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HUDA extends date for registration of housing societies
Panchkula, February 9
Haryana Urban Development Authority today extended the last date for registration of Group Housing Societies till February 28. The earlier deadline for the registration of societies was February 14.

Badal meddling with Sikh institutions,
says Sarna

Panipat, February 9
Charging of SAD supremo, Parkash Singh Badal with interference in the functioning, Sikh institutions, former President of the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna pledged to stop him from furthering damaging the institutions of the community.

Cultural fest trophy for SD College
Kurukshetra, February 9
SD College, Ambala cantonment annexed the Gaurav Wadhwa Memorial Running Trophy at a two-day state-level inter-college cultural festival, which concluded at Markanda National College, Shahabad Markanda, 30 km from here, yesterday.

11 health employees found absent from duty
Sonepat, February 9

The district administration has launched a special campaign to ensure efficiency and punctuality in government offices, health institutions and schools in the district.

Retired teachers, principals want DA on pension
Panipat, February 9
Retired teachers and principals have threatened to move the court against the Hooda government for not releasing dearness allowance (DA) on their pensions. The senior citizens feel cheated and let down by the state government after the latter failed to fulfill it’s commitment on DA.

Govt employees hold protest
Chandigarh, February 9
More than a thousand employees of the Haryana Government protested at the Matka Chowk, Sector 17, today. The protesters led by the Haryana Employees Federation demanded that the government should re-employ the retrenched employees.


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MDU team wins moot court competition
Rohtak, February 9
Maharshi Dayanand University team comprising Jitender Mehta, Vikrant and Ankur Sharma won the first Haryana State Moot Court Competition, which concluded here today.


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HUDA extends date for registration of housing societies
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 9
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) today extended the last date for registration of Group Housing Societies (GHS) till February 28. The earlier deadline for the registration of societies was February 14.

Highly placed sources said in another significant move, HUDA also withdrew the power of signing authority for the registration of societies from Assistant Registrars and delegated it to SDMs. A decision to this effect was taken following a large number of complaints of corruption by officials in Assistant Registrar offices all over the state.

Certain officials in the Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies office at Gurgaon were caught accepting bribes from those wanting to register the societies there. Even in Panchkula, fisticuffs were exchanged after certain persons who had come to get their societies registered today, accused officials of demanding and accepting bribes.

HUDA officials said large number of societies could not get registered since today was a holiday in Delhi and Chandigarh, on account of Moharram. Also, because of February 13 being a holiday in Haryana (Guru Ravi Das Jayanti), the societies could not be registered. The maximum demand for group housing schemes has been in Gurgaon and Panchkula. According to estimates, around 1,000 societies are awaiting registration in Gurgaon alone. Over 3,000 societies have already been registered in Panchkula. Following a demand from various sections of society, especially in these two cities, the last date for registration has been extended.

HUDA has floated GHS in seven urban estates of Haryana. These are Panchkula (44), Gurgaon (30), Faridabad (130), Rewari (20), Sonepat (40), Palwal (30) and Panipat (20). A total of 314 sites here are on offer, with the maximum sites being offered in Faridabad. All sites are half acre in size and the schemes will be open to everyone (and not just residents of Chandigarh and Haryana as earlier). For the first time, HUDA has also introduced a system by which only 25 per cent members in a GHS can transfer their membership. This will help in curbing the practise of becoming members for “speculation”. Another shift in policy is that the land layout has been planned before the flouting of the scheme.

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Badal meddling with Sikh institutions, says Sarna
Tribune News Service

Panipat, February 9
Charging of SAD supremo, Parkash Singh Badal with interference in the functioning, Sikh institutions, former President of the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna pledged to stop him from furthering damaging the institutions of the community.

Talking to TNS during his brief halt here this afternoon, Mr Sarna said Badal was using the SGPC as his personal property. Mr Sarna was no his way to Amritsar to meet Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and refused to comment on the “social boycott” call.

He said he would meet the Jathedar tomorrow morning and would comment only after meeting him. He was accompanied by 29 members from Delhi beside Mr Jagdish Singh Jhinda, president, Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and five others.

However, he added that Mr Badal was attempting to personalise the SGPC which was evident from a rally organized by SAD on Sunday at Bathinda where langar was served by the SGPC. Condemning the “autocratic” functioning of Mr Badal, he said they would prevent him from causing more harm.

Mr Jhinda charged Mr Badal of crossing all limits and ensured his support to Mr Sarna.

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Cultural fest trophy for SD College
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, February 9
SD College, Ambala cantonment annexed the Gaurav Wadhwa Memorial Running Trophy at a two-day state-level inter-college cultural festival, which concluded at Markanda National College, Shahabad Markanda, 30 km from here, yesterday.

Inaugurating the festival, the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee working president, Dr Ram Prakash, urged students to develop friendship with books and literature because there was no better friend than books. “Literature is the biggest asset and habit of reading books is the best thing in life,” he remarked.

Dr Ram Prakash also announced that the present Congress government would soon be lifting the ban on recruitment of lecturers in government-aided private colleges in Haryana.

Meanwhile, music, mono-acting, mimicry and solo dance competitions were inaugurated by the chief guest, Mr Lakshmi Sagar, Chairman, Agro Osaw Industries, Ambala Cantt. and past District Rotary Governor, who also donated Rs 10,000 on this occasion to the college Students’ Aid Fund. Mr Sagar’s teacher, Professor V. K. Puri, who was present, also announced a donation of two scholarships worth Rs 5,100 per annum to educate two deserving students of the college.

