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Medical College Director manhandles girl student
Medicos boycott classes, suspend 
OPD services

Agroha (Hisar), May 15
Atmosphere at Maharaja Aggarsain Medical College and Hospital here became tense as college Director, Dr Nirmal Jain, manhandled a girl student in a bid to stop the stir launched against recent police lathicharge on doctors in Mumbai and Delhi.

Quota issue: students block traffic
Ambala, May 15
Students of MM Medical and Engineering College, Mullana, blocked the Jagadhari highway to protest against caste-based reservation this morning.

Teachers await bifurcated syllabi
Kurukshetra, May 15
Teachers of various schools are sore with the Haryana School Education Board authorities for dispatching them collective syllabi of Class XI English, Class XII Hindi (Core) and Hindi (Elective) as well as Class X English and Punjabi along with bifurcated syllabi of other subjects.

Poor result of govt schools worries Mullana
Karnal, May 15
Haryana Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana expressed concern over poor results shown by several government schools.

Mother’s Day at Vatika school
Ambala, May 15
Mother’s Day was celebrated at PKR Jain Vatika School, Ambala city, yesterday.

Storm disrupts power supply for 14 hours
Sonepat, May 15
Power supply to the town and most of the villages in Kharkhoda and Gannaur regions of the district remained disrupted for 11 to 14 hours today following a thunderstorm around midnight.

Storm kills three
Jhajjar, May 15
At least three persons were killed by dyst-storm which struck the region at 10 pm last night in the district. Many roads were blocked due to the uprooting of trees while telephone and electricity supply was also affected due the snapping of wires.


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Gharaunda irrigation scheme hangs fire for over 2 decades
Karnal, May 15
In what could be termed as negligence on the part of successive Haryana governments, no work has been done on the Gharaunda irrigation scheme even after about two decades of the laying of foundation stone during then Bansi Lal-led Congress government.

Hooda hand in glove with Chautala, 
says Pratap
Chautalas had prior information of CBI raids
Hisar, May 15
Former Congress MLA and estranged brother of INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala, Mr Pratap Singh Chautala, has alleged Dabwali Youth Congress chief Chand Singh Brar had been killed due to indifferent attitude of the state government.

INLD protests from May 18
Panchkula, May 15
The functioning of the Haryana Government, led by Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, came under heavy criticism at a meeting of the workers of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), held under the chairmanship of INLD general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Ajay Chautala at Vishnu Bhavan yesterday.

One person kidnapped
Karnal, May 15
Five persons kidnapped Samay Singh of Ghir village from his house yesterday.

School chowkidar strangled
Karnal, May 15
Ram Khilawan, a gardener cum chowkidar in Government school of boys at Staundi village, was strangled by unknown persons.

Wg Cdr Purohit takes charge of 5 Squadron
Ambala, May 15
The handing-and-taking-over parade took place at 5 Squadron, IAF, at Air Force Station, Ambala Cantonment, today.

HIGH COURT
Primary school teachers challenge notification

Chandigarh, May 15
The Government Primary Teachers Association, Haryana, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the notification issued by the government on September 15, 2005, through which the posts of head teacher in government primary schools had been abolished.



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Medical College Director manhandles girl student
Medicos boycott classes, suspend OPD services 

Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Agroha (Hisar), May 15
Atmosphere at Maharaja Aggarsain Medical College and Hospital here became tense as college Director, Dr Nirmal Jain, manhandled a girl student in a bid to stop the stir launched against recent police lathicharge on doctors in Mumbai and Delhi.

Medical college students were participating in a demonstration on a call given by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). They boycotted classes, suspended OPD services and raised slogans in support of their demands.

Students maintained the protest was not against reservation, but against the dictatorial measures like lathicharge by the government to curb democratic protest by medical students in Mumbai, Delhi and other parts of the country.

They asserted that they were protesting in a peaceful manner, adding that the emergency services remained operational and only OPD services were suspended.

However, situation became tense as the Director of the college went up to the students to end the stir. In presence of journalists, Dr Jain lost temper and started shouting at the protesters. He did not stop at this and even held a girl student by her arm, shrieking: “Ab karayegi OPD bandh?”

