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When marriage goes on the rocks
Go fifty-fifty on husband’s earnings: HC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
In a significant ruling, the Delhi High Court discarded the normal practice of allowing a deserted wife one-fifth of the husband’s ‘disposable’ income, and held that as much as one-half of the husband’s earnings should be divided equally among the other members of the family.

Justice Vikramajit Sen said, “In my view, a satisfactory approach would be to divide the ‘Family Resource Cake’ in two portions, one should go to the husband since he has to incur extra expenses in the course of making his earnings, and one share each to other members. The archaic rule (of allowing 1/5th of the husband’s disposal income) was a vestige of a bygone era where the wife/women was considered inferior to the husband as somewhat akin to his chattel.”

In the face of legislature’s reluctance to bring about any change over 50 years

ago, the courts have held that the deserted wife was entitled to an equal division of matrimonial assets, he added. ‘’I would be extremely loath to restrict maintenance to 1/5th of the husband’s income where this would be insufficient for the wife to live in a manner commensurate with her husband’s status or similar to the lifestyle enjoyed by her before the marital severance.’’

The ruling came in case in which the court increased monthly maintenance paid by the husband to the wife from Rs 6,000 to Rs 15,000, when the husband’s disposable income was Rs 32,000 per month, and though it was also observed that the wife and child were actually entitled to Rs 18,000.

The amount was decided keeping in view the tender age of the child of the parties and it was also argued on behalf of the husband that the wife left the marital home on her own and was staying with her affluent parents.

The court also pointed out that whenever a change in circumstances occurred like the child going to school, the affected party could seek further modification of the order from the trial court.

Determination of maintenance pendent lite (with the lawsuit pending) was essentially an interim measure which normally does not call for interference, however, in the present circumstances the lower court had committed an error, which would necessitate interference by this court, the judge said.


New chapter in school norms lauded
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 21
The Faridabad Abhibhawak Ekta Manch, a leading association of the parents of the school students, has come out in support of the guidelines and norms issued by the Haryana government for the private schools in the state from the new academic session.

The Manch has asked the government not to bow to any pressure by the private schools owners to get the provisions of the rules amended.

In a statement here today, Mr Kailash Sharma, general secretary of the Manch, said that the private schools facing a stiff action by the authorities for not meeting the guidelines, now launched a campaign to press the state government to either withdraw or amend the new framework, in view of the elections.

Claiming that the grounds being given by the private school owners against the new rules as baseless, he said only those schools working as ‘teaching shops’ and exploiting both the parents and the children in the name of education, were faced with the closure.

He said such schools had no right to run or function in the given manner. First of all, the Haryana Schools Education Act was not

enacted by the present government, but it had been adopted by the state Assembly in 1995 and after due deliberations, the new rules were modelled and drafted on the lines of the Delhi School Education Rules, 1973.

Thus, he said, Haryana was not the only state in the country to frame such rules.

Stating that the majority of the private public schools were run by resourceful societies, trusts or individuals, and they hardly care for the rules set by the department concerned, he said the lenient attitude of the state government and the bodies like the CBSE had helped directly or indirectly in the ‘commercialisation’ of education and various ‘fraudulent practices’.

Quoting the Secretary of the Haryana Education Board, Mr Sharma said at least 50 per cent of the private schools affiliated with it, were allegedly involved in unfair practices in the state.

He said there were many instances of schools functioning from two or three rooms with no building or infrastructure.

He said many schools affiliated to both the CBSE and the Haryana Board had been hiking the fee and other charges arbitrarily and had virtually become a law unto themselves. The Manch has sought the implementation of the new policy in a firm manner.


SC clicks ‘ok’ button for computers in govt schools
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
In a major order, the Supreme Court has okayed the Government of NCT of Delhi’s tender process for establishing a state-of-the-art computer labs in each of its 748 schools at a cost of Rs 100 crore with a view to putting the students there on a par with those studying in public schools.

