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SC lawyer among two held for cheating
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
The Economic Offences Wing has claimed to have arrested two persons, including a Supreme Court lawyer for cheating several persons on the pretext of arranging loans from banks and other financial institutions.

The accused Madan Mohan Kashyap alias Mohammad Muneer Khan (52) and his tantrik associate Tapas Sarkar (39) were arrested from West Bengal. They had cheated several persons in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and West Bengal.

The sleuths said that the main accused Kashyap shot into limelight when he had appeared for several cases of Babri Masjid demolition and subsequently tried to use his popularity to cheat innocent people.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (EOW) Dinesh Bhatt said that the sleuths received a complaint from one T S R Chandra Murthy from Hyderabad that he has been running one IT Solution (P) Ltd in Hyderabad and had applied for a loan of Rs 6 crore in Andhra Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation to expand his call centre as an international call centre.

During this time, Murthy got an offer from M/S Esskay International, located at 220, New Lawyers Chambers, Supreme Court.

The finance company told Murthy that they would arrange the loan fast.

The complainant was introduced to one T K Sarkar and was told that he would look after all his transactions. On several occasions, Kashyap and Sarkar had asked Murthy to arrange money up to Rs 30 lakh and the same was also transferred into the account of one Kriplani, accountant of M/s Esskay International.

The sleuths said that Murthy got suspicious when he failed to get a positive reply from Kashyap and Sarkar about the loan even after making several calls. It was after this, he registered a complaint in the Tilak Marg police station.

The police raided the company premises and recovered several incriminating documents. During investigations, the police also received three more complaints from Prashant Mittal, K B N Bhatt and T R Malik that the accused had cheated Rs 1.5 lakh, Rs 7 lakh and Rs 12 lakh respectively by adopting the same modus operandi.

Since the accused could not be traced, the police tried to get hold of their mobile phone records, but it also proved useless as they changed their numbers. Finally, the sleuths traced some numbers of Kolkata and its neighbouring districts and with the help of the locals, managed to arrest Kashyap and Sarkar from the Begupara district of West Bengal.



Explosion in kitchen: Four of family killed

Faridabad: Four members of a family were killed and one was injured after an explosion took place in their house in the Nangla Part-two enclave of the NIT area here this morning. The injured has been admitted to a hospital. While the cause of the explosion is yet to be known, it is suspected that the explosion could have been the result of the gas leakage from an LPG cylinder kept in the kitchen.

According to the neighbours of the family, a heavy explosion took place in the house of one Mr Aziz at about 5.30 this morning which ripped apart the house, bringing down the roof of the building. As a result, all the family members who were sleeping, were buried under it.

Mr Aziz (35), his wife Tasleema (30), two daughters Sanno (6) and Muskan (4) died on the spot, while another girl identified as Monika (10) was injured. The impact of explosion was so heavy that it brought the entire house down. The sound of explosion was heard in nearby colonies also.

It is learnt that Aziz was a carpenter and lived in this house on rent. The house was owned by one Harool. While there is no sign of cylinder explosion at the spot, it is suspected that it could have been the result of leakage from the cylinder. However, the police have sought the help of explosives expert to know the cause of the mishap. TNS

Four killed as car collides with oil tanker

Sonepat: Four youths were killed on the spot and two sustained serious injuries when the car in which they were travelling was collided with an oil tanker on the Gohana-Rohtak Road between Jasia and Brahamanwas villages about 50 km from here on Friday evening.

According to a delayed report, the victims were identified as Sachin, Anil, Amit and Vikas. Sachin was driving the car which belonged to the family of Anil. All of them were unmarried and except Anil, they were studying in the same college.

The injured were identified as Sunil Gupta of Jaipur and Rajiv Goel of Sampla. The condition of Sunil Gupta was serious and the condition of Rajiv Goel was stated to be out of danger.

All the youths were returning to Gohana from Rohtak when the accident occurred. OC



Dalit woman raped at pistol-point
Our Correspondent

Meerut, April 24
A Dalit woman was raped by a youth from her village at pistol-point last night. Tension gripped Bhoj Garh village under Arnia police station of Bulandshahr district since the rapist belongs to an upper caste. The husband of the victim, Kamlesh (name changed), is an employee with the Delhi Transport Corporation. Kamlesh, accompanied by her son Sultan and four other persons of the same locality of her village, had gone to the fields. The woman was working on one side while her son and four other persons were working on the other side.

Meanwhile, as the victim alleged a youth from the upper caste dragged the woman to a nearby field at pistol-point, gagged her and raped the woman. Though the victim shouted for help her son and other persons working in the field could not hear her due to the raucous music blaring from a music system nearby. Later, the woman narrated the incident to her son and other villagers.

