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Narco smuggler held with explosives
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 14
The Special Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested the kingpin of a gang of transnational smugglers and recovered 4 kg of explosives from him.

The gangster, Ved Prakash Sharma, alias Billa (48), who hails from Kathua in Jammu, was arrested while he was disembarking from a bus at Mukarba Chowk at G. T. Karnal road yesterday. A search of his bag yielded four kg of highly potent explosives, the police said.

Ved, who had earlier worked for terrorist organisations like Babbar Khalsa and Khalistan Commando Force, had received a consignment of explosives, heroin and counterfeit currency from another transnational smuggler Hanif, alias Chowdhary, based in Lahore, Pakistan.

The heroin was sold in Punjab while the counterfeit currency was provided to Kashmiri militant groups. The consignment of explosives was to be delivered in Delhi. Hanif had instructed Ved that on reaching Delhi he should contact him and await further instructions for the delivery of the consignment, he revealed.

A case under the appropriate sections of law has been registered by the police and further investigation is on. During interrogation, Ved revealed that he began his criminal career in 1982 by smuggling narcotics like opium, ganja, charas and heroin from across the border. He was arrested in 1984 by Jammu police for possessing 9 kg charas and again in 1986 under the Public Safety Act.

After his release from jail in 1988, during a border crossing, he came in contact with Babbar Khalsa International Chief Wadhawa Singh and on the latter’s insistence he smuggled four AK 47 rifles, magazines, pistols, rounds and 40 kg explosive into India.

However, he was arrested along with his other accomplices by Jammu police under TADA and the entire consignment was seized.

After his release from jail in 1995, he again went to Pakistan and met Paramjeet Singh Panjwar of Khalistan Commando Force and on his direction smuggled three bags of RDX, pistols and cartridges into India. He continued his activities and smuggled narcotics and sold them in Delhi and Punjab.

In 1998, he shifted to Ludhiana and continued to deal in narcotics. But his associates in the narcotics trade were arrested by Punjab police, so he shifted back to Jammu.

He was again arrested by Jammu police under the Public Safety Act but after his release he continued dealing in narcotics and even started dealing in counterfeit currency.

He crossed over a number of times to Pakistan for finalising the deals. 


Another ‘big catch’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 14
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police arrested notorious murderers and rapists Satender Pal Singh, alias Twinkle, and Yogesh Saini, alias Yogi, yesterday.

The suspects were arrested from Hari Nagar Bus depot while travelling in luxury cars. An Italian pistol and a German-made revolver with live cartridges were recovered from their possession. Satender is a notorious criminal of Karol Bagh area and became infamous after the 1997 shootout on Tis Hazari court premises when he, along with the other arrested criminal, Yogesh Saini, shot dead Harbhajan Singh Raju and Happy. Later they were also involved in masterminding blasts when a truck loaded with 18 kg of RDX was intercepted by sleuths of Crime Branch at Punjabi Bagh in 1998.

Their names also prominently figured in a rape case: the victim was kidnapped from Amar Colony in Lajpat Nagar and gang raped. The victim was followed in her Tata Indica and reportedly kidnapped in Colony.

The Crime Branch received information last evening that the suspects would be going to Hari Nagar in a Honda City and Wagon R cars. The instant these vehicles were noticed, they were gheraoed by the police vehicles. When the suspects realised that they had been gheraoed by the police, they tried to flee. Swiftly the police team pounced upon Satender and Yogi who were in the Wagon R. However, two of the occupants of Honda City managed to escape. The third occupant, who was identified as Ved Prakash Garg, has been arrested.

During interrogation Ved Prakash disclosed that he was serving as Deputy Superintendent at Tihar Jail, but he could not explain his association with the criminals. Satender Pal Singh, a graduate from Khalsa College, later took admission in LLB in Delhi University. Since his earlier days, he was a known ruffian in Karol Bagh. He had started dealing in sale and purchase of disputed properties.

