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Loni realtor shot dead in broad daylight
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 8
A property dealer has been shot dead in broad daylight in Loni. A dispute over property was the cause of murder, the police said. The brother of deceased has filed an FIR and named six persons for the crime.

According to information, Jaikaran was a property dealer and owned a firm by the name of Ankur Properties in DLF Ankur Vihar, Loni. He was also the security incharge of the locality.

On November 6 at 3 pm, Jaikaran was taken along by another property dealer Billu, owner of Afzal Properties, to Milk Gujran village for getting an identity card. One Pappu, resident of Dilshad Garden, also accompanied them.

They all went to the house of RWA president Karan Singh Bisht in Ankur Vihar.

While they were preparing the list of the colony people for making the identity cards, Jaikaran was standing outside the house. Four miscreants then opened fire on him.

As Jaikaran started running inside the house, one bullet hit him in the chest. Despite being injured, Jaikaran ran inside the house.

The assailants were chasing him all along and caught him finally. They put a revolver to his head and fired a shot from the close range.

Jaikaran died on the spot. The culprits then fled waiving their weapons in the air.

Later, the police seized a local revolver and six bullets from the scene of crime.

Jaipal, brother of deceased Jaikaran, has filed a murder report, naming six persons of the same village. The accused include Ved Ram, his son Sunder; Satish, a resident of Ludhiana; Rajinder of Dadri; Kalu of Milk Gujran village and Ranjit.

The police said Jaikaran had a property dispute with Ved Ram of same village. None of the accused has been arrested so far.



Fly-by-night chit fund operator pockets crores 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 8
The Sonepat police have declined to register the cheating case against Mr Jassa Ram Sharma, a resident of Mohalla Kot, Sonepat and the owner of a chit fund company of Delhi. The chit fund operator had duped hundreds of people and fled after amassing crores of rupees deposited by them.

According to a report, Mr Jassa Ram Sharma had opened this company in Delhi and the entire business was being carried out in Delhi. Hence, the victims could not register the case against the owners and directors of the company. The victims have also launched a search operation to locate Jassa Ram Sharma and others. Now they are keeping a watch on their possible hideouts.

It is stated that Jassa Ram Sharma is a schoolteacher in Delhi and he had not involved himself in the chit fund company. His wife Mrs Bimla Sharma, his son Jawahar Sharma and son’s wife Shashi Sharma worked at the behest of the company.

The company had been functioning for the past 23 years. The people had invested crores of rupees in it.

Mr Jassa Ram Sharma had first opened the chit fund company, named Mubarak Chit Fund Company and it was registered by his wife and another person. The company’s office was located at Ajindar Market Prem Nagar Delhi. When the number of depositors increased, he separated his partner and opened the Madadgaar chit fund company on March 21, 1997.

Now the depositors are contemplating to approach the Delhi Police for the registration of the criminal case against Mr Jassa Ram Sharma and others so that the culprits could be arrested and they could get back their money.



Kidnapping case solved; five held 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 8
With the arrest of five youths, the East district police today claimed to have worked out a case of kidnapping. The suspects were identified as Ash Mohammad, Allauddin, Ashiq Ali, Shafiq and Shahid. The victim has been recovered safely.

The suspects were arrested yesterday from J.P. Nagar in Uttar Pradesh where they had kept the victim, Tofiq Alam, son of Mohammad Alim, resident of Joshi Colony, Mandawali in East district. The kidnappers demanded Rs 7 lakh for the release of the boy, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), Mrs Nuzhat Hassan, said.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, Tofiq (5), was kidnapped from a shop nearby his house where he had gone to purchase a toffee on November 4. Next day, the victim’s father received a call on his mobile phone. The caller told him that his son was with him and demanded a ransom of Rs 7 lakh. The man threatened the victim’s father that his son would be killed in case the amount was not given. He also warned Mohammad Alim against informing the police. The man again called Alim next day and asked for the ransom. At that time they agreed to accept Rs 5 lakh and the rendezvous was decided as the main road exactly two kilometer ahead of the police picket on GT Road, Brij Ghat UP on Friday at 8 pm. They told the victim’s father that two youths on motorcycles would receive the money.

Alim reported the case to the local police yesterday. A special team was constituted under ACP Preet Vihar. The police team in plain cloths was sent along with Mohammad Alim. When the team reached the place, the youths were seen moving in a suspicious manner on motorcycles. Alim identified one of them as Allauddin and intimated the police that he had been his employee earlier. The police nabbed him while his accomplice escaped.

During interrogation, Allauddin disclosed that his associate was Anish. He also said that Ash Mohamad hatched the plan of kidnapping. He contacted Mohammad Alim’s cousin Shahid who resided at the first floor of the complainant’s house. Shahid reportedly lured the child into a place near Mother Dairy Gate and handed him over to Allauddin and Anish. They took the child at village Bada Hassanpur, district JP Nagar in UP. The police team was rushed there and the child was recovered, the police said.



