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HC seeks response on parents’ plea seeking damages
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 29
The Delhi High Court has directed the Central Government, the CBI, Amity Business School and the Government of Goa to respond to a plea seeking exemplary damages from Amity for negligence that resulted in the death of five students by drowning recently.

Justice B D Ahmed ordered Union Ministries of Culture and Tourism, Environment, CBI, the business school and its teachers and the State of Goa to file their replies to the petition filed by parents of the students who drowned off Candolim Beach in Goa on August 25 while on an excursion organised by Amity.

The five students, part of a group of 357 students from the business school in Noida, were on a three-day study tour.

The five deceased were: Agrah Maheshwari from Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, Sourab Charan and Javed Iqbal from Patna, Atharv Shah of Moradabad and Hitesh Chandiramani of Delhi.

The petition, filed through J H Zafri, sought adequate compensation from the institution for its negligence in not finding out the inherently dangerous nature of the beach and then allowing the students to go to the beach without a teacher escort.

It claimed that no safety precautions were taken nor any provision for rescue operations made, and demanded a probe by the CBI.

The petition also sought a direction to the Culture and Tourism and Environment Ministries to ensure protection of tourists visiting inherently dangerous beaches. Also, the ‘killer beaches, spots and waves’ should be publicised.

It also prayed for directions to all educational institutions to frame safety guidelines for excursions and study trips.


Loudspeaker is passé, personal contact the in thing
Tribune News Service

Rajesh Khanna kickstarts the campaign of Congress candidate from Tri Nagar
Rajesh Khanna kickstarts the campaign of Congress candidate from Tri Nagar, Anil Bhardwaj.

New Delhi, November 29
With campaigning for the December 1 Assembly election ending today, the stage is set for polling on Monday. Eight odd million voters are eligible to vote in NCT of Delhi. The Election Commission (EC) has said any candidate trying to violate the restrictions imposed on campaigning would face imprisonment or a fine or both.

The candidates spent the day walking from house to house to canvas for support and holding public meetings in a bid to reach out to as many voters as they could. The evening brought to a close three weeks of intense activity in which political parties wooed the voters with personal contact programmes, traditional long-winded speeches and hi-tech gadgets.

Despite the presence of cinema and television stars, the campaigning has remained a low-key affair in the presence of strict EC regulations. The electioneering this time has remained focussed on public meetings, personal contact programmes and distribution of handbills. The use of vehicles and loudspeakers has been barred by the EC.

Several companies of paramilitary forces have been requisitioned for the smooth conduct of polling. An estimated 55,000 polling officers, assisted by 35,000 security personnel, had been assigned the task for the peaceful conduct of the election. Security would be stepped up along the border with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Thirty polling stations have been identified as “hyper-sensitive” and 200 polling stations as “sensitive”. There are 84.24 lakh voters eligible to exercise their franchise in the Capital. Votes will be cast using the ten thousand-odd EVMs. The EC has approved as many as 8,900 polling stations in NCT of Delhi.

The EC has also appointed 36 observers for the nine districts of NCT of Delhi – New Delhi (2), South Delhi (5), South West Delhi (4), North West Delhi (5), East Delhi (4), North East Delhi (4), Central Delhi (3), North Delhi (4) and West Delhi (5). Also, three polling officers instead of four, besides a presiding officer, would be deployed.


Several inquiry reports against MDU staff on Executive Council’s agenda
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, November 29
The meeting of the Executive Council of Maharshi Dayanand University, scheduled for December 5, is going to decisively consider the inquiry reports of several teaching and non-teaching employees of the university. Some of these cases are almost eight years old. One of these cases is related to Dr S H Ansari, Reader and Head of Department of Geography.

It was in 1996 when Dr Neena Singh, Reader in the Department of Geography, and Dr Sudhir Kumar Bansal complained against Dr S H Ansari and levelled several serious allegations. They alleged that Dr Ansari, being head of the department, had claimed sumptuary allowance for the month of April 1996 when he was away on leave to Hyderabad for the entire month and Dr R D Dikshit, Professor of Geography, was officiating as Head of Department.

