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Poll tidings
Not confident on Muslim turf, Goel moves to Sadar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
The Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel today officially moved to the Delhi Sadar constituency to contest elections, leaving the Chandni Chowk seat vacant.

Goel had been elected to the Lok Sabha from the Sadar constituency in 1996, when he defeated the Congress leader Jagdish Tytler. Then, Goel was elected to the Lok Sabha from Chandni Chowk constituency in 1998 and 1999. In Chandni Chowk, Goel had defeated Jai Parkash Agarwal on both occasions.

Goel is a resident of Roop Nagar, which falls under Delhi Sadar. A former DUSU president, Goel claimed that he had strived hard for the beautification of Chandni Chowk area, but was now moving to Sadar as it was his home constituency.

Insiders, however, claim that Goel thought it prudent to move to Sadar as he had been unable to extract a promise of mass support from the Muslim community in the Chandni Chowk constituency, where it has a decisive strength. The en masse vote of the community can influence the final results.

The Sadar seat fell vacant when Mr Madan Lal Khurana resigned to take over as the Governor of Rajasthan. Now, the BJP is looking for a suitable candidate for the Chandni Chowk seat. It is likely that the party will look for some one who can either garner Muslim votes or at least engineer a split. The Delhi Pradesh BJP and its Central Election Committee have already shortlisted several names.

The Delhi Pradesh BJP has already indicated to all the six sitting MPs that they will be fielded again. Most of them have already started campaigning in their respective constituencies, much to the chagrin of the DPCC which is yet to decide its candidates for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the NCT of Delhi.

DPCC sources claimed that there is considerable anxiety among the cadre over the delay in announcing the candidates as critical time is being lost. They added that the Congress will have to work extra hard, if it has to wrest even one of the seven seats in the NCT of Delhi.

Sachdeva from Moti Nagar

The Delhi Pradesh BJP today announced the name of Subhash Sachdeva for the Moti Nagar Assembly seat. The seat had fallen vacant when the sitting MLA, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, had taken over as the Governor of Rajasthan. The elections to the Assembly seat will be held simultaneously with the Lok Elections on May 10. Mr Sachdeva is an old party hand and runs several coaching institutes for students

Mulayam, Ajit to kick off joint campaign

The SP supremo and UP Chief Minister, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, and Chaudhri Ajit Singh, boss of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, will jointly kick off the campaign for the coming Lok Sabha polls in western UP.

They will both address an election rally being organized in Meerut on March 20. About 10,000 workers of the Samajwadi Party are expected to participate in the Meerut rally from Ghaziabad alone.

The party has activated the student wing of the party to bring a greater member of students into the party fold. Rahul Chaudhry has been appointed the district president of the student wing of the party.



Interview for principal’s post held on FCI premises, DUTA protests
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
As many as 50 teachers of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) were detained by the police while they were demonstrating outside the Food Corporation of India (FCI) premises where the interview for the post of Principal was conducted today.

The interview for the post of Principal of College of Vocational Studies was held in the FCI building in Cannaught Place. The Delhi University teachers, who are against this selection, gathered outside the building in the morning and protested against it.

According to DUTA president Aditya Narayan Misra, “The appointment for this post was to be discussed in the Academic Council meeting first. . But Vice Chancellor Deepak Nayyar is appointing the principal without discussing the matter in the AC meeting and taking its permission, which is illegal.” He said that the selection committee was chosen on the basis of a so-called notification, which has not yet been discussed and approved by the Academic Council.

He said that DUTA has already sent a white paper to the President of India and the Chief Justice of India, urging them to look into the matter and to initiate an inquiry against the VC.

He further alleged that the police manhandled the teachers, including the women teachers who were protesting without any commotion. DUTA also opposed holding of selection committee meeting for the post of Principal outside university premises under heavy police arrangement. Misra further said that there was a nexus between the Union Food Minister Sharad Yadav, the FCI bureaucrats and the VC of the university. “Holding of Selection Committee meeting in the FCI building is in itself a manipulation to select the favourite person as a principal. It is also misuse of government machinery and constitutes violation of code of conduct for elections by Sharad Yadav,” he added. DUTA has also convened an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the further course of action. Misra said that DUTA has already sought an appointment with President APJ Abdul Kalam to apprise about the functioning of the VC. 


MBBS examinee asked to take maths exam
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
The Central district police today claimed to have busted a fake Mumbai institute, which was conducting Combined Aptitude Test (CAT) exams for admissions to professional courses like MBBS, BDS, BE, MCA and MBA in Paharganj.

The police have arrested one Vikrant Raghuvanshi, a resident of Nangloi, who was responsible for conducting the exams in Paharganj area. A PCR call was received by the police at around 12.50 pm that some exam was going on in the Ramjas Senior Secondary School, Paharganj, and as many as 150 persons had gathered for the same.

When the police reached the spot, it was found that a west Mumbai-based institute, Education Career Launcher, was conducting the Combined Aptitude Test (CAT) exams.

The police said that the problem started when a student appearing for the MBBS test received a mathematics question paper. When the student objected and asked for the biology question paper, the examiner reportedly told the student to take the mathematics test for the MBBS exam.

The livid student went out of the examination hall and reported the matter to her parents who then contacted the police.

It was subsequently found that the institute had advertised in a leading daily on December 17, 2003, asking applicants to send a draft for Rs 670 for the admission forms. The institute also published the names of 41 examination centres all over the country and of three centres in Delhi, including the Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Dev Nagar, the DAV school and Ramjas Senior Secondary School, Paharganj. The institute also listed the vacancies for MBBS and BDS – 3050 seats; BE and B.Arch – 2000 seats; and MBA and MCA – 900 seats. At the time of submission of the applications, the institute charged Rs 450.


Cheat infiltrates exam hall as invigilator
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, March 14
The basic education officer, Sahibabad, has identified a cheat who masqueraded as a teacher and obtained a fake examination duty slip from the basic education office.

The duty teacher has “S.K. Mishra, headmaster, Development Area, Rajapur, Ghaziabad,’’ written on it. The letter, purportedly issued by the BEO on March 8, 2004, shows Mishra as headmaster of M.L. Junior High School, Morta.

The cheat was trying to establish connections with the headmaster of the school, where his nephew and a few others were to appear for exams. The absconding S.K. Mishra was reportedly teaching in this school.

S.K. Mishra is said to have tried to bribe the headmaster, so that his nephew and other students could be provided some “facilities for copying” in the exam hall. But he was shooed off by the headmaster. Next day, he again approached the headmaster with the proposal that he may be shown on duty as an `invigilator’. But he was again shown the door.

Finally, S.K. Mishra landed in the school on March 11, armed with a duty letter from the Basic Education Officer and told the headmaster that he should be put on exam duty immediately in the hall as ordered by the basic education officer.

59 cases of copying detected

Sonepat: As many as 59 cases of unfair means were detected by the members of the flying squad of the Board of School Education, Haryana, in Sonepat district on the very first day of the matriculation examination, which commenced yesterday.

Stating this, Mr Rakesh Gupta, Secretary of the Board, told mediapersons that the officials had detected 21 cases of unfair means in various examination centres at Kharkhauda town, five in Khanda village, 10 each in Sisana and Kundal villages. Another 13 cases were detected from other centres during the surprise checking by the flying squads in the district.

He also disclosed that Mr Prem Singh, a supervisor, was relieved of his duty form an examination centre at Sisana Village, following the detection of seven cases of unfair means in the room supervised by him. Likewise, another woman supervisor, Ms Raj Devi, was relieved of her duty. So was Mr Satbir Singh, a teacher in Government Senior Secondary School at Mandora village. He has been suspended from service.



5 lakh fail to make it to Capital’s electoral list
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
Amid recriminations over bogus voters, nearly five lakh applicants in Delhi have failed to make it to the electoral list, updated for the coming Lok Sabha polls here.

Cumbersome paper work, leading to mistakes in filling of forms by the applicants, is the main reason for keeping this large chunk of potential voters out of the electoral exercise, sources in the Election Commission said.

