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Aspiring lecturers in dilemma
HPSC schedules screening test on same day as NET
Jhajjar, December 23
A large number of candidates, aspiring to become school cadre lecturers, will have to miss National Eligibility Test (NET), scheduled to be held on December 26 across the country. The reason is the alleged irresponsible attitude of the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) which is going to take a screening (written) test for the post of junior lecturer (school cadre) in Hindi and English on the same day.

‘Welfare schemes not reaching the poor’
The linking of welfare schemes to below poverty line card-holders is one reason for the denial of services to a vast section
Sirsa, December 23
State government’s scheme to promote institutional deliveries and related schemes like Janani Suraksha Yojna are not yielding the desired results.


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Registration must for security firms
Gurgaon, December 23
The Gurgaon police has made registration mandatory for private security agencies operating in Gurgaon as per the Haryana Private Security Agencies Rules, 2009, framed and notified by the state government on August 31, 2009.

Rs 975 cr to develop urban estates
Widows of freedom fighters have been made eligible in the reservation of six marla plots
Chandigarh, December 23
HUDA has decided to spend `975 crore for overall development of urban estates and also relaxed the terms and conditions of extension policy for completing construction on group housing sites. Besides, it has decided to give the benefit of two per cent reservation to widows of freedom fighters in the policy of six marla residential plots.

Team KMP Low on work, high on flattery
A banner welcoming Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda put on an under-construction chunk of the KMP expressway, near Panchgaon Chowk, in GurgaonGurgaon, December 23
Tall claims made by Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway concessionaire DS Construction Company notwithstanding, the work on the expressway has been going on at a tardy pace. The work was taken over by the company nearly three years ago. Initially, the construction work was adversely affected due to litigations and other technical glitches.


A banner welcoming Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda put on an under-construction chunk of the KMP expressway, near Panchgaon Chowk, in Gurgaon. Tribune photo

Pram walk to sensitise people about foeticide planned
Karnal, December 23
The State National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists (NIFAA) would dedicate the festival of Lohri on January 13 to gender equality and sensitisation about female foeticide by organising the “longest-ever pram walk” with 500 women from different parts of the state carrying safely wrapped kids in pram.

Over 1,800 eye surgeries performed at mega camp
Patients wait to get examined after the surgery in SirsaSirsa, December 23
Over 1,800 men and women underwent surgical operations of their eyes at a mega eye camp organised by the Dera Sacha Sauda here recently. The camp, which lasted for three days, was inaugurated by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh . Eye surgeons from reputed institutes performed operations.

Patients wait to get examined after the surgery in Sirsa. Photo: Amit Soni

Members to be named to Juvenile Justice Board
Chandigarh, December 23
The state government has decided to appoint members of the Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committees under the Juvenile Justice (Child Care and Protection) Act, 2000 (Amended Act 2006) in each district.

Unlicensed realtors to face action
Fatehabad, December 23
The authorities have decided to get tough with property dealers for avoiding registration under the Haryana Regulation of Property Dealers and Consultancy Act.

Govt taking action on employees’ demands: Gulati
Chandigarh, December 23
State Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati recently held a meeting with the representatives of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh to discuss their various demands.

DC Ajit Joshi lights the lamp to inaugurate a one-day job fair at Sonepat Aspirants throng job fair
Sonepat, December 23
Over 1,000 jobseekers from different parts of the district participated in a one-day job fair jointly organised by TeamLease Services and the Indian Institute of Job Training (IIJT) at Panchayat Bhawan here yesterday. The fair aimed at connecting job aspirants with employers and careers counsellors.

DC Ajit Joshi lights the lamp to inaugurate a one-day job fair at Sonepat. Photo: BS Malik

US Rotary team visits Kurukshetra
Kurukshetra, December 23
GSE team members from South Carolina, US, in front of the chariot at Purushotam Bagh in the midst of Brahmasarovar at Kurukshetra A group study exchange (GSE) team of Rotary District 7770 in South Carolina, US, on their visit to India reached Kurukshetra here recently. The team led by Mary Martin, past district governor (PDG), and five other members - Joel Samuels, Sean Collins, Travis Overton, Kathleen McDaniels and Amanda Jordan - was received by the team of Rotarians led by assistant governor Anand Khurania; and past president (PP) Ajay Madan, Rotary Club, Kurukshetra.

