|Saturday, April 22, 2000,
Copying scandal unearthed
Panel proposes, Chancellor
Centre to announce new textile
Schemes for uplift of women
Haryana imposes power cuts
Employees stage dharna
Wheat stocks accumulate
Death sentence for murder
Cong divided over Dangi case
Need to improve
DCs order on traffic rules
Daughter death: father held
Undertrial dies in PGI
7 acres of crop burnt in fire
Copying scandal unearthed
KURUKSHETRA, April 21 Dr Hoshiar Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University has unearthed a copying scandal at a centre in Jind in which two cases of impersonation were detected.
Dr Hoshiar Singh told TNS in an interview today that the scandal was unearthed in a move which was started to ensure the smooth conduct of undergraduate examinations of Kurukshetra University.
The Vice-Chancellor while narrating the incident told TNS that on April 17 he received an anonymous call at about 10.30 p.m. at his residence that about 21 students were appearing at a centre in Jind as proxy for other examinees. He constituted a flying squad which was given original photographs of the examinees who were to use proxy candidates for appearance in the examination.
These photographs were provided from the original examination forms of the examinees. He said a special flying squad raided centre No 6 at Government College, Jind on April 18 and checked all examinees along with photographs on the roll number slips with the centre superintendent and photographs on the examination forms. Surprisingly when the squad reached the centre, it found that the main gate leading to the centre was locked. Despite repeated requests by the flying squad, the authorities did not open the lock for more than half an hour according to the Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Hoshiar Singh further stated the members of the flying squad rang up from Jind to apprise him of the situation and requested him to provide police help for getting the door leading to the centre opened. The Vice-Chancellor maintained that he rang up the office of the SP in Jind urging to provide police help. It was only after that the flying squad was allowed to enter the examination centre.
The Vice-Chancellor said during checking a case was detected in which another person under roll number 742575 was appearing in the examination of BA Part-III (English paper-B) instead of the original examinee. The original examinee was Virender Singh son of Mr Raj Singh. The fact came to light when the roll number slip of Vijender Singh was found in the pocket of examination centre clerk bearing the photograph of the person who was appearing as a proxy for Vijender Singh. He was identified as Vijender Singh son of Mr Ram Dhari, a resident of House No 3897, Urban Estate, Jind. The same photograph was found on the roll number slip with the examinee but photograph on the examination form was different. The flying squad framed a case of impersonation and an FIR was lodged at the Civil Lines police chowki, Jind by the centre superintendent.
Besides, one more case of impersonation under roll number 742518 of Sumit Kumar, as examinee for BA Part-III (English paper-B) was also detected by the flying squad on the same day. The person appearing in the examination in place of the original examinee ran away with the roll number slip bearing a photograph which was not that of original examinee according to the Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Hoshiar Singh said two cases of wrong opening of question papers before the due date had also come to light. It was at Shah Satnamji Girls College, Sirsa and Arya Girls College, Ambala cantonment that the examination in English paper-A of BA part-I (general) for private, correspondence course and Shastri part-I had to be cancelled because of this reason. This paper will now be held on April 30 at 9 am at the centres already allotted. Similarly, the examination in English paper-B of BA I (general) for private, correspondence course and Shastri Part-I which was scheduled to be held on April 17 had been postponed because these papers were wrongly opened by the centre superintendent of Arya Girls College, Ambala cantonment on April 15.
The papers were meant for the examination to be held on April 17.
Dr Hoshiar Singh stated
that the two centre superintendents were removed from the
examination duty immediately and further action was being
taken against them. The paper would now be held on May 14
at 9 am.
Panel proposes, Chancellor
ROHTAK, April 21 Maintaining its strange ways, the Maharshi Dayanand University has annulled the nominations made by its Executive Council on the search committee proposed to be set up for preparing a panel for the post of Vice-Chancellor.
The post of the Vice-Chancellor fell vacant following the retirement of Lieut Gen O.P. Kaushik (retd) on February 26. It was held for about a week by Dr L.N. Dahiya Pro-Vice-Chancellor but since the expiry of his term on March 2, the Commissioner Rohtak Division, Mrs Anita Chaudhary, has been holding the charge of the Vice Chancellor in addition to her assigned duties.
The Executive Council of the university, which met at Delhi on March 21, had nominated two academicians Dr Sarup Singh and Dr Subhash C Kashyap on the proposed search committee in response to the request by the Director, Higher Education, vide letter No 6-12-97 UNP(1) dated February 21.
