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School slams door on class I student for father’s ‘folly’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Indian School and the Delhi Government’s Education Director on a plea filed by a class one student challenging her removal from the school because her father, employed with the institution, went on strike.

Justice S K Kaul issued the notice to the school and the Director of Education on the petition by the child, filed through counsel Varun Prasad, seeking to set aside the letter dated December 16 last issued by the institution saying December 19, 2003 would be her last day at the school because her father, who is an electrician with the school, had gone on strike.

The petition said that the pupil’s final exams were due in February this year and if she were not allowed to join the school and take the exams, she would lose a year.

The father, along with 15 other employees, had gone on strike to protest against the school offering them Rs one lakh for accepting retirement. The school sent a letter to the father saying the event (strike) ‘’shows your character, conduct and behaviour in a disgraceful light. Certainly it proves that you were a bad example as a parent of a child studying in the school. Kindly withdraw your daughter immediately (from the school). In any case December 19, 2003, would be her last day at the school.’’

Thereafter, the girl was not allowed in the school.


Delhi gets into security overdrive
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
The Capital virtually turned into a fortress on the eve of the Republic Day with the deployment of over 23,000 security personnel, commandos, sniffer dogs and air surveillance to ensure an incident free Republic Day celebration tomorrow.

Nearly 23,000 officers and men of the Delhi Police and the para-military forces would be on duty exclusively for the Republic Day Parade around Rajpath and on the eight-km route up to Red Fort.

As many as 55 DCPs and 200 ACPs would supervise the parade, the police sources said.

To ensure fool-proof security, the thrust is on anti-sabotage checks, intelligence co-ordination and .sanitising buildings, houses and structures along the parade route. Barricades and sand bagged pill boxes have been erected at all major intersections.

Technical teams and sniffer dogs from the Delhi Police, the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the National Security Guard (NSG), the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force( BSF) are being deployed to ensure thorough anti-sabotage checks of all enclosures around Rajpath and the parade route.

Stringent Access Control through metal detectors, physical searching and frisking and checking of vehicles would be done for the parade. Besides the traditional parade, security arrangements have also been planned for the ‘At Home’ at Rashtrapati Bhawan, PM’s NCC Rally, Beating Retreat and Martyr’s Day on January 30.

To thwart terrorist threats, all district police chiefs are closely monitoring special drives and surveillance of possible hideouts or shelters such as guest houses in Karol Bagh, Pahar Ganj, Darya Ganj and Connaught Place areas.

The Delhi Police personnel are in close touch with the neighbouring police districts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana regarding movements of militants and other suspicious elements.

Intensive anti-terrorist deployment has been planned by mobilising commandos from the Delhi Police and the para-military forces. About 600 commandos, including 100 from the ITBP and 62 from the NSG, have been deployed. As many as 18 commando groups — 13 mobile and static, NSG sniper teams and mobile hit teams would be stationed around sensitive enclosures of Rajpath/Saluting Base and India Gate.

All PCR vans and Omni motorcycle patrols would maintain high security vigil. About 110 vans have been deployed exclusively for the parade. Of these, 61 are deployed in New Delhi district, 15 in North district, 14 in Central district and 20 for security unit.

The Central Police Control Room would monitor PCR vans and ensure prompt response in case of any contingency. The Joint Commissioner of Police (Operations), assisted by DCP (PCR), would supervise the overall communication network and police control. Special arrangements have been made to trace hoax bomb calls.

Adequate air defence measures have been taken to check any intrusion of air space during the Republic Day. No flights, except the scheduled ones, would be allowed to take off to 15,000 feet within 20 nautical miles during the flypast from 1130 hrs to 1215 hrs.


Sheila rules out water tariff hike
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is categoric that the water tariff will not be hiked. Speaking on the eve of the Republic Day at the Chhatrasal Stadium, she said that the Government of NCT of Delhi had no plans either to privatise the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

Dismissing the “rumours” of a hike in water tariff and privatisation of the water utility, Ms Dikshit said that her Ministry would instead introduce reforms in the water utility, so that quality of service improved and infrastructure was upgraded.

