|Wednesday, February 2, 2000,
Infighting in Haryana BJP surfaces
115 file nomination papers
Third Front identifies 50
Haryana Sikhs in dilemma
SAD nominees announced
INLD men 'disrupt' party meeting
Godara not to revolt against INLD
Eatables, sport goods among poll
Poll code: notices served on two
EVMs to be used in 45
insurance scheme for students
4 held on murder, dacoity charges
Four booked for rape attempt
Murder case: police inaction
Independent to meet poll expense
VC's resignation demanded
Infighting in Haryana BJP surfaces
CHANDIGARH, Feb 1 Even before the Haryana BJP could put its show on road after reaching a seat-sharing arrangement with the INLD following a long war of attrition, the party has been overtaken by a severe bout of infighting.
Internal dissensions of the party, which boasts of a disciplined cadre, have come out in the open as never before. So much so the party workers even indulged in arson at Gurgaon to protest against the denial of the ticket to a veteran leader, Mr Sita Ram Singla.
In Yamunanagar unnamed party workers have threatened to immolate themselves if the party did not reconsider its decision to renominate another veteran leader, Dr Kamla Verma.
According to informed sources, the party has virtually been divided vertically between two lobbies the Brahmins and the Punjabis on one side and the Banias and the Jats on the other.
Several workers and party leaders see the seat-sharing arrangement with the INLD as a "sell-out" by a section of the Central and state leadership to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala. They are also agitated over what they perceive as the blatant interference by the INLD supremo in the internal affairs of the BJP.
The senior vice-president of the All-India Kisan Morcha, a front organisation of the BJP, Mr Mahinder Singh Lather, a kin of the former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Devi Lal, has not minced words in giving voice to these sentiments. He has even offered to quit his post.
Mr Lather has gone to the extent of alleging that the work of identifying the seats and selecting candidates for the Haryana BJP had been done by Mr Chautala and the BJP high command had failed to protect the interests of the party as well as its workers.
The BJP is yet to deny what Mr Lather said yesterday while quoting the state unit president, Mr Om Prakash Grover. Mr Lather told newsmen that Mr Grover too shared his anguish and said the Central leadership had thrown the state leadership into a deep well after tying its hands and feet.
In a telephonic talk with TNS Lather said Mr Chautala had made it a prestige issue with the BJP that it would not be given any Jat dominated seats nor the party would nominate any Jat candidate. The BJP had to surrender the Palwal and Gohana seats to the INLD though the party had winning candidates from these places.
The sources confirm that the INLD leadership left no one in the BJP in doubt that if the party insisted on contesting either Palwal or even nominated Mr Karan Singh Dalal, who represented this seat in the dissolved House, from any other constituency, the alliance between the two parties would be over.
In view of the helplessness expressed by the BJP leaders to come to his rescue, Mr Dalal has now decided to file his papers from Palwal tomorrow as a candidate of the Republican Party of India. The BJP has lost a leader popular in the Faridabad belt. So for the BJP, which wants to go to villages, has not named any Jat candidate.
Similarly, there is resentment among members of the Aggarwal community over the alleged neglect of the community by the BJP in the matter of ticket distribution. Representatives of the community in the party say that the BJP had fielded five Aggarwal candidates in 1996. This time it has replaced three Aggarwal candidates Prof Ganeshi Lal (Sirsa), Mr Faqir Chand Aggarwal (Ambala City) and Mr Sita Ram Singla (Gurgaon) by Punjabi candidates. But the party replaced the same number of Punjabi candidates by members of the same community.
A senior Haryana BJP leader, who did not want to be identified, made a weird comment: "Andar roye baania; Bahar roye Jaat; BJP ke thatham thaat;" giving vent to the anger of the workers of the two communities.
He said if these former MLAs had been denied the ticket because they had become unpopular in their constituencies, the same criteria could and should have been applied in case of many others as well.
Certain BJP leaders allege a senior Haryana BJP leader reached a clandestine understanding with the INLD leadership to use its influence over the Central BJP leadership to deny the ticket to those who were considered in the camp opposite to the BJP leader and did not belong to his community.
