|Friday, March 10, 2000,
Singh is Haryana Speaker
Hooda denies backing Bhajan
Petrol station owner found
Dont panic over Rs 500
KVIC proposal to fund cottage
for parity in pension, gratuity
100 cases of copying
HVP's ex-MLA booked for cheating
Haryana to have holidays on March
Complaints on wrong rejection of
CAW Cell resorts to counselling
2 youngsters convicted
Bridge likely ahead of schedule
Cashier robbed of Rs 5 lakh
KU's programmes for women
Bodies of woman, youth recovered
Satbir Singh is Haryana Speaker
CHANDIGARH, March 9 Mr Satbir Singh Kadian, INLD MLA from Neoltha, was unanimously elected Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.
Mr Kadian has been elected as an MLA for the third time. Earlier he represented Neoltha in the Assembly in 1987 and 1991.
His name was proposed by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and seconded by the Leader of Opposition, Mr Bhajan Lal, the Leader of the BJP Legislature Party, Mr Krishan Pal Gujjar, the Haryana Congress President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, and several MLAs, including Ms Anita Yadav, Mr Ram Bhagat, Mr Karan Dalal, Mr Jagjit Singh Sangwan, Mr Rajinder Singh Bisla, Mr Gopi Chand Gahlot, Mr Moola Ram and Mr Dev Raj Diwan.
Mr Kadian was escorted to the chair by leaders of all parties. The new Speaker touched the knees of Mr Chautala before assuming office. However, he announced his resignation from the INLD in the House, assuring the members that he would endeavour to be fair to everyone.
Welcoming Mr Kadian's election Mr Chautala urged him to be impartial.
Earlier, Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Hooda urged Mr Chautala to give the post of Deputy Speaker to an Opposition MLA. Mr Gahlot, Mr Bisla and Mr Diwan wanted an Independent MLA to be the Deputy Speaker. Mr Chautala, however, remained non-committal.
Mr Kadian said he would announce the date for the election of the Deputy Speaker later on. It is learnt that Mr Chautala is waiting clearance from the BJP high command to make a party MLA the Deputy Speaker. If the BJP, which has decided to support the Chautala Government from outside, did not agree, the post is likely to be given to an Independent MLA.
The Congress MLA from Tosham, Mr Dharambir, who is an old adversary of Mr Bansi Lal, said since the former Chief Minister was the eldest member of the House, he should be made the Speaker. Mr Bansi Lal declined the offer, saying that there were members who were elder to him.
Earlier the pro-tem Speaker, Mr Bhagi Ram, administered the oath to all members. Mr Jai Prakash Gupta (Karnal) was not present in the House as he has undergone an operation. Mr Chautala was the first to take the oath, followed by the ministers and women members. The others took the oath districtwise and in the alphabetical order. While Mr Bhajan Lal, Mr Bansi Lal and Mr Hooda shook hands with Mr Chautala before taking the oath, Mr Jai Prakash (Barwala) and Dr Raghubir Singh Kadian (Beri) avoided even an eye contact with the Chief Minister while going to the dais. Many INLD MLAs touched Mr Chautala's knees. Even the lone BSP member, Mr Bishan Singh Saini, followed the example set by his INLD colleagues. Mr Chander Mohan (Kalka) touched the knees of his father.
Mr Balbir Pal Shah (Panipat) was so enthusiastic that he read the entire oath in one go. He had to repeat the oath along with the Pro-tem Speaker.
The House later paid
tributes to the former President of India Dr Shankar Dyal
Sharma, a former Haryana Minister, Mr Neki Ram and kargil
martyrs belonging to Haryana and the victims of train and
bus accidents. Tributes were also paid to Mr Krishan Lal
Sharma, former BJP Vice-President; Mr Susheel Kumar, IAS
officer of the Haryana cadre; Mr S.K. Sethi, former
Director-General of the Haryana Police; and Mr Santosh,
Bhadana, brother of the Cooperation Minister, Mr Kartar
Hooda denies backing Bhajan
GURGAON, March 9 The show of unity manifest by the Haryana unit of the Congress during the run up to the just concluded Assembly elections has come undone.
According to sources, the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has written a letter to the General Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) and incharge of Haryana affairs, Mr Moti Lal Vora, joining issues with him on his reported statement that he (Mr Hooda) had proposed the name of former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, for the post of leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP).
