for every section of society
|VC for lifting ban on
HISAR, Aug 27 The Vice-Chancellor of the CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Mr Vinay Kumar, today sought the removal of ban on recruitments in the university.
Poll arrangements reviewed
not ready 3 yrs after opening
case takes new turn
puts sewerage out of gear
currency notes detected
ordered into screening of blue films in hostel
Chautalas promises for every
section of society
SADHAURA, Aug 27 Chief Minister of Haryana, Om Prakash Chautala today appealed to the voters to vote for INLD-BJP candidates in the state on September 5 to strengthen the hands of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee. He said that there was a "Atal wave" in the country in this Lok Sabha elections. He said that he was seeking the vote for such a leader and government committed to the welfare of farmers, labourers, women, artisans and employees.
He was addressing a public meeting at Sadhaura about 35 km from here this morning.
Cautioning the people against the forces of opportunism, he said that as the nation was progressing, the power hungry Congress with the support of forces of opportunism brought the government to a fall by the margin of one vote and itself could not make government at the Centre for want of a leader.
He assured power and water, relief of taxes and Inspector Raj, octroi would be eliminated, the dignity of the employees would be restored and false cases registered against them would be withdrawn, youth will get employment on merit, cottage industry would be promoted, minimum wages of labour would be doubled, pension of senior citizens would be doubled and the state would march towards a new horizon of development.
He urged the people that in case they want that the present government to function smoothly they should cast their franchise in favour of Mr Vajpayee whose nominee of this area is Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, a leader of the BJP.
On this occasion Mr Som Prakash, Vice President of the Bahujan Samaj Party Naraingarh area, Mr Ram Nath Saini, Mr Hans Raj and Mr Faqir Chand of Congress alongwith their followers announced their induction in the INLD.
Among others who also addressed the rally were Mr Raj Kumar Saini and Mr Mohammad Akram Khan, both State Ministers, Mr Ramji Lal and Mr Banta Singh, MLAs of Sadhaura and Radaur, Mr Mahipal Singh, Distt President, INLD and Mr Rattan Lal Kataria
HISAR,: Mr Om Prakash Chautala has assured that the ban on decree in agriculture land deals, which was imposed by Bansi Lal government would be lifted after the Lok Sabha election.
While addressing an election meeting in favour of INLD-BJP alliance candidate from Hisar Mr Surender Singh Barwala in Ghirai village of the district yesterday, he said after lifting the ban there would be no need of making deals through registry.
Mr Chautala warned the officials of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) against misleading the people about the power supply in the state. He claimed that there was sufficient availability of power in the state. He said any official found guilty in this regard would be punished accordingly.
Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala said that Mr
Atal Behari Vajpayee can lead the nation and provide
direction, when the country was facing dangers from its
neighbouring countries. He was addressing a election
meeting at Cheeka, 25 km from here today, in support of
the INLD-BJP alliance candidate Ms Kailash Saini who is
contesting Kurukshetra Lok Sabha constituency. He called
upon the people to vote and support for the INLD-BJP
alliance candidates. Lashing out at Congress President
Sonia Gandhi, he said that even now many cases relating
to purchase of Bofors guns were pending in courts in
which many persons close to Sonia Gandhi were involved.
IAS officer Tayal to be
CHANDIGARH, Aug 27 The Haryana Government today decided to charge-sheet Mr M.L. Tayal, a senior IAS officer who held the post of Commissioner and Secretary, Mines and Geology department, from December 9, 1998, to August 1, 1999, for major penalty on the charge of issuing a notification dated July 21, 1999, reducing the security deposit for the allotment of mines in the state.
According to official sources, Mr Tayal reduced the security amount from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 2 lakh for a 75-hectare mine and from Rs 7.5 lakh for an exceeding 50 hectares but not exceeding 75 hectares to Rs 1.5 lakh. In the case of mines up to 50 hectares the deposit amount was reduced from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 1 lakh.
The sources said in doing so Mr Tayal "caused a loss of Rs 38 lakh to the state exchequer."
What baffles the government is that Mr Tayal was not competent to amend the rules and issue the notification at his own level. He was required to seek the approval of the Council of Ministers. The State Mining Engineer had proposed on June 9, 1999, that the approval of the "Minister/Chief Minister will have to be obtained to amend Rule 16 of the Punjab Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 1964. This was agreed to by the then Director, Mines and Geology, Mr Tayal, the then Minister for Mines and Geology. They all solicited the approval of the Chief Minister on the issue.
