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BJP to go to town with tandoor conviction
Tribune News Service

Sushil Sharma New Delhi, November 4
After the alleged scam in the privatisation of the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) and the outbreak of dengue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to go to town with the conviction of a former president of the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress in the infamous Naina Sahni murder case.

Sushil Sharma, a former president of the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress, was convicted on Monday of murdering his wife. Sharma shot her and burnt her body in the tandoor (oven) of a restaurant in New Delhi. The trial dragged on for eight years.

“Such a gory incident and conviction of the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress member is already an election issue as it has so deeply affected the public sensitivity,” Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana told a news conference.

On Tuesday, Mr Khurana joined in the demonstration by the members of his party’s women’s wing. A sit-in outside Tis Hazari has been planned for Wednesday. The court is expected to deliver the sentence then. He also ‘rechristened’ the Indian National Congress (INC) as “Tandoori Congress”.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Jagdish Mukhi, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Mr Subhash Arya, would lead the protest by the legislators, councillors and office-bearers of the party.

The conviction of Sushil Sharma by a Delhi court, Mr Khurana said, for killing his wife and burning her body in a tandoor eight years ago proved how the culture of crime and corruption had seeped into the INC. He said the party would press for death punishment for the convicts.

Mr Khurana said the mushrooming of liquor shops over the past five years was principally responsible for the spurt in crimes in the Capital. More liquor was flowing, he said, but the availability of water had remained unchanged over the past five years.

Earlier, the members of the BJP Mahila Morcha led by Meena Kanwaria burnt papers in a drum to enact the burning of Naina Sahni in a tandoor. The INC, Kanwaria alleged, had done precious little to help prosecute people who played with the life and honour of women.


BJP to field ’84 riots victim against Maken
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
The BJP–Akali Dal combine will pit a widow or any other member of a family affected by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots against Transport Minister Ajay Maken in Rajouri Garden.

The BJP has decided to leave Adarsh Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Jangpura and Rajouri Graden for the Akali Dal. Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana said the candidates for all the four seats, except Rajouri Garden, had been finalised.

Announcing this at a news conference, Mr Khurana said either a widow would be fielded or a person who was orphaned after his family was killed in the massacre. Rajouri Graden is the traditional constituency of Maken. He was elected twice from this seat in 1993 and 1998.

“The purpose of fielding either of the two is that the name of Mr Maken’s family finds mention among the list of Congress leaders allegedly involved in the riots,” Mr Khurana told mediapersons.

The agreement for seat adjustment was reached at a meeting Mr Khurana and Chairman of the Election Campaign Committee of Delhi Pradesh BJP Vijay Kumar Malhotra had with Mr Prakash Singh Badal and Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

Mr Khurana said the BJP was also having talks with the Janata Dal (United) and the Shiv Sena and the announcement could be made soon. He said the talks with the Shiv Sena had run into rough weather as the Sena was asking for more seats than the BJP was willing to give.


Khurana to train guns on pub culture

New Delhi: A memorial to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, rationalisation of liquor vends and an end to “pub culture” could find a mention in the manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana on Tuesday told reporters it would end the pub culture in the NCT of Delhi if voted to power in the December 1 Assembly election. “The pub culture, personified by the Congress, is destroying the lives of youths,” Mr Khurana told a news conference. “We will include the issue in our poll manifesto,” he said.

He also announced that the party, if elected, would reduce the number of liquor shops in the Capital. “From about 180 five years ago, the number of shops of Indian made foreign liquor had now grown to nearly 275. Similarly, shops selling countrymade liquor had increased from 19 to 58 during the corresponding period,’’ he said.

“High consumption of liquor is reflected in sons of high officials and politicians committing crime ... we want to end that culture,” he said. The party also promised to include in the manifesto the construction of a memorial to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims. TNS


Stan Chart duped of lakhs by Dwarka woman
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
The Delhi Police today arrested a woman and her Nigerian accomplice for cheating the Standard Chartered Bank of several lakhs of rupees by opening various accounts in the name of non-existing firms.

Rani Sharma was arrested on November 1 from Dwarka, where she was living in a rented accommodation. She was arrested after six cheques sent for remittance to Barclay Bank, Manchester, were returned with the remarks that the account had already been closed.

