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Relief and grief, that’s rain tale 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 1
The Capital’s tryst with pleasant weather continued as it poured last night also. Earlier yesterday, a duststorm, hails and rains since early in the morning and heavy showers in the afternoon brought down the temperature considerably. The minimum temperature dropped to seven degrees below normal following the rains. The Met department recorded 2.75-cm rains since last night. This is in addition to around eight cm of rain over the previous two days. The rains are being attributed to the influence of western disturbances. Weather experts pointed out that this time the system is very powerful and has caused extensive rains over the whole north-western region.

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 caused a sharp fall in the temperature on April 21.

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

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

Mahendragarh without power, water Mahendragarh: Residents of Mahendragarh town have gone without power and water for the past two days. The telephone and telegraphic system has also gone bust as thousands of electricity and telephone poles have been uprooted in the tornado in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

The residents were without electricity soon after the storm had hit the township, followed by long intermittent sharp showers. The storm came at about midnight and continued for a few hours. Yesterday, the entire township was plunged in pitch darkness. The officials of the electricity and telephone department are facing an uphill task in restoring the services. The restoration work has been severely affected due to snapping of road links on account of large number of uprooted trees lying on the roads. The officials have been working round the clock, but the services could not be restored even partially. TNS

Downpour wreaks havoc on Sonepat

Sonepat: The heaviest downpour during the past 48 hours has played havoc with the city and other parts of the district. Thousands of wheat bags, lying in the open in various grain markets in the district, became wet following the failure of the officials of various procurement agencies to take the stocks to the godowns.

The district authorities, too, remain silent spectators in this regard. The negligence on the part of the officials has caused a huge loss to the state exchequer.

According to a report, the roof of a room of government primary school collapsed in the rain at Bari village about 10 km from here last night, damaging the furniture.

If this had happened during the school hours, many children might have been trapped and killed, according to the residents of the village. The Headmaster of the school had informed the authorities of the Education Department about the dilapidated school building, but of no avail.

A driver of the tanker sustained injuries when he lost control on it. The tanker overturned on Sonepat-Gohana Road near Barwasni village about 5 km from here last night. The accident occurred due to heavy rains. — OC


Two dreaded criminals killed in encounter
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, May 1
The Babugarh police in Ghaziabad district cornered three criminals on a motorcycle and shot two of them in an encounter that lasted about half an hour at 12.05 last night.

The police have recovered two revolvers, one of .12 bore and the other of .315 bore, a large number of cartridges and the bike from the criminals.

According to Vijay Kumar Yadav, SO Babu Garh, the police party was on a patrol in the area when it spotted three criminals riding a Hero Honda motorcycle on the canal road near Pan Khanda.

When asked to stop, the criminals turned the bike towards jungle. However, they soon abandoned the bike and started running towards the jungle while firing on the chasing policemen.

The police fired in self-defence and in the ensuing encounter, which according to SO Yadav, continued for about half an hour, two criminals were seriously injured and rushed to the hospital by the police.

They were declared brought dead. The third one escaped into the jungle.

One of the criminals has been identified as Soran Gujjar, son of Shiv Chand, resident of Tegaon, under police station Chhaisae, Faridabad, Haryana.

Soran Gujjar was involved in a loot about a fortnight ago.

He is having 15 loot cases registered against him in various police stations of Haryana.

Other criminal could not be identified, SO Yadav said.


Dankaur trader was kidnapped for murder
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 1
Four criminals arrested in connection with the abduction of a Dankaur trader, Brijesh Kumar, told the police that the trader was not kidnapped for ransom only, but there was a plan to kill him also.

A specific contract amount for the crime had also been finalised, they told the police.

Meanwhile, the police have raided many places to nab the remaining five criminals involved in the crime. Brijesh Kumar had named nine criminals in this kidnapping, out of which four have already been arrested.

Brijesh Kumar, s/o Nathu Mal, resident of Chhapar Garh, had been abducted by about a dozen armed criminals in a golden-coloured Maruti van on Wednesday opposite grain market on Rabupura road. The Maruti van was reportedly flying a Congress party flag.

Brijesh Kumar was later freed by the police.

During interrogation, the criminals told the police that they had actually planned to murder the victim in the jungles of a drug factory on Sallarpur Road, after kidnapping and taking the ransom.

But when the criminals reached Mohalla Peerwala, their Maruti was caught in a traffic jam.

At this stage, police do not want to disclose as to who had paid the contract amount. First they want to arrest the five criminals, interrogate them and then come to the conclusion.

The police feel this crime could be linked to the murder of Brijesh Kumar’s paternal uncle some years ago. Brijesh Kumar had reportedly taken control of the uncle Ghasi Ram’s business after his death.

The police are raiding a number of hideouts to nab the criminals involved in Brijesh Kumar’s kidnapping.


crime maze
Radio sets, iron rods, knives seized from Sonepat jail
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 1
A party of police officials, headed by Mr Om Parkash, Deputy Superintendent of Police Haryana, carried out the search operations in each barrack of the district jail yesterday and seized a dozen radio-sets, iron rods and a number of knives from the barracks.

According to a report, the search operations continued for about four hours and the metal detectors were pressed into service to locate the deadly weapons on the jail premises. This step has been taken after the alleged shooting down of an undertrial by two hardcore gangsters on Monday last.

The police officials carried out the search operations four times, but no weapon was found.

Fire in cloth factory

Noida: Stormy winds and rains are here and so are the short-circuits and fire accidents. Eight firetenders had to struggle for three hours to bring a blaze in a cloth factory in Sector 2 under control.

Thick smoke was seen billowing out from the chimneys of the factory at 3.15 am at A-52 in Sector 2, where Self Style Knits and Fabrics is located.

The blaze engulfed about one fourth of the factory premises.

It had been caused by a short-circuit. The winds, rains had reportedly caused the short-circuit, according to the fire officer, Mr R.P. Gupta. Four fire tenders from the Noida fire station had reached the factory site by 3.30 am.

However, the blaze had already engulfed about one fourth of the factory premises.

Another two firetenders from Noida phase-II and Ghaziabad fire services were also summoned.

The fire officer claimed that the firemen had saved goods worth lakhs by shifting them from the ground floor to the first floor.

The firefighters had also saved two adjoining factories. — OC


Private vehicles being driven under false colours
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 1
A large number of maxi-cab and private vehicle drivers are making hay in the ongoing poll campaigning. They are supporting green flags atop their vehicles to show that the vehicles are engaged by the ruling INLD party, but virtually they carry passengers from one destination to another without fear of the police or the transport authorities.

Several such vehicles could be seen on every main road in the district full of passengers. In fact, the drivers of these vehicles are confident that by seeing the green flag, the authorities would not dare challan the vehicles.

When it was brought to the notice of authorities, they pleaded innocence, but asserted that a number of vehicles were permitted to ply as they have paid all dues required before being issued route permits.

An officer of the traffic police told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that despite the election, the police were keeping a close watch on unauthorised plying and a number of such vehicles were being challaned and fined. “Supporting a flag whether green, blue or red atop a vehicle is not illegal. However, if these vehicles are found being used in electioneering then they are taken to task according to the election commission guidelines,” he remarked.

He explained that many vehicles, mostly jeeps, are authorised to ply on certain routes with valid route permits.

In other category, there are vehicles being issued with temporary route permits after charging the government dues. But the vehicles plying illegally are being challaned and fined in regular checkings, he added.

However, a number of vehicles plying without the valid authorisation, either belonged to the influential politicians
or local police personnel or enjoying their protection and these are never being challaned.


Anand’s son, Bappi Lahiri also do their share of pressing the flesh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 1
The INC candidate in the South Delhi parliamentary constituency, Mr RK Anand, this morning said that the cooler clime had given his campaign a renewed vigour as he and RK Puram legislator Barkha Singh canvassed on foot in the RK Puram Assembly constituency.

Anand’s son Chetanya, meanwhile, chose to flag off a rickshaw rally at Sarai Julena in Okhla. He pulled a rickshaw to contribute his bit to his father’s election campaign. Bappi Lahiri and Nagma also lent a helping hand to the campaign in Tagore Garden Extension.

Meanwhile, the BJP candidate in the Sadar parliamentary constituency, Mr Vijay Goel, continued his campaign in Timarpur and Deputy Ganj.

He also stepped up his interaction with the voters in the areas predominated by the minorities.

A former INC Councillor in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Devendra Sood joined the BJP. Delhi Pradesh BJP president Harsh Vardhan welcomed Sood.

On the occasion, Mr Sood said he was joining the BJP in protest against the “wrong policies” of the Congress.

The BJP candidate in the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency, Ms Smriti ‘Tulsi’ Irani, also interacted with the office-bearers and members of trade associations of Chandni Chowk and sought their support to her campaign.

The Traders Cell of the BJP organised the interaction. The delegates voiced their concerns. Ms Irani responded by sharing her agenda for trade and industry. Abolition of Inspector Raj, she told them, would be one of her priorities.

The traders complained that the imposition of 20-odd laws and shifting the wholesale trade to the outskirts of NCT of Delhi has affected the trading of commodities in Chandni Chowk.


Elaborate measures for Lok Sabha poll
Our Correspondent

Rewari, May 1
The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the conduct of free, fair and peaceful Lok Sabha poll throughout the district.

According to the District Returning Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Neerja Shekhar, sensitive as well as hypersensitive villages and colonies in all the three Assembly segments of Rewari, Bawal and Jatusana falling in the district, have also been identified for this purpose.

The hyper-sensitive villages include Chillarh, Gokalgarh, Kaluwas, Nandrampurbas (all in the Rewari segment); Bharawas, Sulkha, Badhrana, Pranpura, Jhabua, Tikla, Tihara, Shahpur, Kheramurar, Mohammadpur, Raipur, Rasiawas, Bagthala (all in Bawal segment), Lukhi, Jainabad, Buroli, Nimoth, Mandola, Baghot, Chhitroli, Kanina, Jatusana and Dhanonda (all in Jatusana segment).

Besides, Hansaka, Kalaka, Ramsinghpura colony, Gujarwara Mohalla, Djaruhera Chungi Mohalla, Railway Colony, Bikaner, Jant, Meerpur, Dahkia, Baliar Khurd, Jadra (Rewari segment); Bawana Gujar, Saharanwas, Bhotwas, Manethi, Majra, Pali, Gothra Ahir, Khori, Asra Ka Majra, Saban, Subasedi, Tankri, Rajgarh, Bidawas, Ranoli, Keshopur, Sheikhpur, Pithrawas, Dhamlawas (Bawal segment); Palhawas, Guraora, Rohrai, Nangal Pathani, Delhawas Gulabpura, Kanwali, Dahina, Lisan, Gothra Tappa Dahina, Nangal Mundi, Mundi, Rojhuwas, Kakoria, Kotia and Bhojawas (Jatusana segment), have been identified as sensitive villages and colonies in the district.

The Deputy Commissioner along with the District Police Chief, Mr Hanif Qureshi, visited a number of hypersensitive villages and sensitive villages, including Palhawas, Guraora, Rohrai, Rojhuwas (Jatusana segment), Pranpura, Jhabua, Tikla, Tihara and Khera Murar (Bawal segment) in the past two days.

She asked the villagers to cast their votes without any fear or pressure as the administration had made comprehensive arrangements for a free, fair and peaceful poll.

While administering a word of caution, Mr Hanif Qureshi, SP, also made it known to them that if any mischievous elements tried to disturb peaceful polling, they would be dealt with sternly and the polling process would be kept immune from all disturbances at all costs. The villagers, in turn, assured the DC and the SP that they would maintain peace and harmony during the polling on May 10.


Sonepat residents complain of contaminated water supply 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 1
Thousands of residents in this city have been experiencing an acute shortage of drinking water due to the erratic water supply.

Moreover, complaints regarding contaminated water and resultant water-borne diseases have added to the problem of the residents.

To make matter worse, even on normal days there is no fixed timing for the supply of water.

Lack of control over the staff is said to be the main cause of the water scarcity in the city.

In effect, the staff of the main waterworks at Murthal and the boosting stations have held the residents of the city to ransom.

The residents are also angry that the repeated complaints regarding the erratic supply of drinking water made to the Public Health Department have fallen on deaf ears. Series of complaints made to the senior officials of the PHD regarding the water leaks in the sluice valves have made no difference.

The authorities of the PHD seem helpless in taking action against the erring officials, who have failed to comply with their orders in this direction.

In effect, the drinking water supply system has collapsed in this city, causing inconvenience and hardships to thousands of residents, who have to fetch water from distance places to meet their requirement.

The conditions of the residents living on the first and second floors are worse. As such, residents have installed booster pumps directly on the main water pipelines. Moreover, complaints regarding contaminated water and resultant water-borne diseases have added to the problem of the residents.

Accordingly, residents of Ram Bazar, Mohalla Kalan and other areas, have installed underground water tanks. Water from these tanks have to be pumped into the overhead tank due to low pressure.

The local water reservoir was built years ago. With the increase in population and construction of multi-storeyed buildings, this water reservoir has become inadequate. To add to the problem, the sewerage system in the entire city is plagued with a plethora of problems.

The sewers in many areas, which were constructed more than two-decade old, have been badly damaged due to poor maintenance and misuse. They get clogged frequently, flooding the roads.

The residents complained that the builders dump their waste material it into the sewers.

A resident of the old Housing Board colony near the subzimandi said: “Our sewer lines are already clogged. To add to the problem, the builders dump construction waste into the sewers.” This has caused intermixing, leading to contamination of the water supplied to the residents of the city.


Photo exhibition to commemorate Labour Day
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 1
Capturing the various facets of work, a photo exhibition was inaugurated in the Capital to commemorate the Labour Day.

Displayed at the Lalit Kala Akademi gallery, the pictures capture the agony and ecstasy of work across the country. Titled ‘Joy of Work and Anguish when Denied’ by social activist J. John, it has 50 stills from the salt mines of Barmer in Rajasthan to the tea gardens in West Bengal and construction sites in Delhi to the ship-breaking yard in Alang, Gujarat.

The director of Indian Labour Organization (ILO), Herman Van der Laan, who inaugurated the exhibition yesterday, said: “The pictures wonderfully capture the colourful world of work. But they also signify that there is a lot that needs to be done.”

In a telling comment on the continuing child labour in sports goods manufacturing, two photographs kept side by side show a child stitching a football in Jalandhar in 2003 and a certified football with ‘No Child Labour’ written on it.

The hazardous conditions of workers in the ship-breaking yards of Alang, Gujarat, are shown in three pictures of workers in action and a dismantled ship. Labour in the national Capital is shown through photographs of MCD workers clearing garbage and construction workers.

“Work is creative and in normal circumstances people enjoy working. However, denial of work and its fruits make people desolate and broken,” says John, who photographed the images while working on different projects.

Women attired in colourful clothes working in the salt mines of the desert-state of Rajasthan form a separate section on women workers in the country. The other side of labour is depicted in pictures of workers preparing their food and children of closed tea estate workers in West Bengal earning bread and butter for their families by breaking stones. The exhibition is on till May 4.


NDPL celebrates ‘Industrial Harmony Week’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 1
Promoting harmony and the spirit of cohesiveness amongst employees, the North Delhi Power Limited is celebrating `Industrial Harmony Week’ from May 1-7, 2004. The week coincides with the Labour Day on May 1, 2004, and is aimed at endorsing the message of “Sprit of oneness” and “Working together for common goal”. The week encompasses a host of welfare programmes and events for employees, including the launch of the second round of computer education for employees’ children, slogan writing competition, sports meet and a blood donation camp being organized in association with the Red Cross Society.

The CEO, NDPL, Anil Sardana, said “Employees are our prized assets and this `Industrial Harmony Week’ is an attempt to further bind the NDPL `Parivar’. I am sure this week would strengthen our spirit of togetherness and empower us to achieve our common goal of attaining customer affection.”

The event would conclude on May 7, 2004, with an award function for the best slogan and a mass tree plantation exercise at NDPL Colony, Sector 11-Rohini.



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The level of our business honesty

The recent debate over imposition of death penalty upon those who produce spurious drugs and a disclosure sometime ago that big businesses and industrialists owe Rs 50,000 crore to the banking sector (considered bad debts) are indicative of the level of our business honesty. Not long ago the media was full of stories how diary owners manufacture synthetic milk using chemicals such as urea to produce a liquid that looks exactly like milk. Our expertise in producing duplicates of items and products is perhaps known the world over.

This being the case, the seminar held by the Crown Financial in Delhi, attended by hundreds of businessmen and professionals the other day, acquires vital significance. One may wonder whether a one-day programme in a five star hotel could be expected to bring sea changes in the attitudes of those who are in business. If India is to shine in the days to come, there is dire need to instil a sense of honesty in our business and professional people. Being one of the most corrupt nations in the world, the obstacles to progress are spiritual in nature.

The desire to get rich quick has spread like an infectious disease in our nation. A work culture in which the worker is accustomed to put in the least and get the maximum has ruined our government departments, resulting in inefficiency and colossal wastage of precious resources. Our public sector enterprises, set up to serve social causes, have become white elephants.

The lawyer who seeks to prey on his clients, the doctor who thrives on the sickness of the people and the trader who bleeds his customer, the politician who, in the name of serving the people, grabs power and defrauds the exchequer in all possible ways, the teacher who engages in private tuition to the neglect of his work in school, are all symptoms of a disease that has afflicted our economy. The businessman-politician nexus ensure business success at the cost of the poor and the country.

Unfortunately, many of those who indulge in such corrupt practice are quite religious. The religious believe along with non-believers that honesty does not pay. “The religious tradesman complains that his honesty is a hindrance to success, that the tide of custom pours into the doors of his less scrupulous neighbours in the same street, while he himself waits for hours idle,’’ wrote Frederick William Robertson, an English divine (1816-53). Continuing, Robertson poses these questions: “ My brother, do you think that God is going to reward honour, integrity, high-mindedness, with this world’s coin? Do you fancy that He will pay spiritual excellence with plenty of custom? Now consider the price that man has paid for his success. Perhaps mental degradation and inward dishonour. His advertisements are all deceptive; his treatment of his workers tyrannical; his cheap prices made possible by inferior articles. Sow that man’s seed, and you will reap that man’s harvest. Cheat, lie, advertise, be unscrupulous in your assertions, custom will come to you. But if the price is too dear, let him have his harvest, and take yours. Yours is a clear conscience, a pure mind, rectitude within and without. Will you part with that for his? Then why do you complain? He has paid his price; you do not choose to pay it.’’

Let us look other financial dealings. Try lending to a “religious” brother and you will soon discover the depth of his religiosity and your own foolishness in not heeding the wisdom of Shakespeare: “Neither a borrower, nor a lender be; for a loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.”

Even the present clergy seems to believe that being religious and making a livelihood are not connected. (apologies to those who believe otherwise). Otherwise who could we explain the conduct of some bishops and guardians of church property grabbing land and using their positions to amass wealth?

In his book, Business by the Book, Larry Burkett narrates an interesting incident that has lessons for the contemporary work culture. General George Patton had a problem with lazy parachute packers during the European campaign in World War II. Several pilots were killed when their chutes did not open because of sloppy packing. An inspection of in-use parachutes showed that as many as 30 per cent were improperly packed. In his inimitable style the General quickly solved the problem. He charged into the central parachute packing depot and commanded all packers to take the last chutes they had packed and come with him. He then herded them into a waiting C-46 aircraft and had them jump over the practice range, wearing the chutes they had just packed. He continued this practice for the reminder of the war and never again had a problem with slothful parachute packers.

Our problem may not be with parachute packers but with those high up who make defence deals. A General Patton would have “treated” the drug manufacturers with their own drugs and would have made some diary owners to drink their own milk. We need such generals; but more than that we need preachers like Jonathan Edwards to warn offenders of the wrath of God and the heat of hellfire.

An organisation like Crown Financial has a great challenge in promoting Godly ways of running businesses and handling finances. It has already trained 10 million Americans and has a vision for training 300 million people worldwide. Such work will have a great impact on the way religious people do business. M P K Kutty


Delhi digest
Postal officials, others absolved of cheating government
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 1
A Delhi court has absolved six Posts and Telegraph Department officials and two others of being involved in a criminal conspiracy to cheat the postal department of Rs 40,850 in 1981.

Special CBI Judge Pratibha Rani acquitted the accused after the prosecution failed to prove charges against them.

The prosecution had charged Kartar Singh, D A Sachdeva, Nazar Singh, Amarnath Soni, late Johrilal, Amarnath Sharma — all P and T Department officials working in various post offices in the Capital under various capacities — and two officers of the International Data Processing Company, H R Vaisha and Brijender Sharma, in the case.

According to the prosecution, a Banking Services Recruitment Board tender was accepted by the department for dispatch of call letters.

Helpline for school admission of poor children

A helpline has been started to help parents seeking admission for their wards to unaided recognised private schools following the orders of the Supreme Court.

An initiative of Lok Swabhiman, the helpline number is 25877504 and aids parents seeking information about the admission procedure. It also helps them with admission related problems, said Lok Swabhiman president Amar Nath Ohja.

The Delhi High Court recently ordered city public schools to keep 20-25 per cent of their seats for children from poor families.


Liquor smuggling racket busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 1
With the arrest of three suspects, including a woman, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have smashed an organised racket of illicit liquor smugglers from Rajasthan. The suspects were identified as Mohinder, alias Rajbir, his associates Jyoti and her husband Vinod. The police seized 1056 bottles of Bonnie Scot and Bagpiper Whisky which were transported to Delhi from Rajasthan in a Maruti car (DL-3CS-2529). Sleuths of the Crime Branch received information that the suspects smuggled illicit liquor regularly from Rajasthan in a private car to sell in the East district of the national Capital. The information was developed and a trap was laid near the DVB office at Nelson Mandela Marg. At 5.15 am a Maruti car was spotted near the DVB office and it was intercepted. The suspects were arrested on the spot and the vehicle was seized.

During interrogation Mahender disclosed he had been indulging in smuggling liquor cases for 15 years and supplied them to Viswas Nagar and Kasturba Nagar in East Delhi, the police said.

In another incident, the sleuths arrested Munni Devi from Bahujan Samaj Camp in Hyderpur for running an illicit liquor godown. A total of 16 cartons of Mastana Desi liquor were seized from her godown. During interrogation she disclosed that she had been involved in the racket for two months, the police said.

Three of family injured

Three of a family, including a child, sustained burn injuries in a fire that broke out in their house in Timarpur in North district on Friday night. The injured persons, Subhash, his wife Vimla and their five-year-old daughter Bhawna, were admitted to LNJP Hospital. There was load shedding in the colony on Friday night. They had lighted a candle to do household work. As a result of their negligence the candle had caught some clothes. While dousing out the fire the family members sustained injuries, the police said.


Rape accused gets eight years’ RI 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 1
The Additional Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Mr Dharamvir Singh, yesterday convicted Ravinder of Pehladpur village under Section 376 of the IPC (criminal assault) and sentenced him to eight years’ rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 5,000 for raping a woman of Kirohli village on June 17, 2002.

In case of default of payment he was asked to undergo further six months’ rigorous imprisonment

The Judge also convicted the accused under Section 506 of the IPC and sentenced him to two years’ rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1,000. Both the sentences would run concurrently, the Judge added.

According to the prosecution story, the woman had lodged an FIR with the police on June 20, 2002, against the accused, alleging rape on June 17, 2002, when she was on her way to a plot for taking the milk of buffaloes. She also alleged she was taken to a house where she was raped by the accused. She was also threatened with dire consequences if she dared to narrate the story to anyone. She kept quiet for two days but could not tolerate the pain and told her mother about the incident.

Seven-yr-old girl raped

The Kharkhauda police are looking for a 17-year-old youth, Kale, who is reported to have raped a seven-year-old girl of ward no 12 in Kharkhauda town in this district.

The culprit is still at large and a hunt is on to apprehend him. The mother of the girl came to know about the incident two days ago and thereafter she informed the police in this regard. Along with her younger brother she was alone in the house when the youth took both of them to the foodgrain market where he raped the girl and escaped.

Five prisoners charged with clashing

The city police have registered a case against five prisoners of the district jail on the charge of clashing with the jail staff and raising slogans against them.

The prisoners are Rakesh, Ravinder, Devinder, Ajit and Sanjay. All prisoners were produced before a Judicial Magistrate on Friday who remanded them in 14 days’ judicial custody.

Youth attacked by four

A youth, Raj Singh, sustained multiple injuries when he was attacked by four persons, including two women, while he was returning to his house at Khewra village, about 13 km from here, on Friday night. The injured youth was immediately rushed to the local Civil Hospital where he was stated to be out of danger.

Girl hit by vehicle, hospitalised

A girl, Geeta, was injured when she was hit by a vehicle near the Ram Nagar area of the city on Friday evening. She was rushed to the hospital and is stated to be out of danger.


Three killed in two mishaps on GT Road
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 1
Three persons died and nine others were injured, two of them seriously, in two road accidents on the GT Road today. The seriously injured have been shifted to PGIMS, Rohtak.