Another allegation was that a large amount was collected as donation by Dr Ansari for holding a seminar in October 1996 but no account was maintained for the same and that he made unauthorised purchases from Delhi without following any procedure. The other serious allegation against Dr Ansari was that he himself conducted the Entrance Examination for admission to MA Geography in 1996 when his real nephew was appearing in the said examination, and that the key to the answers had already been opened.

It was on February 7, 1997, that the Executive Council of the university considered these allegations and decided to conduct an inquiry. An inquiry committee, consisting of Dr R S Chaudhary, the then Dean Faculty of Physical Sciences, Dr Dalip Singh, the then Director, IMSAR, and Mr R K Goyal, Deputy Registrar, was constituted. The inquiry committee concluded that the allegations had been proved `beyond doubt against Dr Ansari.’

In addition, the Executive Council would also consider three other inquiry reports against Dr Ansari submitted by an inquiry committee comprising Dr S B Dahiya, then Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, and Dr C M Sharma, Dean, Academic Affairs. In the first inquiry, the complaints against Dr Ansari were made by Dr Nina Singh and Dr M I Hassan in May 2002 and by several students and some research scholars in July/August 2002. The inquiry committee had found Dr Ansari guilty. The second inquiry was conducted on the basis of a complaint lodged by Dr M I Hassan. This time also, the inquiry committee had found Dr Ansari guilty.

In the third inquiry, on the complaints lodged by three teachers of the Department of Geography, the inquiry committee recommended to the Vice Chancellor that “Considering the repeated complaints from the faculty members and the inability of the head of the department to manage the affairs of the department in a smooth manner, some urgent steps should be taken to bring some sense of order and discipline in the department”.

Whatever decision the Executive Council may take, one thing is clear: The authorities are determined to take steps to bring some sense of order and discipline in the varsity.


Parents peeved with officials for indulging errant schools
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 29
The Faridabad Abhibavak Ekta Manch (Parents’ Association) has taken to task district officials for attending functions of public schools, which are on the mat for violation of HUDA rules.

In a statement issued here, the President of the Manch, Mr O P Sharma, disclosed that many schools, which were operating on plots allotted by the HUDA in its sectors, had been issued notices on several occasions for violation of its rules. The Manch has filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard.

According to it, the higher authorities should take note of such developments and ban the officials from gracing functions in defaulter schools as chief guests.

The Manch has alleged that certain schools had elevated themselves to matric or plus two level without going through the formalities; the notices for violation of norms in this regard had failed to elicit any response.

It is also alleged that many of the schools have been operating commercial and other establishments, including shops, canteens, residences, gymnasiums, coaching centres and children’s clubs, in blatant violation of rules.

According to the Manch, various private and public schools have not informed bothered to inform the HUDA officials about their fee structure.


Rs 3.5 lakhs looted from UHBVN employees
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 29
Four unidentified armed youths reportedly looted cash worth Rs. 3.5 lakhs from five employees of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) while they were returning from Rithal village, about 30 km from here on Friday evening.

According to preliminary reports, the miscreants also fired shots at the employees of the UHBVN but they escaped unhurt. It is stated that the employees were travelling in a truck and they had five bags containing the cash. The employees were: Mr Nanha Ram, driver; Mr Satpal, Mr Ram Parkash, Mr Satya Dev and Mr Zile Singh, all cashiers; and Mr Surinder, a lower division clerk.

When the employees drove out of Rithal village, four youths were seen dragging a motorcycle without a number plate. When the truck passed that way, the miscreants opened fire on the employees. In the melee, the miscreants managed to snatch four bags containing the cash. However, the miscreants could not snatch the fifth bag, containing Rs. 67,527.

The police have registered a case against the miscreants and launched a manhunt.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested a youth, Sanjay, in connection with the alleged escape of a dreaded criminal, Sunil, from police custody at Gohana town.

