Thursday, October 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Are some CPPs operating illegally?
Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), which has been empowered to give clearance to proposed as well as functional captive power plants (CPP) in the state, suspects that some of the CPPs have been operating in the state without the approval of the erstwhile HSEB.

Show of strength by Haryana BJP soon
Ambala, October 10
The Haryana unit of the BJP is gearing up for a show of strength with a series of large rallies to be held in the state soon. The president of the Haryana unit of the BJP, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, told The Tribune that five large rallies would be held from next month onwards.

Dengue panic: doctors fleece patients
Hisar, October 10
Panic of dengue fever among local residents has become a boon for private medical practitioners here who are minting money by admitting patients not suffering from this disease on the pretext that their life is in danger.

New Director of Secondary Education
Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Government has given additional charge of Industries Liaison Commissioner, New Delhi, to Mr Madhusudan Prasad, Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhavan, New Delhi, relieving Mrs Anita Chaudhary of the charge.

POSTINGS/ TRANSFERS
New Commandant of IRB (Bhondsi)

Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Government has appointed Mr Subhash Yadav, Superintendent of Police, RTC, Bhondsi (Gurgaon), Commandant, IRB, Bhondsi, against a newly created post.



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EARLIER STORIES
 

Cotton crop burnt outside DC’s office
Bhiwani, October 10
Hundreds of farmers burnt cotton crop in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today in protest against the “indifferent” attitude of the state government towards southern districts of the state. Later, they submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the Deputy Commissioner.

A Vehicle carrying prisoners collided with a tanker near Jandli Bridge, Ambala city on Wednesday.
A Vehicle carrying prisoners collided with a tanker near Jandli Bridge, Ambala city on Wednesday. — Photo N. Chopra

Total bandh in Rewari
Rewari, October 10
Traders, shopkeepers and other residents of Rewari today observed a total bandh in protest against the new House Tax Policy of the Chautala government.

Tubectomy: woman dies after anaesthesia
Rewari, October 10
Suman Devi, wife of Ved Pal of Bhakli village near Kosli, died during a tubectomy operation camp organised under the Family Welfare (Planning) Programme of the district Health Department in the community health centre at Kosli on Monday.

75-lakh grant for Panipat civic body
Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Government today released a grant of over Rs 7 crore to all municipalities in the state to clear their liability of salary.

Demonstration against house tax policy
Ambala, October 10
The Congress activists today held a demonstration against the new house tax policy in Ambala Cantonment as well as Ambala City. In Ambala Cantonment, the demonstration, held at the Sadar Bazar chowk, was presided over by former Haryana minister, Mr Nirmal Singh, in which a number of Congress leaders and activists had gathered. 

KALKA DIARY
Water remains a problem
Kalka
Winter is about to set in but many areas of this town continue to suffer from shortage of water. The worst affected is the Bangala Basti in Azad Colony. The president of the Azad Colony Kalyan Sabha, Mr R.K. Vaid, says that they have met the officers of the Public Health Department a number of times in this regard but the problem remains. 

Hand over J & K admn to Jagmohan: Bitta
Rohtak, October 10
Denouncing cross-border terrorism in Kashmir, Chairman All-India Anti-terrorist Front, Maninderjit Singh Bitta has demanded the arrest of pro-Taliban and pro-Bin Laden persons in India.

Anti-sacrilege rally
Ambala, October 10
A rosh rally was organised by the Kendriya Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee of Ambala against insult to the holy book of the Sikhs. A number of persons participated in the rosh rally which started from Gandhi Maidan, Ambala cantonment.

Campaign against caste system
Gurgaon, October 10
The Haryana unit of the All-India Confederation of SC/ST Organisation is working overtime for the success of a public meeting to be held under the banner of its national unit of Delhi on November 4. The Chairman of the organisation, Mr Ram Raj, is scheduled to embrace Buddhism on the occasion of the public meeting along with the participants in it.

Replies filed in Liberhan case
Ambala, October 10
The Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, and the Estate Officer today filed their replies to an application submitted by Mr T.M. Liberhan in a city court in the bungalows case.

New de luxe buses of HR flagged off
Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Ashok Kumar Arora, flagged off newly designed de luxe buses of Haryana Roadways here today.

