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I-T Dy Director, CA held for seeking bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 1
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today claimed to have arrested a Deputy Director of Income Tax (Investigation) and his two accomplices, including a chartered accountant, for allegedly seeking a bribe of Rs three lakh from the owner of a company for settling his tax disputes.

The accused — Uma Shankar Dhyani, an IRS officer of the 19944 batch, his associates chartered accountant Satya Prakash and his employee Ravi Verma, were produced before the duty magistrate here today, who remanded them in CBI custody for two days, the CBI sources said.

Giving details of the case, they said the official, who was posted in the investigation department of the Income Tax at Jhandewalan, had conducted a survey on a company on January 20 and, later, allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 3 lakh to settle the tax disputes of the company.

The IT official allegedly got in touch with the company owner and conveyed that a person would be collecting Rs three lakh from him on Saturday night, following which the CBI laid a trap and arrested the person.

During interrogation, the arrested person, identified as Ravi Verma, told the CBI that he was an employee of a Chartered Accountant (CA), who had directed him to collect the money.

Based on this information, the CBI sleuths arrested the CA, who told the agency that he had directed his employee to collect the money at the instance of the Deputy Director of Income Tax (Investigation). The CBI arrested the Deputy Director and also raided his official and residential premises during which the agency sleuths claimed to have recovered certain official files, including the one belonging to the complainant.

Verma told the CBI that the IT official had personally called him to his office and asked him to collect the money and that he had been doing so for the Deputy Director for the past one year, the agency claimed. The money was kept with the chartered accountant and, as and when the IT official needed it, the same was delivered to his office in Jhandewalan, the sources claimed.

Besides confirming the disclosures made by Verma, the interrogation of the chartered accountant also revealed that the accused IT official had allegedly taken money by cheque in the name of his father, showing him to be an employee in the CA’s firm. Searches were continuing at various places and details were awaited, the sources said.

Burglars strike

Ghaziabad: Criminals burgled a cloth merchant’s shop in Sihani Gate, decamping with cloth valued at Rs. one lakh. The burglars also looted Rs. 12,000 in cash and valuable worth thousands from a house under Kavi Nagar police station area in Ghaziabad.

Radhey Shyam Mittal, a resident of Modi Nagar, runs Mittal Cloth House in Tyagi Market of Nand Gram. Radhey Shyam had locked his shop before leaving for his house last night. But when came in the morning, he found every thing topsy-turvy.

All costly saris and clothes were missing from the shelves. Traders say thefts are taking place almost daily due to the failure of the police. OC


3,250 unidentified people died on Capital’s streets
this year
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 1
The Delhi Traffic Police has a startling revelation to make. As many as 3,250 unidentified people died on the streets of Delhi, since the beginning of this year.

One worrying fact is that the number is increasing with every passing year. In 2002 the figure was 3,047, up from 2,312 in 2001, according to official statistics.

The Joint Commissioner of Police, Amod Kanth, who is on study leave and working with an NGO, Action Aid India, said: “There is an urgent need to address this human tragedy as we felt that without adequate efforts in this direction the figure can easily reach 5,000 in the future.”

In fact, there are about one lakh homeless people on the city streets and during winter they are more vulnerable. Most of the casual labourers, construction and domestic workers, rag pickers etc sleep on the streets, in parks, under flyovers and on rickshaws. This exposes them to the danger of being knocked down by rash and drunken drivers. Most hit-and-run occur at nighttime.

Not more than 500 bodies are claimed, Kanth said, adding that the last rites of the unclaimed bodies have to be performed by the police and the civic authorities.

“These people are not allowed to live with any dignity when they are alive, but one has to make sure that they are treated with due respect in death,” he added. The winter nights take a heavy toll on these pavement dwellers; the problem has intensified with the number of government night shelters in the Capital coming down from 19 to 12.


Cops claim major dacoity, kidnapping averted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 1
With the arrest of three inter-state criminals, including a notorious criminal, Prembir alias Bobby, involved in more than 50 cases, the Crime Branch today claimed to have averted two major crimes, including a dacoity at Surat in Gujarat and the kidnapping for ransom at Ujjain. The Crime Branch, which apprehended the criminals after a brief encounter on January 31 in Satbari village of Mehrauli, also claimed to have recovered one Chinese pistol, three live cartridges, one country made weapon, an Indica car and two mobile phones from their possession.

The accused were identified as Prembir, alias Bobby, a resident of Aligarh, and his associates Pradeep Kumar Sharma, alias Bobby (29), a resident of Dilshad Garden, and Kishan Chander (38), a resident of Agra.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) B K Gupta disclosed that the Crime Branch has been closely working with neighbouring states like UP, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan to nab inter-state criminals. In the list of top 20 inter-state criminals, circulated by the Crime Branch to these states, Prembir figured in the fifth position.

The Crime Branch inter-state cell had already sent various teams to Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi in search of Prembir, but the teams had drawn a blank. Finally, the police received a tip-off that the accused was expected at his hideout in Agra. The teams under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police (Interstate cell) Ravi Shanker reached Agra, but learnt from Prembir’s family members that he had already left for Delhi in an Indica car (No DL-3CW-2692).

The team, on reaching Delhi last evening at around 6.30 pm, intercepted the Indica vehicle near Satbari village in Mehrauli. When the occupants were asked to step out, they started firing at the police personnel. The police returned the fire and immediately overpowered the assailants.

During interrogation the accused disclosed that they were involved in the kidnapping of Dr Umesh Maheshwari from Mathura, who was held captive for 27 days. They also received Rs 50 lakh as ransom money from him for his release.


He is ever ready to starve for Gandhi siblings
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 1
Touched by the outpourings of affection for the Gandhi siblings, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office bearers have asked the party’s rank and file to be patient and not get swayed by emotions or sentiments.

The appeal follows reports of an Indian National Congress (INC) sympathiser going on a hunger strike to impress upon Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi that the party could do with their services ahead of the poll.

Shyamdev Bhadana, the convenor of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee’s (DPCC’s) Labour Cell, had gone on hunger strike on January 30 outside the party headquarter on Akbar Road.

He undertook the fast unto death to press for the Gandhi siblings’ active participation in political affairs and lead the youth who looked up to them to steer the party back into the reckoning.

AICC office-bearers Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni and others met with Bhadana and convinced him to break his fast. They assured him that their message would be relayed to the Gandhi siblings.

On the occasion, they appealed to the party’s rank and file to desist from any precipitate action and to instead redirect their energies to the immediate task of mounting a campaign for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election.

Bhadana told media persons that he had broken his fast with the caveat that he would go on a hunger strike if no positive response was forthcoming from the Gandhi siblings.

“If nothing positive comes up by February 15, I will go on hunger strike again,” he told reporters after Patel and Soni called on him and pressed him to end his agitation.

Meanwhile, the groundswell of support to the Gandhi siblings continues to grow with party sympathisers even threatening to immolate themselves, if Rahul and Priyanka disappointed them.


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Perfect eyesight needed to be station assistant?
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 1
The Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to explain whether Station Assistants need “perfect eyesight” to discharge their duties.

The direction came from Justice Pradeep Nandrajog on a petition filed by two men who successfully cleared the test for the post of Station Assistant / Junior Station Assistant but were denied appointment on the ground that they had “weak” eyesight.

Directing the DMRC to file an affidavit explaining its position on the denial of appointment, the court fixed February 26 for further hearing.

The two aggrieved persons – Abhishek Prasad and Kaushal Kishore Verma – had qualified the May 28, 2002 test organised by the DMRC. However, they were refused appointment after they “failed” in the medical examination held in June 2002 due to their “weak” eyesight.

Petitioners’ counsel Viraj R Datar contended that the DMRC applied the “A-1” Medical Standard without prescribing any medical standard in the October 5, 2001 advertisement published in the Employment News for the said posts.

Terming the DMRC’s act as “arbitrary and whimsical”, Datar said it only revealed “complete non-application of mind” on the part of the corporation as the posts were clerical in nature which did not require “perfect” eyesight.


‘Spurious’ drugs seized
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 1
A team of the state Drug Control department, led by Mr G.L. Singhal, raided a medical store in Sanjay colony area of Sector 23 here today and seized about 23 samples of medicines, allegedly spurious. While the authorities have asked the chemist to close his shop till further orders, the samples have been sent for laboratory tests.

According to Mr Singhal, Assistant State Drug Controller, Haryana, all samples lifted from the shop belonged to multi-national pharmaceutical companies and seemed to be spurious on initial examination.

The samples lifted included Ciplox-500, Ciplox-750, Navalgin, Althrocin, Benadryl, Chloromycin, Alprix tablets, Mobizox tablets, Ciprobid and some other common antibiotics and drugs. If the drugs are tests spurious in the laboratory, a case under Section 18/27 of the Drugs Act will be registered against the chemist. The shop will not be open till the owner is cleared of the charges. It is learnt that a representative of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, a body raised by multinational drug manufacturing companies to detect fake and spurious drugs, had accompanied the raiding team, which included three drug inspectors. 


