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EC issues advisory to candidates
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6
The candidates contesting the December 1 Assembly election in NCT of Delhi will have to maintain a record “daily” of the expenses incurred on their campaigns, Chief Electoral Officer Arun Goyal said on Thursday. The nominations will open on Friday.

As per the instructions of the Election Commission (EC), the candidates have to maintain an account of their expenditure in the prescribed register every day and also furnish the register with supporting documents for inspection any time.

“If the candidates fail to produce the register to the returning officers or election observers, it would be considered a default,” he said. Efforts were being made to make political parties and returning officers familiar with the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

With the notification of the election by the Lieutenant Governor, nominations will open on Friday. The last date for filing of nominations is November 14. Scrutiny will be on November 15 and the last date for withdrawal is November 17. The first meeting of the new Assembly has to be convened by December 13.

Goyal said 30 polling stations have been identified as “hyper-sensitive” and 200 polling stations as “sensitive,” based on their past records and whether the area falls under political and communally sensitive zones. For a free and fair election, observers will monitor the polling. He told a news conference that 84.24 lakh voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the Capital. Votes will be cast using the ten thousand-odd EVMs. The EC has approved as many as 8,900 polling stations.

The EC has also appointed 36 observers for the nine districts of NCT of Delhi – New Delhi (2), South Delhi (5), South West Delhi (4), North West Delhi (5), East Delhi (4), North East Delhi (4), Central Delhi (3), North Delhi (4) and West Delhi (5).

He said 55,000 polling officers, assisted by 35,000 security personnel, had been assigned the task for the peaceful conduct of the election. Security would be stepped up along the border with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Also, three polling officers, instead of four, besides a presiding officer, would be deployed. In line with the EC’s directive, the Delhi Election Office has removed 2,462 hoardings, 29,539 banners, 67,824 posters and 5,372 wall graffiti. Two cases have been reported to the Delhi Police.


Akalis failed to drive hard bargain
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6
A section of the Sikh community is not pleased with the “bargain” struck by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) with its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP has left four constituencies – Adarsh Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Rajouri Garden and Jangpura – for the SAD in the December 1 Assembly election in the NCT of Delhi. This section says the Sikh candidates have little chance of success in these seats.

“Statistics show that there is thin Sikh population in these constituencies. In Adarsh Nagar, there are only 6,800 Sikh votes out of 1.13 lakh voters. In Gandhi Nagar and Jangpura, the Sikh electorate constitutes barely 10 per cent of the total vote. In 1.05 lakh strong Rajouri Garden, only 4,000 people make up the community vote,” Shiromani Gurdwara Management Committee (SGPC) member Harinderpal Singh said.

HS Balli of the BJP differs. “Yes, we were very selective in offering tickets. We rejected those who failed miserably in last year’s Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections. The BJP could not fulfil the aspirations of those who got themselves bailed out of jails when other members of their own community gladly accepted imprisonment for the cause of the community during the troubled times.”

“Over a period of time, the BJP has increased electoral opportunities for Sikh candidates, especially the Akalis, in NCT of Delhi Assembly elections. In the 1998 polls, three Akali candidates were given ticket as against two in the preceding elections. This time we have given four constituencies to the allies,” Balli said. The BJP, he added, wanted the Sikhs to have greater representation in the Assembly.

Manjit Singh of the DSGMC, who recently broke ties with the SAD, however, accused the SAD of failing to make a “good bargain” with the BJP.


Hashmi case accused to move HC
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 6
Those sentenced to life imprisonment in the Safdar Hashmi murder case by Additional Sessions Judge C. D. Rai yesterday are likely to appeal to the high court. The judge had sentenced the 10 accused, including prime accused Mukesh Sharma, to life imprisonment in a jam-packed courtroom for the murder of Safdar Hashmi and an industrial worker, Ram Bahadur.

While the verdict has been hailed by most people a few of the accused and their families have decided to go in for an appeal. Though they affirm that their faith in the judiciary is unshaken, they want to knock at the doors of the high court for a fair sentence.

Besides the key accused Mukesh Sharma, his elder brother, Devi Sharan Sharma, is also one of the accused. Two breadwinners from the same family will be behind bars for life.

According to Brahm Dutt Sharma, a relative, it was simply a case of rioting which had got undue media coverage.

Yoginder Sharma, a nephew of Mukesh Sharma, said they were feeling miserable ever since the verdict was pronounced. Ultimately, they were sure they would get justice from the high court, Brahm Dutt Sharma said.

