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Haryana rolls back ST on IMFL
Chandigarh, October 6
Rolling back of taxes seems to have become the hallmark of the Haryana Government. While recently the state government rolled back the sale-tax rates notified for fertilisers, pesticides and diesel, the latest tax relaxation by the state government will benefit sellers of India-made foreign liquor.

DLF fleecing residents
Chandigarh, October 6
DLF Universal Ltd, who are engaged in large scale construction of residential and other accommodations in Gurgaon, has been accused of “making tonnes of money” by charging exorbitant rates for temporary water connections.

New civic body chief in a fix
Panipat, October 6
With the local Municipal Council reeling under a severe financial crunch, the newly elected President of the civic body, Mr Sanjay Bhatia, faces an uphill task in providing and maintaining basic civic amenities to residents of the historic city.

Raising Day celebrated
Ambala, October 6
The Kharga Corps celebrated its 30th Raising Day here today. While addressing a sainik sammelan here, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, said the troops must be prepared and ever vigilant.
GOC Khargacorp Lt Gen Kapil Vij at the wreath laying ceremony at vijay samarak in Ambala cantonment on Saturday. Lieut-Gen Kapil Vij, GOC, Kharga Corps, at a wreath laying ceremony at Vijay Samarak in Ambala cantonment on Saturday. — Photo by N. Chopra



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MDU to start more courses
Gurgaon, October 6
Maharshi Dayanand University will shortly start more vocational courses in the complex of the National Law College affiliated to it. This was stated here today by the Vice-Chancellor, Major-Gen B.S. Suhag.

Kisan pradesh will be formed: MP
Shahabad, October 6
The Kurukshetra MP and president of the Haryana INALO women cell, Mrs Kailaso Saini, said here today that the formation of a separate kisan pradesh comprising 21 districts of western Uttar Pradesh was certain as all sections were facing problems there.

Wakf Board to set up coaching centres
Ambala, October 6
The Punjab Wakf Board has decided to introduce mathematics, social sciences and Unani medicine in the syllabus of madarsas.

 

The Punjab Wakf Board observed its foundation day in Ambala on Saturday. — Photo NC

Punjab Wakf Board observed foundation day in Ambala on Saturday.

BSNL holds interaction with subscribers
Ambala, October 6
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Haryana Circle, today held an interaction with its high-end subscribers at a function held in Ambala Cantonment.
At the function organised as part of Sanchar Week celebrations, the subscribers said the services had improved after the introduction of automatic telephone exchange, but there was a need of simplification of procedures.

Cong demonstration on October 10
Ambala, October 6
The block Congress (I) committee, Ambala Cantt, has decided to hold a demonstration against the new house tax policy on October 10.
A former Haryana minister, Mr Nirmal Singh, said the earlier plan to hold the demonstration on October 2 was postponed following the demise of Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia. The demonstration would take place at Sadar Bazar chowk.

Quraishi tipped for DD DG’s post
Chandigarh, October 6
The name of Mr S.Y. Quraishi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Haryana, has been cleared by the state government for appointment as Director-General of Doordarshan and All India Radio.

Ruchika case adjourned
Ambala, October 6
Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana J.S. Dhanjal today adjourned the Ruchika molestation case to October 15. Mr Dhanjal said the arguments on an application filed by former Director-General of Police, Haryana S.P.S. Rathore under Section 258 would take place on October 15.

Teachers booked for student’s murder
Kurukshetra, October 6
The Kurukshetra police has registered a criminal case under Section 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code against Rattan Lal and Subhash Chand, both teachers of Government Senior Secondary School, Ajrana Kalan village, 15 km from here, for allegedly murdering Ram Singh (15), a Class VIII student of the school.

Tantrik rapes woman
Jhajjar, October 6
A married woman was allegedly raped by a tantrik in Chhara village of the district on September 30. Police sources said today that the woman was barren. Her husband approached the tantrik, identified as Subhash of Dujana village.





 

Haryana rolls back ST on IMFL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Rolling back of taxes seems to have become the hallmark of the Haryana Government. While recently the state government rolled back the sale-tax rates notified for fertilisers, pesticides and diesel, the latest tax relaxation by the state government will benefit sellers of India-made foreign liquor (IMFL).

The Haryana Cabinet, at its meeting here on Thursday, decided to roll back sales tax introduced by the state government on IMFL costing below Rs 500. Official sources said that the state government had issued orders on June 26 to charge 20 per cent ST on IMFL costing below Rs 500 and 25 per cent as ST on IMFL of more expensive categories.

However, the Cabinet on Thursday decided to abolish ST on IMFL costing below Rs 500. According to sources, a legal exercise to bring about the change in the IMFL rate is under way and the new rates are likely to come into effect from October 15. The state government, it may be stated, charges excise duty at the flate rate of Rs 41 per proof litre for all categories of IMFL.

Official sources said the decision to abolish ST on IMFL costing below Rs 500 was taken by the government following pressure from the liquor lobby. The liquor traders reportedly argued that when they hired the vends in April, there was no intimation about the state government introducing ST on IMFL. The traders also threatened to go to court against what they called the state government's arbitrary decision.

Incidentally, the state government had imposed tax on fertiliser and animal feed and increased the existing rates of tax on pesticides and diesel from September 1, to comply with the policy of uniform minimum floor rates.

However, soon after, the tax on fertilisers, pesticides and diesel (the tax on animal feed was not touched) was rolled back. The government justified the move saying that it would give relief to farmers.

In contrast, so far there has been no official version to justify the decision to roll back ST on IMFL. The state government also did not mention this major "relief" in the press note issued after the Cabinet meeting.
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DLF fleecing residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
DLF Universal Ltd, who are engaged in large scale construction of residential and other accommodations in Gurgaon, has been accused of “making tonnes of money” by charging exorbitant rates for temporary water connections.

According to a letter written to the Director, Town and Country Planning, Haryana, by DLF Qutab Enclave Residents Welfare Association (QERWA), there is huge gap in the water connection rates between DLF and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

While HUDA charges Rs 45 per month for water connection to a plot size of 60 square yards, the rate charged by DLF for the same plot size is Rs 750 per month. Similarly, for plot sizes of 150, 200, 250, 360, 500 and 1000 square yards, the DLF charges are many times more than those of HUDA. For a plot size of 1000 square yards, DLF charges Rs 6050 per month for water. The rate of HUDA for the same plot size is Rs 360 per month.

For clearance of ‘malba’ also, the difference of rates between DLF and HUDA is glaring. While DLF charges Rs 6000 as security deposit for clearance of malba for construction work in a plot size of 60 square yards, HUDA does not ask for any deposit for a plot of that size. For plot sizes ranging from 150 to 1000 squre yard, HUDA seeks a deposit of Rs 1000, while DLF stipulates a security deposit of Rs 15000 for such plots.

According to Mr R.S. Rathee, president of the QERWA, they had earlier brought the difference of rates between the DLF and HUDA to the notice of the Chief Administrator of HUDA, who, in a letter dated September 9, asked the Director, Town and Country Planning, to “take necessary action, immediately”. However, nothing has reportedly been done to bring down the DLF rates.

In its communication to the Town and Country Planning Director, the QERWA also accused DLF of floating an organisation by the name of DLF City Residents Welfare Federation (CRWF) “in order to create confusion and to wrest control of all the community facilities”.

The CRWF is headed by Col Prithvi Nath, who has been a Senior Manager with the DLF group for many years and he is, in fact, the official spokesman of DLF. Colonel Nath in a statement on September 24 asked the government to fulfil its obligations with regard to development of infrastructure.

The QERWA said as per the conditions of the licence given to the DLF by the state government, the group was to complete all the internal development works, obtain a completion certificate phasewise and maintain the colony for a period of five years after that.

“Having failed to complete the internal development works and to obtain completion certificate, the DLF group wants to pass on the blame to the government. Hence the formation of the new federation”, alleged the QERWA.

The QERWA, reportedly formed in 1980s and registered in 1988-89, also expressed its concern over the frequent power cuts at Qutab Enclave. In view of large scale construction works undertaken by the colonisers (DLF) in the area, the situation is likely to deteriorate further, the residents said.
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New civic body chief in a fix
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 6
With the local Municipal Council reeling under a severe financial crunch, the newly elected President of the civic body, Mr Sanjay Bhatia, faces an uphill task in providing and maintaining basic civic amenities to residents of the historic city.

In fact, for Mr Bhatia, a BJP leader in the 31-member civic body, the task becomes all the more difficult since he has only a water-thin majority. It would be quite a task to take the Opposition councillors with him. In the 31-member House, he enjoys the support of 11 councillors while the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) have the backing of 10 councillors each.

It may be recalled that elections to the civic body were held on April 2 last year but the election to the post of President could not held for one reason or the other. It was only recently that the election was held and Mr Bhatia assumed charge on October 1.

With the civic amenities going from bad to worse, raising resources for the fund-starved civic body would continue to be a herculian task for Mr Bhatia, who promises to work for the all-round development of the city. But development come at a price and Mr Bhatia is banking heavily on governmental grants, which are always difficult to comes by.

Close on the heels of the resource crunch, the state of the civic amenities would also be a cause of worry for the MC and the district administration both. A majority of roads are in a bad shape. The garbage disposal system is unsatisfactory. The sewerage system needs to be toned up and stray cattle rule the roost.

The civic body has an annual budget of about Rs 6 crore of which Rs 2 crore is grants in aid from the state government. And like other local bodies in the state, its financial health is in the doldrums. While the civic staff has reportedly not been paid for the past about four months, the safai karamcharis are yet to get salary for the past two months. Retired employees are also yet to get pension benefits. In this scenario, from where money for development works will come is a million dollar question.

The residents, obviously are in a no mood to pay fresh taxes. Already, the revised assessment for the payment of house tax is under fire from different quarters. On Friday, a bandh was observed in the nearby town of Samalkha in protest against the new assessment method. And yesterday a large number of local residents expressed resentment to Mr Bhatia concerning the revised formula for the assessment of house tax, which they alleged, had several deficiencies.

Even Mr Bhatia concedes that he faces a challenging task in the wake of the resource crunch. However, he hopes that the necessary resources would be raised. He has even demanded a share in the sales tax and excise duty collected by the state and Central governments from the handloom industry.

Moreover, the Haryana Municipal Act reportedly does not provide enough powers to the President and Mr Bhatia will have to work very hard to extract the necessary resources from the officials concerned to keep his promise of all-round development of the city.
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Raising Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 6
The Kharga Corps celebrated its 30th Raising Day here today. While addressing a sainik sammelan here, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, said the troops must be prepared and ever vigilant.

He said whenever there would be war in the western theatre, this formation would play a major role. He stressed that the highest level of operational preparedness must be maintained so as to face any eventuality in the future.

“Whenever the formation is needed, we must be ready. Our training and task preparation must continue. We are aware of the conditions and if there is need for operation, we must be prepared,” he said.

The GOC 2 Corps, Lieut-Gen Kapil Vij, called for top priority to training and war preparation. He said technology and information warfare would have importance in the future. While highlighting the achievements of the Kharag Corps over the past 30 years, Gen Vij exhorted all ranks to be prepared to face the challenges of the future.

Earlier, Gen Vij, the formation Commanders and the senior-most JCO of the corps camp laid wreaths at the Vijay Samarak, the war memorial of the corps in the memory of the soldiers who laid down their lives during the 1971 war.

The Kharga Corps was raised on October 7, 1971 by Lieut-Gen T.N. Raina (later Chief of Army Staff) at Krishna Nagar in West Bengal and saw action in December 1971. Subsequently, the Corps was shifted to the Western theatre and it was initially located at Chandi Mandir till 1984.
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MDU to start more courses
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 6
Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) will shortly start more vocational courses in the complex of the National Law College affiliated to it. This was stated here today by the Vice-Chancellor, Major-Gen B.S. Suhag.

Speaking at a public function in connection with the first annual day celebrations of the National Law College, General Suhag said the university would start diploma courses in law, business management and foreign languages.

He said the reason for MDU branching into new areas was its sense of responsibility as a major academic institute of the region. Private parties were setting up institutes of the region. Private parties were setting up institutes and charging exorbitant rates for their services. The university had to step in and give quality education to the people at a comparatively reasonable fees.

He said one of the drawbacks of the university was that it had not hiked its fees for the past many years.

Dwelling on the achievements of the university, he said it had 117 affiliated colleges with about 1,80,000 students. In spite of the huge workload, it was the only university in the country to have completed its academic curriculum as per the schedule for the past six years. Also, it had distinguished itself in sports, winning six inter-university tournaments.

He praised the Haryana Government for giving all possible help to the university.

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Mr Gopi Chand Geholt, who attended the function as the chief guest, said the government focus would be on education in Gurgaon. He is the local MLA. Among others, Dr Jawahar Kaul, a member from the law faculty of Delhi University, attended the function.
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Kisan pradesh will be formed: MP
Our Correspondent

Shahabad, October 6
The Kurukshetra MP and president of the Haryana INALO women cell, Mrs Kailaso Saini, said here today that the formation of a separate kisan pradesh comprising 21 districts of western Uttar Pradesh was certain as all sections were facing problems there.

She stated that during her visit to the area, she found the farmers were aggrieved as they were getting only Rs 500 to Rs 525 per quintal for their wheat against Rs 610 per quintal in adjoining Haryana districts and their sugarcane crop was selling for Rs 90 per quintal against Rs 110 per quintal in Haryana.

The traders of these districts were also sore as, while the arhtiyas in Haryana were getting Rs 15.25 per quintal as commission on wheat, their UP counterparts had to sit idle during the rabi crop, as the UP Government was purchasing wheat direct from the farmers.

Mrs Saini stated that she would raise the demand in the Lok Sabha that a Bharat Ratna be given to former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal.

Mrs Saini also said that she was striving to provide rail facilities to the people of Yamunanagar, Pehowa and Pundri areas of her constituency.
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Wakf Board to set up coaching centres
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 6
The Punjab Wakf Board has decided to introduce mathematics, social sciences and Unani medicine in the syllabus of madarsas.

Dr M.R. Haque, Administrator, Punjab Wakf Board, while delivering his presidential address at the foundation day here today, said in order to ensure 100 per cent enrollment in schools, the board would set up pre-schools at different places in the region and establish coaching centres for the students and those appearing in competitive exams for employment.

Dr Haque, while welcoming the establishment of Wakf tribunals by Haryana Government, said this would help in reducing and expeditiously disposing off the cases relating to Wakfs.

The Chief Executive Officer of Punjab Wakf Board, Sahibzada Akhlaq Ahmad Khan, said during the year 2000-2001, the board earned a record revenue of Rs 15.09 crore. “Primarliy, the responsibility of the board is to manage Wakf properties and safeguard them from encroachment. The income derived from Wakf properties in the form of rent/lease money is spent on charitable and welfare purpose,” he said.
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BSNL holds interaction with subscribers
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 6
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Haryana Circle, today held an interaction with its high-end subscribers at a function held in Ambala Cantonment.

At the function organised as part of Sanchar Week celebrations, the subscribers said the services had improved after the introduction of automatic telephone exchange, but there was a need of simplification of procedures.

They said the application form needed to be simplified. “The shifting of telephone should be made time-bound. If there is some problem with the STD, then also rectification takes a lot of time,” a subscriber stated.

According to sources, the Ambala telecom district has achieved 100 per cent automatisation and all villages in the area have been provided with public telephone. All the telephone exchanges have STD and ISD facilities and waiting list in OYT category has also been cleared. It has achieved an annual growth rate of 20.90 per cent. The automatic fault booking system is functional at Ambala Cantonment.

The Chief General Manager, Telecom, Haryana circle, Mr G. Jethwani, said wireless local loop (WLL) exchange would be inaugurated at Panipat on October 8.

The Chief Post Master General, Haryana Circle, Mr T.R. Sharma was the chief guest.

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Cong demonstration on October 10
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 6
The block Congress (I) committee, Ambala Cantt, has decided to hold a demonstration against the new house tax policy on October 10.

A former Haryana minister, Mr Nirmal Singh, said the earlier plan to hold the demonstration on October 2 was postponed following the demise of Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia. The demonstration would take place at Sadar Bazar chowk.

A number of supporters of Youth Congress leader Brahmpal Rana assembled at the PWD Rest House today. He was questioned for his alleged role in a case pertaining to sending a youth abroad.

The youth had reportedly been promised that he would be sent to Italy and he had eventually landed up in Thailand. After returning the youth had demanded that the money he had given for going abroad be returned to him.
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Quraishi tipped for DD DG’s post
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The name of Mr S.Y. Quraishi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Haryana, has been cleared by the state government for appointment as Director-General of Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR).

“This is a combined post. The requisition was made from Delhi and the state government sent its clearance to Prasar Bharati”, sources here said.

Ms Sushma Swaraj, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, is reportedly favourably disposed towards Mr Quraishi and she is stated to be keen to induct him in to Prasar Bharati.

If chosen for the post, Mr Quraishi will be the second Haryana cadre officer to head a government media department. Earlier, Mr R.K. Singh, also a Haryana cadre officer, was Director-General of Doordarshan. He later left the service and joined a privately owned TV channel.
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Ruchika case adjourned
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 6
Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana J.S. Dhanjal today adjourned the Ruchika molestation case to October 15.

Mr Dhanjal said the arguments on an application filed by former Director-General of Police, Haryana S.P.S. Rathore under Section 258 would take place on October 15.

The counsel for Mr Rathore, Mr Ajay Jain, informed the court that Mr Rathore was stuck in a major traffic jam so he was not able to reach. Madhu and Anand Prakash were present.

On September 20, Mr Dhanjal had dismissed the review application filed under Section 91 by Mr Rathore.
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Teachers booked for student’s murder
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, October 6
The Kurukshetra police has registered a criminal case under Section 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code against Rattan Lal and Subhash Chand, both teachers of Government Senior Secondary School, Ajrana Kalan village, 15 km from here, for allegedly murdering Ram Singh (15), a Class VIII student of the school.

The murder case has been registered against the schoolteachers on the complaint of the victim’s father Mam Raj. He has alleged that his son Ram Singh was beaten up by the teacher on the complaint of another schoolboy. His son died on the same night on the way, when he was being taken to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, viscera of the deceased has been sent for chemical analysis.
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Tantrik rapes woman
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 6
A married woman was allegedly raped by a tantrik in Chhara village of the district on September 30.

Police sources said today that the woman was barren. Her husband approached the tantrik, identified as Subhash of Dujana village. The latter assured him that his wife could conceive after she was treated. He asked him to fetch his wife for a check up at night the tantrik served the woman with an intoxicating substance and raped her.

The police has registered a case against the tantrik.
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Haryana Cong chief’s plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, president of the Haryana Congress, has demanded of an all-party meeting to discuss the issue of state government’s house tax policy.

In a statement here, Mr Hooda also added that his party would oppose the implementation of the new house tax policy.
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Seats for Kashmiri migrants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Seats will be reserved for Kashmiri migrants in all the technical and professional institutions of Haryana.

Mr M.P. Gupta, Director, Technical Education, said in an official press note that one seat in engineering colleges, MBA, MCA, B. Pharmacy course and polytechnics would be reserved for the Kashmiri migrants which would be over and above the sanctioned in take of the institutions.
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Swami assures protection to scribes
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, October 6
The Union Minister of state for Home Affairs, Mr I.D. Swami, has assured full protection to the journalists, particularly who are performing their duties in the disturbed areas in India.

Mr Swami was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day national executive meeting of the Indian Journalists Union in the Senate Hall of Kurukshetra University today.
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