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BJP trashes UAM report, threatens stir
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
The BJP unit of the Delhi Pradesh today declared that the Unit Area Method (UAM) for assessment and collection of property tax in the Capital was unconstitutional and baseless. The Municipal Valuation Committee (MVC) did not discuss the ground reality while preparing the report of the UAM.

Addressing a press conference here, Dr Harshvardhan, president of the BJP, Delhi Pradesh, said that the unit area method for collection of property tax was anti-poor. The Congress claimed that its policies were in favour of the poor but it gave no relief to the poor residents in the UAM report. The new property tax policy has given relief to the rich only.

If the anti-poor clauses are not removed from the Unit Area Method report, the BJP will intensify its agitation against the Delhi government, Dr Harshvardhan said.

The rate of assessment of property tax has been raised in MVC report in respect of E F and G categories in which nearly 75 per cent population of the Capital live. The rate of assessment of property tax has been raised as Rs 270, Rs 230 and Rs 200 against the rate of Rs 250 per square metres, Rs 220 and Rs 190 per square metres. The enhancement of rate is without any basis, he said.

Dr Harshvardhan said that Delhi had 1,950 colonies and out of these nearly 1,520 colonies fall in E, F and G categories (E-220, F-528 and G-772).

He said that Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, under the garb of new house tax policy tried to give monetary benefit of Rs 200 crore to one section of people which hardly forms two per cent of the total house tax payers.

He further alleged that the MVC had deliberately not categorised farm houses, hospitals, schools, colleges and some selected areas.

This is a calculated plan and method as under the Municipal amended Act, those areas which have not been categorised by the MVC, cannot be categorised by any other authority.

In the name of UAM, small property holders living in resettlement colonies, unauthorised colonies, rural areas are being subjected to open loot which will untimely lead to the bankruptcy of the MCD and dry up the source of genuine house tax.

The forms sent through the postal department regarding the new house tax are quite complicated and beyond the comprehension of the common man. These forms have caused much anger and resentment, he said.

Meanwhile, Professor Vijay Kumar Malhotra, condemned the decision of the Delhi Government to disconnect the electricity connection of the residents of JJ clusters. If the electricity connection is not restored immediately, the BJP will launch an agitation against the government.



Married woman raped, murdered
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 1
A married woman is believed to have been raped and then strangulated in Loni. In Rajiv Garden Colony of Loni, under Indirapuri police post area, Praveen, 21, wife of Zahir, was found strangled. Her half-naked body was found by her husband when he returned home in the evening. She was bleeding from the nose.

Praveen is believed to have been raped before she was strangulated with her dupatta. The couple, married four years ago, did not have a child. Zahir found the kitchen gas on and the vegetable being cooked had burnt completely.

Zahir put off the gas and raised the alarm. The police reached the spot and sent the body for the postmortem. Praveen’s mother Haseena and neighbours said it was a murder.

However, the police have registered a case of suicide.

Youth’s body found

Jyoti, a resident of village Phaphrana of Modinagar had gone to attend the engagement of his cousin in Muradnagar’s village Ukrawali early yesterday morning. His body was found lying in a field face down near the village today morning.

His father Kanwarpal has filed a report with the police that his son had an altercation with some people during the engagement ceremony yesterday on some money matter. It turned into a serious brawl later. But on the intervention of some people, the matter was sorted out. Jyoti had left after lunch at 3 pm in a taxi. But he was waylaid and murdered on the way.

Naming two persons, a report has been lodged against four suspects.



44 police officers to go through training
in human rights

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
As many as 44 Delhi Police officers will undergo training in human rights investigation, skills, and custody management at a three-day programme to be held at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Senior police officers like Joint Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) Kanwaljeet Deol, Joint Commissioner of Police (Training) Dr U N B Rao, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Railways) Deepandra Pathak, Deputy Commissioner of Police (7th battalion) David Lalrinsanga were urged to be present during the inauguration of the programme on Wednesday.

The Police Commissioner has also asked Ms Kanwaljeet Deol to speak on the occasion. The programme will also see the participation of the police personnel in the rank of ACP, SHO and Additional SHO with adequate representation of women police officers.

Dr K K Paul after taking over as the Commissioner had earlier stressed the need for good behaviour. In this connection, he also issued orders to the service-oriented units like Traffic and PCR personnel to be more courteous with the general public while dealing with them.