CLP meeting today
Chandigarh, October 10
A meeting of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (HCLP) has been convened by its leader, Mr Bhajan Lal, here tomorrow. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at the official residence of the Leader of the Opposition.


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Are some CPPs operating illegally?
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), which has been empowered to give clearance to proposed as well as functional captive power plants (CPP) in the state, suspects that some of the CPPs have been operating in the state without the approval of the erstwhile HSEB.

The guidelines on CPPs, notified by the HERC on May 11, makes it mandatory for the existing CPPs also to obtain clearance from the HERC for their operation. So far, the HERC had received about 155 applications from the existing CPPs for the regularisation of their operations. However, a number of these CPPs reportedly failed to furnish any evidence of their operations having the consent of the HSEB.

Following queries made by the HERC about the absence of any consent letter from the HSEB, the applicants of this category reportedly responded by sending the fee required to be submitted for setting up new CPPs.

Importantly, the Power Utilities apparently do not have any consolidated figure about the number of the CPPs in the state. The Power Utilities reportedly intimated the HERC that the total capacity of the existing CPPs in the state came to about 1,300 MW. However, the petitions submitted to the HERC by the existing CPPs for regularisation have reportedly already exceeded the figure of 1,300 MW.

An official of the Power Utilities, however, said that earlier the government had a liberal policy toward the CPPs. If approval by the HSEB to a CPP was delayed due to some reason, it was considered “deemed approval” after a certain period of time and the CPP could start operating. “It was because of such a relaxed policy that we may not have all details regarding the existing CPPs”, the official argued.

So far, the HERC has cleared 96 out of the 155 applications. All these applications were from the existing CPPs belonging to the “standby” category and these applications were considered “complete” as they had the necessary information.

The applications still pending with the HERC are also from the existing CPPs, including four which are being operated in parallel with the utilities’ distribution network. Fifty-odd applications for the regularisation of the “standby” CPPs, which have been held up by the HERC, are incomplete and many of the parties have failed to provide any proof of the HSEB approving their functioning.

For giving approval to the parallel CPPs, the HERC has sought information from the Power Utilities as well as from the parties concerned about the rate at which power is sold by the CPPs to the HVPN.

Big manufacturing units such as Escorts and Eicher have also applied to the HERC for approval of their “standby” CPPs. “We are still receiving applications from the existing CPPs. In the next phase we may initiate action to prevent any CPP from running without the approval of the HERC”, an official said.

In the four months since the CPP guidelines were notified, the HERC had received only two applications for setting up new CPPs. One proposal is from Sapurji Palonji Ltd for Panchkula, while the other, from a firm called Abozony, is for setting up a CPP at its manufacturing unit at Gurgaon.

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Show of strength by Haryana BJP soon
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 10
The Haryana unit of the BJP is gearing up for a show of strength with a series of large rallies to be held in the state soon.

The president of the Haryana unit of the BJP, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, told The Tribune that five large rallies would be held from next month onwards. “The first rally is likely to be held next month at Mahendergarh. This will be followed by rallies at Faridabad, Ambala, Karnal and Sonepat,” he said.

Mr Kataria said the holding of these rallies was the third stage in a four-stage effort undertaken by the party leadership to enthuse and rejuvenate the party cadre. “In the first state of this effort, we looked within. We not only tried to set our house in order but also prepared the rank and file for an electoral battle whenever it takes place”, he said. “On October 21 this year, the BJP’s “thinking” will be completing five decades and in the first stage we tried to improve our drawbacks”, he added.

He said in the second stage, a sustained effort was being made to impart information to the party cadres regarding the contribution of the party towards development. “We have divided Haryana into different party organisation hierarchy. Starting from the parliamentary-seat level, to the Assembly-segment level, then down to the mandal level and finally to the “shakti kendras”, we are disseminating information,” he said.

Mr Kataria said: “Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, has a right to take credit for the work which is being carried out by the Centre but our cadres were feeling that the projection among the people is that all the work is being undertaken by the state government alone,” he said. “Now, the BJP worker will tell people from where the monetary assistance is actually coming from”, he added.

He said in the third stage, we were going to hold public rallies at the parliamentary seat level. This effort to rejuvenate our cadres would culminate with the fourth stage in which a state-level rally was going to be held next year, Mr Kataria said.

