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Parties set to pull out all the stops to woo voters
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
The campaigning for the December 1 Assembly election in NCT of Delhi will pick up momentum on Monday. The Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have only a fortnight to reach out to the voters in the 70 constituencies.

The campaign managers of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the INC’s campaign in the Gole Market constituency will begin on Monday. The BJP has fielded Poonam Azad against Ms Dikshit in this prestigious seat. Ms Dikshit won this seat in the last Assembly election.

Monday is also the last date for withdrawing the nomination papers. The INC is expecting many of the dissidents, who have filed their nomination papers as Independents, to withdraw in favour of the party’s candidates.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Telecommunication Ashok Pradhan on Sunday addressed a gathering of BJP sympathisers in C3/1 Janak Puri. The occasion was inauguration of the election office of the party’s candidate, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Jagdish Mukhi. Contrasting the personality cult propagated by the INC with the collective leadership of the BJP, Mr Pradhan said it was ironic that the INC was making road and electricity an issue when a large number of people did not have food to eat and water to drink.

Mr Pradhan also inaugurated the election office of the party’s candidate in the Paharganj constituency. Virendra Babbar is the BJP nominee. Union Minister of State for Sports and Chandni Chowk’s Member of Parliament Vijay Goel was present on the occasion.

There are four Assembly constituencies in the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency. They are: Paharganj, Chandni Chowk, Matia Mahal and Ballimaran. A former Mayor, Shanti Desai accompanied Mr Goel to the inauguration of the election office in Chandni Chowk.

On the occasion, Mr Goel said the INC was converting the NCT of Delhi into a slum.

He said a third of the land area had turned into a slum and 25 per cent of the people living in the Capital had no water to drink. The INC, he alleged, had failed to address these issues.

The BJP has fielded Dharamvir Sharma in Chandni Chowk, Cassim Mullic in Matia Mahal and Raj Kishore Gupta in Ballimaran. Mullic toured Pataudi House, Kucha Parmanand, Faiz Bazar and Yamuna Pushta. Gupta also began his campaign in Ballimaran.

Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Kiran Choudhry (INC) on Saturday walked through several localities and met with her constituents in Delhi Cantonment.

At a meeting near the Railway line in Mayapuri, she asked the women and youth to reject the communal policies of the BJP.

Talking about the deteriorating law and order situation in the NCT of Delhi, Ms Choudhry said the Delhi Police should be removed from under the jurisdiction of the Union Government and placed under the Government of NCT of Delhi. 



It is not healthy to blame dengue deaths on 
Delhi Govt, feel doctors
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
In the blame game between Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate M L Khurana in the run-up to the Assembly elections over dengue deaths, efficiency or lack of it in handling the epidemic could not be pinned on the government. At least the Capital’s medical fraternity feels so.

The fact that dengue killed more people in 1996 and claimed the lives of fewer persons in the Capital this time was not a proof of the inefficiency or efficiency of any government, Dr KK Aggarwal of the Moolchand Hospital here said. The reason simply was that dengue in the previous epidemic in 1996, was caused by a virus which was deadlier than the one which struck this time, he said.

It is this difference and not the handling of the situation by either government in their respective terms that determined the number of victims this year and seven years ago, said Dr Aggarwal.

Dengue had struck the Capital in a big way in 1996, claiming 423 lives and affecting over 10,000 people that year. This time, there were only 33 dengue deaths and 2,738 cases have been reported so far. The figures are not likely to increase as with the onset of winter, mosquito breeding decreases.

He said that there were four types of dengue fever: dengue one, two, three and four. A person can get dengue four times but one type only once. In 1996, there was an outbreak of dengue two and four, which are more dangerous than the other types, while this time, the Capital was hit by dengue three, caused by a less virulent strain, he explained. If last time more people died it was not because the government was taken unawares, and conversely if fewer persons died this year it was not because of the government preparedness, he affirmed.



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Five head of cattle perish 
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 16
Five head of cattle including a cow, two calves and buffaloes died after drinking the chemical discharge from some dying units in Janakpuri Colony in Sahibabad. This has created tension in the area.

The livid people had raised slogans in protest and blocked the traffic. It may be recalled that a large number of polluting units, when evicted from the Delhi territory, had set up units in the border areas of UP a few years ago. The district administration’s order to remove them were not carried out by the police. These animals had drunk the poisonous discharge from the chemical factories as they entered the colonies. The sweepers were later called in to dispose of the carcasses.