At once, the students became silent but after a few moments, they started raising slogans in front of the Director. At this, Dr Jain walked away from the scene, leaving other doctors and administrative officials there.

Meanwhile, a student told The Tribune that the college administration had advanced summer vacation, which earlier was slated to begin from June 1. The students have also been asked to vacate hostels.

After manhandling of the girl student, the protest was intensified and the students categorically stated that such behaviour would not be tolerated.

The patients, especially those who had come from rural areas, were inconvenienced due to the strike and long queues of patients were seen in the corridors of the hospital. The students locked the main gate of the medical college and hospital this morning, but it was later opened with the intervention of the authorities.

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Quota issue: students block traffic
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 15
Students of MM Medical and Engineering College, Mullana, blocked the Jagadhari highway to protest against caste-based reservation this morning.

The students left their classes and came to the highway at about 10.30 am and stopped the traffic. They protested against the reservation on the basis of caste in higher education.

The students raised slogans against the Congress-led UPA government as well as Union Minister Arjun Singh.

Although a posse of police personnel rushed to the spot, the protesters refused to budge. They demanded that Haryana Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana must meet them at the spot. They said they would not move till then.

After discussion with the police, the students acceded to talk to senior district administration officials. The students decided to lift the blockade only after an assurance was given that Mr Phool Chand Mullana would hear their grievance at a rest house in the evening.

The blockade lasted for more than two hours. Motorists faced a lot of inconvenience due to the blockade. There was a long line of vehicles on both sides of the roads. Many motorists tried to look for alternative routes to get out of the jam.

Meanwhile, a group of different organisations under the banner of the All-India Equality Forum today demanded that the quota on the basis of caste be scrapped.

Mr Naveen Gulati, district president of the forum, said the forum had decided to hold a protest march on May 17 at the Sadar Bazar chowk. He said the forum would hold a peaceful demonstration to highlight the wrong policy of the Congress-led UPA government.

He said the reservation was proving to be a bane for the country and the forum was of the opinion that the caste-based reservation was inherently wrong.

He stated that only a handful of families had been enjoying the benefits of the caste-based reservation and those who truly needed that had been left out.

Dr D.S. Jaspal of the IMA said reservation should not be on the basis of caste, instead it should be on the basis of economic factor. He said reservation was leading to differences between different communities. He observed that political parties had used reservation as caste-based politics.

He said the caste-based reservation was against the spirit of equality and the general candidates were suffering. He said the UPA government must not pursue reservation on the basis of caste.

The organisations who are part of the All-India Equality Forum include the Indian Medical Association, Brahman Sabha, Khatri Sabha, Uttarakhand Mahasabha, Uttaranchal Rail Karamchari Kalyan Parishad, Aggarwal Sabha, National Awareness Forum, Kayastha Sabha, Uttar Railway Samanta Manch and Punjabi Sabha.

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Teachers await bifurcated syllabi
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, May 15
Teachers of various schools are sore with the Haryana School Education Board authorities for dispatching them collective syllabi of Class XI English, Class XII Hindi (Core) and Hindi (Elective) as well as Class X English and Punjabi along with bifurcated syllabi of other subjects.

They alleged that 45 days had passed since the current academic session got started and only two days were left for the commencement of the first unit test, scheduled to be held from May 17, yet the bifurcation of syllabus of some subjects had not been done by the board so far.

Moreover, bifurcation of syllabi from old books, which were announced by the HSEB recently, was also awaited, they added.

A school Principal, on the condition of anonymity, pointed out that Class VII social studies had not been included in the date-sheet for both unit tests as well as first and second semester examinations, published in the School Annual Calendar-2006-07 and circulated by the School Education Department, Haryana, recently.

Secondly, September 11 had been shown as holiday in the first semester examination date-sheet, while the same was a working day in Haryana Government holiday calendar.

Interestingly, as per the date-sheet, the first semester examination for fine arts of Classes XI and XII would be conducted on Sunday, i.e. September 17, while September 18 had been shown as holiday against working day in the Haryana Government holiday calendar.

Pointing out another anomaly, the school principal said the format of progress card released by the department recently indicated that each subject question paper for both first and second semester examinations would carry 70 marks, whereas while distributing the marks for each subject question paper, the total marks came out to be 90 marks.