A Bench comprising justices RC Lahoti and Ashok Bhan removed all legal hurdles before the government in swinging into action on its decision by setting aside a Delhi High Court order which had quashed the tender document inviting bids for the Rs 100-crore project.

The High Court had held that the government, by putting the clause that only those firms having a turnover of more than Rs 20 crore could participate in the tendering process, had acted arbitrarily and shut out small firms. Accepting the contention of Solicitor General Kirit N Raval, the Bench said the terms of the invitation to tender were not open to judicial scrutiny, the same being in the realm of contract.

Saying that the government must have a free hand in setting the terms of the tender, Justice Bhan, writing for the Bench said, “The courts would interfere with the administrative policy decision only if it is arbitrary, discriminatory, mala fide or actuated by bias.”

Justice Bhan said, “The courts cannot strike down the terms of tender prescribed by the government because it feels that some other terms in the tender would have been fair, wiser or logical.”

Allowing the appeal of the government, the Bench noted that in 2000-01, 115 schools were taken up for imparting computer education at a cost of Rs 14.65 crore. There the schools were divided among the bidders. This practice of dividing the computerisation process among the bidders was again adopted in 2001-02 when the computerisation of 275 schools was taken up at a cost of Rs 30 crore. However, in 2002-03, tenders were called for all 748 schools and the government thought that the earlier turnover clause of Rs 2 crore should be raised to Rs 20 crore as small firms would not be able to provide for the hardware costing Rs 40-50 crore within a year.

Finding no fault with the tender clause objected to by the small firms, the apex court said, “It was for the authority to set the terms of the tender. The courts would not interfere with the terms of the tender notice unless it is shown to be either arbitrary or discriminatory or actuated by malice.”

When the small firms said that there had been a fall of prices of the computer components and there should be a fresh tender, the Bench said, “It is for the Delhi Government to decide whether to continue with the tenders already floated, if necessary by making negotiations so as to bring down the rates quoted or to invite fresh tenders.”


Political slugfest ends in fisticuffs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
They had come to exercise their vocal chords but ended in exchanging fisticuffs. A first information report (FIR) registered at the Nangloi Police Station yesterday unfolds the drama in which Union Labour Minister and BJP’s candidate from the Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency Sahib Singh Verma called a Delhi minister names and manhandled his son.

The crowd that assembled for a live debate on a TV channel had no inkling of the unruly scenes to follow. Irked by a question posed by a member of the audience about the BJP’s anti-farmer policies, Verma apparently lost his composure and used a derogatory term for Raj Kumar Chauhan, a member of the Sheila Dikshit Ministry, alluding to his caste.

Chauhan, who addressed a news conference along with Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Prem Singh at the party office today, claimed that Verma beat his son Keshav when the latter tried to “save” the man who had posed the question from getting surrounded by the Union Minister and his supporters.

The police, he alleged, filed a case only after a wait of four hours.

DPCC President Prem Singh, in turn, said that the party strongly condemned the incident. “Mr Sahib Singh should be arrested and should be dismissed from the Union Cabinet for his behaviour unbecoming of a minister,” he said. 


Crime maze
Thieves strike and fly by night
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 21
The shopkeepers in Sonepat town have been forced to have sleepless nights following a spate of thefts during the last four days.

There have been more than a dozen incidents of thefts—eight on a single night on March 16. The culprits managed to take away the stolen articles and cash each time and escaped..

The police seem to be clueless about the culprits.

The thieves struck at two shops of spare parts on Bahalgarh Road on Friday night and took away tyres and cash worth lakhs of rupees.

The agitated shopkeepers raised slogans against the police. They said that an electronic shop had been burgled in adjacent Sector-14 market last month. Besides, three shops on the same road near the civil hospital were attacked in a single night last year.

They also alleged that despite their pleas, the municipal council authorities have not made arrangements for lights on the road. The police patrolling was not effective either, the shopkeepers lamented.

It may be recalled that on Monday last, as many as eight shops on Rathdhana Road near the police post were attacked by the burglars at night. Cash and some articles worth lakhs of rupees were stolen from the shops.