The police sources disclosed that Rani had opened 14 accounts last year in Standard Chartered Bank in the name of various firms, all located at Vasant Kunj, in the capacity of a proprietor dealing in export and import business.

She deposited six cheques, purportedly drawn on Barclay Bank, and managed to draw more than Rs 23 lakh. During interrogation, she revealed that she was initially dealing in the sale and purchase of shares as a sub-broker, but after suffering heavy losses, she started arranging loans from foreign banks for individuals wanting to buy domestic appliances.

Rani told the police that she used to collect 25-30 per cent of the loan amount from the individuals and supplied them appliances. After gaining their confidence, she disappeared with the large amount.

The police claim that she changed her modus operandi and opened a number of accounts in ABN AMBRO Bank in the name of non-existing firms. Along with her associate she cheated several persons on the pretext of arranging loans. However, cheques issued by her bounced on presentation.

Rani also took a personal loan, of which Rs 1.27 lakh is still outstanding against her. Thereafter, she operated from Bhikaji Cama Palace and along with her associates cheated several persons on the pretext of arranging loans.

In July last year, she came in contact with her Nigerian accomplice, Sidibe, who told her that he was in possession of several cheques of Barclay Bank, and was looking for a person having accounts in foreign banks. She then began a cheating racket with Sidibe and deposited six cheques, four in the Connaught Place branch, one in the Sansad Marg branch and another in Vasant Vihar.

As per procedure, the bank allowed credit against three cheques after eight days of their presentation in the bank. The cheques were sent to Barclay Bank for collection through their NOSTRO account. By the time the bank could get information about the fate of the cheques, Rani had fraudulently withdrawn more than Rs 23 lakh from Standard Chartered.

She made part payment to Sidibe and withheld Rs five lakh out of his share. When Sidibe pressed hard for the remaining amount, she shifted from Vasant Kunj to Dwarka.

In the meantime, Barclay returned the cheques with the remarks that the account had already been closed.


Owner of chit fund co vanishes, lakhs at stake
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 4
Jassa Ram Sharma, owner of a recognised chit fund company of Delhi, has allegedly duped a large number of people of this city and Delhi before disappearing with crores of rupees invested by them.

According to a report, the victims have alleged that Jassa Ram Sharma, a resident of Mohalla Kot, Sonepat, had opened the chit fund company at Delhi and had lured many people with assurances of high dividend. The victims also alleged that Sharma had issued receipts for the amount received by him from the investors.

According to the victims, when they demanded their money back he disappeared from the city and they had failed to locate him. One of his employees had told them that he had already sold his property and left for some unknown place. Many of the victims have informed the police about the disappearance of Mr Sharma with their money. But so far no case has been registered in this connection.

The names of some of the victims, with the amounts at stake in brackets, are: Mr Mohan Lal, a resident of Raj Mohalla, Sonepat (Rs 1.40 lakh), Mr Dheeraj Rehlan, a resident of Sector 15, Sonepat (Rs 1 lakh), Mr Mukesh Sardana, owner of Haryana Tent House, Sarang Road, Sonepat (Rs 9 lakh), Mr Ashok Kumar, a resident of Mohalla Kot, Sonepat (Rs 2.50 lakh), Mr Ashok Arora of Pritampura (Delhi) Rs 7 lakh, Mr Gajender Kumar of Delhi (Rs 1 lakh), Mr Kewal Krishan of Shastri Nagar, Delhi (Rs 60,000), Mr Rakesh (Rs 1 lakh), Mr Babu Lal (Rs 2 lakh), Mr Nitan Arore (Rs 40,000), Mr Ashok Arora (Rs 2 lakh), Mr Ajay Rastogi (Rs 2 lakh), Mr Deepak (Rs 6 lakh), Mr Prem Mahajan (Rs 6 lakh), Mr Jaswant Singh Jassa (Rs 65,000) and Mr Udeyvir (Rs 1 lakh). All these persons belonged to Delhi.

