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We’re demoralised, Sheila rues Sonia’s decision
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
Regretting INC president Sonia Gandhi’s decision not to accept prime ministership, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said it would have a demoralising effect on the party.

“We are heartbroken. We are demoralised,” Dikshit, considered a confidante of Gandhi, said amid efforts by the senior party leaders to persuade the INC president to reconsider her stand.

Stressing that Sonia’s decision would have a ‘demoralising’ impact on the party across the country, the Chief Minister said, “We are there because of her. She is our inspiration.”

“It is due to her inspiring leadership that the party has performed so well in the elections,” Dikshit said. “It is shocking to find suddenly that she is not there to lead the country.”

Pointing out that she, along with others, had tried to persuade Sonia to reconsider her decision, Dikshit said the INC president’s response was “no”.

Asked on the possibility of Sonia refusing to reconsider her decision and nominating somebody else to head the government, the Chief Minister said, “She is our leader, we have to accept and respect her decision.”

Effigies of Vajpayee, Advani burnt

Effigies of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his deputy L. K. Advani were burnt by the Congress workers today to protest against their raising the issue of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin. A large number of Congress activists gathered at Jantar Mantar today to set ablaze the effigies.

Demonstrating at the Jantar Mantar here, party workers also burnt the effigies of BJP president Venkaiah Naidu and former ministers Sushma Swaraj and Pramod Mahajan.

The workers said the BJP leaders’ stance which forced Mrs Gandhi to do a ‘rethink’ on her taking over the mantle of the country’s Prime Minister was ‘’undemocratic, prejudiced and preposterous’’.

Shouting slogans against the BJP and its leadership, Congressmen from all over Delhi, led by their leader Chaudhary Prem Singh, decried the ‘base-level campaign’ of its Central leadership against party president Sonia Gandhi, right on the eve of her being anointed the Prime Minister.

The gathering later marched to 10, Janpath, the official residence of Mrs Sonia Gandhi, to ‘apprise’ her of their ‘determination’ to accept ‘only her’ as the Prime Minister.


Security beefed up for Sonia
Tribune News Service

Sonia supporters up in arms at 10 Janpath in the Capital
Sonia supporters up in arms at 10 Janpath in the Capital. — A Tribune photograph

New Delhi, May 19
Security was further strengthened outside 10 Janpath, the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, seeing the agitated mood of thousands of party workers. About 200 personnel of the BSF and the CRPF along with commandoes of Delhi Police were deployed there.

The BSF and the CRPF personnel in full gear, the latter including RAF troops, were deployed along with the commandoes of the Delhi Police outside Sonia’s residence. Machine gun-wielding BSF personnel took position at important points.

A senior police official said, “Additional deployment was made as thousands of Congress supporters are coming in and we are apprehensive about the law and order situation here.”

Thousands of agitated Congress workers from all over the country, who have descended on 10 Janpath since yesterday, were demanding that Sonia should reconsider her decision. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up outside senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh’s residence at 19 Safdarjung Road amidst indications that he would be the next Prime Minister.

Ex-Cong MP booked for attempt to suicide

The police have registered a case of attempt to suicide against former Congress MP Ganga Charan Rajput. The MP threatened to commit suicide yesterday, outside the residence of Sonia if she did not accept the post of Prime Minister. The police said a case has been registered in this regard for creating a drama. Soon after, he threatened to kill himself with his licensed pistol. However, the police managed to overpower him.

The Congress leader had lost the Hamirpur ticket in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. He also posed a threat to the crowd as he possessed a loaded weapon.

Since Rajput and other Congress workers yesterday resorted to shouting slogans and blocking roads, the police had a tough time managing security in and around the area. Even today, the police ordered additional security arrangements at the place, apprehending similar dramatic situations.

The angry Congress workers today broke the windows of the party office and also injured journalists in protest, demanding that Sonia Gandhi should reconsider her decision and take over as the Prime Minister of India. There was chaos outside Ms Gandhi residence as hordes of Congress workers from across the country camped outside and even manhandled a senior Congress leader. PCR vans were pressed into service and the police personnel were asked to remain alert to deal with any emergency.


