|Saturday, March 11, 2000,
Application forwarding process to
EC observers for panchayati raj
Ex-minister booked for land fraud
Expert favours RECs
Muslim bodys plea to Centre
staff for better benefits
Hoodas plea to CM on crime
Vajpayee to attend sammelan
Rising crime graph worries
Pak bus, tractor collide
Cashier robbed of Rs 2.15 lakh
No clue to murder
221 cases of jaundice
GURGAON, March 10 The outbreak of jaundice in the city, has again exposed the Health Departments lack of preparedness and pro-active measures to meet challenges on the health front.
The Civil Surgeon Dr N. Jain told TNS today that 221 cases of jaundice had been reported in the district general hospital from February 14 till date. The actual figure of the jaundice cases would be much more when patients visiting private clinics and hospitals are taken into account. A large number of the patients are children.
Although there are reports of jaundice cases from different parts of the city, the concentration is more in the Arjun Nagar, Madanpuri, Ram Nagar, Jyoti Park, Baldev Nagar, Gandhi Nagar localities and a number of pockets in Sector 4.
Reports of children under 12, falling ill were reported from the Housing Board Colony, Sector 31. They were afflicted with the loose motions. According to experts, this is the initial symptom of jaundice.
Dr Jain said the reason for the outbreak of the disease was the mixing up of the sewerage and drinking water pipes due to excavation works done recently by the Department of Telecommunications at a number of places.
According to officials of the Health Department, as the virus of jaundice takes about three weeks to mature in the body of human beings, the cases have started trickling in now. Health authorities had a meeting with their counterparts in the Public Health Department on the issue yesterday. During the meeting the Public Health Department had verified that pipes meant for sewerage disposal and for the supply of drinking water running parallel and close to each other had been damaged at some places due to the digging up works done by the Telecom Department.
According to an official of the Health Department, the cases reported in the district general hospital were afflicted with Hepatitis-A.
The district hospital has been provided with insufficient stock of Hepatitis-B vaccinations and the quantity has been long being exhausted. Also, as the district hospital does not have infrastructure for laboratory tests for Hepatitis-B and C, one can only keep fingers crossed on the exact nature of malady of the patients.
The latest outbreak of the epidemic reveals that the Health Department has failed in its basic duty of conducting samples of water regularly as a pro-active measure. However, in a knee-jerk reaction, the authorities have set up a medical team to visit the areas from where there were reports of the disease. They have undertaken the exercise of super chlorination of drinking water supply. Residents are being supplied with chlorine tablets.
Many feel that the
Department of Telecommunication has been the villain of
the piece in the outbreak of the disease. The department
does not inform the authorities or give prior information
to the state government department on the details of the
excavation works done by it. Also, the department hands
over the digging exercise to the contractors, who do the
work in a haphazard manner.
Application forwarding process to be
CHANDIGARH, March 10 The Haryana Government has decided to streamline the process of forwarding applications of its employees seeking employment to some other posts through the Haryana Public Service Commission or the Haryana Staff Selection Commission.
The Government has directed all heads of department to ensure that the applications of such applicants should be forwarded to the HPSC or the HSSC within a week of their receipt by the appointing authority. Even according to the existing procedure, such candidates are allowed to send advance copies of their application forms to the HPSC and the HSSC provided the application was accompanied with the proper fees and the delay on the part of the department in forwarding their applications through proper channel are ordinarily condoned.
According too fresh guidelines issued in this regard, the in-service candidates should invariably send the advance copy of their application form with the prescribed fee to reach the HPSC or HSSC, as the case may be, before the closing date. The HPSC and HSSC would consider the advance application of the in-service candidates and allow them to appear in the interview or the written examination. But on appointment of such candidates, the benefits of past service authenticated by their application forms through proper channel would be admissible to the them only if they had applied through proper channel also, even if the same had been received by the HPSC or the HSSC after the closing date.
