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Elevated highways to ease Delhi traffic
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
The Chief Minister, Ms Shiela Dikshit, said today that Delhi has more traffic signals than the rest of the country put together and if the traffic is to be controlled, advanced elevated highways are needed on the Ring Road.

She was speaking on the occasion of release of the ‘India Infrastructure Report 2004’. The Capital is one of the most densely populated cities in terms of vehicle population, she pointed out. Delhi’s traffic system was ‘’choking’’ the roads and the government was examining ways to de-congest the roads. ‘’The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is a positive and development-oriented approach but it is not enough. The rate of traffic growth is much higher and if immediate steps are not taken, things will go haywire on the Capital’s roads.

Ms Dikshit said that high capacity buses and elevated highway were the two steps the government was looking at seriously as part of its plan to reform Delhi’s roads and check the unruly traffic. The Delhi government has already asked bus manufacturers Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors to start trial runs of the high-capacity buses they are offering. It hopes to take a quick decision on the issue.

The government was also contemplating going in for an elevated highway on the Outer Ring Road to take care of the massive traffic coming into the capital from the national capital region.

“We receive around 100,000 vehicles a day from the NCR region and these elevated highways, along with the existing roadways, will take care of this,” she said.

Ms Dikshit said that another problem for Delhites is water. A large amount of water is either being wasted or pilfered. As much as 40 per cent water is unaccounted for due to leakage. Also, she added, there was a disparity in the usage of water with the posh localities getting more supply.

There was no plan to privatise the Jal board as the government had done on the power front, she explained. Water is a basic necessity and it is the government’s responsibility to provide it to the people.

Ms Dikshit said waste management was another area of concern. “Delhi is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and there has to be a proper mechanism to segregate, manage and eliminate waste,” she added.

3 die on Faridabad’s killer roads

Faridabad: At least three persons have been killed and some others were injured in various cases of road mishaps in the district since yesterday. According to a report, a youth, identified as Chanderpal, a resident of Dhatir village in the district, died after the private vehicle in which he was travelling with some others collided with a tractor-trolley on Palwal-Sohna road yesterday. Four other persons were injured in the accident. In another such mishap, a rickshaw puller identified as Bachu Paswan was killed after a speeding car knocked him down on the National Highway near Sector-12 here. In yet another incident, a person identified as Hori Lal, working as a security guard with a company here, was killed after an unknown vehicle rammed into him while he was crossing the road near Goodyear Chowk on the main Mathura road here. A case has been registered.


DU teachers caned on South campus
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
Ten teachers of the Delhi University were injured in a lathi-charge by the local police and the Rapid Action Force personnel in the Arts Faculty of South campus today. There were also reports of the protesting teachers being detained on the campus by the authorities.

The teachers were protesting against the selection committee, which was holding an interview for the post of Principal of College of Vocational Studies in the Arts Faculty.

According to the protesting teachers, the principal can be selected only after the matter is taken up in the Academic Council and its approval is secured. The teachers alleged that the matter was not taken up in the AC meeting and the Vice Chancellor of the Delhi University, Prof. Deepak Nayyar, was making an arbitrary selection.

According to Mr Ashok Kumar Singh, the DUTA vice president, “This matter was to be taken up in the AC meeting, but it was not done. Without this, the selection can not be done.’’ He claimed that 12 teachers had been injured in the police lathi-charge during the protest. “We 200 teachers were opposing the VC’s act and the police have confined us on the premises,” he added. Dr. Tripta Bai of Hindu College, Dr Veena Agarwal of Khalsa College and Aditya Narayan Misra were among the teachers injured in the lathi-charge.

According to the DUTA president, Mr Aditya Narayan Misra, “Some teachers, including me, were injured when the police hit the teachers with bamboo sticks.”

He said that the Vice Chancellor had ordered an interview for the post of principal of the aforesaid college without discussing the matter in the Academic Council meeting.

The VC had given a false declaration that the matter had been passed in the AC meeting, he claimed.