According to the sources, around eight lakh people had applied for inclusion of their names in the voters list and for preparation of electoral I-card. The applications were received in different centres responsible for issuing photo I-cards. The centres were created for the benefit of Delhiites.

However, after the scrutiny of these applications, only 3.11 lakh were found valid and added to the figure of 88.48 lakh voters, they said, adding that the rest had been rejected.

The Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Arun Goyal, said that there were several reasons for rejection of the applications and insisted that some of the applicants may not have been genuine voters.

“The returning officers have got a detailed verification done on these applications before rejections,” he said. The various reasons behind the rejections included filling of incorrect and incomplete forms, providing wrong information, mismatch of signatures, and the persons not found during physical verification, Mr Goyal said. The electoral body has also rejected contentions of two BJP ministers and Delhi MPs, Jag Mohan and Sahib Singh Verma, about inclusion of bogus voters and double entries in the electoral list. 


1st polio case of this year in Bulandshahr
Parmindar Singh

Bulandshahar, March 14
The Bulandshahr district has the dubious distinction of recording the first confirmed polio case of the year. The victim is two-year-old Mujahid.

This has put a question mark over the efficacy of the polio campaign. The health authorities are naturally upset over this unsavoury development. It may be added that last year also the majority of polio cases were detected in UP, with Western UP bearing the brunt.

Out of 84 polio cases detected in the country in 2003, Uttar Pradesh alone had 72.

Likewise, out of 34 cases detected in Meerut, Aligarh and Agra divisions, 7 were confirmed polio cases from Bulandshahar alone. (Incidentally, all these were Muslims). The senior health department officers are losing their sleep over the recent incident of polio.

Doctor stabbed to death in Dholana

Ghaziabad: A doctor was waylaid by criminals in the Dholana area by unidentified criminals and stabbed to death yesterday. Livid people of the area did not allow the police to remove the body for a considerable time. A resident of Gullawatti, Dr Mukesh Kumar, 45, left his clinic last evening for his home in Chhajupura village as he used to do everyday. His body was recovered by his family members in the fields Chhajupura near village this morning which created a sensation in the area.


Is Delhi demagnetised
By Cecil Victor

New Delhi, March 14
The concept of a National Capital Region (NCR) comprising the contiguous districts of UP, Haryana and Rajasthan was intended to create a demographic magnet to draw the Delhi populace to these satellite towns and thus decongest the national Capital. Quite the opposite has happened and today two of Delhi’s nine districts—North-east and Central — are the most densely populated in the whole country.

The North-east, North-west and South-west districts are acquiring flab at the rate of 60 per cent per decade. But for some unexplained reason in Central district, where the density of population is 26,261 persons per sq km (in a 25 sq km area), the figures fell by 1.91 per cent or about 500 persons per sq km between 1991 and 2001. North-east, which has an area of 60 sq km, has 29, 395 persons per sq km and has grown at the rate of 62.52 per cent in a decade followed by South-west district with an area of 420 sq km and a density of 4165 persons at 61.20 per cent; North-west has the largest area of 440 sq km (comprising Outer Delhi of yore) and the population has grown at the rate of 60.12 per cent; in South district, which has an area of 250 sq km, the population has grown at the rate of 3021 persons per sq km or 50.27 per cent; West has grown at 47.81 per cent (area 129 sq km); East with an area of 64 sq km has grown at 41.61 per cent.

It is only in North district (area 60 sq km) and New Delhi (area 35 sq km) that the growth in population has been comparatively small at 13.30 per cent and 2.47 per cent, respectively. The intention of giving such nauseating statistics is to drive home the fact that people as far away as Kanyakumari and even Bangladesh, not to mention Bihar, UP and Rajasthan, are fleeing villages and heading for the supposed greener commercial pastures of the metropolitan cities and the most attractive of them is the National Capital Territory. Far from being demagnetised, Delhi is attracting them like flies to a halwai stall.

But life in the Capital is no bed of roses as those who set up jhuggis on the Yamuna Pushta will tell you (they are about to be displaced again soon thanks to Mr Jagmohan) and many of them (including women) find that peddling rickshaws is one way of keeping body and soul together, if they have not already found nirwana in drugs as many do in the corridors of Connaught Circus.

That most of those who have migrated to Delhi are illiterate is a foregone conclusion because all have headed for the slums; the educated ones have found a niche in Central and New Delhi districts where government offices and housing colonies are concentrated. If the infrastructure in the NCT is not to collapse there is urgent need to make the NCR viable and attractive – a true magnet—along its periphery.


Dug-up roads take a heavy toll on phone services
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 14
The entry of the private service providers in the fields like telecom has been a welcome move for many, but the process of laying the infrastructure causes inconvenience to many a resident.

Frequent digging up of the lanes and roads has not only disrupted the smooth movement of traffic, but has also left the people high and dry due to the damaged underground phone lines.

Faridabad is one of those towns of the region where the privatisation of certain services, including phones has come up quite fast in the past few years. Though the development has been a positive step as it offers the choice of service to the consumers, the past two years have also brought much hardships to the residents on the grounds of digging up of the roads and lanes.

Though the companies carrying out such a work claim that they take all the precautions while doing the work, it a fact that the digging work has hit various services like phones, water and sewer lines.

In one of the recent such examples, the phone lines of a pocket of Sector-9 here were disrupted for at least two times in 36 hours. The restoration of many lines took more than 24 hours, resulting in a lot of inconvenience.

It may be recalled that the area was being dug up for the second time in the past one and a half years for laying the cables of a private telecom company. The work being carried out on the sides of the roads has not only affected the movement of the locals, but has also damaged the greenery around, says Mr S. S. Chaudhary, a resident of Sector- 14 here.

He claimed that the greenbelt developed as smooth lawns by many residents has been destroyed due to such work.

The residents of a part of Sector-9 were shocked to find that the workers doing the digging work snapped their phone lines. They also damaged the sewerage line and the water supply lines in some of the areas, claimed a resident of this sector.

He said the area had been receiving muddy drinking water for the past several days as the supply line could have been damaged in this process.

Mr Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Sector-16-A, said that moving on the roads dug up on the sides was quite risky. One of his friends recently fell in one of the trenches as he could not see it while moving during night.

Beef seized

Two residents of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh were arrested after the police recovered about five tonnes of beef from their possession on Thursday, near a village in the district.

According to a report, the accused were taking the meat in a canter truck, that was intercepted near Seekri village. It is learnt that the truck had arrived from Jhansi in UP and was on its way to Delhi, when someone informed the police about it. The accused have been identified as Omvir and Sandeep of Etah district. A case has been registered.

Meanwhile, the police have booked the owner of a medical store in Dabua Colony area here. The store was raided by a team of the Drug Control department. The officials took the samples of the alleged spurious drugs sold by it, under the Drug and Cosmetics Act.


Sonepat breaks new ground in mushroom
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 14
Sonepat has become a leading centre for growing mushroom not only in India, but in Asia as well.

The district has witnessed a six-time increase in the mushroom production and three times in the number of crop trays during the last 12 years. Initially, the mushroom cultivation was brought to the region by a teacher Jagdev Singh of village Bhadana in the mid-eighties.

The other farmers gradually started opting for his occupation. According to official reports, its production stood at 300 tonnes with the help of nearly one lakh trays in 1990-91.

Taking advantage of its marketing in Delhi and considering it as a gainful employment for the youths, more youths in different villages around Sonepat started taking it as their main occupation of winter.

As figured out by the horticulture officer, Dr J P Tomar, the mushroom cultivation got steady increase and its production increased to 430 tonnes in 1993-94, 1150 tonnes in 1997-98, 1371 tonnes in 2000-01, 1650 tonnes in 2001-02 and 1840 tonnes in 2002-03.

The number of mushroom trays also increased to three times—from one lakh trays in 1990-91 to more than three lakh trays last year, he said.. The prominent village which has played a key role in promoting mushroom cultivation are Bhadana, Baiiyanpur, Kakroi, Juan, Khanda, Jharonth, Murthal, Akbarpur Barota.

The horticulture officer, Dr J P Tomar, claimed that with the inception of new techniques, mushroom cultivation has become possible round the year.