GSE team members from South Carolina, US, in front of the chariot at Purushotam Bagh in the midst of Brahmasarovar at Kurukshetra. Photo: DR Vij

Initiative to bridge gap between police, public
Nishan team members with students and staff members of Maharana Pratap Public School, Kurukshetra Kurukshetra December 23
Better Together, an initiative of Nishan, an NGO, and part of its Police Reforms: People’s Perspective Campaign, was recently launched in the state. The initiative aims at bringing attitudinal change among the public towards the police and bridging the gap between them.
Nishan team members with students and staff members of Maharana Pratap Public School, Kurukshetra. Photo by the writer

Crafts Mela
Bayaben’s handloom creations a hit
Kurukshetra, December 23
Gujarati silk sarees and shawls were a big craze at the recently held Crafts Mela during the Geeta Jayanti Samaroh at Brahamasarovar here with tourists and local people making a beeline to the stall of national award winning handloom weaver Bayaben for making purchases. It was a sheer hard work and dedication of Bayaben that she carved out a niche for herself in handloom weaving and her sarees and shawls are in great demand not only in Gujarat but also in other parts of the country and abroad.

Only 40 pc know about consumer rights: Study
Rohtak, December 23
The level of overall awareness about consumer rights in certain rural and semi-urban areas of the state appears to be low. There is a need to carry out an intensive campaign at all levels to tackle the issue in an effective manner and to make the common man aware of the rights provided in the Consumer Protection Act that came into being way back in 1986.
Schoolgirls present a cultural event at a function in Gurgaon
Schoolgirls present a cultural event at a function in Gurgaon. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

SBP focuses on consolidation
Rewari, December 23
The Samast Bharatiya Party (SBP), whose six of the 19 candidates, who were in the poll fray of the recent Assembly elections in Bihar, gave better performance than those of the BSP and the SP, is now focused on its consolidation in Haryana as well as UP.

Murthal varsity Prof honoured in Nepal
Sonepat, December 23
Dr Sultan Singh, associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, (Sonepat) was honoured by Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar Nepal for his outstanding contribution and lifetime achievement in his field on the occasion of the international seminar on “Indo-Nepal Friendship and Economic Cooperation” organised by the Economic Growth Society of India in Kathmandu, recently.


Rickshaw-pullers sleep under a flyover on a chilly night near the Ambala Cantt Railway Station
Rickshaw-pullers sleep under a flyover on a chilly night near the Ambala Cantt Railway Station. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Teachers not paid for four months
Rewari, December 23
A large number of teachers of government senior secondary schools at Bhakli, Jharoda, Nehrugarh and Bisoha villages of Kosli subdivision of Rewari district have not received their salaries for the past four months.

Rs 4052.71 cr collected as small savings
Chandigarh, December 23
Haryana's gross collection under small savings schemes stood at Rs 4052.71 crore and the net collection at Rs 709.59 crore during the current financial year up to October.

Students allege non-payment of stipend
Bhiwani, December 23
Students belonging to Backward Classes of Ch Bansi Lal Government College, Loharu, have alleged that the college administration has been delaying the payment of stipend to them.




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Aspiring lecturers in dilemma
HPSC schedules screening test on same day as NET
Ravinder Saini

Jhajjar, December 23
A large number of candidates, aspiring to become school cadre lecturers, will have to miss National Eligibility Test (NET), scheduled to be held on December 26 across the country. The reason is the alleged irresponsible attitude of the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) which is going to take a screening (written) test for the post of junior lecturer (school cadre) in Hindi and English on the same day.

Though several candidates had made written request to the HPSC, demanding rescheduling of the test, the authority did not pay any heed towards it. Hence, they are left no option but to drop the NET for appearing in the screening test.

Talking to The Tribune, the candidates expressed desperation saying the HPSC had devoid them of an opportunity of securing their future by scheduling the screening test on December 26, which is clashing with NET.

Devender, a candidate, said, “I was quite hopeful to clear the NET this time following hard work done by me in the past four months, but the HPSC had shattered my hope by announcing the screening test on December 26 for the posts of Hindi lecturer”.