Two students killed in collision

Two students were killed when their motor cycle was hit by a tanker on the Rohtak-Panipat road near Mahra village, about 50 km from here, yesterday. According to a report, the victims were identified as Joginder (22) and Sandeep (20). Both of them belonged to Butana village in Sonepat district. They were on their way to Rohtak. The driver of the tanker tried to overtake the motor cycle but collided with it. The motor cycle caught fire and Sandeep sustained serious burn injuries. He died on the spot.


Dacoity at Dawn
Factory owner’s house ransacked by gang of six
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
At least six armed desperadoes broke into the Vivek Vihar house of Mr Alok Agarwal, a factory owner. After threatening him and his entire family, they escaped with cash and valuables worth several lakhs in the early hours today. No one was, however, injured in the dacoity.

The dacoity comes close on the heels of a similar incident in AGCR Colony in Anand Vihar yesterday where an old couple was robbed of their valuables by armed miscreants.

The police said a case had been registered and efforts were being made to trace the suspects. Senior police officers, the Dog Squad and the Crime Branch team were rushed to the residence of the factory owner after the incident.

According to the police, the incident occurred around 4.30 am today. The suspects reportedly broke open the grill and entered the ground floor of the house occupied by Alok and his family. Brandishing knives, the suspects forced Mrs Rekha Agarwal to escort them to the first floor where the family of the younger brother, Rajiv, stays. The suspects forced Mrs Rekha Agarwal to claim she was not well and that someone should come and help her. Hearing this, when the door was opened the suspects barged in. They then tied up the entire family, including four children, ransacked the house for valuables and escaped.

The recent dacoities have caused considerable panic in some of the posh East Delhi colonies where the residents alleged police patrolling was virtually negligible. They demanded adequate patrolling in the area to restore the confidence of the people.

Senior police officers, who visited the spot, said that both foot and mobile patrolling was being intensified in the colonies but because of manpower constraints it was not possible to cover all areas. They sought the cooperation of the residents’ welfare associations to help them in night patrolling.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner, Mr R. S. Gupta, has taken a serious view of the increase in incidents of crime in the Capital and called an emergency meeting of the Deputy Commissioners of Police of various districts. The Police Commissioner told them in no uncertain terms that enough was enough and they had to come down heavily on criminals and anti-social elements to restore the confidence of the public.

The Police Commissioner asked the DCPs to ensure that there were no anti-social elements on the street in the nights and keep track of all known criminals. The DCPs have been asked to personally supervise the arrangements, specially in view of the forthcoming assembly elections in the NCT of Delhi.


Ganga water for Noida only if admn pays up
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 4
Residents of Ghaziabad will hopefully start getting Ganga water within a fortnight while Noidaites may have to wait for another month or so, according to Mr Dharminder Dev Mishra, Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam Chairman.

But there is a rider. The Noida administration will first have to clear the payment due to Jal Nigam within three to four days.

The Jal Nigam has already initiated work on the project report of the Noida administration’s proposal for 80 cusecs of Ganga water, added Mr Mishra, who had come on an inspection visit of Jal Nigam.

He said Ganga water had already reached Sector 65, Noida. “But we are faced with some bottlenecks. One of these is the stoppage of payment by the Noida administration”.

“If Noida clears our payments within the next few days, the supply of water could be made to Noida city within a month”, Mr Mishra declared.

Mr Mishra disclosed that the Jal Nigam was executing development works worth Rs 350 crore in the Noida area, the majority of which had now been stopped. This included a sewage line project worth Rs 98 crore.

The Jal Nigam Chairman said 30 per cent work on this project had been completed. The project report of the sewage line had pegged its estimated cost at Rs 224 crore, but the basic cost had been brought down to Rs 98 crore. He did not clarify how this had been made possible. He said crash guards and electricity poles on either side of the expressway had been fixed in keeping with the Noida administration criteria and norms. Work on crash guards had been completed on a 38-km stretch out of the total 60 km length. The Jal Nigam had undertaken work on 16 projects.

Mr Mishra said the UP Jal Nigam was a contractor in all the development works in Noida and Greater Noida, which had now been stopped by the authorities. This had led to problems for the contractors.