Though the horticulture department and the Haryana agro industries corporation claims to provide every assistance to the mushroom growers, but in spite of repeated demand, these agencies have so far failed to provide mushroom processing facilities, alleged the farmers of Bhadana, Kakroi and Baiyanpur villages while talking to the ‘NCR Tribune’.

Virender who has been in the occupation for the last five years, said, “We do not get the remunerative prices of our produce during the peak season and we have to sell it in whatever price is offered.”

Harkesh of Kakroi demanded that the government should set up a processing unit at the earliest.


Three labourers cheat death as house collapses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
Three labourers were buried under the debris of a two-storied house which collapsed this morning at Palam village in South-West district. The victims were rescued jointly by personnel of the Delhi Police and Fire Brigade.

Two of the victims managed to extricate themselves from the debris and left the place due to fear. They could not be identified. One Bhagwat was rescued by the local police and admitted to a nearby hospital. He was out of danger, the police said.

The police were confused as they were told by neighbours that four labourers were at work and only three were rescued. The Fire Brigade personnel removed the debris to rescue the last one. A machine was brought to remove the debris and in the afternoon the police declared that only three were buried.

Family members were safe as they were not in the house when the incident occurred. They salvaged their belongings from the debris. They held the man who was getting a building constructed adjacent to their house as responsible for the mishap. He is absconding.

According to the preliminary investigation report of the police, the house, which was owned by Khokhar family, collapsed due to the negligence of the contractor who was constructing a building adjacent to their house. The contractor, who is unidentified, is absconding. He had dug deep pits which led to the collapse of Khokhars’ house. When the incident took place, the contractor was allegedly there. He left the place to protect himself from ire of the area residents. The police said a case of negligence had been registered against the contractor.

A spokesman of the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) said when the house collapsed everybody was confused about the number of victims. Nobody knew who was buried under the debris. Residents in the neighbourhood were looking for the house owner and his family members. They were not there.

When one of the victims extricated himself from the debris people came to know that only labourers had been buried. The rescue work continued till 12 noon.


Old man dies in hit-and-run mishap on GT Road
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 14
An old man was hit and killed by a car on the GT Road near Bhigan village, about 10 km from here, last night.

The body has not been identified so far. The police have registered a case and sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

Body recovered

The police recovered the body of an unidentified man lying on the GT Road near Kurar village, about 8 km from here, on Saturday night and sent it for a post-mortem examination. The police believe it to be a case of road accident.

Family of three hurt

A young woman, Mrs Rukhsana, along with her son Toheed (4) and daughter Hina (8) was injured when they fell down from a Punjab Roadways bus on the GT Road near Bahalgarh Chowk, about 10 km from here, on Saturday evening. They were sent to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment. It is stated that they were scheduled to get down at Jatheri but they stood at Bahalgarh and fell down from the bus. The police are still investigating into the case.

Man pushed out from train

A passenger, Som Marandey of West Bengal, sustained injuries when he was pushed out from a moving train near here on Saturday evening. He was immediately rushed to the local Civil Hospital where he is stated to be out of danger. The injured passenger was going to Ludhiana in the train.

Youth assaulted

A youth, Rakesh, was injured when he was assaulted by certain persons at Krewri village, 6 km from here, on Saturday evening. The injured youth was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out danger. A long-standing enmity is stated to be the main cause of the alleged assault. The police are still investigating into the case.


The might of Punjabi vote underscored
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, March 14
The Punjabi community held a meeting here today that wanted its people to know the might of their vote.

The meeting was addressed by a former minister and state president of Punjabi Welfare Sabha besides convenor Nand Lal Chawla, former minister Amir Chand Makkad, leaders Sohan Lal Makkad, Avinash Sardana, Tulsi Das Chopra, Raghuvir Mehtani and Anil Khurana.

Flaying the role of the politicians in parting the community for their vested interests, the state president said the time has come when we should know the value of our voting power.

He said that 35 per cent Punjabi voters had been falling victim to the apathetic attitude of governments. “State governments are formed through this 35 per cent Punjabi voters but neither we have any partnership in government nor in the services,” he said.


