|Saturday, March 25, 2000,
urged to clarify stand on UT
10 committees formed in Haryana
Urea price hike will hit
Rohtak to have cancer centre
Hawa Singh named KU
March 26 holiday in Haryana
NFL officer, wife booked
Sikhs hold protest
14 of 17 Sirsa wards for INLD
Ex-CM for resolving waters dispute
Voters need not prove identity
Plan to sow sugarcane in 1600
School board scheme to eliminate
3 held in illegal land sale deal
Chautala urged to clarify stand
CHANDIGARH, March 24 The Haryana Congress has flayed the statement of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal refusing to give river waters to Haryana and demanding early transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab.
The president of the Haryana Congress, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, in a statement here today said Haryana had got all legal rights on the river waters allocated by the Eradi Tribunal. It did not behove the Akali leaders to speak against the award of the tribunal, which was set up after an accord between their leader, the late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal and the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Mr Hooda said his party and the people of Haryana would not allow Chandigarh to be transferred to Punjab, unless 107 Hindi-speaking villages earmarked under the Rajiv-Longowal accord were transferred to Haryana. Haryana should also be given adequate funds for the construction of a new capital because it had contributed towards the construction of Chandigarh.
The Congress leader said Mr Badal should not try to take undue advantage of his so-called family relations with the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and cautioned him not to test the patience of patriotic Haryanavis. He asked Mr Chautala to clarify his as well as his partys stand, vis-a-vis, the statement of Mr Badal on the river waters and Chandigarh.
He said, perhaps, Mr
Badal was issuing such misleading statements in view of
the approaching elections to the Vidhan Sabha so that the
people of Punjab could be hoodwinked. Mr Badal should try
to see reason, and should not issue such uncalled for and
inflammatory statements, he added.
10 committees formed in
CHANDIGARH, March 24 The Speaker of the Haryana Assembly, Mr Satbir Singh Kadian, has constituted 10 committees for the year 2000-2001.
The Deputy Speaker of Vidhan Sabha, Mr Gopi Chand Gahlot, will be the ex-officio chairperson of the House Committee while Mrs Anita Yadav, Mr Uday Bhan, Mr Dharampal (Nilokheri) and Mr Hamid Hussain, all MLAs, will be its members. The special invitees will be Mr Daryab Singh and Mr Ram Kuwar Saini, both MLAs.
Vaid Kapoor Chand, MLA, will be the chairperson of the eight-member Subordinate Legislation Committee. The other members are Mr Kanwar Pal, Rao Narender Singh, Mr Bhim Sain Mehta, Mr Ranbir Singh Mandola, Mr Nishan Singh, Mr Bishan Lal Saini, all MLAs, and Advocate-General, Haryana, Mr M.L. Sarin. Mr Bhagwan Sahai Rawat and Mr Dan Singh, both MLAs, will be special invitees.
Mr Balwant Singh Maina, MLA will be the chairperson of the nine-member Public Undertakings committee. The other members of the committee are Mr Krishan Lal, Mr Chander Mohan, Mr Rajinder Singh Bisla, Mr Pawan Kumar Dewan, Mr Rambir Singh, Mr Balbir Pal Shah, Mr Dev Raj Dewan and Mr Puran Singh, all MLAs.
The Government Assurance Committee will be headed by Mr Mange Ram Gupta, MLA, and Mr Ramesh Kumar Khatak, Mr Shadi Lal Batra, Mr Tejvir Singh, Mr Jarnail Singh, Mr Lila Krishan, Dr Sita Ram, Mr Jasbir Singh Malore and Mr Lila Ram Gujar, all MLAs, will be its members. The special invitees for the committee will be Mr Zakir Hussain and Mr Ram Phal Kundu, both MLAs.
Mr Krishan Lal Panwar, MLA will be the chairperson of the nine-member Estimates Committee and its other members are Mrs Veena Chhibar, Mr Dharambir Singh, Rao Inderjeet Singh, Mr Moola Ram, Mr Balbir Singh, Mr Ram Kumar Katwal, Mr Padam Singh Dahiya and Mr Bhag Singh, all MLAs.
The nine-member Public Accounts Committee will be headed by Mr Bhagi Ram, MLA. The other members are Mr Chander Bhatia, Mr Lachhman Dass Arora, Rao Dharampal, Mr Anil Vij, Mr Suraj Mal, Mr Banta Ram, Mr Nafe Singh Rathee and Mr Jagjit Singh, all MLAs.