There can not be two opinions about the academic excellence of Dr Sarup Singh who had been Vice Chancellor, Delhi University, and Governor of Gujarat. Dr Subhash C Kashyap is the former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha and is considered as authority on Constitution. He is presently Member Secretary of the Constitution Review Committee appointed by the Vajpayee government.
Their nominations, however, were not to the liking of the present-day rulers who found that these persons could not be influenced for favours. For similar reasons Guru Jambheshwar University and Kurukshetra University are headless.
Annuling the recommendations of the Executive Council, the Haryana Governor and Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University reportedly said that it was a government sponsored item. It was deferred after discussions and Mr Prem Parshant, Commissioner and Secretary, Education, left the meeting. But later the Executive Council took up the item and selected its nominees without following the mandatory provisions of the university statues.
The Governor-cum-Chancellor has also annulled the decision taken on agenda item number 31 of the Executive Council meeting. This item related to informing the members about the appointment of Dr L.N. Dhaiya and Mrs Anita Chaudhary as Vice Chancellor of the university.
The action of the Governor-cum-Chancellor has surprised academicians and members of the Executive Council, who maintain that as per the university statutes, there can not be any government sponsored agenda. All items on the agenda of a university body are always sponsored by the Vice Chancellor, and not by the government.
The minutes of the Executive Council meeting held on March 21 in Delhi, as circulated to its members, confirm that the agenda item was neither deferred nor the meeting adjourned. According to the minutes "the council deliberated at great length. Since there was an initial lack of unanimity amongst the members, the Secretary Education (Mr Prem Parshant) desired that the agenda be deferred and left the meeting. The council, however, did not agree to defer the agenda and vociferously resolved to nominate the following two persons to the selection committee.
The Governor-cum-Chancellor has directed the Vice Chancellor to place before the Executive Council for taking appropriate action against the university officers who had defied the orders of the Chancellor.
The then Registrar of the university, Mr Ashok Khemka, had informed the Chancellor that the Controller of Examinations, Mr K.C. Bhardwaj, Mr K.C. Dadwal, Mr K.S. Sharma, Mr A.N. Sachdeva and Mr P.K. Naveen, all Deputy Registrars, had ignored the orders of the Chancellor, whereby he had restored the powers of the Registrar. Ignoring these directions, these officers had been sending files direct to the then Vice Chancellor, Lieut-Gen O.P. Kaushik (retd).
This is perhaps the first instance in the history of a university in India where the authority of the Governor-cum-Chancellor was defied. The Registrar has recommended strict disciplinary action against them for defying and disobeying the authority of the Chancellor.
Describing the annulment of the selection committee as unfortunate, some senior faculty members told The Tribune that they had expected the restoration of the dignity and honour of the post of the Vice Chancellor after the nomination of Dr Sarup Singh and Dr Kashyap. For the past over a decade, no academician has held this post in Maharshi Dayanand University.
"adjustment" of party activists on
non-political academic posts has already resulted in
down-grading the post of the Vice Chancellor. The
situation has come to such a pass that a retired Lieut
Col, who had been Principal of a public school, has
applied for the post of Vice Chancellor. His application
is pending with the establishment branch.
Centre to announce new textile
PANCHKULA, April 21 The Union Government will announce a new textile policy during the current session of Parliament with a view to boosting production and double the export of textiles from Rs 60,000 crore per annum to Rs 1,12,000 crore per annum in the next five years.
Stating this here today the Union Minister for Textiles, Mr Kashiram Rana, said due to several steps taken by the Union Government the textile industry, which was the biggest earner of foreign exchange, was slowly coming out of recession.
Mr Rana was talking to newsmen after signing a memorandum of understanding between the Technology Mission on Cotton (TMC) and the Haryana Government for the development of the Ellenabad Cotton Market Yard.
He said the new textile policy, which would replace the policy formed in 1985, would cover the entire textile and jute industry in the country.
Regretting that no plan to boost the textile industry was ever formed by the Textile Ministry in the past 50 years, Mr Rana said the Vajpayee government had set up the TMC with the objective of increasing the income of cotton growers by increasing yield, reducing the cost of cultivation and improving the quality of cotton by tackling the problem of contamination.
The government, he said, wanted to brace up the domestic textile and jute sectors for intense competition when the world market completely opened in January, 2005, under the multi-fibre agreement of the WTO.