Angry family members reported the matter to the Arnia police. But the police did not take cognisance of it. In the morning, hundreds of Dalits from Bhoj Garh village met the SSP, Bulandshahr, Mr R. P. Singh, and sought his intervention. The SSP ordered the SHO, Arnia police station, to immediately arrest the culprit. A police force was deployed in the village as tension gripped the village as the rapist belongs to an upper caste. The Dalit villagers have said in their statement that they are feeling insecure in the village.



Two institutes offering B.Arch told not to admit students
Manish Kumar Singal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
The two institutes affiliated to Indraprastha University offering Bachelor of Architecture programme would not be allowed to admit more students this year. The Council of Architecture (COA) has refused to give them permission to admit more students as they allegedly did not fulfil the basic norms of the council like basic infrastructure and faculty etc.

In a letter dated August 18, 2003, the AICTE has said, “The approval granted to the institution to a five-year degree course in Architecture be withdrawn from the academic session 2004-05.” This letter was written separately to the Secretary, Training and Technical Education, Pitampura, on the same date for two institutes viz. Vastu Kala Academy School of Architecture & Interior Designing, Institutional Area, and TVB School of Habitat Studies, Vasant Kunj.

The AICTE had also given 10 conditions in writing to these institutes following which they could get the permission to admit students for the coming session.

According to the officials of the Council of Architecture (COA), “Last year, a survey of these two institutes was conducted and it was found that both the institutes were not having adequate infrastructure to run an institute. So we cancelled their application to admit more students during coming year 2004-05.”

They said these institutes were being allowed to admit students earlier as they had promised they would improve their infrastructure and fulfil the norms of the Council. But they did nothing in this regard.

Interestingly, the copy of the order number (765-61-203(A)/ET/96) had already been sent to the Registrar of Indraprastha University but they reportedly, while ignoring it, gave the names of the two said institutes in their fresh list of institutes for admission for the academic session 2004-05.

When contacted, the Vice-Chancellor of IP University, Prof K. K. Aggarwal, said that the university would not allow these institutes to admit the students if they did not get the permission of the COA.

The COA officials also said that Vastu Kala Academy was already facing trial in the court of law over the issue of admission. He said that a copy of this notice had already been given to the Vice-Chancellor of Indraprastha University.

On the other hand, officials said Vastu Kala Academy had rented its premises to other companies and banks and was running its college from some small rooms. Similarly, TVB School of Habitat Studies had its building made on agricultural land so it was against the norms of the council. When contacted, the Registrar of the COA confirmed the allegations and said that permission was not given for not maintaining proper infrastructure. On the other hand, officials of the Council of Architecture also clearly said that these two institutes did not have infrastructure to run the courses so last year itself they had been refused permission.



Cong sees in Dikshit Jr a chance to regain bastion
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
A virtual mini-India, the East Delhi parliamentary constituency has assumed a high profile after Sandeep Dikshit, son of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, was nominated as the INC’s candidate for the May 10 Lok Sabha election. The party sees in his candidature an opportunity to wrest a seat that was once its stronghold.

Like Ajay Maken, who has been pitted against Jagmohan in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency, Sandeep is in the fray to herald a generational change in the political affairs of the East Delhi constituency. For the 39-year-old Sandeep, fulfilling the aspirations of youth would be a priority.

“Youth,” he says, “is a very powerful force and I will work to fulfil their aspirations and give them opportunities. I will take up the causes with which they identify like growth with environment protection. I am in the age group which has seen the eras of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with which both the young and the old can identify.”

East Delhi has the distinction of being the third largest parliamentary constituency in the country, voters-wise.

It has an estimated 24-odd lakh voters which has a fair sprinkling of people from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar besides a sizable population of the minorities. (Outer Delhi is the largest in the country).

It is here that Sandeep would be seeking to avenge his mother’s defeat at the hands of Lal Bihari Tiwari in the 1998 Lok Sabha election. Tiwari had retained the seat in the 1999 election, defeating HL Kapur of the INC. Towards that end, he has roped in the services of the MLAs and councillors of his party.

The reason for his dependence on the MLAs and councillors is not far to seek. East Delhi is the only parliamentary constituency after New Delhi where the party improved upon its position in the 1998 Assembly election. (The two seats account for 25 Assembly seats.) In East Delhi, the party has slightly improved its position.

The party bagged 16 out of 20 Assembly seats in the East Delhi parliamentary constituency in the December 2003 election, which is one seat more than in the previous Assembly election. No wonder then that Sheila Dikshit’s ministerial colleagues like AK Walia and Arvinder Singh Lovely are overseeing the campaign.

The INC claims it has got an advantage over the BJP in the constituency since all the 16 MLAs had received increased margins in the recent Assembly election. This, it asserts, showed that they got positive votes due to good performance while people would judge BJP’s Tiwari for his non-performance in the area.

Dismissing the reports about some resentment in the party cadre for granting ticket to a political non-entity, Sandeep said, “There were three-four names. And we were competing but it was a healthy competition. Once my name was cleared by the High Command, everyone fell in line and I am getting full co-operation of all including the 16 MLAs and the councillors.”



Chandni Chowk bucks division of secular votes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
The appeals by a section of the Muslim voters to forge a unity between the INC and the grouping of non-BJP political parties may not have had the desired impact, but by the close of campaigning for the next phase of Lok Sabha election this evening, it was clear that the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency had earned the rare distinction of bucking the trend.

In a rare display of Opposition unity, the Muslim community prevailed over Shoaib Iqbal of the Janata Dal (Secular) to stand down in favour of Kapil Sibal of the INC. It was also successful in preventing any other Muslim candidate of reckoning to jump into the fray.

It was speculated that the brother of the Imam of Jama Masjid may contest after the Imam revised his stance toward the BJP.

By preventing a triangular contest and the division of secular votes, the 1.2-odd lakh Muslim voters of the smallest parliamentary constituency, area-wise, may have sent out a message to their brethren elsewhere in the country where the next phase of Lok Sabha election is scheduled for Monday. In the process, the INC may have accomplished what has been a difficult proposition for it elsewhere.

The Muslim community has been issuing the appeals for some time now. All India Muslim Majlis Mushwarat president Syed Shahabudin, who joined the INC recently, had issued an appeal to the INC and the SP to reach an electoral understanding in Uttar Pradesh to prevent division of secular votes. He had proposed that all the 80 seats be divided between them on the basis of their position in the 1999 election.

In a last-ditch effort to achieve unity of non-BJP parties in the Lok Sabha elections, a similar appeal was made by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani, Jammat-e-Islami Hind general secretary Mohammad Jafar, general secretary of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Asghar Imam Mehdi, Shahi Imam Fatehpuri Masjid Mufti Mukarram Ahmad and Shia leader Kalbe Jawaad.

They had also suggested that the nominations filed could be formally withdrawn and even those formally in the contest could publicly retire in favour of another in the interest of secular unity. The Muslim voters of Chandni Chowk, therefore, may have taken a stand that the 120-million-strong Muslim community in the country has found it difficult in spite of the scramble among the contestants for their support.



Raghu Yadav meets voters

Rewari: The Samajwadi Party candidate, Mr Raghu Yadav, undertook a 13-km long padayatra last morning from Rewari to Khor village along the ancient Rewari-Delhi road to personally woo the voters of Naya Gaon Daulatpur, Dohki, Bhagwanpur, Ramgarh, Jant, Janti, Gokalpur, Khalilpur, Telpuri, Lohchab, Nanoo Khurd and Khor villages.

He was given a rousing reception by thousands of men and women of these villages who gave an assurance to vote en bloc for him.

Addressing the gatherings at focal points Mr Yadav promised that if elected to the Lok Sabha, he would get this 13-km-long stretch of the ancient Rewari-Delhi road reconstructed within a year and thus revive a long lost metalled route between Delhi and Haryana on one hand and between Delhi and Rajasthan on the other hand. Holding Rampura House and its politicians solely responsible for the backwardness and other ills of Ahirwal, Mr Yadav made an impassioned plea to the electorate to massively vote for him. OC


Tytler opens party office in Nehru Vihar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
The INC candidate in the Sadar parliamentary constituency, Mr Jagdish Tytler, today toured Nehru Vihar where he along with Timarpur legislator Surendrapal Singh Bittoo also inaugurated the party’s election office.

Tytler later addressed a corner meeting in Kailash Park. To lend a personal touch to his campaign, he attended the house-warming ceremony of somebody of the trading community in Model Town.

He opened another election office in Model Town in the presence of Karan Singh, MLA and corporator Madhu Arya. In the evening, he distributed scholarships at a function organised in Karampura.

Later, he attended a Bhajan Sandhya in Hudson Lines and a Puja Archana at a Valmiki Mandir. He also took time out to attend Bhagwati Jagarans organised in the constituency.

Meanwhile, the party’s candidate in the South Delhi parliamentary constituency, Mr RK Anand, today denied the allegations levelled against him by the BJP.

He insisted he was not an outsider as alleged by the BJP. “There is nothing wrong in my coming back to Delhi to fight election. One does not have to be a resident of a place to contest elections from there,” he said.

“If LK Advani can contest from Gandhinagar and Bhopal without being a resident of these places, there is nothing wrong in my coming back to Delhi to contest the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

On the BJP’s criticism of his candidature on account of his having fought cases for the accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Anand said it was a ‘dead issue’ as Sikhs are ‘progressive people’ who do not dwell in the past.



Chautala accuses BJP of adopting anti-Haryana attitude
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 24
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, blamed the BJP-led NDA government for its failure to put pressure on the Punjab Government to complete the SYL canal in the Punjab territory.

Addressing an election rally here yesterday, he also charged it with adopting ‘anti-Haryana attitude’ and said that it had failed to hand over the construction work to a Central agency despite repeated requests made by his government from time to time.