Man kills wife’s lover
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 8
The lover of a woman was killed by her husband who slit his throat in Shahid Nagar colony of Sahibabad.
The police have arrested the accused with the weapon and blood-soaked clothes.

SO Vishesh Kumar Singh of Sahibabad police station said that Zakir and his wife Seema used to live in the house of one Murtaza. In the next house, Zakir’s friend Anees from Bihar lived.

Anees had developed illicit relations with Zakir’s wife. Zakir wanted to catch them some day. Yesterday morning, Zakir had gone out to answer the nature’s call. When he returned, he found Anees and Seema in a compromising position.

Zakir hit Anees on the head with a rod and later slit his throat with a knife. Zakir had fled after killing his friend. He was later arrested near a telephone exchange at about 9 am.

In another incident, three accused in the murder of one Prashant were nabbed along with their weapons. One of them was also wanted in the murder of a financier of Patel Nagar Marg three months ago.

In Kailash Nagar under Vijay Nagar police station area, the police arrested the three accused yesterday. One of the criminals was wanted in a financier’s murder, three months ago on Patel Nagar Marg. Prashant, son of Gopinder Saxena was shot dead by three miscreants on November 6 at 10.30 pm. Vikrant, deceased’s brother had filed a report against Sanjay Giri of Kailash Nagar, Praveen Sharma and Subash

Tomar of RDC Raj Nagar. The police have arrested all the three near Hindon Vihar barrage. The police recovered one licensed 32 bore revolver and two local revolvers of .315 bore.

SO Anil Somanya of Vijay Nagar said Sanjay Giri was having a divorce suit with his wife Shashi. Deceased Prashant used to help Shashi in the divorce case and he considered Shashi his sister. Sanjay and Prashant had clashed many time on this issue. Sanjay murdered Prashant with the help of his two friends.



Meat eaters, watch out! Improperly cooked meat spawns infectious microbes
Ravi Bhatia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 8
Next time you order succulent Chicken Tikka or a mouth-watering Shami Kebab at your favourite eating joint, make sure these delicacies are properly cooked, for if not, they may just give birth to a caravan of infectious microbes to devour your body, and probably even of those generations yet to come!

A protozoan parasite, Toxoplasmosis gondii (or simply T.gondii) is one such threat from uncooked or under-cooked meat, which replicates within the cells of the infected person or animal, and may cause a potentially crippling infection, Toxoplasmosis. Although normally harmless to the healthy individuals, this ubiquitous pathogen is a major source of congenital birth defects, and has recently achieved considerable notoriety as a leading cause of deaths in AIDS.

First observed in animals in 1908, and in humans in 1923, Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common infections in the world, affecting roughly 50% of the world’s human population, regardless of gender.

According to one estimate, over 500 million humans are infected with T.gondii. A recent survey in females in North India has shown that 27% of women with bad obstetric history are susceptible to such infection.

One of the main concerns in such infection of Toxoplasmosis is in pregnant women, who can possibly pass the infection on to the unborn child through fetal infection (infection to the foetus, in mother’s womb), which can lead to the conditions ranging from eye and brain damage to death in unborn children.

Says Dr Sushma Sinha, Sr Consultant, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here, “In more than 90% of the cases, this infection is asymptomatic. Symptomatic patients demonstrate low-grade fever, sore throat, running nose, fatigue etc. The infection is self-limited, because of its latent nature and poses no serious risks unless the host is immuno-compromised.”

So, how do we know when the meat has been adequately cooked and poses no threat for infection? Dr Tarun Sahni, Sr Consultant Physician, Apollo Hospital, provides some tips, “Since tissue cysts remain viable for long periods, perhaps even for the life of the host animal, properly cooking meats—-by thoroughly heating to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (66 degrees Celsius)—- is essential to stop T. gondii infection. Normal freezing may reduce the infectivity of cysts, but unless the meat is deep-frozen to -80 degrees Fahrenheit (well beyond the capability of the average refrigerator), the cysts will remain active.”

But how do we know if we already have been infected by the Toxoplasmosis agent, and what can we do about it? We checked out the diagnosis and treatment from Dr Sinha, who elucidates, “The ‘TORCH’ test, a type of blood test that measures the presence of antibodies, is a gold standard for diagnosing Toxoplasmosis, and measures the levels of an infant’s antibodies against five groups of chronic infections: Toxoplasmosis, Other infections, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Herpes simplex virus (HSV). The ‘other infections’ usually include syphilis, hepatitis B, coxsackie virus, Epstein-Barr virus, varicella-zoster virus, and human parvovirus”.

She adds, “For treatment, Spiramycin is an effective antibiotic against Toxoplasmosis infection, which blocks the passage of infectious pathogen to the foetus in 60% cases, if continued for entire pregnancy. Since this antibiotic does not enter the fetal circulation, it is well-tolerated and causes minimal side-effects.”

