Tuesday, April 18, 2000,
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Yamuna Action Plan goes on
YAMUNANAGAR: The Yamuna Action Plan project has been framed to prevent pollution of the Yamuna. In Haryana, 12 towns have been identified as contributors to the pollution of the river. The project aided by Japan costs Rs 211 crore. It will cover six towns of Haryana in the first phase. The towns include Yamunanagar-Jagadhri, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Gurgaon and Faridabad. The allocation for various works of Yamunanagar and Jagadhri towns is Rs 27 crore.

Cops review crime situation
GURGAON, April 17 — Haryana and Rajasthan have decided to jointly deal with inter-state gangs of criminals who have stepped up activity in the Mewat areas of the two states in the past few years.

UPSC directed to declare IPS result
CHANDIGARH, April 17 — A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice J.S. Narang today directed the Union Public Service Commission etc to declare the result of Mr Partap Singh Ranga, DSP of Haryana Police, regarding his induction into the Indian Police Service. Mr Ranga was considered by the select committee on May 26, 1999.

NRAI nod for 5 overbridges
KARNAL, April 17 — The National Road Authority of India has sanctioned five overbridges on the G.T. Road passing through Karnal and Panipat.

Thermal plant’s sixth unit to be ready soon
PANIPAT, April 17 — After successfully conducting the crucial hydraulic test to check the critical pipeline system of the boiler of the under construction sixth unit of the Panipat Thermal Power Plant, engineers are now gearing up for a major exercise which will be a big leap towards the commissioning of the 210 MW sixth unit of the plant.

Doctor expels woman in labour
ROHTAK, April 17 — The ‘inhuman’ attitude of PGIMS authorities forced a pregnant woman to deliver her baby in a three-wheeler outside the hospital today.

Hisar sizzles
HISAR, April 17 — The Hisar region continues to be in the grip of unabated heat wave for the past several days, with the mercury touching an all-time high. Sources in the meteorological offices of CCS Haryana Agricultural University said, the day temperature was about 4C above normal while the night temperature was about one degree above normal.



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Careful, big brother is listening
HISAR, April 17 — The tapping of phone conversation between Hansie Cronje and a bookie by the Delhi police has had an unusual fallout - it has changed the tone and tenor of telephone conversations. While businessmen to longer use codes to refer to money (peti for lakh and buxa for crore) on the phone, the fear of big brother eavesdropping has even taken the fun out of young lovers’ sweet nothings on the phone Discretion, in fact, is the buzzword.

Dharna against doctor’s arrest
SIRSA, April 17 — The Indian Medical Association’s Sirsa unit demanded an impartial high-level enquiry into the suicide of a nurse at the nursing home of Dr Amar Singh Sidhu and his ‘wrongful’ implication in the case.

Move on Bahadurgarh gains momentum
ROHTAK, April 17 — The move to include Bahadurgarh subdivision again in Rohtak district seems to have caught momentum. The subdivision was carved out of Rohtak district and included in Jhajjar district about three years ago.

One killed in clash
SONEPAT, April 17 — One person was killed and three members of a family including a woman sustained serious injuries when they were attacked with sharp-edged weapons and lathis by members of a rival group at Gumar village, about 20km from here, last night.

2 held in kidnapping case
SIRSA, April 17 — The District police arrested two persons for kidnapping Avneet from near the Chief Minister’s local residence.

2 killed in road mishap
ROHTAK, April 17 — Two persons, including a driver of a three-wheeler auto rickshaw died near Sampla town, about 25 km from here yesterday. Top




 

Yamuna Action Plan goes on
From Ashwani Dutta

YAMUNANAGAR: The Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) project has been framed to prevent pollution of the Yamuna. In Haryana, 12 towns have been identified as contributors to the pollution of the river. The project aided by Japan costs Rs 211 crore. It will cover six towns of Haryana in the first phase. The towns include Yamunanagar-Jagadhri, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Gurgaon and Faridabad. The allocation for various works of Yamunanagar and Jagadhri towns is Rs 27 crore.

