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Noida team calls on PM, secures ‘assurance’
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 19
The Prime Minister has reportedly assured a delegation of Noidaites that he will speak with the UP Chief Minister, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, and ask him to allow G.B. Nagar to remain a separate district.

The Prime Minister also appealed for peace and urged all concerned to desist from violence.

A team of Zila Bachao Samiti had met the Prime Minister at his residence, along with Union State Minister Ashok Pradhan, yesterday evening.

Meanwhile, a 25-member Save G.B. Nagar District Committee (Gautam Budh Nagar Zila Bachao Samiti), has been constituted to steer the peaceful struggle for undoing the scrapping of the district.

Although Prime Minister had allotted only five minutes time to the delegation, in view of the gravity of the situation, he discussed the matter for 45 minutes.

The PM was told that Gautam Budh Nagar had developed into an ideal district, which was contributing 60 per cent of the total revenue of the state.

Many multinational companies had set up their plants here only after it was declared a district. Noida was second only to Bangalore in software technology in the country, the Prime minister was told. Mr Mulayam Singh’s assertion that the districts had been disbanded on account of revenue loss did not hold true of G.B.Nagar, Mr Ashok Pradhan told the Prime Minister.

The buildings of government offices and the related infrastructure had been set up in G.B. Nagar at a considerable cost. When G B Nagar was a part of Ghaziabad and Bulandshahr district, thousands of cases from this area were pending in Ghaziabad and Bulandshahr courts, the PM was told. Speedy justice could be ensured, after the establishment of G.B. Nagar district only.

The Prime Minister agreed that it was a grave matter and that he would speak to the Chief Minister about it, according to MLA Nawab Singh Nagar.

Ajit Singh throws hat in the ring

Veteran politician Chaudhry Bihari Singh today told the meeting of the Zila Bachao Samiti that he had met Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh and urged him to do something to save the district as he was a partner in the Mulayam Singh government.

Ajit Singh had assured the delegation that he would request the chief minister to agree to the people’s demand. If need be, he would request the Prime Minister to restore the status quo.

Mr Bihari Singh also suggested that the Zila Bachao movement should have representation from the lower and economically weaker sections.

Mahapanchayat call

The Save Gautam Budh Nagar district committee has called for a multi-party Mahapanchayat on January 24 in the district. All shops, factories etc will remain closed on the day and all vehicles will be kept off the road.

The committee has also decided to organise a dharna at Lucknow in front of the secretariat and raise the issue in the legislative Assembly.

A motor rally will be taken out on January 21. It will start from Noida Gole Chakar and wind its way through the main parts of the district.

Peace has returned to the area and everything is normal. No untoward incident has taken place in Noida and Greater Noida, claimed Ghaziabad District Magistrate Santosh Kumar Yadav and SSP J.N. Singh. Even Sector-18 market, which was to observe a bandh, was open, they said.



Threat to book protestors under NSA
Our Correspondent

Noida, January 19
First, it was the lumpen element. Now, the police have taken over Noida. The Additional Director General Police, Mr Bua Singh, means business and has threatened to book protestors under the National Security Act. He has admitted that two dozen persons have been arrested under the infamous Act.

With the state government finally taking cognizance of the grim situation, a fallout of the scrapping of the GB Nagar district, additional companies of armed police, PAC and the Rapid Action Force have been deployed, virtually turning Greater Noida into a sprawling cantonment.

Kasna, Tugulpur, Baraula and Dankaur and Dadri continue to be trouble spots, according to Addl DGP Bua Singh. The police had a field day on Monday, chasing people, including women and elderly, into bylanes and their houses.

So unrelenting and vengeful were the lathi-wielding policemen in Kasna, that many Dehat Morcha and BJP activists were reminded of the Uttaranchal agitation. Then, the people had scurried indoor for cover, on hearing the sound of gun shots, but were dragged out by cops from their houses.

About a dozen policemen were injured in Kasna. The police responded by firing tear-gas shells to disperse the protestors. Even children and the elderly were not spared. About 50 persons were rounded up, and their whereabouts were still to be revealed.

The villagers have accused Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav of cracking the whip after scrapping their district. “He is strangling our democratic rights,” said Dehat Morcha activists. Some activists of Kisan Morcha have threatened self-immolation on the Republic Day.

Giving details of the Kasna incident, eyewitnesses told this correspondent that while some people were sitting on a dharna, the ADGP, Nr Bua Singh, IG Zone RK Tiwari, the Meerut DM and SSP Bulandshahar arrived at the spot. The ADGP reportedly wanted to talk to some villagers, but they refused to listen. Later, there was a scuffle between the villagers and the cops.

