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Motorists booked a year after straying on PM’s route
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 4
The Delhi Police have filed a chargesheet against the two motorists who allegedly breached Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s security by straying on the path of his cavalcade almost a year ago.

The chargesheet, which was filed before a Metropolitan Magistrate, accused Ashok Kumar and Dhare Singh, residents of Jhajjar, of committing offences under section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), sec 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), sec 279 (rash driving) and sec 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

They have also been charged under section 185 (driving under influence of drugs or alcohol) of Motor Vehicles Act. The chargesheet alleged that Kumar and Singh, ignoring the warning by VIP security staff, “intentionally” entered the path of the Prime Minister’s convoy, which was passing through the sanitised route on Rao Tularam Marg on January 28, 2003.

Their intrusion also forced the Special Protection Group (SPG) manning PM’s security to open fire on their Maruti Esteem car. Though several bullets pierced the car, the occupants managed to escape unhurt.

The police later traced the vehicle to one Umesh Kumar, a resident of Gurgaon. Kumar led the police to the accused, who were arrested and later released on bail. However, the chargesheet remained silent on the third occupant of the car, a woman named Neena, alias Gurmeet.

Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Girdhari Singh of Naraina police station, who was on VIP duty that day and who claimed to be an eyewitness to the security breach, had said in his statement that he could recognize the driver of the car and its two other occupants, including the woman.

He said that the Esteem car had entered the sanitized route near Gopinath Bazaar and sped along the Gurgaon road, only minutes after the Prime Minister, who was on his way back from the airport after his official visit to Ahmedabad, passed that way.

Though he and other security staff at the spot signalled the vehicle to stop, it sped away and came perilously close to the VVIP’s car, he added.

Cong Delhi list in a day or two

The Congress will release the list of candidates for the seven parliamentary seats of NCT of Delhi in a day or two. Its main rival BJP has already cleared the names of contestants for six constituencies.

“The list will be released tomorrow or the day after,” INC Spokesman Kapil Sibal told media persons at the routine party briefing here.

The BJP has re-nominated all of its six MPs. However, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel has been shifted from the Chandni Chowk constituency to Sadar.

A former president of Delhi Pradesh BJP, Mr Madan Lal Khurana had represented Sadar before he was moved to Rajasthan as Governor.

The Congress had lost all the seven parliamentary seats of NCT of Delhi in the 1999 poll.


Convict out on parole kills kids, ends it all with wife
Our Correspondent

Rewari, April 4
Naresh (32) and his wife Bimla (29) first strangled their two sons, Narender (6) and Satish (4), to death and then the husband and wife hung themselves to death in Daroli village, about 18 km. from here last night. It is stated that Naresh, who was on parole, took this step in a state of depression. He had been lodged in a jail in Gurgaon district after being convicted in a case of rape by a court of the additional sessions judge of Rewari in December, 2003.

The Jatusana Police, under whose jurisdiction Daroli village falls, have registered a case of murder against Naresh and his wife Bimla, who are now dead and gone. It is reported that Naresh and his accomplice, Umed Singh, who was also convicted in the aforesaid case of rape in December, 2003, had come home on a 42-day parole on February 24, 2004. The period of parole was to expire on April 7, 2004. However, Naresh, along with his wife Bimla, took the tragic step before the expiry of the parole period.

It is stated that when Naresh and his wife committed the dastardly act, his father Banwari Lal and younger son Rajender Singh were away to another village on an errand; the mother, Maina Devi, and her younger daughter were sleeping in another room in the house. The tragic deaths came to light when the mother and her younger daughter woke up in the morning. After the post-mortem examination, which was conducted in the civil hospital here today, the bodies were handed over to the elders of the family.

This is the second tragic occurrence in the district in the past one week. Prior to this, a mother, her young daughter and young son committed suicide in Dharuhera recently. The father had also committed suicide by throwing himself before a running train near Palwal on Saturday after he learnt that his wife, son and daughter had ended their lives when he was away from home. They all took this extreme step on account of heavy indebtedness, it is stated.

Jobless gambler tries to murder family

New Delhi: An unemployed man, who was a compulsive gambler, today tried to murder his family members in the Tilak Nagar area of West district. While his 12-year-old daughter, Jaspreet Kaur, was stabbed to death, his wife, Balwinder Kaur, and two other children, Daljeet and Arvin Kaur, were battling for their lives in the DDU hospital.