Copies of the letter were reportedly sent to the AICC President Sonia Gandhi, the general secretary, Mrs Ambika Soni and Mr Narainswamy, joint secretary attached to Mr Vora for Haryana affairs. Significantly, the letter comes on the eve of the Haryana Assembly session starting tomorrow.
According to observers, the development has the potential to trigger a renewed spell of factionalism in the party and raise a storm in its upper including at the national level.
In his letter Mr Hooda says he was hurt by Mr Voras statement that he had proposed the name of Mr Bhajan Lal. While he himself was not personally against Mr Bhajan Lal he was concerned at the public perception of him.
Mr Hooda says he stood for value-based politics and found it difficult to associate with manipulative and casteist politics. Hence there was no question of his proposing the name of Mr Bhajan Lal.
Recounting the events of March 1, the day the party MLAs assembled to decide the issue of leader of the CLP, Mr Hooda clarifies that Mr Vora had asked him to propose the name of Mr Bhajan Lal but he refused. So it was Mr Voras decision that election to the post be avoided in the larger interest of the party MLAs individually, he came to the conclusion that Mr Bhajan Lal enjoyed the confidence of the majority. Mr Voras decision at the eleventh hour to avoid election was in contrast to his earlier stand in favour of it. As per the earlier plan ballot boxes had been readied for the purpose.
Mr Ambika Soni and Mr Narainswami were the two central observers present on the occasion and witness to developments.
Mr Hooda says while he
accepts Mr Voras verdict he has reliably learnt
that the majority of the MLAs did not in fact support Mr
Bhajan Lal, but many expressed the view that they would
accept whatever was decided by the central leadership.
This was interpreted by Mr Vora as support for Mr Bhajan
Petrol station owner found
AMBALA, March 9 A petrol-station owner was murdered in Ambala Cantonment area past night.
The owner of Ambala Filling Station near Super Bazar, Anil Aggarwal, was stabbed to death. His body bearing multiple stab injuries was found on the road to Dukheri near Khoda Kalan this morning.
The family of 35-year-old Anil Aggarwal had been looking for him since past night. The body was found by a Khoda Kalan villager, Mr Krishan Rana, this morning.
Anil Aggarwal was last seen by his two petrol station employees, Mr Raj Kumar and Mr Jagdev, whom he had left at Subzi Mandi Chowk at about 9.35 pm past night. The area police is trying to piece together the sequence of events after he was last seen by the two employees.
He had been repeatedly stabbed by a sharp-edged weapon on his chest, leg, stomach and back. His body was dumped by the killers near the Dukheri Road itself. The spot where the body was found is barely 1.5 km from the main Jagadhari road.
The Maruti Zen car of the deceased was found a few hundred metres away from the body. The police said the Zen did not bear any marks of a possible struggle which might have taken place between the killers and the deceased. Also, no blood spots could be found on the well-maintained Maruti Zen.
The police is trying to ascertain the number of assailants who might have been involved in the incident.
The area police said according to the information gathered from the two employees, Anil Aggarwal, after closing the filling station at the usual time, left for his home in Dayal Bagh in Mahesh Nagar area of Ambala Cantonment. After dropping them off at Subzi Mandi Chowk, he set off straight for home, the employees told the police.
Police officials said looking at the cold-blooded manner of the murder, "nothing could be ruled out". The officials said Anil Aggarwal did not carry any firearm and he had never brought any untoward activity to the notice of the police. "Instead, he was considered to be an amicable person who did not have problems with anyone," a police official said.
Although his watch, a ring and a few thousand rupees were found missing from the site of the murder, the stereo in his car was found intact. Police said Anil Aggarwal was not carrying a lot of cash as he had already deposited most of the day's earnings in the bank. He was only carrying the cash accrued from the past few hours of the business.
The police does not rule out the possibility of an acquaintance being involved in the murder. They said the car did not have tinted glasses and at least two Police Control Room vehicles were always on the route which was routinely taken by Anil Aggarwal. The officials said it would have been easy for Anil to draw attention if there was any problem as one clearly see through the car glasses.
The police said that the investigation would depend on ascertaining the exact time of death. If Anil was killed in morning, they would try to find out what he did and where he went before that, a police official said.
The murder has shocked local residents. The Petrol Pump Dealers Association, as a mark of respect to Anil, has decided not to open the petrol filling stations today.
According to the
President of the association, Mr Ravinder Dhillon,
"The way Anil was murdered was terrible. We demand
that the police should take speedy action to arrest the
killers so that such crimes do not take place in future.
