|Wednesday, March 15, 2000,
hurt in post-poll clash
to use party symbol for MC poll
resent delay in grant of NPA
men forcibly occupy building
|Car thief arrested near Sonepat
SONEPAT, March 14 The Kharkhauda police today arrested a youth and recovered a stolen Maruti car and a motorcycle from his possession.
Exam date confusion costs
in school case extended
12 hurt in post-poll clash
KARNAL, March 14 Tension has gripped Kunjpura village, 12 km from here, following clashes between two groups last evening after the declaration of the panchayat poll results. Over 12 persons were injured in the clash, including members of the newly elected sarpanchs family and his supporters.
According to official sources, the police has rounded up 15 persons, including the sarpanch, Mr Subhash Gupta.
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Devender Singh, has imposed Section 144 in the village. Policemen have been deployed in strength in the village.
Terrified residents of the village remained indoors today. Shopkeepers in the town observed a hartal for the second day in protest against the attack on them allegedly by supporters of the newly elected sarpanch.
Mr Bhim Sen Mehta, a former Haryana minister who was returned as an Independent from the Indri constituency in which Kunjpura town falls during the just concluded poll, visited the village this morning to pacify the aggrieved.
A number of village residents told TNS they were attacked without any reason.
Mr Wadhwa, an advocate from the village, complained on the telephone that a particular community was targetted by supporters of the sarpanch.
The administration however, refuted the allegation.
The sarpanch won by 42 votes, defeating Mr Subhash Bhatia, who remained the village sarpanch for two terms. The supporters of Mr Gupta took out a procession after the victory through the streets of Kunjpura. When the procession reached near the residence of the former sarpanch, clashes ensued between the rival groups.
It is alleged that the supporters of Mr Bhatia pelted stones on the procession. Irate supporters of the victorious sarpanch then began attacking villagers in the main market. Some shops were allegedly looted and a vehicle was set on fire.
It took considerable time for the police to control the situation. Police reinforcement were rushed from Karnal and the S.P., Mr A.S. Ahlawat, visited the troubled village.
Supporters of the newly elected sarpanch today came to Karnal in tractor-trailers to protest against the arrests. The situation in the village is tense though the police claims that it is under control.
In Fatehabad supporters of a defeated candidate in fray from the poll of sarpanch in Theri village reportedly killed a supporter of the elected sarpanch and injured three on Monday evening, adds our Fatehabad Correspondent.
The police has registered a case against seven persons.
According to a report lodged by Mr Balwant, brother of the deceased, Dhani Ram, his brother had supported Mr Jagir Singh, who emerged victorious in the elections.
Frustrated by the defeat of their candidate, Mr Hari Singh, Mr Gharsi Ram, Mr Trilochan, Mr Sohan Lal, Mr Prabhu, Mr Rajesh and Mr Bala Ram, supporters of Mr Subhash Chand who lost the election, attacked him and his family members with bricks, stones and sharp-edged weapons.
Mr Dhani Ram died on the spot.
Counting of votes on March 18
CHANDIGARH, March 14 The Haryana Election Commission today said that counting of votes for the second phase of panchayat elections would be held on March 18 at the places notified earlier by Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officers.
Earlier, the counting was scheduled to be held on March 17. The date has been changed because March 17 would be a holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha.
Panchayat repoll today
FARIDABAD, March 14 Repolling in the panchayat elections will be held tomorrow in Machhgarh, Garhkhera, Piala, Jawan, Ferozepur Kalan and Badraula villages of Ballabhgarh block.
This was stated here today by Mr Anand Mohan Sharan, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer.
The polling in these villages had to be suspended on March 12 due to snatching of ballot papers and other incidents.
BSP to use party symbol for
FARIDABAD, March 14 As many as 401 candidates now remain in the field for contesting 25 seats of the Faridabad Municipal Corporation elections being held on April 2.
Symbols were also allotted to each candidate yesterday. Except the Bahujan Samaj Party, all other parties were not contesting the corporation elections on their party symbols.
Meanwhile, the BJP yesterday decided to support those candidates who had faith in the party ideology and were in a winning position. The ruling INLD is also thinking on the similar lines and a senior INLD leader would visit here tomorrow to shortlist the candidates who would be extended support of the party. The Congress has also decided to support the active members of the party.
