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Monday, July 20, 1998
|International flights from UT sought
CHANDIGARH, July 19 After preliminary success of the "hub and spoke" services introduced by Air-India from Raja Sansi international airport in Amritsar, the demand for an extension of a similar facility to Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, has gained momentum...
HP progress at all costs, says Dhumal
CHANDIGARH, July 19 The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, announced today that the ruling BJP-HVP combine would leave no stone unturned to ensure uniform...
Believes in persuasion
New theory on matter gains ground
CHANDIGARH, July 19 A local physicist, Dr Rati Ram Sharma, today claimed that his new theory regarding the basic structure of matter...
Projecting people's urge by silence
CHANDIGARH, July 19 To highlight the people's urge for no war between India and Pakistan, Jan Shakti, a social organisation, organised a people's initiative by observing "Maun" today from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15...
'Subsidise' Dalit students' fees
CHANDIGARH, July 19 A former Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, has advocated 20 per cent reservation in private schools for Dalit students...
Jethmalani calls on CMs in UT
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|HP progress at all costs, says Dhumal
Tribune News Service
CHANDIGARH, July 19 The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, announced today that the ruling BJP-HVP combine would leave no stone unturned to ensure uniform and speedy development of the hill state.
Speaking at a cultural function organised by the Himachal Vikas Manch at the Sector 18 Tagore Theatre here, the Chief Minister alleged that the Congress was responsible for uneven development of the state, as during its rule all developmental works were undertaken on a political basis and were aimed at creating vote banks. Citing an example, he said that though hundreds of schools and dispensaries were opened by the previous regime, but these were concentrated in certain pockets, with the result that students in some areas had to walk upto 15 km to get primary education.
Mr Dhumal said his government while allocating developmental works would give priorty to the areas, which actually were in need of these facilities even if they were Congress strongholds.
While asserting that his government was open to healthy criticism, the Chief Minister said for the uplift of the people of the hill state, money was no problem. He pointed out that his government was the first state government which could corner a generous Central aid amounting to Rs 300 crore.
Mr Dhumal expressed his gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his cooperation in solving long-pending inter-state issues such as compensation to Thein Dam oustees and construction of Shahnehar.
He announced that keeping in view the problems faced by the fruit growers of the state, a kisan bhavan would be constructed in Delhi for which the state government would spend Rs 1 crore. Similarly, there was a provision of Rs 70 lakh for the construction of Himachal Bhavan in Chandigarh.
The local MP Mr Satya Pal Jain; a former MLAs from Una, Mr Rattan Singh, also spoke.
Earlier, a colourful cultural programme consisting of Himachali Folk songs and dances, including famous 'Jhamakra' dance of the Kangra valley, was presented.
|New theory on matter gains ground
Tribune News Service
CHANDIGARH, July 19 A local physicist, Dr Rati Ram Sharma, today claimed that his new theory regarding the basic structure of matter had received seven experimental supports from scientists abroad.
Evidence of neutrine having mass recently announced by Super-Kamiokande team of 12 US-Japan scientists had stunned the scientific world for whom neutrine had no mass. But in his book "Neo-classical Unified Physical Theory of Everything'' Dr Sharma had propounded that neutrine had non-zero mass way back in 1990.
A retired head of the Department of Biophysics, PGI, Dr Sharma explained that basic structure of the matter comprised the "elements'', which composed other particles but were themselves non-composite and hence incompressible and inassembable.
Elements of modern physics were the members of two families Loptons (electron and neutrine) and quarks. But their compositness predicted by Dr Sharma in 1988-90 got experimental support first in 1991 by quarks' observed compressibility and again twice by the inferred "creation'' or assemblage of some quarks and loptons studied at Formi Lab in the USA by two teams D. Zero in 1995 and CDF in 1996. The teams comprised 400 globally-chosen scientists.
Chaos marks Syndicate meeting
Tribune News Service
CHANDIGARH, July 19 Pandemonium prevailed for over an hour during the Syndicate meeting of Panjab University yesterday with certain Syndics seeking a secret ballot for cancelling the appointment of Director, Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension.
One of the Syndics threatened to stage a dharna. The meeting was adjourned for more than 15 minutes following which the Vice-Chancellor ruled in favour of a secret ballot.
