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Manmohan has a word of caution for Congmen
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
His party has not formally declared his nomination to contest the Lok Sabha election from the South Delhi parliamentary constituency but RK Anand, the lawyer-turned-Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s (JMM’s) member in the Rajya Sabha who joined the Congress in 2001, has begun his campaign in right earnest.

On Friday, he invited former Union finance minister Manmohan Singh, former Foreign minister Natwar Singh, former Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Subhash Chopra and former Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Kiran Chaudhary to the inauguration of his election office in the constituency.

“I have been nominated from South Delhi and asked by the party president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to go ahead with the campaigning”, Anand told a news conference later. “The BJP is encashing on the work done by the Congress leaders, including former finance minister Manmohan Singh”, he said, recounting his party’s track record.

Manmohan Singh, however, had a word of caution for Anand. The former Union finance minister, who lost the 1999 election to Vijay Kumar Malhotra, said that the mistakes of the past should not be repeated and the Congress legislators and councillors should work hard for the success of Mr Anand.

The BJP has renominated Vijay Kumar Malhotra to contest from the South Delhi parliamentary constituency in this election. This is one constituency the Congress has not won since 1985. Arjun Singh won the byelection that year after the sitting Member of Parliament, Mr Lalit Maken, was killed.

After launching his election campaign, Anand said that he would tell the voters how the BJP had torn the social and economic fabric built by his party over the past several decades and how that party had also put national security at risk. The BJP, he said, had done nothing but divide the country on communal lines.

“No development has been done by the BJP. It only made money in every deal. It sold the public sector undertakings and hotels, on which thousands of crores of rupees were spent, to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh workers for a pittance”, he alleged. He credited the Congress with heralding the telecom revolution.

The telecom revolution, Anand said, was started by the Congress by setting up a Telecom Commission in 1984; later, reforms in the telecom sector were made a part of the 1993 Union Budget presented by Mr Manmohan Singh. “The satellite revolution is also the Congress’ contribution to the nation”, he said.

On the local issues, he said that the problem of acute shortage of potable water would soon be over with the starting of the Sonia Vihar water treatment plant and that he would, if elected, work with the Sheila Dikshit Ministry and the Government of NCT of Delhi to ensure that there was no water scarcity.



Fake visa racket in CP busted 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
With the arrest of eight persons the New Delhi district police claimed to have busted an organised fake visa racket run by some travel agents in the Connaught Place area besides busting a full-fledged fake visa manufacturing unit in Vishnu Garden, Khyala. The police also claimed to have recovered a large number of immigration identification forms, forged sheets of Indian passports and fake visa stickers of several countries like the USA, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the Philippines and several European countries, holograms used on visas, computers and scanners from the unit.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Anita Roy said the police received information that certain travel agents had been involved in the business of issuing fake visas from Hindustan Tours and Travels in Connaught Place. The agents charged Rs 50,000 for a Canadian visa and Rs 2 lakh for a US visa and other countries. A decoy customer was sent and a deal was struck for a fake Canadian visa for Rs 50,000 with the travel agents.

The police immediately apprehended four persons, Daljeet Singh (50), resident of Bali Nagar, Arvind Khanna, resident of Rohini, Dhanna Singh, resident of Raghubir Nagar, and Amar Singh, resident of Vishnu Garden, from the travel agency.

During interrogation, Daljeet and Arvind told the police they used to get the fake visas from Nawal Kishore Verma, resident of Vishnu Garden, who had a manufacturing unit and used to prepare fake visas of several countries.

A raid was conducted in the Vishnu Garden area and four persons, including the wife of Verma, were apprehended. They were identified as Kulbir Kaur, alias Manty (35), resident of Vishnu Garden, Vinod Kumar (27), resident of Mangolpuri, Jaspal Singh (22), resident of Vikas Puri, and Charan Pal Singh, alias Hanny (19), resident of Tilak Nagar. However, Verma managed to slip away after spotting the raiding party near the manufacturing unit.

Ms Roy said further interrogation was on to ascertain others’ involvement. Also, the police had launched a massive hunt to trace the whereabouts of Verma, owner of the manufacturing unit. 



Tampering with marksheet: DU official convicted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
After 20 years, a Delhi University official has been sentenced for tampering with the Delhi Pre-Medical Test (DPMT) mark-sheet for ensuring admission of a candidate to one of the medical colleges in the Capital.

The then senior Programmer, Usha Subramanian, has been sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment; she also has to shell out a fine of Rs 20,000.

Special Judge Dinesh Dayal, who heard the case, has, however, acquitted her husband D Subramanian, then senior Manager (Systems) with BHEL, and his superior S K Bhatia whose son’s marks were forged.

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had earlier convicted her for entering into a criminal conspiracy for securing the admission of Arvind Bhatia in 1984 but she moved the special court in appeal against the orders.