According to a report, the suspect, Sanjay, gave Sunil a lift on his motorcycle after he escaped from police custody. Sunil is allegedly involved in a number of criminal cases. The Haryana Government has suspended an ASI and two other policemen.


Joga gang members had hand in attack on PCR staff
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 29
With the arrest of two persons, the West district police claims to have arrested members of the Joga gang who had attacked a PCR staff in the wee hours of November 24. The police also claimed to have recovered the service weapon from the accused, which was snatched from the police during the incident.

While two accused, Krishan Pal alias Lala, and Rajiv Kumar, alias Raju, residents of Raj Nagar-II, Palam Colony, have been nabbed the police is hunting for the other accused — Joginder alias Joga, Balkesh alias Bally, Uttam alias Uttu and Sonu.

After the incident , the police had sent teams to Sultanpuri, Mangolpuri, Palam Colony, Tilak Nagar, Raghubir Nagar and Sagarpur in Delhi; Kosi and Agra in UP; Amritsar in Punjab; and Gurgoan, Sohna, Rewari and Narnaul in Haryana to ferret out the miscreants.

On November 28, the police received a tip-off that one of the suspects involved in the attack was present in the Capital. Accordingly, a trap was laid and one Krishan Pal, alias Lala, was apprehended who, during interrogation, broke down and confessed to the crime.

He also provided information about his associate, Rajiv Kumar, alias Raju, who was also apprehended; the seized weapon was recovered from his possession.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Satish Golcha said that Rajiv told the police that Balkesh alias Ballu had handed over the weapon to him before he sped in a hired Maruti car towards Gurgoan after the incident. The duo also admitted that they were members of the Joga gang, which was involved in several cases of dacoity, burglary, narcotics and theft. Joga has been involved in 45 criminal cases, including six cases of assaulting policemen on duty in the past.

They said that on November 24 they were planning to commit a dacoity at Botti Jewellers at Pipal Wala Chowk, Mohan Garden, but the PCR staff happened to spot them while they were moving around in a suspicious manner. However, the miscreants, who had in their possession house-breaking implements and rods, started attacking the policemen. Their associates, who were hiding in the dark, also pelted stones at the policemen and smashed the windscreen of the PCR van.

During the scuffle, the accused overpowered the policemen and even snatched a service weapon. They later fled in a Maruti Zen car which was subsequently found abandoned in the West Sagarpur area; some house-breaking implements were also recovered from the car.


Army documents gutted

NEW DELHI: Some official documents of Army and furniture were gutted in a fire on the third floor of the Sena Bhawan here last evening. However, there were no casualties. The fire erupted around 8 P.M. in one room on the third Floor. By the time the fire fighters arrived, the blaze had engulfed three rooms, which contained important documents. The Delhi Fire Service rushed 15 fire fighters, which took an hour to control the fire. A senior official of the Fire Department said that the rooms were crammed with files. The cause of the fire is being investigated but preliminary reports attribute it to a short circuit. Army officials will now conduct a detailed inquiry.

The Sena Bhawan was adhering to fire safety norms, but all fire-fighting gadgets installed in the building were not functional, Delhi Fire Chief R.C. Sharma said. — TNS


Poonam Azad alleges attack by rivals as charges fly thick and fast
Tribune News Service

Sunil Shetty canvassing at full throttle
Sunil Shetty canvassing at full throttle.

New Delhi, November 29
On the last day of campaigning today, it was time for allegations. Poonam Azad, BJP’s candidate contesting against the Chief Minister, today alleged that she had been attacked by some rival party supporters.

Police sources said that Ms Azad lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the Congress supporters attacked her during campaigning in Gole Market constituency.

A civil engineer who entered politics after “seeing the dying value system in the present politics”, Stephen Varghese is all praise for the party that gave him a ticket, the Indian Justice Party.

Playing the caste card, Varghese, a Christian is disappointed that none of the parties thought of giving a ticket to his community members despite their vast numbers in the city.

Contesting from Palam, Varghese holds forth, “The nation is looking for a strong option, a messiah, who will carry them on, a third front. The Indian Justice Party has all the potential as leadership, philosophy, vision and clean hands, to prove to be this front”.

