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Cong names Tytler, Krishna, Anand
Suspense over Sadar, Karol Bagh, South Delhi ends
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
It is official now. Jagdish Tytler, Krishna Tirath and R. K. Anand will contest the May 10 Lok Sabha election from the Sadar, Karol Bagh (Reserved) and South Delhi parliamentary constituencies, respectively, on the Indian National Congress (INC) ticket.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Oscar Fernandes today read out the list before mediapersons, three days after party sources floated their names. Intriguingly, the first list does not include the name of the Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Ajay Maken.

After Wednesday night’s meeting of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Prem Singh with INC president Sonia Gandhi, the sources had named Mr Maken for the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

Ms Dikshit, however, said Mr Maken’s name had been finalised. The New Delhi seat apart, the party was still to declare the names of the candidates in the three parliamentary constituencies of Outer Delhi, East Delhi and Chandni Chowk.

The suspense over the four seats continued in the midst of intense wrangling over distribution of the ticket. The party, which had no member from the NCT of Delhi in the dissolved 13th Lok Sabha, was apparently unable to finalise “consensus” candidates.

Consensus seems to elude the party for the East Delhi parliamentary constituency where the Chief Minister’s son, Mr Sandeep Dikshit, is one of the aspirants. Mr Sandeep Dikshit has the support of 15 of the 16 party MLAs in the constituency.

For Outer Delhi, intense lobbying by rival factions is going on for prominent Jat leader Sajjan Kumar and Hastsal legislator Mukesh Sharma. Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf and Ms Anjali Rai are said to be the front-runners for the Chandni Chowk seat.

Meanwhile, the BJP received a boost in Delhi today with Congress councillor Kumari Kusum joining the party, alleging the Congress had “no place for Dalits, women and educated people”.

Kumari Kusum, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) councillor from Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, became a member of the BJP in the presence of Delhi Pradesh BJP president Harsh Vardhan.

Speaking to reporters later, she alleged the INC MLA from Timarpur, Mr Surendra Pal Bitta, and his supporters had “misbehaved” with her a year back but she still remained in the party because she wanted to give it “another chance”. “But my impression of the Congress did not improve in this period,” she said.

She denied that her joining the BJP had anything to do with the INC rejecting her candidature for the post of Mayor. She has worked as a scientist at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Mr Harsh Vardhan said the BJP Mahila Morcha organised a demonstration outside Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s house protesting against the scarcity of water. “The Congress is blaming neighbouring states for the shortage to cover up its own incompetence,” he said.


HC strictures on pollution control panel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
The Delhi High Court has pulled up the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) for its failure to ensure closure of all polluting units in the Capital.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Mr Justice B. D. Ahmed took exception to the reports about some polluting factories which were still running in Rajokri even after closure orders were passed years ago and their electricity connection had been cut in South Delhi.

The judges asked the DPCC Chairman to see to it that all such industrial units were closed and submit a status report on the issue within 15 days. The court gave the directions disposing of a PIL filed in 1995 by one Krishan Kumar Yadav highlighting violations of the Air and Water (Pollution) Acts.

The DPCC / Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had been silent spectators by not taking adequate action against erring units, the court said, directing the DPCC / CPCB as well as Sub Divisional Magistrate, Patiala House, to take immediate steps in the matter and see that such industries did not function and pollute.


Girl raped for three months
Our Correspondent

Rewari, April 10
A teenaged girl, gang-raped for full three months, somehow reached her home in Harjipur village on Thursday evening. She had been dropped by her alleged kidnappers-cum-rapists near the bus stand of Khori village, about 10 km from here.

Her aggrieved parents then informed the Rewari Sadar Police which brought the victim here for medical examination which revealed that she had been repeatedly raped.

Simultaneously the girl’s confessional statement under Section 164 of the Cr. PC was also recorded in the court of Mr. A.K.Singhal, Judicial Magistrate (First Class) here on Friday.