Another candidate, Sunita Rani, said the HPSC should have kept in mind the date of NET before scheduling the screening test for school lecturers, as all know that the UGC conducts NET on the last Sunday of June and December every year. “My hard work will go in vain as I have been preparing for NET for the past couple of months and had also joined a coaching centre for the preparation,” she maintained.

Nirmal, who is also an NET candidate, said it was being expected by the candidates that the HPSC would put off its exam, but it had not made any announcement so far in this regard, putting scores of candidates in dilemma as to which exam they should take.

“After waiting for a week, now I have decided to prefer the HPSC test as I can 

appear in the NET in June next year, but if I drop the HPSC test then I will straightway miss a chance to become a school cadre lecturer. However, I had prepared myself well for NET,” said Jyoti, another candidate.

Raising questions over the screening test, another candidate, Sunil Kumar, said there was no logic to hold the screening test as all candidates who had applied for the post of school lecturer had already passed the State Teacher Eligibility Test (STET), which was made mandatory for the post by the state government.

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‘Welfare schemes not reaching the poor’
The linking of welfare schemes to below poverty line card-holders is one reason for the denial of services to a vast section
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 23
State government’s scheme to promote institutional deliveries and related schemes like Janani Suraksha Yojna are not yielding the desired results.

Several disturbing facts pointing towards the failure of welfare schemes to benefit the poor and needy have been mentioned in a study, “Shanti Devi’s journey to maternal death: An analysis of causes, contributory factors and corrective measures”, carried out by the Human Rights Law Network.

The study has found that many women do not use public health facilities and do not have access to subsidised food and other entitlements due to several snags in the system’s responsiveness. It says ante-natal care among the most needy is dismal. This is especially so in case of those who are marginalised and poor and do not have the capacity to undergo treatment on their own.

The report says maternity deaths are not perceived as focus area for prevention. The linking of welfare schemes to BPL card-holders is one reason for denial of services to a vast section, it feels.

Dr Rajeshwari, associate professor, KU, says institutional deliveries in the state have increased from 35 per cent as per the “district-level household survey-2 to 47 per cent, but the situation remains grim. More than half of the deliveries are still conducted at home without the aid of skilled attendants.

“There is a systemic failure in accessing basic medical care. Through increased government accountability, including maternal death audits, adequate medical facilities and services, and delivery of JSY benefits, Indian women and girls have the tools to survive pregnancy and live a life of dignity," she says.

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Registration must for security firms
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 23
The Gurgaon police has made registration mandatory for private security agencies operating in Gurgaon as per the Haryana Private Security Agencies Rules, 2009, framed and notified by the state government on August 31, 2009.

Stating this here recently, a Gurgaon police spokesman said the Additional Director-General (Law and Order), Haryana, was the controlling authority.

As per the rules, every private security agency is required to obtain a licence from the controlling authority. For this, the agency will have to get the character and antecedents of a security personnel verified first and then make them undergo training for a specified period.

The police spokesman said the security personnel would have to be given training on subjects like physical security, security of buildings, household security, firefighting, first aid, crisis response and disaster management.

As per the rules, there should be a supervisor to supervise the work of not more than 15 private security guards. Standards of physical fitness for private security guards like height and eyesight have also to be adhered to, the spokesman maintained.

In view of the rules framed in this regard, the managements of all security agencies were expected to get themselves registered and obtain licences. The police would take strict legal action as per the law against those agencies who were not registered under the Haryana Private Security Agencies Rules, 2009, he added.

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Rs 975 cr to develop urban estates
Widows of freedom fighters have been made eligible in the reservation of six marla plots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
HUDA has decided to spend `975 crore for overall development of urban estates and also relaxed the terms and conditions of extension policy for completing construction on group housing sites. Besides, it has decided to give the benefit of two per cent reservation to widows of freedom fighters in the policy of six marla residential plots.

A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of HUDA held here recently under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is also the chairman of HUDA.