Delhi’s power and water woes may just be over, if the promise made by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh can be relied upon.

Addressing a public meeting in Tughlakabad, Mr Singh said that his government “will provide electricity and clean water supply to Delhi to meet the growing demands of the consumers”.

He was in the Capital to garner support for the Congress candidates from Tughlakabad, Moti Nagar and Sarojini Nagar.

Mr Singh said that the governments in his state and the national capital “will have a better co-operation and proper understanding, which will result in speedy solutions to the problems of the common man”.

BJP candidate from Tilak Nagar, O P Babbar is “confident of winning the seat”. The reason for this premature declaration is the support of not just his people, but that of the Congress as well.

According to Babbar, the Congress workers have assured him of “full support”.

A content Babbar is now asking the people to vote for a landmark margin of victory. Cine stars Madhu (remember Roja, Mani Ratnam’s film based on terrorism in Kashmir) and Sunil Shetty came canvassing for the BJP candidates in Chandni Chowk.

A scooter rally to demonstrate support for the Congress candidate from Rohtas Nagar, Ram Babu Sharma was also organised.

The rally which went around Shivaji Park roundabout had scooterists carrying the Congress flag, showing their support.

Surya Prakash’s rally today was conspicuous by the absence of film stars. The rally, which began from Peeli Building in Shakti Nagar was for once without any Bollywood stars. Vijay Goel has raised objections to the radio advertisements “extolling the achievements of the Delhi Government on FM channel”.

He said that “advertisements have been drafted very cleverly and do not reveal either the sponsor or the political party”, but is certain that they are “ a well-thought-out plan by the Delhi Government”.

Not wanting to take any chances, Dr Akhilesh Das, Rajya Sabha MP and secretary, Congress Parliamentary Party decided to invoke the gods in heaven. A ‘Vijay Shree Yajna’ was performed to ensure that the Congress wins in all four states. The yajna was organised under the aegis of the Akhil Bharatiya Vaish Ekata Parishad in the Sri Durga Temple, Pitampura.

Meanwhile, political advisor to Ms Sonia Gandhi and the general secretary of the Congress, Mr Ahmed Patel addressed a public meeting in Rohtash Nagar where Ram Babu Sharma is contesting. Patel was all praise for Sharma and said that he has “put in a lot of effort to reach where he is today”.


Women told to take up cudgels against dowry
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 29
Rallies and seminars were held at several places in the district to mark the ‘Anti-Dowry Day’ recently.

Under the joint auspices of the Women and Children Development Department and the women’s cell of the college, one such samaroh was organised in the Kishan Lal Public College here on November 28. Boys and girls of the college registered their keen participation in it.

In her keynote address delivered on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Neerja Shekhar, who was the chief guest of the samaroh, exhorted young boys and girls to come forward to make their significant contribution towards total eradication of the menace of dowry which, she asserted, had assumed grave proportions in society.

Emphasising the urgency of a positively attitudinal change among youths in the radically transformed social scenario, Mrs Shekhar said that though there were stringent laws against dowry yet creation of optimum awareness among parents and others was all the more essential to keep the demon of dowry at bay.

She further said that with women now excelling men in various spheres of life, the much–hyped grouse about gender-bias was automatically vanishing fast and the girls could now be relied upon to take things more positively.

The Deputy Commissioner also administered a pledge to young boys and girls of the college that they would eschew dowry at the time of their wedding.

Stressing the need of making the anti-dowry campaign a people’s movement, Dr Suraj Bhan, Principal of the college, distributed the prizes to students, who had distinguished themselves in the declamation contest; the topic for which was “The system of dowry is a curse”.

A play, depicting the curse of dowry, was also staged on the occasion by “Shakuntalam Sangeet”, a prominent theatrical organisation of the Rewari region.

Earlier, a seminar was also organised on November 26, under the aegis of the district Police administration to mark the Anti-Dowry Day at Bikaner village near here. Panches, Sarpanches, women and other elders of various villages participated in it.