However, emphasizing the need for creating mass awareness, Dr Sushma concludes, “There is an urgent need to determine the prevalence of the organism in edible meats in grocery stores so that relative risks of acquiring toxoplasmosis from different types of meats can be accurately assessed. Even in Western countries, although prevalence of T gondii has declined in adult human beings and pigs by advocacy of control measures, the incidence of congenital toxoplasmosis in children has not decreased in the past decade. Therefore, health education and control measures must continue.”



CM warns thermal power engineers

Faridabad: The Chief Minister, Mr O P Chautala, has warned of departmental action against the engineers of the thermal power station in the NIT if they failed to provide relief to the residents in matter of pollutants released by the plant. The warning came in response to a complaint lodged in the monthly meeting of the district grievances and redressal committee, here yesterday.

An office-bearer of the residents club of the Sainik Colony part-II complained that the area had become a dump-yard of the flyash and polluted water released by the power plant. The pipeline laid to carry the waste to a distant place, usually got damaged, resulting in accumulation of pollutants in the colony itself, the office-bearer complained. The Chief Minister asked the Executive Engineer of the plant to replace the pipeline or change the route of disposal or face a strict disciplinary action. TNS



Baby girl found abandoned in Sadar Bazar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 8
In a weird incident, possibly the first case of its kind, a newborn girl hidden in a polythene bag was found abandoned by the roadside in a North Delhi area here today.

The bag with baby crying inside was detected by a passer-by in front of a shop in Sadar Bazar early in the morning, police sources said.

The baby was handed over to a Police Control Room (PCR) van and the police took her to nearby Hindu Rao Hospital. The baby seemed to be one-day-old.

Senior police officials were not willing to give any information pertaining to the incident.

This is perhaps the first case of an infant having been disposed of in such a manner in the Capital, the sources said. 



Eight-month jail for sexual assault on minor

New Delhi: A Delhi court has sentenced a man to eight months’ imprisonment for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl after kidnapping her from her house in Rajouri Garden eight years ago. Additional Sessions Judge Swarankanta also imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 on Baljeet Kumar who had taken away the girl while she was asleep. According to prosecution, the victim was found missing when her mother woke up in the morning. She was later found crying on the road near her house.

Former MLA quits BJP

A former Delhi BJP legislator today quit the party over ticket distribution for the Assembly poll. Rajesh Sharma, who represented the party in the Assembly from Hauz Khas between 1993 and 98, faxed his resignation letter to Delhi BJP President Madal Lal Khurana. Meanwhile the party has put off the second list of candidates for 31 constituencies till tomorrow. TNS



Campaign to issue birth certificates from November 14
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 8
Alarmed at the low registration of births in the state, the Haryana government has decided to launch a campaign to issue birth certificates to children up to 10 years.
The campaign, which is a part of the national campaign to issue birth certificates under RBD Act, 1969, will be kicked off by observing November 14 to 20 as the ‘Child Rights Week” in the country, sources said.

To begin with, the campaign would be carried out through phase wise. The phase-I would cover all children less than 10 years whose births had already been registered and they reside at the place of their birth. This will include children for government and private schools and non-school going children.

It may be recalled that the Registrar General of India initiated the national campaign to issue birth certificates to generate public awareness to improve registration and create demand for birth and death certificates in view of its need utility. This would go a long way in formulating the National Register of Indian Citizens to be started next year, under which ‘Multi-purpose National Identity Cards’ would be issued to every citizen. The project is already on in 13 states on a pilot basis through the Deputy Commissioners, the sources informed. In fact, the campaign assumes added importance for Haryana as registration level (73 per cent) compares poorly with other states. While in Kerala it is (100 per cent) Tamil Nadu (93 per cent), Himachal Pradesh (90 per cent), Punjab (92 per cent) and Orissa (83 per cent) are way ahead of Haryana. What is more alarming in Haryana is the fact that only 14 per cent of the births registered have actually received their “first proof of existence”.

To top it all, in Haryana about 36.4 lakh births of the total of 49.5 lakh births during the last 10 years were registered and 31.5 lakh children are yet to get the certificates. In Panipat district alone, 20,417 children were born last year and 18,661 were registered.

However, only 2,612 were given the certificates, raising serious doubts about the seriousness of the district administration in registering births and issuing certificates.

In a communication to the district administration, the Director, Census Operations (Haryana), Mr Sunil Gulati, has outlined a strategy to implement the phase-I. Under the strategy information on the place and date of birth, the status of registration will be collected through schools for all children. This information, in turn, will be taken to the local Registrar after taking out the non-registered cases and cases of the children born outside the villages and towns of current residence. The Registrar, with outside support, will prepare the certificates and send them to the schools for distribution.

However, in case of non-school going children, the information on place and date of birth and status of registration will be collected through ANMs, Anganwadi and NGO workers. This information will be taken to the local Registrar after collecting the non-registered births and cases of the children born outside the area. The prepared certificates would be distributed through the ANMs, Anganwadi and NGOs workers.

It is pertinent to mention here that under the Act it is mandatory for the Registrar/local Registrar to make sure that a free copy of the birth certificate has been provided to the parents of all children whose births are registered in the birth registers.



Special Focus on rewari
Farmers at the mercy of private traders
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, November 8
The decision of the Haryana government to stop procurement of the bajra has thrown a large number of farmers here and elsewhere in the state at the mercy of private traders.

Though the decision was formally enforced throughout the state with effect from November 7, yet the procurement of bajra had been lying in abeyance in the New Grain Market here since October 22. A spokesman of the commission agents told the NCR Tribune that HAFED had purchased not a grain of Bajra from the market here after October 21. Thus, the procurement of bajra, which HAFED started here on October 1, practically lasted for three weeks only. During this period, a total of 21,268 metric tons of bajra was purchased by HAFED authorities from various mandis of the district, according to a senior official of the District Food and Supplies Department.

Simultaneously, an official press statement released to journalists here on November 5, by the office of the District Public Relations Officer, has made it known that this time the total production of bajra, which had been sown in fifty-five thousand hectares of land, was 82,000 metric tons in the district.

This indicates that the purchases made by HAFED amounted to about one- fourth of the total production while over 50,000 metric tons of bajra still remained unsold in the district.

It may be mentioned that the benefits accruing from governmental purchases, the announcement of which had been made with much fanfare, have percolated to a limited number of farmers while the number of non-beneficiaries, who would now be compelled to go in for distress sale of their bajra, seemed to exceed the beneficiaries in all probability.

According to a spokesman of the commission agents, about 80,000 quintals of bajra had been lying unsold in the New Grain Market here for the past about 15-days while a far greater quantity lay stored in the farmers’ granaries at home, which too would be brought here for sale as soon as open auction of bajra was allowed to operate in the market here.

Criticising the state government’s decision to stop purchases at a time when the arrivals were still hefty, deputy leader of the Haryana Congress legislature party Capt Ajay Singh Yadav has alleged that the Chautala regime’s action to start governmental purchase of bajra at the MSP of Rs 505 per quintal was politically–motivated. And this virtually aimed at wooing the farmers of Rajasthan, where the INLD was all set to enter the electoral fray during the ensuing Assembly elections. He said that the purchases had been stopped as soon as the electoral process had begun.

Describing the cessation of procurement as detrimental to the farmers of South Haryana, Capt Yadav wanted the government immediately to revoke its decision to save the farmers from being exploited by private traders. 



Mismanagement at rly counter forces commuters 
to travel ticketless
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 8
Chaotic conditions are a common sight at the Sonepat Railway Station. Long queues of commuters outside the booking counters have become common on account of mismanagement and shortage of staff.

According to reports, a large number of passengers were forced to board the trains without tickets as they failed to get the tickets due to the unprecedented long queues at the booking counters.

Even thought there are six counters in the booking office, only two counters are operational in the morning when thousands of passengers commute daily, particularly between Sonepat and Delhi.

As a result, it is a difficult situation for the passengers, who are unable to book their tickets even though they stand in the queue for hours.

Most of the staff, particularly the women “adopt indifferent attitude” towards the passengers, who turn up in queues to purchase the tickets and monthly passes. Many commuters alleged that even though they had made a number of complaints to the Station Superintendent and the Chief Booking Clerk in this regard, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

The problem for the passengers become worse when they are unable to purchase the train tickets at the booking counters due to the lethargic attitude of the railway staff and are caught by the ticket checking staff and penalised. The irony is that even though the passengers are ready to buy the ticket in the train, the Train Ticket Inspector (TTI) never turns up, with the result that the people have to pay the penalty on the account of travelling ticketless.

A similar situation persists in the reservation office, where the staff find it convenient to put up a signboard indicating that “computer is out of order”. “This is a reason enough for the staff to go outside the reservation office and chat for hours,” complained one harassed commuter.

In effect, the passengers have to “sweat it out”, standing in queues for hours while the staff remain indifferent to the difficulties faced by the commuters.

Moreover, the Sonepat Railway Station is in a “bad shape”. The railway authorities appear to be least concerned in improving the conditions. The sanitary conditions are bad as garbage is thrown in the open. Moreover, there is no regular supply of water in the toilets and taps are missing. To make matters worse, the passengers are forced to ease themselves in the open, as the toilets are always dirty.

The railway station has just two small rain shelters, with the result that passengers have to wait for the trains in the open. The situation is extremely difficult during the monsoon.

The ‘Daily Railway Passengers Welfare Association’ has urged the Union Railway Minister to order a high-level probe into the mismanagement at the railway station so that action could be initiated against the erring officials. 