The matter came to light after Arvind’s selection was challenged before the High Court which directed a manual checking of the answer sheet of DPMT, a joint entrance examination for three medical colleges — Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), University College of Medical Sciences, (UCMS) and Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) — in Delhi. The Vice Chancellor ordered an inquiry and it was found that Arvind had secured 654 marks but the accused had increased it to 824 — much above the cut off for 1983 which was 774. 4.

Acquitting D Subramanian and S K Bhatia, Mr Dayal said that the prosecution had failed to prove any agreement between them and the accused. The mere fact that they had a motive to enter into a conspiracy was not enough to hold them guilty, he noted. The court observed that conspiracy could not be presumed merely because D Subramanian was Usha’s husband and S K Bhatia’s subordinate.



NGO site to keep tabs on MLAs’ funds

New Delhi: To ensure greater transparency in public life, an NGO has opened a site to keep a tab on the Rs two crore annual funds every MLA gets to spend on his constituency’s development.

The move would help people see how their tax money is being used by the ‘servants of the public, besides bringing about transparency and accountability in public life, said Parivartan’s spokesman Arvind Kejriwal. He said that often the money spent by the MLAs is as per their whims and fancies, without consulting the people. This move would help people know whether it has been used in a proper manner and in accordance with the needs of the area. “We got the details on how the money was spent by each of the 70 MLAs in Delhi in the past five years but the details were for four years. There was none for 2003-04,” Mr Kejriwal said.

The information, using the Delhi Right to Information Act, was available after six months of incessant persuasion with the Government of NCT of Delhi’s Urban Development Ministry, he added.

“Through the work claimed to have been carried out by using MLA funds and the amount spent on each of them, people could ascertain whether these works were actually needed, verify whether these actually took place and what is their present status.” Citizens, with the help of the site, can even file an application (under the Right to Information Act) to demand official inspection of these works. TNS



No big quake waiting to happen
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
Seismologists have allayed fears of a major quake rocking the Capital. Referring to the five mild tremors in the Capital since March 18, the experts have pointed out that these tremors do not necessarily carry portents of a major earthquake.

Dr A K Shukla, Director, Seismology Division, Met Department, claims that there is nothing unusual about having frequent quakes of slight intensity in Delhi and adjoining areas. He said nothing could be predicted on the basis of these quakes.

Dr. Shukla went on to add that there is no way the exact date of an earthquake can be predicted. Citing the example of Jind in Haryana, which has been experiencing numerous quakes of low intensity since December last year, he said Delhiites need not panic.

He pointed out that Jind experiencing numerous quakes in recent months is not being seen in terms of any coming disaster. His views were echoed by Dr. K S Rao, geologist at the Indian Institute of Technology. Dr. Rao said that Delhi experiences tens of quakes in a year. The recent quakes, therefore, need not be seen any differently.

Dr Rao disclosed that the country has been divided into five seismic zones on the basis of pre-disposition to an earthquake and Delhi falls in Seismic Zone IV, which is the second-most dynamic in terms of underground activity that causes quakes.

Faults or points of friction underground trigger energy waves when the Earth’s plates move, which are experienced as earthquakes, Dr Rao said.

Delhi has to be prepared for quakes and the administration is working towards promoting earthquake-proof houses.

On the monitoring of underground activity, Mr Shukla said the Met Department had set up a Delhi Seismic Telemetry Network, which encompassed 16 stations keeping a round-the-clock watch on what happens beneath.

The stations, he said, keep monitoring ground motion and add to the data, giving an idea of how vulnerable the region is to earthquakes. He added that this databank can only tell that we can expect if a quake hits the region but cannot give us the date on which it will occur.

He added that the Met Department is setting up nine more seismic telemetry stations in the city.

On whether a quake of over 5.0 intensity on the Richter scale has ever been epicentred in the Capital, the seismologist said it has not happened since 1720.



Murderer of 3-year-old may be involved 
in yet another killing

Sonepat: The arrest of the alleged accused, Surender, of village Farmana for the murder of three-year-old boy Ojaswi of the same village has not only shocked and angered his family members and villagers, but the police have also started suspecting his involvement in the abduction and murder of another youth, Ramesh, of the same village on July 2, 2002, whose body was recovered from the fields after three days.

In Ramesh’s case, too, Surender was taken into custody by the police who suspected his involvement, but was released when the villagers intervened and pleaded with the police that Surender was innocent and not involved in the abduction and murder of Ramesh. But after Surender was arrested in the murder of Ojaswi, the police is having a relook at Surender’s involvement in Ramesh’s case also and has taken him on police remand for two days from the court. When Surender’s wife, Anita, came to know about her husband’s involvement in the murder of Ojaswi, she reportedly told the police that she would not feel sorry if Surender was shot dead by the police. “A number of times I pleaded with him that if he has committed the crime, he should confess. But he continued to deny his involvement,” she said. Surender reportedly attempted to commit suicide by trying to dash his head against a wall while he was being interrogated by the police. But the police personnel foiled his attempt. When he was being produced in the court, he admitted to his involvement in the crime before mediapersons. OC



Welcome respite from heat
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
Delhiites got a respite from heat today as light showers lashed the Capital in the afternoon, bringing down the temperature substantially. The horizon turned cloudy at around noon and a few hours later rain, accompanied with strong winds, cooled the Capital.

