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CHANDIGARH, Feb 4 The controversy over the restoration of a large number of industrial plots, SCOs, and booths by the former HUDA Administrator of Faridabad, Mrs Sumita Mishra Singh, through alleged undated or backdated quasi-judicial orders, has taken a serious turn.
Claiming to be a public-spirited person, Mr Anil Sabherwal, a resident of Faridabad, preferred a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 25 demanding a dispassionate CBI probe into the whole gamut of allegations. This controversy was voiced in The Tribune on January 23.
The petition was listed for hearing before Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and Mr Justice J.S. Narang, who adjourned it to February 14.
Supporting each allegation with documentary proof, Mr Sabherwal alleged that Mrs Singh issued the orders much after she relinquished charge of the post on April 30, 1998.
In some cases, the petition alleged, she heard appeals not only against the orders of her predecessors but also her seniors, including the Commissioner of Town and Country Planning and the High Court. Instances are not lacking where she first rejected the appeals by recording orders but later on allowed them by detailed judgements restoring 119 plots.
Giving details of each case, Mr Sabherwal stated that industrial plot No 42 in Faridabad's Sector 6 was resumed on November 15, 1971, for non-payment of dues on orders of the then Administrator. The owner had filed an appeal before the Commissioner, which was dismissed on June 12, 1972. Mrs Singh entertained a fresh appeal of the owner and restored the plot on April 17, 1998.
Owned by Sardari Mal Chander Mohan Kohli, industrial plot No 26 in Sector 25 of Faridabad was resumed on July 9, 1990 due to the owner's failure to raise the building. The owners filed an appeal before the then Administrator, Mr M. Prasad, which was declined on October 8, 1990. Later a writ petition was filed in the High Court which too, was dismissed on March 20, 1991. In spite of orders of the High Court, Mrs Singh heard the appeal and restored the plot.
In this case orders restoring the plot were despatched on May 14, 1998, nearly two weeks after she had relinquished charge of the post.
Similar irregularities had allegedly been committed in cases of SCO 74-85 in Sector 16, plot No 97 in Sector 59, booth No 27 in Sector 17, plot No 537 in Sector 15, booths No 19 and 20 in Sector 3, plot No 460 in Sector 45, booth No 14 in Sector 28, plot No 159 in Sector 59, booth No 24 in Sector 14 plot No 736 in Sector 21, plot No 258, in Sector 24, booth No 6 in Sector 10, and plot No 172 in Sector 59. Orders in all these cases were issued between May 6 and May 29, 1998.
The petition alleges that Mrs Singh did not prepare or maintain zimini orders, as is statutorily required in quasi-judicial functions of a bureaucrat. Most of the orders she passed in restoring the plots contain similar ground that the appellant/allottee could not do the needful due to unavoidable and domestic circumstances.
Mrs Singh not only issued undated orders allowing a large number of appeals, the petition alleged, but also issued completion certificates of various buildings till August, 1998, five months after her transfer from Faridabad. A list of the buildings in which completion certificates were issued forms part of the petition. In some cases she is accused of reducing the compounding charges to even 2 per cent of what was proposed by Sub Divisional Engineers who had assessed the violations.
Mr Sabherwal stated that before filing this petition he had lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary, highlighting the irregularities she had committed. The Chief Administrator of HUDA, who was asked to conduct a fact-finding inquiry and submitted his report in February , 1999, had found the allegations to be true. Mr Sabherwal has attached a copy of the Chief Administrator's report with the petition.
Two of the several cases that Mrs Singh had decided were brought before the High Court. Mr Justice G.S.Singh and Mr Justice M.S.Gill, who decided the case preferred by the Printers Engineer Company, held: We are rather surprised by the dare devil attitude exhibited by the officer (Mrs Singh) who not only entertained the second appeal but accepted the same deliberately.
Speaking for the Bench Mr Justice Singhvi had directed the High Court Registry on May 24 last year to "send a photostat copy of the order along with a copy of the writ petition to the Haryana Chief Secretary, who may place it before the Chief Minister so that he may be able to know how the HUDA officers have, for apparently extraneous reasons, passed orders favouring the petitioner. We hope that the Chief Minister will take appropriate action so that other officers are discouraged to pass orders which are detrimental to public interest.
