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No extension for Chief Secretary
Meenaxi Anand ChaudhryChandigarh, April 28
The speculation over the extension to the first woman Chief Secretary of Haryana, Ms Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry, has finally ended. The Centre is believed to have not accepted the request of the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, to grant extension to her for six months.

“Govt favouring certain power meter firms”
Panipat, April 28
The All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union has charged the state government with allegedly favouring certain power meter manufacturing companies.

Farmers asked to install shunt capacitors on tubewell motors
Hisar, April 28
Haryana Financial Commissioner-cum-Principal Secretary (Power), R.N. Prasher, has stated the installation of shunt capacitors on all connections of 20 kilowatt or above in the state would be made mandatory.

Kidnapped trader returns home
Kurukshetra, April 28
Following the safe return of the kidnapped local trader. Mr Ishwar Bansal, here today, the mystery shrouding his kidnapping has been solved.

Engineering student held on charge of snatching
Faridabad, April 28
The police has arrested a fourth year student of an engineering college here for allegedly snatching gold chains and valuables of several women in the recent past. The police has recovered an unnumbered mobike and valuables worth about Rs 90,000 from the accused. 

Relief for captive power plant owner
Chandigarh, April 28
To encourage captive power generation, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has decided to give relief to consumers willing to install their own generating sets. 


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Records of shoes, sweaters submitted to Vigilance Bureau
Yamunanagar, April 28
The District Project Coordinator (DPC) of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan has submitted records regarding sweaters and shoes distributed by it among students of government schools of Jagadhri block and details regarding a monthly magazine in the schools to the state’s Vigilance Bureau.

Stress on proper implementation
Kaithal, April 28
To achieve the target of integrated rural development, proper implementation of the schemes launched for the welfare of the people is important which can be achieved only through better coordination among people’s representatives and officers responsible for executing various schemes. This was stated by Mr Naveen Jindal, MP, while presiding over the third meeting of the district vigilance and implementation committee here on Thursday — OC

Bhupinder Hooda’s cup of tea
Ambala, April 28
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda made an unscheduled stop at a tea and fruit stall at Baldev Nagar chowk, Ambala City, today.

Solid waste plant in Ambala soon
Ambala, April 28
Union minister and Ambala MP Kumari Selja today addressed a rally at Ambala City today.

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No extension for Chief Secretary
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The speculation over the extension to the first woman Chief Secretary of Haryana, Ms Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry, has finally ended. The Centre is believed to have not accepted the request of the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, to grant extension to her for six months.

With this Ms Chaudhry, an IAS officer of the 1969 batch, will demit her office on April 30 after a glorious career. Though today is the last working day of the month (tomorrow and Sunday are holidays), she plans to continue working till last. She will attend a conference of the Chief Secretaries organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Delhi tomorrow.

Ms Chaudhry had many firsts to her credit in her 37-year-long career in which she held several challenging assignments. What perhaps was the most distinguished feature of her career was the trust placed in her by her bosses to tackle problem areas.

If Mr Bansi Lal asked her to hurriedly make an excise policy after the prohibition was lifted, Mr Om Prakash Chautala virtually gave her a free hand to handle the power sector, which was then under pressure to take loan on humiliating conditions by the World Bank. It is another matter that later when the power sector stabilised considerably, she had to go to the Centre after a verbal spat with Mr Chautala.

The generation next of Haryana politics, marked by the advent of Mr Hooda on the scene, recalled her from the Centre to appoint her as the first woman Chief Secretary of the state. In her six-month stay as Chief Secretary, she made her mark in the infrastructure sector as well as in the monitoring of various developmental schemes.

As the Union Secretary, Sports, she made major changes in the functioning of national bodies of various bodies accountable and transparent.

With the superannuation of Ms Chaudhry on the cards, the aspirants for the post of Chief Secretary have also begun their efforts. According to informed sources, Mr K.C. Sharma and Ms Asha Sharma, both of the 1970 batch, met Mr Hooda, today.

So far Mr Hooda has gone by the principle of seniority for filling the posts of Chief Secretary and the Director-General of Police. If he keeps the tradition, Mr K.C. Sharma should be the 24th Chief Secretary of Haryana.

However, he retires after four months. Ms Asha Sharma, too, has only 10 months to retire. After the two Sharmas, the seniormost IAS officer serving in Haryana is Mr Prem Prashant, Home Secretary, who will retire in mid next year. 

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“Govt favouring certain power meter firms”

Panipat, April 28
The All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union has charged the state government with allegedly favouring certain power meter manufacturing companies.

The union leaders alleged that the state government had tilted the policy in such a manner that consumers were forced to buy meters at exorbitant prices in the open market. Demanding a thorough probe, the union leaders said a strict check should be maintained to prevent “state-managed” price hike.