Making a specific mention of the two-pronged anti-dowry measures at the legal and social level, the chief guest, Mr Jag Pravesh Dhaiya, DSP, Rewari, informed that the anti-dowry officials had been appointed by the government at the district as well as the sub-divisional level for efficacious enforcement of the Dowry Prevention Act. He also urged women to take up the cudgels against the prevailing menace of dowry and inspire youths against the acceptance as well as bestowal of dowry.

Haryana pavilion at IITF

As many as 92 companies and 17 allied departments of Haryana put up their stalls displaying their various products in the India International Trade Fair (IITF) – 2003, held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from November 14 to 27.

The display profile in the Haryana pavilion mainly comprised, Ayurvedic and Greek (Yunani) medicines, livestock drugs, industrial goods, agroproducts, information technology devices, building tiles and certain models.

The pavilion remained a hub of activity and attraction for the thousands of domestic as well as foreign visitors. Several of the participating units made brisk business in the IITF. Significantly, the active participation of Hero Honda Motors Ltd., YKK India Private Ltd.; Becton Dickinson India Ltd., Anant Raj Clay Products Ltd. and several other such units (all from Rewari district) in the IITF virtually put Rewari on the world trade map.

Their exhibits, which comprised motorcycles, zip fasteners, disposable syringes, colour TV’s and audio systems, cyramic glazed tiles and fancy handicrafts attracted the local as well as international delegates in a big way, according to a spokesman of the district administration.

He said that its ideal location on the National Highway No. 8 (Delhi-Jaipur highway) in close proximity to Delhi and its well-developed infrastructural base had made Rewari the choicest location for industries, particularly for the multi-national companies and as such high-tech and high value projects involving foreign collaborations and investments had come up in the Dharuhera and Bawal areas of the Rewari region.


Call to raise creamy layer income limit
Our correspondent

Rewari, November 29
Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, president of Gramin Bharat, a voluntary organisation of South Haryana, has made a written representation to the chairman of the National Backward Classes Commission, urging him to raise the annual income limit of the creamy layer among the OBC’s (Other Backward Classes) from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh with immediate effect.

He said that the income limit of Rs 1 lakh for members of the creamy layer among the OBC’s had been notified in September, 1993 as per directions of the apex court, which had also made it clear that the said income limit would be revised after every three years.

Unfortunately, in the absence of any such triennial revision, the income limit of Rs 1 lakh had come to stay during the past one decade. It was agonising that it had virtually debarred a large number of youths belonging to OBC’s from getting benefits to which they were entitled under reservationary benefits for OBC’s.

Further, Mr Vidrohi said that the dearness index had registered a steep hike in the past one decade, which required a proportionate increase in the annual income limit fixed for members of the creamy layer of the OBC’s, as well. Regrettably, such increase in the income limit could not take place. He also said that it was high time that the above limit was immediately raised from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for the benefit of these hapless members of the OBC’s, who were otherwise legitimately entitled to the above benefits from which they now stood deprived for no fault of theirs.


Quality of product should meet challenges of globalisation: Pant
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 29
Addressing the 8th Annual Management convention of Noida Management Association on ‘Building competitive organization – a global perspective’ here on Friday, Dy Chairman of Planning Commission K.C. Pant said that there was need to understand the concept of globalisation and liberalisation in the context of growth and understanding of industry today.

“We need to understand the international market, market economy decisions to upgrade our products in terms of quality and international marketing.”

In view of globalisation, the government is trying to reduce the disparities and disadvantages for entrepreneurs, it was also equally keen that no undue production should be extended to any segment of industry.

Asian economy, Mr Pant said, had coped with the challenges of globalisation. The growth rate of 4% GDP, he said, cannot be sustained and it has nothing to do with the countries’ foreign exchange stocks.

The country has seen a substantial growth of exports during the past five years while the multinational operations in India and liberal imports are one way of inducing industrial growth and investment in the country. Restrictive regulations are being liberalised to create a better industrial environment.