Realtors, financiers suffer huge losses
Parmindar Singh

Noida, May 19
With the exit of BJP and the resulted crash in share market, land prices in Noida and Greater Noida seem to have slumped steeply.

Dozens of real estate dealers have reportedly packed up or are about to do so as each of them has already suffered huge losses.

In view of good residential colonies, broad roads, telecom facilities, lots of greenery, infrastructure, better schools and educational institutions, thousands of people had applied for residential plots during the past seven years. However, political instability in the state and some of the recent developments, like scrapping of GB Nagar district had thrown a spanner in the development works in the area.

The slump has affected those specialising in sale or purchase of residential, industrial or commercial plots. The people had generally preferred to make Noida and Greater Noida their home.

But the rates in the residential sectors which almost touched Rs 8000 per sq mt. are now stabilised at Rs 3,600 to Rs 5,600 per sq. metre.

According to realtors, the reason for instability of land prices is that financiers have virtually disappeared from the scene, of late.

According to Inderjeet Lal, a real estate dealer, some buyers have started trickling in the industrial market during the past fortnight.

By next month, some buyers of residential plots are also expected to come to the market.

According to another real estate dealer Sanjay Bansal, the bulk buyers of residential plots in the area have traditionally been the financiers and until the financier is in the market, an atmosphere of slump is likely to persist. This slump has also affected other trades and professions, he added. 


Illegal phone exchanges busted in Delhi, Gurgaon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
With the arrest of one person, the Delhi Police Special Cell today claimed to have busted illegal telephone exchanges in Delhi and Gurgaon, which caused loss of several crores to the government and other service providers.

After receiving an information from the Department of Telecommunication that someone is involved in running illegal telephone exchanges, the sleuths arrested one Navin Kumar Grover (48), resident of Mansarover Garden and detected the illegal telephone exchanges in Mansarover Garden and Jhandewalan in Delhi and Udyog Vihar in Gurgaon.

During the raid, the sleuths along with officials of Department of Telecom, MTNL, VSNL and Reliance, seized several equipment, including computers, cell phones, transformers which were used for running the exchanges.

During interrogation, Navin told the sleuths that in September 2003, he came into contact with one Nicholas Soo of I Basis in Burlington, USA and he persuaded him to set up the exchange.

Soo suggested Navin to use Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), and accordingly, Navin had set up four VOIPs in India and Soo routed all his international calls from the USA and other countries through this line, causing a huge loss.

For setting up the exchanges, Navin had taken 90 telephone connections of WLL and GSM from Reliance, Airtel, Dolphine and Tata teleservices.

These telephone lines were directly interfaced with the Internet leased lines of M/s Dishnet DSL, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd and ISDN of BSNL for automatic switching over to international calls.

The sleuths said that approximately these illegal telephone exchanges caused a revenue loss of Rs 75 lakh per month.


Robbery cases on the rise in Faridabad
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 19
The scorching heat seems to be coinciding with the increase in the criminal incidents of looting and snatching. Reports of at least seven cases so far, have sent a chill down the spine of a common man. As many as three cases were reported yesterday. In one such case, two armed youths riding a motorcycle, looted Rs 1 lakh from one Chander Kishore, an owner of a brick kiln near Hodal, a subdivisional town, at gunpoint last evening. The victim was carrying the money to give wages to the workers.

In another incident yesterday, two scooter-borne assailants snatched the bag from an employee of a factory, containing Rs 40,000, which he had drawn

from a bank in Sarai Khawaja area. The victim was identified as Deepak. He said in his complaint that he was going on a cycle at the time of the incident. The accused came on an unnumbered scooter and were wearing helmets.

In the third incident, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from a woman in the Sainik Colony area near Sector 49. The woman, a South Indian, told the police that when she was coming towards her house on a cycle-rickshaw, the accused snatched the chain from her neck and fled away within seconds. This is second such case in past four days. A purse and mobile phone of a woman was snatched by two youths in the old Faridabad area recently.

The police booked some cases of thefts in the past 24 hours, in which the thieves decamped with the cash and valuables worth over Rs 1 lakh from two different spots, including Sector-8 here. One of the incidents took place in broad daylight. As many as a dozen cases of vehicle thefts have also been reported in the past 10 days.

