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Admission norms for poor students notified to schools
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 30
The Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi, has sent notices to schools, listing the procedures for admitting students from the weaker section, following the orders of the apex court which restrained public schools from hiking fees and “commercialising education”.

The notice is meant to ensure that the children of the weaker sections of society are given freeship in the Recognised Unaided Schools.

Issued by the Director, Education, Rajendra Kumar, the notice entails all schools to grant minimum 20 per cent freeship, which includes tuition fees, PTA or any other fees/funds/charges, related to the teaching-learning of the children of weaker sections of society starting on May 1, 2004.

It further says that while making admissions, every fifth student to be admitted will be from the weaker sections. “The annual parental income from all sources shall form the basis of admission in the schools. The qualifying parental income charges and the same will be notified from time to time by the Department of Education. However, the present annual parental income limit is Rs 48,000 for boys and Rs. 60,000 for girls. Further, the parents of the child should have been staying in Delhi for the last five years. Adequate poof like ration card or electoral identity card or driving licence or birth certificate of child etc. should be insisted on in this regard,” the notice reads.

The income certificate in respect of parents will be issued by the SDM of the area or any other revenue officer not below the rank of the Tehsildar or Food and Supplies Officer, Department of NCT of Delhi.

It further states that no registration fee, including charges of prospectus, if any, will be charged from any of the students belonging to the weaker sections. The admission to entry level, in respect of seats reserved for students belonging to the weaker sections, will be done by a draw of lots in the presence of parents, DDE or his nominee not below the rank of vice-principal of the government school. The system of draw of lots would be adopted only if registration exceeds more than the prescribed limit reserved for such students.

As for admission in a class beyond the entry level, the schools will have to conduct admission test scheduled to be held in the first week of April and the selection of students will be done based on relative grading, in case the registration exceeds the prescribed limit.

The notice also wants the schools to notify another date for inviting applications for admission, in case the registration in any class is below the prescribed limit.

Schools have also been prohibited to withdraw any exemption from the payment of fee etc. granted to any student of the weaker sections without prior approval of the Director.

The schools have also been restricted from hiking fees/funds/charges for other students on the plea of grant of freeship to the students of the weaker sections.

All unaided recognised private schools have to submit returns and documents to the Director of Education by July 31 each year, listing details of Budget estimates of receipts and payments of ensuring year, final accounts, including receipts and payment account, income and expenditure and balancesheet of the preceding year, duly audited by the chartered accountant) and enrolment of students as on April 30.

Schools will also have to furnish the details of pattern of concessions/scholarship, etc. This would include list of children being granted freeship in pursuance of this order, staff statement, schedule of fees/fines/funds and statement, showing the dates of disbursement of salaries.


Delhiites on cloud nine

Raindrops falling on my head ...
Raindrops falling on my head ... — Photo by Kamal Singh

New Delhi: The scorching summer sun was replaced by grey skies in the Capital, as Delhiites today woke up to a cool, wet morning. The Capital has been receiving showers since last night.

A duststorm and hails followed by rains, had the Capital cooling off after a spell of unusual heat in March and the first half of the month.

The Met department has recorded 2.35-cm rain since last night, which brought the minimum temperature down by five to six degrees at 18.2.

The temperature at mid-day stood around 30 degrees. Light showers and cool winds and a clouded horizon were a welcome break from the harsh sunlight. While the rain played spoilsport for those getting married, it brought relief for the campaigners.

Earlier, the Capital and other parts of the north-western region, which were experiencing an unusually hot March and April with temperatures staying around five degrees above normal, got relief when a duststorm in the Capital on April 21 caused a sharp fall in the temperature.

Next day again, heavy showers preceded by a squall and hailstorms, which brought the temperature down by seven degrees, lashed the city. The three-cm rain recorded in the evening kept the next day cool at 33.0 degree.

On April 24 again, rains and hails lashed the city, causing a fall of six degrees in the temperature. Several other parts of the north-western region also experienced rains and duststorms.

The second hailstorm of the season in Delhi, dropped the temperature to 20.8 degree Celsius, which is about six degree below normal, meteorological department officials said.

Attributing the hailstorm to the cyclonic circulation, which now lies over Himachal Pradesh and the adjoining Jammu and Kashmir, they said more thundershowers and rains are likely to occur in the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature could go up to 36 degree Celsius. TNS


Wheat worth crores damaged

Sonepat: Torrential rain throughout last night has caused extensive damage to thousands of wheat bags worth several crores of rupees in the district. The bags were procured by various official procurement agencies and lying in the grain markets in the open.

