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10 cops hurt in Yamuna Pushta demolition drive
Tribune News Service

People of New Kanchan Puri slums behind the Rajghat power station, collecting their remains after the demolition action in the Capital on Wednesday.
People of New Kanchan Puri slums behind the Rajghat power station, collecting their remains after the demolition action in the Capital on Wednesday. — Photo by Kamal Singh

New Delhi, March 24
As many as 10 policemen were injured in a clash in the Yamuna Pushta this morning during an MCD demolition campaign. The injured were taken to the Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital where they were given a first-aid. One Sub-Inspector Lal Chand has been kept under observation as he sustained serious injuries on his face.

The incident occurred at around 11.30 am when the demolition was in progress in a jhuggi cluster. The drive angered the residents who started pelting the policemen with stones and burnt a private vehicle.

The residents alleged that two children had been crushed during the demolition and when the news spread out, the residents went ballistic and clashed with the policemen.

During the commotion, ACP, SHO and Additional SHO Kamla Market, SHO and Additional SHO IP Estate, SI Lal Chand, three constables and some women were injured.

However, the police denied the allegation that children had been crushed and added that no teargas shells were used to disburse the mob. The police said that they did not resort to lathicharge either. There are about 2,594 jhuggies in the Yamuna Pushta and the authorities have demolished at least 850 of them since morning.

The incident caused a considerable commotion in the area as many residents joined hands to stop the authorities from demolishing their jhuggis.

Deliveryman killed in cylinder blast

Vinod, 25, a deliveryman of the LPG cylinder, died today when a cylinder exploded in Sundar Nagari. He worked with Durga Gas Agency in Shahdra.

Vinod along with a driver took a few cylinders in a truck (TATA 407) to deliver them in Nand Nagri area from Shahdra. As he lifted a cylinder and tried to deliver it in the house of a consumer, the cylinder exploded. He died on the spot.

The police are investigating the case from different angles: whether the cylinder was defective or if it was the original cylinder of the company.

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Colony gets full ration for first time
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 24
For the first time, residents of Welcome Colony in East Delhi are receiving their full quota of ration, at right prices, from the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops.

Until now, almost 90 per cent of the food meant to be distributed to the poor under the PDS in Delhi was being siphoned off.

According to a non-government organisation (NGO), Parivartan, this changed drastically after the records of the ration dealers of Welcome Colony were obtained–using the Government of NCT of Delhi’s Right to Information Act–and made public.

Eighty-two families in the area, surveyed by March 13 this year, said that everyone was now getting their full entitlements at right prices. “This has happened for the first time in this area. It has happened merely as a result of the records becoming public,” Parivartan’s spokesman Arvind Kejriwal said.

Elaborating, Mr Kejriwal said, “Parivartan obtained the sales and stock registers of some ration dealers in Welcome Colony in October last year … they related to the distribution of wheat, rice and kerosene during June. This information was circulated and people were aghast to see that ration due to them had been siphoned off to other sources, in their names.”

The ration dealers told the residents that the government was not supplying the stocks. “We went from house to house to verify the entries in the sales registers, which revealed that out of 182 families, 142 had not received even a single grain of wheat and 167 families no rice. Besides, out of a total of 4,650 kgs of wheat supposed to have been distributed to the people, only 595 kg had actually been received. The rest of the 87 per cent had found its way to the black market. Similarly, 94 per cent of the allotted 1,820 kgs of rice had been siphoned off,” he added.

Mr Kejriwal said that the process of obtaining records of ration dealers and dissemination of information had been quite interesting. “We organised a series of public meetings in January and February, some of which were also attended by the Ration Dealers Association, where people would discuss the conduct of various shopkeepers and decide whose records to procure, whom to condone and whom to proceed against. The people can now themselves obtain records and set the things in order,” he said.

He pointed out that “this is real empowerment of the people. Our efforts seem to be paying off.” 
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Need of the hour
NCERT draft ready on environment as subject
Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 24
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is ready to submit its draft on the possible syllabus for Environment Education and its implementation as a compulsory subject in schools.

As per the guidelines of the Supreme Court, the NCERT has prepared the draft of the syllabus, which will be implemented for classes I to XII from the next academic session. Taking a serious view of the lapses in compliance of its judgement made way back in 1991, the apex court had asked the NCERT in its December 18, 2003 ruling to frame a model syllabus and submit it on or before April 14, 2004.