The challenges of globalisation have to be met with the quality of our industrial product, Mr Pant said.

Research and development, innovative and fiscal inhibitions have to play an important role in industrial development.

The Dy Chairman, Planning Commission, advised the Indian industry to give special importance to the role of industrial research and development. All the marketing tools found useful in other countries may not necessarily prove good for India, he added. Mr Pant said there was pressing need for civil services reforms in the country to change their mindset to the needs of modern planning industrial growth.


It is how you play the game that is important

Dr Ranjit Singh, kingpin of the scandal relating to the question paper leak of the Common Admission Test (CAT) for the Indian Institutes of Management, belongs to a middle class family like anyone of us. As one newspaper reported, he might be a villain for the CBI but for the people of his hometown he is a hero. The same should hold good in the case of many other “chief villains” figuring in the numerous scandals that pop up in our media every other day.

The doctor in particular has “given jobs to hundreds of youths of Nalanda and Patna districts’’ according to a villager who is in the know of things. How does it happen that such respectable people stoop low to amass wealth through illegal means?

The talk of middle class morality sliding steadily is not news. This may be attributed to various causes, such as the competitive struggle to earn money, the crass materialism and the rat race. While it is legitimate to earn money, it has to be through just means. In this regard, there is a temptation to justify one’s ways to making a living, nay, to make a quick buck saying everybody does it.

Not only in the case of ordinary mortals, who want to get rich quick, but also political leaders and the high and mighty indulge in such kinds of corruption as a matter of course as to blur the distinction between right and wrong.

At this juncture, we have very few conscience keepers like Mahatma Gandhi. He had a moral stature that commanded respect of the masses; like the prophets of old, his voice was heeded. Today there is an abysmal lack of such moral authority in our current society, the rot has set in and there is cause for concern.

It is ironic that while we keep boasting about being one of the most religious nations of the world, the UN lists India among the most corrupt. The conclusion is that religion here is divorced from morality. To Gandhiji, religion and morality were the same. He did not believe that religious activity was separate from other activities.

Prof K. D. Gangrade, a Gandhian philosopher in his book, ‘Gandhi’s Autobiography’: Moral lessons’, reflects aptly on present conditions when he states: “The present political and development processes are acting as a catalyst of a collective decadence. A society, which lays emphasis more on the accumulation of power than on restraints, on wealth than on morality, on knowledge than on humanism, on demagogy rather than on authentic sharing and participation in the process of change and development, is bound to pay a heavy price for its lack of collective wisdom.”

The Mahatma listed seven sins in the world: wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; commerce without morality; science without humanity; worship without sacrifice; politics without principle. As a nation we are guilty of breaking all the unwritten moral laws in our race for wealth, power and influence. Our very concept of sin has become very diluted.

The aberrations that are reported in our newspapers like that of Dr Ranjit Singh is the result of the striving to achieve certain goals without regard to the means. Gandhiji held that the means should be as justifiable as the ends. Now we have the “anything goes” generation.

At a time when man does not like to hear the word, ‘sin’ mentioned even in a religious discourse, here is what a writer has said on the subject: “Man calls sin an accident. God calls it an abomination. Man calls sin a blunder. God calls it blindness. Man calls sin a chance. God calls it a choice. Man calls sin a defect. God calls it a disease. Man calls sin an error. God calls it iniquity. Man calls sin a fascination. God calls it a fatality. Man calls sin a luxury. God calls it lawlessness. Man calls sin a trifle. God calls it tragedy. Man calls sin a weakness. God calls it willfulness. It doesn’t matter what man calls it. It is what God calls it is all that’s important. Man is good at giving nice and innocent sounding names to sin. He says abortion is choice. He says homosexuality is Gay, etc. Sin is disobedience to God whether man believes Him or not. We got to go by what God says if we want to go to heaven.’’

To an extent, one’s idea of right and wrong depends on his or her’s world view. It also depends on what view one takes of human nature. Is man divine? Is he wholly evil?

