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Man, wife commit suicide in Prashant Vihar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
In a tragic incident today, both husband and wife committed suicide by shooting themselves in their house in the Prashant Vihar area of North-West district.

The police have recovered the country-made weapon which the couple allegedly used to end their lives.

The incident came to light this afternoon when their five-year-old child Gaurav was found crying inside the house by some neighbours. They came and asked him to open the door. When the neighbours came inside, they found both Shiv Ram Yadav (30) and his wife Sweaty (26) were lying dead.

The police said that only last night, the couple had returned home after visiting their in-laws. On reaching the house, the man had consumed liquor and started fighting with his wife.

According to the police, it was after the minor clash, the incident could have taken place.

Shiv was unemployed and used to fight with his wife almost every day after consuming alcohol.

The police have launched an inquest proceedings into the case and an SDM inquiry has also been ordered.

Woman sets herself on fire

A 42-year-old mentally unstable woman committed suicide this morning by setting herself afire after pouring kerosene on her in the Punjabi Bagh area.

The police said that Veena’s husband Om Prakash is in the Army. He had come on leave to his house. The couple have three sons.

The incident occurred at around 6 am and Veena was found burning outside her house. She died on the spot soon.


Board going all out to check copycats
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 20
The Haryana State Education Board is pulling out all the stops to check copying in the annual Board exams.

The Board officials booked about 39 cases of the use of unfair means on Friday, while several papers of the Matric and Plus Two classes are still to be held.

The Board Secretary, Mr Rakesh Gupta , interacting with the mediapersons here last evening, claimed that the Board’s drive to check mass copying in the exams had been quite fruitful so far.

He said that the problem had been contained up to 90 per cent in the majority of the test centres in the state.

Stating that in the four papers of the Plus Two held so far, the Board had booked at least 1,377 cases of the use of unfair means and about 1,575 cases in the Matric papers in the state.

He informed that a total of 39 cases were booked yesterday, of which 29 were booked at a single centre in Ballabgarh town. All the 29 examinees appearing in a paper at the centre at Rawal Public School here were booked along with the superintendent and two supervisors for being involved in organised copying.

He said for over 11 lakh students appearing in the Board exams this year, the Department had deployed as many as 473 flying squads, 41 special task force teams and 50 teams of the Rapid Action Force.

The entire state has been divided into 174 sectors to hold the papers at about 1,280 centres for Matric and 810 centres for the Plus Two respectively.

He said the State Education Board had taken many drastic measures this year and set an example for other states.

These include making the roll number slips and entry cards hi-tech and available on the Board’s website for the first time.

He announced that the results of the exams for the Matric and Plus Two will be declared in the first and second week of May.


53 candidates booked for using unfair means
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, March 20
As many as 53 candidates were booked for using unfair means out of 25,137 candidates who appeared in the mathematics examination of the ongoing Senior Secondary Annual Examinations of the Board of School Education, Haryana today. Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the board said that the Board’s Chairman and Vice-Chairman with their flying squads visited the examination centres of Nilokheri, Taraori, Assandh, Gharaundha, Indiri, Karnal and centres of Sirsa district. The Secretary of the Board visited centres in Faridabad and Ballabgarh and caught 39 cases of cheating.

Mr Vijay Kumar, Centre Superintendent of NIT-63, Faridabad had been given a strict warning as his control over the centre was not found satisfactory. Shallender Kumar, Supervisor deputed at NIT-49 had been relieved for dereliction of duty and Karmavir Chawala, Hindi teacher of Dabhkheri in Kurukshetra district, deputed in Babain centre, has been suspended. The spokesman said that the centre of Senior Secondary examination at Govt. Girls High School at Deegal-I has been shifted to Government Senior Secondary School, Jhajjar-15 from March 22 and Senior Secondary and Matric centre at Govt. Senior Secondary Deeghal-2 shifted to Swami Vivekanand High School, Arya Nagar.


