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CM asks for Rs 720 cr from Centre
New Delhi, October 19
The Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala has urged the Central government to provide Rs 720 crore under the accelerated rural water supply programme, drought-affected area development programme and other programmes to ensure supply of clean drinking water in all villages of the state during the targeted schedule of five years.

4 scientists selected for Goyal prize
Kurukshetra, October 19
Four eminent scientists of the country, Dr Lalji Singh, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, Dr C.M. Gupta, Director, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, Dr J.P. Mittal, Director, Chemistry and Isotope Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai and Dr O.N. Srivastava, Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi have been selected for the coveted Goyal prize for their contribution in fields of Life Sciences, Applied Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, respectively.

Remembering you papa
Remembering you papa: Four-year-old Shireen Gurpreet pays tributes to her late father Major Gurpreet Singh at his memorial in Tepla village, Ambala, on Friday. 
— Photo N. Chopra

Tributes paid to Maj Gurpreet Singh     
Ambala, October 19
Four-year-old Shireen Gurpreet, a daughter of Maj Gurpreet Singh, paid tributes at his memorial in Tepla village today. Major Gurpreet Singh had made the supreme sacrifice on this day two years back in the valley. 

Power bill arrears not recovered
Rohtak, October 19
Government efforts, including a special campaign for the realisation of outstanding electricity bill dues from rural consumers, have so far not yielded dividends if one goes by the total recovery in the district. 



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Work on for Indian mission to moon

Ambala, October 19
India will send a space mission to the moon in “near future”. This was revealed by a well-known scientist and Director, Light Combat Aircraft Programme, Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore, Dr Kota Harinarayana, here today.

Mr Yogesh Kumar, General Manager (LCA), being awarded the Scientist of the Year award by Dr Kota Harinarayana, Light Combat Aircraft Programme Director, as the Chairman of the Gian Chand Jain Memorial Foundation, Dr N.C. Jain, looks on. 
— Photo N. Chopra

Irrigation Dept store lying submerged
Panipat, October 19
The Irrigation Department’s godown along with two jeeps have been submerged in four to five feet deep rain water but the department appears to be doing little to drain out the water.

Chander Bhatia hospitalised
Ambala, October 19
The BJP MLA from Faridabad, Mr Chander Bhatia, was admitted to the local Civil Hospital this noon following an ailment in his kidney. A team of doctors examined him. Presently Mr Bhatia is lodged in Ambala Central Jail in judicial remand. A case had been registered against him in Faridabad a few years back.

Sabha: declare Yamunanagar sensitive area
Yamunanagar, October 19
Terrorism is being considered a global phenomena. Mr Shiv Pratap Bajaj, president, Kendriya Sanatan Dharam Sabha (northern India), in a press note issued here today said for the past two decades India had suffered a lot due to this menace.

Man hacked to death, wife held
Jhajar, October 19
A 45-year-old man was hacked to death allegedly by his wife in Chhuda village today. According to the police, Sunita attacked her husband with a sharp-edged weapon while he was asleep last night. 

New fire stations for 20 towns
Chandigarh, October 19
The Haryana Slum Clearance Board will extend the scheme for solid waste management and construction of roads and drains to 23 more towns at a cost of Rs 45 crore. It will also strengthen, the fire service at a total cost of over Rs 18 crore by opening new fire stations in 20 towns and improving the existing service.

33 KV substation inaugurated
Cheeka (Kaithal), October 19
Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala yesterday initiated a number of developmental works here. He inaugurated a 33 KV substation at Kavartan village and laid the foundation stones of two 132 KV substations at Kangthali and Padla. He also laid the foundation stone of a 33 KV substation at Keoral village.

2 killed, 3 hurt in road accident
Rohtak, October 19
Two persons were killed and three injured when a car carrying them collided with a Tata 407 near Rohad village today. Those killed have been identified as D.K. Sharma engineer and Bharat Lal, foreman, who belonged to a national Hindi daily.

