Saturday, January 22, 2000,
Chandigarh, India




THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

BJP may garner 28 seats in Haryana
CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — The pressure applied by the Bharatiya Janata Party on Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala to give a generous share of Assembly seats to the former, is apparently yielding results.

Congress-BSP secret talks fail
CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — Secret talks between the Congress and the BSP for an alliance in the coming Assembly elections in Haryana have broken down, according to informed sources.

7 Haryana officials in the dock
CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — The Haryana State Vigilance Bureau registered a case on January 18 under Section 217/420/467/468/471/120-B and 13(1) of the DPC act at the police station of the bureau at Gurgaon against seven officials of the Revenue and Panchayat departments for commission of offences of forgery, cheating, using the forged documents as genuine and wilful ignorance of the stay orders of the Commissioner, Gurgaon, besides misusing the official position to cause wrongful loss to panchayat and wrongful gain to the beneficiaries and themselves.

Scindia, Vora to sift Haryana Cong list
KARNAL, Jan 21 — Despite instructions by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the top leadership of the Haryana Congress has so far been unable to sink their differences and personal prejudices as far as the selection of candidates for the coming Assembly poll is concerned.

For aspirants, campaign is on
HISAR, Jan 21 — While various political parties are yet to launch their campaign for the assembly elections scheduled for February 22, the individual candidates irrespective of their party affiliations have already started the same. However, entirely for the different reasons, as this campaign is only for getting the ticket.

BJP man dares Chautala to contest from Palwal
CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — As a sign of further deterioration of relations between the ruling INLD and the BJP in Haryana, a prominent leader of the latter, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, today dared Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to contest against him from Palwal.



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185-cr sports complex for Gurgaon
GURGAON: The sewage treatment plant here, inaugurated on December 28 by the Chief Minister of Haryana, is said to be the biggest in Asia. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs 26 crore under the Yamuna Action Plan of the central government. The sewage waste from residential and industrial colonies of the town as well as adjoining villages, is 'dumped' and the water re-used for agricultural purposes in the villages of Dhanwapur, Khiraki, Dhankot, Chandu, Budeda and Daultabad. Extra water finds its way into the Yamuna through Drain No. 8.

WHO plan covers 3.5 lakh slum dwellers
FARIDABAD, Jan 21 — More than 3.5 lakh slum dwellers have been covered in Faridabad District under the WHO-sponsored "reproductive child health scheme" launched in 1998.

Many seek yellow card; last date extended
AMBALA, Jan 21 — Yellow ration cards issued to those whose names feature in the Below Poverty Line list seem to have become a much sought after thing.

Chautala asks Press to be bold
YAMUNANAGAR, Jan 21 — Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, here today appreciated the role of journalism as the fourth wheel of democracy. He emphasised that the press should be bold and free from communalism.

Bar association suspends work
AMBALA, Jan 21 — The District Bar Association, Ambala, at an emergent meeting here today resolved to suspend work in all courts for January 21 and 22 to protest against the amendments made by the government in the Civil Procedure Code.

Forum directs doctor to pay 50,000 as relief
KAITHAL, Jan 21 — The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, consisting of Mr H.K. Mudgil, president and Ms Asha Bindlish and Mr Joginder Singh, members has directed a local orthopaedic surgeon, Dr R.K. Jindal, to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 with 18 per cent interest till realisation of the amount by the plaintiff and Rs 5000 as cost for causing harassment and mental agony, after holding the surgeon negligent and deficient in services while performing an operation in 1993.

In-laws booked for woman's death
SIRSA, Jan 21 — A newly wed woman, Tarawati, was allegedly poisoned to death in Kanwarpura village of the district.

69 panchayats reserved by draw of lots
KALKA, Jan 21 — Reservation of 69 panchayats falling in the Pinjore block was made yesterday in the office of the Block Development Officer by a draw of lots.

Plan to build 3 concrete roads
AMBALA, Jan 21 — Three main roads in Ambala city will be built of concrete. This was stated by former Deputy Speaker and local MLA of the dissolved Assembly, Mr Faquir Chand Aggarwal, here today.



 

BJP may garner 28 seats in Haryana
By Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — The pressure applied by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala to give a generous share of Assembly seats to the former, is apparently yielding results.

Latest reports from the INLD camp suggest that Mr Chautala is agreable to give as much as 28 seats to the BJP. Earlier Mr Devi Lal, Mr Chautala’s father and a former Deputy Prime Minister, had said that the BJP did not deserve more than 20 seats in Haryana.

However, senior INLD sources said today that Mr Chautala had agreed to give more than 25 seats to the BJP and the number might go up to 28. In the last Assembly elections, the BJP had fought in 25 seats as an ally of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP). By allowing the BJP to contest more than 25 seats will be a recognition on the part of the INLD chief of the BJP’s claim that it has, indeed, grown in strength in Haryana.

The sources added that it would be simply impossible to concede anything more than 28 seats to the BJP because the party did not have enough contestants. They also said there was no chance of including the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the INLD-BJP alliance.

Even though the SAD chief and the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, announced on Thursday that the SAD would be part of the alliance, the source ruled out that possibility, adding that even without having the SAD as an ally, the INLD would get the support of Mr Badal.

The sources also informed that there was no chance of an INLD-BSP alliance as an alternative to the INLD-BJP tie up. Sometime ago at a Cabinet meeting a few ministers reportedly advocated the renewal of the INLD’s ties with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The sources, however, said there was no such chance as it would not be possible for the two parties to resolve their differences over a very large number of seats. "We will not be able to leave the seats which the BSP is likely to stake claims on", the sources said, adding that Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were different ballgames altogether.

It is, however, not yet known whether the BJP will accept Mr Chautala’s offer of 28 seats to the BJP and keeping 62 seats for itself. The sources, however, hoped that Mr Murli Manohar Joshi, who had assigned by the BJP’s leadership to take a decision regarding Haryana, would be able to work out a solution acceptable to both parties.

The sources said Mr Chautala, who was in Yamunanagar today, might land up in Delhi from Yamunanagar and a conclusive decision regarding the INLD-BJP alliance could be announced.Top

 

Congress-BSP secret talks fail
By Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — Secret talks between the Congress and the BSP for an alliance in the coming Assembly elections in Haryana have broken down, according to informed sources.

The sources say the talks were failed because the Congress sort considered the conditions put by the BSP for an alliance as "totally unreasonable". The BSP, it is believed, had demanded 30 seats from the Congress.

It is learnt that the Congress is now toying with the idea of having some of arrangement with the party of Mr Ajit Singh, son of a former Prime Minister, Mr Charan Singh, because of his father's influence among Jats of the Sonepat belt. The Haryana Congress has kept a number of seats like Rohat, Rai, Mundhal Khurd, and Naraingarh pending. Naggal and Jundla have also been kept pending.

The sources say that no panel of candidates was made for Naggal after the former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, opposed the renomination of the sitting MLA, Mr Nirmal Singh, from there. The other senior leaders are believed to have pleaded that the Congress had no winning candidate from Naggal except Mr Nirmal Singh. Ultimately it was decided that the high command should take the final decision.

The Congress will take another four or five days to select its candidates. The state unit of the party had submitted the panels for various constituencies to the Central unit. Mr Moti Lal Vora and Mr Madhav Rao Scindia will now further shortlist the candidates and submit the lists to the Congress Working Committee, which has been converted into the parliamentary board. The CWC is busy these days finalising candidates for Bihar and Orissa, Haryana's turn will came in the last.

The following are the panels of candidates recommended by the Haryana Congress.

Kalka — Chander Mohan.

Naraingarh — Pending.

Sadhaura (S.C.) — Raj Bala, Deep Chand, Ravi Bhushan and Amar Singh Balti.

Chhachhrauli — Satpal Singh, Prof. Rati Ram, Thakur Singh, Naresh Kumar Kamboj and Raghbir Singh, Advocate.

Yamunanagar — Dr Jai Parkash Sharma, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Raj Kumar Tyagi, Ashwani Nanda, Ramesh Chamola and Sat Pal Kaushik.

Jagadhri — Nand Kumar Kamboj, Brij Mohan, Nilay Saini, Devender Chawla and Bal Kishan Goel.

