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Export racket unearthed
New Delhi, July 21
With the arrest of one Lalit Mishra (40), the Economic Offences Wing claims to have unearthed a bogus export scam in which several exporters of Delhi, Jaipur, Benaras and Noida were cheated out of crores of rupees on the pretext of arranging confirmed export orders for readymade garments and home furnishing items against LC’s. Tej Bahadur, the proprietor of one Falcon India Buying House, is at large and the sleuths have launched a hunt to nab him and his associates.

Nothing unusual about Safdarjung deaths: Govt
New Delhi, July 21
The government today submitted before the Delhi High Court that there was “nothing unusual” about the death of 142 children in Safdarjung Hospital here last month, and asserted that the high mortality rate was not due to lack of medical care.

Govt for investment in core infrastructure
New Delhi, July 21
The twin issues of Bijli (electricity) and Paani (water), which helped Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit secure an unprecedented second term in office late last year, did not find a pride of place in Lieutenant-Governor Banwari Lal Joshi’s address to the Delhi Legislative Assembly this morning.

Narcotics worth Rs 4.96 cr seized, 2 held
New Delhi, July 21
The Narcotics Branch of the Delhi Police have arrested two persons, including a woman, in two different cases and seized 4.96 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 4.96 crore in the international market.

MCD ordered to test drinking water
New Delhi, July 21
The Delhi High Court today directed the MCD for laboratory test of the drinking water supplied by the Delhi Jal Board civic body as a number of water-borne diseases had been reported in this season.




Lt-Governor B. L. Joshi addressing the Delhi Assembly in the Capital on Wednesday.
Lt-Governor B. L. Joshi addressing the Delhi Assembly in the Capital on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

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Officers of Jharkhand Intelligence Bureau coming out from the Delhi Police Headquarters after meeting the Commissioner of Police on the issue of arrest warrant of Union Minister Shibu Soren in the Capital on Wednesday.
Officers of Jharkhand Intelligence Bureau coming out from the Delhi Police Headquarters after meeting the Commissioner of Police on the issue of arrest warrant of Union Minister Shibu Soren in the Capital on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Hutch directed to compensate consumer
New Delhi, July 21
A Delhi consumer court today ordered cellular major Hutch to pay Rs 32,000 to a subscriber, besides refunding Rs 45, which the company wrongly charged for SMS services without delivering his messages.

Mother, sons get RI for dowry death
New Delhi, July 21
A City Court today sentenced a woman and two of her sons to rigorous imprisonment of various terms for causing the death of her daughter-in-law by demanding dowry and torturing her.

Gupta flays increase in parking rates
New Delhi, July 21
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, Mr Vijender Kumar Gupta, criticized the increase in car and scooter parking charges. With the increase in parking charges, he said, citizens will have to face additional burden.

Blood donation camp by PNB
New Delhi, July 21
The Chairman of Punjab National Bank, (PNB) Mr S. S. Kohli, inaugurated a 3-day blood donation camp organised by the bank at its head office. The bank employees donated more than 300 units of blood. A team of doctors and technicians from the Indian Red Cross Society assisted the blood donation camp.

Teacher shot in Javer
Noida, July 21
About half a dozen armed bandits barged into a school in Javer and shot dead a teacher. The miscreants fled after scaling the school boundary wall. As a result of the murder, all schools remained closed for the day in the town today. A murderous assault was made on the teacher a few months earlier also.

DHBVN making light of residents’ discomfort
Faridabad, July 21
With no respite from the sweltering heat and humidity, the situation seems to be getting worse for the residents of the town and district due to the imposition of unscheduled and frequent power cuts by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN). This has affected the supply of drinking water in many parts of this industrial township.

DU officials to show overstaying hostellers the door
New Delhi, July 21
Illegally occupying a room in the Delhi University’s PG hostels may no longer be easy. The officials are gearing up to tackle the menace which is causing space constraints and also a depression in the hostel’s fiscal health.

Medicinal plant, a fount of commercial benefits also
Faridabad, July 21
It is well known that human life is incomplete without trees and plants. However, some plants have immense value, besides the usual benefit of providing fruit and shade. ‘Jatropha Carcus’, locally known as ‘Ratanjot’, is one of them.

