CM visits Chautala
file papers on Aug 18
Students beat up bus driver
Panel formed for conduct of poll
BJP misusing AIR: Left
Chautala mourns Yash's death
Rs 1.46 lakh given to war heroes'
Flood control work reviewed
RDA wants 5 p.c. marks benefit
KUTA chief writes to VC on pay
3 youths booked for gang-rape
CM visits Chautala village
CHAUTALA (Sirsa), Aug 7 Government officials in Sirsa district are on way to this small village near Rajasthan border. Chief Minister "Om" (Prakash Chautala) is visiting his village tomorrow.
It is Mr Chautala's first visit to his village after becoming the Haryana Chief Minister. Villagers are happy. For them all development had come to a halt in the past eight years, when Mr Chautala was out of power.
For 16000 villagers here things have started changing. They claimed during the Bansi Lal regime, electricity for most of the time remained off. Sometimes power cuts lasted for 24 hours, said Mr Shaib Ram Godara, a local villager. Now power cuts are minimum.
Nearly 24 officials of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam were busy repairing transformers, laying out fresh lines to restore uninterrupted power supply to the village. So were employees of the Rural Development, Public Health and Roads and Buildings.
Streets are being rebuilt. Water supply improved when the Chief Minister visits his people, who are awaiting his arrival.
People are jubilant. The Tribune talked to people belonging to the Indian National Lok Dal, the Congress and the BJP. All of them were hopeful that the village would see a phase of progress.
When the Bansi Lal government withdrew his (Chautala's) official vehicle, provided to him as Leader of the Opposition, for excess petrol bills local people purchased a "Sumo" vehicle within a week and presented it to Mr Chautala at a public meeting in 1997. Such is people's regard for their leader.
Mr Devi Lal's great grandfather Jassa Ram had migrated from Nokha village in Bikaner district of Rajasthan 150 years ago and settled here. At that time, this village was also part of Rajasthan. The family owns hundreds of acres of land in and around the village. The entire Teja Khera village, named after Mr Devi Lal's grandfather Teja Ram belongs to the family of Mr Devi Lal and his brother Mr Sahib Ram.
From this village, Mr Devi Lal's brother Mr Sahib Ram started movement for the rights of the farmers. He was first elected MLA of the area. Mr Devi Lal inherited political legacy from Mr Sahib Ram.
After Mr Devi Lal became Chief Minister in 1977, the village witness changes. Although remote and small, it has all modern facilities.
There is a 35-bed hospital with all facilities. The post-mortem cases are referred to this hospital from Mandi Dabwali, which is a subdivision headquarters and 30 km from here. There is a telephone exchange and a sports stadium named after Mr Sahib Ram.
During the past eight years, condition of hospital and stadium became pitiable. Even doctors were found missing from the hospital and it looked like a desolate area, despite several residential quarters. The stadium was full of grass and cattle to graze there.
Change in the government, changed the face of the hospital and the village overnight. The hospital is being painted afresh and the stadium cleared of the grass, when this reporter visited there.
One of the surviving
associates of Mr Devi Lal, Mr Khub Ram has all praise for
Mr Om (Prakash Chautala). According to him Om knows most
of the villagers by name and they feel a deep sense of
belonging with Mr Chautala. Similar sentiments were being
expressed by most of the people, who were talked to. Due
to his busy schedule, Mr Chautala does not visit the
village too often. But this father Mr Devi Lal does. And
his younger son Mr Abhay Chautala stays here only. The
grandfather and the grandson have kept the link alive.
But the villagers understand, the preoccupations of Mr
Chautala in Delhi and Chandigarh. But they know, for Mr
Chautala his village and his people are never
unimportant. Whenever he will be Chautala (village) will
be in his mind, claimed Mr Khub Ram.
MDU Dean removed
ROHTAK, Aug 7 Mr Satish Chander Arora, Dean, Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty, Maharshi Dayanand University, has been removed from the post.
Mr Arora was appointed Dean on July 8 and orders to remove him from the post were reportedly issued by the university on Friday last.
Mr Arora was working as Principal of Baba Mastnath Pharmacy College, Asthal Bohar for the past over three years. He was not an employee of the university and his appointment as Dean had surprised academicians in the university here.
By virtue of his appointment as Dean, Mr Arora automatically became member of the executive council of the university. Though Mr Arora had gone to Chandigarh to participate in the meeting of the executive council in July, he had walked out of it along with the official members.
The three-member committee constituted by the Vice-Chancellor to review the appointment of Mr Arora as Dean, had reportedly said that he was not eligible for the post as he had neither the requisite teaching experience as Professor nor he possessed the Ph.D Degree. The committee, headed by Dr Sarabjit Singh Comprised Dr A N Kalia and Mr Babu Ram.
The Secretary, Baba Mastnath educational institutions, Mr J P Dahiya, has described the removal of Mr Arora from the post as mala fide and revengeful act on the part of the Vice-Chancellor.
Meanwhile, the dharna by students and staff members of the Baba Mastnath education institutions continued for the second day on Saturday in protest against the stopping of admissions by the university to all professional courses run by Baba Mastnath Trust.