However, former Chief Minister Bansi Lal desired on June 17, 1999, that the matter should be brought before the Council of Ministers for approval and financial implications involved might also be indicated. Mr Tayal later approved the draft memorandum for placing it before the Council of Ministers at his own level without taking the approval of the Chief Minister which was mandatory. The agenda item was placed before the Council of Ministers at their meeting held on July 12, 1999, but was later withdrawn. On July 21, 1999, Mr Tayal recorded in the file that "the proposal was approved by the competent authority on June 13, 1999, much before the model code of conduct was introduced. Though the item was put up before the Council of Ministers it was withdrawn as the approval of the Council of Ministers was not warranted..." and issued the notification.
Another irregularity that Mr Tayal is alleged to have committed is that he did not even seek the mandatory approval of the Finance department.
Journalist Satya Pal Saini passes
ROHTAK, Aug 27 Mr Satya Pal Saini ( 51), senior correspondent of the Dainik Tribune based at Rohtak died at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences here in the early hours of today. Mr Saini had been admitted to the PGIMS since August 21 when he suffered brain haemorrhage. Since then he had been in coma.
He is survived by his wife a son and two daughters.
His funeral was attended by a large number of persons from all walks of life. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the State Government by the Deputy Commissioner, Rohtak, Mr Arun Kumar and the Superintendent of Police, Mr P.K. Aggarwal. Wreaths were also placed on the pyre on behalf of The Tribune Trust, the Editor, The Tribune, and Editor Dainik Tribune.
The Haryana Congress President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, also paid floral tributes on behalf of his party. Among others who attended the cremation were Mr Inderjit Singh, State Secretary of the CPM, Mr Anand Singh Dangi, a former Minister, Mr Sunder Lal Sethi and Mr Ramesh Sehgal, both former President of the Rohtak Municipal Committee, Lieut-Gen O.P. Kaushik, Vice-Chancellor, Maharshi Dayanand University, Mr K.C. Bhardwaj, Controller of Examinations, MDU, and a large number of colleagues of Mr Saini.
The Pyre was lit by Mr Saini's son, Girish, amidst touching scenes.
Mr Saini was founder-member and three-time President of the Haryana Union of Journalists, affiliated to the National Union of Journalists, of which he was the Secretary at the time of his death.
The Deputy Commissioner of Rohtak announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs 51,000 to the bereaved family.
The Haryana Union of Journalists President, Mr Yoginder Gupta; the President of the Tribune Employees Union, Mr Balbir Singh Jandu; the President of the Chandigarh Journalists Association, Mr Ashok Malik; the President of The Tribune Journalists Guild, Mr Venod Kohli; and journalists Rohtak described Mr Saini's death an irreparable loss.
The General Secretary of the Haryana Lol Sanskritik Manch, Mr Yashpal Panwar, announced that a "Satya Pal Saini Memorial Award" would be instituted to honour those who were in the field of social service and journalism. Mr Saini was the founder President of the Manch.
CHANDIGARH: Warm Tributes were paid to Mr Satya Pal Saini, Senior Staff Correspondent, Dainik Tribune, who died at Rohtak this morning.
Among those who paid tributes to Mr Saini were Mr Hari Jaisingh, Editor, The Tribune; Mr Vijay Saihgal, Editor, Dainik Tribune; and Mr S.D. Bhambri, General Manager, The Tribune. They described Mr Saini as an upright, hardworking and thorough professional. Two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Chandigarh Journalists Association, at a meeting today,
also mourned the death of Mr Satya Pal Saini . His death
would create a void in Hindi journalism, the association
said a in a condolence resolution.
VC for lifting ban on
HISAR, Aug 27 The Vice-Chancellor of the CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Mr Vinay Kumar, today sought the removal of ban on recruitments in the university.
Addressing faculty and other non-teaching employees of the university, here today, Mr Vinay Kumar said he had urged the government to lift the ban on recruitments.
He said he was hopeful that the ban would be lifted after the elections and there would be no shortage of staff.
The Vice-Chancellor assured faculty members that he will ensure the immediate implementation of the UGC pay scales on the pattern of the ICAR.