Of late, there has been a watering down of the concept. Far from considering sin as “offence against a holy God”, or violation of God’s laws, it is now called ‘sickness’, a disorder an error or even ignorance. In Western society also, sin in a person is looked upon as a social falling than a spiritual falling. Instead of needing repentance in order to restore fellowship to God, he is advised to consult a psychiatrist or counselor to help repair a “social failure which offends people. “In the Westminster Confession, sin is defined as “any want of conformity unto or transgression of the law of God.’’

There are certainly sins of commission. Sin is a failure to meet God’s holy standard. Anything short of perfection falls into this category. “Whoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”(1 John 3:4)

There are also sins of omission. “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him, it is sin.”(James 4: 17)

Finally, there is a state of sin inherited through Adam due to his rebellion and the resultant curse. It is an inborn, inbred, indwelling propensity or tendency towards sin. We are inherently sinners! Thus sin is an act: the breaking of the law or commandment is sin. Sin is a state: the fallen state of man without righteousness. Sin is a nature: the nature of fallen man. In Boswell’s life of Johnson, the following lines appear: “I hate mankind for I think myself one of the best of them, and know how bad I am.’’

In every legislation, there are checks and balances taking into account, man’s inclination to transgress. But laws are broken. The only guarantee of right conduct comes from man’s recognition of his imperfections and genuine repentance. Then alone he will keep to the rules of the game without caring for victory or defeat.

M P K Kutty



Man commits suicide by jumping before train
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 29
Mr Jai Kishan, a resident of Gumar village was reported to have committed suicide by jumping before a running train between Rajlu Garhi and Ganaur railway stations about 12 km from here last night.

According to a report, the GRP has sent the body for the postmortem examination. A family feud is stated to be the main cause of his extreme step.

Beaten up by son

Mr Hanumant was allegedly beaten up by his son Jagwant in his house at Thana Kalan village about 15 km from here last evening.

According to a report, Jagwant has demanded some money from his mother but she refused.

Thereupon, Jagwant became furious and he attacked his father and wife and caused injuries to them.

Both the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and are stated to be out of danger.

The police are investigating the case and have launched a hunt to apprehend the alleged assailant.

Coal-laden truck overturns

A truck loaded with coal was overturned and fell into a khud along the Sonepat-Kharkhauda road near Kanwali village about 15 km from here last evening.

According to a report, both the driver and cleaner, however, managed to escape unhurt.

A driver of another vehicle fled with the vehicle after hitting the truck during the course of overtaking.

One-day Lok Adalat

A one-day Lok Adalat will be held on the premises of the judicial courts at Ganaur in this district on January 17 next year.

According to a report, most of the pending cases, both criminals and civil, Hindu Marriage Act, summary, Motor Vehicles Act and other cases would be disposed of in this Lok Adalat.

HUDA demo

Employees of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) held a demonstration in front of the office of the Executive Engineer here on Friday for the transfer of two junior clerks, conducting of high-level inquiry into the moveable and immovable property of some corrupt officers and the provision of basic amenities in Sector 23.


Truck, scooter collide; one killed
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, November 29
One person was killed and another injured in a truck-scooter collision near Guda village, on Rohtak Road here today.

According to information, Joginder along with Manoj were going to Gurgaon on a scooter from their village Karotha. Their scooter collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction. The truck driver took both the accident victims to the civil hospital where doctors referred them to the PGIMS at Rohtak but one of the victims Joginder died before the ambulance arrived there.

Jogi Samaj claim

The Congress would return to power in Chhattisgarh and Mr Ajit Jogi would be the chief minister again, this was claimed by Mr Udhay Bhan Punia, president of the Akhil Bhartiya Nath Jogi Samaj in a press statements here today.

He said that he had visited the state recently, and claimed that the BJP had been nowhere in the contest following the Judev controversy there.

MDU award for Jhajjar journalist

Rohtak: Mr Parveen Kumar Khurana, a Jhajjar-based journalist is among the 21 candidates who have been awarded Ph.D. by the Maharshi Dayanand University.

