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Ranbir questions khap panchayats’ role
Controversy over Bansi Lal’s property
Rohtak, September 13
While the row between Haryana Tourism Minister Kiran Chaudhary and her estranged brother-in-law and Congress MLA Ranbir Singh Mahendra over the Bhiwani kothi of former Chief Minister Bansi Lal remains unresolved, it has triggered a fresh controversy over the role and edicts of khap panchayats.

Dy CM defends deal with Reliance
Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, today defended the state government’s agreement with the Reliance group of industries on setting up a special economic zone (SEZ) spread over 25,000 acres.

Fund sanctioned for road that can’t be laid
Yamunanagar,  September 13
The zila parishad has sanctioned Rs 45 lakh for a road which cannot be constructed. The matter came to light when officials checked records of the land which falls in forest areas.

Govt urges panel to protect plywood units
Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana Government has urged the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to protect the plywood manufacturing units of Yamunanagar district which have been closed following an order by the Supreme Court.

Notice to school
Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mullana, said here today that Vishwas Public School, being run by the Vishwas Foundation in Hisar, had not been affiliated to the Haryana School Education Board, but to the Central Board of Secondary Education.

Warrants against 2 Estate Officers
Rewari, September 13
Treating the failure of the two concerned Estates Officers of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to appear before the Rewari District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here on December 5, 2005 and onwards, as contempt, the forum has now issued non-bailable warrants against Mr Sujan Singh, the then Estates Officer, HUDA, Rewari, as well as Ms Anju Chaudhary, the then Estates Officer, HUDA, Gurgaon.


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Rehriwalas back on Hill Road after two days
Ambala, September 13
Less than two days after the Municipal Council order not to allow rehriwalas at Subzi Mandi in Ambala Sadar was given, the rehriwalas are back to where they were on Hill Road.

New canal planned
Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana Government today decided to construct a Rs 213 crore, 64 km-long canal with an initial capacity of 500 cusecs of water to meet the future requirement of the National Capital Region (NCR) falling in the state.

Govt mulls floorwise registration
Chandigarh, September 13
In a move, which will give a big boost to the real estate business in the state, the Haryana Government has decided to formulate a comprehensive policy for registration of each floor of a building separately on the pattern of the policy of the Chandigarh Administration.

Child killed, 6 hurt in school bus mishap
Fatehabad, September 13
A school bus of Guru Nanak Academy, Rattia, collided with a Canter at Rattia in this district today, killing a child and injuring six others. The deceased was identified as Paras Jain (12).

Talent search contest ends
Chandigarh, September 13
A two-day talent search competition ended at Government College, Naraingarh, Ambala district, today.

Health campaign for students
Sirsa, September 13
The district administration, in collaboration with the Health Department, has launched a health check-up campaign for schoolchildren up to six years of age. Nearly 30 medical teams comprising medical officers, ANMs and aanganwadi workers have been constituted for the purpose. These teams have already covered 344 primary schools and aanganwadi centres in the district.

 




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Ranbir questions khap panchayats’ role
Controversy over Bansi Lal’s property
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, September 13
While the row between Haryana Tourism Minister Kiran Chaudhary and her estranged brother-in-law and Congress MLA Ranbir Singh Mahendra over the Bhiwani kothi of former Chief Minister Bansi Lal remains unresolved, it has triggered a fresh controversy over the role and edicts of khap panchayats.

Ms Chaudhary is the widow of former Haryana minister Surinder Singh, the younger son of Bansi Lal who died in a chopper crash last year. Mr Mahendra is the former Chief Minister’s only surviving male heir.

The dispute arose when Mr Mahendra decided to convert the Bhiwani residence of his father into a memorial to be managed by a trust. Ms Chaudhary had reservations about it and her daughter Shruti filed a suit in a Bhiwani court.

Elders from Bansi Lal’s ancestral village took up the matter suo motu and set up a five-member panel to resolve the issue. The committee met both relatives and upheld Ms Chaudhary’s plea that she should be given the right to stay in the portion which was occupied by her late husband.

When Mr Mahendra refused to accept the verdict, villagers convened a mahapanchayat of 108 villages of three khaps namely Tosham, Tehi and Amran. On Sunday last, it too upheld Ms Chaudhary’s right to occupy the portion of the kothi in which her husband used to stay while in Bhiwani.