After unfurling the Tricolour, Ms Dikshit said her government had achieved visible success in the fields of power, transport and education. The focus, she said, would now be on improving the housing, education and health services.

Reiterating the demand for making NCT of Delhi a State of the Union, the chief minister said she would reach out to people so that the Union Government passed the Delhi State Bill 2003 in the next session of Parliament.

The aim of making the Capital a global city could not be achieved if the prevailing multiplicity of authorities was not abolished by empowering the Government of NCT of Delhi through a comprehensive statehood law, she said in her speech.

Noting that her government planned to make cycling popular among the people to ensure good health and pollution-free atmosphere, she said the Department of Education was drawing up a plan to set up cycling clubs in schools where government would provide cycles.


Two women among 11 Delhi Police officers share R-Day honours
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
Eleven Delhi Police officers, including two woman officers, have been awarded the Police Medals for distinguished and meritorious services on the eve of Republic Day Celebrations 2004.

While SHO Tilak Marg, Pratima Sharma, has been awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services, the Police Medals for Meritorious Services have been awarded to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Legal Cell) Suvashish Choudhary, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Daryaganj, Jaipal Singh, ACP FRRO, Mangi Lal Meena, ACP, Traffic (South-West) Ram Karan Meena, ACP, Headquarters (Provisional and Logistics) Vikraman Nair, Inspectors Vijay Kymar Dham and Rajinder Singh Yadav, woman inspector Neeta Malhotra and Assistant Sub-Inspectors Asad Raza Zaidi and Lal Chand.

Pratima Sharma, joined the Delhi Police as woman ASI in 1974 and was posted in FRRO, Special Branch, Security, Traffic and Vigilance before her present posting as SHO, Tilak Marg.

Suvashish Choudhary, a DANIPS officer of 1987, has worked in various units of Delhi Police in Chanakya Puri and Kotwali, He was also posted in security in New Delhi and North districts before getting promoted as DCP.

Jaipal Singh, ACP, who joined the Delhi Police as SI in 1966, served as SHO Ashok Vihar, Civil Lines and Mehrauli. He also investigated the Uphaar cinema fire tragedy and is widely credited for his investigating skills in sensitive cases.

While Mangi Lal Meena joined as SI in 1970 and had worked in various units like FRRO, Palam Airport, Special Branch, Rashtrapati Bhawan and other units, Ram Karan Meena served in various branches like Security, Special Branch and Traffic.

ACP Vikraman Nair joined the Delhi Police in 1985 as SI on deputation from the Border Security Force (BSF). Inspector Vijay Kumar Dham joined the Delhi Police as SI in 1977 and is presently posted in the Anti-Corruption Branch. He has served in Special Task Force, Central Bureau of Investigation and various other branches of Delhi Police.

Inspector Rajinder Singh Yadav, who is presently posted in Special Staff, South district, is credited for gunning down gangsters of Satbir Ramala gang members and for several other cases.

Inspector Neeta Malhotra joined the Delhi Police in 1975 as woman SI and is currently posted in Crime Against Women (CAW) cell. She has earned 41 commendations so far. While ASI Asad Raza joined the Delhi Police in 1978 and worked in several branches before his current posting in the Anti-Corruption Branch, ASI Lal Chand, who joined the Delhi Police in 1972, is currently posted as driver in CAW cell. Lal Chand has worked in various branches of the Delhi Police.


Former Uttar Pradesh minister quits BJP
Our correspondent

Noida, January 25
The rift in Joint Action Committee on Gautam Budh Nagar came out in the open with former Uttar Pradesh Revenue Minister, Ravi Gautam, quitting the BJP, blaming Ashok Pradhan and others of following double standards.