More violence on Jamia campus

New Delhi: Following the clash between day scholars and outsiders yesterday, tempers in Jamia Milia Islamia continued to soar today. For the second day, students reported incidents of violence on the campus. With these incidents of reported violence, the students have deferred plans of declaring a strike. He added, “The focus has now shifted to finding a solution to the clash between the two factions.” TNS


CM soft-soaping voters a year in advance
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 4
Although the elections to the Lok Sabha and the Vidhan Sabha are still a year away, the Chief Minister and INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today appealed to the people to vote for the INLD.

During his two-day whistle-stop tour of the Hassangarh Assembly segment, the Chief Minister reviewed the progress of various developmental programmes launched under the scheme. He also inquired from the villagers if the grants sanctioned by the government during the last three years for development and welfare schemes have been properly utilised.

The Chief Minister also announced the acceptance of some of the demands raised by the villagers and sought an assurance from them that they would vote for the INLD candidates in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections.

The police and the security agencies were on their toes during the Chief Minister’s visit to the villages so as to prevent the recurrence of the Sample episode in which some women had blocked the route of Mr Chautala’s motorcade.

Residents of some of the villages where Mr Chautala had visited today alleged that they were not allowed to raise their grievances by the district authorities at the “Sarkar Aap ke Dwar” programme. When the wife and family members of Karan Singh, sarpanch of village Pahrawar, wanted to bring to the notice of the Chief Minister that the sarpanch had been missing for the past three weeks, the policemen did not allow them to meet Mr Chautala. The sarpanch belongs to the Dalit family and his wife Ms Bharpai and other relatives have so far failed to trace him.

During his two-day visit, the Chief Minster visited 30 villages and sanctioned 132 developmental works costing Rs 4.25 crore. He also visited Ekta Colony situated on the outskirts of Rohtak town and refused to sanction any development schemes on the plea that only the approved colonies were entitled to the development projects. Ekta Colony was yet to be approved.


SYL canal to be completed within a year: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 4
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has reiterated that the work on the construction of the SYL canal would be completed within a year and the farmers of the state would get adequate quantity of canal water for irrigation purposes.

Addressing a rural gathering at Rohan village, about 20 km from here yesterday, he listed the achievements of the INLD government and claimed that all the watercourses had been made pucca to check the seepage of water.

Similarly, the work for the desilting and deweeding operations were in progress which would be completed soon. This, he said, was being done to ensure the supply of canal water at the tail-end villages, a major commitment of his government.

He claimed that the policies of his government were oriented to benefit the farmers. The policies of his government had led to the prosperity of the farmers in the state, he claimed. He debunked the theory propagated by the Opposition parties that the farmers were not receiving remunerative price for their produce.

Referring to the demands of the people, he announced that the works on the Rohna minor would be started soon.

He said that the state government had spent Rs 81 lakh on the development of the village in the past three and a half years.

He called upon the people in the village to pay the Rs 6 lakh due on electricity bills as it would help the government to accelerate the pace of development in the village.

Referring to the complaints against the sarpanch of the village, Mr Chautala asked the people to shun party factionalism and work unitedly for the development of the village.

The visit of the Chief Minister to the village was in connection with the fourth phase of the ‘Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar Programme’ launched to solve the grievances of the people at their doorsteps.

Mr Dheer Pal Singh, Urban Development Minister and Mr Inder Singh, MP, were among those who were present on this occasion.

Robbery incidents on the rise

Recent incidents of robbery in and around this city have caused panic among the residents, particularly the shopkeepers, who have been frequently targeted.

According to a report, a group of robbers struck the area near the 20th mile stone on the GT Road on Sunday night and broke into at least 10 shops and took away cash and other goods worth several thousands of rupees. During the night–long operation, the robbers targeted a boot house, a teashop, a hotel, a STD booth and a spare parts shop. This is the second such incident in this area during the past one week. Earlier, the robbers struck in Pio Munyari village and targeted two workers colonies.

According to another report, Mr Surinder Kumar, a director of a rice mill at Bahalgarh village, filed a complaint against a truck driver for the disappearance of 156 bags (One bag contained 40 kg of export rice) of rice worth several lakhs of rupees.

The police have launched a hunt to apprehend the truck driver who is still at large.

The rice mill is engaged in the export of rice through ICD Delhi, from where the rice bags are sent to the Mumbai port.