While sources said the voting was clearly divided on party lines between two dominant groups, few Syndics said chances of "cross-voting could not be ruled out". Interestingly, the candidate in question, who is a Syndic, also participated in the voting.
Mr Rajinder Deepa said there were better candidates in comparison to Dr Ajaib Singh who was selected. A member of the selection committee, Dr Dharam Vir Arya, had recorded his dissent on the selection.
The Syndicate also turned down the appointment of two lecturers in the Department of Physical Education, chosen on a temporary basis. It was pointed out that these selections had already been rejected by the senate as the candidates were not found suitable. The term of Dr D.S. Dhillon as Director of the Regional Centre, Muktsar, was reduced to a maximum of six months or earlier if a suitable candidate was found for the post, sources said.
|Jethmalani calls on CMs in UT
Tribune News Service
CHANDIGARH, July 19 The Union Urban Housing Minister, Mr Ram Jethmalani, was on a personal visit to the city today.
During his brief sojourn Mr Jethmalani, besides attending a marriage function at Kisan Bhawan in Sector 35 also called on the Punjab and Haryana Chief Ministers. What transpired at the meetings could not be ascertained.
Mr Jethmalani remained inaccessible to the press.
|Projecting people's urge by silence
Tribune News Service
CHANDIGARH, July 19 To highlight the people's urge for no war between India and Pakistan, Jan Shakti, a social organisation, organised a people's initiative by observing "Maun" today from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15.
A press note said here today that the people's initiative in the two countries for no war was the need of the hour. It urged the people of India and Pakistan to shed their passivity and make the two governments agree to signing a no war pact.
It urged the Prime Ministers of both countries, who are to meet this month-end, to agree to a no-war pact, and non-use of nuclear weapons to settle any bilateral issues.
|'Subsidise' Dalit students' fees
Tribune News Service
CHANDIGARH, July 19 A former Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, has advocated 20 per cent reservation in private schools for Dalit students.
Delivering the keynote address at a seminar on "Development of the Scheduled Castes in the last 50 years" here today, Justice Iyer urged the Central Government to bring legislation in this regard and subsidise high fees.
Calling for the distribution of land among Dalits and the poor, he said this was the only way to ensure economic regeneration of the country.
Flaying the notion that Dalits had no merit, he said they needed an opportunity to rise. Various epics, including vedas and Ramayana, were written by Dalits, he argued.
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who inaugurated the seminar, said the Centre and the state governments must take steps to uplift Dalits.
He said Punjab would launch a rural unemployment eradication programme for Dalits and poor from November 1.
Taking a dig at the organisers of the seminar, he urged them to do something practical like adopting a village for its all-round development. He, however, hastened to add that he was not opposed to seminars provided something concrete emerged from them.
A number of scholars from the region presented papers on the status of Dalits in the country, particularly in Punjab and Haryana.
WITH the demitting of office by two members of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bench last week, the strength of the High Court Judges has depleted to a little over 50 per cent of the sanctioned strength.
Those who demitted office last week were Dr (Mrs) S. Saksena (on July 12) and Mr Justice Sat Pal (on July 14).
According to official sources, the sanctioned strength of Judges is 40, apart from the Chief Justice. With the retirement of Mrs Justice Saksena and Mr Justice Sat Pal, the High Court is left with barely 24 Judges. This strength will go down further in September next when Mr Justice Amarjit Chaudhary will bow out.
The strength of Judges was increased to 40 with a view to coping with the increased workload and clearing, if possible, long-pending cases.
During the past two years some Judges retired, while others were shifted to other High Courts. For example, Mr Justice Ashok Bhan was transferred to Karnataka, while Mr Justice N.C. Jain was sent to Assam. Again, Mr Justice M.S. Liberahan was transferred to the Madras High Court as Chief Justice. The Centre, however, took little pains to fill the resultant vacancies.
With the decreased strength of Judges, the High Court finds it difficult to cope with the work. Such urgent matters as bail applications where liberty of individuals is at stake are adjourned day after day, much to the disappointment of the petitioners.
Most of the courtrooms remain packed with lawyers and litigants. The latter crane their necks with anxiety to ascertain whether their cases would come up for hearing. At the end of the day, they leave the High Court with disappointment when they find that their cases have been adjourned.
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