The livid shopkeepers urged the police authorities to intensify patrolling during night. They also approached the council authorities for the streetlights. There was also a public protest against theft in a juice corner shop on March 8 night on Bahalgarh Road.

The protestors expressed concern over the increasing incidents of thefts in the shops in various markets of the town.

A number of shopkeepers of Bahalgarh Road were concerned about the spate of thefts.

They said that they would have no other alternative than to sleep in their shops.


MCD ordered to appoint 8 ex-servicemen in schools
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
A Delhi court has ordered the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to issue appointment letters to eight ex-servicemen as Assistant Teachers in the MCD schools.

The Delhi High Court has also asked the MCD schools to pay Rs 5,000 each to these men for denying them the appointments.

Justice Pradeep Nandrajog said it was unfortunate that even after the court had decided about three years ago that ex-servicemen qualify for the said posts, appointment letters had not been issued to them.

Nandrajog also directed the MCD to recover the said amount (Rs 40,000) from the official responsible for not giving the letters to the ex-servicemen.

The court had earlier rejected the corporation’s argument that the ex-servicemen did not have the required educational qualification or training, and upheld the petition’s argument that their service itself qualified them on both counts.

Earlier on February 12, 2001, Justice S K Kaul had directed the MCD to appoint the five petitioners as Assistant Teachers with all consequential benefits of seniority as well as monetary benefits within three weeks.

Then on April 1 that year, the High Court had to issue contempt notice to the MCD after the orders were not complied with. The appointments were made subsequently.


Blind with love, girl gets her parents killed
Parmindar Singh

Bulandshahr, March 21
A young woman reportedly got her parents mercilessly killed by her lover in Secundrabad three days ago.

The police arrested three persons, including the daughter and her lover, and recovered the car and the sharp-edged weapon used in the crime. One accused is still absconding.

On the night of March 14, Dhani Ram and his wife Kamlesh, were murdered in the jungle of village Naya Gaon when the couple were returning home after seeing their daughter Sangeeta off on a train to Lucknow.

The police said Sangeeta had decided to eliminate her parents and brother who were objecting to her amour.

Her lover Harinder and his cousin then killed Sangeeta’s parents, the police said.

The girl’s brother Sanjeev was spared as the killers could not locate his house.

According to SO, Incharge Kotwali, Subash Narayan Yadav, Sangeeta who was studying in the Government High School, Lucknow, was having an affair with Harinder, a law student in Meerut and a resident of Ganga Nagar, Meerut.


Constructive poll campaign for the first time: Venkaiah
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
BJP president M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the country was witnessing a constructive election campaign for the first time. “In earlier elections, there used to be negative campaigning,” he said after inaugurating the central election office of Vijay Goel, the party’s candidate from the Sadar parliamentary constituency in NCT of Delhi.

The BJP, Naidu said, would base its campaign on the three planks of development, leadership of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and vision of a strong and self-sufficient India. “People have to choose between a party that swears by development and elements that create hurdles in the way of developing the nation,” he told the gathering.

Vijay Goel is contesting from Sadar, a seat he won for the first time in 1996. In the last Lok Sabha election, Goel won the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency after the party fielded Madan Lal Khurana in Sadar. Mr Goel said the image of the Congress party had come down whereas India was shining because of the BJP’s achievements.


Chautala and Sangwan are ‘Guru Bhai’, says LJP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 21
Accusing the BJP of fomenting communalism in the country, the state president of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Capt. Shamsher Singh Malik today said that the Centre had paved the way for the economic exploitation of the poor sections of the society, including farmers, labourers, small shopkeepers and rural artisans.

Addressing a party meeting at village Kabirpur, Capt. Malik, who is also the candidate for the Sonepat Lok Sabha constituency, explained that earlier the hike in the prices of diesel and petrol used to be announced at midnight. However, the BJP-led NDA government at the centre has allowed the customers to be cheated by announcing the hikes weeks or days in advance, he alleged.