The six-man Library Committee will be headed by Mr Rajinder Singh Bisla. The other members include Mr Jai Parkash (Barwala), Mr Karan Singh Dalal, Dr Raghubir Singh Kadian, Mr Ramesh Rana and Mr Amar Singh, all MLAs. The special invitees are Mr Shashi Panwar and Mr Jitender Singh, both MLAs.
The 10-member Committee of Privileges will be headed by Mr Bhagwan Sahai Rawat. The other members are Mr Dan Singh, Mr Zakir Hussain, Mrs Veena Chhibar, Mr Daryab Singh, Mr Nafe Singh Rathee, Mr Amar Singh Dhandhey, Mr Ramesh Kumar Khatak, Mr Ramesh Rana and Mr Ramphal Kundu, all MLAs.
The Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha will be the ex-officio chairperson of the Rules Committee and Dr Jai Parash Sharma, Mr Bhupender Singh Hooda, Mr Sher Singh, Mr Ram Kuwar Saini, Mr Shashi Ranjan Panwar and Mr Krishan Pal Gujar, all MLAs, will be its members.
Committee for the Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled
Tribes and Backward Classes will be headed by Mr Nafe
Singh Jundla. The members of the committee are Mrs Sarita
Narain, Capt Ajay Singh, Mr Om Parkash Jindal, Mr Deena
Ram, Mr Balwant Singh Sadhaura, Mr Ram Kishan, Mrs Vidya
Devi Beniwal and Mr Ram Bhagat.
Parents demand probe into death
AMBALA,, March 24 Parents of two of the three girls who were found dead in Chandigarh have demanded a complete inquiry into the incident, while an anguished parent has threatened to do a chakka jam if the culprit involved are not nabbed by tomorrow.
Mr Jai Singh, father of Chandni, said that they were planning to block traffic on GT road if the persons who were involved in the incident are not caught. We are going to do chakka jam to press for our demand for getting justice, he said. We suspect that the guest house is involved in some way, he added.
He alleged that his daughter Chandni had not been given adequate medical treatment as she was alive for about nine hours and still the doctors failed to save her life. My daughter kept asking for water and the doctors told us not to give her anything.
Mr Jai Singh, who is a resident of Goverdhan Nagar, is not suspecting the involvement of any Ambala based person in the incident. My daughter had never left the city and there is no reason why she would decide to go to Chandigarh.
The father of Deepali, Mr Om Prakash Naula, said that he had not made any demand for an inquiry. My daughter is gone. For whom will I demand the inquiry. If she had been alive today, I would have tried to find out the reason for the incident but she is no more and she was consigned to flames today.
A distressed Mr Naula, who works as station superintendent near Jallandhar, said my daughter was like a flower. Her death has brought enough tension and I dont want additional tension of an inquiry.
The death of my daughter is a lifelong sadness. The sequence of events is not clear to us and there are a number of unanswered questions in our mind, Mr Naula said.
A pall of gloom had descended at adjoining house numbers 392 and 392 A in Model Town in Ambala City. In the morning, a large number of people had turned up at Model Town when the bodies were being taken for cremation. The locals demanded that a proper inquiry should be conducted by the police to ensure that if any person is involved in the incident, he should not go scot-free.
Chetnas father, Mr Gulshan Kumar, while demanding a complete inquiry, said that they had met senior police officers and the Chief Minister yesterday. The CM assured us that investigations will be undertaken into the incident, he said.
Mr Kumar said We must know why my daughter, who was good in studies, took this extreme step. She was a normal child and there is no reason for her to commit suicide.
He pointed out that the three girls had food at his residence at about 5 pm before they left to fetch milk from a nearby dairy.
We will be going to Chandigarh tomorrow and meet the officials concerned so that we know exactly what happened with my daughter and why she died at the rest house in Chandigarh, he said.
When this reporter met the milkman, Mr Faqir Chand, he said that the girl did come to get milk as was the usual routine. She left the milkcan here. The only thing different was that she said that I should leave the milk can back home. Later, we gave the milk can to a neighbour, he said.
Mr Faqir Chand said that his customers leave the milk can and later collect it. She, however, said that I should have the milk can send back home, he recalled.
A teacher at PKR Jain
school said that Chetna was a good student and she had
secured a first division in her board examinations. While
Deepali, who was a student of Dev Samaj College, had got
a second division in the board examinations, Chandni had
got compartment in English.