Fear dogs residents as crime rises in Ghaziabad
Greater Noida, July 21
There is growing panic among the people in the Ghaziabad-Noida belt after the recent spurt in criminal activities. Ever since the Samajwadi Party-led government in UP assumed the reins of power, the criminals have been emboldened while the police have failed to instil a sense of security among the people living in the region.

Delhi to host career fair
New Delhi, July 21
Leading national and international educational institutions are expected to participate in a career fair ‘Education Worldwide India’ in the Capital in the last week of July. The fair is being organised to provide the latest information on career options.

Heroin worth Rs 50 lakh seized, two nabbed
Noida, July 21
The police today recovered 500 gms of heroin from two persons who were arrested from Morna Crossing this morning. Two drug peddlers were nabbed from Morna Crossing at 11.30 am today by Sector-24 police after a tip-off. The accused were identified as Shafique and Phul Singh, alias Pandit.

Fashion razzmatazz
New Delhi, July 21
The much-awaited extravaganza in the Capital’s fashion circles, ‘Sukriti 2004’, is all set to be showcased on July 24 at Hotel Ashok here. 

Swimming championship
Faridabad, July 21
The annual district swimming championship will be conducted at Apeejay School, Sector 15, here on July 24 and 25.

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Export racket unearthed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
With the arrest of one Lalit Mishra (40), the Economic Offences Wing claims to have unearthed a bogus export scam in which several exporters of Delhi, Jaipur, Benaras and Noida were cheated out of crores of rupees on the pretext of arranging confirmed export orders for readymade garments and home furnishing items against LC’s. Tej Bahadur, the proprietor of one Falcon India Buying House, is at large and the sleuths have launched a hunt to nab him and his associates.

Acting on a tip-off, the sleuths received a complaint from one Ashwani Dewan, proprietor of M/s Rose International, a Delhi-based garment exporter that one Tej Bahadur Rai approached him with a huge export order from some foreign buyer worth several million US dollars.

The complainant, accordingly, entered into an agreement with Rai on January 21, 2003 for supply of various home furnishing items worth Rs 5.50 crore.

The agreement said that the silk fabric for preparing the home furnishing items would be supplied by M/s Falcon India through their associates M/s Dhanajay Silk Emporium. It also said that in no circumstances the complainant shall contact the LC applicant directly or indirectly without prior approval of Tej Bahadur Rai and any violation of this condition, the complainant would have to pay 20 per cent of the total amount of the LC to the accused.

The accused, Tej Bahadur Rai, issued a purchase order for 11,95,450 US dollars and arranged for an LC of the same amount in favour of Falcon India Buying House and later transferred it in the complainant’s name. The name of the overseas buyer was deliberately not disclosed to the complainant by the accused.

The complainant also paid Rs 223.67 crore to the accused on different dates between January 29 – April 24, 2003. Further, due to deliberate delays in approval of designs, packing and folding instructions, the complainant was able to export goods worth only Rs 11.25 lakh. Later, the complainant found out that there was no real foreign buyer and the accused had deliberately cheated him.

Four robbers arrested

With the arrest of four robbers, the New Delhi district police today claimed to have solved several robbery cases in Connaught Place, Bengali Market and Mandi House area. Two country-made weapons, knives and chilli powder were seized from their possession.

Acting on a tip-off that some suspicious elements were moving near the ABN Amro Bank in Connaught Place, the police rushed to the spot and apprehended four persons. They were later identified as Chandan, Hari Om, residents of Palam, Vishal and Sanjay, residents of Bihar.

The accused persons disclosed that they used to keep a close watch of people withdrawing money from the banks for robbing them.

They confessed that they had stabbed one Prem Chand, resident of Aligarh, after he had withdrawn Rs 4.95 lakh from the ABN Amro Bank in Connaught Place on June 24.