Mullana — Phool Chand Mullana.

Ambala Cantt — Hira Lal Yadav, Brij Anand, Arjun Lal Kalra, Sudershan Dua and Neelam Sharma.

Ambala City — Om Parkash Aggarwal, Mrs Kiran Bala Jain, Dr Mrs Kailash Bhatt, Balwant Kumar Gupta, Dalip Chawla, Raj Kumar Gama, Arun Garg and Rantej Pal Jindal.

Nangal — Pending.

Indri — Dr Ram Parkash, Mrs Prasanni Devi and Nathi Ram Dhiman.

Nilokheri — Jai Singh Rana.

Karnal — Kuldeep Sharma, Jai Parkash Gupta, Suresh Kumar Gupta, Narender Chaudhary, Sumita Singh and Kamal Maan.

Jundla (S.C.) — Pending.

Gharaunda — Rajinder Kalyan, Harvinder Kalyan, Sohan Lal Gupta, Surinder Singh, Kunjpura, Ram Kishan Chauhan, Col Devender Singh and Prof Surjit Singh Kashyap. Top

 

7 Haryana officials in the dock
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — The Haryana State Vigilance Bureau registered a case on January 18 under Section 217/420/467/468/471/120-B and 13(1) of the DPC act at the police station of the bureau at Gurgaon against seven officials of the Revenue and Panchayat departments for commission of offences of forgery, cheating, using the forged documents as genuine and wilful ignorance of the stay orders of the Commissioner, Gurgaon, besides misusing the official position to cause wrongful loss to panchayat and wrongful gain to the beneficiaries and themselves.

The officials are the then Sub Registrar-cum-Revenue Officer, Gurgaon; Ajit Singh, Law Officer, Panchayat department Gurgaon, R.N. Sharma, Girdawar, Halqa Gurgaon, Man Singh, Patwari Halqa Wazirabad, Amar Chand, ex-registry clerk, Rakesh Kumar and two Assistant registry clerks, namely Dilbag Singh and Kakesh Chand.

A vigilance enquiry was conducted about the disputed land of Wazirabad gram panchayat in Gurgaon district comprised in khewat no 138, Khatanui no 168 to 188 measuring 437 bighas and 18 biswas.

There was a dispute between civil panchayat deh and the proprietors of Hyder Pur Viran village now a part of Wazirabad gram panchayat, Gurgaon.

The District Revenue Officer (DRO), Gurgaon, Mr Har Narain Singh, decided the case in favour of shamlat pattian in May, 1996, and the mutation number 2303 was entered to this effect. Shares of the bishwadar were also entered by mutation number 2304 which was sanctioned by the then Tehsildar, Mr Y.K. Chhoke, on May 19, 1996.

The civil panchayat deh had appealed against the orders of the DRO on May 13, 1996.

After many hearings, the Collector dismissed the appeal on March 2, 1998. The revision petition was filed by the gram panchayat before the Commissioner, Gurgaon division, who stayed the operation of the order of the Collector of Gurgaon on April 2, 1998.Top

 

Scindia, Vora to sift Haryana Cong list
From K.G. Dutt
Tribune News Service

KARNAL, Jan 21 — Despite instructions by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the top leadership of the Haryana Congress has so far been unable to sink their differences and personal prejudices as far as the selection of candidates for the coming Assembly poll is concerned.

Highly placed sources in the Congress high command told TNS that finding sharp differences amongst members of the state election committee over the nominations for Assembly seats, the Congress President has ultimately assigned the task to a two-member committee comprising Mr Madhavrao Scindia and Mr Moti Lal Vora to scrutinise the list and reach unanimity. These sources confided that thus far leaders of different factions of the Haryana Congress had failed to present a united show.

Personal and factional loyalties seem to have been the guiding factor instead of merits in making the nominations. For each seat and each district, the factional leaders, including Mr Bhajan Lal, Mr Birendar Singh, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala and other top leaders have pushed in their recommendations in the list to be finally presented to Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

The differences are reported to be so sharp that for each seat, excepting the sitting MLAs, there are four to six names. For instance, for the Karnal Assembly constituency, five names have been suggested, one each by each factional leader, according to confirmed sources. To surpass each other in factional fight both Mr Hooda and Mr Bhajan Lal are leaving even their old, trusted political associates in the lurch. It is reported that Mr Bhajan Lal is out to square his defeat in the last parliamentary poll with some applicants whose loyalty he started doubting after the election. If Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Hooda were allowed to have their say, the Congress might lose even a seat like Karnal where it could have a strong nominee in the form of a former Haryana minister who was once rated very high by Mr Bhajan Lal.Top

 

For aspirants, campaign is on
From Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

HISAR, Jan 21 — While various political parties are yet to launch their campaign for the assembly elections scheduled for February 22, the individual candidates irrespective of their party affiliations have already started the same. However, entirely for the different reasons, as this campaign is only for getting the ticket.

As the number of aspirants seeking ticket in all parties has grown up considerably, the competition has also become tough. Various methods are being used by such aspirants these days to influence the top leadership for allotting the ticket in their favour. This appears to be the first phase only. For some it may end here, while only a few will be lucky enough to carry it forward.

Recently Prof Chhaterpaul, former minister and Congress leader, organised a rally at Sisai village of the Ghirai assembly segment. The rally was well attended. The rally was organised obviously with sole purpose of managing the ticket. Mr Chhaterpaul had shot into prominence after he defeated former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal in the 1991 assembly elections. Notwithstanding his good prospectus, he does not want to take any chances. And he "continues to listen to the people’s problems", at least for the time being. Mr Harpal Singh Boora, organising secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, is also in the race for Ghirai.

Similarly the two strong aspirants for the BJP ticket from Hisar — Dr Kamal Gupta and Ms Sandhya Bajaj — are also "meeting people and learning about their problems". Their day starts early in the morning and ends late at night. Because, they want to meet everybody.

Ms Bajaj says she has always remained with the people. Although hopeful of the party ticket from Hisar, she admits it is the party’s discretion to allot tickets keeping in view so many factors. Moreover, she says since the BJP is a strong votary of 33 per cent reservation to women, she stands a fair chance of getting the ticket. "My job is to serve the people", she hastily adds. Even if she is not allotted the ticket, she will continue"to serve the people and the party". Ms Bajaj joined the BJP only three years back, when she was denied ticket by the Congress from Hisar.

Dr Kamal Gupta is also a strong candidate for the ticket. He contested on the BJP ticket in 1996 unsuccessfully. Since then, he has continuously maintained a live rapport with the people. He is equally hopeful for the ticket. It is difficult to trace him, since he is "always among the people", at least till the ticket is announced.

For the Congress there are two strong claimants. Mr Hari Singh Saini, former minister, who represented Hisar between 1991 to 1996. The industrialist-turned-politician, Mr O.P. Jindal, who joined the Congress a few months before the Lok Sabha elections, is also a strong candidate for the Hisar ticket. Both Mr Saini and Mr Jindal are camping at Delhi. Their supporters recently clashed with each other at the time of preparation of the photo identity cards here.

The Independents are also not lagging behind. A scientist in HAU, Dr Ved Pal Mehta, has also started campaigning, but not for the ticket, but for the votes. He claims, "since I am contesting as an indenpendent candidate, I only need people’s support.

Another Independent candidate, Mr Yeg Dut Setia, has also started his campaign. He expected the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) ticket from Hisar. Seeing bleak chances for the same, he opted as an Independent candidate. Both Dr Mehta and Mr Setia are banking upon the Punjabi votes, obviously making the job difficult for Mr Om Prakash Mahajan, who represented Hisar in the dissolved assembly.Top

 

BJP man dares Chautala to contest from Palwal
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — As a sign of further deterioration of relations between the ruling INLD and the BJP in Haryana, a prominent leader of the latter, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, today dared Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to contest against him from Palwal.

Mr Dalal was reacting to certain remarks reportedly made against him by Mr Chautala at a public meeting held at Palwal, the Assembly constituency of Mr Dalal, on January 19.

