Sunday, October 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Ultrasound clinic raided, faces action
Faridabad, October 13
The district health authorities have suspended the registration of an ultrasound clinic of the district on charges of violating the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act. The clinic faces action after it was found to be allegedly involved in determination of sex of the foetus, after a raid yesterday.

Plan to form federal agency: Swami
Ambala, October 13
The Union Minister of State for Home, Mr I.D. Swami, today said that efforts were on to form a federal agency. Talking to mediapersons during his visit here for a training camp of the BJP Mahila Morcha, Mr Swami said that the federal agency would tackle federal crimes like arms and drug smuggling and fake currency operations. 

“Rules flouted to appoint dental college chief”
Rohtak, October 13
The Accountant-General, Haryana, has sought clarifications from the Director, PGIMS whether Haryana Medical Education Rule 23 of 1988 was amended while appointing 64-year-old Mr S.C. Anand (retd Brigadier) principal of Rohtak Dental College.

HARYANA MINES II
Labourers’ safety may be jeopardised
Chandigarh, October 13
The Haryana Government’s decision to auction the leasing rights of mines was initially treated with scepticism. It was felt that the government would give the leasing rights to its favourites by holding fake auctions. 

KU forms panel on pension scheme
Kurukshetra, October 13
The executive committee of Kurukshetra University, which met here yesterday, decided to constitute a three-member committee to look into all aspects of the pension scheme for the non-teaching employees of the university. 



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Impersonator held in Narnaul
Chandigarh, October 13
Mr S.K. Gupta, Additional District Session Judge, Narnaul, was pleasantly surprised to have received a phone call from a person who introduced himself as none other than Mr Kamal Pandey, the Union Home Secretary.

MDU to constitute alumni associations
Rohtak, October 13
Maharshi Dayanand University has decided to constitute alumni associations of all its teaching departments. The University has invited the particulars of its old students for this purpose. 

3 of family killed
Sonepat, October 13
Three persons of a family, including a woman, were reportedly shot dead by three persons at Nahri village, 25 km from here, last evening. According to a report, a dispute over a 680-yard plot was the cause of the crime.

Cop gets life term for burning wife
Hisar, October 13

A local court here has sentenced a Haryana police constable to undergo life imprisonment on the charge of burning his wife to death in July last year. The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Nawab Singh, in his judgement yesterday, sentenced Surender Singh to undergo the sentence and imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 and in case of its default the accused would have to undergo imprisonment for another nine months.

Candidates for teacher’s post irked over exam
Ambala, October 13
Candidates, who had applied for a post of PT teacher in S D Senior Secondary School, Amabala Cantonment today raised slogans against the selection process for the post.

Datesheet notified
Chandigarh, October 13
The Haryana Government has notified the datesheet of various departmental examinations to be held from November 26 at Central Polytechnic, Sector 26, Chandigarh.

ISD call racket unearthed
Narnaul, October 13
The police claims to have unearthed an ISD calls racket with the arrest of Jagdish, a Junior Telecommunication Officer posted at mini exchange, Sihore, in Mahendragarh subdivision.

Agarsain Jayanti celebrated
Ambala, October 13
School students participated in different functions organised by the Aggarwal Vikas Manch on the occasion of Maharaja Agarsain Jayanti here today. In a painting competition, junior group ‘A’, Abhi Aggarwal of S D Public School was first, Kanika of Jain Model High School was second and Tarun Jain and Kanika of Jain Model High School were third.

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Ultrasound clinic raided, faces action
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 13
The district health authorities have suspended the registration of an ultrasound clinic of the district on charges of violating the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act.

The clinic faces action after it was found to be allegedly involved in determination of sex of the foetus, after a raid yesterday.

According to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr B.S. Dahiya, who is also the District Appropriate Authority regarding the implementation of the PNDT Act, the registration of the laboratory, Dr Anil’s Ultrasound in Palwal town of the district was being suspended till further orders. He said a notice for the cancellation of the registration of the laboratory was also being issued.

A team of doctors carried out the raid at the ultrasound clinic and found that the facilities were being “misused”. Sex-determination tests were allegedly being carried out by the doctor and owner of the clinic.