Govt urged to free Sikh youths jailed under TADA
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
The president of the All India Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee, Mr Raja Singh Sethi, today demanded that the Union Government should reconsider the cases of Sikh youths detained in prisons under TADA after Operation Blue Star.

They must be released and a chance be given to them to restart their lives as peace-loving citizens. The Chief Minister of Punjab should also make effort in this regard, he said.

The secretary of the committee (Delhi Unit), Mr Pritam Singh Walia, stressed the need to hold elections of panchayats, district councils, state assemblies and the Lok Sabha at the same time.

The election expenditure should be collected from the political parties and their publicity campaign must be telecast on TV and broadcast on the All India Radio on their own expenditure. All the foreign channels showing obscene pictures should be banned. 


Seven years’ RI for two in dowry death case
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 14
The District and Sessions Judge here, Mr B. L. Singal, yesterday sentenced two accused, namely Luxmi Chand and his wife Savitri, of Aghwanpur village under the Ganaur police station area of this district to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined them Rs 4,000 each in a dowry death case.

According to the prosecution, Chandni, daughter of Narinder of Ghaziabad in UP, was married to Bijender, son of Luxmi Chand, in 1995. She was being harassed and subjected to torture by her in-laws for bringing more dowry from her parents. When she declined she was allegedly murdered by them.

The Ganaur police had registered a case on May 4, 2000, against the above mentioned accused and sent their challans to the court.

No let-up in power cuts

Contrary to the claims, there has been no let-up in the unscheduled load shedding being enforced here by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN). The UHBVN had earlier announced the withdrawal of power cuts from this city following more generation of power but the announcements made in this regard had proved a hoax.


Delhi digest
CAT notice to Delhi Govt on nurses’ plea
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has issued a show-cause notice to the Delhi Government on a petition seeking quashing of termination of the services of some nurses. These nurses were working with different hospitals in Delhi. CAT has ordered the Delhi Government to reply by March 22 into this matter.

The petition was filed by Ambili Shaji and three other nurses. Their counsel contended that the services of these staff nurses were terminated overlooking the fact that they were working since July 1998 with various Delhi Government hospitals. This was despite many posts lying vacant, the counsel said. The tribunal also stayed the termination of service of one nurse.

The tribunal also issued show-cause notices to Delhi Government Chief Secretary, Joint Secretary (Health), Secretary of the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board and Medical Superintendents of GB Pant Hospital and LNJP Hospital in this regard. All of these are said to be parties in the case.

Seller of fake drugs held

The CBI on Saturday arrested a person here for his involvement in the sale and purchase of spurious and sub-standard drugs. The person arrested has been identified as Mahesh Kumar. A joint team of the CBI and Drugs Control Cell of the NCT of Delhi raided his room in the Red Fort area and arrested him with spurious drugs.

According to the CBI officials, information was received that a person was running a racket of supplying these drugs from his house somewhere in Delhi. The CBI sent a decoy customer who fixed the deal with him. The deal was fixed on the mobile phone. When the officials raided the premises, Mahesh was allegedly found having an unlicensed stock of drugs in his room. The sleuths also recovered allopathic medicines meant for CGHS supply worth Rs 2.70 lakh. During investigation, he revealed the names of other persons involved in this racket of selling fake drugs. The CBI has also located two godowns in the Red Fort area and one at Faridabad.


Cops take a day to reach suicide ‘spot’

Noida: A married women reportedly hanged herself on Friday night; she suspected her husband of having illicit relations with his sister-in-law. Sanju, 25, wife of Janardan of Street No.1, Indira Vihar, Khora colony, was found dead in suspicious circumstances on Friday night. But the police reached the site a day after it was informed of the ‘suicide’. They found a cloth around her neck with feet touching the ground. OC


Three pickpockets arrested from ISBT
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
The North district police claimed to have arrested three pickpockets of the Suresh Pahari gang, including the gang leader, who used to target innocent passengers travelling in buses and also at bus stands. The police also claimed to have seized one countrymade weapon, two live cartridges and one button-actuated knife from their possession.

The police received secret information that the gang members active in the ISBT area would be assembling at the bus stand to choose their target. Accordingly, a trap was laid on March 12 and the pickpockets were apprehended.