Seth Hakim Rai Gambhir and Choudhary Kuldeep Kakkar, president and secretary, respectively of the college governing body, gave away the prizes to the winners. As many as 45 student poets drawn from all over Haryana colleges and 40 student artistes drawn from 10 colleges of the state participated in the two-day inter-college cultural festival.

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11 health employees found absent from duty
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 9
The district administration has launched a special campaign to ensure efficiency and punctuality in government offices, health institutions and schools in the district.

According to a report, this has been done in the wake of public complaints about the absence of employees, including heads of the department during duty hours. The campaign, it is learnt, has yielded good results as far as the presence of the heads of the department during duty hours. However, most of the schools and health institutions lack the efficiency and punctuality.

Mr Amarjit Singh Maan, SDM, carried out a surprise check at three primary health centres and one community health centre in the rural areas of the district today and found as many as 11 employees absent from duty.

The SDM prepared the list of the medical officers and other employees who were found absent from duty and sent the same to the office of the Deputy Commissioner for taking disciplinary and departmental action against them.

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Retired teachers, principals want DA on pension
Tribune News Service

Panipat, February 9
Retired teachers and principals have threatened to move the court against the Hooda government for not releasing dearness allowance (DA) on their pensions. The senior citizens feel cheated and let down by the state government after the latter failed to fulfill it’s commitment on DA.

Dr R. C. Aggarwal, president of the Haryana College Teachers and Principals’ Association (HCTPA) blamed the Hooda government of not taking care of the retired people from the teaching community.

He said that the previous Chautala government had ensured them disbursement of DA on pension. Dr Aggarwal said that the then state government in a circular on December 15, 2004 had asked for affidavits stating withdrawing cases from different cases on the issue pertaining to the DA.

But, he rued even after one year nothing had done on this front even as the members of the HCTPA withdrew the cases. In August last, Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced of release of DA at a Rohtak rally but to the utter dismay of the retired people the same had not been implemented.

Coming heavily upon, the delegates of the HCTPA said a number of colleagues had passed away waiting for their due.

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Govt employees hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
More than a thousand employees of the Haryana Government protested at the Matka Chowk, Sector 17, today. The protesters led by the Haryana Employees Federation demanded that the government should re-employ the retrenched employees.

The traffic in the Sector 17 roundabout remained suspended for more than a hour as the protesters took out a rally. They raised slogans against the Haryana Chief Minister and the Central Government

Later in the day the federation president handed over a memorandum to the Haryana CM, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Addressing the rally Mr Gurudas Das Gupta , general secretary, All-India Trade Union Congress AITUC and Lok Sabha MP said the government at the Centre was incompetent and its policies were anti- Government. He strongly condemned the government’s decisions to cut the rate of interest of Provident Fund, which formed part of the hard-earned money of its workers.

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MDU team wins moot court competition
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, February 9
Maharshi Dayanand University team comprising Jitender Mehta, Vikrant and Ankur Sharma won the first Haryana State Moot Court Competition, which concluded here today.

The team from Kurukshetra University which included Amanpal, Shipika Dhawan and Keshav Saini was adjudged as the runners up.

Amanpal and Shipika Dhawan of the Institute of Law, Kurukshetra University, were declared the best male and best female moot court advocates. The best memorial presentation prize was bagged by the MDU team of Jitender Mehta, Vikrant and Ankur Sharma.

Mr R.S. Doon, Deputy Commissioner, gave away prizes to the winners. Speaking at the function, he said the legal profession was full of challenges and had a great future in the liberalised economy and era of globalisation.

Twelve teams from all over Haryana took part in the two- day competition.

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Lok Adalat tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 9
The District Legal Service Authority will organise a special Lok Adalat on February 11 to dispose off pending cases of bank loans.

The secretary of the Authority and the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ambala, Ms Kanchan Mahee, said persons whose loan cases were pending in courts could contact the office of the District and Sessions Judge in this regard.

Ms Mahee said the Legal Service Authority provided free legal aid to the needy.

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MD, MS entrance exams on March 12
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, February 9
Maharshi Dayanand University will conduct the MD, MS, and MDS entrance examinations on March 12 for admission to these courses in the local Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Government. Dental College and DAVC Dental College, Yamuna Nagar, according to an official spokesman.

The MDU issued this notification on being declared competent authority by the Haryana government. The prospectus would be available from the publication cell of MDU from today. The last date for submission of application forms is February 28, it was added.

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New cars for ministers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The Haryana Ministers today got new cars. A consignment of 15 Skoda Superb and seven Skoda Octavia cars was received by the Haryana Government yesterday.

The Skoda Superb cars will be used by the Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State, the Deputy Speaker, the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister. The Skoda Octavia cars will ferry Parliamentary Secretaries.

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Prof Virender made Political Adviser

Chandigarh, February 9
The Haryana Government has appointed Professor Virender Political Adviser to the Chief Minister with immediate effect.

Professor Virender has taught Hindi and Sanskrit at Jat College, Rohtak, and Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. He also served as the Chairman of the Haryana Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills from 1987 to 1990. — TNS

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