Life term for killing lover’s wife

A city court has sentenced a woman to life imprisonment for killing the wife of the man she wanted to marry. Additional Sessions Judge S L Bhayana also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict Babita Dagar, a resident of Najafgarh. The accused had killed one Vimla who was married to Anoop Singh and had a daughter from him. After a few years of marriage, Anoop reportedly went missing, following which Vimla married his younger brother Surender Singh. On April 4, 2002, when Vimla was alone at home, Babita along with her two associates came and threatened her to leave Surender, adding that she wanted to marry him. In a moment of rage, Babita threw chilli powder into Vimla’s eyes and strangled her with her dupatta. She ran away after setting Vimla on fire. A day later, the victim succumbed to her injuries at Safdarjung Hospital.


Bid to bail out prisoners on fake orders thwarted
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 14
The jail authorities have foiled an attempt to secure the release of two undertrial prisoners on a fake order, said to be issued by the court of Mr J S Jangra, Additional Sessions Judge of Sonepat.

According to a report, this has caused panic among the judicial and jail officials. The District and Sessions Judge, Mr B L Singal, has already informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this connection.

The prisoners, Satinder and Jatinder of Mehndipur village and Dinesh of Bidhal village, are said to be involved in a number of dacoity and murder cases.

They are facing trial in connection with a number of murder and dacoity cases in Sonepat courts. They were shifted to Kaithal jail on January 29.

It is stated that the Kaithal jail authorities had received the release order on bail from the Punjab and Haryana High Court a few days back. However, the jail authorities became suspicious and initiated an inquiry. In the meantime, they received another release order of two undertrial prisoners, including Jatinder, which was purportedly issued by the court of Mr J S Jangra, Additional Sessions Judge of Sonepat.

It is stated that the jail authorities sent back the order to Sonepat for verification.

During verification, the order was found to be fake and the signature of the judge bogus. The judge maintained that his court had not issued the release order.

Realtor booked for assault at party

The Sadar Police have registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Mr Mohan Madan, a property dealer, in connection with the alleged assault on Mr Mukesh Batra, owner of the Batra Petrol Pump during a wedding party. The party was organised by Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner, for his brother’s daughter in Shubham Garden on Sonepat-Murthal Road on Wednesday evening. According to a report, the police have launched a hunt for the culprit. The incident occurred in the presence of the Commissioner, Rohtak Division.



Crime spiral
Rs 10 lakh ransom demand for toddler
Our Correspondent

Meerut, February 14
A three-and-a-half-year-old boy was kidnapped late Friday evening. A ransom of Rs 10 lakh was demanded for his safe release by the kidnappers. The child had gone to buy a toffee from a nearby shop when he went missing.

Senior police officials rushed to the spot after getting the news and constituted several teams to find the boy.

According to sources in the police department, Mridul, alias Vishu, a student of LKG, was a resident of K 120 Shastrinagar. His mother sent him to a nearby shop to buy toffees. However, he did not return.

His parents did not pay attention initially, but in due course the family panicked and started hunting for him; later, they also informed the police.

SSP Meerut B P Singh, ASP City Dr Arvind and a heavy police contingent rushed to the spot. Police officials interrogated both the shopkeepers and passers-by in the locality.

Some eyewitnesses told the police that the boy was seen with a youth, but the statement could not corroborated.

The police also raided several places in Meerut/Mawana/Incholi and Daurala. At least a dozen youths of doubtful dossier have been taken into custody in this connection.

Handicapped monkey runs amok

Ghaziabad: A rogue monkey has attacked and injured about half a dozen children in the town.

Earlier, the same monkey with a severed hand had attacked some kids in Vishwas Nagar of East Delhi.

A one and a half year old girl in Seva Nagar was pounced upon by the monkey recently, as a result of which her face had to be stitched in 14 places.

When her mother came to the child’s rescue, she was also attacked by the animal.

Had she not acted promptly, the monkey would have dragged away the child, the woman said.

It is only when the mother, Bimla, raised the alarm, that the simian turned tail and jumped over the terrace of the adjacent house.