Simultaneously, such a candidate should submit an application form with all relevant documents (expect fee) to the appointing authority who would forward the same to the HPSC or HSSC within a week of its receipt if considered eligible.
Apart from this, where the appointing authority was not the immediate superior of such a candidate, the candidate should also submit the application along with necessary documents (except fee) through proper channel to the immediate superior who would ensure that it reaches the appointing authority at the earliest. The appointing authority would send such application to the HPSC or HSSC within a weak of its receipt.
The department would
entrust the work of monitoring of application forms of
the employees to the aforesaid recruiting agencies to
some specific branch or cell which would be responsible
for sending the original application forms of the
candidates in shortest possible time. In case of delay,
strict disciplinary action would be taken against the
person responsible for the delay.
EC observers for panchayati
raj bodies' poll
CHANDIGARH, March 10 The Haryana State Election Commissioner, Mr T.D. Jogpal, today appointed 12 observers for the forthcoming elections to panchayati raj institutions to be held on March 12 and March 16.
They are Mr Bhagwati Prasad, Commissioner, Hisar division, for Hisar and Fatehabad districts, Mr Chander Singh, Commissioner, Ambala division for Ambala and Kurukshetra, Mrs Anita Chaudhary, Commissioner, Rohtak division for Karnal and Panipat, Mr L.S.M. Salins, Commissioner, Gurgaon division for Gurgaon and Rewari, Mr Ankur Gupta, Adminstrator of HUDA, Gurgaon, for Mehenderagarh, Mr Ashok Khemka, Registrar, Kurukshetra University for Kaithal, Mr K.S. Yadav, Executive Director, HIPA, Gurgaon for Jind and Bhiwani, Mr Krishan Kumar, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, for Faridabad, Mrs G.Anupala, Administrator of HUDA, Faridabad, for Jhajjar, Mr Abhilaksh S Likhi, Administrator of HUDA at Panchkula for Panchkula and Yamunanagar and Mrs Deepti Umashankar, Registrar, G.J.U., and Administrator of HUDA at Hisar for Sirsa.
Mr Jogpal also appointed 12 observers (expenditure) to have a proper check on the prescribed expenditure limit by the candidates contesting the election. The state election commission has prescribed the limit of expenditure of Rs 3,000, Rs 8,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 75,000 for each candidate for the election of panch, sarpanch, member panchayat samiti and zila parishad, respectively.
The observers (expenditure) are:
Mrs Kamlesh Chaudhary,
Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner (Appeals), Ambala,
for Ambala and Panchkula; Mrs K.S. Dhaka, Deputy Excise
and Taxation Commissioner (Enquiry), Gurgaon, for Gurgaon
and Faridabad; Mr R.N. Kosliya, Joint Excise and Taxation
Commissioner (Appeals), Hisar, for Hisar and Bhiwani; Mr
K.K. Sharma, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner
(Enquiry), Jhajjar, for Jhajjar and Sonepat; Mr Charan
Singh, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner-cum-Flying
Squad Officer (Head Office), Chandigarh, for Jind; Mr
L.R. Garg, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (Sales
Tax), Rohtak, for Kaithal; Mr D.P. Kirar, Joint Excise
and Taxation Commissioner (HIPA), Gurgaon, for
Mahendragarh; Mr Bhisham Pitamah, Deputy Excise and
Taxation Commissioner (H.O.), Chandigarh, for Panipat and
Karnal; Mr Ram Charan, Deputy Excise and Taxation
Commissioner (Excise), Rewari, for Rewari, Mr O.P.
Sheoran, Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner
(Appeals), Rohtak, for Rohtak; Mr S.R. Yadav, Joint
Excise and Taxation Commissioner ( I & E), Hisar, for
Sirsa and Fatehabad; Mr M.L. Arora, Deputy Excise and
Taxation Commissioner, Chandigarh, for Yamunanagar and
Samiti poll: 357 nominees in
SONEPAT, March 10 As many as seven candidates have been elected unopposed out of 63 candidates who were in the fray for the elections to the Sonepat Zila Parishad.