Mercury dropped by at least six degree Celsius against yesterday’s day temperature of 36.2 degree Celsius. People were seen enjoying the rain in the open on a Good Friday holiday.

A dust storm with high wind speed of 44 km per hour hit the Capital at about 3.40 pm. The squall lasted only for one minute but it brought down the temperature from 37.2 degrees to 30.6 degrees Celsius, the Met Department sources said.

The squall was caused by some upper circulation in Punjab and neighbouring areas. This is a normal feature during summers and generally brings down the temperature by three to four degrees Celsius, the Met Department said.

The temperature in the Capital, which was earlier hovering at about 38 degrees Celsius, was expected to come down to about 34 to 35 degrees in the next couple of days.



crime maze
Aged metal merchant stabbed to death
Our Correspondent

Rewari , April 9
Mr. Pooran Chand Jindal, a septuagenarian metal merchant and noted social activist of the town, was stabbed to death by some armed gangsters at his residence in Mohalla Kayasthwara last night.

The gangsters, who were allegedly in collusion with Mr. Jindal’s domestic servant Kashi Ram (22 ), also decamped with the booty in cash and gold ornaments worth thousands of rupees.

Late in the night Kashi Ram went to the house of Narender Jindal, son of the deceased, and broke the news to him. Narender immediately rushed to his father’s house in Mohalla Kayasthwara and also informed the police.

Suspecting the servant’s role in the heinous conspiracy, the police immediately questioned Kashi Ram who instantly divulged details about his other accomplices. Their names were given by him as Shanker Yadav, Vijay and Ashok – all of Nepali origin.



Student told to pay cop Rs 55,000 for breaking his hand
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
A student, who broke the hand of a Delhi Police Head Constable following a scuffle at the Dayal Singh College in October 2002, has been asked by a city court to pay Rs 55,000 to the cop.

Additional Sessions Judge J M Malik, who found accused Sumit Sharma guilty of assaulting Head Constable Deep Singh, directed him to pay Rs 45,000 as compensation for the injury caused and Rs 10,000 as litigation cost.

The court, however, let off Sharma on probation for three years on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and one surety of the like amount.

The incident dates back to October 18, 2002, when Deep Singh posted at the Lodhi Colony police station went to the college, where a cultural evening was being organised.

He was accompanied by fellow cop Dilip Singh. While the programme was underway, some students were raising a din, forcing Deep Singh to interfere and ask them to calm down.

However, his advice was not taken lightly by Sharma who assaulted him, fracturing his hand. Sharma was arrested and sent to jail. He spent six days in prison, after which he got bail. 



BJP candidate urges EC to recommend 
Central rule in Haryana
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 9
Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, a BJP candidate from Sonepat Lok Sabha seat and the spokesman of the Haryana BJP, today urged the Chief Election Commissioner to recommend the President’s rule in Haryana as Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala had defied the order regarding the shifting of Dr M. S. Malik, Director-General of Police (DGP), Haryana, from the post in view of his wife Mrs Krishan Malik is contesting the Lok Sabha elections on the ruling party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) ticket from Sonepat.

Talking to mediapersons here, he said that Mr Chautala was in a defiant mood and ruining the democratic set up of the country. If Mr Chautala was not checked up at this stage, no free and fair Lok Sabha elections could be held in the state. He also reiterated his demand for deploying the Central forces and senior observers in each assembly constituency falling under the jurisdiction of the Sonepat Lok Sabha seat for conducting free and fair elections.

According to another report, Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, a HVP candidate, Mr Dharampal Singh Malik, a Congress candidate, and Mr Samsher Singh Malik, a Lok Jan Shakti Party candidate, have also made a similar demand and urged the Election Commission to recommend the dissolution of the Haryana Assembly and imposition of President’s rule in the state.

The general secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party, Mr Rajiv Jain, today decried the transfers of some station house officers (SHOs) and officials in the CID and alleged that it was a clear cut violation of the model code of conduct and urged the Chief Election Commissioner to take a serious note of the transfers ordered by the high-ups and stern action against the officers found responsible for it.

He also alleged that this has been done to make the success of the INLD nominee, Mrs Krishna Malik, whose defeat is certain in the Lok Sabha elections.



NCR issues become theme song of sitting 
MP from Mahendergarh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, April 9
The sitting BJP MP from Mahendergarh parliamentary seat, Mrs Sudha Yadav, who has been again nominated by her party, has decided to take up issues relating to development of Mahendergarh, Rewari and Gurgaon districts during her election campaign.