Metro link to Ghaziabad approved
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, February 1
The Ghaziabad Development Authority, in its meeting, has approved in principle the extension of Metro rail link to Ghaziabad.

Besides, some overbridges and under bridges will be constructed at a cost of Rs 150 crore, to streamline traffic in the city. The board also approved the GDA’s town plan of Ghaziabad city upto year 2021, informed UP State Housing Commissioner and Chairman of GDA, J.S. Mishra, after the meeting.

The population of Ghaziabad is expected to cross Rs 25 lakh by 2004; ad another 6 lakh in Loni and 1.5 lakh in Muradnagar. The expenditure on water, waste management and other civic services, in view of the projected rise in population, has also been worked out, Mr. Mishra said.

The road transport system and connectivity will be improve in Ghaziabad in the next five years, on the lines of Gurgaon and Delhi, he said.

A flyover will be constructed to link the old bus stand crossing and Meerut Bus Stand trijunction with NH No. 24, the GDA Chairman said.


Traffic blocked over hit and run, police apathy
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 1
The traffic on National Highway no. Two, also known as Mathura Road, remained disrupted for over 30 minutes in Palwal town, about 35 km from here last night, after a youth was killed in a road mishap.

The residents blocked the highway in protest against the alleged failure of the Haryana highway police patrol party to provide an ambulance to take the victim to a hospital. The delay in shifting the victim led to his death, alleged the protestors. The blockade was lifted after some time when a senior official reached the spot and promised action against the errant policemen.

The incident took place at about 7.30 pm when a youth, identified as Yogender of Krishna colony, was hit by a speeding private passenger bus. It is claimed that the highway patrol party moved away without bothering to either take the victim to the hospital or chase the culprit. Even though the matter was reported to the police control room, the victim remained at the spot for quite some time, without any help from the police.

Meanwhile, the police have recovered two bodies, including that of a woman, in Palwal region. In the first case, the body was found to be hanging from a wall in a fodder store.


BJP MP flays Chautala for indiscreet remarks
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 1
The member of Parliament and senior vice-president of Haryana BJP, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, has criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for making irresponsible statements, asking the people to throw stones at the sitting MP when he comes to them for the votes.

“Mr Chautala has lost his mental balance,” he commented.

Incidentally, Mr Sangwan is the sitting MP from Sonepat and Pabsera village is in the constituency.

Talking to mediapersons at Ganaur on Saturday, Mr Sangwan refuted the allegations of the Chief Minister that the Centre had not released the grant of Rs 3,000 crore and claimed that the Centre had provided more grants than the previous governments and asked the Chief Minister to issue a white paper on the Central grants.

He even remarked that the development works in the villages were being completed with the Central grant advanced under various schemes but “the CM is trying to take benefit of these centrally sponsored schemes.”

Stating that the Centre had given Rs 32 crore for draught relief, but the state government did not disburse the amount though the people kept on asking for payment, he alleged.

Regarding the BJP-INLD tie up in the coming Lok Sabha, Mr Sangwan said the state unit had already communicated its stand to the party high command and the high command was to take the decision.

He made it clear that in case of BJP-INLD tie-up, Sonepat Lok Sabha seat would not be given to the INLD in seat sharing.

He lambasted the Chautala government for its anti-people policies saying that the government employees were being terminated, farmers and Kisan Union leaders were being framed in false charges, cane growers were deprived of their full payments, electricity charges increase four times and the canal water supplies of the Sonepat regions being diverted to Sirsa and every section of society was feeling suffocated under this rule in the state.

Earlier, Mr Sangwan visited nearly a dozen villages to contact the people and appealed them to participate in large numbers in the party’s rally at Gohana on February 8.


Sonepat literally in deep water due to poor drainage
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 1
The worst-ever waterlogging that paralysed the normal life of people living in the low-lying areas of the city in the wake of heavy rains, has not only exposed the inadequacies of the existing drainage system but also proved the inefficiency of the civic administration. The experience only shows that the concept of systematic planning is alien to the administration which causes chaos in the city.

What has happened in the current spell of rains provides a proof of gross negligence, inefficiency and lack of farsightedness on the part of the authorities and other official agencies. The drainage system in most parts of the city is either non-existent or inadequate to handle the normal water discharge during the past few years. The administration has made little effort to augment its capacity.

Though the Government had spent crores of rupees on laying huge sewer lines under the Yamuna Action Plan in different parts of the city to improve the drainage system in the city, the situation has not improved as desired.

