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New police chief to provide service, not statistics
Tribune News Service

FAREWELL, FOND DELHIITES: Outgoing Commissioner of Police R.S.Gupta coming out of the police headquarters after handing over the charge to new Commissioner of Police K.K.Paul in the Capital on Saturday.
FAREWELL, FOND DELHIITES: Outgoing Commissioner of Police R.S. Gupta coming out of the police headquarters after handing over the charge to new Commissioner of Police K.K. Paul in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, January 31
The new Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr Krishan Kant Paul, who assumed charge today, said that law and order, prevention of crimes against women and senior citizens, traffic management, controlling corruption, transparency in working and welfare of the Delhi Police personnel would be his major priorities.

“We would strive hard to make the force ready for the year 2010 to meet the challenges ahead of us,” he asserted.

“The Delhi Police force is one of the finest in the country and we are equipped to meet any challenge. This was possible because of the leadership provided by my predecessors who had nurtured and provided valuable inputs to bring the force to glorious heights,’’ Dr Paul added in his first Press briefing as Police Commissioner.

Thrust will also be given to technical upgradation, community policing and police-public interface to make the police people friendly. Another thing on the agenda will be the accessibility of senior officers to the public. “We would make an endeavour to come on the top, to be the best and also come up to the expectations of the public,” Dr Paul added.

The Delhi Police will also adopt a proactive approach for better crime prevention, so that crimes can be stopped before they actually happen. “We want to instill a sense of security among the citizens and that is why our motto is ‘Citizens First,’ ’’said Dr Paul.

``For that, we will make a sincere effort in community policing that will be enforced and practiced. That is the only way to work in a big city like Delhi and we sincerely expect public participation, so that they can come closer to the police,’’ he added.

The Delhi Police will also try to focus on the problems of senior citizens and the crimes against women. He said, “We have received many suggestions in this regard and we will soon implement them to provide them a greater sense of security.”

“We will also try to improve the working conditions of the police personnel and also the living conditions of their families. Only when they are properly taken care of, the policemen can provide their best to the Delhi citizens.”

Dr Paul underlined the fact that accessibility of the police officers to the public is very important. “I will ask my officers to be accessible to the public and to be more sensitive towards their problems. The police officers would also respond to the public grievances in a given time frame, so that the complainant does not feel insecure,” he said, adding “Otherwise they can contact me on my e-mail address.”

Dr Paul said since Delhi is more prone to accidents and traffic congestion, the Delhi Police will also introduce modern technology in traffic regulation and enforcement.

Finally, Dr Paul asked the media to judge the Delhi Police by the quality of service provided to the citizens of Delhi and not by mere statistics or day-to-day crimes in Delhi.


Woman gives birth despite tubectomy
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 31
A young couple, in the reproductive age group, went in for a tubectomy after a great deal of persuasion by family doctors. To their surprise, the lady has delivered a child despite the operation. Incidentally, health and family welfare experts consider tubectomy the safest method for controlling the size of the family and the country’s population.

The case, apparently of negligence, has come to light in Chhalera village in Noida. A young housewife, Kavita, of this village had undergone a tubectomy in the government hospital, Sector-30, Noida, on May 26, 1999.

Dr. Kanti Prasad had performed the operation on her, recalls Ms Kavita.

But despite the surgery, Kavita gave birth to a child on May 24, 2003. The child was delivered by Dr Reeta Wadhwa, in the same district hospital in Noida where Kavita had undergone the tubectomy in May 1999.

When Kavita’s husband, Kalu Ram, threatened to take the matter to court, doctors and staff somehow dissuaded him from doing so. Kalu works as a dent beater and painter in Sector-31, Noida .

Kalu disclosed that he already had two daughters and a son when he and his wife decided to go in for a vasectomy. But now a fourth child has added to their responsibilities. The doctors, keen to keep the incident under the wraps, are holding out threats to him, Kalu Ram alleged.

According to the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. R.C. Gaur, there is a 15 to 20 per cent failure rate in laparoscopy operations. One reason for this is that women come for tubectomy after they have already conceived. The second reason for the failure, according to Dr. Gaur, is that the clamp with which the fallopian tubes are fixed, gives way later or becomes loose, resulting in women becoming pregnant even after undergoing vasectomy.



Lord of the ring
WWF hero leaves street kids gasping with delight
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
It was a ring of a different sort for the WWE hero, The Edge, when he met a group of children in an interactive session organised by the Actionaid India Society.

The wrestler, towering at a height of 6’ 4” and weighing 240 pounds (108 kg), hails from Toronto, Canada, and is the WWE World Tag Team Champion.