They were also involved in several snatching cases in Bengali Market and Mandi House. 
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Nothing unusual about Safdarjung deaths: Govt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The government today submitted before the Delhi High Court that there was “nothing unusual” about the death of 142 children in Safdarjung Hospital here last month, and asserted that the high mortality rate was not due to lack of medical care.

The Centre’s counsel, Mr Siddharth Mridul, told the court that this is not unprecedented and that the number is more or less the same every year. The deaths, he said, are basically because of the fact that most of the children come to the hospital at a very critical stage and Safdarjung does not return patients.

The Union Health Secretary, Mr J. V. R. Prasad Rao, who appeared before the court following a direction from the Bench of Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed, submitted that some “disgruntled” doctors and staff were behind the media reports on this issue.

However, on a specific query from the Bench, the Safdarjung Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr R. N. Salhan, admitted that the reported figures about the death of children were correct, but said they were not due to shortage of I.V. fluids or lack of medical care as reported in a section of the media.

The Bench wanted to know if the hospital needed any help from the government-monetary or otherwise, and asked the government/medical superintendent to file an affidavit detailing the steps taken as also its needs by July 28. The court also asked Mridul and Amicus Curiae Sanjeev Khanna to visit the hospital with Dr Salhan and file an affidavit after making their independent assessment of the sanitation and hygiene.

At the outset of the proceedings, Mr Mridul informed the court that the Union Health Minister, Mr A. Ramadoss, who is a doctor, had visited the hospital and found that there was no shortage of medicine or equipment for the treatment of ailing children, except some problems of sanitation.

He said on July 3, 11 deaths were reported, out of which eight occurred within 48 hours of their admission. Mr Rao assured the court that the government would extend all necessary help to the hospital in dealing with the problem. Dr Salhan told the court that about six thousand patients visit the OPD everyday and the number of general public coming to the hospital was about 20,000. In such a situation, it was difficult to maintain high standards of sanitation, he added. He, however, said the job was being outsourced.

Mr Khanna, who earlier visited the hospital, complained about the hospital lacking proper sanitation and cross-ventilation, which could be one of the reasons behind the high mortality rate.

The Bench had earlier taken suo moto cognizance of media reports in this regard and issued notices to the Centre and Safdarjung Hospital. It had expressed surprise over the fact that Rs 5.8 crore were returned by the hospital to the government “unutilised”.

According to official sources, investigations into the children’s death brought out that nearly 80 per cent of the them died in the first 48 hours of their admission, indicating they were already in a critical state. It was found that 142 of the 1,175 children admitted in June died this year, 114 in the first 48 hours itself. In June 2003, 116 children had died, sources said. 
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Govt for investment in core infrastructure
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The twin issues of Bijli (electricity) and Paani (water), which helped Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit secure an unprecedented second term in office late last year, did not find a pride of place in Lieutenant-Governor Banwari Lal Joshi’s address to the Delhi Legislative Assembly this morning.

Instead, the Lieutenant-Governor told the House, the Government of NCT of Delhi intends to make huge investment in the core infrastructure sectors comprising roads, fly-overs, expressways and hi-tech public transport system.

The investments will be made so that the national Capital becomes a world-class city before the 2010 Commonwealth Games gets under way and boast of state-of-the-art connectivity and environmentally sustainable technology to support its growing needs.

“Now, in the context of the Commonwealth Games, which are to be held here in 2010, our resolve gets further strengthened and the government will leave no stone unturned to realise this vision,” Lieutenant-Governor Joshi said at the outset.

Reading out the text of his address in Hindi, Mr Joshi said that 20 fly-overs have been thrown open for traffic and 12 more are in varying stages of completion. A project to decongest the Ashram–Sarita Vihar stretch of National Highway No 2 has been undertaken.

A new bridge linking Geeta Colony with Shanti Van (estimated cost Rs 180 crore) and another linking Karkari More and Pushta (estimated cost Rs 87 crore) have been planned and work on both the projects will begin later this month.

The government plans to restructure the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to improve its services. Two new Inter-State Bus Terminuses (ISBTs) will be established at Narela and Dwarka while the one at Sarai Kale Khan will be upgraded and provided with modern facilities.

