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Goel ‘entering’ MCD schools via backdoor?
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 16
Pandemonium prevailed today in the House meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) over the distribution of notebooks in the MCD schools by the Union Minister of State for Sports and Culture, Mr Vijay Goel.

He has allegedly distributed the notebooks in the corporation schools in Chandni Chowk area, his parliamentary constituency. His photograph is printed on the back page of all the notebooks.

The issue was raised by a Congress councillor, Mr Pratap Narain, who said that it was being done to garner publicity as parliamentary elections were due in April. The Congress councillor had brought a notebook in the meeting and showed it to all members and officers of the corporation.

In response to his allegation, Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, Mr Vijender Gupta, warned the Congress councillor of dire consequence if such an allegation was made against the Union Minister.

His warning vitiated the atmosphere further and a majority of the councillors, including Leader of the House, Chaudhary Satbir, asked the Mayor, Mr Ashok Kumar Jain, to probe the matter and take action against the minister or any person who had distributed notebooks in the MCD schools without permission of the officer concerned.

The Leader of the House said that the corporation had enough funds to distribute the necessary reading and writing material in the schools. The help of outsiders is not required. He asked the Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, to explain the policies of the corporation to the entire House.

The Municipal Commissioner said nobody could distribute anything in the schools without the permission of the Education Department. An inquiry will be conducted into the issue and action taken if anybody is found distributing notebooks, books or reading and writing material.

GB Nagar salaries on hold

Noida: The denotification of Gautam Budh Nagar district and the subsequent stay on the issue, granted by the Allahabad High Court, has created a piquant situation for the staff of the erstwhile district. As the district Treasury is closed, the staff have not received their salary for January, officials revealed.

Those affected by this stay are the staff of the District Industry Centre, District Saving Office, District Ex-servicemen Welfare and Rehabilitation Office, District Civil Supplies Office, Pollution Control Board, District Labour Office, etc. As per the stay order, there will be no change in the status of offices, which have already shifted from G B Nagar. Those offices, which are yet to shift, will continue to operate in GB Nagar. Since the next hearing is on March 10, the employees will have to wait for their wages till then.

The situation has brought the work in these offices to a grinding halt and the officials are on tenterhooks. OC



M.Com. girl sends groom (12th fail) packing
Our Correspondent

Meerut, February 16
Yet another gutsy girl, Hemlata of Meerut, joined the growing tribe of women who have sent their grooms packing for making exorbitant demands — Nisha Sharma of Noida and Rajeshwari and Ritu Gupta of Meerut.

Hemlata refused to accompany her groom, even after the wedding was solemnised as the latter demanded a dowry of Rs 1.21 lakh.

On a complaint lodged by the bride’s family, the police took the groom Deepak, his father, his brother, his brother-in-law and the ‘purohit’ into custody.

Hemlata, daughter of Hari Singh Lodhi, Meerut, and Deepak, son of Rajendra Singh, Aligarh, had got engaged on February 8.

On Saturday, the ‘baraat’ arrived from Aligarh and the wedding was to be solemnised at Jenis Palace. The groom struck the discordant note by demanding money from Hemlata’s brother to arrange for the drinks of the ‘baratis’. Then, to the shock of the bride’s family, Deepak and his brother-in-law demanded Rs 1 lakh in dowry. Even Hemlata pleaded with Deepak to give up the demand for the sake of her father’s reputation. But Deepak and his brother-in-law were adamant. Both the parties tried to reach an agreement on Sunday evening but in vain.

Meanwhile, an unidentified person informed the police; SHO Brahampuri rushed to the spot and took the ‘baratis’ to the police station. Later, Deepak, his father and brother-in-law and several other baratis were sent to jail on the complaint lodged by Hemlata’s family that the groom had demanded Rs 1 lakh as dowry.

An assertive Hemlata, who holds an M.Com degree, also refused to marry Deepak (12th fail) at any cost. Speaking to the ‘NCR Tribune’, she alleged that Deepak even threatened to light up her ‘lehnga’.

She added that Deepak had not taken the marital oaths during the `pheras’. Deepak’s family, on the other hand, sounded apologetic and said that they were still ready for the wedding.

Two die after inhaling gas

Bhiwani: Two sweepers, Naurang and Pradeep, died after inhaling poisonous gas yesterday evening when they descended in a well of a house to clean it near Patram Gate.