The police have arrested the accused, Paramjeet Singh (45), resident of Tilak Nagar.

The accused, in fact, wanted to leave his house for good. Since he did not wish to leave them alone, he decided to kill them with the help of blades and scissors. Accordingly, first he stabbed his 12-year-old-daughter, who died on the spot, and later his wife and two other children. TNS


Chautala accuses BJP of betraying INLD
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 4
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of betraying the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). The INLD leader accused the BJP of joining hands with the Congress party in maligning his government in Haryana.

Addressing an election rally in support of the party nominee, Mrs Krishna Malik, at Nahri village last evening, he said that he had allotted five Lok Sabha seats and 29 Assembly seats to the BJP during their alliance.

He declared that he would “teach the BJP a lesson for parting with the INLD” and was sure that none of the BJP candidate would win in the Lok Sabha elections.

He, however, confessed his failure in fulfilling some of the pre-poll promises and assured the people that he would make amends for his past mistakes in the remaining one-year tenure of his government.

He also offered apology to the electorate if his party and colleagues had hurt their feelings in the past.

Referring to the SYL canal construction, Mr Chautala announced that it would be completed on the directive of the Supreme Court. He also said that the Ravi-Beas waters would start flowing in the south Haryana region shortly.

He also claimed that the road show of Sonia Gandhi had proved a totally failure and the Congressmen were demoralised on account of the delay in the announcement of the candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. He also reiterated his charge against the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, who, he alleged, wanted to become the Prime Minister in place of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Mr Chautala also opposed the slogans being raised by the BJP including those of the construction of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, scrapping of Article 370, raising the issue of the nationality of Sonia Gandhi and ban on cow-slaughter.

He appealed to the electorate not to be misled by the false slogans of ‘feel good’ raised by the BJP to win the elections.


Chhota Rajan’s hitmen arrested in Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 4
The Delhi Police Special Cell claims to have arrested two associates of the underworld gangster Chhota Rajan last night near Sanjay Park in Laxmibai Nagar. The sleuths also claim to have recovered two weapons and 11 live cartridges from their possession.

The accused persons were identified as Anil Sadashiv Nandoskar, alias Handya (37), and Dhondu Ram Chander Kokre, alias Barkhya (41), a resident of Mumbai.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Ashok Chand said that the accused persons were holed up in Delhi for the last two months in their bid to evade arrest.

DCP Chand said that the sleuths had received information that Chhota Rajan’s associates would be arriving at Sanjay Park in Laxmibai Nagar in a Wagon R car (MH-04-A-Y-5089) to meet their contact. A trap was laid and at around 9 pm last night they were apprehended.

Under interrogation, Anil told the sleuths that he was involved in 16 cases of murder, attempt to murder and Arms Act in Mumbai. In 1990, he, along with his associates, had shot dead five members of Arun Gawli gang in Kanjur Gaon in Mumbai. After his release from the jail, he kept in touch with Chhota Rajan and extorted money from many builders in Pune and property dealers in Mumbai.

Dhondu told police that he was involved in at least 15 cases of murder and attempt to murder in Mumbai and had shot dead associates of Dawood Ibrahim in Mumbai.

DCP Chand said that the sleuths are looking for a contact of the duo to ferret out information about their associates in Delhi.


Most Noida units ill-equipped to fight fires
Parmindar Singh

Noida, April 4
A fire in the prestigious sector 18 market yesterday has once again highlighted the inadequacy of the fire fighting equipment installed on the commercial and industrial premises.

The fire on the premises of SPS Securities, dealers in shares and foreign currencies, ostensibly caused by a short circuit, had destroyed goods and valuables worth about a lakh. More important, the fire-fighting equipment installed on the premises of SPS Securities was found to be defective. Result: By the time the fire tenders reached the site, much of the damage had been done, according to the fire officer, Mr R P Gupta.

Most factories in Noida do not have satisfactory fire-fighting facilities installed on the premises. Since the onset of summer, it was feared that a big fire accident was waiting to happen.

Only 25 per cent of the units have fire-fighting equipment in place while in another 25 per cent factories, though the equipment had been installed, poor maintenance had rendered it obsolete.

