Saturday, October 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Pant for more sewerage plants
Karnal, October 5
Mr K.C. Pant, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, today urged the state governments to decrease demands for finances from the Centre. Mr Pant, who was here to inaugurate a Rs 23.73 crore sewerage plant under the Yamuna Action Plan, maintained that more borrowings from the Centre led to more payments of interest. 

House tax hike unjust: traders
Fatehabad, October 5
The Haryana Pradesh Beopar Mandal has called upon the people not to pay the enhanced house tax to the government, as the hike was unreasonable.The mandal president, Mr Bajrang Das, while talking to newsmen here today alleged that the new house tax policy relegated the landlords to the position of tenants in their own houses. 

Alert bus driver foils robbery bid
Panipat, October 5
The third attempt by gangsters to commit highway bus robbery in this district within 35 days has led to their arrest. With these arrests three cases of highway robberies have been solved.The alert driver of a Haryana Roadways bus not only foiled an attempt of robbery between Panipat and Sewah village on the GT Road last night, but also nabbed one of the five robbers and handed him over to the police.

POSTINGS/ TRANSFERS
Fresh posting for 7 IAS officers

Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana Government issued posting and transfer orders of seven IAS and four HCS officers with immediate effect.The state government has given additional charge of Financial Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Women and Child Development Department, to Ms Promilla Issar, Financial Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Industrial Training and Vocational Education, during the leave period of Ms Deepa Jain Singh.



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MLA seeks referral to Escorts hospital
Ambala, October 5
Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, today asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to file a reply on an application submitted by Faridabad MLA, Chander Bhatia on October 10.

Pay outstanding bills by Oct 31: DC
Rohtak, October 5
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, has advised the defaulter rural electricity consumers to avail themselves of the surcharge waiver scheme and pay outstanding power bills by October 31.He was addressing rural consumers at Ritoli and Kabulpur villages last evening. The Deputy Commissioner, accompanied by Mr Atar Singh Ahlawat, SSP, held a ‘darbar’ in these villages to motivate the villagers to pay their outstanding power bills.

Panel on staff grievances 
Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana Government has constituted a forum under the chairmanship of Mr Sanjay Kothari for redressal of grievances of employees regarding claiming of benefits of government policies.

Haryana telecom circle launches website 
Ambala, October 5
Mr Prithipal Singh, Director (Operations), BSNL, today launched the website of the Haryana telecom circle and inaugurated at telephone exchange at Bulana on the Ambala-Hisar road.

Woman raped 
Faridabad, October 5
A married woman was allegedly raped while she was on her way to the fields at Aurangabad village in Palwal subdivision of the district yesterday.

Judicial custody for Poonia’s son-in-law
Hisar, October 5
Duty Magisrate N.K. Singal today sent Sanjeev Kumar, son-in-law of slain former MLA Relu Ram Poonia, to judicial custody after 14 days police remand.

Councillors seek inquiry
Ambala, October 5
Municipal Councillors of Ambala Sadar today demanded an inquiry into the passing of plan of a shopping complex and a banquet hall.At a general meeting of the Municipal Council, the councillors claimed that work in both the places was not conforming to the rules. They said that a high-level inquiry should be held.

Exhibition on scientific instruments
Ambala, October 5
An exhibition on scientific instruments was organised by the Rotary Club of Ambala at Rukmani Devi Hall, Ambala Cantonment today.
Students from various schools visited the exhibition on ‘Display and live demonstration of sophisticated scientific instruments and research products from Ambala industry’. The students were explained about the functioning and utility of various instruments.


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Pant for more sewerage plants
K.G. Dutt

Karnal, October 5
Mr K.C. Pant, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, today urged the state governments to decrease demands for finances from the Centre. Mr Pant, who was here to inaugurate a Rs 23.73 crore sewerage plant under the Yamuna Action Plan, maintained that more borrowings from the Centre led to more payments of interest. Consequently, the states were left with little funds for development works. He wanted the states to spend more on development and increase people’s participation in development activities.

Mr Pant said the National Development Council had kept a target of 8 per cent GDP during the Tenth Plan. Replying to questions on the J&K, and Mr Pant maintained that the solution lay through negotiations across the table with Pakistan and not “through the gun.”