He said while ultrasound of a pregnant woman was banned unless it was a case of medical emergency, the clinic had been found violating the worms. The team had gathered relevant evidence in this connection.

The raiding team was supervised by the CMO himself and it included Assistant State Drug Controller, Mr G.L. Singhal, Dr C. Pal (SMO), Dr Rekha, Dr Sneh Lata, Dr Kewal, Dr Sanjiv Bhagat and representative of the district unit of the Indian Medical Association. The raid was also video-recorded. The team had sent three women as patients and their attendants to the clinic. This is the third case in which a clinic or hospital has been raided.

Health officials have already filed two cases under the PNDT Act, against at least three doctors and equal number of ultrasound clinics in the past three months.

This is the first case in which registration of an ultrasound clinic has been suspended. There are at least 65 ultrasound centres registered by the CMO office here.
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Plan to form federal agency: Swami
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 13
The Union Minister of State for Home, Mr I.D. Swami, today said that efforts were on to form a federal agency.

Talking to mediapersons during his visit here for a training camp of the BJP Mahila Morcha, Mr Swami said that the federal agency would tackle federal crimes like arms and drug smuggling and fake currency operations. “This issue was taken up during the Directors General of Police and Chief Secretaries’ conference,” he said.

While not ruling out the possibility of biological warfare, Mr Swami said that a disaster management programme had been prepared in this regard. “A meeting was held and it has been decided to include medical personnel in the programme. We are creating a synergy between the district, state and national level,” he said.

Mr Swami also did not rule out the possibility of destroying the terrorist camps located in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

He said that the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee had been attempting to create an environment for peace and an environment against the cross-border terrorism. “A collective effort is needed against global terrorism,” he said. “However, there have been voices which have tried to dilute the collective fight against global terrorism,” he said.

“India has never thought of somebody else will fight the proxy war. When Kargil war took place, the Opposition wanted to know whether it was an intelligence failure or a political failure. Compare that to the September 11 attack on the USA in which nobody has tried to blame, instead they have collectively given sanction for attacks against terrorists,” he said.

Mr Swami observed that, We must create such an environment so that our fight against terrorists is not weakened. We will extend cooperation for the fight against global terrorism. Regarding the type of cooperation, it is clear that we will accord top priority to our national interest,” he said. “Osama bin Laden is a symptom not the disease,” he added.

To a question Mr Swami said that a tab was being kept on the statements being made by Mr Bukhari and a record was being maintained. “Incidentally, he had called a meeting in which many people did not turn up,” he said.

He stated that regarding SIMI, the organisation was banned as they were supporting terrorism. “They believed in pan-Islamism. In the past four months, about six to seven states had requested for a ban on SIMI and they had given evidence,” he said. “We need to have a law similar to TADA which lapsed in 1995. An anti-terrorism prevention Bill has been prepared by the Law ministry,” he added.

The Union Minister of State for Home stated that they were alert and now the stress was on intelligence gathering. “Fidayeen attacks can be prevented if accurate intelligence is available,” he said.Top

 

 

Rules flouted to appoint dental college chief”
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, October 13
The Accountant-General, Haryana, has sought clarifications from the Director, PGIMS whether Haryana Medical Education Rule 23 of 1988 was amended while appointing 64-year-old Mr S.C. Anand (retd Brigadier) principal of Rohtak Dental College.

The Director also has been asked to supply copy of rules/orders under which Mr Anand would work as Principal up to the age of 65 years and after that his designation would be Chief Executive Officer.

This information, however, is to be supplied by the Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Medical Education, who is the appointing authority and not by the Director of the PGIMS.

It is not for the first time that such violations have been done by the Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Medical Education. The Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, had on September 25, 1997, (five days before the retirement of then Director, Dr S.S. Yadav) and without the concurrence of the Finance Department issued orders that the government “on reconsideration has decided not to deduct any part of pension drawn by you from your pay during the tenure post. It is for your information.” The audit party had raised objections on these orders and when Dr D.S. Dubey took over as Director, PGIMS, he also demanded that his pension should not be deducted from his salary, and quoted the same precedent.