Consequently, Section 376 (rape) was added to the FIR which had earlier been registered on January 7, 2004 on charges of abduction under Sections 363, 366 of the IPC against the accused namely Kalia, alias Ranjit Yadav, of Harjipur village, Baba Jai Bhagwan, a sadhu of Jeetpura village, Jagdish and Ram Kumar.

The police have launched a hunt for the culprits.

It is reported that the girl had been kidnapped by the accused in the evening on January 2, 2004 when she came out of her house to answer the call of nature. Since then, the kidnappers confined her and repeatedly raped her till she was released on Thursday evening.


Schools give HUDA rules the go-by
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 10
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has perhaps forgotten to implement various rules and regulations framed for the public schools. There is hardly any school which has informed the authority of the admissions made; the number of seats reserved for the poor students; and the hike in tuition fee this year.

The schools were allotted plots by the authority after they had submitted affidavits that they would abide by certain HUDA rules.

The officials have not issued any circular or notice vis-à-vis the rules so far, according to sources.

The Faridabad Abhibhavak Ekta Manch, an organisation of the parents here, got a shock when it found that a letter dropped by it in the office of the HUDA over a month back regarding the reminder of the rules, was still to reach the hands of the administrator and the estate officer.

The office-bearers of the Manch were surprised that the authorities concerned showed their ‘ignorance’ of the rules and the steps taken to discipline the erring schools.

The Manch, in its letter to HUDA, had reminded it of the rules framed by the department for the schools functioning on the plots allotted by it.

In this letter, the Manch had sought time for a meeting with the officials to discuss the rules being flouted by the schools.

Mr O.P Sharma, president of the Manch claimed here today that none of the schools had supplied details about the policy adopted by them in the matter of admitting or reserving seats for the poor students and the fee structure as per the HUDA rules, to the office here.

He alleged that none of the schools had followed the rule of keeping 20 per cent reservation for the poor and the majority of them had gone for a fee hike in an arbitrary manner.

He said that the Manch had also received complaints of some of the schools collecting donations from the parents on one pretext or the other and had not been issuing any receipt.

According to the Manch, the majority of the about 75 schools located on the HUDA land had completed the admission process but had not invited the officials on the panel to supervise the admission process.

He charged that the schools had been fleecing the parents by charging exorbitant fee and other funds at the time of admission.

It says the problem perhaps lies in the system as the officials are frequently transferred.

It adds that any new incumbent for the post of the administrator or the estate officer takes some time to go through the rules and this was enough for the schools to violate the rules.


School principal crushed to death
Our Correspondents

Rewari, April 10
Mr Ram Niwas Yadav (45), principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Pranpura, was crushed to death by a Haryana Roadways bus here this morning.

It so happened that when Mr Yadav boarded a Jhajjar-bound Haryana Roadways bus and was just standing at its footboard, he had a nasty jerk which threw him down on the road. He was instantly run over by the rear wheels of the bus.

He was rushed to the local civil hospital where he was declared dead by the doctors. Mr Yadav, a native of Bhotwas Bhondu village (about 12 km from Rewari), was residing in Shakti Nagar Colony here. He leaves behind his wife, a son and a daughter. The police have registered a case of negligent driving against the driver.

Two labourers killed

Noida: Two labourers working in a factory being constructed in Sector 63 under Sector 58 police station were killed when a part of the building crashed over them. Another two badly injured labourers were rushed to a private hospital. Factory owner Sanjay Chopra and contractor Brij Nath, both fled from the factory after the accident. The factory was being constructed on D-31 plot of the sector. A number of labourers from nearby areas were employed on the construction site, SP City Anant Dev said.

The labourers were trying to put the beam by the side of the wall with help of a rope. When the beam was being lifted to the first floor level, it slipped down and as a result Ram Vilas, 35, and Saku Mani, 37, were killed on the spot.

Naresh and Bhuniya were injured seriously. Police were immediately informed. Circle Officer OP Singh and police station in charge Ajay Kumar rushed to the site. The slain labourers were taken to government hospital in Sector 30 while injured were rushed to Parkash Hospital.