Encroachers rest easy now
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 8
The continued lull in the anti-encroachment drive, which was formally launched by the administration here on October 31, has virtually come as some sort of relief to the “encroachers” and others.

Hundreds of encroachments were removed from the Apna Bazar, Railway Road Market, Green Belt areas of the Model Town and various other market places by the demolition squad, equipped with a JCB machine, during this drive which continued for several days. Besides, over 500 rehriwallahs, who sold fruit, vegetables and other household wares, were also removed from the areas of Sabzi Mandi, Bus Stand, Naiwali Chowk etc.

The demolition squad, accompanied by senior officials of the Municipal Corporation, conducted the operation under orders of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mr Mahavir Kaushik, while a heavy contingent of police force provided protective assistance to the squad.

By and large, the public have welcomed the removal of these encroachments, which had been proving detrimental to the smooth and hazard-free flow of pedestrians as well as vehicular traffic at most of the above places. However, it has given a blow to rehriwallahs who have been deprived of their means of livelihood.

Meanwhile, Mr. J. D. Naharwal, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rewari, accompanied by Mr Vijay Somany, Chairman of Rewari Improvement Trust and Mr Harish Arora, Chairman of Rewari Municipal Corporation, recently visited the Apna Bazar and Bus Stand areas, where they made some sops by way of relief-giving contrivances to the affected shopkeepers. They also assured the aggrieved rehriwallahs that their plea for rehabilitation would be considered.

Simultaneously, taking exception to the mode and manner of the authorities, Congress legislator Capt Ajay Singh Yadav has urged the Deputy Commissioner immediately to provide some appropriate sites to the 500 odd rehriwallahs to save them from this appalling situation. He has also sought compensation for all such aggrieved shopkeepers who enjoyed “Tehbazari” and whose legitimate encroachments had been removed without justification. 



Swami condemns police action against ‘Hindu’
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 8
Condemning the police action at the office of The Hindu and residence of its bureau chief, the Union Minister of State for Home, Mr I. D. Swami, described the incident as unfortunate.

Talking to newsmen here today, Mr Swami said that India has an independent judiciary and a free Press. Any curb on the freedom of the Press was unjustified. “Press is regarded as the parliament perpetually in session”, Mr Swami said.

Asked if the Centre would intervene in what was happening in Tamil Nadu, Mr Swami said that under the scheme of the Indian Constitution, law and order was a state subject. “We can intervene only when the aggrieved party approaches us”, he said, and added that our intervention would be of advisory nature only.

The Hindu, he said, was a big organisation and its publishers and editors have publicly announced to seek legal remedies. Moreover, they were capable of fighting for themselves, he added.

The Union Minister of State for Home, Mr Swami, categorically said that the CBI could inquire into the case of the two missing youths from village Garhi (Sampla) if the state government makes a formal request to the Centre in this respect. He said that neither the CBI could take up

any case for investigation on its own nor the Centre could direct the CBI for conducting any inquiry into any case without getting a written request from the state government or getting directions from the High Court.

When Mr Swami’s attention was drawn to the Chief Minister’s assertion that the state government was not empowered to ask for a CBI inquiry into the case of two missing youths of Garhi, the Home Minister said that observations of the Chief Minister were untenable. The fact, the Union Minister said, was that a CBI inquiry into any case was possible only after the state government made a written request to the Centre or the High Court gave orders in this regard.



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‘Don’t run away from life, that’s not religion’

The relevance of Guru Nanak to modern times lies in the fact that he pioneered the ideals of the brotherhood of man and the oneness of God at a time when rituals and superstitions and asceticism donned the robes of religiosity. He gave birth to some of the profound concepts of the equality of man contained in Sikhism. Rather than the escape route to asceticism, he advocated the life of a householder as the ideal and taught morality as a basis for spiritual growth.

“Asceticism doesn’t lie in ascetic robes, or in walking staff, nor in the ashes. Asceticism doesn’t lie in the earring, nor in the shaven head, nor blowing a conch. Asceticism lies in remaining pure amidst impurities. Asceticism doesn’t lie in mere words. He is an ascetic who treats everyone alike. Asceticism doesn’t lie in visiting burial places. It lies not in wandering about, nor in bathing at places of pilgrimage. Asceticism is to remain pure amidst impurities.” (Suhi)

Theodore Parker speaks for the modern man when he asserts: “I recommend no sore ascetic life.

I believe not only in the thorns on the rosebush, but in the roses which the thorns defend. Asceticism is the child of sensuality and superstition. She is the secret mother of many a secret sin. God, when he made man’s body, did not give us a fibre too much, nor a passion too many.” Guru Nanak entered the religious scene with such views at a time when superstitions and rituals dominated religious practices. The entire discipline and institutions of the Gurus can be appreciated only if one understands that, by the very logic of Guru Nanak’s system, the householder’s life became essential for the seeker. His followers were ordinary men, living at their own homes and pursuing their normal vocations. They did not adopt the lifestyle of recluses of those days in pursuit of truth.

