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Security for Sonia strengthened
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
With the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, tipped to be the Prime Minister, security around her residence and the adjacent Congress headquarters was beefed up today with the deployment of additional police personnel.

Barricades were erected early this morning and hordes of policemen deployed on Janpath and Akbar Road, curbing the movement of traffic and pedestrians.

Gandhi already enjoys the Special Protection Group (SPG) cover but with the likelihood of her becoming the Prime Minister, extra precautions are being taken, police sources said.

Yesterday, thousands of Congress workers gathered at Gandhi’s 10, Janpath residence and Congress headquarters on Akbar Road after the party moved towards victory.

Akbar Road was virtually sealed off and even party supporters were disallowed to enter the area.

DPCC gives credit to Sonia for victory

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) has credited INC president Sonia Gandhi with fashioning the party’s victory in NCT of Delhi where it has wrested six of seven Lok Sabha constituencies from BJP.

“The Sheila Dikshit Government and its machinery had little to do with the victory,” its president Prem Singh told media persons. He attributed the party’s win to the inspiring leadership of Ms Gandhi.

Brushing aside Chief Minister Dikshit’s assertion that it was a vote for good governance and people-oriented agenda, Singh said, “The triumph is a reassertion of people’s faith in Ms Gandhi’s leadership.”

Singh said the credit should also go to the party’s workers who worked diligently for the success of their candidates. People, he said, had now realised that only an INC-led government could free the country of corruption and lead it onto the path of development and progress.

He said the INC faces a gigantic task of rebuilding the economy as the BJP-led NDA Government had ruined the financial health of the country.

Meanwhile, Indian Trade Union Congress general secretary Shyamdev Bhadana has said that the INC’s win had exposed the NDA’s slogans of India Shining and Feel Good.

Bhadana said that the inspiring leadership of Ms Sonia Gandhi and the entry of youths led by Rahul Gandhi into the party had worked wonders for the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections.

Cong in search of Delhi Speaker now

The INC will have to nominate a suitable legislator as Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly now that Ajay Maken has been elected as Member of Parliament (MP) from the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency.

The party is also on the lookout for a replacement for Ms Krishna Tirath, who is Deputy Speaker but will have to resign after being elected as MP from the Karol Bagh (Reserved) Parliamentary constituency.

The Budget Session is likely to take place sometime next month. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is learnt to have short-listed certain legislators of her choice for the two posts.

Given the possibility of dissidence rearing its head, it is speculated that the chief minister will nominate only those who will be suitably disposed to her.

That, however, does not diminish the likelihood of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Prem Singh or Subhash Chopra, a former Speaker, occupying the chair of Speaker. Also speculated is that the chief minister might want to reward Shoaib Iqbal with the deputy speaker’s post for his standing down in favour of Kapil Sibal in the Chandni Chowk constituency.

Sibal defeated Smriti ‘Tulsi’ Irani of BJP in Chandni Chowk to become elected as member of the Lok Sabha for the first time. Iqbal of Janata Dal (Secular) opted out to prevent division of secular votes.

Then there is Narendra Nath, who has contributed his bit to the successful election of Sandeep Dikshit, son of the chief minister from the East Delhi Parliamentary constituency.

A few more unlikely choices might emerge if the chief minister decides to reshuffle her Council of Ministers in the new political situation arising out of INC’s returning to power at the Centre.


Sonepat Lok Sabha result shows people
unhappy with MLAs

Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 14
If the election results of the Sonepat parliamentary constituency are taken into account the voters of all nine assembly segments of this Lok Sabha seat have expressed their resentment against the legislators of their respective constituencies as none of them could give a lead to the candidates of their parties in their assembly seat.

Out of the nine assembly segments six are represented by INLD MLAs, two by the Congress and one by an Independent supporting the INLD. The INLD’s seats included Bahadurgarh by Nafe Singh, Rohat by Padam Singh, Rai by Suraj Mal Aantil, Gohana by Ram Kumar Saini, Baroda (reserved) by Ramesh Khatak and Safidon by Ramphal Kundu. The Congress is represented in Julana by Sher Singh and Kailana by Jitender Malik and the Sonepat seat is held by Independent Devraj Dewan who supported the INLD in the elections.