BJP councillor smells a rat in purchase of plastic dustbins
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
The secretary of Delhi unit of the BJP and member of Opposition in the Standing Committee (MCD), Mr Vijender Gupta, in a letter to the Lt-Governor has demanded that the case of purchase of plastic mobile-wheeled bins involving an expenditure of more than Rs 12 lakh be referred to the Anti-Corruption Department.

He stated that the scheme of providing plastic mobile-wheeled bins has been enforced in the Rohini area since December 3. On the basis of the first-hand experience and reactions of the public regarding the scheme flaws, Mr Gupta opines that the scheme may be scrapped as it has become a channel to siphon off huge public funds and failed to achieve the aim.

The dustbin provided at various spots has not replaced the dhallows but created dhallows everywhere in the area as the solid waste gets spilled over the ground where these bins are placed. Burning material such as plastic, paper etc is dropped in the bins, causing irreparable damage to the environment. It results in hazardous effects on the health of people.

The bins are not very thick and are just like plastic toys. They become D-shaped within two months of their placement. So, the residents are angry about the placement of dustbins near their premises. They try to shift them to other places, at the first opportunity, which may soon become a law and order problem.

The refuse collection trucks lift only the bigger bin as the lift fitted with the trucks has no mechanism to lift the smaller one.


HC wants MCD reply on bovine menace
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
The Delhi High Court has ordered the Municipal Commissioner of Delhi to explain within a week why the menace of stray cattle continued to plague the national Capital despite court orders in this regard given in December 2002.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B D Ahmed ordered the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the New Delhi Municipal Council, the Delhi Cantonment Board and the Delhi Government to file reports within a week, while calling for the personal appearance of the MCD Commissioner. The court was dealing with a PIL, filed by NGO ‘Common Cause’, seeking to rid the public roads of stray cattle.

Expressing displeasure over the tardy progress, the bench has also directed the authorities concerned to take necessary steps, including disconnection of essential services, to weed out unauthorised dairies from the city, as these were the main source of the bovine menace on the streets.

The court was dissatisfied with the measures taken by the Municipal Corporation to rid the roads of stray cattle. The court was not satisfied either with the corporation’s reply that about 29,000 of the 35,000 such cows in Delhi had been rounded up so far.

Earlier this month, the High Court had directed the civic and local authorities in the Capital to file an Action Taken Report.

On April 25, 2003, the court had directed the Delhi Government and the civic agencies to clear the city of stray cattle within a year failing which coercive action could be initiated against them.

Saying that they were being given one last chance, the division bench had ordered the state government, the MCD Commissioner, the NDMC Chairman and the DCB chief executive to convene a meeting within 15 days and prepare a timebound action plan. The court was to be informed about the plan by May 23 last, otherwise the authorities could be liable for contempt of court, the judges had said.

However, no reply had been filed in the court by the authorities. The court observed that human life should not be put in danger because cattle roamed the streets. As humans created the problem of stray cattle, the cattle should also be given a humane treatment, it added.

The judges had directed all departments concerned to coordinate efforts and file a comprehensive response to rid the menace of stray cattle.


Bahadurgarh becoming a happy hunting-ground for criminals

Jhajjar, March 20
The bordering township of Bahadurgarh is fast turning into a haven of criminals. The miscreants carry out their nefarious acts and turn tail while the district police remain clueless about their whereabouts.

Six deaths have been reported in the subdivision in the past 10 days, sending shockwaves across the town and spreading a sense of insecurity among the residents here.

The last fortnight is witness to gruesome murders and dumping of bodies. The tale of criminal activities started unravelling when two headless bodies were found in the town on March 6. Later, they were identified as those of Satish Kumar, a sub-inspector of Delhi Police and Vijay Kumar, an informer of Delhi Police.

Five bodies found in 10 days is a telling example of the shoddy functioning of the district police.

The police did not wake up even after the bizarre incident of recovery of two headless bodies in the same week. Another body was extricated in a badly decomposed condition from a nullah, followed by different parts of a woman who

might have been killed in a frightening manner.

Her limbs were found in the MIE area, skull was recovered from the nullah after two days.

Even before the residents have forgotten these horrific acts, another body of a Delhi-based businessman was found in Sector 6, with his car parked nearby. As the mobile, purse, car and other things were found intact; it appeared to be a case of murder.

The spate of murders continued. Another aged person was shot dead in the same week in Issarheri village in the sub-division on March 11 due to old family rivalry which has already claimed 11 lives.


Private clinics to get the stick for failure to check bio-medical waste
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 20
The Haryana Pollution Control Board has taken stringent measures to check the bio-medical waste by the private nursing homes and clinics in this city and elsewhere in the district.

According to a report, the Board has also decided to take penal action against the owners of the private nursing homes and clinics who have failed to implement the orders of the court in connection with the disposal of the bio-medical waste.

It has also issued notices to the owners of at least eight nursing homes and private hospitals asking them to explain why a penal action should not be taken against them for their failure to implement the rules and regulations of the Environment Protection Act.

These include Sita Nursing Home, Janata Hospital, Public Hospital, Dahiya Hospital Kharkhauda, Mittal Hospital Bahalgarh, Rathi Hospital Gohana and the Kaushik Hospital.

Mr S P Rathi, an Executive Engineer Environment of the Haryana Pollution Control Board told mediapersons here today that the Board has directed all the hospitals, laboratories and veterinary hospitals to make enough arrangements for the disposal of the waste and install insulators immediately.

Dr J B Bansal, president of the district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has stated that the association has entered into the contract with a private company of Delhi for the removal of bio-medical waste but this contract has failed.


Ex-DGP gets three months to probe Noida scams
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 20
The UP government has again changed the chairman of the committee inquiring into the scams that took place during the tenure of former Chief Minister Ms Mayawati in the grant of contracts of works by Noida and Greater Noida administrations.

Retired DGP Vijay Shanker Mathur has now been appointed the chairman of the committee. He is incidentally the third chairman of the committee. Mr Mathur, already started the work as the committee chairman since yesterday, is reported to have summoned about 200 files concerning these scams.

The new chairman has been given three months to complete the inquiry. 


BJP has betrayed INLD: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 20
Addressing an election meeting at Gannaur, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, claimed that his government had provided stability in the state, which had facilitated the development process in the state. The government had successfully completed large number of development and welfare schemes in the state, he claimed.

Rejecting the charge of the Opposition parties regarding the neglect of the farmers, he said the farmers in the state were getting the highest remunerative price of sugarcane in India.

He assured that the government would remain committed to the welfare of every section of the society.

Coming down heavily on the BJP, Mr Chautala reminded the people that his party had been betrayed by the BJP even though he had extended “unconditional support” to the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. He said the people would not spare the BJP for its “ungratefulness”.

He said the Congress was a party of the “drawing room”, which was more interested in fighting against each other for their selfish interests.

He was confident that the people would not be misguided by their empty slogans and false promises during the elections.

The INLD candidate from Sonepat constituency also appealed to the people to vote for her and strengthen the hands of the Chief Minister.

Earlier, Mr Chautala addressed an election rally at Bahalgarh and inaugurated the election office of the party candidate, Krishna Malik, near the Gita Bhawan Chowk.


HVP warns against anti-farmer policy of BJP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 20
Addressing election meetings in the Rai Assembly constituency, the HVP nominee, Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, cautioned the farmers against the anti-farmer policies of the BJP. He warned that the
BJP would impose income tax on the farmers after the Lok Sabha elections.

He reminded the people that the Kelkar report had adviced the government to impose tax on the farmers. The report had been put on the back burner and would certainly be implemented after the Lok Sabha elections, he claimed.

The prices of agriculture produce had continued to decrease, while the prices of agriculture in-puts had multiplied, he remarked, adding that the price of diesel had increased beyond the reach of the farmers.

Accusing the Congress for neglecting the interests of the people, he said the Congress is a divided house, taking care of their personal interests.

He alleged the people had suffered under the rule of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala and his sons.

“Now, the time has come to take into account all these and vote for the HVP, led by Bansi Lal so as to pave the way for development and rule of law,” he appealed to the people.

He reminded the people that the HVP supremo, Mr Bansi Lal, is well-known for fulfil his promises.

“The people are fed up with the anti-farmer policies of the BJP and the anti-people rule of the INLD in Haryana”, he alleged.


SSI unnerved over deadline set by Pollution Control Board
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 20
The small-scale industrial units are in a bind following a circular issued by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board for the installation of accoustic enclosure for their generator sets by March 31.

The circular makes it mandatory to install accoustic enclosure for captive power plant (generator set) with capacity of 5 KVA.

The Gurgaon Industrial Association has taken up the issue with the Pollution Control Board and is optimistic that it will provide time relaxation on the issue.

Accoustic enclosure equipment is a device to control sound pollution caused by the generator sets.

A large number of units are already reeling under the directive of the Board to install accoustic enclosure for the generator sets having the capacity of more than 250 KVA.

The Board had provided a way out to the units by directing it to deposit security amount (Rs 10,000 for sets having capacity of 250-500 KVA and Rs 20,000 to those with higher capacity) by March 31.

This security money is refundable provided the units install the accoustic enclosure. Last year, the Board had directed units with generator sets with capacity of more than 250 KVA to comply with the order by March 31.

However, the units have failed to adhere to the directives mainly due to the high cost of installation, estimated around Rs 4 lakh for 250 KVA sets.

As such, the units had been seeking time relaxation from the Board on account of the cost factor.

In the given circumstances, the industry feels that the latest move was harsh, as the units have not been provided the necessary breathing time to implement the directive.


Seminar highlights economic, environmental potential of seabuckthorn
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
A two-day seminar on seabuckthorn organized by the Directorate of Life Sciences of the Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of Defence, at Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, here highlighted the importance of seabuckthorn, which has a vast potential as a source for environment conservation, health, food and economy during the 21st century.

In Asia, seabuckthorn is richly distributed throughout the Himalayan region, including India, China, Nepal, Bhutan and in the northern parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Indian Himalayas have the second richest source of naturally growing seabuckthorn (30,000-40,000 hectare) in the world. As the cold desert region in India constitutes about 75,000sq kms of area spread over Jammu and Kashmir (Ladakh), Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Sikkim, the propagation of this plant through planned forestation and cultivation can bring about a sea change in the economy of the area, and ensure continuous standardized resource for the development of industries. Cold deserts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh have extreme climatic conditions with high rates of soil erosion, scarcity of vegetation, shortage of fuel, timber wood, fodder and poor productivity of agricultural land and low availability of water for irrigation, resulting in extreme economic hardship for the local population.

Seabuckthron is one such plant with highly developed root system, which can help in controlling soil erosion and improve fertility of land by nitrogen fixation, thus improve the economy of the area. Seabuckthorn fruits and leaves are highly nutritious and have great pharmaceutical values and are a rich source of vitamin C, E, K, carotenolds, flavonoids and phytosterots.

In China and Europe, seabuckthorn is being used in about 200 industrial products, including life saving drugs and herbs to treat cancer, heart ailments, ulcers, hepatic disorders, burns and brain disorders. Due to high contents of antioxidants, seabuckthorn oil is being extensively used as anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic and for promotion of tissue regeneration.

FRL (DRDO), Leh, is working on agriculture, poultry and milch cattle projects in high altitude, and has brought about a sea change in the availability of fresh vegetables locally. Nearly 40 per cent of Army’s requirement of fresh vegetable is produced locally by technology developed by FRL. FRL, Leh, has developed a beverage from the fruits of seabuckthorn and transferred the technology to M/s Ladakh Foods Ltd., who are manufacturing seabuckthorn fruit beverage under the brand name ‘Leh Berry’.

This drink is supplied to the Army for the troops located in the Siachen area. The beverage is liked by the troops not only because of its rich vitamin content, but also because it does not freeze even at sub zero temperature. Further, it has anti-stress properties. Leh Berry juice has become very popular in a short period. Some products in cosmetics range will be commercialized, shortly under the brand name of ‘Seabuck Essence’.