Meanwhile, school teachers have demanded the immediate release of class and subject-wise sample papers for both semester examinations.

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Poor result of govt schools worries Mullana
Tribune News Service

Karnal, May 15
Haryana Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana expressed concern over poor results shown by several government schools.

Addressing a state-level Teachers conference organised by the Haryana Government Teachers Joint Morcha at Panipat today, he said only two students could pass the examination out of 100 in a government school. Similarly, in another school only four students cleared the examination, he added.

Mr Mullana urged the teachers to bring government schools on a par with private schools in respect of performance. Teachers must impart quality education to students without indulging in party-politics, unnecessary groupism and other anti-social activities.

Congratulating the office-bearers of the Joint Morcha, he said that they deserved an appreciation for coming at one platform through this morcha.

Speaking on the demands submitted by Mr Jagbir Singh Rana, President of the Morcha, he said the genuine demands would be fulfilled after bringing them to the notice of CM Bhpuinder Singh Hooda, who could not reach the conference because of a meeting at Delhi.

The main demands mentioned in the charter include increasing retirement age of teachers from 58 to 60 years and 10 per cent rural allowance on the basic pay.

Ms Parsanni Devi, Chairperson, Housing Board, Ms Raj Rani Poonam, MLA and a number of District Presidents of the Morcha and senior teachers also expressed views

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Mother’s Day at Vatika school
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 15
Mother’s Day was celebrated at PKR Jain Vatika School, Ambala city, yesterday.

The students presented a cultural programme. Mothers showcased traditional dresses and participated in the recipe making competition. Mrs Rekha Mann and Mrs Kandla were the judges.

Mrs Neelima Soni was crowned Mother 2006 and Mrs Rashi Jain was crowned a runner-up 2006.

The school management president, Mr Bharat Bhushan Jain, and the school principal Mrs Uma Sharma were present.

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Storm disrupts power supply for 14 hours
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 15
Power supply to the town and most of the villages in Kharkhoda and Gannaur regions of the district remained disrupted for 11 to 14 hours today following a thunderstorm around midnight.

According to reports from these areas, trees, electric poles were uprooted at many places and even transformers were brought down to the ground by gusty winds.

Sunil and his sister Neelam of Baiyanpur Khurd village were injured seriously when a wall of the house reportedly collapsed and fell on them due to storm. Both have been admitted to the PGIMS, Rohtak, in a serious condition.

However, according to Mr H.S. Sindhar, Superintending Engineer of the Bijli Nigam at Sonepat, claimed that power supply had been restored to all parts of the district and damage caused due to the storm was being assessed.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran and Vitran Nigams, Lt-Gen O.S. Lochab, today visited Mahlana, Bhatgaon and Farmana villages to redress grievances of people.

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Storm kills three
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, May 15
At least three persons were killed by dyst-storm which struck the region at 10 pm last night in the district. Many roads were blocked due to the uprooting of trees while telephone and electricity supply was also affected due the snapping of wires.

According to reports, Nafe Singh of Vazirpur village and another woman in Bahadurgarh died when they fell from the terraces of their houses in the stormy winds. While in Kanonda village, Amrit, a brick kiln labourer died when a shed collapsed under which he was sleeping. Power supply is to be restored in Dujana, Matanhail, Salawas, Dighal and Chhara village till the reports last came in.

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Gharaunda irrigation scheme hangs fire for over 2 decades
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, May 15
In what could be termed as negligence on the part of successive Haryana governments, no work has been done on the Gharaunda irrigation scheme even after about two decades of the laying of foundation stone during then Bansi Lal-led Congress government.

The scheme consisting of two phases — Gharaunda Distributory System and Nagla Distributory— was approved with the active efforts of former Haryana minister Multan Singh Rodh to provide irrigation to 51,560 acres of farmers of 57 villages, known as Khadar Belt, falling between the National Highway number I and the Yamuna.

Interestingly, the then Haryana Irrigation and Power Minister, Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, had not only laid the foundation stone on April 5, 1987, but also sanctioned Rs 1.61 crore for the scheme.