However, Mr Mahendra has refused to accept the verdict and has also put a question mark on the legitimacy of khap panchayats. He has termed the verdict as direct interference in the legal process as the matter was sub judice.

While insisting that he would accept only the court’s verdict, Mr Mahendra said the panchayat’s threat to socially boycott any party refusing to honour its word was “dictatorial”.

He said the panchayat also overlooked the fact that memorials to great men were always set up at the places where they spent most of their time.

This has left the admirers of the late Bansi Lal divided. While one group is backing Mr Mahendra and is opposing the panchayat, the other is standing solidly with Ms Chaudhary. Mr Mahendra’s supporters are terming the institution of social panchayats as ancient and irrelevant in modern times, especially where family disputes are involved.

The two groups have been circulating their views vociferously since Sunday as it is expected that Mr Mahendra’s stand on the issue will lead to a meeting of the Sarv Khap panchayat.

Amidst all commotion the man on the street is amused by the whole affair. An octogenarian in Gol agarh, the ancestral village of Bansi Lal, said wryly “These politicos silently watch panchayats wreck the lives of young men and women. But when it comes to them, they either support or oppose the panchayats as it suits them”.

Whatever the outcome of the dispute, the debate over the relevance of khap panchayats is certain to gain momentum in the coming days. The response of the common man will largely depend on whether the panchayat is able to enforce its will on influential leaders or not. 

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Dy CM defends deal with Reliance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, today defended the state government’s agreement with the Reliance group of industries on setting up a special economic zone (SEZ) spread over 25,000 acres.

Mr Chander Mohan, who is the elder son of the former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, took a line diametrically opposed to that taken by his younger brother, Mr Kuldeep Bishnoi, MP from Bhiwani, on the SEZ issue. While Mr Bishnoi sees everything wrong in the deal, his elder brother said it was in the interest of the state and there was no irregularity.

Mr Chander Mohan was speaking at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Chandigarh Press Club here. When it was pointed to him that his stand on the SEZ contradicted that of his brother, the Deputy Chief Minister said: “Kuldeep is an MP and hence entitled to have his own views. There may be certain points which are either not clear to Kuldeep or he does not have complete information. I am for the SEZ.”

When he was asked what would have pleased him more — Mr Bhajan Lal as Chief Minister or he himself as the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan said: “Happiness is a state of mind. I have never been disheartened in my life (Main zindagi mein kabhi maayus nahin hua hoon).” Incidentally, today was his 42nd birthday.

After he highlighted the achievements of the UPA government at the Centre and the Hooda government in the state, a newsman asked him whether he felt awkward sharing the roof with his father and brother, who were critical of the Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan said he was proud to be the son of an illustrious father. Members of one family could have different views.

When he was quizzed about the recent spying incident at his residence, Mr Chander Mohan said the issue was closed and misunderstandings on both sides had been removed. Under persistence questioning by newsmen, he said now he was convinced that the CID men were deputed for his security. Expressing his personal opinion, Mr Chander Mohan said unless a person had a criminal background, he should not be followed by CID men.

Mr Chander Mohan said the state government was serious about the SYL canal. About the Hansi-Butana canal, he said the permission of the BBMB for making a cut in the Bhakra main line was a mere formality. Earlier, the club president, Mr Balwant Takshak, and the secretary-general, Ms Nanki Hans, welcomed Mr Chander Mohan, who announced a grant of Rs 5.25 lakh for the club.

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Fund sanctioned for road that can’t be laid
Nishikant Dwivedi
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar,  September 13
The zila parishad has sanctioned Rs 45 lakh for a road which cannot be constructed. The matter came to light when officials checked records of the land which falls in forest areas.

The parishad is trying to find a solution, including investing the money on some other road. There was a proposal that the road would be handed over to the Forest Department but sources in the department said the road could not be built as the area fell under the forest area.

As per sources in the zila parishad, Rs 45 lakh was approved for laying a 2.5 km road from Shahpur to Ladi village in the Chhachhrouli block. At present there is a cattle track which is used by locals and two-wheelers. Even heavy vehicles ply on it.