They were identified as Suresh Pahari, alias Guru J, resident of Sabzi Mandi, Ved Prakash, alias Bedi, alias Vedu, and Ashok Kumar, alias Ashok Pahlwan. The accused Suresh had six to seven members in his gang, mostly from the Trilok Puri, Kalyan Puri and Mukherji Nagar areas. The accused never hesitated to use weapons if they encountered any resistance from the passengers while committing pick-pocketing.

Mobile phone snatcher held

The PCR men posted at Pankha Road on Sunday apprehended a mobile phone snatcher and recovered the mobile phone which he had snatched from a woman this morning near the Janak Puri area. The incident occurred in the morning while the victim, Pooja, was using the mobile phone. A cyclist snatched the mobile phone from behind and tried to escape with it. However, when Pooja raised a hue and cry the alert PCR staff chased the men and apprehended him. The accused was identified as Noles, resident of West Sagar Pur.


Easy on the pocket, this water purifier
is ruggedly sleek

Fontus Water Limited has launched an RO (reverse osmosis) compact water purifier for home and office segment. The sleek and aesthetically designed purifier comes in a one-piece body including the cartridge housings and needs very small storage space. Its rugged and reliable construction lends it a new name in durability. Fontus RO Compact has a capacity of 12 litres per house or 75 gallons per day production of pure water and is nominally priced. A unique design and its small shelf footprint adds to the RO Compact’s appeal. It can also be mounted on the wall, if there is no space on the shelf.

Savour cinema experience at home

Philips has moved up the conventional CTV market to high definition television by bringing in its superior range of widescreen televisions in India. The unique widescreen technology brings in the big screen cinema experience at home. The cinema has followed this principle for many years but until now when a film is transferred from the silver screen to the small screen a substantial portion of the picture is lost. Most of the movie channels today broadcast many of their primetime shows in a widescreen format.

Stationary items for Gen Next

Nightingale has launched a new series of stationary products in India, namely the hand book, the scrap book, the autograph book and the address book, the slam book and the visitors’ book.

The generation-next improved scrap book from Nightingale is meant for students, vacationers and for those who want to leave their projects in good shape for their younger brothers and sisters.

Cheese with less fat

Britannia New Zealand Foods has launched yet another innovation in cheese- Britannia Milkman Low Fat Cheese. Britannia Milkman Low Fat Cheese is available in convenient slice and spread formats. The new cheese is available in all major cities across the country. It can be stored under normal refrigeration conditions and has 33 per cent less fat than regular processed cheese.

Britannia Milkman Low Fat Cheese is the first of its kind offered by an Indian brand.

Pretty Barbie in a floral outfit

Mattel Toys has launched the pretty and fashionable “Really Rosy Barbie,” the latest addition to the Barbie range of dolls. Barbie and her friends Kayla and Lea look fabulous and really rosy in their new outfits. They are dressed in trendy rose-patterned floral shirts with fanciful faux fur collars and in equally smashing denim mini-skirts and an embroidered rose. Each doll along with her stylish outfit is complemented by knee-high black boots.

Accessories for the connoisseur

Zodiac, the first name and last word in men’s neckties and accessories, launches a ‘never-seen’ in India premium range of ties and cufflinks. The ties come in a variety of styles like Minimals, Solids, Stripes and Paisleys with Premium Cufflinks.

An educational CD for the super kid

Your kids can be super kids now. Brepo Systems has launched not only India’s but the world’s first interactive educational VCD that can be played on a VCD player, a DVD player and even on the computer.

The Brepo Systems India is engaged in the development and marketing of educational CD-ROM’s starting from pre-nursery up to Class VI spread over all subjects as per CBSE and NCERT guidelines.

Designer fans for cool comfort

Ortem fans has launched the most exclusive and premium range of designer fans comprising Ortem Hi Tech Décor, Millenium Ornamental and Shangrila Gold. Besides giving a new look to every room, these designer fans are sure to give a cool comfort feeling with their exquisite looks, tehnological superiority and affordable prices.