A complete range of international quality cosmetic products enriched with rare and exotic seabuckthorn berry has wide applications for the face, eye body, lip and hair. A number of industries have expressed its keen interest in such products and have started discussion for the transfer of technology.

The plant appears to be like Sanjivini and is of special interest to Defence Research and Development Organization, as it grows wild in the western Himalayas, where majority of our troops are stationed. The plant has a high potential to facilitate human adaptation to extreme climatic conditions prevalent in mountainous region.

The DRDO has included this plant in programme `Charak’, in which efficacy of different herbs growing under harsh climatic conditions in curtailing environment-induced maladies are being investigated. Seabuckthorn-based preparations have been found to be effective in protection against exposure to cold, hypoxia and stress, besides providing protection against radiation and toxicant exposure in animal models. The Defence Research and Development Organization has been able to bring national awareness about this plant, which can transform the cold desert regions of Himalayas into the richest region of the country.

As the awareness about the economic potential of seabuckthorn is spreading across the country, more and more industries are showing keen interest in optimum exploitation of this great natural resource. However, we must plan now to establish organized private orchids of seabuckthorn to ensure its conservation, propagating and prevention from misuse. This will also provide adequate raw material for all future industries based on seabuckthorn.


Rs 309-crore budget okayed for GDA
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 20
In a board meeting held in Delhi, a budget of Rs 309 crore has been approved for the Ghaziabad Development Authority for 2004-05. Due to the code of conduct imposed for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, many of the proposals were not debated in the meeting.

It was for the first time that contrary to its traditions, GDA board meeting was held in UP Sadan, Delhi, under the Chairmanship of Resident Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh.

The issue of increasing the sectoral rates was debated but due to lack of unanimity, no decision could be taken on it.

While the officials said that the proposal has been passed but its implementation postponed till after the Lok Sabha polls, the members maintained that the proposal had not been passed by the board. Many of the GDA board members had been quite aggressive on this issue.

They said that the GDA had sent out two invitations with different agenda/proposal and different venues. This had generated sufficient heat at the start of the meeting itself, it is learnt. Ultimately, the officials had to answer that such a lapse will not be repeated.

There were in all seven proposals on the agenda including change in land use, increase in FRA, but due to the operation of code of conduct, detailed discussion could not take place.

According to the Vice-Chairman, Mr D. P. Singh, GDA has earned an income of Rs 261 crore up to March 15, 2004, while the expenditure is pegged at Rs 192 crore. The meeting was attended among others by DM Santosh Yadav, Municipal Commissioner Ram Bodh Morya and members Anil Swami, Satish Chopra, Amandeep, SF Azad etc.


Get your PAN number in 15 seconds!
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 20
The Income Tax department (ITD) recently launched a new scheme to facilitate accesses in procuring their Pan number. The Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Mr S. Rehman, explained that “now you can get your Pan number for CCIT region from Noida to Dehradun on your mobile through SMS.”

All you have to do is to send a message to write the Pan number, individual’s first name and sent the message to the Income Tax Department’s mobile no: 989704373 and within 15 seconds, the Pan number will be SMSed back to you provided the information given by you is the same as that supplied to the ITD/UTI while filing form no. 49A applying for a Pan number.

Dr Krant gets fellowship

Dr Krant ML Verma has been awarded senior fellowship in the field of Hindi literature for topic – ‘Hindi Ke Krantikari Sahitya Mein Rashtriya Chetna’ by the Government of India.

Born in 1947 at Shahjahanpur (UP), a city known for historical martyrs like Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaq Ullah Khan, and now residing at C-477 Sector-19 Noida, Madan Lal Verma (Dr Krant), is also a poet of Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu and English. He has written dozens of books.