They were admitted to the civil hospital, where the doctor declared them brought dead. Their bodies were handed over to the relatives after a post-mortem today.

It may be recalled that a few months ago, two sweepers of the municipal council were killed near the old bus stand when they entered a manhole to clean it.



Cops yet to win trust of common man: Advani
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 16
While appreciating their success in fighting the new challenge of terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani today reminded the country’s police forces that they had still a long way to go in gaining the trust of the common man.

Speaking at the 57th Raising Day of the Delhi Police, Mr. Advani said, “People continue to come to me to solve their grievances, saying the police will listen only if I tell them.”

He said the police must do everything to gain the trust of the common man. Mr Advani, who inspected a parade of the different branches of the police, including commandos, anti-riot personnel, bomb disposal squad and women’s police, said the police had succeeded in addressing its new responsibility of foiling terrorist attacks.

Earlier, the country’s security was vested only with the armed forces, he said, adding that now, with terrorists striking deep into the country, it had also became a responsibility of the police.

“But the police should discharge their primary responsibility of caring for the ordinary citizens”, said Mr Advani, who is impressed with the new motto of the Delhi Police, ‘Citizen First’.

He said, “I fell good about your motto. There should be no let up in solving the problems of the common man”.

The Deputy Prime Minister also gave away medals to the winners of the distinguished service awards from the Delhi Police.

The first prize for the ‘best police station’ was won by the Ambedkar Nagar station in South Delhi district, the second prize by Seelampur station, New Delhi district, and the third prize by Alipur in North Delhi district.

The ‘Raising Day’ function was attended by Cabinet Secretary Kamal Pande, Home Secretary Anil Baijal and Lieutenant Governor Vijai Kapoor. The Delhi Police Week, during which the grievances of the people would be given top priority, also began here today.

Earlier, addressing his personnel, city Police Commissioner K K Paul said his force would strive to serve the people, specially elder citizens, women and children.

Dr Paul said special helplines and an anti-molestation drive by the police would boost the confidence of the city’s women. He is concerned about the rising cases of crime against women.



Motorists here break every rule in the book
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 16
Faridabad is an important town of the National Capital Region (NCR), but there is no traffic management worth the name here.

The manner in which two accidents took place just in a short span of time, speaks volumes of the dismal traffic scenario here. A teenaged student and an old man lost their lives in these mishaps.

Whereas the Delhi traffic police take to task the drivers who talk on cell phones, there is hardly any authority here which seems bothered about such violations.

A 50-year-old carpenter, identified as Ambika Prasad, who was hit by a speeding car in Sector-16 here recently, died a couple of days ago. He was stated to be walking down the road when the accident took place.

It is learnt that the driver of the car, which had hit the deceased, had been talking on his cell phone at the time of the accident. He fled the spot immediately.

It is observed that every third person driving a vehicle here uses the cell phone while driving, and the police have not launched any drive to create awareness or challan the violators.

In the second incident, two youths going on a motorcycle were hit by a truck in the NIT area here on Saturday last. While a 17-year-old student was killed on the spot, his friend riding pillion, was injured seriously.

It is reported that none of the victims was wearing a helmet, a must for two-wheelers riders. The police occasionally launch a drive to catch the violators, but such campaigns often ends up in ‘collection of illegal money’. A few months ago, two students riding a bike had been killed when their two-wheeler was hit by a speeding car in Sector-15-A.

Minors keep riding two-wheelers and cars here.

The police officials, during the Sadhbhawana campaign in December last year, had asked various school authorities to rein in students who were driving vehicles. However, the appeal of the police did not have any effect.

“Due to lack of proper traffic police, the traffic remains chaotic most of the time on all the main roads of the town,” says K.L. Gera, a social activist here.

He said the number of accidents on the roads in the town and on the National Highway, which passes through the town, had gone up considerably in the last few years.

He said although Faridabad had become a metropolitan town, the authorities had not cared to provide an efficient transport system.

Only a handful of traffic policemen regulate the traffic on the congested chowks.



Swaraj Paul on a nostalgic trip to Charkhi Dadri
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, February 15
“This is the first time, I have journeyed to Charkhi Dadri, which is the birthplace of my mother. My father, of course, was born in Chang. So, a visit to this area is important for me — almost a pilgrimage. I pay homage to both my parents and to this land..”