Referring to the financial crunch, the Vice-Chancellor said research and extension work in the university would not be allowed to suffer. He also declared that the scientists who contribute considerably in the fields of research and extension will be suitably honoured and rewarded.
Mr Vinay Kumar said he would ensure that the HAU becomes first fully computer literate agricultural university in the country. He proposed to grant loans to teachers from the provident fund for the purchase of computers. Besides, he added, there was also a proposal to make computers compulsory at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Underlining the need for
a closer cooperation between farmers and scientists, the
Vice-Chancellor urged the officers and the scientists to
ensure that the visitors to the university, particularly
farmers, were properly heard and their problems were
Poll arrangements reviewed
SONEPAT, Aug 27 The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Haryana, Mr Bhaskar Chatterjee, reviewed the poll arrangements with the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Kumar, and other officials here last evening. Mr K. Selvraj, SSP, was also present.
Earlier, the district administration held a poll rehearsal in connection with the forthcoming parliamentary poll here yesterday. The District Returning Officer, Mr Anil Kumar and other officials concerned, were present on this occasion.
The District Electoral Officer he appointed Assistant Returning Officers in each assembly segment of this Lok Sabha seat. They are: Mr Hardeep Singh, SDO (C) in Bahadurgarh; Mr L.P. Tomar SDO (C) in Gohana; Mr S.B. Lohia, SDO (C) in Kailana; Mr M.K. Mahajan, City Magistrate Sonepat; Mr M.R. Bhagwaria, District Revenue Officer in Rai; Mr Harish Chander Jain, SDO (C) in Rohat; Mr R.S. Dhanker; District Revenue Officer in Julana; and Mr C.R. Rana, SDO SDO (C) in Safidon.
As many as 6,638 presiding and polling officers will be on duty on the day of polling.
The district administration has identified 57 villages most sensitive and 53 others sensitive. Additional police force would be provided there to maintain law and order.
As many as 1,512, polling booths have been set up in the parliamentary constituency and these include 229 polling booths for the weaker sections.
Stadium not ready 3 yrs after
SIRSA: All that glitters is not gold this Shakespeare saying is a timeless universal truth. The same applies to the Dalbir Singh Indoor Stadium here. The majestic building constructed at the cost of about Rs 1.25 crore and inaugurated in 1996 by Mr Bhuvnesh Chaturvedi, the then Minister in the P.M.'s Office, is not yet ready because of unfinished basic interior like flooring.
The beautiful building of this indoor stadium attracts every passer-by showing how appearances can be deceptive. The very name of the stadium is deceptive because written records speak of no indoor stadium, but of a gymnasium hall.
The foundation stone of the stadium was laid on June 5, 1993, by the local MP, Ms Selja, and was inaugurated in a hurry while incomplete to reap political advantage, ignoring all the loopholes in construction.
Now the situation is that the unfinished interior of the stadium constructed with public money is in dire need of repairs without even a single sports event being held. Leakage in the ceiling at various places is attributed to the low-gauge sheets used and inadequate time given for completion. Now the entire ceiling is being rearranged to plug leaks, says the secretary of the stadium committee and District Sports Officer, Mr N.S. Chauhan.
The base of the stadium's flooring is a cause of concern as the foundation laid for this was not only defective but substandard material was used for it, which has also been mentioned in the report who had been specially invited to inspect the quality of the wood used. This again is a matter of concern for the stadium committee. "We are facing the challenge of making arrangements to open the stadium to the public for use at the earliest with minimum expenditure", said the committee chairman and the Deputy Commissioner, Dr Avtar Singh.
The main building has
seepage points at various places, which speak volumes
about the workmanship. It is strange that the expert from
the PWD (B&R) were taken on deputation to supervise
the entire work. Players and residents view it to be a
clear case of misuse of public money by the so-called
Ransom case takes new turn
FATEHABAD, Aug 27 The case regarding the arrest of three persons in connection with writing a threatening letter demanding ransom from Dr Subhash Gupta, a surgeon at Tohana in the district, is taking a curious turn with the police retreating its steps and finding that the alleged culprits it had earlier arrested were innocent. The matter is being investigated by a DSP and the outcome of the investigation is likely to decide the fate of the three persons languishing in the jail.