Mr Sudhir Rajpal, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer, told mediapersons here today that 357 candidates were now left in the fray for the elections to the panchayat samitis scheduled for March 12 and 16 in the district. Similarly, 1,561 and 2,581 candidates are contesting the elections for the posts of sarpanches and panches. These include 56 Scheduled Castes and 16 backward classes nominees. Only 36 candidates have been elected unopposed out of 357 candidates.
He said in Sonepat block, there were 66 candidates, including six Scheduled Castes and three backward classes. Seven candidates have been elected unopposed.
Twelve candidates were elected unopposed as sarpanches out of 1,561 candidates including 242 Scheduled Castes candidates. Similarly 2,045 candidates out of 2,581, including 492 Scheduled Castes and 248 backward classes candidates have returned unopposed for the posts of panches.
According to the Deputy
Commissioner, 196 candidates are in the fray for the
elections to the local municipal council. The last date
for the withdrawal of nomination papers is March 13 and
the polling will be held on April 2 next.
13 gram panchayats elected
SHAHABAD, March 10 As many as 13, out of 87 gram panchayats of Shahabad block have been elected unanimously.
The panchayats are Badaam, Surakhpur, Dayal Nagar, Rattangarh, Thaska Ali, Fatehgarh Jharauli, Dhola Majra, Kishangarh, Ram Nagar Aujlan, Atwan, Zainpura, Raipur and Fatehgarh Chammu.
In the election of the
local panchayat samiti out of total 26 wards, three
returned their representatives unanimously. The three
elected members are Ms Gurmit Kaur of Fatehgarh Jharauli,
Ms Sawaran Kaur Chammu, and Ms Usha Chaudhry of
Ex-minister booked for land
SONEPAT, March 10 The police has registered a case under the Anti-Corruption Act against Mr Ramesh Chander Kaushik, a former Haryana minister and his brother Mr Devinder Kaushik in connection with the alleged scandalous purchases of land at 30 places in Sonepat district during the regime of Bansi Lal government in the state.
According to informed sources, the registration of the case followed the direction of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala. It is stated that he had received a complaint from Mr Sukhbir Singh a resident of Gumar village, alleging that the scandalous purchases of the land by Mr Kaushik had caused a huge financial loss to many farmers as well as stage exchequer.
This is the second former minister of this district who was booked in a criminal case and cheating.
Informed sources also
revealed that Mr Chautala had deputed a DSP of CID to
investigate the complaints against Mr Kaushik. The DSP as
well as his subordinate staff recorded the statements of
many persons including some members of the local
municipal council and they had reportedly confirmed the
allegations levelled against the former minister and his
Assembly voter list valid for
CHANDIGARH, March 10 On a bunch of writ petitions filed by voters whose names did not figure in the voter list for the panchayat poll, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice A.S.Garg of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today directed that those persons whose names were in the Assembly poll list would be entitled to cast their vote for the panchayat poll as well.
For the purposes of ascertaining the ward to which they belonged, the apportionment made in the list for panchayat election held in 1994 should be used as the basis, the Judges clarified.
The petitioners stated that as per the election programme, January 12 and 13, were fixed for inclusion of new names for finalisation of voter lists and January 14 for objections. But no new voter list was brought to notice of general public and no publication was done. Even the presiding officer had the old list.
The Judges passed the order saying that a very large number of voters, who had cast their votes in the Assembly poll only two weeks ago, had found that their names did not figure in the list for the panchayat poll.
It was clarified by the Bench that this bunch of writ petitions, pertained only to the right to vote and no more.
Expert favours RECs
KURUKSHETRA, March 10 Dr P.N. Gupta, Director, Standardisation, Testing and Quality Certification (Jaipur), said here today that 14 engineering colleges and 11 polytechnics had been identified in the country for certification work. The project was started with the initial capital of Rs 83 crore in 1991 for six years, he added.
