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You can hop over to Noida on Metro by 2011
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 7
As per a time-bound plan, Delhi Metro trains should start running between Barakhamba Road, Delhi, and Noida by 2011. Later, the Metro corridor is to be extended to Greater Noida.

The Chairman of the Noida and Greater Noida administration, Mr Brijesh Kumar, said a final decision to this effect was expected to be taken within a month.

“We have presented three options regarding the route the Metro rail can take and one of them will be chosen within a month. Another proposal to extend the Metro rail service up to Greater Noida will shortly be sent to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation”, he said.

The Noida administration Chairman disclosed this after meeting officers of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Rites Corporation.

He said within a month, after the final route was finalised, the details of the 20-km-long route would be worked out. This exercise should be completed by January 2004, by which time Rites, a Government of India undertaking, would be asked to develop the possible route up to Greater Noida, he said.

Mr Kumar said the Noida link project had been included in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s second stage starting from January 2005. The project was likely to cost Rs 100 crore per km. The Noida Chairman said the Noida-Metro link was expected to cost about Rs 2,000 crore.

According to the Noida Authority ACEO, Mr Mohd Haleem Khan, the fall point of Metro rail in Noida or the Metro rail station could be Sector 14, near the present Noida entrance, or in Sector 6, near the present Noida administration office.

He said the nitty-gritty of the project would be made available by January-end but tentatively the pattern of funding could be the same as in the case of Delhi Metro rail. The Noida administration or the UP Government might have to contribute between Rs 150 and Rs 200 crore and the rest would come from the Governments of India and Japan.



BJP refuses to part with Tilak Nagar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will contest only those four seats the names of which have been announced. Unable to concede the SAD’s demand for contesting the Tilak Nagar constituency, it said the decision to leave four seats for the December 1 Assembly election was final.

“We have already decided to leave Adarsh Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Jangpura and Rajouri Garden to the Shiromani Akali Dal ... the decision is final,” Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana told reporters on Friday.

Denying reports quoting SAD general secretary Onkar Singh Thakur that the four seats were not acceptable to them, Mr Khurana said there was no dispute for three seats.

“Only in Rajouri Garden we want that either a widow of anti-Sikh riots or a member of a family of riot victims be fielded as the name of the family of the Transport Minister and sitting MLA Ajay Maken figures in the list of Congress leaders allegedly involved in the 1984 massacre,” he said. Mr Khurana said it was an internal matter of the SAD whom they wanted to field in Rajouri Garden.

He said two Akali leaders had been asking for Tilak Nagar seat instead of Rajouri Garden, but there was no question of reconsideration of the agreement struck with Akali leaders Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.



Bank robbery bid foiled; two held after encounter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7
The South district police today claimed to have arrested two motor cycle-borne criminals from Govindpuri after an encounter this morning. The incident occurred opposite Kangra Co-operative Bank where the suspects went to commit a bank robbery. However, nobody was injured in the exchange.

The encounter took place around 11.30 am when the suspects, Mohammad Hanif and Rajesh Malik, came to the bank on a black Yamaha motor cycle, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), Mr Vivek Gogia, said.

The suspects took a number of rounds of the bank premises, which aroused the suspicion of the plainclothes police personnel, Shyam Bir and Ram Kishan, who were on duty outside the bank. When the policemen approached them, the duo sped away with the former in hot pursuit. A fleeing Mohammad Hanif fired at the policemen. In self-defence, Sub-Inspector Akhilesh, who was on duty there, also fired two rounds but nobody was injured.

The DCP said since the market was crowded the suspects could not run away. Consequently, two other constables, Hawa Singh and Ashok Singh, caught them and seized the weapon of offence. It is an English revolver of .38 bore. Besides four live rounds, two empty rounds were also seized. Shyam Bir was driving the motor cycle.

The DCP said their interrogation revealed that they had been involved in a number of cases, including a murder case. Hanif belonged to Ambedkar Nagar and was released on bail recently. He was also active in Haryana. Shaym Sunder was also involved in several cases. Their involvement in other bank robberies is a matter of investigation.



Body in suitcase: Hotel whodunnit cracked
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7
With the arrest of a youth, the Central district police today claimed to have worked out a murder case of a young woman whose decomposed body was recovered from Hotel Shiv Dev International in Nabi Karim in July.

The suspect, Rupesh Choudhary, alias Rooplal, a resident of Udaipur, strangulated to death Sweety, his girl friend, in the hotel. He packed her body in a suitcase and left the hotel without informing the hotel employees. He was arrested from Udaipur a few days back. At present, he is in judicial custody, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Centre), Mr Arvind Deep, said.

