|Thursday, July 27, 2000,
remand for Bansi Lals kin
agency for Kargil martyrs mother
Beopar mandal firm on Aug 9 bandh
Yamuna changes course
BKU threatens to disrupt power supply
|Three doctors suspended for negligence
HISAR, July 26 Three doctors, including a Resident Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital, here has been suspended for negligence of duty in connection with the death of a life convict, Risal Singh of Khajuri village.
killed, 5 injured as jeep, truck collide
Police remand for Bansi Lals
GURGAON, July 26 A designated court today sent Ajit Singh, a former Tehsildar of Gurgaon and a relative of former Chief Minister Bansi Lal, to police remand till July 31 in a corruption case registered by the Haryana State Vigilance Bureau here.
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr V.S.Malik disallowed the plea of the prosecution for a 10-day police remand. Ajit Singh was arrested yesterday after he surrendered to the court. He was produced in the designated court today. Technically he had to be arrested before he could be produced in court.
He had to surrender as the Punjab and Haryana High Court disallowed his appeal for an anticipatory bail in the case on Monday last. He has been accused of misappropriating government funds worth over Rs 32 lakh in connivance with some officials of the Revenue Department while he was posted here during the tenure of the Bansi Lal government.
The alleged anomalies in the registries, including instances of forged documents, were said to have been noticed during the audit conducted after the change in the government in the state. The case allegedly pertains to a number of incidents of registries of land.
He had been booked under Sections 420, 468, 471 of the IPC and Section 13 (1) (D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The prosecution side argued for the police remand to recover the appropriated amount from Mr Ajit Singh and also some documents. Although the court upheld the plea for police remand, it did not agree the period of 10 days on the ground that it was unjustified.
Incidentally, three more cases has been registered by the Vigilance Bureau relating to cases of corruption involving land.
While in one of the case he has obtained a regular bail, in another his arrest had been stayed. In the third case, he has obtained anticipatory bail.
LPG agency for Kargil martyrs
AMBALA July 26 The new waiting list of Haryana for the LPG connections will be cleared before December 31, 2000. Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Ram Naik said here today.
Mr Naik handed over the first LPG distributorship in Barara to Mrs Surjit Kaur, mother of Kargil martyr Manjit Singh of 8 Sikh Regiment, commissioned under the special scheme for award of petrol pumps/LPG distributorships to the war widows/next of kin of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Operation Vijay in Kargil.
Among others, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, E Ponnuswami, Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, MPs Ratan Lal Kataria and Faqir Chand, Haryana minister Risal Singh and Chairman-cum Managing Director Bharat Petroleum U. Sundarajan attended the function.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Naik said the earlier waiting list of Haryana for the LPG connections more than two lakh. From October 99 to June 2000, we have released 4.73 lakh new connections which cleared the earlier waiting list. Now the new waiting list in Haryana is of 42,168 connections which will be cleared before the end of this year he assured.
He said all recommendations from the Defence Minister had been actively looked into by the Petroleum Ministry. We will allot 155 petrol stations and 126 gas agencies for the families of Kargil martyrs, he said.
Mr Naik stated that Rs 5 must be returned by the LPG distributors if consumers directly collected gas cylinders and there was no rule stating that a chulah had to be bought with every new gas connection. If there are any complaints regarding the working of the LPG distributors, please feel free to write to me. Let me assure you that prompt action will be taken for a genuine grievance, he said.
There were certain discrepancies in the quota of kerosene for different states. We have removed that anomaly. While some states were getting more kerosene, a few states, including Haryana, were getting less kerosene. The earlier kerosene quota of Haryana has been raised from 14311 metric tonnes to 14666 metric tonnes, he pointed out.
The Petroleum Minister stated that two major projects are currently underway in Haryana. The first is regarding the expansion of the Panipat refinery at a cost of Rs 3365 crore and the other project is worth Rs 467 crore, he said.
The Government of India had accorded top priority to provide LPG to the people living in rural and eco-sensitive areas. So the focus had been shifted to cities and towns having a population of more than 20,000 and above. Now, new LPG marketing plans would be covering smaller towns and villages having population of above 10,000 so that LPG reached deep into rural areas, he said.