Dr Gupta who was inaugurating a three-day training programme on ISO-9000: Awareness and Implementation, in the Regional Engineering College, said these colleges had become self sufficient in the field of electronics and computers. Some of these colleges, especially, in the south and west had introduced latest syllabi in their courses to meet the needs and requirements of the industries there.
He disclosed that seven out of 14 colleges had already achieved the category of autonomous colleges which were also termed as deemed universities.
He favoured the upgradation of regional engineering colleges to bring them at par with the Indian Institutes of Technology. Such a step would upgrade the technology learning process in the engineering colleges.
Dr M. Talwar, Chairman, Electronic and Computer Engineering, said ISO certification would be introduced soon for quality teaching.
He said the Directorate
of Standardisation was planning to create electronic and
computer industry institutions in the country to grant
international certification in the field of electronics
and computer engineering. This was being done in
collaboration with the Ministry of Information and
Muslim bodys plea to
PANIPAT, March 10 The Anjuman Tahaffoj Ohkaf, a Muslim religious organisation, has urged the Union Social Welfare Minister, Mrs Maneka Gandhi, to fix the tenure of the Chief Administrator of the Joint Punjab Wakf Board for at least three years so that the formulated plans could be executed smoothly and within stipulated time.
A resolution in this regard was passed unanimously at a state-level meeting of the organisation here yesterday in which office-bearers from Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh participated. The meeting was presided over by Molana Ziaul Islami Kasmi.
It has been pointed out in the resolution that before the appointment of Dr Fahim Usman Siddiqui as Administrator recently, four administrators were changed within a short span of 14 months and it has resulted in delaying and hampering of board's welfare and development work.
It was pointed out at the meeting that a number of projects, including an industrial training institute at Panipat, college at Ludhiana, hospitals at Malerkotla in Punjab and number of schools in Mewat area are in the pipeline which are likely to be completed within next four months. If the administrators are changed frequently, such projects are automatically or intentionally delayed.
The meeting also criticised those who have levelled false allegations against the Union Social Welfare Minister, Mrs Maneka Gandhi, and urged the Central Government to take action against such elements.
Non-teaching staff for
HISAR, March 10 The Haryana Government is neglecting the non-teaching employees of private affiliated colleges of the state for not providing service benefits.
This was alleged by Mr Sushil Rajpal, secretary of the Non-Teaching Employees Association, Haryana, in a statement here yesterday.
He said all teachers and other employees had already been given service benefits in the shape of senior and selection pay-scales but the non-teaching employees had been deprived of this privilege. He said there were no promotional avenues for the non-teaching employees and they were retiring in the same post and in the same pay-scales even after rendering service for more than 30 years.
Mr Rajpal disclosed that four years ago the Director, Higher Education, had collected information of non-teaching employees working for the past 10 or 20 years for granting higher standard pay-scales but since then the files were gathering dust in the office.
Hoodas plea to CM on crime
CHANDIGARH, March 10 Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, MLA, President Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee has in a statement to the press expressed grave concern over the pace with which the law and order situation of the State was deteriorating.
Mr Hooda was reacting to a series of incidents of murders, day-light robberies, dacoities etc., as reported in todays press covering different parts of the state.
Vajpayee to attend sammelan
SHAHABAD, March 10 The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, will be the chief guest at the concluding function of the silver jubilee celebrations of the All-India Aggarwal Sammelan to be held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi on March 26.
The function will be presided over by veteran freedom fighter and a former Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Banarsi Dass Gupta, who had been president of the sammelan for 18 years and is presently its chief patron.
Mr Banarsi Dass Gupta
told this correspondent on phone today that the national
president of the sammelan, Mr Vijay Choudhri, and other
senior leaders were engaged in the jana jagran campaign
for the success of the function which would be attended
by lakhs of members of the community from all parts of
Rising crime graph worries
GURGAON, March 10 The DLF Qutab Enclave Residents' Welfare Association has expressed serious apprehension over the sharply deteriorating security situation at DLF City.