Among the Assistant Commissioners of Police, Ms Varsha Sharma, Ms Nirmal Verma, Yashvir Singh, H P S Cheema, Hira Lal, M D Mehta and some inspectors will attend the programme.

The training programme will aim at promoting among the law enforcement officers better understanding and knowledge of human rights, skills, attitudes and ethos in the context of various international instruments, treaties, the Constitution and legal framework.



GenXers rock for a cause noble
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
A large number of teenagers swayed to the rock beats strummed out by some of the budding bands as they played their original compositions side by side with some of the leading rock stars at the ‘Levis Great Indian Rock’ on Saturday and Sunday nights at the Hamsdhwani theatre in Pragati Maidan here.

The two-day rock extravaganza was organised to raise a common voice against the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

The event provided an opportunity for bands like ‘Parikarma’, ‘Indian Ocean’, ‘Mrigya’, ‘Orange Street’ and ‘Zero’ to showcase their creativity. The resonant notes of the rock bands were intermittently punctuated by displays of fireworks much to the delight of the predominately teenage crowd.

Even as the audience appreciated the renderings by waving their shirts a la Aamir Khan, others just swayed and sang along. The artistes responded to this impromptu appreation by loudly proclaiming, “We love you Delhi. You are the best audience anywhere. Delhi you have the best food and the best girls,’’ evoking instant reaction from the crowd.

Levis and RSJ joined hands with Population Services International (PSI) in using the GIR project as a vibrant, youth-oriented platform for increasing awareness about the dreaded virus. Envisioned as a nationwide talent search that seeks to bring to limelight deserving young talents, the Levis show has so far brought forth seven compilation albums, featuring a large number of Indian artistes.

Some of the popular numbers were ‘Alone Again’ by ‘Moonstruck’ of Pune, ‘Love Rage’ by ‘Messiah’ of Delhi, ‘We Got It Made’ by ‘No Idea’ of Chennai, ‘Breakaway’ by ‘Nakshatra’ of Delhi, ‘Dead of Night’ by ‘Medicis’ of Pondicherry, ‘Nightme’ by ‘Elms Street’ of Delhi, ‘Wish’ by ‘Zero’ of Mumbai, and ‘Make Your Own Way’ by ‘Headrush’ of Pune.

‘Zero’ was adjudged the best band which will be sent overseas by the organisers. The jury comprised Saibal Basu, music director, Inderjit Hazra, rock critic, and Munish Tunaikar, a rock artiste.



Where industrial units endanger life
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 1
The small and medium industrial units, functioning in the residential areas of the town, have posed a serious threat to the life and property of the residents and workers.

Death of some workers in a blast that occurred in a foundry in Adarsh Nagar of Ballabgarh sub-division, a couple of days ago, points to the problem that has reportedly acquired serious dimensions in this industrial hub over the years. Although the police sources claim that the incident could have been the result of a mistake on the part of a worker, there is no doubt that this town has a large number of small and medium units working without a proper environment and infrastructure.

As a result, while many of such units do not follow the regulations regarding the Labour and Industrial Act, their location in the residential and congested areas has been a cause of concern.

It is learnt that the district authorities or the officials concerned have no record as to how many units are of hazardous type which have been functioning in the non-conforming areas.

According to Mr Rajiv Chawla, general secretary of the Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA), the town had at least 10,000 units of various nature which, he claimed, had been located in the non-conforming areas and providing employment to over one lakh persons at present. Demanding that the government should implement a long-term strategy to give a boost to the manufacturing activity.

The government should ensure that no hazardous unit was located in the residential or non-conforming area.

He said the authorities concerned should first register all the units located in the irregularised areas and then implement the required safety and pollution norms.

Commenting upon the recent incident of a blast in dye-making unit at Ballabgarh, he said an accident of this nature could take place even in the conforming area, but the important thing was that the government ought to adopt a proper system to register all the units

It may be recalled that a worker identified as Niranjan was killed on the spot and one Irfan suffered serious burn injuries in the blast that shook the locality of Adarsh Nagar on Friday last, which took place in a dye-making unit.



Old woman beaten to death
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 1
A 65-year-old woman was beaten to death while her sons were injured in village Achher under Kasna police station.

