|Monday, April 3, 2000,
cover for staff on exam duty
Chuni Lal Amba dead
Two war widows nominated to HCS
Lok Adalat settles 483 cases
Priority to develop rural areas:
BJP chiefs visit on
Woman found murdered
Move to introduce English opposed
Govt urged to end lawyers
Insurance cover for staff on exam
ROHTAK, April 2 Maharshi Dayanand University has brought teachers and employees deputed to do examination duties under an insurance cover.
In view of incidents of violence at various examination centres, the teaching and non-teaching staff had been demanding an insurance cover.
Dr K.C. Bharadwaj, Controller of Examinations, said nearly 1,800 teachers had been detailed for the smooth conduct of examinations at 134 centres. He informed that nearly 1,23,000 students were appearing for the examinations this year.
Fiftyfive flying squads had been constituted. Besides, he, along with the officiating Vice-Chancellor, Ms Anita Chaudhary, would not visit the centres.
Ms Chaudhary had convened a meeting of principals of affiliated colleges on March 30 and directed them to make all-possible efforts for checking any irregularities in the examinations.
According to sources, the university administration has identified nearly 24 "sensitive" centres and asked the police to take effective steps for a smooth and peaceful conduct of the examinations. The police has reportedly constituted special teams to check interference at the centres.
The Controller of Examinations said strict action would be taken against students found guilty of committing any irregularities. He warned that the centres would be shifted, if there were any complaints of irregularities.
He said the results of the BA-I, II, and III examinations would be declared on June 1, 6 and 10, respectively, and cases pertaining to unfair means would be settled before the declaration of the results.
Meanwhile, the District Magistrate, Mr Rajesh Khullar, has imposed Section 144 with effect from April 1 to May 11 in view of the examinations.
He has prohibited the
gathering of five or more persons and the carrying of
weapons on the premises of colleges and in an area of 200
metres around the examination centres in the district
during the period.
Chuni Lal Amba dead
CHANDIGARH, April 2 The mortal remains of Mr Chuni Lal Amba, Permanent Secretary of the Haryana Congress, were consigned to the flames amidst heart-rendering scenes here this afternoon.
Mr Amba (67) suffered a massive heart attack last night and died in the PGI in the early hours of today.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
A large number of Congress men and members of the other walks of life attended the funeral of Mr Amba, who remained associated with the Congress for about 50 years.
Among those who visited Mr Ambas residence and the cremation ground to pay their homage were Mr Moti Lal Vora and Mrs Ambika Soni, General Secretaries of the AICC; Mr Ahmed Patel, Member of the CWC and Treasurer, AICC; Ms Selja, Secretary, AICC; Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, President of the Haryana Congress; Mr Bhajan Lal, Leader of the Opposition in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha; Capt Amarinder Singh, President of the Punjab Congress; Mr Pawan Bansal, MP from Chandigarh and Secretary, AICC, Mr Randeep Surjewala, President of the All-India Youth Congress; Mr Sultan Singh and Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, both former presidents of the Haryana Congress; and Mr Lachhman Singh, MP.
A large number of newsmen, among whom Mr Amba was very popular, were also present at the cremation.
Kalka civic poll peaceful
PANCHKULA, April 2 Elections to the 14 wards of the municipal committee of Kalka were held, here today, while one candidate was elected unanimously. Polling was held at 23 booths and got off to a slow start.
Till about noon just over 20 per cent polling was reported which picked up by noon, and was nearly 60 per cent by 2pm. The election process went off smoothly sans complaints of any kind. Voters were allowed to cast their votes on the production of identity cards issued by the Election Commission or production of ration cards, telephone bills and the like. The whole area was divided among three magistrates and three supervisors.
While the results of the elections were announced late in the evening, the president would be elected by the members of the committee from amongst themselves. However, this would be done only after it is decided whether the presidentship of the committee in Kalka is reserved for women or is open. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mr M.S. Yadav, informed that the decision would be taken at a meeting of the members at Panipat to be convened by the Director, Local Bodies.
Those elected include:
Mr Krishan Chand, Mr Harbhajan Singh, Mr Ravi Shankar, Mr
Ashok Kumar, Mr Susheel Kumar, Ms Joginder Kaur, Mr Pawan
Kumar, Ms Anita Rai, Ms Balwinder Kaur, Mr Sangat Singh,
Mr Ashok Kumar (elected unopposed), Ms Mohini Nanda, Mr
Devinder Kumar and Ms Ujala Bakshi.
1 hurt in MC poll clash
JIND, April 2 The election to the Municipal Council, Jind, was held under tight security arrangements. About 70 per cent voting was reported from Jind town.
Except a minor incident of violence the election was peaceful. One person received minor injury when supporters of two candidates clashed out side a polling booth of ward number 12.
Officials of the district administration rushed to the polling booth and brought the situation under control.
The supporters of Mrs
Seema, a candidate of ward number 12 alleged bogus
polling at the polling booth and boycotted the polling
for sometime. Tension was also reported at a polling
booth of ward number 31 where a large number of police
officials were deputed to prevent any untoward incident.
Civic poll peaceful in
FATEHABAD, April 2 Barring a few minor scuffles, polling was by and large peaceful in all 19 municipal wards of the town. Polling was brisk from the moment it started. By 2 p.m. more than 75 per cent polling was recorded in most of the wards.