These were the words of Chairman Emeritus of Caparo Group and respected member of the House of Lords of Britain, Lord Swaraj Paul, when he arrived in Charkhi Dadri, 29 km from here today.

His eyes were filled with gratitude when the chairman of the municipal committee, Mr Jangbir Singh, handed over the key of the town to Lord Paul.

He promised to consider the demands put forward by the industrialist and president of Laghu Bharti Udyog Tilak Jain, regarding a sports stadium and a multipurpose hall for Dadri, during his visit to the Farm House.

Later, he was given a rousing welcome by the students, staff and managing members of the Apeejay Saraswati Girls College, where he gave away degrees to 268 students who have passed in different disciplines.

Addressing them as the chief guest on the occasion, he said that for those graduating today, it was a very special event. ``Looking back, you would remember both the challenges of study and the sense of satisfaction you felt when your coursework and your examinations were completed,’’ he added.

His parents, he said, strongly believed in education and all his life he had treasured this inheritance and tried to share it with others.

Earlier, the principal of the college, Dr Gita Sharma, read out the annual report. Among those present on the occasion included Mrs Aruna Paul, Chairperson of the Apeejay institution; Ms Sumita Basia, Principal of Apeejay College, Faridabad; ex-chief minister B D Gupta; and ex-MP Ram Kishan Gupta.



Traffic worries Delhiites more than crime

New Delhi: Traffic woes top the list of grievances of Delhiities while crime comes a close second. In a new drive of the Delhi Police, whereby residents were asked to send their grievances to senior officers by e-mail or fax, nearly 85 per cent of the senders complained about traffic troubles. Only ten per cent of those who sent e-mails to City Police Commissioner K K Paul and other senior officers in the past week had grievances about crime.

About 80-85 per cent of the people complained about traffic, said Police Commissioner K K Paul, who is getting about 50 e-mails daily since the drive was launched a week ago. The police will utilise traffic management and regulation to tackle the problems on the city’s roads, said Dr Paul. All the e-mails from the citizens are acknowledged, he said. TNS



He fights cancer with herbs

DR S P Kaushal is perhaps one of the few qualified medical professionals who are convinced that the cure for cancer can be found in ancient Indian herbal medicines. It is in this quest that he has spent the last decade and a half visiting some of the remote areas in Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal, Jammu and Kashmir and the North East. He has already identified more than 400 such herbs, after discussions with local practitioners of traditional medicine, and is using them in treating cancer patients with reasonable amount of success.

Dr.Kaushal did his MBBS in 1976 and later obtained MD in Chinese Herbal Medicine. He has been exploring the beneficial role of herbal medicines in the treatment of cancer since 1985.He has participated in many national and international seminars and symposia. His books, “Fight cancer with herbs” and “Cancer & Herbs,” have been acclaimed worldwide. In recognition of his pioneering work in the field of cancer research, the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, in Himachal Pradesh conferred the degree of “Doctor of Science” on him in 2002. Dr Kaushal is currently treating cancer patients with herbal medicines formulated by him at the Vedic Cancer Research Centre, FB-12, Shivaji Enclave, New Delhi.

Unassuming and totally dedicated to his cause, Dr. Kaushal took time off to answer some of the queries of NCR Tribune


What is Cancer?

Cancer is not a single disease, rather it is a general term used to describe various malignant tumours that affect all forms of higher organisms, including plants and animals. About 270 types of cancer are known to affect the human body. Every living cell in the human body has the potential to become cancerous (malignant), after which it proliferates indiscriminately, usually forming a mass, known as neoplasm or tumour. Cancer can be defined as an abnormal, excessive, uncoordinated, autonomous and purposeless clonal proliferation of cells in any tissue or organ of the body. Cancerous cells have the tendency to spread and grow (metastasise) in other parts of the body.

Cancer preys on the host and continues to grow indefinitely, competing with normal tissues for nutrition. Ultimately, a stage comes when the cancerous cells engulf almost all the available nutrients, thus starving the host to death. The word ‘cancer’ is derived from the Latin word cancrum (Greek: karkinos), which means crab. The Roman physician,Galen, hypothesised in AD 200 that cancer is caused by excess of “black bile” in the blood. This hypothesis was accepted by almost all the well-known physicians till 18th century. Today, we know that cancer is caused by mutations in the genes.

Is cancer a new disease?