With a view to modernising the textile industry, the government had decided to give 5 per cent subsidy on interest to those units which would take loan from banks. The government had earmarked Rs 3000 crore for interest subsidy. The export quota policy had already been announced for the next four years to increase exports. A technology mission on jute was in the offing.
Mr Rana said the government was working on a revival package for 119 textile industries under the National Textile Corporation (NTC) which was in the red because of bureaucratic mismanagement. The accumulated losses of the NTC stood at Rs 5500 crore.
The Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, said there was a need to replace obsolete technology in the ginning and pressing units.
Among others who spoke
were the Haryana Agriculture Commissioner, Mr Naseem
Ahmad; Mr M.B. Lal, Adviser, TMC; Mr N. Ram Krishanan,
Joint Secretary, Union Textile Ministry; and Mr Alok
Nigam, Chief Administrator, Haryana State Agriculture
Schemes for uplift of women
CHANDIGARH, April 21 While policy formulation for various state government departments seems to have become the new mantra for the Om Prakash Chautala regime, the new policies being drafted by the government are laying special emphasis on upliftment of women in Haryana.
Successive governments in the state have been accused of neglecting the lot of women. But not any more. The Om Prakash Chautala-led government first showed its seriousness vis-a-vis womens issues when it set up a State Womens 95 Commission.
The ambitious draft education policy, meanwhile, envisages a radical transformation of the status of women in Haryana by introducing a number of schemes to bring about a change of attitude among boys and girls studying in colleges. Once these schemes become fully operational, they will go a long way in removing the boys inherent hang ups about women and they will also give a boost to the self esteem of women students, says Education Minister Mr Bahadur Singh.
Moreover, the Haryana Government has also recently revamped the teacher training programme to provide training in the area of equal status for women and also for sensitising the teachers on gender issues.
The emphasis on gender issues was also evident in the governments decision to set up Women Development and Studies Cell in 167 government and non-government colleges. Also, about 40 colleges have been sanctioned funds amounting to Rs 10,000 each for conducting courses related to womens empowerment. The government has also asked management of private colleges to provide funds worth Rs 10,000 for the womens cell. Regular orientation would be provided to the Womens Cell coordinators, Mr Bahadur Singh said, and added that this year such an orientation course would be conducted for 167 teachers at a state level programme for which funds amounting to more than Rs 80,000 would be spent.
The change is also discernible in the new sports policy being formulated in Haryana.
The draft sports policy,
a copy of which was procured by TNS, proposes to promote
sports among women by organising state-level womens
festivals. It says that it has been noticed in recent
years that women have given better results than their
male counterparts in games like hockey, kabaddi,
volleyball and athletics. The number of games in the
existing block level and district level competitions for
women will be further increased.
Haryana imposes power cuts
CHANDIGARH, April 21 Summer time is always the season of power cuts in Haryana. This year is no exception.
The Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigan (HVPN) today announced a two-hour daily power cut on all categories of consumers in addition to a three-hour daily cut on all steel furnaces and large industrial units. The power cuts will start from the midnight of April 22 and continue for about a month.
The Chairperson of the Haryana power utilities, Mrs Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry, said here today that the cuts had been necessitated due to reduced power availability in the state for various reasons.
The power availability was reduced because a 210-MW unit of the Panipat thermal plant had been shut off for preventive maintenance so that, she said, optimum generation could be achieved during the kharif season. Mrs Chaudhry said in addition there had been considerable reduction in power availability from the unallocated Central pool and from certain NTPC generating units.
The steel furnaces and large industries having independent feeders will not get power for three hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. However, there will be no restriction on urban and mixed urban feeders during these hours.
A two-hour cut will be enforced on all categories of consumers in rotation in different areas from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The rural feeders will be given power in two groups for seven hours a day for tubewells. While one group will get power from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. next day, the other group will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For lighting purposes, two-phase power supply will be given to the non-working group between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. next day. Additional power supply for drinking water purpose will be given to the night group from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
The peak load restrictions will be observed from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The power supply during the peak load hours may have to be regulated due to system constraints for 15 minutes to 30 minutes in a particular area.
Employees stage dharna
SONEPAT, April 21 On a call given by the Sarv Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, a large number of government employees belonging to various departments staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here yesterday in support of their demands.
The demands included the raising of the income tax exemption limit to Rs 1 lakh, the imposition of a ban on retrenchments and privatisation, the withdrawal of a ban on recruitment in government services and the withdrawal of an increase in the prices of rationed commodities, petroleum products, urea and fertilisers.