He is expected to join the Bahujan Samaj Party, according to observers. Two leaders of the BSP were known to be wooing Ravi Gautam for the last few days. The BSP district President, Kartar Singh Nagar, said Ravi Gautam was keen to stand for Lok Sabha and was looking for an opportune time to leave the BJP.

Ravi Gautam said he had resigned in deference to people’s wishes and had not yet made up his mind to join any party. The Congress, Lok Dal and the BSP, he said were all keen on him joining their party.

Pregnant woman commits suicide

A pregnant woman, unable to bear the shock of not bearing a son, committed suicide by dousing herself with kerosene and putting a match to it. Her two minor daughters were also badly charred. Her husband was away on night duty at that time. A neighbour noticed smoke coming out of Prabha’s room. Both the kids were also crying.

He informed other neighbours and got the door open, only to find Prabha badly charred. Prabha was declared dead by the doctors on arrival in the hospital. Both the daughters are also in a critical state.


Faridabad corporators plan to boycott House
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 25
The elected members of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) are an agitated lot. They are extremely unhappy over the state of affairs in the civic body, especially the financial ‘bankruptcy ’and the ‘stagnation’ in the development works. In fact, the majority of the corporators have threatened to boycott the proceedings of the House as they feel that they had been reduced to ‘mute spectators.’

This is the gist of the last monthly meeting of the MCF, where the elected members came out openly against the ongoing ‘roadblock’ faced by the civic body in the matter of development works. The members pointed out that it was for the first time in the history of the MCF that all the projects had been put on hold. This was the case for the past eight months. It is reported that the civic body has not been able to settle the outstanding dues of the contractors to the tune of several crores. As a result, the contractors have stopped the work on various projects.

The MCF authorities had reportedly assured the members last month that some of the payments of the contractors would be cleared by the first week of January, after the civic body received a part of its share in the Local Area Development Tax (LADT). But it is learnt that no amount under this head has been received so far. Some of the members have voiced their resentment over the attitude of the authorities towards MCF, especially the lukewarm response of the office of the commissioner.

One of the members, who owes allegiance to the ruling party, alleged that even the corporators were being ‘maltreated’ by the office of the commissioner. Expressing concern over the state of affairs in the civic body, one of the lady members said that she had taken up the matter of purchasing an automatic sewer cleaning machine for the town on at least eight occasions, but without any tangible results.

The members stated that the civic conditions in their respective wards were pathetic: there was shortage of drinking water, the sewerage network was in a shambles, the roads were badly damaged and the street lights were conspicuous by their absence. According to Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, works worth over a crore had been lying pending in his ward for the past several months.

He said while there was no supply of potable water in some areas, all the roads were in a state of disrepair, including the strategic AirForce road. He said the state government should come to the rescue of the MCF and ensure that it had the financial resources to meet the development requirements of the town. He claimed that its revenue was just enough to meet the salary requirement of the staff.


Karnataka man to lead Delhi Police contingent

New Delhi: Assistant Commissioner of Police B L Suresh from Karnataka will lead the Delhi Police contingent in the 55th Republic Day parade today. A 12-time winner of the ‘’Best Marching Contingent’’ award, this is for the first time that the Delhi Police contingent will be led by a police official hailing from Karnataka. Mr Suresh, an engineering graduate, was adjudged the best outdoor probationer of the 2001 batch of the Delhi Andaman Nicobar Police Service (DANIPS).

The parade will start from Vijay Chowk near Rashtrapati Bhavan and culminate at red Fort — covering a distance of eight km. TNS


Licences of 13 kerosene dealers cancelled
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 25
The Food and Supplies Department has cancelled the licences of at least 13 wholesale dealers of kerosene in Sonepat district following the detection of malpractices in the distribution and the maintenance of record.

According to a report, this step has been taken to check the unauthorised sale of kerosene by the wholesale dealers. However, no action has been taken against the owners of the fair price shops who are reportedly diverting the bulk quantity of the kerosene in the black market every month and not selling the same to the ration card holders for whom it is meant.

