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Revenge killing
20-yr-old held for matricide
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 5
Pramod (20), a resident of Adhyapak Nagar in West district, was arrested today on the charge of killing his mother. He allegedly shot dead his mother Sarla to avenge his father’s murder in which his mother was allegedly involved.

Pramod had fired at Sarla with a country made pistol, killing her on the spot earlier this month. Her bullet-ridden body was recovered from the drawing room. The suspect had covered her body with a quilt to mislead the police into believing that an outsider was involved, the police said.

The body was discovered by a maid at 4 p.m. when she came for household work. She, in turn, called the neighbours, who informed the police. The sons of the deceased, Pramod and Sandeep, were also informed. A number of people, including the maid of the deceased and others working in the neighbourhod, were questioned. The police was not satisfied with their replies. While investigating the case, the police came to know that the husband of the deceased, Pratap Singh, who worked as an Ahlmat in the Tis Hazari court, was also murdered. The police questioned her sons, Pramod and Sandeep. During sustained questioning, Pramod confessed to killing his mother, the police said.

He disclosed that his father was murdered 10 years back in Keshav Puram, allegedly by Shyam Sunder, Raj Kumar and their third associate. His mother allegedly had an affair with Shyam Sunder, which was the cause of his father’s death in 1993. They killed his father in the presence of his mother. Since then, she had been living with Shyam Sunder; she, however, always introduced him as her brother.

Pramod disclosed that he and his brother wanted to inform the police but they were prevented by their mother from doing so; they were about 10 year old at that time. After Pratap’s death, Sarla was given a job in Tis Hazari court on compassionate ground.

Sarla had been spending lavishly on Shyam Sunder, the police said. She had also disposed of the property which was in her sons’ name, which had further infuriated Pramod.


BJP first list out, no surprises
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 5
Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Madan Lal Khurana will contest the December 1 Assembly election in the NCT of Delhi from his traditional seat of Moti Nagar, it was announced on Wednesday. Also finding a place in the first list of 35 candidates released by the Central Election Committee of the BJP is Poonam Azad, wife of party’s Member of Parliament Kirti Azad. She has been fielded from the Gole Market constituency from where Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit won the last election.

Apart from the members of the Central Election Committee, leaders from the Delhi Pradesh BJP – Madan Lal Khurana, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Sahib Singh Verma and Jagdish Mukhi – participated in the deliberations. General Secretary Pramod Mahajan said the first list of 35 candidates has four women, five Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 13 sitting legislators.

A former minister, Poornima Sethi, will contest from Kalkaji. She lost in the last elections to Subhash Chopra, who succeeded Prem Singh as the Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly. Other prominent candidates include Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Jagdish Mukhi from Janakpuri; Ram Bhaj, the party’s chief whip in the Assembly from Sarojini Nagar; Harcharan Singh Balli from Harinagar; and SP Rataval from Karol Bagh (Reserved). A former president of Delhi Pradesh BJP, Mange Ram Garg, has been fielded from Wazirpur.

Also among the 13 of the 14 sitting MLAs renominated by the party are Sushil Choudhry from Kasturba Nagar, Nand Kishore Garg from Trinagar, Ravinder Basal from Shalimar Bagh, Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal from Badli, Brahm Singh from Mehrauli, Harsh Vardhan from Krishna Nagar, Naresh Gaur from Babarpur, Sahib Singh Chauhan from Yamuna Vihar, Mohan Singh Bisht from Karaval Nagar and Puran Chand Yogi from Rajinder Nagar.

Among the five candidates to contest from reserved constituencies are Raju Balmiki from Mangolpuri (SC), Sunil Vaid from Trilokpuri (SC), Ranjit Kashyap from Nand Nagri (SC), SP Rataval from Karol Bagh (SC) and Moti Lal Sodi from Ram Nagar (SC). Besides Poonam Azad from Gole Market and Poornima Sethi from Kalkaji, the party has announced the names of two other women: Arti Mehra from Hauz Khas and Dhanvanti Chandela from Vishnu Garden.

The party has left four seats for NDA ally Akali Dal (Badal). The four seats are : Adarsh Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Jangpura and Rajouri Garden. The party is likely to 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.


