and daughter Suman and other relations were all present in the house at the time of the incident.

There was a little heated discussion in the house in the evening. After dinner, Vijay Singh retired to his room where he shot himself. The family rushed him to a hospital but by then he had breathed his last. The police later found a suicide note, saying that the deceased was fed up with his family life and had decided to kill himself. “Nobody else should be held responsible for his death”, the note said.

Father arrested for killing 6-year-old son

Loni (Ghaziabad): The Loni police have arrested one Suleman of Saraswati Vihar, Loni, who had beaten his six-year-old son Sajjad to death and injured elder son Amman, who is under treatment in a local hospital. Suleman’s wife Shabana has filed a report alleging that her husband was a drunkard and a vagabond, who used to beat them frequently.



Anti-copying march by students
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 2
Hundreds of students, teachers, headmasters and principals participated in the biggest ever march taken out here yesterday against the copying menace in board examinations.

According to a report, Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner, and retired Brigadier O.P.Chaudhary, Chairman of the Board of School Education, Haryana, jointly flagged of the march starting from the Panchayat Bhawan, Sonepat.

Carrying placards and banners, the students passed through the main bazaars of the city.

Addressing the gathering, Brig. Chaudhary reiterated that the Board will not encourage copying in the examinations. He appealed to the students to take a pledge and called upon the teachers and parents not to shield students who are caught copying in examinations.



Meerut tense after group clash
Our Correspondent

Meerut, November 2
After Aligarh, it was the turn of Meerut now when some miscreants and anti-social elements tried to break the peace of the city. Two groups of different communities went ballistic after a minor incident in the walled city area. There was a heavy stone-pelting from both the sides.

At least half a dozen people were injured in the fracas.

The whole drama unfurled at 11 in the morning when some people caught a man Trilok in the Shyam Nagar area under Lisari Gate police station, alleging that he had kidnapped a child.

Soon a number of people gathered there and the mob started beating up Trilok. He also hit back with his ‘rampi’ (shoe maker’s knife). As a result, one Shafiqull Hassan was killed. Hearing the news of Hassan’s death, members of both the communities gathered there and shouted slogans. Soon the mob went on the rampage and threw stones.

Panic prevailed in the area and the shopkeepers closed down their shutters.

Meanwhile, some anti-social elements started taking advantage of the incident and spread the news that curfew had been imposed in one part of the city. Soon the senior police and administrative officials got into action and SSP Badri Prasad Singh diverted all the SHOs of the city to the affected area and the PAC was deployed.

Speaking to the ‘NCR Tribune’, Senior Superintendent of police Meerut, Mr Badri Prasad Singh said that the security was beefed up in Meerut and the PAC deployed in the affected area while the RAF had been asked to stand by. Senior police officials are also keeping a watch on the situation.



Centre releases funds for savjaldhara Yojna
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 2
The Union Government has finally given the green signal for the launch of Savjaldhara Yojna in Sonepat and four other districts of Haryana by releasing a matching grant of Rs 81 lakh.

Sonepat is to receive Rs 16.88 lakh for providing drinking water supplies in more than a dozen villages of the district.

According to official information, the district administration has selected Sisana, Sersa, Jatheri, Jakholi, Nangal Khurd, Deepal Pur, Joshi Chauhan, Khewra, Hullaheri, Chatia Olia, Garh Shahjanpur, Revli, Anwali, Putthi and Giwana villages in the first phase of the scheme to streamline and augment the potable water supplies, which are likely to cost around Rs 150 lakh.

Under the scheme, both the state and Union Government will contribute 50 per cent each towards the plan expenditure.

Under the scheme, every house is to be provided with a water supply tap and the recovery of the nominal bill from the consumers will be the responsibility of the village panchayat. Other works like working and maintenance of the scheme is to be looked after by the gram jal and janswasthya samitis and other panchayati raj institutions.

As the total cost of the Savjaldhara Yojna in Sonepat, Ambala, Kaithal, Panchkula, and Kurukshetra is estimated at Rs 162.4 lakh, the central government has sanctioned Rs 51.47 lakh for Ambala, Rs 33.77 lakh for Sonepat, Rs 45.35 lakh for Kaithal, Rs 27.49 for Kurukshetra and Rs. 3.96 lakh for Panchkula.