In the second phase, the towns to be covered are Chhachhrauli, Radaur, Indri, Ghauranda, Gohana and Palwal for which estimated provision of Rs 20.64 crore has been made.

Most of the mullahs carrying sewage into the Yamuna canal shall be tapped through sewer lines and diverted to sewage treatment plants. The waste shall be treated to the required level before the final disposal into the water bodies. Only domestic sewage shall be treated under the project.

Under the YAP the following works have been taken up in Yamunanagar and Jagadhri towns.

Approximately 15 km long sewer trunk line has been laid in Yamunanagar and Jagadhri towns. At present the sewer line is being laid on the Kurukshetra-Saharanpur road. The size of the sewer is 450 mm. This sewer is being laid at a depth more than 30 ft.

The soil at the site is sandy. To avoid any accident, proper shuttering has been made at the site. The Kurukshetra-Saharanpur road is the main link between Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and UP. In order to have proper traffic flow signboards have been put up at the site. Traffic is being regulated with the help of the district police. In order to minimise inconvenience to the public, water is sprinkled on the road.

Out of total 660-metre sewer, 430 metres has been laid. The remaining work shall be completed by June 15. With the completion of this sewer, the sullage flow on both sides of the Kurukshetra-Saharanpur road i.e. Camp, Jammu Colony etc. shall be through this sewer. The discharge of this sewer shall be taken to 25 MLD sewage treatment plant located at Camp area.

Sewage treatment plants of 25 and 10 MLD (million litre per day) capacity in the Camp area and in Badhi Majra are under construction. These are based of the UASB technology. The 25 MLD sewage treatment plant in Camp area has been commissioned and sewage is treated here. The 10 MLD plant at Badhi Majra is on the trial run.

There are three main pumping stations. Out of which one is at Jamuna Gali which has been renovated. All three pumping stations have been commissioned.

Three wood-based crematoria have been completed at Camp Area, Subzi Mandi and Buria Gate, Jagadhri. These crematoria have been handed over to private organisation for management.

To create civic awareness in the slum areas four (20-seater) flush latrines (sullabh shauchalliyas) along with public health amenities have been constructed at Chandpur, Camp Area, Vegetable Market and Azad Nagar.

Two bathing ghats on the bank of the WJC at Yamuna Gali and City Centre opposite the crematoria have been completed. The areas of City Centre bathing ghat has been developed.

The afforestation is in progress.

Till, this date Rs 2239 lakh has been spent on the project.

With the commissioning of the sewage treatment plant and sewerage laid under the YAP, most of mullahs, which were earlier discharging into the Yamuna, have been intercepted and their effluents are being disposed after treatment. Moreover with continuous pumping at three pumping stations frequent blockage of the sewer has been minimised.

Apart from above two towns namely Radau and Chhachhrauli of Yamunanagar district has also been included in second phase of the Yamuna Action Plan. A provision of Rs 190.73 lakh and Rs 107.32 lakh has been made for Radaur and Chhachhrauli, respectively.

The scope of work includes laying of 7.66 km sewer line and construction of two sewage treatment plants of 1 MLD capacity each. The work of laying of sewer line in both the towns is in progress and 6 km sewer line has already been laid. The remaining work of sewer line in both the towns shall be completed by June 2000.Top

 

Cops review crime situation
Tribune News Service

GURGAON, April 17 — Haryana and Rajasthan have decided to jointly deal with inter-state gangs of criminals who have stepped up activity in the Mewat areas of the two states in the past few years.

A few days ago, a meeting of senior officers of the two states was held to take stock of the situation. Those who attended the meeting included the Inspector-General of Police (Crime), the DIGs of Jaipur and Bharatpur ranges of Rajasthan and the IG, Gurgaon range, besides SPs of the concerned districts.

According to highly placed sources, the governments of the two states have taken cognisance of anti-social elements in Mewat taking to inter-state crimes in a big way. Some of the gangs operating from the Mewat areas have earned notoriety in the past few months.

