Pak scientists favour knowhow
political misuse of Art 356
favour knowhow exchange
HISAR, Feb 24 Some Pakistani scientists today suggested that India and Pakistan should start "exchanging scientific and technical know-how at official level".
Talking to TNS here today during their visit to the CCS Haryana Agricultural University, five Pakistani scientists, Dr Hafiz Abdul Qayoom, Dr Sayed Ahmad, Dr Manzoor Ahmad Khan, Dr Ajaz Rasool and Dr Rana Mohammad Aslam, said this would be mutually beneficial to the two countries.
They were here as part of a non-official scientists' exchange programme being regularly organised by the Alumini Association of Faislabad Agricultural College, earlier known as the Lyallpur College of Agriculture. The programme was started by the alumni to ensure regular meetings of ex-students of the college who were separated due to partition.
The scientists are on a weeklong tour of India. During their two-day stay here, they will visit Ludhiana and Solan. They described their visit to the university very fruitful. "We are very much impressed by the achievements of this university". Dr Qayoom said after visiting various departments and the research farm of the university.
They agreed with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof J.B. Chowdhury, that the problems in the agriculture sector faced by the two countries were more or less similar. Prof Chowdhury pointed out that the problem of waterlogging was as severe in Pakistan as it was here.
They were of the opinion that more such programmes of mutual exchange, besides being scientifically beneficial, would also help in building up mutual trust. They were impressed by the hospitality they received.
The scientists hailed the recent visit of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee to Pakistan and said the people in Pakistan liked it very much. Although the scientists usually found it difficult to get visas, they hoped in due course of time the process would get streamlined.
They suggested that the Indian and Pakistani universities should evolve an arrangement which could help in the mutual evaluation of thesis of scientists. They said, presently the thesis were being sent to the USA and other western countries for evaluation.
The association's general
secretary announced that the HAU Vice-Chancellor would be
conferred with this year's Mian Mohd Afzal Hussein award.
Mian Hussein was a scientist and the first Indian
Vice-Chancellor of the Panjab University in pre-partition
Haryana staff threatens stir
ROHTAK, Feb 24 The Haryana Employees Action Committee has favoured a negotiated settlement of employees' demands but at the same time threatened to launch on agitation if the government fails to response to its offer.
Addressing newsmen here today, Mr M.L. Sehgal and Mr R.C. Jagga said the employees had no political fight with the government but were demanding a respectful and negotiated settlement of their financial demands.
They said the 'undemocratic' and 'repressive' measures adopted by the government and its 'indifferent' attitude towards the employees' demands had forced the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh and Sarav Karamchari Sang to constitute a joint action committee. Prominent leaders of both employees' unions were present at the press conference.
They alleged that the government had not as yet paid revised pay scales to the employees of various boards, corporations, municipal committees and the DRDA. Moreover, there were anomalies wherever the revised pay scales had been implemented.
The employees had also not been paid bonus on the Central pattern from 1995-96 to 1997-98. Though the Central had abolished efficiency bar in the revised pay scales, the state government had incorporated it in the pay scales of its Class III and IV employees. Following the Central pattern, Haryana had reduced the casual leaves from 20 to eight, but was silent on the leave benefits made available to Central Government employees, the employee leader claimed.
The employees had been denied the benefits available earlier after putting in 10 to 20 years of service. The government had also failed to constitute a joint advisory committee as promised by the ruling alliance during the assembly elections, they alleged.
They claimed that the government had stopped retirement benefits like pension and gratuity to Mr M.L. Sehgal, President, Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh. Mr R.C. Jagga of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh had been asked to pay Rs 15 lakh for serving a strike notice, they further claimed.
While hundreds of employees had been suspended for participating in a token strike on September 16 and December 11, three prominent employee leaders had been dismissed from service, they added.
The Haryana Vidyut Parsaran Nigam had derecognised all employees unions.
The action committee warned that if the government did not respond favourably to their offer, a convention of leaders of all employee unions would be held at Rohtak on march 13 to announce the future course of agitation.
Besides, payment of bonus
and revised pay scales to the employees of boards,
corporations, civic bodies and the DRDA, the other
demands include payment of allowances on the Central
pattern, regularisation of work-charged, temporary and
daily wage employees who have completed 240 days of
service and reinstatement of the dismissed and suspended
Drug company map shows J&K part of
AMBALA, Feb 24 In a journal, published by a drug manufacturing company of Belgium printed in India, the state of Jammu and Kashmir of Indian Union has been shown part of Pakistan, it has evoked strong criticism here.
The journal titled "a World of Experience in Hepatitis B protection", has a worldwide circulation and copies of it were distributed among doctors of Haryana at a conference held at Karnal recently. It has been published by the Medicine group education Ltd., 62. Stert Street Abingdon, Oxfordshire, U.K. on page five of the journal, a map of world has been displayed the state of Jammu and Kashmir shown a part of Pakistan.
The journal was published in 1996 and got reprinted by the company, Smithkline Beecham, in 1997. The copies of the journal, circulated in India have been printed by Modern Process Printers, Bangalore. The company has a unit at Bangalore also.
Dr Jitender Aggarwal, having clinic at Topkhana locality in Cantonment here, who was first to point out the serious mistake to the representatives of the company here, said that it was an insult to our country by the foreign manufacturer. He said that it was all the more shocking that the journal had been printed in India and the printers did not care to study the map.
Mr Jagdev Paul, president
of the Cantonment unit of the Haryana Vikas Party, in a
letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee,
has demanded action against the publisher and printer of
the company. He also sought confiscation of the copies of
the journal and an apology from the company, publisher
and printers of the journal.
INLD opposes political misuse of Art 356
SIRSA, Feb 24 "The Indian National Lok Dal (INDL) can consider supporting the central government on the issue of the President's rule in Bihar, if it finds that it is not politically motivated," the INLD chief, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, said.
He was speaking to media persons at his residence before addressing party workers for organising a kisan rally on March 6 at Ramlila ground, Delhi.
Regarding the support issue, he said the INLD was always in favour of Article 356 but opposed its political misuse. They would study the Bill being tabled on the President's rule in Bihar and only after it they would decide on the issue, he added.
On the fate of the present central government, Mr Chautala said it would not fall due to its allies, but the BJP's internal bickering could cost it dearly. Severely criticising Mr L.K. Advani for his irresponsible statements, Mr Chautala said the Home Minister was ambitious and wanted to become the Prime Minister.
Mr Chautala said his party had supported the Vajpayee government unconditionally for an year in the hope that some relief would be given to the farmers and the poor. But this government too followed Congress policies and hiked the prices of essential commodities and fertilisers.
GURGAON, Feb 24 Two brothers, well known jewellers here, were shot at point blank range by miscreants last night, sending shock waves among residents of this town.
Both were critically injured. They are owners of a prominent showroom here and had received extortion calls from callers claiming to be local agents of "D-Company" (Dubai based gangster, Dawood Ibrahim). A doctor and owner of a private hospital, who had also received similar calls was shot at a few days ago.
The two brothers were fired upon by two persons outside their residence when they were returning home from their showroom.
The incident provoked protests from traders and the business community with the main market, Sadar Bazaar and neighbouring markets downing shutters to protest against the incident and the polices failure to control the law and order situation in Gurgaon.
Representatives from all sections of the society staged a dharna at Sohna Chowk. A delegation of the business community also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner urging effective policing.
Yesterdays incident comes close on the heels of a sensational double-murder in Sector 17 of an ageing couple.
A large section of the people here feel that criminals now considered Gurgaon as a safe haven.
Recently, there was burglary at the residence of a former Director General of Police, Haryana, Mr Kalyan Rudra, in Sector 15. Mr Rudra told TNS that there had been two burglaries at his residence. Expressing concern at the poor standard of policing in Gurgaon, Mr Rudra said that the cavalier attitude of the district police chief, Mr Khushi Ram Dahiya was shocking.
Talking to TNS he said that when he got in touch about the burglaries at his residence and at a number of houses in Sector 15, the district police chief urged him not to bother him with insignificant developments.
Many residents feel the crime rate, which has shot up in Gurgaon, is likely to increase still further unless the police takes drastic action.
Two women killed in accident
SONEPAT, Feb 24 Two women were killed on the spot and some others injured when their tractor trailer overturned on the Sonepat-Gohana road between Nagar and Barota village, about 25 km from here, yesterday.
According to a report the tractor-trailer was going to a nearby village where the women were to attend a condolence meeting.
The police has registered a case.
According to another report, two persons were killed in two accidents on the G.T. Road and a nearby village yesterday.
In the first accident, an 18-year-old youth, was crushed to death by a jeep on the G.T. Road, near Kundli village, about 25 km from here yesterday.
5 car-borne youths loot petrol pump
HISAR, Feb 24 As many as five-car-borne armed youths sped away after robbing a manager of a petrol pump of Rs 40,000 here yesterday.
According to a report, Mr Avtar Singh, manager, and Mr Prithvi Singh, salesman of the petrol pump which is situated in front of the local bus stand, were going after closing the petrol pump. When the salesman turned towards his house, five persons came on a car, took out a pistol and escaped with Rs 40,000.
Bansi Lal's effigy burnt
HISAR, Feb 24 Activist of the Bajrang Dal burnt the effigy of Mr Bansi Lal here in front of the Negori Gate yesterday evening to express their resentment against the registration of a false case against the activists of the Bajrang Dal by the local police.
Earlier they took out a protest march in the city and raised anti-government slogans.
The state convener of the Bajrang Dal, Mr Praduman Sharma, said here today that such type of demonstrations, would be organised throughout the state. He directed all units of the dal to organise protest marches at all subdivision and districts. The case was registered on a false complaints of Mr Isak P. Maan, incharge of local church, they alleged.
Medical camp on February 27
SIRSA, Feb 24 The Indian Medical Association here will organise a health check-up camp at Kharian village in the district on February 27. The camp will be inaugurated by Dr Sushil Indora, member of Parliament.