According to a report, wheat procured by the station and Central government agencies was soaked as it could not be lifted to the covered godowns. It was to be lifted and sent to the covered godowns by the officials of the procurement agencies. It will not be possible to unpack the heavy stocks and dry it now. Even the procured wheat has not been covered with polythene sheets. The rain has also caused waterlogging in many areas due to poor drainage system. The State Government had spent crores of rupees on the construction of big sewers under the Yamuna Action Plan a few years ago for draining out the storm water but the situation had remained the same as the rain water continued to accumulate on the main roads and streets.

Meanwhile, several areas in the city remained in darkness throughout last night as the power supply system was disrupted. According to a report, the power started playing hide and seek at 4.45 pm and continued until 2.05 am today. Two employees Daryao Singh (45) of Kailash Colony and Ram Kumar (50) of Juan village sustained serious burn injuries when they touched live wires while working on the poles on the Sonepat-Mehlana Road here last evening. Both of them were rushed to the local civil hospital wherefrom they were referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak. OC


Four inter-state drug pushers held

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 30
With the arrest of four inter-state gang of arms and narcotics suppliers, the Delhi Police Narcotics Branch claimed to have seized 10 weapons, seven magazines, five live cartridges and 760 grams of heroin from their possession. The value of the heroin is Rs 75 lakh in the international market.

The accused are identified as Iqbal Ali alias Dilawar (23), Mohammad Arshad (21), Afsar alias Aqtedar Ali Khan (22) and Mohammad Guddu Ahmed (22), all hailing from Bihar and have been staying in Delhi.

Both Iqbal and Afsar are pursuing their education from the Jamia Millia University.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Narcotics) D L Kashyap said that the sleuths had information that an inter-state gang of arms and narcotics suppliers had been active in Delhi.

Accordingly, the sleuths received a tip-off on April 29 that the gangsters would come near the Meera Polytechnic College, New Friends Colony at around 12 pm. They were caught as soon as they reached the spot. The gangsters were later identified as Iqbal Ali alias Dilawar, and Mohammad Arshad.

During their search, one pistol, two live cartridges and 260 grams of heroin were recovered by the sleuths.

The duo revealed that they had given ammunition and narcotics to two others, Afsar alias Aqtedar Ali Khan and Mohammad Guddu Ahmed. The sleuths laid a trap and the duo were also apprehended around 8.30 pm near Nizammudin Railway Station.

During their search, six pistols, three revolvers, three live cartridges and 500 kgs of heroin were seized.

They revealed that one Mohammad is their client but they don’t know his whereabouts.

A hunt is on to trace the suspect. The accused generally procured these weapons from Bihar and sold them here for a better price.

BSP leader’s killer shot in police encounter

Greater Noida: The killer of BSP leader and scrap contractor, Farman, was shot dead by the police on Thursday after an encounter while his two companions fled.

The police have recovered the revolver and the car used in the crime. The criminal killed in the encounter has been identified as Hanif, who is reported to be the kinpin of the gang.

SP (Rural) S.P. Singh said the police were trying to hunt for other five criminals involved in the scrap dealer’s murder.

The police learnt that a gang of criminals was coming for extortion. The area was then barricaded. A green-coloured Maruti passed via LG Company when it was signalled to halt. The driver tried to accelerate the speed and turned it towards Delta-3. However, the car landed in a ditch.

Seeing the police closing in, the criminals tried to escape while firing on the police.

In a retaliatory fire, one criminal was shot at while his two companions fled.

The injured criminal was rushed to Kailash hospital, Greater Noida, where he was declared brought dead.

He was later identified as Abdul Hanif, son of Abdul Rasheed of Mohalla Garhi walla, Secunderabad, Bulandshahr. A revolver, cartridges and car with many fake numberplates were recovered by the police. A large number of cases have been registered against the slain criminal Hanif, the SP (Rural) said. OC


Chautala working for his ministry’s dismissal: BJP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 30
The general secretary of the Haryana unit of the BJP, Mr Veer Kumar Yadav, has accused the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief and the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, of forcing the central government to dismiss his ministry in order to get sympathy votes from the electorate during the Lok Sabha elections.

Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, he alleged that Mr Chautala had lost his mental balance and he was out to take revenge from the BJP for contesting the Lok Sabha elections independently in the state. He claimed this had rendered the prospects of the INLD bleak. He also termed the allegations of Mr Chautala against the BJP in general and the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, in particular as baseless and unfounded. He said Mr Chautala had always been biased and wanted to eliminate the BJP from the political scene in the state.