The scuffle soon took an ugly turn, leading to a lathi charge by the police. The villagers responded by pelting stones. At this, the ADGP asked the police to fan out in the villages, forcing the villagers to clamber atop their houses, from where they hurled stones at the men in uniform. The police responded by firing in the air and bursting tear gas shells.

About a dozen persons were injured. Sixty-year-old Chattar Singh has fractured both his legs. A 10-year-old boy, Vikas, had bruises, marks of police brutality, on his body.

About 15 cops, including Bulandshahr Addl.SP D.Chaudhry and Circle officer Nepala Singh, were also injured.



With dissolution in sight, CM worried about Delhi Bill
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
Calling the BJP’s bluff, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said that Parliament would have passed the Delhi State Bill 2003 long ago had the BJP-led NDA Government been interested in delegating more powers to the popular elected Government of NCT of Delhi.

Accusing the BJP of playing a spoilsport, Ms Dikshit said she would meet Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani to convey the urgency of the Bill being passed by the 13th Lok Sabha before its dissolution.

Expressing grave concern over the fate of the pending Bill, the chief minister told reporters that a delegation of ministers and legislators of NCT of Delhi would call on the duo to seek an early passage of the draft Delhi State Bill 2003.

“We will represent our concern on the issue,” she said, when asked about the agenda of the talks, if any. The Bill was a major issue of contention between the Government of NCT of Delhi and the Union Government.

The Delhi Legislative Assembly had on September 11, 2002 passed a unanimous resolution demanding statehood to the NCT of Delhi. The Deputy Prime Minister had introduced the Bill in the Lok Sabha on August 18, 2003 for granting statehood to the NCT of Delhi.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has cleared the Bill but sought that the Union Government spell out the purpose of giving overriding powers to the President of India to issue directions to the State of Delhi.

The 44-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs headed by Pranab Mukherjee of the Indian National Congress has sought that the necessary safeguards be incorporated in the Bill to prevent its misuse for political ends.

The Article 371-J sub-clause (3) seeks to confer executive powers on the President to give directions to the State of Delhi for governance and proper development. The committee was of the view that the said powers were “omnibus, sweeping and overriding in nature”.

“It was apprehended that such overriding and sweeping powers may be used by the Union Government as a ploy to destabilise the elected government of Delhi”, the report said. The Delhi State Bill 2003 was introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament.



Tatas sore at progress of project

New Delhi: Apparently frustrated by the slow progress made over land allotment in Delhi, Tata Power has initiated talks with the Haryana and the Uttar Pradesh governments for establishing a 1000 MW power plant with a minimum investment of around Rs 4000 crore.

“We have held initial talks with the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments over setting up a green field project”, Mr. Anil Sardana, Chief Executive, North Delhi Power (NDPL), a Tata group company, said here today.

The move to look at alternative sites follows the reported slow progress made by Delhi government in allocation of land for a proposed 1000 MW project at Bawana (north Delhi) by Tatas last year.

“Despite the fact that only 15-20 per cent of Delhi’s power requirement is being met out of its own sources - all other metros are self sufficient - it is surprising that our proposal for setting up a generation plant has not been given due priority”, Sardana said.

If the project was moved elsewhere, Delhi would not only lose the investment but also the associated employment generation potential, sources said.

The NDPL, in which the Tata group has a majority stake, lapped up North and North West distribution circle in Delhi following privatisation of distribution business in July 2002. Under the privatisation deal, Delhi Transco, the transmission arm of the ersthwhile Delhi Vidyut Board, was required to supply power to discoms (distribution companies) till 2007. TNS



A police station in keeping with the ambience
of its neighbourhood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani was overwhelmed after inaugurating the new police station this morning at the historic Jama Masjid and said the new building had been constructed keeping in mind the height, aesthetics and other dimensions of the Masjid.

Even the colour of the building matches that of the stones used in the Masjid.

Mr Advani said the credit for maintaining law and order should always go to the area Station House Officer, as he is the person who keeps tab on every incident in the area. ‘’It is only due to the capability and competence of the SHO that an area becomes crime-free,’’ Mr Advani added.

‘The building will be a beginning to a new chapter and help the police force serve the people better,’’ he said. ‘‘The building has been constructed keeping in mind the height, aesthetics and other dimensions of the Masjid.... The colour of the building matches the colour of the stones used in the Masjid,’’ he added.

