BJP to go it
alone in Assembly poll, says Sushma
HVP announces 5
plea on party candidate
The Rashtriya Lok Dal (Ajit) today declared that Mr Bharpur Singh Jakhar will contest the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat as the party nominee.
The state INLD treasurer, Mr Ashok Jain, has resigned from the post and primary membership of the party. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Jain said he had resigned due to personal and family reasons. He pointed out that he was feeling neglected and suffocated in the party.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has allegedly taken possession of a piece of land, measuring two bigas and one biswa, illegally from its owners without having got issued a notification from the Revenue Department. The owners of the land have served a legal notice on HUDA in this regard.
The local zila parishad today constituted two committees to probe the purchasing of sewing machines by parishad officials and sub-standard construction material used in development works undertaken by the parishad.
The suspension of an executive engineer at Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station (TDLTPS) for his alleged negligence, that led to power failure for about eight hours, has evoked resentment among the engineers here.
Prof Graham M. Chapman, Director, International Department, and Professor of Computer Lesz Zarzycki of De Montford University, Leicester, UK, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kurukshetra University to jointly conduct educational and research programmes. High Court
BKU chief at liberty to attend functions
Chandigarh, March 9
Acting on a petition filed by President of Bhartiya Kisan Union Ghasi Ram Nain, Mr Justice S.K. Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the conditions imposed by an Additional Sessions Judge, while granting bail to him, were “harsh, oppressive and onerous”.
The All-India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO) has asked the Prime Minister to fulfil his promise of allocating 2 per cent of the GDP to higher education, research and development.
Guru Jambheshwar University today announced that the Common Engineering Entrance Test (CEET) in the state for the session-2004 for Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra, and other engineering colleges in Haryana would be held on June 13.
Mr P.K. Das, Commissioner, Hisar Division, today said the purpose of education was not merely the development of individual but the development of society. Mr Das was delivering convocation address at the local Manohar Memorial College.
The police registered a dowry case against Jaspal Singh and other members of his family on a complaint of his wife, Asha Rani.
Unauthorised shops being demolished in Ambala on Tuesday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra
An 80- year old man was killed when he was allegedly hit with a lathi by a 75-year-old by a fellow villager at Pakasma village under Sampla police jurisdiction in Rohtak district, about 20 km from here, yesterday, the police said today.
A court at Hansi, today sentenced two persons to three-year imprisonment each on the charges of stealing a truck and wheat.
Two brothers died in a road accident late last night near Gharaunda, 20 km from here.
Bhiwani, March 9
Addressing a party rally here today, Ms Swaraj said the party would contest the 10 Lok Sabha seats on its own and charged Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala with humiliating BJP workers and implicating them in false cases.
Ms Swaraj said though the Centre had provided funds for developmental activities in Haryana, Mr Chautala was taking the credit and criticising the BJP. There would be no alliance with any party for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in Haryana, she added.
Criticising the recent two-day road show of Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Haryana as a “flop show”, Ms Swaraj said Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani was undertaking the Bharat uday yatra to unite the people.
She said the NDA would form the next government at the Centre as it was confident of winning the poll.
Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma said Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had done a lot for farmers and labourers.
Rajasthan’s Industries Minister Narpat Singh said the Congress lost in the recent Assembly elections in the neighbouring state because of corruption and inefficiency.
Rohtak, March 9
Party general secretary Surender Singh will contest from the Bhiwani parliamentary constituency, while Parliamentary Board chairman Kanwar Singh will contest from Hisar and Jitender Singh Khurbadan from Kurukshetra.
Haryana YC reconstituted
Chandigarh, March 9
Mr Satvinder Singh Sandhu, President of the Haryana Youth Congress, who released the list of office-bearers here today, said it had been approved by the all-India Youth Congress chief, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, and Mr Mukul Vasnik, AICC General Secretary in charge of the party.