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said Haryanas soil had the presence of martyrs blood from the time of the Mahabharata to Kargil. During the Kargil operations, more than 100 soldiers hailing from Haryana made the supreme sacrifice, he said. We have provided Rs 10 lakh to the families of the Kargil martyrs and two widows of Kargil martyrs have been nominated to the HCS, he said.
State Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Ponnuswami said in near future 45 new LPG distributorships were being set up in Haryana in addition to present network of 185 distributorships. Besides, 18 more LPG distributorships would be awarded to the beneficiaries of Operation Vijay.
Beopar mandal firm on Aug 9 bandh
ROHTAK, July 26 The Haryana Beopar Mandal has reiterated its call for a statewide bandh on August 9 in protest against the introduction of ST-38 form.
The mandal chief, Mr Lakshmi Chand Gupta, described the government decision to exempt the traders from carrying ST-38 form challan in the case of transactions in goods on which no sales-tax was being charged as insufficient and incomplete.
Calling upon the traders and industry to observe a complete bandh on August 9, Mr Gupta said the introduction of this challan form would adversely hit the trade in Haryana. He charged the bureaucracy with misleading the government about the implication of ST-38 form and its impact on trade and industry.
Complementing the halwais and bakers for observing a successful bandh on Tuesday, the Haryana Beopar Mandal has urged them to again down their shutters on August 9 to express solidarity with the trading community in Haryana. Besides the introduction of ST-38 form, the bakers and halwais are protesting against the imposition of sales tax.
He urged the Chief
Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, to convene meeting of
the representatives of the halwais, bakers and dhaba
unions to sort out the issue and help them out from the
problems of sales tax.
Yamuna changes course
SONEPAT, July 26 Though the flood water in the Yamuna river near Sonepat has already receded yet the river has started changing its course near Memarpur village in this district.
According to official sources, heavy erosion has taken place in upstream side reaches of the stone stud No. 7 in the Memarpur complex. This has caused panic among the residents of Memarpur and other nearby villages.
The river had earlier by-passed the stone stud No. 8, but it has resumed its course. About four years ago, the river eroded the land on the Haryana side but now it has started eroding the land on the UP side.
The sources also revealed that the stone studs No. 7 and 8 were constructed about five years ago to check the erosion of land on the Haryana side and since then they had not been strengthened by the department. If erosion continued the stone stud No. 7 was likely to be washed away.
BKU threatens to disrupt power supply
ROHTAK, July 26 The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has threatened to disrupt power supply in the state if the power was disconnected to farmers on account of pending power bills. The union has asked the state government to waive all old bills and reduce power tariff to solve the long-standing problem.
Talking to newsmen, the district president of the BKU, Mr Dharambir Hooda, and other leaders of the organisation said here today, that BKU activists were prepared to take on any strategy of the government. They warned that if the authorities took any strict action, including the disconnection of meters or supply lines to defaulters the farmers would be forced to take drastic actions including the uprooting of electric poles and disruption of power supply to the urban areas. Charging the Chautala government with not doing anything to solve the problems.
They said senior officials had been using terrorising tactics with a view to intimidating the consumers. They said the government had also been harassing junior employees of the power nigam in connection with the recovery of old bills.
deluge and its aftermath
SIRSA: Three days of rain last week created a flood-like situation in many parts of the district, bringing normal life to a halt. Even when the weather improved after the long spell of rain, the city remained divided in two parts, with the Highway Number 10 under two feet of water from the bus stand to the railway crossing and the Barnala road cut at many places. Stagnant water and the woeful condition of the roads provide testimony to the intensity of the floods. Shastri Colony on Dabwali road remained without electricity for more than three days.
Rania recorded the highest rainfall of 200 mm on July 14 and 15. The town was badly hit with its 12-year-old sewerage project still incomplete. The town faces a serious threat of an epidemic with dirty water stagnating all over. Six cases of hepatitis have been reported from Kharia village. The village pond had overflowed into the water works, polluting the water. In Aboob Shaher village, standing water in the fields could not be pumped out because of a power breakdown.