“Our aim is to strengthen the party so that in future, even if we have to enter into an alliance, then we will be the senior partner in the alliance and the alliance will be on our terms and conditions”, he said.

he said besides the BJP workers, efforts are simultaneously underway to impart training to the frontal organisations. “The Scheduled Caste Morcha had held a rally and a training camp for the Mahila Morcha will be held in Ambala from October 2 to 14. Also about 2,000 youths from Haryana are going to participate in a rally to be held in Agra, “he said.

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Dengue panic: doctors fleece patients
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 10
Panic of dengue fever among local residents has become a boon for private medical practitioners here who are minting money by admitting patients not suffering from this disease on the pretext that their life is in danger.

There are reports that private nursing homes are admitting patients with platelet count exceeding 1.5 lakh. Normally the count ranges between 1.5 to 4 lakh platelets in a healthy person. However, private doctors are forcing patients having more than 1.6 or 1.7 lakh platelets on the pretext that they could be suffering from dengue. Illiterate patients are easy prey as doctors tell them that a platelet count of less than 4 lakh is a sure sign of dengue. Mostly patients are from rural background and they have no option but to follow doctor’s directions. Such patients with normal fever are kept under observation in the hospital for three or four days or till other patients are admitted, whichever is later.

Doctors admit that the patient suffering from dengue are supposed to be serious when their platelet count drops to 50000 or below. They also admit that normally the patients can be discharged when their platelet count is around 1.25 lakh and begins to show an upward trend.

This correspondent visited several private hospitals here and found that these patients were not given their blood reports. The reports were brought in by the paramedics when the doctor visited the patients in the morning and the evenings. These reports remain with the ward attendant all the time. After seeing the reports the doctors tells the patients how many more days they would have to remain under observation.

Despite some steps taken by the district health authorities, dengue has not been controlled in the area so far. Though, the health department had sprayed malathion in the town but the incidence of the disease has been on the increase. One doctor said that 25 patients of dengue were coming daily to him out of which eight or nine were serious.

Patients complain that the local authorities had failed to check private hospitals from exploiting illiterate patients and charging them exorbitantly for no reason at all. 

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New Director of Secondary Education
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Government has given additional charge of Industries Liaison Commissioner, New Dehli, to Mr Madhusudan Prasad, Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhavan, New Delhi, relieving Mrs Anita Chaudhary of the charge.

Mrs Surina Rajan, Joint Secretary, General Administration, Inquiry Officer, Vigilance-I, and Managing Director, Women Development Corporation, and Mr R.D. Sheokand, Director and Special Secretary, Secondary Education, will swap their places of posting. Mrs Rajan, however, will continue to be the Managing Director of the Women Development Corporation.

Mr H.S. Rana, Director, Industrial Training and Vocational Education, has been given additional charge of Joint Secretary, Industrial Training and Vocational Education Department.

Mrs G. Anupama, Administrator, HUDA (HQ), Panchkula, has been posted as Additional Director, Industries and Coordinator, IAG, with headquarters in New Delhi.

Mr Tajinder Pal Singh, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Working Plan Division, Ambala, has been posted as Deputy Secretary, Environment Department, vice Mr Sushil Kumar Sharma, who goes as OSD in the Urban Development Department.

Mr Raj Kumar Garg, City Magistrate, Jhajjar, has been posted as such at Narnaul vice Mr Raj Pal Singh, who takes the place of Mr Garg in Jhajjar. Mr Hardhul Singh, District Revenue Officer, Panchkula, has been given additional charge of LAO, Urban Estate,Panchkula, relieving Mr Mahabir Singh Yadav of the charge.

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POSTINGS/ TRANSFERS
New Commandant of IRB (Bhondsi)

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Government has appointed Mr Subhash Yadav, Superintendent of Police, RTC, Bhondsi (Gurgaon), Commandant, IRB, Bhondsi, against a newly created post.

Mr Ram Gobind Hooda, Additional Superintendent of Police, Home Guards, has been posted as Assistant Commandant, IRB, Bhondsi. Mr Satbir Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Detective, Jind, has been posted as DSP, IRB, at Bhondsi.

Mr Ratti Ram, DSP, first Batallion, Haryana Armed Police, Ambala, has also been posted as DSP, IRB, Bhondsi. Mr Sajjan Singh, DSP, Second Batallion, HAP, Madhuban, goes as DSP, IRB, Bhondsi. Mr D.K. Bhardwaj, DSP, Commandos, Newal (Karnal), becomes DSP, IRB, Bhondsi, and Mr Ved Parkash Godana, DSP, SCRB, Madhuban (Karnal), has also been posted as DSP, IRB, Bhondsi.

