SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI



THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

CS warns HR staff
Chandigarh, November 29
The Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr Prem Prashant, today warned employees of the State Roadways not to stop plying buses in Delhi from December 1 as the government had already taken up with the Delhi Government the issue of alleged arbitrary challaning of Haryana buses by the Delhi Police for traffic violations.

Meo men ‘buying brides’
Chandigarh, November 29
Almost five per cent of Meo households in Mewat district of Haryana are “buying” brides from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam. Men spend Rs 5,000-Rs 10,000, on an average to “get a bride” for themselves.

Special job plan for SCs ordered
Chandigarh, November 29
Expressing concern over the heavy backlog in filling of the posts reserved for SCs in the Haryana Government and growing incidents of alleged atrocities on them, the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes today directed the state to launch a special recruitment campaign for them.

Rail overbridge hangs fire
Kurukshetra, November 29
Uncertainty continues regarding the inauguration of a rail overbridge here completed seven month ago except for a pedestrian path. The PWD (B & R) is being blamed for it.


Stories from Haryana towns falling in the National Capital Region are put in
 Delhi & neighbourhood.



YOUR TOWN
Ambala
Bhiwani
Chandigarh
Kurukshetra
Yamunanagar


EARLIER STORIES



Gita samaroh begins on discordant note
Kurukshetra, November 29
Gita Jayanti function held this evening was disorganised and started one-hour late as chief guest, Ms Savitiri Jindal, Urban Development Minister reached late.

Famous Sufi and pop singer Hans Raj Hans performs at the Gita Jyanti Samaroh in Kurukeshtra on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra

Famous Sufi and pop singer Hans Raj Hans performs at the Gita Jyanti Samaroh in Kurukeshtra on Wednesday.

4 hijack car
Bhiwani, November 29
Four persons took away a Maruti Wagon R car on pistol point from a driver near Ajitpura village today. The car was hired from Jhajjar.

 




Top






 

CS warns HR staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr Prem Prashant, today warned employees of the State Roadways not to stop plying buses in Delhi from December 1 as the government had already taken up with the Delhi Government the issue of alleged arbitrary challaning of Haryana buses by the Delhi Police for traffic violations.

Certain unions of the Roadways employees have threatened that they would not ply buses in Delhi from December 1 to protest against the arbitrary challaning of the Haryana Roadways buses by the Delhi police.

Mr Prem Prashant said stern action would be taken against those who would indulge in stopping an essential service like public transport as that would not only cause inconvenience to the public, but also loss to the state exchequer.

He said the government had already taken up the matter with the Delhi Government to pass suitable instructions to the field officials to desist from exercising the challaning powers in an arbitrary manner. He said a close scrutiny of challaning data revealed that contrary to claims by some employees, it was not a wide spread phenomenon.

The Haryana Roadways daily operates 1780 trips to New Delhi and challans would be roughly around one per day and that was not an unusual figure. Also, the majority of the challans were for overspeeding, wrong lane change/ or overtaking. The Haryana government could not encourage unsafe driving by its drivers, he added.

However, he said, taking a holistic view it had been decided that refresher courses would be held for drivers to sensitize them about the driving discipline in heavy traffic conditions that existed in Delhi.

Top

 

Meo men ‘buying brides’
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Almost five per cent of Meo households in Mewat district of Haryana are “buying” brides from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam. Men spend Rs 5,000-Rs 10,000, on an average to “get a bride” for themselves.

Dr Manjit Singh, coordinator, Ambedkar Centre of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, conducted a survey on cross-cultural marriages in Mewat to find out if women and girls were being trafficked under the garb of marriage.

The survey showed that 10,000 such ‘marriages’ existed in Mewat. “Though it would be difficult to file these cases under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act, these are certainly cases of bondage, where the victims - called Paaro in local parlance- are hardly ever allowed to go back to their native place and meet their families,” says Dr Manjit Singh. He says of the two lakh Meo households in the district, five per cent could not find wives from within the community because of small land-holdings, poor economic conditions and a skewed sex ratio. They then ‘bought’ women from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam.