After a while, lathi-toting people came out in Loni in search of the animal who had caused considerable panic in the area.

They are quite scared as the simian comes every now and then and attacks young children. The administration or the police do not seem to have a solution to the problem. — OC


Cough up the bill, then take body

Noida: A private hospital in Sector-41 has reportedly refused to hand over the body of a young man to his relatives till the latter first clear the bill.

The injured man was brought to the hospital after a road accident. He succumbed to his injuries during treatment. Accusing the hospital of fleecing, the family members and friends of the deceased sat on a dharna in front of the hospital premises. According to Rajkumar, a resident of Bhangel, his elder brother Lokesh was going on his motorcycle. He met with an accident and was injured. The police took Lokesh to a hospital in Sector-41 on February 7. They had even requested the hospital to refer Lokesh to some other hospital if proper treatment was not possible there. When the family members and friends of the injured started gathering in front of the hospital, the body was handed over to the family. — OC


Board to pull out all stops to check copycats
B S Malik

Sonepat, February 14
The anti-copying arrangements, made by the Board of School Education, Haryana, and the District Administration, will be put to test on February 16 when the annual examination of the middle class will begin.

The District Administration has constituted 13 flying squads each under a senior officer, including SDMs, GM Roadways, DTO, Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars, BDO and Panchayat Officers.

Besides, the Board authorities have also formed separate flying squads of the officers of the Education Department. They will keep a watch inside the examination centres.

Moreover, this time the board has taken care that the centres must be easily accessible from the roadside.

As many as 174 examination centres have been set up in the district for middle class examinations.

The police personnel would also be deputed to maintain law and order inside and outside the examination centres.

A meeting of the centre superintendents has been convened on February 15 in CRZ Senior Secondary School. It will be addressed by the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police, to ensure that there was no copying in the examinations.

Meanwhile, the District Magistrate has promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144, banning the assembly of five or more persons, carrying of weapons of offence and opening of the photostat shops within 200 meter radius of the examination centres.

These orders will remain in force up to February 24, but will not apply to the persons on duty.

During last year’s annual examinations, copying was rampant. Even the question papers were leaked before the examinations.

The government and the board took a serious note of the menace and has concentrated to ensure that such incidents were not repeated during this year’s examinations.

Board Chairman Brig O P Chaudhary and Secretary Rakesh Gupta have toured throughout the state to make the necessary arrangements.


BJP pacts have been patchy
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 14
“It is historical fact that every non-Congress government in Haryana came into power with the support and cooperation of the BJP, but it is also the hard fact that the BJP did not keep company with the alliance partner up to the completion of that tenure.”

Stating this in a press statement here on Friday, the president of Haryana Loktantra Raksha Manch, Mr Joginder Singh Hooda, recalled that Rao Birender Singh became the first non-Congress Chief Minister of Haryana in March 1967 with the support of 12 MLAs of the then Jan Sangh under the leadership of Dr Mangal Sein. But that government fell within eight months when Jan Sangh withdrew its support.

Ch Devi Lal became the Chief Minister in 1977, when the Janata Party swept the polls. But, the 11 legislators who were from the erstwhile Jansangh, deserted Devi Lal and supported Bhajan Lal to become the Chief Minister in 1979. The end of Janata Party rule came in 1980, when Bhajan Lal along with 40 legislators and ministers crossed over to Congress.

In 1982, Devi Lal and BJP forged alliance in the Assembly elections and won 40 out of 90 seats. With the support of more than half a dozen independent legislators, Devi Lal was to take oath of the chief minister.

But as the BJP did not submit its letter of support to the Governor, Bhajan Lal managed to take the oath of Chief minister for being the leader of single largest party in the Assembly with 35 MLAs.

Similarly, in 1987, Devi Lal became the Chief Minister with the support of 17 legislators of BJP after contesting the elections in alliance. But when Devi Lal became the Deputy Prime Minister and Om Prakash Chautala became the Chief Minister, the BJP withdraw its support and the then Chautala government could not survive for its full term. Mr Hooda also stated that the Haryana Vikas Party of Bansi Lal and BJP contested the 1996 Assembly elections in alliance and Bansi Lal became the Chief Minister with support of BJP’s 11 MLAs. However, in July 1999, the BJP withdrew its support and Bansi Lal government could complete just more than three years in power.