CM announces Rs 423-cr water scheme for Mewat
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, November 4
The Haryana Government has formulated a Rs 423-crore scheme to improve the availability of drinking water in Mewat. This was announced by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a water works constructed at a cost of Rs 93.22 lakh at Kharak Khurd, 18 km from here today.

The new water works would provide 70 litres of water per capita per day to the people of the village. He reiterated the commitment of his government to provide adequate drinking and irrigation water to the people living in rural areas.

As a result of the effective implementation of various welfare programmes, there had been tremendous development in the areas of power, education, roads, sports and rural development, he added. He said that a Livestock Development Board was set up so as to encourage the farmers to rear cattle. He urged the farmers to rear milch cattle to increase their income. He said that he was suggesting the farmers to take up such vocations to increase their income as the size of land holdings was reducing day by day.

The Chief Minister said that the network of veterinary institutions would be expanded and the Government had decided to repair the buildings of all veterinary hospitals within a year. He said that a new health scheme has been launched from yesterday to provide health care at the doorstep of the people.

Under this programme, all citizens in the State would be medically examined by the special teams. Besides, eyesight of people above 60 would also be examined and if required, they would be provided with spectacles free of cost. Back


IMT project: Will it be the mascot of Haryana’s industrial success?
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 4
The Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) has intensified its efforts to expedite the completion of the first phase of its ambitious Industrial Model Township (IMT) project at Manesar, about 20 km from here. The immediate focus of the agency is on the completion of about 100 flats for the workers of units based in IMT. Plots for the proposed flats are spread over an area of about three acres of land.

According to an official of the agency, the construction works on the project is expected to start before the end of this year.

Group Housing Societies for outsiders are also on the agenda of the HSIDC. Eighty-two acres of land has been earmarked for allotment for the group housing society flats.

The first phase of the IMT project encompasses about 1,700 acres of land divided into seven sectors. It has provisions for 1,200 industrial plots, out of which 1,100 have already been allotted.

In the proposed development, while the HSIDC sells the industrial plots, the construction works are done by the owners within the specified parameters.

However, though the HSIDC personnel asserted that things have been progressing according to plans, there are many who feel that developments are being unduly delayed. It is pointed out that inspite of the large-scale advertisements about the IMT to the domestic and foreign investors, only 100 units have started production works so far, while 700 units are on the threshold of setting themselves up. According to official version, construction works on 400 plots were in progress.

The IMT saga is now more than five years old. The IMT project is to be developed in five phases, over an area of 5,000 acres of land.

The work on second phase, to be set up on 1,400 acres of land, is at an advanced stage. An officer of the HSIDC said that the agency had already taken possession of 200 acres of land for the second phase. Follow up works for the remaining portion is also going apace. According to many, the government has decided to make IMT a mascot of its industrial success. Accordingly, officials have been instructed to ensure the timely progress of work on the various projects.

In fact, the project finds a mention in most of the demonstrations put up by the state government to show the growth of industrialisation in the state.

As a result, a number of foreign delegations have visited the IMT project site to explore the possibility of business by their nationals. A Hungarian delegation visited the project site yesterday.


Depositing phone bills an uphill task
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 4
The telecom consumers in Ghaziabad are facing a lot of hardships as there is no improvement in the system of depositing the telephone bills of BSNL.

Confusion prevails at the cash counters even at Raj Nagar exchange, to say nothing of other places. Though the department claims to have introduced many changes at the cash counters, including opening new counters as also increasing the time limits, but failure to enforce a system in these places continues to make the depositing of a telecom bill an uphill task. Eight new counters had been set by the department keeping in view the difficulties of many consumers. But the hall where these counters were located was too small to enable a large number of consumers to deposit their bills properly. The hall was too small to accommodate long queues of subscribers. A few of the previously functioning counters were also closed down.

In Raj Nagar exchange, separate counters for women and senior citizens were set up and working time was extended from 9 am to 4 pm daily. Though officially counters open at 9 am, but the staff normally start work by 10 am. There are people who come to deposit dozens of bills at one counter.

They are able to have their way by paying Rs 10 extra per bill while the bona fide subscribers have to sweat it out for hours. Besides, on advance bills of officials, contractors and medical practitioners and officers, the counter clerks get some commission, according to departmental sources. They are obviously too keen to attend to such subscribers.