The DCP said Rupesh and Sweety checked in at the hotel in the morning on July 4. In the hotel register he noted his fake name and address and introduced the woman as Kavita Maurya, his wife. He kept his suitcase in the hotel and went out along with the woman. After that they came back to the hotel at about 2.30 pm and had lunch. In the evening he left the hotel alone and did not come back.

Two days later the hotel staff complained to the manager that a foul smell was emanating from the room. When the room was opened the decomposed body of the woman was recovered. A murder case was registered and a police team was sent to the given address but it was found to be fake. A description of the suspect was made public through the local newspapers in Rajasthan and finally Rupesh was arrested.

During interrogation, he disclosed he had an affair with the woman. The last time Rupesh met the woman he observed that her interest in him had waned. Later, he killed her in the hotel. The deceased’s husband lives in Udaipur, the DCP said.

The husband could not identify the body as it was highly decomposed. Eventually, she was identified by her brother.



Clash between marriage parties, groom assaulted

Sonepat: At least seven persons, including the bridegroom, were injured in a clash between members of the marriage party and the bride’s side at Robhra village, about 20 km from here, last night.

According to a report, the injured persons were identified as bridegroom Rajesh, Suraj Bhan, Manjit, Rambir, Kala, Manoj and Mukesh. Four injured persons were referred to the Civil Hospital, Sonepat, for treatment. They were stated to be out of danger. The Kharkhauda police have registered a case and further investigations are on. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

During the return journey both the groups clashed with each other near Diversion Drain No 8.

However, during the scuffle, Kale brandished a gun and Mukesh fired shots in the air. Manjit and Rambir assaulted the bridegroom and other members of the marriage party with iron rods and lathis. The four alleged assailants belonged to Samchana village.

The windows of their cars were smashed during the clash. The clash was triggered by a row over a dance at the marriage venue.

According to another report, three persons were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Ridhao village, about 25 km from here, last evening. Lathis and deadly weapons were used freely in the clash. The injured persons were identified as Dhara Dai, Sube Singh and Anil. OC



HC refuses to reschedule polls after Ramzan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7
The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to reschedule the Assembly election in the Capital after the holy month of Ramzan on the ground that the poll notification has already been announced.

According to the law laid down by the Supreme Court, Justice BD Ahmed said, the courts could not interfere with the election process once the poll notification was announced.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission today informed the High Court that the electoral rolls in seven constituencies in the Capital, which had more than 20 per cent literate Muslim population, were being published in Urdu besides Hindi and English languages.

Poll notification

The election process for constituting a new legislative Assembly in the NCT of Delhi was set in motion today with Lieutenant-Governor Vijai Kapoor issuing the poll notification, marking the beginning of filing of nominations for the December 1 election.

The notification for the December 1 poll had already been sent to the Chief Electoral Officer for publication in the official gazette, sources in the Lieutenant-Governor’s office said. Today’s notification opens the filing of nominations to constitute the 70-member third Assembly of the NCT of Delhi.

The last date for filing of nominations is November 14. Scrutiny will be held the following day and the last date for withdrawal is November 17. The first meeting of the new Assembly has to be convened by December 13.

The model code of conduct came into force on October 6 with the announcement of the election schedule by the Election Commission for the NCT of Delhi and four other states.



Live cartridges found in box used by Army

Panipat: Even as panic gripped the district following the recovery of about 170 live cartridges from the fields of Kurad village yesterday, the police have registered a case under the Arms Act against unidentified persons.

According to information, the cartridges, packed neatly in a box used by the Indian Army, were found from the fields owned by Mr Ram Diya, Chairman of the Bapoli Market Committee.

Meanwhile, sources said a through investigation would be conducted as to how the cartridges found their way to Kurad village. The box seemed to have been buried for quite some time as its outer surface was rusted. The help of the Army is being sought by the authorities. An Army team is likely to visit the village soon. Whether the ammunition was meant for the anti-social elements is a matter of investigation. TNS

DC suspends three panches

Rohtak: Exercising powers under Section 5 (1) of the Gram Panchayat Act, 1994, the Deputy Commissioner has suspended three members of the panchayat of Sisrauli village in Lakharanmajra block. The suspended panches are Mr Kuldip Singh, Mr Balraj and Ms Krishna Devi. It is alleged that Mr Kuldip Singh had encroached upon shamlat land and constructed a boundary wall around it. Mr Balraj had allegedly constructed a kothi on the panchayat land and Ms Krishna Devi had also constructed a house on shamlat land. OC




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Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, was born in 1469 in a village named Talwandi, which later became famous as Nankana Sahib. It is located in Pakistan after Partition.