His thesis was “Babu Bal Mukand Gupta Ka Hindi Sahitya Evam Patarkarta Ko Den”.

The others who have been declared eligible for the award of Ph.D. degree by the Vice-Chancellor, are: Rajesh Kumar (Public Admn), Gilu Ram Sangwan and Meena Kumari (Political Science), Phool Kumar (Geography), Usha Rani, Devender Kumar, Saroj Bala, Praveen d/o Narender Singh, Bimla Nara Kusum Lata, Bhama Bai, Aarti Sharma (all Hindi) Madhu Bala, Renuka, Sunita Saini, Veeran Bhatia (all Sanskrit) Anita Kumari (Education), Suman Lata, Meenakshi Sanu, Manvender Singh (all Bio-Sciences).


32 couples tie the knot
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 29
The sprawling lawns of Jawahar Youth Centre in Noida’s Sector-11 wore a festive look where a mini social revolution was taking place in the form of the wedding of 32 couples.

The marriages arranged by Akanchha–a socio-religious organisation of Noida Officer’s Wife Association, were being performed according to the Vedic religious traditions.

Thirty-two brides bedecked in the bridal finery along with their grooms, selected by their parents, were sitting coyly for the big day. Most of them had come from Dadri area along with their parents and other relatives.


Three Bangladeshi robbers held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 29
With the arrest of three Bangladeshi robbers, the East district police claimed to have solved several cases of dacoity, robbery and theft in the South, East districts and Noida.

The police also claimed to have recovered cash, gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh, two country-made weapons, one knife and four live cartridges from their possession.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Nuzhat Hassan said that the accused Mohammad Sahajan, Ibadull, alias Iba, and Inamull, all residents of Bangladesh were quite familiar with the local dialect making it difficult for the police to identify them.

The desperate accused would watch night shows and commit the crime during the wee hours. While committing dacoity, they used to tie the members and threatened them with knives and country-made weapons.

They were having hideouts in Kalyanpuri, Sarita Vihar and Noida. The accused were also involved in the sensational robbery in Shakarpur and Anand Vihar.

Property dealer killed

A property dealer was beaten to death and his brother sustained injuries in his hand during a scuffle with three persons last night in the Nangloi area of West district.

The victim Sat Prakash (27) was declared brought dead in the Maharaja Agarsen Hospital, while his brother Brahm Prakash, has been treated in a hospital. Sat Prakash, resident of Nangloi was a property dealer, whereas his bother Brahm runs a business in building material supply in Chander Vihar.

The duo had planned to have liqour last night in their shop and even prepared meat. After sometime, three persons Mukesh (20) and Suresh (27), residents of Vandana Vihar and another Mukesh, resident Chander Vihar joined them for dinner.

While they were having dinner, they had some altercation over an issue and the three started beating the brothers with stick and fled the area.

The police have registered a case of murder and attempt to murder and launched hunt to trace out the whereabouts of the absconding suspects.


Indian Oil to have customer ambassadors
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 29
A unique Customer Outreach team comprising 40 IndianOil officers drawn from a wide range of functional groups was launched as a motivational exercise to support and supplement the regular field force.

These teams will visit the select Indane Distributorships in Delhi and also call on customers at their homes to assess the level of customer satisfaction. The first such round of interactions was held in Delhi, where over 500 Indane customers were contacted.

These dedicated teams designated as `Customer Ambassadors’ not only monitored the levels of customer service in Indane distributorship but also quizzed the customers on their satisfaction levels and got feedback that will help formulate newer initiatives to greatly enhance the service standards of the Indane distributorships forming part of the programme.

The teams will continue to work closely with the Indane field force managers, mechanics and deliverymen of Indane distributorships to make service levels and customer visits a satisfying experience. While contributing to the enhanced level of customer service, the exercise also showcases IndianOil’s commitment to its customers, a statement said.

In the first stage, this programme will cover Indane distributorships in the Delhi and NCR area. Later, the programme will be extended to other parts of the Northern Region through adaptations to suit local needs.

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