A deputation of the sangh called on the Deputy Commissioner and submitted a charter of demands to him for forwarding it to the President of India. The memorandum also warned that if the demands of the sangh were not accepted, the government employees would have no alternative but to join the proposed one-day strike on May 11, a call for which had been given by the National Federation of Left parties and trade unions.
Earlier, a rally was
also held. It was addressed, among others, by Mr Balbir
Dahiya, Mr Sheelak Ram Malik, Mr Braham Singh Dahiya and
Mr Raghbir Singh Kataria. They criticised the NDA
government led by Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee for adopting
anti-people policies and increasing the prices of
rationed commodities, petroleum products and urea and
fertilisers and said that this had put a great burden on
the common man.
Wheat stocks accumulate
KAITHAL, April 21 Huge stocks of wheat have accumulated in two grain markets here due to a strike by labourers engaged in lifting and carrying wheat to godowns of various procurement agencies.
They are demanding an increase in freight charges. The district authorities have pressed into service private trucks to expedite the lifting of the stocks. Wheat arrivals started in the first weak of the month and private traders started purchases, but the government agencies, including the Food and Civil Supplies Department, the FCI, Hafed, the Haryana Agro-Industries Corporation, the Haryana Warehouse Corporation and Confed entered the markets on April 9.
Of the total arrivals of
1,21,501 mt till Wednesday, the Civil Supplies Department
purchased 34,464 mt, Hafed 34,139 mt, the Haryana
Warehousing Corporation 20,644 mt, Confed 20,799 mt, the
Haryana Agro-Industries Corporation 11,976 mt, the FCI
3516 mt and the private traders have purchased 1963 mt
wheat, according to the Deputy Commissioner, Dr Mahavir
Singh. The agencies are procuring wheat at the rate of Rs
580 per quintal and private traders at rates varying
between Rs 580 and Rs 590 per quintal.
Wheat procurement target set
FATEHABAD, April 21 The Haryana Government has set a target for the procurement of 40 lakh metric tonnes of wheat this year.
This was stated by Mr Dharamveer, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Food and Supplies Department Haryana, while talking to mediapersons here today.
Mr Dharamveer said the
government had made elaborate arrangements for the
procurement of wheat in view of the record crop of wheat
this year. He said though the government had set up a
target of procurement of 40 lakh mt of wheat this year,
arrangements had been made for the procurement of 40 lakh
to 50 lakh mt. He said gunny bags were available with the
government for the procurement of 43 lakh mt to 44 lakh
mt and the shortage would not be allowed to come in the
way of the wheat procurement. Three hundred and sixty
purchase centres had been set up this year in the state
against 337 last year.
Death sentence for murder
HISAR, April 22 The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Nawab Singh, today awarded death penalty to Kuldip Singh and life term to his co-accused Randhir Singh and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on them for committing a double murder in Gorakhpur village of the district on October 22, 1995.
Randhir Singh would undergo imprisonment for another three years in case he fails to pay the fine. The Judge ordered that the amount of fine, if realised, should be paid to the legal heirs of the deceased.
The third accused, Shamsher Singh, was acquitted of the charge of entering into a criminal conspiracy which, the Judge held, the prosecution had failed to prove.
However, Shamsher Singh was sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment under Section 29 of the Arms Act because it was his gun which was used by Kuldip Singh to murder Gorkha Ram and Sat Pal, former sarpanch of the village.
Holding the murders to be a premeditated act, Mr Nawab Singh said the crime was absolutely "devilish and dastardly, which was committed in most abhoring and gruesome manner. Inhuman conduct of Kuldip Singh was of the most cruel nature and he showed scant respect for human life. Existence of Kuldip Singh shall be a constant threat to society which shall be better off without such desperado who kills for beastly pleasure."
HISAR, April 21 Haryanvis are now among the most suicide-prone communities in the country with about 1,500 people taking their lives and nearly 3,500 attempting suicide every year in the state.
According to behavioural experts and leading physicians, the number of suicides and attempted suicides has almost doubled during the past five years. They attribute the tendency to socio-economic and lifestyle changes which have led to increased mental stress.
Unofficial statistics gathered by The Tribune from district towns of Haryana indicate that Rohtak is the worst affected district with about 35 persons attempting suicide every month. The average for the rest of the district is around 15. It is learnt that police records do not reflect the true picture because most of the suicides never make it to the police records. Besides, attempted suicides are almost never reported to the police which is one reason why government hospitals do not get such patients.