A high-level inquiry into the scandalous laying of sewer lines and public complaints into the misuse of public funds is likely to expose the officials.

The district administration, Sonepat Municipal Council, and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had obviously not taken into account the inadequate drainage network which is under pressure in case of a vigorous monsoon. This results the flooding of low-lying areas, jhuggi clusters and resettlement colonies. This is precisely what happened during the current spell of rains when most parts of the city got submerged under knee-deep water, posing a serious flood threat to the residential colonies.

The population of this city has increased manifold during the past few years and a large number of authorised and unauthorised colonies have come up in different parts of the city. The residents have been complaining deficiencies in the basic civic amenities such as drinking water, power supply, health care and the drainage network.

Most of the affected colonies and jhuggi clusters have come up in unauthorised fashion.

While the problems surfacing in these areas because of the rains could be explained because of the absence of proper drainage network.

The situation witnessed in other colonies which have proper sewerage system cannot be easily explained. The residents have to wade through knee-deep water for days to reach their destinations.

While the residents faced hardships because of heavy flooding, the Sonepat Municipal Council came out with its concocted explanation, saying that the main cause of the ineffective drainage network was the discharge of sewage through drains which resulted in the flooding and waterlogging in the city in the wake of sharp showers.

It was also stated that lack of sewerage facilities in many unauthorised colonies resulted in the discharge of sewage into these drains.

In fact, most of the drains laid by the municipal council were found to be totally blocked. The municipal council’s plea of non-availability of funds for taking up the drainage schemes is nothing but a desperate attempt to save itself from the public outcry and outright condemnation.

Waterlogging has become an annual feature and the municipal council should realise the magnitude of the problem and level of sufferings of the citizens and initiate an action on long-term basis.


CRPF jawan cremated with full state honours
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, February 1
The body of Havildar Lal Singh was cremated in his native Mundahera village with full state and military honours today. He was killed in an ambush by the militants in Kalianpur area of Agartala in Tripura on January 29.

According to official sources, 53-year-old Havildar Lal Singh was a CRPF jawan and posted at R S Para in Kalianpur when some unidentified gunmen attacked their post. Lal Singh fired back.

In the exchange of firing, he along with three other jawans succumbed to the enemy’s bullets. Lal Singh is survived by wife, a son and a daughter. Mr Vatsal Vashit CTM, along with other district officials attended his funeral.

Woman crushed to death

Veena, wife of Puran Singh, was crushed to death by a tractor in Dhana village of the district today.

She was reportedly going to her fields when a tractor, driven by Shisram, resident of Koka-Kanina village, run over her. She died on the spot. The police registered a case against the driver.


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Woman among five killed in different accidents
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, February 1
As many as five persons including a woman have lost their lives in different incidents during the last 15 hours in the district.

According to information, two persons identified as Rohtas of village Bhatgaon and Sudhir of village Butana died on the spot in a road accident near Truck Union on Bahalgarh Road when their car No. HR-11-8674 collided against a parked truck in the wee hours today. They were returning from Delhi after dropping one of their relatives. The truck driver reportedly sped away following the mishap. A case has been registered in local Sadar Police Station and the bodies of the victims have been handed over to their family members. One Sandeep of village Khewra and aged around 20 died on the spot when his motorcycle dashed against a canter near village Palri on Sonepat-Baghpat highway today around noon. After the accident, the canter driver sped away. The body of the youth has been brought to the Civil Hospital for postmortem and a case has been registered in Rai Police Station.

According to another report, one unidentified woman who was crossing the railway track near the Hindu Senior Secondary School was run over by a speeding train around 11 am today. Her body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem by the railway police.

In another incident of group clash in village Fatehpur today, five persons were injured and admitted to the Civil Hospital. One of them, Umed Singh is stated to have received serious injuries.

Rail facility for Jhajjar

Jhajjar: The residents of Jhajjar have a reason to rejoice as the district headquarters would be connected with the rail link soon. The Union Railway Minister Mr Nitish Kumar, in his interim Rail budget approved the rail project from Rewari to Rohtak via Jhajjar. In the budget proposals presented by the minister, he announced the laying of rail line from Rewari to Rohtak and granted Rs 14,938 lakh for the completion of the project in the item no 6.

The distance of the railway line between Rewari-Rohtak would be 81.6 km while 88.9 km rail line would be laid between Sonepat and Jind. The residents of Jhajjar have been demanding the railway facility here for a long time. 