While relaxing the terms and conditions of extension policy for completing construction on group housing sites, it was decided to allow the period of 12 years instead of 10 years, subject to the payment of additional extension fees. In the policy circulated during 1997, wherein two per cent reservation of six marla residential plots was made for freedom fighters and their children or grandchildren, the widows of freedom fighters which were not covered earlier would now be covered. Therefore, widows of freedom fighters have also been made eligible in the reservation of plots being first legal heirs.

The authority also approved in principal the contribution in the shape of 12.5 per cent equity in the SPV namely National Capital Regional Transport Corporation (NCRTC), constituted by the Central government, which will be helpful in bringing the RRTS in the NCR towns through fast commuter trains.

Development projects worth `975 crore were also approved for the overall development of urban estates in the state, which included one flyover at Pinjore.

Besides, three ROBs at Faridabad, water supply scheme in Rohtak and Rajiv 

Gandhi Education City, Sonepat, have also been approved. For the development of Gurgaon, the project of 220 MLD sewage treatment plant, construction of master roads and water supply schemes were also approved. In Jind project of sewage treatment plant of 30 MLD and bypass road in Bahadurgarh has also been sanctioned.

In order to give boost to the development of Rajiv Gandhi Education City, it has been decided to construct about 100 flats so that these are available for staff residencies. HUDA would start the construction of at least two hostels of 100 rooms each.

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Team KMP Low on work, high on flattery
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 23
Tall claims made by Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway concessionaire DS Construction Company notwithstanding, the work on the expressway has been going on at a tardy pace.

The work was taken over by the company nearly three years ago. Initially, the construction work was adversely affected due to litigations and other technical glitches.

The project deadline has been extended several times so far. As of now, the KMP Expressway, which was supposed to be ready before the Commonwealth Games, is far from complete.

However, instead of focusing on streamlining and expediting the project work, the company is employing flattering tactics to keep the authorities in good humour.

During a recent visit of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to inspect the progress of work on the expressway, the construction company had put up a huge banner welcoming him to the site.

This indicates the priorities of the company management, which has been giving new and newer dates of completion of the project.

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Pram walk to sensitise people about foeticide planned
Tribune News Service

Karnal, December 23
The State National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists (NIFAA) would dedicate the festival of Lohri on January 13 to gender equality and sensitisation about female foeticide by organising the “longest-ever pram walk” with 500 women from different parts of the state carrying safely wrapped kids in pram.

This would be the largest pram/stroller walk in the world which would surpass the previous record of Mother Centre Hviezdicka in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, whose volunteers made the record on May 13, 2006, involving 306 prams, each containing a child, NIFAA chairman Pritpal Singh Pannu said.

He said gender inequality and female foeticide were the biggest social evils and in spite of constitutional safeguards and large number of campaigns being launched against the evils, the mindset of people had not changed, adding that NIFAA, besides breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for the cause of gender equality, would also launch a mass awareness campaign.

All participants would be issued a certificate and three girls and three boys would be given first, second and third prize of Rs 11,000, Rs 5,100 and Rs 3,100, respectively, through lucky draw. The walk would start from NDRI stadium and culminate at Karan Stadium and the participants and the public joining the walk would carry placards with slogans arousing the conscience of people indulging in these practices.

The support of the District Administration, the police and other social bodies and NGOs would also be sought to make the campaign more penetrating, Pannu said.

NIFAA’s sixth annual programme, “Lohri Beti Ke Naam”, would also be held on the same day and parents of 2,100 newly born girl child would be honoured.

Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia would be the chief guest at the big fare of gender equality, while Sumita Singh and Pt. Zile Ram Sharma, MLAs from Karnal and Assandh, Karnal deputy commissioner Neelam P. Kasni, SP Rakesh Arya and other prominent personalities would participate in the event.

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Over 1,800 eye surgeries performed at mega camp
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 23
Over 1,800 men and women underwent surgical operations of their eyes at a mega eye camp organised by the Dera Sacha Sauda here recently. The camp, which lasted for three days, was inaugurated by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh . Eye surgeons from reputed institutes performed operations.

The Dera authorities had made huge wards, separate for males and females, in its Sachkhand Hall having dimensions of 2-lakh sq ft.