The most unique feature of this designer range of Ortem fans is their state-of-the-art technology which ensures the saving of power without compromising on performance and output.

A lotion for snow-white looks

Nature’s Essence has introduced fairness lotion, which controls the hyper activity of melanin cells and improves the tone and complexion of the skin. The most important aspect of this product is the fact that its mild formula gives more natural glow to the skin without any side-effects. Snowhite Salsa is a special kind of treatment designed to improve the skin’s fairness and complexion more. Nature’s Essence personalised treatment on this segment is the best solution currently available in India.

State-of-the-art digital camera

Jindal Photo has launched the new 4th generation Super CCD 12.3 mega pixel FinePix S 7000 digital camera with astonishing 19.2x zooming performance SLR like body design. The FinePix S 7000 model combines the state-of-the-art digital still zoom camera and digital movie camera with superb performance in a compact form.

ACs that give rise to a hurricane

Samsung has launched its new sleek, Hurricane series of window air-conditioners with nanosilver technology. The new compact series are available in 1.5 T capacity. The unique feature of the Samsung Hurricane series is the three-stage filter in the air-conditioners, which has a special coating of silver on the last stage. Time tests using ACs with nanosilver coating have proven that the presence of fungi and bacteria are greatly reduced within five minutes of operation.

Calling home from abroad

Indiaone HomeTouch International Card has been customised and packaged for the convenience of the travellers who can now buy the calling cards in advance in India and that too in Indian currency. The customer will save on valuable foreign exchange and at the same time buy the product before departure. This card will also provide a very high sense of security as now one can call back home whenever the consumer so desires. This is especially important for irregular international travellers or first time travellers like students going abroad for studies.

Inverters with longer power backup

Arise India has launched digital inverters which save up to 70 per cent of electricity while charging the battery and ensure longer battery life and power backup. Arise digital inverters, a perfect blend of attractive prices, latest international technology and excellent performance, offer the safety and protection of the gadgets and precious home appliances of the consumer. Because of better waveform, Arise digital inverter does not affect the life span of the home appliances.

Goodness of herbs for healthy teeth

M-Tech Innovations has introduced an ayurvedic product ‘Herboral,’ which has been found effective against toothache, gum bleeding, bad breath and mouth ulcer. It prevents tooth decay, helps in gum tightening and cures gum inflammation. Herboral is prepared from time-tested herbal medicines like neem pan, mayphal, bakul chhal, khadir chhal, jethimadh, tulsi patra, triphala, pudina ke phool, ajwan ke phool and lawang oil.

Tea with the flavours of fruit

Dilmah has launched fruit-flavoured tea in India. The tea has been launched in Mint, Peach, Lemon and Cherry flavours. The range is available in packs of 25 teabags. Dilmah Fruit Tea will be available in select supermarkets, specialty stores and general stores across India.

Dilmah Fruit Tea is naturally prepared, combining 100 per cent premium quality Ceylon tea with natural fruit flavours like cherry, peach, lemon and mint.

This razor promises a close shave

R. P. Electronics has launched STRIKE II, an international shaving razor under Glide range of shaving system. STRIKE II, which is designed for the unconventional and charismatic men, has ionised blades which give closer shave and its handle is made of elastomoric material, giving a no-slip grip effect.

A crunchy-munchy, any-time snack

Bikanervala has launched a new product in the market called “Crunchy Munchy.” The new product, a ready-to-eat snack, has a fresh crunchy taste and is available in attractive packaging in all leading stores of North India.

A wholesome treat for all

Here’s a wholesome treat for the whole family. The nutrition packed Health Bar comes with a promise of good health and great taste. Now put a Health Bar in the lunch box of your kids and the briefcase of your husband as also the bag of your busy college going daughter. Full of health and yummy ingredients like cashews, raisins and Solea brand soy protein, Health Bar is an excellent source of protein and carbohydrates.

Organic manure for nature’s beauties

Ptech India has participated in the flower show not with flowers but with organic manure required for plant growth. Prof Sandeep Marwah, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Media, Noida, inaugurated the Ptech pavilion exhibiting various varieties of organic manure, bio-fertilisers and bio-control agents.


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