According to a senior police officer of Haryana, the gangs which have surfaced have taken to organised crimes, especially dacoities on trucks.

On a number of occasions, they have committed crimes in states like Maharashtra and Gujarat. On certain occasions, they have also managed to forcibly take away the trucks. A few days ago, the local police arrested eight members of a gang in Punhana in the Mewat area of this district in connection with a dacoity.

In the past two years, there have been reports of kidnappings and lootings by armed persons in Hodal, Palwal and Hathin in Faridabad district. Apart from the locals of the Mewat area in Faridabad, anti-social elements from Rajasthan and some parts of Uttar Pradesh are also committing crimes.

The sources say that the Haryana police has identified 12 sensitive villages in Faridabad and Gurgaon.

Although the police is trying to play down the threat of the ISI network in the Mewat areas, the authorities in the two-states are keeping a vigil in this regard.

Recently, two residents of Mewat were nabbed in Delhi while receiving smuggled time-bombs in toys. One person was nabbed by the security forces in Jammu and a gun and some incriminating documents were seized from his house. A Pakistani national, Munner Ahmed, who was allegedly sent by the ISI for spying was arrested in Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The national had worked in a local firm as helper before being nabbed.Top

 

UPSC directed to declare IPS result
From Our Legal Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, April 17 — A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice J.S. Narang today directed the Union Public Service Commission etc to declare the result of Mr Partap Singh Ranga, DSP of Haryana Police, regarding his induction into the Indian Police Service. Mr Ranga was considered by the select committee on May 26, 1999.

Earlier, the Financial Commissioner, (Home), vide his order dated December, 29, 1999 endorsed by the Chief Minister the next day had directed a probe against the petitioner regarding his alleged wrongful exoneration in an inquiry pending against him.

The Bench observed that we are prima facie of the view that the Financial Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Home) could not have passed the order without first recalling the order dated October, 25, 1999, in which, after thoroughly considering the inquiry report, the Financial Commissioner had ordered dropping of the inquiry against the petitioner.

It was further observed that there was nothing on the file to show that any material had been placed before the Financial Commissioner to order deep probe in the matter by an independent authority which might compel him to recall his order dated October 25, 1999.

The only document on file was that of a women’s wing activist. “The order could not have been recalled by the FC without affording opportunity to the petitioner, the Judges added.

The Bench had vide its order dated February 16, 2000, stayed a further probe as ordered by the state on December, 29, and 30.

In view of this order, the Judges directed the declaration of the petitioners result. However, it was made subject to the final order on the writ petition.

Mr Ranga vide his writ petition had sought a mandamus directing the respondents to consider his case for promotion for officiating as SP with effect from the date other similarly placed DSPs had been promoted on January 6. The case has been adjourned to May 10, for further proceedingsTop

 

NRAI nod for 5 overbridges
Tribune News Service

KARNAL, April 17 — The National Road Authority of India (NRAI) has sanctioned five overbridges on the G.T. Road passing through Karnal and Panipat.

Mr I.D. Swami, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs told TNS today that the road authority would construct a 5-km long overbridge on the G.T. Road in Panipat. This would be the longest overbridge in the region. The G.T. Road, which passes through Panipat town, is full of death traps. The commuters going to Delhi experience lot of inconvenience because of traffic snarls.

Mr Swami said Mr Deepak Das Gupta, a top functionary of the road authority, had informed him that besides the Panipat overbridge, four bridges had been sanctioned for Karnal city. The authority would construct two overbridges on the G.T. Road, one each at ITI Chowk and the other at Meerut Chowk in Karnal city. Two underbridges would be constructed at the Government College Chowk and Nirmal Kutia. These two underbridges would connect the main city with Sectors 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 etc. to further decongest, traffic on the G.T. Road the road authority had already taken in hand the construction of an eight-laned road in all cities falling on the G.T. Road from Kundli up to Ambala.Top

 

Thermal plant’s sixth unit to be ready soon
Tribune News Service

PANIPAT, April 17 — After successfully conducting the crucial hydraulic test to check the critical pipeline system of the boiler of the under construction sixth unit of the Panipat Thermal Power Plant, engineers are now gearing up for a major exercise which will be a big leap towards the commissioning of the 210 MW sixth unit of the plant. The Chief Engineer (Construction ), Mr. J.C. Kinra, told TNS that by September this year the technicians will go in for igniting the boiler of the sixth unit and by December the turbines will be synchronised with the grid. Oil firing will be done for lighting up the boiler.