Sameer, Nisha win contests
Ambala, October 19
A talent search competition for Air Force schools under Western Command was held today at Air Force Public School, Ambala Cantonment.Top







 

CM asks for Rs 720 cr from Centre
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 19
The Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala has urged the Central government to provide Rs 720 crore under the accelerated rural water supply programme, drought-affected area development programme and other programmes to ensure supply of clean drinking water in all villages of the state during the targeted schedule of five years.

The Chief Minister was speaking at a conference of Ministers for Rural Water Supply here today. It was organised by the Union Ministry of Rural Development and Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission.

He said the state would require a sum of Rs 975 crore to strengthen the drinking water supply schemes so as to ensure supply of 70 litres of water per capita per day in 3245 villages. 

To achieve this end, he said the state government had been providing Rs 30 crore under the minimum needs programme. He said with a view to raising resources for the programme, the government had obtained a loan of Rs 76 crore from NABARD during the current financial year and had a plan to get a loan of Rs 50 crore more from NABARD during next year. 

He said that the central government should provide Rs 140 crore during 2001-2002, Rs 270 crore during 2002-2003 and Rs 310 crore during 2003-2004 to make the shortfall of Rs 720 crore.Top

 

4 scientists selected for Goyal prize
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, October 19
Four eminent scientists of the country, Dr Lalji Singh, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, Dr C.M. Gupta, Director, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, Dr J.P. Mittal, Director, Chemistry and Isotope Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai and Dr O.N. Srivastava, Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi have been selected for the coveted Goyal prize for their contribution in fields of Life Sciences, Applied Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, respectively.

Announcing these names, Mr R.S. Chaudhry, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, and Chairman of the Organising Committee for Goyal prize, said each prize carries Rs 1 lakh in cash besides a gold medal and citation. These awards would be presented to them in a formal ceremony to be held at the university shortly.

Highlighting the contribution of this year awardees’, Dr S.P. Singh, who is the co-chairman of the Committee, said Dr Lalji Singh (54) had developed a technology for DNA finger printing.

Lauding the role of Dr C.M. Gupta (56) the co-chairman said after working in the USA for several years with the Nobel laureate, Dr Hargobind Khurana, he established a flourishing research group in the area of membrane biology. He was appointed Director of the Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, before joining as the Director of the CDRI, Lucknow. His major work pertains to the development of simple but efficient methods for selectively delivering drugs to the diseased part in the body with particular reference to the diseases prevalent in India. For his outstanding contributions, he has recently been elected as a Fellow of Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy, Dr S.P. Singh added.

Citing the achievements of Dr Mittal (60), the co-chairman said that after working with the Nobel Laureate WF Libby at California and serving as Visiting Scientific Adviser, US Army Natick Labs, he returned to India to join the BARC as the Head of its chemical dynamics section. He is presently serving there as the Director of Chemistry and Isotope Group. He has made outstanding contribution in diverse areas of radiation and photochemistry, laser chemistry and dynamics of chemical and biological reactions. Prof Mittal is also a fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy.

With the modest facilities available, Dr O.N. Srivastava (58), is working for the development of hydrogen fueled two-wheelers. He has prepared a wide variety of materials and used them in two-wheelers as fuel. This work has been considered first of its kind in the world by many US energy analysts, said Dr S.P. Singh. Presently, he is making efforts for such indigenous hydrogen fuel-based and pollution free vehicles to enter the market. In addition to hydrogen fueled two-wheelers, Prof Srivastava has also been able to develop hydrogen fueled generator and home cookers as replacement of the LPG. Dr Srivastava is also recipient of S.S. Bhatnagar Award in physical sciences, the co-chairman added.

The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Mr R.S. Chaudhry, said the selection process for the four Goyal prize for the year 2001 would start soon. In addition to this, there would be five Rajib Goyal prizes of Rs 50,000 each for contributions in the fields of chemistry, physics, life sciences, environmental sciences and veterinary sciences. These prizes are meant for the scientists below the age of 45 years.