This is the first such incident in this area and we hope
that this never happens again."
Dont panic over Rs 500 notes:
CHANDIGARH, March 9 RBI officials in Chandigarh said here today that there was no need for the public to panic as the proportion of counterfeit Rs 500 notes to the total amount is circulation was little and that the local enforcement authorities were maintaining a strict vigil.
They also said all the forged notes that might be detected by the bank branches were required to be impounded and handed over to the local police for investigation by lodging an FIR.
According to the RBI Act, every bank note shall be legal tender at any place in India in payment or on account for the amount expressed therein, and shall be guaranteed by the Central Government.
The officers reiterated that all the notes of Rs 500 denomination, both in the old as well as new design issued by RBI, continue to be legal tender and no bank and the members of public can refuse to accept genuine notes. It was also emphatically stated by the RBI officials that non-acceptance of genuine currency notes was an offence.
To protect the public interest, the RBI has advised that the members of the public themselves check if a 500-rupee note in the old series with Ashoka Pillar in the watermark is genuine or not by ensuring that they contain the following features :
* Watermark of the Ashoka Pillar emblem is clearly seen when held against light as a light and shade effect.
* The legend RESERVE BANK OF INDIA, 500, printed in the centre of the note, the promise clause in Hindi and English, Ashoka Pillar emblem, Mahatma Gandhi portrait, language panel, five small black lines on the left side of the note meant to be an identification mark for the blind are in the raised printing, known as intaglio. The raised printing can be felt by touch.
* Both the panels containing the serial number of the note are printed in fluorescent ink and glow when the note is held against an ultraviolet lamp.
* There is a latent image in the numeral 500 and the word RBI in the horizontal green belt that is below the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. The latent image of 500 can be seen when the note is held horizontally at the eye-level and RBI can be seen when the note is held vertically at the same level.
KVIC proposal to fund cottage
PANIPAT, March 9 The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) proposes to facilitate disbursement of loans for 275 village industry projects through scheduled commercial banks all over the State under its Rural Employment Generation Programme popularly known as Margin Money Scheme (MMS) in 2000-2001. The estimated cost of these projects is Rs 1375 lakh. Similarly, the Haryana Khadi Village and Industries Board (HKVIB) and the District Industries Centres (DIC) too has set a target of providing loans to 345 and 110 projects, respectively, through the margin money scheme in the next financial year.
Under the margin money scheme, 25 per cent of the cost of projects up to Rs 10 lakh will be provided as margin money as subsidy for individuals ( artisans and entrepreneurs) and for projects from Rs 10 lakh and up to Rs 25 lakh proposed by institutions and co-operatives, an additional 10 per cent of remaining cost of the Project is provided. This was informed by the director of the KVIC, Mr SP Singh at a district level bankers workshop here yesterday.
On the modalities of the Margin Money Scheme, Mr Singh said that the KVIC would place a lump sum deposit of margin money in advance with the corporate offices of the banks to be available for adjustment by the banks to the borrowers' loan account after two years from the date of disbursement of the loan. The borrower is required to provide 10 per cent of the project cost as his contribution in the general category and five per cent in case of the weaker sections. The banks will sanction 90 per cent of the project cost in case of general category and 95 per cent in case of the weaker sections.
The margin money after being released in favour of the loanee is kept in term deposit for two years in beneficiaries' name and the interest on it will be utilised to pay interest on the loan to the beneficiary. Since margin money is provided in the form of grant, it will be credited to the borrowers loan account after two years from the date of first disbursement, Mr Singh said.
The industries which come under the KVIC s purview are : Khadi, mineral-based industries like cottage pottery, forest-based industry such as handmade paper, agro based and food industry such as bee keeping, making gur, polymer and chemical based industries such as curing and tanning of hides and skins, manufacture of hair oil, detergents, rubber goods, engineering and non-conventional energy such as carpentry, solar and wind energy implements, textile industries such as hosiery, readymade garments and service industries such as laundry, cycle repair shop, barbers shop etc.
Commissioner, RB Langyan while addressing the bankers
said that they should refrain from keeping loan proposals
pending for a long time and should make the banks
position on these proposals clear to the borrower. Mr
Langyan said people could not avail the benefits of such
schemes due to poor implementation and lack of proper
100 cases of copying
ROHTAK, March 9 About 100 cases of unfair means (copying) have been registered in the region, covering the four districts of Rohtak, Sonepat, Panipat and Jind, in the ongoing matric and plus two examinations of the Haryana Board of School Education. The exams started on March 6.