In only 35 per cent factories, the staff has been trained in fire fighting techniques and maintenance of the equipment.

In view of this laxity, it is not surprising that goods worth crores of rupees are lost in hundreds of blazes every year. On an average, goods and property worth Rs. 100 crore are lost in fires annually in Noida.

The fire brigade personnel also do not insist on industrialists fulfilling conditions when they come in hordes requesting for NOCs (no-objection certificates).

The authority to ascertain the facts rests with Noida and the district administration, in which the fire department has no say. That is why, often no action is taken in case any shortcoming or lacunae is found. Some of the entrepreneurs, who consider expenditure on fire-fighting equipment unnecessary, thus endanger the life of workers, say the fire department officials.

Seven persons were charred in a fire in a unit last week, primarily because the owners had not invested in fire equipment. During construction of factories, as per the guidelines of the National Building Code, fire-fighting equipment had to be installed, which over a period become ineffective. Some unit owners get away with without installing this equipment and manage to secure the NOCs, also.

Sometimes the units using and manufacturing inflammable articles also manage to do so without installing the equipment.

Circle Officer Sewak Ram says the officers of the fire department have no authority to inspect the fire-fighting equipment installed in industrial units. It can only inform the Noida Authority or the District Administration about such a lapse.

The fire department is also not aware how many units in the area use or manufacture inflammable material. The fire department can only investigate any lacunae, that too on Noida Authority’s orders and cannot even ensure the action taken or compliance report by the defaulting unit.


Train services disrupted
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 4
Train services on the Delhi-Ambala-Kalka (DUK) section of the Northern Railway remained disrupted for several hours following the burning of a diesel engine of a Panipat-bound EMU shuttle (1-DPM) at Sandal Kalan railway Station, about 5km from here this afternoon. However, no report of any casualty has been received.

According to a report, this train left Sonepat around 2 pm and reached Sandal Kalan railway station 2.10 pm for a halt there, where its engine caught fire. On seeing the fire, the passengers rushed out of the coaches in panic. However, no one was hurt in the process.

The Railway officials immediately snapped the power supply above the railway track in a bid to avert any big mishap. As a result, at least a dozen incoming and outgoing trains, including mall, express, superfast and Shatabadi trains were held up at nearby railway stations.

This caused much inconvenience to the passengers.

On receipt of information, some district and railway Officials, as well as the Government Railway Police and Civil Police, arrived on the spot and initiated an inquiry into the cause of the fire.

The municipal fire brigades and ambulances were rushed to the site for rendering help in extinguishing the fire. More details of the incident are still awaited and normalcy is yet to be restored.


HVP candidate sure of winning
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, April 4
The Haryana Vikas Party candidate from Rohtak parliamentary seat, Ms Usha Ahlawat, has expressed confidence of her win in the elections as the people are extending wholehearted support to the party during electioneering in the village.

Addressing a press conference here today, she said that she has launched an intensive election campaign with the cooperation of senior vice-president of the party Manphool Singh, district president Ran Singh Jakhar, and youth wing leader Kultaj Singh. She informed that she has covered about 60 village and visiting as many as 15 villages per day during the people contact programme.

Mr Manphool Singh said that a strong anti-incumbency wave is sweeping across the state and the INLD would loose all the ten seats in the elections. He said that the democratic norms have been trampled in the state by the present regime and the INLD government has unleashed a reign of terror. Only the HVP has been raising the voice of dissent against the oppressive policies of the Chautala government for last four years and other opposition parties are lending no support to the common people who are suffering on account of the wrongs polices pursued by the present government.


Congress has leadership problem: Venkaiah
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 4
“Every household has a telephone … poorer persons like rickshaw-pullers have a mobile telephone … yet the Congress is questioning about the feel good factor,” said BJP president Venkaiah Naidu at a public meeting after inaugurating the election office of the party’s candidate from the Karol Bagh (Reserved) constituency, Ms Anita Arya, who was a member of the dissolved 13th Lok Sabha.

He criticised the INC for suggesting that Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani was a Pakistani by virtue of his place of birth, which is in that country. “This, Naidu said, is an insult to lakhs of Hindus who have migrated from Pakistan to India at a time when India attained Freedom.”

