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Morni national park named after Mahavira
Chandigarh, December 10
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today announced that a national park proposed in the Morni hills would be named after Bhagwan Mahavira, besides instituting a chair in his name at Kurukshetra University.

BJP gears up for poll
Ambala, December 10
President of the Haryana unit of the BJP, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, today said the party was gearing up for elections to be held in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and the Yamunanagar Assembly byelection.

Bar chief receives threatening letter
Panipat, December 10
Panic has grapped local advocates following the receipt of an anonymous threatening letter by the president of the District Bar Association.

Board’s record revenue recovery
Chandigarh, December 10
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has realised 99.17 per cent revenue during the first seven months of the current financial year in the Ambala operation circle, comprising Ambala and Panchkula districts. The Nigam’s revenue assessment was Rs 10044.85 lakh and it recovered Rs 9961.48 lakh from the private consumers during this period.

Anti-foeticide drive may sag
Faridabad, December 10
The transfer of the local Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr B.S. Dahiya, is likely to hit the ongoing campaign of checking female foeticide through the implementation of the Prenatal Diagnostic and Sex Test Act (PNDT) in the district.



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AMBALA DIARY
IMA against female foeticide
Ambala
The Haryana unit of the Indian Medical Association is actively trying to generate awareness against female foeticide. Besides holding a workshop on the subject, which was inaugurated by the Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, the association held a painting and slogan writing competition for school children in DAV Senior Secondary School.

Soldier cremated
Jind, December 10
Suresh Kumar (29) of 6 Jat Regiment was cremated yesterday at his native village Dhakal, about 45 km from here, with full military and state honours.

5-member panel on tourism
Chandigarh, December 10
The Haryana Government will constitute a five-member committee, with representation to the private sector in tourism, for preparing the draft of the state’s tourism policy and for suggesting how to promote tourism in the state.

Heads told to ensure punctuality
Chandigarh, December 10
The Haryana Chief Secretary has instructed all the Heads of the Department to ensure punctuality in offices.

Project teachers hold protest
Fatehabad, December 10
Project teachers working with the District Primary Education Project organised a demonstration at the local Ambedkar Park today to express resentment against the decision of the state government to relieve them of their duties from December 31.

Haryana to buy khadi products
Panchkula, December 10
The Haryana Government will buy Swadeshi, mainly khadi products and those made by village industries.
This was stated by the Chairman of Haryana Khadi and Village Industries Board, Mr Des Raj Karsindhu, here today.

TU’s plea to govt on closed units
Faridabad, December 10
An emergency meeting of trade union workers led by the Bharatiya Kisan Mazdoor Morcha was held here today.

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Morni national park named after Mahavira
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today announced that a national park proposed in the Morni hills would be named after Bhagwan Mahavira, besides instituting a chair in his name at Kurukshetra University.

He was addressing the state-level committee constituted to celebrate 2600th janam kayanak mahotsava of Bhagwan Mahavira here. (fourth anniversary) Incidentally today was the dhiksha kalyanak divas of Lord Mahavira.

It was decided at the meeting that a yoga sadhana kendra, each at a cost of about Rs 11 lakh, would be set in every district and named after Lord Mahavira. The state government would provide land free of cost for these kendras. Mr Chautala has already written to the Union Tourism Minister, Mr Jagmohan, to provide financial assistance for this project.

Mr Chautala also agreed to urge the Union Railway Minister to rename a train after Bhagwan Mahavira and to ensure the stoppage of Pashchim Express and the Delhi-Howrah trains at the Jains’ religious places. He also accepted the request of Mr Darshan Lal Jain, President of the Haryana Jain Samaj, to give 50 per cent subsidy for a light and sound programme on Bhagwan Mahavira and said it would be staged in the entire state by the Public Relations Department. A memorial would be developed at Rohtak to commemorate Lord Mahavira as it was said to be one of the few places visited by the saint in the state.

Among the other decisions taken at the meeting were a one-month remission in jail terms of those who had been sentenced to more than two months, formation of district-level committees headed by the D.C.s to celebrate 2600th birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, exhibition of rare artefacts relating to Jains and holding of a State-level function before April 25, 2002.

