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Noted Meerut businessman kidnapped
Our Correspondent

Meerut, February 22
A prominent businessman of the city was kidnapped by about five armed persons in a broad daylight on Meerut-Pauri state highway. Three youths put the businessmen forcibly into their white Maruti car at pistol-point and fled towards Bijnore-Mawana Road. Some passers-by immediately informed the police that a man had been kidnapped.

Later, it was established that the kidnapped person was a noted businessman of the city. According to police sources, Mr Sushil K R Garg, owner of Manohar Cold Storage chain, was on the way to his farm house in Laliyana village, 15 kms from the district headquarters, on his scooter.

Around noon, a white Maruti car hit the scooter from the back. Four youths put Mr Sushil Kumar Garg in the car brandishing a pistol. The incident occurred at the turn of Mamepur village in a busy area. Mr Garg is a leading businessman of the city who has a chain of cold storages at Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Khatauli.

Meanwhile, an unidentified caller informed the police. Soon many senior police officials, including Dy Inspector General of Police, Meerut range, Mr C B Rai, IG Mr R K Tiwari and the SSP reached the spot under Incholi Police Station. Senior police officials also arrived at the house of Mr Garg and interrogated his family members.

The SSP Meerut, Mr Badri Prasad Singh, told the mediapersons that three teams had been constituted to rescue the businessman. All the teams raided several hideouts of the kidnappers in the Incholi and Daurala Police Station area, but failed to trace him.

Meanwhile, the police took at least a dozen persons in custody. The family members and the relatives of Mr Garg told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that kidnappers had yet not approached them for ransom. They also said that he had no enmity with anybody in the area.

Girl rescued

Sonepat: The Ganaur Police have rescued a 20-year-old married girl Reena, alias Renu, from Mumbai and brought her to Sonepat yesterday.

According to a report, she was medically examined by a doctor in the local civil hospital. She belongs to Nadipur Masjra village. She was allegedly kidnapped by a 24-year-old youth Ajit on January 26. During her stay, she was repeatedly raped by the culprit who is at large. The police have registered the case against him and a hunt is on to apprehend him.



Rajinder Nagar murder case cracked
Tribune News Service


New Delhi, February 22
The Central district police in a joint operation with the Crime Branch has claimed to have arrested the main accused in the murder-cum-robbery case which took place on February 5 in Rajinder Nagar where one Chanderbhan Batra in his eighties was killed and his wife tied down by the accused.

The accused had burgled the house of the elderly couple and ran away with jewellery and cash.

The accused identified as Mehmood Ali, alias Sher Ali, (40), resident of Nizamuddin, is a desperate criminal involved in at least 20 cases of heinous crimes and carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head.

The police arrested the accused after a brief encounter in the Kalyanpuri area last night and also seized a country-made weapon along with two live cartridges from his possession. The police have already arrested his associate Mohammad Munir, alias Panku, on February 11 in the Nizamuddin area.

The murder-cum-robbery incident had created a considerable panic in Rajinder Nagar. The police had formed several teams to crack the case and also roped in the Crime Branch for assisting in the investigations.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Arvind Deep said that the lifting of the palm prints has considerably helped the police in tracing the criminal. “After lifting the palm prints, the police checked the dossiers of over 1,100 criminals in the Nizamuddin, New Friends Colony and Sarita Vihar areas. During this time, the police came across the records of Mehmood Ali. His palm prints matched perfectly,” he said.

The police got a tip-off on February 21 that Mehmood would come to Kalyanpuri area to meet his accomplice and accordingly formed a joint team. At around 7.30 pm, the police spotted Mehmood and when they tried to approach him, he opened fire but was soon overpowered by the joint team. No one was injured in the encounter.

During interrogation, the accused confessed to have committed the crime along with his associate on February 5.

He said that after finding the house locked, they broke open the door and committed burglary in the house. It was during this time, the elderly couple who had gone to the market for buying vegetables returned.

When the accused spotted the couple, they attacked Batra killing him on the spot and tied his wife with the rope. They then ran away with cash and personal jewellery of the victim’s wife.

Deep also said that the police have identified a jeweller in Dariba who used to receive the stolen property from the accused. 