Mr Kinra said that following the lighting up of the boiler, they would achieve 80 per cent completion of the work on the sixth unit. The induced draft (ID) fan which acts as an exhaust to throw out gases from the furnace for maintaining vacuum, the forced draft (FD) fan which provides air for combustion and the water cooling system to cool the bearings of the fan will simultaneously become operational for tests.

The Chief Engineer said that the hydraulic test which was successfully conducted by throttling water down the pipelines at a pressure one and a half times more than normal pressure to detect leaks and other flaws, was a landmark. "The boiler lighting up and turbine synchronisation will be a major achievement in facilitating the early completion of the work on the sixth unit,’’ he added.

Mr Kinra informed that going by the current progress of the project , the authorities will be able to provide electricity to the grid after March next year. " The coal firing in the boiler would begin in March. We hope to produce 50 lakh units of electricity after the unit goes through the stabilisation process which will take at least two to three months," he added. The Planning Commission had given "go ahead" for the erection of the sixth unit way back in July 1989. The estimated project cost at that time was Rs 239.27 crores and it was slated to get commissioned by 1994. The construction work commenced in 1991 but due to financial constraints the work was stalled in May 1995. The construction work was revived in March 1998 after the government decided to negotiate with the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and other sources to borrow money. The government till March 1998 had incurred an expenditure of Rs. 131 crore on this project.

The government had incurred an expenditure of Rs 131 crore on this project till March 1998. The revised cost of the project stands at Rs 645 crore. An additional amount of Rs 209.36 crore as interest will also be borne by the government.Top

 

Doctor expels woman in labour
From Vipin Sharma

ROHTAK, April 17 — The ‘inhuman’ attitude of PGIMS authorities forced a pregnant woman to deliver her baby in a three-wheeler outside the hospital today.

According to sources, a 7-month pregnant woman, Manju (26), wife of one Rajesh of Kamla Nagar locality here was admitted to the local Marwah Nursing Home on April 13 in labour. Rajesh told this correspondent that doctors at the nursing home advised him to shift the patient to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences saying they had no proper facilities for nursing a premature baby.

The patient was accordingly admitted to ward no 2 in the PGIMS on April 14 and shifted to the labour room on April 16.

Rajesh said that while his wife was undergoing unbearable labour pains that day and these were brought to the notice of the doctors concerned, instead of examining here the doctors reportedly described the pains as a ‘natural phenomenon’ and continued with other work.

The attendants of the patient kept on requesting the doctors to attend to her as according to them she was in a critical condition. Rajesh said the doctor concerned finally lost patience with their appeals to examine the patient and claimed the patient was pretending to be in pain. Finally, in anger, he discharged the pregnant woman even while she writhed with pain, and threw her file at her attendants at around 5.30 am today morning.

Mrs Kailasho Devi, mother-in-law of the patient, called the family to say that she was taking Manju back to Marwah Nursing Home in a three-wheeler. However, destiny willed otherwise and Manju delivered a pre-term baby in the three-wheeler itself.

Mr Dinesh Kumar Varma, father-in-law of Manju and a former president of Haryana Backward Kalyan Nigam said he had complained to the medical deputy superintendent in this regard but the latter had failed to give a satisfactory answer. Dr S.B. Siwach, director of PGIMS could not be contacted as he was said to be out of station.

At present, Manu is admitted in Marwah Nursing Home. Top

 

Hisar sizzles
Tribune News Service

HISAR, April 17 — The Hisar region continues to be in the grip of unabated heat wave for the past several days, with the mercury touching an all-time high. Sources in the meteorological offices of CCS Haryana Agricultural University said, the day temperature was about 4C above normal while the night temperature was about one degree above normal.