Mr Krishan Kumar, DSP, Headquarters, Karnal, has been posted as Additional Superintendent of Police, Jhajjar, Bahadurgarh, and Mr Rajinder Singh, DSP, Jagadhri, goes as Additional Superintendent of Police, Sonepat.

The government has also promoted Mr Sanjay Kumar and Mr Amitabh Singh Dhillon, to the senior scale of the IPS.

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POSTINGS/ TRANSFERS
New Director of Secondary Education
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Government has given additional charge of Industries Liaison Commissioner, New Delhi, to Mr Madhusudan Prasad, Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhavan, New Delhi, relieving Mrs Anita Chaudhary of the charge.

Mrs Surina Rajan, Joint Secretary, General Administration, Inquiry Officer, Vigilance-I, and Managing Director, Women Development Corporation, and Mr R.D. Sheokand, Director and Special Secretary, Secondary Education, will swap their places of posting. Mrs Rajan, however, will continue to be the Managing Director of the Women Development Corporation.

Mr H.S. Rana, Director, Industrial Training and Vocational Education, has been given additional charge of Joint Secretary, Industrial Training and Vocational Education Department.

Mrs G. Anupama, Administrator, HUDA (HQ), Panchkula, has been posted as Additional Director, Industries and Coordinator, IAG, with headquarters in New Delhi.

Mr Tajinder Pal Singh, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Working Plan Division, Ambala, has been posted as Deputy Secretary, Environment Department, vice Mr Sushil Kumar Sharma, who goes as OSD in the Urban Development Department.

Mr Raj Kumar Garg, City Magistrate, Jhajjar, has been posted as such at Narnaul vice Mr Raj Pal Singh, who takes the place of Mr Garg in Jhajjar. Mr Hardhul Singh, District Revenue Officer, Panchkula, has been given additional charge of LAO, Urban Estate,Panchkula, relieving Mr Mahabir Singh Yadav of the charge.

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Cotton crop burnt outside DC’s office
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, October 10
Hundreds of farmers burnt cotton crop in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today in protest against the “indifferent” attitude of the state government towards southern districts of the state. Later, they submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the Deputy Commissioner.

Addressing the agitators, Congress leader Dharmbir, MLA, Tosham, alleged that no action was taken by the government to check the sale of fake pesticides. He alleged that the present government was adopting discriminatory attitude with this area.

The party district unit president, Dr Vasudev Sharma, said cotton growers should be given adequate compensation so that they could prepare for the next crop. Congress leader Rajbir Kaushik, NSUI president Verender Kaushik, Sandeep Singh, Ms Premvati Goel, president, Bhiwani Mahila Congress were among those who spoke on the occasion.

The farmers demanded Rs 10,000 per acre as compensation for the ruined cotton crop as they claimed that one acre cotton crop cost around Rs 8 thousand to a farmer. The memorandum said the Congress Government had given compensation Rs 4,000 per acre for the crops during devastating flood of 1995. It further demanded the postponement of recovery of loans and seed and fertiliser for the next crop on subsidized rates. It demanded stern action against pesticides and fertiliser traders involved in supplying fake material to farmers besides fixing of support price for Bajra Rs 600 per quintal.

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Total bandh in Rewari
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 10
Traders, shopkeepers and other residents of Rewari today observed a total bandh in protest against the new House Tax Policy of the Chautala government.

The call for the bandh was given by the Rewari House Tax Sangharsh Samiti comprising various trade organisations of the city. The bandh was supported by activists of the Congress, the BJP and the Haryana Vikas Party.

Addressing a rally of the samiti at the Moti Chowk here, the Congress legislator, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, described the bandh as historic and said the entire state Opposition as well as the trading community had joined hands against the “autocratic” Chautala regime.

The Congress legislator and president of the Haryana Mahila Congress, Mrs Anita Yadav, said it was unfortunate that the Chief Minister had taken such an anti-citizens measure. Former Haryana BJP president, Mr Om Prakash Grover, described the house tax as ‘Jaziya’ and demanded its immediate scrapping.