He was of the view that banning of terrorist outfits was not the sole solution. In fact, the solution to the problem could be sought through peaceful means. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Pant asked the people to discard the idea that only the government was responsible for development.

The only yardstick to measure the success of development activity in different spheres was how many people had been benefited by it and the amenities provided. He called for installation of more sewerage plants as these provided both fertilisers to farmers and gas to the common man.

Mr O.P. Chautala, Chief Minister, demanded more financial aid from the Centre for laying of water courses for the benefit of farmers. The Chief Minister said out of the 12 cities where sewerage plants were to be set up under the Yamuna Action Plan, work on 11 had been completed. So far, Rs 191 crore had been spent on the plants.

Mr Chautala, who also visited five grain markets today to know the problems of farmers regarding the sale of paddy, said the Union Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies had lifted 3.66 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains from godowns in Haryana to create more space for storage. He hoped after the “food for work” programme started in November, more space would be created. Mr Chautala directed the Karnal Deputy Commissioner to ask Hafed to make paddy purchases from the Salwan grain market.

Mr K.C. Sharma, Financial Commissioner and Secretary to the Haryana Government (Public Health), demanded Rs 50 crore from the Centre for executing the remaining work on the sewerage plants.

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House tax hike unjust: traders
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 5
The Haryana Pradesh Beopar Mandal has called upon the people not to pay the enhanced house tax to the government, as the hike was unreasonable.

The mandal president, Mr Bajrang Das, while talking to newsmen here today alleged that the new house tax policy relegated the landlords to the position of tenants in their own houses. He alleged that the government statement that it would talk to the MLAs of urban constituencies on this issue was just an eyewash. If the government was really interested in taking the people and their representatives into confidence, it should have done so before passing the orders.

Mr Das threatened that the Mandal would launch an agitation if the government tried to implement its orders forcibly.

Criticizing the state government for enforcing ST-38 forms and trade tax, Mr Das said this had paved the way for harassment of the traders by officials.

The leader alleged that due to the anti-trader policies of the government a number of industrialists had fled Haryana. The government he alleged, had imposed a 4 per cent entry fee on industrial houses. This, along with the enhanced power rates and taxes, had forced them to flee.

He said more than 80 per cent industries of cereals and oil had been closed down in Haryana and traders were reeling under the burden of debts.


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Alert bus driver foils robbery bid
Our Correspondent

Panipat, October 5
The third attempt by gangsters to commit highway bus robbery in this district within 35 days has led to their arrest. With these arrests three cases of highway robberies have been solved.

The alert driver of a Haryana Roadways bus not only foiled an attempt of robbery between Panipat and Sewah village on the GT Road last night, but also nabbed one of the five robbers and handed him over to the police.

The police today arrested the other four robbers from a deserted police aid post at Manana village under Samalkha police station.

According to the DSP, Mr Baljeet Singh, the bus was returning to Delhi from Jammu. After crossing Panipat around 8 p.m. five gangsters armed with pistols started looting passengers. One of them put a pistol on the driver’s temple.

When the bus reached near Sewah village, the driver, Chand of Nandana village in Rohtak district, applied the emergency brakes, throwing the culprits off balance. He caught hold of one of them. This daring attempt of the driver encouraged the passengers and they grappled with the other gangsters. However, four of them escaped.

After hearing gunshots, a police patrol reached the site and nabbed the gangster.

A case under Sections 395, 397 and 307, IPC, and Sections 25,54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered.

The others have been identified as Vikas, Haneesh, Mehboob, Farooq Mohamad and Chand of Sisoli village and Pradeep, Bittoo and Vinod of Bhora village in Muzaffar Nagar district.

Haneesh, Farooq, Vikas and Pradeep were arrested today. The IG police (Rohtak Range) has announced a reward of Rs 2,000 and a Grade II certificate for the bus driver.

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POSTINGS/ TRANSFERS
Fresh posting for 7 IAS officers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana Government issued posting and transfer orders of seven IAS and four HCS officers with immediate effect.

The state government has given additional charge of Financial Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Women and Child Development Department, to Ms Promilla Issar, Financial Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Industrial Training and Vocational Education, during the leave period of Ms Deepa Jain Singh.