Jaswant Singh of Janakpuri alleged that daily chemical discharge from these factories into the drain as well as in the open endangers the life of human and cattle alike. The discharge must have been more harmful yesterday, as a result of which cattle had perished.

Angry people had raised slogans and jammed the traffic near Aradhana Cinema. They demanded the removal of polluting factories from the area.

It may be recalled that the polluting units were removed from Delhi on the orders of apex court. But they were quickly set up in Janakpuri, Ganeshpuri, Shriram, Raj Bagh colonies of Sahibabad. While water was being polluted on a large scale, it was turned into chemical poison. People using handpump water are also exposed to many skin and other diseases.



Delhi traders’ bandh today against TIN forms
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
Traders in the Capital will keep shutters down tomorrow in response to a Delhi Trade Bandh call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh (DVM) in protest against the pressure being exerted on them by the sales tax officials to fill the Trade Identification Number (TIN) forms.

The TIN forms have been issued by the Delhi Sales Department and date for filling the forms has been extended up to December 12. Earlier, the deadline ended on October 31, 2003.

The move to observe the ‘Trade Bandh’ was taken at a meeting after a unanimous decision taken by the representatives of more than 100 trade associations of Delhi.

Criticising the ‘lethargy’ of the Delhi Government, CAIT secretary-general Praveen Khandelwal said that despite the assurances given by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Finance Minister Mahinder Singh Saathi, the Sales Tax Department is putting undue pressure on traders to fill the TIN forms.

The pressure has led to resentment among the trading community, he said.

DVM president Manohar Lal Kumar stated that the sales tax officers are visiting every market and pressurising traders to fill the 10-page-long TIN form and a minimum quota for getting the forms filled has been fixed for the tax officials.

He regretted that the department is not giving statutory forms for sales tax returns for the ended quarter and is not accepting any documents as they are forcing them to fill the forms first.

The traders have decided not to fill the forms and will fight tooth and nail to stop its implementation. Mr Khandelwal said that if the information required in the TIN form is leaked to the anti-social elements, the hardships for the traders can be beyond imagination.



Girl kidnapped by own brother
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 16
The Civil Lines police last evening recovered a 14-year-old girl allegedly kidnapped by his own brother with the help of his wife’s brother two days ago. It is stated that a family dispute was the cause of the alleged kidnapping.

According to a report, the girl has been sent to the local civil hospital for medical examination in a bid to ascertain whether she was raped.

The police acted on the complaint lodged by the father of the girl who has named his own son Naresh and Sanjay who is the brother of his wife.

The girl was whisked away by the culprits to an unknown place and kept in illegal confinement. The victim’s father has alleged that her daughter was allegedly raped by Sanjay at the behest of his son.

It is stated that both the culprits had sent the girl in a jeep to Sonepat city. When the jeep driver reached Sonepat, he suspected something fishy and tried to elicit some information from her.

The girl was frightened and gave the telephone number of a neighbour. The driver dialled the number. On receiving information, the parents of the girl reached the site of the parked jeep wherefrom they went to the Civil Lines police station for lodging the complaint.

Further investigations were on. No arrest has been made in this connection as the alleged kidnappers were at large.

One killed in group clash

One person was killed and four were injured in a clash that took place between two groups at Khanpur Kalan village about 30 km from here last evening.

A longstanding dispute over the land was stated to be the cause of the clash. According to preliminary reports, the victim was identified as Mr Hari Singh (65) and the injured were identified as Randhir a son of the victim, Mangat Ram brother of the victim, Om Parkash and a relative Balbir.

All the injured persons were immediately rushed to the community Health Centre at Gohana town where they were stated to be out of danger.



sms threats
Man hoist with his own petard 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
A businessman who wanted to implicate his brother-in-law by sending threat messages through SMS to the security officials, was apprehended along with his associate by the Special Cell sleuths. The man would send the message in the name of his brother-in-law that Mr so-and-so VVIP is under serious threat from a certain terrorist outfit.

The accused Sunil Nagpal (38), resident of Ashok Vihar who had enmity with his brother-in-law allegedly mailed messages to the security officials in an effort to settle scores.