Talking to mediapersons here, she rubbed the ruling INLD and its government in the state the wrong way saying that her efforts to get the Sainik School set up in Pali Gothra in Rewari district was scuttled by them.

She alleged that due to her efforts, the Central government had given sanction for setting up the school, a long-standing demand of the people of the region, but the state government remained uncooperative. Under the scheme, the state is to provide land for the project, which it did not even though Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala made commitment towards it in public. There is nothing that any one can do if a dignitary as high as the Chief Minister commits to one thing and backs out from it, she added.

She said that she would go to the people to canvass for her candidature on the basis of the development vision of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The development issues she had taken cudgel were due to the encouragement from her party and the Prime Minister thrust on development of the entire country.

She charged that her efforts to set up a Regional Recruitment Centre in the Ahirwal belt was also scuttled by the state.

According to her, she took up various other issues like the one for enhancement of compensation money to those whose land was acquired by the government as well as doing away with deduction of TDS at source. With Gurgaon being one of the fastest growing area in terms of development and urbanisation, the farmers were hard hit by the system.

However, the Union Finance Ministry recently announced doing away with the deduction of TDS at source.

She further takes credit for raising the issue of starting DMU railway services between Delhi and Rewari and for extension of Metro railways from Delhi to the Ahirwal belt.

In response to a specific question, she said that her party’s main contest in Mahendergarh would be with the Congress in the Lok Sabh election.



BJP councillor demands special meeting of MCD 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
The BJP councillor, Mr Vijender Gupta, in a written letter to the Mayor, Mr Ashok Kumar Jain, demanded a special meeting of the corporation to finalise its stand on the issue of transferring the functions of the MCD as per the report of the Second Delhi Finance Commission. This demand was made after an order of the Lt-Governor for withdrawing of work on eight busy roads from the MCD to the Public Works Department of the NCT government of Delhi.

He also demanded a high-level inquiry into the working of the Engineering Department of the MCD as the Lt-Governor in his order had stated the reason behind the transfer of the road was the appalling maintenance by the municipal staff.

The eight busy traffic roads are known as Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Vikas Marg, Aurbindo Marg, Mathura Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Mehrauli Road, Mehrauli–Badarpur Marg and B. R. Ambedkar Marg. These roads have been handed over to the PWD of the Delhi Government for maintenance, construction and development.

He told the Mayor that the Lt-Governor’s comment about the municipal staff showed the level of corruption prevalent in the corporation.

The councillor raised doubt the municipal administration, in all probability, might have prior information about the Governor’s order. The orders would have been issued because of concrete evidence against the corporation.

He reminded the Mayor that Section 42 of the DMC Act placed the function of the construction, maintenance, alteration and improvements of public streets, bridges on the list of obligatory functions of the MCD. Hence, the action of withdrawal of these roads from the hands of corporation appears adverse of the provisions of the Act.



Faridabad city bus service fails to end 
commuters' woes
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 9
The city bus service launched last month in the town is still to bring the desired relief to the commuter here. Residents in this densest and the largest populated city of the state have to still depend on private vehicles or the outdated and smoke spewing three wheeler autorickshaws to reach from one spot to another here.

The District Transport authorities had announced to start about seven mini buses by the private operators on the permit system on March 15 last under the much publicised ‘City Bus Service’, on some of the main routes. But by now, the strength of this fleet has gone up to 12 so far, while the department had given permits to 39 operators at the beginning. All these buses had been given the routes that end at Badarpur border. While four buses had been asked to ply from Ballabgarh to Badarpur border covering sectors like 3,4,8.9,10,12 and Old Faridabad areas to reach the destination, two others were allowed to ply directly on the Main Mathura Road.

It is pointed that all these buses have a sitting capacity of not more than 20 passengers and have been operated by private persons on Delhi pattern. But it is learnt that most of the buses ply in overcrowded situation, which create numerous problems for many commuters, including ladies, old people and children. The ‘chaos’ in such type of buses also increase the chances of the ‘picking of pockets of the passengers’, said Rajesh Kumar, a commuter here.

He said that instead of travelling in such congested vehicles, one tries to take more spacious kind of conveyance. Moreover, the local buses were not available on other main routes at odd hours. It is reported that majority of these bus operators had not displayed the tariff rates for various destination outside or inside the bus. And as a result, the ticket issuer tends to fleece the passengers who had no proper knowledge of the fare chart. Sachin, a resident of sector- 9, here said that he was expecting the Roadways department to provide a suitable local service, but added that handing over such a basic service to private operators may not solve the problem of the commuters as the financial aspect was more important to the latter.