No, cancer is not a new disease. Of course, its incidence has increased alarmingly in the last few decades. Our knowledge of cancer goes back to the dawn of civilisation. The evidence of cancer has been found in pre-historic animals and the Egyptian mummies.

The earliest records on cancer have been traced to ancient Egyptian, Greek and Indian writings. Sushruta, the Indian surgeon, described various types of tumours in his text “Sushruta Samhita” written in circa 600 BC. Ancient Egyptians used to cauterise tumours with red-hot iron rods. It is believed that the Greek surgeon, Leonides, was the first to operate upon cancer in 180 BC.

What are the causes of cancer?

A hundred years ago, cancer was not so common, but now every third person is expected to have a lifetime risk of cancer. Our changing lifestyle is exposing us to various cancer-causing agents, known as carcinogens. We are constantly exposed to a variety of carcinogens in the food we eat; in the water we drink; and in the air we breathe. Our single meal may contain a dozen of carcinogens in the form of residues of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. Nutritional imbalance in the diet (such as today’s fast food, which is rich in sodium and cholesterol but poor fibres, vitamins and calcium) may lead to genesis of cancer.

The electromagnetic radiation emitted by man-made technological devices, including computers, televisions, cell phones and many others, are a major cause of cancer. The exposure to ultraviolet radiation is increasing day-by-day due to the expanding ozone hole. Moreover, chronic stress further enhances the risk of cancer by suppressing the immune system of the body.

What kind of research is going on at the Vedic Cancer Research Centre?

A team of doctors from different systems of medicine, including the Chinese Herbal Medicine, has been working in the Vedic Cancer Research Centre since 1985 to explore the role of herbal medicine in the treatment of cancer with the aim of providing better remedies, especially for those patients who become resistant to chemotherapy and for those who are not fit to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy due to old age or marked weakness. This team has identified various anti-cancer herbs and prepared formulations from their extracts to attack cancerous cells without harming the body. These herbal medicines also minimise the toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The therapeutic effect of these herbal formulations is executed by specific phytoconstituents and the complex synergistic interaction among various constituents of the anti-cancer herbs. Herbal formulations prepared in the Vedic Cancer Research Centre enhance immunity of the body, leading to production of certain biochemical agents known as cytokines (including interleukins, interferons, tumour necrosis factors and colony stimulating factors) that further help the body to fight cancer. These herbal preparations can be taken along with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

What is the role of herbal medicines in the treatment of cancer?

Herbal medicines have a vital role in the prevention and treatment of cancer. A great deal of pharmaceutical research done in technologically advanced countries like the USA, Germany, France, Japan and China has considerably improved the quality of herbal medicines. With the advanced knowledge of molecular science and refinement in isolation and structure elucidation techniques, we are in a much better position now to identify various anti-cancer herbs and develop some remedy that may cure cancer. Herbal formulations can be designed to attack the cancerous cells without harming normal cells of the body, by understanding the complex synergistic interaction among various constituents of the anticancer herbs.

The therapeutic effect of anti-cancer herbs is executed by inhibiting the cancer-activating enzymes, stimulating the DNA repair mechanism, promoting production of the protective enzymes, inducing antioxidant action and by enhancing activity of the immune cells.

Some herbs protect the body from cancer by promoting detoxification functions of the body. Certain biological response modifiers derived form herbs inhibit growth of cancer by modulating activity of the specific hormones. Some herbs are known to reduce toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Scientists all over the world are concentrating on the use of herbal medicines to boost the immune system of the body against cancer. We are also running our own website: www.vediccaner.com.for the benefit of patients and their relatives.



Special Focus on Faridabad
Angioplasty yet to be taken up in a big way in India
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 16
Perhaps for the first time in the history of medical fraternity here, angioplasty was done on a heart patient and shown live to the physicians and the media at the Escorts Hospital and Research Centre here today. The technique, which is quite popular in the developed countries, is normally done on the heart patients who don’t want to go for a bypass surgery normally performed to overcome the problem of blocked arteries in such patients.

The unique operation was done by world renowned cardiologist Dr Martin Terry Rothman, Director, Cardiac Research and Development, Bart and NHS Trust, London and Dr Suman Bhandari, Head of the Cath Lab of the Escorts Hospital here.