HC restrains retailers from selling fake couture
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 22
In a significant relief to ITC Ltd, the Delhi High Court has restrained some garment manufacturers and retailers from dealing with the fashionable apparel under brand names “Wills Sport” and “John Player” owned by the corporate major.

Justice MK Sharma in an ex parte order, restrained the Delhi-based garment manufacturers Deepak Garments, Guru Nanak Trading Co, Mini Fashion Street and Shanker Garments from dealing with the apparel bearing the two trade marks and the copyright logo of ITC Ltd.

The court also appointed the Local Commissioner to raid the premises of Deepak Garments and Guru Nanak Trading Co, which according to ITC’s counsel Man Mohan Singh recovered huge quantity of counterfeit fashionable apparel under the two brand names.

While seeking injunction against the four local garment manufacturers, senior advocate Rajiv Nayar appearing for the corporate major, submitted that the ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing Division has adopted the two trade marks along with “Wills Clublife”and “Wills Classic” etc and has been successfully marketing the fashionable apparel, both for men and women for several years.

Alleging that the Delhi-based manufacturers and retailers were passing off their products as those of the ITC, the corporate major said the use of the mark “Wills Sport” and “John Player” by them amount to infringement of the trade marks.

The company had submitted that the use of identical logos of the two labels by the local garment dealers also amount to infringement of copyright of logo vested with the ITC.



Consumer forum orders UPCC to right a wrong
Parmindar Singh

Noida, February 22
The District Consumer Forum has cancelled a bill sent by the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPCC) to a consumer because his meter was defective.
The three-members Forum ruled that the UP Power Corporation had not amended the complainant’s incorrect bill before sending it to him. The Forum told the UPPC to cancel the defective bill and in its place a corrected bill be presented. The UPCC should also give an opportunity to the complainant to present his version before a corrected bill was sent.

The UPCC should also restore the power connection of the consumer and pay him Rs 1,000 by way of compensation, the Forum ordered.

The complainant Yadav Ram Singh of village Raipur told the Forum that the SDO in charge of Sector-20 UPCC office had not heard his version. Although he was getting electric supply, his electric meter had been defective for a long time.

He had complained that the defective meter be corrected but Sector-20 SDO of Power Corporation’s office did not take any action.

Later, he was sent a bill for Rs 30,156. He told the UPCC officers that since his meter had been non- functional for a long time, the bill is not drawn on correct basis.

He had again written a letter to the Power Corporation that the meter be repaired or replaced.

In response to the Forum’s notice, the UP Power Corporation had told the Forum that the said complaint was unjustified and it should, therefore, be cancelled.



Set up ‘mother unit’ and get all help: CM
Bijendra Ahlawat

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 22
The Haryana Government would try its best to provide industrialists with the basic amenities and infrastructure for development in all sectors, including the manufacturing activity.

The entrepreneurs were assured of all help during the Chief Minister’s ‘Interface programme’ with the industrialists here yesterday. Speaking at the function organised by the Faridabad Industries Association (FIA), the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, claimed that there was no discrimination between Faridabad and Gurgaon in the policies and programmes of the state government as far as the overall growth of the industries and business was concerned.

He said that the government would provide all the facilities to anyone who wanted to set up a ‘mother unit’ here. About the decision of the Maruti Udyog Limited to set up its second plant at Dharuhera in Gurgaon district, he said it was the company’s decision and no one could be forced to change it. Appreciating the efforts and the role of the industrialists here, he said Faridabad had earned a special recognition in the industrial map of the country.

He said while the total exports from Haryana had been worth about Rs 12,000 crore, Faridabad alone contributed about Rs 1,400 crore each year.

Promising to take up the repair and reconstruction of the badly damaged roads of the district very soon, he said the Municipal Corporation here had been given its share of the funds in the LADT collected.

He claimed that organisational skills and expert managing techniques adopted by the local entrepreneurs had minimised the chances of labour unrest in the factories here. He, however, said that the government would not allow encroachment of any kind and by anyone in the district.

Earlier, welcoming the Chief Minister, the local industrialists demanded certain measures to encourage more industries and business activities here. One of them suggested that the town should have a single authority to deal with the procedures regarding development.