“The survey was conducted in 26 villages, where 322 cross-cultural marriages were recorded. The men have spent Rs 5000-Rs10000, which, other than the money paid to the “bride’s” family, include expenditure on train fare and a small marriage feast. Seventyone per cent of the marriages are performed at the native place of women in their respective states, and 75 per cent of women are under 18 years of age. What is more shocking is that seven per cent of these ‘brides” are up to the age of 12 and another 37 per cent are children in the age group of 12- 15.”

Ninetyfive per cent of the women are brought to Mewat through mediators and only five per cent through matchmakers.

These women come from marginalised sections of society and their economic condition is no better after “marriage”.

“Poverty is at the core of large-scale trafficking in India, and it is no different in Mewat,” says Dr Manjit Singh.

Top

 

Special job plan for SCs ordered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Expressing concern over the heavy backlog in filling of the posts reserved for SCs in the Haryana Government and growing incidents of alleged atrocities on them, the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes today directed the state to launch a special recruitment campaign for them.

It also directed the state to bring Class I and II posts within the ambit of the reservation policy. The commission said the promotions to all categories of the posts should be covered by the policy.

Talking to newsmen here today after reviewing the state’s reservation policy and various welfare schemes for the Dalits, the acting President of the commission, Mr Faqir Bhai Vaghela, said the state government had done a commendable job by giving help at the time of marriage of daughters of Dalit widows. It was also satisfied with the implementation of the special component scheme for the Dalits.

Mr Vaghela said in Education department only 6 to 8 per cent reserved posts had been filled. He directed that a special recruitment campaign should be launched within a month in this regard.

Top

 

Rail overbridge hangs fire
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, November 29
Uncertainty continues regarding the inauguration of a rail overbridge here completed seven month ago except for a pedestrian path. The PWD (B & R) is being blamed for it.

Traffic jams are a common sight on the existing narrow two-way bridge on the busy Pipli-Kurukshetra University road.

Officials said the PWD had failed to act against the private company entrusted with the task.

Sources said the department might levy a fine on the company for an unprecedented delay of over two years in constructing the bridge.

The bridge was constructed on a built, operate and transfer agreement by Zoom Developers Private Limited, a Mumbai-based construction company.

Though the major construction work on the bridge was completed in May this year, the pedestrian path and other works are yet to be completed.

The Financial Secretary (B & R), Mr Dharam Bir, said the government had decided to make it a toll-free bridge. He said a high-power committee would soon decide on the payment to the private company and other modalities.

Top

 

Gita samaroh begins on discordant note
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, November 29
Gita Jayanti function held this evening was disorganised and started one-hour late as chief guest, Ms Savitiri Jindal, Urban Development Minister reached late.

Artistes had to wait for more than half an hour as organisers announced that the musical evening would start only after the arrival of the chief guest.

The programme was scheduled for 5.30 pm.

Renowned “Pakhawaj” “mridangam’’ player, Bhawani Prasad gave performance for 15 minutes as the programme started late. Sensing mood of the audience he wound off performance and left the stage suddenly without saying anything.

He tried to involve audience in the performance.

Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans started with “pyar nahin hai sur se jisko wo insaan nahin hai’’, audience felt regaled.

Earlier, Dr Rajesh Kumar from Yamunanagar sang devotional numbers.

Top

 

4 hijack car
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, November 29
Four persons took away a Maruti Wagon R car on pistol point from a driver near Ajitpura village today. The car was hired from Jhajjar.

Ravi alias Bablu of Kila colony, Jhajjar said in a complaint to the people the unidentified accused had hired his car for Bhiwani for Rs 800. As the car arrived near Ajitpura village two of them put a pistol near his temple and thrashed him. The accused snatched his mobile phone and threw him out of the car and sped away with the car.

The police has registered a case. In another report, a tractor trailer was stolen from outside a house at local Bharat Nagar last night. The owner of the tractor Surender has complained the police in this regard.

Top

 

Body found
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 29
A body was found near Inspection Bungalow in Ambala Cantt late last night.

The person had died a few days ago. The cause of death was yet not known. The body was decomposed. The deceased, aged between 35 and 40, was wearing shirt and pants.

Top

HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |