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HC notice to Speaker, kin on court shooting
Chandigarh, November 27
Taking suo motu notice of a news report stating that a woman had been shot in Panipat court complex, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to Haryana Assembly Speaker Satbir Singh Kadian and three of his relatives, besides the Advocate-General, for December 10.

Irrigation Dept office closed down
Chandigarh, November 27
In a move stated to be aimed at reducing unnecessary expenditure, the Haryana Government has closed down an Irrigation Department office in Delhi. Official sources said that the Delhi-based Upper Yamuna River Board Division office of the Irrigation Department, located near the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), was shut down recently as the government felt that the UYRBD had outlived its purpose.

Auction of three Bhiwani mines yields
Rs 10.5 cr
Bhiwani, November 27
The decision of the Haryana Government to auction mines paid rich dividends today when the three mines of Bhiwani district put to auction yielded Rs 10.5 crore as against the receipt of merely Rs 30 lakh as lease money from them during the previous year.

POSTINGS/TRANSFERS
New Labour and Employment Secy
Chandigarh, November 27
The Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of the following IAS officers with immediate effect.



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Students performing at the Kurukshetra University Ambala Zone Youth Festival on Tuesday. — Photos by N Chopra

Take interest in youth festivals: VC
Ambala, November 27                                            
SD College, Ambala Cantonment, which is hostile the three-day Kurukshetra University Ambala Zone Youth Festival, wore a festive look on the opening day today.

AMBALA DIARY
A martyr remembered
Ambala
Lt Col Inder Singh (Retd) of Ambala received the Shiromani Haryana Rattan Award on behalf of his son, Major Gurpreet Singh, who has made the supreme sacrifice defending the country.

Charges paid, but still no sewerage
Kaithal, November 27
Residents of the local Nehru Garden Colony are a miserable lot due to stagnant water on the streets. They stated that there was no sewerage.

DIG apologises to judge
Kaithal, November 27
Mr P.R. Deo, DIG, state Vigilance Bureau, Rohtak, tendered a written apology in the court of Mr N.P. Dewet Civil Judge, Senior Division, here today.

Doctor arrested for graft
Faridabad, November 27
A doctor of ESI hospital here was arrested after he was caught redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from a factory worker at the hospital today.

Better late than never!
Chandigarh, November 27
Better late than never. This proverb will come true when the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) will hold the written examination for the recruitment of mathematics teachers in schools more than six years after the posts were advertised.

RIMC entrance test on February 3, 4
Chandigarh, November 27
The entrance examination for admission to the August, 2002, batch of the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehra Dun, for aspirants whose parents or guardians ordinarily reside in Haryana, will be held at Government College, Sector -1, Panchkula, on February 3 and 4, 2002.
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HC notice to Speaker, kin on court shooting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Taking suo motu notice of a news report stating that a woman had been shot in Panipat court complex, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to Haryana Assembly Speaker Satbir Singh Kadian and three of his relatives, besides the Advocate-General, for December 10.

Issuing the notice, the Judge observed that according to a report in the Chandigarh edition of a national paper, “Joginder Kaur’s statement was to be recorded in the court of the Additional Sessions Judge in a criminal case relating to the demolition of her house at Ramlal Chowk and her alleged kidnapping on June 21 with the intention of taking her property into possession. It was further reported that in the police statement under Section 161 of the CrPC, she had alleged involvement of Haryana Speaker Kadian, his brother Rajinder Singh, sister-in-law Arwinder Kaur and grandfather Dharam Pal in the case. It was also stated that Joginder Kaur was to plead for action against the Speaker and others on the basis of her earlier statement as the police had allegedly not initiated any action against them”.

Mr Justice Garewal added: “If the reports are true, it shows that the accused and their accomplices succeeded in shutting out the evidence of Joginder Kaur by shooting her dead in spite of the fact that she had two guards. This was done on the court premises and is a daring act. Investigation must be conducted speedily and effectively to bring the culprits to justice, otherwise the confidence of the public in the criminal justice delivery system shall be badly shaken.”.

The Judge concluded: “ Suo motu notice of is hereby taken of the occurrence. Notice is issued to the Haryana Advocate-General and four persons mentioned in the report for December 10 after obtaining appropriate directions from the Chief Justice”. 
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Irrigation Dept office closed down
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
In a move stated to be aimed at reducing unnecessary expenditure, the Haryana Government has closed down an Irrigation Department office in Delhi.

Official sources said that the Delhi-based Upper Yamuna River Board Division office of the Irrigation Department, located near the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), was shut down recently as the government felt that the UYRBD had outlived its purpose. The UYRBD was an independent office with two subdivisions with a total staff strength of 70. The staff, comprising one Executive Engineer, two SDOs, six JEs and grade III and IV employees, which became surplus as a result of the closure of the office had been accommodated in Irrigation Department offices elsewhere.