The dead belonged to Begum Sarai in Bihar who had been working as labourers in Noida for a few years. The injured were also from Bihar and were living in slums in Sector 60. Police say use of substandard building materials, could be the cause of beam slipping down. A case has been registered against owner and proprietor of the factory under construction.

Six hurt as gravel-laden truck collides with train

Sonepat: At least six persons, including the drivers of a passenger train and a truck, were injured when a gravel-loaded truck was hit by the Panipat-bound 2-JPR passenger train at an unmanned railway crossing near Bhainswan village, about 5 km from Gohana, this morning around 8.30.

On account of this accident, the train services remained disrupted for more than six hours and two trains, 3-JPR and 4-JPR, were cancelled. A truck loaded with gravel tried to cross the unmanned crossing without noticing the train coming from Rohtak side. However, the truck was trapped on the track and was hit by the train engine from the back. In the accident, train driver Sobhran, truck driver Satbir of Bhainswan village and conductor Ranbir of Bajana village were injured and admitted to hospitals at Gohana.

The train engine was also damaged and later it was removed with the help of a crane. The train traffic could be restored around 3 pm. There was an incident of derailment of four coaches of the JPR train at the same unmanned crossing when a buffalo was hit by the train. The body of the buffalo got stuck under the engine and it led to derailment of the coaches on February 17.


Low-intensity tremors felt in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
Barely a day after the experts at the seismology department of the Indian Meteorological Department tried to allay fears of a major earthquake rocking the national capital, the city witnessed yet another low-intensity tremors.

The latest earthquake that occurred last night, is the sixth tremor to hit the region in less than a month. The quake, measuring 1.6 on the Richter scale, occurred at 10.20 am, the Meteorological Department said today.

It was epicentred at 28.6 degree North latitude and 77.2 degree East longitude in Delhi.

Since March 18, a series of low-intensity quakes have occurred in Delhi but the experts have been maintaining that there is nor cause for worry.

ACP Brar transferred

The Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K K Paul, has ordered the transfer of ACP Lakhminder Singh Brar who was recently arrested on charges of grabbing land by preparing fake documents.

Brar who was ACP (Operations) has been transferred to the 5th battalion of the DAP with immediate effect.

Brar had allegedly prepared a fake will and death certificate to grab 1300 sq. ft plot of land on Mathura Road worth crores of rupees in South Delhi. 


Life term for Cong leader, brother for murder

Ghaziabad: Former councillor and Congress leader Satish Teesa and his brother were sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here in a murder and attempt to murder case.

Both were ordered to pay a fine of Rs 30,000 each also by the court. Failure to pay the fine will extend their sentence with two and a half years.

The verdict was pronounced by the court after the case had lingered for 13 years. Ex-councillor and his brother have been arrested and sent to jail.

According to prosecution, Ram Chander, a priest in a temple in Lal Quarters, his son Sanjay and his brother in-law Bharat Bushan were returning home at 8 pm on October 17, 1990 when Congress leader Satish Teesa, his brother Bittu and two others had attacked them near a PWD godown.

The assailants had seriously injured all by stabbing them repeatedly. Seriously hurt Bharat Bhushan died as a result. In the 13-year-long hearing of the case, both the parties had concluded their arguments this week. Accepting the arguments of the prosecution, the court ordered the arrest of ex-councillor and Congress leader Satish Teesa and his brother Bittu.

District Prosecutor Mohinder Kumar Mudgal said that the Addl. District and Session Judge Sadna Chaudhry had found ex-councillor and his brother guilty of murder and attempt to murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment and fine of Rs 30,000 each under Section 302.

Satish Teesa was elected councillor from Lal Quarter area. At present, his wife Sunita Sharma is the councillor from the area in Nagar Nigam. OC


Sonia on Sahib Singh’s mind on campaign trail
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh, BJP candidate in the Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency, today peppered his election speeches with comments on INC president Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin, saying the party which could not find a leader among one billion Indians was now too eager to hand over the reins of the country to a foreigner.