Experts say on an average about 700 of the 3,500 patients brought to hospitals die of poisoning. They say studies have also revealed that in addition to this about 800 people succeed in their attempts and die but the cases are never reported to the police for obvious reasons.
In most cases, they consume insecticides or fumigants. Suicides by other means including shooting, drowning and throwing oneself in front of train are, however, on the decline. Dr N.K. Khetarpaul, a local physician and an authority on treating attempted suicide cases, says he has found that ruralites mostly attempt suicide by consuming insecticides, while in urban areas mostly such attempts are made by consuming celphos a fumigant. He says while the survival rate for insecticide poisoning cases is almost 95 per cent, the same is just 60 per cent in the case of fumigant poisoning. Of course, much depends on how soon the patient is brought to the hospital for treatment and the facilities available, he says.
Behavioural experts says there is a clear rural-urban divide in so far as the sex ratio in such cases is concerned. In the rural areas women outnumber men in committing and attempting suicide while it is the reverse in the urban areas. There is however, no particular age group which is more prone to committing suicide. They say studies show that people from the age of 10 to beyond 60 attempt suicides.
Why are rural women more prone to suicides? Experts say that marital discord is the main cause for an increasing number of women attempting suicides at the villages. The average rural Haryanvi is considerably more dominating than his urban educated counterpart. Consequently, he is also more prone to violence against women (read wife). Heated arguments over trivial issues between husbands and wives are a routine affair in rural Haryana and these invariably lead to violence and later attempted suicide in a fit of anger and frustration.
Suicides, they say can be attempted for completely bizarre reasons too. Khazani, (not her real name) who lived in a nearby village consumed insectide for a strange reason. A year after her marriage she lost the use of her right arm. Her in-laws threw her out saying she had become useless, as she could not even do routine household chores. She went back to her parents house. Her husband, however, maintained contact with her clandestinely and she got pregnant. The husband could not reveal the truth fearing repercussions in his family and Khazani feared her family would disown her. She consumed insecticide but was brought to Dr Khetarpaul here by a samaritan. Her father refused to pay for her treatment saying that he had no money. She survived as she was treated free of cost. However, she aborted the baby because of insecticide poisoning.
Among the rural men, financial stringency is the main cause of suicides. With land holdings shrinking, more and more families are under financial stress leading to suicides. This is more pronounced in Rohtak district where land holdings are perhaps the smallest in the state. In the urban areas more men are prone to suicide because of increasing pressures of changing lifestyle. Failure in examination and business, unemployment and domestic turmoil are the main reasons that compel the urban males to attempt suicide.
Contrary to general belief, failure in love drives more ruralites to suicide than their urban counterparts. Social scientists say rural society being more conservative, young lovers in the villages are more likely to be frustrated in love than urban lovers who get much more opportunities to meet and interact. Besides, an affair between a boy and a girl of the same or a nearby village is never acceptable. Emotional stress has, therefore, become a major cause of suicides among the rural youth.
Experts, however, do not agree that the easy availability of insecticides and fumigants is a reason for increasing suicidal tendencies among Haryanvis. They say that the easy access to poisonous substances does not increase suicide rate. There is first a cause for anybody to attempt suicide, the method comes later. In the yore, people threw themselves in front of trains, jumped into wells or slashed their wrists. Now they consume poison. Its just that simple, they say adding that ruralites consume insecticides because it is available in every rural home. Likewise celphos is more widely used in cities for safeguarding foodgrains and is consequently available there more easily.
Experts say the number of attempted suicides goes up during and after the annual examinations when students are more vulnerable to stress particularly in the urban areas where increasing competition is driving youths crazy. The peer pressure on children to perform well in examinations takes a heavy toll. The 24-hour helpline DOST run by Dr Khetarpaul here gets frequent phone calls from local children these days during examinations. The online counselling is proving to be a great help to distressed students, he claims.
Social scientists stress
the need for opening more counselling centres in both
urban and rural areas. Likewise, counsellors should also
regularly visit educational institutions, clubs and other
places where they can counsel people on how to reduce
stress and face life bravely.
Cong divided over Dangi case
BHIWANI, April 21 The corruption case registered against former minister and Congress leader Anand Singh Dangi has led to serious frictions in the party. As soon as the true picture of the case of illegal land allotment involving crores of rupees came to the fore, most of the state Congress leaders have reportedly detached themselves from the case. So much so that even Mr Bhupinder Singh Hoodas group has a difference of opinion on the issue.