The incidents, included theft of about Rs 1.5 lakh from a man in Sector-17 two days ago, loot of Rs 23,000 from a youth near NHPC Chowk on May 15, and looting Rs 12 lakh from a petrol pump near Neelam Chowk here on May 4. The case still to be traced out. The local residents want that the police to set up checking points at various places and roads where the traffic was less during the day and patrol the residential areas during the day and night. A spokesman of the Manav Sewa Samiti said that the police should check the movement of anti-social elements using two-wheelers.


Delhi trader strangled
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, May 19
A Delhi businessman Javed Alam, who had come for a swim in the Mussori Ganga Canal along with his 11 friends, was strangled.

Later, acid was thrown on his face, chest and stomach so that he could not be identified.

Looking for him for the past three days, his family found his body in a drain near Tehra village fields. The family members suspected his friends for the crime. No case has been registered yet.

A resident of Mata Sundri Lane, New Delhi, Javed Alam’s father Ahmed Hassan, runs a cloth business at a number of places in Delhi. Javed Alam had a shop in Meena Bazar, Delhi.

Javed had come to Ghaziabad and then to Mussori Ganga Canal for swimming along with his friends. The party had travelled in two Indica and one Maruti cars. All, but Javed Alam, had returned homes in Delhi by the evening.

His friends told Ahmed Hassan that Javed had returned all alone in his car. The family members searched for him the whole day on Monday.

A missing report was then lodged in Delhi’s IP Estate police station. A report was also filed in Mussori police station by Javed’s friend Akram, but the Mossori police did not pursue the matter seriously as it was a Delhi case.

The family members stumbled on Javed’s body at about 5.30 pm on Tuesday which was stuck in a drain near Tehra village. He was wearing underwear only. There were signs of a rope tightened around his neck. His family members allege that Javed was made to consume liquor, after which he was strangled and his body thrown in the drain.

The police, who are investigating the matter, have sent the body for a postmortem.



Two robbed of Rs 80,000

Sonepat: Five unidentified armed persons are reported to have looted Rs 80,000 from two persons, Raghubir and his relative Howa Singh, while they were going on a motorcycle from Malikpur village in Sonepat district to Karnal last night.

According to a report, the miscreants followed them from the Malikpur village and when they reached near Kapri village, they were waylaid and attacked with sharp-edged weapons. They also reportedly snatched Rs 80,000 from them and escaped. Both Raghbir and his relative Howa Singh, who sustained serious injuries were admitted to a trauma centre at Karnal and stated to be out of danger.

The police are investigating the case and the alleged miscreants are still at large. A hunt is on to apprehend them.

According to another report, the Kundli police have arrested four persons named in the FIR in connection with the arson and looting case of Kheri Manjat village last week. The police also launched a hunt for other persons stated to be the residents of Rajpur and Bhari villages who are also involved in this case.

The culprits had struck in the house of one Madan Parkash Sharma and set it on fire and looted the cash and other valuables worth lakhs.

A dispute over the house is stated to be the cause of the incident. — OC


Chautala to meet INLD workers today
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 19
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will chair two meetings here tomorrow, which include the INLD workers’ meeting. This will be his first tour of the town since the drubbing received by the INLD in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

It is learnt that Mr Chautala will interact with leaders and party workers to find out the reasons behind the poor performance and the work done by prominent activists.

The CM will also attend the District Grievances and Redressal Committee at the MCF auditorium to dispose of about 10 complaints that have been put on the agenda.

Meanwhile, according to the authorities at Jalwal only one nomination had been received so far for the by-election for two wards representation in the Jalwal Municipal Committee to be held on June 20 next.


HPCC issues show-cause notices to 22 leaders
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 19
The Disciplinary Committee of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has issued show-cause notices to at least 22 office-bearers and leaders of the party, asking them to explain within 15 days why they should not be placed under suspension for opposing the official party nominee, Mr Dharampal Singh Malik, who lost the Lok Sabha elections from the Sonepat parliamentary constituency.

These leaders include Mrs Sumitra Chauhan, general secretary of the HPCC, Mr Vijay Chaudhary, president of the DCC (Urban), Mr Ramesh Kaushik, a former Haryana minister, Mr Satyapal Chauhan, Mr Rajbir Dahiya, Mr Jaiveer Antil and Mr Suman Singh. All of them are stated to be supporters of Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda who was elected from the Rohtak seat.