BJP clamours for death penalty

New Delhi: Legislators, councillors, office bearers and members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday held a demonstration outside Tis Hazari to demand death penalty to Sushil Sharma, a former president of Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress, who was convicted for shooting Naina Sahni and burning the body in a Tandoor (oven).

Led by Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Jagdish Mukhi and Leader of Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Subhash Arya, they raised slogans against the Indian National Congress (INC). Mukhi said the INC and the Government of NCT of Delhi failed to make available water
but opened many liquor vends, which in turn, adversely affected the law and order situation in the Capital.

Mukhi said the conviction of Sushil Sharma and the murder of Atma Ram Gupta, a councillor, last year allegedly at the behest of an INC member, highlighted the depths to which that party had plunged. That, and the arrest of a councillor of that party for taking a bribe of Rs 20,000, had exposed the extent of corruption within the INC. TNS


Death trap
Three buried alive in well
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 5
After struggling for more than six hours, the district administration succeeded in retrieving three bodies from the “Hodi” of an abandoned tube-well in village Bhighan. The victims of the tragedy have been identified as the owner of the tube-well, Rishi, Subhash of Rajlu Garhi and a woman named Rajesh of the same village.

According to information, these three persons, along with another labourer, Indrashi, were extracting bricks from the wall of a 35-feet-deep `hodi’ on Tuesday. In the evening around 5 pm, when they had reached a depth of 10 feet, the portion of the wall from which the bricks were removed, fell upon them in a heap. Indrashi, who was standing outside the ‘hodi’, informed the villagers and the police about the incident.

On receiving information, three JCB machines were immediately requisitioned ad pressed into service. The rescue operation was supervised by the SDM Gannaur, Jeet Singh Mehra, and finally around midnight the bodies were retrieved.

The deputy commissioner, the additional deputy commissioner, the local MLA and other officers also reached the mishap spot.

It is pointed out that despite frequent incidents of wall collapse inside “Hodis,” the locals have not learnt any lesson from the fatal mishaps.

Many a times, villagers have become victims of toxic gases emanating from the bottom of the `hodis’. The villagers need to enter the hodis for repair of electric motors or for cleaning the bed of the well.

Incidentally, the underground water table is receding in Rai, Gannaur and Sonepat blocks. The farmers fix the tube-well electric motors deep in the Hodis, to facilitate easy lifting of the sub soil water.


Stalked by rapist two years after crime
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 5
Two years after being sexually assaulted, a rape victim is being harassed and stalked by the accused. The young girl (name withheld), a victim of rape, is being intimidated to withdraw her complaint against the accused in the court, or face the annihilation of her entire family. After the court hearing yesterday, the alleged rapist had the audacity to follow the victim to her residence. When her parents resisted him, he is said to have assaulted them.

The police has since arrested the accused.

According to the police, a young girl had filed a report in Sector-20 police station two years ago that one Vijit Anand had raped her. Since then the case is being heard by a Noida Court. The family of the victim lives in Sector-49, Noida. During the hearing the accused had tried to talk to the victim. After that, he started following her. On the way, she had warned him that his actions would have serious consequences.

But he followed her and barged into her house. When her parents resisted him, he tried to intimidate them further by saying that the price of human life was Rs 65 only, the amount one needed to buy a revolver cartridge. The sector-49 police were informed of the threat and the assault on the girl’s parents. Following the complaint, SO Vivek Ranjan reached the house of the victim and overpowered the accused. The accused was also pressurizing the victim’s family on the phone to withdraw the case. 


High-tech Cong campaign

New Delhi: The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) would go in for a high-voltage campaign for the December 1 Assembly poll by making use of multimedia technology to highlight the achievements of the Sheila Dikshit Ministry. The audio-video and print campaign would also expose the misdeeds and failures of the BJP-led NDA Government.

The Publicity Committee, in its meeting chaired by Vishwa Bandhu Gupta and attended by Anil Shastri, Prem Singh and Jagdish Tytler, decided to adopt a multi-media approach in projecting the achievements of the government and the party’s vision for the next five years. The campaign would not be restricted only to the print and electronic media. TNS


Decks cleared for Ayurveda centre at MDU
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, November 5
The 132nd meeting of the Academic Council of Maharshi Dayanand University today approved the establishment of Ch. Devi Lal Centre for Ayurveda and Bio-Technology. The University Grants Commission has provided a grant of Rs. 32 lakh for the establishment of this centre, which will undertake advance research in Ayurveda.