The teachers also alleged that it was the first time the police and RAF had stopped the teachers from entering the Arts Faculty.

Mr Misra said that they had also prevented the selection committee member, Prof. Mithlesh Kaul, and the candidates who had come for the interview from entering the Arts Faculty.


Abducted Delhi builder rescued

Noida: A Delhi builder, who had come to the city to buy a plot of land, was abducted by half a dozen criminals. They also took away his Ceilo car.

The daylight abduction sent the Noida and Delhi police into a tizzy. However, the police were able to free the builder from his tormentors and also arrested the kidnappers.

According to SP City Anant Dev, Zaffar Ali, a resident of K-50, Batala House, Delhi, had wanted to look up a plot near Raipur village on the expressway under Kasna police station area.

While the builder was still in the village, about half a dozen criminals descended at the site, hustled Zaffar Ali into his Ceilo car and whisked him to Greater Noida. Alam, a worker on the plot, informed Ali’s family in Delhi. Zaffar’s son Salim informed the Delhi police about the incident, which in turn informed the Noida police about the abduction.

Immediately Dy SP Sewa Ram Yadav, along with SO SP Singh, SIs S.K. Dixit and Anurag Gautam, and their team started hunting for the miscreants. By now, the Greater Noida police, who had also joined the hunt, learnt that Zaffar Ali was being held captive in village Rampur under Kasna police station, the SP City said.

When the police parties raided the village, the kidnappers tried to flee, but were overpowered and apprehended. The builder was rescued and his car was later recovered from Achher village.

The SP City said Zaffar Ali had constructed a house in Greater Noida for which he had procured building material from a number of people. It is possible he owed some money to some people who thought of this modus operandi to recover their dues from him. OC


Teams set up to examine quality of flats
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 5
The quality of over 15,000 flats built by the Noida Authority is being questioned within a year or so of their construction. And to top it, the Authority has hiked the prices of these flats by about 50 per cent.

In view of a large number of complaints by allottees and the stand taken by the Federation of Noida’s Resident Welfare Associations, Mr Vinod Malhotra, the Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, Noida, has constituted three committees to examine the flats. The experts of Rites have also been included in these committees along with Noida’s own technical personnel, it is learnt.

The committee members have fanned out in different sectors to ascertain the views of the residents/allottees. The teams have been constituted as per the needs of each zone. Each team will have two Project Engineers in it. Senior project engineers like AK Goel, Vijay Narayan, PH Siddiqui, SP Sharma, AK Gupta and SK Gupta have been inducted in the three teams.

The building material used in sectors 71, 62, 82 has already been examined for technical defects. The shortcomings of the material are also being listed. Suggestions from residents and allottees are being sought.

The Chairman of the Joint Action Committee, Mr Munna Kumar Sharma, has meanwhile reiterated that the quality of the flats should be the basis of any price hike. Without such a yardstick, the prices cannot be fixed judiciously.

He said there was no doubt that sub-standard building material had been used in the construction of flats, most of which have developed leaks and were prone to dampness.

The plaster was peeling off in all the flats while the floorings had not been cast properly. The Noida Authority would have to spend a lot of money to bring these flats to an acceptable level, Mr Sharma said.

The roads and parks in the LIG flats in different sectors were also not of uniform size. The prices of the flats, however, have been kept uniform.

Mr Sharma said one team, which had visited sector-71 on Wednesday, was shocked to see the pitiable condition of the flats. The Joint Action Committee expects the Noida Authority to finally fix the prices of the flats by taking into account the cost of land, the construction cost, the interest as well as the quality of construction of the houses to be allotted.


A murder a week was Faridabad’s norm in
the first two months this year

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 5
A murder a week, besides incidents of thefts and robberies, was the norm in the district in the first two months of the year.

According to available information, at least nine cases of murder have been registered in the district in the past 63 days. The latest such incident was reported on Wednesday when the police recovered the body of a 35-year-old man from Shiv Durga Vihar of Surajkund locality here.