Finally, INLD of Om Prakash Chautala and BJP fought 2000 Assembly elections jointly and Om Prakash Chautala became the Chief Minister with support of BJP’s legislators. But the relations between two parties could not survive for more than four years and the INLD supremo had recently severed party’s tie up with the BJP.


Maken wants well-equipped, apolitical police force
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 14
The Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Ajay Maken, has called for an apolitical and fully-equipped police force in the Capital. “It should be a terror for criminals and a helping hand to law-abiding citizens,” Mr Maken said while participating in a debate organised by the Delhi Police on its foundation day in Hindu College.

Mr Maken said the police force should serve the people in the manner conceptualised by Mahatma Gandhi. The Father of the Nation, he said, had conceptualised a force inhabited by believers of non-violence to ensure ideal living conditions for the people.

“Police should lend a helping hand to those who are oppressed in the eyes of the law and deal with an iron hand against those elements, who have no respect for the law,” he added.

Drive against criminals

The Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr K.K. Paul, today called a meeting of Deputy Commissioners and Joint Commissioners of Police to intensify action against criminals, including snatchers, robbers, auto lifters and eave teasers.

He directed them to form sufficient number of police teams for making surprise checks in buses at various locations.

The police teams would also interact with women passengers, especially young girls, to identify the problems faced by them.

Plainclothes personnel will be deployed in buses to observe the passengers.

The CP also directed the officers to initiate intensive drive against illicit liquor, boot-leggers, liquor smugglers and to remove encroachments in busy commercial areas, arterial roads like Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Yusuf Sarai, Karol Bagh, Najafgarh Road, Rohtak Road, Chandni Chowk and Vikas Marg.

Loadshedding announced

The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) today announced power shutdown on February 16 because of maintenance work at sub stations in district Pitampura, Model Town and Moti Nagar.

On February 16, HP and GP blocks in Pitampura will have no power supply between 10 am and 4 pm.

Parts of Mukherjee Nagar, B Block of Derawal Nagar, parts of Karwal Nagar and parts of Model town will also be affected during this period.

Power supply will be cut from 10 AM to 4 PM on the same day at C an B blocks in Naraina Industrial area, Phase 1.


DTC to bear names of destinations in Urdu, Punjabi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 14
The Delhi Transport Corporation buses will soon sport the names of destinations in Urdu and Punjabi.

The two languages became the official languages of Government of NCT of Delhi late last year.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has ordered the DTC to display Urdu and Punjabi on their buses. She has also instructed the transport utility to write the names of roads and lanes in Urdu and Punjabi.

Vice-Chairman of Urdu Academy M Afzal said this while inaugurating a three-day seminar on contemporary Urdu literature being hosted in the Capital.

Afzal said Urdu critics, scholars and writers are presenting papers on the influence of socio-cultural and political development on Urdu in the three-day-long seminar.

The Chief Minister, he added, has promised generous funds for the promotion of Urdu. She has said her government is committed to providing all possible help in the introduction of Urdu in educational institutions.


Spiritual gathering attracts thousands of people
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 14
The spiritual congregation, organised under the auspices of the Rewari unit of ‘Ram Sharnam’, a registered spiritual society of great eminence, in the open compound of Hindu Senior Secondary School here recently, drew thousands of devout men, women and youths from all walks of life.

Ram Sharnam, which has its headquarters at Delhi, was founded by the celebrated saint Swami Satyanand ji Maharaj, who resolutely maintained that a tiny package of ‘Ram Nam’ was an unfailingly panacea for the various ills afflicting the humanity at large.

Dr Vishwa Mitra, who embraced saintliness after relinquishing his prestigious profession of an eye-surgeon long ago, is now the presiding saint of the society.