An official in the Forest Department said it was not possible to lay a road in the jungle. If a road came up, it would increase traffic, affecting wild animals. It would also disturb fire lines.

Zila Parishad chairman Shyam Sunder Batra said when the Executive Engineer concerned summoned the land records it was found that the land belonged to the Forest Department. “There is a kutcha road which has been in use for more than 50 years. There had been a demand from villagers to lay the road and the zila parishad sanctioned the money. Now, we are working on several options, including investing the money in laying some other road”, Mr Batra said.

Meanwhile, a bridge over a seasonal rivulet which should have been completed 19 months ago is yet to be completed. The bridge was sanctioned in 2004 and work started in April 2004. More than Rs 20 lakh has been spent on the bridge.

Neither the contractor of the firm which is constructing the bridge nor any senior official of the PWD could be contacted for comments.

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Govt urges panel to protect plywood units
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana Government has urged the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to protect the plywood manufacturing units of Yamunanagar district which have been closed following an order by the Supreme Court.

This was stated at a press conference by the Chief Secretary, Mr Prem Prashant, here today.

The Chief Secretary said a meeting was held on September 12 where the state government informed the committee that all 1,424 plywood units of Yamunanagar had been closed by the government.

He said the CEC suggested that the state government should constitute a committee to assess the availability of timber for plywood industries in the state. Mr Prashant said after an assessment of the actual position, relief could be given to the plywood industry. The CEC had also asked the state government to assess the volume of the trade on the basis of sale tax being paid by the plywood units.

The Chief Secretary said the CEC had given three months’ time to the state government to give a comprehensive report on the plywood industry in the state. He said efforts were on to complete the work within two months. A committee has been constituted comprising the Secretaries of Excise and Taxation, Industries and Forest Departments for preparing the report, he said.

Mr Prashant also said the state government had decided to install closed-circuit cameras at all bus stands of the districts falling in the National Capital Region (NCR). He added that the state government had sought Rs 170 crore from the Union Government to strengthen policing in the districts in the NCR.

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Notice to school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mullana, said here today that Vishwas Public School, being run by the Vishwas Foundation in Hisar, had not been affiliated to the Haryana School Education Board, but to the Central Board of Secondary Education.

The school came in news after it was alleged that some of its functionaries had molested certain girls.

Mr Mullana said, however, the state government had issued a show-cause notice to the management of the school, asking it whether such an incident had occurred in the school.

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Warrants against 2 Estate Officers
Our Correspondent

Rewari, September 13
Treating the failure of the two concerned Estates Officers of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to appear before the Rewari District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here on December 5, 2005 and onwards, as contempt, the forum has now issued non-bailable warrants against Mr Sujan Singh, the then Estates Officer, HUDA, Rewari, as well as Ms Anju Chaudhary, the then Estates Officer, HUDA, Gurgaon.

Simultaneously, the forum has also directed the district police chief of Rewari to present them before the forum here on September 26 when the next hearing of the case begins.

It all started on December 23, 2002, when Mr Sunil Kumar Gera, a resident of Rewari, filed a petition in the forum seeking the refund of Rs 65,392 which he had deposited in the Oriental Bank of Commerce here on August 21, 2000.The money was deposited to secure a residential plot of HUDA in Sector 39 at Gurgaon, in which he was no longer interested for specific reasons.

While concurring with his contention, the forum found the Estates Officers guilty of negligence and deficiency in their services and thus passed an order on February 23, 2004, directing the respondents to refund the said amount to the petitioner within 60 days of the announcement of the verdict.

But when nothing concrete emerged even after the passage of 90 days, the complainant again filed a petition on May 24, 2004, seeking execution of the forum's order.

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Rehriwalas back on Hill Road after two days
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 13
Less than two days after the Municipal Council order not to allow rehriwalas at Subzi Mandi in Ambala Sadar was given, the rehriwalas are back to where they were on Hill Road.

The order was considered as a major relief by the residents, who had to face traffic bottlenecks and filth due to the rehris.

Executive Officer K.K. Jain Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, said that the order was given to make the area clean and to ensure that there are no traffic hazards.

A common complaint was that rehriwalas dumped their unsold vegetables on the road and adjacent drain. That choked the drain and lead to foul smell. Also, stray cattle fed on the dumped vegetables and created traffic problems.