The action of the Disciplinary Committee of the HPCC has caused panic among office-bearers and leaders of the party who are contemplating sending replies to the show-cause notices served upon them.

Some of them have received such notices but others have so far not received the same.

The notices have been reportedly issued by Mr Jai Singh Rana, president of the Disciplinary Committee of the HPCC, on the complaint of Mr Dharampal Singh Malik.

He has alleged that these leaders had opposed him in the Lok Sabha elections and this was the main cause of his defeat despite a pro-Congress wave in the state.

Party sources say that Mr Malik has also made a complaint against Mr Jatinder Singh Malik, MLA and president of the DCC (Rural), but the Disciplinary Committee has not issued a show-cause notice to him as the complaint had been sent to the party high command for taking action against him.


We saved Rs 1,000 cr by finishing work ahead of time: Metro MD
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Managing Director E Sreedharan, who set new standards of efficiency and competence in the country, has said the Indian construction industry should manage time and finance properly and upgrade technology to be able to compete globally.

In a pep talk to industrialists at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Sreedharan said they should realise that time is money and finish work ahead of schedule. “This will help in saving a lot of money and create professionalism .... We saved more than Rs 1,000 crore by finishing work five to seven months ahead of time,” he said while speaking on Management of Big Construction Projects: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges.

Relating his experience with foreign consultants and contractors, he said they were able to finish work before time as they had formed a consortium. “Indian contractors should also set up a consortium of three or four companies and look beyond financial motives. Even within a consortium of foreign companies, the Indian contractor should play a dominant role and gain experience in the open battlefield.”

He said the Indian companies must have adequate in-house design consultants who would be able to improve the design of a project in a short period of time. “The contractors should also import machinery, which cut down on cost and are less noisy.”

He called for investing in human capital to improve the quality of labour. This must be down through more training institutes to augment the supply of skilled labour and associating ITIs with training of construction workers. “There should be stress more on professionalism than on profit,” he said.


Heat wave throw normal life out of gear
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 19
The Sonepat city and its surrounding areas have been in the grip of severe heat wave conditions for the past few days. And the drinking water crisis has added to the woes of thousands of residents.

According to a report, almost all the main bazaars and the shopping centres looked deserted at noon and the movement of traffic on the roads come virtually to a halt between 12 noon to 4 pm. The business of the shopkeepers was the worst hit.

Many social activists have come forward to offer cold drinking water to the passengers travelling on the incoming and outgoing trains passing through the Sonepat railway station. However, the Railway authorities have failed to maintain the supply of drinking water at the railway station. Taps remain almost dry during the day and night and the cold water was not available for the passengers.

The Daily Railway Passengers Welfare Association expressed their grave concern over the non-supply of cold water to the passengers at the railway station and blamed the officials of the Railways for the mess. It also alleged that the coolers installed at the railway station always remained defective during the summer season and the complaints of the commuters and the passengers are being ignored by the local officials.

The association urged the Union Railway Minister and the Chairman of the Railway Board to take a serious note of the complaints and ordered the transfers of all the officials found responsible for the water crisis at the railway station. It also threatened to launch an agitation and gherao the officials at the railway station if no action was taken against the erring officials. 


Boycott soft drinks, demands alert women’s group
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
The Alert Woman Rights Protection Society (AWRPS) today demanded boycott of soft drinks and instead use of indigenous jal jeera, nimbu pani, shikanji, lassi and fruit juice. Activists of the AWRPS and the Society for Corruption Reforms (SCR) organised a dharna at Jantar Mantar against the sale of the soft drinks.

The national president of the AWRPS, Mrs Munesh Panwar, said Coca Cola sold in Saharpur was not fit to be drunk. People reported to have developed vomiting, dysentery and stomach ache after drinking the Coca Cola. Mrs Munesh Panwar had undergone an operation in PGI in Chandigarh as she was a regular drinker of Coca Cola. They raised their finger against the National Inquiry Parliamentary Committee and former Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Mrs Panwar who is still under treatment at the PGI demanded a survey of victims of soft drinks, saying that the government should help them get compensation

The companies involved in the production of the drinks should be punished and they should not be allowed to work in India.

