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Two extortionists shot in police encounter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 11
The Delhi Police Special Cell has claimed to have shot dead two extortionists of Patna in an encounter last night when they came near Mathura Road of South Delhi to negotiate the purchase of an AK-47 weapon. The sleuths also claimed to have recovered two weapons from their possession.

They were identified as Chutka Santosh, alias Santosh Paswan, alias Rahul, (24), resident of Nalanda and Ajay Singh (26), resident of Patna. The accused Chutka Santosh was involved in at least 27 cases of murder, kidnapping for ransom, attempt to murder, extortion and assault on police personnel.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh said that the sleuths received an information from the Bihar police that an industrialist S N Sahay was kidnapped on April 2 and the ransom calls were made from Delhi. Sahay was later released on April 5 by the extortioners after a ransom of Rs 20 lakh had been paid.

Singh said that when the sleuths analysed the calls made by the extortionists, it was found that they had been made from Badarpur, Paharganj and Tilak Marg. It was also learnt that the extortionists were planning to kidnap some businessmen in Delhi and trying to purchase an AK-47 weapon.

Accordingly, the sleuths received a tip-off that the extortionists would be coming near the Haldirams on Mathura Road on April 10. The sleuths spotted two men in a Maruti car No DL-1C-B-3491 at around 11.30 pm near plot No 42 which is under construction. When the sleuths intercepted them, the duo ran inside the plot No 42 and started firing at the policemen who returned the fire.

After about 20 minutes when the cops went inside the plot, both Chutka and Ajay were found injured. They were immediately rushed to the AIIMS but declared brought dead.

Farmer shot dead

Jhajjar: A farmer of Kabulpur village was found dead in the fields of Gocchi village with gunshots in his body this morning. He had been reportedly shot dead last night.

According to information, deceased Sube Singh had gone to the fields with some persons of his village at about 11 pm yesterday.

The district police have registered a case of murder against five persons identified as Ravinder, Shoki, Balbir, Jaibir and Suresh on the complaint of Ramphal, son of the deceased. The reason for the crime was not known so far. The farmer resided in the fields of adjoining Bisasn village. OC


NHRC notices to police, DDA on eviction
of slum dwellers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 11
The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Delhi Government, Police Commissioner and Delhi Development Authority, seeking report on the alleged human rights violations of slum dwellers being evicted from the Capital.

On petition of Hazards Centre, an organisation, the NHRC issued notices to the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government, Police Commissioner Dr K K Paul and the DDA Vice-Chairman.

They had been earlier asked to submit their report by March-end, but when they failed to comply within the stipulated date, it was later extended to April 15.

The petition had sought the NHRC intervention as evictions and demolitions were taking place in Delhi and most of them violated the basic rights of slum dwellers, including right to livelihood, shelter, education and redressal under the Constitution. It has submitted pictures of demolitions taking place under heavy police deployment with bulldozers levelling houses that were still occupied to prove these allegations.

The Hazards Centre said the police were harassing the hapless slum dwellers and the MCD officials were stranded. After eviction, the ‘eligible’ families were to be allotted a plot in the resettlement colonies, the latter were 18 to 33 km from the present locations, which would affect their livelihood as work would not be available at the new sites. At the new sites designed to accommodate almost 55,000 families on 933 acres, minimal services are present, violating the Delhi Master plan 2001, including the proposed density of 150 domestic units per hectare, it charged.

While most of the sites have minimal facilities due to the resettlement going on there for the past four to five years, Bawana was a new site, which would house 9,272 families, yet independent surveys showed that it has at present no schools, no water, no electricity, no transport, no dispensary and no ration shop.

Only three toilet blocks have been constructed for such huge population, the petition stated. While some ‘eligible’ ones would get alternative plots on licence for the next 10 years only under the present policy, those who could not prove their residence in Delhi before 1998, would not get anything.

The number of such families was very high as half of the total evicted families or more than one lakh families would be targeted for forcible eviction. Citing the example of Kanchanpuri slum demolitions near Rajghat, it said that after the eviction of 3,000 families living there, only 809 were given alternative plot while the rest 2,191 have no place to live.


Decongestion of New Delhi Railway Station
hits a roadblock
Cecil Victor

New Delhi, April 11
Recent attempts by the Delhi Police to decongest the section of the NCT between the Paharganj bridge and the New Delhi Railway Station are coming to nought because of old ways of policing that have led to certain malpractices by private bus operators who avoid the route altogether much to inconvenience of passengers. To cap it, autorickshaw operators undercut the prepaid taxi system by picking up passengers outside the railway station.