Some minor scuffles were
witnessed in ward number 3 and 12 among the supporters of
various candidates over some voters who could not
establish their identity to the satisfaction of the
polling agents of the candidates.
Two war widows nominated to
CHANDIGARH, April 2 The Haryana Government has decided to nominate two war widows to the HCS (executive branch).
An official spokesman said here today the decision was approved by the state Cabinet, which met here this evening under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.
The decision, he said, was the reflection of the Governments commitment to rehabilitate the families of those soldiers who had sacrificed their lives during Operation Vijay and Operation Rakshak in Jammu and Kashmir recently.
The beneficiaries are Mrs Pratima Choudhary, wife of the late Maj Viney Choudhary, and Mrs Mandeep Kaur, wife of the late Maj Gurpreet Singh.
Maj Choudhary of 13 Punjab Regiment hailed from Mangalpur village in Jind district. He laid down his life while fighting the militants near Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on April 29 last.
Lok Adalat settles 483 cases
BHIWANI, April 2 As many as 483 cases, including motor accident claims, matrimonial, civil, criminal and revenue cases were settled at the 66th Lok Adalat held here yesterday under the chairmanship of District and Sessions Judge Pritam Pal. Over Rs 2,33,000 was awarded as compensation to various claimants and a fine of Rs 93,325 was recovered in various cases.
Similarly, Lok Adalats
were also held at Charkhi Dadri, Loharu and Siwani
subdivisions. As many as 155 cases were settled at Lok
Adalat held at Charkhi Dadri subdivision. At Loharu
subdivision 18 cases were settled and Rs 2800 recovered.
BJP chiefs visit on
KARNAL, April 2 To rejuvenate the Haryana BJP after its dismal performance in the recently held Assembly elections, the BJP president, Mr Kushabhau Thakre will visit Rohtak on April 5. According to highly placed sources in the BJP, though no specific agenda has been kept for the visit of the party president, yet the poor performance in Haryana, the bickering in its ranks and the political setback it had suffered would figure in the meeting. As the Municipal elections in the state would be over by that time, the meeting is likely to review the performance of the party during the Municipal poll also. The BJP is the only party in Haryana which is fighting the Municipal elections on its symbol.
The sources said that
BJP members of Parliament from Haryana, MLAs, former
MLAs, former MPs, members of the state executive
committee, districts presidents and office bearers of the
party would attend the meeting to be presided over by Mr
Priority to develop rural areas:
SIRSA, April 2 The Haryana Government will give top priority to the development of the rural areas for which committees comprising five to 11 members will be constituted in villages. This was stated by the Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, here yesterday. He was speaking at a function after laying the foundation stone of primary health centre at Rori.
Mr Chautala also disclosed that to deal with the menace of waterlogging in the Rori area an 8 feet deep and 20 feet wide Rori Gaggar drain would be dug before the onset of the monsoon. This would help reclaim land for irrigation.
Mr Chautala revealed that a survey for enlisting those living below the poverty line and above 60 would be conducted.
The Chief Minister also said that all water courses would be repaired or constructed within one year. He also said that "phirnis" around the villages, free from the encroachments would be made pucca at the earliest. Encroachments on panchayat land would be removed and tanks of the rural waterworks would be constructed at a height so that the villagers got drinking water even during power failure.
Woman found murdered
FATEHABAD, April 2 A newly wedded woman was found murdered under mysterious circumstances near Gulha-Cheeka in Kaithal district yesterday. Her husband was also found in an unconscious condition near his car.
According to an information received here, the victim, a daughter of Mr Rattan Lal, a resident of Tohana had come to visit her parents house. Yesterday, she along with her husband left for Narwana in their car. When the couple did not reach Narwana, a search was launched and the body of the woman with stab injuries was found in the car parked in the fields near Guhla-Cheeka.
The husband has reportedly told the police that when they left Tohana three unidentified persons, followed their car on a motor cycle. According to him, after intercepting their car, two of the youths forced their entry into the car and forced him drink juice at Kaithal after which he fell unconscious. The youths, according to him, later killed his wife.
Move to introduce English
ROHTAK, April 2 The Haryana Governments reported decision of introducing English from basic level in schools has started generating a lot of heat. While a section of people have described it as a " premature" decision, some organisations have demanded the withdrawal of this decision.
The Haryana Arya Pratinidhi Sabha has asked the state government not to go ahead with any such decision. At a meeting of the sabha held here recently, the sabha leaders resolved to oppose the decision.
The meeting was attended by several leaders, including Swami Omanand Saraswati, Prof Sher Singh, a former Union Minister, Swami Indervesh, a former Lok Sabha member, Swami Agnivesh, Mr Sube Singh and Mr Rishipal Acharya. They expressed concern over the decision and claimed that the decision to "impose" English on children, having rural and semi-urban background was not correct. They said it was improper to "burden" small children.
They also claimed that the "imposition" of this foreign language may have several long-term effects like increase in the number of school dropouts and decline in literacy level which may be detrimental to the literacy drive in the state.
Govt urged to end
YAMUNANAGAR, April 2 The District Bar Association, Jagadhri today demanded that the government should take steps to end the lawyers strike.
Mr Rameshwar Singh president of the association urged the government to drop the proposed amendments to the CPC and the Advocates Act.
He said it was unfortunate that the lawyers had not got any support from either the intelligentsia or litigants.
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