Addressing his election rallies in Sitapuri, Dabri Extension, Manglapuri and Mahavir Enclave in the Janakpuri assembly constituency, Mr Verma said it would be a humiliation for the people of the country to be governed by a foreigner.

“Now that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has brought about all-round growth and development the INC is trying to mislead the people into making a foreign woman the Prime Minister”, he said. Mr Verma also attacked the Sheila Dikshit government for what he said were moves to privatise water.

“The government’s responsibility is to provide to the people basic amenities such as water, electricity, roads, health services and education but the Dikshit government wants Delhiites to become puppets in the hands of multinational companies by privatising everything”, he added.


Mother Dairy union opposes Sahib Singh’s candidature
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
The Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Employees Union comprising the staff employed in the Mangolpuri branch has passed a resolution to oppose the BJP candidate in the Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency, Mr Sahib Singh Verma.

The union has said that Mr Verma, in his capacity as the Union Labour Minister, had cancelled the election of office-bearers after the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) lost in January this year. The employees have challenged it in the Delhi High Court.

The general secretary, Mr Yogesh Kumar Sharma, said that the employees would persuade their friends and relatives to not vote for Mr Verma and to boycott his meetings. He said that the staff were also sore over certain other policies.

Mr Sharma said that the management has not merged 50 per cent of Dearness Allowance (DA) in the basic pay as notified by the Union Government. The management was trying to introduce outsourcing and fixed pay package.


Sonepat goes waterless again
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 10
Thousands of residents living in the old section of the city remained waterless again last evening following the non-supply of water by the Public Health Department (PHD).

According to a report, the evening supply of water had been stopped in this part of the city for many days by the PHD without any prior information and announcement. This has forced the residents to fetch water from distant places to meet their requirement.

During the last week, the PHD restored the water supply for at least three days and the residents were able to get the water for five minutes only on each day in the evening. The residents described it as a joke with them by the officials of the PHD, who never bothered about the public complaints about the inadequate and erratic supply of water with low pressure. The pressure was so low that one could get half a bucket of water or so during the supply of water in half-an-hour or so.

The Federation of All Residents Welfare Association, it may be recalled, has already decided to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the court of law for seeking a compensation of Rs 30 lakh from the PHD for stoppage of water supply in the evening in the Old Section of the city and the association was engaged in procuring the press clippings in this regard so that these could be produced before the court for confirmation of its allegations.

Meanwhile, representatives of various political parties social and voluntary organisations and trade unions have expressed their grave concern over the drinking water crisis in the city and blamed the officials of the PHD for the mess.

They also urged Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to take a serious note of the matter and direct the district authorities to take stern action against those officials of the PHD who are found responsible for the man-made water crisis. They also demanded a high-level probe into the public complaints and suspension of the officials to ensure an independent and impartial probe.


Haryana to go in for crop insurance from
kharif season
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 10
The Haryana Government has decided to implement the National Agriculture Scheme in the state from the kharif 2004 season onwards.

This was stated by Mr K. S. Bhoria, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Government of Haryana, while inaugurating the one-day divisional level workshop organised by the Agriculture Insurance Company of India Ltd on the premises of the Vikas Sadan of the District Rural Development Authority (DRDA) here yesterday.

He said crops like bajra, maize, arhar and cotton, which are highly risk-prone, would be covered under the scheme. The areas as well as the blocks to be covered under this scheme had also been identified by the state-level coordination committee on crop insurance notified for the implementation of the scheme.

Mr Bhoria also disclosed that the scheme was compulsory for the loanee farmers and voluntary for the non-loanee farmers. The implementation of this scheme, he said, was very simple and a farmer was not required to undergo many formalities. The submission of declaration farms and settlement of claims etc would be taken care of by the participating department, he added.