As many as 25 ophthalmologists, 10 of them from AIIMS, Delhi, and others from prestigious hospitals of the North India, performed eye surgeries almost round the clock in 10 operation theatres in the multi-speciality hospital of the Dera.

“I was facing vision problem for long. I got my left eye operated from Delhi some years ago, but my family was not caring for my right eye,” said Atal Singh (73), who came from Ibrahimpura Majra village of Baghpat district of UP for his cataract operation.

Jai Karan Singh (65) came from Bundelkhand for intraocular lens (IOL) surgery. Among the operated patients was a 15-year-old lad from Gandheli near Hanumangarh, who had developed cataract in his eyes at the young age.

Pawan Insan, a spokesperson for the Dera, said 1,842 patients had undergone surgeries during the camp. He said over 9,000 patients visited the OPD of the hospital for the examination of their eyes.

He said 4,603 patients had been examined in the first 8 hours of the first day, which, he claimed was a world record.

Insan said the Dera had been active in the field of eye camps for the past 18 years and before the beginning of the camp, 16,304 eye surgeries had been performed till last year.

Dr Tanuj Dada, an associate professor in the Dr RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences of AIIMS, Delhi, said surgical operations were carried through manual small incision cataract surgery (SICS) method under which incision of 4 mm to 5 mm was needed.

Allying apprehensions of infections during large eye camps like the present one, Dr Dada said these were sutureless surgeries and the required antibiotics were given to the patients. He said all IOL surgeries were done through microscopic technique, adding that about 40 glaucoma surgeries had also been performed in the camp.

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Members to be named to Juvenile Justice Board
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
The state government has decided to appoint members of the Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committees under the Juvenile Justice (Child Care and Protection) Act, 2000 (Amended Act 2006) in each district.

An official spokesman of the Women and Child Development Department said that for members of Juvenile Justice Board, Haryana-domiciled social workers, men or women, of not less than 35 years of age could apply. They should have a postgraduate degree in social work, health, education, psychology, child development or any other social science discipline and he/she should have been actively involved and engaged in planning, implementing and administering measures relating to child welfare for at least seven years.

For members of the Child Welfare Committee, Haryana-domicile women social workers of not less than 35 years of age could apply. Social workers should be at least 10+2 pass and they should have been actively involved and engaged in planning, implementing and administering measures relating to child welfare for at least seven years.

The spokesman said the applicants should immediately submit their applications along with the requisite certificates to the Programme Officer, Integrated Child Development Service Cell of the district concerned so that the names of eligible candidates along with recommendations of the Deputy Commissioner concerned could be forwarded to the directorate by January 15, 2011.

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Unlicensed realtors to face action
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, December 23
The authorities have decided to get tough with property dealers for avoiding registration under the Haryana Regulation of Property Dealers and Consultancy Act.

JK Abhir, SDM, recently addressed a meeting of property dealers and told them to obtain licences from the government to conduct real estate transactions in the state.

The Act provides for a licence for all property dealers and consultants. However, not a single property dealer and consultant has so far got his business registered.

The SDM said any person found dealing in property business without having a valid licence would invite a penalty of Rs 50,000 and in case of a society, company or organisation, the fine is Rs 1 lakh. Besides, the violation can attract punishment of imprisonment for six months, he added.

He said for registration, an individual had to pay a licence fee of Rs 25,000 while the organisation, company or society will have to pay a fee of Rs 50,000.

He said the authorities would start taking action in case the property dealers did not obtain their licences soon.

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Govt taking action on employees’ demands: Gulati

Chandigarh, December 23
State Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati recently held a meeting with the representatives of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh to discuss their various demands.

The Chief Secretary said the state government was taking action on most of their demands. For their better coordination with the departments, she told them that the government had directed all administrative secretaries, all heads of the departments, divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to regularly review the implementation of the decisions of the state government with departmental organisations affiliated with the Sarv Karmachari Sangh at least once in a quarter. She assured that their remaining demands would also be considered sympathetically.