The Vice-Presidents are Chetan Chauhan, Surender Nehra, Brij Lal, Rahul Tayal, Vivek Dutta, Vinay Nalwa, Kamal Singh, Bhupinder Phogat, Anand Sagar, Samsher Malik, Jai Prakash Redu, Tej Pal Sharma, Sudesh Sharma, Brahmpal Rana, Anil Rana, Bhim Singh Yadav, Manoj Kumar Jairampur, Sanjay Jaildar, Joginder Singh, Ranbir Singh Panihar, Surinder Singh Ranjha, Tareef Namberdar, Parvesh Kumari Rana and Hari Ram Sabha.
The General Secretaries are Chenna Ram Saini, Satbir Neemwala, Darshan Kanoda, Rajender Singh Pummy, Raju Mann, Pawan Ror, Naresh Sandhu, Rohtash Deshwal, Sushir Sindhu alias Neeta, Ashok Jaildar, Suresh Balmiki Satroop Singh Dangra, Baljeet A. Punia, Dr S.S. Mann, Mandeep Singh Toor, Tejbir Singh, Bhupinder Nehra, Manjeet Singh, Devender Kaushik, Sanjit Malik, Jaswant Lamba, Vijay Kuladia, Lakhjeet Singh, Ravinder Kataria, Shyam Bhardwaj, Hardeep Singh, Ajit Singh alias Sandeep Rana, Mahesh Yadav, Jasbir Rana, Vivek Bhardwaj, Dalip Sharma, Satish Tejli, Sanjay Sharma, Nasim Khan, Balbir Kapoor, Balvinder Singh Ravinder Pal Singh Roxy, Subey singh, Subhash Nayak, Ravi Mehamia, Rakesh Bidhuri, Kuldeep Singh Gardana, Rajender Yadav, Gopal Krishan and Ranbir Thakur.
Those who have been nominated
as Secretaries are Jitender Singh, Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Diuhan, Govind
Donada, Ramlal Balmiki, Mahender Kaimla, Sardar Sahab singh, Sukhbir
Grewal, Labh singh, Krishan ansal, Karan Sharma, Rajinder Singh Chahal,
Satish Poonia, Krishan Saharan, Ajay Jangra, Vijay Babloo, Sandeep
Kaushik, Shyam Sunder Saini, Mrs Kiran Singh, INderjeet Singh Mattoo,
Miss Rajesh Sharma, Sanjeev Bharti, Parth Tanwar, Mahabir Computer,
Satinder Pal Singh, Ravi Garg, Randhir Singh Sismore, Bhupesh Rawat,
Sumit Gaur, Dharambir Sandhu, Dr Satbir Nirman, Ramesh Kumar Baghri,
Rajesh Chowdhary, Mrs Kalawati Panchal, Surender Poonia, Sandeep, Arun
Kataria, Suresh Yadav, Hashim, Vijay gujjar, Avinash Malik, Virender
Bhaskar Vickey, Jasbir Singh Jassi, Hariom Chauhan, Sanjay Kharab,
Deepak Tyagi, Prahlad Sharma and Ran Singh Deswai.
Cong leaders’ plea on party candidate
Kurukshetra, March 9
They suggested the names of five party
leaders for candidature: former Haryana minister Ram Prakash, former MP
Tara Singh, former Haryana minister Surender Madan, former MLA Saheb
Singh Saini and former minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha.
Jakhar is RLD
(Ajit) nominee from Rohtak
Rohtak, March 9
The announcement was made after a meeting of the Parliamentary Board of the Haryana unit of the party here.
Addressing mediapersons the board chairman, Mr Balbir Singh, and the party general secretary, Mr Jagdish Rai Kaushik, said the board had approved his nomination at today’s meeting. They said both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Lok Dal were “anti-people” parties. The BJP could not escape responsibility for the misdeeds of the Chautala government merely because it had parted ways with the INLD just before the Lok Sabha poll.