The police station was established in 1950, and in 1980 the Chandni Mahal area was brought out of its ambit.

Among those present on the occasion were Lt. Governor Vijai Kapoor, Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs and Area MP Vijay Goel, Delhi Urban Development Minister A K Walia and Police Commissioner R S Gupta, Special Commissioner of Police (Administration) K K Paul and other senior officers.

Delhi Police Commissioner R S Gupta said Rs 2.85 crore had been spent on the new building, which has a covered area of 58,000 sq ft. The new building of the hyper-sensitive police station will help in better functioning of the police force, he added.

Mr Kapoor hoped that the police station in the Jama Masjid area would be an ideal one. Referring to the problems of the area, he said there was a need to arrest the urban decline that had set in over the years.

A consensus should be evolved among the people to prepare a legal framework for the redevelopment of the area, he said. ‘’Laws relating to slums should be framed... no illegal buildings should come up in the area and heritage buildings should be preserved.’’

To decongest the area, he said, efforts were on to shift the wholesale markets in the next two years. ‘’There are plans to shift the paper market to Gazipur... then we will have only the textile market, the spices market in Khari Baoli and the grains market in the area. We want that the wholesale grain merchants should sit in the market while the warehouses are shifted elsewhere.’’



Usual R-day traffic mess

New Delhi: Commuters had a harrowing time today as vehicles were diverted following the Republic Day rehearsal at Rajpath. The closing of the road leading to India Gate had a spillover effect on Vikas Marg, ITO, Connaught Place and Mathura road till late evening. TNS

TTE impersonators held

The Delhi Police Crime Branch has claimed to have arrested two persons at the New Delhi Railway station, who were posing as Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) and duping innocent passengers by promising them berths for money. The railway sleuths, on a complaint from one Shitab Ali (36), a resident of G B Road, apprehended Deepak, a resident of Varanasi, and Mahesh, a resident of Aligarh, at the railway station while they were trying to escape after extorting money from Ali. TNS

Youth shot by chum

Sonepat: A youth, Mukesh, son of Mr Satyanarain, a former sarpanch, was allegedly shot dead by his friend Naresh, alias Nesha, at Chhappra village under Baroda police station in this district, about 40 km from here last night.

According to a report, the murder was committed a day before the marriage of the victim. The body of the victim is riddled with bullets. The Baroda police have registered a case of murder against the alleged assailant, who managed to escape. OC



HVP to go it alone in Lok Sabha elections: Bansi Lal
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 19
The Haryana Vikas Party supremo, Mr Bansi Lal, ruled out political alliance with any party in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, the former Chief Minister said, “I am not in favour of alliances and we will contest all the ten Lok Sabha seats in Haryana”.

Answering question regarding chances of an alliance with the BJP, Mr Bansi Lal said, “I will reject it straightway.”

He came down heavily on the Congress party and said the people of the country were not ready to accept Sonia Gandhi as the Prime Minister of the country.

The Congress would not be able to maintain the tally of its last Lok Sabha elections as the party was ridden with factionalism in every state, he said.

Regarding the BJP, Mr Bansi Lal remarked that it would not improve its present tally in the next elections.

Lashing out at the Chautala government for heavily taxing the business community in the state, Mr Bansi Lal said if his party was voted to power ‘Form St-38’ would be removed, residential houses would be exempted from the house tax and the “Bhatti Tax” on halwais would be abolished.

He alleged that the government has been extracting Rs five crore as “Gunda Tax” every day from the contractors of stone and sand mines of the state. This practice would not be allowed when his party was voted to power, he promised.

Later, addressing a largely attended rally at the local Subhash Stadium, Mr Bansi Lal announced that he would reintroduce the flat rate on electricity bills for tubewells and electricity charges would be reduced if his party was voted to power.

He lambasted the Chautala government for the deterioration in the law and order situation in the state. He announce that “there would not be any place for criminals in the state” if his party came back to power. “Such anti-social elements will not have any place in the state to vitiate the peace during my rule”, he added.

Mr Bansi Lal criticised the Chautala government for creating problems for the maxi-cab operators, alleging that these vehicles were indiscriminately used by the INLD in their rallies in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan without paying any rent.

Many of them were challaned in

Rajasthan and fined upto Rs 30,000 to 35,000 by the Rajasthan authorities for plying illegally, he said.

A committee of the cooperative bus operators would be formed to sort out the problems between the bus operators and maxi-cab owners, he said.