Mr Sabherwal stated in the petition that the Haryana Government has not implemented even this order of the High Court, although more than eight months had passed since the judgement.
Enquiries made from the government, however, reveal that in her reply to the allegations Mrs Singh had stated that certain other Administrators, including Mr Anand Mohan Sharan, Mr R.R. Jowel, Mr S.N.Roy and Mrs G. Anupama had also entertained appeals against orders of their predecessors and restored resumed plots.
Asked why the High Court judgement was not implemented, officials say that it was pigeon-holed in the office of the Deputy District Attorney of HUDA and was not brought to the Chief Ministers notice. When it was brought to his notice, he ordered that Mrs Singh should be charge-sheeted for major penalty.
Demolition drive in Gurgaon
GURGAON, Feb 4 The district administration has launched a demolition drive against unauthorised constructions. This has sent ripples in the land mafia circles.
After a prolonged and successful legal tussle the district administration has begun demolishing portions of a multicrore residential-cum-commercial plaza which were constructed illegally. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr T.C. Gupta, said demolition drive against other such high profile structures were in the pipeline.
The district administration yesterday deployed a contingent of police force after reports that a large number of people had gathered at the site to resist the demolition operation.
The controversy came to the fore when the Deputy Commissioner suspended a resolution of the local municipal council dated September 9 in which certain illegal structures were approved along with the provision for compounding against the violations. The resolutions of the council have to be approved by the Deputy Commissioner.
Mr Gupta suspended the resolution concerned in accordance with Section 246 of the Haryana Municipal Act. The decision was forwarded to the Commissioner, as per Section 249 of the Act, who upheld it.
The council,which was asked by the district administration not to approve illegal structures even by compounding the violations of the Haryana Building Bylaws, 1982, however, said it was competent to compound the violations. There are several cases where the council allowed illegal constructions and then refused to take action on the plea that the statutory laws and rules were inadequate.
Certain influential persons who had moved the court, had raised illegal constructions.
In response to the district administrations order not to regularise the illegal structures even by way of compounding the violations, the council showed defiance, stating that the Deputy Commissioner had no jurisdiction on the issue. The Deputy Commissioner said no authority could compound violations, for which it did not have the original power to sanction.
The Haryana Municipal Act has provisions for compounding the violations, but does not specify them.
Meanwhile, the council at its three full house meetings, passed three controversial resolutions on different dates, regularising several unauthorised constructions on the pattern of its September 9 resolution. However, with the district administration having an upper hand, the council issued notices to all guilty builders to demolish unauthorised constructions.
After the councils resolutions, the culprits had deposited the compounding fees. The district administration has taken the stand that an act void ab initio could not be treated as legal even after depositing the compounding fees.
The Deputy Commissioner
said the plaza was chosen for a demonstrative effect on
prospective culprits, adding that the administration
would first deal with those violations in connection with
the September 9 resolution and thereafter tackle the
violations that took place before it.
Haryana restrained on
CHANDIGARH, Feb 4 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained the Haryana Government from prosecuting those commercial institutions which had not paid the licence fee under the Shops and Commercial Establishment Act.
Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice N.C. Khichi, who handed down this order on a bunch of petitions, directed the petitioners to file their representations with the government which would examine whether their institutions fell within the mischief of Section 12 of the Act before levying the licence fee.
The petitioners were directed to submit their representation by March 6. The government would decide them within four weeks. If any of the petitioners was aggrieved by the decision of the government, he was at liberty to take it before the High Court.
Speaking for the Bench, Mr Justice Gupta declined the request of one of the counsel that those institutions which had not approached the High Court should also be extended the benefit of this order. "we are not deciding these petitions on merits," quipped Mr Justice Gupta.
Earlier, the state Advocate-General had given an undertaking to the court that each case would be examined on its merit and the necessary decision conveyed to each person who made the representation.
The licence fee was introduced by the Bansi Lal Government. It had taken a decision that owners of commercial establishments would pay a licence fee ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000, depending the kind of business. This fee was for a period of three years. The licence was to be got renewed after three years.
The commercial establishments which were encompassed for the purpose of licence fee included doctors clinics, nursing homes, schools, cinema houses and shops.
Although some of the
owners of these institutions had paid the licence fee
levied by the governments, other had questioned the
decision of the government in the High Court on the
ground, inter alia, that they were not covered under the
Shops and Commercial Establishment Act.
Chautala, Bhajan, Bansi papers in
CHANDIGARH, Feb 4 The nomination papers of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, former Chief Ministers, Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Bansi Lal, and state Congress president Bhupinder Singh Hooda were found in order among others during scrutiny today while the papers of 195 candidates were rejected on technical grounds.
In all 1,492 candidates had filed their papers for the 90-member Assembly going to the polls on February 22.
With this 1,297 candidates were left in the field, according to the state election office here this evening.
Prominent among those whose papers were found in order during scrutiny included Finance Minister Sampat Singh (Bhattu Kalan), Town and Country Planning Minister Dhir Pal Singh (Badali), Cooperation Minister Kartar Singh Bhadana (Sambhalka) and Speaker Ashok Kumar Arora (Thanesar), all belonging to the ruling INLD.
Prominent Congress contestants included former minister Birender Singh (Uchana Kalan), former Pondicherry Lieutenant Governor Chandrawati (Bhadra), former Congress president Dharam Pal Singh Malik (Gohana) and industrialist-turned politician O.P. Jindal (Hisar).
BJP stalwarts included
Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, contesting from Mahendergarh and
Ballabhgarh, Dr (Mrs) Kamla Varma (Yamunanagar) and Prof
Ganeshi Lal (Adampur), all former ministers in the Bansi
1,492 candidates in fray in
CHANDIGARH, Feb 4 As many as 1,492 candidates have entered the fray for the February 22 Haryana Assembly poll, according to the final nominations tally available at the state election headquarters here today.
Though the nominations for the 90-member Assembly closed yesterday, the final tally was not available at the election office here till late last evening due to last-minute rush to file nominations at various places in the state.
The Hisar constituency has attracted the highest, 36 nominations, followed by Hansi 34, Safidon 33 and Pundri 32.
The lowest seven nominations each have been filed for the Barodda (SC), Nilokheri and Kalayat (SC) seats followed by eight nominations each for Hassangarh, Sonepat, Badli, Beri and Bawal (SC) seats and nine each for Ellenabad (SC), Rohat, Dabwali (SC), Udhana Kalan and Ambala Cantt seats.
Papers of 15 candidates
AMBALA, Feb 4 The nomination papers of 15 candidates falling in the five assembly segments of Ambala were rejected after scrutiny today.
According to an Election Department official, the nomination papers of three candidates from Naraingarh, one from Mullana, one from Ambala cantonment, three from Naggal and seven candidates for Ambala City Assembly seat were rejected.
The persons whose nomination papers for the Naraingarh Assembly seat were rejected after scrutiny are Mr Ashok Kumar (HVP), Mr Ram Kumar (BSP) and Mr Virender Singh (INC).
While the nomination papers of Mr Gurmail Singh (Independent) were rejected from the Mullana assembly seat, those of Mr Ashok Kumar (INC) for the Ambala Cantt assembly seat were rejected after scrutiny.
From the Naggal Assembly seat, the nomination papers of Mr Arjun Dass (BSP), Mr Karam Vir (INLD) and Mr Kuldip Singh (HVP) were rejected after scrutiny. Among the five assembly segments, Ambala City assembly seat saw a comparatively higher number of rejections with the nomination papers of Mr Satish Kapoor (INC), Mr Ramesh Kumar (INC), Mr Rantej Pal (INC), Ms Kailash Bhatt (INC), Mr Nishit Bhatt (INC), Mr Tejinder Singh (HVP) and Mr Satish Kumar (INC) being rejected.
Withdrawal of nomination
papers starts tomorrow. Till yesterday, 70 persons had
filed papers for the five assembly seats of Naggal,
Ambala City, Ambala Cantonment, Mullana and Naraingarh.
With the rejection of papers of 15 candidates after
scrutiny, the number of candidates in the electoral fray
in these five segments has come down to 55.
Candidates names cancelled
PANCHKULA, Feb 4 The Returning Officer for the Kalka assembly seat, Mr Shubh Ram Vashisth, said their office had failed to receive any official confirmation on the names of two of the 16 candidates from their respective parties which led to the cancellation of their names after scrutiny of the nomination papers.