The rally was also addressed by the district HVP president, Mr Sheo Lal Singh, and Mr Arvind Gupta and Mr Ratnesh Bansal, both presidents of the Rewari district units of the two separate Haryana Beopar mandals.

Later, the protesters marched in a procession to the district secretariat and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

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Tubectomy: woman dies after anaesthesia
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 10
Suman Devi, wife of Ved Pal of Bhakli village near Kosli, died during a tubectomy operation camp organised under the Family Welfare (Planning) Programme of the district Health Department in the community health centre at Kosli on Monday. She died following an anesthetic injection given to her prior to the tubectomy operation.

As many as 24 women had registered themselves for tubectomy operations in the camp.

It is reported that when Suman Devi was given the anaesthetic injection she fell unconscious and her condition deteriorated.

The matter was brought to the notice of the Civil Surgeon who reached the spot. Suman Devi was taken to the local Civil Hospital where she was declared dead by doctors.
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75-lakh grant for Panipat civic body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Government today released a grant of over Rs 7 crore to all municipalities in the state to clear their liability of salary.

While stating this here today, the Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr Subhash Goyal, said the maximum amount of Rs 75 lakh had been released to Panipat followed by Rohtak with over Rs 68 lakh, Faridabad over Rs 62 lakh, Sonepat Rs 55.45 lakh, Hisar Rs 51.75 lakh, Yamunanagar 50.23 lakh, Sirsa Rs 35.50 lakh, Bhiwani Rs 33 lakh and Rewari 32.73 lakh.

He said Rs 0.94 lakh had been released to the Kalka municipality, Rs 8.25 lakh to Ambala Sadar, Rs 18.19 lakh to Ambala city, Rs 0.32 lakh to Naraingarh, Rs 1.22 lakh to Chhachhrauli, Rs 2.14 lakh to Raduar, Rs 10.77 lakh to Jagadhri, Rs 3.12 lakh to Thanesar, Rs 5.76 lakh to Shahabad, Rs 4.50 lakh to Pehowa, Rs 1.60 lakh to Gharaunda, Rs 5.22 lakh to Samalkha, Rs 4.68 lakh to Meham, Rs 2.64 lakh to Bahadurgarh, Rs 2.66 lakh to Nuh, Rs 0.87 lakh to Sohna, Rs 9.23 lakh to Taoru, Rs 2.70 lakh to Mahendragarh, Rs 2.34 lakh to Charkhi Dadri, Rs 3.44 lakh to Loharu, Rs 1.72 lakh to Narnaul, Rs 10.59 lakh to Hansi, Rs 0.34 lakh to Barwala, Rs 2.22 lakh to Ukalana Mandi, Rs 5.81 lakh to Fatehabad, Rs 2.79 lakh to Tohana, Rs 1.14 lakh to Jakhal, Rs 2.54 lakh to Ratia, Rs 6.33 lakh to Mandi Dabwali, Rs 3.79 lakh to Ellenabad, Rs 17.63 lakh to Jind, Rs 3.69 lakh to Uchana, Rs 0.97 lakh to Julana, Rs 15.10 lakh to Narwana, Rs 3.53 lakh to Gohana, Rs 9.65 lakh to Safidon, Rs 5 lakh to Ferozepur Jhirkha and Rs 4.88 lakh to Punhana.

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Demonstration against house tax policy
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 10
The Congress activists today held a demonstration against the new house tax policy in Ambala Cantonment as well as Ambala City.

In Ambala Cantonment, the demonstration, held at the Sadar Bazar chowk, was presided over by former Haryana minister, Mr Nirmal Singh, in which a number of Congress leaders and activists had gathered. Among those present included Mr Ashok Jain, Mr Balwant Gupta, Mr S.K. Sharma, Mr Narendra Pal Singh, Mr R.N. Samrat, Mr Hira Lal Yadav, Ms Chanchal Rani and Mr Virendra Gandhi.

Former Haryana minister Phool Chand Mullana said that the Chautala government is continuously imposing taxes, which is proving to be a major burden on the common man.

Mr Ashok Jain said that the new house tax policy is against the spirit of the Panchayati Raj Act. The state government has created new sub-committees for implementing the new house tax which is against the Panchayati Raj and the Municipal Committee Acts. “Powers have been snatched from the elected representatives of the people and handed over to the bureaucrats.”