Postmortem rules out rape
CHANDIGARH March 24
The post mortem report of the three girls from
Ambala, who allegedly committed suicide in a city motel,
has ruled out rape or violence besides establishing that
no violent act had been carried out against them.Police
sources said Chandni, one of the girls who passed away
yesterday morning, had told the doctor that they had
reportedly consumed three tablets of celphos each, but
had not been able to tell the motive behind the suicide.
The other two Deepali and Chetna had been
declared brought dead at the hospital.
CHANDIGARH, March 24 The Additional Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Dharambir Singh, today termed as "totally mischievous and irresponsible " the statement of a former Haryana Minister, Dr Raghuvir Singh Kadian appearing in a section of the press that most of the funds had been earmarked for the development of Sirsa district by the present government whereas funds had not been allocated for the areas of Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonepat.
He pointed out that a
sum Rs 6.53 crore had been released for Rohtak district
by the Haryana Rural Development Fund Board as against Rs
5.73 crore for Sirsa district to undertake various works
announced by the Chief Minister under the Sarkar
Aapke Dwar programme. He said similarly, a sum of
over Rs 4.28 crore for Sonepat and a maximum of Rs 6.87
crore for Bhiwani district. While allocating funds the
government had kept in view the magnitude of the
developmental works to be undertaken and not any
political consideration. Similarly, he said a sum of Rs
5.42 crore had been released for Hisar district, over Rs
4.48 crore for Yamunanagar district and Rs 4.16 crore for
Kurukshetra district. It was, therefore, wrong to say on
the part of Mr Kadian that any undue favour had been
shown to Sirsa district.
Urea price hike will
CHANDIGARH, March 24 The reduction in subsidy in fertilisers and the hike in urea prices by 15 per cent in the Union Budget will hurt the interests of the farming community and affect adversely farm production in the country.
This was stated by Sampat Singh, Haryana Finance Minister, while presiding over the inaugural session of the Development of Haryana: opportunities in the Union Budget, 2000-2001, organised by the faculty of Economics and Development Planning of the Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) here today.
He said a sustained and broad- based growth of agriculture was essential for alleviating poverty, generating income and employment, ensuring food security and sustaining domestic market for industry and services.
Mr Sampat Singh regretted that there was lack of interaction between policy makers and the public. He was of the opinion that before framing any policies things should be debated in public at the grassroots level. Keeping this in view, the Haryana Budget was formulated which was infrastructure-oriented with special stress on power reforms and improvement of roads etc. Nearly 64.5 per cent of the total Budget had been earmarked for infrastructure development.
He said it should be a
joint endeavour to supplement the efforts towards
restoration of fiscal balances. The Budget of Haryana for
the year 2000-2001 contained some policy initiatives,
involving fiscal restructuring measures intended to
address issues in revenue mobilisation, expenditure
management and infrastructural development.
Hawa Singh named KU Registrar
KURUKSHETRA, March 24 In exercise of the powers conferred under statute of the Kurukshetra University Act 1986, the Vice Chancellor of Kurukshetra University has appointed Dr Hawa Singh of the Commerce Department as university till further orders.
According to a
university notification, Dr Hawa Singh has taken over
charge of Registrar from March 23. He has replaced Mr
Vineet Garg, and IAS officer, who had been appointed as
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra.
March 26 holiday in Haryana
CHANDIGARH, March 24 The Haryana Government has notified that March 26 will be observed as a holiday within the jurisdiction or limits of the gram panchayats where poll is to be held on that day on account of panchayat general election within the meaning of Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.
The polling for panches and sarpanches will be held in gram panchayats of Madhu Singhana in Sirsa district, Salali in Bhiwani district and Sarurpur in Faridabad district.
The polling for sarpanches will be held in the gram panchayats of Toda in Panchkula district, Balbehra and Peedal in Kaithal district and polling in ward no.2 for panch will be held in gram panchayat Kurar in Kaithal district.
NFL officer, wife booked
PANIPAT, March 24 Though the police has booked Mr Mahavir Prasad Jain, an officer of National Fertiliser Limited (NFL), his wife Kamini Jain and their son for their alleged involvement in the deaths of two car mechanics, Sunil and Dalbir, senior police officials believe that the two were asphyxiated to death by carbon monoxide fumes emanating from a car engine.
Their belief has been substantiated by experts of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) who have cited instances where deaths have occurred in similar circumstances.
Sunil and Dalbir were found dead in a car parked inside the garage of Mr Jains residence in the NFL township yesterday morning. The two had overhauled the car engine and had left it running to tune the engine.