There have been number of scams during the tenure of the BJP-led NDA government.

Even senior leaders of the BJP have been found accepting illegal money, he said.

Inspite of all this, the BJP continuous to claim that there is a “feel good” factor in the country. Do you feel good to know that, he asked the audience.

He also criticised the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L K Advani, for fooling the people by repeatedly raising the issued of cross border terrorism.

Mr Advani is required to take care of the internal security of the people, which is being threatened by the criminal gangs and other armed groups in the country, he remarked.

Capt. Malik also targeted the BJP candidate and sitting MP, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan and alleged that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala and Sangwan were “Guru-Bhai”, as Sangwan has called himself the fifth son of the late Devi Lal.

The LJP would urge the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Election Commission to release the details of the discussions in the Lok Sabha to know how much time Mr Sangwan had devoted to the issues pertaining to his constituency.

The general secretaries of LJP-Vazir Singh Dahiya and Sanjay Rathi, president SC/ST cell and district president Sarvesh Gupta also spoke on the occasion.

Panchayat angry over police inaction

A large number of villagers participated in the Maha Panchayat held in the Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Farmana village, about 20 km from here yesterday, to chalk out the future course of action in connection with the alleged kidnapping of three year-old son of Dr Dharmendra Sharma.

According to a report, the Maha Panchayat expressed its concern over the inaction of the police in the case and warned that if the child is not rescued soon, the villager would vote against the ruling party in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier, a deputation of the Maha Panchayat called on the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, here yesterday and demanded immediate steps for tracing the child. Mr Chautala assured the villagers that he had asked the district authorities to take stringent measures to trace the child.

Power disruption

Unscheduled loadsheddings enforced by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has continued to trouble the residents of this city and its suburbs.

According to a report, the power disruption continued for most part of the night, which forced people to sleep in the open.

Earlier, the entire city and its adjoining areas remained powerless in the evening, disrupting business activities. The hospital services were adversely affected due to the power disruption.

Medical shop gutted

Fire broke out in a medical shop near Sector 14 of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) here last evening.

According to a report, the fire was brought under control by the municipal fire brigade. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.


Nirmala Devi felicitated on 81st birthday
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
It was a birthday celebration with a difference. In the presence of over 10,000 ‘sahayogis’, who had gathered from various parts of the world, Mataji Nirmala Devi was felicitated on the eve of her 81st birthday. The venue, Nirmal Dham, located in a distant village near the Delhi-Haryana border, was fully decorated with flowers and lights of different hues and colours.

Present on the occasion were national coordinators from various countries, politicians, bureaucrats and luminaries from various walks of life.

The felicitation programme was presided over by Union Minister, Sahib Singh Verma.

The programme got underway with Mr V J Nalgirkar, the national coordinator from India, reading out the felicitations sent from various parts of the world for the occasion.

Praising Mataji for her devotion in spreading ‘Sahaja Yoga’ in different parts of the world, Mr Sahib Singh Verma said: “Mataji’s accomplishments over the years make her a fine example of how one person can make a difference in the lives of others. Countless people have benefited from her endeavours and she is ideal ambassador of world peace and harmony.”

Blessing the ‘Sahayogis’ and the distinguished guests present on the occasion, Mataji said, “I was born as a very simple persons and I don’t understand money”.

The felicitation function was followed with a Kuchipudi dance performance by Ms Lena, a Russian, who was trained in one of the musical schools set up by Mataji in Maharashtra.


Disabled electors clamour for rights
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
The mandate of the seven crore-strong disabled in the country, together can easily affect the fortune of political parties. And armed with this knowledge, over 500 disabled who gathered here yesterday from across the country, have put forth their rightful demands as members of a civil society, especially in the context of the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Confident of their strength and aided by the knowledge of their rights, these differently abled people decided to raise issues at a time when no political party can afford to let them down. They have made it clear that issues affecting the disabled could no longer be excluded from their agenda.