According to a report, the tenants of the old woman had allegedly teased a village girl. This angered the villagers who walked to the house of Chattar Singh, husband of the deceased. Seeing the villagers coming towards their house, the three tenants slipped away while Chattar Singh’s sons Attar Singh and Jagat Singh became the target of people’s fury.

When their mother Kishori Devi saw her sons being beaten up, she rushed in their defence and received a serious blow on her head which resulted in her death. Soon the police were summoned who sent the body for autopsy.

Ashok Bhatti, Vinod Bhatti, Net Ram and their four companions are named for the death of the woman. A report against seven persons, including a Greater Noida engineer, has been filed.



CM for instituting Guru Granth Sahib Centre
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
The Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, has recommended the setting up of a Guru Granth Sahib Centre for Comparative Study of Religions at the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University run by the Delhi government here.

In a carefully-worded speech so that it did not violate the Model Code of Conduct which came into effect on Sunday, Mrs Dikshit told a Sikh congregation marking the 400 years of the compilation of the Guru Granth Sahib last evening that she also recommends the creation of a chair at the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University here in the name of the sacred volume.

Her recommendations appear to be part of a series of the Congress moves aimed at wooing the Sikh community which had distanced itself from the party after the events of 1984. Last month, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation of a memorial to the ninth Guru, Teg Bahadur, at Delhi’s Sindhu border.

“I thank you all for attending this Kirtan Darbar in honour of the Guru Granth Sahib,’’ the Chief Minister said at the conclusion of her government-sponsored three-day Guru Manyo Granth programme last evening at the Talkatora Garden.

Organisers, the Punjabi Academy, said Guru Manyo Granth primarily aimed at generating awareness about the rich classical music traditions of the Sikh form of worship. They also refrained from bringing the primary Sikh scripture to the venue, citing religious directions.

Muslim artistes from Pakistan also participated in the programme, reviving memories of classical religious singing prevalent in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar until early 20 century.

Seated on a makeshift podium with a blue canopy hanging overhead, Islamabad’s Javed Niazi and Babar Niazi, sons of noted Punjabi singer Taufail Niazi of undivided Punjab, sang hymns of tenth Guru

Gobind Singh. Ustad Ghulam Hassan Shagan, an octogenarian son of early 20th century Rababi Bhai Lal Ji, who sang at the Golden Temple with his stringed instrument and trained a number of Sikh Raagis, also rendered compositions from Gurbani. A large number of Sikhs from the Capital and adjoining areas attended the three-day programme.



BJP fears misuse of administration during Lok Sabha
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 1
Reacting sharply to the announcement of the candidature of Mrs Krishna Malik, wife of the Haryana Director General of Police, Mr M S Malik, as the INLD candidate for the Sonepat Lok Sabha seat, the sitting MP, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, said that this contest will not be between the candidates of the two party but between the BJP and the administration.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Sangwan feared the misuse of official machinery by the bureaucrats in the state.

He also alleged that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had hatched a conspiracy for fielding Mrs Krishna Malik as the INLD nominee for the Parliamentary elections so that the police would align with the ruling party.

Replying to a question, he said that he would approach the Election Commission for the deployment of observers and the paramilitary forces for ensuring free and fair elections in this constituency.

He also disclosed that the BJP would contest the election on the issues of development and the performance of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

A wave in favour of the BJP was sweeping the country, he claimed.

He said that the BJP High Command had withdrawn its support to the INLD in view of the demand of the party workers, who wanted to go it alone in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state.



Enjoying the company

FIFTY-year-old Naresh Kumar Jain took over as Secretary of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) on July 1, 2003. Mr Jain is a Science and Law Graduate and a Fellow Member of the ICSI. He has over 29 years of work experience at a senior level in leading business groups. Prior to joining ICSI, he was working as Director (Legal) with Modi Group, New Delhi.

Soft-spoken and extremely affable, Mr Jain has made invaluable contribution to the profession of Company Secretaries and served as Chairman of Northern India Regional Council (NIRC) and Central Council Member of the Institute during 1992 and 1995-97 respectively. Mr Jain is a visiting faculty to various professional bodies and is also a member of Corporate Advisory Committee of Institute of Management Studies, Noida.

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a Premier National Professional Body established by an Act of Parliament (company Secretaries Act, 1980) working under the jurisdiction of the Department of Company Affairs of the Ministry of Finance and Company Affairs, Government of India.