Accordingly, Sunil hatched a conspiracy with Prakash Nehra (35), resident of Rajouri Garden and a technical expert in computers and left clues so that his brother-in-law would be caught for the offence.

On November 12, Sunil started sending these messages that an Indian VVIP is under threat from the terrorist outfit Al Qaida. The security officials who tightened the security of the VVIP, during investigation, found Sunil and Prakash guilty of the offence and seized the mobile instrument and SIM card used to send the messages. During interrogation, Sunil disclosed that he had some problems with his brother-in-law and wanted to teach him a lesson. For this, he got in touch with Prakash and asked him to assist in his effort.

Three women killed in accidents

Faridabad: Three women were killed and six injured in different accidents on the National Highway No 2 (Mathura Road) yesterday in the district.

A middle-aged woman identified as Kanchan, a resident of Shastri Nagar in Delhi, was killed after the car in which she was travelling along with her son, rammed a tree after the driver had lost control over the steering wheel. Her son Gaurav was injured seriously. In second case, a woman aged about 50 was run over by a speeding vehicle near Palwal.

Another unidentified woman was also killed in similar accident on the highway. Three youths were injured after a tractor hit them. A minor boy was also injured when a heavy vehicle hit him in an accident.



Robbers do not respect even cop’s house!
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 16
Police may make tall claims, day in and day out, for having checked the crime rate in the district, but the ground reality is just the opposite. Even the houses of policemen are not safe and the robbers strike them at will.

Robbers had broken the locks of a constable’s house just at the back of Pratap Vihar police post and decamped with valuable worth thousands of rupees, it is learnt. Constable Nenpal Singh lives in House No. 283 of Sector-II F Block Pratap Vihar. Singh is posted in Hapur. He had gone, along with family, to Sabranpur to attend the wedding of his brother on November 10. He had handed over the keys to his house to Somveer Singh who lives in the neighbourhood. Somveer is a constable who is posted in Indirapuram police station.

Last night, Somveer noticed that the door of Nen Pal’s house was ajar. When he went inside, he found the almirah’s lock broken and other belongings were strewn all around. The thieves had ransacked the house and decamped with valuables worth thousands. The Vijay Nagar police had informed Nen Pal of the theft, but the estimate of loss is not available yet, the police said.



Unscheduled power cuts, low voltage make 
life a living hell here
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 16
Unannounced power cuts and low voltage coupled with the fall in day temperature have made the life of the people of this city and its surrounding areas miserable. Not a single day passes when power cuts are not imposed several times.

According to a report, the voltage sometimes is so low that most of the electricity gadgets do not function. As a result of non-functioning of tubewells because of the low voltage, the drinking water crisis has aggravated in this city and its suburbs. The worst affected are the villages falling under the jurisdiction of Kharkhauda. At Murthal, Ganaur, Gohana and some other subdivisions there is no power for about six to eight hours in a day.

As the temperature fell again today, frequent power shutdowns, failures and voltage fluctuations were witnessed, causing inconvenience to thousands of residents. Many residents alleged that all their complaints made to the authorities concerned in this regard had fallen on deaf ears.

An official of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) when contacted by this correspondent today brushed aside the complaints about not attending the complaints, saying that “Yeh to hota rehta hai”. Individual complaints ko kahan tak dekha ja sakta hai”.

This is what has been the overwhelming response of the UHBVN employees manning the local offices. However, a senior officer of the UHBVN said that attending to the problems of the consumers would be his priority. He also said that he would be taking steps to check the complaints of the consumers received at the complaints centres.

Referring to voltage fluctuations, he said that the voltage fluctuations were due to disturbance in the 132 KV grid power sub-station at Fazilpur village near the city. The frequent load-shedding was also on this account.

Whenever the officials of the UHBVN are contacted on phone by the consumers about the problems, the family members of these officers tell them, “Abhi sahab ghar par nahin hain, baad mein phone kariyega”, and put down the phone.

Meanwhile, industrialists are agitated over the erratic power supply. Industrial units in this industrial belt have been hit badly with the increasing cuts in the power supply almost every day. Many industrialists stated that due to erratic power supply entrepreneurs had been showing tendency of migrating to the neighbouring states like Delhi and UP where they get uninterrupted power supply and related facilities to set up and run their units. The demanded that the areas should be declared centrally backward.