It was claimed that having two or more agencies, including the Municipal Corporation and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) was proving only a hurdle in this regard and demanded that these two should be merged or replaced by one authority so that the redtapism, inconvenience and inefficiency could be curtailed. They also demanded extension of the Metro Rail project up to Hodal town in the district. Mr H.R Gupta, president of the FIA, presented a memorandum of demands to the Chief Minister. Speaking on the occasion, he said the district had a potential of making exports of more than Rs 5,000 crore per year, but he said, to tap this potential, development of the basic infrastructure which include roads, sewerage system, drainage and the street lights was must. 



Mokshda, an environs-friendly cremation facility
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 22
Nigambodh Ghat will soon have a new environment-friendly and less expensive cremation facility called Mokshda.
The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Vijay Goel, said that Mokshda would be a wood-based, fuel-efficient system of cremation without requiring huge quantity of wood.

This would benefit the poor who are forced to spend on costly firewood. This would also reduce environmental pollution in the city.

Considering the benefit to the society, the minister allocated Rs 11.54 lakh out of his MP Local Area Development Fund for the construction of Mokshda.

He said that Ashtha Dhatu had been used in the construction of Mokshda in keeping with the religious customs of Hindus.

The Minister said that eight kg of firewood is theoretically required for the cremation of a body, but practically 400 to 600 kg of firewood is consumed. This means cutting approximately 500 lakh trees annually only for cremation requirement.

According to the minister, a team of experts visited more than 100 cremation grounds in UP, MP, Delhi and Punjab, and discussed the new system with different communities. It is only after their concurrence that the new system is being introduced, he said.



Helplines for people in distress
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 22
Senior citizens, women and students can heave a sigh of relief in the city thanks to a special campaign launched during the ongoing Delhi Police Week. The Police Control Room (PCR) staff today started painting the helpline numbers in the public buses and other prominent places in the city to reach people in distress.

The drive was started this afternoon in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (PCR), Mr A K Singh, near the ‘W’ point on Tilak Marg.

“We want to reach out to the public so that the available facilities are properly utilised by the public,” said Mr Singh adding that the facility would be initially provided to as many as 800 city buses plying on the Delhi roads. The helpline number for women is 1091, and senior citizens and students 1291. There are about 338 PCR vans and as many as 5,500 PCR personnel pressed into service for security and patrolling in the city. The PCR vans and men will also be deployed at strategic points near the women’s colleges and schools and other vulnerable places for the safety of women and senior citizens.



Chautala should seek fresh mandate: Haryana BJP chief
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 22
Taking strong exception to Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala’s utterances regarding the INLD’s superior strength and popularity in the state, former Haryana BJP chief Prof Ram Bilas Sharma has asserted that if the INLD supremo was so sure of his public acceptability, he should immediately get the Vidhan Sabha dissolved and seek the fresh mandate from the people of Haryana along with the Lok Sabha polls.

Talking to the NCR Tribune, Prof Sharma opined that morality as well as democratic propriety also made it obligatory for Mr Chautala to seek a fresh mandate along with the Parliamentary elections. He went on to explain that Mr Chautala had fought Assembly elections in February 2000, in alliance with the BJP.

He added that out of a total of 90 Assembly seats in Haryana, the INLD has contested 61 seats while the BJP had fielded its candidates in the remaining 29 constituencies. Now, when the four-year old alliance between the INLD and the BJP had been thrown to the winds by both the constituents, the INLD supremo had forfeited his moral right to persist with the same group of INLD legislators, as they had secured victories in alliance with the BJP.

Making a specific mention of the previous Lok Sabha elections, Prof Sharma recalled that the BJP and the INLD had secured five seats each then in Haryana. Besides, almost all the five BJP candidates had won with bigger margins than their counterparts of the INLD, which showed that the electorate had, by and large, voted in the name of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Prof Sharma said that in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, the BJP candidates in Haryana were going to be doubly blessed –on the one hand by the charisma of the name of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and on the other hand by his superb performance on the development, Defence, Economic and other Fronts.

Taking a dig at another utterance of Mr Chautala, Prof Sharma said that “it was beyond his comprehension why Mr Chautala was feeling panicky if my revered guru and celebrated Saint Asa Ram Bapu had given me his blessings to occupy the chief ministerial gaddi in Haryana in the times to come.”