Referring to the Sutluj-Yamuna Link Canal, Mr Bansi Lal claimed that it was his concept and he would complete it. He even remarked that both Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Om Prakash Chautala would not like the construction work on SYL to be completed, as both belonged to the areas, which were already getting water from the SYL canal at present.

Alliance only with like-minded parties

The state president of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Captain Shamsher Singh Malik, said the party will have an alliance with parties standing for the welfare of the poor sections, including farmers, labourers, industrial workers and petty shopkeepers.

He was addressing a public meeting at village Badwasni about five km from here. He claimed that in order to forge unity among the poor sections of the society, the party will be organising a state-level rally at Panipat on January 28.

The rally would be addressed by the national president and former Union Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan.

He criticised the state government for not giving proper compensation to those farmers whose crops were destroyed following a breach in the west Yamuna Canal during May, 2003.

He lambasted the authorities of the Irrigation Department for trying to impose fines on the farmers on account of this breach, which was caused due to the negligence of the officials.

He claimed that the LJP had always come forward to protest against atrocities on Dalits in the state.

He also announced that if the circumstances allowed, he would contest the Lok Sabha election from Sonepat parliamentary constituency.

He also appealed to the people to participate in large numbers in the Panipat rally.



Urdu needs the kiss of life, says noted
poet Amir Chand Bahar
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 19
Urdu is not only a language, it’s a culture, a ‘tehzeeb’, for which the Indian subcontinent is still known in the world. It is a rare source of inspiration in life, a medium of teaching and an art of living. But alas! This rich language is on deathbed, needing attention and care.

Thus spake noted Urdu poet Amir Chand Bahar, living in Faridabad.

The 78-year-old Prof. Bahar who had been awarded the prestigious Ghalib Award in 2002 for his outstanding contribution to the language and its literature, is also credited with starting the internationally known Indo-Pak ‘Mushaira’, a stage show for the recitation of the Urdu poetry way back in 1961. The Mushaira is an annual feature and is held in Ludhiana.

Famous poet and lyrics writer Sahir Ludhiyanvi was one of his students at the college. Professor Bahar who did his M.A in English in 1948 opted for teaching and literary pursuits rather than going in for the administrative service. He had got selected in the PCS and topped in two papers for the civil services (IAS).

Speaking to the ‘NCR Tribune’ here recently on the present status of the Urdu language, he expressed concern over the declining knowledge and popularity of this ancient language in the northern parts. Having written a dozen of books and articles and still working on three more books, he said the treatment meted out to Urdu by the present government was quite ‘shabby’.

He said it would be no surprise that the coming generations in the country may not have any knowledge about it and added that its loss would definitely be unfortunate.

The education level may have reached new heights and the country may be a front-runner in the IT and communication sector, but who would take care of values and ‘insaniyat’, he regretted.

He said the present education system had been ill-equipped to imbibe values and discipline among the students and the youths. As a result, he said the society had been witnessing fast degeneration of character. Demanding to start Urdu as an optional subject at schools and colleges, Prof. Bahar advocates for creating a proper infrastructure and facilities for its revival.

He asked the governments of Punjab and Haryana to appoint at least one teacher in every school and college.

Describing the Urdu academies in various states as only ‘showpieces’ and nearly defunct bodies, he said the role of such academies should be widened and opened up for a constructive role.

Prof. Bahar had retired as principal of a government college in 1983. He is perhaps the only writer in the country at present whose focus has been on the ‘Rubais’, the ancient form of Urdu poetry. He has written three books on this subject.



Civic authorities fail to ensure smooth
flow of traffic
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, January 19
Even as the idea behind developing the Old Railway Road and the New Railway Road by the civic authorities was to decongest them, ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic and remove the encroachments, the administration has achieved the opposite. Rather, things have gone from bad to worse.

The main component of the development plans was to lay dividers on the two roads.

Without the road dividers there was free for all leading to regular traffic snarls.

However, even as the width of the road have been reduced after setting up of the dividers, the failure of the administration to go through with the anti-encroachment drive, has only increased the traffic congestion on the roads.

There is another problem. Although the dividers have come up, there are no organised cuts on the roads. Also, the earlier move to construct grills on the dividers, have not come up. This facilitates crossing of the pedestrians causing hick-ups in the movements of traffic.

There has been no repairs on both the roads, as a result of which there are several spots where one witness crater like holes and cracks. Rather, in the colonies adjoining the Old Railway road like the Jacumpura, the roads are equally dismal. The condition of the two main roads give a lie to the administration’s reiterated position that the government was spending its coffer to beautify and improve the roads.