Certain changes in policing will make for smooth flow of traffic all along the periphery of the crowded Paharganj market-railway station complex. It will also make for better manpower utilisation of police personnel.

There is a beatbox of the Nabi Karim police station at the T-junction outside the Paharganj bridge. Policemen posted here make abortive attempts to control the rickshaw-pullers and at most times of the day, they stand in the middle of the road to take passengers heading for Sadar. All that the police have to do is put up barricades in front the beatbox and order the rickshaw-pullers to take passengers from behind it.

They can take the help of the cycle rickshaw unions whose leaders have done a commendable job of finding for their members a place in the economic scheme of things through court fiats. They can now be asked to instil a measure of discipline among their members and adhere to the minimum restrictions that need to be in place for the smooth passage of other traffic in this segment of arterial connections between north, west and central Delhi.

The next point where congestion occurs is outside the Out Gate of the New Delhi Railway Station. There are more autorickshaws parked there than at the pre-paid point inside and the fleecing of passengers is rampant.

The fact that there are no policemen on duty here to stop the racket indicates a collusion between the police and the autorickshaw drivers to the detriment not only of the outstation rail passengers but also bus and car passengers who have to face harassment as the road is clogged.

This is the direct cause of the malpractice of private bus operators taking detours over the Paharganj bridge instead of the route they are supposed to operate in front the railway station under State Transport Authority rules.

Further down at the point where the DTC and private buses are parked for the passengers inside the station compound, a signal should be installed to control traffic as the buses move towards Connaught Circus and take a U-turn towards the Paharganj bridge for destinations in Bahadurgarh holding up traffic at this point. The timing of the traffic lights need to be so adjusted that there is enough time for the buses to make the turn and the rest of the vehicular traffic from the Paharganj bridge side can then move forward smoothly.


Sonepat BJP candidate gets ‘Z Plus’ security
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 11
The Union Home Ministry has provided ‘Z Plus’ security to Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, a BJP candidate contesting the Lok Sabha election from Sonepat in Haryana. Mr Sangwan apprehended danger to his life on account of his rivalry with the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala and the Director-General of Police (DGP) Haryana, Mr M S Malik. The DGP’s wife, Mrs Krishna Malik, has been fielded by the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) as its candidate from Sonepat.

According to a report, Mr Sangwan is reported to have also urged the Union Home Ministry to entrust the security to the CRPF instead of Haryana Police for safeguarding his life and that of his family. It is stated that at least 15-men strong security has been sanctioned for Mr Sangwan, out of which six securitymen would always accompany him wherever he goes. Three others would move in plainclothes along with Mr Sangwan and the remaining six would be posted at his residence in Gohana town in the district.

Mr Sangwan has alleged that though Mr Malik had proceeded on leave, his influence on the police department would remain strong as it is a known fact that he would rejoin as DGP Haryana after the elections. He said that if the Haryana police were entrusted with his security, it would leak out his movement to his rivals and the Chief Minister, and thus, endangering his life.


Minor labourers
An apology for a child welfare society
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 11
The district unit of the National Child Labour Society seems to be existing on paper only. The society which ought to prevent child labour and ensure the rehabilitation of minor labourers is yet to be registered. It has perhaps no knowledge of how many children were working in the district and how to stop their exploitation. The society held its meeting here recently which was chaired by the Deputy Commissioner. While the Additional Deputy Commissioner presented the agenda of the meeting, the authorities directed the General

Manager , District Industries Centre to get the society registered immediately. It decided that a survey to find child labour in all the establishments falling under the Factory Act should be conducted.

It may be recalled that while the Factories Act and the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act prohibit the employment of the minor children under the Child Labour Act 1986, there are reports that the number of child labour in an industrial town like Faridabad could be in thousands.

The main establishments where the children are employed include the hotels, dhabas, tea stalls, cycle and auto repair shops, small-scale industrial and manufacturing units, shops and departmental stores. They work as domestic help and servants also. There are hundreds of children here who have been engaged in begging and collecting donations in the name of religion. One Ramsharan, a migrant from Bihar who has been engaged in ironing clothes in a sector here, said that it was impossible for him to send his three children to a school, as he had neither a house nor enough income to pay for their fee and other expenses.

Meanwhile, the authorities concerned have directed the Child Labour Society to complete the survey of child labour in the district by May 25, 2004 and start the rehabilitation work.