When Guru Nanak appeared on the scene, India was ruled by the Mughals. In their enthusiasm to convert the non-Muslims to Islam, these rulers oppressed their subjects in several ways. They imposed the ‘Jazia’, a religious tax paid by all non-Muslims. To add to their misery, some ruthless rulers showed open disrespect to some non-Muslim places of worship. Guru Nanak offered them a simple way of life and truthful living.

He placed truth and God above all religious ceremonies and manifestations. Even as a child, Guru Nanak seemed different from other children of his age. While others indulged in sports, fun and frolic, Nanak spent most of his time in isolation and meditation.

He was gifted with a melodious voice. He often gathered his friends and sang in praise of God almighty. Nanak was very sharp and quickly learnt everything that the teacher could possibly teach him. He received intensive coaching in languages, including Sanskrit, Persian and Punjabi. Guru Nanak Dev composed poems in praise of God, in almost every language at a very young age. Though Guru Nanak was born in a Hindu family, he did not believe in ceremonies and rituals. In his first job as a storekeeper with the Revenue Department, he worked with complete honesty. In the midst of these activities, Guru Nanak Dev did not forget his real work.

Early one morning, while he was bathing in the neighbouring river Baeen, he saw a vision. For three days, he did not appear in the city and the people wondered what had become of him. When he appeared before them, he looked like a man in a dream.

He said: “There is no Hindu and no Mussalman.”

He said that the people should not quarrel over the name of the religion, for God is neither Hindu nor Muslim. Human beings are all alike. They are all brothers to one another. The distinction between them leads to hatred.

He tried to bring the Indian masses on a common platform without any distinction of cast and creed.

He succeeded to a great extent as his followers cut across the religious barriers, including both the Hindus and the Muslims.

A. S. Parwana, Delhi

One flower doesn’t a garland make!

In the NCR Tribune on October 21, Mr J T Vishnu presented an interaction with Mr R S Gupta, Delhi Police Commissioner, who tried his best to project the bright side of the Delhi Police during the last three years.

How tactfully Mr Gupta says that the crime rate is on the decrease and then goes on to give credit to his force.

One should not forget the fact that the safety and security of Delhi is not the single-handed job of the Delhi Police only.

It is the task performed by various para-military forces such as the CRPF, ITBP, NSG, CPI, RAF, et al.

Mrs Dhiraj Yadav, Rewari

Lip-service to soldiers

Brig. (retd.) P D Misra, convenor BJP Sainik Cell (Tribune NCR, 21 September 03) surprisingly claimed during a press conference that the BJP is the only party that serves the defence personnel. Here, I remind the convenor that hardly anything worth the claim has been done by the present regime except paying lip-service to the soldiers through print/electronic media in matters like the Defence Minister sharing meals with the jawans at high altitudes, stressing the need for more budget for Defence, equipping jawans with modern weapons and extending pecuniary help to the widows and parents of those who make supreme sacrifice for the cause of the motherland.

Furthermore, I would like to remind the Brigadier of the burning demand of the ex-servicemen, “One Rank One Pension”. It is the first instance in the history of defence that the government has appeased by extending “One Rank One Pension” benefit to one of the two equally eligible spectra of the fighting personnel.

It exposes the generally accepted norm that the BJP cares for the better placed section of the society. It is absurd as to why the demand of one rank one pension hangs fire.

A good number of ex-servicemen die every month in the vain hope of one rank one pension. Service rendered by the BJP to the soldiers as claimed is perhaps known to the convenor alone!

Sumer Singh, Bhiwani

To err is human…

Apropos of Principal Madhu Chandra’s write-up “Admitting your mistake, the toughest job of all”, (NCR Tribune October 27).

In this connection, I wish to say that many people commit mistakes unconsciously. But it is in our hand to assume responsibilities for our mistakes. The wise men have written much on the mistakes and some of their observations are reproduced below:

* To tolerate someone else’s mistakes is one thing. To forgive them is even greater.

* What causes the most pain - the mistake or the criticism for the mistake?

* When others make mistakes, do not keep counting these mistakes. Allow them to count on you, for cooperation to erase that weakness.

* If I keep the mistakes of others in my mind, they soon become a part of me. So why not ignore them?

* Sometimes, the greatest contribution one can make is to admit one’s mistakes.

* Owning responsibility for the mistakes saves the expense of anger, the cost of the waste of energy.

* Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

Anup Kumar, New Delhi

Who’ll fight the demon of dengue?

It was shocking to learn that Uttar Pradesh is unperturbed over the breakout of dengue.

Good sense should prevail and the Health Department officials should consider the disease a serious epidemic and get it removed at the earliest. Besides this, 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh have no medical chief officers. The vacancies must be filled up at the earliest so that the disease could be fought on a war-footing.