The university created history of sorts when the 132nd meeting of its Academic Council was held in three sessions on different dates. There were 88 items on the agenda of the Academic Council which for the first time met on October 9. It had discussed and disposed of 51 items on that date when the meeting was adjourned at the request of a member for October 17.

The meeting on October 17 was adjourned following heated exchanges between the Vice Chancellor and Dr Himmat Singh Ratnoo, a member of the council, on delegation of powers to the V-C for introducing additional courses in affiliated colleges. The meeting had discussed only item no 52 and 53 that day.

Dr Ratnoo, a lecturer in the Economics Department and member of the Academic Council and the Executive Council of the university, was suspended on October 17 by the Vice Chancellor. He, therefore, did not attend today’s meeting. A couple of members tried to raise the issue of his suspension but they were silenced. Dr Ratnoo’s term in the Academic Council expires on November 17 next.

The agenda regarding merger of the Statistic Department with the Mathematics Department was withdrawn at the last minute. No reasons were assigned by the Registrar for withdrawing this item. It is, however, learnt that the move was being opposed by the Mathematics Department.


Communication of bail orders: SC seeks details from Delhi govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Government of NCT of Delhi to file an affidavit by November 13, detailing the procedure adopted by the Tihar Jail to quickly receive bail orders of accused belonging to poor sections and communicate the same to them.

The court also wanted to know the method of communicating bail orders by the court registry to the jail authorities and then to the prisoner and his relatives. The direction was issued by a bench of justices N Santosh Hegde and BP Singh during resumed hearing of a special leave petition by one Pusai, an accused in a house trespass case in which his conviction and sentence were confirmed by Delhi HC.


Cases against Jamia hostellers to be withdrawn
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 5
In a bid to defuse the campus unrest, the Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor has assured the students that cases filed against hostellers would be withdrawn. He has also promised that a case would be filed against miscreants responsible for yesterday night’s arson incident. The students were extremely agitated on Wednesday over yesterday night’s violence involving an alleged bid by outsiders to set a hostel room on fire. The students, disturbed by the on-going campus violence, gathered outside the vice-chancellor’s office today and raised slogans calling for a safer campus.

Eventually, they were assured that the university has made all arrangements for maintaining order on the campus. Additional security personnel would also be deployed, a spokesperson of the JMI said.

According to reports, some outsiders had tried to set the hostel, White House, on fire late last night. Students pointed out that miscreants broke into the campus and attacked the White House. “The White House is closer to the basti and the vandals broke into a room which they tried to set afire”, said the university official.

Though the fire was controlled and no one was reported injured, students were enraged at the breach in security. “The students have now been pacified, they have been assured of additional security in all the hostels as well as the entire university and we hope that the situation will be back to normal very soon”, added the spokesperson.

The students and the authorities were unanimous in blaming outsiders for the arson. “Our immediate concern is to restore peace and security on the campus. The students have been anxious since last night and we have been promised additional security”, said Shamshad Ahmed, who was part of the delegation that met the VC. Interestingly, the issue of holding elections on the campus has now been put on hold. “During the meeting today the VC said that he will not discuss the issue for some time. The priority is safety and normalcy”, added Shamshad.


Power users devise new ways to crack the system
Our Correspondent

Panipat, November 5
Power theft in this industrial town continues unabated despite the claims made by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (UHBVN) that it had initiated steps to stop the pilferage. Officials have emphasised the need for an awareness campaign that would encourage consumers to pay their dues on time.

Even as the Nigam is making some efforts to stop the pilferage of power, the consumers have also devised ways and means of stealing power. While some use “Kundi” system, others have put additional wires in the unsealed meters.

According to information received from Executive Officer, Nagar Parishad, Panipat, the Parishad collects house tax of approximately Rs 2.73 crore per annum. However, the UHBVN had installed meters in just about 70 per cent of the houses in Panipat.