Earlier, Dr Rothman gave a detailed lecture on the angioplasty using drug eluting stents (DES) in the special workshop held for the doctors. Dr Rothman, who is also the President of the British Cardiovascular Interventional Society, talked about the topic named - ‘DES An European Perspective’. Speaking about the subject, he said ‘as India fell into the high risk zone’ as far as the heart diseases were concerned, it was pertinent that the cardiologists kept themselves abreast with the latest developments and techniques in this field. Claiming that ‘drug eluting stents’ were the latest and most effective in the treatment of the ‘stenosis’ (clogged arteries), he said the method known as angioplasty was still to take up in a big way in India, as there was lot to done to make this method easily available and cost effective. He said that the workshop aimed at familiarising the medicos with the latest techniques in angioplasty involving DES.

Talking to the mediapersons later, Dr Rothman claimed that angioplasty had been effective method than the surgical method or operation to overcome the problem of blocked arteries in the heart patients as the risk factor of the patient coming again to the hospital with the same problem was very less in comparison to the surgery. He said a patient who had undergone angioplasty could go back home in just 36 hours and return to the work in a very small period of time while this was not possible in the conventional method.

Describing it as a very effective technique, he said it was quite simple, very less invasive and beneficially viable to a heart patient, but said the method was still to become popular in India, as the number of angioplasty done with DES here each year were few as compared to those done in Europe and other developed nations.

Stating that there were only 20 angioplasties done on a population of one million in India every year, while the figure was about 2,000 per million in the US and the UK. But he admitted that the drug-coated stents used were still costly as majority of these had been imported.

He said there was a need for production of stents locally which ought to be of the highest quality and standard, but added that such a situation could emerge only if the physicians and the people have proper awareness and the concept becomes popular. According to the physicians and heart surgeons, about 11 percent of the population in India suffer from the Coronary Heart Diseases (CHD). It is stated that while the genetic disposition of the Indians was such that they were more prone to the CHD, improper food habits, lack of physical exercise coupled with high level of stress, besides the habits of smoking and alcohol consumption had become the main risk factors.

With the change in the lifestyle the situation had further deteriorated and the average age of the patients of this disease had scaled down in the recent years. It is reported that while across the world, the average age of the heart patients was 45 years or above, but it was around 30 years in India, at present. The most prevalent of the CHD includes stenosis or narrowing odd arteries due to deposition of cholestrol and fat in them, and as a result the flow of blood to the heart was thwarted. This leads to death of heart tissues, which could lead to the heart attack. Angioplasty involves a small cut, which is made in the groin and a catheter has a balloon attached to its tip. The balloon is inflated to stretch or break upon the narrowed artery and improve the blood flow. The catheter is then removed and the stent is inserted into the arteries. According to doctors, there has been quite an excitement among the cardiologists about the drug eluting stents, which promise an effective treatment This therapy involves coating the outer aspect of a standard coronery stent with a thin polymer containing medication that could prevent the formation of the scar tissue at the site of coronery intervention. The procedure is done through a small incision in the upper portion of the leg or arm.



CM presents awards to craftsmen
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 16
As many as 27 craftsmen were awarded various prizes at the fortnight long Surajkund Crafts Mela that ended last evening. These were presented by the Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr O. P Chautala, who was the chief guest.

The newly instituted prize of Surajkund Kala Ratna went to Mrs Homu Habiba Bibi of Tamil Nadu for Patta mats. Mr M. Sriniwasan of Tamil Nadu and Mrs Masto Devi of Himachal Pradesh were given Surajkund Pramparagat award for stone carving and Chamba Rumal respectively. These awards were meant for the craftspersons showing heritage crafts.

The recipients of other awards are as follows: KalaMani awards - Smt. Pratikana Goswami - West Bengal, Savitri Devbguru - Orissa, Rajendra Mishra - Orissa, Tapan Chakraborty – West Bengal, V. Hamir - Gujarat, Kalinga Moharana Orissa, Ameena H. Kumbhar - Gujarat, and Shriram Soni- Rajasthan.

Kala Nidhi Awards - Sneh Gangal- Delhi, Sashi Malaker- West Bengal, P. Shreipathy- Andhra Pradesh, Rajkumar Kalra - Maharastra, K. Murali, U. Sesha Rao - A.P, Bhola Pandit - Bihar and R.G Krishnan- Tamil Nadu.