The agitating students and staff members have put up a shamiana on an open space in front of the gate leading to the Vice-Chancellors office. The Director, PGIMS, has requested the district authorities to remove the agitators as they have encroached upon the land belonging to the institute. He alleged that these agitators continued raising slogans which disturbed the patients visiting the PGIMS.
The university has complained to the police that the agitating students and others had on August 6, tried to enter the residence of the Vice-Chancellor. When the university securitymen tried to stop them, the agitators manhandled them.
Mr J P Dahiya, secretary, Baba Mastnath education institutions, however, denied the allegations and charged the securitymen with misbehaving with the girl students sitting on dharna. He alleged that when they went to submit memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor, the securitymen cane-charged them.
Extra seats in MDU for
ROHTAK, Aug 7 Maharshi Dayanand University has decided to create two additional seats in the different courses available in the university and in the Post Graduate Regional Centre, Rewari, for the next of kin of martyrs.
Lt-Gen (retd) O.P. Kaushik, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said applications in this connection had been invited through the deputy commissioners of the respective districts. He said more details in this regard could be obtained from the respective deputy commissioners or the Registrar of the university.
The Vice-Chancellor informed that approval of the central councils would be sought by the university for admissions to the technical/professional courses.
He said the university
was also providing suitable employment to dependants of
the martyrs from the state and added that five members of
the bereaved families had already been given employment
in the university.
Spare teachers from poll duty:
ROHTAK, Aug 7 The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA) has asked the election and university authorities to spare the college and university teachers from the election duties.
This was stated at a meeting of its executive here today. It said it could lead to disruption of studies and observed that if the poll duty was given to them, then the authorities concerned must ensure that teachers were provided with lodging and boarding facilities. Moreover special care should be taken of women teachers.
Through another resolution, the association expressed its "unhappiness" over the ongoing confrontation between the university authorities and the management of Baba Mastnath Educational Institutions. It sought the intervention of the Chancellor and condemned the alleged "biased" behaviour of the university with some affiliated institutions.
The association also criticised the charge in venue for the meeting of the executive council held last month. It demanded the cancellation of the "minutes" of the meeting held at Chandigarh.
expressed concern over the atmosphere in the university
due to the "alleged" autocratic and
uncooperative attitude of the Vice-
Bhajan to file papers on Aug 18
SIRSA, Aug 7 Mr Bhajan Lal, former Chief Minister of Haryana, will file his nomination papers from the Karnal parliamentary seat as the Congress candidate of August 18. Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, he inspite of infighting in his party, all eight parliamentary seats in the state would go he said of the Congress replying to a question on his support to Kumari Selja, Congress candidate from Sirsa (Reserve), Mr Bhajan Lal said he would issue directions to his supporters in Sirsa district on the matter later. He claimed the Congress would get a majority in parliament and Ms Sonia Gandhi would be Prime Minister.
Commenting on the
Haryana Government headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Mr
Bhajan Lal said it would fall within four months and
Assembly elections in Haryana would be held in December.
Mr Bhajan Lal visited Darba village in this district. The
village sarpanch, announced his decision to join the
Congress. Mr Bhajan Lal was accompanied by Dr Mohinder
Pratap Singh, former Chairman, Haryana Ayurvedic Board Dr
Bhagirath Bishoi, a renowned surgeon of the area, Mr
Bhagirath Gupta, advocate and at least 24 senior Congress
leaders form Sirsa. Mr Bhajan Lal also visited Ottu and
Lake dying an ugly death
AMBALA: Till a few years back a beautiful lake of clear water, surrounding the Mahavira park and with an area span of 2 km was the centre of attraction for the local people where children and newly married couples could be seen enjoying boating. But today it has turned into a pond of rubbish and polluted water, people feel they are witness to a painful death of a beautiful lake.
For the past few years due to the negligence of the administration and the docile attitude of the public the lake has turned into this condition. The water of the lake stinks and has got polluted to such an extent that it looks totally black. What to speak of boating, people dread even going near it.
According to a local fisherman the water is so polluted that it has stopped becoming the breeding place for fish. Even migratory birds shun this water feature. Water hyacinth has covered the entire lake.
People who enjoy their morning walk in the park for fresh air are ignorant of the fact that they are breathing in polluted air which may be harmful for their health.
It is learnt that one of the reasons for the pollution of the lake is the fact that the sewerage water of adjoining colonies has been collecting in the lake since long.
Those residing around the lake have also made encroachments. Even the Municipal Council has not lagged behind. A large portion of lake has been commercialised by filling it and converting it into a market complex.
It is still time for the district administration and the people of the city to come forward otherwise they will be deprived of the attraction of "The beautiful lake" in future.
A few years back the
Tourism Department, Haryana, had made a plan to develop
this lake and the park as one of the tourism centres of
the state. But later the scheme was dropped as nobody
pursued it with the government.
Students beat up bus driver
ROHTAK, Aug 7 Driver of a Haryana Roadways bus was allegedly beaten up by some students near Bohar village on the Rohtak-Sonepat road, about 10 km from here, today. Agitated students blocked the road for about one hour in protest against the failure of the roadways staff to halt buses near the village.