He said the city was spread vastly and it required bus service, which was linking all the points and reach the destination in a stipulated time, with proper bus stands and display of the bus timing with fare chart at each of the shelter. On other hand, it is learnt that the authorities concerned have not built any special bus shelters for this service but had been using the existing ones. The Association of the Private Three wheeler autorickshaws have been complaining or raising their objection at parking of these mini buses at their stands. Not a single new stand had been created or an old one renovated in the sectors so far, it is learnt.

Several parts of the NIT, Ballabgarh, Old Faridabad and many sectors, including those on the Western part are still not connected by the local conveyance. According to an office-bearer of the Manav Sewa Samiti here, the authorities should ensure that the city bus service should run in a disciplined manner with one colour of the buses, proper shelters, display of tariff rates, a dress code for the staff of these buses and ample number of buses touching all the sectors and colonies. According to the authorities, they had given permits to about 39 operators so far with a time limit of 45 days to start the service. It is stated that about 60 more applications for issuance of more permits had been pending with the District Transport Office here. The department has allowed the buses with a sitting capacity from 18 to 35 seats to ply locally and have charged Rs 4,200 as passenger tax and Rs 1,500 as road tax respectively from these buses. The fare being charged presently varies from Rs 2 to 9 per passenger.



Sahib Singh harps on Sonia’s “foreign origin”
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
The BJP candidate in the Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, today addressed meetings in the Mehrauli and Mahipalpur assembly constituencies. His campaign touched Chattarpur, Bhati Mines, Kishangarh, Ghitorni, Masudpur, Mahipalpur, Rangpuri, Nangal Devat and Nangal Dairy.

On the foreign origin of the INC president, Mr Verma said that people should be wary of the “designs of the foreigner Sonia Gandhi”. He said that Ms Gandhi had declared before the Election Commission (EC) that she owned a house in Italy and none in India. “She has not been able to forget her Italian connection till now”, Mr Verma said.

Amusement park on Goel’s priority list

The BJP candidate in the Sadar parliamentary constituency, Mr Vijay Goel, today campaigned on foot in Rana Pratap Bagh. In his interaction with the voters, Mr Goel spoke about how the BJP had given the nation a stable government, In contrast, he said, there had been governments in the past that lasted only a few months.

The people, Mr Goel said, had the option of choosing either the BJP that was competent and able to provide five years of stable governance or any other party that would barely last three months. He said that an amusement park like Appu Ghar and a hospital like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) would be his priorities.

Meanwhile, traders of Chandni Chowk owing allegiance to the Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh, the Confederation of All India Traders, the Delhi Rajya Vyapar Sangathan and the Federation of Delhi Trade Associations have demanded that the BJP field one from their fraternity in the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency.

In a press release, the secretary of the Federation of Delhi Trade Associations, Mr Satender Jain, has said that they support the candidature of Mr Praveen Khandelwal. He said that barring a few occasions the Chandni Chowk seat had always voted for a candidate belonging to the trading community. 



Indo-Pak delegations protest against child labour
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
The civil society organisations, concerned civilians from Pakistan, former bonded child labourers and schoolchildren from Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and NGOs from India and Pakistan working for the elimination of child labour, organised a march ‘Peace for Children, Children for Peace’, in the Capital today.

Hundreds of children and adults marched from Ambedkar Stadium to Rajghat where they paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi - the symbol of peace. The Pakistan delegation, under the banner of Youth Initiative for Indo-Pak Peace Building, comprised of NGOs mainly belonging to Global March Against Child Labour - the single largest, worldwide network in 144 countries on behalf of the most exploited children, with its headquarter in Delhi.

The marchers carried placards for peace and education and demanded elimination of child labour, which is a common stigma in India and Pakistan. The peace delegation exchanged their experiences with different child rights organisations in India. They spent a whole day with the children of Mukti Ashram - a transit rehabilitation centre run by BBA. They also had a meeting with Rugmark Foundation. Rugmark, being the first child labour free social labelling system.

According to various estimates, over six crore children in India and 1 crore in Pakistan are victims of various forms of child labour. Both the countries have a dubious distinction of having child slavery (child bonded labour system). Similarly, the problem of illiteracy among children, particularly girls, is another issue. Hooro Sada, a 14-year-old former bonded child labourer undergoing rehabilitation asked, “Why our governments spend so much money on bombs and missiles when we don’t have enough books and toys? We want peace now.”



JWT takes lion’s share of advertising awards
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
JWT conquered the ninth Delhi Advertising Club Awards function, held at Hotel Ashoka’s Convention Hall on Wednesday evening. The awards ceremony, organised by the Delhi Advertising Club (DAC), honoured the achievements and accomplishments of advertising in more than 32 different categories. JWT came on top bagging a total number of 18 awards. Mudra Communications came in second with a total number of 10 awards. Triton and Air Ads bagged nine awards each. The function was presided over by DAC president R. C. Tanwar and secretary V. K. Chopra.