The director of the Savjaldhara Yojna in the Centre, Mr Sunil Kumar, has intimated the state government that the Union Government has released its shares of Rs 25.73 lakh for Ambala district, Rs 16.88 lakh for Sonepat, Rs 22.67 lakh for Kaithal, Rs 13.74 lakh for Kurukshetra and Rs 1.98 lakh for Panchkula.

Two get prizes under Krishak Uphaar Yojna: Two farmers, Mr Om Parkash of Bayyanpur village and Mr Sobh Raj of Garhi Jhinjhara village, bagged the first prize of Rs 40,000 each under the Krishak Uphaar Yojna at a lucky draw held on the premises of the market committee here.

According to a report, Mr Rajeev Ranjan, Addition Deputy Commissioner was present on the occasion. Eight other farmers also won the second prize of Rs 25,000 each. They are Mr Sanjay of Bidhal village, Mr Maha Singh of Bichpari village, Mr Ranbir of Baroda village, Mr Pala of Garhi Haqiqat village, Mr Satbir of Shahpur village, Mr Dharambir of Rattan Garh village, Mr Sumer of Tihara village and Mr Saheb Singh of Farmana village.

Speaking on the occasion, the ADC disclosed that the state government had introduced this scheme on October 2, 2000 for encouraging the farmers to sell their produce at the support prize fixed by the government by taking them to the grain markets of the state. The produce includes wheat, vegetables, fruit, gur, Shaklgandi Khandsari and fodder. One gift coupon is given to each farmer after he sells the produce worth Rs 5,000.

He also disclosed that lucky draws are held twice i.e. on April 30 and October 31 every year.

Mr Dalip Singh, Chairman of the Sonepat Market Committee said that 22 prizes on 34,630 coupons were given to the farmers who had sold their produce between April 1 and September 30 this year. This, he said, was the sixth lucky draw which was held under the supervision of the ADC Sonepat.

He appealed to the farmers to bring their produce to the markets for sale at the support price fixed by the government.



Rs 1.46 cr earmarked for Ganaur beauty treatment 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 2
The Ganaur municipal committee has launched a beautification campaign in the town, which is a sub-divisional headquarters in the Sonepat district.
According to a report, a sum of Rs 1.46 crore has been allotted for this purpose under the Solid Waste Management Scheme. The Municipal Committee has started the excavation of a nullah along the Railway Road. The front portion of Shiv Mandir has been demolished by pressing the JCB machine into service.

The front portion of the Shiv Mandir includes the water tank and the toilet. The JCB machine has cut the underground cables of telephone. As a result, a large number of telephones remained dead, causing great inconvenience to the subscribers of Punjabi Market and its surrounding areas. Some power lines were also damaged by the JCB machine.

Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, a BJP MP (Sonepat) has already announced the grant of Rs 75,000 from the MP’s quota for the development of Shiv Mandir Park and the residents alleged that the municipal committee did not want to develop this park from the grant of Mr Sangwan. But the municipal committee president, Mr Goel had denied the charge.

The work for the beautification of Ganaur town would be completed in four phases. The work includes the construction of the roads, a nullah for the disposal of storm water, disposal of filth and garbage, improvement in fire service and taking of filth and garbage to the compost plant at Sonepat. To ensure the disposal of storm water, the nullah would be linked with the sewer near the police station.

The work for the construction of the roads and nullah was in progress and it would be completed soon. For the removal of filth and garbage, the municipal committee has put a number of filth containers in different parts of the town so that the residents could throw the garbage in them. The municipal committee has also launched an anti-encroachment drive in the town.



Thousands celebrate the birth anniversary 
of Goswami Maharaj
Tribune News Service

Devotees dancing and chanting to the tunes of "Hare Rama, Hare Krishana" all along the procession route
Devotees dancing and chanting to the tunes of “Hare Rama, Hare Krishana” all along the procession route.    — Photo by Kamal Singh

New Delhi, November 2
Under the ongoing Kartik month, a grand Shobha Yatra Sankirtan procession was taken out today to mark the birth centennial celebrations of Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj, Founder Acharya, All India Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math.