For over three decades, the ICSI has been playing a key role in the growth and development of the Indian corporate sector by producing a cadre of highly qualified Company Secretaries as corporate managerial professionals for efficiently and professionally managing the administrative, secretarial, legal as well as financial activities, thus enabling the unhindered growth of the corporate sector.

As a qualified professional from the ICSI, world’s largest Institute for Company Secretaries, a company secretary is a true multifaceted, who executes the day to day activities encompassing all the key areas of Corporate Governance, all the way to corporate growth through foresight and professional dexterity.


What are the functions of the ICSI?

The functions of ICSI include development and regulation of profession of company secretaries, conduct of company secretary examinations, enrolment of qualified students as members of the ICSI after practical training, implementation of code of conduct and exercising professional supervision over members whether in employment or in practice. Apart from these functions, the ICSI has also other functions like conduct of Professional Development and Continuing Education Programmes, issuance of secretarial standards and guidance notes, regular interaction with the government, regulatory authorities and chambers of commerce & industry, publication of highly reputed professional journals ‘Chartered Secretary’, ‘Student Company Secretary’ and CS Foundation Course Bulletin’ for students are some other functions of the Institute.

What exactly is the role of a company secretary?

A company secretary is a vital link between the company and its board of directors, shareholders, government and regulatory authorities. He or she ensures that board procedures are both followed and regularly reviewed and provides guidance to chairman and the directors on their responsibilities under various laws. Commanding a high position in the value chain, a company secretary acts as conscience seeker of the company.

A company secretary being multidisciplinary professional renders services in following areas: Corporate Governance and Secretarial Services; Secretarial/Compliance Audit and Certification Services; Corporate Laws Advisory and Representation Services; Corporate Laws Advisory Services; Representation services; Arbitration and Conciliation Services; Financial Markets Services; Public Issue Listing and Securities Manager; Takeover code and Insider Trading; Securities Compliance and Certification Service; Financial and Accounting Services; Taxation Services; International Trade and WTO Services; Management services; General/strategic Management; Corporate Communications and Public Relations; Human Resources Management; Information Technology are some of the other responsibilities of a qualified company secretary.

What are the career prospects for company secretaries both in employment and in practice?

A qualified company secretary has openings both in employment as well as in practice. Companies with a paid-up capital of Rs 2 crore or more are statutorily required to appoint a whole time Company Secretary. All companies seeking listing on stock exchange, secretary who is a member of the ICSI. Every kind of organisation whose affairs are conducted by boards, councils and other corporate structures be it a cooperative society, trust, society association, federation, authority, commission, board or the like, finds it useful to appoint a qualified company secretary in key administrative position.

After obtaining a certificate of practice from the institute, members of the institute can take up independent practice. A company secretary in practice has been authorised to issue certificates and attest documents under the Company Act, Securities laws and Exim Policy. Company Secretaries in practice also render. The Corporate governance and secretarial services, corporate laws advisory and representation services, financial markets services, finance and accounting services, taxation services, international trade and WTO services and management services.

What are the stages to be pursued to become a company secretary?

There are three stages to be pursued to qualify as a Company Secretary: Foundation course, Intermediate Course & Final Course. The minimum qualification required for the Foundation course is class 10 plus 2.

Does the institute impart oral coaching for foundation, intermediate and final stages?

The institute provides oral coaching through interactive learning through its regional councils, chapters and collaborate oral tuition centres: Also conducts refresher classes for students, completion of oral tuition coaching entitles student for appearing in examination.

When is one eligible for membership of ICSI?

One is eligible for membership of ICSI. After passing of final examination and completion of training as provided under the regulations - initially one is admitted as an associate member and can use the letters ‘ACS’ after his name to indicate that he is an Associate Member of the Institute.

After fulfilling prescribed criteria, an ACS can become a fellow member and can use the letters ‘FCS’ after his name to indicate that he is a fellow member of the institute.

Does the institute provide placement assistance?

The institute and its regional councils and chapters offer placement services to members and students. Names of candidates are sponsored to prospective employers on request. Placement assistance is provided online on the Institute’s website: www.icsi.edu.


Street kids in Delhi better fed than those in slums!
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
Can you believe that the street children would be getting better food and living conditions than those living in slum clusters with their families? It is shocking but true.

