|Tuesday, February 29, 2000,
Chancellor's orders executed
Four undertrials escape from jail
Panchayat poll dates may be
NTR-style swearing-in planned
Shastri takes oath of secrecy
DCCs to decide on Local Bodies
Sonias bid comes a cropper:
Cong MLAs to elect leader
on March 1
Exams as scheduled, says Education
Dates for auction of liquor vends
Infant found abandoned
Bandits loot village, injure four
MDU Chancellor's orders
ROHTAK, Feb 28 The orders of Haryana Governor and Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, Mr Mahabir Prasad, issued in December last have finally been implemented after the retirement of Vice-Chancellor, Lt-Gen O.P. Kaushik (Retd), on February 26.
Although the chancellor had on December 20, 1999 annulled the proceedings of the meeting of Executive Council held on July 9, 1999 at Chandigarh, the Vice-Chancellor had stayed operation of governors orders and allowed extension in service to Dr Ram Narain on the post of Principal, University College and Mr I.M.S. Hattar as Director, University Campus School.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr L.N. Dahiya, who took over as Acting Vice-Chancellor on the retirement of Mr Kaushik, has yesterday reversed the orders of his predecessor describing them without jurisdiction and patently illegal and withdrew them saying null and void ab initio.
Dr Ram Narain has been replaced by Dr Dharam Sukh Dahiya as principal of University College. Dr Dahiya had been working as principal of Evening University College, but he incurred the wrath of the Vice-Chancellor as a result of which the evening college was closed and Dr Dahiya was posted as Director, University Centre for Competitive examinations, while the other teachers of the evening college were adjusted in University College (morning).
Dr S.P.S. Dahiya, Reader, Department of English, has been asked to look after the Centre for Competitive Examinations, without any remuneration, in addition to his own duties.
Dr S.P. Shukla, who after retirement as Professor, in History, was given assignment as Director of the project entitled "Role and contribution of Haryana in the national struggle for Independence" by Lt Gen Kaushik (Retd) has also been relieved of his assignment.
The appointment of Dr Sarla Malik on contractual basis as Director, Directorate of Distance Education, has also been withdrawn being "pull and void ab initio".
Dr M.G. Gandhi, Professor, Department of Political Science has been asked to hold the charge of Director, Distance Education, in addition to his duties without any extra remuneration. Mr Gandhi has also been appointed Dean, Faculty of Education and thus nominated as member of the Executive Council till July 21, 2001, or till such date he remains Dean.
Dr A.K. Madan, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has also been nominated member of the Executive Council and Finance Committee of the university for a period of two years. Dr R.K. Tuteja, Professor, Department of Statistics, too has been nominated member of the Executive Council for a period of one year.
Mr Surender Kumar Sharma, Personal Assistant to the outgoing Vice-Chancellor has been placed under suspension on charges of misusing his official position. It is alleged that he managed to get admission to LL.B. Part-I and II (of five year LL.B. course) examination to his real brother Shakti Kumar Sharma without the required attendance. His brother, it is further alleged, has been on the pay rolls of a Chandigarh-based advocate as a regular munshi.
Mr Surender Sharma, the
suspension order said, has also managed remission of NRI
quota tuition fee, without jurisdiction, for three years
(3rd, 4th and 5th) year of Five year LL.B. course of his
real brother, amounting to more than Rs 60,000. Dr A.K.
Madan, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
has been deputed to conduct inquiry against Mr Sharma and
submit report within a month.
Four undertrials escape from
HISAR, Feb 28 In a daring act, four undertrials escaped from the Central Jail here in a filmy style last evening, jail sources said today. They jumped from the jail well with the help of a rope.
Those who escaped were Rahul, alias Pintu, a resident of Nazafgarh (Delhi), Narender, a resident of Mitrac (Delhi), Suresh, alias Henkla, resident of Budana in Narnaund tehsil of Hisar district, and Nerender, alias, Nanu, a resident of Madangarhi (Delhi).
According to jail sources, some persons came in a Tata Sumo and in a Maruti car near the southern side of the jail. They reportedly tied rope with a tower and threw the rope inside the jail premises. The four undertrials escaped with the help of the rope. They were facing murder, dacoity and other criminal charges. They escaped in these vehicles. Some other undertrials also tried to escape with the help of this rope, but were noticed by the staff on duty.
The district police chief, Mr Sohan Lal, issued red alert after the incident and sealed the borders. The Delhi police has also been informed. Several police parties have been sent to various places for combing operations.
The Civil Lines police
has registered a case under Sections 224 and 225 of the
IPC against these undertrials and 21 other undertrials
who allegedly helped them in escaping, the jail sources
Panchayat poll dates may be
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 The dates for holding panchayat elections in Haryana may be changed for the third time following refusal by the Secondary Education Department to postpone its ongoing annual examinations. Initially, the Election Department of Haryana had announced that the panchayat elections in the state would take place in three phases on March 12, 19 and 26. Subsequently, a communiqué from the state Election Commissioner, Mr T.D. Jogpals office announced the cancellation of the earlier schedule, and said the elections would take place on March 22 and 29.
However, Mr Nagpal, secretary at the election office here, said the dates might be changed as the Secondary Education Department had expressed its inability to make its staff and school buildings available for polling purposes.
Under the prevailing practice, school buildings were usually requisitioned by the Election Department for polling, and staff of the schools deployed for election duties. March 22 and 29, both being working days, when the annual examinations were scheduled, the Secondary Education Department turned down the departments request, Mr Nagpal said. He, however, added that the Election Department was working on it and alternate dates would be soon announced.
It may be recalled that the Haryana Government has already given an undertaking to the Supreme Court that it will hold panchayat elections in the state latest by March 31. Incidentally, the annual examinations of schools are slated to continue till March 31.
The last date for filing nominations for the panchayat poll has ended today. Even though, polling dates are being changed, there is no change in the dates for filing nominations.
Meanwhile, the frequent change of dates for the polling has caused confusion in the districts where the Deputy Commissioners have taken it upon themselves to announce the dates for the elections.
A report from Panipat, quoting the DC, Mr Sandeep Garg, said polling would take place in Panipat on March 22 and 29. A similar report from Sonepat said polling would take place at Sonepat on March 19 and 26 and at Yamunanagar on March 22 and 29.
However, Mr Nagpal said
the DCs were not the legitimate officials to give the
dates for the panchayat elections for the districts under
their jurisdictions. The dates could only be fixed by the
state Election Commissioner, he added.
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 The INLD supremo and Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, plans to celebrate his moment of glory on a scale, the grandeur of which will be no less than that of the swearing-in ceremony of late N.T. Rama Rao in Andhra Pradesh.
Massive arrangements are being made to spruce up Dronacharya Stadium in Kurukshetra which will be the venue of the swearing-in ceremony of the first INLD ministry, independent of any crutches, in the state. The BJP, which had contested the elections in alliance with the INLD, has decided not to join the ministry.
The possibility of any Independent MLA being inducted in the ministry at this stage seems to be remote.
Mr Chautala is the second Haryana Chief Minister to take oath of office at Kurukshetra. Earlier, Mr Banarsi Das was sworn in at Chief Minister at Kurukshetra in October 1975.
Invitations have gone out to several national leaders like a former Prime Minister, Mr Chandra Shekhar, Mr George Fernandes, Ms Mamata Banerjee, BJP President Kusha Bhau Thakre, Mr Muroli Marsan of the DMK, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Farooq Abdullah. Contacts are being also made with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Chandra Babu Naidu, to come to Kurukshetra.
Arrangements are being made to give four "ladoos" to each of the 50,000 persons expected to attend the ceremony. Lok Dal sources, however, say the crowd will exceed 50,000. Lunch will be served to about 2,000 persons.
A large press corps is
expected to reach Kurukshetra from here and Delhi.
Shastri takes oath of secrecy
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 The Haryana Governor, Mr Mahabir Prasad, administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Mahender Singh Shastri as a member of the State Public Service Commission at a function held at Raj Bhavan here today.
The 46-year-old Mr Shastri had served the Haryana Education Department as a teacher for 20 years. Hailing from Jewali village in Bhiwani district, Mr Shastri is a law graduate. He has also done Shastri, Prabhakar and TT.
Among the others who
attended the oath ceremony were the Chief Minister, Mr Om
Prakash Chautala, Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High
Court, ministers, MLAs and senior officers of the state
DCCs to decide on Local
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 The HPCC has empowered the District Congress Committees (DCCs) to decide whether to contest the forthcoming elections to Local Bodies on the party symbol or not. However, the HPCC chief, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has asked the DCCs to get the names of the party candidates approved from the State Local Bodies Sub-committee of the HPPC in case any DCC opts for fighting the elections on the party symbol.