Terming the BJP as an anti-farmer party, Mr Chautala said that the Centre did not extend any relief to the farmers, labourers and small-sector employees while the pay-scales of officers were enhanced. Moreover, he said that commodities used by the rich people including air-conditioners mobile phone etc. were made cheaper. The costs of the essential commodities used by the common man were increased, he alleged.

He promised that round-the-clock power supply would be ensured in all the sectors by the end of the current year.

He also declared that he will teach a lesson to the BJP for creating a rift in his party. He predicted that the Haryana Vikas Party would fail to win even a single seat in Haryana and will be eliminated from the political scene after the Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, Mr Surinder Singh, Secretary-General of the Haryana Vikas Party, stated that the Lok Sabha elections were a rehearsal of the Vidhan Sabha elections and the electorate would get an opportunity to dislodge the anti-people, anti-farmer, anti-worker and anti-employee government led by Chautala in Haryana.

Inaugurating the party election office in Sector 14 here yesterday, he claimed that ‘a pro-HVP wave’ was sweeping Haryana and the party would win all the 10 seats in the state.

He appealed to the people to vote in favour of the HVP and back Mr Bansi Lal, who alone could safeguard the interests of Haryana.


Five nominations for Faridabad rejected

Faridabad, April 24
The district election authorities have rejected nominations of five candidates on the basis of certain irregularities. The rejections were announced after the scrutiny of papers today. Three of the candidates whose nomination papers were not found proper were covering candidates of the INLD, the Congress and the BSP. Now, only 16 candidates have been left in the fray for the Faridabad Lok Sabha seat. The candidates whose papers have been rejected include Mr Javed, a covering candidate of the INLD, Mr Abdul Rajjak, covering candidate for the BSP, Mrs Ramphali, Mr Prem Dutt of the RPI, and Mr Khusdil, an Independent candidate. Five of the total 16 candidates left in the field are Independents. TNS



Farmers fear damage to wheat as F&S Deptt stops procurement
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 24
The Food and Supplies Department has reportedly stopped the procurement of wheat from the purchasing centre set up at Beeswan Meel on the G T Road along the Haryana-Delhi border with immediate effect.

According to a report, farmers in this area had started taking their produce to the Narela mandi in Delhi where the price of wheat was much more than that in the Haryana mandis. The farmers were getting the price of wheat between Rs 650 per quintal and Rs 675 per quintal as compared to Rs 630 per quintal fixed by the government.

According to many farmers, the Food and Supplies Department was entrusted the job of buying wheat from the farmers at the minimum support price of wheat Rs 630 per quintal from this purchasing centre. The department started wheat procurement around April 15 last and continued to purchase wheat from the farmers till April 22 last. During this period the officials purchased atleast 10,000 quintals of wheat from the farmers.

Many arhtias told this correspondent that their business has been affected badly since the farmers started taking their produce to the Narela mandi. The Food and Supplies Department, they said, had arranged the supply of gunny bags but these were diverted to other markets, on account of small arrivals of wheat in this purchasing centre.

Meanwhile, non-lifting of procured wheat from other markets of this district, particularly at Ganaur, has created a glut as thousands of wheat bags are still lying in the open. It is feared that the procured wheat would be damaged to some extent during the showers and other weather vagaries if it is not lifted by the procurement agencies for storing in the covered godowns.



Nirankari Baba inaugurates blood donation camps
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, April 24
`Don’t shed the blood of the innocent, donate it for the needy.’ This was observed by His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, Head of the Sant Nirankari Mission, here today while inaugurating a series of 101 blood donation camps to be organised by the Mission up to September this year. As many as 56 blood donation camps are being organised in various parts of the country today itself.

Blessing the blood donors, His Holiness said that saints had always believed in serving humanity happily and the donation of blood was one of such services. He described the Nirankari donors of blood as presenting an example for the world to follow. He said that they possessed this quality because they were aligned with the Ultimate Truth i.e. God.

The Mission observed Manav Ekta Diwas (Human Unity Day) today, remembering the supreme sacrifice made on this day in 1980 by the former Head of the Mission, Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, as also the devotees who laid down their lives for the noble cause of truth, love, peace and unity. They declared that humanity is the only true religion and they endeavoured to forge unity amongst people belonging to different religious faiths. In fact, this is what the saints, Gurus and prophets had always wished for mankind, Baba Ji observed.

His Holiness appreciated the enthusiasm with which the devotees were coming forward to donate their blood. He said that the spirit is the evidence of their devotion and dedications to the cause for which Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and others laid down their lives.

The blood donation camps in Delhi and other places are being organised by the Mission in close co-ordination with the Indian Red Cross Society and leading local hospitals.

In Delhi, besides IRCS, the blood collecting teams also came from AIIMS, Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital and LNJP Hospital. The donors, of course, outnumbered the pouches available with the blood collecting teams.