He also disclosed that such workshops would be organised at the district level also to create awareness among the district-level officers and the farmers. Any yield loss due to national calamities below threshold yield would be compensated under the schemes and the farmers growing these crops would be benefited, he added. The main objective of the workshop was to educate the officers of the Department of Agriculture, cooperative banks, commercial banks and the regional rural banks about the operational modalities of the scheme.

Mr R. R. Banswal, Commissioner, Rohtak Division, and Mr B. N. Sharma, Manager, Agriculture Insurance Company, also spoke and explained various operations and modalities of the scheme for the benefit of the bankers and the farmers.


Kisan resthouse, a white elephant for farmers!
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 10
The Kisan resthouse of the market committee in the town, which was constructed nearly 50 years back for giving shelter to the farmers reaching in the Anaj Mandi with their produce, is proving to be a white elephant for the farmers.

Despite recovering crores of rupees as market fee from the farmers, there is hardly any provision for their sheltering in the resthouse as it is being used for official proposes by the market committee authorities and the visiting farmers during crop seasons are left at the mercy of the commission agents for their night shelter and many times, they did not have any alternative except to sleep in their tractor-trollies or pneumatic carts during nights on mandi premises.

It is recalled that in order to provide sheltering facilities to the farmers visiting in the mandi for selling their produce, a Kisan resthouse was constructed nearly 50 years back and it was inaugurated by the then irrigation and power minister of Punjab, Ch Lehri Singh on September 28, 1954.

When inquired about such state of affairs, one of the officers of the local market committee explained that before 1970-71, the farmers used to get every facility of the resthouse for themselves and for their animals. But after introduction of the tractors in the agriculture, the farmers prefer to return to their villages and hardly make any demand for shelter. “We are ready to provide every facility if any farmer wants to make night stay here,” he said.

However, the farmers have different opinion to express. Rampal of village Jahri and Raj Singh of Mehlana said that they have been coming to the mandi for the last 30 years to sell their produce. “If our produce is purchased same day, we return to our villages. Otherwise, we totally remain at the mercy of the commission agents and most of the time we stay in the nights under open skies in every season,” they remarked and pointed out the market committee was not bothered about the problems of the farmers.

Similarly, Sanjay and Ramphal of village Badwasni remarked that the Kisan resthouse was just for the namesake and even if sometimes it is required by the farmers, the market committee officials show them their way. They also blamed that the market committee officials relax whole day in the resthouse and there is no one to object it.

The secretary of the committee, Mr Balbir Sharma, reiterated that the committee was fully aware to redress the grievances of the farmers. He explained that on some occasions the resthouse premises are used for holding meetings and other official work. “In fact, due to speedy revolution of machinery in agriculture and vast improvement in transportation system, most of the farmers prefer to return to their villages in the night,” he said and stated that the committee had no problem in arranging shelters for the farmers whenever it was demanded.


Elaborate traffic measures for Chellum procession
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
The Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for the Chellum procession observed by the Shia Muslim Community on April 11.

The Chellum procession will start from Imambara Pahari Bhojla to Karbla Jor Bagh at 9 am. The police said that the procession starts from Pahari Bhojla, Chitli Qabar, Matia Mahal Chowk, Jama Masjid, Chawari Bazar, Chowk Hauz Qazi, Ajmeri Gate, Pahar Ganj Bridge, New Delhi Railway Station, Chelmsford Road, Connaught Place, Outer Circus, Parliament Street, Red Cross Road, R/A Krishi Bhawan, Raisina Road, Vijay Chowk, Krishna Menon Marg, Tuglak Road, Aurobindo Marg, Jor Bagh and reach Karbala.

There will also be another procession taken out by local Shia Muslims from Shia Jama Masjid, Kashmere Gate, at around 8 am on the same day to Dargah Punja Sharief, Kashmere Gate.

The procession will start pass through Hamilton Road, Bara Bazar, Chabi Ganj and Chhota Bazar.