YAMUNANAGAR: As many as 171 candidates are left in fray for the local Municipal Council's election in 31 wards to be held on April 2. Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer informed here on Tuesday that the last date for the withdrawal was March 13. He also said that Mr Dilbagh Singh had been elected unanimously from ward no 30. He said that for the Jagadhri Municipal Council election, 102 candidates were contesting from 23 wards. Meanwhile, the counting process in all six panchayat samities and zila parishads here would now take place on March 18 instead of March 17, Mr Sharma said. He said this change was made on account of the Id holiday on March 17.
SIRSA: As many as 144 nominations were withdrawn from the poll fray for the forth coming elections to four municipal committees of the district. According to the information received on Tuesday after these withdrawals, for 15 wards of Rania 48 candidates are left in the fray. For 13 wards of Kalanwali M.C. 37 candidates are in the fray. For 15 wards of Ellenabad the number is 89 whereas for Sirsa Municipal Council's 31 wards there are more than 100 contenders left in the fray.
Meanwhile, panchayat elections will be held on March 16 in Sirsa, Rania, Odhan and Nathusari Chopta. This was disclosed by the Chief Electoral Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Mr Amit Jha, in a press note here on Tuesday.
He also informed that Mr Satbir Singh, Tehsildar, has been appointed as Duty Magistrate in place of Mr M.S. Yadav, SDM, Mandi Dabwali.
KAITHAL: Elections to the Municipal Council here and Bhiwani have been stayed by the State Election Commission, according to a communiqué received here on Monday.
The State-Election Commission had directed the Deputy Commissioner to communicate to the returning officer of Municipal Council here that after completion of withdrawal of nomination papers no further decision be taken by the returning officer, till further orders of the commission. It had also been communicated that in any ward where after withdrawal of nomination, only one candidate remained in fray no announcement regarding the result should be made.
According to official
sources, the district administration has apprised the
State Election Commission that keeping in view the
irregularities in organisation of wards and the fact that
a large number of voters had been left out of the voter
lists the administration suggested that the election be
YAMUNANAGAR, March 14 Ballarpur Industries Limited, Shree Gopal unit has been in operation since 1936, manufacturing high grade pulp, quality writing and printing and coated paper. The unit has since grown as one of the largest integrated pulp and paper mills in northern India.
Controlled by the Thapar group it has its commitment towards meeting social and environmental needs from time to time and has been upgrading its facilities to remain ahead within the prescribed environmental standards.
Mr A.N. Pathak, vice-president of Ballarpur Industries Limited, said here that the unit operated effluent treatment plant of capacity 54000M3 per day based on internationally adopted activated sludge process technology. The plant was commissioned in 1985-86 and the operation was costing Rs 65000 per day. For regular quality control, the industry has modern testing laboratory where testing of the effluent at primary, aeration, secondary and tertiary stages is carried out in every shift of eight hours. The unit recently commissioned modern pulp mill for the manufacture of world class high brightness pulp. In this pulp mill, use of elemental chlorine which contributes to high-toxic pollutants is substantially reduced. The new bleaching process is based on chlorine dioxide. BILT spent Rs 6 crore in 1997-98 by integrating new tertiary treatment facility with existing ETP. The unit is meeting consistently the prescribed standards or norms by the state or the Central Pollution Control Board.
Mr Pathak said that the
unit had 21 mw captive thermal power plant to meet power
requirement. The steam required for the power plant was
supplied by four coal boilers and two soda recovery
boilers. For air pollution measures, the unit has
provided six ESPs to control SPM of the outgoing boiler
gases and to control levels within the emission
standards. Additionally, the kilns are using hard coke in
place of steam coal thus incurring extra expenditure of
Rs 30,000 per day for emission control of the lime kilns.
Docs resent delay in grant of
ROHTAK, March 14 The issue of granting non-practice allowance (NPA) to government doctors in Haryana is hanging fire. While the present Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had announced the NPA for the state doctors from January 1, this year, the delay in implementation of the scheme caused resentment among a large number of doctors.
According to sources, the delay, which had been initially caused due to the Assembly elections last month, had become longer as the state government had reportedly decided to seek opinion of certain experts as whether to give the NPA or allow private practice to the government doctors. The NPA is 25 per cent of the basic pay and the doctors allowed this facility are not permitted private practice.