Famous for his “Edgecution,” a stranglehold that leaves his opponents in the ring gasping for breath, he adopted a soft and genial approach towards the children. He arm-wrestled with some of them and also engaged in fun skirmishes. The children’s group included the homeless and street children and students of various schools in Delhi, who had raised funds under the school fundraising program of Actionaid. The money would be utilised for building night shelters for the destitute children.

“India is a sport loving country and I am really happy that people over here venerate us,” the champion-wrestler told the children at the function last evening.

Delhi Regional Manager of Actionaid India Ravi Pratap Singh said, “The idea behind inviting ‘The Edge’ to meet the kids is to let our younger generation understand that power is not always about brutality but spreading the joy of positive energy.”

Platforms like these help the affluent kids and the underprivileged children to be at ease with each other, he added. Pintoo, an inmate of the night shelter run by the Actionaid India Society, was ecstatic about meeting his hero. “It was a dream come true for me and I am thankful to the organisers,” he said beaming with happiness.

Munna, who heads a drama troupe of the destitutes that enacts the hardship of the marginalised sections of the society, agreed with his friend.

The wrestler handed over appreciation certificates to three children who collected maximum funds in their school under the School Fundraising Programme. Actionaid India is a development organisation working in more than 20 states since 1972 in partnership with over 300 voluntary organisations, to elevate the status of the poor and the marginalised communities.


Adams show organisers now ready to bend backwards
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
After failing to seek permission for the Delhi Bryan Adams show, its organisers are now ready to bend backwards to oblige the authorities.

The show is scheduled to be held on February 7 at Mittal Gardens on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road .

The police have also taken the line that the venue is not equipped to handle the number of fans the show is likely to attract. They have expressed doubts whether the show can take place at the aforesaid venue, given the lack of infrastructure and space.

The concert was further thrown into jeopardy after the Delhi Police said the show did not have legal permission.

The police cautioned the public against buying tickets for the show.

The police Press note, issued yesterday, had said: “The public is hereby cautioned that the required legal permission for organising a ticketed performance has not been granted by the competent authorities, including the police, to the organisers of the show.”

The note also said that the show would not be allowed to take place, adding that “the publicised venue lacks infrastructure and space”.

In a more tersely worded Press note than the one issued by the police yesterday, cautioning the public against buying tickets, the DNA Networks Pvt Ltd said in a statement that a meeting had been called tomorrow with the authorities to accommodate any concerns.

“A meeting has been called for tomorrow morning with the relevant authorities. We are hopeful and confident that the matter will be resolved to accommodate any concerns,” said the statement issued by its managing director Venkat Vardhan.

Adams, who was expected to sing his famous songs, ‘Summer of 69’ and ‘Everything I do (I do it for you)’, is on his maiden tour of Delhi. He will perform in Bangalore on February 8.


Missing carbine: Mystery deepens, cops in the dark
Our Correspondent

Meerut, January 31
Senior police officials of the Meerut zone are trying to crack the mystery of the missing fully loaded carbine.

The Inspector General of Police, Meerut Zone, Mr R K Tiwari, has directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Meerut, to crack the case on a priority basis. The SSP Meerut has responded by asking all SHOs and circle officials in the area to look into the matter.

A fully loaded carbine was snatched from a gunner of the Nationalist Congress Party leader on late Thursday evening on the police lines campus by two Maruti borne persons.

Since then, considerable panic has prevailed in the police department and the Director General of Police had to seek an explanation from the district police chief. The IGP and the DIG have inspected the spot, where the carbine was snatched. Since then, three days have passed but the police is still groping in the dark.

The police officials have been eyeing the student hostels with some suspicion. A student hostel was even raided by the police in this connection. Some district jail inmates have also been interrogated in this regard.

Such incidents, just before the general election, tend to cast an ominous shadow. The police is now preparing a list of the sons of police personnel, who live on the police lines campus, especially those who have been involved in robbery, dacoity or cases of theft.


Get set for digital cinema
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
Come February the Delhiites will have first time experience of digital cinema, considered a milestone in the film industry. A three-day Broadcast Engineering Society of India (BES) Expo-2004 begins here on February 4, showcasing digital cinema as well as feature briefings on its technology by experts at a five-star hotel here. BES President J G Gupta said today that the D-cinema sessions would help individuals and organizations involved in production and post-production of movies, theatre owners and technology providers in software, storage and display, to realise the tremendous business potential of this technological wonder.