The Jain Samaj will take out a Shobha Yatra on the occasion of Lord Mahavir Jayanti at around 9 am. The procession will pass through Digamber Jain Mandir, Dev Nagar via Ganga Mandir Marg, Hathi Wala Chowk, Arya Samaj Road, Vishnu Mandir Marg, Bank Street, Ajmal Khan Road, Hardhyan Singh Road, Shri Krishan Dass Marg, Naiwalan Chapparwala, Faiz Road, East Park Road, Gangeshwar Dham Road and terminate at 16 Park Area. The traffic police have advised the motorists to take necessary diversions to avoid any confusion in the procession routes.


The fear of death and the dawn of life

Graves are never intended to be beautiful. It reminds us of death and it is still the nightmare rooted deeply in all our pains and sorrows. There is in Geneva, a city in Switzerland, a broad and beautiful cemetery which has green, shady trees, colourful flowers with marble crosses and statues. Yes, it has a charm of its own.

At the entrance to the cemetery, there is a bunch of statues converging around a tomb. One is of a dead father. Kneeling in prayer before that is another—that of a girl with a deeply sorrowful face. In the middle position is yet another—that of the risen Christ blessing both with wide open arms. Behind it all is a marble plaque declaring, ‘‘I am the resurrection and the life…’’

‘Crucifixion and resurrection are two themes central to the Christian faith. Christ rose on the third day as prophesied and appeared to many people subsequently proving that it was not a matter of hallucination, projected as truth by his bunch of disciples. I am come that you might have life and have it more abundantly,”

Today is Easter. On Easter morning, pious Christians greet each other saying, “The Lord is risen!” This is followed by the response; “He is risen indeed!” The resurrection of Jesus from the grave is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. The empty tomb is unique. The teaching of Christiandom is that Christ is alive and He is coming again.

Resurrection is proof that death is not the end of the road for man. So, St Paul could exclaim: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55) The fear of death haunting man from birth is finally conquered at the Cross.

The supreme message of the resurrection is a message of the power of God and that is what the early church preached. There is a power in whom man could put his trust which would never allow evil to finally triumph or man finally perish.

In the risen Christ, we see the glory of eternity break through — the power of love is as great as the power of spring to banish winter. As we go through the Biblical account we find the disciples, gathering in an upper room and cowering behind bolted and barricaded doors. Fear is on their faces. Their Master is dead and the situation is one of “irretrievable dejection.”

A few weeks later the same group of men are out in the streets and aflame with superhuman confidence. They have a message, which they proclaim fearlessly. They are out to conquer the world. The contrast between the two pictures— one of abject despair and the other full of triumph— can only be explained by one event: Christ is risen.
The Gospel account of this supreme event bears the marks of reality and authenticity. The witness of the disciples who began to preach boldly brought conviction to thousands who joined the fold of faith. The amazing transformation of the motely group of disciples again disproved that resurrection could be an invented story. Each one of them met a martyr’s death. Many attempts have been made by men like Hume and Voltaire and refuting their futile endeavours, the Church which bears. His name has gone from strength to strength and this would not have been possible if Christ had not risen from the grave.

The person of Jesus Himself, His sheer vitality had from the beginning impressed the disciples. “In Him was life,” declared John (John 1:4) At his touch the lepers were cleansed, the blind Crucifixion in a man is intended to end the dominion of self and exaltation of the spirit so that the person takes on the nature of Christ, putting to death, his old sinful nature.
Christ’s Cross, according to John Henry Cardinal Newman, “has put its due value upon everything which we see, upon all fortunes, all advantages, all ranks, all dignities, all pleasures; upon the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. It has set a price on the excitements, the rivalries, the hopes, the fears, the desires, the efforts, the triumphs of mortal man…It has taught us how to live, how to use the world, what to expect, what to desire, what to hope.”

We forget so easily that in the spiritual life there must be the darkness of the night before there can be the radiance of the dawn.