Additional charge of Special Secretary, Secondary Education (ex-officio) has been given to Mr R.D. Sheokand, Director, Secondary Education. Mr R R Banswal, Director, Primary Education and Project Director, Haryana State Prathamik Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad, has been given additional charge of Special Secretary, Primary Education Department (ex-officio).

Mr L.S.M. Salins, Commissioner, Gurgaon Division, Special Commissioner, Health and Nutrition, Mewat Area, and Chairman, Haryana Minerals Ltd, New Delhi, has been given the additional post of Director, HIPA, Gurgaon.

Mr S.K. Saxena, MD, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, has been given the additional charge as Project Director, Swarn Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojana. Mr G.S. Sorot, Joint Secretary, Wild Life Preservation Department will also look after the work of Joint Secretary, Home-I department.

Mr M. Kithan, MD, Haryana SCs Finance and Development Corporation Ltd has been given the additional charge as MD, Haryana Backward Classes and Economically Weaker Sections Kalyan Nigam, relieving Ms Dheera Khandelwal of the charge.

Ms Renu S Phulia, SDO(C)-cum-Additional Collector, Jagadhri and Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Jagadhri and Mr M.K. Ahuja, SDO(C), Ambala, and Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Ambala, will swap their postings.

Mr K.K. Kalson, Magistrate (city), Kaithal, has been posted as General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Faridabad, vice Mr M K Mahajan, who will stay as Flying Squad Officer, Transport Department, Chandigarh. 

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MLA seeks referral to Escorts hospital
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 5
Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, today asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to file a reply on an application submitted by Faridabad MLA, Chander Bhatia on October 10.

Mr Bhatia today filed an application through counsel Devendra Bansal, seeking referral to the Escorts Hospital and Research Centre in Faridabad for treatment. Mr Bhatia had surrendered in the court of the Special Magistrate last evening.

The application states “the accused-applicant is suffering from acute trouble of kidney and because of non-proper functioning of kidney, the body system of the accused-applicant has been badly affected.”

The accused-applicant was under treatment of various doctors of Faridabad and Delhi and is at present under treatment in the centre, the application states. “There is no proper medical aid and treatment in the Central Jail, Ambala, for kidney patients and since October 4, 2001, the accused-applicant is struggling for his life because of severe pain in kidney,” the application adds.
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Pay outstanding bills by Oct 31: DC
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, October 5
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, has advised the defaulter rural electricity consumers to avail themselves of the surcharge waiver scheme and pay outstanding power bills by October 31.

He was addressing rural consumers at Ritoli and Kabulpur villages last evening. The Deputy Commissioner, accompanied by Mr Atar Singh Ahlawat, SSP, held a ‘darbar’ in these villages to motivate the villagers to pay their outstanding power bills. Of 666 electricity consumers in Ritoli village, 69 per cent have not paid their power bills worth Rs 63.52 lakh for the past many years. The situation is not different in the adjoining Kabulpur village. Of the total 589 consumers, 385 (65 per cent) are defaulters and they jointly owe Rs 51.46 lakh to the UHBVN. The gram panchayat and elderly residents of two villages assured the Deputy Commissioner that the panchayat would not defend the dafaulting consumers. The Deputy Commissioner warned that in case the dafaulting consumers failed to pay the power bills, the government might adopt harsh measures. At Kabulpur village, he made it clear that the administration would no longer tolerate ‘kundi connections’. 

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Panel on staff grievances 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana Government has constituted a forum under the chairmanship of Mr Sanjay Kothari for redressal of grievances of employees regarding claiming of benefits of government policies.

The decision given by the forum will be binding on the Administrative Department and the decisions would also be applicable in cases of similar nature. In case of a difference of opinion between the forum and the concerned department, the case would be referred to the Chief Secretary. Other members of the forum included head of the department concerned, representative of Legal Remembrancer, not below the rank of Assistant Legal Remembrancer, and representative of Chief Secretary, an officer not below the rank of Under-Secretary.
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Haryana telecom circle launches website 
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 5
Mr Prithipal Singh, Director (Operations), BSNL, today launched the website of the Haryana telecom circle and inaugurated at telephone exchange at Bulana on the Ambala-Hisar road.