Dwelling on INC president Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin, Naidu said that who should occupy the high office of Prime Minister was a political issue. “When the Congress party itself has no consensus over their leader and their supporters, but it is natural that this issue will come up,” he said.

Present on the occasion were Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, actress Vani Tripathi, Delhi Pradesh BJP president Harsh Vardhan and other office-bearers, legislators and councillors. “Mr Vajpayee, Vani Tripathi told the gathering, “is not only a great leader but also a great poet. India is one nation, one family and Mr Vajpayee is the Bheeshma Pitamah.”


Demand to keep anti-Sikh ‘rioters’ out of elections
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has said that the INC should desist from fielding candidates suspected of involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The Sikhs, it said, had not forgotten the trauma of the riots and giving tickets to such persons would hurt the sentiments of the community.

The president of SAD (Badal) Delhi, Jathedar Avtar Singh Hit, its general- secretary Jathedar Kuldip Singh Bhogal and the party’s national secretary, Mr Onkar Singh Thapar, told reporters that none would be exonerated till the Nanavati Commission submitted its final findings. Thousands of Sikhs were killed in the 1984 riots that rocked the nation in the aftermath of the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Fielding the persons who allegedly had a hand in the riots was like rubbing salt on their wounds, they said.

“It has been 20 years but those involved in the killings of 10,000 Sikhs in Delhi alone have not been punished”, Hit said, and warned that if any political party gave tickets to those involved in the riots, the peace and harmony in the country might be disturbed.


Erratic water supply throws normal life out of gear
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 4
Thousands of residents all over Sonepat city have been a sleepless lot for the past two weeks following the inadequate and erratic supply of drinking water by the Public Health Department.

According to a report, they were now contemplating to stage demonstrations, organise dharnas and gheraos of the officials if the authorities failed to maintain the supply of drinking water in the city.

The residents, living in the old section of the city, complained that they had been getting water twice a day during the winter season, but the supply has now been curtailed by the PHD for the reasons best known to its officials. The supply of drinking water had been stopped since March 15 last and it was a conspiracy on the part of the officials.

According to many residents, water comes once a day in the morning for about 15/20 minutes and the pressure was always very low. It is a daily struggle getting up early in the morning and filling up buckets. The water is being sold for Rs 2 a bucket and the residents have to purchase it for meeting their requirements.

Many residents alleged that it was a man-made problem as the keyman on duty in the evening always remained on furlough and he failed to turn up duty on time in the absence of any checking by the officials.

The Residents Welfare Association and the Sonepat Citizens Forum have urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, to take a serious note of the water crisis in the city and order a high level probe into the public complaints and punish the officials found responsible for the water crisis.

Meanwhile, Sonepat City and its suburbs remained powerless between 5.20 am and 6 am today thereby causing inconvenience to thousands of residents. The unannounced loadsheddings have become a routine, which start in the wee hours and continue till 10 pm.


Farmers bear the brunt of theft
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 4
The farmers in the villages of Rai water service division in the district have not been receiving their due share of irrigation water for the past few months due to erratic and inadequate supply of canal water and alleged theft of irrigation water. As a result, water does not reach the tail end of the distribution system.

The farmers, who do not have alternative means of irrigation, have been compelled to steal the water from the canal network through pipes.

Although adequate canal water is available in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Sonepat and Delhi water service divisions, but the farmers of Rai water service division who allegedly enjoy the patronage of ruling party MLAs and other politicians, are indulging in large-scale theft of water. Consequently, the farmers whose fields are situated at the tail end bear the brunt of the theft.

It is alleged that the officials of the divisions are hushing up of most cases of canal water thefts in a bid to mint money for pocketing the same. Whenever canal cuts are made by some unscrupulous and influential farmers, these are converted into the mishaps.

In this way, the officials find an opportunity to dupe the government and misappropriate public funds by preparing bogus muster-rolls in connection with the repair works and pocketing the money on this account.

A high-level inquiry into the racket is likely to expose the misdeeds of the officials of Rai water service division in the district. The transfers of the executive engineer, the SDOs and other officials will ensure an independent and impartial inquiry in this regard.

Many panches, sarpanches, members of block and punchayat samitis and Sonepat Zila Parishad have also demanded a vigilance inquiry into the complaints of the farmers against the non-reaching of canal water at the tail end fields and stern action against the officials.