The BJP cadre is also upset over the fact that not only the party leaders came down meekly from their demand of 35 seats to 29 but also accepted certain seats like Adampur (the traditional seat of former Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal) where the defeat of the party nominees is near certain.
Even the BJP leadership is upset over the fact that several members of the Chautala ministry have filed their papers as Independent candidates from those constituencies which have been allotted to the BJP and are still in the ministry.
The sources say the state BJP has written to the Central leadership that Mr Chautala should be told to drop such ministers immediately because their presence in the ministry is sending a wrong signal to the electorate.
It may be pointed out that those ministers who were denied the INLD ticket from those constituencies which are being contested by the INLD, have already quit the ministry.
The Haryana BJP
president told TNS that there was no possibility of any
change in either the list of the candidates already
announced by the party nor in the constituencies allotted
to it in the seat-sharing arrangement.
115 file nomination papers
CHANDIGARH, Feb 1 Over 115 persons filed their nomination papers in various constituencies for the ensuing Haryana Assembly elections.
Prominent among those who filed their nomination papers today were Mr Aman Kumar Nagra, President of the Haryana BSP (Sadhaura); Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala of the Congress (Narwana); Dr Kamla Verma of the BJP (Yamunanagar); Mr Mohd Ilyas of the INLD (Ferozepur Jhirka) and Mr Sukhdev Singh Gobindgarh, President of the Haryana unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Ambala city).
As a sign of growing dissidence in the BJP, two persons other than authorised nominee, Dr Kamla Verma, also filed their nominations from Yamunanagar. They are Mr Surjit Mehta and Mr Kewal Krishan. A section of the party in Yamunanagar is demanding a change in the party nominee.
The INLD also suffered a setback when its Panipat district President, Mr Dharampal Gupta, revolted against the allotment of the Panipat seat to the BJP and filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate.
Besides Mr Gobindgarh three more SAD men, Mr Harbhajan Singh, Mr Tejinder Pal Singh and Ms Kartar Kaur, filed their nomination papers today. The last three named filed their papers for the Shahabad constituency which has been allotted to the BJP. Mr Gobindgarh has also filed his nomination papers from a BJP-allotted seat.
HISAR: Even as the Congress is yet to officially announce its candidates for the February 22 elections, Mr Om Prakash Jindal, filed his nomination papers as a Congress candidate from the Hisar Assembly segment.
On the other hand the rebel Congress leader, Mr Hari Singh Saini, announced that he will file his nomination papers tomorrrow. Mr Saini claimed, there had been no official declaration in this regard as yet. He contested the claim of Mr Jindal for filing his nominaiton papers from Hisar as a Congress candidate.
However, Congress circles have already confirmed that Mr Jindal was to be the Congress candidate from Hisar. This was substantiated by the presence of several district level Congress leaders, including the District Congress Committee, president, Ms Sushila Sharma, at a rally organised before Mr Jindal filed his nomination papers.
It was an impressive show organised by the supporters of Mr Jindal at the Old Government College grounds. Subsequently Mr Jindal was brought to the venue of the filing of nomination papers in a procession. Mr Jindal stood in an open car waving to the crowds and was followed by his supporers in a convoy of vehicles.
Mr Bir Singh Dalal, an Indian National Lok Dal leader also filed his nomination papers as an Independent from the Mandi Adampur Assembly segment. The constituency had been allocated to the BJP in the seat sharing arrangement between the INLD and the BJP.
Jind (FOC): Mr Randip Surjewala, former MLA and a Congress candidate from the Narwana Assembly constituency, today filed his nomination papers at Narwana in the presence of Mr Bal Ram Jakhar, former Lok Sabha Speaker, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, former Punjab Minister, Mr Chhatar Pal former Haryana Minister, Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, former president of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee and father of Mr Randip Surjewala. Before filing nomination papers Mr Randip Surjewala was brought in a big procession from Navdeep Stadium to the court of Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Civil) at Narwana. Mr Bal Ram Jakhar and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal accompanied Mr Randip Surjewala in an open Jeep.