Some industrialists also said that the metal and steel industry of this region were on the verge of closure due to power crisis. 



Special Focus on SONEPAT
Anti-encroachment drive in Sonepat a damp squib
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 16
The anti-encroachment campaign launched by the district, police and civic administration in this fast growing industrial city and district headquarters has proved to be a failure.

The public, as well as municipal and HUDA land, which had earlier been vacated, has again been usurped by the same persons. The re-encroachment and grabbing of land is again causing traffic problems and people are wondering whether the administration has any guts to get the land vacated permanently from unauthorised occupants.

There is hardly any main road in the city where there are no encroachments. The open drains have also been encroached upon, making the life of people miserable.

The district, police and civic administration is a silent spectator of the mess.

Not only in Model Town, the Eight-marla colony and Ashok Nagar (kutche quarters) areas, but even in Sectors 14 and 15, the residential colonies of HUDA, the owners of the houses have encroached upon the land in front of their houses by fixing grills and turning the enclosures into their private lawns.

This has resulted in the roads getting narrower which, in turn, obstruct the free flow of traffic. The shopkeepers in button factory area had grabbed the land of a park, owing to the failure of the authorities to check it despite repeated complaints by the residents.

Even the embankments of Drain No. 6, which passes through the city, have been encroached upon by people who have constructed pucca houses and structures for their living purposes. The district authorities have failed to take any action against the people.

Similarly, all footpaths in the mandi and other areas of the city have been re-occupied by the shopkeepers, though the authorities had got them vacated recently.

The rehriwalas and rickshaw pullers further add to the traffic problem and complaints remain unheeded as these persons enjoy the patronage of local politicians.

The orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court banning running of commercial establishments in residential houses in Sectors 14 and 15 have not been implemented by the HUDA authorities.

The public land on both sides of the G T Road between Kundli and Haldana border had been grabbed by the owners of dhabas, hotels and restaurants in the absence of any checking by the officials of the PWD (B and R).



Canal breach: Protest against imposition of penalty 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 16
Amid reports that irrigation authorities are planning to impose ‘Tawan’ on the farmers of Chitana and Hullaheri villages by holding them responsible for a breach in the west Yamuna canal, which had inundated acres of land, hundreds of residents of Chitana demonstrated against the move in front of the deputy commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum, urging the DC to restrain the authorities from imposing the penalty.

The villagers have pleaded that they are not guilty of the breach which, they alleged, was caused due to poor maintenance. Instead of repairing the breach, despite repeated requests of the villagers, the authorities were hell-bent on imposing the penalty.

The farmers pointed out that their crops had been damaged due to the inundating of the fields by the canal water. Also, they could not sow their kharif crops in a large area as the accumulated water could not be drained out in time.

The deputy commissioner has reportedly assured the villagers that there will not be discrimination against them. The villagers had earlier pleaded that the imposition of `tawan’ would be a double loss for them.

The memorandum, which bore signatures of hundreds of residents, points out that the executive engineer of the water services division, Sonepat, will take the final decision on November 17 regarding imposition of `tawan’.

The residents of Hullaheri village are reportedly planning to oppose the move of the irrigation authorities. A number of residents, who were present on the court premises at the time of the demonstration, said if the authorities refused to budge on tawan, the villagers would move court.



Buses rerouted for Metro work 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
In view of the Metro construction work for the Barakhamba-Dwarka Metro Line Panchkuian Road and Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg will be one-way roads from Wednesday, November 19. In addition, seven roads, namely Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Bangla Sahib Road, Gole Market roundabout, Mandir Marg, Kali Bari Marg, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Panchkuian Road will be declared no-parking zones except for parking at authorised parking slots. In addition, there will be rerouting in bus routes taking Panchkuian road and Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg. Bus route no. 803, 854, 990, 871, 990 Ext., 991, 858, 859 terminating at Shivaji Stadium will now terminate at Gole Market (R K Ashram Marg), bus route numbers 716, 196, 840, 910, 940 terminating at Shivaji Stadium will be curtailed at Kendriya Terminal. Bus route number 820 terminating at Shivaji Stadium and return via Bhagat Singh Marg and follow as usual route.

Bus route nos. 350, 352, 358, 180, 535, 641, 156, 100, 450, 993, 318 and 157 moving from north to east will take original route via Panchkuian Road. On return these buses will take route via Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Gole Market, R K Ashram.