Minister opens National Seminar on Achaar & Murabba
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 4
The third National Seminar on Achaar & Murabba was held today at Pragati Maidan in the Capital. With an intention to stabilise the pickle and murabba industries, NNS with support of All India Food Processors Association of National Achaar Murabba Association, has organised the third National Seminar on Achaar and Murabba.

The Minister of Industry, Labour and Employment, Government of NCT of Delhi, Mr Mangat Ram Singhal, inaugurated the seminar. In his inaugural address, he appealed the achaar-murabba industry to develop the product to the level of global market with proper packaging and certification. He assured to provide a land of 300 acres in Delhi for food park. He urged the industry not to fear about WTO and improve the quality to meet the global market for which his government would extent all possible help.

The chairman of NNS, Mr Kesar Singh Gupta, welcomed all the dignitaries, delegates, mediapersons and all other individuals who directly or indirectly helped in organising the seminar. He wished that the seminar would help a lot to the small, medium and large achhaar and murabba industries to compete in the global market.

Mr Om Prakash Sahu, the president of National Achhar & Murabba Association, addressed the seminar by listing out the difficulties, which the pickle and murabba industries are facing in the country. For the development of this sector, he also demanded.

He tabled some demands before the seminar. These are: suitable land to establish a food zone; Centralised laboratory, where the samples could reach through post and reported back after experiment; FPO to issue license to this industry; FPO of Centre and PFA of Delhi Government to co-ordinate between themselves to simplify the laws for better accessibility.

Mr R. K. Bansal, Ministry of Food Processing, spoke about the Central government scheme to establish food park for which the ministry will give financial help of Rs 4 crore provided the state government arranges land and other infrastructure.

In the keynote address, Mr K. M. Nath, Deputy Director (F & VP) NR, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, said that during 1950s & 1960s there were a few industries of achaar and murabba. But now it has reached a size of about 2,000 units having nearly Rs 400 crore turnover, including chutney and fruit candy.

More than 50 per cent of these industries are in Home Scale Category having annual installed capacity less than 10MT, 20 per cent to 25 per cent are in cottage scale having annual installed capacity between 10 to 50 MT, 15 per cent to 10 per cent are in small scale category having annual installed capacity between 50 to 250MT and hardly seven per cent to eight per cent are in large scale category having annual installed capacity more than 250 mt. The average growth of the industry in terms of number and production for last few years is approximately 10 per cent and five per cent respectively. He also spoke upon the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats of achaar-murabba industry.


Lift ban on inter-state trade of first point goods: CAIT
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 4
An apex body of trade associations and federations, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has sought a review of the imposition of ban by the Government of NCT of Delhi’s Department of Sales Tax on inter-state trade of first point goods.

The secretary-general of the CAIT, Mr Praveen Khandelwal, has said that the ban has caused much resentment among the traders. “The traders are fearful of imposition of tax, penalties and interests to the tune of crores of rupees in the coming days,” he said.

The traders, Khandelwal said, could make the imposition of ban an issue in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections if the Government of NCT of Delhi did not resolve the matter to the satisfaction of all the parties concerned. Claiming harassment by the Department of Sales Tax, Khandelwal said that the Section 4 of the Delhi Sales Tax Act allows traders to deduct inter-state sales from the taxable turnover. Such transactions also come within the ambit of the Central Sales Tax Act, he said.

“Still,” he said, “the Department of Sales Tax is harassing and victimising the traders on the pretext of the notification dated September 30, 1999, which restricts inter-state sales under Form ST-35/1.” The government, he added, should act immediately.

Concern over spread of HIV

Speaking at an annual conference of Dental Practitioners Forum of India, the Chairman, Dr B. K. Gupta, stressed the need to work as a team for the betterment of the dental profession and serving the ailing society. The conference was inaugurated at Hotel Le Meridian by the Union Labour Minister, Mr Sahib Singh Verma.

The Chairman of the Forum was seriously concerned about the HIV epidemic spreading in the country. An appeal was also made to the minister to allot a piece of land to the Forum for establishing a central library for dental practitioners and to conduct CDE programme. The organising secretary, Dr Anil Agrawal, said that different hands on courses and workshops in various dental specialties were conducted during the conference. He further said that the forum has already conducted 15 CDE programme and workshops that were well attended by the doctors from across the country.