She said that the AWRPS had sent a letter of complaint and a legal notice to Coca Cola company through an advocate of the Allahabad High Court. But the company did not respond.


Entries invited for best young manager contest
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
“Transformation Through People, For the People” will be the theme of the AIMA-Tata Steel 30th National Competition for Young Managers (NCYM) being organised by the All India Management Association this year. The last date of entries for the competition is May 31.

Three-member teams of executives under 35 years of age from individual corporates and organisations can participate in the competition. The regional rounds will commence from July culminating in the grand finale in New Delhi in August. An organisation can send as many teams as it wishes.

The NCYM will provide a unique opportunity to young managers to demonstrate their knowledge, experience, professional excellence, creativity and leadership to prepare them for bigger roles in their respective organisations.

The participating teams will be required to first submit a written presentation of 4000-5000 words to the regional centres. They will then make an oral presentation at the regional round before a panel of judges in the regional centres of New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.

The two best teams from each region will then be selected to make the final presentations at the grand finale in New Delhi.

Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams of the finals and for the Best Young Manager 2004.


Pt Tigunait writes biography of Himalayan sage
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
Himalayan Institute Publications has recently launched the book, “At the Eleventh Hour” by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, the successor of Swami Rama and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, has been lecturing and teaching worldwide for more than a quarter of a century. He is a regular contributor to the “Yoga International” magazine and the author of 12 books, including the best-selling “At the Eleventh Hour: The Biography of Swami Rama of the Himalayas”.

Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates, one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral forms. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jain, and Zoroastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

In “At the Eleventh Hour” Panditji describes Swamiji’s life and his own experiences with Swamiji. The book is a biography of the eminent sage of the Himalayas who mastered the practices of yoga and brought to the West a system for understanding the mysteries of body, mind and spirit. It is also a delightful story of the guru-disciple relationship.

Swamiji worked hard all day and slept very little. But no matter what hour of the day, Panditji always found him fully present in the moment. Swamiji enjoyed everything he did: meditating, watching TV, writing books, playing with children, attending important guests, playing tennis, conducting business, music, painting, discussing spiritual matters. These were all different ways of worshipping God.

While recalling his time spent with his master, Panditji says, “While translating his book ‘Living with the Himalayan Masters’ he often interrupted my reading to elaborate on the experiences he had not mentioned in the book. These were both fascinating and enriching. I had no time to write them down then but I tucked them away in my heart for safekeeping.”

Pandit Rajmani says, “Swamiji’s life story shows us how to discover the connection between ourselves and the divine, how to surrender our personal desire to divine will, how to unfold our potential to its fullest, how to be successful in the world without losing sight of the higher purpose and meaning of life”.

According to the ‘Library Journal’, “Pandit Tigunait presents a riveting and enlightening biography of the master he loves and respects, interweaving the story of Swami Rama’s life, philosophy, and experiences with the wisdom of the masters throughout the ages.”


Plea to conduct SGPC poll on schedule
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
The president of the Punjab Sikh Navjawan Munch has appealed to the Chief Gurdwara Election Commissioner for conducting elections to the general house of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee as scheduled. Its elections are held after every four years.

Sardar Verka also appealed to the Sikh community in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal to make sure that they would vote and choose the desirous candidate for the supreme religious Sikh body (mini parliament of Sikhs), the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The political body of the Sikhs, the Shiromani Akali Dal, should give the ticket to only those persons who are dedicated to the service of the Sikh Panth and are always ready for the betterment of the Sikh gurdwaras. They must be devoted to Sikhs and strictly follow the Sikh code of conduct.


12 cops hurt in anti-encroachment campaign
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 19
As many as 12 policemen were grievously injured in stone pelting by villagers yesterday in village Raipur in anti-encroachment drive. A heavy police force had accompanied Noida Authority anti-encroachment team to demolish illegally constructed houses in village Raipur on Express Highway. Hundreds of villagers opposing the demolishing squad had rained brick-bats on cops.

The police started action against the guilty villagers after filing an FIR. The unauthorised houses had been illegally built by villagers on land under Khasra No. 480, 481, 483, and 484, which had been acquired by the Noida Authority. And that the piece of land is considered very crucial for the Noida Authority.

Apart from houses and shops, one school had also been built by the villagers on this acquired land, which have been razed to ground. Some villagers had built boundary walls to occupy plots of land illegally. All were razed to ground by the Authority bulldozers.

Some people had tried to put the demolishing off by bluffing that they had obtained a stay order from a court on the land. The main grouse of the villagers, however, was that they had not been paid the compensation for their land by the Noida Authority yet and the Authority was acting in a high-handed manner in destroying their houses on their own land.

They also alleged that the lathi-wielding police and PAC cops had chased the villagers into their houses and seriously injured a large number of them after the demolition of their houses.

Congress leader, Devi Dayal, who had unsuccessfully contested the recent Lok Sabha polls, demanded an inquiry in to this campaign.


Minister urged to make Inter-City stoppage at Sonepat

Sonepat, May 19
The Daily Railway Passengers Welfare Association today urged the outgoing Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar and the Chairman of the Railway Board to order immediate stoppage of 4521-UP New Delhi-Bhatinda Inter-City Express at Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal to enable the long-distance passengers to board this train and reach their destinations on time.

In a press release, it pointed out that the train leaves New Delhi railway station at 3.50 pm, which passes through Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal without any halt on these stations, leaving the waiting passengers stranded on these railway stations. It also claimed that there were very few passengers seen travelling in the train and most of the coaches remain empty and in such a way the Railways has been suffering a huge loss on account of this.

Further, the association pointed out that it is very important to have a halt of this train at Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal to facilitate the large number of passengers including commuters to board this train and reach their destinations on time. The problem of non-availability of proper train service during the peak hours in the evening has caused strong resentment among the passengers, it added. — OC


ncr briefs
Fake pouches of pan masala seized
Our Correspondents

Noida, May 19
The Noida police have arrested three persons in possession of three rolls who were selling fake “Tulsi” and “Pan Parag Gutka”.

Three lakh pouches could be prepared from one roll, the Sector 20 police said. The police had learnt that in a factory in E-3, Sector 6, Noida, the sale and purchase of branded fake pouches was taking place. The police started keeping a vigil on the premises.

On Wednesday, three persons in a Santro car (UP-16-2809) pulled up before the factory and started unloading rolls of duplicate pouches. They were arrested by the police and 12 bundles of pouches of “Tulsi” and “Pan Parag” were seized.

The arrested persons identified themselves as Sunil Gupta, Pushpinder and Mangat Ram, Sunil Gupta being the kingpin of the illegal business. The police checked these pouches with a factory in Sector 6 where the original pouches are printed. It was confirmed by experts in this factory that the pouches recovered by the police were duplicate.

The police are trying to find out as to where these pouches were packed and who else was involved in this apparently flourishing trade.

Youth shot dead

Jhajjar: A youth, Narener (23), was shot dead by six assailants in the Mandothi village of the district late last night.

According to information, the deceased, was sitting with one Azad, late in the evening, when six persons of the same village arrived there and fired indiscriminately on Narender. He died on the spot.

The assailants were identified as Raju, Dharampal, Dinesh, Kartar, Kaher Singh and another unidentified person.

The culprits fled in their Maruti car after committing the crime. The police have registered a case in this connection. Personal enmity is stated to be the reason behind the murder.

Two arrested

Sonepat: The Sadar police arrested two youths, Naresh and Amar Singh of Banwasa village, in connection with a case of murderous assault registered with the police under sections 307, 323 and 34 of IPC.

Both the accused had been evading their arrest since the registration of the case. When they reached their house last night the police got a secret information about them and carried out surprise raid in their house and arrested them consequently. Both the accused were produced before the Judicial Magistrate, Mr Rakesh Singh, who remanded them to the 14-day judicial custody and sent them to the district jail.

According to another report, the Civil Lines police have arrested a youth Ashok under Section 109 Cr.P.C. following his failure to disclose his whereabouts before the police. The arrested youth belonged to Rajiv Nagar.

