CRPF role hailed

NEW DELHI FEB. 26 . "Due to its flexibility, adaptability, versatility, secular outlook, impartiality and discipline, there is a constant demand for the Central Reserve Police Force from all parts of the country irrespective of the political complexion of the governments concerned", said J.K. Sinha, Director General of CRPF, here on Wednesday. He was addressing the 969 recruits of newly raised 153 Battalion at their passing out parade.

Lauding the role of the force, Mr. Sinha said whether it was dealing with militancy in Punjab or insurgency in North-east, terrorism in Jammu Kashmir, extremism in the naxal affected States, communal flare-up in sensitive parts of the country or explosive law and order situations elsewhere, the CRPF has given a remarkable account of itself. "In extreme and different climatic conditions and in totally hostile terrain, the force has functioned with utmost discipline and dedication."

Mr. Sinha reviewed the parade and distributed the best trainee trophies. Constable Degh Ram Chaudhari was awarded overall best cadet trophy; and constable Shantanu Kumar Panigrahi and constable Manoj Punia were given best indoor and best outdoor cadet trophies respectively. Besides, constable Sanjeev Kumar and constable Neeraj Kumar were awarded for being the best in drill and weapon tactics. Constable Rambir was given the award for being the best in shooting.

New reservation centres

NEW DELHI FEB. 26. The Railway Minister, Nitish Kumar, today inaugurated three computerised passenger reservation centres, two in Jammu and one in Tripura. At a function held in Northern Railway headquarters in the Capital, Mr. Kumar said these centres would be operational at Laxmi Narain Mandir and Trikurta Complex in Jammu under Northern Railway, and Dharmanagar in Tripura under Northeast Frontier Railway.


Stating that the new facilities would add to passenger convenience and satisfaction, the Minister said about 97 per cent reservation work of Indian Railways is being conducted through the computerised reservation centres.

Mr. Kumar said banking on its large computer network spread across the country, Indian Railways began the "Unreserved Ticketing System" (UTS) that soon became popular among passengers. "We are expanding UTS to other regions also and soon manual ticketing may become a thing of the past," he added.

Announcing that both freight traffic and revenue collection had registered an increase surpassing the targets, Mr. Kumar said Indian Railways had started winding up its four-wheeler tank wagons that were mainly responsible for derailments.

These are being replaced with new improved wagons and the work was likely to be completed by 2005, informed Mr. Kumar.

Bank branch shifted

NEW DELHI FEB. 26. The Central Bank of India has shifted its Malviya Nagar branch to new premises. The branch is fully computerised. In his address, the Bank's General Manager Delhi Zone, K.K.Gupta, highlighted the steps initiated by the bank, especially to upgrade technology, so as to meet the customers' requirement. He also apprised about the business development of the Bank.

State honour for CMO

NEW DELHI FEB. 26 . Dr. R.Z. Qureshi, Chief Medical Officer, Vivek Vihar, was one of the recipients of the fifth State Awards of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the MAMC auditorium here this past week-end.

The awards were presented by the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit.

Also present on the occasion was the State Health Minister, Dr. Yoganand Shastri.

Dr. Qureshi was honoured for outstanding work as medical officer and consul in Jeddah for five years and also for his services in the flood-affected areas of Alipur and Najafgarh and during the 1986 cholera outbreak in Delhi's trans-Yamuna area.