Monday, October 8, 2001,
Chandigarh, India





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Rohtak’s anti-graft steps lauded
Chandigarh, October 7
A campaign launched by the Rohtak district administration to root out corruption has come for appreciation from the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

Bansi Lal concerned at flight of big units
Panipat, October 7
Concerned at the reported flight of the big industry from the state, the Haryana Vikas Party supremo and the former Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, today demanded the issuance of a White Paper on the state of industry.

Sharp rise in dengue, malaria cases
Hisar, October 7
The incidence of dengue and malaria in the district has been on the increase for the past few weeks. These diseases have gripped not only the rural areas but also the town itself. Dengue has so far claimed 13 lives in the district. 

Tail-end villages not getting canal water
Sonepat, October 7
Regular supply of canal water to the tail-end villages has become a dream for the farmers of the district. Many farmers alleged that repeated announcements made by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, from time to time in this regard had proved to be a hoax.

Steps to curb SIMI activities
Sonepat, October 7
The police has taken a series of measures to curb the activities of SIMI in the Muslim-dominated areas of this district. According to officials sources, the step has been taken on the receipt of a communication from the Union Home Ministry and RAW by the Superintendent of Police, Sonepat.


 

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Martyr cremated with honours
Fatehabad, October 7
Hundreds of men and women bid a tearful adieu to martyr Rajesh Kumar at his native village Gorakhpur in this district last evening. A rifleman of the 6 Rajputana Rifles, Rajesh Kumar laid down his life guarding the borders at Peer Panjal in the Uri sector. His body was consigned to the flames with full military honours.

Scribe dead
Ambala, October 7
Punjabi Tribune correspondent D.S. Sarhadi died here today. He was 72. Journalist for more than three decades, he is survived by his wife, son and daughter. He was cremated at Ram Bagh, Ambala cantonment, this evening.


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Rohtak’s anti-graft steps lauded
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
A campaign launched by the Rohtak district administration to root out corruption has come for appreciation from the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

Conveying the Chief Minister’s appreciation, Principal Secretary, Mr S.Y. Quraishi, has written to all Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to initiate similar action for the eradication of corruption “from all spheres of administration, particularly at the advanced level”.

Mr Quraishi wrote to the officers that the Chief Minister had desired that the DCs and SPs should play a highly proactive role to ensure honest and transparent administration and take prompt and stringent action against corrupt officials.

He sought a report from the Deputy Commissioners on the action taken or proposed to be taken at the earliest, while enclosing a copy of a letter written by Mr Anil Malik, DC, of Rohtak, informing Mr Quraishi of the steps taken by him to contain corruption.

Mr Malik had informed Mr Quraishi that the registration of sale deeds in the district had been computerised with the result that not only the revenue collection had gone up but the system had also become more transparent. A similar system for issuing registration certificates of vehicles and licences was being implemented in the office of the SDM, Rohtak, through the Red Cross Society. He claimed that all touts who used to roam around the offices of the SDM, the District Transport Officer (DTO) and the tehsils had been rendered jobless.

He said it had been ensured that the public did not suffer because of any delay or counter-move by any employee or official. “We have tried to create an atmosphere where a complainant could come to the administration directly regarding any kind of corruption and he will get immediate relief,” Mr Malik wrote in the letter.

The DC said in what was perhaps the biggest catch in the recent anti-corruption movement in the state, a Food and Supplies Inspector and a clerk of the same department were caught red-handed by the SDM and the DSP while accepting a bribe of Rs 46,500 in the Rohtak grain market.

In total, the administration had caught six government employees under the Prevention of Corruption Act while accepting illegal gratification from common people in the recent months. These employees included a patwari, an assistant of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, a Motor Vehicles Inspector and his two touts and a Manager of Hafed, he stated. A PRO had been posted in each police station to dispose of the matters regarding arms licences, passports, cases of service verification.

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Bansi Lal concerned at flight of big units
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 7
Concerned at the reported flight of the big industry from the state, the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) supremo and the former Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, today demanded the issuance of a White Paper on the state of industry.