Mr Chaudhry said since the inception of the prize in 1991, 28 distinguished scientists had been honoured. These include world renowned astrophysist, Dr Jayant Narlikar, space scientist, ISRO Chairman, Dr K. Kasturirangan, Director-General of the CSIR, Dr R.A. Mashelkar, and the Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Dr Goverdhan Mehta.
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Tributes paid to Maj Gurpreet Singh
Tribune News Service

Wreath laying ceremony being held at the memorial of Maj. Gurpreet Singh
Wreath laying ceremony being held at the memorial of Maj. Gurpreet Singh in village Tepla at Ambala on Friday. 
— Photo N Chopra

Ambala, October 19
Four-year-old Shireen Gurpreet, a daughter of Maj Gurpreet Singh, paid tributes at his memorial in Tepla village today.

Major Gurpreet Singh had made the supreme sacrifice on this day two years back in the valley. On his martyrdom day, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the newly constructed memorial on the Jagadhari road.

Wreaths were laid on behalf of the GOC-in-C Western Command, GOC 2 Corps and PH and HP (1) Sub-Area Commander. Brig R.S. Gill, Maj J.K. Sharma and Major Sarbjit Singh laid the wreaths.

A guard of 110 Medium Regiment did “ulta Shastra” and bugles were sounded as a mark of respect to the martyr.

Family members of Major Gurpreet Singh, including his father Lieut-Col Inder Singh (retd), wife, Mandeep Gurpreet Singh, village Sarpanch, Lakhwant Singh and other relatives were present.

Among others, the MP, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, the MLA, Mr Jasbir Mallour, the ADC, Mr Mohinder Kumar, the SDM, Mr M.K. Ahuja, and the Zila Sainik Board Secretary, Capt V.S. Narwal (retd) paid floral tributes.Top

 

 

Power bill arrears not recovered
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, October 19
Government efforts, including a special campaign for the realisation of outstanding electricity bill dues from rural consumers, have so far not yielded dividends if one goes by the total recovery in the district.

The recovery of the bill arrears is virtually nil, a senior functionary of the UHBVN told The Tribune. There were approximately 45 villages in this district where power consumers owed over Rs 60 crore to the UHBVN.

The bureaucracy, under pressure from political bosses, are making frantic visits to defaulting villages only to return empty-handed. The rural consumers are unable to pay as the accumulated arrears are beyond their paying capacity and are multiplying, notwithstanding the penalties being waived from time to time by the UHBVN.

“No one is really bothered to take into account the helplessness of the farmers to pay the outstanding amount”, state CPM secretary Inderjit Singh said.

Canal water in districts like Rohtak and Sonepat is released once in six weeks. Cash crops like paddy and cotton cannot be grown.

Even sugarcane cultivation has become difficult due to paucity of water. Many villages under the WJC command area, particularly at the tailend, hardly get any water as canals and “rajbahas” have not been desilted for the past several years.

The no-objection certificate declaring clearance of electricity dues has been made compulsory to get any work done in any government department. Even this move has not helped.

“Some cutoff date can be fixed from which at least fresh bills are paid instead of adding to the outstanding amount which can be negotiated keeping the human angle in mind”, Mr Inderjit Singh suggested.

The surcharge on the bills should be waived and the original bill amount should be charged in instalments, he said.
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Work on for Indian mission to moon
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 19
India will send a space mission to the moon in “near future”. This was revealed by a well-known scientist and Director, Light Combat Aircraft(LCA) Programme, Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore, Dr Kota Harinarayana, here today.

Dr Harinarayana, who was delivering the 12th Gian Chand Jain Memorial Lecture on the “Role of aviation in the national security and wealth generation, said the mission would be unmanned. However, he did not elaborate how soon the “near future” would be.

He said though there was a delay of about five years in developing the LCA, the Indian scientists had used this period to integrate the best technology available in its design. The LCA, he said, could replace Mig-21, Mig-23 and Mig-27. It is half the size of the Migs but still carried the same number of weapons. There are 28 computers on board the LCA, which could have been test flown in 1999. But it has taken longer only to make sure that the software used in the computers is foolproof, he added.