Finance Secretary Ajit M Saran apprised her about the various steps taken recently on their demands which included benefit given in pay fixation to employees promoted after January 1, 2006, enhancements in advances, loan and recent instruction regarding age relaxation to employees on contract basis, ad hoc, daily wages and part-time to compete for regular recruitment. The representatives of the sangh appreciated the steps taken by the government and it would continue the dialogue with the state government for meting their demands. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere. — TNS

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Aspirants throng job fair
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 23
Over 1,000 jobseekers from different parts of the district participated in a one-day job fair jointly organised by TeamLease Services and the Indian Institute of Job Training (IIJT) at Panchayat Bhawan here yesterday. The fair aimed at connecting job aspirants with employers and careers counsellors.

The jobseekers were provided free assessment and career counselling sessions. The participating companies included Reliance Dairies, Modern Dairies, and Signet Seeds, among others.

The public-private initiative was organised in partnership with the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) and the District Urban Development Agency (DUDA), Sonepat .

Inaugurating the fair, Deputy Commissioner Ajit Joshi said such job fairs were intended for youth with limited access to opportunities and would help enhance their employability quotient.

Neeti Sharma, vice-president of TeamLease Services, said: “We feel honoured to work with the Government of Haryana to organise this job fair and are glad to announce the commencement of our new collaborative project to set up a skills centre at Sonepat by the second week of January next year.”

Mr Ashish Prasad, chief executive officer of the IIJT, said Haryana was among the most progressive states with several job opportunities.

TeamLease Services is India's largest staffing solutions company and has emerged as one of India's largest private sector employers with over 65,000 employees on its rolls in over 700 locations across the country.

The IIJT is one of India’s largest and leading vocational training providers with over 250 centres across the country. IIJT offers short-term and long-term courses in the areas of finance, IT, retail and sales and marketing.

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US Rotary team visits Kurukshetra
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, December 23
A group study exchange (GSE) team of Rotary District 7770 in South Carolina, US, on their visit to India reached Kurukshetra here recently. The team led by Mary Martin, past district governor (PDG), and five other members - Joel Samuels, Sean Collins, Travis Overton, Kathleen McDaniels and Amanda Jordan - was received by the team of Rotarians led by assistant governor Anand Khurania; and past president (PP) Ajay Madan, Rotary Club, Kurukshetra; Paul Harris Fellow and PP Satish Kumar Seth; and PP Narinder Gupta from the Rotary Club, Kaithal.

Khurania said the team was taken to various religious, historical and cultural heritage places. They watched Brahmasarovar, Dharohar Museum and Srikrishna Museum with keen interest. They also sought details about the visited historical places and the events related to these places which took place centuries ago. They were impressed with the upkeep of all these places.

Martin informed that they arrived in India on the invitation of Rotary District 3080 on November 21. They had visited Chandigarh, Paonta Sahib, Dehradoon, Mussoorie, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Roorki and Panipat before coming to Kurukshetra.

During the visit, they interacted with Rotarians of these clubs and also visited different types of industries, educational institutions, the Ganga as well as other historical and religious places. The members of the visiting team shared their experiences with Rotarians. The visiting team members exchanged their Rotary flag with the Rotarians. The Rotary Club, Kurukshetra, arranged lunch for the guests.

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Initiative to bridge gap between police, public
D.R. Vij

Kurukshetra December 23
Better Together, an initiative of Nishan, an NGO, and part of its Police Reforms: People’s Perspective Campaign, was recently launched in the state. The initiative aims at bringing attitudinal change among the public towards the police and bridging the gap between them.

As part of strategy, a team consisting of frontline police officials (a constable, head constable and a sub-inspector) from local police stations, representatives of local district bar associations and NGO would address students in schools and colleges on the role of the police in democracy, human rights, fundamental rights and mechanism of the police to respond to individual needs of people in crisis.

A team consisting Satish Kumar, sub-inspector; Darshan Singh, head constable; both from city police station; Trilochan Singh, an advocate from local district bar association; Susana Costa, an advocate from Pourtgal; and Haydee Izaguirre, an advocate from Venezuela; both members of Nishan; and Aridaman Jit Singh, director of Nishan; addressed students and staff members of Maharana Pratap Public School, here, recently.

Students asked questions on corruption among the police and its apathetic attitude towards the common man. They also raised questions regarding soft approach of police officers towards influential people with criminal background.