He said the BJP had no faith in the Haryana police and wanted the deployment of the CRPF and other paramilitary forces in the state for conducting free and fair Lok Sabha elections in the state. He urged the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to declare Haryana as a sensitive area and deploy central forces in Sonepat, Bhiwani and Kurukshetra for maintaining law and order in these constituencies.

The BJP leader also disclosed that a deputation of the BJP leaders would soon call on the CEC for pressing their demand in this regard. He further disclosed that a Kesaria Yuva Shakti would be set up in order to check booth capturing by the ruling INLD. He said members of this brigade would be deputed at each polling station in the state for enabling the electorate to cast their vote freely and fearlessly. He hoped that the BJP would win all 10 seats in Haryana and create a record in the history of the state.


Chautala has lost faith in party workers: BJP
Our Correspondent

Rewari, April 30
The state BJP general secretary, Mr Veer Kumar Yadav, has stated that the two regional parties of Haryana - the INLD and the HVP were now facing such a predicament as could lead to their decimation soon after the Lok Sabha poll.

At a press conference here today, he said that the INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had fielded his two sons- Mr Ajay Singh Chautala and Mr Abhey Singh Chautala in Bhiwani and Kurukshetra; one of his near relations Major-General ( retd ) Bhim Singh Suhag in Rohtak, Mrs Krishna Malik - wife of his another relative Mr M. S. Malik, DGP of Haryana (now on leave) in Sonepat, two of his ministers – Mohammad Iliyas in Faridabad and Mr Ashok Kumar Arora in Karnal and a sadhu - Swami Dhaaram Dev in Mahendergarh. All this showed that the INLD chief had lost faith in his party activists to contest and win the Lok Sabha poll from various constituencies of the state. Besides, the INLD was also facing a tremendous anti-incumbency wave and this would spell disaster for its candidates at the hustings throughout the state, Mr Yadav asserted.

Mr Yadav also disclosed that the Co-operative Minister, Mr Kartar Singh, Bhadana had already joined the BJP after bidding farewell to the INLD while many more others were now in touch with the central leadership of the BJP to swell its ranks with their impending entry.

Asserting that the HVP, too, was going to meet the same fate soon after its bout of the Lok Sabha poll, he predicted that the BJP with its landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections would be emerging as a number one political party in Haryana. He went on to say that the next government in Haryana would be headed by a BJP chief minister.


Poll machinery on a roll: AROs, supervisors appointed in Sonepat segments
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 30
The district administration has appointed assistant returning officers in each assembly segments of this district and at least 60 supervisors (10 each in six assembly segments) to monitor polling and check any untoward incident on the day of polling, May 10.

Mr R. P. Bhardwaj, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Sonepat, has been appointed the Assistant Returning Officer in Baroda (reserved) assembly constituency and he will be assisted by the supervisors, namely Mr Rajinder Singh Dahiya, District Education Officer, Mr S. Sardana, Principal of the Hindu College of Pharmacy, Mr Desh Deepak, Principal, Government College, Gohana, Capt V. K. Verma, Principal of Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, Mr S. P. Rathi, Executive Engineer, Environment (Haryana Pollution Control Board), Mr T. P. Singh, Divisional Forest Officer, Mr D. N. Kaushik, District Labour and Conciliation Officer, Mr S. S. Goyal, Principal Hindu College, Mr M S Chhikara, Principal, Tikka Ram College, and Mr Mange Ram, SDEO.

Mr Mahesh Nagpal, SDM, Gohana, has been appointed the Assistant Returning Officer of the Gohana assembly segment in this district and he will be assisted by the supervisors, namely Mr O. P. Sharma of the Hindu College of Pharmacy, Mr K. C. Sheokand, District Manager, Confed, Mr Ranbir Singh, District Manager, Hafed, Dr Ishwar Singh, Medical Officer of the Community Health Centre, Gohana, Mr D. C. Saini, SDO, Mr Satyavir Singh, SDO, Animal Husbandry Department, Dr O P Buxi, District Family Welfare Officer, Mr Vijay Singh and Dr Raj Kumar of CR State College of Engineering, Murthal.

Mr Jag Mohan Bhardwaj, District Development and Panchayat Officer, has been appointed the Returning Officer of the Sonepat assembly segment in this district and he will be assisted by the supervisors namely Mr Balbir Singh Dahiya SDO, HSAMB, Mr Balbir Singh Dahiya, SDO of the Horticulture Department, Mr S P Shaukeen of Tikka Ram college, Mr R S Malik of the same college, Mr Azad Singh Malik of Housing Board, Mr B. B. Sharma SDO HUDA, Prof Anil Kumar, Prof P Tiwari and Prof. B P Singh of CR State College of Engineering Murthal, Mr S N Sharma Executive Engineer, Construction Division No 28 in the Irrigation Department.

Mr Ashok Kumar Bishnoi, SDM, Ganaur has been appointed the Assistant Returning Officer of the Kailana assembly constituency in this district. He will be assisted by the supervisors, namely Mr D. P. Gupta, SDEO, Prof P. C. Bask, Prof K. D. Gupta, Prof K. K. Kataria and Mr R. K. Ravish, Registrar, CR State College of Engineering, Murthal, Mr A. K. Vats, District Employment Officer, Dr Chetan, SDO Animal Husbandry Department, Mr M L Raj, SDO, HVPN, Mr Partap Singh SDO HSAMB and Mr Mahabir SDO, HSAMB.

Mr M S Dhankar, District Revenue Officer (DRO), has been appointed the Assistant Returning Officer of Rai assembly constituency in this district and he will be assisted by supervisors Ram Singh Gehlawat, SDO Construction Division No. 28 of the Irrigation Department, Dr J S Saini of CR State College of Engineering, Murthal, Mr D. S. Joon, Executive Engineer, Vigilance in the Irrigation Department, Mr Jatinder Singh, SDO, Mr Kamli Lal Kapoor, Xen, Mr Randhir Singh and Dr Ishwar Singh Kadyan, both of Animal Husbandry Department.

Mr Amar Deep Singh, SDM, Sonepat, has been appointed the Assistant Returning Officer of Rohat assembly segment in this district and he will be assisted by Dr S N Singh, Dr DVS Verma of Hindu College, Sonepat, Mr V K Dahiya, Government College, Gohana; Dr D K Jain of CR State College of Engineering, Murthal, Mr R K Goel of Canal Department, Mr Ravi Shankar, SDO, Dr Ramesh Sethi, Mr Narinder Singh, Dr Dutt Sharma, Mr J P Garg, Xen and Mr R K Dahiya of Government College, Gohana.


Faridabad candidates have deep purses
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 30
The battle of ballot here seems to be among the affluent, if the affidavits submitted by the candidates are any indication. However, the educational level of the five main candidates ranges from under –matric to simple graduation only.

The BJP nominee, Mr Ram Chander Bainda, seeking mandate for the fourth consecutive term, is perhaps leading the list of the rich candidates from here.

According to the details submitted by Mr Bainda, the worth of the total assets and property owned by him and his wife is about Rs 2.52 crore. This include an amount of Rs 50,000, 9.82 lakh as deposits in the bank, shares and debentures of about Rs 1.32 lakh, insurance of Rs 50 lakh, three personal vehicles, including a Tata Safari, other assets and property worth Rs 1.56 crore and Rs 18 lakh worth of agricultural land, two houses worth Rs 13.5 lakh and jewellery in the name of his wife worth Rs 3.10 lakh.

On academic front, he is matric and had done one year course in teaching way back in 1967. Fifty-three-year-old Mr Bainda hails from Fatehabad district but had shifted here along with his family several years ago. He is also perhaps the only candidate who had achieved a hattrick in the Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress nominee, Mr Avtar Singh Bhadhana, is also known as one of the most affluent candidates, though in the declaration made to the election authorities, he has stated that the total worth of his assets and property was around Rs 97 lakh. Hailing from the Anangpur village in the district, the Bhadhana family is also known for the mining and crusher business in the Aravalli Hills for several decades.

According to the details submitted by Mr Bhadhana, he had a cash deposit of about Rs 56,000, including that in the accounts of his wife and two children. He has also invested about Rs 1.40 lakh in the NSC bought in the name of his children. As per the affidavit, Mr Bhadhana has no personal car or jeep but is having four trucks worth Rs 2.20 lakh in his name. He, his wife and children have jewellery worth Rs 7.11 lakh. He also owns a revolver costing about Rs 80,000, agricultural land worth Rs 20.6 lakh and non-agricultural land valued at Rs 36.7 lakhs. The building or the house owned by him is stated to be worth Rs 15 lakh.