His famous research work in four volumes titled as ‘Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna’ published by Praveen Prakash, Mehrauli, Delhi, was launched by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee (Dije Desite). Other books of Dr Krant are: Lalita Ke Ansso/Tears of Lalita - an epic on Lal Bahadur Shastri – in Hindi and English, Dhoop ke Aine- The Mirrors of Sun - Hindi Ghazal collection, Archana - Sanskrit/Hindi collection of Children’s promoting affection for their country, and Vedna Ke Deep (the lamps of pain) a collection of his Hindi Poem, which has been rewarded as the best lyric book by ‘Bhawani Prasad Mishra Samman’. Dr ‘Krant’ has been many times awarded, honoured at local, state and country levels. He is a good poet, writer, critic and verse-translator and the most suitable scholar to undertake this study. 


Jt Director inspects Bal Sudhar Graha
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 20
The Joint Director of the Social Welfare Department, Ms Mamta Garg, made an inspection of the Bal Sudhar Graha here on Thursday after receiving the information about the alleged attempt by three child prisoners to escape from it.

According to a report, she took a serious note of the case and directed the officials to take immediate and effective steps to check the activities of the child criminals housed in Bal Sudhar Graha.

Earlier, the officials of Bal Sudhar Grah told her that at least 50 child prisoners are being kept in it and if they are shifted to the building of the Adult Blind Centre, which had been lying vacated since the shifting of the inmates to Panipat. Ms Garg assured that she would look into the case and take a final decision after discussing the issue with the high-ups.

Raid at exam centre

The officials of the flying squad, headed by Mr J. M. Bhardwaj, DD and PO, conducted a surprise raid at an examination centre of a school here yesterday and found the Centre Superintendent rendering help to the examinees for copying. According to a report, the DDPO took a serious note of the matter and talked to the centre superintendent in this regard but he misbehaved with him. Thereupon, the DDPO ordered the relieving of the centre superintendent from duty with immediate effect.

As many as 15 examinees were found engaged in copying and the officials of the flying squads and the board have booked them on this account. The cases of unfair means were sent to the board for further action.

Man assaulted

A man, Ghanshayam Dass (72), was seriously injured when he was attacked with a sword by a youth near Garhi Brahmanan village about 3 km from here last night.

According to a report, the alleged assailant, however, managed to escape immediately after the attack. The injured man who was returning to his home, was immediately taken to the local civil hospital, wherefrom he was shifted to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment. 


Major Anurag Nauriyal remembered

Noida, March 20
Noida is home to many brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and also those who have returned victorious to narrate tales of courage and heroism. With unrelenting courage and fierce determination, these bold soldiers guard the country from the enemy’s evil designs risking their life at every step.

A soldier’s death is a soldier’s death, wherever the battlefront. Major Anurag Nauriyal was one such martyr who made the supreme sacrifice for the nation during operation ‘rakshak’ in J&K, where he fell to terrorist bullets. He was awarded the Kirti Chakra posthumously for his act of bravery and was recently remembered by his family and friends at the Indian Oil Corporation retail outlet located in Sector 52.

While soft-spoken Uma Nauriyal radiated courage and determination, her two children, Vridhi now a doctor, and son Akshit studying engineering, offered floral tributes to their father on the occasion.

Justice J. S. Verma while paying homage to the martyr, said: “Are we doing enough for families of our brave soldiers? Are we discharging our duties to the best of our abilities for those who have laid down their lives for us? Think. The need of the hour is for every individual to adopt the humane formula - use empathy and appreciate their valour. That is the least we can do to pay homage to our martyrs.” OC


Residents demand probe into erratic power supply
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 20
There has been no let up in the unscheduled loadsheddings being enforced by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) in this city and elsewhere in the district.

Residents alleged that though unannounced power cuts were being enforced daily, the officials of the UHBVN have failed to give satisfactory reason for it.

Since the onset of the summer season, the power supply has been erratic.

The same situation persisted for most of the winter season.

According to a report, the entire city and its suburbs remained without power for most of the night, which caused great inconvenience to thousands of people.

Similarly, the entire city and its adjoining areas were plunged into darkness in the evening, following unannounced loadsheddings yesterday.

Representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations have urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the unscheduled power cuts and take stern action against the officials found guilty.

Schoolteacher killed in road accident

A schoolteacher was killed in a road accident near Chidana village, about 48 km from here yesterday. According to a report, the victim, identified as Ram Sarup Hood, was going to Panipat when a truck rammed into in his car.

The police have registered the case and sent the body for the postmortem examination.

Youth killed after snakebite

A youth was killed due to snakebite at Kundli village, about 25 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the police have sent the body of the youth, identified as Anil, for the postmortem examination.


Learning lessons every day in the school of life

A wit has remarked that one must learn from other people’s mistakes for life is not long enough to make all the mistakes oneself. Of course, learning is a lifelong process Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young, observed Henry Ford.

There are many sources of learning, personal experiences being a good one. Reading extends one’s horizon of knowledge. Biographies could be particularly exhilarating: look at the life of Thomas Alva Edison, totally deaf, but fathered many an invention and paved the way for our telephones.

Deaf Beethoven continues to delight the world with some of the best compositions. Helen Keller, blind and deaf, inspired many in her generation with her writings, Stephen Hawking, a quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair, has become a living luminary in the world of science. Their lives provide inspiration.

But this article is on ordinary mortals and what they can learn from life. A particular man of letters had jotted down the lessons he had learnt at different stages in life. While yet a boy of six, he realised that the teacher will be pleased if he recited a song fairly well. At the age of nine, it dawned on him that whomsoever he greeted returned the greeting. The principle of reciprocity; of doing unto others as one would be done by?

It was when he was 14, he discovered that the best way to make himself happy is to strive to make others happy. In the process of proving helpful and serving others, he found joy and fulfillment.

While he was around 15 years, it occurred to him that though his parents were annoyingly harsh with him at times, they intended his good. Many a prodigal had rebelled against the sound counsel of parents only to find himself on the road to ruin later. Hence, it would not be proper for him to resent corrections by parents.

The writer recorded that when he was 16, he deeply yearned for someone who would lend him his ears when he narrated his woes or thought aloud the challenges of the moment. Such a one was more preferable to another who was always ready with advice unsought.

At the age of 30, he recognised the need for living in such a manner as to disprove the accusations against him by others. That would be the best way of countering even unjust criticism.

When he was 42, he concluded that some of his people who actually loved him did not know how to give expression to that love. A failure to communicate.

It is quite possible that he too often committed the same mistake. He took others for granted; he should be more forthcoming in expressing openly his love and gratitude to others to whom he was indebted in some way or the other. Hidden love did no one any good.

A small thing like a letter from a friend could bring unlimited joy to the recipient and so he must attend to those little things that made others happy. This he learnt when he was 44.

At 49, he recognised that a devotional song or hymn could bring immense delight to his soul. There are times, when burdened with life’s complex issues, a piece of good music could transport him to another world. An ear for music would enhance his chances of relaxation and renewal.

When he reached the age of 58, he discovered that it is one thing to make a living and quite another to live life well. It was n’t the abundance of possessions or the size of the bank account that determined the quality of life, but character and virtues that the worldly ones hardly recognised as valuable. If you make a lot of money, you must put it to use for helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.

Four years later, he was pleased to recognise that God offered a ‘‘second chance’’ to those who met with failure and disappointment at first. That strengthened his resolve not to give up his efforts at the first sight of defeat in any endeavour. The value of persistence in doing what is right became clear to him.

At 65, he found out that the pursuit of worldly pleasures did not bring happiness; on the other hand if he strove to make his dear ones and friends happy, happiness would come to him as a by product, quite unsought.

At 66, he recognised that those decisions based on love and compassion for others were always right and sound. The usefulness of prayer and the possibilities of miracles in life were the lessons he learnt when he was 72 and 75 respectively. The list goes on.

When he was 85 and suffered pain in body and soul, he understood the need that he should not be a source of suffering for others. At 85, he felt the importance of showing love to others and the importance of behaving well towards others.

