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76% consumers in dark about their rights: Survey
New Delhi, March 19
The Government of NCT of Delhi has failed to create awareness about consumer rights, a fact manifest in a survey commissioned by the audit of general consumers that shows 76 per cent of the total consumers are not aware of their rights and an overwhelming 86 per cent are even unaware of the Consumer Protection Right.

243 sick PSUs to be made economically viable
Gurgaon, March 19
The Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Ms Kanti Singh, said today the Centre had identified 243 sick public sector units and other companies owned by the government to be made economically viable in a phased manner.

Congress activists burning a copy of ‘Jeevan Ki Sachai’ to protest the remarks made against the party leaders at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Sunday. Congress activists burning a copy of ‘Jeevan Ki Sachai’ to protest the remarks made against the party leaders at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi


 

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Farmers of different states visiting the Mughal Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the Capital on Sunday.
Farmers of different states visiting the Mughal Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the Capital on Sunday. — Tribune photo

Wanted gangster killed in encounter
New Delhi, March 19
The Delhi Police shot in an encounter one gangster who was wanted in more than a dozen cases of heinous crimes, including murder, attempt to murder, robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, dacoity and extortion.

Man shot dead, brother-in-law held
New Delhi, March 19
A newly married man was shot dead last night at Kalyan Puri in east district. The deceased has been identified as Sanjay Dhama (21), a resident of East Vinod Nagar in Kalyan Puri area.

Traders to observe bandh tomorrow
New Delhi, March 19
Traders in the national Capital will down their shutters on Tuesday in a ‘Delhi Vyapari Bandh’ to protest against the sealing of shops in residential areas.

Admn flayed for ‘failure’ to end trafficking of women
Faridabad, March 19
Even as there have been rampant trafficking of women into Haryana from other states in the country, particularly from Jharkhand, the government “has failed to devise adequate policy to end this immoral act”.

Five UPFC officials accused of corruption
Ghaziabad, March 19
Five officials of the UP Finance Corporation have been accused of frauds amounting to Rs 70 lakh in Bulandshahr and Noida. According to sources, the permission of the Kanpur head office of UPFC has been sought for filing criminal cases against the accused.

26 inter-state gangs busted by Mewat cops in six months
Mewat, March 19
The police of the newly created district of Mewat claim to have busted 26 criminal gangs, many of them having inter-state network, in the past about six months.

Architect’s murder case solved
Ghaziabad, March 19
The police claimed to have solved the murder case of an architect and builder Anil Kumar Chahar, a resident of Agra, whose body was found from the jungles of Syana. He had been killed by his friends and his car abandoned on the Hapur road on March 13, the police said.

Men take oath on behalf of elected wives
Greater Noida, March 19
It is women empowerment with a difference. Though 46 women had been declared elected as BDCs, only three turned up to take the oath. A number of men turned up to take the oath on behalf of their elected wives during the ceremony in Greater Noida.

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76% consumers in dark about their rights: Survey
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 19
The Government of NCT of Delhi has failed to create awareness about consumer rights, a fact manifest in a survey commissioned by the audit of general consumers that shows 76 per cent of the total consumers are not aware of their rights and an overwhelming 86 per cent are even unaware of the Consumer Protection Right.

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s report on the implementation of the Act in the city has revealed ‘gaps and deficiencies’ that it says has resulted in “frustrating to a certain extent the objectives of the legislation and in depriving consumers of their rights as well as avenues of redressal”.

Urging the Government of NCT to take urgent steps to ensure that the target fixed by it of lifting samples for checking adulteration is adhered to, the CAG has recommended fixing targets for verification and re-verification of weights and measures.