On the contrary, Devi Lal-led Lok Dal, which came to power within a few months of the laying of foundation stone, did not show interest in starting the work on the scheme, said Rodh’s son Rajendra Kalyan, a former member of the Haryana Congress executive body. Similarly, other successive governments also forgot the scheme, he added.

Had the scheme been completed, the areas under irrigation would have been able of producing additional crops of worth Rs 35.2 lakh at that time, besides other indirect benefits, said agriculture experts.

Talking to The Tribune, Pala Ram, a farmer of Kaimla village, said the need for the completion of the scheme had increased a lot nowadays as the sub soil water table had fallen drastically adversely affecting the crop produce.

Shallow tube wells were used in the Khadar belt having no irrigation facilities from canals in 70s but as the sub soil water table declined alarmingly, the farmers of the area were left with no option but to install submersible pumps at around 300 feet below soil for irrigation, he added.

Another farmer of Kalram village, Ram Singh, said it was not within the reach of small farmers to install submersible pumps as it cost over Rs 1 lakh each.

After the unprecedented floods in the Yamuna during 1978 the protection embankments were constructed along it on Haryana side, which resulted into the lowering of water table creating problems for the farmers, they added.

Meanwhile, the Karnal SE Irrigation (Yamuna Water Services), Mr Kunj Vashisth, said if no work was started on a particular project within two-three years, it normally automatically became redundant. Fresh approval was required to start the work for the project, he added.

Mr Kalyan, who himself has agriculture land in Kutail village, said a delegation would meet the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, for the revival of the scheme at the earliest as if nothing was done shortly thousands of acres in the Khadar belt would become barren.

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Hooda hand in glove with Chautala, says Pratap
Chautalas had prior information of CBI raids

Tribune News Service

Hisar, May 15
Former Congress MLA and estranged brother of INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala, Mr Pratap Singh Chautala, has alleged Dabwali Youth Congress chief Chand Singh Brar had been killed due to indifferent attitude of the state government.

“He feared threat to life and had been asking for security, but the authorities concerned ignored his pleas, due to which he was killed,” Mr Pratap Singh said at a news conference here today.

He questioned why the police was not arresting Mr O.P. Chautala’s son Abhey Singh despite his being named in the FIR in connection with Brar’s murder. Mr Pratap Chautala pointed out Abhey could have been arrested when he was addressing a news conference right under the nose of the state authorities.

“This clearly shows the connivance of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with Om Prakash Chautala, apart from revealing that Mr Hooda is a weak CM,” he remarked.

Levelling serious allegations against the CBI authorities, he maintained that the information regarding the CBI raids had been leaked to the Chautala family at least 36 hours before the raids.

To a question, he asserted that the property of Mr O.P. Chautala and his family unearthed in CBI raids was “just the tip of the iceberg,” adding that the actual worth of the Chautalas was “unfathomable”.

He said due to connivance of the CBI officials and political clout of the former Chief Minister, raids had not been conducted on his property worth thousands of crores in Punjab, Australia and other parts of the country and foreign lands.

“Had the CBI been serious about the probe, they would have approached me for details as I have been making repeated attempts to expose the corrupt practices of Om Prakash Chautala. Besides, my agricultural fields also touch those of the former Chief Minister near the Teja Khera farmhouse,” he maintained.

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INLD protests from May 18
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 15
The functioning of the Haryana Government, led by Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, came under heavy criticism at a meeting of the workers of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), held under the chairmanship of INLD general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Ajay Chautala at Vishnu Bhavan yesterday.

He said the Congress government had failed on all fronts while succeeding only in misleading people and to bring to light their hollow claims the INLD would launch a statewide awareness campaign through demonstrations and rallies.

Mr Chautala said on May 18 the party workers, led by former Agriculture Minister Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, would hold a dharna and submit a memorandum to the Haryana Governor through the Deputy Commissioner.

Later such demonstrations would be held at all district headquarters. All INLD leaders like Prof Sampat Singh, Sher Singh Badshami and Ashok Arora would mobilise party workers and the people of Haryana against the anti- public programmes and activities of the Congress government.