Mr Chautala reportedly called Mr Dalal a "defector and power hungry". The Chief Minister reportedly urged the Palwal voters to ensure a humiliating defeat of Mr Dalal in the coming elections just as he (Mr Chautala) had humbled Mr Dalal in the race for chief ministership after the fall of the Bansi Lal Government.

Mr Dalal rang up TNS from Delhi and said everyone in Haryana was aware that the "biggest defector of the state is Mr Chautala himself". He said the INLD leader had changed parties so many times that he himself could not recollect the names of the parties he had been in. The BJP leader said so far Mr Chautala had not contested two consecutive elections on the same symbol.

The former MLA from Palwal said he was a disciplined soldier of the BJP and would abide by the directive of the party but if Mr Chautala wanted to test his popularity, he was welcome to contest against him from Palwal where the INLD leader would meet his Waterloo.

Mr Dalal said he and his colleagues in the BJP had been maintaining decorum dictated by the alliance between the BJP and the INLD. However, Mr Chautala, he said, often transgressed the bounds of decency and ridiculed the BJP and its leaders behind their back. First, Mr Chautala, the BJP leader said, publicly ridiculed a senior Haryana BJP leader, Mr Sita Ram Singla, and now the Chief Minister had gone on record against him (Mr Dalal).

He said Mr Chautala should not forget that he had become the Chief Minister only because of the support of the BJP. In future too the INLD would not be able to come to power without the support of the BJP. Mr Chautala should not ignore this ground reality while making uncharitable remarks against the BJP leaders, he added.Top

 

WHO plan covers 3.5 lakh slum dwellers
Tribune News Service

FARIDABAD, Jan 21 — More than 3.5 lakh slum dwellers have been covered in Faridabad District under the WHO-sponsored "reproductive child health scheme" launched in 1998.

The project aims at serving pregnant mothers and newly born children. The service is given free of cost to lower the mortality rate of mothers, infants and also the birth rate.

In order to achieve the objectives of the scheme, referral units have been set up at the Municipal Corporation dispensary in Old Faridabad and at the ESI dispensary in Sector 8. Thirty-two mini-subcentres have also been made operational in various parts of the district.

The referral units provide services like medical termination of pregnancy, oral polls and delivery round-the-clock. More than 242 sterilisations and 380 abortions have so far been performed.

Three community health centres at Hodal, Hathin and Kurali are also rendering the services available in the referral units.

The Rs 7.5 crore reproductive child health scheme is for five years. A sum of Rs 3 crore has already been allotted for the construction of buildings of the referral units in sectors 3 and 30. A sum of Rs 10 lakh each would be spent for constructing operating theatres and labour rooms at Kurali. Hodal and Hatin and Rs 10 lakh for a post-mortem centre at B.K. Hospital in Faridabad.

In order to create awareness about family welfare, immunisation and other health activities in the slum areas an audio-visual van has been purchased for dissemination of information, education and communication by showing documentary films.Top

 

Many seek yellow card; last date extended
Tribune News Service

AMBALA, Jan 21 — Yellow ration cards issued to those whose names feature in the Below Poverty Line list seem to have become a much sought after thing.

The Additional DC of Ambala, Mr Mahinder Kumar, said there has been a good response from people for addition of names to the Below Poverty Line list which entitles them to the yellow coloured ration card. He said the applications would be scrutinised to ensure that only genuine cases are added to the list.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Kumar said due to the good response from the people, the last date for filing application forms has been extended from January 10 to January 31.

"The 1997-98 survey found that 18,287 persons lived below the poverty line here. Since that survey, we have been receiving requests from people, specially from far-flung rural areas, that they be included in the list," he said.

He said persons whose names are on the Below Poverty Line list, would be issued yellow ration cards while the general public will be issued either white or green coloured ration card. The people living below the poverty line have been put into four categories. Mr Kumar said the annual income of the family must not exceed Rs 24,300 or Rs 2,050 per month.

The Additional DC said those below the poverty line would be provided ration through the Public Distribution System at subsidised rates. Also, such families would be given priority in giving of loans to encourage self-employment.Top

 

Chautala asks Press to be bold
From Our Correspondent

YAMUNANAGAR, Jan 21 — Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, here today appreciated the role of journalism as the fourth wheel of democracy. He emphasised that the press should be bold and free from communalism.