Earlier addressing a public meeting at Navdeep Stadium, Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala alleged that there was an unholy alliance between the Indian National Lok Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party. He said ideology of both the alliance partners was different and they had entered into an alliance for their selfish motives. He said their alliance would not last long. He said the INLD-BJP alliance would not get more than 30 seats in the coming Assembly elections, because internally they were opposing each other.
Mr Surjewala said the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala was pursuing anti-people policies. He alleged that farmers of the State had suffered huge loss after the INLD-BJP government led by Mr Om Prakash Chautala came into power. He said farmers had to sell their paddy and cotton much below the support price as the government procurement agencies had failed to buy cotton and paddy at the support price.
Mr Surjewala alleged that before coming to power Mr Chautala had promised that he would give free power and water to farmers. But he had failed to fulfil his promise after coming to power. He said Mr Chautala had deceived the farmers by making false promises to them.
Mr Surjewala said corruption had increased and law and order situation has considerably deteriorated in the State after Mr Chautala took over.
Rohtak (FOC): Mr Tarif Singh of Bharan village filed his nomination as a Haryana Vikas Party candidate from the Meham Assembly segment today.
Mr Sukhbir Singh of Bhaini Chandarpal village filed his nomination as a covering candidate for him. Mr Dalip of Bainsi village also filed his nomination as a BSP candidate and Mr Kuldeep of Madina village as a Shoshit Samaj Party candidate for the same seat.
Third Front identifies 50 constituencies
CHANDIGARH, Feb 1 The 'Third Front', comprising the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), the Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann), the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and five other organisations, have identified 50 constituencies in Haryana where it will put up its candidates for the coming ensuing Assembly elections.
The list of constituencies where the Third Front would put up contestants was decided at a meeting held this afternoon at the SHSAD office here. Representatives from all nine constituents of the Front took part in the meeting, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of the SHSAD, said.
Mr Chandumajra said that a sub-committee with representatives from all constituents had been set up for coordination among the partners. The panel was to meet at Ambala on February 6 and formally announce the names of the candidates.
The SHSAD leader said efforts to include the BSP in the Third Front was still on. Even if the BSP did not formally join the alliance, there was a strong possibility of the BSP and the Third Front reaching an understanding on various seats, he added. A similar informal understanding could be worked out by the Third Front with the HVP as well.
He said it was decided at today's meeting that the BKU would contest 20 seats, the SHSAD seven, the SAD (Mann) five and the NCP in 10. The remaining seats would be distributed among the Samajwadi Janata Party (Chandra Shekhar), the Punjabi Forum, the Ambedkar Manch and the other constituents of the Front.
Mr Chandumajra added that the experiment of the Third Front in Haryana was the beginning of a nationwide exercise attempting to bring the non-Congress, non-BJP parties under one umbrella. He said the NCP chief, Mr Sharad Pawar, the Samajwadi Party chief, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, and a former Prime Minister, Mr Chandra Shekhar would take part at a function in Delhi next week when the election menifesto of the hird Tront would be released.
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra , Mr Simranjit Singh Mann and the leaders of Haryana also would be present.
Ambala city, Naraingarh,
Yamunanagar, Rajaund, Jagadhari, Nilokheri, Assandh,
Panipat, Karnal, Rori, Indi, Pundri, Sonepat, etc. are
some of the 50 constituencies where the Third Front
candidates will take part in the contest. Mr Chandumajra
said Mr Malkit Singh a nominee of the SAD (Mann), would
be the candidates of the Front from the Rori consituency
where the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala,
is the INLD candidate.
Haryana Sikhs in dilemma
KARNAL, Feb 1 The Sikhs in Haryana are disappointed. First they were ditched by the Haryana Chief Minister Mr Om Prakash Chautala and now by Mr Prakash Singh Badal (SAD) has started speaking in a different tone.
Before the announcements of nominees for the ensuring Assembly poll by the INLD, it was expected that Mr Chautala would leave a couple of seats for the Akali Dal. But the INLD did no such thing. In fact, Mr Sukhdev Singh Gobindgarh, President of the Haryana Akali Dal, had been claiming that the party would enter a poll alliance with the INLD and the BJP in Haryana.
So much so that the Akali Dal had announced the names of seats which it wanted to contest. These were Mandi Dabwali, Ratia, Sirsa, Shahabad, Pehowa, Guhla, Asandh, Jundala, Safidon and Karnal city.
A strong group in the Haryana Akali Dal is of the opinion that the Akali Dal should go it alone in Haryana and put up candidates in some seats.
Its political calculations are based on the premises that there are over 35 lakh Sikhs in Haryana. The party has a fair support in about 20 Assembly constituencies where it can tilt the balance. It is fact that the Akali Dal on its own cannot register victory in any constituency. But in alliance with the INLD, it is in a position to win over a couple of seats.
The Akali Dal now has plans to contest at least 12 seats in Haryana, according to sources close to Mr Sukhdev Singh Gobindgarh.
However, even in these seats, the Akali Dal is not sure that it will get the support of Sikhs enmasse. It is so because the Sarb Hind Akali Dal led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra also has strong influence and support among the Sikh masses.
The gathering at the recent Akali Conference organised by the Sarb Hind Akali Dal at Asandh clearly shows Mr Tohra has a significant following in the areas of Nisingh, Asandh, Safidon and Jundala.
Furthermore, the Tohra group has a sizeable following among the Sikh settled in Ambala, Yamunanagar and Karnal areas. The influence of the Badal group is limited to areas along the Punjab border, Sirsa district. Shahabad and pockets of Karnal.
Therefore, it is well nigh impossible for any Akali group to register a victory at the hustings in the coming Haryana Assembly poll on its own.
As the Badal group has been left in the lurch, by the INLD supremo, the Tohra group now is engaged in forging a political alliance with the BKU. Its General Secretary, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, is striving for a third front in Haryana.
The Sikhs in the state seem to be disenchanted with the Punjab leadership. For one, no Akali group has taken up the cause of the Haryana Sikhs strongly and vociferously so far.
Second, even some institutions started by the SGPC in Haryana are languishing. The instance of a college started by the SGPC in Panjokhra village (Ambala) in memory of Guru Gobind Singh is an example. The college is reported to be facing financial stringency.
Similarly, the proposed Medical college at Shahabad has not so far taken off. Mr Tohra had promised to build a "fine" medical institution in Shahbad when he was the SGPC chief.
The Sikhs in Haryana are faced with numerous problems. The Haryana Sikh Forum has raised the issue of proper representation of Sikhs from time to time. Ordinary Sikhs are in a dilemma as to whom to back in the coming elections.
Neither the INLD nor the
BJP or the Congress have espoused their cause
effectively. The two man Akali Dals have also failed to
take concrete steps for their welfare. In such a
situation, Sikh support cannot be taken for granted by
SAD nominees announced
AMBALA, Feb 1 Sukhdev Singh Gobindgarh, President, SAD, Haryana, filed his nomination papers for the Ambala City constituency here yesterday. Earlier the SAD, Haryana unit, had announced that it would go in for an electoral alliance with the INLD, and the BJP for the assembly poll.
After filing the nomination papers, Mr Gobindgarh said since the SAD did not get any positive response from the alliance partners even after waiting for several days, the party had decided to contest on its own.
He said his party would contest more than two dozen seats. The candidates included Mr Baldev Singh from Chhachhrauli, Mr Darshan Singh from Panipat, Mr Sahib Singh Virk from Kaithal, Mr Harbhajan Singh from Indri, Mr Tajinder Singh Dhillon from Shahbad, Mr Joginder Singh Chawla from Yamunanagar, Mr Amarjit Singh Mangi from Jagadhri, Mr Karnail Singh from Faridabad (NIT) and Mr Gurbhajan Singh from Safidon.
INLD men 'disrupt' party
FATEHABAD, Feb 1 At a workers meeting of Indian National Lok Dal INLD called by the party's nominee for the Fatehabad Assembly seat, Mr Leela Krishan Choudhary, here today was marred today by protest by a section of party workers who were opposing his nomination on the plea that he was a new entrant to the party.