The police had arrested the three after the surgeon on receiving the threatening letter informed the DSP, Tohana. The police asked the surgeon to keep the matter a secret. A booby trap was laid by the police to nab the culprits.
The police asked the surgeon to go to the place suggested by the miscreants with a briefcase containing money. The police in plain clothes had already taken position there. When the surgeon went to the place in his Maruti Esteem car and kept the briefcase at the specified place, three youths came on a motor cycle. After taking two or three rounds of the area they tried to pick up the briefcase, but the police arrested them.
One of them was from Kanheri village, second was a constable in the Punjab police and the third was a relative of the constable.
The moment these arrests were made, the panchayat of Kanheri village had been maintaining that the youths were innocent. Villagers from this village and Patran from where the other youths hail had senior officers of the police to convince them that the youths were innocent. Even the handwriting of the letters written to the surgeon did not match the handwriting of any of the accused. But interestingly, all three gave a different account of the reasons for their presence at the place. On the demands of the villagers, the DSP (HQ), Mr Charanjit Singh, was asked to investigate the matter afresh. The DSP, according to the sources, found that the youths were innocent. The police, according to the sources, sought the opinion of a law officer in this matter, who said that if the SP was satisfied that the youths were innocent, the case could be withdrawn.
Rain puts sewerage out of
SONEPAT, Aug 27 Torrential rain put sewerage out of gear in this city early today. The rain started around 2.25 a.m. and continued till 3.30 a.m. The one-hour downpour submerged several low-lying areas in knee-deep water due to defective drainage system. The rain was accompanied by winds. Rain water entered houses in some residential colonies. The residents blamed the civic body for the poor drainage system in these colonies.
Almost all main roads, especially in the mandi area and Sectors 14 and 15, were submerged with rain water and the residents had to wade through the storm water. The rainwater drains were out of order. Some jhuggi colonies were surrounded with rain water. In many residential colonies the sewerage collapsed and water started flowing back from the gutters inside the houses.
Road traffic on all roads remained blocked for several hours due to the accumulation of rainwater. Stretches of several roads were already in a bad shape thanks to the failure of the PWD (B&R) authorities to repair the roads despite repeated public complaints.
Power breakdown only added to the woes of the residents. The power supply went off immediately after the rain started. In some areas it was restored around 4.30 a.m. and in others around 5.30 a.m. The remaining areas got power supply around 8.30 a.m.
Fake currency notes detected
PANIPAT, Aug 27 Fake currency notes in five bundles of hundred rupee denominations were detected when these were being deposited in the G.T. Road branch of the State Bank of India on Wednesday.
According to information, a person came to the bank branch to deposit Rs 50,000 in the account of Bright Traders Company. He handed over five bundles of notes of hundred-rupee denominations to the accountant who informed about these to the Manager. The bundles were stamped by another nationalised bank.
Enquiries revealed that the person who came to deposit the money, has withdrawn the notes of bundles from a local branch of a nationalised bank and the bundles were sent here by its main branch at the G.T.Road Karnal.
The reliable sources in these banks disclosed on the condition of anonymity that to hush up the matter, the bank authorities have burnt the fake currency notes without informing the police.
Earlier also the police had seized fake currency notes of about Rs two lakh, a coloured photostat machine and arrested seven persons on August 7 last.
Probe ordered into screening
of blue films in hostel
HISAR, Aug 27 Guru Jambeshwar University has instituted an inquiry into the screening of blue movies in the university's hostel.
University sources said, the inquiry was ordered after 100 students were caught watching such movies on August 23 night. While most of the students, escaped, the VCR and the video cassettes were seized.
In the follow-up action, the university has removed the warden and ordered an inquiry into the incident. The students had been complaining to the authorities about the screening of such movies for quite sometime.
Some of the students putting up in the hostel alleged, it had become a routine in the hostel and most of the students would gather in the night to watch such movies. They pointed out, despite repeated representations to the authorities, action was taken very late.
The inquiry has been assigned to the Proctor who has been asked to submit his report immediately.
FARIDABAD, Aug 27 Scores of people today disrupted the traffic at Sikri village on the national highway for several hours to demand the arrest of culprits involved in the murder of Daya Chand of Piala village.
Reports said that Daya Chand who was returning to his village from his workplace was stabbed by three persons after an altercation. He was taken to a hospital where he died.
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