Globally, ‘Fantasia 2000’, ‘Toy Story 2’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode II, The Attack of the Clones’, have already ushered in the D-cinema experience on the commercial scale. In the days to come, it is expected to make things of the past the heavy drums of celluloid reels and projectors running them and the escalating costs for production of movies, Mr Gupta said. He said that at present a vast majority of theatrical motion pictures are shot and distributed on celluloid. With D-cinema, bits and bytes would be used to record, transmit and replay images, rather than using chemicals on film.



Expect another cloudy day today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
The skies in the Capital remained overcast today after yesterday’s rain, which revived the chill following a week of mostly sunny weather.

The western disturbance, which caused the rain, is passing over Delhi and the cloudy conditions are likely to persist tomorrow, with the possibility of light rain in some areas, a spokesman of the weather office said. However, the system was weakening and is likely to pass the Capital in the next 48 hours, he said.

A cloudy night led to a sharp rise of four degrees in the minimum temperature today as the mercury touched ten degrees Celsius, one degree above normal, as against six degrees Celsius recorded yesterday. The day temperature continued to be low, hovering around 15 degrees, nearly six degrees below normal, he said.

Meanwhile, train services, affected by the fog for the last one month, are yet to be fully restored. According to a northern railway release, the Mahananda and the Saryu-Yamuna Express were cancelled today and the Delhi-Azamgarh Kaifiyat Express has been rescheduled and will leave at 10 am tomorrow, a spokesman of Northern Railway said.

Besides, around a dozen trains were running behind schedule. Yesterday’s Frakkha Express was late by 18.30 hrs, the Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express by 12 hours and the New Jalpaiguri-Delhi Mahananda Express by 22 hrs. The Darbhanga-Amritsar Saryu Yamuna Express was indefinitely late, he said.


Doctor couple nailed for carrying out illegal MPT
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 31
A high-level team of officials of the State Health Department raided a clinic in the Old Faridabad area and caught a doctor couple while terminating a pregnancy illegally. The team comprising Assistant State Drug Controller

G.L. Singhal and Deputy Director Sushma Madan visited the clinic located in Bhood Colony of Old Faridabad and found the couple, who have a BAMS degree, unauthorisedly conducting the MTP at their clinic.

The team confiscated all instruments used for the purpose and sealed them for further action.

It is reported that the department will now ask the police department to investigate the charges and lodge an FIR against the suspect. It is learnt that a large number of clinics and medical practitioners in the region are engaged in the activity.


Fight for top post in civic body
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, January 31
Following the triumph of the INLD-supported candidates with an overwhelming majority in the Bahadurgarh Municipal Council polls on January 29, the struggle for the post of chairperson has hotted up.

The INLD-backed 25 candidates make it to the local body and, the local party leaders claim, the only BJP-supported winning candidate has also shifted her allegiance and participated in an INLD meeting yesterday. While, three other independently elected representatives Harvinder Relu, Rajesh and Gitender Rathee also joined their camp, as they were rebel candidates of their party.

However, after enjoying the full hold in the MC, now all eyes are set on the nomination of the chairperson.

The outgoing chairperson has faced a defeat at the hands of Harvinder Relu from the ward no 5. The elder brother of the local MLA Nafe Singh, Puran Singh Rathee who was elected from the ward no 15, is the likeliest of the candidates for the hot seat.

There is also a possibility of elevation of Karambir Rathee, a confidant of the MLA who was elected unopposed in ward no 11 to the post. Interestingly, Baljeet Nandal, a third-timer, has reportedly backed out of the race.

Another dark horse for the post could be the selection of Harvinder Relu, also a third-timer, who defeated the reigning chairperson and has no problems with the ruling clique.

According to the sources, all the candidates have left it for Mr Om Prakash Chautala to decide.

The reason of being the brother of the MLA along with the director of HARCO bank might go against Puran Rathee.

In such a situation, Karambir Rathee would be the strongest choice who is close to the MLA also, besides enjoying the support of many councillors.


As consumers chicken out, wholesale price touches Rs 35 a kg
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
The outbreak of bird flu in Pakistan and a few other countries has badly hit the sale of chicken with Capital’s traders losing more than Rs 10 million daily due to a sharp decline in its consumption.

The prices of chicken have also plummeted, touching as low as Rs 35 per kg in the Gazipur wholesale market, Mr H. R. Azad, the general secretary Delhi Poultry Association, said.

He claimed that thousands of chickens remained unsold due to the fear of bird flu. There were no takers for more than 15,000 birds as five-star hotels and various restaurants had drastically cut down on chicken dishes, at least for the time being, Mr Azad added.