The RLD leaders said these parties would also have to pay the
price for jailing the octogenarian Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Ghasi
INLD treasurer Jain resigns
Kaithal, March 9
Mr Jain alleged that sycophants were being promoted while loyal and dedicated party workers were being ignored. He said it was a pity that a person from Uttar Pardesh was nominated and elected as Rajya Sabha member from Haryana, ignoring party workers. He also expressed his resentment over the appointment of certain persons without any substantial following on key posts in the government. Mr Jain regretted that he devoted 20 precious years of his life to the party, which failed to come up to his expectations. When asked about his future plans, Mr Jain said he would join a party whose leader had good intention and policy.
However, sources close to Mr
Jain said he was likely to join the Congress shortly.
Notice served on HUDA
Illegal possession of land
Karnal, March 9
The owners of the land, Mr Surinder Kumar and Mr Ashok Kumar, both residents of Karnal, had alleged that their land, mentioned in Khewat No. 350/357 and Khatoni No. 552, situated in Sector-12 (Part-II) of the Urban Estate, was in the illegal possession of HUDA.
Investigations revealed that HUDA had taken possession of the land illegally along with the adjoining land whose notification for acquisition was issued on February 2, 1990. However, the revenue authorities issued no notification for acquisition of the said land. It has also been alleged that without any legal right to take possession of the land, HUDA illegally manipulated with the local authorities and got entered the ‘girdawaris’ in its favour.
The fraud came to light a couple of months back when the owners planned to start a construction. Officials of HUDA and the District Town Planner stopped the construction work claiming that HUDA had already taken possession of the land.
“When we visited the office of the Revenue Department and inquired about the ownership of the land we were surprised to know that HUDA had taken possession of our land on March 22, 1991”, alleged the complainants.
The owners further alleged that HUDA had neither given any compensation nor it had vacated the land.
An official of HUDA said the District Estate Officer has asked the Land Acquisition Officer to get the notification issued from the authorities concerned of the Revenue Department so that the land could be acquired legally and adequate compensation be awarded to the owners of the land.
official admitted that the possession of the land was illegal. However,
no action has been initiated against the officials responsible for
illegal possession of the land.
Zila Parishad sets up 2 probe panels
Hisar, March 9
At a bimonthly meeting of the parishad held here today, parishad members alleged that parishad officials had purchased more than 5,000 sewing machines at a rate of Rs 950 per machine last year. The parishad had received a Central grant of Rs 40 lakh for providing sewing machines to poor families in the district. The officials had purchased these machines at very high rates on their own and no purchase committee was formed in this regard. The members also alleged though they had recommended names of poor women from their respective wards but the officials ignored most of the names while distributing these machines. The House formed a five-member committee of zila parishad members to probe the matter. The members of the committee are: vice-chairman Anita Malik, Mr Dilbag Singh Sihag, Ms Sushila Balsmand, Mr Shamsher Singh and Ms Kaushlya Sehrawat.
also constituted another committee to look into complaints regarding the
use of sub-standard construction material in development projects
undertaken by the parishad during the past three years in various blocks
of the district. The committee members are: Mr Wajir Mohla, Mr Ajmer
Singh Khanda, Mr Dilbag Singh Sihag and Mr Dharmvir Kali Rawna, all
Engineers decry suspension of engineer
Panipat, March 9
Engineers staged a protest at the residence of the Chief Engineer, Mr M.M. Bindlish. The power production remained suspended for eight hours at the station having generating capacity of 860 MW on March 4 due to technical fault in the grids.
The engineers’ body alleged that suspended executive engineer I.S. Gupta has no role to play when the six units of the TDLTPS were tripped. The units were switched off as these did not get power supply from the Bhakra-Beas Management Board.
They said the breakdown in the four very old units of 110 MW capacity each had become a routine affair due to technical faults. And many instruments are required to be replaced in these units.