According to sources in the control room of the education board functioning here, 83 cases were booked till yesterday in connection with the first two papers of English and moral education. The education authorities have also shifted the plus two examination centre at Kiloi and Kharawar village due to complaint and apprehension of mass copying at these places. Two centres in Sonepat town have also been shifted on the recommendation of the task force deployed to check use of unfair means.
One case of 'impersonation' was booked at Nangal Kheri village, near Panipat town. It was found that a college student was appearing for another student, identified as Balraj (roll no. 348388) in the moral education exam yesterday.
While the authorities claim to have deployed 16 teams of the special task force (STF) and Rapid Action Force (RAF), besides special flying squads of the district administration, reports from various places indicate that mass copying and use of unfair means has been going on without any proper check. Some of the staff on exam duty and even police personnel are reportedly involved in helping their kith and kin in these exams.
The authorities, on the other hand, have deputed 36 general flying squads in Rohtak, Jind, Panipat and Sonepat districts for conducting special checks during exams.
Meanwhile, the board authorities have shifted the dates of some of the papers in view of the panchayat and municipal committee elections in the state.
According to the control
room of the board here, the exams due to be held on March
11, March 15 and March 16 have been rescheduled for March
31, April 1 and March 30, respectively. Similarly exams
of vocational papers due to be held on March 11 and 15
will now be held on March 18 and 21, respectively.
6 held for
helping examinees copy
SONEPAT, March 9 The Gohana police has arrested six persons, including a police constable of Panipat and his son, while they were found trying to smuggle "notes" into a examination centre the Board of School Education, Haryana, for matriculation and the plus two examinations.
According to a report reaching here, the SDM, Gohana, is reported to have stopped the police constable from smuggling the notes into the examination hall but he misbehaved with him. Thereupon, a case under Section 188, Cr. P.C. and Sections 353 and 186, IPC was registered against him by Mr Rajinder Singh, Tehsildar. Similarly, other five persons, including the son of the police constable, were booked under Sections 107/151 of the Cr. P.C. on the charge of the apprehension of breach of the peace.
According to another report, police has registered a case under Sections 186, 188, 332, 353, 292 and 506 of the IPC against Anil of Khandrai village following a written complaint made by Mr Jaswant Singh, Superintendent of an examination centre of Government High School in Mahmoodpur village alleging that the culprit has threatened him with dire consequences if he prevented him from copying in the examination hall.
Meanwhile, members of the flying squad headed by Mr Dharampal, SDM, Sonepat, conducted a raid at an examination centre here yesterday and caught a student while he was copying in the examination.
According to Mr Sudhir Rajpal, Deputy Commissioner, the examination centres of Swami Dayanand Senior Secondary School, Sonepat were shifted to the J.P. Jain Senior Secondary School, Sonepat and Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Senior Secondary School, Garhi Jhinjhara, village to Government Senior Secondary School, Ganaur, respectively.
The District Education
Officer, Mrs Prem Kuleri, today denied a report published
in a section of the Press that the board had cancelled
the English paper in the entire district of Sonepat. She
clarified that this paper was cancelled in one centre
only where the examinees were found engaged in mass
copying when Mr Jagdish Sihag, Secretary of the board
visited the examination centre.
Demand for parity in pension,
YAMUNANAGAR, March 9 Retired college lecturers from Haryana are seeking pension and enhanced gratuity benefits from April 1, 1995. Professor K.C. Thakur, president of the Haryana Retired College Teachers Association urged the Chief Minister Haryana, to fulfil the promise of parity to non-government College lecturers with government/university lecturers.
He said that there had always been parity between government aided college lecturers and government/university lecturers in the matter of grades and emoluments. On May 8, 1999, the Haryana Cabinet had revised the pay scales for government and non government university lecturers from the same date January 1, 1996.
Professor Thakur said yesterday that the college lecturers were aggrieved that even after regular service against permanent posts sanctioned by the state government they were not being given the same allowance, pension and other retirement benefits admissible to the lecturers of University/government colleges.
He said that denial of such benefits was arbitrary and discriminatory. It is a fact that the teachers of aided colleges and those of government colleges perform identical functions and lecturers should not therefore, be discriminated against in the matter of allowance, and retirement benefits. The Association of College Teachers of government aided colleges has taken up the matter with state government from time to time but the government had been in dithering over accepting the parity.