The then Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal on November 11, 1997 passed the following orders: “The CM has seen. He has desired that as per normal rules pension shall be deducted from the salary paid to Dr Dubey as Director. The CM has also desired that the case of Dr S.S. Yadav, who had drawn pension in addition to pay unauthorisedly may be resubmitted separately for consideration whether the pension amount drawn by him can be recovered from him at this stage”.

But the case was never put up separately. Bureaucracy when at fault, consigns such orders to archives.

Similarly, Dr R.K. Seth, Reader in Paediatrics Department was relieved by the Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Medical Education on June 30, last year to enable him to join as trainee at the AIIMS. Needless to say that relieving is never done by the Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education. It is always done by the Director, the immediate controlling authority of the PGIMS.

Later, on March 15, Dr Seth was sanctioned deputation for three years and the entire period is being treated as duty period with full pay and allowances. Even this sanction was issued without the concurrence of the Finance Department without which the administrative department was not competent to grant such permission.

Informed sources in the Finance Department at Chandigarh told that the Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education had not till date obtained the concurrence though Dr Seth was being paid his salary.

Office of the Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education sanctioned extra-ordinary leave for two years to Dr Sushila Taxak for taking up a job in Kuwait. But when Dr S.K. Singhal, senior to Dr Texak applied for extra-ordinary leave for taking up a job in Kuwait, he was charge-sheeted under Rule 7 for major punishment.

It is interesting the Administrative Department as per rules, was not competent to sanction leave for more than six months for taking a job abroad without the concurrence of the Finance Department. And the competent authority in such cases is the Chief Minister only.

According to informed sources, there were many more such cases involving huge finances in which decisions were being taken in violation of rules. Is it being done deliberately knowing well that the competent authority was left with no choice but to approve. Only a thorough probe could bring out the truth. 
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HARYANA MINES II
Labourers’ safety may be jeopardised
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The Haryana Government’s decision to auction the leasing rights of mines was initially treated with scepticism. It was felt that the government would give the leasing rights to its favourites by holding fake auctions. However, the stringent conditions worked out by the Mines and Geology Department (MGD) for auctioning the leasing rights of the mines clearly shows real intentions of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

The reserve price of the mines has been kept at a very high level. In one case it is believed to be as high as Rs 10 crore per annum. The department used to get about Rs 4 crore from this mine when it was being operated by a government agency. The Director, MGD, Mr Ram Niwas, says the high reserve price would render any effort by bidders to pool, meaningless. The government has also decided that it will charge either the dead rent (to be determined by the auction) or the royalty on the minerals, which ever is higher. The dead rent will be increased by 50 per cent after every three years. The lease period will be for seven years.

Incidentally, the high reserve price is an indirect acknowledgement by the government of the large-scale evasion of royalty on minerals by at least some of the lease-holders or permit-holders, if not by all.

However, there are two main inherent dangers in the auctioning of the mines. Since under the Central law, it is not mandatory to prepare an EMP for mining minor minerals, the Supreme Court guidelines on environment may be violated. Similarly, since no mining plan is also required, the safety of the labourers may be jeopardised. Under the previous system mines for major minerals used to be leased out. A lease-holder was also given the rights to take out minor minerals from the same mine. The mining of major minerals is governed by the Central laws, which take care of environment as well as the mining safety.

Mr Ram Niwas says the EMP would be a must. What happens till the EMP is approved by the state authorities? The successful bidder will be allowed to operate the mine through the much-abused system of monthly permits. The permit system was introduced to lift soil from fields for use in brick-kilns, that too up to the depth of 3 feet. However, over the years the system was repeatedly amended by the department for the mutual benefit of its officials and the miners.

Even the present government has been widely using the permit system to help its cronies for the past two years.

Since a permit is issued only for a month (of course, it can be renewed umpteenth times), planned mining, ensuring labour safety, and preservation of environment are the first casualties.

Going by the past experience of over three-year delay in approving EMPs, there is a likelihood that a lease-holder may run his mine for inderminable period through the device of monthly permits, in total disregard of the need to preserve environment. One of the conditions imposed by the Centre is that a lease-holder must plant trees on 20 per cent of the area of the mine.