Mr Chautala said this while speaking at the 14th death anniversary of journalist O.P. Dutta.

Later, addressing mediapersons, he said only winning candidates would be given tickets for the ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections. He further said he had no objection to give 60 seats to the BJP if the candidates of that party were able to win all the seats allotted to them.

Later on, Mr Chautala addressed a rally at Dasehra Ground. Those who spoke on the occasion included Mrs Kailasho Devi, MP from Kurukshetra and Mr Ashok Arora, Speaker, Vidhan Sabha.Top

 

Bar association suspends work
From Our Correspondent

AMBALA, Jan 21 — The District Bar Association, Ambala, at an emergent meeting here today resolved to suspend work in all courts for January 21 and 22 to protest against the amendments made by the government in the Civil Procedure Code (CPP).

Members of the association expressed their views that the amendment in the CPC was anti-people and anti-litigant. By this amendment, procedural law of amendments of pleadings and additional evidence had been deleted from the statute book, they added.

The association, in a resolution, said that the parliamentarians were bent upon scuttling justice under the garb of expediting the decision of cases or their speedy disposal. It seems that the legislation has acted on the principle “justice delayed is justice denied”. But at the same time it should have also been kept in mind while making such drastic changes in the long-lasting procedural aspects that “justice hurried is said to be justice buried”.

The association urged the President of India not to give his assent to such “anti-people” legislation since the amendments made in the procedural law would have far-reaching consequences in affecting the fundamental rights of the persons coming to the courts to seek justice.Top

 

Forum directs doctor to pay 50,000 as relief
From Our Correspondent

KAITHAL, Jan 21 — The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, consisting of Mr H.K. Mudgil, president and Ms Asha Bindlish and Mr Joginder Singh, members has directed a local orthopaedic surgeon, Dr R.K. Jindal, to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 with 18 per cent interest till realisation of the amount by the plaintiff and Rs 5000 as cost for causing harassment and mental agony, after holding the surgeon negligent and deficient in services while performing an operation in 1993.

Mr Jagannath, resident of Bhana village, sustained injuries on his forearm and was operated upon by the surgeon in March 1993 and a plate with a nail and inserted in the forearm of the patient. Later on, it was found that infection had spread in the area. Following which, the patient was asked to get the pus culture which diagnosed the infection ss caused by negative bacilli.

In the complaint before the consumer forum in December 1994, it was complained that the infection had gone deep and may cut short the life of the complainant. The patient then went to Civil Hospital, Kaithal where it was pointed out that the infection was caused by the infected plate. Subsequently, the patient was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, where the plate and the nail were removed through an operation.

The patient had sought a compensation of Rs 5 lakh from the erring doctor.

The surgeon maintained that the complainant was not a consumer in view of a judgement of the Madras High Court. Secondly, the instruments and the implanted plate were properly sterilised and the patient was given proper antibiotics prior to and after the operation and there was no negligence on the part of the doctor.

After going through the arguments put up by both sides, the consumer forum came to the conclusion that the respondent implanted an infected plate and nail in the forearm of the complainant and did not provide proper service and the patient suffered as a result of negligence on the part of the doctor.Top

 

In-laws booked for woman's death
From Our Correspondent

SIRSA, Jan 21 — A newly wed woman, Tarawati, was allegedly poisoned to death in Kanwarpura village of the district.

A police press note today said on a complaint by the father of the deceased, Ram Swarup of Hanumangarh, Rajasthan, the police had booked her husband, Inder Singh, his mother, Santosh, and uncle, Jagdish, under Sections 498-A/304 B/34 of the IPC.

Ram Swarup said that his other daughter married to Inder Singh's brother, had told him that she had overheard her in-laws allegedly discussing a plan of killing Tarawati. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

In another incident, nine persons were injured in a quarrel between two groups over a land dispute in the district. The dispute was between the families of Dhokan Ram and Manphool of Karamgarh village.

Meanwhile, in four different cases, five persons have been arrested in the district.