Professor Thakur added that the benefit of parity in the pay scale, dearness allowance, HRA, CCA and gratuity had already been given but parity in other allowances such as medical allowance, LTC encashment of leave and other retirement benefits denied. He said that once the principle of parity had been accepted, it should be carried to its logical end.
Haryana to have holidays on
March 12, 16
CHANDIGARH, March 9 The Haryana Government today notified that March 12 and March 16 would be observed as public holidays in all government offices and institutions. These days would holidays under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881, on account of panchayat elections on these days.
The gram panchayat elections on March 12 will be held in Ambala and Barara blocks of Ambala district, Badhra, Bawani Khera, Bhiwani and Dadri-1blocks of Bhiwani district, Panpat and Israna blocks of Panipat district, Kalanaur and Lakhan Majra blocks of Rohtak district, Jhajjar and Bahadurgarh blocks of Jhajjar district, Jind, Julana and Alewa blocks of Jind district, Radaur, Sadhaura and Mastafabad blocks of Yamunanagar district, Guhla at Cheeka and Kalayat blocks of Kaithal district, Fatehabad and Tohana blocks of Fatehabad district, Ladwa and Thanesar blocks of Kurukshetra district, Karnal, Nissing at Chirao and Assandh blocks of Karnal district, Sonepat, Mundlana and Kathura blocks of Sonepat district, Farukh Nagar, Sohna, Pataudi and Taoru blocks of Gurgaon district, Ballabgarh, Hodel and Faridabad blocks of Faridabad district, Ateli, Nangal and Kanina blocks of Mahendragarh district, Rewari and Khol at Rewari blocks of Rewari district, Handi-1, Hisar-1, Barwala and Narnaund blocks of Hisar district and Dabwali, Baragudha and Ellanabad blocks of Sirsa district.
The elections in the
second phase on March 16 will be held in Naraingarh and
Shahzadpur blocks of Ambala district, Kairu, Loharu,
Dadri-II, Tosham and Siwani blocks of Bhiwani district,
Bapauli, Samalkha and Madlauda blocks of Panipat
district, Rohtak, Meham and Sampla blocks of Rohtak
district, Sahlawas, Matenhail and Beri blocks of Jhajjar
district, Uchana, Safidon, Pillukhera and Narwana blocks
of Jind district, Bilaspur, Jagadhari and Chhachhrauli
blocks of Yamunanagar district, Pundri, Kaithal and
Rajound blocks of Kaithal district, Bhattu Kalan, Ratia
and Bhuna blocks of Fatehabad district, Shahbad, Badain
and Pehowa blocks of Kurukshetra district, Indri,
Gharaunda and Nilokheri blocks of Karnal district, Rai,
Kharkhoda, Ganaur and Gohana blocks of Sonepat district,
Gurgaon, Nuh, Nagia, Ferozepur Jhirka and Punhana blocks
of Gurgaon district, Hassanpur, Hathin and Palwal blocks
of Faridabad district, Mahendragarh, Narnaul and Nangal
Chaudhary blocks of Mahendragarh district, Bawal, Nahar
and Jatusana blocks of Rewari district, Hisar-II,
Adampur, Agroha, Uklana and Hansi-II blocks of Hisar
district, Sirsa, Nathusari Chopta, Rania and Odhan blocks
of Sirsa district and Morni, Raipur Rani, Pinjore and
Barwala blocks of Panchkula district.
Complaints on wrong rejection of
CHANDIGARH, March 9 Mr T.D. Jogpal, Haryana State Election Commissioner today said that the State Election Commission had received certain complaints about wrong rejection of nomination papers filed by candidates for general elections to 30 municipal committees, 19 municipal councils and one municipal corporation, Faridabad, to be held on April 2.
As per provisions contained under clause (iv) of sub-rule (2) of Rule 19 of the Haryana Municipal Election Rules, 1978, and under clause (iv) of sub-rule (2) of Rule 21 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Election Rules, 1994, respectively, such aggrieved persons could file revision applications to Deputy Commissioners within three days (from March 8 to March 10 between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. against the rejection of their nomination papers by the Returning Officer concerned.
Mr Jogpal said the Deputy Commissioners would decide revision applications so filed under clause (iv) of sub-rule (2) of Rule 19 of the Haryana Municipal Election Rules, 1978, and clause (iv) of sub-rule (2) of Rule 21 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Election Rules, 1994, respectively.