Mr M.M. Bindlish said Mr Gupta, had been suspended after
preliminary investigations as he was not present at the site when all
units were switched off. Giving details, Mr Bindlish said the Chief
Electrical Inspector of the Haryana Power Generation Corporation (HPGC)
had been directed to inquire into the matter. Thereafter the management
would take the decision.
MoU with UK university on research projects
Kurukshetra, March 9
According to the MoU, students of post-graduate classes will study for one year in Kurukshetra University and one year in De Montford University. A joint degree will be awarded after the completion of the course. A postgraduate diploma in Indian Culture will also be introduced for NRI students in Kurukshetra University from the next academic session. Staff exchange programme will be another salient feature of the MoU.
Earlier, Professor Chapman and Professor Zarzycki visited various
departments of Kurukshetra University for interaction with senior
faculty members of the university.
Chandigarh, March 9
Pronouncing the orders, the Judge also modified the conditions before ruling that the petitioner would not leave the state of Haryana without court’s prior permission. He would also ensure attendance during the hearing of criminal case against him. Nain would also report to Superintendent of Police concerned every month to inform about his monthly activities.
The Judge added that the petitioner would also be at liberty to attend public gatherings or meetings. This would be subject to the condition that he would ensure that neither he nor his workers would disrupt public peace or cause any law and order problem.
Mr Justice Mittal further added that the petitioner would not commit
any offence while he was on bail. He would also not participate in
dharnas or processions, besides agitations and strikes. He would also
not deliver speeches in public meetings or issue press releases.
Teachers seek more funds for higher education
Rohtak, March 9
Dr Vazir Singh Nehra, President of the Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA) said here yesterday that the AIFUCTO had estimated that the country would need 1.5 lakh crore over the next 10 years to achieve total literacy and proper schooling. Dr Nehra was a member of AIFUCTO delegation which called on the Prime Minister on Friday.
He said the delegation pointed out that the rules under the career advancement schemes for university and college teachers were not uniform. The University Grants Commission and the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development had worked out modalities for implementing the same but later the scheme was withdrawn at the college level. The delegation demanded its restoration.
The teachers’ leaders also pleaded that those
teachers who could not obtain research degrees but otherwise contributed
towards the development of higher education should be promoted as
professor after 25 years of service.
Hisar, March 9
The test would be held in Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hisar, Panchkula, Rewari, Rohtak, Sirsa, Murthal and Yamuna Nagar, a university spokesperson said.
He said the sale of the
prospectus-cum-application form would start on March 31. The prospectus
for the CEET would be available with Kurukshetra University, the
Director, Haryana Technical Education, Chandigarh, engineering colleges
at Faridabad and Murthal, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Devi Lal
University, Sirsa, and Guru Jambheshwar University.
Students get degrees
Fatehabad, March 9
Mr Das said the sense of community that was pervasive among the students of a college permeates society. He expressed the hope that the students of the college would take with them a sense of community, traditions and values that learnt at the college.
The College Principal Dr K.K. Arora, read
the annual report of the college. He said the college has got B status
from the NAAC team. Dr Arora conferred degrees to graduates of the
college. Mr Das and Mr Subhash Sharma distributed prizes to students.
Husband, in-laws booked for demanding dowry Ambala, March 9 Asha stated in her complaint that she was married to Jaspal Singh , a resident of Yamunanagar, a few years ago. Her parents had given every possible article in the dowry according to their financial status. Her husband and in-laws started harassing her soon after the marriage and forced her to bring more dowry . She alleged in the complaint that they threatened to kill her and no option was left with her but to come to her parents.
Ambala, March 9
Asha stated in her complaint that she was married to Jaspal Singh , a resident of Yamunanagar, a few years ago. Her parents had given every possible article in the dowry according to their financial status. Her husband and in-laws started harassing her soon after the marriage and forced her to bring more dowry .
She alleged in the complaint that they threatened to kill her and no option was left with her but to come to her parents.