“We have initiated an extensive nationwide consultation process, which takes suggestion and comments from all stakeholders in education including NGOs, academicians, environmentalists, university departments, teacher educators and teachers,” Director NCERT, Prof. J S Rajput told the ‘NCR Tribune’.

He added, “The recommendations (of stakeholders) were circulated to all the state and central boards and SCERTs for their comment on implementation methodology. We are through with the groundwork and are to submit the draft.”

The stakeholders were asked to file in their comments on six parameters which included, scope and dimension at elementary, secondary and higher secondary levels, modalities of introducing environment education without increasing the curriculum load, role of community in imparting environment education and significant elements of content and process of including projects and activities for environment education. The strategy of evaluating environment education and its place in public exams and implications of environment education in teacher education were also part of the parameters drawn by the NCERT.

NCERT officials said that the draft has been drawn up after intensive brainstorming at national consultation meets and high-powered meetings. In compliance with the court’s directive, the NCERT has roped in all state and central boards for finding a way for implementing environment education.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) too has been directed to draw up a syllabus for undergraduate and postgraduate levels and consider the feasibility of making it a compulsory subject in college education. 
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Man crying for kidnapped daughter for 7 long years
B. S. Malik

Sonepat March 24
“I have been knocking at every door, trying to elicit help from a police sepoy to the Prime Minister, for the past seven years for the recovery of my kidnapped daughter. I have not got anything except assurances. Despite giving the names of the accused, the police have not even registered an FIR against them.

Not only that, using their influence, the accused got me framed in a false case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC though later I was acquitted by the court. Now I have left any hope for justice in the hands of the Almighty”.

Thus goes the sorry tale of a retired Army person, Kartar Singh, of Garhi Brahmanan village. He informed mediapersons that his elder daughter, aged 13 years, was kidnapped by certain persons in his neighbourhood in the presence of his younger daughter, aged 10, on November 11, 1996. When the police refused to pay heed to his pleas, he approached the then Superintendent of Police and even the then Chief Minister, but his efforts proved futile.

“Finally, I wrote a letter to the Prime Minister. I received a letter from the Prime Minister’s Office on September 1, 1997, in which it was stated that the Chief Secretary had been directed to take necessary action and I would get justice,” he said but added that even then no action was taken.

Kartar Singh also informed that the accused got him framed in a false case under Section 307 of the IPC on September 2, 1999 and he was put behind bars. The police got his arms licence and licensed gun deposited in the police station. “By the grace of God, I could prove myself not guilty in the case and I was acquitted by the Additional District Sessions Judge on July 16, 2001”, he said.

He further alleged that when he went to the police station to get back his arms licence and gun, he was told by the police that his licence was missing from the file and he could take back his gun. “How could I take back the gun without the licence? The police could have again booked me for keeping a gun without a licence. I have even struggled to procure a duplicate copy of the arms licence but without any success as no one is ready to listen to me,” he said.

“We learnt in the Army that you defend the nation and the law will protect you. But now I have lost my faith in the law of the country and left everything to God,” he lamented.
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Truck driver killed, five held
Our Correspondent

Muradnagar, March 24
Five persons have been arrested for looting a truck with 100 bags of cotton thread after killing the driver.

The criminals had unloaded the bags of cotton thread worth lakhs of rupees in a powerloom factory in Malik Nagar, Muradabad in Ghaziabad district.

The five arrested include proprietor of powerloom factory Mullah Musharaf while others are Rashid, Mohin, Shahzad, and Mayauddin. All of them had confessed to the murder.

The 100 bags of cotton thread were worth Rs 3.50 lakh. The truck had started from Punjab for Muradnagar.

Driver Kuljit had left in truck No. HR-45-1447 from Dera Basi Punjab. At about 1.30 am, the truck was parked near a police post at Muradnagar.

The driver was overpowered in the morning by five criminals and the truck was taken to the powerloom factory. The criminals had killed Kuljit with a sharp-edged weapon. The people raised the alarm on seeing the body of the driver.

The factory was surrounded soon by the police and 100 bags of thread were seized. Circle Officer H K Jha said the accused have confessed to their involvement in crimes, murder and the loot.
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MCD norms ‘bypassed’ for toll tax contract
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, March 24
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Mr Subhash Arya, today demanded the resignation of the Chairman of the all-powerful Standing Committee as the corporation had awarded contract of toll tax collection defying the guidelines of the corporation.