Talking about other qualities of the LCA, Dr Harinarayana said the LCA was the smallest and lightest fourth-generation supersonic fighter plane. By the time it is detected by the enemy radars, the plane will come back to its base after completing its mission. There is an on-board “health monitoring system”, which can detect and identify any fault in the plane’s functioning within minutes. There are plans to manufacture about 300 aircraft under the LCA project, he added.

Dr Harinarayana said there were many spin-offs of the aerospace activities, like medical treatment, metallurgy, remote sensing, communications and imaging. Talking about Insat applications, he said: “80 per cent of India may be without water connections but due to Insat satellites, 80 per cent of the country has TV connectivity.” Similarly, with the help of satelite imaging underground water can be detected with 95 per cent certainty.

He said a country could get the maximum return from its investment in the field of aerospace, where the ratio between the investment and the returns was estimated to be 1 : 10.

The Gian Chand Jain Memorial Foundation, which had organised the lecture, conferred the Scientist of the Year Award upon Mr Yogesh Kumar, General Manager(LCA), Aircraft Research and Design Centre, HAL, Bangalore, for his “oustanding contribution in the field of avionics”.

Mr Yogesh Kumar, who belongs to Ambala and had been a student of the local S.D. College, was also honoured by the college Principal, Dr Desh Bandhu.

The chairman of the foundation, Dr N.C. Jain, said the annual lecture was a tribute to Gian Chand Jain’s efforts to project the humane face of business. Top

 

 

Irrigation Dept store lying submerged
Our Correspondent

Panipat, October 19
The Irrigation Department’s godown along with two jeeps have been submerged in four to five feet deep rain water but the department appears to be doing little to drain out the water.

The staff deputed to guard the store are residing some where else and are drawing their salaries without doing any work. Moreover, the stagnant water has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The Flood Control Department of the district is equipped with more than 60 pumps but the Irrigation Department is least concerned to borrow these equipment to pump out the water.

There are three chowkidars deployed for guarding the store. One of them is residing in Bal Vikas School along with his family.

The second one Prem, is residing in a nearby factory and third, Ramdhari is staying in some other place.

The chowkidars have constructed a temporary pathway by putting grills covered with wooden sleepers.

Last week a truck loaded with basmati rice, which was parked there overturned and entire stock of the rice got damaged resulting in the loss of the lakhs of rupees.

The Executive Engineer (Irrigation) when contacted said they would likely shift the goods lying in the store to Binjhol office. 
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Chander Bhatia hospitalised
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 19
The BJP MLA from Faridabad, Mr Chander Bhatia, was admitted to the local Civil Hospital this noon following an ailment in his kidney. A team of doctors examined him. Presently Mr Bhatia is lodged in Ambala Central Jail in judicial remand. A case had been registered against him in Faridabad a few years back.

Around two weeks back, Mr Bhatia had surrendered before the Special CBI Magistrate, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, in Ambala. He was remanded in judicial custody. Mr Bhatia had also filed an application in this court to allow him to go to Escorts Hospital at Faridabad for treatment as his kidneys were not functioning properly. The court had forwarded his application to the court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.B. Prasoon, where the application would come up for hearing on November 2.

Ms Mamta Arora, wife of the editor of a Faridabad-based daily, had lodged a complaint with the Faridabad police that Mr Bhatia, his brothers and some other persons had entered her newspaper office, looted goods and threatened the staff.

The case of investigation was handed over to the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1998. On March 24 this year, the CBI filed the charge sheet against Mr Bhatia and others in this court. Top

 

 

Sabha: declare Yamunanagar sensitive area
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, October 19
Terrorism is being considered a global phenomena. Mr Shiv Pratap Bajaj, president, Kendriya Sanatan Dharam Sabha (northern India), in a press note issued here today said for the past two decades India had suffered a lot due to this menace.

Mr Bajaj said certain minority groups, through their anti-national activities, were spreading fanaticism in the district particularly in areas like Chhachrauli, Khizrabad, Buria-Sadhoura. Certain Hindu organisations had demanded some time ago that these areas should be declared the most sensitive as a large number of lethal weapons had been recovered from these areas.
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Man hacked to death, wife held
Our Correspondent

Jhajar, October 19
A 45-year-old man was hacked to death allegedly by his wife in Chhuda village today.