The meeting was addressed by the Haryana Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, an INLD MP, Dr Sushil Indora, the INLD (women wing) president of the district unit, Mrs Krishana Poonia, Mr Mohan Lal Juneja and Mr Sant Kumar Tuteja.
As soon as the workers meeting started, a group of party workers owing allegiance to a senior INLD leader, Mr Joginder Singh Virk, started a parallel meeting in the adjoining lawn of the local Arorwansh Dharamshala where the workers meeting was held. The workers expressed resentment at the party leadership alloting the party ticket to a person who had recently joined the party after leaving the Congress. They alleged that Mr Leela Krishan had no affinity with the party workers. They demanded that the party should nominate any of the old party workers from Fatehabad.
As the local party leaders went on with their speeches, the agitated workers stood on one side of the meeting site but as soon as Mr Leela Krishan stood to address the workers, the group of workers standing in the adjoining lawn came to the meeting venue and started raising slogans against him though a party MP, Dr Sushil Indora tried to pacify the agitated workers.
The situation worsened
when some agitated workers took control of the mike and
asked the workers sitting in the meeting to boycott it.
It was only when the state Finance, Mr Sampat Singh,
arrived on the scene that situation came under control.
Godara not to revolt against
FATEHABAD, Feb 1 Former Haryana Home Minister Mani Ram Godara feels piqued at being denied party ticket in the forthcoming Assembly elections by INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala but says the Chief Minister must have some solid reasons for doing so.
Mr Godara, who represented the Bhattu Kalan Assembly seat in the dissolved Assembly, after joining the INLD was hoping to contest from Bhattu Kalan or Fatehabad. However, his name did not figure in the list of candidates announced by the party.
Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, he said he had joined the INLD at the behest of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal. But that, he said, did not mean that the octogenarian leader engineered his defection from the party. He said he had already decided to leave the HVP and even the former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal knew it.
He said the question of fielding a person from a particular constituency depended on the circumstances of that particular case.
Mr Godara refuted a news report published in a section of the Press that he might revolt against the INLD. He said he was a member of the INLD and would work for its victory.
Asked whether he would
campaign for Mr Sampat Singh at Bhattu Kalan and Mr Leela
Krishan at Fatehabad, he said the Chief Minister had
already announced that the INLD would contest these
elections under his guidance.
Eatables, sport goods among poll
AMBALA, Feb 1 The list of free symbols, 96 in all, for independent candidates for the forthcoming Assembly elections has fruits and vegetables, motored vehicles, musical instruments and kitchen items.
Independent candidates keen to tap the health-conscious and fat-free food segment can go for apple, banana, basket containing vegetables, bread, brinjal, carrot, coconut, maize or pineapple. There is cake and ice cream as well. Motoring enthusiasts can find aeroplane, bus, car, jeep, fire engine, railway engine and road roller. The list also includes baby doll, frock, bangles, ladies' purse, bead necklace and doli.
Candidates keen to tap the intellectual class can opt for book or bookrest. Office-goers can be impressed by the briefcase symbol and the teaching fraternity by the blackboard symbol. Cricket enthusiasts may be bowled over by the independent candidate if he opts for bat, ball or batsman. Music fans can be won over by flute, harmonium or violin.
The list of free symbols
also includes bungalow, basket, bench, bell, brush,
bucket, carrom board, ceiling fan, chair, comb, cot,
desk, door, hand pump, hangar, inkpot and pen, iron, lock
and key, scissors, sewing machine, spoon, stool, table,
table lamp, wool and television. Then there are kitchen
items like cup and saucer, fork, frying pan, gas
cylinder, gas stove, glass tumbler, jug, kettle and
pressure cooker. The list encompasses a host of easily
identifiable items, which can be allotted to independent
Poll code: notices served on
PANIPAT, Feb 1 The district administration has served a notice on the Tourism Minister, Mr Om Prakash Jain, for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by using more than three vehicles in his convoy during his visit to the office of the returning officer for the filing of his nomination papers from Panipat. According to the guidelines laid down by the Election Commission, moving of more than three vehicles together in the form of a procession for any political purpose by a candidate is a violation of the model code of conduct.