According to the police a group of over 100 youths, mainly school and college students, blocked traffic on the road from 8.45 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. to lodge their protest against the attitude of the roadways staff for not halting buses during morning and evening when they have to go and return from schools and colleges.
They claimed that one student had suffered injuries while alighting from a running bus at the village as the driver refused to stop the bus.
They stopped a bus of the Rohtak depot coming from Sonepat at about 8.30 a.m. and reportedly beat up the driver of the bus in protest against the injuries suffered by the student yesterday.
However, no damage was reported to the bus. The name of the driver and number of the bus could not be known. The General Manager, Rohtak depot, and other police officials reached the spot and got the road cleared.
Panel formed for conduct of
FATEHABAD, Aug 7 The local administration has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of parliamentary poll in the district.
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr. V. Raja Sekhar, has issued prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC, in the entire district. The police has been directed to maintain law and order during the election process. A standing committee was constituted for the smooth conduct of poll. The committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner, has as its members the SP, the city magistrate and representatives of all political parties in it. Mr Sekhar had called a meeting of the standing committee a day before yesterday.
Addressing the members, he urged political parties to co-operate in the implementation of the model code of conduct. The parties have been directed to use the public address system from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. only, so that it is within the specifications laid down by the Election Commission.
The parties have been
directed to inform the police in advance regarding any
proposed public meeting or procession. The
representatives of the parties were informed about
various provisions of the People Representative Act 1951.
Writing of slogans on walls without the prior permission
of the owner would invite action under the Defacement of
Property Act 1989.
BJP misusing AIR: Left
HISAR, Aug 7 Activists of the CPM and other Leftist organisations staged a dharna in front of the local All India Radio (AIR) station here today in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the Akashvani and the Doordarshan towards the coverage of other political parties while favouring the BJP.
They also held a demonstration and raised anti-government slogans. The activists alleged that the BJP government was misusing the two mediums, for projecting itself in view of the forthcoming elections.
They submitted a
memorandum to the in charge of the radio station for
forwarding the same to the President of India and the
Election Commission of India demanding immediate action
to stop the misuse of the government media.
Chautala mourns Yash's death
CHANDIGARH, Aug 7 The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has expressed grief over the demise of Mr Roshan Lal Yash, a veteran freedom fighter.
Rs 1.46 lakh given to war
CHANDIGARH, Aug 7 The employees of Animal Husbandry Department, Haryana, made a contribution of Rs 1,46,450 to the Haryana Chief Minister's War Heroes' Relief Fund.
Flood control work reviewed
FATEHABAD, Aug 7 The local administration has claimed to have taken effective steps for the prevention of floods in the district. A team of technical and administrative officers led by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr V. Raja Shekhar, toured the affected areas and took stock of the situation.
The Ghaggar had been flooding Fatehabad, Tohana and Rattia areas of this district for the past several years. The floods had played havoc with the crops in 1962, 1982, 1988, 1993 and 1995.
In 1998 23 villages of the district were affected by the unseasonal rain and about 53,000 acres of land was submerged. Last year Rs 22 lakh was spent on flood control measures.
RDA wants 5 p.c. marks
ROHTAK, Aug 7 Resident doctors of the Pandit B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) have asked the state government to restore old eligibility conditions for admissions to various post-graduate courses of the institute.
In a representation to Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) has requested the government to restore the earlier facility of internal advantage (5 per cent benefit) to the candidates who had attained degree from this institute, while seeking admission in the MD/MS courses run by them, there was no rationale behind withdrawing such benefit by the state government as the students who passed out from here were finding it very difficult in getting admission in post graduate courses.
The general secretary of
the Association, Dr Jai-Bhagwan Jatain said that a
delegation of the junior doctors of the Institute would
soon meet the Chief Minister, to get their
"genuine" demand accepted. He also welcomed the
decision of the state government to restore grant of the
medical college, Agroha in Hisar district.
KUTA chief writes to VC on
KURUKSHETRA, Aug 7 Dr K.L. Tuteja, President, Kurukshetra University Teachers' Association (KUTA), in a letter addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, has urged him to persuade the Haryana Government to award pay scales on the basis of the UGC composite scheme.
Dr Tuteja has mentioned that the Vice-Chancellor of Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar, had persuaded the Haryana Government to revise pay scales on the pattern of ICAR guidelines for teachers of the university. The government had accordingly, agreed to implement the ICAR grades which was the primary demand of teachers of Haryana Agriculture University.
Dr Tuteja talking to
this correspondent on the phone, hoped that the
implementation of the UGC notification would not only
meet the genuine demands of the teaching community, but
also help in the overall academic growth of the
3 youths booked for
FARIDABAD, Aug 7 A 25-year-old mother of four children has been gang-raped in the fields near Bhagat Singh Colony.
A police spokesman said yesterday that a case against three youths had been registered under Sections 171/99, 376, 342, 506 and 34. The youths had been identified as Dharamvir, Bably and Takla, residents of nearby Aironda village, and would be arrested shortly.
According to a statement
of the woman, she had gone to ease herself in the nearby
fields at night, when the alleged culprits bounced upon
her. They took her forcibly to a nearby shed and
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