Pulling up the government for not making adequate efforts to disseminate knowledge about consumer rights, the CAG report indicates that the delay in the creation of a State Commission and District Forums has been responsible for the consumers being denied the means to redress their grievances. The department has failed to reconstitute the State Council after September 2002 while the district councils were yet to be constituted. It also failed to evolve any mechanism to monitor the implementation of the Act. In the Directorate of Prevention of Food Adulteration, provisions relating to licensing of food establishments under the Delhi

PFA rules have not yet been done, the CAG reports. Stating that the State Consumer Protection Council and District Consumer Protection Councils should be constituted without any delay, the CAG has also recommended that the Government should review the reasons for delay in issue of notices and in disposal of complaints and appeal cases. The procedure and practice of giving grants to NGOs and VCOs should also be reviewed, the CAG recommends.

It has mentioned that the department released grants to NGOs and VCOs in an ad hoc manner, which served no purpose.

A survey commissioned by audit revealed that 2.9 per cent of those surveyed reported to have gained any knowledge about the ACT from NGOs.

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243 sick PSUs to be made economically viable
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 19
The Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Ms Kanti Singh, said today the Centre had identified 243 sick public sector units and other companies owned by the government to be made economically viable in a phased manner.

The minister was here as a chief guest on the occasion of “The Corporate Meet-2006” organised by the Amity Business School, Manesar (Gurgaon) with the help of the Gurgaon Industrial Association, the Haryana Productivity Council, the NCR Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Gurgaon Management Association and the IMT Industrial Association, Manesar.

Discussing the issue further, she said the Centre was also ready to forge an alliance with the private sector to revive the sick PSUs and other government owned companies.

In response to another question from a group of mediapersons, she said Haryana was on the right track with regard to industrialisation. She praised the Congress government in the state for taking suitable measures to give thrust to industrialisation. The results of the government’s measures were apparent, she added.

Earlier, in her inaugural speech at the corporate meet, she urged the Indian companies and business fraternity to be prepared for stiffer competition in this age of growing globalisation. So far, the country’s companies had done well.

She said the UPA government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh at the Centre was taking all measures give a push to economic growth in the country. The health and education sectors needed constant attention to improve the human capital along with expansion in the infrastructure. The Centre had focussed itself on these key areas, she added.

She lamented the Indian universities had not expanded and diversified their curriculum to spread the right kind of education aimed at providing suitable education in order to expand the skilled human capital. However, she praised the private sector, especially entities like the Amity Business School, in spreading the right kind of education.

She said the Centre was doing its best to open up institutes in far-off areas like the north-eastern states to expand the base of the skilled human resources in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, the founder president of Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (RBEF), the umbrella body for over 130 Amity Programmes and Amity University, Dr A. K. Chauhan, said education was the biggest service to humanity. Amity University, of which he is the Vice-Chancellor, is developing new and innovative courses to make education employment oriented and not degree-oriented, he added.

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Wanted gangster killed in encounter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 19
The Delhi Police shot in an encounter one gangster who was wanted in more than a dozen cases of heinous crimes, including murder, attempt to murder, robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, dacoity and extortion.

The deceased has been identified as one Ashok, alias Bunty, an active member of notorious Hemant, alias Sonu gang.

The police also claimed to have recovered one .32-bore revolver, six live cartridges and a Maruti car bearing U.P. registration number.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police got the information that the accused would be coming to Sports Complex in Dilshad Garden to meet someone.

Subsequently, a team was formed and the accused was neutralized after an encounter.

On March 7, Delhi Police and Haryana Police jointly killed gangster Hemant, a resident of Najafgarh and two of his accomplices Jaswant, alias Sonu, and Jai Prakash, alias JP.

Delhi Police and Haryana Police had also declared a reward of Rs 50,000 each for apprehending Ashok.

On March 13, two more members of same gang, namely Pankaj Choudhary and Devyatosh Das were killed in encounter. Interestingly, not a single policeman was injured in any of the encounters. 

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Man shot dead, brother-in-law held
Manish Kumar Singal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 19
A newly married man was shot dead last night at Kalyan Puri in east district. The deceased has been identified as Sanjay Dhama (21), a resident of East Vinod Nagar in Kalyan Puri area.