The final results Assemblywise show that INLD nominee Krishna Malik remained at second position with 24,790 votes in Bahadurgarh, the third position in Rohat with 17,608 votes, the second position in Baroda with 20,932 votes, the third place in Gohana with 19,041 votes, the second place in Safidon with 23,290 votes and at third places in Rai and Sonepat with 20,629 and 12,083 votes, respectively. However, she got the first position in Julana with 31,584 and in Kailana with 28,745 votes.

Congress candidate Dharampal Singh Malik remained at third place in Kailana with 20,588 votes and at the second position in Julana with 22,146 votes (both seats held by Congress MLAs). However, Mr Malik remained at first positions in Safidon with 35,173 votes and in Bahadurgarh with 29,898 votes, second positions in Gohana (23,741), Sonepat (34,051), Rai (27,973) and Rohat with 20,383 votes and the third place in Baroda with only 11,924 votes.

Though none of the assembly segments was represented by the BJP, but its candidate Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan won the election by securing first positions in Baroda (28,727), Gohana (28,119), Sonepat (36,005), Rai (31,391) and Rohat with 26,280 votes. However, he remained at the second position in Kailana (26,901) and at the third positions in Bahadurgarh with 22,965 votes, Julana with 14,015 and Safidon with 18,996 votes.

Interestingly, BSP candidate Shagun Gupta unexpectedly got 37,185 votes and as analysed paved the way for the Congress defeat.

The HVP supported Jagbir Malik could get only 21,126 votes.


Sangwan creates history, elected for third
consecutive time

Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 14
Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan of the BJP created history of sorts when he made it to the Lok Sabha for the third consecutive time, despite the use of official machinery and police force by the ruling INLD and the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala. Sangwan dispelled the myth that no one could win this seat for the third time in succession

According to a report, in a nail-biting contest and the then prevalent Congress wave in the area, Mr Sangwan polled 2,33,399 votes out of the total 7,36,518 votes. He defeated 19 candidates including the ruling INLD, the Congress, the BSP, the Janata Dal (S) and the JCP.

The detailed constituency result is as follows: Ms Krishna Malik (INLD) 1,98,382 votes, Mr Dharampal Singh Malik INC) 2,25,877 votes, Mr Sugan Chand (BSP) 37,184 votes, Mr Kirpal Singh (JDS) 1,346 votes, Mr Balbir Singh (JCP) 999 votes, Mr Satyapal (LJNSP) 531 votes, Mr Sube Singh (JCP) 671 votes, Mr Krishan (Ind) 747 votes, Mr Jagdish Rai Aggarwal (Ind) 949 votes, Mr Jagbir Singh Malik (Independent) 21,122 votes, Mr Jai Kishan (Independent) 572 votes, Mr Naveen Kumar (Independent) 597 votes, Mr Basant (Independent) 1,786, Mr Braham Singh (Independent) 1,184 votes, Mr Samsher (Independent) 2,926 votes, Mr Sant Ram (Independent) 2,889 votes, Mr Satbir (Independent) 1,662 votes, Mr Sityender (Independent) 2,055 votes and Mr Hari Parkash (Independent) 1,640 votes.


Victorious Sangwan seeks Chautala’s scalp
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 14
The Haryana BJP spokesman and victorious candidate from the Sonepat parliamentary seat, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, today demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister and the supremo of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on moral grounds in the wake of the crushing defeat of all his party nominees in the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Talking to mediapersons here today, he said in the wake of the total rout of the ruling INLD the party had lost the moral right to rule the state.

The people of the state, he said, had overwhelmingly rejected the INLD as they were fed up of the anti-people, anti-farmer, anti-employee and anti-worker policies pursued by the Chief Minister.

He also said that the negative mood of the electorate against the misrule of the INLD government was so intense that the two sons of Mr Chautala also suffered defeats which was a shame for the Chief Minister.

Mr Sangwan alleged that the ruling INLD had unleashed criminal elements and misused official machinery to rig the election. The BJP, he said, had demanded before the election that polling stations be handed over to the CRPF and other paramilitary forces as the party had no faith in the Haryana Police. He said that the CRPF was pressed into service but only for patrolling. Personnel of the Haryana Police were posted at the polling stations.