The arrested include Malkiat Singh of Mallekan village, Gurpreet of Kewal village, and Darshan Singh of Baragura village.Top

 

69 panchayats reserved by draw of lots
From Our Correspondent

KALKA, Jan 21 — Reservation of 69 panchayats falling in the Pinjore block was made yesterday in the office of the Block Development Officer by a draw of lots.

According to Mr Kanwar Pal Singh, BDO, nine panchayats had been allotted to Scheduled Caste candidates, five to Scheduled Caste women candidates and 18 for women candidates belonging to the general category.

The nine panchayats which have been reserved for SC candidates are, Janauli, Majra Mehtab, Nangal Rootal, Kona, Kharak Mangoli, Surajpur, Ganeshpur Bhorian, Dhamala, Ferojpurkalan.

The five panchayats reserved for women Scheduled candidates are Vasudevpura, Barh, Chandi Mandir, Budan Pur, Gorakhnath.

The 18 panchayats kept for women of general category are Chiken, Banai Khuda Baksh, Joluwal, Lohgarh, Bhogpur, Paploha, Rampur Jangi, Khera Sita Ram, Kheranwali Dewanwala, Haripur, Nada, Tipra, Bhagwanpura, Chowki, Islam Nagar, Maheshpur, Kandyala. Remaining 37 panchayats have been kept for general candidates.

The BDO further stated that the post of Chairman of the block Samite had also gone to a woman Scheduled Caste candidate.Top

 

Plan to build 3 concrete roads
From Our Correspondent

AMBALA, Jan 21 — Three main roads in Ambala city will be built of concrete. This was stated by former Deputy Speaker and local MLA of the dissolved Assembly, Mr Faquir Chand Aggarwal, here today.

He said the government had sanctioned Rs 40,44,000 for this project. Three roads from Civil Hospital to Sarafa Bajar, GT Road to Do Khambha Chowk and Layalpur Basti road had been selected for the purpose.

Mr Aggarwal said besides these roads, six roads of surrounding villages Panjokhra, Jandli, Janetpur, Barnala and Ramdas Nagar had also been finalised.Top

 

Red alert in Army area
From Our Correspondent

AMBALA, Jan 21 — A red alert was sounded in the Army area here last evening when some material suspected to be explosive and kept in a transistor and a box was found at the place.

According to information, a sweeper of the Army first noticed that a transistor and a box were lying in the area. He immediately informed Army officers about the matter. The police was also informed.

According to the Superintendent of Police, Mr Navdeep Singh Virak, it had not been established so far whether the transistor contained any explosive.Top

 

Anti-copying forum constituted
From Our Correspondent

BHIWANI, Jan 21 — The Board of School Education, Haryana, has formed an anti-copying forum in order to curb copying during examinations.

The meeting of this forum was held recently which was presided over by Prof Jagdish K. Sihag, Secretary of the board.

Members of the forum discussed in detail various aspects of copying. The unanimous view of the members was that flying squads should be given powers to take on-the-spot decisions while inspecting examination.

The members felt the support of civil and police administration, panchayats, teachers etc should be taken to curb the menace of copying.Top

 

Krishan Swaroop to be CPM nominee
From Our Correspondent

FATEHABAD, Jan 21 — The CPM has decided to field Mr Krishan Swaroop, a member of the state secretariat of the party and its district secretary, from Fatehabad in the coming Assembly elections. The candidature of Mr Krishan Swaroop was decided at a meeting of the district secretariat of the party, according to a press note issued here yesterday.

The party had decided to launch a five-day awareness drive in the district on January 27. Mr Krishan Swaroop would file his nomination papers on February 20.Top

 

33 lakh kids to get polio drops
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — The Haryana Health department has made all arrangements to administer oral polio drops to 33 lakh children aged up to five during the fourth phase of the National Immunisation Programme at 11,000 polio protection centres on January 23.

Stating this here today, Mr O.P. Mahajan, Health Minister, said the campaign had got 100 per cent success in the last three rounds held in October, November and December.

Mr Mahajan urged the people, especially social organisations, to take part in the drive in a big way and motivate the children.Top

 

Prohibitory orders
From Our Correspondent

ROHTAK, Jan 21 — The District Magistrate has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144, CrPC, from tomorrow in the district in view of the Assembly elections. It will remain inforce till March 5.