An HPCC press note
issued here today said Mr Hooda modified the earlier
decision regarding the Local Bodies poll in April, and
left it to the DCCs to decide on the issue of the party
symbol after making an assessment of the local situation.
Sonias bid comes a cropper:
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 The Secretary of the All-India BJP Scheduled Castes Morcha, Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, said here today that Mrs Sonia Gandhis bid to make the Constitution review an election issue had come a cropper. This, he said, had been proved by the drubbing the Congress received in the four states which went to the polls recently.
In a statement issued here today, Mr Kataria said the Congress claim that the Dalits had come back to it had also been falsified by the election results of Haryana. Of the 17 constituencies reserved for the Scheduled Castes, none had been won by the Congress. While the INLD, partner in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, had picked up 13 seats, two were won by Independents and one each by the BJP and the HVP.
Mr Kataria said the
Vajpayee government would move a Bill to amend the
Constitution in the present session of Parliament to
remove legal hurdles in the reservation for promotion of
Cong MLAs to elect leader on
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 The newly elected Congress legislators of Haryana have been asked to take part in a meeting at the HPCC office here on March 1.
Mr Chunilal Amba, Permanent Secretary of the HPCC, said here that the AICC General Secretaries, Mr Motilal Vora (in charge of Haryana Affairs) and Ms Ambika Soni and the Secretary, Mr V.Narayanswamy, would attend the meeting.
The meeting, apart from
taking a look into the Congress party's poor performance
in Assembly elections, is expected to elect the leader of
the party's legislative wing.
Exams as scheduled, says
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 The Haryana Secondary Education Department has contradicted the news item which appeared in a section of the press regarding the postponement of Government schools annual examinations.
A spokesman of the
department clarified that the annual examinations of
Classes VI, VII, IX and XI are being held as scheduled
and there is no postponement of the exams at all.
Dates for auction of liquor
CHANDIGARH, Feb 28 The Haryana Excise Department has notified dates for the auction of liquor vends in various districts.
According to the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Haryana, Mr Raj Kumar, liquor vends of Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonepat districts will be auctioned on March 11 in Rohtak.
The vends of Ambala, Yamunanagar and Panchkula districts will be auctioned on March 12 at Ambala.
The auction of the vends of Panipat, Karnal and Kurukshetra districts will be held on March 13 at Karnal. The auction of the vends in Gurgaon, Mahendragarh and Rewari districts will be held on March 14 in Gurgaon.
The Faridabad vends will be auctioned on March 15.
The vends in Jind,
Kaithal and Bhiwani districts will be auctioned on March
16 at Jind, while those in Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa
districts will be auctioned on March 17 in Hisar.
Infant found abandoned
ROHTAK, Feb 28 A new-born female baby was found abandoned in Meham town, about 30 km from here. The baby was later shifted to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here.
According to reports, Mr Anil Dua President of the Municipal Committee, Meham, and his friend, Mr Pradip Dhaka, 'noticed' the baby wrapped' in a polythene bag while they were on a morning walk.
The movement of the child in the poly bag had attracted their attention.
They took the baby to a local clinic, where it was found that the baby had received 'injuries' in the intestine. They immediately arranged for the shifting of the baby to the PGIMS.
However, no doctor' on duty in the PGIMS could be contacted for further information. A case under Section 315 of the IPC has been registered.
In another incident, a
Maruti car was snatched at gunpoint near Kalanaur town by
three youths, while another car was stolen from Gandhi
Nagar (camp) here yesterday.
JIND, Feb 28 The body of Ramesh Kumar (24), a jawan of 5 Rashtriya Rifle, who lost his life while fighting with Pakistani troops in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on February 25, was consigned to flames today with full state and military honours at his native village Karamgarh in Narwana subdivision of Jind district.
The younger brother of the deceased lit the funeral pyre.
A large number of villagers, and relatives of the deceased attended the funeral.
Mr Surender Singh
Barwala, Member of Parliament, Mr D. Suresh, Additional
Deputy Commissioner, Jind, and Mr Vinay Singh,
Subdivisional Officer (Civil), Narwana, were also
Bandits loot village, injure
FARIDABAD, Feb 28 Four persons, including a woman and a priest, were injured when six armed bandits looted several houses at Kuslipur village about 45 km from here, yesterday.
Cash and jewellery was looted by the bandits.
The police has
registered a case in this regard. No arrests has been
made so far.
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