The sources added that the Water Services Division, also an Irrigation Department office based in Delhi, had been asked to look after the work earlier handled by the UYRBD. “The UYRBD used to look after the distribution of river water which has got streamlined since the Hathnikund barrage was constructed following an agreement on water sharing signed by UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi”, the sources said. “There was no point in continuing with the office. If there was any dispute about water sharing, the Water Services Division would take up the issue with the Union Government”, they added.

They said that a proposal was under consideration to hand over the building, which housed the UYRBD office, to the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Haryana Finance Corporation for setting up two separate guest houses.

The sources said three other offices of the Irrigation Department had been shifted from Delhi to Sonepat as accommodation was available there. This would enable the government to pay less to the staff in terms of city compensatory allowance, house rent allowance and the like.

The buildings, where these offices were housed, had fallen vacant and would be reutilised.
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Auction of three Bhiwani mines yields Rs 10.5 cr
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, November 27
The decision of the Haryana Government to auction mines paid rich dividends today when the three mines of Bhiwani district put to auction yielded Rs 10.5 crore as against the receipt of merely Rs 30 lakh as lease money from them during the previous year.

A spokesman of the Department of Mines and Geology said that a reserve price of Rs 85 lakh was fixed for the auction of these mines. The Khanak mine was auctioned for Rs 7 crore as against the reserve price of Rs 60 lakh. This mine had yielded only Rs 28 lakh last year.

The revenue from the auction of 26 mines of Faridabad and Gurgaon districts put to auction since October 30 had increased to Rs 53.04 crore as against the Rs 15.61 crore per annum, which the government used to realise under the old policy of leasing mines.

The Chautala government had decided to auction mines instead of continuing with the previous practice of giving them on lease.

He said another success story had been that of the Sasola mine as its auction fetched Rs 5.60 crore with a reserve price of Rs 4 crore whereas earlier the government was getting only Rs.1.20 crore by giving it on lease.
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POSTINGS/TRANSFERS
New Labour and Employment Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of the following IAS officers with immediate effect.

Mr Prem Prashant, Financial Commissioner and Secretary, PWD (B & R), has been posted as Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Labour and Employment Department, vice Mr K.G. Verma, who is retiring on November 30. Mr Vivek Mehrotra has been made Commissioner, PWD (B & R), in addition to his present duties.

Mr Sarban Singh, Special Secretary, Environment, has been given additional charge as Special Secretary, Revenue Department. Mr R.K. Khullar, Director, Public Relations, has been given additional charge of OSD, Manpower Planning, and Director of the AIDS Control Project.

Mr P.R. Bishnoi, General Manager of Haryana Minerals Ltd (HML), has been made the Managing Director of HML and the CEO of the Mewat Development Agency vice Mr K.S. Yadav, who is retiring on November 30.

Mr Pushpraj Singh, Commissioner of the Faridabad Municipal Corporation, has been given additional charge of Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhavan, Delhi, vice Mr K.S. Yadav.

The state government has also placed the services of Mr Shiv Raman Gaur, Director, HIPA, Gurgaon, at the disposal of the Union Government for his induction into the Union Ministry of Shipping as Deputy Secretary. 
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Take interest in youth festivals: VC
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 27
SD College, Ambala Cantonment, which is hostile the three-day Kurukshetra University Ambala Zone Youth Festival, wore a festive look on the opening day today.

The Kurukshetra University Vice-Chancellor, Mr R.S. Chaudhary, who was the chief guest, expressed concern over participants not turning up for events despite being registered.

Mr Chaudhary observed that teachers as well as students must take interest. “The aim of such functions is defeated, if teams do not turn up. The lack of competition is not a healthy sign,” he said.

Addressing the students, Mr Chaudhary referred to the youth as torch bearers of the age-old cultural heritage of our nation. While lauding the efforts of the students, he said a college is like a nursery for a student who gets suitable knowledge to prepare for the future. He advised the students to exercise restraint and maintain discipline.

Elaborate arrangements have been done by the host college as a large number of students from 29 colleges from the zone turned up for the festival.

The college Principal, Dr Desh Bandhu, said suitable arrangements had been made for the students. He said the youth festival was being coordinated by the youths and expressed hope for cooperation from the students for its smooth functioning. He stated that three venues had been established on the campus in which events would be held in the morning and evening sessions.

In venue I, classical dance, SD College, Ambala Cantonment (recommended) and GMN College, Ambala Cantonment (commended),

In group dance (general) GMN College, Ambala Cantonment (recommended), DAV College, Ambala City (recommended), SD College, Ambala Cantonment (commended) and Maharaja Agarsain College, Jagadhary (commended).

In venue II, solo dance (Haryanvi), Government College, Kalka (recommended), DAV College, Ambala City (recommended), SD College, Ambala Cantonment (recommended) and MDSD Girls College, Ambala City (commended).

In venue III, classical vocal solo, MDSD Girls College, Ambala City (recommended), SD College, Ambala Cantonment (recommended), SA Jain College, Ambala City (commended) and Arya Girls College, Ambala Cantonment (commended).