Two more held for murder of Delhi trader
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 4
The Rai police have arrested two more persons, Krishan of Sudana village and Sunil of Mahra village in connection with the alleged murder of Mr Harish Sharma, a trader of Azadpur (Delhi) vegetable market.

According to a report, both the persons were produced before Mr Pardeep Kumar, Chief Judicial Magistrate here yesterday who remanded them in police custody for five days. The police have earlier arrested the main suspect Mr Surinder Kumar of Shershah village and a trader of the same market in this connection. He has already been sent in 14-day judicial custody by the CJM.

236 eye operations done

As many as 236 operations were performed by a team of eye surgeons at a three-day free eye operation camp organised by the Jain Milan, Mahila Jain Milan and the Lions Club of Sonepat which concluded on the premises of the Shiva Hospital near the Hindu College here yesterday.

Health scheme for ex-servicemen

The Army authorities have planned to introduce a Health Care Scheme to provide almost free medical facilities to the retired military personnel. The authorities will open health centres in the state for this purpose.

According to the ADM commandant colonel G S Dahiya of Sainik Headquarter, Rohtak, under the scheme, mobile medical teams will visit the health centres at regular intervals for medical check-ups and treatment of the retired military personnel and their dependants. The patients with serious diseases will be referred by the teams to the well-known specified hospitals. The retired military personnel would be required to meet only two per cent of the total expenses of the treatment.

History-sheeter nabbed

Noida: The Bisarakh police have arrested a history-sheeter of Dadri police station who carries a reward of Rs 2,000 on his head after an encounter in Tusyana jungle.

SO Deepak Chaturvedi of Bisarakh said the police had got a tip-off that a criminal Shaukeen, son of Chirag Ali of Mohalla Thakuran, Dadri, wanted for looting a truck with Rs 10 lakh goods, was hiding in Tusyana jungles.

SO Chaturvedi rushed to the spot with his team and asked the criminal to surrender himself. Instead of giving up, he fired at the police party. The policemen returned the fire and overpowered Shaukeen.

The police seized a local pistol and a few live cartridges and a knife from the accused. The police said Shaukeen was carrying a reward of Rs 2,000 on his head as he had sold Rs 10 lakh worth of soap and some other consignment of the truck that he had looted in Meerut market.

Man robbed, shot dead

New Delhi: Two unidentified youths robbed a resident of Rajasthan of Rs 10 lakh and shot him dead near Zakhira flyover in Moti Bagh area this afternoon.

The assailants fired from a close range at the victim, Pramod Kumar, injuring him seriously.

He was admitted to Hindu Rao Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.


BHEL wins laurels for business excellence
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
The Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) has achieved a major milestone with three of its manufacturing plants and one power sector division, bagging the prestigious CII-Exim Commendation Certificate for business excellence.

The recognition has been conferred on BHEL’ s major manufacturing units located at Haridwar, Tiruchy and Bhopal, besides its Power Sector-Northern Region (PS-NR). Notably BHEL was the first public sector company in India to have won the CII-Exim ‘Significant Achievement Commendation Certificate’ in 2002, for its Tiruchy Plant.

The awards were presented by Dr K. Kasturirangan, MP and former Chairman of the ISRO at the inauguration session of the 11th CII Quality Summit, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry today.

37% still poverty-struck

Secretary of the All India Citizens Committee (AICC) Pramod Arya said that 37 per cent of the total population of the country still live below the poverty line but the government does nothing for their betterment.

After 56 years of Independence, a large population of the country does not earn more then Rs 1,500 per month. The government has provision to provide them with ration on cheap rates but they do not get this facility. Ration meant for the poor person is sold in black market. The government should make a policy to make life of the poor better.

Simultaneous polls demanded

Raja Singh Sethi, president of the Shiromani Gurudwara Sewadar Committee demanded that the election of panchayats, district councils, state assemblies and Lok Sabha should be held at one time to save public money.

Free eye camp

The Tarun Mitra Parishad will organise a free eye camp on November 9 at Inder Public School, Mandawali Fazalpur. The Parishad president, Mr Ashok Jain, said this would be the 29th eye camp organised by the parishad so far. The camp will be inaugurated by the president of Mahila Congress Committee, Ms Rita Bahuguna Joshi.