Sajjan Kumar, the elder brother of accused Vinode, who had especially come from Rajasthan, said the latter had nothing to do with the killings and his name had been unnecessarily dragged into the case. Vinode, Sajjan Kumar said, was only 18 years old at the time of the killing and had simply gone to watch a play at Jandhpura Chowk.

He had shifted to Yamuna Nagar in Haryana along with his family after obtaining bail. He was currently employed in a plywood factory in Yamuna Nagar.


Meter reading contract cancelled
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 6
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has cancelled the meter reading contract of the Karnal circle for alleged irregularities committed in recording the readings. Sources said the contract of Ms Beena Rani had been terminated on the orders of the Managing Director of UHBVN, Ms Jyoti Arora. Most of the complaints had emanated from the Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union.

The union, which had been spearheading a statewide agitation against the contractor, had alleged serious irregularities by the staff of the contractor, causing a loss about Rs. 35 lakh to the state exchequer.

The decision to scrap the contract is seen to be an outcome of the meeting between the UHBVN officials and union representatives at Panchkula earlier this week.

In fact, Mr Narinder Khokhar, a state secretary of the union, was transferred to Karnal for exposing the nexus between the contractor and the officials. The top officials were reportedly miffed with Mr Khokhar for his having gone to the Press with his exposé. Mr Khokhar was reportedly transferred at the behest of a top Haryana government functionary, who is said to be close to the contractor. The NCR Tribune had highlighted the scam in September, quoting Mr Khokhar. He had alleged that the contractor, who was given the contract in June this year, had been recording less readings of big power consumers in connivance with the officials. During a random survey by the union it was found that 40,000 units were shown less in the case of 93 bulk consumers, causing a loss of over Rs. 6.50 lakh to the power department.

Interestingly, the camp office of the deputy Commissioner was shown to have consumed a paltry 168 units for the first two month while the previous average consumption during the corresponding period had been over 5,000 units. A bulk consumer usually consumes 1,000 units in a two-month span.

On the other hand, domestic power consumers were billed heavily by the contractor. Over 1,000 power consumers, who had been paying their dues regularly, were shocked when they received grossly inflated bills.

These consumers made a beeline for the power department and ultimately the authorities relented and refunded the excess amount. According to Mr Khokhar, an amount of Rr 22 lakh was refunded by the power department to these consumers.


A 16-yr wait for classes to begin

Sonepat: Nearly 16 years have passed in waiting for the people of around two dozen villages around Farmana village in the district as the government has failed to commence college classes at Janta Bhawan. The foundation stone of the bhawan was laid by the then Chief Minister, Mr Devi Lal, on December 20, 1987.

The students of these villages have lost all hopes of opening of the proposed Janta College at Farmana and have no other option except to go to Gohana or Sonepat for attending college.

Students Jaipal, Rajinder, Ravinder and Dilawar say that when the foundation stone of Janta Bhawan was laid by Devi Lal it was announced that the college classes would be started after completion of the bhawan. There was great enthusiasm among the students of the area that they would have higher education facilities near their village but no classes had started even after the completion of the building about 14 years back. OC


Polio case creates panic in Panipat

Panipat: Even as the state prepares for another round of pulse polio campaign on November 9, the confirmation of a polio case in Rana Majra village has spread panic among the Health Department and the people at large.

According to sources, the victim is a one-year-old child, Zuber Alam, originally a resident of Saharanpur. He had reportedly come to the house of his maternal grandfather, Sabira, on September 6. He left for his native place on September 15. When he again came to Rana Majra, symptoms of polio had surfaced. His relatives brought him to the local Civil Hospital. His stool was sent to a Mumbai hospital for a test, after which it was confirmed that the boy had polio.

Meanwhile, a doctors’ team comprising Dr H. S. Dahiya, Director, Health Services, and the Deputy CMO, Dr Dawar, visited Rana Majra and administrated polio drops to the children of the village with a view to prevent the disease from spreading. His is reportedly the third polio case in the state. The other two cases were confirmed at Rohtak and Gurgaon. TNS

Noida: The Health Department authorities have finalised all arrangements for administering pulse polio drops to 3,13,766 children below 5 years in more than three lakh households in the district. OC


491 teams to administer polio drops to three lakh kids
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 6
The Health Department authorities have finalised all arrangements for administering pulse polio drops to 3,13,766 children below 5 years in more than three lakh households in the district.