Archbishop blesses Parkinson’s patients at AIIMS
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
His Grace Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao blessed Parkinson’s disease patients on World Parkinson’s Disease Day at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here. The event was organised in close collaboration with AIIMS doctors and Pran (Parkinsonism and Related Disorders Awareness Network), an NGO formed by doctors and patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Commemorating this special day, Archbishop Vincent presented mementos of appreciation to the patients with Parkinson’s disease who had been operated upon at AIIMS. He praised the role of Pran in spreading awareness about Parkinson’s disease amongst the masses and also the role of the doctors from AIIMS in operating these patients.

Prof Madhuri Behari, Head of the Neurology Department of AIIMS, who is also the President of Pran, informed the patient about the disease and its complications. Dr Sumit Singh, Secretary-General, Pran, informed the people about the disease and about the society and its aims and objectives.

The function was attended by 500 patients and their caregivers from all over the country and a book written by Prof Madhuri Behari was also released during the proceedings which addresses the complications of living with Parkinson’s disease. The book is titled “Living with Parkinson’s disease”. Priced at Rs 10, it is available at the Neurology Department of AIIMS. It is also available free for poor patients.

About 25 operations have been performed for this disease at AIIMS. This surgery is called “deep brain stimulation surgery” and in this operation small electrodes are inserted in the brain of the patients which are connected to a Pacemaker. Through this device, small electrical currents are sent into the deep areas of the brains which dramatically improve the symptoms of this disease.

Public lectures were delivered informing the people about the disease and its complications by Dr M. V. Padma, Additional Professor of Neurology at AIIMS. Dr Vinay Goyal informed the patients about a new surgery which is now available at AIIMS for the benefit of these patients with Parkinson’s disease. Patient were also told about the benefit of physiotherapy and exercise in Parkinson’s disease.

The day began with mantra recital by a Parkinson’s disease patient, followed by Saraswati Vandana Gaan. Ms Sunanda Banerjee performed a dance recital, followed by a formal inauguration of the function by Prof Madhuri Behari.

Leading ghazal singer Sushmita Basu encouraged the patients by singing motivational songs like, “Itni Shakti Hame Dena Daata” along with Ram Sailaniya accompanied by Anup, tabla player.

This function is held every year on the first Sunday of April in order to create awareness about Parkinson’s disease among the common people.



Efforts to boost technical education in Haryana
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 24
In order to boost the technical education, the Haryana Government has decided to increase the diploma seats in various government polytechnic institutions to 12,000 during the coming year.

This was stated by Mr Dharamvir, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Haryana, while speaking at the annual function of the Government Polytechnic Institution here yesterday. He said that the state government was making concerted efforts to generate employment opportunities for the educated youths so that they could adopt self-employment schemes after passing their diploma courses. The quality of technical education, he said, would also be improved to the international level.

Dr D.V.S. Verma, Principal, Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College, Panniwala Mota (Sirsa), emphasized the need for quality education and asked the students to work hard.

Dr B S Jain, Director, Technical Education, Haryana, also advocated an all-round development of the students and said that their spiritual enhancement by way of daily prayer was essential to make them strong. Dr R P Singh, Dean of Punjab Technical University, also spoke on the occasion. Principal K K Kataria read out his annual report and highlighted the achievements of the institution on this occasion.

600 passengers without tickets held

Railway officials headed by Mr Vijay Singh, Railway Magistrate, Ambala Division, carried out raids on a number of trains at

Sandal Kalan Railway Station, about 5 km from here yesterday. As many as 600 passengers travelling without tickets were held.

According to a report, the ticketless passengers were produced before the Railway Magistrate and fined. As many as 339 ticketless passengers paid the fine and were immediately let off. The remaining passengers, who could not pay the fine, were sent to the jail. The raiding party consisted of 78 TTEs, 36 GRP men, 18 RPF men and four officials of the Railway.



NPTI earns Rs 10 cr from training sector
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 24
The National Power Training Institute (NPTI), an apex body set up by the Government of India for development of human resources in the power and energy sectors, has earned a revenue of about Rs 10 crore from the training sector in the year 2003-2004.