Meanwhile, the police arrested a youth, Montu, in connection with the alleged murder of Mr Mange Ram of Delhi and the arrested youth belonged to Kartar Nagar Delhi. The culprit had thrown the body near Ganaur after the murder to save himself from the arrest. The police, during the course of investigations, had identified the body and solved the murder.

Chautala to visit city on May 27

SONEPAT: The Haryana Chief Minister and INLD chief Mr Om Parkash Chautala is scheduled to visit the city on May 27 in connection with his mass contact campaign.

According to a report, he will address a meeting of the party workers in the park of the Sonepat Municipal Council. Mr Chautala is also likely to announce various concessions to traders and other sections of the society.

This will be his first visit after the crushing defeat of his party in the Lok Sabha elections in the state. 


Delhi digest
Biodiversity park to acquaint children with nature
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
A biodiversity park, spread over 670 acres in the picturesque Aravali range, has been developed as a camping ground for school children with the objective of acquainting them with nature.

Inaugurating the park, Lt Governor Mr Vijai Kapoor said yesterday, “it will serve as a heritage site for the Aravali biodiversity and render education and cultural services to the urban society.”

The camps for children have been organised in association with Delhi University with nature trails, debates, group discussions, clay modelling and paper craftwork. During the camp, children will also raise nursery saplings and plant saplings of different plant species.

The camping site developed has an amphitheatre surrounded by woodlands and water bodies, which will support the natural flora and fauna of the place. The site promotes environmental awareness through learning and living with nature and has been created with tents and a kitchen so that the 1,700 schools of Delhi, which have nature clubs, can easily participate in such activities.

According to a release, when fully developed, the park will also serve as a recharge point for ground water aquifers, buffer the ambient temperature and provide the much needed vegetation cover.

New Additional Director of CBI

A 1971 batch Tamil Nadu Officer of the Indian Police Service, Mr D. Mukherjee, today joined as Additional Director in the CBI. Prior to his joining the CBI, Mr Mukherjee was member, Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board.

Born in Ranchi in Jharkhand, Mr Mukherjee had his education from Patna. He was a topper in Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Chemistry from Patna Science College. He has considerable experience in the filed of anti-corruption. He has also worked for over 12 years in the CBI earlier in the capacities of Superintendent of Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police (P), Joint Director (S).

He has been decorated with the Presidents Police Medal for distinguished services and police medal for meritorious service.

Ishwar Das elected Chairman in city zone

The following members have been elected for the posts of chairman, deputy chairman of the ward committees and members of the Standing committee from their respective wards in the elections held yesterday:

Mr Ishwar Dass, chairman, Ms Neetu Verma, deputy chairman, in the city zone; Mr Meer Singh, chairman in the South zone, Mr Rakesh Joshi, chairman, Ms Sunita Bharti, deputy chairman, in the West zone; Mr Nathu Ram Nagar, chairman, Mrs Madhu Arya, deputy chairman in Civil Lines zone, Mr Maha Narain Mishra, chairman, Mr Ram Kishore Nawaria, deputy chairman in Najafgarh zone.

Those who have been elected as the members of the Standing Committee are: Mr Zamir Ahmed Munna, Mr Satbir Singh, Mr Sanjay Puri, Mr Mukesh Goel and Mrs Rajenderi Sehrawat.

The elections for chairman and deputy chairman in Rohini and Shahadra (South) zone will be held tomorrow.


One killed, five injured in road accidents
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 19
One person was killed and five others, including a woman, were injured in different road accidents on the national highway no 1 here last night.

According to a report, the victim was identified as Virender Kumar Sura, a civil engineer. He was going on his scooty to Delhi when he was hit by an unknown vehicle near Kundli village along the Haryana-Delhi border.

The police have registered the case and sent the body for a postmortem examination.

The injured persons include Mr Yash, a resident of Sector 15, Mr Ishwar of Larsauli village and Mr Bijender of Mohalla Kot, Sonepat.

The police are still investigating into the cases. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

Juvenile delinquents attempt sodomy

Three juvenile delinquents reportedly made an attempt to sodomise another inmate of the Bal Sudhar Graha here last night.

According to a report, the victim was rushed to the local civil hospital for medical examination. Authorities at the Bal Sudhar Graha did not make a comment on the issue. The police have also not been informed in this connection.

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