In a statement issued to mediapersons, Aridaman Jit Singh claimed that police reforms propagated by the intervention of the Supreme Court only related to top strata of the police department, comprising IPS rank officials, their appointment and tenure, and in no way enhanced the skills of frontline police officials.

Nor did these reforms addressed the issue of transparency, accountability and training that could distance the police system from the current paramilitary structure that was the legacy of the colonial era. “The real reforms are needed among constabulary for its empowerment, training and equipment and remain very much within the purview of top officials provided they wish to do it,” he added.

Phillip, principal, Maharana Pratap Public School, said the initiative would go a long way in dispelling the fear of khaki from the minds of people.

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Crafts Mela
Bayaben’s handloom creations a hit
Bhanu P. Lohumi/TNS

Kurukshetra, December 23
Gujarati silk sarees and shawls were a big craze at the recently held Crafts Mela during the Geeta Jayanti Samaroh at Brahamasarovar here with tourists and local people making a beeline to the stall of national award winning handloom weaver Bayaben for making purchases. It was a sheer hard work and dedication of Bayaben that she carved out a niche for herself in handloom weaving and her sarees and shawls are in great demand not only in Gujarat but also in other parts of the country and abroad.

Hailing from an agriculturist family and assisting agriculture and domestic chores, Bayaben had no idea about handlooms, but after her marriage she not only learned handloom weaving, which is a family business of her in-laws, but also honed her skills to attain excellence level.

She presented a handloom woven saree to President Pratibha Patil in 2006 and was conferred with the national award that carried a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a shield. Even UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi could not resist the temptation to buy a saree from here at Delhi Haat.

“Gujarati sarees and shawls are in great demand in Canada, Brazil, US, Dubai and several other countries and have become an integral part of various national and international festivals and exhibitions,” she says.

While the textile department and private companies import raw material, Gujarati silk sarees are made from natural minerals and plants and dying was done with natural colours and thus it did not cause any pollution and generates self-employment, she explains.

Thousands of handloom weavers are making good money and ask the younger generations to hone their traditional skills to earn a livelihood and not run after government jobs. Handloom sarees, shawls and other products got new dimensions with the advent of fashion technology in 1965 and ever since these products have become a major attraction.

Her father-in-law, Premji received the highest “Shilp Guru” award in handloom in 2005 while her husband Devjibhai won the national award for handloom woollen shawls.

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Only 40 pc know about consumer rights: Study
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 23
The level of overall awareness about consumer rights in certain rural and semi-urban areas of the state appears to be low. There is a need to carry out an intensive campaign at all levels to tackle the issue in an effective manner and to make the common man aware of the rights provided in the Consumer Protection Act that came into being way back in 1986.

This is the outcome of a detailed study-cum-survey carried out by the Department of Sociology of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) in three districts, Ambala, Kurukshetra and Panchkula, recently.

According to Prof SS Chahar, who prepared the report, the level of awareness is low in comparison to the period that has gone since the Act came into being. Quoting details, he said just 40 per cent of the people in the selected districts were aware of the Act and just 22 per cent of the total respondents were found to have faith in lodging their complaints with consumer courts.

A whopping 72 per cent were found preferring to get their complaints redressed on a platform other than the consumer court. A total of 900 respondents were picked from 30 villages and six urban centers, including all local elected representatives.

It is stated that while TV, radio and the print media are the main sources of consumer awareness, as many as 89 per cent had no knowledge of the procedure of filling or lodging the complaint. Another 60.4 per cent were unhappy with the working of the consumer courts, although a majority of them were satisfied with the timeframe of the redressal of complaints through such system.

It is revealed that a majority of consumers in rural or urban areas in these districts were aware of price tags, manufacturing and expiry date and rate comparison of products and the requirement of bills at the time of purchase of the durables and non-durables. While about 66 per cent of the respondents were either farmers or daily wagers with a monthly earning of Rs 10,000 per month, about 70 per cent of these were found to preferring to lodge their complaint with seller in case of dissatisfaction.

According to the study, consumer education should be introduced in the school and college curriculum. It is stated that while consumer courts should be not be provided a political character, an independent commission should be constituted to look after the task of appointment of members and the functioning of the courts. The strength of members of courts should be increased. The courts should be given more teeth and their meetings may be held on certain days at the block level to provide justice at the doorsteps through mobile consumer courts.