The two roads act as the main markets of the old city. The situation is particularly bad on the Old Railway road. Just away from the stretch starting at Old Jail complex, the shopkeepers have expanded on their encroachments, what with they laying their wares virtually on the road. This was taking a toll on the smooth flow of the traffic.

Periodically, the administration goes on publicity spree to advertise its anti-encroachment drives.

The anti-encroachment campaigns are launched, only to be halted after the interference by the political bosses. In effect, it leaves the average residents in the lurch and make them wonder whether the periodic moves are calibrated to suit some quarters.



Time ripe for Priyanka

THOSE who have closely observed the political scene in the Capital over the last decade or so are not unfamiliar with the face of Shyamdev Bhadana, national general secretary of the Indian Trade Union Congress and convenor of the Labour Cell of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee. In almost any party rally, he is the one who is the driving force behind the arduous task of mobilising crowds and moving the party workers at the grass-root level to make the political events a success.

A diehard Congressman and a former youth Congress office bearer, Shyamdev is an ardent fan of the Nehru-Gandhi family and is perhaps the first one to have demanded that Priyanka Gandhi be brought into the national politics, so that the party could be given a younger and more modern look in keeping with the times. Even at the cost of ruffling some old feathers, he is convinced that the dynamism that Priyanka has displayed in her few and rare public meetings would help in giving a new direction to the party, particularly the youth, if she is persuaded to take over the reins of the Youth Congress initially. This direction will not only help the party in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, but would also bring about a virtual revolution in the nation’s politics.

Born in Faridabad and educated in Delhi, Shyamdev graduated from the Jamia Millia Islamia, where he was active in the students politics and was spotted by the powers that be in the party. Shyamdev learned the nitty-gritty of politics and labour laws in the lap of his father, Mr. Attar Singh Bhadana, a trade union leader and vice president of the trade union of the Delhi Jal Board.

This affable, 35-year-old former general secretary of the Indian Youth Congress, is married with two young children and struggles to strike a balance between his political and family life. In a recent chat with the NCR Tribune, Shyamdev Bhadana shared his views on the changing political scenario and what needs to be done to give a cutting edge to the party.

Why are you convinced that Priyanka Gandhi will be able to provide a new direction to the youth and the party?

I was witness to her remarkable performance during the 1999 election campaigns, when she swept the men, women and children off their feet by her sincere efforts to help in improving their lot. The people of Amethi, Rae Bareilly and Bellary literally adopted her as they realised that she was willing to listen to their woes patiently. The children approached her unhesitatingly despite the security and some even unhesitatingly clutched her finger to take her to their homes. They called her Didi. I can not forget the spontaneous affection and respect she had inspired in the people. Like others, I could also sense her sincerity in helping the downtrodden, the Dalits and the backwards. If she can inspire common people, I am sure she can inspire the youth and the party cadre.

Apart from this why do you think that Priyanka would be able to inspire the party cadre?

We are already four years into the 21st century and there has been a revolution in science and technology. This is the direct result of the foundation laid by the then prime minister, late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, who saw the importance of this in making the country a developed one. We are reaping the harvest of the seeds sown by Rajiv Gandhi. Priyanka Gandhi will be able to perpetuate this dream further as many see her grandmother’s (Mrs. Indira Gandhi) drive and determination in her. She has also inherited the spirit of religious tolerance from her mother. This combination will definitely help the party and the youth in the times to come.

Why are you placing so much emphasis on youth? Isn’t the cadre happy with the present leadership?

Of course, we are all happy with the present leadership but it is the law of nature that the old guard has to change with times. You can see the result of the second generation taking over in the Bharatiya Janata Party, enabling it to wrest, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pardesh in the recent assembly elections. While the voters in the 18-30 years age group are fully familiar with the politics of the day, we have to tap the 14-18 year age group as these are the future citizens of the country. It is only logical that there should be a younger leadership to inspire them. We should read the writing on the wall.

As a diehard Congressman, how do you read the current political scenario in the country?

It is politically prudent to recognise the times and the changes these demand. The Nehru–Gandhi family has always had a finger on the pulse of the political and the social scene of the country. It is the duty of every man to recognise the voice of the times and, today, the voice is calling for younger leadership in every field, be it political, social or economic. It is precisely for this reason that people can not forget leaders like Mahatama Gandhi, Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Lal Bhadur Shastri and Rajiv Gandhi, to name a few. All these leaders had a finger on the pulse of the nation. Time is ripe for Priyanka to enter politics.

As a grass-root political worker and labour leader, what do you think needs to be done?

