Thursday, October 4, 2001,
Chandigarh, India





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Cong MLAs to boycott meeting on house tax
Chandigarh, October 3
Congress MLAs from urban areas of Haryana will boycott a meeting called by the Urban Local Bodies Minister in Chandigarh tomorrow on the issue of house tax.

Upgraded MiG ready for induction
Ambala, October 3
After years of delay, the upgraded version of the MiG-21 Bis is finally expected to enter squadron service in about six months. A fighter squadron based here has been chosen to be the first unit to be re-equipped with the upgraded fighter.

Chautala opens health centre
Barara (Ambala), October 3
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said today that the Dadupur-Nalwai canal scheme TNS being reviewed.

AMBALA DIARY
School boosts eco-awareness
Ambala
Environment awareness has grown in educational institutions and a number of activities have been initiated in schools and colleges. The Eco Club of Government Senior Secondary School, BC Bazar, has undertaken the task of increasing the green cover.

KALKA DIARY
Joint drive against crime
Kalka
The police forces of Parwanoo and Kalka have decided to launch a joint campaign against criminals who have been taking advantage of the boundary between the State of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. A person after committing a crime in one state, world cross over to the other to save himself from the police.



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4 detained in girl murder case
Barwala, October 3
Mystery continues to shroud the death of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found in a well at Rattewali village, near here, on Monday.

Sepoy cremated with honours
Kaithal, October 3
Sepoy Suresh Sharma (24), who died in an attack by terrorists in Baramula sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, was cremated today with state honours in his native village Francewala, near here.


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Cong MLAs to boycott meeting on house tax
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Congress MLAs from urban areas of Haryana will boycott a meeting called by the Urban Local Bodies Minister in Chandigarh tomorrow on the issue of house tax. A press release issued by the HPCC office here said that eight party MLAs — Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, Mr O.P. Jindal, Mr J.P. Sharma, Mr Shadi Lal Batra, Mr Mange Ram Gupta, Mr Balbir Pal Shah, Mr Lachman Dass Arora and Mr Chander Mohan — in consultation with HPCC chief Bhupinder Singh Hooda and CLP leader, Bhajan Lal, had decided not to participate in the meeting.

Since the government had already decided to go ahead with the implementation of the new house tax policy, there was no purpose in attending the meeting, the statement said.

The Congress said that the new house tax policy had been challenged in court already and added that if the government really wanted to give relief to residents of the municipal areas, it should convene an all-party meeting on the issue without any precondition.

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Upgraded MiG ready for induction
Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 3
After years of delay, the upgraded version of the MiG-21 Bis is finally expected to enter squadron service in about six months. A fighter squadron based here has been chosen to be the first unit to be re-equipped with the upgraded fighter.

According to sources, one of the two MiG-21s upgraded by Russia was ferried to Ambala last week. Painted in the Indian Tricolour, the aircraft will participate in the Air Force Day fly-past over Delhi on October 8. Another aircraft upgraded by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is being ferried to Delhi for the static display.

Sources say No. 3 Squadron, one of the oldest units of the IAF, is preparing to re-equip with the upgraded fighter. “The squadron is likely to become operational on the new aircraft some time after March next year, by which time the requisite numbers of aircraft for the purpose are expected to be made available by HAL,” an officer here said.

Though the IAF operates several versions of the 1960’s vintage MiG 21 aircraft, only the Bis series are being upgraded.

While the squadron’s Commanding Officer is understood to undergone training on the upgraded fighter in Russia, over 10 other pilots would be deputed shortly to the manufacturers in Russia for theoretical classes. Flying training would be done at the HAL establishment in Nasik. Besides, technical training for airmen and ground crew has also commenced at MiG-21 TETTRA School at Barrackpore.

While the engine of aircraft remains the same, the cockpit has been completely redesigned. Two critical instruments, a head-up display and an inertial navigation system, which would considerably reduce the pilot’s workload, have been added. The upgraded version would also have the capability to fire beyond visual range missiles, similar to those being used on the MiG-29s.

A total of 125 MiG-21 Bis aircraft are being upgraded with advanced avionics and weapon systems to meet the IAF’s requirements. The Rs 2,000 crore project was approved by the government in 1996 and was supposed to be complete by 1998-99. However, delays in indigenous development of certain avionics systems, finalisation of foreign equipment and flight testing resulted in the project slipping years behind schedule.

While the first upgraded aircraft are expected to enter squadron service in a few months, the entire programme is now likely to be complete only by 2005. Though the current programme envisions upgrading 125 aircraft, the contract with the manufacturers caters to the upgradation of another 50 aircraft.

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Chautala opens health centre
Tribune News Service

Barara (Ambala), October 3
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said today that the Dadupur-Nalwai canal scheme TNS being reviewed.

Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating a Primary Health Centre here, Mr Chautala said the Dadupur-Nalwi canal scheme was again being looked into. He said the earlier government had dropped the scheme for this area.

Mr Chautala said a committee had been formed regarding reorganisation of certain villages which were keen to join particular district. He said the Gram Sabha, which was wanting to become part of another district, could pass a resolution in this regard and the government would consider it.

He said a food processing centre would be set up at Saha. “Our priority is that any area which is backward must be developed,” he said.

To a query, the Chief Minister said, “Pakistan-backed terrorists have again struck at Kashmir. Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee has already said terrorism needs to be tackled at the world level. If terrorism is not ended, there will be social and political implications.”