Forty-eight-year-old Mr Bhadhana is under-matric and had been an MP here from 1991- 96, but lost to Mr Bainda in 1996. In 2000, he was elected MP from Meerut in UP. The INLD candidate, Mr Mohammed Ilyas, has also been a known face in the political circles as he had been a minister in the Chautala government before the announcement of his candidature.

The worth of his wealth and property is around Rs 82.83 lakh which include Rs 1.54 lakh in cash, Rs 38,933 as bank deposits and agricultural and non-agricultural land worth Rs 74 lakh.

The HVP candidate, Mr Devender Bhadhana, has declared that he had wealth valued at Rs 83 lakh. This include agricultural land and property worth Rs 66.8 lakh besides bank deposits of about Rs 2.14 lakhs and a jewellery in name of his wife costing about Rs 3.80 lakh.

The fifth main candidate, Mr Abdul Malik of the BSP, is also well-heeled. The worth of his property and assets is around Rs 96 lakh.


Maken gives Cong credit for ‘India shining’

New Delhi: The INC candidate in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency, Mr Ajay Maken, has said that his party initiated development projects and also completed them long before the BJP came on the scene.

Contrasting the INC’s track record of ‘service’ to the BJP’s ‘lip service’, Maken said that the INC is the party that gave a fillip to telecommunication, decentralisation and technology.

“The INC is credited with connecting villages by means of telecommunication and passing suitable legislation to institutionalise and strengthen the Panchayati Raj,” Maken said.

He also highlighted the INC’s initiatives to introduce technology on a mass scale. “The INC heralded the computer age when few in the country were aware of its multiple uses,” he said.

Maken made these comments in his meetings in Sundar Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Lakshmi Bai Nagar Market and Sadiq Nagar. TNS


Maya’s village may not vote for Ravi Gautam
Parmindar Singh

Noida, April 30
Former Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati’s parental village Badalpur presents a rather desolate look, unaffected by the din and frolic of elections.

One does not come across buntings, festoons, posters, banner or an election slogan painted on walls in Badalpur, which is part of the Khurja Lok Sabha seat. It appears that the Lok Sabha elections have not made any impact in the home turf of former CM. The people in this village go about their chores appearing to be least bothered or interested in the election fever that seems to have gripped the country.

The BSP candidate in this village appears to be a colourless non-entity. In spite of Ravi Gautam, the BSP candidate and the former Revenue Minister of the state, having thrown in his lot with Behenji, people in Badalpur and other villages do not appear to be enthused with him. Reason, for all practical purposes he is considered an outsider. And his nomination as the BSP candidate has surprised the people and the party supporters alike.

Rajpal, a Badalpur resident, alleges that due to the conspiracy of BSP candidates, three persons have usurped 12-acre land of the village samaj, which has offended the villagers, no end.

Three youth, claiming to be Mayawati’s brothers, encouraged by Ravi Gautam, have annexed the land and got it transferred in their name. When Mayawati ceased to be the chief minister, they were entangled in a CBI probe and had to spend one month in the jail. But people like Rajpal did not it have any choice. He has close relation with Mayawati, who is the BSP boss. They may have to vote for Ravi Gautam, per force.

Another villager, Dharampal Singh Nagar, said ever since the Samajwadi government has taken over in the state, the power and water supply erratic. The rabi crops have been affected for want of sufficient irrigation.

The villagers nostalgically recall that the village was getting special facilities while Behenji was the Chief Minister.

Soon after Mayawati ceased to be the CM, all villagers in Badal were sent power bills ranging from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 each. Although, all the bills have been paid, power supply continues to be unreliable and tricky, said Dharampal Singh Nagar.

Mayawati had provided employment to 80 youth of the village, said Vedpal Singh, but soon that company was closed and all youth once again became unemployed.

When Ravi Gautam was an UP minister, he is said to have indulged in grave discrimination against this village, allege the villagers. .

BSP may not get hundred percent votes from this village. Jagveer Singh felt those who don’t like Ravi Gautam will certainly vote for some other candidate who has better chances to win. Some villagers, who like Congress and Sangh policies, will in no case vote in Javar of BSP. People like Satpal and Majipal are with Behenji, but Ravi Gautam is not acceptable to them. By giving ticket to Ravi Gautam, Ms Mayawatti has landed her supporters in a great enigma, they feel.


Untraced criminals, a major headache for admn in polling season
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 30
More than one thousand history sheeters from the Meerut Division, who are still untraced in the region, may give a jolt to plan of the administration to conduct free, fair and peaceful elections in the region.

Besides these, more than 900 other criminals, booked under the Gangster and Goonda Act are also out on bail. Though senior police officials claimed that they have taken concrete steps to check their activities during the upcoming May 10 elections, the reality is that the police officials do not know the whereabouts of these criminal elements.

It is believed that they change their residential addresses to safer locations in the region. The Lok Sabha elections in the Meerut division are considered to be sensitive due to the caste tension prevalent in the region.

This point was also raised before the UP Chief Secretary during his visit to the region. The Chief Secretary directed the senior officials to take all possible steps to ensure free and fair elections.

In the present circumstances, the untraced criminals have become a major headache for the administration.

It cannot be ruled out that these criminals may turn the Lok Sabha elections into a bloody event. The scary part is that the police have no idea as to the whereabouts of these criminal gangs.

Besides, over 900 other criminals detained under Gangster and Goonda Act have also became a problem for the police officials as they could be used by the political parties for their vested interest in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

It is a matter of concern that the administration has received intelligence inputs in this regard.

A senior intelligence official said that these anti-social elements change their locations from time to time so as to give a slip to the Police Department.


No complaint alleging misuse of police force: DGP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 30
The Director-General of Police (DGP) Haryana, Mr B. R. Lal, today said that he had not received any complaint alleging the misuse of the police force during the ongoing election campaign.

He made it clear that no undue favour was being shown to the Indian National Lok Dal nominee Krishna Malik, who is the wife of the former DGP M. S. Malik.

He was addressing a press conference here at the PWD rest house after inspecting the police arrangements at the different polling stations in the constituency.

When his attention was drawn towards the allegations being levelled by the BJP candidate, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, and HVP supported Jagbir Singh Malik, the DGP remarked, “I am here since noon and so far no one has lodged any such complaint. I will be staying in Sonepat till 5 pm and anyone is free to lodge a complaint in this regard.” He claimed that the police was committed to help the Election Commission and the state administration in holding free and fair polls all over the state.

“In order to assess the police arrangements and hear the grievances of the people, including the candidate, I have already visited 15 districts of the state and there was hardly any complaint of about the misuse of the police force,” he said. He would visit Jhajjar and Faridabad on May 1 and 2 respectively, he added.

He disclosed that the administration had identified nearly 2,200 polling booths as sensitive and hypersensitive and arrangements had been made to deploy additional police force at such polling booths.

Replying to a question, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldeep Singh, claimed that there had never been any role of musclemen of the akharas in the elections in the Sonepat constituency.


NCR briefs
Institute cures ‘undiagnosed’ patient
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 30
The R G Stone Urological Research Institute got success in curing a patient who was suffering with an undiagnosed fever for the last three months.

When the patient was diagnosed properly it was found that he was suffering from congenitally abnormal fused ectopic kidneys (a rare disorder where kidneys do not develop and reach to its proper place in flanks).

It was also found, on diagnosis, that he had an abscess in the liver for which his treatment was started in consultation with Dr S. K. Jain (Gastroenterologist). With treatment, the patient was stabilised and then taken up for further treatment.

A team of specialised doctors then operated on the patient and cleared his fused ectopic abnormal kidney completely of very hard calcium oxalate monohydrate stones in less than four hours. The doctors reported that the patient was completely fit to go home in 2-3 days.

Courts closed on Monday

The Delhi High Court and its subordinate courts shall remain closed on Monday on account of Eid Meelad-un Nabi, Prophet Mohammad’s birthday. The cases fixed for May 3 before the High Court and the subordinate courts will be taken up for hearing on May 4, said Registrar-General V B Gupta.

Man run over by train

Sonepat: A resident of Garhi Jhinjhara village, identified as Dharamvir, was run over by a train near Ganaur Railway Station, about 16 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the victim was crossing the railway track when the accident occurred. The Government Railway Police (GRP) have sent the body for the postmortem examination.

Bid to loot arthiyas foiled

Jhajjar: Two motorcycle-borne desperadoes armed with firearms attempted to loot Rs 31 lakh from two arthiyas near Dubaldhan village in Beri block last evening. But an alert policeman foiled their plan who fired two shots and chased them away.

According to information, an arthiyas, Ramesh, along with three other colleagues was going to Majra grain marked to clear the dues of grain sold by the farmers to them. He withdrew Rs 31 lakh from Patiala Bank, Beri. He was also escorted by a policeman, Ramdia, in a jeep following the car of the arthiyas. As they reached near a canal in Dubaldhan village, two youths on motorcycle waiting along the roadside fired a shot on Ramesh driving the car, which missed the target.