It aims to bring disabled
KARNAL: The Viklang Shishu Prashikshan Kendra is doing yeoman's service to the disabled of this area. It is run by the Tapan Rehabilitation Society, Karnal. It was established in 1994 with mere 25 speech and hearing impaired and mentally disabled. But now the strength has gone up to 150 beneficiaries. It caters not only to the disabled children of Karnal but children from adjoining villages in Panipat, Jind, Sonepat and Kurukshetra districts.
The society consists of a team of doctors, social workers and educationists. This society is the brainchild of Dr Sujata, director of the kendra, who has done a diploma in guidance and counselling and published works at the national and international levels. She opted to dedicate her life for these children rather than going in for a lucrative occupation.
Qualified and trained staff looks after the educational, vocational and overall development needs of the children. Training courses in masala making, candle making, block printing and fabric painting, etc are provided to make the disabled self-reliant. Courses in beauty culture and computers are also provided for economic uplift of disabled children. The kendra is recognised up to the middle standard by the state's Department of Education. In the previous year the result was 100 per cent.
The kendra provides all modern facilities and is equipped with the latest technology for teaching. It provides specialised training in physiotherapy, speech therapy, auditory training, etc. Children celebrate all religious festivals and participate in cultural activities and other functions organised by different departments. Hostel facility is also there.
The society is facing financial constraints due to limited resources. Despite this, free board and lodging and educational facilities are provided to 10 deserving disabled kids.
The society aims at bringing the disabled into the mainstream. Therefore, every effort is being made to infuse confidence in them. No sign language is used like the old method of teaching the deaf. The kendra is working in accordance with the norms set up by the Central Government regarding these institutions. The students teacher ratio is 5:1 or 7:1 and in certain cases 1:1.
The popularity of the kendra can be judged from the fact that Viklang Shishu Prashikshan is running parallel in strength of students and facilities provided in institutions which came into existence much before the start of this institution despite financial constraints.
It looks forward to the
benevolence from the Haryana Government in the shape of
allotment of land for the construction of building and
liberal grants for its recurring and non-recurring
expenses. It has ambitious plans to enlarge the scope of
its activities and increase the strength of the
institution but due to paucity of funds and rented
building the plan seems a distant dream.
CAW Cell resorts to
CHANDIGARH, March 9 Keeping in view the rise in the number of couples going in for divorce, the Crime Against Women (CAW) Cell of the Chandigarh Police is resorting to counselling by seeking the services of professional counsellors, psychologists besides eminent social workers of the city.
This has been done as it was being felt that the efforts made by the personnel were not enough in sorting out the marital discord of many couples who would be more open to reasoning by social workers, counsellors and psychologists.
Mr Asad Farooqui, SSP corporation who also holds charge of CAW, said while a large number of cases were registered in the previous years, he was of the view that the utmost effort should be made to salvage any marriage on the rocks. In most cases, the differences were marginal and a result of a determined stand taken by both the parties.
We have now revamped the functioning of the cell and the officers have been told that the registration of a case should be the last resort. In this context we approached eminent social workers and professionals and urged them to spare some time to help couples in distress.
A panel of the
persons has been drawn up and they regularly assist our
staff and some cases we let them handle the cases on
their own. This trust has not been misplaced and in a
majority of the cases they persist till the parties see
reason and decide to bury the hatchet, he added.
2 youngsters convicted
CHANDIGARH, March 9 Convicting two youngsters, accused of committing a theft in a Head Constables house, UT Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Harminder Singh Madaan today sentenced one to undergo imprisonment for the period already undergone, while releasing the other on probation.
The two Sunil Kumar and Surinder Kumar were earlier booked by the Chandigarh Police for house-trespass and theft under Section 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code on the complaint of Dilbir Singh.
In a complaint before the police, the Head Constable had alleged that Rs 3200 along with jewellery and gas cylinder were found missing after he rushed back home from vacation upon receiving telephonic message regarding the theft.
Pronouncing the orders, the ACJM observed: Keeping in view the fact that they are of young age and their previous antecedents and further that Sunil Kumar is in judicial custody since July 6, 1999, that is for more than eight months, I am of the considered view that ends of justice shall be adequately met if he is sentenced to imprisonment already undergone while in custody, therefore, it is ordered accordingly.