Besides high-capacity buses, the government will introduce tamper-proof Smart Cards for registration of vehicle, licence, etc. Like concessional travel to students and others, the DTC has extended the facility of travelling at a nominal fare to senior citizens.

The government is considering reviving and modernising the aging Indraprastha Power Station and has also completed feasibility studies for setting up 1000 MW plant in Bawana. The performance of the private companies distributing electricity will be monitored.

He said that the Sonia Vihar water treatment plant was “nearly complete” but has not begun operating because of the delay in getting water from the Tehri Upper Ganga Canal for which talks are on with the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

The Lieutenant-Governor noted that the government has undertaken several campaigns to improve the environment. The forest cover has increased from 88 sq km in 1999 to 151 sq km. A centre for waste disposal will be set up at Ghazipur.

The government, he said, is considering the introduction of VAT as also restructuring the administrative set-up of MCD to make it more efficient. It is also in the process of publishing a human development report on the NCT of Delhi. Pointing out that the government attaches highest priority to probity in all public transactions, the Lieutenant Governor said that the anti-corruption machinery would be strengthened and those found guilty of corrupt practices will be dealt with strongly.

The government will attempt to strengthen Citizen’s Charter by incorporating service level guarantees in them. This will ensure that departments provide a satisfactory level of service to the people. E-governance will also be given an impetus.

The Lieutenant-Governor had to face embarrassing moments when the BJP tried to interrupt his address. As he talked about information technology, the BJP members shouted that the people be provided water first. Internet can come later, they said.
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Narcotics worth Rs 4.96 cr seized, 2 held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The Narcotics Branch of the Delhi Police have arrested two persons, including a woman, in two different cases and seized 4.96 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 4.96 crore in the international market.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Narcotics), Mr D. L. Kashyap, said that one person, identified as Yogesh Puri Goswami, was nabbed after the police received a tip-off that he would be coming near Hari Nagar depot to deliver a huge consignment.

It was revealed that Yogesh Puri Goswami was a resident of Rajasthan. The police seized 4.7 kilograms of heroin from his possession. The police are trying to trace his other associates in the national Capital.

In another case, the police nabbed a woman, identified as Chandra, and seized 265 grams of narcotics after receiving a tip-off that she would be coming near Shivaji Stadium, Connaught Place.

Three auto-lifters nabbed

With the arrest of three robbers, the North-East district police claimed to have worked out nine cases of vehicle and car stereo thefts in the district. The police also claimed to have recovered one Maruti car and one knife from their possession.

Based on a tip-off, the police nabbed Mohammad Ali, alias Fakru, resident of Shastri Park, Mohammad Naim, resident of Seelampur and Imran, alias Bablu, resident of Ghaziabad, while they were travelling in a Maruti van near Khazoori Chowk.
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MCD ordered to test drinking water
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The Delhi High Court today directed the MCD for laboratory test of the drinking water supplied by the Delhi Jal Board civic body as a number of water-borne diseases had been reported in this season.

A Bench, comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed, asked the MCD to take water sample from the tankers used for supplying it in various localities and other places, including the tanks, which are the main source for water supply in the city.

The Bench gave two weeks time to the MCD to get the samples tested from the Government authorised laboratory and fixed the next date of hearing on August 11.

The direction was given following submission of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a social worker Vikas Jain, who had alleged that despite bringing it to the notice of the municipal authorities, no urgent steps were taken for the prevention of cholera, which claimed several lives.

During the hearing, the Bench took exception to MCD passing the responsibility on the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

When the MCD counsel said it was the duty of the DJB to look after the maintenance of old pipelines and the rusting, which has been reported to be one of the cause for breakout of the water-borne disease, the Bench pulled the civic body for shirking its duty. “Primarily, it is the responsibility of MCD to look after public health,” the Bench observed.

In the status report filed by the MCD about the steps taken by it to check the bacterial disease, the civic body said the population staying in unauthorised colonies, JJ slums and urbanised villages, were more vulnerable to the water-borne diseases, including cholera. The counsel said there were 797 cases of cholera in the MCD zone and 12 in NDMC area in the recent months.