The pulse polio campaign is being started from November 9. Some 727 booths have been set up for the purpose while the whole exercise will be coordinated by 491 teams, including 11 mobile teams being deployed in Gautam Budh Nagar district.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr R. C. Gaur, said the department and the administration were fully determined to wipe out the scourge. This time each three-member team would include a woman and a local representative in it.

At the bus stands and railway stations, the mobile teams would give pulse polio drops to children this time.

Dr Gaur said that Dr Satya Singh for Bisarakh block, Dr H. M. Kansal for Noida City, Dr R. K. Bhardwaj for Javer, Dr O. P. Agarwal for Dadri and Dr Ashok Mishra for Dankaur had been appointed as nodal officers.

All these nodal officers would be responsible for making the campaign successful, especially in the high-risk areas under them.

Six monitors had also been appointed by the World Health Organisation. Dr Danish Ahmed, Medical Surveillance Officer of WHO, said two polio patients had been confirmed in the district during 2003 out of which 22 polio patients had been referred for investigation.


Campaign for prevention of obesity gets underway on Nov 14
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6
The Delhi Diabetes Research Centre (DDRC), engaged in spreading awareness among people for healthy living, has decided to launch a campaign for prevention of obesity among students in public schools here.

Obesity, meaning excessive accumulation of body fat-that is more than 25 per cent of ideal body weight in boys and 32 per cent in

girls, can lead to diabetes, hypertension and joints problem in children, DDRC chairman Dr A. K. Jhingan said, and added that at least one child among five is obese.

To mark the beginning of this event on the occasion of World Diabetes Day on November 14, students of all public schools will take pledge during the ‘Diabetes week’, that “to keep myself away from overweight and to prevent obesity, I will avoid fast food, do regular exercise and keep myself fit, healthy and strong”.

A special “Diabetes Run” will be organised that day on the Parliament Street near Jantar Mantar, in which students of a number of public schools will participate.

Stating that sedentary lifestyle, food habits and genetic history are the causes of obesity, Dr Jhingan said it was strange that while there are campaigns against smoking and drinking, obesity which poses a serious threat to life is brushed under the carpet.

“That is why we thought of this project-obesity prevention at the grassroot level,” he said.

He emphasised on imparting the knowledge to the child about obesity and its consequences, encouraging children to do exercise on a regular basis and discouraging the popularity of fast food culture.


DUSU to create fund for poor, handicapped students
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6
The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) has decided to do its bit for the poor, visually challenged and physically handicapped students enrolled in the university by offering to pay for their education.

The DUSU has taken the initiative of pooling its resources for these students and pay their education expenses. “We have allocated Rs. one lakh out of the DUSU fund for helping the needy and handicapped students. We have written to principals of all colleges and asked them to recommend the needy students in association with their college unions”, pointed out Ragini Nayak, Secretary DUSU.

Since the fund is just enough to pay the fees, the DUSU has begun negotiations with various NGOs to help them raise money for covering other expenses. “For now we can pay only the fees, but we are also trying to raise more money, so that we can help the students with books and stationary”, added Ragini.

With the students having already deposited their fees for the current academic session, the DUSU has decided to utilise the fund for stationary and other expenses. “This year we will cover the expenses incurred on purchasing books and stationary, but from next year the fund will be used to pay the fees”, said Ragini.

She added, “We are trying to help as many students as we can. Though we have not decided the exact number of students we are going to sponsor, we may not be able to take the figure beyond 200”.

Though the dates for handing over the scholarships are yet to be finalised, it was pointed out that they are likely to be distributed in the first week of December.

“The DUSU has also taken up the issue of insurance for the DU students with the chief minister. We are very keen to ensure that the students of DU are insured and we have been assured by the chief minister that she will do the best she can”, Ragini pointed out.

Trying to live up to their promise, the DUSU is also planning to organise an education fair, a book fair and a self-defense workshop. “We will organise self-defense camps in both South and North Campus and create awareness about helpline numbers. Besides we are also going to organise a book fair in association with the NBT and a career fair, where students can receive career counseling”, said the secretary of DUSU.


33% quota for women is old hat; the latest is 50%
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune New Service

Gurgaon, November 6
Although women parliamentarians cutting across party lines are still struggling to get the Bill giving 33 per cent reservation for seats in legislatures for females, the Director of the Delhi-based Indian Law Institute, Dr (Mrs) S. K. Verma, today made out a strong case for more reservation to the level of 50 per cent.