Talking to reporters at Israna town, about 22 km from here today, Mr Bansi Lal alleged that the “lopsided” policies of the state government had forced several big industrial houses, including the Eicher (Faridabad), Liberty (Karnal) and the Atlas (Sonepat), to shift their future projects to other states.

Levelling charges of serious irregularities in the functioning of four power corporations in state, Mr Bansi Lal alleged that their losses were all set to touch an all-time high of Rs 1,800 crore under the over two year rule of Mr Om Parkash Chautala. The losses were below Rs 500 crore during his three-year tenure as the Chief Minister. Coming down heavily on the Chautala Government on the new assessment formula for the imposition of house tax, he asserted that the new formula would be scrapped after the HVP formed its government. He, however, made it clear that he was not in favour of the mid-term poll and wanted present “unpopular” government to complete its five-year tenure so that the HVP could get absolute majority.

Reacting to sudden spurt in crime in certain parts of the state, the HVP chief regretted that daylight robberies and murder had become the order of the day and more disturbing was the fact that the culprits were not being brought to the book. Answering a question on the procurement of paddy, he alleged that it had been started late with the result that the farmers were at the receiving end to top it all, the procurement of “bajra”, the crop grown by the poorer section of the farmers, had not been started, despite assurances by Central Government that losses incurred by state government after procuring the crop at Rs 385 per quintal would be borne by the Central Government.

Terming naming of various projects and laying of the foundation stones after the name of Chaudhary Devi Lal as “irrelevant”, the former Chief Minister asserted that late former Deputy Prime Minister was no national leader. He promised to revert them to their old name once the HVP came to power. Similarly, Mr Chautala’s demand for Kisan Pradesh comprising certain districts of UP did not find favour with Mr Bansi Lal. However, for the development of the different region, I am in favour of carving of smaller states out of the vast states, he added.
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Sharp rise in dengue, malaria cases
Raman Mohan

Hisar, October 7
The incidence of dengue and malaria in the district has been on the increase for the past few weeks. These diseases have gripped not only the rural areas but also the town itself. Dengue has so far claimed 13 lives in the district. Though no deaths have yet been caused by malaria, there has been a sharp increase in the number of cases testing positive for this disease.

The incidence of dengue created a panic situation here as a team from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) detected the presence of larvae of Aides mosquito in several colonies here and also in a large number of surrounding villages. Blood samples sent for testing there caused further alarm as about 90 tested positive for the disease from amongst about 200 samples sent.

Besides the town, other villages severely affected by the disease included: Shahpur, Ramayan, Dhigtana, Juglan, Qaimri, Kirmara and Siswal. Two other nearby towns — Hansi and Ukalana — were also found in the grip of dengue.

Following the recommendations of the NICD the health authorities resorted to fogging of the affected areas last week. However, this did not appear to have any change in the situation as cases of dengue continued to be reported. Doctors are also perplexed by a new strain possibly of dengue. Patients suffering from this have symptoms of dengue like high fever and low platelet count. However, the fever vanishes after 12 hours only to surface a few days later. So far, no such patient has died but there has been an alarming rise in the incidence of this fever in the town.

Fogging with malathine notwithstanding, there has also been a sudden increase in the incidence of malaria. The health authorities had taken several measures to prevent incidence of malaria in June. Despite these measures about 50 cases of malaria had been reported from the district between July and now. The number of cases reported was the highest in September.

The Health Department has stirred into action and senior officers from Chandigarh have visited the area to take stock of the situation. But the effort does not seem to be bearing fruit yet. 
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Tail-end villages not getting canal water
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 7
Regular supply of canal water to the tail-end villages has become a dream for the farmers of the district.

Many farmers alleged that repeated announcements made by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, from time to time in this regard had proved to be a hoax. The officials of the Irrigation Department had failed to ensure the supply of canal water to the tail-end villages even during the rotation period of running of the canal, they said.