The Supreme Court and the Union Government have already issued directions to the state governments and the authorities concerned to check child labour and ensure the rehabilitation of such children.


A thriving industry of life-threatening medicines
Parmindar Singh

Noida, April 11
About 50 per cent of medicines on pharmacy shelves in the city are not the drugs for life threatening ailments, but drugs that themselves threaten life. They are fake and spurious drugs, which survive like all counterfeit things in this part of the country. In fact, the chemist’s business literally thrives on spurious drugs, despite the costly consequences for the public.

The administration and the judicial system have failed miserably to reign in these merchants of death. According to Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA), the spurious drug industry is extremely lucrative, worth about Rs.4,000 crore. For traders manufacturing fake drugs, the business promises huge profits at no apparent risk. It could be anything – Crocin, Voveran, Betadine and Aciloc or even common injections of calcium and syrups like Cosavil.

“Fake drugs are a social menace and affecting many patients without their being aware of it. Although frequent and random samples are picked up from chemists and manufacturing units, the business continues to thrive” laments the district drug inspector.

According to sources, who do not want to be identified, most of the factories producing spurious drugs are in Bahadurgarh, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Bhiwadi, Ballabhgarh, Sonepat, Hisar and Punjab. These factories are located close to the border, which makes transportation easy. Once these drugs reach godowns in Bhagirath Palace, the nerve centre of the fake drug business in Delhi, retailers from all over the country purchase them in bulk.

The ‘spurious drugs’ are known to be manufactured with cheap but otherwise harmless powders or liquids, or are real drugs well past their expiry date or stolen from government supplies. Deaths caused by fake drugs are regularly reported by the press, but there are no official figures on fatalities. And the government simply doesn’t have the resources or equipment for reliable, widespread testing. Indeed, random checks have found that government warehouses have some of the highest levels of counterfeit medicines.

There are 47 manufacturers of medicines in Noida and 413 chemists. There is only one testing lab in UP and one drugs inspector per district in the state.

Many counterfeits go unreported. Sometimes pharmacists or distributors have suspicious packaging. But often it is patients who notice that their medicine looks or smells unusual; or sometimes they realise the drug was spurious when they have a bad reaction.

The weaknesses in the drug distribution system, the rise of internet pharmacies and the huge disparities in drug prices have paved the way for fakes. But drug makers know that tracking fakes to their source is hard. Say drug inspectors ``It’s like money laundering. The whole process is designed to mask all those involved.” It is a massive racket that kills an unknown number of people each year and robs legitimate drug companies of almost 15-20 percent of the industry’s total turnover.

The materialistic urge to earn money has made doctors change their motto of “Service before self’’ to “Self before service”. Says Dr. Mahesh Sharma of Kailash Hospitals, “The urge to make money fast is driving a section of doctors to adopt myriad ways to achieve their nefarious ends, like ordering supplies of substandard drugs in hospitals, prescribing particular drug brands in a quid pro quo for sponsorship tours etc”. It is now an open secret that many drug firms “pay up” to bag orders for hospital supplies.

A frustrated Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj recently had suggested the death penalty for ‘merchants of death’ who make vast profits peddling fake drugs. Consumer has to be very vigilant, should insist on getting bills, and purchase medicines only from well reputed and authentic sources”.

Finally, drug testing carried out by some public service organizations enjoying wide consumer acceptance will go a long way in supplementing the government’s efforts. Educating the public on the dangers of spurious drugs could go a long way in fighting the menace effectively.


Varun Gandhi to campaign for Vijay Goel

New Delhi: After roping in Hindi film actress Poonam Dhillon and actor Suresh Oberoi for his election campaign, the BJP candidate in the Sadar parliamentary constituency, Mr Vijay Goel, has made Varun Gandhi agree to campaign for him.

Goel said that Varun Gandhi, son of Maneka Gandhi and cousin of Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi, would address a meeting in Mansarovar Garden on Tuesday. A Goel aide informed that Varun had expressed a desire to begin his campaign in NCT of Delhi from the Sadar seat.

Meanwhile, actor Suresh Oberoi continued campaigning for Goel for the second day today. He was present for the inauguration of Goel’s election office in Model Town. He had addressed three meetings yesterday in Indira Vikas Colony, Timarpur and Kirti Nagar. TNS


Defacement Act: Violators to get the stick
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 11
The District Election authorities have evoked the ‘Prevention of the Defacement of the Property Act’ during the election period. The political parties, candidates and their supporters have been warned against defacing the private and public property during the elections.