Those candidates whose
names stand rejected are Mr Hans Raj Swan of the
Bharatiya Janata Party, who was the covering candidate
for Mr Sham Lal Bansal of the same party, and Mr Bhag
Mal, candidate from the Janta Dal (Secular), which leaves
14 candidates in the fray. The last date fixed for
withdrawal of nominations is February 7.
Pawar predicts hung House in
HISAR, Feb 4 Predicting a hung assembly in Haryana, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President, Sharad Pawar, today said that whichever party gets maximum number of seats would form the next government with the NCP support.
He said that the party had fielded candidates in 32 of the 90 constituencies in the state. "Though we are making a beginning in the state, I am optimistic about the overall performance and future of our national party", he said, while talking to mediapersons at the PWD guest house here.
The NCP chief said an early solution of the Satluj-Yamuna link canal issue and lack of infrastructural development like in the power sector in the state would be the party's major issues during the February 22 poll in the state.
Mr Pawar said the NCP had also fielded about 100 candidates in Bihar, 40 in Manipur and 19 for the Orrisa Assembly polls. He expressed hope that the NCP would do better in Manipur elections this time.
Mr Pawar was here in connection with an election rally. He was accompanied by senior party leader Salamat Ullah, youth wing chief, Jatinder Awhad, party's central observer for Haryana Zafar Akhtar, state chief, Ved Pal, secretary, Ashok Jain, besides other functionaries of the outfit.
Answering questions, Mr Pawar said that his party was not against review of the Constitution provided intentions were clear and the basic structure of the sacred Constitution remains the same. However, he observed that the Central Government should have taken other political parties into confidence before initiating any move in this regard.
In reply to another question, Mr Pawar stated the NCP would strive to change the caste-based politics into the development-oriented politics. "Decentralisation in politics is the need of the hour at this juncture", he added.
Expressing satisfaction at the overall working of the Central Government, Mr Pawar pointed out that the BJP-led ruling alliance had failed to take effective steps to solve the Kashmir issue. "Ongoing militancy in the strife-torn state has reached at a critical juncture and the government must initiate necessary steps to check the situation before it is too late", he said.
INLD district chief quits
GURGAON, FEB 4 The INLD President Mr Gopi chand Gehlot, tendered his resignation from the primary membership of the party this evening. The resignation follows his insistence not to withdraw his candidature as an Independent from the Gurgaon Assembly seat. A jan panchayat was organised by his supporters here yesterday. The Panchyat expressed confidence in Mr Gehlot and urged him not to withdraw his candidature.
At January 29 rally here Mr Gehlots candidature was demanded by the audience in presence of the INLD President, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.
Talking to TNS he said that he had no grudge against Mr Chautala. He could not make him the INLD nominee from Gurgaon as the seat had been allotted to the BJP. "But I was under pressure from my supporters to contest in the coming election. Mr Gehlot lost twice from Gurgaon Assembly seat.
A former state office-bearer of the youth wing of the BJP, Mr Suraj Pal (Ammu),along with almost the entire office bearers of the Sohna mandal of the BJP has announced to quit the party. They have extended support to the candidature of Mr Sukhvir Singh (Jaunapuria), who is contesting as an Independent.
Hooda manages ticket for Ram
GURGAON, Feb 4 The President of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has been able to get his loyalist, Dr Ram Prakash, the party ticket from Jagadhri. Mr Hooda managed the ticket in the face of stiff opposition from leaders like Mr Bhajan Lal. As a result of which Mr Balkishan, who had earlier filed his nomination as a Congress nominee had to withdraw.
Some of the seats on which Mr Bhajan Lal and former President of the HPCC, Mr Birender Singh cornered Mr Hooda till the very last were Jagadhri, Hasanpur and Safidon. Mr Balkishan, Mr Bachan Ram Arya and Mr Ram Rattan had been given authorisation letters as Congress nominees, respectively for Jagadhri, Safidon and Hasanpur seats by Mr Hooda. Significantly, the letters did not have the seal of the HPCC. The party seat is mandatory for nomination papers.
Significantly, the loyalists of Mr Hooda, Dr Ram Prakash, Mr Udai Bhan and Mr Kamal Sharma were also given authorisation letter by him for seats, respectively, Jagadhri, Hasanpur and Safidon. These letters had the seal of the HPCC. Mr Hooda also informed the returning officers concerned that those authorisation letters having the seal should be treated as official nomination papers of the party. On the basis of this technical point the papers filed by Mr Balkishan were rejected and those of Dr Ram Prakash accepted. According to experts, the candidatures of Mr Bachan Singh Arya and Mr Ram Rattan were also in danger.
Although Mr Hoodas
loyalists say that the authorisation letters not having
seals was inadvertent and there was no motive, there are
many in the party who think otherwise. They feel that Mr
Hooda manipulated things in his favour. The general
feeling is that he has been successful in getting his
loyalists nominated on about 60 seats.
INLD-BJP alliance suffers
jolt in Sirsa
SIRSA, Feb 4 The ruling INLD-BJP alliance received a severe jolt yesterday when the Kamboj community, which is considered to be a supporter of the INLD, fielded a "panchayati" candidate to contest the ensuing assembly elections as an Independent.
The community has selected Mr Gopi Chand Kamboj, who contested the 1996 elections on the INLD ticket from the Sirsa constituency.
The office-bearers of various political parties belonging to the Kamboj community have resigned from their parties and pledged support to Mr Gopi Chand under pressure from their community. Prominent among those why have resigned are the Senior Vice-President of the INLD and former Minister, Mr Hazar Chand Kamboj, the President of the district unit of the INLD (Backward Classes cell), Mr Sheesh Pal Kamboj, the President of the district unit of the HVP, Mr Prem Singh Kamboj, and a member of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Sarv Mitter Kamboj.
Before filing of nomination papers by Mr Gopi Chand, the community held a public meeting at Anaj Mandi here. Addressing the rally, Mr Hazar Chand and Mr Sarv Mitter alleged that all political parties had ignored the rightful claim of the community on at least one seat in the district.
Sonia to visit Haryana on Feb
17 and 19
GURGAON, Feb 4 The Congress President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi will campaign in Haryana on February 17 and 19 for the February 22 assembly elections.
According to sources, Mrs Sonia Gandhi has given her consent to campaign for her party nominees on two days.The details of the itinerary is likely to be finalised shortly.
The party has not been able to finalise whether Mrs Gandhi should use a chopper or go by road. However the poll managers in the state are keen that she should go by road.
Two Cong rebels in fray
HISAR, Feb 4 Hundreds of workers of the Congress party, led by Mr Amir Chand Makkar, a former MLA from Hansi, raised a banner of revolt against the party's official candidate for the Hansi constituency, Mr Vinod Kumar Bhayana, whose name was declared yesterday.
Mr Makkar, a prominent Punjabi leader of the area, has resigned from the primary membership of the party along with thousands of workers in protest against the denial of party ticket to him.
Mr Makkar had filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate from the Hansi assembly constituency yesterday, the last date for filing the nomination papers. The irate workers, at a meeting, questioned the allotment of party ticket to someone whose contribution to the party was "negligible". The workers were of the view that by not nominating Mr Makkar the party had virtually conceded defeat even before the campaigning got underway.
In Hisar, Mr Hari Singh Saini, a former minister of Haryana, has revolted against the Congress nominee, Mr Om Prakash Jindal. Mr Saini has filed his nomination papers as an Independent.
Several INLD leaders had
also filed their nomination papers yesterday, though the
Narnaund seat has been left for the BJP. Mr Ram Kumar
Gautam was named as the BJP candidate from this seat. Dr
Anant Ram, president of the doctors' cell of the Haryana
Vikas Party filed his nomination papers yesterday in
revolt against the official candidate, Mr Ravi Lamba,
president of the district unit of the HVP.
INLD misusing machinery: Cong
ROHTAK, Feb 4 The Haryana Congress Party has charged the Chautala government of 'misusing' the official machinery for his party's election campaign. The party has asked the Election Commission to immediately stop the 'misuse'.
In a letter to the Election Commission, the President of the HPCC, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, alleged that the Public Relation Department of the state had been turned into 'propaganda' team for the ruling party. He charged that the department had been issuing press notes about not only the so-called 'achievements' of the Chautala government, but it had also been issuing press notes about the campaign programmes and rallies (meeting) held by the candidates of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).