UHBVN worker among two run over by
Shatabadi Express
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 1
Two persons, including an employee of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) were run over by the New Delhi-bound Shatabadi Express at the railway crossing near the railway station here last night.

According to a report, one of the victims was identified as Ranjit Singh, a lineman of the UHBVN whereas the other remained unidentified.

The Government Railway Police (GRDP) has sent the bodies of both the victims for the postmortem examination.

Woman among two attacked

At least a dozen persons armed with lathis and other weapons forced their way into a house and assaulted two persons, including a woman and fled after injuring them at Palri village about 15 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured persons were identified as Sonu a bicycle mechanic and his brother’s wife Mrs Kamlesh. Both the injured are being treated in the local civil hospital and are stated to be out of danger.

It is alleged that one of the assailants Pappal has earlier roughed up Sonu in his shop when the latter asked him to pay Rs 25 for the repair of the bicycle. Thereafter Pappal left the shop and threatened him with dire consequences if he demanded the money from him. The police are investigating the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

Truck turns turtle

The driver and the cleaner of a truck loaded with dust fell into the pit along the G T Road near Rai village about 13 km from here last evening. According to a report, the truck was going at a full speed. The driver lost control on the way and the truck fell in a ditch and overturned.

JE dismissed

The Haryana government has ordered the dismissal of a junior engineer of the Panchayati Raj institution stationed in Sonepat.

According to a report, this action followed his arrest and remaining in the prison for more than 24 hours. Further details are still awaited.


Rs 45 lakh complex for recreation of residents
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 1
The All India Sports Council president and Member of Parliament, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, today laid the foundation stone of a library and community hall at Sant Nagar, South Delhi.

The Rs 45 lakh complex is the 14th such complex developed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for the recreation of its residents.

Lieutenant Governor Vijai Kapoor and DDA vice chairman Anil Baijal, who has been appointed the Home Secretary, were present on the occasion.

Prof. Malhotra said the DDA would develop ‘’massive sports infrastructure’’ ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be hosted by the national Capital.

Mr. Baijal said the DDA was considering transfer of community complexes to the resident welfare associations for their better upkeep.

The community complex will have a library, a hall, a kitchen and toilets on its two floors.

The hall would accommodate 400 people.


Metro to connect Najafgarh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 1
Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma on Sunday said that the Delhi Metro would connect Najafgarh in the Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency. He was speaking at a public gathering in Najafgarh after laying the foundation stone of a Rs 50-crore hospital.

On the occasion, Mr Verma said that the voter did not want to see the ‘foreign’ Indian National Congress (INC) president Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister and that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would sweep the Lok Sabha elections.

Gangsters held for extortion

The Delhi Police Crime Branch has claimed to have arrested two associates of Mahender Pahelwan gang who were involved in extorting money from the cable operators and businessman in North-West Delhi.

After receiving a complaint from the North-West cable operators that the gang members were extorting money from them, the sleuths apprehended Ashok Kumar (29), resident of Burari and Rakesh Kumar Anand, alias Lucky, (32), resident of Dhirpur.

The South district police on Saturday claimed to have apprehended six mobile phone snatchers and recovered eight mobile phones of various makes from their possession. One Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle used to transport these mobile phones was also seized from their possession.


Wanna have a fab figure? Here’s an aromatic herbal ‘slim oil’

Varie Marketing Concepts has launched a host of aromatic and herbal products. Varie product range includes personal care products, Lifestyle, Cosmeceuticals and Nutraceuticals, thereby catering to a wide range of customers. ‘2-Phase Acti-Slim Oil’ is a product that dissolves cellulite on few applications. The oil with its unique penetrating properties and the synergetic-effect of 2-phase active ingredient is a boon to the health and figure-conscious customers of today.

Model mobile phones

LG Electronics has launched two new model mobile phones – G7100 and G3100. Mr Praveen Valecha, LG Mobile, said “Both the handsets are unique in terms of their features and price range. LG is going to launch many more exciting models, which will cater to all the segments of the market. Besides, we will also introduce new models in colour phone segment, in which we aim at creating a differentiation for ourselves.”

100 pc clothes dryer

IFB, hi-tech Washing Machines has launched fully automatic 100 per cent clothes dryer. Ideal for winters and rainy season, the IFB Clothes Dryer will ease the worries of housewives by ensuring 100 per cent dry clothes any time of the day, any time of the year, without waiting for the sun. The IFB Clothes Dryer also gets rid of the dampness-related problem of unsetting odour in the clothes.