At a National Convention of the Political Rights of the Disabled People, convened yesterday by the Disabled Rights Group (DRG), political parties were challenged with posers vis-a-vis the rights and problems faced by them.

It was pointed out that successive governments have failed to address their grievances adequately, forgetting that the people with impairments were also making their contribution in the building of the nation. A charter of demands adopted at the convention called upon the political parties contesting the Lok Sabha elections to include in their manifesto implementation of the provisions of the Disability Act.

Among other demands are ensuring a barrier-free design and access features for the disabled in all future constructions, bringing in an anti-discrimination legislation to promote employment opportunities in the private sector and extension of all facilities that are at present available only to the orthopaedically, visually and hearing impaired people to those with mental impairment as well.

They also demanded reconstitution of the National Disability Commission and amendment in the Disability Act of 1995 to include in the definition of disability impairments such as autism, hemophilia, thalassaemia and learning disabilities etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Convenor DRG Javed Abidi announced that they would soon be petitioning the Supreme Court to provide hassle-free access to the polling booths to the disabled.

Addressing the convention, BJP general secretary Mukhtar Abbas and assured the disabled that his party will take into consideration their demands while framing its Vision document.

He stressed the need of framing a national policy for the disabled. CPI (M) leader Nilotpal Basu also spoke on the occasion.


Akali Dal leaders urged to be united
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
The Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee at a meeting here today appealed all the Akali Dal leaders to unite not only in Punjab but also in whole country.

They should unite leaving behind all differences. If the Akali Dals unite only in Punjab, the larger interest of Sikh community will be ignored. The general secretary of the committee, Mr Amar Singh, said that Punjab was one province of the country Akali leaders have to think of Sikhs leaving in other states too. President of the Delhi Unit of Sewadar Committee appealed Sikh youths to come forwards and take pledge to serve the community forgetting all their differences.

Navratra Mela begins at Jhandewalan Devi temple

Navratra Mela is celebrated at the historic Badri Bhagat Jhandewalan Devi temple from today till March 30.

On the first day of the Navratra Mela, Shailputri Swaroop of Maa Durga was worshipped with religious fervour.

Thousands of devotees waited for hours in serpentine queues to catch a glimpse of the deity. The temple will remain open from 4 am till midnight. It will, however, remain closed between 6 pm and 7 pm for cleaning and Sandhya Aarti.

Bhajans and kirtan will be performed by various performers daily from 3 pm to 6 pm.

PWD worker assaulted

Dayaram, a PWD worker, was beaten up badly by a resident of Babarpur in North-East district. He was admitted to GTB Hospital. He sustained serious head injury and his condition is critical.

According to the police, the victim was on duty in Babarpur, where a bridge was under construction on a drain. The suspect, Bunty, allegedly came and tried to stop him from doing the construction work. When the victim said that he was assigned the job by the department concerned for the same work, the suspect attacked him with an iron rod. The victim received head injury and fell down.

The fellow workers reported the matter to the local police. The victim was admitted to GTB Hospital immediately.

The police have registered a case against Dharambir and his son Bunty.


Glimmer of hope for 180 Tihar undertrials
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
There is some hope for 180 undertrials in Tihar jail, who were granted bail to walk free from jail and could not do so as these inmates realised that the bail bond and surety conditions ordered by the courts were too hefty.

However, they have a ray of hope now. District and Sessions Judge J. P. Singh has directed trial courts to consider their cases and take appropriate remedial measures within 10 days.

The direction follows an order of the Delhi High Court in February 2003 on a criminal writ petition filed by the Rotary Club District. The order was for early release of the undertrials on relaxed surety conditions and where necessary, on personal bonds.

The list of 180 undertrials, which stands updated till December 2003, includes 12 women too. While four of them are lodged in jail number one, the rest are in jail number six.

The jail number one also houses the largest number of undertrials – 122, who are facing incarceration even after being granted bail. While 28 inmates in the list of 180 have been booked under the Arms Act, 18 face charges under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (Prevention) Act, the sources said.