Delivering his spiritual discourse at the massive congregation here, Dr Vishwa Mitra asserted that the purposefulness and fruitfulness of life lay not in becoming a renowned doctor, a big business magnate, a prominent educationist or any such dignitary and then securing popular accolades for such prestigious incumbency, but it was definitely rooted in total devotion and dedication to the Almighty creator and thereby performing one’s assigned duties sincerely, honestly and unselfishly.

Describing the sordid state of internal conflicts, rifts and bickerings eating into the vitals of almost all families, societies and all sorts of organisations as a peculiar facet of Kaliyug (the present so-called Iron- age), he pointed out that simultaneously this very Kaliyug was also endowed with such virtuosity in which only a small dose of this divine medicine of ‘Ram Nam’ was sufficient to obliterate such ills. But strangely enough that notwithstanding the easy availability of this divine medicine to the rich and the poor alike, the true ‘Nam Jap’ had been proving a challenging task for most of the people.

Emphasising the urgency of utter humility and pridelessness (lack of egotism) for optimum results, Dr Vishwa Mitra exhorted the devotees to resort to the package of ‘Ram Nam’ to ensure peace and happiness in life. Besides, he also urged them to make ‘Sant Milan’ (paying a visit to a saint at his hermitage) a regular feature of their life.

Earlier, the enlightened gathering also recited in chorus the ‘Amritvani’ which contains 93 verses and which is the essence of the teachings of ‘Ram Sharnam’.

After the discourse, Dr Vishwa Mitra formally initiated as many as 300 new devotees into the ways of ‘Ram Jap’ as enshrined in the ethics of ‘Ram Sharnam’.

The devotees, who included a number of women too, had come from Bhiwani, Gurgaon, Rewari, Bawal, Kurukshetra, Faridabad (Haryana), Alwar, Behror, Kotputli, Bharatpur (Rajasthan) and Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh).

New President of Jodia Dham

Mahant Sewa Das (33), a disciple of the celebrated Saint Om Das ji Maharaj, who is now 103 years old, was formally appointed as presiding saint of Jodia Dham near Soma Katopuri village, about 16 km from here yesterday.

Jodia Dham is an ancient hermitage of the legendary saint Baba Gyan Das and it is now a holy place of the Vaishnav cult. There is also an old temple of Lord Shiva here.

Besides the august presence of the centurion Baba Om Das, who is popularly known as Jangli Baba in the entire region, several hundred sadhus and saints from Patauda, Nakhrola, Daultabad, Bahora, Alamdipur, Jant-Janti, Manesar, Daroli, Narnaul and various other parts of the Rewari-Gurgaon region participated in the above samaroh. It was also attended by thousands of men, women and children of Somakhera, Katopuri, Rojhuwas, Lala, Seeha, Tatarpur, Haqdarpur and various other villages of the region.

The veteran saint Baba Om Das gave his blessings to the newly appointed Mahant Sewa Das, while sadhus and saints too accorded sanction to his incumbency. Besides, the villagers also offered chaddars to Mahant Sewa Das in token of their recognition of his appointment on the gaddi of Jodia Dham.

Mahant Sewa Das, who is also holding charge of the gaddi of Kadipur near Gurgaon, made it known that he would exercise control and supervision of Jodia Dham mainly through his assistants who would administer the affairs of the hermitage in his absence. Prasad was also offered to sadhus as well as thousands of villagers who thronged the Jodia Dham on this occasion.


Vande Mataram programme in full swing
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 14
The Vande Matram Programme – a centrally sponsored scheme, which was formally launched by Deputy Commissioner Neerja Shekhar here on February 9, has now started picking up momentum in the district.

As many as 18 out of 25 members of the Rewari Obstetrics and Gynaecologists Society (ROGS) have already got themselves registered for the job. Free medical check-up facility would be provided to pregnant women on the 9th of every month at their respective clinics here.