It is stated that the victim, identified as Kishore Kumar, an employee of a company in Delhi and a resident of Shiv Durga Vihar, had left for work on Tuesday morning, but failed to return home in the night. His body was found in an isolated spot later. It is reported that the victim had been hit on the head and was murdered. A case has been registered. As per record, Kishore was the ninth murder victim since January one in the district.

Earlier, a person was allegedly murdered by some residents of Ghori village of Palwal sub-division over a land dispute on February 28. The victim was identified as Karambir, who was attacked with a sharp edged weapon by the accused, one Rohtash, of the same village while he was working in a field.

A couple of days earlier, a 42-year-old housewife had been stabbed to death by a youth in sector- 3 of Ballabgarh town, when she was alone in the house. No arrest has been reported so far.

According to police sources, at least five cases of murders took place in the district in a period of 20 days. The police had recovered body of a young woman from a canal near Chandhut village on February 22. Her relatives alleged that her in-laws might have killed her and thrown the body into the canal. The woman had got married to a resident of Old Faridabad about 11 months ago.

Three murder cases had been reported in the district in January this year.

Two cases relating to dowry also need to be singled out in this period. The first incident took place at Saran village when the family of a girl, who was due to be married to a resident of Ferojpur village in the district, reported to the police that the groom’s family had declined to solemnize the marriage as they had failed to honour their dowry demand. The complainant then married the girl to another boy, but on the same date.

The second such case was reported from Ballabgarh town when the bride’s family declined to marry the girl to a groom who allegedly demanded a certain brand of motorcycle just before the function.

The police arrested the groom and the baraat had to return back empty-handed.

While robberies and thefts have been taking place at regular intervals, the incidents of vehicle thefts seem to be no big issue for the police department.

The police have failed to crack the murder case of a young fashion designer of Sector- 7 here, whose naked body had been found hanging from a tree in a Sector-31 here on December 6 last.

Meanwhile, it is claimed that the police nabbe about 780 criminals during ‘Operation Alert’ that was launched between January 22 and February 21 this year in the district. The arrested persons include proclaimed offenders, bail-jumpers, illicit liquor smugglers and accused involved in various crimes.


Public Places
Undertrials clash in court complex
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
There was commotion at Patiala House courts this morning when two groups of undertrials, who were brought to the courts, had a clash in the lockup.

The police said that five undertrials sustained minor injuries in the clash. The Yaqoob and Manoj Bihari gangs of pickpockets had clashed over some issue in the lockup on the court premises, soon after they were ferried here for the court hearing.

The five injured were Yaqoob, Devinder, Manoj and Vijay. They were taken to the RML hospital and brought back to the court after being administered first aid.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi District), Ms Anita Roy, disclosed that the gangs had fought over a minor issue and soon after the fight broke out, additional security personnel were rushed to the spot and the situation was brought under control.

The incident created a ruckus in the courts with lawyers, litigants and other visitors becoming mute witnesses to the clash between the undertrials.


Govt told to order probe into substandard wheat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 5
The representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions today expressed their grave concern over the distribution of substandard wheat and wheat flour among the BPL families through the fair price shops in the city and elsewhere in the district. They also urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the public complaints in this regard and punish the erring depot-holders and the officials of the Food and Supplies Department.

In a joint press release, they alleged that the wheat released on the fair price shops for free sale was not only sub-standard but for unfit for human consumption. Similarly, the disposal of wheat purchased by the Food and Supplies Department in 2000, and kept for about four years in the open on the premises of the foodgrains market at Gohana town in the district, has become a racket. The release also added that a high-level inquiry into it is likely to expose the misdeeds of the officials of the department.

According to the release, the stock had been damaged by the weather vagaries and rains and given foul smell, even it had become unfit for human consumption. It further alleged that the officials of the department had disposed of the stock in a scandalous manner this year, as the release of the wheat at the fair price shops has become a mystery.

