Friday, October 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Cong to continue stir: Surjewala
Rewari, October 18
Lashing out at the “anti-people” policies of the Chautala government at a Youth Congress rally here today, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, President of the All India Youth Congress, said their anti-government agitation would continue till the “corrupt” government was ousted.

Liquor smuggling goes unchecked
Faridabad, October 18
A tragedy similar to that which took place in Nithari village of Noida (UP), which claimed at least 25 lives, could be repeated here if the smuggling of illicit liquor goes unchecked in this industrial district.

Woman’s death in hospital sparks row
Panipat, October 18
Hundreds of residents of Gopal Colony here today staged a demonstration in front of Madaan Hospital demanding the arrest of a doctor following the death of a 40-year old woman. According to information Laxmi Devi of the local Gopal Colony today died in the hospital. 

Naked wires all over
Yamunanagar
Residents of Yamunanagar are living under constant threat of death due to laxity of officials of the Haryana State Electricity Department. Quite a few number of people have died due to accidents caused by high voltage wires crossing their roof-tops.

Five arrested for plotting dacoity
Jind, October 18
The police arrested five youths and seized three pistols, five cartridges and a sword from them. Stating this here today, the Superintendent of Police said those arrested had been identified as Jai Bhawan of Nirjan village, Krishan of Pathri village, Raja of Khark Ramji village, Mandeep of Bass Badshahpur village and Surender of Guhani village. He said they were involved in several crimes in this district and surrounding areas.



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Karan group sweeps KUNTEA poll
Karnal, October 18
The group led by Mr Karan Singh swept the election to the Kurukshetra University Non-Teaching Employees Association (KUNTEA) which was held on October 16. Office-bearers of the association led by the newly elected President, Mr Karan Singh, were administered the oath of office in the varsity auditorium today by Prof R.P. Hooda, who had acted as the returning officer.

Foundation stone of DPS School laid
Gurgaon, October 18
In a further step towards its growing urbanisation,Gurgaon city will have DPS school, foundation stone for which was laid today.
The school will have two blocks, junior and senior wings which would be the main building of the institute in Sector 45.

JD(U) flays cut in aid to martyrs’ kin
Faridabad, October 18
The chief of the Haryana unit of the Janata Dal (United), in a statement here today, condemned the decision of state government to cut aid relief to the kins of paramilitary jawans killed in anti-insurgency operation.

Don’t buy cane from UP, HVP warns mill
Faridabad, October 18
The district unit of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has threatened to block all entry points on the Uttar Pradesh border. If the authorities of the Cooperative Sugar Mill at Palwal allowed purchasing of sugarcane from UP farmers in the ensuing crushing season.

RLD chief seeks CBI probe into CM’s assets
Jhajjar, October 18
Accusing the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala on aiding and abetting corruption rampant in Haryana, the state President of the Rastriya Lok Dal, Mr Balbir Singh Grewal, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the property of Mr Chautala and his family.

CM visits grain market, official suspended
Ambala, October 18
A procurement agency official was suspended following a complaint by a farmer to the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, who was on a surprise visit to the new grain market of Ambala City.

Single-window plan on workers’ grievances
Chandigarh, October 18
The Haryana Government will soon introduce the single-window concept for the redress of grievances of industrial workers. This was stated by Mr K.K.Khandelwal, Special Labour Secretary-cum-Commissioner, while presiding over the 64th meeting of the Regional Committee under the Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, for the Haryana region here today.

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Cong to continue stir: Surjewala
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 18
Lashing out at the “anti-people” policies of the Chautala government at a Youth Congress rally here today, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, President of the All India Youth Congress, said their anti-government agitation would continue till the “corrupt” government was ousted.

Mr Surjewala condemned the Chief Minister for allegedly betraying the people by violating his pre-poll promises. He said it was deplorable that instead of fulfilling his promise of doubling old age pension at birth anniversary of Tau Devi Lal, the Chief Minister had started sending old persons to the newly constructed old age homes much against the traditional family culture of the state.

Similarly the promise of providing a government job to each family had also not been fulfilled on the contrary 70,000 employees of various departments had already been retrenched.

He charged the Chief Minister with patronising the crime mafia and alleged that at least 50 hardened criminals, whose sentences of imprisonment had been upheld even by the apex court, had been released from jails by the state government.

The rally was also addressed by four Congress legislators — Capt Ajay Singh Yadav (Rewari), Rao Inderjit Singh (Jatusana), Rao Narinder Singh (Ateli) and Mrs Anita Yadav (Salhawas) — and state Youth Congress President Satwinder Singh Sandhu and state NSUI President Virender Kaushik.