Maintaining that efforts have been made in the recent past to check the disease, the MCD said two-member team from National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, in May last, investigated the outbreak of diarrhoea and cholera in the city and submitted its report with a few recommendations.

The MCD said it has effected free distribution of chlorine tablets and ORS packets through depots, dispensaries and health centres to check the spread of cholera.

The civic body, in its five-point suggestion to evolve a solution to water-borne diseases, said sufficient supply of safe drinking water has to be maintained and water distribution network has to be checked for leaks and illegal tapping of main lines.
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Hutch directed to compensate consumer
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
A Delhi consumer court today ordered cellular major Hutch to pay Rs 32,000 to a subscriber, besides refunding Rs 45, which the company wrongly charged for SMS services without delivering his messages.

The court said that SMS means not only sending the message of the subscriber but the service charges can be taken only after the service is rendered by delivering the message...to discontinue such unfair trade for all times to come, this forum orders that Hutch will not, henceforth, debit the subscriber with SMS charges until the message is delivered.

The court noted that the complainant, Mr Dharam Pal Gupta, was put to mental agony, harassment and torture by Hutch and the company was deficient in service and therefore, it will pay Rs 30,000 as compensation to the complainant for deficiency in service and insult.

Mr Gupta, with mobile connection number 9811525341, found that despite repeated failure of SMS delivery, Rs 45 was deducted from his credit balance and called Hutch’s Customer Care cell number 9811098110 on July 24, last year to inform about the same. But Hutch executive, Vicky, rudely retorted that he did not have time for such grievances involving such “trifle” amount and said, he consumes soft drink for that amount daily, Mr Gupta alleged.

“Instead of redressing the complaint, the executive insulted the complainant, which was wholly unwarranted and speaks volumes about Hutch executives conduct in dealing with their subscribers,” stated the forum, comprising District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (North) President K. K. Chopra, members Neeru Mittal and S. C Jain. 
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Mother, sons get RI for dowry death
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
A City Court today sentenced a woman and two of her sons to rigorous imprisonment of various terms for causing the death of her daughter-in-law by demanding dowry and torturing her.

Additional Sessions Judge O. P. Saini sentenced Kamla to rigorous imprisonment for three years and imposed a fine of Rs 200 on her while handing down seven-year jail term to her two sons-Anil Kumar and Arvind Kumar.

Prema, who tied the knot with Kamla’s eldest son, Surrender in 1994, was hospitalised with severe burn injuries on March 22, 2000. In her dying declaration, Prema alleged that

Kamla, along with her sons, Anil and Arvind, used to torture her saying she did not bring sufficient dowry.

Anil and Arvind also used to instigate Surender to divorce her.
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Gupta flays increase in parking rates
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, Mr Vijender Kumar Gupta, criticized the increase in car and scooter parking charges. With the increase in parking charges, he said, citizens will have to face additional burden.

He said that in the meeting of the Standing Committee on July 7, it was decided that parking charges in respect of three multi-storeyed parking sites, namely at Church Mission Road, Gandhi Ground and Asaf Ali Road should be increased. 
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Blood donation camp by PNB
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The Chairman of Punjab National Bank, (PNB) Mr S. S. Kohli, inaugurated a 3-day blood donation camp organised by the bank at its head office. The bank employees donated more than 300 units of blood. A team of doctors and technicians from the Indian Red Cross Society assisted the blood donation camp.

Inaugurating the blood donation camp, Mr Kohli said the bank had organized 309 community-based programmes throughout the country, which included 72 free medical, eye and general check up camps, 10 camps to distribute artificial limbs, 45 tree plantation camps and 14 blood donation camps during the 2003-04, stated a press release by the PNB.

The bank donated Rs 6.85 crore to various societies, charitable institutions and organizations working for the weaker sections of the society. The bank has also contributed financially in the fight against diseases like diabetes, tuberculosis, kalazar, AIDS and leprosy. Donations were also extended for purchase of ambulances and medical equipments and construction of hospitals. The bank also contributed a sum of Rs 2 crore to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

IMA for rational use of injections

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has recommended the rational use of injections to the all its members.