Condolence meeting held for Tohra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 4
The Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee (SGSC) held a condolence meeting for Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra. Tributes were paid to the veteran leader. The president of the panel, Raja Singh Sethi, talked about the services of Jathedar Tohra for the Sikh panth in his capacity as the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC).

He also appealed to the Punjab Government to build a memorial, including a library and social welfare centre, in the memory of the veteran Sikh leader.

A special prayer was also organised by the members of the panel. Sethi appealed to the people to follow in the footsteps of Jathedar Tohra and work for the upliftment of the nation.

8 injured in group clash

Sonepat: At least eight persons were injured, some of them seriously, in a group clash at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here last evening.

According to a report, all the injured persons were rushed to the community Health Centre at Kharkhauda town from where five of them were referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment. Three others were discharged after being administered first-aid treatment.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. No arrest has been made in this connection so far.


Youth killed after dispute over land
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, April 4
A youth, identified as Narinder, died after being assaulted with weapons by four persons while he was irrigating his land at Thana Khurd village, about 15 km from here last night.

According to a report, the injured youth was rushed to the community health centre at Kharkhauda town from where he was referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.

The Kharkhauda police have registered the case and launched a hunt to apprehend the culprits. A land dispute is stated to be the main cause for the assault.

According to another report, a housewife, identified as Geeta, was attacked by five persons and sustained knife injuries at Juan village, about 15 km from here last evening.

The alleged assailants, however, managed to escape immediately after the attack.

The injured woman was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment and was stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case against the alleged assailants who are still at large. A hunt is on to apprehend them.

Scooterist killed

A scooterist was killed when a tractor-trolley rammed into a scooter on the National Highway No 71 near Chidana village, about 50 km from here last night. According to a report, the victim was identified as Jagminder (32), who was on his way to visit his in-laws at Naultha village in Panipat district.


No breakthrough in kidnapping case
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, April 4
The police have failed to achieve any breakthrough in the kidnapping of two young traders, identified as Sunny Jain and Ashu Jain, on March 25.

According to a report, though the police have carried out a number of raids at the possible hideouts of the culprits in Delhi, U.P., Maharashtra and Haryana, they have failed to find any clue.

The police have asked for a list of their relatives for further investigations. Both the youths were allegedly kidnapped while they were on their way to Gohana by car. The police have constituted five teams to probe the case.


These accessories are for those who dare to beat the heat

GKB Opticals has launched the 2004 GKB sunglasses keeping in mind those who dare to beat the heat and are always on the move during the hot summer months. The GKB collection has the hottest shades to match your summer wardrobe.

Nimson talc

Nimma International has introduced Nimson Premium Talc in the Indian market. This fragranced ultrafine talc leaves your skin feeling smooth and silky soft. Based on aromatherapy they give a sense of freshness to the skin.

The rich sandal and rose extracts give a natural glow to the complexion and the natural sunscreen protects the harsh rays of the skin. The Nimson talc absorbs more sweat than any prickly heat talc.

White Plus

Clarins has introduced its latest technical advance, White Plus. The White Plus line has been formulated with an exclusive complex that combines the best of science and plants: the ‘Look Around System’. For the very first time, the ‘White Plus’ range offers total, all-around defense against all factors that cause skin hyper pigmentations, thanks to the ‘Lock Around System’.

For the fashion conscious

Aigner has announced its entry into India. Aigner will offer a wide range of products catering to the high-end and fashion conscious customer segment through exclusive Aigner showrooms. The company has set up the first Aigner shop at Hotel Maurya Sheraton.

User-friendly Mobile phones

Primus has launched its basic range of mobile phones in the Indian market. Primus telecommunications has made its presence through joint venture with Schifflies India. The company has introduced basic handsets and will introduce the entire range in the Indian market after looking at the response in due course of time.

PTL 888 and PTL 660 are both compact and feature rich handsets full of style and are extremely user friendly.

Bubble Casino

Corum has launched the ‘Corum Bubble Casino’–a special edition watch for the Indian connoisseurs. Bubble Casino lives up to its name, featuring the lacquered dial of a roulette wheel. The ‘seconds’ hand carries a white ball, which keeps pace with time.