Leaders of the Bhajan Lal group firmly believe that the party should distance itself from such cases as it would harm the party image. They were also of the view that corruption cases should not be given a political colour and the party should not be involved in them. If any leader of the party was found corrupt, the party should not try to shield him. Those opposing Mr Hooda felt that the charges levelled against Mr Dangi were of very serious nature and he should prove himself innocent.
This issue was first raised by Congress MLA Om Parkash Beri in the state Assembly during the regime of Mr Bhajan Lal. At that time the then Revenue Minister Anand Singh Dangi had even replied to one of the questions raised by Mr Beri. Later, the Bansi Lal government initiated an inquiry into the matter, which led to unearthing of a major scandal. The Bansi Lal government instead of taking any action against the corrupt leader kept the matter in abeyance.
The present Haryana Government has taken concrete steps towards the eradication of corruption and has initiated the process of taking lawful action against corrupt people. Mr Dangi allegedly allotted the land of the Rehabilitation Department to his kin. In fact, this land was allotted to persons who were not even alive at that time.
The case was referred to the state Vigilance Bureau on November 26, 1999. The bureau conducted an inquiry and registered a case against Mr Dangi, the then Tehsildar, Sales, Ambala, and three others under Sections 218, 406, 409, 418, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B, IPC, and Section 13(1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act at its police station in Ambala.
A particular section of the Congress believes that any political party which makes efforts to take corrupt people to task should be appreciated and instead of indulging in cheap political gimmicks the party should contribute towards the eradication of corruption.
Mr Dangi and Mr Hooda
appear to be now isolated from the rest of the party
since most of the leaders do not want to protect Mr
Dangis wrong doings. Most of the Congress leaders
are maintaining silence and refraining from making any
Need to improve
BHIWANI, April 21 The Board of School Education Haryana will lay emphasis on raising the standard of education and examination in the state.
This was stated by the newly appointed Chairman of the Board, Mr Sher Singh, while addressing his first press conference at the head office of the Board here today.
He said that he would strive to raise the standard of education and examination on the basis of his long educational and administrative experience.
The Chairman said that it was necessary to create an academic atmosphere in the schools where teachers teach with dedication and sincerity and students learn with keenness.
The Chairman expressed concern over the growing menace of copying and added that he would strive to eradicate this evil.
He said that the Board
was planning to bring about more transparency in the
conduct of copying free, peaceful and smooth
examinations. He disclosed that the Board would study the
examination pattern of the Boards of the neighbouring
states to bring about changes in the examination system.
Daughter death: father held
ROHTAK, April 21 The police has arrested the father of a minor girl, who was found dead at Titoli village, on Wednesday.
According to police sources, the accused Rewa Singh, father of the victim had lodged an FIR stating that his six-year-old daughter was found dead after she had gone to sleep on Wednesday.
The girls body was found in an open pit in the village after about half-an hour.
Undertrial dies in PGI
AMBALA, April 21 Bajir Singh, an undertrial lodged in Ambala Central Jail succumbed to his injuries at the PGI Chandigarh, last night.
Two days ago, five prisoners lodged in the jail were injured allegedly in a scuffle between two groups in jail premises. Bajir Singh was sent to the PGI in a serious condition.
According to the Superintendent of Jail, Mr Amar Singh, Bajir Singh belonged to Thithana village.
The police report says that the dispute started over a minor issue. Two prisoners, Rajesh and Jasmer, were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.
DCs order on traffic rules
AMBALA, April 21 The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr Ram Niwas, has directed the District Education Officer to send reminders to all private and government schools regarding traffic rules and regulations.
At a meeting held here, he stated that all bus drivers of school buses must have five years experience and any driver who has been challaned thrice, should not be entitled to get licence. He said it was compulsory to display the route chart on school bus so that the parents remain aware of childs movement by bus.
He stated that the school bus drivers must attend refresher courses periodically and an errant driver could be fined up to Rs 10,000. Besides, it was compulsory to keep a first-aid box and the vehicles must undergo pollution check at regular intervals.
7 acres of crop burnt in
AMBALA, April 21 Seven acres of wheat crop reduced to ashes at Khudda Kaln village, 15 km from here, last night.
The crop field belongs to Surjit Singh and Ram Pratap.
According to the police report, the fire broke out due to a short circuit on an electricity pole.
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