Dr Verma, who was chief guest at a debate at the local Maharshi Dayanand University(MDU) National Law College, while addressing the gathering wondered at the clamour for reservations for only 33 per cent of the seats. The rationale behind her argument was that when women constituted half of the chunk of the demographic profile of the country the reservation should accordingly be in that proportion.

However, she asserted that as a matter of fact women were in no way inferior to menfolk in matters of the intellect. The women of today were a confident lot and were surging ahead in all walks of field. Hence, the women required no mercy and no crutches like that of reservation. However, if collective wisdom behind efforts to provide reservation towards empowering women was that they were weak the grace then lay in being munificent in full. The exercise of providing reservation to women should not give the impression that the help extended depended on sufferance.

The topic for debate was “India is now no longer a safe place for women”. Dr Verma said she partially supported the theme of the debate. A lot of positive developments had taken place towards empowerment of women. Yet, a lot of ground further needed to be covered. She said that every section of society had the onus to contribute in building up an atmosphere for the growth and empowerment of women. According to her, some odd problems persisted earlier and some problems persisted even in modern and independent India. Although the anomalies needed to be rectified, the situation certainly did not call for downright despondency .She, however, expressed concern that Supreme Court guidelines in the cause celebre Vishaka case for ensuring safety of women at workplaces in the year 1997 were not being followed. The employers had not institutionalised these guidelines, she added.

She said that the Constitution had enough provisions, including Article 15(3), for ensuring the rights of women. The problems sometimes lay in the execution of the benevolent provisions. She lamented that technology did not appear to have helped the women. She cited the example of the earlier bane of infanticide being converted to female foeticide. She expressed a sense of shock and revulsion at the negative male-female ratio loaded against the females in the country. It was disheartening that progressive states like Punjab, Haryana and Delhi were setting a poor example against women in the male-female ratio.

One of the remedies she prescribed was further gearing up the judicial process of the country. She made it clear the judicial process started with the lodging of complaint with the law enforcing agencies and registration of FIR against incidents of atrocities against women.

The Director of the National Law College, Dr P. C. Juneja, said the debate was part of an exercise by the institute to groom the students towards enhanced skills of advocacy. Amity Law College emerged the winners and Hindu Girls College, Sonepat, emerged runners up in the competition. In all, 17 degree and law colleges from the region, including Delhi, took part in the competition.


Workers protest against non-payment of PF
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 6
Employees of the Haryana Sheet Glass Company held a demonstration in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police here yesterday in protest against the attempts of the management to force them to resign and the failure of the management to deposit the amount of the Provident Fund in the office of the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner.

According to a report, they also submitted a memorandum to the Superintendent of Police alleging that the management had failed to release the salary of the employees since December 2002. The memorandum also alleged that the management had closed down two units without any advance notice.

The memorandum also pointed out that the employees have already lodged a complaint with the Haryana Labour

Commissioner against the management for its failure to deposit the amount of the PF. The Haryana Labour Commissioner, Mr K. K. Khandelwal, in turn, has also issued notices to the management directing them to deposit the amount of PF immediately otherwise a complaint would be filed with the police.

Demand for release of canal water

The farmers of several villages, including Garhi Ujale Khan, Sarai Naamdar Khan, Sainipura, Gamri, Khanpur Kalan, Niyat, Kakana and Kasandi, have sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, demanding the release of canal water in the Israna distributary of Gohana sub-division in this district.

According to a report, the memorandum pointed out that the farmers have been facing great hardships in the sowings of the rabi crop on account of the non-release of canal water in minor no. 9 of this distributary for the past few months. Moreover, the erratic supply of power has added to the woes of the farmers. Many farmers stated that the level of ground water had come down considerably and the erratic supply of power had affected the working of the tubewells in the region.

They also pointed out that the water of the tubewells was unfit for irrigation purposes. The memorandum demanded a regular supply of canal water in minor no.9 of the Israna distributary for at least a month so that the farmers could sow the rabi crops on time. They warned that if steps are not taken to ensure the supply of canal water, the farmers will have no alternative but to launch an agitation and gherao the officials of the Gohana Water Service Division.

Seven-year RI for rape

The Additional Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Mr J. S. Jangra has convicted a youth, identified as Pradeep of Aghwanpur village, under Section 376 IPC (criminal assault) and sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1,000 for raping a girl of the same village. According to the prosecution, the accused had lured the girl and raped her repeatedly. The parents of the girl lodged an FIR with the police and he was consequently arrested and a challan was sent to the court.