It is stated that the violators would be prosecuted under sections 425, 426 427 and 433 of the IPC or section 133 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 and other related Acts, if a defacement of property whether public or private was carried out without the written permission of the owner of the building. It says no political party or candidate shall use any individuals land, building, compound and wall etc, without his or her permission for erecting flags staffs suspending banners, pasting notice, pamphlets or writing slogans. It is also clarified that the expression ‘public buildings’ shall include but not restricted to public properties like the signboards, indication of road direction, intersection of roads, milestones on the Highway notice boards of the Railway stations and platforms, bus terminals or any notice or signboard for the convenience of the public.

The prosecution will be launched against those who indulge in defacing such a property during the election campaign. The authorities have also ordered closure of all the liquor vends in the district from May 8 (after 5 pm) to May 10 and again on May 13, under the Excise Act.


EC urged to declare Haryana sensitive region
Our Correspondent

Rewari, April 11
The Haryana BJP has urged the Election Commission of India to declare entire Haryana a sensitive region and the parliamentary constituencies of Sonepat, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Kurukshetra as hypersensitive areas.

Simultaneously, the party has also sought deployment of central forces to ensure free and fair polls throughout the state. Besides, the party has also sought the DGP Dr M. S. Malik’s entry into Sonepat constituency to be banned with immediate effect, as his going on leave was not enough. The above demands were voiced by the state BJP general secretary Mr Veer Kumar Yadav at a press conference here yesterday.

Describing the ban on DGP’s entry into Sonepat from where his wife Mrs Krishna Malik was contesting the Lok Sabha poll as a sine qua non, Mr Yadav expressed apprehension that if it was not enforced immediately the repetition of a Maham like situation of mayhem in Sonepat as well could not be ruled out. He also went on to allege that the DGP’s going on leave was nothing more than an eye-wash.

Alleging that the Haryana Chief Minister was hell-bent on securing a landslide victory for the INLD by hook or crook in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, Mr Yadav flayed the Chief Minister for his diatribe against the Deputy Prime Minister Mr Lal Krishan Advani terming it as symptomatic of desperation and consternation on his part.

He also sarcastically remarked that the fielding of his two sons from Bhiwani and Kurukshetra respectively by the Chief Minister showed that the winning capability of other INLD activists was under a cloud.


Villager told to pay for son-in-law’s indiscretion
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 11
One Jaigir of village Datoli never thought before marrying off his daughter that he would be terrorised by the money lenders to return the loan amount taken by his son-in-law, who is reportedly absconding along with his daughter. Jaigir has now appealed to the district administration to save him from the threats of the money lenders who had already recovered Rs. 20,000 from him, allegedly by keeping his son as hostage.

According to information, Jaigir married his daughter Munesh with Kailash of Jatal Road, Panipat, about 12 years Back, and after that his son-in-law settled down in Gharonda.

But sometime back, he received information that his daughter and son-in-law were reportedly missing; to ascertain their whereabouts, he sent his son Om Pal to Panipat.

Jaigir has alleged that when his son met his daughter’s father-in-law Sukhbir, the latter reportedly informed the money lenders that Kailash’s brother-in-law had come to Panipat and that he alone was responsible for returning the loan. The money lenders took his son in their custody and asked Jaigir to make the payment.

Jaigir has further alleged that when he reached Panipat, he found that the money lenders were influential persons; they forcibly recovered Rs. 20,000 from him before releasing his son. In his complaint, Jaigir has pointed out that the father of his son-in-law is the owner of all property which belonged to his son-in-law and he alone should be asked to return the loan amount.

Alleging that he is being threatened by the money Lenders, who want him to now pay the balance, Jaigir has pleaded that he is a poor person and not in a position to pay the same.


Reserve jobs for Jats, Mahasabha tells parties
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 11
The spokesman of All India Jat Mahasabha and convenor of Haryana Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, Mr Tara Chand Mor, today said that All India Jat Mahasabha would consider support to only those political parties in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, which included reservation of jobs for Jats in states and Central government services in their election manifestoes.

Mr Mor said that this resolution was passed unanimously at Amritsar recently at the annual session of All India Jat Mahasabha. He said that Jat Mahasabha was non-political, social organisation but its members could join any party individually. He said that reservation of jobs for jats has been extended to Rajasthan, Delhi UP, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh states only but Central government quota has been reserved only to Rajasthan jats excluding Bharatpur and Dhaulpur district jats.