He alleged Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta was compelled by certain quarters to award contracts to the companies in which the ruling Congress had vested interests. While doing this, all rules of awarding contract were put aside.

He alleged that the Congress with a view to awarding contracts to the companies of its choice had constituted two sub-committees to give recommendations. The sub-committees giving relaxation in rules and conditions had recommended short-listing of some firms in which the Congress had vested interests. Other firms were thrown out of competition on the pretext of foreign solvency.

He said that last year toll tax was privatised and the contract was given to M/s Banas Sands in lieu of Rs 70 crore per annum. This year tenders were invited to award contract of computerised collection of toll tax from various interested firms. The screening committees short-listed five firms out of 14 firms and recommended the proposal to consider these firms.

The proposal was submitted to the Standing Committee in response to which another sub-committee comprising three members under the chairmanship of Mr Ram Babu Sharma was constituted. The sub-committee short-listed two firms. The others were rejected on foreign solvency ground. This proposal was approved by the corporation.

Later, the Mayor with a view to ensuring adequate competition sought a clarification from the Commissioner.
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Sheila supports unit area method

New Delhi, March 24
The Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, today defended the unit area method of assessing the property tax. She was speaking in the Assembly today. She said that it was a historic step towards bringing transparency in the government functioning and ending the Inspector Raj.

Mrs Dikshit said while replying to the adjournment motion on the subject, moved by Leader of the Opposition Jagdish Mukhi.

She also sought to clarify that the clause of seven-year jail term for not paying tax was introduced by the Union Law Ministry.

She said, “If the Opposition wants to oppose the system, then it would be going against its Central government decision. It would be a retrograde step that would support corruption.”

She categorically stated that at no point of time did she make sweeping and misleading statements that the tax was going to be reduced, as alleged by the Opposition BJP.

Mrs Dikshit also denied the charge that the tax would increase between 50 per cent and 5,000 per cent. Although she agreed that there were some problems which could be referred to the Hardships and Anomalies Committee that would start functioning from April 1. TNS

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Delhi Metro likely to increase fare
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 24
The news is not good for the commuters who use the Metro. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is contemplating increase in the fare of Metro trains.

The DMRC officials said that the Fare Fixation Committee is considering the issue of raising the fare. The decision of the three-member committee is expected by the end of the month.

It was pointed out that the fares would be increased if the committee, headed by a retired judge of Delhi High Court and the representatives from the Delhi Government and the Centre, decide in favour of an increase

At present, Delhi Metro train fare varies from Rs 4 to Rs 8 for the Shahdara to Tis Hazari section of the phase I line.
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Umpteen power cuts, a daily routine in Faridabad
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 24
The abnormal rise in the temperature seems to have caught the Power Department on the wrong foot. Succumbing to the growing demand, the department has started imposing severe cuts in the supply for the past few days, perhaps giving a clue of what was in store for people for the coming summer season. This has led not only to inconvenience but heavy resentment among the residents.

While no official statement has been released about the power crisis being faced these days so far the department has been resorting to eight to 10 cuts each day, with each disruption lasting for about 30 minutes. As there has been no fixed schedule of the cuts, these have been imposed after one or two hours in most of the areas. The supply during the night has also been affected for the past many days when two to three cuts were being imposed. In some of the areas the power remained off continuously for about three hours in the recent days, said a resident of Sector 9 here.

Expressing concern over the prevailing supply position, he said one could easily have an idea of the situation that was awaiting development when the demand would be at its peak in the months of May and June. According to Mr Rajkumar Gaur of Sector 15-A, the supply of power had been one of the worst in the recent days compared to that in the past few years. He said a large number of the students who had been appearing or were still preparing for their board exams were badly hit by the hide and seek game played by electricity.

Alleging that the government and the officials concerned had been misleading the common people over the power supply situation, he claimed the cuts were a proof of how well the system was and what the authorities had done to meet the growing demand. Mr Suresh Kaushik of Sector 10 said the number of cuts being imposed these days was quite shocking.

Stating that while the onslaught of mosquitoes had gone up steeply due to the favourable climatic conditions, he said the power cuts had been intolerable. Taking a dig at the supply situation, he wondered if this was meant to promote the sale of inverters. He claimed that some of his acquaintances had either gone in for installing inverters or had been thinking of doing so to deal with the problem.