However, their car came to a halt. Finding the arthiyas disarmed, the desperadoes trying to snatch the cash. Meanwhile, the police jeep reached the spot and the cop fired on the looters.

Youth stabbed to death

Sonepat: A 24-year-old youth of Braham colony, identified as Sanjeev, was stabbed to death by some persons in the New Nandwani Nagar area here.

According to a report, the victim often traveled between Sonepat and Delhi and was taken to a deserted place by the alleged assailant where he was assaulted.

The Civil Lines police have registered the case and launched a hunt for the alleged assailants, who were still at large. Investigation into the case is continuing. OC



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The Supreme Court had, in a 1997 order, ruled that all roadside advertising which is hazardous to safe traffic movement be removed.

Following that, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi removed all hoardings in Delhi within its jurisdiction.

However, it has been observed that unauthorised advertising is rampant in violation of the Supreme Court ruling. One such example is Ansal Plaza. When the MCD was petitioned, the officials agreed the advertising was unauthorised; however, the civic body expressed its inability to remove the hoardings.

Such unauthorised hoardings can be seen at several other places in the city, including Chirag Delhi, South Extension etc.

Often, mobile vans, which carry hoardings, move along with the traffic and stop at random, endangering the flow. Such vehicles are a nuisance, but even these remain unchecked.

The MCD officials, who have not taken any action in this regard, appear to be hand in glove with the advertisers.

Whenever anyone objects or lodges a complaint, the hoardings are removed but the advertisement reappears within a few days.

We the citizens of India want justice in this regard. We want to see that law is upheld and is not bent by corrupt officials.

Concerned Citizens

Exercise your voting right

India is the largest democracy in the world. It is the most vibrant and dynamic. The world’s most seasoned politicians wonder at its spectacular success.

However, the poor turnout during elections, particularly in urban areas, is a matter of concern.

The President’s appeal to the voters to exercise their voting rights is a positive and timely plea and we all must consider it seriously.

The common man’s disillusionment with the so-called leaders, who are elected several times to the Lok Sabha without a trifle concern for the burning problems that need to be addressed to and redressed, is justified.

However, the situation is a matter of concern and the Election Commission must do something about it. It is time to perform and we are already late.

Ujjal Pal Singh, Faridabad

Poor drainage and sewerage system in Rewari

While almost every city in the country is facing problems due to poor drainage and poor sewerage system, in Rewari, the situation is deplorable.

Sewer lines and water drains getting blocked and choked by polythene bags and other waste material, have become a routine feature. In Shiv Chowk, for instance, the sewer line remained open for several days. Sewer line

near Shiv Chowk, Rewari remained open for many days. Apart from causing inconvenience to the passers by, such open sewer lines could be hazardous for health as they become breeding ground for mosquitoes etc.

This choking and blockage is not merely due to public negligence, but also due to lack of timely action (cleanliness) by the public health department.

Polythene bags are thrown carelessly in the drains, which becomes the cause of blockages. The situation of water drain is pathetic on the Circular Road near Ambedkar Chowk, where vegetable sellers throw ‘left over’ vegetables and polythene bags in the drain.

The government should make people aware of the hazards such carelessness can cause. A cleanliness drive should also be launched by the public health department. Dustbins can also be placed at various places to ensure proper disposal of waste.

Karan Singh Bawwa, Rewari

Ban ads promoting tobacco use

I fully agree with the views expressed by Dr Deepak Talwar of the Metro group of Hospital (NCR Tribune, April 20) that the Central government must ban advertisements prompting tobacco use, which is likely to result 13 percent of total deaths in India by 2020. He has very rightly advocated that tobacco use must be minimised as it exposes one to risks such as hypertension, premature heart diseases and various other diseases.

In my opinion, advertisements promoting usage of cigarette and on liquor must be banned permanently, as such advertisements not only harm the health of the user, but also provokes younger citizens to use these products.

Subhash C Taneja,

MDU, Rohtak

Pensioners’ request to Railway Board

The terms of reference of the Fifth Central Pay Commission also covered Railway pensioners.

Though orders on implementation of its recommendations came from the Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of pension and Pensioners Welfare), analogous orders were required to be issued by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) in the case of Railway pensioners only as a matter of administrative jurisdiction.