The authorities and the officials of the Food and Supplies department remain silent spectators and did not taken any action against them in spite of public complaints.

The department has also confiscated the security deposits totalling Rs 13,000 of those wholesale dealers of kerosene whose licences have been cancelled.

Many dealers say that the business of kerosene has become unprofitable since the demand of LPGD cylinders had increased.

They allege that the officials of the Food and Supplies department have been harassing them on one pretext or the other to mint money from them. They also point out that the officials always check the records about the receipt and sale of the kerosene and it is natural that some mistakes are committed in maintaining of the record for them.

The government, it may be recalled, had allocated 10 lakh litres of kerosene in 2001 and reduced the quota to 9.5 lakh litres in 2002. The allocation was further reduced to 9 lakh litres for the year 2003 and the government has now allocated 8 lakh litres for 2004. If this trend continues, the supply of kerosene would come to an end, and the commodity would be available at some places in the district.


Property worth lakhs gutted in shoe factory
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
Property worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed in a fire that broke out in a shoe factory in Udyog Nagar area of the Capital today.

When the fire broke out, seven workers were on duty. But they escaped unhurt. The workers saw the smoke coming from one of the corners of the factory. They tried to douse it but failed. The fire had caught the leathers and engulfed the entire factory. When the workers could not control it, they informed the Delhi Fire Service.

The DFS rushed 20 fire fighters and took half an hour to control the devastating fire. No loss of life was reported in the incident. According to preliminary inquiry, short circuit could be the cause of fire, a spokesman of the DFS said.

Illicit liquor seized

With the arrest of a youth, the West district police today claimed to have seized a large number of liquor bottles. The suspect was identified as Arvind Singh, alias Tillu. He was bringing liquor from Bahadurgarh. The police had information that the suspect was bringing liquor from Haryana. A trap was laid near Peeragarhi Chowk. As the TSR reached near the chowk, it was stopped by the policemen. The liquor was seized after the search of the TSR. The suspect has been arrested and the vehicle seized, the police said.

Vehicle thieves caught

During a drive of vehicle checking launched by the West district police, three vehicle thieves have been arrested and seven vehicles recovered from their possession. The suspects were in the age group of 15-18 years.


Dacoity bid foiled by villagers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 25
An attempt to commit dacoity by half a dozen armed gangsters was thwarted by the alert villagers of Bega in the wee hours on Saturday. One of the villagers sustained bullet injuries during the confrontation.

The police have registered a case and taken possession of the gas cylinder, gas cutter and the cartridges which were left behind by the gangsters who escaped under the cover of darkness when the villagers raised the alarm. However, no arrest has been made so far.

According to information, the gangsters wanted to strike in the house of a milk vendor of village Bega under Ganaur Police Station and caught hold of the milk vendor Som Nath when he was returning after milking his buffaloes in the wee hours on Saturday. When the gangsters tried to enter the house of the vendor, his father and wife raised the alarm.

The gangsters started running away, but one of the gangsters was caught by Som Nath’s brother Pawan. However, the gangsters fired at Pawan and injured him seriously. Meantime, the sound of fire awakened other villagers and they started chasing the gangsters.


Padma Bhushan conferred on Prof. Gopi Chand

Prof. Gopi Chand Narang New Delhi, January 25
Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, a litterateur and authority on the Urdu language has been awarded the Padma Bhushan.

President of the Sahitya Academy, Prof. Narang has more than five score scholarly books to his credit and has made significant contribution to discourses on contemporary literary theory and Indian Sahitya Shastra. Prof. Narang was the acting vice-chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia and visiting professor at the Wisconsin, Minnesota and Oslo universities. TNS


Route change for Patel Road buses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
The buses bound for Patel Road via Pusa Road will take a different route starting Tuesday due to the construction of the Barakhamba Road–Dwarka corridor of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

In a communique released to the media on Sunday, the chief public relation officer of DMRC has said that all the Patel Road-bound buses reaching the Rajendra Place roundabout from Pusa Road will be diverted to SK Krishnan Marg–Todapur Road–Naraina Chowk–Girdhari Lal Marg before getting on to Patel Road at the Shadipur Depot.