Citing an example, he said the department issued a press note from here about an 'election meeting' held by the INLD candidate from Meham seat, Mr Balbir Singh, alias Bali Pehalwan, yesterday. He said the 'open' involvement of public relation officials was contrary to the model code of conduct and must be checked by the Election Commission.
He alleged that the
Chief Minister had 'directed' the officials, including
the Deputy Commissioners, SSPs' and district public
relation officers to work for the promotion of the
interests of the ruling party.
GJU to be technical
ROHTAK, Feb 4 The government appears to have decided to restore the original character of Guru Jambheshwar University by affiliating the technical and professional institutes in the State to it.
The government is also contemplating to affiliate the medical and ayurvedic colleges in the State to the university. This has become evident from the government decision empowering the GJU Vice-Chancellor to conduct entrance examination for admission to the MBBS/BDS/MS/PG Diploma and MD courses and ayurvedic courses in medical, dental and ayurvedic colleges in the State for the year 2000.
Although the entrance test for admission to these courses in the past were conducted by Maharshi Dayanand University. The Governor has now empowered Dr K.C. Bangar, Vice-Chancellor of the GJU, to conduct the entrance tests for the year 2000 in supersession of the Haryana Government notification of December 28, 1998.
Interestingly none of the medical and ayurvedic colleges in the State is affiliated to the GJU. The entrance tests to technical and management courses in the State, including pharmacy courses, were conducted by Kurukshetra University last year. If the government so decides, these may be conducted by Maharshi Dayanand University for the current year.
The institutes of technology, engineering-pharmacy and management situated in the State were affiliated to Guru Jambheshwar University after it came with existence on October 20, 1995, by an Act of the Haryana legislature.
However, the Bansi Lal Government immediately after coming to power in June 1996, restricted its powers over the colleges and institutes situated in the districts of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Sonepat, Mahenderagarh, Bhiwani, Hisar, Rewari, Sirsa and Rohtak (excluding the courses run by the MDU on its campus and at its regional centre, Rewari).
Again on May 27, 1998, the government vide a notification, brought the institutes of technology, engineering, pharmacy and management situated in the districts of Jhajjar and Fatehabad under the control of GJU.
But within less than two months of this notification, the Bansi Lal government, on July 15, 1998, transferred all the institutes of technology, engineering, pharmacy and management situated in the 11 districts of Haryana from the GJU to Maharashi Dayanand University.
This action of the Bansi Lal Government has caused resentment among the residents of Hisar and its adjoining districts and almost every political party had described the move as politically motivated. The ruling INLD had assured the people during the last Lok Sabha elections that it would restore the original character of the GJU.
The government decision
to empower the vice chancellor of the GJU to conduct the
entrance test for admission to medical, ayurvedic and
dental colleges for the year 2000 appears to be a step in
Ajay promises akademi
KURUKSHETRA, Feb 4 Haryana Sangeet Natak Akademi will be set up soon for the protection of cultural heritage of the state. This was announced by Mr Ajay Chautala, Lok Sabha MP from Bhiwani, and son of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala while inaugurating a three-day Inter-Zonal Youth Festival of Kurukshetra University here this morning.
Prof Hoshiar Singh, Vice-Chancellor,welcomed the announcement.
Prof Kr. S.K. Singh, Dean, Students Welfare, and Mr Anoop Lather, Director, Youth and Cultural Affairs, highlighting the cultural activities of the university. They said the university organised a state-level cultural programme on Haryana Day every year. Cultural contingents of the university had brought laurels to the state on many occasions.
Last year, the university had got the second position in the National Youth Festival held in Cochin.
Camp participants to be
AMBALA, Feb 4 A national integration camp will be organised by the Ghoomar Academy of Arts and Culture here from February 7 to 14.
Addressing a press conference here today, the President of the academy, Mr R.D. Garg,said the purpose of the camp is to generate awareness among the youth regarding the oneness of our rich and diverse culture.
Haryana Shiv Sena reconstituted
SONEPAT, Feb 4 The Haryana state unit of the Shiv Sena has been reconstituted with Mr Ram Chander Khatri as its new president.
According to a press
note issued by the party here today, Mr Brahampal Saini
will be the state vice-president, Mr Anil Kumar Gehlaut
will be the treasurer and Mr Jagbir Singh Atrey will be
the official spokesman of the party.
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