Stating this, the Director-General of the NPTI, Mr B. S. K Naidu, said here today that the performance parameters of the institute had been growing up continuously. Stating that the institute had trained over 10,000 personnel and achieved about 64,000 trainee weeks in the past year, he said the response to the AICTE approved course like B.Tech/ B.E in Power and the PG diploma course run by them had been overwhelming. Giving details of the achievements, he said the NPTI which had been in the service for the past 38 years and had already imparted training to over 87,000 power professionals at various levels besides covering over 93,000 people in the public awareness programmes on energy conservation, power reforms, electrical safety, and the energy-environment linkage. The NPTI has five regional institutes and five specialised units located in different power zones in the country. Under the auspices of their Centre for Advanced Management and Studies, it has been conducting a regular course on MBA in Power Management, the first of its kind in the country. He said as the training was a very important component of the Human Resources Development and perhaps a most cost-effective method of improving competency. He said the institute has started two national level awards for the organisations, which excel in this field. In the matter of transnational operations, he said the NPTI had attracted about 52 trainees from countries like Bhutan, Philippines, Iraq, Cambodia Myanmar, Zambia, Mexico, Nigeria, Sudan and Kenya during the past financial year. It is added that the NPTI conducted a public awareness programme to sensitise the user community about the energy and the environment and claimed of covering about 35,000 persons during the above stated period. While the faculty members received as many as 55 awards for good performance the NPTI was conferred the Mother Teresa Memorial National Gold Award-2003 for the best educational institution by the Hyderabad-based MSNR Educational Society.



Need to make police force more responsive and transparent: Paul
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
Emphasising the importance of police-public participation in maintaining the law and order in the city, the Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K. K. Paul, today said ‘’every policeman is a citizen in uniform and every citizen a policeman without uniform.’’

This primarily holds the key to solving most of our problems, he said. He said ‘Citizens First,’ is the motto of the Delhi Police, which portrayed the importance of citizens.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Public participation in maintaining law and order’, he said that “It is the synergy and the trust between the people and the police that makes law and order a ‘task to treasure’, a mission to look up to everyday, a job worth living for and dying for–and sacrificing one’s all.’’ However, he admitted that the distance between the two was alive even today and “needs to be bridged.’’

He said the attitudes from the colonial times have continued. The Police Act was to serve the colonial masters that led to the hardening of public perception, he said. The only way out for the police force was to be more responsive and its working more transparent, he added.

‘’As perceptions change, bonding with the public would automatically follow. But the attitude of the public must also change. Being indifferent to our working conditions would change nothing. Trust has to be reposed in the police, mindsets changed and perspectives overhauled, only then ‘practical changes’ would be seen on the ground,’’ he said.

The police chief said that “we are overcoming our shortcomings by being more responsive with a degree of urgency and putting in a bit of extra effort to reach out to the people through meetings, gatherings, ‘nukkad-nataks’ and the like to change the people’s ‘hardened perceptions’ about the police force”.

‘’Even interaction with senior citizens, various societies, welfare associations, besides the usual confidence building measures (CBMs), which are being put into practice to reach out to the people in as many ways as possible.’’

However, he refused to acknowledge the ‘statistical approach’ to measure efficiency and said that statistics were not relevant to the ground situation. It is the general feeling about a situation, which matters more than statistical jugglery. ‘’A few notches up or a few numbers down the crime graph is no criteria to assess the efficiency of a force,’’ said the police chief.


Noida Inc threatens stir against power cuts
Parmindar Singh

Noida, April 24
Upset by the UPPC order for a 12 to 14 hour power cut imposed on the industries, the Noida Entrepreneurs Association has threatened that the industrial units will not pay power bills, trade tax and other taxes to the state government.

The entrepreneurs will launch an agitation on April 27 if the authorities fail to improve the power supply to the industrial units by that day, the NEA declared.

The association claims that Noida industries daily contribute Rs 1.25-crore revenue to the state. Even then power cuts have been imposed on Noida and Greater Noida industries.

It has asked the Chief Minister to clarify the government’s position. “If the UP Power Corporation is not in a position to supply power to the present industries, then why is the state government inviting outside industrialists to put up factories in Noida and Greater Noida.”

In case the UP government can’t guarantee power supply to the industries, it should state so clearly so that industrialists can shift their units to some other states. This has been stated by NEA president Rakesh Katyal, vice-president, Vipin Melhan and secretary general B.K. Girdhar.

They said that for the first time in the history of Noida, power cuts from 12 to 14 hours a day have been imposed on the industries.

UP Power Corporation and Noida Authority both have failed to offer an explanation or justification for this unprecedented power cut, they allege.



Hailstorm lashes Delhi once again

New Delhi: A hailstorm and heavy showers lashed Delhi this morning, bringing down the minimum temperature to 17 degrees Celsius, giving the city’s denizens some respite from the heat.

As much as 14 mm rainfall was recorded with hailstones pelting the Capital for about half an hour, the met office said. The hailstorm, the second to hit Delhi in the last three days, brought down the minimum temperature to five degrees below normal. More rain was likely in the next few days, the met office said. TNS



Applying the scriptures to your business practices

NO one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You can not serve both God and Money. (Matthew 6: 24) Such expression of caution against being lured away into wrong paths by the love of money is common in our society. It is common knowledge as well that those who try to get rich quick fall into varied temptations and harmful desires which, in turn, plunge them into ruin and destruction. Those who have taken the path to quick fortunes wander away from faith and commit grievous offences from which there can be no deliverance in certain cases.