Three are serving life terms, while two others have seven-year terms on them and one a three-year term. The list also includes alleged offenders under the Negotiable Instruments Act, Excise Act and even Motor Vehicle Act.


Noida engineers get notice for substandard work
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 21
Two Noida Authority engineers have been issued show cause notice for sub-standard work in road construction in Sector-51 and 72. Even the stones being used there have been found to be of poor quality. A project engineer has also been given a warning in this construction.

Earlier, similar notices had been issued in Sector-82 and 93 for bad quality of inter-locking tiles and the quality of drain to the project engineers and works engineers of the work circle.

According to the ACEO, Mr Debashis Panda, a notice have been issued for fixing the responsibility of the concerned engineers. The samples of material used in Sectors 72 and 93, have also been collected. The road from Sector-72 under construction will link the Sector with Phase-II. The inspection work in Sector-72 was completed by senior project engineer, Mr A.K. Goel.

ACEO Panda said inspecting the quality of work is among the primary responsibilities of the project engineers concerned. But in spite of this, the project engineers are found wanting in the discharge of the duties.

A special charter has been formulated for the inspection by engineers, ACEO added.

A meeting of senior project engineers, chief works engineers and entire work circle staff will fix the responsibility and also acquaint the staff with the strong punishment /action such dereliction of duty can invite.

Ghaziabad prepares for Advani’s Yatra on March 23

Ghaziabad: The Ghaziabad district administration is not taking any chances with the security of Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani who is arriving on his Bharat Udey Yatra at Ghaziabad on 23 March.

The administration has put five magistrates on duty while over 2,000 policemen will be deployed for security of Deputy Prime Minister who will reach Lal Queen of Ghaziabad at 7 pm on Tuesday via Secunderabad and Dadri.

Mr Advani will address a public rally at Ram Leela Ground near Clock Tower. After this, Mr Advani will reach Mela Plaza Hotel for the night stay. On 24 March, Mr Advani will proceed for Bagpet via Loni.

The SP, City, Mr Umesh Kumar, Srivastava, said apart from police cops, Leopard and Zebra police vehicles will continue to be present around the Deputy Prime Minister’s Yatra. PAC and RPF will also be responsible for the security of Mr Advani, apart from the local police.


Two killed as crane capsizes
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 21
A truck driver and a Maruti car driver were killed as a crane fell on them at Amarpalli crossing. The crane, which was trying to remove a sand filled truck that had blocked the road, turned turtle as it could not pull the weight of the truck. The Maruti car and truck driver standing nearby were crushed under the crane.

The axle of the truck had given way last night and its two wheels had become detached, thus blocking the road and crane was called to remove the truck to a side. The car driver was an engineer who was going to Delhi on some job. Chand Khan, driver of Truck No. HR-38 B, 2916, and R.S. Rawat, driver Maruti Car No. DL 2CB-8297 had been crushed under the crane.


Man held for smuggling liquor, 330 bottles seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 21
The South-West district police arrested a man and seized 330 bottles of illicit liquor from a Santro near the Sarojini Nagar bus depot today.

The accused was identified as Mehar Chand alias Kaku (24), resident of Kanjawala.

Meanwhile, one person was killed this morning when a roof collapsed in the Mohan cooperative industrial area on Matura Road.

The victim, identified as Durga Ram (30), was buried under the debris of the building in plot No A-13. Later, the fire service personnel pulled out the body from the spot.

Health camp organised

A health camp was organised in Sultanpuri by the Sehat Foundation in association with Global Cancer Concern India (GCCI).

The camp provided free medical check-ups apart from counselling and medication to the slum dwellers in and around the Sultanpuri area.

The camp was inaugurated by the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West), Mr Manish Kumar. The local MLA, Mr Jai Kishan and the MCD Councillor, Ms Zeenat, were also present on the occasion.

Protest by Homeopathy doctors

The Indian Homeopathy Medical Association (IHMA) has opposed the move of the Union Government to start Homeopathy short course of one year for MBBS doctors.

