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Patrons of musclemen shot near Wazirabad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 29
Two dreaded criminals, who had links with terrorist outfits, were gunned down by the Delhi Police Crime Branch in an early morning encounter near the Wazirabad area of North Delhi.

The sleuths also claimed to have recovered two foreign-made pistols, a Maruti Esteem car and some posters and pamphlets of a candidate contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the slain criminals.

The deceased were identified as Jagtar Singh alias Jagga alias Deepak (32), resident of Mansa, Punjab, and Ravinder Singh alias Ravi alias Ranga (22), resident of Ganga Nagar, Rajasthan.

In view of the general elections, the Crime Branch had intensified its drive against criminals who were offering services of musclemen to the candidates.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) B K Gupta said that the Inter-State cell had information that the criminals were in Delhi to kidnap a businessman in Model Town. Though they had set up bases in UP, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, they were operating in Delhi. The criminals had links with the Khalistan Commando Force and other international outfits.

The criminals were spotted in a Maruti Esteem car. When asked to stop, they tried to escape by firing at the sleuths. The sleuths fired in retaliation. Both the criminals were gunned down in the ensuing encounter. They were immediately rushed to the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital and declared brought dead.

Jagtar Singh was involved in several cases of murder, kidnapping, robbery and explosive acts. He was involved in a murder and attempt to murder case and was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment.

He and his associates had recently kidnapped the Jain brothers of Sonepat and released them after receiving a huge sum of money. The sleuths detected their international connections as the ransom calls were emanating from the European countries.

They had also kidnapped a Rajasthan-based businessman Shyam Narayan Gupta and extorted Rs 50 lakh from him.

Gupta said that they were involved in a number of kidnapping cases, which were intended to fund their terrorist activities in Delhi.



Crime maze
Abducted MBA student found murdered
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, April 29
A girl student, who was pursuing management studies in a Muradnagar Institute and who had gone missing on April 26, was today found to have been murdered.

Abalasha, 23, the daughter of Vijay Shanker Lal, a director in the Delhi State Industries Employment office, was an MBA student in the Unique Institute of Technology, Muradnagar. Mr Lal was a resident of House No 302, Lohya Nagar, Ghaziabad.

According to the police, on April 26, Abalasha had gone for tuition in Sanjay Nagar, Sector-23, from which she never returned home. When the family failed to trace Abalasha, a missing report was lodged with Sihani Gate police station on April 27.

The Muradnagar police found the body of a young girl today, which was later identified as that of Abalasha.

There were stab wounds on her body. The body was in a half-naked state.

The police have not been able to identify the criminals responsible for her abduction and murder. A youth, Ankur, had escorted Abalasha for tuition on April 26 in Sanjay Nagar. The police have already interrogated him.

SSP Jain Narain Singh is reported to have taken the matter very seriously and instructed the police to solve the case at the earliest.

Man killed in sleep, daughter held

Faridabad: A 50-year-old resident Manohar Lal Chhabra was killed in sleep in Chawla Colony of Ballabhgarh town. His daughter has been arrested who has reportedly admitted her involvement in the crime.

It is stated that the deceased had married more than three times. His daughter is also a divorcee.

The police have recovered the gloves worn by the killers.

It is learnt that the daughter of the victim was annoyed with her father for naming his present wife as owner of half portion of the house. The police have registered a case. TNS


Medical Association favours ‘lawful’ off-label
usage of medicines
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 29
Following the submission of guidelines on off-label usage of medicines by the Indian Medical Association, a debate has been raging in the medical circles here.

The guidelines were submitted by IMA to a committee of the Health Ministry headed by the Additional Director-General Health Services, Dr R. Sambashiva Rao, last month. The Rao committee, which had examined the issue of off-label drug use in the wake of use of Letrozole, an anti-cancer drug, by doctors as an infertility enhancer, gave its report to the Health Ministry recently.

Whereas a large section of the medical community feels that off-label usage of medicines is in the patient’s best interests and is often necessary, some doctors have also raised concerns to ensure a cautious and pragmatic approach to implementing these guidelines in India.

Many developed countries such as America, UK, Europe, Canada, and Australia already have approved guidelines for such off-label usage of medicines in place for many years now. Off-label usage of medicines refers to use of medicines beyond their labeled (approved) use by competent and adequately qualified medical practitioners, if they deem it in the interest of the patient. According to Dr Sanjiv Malik, Secretary General, IMA, “Letrozole, being a very popular infertility drug in many countries, should not be denied to the vast infertile population in India. If one waits for an approval from regulatory bodies, it would take a minimum of two to three years for the regulator to come to a conclusion, while it is scientifically documented that Letrozole has the ability to stimulate fertility.”