Before the life of resurrection can be known, there must be the death that ends the dominion of self. It is a serious but a blessed decision, this willingness to say, “I will follow Him no matter what the cost. I will take the cross no matter how it comes!”

“If living a good moral life would get us to heaven, then Jesus would have never died on the cross for us. But He did die, because there was and is no other way. He had to pay the price for our sin,” argued Thomas A Kempis, a theologian of the thirteenth century.

And then there is only one fitting response to God’s love. As a hymn writer puts it: “Love so amazing, love so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”

M P K Kutty


Woman, son suffer burns as lightning strikes

Sonepat: A woman, Mrs Susheela, and her son Deepak sustained burn injuries when lightning struck them on the Kharkhauda-Khanda road near Kharkhauda town, about 20 km from here, last evening.

The woman and her son were returning from the fields to their house. When they reached near a school lightning struck them and they sustained burn injuries. Both were immediately hospitalised and are stated to be out of danger.

The town of Kharkhauda and its adjoining areas were lashed by a severe dust storm accompanied by light showers and hailstorm.

Lightning also struck the tin roof of a school at Kharkhauda town which was badly damaged. However, there was no casualty. OC


Eight vehicle theft cases solved as two held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 10
With the arrest of two auto thieves the West district police claimed to have solved as many as eight cases of motor vehicle theft. The police also claimed to have recovered five two-wheelers from their possession.

During a special drive in the Rajouri Garden area the police arrested auto thieves who were identified as Davender and Krishna, both residents of Sudershan Park. Their associates, who managed to escape, had been identified as Rahul, alias Aloo, resident of Moti Nagar.

Fabricated rickshaws impounded

The Traffic Police claimed to have impounded as many as 65 unregistered and crudely fabricated autorickshaws during a special drive. These autorickshaws, which normally ply in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, cross over to Delhi without having any proper registration.

Gang selling blue films busted

With the arrest of one Shahuddin, alias Sijauddin, resident of Shakti Mandir Wali Gali, the Central district police claimed to have busted a gang involved in the sale and procurement of blue film DVDs and CDs from their godowns. SI Anil Sharma of Turkman Gate received secret information and during the search recovered one DVD player, one CD player along with 22 master CDs and 54 other CDs, 695 posters, 52,000 CD wrappers and other packaging material from the godown.

HC, lower courts closed on April 14

The Delhi High Court and the lower courts here will remain closed on April 14 on account of Ambedkar Jayanti, birth anniversary of the departed leader, Dr B. R. Ambedkar.

The cases fixed for April 14 before the high court and the lower courts will be taken up the next day, an official release said here today.


Brother held for youth's murder
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 10
The Kharkhauda police have solved the alleged murder of a youth, Narinder, of Thana Khurd village and arrested his elder brother Sumandar in this connection.

The accused has confessed to the crime and told the police that he had extracted revenge from his brother. Narinder, it may be recalled, was allegedly murdered on the night of April 2 when he was asleep. The parents of the victim had lodged an FIR with the police against one Zile Singh of the village, alleging that he had murdered the youth.

Krishna Malik’s campaign trail

Mrs Krishna Malik, INLD candidate and wife of the DGP of Haryana, Dr M. S. Malik, will tour 13 villages of Kharkhauda block on April 12 next in connection with her mass contact election campaign. She will address public meetings in the villages of Saidpur, Rampur Kundal, Nizampur, Ferozpur Bangar, Jataula, Kanwali, Rohat, Jharoti, Gopalpur and Kharkhauda town on the same day.

Shobha yatra on April 14

The birth anniversary of Dr B. R. Ambedkar will be celebrated on April 14 here and elsewhere in the district. A shobha yatra will be taken out on the same day from Dr Ambedkar Hostel on the Kakroi road. It will pass through the main bazaars of the city. The shobha yatra will end at Dr Ambedkar Park near the bus stand where a public meeting will be held.