At least 12 persons from Pabnera village were going to Azadpur Market in Delhi to sell their vegetables. They had hired a Tata-407 and were all sitting in the vehicle. In the afternoon today when the vehicle reached near Kumaspur turning on the GT Road suddenly its left rear wheel burst. The driver lost control of the speeding vehicle and it overturned in the deep ditches, resulting in the death of Ramesh and injuring nine others. Prakash and Rajesh were injured seriously. The injured were brought to the local Civil Hospital by the highway safety police.

After admitting the injured in the hospital, the doctors referred Prakash and Rajesh to the PGIMS, Rohtak. Those admitted in the hospital included Nand Lal, Sonu, Rajesh, Raju, Amit, Pintoo and another Raju, son of Pale Ram.

Another incident took place in the wee hours today near Nangal Khurd village when a canter (DL-1M-0641) collided with a truck. In the accident, two persons, identified as Shyam Lal of Azamgarh in UP and Munna from Bihar, who were sitting in the canter, died on the spot. Their bodies were brought to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. The canter was reportedly on its way to Delhi. 


Sudanese engineers undergo 10-day training programme by IOC 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 1
A group of six engineers of Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company Ltd. (GNPOC), Sudan, have been trained by the Pipelines Division of the Indian Oil Corporation.

The advanced training on pipeline operations and maintenance was imparted at IndianOil’s Mathura-Jalandhar Pipeline (MJPL) at Bijwasan in Delhi and Salaya-Mathura Crude Oil Pipeline, (SMPL) at Chaksu near Jaipur in Rajasthan.

The ten-day long training programme, from April 19 to 30, 2004, began with IndianOil, a leading oil conglomerate in India involved in transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the vast subcontinent.

The pipelines operations and maintenance management philosophy were demonstrated to the engineers from GNPOC at the large campus of Bijwasan and Chaksu stations. Optimization of pipeline operations, disaster management plan, oil accounting, mainline and station maintenance, mainline engine and pump, instrumentation, environment management, cathodic protection were some of the major areas dealt in the theoretical session supported by practical demonstration.

One of the most fascinating aspects to the six trainees was the integrated approach to system design, encompassing system hydraulics, hydraulic gradient and maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) calculation from design aspect, coupled with line size optimization on the basis of time value of money.

Additionally, classroom session on fire and safety followed by a mock drill of fire situation with hands on experience, which was astonishing to the six participant engineers from Sudan, as they never had seen such a comprehensive activity by any company engineer with regards to the kill-fire.

Mr A. M. Uplenchwar, Director, (Pipelines), interacted with the participants and informed them about IndianOil’s business strength, its vast refining and marketing infrastructure and modern R and D center. IndianOil has expertise of nearly four decades in operations and maintenance of petroleum pipelines across the country. At present, IndianOil operates over 7,575 km long networks of crude oil and petroleum product pipelines with an annual capacity of 56.85 million metric tones, Mr Uplenchwar said.

The highly experienced pipeline engineers of IndianOil are capable of not only undertaking the pipelines jobs from concept to commissioning and operations and maintenance but also impart technical know-how to the global customers, said Mr Uplenchwar in his elaborate interaction. He further emphasized that this training is basically to build a friendly relationship with GNPOC and Sudan so that there is mutual benefit in the competitive scenario.

Addressing the participants after handing over the training certificates to the participants, Mr B. K. Mittal, Executive Director, (HR) stated that we consider Training and Development Department, not only the learning centre of the organization, but also an extremely important arm of human resource. In the IndianOil, the training focus is based on individual needs that link the business goals of the company, said Mr Mittal.

The Training and Development Department of Pipelines, Head Office, designed and coordinated the programme for the participants. Six months earlier, another group of engineers from GNPOC, Sudan, had been provided training on operations and maintenance of mainline engines and pumps. The course design and subsequent execution of the same by the Training and Development Department of Pipelines had impressed the GNPOC as it was tailor made to their needs.

The excellent demonstration by Pipelines Division, in providing world-class training, had set the stone rolling and GNPOC, Sudan, chose to send the second batch of engineers to be trained this time, on Pipeline operations and maintenance. This is indeed a feather in the cap of the pipelines division.

The Training and Development Department of the Pipelines Division today is turning out to be not only the learning center for its employees but also the ‘earning center’ for the organization.

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