The police have arrested two persons in this regard. The duo have been identified as Mohit (15), brother-in-law of the deceased and Ankit Tyagi (17). Sanjay, a driver, married a girl Meenakshi (19), niece of MLA Naseeb Singh of Delhi. The duo married on January 23 in Arya Samaj Mandir, police sources said. Soon after their marriage, Sanjay allegedly started getting threats from his in-laws.

On January 24, Sanjay accompanied Meenakshi to the police headquarters for protection. “He made entry at three stages in the PHQ,” one of the relatives of the deceased said.

But the police at the PHQ took the duo to the I.P. Estate police station. Sensing trouble, Meenakshi made a PCR call to save them from the local police, claimed Babu Ram, the father of the deceased.

“From I.P. Estate police station, the police handed over the duo to one Sub-Inspector Dharam Pal in the New Ashok Nagar police station, while we live in the area of Kalyan Puri,” Babu Ram said and added, “Dharam Pal forcibly secured a letter from Sanjay that he had no relation with Meenakshi. She was subsequently sent back to her house.”

After two days of the incident and with the intervention of both the families, it was decided that since both got married, they would be married again in a proper manner after a month, said police sources.

“For the last ten days, one Mohit, brother of the girl was threatening to kill my son and the same happened today,” said Babu Ram.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested two persons in this regard. The duo have been identified as Mohit (15), brother of Meenakshi and Ankit Tyagi (17). During interrogation, the accused Mohit disclosed that Sanjay had been teasing him for several days that he managed to marry his sister and he could do nothing.

But the police failed to recover the pistol that was used in the commission of crime.

“We are raiding different parts as mentioned by the accused to recover the weapon of offence, but it seems that the accused are misguiding the police,” said the ACP, Kalyan Puri.

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Traders to observe bandh tomorrow
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 19
Traders in the national Capital will down their shutters on Tuesday in a ‘Delhi Vyapari Bandh’ to protest against the sealing of shops in residential areas. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and the Delhi Traders Sangarsh Morcha have called the bandh, which will keep all markets in the city closed on Tuesday, CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said today.

The traders will also take out a ‘vyapari march’ tomorrow, which will begin from the Red Fort and pass through several major markets like Bhagirath Place, Chandni Chowk and Khari Baoli before ending in a rally at the Lahori Gate, Mr Khandelwal said.

According to Mr Ramesh Khanna, president of the Delhi Traders Sangarsh Morcha, the leading trade organisations in the Capital have decided to join the bandh on Tuesday.

The trade bodies include the Karol Bagh Traders Federation, Yamuna Paar Traders Federation, Federation of Rohini Traders, Paschimi Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh and Federation of South Delhi and New Delhi Traders.

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Admn flayed for ‘failure’ to end trafficking of women
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 19
Even as there have been rampant trafficking of women into Haryana from other states in the country, particularly from Jharkhand, the government “has failed to devise adequate policy to end this immoral act”. “There were around 250 girls from Jharkhand, who have been sold in Haryana as brides by the ‘mafia’ involved in trafficking of girls,” said a spokesperson of Shakti Vahini, an NGO based here.

Even the death of a girl from Jharkhand in Dahola village of Jind district recently failed to end the apathy of the administration, said the spokesperson of Shakti Vahini.

According to Shakti Vahini, while the Social Welfare Department of the State was providing temporary shelter for the victims at the Nari Niketan in Karnal, the failure to devise clear-cut policy had obstructed their permanent rehabilitation by failing to send them back to their parental villages.

In effect, they have been languishing at the Niketan and could again “become a victim of the trafficking network”, the spokesperson added.

It was claimed that a survey by the NGO recently in districts of Karnal, Jind, Kaithal and Panipat had revealed large-scale trafficking of women from Jharkhand.

The spokesperson highlighted the murder of Tripala, a girl from Jharkhand, who had been married to one Ajmer Singh of Dahola village in Jind district on February 21 allegedly after refusing to go to bed with one of the elder brothers of her husband.

According to reports, there were at least three girls from Jharkhand, who have been rescued and rehabilitated in the Nari Niketan. However, they have been waiting to be sent back to their parental houses.