Apart from general information and feedback facility, the website will provide ‘National Directory Enquiry Service’ to the subscribers and Internet users. Any subscriber can access this site on www.haryana.dotindia.com. The subscribers can also dial 183to contact the operator assisted directory information of any state/city in the country whose data is available on the web.

Talking to mediapersons, the Chief General Manager, Telecom, Haryana circle, Mr G. Jethwani, said the website offers considerable information pertaining to BSNL Haryana, including feedback from the customers. The website is hyperlinked to the main site.

He said a wireless in local loop (WLL) exchange would be inaugurated at Panipat on October 8 and the WLL connections would be provided thereafter to subscribers. “It will have 1000 fixed wireless terminals which are of the size of a normal telephone. This can be installed without any wires of poles,” he said.

“This service will have facilities like enabling the user to connect on to the Internet, STD, ISD and also value-added services like morning alarm, call transfer and access to all automated enquiries,” he added.

The tariff for the fixed telephone of WLL such as registeration amount, security deposit, installation charges, rentals and pulses for calls will be the same as applicable to a regular wire line connection except the special deposit for subscriber terminal for which two options are available.

Mr Jethwani said consequent upon completion of one year by BSNL, this week from October 1 to 7 would be celebrated as ‘sanchar week’ by the Haryana telecom circle. A painting competition was organised in the circle office compound in which children from DAV Public School, Ambala City, Major R.N. Kapoor DAV Public School, Ambala Cantt, Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 and 2 and SD Public School, Ambala Cantt, participated.

He said customer service centres had been opened in the earmarked areas and now there was 57 working customer service centres. “The Telephone Advisory Committee of this circle as well as of the districts have been dissolved as per directions from the headquarters and all facilities provided to the TAC members have been withdrawn,” he said. One mobile cash collection van has been pressed into service in Karnal SSA to collect the payment of telephone bills.

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Woman raped 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 5
A married woman was allegedly raped while she was on her way to the fields at Aurangabad village in Palwal subdivision of the district yesterday.

According to a complaint lodged with the police, the accused, identified as Ramdhan, a resident of the same village, accosted the victimeand overpowered her.

The victim was threatened by the accused after the crime. A case has been registered under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC.
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Judicial custody for Poonia’s son-in-law

Hisar, October 5
Duty Magisrate N.K. Singal today sent Sanjeev Kumar, son-in-law of slain former MLA Relu Ram Poonia, to judicial custody after 14 days police remand.

Sanjeev was arrested by the Haryana State Vigilance Bureau on September 19 in the multi-murder case. Sanjeev’s wife Sonia is already in judicial custody in the same case.

Mr Mahinder Singh Malik took finger impressions of Sanjeev in the court. UNI
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Councillors seek inquiry
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 5
Municipal Councillors of Ambala Sadar today demanded an inquiry into the passing of plan of a shopping complex and a banquet hall.

At a general meeting of the Municipal Council, the councillors claimed that work in both the places was not conforming to the rules. They said that a high-level inquiry should be held.

The house tax issue led to bedlam with a Municipal Councillor stating that the local MLA should have objected to the new house tax policy. They said the new house tax policy had proved to be a major burden on the common man.

Another issue was the purchase of a fire-proof almirah. The councillors stated that at a time when the council was strapped for cash regarding development work, the almirah should not have been purchased.

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Exhibition on scientific instruments
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 5
An exhibition on scientific instruments was organised by the Rotary Club of Ambala at Rukmani Devi Hall, Ambala Cantonment today.
Students from various schools visited the exhibition on ‘Display and live demonstration of sophisticated scientific instruments and research products from Ambala industry’. The students were explained about the functioning and utility of various instruments.

The president of the club, Dr Anil Jain, said, “Ambala is the city of scientific instruments. Manufacturers engaged in this industry, by their strong commitment and hard work, have been able to break new grounds in many fields like indigenisation, export and date-based management. A number of local industries have got their procedures and systems certified conforming to ISO standards.

He said the club organised exhibition so that we could get an overview of the Ambala scientific instruments industry.Top

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