Bus route nos. 40, 216, 752, 760 shall move from east to west and onward on original route and on return will take route via Mandir Marg, Kali Bari Marg, Baba Kharak Singh Marg/Pandit Pant Marg. Bus route nos. 85, 313, 728, 943, GL-91, 830, 966, 851 and 965 currently moving from east to west on Panchkuian Road are proposed to run via Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Gole Market, R K Ashram and will return via Panchkuian Road.

Bus route nos. 29, 89, 268, 490, 521, 522, 893, 895 and GL-32 currently moving from west to east via Peshwa Road, Gole Market, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road shall be diverted on Panchkuian Road and will take return route via Bhagat Singh Marg, Gole Market and Mandir Marg.

All visitors to Panchkuian Road, Gole Market roundabout and other nearby commercial complex are requested to park their vehicles in the parking lot created in Smt Sucheta Kripalni Hospital Staff Quarters area, entry to which is from Bangla Sahib Road.



Awards instituted for ‘deserving’ writers in 3 languages
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
In an attempt to promote good literary writing, a Delhi-based organisation has decided to honour only ‘’deserving writers’’ of Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu who have been denied recognition by official institutes. The Vishwakarma Ramgarhia Club (Regd) feels that the names of deserving writers rarely figure in award-winning lists.

A majority of the writers who are given literary awards by government institutes are those who have been able to draw the attention of those who mattered in such bodies.

Keeping this in mind, the club has instituted four cash awards of Rs 11,000, Rs 5100, Rs 3100 and Rs 2100 which will be given annually along with a memento and a shawl at a special function in the Capital, according to Club President Nirmal Singh Raipuri here yesterday.

An Award Committee of eminent writers, constituted for the purpose, has already made a public announcement, asking writers of the three languages to submit their literary works to the committee before December 31. The awards will be given away in February next year, Mr Raipuri said. TNS



Five hurt as car falls into khud

Sonepat: At least five persons, including a youth, Banti, a relative of Mr Satbir Singh Kadyan, Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, were injured when their car overturned and fell into a khud along the G T Road near Kuber Hotel, about 8 km from here, last evening. According to a report, the car was on its way from Delhi to Panipat. When the car reached near Kuber Hotel its driver lost control, resulting in the accident. The highway police reached the spot and all injured persons, including the car driver, were admitted in a private hospital at Murthal. OC



Five inter-state robbers held after encounter
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 16
The Vijay Nagar police have arrested five members of an inter-state gang of robbers and recovered a sugar-laden truck after an encounter on the bypass road.
The criminals had earlier hijacked the truck from Pratappur Meerut. Two countrymade revolvers, a number of cartridges and three knives were seized from the robbers. SSP Jayanarayan Singh said this was a big success of the Vijay Nagar police in the current campaign against criminal gangs in the district. Some members of the gang were still at large, he said.

According to SP City Umesh Srivastava, last night SO Anil Samanya of Vijay Nagar police station got a tip-off that a gang of dreaded criminals was likely to accomplish a big crime near the Ghaziabad bypass. As the police force reached the spot it was fired upon by the robbers who tried to flee, Mr Samanya said. The police, in retaliatory firing, overpowered five criminals.

The arrested robbers include Vinode, alias Dharam Veer, of Bulandshahar, Brahm Prakash, alias Kaslu, of Dankaur, Kiran Pal, alias Bhola, of Salarpur, Attarauli, Ishwer Singh of Bhiwani, Haryana, Rajkumar, alias Raju, of Sudana, Murad Nagar. Dinesh, alias Vakil, succeeded in fleeing.

The SP City said all arrested robbers were dreaded criminals who had looted a truck laden with sugar near Pratappur in Meerut recently. They had dumped the truck driver and cleaner after tying them and had then taken away the truck. The police have recovered the hijacked truck with 50 quintals of sugar. CO Dharam Veer Singh said the same gang had about 10-12 days earlier looted a truck from Aligarh also. In this case also they had tied the driver and cleaner and thrown them from the truck before looting the truck laden with paper.



Five nabbed for bank official’s murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
With the arrest of five persons, including a woman, the South district police today claimed to have solved a sensational murder-cum-robbery of a bank official, T R Malhotra, who was also involved in gold and diamond jewellery business. The police also claimed to have recovered stolen gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 4 lakh from their possession.