In a statement related to injection safety practices, the IMA has said that millions of injections administered in the country were unsafe, leading to serious diseases and death.

To check the repercussions of unsafe injections, it has called for prescribing injection drugs only when non-injectable alternatives are not available.

Practising safe injection and waste disposal procedures have also been advocated by the IMA, which is also undertaking a massive orientation programme for its members on safe injection procedures.
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Teacher shot in Javer
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 21
About half a dozen armed bandits barged into a school in Javer and shot dead a teacher. The miscreants fled after scaling the school boundary wall. As a result of the murder, all schools remained closed for the day in the town today. A murderous assault was made on the teacher a few months earlier also.

Rajveer Sharma of village Dudera was a teacher in the Inter-College in Javer. He was also running his own school on Rampur Road. He had been sleeping on the school premises for the last many days.

About half a dozen miscreants had barged into the school at 2 am by scaling the boundary wall. They removed the sheet from Rajveer Sharma’s face to make sure that it was none else and pumped a hail of bullets on him, injuring him on the temple, stomach and feet. Sharma died on the spot. Soon a large number of people rushed to the spot. The police also came over, but the assailants had fled. It has been termed as a vengeance killing by the police. Monetary dispute is said to be the cause.

Robbers finding gas agencies easy target

Greater Noida: Despite 10 incidents of loots in the gas agencies and godowns having taken place in western UP during the last eight months, the police have not been able to solve even one of the cases so far.

The incidents have upset the local industrialists who have time and again urged the authorities to take prompt action in this regard.

Recently, the Association of LPG Distributors met the State Chief Secretary and impressed upon him to have the cases solved urgently.

The recent dacoity that took place in three gas agencies by a dozen armed assailants, who had come in three trucks in Greater Noida area under Kasna police station, was not the first one in the industrial belt. The criminals took away 1,300 gas cylinders, and killed three persons.

On November 14, 2003, as many as 904 cylinders were looted from Ahluwalia Gas at Rohta Road, while in another incident, February 13 this year, owner of Tianga Gas, Meerut, was looted. Merely two days after that, a sum of Rs 1.20 lakh was looted at pistolpoint from the owner of Meera Gas and on April 20, criminals snatched a bag from the owner of Pawan Sood Gas Agency.

The chain of events did not end there and a week after that, on April 27, an amount of Rs 96,000 was looted from Meerut Gas Agency. The very next day, Rs 1 lakh was looted from Kankar Kheda Gas Agency.
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DHBVN making light of residents’ discomfort
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 21
With no respite from the sweltering heat and humidity, the situation seems to be getting worse for the residents of the town and district due to the imposition of unscheduled and frequent power cuts by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN). This has affected the supply of drinking water in many parts of this industrial township.

The frequency of the power cuts has gone up in the past couple of days.

According to the authorities, the problem has been due to increased demand both in urban and rural areas due to delay in the rains. The cuts ranging from half an hour to more than one hour, occur regularly and even during the night, said a resident of Sector- 16 here.

He said the number of cuts could be at least 6 to 8 hours in a day. Claiming that the power supply had improved and remained satisfactory in the past 15 days, he said, the dry spell that had been continuing could be a timely excuse for the power department to impose cuts.

It is reported that the power demand in the district in summer rises to about 80 lakh units per day while the department is able to supply 60 to 70 lakh units. The situation had become worse by the end of last month. The total supply was reduced to only 10 to 12 hours a day, which made the residents in many parts come on the roads.

The leaders and the workers of the Congress and the Haryana Vikas Party had staged demonstrations against the short supply of power and water in various parts of the district. At least three MLAs in the district and their supporters had joined the demonstration at Palwal town recently. The issue of power shortage had also come up at a function in

Palwal, when the Chief Minister had to defend vociferously that the state was not in the grip of power crisis.

He claimed that some problem at the hydropower project in Himachal Pradesh had led to the shortage, but claimed that the situation was likely to improve by the end of September after commissioning the seventh unit of the thermal plant in Panipat.