Woman killed in mishap

Sarla, a housewife was killed when her dupatta got entangled in the threshing machine at Mandora village, about 25 km from here, on Friday evening. She along with her husband was engaged in threshing and winnowing operations in the fields when the accident occurred. She was cremated by the villagers without informing the police in this connection.

Brick kiln workers take out march

Jhajjar: The brick kiln workers’ union took out a procession demanding implementation of the minimum wages as per the revised labour laws for labourers at the brick kilns in Jhajjar here on Saturday.

Thousands of labourers working at the brick kilns in the district descended in the town on Saturday morning to protest against the brick kiln owners’ denial of revised wages to them. They reached the labour office in the afternoon to press for their demand, where the labour officer fixed April 19 as the date for deciding the issue.

Vinod, who was leading the precession, said the state government had implemented new wages for the labourers which had been adopted in most of the districts in the state. He said the labourers were getting Rs 143 per thousand bricks now while as per the new laws they should be paid Rs 160 per thousand bricks. He said they had called on the district administration umpteen times but the issue was still pending and the labourers were being denied their justifiable wages.


Youth beats up wife, father-in-law
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 10
A youth, Sumer Chand, is reported to have beaten up his wife Mamta and father-in-law Om Parkash at Bhatgaon village, about 15 km from here, yesterday.

The woman and her father sustained injuries during the beating and they were rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

It is stated that Sumer Chand had demanded Rs 50,000 from his father-in-law who had failed to meet his demand. When he came to his house to pay the amount of Rs 5,000 his son-in-law became furious and assaulted him with lathis. When his wife intervened she too was assaulted with lathis. Both the woman and her father sustained injuries and they were immediately hospitalised.

The youth had already beaten up his wife for not bringing more dowry at the time of her marriage.

Meanwhile, Vikas was allegedly assaulted by three persons at Nangal village, about 15 km from here, last evening. The youth sustained injuries when he was attacked with iron rods. He was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment and stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered a case against one Joginder and his two brothers in this connection and started investigations into the case. The alleged assailants are still absconding and the police have launched a massive hunt to apprehend him. A long-standing enmity is stated to be the cause of the assault.


Two shot at, hunt on for assailants

Sonepat: Luxmi Devi and her son Kulbir sustained bullet injuries when some persons fired shots at them at Anandpur Jharot village, about 8 km from here, last evening.

Both the injured persons were rushed to the community health centre at Kharkhauda town from where they were referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment. The condition of both the persons was stated to be serious.

The police have registered a case against the alleged assailants who managed to escape immediately after the incident. A massive hunt has been launched by the police to apprehend them.

A long-standing enmity between the rival groups is stated to be the main cause of the incident. It is stated that the alleged assailants also fired shots at Kuldeep, another son of the woman, but he escaped unhurt.

In the meantime, Baljit (26) and his mother sustained injuries when they were roughed up by three brothers at Bhatana village, about 15 km from here, last evening. The alleged assailants, however, managed to escape immediately after the incident.

It is stated that the alleged assailants were identified as Angrez, Sanjay and Surje. Both Baljit and his mother were rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment and are stated to be out of danger. OC


One of wedding party killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 10
One member of a wedding party was killed and six others were injured when the Maruti van carrying them collided with another car on Sonepat-Rohtak Road near Sisana village about 25 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the party was on its way from Lusar village in Jhajjar district to Gorar village in Sonepat district. The victim was identified as Sanjeev and the injured were Kala, brother of the bridegroom, Vinod, Amit, Pawan, Sonu and Jassu. The injured were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

It is stated that the driver of the van tried to overtake a tractor but lost control. The van collided with a car coming from the opposite direction and turned turtle along the road.

According to another report, two persons going on a two-wheeler were injured seriously when their two-wheeler collided with a vehicle coming from Panipat side on G T Road near Ganaur Chowk about 20 km from here last evening.

The injured were identified as Shiv Chand and Rajbir, both residents of Giaspur village. They were rushed to the local civil hospital from where they were referred to the PGIMs at Rohtak.

The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress.

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