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BJP gears up for poll
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 10
President of the Haryana unit of the BJP, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, today said the party was gearing up for elections to be held in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and the Yamunanagar Assembly byelection.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Kataria said a meeting of five BJP state units had taken place in Ambala yesterday. “Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, J & K and Himachal Pradesh state presidents and general secretaries participated in the meeting where a number of issues were deliberated upon,” he said.

Mr Kataria said they were going to assist in the preparations for the forthcoming elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. “Regarding Yamunanagar byelection in Haryana, after the Lok Sabha session is over, I will camp there to carry on campaigning on a war footing,” he said. He, however, skirted a query on whether BJP is going to enter the poll fray alone or they are going to have a common candidate with their alliance partner, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

On the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO), Mr Kataria alleged that the Congress was trying to politicise the issue. “Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had invited all parties and heard their views on POTO and there is no clause against journalists,” he said.

He said states like Maharashtra, West Bengal and Karnataka had harsher laws than POTO but still the opposition parties, which are in power there, are opposing POTO. “ I must warn Ms Sonia Gandhi that if POTO Bill is not passed in the Parliament, the people will not forgive the Congress for politicising POTO,” he said.

Mr Kataria said in a resolution passed at yesterday’s meeting, we have welcomed the efforts being made to “correct” the history books. “Under the Congress regime, wrong history was being taught and we condemn this strongly. There is nothing wrong, if the NDA government has removed the wrong portions from the history books,” he said.

Besides stepping up the membership drive through the Nagar Kendras and Gram Kendras, Mr Kataria said a two-day meeting of the state unit would take place at Jakhal on December 15 and 16 in which various issues would be discussed.

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Bar chief receives threatening letter
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 10
Panic has grapped local advocates following the receipt of an anonymous threatening letter by the president of the District Bar Association.

The letter, which was delivered to the president, Mr Satyindra Singh, on Saturday, threatened that certain advocates would be eliminated. It did not specify any reason for the provocation.

It may be recalled that Mr Satbir Singh Kundu, counsel for Joginder Kaur, who was killed on the court premises on November 26, had earlier received two letters threatening to eliminate him. Mr Kundu was later provided a security guard by the police. Joginder Kaur was to record her statement praying that three close relatives of the Haryana Assembly Speaker, Mr Satbir Singh Kadian, be also included as accused in the case of the allegedly illegal demolition of her kothi on the intervening night of June 21 and 22 last year.

Meanwhile, Mr Satyindra Singh today talked to the SP, Ms Mamata Singh, on phone and demanded adequate security for the members of the Bar.

He also informed that a 10-member team of the advocates had been formed to pursue the case for handing over the Joginder Kaur murder case to the CBI.

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Board’s record revenue recovery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has realised 99.17 per cent revenue during the first seven months of the current financial year in the Ambala operation circle, comprising Ambala and Panchkula districts. The Nigam’s revenue assessment was Rs 10044.85 lakh and it recovered Rs 9961.48 lakh from the private consumers during this period.

Stating this here today, a spokesman of the Nigam said that the higher revenue realisation was possible due to the improvement in power supply, better management and consumers satisfaction.

He said there was a remarkable reduction in the rate of damage of transformers in these districts. As many as 633 transformers were reported to be damaged during the first seven months of the current financial year as compared to 892 during the corresponding period of the previous year. There was a reduction of about 5 per cent in the ratio of damaged transformers.

The spokesman said the Nigam had installed 281 new distribution transformers in Ambala Cantonment, Ambala City and Panchkula operation divisions during this year with a view to reduce overloading on the distribution system. It also augmented the capacity of 101 distribution transformers in urban and rural areas.

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Anti-foeticide drive may sag
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 10
The transfer of the local Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr B.S. Dahiya, is likely to hit the ongoing campaign of checking female foeticide through the implementation of the Prenatal Diagnostic and Sex Test Act (PNDT) in the district. Faridabad is the only district in the state where three cases have been registered under the Act, with several raids conducted on various clinics and ultrasound centres in the past six months. Dr Dahiya has been transferred to Chandigarh after his promotion as Director, Health Services. Not a single case has been registered under the Act in other districts so far.

The enforcement of the PNDT Act, 1994, and the subsequent public awareness campaigns under the Act since April 1 have had a good impact.

As many as 113 ultrasound centres mainly used for such tests in the district have been identified.