The association claimed that the murderous attack on an elderly couple on the night of March 2 had badly shaken the confidence of the community living in this posh colony. On that night, Mrs Satya Gurnami, a resident of Phase I, died of multiple stab wounds at the hands of unknown assailant. Her husband Atma Ram Gurnami is still battling for his life in a private hospital at Delhi.
General Secretary of the association T.K. Satheesan said the attack came within 11 months of a double murder of an elderly couple in the G block in the colony. He lamented that most of the crimes committed here have remained unsolved.
President of the association Indra Vikram Singh expressed surprise that these crimes were occurring in spite of the presence of the DLF security personnel and three police posts and a police station for the colony.
Pak bus, tractor collide
AMBALA, March 10 Delhi-bound bus of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation coming from Lahore and proceeding towards Delhi, had a collision with a tractor-trailer carrying sugarcane on the G T Road near the cantonment here around 2.30 p.m. today.
The bus, bearing the number LXK-2425, was carryng 37 passengers besides two drivers and some security personnel. According to the driver of the bus, Mr Hafij Arshad, the passengers included 16 Indians, 18 Pakistanis and three foreign nationals. The passengers included 13 females and five children.
The driver said that the bus started from Lahore at 6 a.m. today and had to reach to Delhi by 6 p.m.
The bus was partially damaged. Passengers sitting in the front seat of the bus said there could have been a head-on collision, but the driver averted it. The passengers escaped unhurt.
including the SDM, Ambala, Mrs Renu Phulia, rushed to the
spot. According to information, the bus could not proceed
for Delhi till 4 p.m. The police has registered a case
against the tractor driver.
Cashier robbed of Rs 2.15 lakh
PANIPAT, March 10 Three robbers looted Rs 2.15 lakh from a cashier of the Paliwal Overseas Company, Vijay Singhal, on Wednesday.
He was going in his Santro along with car driver Suresh Kumar to disburse wages of workers in Paliwal industries on the G T road and was carrying Rs 5 lakh for this purpose.
The robbers who were on a motor-cycle, stopped the car on gunpoint and one of them entered the car and forced the driver to take the car on the Siwah-Dahar Link road.
Wrong paper given to students
AMBALA, March 10 The students of SA Jain High School appearing at an examination centre of Ambala City for matriculation examination of the Haryana Education Board faced a peculiar situation here on Thursday when the centre superintendent distributed them Hindi medium papers of mathematics subject against their choice for English medium.
No clue to murder
AMBALA, March 10 The police has no clue to the murder of Anil Aggarwal, a petrol station owner. The body of Aggarwal was found in a field near Khudda village here last morning, bearing multiple stab injuries.
The doctors who conducted the post-mortem have not submitted their report.
The police is trying to work out the assailants were known to Mr Aggarwal or they were some hardcore criminals who kidnapped and murdered him for getting his valuables.
Additional funds for Brahmasarovar
CHANDIGARH, March 10 The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee has, on the request of Haryana Governor, Mr Mahabir Prasad, who is also Chairman of Kurukshetra Development Board, allotted an additional Central assistance of Rs 5 crore through the Planning Commission under a scheme aimed at the development of sacred Brahmasarovar at Kurukshetra.
This additional Central assistance is towards the annual Plan of the State for the year 1999-2000.
Exam dates changed
CHANDIGARH, March 10 Examination dates of Haryana School Education Board for classes 6th, 7th, 9th and 11th have been changed.
starting on March 15 have been postponed to March 21,
those starting on March 16 to March 22 and those starting
on March 18 to March 23. The examinations would be held
in the morning session. This change in the examination
schedule has been effected due to change in the schedule
of panchayat elections in the state.
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