Hundreds of villagers
from Rajakheri, Sunils native village, assembled at
Mr Jains house. They alleged that the police was
delaying registration of a case. Bowing to the
villagers demand, the police registered a case of
murder against Mr Jain and his family.
Rohtak to have cancer centre
GURGAON, MARCH 24 The Union Government has sanctioned a regional cancer centre and a trauma unit for Haryana, according to the states Financial Commissioner, Health, Mr G.Madhavan.
Addressing a state-level conference of the civil surgeons of Haryana here on the occasion of the World Tuberculosis Day, Mr Madhvan said the cancer centre and the trauma unit would be opened at Rohtak Medical College and Hospital. The Centre had already sanctioned a trauma unit for Karnal worth Rs 1.5 crore.
On the occasion, the Centres scheme called the national tuberculosis control programme (NTCP) for Gurgaon was inaugurated by Haryana Minister for Health and Technical Education, M.L.Ranga. The Centre had adopted the districts of Faridabad and Sonepat, besides Gurgaon, for the scheme.
Mr Madhvan lamented that due to shortage of funds with the Haryana government,the state had to sometime forego the financial assistance from the Centre.The reason being that the central assistance was granted on matching grant basis.
Dr Ranga said the Haryana Government was looking into the feasibility to post auxiliary nurses and midwives (ANMs) in each of the villages. The appointments of the ANMs would be on part time basis.
Dr Ranga urged the civil surgeons to ensure punctuality and discipline in the hospitals and medical centres by staff members. He cautioned of disciplinary action if any one was found wanting on this front.
He suggested to the authorities of the department to tie up with the high court so that the practice of the doctors going to the courts for evidences was streamlined. According to him, a large number of doctors could not attend the patients as they had to go for evidences.
He directed the authorities to utilise the services of specialists from Rohtak Medical College and the PGI, Chandigarh, in rural areas.
He expressed concern over large number of machinery and equipment being out of use in various hospitals. He injected a novelty giving permission to the authorities to engage private engineers for their repair. He said special care must be taken to provide medicines free of cost to the patients as only those below the poverty line visited the government hospitals.
Sikhs hold protest
ROHTAK, March 24 Shops and business establishments remained closed for two hours here today in protest against the killing of 35 Sikhs at Chattisinghpura village in the Kashmir valley by pro-Pakistan militants.
The incident has caused great resentment among Sikhs, including "Nanak-levas". Condemning the incident, the CPM described it a cowardly act aimed at creating a divide among the people.
The CPM said no religion could support such barbaric acts and asked people to maintain communal harmony and unity to frustrate the evil designs of these elements.
The Sikhs and "Nanak-levas" held a meeting at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib here and urged the Centre to initiate immediate steps to safeguard the lives and properties of people of Kashmir. Expressing their sympathies with the bereaved families, the meeting also demanded the payment of Rs 10 lakh each to the bereaved families.
It was demanded at the meeting that the Delhi to Lahore bus service should be terminated immediately. If the government did not accept their request, the gathering threatened to stop the bus forcibly.
It demanded the dismissal of the Farooq Abdullah government which had failed to protect the lives of innocent people.
Malik condemns Sikh massacre
SONEPAT, March 24 Former President of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Dharampal Singh Malik, today condemned the brutal massacre of 35 Sikhs in a village in Anantnag District of Jammu and Kashmir and described it as the most inhuman act by Pakistan -backed militants.
Talking to mediapersons here, he said this barbaric incident had brought to light the terrible menace of terrorism.
He appealed to the Central Government to take steps to curb the menace with a strong hand.
The Congress leader also condemned the Central Government for increasing the prices of kerosene LPG and called it as "anti-people". The BJP-led Central Government, he said, had once again proved that it was pro-rich.
14 of 17 Sirsa wards for
SIRSA, March 24 The Zila Parishad results have confirmed the INLD hold in the district as 14 of the 17 wards have been captured by the party. With this the election of Mr Abhey Chautala to the post of Zila Parishad President is certain while one seat each has been bagged by the Congress and HVP supported candidates, the counting in word No 11 was stopped on the directions of the High Court.
The INLD candidates were declared elected unopposed from eight wards. They were Ms Shakuntla (Ward No 1), Mr Pyare Lal (Ward No 4), Ms Kanta Devi (Ward No 5), Ms Sukhwinder Kaur (Ward No 6), Mr Radhey Ram (Ward No 7), Mahavir (Ward No 9), Mr Abhey Chautala (Ward No 12 ), and Mr Magar Singh (Ward No 15).