As I have said, this is the time for change, for bringing in the youth, the second generation, if you may, into the thick of things. Times have changed, and so have the values. One can not remain a prisoner of the past. We need to move with the times and I am convinced that it is the shrill cry of the times that Priyanka be brought into politics. That day will be a golden day for the Congress and the nation.

What is your role as the convenor of the Labour Cell of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee?

I am a sort of an arbitrator who ensures that the workers employed in various industries in the National Capital Territory of Delhi are not exploited and get a fair deal. At the same time, it is my role to ensure that there is a peaceful industrial atmosphere, so that the economy of the state is not affected.

I hold regular meetings with the unions and their leaders who owe allegiance to the All India Trade Union Congress of which I am the national general secretary.

Some of your critics claim that your main role has been to provide crowds at the various rallies of the party, not only now, but even in the earlier days? What do you have to say on this?

I take this as a compliment. It is the duty of every party worker to help make the rallies a success. If I have done this effectively, I am grateful to the workers, my colleagues and the leaders for having helped me in achieving this. I would like to stress that no one can force people to attend rallies. It is their conviction and dedication that pulls them to the party rallies.



Seminar on contemporary trends in corporate world
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
BLS Institute of Management (BLSIM) organized a national-level seminar on “Contemporary Trends in Corporate World: An IT Vision”. The chief guest on the occasion, the Delhi Minister of Education, Tourism and Art and Culture, Mr Arvinder Singh Lovely, highlighted the vision of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who initiated the “computer revolution” in the country and encouraged the youths to use it for the development of the nation.

Today, India is one of the leading nations in the IT field and successfully using it for the progress and development of the nation, he said.

The chairman of BLSIM, Mr Sushil Aggarwal, said that they hoped to organize more such seminars as it provides a forum where experts, industry leaders and academicians came together to share their views on contemporary issues.

Such exercises created a network of knowledge and provided latest development to the participants and students about the new trends in information technology.

The guest of honour was the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Sanjay Baniwal. The director, Mr D. Biswas, Registrar, Dr Ajay Kumar and Diwakar Aggarwal were also present on the occasion.



HSMITC staff discuss action plan 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 19
A meeting of the employees of the Haryana State Minor Irrigation and Tubewell Corporation who have been retrenched from the service, was held in municipality park here today and the state president of the all employees association HSMITC Haryana, Mr Raghubir Singh Lambardar presided over the meeting.

While addressing the meeting, Mr Lambardar accused the state government of being anti-employee which had removed more than 20,000 employees of various government departments, boards and corporations.

The government announcement to provide government jobs to 50,000 youths of the state was false and misguiding, he said and demanded that the government should issue a white paper on its claim of giving 50,000 jobs during the last four years.

He also appealed to the employees of other departments and corporations to join hands in protesting against the anti-employee policy of the present state government.

He informed that the association has decided to stage a dharna in front of the residence of the Haryana governor on January 28.

The employees will assemble in the ground in front of the mini-secretariat of Sector-17 in Chandigarh and then march to the Raj Bhawan.

The case which has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the association against the removal of the employees from the corporation service, was also discussed in the meeting.



Pollutants from distillery damage wheat crop
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 19
Standing wheat crop in about five acres of land was reportedly damaged by pollutants discharged from a distillery at Jahri village in this district. According to a report, this has caused a huge loss to the affected farmers of the village whose land was situated around the factory.

It is stated that the factory had constructed huge tanks for the accumulation of polluted water and its reuse after refining it. However, some of these tanks have been continuously overflowing leading to the discharge of polluted water in the nearby fields, causing huge loss to the standing crops.

Representatives of various farmer organisations have expressed their concern over the spread of polluted water in the fields and urged the state government to order the closure of the factory.

The farmers have warned that they would have no alternative but to launch an agitation and gherao the officials of this factory if the factory was not immediately closed.

They also disclosed that 50 acres of cultivable land of the village had so far turned barren on account of the discharge of polluted water from this factory into the fields.

They also alleged that the district administration had failed to take action against the culprits, inspite of repeated complaints.



EMU trains turn into goods trains on
Sonepat-Panipat section
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 19
Almost all the suburban and EMU trains running on the Sonepat-Panipat section of the Northern Railway have turned into goods trains due to the failure of the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to check the milk vendors and suppliers of goods travelling in these trains with their huge containers.

According to a report, when the passengers make protests they are manhandled by the milk vendors and suppliers of goods in the running trains and they refuse to vacate the coaches.