He said traders had expected the sale of chicken to spurt around Eid. But the bird flu in Pakistan has made non-vegetarians extremely circumspect. Although there was no need to panic, the consumers were taking extra care and avoiding eating chicken. Result: The traders were deep in the red.

The government had taken all necessary measures to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the country. It has also imposed a blanket ban on the import of poultry products.

Mr Azad said on normal days the sale of chicken is more than 20,000 units daily, but it has come down to ten thousand. Not only this, the sale of chicken in the local market has also declined. People have started eating fish or mutton. On a normal day a local shopkeeper would sell 15-20 kg chicken; now, he is selling hardly eight to ten kg. A few of them were planning to switch over to other trades.


Conservation only answer to dependence on oil imports
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
Led by Mr Ram Naik, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, important functionaries of the Petroleum Ministry and the captains of the Indian oil industry converged at the Nehru Memorial Auditorium, Teen Murti Bhawan, for the valedictory function of the Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight-a 15-day long mass awareness and education campaign on energy conservation, organised by PCRA on Friday.

Ever since 1991, Petroleum Conservation Research Association-the nodal agency formed under the Ministry of Petroleum for promoting energy conservation in the country-has been organising the Oil Conservation Fortnight every year. With the increased usage of gaseous fuels in the country and the established ego friendliness of natural gas, it was proposed to rename Oil Conservation

Fortnight’ as the `Oil and Gas Fortnight’ from this year. The Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight 2004 was marked by activities in mass awareness and campaigns, trainings, seminars, workshops, clinics, media campaigns, “Save oil women’s two wheeler rallies”, children’s painting and essay competition, and was aimed to cover the maximum number of consumers.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister emphasised on the need for energy conservation in general and oil and gas conservation in particular, as the growing gap in demand and domestic supply of oil and gas products has lead to increased dependence on imports, which on one hand increases the import bill and on the other makes us vulnerable to external factors over which we have no control.

To bridge this gap, the minister said that on the supply side the government has taken several steps to foster private participation in the hydrocarbon industry, which included establishment of the ‘New Exploration Licensing Policy’, decontrolling of the refining industry and deregulation of the petroleum marketing, all intended to provide impetus to the oil and gas industry.

However, the minister cautioned that two factors will continue to persist-Oil and gas are non renewable resources and growing consumption of oil and gas.

Thus, the minister said it was all the more important to take steps for their conservation.

While praising PCRA and the oil industry for their efforts in energy conservation, the minister gave due credit to the general consumer who has slowly but surely learnt the importance of energy efficiency. In this regard, the minister congratulated the winners of the exemplary awards for energy conservation given by PCRA to individuals/institutions who have in their own way promoted good practices in the utilization of energy resources.

Rounding up the function, Ms Leena Mahandale, Executive Director, PCRA, said the mission of PCRA was clear: to evolve a national community that can serve both as a pressure group and an advisory body to all the interdependent users and producers of oil and gas resources for promoting amongst them the spirit and need to achieve energy efficiency in all fields of activities.


INLD draws Cong flak for demolitions
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, January 31
The local unit of the Congress today trained its gun on the INLD government for the large-scale demolitions of residential and other structures in and around Gurgaon city in its four years’ rule. Speaking at a workers’ meeting of Gurgaon, the speakers alleged an all-round failure of the state government and vowed to take on the INLD-BJP combine in the election.

The meeting was, however, marred by an open factionalism in the local unit with the presidents of the Gurgaon district (both rural and urban), Mr K.L. Yadav and Mr Dharamvir Gauba, absenting themselves from the function.

While Mr Gauba says that he was not invited, the organiser of the meeting, Mr Khazan Singh, secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) contradicted him.

Some of the speakers on the occasion charged Mr Gauba with weakening the party.

The star speaker in the meeting, Mr Birender Singh, an invitee member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and in charge of Uttar Pradesh, said that anti-incumbency factor was so strong against the INLD government that people were just waiting to cast their ballots. Anti-social elements have become powerful in the present regime.

Mr Birender Singh, who is also the former president of the HPCC, rebutted the theory that their was no credible second line of leadership in the Congress.

Mr Inderjeet Singh, the Congress MLA from Jatusana (Rewari district) and who is an aspirant for party ticket for Mahendragarh parliamentary constituency, criticised the BJP for its ‘double standards’ on public policies.

The party MLA from Mahendragarh Assembly segment, Rao Daan Singh was also critical of the BJP.

A former minister from Haryana and member of All India Congress Committee (AICC), Prof Chhattar Pal Singh, was also present on the occasion.