The notice was served on Mr Jain following a public complaint made to the District Election Officer, Mr Sandeep Garg, alleging that on January 28, the day Mr Jain filed his nomination papers, a large number of vehicles, including tractor-trailers carrying his supporters, were brought in a procession to the SDM's office. Since all the events related to electioneering and campaigning of candidates have been videographed by the returning officers to ensure strict adherence of the code of conduct, the returning officer has now sought a reply from Mr Jain on this matter.
In a separate development, the administration has also served a notice on the Cooperation Minister, Mr Kartar Singh Badana for putting up hoardings on the national highway, thus violating the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Huge bill boards have
been put up by Mr Badana at Sanjay Chowk in the town and
at Samalkha for electioneering in violation of the HC
orders. The administration has asked the co-opertion
minister to remove these hoardings immediately.
EVMs to be used in 45
HISAR, Feb 1 About 56 lakh voters in 45 Assembly constituencies in Haryana will use electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the February 22 elections. All arrangements have been finalised in about 8,000 polling booths.
According to the Secretary in the Election Commission of India, Mr C.R. Brhaman, these include all 18 Assembly segments of the Rohtak and Karnal Parliamentary constituencies and about two to three each in the remaining eight constituencies.
Twentyone machines each are being reserved for every Assembly segment, so that the polling is not held up in case a machine goes out of order.
In the Hisar Parliamentary constituency, the voters in Hisar and Mandi Adampur segments will use EVMs this time.
The introduction of EVMs will help in expediting the counting. The results in all 45 constituencies will be available within two to three hours of the start of the counting.
4 held on murder, dacoity
ROHTAK, Feb 1 The police has arrested four persons, reportedly involved in various cases of murder and robbery in Rohtak district and Delhi.
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr P.K. Aggarwal, said these persons had murdered Swaran Singh, a resident of 14-J Quarters on the Medical College campus here and a milk vendor in the Najafgarh area of Delhi. The murder in Delhi was due to an inter-gang rivalry, Swaran Singh a son of a sweeper working in the local PGIMS.
These criminals, Mr Aggarwal said, had also shot at Wazir, alias Mota of Ismaila village. The arrested have been identified as Jitu, son of Mange Ram, Vinod, son of Ram Niwas, Vijender, son of Surat Singh (all residents of Ismaila) and Rohtas, son of Mange Ram resident of Assan village. Two of their companions, Jitender, son of Balbir Singh of Asthal Bohar and Balwan, son of Om Parkash of Ismaila managed to escape under the cover of darkness, Mr Aggarwal said.
Mr Aggarwal said these persons were apprehended by SHO Sadar from near an isolated kotha near the bus stand of Bhagwatipur village planning a dacoity. The police has found four country-made pistols from their possession, he said.
These criminals, he said, had hired a car from Jind about three months ago and evicted its driver at pistol point near Dhamar village. About a year ago, these people had stolen a Jeep from the area of Gaddi-Kheri village and had abandoned it near Jind.
About a fortnight ago,
they had fired at the conductor of a Haryana Roadways bus
between Assan and Pakasma. One of accused persons, Vinod
has also confessed that about two to three months ago,
they had murdered one Kala of village Chulana in the
Nangloi area of Delhi, Mr Aggarwal said.
Four booked for rape attempt
ROHTAK, Feb 1 Four persons of a nearby village were booked on a charge attempting to a gang rape on a minor Dalit girl (10) of the same village last night.
According to police sources the victim had gone to the compound of her house at about 10 p.m. last night. The complaint lodged by the uncle of the girl alleged that four youths one of them identified as Sandeep, son of Mehar Singh, forcibly took away the girl to a secluded spot near the house by clamping her mouth with a cloth. It is reported that their attempt, however, failed and all of them escaped.
The girl had got unconscious and was found lying in an open compound, about hundred yards from her house. The police has registered a case under Sections 376/, 311 and 341/34 of the IPC against the accused who has not been arrested so far.
Meanwhile, the police has arrested four youths with some arms from Bhagwatipur village in the district, who were reportedly planning a dacoity. However, two of their accomplices escaped.