Dr M. Talwar and Dr Parveen Garg, President and Secretary of the association, respectively, said here today that blood donation, family welfare, eye operations and vaccine against hepatities-B would the be main features of the camp.
Employees threaten agitation
SIRSA, Feb 24 Members of the Haryana Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangh, Sirsa District, today wore black badges in support of their demands.
Mr Shiv Parshad, President
of Sirsa unit, said here that they were demanding the
implementation of the recommendations of the Fifth Pay
Commission. He also alleged that the employees of the
Municipal Committee were being harassed and not being
paid salaries on time. He warned that in case their
demands were not met in the near future, they would be
forced to launch a statewide indefinite agitation.
husband, in-laws booked
SIRSA, Feb 24 A
criminal case under Section 304-B of the IPC has been
registered against Sanjay of Rupama Bishnoian village,
his father Hardyal and mother in this district at
Nathusari Chopta police station on Monday on the
complaint of Ladhu Ram, a farmer of Ramsara village here.
Mr B.S. Sandhu Senior Superintendent of Police, Sirsa,
said here yesterday that Ladhu Ram alleged that his
daughter married Sanjay the accused four years ago and
sufficient dowry was given to the accused. But they were
not satisfied with it and kept on demanding more. He
alleged that his daughter was issueless and harassed and
beaten up by her in-laws several times. Panchayat in this
regard was also called. He also alleged that all three
accused gave poison to his daughter at her in-laws'
house. She succumbed to poisoning.
Girl sets herself afire
AMBALA, Feb 24 A young girl of Rajouli village, under Mullana police station, set herself ablaze after being raped by her neighbour.
However, she was saved by her cousins.
Later, the victim complained to the police that Amarjit Singh entered her house and raped her on February 20.
Stone-crushers stir enters fourth day
YAMUNANAGAR, Feb 24 The strike by stone-crushers in Haryana entered its fourth day today.
Mr Charanjeet Singh Walia joint secretary of the Stone-crushers Federation, Haryana said here today that the Mines & Geology Department had closed stone-crushers in the Gurgaon Zone on the pretext of their not having mining licences. Following this all the stone-crushers went on strike from February 21.
Mr Walia said that all sales & purchases had been banned during the strike period.
There are over 1500 stone-crushers in Haryana generating employment for thousands of employees.
Social Welfare Awareness Festival
CHANDIGARH, Feb 24 The Haryana State Social Welfare Advisory Board, Chandigarh, has decided to celebrate 1999 as "Social Welfare Awareness Festival".
Stating this here today Mrs Lajwanti, chairperson of the board, said during the celebrations, the focus would be on the problems being faced by the women folk and society as a whole. A subject would be selected every month and various activities relating to that subject would be organised as part of the celebrations. A calendar of activities had already been prepared after finalising the topics.
She said among the annual activities of awareness festival, women empowerment had been selected for March. The Social Welfare Advisory Boards of Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh were jointly organising a conference on women empowerment at the beginning of the international women's week on March 1 next at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh.
Mrs Lajwanti said the conference would be inaugurated by the chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi, Mrs Mridula Sinha.
Steps to streamline working of depts
CHANDIGARH, Feb 24 The Haryana Government has directed all the heads of department to prepare an annual action plan in the form of a calendar of works or jobs to be defined and monthly targets fixed section-wise and scheme-wise.
This decision has been taken to streamline the functioning of various departments and for achieving economy, improving efficiency, ensuring accountability in administration and monitoring of various plans and schemes.
They have been asked to personally review the calendar of works of jobs every month.
Drowned youths' bodies recovered
YAMUNANAGAR, Feb 24 The dead bodies of two youths, who were thrown into the Yamuna canal on Monday evening were recovered today.
According to report lodged in Yamunanager police station the two youths, Sanjay and Mohinder, were pushed into the canal by a group of around 12 persons who then pelted them with stones to prevent their coming out again.
The dead bodies were sent
for post mortem to the Civil Hospital, Yamunanagar. The
Yamunanagar police has arrested 4 persons, including
Anupam of Khizrabad village, about 30 k.m. from here and
Jaggi, Gurmeet and Harjeet of Mehlawali village under
Section 148, 149, 323, 302 IPC. It has also constituted 6
teams to investigate the case.
MDU VC starts functioning again
ROHTAK, Feb 24 Lt-Gen O.P. Kaushik (retd), today got back his functional powers as the Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University following the Punjab and Haryana Court's order restoring his powers yesterday.
Following certain complaints against him by the Registrar, the Chancellor had divested the Vice-Chancellor of his functional powers on February 18. The Vice-Chancellor challenged the order in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which stayed its operation.
Soon after resuming
charge, he cancelled the transfers of 30 deputy
registrars, assistant registrars and superintendents made
by the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Mr L.N. Dahiya, and the
Registrar, Mr Ashok Khemka.
Plying of buses sought
SIRSA, Feb 24 Resentment prevails among residents of Mandi Dabwali in the district and its adjoining areas against Haryana Roadways for suspending its bus service on the Chandigarh-Chautala route. A memorandum has been sent to the Transport Minister.
Social organisations of Mandi Dabwali have sought the plying of buses on the route.
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