Had the election in the state been completely free from electoral malpractices on the part of the ruling party he would have won by a much bigger margin.

About the defeat of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Haryana, Mr Sangwan said that the electorate had punished and taught a lesson to the party for its alliance with the ruling INLD which had pursued the anti-people policies during its four-year regime.


BSP’s Dalit-Muslim card fails to deliver
in western UP

Meerut: The Bahujan Samaj Party’s trump card, the Dalit-Muslim alliance, failed everywhere except in one constituency, that of Meerut, in western UP. Moh Shahid Akhlaq of the BSP defeated his nearest rival, Mr Malook Nagar of the SP-RLD with a margin of 69,341 votes. The BSP had to face defeat in 12 out of 13 seats in western UP.

Ms Mayawati played the Dalit-Muslim card in western UP in this general election. The BSP think tank had a plan to increase its base in western UP by giving the ticket to more Muslims. By doing this she could upstage her political opponent, the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, in western UP.

In keeping with her strategy, Ms Mayawati gave the ticket to nine Muslims out of the 13 seats in western UP. Khurja Bulandshahr are reserved seats. Davendra Bhardwaj from Bulandshahr and Surat Singh Verma contested from Muzaffarnagar on the BSP ticket.

At the nine seats Moh Shahid from Meerut-Manana, Moh Ayub from Hapur-Ghaziabad, Mansoor Ali Khan from Saharanpur, Shahnawaj Rana from Kairana, Aulad Ali from Baghpat, Tarranum Akil from Bombhal, Ytikar Mohammad from Moradabad, ex-MLA Afroz from Rampur and Ale Hasan Ansari from Amroha were given the BSP ticket.

But Ms Mayawati failed at every seat except Meerut. The BSP plan to upstage the BJP, the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal in western UP could not succeed. OC


MCD bypoll notification to be issued on May 31
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The process of byelections to six Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) seats will be set in motion with the issue of notification on May 31.

Announcing the election schedule here today, State Election Commissioner O.P. Tyagi said the last date of filing nominations was June 7.

A few days earlier Leader of Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Vijender Gupta had written a letter to the Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, demanding early byelections for the vacant seats of councillors in Delhi. This was delayed due to the parliamentary elections. The process of ward committees in the corporation will also start from tomorrow. This has to be done just after the election of Mayor but it was delayed due to certain reasons.

The scrutiny of nomination papers will be conducted on June 9 and the last date of withdrawal is June 12.

Polling, if necessary, will be held on June 27 and counting of votes will be taken up on June 29.

Mr Tyagi said the Model Code of Conduct issued at the time of elections to the MCD in 2002, was being made effective in the entire Capital from today and will remain in force till results were declared.

The six seats are Trinagar-27, Keshav Puram-28, Nangloi-43, Khyala-45, Nandnagri-85 and Timarpur-115.


E-mail job frauds: Interpol help sought
J T Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The Delhi Police has sought the assistance of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Interpol to unravel the mystery surrounding the e-mails through which several persons across the country were offered jobs in Tokyo, Japan.

However, both the company in Tokyo and the agency in the UAE, which offered jobs to the eight persons were found to be fictitious after the Japanese Embassy verified their details in Tokyo.

Since the e-mail address of the agency Saturn Jobs was registered by one registered.com in New York and its address was given as Saturn Jobs Emirates Towers in Dubai for correspondence from the candidates, the Delhi Police has approached the CBI and Interpol to collect necessary information from New York, Dubai and the UAE.

Sources said that one Shashank Jain, resident of Baghpat had received an e-mail from one Saturn Jobs, UAE that a Japanese firm Sekiotma Furuhashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo has offered him a job of Financial Controller.

The agency also told Jain that the firm will pay a salary of 311,500 Japanese Yen equivalent to Rs 1.29 lakh in Indian currency per month.

The agency also asked Jain to pay 75 British pounds equivalent to Rs 6,225 as service charges and directed him to transfer this through TT in Central Bank, UK.

It was after this e-mail, Jain became suspicious about the job offer because the company had neither received his certificates nor taken his interview. To check the veracity of the e-mails, Jain met the Japanese Embassy officials and explained to them that he read an advertisement in a leading national daily in January 2004 and had given his details through the e-mail address provided by Saturn Jobs. Subsequently, he was asked to get himself registered on on February 4, 2004 and in the last week of March, he received an e-mail about job vacancies in Japan and South-East Asian countries. He was also asked to scan copies of his certificates and mail them to the agency but he did not reply to that mail.

Again on April 4, he received six e-mails from Saturn Jobs that a Japanese firm had offered him a job of Financial Controller in Tokyo.

However, the Japanese embassy verified the details in Tokyo and informed Jain that the agency had provided the offer from a fictitious firm. Officials also told Jain that the Japanese firms always informed the embassy of such offers and in this particular case, the embassy had not received any such information.

Apart from Jain, Sanjay Gayasen, resident of New Delhi, A Vivekananda Reddy, resident of Andhra Pradesh, Khalid Mahmood, resident of West Bengal, Jai Parkash, resident of Kerala, Sanjay C Vyas, resident of Gujarat, Dr Sojan K Paulose, resident of Kerala, Devender Kumar, resident of Gujarat and Manoj Aggarwal, resident of Rajasthan also received offers from the same agency for jobs in Tokyo.

The police said that the statements of the victims had been recorded and investigations launched subsequently. Efforts were also being made to ascertain if there were any other victims in different parts of the country.


Businessman stabbed, robbed of Rs 5 lakh
in Paschim Vihar

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
Unidentified car-borne assailants armed with knives stabbed a businessman in the afternoon today and snatched a bag containing Rs 5 lakh from him in the Paschim Vihar area of West district.

The victim Harkesh Goel (35), resident of Shalimar Bagh, has been admitted to the Giya Lal Hospital.

The police said that the incident occurred at around 11.45 am when Goel along with his employee Sanjay were going back on a scooter after withdrawing Rs 5 lakh from the State Bank of Mysore, Meyawali Nagar branch.

While they reached the T-point near Vidyachal Apartments, three persons in a Wagon-R car intercepted them. One of the suspects allegedly stabbed Goel in the stomach before fleeing with the booty.

Goel has a business of plastic bags in Inder Enclave.

The police said that the description of the suspects who were in their twenties has been obtained and a hunt is on to trace them.


Criminal shot after encounter in Rohini
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The Delhi Police Crime Branch claimed to have shot dead a notorious criminal, who had carried a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head, after a brief encounter last evening in the Rohini area of North-West.

The criminal Amarjit Jat, alias Bunty (26), resident of Sonepat and front man of another gangster Anil, alias Bhagte, was active in the North, North-West districts.

He extorted money from businessmen several times in
Azadpur Fruit market and vegetable market.

The sleuths also claimed to have recovered a prohibited 9mm bore pistol and a double-barrel pistol, found hidden inside his stolen Maruti car.

The sleuths said they had a secret information that the accused would be coming in a Maruti car No DL-3CG-7034 in Rohini at around 8 pm to commit some crime.

Accordingly, the team spotted the accused in a Maruti car at around 8.25 pm and when asked to stop, he got down and started firing at the police party. However, he was seriously injured when the sleuths returned the fire. He was declared brought dead in the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deependra Pathak said that the accused was involved in a sensational robbery of Rs 8.5 lakh in the Shalimar Bagh area and also involved in a robbery-cum-murder case in Paharganj along with his associate Vijaypal Jat.

Pathak said Bunty was so desperate that he never hesitated to press the trigger.

He was involved in as many as 13 cases of robbery, extortion, dacoity, attempt to murder, jailbreak and Arms Act cases.

He was also wanted in two cases of armed dacoity registered in Sonepat where he along with his gang members looted a trader of Rs 7 lakh and also took away his car.

Bunty together with Anil had also engineered the escape of Vijaypal Jat from a jail while he was in judicial custody.

Pathak said that during 2003, Bunty escaped from the Haryana police while planning a dacoity along with his associates in the Sadar area of Sonepat. 


Three held for trading in leopard skins
Tribune News Service

Arun Pal, Lokender Pal and Shishpal, who were arrested by the East Delhi Police, for trading in wild animal skins, in the Capital on Friday.
Arun Pal, Lokender Pal and Shishpal, who were arrested by the East Delhi Police, for trading in wild animal skins, in the Capital on Friday. — Tribune photo

New Delhi, May 14
The East district police claimed to have arrested three persons who were involved in the sale and purchase of leopard skins in Delhi.

The police also claimed to have recovered two leopard skins worth Rs 5 lakh from their possession.

Based on a tip-off, the police arrested three persons, Arun Pal, Lokender Pal, alias Lakhan, both residents of Ghaziabad, and Shishpal Singh, resident of Muradabad.

During interrogation, Shishpal told the police that he procured the skins from Uttaranchal for sale in Delhi.


Bad roads continue to trouble residents
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 14
In what has become a monotonous routine, the pathetic condition of the roads here continues to cause high inconvenience to the city residents, who are already plagued by the civic authorities.

According to a report, it is the poor drainage system that has led to this condition of the roads.

More and better drainage is obviously the need of the hour. However, the drainage system here is only a witness of the poor quality construction.

The woes of residents do not end here. Due to absence of blinkers, even the road dividers have become increasingly dangerous for the motorists and pedestrians.

Instead of better traffic management, the dividers are causing serious damage to particularly the low-bodied vehicles.

Most of the roads are rough and structurally weak. The depression, bumps and uneven surface, which the city roads have become synonymous with and are notorious for, have another lethal addition, open manholes.

With complete disregard for the commuters sufferings or safety, the official agencies content themselves with cosmetic patchwork here and there.

The poor condition of roads is attributed to little coordination between the engineering wings of the official agencies like the Sonepat Municipal Council, the PWD (B and R), the HUDA and the Public Health Department.

In what can safely be called a farce, the official agencies, blowing their own trumpet, claim that the city roads have a very high degree of riding quality and are few of the best maintained roads in the state.

The condition of the roads, particularly during the monsoons, does not deter these agencies from making such hollow claims.

Sonepat continues to carry the burden of its dubious distinction of recording the highest number of road facilities among the cities of the state. The number of vehicles plying on the Sonepat road has risen manifold. The fast growing number of vehicles, along with the increasing industrial goods traffic, has taken a heavy toll on road development.

Inadequate finance infrastructure for both the development and maintenance of roads is one major reason for their poor connectivity and low quality.

During the past one year, a number of official measures were taken to expedite the development of roads and highways in and around Sonepat.

However, in reality far less money than sanctioned had been spent on the maintenance and construction of roads with compromises made on the expected quality of material and thickness. The State Government, on the whole, has neglected the road sector for too long. It is high time the policy makers came out of their dilemma and not let uncertainty mar the pace of development.

Meanwhile, erratic power supply has led to the indiscriminate use of high-power generators by shopkeepers, traders and bankers as well as the owners of the commercial establishments all over the city aggravating the already existing problem of chemical and noise pollution.

It is incumbent upon users of generators to seek permission from the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and other law-enforcing agencies. But the police never bother to intervene even when deluged with complaints by the affected people.

The inaction on the part of the district authorities has emboldened traders and shopkeepers to install generators even on pavements, lanes and bylanes, impervious to the inconvenience caused to the public.


NCR briefs
10 injured in clash between rival jeep drivers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 14
At least 10 persons, including a woman, were injured in a clash between two rival jeep drivers at Jasrana village, about 40 km from here, last evening.

The injured persons were identified as Dilbagh, Raj Singh, Mukesh, Satish, Balbir, Vijender, Baljeet, Sewa and a woman. All injured persons were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. A dispute over carrying the passengers in the jeeps was the main cause of the clash. The police are still investigating into the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

One held for theft

The Kundli police have arrested Mohammad Irfan of Madhubani village in Bihar under Section 379 and 304 of the IPC and started investigations into it.

According to a report, the culprit is allegedly involved in a number of theft cases.

Truck driver killed

Purshotam, a truck driver, was killed on the spot when he was hit by an unknown vehicle on the GT Road near Devi Lal Park of Murthal Chowk, about 8 km from here, on Thursday evening.

The victim was going towards Panipat when his truck got punctured on the way. He got down from the truck and was engaged in replacing the flat tyre. In the meantime he was hit by an unknown vehicle, resulting in his death. The driver of unknown vehicle, however, drove away the vehicle and fled. The police have registered a case and sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

Suicide by teenager

A 15-year-old girl, Neena, was reported to have committed suicide by taking Sulphos tablets in her house at New Mahavir Colony here on Thursday evening.

She took this extreme step after a family quarrel. The police have sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

Two hurt in collision

Two occupants of a car were seriously injured when the car collided with a truck on the GT Road near Murthal chowk here on Thursday evening.

The injured persons were identified as Asgar of Karnal and Ali Mohammad of Nagla village in Uttar Pradesh. Both the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress. The car was on its way from Delhi towards Panipat.

DUTA welcomes mandate for Cong

New Delhi: The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) today welcomed the people’s mandate in electing the Congress party. The association said that it was in the benefit of the nation.

According to the DUTA president, Mr Aditya Narayan Misra, “The BJP-led NDA government has privatised higher education and for this reason there was a growing resentment within the teaching community.” He said the NDA had saffronised and communalised higher education. This had rocked the entire university system.

The mandate of people replacing the NDA with the Congress had been appreciated by the entire teaching community.

Mr Misra said the main intention to bring the so-called ‘Model Act’ was to privatise higher education. He said that they accepted Mrs Sonia Gandhi or any other person elected by her and other supporters as the Prime Minister. TNS



Do you have a grouse against the apathetic attitude of the authorities? Are you fed up with the dilly-dallying tactics of officialdom and the
stranglehold of red tapism? If so, please write to us. We have a full half page every week reserved just for you. The letters should be clearly marked, Speaking out, NCR Tribune, First Floor, Dyal Singh Library Building, 1 Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg, New Delhi-110002.

By commemorating the Labour Day on May 1, Tripti Nath has fulfilled the urge of social reforms by reporting ‘HRIDAY’ (health related information dissemination among youth, NCR Tribune, May 2). Smoking is indeed posing a serious health hazard, especially to poor countries. Although, the government has effected an Act against smoking at public places. But the outcome of such Act is futile? People usually chide those who sincerely suggest the good results of “No Smoking” habits and making others passive smokers, particularly in buses and trains.

On certain occasions, smokers find easy victims. These pro-smoking activists at public places do not entertain the ‘no smoking’ logo. Isn’t it a ludicrous law? It is really a farcical law. At one hand, customarily by forbidding the smoking at public places the government is their duty, but by defying the law, the smokers are doing their duty.

By putting restaurants and hotels under Smoking Act 2003, is remarkably a superb step towards creating an ennobling and enriching social health network. ‘Buts’ and ‘ifs’ are maximum in numbers if we study the activities in hotels and restaurants. The hotels are the luxury-oriented luscious places on marrying spree. ‘No smoking’ from May 1 is a sequel to ‘No Smoking Tobacco Day’ on May 31. Nationwide social awareness campaign should be launched against ‘Smoking’, as it is becoming a root of major health hazards.

I, as a citizen of democratic set up, humbly pray to those doctor fraternity who, instead of discovering smoking, smoke or promote smoking vicariously. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) should give a call to their own members to shun smoking by doctors.

A cigarette packet is the common demand of petty clerks in Haryana secretariat buildings after getting the petty work done. A tricky practice of an official reflected through give and take system at Chandigarh offices promote the culture of smoking by unethical means adopted as ‘shukrana’ (cigarette packets). Some scrupulous clerks get the `cigarette packet’s from customers and return them to the shopkeeper in the evening. What a ‘Najrana’ culture adopted by petty clerks of Haryana!

The need of the hour is to implement the same acts spiritedly. May this act not licks the dust like other acts such as no dowry act, child marriage act, etc.

Ramautar Yadav, Rewari

Paper leak: Onus on parents also

The recent CBSE paper leak has raised a big question mark over our examination system, the law-enforcing agencies and their security methods during the competitive exams.@@The paper leak has also brought disgrace to the parents. And now it is an open fact that the rich and powerful parents misuse money and power for such shameful acts.@@What remains to be seen is how the government, the police and the judiciary handle such cases? I strongly feel that the parents and others involved in such cases should be punished severely as soon as possible.@@Aaditi Sinha, Rewari

Soaps for whom?

Nowadays, the storyline of most of the TV serials telecast on various TV channels is about neo-rich upper middle class families; majority from corporate sectors, running large-scale business ventures, living in palatial houses, with their women folk laden with diamond studded jewellery, wearing sparkling clothes and owning latest model cars.

These TV serial producers perhaps don’t realise it. As many as 70 per cent of Indians live in rural areas, most of them below the poverty line. Even in urban areas, most of the people reside in jhuggies very miserably, without enough power and water.

In the given context, TV serial producers should be objective in their approach to the problems of poor and underprivileged people, living in rural/urban areas.

They should also focus on the problems and issues concerning the common man and the society, such as dowry, female foeticide, population explosion, AIDS TB, cancer, smoking etc.

If the films like ‘Mother India’ and ‘Do Bigha Zameen’, based on rural backgrounds, and films like ‘Anand’ ‘Dil Ek Mandir Hai’, based on cancer, can by highly successful on box office, why can’t the TV serial makers, produce serials on topics suggested in the letter.

O. P. Sharma, Faridabad

Breaching model code of conduct

Is it covered within the model code of conduct to the Muslims by creating 2 lakh jobs of Urdu teachers in UP by Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji? Is it not an affronting step to Hindi land?

The BJP in Haryana promised university and hospitals for Mewat. Is it not again a policy of appeasement and violation of model code of conduct as well?

Again a university promised by BJP candidate, Ram Bilas Sharma from Bhiwani and Kuldeep Bishnoi of Congress. Is it not temptation of ‘wannables’ and ‘winnables’ to woo the voters who are equally gullible like Mewat? How many university are there in Haryana?

The crux of the matter is that south Haryana, specially Rewari and Mahendergarh districts, are deprived of university. And anyone comes with a promise of a university to south Haryana will get some favour. While the regional centre is at Rewari, Ch Devi Lal university in Sirsa, two university-systems at Hisar, one at Rohtak, are hanging in fire. So, can these promises be materialised again?

Our humble appeal to all candidates to declare one university more at Mohindergarh. Like wise, to promise one university to Ahirwal, will not be a violation of model code of conduct.

Dhiraj Yadav, Rewari

Kudos for SC

Indeed it is a matter of great pleasure and of satisfaction that the Supreme Court has passed orders on the fee hike by the unaided school of Delhi for the last seven years. This will give a big relief to the parents of children who have been saved from the clutches of vicious circle of commercialisation of education.

These schools had raised the fees by 40 per cent sometime back in 1997. After seven years, the verdict has been announced in right time.

There is no doubt that the authorities of schools are doing a noble cause for implementing studies.

They must keep it in mind that education is to be spread with least money be collected from the parents rather than to loot them in a threatening manner. For God sake, treat it like a profession and not a business.

Subhash C Taneja, Rohtak


Flesh trade flourishing in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 14
Flesh trade is reported to be thriving in this city and its surrounding areas in the absence of any effective checking by the police and the district administration.

According to a report, the high-class segment, indulging in this trade, is using mobile phones to evade detection and get immediate information in case of raids if carried out by the police.

Raids on posh hotels on the National Highway No 1, between Murthal and Ganaur, and arrests of a few couples a few months ago have exposed the illegal activities of some hotel owners encouraging flesh trade in the area.

Sources disclose that cyber cafes in and around the city are increasingly being used to set up meetings. Close cabins offered by many of the Internet cafes here are taken on rent to show girls to a prospective client. Couples then leave for a pre-decided place, which is either a hotel or a guesthouse or even a residence in the posh colonies of the city.

Incidents, which went mostly unreported, pertaining to fights in several posh residences led to the exposure of these being used as brothels.

The sources also point out that several posh residences and guest houses in Model Town, Jiwan Nagar, old DC road, guest houses near the general bus stand, sectors 14 and 15, and hotels on the G T Road are the host to such activities.

It is also learnt that several guesthouses of various government departments are similarly being used for this trade and the police, including senior offcials, are allegedly aware of it.