The result of ward No 2
has gone in favour of Subhash who defeated Mr Baldev Das
by 1200 votes. Bimla defeated Shimla by over 11,000 votes
in Ward No 3 Prabhu Dayal won from Ward No 8 while Ward
No 10 was bagged by Sharda. In Ward No 11
Congress-support candidate Ram Murti defeated Surinder by
551 votes. From Ward No 14, Mr Devi Lal defeated BJP
nominee Yudhishter by 3763 votes From Ward No 16,
HVP-supported candidate Pushpa Mehta won by 830 votes,
Harvel Singh defeated Nirmal Singh BJP by over 12000
votes in Ward No 17.
Ex-CM for resolving waters
ROHTAK, March 24 A former Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Banarsi Dass Gupta has held the union government responsible for prolonging the water sharing disputes between Haryana and Punjab and asked the Vajpayee government to take steps to ensure Haryana gets its share of water from Punjab.
Talking to reporters here today, Mr Gupta said that not only had Akali leaders adopted a stubborn attitude but the central government too had been avoiding the issue.
He criticised the reported statement of Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal in which the latter had said that Haryana had no right to the surplus waters of the Ravi. He said Mr Badal should not issue statements which lead to confrontation between the two states. The Indus Water Treaty of 1976 had given Haryana a share of Punjab waters, but the share was never spelt out in actual terms.
Voters need not prove identity
FARIDABAD, March 24 Those who are to cast their vote on April 2 for elections to the Faridabad Municipal Corporation, the only one in Haryana, will not have to prove their identity before exercising franchise.
This was stated at the pilot rehearsal for the poll held at Municipal Auditorium here today. As many as 634 polling centres have been set up in the twin cities of Faridabad and Ballabhgarh.
The counting of votes will begin soon after the polling of April 2 and the results declared the same day.
The corporation has 25 wards but the polling will be held in only 24. A court has stayed polling in ward 18 as the name of Mr Lakhan Singla, a former councillor, was found missing in the voters list.
Plan to sow sugarcane in 1600
SIRSA, March 24 It is proposed to plant sugarcane in 1500 acres in a radius of 15 kilometres from village Panniwala Mota, where a sugar mill is being installed, this year.
The Agriculture Department has prepared a list of villages where sugarcane can be sown.
The Deputy Commissioner said agriculture scientists who visited villages falling within 15 km of Panniwala Mota felt the area was prone to waterlogging as the average rise in water table is two feet per year. The depth of underground water is 30-feet and rising. Scientists have suggested that over irrigation not be allowed so as to check the menace.
Sugarcane needs watering
every 10 to 15 days in summer and canal supplies in the
command zone of the sugar mill will be increased from the
fourth year onwards about 10 thousand hectares of cane
will be planted.
School board scheme to
HISAR, March 24 The Board of School Education, Haryana plans to introduce the system of providing five sets of question papers to students during examinations from next year. This scheme is a part of the plan to eradicate copying.
This was stated by Mr Dilbagh Singh, Chairman, Board of School Education, Haryana, while addressing a press conference here today.
He said the growing tendency of resorting to copying during examinations was a cause of concern for all as it had affected the credibility of examinations.
Prof Jagdish Sihag,
Secretary of the board, said for the peaceful conduct of
examinations, 365 flying squads had been formed. Nineteen
vigilance squads of Deputy Commissioners and 44
Sub-Divisional Magistrates had been constituted.
3 held in illegal land
PANIPAT, March 24 The police has, on orders of the court, arrested three persons allegedly involved in the illegal sale of land in Mahavati village under Samalkha police station and produced them in the court.
According to information, a plot of land was purchased by Raj Kumar of Delhi in Mahavati village. But about a year ago, it was sold by Ramesh of the same village to Navin of Panipat impersonating as the father of Raj Kumar.
The plot was reportedly further sold to Surender of Delhi by Navin.
When Raj Kumar came to know about these illegal sales of his land, he lodged a complaint with the police but the police allegedly did not take action against the accused.
ROHTAK, March 24 An undertrial facing several criminal charges, including murder, escaped from police custody here last evening.
According to information, the accused identified as Vijay, alias Pappu Gaba, was being brought to the local jail after being produced in court at Gohana when he made his escape.
He was facing prosecution in connection with a murder that took place in Baroda area of Gohana in 1994. He was arrested last year.
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