The order bans carrying of licenced weapons or lethal arms in the district. The persons possessing arms have been asked to deposit these in the nearest police station. However, policemen and government officials on duty are exempted from the order.Top

 

Awareness rally
From Our Correspondent

GURGAON, Jan 21 — The Rotary Club, Gurgaon, today held a rally here to make the residents aware of the polio immunisation camp to be held on January 23. The rally was flagged off by Dr N.K. Jain, Civil Surgeon, Gurgaon.

Nearly 700 students and staff members of Rotary Public School and Rotarians participated in the rally.Top

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DISTRICT DIARY

185-cr sports complex for Gurgaon
From Sameer Sabharwal

GURGAON: The sewage treatment plant here, inaugurated on December 28 by the Chief Minister of Haryana, is said to be the biggest in Asia. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs 26 crore under the Yamuna Action Plan of the central government. The sewage waste from residential and industrial colonies of the town as well as adjoining villages, is 'dumped' and the water re-used for agricultural purposes in the villages of Dhanwapur, Khiraki, Dhankot, Chandu, Budeda and Daultabad. Extra water finds its way into the Yamuna through Drain No. 8.

This not only leads to better hygienic conditions, but also prevents the effluents from turning farmers' lands brackish.

The Haryana Government has approved a Rs 3.70 crore project to widen the Gurgaon bypass up to Sohana, a stretch of 26 km. This stretch is accident-prone due to the heavy movement of dumpers from the mines in the area. The tenders have already been approved and work is scheduled to begin shortly.

An amount of Rs 55 crore has been earmarked for the strengthening and repair of roads in the district, out of a total state plan outlay of Rs 500 crore. Major roads of the city and villages are to be repaired by the Marketing Board, PWD, Panchayati Raj and HUDA.

It is hoped that the authorities concerned will take a longer-term view of the repair works in the pipeline by ensuring proper drainage systems alongside the roads because on earlier occasions the money spent on similar repair works had brought only short-lived relief to commuters. The next monsoon had invariably led to a complete breakdown of the roads.

A Rs 185-crore project for developing a sports-cum-cultural complex here has finally been approved by the Haryana Government and may soon see light of day.

The project, which was first mooted by Mr Devender Singh, the then Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon, about three years back, is being developed in an area of 60 acres. The complex is to be constructed with the private participation and will have facilities for several sports, including a cricket stadium of international standard, tennis courts and a gymnasium. The complex will also house commercial establishments.

Acting swiftly on the demands raised by some entrepreneurs, the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) authorities have completed significant development work in the prestigious Udyog Vihar industrial area.

The main roads have been given a facelift with red sandstone adorning the berms. Community centres with facilities for commercial establishments have been developed and parks and other green belts cleaned out and secured with boundary walls and fences. Roads are being re-carpeted and street lights repaired. The local authorities emphasise that "development" is their new mantras to attract investment in their industrial parks spread across the state and Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon, is a feather in the cap for the corporation.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has started a campaign here for the past three months to focus on the essential services and community assets, for the benefit of plot holders and the public in general.

According to the Chief Administrator, HUDA, Mr Ankur Gupta, all direction and plot indicating boards have been re-painted or replaced. Patchwork on the roads of various sectors has been completed. In addition, around 31,000 sq-metre roads, which were badly damaged, have been re-carpeted under the special campaign for the repair of roads.

Mr Gupta further maintained that a 3-km water supply pipeline of various sizes has been laid and the canal water supply has been extended to Sectors 15 and 31, part of Sushant Lok and Qutub Enclave. A 3.4-km sewer line has also been laid and 5.3 km of storm water drainage of various sizes has been constructed.

The Community Centre building of Sector 10-A costing about Rs 25 lakh has been completed, whereas the buildings like the police stations in Sectors 15 and 38 and the Fire Station in Sector 29 are nearing completion.

He said about 90 per cent of street lights were working and the remaining being repaired. As many as 1800 trees and 2,800 shrubs were being planted and two new parks developed every month, to improve the environment of the town. Top

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