Powerful leaders, bureaucrats, businessmen, traders and government employees are involved in the trade and they pay pimps who run the racket and in turn “keep policemen” on their monthly payment rolls.

A few months ago, the police had arrested five persons, along with the women, in a raid at a posh hotel on the GT Road, run by a powerful Haryana politician after the public mounted pressure on the police.

However, no prominent person landed in the police net, which, the sources say, speaks volumes of the power nexus in this trade. Those arrested in this raid include four women from Delhi and one from Sonepat. Later on, the police sent their challans in the court of law.

Meanwhile, representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations have expressed their grave concern over the ongoing flesh trade activities in a tourist resort at Rai, run by the Haryana Tourism

Corporation, and urged the police authorities to conduct the raids and apprehend those officials and employees of this resort indulging in flesh-trade.

In a joint press statement issued here, they also alleged that some of the officials and the employees work as middlemen for the persons who bring with them the girls from Delhi and other places for flesh trade.

A majority of the girls are said to be working in PCOs and beauty parlours.

The representatives of these organisations further alleged that all entries in this tourist resort were on fake names.

A high-level inquiry into this racket is likely to expose the misdeeds of the officials. They also demanded immediate transfers of the officials to ensure an independent and important move into it.


Six-member gang of carjackers busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The East district police claimed to have busted a gang of six carjackers who used to take away the vehicles by killing the drivers after hiring them from tour operators. The police also claimed to have recovered three countrymade pistols from their possession.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Nuzhat Hassan said that the police received secret information that one Inderjeet, alias Inder, resident of Ghaziabad, was active in the district and accordingly he was arrested.

During interrogation he revealed that he and his gang members were involved in several cases of carjacking and had killed taxi drivers in remote places of Uttar Pradesh after hiring the vehicles. Inderjeet also said that he and his gang members used to strangulate the drivers and dispose of the vehicles in Nepal and Firozabad.

The police immediately launched a trap and arrested his five accomplices who were identified as Vinod, resident of Firozabad, Jamuna Singh, resident of Ghaziabad, Jasveer, alias Kala, Shankar Yadav and Lalit, alias Lucky, residents of Sultanpuri.


BHEL gets notice for failure to complete
Pali unit’s work
Parmindar Singh

Noida, May 14
The UP Power Corporation has issued a notice to the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for having failed to complete the civil works in connection with 400 KV power generating unit at Pali.

BHEL has been asked to clarify the reasons for delay in completing the civil works within the specified time frame.

In case the company’s reply is found dis-satisfactory, the allotted works could be cancelled, says the UPPC’s letter.

It may be recalled, the then Power Minister Ch. Hukam Singh had laid the foundation stone of the 400 KV Power House, near Pali village, in Greater Noida, two years ago. The power to be generated at the Pali power-house was meant to meet power-shortage in Noida and Greater Noida areas. The project was supposed to be set up at an estimated cost of Rs100 crore at that time.

According to the contract awarded to Bharat Heavy Electricals, the civil works of the project, worth Rs 30 crore, were to be completed by April 30, 2004.

However, so far, only 25 per cent civil work has been complete, The Power Corporation pointed out.

In a review meeting held on May 6, the BHEL representative reported that in spite of their best efforts, it had not been possible to complete the work as per the schedule.

BHEL had sub-contracted this work to a firm Asha and Co., which did not have any experience in this field.

It is only after this that formal notice has been issued to BHEL by the UP Power Corporation’s General Manager GC Gupta of the Project Division. Mr Gupta said that another six months are required for installing equipment after the completion of the civil works, which should have been completed by April 30, 2004.

Now this work is scheduled to be completed by December this year.

The project will become functional by March 2005. By June, next year, the power station should start producing power if all goes well, Mr Gupta added.


IA ground staff strike work

New Delhi: The ground staff of the Indian Airlines (IA) posted at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) went on a flash strike today over suspension of two employees and alleged “harassment” by the police following disappearance of 25 kg of gold worth Rs 1.14 crore last week.

The strike at the airport today caused delay in luggage clearance and the public were put to inconvenience. The consignment of gold went missing while being ferried from Mumbai to Delhi on last Friday. The strikers also alleged that the police had been harassing them during investigations into the case. TNS

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