The Sankirtan procession in which thousands of devotees from all corners of the world have come, started at 9.30 am with the echo of the conch, synonymous with Lord Narayana and the traditional lighting of the lamp by Mrs Prem Lata Goyal, Councillor, Ashok Vihar. Mr Mange Ram Garg, president, Dharam Yatra Mahasang, waived off the flag to begin the procession by first garlanding the life-size idol of Srila Madhav Goswami Maharaj, seated in a chariot, beautifully decorated with flowers and then, he garlanded the president of Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj.

Presiding over the Shobha Yatra, Maharaj ji started the procession by initiating Sankirtana himself along with other devotees. The ethnic salutation of the showering of flowers by the elephants on the devotees was really a moment to cherish. The procession started from Agarsein Bhawan, D-Block, Phase I, Ashok Vihar and passed by Deep Market, Ashok Vihar Police Station, A-Block, Police Colony, H-Block, Market, Sree Ram Krishan Temple before reaching back to Agarsein Bhawan, D Block, Ashok Vihar around 1.00 pm. People could be seen dancing and chanting to the tunes of “Hare Rama, Hare Krishana” all along the way.

Wherever the procession went, people came out of their houses and shops and joined the Sankirtana. The melodious tune of Mridanga and Karatala tempted everyone around to dance and chant the holy name. The beautifully decorated camels, horses and elephants just added to the already classic setting.

The birth anniversary of Srila Madhav Goswami Maharaj is being celebrated on November 4, 2003 across 25 countries worldwide. This day also marks the beginning of the birth centennial year of the world renowned Vaishnav philosopher.

Mrs Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, Dr Sahib Singh Verma, Union Minister of Labour and Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, Minister of State for Defence will be the special guests for the day.



CBI raids house of former MCD worker 
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 2
An anti-corruption team of the CBI has raided the residence of a former employee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Ram Gopal in Raj Nagar and confiscated some vital documents. Ram Gopal, a resident of Sector-I of Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad had been working in the civic body till a few years ago when some corruption charges were levelled against him.

The CBI during a probe had found that Ram Gopal had amassed wealth and built property disproportionate to his known sources of earnings. The CBI team under R K Pandya had grilled Ram Gopal on the question of acquiring so much wealth during his service in the MCD.

The CBI team has taken away some important documents from Ram Gopal’s residence.

SP City Umesh Srivastava, however, said that the CBI team had neither informed the Ghaziabad police, nor asked for any police force. The entire CBI operation had been conducted with utmost secrecy. The local police had come to know about it a day later.



delhi digest
Ballet on history of Chandni Chowk
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 2
A ballet based on the history of Chandni Chowk, folk songs and dances were the highlights of the cultural extravaganza organised in the 15 August Park at the Red Fort on Sunday. The function was a part of the Divali festivities.

Men, woman and children trooped to the venue for a picnic. Chandni Chowk’s member of Parliament Vijay Goel, who spent time interacting with the families, said it was an extraordinary gathering. Skits presented by students and performances by school bands gave the function the look of a festival. Fireworks also marked the day.

Book exhibition at Bangla Sahib Gurdwara: The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee organised a book exhibition at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara here yesterday. Former Justice Kuldeep Singh inaugurated the exhibition. Speaking at the inaugural, Justice Singh said despite a book exhibition showcasing books on the Sikh history each year, 40 per cent of the community members continue to remain ignorant of the Sikh history. Justice Singh said that efforts should be made to educate the Sikh population on the glorious past and suggested the construction of a memorial to pay homage to those who died in the 1984 massacre.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Shiromani Gurudwara Sewadar Committee was organised in East Delhi. The president of the panel Raja Singh Sethi expressed anger at the support shown to Punjabi writer Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana who has been expelled by the Jathedar of the Akal Takhat by the World Sikh Conference.

Mr Sethi said that it is unfortunate that the edicts issued by the jathedar of the Akal Takhat are not being followed.

He said that the supremacy of the Akal Takhat must always be maintained and that the supporters of Kala Afghana should choose the right way of discussion and dialogue.