According to the survey conducted by the NGO butterflies, the kids living on the street entirely depend upon their earnings, and they also need not to share their earnings from any other family members. So, what he earns from road either by begging or by any other small time work, he spends it totally on him. While in the case of slum children, they all live a combined family and whatever they earn, give to their family members to share and hence the amount divides equally among all the family members.

Besides, the nutritional value of the food had by the street children is also better than those living in slums.

Minister of Health and Social Welfare Dr Yogananad Shastri released the report recently here. According to the report, almost 100 per cent of the slum children eat at home and majority of street children eats at night shelters, Gurudwara, temples and railway stations. These children get balanced diet of rice-pulses-vegetables-chapati in different combinations.

In addition to this, some of the street children eat leftover food from Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains arriving at the New Delhi Railway station. Most of the slum children have the habit of saving money while only 30 per cent of street children saved money regularly.

If we compare both the children health-wise, the street children are still better than slum ones. As many as 49 per cent of the slum children and 32 per cent of street children were found to be underweight. Vitamin A deficiency was found in 16 per cent of slum children and 14 per cent of street children. Similarly, dental hygiene is also a problem with 26 per cent slum children. They were found to be suffering from lack of calcium.

As many as 16 per cent street children had bleeding gums due to lack of Vitamin C. Eleven per cent of all the children showed signs of riboflavin deficiency and eight per cent children had dull/dry hair due to protein deficiency.

The NGO also interviewed around 200 children, which all were from the New Delhi Railway station, Connaught Place, Kashmere Gate, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Fatehpuri, Kidwai Nagar and Karol Bagh and in the age group of eight to 16 years.



Irrigation project in abeyance due to poll notification
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 1
It was a moment of despair among hundreds of the residents of Baroda, Banwasa and Kohla villages when Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala cancelled his programme of laying the foundation stone of a long awaited lift irrigation project named as 2-R Baroda minor on Sunday following Election Commission’s announcement of election dates.

“Had the CM advanced his tour programme by an hour, he could have performed the foundation laying stone ceremony of this Rs 60 lakh project, number of villagers, who had assembled at the programme site remarked. But when the irrigation authorities, present on the occasion, informed them that the project had already been sanctioned by the government and it would be completed without any hindrance the villager heaved a sigh of relief.

In fact, the villagers have struggled for decades to get the project approved from the successive state governments as the project was to provide irrigation supplies in thousands of acres of land uneven and marked by sand dunes.

Though the areas around this rising land was being irrigated by canal water supplies, but it was impossible to irrigate the area by natural flow of canal water.

One Ram Mehar of village Baroda remarked that when the similar areas in Bhiwani district started getting the canal water irrigation through lift irrigation mechanism, “we also became hopeful for this kind of facility to get our barren land irrigated. Hence, we approached the successive governments to get the lift irrigation project approved. After nearly 30 years of efforts, the project was sanctioned.”

Under the project, the canal water will be lifted by more than 20 feet and through a zig-zag minor, the water will reach in almost every part of this rising land, remarked an engineer of the irrigation department present on the site of the laying stone ceremony. It has been a longstanding demand of the farmers of three villages and with the completion of the project, the farmers would be in a position to get at least two crops in the year even during dry spells, he said.



Now, pay your electricity bills in advance and earn interest
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has launched an Advance Payment Scheme (APS) for consumers who wish to make payment of their electricity bills in advance as also earn interest on the amount paid.

Under the scheme consumers can deposit a minimum of Rs 5,000 or aggregate of last six months billing, whichever is higher. The amount deposited will be adjusted towards payment of electricity bills in every billing cycle and balance of deposit will be adjusted in subsequent bills.

The deposit, under APS, will entitle the consumer to earn interest on the outstanding amount equivalent to saving bank interest rate plus 0.5 per cent per annum (4 per cent as of today), which shall be passed on to the consumer on six monthly basis by way of adjustment in the bill. The interest will be reviewed after every six months on 1st January and 1st July of the year.

Heralding the initiative as another step towards assuring consumer delight, Mr Anil Kumar Sardana, CEO, NDPL, said: “This scheme should be a win-win for consumers, as it entitles them to earn interest more than the saving bank rate on the money which they pay for consuming electricity and will also reduce their visits to bill payment centers for payment of electricity bills, thus saving time. Also, there were a number of RWAs, which had shown positive need for such a scheme.”