Mr Ram Gopal of Daultabad village near Sector 16-A here said that the present situation did not match the recent statement of the Chief Minister, who had claimed that there was no shortage of power in the state and Haryana would soon be having surplus power. A senior official of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam based at Hisar, when contacted, said that officially he did not have any information about the cuts being imposed but said that it might be due to low frequency supply from the Northern Grid and it could be a part of the strategy to avoid excess load on the system. He, however, admitted that there had been an increase in the demand during the past fortnight.
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Misappropriation of funds alleged in Slum and
JJ Department
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 24
The secretary of the Delhi Unit of the BJP and member of the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Vijender Kumar Gupta, in a letter written to the Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, has demanded a detailed probe in the alleged bungling of funds to the tune of Rs 50 lakh during the last one and a half years in the Slum and JJ Department of the corporation.

He alleged the modus operandi involved in the bungling of these funds was illegal withdrawal of money through hand receipts by the division staff.

He said that junior engineers or assistant engineers drew advance of Rs 3,500 per month for incurring petty emergency expenses for engagement of labourers, sweepers or security guards and other contingency expenditure. He alleged that expenditure out of the advance was incurred in total disregard to the codal divisions and departmental instructions issued from time to time.

Vouchers regarding payment to the labourers, sweepers or security guards even do not have names, father’s name, date of birth and residential address, all of which are mandatory under rules.

He alleged that these formalities had been fraudulently omitted to avoid detection of bogus payments. Similarly, the purchases against the advance in all cases were made in violation of provisions of general financial rules of the corporation. He alleged that for the purchases no prescribed procedure whatsoever for calling quotations or tenders was followed.

The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta issued a circular to the division staff to hide exposure of their misappropriation of funds. However, the circular did not mention about the action or investigation with regard to misappropriation of funds done by divisional staff in a planned manner.

The circular issued by the Municipal Commissioner said, “ It has come to my notice by the F.A. (S and JJ) that the practice of incurring of expenditure without fulfilling codal formalities through hand receipts and their reimbursement to the JEs or AEs in the division is going on for past many years for the petty expenses being incurred by the divisions on various small works undertaken by them on various sites, without recording emergency for incurring petty expenses as required in the manual. The records pertaining to some of the divisions were examined and serious irregularities regarding non observing of the codal formalities were noticed.”

The circular further said, “This may lead to misappropriation of funds and thereby may result in serious audit objections at a later stage.”
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DELHI DIGEST
Physically challenged seek support for their candidate
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 24
A delegation of the physically challenged and the hearing impaired on Wednesday called on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to seek her party’s support to the candidature of Javed Abidi from the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency.

Abidi is convenor of Disabled Rights Group (DRG). The DRG, which met on March 15, endorsed his candidature as an Independent. Although the BJP has renominated Union Tourism Minister Jagmohan, the INC is still to declare its list of candidates for the seven parliamentary constituencies of NCT of Delhi.

“We appeal to all the political parties to support the candidature of Mr Javed Abidi and not to put up a candidate against him,” read a release issued after the meeting with the chief minister. It said disability organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs) and activists from across the country have sent faxes and telegrams to INC president Sonia Gandhi and others for their support.

The DRG has claimed that organisations like the All India Confederation of the Blind, All India Federation of the Deaf, Delhi Association of the Deaf, Leprosy Mission, Indian Association of the Handicapped of Lucknow, Shishu Sarothi of Guwahati, Vidyasagar of Chennai and the Centre for Education and Training of Mumbai have written to Ms Gandhi in support of Abidi’s candidature.

“We are given to believe that the Congress party is giving serious consideration to this demand i.e. to not field its candidate and instead support the candidature of Shri Javed Abidi as an Independent from the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency,” the release said. It added that Chief Minister Dikshit assured the delegation that she would give “serious consideration” to their views and that she would also raise the matter with the Congress high command.

Anita Arya highlights shortage of water, electricity

The BJP’s candidate from the Karol Bagh (Reserved) parliamentary constituency, Ms Anita Arya, who has been renominated from this seat, fears another scorching summer. She has criticised the Government of NCT of Delhi for not taking steps to overcome the shortage of water and electricity.