On September 13, the victim’s son, Deepak Malhotra, resident of Faridabad, reported to the police that his father who went to Delhi in his Santro car along with some gold and jewellery was missing.

Based on the complaint the police also found the victim’s Santro car abandoned in Jaipur in a posh colony. During investigation the police zeroed in on one couple Lokender Bhardwaj, his wife Mamta Bhardwaj and their son-in-law Satish, alias Sonu, a jeweller.

On intense questioning the couple broke down and confessed to have committed the crime as they wanted to take away the jewellery and money from Malhotra.

Accordingly, they roped in others and murdered Malhotra by smothering him with the help of a pillow. They also robbed Rs 24,000 from the victim’s pocket. The accused Lokender Bhardwaj, alias Pappu (44), Mamta Bhardwaj (33), residents of Faridabad, Sunil Verma, alias Gullu (27), Raghunath Singh, alias Raghu (24), and Shiv Narayan Sharma, alias Guddu (32), residents of Gwalior, were arrested. The police are looking out for another accused Satish, alias Sonu, to recover some more stolen articles from him.

Girl killed in mishap: A 22-year-old girl was killed when a Blue Line bus hit her from behind while she was riding her two-wheeler in the Kashmere Gate area. The victim, Seema Pushpkaran (22), resident of Medical Flats, Hindu Rao Hospital, was travelling in her Scooty (DL-2S-AJ-8098) when the bus (DL-1PA-0184) hit her from behind. Seema died on the spot while the driver fled the area.

Woman caught at Trade Fair: A 22-year-old woman was caught red-handed while she was trying to run away with four suits from a stall in the ongoing Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan. 



Youth attacked with iron rods
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 16
A youth, Kanwal Singh, was seriously injured when he was allegedly attacked with iron rods by three persons at Salimsar Majra village, about 10 km from here, yesterday. According to a report, the injured person was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where he is being treated and is said to be out of danger. The police have registered a case against the alleged assailants, namely Jai Singh, Rajinder and Kala of the same village, and started a hunt to apprehend them. It is stated that the youth was going to a school for picking up his children when he was allegedly attacked by the alleged assailants. The alleged assailants had been facing a trial for the past two and a half years in a case of molesting a woman. The woman is related to his wife. The assailants have been pressing the complainants for a compromise in this case and this was the main reason for the alleged assault.

Fake currency racket: Sukhbir, a resident of Nazafgarh (Delhi), allegedly involved in fake currency notes’ racket, was arrested by the police and produced before Mr A D Gaur, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, here yesterday and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. According to a report, the police had already recovered fake currency notes from his house during the surprise raid. The police have so far arrested five persons in this racket and further investigations are in progress.



Good night, sleep tight in sensuous & soft nightwear

Sleep-Ins, India’s largest nightwear and exotic loungewear brand, has unfurled a spectacular range of sleepwear designs in exciting colours for kids, men and women. The beautifully captured ensembles, designed in-house, are unique, pure diverse in cottons, soft cotton blended satin and lacy lycra.

The women’s range consists of nightshirts in satins and georgette animal prints, robes in sensuous soft fabrics, chemise in shimmering soft and tender pastels.

Shoes for corporate honchos & cool dudes: i-D shoes has recently launched its new Corporate series, the Cool series and the Zing series. The three new collections that have been introduced by i-D shoes will cater to the different tastes of the customers. The Corporate series caters to the corporate side while the Cool series will cater to the easy-going people and the Zing series caters to the funky dudes who have a way of showing their fun-loving attitude.

Batteries for cars of all makes: Arrow International, a Microtek Group, has launched a complete range of imported Okaya Japanese Technology Batteries for automobiles with special focus on batteries for all cars and SUVs.

Okaya Japanese Technology Batteries are available for very wide and varied range from Maruti to Mercedes which includes batteries for all vehicles like Maruti Esteem, Santro, Accent, Sonata, Toyota Qualis, Camry, Ford Ikon, Mondeo, Indica, Indigo, Sumo, Safari, Mahindra Bolero, Scorpio and others.

Britannica’s multi-media library: Encyclopaedia Britannica India has announced the launch of their 2004 Ultimate Reference Suite, a wide-ranging multimedia reference library available on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM.