Birth centennial of Goswami Maharaj celebrated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
On the concluding day of the month-long Kartik Vrata, the birth centennial of founder of Acharya Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj was celebrated here today.

Devotees from across the country thronged the Aggarasain Bhavan in Ashok Vihar to pay obeisance to the spiritual master. The functions began with the Guru Puja followed by lectures, delivered by religious scholars.

Among those who came to pay their obeisance were the Union Minister of Labour, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, and the Minister of State for Defence, Prof. C L Gupta.

During the birth centennial year, various social and spiritual congregations will be organised across the globe and work related to charitable dispensaries, schools, temples and libraries will also be commenced.


Make Gurgaon destination of foreign investors: HSIDC
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 4
The Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC), an agency of the Haryana Government, on Monday urged the president of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and founder president of the Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Mr P.K. Jain, to convince the business delegation from Hungary that it was profitable for them to invest in Haryana, especially Gurgaon.

The high-powered delegation has come to India along with Hungary’s Prime Minister.

It visited the Industrial Model Township (IMT) set up by HSIDC at Manesar, about 20 km from here. It also visited some of the leading multinational units like Denso Haryana and the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter

India (Pvt) Ltd, to explore the possibility of its country’s business community investing in the country.

Setting the tone of the visit, Mr Jain addressed the delegation at IMT, saying that the economies of India and Hungary are complementary and stand to gain from the increased trade and economic co-operation. To develop economic, commercial and technical relations between India and Hungary, efforts should be canalised towards identifying and building upon the complementarities between the two economies. The synergy that can emerge by enhancing mutual co-operation is immense.

Last year, Hungary was invited to join the European Union, which is India’s largest trade and investment partner. “We can take advantage of this and use Hungary as a gateway to the EU,” he added.

According to him, potential items for Indian exports to Hungary include machine tools, tractor assembly, food processing machinery, mining, machinery, earth moving machinery, casting and forging items, consumer goods including appliances, leather items, engineering goods, textiles and garments, cosmetics, computer hardware and software, jewellery, tobacco, tea, coffee, processed foods, cotton, industrial chemicals, automotive part, medical equipment and supplies, oil and gas field machinery, pharmaceuticals, etc.

Similarly, potential items of import from Hungary by India include large machinery items, steel products, chemicals, drugs and pharmaceuticals, peas and other agricultural products, metallurgical products, cables, electronics, energy equipment, transport equipment, automotive parts, ceremics and glassware, clothing, footwear, household consumer products, meat products, etc.

With regard to Haryana, Mr Jain emphasised the merits of Gurgaon, as it was in the vicinity of the national Capital and had everything to offer what the Capital had to offer to the investors.

He also tried to broadband the virtue of Gurgaon, saying that although Haryana was still an agrarian economy, the industry in the state has come of age.


Chinese delegation explores business potential
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 4
A nine-member Chinese business delegation visited this industrial township yesterday with a view to explore trade potential here.

The visit was in response to the recent tour made by a team of Indian entrepreneurs to China, which had extended an invitation to their Chinese counterparts.

A spokesman of the Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA), which welcomed the delegates and arranged a tour of some of the units here, said that their Chinese counterparts exhibited a lot of interests in the products manufactured here.

He said the delegates, including managing directors, chairpersons and president of some of the top companies of China, visited a number of units such as Shivani Locks, Venus Metal, Lakhani Rubber, SBL Auto Private Limited and Escorts

Auto Components to understand the quality and techniques of the production process.

He claimed that there was a heavy demand for auto parts and components in China and Faridabad was ideally placed to meet their demands, as there were a large number of ancillary units operating here. In turn the Chinese delegation reportedly expressed their interest to supply some of the requirements of the Indian entrepreneurs. According to FSIA, the Chinese delegation asked FSIA to send another delegation to China to have a more detailed discussion to work out trade potentials. The FSIA members said the visit by the Chinese delegation was a result of the `Made in India’ show, organised by the Indian entrepreneurs in China recently.

They said such exchange visits were urgently needed as it helped to spread awareness about the business potentials in the two countries.

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