Mr Chautala also paid tributes to Madhavrao Scindia, the four journalists and the plane crew, who were killed in a crash.
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AMBALA DIARY
School boosts eco-awareness
Rahul Das

Tribune News Service

Ambala
Environment awareness has grown in educational institutions and a number of activities have been initiated in schools and colleges.

The Eco Club of Government Senior Secondary School, BC Bazar, has undertaken the task of increasing the green cover. It has adopted the Housing Board Colony for its project of promoting cleanliness and growing more trees in the area. The 50 students who form the Eco Club are helped by the Jan Sewa Samiti in their environment preservation project.

The District Education Officer, Mr Dharam Pal Sharma, has appealed to different schools to undertake environment projects.

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The workshop on human rights organised for police personnel seems to have gone down well with the participants.

The workshop on custody management was organised by the Human Rights Cell of the State Police Headquarters, in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission and The British Council with support from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

One of the participants said that the workshop was a welcome step and although they were aware of these concepts, it helped them to be updated and sensitised once in a while.

“With so many senior police officers present, one has to think twice before giving an answer. It would be better if someone from outside the police force was to conduct these workshops,” he observed.

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The Bank of Punjab organised a function at Gandhi Maidan to mark the opening of its branch on Nicholson Road. A multi-media panorama based on the life and times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the highlight of the function.

Customers of the Ambala branch of this bank will be able to make use of the bank’s at par cheque facility at 36 branches in the country.

The bank plans to increase its ATM network to more than 350 in the next two years. It also plans to add this year about 12 banking offices to its present network in north India.

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About 150 persons were examined at a free medical camp held by Shiv Mandir Nagar Khera in Dalipgarh village. Among others, Dr Yashpal Aggarwal, Dr Jaimala Aggarwal and Dr S S Sharma participated in the camp. Free medicines were given to the patients.

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KALKA DIARY
Joint drive against crime
Harjit Singh Jaggi

Kalka
The police forces of Parwanoo and Kalka have decided to launch a joint campaign against criminals who have been taking advantage of the boundary between the State of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. A person after committing a crime in one state, world cross over to the other to save himself from the police.

In the absence of a regular arrangement between Parwanoo and Kalka, it had become difficult for the police of one town to catch culprits who would disappear into the other town after committing a crime.

A meeting was held between the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr S. Duggal and the SHO, Mr Onkar Singh, of Kalka and the DSP, Mr Sanjiv Lakhan Pal, and the SHO, Mr Parmod Shukla of Parwanoo.

They decided that in the interest of the law and order situation in the two border towns, joint efforts would be made to catch culprits. They also decided to maintain proper coordination by chalking out a concrete programme for the future.

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The Government College here held a Freshers’ Day function and picked up Meenakshi as Miss Fresher and Himanshu as Mr Fresher. Both are first year students. The newcomers were involved in the cultural programme to enable them to get over the initial hesitation. Each student was called to the stage to give his introduction. Thereafter, the student was asked to take out a slip from a box, and perform according to what was written on it. The slips contained instructions such as dance, song, acting etc. This function, introduced for the first time this season, was organised by the Psychological Department of the college.

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The Senior Citizens’ Association of Kalka has demanded the withdrawal of notices of increased house tax served on them. A meeting of the association held under the chairmanship of Mr S.S. Nanda pointed out that the senior citizens were depending on their pension since the money they had received as retirement benefits was spent on the construction of their houses. They should be exempted from the increased tax as they were in no position to bear this additional burden.

The general secretary of the association, Mr C.L. Bahal, said that Kalka was a backward area and the municipal committee of the town also belonged to the C-category. He pointed out that the residents of Friends Colony, after purchasing the land, had deposited development charge with the municipal committee, but no sewerage or drainage pipes had been laid in the colony.

The association has also submitted a memorandum to the SDM, to be forwarded to the government.

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4 detained in girl murder case
Our Correspondent

Barwala, October 3
Mystery continues to shroud the death of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found in a well at Rattewali village, near here, on Monday.

Daughter of a farmer, Mr Raunki Ram, Rani had been missing since September 28 and her body was found in the well. The body was cremated yesterday after post-mortem at General Hospital, Sector 6 .

Sources said the police had detained four suspects — Kailash, Parveen, Dr Krishan, all residents of Rattewali village and Shambhoo of Mauli village.

It is suspected that the girl was murdered after being raped by the accused.

A case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code has already been registered by the police.

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Sepoy cremated with honours
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, October 3
Sepoy Suresh Sharma (24), who died in an attack by terrorists in Baramula sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, was cremated today with state honours in his native vilage Francewala, near here. The Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Haryana, Mr Ram Pal Mazra, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Fateh Singh Dagar, the SP, Mr A.S. Chawla the SDM, Mr Ashok Bishnoi, MLA Leela Ram, the DSP, Mr Amir Singh and others paid floral tributes to the martyr. Hundreds of villagers and social workers also attended the funeral.

Shamsher Sharma, elder brother of the deceased, lit the funeral pyre and a contingent of the Haryana police reversed its arms in honour of the jawan.

Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala visited Francewala village last night to consol members of the bereaved family.
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Haryana to recruit 270 women cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Haryana police will recruit 270 women constables through direct recruitment. While stating this here today, an official release said the recruitment process would start at the range headquarters on October 27.

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Pay scales to  be revised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Haryana Government has decided to revise the pay scales of the Haryana Civil Service (Judicial Branch) with effect from January 1, 1996, an official release said here today.

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Canal to remain closed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Haryana Government has notified that the BML-Barwala link canal will remain closed from October 18 to November 2 for repairs.
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