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare had issued the orders for the grant of fixed medical allowance to Central Government pensioners (vide letter No. O.M. 45/57/97-P&PWC, dated December 19, 1997) except those residing in areas covered by CGH Scheme. Availing of this service does not involve longer distance as it is well spread in the area having such facility.

Regarding railways, their lock-up, dispensary etc. are located near the railway station itself, which makes it quite convenient for the pensioners to avail of the facility.

Not only that, every pensioner, at the time of superannuation, has the option to opt for or opt out of an out-door facility.

Logically, the railway employees who had opted out and exercised such an option at the time of superannuation are entitled to fixed medical allowance irrespective of the fact whether they are residing in or outside the jurisdiction of the railway dispensary etc.

However, the Railway Board acted arbitrarily by issuing orders denying fixed medical allowance to its pensioners residing anywhere (where railway health units are located) irrespective of whether they have opted for out-door medical facility of railway or not.

These orders have left the pensioners, who had opted out, neglected as neither they are granted fixed medical allowance nor are they entertained by the health units.

Needless to say, the fixed monthly medical allowance of Rs 100 granted to pensioners intends to meet their petty day to day medicinal requirements.

It is, therefore, harsh to deny this legitimate petty allowance to these old pensioners in the light of their one time categorical option to opt out of the railway (out-door) facility, unlike the CGH Scheme where no such option is available to pensioners if their place of residence is served under that scheme.

The matter has been taken up with the Railway Board repeatedly.

The Board has been requested several times to release the with-held medical allowance to pensioners who opted out, irrespective of the fact whether their residence falls under the jurisdiction of health units etc or not.

The Chairman and the Railway Financial Commissioner in the Railway Board were last addressed (vide our letter NO.UGPWA/C/RB/MA/2004/62) on February 1, 2004.

We hope the Railway Board will appreciate the ground realities and release the withheld fixed medical allowance to its pensioners.

Arjan Dev Arya,
The Union Govt. Pensioners Welfare Association,


Three killed in road mishaps
Our Correspondent

Sonepat April 30
Three persons, including two women, were killed in two different road accidents that occurred in and around Sonepat yesterday.

According to a report, a couple, Mahavir and Krishna, were killed on the spot when a truck rammed into a tractor on the G T Road near Bari village, about 15 km from here. The victims belonged to Zainpur Tikola village and the truck driver managed to escape after the accident. The police have registered the case against the truck driver.

Dowry death case

The Gohana police have registered a dowry death case against a man and three members of his family. The housewife, Guddi, wife of Rajesh, residents of Khanpur Kalan village, succumbed to her injuries at the PGIMS, Rohtak, during the treatment.

According to a report, the parents of the victim belonged to Bal Roran village in Karnal district. The police were still investigating into the case. However, no arrest had been made in this connection.

Five apprehended

Five persons, including four brothers, were arrested by the Kharkhauda police at Khanda village, about 20 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the arrests followed a clash over the panchayat land. The arrested brothers were identified as Rajbir, Satbir, Ishwar and Dharamvir.

2 motorcycles seized

The CIA staff has arrested two youths, identified as Devinder and Birender of Ahulana village, following the alleged recovery of two stolen motorcycles from their possession.

According to a report, the police are still investigating into the case. The police believe that a number of cases are likely to be solved after their interrogation.


Pollution board yet to issue norms to small scale units
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 30
There seems to be a delay on the part of the Haryana Pollution Control Board authorities to issue guidelines regarding the measures required to be adopted by small scale industrial units to install equipment to bring the down the noise pollution caused by the use of power generating sets. The Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA) has taken up this issue with the board in a letter written recently.

According to Mr Rajiv Chawla, general secretary of the FSIA, the industrial units which had been using generating sets up to the capacity of 250 KW in the state were still to receive any guidelines from the board. He said while the board had already announced April 30, 2004, as the last date for the industries using generating sets of the capacity ranging from 250 to 500 KW to deposit a security of Rs 10,000 or bank guarantee for setting up acoustic enclosures. The board has directed the industries using the generating sets above the capacity of 500 KW to deposit a security of Rs 20,000 or bank guarantee up to June 30 this year. The FSIA has demanded that the board should release the necessary guidelines for the small units using sets of the capacity below 250 KW and should provide adequate time period to these so that they could install the equipment easily. It has appealed to the board to fix September 30 as the last date in this regard. He said the small industries required a proper time period to arrange the required funds for the purpose. The association has asked its members to start preparations and ensure that they keep following the rules and regulations meant to keep a check on the pollution.

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