Mr Ajay Chautala resented the inadequate electricity and drinking water supply, especially in west Haryana, and said the law and order situation had worsened. The promises made by the Congress, which laid emphasis on employment to unemployed youth, had not been met.

Commenting on the elections to the Haryana Olympic Association, Mr Chautala said a case had been filed in the court seeking orders to declare it null and void.

Former ministers Prof Sampat Singh and Jaswinder Singh, former Chairman of the Tourism Development Corporation Pardeep Chaudhary and city INLD leader Manoj Aggarwal, besides over 300 INLD workers were present.

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One person kidnapped
Tribune News Service

Karnal, May 15
Five persons kidnapped Samay Singh of Ghir village from his house yesterday.

According to Samay’s brother Manu Chand, the kidnappers came on three motor cycles and took his brother with them.

The Kunjupura police booked five persons Rakesh, Hari Lal, Subash, Moni and Ram Kumar on Manu’s statement.

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School chowkidar strangled
Tribune News Service

Karnal, May 15
Ram Khilawan, a gardener cum chowkidar in Government school of boys at Staundi village, was strangled by unknown persons.

He hailed from UP and was working in the school for several years. The body was sent to The Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

An FIR under sections 304 and 34 of the IPC was registered at Sadar police station on the statement of village sarpanch Pushpinder Singh.

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Wg Cdr Purohit takes charge of 5 Squadron
Tribune News Service

Wg Cdr PurohitAmbala, May 15
The handing-and-taking-over parade took place at 5 Squadron, IAF, at Air Force Station, Ambala Cantonment, today.

The 5 Squadron comprises Jaguars and the role of the squadron is deep penetration strike day and by night.

Wg Cdr Tejinder Singh today handed over the reins of the squadron to the new Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr Rajesh Purohit. Wing Commander Purohit is a qualified flying instructor with A2 grading. He has over 3,000 hours of flying to his credit, which includes more than 1,000 hours of instructional flying and 2,000 hours on Jaguar.

Wing Commander Tejinder Singh had assumed command of the squadron on May 26, 2004. He is a qualified flying instructor with A2 grading, with over 4,000 hours of total service flying and more than 2,000 hours on Jaguar. During his tenure as the Commanding Officer of the squadron, the squadron has excelled in operations, maintenance and administration. The squadron bagged five out of six trophies in the command gunnery competition.

The 5 Squadron, The Tuskers, was formed at Pune on November 2, 1948, with B-24 Liberator. In 1957, the squadron was re-equipped with Canberra at Agra. In 1981, the squadron was re-located at Ambala and converted to Jaguar. Tuskers were the first bomber squadron of the IAF to be awarded the President's colours in 1975.

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HIGH COURT
Primary school teachers challenge notification
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 15
The Government Primary Teachers Association, Haryana, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the notification issued by the government on September 15, 2005, through which the posts of head teacher in government primary schools had been abolished.

As per the notification, the government had merged the primary schools into the middle/high/senior secondary schools of the area.

The association, which claims to represent the teachers and head teachers of various government primary schools in Haryana, has alleged that its members are continuously being harassed and discriminated against by the government on one ground or the other.

If the notification is implemented, the petition claims, teachers and head teachers of the primary schools would be made to work under the teachers of middle/high/senior secondary schools, even though they might have more experience than their counterparts.

The petition also claims that the government decision has been taken without going into the merits and demerits of the move.

Today, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice M.M. Kumar and Mr Justice M.M.S. Bedi issued a notice of motion for July 27.

It may be recalled that a similar notification issued by the Punjab Government on December 21, 2005, is also under challenge in the High Court.

On March 31, a Division Bench had ordered that status quo be maintained till the next date.

Bangar seeks pre-arrest bail

The High Court on Monday issued a notice of motion for May 18 on the plea filed by the former Chairman of Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC), Mr K.C. Bangar, seeking anticipatory bail in a case registered against him by the State Vigilance Bureau, Sirsa.

On October 18, 2005, Mr Bangar, who had been appointed Chairman of the HPSC by the previous Om Prakash Chautala government, had been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In his plea for directions to the government not to arrest him, Mr Bangar has asserted that the case against him is politically motivated and false.

Today, Mr Justice Baldev Singh issued a notice of motion for May 18.

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