International experts from the Commonwealth Medical Trust (Commat), attending a workshop on sexual and reproductive health here in the Capital, also are in favor of having such off-label guidelines in place. They cited examples of such usage and its relevance in their respective countries.

Commat has collaborated with other concerned organizations, particularly with the Reproductive Health Initiative of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Health Organization (WHO), in developing a series of activities to ensure that appropriate training on Sexual and Reproductive Health is introduced into the curriculum for basic medical training, particularly in developing countries.

According to the guidelines submitted by the IMA, a registered medical practitioner may lawfully use an approved drug for an unlabelled indication when such use is based upon sound scientific evidence and sound medical opinion. However, they also have the responsibility to interpret the information received from any source before making clinical decisions.


Parents relieved over SC fee hike order
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 29
Welcoming the Supreme Court’s order on fee hike, the Delhi Abhibhavak Mahasangh has pointed out that the order will save the parents from the “clutches of vicious circle of commercialisation of education”.

Addressing the media here today, the DAM officials said that the order issued by the apex court on April 27 has spelt relief for the parents and also ensured them a victory in the long-drawn battle over the fee hike.

The DAM, it was pointed out, was behind the petition filed by the parents in 1997 against the arbitrary fee hike.

The victory after seven years has ensured relief to the parents who were distressed by the decision of the schools to raise the fees by about 40 per cent.

While asking the parents to meet and discus the fees structures with the schools concerned, the DAM has also put forth the demand for an immediate withdrawal of the fee hike notice.

It has also demanded that the details of fee hike during the last five years be listed and checked.

Increase in the fees should be done in consultation with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and transfer of funds from one school or society to another should not be permitted, the DAM said.

The appointment of representatives of the elected PTA to discuss the issue of fee hike has not been made, the DAM alleged. It demanded that the High Court’s order for the same should also be adhered to.

They have also called for schools to provide admission to the students from the economically weaker sections.

These schools, which have acquired land on concessional rates, have to admit 25 per cent of its students from the weaker sections.


Malhotra raises the pitch for Muslim votes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 29
Blaming the “chosen representatives” of the Muslim areas for not undertaking any development work, BJP candidate from the South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra said these representatives took the Muslim vote for granted.

“Why should the Congress or any other party bother about you if they know that you are going to vote for them any way,” said Mr Malhotra at an election meeting in the Muslim-dominated areas of Jamia Nagar in South Delhi.

Incidentally, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha was to address the rally, but he failed to turn up.

Prof. Malhotra urged Muslims to cast off the image of their party as ‘’communal’’.

He said the minority community should introspect on whether it lived more fearlessly under the Congress or the BJP rule.

“Earlier, during the Indo-Pak wars, Muslims lived in constant fear of their houses being raided and the innocent being arrested. But under the BJP rule, this fear has vanished. Kargil and Parliament were attacked, but no Muslim was harassed,” he said.

Praising the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s peace initiative, he said, Muslims of both the countries could meet their near and dear ones thanks to the peace efforts by the Prime Minister.

He said the BJP government also hiked the Haj subsidy and allocation for the Minorities Development Corporation by several times to enable the minorities to catch up with the other sections of society in education and industry.

Meanwhile, Congress candidate Kapil Sibal said the BJP even when it was riding high, saw its candidate Vijay Goel who has now shifted to the adjacent Delhi Sadar constituency, poll only 76,000 votes in a constituency with about four lakh voters.

The Janata Dal (Secular) candidate, Mr Sohaib Iqbal, who used to poll about 50,000 votes, has this time withdrawn in favour of Mr Sibal.

“The level and quality of support he is getting in the constituency, particularly from the minority community, is overwhelming,” he said.

Mr Sibal, who is a Rajya Sabha member, has earlier lost the Lok Sabha elections from the South Delhi constituency to BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.

Congress candidate from the Outer Delhi constituency, Sajjan Kumar today addressed representatives of more than 24 villages. Sharing the concerns of the villagers, Sajjan Kumar promised them development.


Parched Sonepat denizens threaten poll boycott

Sonepat: The residents of the old section of the city today resolved to boycott the Lok Sabha poll on May 10, if the Public Health Department (PHD) failed to restore the evening supply of drinking water with immediate effect.

According to a report, a decision to this effect was taken at a specially convened meeting of the residents held here today. Representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions participated in the meeting. Some women municipal councillors and members of women organisations also endorsed the boycott call.

The residents expressed grave concern over the stoppage of supply in the evening and alleged that the morning supply was still erratic and inadequate. The residents had to fetch water from distant places to meet their requirements. They also condemned the indifferent attitude of the PHD officials towards public complaints and alleged that the sluice valves were leaking in the old city owing to non-repairs. This, the meeting pointed out, has resulted in the contaminated water supply.

The meeting also resolved to send a deputation to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for apprising him of the anti-people attitude of the PHD officials – from the Junior Engineer to the Superintending Engineer — and demanding their immediate transfers.

The meeting also flayed the district authorities, which had remained silent spectators of the demonstrations and protests by the residents. OC


BJP candidate attacks self-centric politics
Our Correspondent

Rewari, April 29
Providing a feverish pitch to her election campaign, the BJP candidate, Dr Sudha Yadav, made a whirlwind tour of about two dozen villages of the Jatusana segment of the Mahendergarh parliamentary constituency today.

She was accompanied by former minister, Rao Narbir Singh, and former Chairman of the Kanina Municipal Committee, Mr Rajender Singh Lodha, who both joined the BJP recently.

Dr Yadav was given a rousing reception in many villages and she was also weighed against coins in Mundi, Buroli and several other villages.

In her election speeches she made a scathing attack on the self-centric politics of Rampura House and its politicians. Without naming former minister Rao Birender Singh and his elder son Rao Inderjit Singh, who is now the Congress candidate from here, she said that both the father and son had consistently occupied ministerial berths in the Union Government as well as the state government in the past two decades. It was ironical that they were now again seeking the electorate’s blessings to re-enter Parliament so that they could be instrumental in eliminating the backwardness of Ahirwal for which they alone, she alleged , were solely responsible.

Recounting the numerous works of development which she had carried out in about 1150 villages out of the 1250-odd villages of the constituency with the help of her MP Area Development Fund in the past four years. She also cautioned the people against the candidates of regional parties like the INLD and the HVP which, she asserted, had been completely marginalised.

She called upon the people to strengthen the hands of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, by making her victorious at the hustings if they wanted India to become a developed country as well as a super-power under the stewardship of Mr Vajpayee.

Rao Narbir Singh and Mr Rajender Singh Lodha also made an impassioned appeal to the electorate to vote for Dr Sudha Yadav.


Door-to-door padyatra by Cong MLA
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 29
The Congress candidate from Moti Nagar Assembly constituency, Ram Maggo, has started door-to-door padyatra to motivate the electorate to vote him to power.

In the last Assembly election, this seat was won by the BJP. It fell vacant after the BJP MLA, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, was appointed as Governor in Rajasthan.

The voters weighed him as well as Jagdish Tytler, Lok Sabha candidate from Sadar Parliamentary constituency, in coins in Kirti Nagar.

Addressing a rally at Chuna Bhatti slum cluster, Ram Maggo, claimed that he was a social worker. He does not take up politics as business. His primary duty is to provide basic facilities to the residents of the constituency.

He said that the BJP always talked of security. However, during the reign of the BJP, the militants attacked not only in border areas but they also attacked at Parliament House. This is shocking, he said.

Jagdish Tytler said the Congress was giving a tough fight to the BJP in Sadar Bazar as well as in other parliamentary constituencies in the national Capital. Influential people of all religions and communities are working for the Congress. The Congress has always been in favour of Sikh community. When the Congress was in power, the foreign powers used to think twice before making any comment against India. Since the BJP has come at the helm of affairs, the situation has become different. Instead of doing any development work, they misguided the people, he claimed.


Remarks against Mulayam ‘unwarranted’
Our Correspondent

Rewari, April 29
The Haryana state Samajwadi Party president, Mrs Kanta Aladia, has taken strong exception to the remarks made against the Samajwadi Party chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, by Rao Birender Singh, former Union Minister and father of the Congress candidate, Rao Inderjit Singh .

At a rally organised in support of his son here on Friday, Rao Birender Singh had vehemently criticised Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav for fielding Mr Raghu Yadav as his party’s candidate from the Yadav-dominated Mahendergarh constituency against his son. He had also chided Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying that he had forgotten the good old days when he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) was just a novice in politics and when he had come ‘begging’ to him to beseech his assistance to ensure his victory in the Mainpuri constituency to gain a foothold in UP.

In a statement released to the press here, Mrs Aladia said Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav had risen to his present position through sheer hard work and by relentlessly championing the cause of his workers, peasants and minorities but it was a pity that leaders like Rao Birender Singh were finding it hard to digest his phenomenal rise in national politics.