Former Haryana revenue minister, Nirmal Singh said that the government has let down the farmers as well as those living in the urban areas. “It is important to oppose the new house tax policy,” he said.

In Ambala City, a dharna was held by the Congress activists against the new house tax policy. Activists of the Mahila Congress, the Youth Congress and the Punjabi Kalyan Sabha strongly criticised the new house tax policy.

They demanded that the new policy must be withdrawn as it was a burden on people.

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KALKA DIARY
Water remains a problem
Harjit Singh Jaggi

Kalka
Winter is about to set in but many areas of this town continue to suffer from shortage of water. The worst affected is the Bangala Basti in Azad Colony. The president of the Azad Colony Kalyan Sabha, Mr R.K. Vaid, says that they have met the officers of the Public Health Department a number of times in this regard but the problem remains. He says that one of the streets in the Basti does not get any water at all. The residents complain that only three public hydrants have been provided by the Public Health Department in the entire Basti. The supply is meager and often there are quarrels over water. Also there is no fixed time for the supply, and they have to waste considerable time, waiting at the tap. The basti has no other source of water except these taps.

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This town has no government school for girls. There are of course a number of private schools including some for girls and also a government school for boys. The residents have been demanding a girls school for years and have received only promises from successive governments. Girls of this town have to go to schools in Panchkula or Chandigarh which is a difficult task for many. A number of private schools have come up in residential houses. These schools have adopted the English medium and the syllabi of reputed model schools. But the fees are exorbitant and the teachers are poorly paid.

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Mr Pardeep Chaudhary, chairman of CONFED who is also the general secretary of Haryana INLD, listened to the grievances of the residents of Vikas Vihar Colony in the presence of the district vice-president of the party, Mr Randhir Chaudhary, and the president of the Municipal Committee, Mr Sushil Garg.

The president of the Vikas Vihar Welfare Association, Mr S.S. Samajdar, apprised him of the problems of the residents, which mainly pertained to water, sewerage and streets.

This colony was raised in 1993, and at present has about 35 families. About 30 more plots have been sold and the owners have deposited the development charges with the municipal committee which has not so far spent any money for the development of the colony. However, Mr Sushil Garg promised to make the streets pucca within two months.

The water supply is not satisfactory because the colony is situated on higher ground. The residents demand arrangement to lift water to that level. The Municipal Committee has also not installed any street lights and the residents have arranged street lights at their own expense.

A memorandum of demands was given to Mr Chaudhary.

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Hand over J & K admn to Jagmohan: Bitta
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 10
Denouncing cross-border terrorism in Kashmir, Chairman All-India Anti-terrorist Front, Maninderjit Singh Bitta has demanded the arrest of pro-Taliban and pro-Bin Laden persons in India.

Addressing press conference here today, Mr Bitta described Afghanistan as India’s enemy number one which has sponsoring the mercenaries who have killed innocent people in Kashmir valley and elsewhere in the border state.

He said that all Muslim leaders, irrespective of their political affiliations, should condemn terrorism and its Osama bin Laden. He wondered that most of the Muslim leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Salman Khurshid, had not so far condemned Osama bin Laden and Taliban.

Mr Bitta also criticised the USA and charged it with encouraging terrorism in the world. Osama bin Laden, he said, was the creation of the USA.

He urged the Centre to ask the USA to identify persons financing terrorism in Punjab and hand-over these elements to India. Pakistan should also be asked to close terrorist training camps in its territory and hand over the hijackers of the Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar in 1999.

Mr Bitta told a questioner that the provocative statements being issued by Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, would harm his own community as the Sikhs and suffered because of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale’s statements. Terrorists had no religion and they were exploiting religious sentiments of the people to cover up to their designs, he said.

He advised the Centre to tighten internal security as terrorists were now using modern technology. He also advocated for beefing up security at the Airports in the country.

He said that the American fight against terrorism should not be selective but it should eliminate terrorism of all types. It (terrorism) is the major issue today confronting the humanity, he reminded the American administration.

The promoters of terrorism should also be identified and punished. There were elements who were encouraging terrorists in the name of religion and regionalism for narrow political gains, he added but did not name the elements.

Mr Bitta pleaded for handing over J & K administration either to Union Minister Jagmohan or former Punjab DGP K.P.S. Gill to rid the state of terrorism.