Inverter with UPS

Microtek International has launched ‘Compu-Inverters’, an inverter with UPS inside, ideal for homes and offices where computer has become a part of normal activity. The main advantage of Microtek inverter is that you don’t have to attach UPS to your computer system. It also provides long backup to enable you to finish your assignment on the computer whereas in case of normal UPS, you get just 10 to 20 minutes of back-up.

Shoe freshener

Sara Lee Household and Body Care (H and BC) has introduced Kiwi Fresh Force Shoe Freshener developed using the tremendous expertise and experience of Sara Lee’s Global R and D centres, Kiwi Fresh Force is a shoe freshener that helps you bid goodbye to shoe odour.

Mr Pradeep Kumar, said “Kiwi Freshforce is just a beginning in a series of exciting new launches to come from Kiwi. Our endeavour to add value to consumers is unceasing.”

Mobile phone with camera

First Mobile India (FMI) has launched GEO G1 handset. GEO G1 is the first-ever mobile phone in India to be launched with special features like 260K colour, a camera with 4x zoom and built-in flash, 10-second video streaming and 64 polyphonic ring tones. The special highlights of this new product include powerful 10-sec video clip (MJPEG) function along with a built-in camera which allows the user to capture precious moments in video or crystal clear 300K pixcel pictures. With 4x digital zoom and built-in flash, pictures are super sharp in both daylight and dark conditions.

Summer shirts

Ajay Mehra has launched his summer range of shirts under his label Portrait for the man on the move. Made in linen, the fabric that is currently creating designer news, the Portrait range of shirts is eye-catching because of the innovative detailing in stitch lines that are made even more attractive because of the accompanying intricate and minimal hand embroidery. The shirts have been made in a variety of cross colours that include tones of beige, orange, turquoise, mid-browns, fawn, greens, lilac, mauve and much more.

Comfy mattress

Libra Foam has launched its orthopaedic range of mattresses. These super quality coir mattresses have received the recommendation and certification of the Delhi Medical Association for their utility in cases of severe backache and other orthopaedic problems like pain of the waist and back. It has also been found ideally suited for use by people suffering from any spinal chord problem.

Libra Foam coir mattresses are designed and manufactured to provide full comfort to the user specially if he or she suffers from any orthopaedic disorder.

Tupperware products

Tuppeware has introduced two new products under its serving range. Sleek and modern with multi-utilitarian qualities, the Legacy 3 in 1 server and Legacy Royal Server is an addition to the existing Legacy Dinner Set.

Available in an amazing never-before purple or bellflower colour, these Tupperware products are absolute stunners.

The company has also introduced its new 2004 catalogue with special prices on select products and a variety of gift set offers, to start one’s Tupperware collection.

Skin-food and shampoos

VLCC now forays into cosmetics market with highly researched Personal Care Products through its subsidiary VLCC Personal Care limited. The foray is led by VLPC’s unparalleled product ‘Shape Up’, comprising 100 skin-care, hair-care and body-care products ranging from anti-acne and fairness creams, moisturizers, face packs, massage oils to face washes, shampoos and conditioners.

Joggers’ shoes

As part of its Spring 2004 range of footwear, Adidas India has launched its renowned Supernova family of running shoes in India. The Supernova range has been appreciated by 5,00,000 serious runners around the world in the last two years and was picked as the Editor’s choice for the magazine Runner’s World.

In keeping with Adidas commitment to making specific products that optimise performance for different sports activities, Supernova is considered to be the best choice that any committed runner can make.

Yum-yum pickles

La-Kozy has launched the largest-ever range of Indian pickles. Marketed as ‘Lazeez King’, these pickles are available in 27 varieties, some of them for the first time in the country. The first to be introduced were the common varieties like Lemon, Mango, Mixed and Chillies and other with special tastes and flavours like the pickles made from Karela, Dela and Mushroom.

Door security locks

Sio Vasundhara International has launched an exclusive range of door security locks in various designs, styles and patterns. These door security locks include night latches, cylindrical locks, dead locks and mortise locks.

Sio’s night latches are available in a variety of models from simple to economical to heavy duty high security night latches with various options like single locking, double locking, both side locking and one side knob-one side key.

Mouthwatering curry

Satnam Overseas has introduced “Kohinoor rice and Curry’, a never-before range of Heat and Eat Meals for the Indian Market. Targeted at the entire family including adults and kids, this range has been introduced keeping in mind the Indian palate in mind. Kohinoor Rice and Curry offers a complete rice-based meal and is sure to be liked by the consumers all across India.

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