It further alleged that the officials of the department have shown the wheat in the record that it had been released to the fair price shops for distribution among the ration card holders, but in fact that it had not been released so far and the owners of the fair price shops had been asked to prepare the registers for the distribution of the stock and hand over to the department in a bid to cover the lapses The depot-holders, it is alleged, had prepared these registers and got signed from the people on them even the stock had not been released or distributed among the ration card holders.


1,173 bags of PDS wheat seized

New Delhi, March 5
The Enforcement Branch of Food and Supply Department was keeping a close watch on the activities of certain persons who were engaged in diversion of the PDS wheat and rice in Karol Bagh area.

The branch conducted a raid and seized 1,173 bags of PDS wheat (meant for fair price shop) from a godown reportedly owned by Subhash Gupta in Hathiwala Chowk in Karol Bagh. A case has been lodged and investigation is on, an official of the department said. TNS


BJP demands CM’s resignation for
misguiding civic body
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
The BJP secretary of Delhi Unit, Mr Vijender Gupta, today demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on moral grounds for misguiding the Municipal Corporation and enhancing the property tax on almost all properties under a disguised manner.

In the DMC Act, women, handicapped and senior citizens were given rebate up to 30 per cent. The corporation, which works under the remote controlled administration of the Chief Minister, has restricted this benefit. He has stated the recommendations of the Municipal Valuation Committee, in respect of the base unit area value, once passed cannot be alerted under Section 116 (k) of the act. These have legal sanctity for three years. Hence, the assurance given by the Chief Minister is based on misinformation and ultra vires of the provisions of the act.

Mr Gupta criticised the statement of the Chief Minister issued on the implementation of the Unit Area Scheme in Property Tax Department. The MCD on the basis that the implementation of the Unit Area System, which was originally approved in principle by the BJP, has been done in amateurish and hush-hush way killing the very spirit of making it property tax payer-friendly.

He alleged that properties, which are big source of property tax, presently have been left without categorisation by the Municipal Valuation Committee and these will remain outside the scope of the property tax till the new committee takes necessary action. Hence, the likely deficit will also be recovered from the poor public who have been dragged under the tax net under the Unit Area Method policy.


Work for peaceful India, parties urged
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
All the political parties and people should maintain peace and national integrity during the coming elections. The appeal was made during a Sarva Dharma Sammelan organised here today by the Manav Ekta Manch.

The resolutions adopted at the Sarva Dharma Sammelan, appealed to all secular, progressive and democratic forces to launch a sustained movement to wipe out terrorism and violence from India and work for a peaceful and prosperous country.

Stating that diversity is a great strength of the country, the resolution said that leaders of various religions should come forward to chalk out a ‘’meaningful action programme’’ to strengthen national unity, peace and harmony in the country.

The Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, inaugurated the Sammelan. Former Chief Justice of India Ranganath Misra, who presided over the function, urged people to safeguard national integrity at a time when the communal and divisive forces were raising their ugly heads to wreck the secular and democratic foundations.

Those who attended the Sammelan, included Satpal Maharaj, Sayed Nazim Ali Nizami of Hazrat Nizamuddin Darga, Rev Patric Motilal (Free Church Delhi), Sadhvi Sadhana and Tarlochan Singh, Chairman of the National Minorities Commission, Shivakumar Swami Nashimath of Bangalore and Pandit H K Satpaty of Jagannath Puri.


Beware hooligans! Big brother is watching
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
The Delhi Police have made elaborate security arrangements to instil a sense of fear among the hooligans and mischief-mongers and also ensure a sense of safety among the Delhi citizens during the Holi celebrations.

To ensure a safe and trouble-free one, Delhi Police Commissioner Dr K. K. Paul has asked his men to intensify the safety drive so as to keep the errant behaviour of the mischief-mongers under control.

Dr Paul has asked the joint commissioners of police in-charge of the ranges to brief the district deputy commissioners of police to deploy adequate police personnel in their respective districts to control untoward incidents during the festival of colours.

In addition to this, the Police Control Room (PCR) vans and the personnel of the unit have also been asked to intensify patrolling and to be alert to keep tab on the incidents.

Traffic personnel have also been directed to challan people and to take stringent action against those persons who violate traffic laws during the festival. Stringent drive to curb illegal smuggling, transport and sale of liquor under the Excise Act is also on the place. The police have also stepped up vigil in the border areas so that to check the inflow the illegal liquor into Delhi from the neighbouring states. In addition to this, pickets have been erected at strategic points to check the smuggling of liquor through vehicles.

The North District, as a precautionary measure on the eve of Holi, have already registered 16 cases under Excise Act and arrested 16 persons. The police also claimed to have seized at least 300 bottles of liqour from their possession. Additional pickets have been erected and special patrolling has been intensified in the crowded areas like market places.

The police also arrested as many as nine anti-social elements in order to provide safeguard to the shopkeepers in the district.


Bhagvad Gita: The Tao of salvation
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 5
The salvation of the crisis-ridden world lies in the message of the Bhagvad Gita.

“India is meant to show spiritual leadership to the world,” said Swami Deva Amrita, vice-chairman of ISKCON, addressing devotees in Sector-55, Noida last evening.

A graduate of Yale University in America, Swami Deva Amrita joined this mission some 30 years ago. He is a spiritual teacher who initiates devotees to the philosophy of the Bhagvad Gita and his aim is to “promote the timeless spiritual knowledge of India, as enshrined in the Bhagvad Gita all over the world”.

How does he do it? “Through temple worships, chanting Hari Kishna Mahavedeva and teaching Bhagvad Gita.”

“We have over 100 whole-time missionary (sanayasis) preaching the Bhagvad Gita and there are millions of devotees the world over,” said Swamiji.

“We interact at various levels through books, lectures, Internet, congregations in temples, etc. We use the best technology for the best purpose of spreading the philosophy of Lord Krishna,” said Swamiji.

Swami Praghosh Das is the chairman while A.C.Bhagwati Vidanta Swami Prabhu was the founder of the institution.

Yale University has produced most of the US Presidents, including George Bush, Bill Clinton.

Most of the devotees are in India and Russia, though we have our temples and devotees in almost all the countries from the Arctic to Antarctica in Asia, Europe, the US and Latin America, he said.

The Mayor of the Moscow has allotted 3 hectare in the heart of the city for building Hare Krishna temple, which is valued at US$12 million. This land has been given to us free in a unique gesture by Russian government, although orthodox Protestant church is very dominating there, Swamiji added.

Swamiji said he visits various countries for lectures. He annually visits India to lecture to IIT students in India. Do the people in developed countries of the west care for the message of spiritualism?

People want to hear Lord Krishna’s genuine message which is spiritual heritage of India.

“You see, once you see Mercedes, you won’t like to drive Marutis,” Swamiji made his point clear.


‘Holla Mohalla’ at Damdama Sahib
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee president Prehlad Singh Chandok said that Holla Mohalla festival would be celebrated at Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, behind Humayun Tomb on Sunday.

The programme will start early morning with the recitation of Sri Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem. Asa Di Var with Shabad Kirtan will be performed by Avtar Singh Gurcharan Singh. Thereafter, Giani Jaswant Singh of Sri Harmandir Sahib (Amritsar) would conduct Shabad Kirtan.

There will be Amrit Sanchar at 11 am on the premises of the gurudwara.


Stamp to honour K L Saigal demanded
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
The organising secretary of the Saigal Sangeet Sarita (SSS), Mr Amarjit Singh Kohli, has demanded that the government should issue a postal stamp in this birth centenary year of Kundan Lal Saigal. He was born on April 4, 1904 at Nawanshahar, Jammu.

The SSS is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of legendary singer-actor, Kundan Lal Saigal. The SSS organised a festival of Kundan Lal Saigal’s films yesterday at Habitat Centre.

The festival was inaugurated by Parminder Chopra, son of daughter of K.L. Saigal.

There was a rare display of Kundan Lal Saigal’s harmonium and ghazals penned by Saigal in his own handwriting in Urdu. One of his ghazals carries the mark of Amroha Railway Station near Moradabad in UP. It seems that it was penned by him when he was working as a timekeeper in the Indian Railways while posted at Moradabad.

Mr Dinesh Sharma who founded the SSS 32 years ago said that Saigal was the first superstar of Indian cinema.

The function was followed by the screening of the film ‘Devdas’. The film is based on Sarat Chander Chattopadhya’s novel Devdas and was produced in 1935 by B.N. Sircar of New Theatres in Kolkata. Other films which will be screened during the festival are Dushman on March 9 and Tansen on March 10 at 7 pm at Habitat Centre.


Public funds under scanner

Sonepat, March 5
The vigilance wing set up in the irrigation department in the district has taken a lead in inspecting the ongoing development works and checking the irregularities and malpractices in the utilisation of the public funds.

According to a report, the Government of Haryana, with an aim to root out corruption from the irrigation department, has appointed an executive engineer (vigilance) in addition to a sub-divisional engineer to supervise the works relating to the maintenance of the canal network as well as the malpractices in the utilisation of public funds by the officials. Both the Xen and the SDE are inspecting the sites of the ongoing works in the department. The representatives of various farmers organisations, gram panchayats, block samitis and the Sonepat Zila Parishad have expressed their satisfaction at the working of the officials of the vigilance wing in the irrigation department and said that the officials have succeeded in ensuring the supply of canal water. OC



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The Central Government pensioners have been feeling disheartened as some of the vital recommendations made by the Fifth Central Pay Commission have been gathering dust notwithstanding the fact that in its resolution dated September 30, 1997 issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare), the work done by the Commission was deeply appreciated.

The Central Government’s plea that the delay in acceptance of some of the recommendations is mainly due to consultation with the states sounds hollow.

There is neither a logic nor a valid justification in withholding the acceptance of the recommendations relating to the extension of CS (MA) Rules to the Central government pensioners and restoration of commuted portion of pension after 12 years as against 15 years at present.

Under the existing span of 15 years, the rate of simple interest being charged by the government on repayment of commuted value is as high as 44 per cent in the present scenario of payment of all-time lowest rate of interest on pensioners’ savings.

The Minister of Finance and the Minister of Health and Family Welfare have been urged in our letters to take a realistic view of these issues.

It is noteworthy that no such hue and cry was ever made in the implementation of the reports of the previous four Central Pay Commissions. It is not clear as to how the Fifth Central Pay Commission is being alleged to have upset the financial position of the Centre and the states who have voluntarily extended the application of the Fifth Central Pay Commission to their employees/pensioners.

The Central Government may perhaps see the reason, though belatedly, to do justice to its pensioners.


Something fishy in mid-day meals!

It was painful to note that last time when the Delhi assembly elections were near, the MCD students fell ill after taking mid-day meals. Now when the parliamentary polls are nearing, a number of MCD schoolchildren have been taken ill after eating the same—mid-day meals and admitted to several hospitals..

I request the Delhi government to take the CBI help and unravel the truth if there is anything fishy in this case of food poisoning.

The guilty, if any, should be punished. They deserve no lenience at all. And no politics, please.

MDU, Rohtak

Mansarovar Colony thirsts for water

Mansarovar Colony, Rohtak, is located in the vicinity of the city’s main water works. Notwithstanding this strategic advantage, hundreds of its residents have been experiencing acute scarcity of drinking water due to the callousness of the Public Health Department.

The area from Mansarovar Public School to Nand Mandir of this colony is worst hit because of certain inherent defects in its system of water supply.

About 50 years ago, the residents of the colony were provided with drinking water by laying about 40-ft-long 3” C.I. pipe.

After some years, the pipe was extended by another 60 ft C.I. pipe and terminated near Mansarovar Public School. Since the colony was quite developed, there was a demand for proper provision for drinking water. Those who could afford, got a water connection from the aforesaid terminus, creating a mess at the junction and practical problems in maintenance.