He emphasized the role of man as a householder, living this life to the full. Everyone of the Gurus, excepting Guru Harkishan who died at an early age, was a married person who maintained a family. When Guru Nanak, sent Guru Angad from Kartarpur to Khadur Sahib to start his mission there, he advised him to send for the members of his family and live a normal life. When Guru Nanak went to visit Guru Angad at Khadur Sahib, he found him living a life of withdrawal and meditation. The Guru directed Angad to be active as he had to fulfil his mission and organise a community inspired by his religious principles.

Work, both for earning one’s livelihood and serving the common good, constitutes a fundamental tenet of Sikhism. There is a clear record that everyone up to the Fifth Guru (and probably subsequent Gurus too) earned his livelihood by a separate vocation and contributed his surplus to the institution of langar. Each Sikh was made to accept his social responsibility, so much so that Guru Angad and finally Guru Amar Das clearly ordered that Udasis, persons living a celibate and ascetic life without any productive vocation, should remain excluded from the Sikh fold.

As against it, any worker or a householder without distinction of class or caste could become a Sikh. This indicates how these two principles were deemed fundamental to the mystic system of Guru Nanak. It was defined and laid down that in Sikhism a normal productive and moral life could alone be the basis of spiritual progress. Here, by the very rationale of the mystic path, no one who was not following a normal life could be fruitfully included. Extreme forms of renunciation is also supported by the injunctions in the Gita: “He who shirks action does not attain freedom; no one can gain perfection by abstaining from work. Indeed there is no one who rests even for an instant; every creature is driven by action by his own nature. Those who abstain from action while allowing the mind to dwell on sensual pleasure cannot be called sincere spiritual aspirants. But they excel who control their senses through the mind, using them for selfless service.”

“Fulfil all your duties; action is better than inaction,” the Gita commands. Lord Krishna reminds his disciple: “Even to maintain your body, Arjuna, you are obliged to act. But it is selfish action that imprisons the world. Act selflessly without any thought of personal profit.’’ (Chapter3)

The Guru, born in 1469, had to contend with caste, religion and social distinctions and untouchability. These distinctions had received religious sanction leading to oppression and exploitation of the weaker sections. The institution of langar was to establish the truth of the brotherhood of man. As everyone sat and ate at the same place and shared the same food, it cut at the root of the evil of caste, class and religious distinctions. Besides, it demolished the idea of pollution of food by the mere presence of an untouchable. Secondly it provided food to the needy. This institution of langar and pangat was started by the Guru among all his followers wherever they had been organised. It became an integral part of the moral life of the Sikhs.

We may have progressed in many directions since the times of Nanak; yet we have not risen above caste and religious labels as a nation. We commemorate his birth but still choose to live in darkness.

M. P. K. Kutty



MC serves notice to institutions over 
unauthorised constructions
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 8
The local municipal council has served the ‘final notice’ to the management committee of eight educational institutions in the town for removing unauthorised constructions on their premises.

The institutions include Gita Vidya Mandir Girls College, Hindu College of Engineering, CRA College, Rishikul Vidya Peeth, Jain Vidya Mandir, Saraswati Public School, Navyug Public School and Sri Ram Modern Boarding School.

According to the Executive Officer of the local Municipal Council, Satbir Singh Ahlawat, these institutions were also served notices last month. However, the authorities of these institutions had failed to reply, he said.

“If the management did not respond to the final notices also, the municipal authorities will have two alternatives-either to file a case in the court or carry out demolitions of the unauthorised constructions,” he said, adding that so far the authorities have not taken a final decision in this regard.

He also informed that the council had already identified the educational institutions, which had been expanded by making unauthorised constructions.

The authorities of these institutions had failed to get the approval of the council for expansion plans.

He also pointed out that the approval for the expansion of many of these buildings needed to be sent to Chandigarh, as they were beyond the jurisdiction of the council.

On the other hand, the management of these institutions are reportedly planning to move the court against the councils notices served under Section 235 of the Municipal Act.

The council was forced to initiate action against the unauthorised constructions when it was highlighted in the media.

Attempt to loot foiled, 2 held: The police foiled an attempt to loot some people by two armed youths on the Kami road near here last night. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told media persons here today that the police arrested two youths, identified as Parveen and Naresh alias Nursi, and seized two Kamanidar knives and a motorcycle from their possession.

Both the youths belonged to Nandnaur village in this district.

Giving the details of the arrests, the SP disclosed that a police party on a routine patrolling duty on the Kami road received a secret information the culprits were standing on the T point of Jahri village.

According to the SP, the police also seized two knives and a stolen motorcycle from their possession. 