All the complaints made to the GRP and other Railway officials in this regard have fallen on deaf ears.

The situation on the 1 DPM (EMU) and other evening and morning trains has become worse as the milk vendors travel in these trains. They also hold monthly season tickets (MSTs) and occupy most of the space with their huge containers without booking in the coaches.

The GRP officials have failed to take action against them. As a result, the passengers in general and the women passengers in particular, have been facing great hardships in boarding and getting down from the trains where the huge milk containers are kept.

The actual problem, however, is of the seats in the coaches. The MSTs issued to the commuters do not seem to guarantee for the seats as more tickets than the seats available in the coaches are sold at every railway station.

The commuters and women passengers have failed to get the seats in the coaches and most of them have to travel in them by standing for hours.

The commuters stated that a milk vendor travel with 10-12 milk containers in EMU trains which stop for less than one minute at each station. Hence, the women passengers have to board these coaches and get down from them.

Many of them jump out from the trains and sustain injuries.

The Daily Passengers Association has threatened to launch an agitation if the GRP failed to take action against the milk vendors and suppliers of goods.



Vessels for Panipat refinery
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, January 19
Two gigantic vessels to be used as reactor at the Panipat Refinery passed through the Bhiwani town and caused a sensation, stranding people for several hours.

The district administration, however, was ready to manage its smooth passage as a team of experts and engineers, accompanying the vessels had taken permission to remove several road-dividers and other electrical obstacles.

These reactors are loaded on two long body trucks and are being carried on long chassis having 256-256 tyres each. The trucks took nearly seven hours to pass the city. Loadshedding was ordered from the feeders to avoid any untoward incident. The reactors, manufactured by Japan Steel Plant, had been sent by sea from Japan.

According to the manager (Operations) accompanying these vessels, Mr Murlidhar, the gigantic reactors left the port for Panipat on October 20. The trucks carrying these 550 tonne vessels are loaded on two trucks having 256-256 tyres each.

These 440 horse-powered trucks can run five km in an hour and consume seven litre diesel for one kilometre. Indianoil Company had contracted with Resham Singh and Company to transport these 20.17 feet wide and 18.33 feet high vessels up to Panipat (Haryana).



INSO convention on Feb 5

New Delhi: The Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) will organise its National Convention at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on February 5. Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala will be chief guest and Youth INLD president Ajay Singh Chautala, MP will preside over the function. Newly appointed INSO state general secretary (Press) Ms Priyanka Arora in a press release issued here claimed that student representatives from all across the country will participate in this convention. The INSO has also announced the working state executive and it will have its meeting on Monday to discuss further preparations for the convention. TNS



Dayanand Hospital to have ICU
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
The Chairman of the Trans-Yamuna Development Board, Mr Narender Nath, today laid foundation stone of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Swami Dayanand Hospital. The unit would be constructed by the Engineering Department of the MCD at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore.

The Chairman said that the Swami Dayanand Hospital would be the second hospital of the corporation where the ICU would be made functional. He promised that there would be no lack of funds for the completion of this project.

The area MLA, Mr Veer Singh Dhingan, and Mr Ajit Chaudhary, Chairman of the Horticulture Committee, MCD, were also present on the occasion. Mr Dhingan hoped that the ICU would provide curative services to the patients.

Training programme for DPYC presidents

All India Congress Committee (AICC) office-bearers Moti Lal Vora and Oscar Fernandes on Monday inaugurated a training programme for the district presidents of the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress. The programme will conclude on January 24.

On the inaugural day, the district presidents and the office-bearers from Sadar and Najafgarh participated. On the occasion, Mr Vora said the training programme would help build a stronger organisation at the booth level ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Jain award ceremony

Mr Ashok Jain, Mayor of Delhi, said that the Jain community always played an important role in helping the needy people of society.

On the occasion of 88th monthly Poojan (worship) and award ceremony, organised by the Akhil Bharatvarshya-Digamber Jain Parishad at Shri Mahavir Digamber Jain Temple, Palam Colony today, he congratulated Ashok Jain, founder and president of Tarun Mitra Parishad and Subhash Jain, treasurer, Shasvat Tirthraj Shree Sammed Shikharjee on being honoured for their services to the mankind. He said that it was a good tradition to honour such persons. It will help build a strong nation and prosperous society.



Two held for theft
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 19
The Rai police arrested two youths during the night patrolling near Deepalpur village about 15 km from here last night.

According to a report, the police also recovered stolen goods from their possession which were being taken to Delhi for sale.