It is learnt that certain senior officials including some bureaucrats, who are opposed to grant of the NPA, had advised the Chautala government to reconsider the issue as the decision of granting the NPA might become a financial burden on the government. The state government would have to shell out an additional amount of about Rs 500 crore per year to pay the NPA.
Some of the officials reportedly favoured the idea of allowing the doctors to practice instead of giving them the NPA. As this would not only save the government of a major financial burden, but would also improve the earnings of the institute or hospital where the doctors were working as 40 per cent of the income from such practice went to hospital or government.
But a large section of doctors belonging to the Haryana Civil Medical Service (HCMS) were against allowing this system as such a system had been tested earlier in Haryana and some other states like Bihar and UP and it had failed.
A senior doctor belonging to the HCMS said that not granting the NPA to doctors was also a violation of the national health policy which prescribes the grant of the NPA to government doctors. He alleged that a section of bureaucrats was trying to influence the Chief Minister and as a result that the implementation was being delayed. He said the doctors had welcomed announcement made by Mr Chautala before the elections. He said the CM must fulfil his promise now.
He warned that services
of medical institutes like PGIMS, Rohtak, would suffer if
the doctors were allowed to practice. He said such an
experiment had shown bad results earlier also. The state
government had reportedly sought opinion of some experts
and officials, including the Health and Medical Education
Secretary, Director of PGIMS, Rohtak and some senior
doctors, before taking any final decision.
CID men forcibly
SONEPAT, March 14 Officials of the CID yesterday reportedly forcibly occupied the building of the ANM hostel after breaking its locks in the office of the Civil Surgeon here.
On receiving this information, officials and other employees of the Health Department assembled on the scene and protested against the forcible occupation of the ANM's hostel building which has been lying vacant for the past few years. Some officials immediately informed the district authorities about the incident but authorities reportedly declined to take any action against the CID personnel responsible for the illegal occupation of the hostel building.
It is also stated that when an official was deputed by the Civil Surgeon, Dr R.N. Sachdeva, for lodging an FIR with the police, he failed to do so as the police declined to register the case. Thereupon, the Civil Surgeon sent a complaint in writing to the Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police demanding immediate vacation of the ANM's hostel building and stern action against the CID personnel responsible for illegal occupation of the building.
Apprentices not workmen
CHANDIGARH, March 14 The question of law whether an apprentice taking training under the Apprentices Act is a workman within the meaning of Section 2(S) of the Industrial Disputes Act and whether the Act applies to apprentices was answered in the negative by the Punjab and Haryana High Court while allowing six writ petitions filed by Maruti Udyog Ltd; Gurgaon, against the awards given by the Labour Court, Gurgaon.
The Labour Court while deciding the case of Mr Rama Kant and others apprentices had held them as workmen and found them entitled to reinstatement in service with continuity of service and full back wages.
All the petitioners had been getting training in the company's Workshops. One of them did not even qualify in the examination held at the end of the training. The services of other petitioners were also terminated by the company. All the petitioners were engaged as apprentices on a stipend of Rs 452 per month by the petitioner-company.
As per the contract, after the apprentices successfully completed their apprenticeship, they might be called by the company to appear for an examination to be followed by an interview and may thereafter be absorbed in the company's service.
Even after the completion of one year, the petitioners continued as apprentices. Later on their services were terminated.
The respondents approached the Labour Court against their retrenchment and claimed regularisation of service and full wages. The apprentices claimed that as per the terms of the Apprentices Act, once the period of one year came to an end, the petitioners became employees of the company and subsequently workmen within the meaning of Section 2(S) of the Industrial Disputes Act.
Quashing Labour Court's award in favour of the apprentices, Mr Justice K.K. Shrivastava and Mr Justice J.S. Khehar observed that Rule 5(2) of Apprenticeship Rules required that the period of apprenticeship would be complete only after the apprentices appeared for the final test and if they fail an extension would be allowed till they appeared for the second test.
The Judges further held
in case of the respondents, no relationship of employee
and employer came into being, and consequently could not
be treated as workmen under Section 2(S) of the
Industrial Disputes Act.
Car thief arrested near
SONEPAT, March 14 The Kharkhauda police today arrested a youth and recovered a stolen Maruti car and a motorcycle from his possession.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr K.P. Singh told mediapersons here today that the arrested youth has been identified as Mahavir, alias Anil of Pahladpur village under the jurisdiction of Kharkhauda police station.