The scheme can be availed by filling a simple form available at all NDPL district and zonal offices, including all NDPL’s Consumer Care Centers, and is valid till February 5, 2005. Consumer have the right to withdraw from the scheme after giving 60 days notice to NDPL in which case the interest on the balance of advance shall be calculated and adjusted accordingly.

The electricity bills shall be issued to consumers in a normal manner with statement of accounts as advance paid and balance left out. In case of adjustment of bills, the amount shall get adjusted automatically. The billing system of NDPL has been upgraded accordingly. The forms can be also be downloaded from NDPL website: www.ndplonline.com.



DCs, SPs to address centre superintendents
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, March 1
The deputy commissioners and superintendents of police will address the superintendents of examination centres of matric and senior secondary schools on March 10 for the smooth conduct of senior secondary and matric examinations commencing on March 12 and 13 respectively.

While stating this today, a spokesman of Haryana School Education Board said that adequate arrangements had been made for curbing the menace of copying in these examinations.

He said that the senior secondary exams commencing on March 12, would conclude on April 7, and the matric exams starting on March 13, would conclude on March 25. All these examinations would be held at 1 pm in the afternoon. The examination material would be distributed among the superintendents on March 10

‘Bhiwani Ki Maati’ released

The Sessions Judge, Mr R. C. Bansal, said that the association of literature, culture and art was the need of the hour in fast changing era as subject material had changed today.

He was speaking at a function organised by the cultural society Triveni at the auditorium of local K M Senior Secondary School last evening.

While releasing a book ‘Bhiwani Ki Maati’ on the occasion, Mr Bansal called upon to take steps to save the centuries old culture and civilisation. He said that such literary collections would help in changing the wheel of the time.

Several poets, including Tulsi Dass Chopra, who presided over the function, Udaybhanu Hans, Kali Charan Kesan, Dr Rama Kant, Dr Shiv Kant, Shyam Vashisth, Manish, presented their satirical poems. Among others who were present include Additional District and Sessions Judge Lalit Batra, Chief Judicial Magistrate Shalini Singh Nagpal and Civil Judge Vivek Bharti.



‘Road show’, a boost to electoral fortunes’: Cong
Our Correspondents

Rewari, March 1
The former Union Minister and senior Congress leader, Col. Ram Singh, asserted that the ‘road show’ of the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, in Haryana had given a boost to the electoral fortunes of the party in Haryana.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, he said that the rousing reception accorded to Mrs Gandhi by cheering crowds at Sohna, Toaru, Dharuhera, Rewari and several other places in Ahirwal showed that the party would perform well in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Col. Ram Singh said the success of the ‘road show’ of the Congress president clearly indicated that the people were now disenchanted with the Chautala regime and were purposefully looking towards the Congress.

It is noteworthy that Col. Ram Singh contested the Lok Sabha polls four times from Mahendergarh.

He contested as a Congress candidate in 1989 and 1991, while in 1996 and 1998, he was the BJP nominee for the Lok Sabha elections.

He defeated Rao Birender Singh in the parliamentary elections of 1991 and 1996 while he lost to Rao Birender Singh in 1989 and to Rao Inderit Singh (elder son of Rao Birender Singh) in 1998.

Further, Rao Inderjit Singh, who contested the Parliamentary polls in 1999 as a Congress candidate, was routed by the BJP nominee, Dr. Sudha Yadav.

7 arrested for murder

Sonepat: The Kharkhauda police today claimed to have arrested at least seven persons in connection with the alleged murder of Mr Maman, a contractor and the president of the Brick Kilns Owners Association, committed on February 14 at Sehoti village in this district.

According to a report, Mr Maman was shot dead by the culprits when he along with his associates was standing at the brick kiln at Sehoti village. The culprits came in a car and shot him dead and escaped.

Further investigations were in progress.

Murder case solved

The police today claimed to have solved the murder of a person whose body was found from a water pipe in a tubewells at the Murthal waterworks of the Public Health Department on September 19, 2003.

The body of the victim was identified as that of Mr Balbir, a resident of Bohli village in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The arrested person was identified as Harish Chander of Dev Nagar area of Sonepat city.

It has been revealed that Mr Balbir had given Rs 2 lakh to the culprit for recruitment in the Police Department.

When Mr Balbir failed to get the job in the Police Department, he asked Harish Chander to return the amount.