The power cuts have led to the short supply of potable water in many parts. The residents of Sector 22 and 23 of the NIT area staged a demonstration against water shortage. It was led by the Municipal Corporator of the ward concerned.
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DU officials to show overstaying hostellers the door
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
Illegally occupying a room in the Delhi University’s PG hostels may no longer be easy. The officials are gearing up to tackle the menace which is causing space constraints and also a depression in the hostel’s fiscal health.

“We are seeking a basic minimum uniformity in the running of hostels. This will include working out uniformity in scheduling of admissions, procedure of admissions and action against the indisciplined inmates,” Joint Proctor, Prof. Gurmeet Singh told The Tribune.

He added, “We are trying to implement it from the current session, it should be in place by December,” he said.

Referring to the problem of illegal occupancy of rooms, Prof. Singh pointed out, “This problem is plaguing all hostels. Therefore, we have planned the exercise in three phases. The first phase will be implemented by August 1, the next by October 7 and the last phase by March 7, 2005.”

Admissions to the 12 PG hostels, which include six for women, begin in July on the basis of merit and each faculty is allotted a specific number of seats in each hostel.

While the Research scholars and M. Phil. students are admitted between September and October, the remaining vacant rooms are filled up by March. Prof. Singh who is also the Provost of the Mansarvoar Hostel pointed out that the hostel inmates often “exploit the freedom they are allowed”.

“Unlike in schools, our guards do not go knocking on each door, we allow some privacy. When we identify the illegal occupants and get them to vacate after issuing umpteen notices, they move into a friend’s room and even refuse to pay the guest charges, which are as low as Rs 5 per night.”

He added, “Hostel residents are supposed to get a clearance from the hostel, but they manage to manipulate that and go scot-free even if they have dues pending against them.”

Provost of the Gwyer Hall, Prof. S R Yadav said, “We give three notices to a student to vacate, but despite that there are at least 18 students in the Gwyer Hall who are staying beyond the permitted limit.”

The university officials point out that the “situation in most men’s hostels are deplorable”, however the women’s hostels have “fewer tales of this kind”.

Dr Neeta Sehgal, Warden of the University Hostel for Women said, “We interact with the inmates on an everyday basis so that we can identify them. This makes it easier to catch the culprits. Besides, we get the students themselves and the mess staff to report illegal stay.”

It was pointed out that the illegal residents are also eating into the finances of the hostels.

“These people do not pay their mess bills.” 
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Medicinal plant, a fount of commercial benefits also
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 21
It is well known that human life is incomplete without trees and plants. However, some plants have immense value, besides the usual benefit of providing fruit and shade. ‘Jatropha Carcus’, locally known as ‘Ratanjot’, is one of them.

Accordingly, the Haryana Government has decided to focus it attention on the plantation of ‘Ratanjot’ on a large-scale from this year. The gram panchayats have been directed to take up the plantation of this tree as part of the social forestry programme. As it does not require much water and is best suited for the semi-arid areas, it is one of the best vegetation that could be taken up easily in most parts of the state.

According to experts, this plant has great medicinal and commercial value, and if grown on a large-scale, it could be a source of income for the farmers.

The ‘Jatropha’ plant, which is about 3 to 4 metres in height, remains evergreen. If its stems or leaves are plucked, it produces white liquid, which are used as raw material for a number of medicinal products. In fact, according to plant scientists, its liquid, buds, flowers and seeds are valuable as raw material for a number of products. It is stated that the seeds of the plant produce about 30 per cent oil, which not only has acidic properties, but could be used as raw material for plastic and synthetic fibre.
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Fear dogs residents as crime rises in Ghaziabad
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, July 21
There is growing panic among the people in the Ghaziabad-Noida belt after the recent spurt in criminal activities. Ever since the Samajwadi Party-led government in UP assumed the reins of power, the criminals have been emboldened while the police have failed to instil a sense of security among the people living in the region.

As many as 12 murders have taken place in Greater Noida alone after the Samajwadi Party-led government took over. The police have been unable to work out most of these cases so far.