Workers oppose amendments to ex gratia policy

Faridabad: Demanding immediate placement to the family members of the employees killed or disabled while on duty, the members the `All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union’, opposed the move by the state government to bring about amendments to the old policy.

The representatives of the workers union alleged that the new policy framework made it extremely difficult for family members of those killed or disabled during duty to get employment with the corporation on ex gratia basis.

The said the new rules and conditions attached with such an employment were too strict and almost hard to follow or fulfill. Staging a demonstration outside the offices of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), the employees asked the state government to withdraw the amendments.

According to the union, about 7,000 employees had died and thousands of others had become disabled while on duty sine the establishment of the Power Department. TNS



Wife files dowry harassment case against husband 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 8
The Kharkhauda police have registered a case of dowry harassment against the husband of one Santosh and three other members of her in-laws family. The police have started investigation into the case. According to a report, the police have, however, not arrested any of the accused named in the FIR so far.

The housewife, identified as Santosh, had stated that she was married to Ram Karan of Panchi village on February 25. However, soon after the marriage, her husband, mother-in-law Bharpai, sister in-law-Neelam and brother in-law Anil harassed for dowry.

She was also beaten up. Later, she managed to escape from the house of her in-laws.

Mrs Santosh appeared before a local court and gave statement against her husband and other members of the family. Consequently, the court directed the Kharkhauda police to register a dowry harassment case.

Hunt for kidnappers: The police have launched a hunt to apprehend the culprits involved in the kidnapping of a girl of Zainpur Tikola village in this district. According to a report, the girl was allegedly kidnapped by car-borne youths while she had gone to the fields to ease herself.

Her parents suspected that the girl had been kidnapped by a rival group following a dispute over land.

According to another report, the Rai police have recovered the body of an unidentified man on the G T Road. The body has been sent for the postmortem examination. It is stated that he was hit and killed by a speeding truck.

Prakash Utsav celebrated: Prakash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated with great enthusiasm in this city and elsewhere in Sonepat district. According to a report, thousands of people thronged the tastefully decorated Gurdwaras where they joined the religious congregations. After these programmes, the devotees took part in the `langars’ organised on this occasion.

A colourful nagar kirtan was taken out through the Sonepat city on the eve of Parkash Utsava. School children and a large number of devotees participated in the procession. Gutka players demonstrated their skills on this occasion. Similar functions were also held at Ganaur, Gohana and Kharkhauda towns in this district.

Kartika Purnima celebrated: Thousands of devotees took a holy dip in the Yamuna today on the occasion of Kartika Purnima.

According to a report, thousands of devotees thronged religious places where they offered prayers. Many devotees alleged difficulties due to lack of special transportation facilities for the occasion.



Cong blames Chautala for Sampla violence 
against women 
Our Correspondents

Rohtak, November 8
Haryana Congress president and former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal strongly condemned the maltreatment of women of village Garhi by the police in the presence of the Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala at Sampla on October 3. Addressing the residents of village Garhi, near Sampla, Mr Bhajan Lal said that Mr Chautala was misleading the people over the issue of CBI inquiry into the case of the two missing youths. The Chief Minister’s statement that only the Centre or the courts could direct the CBI to take over the investigation into the case of the missing youths was incorrect.

The Chief Minister, while launching his `Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ programme on November 3 from village Garhi, had said that the state government was not empowered to ask the CBI to inquire into the case.

The PCC chief said that inquiry by the CBI into any case was always held only on the recommendations of the state government concerned. Mr Bhajan Lal offered to ensure a CBI inquiry into the matter within three days if Mr Chautala gave in writing that the state government favoured a CBI inquiry.

Supporting the Chaugama and Ahlawat Satays (27) panchayat’s demand for a CBI inquiry into the mysterious disappearance of two youths of village Garhi on September 11, 2002, Mr Bhajan Lal remarked that the Chief Minister should immediately write for a CBI inquiry into the case so as to unravel the truth.

The Chief Minister’s disinclination to recommend a CBI probe into the case pointed the needle of suspicion towards him, Mr Bhajan Lal said, adding that Mr Chautala should have no hesitation in a CBI inquiry if he had nothing to hide.

Gun snatched from security guard

Greater Noida: Criminals in a Qualis car beat up a security guard and snatched his rifle under the Kasna police station. However, when the security guard went to the police station to lodge a report, the police threatened him to file a theft report instead of a loot report. Ram Bahadur is a security guard of Saraswati Security Service of Ghaziabad and is employed in Swaran Nagari, Greater Noida.

While he was walking back to his house near gate no 3 of the power house at about 7 pm, a Qualis car stopped by his side and the persons inside the car volunteered to drop him at his house. However, when he got inside the car the criminals tied his hands and feet, dumped him on the roadside in an unconscious state and took away his gun and cartridges. However, when he went to file the report at the police station, the policemen did not believe him and threatened to him behind the bars. Frightened by the police, he finally agreed to file a theft report as desired by the policemen.