However, Mr Harish Chander declined to return the amount and hatched the plan to kill him.

Subsequently, the culprit hid his body in the water pipe. Further investigations were still in progress.



BJP’s policies helping affluent classes: Cong
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
Speaking at a workers’ convention organised by the Adarsh Nagar District Congress Committee, the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Prem Singh, said that the five-year rule of the BJP-led NDA coalition government was full of scams and corruption. He said that the policies and programmes of Centre were aimed at hitting the poor and helping the affluent class of the society.

He said that the BJP-led Central government made only hollow promises to ameliorate the woes of the poor and the common people. Targeting the BJP, he accused the Union Ministers of failure to spare time to think of the problems of the common people even as the prices of essential commodities were sky rocketing.

Now with the elections in sight, the Union Government has suddenly woken up to the problems faced by the government servants, farmers, labour class, the unemployed, women and Backward Classes, he claimed. He said that the claim of the government of generating employment for one crore youths under the Prime Minister’s employment scheme had been a big failure. Instead, the government was on a ‘selling spree’ of profit making public sector institutions in the guise of disinvestment, which had led to unemployment in the country.

The AICC secretary, Mr Anil Shastri, said the BJP-led government had institutionalised corruption and no minister or ministry was free from such charges.

He said that a number of scams, including the urea scam, petrol pump allotment scam, disinvestment scam and coffin scam had rocked the country during the rule of the NDA government.

Orders for removal of hoardings

The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, today directed to all Deputy Commissioners to remove all hoardings, advertisements and banners in their zones during the election period. In his statement, he said that with the announcement of the code of conduct for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, which was enforced with immediate effect, it had become necessary to ensure that the provisions of the West Bengal Defacement of Public Properties Act, that was also applicable to Delhi, were strictly followed.

Hence, hoardings, advertisements and banners of political nature would not be permitted, he stated.

Loadshedding announced

Loadshedding has been announced on March 3 in Tilak Nagar, Tilak Vihar, Keshopur market and its adjoining areas from 10.30 AM to 5 PM due to maintenance work.



Youth run over by train
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 1
A youth, identified as Anil, was run over and killed by a train between Sonepat and Sandal Kalan railway stations today.

According to a report, the victim belonged to Lal Darwaza area and was crossing the railway track near Shani Mandir when the accident took place. The Government Railway Police (GRP), has sent the body for the postmortem examination.

According to another report, a 11-year-old youth, identified as Deepak, was hit by a vehicle and sustained injuries when he was returning to his house in Mohalla Mashad here today.

He was immediately rushed to the local civil hospital from where he was referred to a traume centre at Delhi for further treatment. The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress.

According to yet another report, a cyclist was seriously injured when he was hit by a speeding jeep on the National Highway No 1 near Bahalgarh Chowk, about 10 km from here today.

The injured person, who was identified as Mr Ram Kishan (34) of Narela (Delhi), was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment. He was stated to be out of danger. The Highway police have started investigations into the case.

Meanwhile, a youth, identified as Rajesh Kumar of Brahaman Majra village, was hit by an unknown vehicle near the Atlas Cycle Industries Limited here today. The driver of the vehicle, however, managed to escape.

The inured youth was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

According to another report, an unidentified youth, under the influence of liquor, sustained injuuries when he was hit by an unknown vehicle on the G T Road near Kundli village, about 25 km from here last evening.

The injured youth was immediately hospitalised and was stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case against the driver of the vehicle, who is still at large.



Gold necklace snatched from woman
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 1
Two motorcycle-borne youths reportedly snatched a gold necklace from a woman while shopping in the main market of Sector 14, a residential colony of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) here last evening.

According to a report, the woman was identified as Rekha Rani. Even though some persons chased them after she raised an alarm, the culprits managed to escape. The woman has filed a complaint with the police in this connection.

Call to observe black Diwali

The Forest Department Mazdoor Workers Union, Haryana, has called upon its employees to observe the forthcoming Diwali festival as black Diwali in protest against the non-acceptance of their long-standing demands by the state government.

According to a report, the workers of the department will also hold a dharna outside the office of the Divisional Forest Officer here on March 3 to press their demands.

The general-secretary of the state unit of the union, Mr Anand Sharma, today alleged that the workers of the department had not been paid their salary for the last three months, which had caused widespread resentment among them.