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AMBALA DIARY
A martyr remembered
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala
Lt Col Inder Singh (Retd) of Ambala received the Shiromani Haryana Rattan Award on behalf of his son, Major Gurpreet Singh, who has made the supreme sacrifice defending the country.

The award was conferred on Maj Gurpreet Singh by Shaheed Memorial Sewa Society at a function held recently in Ludhiana. Lt Col Inder Singh, who went to Ludhiana to receive the award, said that he was proud of his son’s martyrdom.

A letter from the society said: “Your son has sacrificed his life for the sake of the freedom of our beloved Bharat. His selfless, tireless and sincere efforts for the freedom of our nation will be remembered for years to come.”

A memorial to Major Gurpreet Singh has also been set up in Tepla, his home village, where floral tributes were paid to the martyr recently.

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Nine postmen of Haryana Circle have been selected for the “Sarvottam Dakiya Puraskar” which is given on their performance over a period of six months.

The postmen who have been given the award are Mr Virendra Kumar of Ambala City, Mr Hawa Singh of Loharu, Mr Deep Chand of Faridabad, Mr Babu Lal of Pataudi, Mr Chotu Ram of Sirsa, Mr Dharam Pal of Karnal, Mr Kehar Singh of Kurukshetra, Mr Jai Karan of Rohtak and Mr Kishan Chand of Sonepat.

The Chief Postmaster General, Haryana Circle, Mr T.R. Sharma, said that the award was instituted in 1991. He said that this award was now given every six months and the best postman in each Mandal was given a cash award of Rs 500 besides a certificate.

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PKR Jain Senior Secondary Public School held its annual prize distribution function where Mr YP Katyal, Joint Secretary, CBSE, was the chief guest.

The students presented a cultural programme which was greatly appreciated by the audience. ‘Cinderalla’, a ballad, was the highlight of the show. Another attraction was a puppet show in which depicted a birthday party. A tableau showing seven ages of man was well received.

“Bharatiyam”, was a combination of four dances from the North, East, West and South. A snippet from Rajasthan, Mizoram and Punjab captivated the audience. A sequence reflecting the dresses of India and the transition from the traditional to the modern was another item that evoked interest among the audience.

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NCC day was observed in MDSD Girls College by the NCC unit of the college. A cultural programme was presented by the cadets.

The Principal, Dr Kiran Angra, stressed the need for awareness among the youth about national security and patriotism.

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Charges paid, but still no sewerage
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, November 27
Residents of the local Nehru Garden Colony are a miserable lot due to stagnant water on the streets. They stated that there was no sewerage.

Residents residing adjacent to the Employment Exchange complain that though they got their house plans sanctioned from the municipal council about 12 years ago and paid the development charges, yet their locality was sans sewerage. The choked drains have added to the miseries of the residents.

Certain residents of the colony have dug pits in front of their houses to put their wastes as a result of which the sub-soil water has got polluted and the water being drawn from the hand pumps has been polluted.
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DIG apologises to judge
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, November 27
Mr P.R. Deo, DIG, state Vigilance Bureau, Rohtak, tendered a written apology in the court of Mr N.P. Dewet Civil Judge, Senior Division, here today. He was directed by Mr Justice J.L. Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on November 23 to appear before the court of Mr Dewet today and tender a written apology in connection with contempt proceedings initiated on the basis of a contempt application.

On May 24, 2000, the then CJM, Mr Dewet, had convicted and sentenced six policemen, including a DSP, and a Sub Inspector, to five years’ imprisonment.

The then SP, Mr Deo, allegedly made some contemptuous remarks against the judgement and the officer.
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Doctor arrested for graft
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 27
A doctor of ESI hospital here was arrested after he was caught redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from a factory worker at the hospital today.

The accused, Dr R.S. Gupta had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 500 from a factory worker of the Sarai Khawaja locality for operating his injured hand.

The factory worker, Sanjay, who is employed in a compressor company at the border here, reported the matter to the district authorities, which in turn laid the trap. The doctor was caught redhanded by the team when he was taking money from the patient.

A case under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against him.
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Better late than never!
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Better late than never. This proverb will come true when the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) will hold the written examination for the recruitment of mathematics teachers in schools more than six years after the posts were advertised.

An official release issued here today said that the written examination of the candidates, who had applied for the posts advertised on January 22, 1995, by the HSSC, would be held on December 9 at Panchkula.
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RIMC entrance test on February 3, 4
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The entrance examination for admission to the August, 2002, batch of the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehra Dun, for aspirants whose parents or guardians ordinarily reside in Haryana, will be held at Government College, Sector -1, Panchkula, on February 3 and 4, 2002.

Stating this here today, a spokesman for the Haryana Government said application forms and prospectuses for the examination could be procured by post against a payment of Rs 175 through demand draft in favour of the Commandant, RIMC, Dehra Dun.
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