He further said that quota for jats in the armed forces has also been reduced considerably but if they are included in OBC category they could compete for about 30,000 jobs annually. Moreover, he added, they could compete for IAS and IPS services easily, if the reserve quota is extended to the Jats.


People shouldn’t cooperate with govt on house tax:
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 11
A day after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit ruled out privatisation of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and promised the removal of anomalies in the Unit Area Method (UAM) of assessing property tax, the BJP candidate in the South Delhi parliamentary constituency, Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra, has reiterated the demand for reviewing the new tax regime.

In his public meetings in Delhi Cantonment, Hari Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Gautam Nagar, New Friends Colony and Kalkaji, Malhotra said that people should not co-operate with the Government of NCT of Delhi in filing house tax returns. “People need not file the house tax returns as the Vajpayee Government, which is sure to return to power, will review the Unit Area Method in toto,” he said.

Malhotra inaugurated his election offices in Janak Puri, RK Puram, GK Enclave I and Govindpuri.


Four autolifters arrested, 16 cases solved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 11
The North-East district police today claimed to have worked out 16 cases of motor vehicle theft and recovered two motorcycles with the arrest of four suspects from different areas of the Capital.

The suspects were identified as Sheikh Montu, Sheikh Mozul, Sheikh Mutilb and Jagat Singh. The police received information that on Friday that two boys riding on a red motorcycle would go from Seelampur Wazirabad and they might be in possession of some more stolen motorcycles.

A team of police apprehended them near Gurdwara Nanksar. When they were asked to show the documents of the vehicle the suspects disclosed that they did not have papers. During interrogation, they disclosed that the vehicles were stolen from Malviya Nagar area. They also disclosed that they used to steal the vehicles from Malviya Nagar and Krishna Nagar and take them to parking lot of Old Delhi Railway Station and give the slip of parking to one Aadil and Sheikh Mutlib. Aadil is still absconding.

Sometimes they used to change the number plates of the stolen vehicles. Aadil and Sheikh Mutlib in connivance with Jagat Singh, who worked as ‘Dalal’ in Booking Office at Old Delhi Railway Station, used to send the vehicles through parcel to Katihar and Barsai. The police said that Sheikh Montu and Mazul resided in ‘Sunny Bai Ka Beda’ in Usmanpur and used to go Malviya Nagar. At times, they used to see night show of movie and then steal the vehicles. Off and on they used to visit Khirki Extension and Hauz Rani and had dinner with their friends and steal vehicle from there, the police said.

Chain snatchers nabbed

The East district police arrested two chain snatchers, Rohit and Nitin from Krishan Nagar. One stolen scooter has been recovered from their possession. Six cases of snatching - four of Krishna Nagar, one of Vivek Vihar and one of Shakarpur, have been solved, the police claimed.


A new line of jazzy jeans for GenXers

Levis 501 has launched a new fit and 18 new finishes that resonate with the lifestyles of today’s youthful customers. The jeans, has attained an iconic cult status as the expression of freedom and individuality. Intricately woven through the fabric of five generations spanning a myriad of cultures and continents, the 501 jeans today remains as fresh and timeless as it was 130 years ago.

From the ‘wild and wild west,’ through the explosion of rock and roll in the 50s, to Pop Art of the 60s, Woodstock and the rebellious 70s and the MTV culture of the 90s, the company has achieved a unique place.

Bathing delights

Hindustan Lever Limited has launched New Liril Orange Splash, a bathing experience to beat the scorching heat. New Liril Orange soap envelops you with the tangy fragrance of fresh oranges, and makes you forget the oppressive drudgery of a hot and humid summer day. The bathing experience with the soap is so refreshing that you simply go Oofyumma.

Monarch is here to rule

J K Helene Curtis Limited has re-launched its money for value brand Monarch, offering No 1 quality and No 1 Daam. Offering an attractive range of products of good export quality, Monarch offers the Monarch soap, Monarch Talc and Perfume Spray, which are reasonably priced.

True to its name, Monarch is here to rule. What better way than to start your day with the fragrance and richness of the Monarch soap. While its creamy texture offers a rich lather, making your skin soft and supple, its pure rose fragrance will soothe your senses.

Fragrance for women

Burberry has launched its ICONIC fragrance – Burberry Brit, a fragrance, which embodies a person rather than an abstract emotional concept. Its character is refreshingly unpretentious, genuine, possessing the confidence that only authenticity brings. Stylish without effort, outrageous but unpredictable, eccentric and witty with a deliciously British sense of irony.