Shops demolished The Ambala Sadar Municipal Council demolished seven under-construction shops at the Dayal Bagh area on Tuesday. The shops belonged to Arun
Shrivastav. The council staff along with the police demolished the shops with the help of a JCB machine. The secretary of the council, Mr Virinder Sharma, said the owner of the shops had not got the site plan approved from the council. The council had sent several notices to the owner but he did not respond to it. Mr Shrivastav said he got the site plan approved for the construction of a hall and the boundary from the council in 1997.
The Ambala Sadar Municipal Council demolished seven under-construction shops at the Dayal Bagh area on Tuesday. The shops belonged to Arun Shrivastav.
The council staff along with the police demolished the shops with the help of a JCB machine. The secretary of the council, Mr Virinder Sharma, said the owner of the shops had not got the site plan approved from the council. The council had sent several notices to the owner but he did not respond to it.
Mr Shrivastav said he got the site plan approved for the construction of a hall and the boundary from the council in 1997.
Bill condemned The Haryana unit of the Panun Kashmir on Tuesday condemned the Bill for withdrawing the state subject rights of the girls of Jammu and Kashmir marrying outsiders. Mr
J.L. Koul, state secretary of the Panun Kashmir, expressed concern over the passing of the Bill. “We hope that the Governor will not give approval to the Bill,” he said. He said it was an anti-social Bill. “It is surprising that the Congress has kept silent and supported the Bill,” he stated.
The Haryana unit of the Panun Kashmir on Tuesday condemned the Bill for withdrawing the state subject rights of the girls of Jammu and Kashmir marrying outsiders.
Mr J.L. Koul, state secretary of the Panun Kashmir, expressed concern over the passing of the Bill. “We hope that the Governor will not give approval to the Bill,” he said.
He said it was an anti-social Bill. “It is surprising that the Congress has kept silent and supported the Bill,” he stated.
Seminar held A two-day seminar on “Feminism and fiction” was held at SD College, Ambala Cantt, on Tuesday. Mr Alok Nigam, Commissioner, Ambala Division, was the chief guest. College Principal Dr Desh Bandh said the seminar was organised under the auspices of the English Department of the college. The keynote address was delivered by Dr S.K. Sharma.
A two-day seminar on “Feminism and fiction” was held at SD College, Ambala Cantt, on Tuesday.
Mr Alok Nigam, Commissioner, Ambala Division, was the chief guest.
College Principal Dr Desh Bandh said the seminar was organised under the auspices of the English Department of the college. The keynote address was delivered by Dr S.K. Sharma.
New Principal Dr
K.L. Gomber has taken over as the new Principal of DAV College (Lahore), Ambala City. Dr
Gomber, replaced Mr V.K. Sehgal. Dr Gomber, who was earlier Head of Physics Department of the college, is a post-doctoral fellow at the State University of New York, teacher-coordinator at Chicago Public School System and the author of several books.
Dr K.L. Gomber has taken over as the new Principal of DAV College (Lahore), Ambala City.
Dr Gomber, replaced Mr V.K. Sehgal.
Dr Gomber, who was earlier Head of Physics Department of the college, is a post-doctoral fellow at the State University of New York, teacher-coordinator at Chicago Public School System and the author of several books.
The deceased has been identified as Pale Ram.
Pale Ram had an altercation with the assailant over a trivial issue involving children from their families, the police said .
Ram was hit in the head and rushed to a local hospital, where he was
declared brought dead by doctors. — PTI
Hisar, March 9
Two brothers die in road mishap
Karnal, March 9
Police sources said the brothers — Vikram and Rajendra — were on a motor cycle when a tractor- trailer hit them. They died on the spot.
The post-morterm was conducted at the Civil Hospital here today. Later, the bodies were handed over to family members of the deceased.
The police has
registered a case against the driver of the tractor-trailer.
Demonstration by women BJP wing
Sirsa, March 9