Monday, October 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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George’s reinduction has sent ‘wrong signal’
Kaithal, October 21
Mr H.R. Bhardwaj, former Union Law Minister and president of the All-India Congress Committee (legal cell), said at a press conference here today that the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes in to the Union Cabinet had sent a wrong signal to the people as he was not yet cleared of the charges in the Tehelka case.

Rs 142-cr sanitation plan announced
Sonepat, October 21
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today announced a sapling plantation drive and a Rs 142-crore sanitation scheme besides incentives for those students who would make an outstanding contribution towards making the state free from environmental pollution.

Colourful show by students
Ambala
The annual sports day of Air Force Public School, Ambala Cantonment, opened with a colourful show presented by the students. The day started with an impressive march-past by students from different houses of the school. This was followed by a dance, “Maa Tujhe Salam”. A PT demonstration, showed the physical fitness of the students.

Problems of Wakf Boards highlighted
Panipat, October 21
It has become very difficult for the Wakf Boards to maintain their properties in the country. The boards have not been able o augment their income due to the non-implementation of the Public Premises Act. Wakf tribunals have not been formed in more than 12 states.



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George’s reinduction has sent ‘wrong signal’
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, October 21
Mr H.R. Bhardwaj, former Union Law Minister and president of the All-India Congress Committee (legal cell), said at a press conference here today that the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes in to the Union Cabinet had sent a wrong signal to the people as he was not yet cleared of the charges in the Tehelka case.

Mr Bhardwaj who was accompanied by HPCC President Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former minister and Assembly Speaker H.S Chatha, former Union Minister and sitting MLA Jai Parkash, and former minister Tejinder Pal Maan, was here to address a state-level convention of the HPCC(legal cell).

Mr Bhardwaj said national security was in grave danger and the recent attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly had proved that the Central Government had failed to safeguard the security of the nation.

Expressing concern over the criminalisation of politics in the country the former Law Minister said about 32 UP ministers were allegedly involved in criminal cases and said the Congress had decided to give party ticket to candidates with a clean public image.

Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who also addressed mediapersons, took to task the Haryana Government led by Mr Om Prakash Chautala for the deterioration in the law and order situation. He alleged that in spite of all announcements, the government had failed to safeguard the interests of farmers and they were left at the mercy of the staff of various government procurement agencies. The farmers had to make distress sale of paddy. He said the Congress had decided to give a call for total bandh in the state on November 2 in protest against the “anti-people” policies of the government.

Later, Mr Bhardwaj, Mr Hooda and other leaders addressed the lawyers conference organised by the DCC legal cell. 

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Rs 142-cr sanitation plan announced
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 21
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today announced a sapling plantation drive and a Rs 142-crore sanitation scheme besides incentives for those students who would make an outstanding contribution towards making the state free from environmental pollution.

The Chief Minister was speaking at a function organised to mark “Sankalp Diwas” as part of the campaign launched to make Sonepat free from the menace of polythene bags.

Mr Chautala was impressed by the spirit of hundreds of students who pledged to make the city free from the menace of polythene. He said incentives like scholarships and health facilities would be provided to those students who would play a vital role in making the state free from pollution.

He assured that preference in jobs would be given to such students.

The Chief Minister said plantation scheme named after Chaudhry Devi Lal had been formulated under which saplings would be planted along fields and these would be maintained by the farmers who would also get half of their sale proceeds. Also, clusters of 200 trees would be planted in villages to enable unemployed youths to maintain them and earn their living.

He said 1900 eco clubs had been set up in various schools in the state.

Mr Chautala announced that a Rs 142 crore sanitation plan had been introduced to keep the town clean. Dairies and transport areas were being shifted out of urban areas to maintain clean environment, he said. Also, 2.5 crore saplings had been planted as a part of the drive to check environmental pollution.

He announced holidays in schools of Sonepat town tomorrow and on October 27.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.N. Roy, said the campaign to make Sonepat free from polythene was launched on September 25. He said efforts were being made to get voluntary support of people for the success of this campaign.