During interrogation, he told the police that he had stolen the car from Madhuban Chowk of Delhi before the Assembly elections. Similarly, he had stolen another car from Delhi and a motorcycle from Sonepat city.
He was earlier arrested in a number of theft cases committed at Kharkhauda, Delhi and Rohtak areas but evaded conviction by furnishing a wrong identity.
In another incident an unidentified person is reported to have stolen Rs 5 lakh from the State Bank of India (SBI) Sonepat on Saturday last. According to a delayed report, the man presented a forge cheque and withdrew the money.
In a third incident, Suresh Kumar was shot at and wounded in broad-day-light in a thickly populated part of Prabhu Nagar Mandi here yesterday.
Exam date confusion costs
AMBALA, March 14 Confusion over the board exam dates reportedly led to a few students missing the examination today.
A school Principal said that the information available with them last morning was that the exams to take place on April 13 and 14 had been postponed. "However, at about 3 p.m. yesterday, we were informed that Hindi (Elective) and English (Elective) exams are to take place as scheduled," he said.
He pointed out that when the latest information was put on the notice board at once, most of the students had already left.
In B. D. Senior Secondary School, Ambala Cantonment, at least four students who had been regularly taking the board exams failed to turn up today. They include roll numbers 129108, 129117, 129126 and 129158. A student appearing in DAV Senior Secondary School, Ambala cantonment, bearing roll number 134095 also did not turn up, the Principal said.
The District Education Officer, Mr Dharam Pal Sharma, said that information regarding the revised date sheet had been passed to all schools concerned. "No incident of a student missing out on exams has been brought to my notice," he said.
Mr Sharma, said that according to the revised date sheet, on March 18 there is maths, on March 21 there are economics and physics, on March 22 there are history and computer science, on March 23 there is political science and on March 24 there are psychology, chemistry, typewriting Hindi and English.
On March 25 there are
military sciences, dance (all options), agriculture, on
March 27 music (all options) and biology, on March 28
there is philosophy, on March 29 there is home science
and on March 30 there are fine arts (all options) and
Stay in school case extended
AMBALA, March 14 The Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr J. S. Dhanjal, today extended the stay till April 4 in the Convent of Jesus and Mary cases.
The court stated that the final argument will take place on April 4.
Sepoy cremated with honours
ROHTAK, March 14
The body of sepoy Shyam Phool (20) of 19 Mahar Battalion
was cremated with full military honours at his native
village of Jassia today.He laid his life fighting against
the enemies at Chakla post in Jammu and Kashmir on March
12 last.Mr J.N. Gahlaut, secretary, District Red Cross
Society, Mr Jai Narayan, DSP, and Col Sheoran of Mahar
Regiment paid tributes to the departed soul.
Youth open fire in hotel
ROHTAK, March 14 Two youths who allegedly opened fire at a hotel here last night have been booked by the police.According to police sources, the youths identified as Satish and Vijay came in a Maruti Esteem car to Kalinga Hotel on the Delhi road here at about 11 p.m. and asked for ice cream. When they were told that ice cream parlour had been closed, the youths took out a pistol and opened fire indiscriminately. They reportedly fired about five rounds which hit the main door and a wall. No one was injured. They fled leaving their car behind.
Two die of inhaling noxious
ROHTAK, March 14
Two persons died and one became unconscious after
inhaling noxious fumes while desilting a well at Hisar
road here today.The deceased have been identified as
Satte and Nafe Singh of Gaddi Kheri village. The youth
who became unconscious was identified as Satish (22) of
the local Para Mohalla.According to information all three
were employed at a nearby petrol pump. The incident
reportedly took place at around 2 p.m.When contacted fire
brigade officials said they had rushed to the spot on
getting the information, but save only one person.The
bodies have been sent to the Post Graduate Institute of
Medical Sciences for a post mortem.
Two killed in bus accident
SONEPAT, March 14 Two persons were killed on the spot and three others injured when a Haryana Roadways bus of the Sonepat depot rammed into a shop at Gohana town, 35 km from here, last night.
The victims have been identified as Virender, an owner of the shop and Harish Panchal of Kehar village in Delhi, shop owner's friend. Bus driver Amar Singh sustained injuries along with two others Balwant Singh of Chhatehra village and Luxman of Uttar Kashi Uttar Pradesh who had brought his jeep for repair there. All the injured persons were sent to the medical college hospital at Rohtak for treatment.
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