They said that it would be hazardous for the patients as well as the Homeopathy doctors.

Thousands of doctors from all parts of country gathered in the city and protested in front of the office of the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH).

According to the national president of IHMA, Dr P.S. Ranu, “this decision of the government would reduce the scope of employment of Homeopathy doctors. The patients that do not get relief from these doctors come to us for treatment”.

According to Dr Hari Krishan, convenor, IHMA, “There are more that three lakh Homeopathic doctors in India. Their future would be in the dark if the government allows MBBS doctors to follow Homeopathy practice also.”


Decomposed body found
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 21
The police found the decomposed body of an unidentified youth from the fields of Machhraula village, about 25 km from here yesterday. The body was sent to the PGIMS at Rohtak for the postmortem examination.

According to a report, the body still remains unidentified and the police believe it to be a case of murder. A case has been registered in this connection. Further investigations were in progress.

Two held with charas

The Gohana police have arrested two persons, identified as Prem of Madina village and Bijender, for allegedly possessing 260 grams of charas.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against them.

Four take Rs 2.50-cr loan, abscond

Noida: A report has been filed in Sector-20 police against four persons, including a woman, who are absconding after having obtained Rs 2.50-crore loan to set up factories. The report has been lodged by Manoj Saxena, Dy. Manager Finance of PICUP, a UP Government Financial Co., against D.S. Ahluwalia of New Delhi. Ahluwalia had obtained a loan of Rs 84.50 lakh for putting up a unit. The loan was not paid back. Now the loanee is not traceable.

Manoj Saxena has filed a case of fraud and cheating against D.S. Ahluwalia, his companion Ajit, and Mrs Ravinder Kaur.

In another case, a company deputy manager J.S. Negi has filed a similar report against Suman Jain of Panchsheel Park for not repaying a loan of Rs 1.5 crore. He is also at large.

A case under Section 420 has been registered against him. OC


Sleeveless options to brave the scorching heat

Wrangler has launched its spring-summer collections. The summer celebration is through sleeveless options, cool colours and a variety of fabrics, which are ideal to brave the scorching Indian heat. The company has come out with both the men and women’s cool collection.

Car stereo with a difference

Blaupunkt has launched exciting ‘Funline’ range of car stereos. The stereo offers attractive features including the excellent sound quality that one has come to associate with Blaupunkt. The range of models includes CD tuners as well as cassette and CD changer combinations. The sets feature bright, easy-to-read multi-coloured displays, and come in black, anthracite or titanium silver finishes. The front face folds down to allow access to the cassette loading slot, and as an effective theft protection, the operating panel can be easily removed and taken along in the provided carry case.

Wedding collection

Franco Leone has introduced its wedding statement collection. The shoes are recognized world over and the high quality shoes offer the rich experience of craftsmanship. Meticulously crafted from the genuine leather, the enticing designs come to complement your dressing. So get ready to pamper your feet with a truly elegant creation, which leaves behind your impression.

Lifestyle products

Ebony retail holdings has introduced fresh new summer collection in various categories from kids wear, women’s wear, men’s wear to lifestyle products, accessories and household items. These are available at all Ebony stores across Delhi, NCR, Chandigarh and Punjab.

“The scorching heat in summers drains everyone of their enthusiasm. However, summer is also the time for vacations and outings. We hope to enliven this atmosphere by introducing a whole new range of merchandise that will cater to the special needs of the customers during summer-time,” said Neeta Narula, MD, Ebony.

Unbeatable picture from Sony

Sony India has introduced a new flagship to their range of digital still cameras ‘Cyber-shot’,—-the Cyber-shot F828. The product has been designed with the serious photographer in mind and brings together a combination of innovative technologies to ensure unbeatable picture quality, imaging handling and shooting speed.

The 4-colour filter CCD has a high data transfer rate and the real imaging processor ensures that the camera has been built with state-of-the-art technology.