More than 600 persons attended this glittering awards ceremony which highlighted and honoured upcoming talent from more than 30 leading advertising agencies in the country, including JWT, Triton, Mudra, SPA Communications, AIR Ads, HTA Cheil, Rediffusion among others. As many as 500 entries had been adjudged by over 20 eminent personalities with complete transparency. As many as 20 advertising agencies have won the awards, which include winners and runner-ups.

The awards ceremony hosted by Manish Paul of Zee TV fame along with Tanvi Gogia, the popular anchor who is at present hosting the on-going Indo-Pak cricket series analysis on Doordarshan with Charu Sharma. Two cash awards of Rs 20,000 each were given to the best copywriter and the best creative directors.



Speaking out


Do you have a grouse against the apathetic attitude of the authorities? Are you fed up with the dilly-dallying tactics of officialdom and the stranglehold of red tapism? If so, please write to us. We have a full half page every week reserved just for you. The letters should be clearly marked, Speaking out, NCR Tribune, First Floor, Dyal Singh Library Building, 1 Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg, New Delhi-110002.

This is with reference to your news report, “Private schools: Flourishing small-scale industry?”(NCR Tribune, March 26). According to the news report, “Most of the schools that have mushroomed recently are not recognised or affiliated to the Board of School Education Haryana or the Central Board of School Education. They send their students for examinations either through another recognised school or as private candidates.” This practice is being followed by most of the unrecognised/non-affiliated schools in Haryana.

In the above context, I wish to suggest that the Board of School Education Haryana and the Central Board of Secondary Education, (CBSE) Delhi, should publish the names and addresses of schools affiliated with them in the leading newspapers so that the parents have an idea about the status of the school before enrolling their children in such schools.

An immediate step in this direction would be appreciated, as the academic session would be starting soon.


Promoting health consciousness among people 

It was heartening to learn that the Maulana Azad Medical Colleges Old Students Association had organised a morning walk from MAMC to India Gate to highlight the importance of walk so as to promote health consciousness among the people.

As a matter of fact, certain diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and depression can be prevented through regular walk.

However, people prefer to sleep at that hour. An awareness on this front is necessary so that the people can live a health life.


Virtue of silence

In India the virtue of silence has been given great importance. It is treated as one of the ‘vrats (Maun Vrat). The psychological aspect of silence plays an important role in our lives.

There are many virtues of silence. “Silence” gives rest to the mind and body. Sometimes rest is the only medicine. Silence is not only the absence of the sound but also stillness of mind. If you wish to make prompt decisions, keep your eyes and ears wide open, but observe silence.

It is said: “Silence vibrating is creation. Silence following is life. Silence maintained is strength. Silence omitted is suffering. Silence perceived is knowledge. Silence stabilized is fulfillment. Silence shared is friendship and silence expressed is beauty.”

O.P. SHARMA, Faridabad

Greater transparency needed

In place of transparency, it seems that Faridabad Nagar Nigam functions on the principal of ‘autocracy’. In a new initiative, the sweepers have been asked to report for duty at night hours from 8 pm to 1 am.

However, they have refuse to do their duty on the argument that their lackadaisical approach would make the people angry with the new initiative of the Nagar Nigam. Reportedly, they have even impressed upon the union leaders to exercise patience.

When confronted, one sweeper near the Phawra Singh Chowk, Market-1, said that it was difficult to sweep and collect the rubbish in the dim light. A lady sweeper cursed the Haryana Chief Minister as she held him responsible for the new decision. One housewife said that sweepers were found drinking in front of her house at night.

It seems that they have decided to hold the people of Faridabad to ransom. Sanitation condition, specifically of the drainage, has gone from bad to worse. People of Faridabad are unhappy with this new turn of event. I hope the authorities will see to it that people of Faridabad are not held to ransom by the employees of the Faridabad Nagar Nigam.


Water shortage

About forty years back, members of Mohala Ram Gali, Rewari, contributed Rs 1000 each (being the 50 per cent share) and similar amount was shared by Municipal Committee for laying a sub-main pipe line. (size 4”)

With the passage of time, population increased and new connections were given. The result is that mohalla Ram Gali, Baloowara, Sainipura, are facing water shortage.

The solution to this problem is that the four inch sub-main pipe line should be replaced with eight inches pipe line on priority basis.


Winning Hearts

Madhu Chandra in her article, “Winning Hearts...” (NCR Tribune March 29), has rightly observed that the “friendship cricket series” has truly won our hearts, not only because we lifted the Cup in ODI series, but more importantly, because people of Pakistan have shown so much love.

It means that friendship cements the relations between one country and the other, between people and people and above all, between one nation and the other.

Some one has aptly said: “Friendship is a golden chain made stronger with each year, each link is forged of memories that make you still more dear. The thoughtful things you say and do become links of gold that I will treasure through the year. And in my heart will hold.”

True friendship is based on mutuality, commitment and independence.