He went on to say that Mr Chautala seemed to have forgotten that he himself had visited several prestigious hermitages in the Ahirwal region much before the Assembly elections of February 2000, to seek their blessings for himself.

Describing people’s unstinted support as well as a saint’s blessings as essential ingredients for a politician to succeed in his mission of life, Prof Sharma said that it appeared to him that Mr Chautala, who had allegedly misused the people’s mandate ruthlessly, was now resorting to such things.



Special Focus on sonepat
They usurp lands with impunity
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 22
Going by the large-scale encroachments on public land along the main roads of the city that have been taking place in utter disregard of the government’s urban development policy, it is now quite clear that the district and civic administration as well as the Public Works Department (B&R) and the HUDA authorities have abdicated their basic responsibilities for ensuring orderly and planned growth of the city.

The alleged indifferent attitude of the administration in checking and removing encroachments have ruined the concept of planning for this “A” class city, which has today a population of over 2 lakh with unchecked migration of thousands of families every year. The municipal council, the PWD (B&R) and other official agencies, which have been indulging in wasteful expenditure because of their heavy administrative infrastructure, have not only failed to solve the problem but allowed it to come to a point where it defies of solutions.

It is widely admitted that prime duty of the administration and the municipal council was to launch deterrent action against those indulging in land grabbing and encroachments on pavements with impunity. Squatting on pavements along important city roads today only exposes the pedestrian traffic to increasing road hazards. Not only that the concerned official agencies have failed to check the increasing menace of encroachments they have been in a way abetting in illegal activity by conferring the bazari rights, allowing the problem to assume major proportion.

No amount of public criticism or complaints seems to move the officials controlling civic affairs or those connected with planning in the administration. By conferring teh-bazari rights, the municipal council has in a way legalised what has admittedly been an illegal activity, violating well laid down policies in regard to the problems being posed by large-scale encroachments.

The problem of encroachments, land grabbing and subsequently sale of government land by unscrupulous colonisers has been revealed at high level meetings but the problem has only aggravated. The people have often been assured about the government’s resolve not to allow encroachments on public land or prevents exclusively meant for pedestrian traffic. But what is happening all over the city only proves that the district administration is just behaving like helpless spectators.

While the number of vehicles has gone up manifold, the road expansion programmes have virtually remained static.

This has result in total chaos and confusion on the city roads. Despite several initiatives undertaken by the traffic police to cope with the ever-increasing problem of traffic, the civic administration entrusted with the responsibility of road planning and development have been indifferent. By not allowing pavements for the pedestrians, they are being forced to walk in the middle of the roads facing the risk of being knocked down by the vehicles.

The municipal parks in the Model Town and Prem Nagar areas have been grabbed by influential persons for the construction of a library and a temple respectively. The shopekeepers near the Button factory area have also grabbed the land meant for a park on which they had constructed the concrete platform for the parking of vehicles. Some of the shopkeepers have started using it for the sale of their goods by placing ‘takhat posh’ and rehris there.



Govt employees to be trained on EVMs 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 22
On the instructions of the Election Commission, the district administration has made elaborate arrangements for providing training to all the government employees for working on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) to be used in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the district and elsewhere.

Giving this information, Mr Rajeev Ranjan, Assistant Returning Officer-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner, told mediapersons here today that the training would start from February 24 from Dhurana and Mundlana villages and cover the villages of Badhathi Khas, Jawhara and Chidana villages.

The villages of Chhatehra, Jagsi, Matand and Busana would be covered on February 25, Gangana, Isapuur Kheri, Siwana Maal, Ranakheri and Nooran Khera on February 26, Butana Kundu, Bichpari, Butana Khetlan and Gangesar on February 27, Mahmoodpur, Siwanka, Sarsadh, Ramgarh and Ahmadpur on February 28, Bhawar, Garhwal, Nizampur and Kohla on February 29, Khanpur Khurd, Baroda Maur, Baroda Thutthan and Banwasa on March 1, Chhapra, Rindhana, Kehlpa and Dhanana on March 2, Thaska, Madina, Ahulana.



Khora residents to vote for those who ensure colony’s development
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 22
Some five lakh inhabitants of sprawling Khora Colony between Noida and Ghaziabad on southern side of National Highway No 24 had enough of promises of leaders and officials. They are frustrated that the development of their colony has long been neglected.

The residents of Khora have decided to start a people’s movement for which a meeting of representatives of various areas like, Sarswati Vihar, Mahalaxmi Garden, Ganga Vihar, Arun Vihar was called to decide the strategy for the purpose.

The people of the colony, which has about a lakh of voters, have decided to vote only that candidate or party in coming Lok Sabha poll who will take up the development of the colony in right earnest.

Uppermost in the list of the residents is establishment of a Nagar Palika (Civic Body) for which District Magistrate Ghaziabad has already sent his recommendation to Lucknow.

Problems that have plagued this sprawling colony are chronically inadequate and unreliable power supply. An agitation will be launched for getting a drain constructed in the colony. Being a low-lying colony, it is usually flooded during monsoons leading to mosquito breeding and diseases. Kharanja, brick laying of roads sides and drains etc. is the other important problem.

The setting up of a Nagar Palika should take care of its entire problem and it will be answerable to the local people also. Representatives of Ganga Vihar, Geetenjali Vihar, Indira Gardens, Sarswati Vihar, Pratap Vihar had all stressed the need for a civic body.

District general secretary Suresh Yadav of National Students Union, Naresh Gujjar, B. K. Tiwari, Pinto Tiwari, Bhagat Negi, Naresh Biju and Manoj Kumar had all attended the meeting.



Noida projects on old Mayawati Govt 
rates despite outcry
Parmindar Singh

Noida, February 22
There was hue and cry about different projects in Noida when the Samajwadi Party government took over the administration in Uttar Pradesh. The new government began by leveling allegations of corruption and graft during Mayawati ‘s rule, severely compromising the efficacy of these projects.

But surprisingly work on the same projects has now resumed at the same old rates! It seems the “corrupt rates” are suddenly “acceptable” to the new government. In all, 106 projects worth Rs 895 crore had been sanctioned by Ms Mayawati government. But most of these works had been stopped mid way vide an administrative order dated August 30, 2003. Now, without holding anyone responsible for the improprieties, 78 out of the 106 projects have been given the green signal. An inquiry was entrusted earlier to senior IAS officer T George Joseph. The probe was halted on October 1, 2003, vide Chief Minister Mulayam Singh’s order dated September 30, 2003.

Then, the probe was handed over to Noida Authority Chairman and CEO Brijesh Kumar. The officers connected with the probe had reportedly given the nod to restart works worth Rs.425 crore.



NCR briefs
696 cases settled by Lok Adalats
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 22
The Lok Adalats held recently settled about 696 cases. According to the District and Sessions Judge, Ms Nirmal Yadav, 477 of these cases were settled at Faridabad while the rest were disposed of at the Lok Adalat held at Palwal town. A compensation of about Rs 68.44 lakh was distributed to the victims in 60 vehicle accident cases settled by the Lok Adalat here, she said. About eight cases under the Hindu Marriage Act, 152 civil cases, 63 criminal cases, four cases related to bank loans and 192 summary cases were decided by the Lok Adalats. A fine of Rs 12.43 lakh was imposed in these cases. At the Lok Adalat held at Palwal, 22 civil cases, 54 criminal cases and 143 cases of summary nature were settled and a fine of Rs 46,650 was imposed.

Scooterist killed

Sonepat: A scooterist, identified as Satbir of Titauli village, was killed and his brother, Ranvir, sustained serious injuries when the scooter on which they were riding was hit by a tractor-trolley near Gohana town, about 35 km from here last evening. The injured person was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case and sent the body for the postmortem examination.

Theft in battery shop

Thieves reportedly broke into a battery shop in Sector 14 near Vivekanand Chowk here last night and escaped with goods worth several thousands of rupees. According to a report, the stolen goods included a coloured TV, six inverters, seven batteries and Rs 8,000 in cash. The owner of the shop has lodged an FIR with the police in this connection. A number of thefts in the recent past in the area have caused panic among the shopkeepers and residents of the city.

Cotton stock gutted

Cotton stock worth about Rs 42,000 was gutted when a mini truck carrying it caught fire near Bhandari village, about 50 km from here last night. According to a report, the mini truck was on its way from Gohana to Bhiwani. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. OC



delhi digest 
Vivekananda’s teachings stressed 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 22
The Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, said that in today’s globalised environs, people should reaffirm their faith in the teachings of Vivekananda as this can pave the way for establishing peace and harmony in the world.

He was speaking to a gathering after performing the Bhoomi Poojan of the Vivekananda Kendra International Bhawan that will come up in Chanakyapuri.

Recalling Vivekananda’s ideals, Mr Shekhawat said, “We should not be shy of our religion and should actively promote it as it has eternal essence. Secondly, we should regard the poor as God. Unless we eliminate the scourge of poverty, our country will not prosper. And we should respect all religions of the world as they pursue the universal God.” The Vice-President also released the commemorative volume, “India’s Contribution to World Thought and Culture”. An exhibition, “The Eternal India” was also organised on the occasion.

Swami Shradhanand remembered: Glowing tributes were paid to social reformer Swami Shradhanand on the occasion of his 147th birth anniversary. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi organised a function at his Balidan Sthal at Town Hall in Chandni Chowk where his statue is installed. Mr Brij Mohan Sharma, Chairman of the Appointment Committee and area Councillor, garlanded the statue of Swami Shradhanand.

Criminals arrested: The South district police claimed to have arrested three men armed with country-made revolvers and knife after a minor encounter on Saturday. The men were identified as Khokhan, Mohammad Zakir and Mohantu. When the suspects, noticed by a patrolling party, were asked to stop, they tried to run away. When the police chased them, they fired at the police party. Even though the police retaliated by firing back, no one was injured. However, the suspects were overpowered and nabbed. Two country-made revolvers and a knife were recovered from their possession. Their criminal involvement is being investigated, the police said.



Inspector, SI held in stamp scam 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 22
The CBI arrested an Inspector and a Sub- Inspector of the Delhi Police on charges of conspiring with Abdul Karim Telgi for printing and selling counterfeit stamp to various business houses, causing huge loss to the government exchequer.

They arrested policemen were identified as Inspector Puran Singh and Sub-Inspector Gaurav Aggarwal, posted at Defence Colony police station. They were produced before the Duty Magistrate in the Patiala House courts and sent to judicial custody yesterday.

The involvement of the two policemen in the racket was suspected during the course of the investigation in two FIRs registered at Defence Colony police station and recently transferred to the CBI.

During the investigation of the case, both the accused policemen entered into a conspiracy with Telgi and other accused during 1999-2001, the CBI spokesman said.

The suspects deliberately kept Abdul Karim Telgi out of the purview of the investigation and allegedly favoured another accused arrested in the same FIR by not filing a charge sheet against him. The investigation also revealed that the suspected Inspector illegally inspected the stocks of various companies by abusing his official position. Both the policemen were involved in number of illegal acts including preparing seizure memos and recording false aimed at facilitating Telgi to expand his stamp racket.

The Inspector accepted Rs 2. 95 lakh from another accused in a case registered at Defence Colony police station and allowed him to withdraw money while he was in police custody, the CBI spokesman said.

Cash, jewellery worth Rs 4 lakh looted: Three armed desperadoes entered a house in Shahdara area and escaped with cash and jewellery worth Rs four lakh after tying the occupants of the house last night. The desperadoes entered the house (H-58) in West Jyothi Nagar and tied the three brothers, identified as Rajinder, Ashok and Surender. The police have registered a case of robbery.

Man arrested for raping minor: The South West district police claimed to have arrested a man, identified as Kamal, for raping a minor. He lured the victim to his residence and assaulted her. The accused was a safai karamchari in the locality, the police said.

Three persons killed: Three persons were killed in separate accidents that took place in different areas of the Capital during the last 24 hours. A man, identified as Saroj, was killed on the spot when he was hit by a truck (HR-46-6338) while he was crossing the road opposite Sarai Kale Khan bus terminal last evening. The truck driver, identified as Munna, has been arrested. In another accident, a man, whose identity could not be ascertained, was found dead at Pul Bangash last night. He was crushed by a vehicle. The Sabzi Mandi police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving.