She went on to say that it was the democratic right of Mr Raghu Yadav to contest the election and Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav had done nothing wrong by bestowing his party’s nomination on him.

She also said that if Rao Birender Singh felt that Raghu Yadav’s entry into the poll fray had jeopardised the chances for winning of his the Samajwadi Party chief should not be blamed for that.


Booted out govt employees stage protest
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 29
Large number of dismissed and retrenched government employees, wearing dhotis and banayans, took out a procession here last evening in protest against the anti-employee attitude of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government, headed by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala.

According to a report, carrying black flags and raising anti-government slogans, they marched through the main bazaars of the city and reached the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the mini-secretariat where a rally was held. The speakers criticised the anti-employee attitude of the government and warned that if the dismissed and retrenched employees were not reinstated, they have no alternative but to vote against the INLD candidates in the Lok Sabha elections.

The speakers also disclosed that the Joint Action Committee of the Government Employees Unions have decided to hold demonstrations on May 1, at Hissar, May 3 at Kaithal and May 4, at Bhiwani, to register their protests against the dismissal and retrenchments of the government employees.

Similarly, an awareness campaign would also be launched between May 5 and May 10 and the government employees would go to the electorate appealing them not to vote for the INLD and BJP candidates in the Lok Sabha elections.


Disabled Dalit postal employee is ‘victim’ of atrocities: SC/ST body

Faridabad, April 29
The President of the All India Confederation Of SC/ST Organisations and chief of the Justice Party have asked the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, New Delhi, to take an appropriate action into the complaint lodged by a physically challenged Dalit employee of the Postal Department here who was given retirement by the department on February 27 last.

In a letter to the commission, Mr Raj has mentioned that the complainant, Mr Risal Singh Rathee, had alleged violation of Article 338 of the Constitution in the matter of giving retirement to him by the department and an enquiry Commission be constituted into it.

Mr Rathee had alleged that he had been made victim of the atrocities committed by a group of communal and ‘corrupt’ postal authorities and being a physically handicapped and a SC employee, he was ill-treated by way of giving him pre-mature retirement on basis of ‘superfluous’ grounds.

The complainant has also requested an action against the authorities of the Chief PMG, Haryana Circle, Ambala, for not responding to the earlier notice of the National Commission for the SC’s, dated December 15, 2003. TNS


Noida’s ‘no power cut zone’ status restored

Noida: Industries in Noida and Greater Noida have heaved a sigh of relief with the UP Power Corporation deciding to restore the ‘no power cut zone status’ to Noida and Greater Noida.

Acceding to the Noida Entrepreneurs Association’s (NEA) demand, the UP Power Corporation restored the ‘no power cut zone’ status to Noida and Greater Noida yesterday. The decision was communicated to the UPCC Deputy GM Mr BB Singh by the Chief Engineer System, Lucknow, Mr A Sahni, on Tuesday. It may be recalled that on April 7, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh had ordered 12 to 14 hour power cut on industries, so as to ensure 24-hour power supply in rural areas. This had come as a blow to the industries in the region, which, according to NEA, were losing Rs seven crore per day. OC


Delhi Advertising Club elects office-bearers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 29
The office-bearers of the Delhi Advertising Club were elected at an annual general meeting held here on April 28.

While Mr V. K. Chopra of the Bombay Samachar, Mumbai, was elected the president Mr Suresh Verma and Mr Man Mohan Gupta were elected vice-presidents.

Also, Mr Narinder Sharma was elected honorary secretary, Mr Vipin Kharbanda joint secretary and Mr Anoop Ghosh honorary treasurer. The executive committee members were Mr Balraj Malhotra, Ms Esha Gupta, Mr Pramod K. Bhandula, Mr Rahul Johri, Mr H. S. Paul and Mr Kunal Banerjee.


Two labourers killed in demolition drive

New Delhi: Two labourers died today when they came under the debris while a building was being demolished in Yamuna Pushta in Kotwali area.

The deceased were identified as Jitender, alias Jithe (25), and Daya Ram (24), both residents of Yamuna Pushta. They were demolishing a building belonging to one Shoaib, resident of Bihari Basti.

The police said that Shoaib hired two labourers, Chander Mohan (24) and Naim Singh (23), both residents of Shiv Vihar, who in turn hired Jitender and Daya Ram this morning. The incident occurred at around 9.30 am. Jitender was brought dead to the Trauma Centre while Daya Ram died at around 3.30 pm in the evening. TNS


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