To carry the good work to its logical conclusion, Mr Chautala now must ensure transparency in auctions, quick approval of the EMPs and making the mining plans a mandatory condition.

(Concluded)
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KU forms panel on pension scheme
K.G. Dutt

Kurukshetra, October 13
The executive committee of Kurukshetra University, which met here yesterday, decided to constitute a three-member committee to look into all aspects of the pension scheme for the non-teaching employees of the university. The committee will be headed by Dr Hoshiar Singh, Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Prof R.K. Rana, Dean, Academic Affairs, and Prof J.S. Yadav, Dean of Science Faculty, will be the members.

The executive council took up the issue of pension as the non-teaching employees had complained that a large number of employees could not give their option because many of them wanted their period of deputation to be counted for pension. It is learnt that about 139 employees, who were affected, had gone to court. The committee opined that there should be uniformity in the pension scheme for all sections of employees.

The executive council also deliberated on qualifications for promotions to the posts of Assistant Registrar and Deputy Registrar. The committee was to give its approval to such qualifications for the above said posts as prescribed by the UGC and approved by the Haryana government. The new qualifications have been prescribed in view of the increased pay scales for Assistant Registrars and Deputy Registrars.

On the other hand, the Kurukshetra University Non-Teaching Employees Association (KUNTEA) wanted that the powers of the Vice-Chancellor for providing relaxation in qualifications for promotion to such posts should be kept intact. The association therefore, also staged a demonstration near the venue of the meeting. As the annual election for the office-bearers of the KUNTEA is scheduled to be held on October 16, both groups of the association joined their hands to oppose the move. In view of the opposition by the KUNTEA , the executive council deferred the item on the agenda.

The executive council directed the committee headed by Dr Hoshiar Singh to look afresh into the house allotment rules.
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Impersonator held in Narnaul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Mr S.K. Gupta, Additional District Session Judge, Narnaul, was pleasantly surprised to have received a phone call from a person who introduced himself as none other than Mr Kamal Pandey, the Union Home Secretary.

However, when the caller asked him to arrange to send Rs 1500 to one Mr Jaipal Singh, who, the man posing as Kamal Pandey said, was his son-in-law, at a nursing home at Narnaul, Mr Gupta got suspicious. A check of the caller ID facility at Mr Gupta’s residence revealed that the call originated from a PCO close to his residence.

He reported the matter to the police about the incident who registered a case under Sections 419/420 of the IPC. It was found that shortly before the impersonator called up the judge, he had also made a call to the Deputy Commissioner of Narnaul, introduced himself as the Union Home Secretary, and asked him to send Rs 1500 to the Nursing Home.

The police swung into action and managed to arrest the impersonator the next day. The culprit, whose own name was Jaipal, aged about 22 years and a resident of Ganiyar village, was identified by the Superintendent of Police, Narnaul, in a parade at the District Jail, Mahendragarh. Jaipal had apparently earlier met the SP introducing himself as the would-be son-in-law of Mr O.P. Arya, Joint Secretary (Police) in the Union Home Ministry. Investigations also revealed that for Jaipal, son of one Sube Singh, impersonating key functionaries of the Government of India, was nothing new . Two months ago, he had talked to the SP over the phone posing as Mr Arya and tried to get a person recruited in the Haryana Police. When the SP turned down his request, the impersonator was not pleased, he told the SP.

Later, posing again as Mr Arya, he apologised to the SP for his telephonic outburst, and said that a man, engaged to his daughter, would call on him. Jaipal then himself posed as the would-be son-in-law and met the SP.

He had also impersonated Mr Vipin Kumar, IGP, and promised to recruit the son of a Sub Inspector of Police as ASI in the central security forces. 
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MDU to constitute alumni associations
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 13
Maharshi Dayanand University has decided to constitute alumni associations of all its teaching departments. The University has invited the particulars of its old students for this purpose. The old students must send their name, examination passed and year, department, present address and position, place of posting and telephone number to the Registrar within a month.

The university has also invited applications from the Kashmiri migrants for admission to B.E, B.Tech, BAMS, B. Pharmacy, MBA and MCA courses for the session 2001-02 for one seat each in the affiliated institutions and university teaching departments.