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SBP focuses on consolidation

Rewari, December 23
The Samast Bharatiya Party (SBP), whose six of the 19 candidates, who were in the poll fray of the recent Assembly elections in Bihar, gave better performance than those of the BSP and the SP, is now focused on its consolidation in Haryana as well as UP.

Addressing a district-level convention of the party workers here on Wednesday, its joint national president Neelam Agarwal said while the SBP would participate in the coming UP Assembly polls in a big way, it was simultaneously engaged in consolidation of its state-level organisational set up in Haryana as well. Stating that while the party was making earnest efforts for the emergence of clean politics coupled with administrative proficiency in Haryana, she informed that they would soon launch an awareness campaign to encourage people to make comprehensive use of the RTI Act as a remedial measure to curb corruption at various levels. — OC

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Murthal varsity Prof honoured in Nepal
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 23
Dr Sultan Singh, associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, (Sonepat) was honoured by Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar Nepal for his outstanding contribution and lifetime achievement in his field on the occasion of the international seminar on “Indo-Nepal Friendship and Economic Cooperation” organised by the Economic Growth Society of India in Kathmandu, recently.

He was also presented the “Gold Star Asia International Award” as well as “Indo-Nepal Rattan Award” in the seminar in recognition of his sterling merit, excellent performance and outstanding contribution for the progress of the nation and worldwide.

In the seminar, well-renowned engineers, doctors, educationists and institutionalists from all over the country and Nepal participated to share their contribution and excellence in their respective fields.

DR Sultan is the first engineer in the technical education, Haryana, to receive PhD Mechanical from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra. He has published several books and research papers and has also been awarded with the Shiksha Ratan Award by the Lt. Governor of Pondicherry as well as the “Best Citizen of India” by International Publishing House, Delhi.

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Teachers not paid for four months
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 23
A large number of teachers of government senior secondary schools at Bhakli, Jharoda, Nehrugarh and Bisoha villages of Kosli subdivision of Rewari district have not received their salaries for the past four months.

The teachers, who did not want their names to be published in the papers, said they had been facing financial problems on account of non-payment of their salaries.

They rued that it was ironical that the state government recently announced that teachers' arrears accrued due to enhanced emoluments in the wake of implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, would be released in January next, whereas they stood deprived even of their monthly salaries.

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Rs 4052.71 cr collected as small savings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 23
Haryana's gross collection under small savings schemes stood at Rs 4052.71 crore and the net collection at Rs 709.59 crore during the current financial year up to October.

Finance Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said that small savings played an important role in augmenting the resources of the state as 80 per cent of the net collection was transferred to the state government as a long-term loan by the Government of India. These loans were payable in 25 years with an initial five-year moratorium on repayment of the principal and carried interest. The present rate of interest on the loan was 9.5 per cent per annum.

The state government had received a loan of Rs 783.90 crore from the Government of India up to November, 2010, he added.

The Finance Minister said during the financial year 2009-10, the net collection under small savings schemes stood at Rs 1087.29 crore in the state and against that a loan of Rs 806.10 crore was received from the Government of India.

Small saving schemes had also emerged as an important catalyst for increasing house-hold savings among the common man, particularly in the rural and semi-urban areas, he added.

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Students allege non-payment of stipend
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, December 23
Students belonging to Backward Classes of Ch Bansi Lal Government College, Loharu, have alleged that the college administration has been delaying the payment of stipend to them.

“We have been deprived of the stipend amount due to dilly dallying tactics of the administration,” alleged students. They also said they had even stopped applying for it. The students, Monu, Ajay, Rakesh, Pawan, Manish, Anil, Rai Singh and Pramod, said college employees were discriminating against them and they were being deprived of the benefit deliberately.

They alleged that when students were on preparatory holidays for the examinations of BA-II and BA-III and examinations of other semesters were on, the college demanded applications for stipend from Backward Class students, which made no sense. Moreover, the students were given only four days for submitting applications and when they went to the college to submit applications, they were not entertained on the pretext of year-end holidays, they added.

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