Kalasri Awards- Murali. T, Surpam Sambha - A.P, A. Pratap - Kerala, T. Mahajan - Maharastra, Jaged Nath, Som Nath Mishra - Orissa, N. Bimola Devi - Manipur, and P. Murugesan- Tamil Nadu.

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of a convention hall of the Hotel Rajhans at Surajkund. To be built at a cost of about 4.5 crore, the hall will have a capacity of about 500 persons, and it will also have a seminar hall, office block, a Business centre, lobby and a kitchen, besides other modern amenities.



Women face trouble in passenger trains
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 16
The woman passengers, particularly commuters and schoolteachers working in Delhi schools, have been facing great inconvenience in travelling on the 1 DPM (EMU) passenger train bound for Panipat on their return journey to their destinations like Badli, Narela, Rathdhana, Sonepat, Ganaur, Samalkha and Panipat.

According to a report, the train is generally overcrowded, but to make the things worse when the milkmen keep their huge containers without any proper booking near the main entrance of the coaches thereby preventing the passengers particularly the women to board them or to get down from them.

As there are no footboards in the EMU trains, the passengers, including women, have to jump out of the coaches in a bid to get down from the train during the period of the halt. If they cannot do so, they have to travel in the train ticketless up to next railway station.

In account of the overcrowding of the suburban trains, the actual problem, however, is of the seats in the coaches. The MSTs issued to the commuters and the tickets to the bona fide passengers do not seem to guarantee the right for a seat in the trains. More tickets than the seats available are sold at every railway station and many passengers said they could not remember a single day when they reached Delhi and home sitting on the seats in these trains.

Visiting the platform no 1 of the railway station, both in the morning and in the evening, this correspondent saw a shocking scene. As soon as a train is arrived, the passengers were seen frequently running from one coach to another to grab a seat. This made the pandemonium understandable if in desperation, men and women start fighting for the seats. Who is to be blamed? not the passengers.

Meanwhile, non-stoppage of the Amritsar bound superfast and the Bhatinda bound Delhi-Bhatinda inter-city express at the Subzimandi railway station is causing hardships to the passengers as they could not board them in the wake of the late running of the Amritsar bound Flying Mail, which always run behind schedule for hours together since it had been extended to Darbhanga (Bihar).

If the Amritsar bound superfast train and the Bhatinda bound Delhi-Bhatinda inter-city express halt at Subzimandi the long distant passengers could board these trains and reach their destinations on time otherwise they have to rush to New Delhi or Panipat to board them in the wake of the late running of the Amritsar bound flying mail.



Vidrohi flays political parties on SYL issue
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 16
The Haryana Janata Dal leader, Mr Ved Parkash Vidrohi, today strongly criticised the leaders of all the national political parties for not adopting a clear stand on the disputes going on between the states of Haryana and Punjab on the SYL canal constructions and sharing of Ravi-Beas waters issues and said that they have failed to get these disputes resolved for the last 30 years. Instead, these leaders had misled the people of both the states on some pretexts or the other.

In a press statement issued here, he said that the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections would provide them a good opportunity to these parties before the electorate to clear their stand on these issues. He called upon them to take a national view instead of regional bias and refrain from inflaming the passions of the people of both the states.

Mr Vidrohi also pointed out that the disputes between the two states could be resolved by implementing the Rajiv-Longowal accord and also various court’s rulings on the distribution of river waters.

He advocated the nationalisation of river waters in the country so that the needs of the farmers could be met. He said that it was the responsibility of the Central Government for resolving the river water and other disputes going on between different states in the country.

Mr Vidrohi also demanded the appointment of the Supreme Court’s judges by the Central Government if it wanted to end the ongoing disputes between different states in the country.



Spiritual centre set up
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 16
A spiritual centre set up by the followers of Bhagwan Rajnish would start functioning from the premises of the Ashtkonia Osho Mandir at Murthal from March 1.

According to a report, a ‘Dhayan Samadhi Camp’ would be organised at the Osho Nanak Dham in the first phase from March 1 to 9,where the participants would be taught how to lead a life of contentment. It would also be aimed at creating a sense of brotherhood among the people.

The importance of the teachings of Lord Mahavira, Lord Budha and Maharishi Patanjali would be explained to the participants to realise the truth, enabling them to have spiritual happiness.

Regular kirtan and samadhis besides religious discourses by prominent religious leaders would be organised in this camp.



Greater Noida carnival ends on colourful note
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida: The annual carnival of Greater Noida concluded here yesterday with a colourful performances by dancers and singers from educational institutions of the area.

The weeklong carnival showcased the various developments in Greater Noida area, particularly in the field of industrialisation.

It has been decided to make the Greater Noida carnival a regular annual feature, said the chairman of Grater Noida Authority, Mr Brijesh Kumar.

The industrial exhibition, workshops, handicrafts and artisan fair, rural sports, youth festivals and cultural programmes will continue to be part of the future carnival, the CEO added.

The light and sound programme, which had highlighted the history of Grater Noida, was one of the main attractions of the carnival.

The people of greater Noida, Noida, Ghaziabad, Delhi and surrounding villages had thronged the carnival. Some 40 paintings and sculptures were exhibited during the carnival this year.

Ragni, youth festival, sports competitions, cattle show, musical nights, mushairas, kathak dances and qawalis were also held during the carnival.

The Greater Noida Authority had also highlighted its various residential, industrial and institutional schemes during the carnival.



Four persons injured in group clash
Our Correspondents

Jhajjar, February 16
Four persons were injured in a clash between two family members in Naya Gaon village of the district today. According to information, an altercation between the families of Narayana and Savitri, turned violent when both sides started pelting stones and bricks at each other.

While two of the injured, identified as Ashok and Sunil, were referred to PGIMS at Rohtak in serious conditions, two other injured, Krishan and Bijender, were admitted to the Civil Hospital at Bahadurgarh.

Worker’s strike on Feb 22

The Sarava Karamchari Sangh has geared up to make its nationwide strike on February 22 a success. The strike is being held in protest against the ongoing privatisation, which is responsible for unemployment in the country, according to its spokesperson.

Addressing the workers here today, Mr Jiwan Singh, spokesperson and member of the action committee said that even as political parties were making all kinds of promises, they were keeping mum on the worker’s right to strike.

He held the right to strike a ‘natural and fundamental right’ of the workers.

He called upon all the workers union to support the strike.

Stir threat

Sonepat: The Brick Kiln Owners Association has threatened to launch an agitation if the police failed to apprehend the culprits involved in the murder of Mr Maman, the president of the association.

According to a report, the association has also decided to send a deputation to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, for apprising him of the facts of the case and the failure of the police to apprehend the culprits.

Mr Maman, it may be recalled, was shot dead by a youth, identified as Deepak and others while he was camping in his brick kiln at Sehoti village in this district on Saturday.

Four persons injured

Four members of a family, including two women, were injured in a clash at Bad Khalsa village, about 15 km from here last evening. According to a report, the injured persons were identified as Satish, Suresh, Ms Angoori and Ms Anita Devi.

All the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and are stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrest had been made in this connection.

According to another report, two youths, identified as Ashok Kumar and Raj Kumar were injured when they were involved in a fight with each other at Lehrara village last evening. Both the injured youths were immediately rushed to the local civil hospital. However, the condition of one of them was stated to be serious. The police have registered the case in this connection and further investigations were in progress.



Rs 2.97 cr for remodelling Jahangirpuri drain
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 16
The Government of NCT of Delhi has sanctioned Rs 2.97 crore for remodelling the Jahangirpuri drain in north Delhi. The Urban Development Minister, Mr A. K. Walia, said rainwater collected due to inadequate capacity of the drain had submerged a number of houses. With the remodelling of the drain, he said, residents would stand to benefit. The drain originating at Road No 51 and falling into the Najafgarh drain after traversing a distance of 5,470 metres through Nirankari ground and along the Shah Alam Bund was constructed by the Irrigation and Flood Department to drain out rainwater from Model Town, Adarsh Nagar, Gopalpur, Jahangirpuri, Bhalswa and Azadpur.

In order to enable the drain to carry out the storm water discharge, the capacity of the drain is required to be increased to 1,500 cusecs and 1,700 cusecs at different points. Accordingly, the drain will be remodelled as per availability of land by adopting different types of designed sections with stone pitching or PCC lining.

Entrepreneurial skills for soldiers

In keeping with its commitment to social issues, the Indian Oil Corporation invited the office bearers of the War Wounded Foundation along with 20 wounded soldiers to motivate them to turn entrepreneurs. Addressing the soldiers, Mr S. K. Swaminathan, Executive Director, said IOC has succeeded in providing individual-centric, sustainable and more importantly, localised rehabilitation solutions to the wounded war heroes.

Two wounded heroes, who have turned entrepreneurs, were also invited to address the incumbents. IOC provides institutional support in terms of training and guidance. IOC has assisted a number of war wounded personnel to successfully set up means for their livelihood.

DMA election

The executive vice-chairman of Heart Care Foundation, Dr. K K Agarwal, has been elected as the president of the Delhi Medical Association for the year 2005-06. He defeated his nearest rival Dr Ajay Rohtagi by a margin of 276 votes. Dr. Agarwal had earlier served as the vice-president of DMA in 1991-92.



Disproportionate assets: Sales Tax Officer held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 16
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government today claimed to have arrested an Assistant Sales Tax Officer, Mr Vijay Kumar Singh, for having asset disproportionate to his known sources of income. He was earlier trapped while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a shopkeeper.

During search of his house, receipt of fix deposits and other documents relating to the possession of assets disproportionate to his known source of income were seized. He was produced before a court and sent to judicial custody, said the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Anti Corruption Branch), Mr Bhairon Singh Gurjar.

Contract killer held

The Special Staff of the West district police today claimed to have arrested an alleged contract killer, who had planned to eliminate another member of a rival gang.

The suspect, identified as Shaymsunder alias Ghanshyam, was arrested from Moti Nagar area while allegedly planning to kill a rival gang member. One country-made pistol, three live cartridges and a stolen Tata Indica car were seized, the police said. The police laid a trap after receiving a tip-off that Shaymsunder would be coming to the area.

During interrogation, he disclosed that in 1997 he had been arrested in a robbery case committed in Najafgarh area. While he was in judicial custody, he came in contact with members of Anoop gang of Mitraun village, who helped him to get bail in 1999. Later, he became part of the gang.



Gambler arrested in special drive
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 16
The police have intensified its campaign against the sata gamblers in this city and arrested seven persons in this connection following the recovery of Rs 25,495 in cash from their possession.

According to a report, the arrested persons were identified as Sanjay of Sikka colony, Shaukeen of Idgah colony, Manoj of Mohalla Kalan, Baldev of Mohalla Kot, Jitender of New Jiwan Nagar, Pappu of Malikpur village and Manoj of Chulkana village.

The police have registered the case against them under the Gambling Act. The police action followed the directive issued by the Superintendent of Police, Sonepat, to conduct special drive to put a check on this menace.

3 persons held

The Civil Lines police have arrested three persons, identified as Narinder of Panchsheel colony, Karamvir and Ashok of Rathdhana village under Section 107/151 Cr.PC while they were creating a nuisance on a thorough fare after consuming liquor.

Body found

The Government Railway Police (GRP) have recovered a body of a man lying on the railway track between Sonepat and Sandal Kalan Railway Station and sent it for the postmortem examination.

According to a report the body was identified as Ramjan, a worker of a factory. It is stated that he was crossing the railway track when the accident occurred.



Steel merchant shot at in Ghaziabad
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, February 16
Two motorcycle-borne criminals shot at a steel merchant and stabbed his employee in his shop at Delhi Gate here yesterday. However, the criminals fled in panic leaving their motorcycle at the spot after a large number of traders gathered as a result of an alarm raised by the victims.

The steel merchant, identified as Pankaj Taneja, was sitting in his shop in Nav Yug Market, Delhi Gate, when two youths approached him and asked him to hand over all the cash.

However, as soon as the steel merchant raised an alarm, the armed criminals panicked and shot him.

Fearing that they may be overpowered, the assailants fled from the scene, leaving their motorcycle behind.

Later, the trader, who was injured shoulder, was rushed to a private hospital in Nehru Nagar. The police believe that the incident could have taken place as a fall out of some monetary dispute.



Five held for bid to rob petrol pump

Sonepat: The police foiled an attempt of five armed youths to loot a petrol pump and arrested them after an exchange of fire in Sector 12 here last night. According to a report, the youths were identified as Manoj, Jagmesh, Ashok, all residents of Rajpur village; and Kaptan and Manvir of Guhna village. The police also seized three country-made pistols, live cartridges and two knives from their possession. Two of the youths, Manoj and Manvir, it may be recalled, had escaped from the Bal Sudhar Grah of Sonepat last year. OC


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