Sandals for summer

Mirza Tanners Limited, the manufacturers of Red Tape shoes, has launched its latest summer wear collection of sandals exuberating style and attitude. Red Tape, synonymous with fashion in footwear brand, has launched casual, semi-formal shoes and sandals

Trendy outfits for kids

Westside has introduced the cute, trendy and hip outfits for kids. Full of attitude and colour, the new collection promises to give your little one a funky new look that blends with their individual character.

The kids wear collection features a range of clothing that will tickle the fancy of both the girls and the boys.

Potable welding machine

A Noida-based small scale unit, Electra Koko Tawa, has developed a potable welding machine considered to be the smallest in the world for use in high rise buildings, disasters, defence, remote areas and high altitudes. The small size machine weights just eight kilograms.

Named D. C. Argon, the machine has been developed by Electra company.

Classic collection

Safilo has launched the new Giorgio Armani collection that endorses a look consisting of large frames–round or square–and epitomizes classic Hollywood glamour.

The collection also comprises smaller sophisticated models in oval and butterfly shapes.

Among the collection’s most distinctive details are the slender metal temples, adopted even on models with larger shapes for an extremely elegant effect.

Laminate wall panelling

Alps industries has introduced a new product, Vista Valls, a laminate wooden ceiling and wall panelling. Vista Valls is a product especially designed to give a feel of natural wood, consists of specially treated, high-performance medium density fiberboard covered with decorative laminate. The unique features of Vista Valls include UV resistant-non fading, pre finished, reusable, easy to install and replace with an aesthetic appeal. It does not give out emissions, thus is eco-friendly and conserves energy by heat insulation.

Premium enamel paint

ICI Paints has launched Supergloss 5-in-1, a unique enamel paint for wood and metal surfaces. The new Dulux Supergloss 5-in-1 is a super premium enamel paint for decoration, which also promises unmatched protection to all wood and metal surfaces, such as doors, windows, grills, furniture and household items. The launch of the product is in line with the Dulux tradition of launching superior products that fulfil the requirements of the consumer.

Packaging for summer

Summer is at its peak, and with it comes various diseases that are a part of this season. Most of these diseases are a result of either water or food contamination. There is a great need to exploit various forms of packaging, which prevent these food items from getting contaminated. So the packaging should focus on three major functions: keep the food-item fresh, prevent contamination and provide easy storage and handling.

Lee kids wear

Lee kids has introduced a wide range of ready to wear outfits for both girls and boys in the age group of 2-12 years. The collection is characterized by a riot of colours that span pastels and reach out to the bright yellows and oranges. The collection is available at all Lee exclusive outlets and select departmental stores across India.

Ready to eat snacks

Bikernervala Foods has launched ‘Crunchy Munchy’, a ready to eat snacks. It has a fresh crunchy taste and is available in attractive packaging in all stores in North India.

Hitachi Atom

Hitachi Home and Life Solutions has launched the smallest split air conditioner range, ‘Hitachi Atom.’ The ‘Hitachi Atom,’ split AC is two-third the size of the conventional split ACs and is a blend of two revolutionary technologies–Lambda technology and power saving technology. It provides powerful, efficient and economical performance in extreme and varied Indian climatic conditions.

High performance lights

Phoenix Lamps has introduced the HS1 lamps, designed specifically for the motorcycle segment in the country. Combining utility and quality, these lamps are characterized by long life and brighter light. The motorcycle industry in India has been growing over the years. The latest models of high performance two wheelers require more safety in terms of clear and strong night visibility.

For a healthy start to your day

Baggrys India has introduced three new varieties of muesli, ‘Light n Crunchy Muesli’, ‘7am Muesli’ and ‘Swiss Style Muesli’ to provide a healthy start to your day. These assorted Muesli’s are an ideal breakfast as well as an “any time of the day,” snack, which brings you all the benefits of an age-old recipe. It is made from various combinations of oats, barley, corn and wheat. Bagrry’s Muesli is one of the nature’s most nutritious, wholesome and delicious health food providing natural vitamins, minerals and proteins.

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