Mr Khazan Singh said that Gurgaon was leading the list of districts where lawlessness prevailed. He alleged that the Deputy Leader of the Haryana Assembly and local MLA, Mr Gopi Chand Gehlot had proved a failure and was unaccountable to the people of Gurgaon.

A lot of omissions and commissions by the district administration were taking place at his behest.

Speaking to newsmen later, Mr Birender Singh denied any factionalism in the Haryana unit of the Congress. It may just be the case that senior leaders hold different views on the same subject. But the bottomline is that all the party leaders were working under the leadership of Mrs Sonia Gandhi, and had one-point agenda of ousting the NDA government at the Centre and the INLD government in the state, he added.


Search within
Life-changing agenda for the youth; advice
from a President

The President has spoken. His oath to a hundred youths on the eve of the Republic Day celebrations has naturally received wide attention. And as a person who does what he says and says what he thinks, his words carry great appeal to the people of the country and the youths in particular.

It is certainly an unusual step for a president, but very timely considering the issues that are vital for our survival as a nation. While giving counsel the President must have pondered over the current political and socio-economic scenario. He has given almost an agenda for the youth, an agenda that cannot be found fault with because it has come from an apolitical President. “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for,” wrote Joseph Addison (1672-1719), an English essayist.

The ten pledges listed by the President for adoption by the youth relate to concerns about which the youth’s destiny and hope are tied up. Among these, the call to them not to support any religious, caste or language differentiation acquires significance in the context of divisive politics that has vitiated peace and unity. The recent murderous clash between Bihari and Assamese youth on the issue of recruitment to the railways is a case in point.

If such trends continue unchecked, they poses a threat to the social fabric and the concept of a pluralistic society. Though we have won political freedom, we are yet to free people from other bondage that reduces them to the status of slaves. Tagore envisaged a land that is free and where people strive for perfection. We have built walls and fragmented ourselves by way of dead habits and traditions. We stand divided as a nation because of the deep-rooted caste system; the growing economic disparities too have caused divisions. The religious conflicts fanned by intolerant fringe groups and shortsighted politicians have sown seeds of hatred and suspicion among the populace. It is imperative that the youth of the country should be insulated from these viruses.

Tagore’s concept of a universal man and adherence to universal values, rather than narrow chauvinistic loyalties, must underlie our norms if unity is to be preserved in our pluralistic society. The self-evident truth that all men are created equal and therefore every man possesses an equal right to the pursuit of a livelihood and happiness has not been an accepted fact in our caste-ridden social structure. We carry the sins of discrimination that had gone on for ages and to wipe them out there is need for nurturing values of equality, justice and peace in young minds. And who is more suited to counsel the youth towards that end than an apolitical person like Abdul Kalam. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” so spoke Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights activist, who spearheaded the civil rights movement of the downtrodden Blacks in the sixties. His struggle has met with remarkable success.

When the President lays down that a youth should teach at least ten others, he means to involve them in the gigantic tasks of nation building. Problems of illiteracy, poverty and disease are of such magnitudes that a government alone can not tackle them. When an educated youth teaches the illiterate to read and write, he is empowering them to work for a democratic and egalitarian social structure, besides preventing their exploitation and oppression by unscrupulous elements. Another charge against the middle class youth is its blind aping of the West and indifference towards the massive misery in which millions live in this country. Education only creates aspirations in them for their own betterment and they do not seem to recognize that their very prosperity will be at stake if they leave out islands of misery and want around them.

An attitude of helpfulness and compassion towards the less fortunate brethren is a requirement of a true citizen. Newspaper reports also substantiate that there are no more pitiable objects in the world than middle class youths in the cities who seem ``to know everything not worth knowing’’ and are addicted to pleasurable entertainment. The crass consumerism that has afflicted the middle class should share part of the blame for waywardness of the youth. Also it is no less urgent to involve the youth in the fight against corruption. The President’s appeal to them to work hard follows the usual advice given to youth in similar situations —- to work hard and excel in studies. The President’s advise resembles the wise counsel to the youth from another philosopher Will Durant. In a convocation address in 1958 -— human nature remains the same after five decades -— he laid out the priorities for youth. According to him, character comes second only to health in these priorities. Intellect may take the third place.