Moreover, the de-notification of the Gautam Budh Nagar district by the Samajwadi Party-led government has also been cited as another reason for the deteriorating law and order situation. Though the district status has been restored by a court order, the new DM and the SSP are yet to be appointed.

It is clear, a headless administration has been unable to cope with the rising crime graph.

Three persons were killed and some 1,200 gas cylinders worth lakhs of rupees along with Rs 42,000 were looted from three gas agencies by armed dacoits. The gas agencies, Mangalam Gas, Indane Gas and Illa Gas Godowns, are in the vicinity of Honda Seil company in the industrial area of Greater Noida. After the gates of the gas agencies were dismantled, the criminals loaded the gas cylinders in their trucks and escaped. The criminals also damaged the records, furniture and glasspanes in the godowns. The injured employees were admitted to the Kailash Hospital.

Though the Deputy Inspector General of Police, (DIG) Mr Chandrika Rai and Senior Superintendent of Police, (SSP) Bulandshahr, Mr R. P Singh, inspected the site, the police have been unable to solve the case so far.

Meanwhile, the murder of one Premchand, an employee of a beer company, has shocked the factory owners and employees in the area.

Even as the residents of Ghaziabad-Noida belt have been concerned about the crime graph, the inability of the police to solve any of these cases has instilled a sense of insecurity among the people of the region.
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Delhi to host career fair
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
Leading national and international educational institutions are expected to participate in a career fair ‘Education Worldwide India’ in the Capital in the last week of July. The fair is being organised to provide the latest information on career options.

The State Bank of India (SBI) and the Indian Bank will organise special counselling sessions to facilitate easy understanding and awareness on various educational loans that students can avail themselves in different streams.

Representatives of courses in management, computers, fashion and multimedia will explain to the students the requirements needed and give other guidance during the three-day fair beginning July 26.

The fair will see the participation of foreign university consultants who will advise the students on the admission procedures in their institutes in Canada, the USA, England, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Cyprus, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

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Heroin worth Rs 50 lakh seized, two nabbed
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 21
The police today recovered 500 gms of heroin from two persons who were arrested from Morna Crossing this morning. Two drug peddlers were nabbed from Morna Crossing at 11.30 am today by Sector-24 police after a tip-off. The accused were identified as Shafique and Phul Singh, alias Pandit.

According to the police, the heroin recovered from them is worth Rs 50 lakh on the international market. Both the accused are reported to be members of a well-knit gang of drugs smuggler who are active in Ghaziabad, Noida, Delhi and surrounding towns.

It is learnt that the smugglers from Moradabad and Bareilly districts are also involved in these illegal activities.

The police said that nearly two months ago, the two accused had passed on a half kg heroin, on behalf of one Prashant, alias Bitto, to a person at Kashmeri Gate, Delhi.

Accused Shafique is a property dealer in Govindpuram, Vijay Nagar. On frisking, the sleuths also recovered a number of cards and telephone numbers of his contacts. Phul Singh Jatev reportedly hunts for his customers in the guise of a palmist and astrologer.

Today’s haul, S P (city) Anant Dev claimed, has been the biggest one in Noida area in the last several years.

The Narcotics Bureau has announced a reward of Rs 1.20 lakh for the police team which nabbed the peddlers today. The police team comprised SO, Vir Vikram Singh, Sector 24 police station, SI AP Bhardwaj, SI Rajiv Baliyan, constables Rajinder, Dheeraj Singh and Dharam Dev.
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Fashion razzmatazz
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21
The much-awaited extravaganza in the Capital’s fashion circles, ‘Sukriti 2004’, is all set to be showcased on July 24 at Hotel Ashok here. 

Sukriti 2004, the brainchild of Mr Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Chairman, NIFD, will feature the who’s who of the Indian fashion world to judge the creations by the students. The balmy evening of July 24 will be a culmination of two years of hard work of the NIFD students.
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Swimming championship
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 21
The annual district swimming championship will be conducted at Apeejay School, Sector 15, here on July 24 and 25.

Dr Rajshree Singh, Additional SP, will be the chief guest at the inauguration of the championship.Top

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