The state secretary of the union, Mr Narinder Khokhar, charged several politicians and bureaucrats with lobbying to benefit certain companies. — TNS

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Farmers asked to install shunt
capacitors on tubewell motors

Tribune News Service

Hisar, April 28
Haryana Financial Commissioner-cum-Principal Secretary (Power), R.N. Prasher, has stated the installation of shunt capacitors on all connections of 20 kilowatt or above in the state would be made mandatory.

After reviewing activities of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) here last evening. Mr Prasher asked farmers to install shunt capacitors on their tube-wells motors for safety and efficiency and added that different tariff for tube-wells with and without capacitors would be introduced to motivate farmers to install capacitors.

Operation review was attended by Mr Swaranjeet Singh, Additional Director-General (Vigilance), Haryana Power Utilities, Mr Vijayendra Kumar, Managing Director, DHBVN, and other senior officials.

Mr Prasher said efficiency of tube-well motors could be increased by 25 per cent in Haryana by using standard equipment of accurate rating and by installing tube-wells of proper design. He asked officers to educate farmers about benefits of capacitors on tube-wells.

Connections of the consumers who are defaulters for the past two billing cycles would be cut, he said, adding the meters of the consumers of all categories with 20 KW and above load would be shifted at or near the main gate of the consumer premises, preferably in the almirah at roads.

He asked officials to complete the work in phases and start shifting meters of commercial and domestic consumers in developed urban areas. He asked officials to give a one-month notice to the industrial consumers who had not shifted their meters at outer gates of the premises so far and disconnect their connections thereafter. The connections would be restored only after shifting the meters.

The DHBVN officers were also directed to seal all meters rural areas within two months and asked them to intensify the campaign for the regularisation of ‘kundi’ connections in villages.

Mr Prasher assured people during the sealing campaign, no case of theft would be registered on account of broken seals.

However, such consumers would be issued a written warning against tampering with meter seals. On loose wires, in rural and old towns he asked officials to get these tightened.

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Kidnapped trader returns home
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, April 28
Following the safe return of the kidnapped local trader. Mr Ishwar Bansal, here today, the mystery shrouding his kidnapping has been solved.

Stating this to media-persons here today, the district police chief, Mr Sanjay Kumar, said that keeping in view the seriousness of the case 12 teams had been formed and sent to different places, including the districts of Jind, Hisar and Fatehabad.

Mr Kumar said that at around 4 p.m. yesterday, information was received that kidnapped person and the kidnappers might be hiding near Uklana and on this basis the police continued raids.

Meanwhile, at around 8 p.m. yesterday, the police received information that Mr Bansal had informed his family members on the telephone that the kidnappers had left him stranded at Barwala Road and from there he had boarded a bus for Kaithal. Mr Kumar said the police teams as well as Mr Bansal’s family members were asked to reach the Kaithal bus stand where Mr Bansal reached at around 9 p.m. Mr Bansal was escorted to his home safely.

Mr Kumar said Mr Bansal told the police that he had overheard the kidnappers saying that they had kidnapped wrong person.

Mr Bansal, along with his friend, was strolling near his house in Sector 5 at around 11 p.m. on April 25 when a Scorpio car, bearing a red light, stopped near them.

The car occupants, who were five in number, alighted from the car and on the pretext of asking the way to Sector 13 here, called Mr Bansal near them and compelled him to sit in the car at revolver point and drove away.

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Engineering student held on charge of snatching
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 28
The police has arrested a fourth year student of an engineering college here for allegedly snatching gold chains and valuables of several women in the recent past. The police has recovered an unnumbered mobike and valuables worth about Rs 90,000 from the accused. With his arrest the police claims to have solved at least 10 cases of chain and purse snatching that had taken place in the past about three months.

According to the SSP, Mr. Mahender Singh Sheoran, the accused, identified as Prateek Madan, a final year student of a local engineering college, had perhaps been using his educational and family status as a shield to avoid any kind of suspicion. He said the accused had been nabbed by the police when the he was going on a bike on the road separating Sectors 15-A and 16-A. He had a bag containing a mobile and some household articles.

According to reports the police had become active after the purse of a judicial officer’s daughter was snatched. The purse contained a mobile phone, which was later found to have been used from Rajasthan.

Prateek had reportedly bought a Karizma mobike worth about Rs 70,000 with the money that he had ‘‘earned’’ from chain snatching and had been using it to impress his girlfriends.

According to the police Prateek had been a member of the college cricket team and used to play cricket on Sundays. His family had no information about his possessing a costly mobike, which he used to park at Old Faridabad railway station scooter parking. According to the police the accused had admitted that he was involved in about 10 cases of snatching, which include snatching the purse of a lady doctor on February 15 and the latest incident of snatching the purse of a woman identified as Priya Ghai from the Old Faridabad area.