Besides, most of the residents had to be content without proper drinking water. They depended on hand-pumps. It was in 1992, a PVC pipe, measuring about 650 ft, was laid connecting it with the point at Mansarovar Public School. Though the pipe was extended from time to time to cover more area, the initial supply point from the main was not reviewed so as to increase the intake of the pipes thus extended and the result: virtually no water pressure and the arrangement proved only a formality.

Since then, we have been going from pillar to post, urging the PHD to provide an appropriate Tee connection with the nearby capable main to increase the supply of water in the serving pipe, but in vain. We have also taken up our complaint in the meetings of District Public Relations and Grievances Committee held on January 11, 23rd May and 12th June 2000 and were promised a satisfactory review.

However, the pipe has been extended to Jhang Colony and even the existing furrels have been disconnected from the main. Only an orthodox Tee-like clamp was provided. This has resulted in a mess, with almost zero-water pressure in the area beyond Mansarovar Public School. We have raised this issue to the superintending engineer as well as the executive engineer’s personal notice, vide our letter No. RWA/DC/2004 dated 18.1.2004.

We have been urging the PHD to ensure adequate water supply by proper intake arrangements from the capable main and also to replace the existing unserviceable PVC pipe of about 650 ft by 3” C.I. pipe in the area to avoid frequent repairs, contamination of water and risk to the buildings in this urban locality.

We hope that the public health department will stop dilly-dallying tactics and provide enough drinking water to Mansarovar Colony.

MRWA, Rohtak

Crimes against women

The increase in burning cases among women and their harassment for bringing less dowry, compelled the Government of India to amend the laws to empower women.

The Section 498A IPC and other according to the nature of cases are said to have sufficient powers to overcome crimes against women.

But all these reforms/laws at the hands of the investigating officers and inspectors of the Women Cells have not strengthened the hands of women.

The police mindset has not changed.

The investigating offices dilute the first information reports and the inspectors at the women cells bargain with the boys’ family and foist an agreement on the girl’s family. Where the agreement is not thrust upon, the making of a weak case in the initial stages, disempower women during the court proceedings. Therefore women who constitute more than 50 per cent of India’s population continue to suffer. The need is not only to empower women but also to create employment opportunities so that the fair sex may lead an honourable life. Their absolute dependence on men makes their life miserable.

Even when the girls earn a fortune, their happiness depends on the family set-up they get into after their marriage.

It is pertinent to mention the experience of an eminent doctor here. The doctor had married off his well-qualified daughter, having a lucrative position in a leading English daily. When I asked how his daughter had been, he said that he had gambled and spent almost all that he had.

After a year or so, I again inquired about his daughter’s well-being. This time he heaved a sigh of relief and said that God be thanked for the happiness of his daughter.



250 jhuggies gutted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
As many as 250 jhuggi clusters were gutted this morning when a fire broke out in the wee hours in Bihari Colony of Yamuna Pushta area here.

However, there were no casualties in the fire incident. After the fire broke out at around 3.25 am, several fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was brought under control by 5:10 hrs, the fire sources said. Although the cause of the fire was not known, sources said that the scrap material stocked in as many as 25 godowns in the area could have aggravated the fire incident. This was the second such incident in less than a fortnight. Earlier, around 150 jhuggis were destroyed in Laxmibai Nagar in South Delhi on February 22.

Delhi metro off the track

Delhi Metro train services will not operate in the morning on the Holi Festival on March 7, said the officials. The officials said that the Metro Rail, which is currently running from Shahdara to Inderlok, would, however, start its operation from 2 pm.

Bata to open flagship store

Gurgaon: The Bata India Limited, a leading firm in footwears, chose Gurgaon, after Mumbai, to open its second new ‘General Flagship Store’ here today.