In Rania crops on nearly 3,500 acres of land are feared to have been ruined and a dozen houses have collapsed in Ellenabad. In Pharmai Khurd village a father and son were injured in a house collapse.
In Kharia, six persons were injured in a clash with the villagers of Firozabad and Dhamoda, over the disposal of flood water. In Dabwali a 10-feet stretch of road near Raja Ram School became a death trap. Workers of the Public Health Department had dug the road to repair a pipeline and left the pit unfilled. Filled with rain water it became a dangerous spot.
The three days of deluge have left people so scared that they have started fearing the sight of any clouds in the sky. More rain can drag the favourite district of the Chief Minister into deeper waters.
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The Sirsa Lions Club intends to organise next week a dental camp which will be the first to be held in this district. Dr Vinod Gupta, secretary of the club, says that the new office-bearers of the club will accelerate the pace of social activities of the club and will infuse a sense of social responsibility among its members..
The club, according to Dr Gupta, will hold a talent finding competition on July 29 besides a function in the memory of Shahid Udham Singh on July 31. The club plans to hold a free eye camp and a polio surgery camp in October, besides chess and carrom competitions for the handicapped in August. It also plans to celebrate Independence Day in the School in Anaj Mandi where some eminent teachers will also be given awards.
The club also intends to
intensify the blood donation campaign. A traffic umbrella
has been installed at the crossing on the National
Highway near the old bus stand with inspiring slogans
written on it.
Three doctors suspended for negligence
HISAR, July 26 Three doctors, including a Resident Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital, here has been suspended for negligence of duty in connection with the death of a life convict, Risal Singh of Khajuri village. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital for treatment on April 29 and died on April 31.
Those suspended are Dr M.L. Kamra, RMO, Dr Lalit Gupta and Dr Bhupender Singh. They have been transferred to Sirsa under suspension.
According to an information here today, their suspension follows a probe report submitted by Mr Ashok Malik, Tehsilder, Hisar. Mr Malik was appointed inquiry officer by the district administration following a complaint of family members of Risal Singh. They had alleged in a complaint that Risal Singh died due to negligence of doctors.
Mr Bhagat Singh, brother of the deceased, told the investigating Tehsildar that three of the four brothers, who were sentenced to life imprisonment, had died in the Civil Hospital. He hinted at some conspiracy behind these deaths.
In his report submitted to the administration, Mr Malik found the doctors and staff guilty and recommended registration of a case against those responsible.
Haryana police transfers
CHANDIGARH, July 26 The Haryana Government today ordered the following transfers in the Police Department.
Mr V.B. Singh, IGP, Modernisation and Welfare, has been posted as IGP and Director, Police Training College, Madhuban, on the retirement of Mr R.N. Vasudeva by the end of this month. Mr Sat Parkash Ranga, Additional SP, Faridabad, will be the new Superintendent of Police at Rewari in place of Mr A.S. Chawla who goes as such to Sonepat.
Mr Hanif Qureshi, Additional Superintendent of Police, Panipat, has been posted as such at Samalkha sub-division. Mr Ashok Saini, DSP, CID, has been posted as DSP, Ganaur vice Mr Baljit Singh Rathi, who has been posted as DSP, Panipat.
Mr Balbir Singh Beniwal, DSP, SCRB, Madhuban, has been posted as DSP, PTC, Madhuban, vice Mr Abhey Singh who has been posted as DSP, CID while Mr Jagwant Singh Lamba, DSP, 5th Battalion, HAP, Madhuban, goes as DSP, CID.
The transfer of Mr Sheel Madhur from commandant 4th Battalion, HAP, to Ist Battalion, HAP, stands cancelled.
Dr Raj Shree, DSP, Control Room, will also look after the work of DSP, CID, Crime in addition to her duties.
1 killed, 5 injured as Jeep, truck
HISAR, July 26 One person was killed and five others injured, when a Jeep carrying them collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction, near Dhani Brahmnan village on the Hansi-Jind road last evening.
The ill-fated jeep was
on its way from Hansi to Jind while truck was coming
towards Hansi. The victim has been identified as Jaibir,
resident of Dhani Brahmnan. Two of the five injured,
Vinod of Jind and Satish of Rampura were hospitalised in
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