Later they marched in a procession to the district Secretariat where they submitted a memorandum addressed to the Governor to the administration.

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Liquor smuggling goes unchecked
Bijendra Ahlawat
 Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 18
A tragedy similar to that which took place in Nithari village of Noida (UP), which claimed at least 25 lives, could be repeated here if the smuggling of illicit liquor goes unchecked in this industrial district.

According to reports, Faridabad has become one of the main places where smuggled liquor from neighbouring states like U.P and Rajasthan comes. While a large quantity of pouched liquor is consumed in this district, a good quantity gets passed on to the national Capital and neighbouring towns.

Police investigation into the tragedy at Noida has indicated that one of brands suspected to be consumed by the victims came from Faridabad district. It is not known whether the liquor was original one.

Although the district police has recovered illicit liquor from smugglers from time to time, it is reported that smugglers behind such activities have links with influential persons and even policemen.

Some policemen are even alleged to have direct links with prominent smugglers and are learnt to be on their monthly rolls”. The nexus became strong after the imposition of prohibition in the state in 1996. It is also alleged that although the police has information about such activities, no action is taken back against the culprits. But the district police authorities claim that strict orders have been given to each of the police stations to check the smuggling of illicit liquor.

It is reported that shop and vends in both urban and rural areas have become places for easy availability of pouched liquor normally sold at Rs 10 to Rs 15. Each pouch contains 250 ml of liquor. 

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Woman’s death in hospital sparks row
Our Correspondent

Panipat, October 18
Hundreds of residents of Gopal Colony here today staged a demonstration in front of Madaan Hospital demanding the arrest of a doctor following the death of a 40-year old woman.

According to information Laxmi Devi of the local Gopal Colony today died in the hospital. She remained admitted to the hospital for 19 days and during this period she was operated thrice. No sooner did the colony residents received the information of her death, than they reached the hospital shouting slogans against the doctor allegedly holding him responsible for her death.

The husband of Laxmi Devi, Mr Ambika Prasad, alleged that his wife died due to doctor’s negligence. He said his wife was admitted to the hospital on September 29 following complaints of stomach pain. A hospital doctor carried out an appendicitis operation same day and charged Rs 5300.

After four-five days, Laxmi started complaining about vomitting. The doctor diagnosed it as some problem in intestines and again operated upon her for the second time on October 6 after charging fee of Rs. 3000, he alleged.

After four-five days of the second operation, the condition of Laxmi Devi started deteriorating and the doctor again carried our third operation on October 12. But Laxmi Devi could not survive and expired today morning. According to Ambika Prasad, who is a resident of Partapgarh in Uttar Pradesh and working here as a labourer, he has spent around Rs 30,000 on her treatment in the hospital.

The police inspector on duty informed that Laxmi’s body had been sent to Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

However, the doctor concerned said no negligence had been done in Laxmi’s treatment and all three operations were performed after consent of her family members.

He explained that Laxmi was suffering from appendicitis and ovary tumour when she was admitted to the hospital. The non functioning of intestines and weakness was the cause of her death, he added.

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Naked wires all over
Ashwani Dutta

Yamunanagar
Residents of Yamunanagar are living under constant threat of death due to laxity of officials of the Haryana State Electricity Department. Quite a few number of people have died due to accidents caused by high voltage wires crossing their roof-tops.

One can see naked wires hanging around in most parts of the city. Transformers installed on the roadside can cause accidents any time which can cause a lot of damage to property or person.

In adjoining areas city connections have been provided by connecting wire through wooden poles. During the rainy season these wooden poles get damaged and fall resulting in electrocutions.

In colonies like Ashoka Vihar, Bank Colony, Rajiv Garden, Ram Nagar, Geeta Colony, Buria Colony, Shiv Puri Colony, Shiv Dyal Puri, Lajpat Nagar one can see glaring examples of the callous attitude of the authorities where overhead wires are so low that anyone can touch them.

There is a network of 66 KV, 33 KV and 11 KV passing overhead, and sometime due to technical fault these high-tension wires snap and fall on their roof-top resulting in loss of live and property.

Two persons have died in Ram Nagar Colony and Harbans Pura due to electrocution by these high-tension wires. In Ram Nagar in the house of Sita Ram where construction work is going on one labourer was electrocuted. In Harbans Pura, a 25-year-old boy also died due to electrocution. The Electricity Department is aware of all these anomalies yet it does not hesitate in issuing fresh connections. Rs 224 crore was given by the World Bank to the Haryana Government for changing damaged wires and faulty transformers but it is learnt that the funds were diverted.

According to official sources Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has planned to install/replace 743 distribution transformers at an estimated cost of Rs 3.23 crore during the current financial year to strengthen the power distribution system in Yamunanagar district.