Arya was addressing the meetings organised by the ‘Delhi Pradesh Jatav Mahasabha’ and the ‘Muslim Samaj’ in Karol Bagh. She distributed sewing machines to women on the occasion. She recounted the achievements of the Vajpayee government and said that the interests of the weaker sections of society were safe in the hands of Mr Vajpayee.
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Residents threaten stir over disruption of water supply
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 24
Thousands of residents protested against the disruption in water supply in the various part of the city. According to a report, the protestors raised slogans against the government and the Public Health Department (PHD) and warned the authorities that if the water supply was not improved they would have no alternative but to gherao the waterworks and boosting stations as well as the officials of the PHD.

They also blamed the district authorities for not taking action against the officials of the PHD for failing to ensure uninterrupted water supply the city.

Meanwhile, the residents of affected areas, including Mohalla Kot, Mohalla Kalan, Ram Bazar, Ganj Bazar, Jatwara Mohalla, Mahavir Colony, Lal Darwaza, Kumahran Gate and Mandi Mohalla, have sent a joint memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, highlighting the apathy of the officials in this connection.

They also threatened to launch a joint agitation against the authorities if regular water supply was not ensured. Representatives of various organisations have made similar demands.

HVP blames BJP for supporting INLD govt

The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has blamed the BJP for the hardships faced by the people during the four-year rule of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

Talking to mediapersons here today, the general- secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party, Mr Rajiv Jain, alleged that the BJP was also responsible for the atrocities committed on the farmers by the Chautala government, which would be taken into consideration during the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

He also alleged that the people in general and businessmen in particular were victimised by the Chautala government by imposing new taxes, compulsory installation of electric meters and anti-encroachment drive aimed at the weaker sections of the society. He said that the people of the state would take all these into consideration while making their choice in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. He claimed that the HVP would show its popularity in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

He was clear that the people wanted to see Mr Bansi Lal as the next Chief Minister of the state.

The HVP leader also blamed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for increasing the prices of petroleum products, kerosene oil, edible oils, sugar, cement, iron and bus and rail fares. He cautioned the people against the hollow slogan of ‘Feel Good’ being raised by the BJP. He alleged that the BJP was misleading the people on some pretext or the other in order to come to power again.

He declared that if the HVP comes to power again in Haryana, it would reverse all the anti-people decisions of the INLD government in Haryana. He appealed to the people to vote in favour of the HVP candidates so as get rid of government led by Chautala.

Compensation awarded

The District and Sessions Judge-cum-Motor Accident Claim Tribunal Judge, Mr B.L. Singal, awarded a compensation of Rs 70,000 to Mr Hari Singh, claimant for Mrs Sham Kaur, who was killed in a road accident on January 13, 2002. According to a report, Mrs Sham Kaur of Rai village was crushed by a bus in the market.

Man beaten up by wife

A man, identified as Bhim Singh, was allegedly beaten up by his wife and his daughter-in-law at Bidhlana village, about 10 km from here last evening. According to a report, the injured man was immediately hospitalised and was stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrest had been made in this connection.

A dispute over the land was the main cause of the incident. Bhim Singh’s wife was angry with him over his refusal to give her a share in his properties distributed among his four sons.

Boy sodomised

An eight-year-old-boy, identified as Ravi, was allegedly sodomised by a youth Kala at Khanda village, about 25 km from here last evening. According to a report, though the parent of the boy have informed the police about the incident, no case has so far been registered in this connection. Further investigations were in progress.

Dharna by chowkidars

Large number of chowkidars working in the villages sat on a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today to highlight their long-standing demands.

According to a report, the main demand of the chowkidars among other things include the grant of old-age pension facilities to them.

Marriage party members injured

At least six members of a marriage party sustained injuries, two of them seriously, when a car rammed into their van on the Sonepat-Gohana road near Tihar village, about 20 km from here last night.

According to a report, the injured persons were rushed to the civil hospital from where two of them were referred to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment. The van was returning back to Baroda village in this district. The bride, however, escaped unhurt. The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress.
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NCR BRIEFS
ESI Hospital refuses to admit sick child
Our Correspondents

Noida, March 24
The doctors at the Employees State Insurance (ESI) hospital in sector-24 Noida, refused to admit a 10-month-old child for treatment. They even threatened the hapless parents “to keep away from the hospital”. When Praveen Kumar Sharma, an employee of Flex Company, took his child for treatment to the hospital, the doctors advised him to take the child to a dispensary sector-12. During the period, the child was vomiting. The doctors at dispensary agreed that the condition of the child was serious (OPD-No.19880) and again referred him to sector-24 hospital.