Farmers in these villages have been facing an acute shortage of canal water for irrigation purposes for the past few months. They alleged that theft of irrigation water by influential farmers, backed by certain political leaders of the ruling party was rampant.

Expressing concern over the inadequate supply of canal water, farmers of many villages blamed the authorities of the Irrigation Department for not cleaning the canals, distributaries and minors despite clear instructions by the state government.

They also alleged that the desiliting operations carried out by the officials in the past were merely an eye-wash. The farmers whose fields were situated in the tail-end villages had demanded a probe into circumstances of the canal water not reaching their fields. They alleged that the officials concerned were misleading the district authorities as well as the higher authorities of the department by insisting that the canal water was reaching all fields and the farmers faced no problems.

Representatives of the state unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union and other farmers organisations have also refuted the claims of the Irrigation Department that the canal water was being provided to the tail-end villages. In a joint press statement they said the farmers were still getting erratic supply of canal water for irrigation purposes and their crops were withering away.

They urged the state government and the district authorities to take action against the erring officials.

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Steps to curb SIMI activities
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 7
The police has taken a series of measures to curb the activities of SIMI in the Muslim-dominated areas of this district.

According to officials sources, the step has been taken on the receipt of a communication from the Union Home Ministry and RAW by the Superintendent of Police, Sonepat.

The police has also tightened security at the railway stations, bus stands and other vital installations as well as the areas inhabited by the Muslim community.

The Union Home Ministry has alerted the Haryana police, particularly in the neighbouring districts of the Capital, about the possibility of SIMI leaders hiding being and activists as in these area after the ban.

The police is now keeping a watch on the Idgah colony, Sarang Road, Jatwara Mohalla, Mamoon Bhanja Chowk in the city as well as Dewra, Tharia, Tharu Uldepur, and Kabirpur villages where the Muslims had been living since the Partition.

The police officials are also making inquiries about tenants and Muslims coming from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to these areas and elsewhere in the district. The actual number of Muslim residents was not yet known.

The police is also trying to get information about those living in the mosques and madarsas in the district. However, it is stated that two Muslim organisations — Jamayte Ulma Alhak and Anjumane Islamia are active in the district and the leaders of these organisations have reportedly been propagating Islam.

Though the police has not arrested any worker of SIMI and other banned organisations yet it has stepped up its campaign against them. The police authorities have also sought cooperation from political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions on the issue.

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Martyr cremated with honours
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 7
Hundreds of men and women bid a tearful adieu to martyr Rajesh Kumar at his native village Gorakhpur in this district last evening. A rifleman of the 6 Rajputana Rifles, Rajesh Kumar laid down his life guarding the borders at Peer Panjal in the Uri sector. His body was consigned to the flames with full military honours.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr C.R. Rana, and the SP, Mr Hanif Qureshi, placed wreaths on the body of the martyr. Jawans of 21 Mech Infantry and the Haryana police saluted him by firing into the air and reversing their arms. People from all walks of life paid their last respect to the soldier.

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Scribe dead
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 7
Punjabi Tribune correspondent D.S. Sarhadi died here today. He was 72.

Journalist for more than three decades, he is survived by his wife, son and daughter. He was cremated at Ram Bagh, Ambala cantonment, this evening.

He was the chairman of the local Social Welfare Society and president of the Singh Sabha Gurdwara here besides being a member of several social and religious organisations.

He had not been keeping well for the past few days and was under treatment at the local Civil Hospital.

Before becoming a journalist, he was a teacher. 
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Motor cyclist dead in mishap
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 7
One person was killed in a scooter-motor cycle collision near Dahkora village of the district, a police spokesman said here today.

The police said Pradeep and Surjeet were going to Sampla on their motor cycle when a scooter coming from the opposite direction hit them. Pradeep sustained serious injuries and died on way to the PGIMS in Rohtak. The police has registered a case against the scooterist, identified as Om Prakash of Dahkora village, under Sections 279, 337 and 304A, IPC.
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