According to the NGO, though the police have registered a case of murder against Ajmer Singh, there has been no mention of the trafficking of the woman in the whole episode.

According to sources, the average profit from selling a girl from Jharkhand ranged between Rs 15,000 to 20,000. It is stated that one of the girls presently stationed at the Nari Niketan had been sold three to four times.

Her father, who had been involved in the racket, has now sought her custody through the court.

Even as the intervention of the Social Welfare Department was needed to rehabilitate the victims, it was seen that most of the cases were handled by the police, who had little knowledge of the Anti-Trafficking Act, said Mr Rishi Kant of the Shakti Vahini. 

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Five UPFC officials accused of corruption
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 19
Five officials of the UP Finance Corporation have been accused of frauds amounting to Rs 70 lakh in Bulandshahr and Noida. According to sources, the permission of the Kanpur head office of UPFC has been sought for filing criminal cases against the accused.

According to Investigating Officer Inspector Ranvir Singh, the UPFC had sanctioned a loan of Rs 50 lakh to ‘Elson Cables Ltd’ of Secundarabad in Bulandshahr during 1990.

It is alleged that Technical Assistant Manager Pradeep Kumar Gupta, Regional Manager Arun Prakash and Brijender Singh of the UPFC’s Bulandshahr office had indulged in gross anomalies and violation of rules and procedures in this regard. It is alleged that they had sanctioned these loans by accepting fictitious inspection and infrastructure reports of the factory.

In the other case, it is alleged a loan of Rs 30 lakh was sanctioned to ‘Durga Wire and Filament’ on the basis of false and fictitious reports. The inquiry by the EOW had indicted manager Subash Chand Yadav and Assistant Technical Manager Anil Khanna, who later escaped to New York.

The loan was sanctioned in the name of Urmilla Khanna, Pankaj Khanna and Deepak Khanna. It is alleged that Urmilla Khanna has since been arrested, while Pankaj Khanna is absconding.

The UPFC has been requested for permission to file cases against these five officials.

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26 inter-state gangs busted by Mewat cops in six months
Tribune News Service

Mewat, March 19
The police of the newly created district of Mewat claim to have busted 26 criminal gangs, many of them having inter-state network, in the past about six months.

According to the district police chief, Mr H. S. Doon, 103 members of various gangs had been arrested. He gave the statistics while briefing newspersons about the arrest of five members of the inter-state gang yesterday. They used to lift vehicles from various parts of Haryana, including Mewat, and dispose them in Rajasthan.

Three of the five arrested are from Rajasthan, one from Mewat and one from Bhiwani in Haryana. Two countrymade guns and eight motorcycles were recovered from them.

The five of them were arrested while they had gathered together to conspire for stealing a vehicle and committing a crime at the residence of a doctor in Nagina, Mewat.

Mr Doon said the police would further intensify its campaign against criminals. The criminals now did not find Mewat a secure place.

Police sources in the surrounding districts also vouch that Mewat, considered to be the hotbed of anti-social elements in the past, was no more a safe haven for them. 

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Architect’s murder case solved

Ghaziabad, March 19
The police claimed to have solved the murder case of an architect and builder Anil Kumar Chahar, a resident of Agra, whose body was found from the jungles of Syana. He had been killed by his friends and his car abandoned on the Hapur road on March 13, the police said.

The family of the deceased identified the car and the charred body of the architect yesterday. The police had cremated the body after the postmortem.

According to the police, the architect was kidnapped from Lawyers Colony, Agra, on March 13. Besides being an architect, he was also a builder in Agra, Noida, Delhi and Haryana. — OC

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Men take oath on behalf of elected wives
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, March 19
It is women empowerment with a difference. Though 46 women had been declared elected as BDCs, only three turned up to take the oath. A number of men turned up to take the oath on behalf of their elected wives during the ceremony in Greater Noida.

The oaths were administered by Deputy District Magistrate Satya Prakash Patel, SDM-cum-Deputy Collector Gaurav Varma. In all 141 area panchayat members took the oath of office.

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