Tempting Aabhushan

Dwarka has come up with a whole new range of exclusive bridle collection under the brand name of ‘Dwarka’s Dulhan Aabhushan.’ This bridal range is exclusively designed for fashion aware girls of new era.

Mr K. B. Goyal, Managing Director, said that keeping in view of the bride’s mind and attitude, the jewellery is made. The collection is available in both 22 carat gold and diamond. It is available in whole set and in pieces too.

Flavour of the month

Baskins and Robbins have come up with the flavour of the month ‘Peaches and Cream.’ This is available at all Baskins outlets across the country in scoops, sundaes and regular packs. Internationally, the company launches a new flavour every month under its ‘flavour of the month,’ programme and here too its no different with 12 different flavours planned for the coming year.

Cool off

Summercool Home Appliances has introduced a perfect blend of technology and design with its exquisite range of ceiling fan under its brand “Summercool.” Scientifically engineered blades, an exhilarating sweep of cool, refreshing air, aesthetic styling and elegant control makes Summercool fans a breathtaking experience of technology and art.

Swimwear for men and women

Speedo has launched the new India swimwear range conceived, designed and manufactured exclusively for the Indian market, inline with the cultural requirements of the Indian customer.

The swimwear range is for both men and women. Speedo also has an exciting line of boys and girls swimwear to complete the range. Its accessories include Speedo swim caps, goggles and other complimentary products.

Sunblock cream

Lotus Herbals has launched “Extreme” sunblock cream with UVA Index-20 and SPF-60 launched for the first time. A product developed after extensive research and development. The cream provides triple protection against Ultra Violet A (UVA) Violet B (UVB) Infra-Red radiation, thereby drastically reducing chances of skin damage.

The cream contains anti-oxidant, anti-irritant oregano and soothing chamomile herbal extracts to prevent rashes and irritation and carrots for its anti-tan properties.

Sensitive wash programs

Electrolux Kelvinator has launched its new top of the line washing machine – Fabriguard, the wonder machine with unique Fabri Nourish System. Launch of this machine not only widens the product portfolio of the company but is also a step forward to generate a strong feature rich product line-up. Fabriguard is equipped with a unique Fabriguard Pulsator for better washability and unique 9 Fabri Sensitive Wash Programs.

Superior comfort

T T collection has introduced a new range of plain mercerised cottons and full sleeves T-shirt which promises comfort to the wearer. Made of fine interlock and rib using soft mercerise cotton yarn, these also have an extra softeners and lustre silicon finish using a specially crafted, unique fabric, the special knit structure gives the T-shirt a breach-ability element and provides the wearer with superior comfort.

Mosquito coil

Reckitt Benckiser has launched a new variant of its Mortein brand – new Mortein Power Booster Coil.

Ms Anne Engerant said: “The mosquito repellent market in India is approximately Rs 835 crore in size. Within this market, the largest segment is that of coils, which account for more than 50 per cent of the total market.”

Mother’s Recipe pickles

The Mother’s Recipe pickles have increased their range from 34 to 37 variants. And to add more joy to the consumers buying Mother’s recipe pickles, an attractive “Consumer Offer,’ is coming their way.

Mother’s recipe blended masalas are being exported to countries in Middle East and South East Asia. The consumers in India will get to enjoy these blended masalas and the first time, which is being offered to them for Free with all Mother’s Recipe pickle variants.

For newly weds

Tirupati Coirs has come up with a complete new range of its brand Corifit coir mattress with the name of Urvashi. Available in variety of colours in the market, Urvashi mattresses are especially designed for newly weds and young couples. The mattresses can be used easily on box-beds and easily manageable.

Urvashi mattresses are reversible. One of its side is soft while the other is firm. This ensures that mattresses remain cool in summer and warm in winter.

Sporty watch

Tissot, the Swiss watchmaker, has introduced another member of its sports family by launching the Diver Seastar 1000 Automatic. This elegant yet sporty watch is specially designed for those seeking both technical performance and style. Tissot Diver Seastar has been voted the second Best Watch of the year 2004, by the readers of the popular German watch magazine “Uhren Magazin.”

Tee off

Singapore-based Royal Sporting House (RSH), the largest sports retail chain for global international brands in a bid to bring golf to masses has introduced branded golf equipment.

RSH has launched golf equipment manufactured by the international brands including Mizuno, Dunlop, Tour Mission and Voit in its 26 stores in India. These equipment include complete golf set with bag and putter. The company has already sold more than 2000 sets in the country.

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