Mr O.P. Bansal, Superintending Engineer, Yamunanagar Circle, said the nigam had made an ambitious plan to improve the distribution system in the district. Sixteen over-loaded feeders of 11 KV level would be rehabilitated with the financial assistance from the Rural Electrification Corporation ( REC) and NABARD at a cost of Rs 115 lakh. Two 11 KV feeders namely Gundiana and Dadhola have already been commissioned under state plan at a cost of Rs 12 crore. Mr Bansal further said that during 2001-02 the revenue assessed was Rs 67.64 crore and the revenue realised Rs 60.45 crore. He also said that this year 445 theft energy cases had been detected till August and a penalty of Rs 60.03 lakh imposed out of which Rs 47.2 lakh had been recovered and 66 reports had also been lodged against the guilty persons.

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Five arrested for plotting dacoity
Our Correspondent

Jind, October 18
The police arrested five youths and seized three pistols, five cartridges and a sword from them. Stating this here today, the Superintendent of Police said those arrested had been identified as Jai Bhawan of Nirjan village, Krishan of Pathri village, Raja of Khark Ramji village, Mandeep of Bass Badshahpur village and Surender of Guhani village. He said they were involved in several crimes in this district and surrounding areas.

The youths had allegedly demanded Rs 5 lakh from the owner of a petrol station, threatening him with dire consequences. As the petrol station owner did not give them the money, they planned to commit dacoity at his residence. To execute the plan, the youths assembled near a school building at Ighra village. On a tip-off, a police party surrounded the youths and asked them to surrender. Seeing the police, they tried to run away but the police nabbed them.

A case under Sections 399 and 402, IPC, and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them.

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Karan group sweeps KUNTEA poll
K.G. Dutt

Karnal, October 18
The group led by Mr Karan Singh swept the election to the Kurukshetra University Non-Teaching Employees Association (KUNTEA) which was held on October 16. Office-bearers of the association led by the newly elected President, Mr Karan Singh, were administered the oath of office in the varsity auditorium today by Prof R.P. Hooda, who had acted as the returning officer.

Mr Karan Singh who defeated his rival Mr Man Singh in a straight contest by a margin of over 300 votes for association’s presidentship staged a comeback after an year. It was ninth victory in the series for Mr Karan Singh. The post of general secretary was also wrested by the Karan Singh group. The group led by former president Man Singh could hardly win three seats.

At the oath taking ceremony, Mr Karan Singh assured the university employees that he would fight for their cause and rights irrespective of the consequences. He expressed his unhappiness over the way some officials of the administration had tried to influence the poll. It was alleged that some transfers were made before the elections to affect the poll outcome.

A large section of employees at the oath taking ceremony alleged that the administration often referred even routine cases of the employees to the state government to delay the cases or to avoid deliverance of justice to them. Prof Hooda while addressing the employees is reported to have said that they should be responsive towards their rights and duties. He also asked the employees to keep the authorities alert on their genuine demands. 

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Foundation stone of DPS School laid
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 18
In a further step towards its growing urbanisation,Gurgaon city will have DPS school, foundation stone for which was laid today.

The school will have two blocks, junior and senior wings which would be the main building of the institute in Sector 45.

Apart from laying the foundation stone “Bhoomi Poojan” was organised by its management committee.

The proposed school will be, in essence, a collaboration of the Delhi Public School Society(DPSS), having a chain of schools throughout the country, and the Champa Devi Jaipuria Trust, a philanthropic organisation run by well known Jaipuria industrial house.

The buildings for the two blocks, which are to be ready by February next year, will begin its academic course from the 2002-2003 session. In fact the parents have already started obtaining prospectuses and admission forms from the school’s office.

The president of the DPSS, Mr Salman Khursheed, said that the finance part of the school would be under the charge of the collaborator and the education administration would be under the DPSS.

He further said that a separate shift of school would be run by the DPS, Gurgoan, in its building at a virtually nominal rate for the benefit of the children from poor families. Mrs Dhara Jaipuria, vice-chairperson of the governing board of the school, said that the institute would be one of the best in the country. The thrust would be on providing value based education.

The main school building complex will be set up on 5 acres of land.

Mr Ravi Jaipuria, a member of the Board of Governors, said that the school would have classes from pre-nursery to standard XII. However, to begin with there would be classes till standard VI.

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JD(U) flays cut in aid to martyrs’ kin
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 18
The chief of the Haryana unit of the Janata Dal (United), in a statement here today, condemned the decision of state government to cut aid relief to the kins of paramilitary jawans killed in anti-insurgency operation.