Looting case

The special staff of the police arrested two youths while they were attempting to loot passers-by near Kami village, about 5 km from here last night. According to a report, the police recovered a knife from the possession of the arrested youths. Further investigations were in progress. According to another report, the CIA staff carried out a number of raids on lottery stalls in different parts of the city yesterday and arrested as 10 persons for gambling.

The police also recovered the cash and other article used in the gambling from their possession. A case under the Gambling Act was registered against them.

One killed, five injured

One member of a marriage party was killed and five others were injured when a Maruti van in which they were travelling met with an accident near Rathdhanna village, about 5 km from here late last evening. According to a report, the victim was identified as Bhola, whereas the injured persons were Ajay (19), Mukesh (24), Naresh (21), Lalit (30) and Manoj (25). The victim and the injured persons belonged to Shahbad Badli (Delhi) from where the marriage party had started its journey for Sonepat.

The injured Naresh was undergoing treatment at Sonepat civil hospital whereas the other four injured persons were sent to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment. The police have register the case and sent the body of the victim for the postmortem examination.

Life imprisonment for murder

The Additional District Sessions Judge, Ms Anita Chaudhary, has convicted two accused, Raj Singh and Ram Karan of Saidpt village, under Section 302 IPC (murder) and sentenced them to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 25,000 for murdering one Sonu and his mother on April 3, 2000.

According to a report, the Judge also sentenced them under Section 307 IPC to seven years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 5,000 and under the Indian Arms Act to one year rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1,000 each.

The accused would undergo further two years rigorous imprisonment if they failed to deposit the fine amount of Rs 25,000. 


Paddy arrival lower this year in grain marts
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 6
The arrivals of paddy in the grain markets of this district are much lower than the previous year as most of the paddy growers are taking their produce to the markets of Delhi and Punjab where they were getting about Rs 100 per quintal more than the price prevailing in the markets of Haryana.

According to a report, the traders and the buyers were in a quandary how to purchase the paddy in lieu of D-2 form after the introduction of VAT system.

Haryana, it may be recalled, was the only state where the VAT system had been introduced by the government. This has affected the arrivals of paddy in the markets. Many traders pointed out that the arrival of paddy in the market is down by at least 40 per cent as compared to the last year. There is four per cent market fee and another four per cent VAT on the sale of grain and other commodities in Haryana markets whereas only one per cent market fee is levied in the Delhi markets and no fee is charged in the Punjab markets. Hence, the farmers are taking their produce there.

The owners of rice shellers are buying almost the entire quantity of paddy from the farmers at a throw-away price as they were not allowed to auction their produce in the various mandis of the district, particularly in Ganaur.

Many farmers alleged that the officials of the procurement agencies and the district administration have remained silent spectators and have hardly bothered about the complaints of the farmers.

Official sources, however, maintained that there was no harm in filling D-2 form as the exporters have been exempted from the recovery of the VAT.


UP farmers vent ire following killing
Our Correspondent

Rabupura (Noida), November 6
The simmering row between the farmers of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh escalated on Monday following the death of a local farmer in a firing incident. The killing had an immediate fallout: Livid farmers of Phalainda, to which the deceased belonged, smashed the windowpanes of government vehicles. The farmers later displayed the dead body outside the police station.

The Dy DM, the Circle Officer and the tehsildar had sustained injuries in the stone-pelting. Eventually, the police had to fire in the air to disperse the mob. The DM, L Venketeshwar Lu, and SSP G K Goswami of Gautam Budh Nagar also visited the spot and held talks with Haryana farmers. The latter were allegedly involved in the firing incident.

Phalainda village falls under Rabupura police station in Gautam Budh Nagar district. On its periphery lies Haryana’s Solda village. The farmers of both the villages have often clashed. On November 3, Dy DM, Javer, Rajiv Gupta, Police CO, Javer, Rajesh Kumar, and Tehsildar Mahinder Singh had gathered in Phalainda to ensure that local farmers could till their land without any hassle.


Women’s groups plead for safe Delhi

New Delhi: Women’s organisations today demanded that political parties grant more seats to the fairer sex in the coming assembly elections, improve the safety standards in the Capital and take other steps to improve the living conditions of the people in their manifestoes.

Representatives of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, (AIDWA), the Joint Women’s Programme, the National Federation of Working Women and Stree Adhikar Sangathan met leaders of the Congress, the BJP, Left parties and put forward their charter of demands.

“We the women of Delhi demand you commit that safe environment be provided to us, our self-respect ensured and all prevailing discrimination be removed,” they told the political leaders.