This multimedia reference product provides comprehensive information for everyone from young children to adults in one place.

The content has been thoroughly revised and updated. The product comprises three encyclopaedias : the entire 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica Student Encyclopaedia and Britannica Elementary Encyclopaedia.

It takes the guesswork out of cooking: Whirlpool has announced a new range of Magicook Microwave Ovens with industry first functions and features. “The world over steam cooking is recognised as the healthiest form of cooking,” said Mr Arvind Mediratta, Vice President, Marketing.

The Whirlpool Magicook 22Gsi has a host of sixth sense fuzzy logic features which takes the guesswork out of cooking. The amazing whirlpool Magicook 22Gsi has the ability to automatically sense the temperature and humidity of the food to deliver perfectly cooked food time after time.

Controlling pesky locks for a wet look: Brylcreem, a leading male grooming brand from Sara Lee Household and Body Care, has introduced its popular ‘Wet Look Hairstyling Gel,’ in a new handy 15g tube. Brylcreem hairstyling gel is a non-greasy long-lasting quality gel that is used to control hair and give it the style and shine it rightly deserves. The new product will last for 10 applications of liberal usage and is available in the smallest retail outlets.

From bathroom to toilet, they have all: ASA Network Marketing Private Limited has launched two types of shampoo, one body talcum, one aftershave lotion, one toilet cleaner fluid, and one hand wash soap. Mr Akhilesh Gupta, Managing Director, ASA, said, “With the launch of these products we wanted to give our existing associates and also our new associates wide-ranging options to choose from.”

Fragrance that awakens feminine charm: Oriflame has announced its new fragrance for women, Divine, to awaken their natural feminine charm. Divine is a luxurious fragrance for women, which epitomises femininity. This sophisticated fragrance has a fresh floral appeal to it, with a hint of sensuality.

Hair colour with benefit of herbs: Godrej Hair Care Institute has launched Godrej Renew Hair Color Cream, a unique vitamin enriched cream-based hair colour. This is the first time the Godrej consumer products limited is coming up with a cream-based formulation for hair colour.

Godrej Renew contains a breakthrough formula containing the herbal nourishment of hibiscus and aloe vera extracts. Aloe vera moisturises and protects the hair while giving the scalp a soothing feeling.

Ethnic sweet with modern touch: S. K. Industries has launched a new concept, ‘Mooh Meetha,’ for the Indian market. It is an ethnic sweet with a modern touch. Produced and packed by latest machines this modernistic mithai is available to the consumers with badam.

Perfect planner for executives: Nightingale has introduced their unique business organiser-cum-diary for the year 2004. The organiser, targeted at the global citizen on the move, is designed to help corporate executives maintain a systematic and organised record of their professional activities. The elegance, functionality and handiness of the diary make it a perfect planner for today’s executives.

The organiser features a complete planner for the year 2004 and is divided into six multi-indexed sections namely planner, travel, finance, project, maps and notes.

Shampoo that controls hair loss: Dr Batra’s Positive Health Products Ltd has announced the nationwide launch of Dr Batra’s shampoos and conditioner to promote healthy hair and control hair loss. These products are the first hair care products to be formulated by a doctor heading one of the world’s largest hair treatment clinics.

Imparting beauty to windows: Vista Levolor has introduced wooden venetian blinds - Ailanto. Always on the move to deliver only the very best to the discerning consumer, bringing out the most innovative designs has been Vista’s feat. Its remarkably varied range of world class items for window treatment is designed to create the effect of ethereal beauty. Ailanto venetian blinds comprise 25mm bass wood slats with the same mechanism as of venetian blinds.

Kids will go ‘Hooha’ over these shoes: Action shoes has specially designed and crafted Lazor Light System for the kids by the brand name of Hooha. These shoes are going to be really exciting for kids. When a kid will wear these shoes the light will glow at the back side of the shoes. The Hooha range is available in many attractive colours and designs.

Shoes for that complete look: Allen Cooper has launched Seekers as part of their winter collection. Allen Cooper has always come up with new styles and they want their products to match with the new ideas for outfit.

Khakis or any other formal trouser goes very well with them. Thus, these shoes gives your attire a complete new look for this season. These shoes can be used for office as well as daily wear.


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