Subhash C Taneja, Rohtak

Afro-Asian Games

On October 24, 2003, India’s Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani opened the Afro-Asian Games.

Hosting such games is a matter of pride for all of us.

In 1951, Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the First Asian Games in New Delhi. And now Asian Games has become the world’s most recognised games. Similarly, we hope that this Afro-Asian Games will be a marvellous platform for sports persons of the two continents to show their metal. I also thank “The Tribune” for covering these games for us.

Saurabh Duggal, Faridabad

Pray depict women fairly

Woman is respected as a goddess, a mother and a sister in our country’s culture and methodology. India is a country of many religions, but woman have special place whether it is

Jhansi’s Rani Laxmi Bai or Razia Sultana of the Sultanate period. In some states, especially in West Bengal, woman is worshipped as Durga.

However, these days if you see films, you realise that everybody makes money at the cost of women’s dignity. We all know that these days most of the pictures have the item numbers in which a woman is depicted as a sex symbol. If we want to be a developed country by 2020, then we do not only have to be economically empowered but also have to uplift the women’s position.

Richa Bedi, New Delhi

Wanted: A clean-up operation

Divali symbolises the triumph of good over evil. It has also become a festival of cleanliness.

However, people of Faridabad are a disappointed lot.

As far as cleaning of drains and sewers is concerned, their complaints are simply confined to the waste paper basket.

Sewerage system remains blocked and drains stink. The health officer of the district and the commissioner of Faridabad Corporation should take urgent steps to remedy the malady.

Uttal Pal Singh, NIT Faridabad



Minor with stolen Maruti car arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7
The New Delhi district police today arrested a minor boy and seized a Maruti car from his possession that was stolen from Paschim Vihar last evening. However, his accomplice managed to escape from the spot.

The Maruti car was intercepted by a policeman near Shahid Bhagwan Singh Marg this afternoon while the two accused were going to Ghaziabad. Since the suspects were minors, the police asked the driver for his licence and documents of the vehicle.

While the person driving the car was arrested, his accomplice managed to escape from the spot. During interrogation, he disclosed that the vehicle was stolen last evening from Paschim Vihar, the police said.


The BSES announced load shedding due to repair and maintenance work to be carried out tomorrow in Sunder Vihar, Paschim Vihar, Multan Nagar, Piragarhi, Industrial Area, Hari Nagar, Preet Vihar, Patparganj, Mayapuri, 66 KV Palam sub station and its adjoining areas. The loadshedding will affect Kailash Nagar, Maujpur, Gautampuri, Shiv Kunj, Gurudwara Gali and its adjoining areas on November 9 and on November 10. Besides, it will also have its impact in Zakhira, BD Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Shakarpur, Lakshminagar, Madhuvihar, Mandawali, Pandavnagar and its adjoining areas. The timing of the loadshedding will be from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.



BSNL unearths bogus mobile subscribers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 7
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has unearthed a racket in which subscribers had reportedly sought mobile phone connections from the Nigam after producing fake ration cards and telephone numbers of other subscribers.

According to a report, the Nigam had introduced a scheme for granting mobile telephone connections in January this year. Thereafter, a large number of persons applied for mobile phone connection after producing fake ration cards and giving telephone number of other subscribers. Consequently, these applicants were provided mobile phone connections by the Nigam. During the scrutiny, the Nigam found that some of the persons whose address was provided in the applications had actually not applied for the mobile phone connections.

This fact came to light when the Nigam issued demand notices to a telephone subscribers Mange Ram of Gohana town, asking him to pay Rs 9,720 as rent and call charges. The said subscribers informed the Nigam authorities that the bill had been wrongly sent as he had never applied for any mobile phone connection.

Similarly, in a large number of other cases also, the Nigam authorities found the documents and subscribers name to be wrong.

The Nigam has lodged an FIR with the police against the fake subscribers for allegedly cheating the Nigam of lakhs of rupees.

Campaign against anti-social elements

The police have intensified its campaign against anti-social elements and criminals in this city and elsewhere in the district. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here today that the police have carried out a number of raids at gambling dens in Municipal Park and other areas and arrested 12 persons. The arrested persons were identified as Manoj of Faiz Bazar, Sham Singh of Sainipura Colony, Ajit of Mohalla Kot, Sham of railway quarters, Sonepat, Vijay of Nandnaur village, Ram Gopal of Ganaur, Narain of Deoria, Luxmi Narain of Gudha, Jai Bhagwan of Jatwara Mohalla Manoj Kumar of Tihar village, and Narinder Kumar of Tajpur village.


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