The change in route will apply to the buses with the following numbers: 29, 76, 82, 83, 85, 160, 170, 208, 218, 268, 308, 313, 316, 318, 558, 726, 738, 753, 775, 802, 803, 807, 814, 830, 842, 851, 854, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859, 862, 869, 871, 892, 894, 895, 943, 962, 965, 990, 990-A, 995, 997 and GL-32.

All the Patel Road-bound buses from Shankar Road and all the buses bound for Shankar Road from Shadipur Depot will follow their original route on Patel Road.

DPYC training camp

The training camp for the district presidents of Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress concluded on Sunday. Arjun Singh, Mukul Wasnik and Oscar Fernandes addressed the district presidents of Krishna Nagar and Babarpur among others on the sixth and concluding day of the training camp.

On the occasion, Arjun Singh said that the need of the hour was to get the members and office-bearers of the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress to work wholeheartedly at the booth-level like freedom fighters of yore.


Kishan Pahelwan gangster held after shootout
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
The North-West district today claimed to have arrested one Jaipal Singh, alias Body, (26), resident of Mussorie and an active member of the Kishan Pahelwan gang, after a shootout near the Budh Vihar in Rohini. The Delhi Police Commissioner had also announced a reward of Rs 30,000 for Singh’s arrest.

The accused was involved in several cases of murder, attempt to murder, robbery and dacoity in Delhi and Haryana and has been evading police arrest since 1998. Singh was also involved in a sensational triple murder case in Bahadurgarh. On January 24, a constable Bijender of the Operations Cell had information that Singh would be coming to Budh Vihar to extort money from the local traders. He also had information that he would be armed and would come on a Hero Honda motorcycle.

Accordingly at around 10 pm, a team under the supervision of ACP S K Sharma spotted Jaipal riding a Hero Honda motorcycle. When Jaipal was asked to stop, he started firing at the police. The police returned fire and overpowered him. A .25 bore revolver, two live cartridges and two empty shells were recovered from him.

During interrogation, Jaipal told the police that he was arrested by the North-West district police in 1998 and after that, he escaped and started staying in Haryana. Then he joined the Kishan gang of Dichau, Najafgarh in 1999, involved in various crimes in Delhi and Haryana.

Earlier on one occasion, Jaipal was spotted by the police with his associate Rahul, alias Sachin, a dreaded criminal of Najafgarh. While Rahul was shot dead by the police near Batra Cinema Complex, Jaipal managed to escape. Both Sachin and Jaipal had committed crimes like murder, car jacking in the area and also involved in an encounter with the Mukerji Nagar police.


A gem of an offer, buy diamond jewellery and win gold coins

Tanishq has launched the “Get Gold Free With Diamonds” promotional offer across all 66 exclusive Tanishq boutiques in India. On every purchase of Diamond jewellery worth Rs 5,000 and above, customers would be entitled to win at least one 22 carat gold coin.

“With the escalation in gold price, diamonds seems to have caught the fancy of the customer,” said Saroja, Marketing Head.

Classic shirts

Parx from the Raymond Apparel has launched all-new Duotone Collection. Parx takes a classic Oxford blue fabric as a base and pigment tops it with a range of vibrant colours, creating an earthy fusion. The garment is then washed down sufficiently to ensure the pigment topping wears off just that little bit.

The new range of the Duotone collection of shirts is indeed a revolution, according to the company.

Zipped jacket

Here is where the zipped jacket of Diwan Saheb steps in 100 per cent Japanese Cupro, pure wool and terry-wool variants to make a distinctive statement. The suit has a long zip on the front length of the jacket.