The women’s groups said the NCT of Delhi had become the crime capital of the world with violent incidents increasing by about 50 per cent and even during the first half of August this year there were 26 reported cases of rape. TNS


Govt stops buying bajra, farmers at mercy of traders
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 6
Though the Chief Minister had publicly announced the government agencies would continue to purchase bajra up to November 7 at the government announced procurement price of Rs 505 per quintal, the government agencies have not only stopped buying bajra for the past one week at the Gohana anaj mandi but the farmers are being compelled to sell their produce at the rates around Rs 400 per quintal to private traders. Mandi pradhan Ram Dhari informed there had been no purchase of bajra for the past 11 days and thousands of bags of purchased bajra had not been lifted from the mandi by the procurement agencies resulting in delay in payment to the farmers. A number of other commission agents of the mandi also stated that after the visit of the Chief Minister in Gohana on October 22 the government agencies had stopped purchasing bajra though the farmers were still bringing their produce to the mandi.

An official of the procurement agency also admitted there had been no purchase after October 23 and it was stopped on the directions of the higher departmental authorities. The lifting of the purchased stock had been delayed due to lack of storage space, but soon the stock would be lifted.

On the other hand, resentment prevails among farmers over the prevailing uncertainty in the procurement of bajra by the government agencies. One kisan union leader at Gohana pointed out that believing the Chief minister’s announcement the farmers had been bringing their bajra to the mandi, hoping that they would get the minimum support price of Rs 505 per quintal. However, they felt cheated when they found there was no purchase from government agencies and private traders were offering prices well below the MSP. A farmer, Raj Singh Maan, said the market committee had also failed to play any responsible role in this matter as the agencies had stopped the purchase after the CM’s visit to Gohana. “Farmers are left with no other alternative except to sell their produce at lower rates or take back their produce to their homes,” he said, adding that many farmers were compelled to sell as they had to arrange inputs for rabi sowing.

The commission agents in Gohana anaj mandi have also confirmed that there was no purchase of bajra by the government agencies. They also remarked that there were directions from the government for purchase of 40,000 bags of bajra but the agencies had already purchased nearly 52,000 bags. However, the kisan union leaders pleaded the government did not issue such directions and the purchase had to be continued till the last date announced by the government.

Interestingly, the local public relations office issued press releases on October 31 and November 3 claiming that “as per government instructions the bajra is being purchased at the government fixed price of Rs 505 per quintal.” The release also substantiates the allegations of the farmers that the government agencies have stopped the purchase of bajra as according to the release the government purchase of bajra stood at 4,802 tonnes on October 31 as well as on November 3. It only amounts to this that the government agencies have not purchased any bajra in the intervening period. The total arrival of bajra in different mandis of the district had gone up to 5,500 tonnes on November 2 and 5,490 tonnes up to October 30, the release states.


CPM, LJP dub Sarkar Aapke Dwar a farce
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 6
The CPM and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) have accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and the district officials of humiliating the rural masses during the Sarkar Apke Dwar programme.

Reacting sharply to the October 3 episode at Garhi-Sampla and the November 4 incident at Pehrawar village, the CPM state secretary, Mr Inderjit Singh, and the LJP state unit president, Capt Shamesher Singh Malik, said in a joint statement that the way the victims had been ill-treated deserved severest condemnation by all.

Commenting on the farce being enacted through gross misuse of government resources to glorify the Chief

Minister by the administration sponsored drama, both leaders said it was aimed at covering up the widespread public anger against the misrule. Referring to the Pehrawar village incident, the CPM and LJP leaders expressed astonishment that the Chief Minister, the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police did not even mention the serious issue of the Dalit Sarpanch of the village, Mr Karan Singh, who had gone missing under mysterious circumstances since more than three weeks during their village tour.

The leaders of both the political parties have strongly criticised the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police for not allowing the agonised wife of the missing Sarpanch to meet the Chief Minister and described their conduct as highly objectionable. “It is a clear reflection of the abdication of their official duty and insensitivity towards the grievances of people”, they said.

Mr Inderjit Singh and Capt Shamsher Singh Malik have expressed grave concern that no action has been taken to trace the missing Sarpanch despite his family members’ repeated pleas to the police and the administration. They have asked the administration to appreciate their responsibility towards the public and take effective steps to solving cases of missing youth of Garhi Sampla village and the Sarpanch of Pehrawar village.


Sammelan on Nov 23 to press for ban on cow slaughter
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 6
The Arya Pritinidhi Sabha, Haryana, has decided to hold a state-level sammelan here on November 23 to press the Centre to ban cow slaughter.