Recently, the Managing Director of UHBVN, Jyoti Arora, directed the SDO’s of the Nigam to check at least 10 domestic connections everyday, paying special attention to the small- scale units, where maximum theft was suspected. The income of the Nigam had dwindled over the years due to the power theft, she said. As per the information of the district administration, 2,350 power connections were inspected and 604 consumers were penalized to the tune of Rs 97.85 lakh. It was stated that 49 FIRs were registered against defaulters during January 1, 2003 to October 31, 2003. However, a number of people raised the issue of the lack of awareness among the public.

The state Secretary of All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union said he was against allowing contractors in the “business of meter reading”, and alleged that the loss of revenue was due to the slow and defective working system adopted by the contractors.

However, the managing director of the Nigam, Jyoti Arora, said recently that meter reading would be done by both the Nigam staff and contractors employed for the job. She emphasised that the defaulter would be put under the scanner and penalized. However, she said that this practice was being done on a trial basis and if found inappropriate, it would be later abolished.

The Chairman of Haryana Bijli Nigam, Major- General (retd) Bhoop Singh Rathi recently told a gathering of farmers in Panipat that the Haryana Government was providing power at the rate of 65 paise per unit, which can be continued if the farmers cooperated with the authorities by paying their dues regularly. He further said the government was providing a subsidy of Rs 900 crore annually to the Bijli Nigam for the supply of power to tubewells. He asked the farmers not only to pay their dues on timely basis but also wanted their cooperation to stop the theft of power.

The Executive Engineer, Sub-Urban, Mr K. C. Gupta, told the NCR Tribune that he had initiated steps to check the pilferage of power and sought the support of the people to end this menace. He wanted the public to support the Nigam in their effort to stop the theft of power. He said the guiding motto for him was “energy saved is energy produced”. Confirming line losses ranging from 3 per cent to 44 per cent, Mr Gupta said industrial line losses were between 15 to 18 per cent as compared to the domestic line losses of 40 to 44 per cent.

He said while commercial losses could be rectified and sorted out immediately, technical losses relating to repair of line transformer and change of defective meters were time consuming. He assured the people that with the replacement of a number of transformers and conductors, major works to check power theft had been completed. He said the staff of the Nigam in the five sub-divisions of the district, including Sanoli road, Model Town, Chhajpur, City and Sub-Urban area, had managed to check power thefts and had detected 220 cases of theft for which penalty aggregating Rs 21 lakh had been imposed. He added that almost 50 per cent of the penalty had been recovered.

Giving details of the power thefts in the rural area he said 82 cases were detected and penalty amount of Rs 5, 82,000 were imposed, of which Rs 1,08,000 had been realized. He said continuous efforts would be made to check line losses.

Mr Gupta said that on a trial basis two points had been selected in all the five divisions of Panipat district for the installation of a main meter at the transformer itself, which would provide connections to 20 to 25 houses with separate meters. In this way, they aimed to tally the total consumption of the 25 houses with units consumed on the main meter installed at the transformer, he added.

He said steps were being taken to check power theft in the unauthorized colonies by providing power connections at the rate of Rs 15 per square yard for a plot of less than 100 yards and Rs 25 per square yard for a plot of more than 100 square yards. However, he emphasised that the main method for reducing power thefts would ultimately be to spread awareness among the consumers so that they pay their dues on time.


Suitable law to save whistle-blowers mooted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 5
The Centre for Civil Society has sought a suitable legislation to protect whistle-blowers. In its latest publication titled, State of Governance: Delhi Citizen Handbook 2003, it suggests making every citizen a vigilante by passing an Act to protect the people who volunteer information about corrupt individual/s or corrupt practices.

This, and other reforms, forms a part of the publication that was released recently. State of Governance: Delhi Citizen Handbook 2003 is a compilation of studies of 25 agencies, boards, corporations and departments of the Government of NCT of Delhi and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

The Centre for Civil Society (a think tank for public policy solutions within the framework of limited government, rule of law and competitive markets) says a study has found that more than 80 per cent of the children who pass class V from Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools do not know how to read or write their names.

In another startling disclosure, the publication says that the Department of Prevention of Food Adulteration has 28 inspectors to oversee 1.50 lakh (registered) food establishments. At one outlet per inspector per day, an outlet would be inspected once in 17 years only. The number of inspectors has not changed since 1960.