Meanwhile, a man was killed when the TSR in which he was travelling overturned near Hanuman Mandir yesterday. Five other passengers, who sustained injuries, were admitted to a trauma centre. The Kashmere Gate police registered a case of rash and negligent driving and arrested the TSR driver, identified as Mahal Singh, the police said.



Mother killed, infant injured 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 22
A woman, identified as Bimla, was killed and her four-year-old son sustained injuries when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the G.T. Road near Kuber Hotel, about 6 km from here last evening. According to a report, the victim belonged to Bhaprauda village and had got down from a bus near Kuber hotel when the accident occurred. She was on her way to Qumashpur village in this district. The police have registered the case and sent the body for the postmortem examination.



You have the perfect colour to paint the 
town red this Holi 

Pidilite launches acron non-toxic ‘Holi Ke Rang’, a range of colours for the Holi festival. The colours are free of harmful chemicals as they are made from food grade colours. So Holi revellers need not worry about colours getting into their mouth or irritating their skin. It is available in three powder colours: pink, orange and yellow. The colour concentrate to be mixed in water is also available in red, yellow and green colours.

Dinosaur checks collection: Scullers launches Dinosaur checks collection, a range of shirts with larger-than-life checks. They are made of cotton and cotton-based fabric and are given a special soft enzyme wash that gives a surreal feel to the fabric. These business casuals are available in half and full sleeves and come in a wide range of deep, earthy colours like green, camel, ecru, maroon and deep blue.

Water purifier: Arise India introduces ‘Arise Ho’, a reverse osmosis-based water purifier. Ideal for overhead tank/borewell/tubewell/municipal water, the purification unit uses special membranes under high pressure to remove suspended, dissolved bacterial and chemical impurities up to 0.0001 micron from water. It reduces the levels of naturally occurring substances that have contaminated the water supply resulting in possible adverse health effects. It is easy to install and treated water stored in food grade air- tight tank can be dispensed by special tap installed in a sink. It is available in three models: Benz, Imago and Aeon.

Alcazar vodka: Alcazar vodka hits northern India after establishing itself as the largest selling brand of vodka in Mumbai. Its clear, crisp and fresh taste guarantees a great quality product at an affordable price. Alcazar vodka will also be the country’s first vodka in the regular segment to come out with a one-litre pack. The one-litre pack is targeted particularly at bars, restaurants, clubs and other serving premises.

Burn care: Schwabe India has introduced a new homoeopathic product–Topi Cantharis–for minor burns. It is a special formulation that provides complete care in minor burns. It has essential homoeopathic ingredients that provide an immediate cooling effect and relieves pain and burning sensation. Its non-greasy, non-staining cream base reduces irritation of the skin and prevents the formation and growth of vesicles, thereby discouraging discoloration of the skin.

Mother’s Recipe: You can now savour the taste of pickles like ‘Pachranga’, ‘Punjabi mango’, ‘Teekha Punjabi mango’ and ‘Stuffed Red Chillies’ and many other regional speciality pickles from Mother’s Recipe. They have been developed after visiting scores of rural north Indian households and prepared from the skills learnt from grandmothers and experienced ladies across the region.

Automatic washing machines: LG Electronics launches a new range of fully automatic washing machines with the world’s first ‘Seven Sensor Technology’. The 14-new models come in the range of 5-kg to 7-kg capacity and have a range of nine models of top-loaders and five front-loaders. These models sense three more vital attributes such as temperature of water, water hardness and detergent density to ensure a better and cleaner wash of clothes. They have turbo drum technology wherein the drum rotates in opposite direction of the impeller, which results in improved washing and rinsing performance and also less tangling and damage to clothes. Each washing machine comes with a two-year warranty and assured service support.

Notebook computer: A developer of silicon chip technologies and provider of PC platform solutions, Via offers a sub-Rs 30,000 notebook computer. The laptop computer will be launched in association with the UK-based ACi (Asia). The notebook will have a superior hardware configuration including 128 MB RAM, which can be upgraded to 512 MB, hard disk drive of 20 GB (upgradable to 60 GB) and with a CPU of one GHz, that could be scaled up to 1.4 GHz. It will come with a Linux operating system but can be scaled to Microsoft Windows operating systems Open Office, which is similar to MS Office. Named ACi Ethos V, it is light in weight (2.2 kg) and rigidly built with aluminium top casing suited for Indian rugged conditions. It is fitted with a Li-Ion battery with 1.5 hours back-up. The computer comes with a one-year comprehensive warranty.