The sabha secretary, Mr Satyavir Shastri, said the sammelan would urge the Union Government to enact a law to ban cow slaughter in the winter session of Parliament.

The Centre should be asked to make cow slaughter a crime like murder of human being.

Condemning the murder of ‘cow protector’ Dr Rashid Ali Khan of Saharanpur (UP), Mr Shastri demanded the immediate arrest of the assassins. He demanded an ex gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of the deceased and urged the UP Government to provide employment to a son of Dr Rashid Ali Khan.

Mr Shashtri said the Arya Pritinidhi Sabha would also draw up a programme to launch a village-to-village campaign against the menace of dowry, obscenity, corruption and increasing use of intoxicants in society. The sammelan will also organise yoga classes in the evening as most of the diseases could be effectively cured with this practice.


Three killed, six injured in road accidents
Our Correspondents

Noida, November 6
Three persons were killed while six were injured in road accidents in Noida yesterday. Satyaveer, a resident of Ghaziabad, was hit by a vehicle in Sector-62 while crossing the road, Sector-58 police informed. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead by the doctors.

A labourer in Sector-39 was hit by a vehicle while walking along the road in Sector-44. Even though the police arrived at the spot, he could not be saved. One Om Veer and his son, Hariveer of Dadri, were going on a scooter, when they were hit by a canter in the Kasna police station area. Even though they were rushed to a hospital by the police, Om Veer died after some time.

Two gangsters held for robbery in Noida units

Ghaziabad: The Kotwali police claimed to have arrested two members of a gang, which had looted some factories in Noida. Two local pistols and 12 cartridges and knives were recovered from them. S.P.(City) Umesh Srivastava said Yamin and Tavraj of Kela Bhatta were nabbed after an encounter. He said the arrested duo were dreadful criminals, wanted in a number of police stations.

The criminals had raided a factory in a hosiery complex in Noida Phase-II on October 21. They had looted an aluminum-laden tractor trolley from the factory and snatched the rifle from the security guard.

Three suspended for dereliction of duty

Jhajjar: Mr Mohinder Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, suspended three employees of his office for dereliction of duty. According to official information, special collector Rajpal Singh made surprise visits to various government offices today and found four employees of the Deputy Commissioner’s office absent from duty. The Deputy commissioner placed under suspension the three truant employees, Preet Singh, clerk, Indraj and Jitendra, both peons, while recommended the suspension of Mahender, an assistant in his office.

One more falls prey to dengue scourge

Panipat: Even as one more dengue death was reported in the district, three suspected dengue patients had been admitted to the local civil hospital. According to information, Rajesh (22), a resident of Maandi village, died while undergoing treatment at the Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, on Monday. TNS


Bullet seized from Japanese national at IGIA
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6
The IGI Airport police arrested a Japanese national, identified as Makita Masaru, with a .38 bore bullet from his baggage. The Japanese national was planning to board an Uzbekistan Airlines plane intended for Tashkent. The bullet was detected during X-Ray screening of his baggage.

During interrogation, he disclosed that he was a tourist and had travelled to USA, Bangladesh, Syria, Pakistan, Vietnam, Chine etc.

He said that this bullet was a left over when he had gone to a shooting range in Cambodia two and half months back.

He has been arrested under the Arms Act and the Embassy of Japan has been informed, the police said.

4 killed in road accidents

Four fatal accidents took place in different areas of the Capital in the last 24 hours. In the first incident, Head Constable Dhanu Ram, who was on duty at Ahmsha Stal police picket, was hit by a vehicle and died on the spot. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Kuldip, has been arrested. In the second case, one Mahender Singh was knocked down by an unknown vehicle near U-Turn of Nigam Bodh Ghat last night. A case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving was registered in the Kashmiri Gate police station.

In the third case, an unknown man was knocked down by a private bus near the CNG filling station in Gandhi Vihar. The driver of bus managed to escape, leaving the vehicle behind. In the fourth case, a resident of Lakshmi Nagar, identified as Vijender Singh, who was on his Kinetic scooter, was knocked down by an unknown vehicle near Kalindi Colony. He was admitted to the Holy Family Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, the police said.

Sadbhawna Sammelan

Manav Utthan Seva Samiti is holding a three- day ‘Sadbhawna Sammelan’ at Ram Lila Ground near Ajmeri gate on November 7, 8 and 9. Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj, a social activist, will address the Sammelan. The Sammelan will be inaugurated by Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit.