Also that the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) employs 12 persons per bus and incurs a monthly loss of Rs 25 crore whereas private operators employ six persons per bus and make profit. The Centre for Civil Society goes on to make constructive recommendations for improving the quality and effectiveness of governance.


Artist community getting a raw deal in Haryana: Cong
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 5
Alleging raw deal to the artist community in Haryana, the president of ‘Cultural Cell’ of the HPCC, Ms Sunita Dhariwal, yesterday underlined the need for a cultural revolution in the country.

Talking to reporters here, Ms Dhariwal alleged the Public Relations Department had failed to preserve the traditional arts and crafts and its main objective seemed to be to highlight the “achievements” of the Chautala government. In fact, the current INLD government had done little to promote art and culture, she said.

By constituting a ‘Cultural Cell’, the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, had reiterated the commitment of the Congress party to the promotion of culture. If voted to power, the Congress would accord top priority to the promotion of art and culture, she added. With that end in mind, the ‘district cultural cells’ were being formed and efforts being made to bring the fast-vanishing arts and crafts into the national mainstream.

Ms Ashu Nanda has been made the president of the Panipat district cell.

Making a fervent appeal for a cultural revolution in the country, Ms Dhariwal said that only such a revolution could rid the country of those political parties which were formed purely on the basis of religion, caste and community. Only such a revolution could lead the country on the path of progress.

Ms Dhariwal, who is also the general-secretary of the prominent Panchkula-based cultural organisation—the Ghoomer Academy—claimed that only the Congress could provide a stable government at the Centre and the state. The academy had been playing an active role in the promotion of arts and crafts of Northern India. Culture was bound to flourish when the country had a stable government, she added.

Mr Bijendar Kadian, a former Haryana Minister, district Congress working president, Mr Mukesh Tuteja, Ms Saroj Malik, Mr Rajesh Kaushik, Mr Dinesh Sharma and Ms Usha Sharma, were also present on the occasion.

Colourful Start To Children’s Fair

The state-level children’s cultural fair got off to a colourful start at the Haryana Tourism-run Kala Amb tourist complex today. While declaring the fair open, the Haryana Assembly Speaker, Mr Satbir Singh Kadian, underlined the need to organise more such fairs with a view to preserving the rich Indian culture. As many as 20 children from each district are participating in the fair, which will conclude on November 9. A rich cultural fare is in the offing, with hundreds of school children participating in the fair.


Hospitals ordered to ensure women’s safety
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 5
The Government of NCT of Delhi has directed all the hospitals, nursing homes and other health institutions to devise means using skilled and trained manpower as well as technology for ensuring the safety and security of women inside their premises. The women could be employees or patients or even their relatives.

The detailed instructions, drafted in the meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Shailja Chandra, asks all the medical superintendents to take stringent steps to prevent incidents of rape and molestation of women by enforcing the requisite security measures. Co-ordination with the Delhi Police is also proposed.

The hospitals/nursing homes and other health institutions located in NCT of Delhi have been asked to ensure that under no circumstances a woman is left alone on duty at any time. The security of staff/patient/relative on the hospital premises, the instructions read, is the responsibility of the hospital.

Vulnerable spots like parking lot or gate should be surveyed from the security point of view and adequate lighting provided at such spots; circumstances should be avoided where the women have to perform duties or move around alone because of requirement of the job.


Two women among seven hurt in group clash
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 5
At least seven persons, including two women were injured in a clash between two groups at Chaulka village about 15 km from here last night.

According to a report, lathis and deadly weapons were used freely in the brawl. One of the injured persons was referred to a trauma centre in Delhi for further treatment. A dispute between the children of the village was the main cause of the clash. The police have registered the case and investigations were in progress. A hunt is on to apprehend the alleged assailants. According to another report, four persons Jai Narain, Amit, Surinder and Siri Bhagwan were injured when they were assaulted by some persons with lathis and other deadly weapons at Malikpur village about 10 km from here yesterday. All the persons were immediately hospitalised and they are stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the case in this connection.