According to data collected by health officials, the district health authorities took legal action against at least four doctors and the same number of ultrasound clinics in the past five months under the PNDT Act.

Since several raids have been conducted under the campaign, the ultrasound centres or clinics which conducting “sex” tests with impunity have started adopting the legal course due to fear of action.

The district team also conducted a similar raid at Chandigarh a few months ago. The team not only received a pat of the back from the Union Health Ministry for its work, it is reported that health officials of other states, including Punjab and Tamil Nadu, have sought the help of district officials for the implementation of the PNDT Act.

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AMBALA DIARY
IMA against female foeticide
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala
The Haryana unit of the Indian Medical Association is actively trying to generate awareness against female foeticide.

Besides holding a workshop on the subject, which was inaugurated by the Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, the association held a painting and slogan writing competition for school children in DAV Senior Secondary School.

In the poster making competition, Richa Sachdeva stood first, Shipra was second and Sonia was third. In the slogan writing competition, Radhika was first, Manisha Mittal second and Ankur third. In the painting competition the first position went to Shruti Bharadwaj. Mandeep stood second and Hemant and Himanshu shared the third position.

The president of the Haryana unit of the IMA, Dr D.S. Jaspal, said that the IMA was committed to fighting female foeticide and it would continue the awareness programme.

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Asha School in Ambala Cantonment, which was set up by Kharga Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), held a sports meet for physically and mentally challenged students. The meet was held at a field ambulance parade ground. The students showed keen interest in sports and they were encouraged by their parents. The effort put in by the students was heart-warming.

Asha School was stated on july 12, 1995, to provide educational opportunities to physically and mentally challenged children. The school started with eight students and two teachers. Today it has 35 students and eight teachers.

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A stamp design competition for the promotion of philately was held in the postal divisions of Haryana Circle.

The theme was “The role of Information Technology in bringing the world closer together”. The contest was held in two categories — Juniors (up to 12 years) and seniors (12-18 years). A total of 76 entries were received. The painting were evaluated by the painting evaluation committee constituted by the Chief Post Master General, Haryana Circle.

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The district administration is taking steps to discourage the use of polythene bags.

The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr D.D. Gautam, said that five persons had been challenged under the non-biodegradable Control Act for selling recycled polythene bags. He welcomed the step taken by some shopkeepers who were no longer using recycled polythene bags.

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Soldier cremated
Our Correspondent

Jind, December 10
Suresh Kumar (29) of 6 Jat Regiment was cremated yesterday at his native village Dhakal, about 45 km from here, with full military and state honours.

Suresh Kumar died while fighting against ULFA militants in the Tinsukhiya area of Assam.

Naresh Kumar, younger brother of Suresh Kumar, lit the funeral pyre. A large number of residents of Dhakal village and surrounding areas were present at the cremation ground.

Suresh Kumar received his education at Dhakal village ad Narwana. Ho joined the Army in 1991 and after receiving training he was posted in 6 Jat Regiment at Bharatpur. He was serving in the Tinshukhiya area for the past two-and-a-half years. According to reports, Suresh Kumar killed a militant before a bullet hit him. He succumbed to his injuries in a military hospital.

Suresh Kumar is survived by wife Rajbala, son Vikram and daughter Madhu, besides his aged parents. His father, Mr Lehna Singh, who is an exserviceman, said he was proud that his son sacrificed his life for the country. Mr Vinay Singh, Subdivisional Officer (Civil), Narwana, and Mr Jagwant Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jind, represented the district administration at his funeral. 

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5-member panel on tourism
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Haryana Government will constitute a five-member committee, with representation to the private sector in tourism, for preparing the draft of the state’s tourism policy and for suggesting how to promote tourism in the state.

According to the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr S.Y. Quraishi, the State Government was concentrating on inter-state cooperation for tourism development. He said private entrepreneurs should formulate a new strategy for exploiting the strategic advantages of Haryana for domestic and foreign tourists. Adventure sports could be a significant sector having great potential for tourism development and for attracting domestic and foreign tourists.

Mr Quraishi also held a meeting with representatives of the private tourism sector at Surajkund yesterday. 

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Heads told to ensure punctuality
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Haryana Chief Secretary has instructed all the Heads of the Department to ensure punctuality in offices.