Mishap averted

Prompt action by the municipal fire brigade averted a big mishap here last evening.

According to a report, there was panic among the people when a fire broke out in a house in front of a petrol pump situated on the telephone exchange road.

However, the municipal fire brigade arrived on the spot and brought the fire under control.

Drive to check power thefts

The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has intensified its drive to check power theft in Kharkhauda tehsil of this district.

According to a report, the officials of the Nigam had detected as many as 70 cases of power theft during the past one week and imposed a fine of Rs 96,000 on the erring consumers. The Nigam also recovered Rs 80,000 on the spot as penalty from the consumers indulging in power theft.

The officials of the Nigam have started the drive in the rural areas to check the menace of power theft.



Five persons held with narcotics worth Rs 4.5 crore
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
The Narcotics Branch of the Delhi Police claimed to have arrested five persons in three different cases and seized 4.5 kilograms of heroin and five kilograms of opium worth Rs 4.5 crore in the international market.

In the first case, the sleuths apprehended one Ravinder (30), resident of Usmanpur from Old Yamuna Bridge on February 25 and seized five kilograms of opium from his possession based on a secret information.

In the second case, the sleuths nabbed two persons, identified as husband and wife, near the ISBT and seized three kilograms of heroin from their possession.

The two were running a dhaba in Rajasthan and were involved in the trade for the last four years.

In the third incident, two persons, including a woman, were nabbed near Shahdara and 1.5 kilograms of heroin was seized from their possession. The two accused were identified as Bimla, resident of Welcome colony, and Anil Kumar (25), resident of Shahdara.

Dacoity foiled, three nabbed

With the arrest of three persons, the North West district police claimed to have thwarted a dacoity bid at the CNG filling station on 80 Foota road. The arrested persons were active in Delhi and Haryana. The police recovered one stolen Maruti car, one country-made weapons and knives from their possession.

The police apprehended the three persons based on a secret information, who were identified as Jai Hind Khatri alias Sonu (19), resident of Narela, Vikram Khatri alias Jeete (21), resident of Narela and Naveen Khatri (19), resident of Narela.

During interrogation, the accused told the police that they had gathered with the intention of committing a robbery at the CNG station.

3 auto-lifters arrested

The West district police claimed to have arrested three notorious auto-lifters and seized two cars from their possession.

The accused were identified as Amit Kumar alias Sanjay, resident of Uttam Nagar, Rakesh alias Vicky, resident of Ferozpur Punjab and Manjit alias Bhole alias Ranjit, resident of Tilak Nagar.

The gang members were active in West, North West, South and South West districts of the national Capital.

The police said that seven cases of auto thefts from different parts of the city were linked to the accused persons.



New director for BHEL
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
Mr S. K. Jain took over as the Director (Human Resources) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) here today. Earlier, as Executive Director, Mr Jain was heading the Haridwar complex of BHEL, comprising Heavy Electrical Equipment Plant, Central Foundry Forge Plant and Pollution Control Research Institute at Haridwar.

A Mechanical Engineering Graduate of Raipur Engineering College (1969), Mr Jain joined BHEL in 1970. During his over three decades association with BHEL, Mr Jain has brought about several major changes in technical as well as managerial attributes leading to significant value addition.

Mr Jain was instrumental in leading the Haridwar unit to new heights in its journey towards excellence. He is a pioneer in evolving new ‘Business Policy’ and identifying ‘Critical Success Factors’ through annual top management workshops.

A keen observer of quality in all walks of life, he propounded the unique method of ‘Quality through

Measurement’, which earned him the coveted BHEL `Excel Award’.

In addition, he introduced many creative initiatives like root cause analysis, critical to quality, `Grahak Safal-Hum Safal’, MoU with vendors, auto-indenting and B2B portal etc. Under his stewardship, the Haridwar unit was awarded CII’s ‘Commendation Award for Strong Commitment to TQM,’ in November, 2003.

During his stints at BHEL’s Bhopal and Jhansi plants, he spearheaded major breakthroughs and improvements in the areas of traction commercial, insulation division, electrical machines division and transformer division, through his professional approach and administrative skills.

As a crusader for ‘total quality movement’, Mr Jain is associated with many leading organisations. He is also a member of the technical committee for the CII ‘Exim Bank Award’.


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