According to police sources the youths identified as Jeetu, Vinod, Bijender and Rohtash were nabbed when they assembled at a Dharmshala of Bhagwatipur village in connection with a robbery plan. While three of them belong to Ismaila village one of them hails from Asan village. Two pistols and two revolvers were seized from their possession.
Murder case: police inaction
REWARI, Feb 1 Police inaction is being alleged in the apprehension of the killer of two-year-old Narendra, son of a farmer, Rampal, who was thrown in a water tank attached to a tubewell after being murdered at Khandora village on January 22.
According to Rampal's statement given to the police, when he had gone to his neighbour's house he has left his son in front of his house. But when he returned home after about 15 minutes, the boy was missing. Later, his body was recovered from Ganpat's water tank.
HAUs insurance scheme for
HISAR, Feb 1 CCS Haryana Agricultural University is all set to give new thrust to the agricultural growth in the state. The university has set priorities to tackle the challenges being faced by the agriculture sector in the new millennium. This, besides restructuring of the ongoing research projects, which include implementation of farmers participatory approach to find solutions to new and emerging problems in agriculture.
The university will also launch a special insurance scheme for the students and their parents. In case of any unfortunate casualty of a parent of any student, the student may be able to continue his studies. In most of such cases, the students are forced to leave their studies.
Disclosing this here today on the eve of the 31st foundation day, the Vice-Chancellor, My Vinay Kumar, told TNS that during the past three decades, the varsity scientists had evolved a good number of basic and applied technologies which, besides having resulted in rapid change in the use of various inputs, had also improved economy of the Haryana farmers. The fact was evident from manifold increase in the production of all major crops and the contribution of foodgrains being made by the state in the central pool.
He said in agriculture their top priority would be devising and popularising among the farmers the water management technology. He said the problem of the rising water table in western parts and the falling water table in eastern zone was posing serious threat to agriculture productivity in the state. Although a comprehensive report suggesting long-term solution to the problem had been submitted to the state government, but by the time it came into effect the farmers in the state would be enlightened to follow curative measures devised by the varsity scientists as short-term solution. Besides this, technologies would be developed to facilitate diversification of the cropping system by inclusion of high value crops for higher returns. This, he said, would need the development of location-specific technologies specially for the rainfed areas.
Next, on the priority agenda was to provide high quality seed. For this, the varsity scientists had already developed hybrids of all major crops.Till recently they had succeeded in evolving hybrids of cotton, maize, bajra, sun flower and guava. Besides having high yield potential, the hybrids are resistant to major diseases and pests, he added.
In animal husbandry, the future thrust would be on upgrading technologies for veterinary vaccine development, he added.
The Vice-Chancellor said that modern agriculture and the scenario influenced by open market economy demanded specialization. Besides restructuring research priorities, he said academic programmes would also be strengthened.
Apart from this, some
vocational courses like plant protection, nursery and
orchard management, high value crop production,
floriculture would be started for the farmers and rural
unemployed youths, he said.
Independent to meet poll expense
ROHTAK, Feb 1 Mrs Sarla Malik, an Independent from the Kiloi Assembly seat in the district, hopes to meet her campaign expense from her provident fund account.
She has retired as Professor from Maharshi Dayanand University.
She says she wants to show the people that "good persons" need not depend on money or muscle power to get elected.
She says as she belongs to the category of educationists and intellectuals, it is her duty to fight all "evil" in politics.
VC's resignation demanded
ROHTAK, Feb 1 A former president of the Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA) and convener of the Haryana Federation of University and College Teachers Federation (HFUCTO), Mr Vazir Singh Nehra, has demanded the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor, Lt-Gen O.P. Kaushik (retd), in view of his candidature from the Bhiwani Assembly seat for the Assembly elections.
In a statement issued
here yesterday, Mr Nehra said since the BJP had formally
announced his name as the party candidate from the
Bhiwani seat, it was improper for Mr Kaushik to continue
as the Vice-Chancellor. He has sent a telegraphic message
to the Chancellor and Governor, Mr Mahabir Prasad, to
seek Mr Kaushik's resignation.
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