According to the police, Sunita attacked her husband with a sharp-edged weapon while he was asleep last night. His body was found lying on bed covered with a blanket and with three deep wounds inflicted on his neck.

According to villagers, Sunita, mother of four children, returned just four days ago after visiting her parents in Bhiwani. There were serious differences between husband and wife for a long time.

The accused herself informed the police about the incident and named the sister and mother of the deceased as killers but her ploy was exposed soon. The police has arrested the wife after registering a case.
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New fire stations for 20 towns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The Haryana Slum Clearance Board will extend the scheme for solid waste management and construction of roads and drains to 23 more towns at a cost of Rs 45 crore. It will also strengthen, the fire service at a total cost of over Rs 18 crore by opening new fire stations in 20 towns and improving the existing service.

These decisions were taken at a meeting of the board presided over by Mr Subhash Goyal, Minister of State for Urban Development, here today.

An official release said that the towns where the scheme would be implemented were, Kalka, Pinjore, Naraingarh, Shahabad, Ladwa, Pehowa, Cheeka, Gharaunda, Taraori, Assandh, Charkhi Dadri, Narwana, Safidon, Barwala, Fatehabad, Tohana, Ratia, Mandi Dabwali, Ellenabad, Kalanwali, Rania, Ferozepur Jhirkha and Mohendragarh.

It was also decided at the meeting to set up a new fire training centre at Kurukshetra at a cost of Rs 1.65 crore.
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33 KV substation inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Cheeka (Kaithal), October 19
Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala yesterday initiated a number of developmental works here. He inaugurated a 33 KV substation at Kavartan village and laid the foundation stones of two 132 KV substations at Kangthali and Padla. He also laid the foundation stone of a 33 KV substation at Keoral village.

He also laid the stone for a Devi Lal memorial stadium at Cheeka which would be spread over an area of 15 acres. The Chief Minister addressed the Bar Association of Cheeka and heard grievances of residents of Dera Jogi Ram.

The Chief Minister also addressed a gathering on the occasion of Aggarsain Jayanti here last night.

He said Maharaja Aggarsain was a social reformer hence the state government has decided to introduce the list of the Maharaja in school syllabus.
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2 killed, 3 hurt in road accident
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 19
Two persons were killed and three injured when a car carrying them collided with a Tata 407 near Rohad village today.

Those killed have been identified as D.K. Sharma engineer and Bharat Lal, foreman, who belonged to a national Hindi daily.

According to information, the incident took place at 7 a.m today. Mr D.K. Sharma was reportedly driving the car. He died on the spot while Mr Bharat Lal succumbed to injuries at the PGIMS.

In another incident, six members of a family, including three children, sustained burn injuries when an LPG cylinder exploded at their house in Janta Colony here today.

Those injured have been identified as Gulab Singh, his wife, three children and nephew.
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Sameer, Nisha win contests
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 19
A talent search competition for Air Force schools under Western Command was held today at Air Force Public School, Ambala Cantonment.

Nine teams which participated in the competition were from Air Force stations Jammu, Chandigarh, Hindon, Bikaner, Palam, Pathankot, Sirsawa, Halwara and Ambala Cantonment. The programme was supervised by the Senior Education Officer, Sqn Ldr Surinder Singh, and the school Principal, Sqn Ldr R.C. Chhabra (retd).

The inter-school cultural programme was organised to identify talent among the students under the guidance of the AFWWA (L) president, Ms Bala Iyer. The winner of the solo song was Sameer of Ambala and Nisha Aggarwal of Bikaner was the winter in solo dance. The team from Ambala Cantonment was the winner in the comedy skit. Overall trophy was award to Air Force Public School, Ambala Cantonment.

Raghav of Ambala won the best actor award and the best actress award was shared by Kiran of Ambala and Sarang of Jammu.Top

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