The gynaecologists include Dr Tara Saxena, Dr Mitra Saxena, Dr. Ruchi Saxena, Dr Prem Bhayana, Dr Veena Bhayana , Dr Usha Sachdeva, Dr Neelam Yadav, Dr Poonam Yadav, Dr Sheila Yadav, Dr Jyotsana Arora, Dr Seema Mittal, Dr Prabha Aggarwal, Dr Vijay Bhargava, Dr Sunita Sethi, Dr Poonam Jain, Dr Gitika Kalra, Dr Suman Saini and Dr Bela Gulyani.

The Civil Surgeon informed that as many as 128 anti-natal and 2 post-natal cases were medically examined during the past one week. All the patients were given iron folic acid tablets while 85 of them were given TT injections.

Thanking the colleagues for providing their free voluntary services under this programme, Dr Tara Saxena, president of ROGS, has expressed hope that the programme, which aimed at providing good anti-natal and post-natal care to poor and needy women, would greatly benefit all such cases who were otherwise unable to get even a single check-up during pregnancy for obvious reasons.


Shashi Kapoor goes gaga over yoga

New Delhi: Noted actor, Shashi Kapoor stressed the need for promoting natural lifestyle and extensive use of natural products as part of the school curriculum.

Speaking at a function to mark the third anniversary of ‘Foundations for promotion of Natural Products’, Kapoor urged people to use natural products.

Highlighting the benefits of yoga and meditation, he said they are preventive measures for all modern-day ills, including stress, heart diseases and diabetes. Launching a magazine, ‘Nature and Wealth’, Kapoor said the west has understood the benefits of simple Indian vegetarian food. It was time to make the study on the benefits of natural products a part of the school curriculum.

Also present on the occasion, Mr Sunil Shastri said that too much dependence on the modern-day gadgets, including computers is taking its toll on human health. He also advocated yoga for better health and a healthy life. Awards were also presented to the people for the promotion of natural products and lifestyle in the country.

The awardees include Sandeep Marwah, Varinder Arora, Mahesh Kapoor and Anupoorn Bishnoi. — TNS


Move to check outside interference
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 14
The District Magistrate of Sonepat, Mr M.R. Anand, has enforced prohibitory orders under Section 144 CRPC, banning the assembly of five or more persons and carrying of firearms within 200 metres of the examination centres set up for the middle standard examinations by the Board of School Education Haryana in Sonepat district. The examinations are to be held from February 16 to 24.

According to a report, the District Magistrate has also ordered the closure of all photostat machines installed in the shops within 200 meters of these examination centres. He has also warned that the violation of the orders will attract penal action under Section 188 Cr.PC. 


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Love promises a crown, if willing to bear its cross

Youth is a time to fall in love and no wonder they are so much attracted to Valentine’s Day and what it promises to them: love and romance. Their hearts are filled with the poetry of romance, the melodies of yester years promising heaven on earth.

There are few topics that instantly draw our attention than love. Every heart responds to its call; every heart yearns for more of it. Children are first introduced to the love of parents, in youth men and women fall in love; then, there is the love between friends, and the revealed love of God for humans. It would seem love is at the heart of all creation. And it takes myriad forms.

“Will she love me; won’t she love me?’’ That is the heartbeat of the man and also that of his beloved. The mother or father, growing old with years, want to be certain in the depth of their hearts that their children will return the love they themselves have lavished on them when they were tiny tots. Go into all human relationships, and it will soon be clear that the binding factor is love and behind it is self-preservation.

To put it in other words, love makes the world go round. The deepest yearning of man is to love and be loved. It is so easy for commercial firms and internet concerns to market any commodity that bears the label of ‘love.’

It is much in demand, but very limited in supply. This painful reality moved 
other Teresa to declare that the world suffers from a famine of love more than anything else.

There was recently this humorous interlude of a smart Indian lady extracting thousands of dollars from a foreigner by donning the identity of a famous actress in love with him during chat sessions. One can imagine the despair that must have overtaken the “chatting’’ lover when he discovered that he was being duped. All romance begins with visions of heaven on earth and often flounders after a collision with the rock of reality.