The maximum temperature recorded yesterday was 40C and the minimum was 17.3C. The normal temperature in Hisar for the April, according to Dr Ram Singh, head, department of Agricultural Meteorology, was 36.1C, while the minimum normal temperature was 16.8C.

Dr Ram Singh did not attribute the abnormal rise in the day temperature to any particular reason. He added, it was not for the first time that the mercury had touched 40 in the month of April. He said, whenever the mercury crossed 37C mark during the day, it was considered to be abnormal for the month. He however, pointed out, the night was by and large normal.

The unexpected rise in temperature here has already had its impact on normal life. The usual hustle and bustle in the market places and roads is far less. People have already started staying indoors during the peak hours.

While no forecast was available with the meteorology officials in the university, wind and duststorms are likely during the evenings. These are likely to continue for few days more.Top

 

Careful, big brother is listening
From Raman Mohan

HISAR, April 17 — The tapping of phone conversation between Hansie Cronje and a bookie by the Delhi police has had an unusual fallout - it has changed the tone and tenor of telephone conversations. While businessmen to longer use codes to refer to money (peti for lakh and buxa for crore) on the phone, the fear of big brother eavesdropping has even taken the fun out of young lovers’ sweet nothings on the phone Discretion, in fact, is the buzzword.

As soon as the news of the match-fixing scandal broke, businessmen had their antennae out. Suddenly, phone conversations became shorter and matter of fact. However, over the past few days, businessmen have been busy devising new ways to keep businesses going while avoiding getting caught on the wrong foot.

Enquiries reveal that although the conversation between Cronje and the bookie took place on a mobile phone, the gadget still continue to be regarded as safer than landline phone. The general impression is that it is easier to tap a landline phone that its mobile version mainly because of technical reasons. However, fewer businessmen are using post-paid SIM cards in which the users name and address features on the mobile service provider records. They instead prefer to have more than one prepaid SIM card.

The reason behind this is to avoid using a particular number for too long. While some businessmen alternate between two or more such cards through the day, others change their cards after a day or so.

However, technical experts say the shroud of secrecy over prepaid cards is a myth. It is easy to track down a person using a prepaid SIM card. They say the tower, which transmits signals from a mobile phone to the main switching facility of the service provider can be identified and the user location can be pinpointed. Thereafter, the user can be identified from the peculiar signal emitted by the user’s handset.

They cite the case of an absconding high official of the Enforcement Directorate who was arrested from Uttar Pradesh after his signal was traced. Nevertheless, the sale of prepaid cash cards is looking up.

More cautious businessmen have devised another technique. They now use a conferencing facility provided by STD booth-owners to keep in touch with business associates. Although this does not rule out phone tapping, no record of the conversation will exist in the telephone exchange records. This, they think, can be helpful just in case a court case arises.

Others use phones registered in the names of their employees. And there are those too who make their employees talk in their place. In such cases, the employees call one of their trusted employees to their office and let them do the talking on their behalf while prompting them constantly. Such conversations are put on hold several times to let the duo discuss things.

A local industrial said such tactics were a pain in the neck, but they had to exercise caution. Though he is aware that phone tapping has to be sanctioned by a senior Home Ministry official, he believes that discretion is the better part of valour.

Phone tapping fears have also hit young lovers. A young girl student of Guru Jambheshwar University here said though there was nothing illegal about her calls to her boyfriend, the feeling that someone may be eavesdropping has taken the fun out of it. "Before the Cronje episode, I spent hours talking to my love on the phone late in the night. But, the conversation now is so staid, it is restricted to innocuous happenings in the campus and the like", she added.

Boys, however, appear to have no such fears. They, however, admitted that the phone conversations were more discreet now because their girlfriends had the nagging feeling that someone may be listening in.