Sunshakti: Godrej Industries foods division launches Godrej Sunshakti–a new brand of 100 per cent refined sunflower cooking oil. It is available in one-litre flexi pouch and five-and 15-litre jars. The company claims that Sunshakti offers a great value proposition in terms of health, taste and economy with rigorous quality control.

Total home entertainment: Bose launches a home entertainment system, the Bose 3.2.1 GS DVD. The home entertainment system provides a surround experience and includes new advanced control features. It offers consumers two compact speakers, half the size of those in the original 3.2.1 system and a hideaway Acoustimass module. The one media center features an integrated DVD / CD player and AM / FM tuner. The DVD player plays DVDs, VCDs, MP3 on CDs, CD-R / RW. Consumers can connect up to three additional sources (such as TV, VCR and cable box / satellite) and operate them all with the advanced remote control. The wiring set-up is simple with only four connections: Acoustimass module to media center, media center to speakers, media center to TV and Acoustimass module to power outlet. A new advanced infrared remote control enables the consumer to access most system functions, the television and video source–a satellite box or cable, for instance.

Hi-fashion ladies footwear: Lee Cooper unveils Lee Cooper Femmes, a hi-fashion ladies footwear. Designed to reflect the trends in the international women’s footwear, the new range, christened Lee Cooper Femmes, is ideal for a work environment and a leisure setting alike. Initially, on offer are four styled ranges: Elegance, Caroline, Lucille and Sporty. Crafted from genuine leather, Elegance comes in black, brown and dark brown colours. Caroline takes the form of that ever popular loafer and derby; Lucille takes comfort to a new level with its roomy round toe, suede leather uppers and lightly-padded lining and foot-bed; and Sporty captures the magic of youth with its vibrant colours and combinations of marine and light grey, off white and red, orange and beige, beige and dark grey, light grey and navy, beige and chocolate and orange and off white.

Educating the consumer: Faber launches a new customer service called Faber Care. Aimed at educating the consumer about the new Baffle filter technology in electric kitchen chimneys and key parameters in selecting the right chimney, Faber Care will also train the company’ sales personnel to help consumer choose the correct product through direct interaction. The Baffle filter technology takes care of frequent clogging of filter due to the heavy release of oil and gas particles in the Indian kitchens. It can be washed easily using detergent in lukewarm water and therefore, is easy to maintain.

Footwear collection for women: Reebok India introduces a new level of fashion footwear design with the launch of Rockport Metro Transit collection for women. It offers modernised silhouettes with contemporary detailing and stylish colour palettes that appeal to the younger and fashion-conscious female consumer. The collection is available in two silhouettes–Staunton, a casual lace-up available in island red and light blue colour and Kingsway, a yoga-inspired slip-on in light blue and pelican nubucks. The new Metro Transit is a collection of retro-inspired athletic-track shoes that combine old school styling with the innovative comfort technology.

TeePod Information System: VIA Technologies and US-based 4eversports have developed a solar-powered TeePod Information System, which enriches the game of golf by providing a revolutionary web-based scoring, information, communication and management system, all-in-one at golf courses for players. The TeePod, an attractive birdhouse style golf kiosk situated near each tee, is a wireless on-course management and electronic scoring system that provides players with score tracking and in-depth hole information. Players can also message the clubhouse for refreshments, request on-course help for such common incidents as lost clubs and seek immediate aid for players in distress. Several times brighter than a laptop monitor, the crisp, bright touch-screen LCD display on a TeePod kiosk shows a highly user-friendly interface designed with the golfer in mind.

Branded stationery: Corporate stationery has introduced branded scissors, clips and pins. The scissors are made from branded stainless steel blades with unique orbital riveting mechanism for correct tension between blades. Handles are soft and ergonomically countered for comfortable use. They are ideal for cutting jobs at office, school and home. They are available in ‘Excel’ and ‘Corporate’ brands. Clips and pins are made from steel wire and are electro-nickel plated for rust resistance.


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