Disillusionment with love, romance and marriage must be a reality in many lives as the divorce graph here catches up with that of the west.

With material advancement and empowerment of women to live their own lives, the man-woman romance has recorded a steep decline. It is as if man and woman have declared their independence from each other! They don’t need each other any more.

This is in conflict with God’s dispensation at the time of creation of the universe. He made them male and female so that they would be helpmates to each other; a refuge to each other from the storms of life. Almost all poets in all languages have sung about marital bliss. They have said that the treasures of the deep are not so precious as are the concealed comforts of a man locked up in woman’s love. “What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting,’’ wrote George Eliot, English novelist.

And invariably all religions prescribe love as the foundation of all successful marriages. That one word sums up all the qualities that are needed for two strangers to be knit together and remain so until death. Read about it in a modern translation of an ancient Bible verse: ``Love is very patient and kind, never jealous and envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty, selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way.

It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and hardly will even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices when truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.

Such is the characterization of love that will sustain any human relationship, let alone that of a husband and wife. But this `grade’ of love is found so much in short supply. Psychologists will come up with many explanations, but the one that will unmistakably fit us all is the domination of ``self.’’ By nature, man is programmed to prefer self above everything else. Until some how he receives the light from above to see life in its proper perspective, it will be a hindrance in promoting true love.

Selfishness, which is reference for self, takes many forms. This is the dark spot or sin in man’s character that stains all that a man or woman attempts to do. The `` self-sins’’ are self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration and self love.

A good part of human behaviour is coloured by them. They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our natures to come to our attention till the light of God is focused upon them. The grosser manifestations of these sins — egotism, exhibitionism and self-promotion — erode all expectations of two bound together in matrimony.

Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by mere instruction.

We may as well try to instruct cancer out of our system. There must be a work of God in destruction before we are free. We must invite the cross to do its deadly work within us. We must bring our self-sins to the cross for judgment. Love implies giving more than receiving. Love must be willing to give of itself.

Love must be willing to suffer. Because suffering decentralizes self and makes love possible.

— M P K Kutty



Death in lift 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 14
A worker in a motor parts shop in Karol Bagh, identified as Vipin (22), died in a lift this evening. The victim was using the lift to carry some motor parts to the upper floor of the building. However, the lift suddenly stopped due to some technical snag when it reached the second floor of the building. His body was sent for the postmortem examinations. A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder has been registered against the owner of the shop, the police said.


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Passengers looted 
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, February 14
Two innocent passengers in Unchahar Express were looted after being served eatables laced with drugs. The thugs detrained with their luggage and cash. The GRP, Ghaziabad, rushed the two unconscious passengers, identified as Bachoo and Anil, to a government hospital late last night. Later, the victims regained consciousness and told the GRP that the three culprits had befriended them after the train left Delhi.

Annual budget for council finalised

Sonepat: The Sonepat Municipal Council passed its annual budget of Rs 7.22 crore for the year 2004-2005 at its special meeting held here yesterday. According to a report, the council hopes to collect Rs 1.50 crore from house tax, Rs 1.25 crore from stamp duty, Rs 2.50 crore from sale of land, Rs 20 lakh from rents, Rs 10 lakh from road cut and Rs 50 lakh from development cess.

A sum of Rs 77.50 lakh would come from other sources. Similarly, other sources of income are Rs 8 lakh from licence fee, Rs 10 lakh from professional and trade tax, Rs 8,00 from tehbazari and Rs 40,000 from income from social functions.

It has provisions to recover taxes from banks, hospitals, medical stores, banquet halls, contractors, general stores, factories and cinema houses as well as workshops within the municipal boundary.

Health Mela from Feb 16

A three-day health mela will be organised in South district MCD Park at Chirag Delhi from February 16. The mela is being organised as part of the ‘Swasthya Jagrukta Maah’ of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The mela will have facilities for extensive medical check up for eyes, ENT, skin, gynaecology, paediatrics, dental, diabetes, cancer, neurology, cardiology and orthopedics.