"We have put too much stress in recent times on intellect, too little on character.’’ Religion used to be, along with the family and the teacher, a tutor of character. Civilisation would not have been possible without the invention of a moral code by religion. He opined that ``Sex is our strongest instinct and greatest problem.’’ Modern civilization has unwisely stimulated this sexual impulse. He still believed that the difficulties of marriage are far fewer than its rewards. As for making a living, he wants the youth to build `` an economic basis under your life, but don’t get caught in the rat-trap of money making.’’ It could be a consuming fever like sex. ``Don’t live in boastful luxury based on taking more from the world than you give.’’ The philosopher also wanted the youth to make friends with great poets, writers, saints and geniuses for a man is known by the company he keeps.

MPK Kutty


Special Focus on Rewari
Devotees facilitate renovation of ancient Bhooteshwar Mahadev Mandir

Our Correspondent

Rewari, January 31
Renovation work on the ancient Bhooteshwar Mahadev Mandir, built on the ‘Solah Rayee’ tank and in close proximity to Rewari’s cremation ground, was completed recently.

A number of devotees of the town, including Mr Babu Lal Gupta, Mr. Chetan Sharma, Mr Babu Shiv Sahay and Mr Sukh Ram Saini were instrumental in the completion of the renovation programme.

An idol of Lord Shiva has been installed on a makeshift hillock in a deep circular structure near the main entrance, while the main temple has been equipped with marble idols of Goddess Durga, Lord Hanuman, Lord Krishna, Radha, Lord Rama, Sita and his brother Laxman.

Besides, a statue of the celebrated saint Hanuman Das, who made the temple complex his hermitage during early years of the twentieth century, was installed in the adjoining temple. Most of the idols were donated by the devotees of the town itself.

Prior to the installation ceremony amidst rituals and chanting of holy verses on January 26, a kalash yatra comprising about 250 women devotees was undertaken on January 20 while a Shobha-yatra was taken out through the main streets of the town on January 25. The installation ceremony was followed by a bhandara (free kitchen) in which thousands of men, women and children were served food. Mr Kailash Chand Sharma has been appointed the head priest of the temple.

Rao Lal Singh Public School shine in CBSE Athletic

With the victory in the 800 mt. race in the National CBSE Athletic Championship held recently at Mehsana in Gujarat, Ram Naresh has brought laurels for Rao Lal Singh Public School, Sidhrawali, a premier educational institution of South Haryana.

However, its other athletes-Sunil, Jaswant, Ram Naresh and Ashok- narrowly missed the bronze medal in the 4 X 400 mt. relay race.

The principal, Mrs. Shakun Maan, told the NCR Tribune that other athletes of the school had also won medals at the National CBSE Athletic Championship held at Bhubaneshwar (Orissa) in 2002-2003 and at Vishakhapatnam in 2001-2002.

Besides, the Kho-Kho teams of the school, which were runners-up at the state-level, had also participated in the National CBSE Kho-Kho tournaments held at Delhi in 2001-2002 and 2003-2004.

Mrs. Maan said that Major Ashok Yadav (retd), president of the school managing committee, who had been an excellent athlete during his college days, was a source of inspiration for the school.

The school was contemplating encouraging the students to go in for adventure sports like river rafting, trekking, rock-climbing etc. from the next session. She said the well-known mountaineer Mrs. Santosh Yadav, who was the guest of honour at a school function recently, had offered to guide the students in this regard. Besides, Mrs. Pritam Thakran, former captain of the Indian women hockey team had given her concurrence to coach the schoolgirls.

She said that kho-kho, volleyball, basketball, table-tennis and athletics were a regular feature in the school and Mr Chaman Lal Kaul (DPE), Mr. Birender Singh (Physical Instructor), Mr. N.K. Piplani, Mr. Rajesh Yadav and Mr. Satender Singh (all co-ordinators) were making useful contribution to foster sports in the school.

Press Club office bearers elected

Mr Tarun Jain was elected president of the District Rewari Press Club for the fourth time in succession. The newly-constituted executive committee of the Press club are: Mr Nawal Kishore Rastogi—Patron; Mr. Tarun Jain–President; Mr Jeet Singh Chaudhary—Senior Vice President; Mr Purushottam Goyal and Mr. Siddhartha Yadav—Vice Presidents; Mr Mohan Jatoi—General Secretary; Mr Ram Kumar Yadav and Mr. Surender Gaur—joint secretaries, Mr. Karan Singh Yadav—office secretary; Mr. Manoj Goyal–Treasurer and Mr Deepak Aggarwal, Mr Sunil Garg, Mr. Arun Kumar, Mr. Sanjay Sehgal and Mr. Ramesh Kumar-all members of the executive committee. The members of the Press club comprises journalist representing Rewari, Kosli, Bawal and Dharuhera areas of Rewari district.