Friendship lasts longer since the people involved in it work with attitude of gratitude and wish good of each other and act accordingly.

Therefore, let us always keep in mind the saying, “The best way to get rid of enemies is to make them your friends.”

RITU SHARMA, Faridabad

Keep your smile

Ashwani Kumar’s secrets on life (NCR Tribune, March 27) needs to be practices in our life. He tells us to be brave, honest and useful. We have to keep our smile, even when problems are at our doorstep. We have to take life as a challenge and each day as a new chapter to make your life more beautiful and useful. I have learnt few things, which I would like to share with every reader.

It is the way you think on a particular subject/object that is important. Just put yourself on the optimistic side and things will become easy. Face the brighter side because it tells you to achieve your ambition and understand the purpose of your life.

Always tell yourself you can achieve what you think. You just need to put your thoughts into action.

Always believe in yourself and God. Keep a smile on your face, especially when you face a new problem. Problems come to a brave person because he has to find the solution rather than thinking and worrying about the problem.

Help others in every manner you can. It makes you a good human being.




delhi digest
NDPL announces power shutdown
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
The NDPL today announced power shutdown on Saturday and Monday in different areas in North Delhi due to maintenance work at sub-stations in Moti Nagar, Model Town, Civil Lines, Pitampura and Shaktinagar.

There will be no power supply in B and C Blocks in Moti Nagar from 8 am to 3 pm while parts of Hudson Line will be affected in the Civil Lines area from 11 am to 4.30 pm. The other affected areas will be Jaina Building, Aryapura Delhi Flour Mill, RA Road and 24 Blocks in MCD Market in Shaktinagar; B and C Blocks Naraina Industrial Area Phase I in Moti Nagar; Ishwar Colony, New Gupta Colony, part of E Block and Bungalow Road in Civil Lines area; part of Shubh Enclave and GD, HD, CD, BD Blocks in Pitampura.

Shahdara Bar Association condemns DBA protest: The Shahdara Bar Association (SBA) comprising lawyers of the Karkardooma courts has condemned the Delhi Bar Association’s (DBA) move to protest against the Delhi High Court’s decision to bifurcate courts in the national Capital.

Expressing “unanimous support” to the Delhi High Court’s decision regarding bifurcation, the executive committee of the SBA resolved that the DBA’s call to hold a demonstration on April 13 before the High Court was “against the interest of millions of litigants and the policy of the government”, SBA secretary Swaran Singh said in a statement today.

“The committee hails the decision of the high court on bifurcation because it is as per the spirit of the principle justice at doorstep,” the statement added.

The DBA is protesting the Delhi High Court’s decision to transfer all cheque bounce cases to the Karkardooma court. The DBA is also opposing the high court’s decision to start work at Rohini courts. It has called for a protest on April 13 at the High Court.



Three get life term for killing taxi driver
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
Three persons who were involved in the killing of a taxi driver and later taking away the hired vehicle in the year 1999 have been awarded life imprisonment by a city court today.

Additional Sessions Judge Asha Menon today convicted accused Narender Kumar, alias Pappu, Ashok, alias Began, residents of Baghpat, and Ritesh Kumar, resident of West Champaran, Bihar.

Menon also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each. On August 11, 1999, the trio had hired a Tata Sumo from Verma Travels and Properties owned by Raj Kumar Sharma to go to Hardwar.

The accused persons reportedly told the travel agent that they would return the vehicle, driven by Kartar Chand, the following day.

Since they failed to turn up even after three days Raj Kumar along with Chand’s family launched a search.

On August 16, 1999, the police intercepted the vehicle near Hari Nagar and arrested Ashok and Narender. The police also claimed to have recovered the stereo of the vehicle from them. The third accused, Ritesh, was arrested later. Ashok and Narender later disclosed they had killed Chand and dumped his body in a village in Nangloi.

The trio revealed they had robbed Chand, killed him by strangling him with a rope and inflicting injuries with a screwdriver.

Woman among five held for cheating: With the arrest of five persons, including a woman, the Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch claimed to have busted a gang who used to cheat innocent people on the pretext of arranging loans on low interest rates. The extent of loans promised by the gang is estimated to be Rs 32 crore.

The accused persons were identified as Vijay Kapoor (45), Simran (23), Praveen Sharma (38), Jitender Pathak (26) and Gyan Prakash Bharadwaj. The accused persons were running bogus finance agencies in the names of Direct Finance Company, Bikaji Cama Place, Millennium Housing Finance Company, Shakarpur, and Citi Network Finance Private Limited, Shakarpur. It was found out that the accused persons had promised quick loans on NRI quota without any surety papers.



Gangster held for extorting money 
from cable operators 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
The Crime Branch claimed to have arrested an active member of the Mahender Pahelwan gang, Raj Kumar Sethi, who used to extort huge money from the cable operators and businessmen in North-West district.