He asked the Centre to amend the law so as to provide protection to the police and para-military forces engaged in fight against terrorists. He said that he has also met Union Home Minister, Lal Krishan Advani to press for the acceptance of this demand.

He also pleaded for amending the rules to enable the people to get passport without delay and eliminate the chances of issuing fake passports as has been going on these days. He said many terrorists from the Punjab region had migrated to other countries on fake passports.

Two of the suspects in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in the USA, were also possessing fake Indian passports, he said.

Mr Bitta announced to set up an International Anti-terrorist Manch at Washington the USA. He also proposed to set up a anti-terrorist manch of South Asian countries comprising of Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and India. Pakistan, he said, can not be a member of this manch as it had been promoting terrorism in its country.

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Anti-sacrilege rally
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 10
A rosh rally was organised by the Kendriya Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee of Ambala against insult to the holy book of the Sikhs.

A number of persons participated in the rosh rally which started from Gandhi Maidan, Ambala cantonment.

“We are holding this rally to protest against the insult to Guru Granth Sahib,” Mr B.S. Bindra, general secretary of the KGPC, said.

While condemning the insult to the holy book, Mr Bindra said that in spite of all odds, people must maintain peace. “We welcome the action by the district administration in arresting a follower of Baba Piara Singh and recovering the book written by him. We demand that strict action must be taken against those who have insulted our holy book,” he said.

The rallyists raised slogans against those who had insulted the holy book. They burnt the effigy of the culprits.

The rally passed through different markets, including Vijay Ratan Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Bajaja Bazar, Subzi Mandi and Pul Chameli, before culminating at the gurdwara near Nishat cinema.

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Campaign against caste system
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 10
The Haryana unit of the All-India Confederation of SC/ST Organisation is working overtime for the success of a public meeting to be held under the banner of its national unit of Delhi on November 4. The Chairman of the organisation, Mr Ram Raj, is scheduled to embrace Buddhism on the occasion of the public meeting along with the participants in it.

Mr Ram Raj, who was here yesterday to mobilise support for the public meeting told mediapersons that about one million people would embrace Buddhism. The All-India Confederation of SC/ST Organisation and the Lord Buddha Club launched “Dhamma vahan (chariot)” on April 14 from New Delhi, to launch a nationwide campaign against the caste system.

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Replies filed in Liberhan case
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 10
The Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, and the Estate Officer today filed their replies to an application submitted by Mr T.M. Liberhan in a city court in the bungalows case.

The replies submitted through counsel Subhash Bhatnagar stated that the plaintiff was the only occupant of bungalow No. 127A.

“It is wrong to allege that the defendant in order to usurp the property was attempting to fabricate and tamper with the file,” the replies stated.

The reply further stated that the resumption had no bearing on the facts of the present case. The present was the only suit for permanent injunction, whereas it had nothing to do with the issuance of resumption notice, the replies stated.

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New de luxe buses of HR flagged off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Ashok Kumar Arora, flagged off newly designed de luxe buses of Haryana Roadways here today.

The new buses incorporate the latest technology in bus fabrication with the aim of ensuring the maximum safety and comfort of the passengers.

These ultra modern buses will be run on the prestigious Delhi-Chandigarh-Jaipur route. At present, 10 such new buses are being pressed into service. More de luxe buses will be bought later.

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CLP meeting today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
A meeting of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (HCLP) has been convened by its leader, Mr Bhajan Lal, here tomorrow. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at the official residence of the Leader of the Opposition.

According to the Deputy Leader of the HCLP, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, the meeting will discuss the current political situation in the state, particularly in view of the resentment among the people on the issue of house tax. It will also take up certain other public interest issues like the installation of electromagnetic meters on the premises of electricity consumers and the power shortage.

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Divali advance for Haryana staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Government has decided to grant an interest-free advance of Rs 750 to all its class IV employees on Divali. The advance will be disbursed on or before November 14.

While stating this here today, Mr Sampat Singh, Finance Minister, Haryana, said that the advance would be recoverable in four equal monthly instalments. The entire advance would be recovered before the close of the current financial year.

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Power plant unit operational
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
The Haryana Power Generation Corporation has declared the 210 MW sixth unit of Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station, Panipat, as commercially operational, subsequent to the successful completion of the trial run of the unit on September 20 last.

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