The counselling for MBA, MCA, BAMS and B. Pharmacy courses would be held on October 24 and for B.E./B. Tech courses on October 25 at the University Senior Teachers Common Room, Indira Gandhi Vidya Bhavan. The last date for the submission of applications for these courses in October 22, an official statement said.

The university would conduct interviews for migration to BDS course on October 24. It has invited applications from candidates belonging to Haryana who have passed first year and third year in BDS from dental colleges recognised by the Dental Council of India for migration to second and fourth years respectively, to Dental College, Rohtak.
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3 of family killed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 13
Three persons of a family, including a woman, were reportedly shot dead by three persons at Nahri village, 25 km from here, last evening.

According to a report, a dispute over a 680-yard plot was the cause of the crime.

The victims have been identified as Mr Summandar (55), his wife Bimla (50) and their son Rajesh.

The alleged assailants have been identified as Rakesh alias Rajesh and Parvesh sons of Mr Ram Phal, brother of Mr Summandar and Leela of Halalpur village.

The police has registered a case of murder and launched a hunt to apprehend the culprits.
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Cop gets life term for burning wife

Hisar, October 13
A local court here has sentenced a Haryana police constable to undergo life imprisonment on the charge of burning his wife to death in July last year.

The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Nawab Singh, in his judgement yesterday, sentenced Surender Singh to undergo the sentence and imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 and in case of its default the accused would have to undergo imprisonment for another nine months.

The court also sentenced him to undergo three years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 under various Sections of the IPC. Both sentences will run concurrently.

According to the prosecution, Surender sprinkled kerosene on his wife Anita and set her on fire following a family dispute in his house situated in New Police Lines here.

A case was registered against Surender on Anita’s statement who succumbed to her burns on July 29 last. PTI
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Candidates for teacher’s post irked over exam
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 13
Candidates, who had applied for a post of PT teacher in S D Senior Secondary School, Amabala Cantonment today raised slogans against the selection process for the post.

The candidates claimed that a difficult written examination was held for the candidates though they were not informed that a examination would be held.

They claimed that the school management was not willing to listen to their grievances.

A member of the management committee explained that a large number of candidates had come for a single post.

“We did take an examination to enable better selection. However, we have now decided not to consider the written exam and undertake the selection through interview only,” he said.Top

 

 

Datesheet notified
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The Haryana Government has notified the datesheet of various departmental examinations to be held from November 26 at Central Polytechnic, Sector 26, Chandigarh.

An official release said those who wanted to appear in these examinations should contact heads of the departments or the Administrative Secretary by November 5.
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ISD call racket unearthed
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, October 13
The police claims to have unearthed an ISD calls racket with the arrest of Jagdish, a Junior Telecommunication Officer (JTO) posted at mini exchange, Sihore, in Mahendragarh subdivision.

Over 40 countries were reportedly connected with the telephone having a fake number at Gahda village.

The multi-lakh scam in the department came to light when the department officials found that ISD calls were frequently being made from the number.
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Agarsain Jayanti celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 13
School students participated in different functions organised by the Aggarwal Vikas Manch on the occasion of Maharaja Agarsain Jayanti here today. In a painting competition, junior group ‘A’, Abhi Aggarwal of S D Public School was first, Kanika of Jain Model High School was second and Tarun Jain and Kanika of Jain Model High School were third.

In junior group ‘B’, Divya Jain of Jain Girls Senior Secondary School was first, Bhavya Kashyap of S D Public School was second and Kanika Bansal and Swati Sharma of S.D. Public School were third. In senior group, Daisy Gupta of S.D. Public School was first, Heena of S D Public School was second and Navita was third.

In painting the pot competition, senior group, Nidhi Goel was first, Mridula Mittal was second and Manisha Aggarwal was third. In junior group, Meenal was first and Geetika Aggarwal was second. Mr Ashok Gupta, Mr Mahesh Goel, Mr Praveen Gupta, Mr Sunil Mohan Gupta, Ms Nikesh Gupta, Ms Meenakshi Goel, Ms Rajni Aggarwal, Mrs Anuradha Gupta, Mrs Adesh Goel and Mr Vijay Gupta were those present.Top

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