The NDPL announced loadshedding tomorrow in Moti Nagar area due to revamping of sub stations in Moti Nagar, Civil Lines and Shalimar Bagh. The affected areas will be Shradapuri, Shopping Centre –Mansarovar Garden, South Patel Nagar and part of Ranjit Nagar. The timing of the loadshedding is from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. 


Job racket busted, one arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6
With the arrest of a resident of Uttam Vihar, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a job racket. The suspect was identified as Chander Bahadur. His accomplice R. P. Singh is absconding.

He had allegedly cheated lakhs of rupees from unemployed youths on the pretext of providing jobs in government departments. He charged Rs 40, 000 to Rs 50,000 from each victim. The racket came to light during the process of selection of staff in the Indian Meteorological Department, Government of India, when a fake letter purportedly issued by Mr K. Chaturvedi, assistant administration officer, was produced for consideration.

The Indian Meteorological Department lodged a complaint with the Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch. The letter was issued to Rajesh Kumar Mali and was hand delivered in the office of the Director General of the department, Mausam Bhawan, Lodhi Road, by some unknown person. The letter pertained to holding of interview for appointment to the post of peon on October 10, 2003 at 11.30 AM.

Preliminary inquiry of the case disclosed that several other victims had been issued such interview letters. It also came to light that no post of assistant administration officer existed in the Meteorological Department as indicated in the forged letter. Neither a person by the name of R.K. Chaturvedi worked in the department.

The Crime Branch constituted a special team to bust the racket and several raids were conducted and the suspect, Chander Bahadur Pal, was arrested. The police seized several letters for interview in various departments like SEBI, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, appointment letters in Directorate of Maize Research, several application forms of victims, rubber stamps of Bharat Petroleum etc. He charged Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 in advance from the victims and asked them to fill up application forms of various departments. After collecting the application forms, he issued false interview letters to the victims, the police said.

In another case, the Crime Branch arrested one Rajbir Singh for forcefully occupying a property worth Rs 40 lakh on the basis of forged documents in Vashishtha Park, Pankha Road. According to the police, Govardhan Das Bhatia, the owner of the property, rented out the property to Rajbir Singh in 1981.

Later, Rajbir Singh stopped paying rent to the owner. However, when Govardhan Das Bhatia started the eviction proceeding, Rajbir Singh submitted forged papers in the court to prove that he was the real owner of the property.

Later, a civil case was filed in the court. The court delivered a judgement in favour of Govardhan Das after a thorough examination of the documents. The court issued an arrest warrant for Rajbir Singh in August 2002. However, Rajbir managed to obtain an anticipatory bail. Later, when the anticipatory bail order was cancelled by the High Court, he was arrested, the police said. His two accomplices, who had helped him in getting the forged document of the property, are absconding, the police said


Seventy companies default on service tax
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 6
The Central Excise Department has prepared a list of at least 70 companies in Sonepat city and other parts of the district which have allegedly not complied with the rules for paying service tax to the government.

According to official sources, the list includes telephone companies, cable operators, and other agencies engaged in providing various services to the consumers.

Moreover, the barbers and the owners of the beauty parlours have been included in the list.

The Department of Telecommunications has also failed to deposit the same tax with the government with the result that the Central Excise Department is contemplating legal action against them.

Official sources further revealed that the department proposes to send show cause notices to all such defaulters and agencies for the recovery of the service tax and also take other steps envisaged under the law. According to another report, the Haryana Vigilance Department had booked as many as 13 officials of various government departments in this district under the Anti-Corruption Act and succeeded in the conviction through the courts. However, Mr Kali Ram, an official of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) had been discharged by the court.

The department has created a record when it arrested three officials of the PWD (B and R) in one day while taking illegal gratification. These included Mr S. C. Singla, Executive Engineer, Mr Ved Parkash Chhabra, SDO and Mr Suman Dev, Junior Engineer of the Provincial Division No. 1 of the department at Sonepat. These officials, it is alleged, accepted Rs 5,600 as bribe from a contractor.

Besides, Mr Jagroop Saini, Manager of a Cooperative Bank, Mr Durga Dutt, Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Mundlana, Mr Madan Lal, a JE of UHBVN, Mr Lalit Kumar, a JE of Ganaur Municipal Committee, Mr Chiranji Lal, a clerk of HUDA, Mr Ram Bhagat, a patwari, a JE of the Marketing Board and Dr Satpal Dalal, a veterinary doctor were among those who had been arrested by the department during the current year on the charge of accepting bribe.

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