People can also avail of the benefit of free medical tests like X-rays, Ultrasound, blood test, urine test, sputum test, CT scan etc.

There will be an exhibition on health and family welfare issues such as nutrition, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, cancer, TB, family welfare, prohibition, ill effects of smoking and drugs, malaria, dengue and water-born diseases. The health mela will be inaugurated by Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra, MP. The Delhi Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr Yoga and Shastri, will be the chief guest for the function.

174 exam centres

The Board of School Education, Haryana, has set up 174 examination centres in Sonepat district for the conduct of the annual and middle examinations commencing from August 16.

According to a report, 46 of these centres have been set up in this city and others are located in Ganaur and Gohana sub-divisions. To check the menace of copying, as many as 13 officials have been indicted in the flying squads set up in the district. These officials include the SDMs and Tehsildars.

Distribution of sewing machines

Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, president of the youth wing of the INLD, will distributed sewing machines to 250 women under the Sampuran Gramin Rozgar Yojna on the premises of the Panchayat Bhawan here on February 16. According to a report, he will also distributed the certificates for construction materials to 100 families living below the poverty lines for the construction of houses.

The Sonepat Zila Parishad had constructed 80 houses for Harijans in this district during the current financial year. The Zila Parishad had also released Rs 81 lakh under the Sampuran Gramin Yojna in this district for 80 development works carried out in the villages.

The development works include the pavement of streets and construction of new rooms in the schools.

Drive against  Power theft

The officials of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigan have intensified their campaign against power thefts in Kharkhauda tehsil in this district. According to a report, the officials detected as many as 18 cases in one day and imposed a penalty of Rs 45,000 on them.

The anti-power theft campaign has caused panic among the defaulters in the area.



Heated argument leads to murder of youth
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 14
Argument between two traders of Tughlakabad Extension area led to the murder of a youth today. The deceased was identified as Surender Gupta. According to the police, Vinod Gupta and Vijay Gupta, both traders, are neighbours in Tughlakabad Extension. However, they were not on the best of terms.

A heated argument took place between Vijay Gupta and Anil Gupta, the younger brother of Vinod Gupta, during a traffic jam.

Later, Vijay Gupta came back to the house with a few of his supporters and fired Vinod, his cousins Krishan and Surender Gupta, all of whom sustained injuries.

They were taken to AIIMS where Surender succumbed to his injuries. One of the suspects, identified as Leele, has been arrested while others were absconding, the police said.

Criminals arrested

The Crime Branch today arrested three suspects who used to loot innocent passengers in moving trains after serving them eatables laced with drugs. They were identified as Mohammad Israil, Kishan and Jaan Mohamad. They were arrested from Nizamuddin Railway Station.


Rape case registered
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 14
The police have registered a rape case of a widow, identified as Krishna (40), in Baroda road colony. The accused have been identified as her brother-in-law, Krishan, Rajinder of Shafiabad village and Dayanand of Bullandpur village. According to a report, the police have not yet arrested the persons identified in the FIR. The woman alleged that the three accused entered her house and raped her.

Youth Killed

One person was killed and another injured seriously when the motor cycle on which they were travelling lost balance after it hit a speed breaker on the Sonepat-Gohana road near Nagar village, about 30 km from here last evening. According to a report, the victim was identified as Ramphal of Jawahra village. The injured was identified as Satish. The injured youth was hospitalised and the police have sent the body of the victim for the postmortem examination.

Theft in shop

Thieves reportedly broke into an electronics shop at Palri village last night and decamped with goods worth several thousands of rupees.

According to a report, the stolen goods included three coloured TV, three CTs and more than 100 cassettes.

The owner of the shop has lodged a complaint with the Rai police in this connection. The theft has caused panic among the shopkeepers and other residents of the area.

Man Arrested under Arms Act

The police arrested Amarjit of Sisana village under the Indian Arms Act on the Sonepat-Rohtak Road near Rohat village, about 5 km from here last night. According to a report, the police have seized a country-made pistol and three live cartridges from his possession.

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