During the course of interrogation, the culprits told the police that they had stolen the goods from Bahalgarh on January 5. A case of theft has been registered against them.

Traffic jam on Kharkhauda-Sampla Road

Traffic on Kharkhauda-Sampla Road near Balmiki basti of Kharkhauda town remained disrupted from morning to evening yesterday on account of dashing of two trucks in the culvert of a canal.

According to a report, a large number of vehicles including cars, trucks, three-wheelers, four-wheelers and buses were lined up on both sides of the roads, causing inconvenience to the public. A large number of people assembled at the site and tried to drag the trucks loaded with goods by the tractor trolleys but failed to lift the blockade. Thereafter, a crane was summoned which succeeded in dragging the trucks and cleared the road near the culvert. The movement of traffic was normalised around 5 pm.

10 complaints settled by grievances panel

Jhajjar: Mr Mohinder Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, said that a meeting of the District Grievances Committee was held here today in which 10 complaints were taken up and settled on the spot. The meeting was attended by other district officials, including ADC Suprabha Dahiya, SDM SK Katyal. Later, in a press conference, the DC said that health check-up camps would be organised in the town. The specialist doctors from the PGI, Rohtak, would attend the patients in the camps. He said that a fund of Rs 8 lakh has been sanctioned for the Rohtak parliamentary constituency for this camp, which is being organised in the town from February 9 to February 11.

Mr Kumar informed that widening and carpeting of Jhajjar-Sampla Road has also started under the state highway project for which Rs 7 crore has been received by the department concerned. Apart from this, another grant of Rs 6 crore has been received for construction of Bahadurgarh-Kalanour Road via Beri.

He also directed the XEN, Public Health, to replace the damaged pipeline for the supply of drinking water to the residential quarters of the class four employees of the government college here.

The Chief Minister is also scheduled to arrive in Beri town on February 22 to commemorate the first Chief Minister of the state, late Mr Bhagawat Dayal Sharma, he informed.



Gang of burglars smashed; 16 cases solved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19
With the arrest of two persons, the Special Cell today claimed to have busted a gang of burglars and solved as many as 16 cases of burglary and theft. Two country-made weapons along with live cartridges and a motorcycle were seized from their possession.

Based on a tip-off that the burglars would be assembling in the Shastri Nagar area, the sleuths apprehended two persons who were identified as Nazim, alias Salim, alias Guddu (44), resident of Wazirabad and Wazid Mian, alias Munna, (25), resident of Khajuri Khas.

During interrogation, the accused said that they were involved in at least 16 cases of burglary and theft in Sarita Vihar, Mandawali, Preet Vihar, Keshav Puram, Seelampur and Timarpur.

They used to hire a room in a particular locality and survey the houses in the morning to commit burglary in the evening.

Conman caught

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has caught one person who used to cheat people by promising them government jobs.

Based on a complaint from one Ms Indu Kapoor, the sleuths nabbed the accused Prakash Meena, resident of MIG flats, Prahlad Pur.

The accused had cheated more than a dozen people, promising them jobs in the Airport Authority, Delhi Metro and the Planning Commission.

Two held for looting passengers

The crime branch today claimed to have arrested two persons who used to drug passengers and then loot them in the trains. The accused Habbu Khan, alias Abbu, (21), resident of Jharkhand and Haider Ali (20), resident of Seelam Pur, used to offer tea to the passengers mixed with soporific tablets.



2 killed, 22 injured as canter overturns
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 19
At least two persons were killed and 22 others injured when a canter in which they were travelling overturned on the G T Road near Larsauli village, about 13 km from here late last evening.

According to a report, all the injured persons were rushed to the local civil hospital from where two of them were referred to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment. The victims were identified as Ram Mehar (14) of Urlana Kalan village and Karambir of Kheri Gujjar village.

The injured persons include Rajesh, Surinder, Sunil, Ranbir, Monu, Joni, Suresh and Vikki, all residents of Urllana Kalan village, Anil and Sunil of Bari village, Satpal of Chhichhrana village, Kahni of Chhicbhrana village, Dilbagh of Poothi village, Bitto of Chidana village, Ajmer of Sherda village, Ravinder and Bipan of Khari Gujjar village and Raju of Rikpur Kheri.

The canter driver, who was allegedly drunk, managed to escape immediately after the accident.

The victims and the injured persons were the members of a marriage party and were returning from Barauli village after attending the function at Urlana Kalan village.

The accident cast a gloom at Urlana Kalan village. The police have registered the cases and sent the bodies of the victims for the postmortem examination.


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