Perhaps, the only category unaffected by these fears is the bored housewife. She still has no qualms about gossiping and chatting on the phone with her friends. "Why should I have any fears? All that I talk is nothing serious or secret. And if someone loves to eavesdrop on two women bitching about other women, he is welcome", quipped one of them. Top

 

Dharna against doctor’s arrest
From Our Correspondent

SIRSA, April 17 — The Indian Medical Association’s Sirsa unit demanded an impartial high-level enquiry into the suicide of a nurse at the nursing home of Dr Amar Singh Sidhu and his ‘wrongful’ implication in the case.

Rekha, a lab technician from Kerala had burnt herself to death Friday and the district police arrested the owner of the nursing home, Dr Amar Singh Sidhu in this connection and remanded him to judicial custody upto April 27.

The IMA staged a dharna today at the local Aggarsen Park and private nursing homes in the city were closed in protest.

The local IMA unit president, Dr L.C. Aggarwal told the press that the case against Dr Sidhu was mala fide and motivated as evident in that the complaint lodged by one Beant Singh, a social worker who was neither related to the deceased nor the post-mortem report.

The doctors said that though sympathised with family of the dead nurse, the doctor who tried to save the ‘girl’ must not be harassed.Top

 

Move on Bahadurgarh gains momentum
From Our Correspondent

ROHTAK, April 17 — The move to include Bahadurgarh subdivision again in Rohtak district seems to have caught momentum. The subdivision was carved out of Rohtak district and included in Jhajjar district about three years ago.

The local Bar Association has submitted a memorandum to the state government to declare it a part of Rohtak district immediately.

The visit of Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, MP and a son of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to Rohtak today was ‘hogged’ by this demand, especially by lawyers whom he addressed. Speaking at the function, Mr Ajay Chautala said the resolution adopted by village panchayats in this regard was enough for the state government to take action.

Certain members of the Rohtak Bar Association claimed that a majority of newly-elected municipal committee members of Bahadurgarh town and several gram panchayats of this subdivision had opted to remain in Rohtak instead of Jhajjar district.

A number of organisations of Jhajjar have threatened to launch an ‘agitation’ if Bahadurgarh was segregated from Jhajjar district. The organisations have demanded more funds to improve facilities in Jhajjar and the adjoining areas.Top

 

One killed in clash
From Our Correspondent

SONEPAT, April 17 — One person was killed and three members of a family including a woman sustained serious injuries when they were attacked with sharp-edged weapons and lathis by members of a rival group at Gumar village, about 20km from here, last night.

According to preliminary reports, the victim was identified as Yashvir (18) and the injured as Mr Dalel Singh (54), Mrs Prem Devi (48) and Mr Jasbir (24). The injured were admitted to hospital where they were stated to be out of danger.

Old enmity is stated to be the cause of the attack. The Ganaur police has registered a case under various sections of the IPC against nine persons namely Anil, Satbir, Suresh, Partap, Vinod Rajbir, Ashok, Vimla wife of Suresh and Sheela, wife of Satbir. Further investigation was in progress. However, no arrest had been made in this connection so far.Top

 

2 held in kidnapping case
From Our Correspondent

SIRSA, April 17 — The District police arrested two persons for kidnapping Avneet from near the Chief Minister’s local residence.

According to the district police chief, Mr K.K. Mishra, today the police arrested Sunil Kumar and Happy under Sections 364 and 34 of the IPC and 24,54,59 of the Arms Act for kidnapping Avneet at pistol point on April 6. Later Avneet was taken to village Bajekan from where a complaint was registered against four persons. Out of whom one Vipin has been arrested. Rajan another person said to be involved in the case is still at large. Top

 

2 killed in road mishap
From Our Correspondent

ROHTAK, April 17 — Two persons, including a driver of a three-wheeler auto rickshaw died near Sampla town, about 25 km from here yesterday.

According to the police, the accident took place when a speeding Jeep rammed straight into the three-wheeler carrying goods. The driver of the three-wheeler died on the spot.

The Jeep driver lost control of the vehicle and it hit against an electric pole. The Jeep driver Rajvir, also received serious injuries. He succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Top

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