CBI probe sought into illegal constructions
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
The Citizens Council general secretary, Mr Pramod Arya, expressed concern over the real estate mafia that is constructing new markets and commercial buildings all over Delhi, flouting the MCD rules in connivance with the corporation staff.

The Citizen Council demanded a CBI enquiry into the illegal/unauthorised constructions.

In a meeting of the council, he asked the Delhi Government to stop immediately the illegal construction work in all the 12 zones of Delhi.

Builders are making markets in villages, encroaching the panchayat land, he said.

There are more illegal constructions in Rohini zone, particularly in Rani Bagh zone, Rishi Nagar, Rohini Sector-1 to 16, Lawrance Road, Rampura, Tri Nagar, Keshav Puram, Ashok Vihar, Shalimar Bagh, Sahipur village, Shalimar Village, Pitampura, Saraswati Vihar, Deepali, Pitampura village, Cohat Enclave, Prashant Vihar, Badli, Samepur, Tilak Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Vishnu Garden,

Kalkaji, Gobind Puri, Lajpat Nagar, Ashram, Arbin Nagar.

The Citizen Council appealed to the Delhi government to take immediate steps to stop the construction of unauthorised structures in all the zones of Delhi. 


Sonepat housewife attempts to end it all
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 31
A young housewife Mrs Sumitra is reported to have made an attempt to commit suicide by taking sulphas tablets in her house at Deepalpur village about 15 km from here last night.

According to a report, she was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. A family quarrel is stated to be the cause of the extreme step. The police are investigating the case.

Thieves strike terror

Thieves are active in and around Aghwanpur village in this district and the spate of thefts has caused a panic among the residents of the village.

According to a report, the thieves are reported to have broken the locks of four shops and taken away goods worth several thousands of rupees last night.

The stolen goods include, cash, ghee, sarson oil, soap and pulses. The thieves also took away a tape-recorder from a parked car.

Power shortage

Residents of Kheri Gujjar village in this district continued to face shortage of power for the past 13 days due to the burning of an electricity transformer.

According to a report, there was no light even at night, causing a lot of inconvenience to the residents.

They also alleged that repeated complaints made to the officials of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam in this regard have fallen on deaf ears.

Minor raped

A six-year-old girl was admitted to the civil hospital here on Thursday in an unconscious condition after being allegedly raped by a 20-year-old youth Pinku at Tajpur village in this district.

According to a report, the alleged culprit who was a neighbour, took the girl with him and thereafter raped her at a deserted place. The girl was referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for treatment.

The police have registered the case and launched a hunt for the culprit.

According to another report, a 30-year-old housewife Mrs Asha of Kundli village who had undergone treatment in a private hospital for abortion died. The police have registered the case and sent the body for the postmortem examination.

Meanwhile, another housewife Mrs Geeta (23) of Rohad village was admitted to the local civil hospital on Thursday after being poisoned by her husband and in-laws in the house.

She has alleged that her husband Rajpal and in-laws forced her to drink milk mixed with poison.

Thereafter her condition worsened and she was rushed to the local civil hospital by her parents.

The police have registered the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.


Ncr briefs
Dairyman killed in road mishap
Our Correspondents

Bhiwani, January 31
A dairyman was killed when his cycle was hit by a truck near Misri village yesterday. The deceased identified as Mahender was going to Charkhi Dadri to deliver milk in the evening.

In another incident, three persons including a woman sustained injuries in a collision between a tempo and a jeep on Dadri-Badhra Road.

The injured Dharmbir of Kheri Battar, Atar Singh of Beri village and Sham Kaur of Kheri Battar who were admitted to civil hospital Charkhi Dadri, later referred to medical college Rohtak. The police have registered a case and started investigation.

1,282 power consumers penalised

Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam detected 1,282 consumers indulging in power theft in the district and fined Rs 2.59 crore.

According to a departmental information, the Nigam found more than 39 thousand meters as defective during the current financial year which were being replaced by new electronic meters.

However, as many as 3,110 new meters have been replaced so far whereas the remaining were being replaced.

The department applied new seal on 1,105 meters. The sources said that a sum of Rs 53,23,000 had already been recovered from the consumers.

Income Tax revenue

Sonepat: The Income Tax department has decided to conduct a fresh survey for increasing its revenue in Sonepat Zone comprising Sonepat district, Sampla and Meham in Rohtak district.

According to a report, this step is being taken to increase the number of income tax assesses in this zone.