He said the drastic cut in aid to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 10 lakh was condemnable. He claimed that the decision exposed the real “face of the state government which had now no need for votes”.

It had been proved that the earlier announcement of a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the martyrs was a “political stunt”.

Demanding that the order be withdrawn, he said there was resentment among the families of the jawans killed. He said his party was thinking of taking the matter to court.


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Don’t buy cane from UP, HVP warns mill
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 18
The district unit of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has threatened to block all entry points on the Uttar Pradesh border. If the authorities of the Cooperative Sugar Mill at Palwal allowed purchasing of sugarcane from UP farmers in the ensuing crushing season.

At a meeting held in Palwal yesterday, HVP activists, including a former Haryana minister, Mr Harsh Kumar, said the sugar mill was for the benefit of local farmers and it should purchase sugarcane from outside only if it was not available in the region.

The activists alleged that the government move might have been inspired by Mr Om Prakash Chautala’s political aspirations in UP.

They also criticised the ‘bounding’ technique of the sugar mill and threatened to stage a demonstration.

The party activists threatened to intensify the stir if their demand was not fulfilled and warned the government not to ignore the interests of the farmers.

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RLD chief seeks CBI probe into CM’s assets
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 18
Accusing the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala on aiding and abetting corruption rampant in Haryana, the state President of the Rastriya Lok Dal, Mr Balbir Singh Grewal, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the property of Mr Chautala and his family.

Addressing a press conference in Bahadurgarh yesterday, Mr Grewal charged Mr Chautala and his sons, Ajay and Abhay Chautala allegedly extorting money from industrialists and putting the money from state exchequer into their family coffers. He alleged the CM was helping corrupt officials flourish. He said the Chautala family had amassed huge movable and immovable assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Mr Grewal said since damage to cotton worm crops by American bull worm has been colossal, compensation of Rs 5000 per acre should be given to the farmers. He also highlighted the pitiable condition of farmers, who are facing difficulties in procurement coupled with scarcity of water for irrigation and attack of works and diseases on the crop.
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CM visits grain market, official suspended
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 18
A procurement agency official was suspended following a complaint by a farmer to the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, who was on a surprise visit to the new grain market of Ambala City.

Mr Chautala spoke to the farmers present at the grain market. A farmer said to the Chief Minister that despite a lot of his paddy fulfilling the laid down criterion, it had been rejected by the procurement official. The Chief Minister was not satisfied with the explanation given by the procurement official.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, said an official of the Haryana Agro Corporation had been suspended and an inquiry initiated. The inquiry would be conducted by the SDM. “Mr Chautala expressed satisfaction over paddy procurement in Ambala,” he said.

Mr Chautala listened to the grievances of the farmers and suggested them that they should first dry up the paddy and then bring it to the grain market. Mr Chautala had visited the grain market of Ambala City while returning to Chandigarh from Kaithal.

In the 12 grain markets of Ambala district, about 68,133 tonnes of paddy had been procured till October 17.

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Cong flays George’s reinduction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The Haryana Congress has criticised the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes as Union Defence Minister.

In a statement here today, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, chief of the HPCC, said it was strange that officers exposed in the Tehelka.com tapes were removed from service but Mr Fernandes had been reinducted. 

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Single-window plan on workers’ grievances
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The Haryana Government will soon introduce the single-window concept for the redress of grievances of industrial workers.

This was stated by Mr K.K.Khandelwal, Special Labour Secretary-cum-Commissioner, while presiding over the 64th meeting of the Regional Committee under the Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, for the Haryana region here today.

Mr U.C.Tewari, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (I) Haryana-cum-Secretary of the committee, presented the report of the region for 2000-2001 along with the performance report up to last month.

The reports revealed that 1.72 lakh new subscribers were brought within the purview of the Act during the year.

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Cotton factories gutted
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 18
Waste cotton and factory equipment worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire that broke out in a factory early today. Fire tender personnel from Sirsa, Rattia and Fatehabad had to work for hours to extinguish the fire.

According to reports, the fire broke out due to a short circuit when workers were working on a machine. By the time the workers could bring water to extinguish, it took the shape of a major fire and engulfed stocks of cotton and machinery. The fire also engulfed an adjoining waste cotton factory.

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5 may be promoted to DIG rank 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
A meeting of the Departmental Promotion Committee, being held here tomorrow, is expected to clear the path for the promotion of five IPS officers of the Haryana cadre to the rank of DIG.

Mr B.K. Sinha, Mr K.K. Sindhu, Mr K.K. Sharma, Mr P.R. Deo and Mr Sanjay Bhatia, IPS officers of the 1985 batch, are likely to be recommended for promotion at the meeting.

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