140 blood donors

As many as 140 persons, including the members of the Rotary Club donated blood at a blood donation camp which concluded here last evening.

PWD workers to stage dharna

The Haryana State PWD Mechanical Workers Union has decided to organise a dharna on November 7 in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office to press its demands for the regularisation of the service of the ad hoc and daily wages employees and end of the contract system.


Cancer detection camp on November 7
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 5
The National Cancer Care Foundation in collaboration with Pathnet India Limited will organise a “Cancer Detection and Treatment Camp” on November 7, The World Cancer Awareness Day.

A comprehensive Cancer awareness Campaign has been launched for a fortnight before the actual camp is to be organised. A group of volunteers lead by Ms Sunita Gaharotra, a dedicated Rotarian trained at Pathnet Laboratories moved from door to door and created awareness, motivation and collected demographic or medical data from among the sceptical women.

Servant held for robbery

With the arrest of a domestic servant, the South-West district police today claimed to have worked out a robbery case of Rs 25 lakh.

The suspect, Ram Khilawan was employed as domestic servant by Om Prakash Arora, a resident of Vasant Kunj. Arora did not get his police verification done even though a servant verification camp was organised by the local police in the area. The suspect robbed Rs 25 lakh on Sunday and left the house. The victim lodged a complaint with the local police. During investigation of the case, the police got address of his native village in Sitapur district in UP. A police team was sent to his village but he was not found there. Traps were laid at ISBTs and railway stations.

He was arrested last evening from Anand Vihar Bus Depot where he was going to board a bus for Sitapur. All the money and documents were recovered from his possession intact, the police said.

Kidnapped boy recovered

North district police today recovered an eight-year-old boy kidnapped on Monday from near his house in Azad Market. The suspect, Rehan who worked in the Azad Market has been arrested while he was going to Kashmere Gate, the police said.Back



New registrar of Delhi HC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 5
The former Hawala Special Judge, Mr V. B. Gupta, today took over as the Registrar of Delhi High Court.

He succeeded his elder brother Mr B. B. Gupta, who has retired and since been appointed member of the Central Administrative Tribunal.

Mr V. B. Gupta had joined the Delhi Judicial Service in 1973 and was promoted to the Delhi Higher Judicial Service in 1991. Before taking over as the Registrar of Delhi High Court, Mr Gupta had been working as the Director of the Judicial Academy in the Capital.

In 1996, the Supreme Court appointed Mr Gupta to try the Jain Hawala case in which some top bureaucrats and political bigwigs, including the present Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, had been named.

Mr Gupta served as a CBI Special Judge for eight years handling anti-corruption cases. He also tried the Rs 133-crore urea scam case.

Prakash Utsav to be celebrated on Nov 8

Prakash Utsav of Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji will be celebrated on November 8 with great enthusiasm under the auspices of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).

On this occasion, Nagar Kirtan in presence of Guru Granth Sahib, decorated in Palki Sahib, will start from Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk at 10 am. After passing through Fatehpuri, Khari Baoli, Chowk Qutab Road, Azad Market, Roshanara Road, Ghanta Ghar, the Nagar Kirtan will be terminated at Gurdwara Nanak Piao Sahib, G.T. Karnal Road, a DSGMC spokesman said. A congregation of the auspicious occasion will be held with the recitation of Sri Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem from early morning. Besides, “Kirtan-Asa Di Var” will be performed by Bhai Jagjit Singh Ji of Ludhiana. Thereafter, programme of Katha, Shabad Kirtan by famous Ragi Jathas and lectures would continue till after midnight. The ‘community lunch’ will be served to all the devotees.


2 persons crushed in accidents
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 5
A cyclist was killed when a Haryana Roadways bus hit the cycle near the Sonepat-Gohana road bypass here yesterday. According to a report, the victim was identified as Mr Abdul Hameed (60) of Idgah Colony, Sonepat. He was going on a bicycle when the accident occurred. The police have registered a case against the bus driver and sent the body for the postmortem examination. The bus was on its way from Jind to Sonepat.

In another incident, a youth, identified as Subhash of Aterna village, was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a truck on the G T Road near Kundli village, about 25 km from here yesterday. The police have registered the case against the truck driver and sent the body for the postmortem examinations.