Bibi Pavinder Kaur on this occasion asked the Dalits and the downtrodden to follow the path shown by Guru Nanak and asked them to become Amritdhari on the occasion of the Guru’s birthday later on November 8.



Rise and shine! This geyser will warm up your mornings 

Arise launches an energy-efficient geyser that runs on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Like the cooking range in the kitchen, this geyser does not require electricity. It comes with many features like automatic switches and timer. There is the safety feature against overheating. The geyser comes in three models that have a capacity of six litres, seven litres and eight litres.

Denim jackets: Numero Uno introduces a new line of denim jackets for men and women. There are on offer sandblasted jackets with mock leather and camouflage prints for men and snazzy jackets and jeans as ensembles for women that can be worn together or co-ordinated with other pieces. The jackets in the autumn-winter collection 2003 have combat as the theme and gothic army as the inspiration.

Sugar in moisture-free pack: The Triveni Group launches Shagun brand of sugar that comes in a moisture-free pack. The crystal sugar, it is claimed, is made by using the double micro-filtration process that removes foreign particles and is produced and packaged in completely hands-free and germ-free environment.

For credit card holders: MasterCard International announces the launch of promotional campaigns for the holders of MasterCard (credit card) and Maestro (debit card). The Swipe a Wish promotion for credit card-holders and Win with Maestro promotion for debit card-holders is on till December 31.

The winner of the Swipe a Wish promotion can choose education at Harvard or an all-paid vacation for eight on a private island or getting the home designed. There are also prizes to be won on a weekly, monthly and fortnightly and monthly basis. In the Win with Maestro promotion, special prizes like airline tickets and luxury cars will be available to the card-holders on a weekly and monthly basis.

Get rid of that frog in the throat: The Stodal syrup from SBL promises relief from the sore throat and hoarseness associated with cough. It is claimed to be effective against coughs that are chronic, viral, allergic. It helps in asthmatic conditions also. It does not cause drowsiness. Stodal comes in 60 ml, 180 ml and 500 ml packs.

For hairy problems: Albeena brand of shampoo offers a natural remedy for dandruff, premature greying and hair-fall. It is available in four varieties–lemon (anti-dandruff), amla shikakai, henna with conditioner and egg protein. The shampoo contains natural products.

Breathe easy: Throat Drops from Himalaya claim to deliver on the promise of fresh breath and relief to the throat. Available in four variants–ginger, cardamom, tulsi and honey, the natural ingredients combine with mint to offer a natural way to combat bad breath and irritation of the throat.

Bread to tickle your tastebuds: Britannia launches Premium Bake Chutney Bread, the chutney-flavoured bread that has the taste of coriander and chilli. The spicy bread offers a readymade chutney sandwich experience. It is available in 400 gram and 200 gram packs.

Trendy watches: After South Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Titan introduces in India its World Watch collection. The 55 designs come in streak-printed hands, curves and contours, large diameters and diagonals as well as popular functions such as dates and chronographs. The watches are encased in steel and come with leather and polyurethane straps. They come with a two-year guarantee.

Flexible scrub pad: 3M India launches “new” and “improved” Scotch-Brite for longer and effective cleaning. It is available in four variants–Scotch-Brite general purpose, two-in-one, heavy duty and sponge wipe. Each variant is available in different sizes. The scrub pad is designed to be flexible in order to clean all difficult-to-reach corners of the utensils.

Storage water heaters: The storage water heaters from Luminous come with chloroflorocarbon (CFC)-free insulation for more efficiency. The insulation renders it resistant to fire and ensures minimum loss of heat. It is available in capacities ranging from six litres to 35 litres. The safety features like thermal cut-out, pressure release valve, fusible plugs and neon lamps are present. The ISI-marked heating element makes it more efficient. It comes with rust-proof powder-coated finish.

Dry charge tractor batteries: The new dry charge tractor batteries from Okaya promise instant start and quick charging of the batteries. The two models–Model 95D31R with 15 plates and 80 AH capacity; and Model N100-A with 17 plates and 90 AH capacity–do not require frequent topping. Both the models carry a one-year warranty. 


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