“We had offered an alternate site to the rehriwalas near Indra park. The area was suitable and it would not have caused inconvenience to the residents. However, the rehris were not willing to move from the area. The matter will be brought to the notice of Deputy Commissioner Ambala,” Mr Jain said.

Ms Neelam Sharma, President, Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, distanced herself from the issue and said that the order for shifting of rehris was not passed by her. “I feel that the rehris should move away only after an alternate plan is in place,” she said.

This morning, former Ambala Cantt MLA, Mr Anil Vij, visited the area and demanded that the rehris be allowed to function as usual. “The order to remove rehris was given yesterday. The rehriwalas have been selling their wares in the area since last three to four decades,” he said. He added that the rehris should be shifted only when a proper alternate plan is in place.

However, the residents are upset with the political intervention which has led to the Municipal Council order not being complied with. “After a long time, relief was in site. We are fed up with this problem,” a resident said.

The residents said that they had been pleading with the authorities concerned to not allow rehris on Hill Road for the last couple of years. “Yesterday, there was a glimmer of hope. But now, the rehris are back. We fail to understand as to why the administration cannot take a strong step so that the Sadar area is clean as well as free from traffic bottlenecks,” they said.

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New canal planned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana Government today decided to construct a Rs 213 crore, 64 km-long canal with an initial capacity of 500 cusecs of water to meet the future requirement of the National Capital Region (NCR) falling in the state.

This was decided at a meeting presided over by the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, to take steps to augment canal water supply in the NCR.

An official spokesman said the canal had been planned in view of the projected requirement of drinking water and that of the industrial sector up to 2021 in the NCR falling in Haryana.

Critics of the Haryana-Reliance SEZ deal had been saying that there was no water in the area where the project was to be set up. The new canal would also serve the SEZ area, which falls in the NCR.

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Govt mulls floorwise registration

Chandigarh, September 13
In a move, which will give a big boost to the real estate business in the state, the Haryana Government has decided to formulate a comprehensive policy for registration of each floor of a building separately on the pattern of the policy of the Chandigarh Administration.

This was decided at a meeting of the Resources Mobilisation Committee held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, here last evening. — TNS

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Child killed, 6 hurt in school bus mishap
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, September 13
A school bus of Guru Nanak Academy, Rattia, collided with a Canter at Rattia in this district today, killing a child and injuring six others. The deceased was identified as Paras Jain (12).

According to reports received here, a fabricated school van, which was made by increasing the seating capacity of a jeep, was carrying schoolchildren to their homes in the afternoon. The vehicle collided with a Canter belonging to a cold drink company.

An angle iron protruding from the Canter pierced through the cover cloth of the jeep and injured the children. Paras, a Class VI student, died on the spot. Six others were seriously injured.

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Talent search contest ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
A two-day talent search competition ended at Government College, Naraingarh, Ambala district, today.

Students participated in various events with enthusiasm. In the instrument playing event, Vishnu of BA II stood first while Deepika of BA II stood second. In painting, Manisha of B.Sc I (non-med) stood first while Monika of B.Sc I (med) stood second. Mohini of B.Com I was placed third.

In singing, Asha of B.Com I was adjudged first while Priyanka of BA III was placed second. Gunjan of BA II was adjudged third.

In mimicry, Manoj of BA III stood first while Surender of BA III stood second. Manjeet of BA III was placed third.

In dancing, Anil Singh stood first while Tipsy stood second. Nisha stood third in the event

The DSP, Naraingarh, Mr Balbir Singh Beniwal, was the chief guest on the concluding day. Mr Beniwal encouraged the students to work hard and honestly. The Principal of the college, Dr O.P. Sihag, also addressed the students.

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Health campaign for students
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, September 13
The district administration, in collaboration with the Health Department, has launched a health check-up campaign for schoolchildren up to six years of age. Nearly 30 medical teams comprising medical officers, ANMs and aanganwadi workers have been constituted for the purpose. These teams have already covered 344 primary schools and aanganwadi centres in the district.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr V.Umashankar, said of the 19,382 children examined so far, nearly 6,000 had been found suffering from anaemia, malnutrition and vitamin deficiency, besides various eye, dental, ENT and gastro-intestinal disorders.

The children were also being given health cards.

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