Although Gurgaon has been preferred over major metropolises by the firm, its top functionary said that there are plans to open 10 such stores in the country. Cities like Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad would be the next destinations for it. According to the him, Bata has introduced the concept of Flagship Store to provide complete and unique shopping experience at par with its stores abroad. TNS

Suicide bid

Sonepat: A woman, Santosh, is reported to have tried to self-immolate herself in her house at Bhatgaon village about 15 km from here last night. According to a report, she reportedly sprinkled kerosene oil on her body and set the clothes on fire in a bid to commit suicide. She sustained burn injuries and was rushed to the local civil hospital, wherefrom she was referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment.

Boy injured

A 16-year-old handicapped boy sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a car on the Sonepat-Rohtak Road near Rohat village about 5 km from here last evening.

The victim was identified as Sachin and he belonged to Rohat village. He is reported to have tried to save a child from the car when the accident occurred. OC


Cong activist killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 5
Mr Parkash Deswal, a Congress activist, died on the spot and one Dr Santosh Bajaj was seriously injured when the car on which they were travelling was hit by a tanker near Brahamanwas village about 50 km from here last evening. According to a report, the injured doctor was rushed to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment, and stated to be out of danger.

Fire breaks out

Fire broke out at a crusher in Khanda village about 20 km from here last night causing a huge loss to the farmer who is the owner of the crusher.

According to a report, a large quantity of gur, currency notes and other goods were burnt in the fire. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Round-the-clock patrolling

In a bid to check the activities of the criminals and anti-social elements, the police have started patrolling round-the-clock in the city, which is a district headquarters in Haryana. According to a report, as many as 30 policemen have been deputed for this purpose and they have been provided with new motorcycles for taking round the city on them. The first instalment of 15 motorcycles has been arrived in the police lines and the new jeeps are yet to arrive for maintaining law and order in the district.

Bail application rejected

Mr Rakesh Singh, Judicial Magistrate, yesterday rejected the bail application filed on behalf of Sajjan Singh Dahiya, president of the Sonepat District Chemists and Druggists Association and an accused in the dowry harassment case.

According to a report, the Judicial Magistrate accepted the bail applications of Mr Dharamvir and Mrs Omwati, father and mother of Sajjan Singh Dahiya and ordered their release on furnishing the security deposits and bail bonds. All the three accused were arrested by the police under Section 498-A, 406, 506, 323 and 34 of IPC and the Indian Arms Act.


Three held for selling loan dreams
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 5
The Economic Offences Wing has claimed to have arrested three persons who were running bogus financing agencies and cheated hundreds of innocent persons to the tune of Rs 11 crores on the pretext of arranging loans.

Based on a complaint, the sleuths have arrested Sutesh Sunder alias Bobby Sharma (35), Mrs Surjeet Sunder (32) and Pradeep Kumar Bhateja (53) were arrested. During the search in different offices of the accused, as many as 100 loan files of different loan seekers were seized.

Dacoity bid foiled, three arrested

With the arrest of three persons of the Bawaria gang, the North-West district police have claimed to have foiled a dacoity bid in the Alipur. The criminals were active in the western Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Delhi adjoining the Yamuna river. One country-made weapon and a live cartridge were recovered from their possession.

Acting on a secret information that the gang members would meet at around 10 pm near PWD office in Singhu village, the police apprehended the three members. Later, they were identified as Kunwar Singh alias Behra (25), resident of Dholpur, Vinod alias Bhenda (23), resident of Ganga Nagar and Raju (45), resident of Bharatpur.


Rly robbers busted

New Delhi, March 5
In its continuing raids in the railway stations, the Crime Branch sleuths have arrested four persons, who used to drug the passengers and loot their personal belongings. The accused were identified as Arun Kumar Saxena, Raj Kumar Singh alias Kumhar, Niaz Khan alias Niaz and Mohammad Waseem.

Five apprehended

The North district police have arrested five notorious criminals – Geet Kumar alias Pappu Bihari, resident of Uttar Pradesh, Dasrath Lal, resident of Kalyan Puri, Naval Kishore, resident of Bihar, Shamshad alias Shamma, resident of Kalyan Puri and Sanjay Kumar, resident of Ashok Nagar and recovered five knives from their possession. TNS

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