It has been decided that surprise checks will be carried out by teams consisting of senior officers of the department concerned to ensure punctuality and those found coming late will be dealt with severely .

It has been observed that a number of officers and officials came late to offices despite change in office time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. since November 26. There was also “tendency amongst the staff to leave the offices before 5 p.m. The staff also leave their seats for lunch by 1 p.m. and return to their seats after 2.30 p.m. whereas the lunch break was from 1.30 p.m to 2 p.m. only.

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Project teachers hold protest
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, December 10
Project teachers working with the District Primary Education Project organised a demonstration at the local Ambedkar Park today to express resentment against the decision of the state government to relieve them of their duties from December 31.

The district president of the teachers, Mr Mohinder Singh Sotaria, led the demonstrating teachers.

The teachers criticised the policies of the state government and alleged that the government was acting under pressure from the World Bank. By taking the drastic step of retrenchment in fields like education, it was marring the future of the younger generation.

Mr Naveen Sharma, president of the Rajkiye Adhyapak Sangh, said on the one hand the state government was making tall claims about improvement in the field of education, and on the other hand it was retrenching a large number of teachers.

He assured the project teachers that his union would provide support to their cause. 

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Haryana to buy khadi products
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 10
The Haryana Government will buy Swadeshi, mainly khadi products and those made by village industries.

This was stated by the Chairman of Haryana Khadi and Village Industries Board, Mr Des Raj Karsindhu, here today. He said main products like cotton, silk and woollen clothes and blankets, soap and detergent, different kinds of furniture, steel almirah, oil papad and wadi, rice and honey , incense sticks, pickles and marmalade, hand made paper and other items , will be sold from specialised outlets.

He said in this era when brand names rule the roost, Khadi products are now being aggressively marketed in a new avatar. The board has applied for central and state sales tax number for marketing the products and that Haryana Khadi and Village Industries Board was the only approved source of government purchase. He said at district level, the sales outlet will run through the office of District Khadi and Village Industries Officer.

It is also learnt that the board had decided to reopen its handmade paper centre and also establish a food processing training centre at Pattikalyana in Panipat by the Khadi Board.

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TU’s plea to govt on closed units
Our Correspondent

Faridabad, December 10
An emergency meeting of trade union workers led by the Bharatiya Kisan Mazdoor Morcha was held here today.

Union leaders expressed concern over labour trouble in more than 12 factories, including cutler hammers and Paven Talbros and closure of more than 20 factories due to which thousands of workers had become jobless and faced starvation.

They urged the Haryana Labour Department to take steps to get closed factories’ units restarted.

The leaders also warned the Labour Department of direct action if early steps to end agitation in factories were not taken.

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Bank robbery case solved, 5 held
Our Correspondent

Faridabad, December 10
With the arrest of five members of an inter-state gang of dacoits, the local police today claimed to have solved the Canara Bank dacoity case.

A sum of Rs 5 lakh was looted and the cashier killed when the dacoits looted a van carrying the bank money late last month.

The arrested have been identified as Jeewan of Sonepat, Sushil of Malerna village, Sanjeev of Faridabad, Ashok Garg of Palwal and Mohan of Dighot village.

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Planning body team to visit Yamunanagar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
A high-level team of the Planning Commission of Government of the India will visit Yamunanagar tomorrow to interact with officers of the State Government and discuss the prospects of the diversification from the present agricultural practices to other economically viable alternatives especially in the areas of floriculture, saline water fish farming, agro-forestry and animal husbandry.

The team comprises Dr N.D.Tewari and Mr Som Pal, both members of the Planning Commission, Mr M.D. Ashtana, Principal Adviser, Agricultural Planning Commission, and Dr D.P.S. Chauhan, Deputy Adviser, Fisheries of Planning Commission.

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Directive on Lok Adalat cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Haryana Government has directed all the heads of the departments to ensure presence of a responsible officer of the department, board and corporation during the hearing of their cases in the Lok Adalat.

This would help in taking appropriate decision on the spot for resolving the cases with mutual coordination.

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Haryana posting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Haryana Government has posted Mrs Suprabha Dahiya, IAS, on return from leave, as ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, Kaithal, vice Mr Pradeep Kasni, HCS, who has been posted as Additional State Transport Controller (Commercial), against a vacant post.

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