At 92, it dawned on him that he had yet much to learn from life. And when he was 100, he wished that others had learnt sooner these very lessons so that life could be happier for them. What has life taught you? A self-examination could be a fruitful exercise.

M P K Kutty


Calf rally held for quality breed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 20
In order to motivate the ruralites for breeding cows and buffaloes of quality and making their livestock disease-free, the Animal Husbandry Department organised an impressive calf rally at village Khewras veterinary hospital on Friday. More than 200 caves of cows and buffaloes from different villages of Rai Block were brought in the rally, which was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. R. Anand.

In the rally, 31 caves, including five cows, were selected for cash awards of Rs 1,000, Rs 700 and Rs 300 on the basis of their breed and health.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC stressed the need for getting their animals vaccinated cent per cent and for breeding of quality breed murrah buffaloes disclosing that the Animal Husbandry department had already vaccinated more than two lakh livestocks against the contagious foot and mouth disease (FMD) in the district during last one month free of cost.

He informed that murrah breed buffalo has become the first choice of the people not only in India but in many other countries as well and Haryana is the breeding ground of murrah buffaloes. “Murrah buffalo is going to become the black gold of the 21st century,” he said and asked the people to concentrate on husbanding quality breed and keep their livestock disease-free.

The Deputy Director of the Animal Husbandry Department, Dr G. P. Aggarwal detailed out various activities of the department, which were aimed to promote animal husbandry as an alternative occupation in the villages and stated that Sonepat district was included in the centrally sponsored scheme launched for making the area free from FMD.


Power shutdown
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) today announced power shutdown on March 22, due to maintenance work at the sub stations of Mangol Puri, Narela, Civil Lines and Moti Nagar area. The affected areas Pooth Kalan, Mange Ram Park, Begum Vihar and parts of Badli district. The power would be off in these areas from 11 am to 4 pm.

In the areas Alipur, Mohammed Pur, Ramzan Pur, Zindpur, Hiranki, Bakoli and Khampur, the power would be off from 10 am to 4 pm. The areas of underhill road and underhill lane in the civil lines area would be affected due to power cuts from 10 am to 6.30 pm and the area of B&C block- Narayna Industrial area phase-1 would be affected from 10 am to 4 pm.


Brahmin Sabha demands Parliamentary tickets
Our Correspondents

Jhajjar, March 20
The Akhil Bharatiya Brahmin Yuva Sabha and Brahmin Mahasabha have called upon the Congress leadership to give tickets to its candidates from Sonepat in Haryana and Outer Delhi in the national Capital.

A delegation of the two organizations called on the Congress leadership, including the chairperson of the Election Committee, Mr Shivraj Patil and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, seeking party tickets to Brahmin candidates.

Woman strangulated by son

Sonepat: A woman, identified as Dhan Kaur (60), was allegedly strangulated by her son, Rajpal, at Sisana village, about 25 km from here yesterday. According to a report, a land dispute was stated to be the main cause of the murder. The police have sent the body for the postmortem examination, and a case has been registered against the alleged assailant who is still at large.

It is stated that the victim had gone to the fields. When she did not return till evening, a search was conducted by the family members, who later found her body.

Demonstrators demand arrest of culprits

Hundreds of residents hailing from Panipat held a demonstration in front of the Mahila Police Station here yesterday demanding the arrests of persons named in the FIR relating to the dowry death case of Mrs Meenakshi.

According to a report, they raised slogans against the police and took out a procession in the city, which passed through the main bazars. They also held demonstrations in front of the offices of the Superintendent of Police and the Deputy Commissioner.

Later, they submitted a memorandum to the DC demanding the immediate arrests of all the persons named in the FIR. The DC, Mr M R Anand, assured the demonstrators that the culprits would not be spared.

Five persons injured in group clashes

Five persons, including a woman were injured in group clashes in Jharoti and Jakhauli villages in this district yesterday.

According to a report, all the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and were stated to be out of danger. The police are investigating into the cases.

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