Its movement is automatic and it comes in stainless steel or with a bezel inlaid with diamonds. The case is 45mm in diameter in stainless steel with a domed scratch-proof sapphire crystal, treated with anti-reflective coating on both sides.

Designer shirts

Diwan Saheb, has introduced its new collection of designer shirts with multi-knotted tie for the men of substance. This new collection from Diwan Saheb has been designed and introduced particularly keeping in mind the latest fashion trend.

Kohinoor Ultimate

Satnam Overseas has launched the ‘Kohinoor Ultimate’ basmati rice. ‘Kohinoor Ultimate’ basmati rice is hand-picked from the verdant plains of Himalayas. The pack promises a premium basmati rice, designed to entice even the most demanding food connoisseur.

Each grain of ‘Kohinoor Ultimate,’ is nothing less than 7.5 mm in length, matured for more than 24 months to offer consumers a divine aroma, supreme purity and extra ordinary quality.

Non-vegetarian namkeen

Jiten Foods and Flavours have launched a new range of India’s first non-vegetarian namkeen under the brand name of ‘Balle Balle.’ The range include ‘Tasty Moongphali’, ‘Hara Mattar’, ‘Kabuli Chana’, ‘Aloo Bhujia’, ‘Moong Dal’ and ‘Mix Patakha’.

Designer Footwear

Metro Shoes has launched designer footwear and handbags under the brand ‘Signatures by Metro.’ Designed by leading fashion designers like Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra and Azeem Khan, ‘Signatures by Metro’ is unparalleled in its beauty, unmatched in its mystical lure and has specially been crafted for those who want to flaunt the ultimate symbol of fashion footwear.

While Rohit Bal’s ‘Here and Now’ is a blend of time-honored style and contemporary trend, sensuality and glitz is the predominant theme of Manish Malhotra’s ‘Sex and Shoes’.

Batteries with wide ranging applications

Su-Kam makes yet another stride in the field of stored energy solutions. Su-Kam has launched a range of power bank batteries. It offers batteries for wide ranging applications, including industrial, automative, inverter and UPS systems.

Su-kam power bank batteries will fulfill the need in the market for a comprehensive range of high quality batteries made under strict quality control. It is properly tested yet very competitively priced to ensure best value for money.

Perfect home fit

Philips India has launched the Philips CATH range. The Philips CATH is a complete entertainment package combing the experience of video and audio into the living room. It includes a home entertainment cinemascope projector, DVD amplifier, 5.1 surround sound speakers, subwoofer and screen. The Philips CATH can be placed into a room without much change to the room décor, thus offering the perfect home fit.

Auto-electrical solutions

Lucas Indian Service has been engaged in providing auto-electrical solutions and servicing fuel injection systems for diesel cars. Incorporated in the 1930s, Lucas Indian Service is a subsidiary of Lucas-TVS Ltd., the country’s leading manufacturer of automatic electrical components. LIS is trusted name in marketing and servicing of auto-electrical and fuel injection equipment, distribution of wide range of auto-ancillaries and manufacturing of ignition coils and solenoid switches.

Stationary products from Nightingale

Nightingale has launched a new series of stationary products in India—- ‘Hand Book’ and ‘Scrap Book’, the ‘Autograph Book’, the ‘Address Book’, the ‘Slam Book’ and ‘Visitors Book’.

The ‘Scrap Book’ is meant for students, vacationers and for those who want to leave their projects in good shape for their younger brothers and sisters. The extra-large circumference binding and hard cover provides you space for creative freedom and enables one to paste even bulky objects like twigs and flowers.

Summer collections from Liberty

Liberty has launched its summer 2004 collection that is bound to send sparks across the fashion circuit. True to Liberty’s character, this summer range is nothing but splendid, as it comes in an array of exotic designs and colours. Keeping in mind the season, this collection is all about cool splashes, chill-out mood and that amazing feeling of breeze.

Designer wear for children

T T Limited has launched the exclusive designer wear for children between four months to twelve years. It offers a collection of formals, casuals and semi-casuals in a smart and aesthetically bright clothes in impeccable stitching, clean cuts, finest fabrics and lasting silhouette and design. The complete range of kidswear has been tagged as ‘Pikpok.’

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