The district police has also arrested two persons in connection with several incidents of vehicle thefts in the city. The accused, identified as Udham Singh and Lakhveer Singh, residents of Rasoolpur village in the district.

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Relief for captive power plant owners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
To encourage captive power generation, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has decided to give relief to consumers willing to install their own generating sets. The UHBVN has allowed captive power plant (CPP) owners to synchronise with the grid system without levying any grid support charge.

An official spokesman said today that two transactions — the export of energy to the licensee (UHBVN) and the import of energy by the CPP from the licensee — would be charged as per the applicable retail tariff approved by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC).

He said the export of power by the CPP to the licensee would be treated as sale of power to the licensee under a bilateral power purchase agreement for which the approval of the HERC would be required. No approval from the HERC was required if the CPP desired to treat the export of power to the grid as incidental flow of energy at zero cost to the licensee. However, the necessary information in this regard would have to be sent to the HERC.

It had been also decided that firms would provide the necessary equipment for stopping any reverse flow of energy into the grid system. The firms would have no claim on any creeping of energy into the system.

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Records of shoes, sweaters submitted
to Vigilance Bureau

Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, April 28
The District Project Coordinator (DPC) of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan has submitted records regarding sweaters and shoes distributed by it among students of government schools of Jagadhri block and details regarding a monthly magazine in the schools to the state’s Vigilance Bureau.

It was alleged sub-standard sweaters and shoes were distributed among children of government schools of the district in December 2004. An environment related magazine Sasharth being published from Kurukshetra was not supplied to schools even after advance payments were made to the schools in several districts of the state. The VB has started inquiry into the two matters.

The Tribune in its April 29, 2005 issue exposed the magazine scam in government schools in the 2004-2005 session.

It was alleged that a pair of shoes and a sweater cost Rs 250 to the department and was purchased from a Ludhiana firm. Quality of the shoes and sweaters was sub-standard and hence the Education Department suffered a loss of lakhs.

All 765 government schools of the district had paid (between Rs 300 and Rs 900 each) as subscription for the magazine — Sasharth but the schools got only two issues. There were allegations that teaching and non-teaching staff government schools and some private schools too were forced to subscribe for the magazine and they too did not get all issues. The payment receipts allegedly did not bear the signatures of the recipient of the amount.

Mr Pardeep Sareen, district president, Haryana Government Teachers Association, said the Vigilance Bureau should check quality of the shoes and sweaters. He demanded a probe into who subscription collected for the magazine. He said funds were sent the DEO’s office by every block.

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Bhupinder Hooda’s cup of tea
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 2
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda made an unscheduled stop at a tea and fruit stall at Baldev Nagar chowk, Ambala City, today.

Shop owner Gulshan Gulati was surprised to see the Chief Minister’s motorcade stop at his shop. Mr Hooda stepped out of the car, walked straight to the tea shop and asked for a cup of tea.

Mr Hooda enjoyed his cup of tea sitting there for around 30 minutes. He interacted with the shop owner and local residents who converged there on learning about Mr Hooda’s stopover.

Mr Bittoo Chawla, Mr Harish Sasan, Mr Dharampal, Mr Gulshan, Mr Mahendra Tanwar, Mr Dharampal Chadha, Mr Pravesh Sasan and Mr Joginder Thukral reached the tea shop. Mr Hooda reminisced about the yesteryears.

He assured the people present there that he was the same person and the chief ministership has not changed him as a person. He told them that they could approach him without any problem and due regard would be given to them.

Mr Bittoo Chawla, who is an old associate of Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said when Mr Hooda was leading an agitation against the former government, he would stop over at the same tea stall. In those days, Mr Hooda and his associates would sit at the shop till late in the night and discuss strategies, he added.

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Solid waste plant in Ambala soon
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 28
Union minister and Ambala MP Kumari Selja today addressed a rally at Ambala City today.

Among others, Haryana minister Venod Sharma, Naggal MLA Nirmal Singh and Ambala Cantt MLA DK Bansal also addressed the rally. The rally had been organised by Youth Congress leader Himmat Singh.

Kumari Selja said the downtrodden and marginalised sections of the society had hope from the Congress and their hopes were being fulfilled under the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. She said there was an excellent coordination between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

Kumari Selja said the UPA government always gave priority to the interest of the poor and downtrodden sections of the society. She said the Haryana Government was fulfilling the promises made in the manifesto. She said there was overall growth in the state.

Haryana minister Venod Sharma said Kumari Selja was ensuring that new projects came to Ambala. A railway subway and a solid waste management plant were going to come up due to Kumari Selja's efforts. He said Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had given priority to the common man.

He said the Congress government in Haryana had carried out a large number of development works in the past one year. Referring to a demand made by Mr Himmat Singh for a stadium in Ambala City, Mr Venod Sharma said if Panchayati land was made available in a nearby village, then the stadium would be constructed as per the government policy.

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