Two killed in road accidents

Sonepat: An unidentified youth was hit and killed by an unknown vehicle on the G T Road near Rai village, about 13 km from here. According to a report, the body remains unidentified and it has been sent for the postmortem examination. The police have registered the case in this connection.

According to another report, Mr Suresh Malik (35), a resident of Rubhra village succumbed to his injuries at the PGIMS, Rohtak. He was injured in an accident near Barota village on the Sonepat-Gohana Road about 30 km from Sonepat. He was removed to the PGIMS at Rohtak in a serious condition after he was knocked down by an unknown truck. 



Prakash Utsav celebrated at Gurdwara 
Rakab Ganj Sahib
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 8
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee celebrated Prakash Utsav of Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji today at Lakhi Shah Vanjara Hall in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib here.

The programme started from early morning with the recitation of Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem. Thereafter, Asa-Di-Var and Shabad Kirtan was performed by Bhai Jagjit Singh Ji Komal from Ludhiana. Shabad Vichar with historical background of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was performed by Head Granthi Bhai Ranjit Singh Ji. Thereafter, Shabad Kirtan by renowned Ragi Jathas continued.

S Prehlad Singh Chandok-president, S Harbhajan Singh Matharoo-general secretary, office bearers of the executive committee, S Tarsem Singh-chairman, Dharam Parchar Committee and prominent members of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee were present in the congregation.

Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani came early in the morning to pay his obeisance to Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Surinder Singh Kohli, Chairman, Punjab National Bank, Balbir Singh Sodhi of USA and Mr Mohammed Rafiq, general-secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami were honoured with Siropas, photographs of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, a shawl and sets of books by the office bears of executive committee of the DSGMC.

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee also released a book on the life and achievements of Jassa Singh Ramgarhia, written by S Tarsem Singh, chairman, Dharam Parchar Committee-DSGMC.

All India Radio relayed Shabad Kirtan from 9 am to 10 am in the morning. Guru Ka Langar (free community kitchen) was served to all the devotees.

Siropa presented to Advani: Kuldeep Singh Bhogal, secretary- general, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Delhi, presented a siropa, kirpan, shawl and a photograph of Guru Nanak Dev Ji to the Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani on the auspicious occasion of the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Other prominent leaders including Bhupinder Singh Anand, senior vice- president, Harjeet Singh Rana and senior vice-president (Youth Akali Dal) were present on the occasion.

The Deputy Prime Minister extended his greetings to the people and asked them to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He called upon the people to live in harmony with all communities.

Guru Purab celebration: Guru Nank Dev Ji’s Guru Purab (Birth-Day) was celebrated today. People of all religion took part in the celebration. People also took holy dip in rivers and sarovars and greeted each other on the auspicious occasion. 

Children to pray for world peace: For the first time more than hundred children from various countries including Finland, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan Russia, Japan, Thailand, Georgia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Germany and Armenia will participate in an exclusive ‘World Children’s Prayer for Global Peace’ at the Nehru Pavillion, Pragati Maidan, after the inaugural ceremony of IITF 2003 on November14.

This event is being organised by the Intermedia Group the help of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), NIPA and the National Center of International Amateur Theatre Association, a body of UNESCO. This would be an unique occasion for cultural integration, said the director of NIPA, Mr Devanand Mishra.



Pirated spare parts racket busted 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 8
With the arrest of three persons, the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a racket of pirated spare parts of Mahinder and Mahindra Limited.
The suspects were identified as S.M.J. Bhalla, owner of Bhalla Tractors, Ashwini, owner of Ajanta Motors and Sulochna, owner of packing unit of Ajanta Motors. The were arrested following raids conducted at their shops in Mori Gate and Kashmere Gate areas.

The police seized 11,000 counterfeit spare parts of Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, 40,000 fake spare part packaging material including packaging sheets. The modus operandi of the operation was to recycle used spare or acquire low quality spares and then to package them in pirated packaging of leading auto spares manufacturers including Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, the police said.

Looting case solved: The Delhi Police have arrested a man allegedly involved in the daylight robbery at a jeweller’s house in Laxmi Nagar in November last year, in which over Rs four lakh in cash and jewellery worth lakhs were looted.

The suspect was identified as Mohd Israr Qureshi. He was arrested from Mustfabad area of North East Delhi. Some jewellery was also seized at his instance.

The case was solved due to a clue received by the police three months ago when jeweller Anand Bansal informed that he had been receiving threatening calls asking for money.

The caller knew about the robbery in detail, he said. Police traced one of the calls to Bijnour in Uttar Pradesh and later came to know that one Qureshi had shifted to Delhi.

During interrogation, Qureshi owned up the crime and identified his associates as Azad, Rahul, Babloo, Kale and Murtzin. He told the police that he was not in touch with them at present. The accused had tied all those present in the house, including the house lady, before fleeing with the booty.


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