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Colourful show by students
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala
The annual sports day of Air Force Public School, Ambala Cantonment, opened with a colourful show presented by the students. The day started with an impressive march-past by students from different houses of the school. This was followed by a dance, “Maa Tujhe Salam”. A PT demonstration, showed the physical fitness of the students.

Then they danced to a western beat and in the next dance, the students formed the letters “AFPS” for Air Force Public School. Two racy dance numbers, “Brazil” and “Saturday Night” had the audience tapping their feet.

Subroto House was declared the best house in the march-past. Samir among the boys and Meena among the girls were adjudged best athletes. In the junior group, Jatinder was the best among the boys and Shailza among the girls. In the pre-senior group Manpreet among the boys and Niharika among the girls were adjudged the best.

In the Pinto Lines School, Vivek was the best athlete among the boys and Nisha Kanaujia among the girls. In the Race Course School, Atin Sharma was declared the best athlete among the boys and Navdeep among the girls.

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The Bharat Vikas Parishad has been organising a variety of activities to enthuse the youngsters. A national group song competition was held by the parishad at S D Senior Secondary School in which 14 schools participated in the junior group and nine in the senior group. The Principal of S D College, Dr Deshbandhu, presided over the function.

Among the public schools, DAV Public School stood first in the senior group. SD Public School was second. In the junior group, Major R N Kapoor DAV Public School stood first. Bharatiya Public School was second.

Among other schools, SD Kanya Mahavidyalaya was first in the senior group while Jain Girls Senior Secondary School was second.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha held a state-level training camp in Ambala which was attended by activists from different districts.

President of the All-India Mahila Morcha, Ms Surma Padhy, said that a national level sammelan would be held at Lucknow soon. “ We have already requested the party high command to give adequate representation to women in the allotment of tickets for elections.

She said that state units of the Morcha had been formed all over the country. “We have already covered 80 per cent of the districts and 60 per cent of Mahila Morcha committees are at the Panchayat level. Our aim is that every village should have a Mahila Morcha”.

Ms Padhy said that they were trying to enlist active and capable workers who would reach out to the people and inform them about the development activities undertaken by the Centre. “ Haryana is the 15th state to hold this training camp.”

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New professional courses have been started by SA Jain (PG) College and Shri Atmanand Jain Institute of Management and Technology. The College has started new professional courses including MCA, MSc( Software), PGDCS(evening)in addition to B Com(evening) and M Com (evening)classes.

The inaugural function was held at Shri Atmanand Jain Institute of Management and Technology. Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, MP, announced a donation of Rs 1 lakh for Jain College and Rs 1.25 lakh for the development of Vallabh Chowk. 

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Problems of Wakf Boards highlighted
Our Correspondent

Panipat, October 21
It has become very difficult for the Wakf Boards to maintain their properties in the country. The boards have not been able o augment their income due to the non-implementation of the Public Premises Act. Wakf tribunals have not been formed in more than 12 states.

These observations were made by Maulana Zia-ul-Islam-Kashmi at a specially convened meeting here in the local Hali Research Centre today. Ulema from Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Karnal, Ajmer Sharif and Dehra Dun participated.

Maulana Zia pointed out while civic bodies and panchayati raj institutions have powers to remove encroachments, but Wakf Boards have no such powers.

Assam, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have exempted state Wakf lands from the Rent Control Act, but 10 other states, including Delhi, have yet to do so.

Maulana Atta Ullah, Maulana Rahat, Hakeem Haroom, Hafid Hussain, Kari-Shoukat, Maulana Islam besides many other religious leaders participated.
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Warning on pasting of obscene posters
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 21
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, has warned cinema house owners against pasting obscene posters at public places.

He said a team of district officials would inspect crowded spots and stern action would be taken against erring cinema house owners. He said the Defacement of Property Act, 1996, would be implemented strictly which provided a provision of six-month imprisonment or a fine of Rs 10,000 or both.

He also directed cable TV operators not to broadcast films until they were released.

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