However, the doctors refused to admit him. Later, the child was admitted Sumitra Hospital in sector-22. The Medical Officer, Mr R. K. Katria, has said the matter will be probed.

170 fake CDs seized in raid

Sonepat: The Civil Lines police have arrested a youth, identified as Gaura, following the recovery of 170 fake CDs from his shop during a raid conducted by the police. According to a report, the raid was conducted following a report lodged by Mr Godhu Ram, an official of T. Series cassettes company of NOIDA (UP). The arrested youth was allegedly involved in this illegal business in his shop on the old DC road. Recently, the police had arrested two youths of the same area for indulging in similar illegal business.

Youth Burnt

A youth, identified as Satyavan, sustained burn injuries when a kerosene stove burst in his house at Naya Bans village, about 20 km from here last night. According to a report, the youth was immediately hospitalised and was stated to be out of danger. It is stated that the youth was preparing tea when the stove burst and his clothes caught fire.

Man assaulted

A youth sustained serious injuries when he was assaulted with weapons by two persons at Thana Khurd village, about 15 km from here last evening. According to a report, the injured youth was rushed to a community health centre at Kharkhauda town for treatment, where he was stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case against the alleged assailants, who are absconding. A hunt is on to apprehend them. An enmity was stated to be the cause of the incident.

Samiti member released

Mr Roshan Lal, a member of the Sonepat Block Samiti, who was allegedly kidnapped by some persons from his village Shahzadpur on Sunday, was released by the alleged kidnappers yesterday. According to a report, Mr Roshan Lal arrived at his house safe and sound. He urged the police to register the case against the kidnappers. However, the alleged kidnappers had denied the charges against them.

Sports Commissioner visits MNSS

The Haryana Commissioner for Sports, Mr D.C. Dhesi, inspected the Motilal Nehru School of Sports at Rai, 13 km from here yesterday. According to a report, the visit of the Sports Commissioner caused a panic among the staff and students of the school. The principal, Capt V.K. Verma accompanied him while he interacted with the students regarding their problems. During his interaction with the students and the staff, he emphasised the need for discipline.
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CRIME
 

Job racket busted, two arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 24
The Crime Branch claimed to have busted a job racket and arrested two persons from the Daryaganj area. The sleuths also claimed to have seized postal orders, 33 application forms and 49 appointment letters from their possession.

Based on a secret tip-off that two persons were cheating innocent people on the pretext of getting them jobs, the sleuths raided the office of the Jupiter Fineleas Limited in the Daryaganj area.

The two persons arrested were identified as Surinder Kumar (37), resident of Shahdara and Dharambir Singh (60), resident of Ghaziabad.

Man held for forging documents

The Economic Offences Wing claimed to have arrested one person involved in preparing fake registration documents for vehicle. The accused was identified as Sunil Kumar (26), who had provided fake registration documents to several gangs involved in auto thefts in Delhi and Haryana. The sleuths also claimed to have seized registration papers, insurance cover notes, seals and rubbers stamps from his possession.

Wrestler arrested

With the arrest of one wrestler of Haryana, the West district police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers. The accused was arrested from the Patel Nagar area and has been identified as Naresh (26), resident of Bahadurgarh. One Alto car robbed from the Bahadurgarh area was seized from him.

Dismissed constable caught by Special Cell

One constable of Uttranchal along with his associate were arrested by the Special Cell from the Sarai Kale Khan area. The constable was involved in at least 17 theft cases and were wanted by the Uttranchal Police. Two country-made weapons along with five live cartridges were recovered from their possession. The two accused were identified as Randhir Singh alias Sharma Ji (30) and Bhupinder Sharma (26), resident of Bulandshahr.
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Youths snatch car from Delhi resident
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 24
Two armed youths reportedly snatched a car from Mr Khushhal, a resident of Delhi on the G T Road near the Ganaur police post, about 20 km from here last night. According to a report, the police have registered the case and launched a hunt to apprehend the culprits involved in this case. It is stated that Mr Khushhal was going in his car to Kulu-Manali. He gave a lift to the two youths near the Delhi-Karnal bypass. However, as soon as the car reached near the Ganaur police post around midnight, the youths threatened him with a pistol and asked him to stop the car. The youths drove away with the car after forcing Mr Khushhal out off the car near the Ganaur-Bega road.
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BUSINESS
 

Labour Dept, GCCI issue 440 factory licences at camp
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 24
The Labour Department issued factory licences to 440 industrialists in the first ever factory clearance camp organised here by it along with the Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) to expedite solving pending cases. The beneficiaries were those who have their business base in Gurgaon.