In another incident, the alertness of the driver of an oil tanker prevented a major mishap when the oil tanker suddenly burst near Rohna village, about 20 km from here last night.

Pardeep Lathwal, a resident of Sector 15 sustained injuries when he met with an accident on the G T Road near Murthal village, about 15 km from here last evening. He was immediately hospitalised and was stated to be out of danger.

Chautala flayed for anti-people policies

The general-secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), Mr Rajiv Jain, announced that if the HVP was voted to power in the next Assembly elections, it would create a separate ministry to monitor the schemes for providing jobs to the educated youths in the state.

In an exclusive interview with this correspondent here today, he said unemployment allowance would be given to all the eligible persons and adequate number of jobs would be created to accommodate them. He criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, for shelving the scheme for the setting up of an international vegetable market at

Rai and converting the acquired land for industrial purposes. He alleged that Mr Chautala had cheated the farmers whose land had been acquired for the vegetable market.

The HVP leader said that the farmers of the state had been hard hit by the anti-farmer policies of the Chautala government and the farmers were not getting adequate remunerative price for their produce. 


Mother of three burnt to death
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 5
The in-laws of a woman allegedly burnt her after sprinkling kerosene on her. The victim’s brother Umerinder Pal Singh of Aligarh has filed a murder case with the Javer police. Umerinder Pal Singh had married his sister Anjali, alias Anju, with Sanjay, son of Prem Pal Singh of Rohera village under the Javer police station even years ago. From the very first day, Anjali’s in-laws are alleged to have mistreated her, the Javer police said.

As a result, Anajli had often been going back to her parents’s house. This again is reported to have deepened the gap between her and her husband and other members of the in-laws.

During seven years, Anajli had given birth to three daughters. Yesterday Anju’s neighbours informed her brother in Budh Vihar Colony in Aligarh that Anju had been killed by her in-laws on Sunday by torching her after sprinkling kerosene. She was reportedly cremated in a hurry.

Umerinder Pal Singh rushed to village Rohera and later filed a report with the Javer police, naming Sanjay, his father Prem Pal for the murder of his sister. Five other members of the family have also been named for the crime.


Visitors to cherish Trade Fair memories
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, November 5
The 23rd India International Trade Fair 2003 will be inaugurated by the President of India, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, on November 14 at Pragati Maidan. This year the theme of the fair is ‘Tourism and Export of Small and Medium Enterprises’.

The ITPO has made elaborate arrangements for making the visitors comfortable.

In order to make smooth traffic movement at Mathura Road, a pedestrian overbridge in front of Gate number 2 has already been constructed.

The general public can purchase tickets in their neighborhood as 700 outlets of Mother Dairy and Safal Booths, selected branches of Canara Bank, State Bank, Central Bank and pass section of the DTC will sell tickets at discounted rates which will be cheaper by Rs 5 compared to the crowded counters at Pragati Maidan.

‘Park and Ride’ facilities will be available from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Nehru Stadium and India Gate where visitors can park their vehicles and use free shuttle service for the mela ground. The entry tickets will also be available at various parking lots. Efforts are also being made for the Ring Rail service during the mela.

As a special gesture, senior citizens and physically challenged persons will be given privilege of free entry. Students accompanied by teachers will be allowed free entry during the general visiting hours on weekdays only. No free entry will be allowed on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.


Model markets for hawkers soon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 5
The MCD has signed an MoU with Manushi, an NGO for implementing the pilot projects enabling the creation of model hawking markets.

The decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court order that was issued to study the feasibility of creating model markets, which is the brainchild of Manushi.

According to the MoU, Manushi will take up the work of improving physical infrastructure of the area, including beautification of the pavements, boundary walls, local parks, scientific management and recycling of garbage through voluntary contribution from hawkers.

The work will include building effective water harvesting structures, redesigning the vends and vending platforms to improve their functionality and aesthetic appeal.

The MoU also includes a written commitment from the hawkers to maintain a market free of encroachment.

Manushi would also help in ensuring tax compliance on the part of hawkers, take responsibility for the collection of electricity and water dues and ensuring proper parking. The MCD on its part will make available roads and pavements, provide basic civil works and help in coordinating with other government agencies.

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