Crown Financial, an organization that has been teaching ethical business principles from the Bible and has trained 10 million Americans in sound financial management for more than four decades, arranged the seminar in New Delhi recently at which sound principles of managing finances and operating businesses with integrity were discussed.

This US- based organization trains men of faith to observe financial discipline, honesty and integrity in their professional conduct and business operations. There are a host of issues these days in which principles and practise of ethics are involved. What is my purpose for being in business?

How can I operate my business with integrity? What should be my relationship with my employees? Who really owns my business? Should I borrow or offer credit in business?

It was quite a revelation when the participants were told that Jesus Christ had spoken more about money than on any other subject. The Book offers 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith but more than 2,350 verses on money and possessions.

‘‘The big cars, lavish homes, expensive vacations, and overstuffed bank accounts will not matter a whit one second after your heart stops beating,’’ wrote Larry Burkett in his book, Business by the Book. That is his way of expressing the need to be content with what one has.

The great men of old have always been content with very little. One of the sayings of the Jewish Rabbis was’’ Who is rich? He that is contended with his lot.’’

A great preacher Lacordaire: “ The rock of our present day is that no one knows how to live upon little…It always seems to me that the retrenchment of useless expenditure, the laying aside of what one may call relatively necessary, is the high road to disentanglement of heart…The mind that has learnt to appreciate the moral beauty of life both as regards God and men, can scarcely be greatly moved by any outward reverse of fortune; and what our age wants most is the sight of a man, who might possess everything, being yet willingly contented with little. For my own part, humanly speaking, I wish for nothing. A great soul in a small house is the idea which has touched me more than any other.’’

If that is a picture of a contended man, then Gandhiji was one such. He pointed out that our civilization and culture depend not upon multiplying our wants – self-indulgence, but upon restricting our wants—self-denial. His choice of a life of simplicity sprang also from his compassion. “We should be ashamed of resting, or having a square meal, so long as there is one able-bodied man or woman without work or food,’’ he wrote.

Contrary to his attempts at non-possession we have the specter of today’s politicians out to grab wealth and power while professing to serve the millions of poor. It is indeed the love of money that causes many to stumble and sin.

Men of faith too find that monetary and financial matters often affect their spiritual well being. Men in business and professions are bound to violate the rules of holy living if not properly instructed about applying spiritual principles to their business and professions.

For the man who believes in a God to whom he is accountable, the real owner of his business is God. “ The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.’’(Psalm 24:1) This leads to the idea of stewardship. A steward is a manager of some one else’s possessions. God owns all that we have and He has given us responsibility to manage our things faithfully according to the financial principles laid down in the scripture.

There are those who view business as a vehicle to make some quick money with a minimum amount of effort and then close shop. The people who hold to this philosophy leave broken lives behind them and a distinct distaste in the mouths of employees, suppliers and customers. All get-rich-quick schemes are based on greed, and all greed has the ‘me-first’ principle at its core.

At a time when the Indian economy has achieved a reasonable rate of development and is poised for further growth there is a need to ensure integrity and sound operational principles in the management of businesses. There are a few agencies engaged in providing motivational training to managers, employees and employers to put in their best. Yet much remains to be done for Indian products to acquire respectability and reliability in the international market. There is also need for ensuring an ethical work culture and honesty in all business practices.

MPK Kutty



One killed as high-tension cable snaps
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 24
One person was killed when a high-tension cable snapped in Sarswati Vihar in Khora colony on Thursday night. A generator wire, which got connected with the high voltage wire, electrocuted Ajay Kumar Sharma, who was trying to replace an electric bulb.

He was declared brought dead by the doctor in the hospital.

Man slaps stepson to death

Khurja: A man slapped his 11-month-old stepson that led to the death of the baby. Waheeda, the mother of the child, had gone in for the second marriage in the hope that her second husband will give her and her baby love and protection. She had not been treated well by her first husband. The man allegedly threw the body of the child into the bushes, which was found by the police on Waheeda’s complaint.

The first husband of Waheeda belonged to Khurja. Later, he reportedly suddenly left his family and the town for some unknown place. Later, Abdul Rahim married the woman, assuring her to look after her. He had also adopted Waheeda’s son. However, the couple soon developed discord.

While Waheeda was trying to pacify her crying child, Abdul Rahim lost his cool and slapped the child. While Waheeda was crying, Abdul Rahim took the body of the child and threw it into the bushes on the G.T.Road.

New chairman of CII, Western U.P. Zonal Council

Noida: There has been a change of guard at the CII, Western U.P. Zonal council. The executive director, Yamaha Motor India Pvt. Ltd. Mr S.K. Taneja, was elected the chairman of CII, Western U.P. Zonal Council for 2004-2005. An engineering graduate from Punjab University, Mr Taneja is presently heading the operations of Yamaha Motor India.

The Managing Director, Continental Carbon India Ltd, Mr Deepak Malik, has been elected as the Vice-Chairman of CII Western U.P. Zonal Council for the year 2004-2005.

He holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.



Garland-makers petition NCW, demand minimum wages
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
Aggrieved by their poor working condition, women engaged in making garlands sought the help of the National Commission for Women (NCW) today. Seeking payment of minimum wages, these women pointed out that they were paid a measly Rs six for preparing 100 garlands.

They also demanded credit for buying flowers to end the role of middlemen and to buy shops from where they could market their produce. Women from different parts of the Capital led by Viji Srinivasan of Aditi, an NGO, met NCW Chairperson Poornima Advani and informed her about their working conditions.

According to Ms Srinivasan, there are around 50,000 women engaged in making flower garlands. While one woman from Nagloi area said that even the meagre income they get does not come on time.

Another complained that they make 100 to 150 garlands a day, which yields them around Rs 10 a day. The women said that since they also engage their children in the work, there must be some tuition centres functioning in the evening to help the children continue their education.

They also wanted a health I-Card to enable them to receive treatment in government hospitals. The Chairperson of NCW assured the women that the Commission would take up their case with the government. She also promised that the NCW would ensure that one of the women suffering from tuberculosis got fresh treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Loadshedding announced

The NDPL today announced loadshedding on Monday in Moti Nagar, Civil Lines, Shakti Nagar and Keshavpuram areas due to maintenance work at sub stations of the area. There will be loadshedding in Moti Nagar area (from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon), MCD colony, Kamla Nagar in Civil Lines area (from 11 A.M. to 4.30 P.M), D Block Kamla Nagar, Prem Nagar in Shakti Nagar area (from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M) Jai Mata Market Gali, Chander Nagar Gali in Keshavpuram (from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M). The BSES also announced loadshedding in Jhandewalan C Block and Kiosk, Sarai Kale Khan, Motia Khan D Block, Cloth Market and Bagichi Alauddin, Arambagh, PG Dispensary, Ahata Kidara Tanki and adjoining areas tomorrow from 10 A. M. to 3 P.M.



Driving licence racket busted, three arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
With the arrest of three persons, the East district police today claimed to have worked out a driving licence racket. The suspects were identified as Ratan Pal, Chander Bhan and Lakhpat.

Forty rubber stamps of transport authorities of neighbouring states of Delhi, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir, eight fake driving licenses, 45 empty cards and several forms of driving license cards were seized from them, the police said.

The police received a tip-off that fake driving licences were being made in East district.

This information was developed and raid was conducted at a number of places in East district, which led to these arrests. During interrogation, they disclosed that they scanned the driving licences issued by different authorities in the states. Subsequently, cards were traced on butter papers with the help of computers.

With the help of screen-printing, they prepared the driving licence cards, which looked exactly like the original one. Generally, they prepared licences of those authorities, which did not use computers to issue licence.

Their modus operandi was to contact commercial drivers and make a sample of their licence so that fake license could be prepared.

It was disclosed that Chander Bhan and Rattan Pal had made duplicate rubber stamps being used by the various licencing authorities in northern India.

They used the same ink used by licencing authorities. Lakhpat played a major role in bringing customers from the border areas, the police said.



Newlywed woman burnt

Noida: A newlywed woman has been burnt by her in-laws who later destroyed the evidence by cremating her quietly in Rabupura.

The police have also expressed ignorance about the incident. Dharminder, son of Chhudda of Rabupura, a shopkeeper, married a second time on April 18, 2003. Gyatri, his wife had not even completed a year of marriage when she was killed on April 19.

His first wife was also killed the same way four years ago, it is learnt.

On April 19 at 4 pm, Gyatri was first beaten up and later torched at the terrace, according to the neighbours. The half-burnt body was packed into a gunny bag and taken to a jungle where it was cremated. Dharminder is allegedly having illicit relations with his sister-in-law. OC



Woman found murdered in Chanakya Place
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24
A woman was reportedly found murdered in her house in Chanakya Place last night.

The throat of the woman, identified as Rachna Raj alias Deepa, was slit with a sharp-edged weapon.

The victim lived alone and her husband, identified as Jitendra, visited her occasionally.

She was last seen by her neighbours on April 21. The murder came to light when foul smell started emanating from her house. The neighbours reported the matter to the police, which broke open the door and found her dead. Her husband was not available for questioning, the police said.

Auto lifters arrested

With the arrest of two youths, the Pandav Nagar police seized three stolen motorcycles. The suspects were identified as Karim and Ravi Kumar. The motorcycles were stolen from Shakarpur and Karol Bagh, the police said.

Currency racket busted

With the arrest of two persons, identified as Ashok Kumar and Sahib Singh, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a currency racket. Fake currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 100 denominations worth Rs 15, 400 were seized from them.

They were arrested from Sultanpuri. They were involved in the racket for the last six months along with Amit, a resident of Rajdhani Park in Nangloi area. Amit was still absconding, the police said.


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