Digital printing

Singapore-based Scitex Digital Printing has made its entry into India by launching a new range of VersaMark Printing Systems and narrow format printers called Dijit in the cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh.

Mr Andrew Cheung, said, “Individuals hardly ever read the newsletters posted to them or the pamphlets with their mobile bill. Scitex has revolutionised the niche sector by launching a range of narrow format printers called Dijit.”

Feminine deodorant

Oriflame has announced the extension of its Delice range. This is further to the refreshing Delice EDT. The extension consists of deodorising body sprays in two sizes and a cleansing bar. The new delicate and feminine deodorant spray from the Delice range of Oriflame, comes in two different sizes of 75 ml and 150 ml. The deodorant has a natural fragrance of fruits and flowers and is true delight for the nature lover.

Comfy diapers

Kimberly-Clark Lever Private Limited has launched new Huggies Dri-Fit Diapers that are 50 per cent more absorbent, offering the best absorbency. The new improved Huggies have 50 per cent more Syper Absorbent Material (SAM) which helps keep baby’s skin dry and healthy. Super absorbent Huggies diapers with more SAM absorb more fluid and that too faster.

‘Nutrition’ range of microwaves

Electrolux Kelvinator has announced its foray into a new product category – Microwaves. The company launched its ‘Nutrition’ range of microwaves. The launch marks the company’s entry in a new product range category having already established its presence in refrigerators and washing machines.

A joy of a shampoo

Procter and Gamble has launched Rejoice shampoo. Rejoice with its patented ‘Micro-Silicone,’ conditioning technology gives twice a smooth and easy to comb hair versus ordinary shampoos.

Rejoice has a global presence in the countries like China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and other countries.

For peaches and cream complexion

Ayur Herbals has launched Sanwali Saloni Fairness Cream. Ayur Herbals, the herbal beauty care products, has forayed into fairness cream segment by launching its premium product. Sanwali Saloni Fairness Cream for those who really care for their look and skin. The key ingredients present in the cream are – Amba Haldi, Jatamansi, Neem, Tulsi, Ludhra, Manjistha, Cucumber, Aloe Vera enough to give your skin a more glowing and shinning look.

Skin-friendly soap

Reckitt Benckiser has launched a new soap in the market called, Dettol Skincare Soap. Ms Ann Engerant said, “The product was earlier test-marketed in two markets, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. In both the markets, Dettol Original Soap has shown great market value.

Photo retail stores

Zanis Imaging has launched Dr Photo, a unique chain of exclusive photo retail stores to be set up throughout the country. The first Dr Photo store was launched at Lajpat Nagar in Delhi. The store in Delhi is the first such Dr Photo store and would be part of a proposed chain of exclusive photo retail stores to be launched in the highly promising Digital Camera Sales and printing market.

Regain skin radiance

Kaya Skin has introduced the Kaya Skin Brightening Complex for skin radiance. The active ingredients in the Skin Brightening Complex help in the treatment of blemishes and pigmentation marks and have the ability to help the skin regain its natural radiance and skin clarity. The Kaya Skin Brightening Complex is ideal for skin that has lost its radiance and skin displaying uneven tone, sun-damage, age spots, excessive pigmentation marks or for acne-prone skin.

Washing machine filter

Pentair has launched “Pentair Home Washing Machine Filter”, an online filter for enhanced wash quality to be incorporated at the inlet of the water line to the washing machines of all make. The product consists of 5” housing and either sediment cartridge filter or anti-scaling cartridge filter depending upon the feed water conditions.

Say cheese!

Jindal Photo has launched the new fourth generation Super CCD FinePix S 5000 Digital Camera with astonishing 22x zooming performance with SLR like body design. The FinePix S 5000 model combines the state-of-the-art digital still zoom camera and digital movie camera with superb performance in a compact form.

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