Bridge likely ahead of schedule
FARIDABAD, March 9 The much awaited four-lane bridge over the railway lines at Bata Chowk here is likely to be opened to traffic seven months ahead of the schedule in August, according to official sources.
Over 70 per cent of work which began in January last year has already been completed. It is for the first time in Haryana that the overbridge is being built by a Jaipur based firm on the build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis.
The firm would charge toll tax from the vehicles passing the overbridge to recover the cost of the construction before handing it over to the state government.
The toll tax would be charged per trip at the following rates: scooters Rs 5, cars Rs 10, buses Rs 20 and trucks Rs 30. However, monthly passes could also be obtained which would be much cheaper.
Earlier, the construction work had slowed down due to a dispute between the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam and the PWD over the removal of high tension cables which were coming in the way of the overbridge. An agreement has since been reached between the two departments paving the way for starting the work on a war-footing.
Once the overbridge is commissioned it will ease congestion to some extent on the Neelam flyover on which the traffic to the NIT and industrial area has been diverted.
But the overbridge will not serve the purpose fully as the volume of traffic is increasing tremendously day by day.
The solution lies in the early sanction of the four-lane rail overbridge on the Ballabhgarh-Sohna road and the conversion of the two-lane Badkhal flyover into four lanes.
A subway is also urgently needed under the railway lines at Old Faridabad where the level-crossing generally remains closed due to heavy traffic on the Delhi-Mathura section of the Central Railway.
HVP's ex-MLA booked for
PANIPAT, March 9 Acting on the directions of the State CID, the police here has booked a former HVP MLA from Gohana/Jagbir Malik, Raghubir Sandhu and the Deputy Director, Horticulture, Kartar Singh Gill on the charge of cheating and forgery. According to the police, Jagbir Malik and Raghubir Sandhu had floated a bogus firm Rashtriya Urvarak in 1998. The firm cheated the Horticulture Department by selling thousands of packets of poor quality fertiliser. Besides, the firm used forged quotations to get the fertiliser contract.
The police said that the
accused had allegedly had cheated the government by
selling fertiliser packets for Rs 50 each while actual
cost there of was not more than Rs 1. The matter was
investigated by the state CID and since the delivery of
fertiliser packets was made at Panipat, a case under
sections 420, 465, 468 and 120-B of the IPC and
Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against the
Cashier robbed of Rs 5 lakh
PANIPAT, March 9 Three armed persons robbed the cashier of Paliwal Industries, an export house of Rs 5 lakh in broad daylight while he was returning to the factory in Sector 25 with the money in the company car.
According to Mr. Sandip of Paliwal Industries, cashier Ajay Singla and driver Suresh were coming back from the head office with Rs 5 lakh for salaries when the car, a Santro (HR-06E 0042) was stopped by three motorcycle borne persons near the Sector 25 crossing. Two persons forced themselves, into the car whipped out revolvers and asked they driver to follow their instructions. They guided the car towards Sewah while the third one followed them on bike. After reaching Dahar village, the robbers asked them to get out of the car and gave them blows.
KU's programmes for women
KURUKSHETRA, March 9 Kurukshetra University Women's Studies Research Centre, in collaboration with CAPART (Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology under the aegis of the Ministry of Rural Areas Employment) and some non-government organisations (NGOs), would initiate a few income-generation training programmes for women shortly.
Stating this at the International Women's Day celebrations organised by centre at Kirmach village, 10 km from here yesterday, the Director of the centre, Dr Reicha Tanwar, said the names of women to be enrolled had already been registered.
Interacting with rural women, she said the problems faced by rural women in the state would have to be tackled in a systematic and scientific manner. She said the basic factor responsible for women's conditions was illiteracy. The female literacy rate in rural Haryana was as low as 32 per cent as compared to 65 per cent for males. She said the falling sex ratio was another cause for concern.
Street plays on women's issues were also staged on the occasion by the Kurukshetra Natya Manch.
Bodies of woman, youth
ROHTAK, March 9 The police has recovered the bodies of a youth and a young unmarried woman, who were reportedly missing for the past about 10 days. A case of abduction had been registered on a complaint by the father of the girl.
According to information, the boy and the girl allegedly committed suicide after they run away from their houses on February 29. The bodies were lying in the Tilyar lake tourist complex here. The girl was a teacher in a private school in nearby Bohar village.
In a separate incident, a married woman, Krishna, wife of Raghubir of Sunarian village, died when the three-wheeler in which she was travelling collided with a Canter truck near Sunderpur village yesterday.
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