The revenue of this department has dwindled despite having an industrial area, an industrial estate at Rai, Sonepat, Kundli, Bari and Ganaur in this zone. During the past financial year, the department had earned a revenue of Rs 14 crore but it has failed to achieve this figure during the current financial year so far.

It is stated that the owners of most of the industrial units hail from Delhi and they used to file their return in Delhi instead of Sonepat and this was the cause of the dwindling of the revenue receipts in this zone.

However, the authorities hoped to earn more revenue during the next two months.


Delhi digest
Best Marching Contingent Trophy goes to Himveers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
The Indo Tibetan Border Police has bagged the Best Marching Contingent Trophy for this year’s Republic Day parade.

Union Defence Minister George Fernandes will present the trophy to the commander of the ITBP contingent. The ITBP last won the trophy in 2000. The trophies for the years 1998 and 1999 also went to this central paramilitary force.

Deputy Commandant Angad Prasad Yadav commanded the immaculately turned-out Himveers, as the ITBPians are called. ITBP Director-General RC Agarwal attributed the contingent’s success to rigorous, meticulous training and quest for excellence.

The ITBP was raised 41 years ago.

Lots of property tax forms drawn

Former Chairman of the Standing Committee, MCD and member of Legislative Assembly, Mr Ram Babu Sharma today drew lots of Property Tax Area Survey forms, received during the month at Head Post Office, Indraprastha Estate.

On the occasion, Mr Feroz Khan, Assessor and Collector in the corporation, Post Master General and Director Post, Delhi, were also present.

First prize (12) comprises one mobile phone with prepaid card, second prize (120) comprises one free prepaid connection, third prize (24) comprises a free pass to Appu Ghar for a family. The first two prizes are sponsored by Airtel while the third prize was sponsored by Appu Ghar.

On the occasion, Mr Ram Babu Sharma said the MCD was to implement the Unit Area System of property tax collection in April which was simple, transparent and would keep the property owners away from the clutches of inspectors.

Earlier, people used to pay the property tax through Ratable Value System which has a number of loopholes misused by the officials of the Tax Department.

Mr Ram Babu Sharma, elected as MLA from Rohtas Nagar Assembly constituency, said that a subcommittee had been constituted in the corporation to study the report of the Kelkar Committee to see classification of areas and their rates under new system.

Mr Feroz Khan appealed to the property occupiers to send the details of the property in the form supplied by the postal department to enable property tax department assess and estimate the property tax under the new system.


Youths pull a fast one on good Samaritan
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 31
Two unidentified persons are reported to have taken away the motorcycle of a resident of Kirohli village about 20 km from here last night.

According to a report, one Mr Om Parkash was going on his motorcycle towards his village. When he reached near Sehoti village, he saw two youths going on foot along with a motorcycle. On seeing him, the youths asked him to stop and give some petrol for their motorcycle so that they could reach their village. Mr Om Parkash agreed to give the petrol and told them to wait for a minute as he wanted to ease himself. As he moved a little away, the miscreants started his bike and fled on it. The police have registered the case and launched a hunt for him.


New divisional office of ESIC inaugurated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31
A new divisional office of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation was inaugurated by Mr Sahib Singh, Union Minister of Labour and Chairman, ESIC in Sector 7, Rohini, today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Labour Minister disclosed that the Corporation had segregated the single regional office into four divisional offices within the Union Territory of Delhi for easy accessibility of target public to the administrative and service mechanism of the scheme. He said that a number of other measures were being taken for overall improvements in the service delivery system under the ESI Scheme, including modernization of medical facility.

Over the last few months, the Corporation has set up six new regional offices in the states of J&K, Uttaranchal, Jharkhand, Pondicherry, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh, besides one sub-regional office at Vijaywada and five other divisional offices at various places.

The divisional office at Rohini, New Delhi, will take care of industrial units falling between Najafgarh Drain and G T Karnal Road in the north west. About 7000 employers and one lakh insured in the industrial areas of Nilothi, Chander Vihar, Meera Bagh, Nangloi, Wazirpur, Samaipur Badli, Azadpur and Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar will benefit from the new divisional office at Rohini. The divisional office will operate through three branch offices based at Ashok Vihar, Badli and Nangloi. Six ESI dispensaries falling within the geographical area of north west Delhi will remain attached to this new divisional office.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ajay Dua, Director General, ESI Corporation, said that as many as 12 new regional offices and divisional offices had been established over the last few months across the country without any addition to officers and staff as this requirement was taken care of by relocation of the existing manpower from the parent offices. He further added that setting up of four divisional officers within the national Capital will provide relief to about 20 lakh ESI beneficiaries covered under the scheme currently.

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