Based on complaints from several cable operators and businessmen in North-West district, the sleuths apprehended Raj Kumar Sethi (31), resident of Burari, from Kingsway Camp. Earlier last month, the sleuths arrested another extortionist, Hoshiar Singh of the Mahender Pahelwan gang.

Gang circulating fake notes busted: With the arrest of two persons the North-East district police on Friday claimed to have busted a gang which used to circulate fake currency in the district. The police also claimed to have recovered fake currency worth Rs 24,000 from the accused near the Shahdara terminal.

The police received secret information that the gang members involved in circulating fake currency would be coming near the Shahdara terminal and apprehended them. They were identified as Surender Kumar, alias S. K. (40), resident of Nabi Karim, and Shahud Alam (28), resident of Nabi Karim.

Scrap dealer arrested: The South district police claimed to have arrested a notorious scrap dealer and burglar Farooq Bhai (42), resident of Shastri Park, and recovered stolen wire drawing machines worth Rs 25 lakh from his possession.

Based on a complaint from the Delhi Finance Corporation that a theft had taken place in the godown and three wire drawing machines worth Rs 25 lakh were missing, the police apprehended him in the Okhla area.



Delhi resident’s car looted on GT Road
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 9
Four unidentified armed miscreants, including two women, were reported to have looted a car from Mr Nisar Khan, a resident of Delhi, on the G T Road near Ganaur Chowk, about 20 km from here, last night.

Mr Nisar Khan was on his way from Delhi to Panipat in his car. When he crossed the Delhi bypass four persons, including two women, gave a signal to him to stop, requesting for a lift. Mr Nisar Khan agreed to their request and they sat in the car. On the way they offered eatables to which some intoxicant had been added to Mr Nisar Khan. He became unconscious after eating the same. Then the miscreants pushed him outside the car near the bus stand at Ganaur and drove away the car.

Some passersby spotted him in an unconscious condition and informed the police about him. When he gained consciousness he revealed the facts to the police. The police immediately swung into action but failed to apprehend the culprits. A case has been registered.

Medicines robbed: Certain unidentified persons waylaid a rickshaw-puller near Gita Bhawan Chowk, a busy area here, yesterday in broad daylight and took away boxes of medicines worth several thousands of rupees after assaulting and injuring the rickshaw-puller.

The boxes of medicines belonged to Mr Satish Kumar, owner of Durga Medical Hall, Railway Road, Sonepat. They were being transported from the transport company to the shop. However, no case has been registered yet.



Youth stabbed to death by friend
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
One person was stabbed to death by his friend this morning in the Patel Nagar area in West district. The victim was identified as Rizan (22), resident of Prem Nagar, Patel Nagar, who used to work in a cloth shop along with his father in Prem Nagar.

The police said that Rizan was staying along with his father Sikander on the second floor of his rented house for the past 15 years. On the third floor, Rizan’s house owner had a business where one Jitender (21), resident of Prem Nagar, had been employed.

Both Rizan and Jitender were good friends. This morning Jitender came to meet Rizan at around 9 am and after speaking to him for a while had left his house.

After some time Jitender came back and stabbed Rizan and fled the area.

The police said the murder could have taken place due to some personal enmity and said a massive hunt had been launched to trace the whereabouts of Jitender. 



Power board orders 12-hr power cut for industries
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 9
Industrial units in Noida and Greater Noida may get power for 12 hours only in a day. The state power board has reportedly issued orders to affect a 12-hour power cut for industries in Noida and Greater Noida.

This has been done keeping in view the power crisis in the state, it is learnt.

Along with this, showrooms in commercial sectors will also lose some of their shine as the power supply will be restricted to them also.

The Deputy General Manager, UP Power Corporation, Mr B. B. Singh, has appealed to people to economise on the use of electricity. The government and commercial offices have been directed to switch off air-conditioners between 6 pm and 6 am.

Along with the general public, the commercial and industrial sectors in this so-called “no power cut zone” will have to adjust to regular power cuts.

This 12-hour power cut is understood to have been imposed on all industries in the state. Industries would remain suspended from 6 pm to 6 am next morning, Mr B. B. Singh said.

This step has been taken in view of increasing demand for electricity and the UP Power Corporation’s inability to meet this requirement. A campaign to reduce power demand has been launched on war footing.

During the month of March alone power demand had increased by 30 to 40 per cent as compared to past years, according to UPPC sources. Even the NREB has shown its inability to help UP.

The Chief Managing Director of the UP Power Corporation, Mr Arun Mishra, has ordered that power supply to industrial sectors in the state will remain affected from 6 pm to 6 am next morning.

Private company NPCL which distributes power in Greater Noida and another private power company distributing power in the Kanpur area have also been asked to affect a 12-hour power cut to the industrial sector every day. Mr Arun Mishra has also issued letters to all government departments, industrial units and commercial institutes to this effect.


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