The department has decided to hold such camps in various parts of the state. The idea for the clearance camp was conceptualised by the department against the backdrop of large number of pending cases with regard to issuance of factory licences to industrial units. The GCCI was in the vanguard of the campaign for such camps.

There are reports of a number of cases of factory licences hanging fire for several years. The man behind the concept of the camp is the Director, Labour, Haryana, Mr K. K. Khandelwal, who is said to be stressing on transparency and toning down red tape in the department.

According to the president of the GCCI, Mr Arun Jain, the cases were pending due to lack of communication between industrial units and the department with regard to incomplete paperwork submitted by the applicants. The camp is aimed at effecting a direct interface between the officials of the department and the industry for instant disposal of the cases. The GCCI would work for holding camps by the other departments concerned too, he added.

The turnout at the camp substantiates the version of Mr Jain. The PWD rest house, which was the venue of the camp, was a veritable beehive of activities with a big number of entrepreneurs meeting the officials with their problems. A top team from the departmental headquarters led by an officer of the rank of Deputy Director was here to attend the camp.

To lubricate the process, the GCCI functionaries were also present. The presence of the founding president of the GCCI and former president of the PHDCCI, Mr P. K. Jain, added more gravity to the scene. Mr P. K. Jain expressed satisfaction over the conduct and progress of the camp.

Those whose cases could not be solved were given details of the lacunae in their paperwork submitted for obtaining a licence. They were assured that their factory licences would be granted within a month of their submitting complete documents. There were about 40 industrialists whose applications faced objections from the department and they were guided to do the needful.

Talking to NCR Tribune on telephone, Mr Khandelwal said such a camp for entire Haryana would be organised in Gurgaon for disposing the cases regarding contract licences.

According to an industrialist, the procurement of a factory licence and the contract licence were mandatory under the Factory Act. Without them, a firm remained deprived of major benefits and ran short on the bona fides’ parameter in business ventures.
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Working hours at NDPL cash collection centres increased
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 24
The NDPL has increased the working hours for all its cash collection centers from March 25 to March 31 upto 8 pm.

It also announced that no late payment surcharge (pertaining to current demand only) will be levied on electricity bills due for payment in the month of March 2004 if it is paid before the end of the month.

It means that even if the consumer has missed his last payment deadline in March, he can still make his payment by March 31 without any surcharge.

The NDPL cash collection centers at all district offices will remain functional from 9 am to 8 pm.

At all other locations, centers will accept payments upto 5 pm. The increased working hours will be applicable till March 31,2004.

In addition, consumers can also pay their electricity bill Online through NDPL website, easy bill retail counters, UTI Bank and Bank of Punjab branches all over Delhi, 161 skypak drop boxes all over Delhi, 83 manned NDPL drop boxes at NDPL districts, Zonal offices and service centers, and Citibank kiosks at Civil Lines, Keshavpuram, Rohini (Sector 3,9 and 13), Pitampura, Ashok Vihar and Shazadabad.

Late payment surcharge pertaining to current demand will also be waived off for consumers who pay their electricity bills via the above mentioned mediums.

Mr Anil Kr Sardana, CEO, NDPL said, “The increased working timings of our cash collection centers will allow consumers to make payment of their electricity bills at ease and even during late hours. We are extending the benefit of no penalty on late payment to our consumers as a uniform policy for the first time. I urge consumers to take advantage of this and avoid any late payment surcharge.”
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Sehgal Foundation implemented projects worth Rs 1.24 cr in 2003
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 24
Sehgal Foundation, an NGO working for rural development, has spent about Rs 1.24 crore on various projects which are being implemented in rural parts of Gurgaon for the past one year.

The foundation, which was set up in 1999, released its annual report for the year 2003 here today. It is working in four villages in Gurgaon district, namely Daula, Goela, Ghanghas and Agon, Mr Jay Sehgal, an official of the foundation, said here.

The foundation also provided grants to other NGOs apart from implementing projects itself. At present, the foundation was mainly involved in four programmes, which included water management, income enhancement, rural health and family life education, it was pointed out.
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