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Haryana seeks Rs 102 cr for cotton growers
Hisar, October 23
Haryana has sought Rs 102 crore from the Centre to compensate the farmers whose cotton crop had been severely damaged due to the worst ever American Bollworm attack.

Major changes in HCS selection
Chandigarh, October 23
Perturbed by unending controversies over the conduct of the HCS examination by the Haryana Public Service Commission, the state government has decided to make fundamental changes in the pattern of the examination for selecting candidates for the state civil service and the allied services.

Rathore faces another charge
Ambala, October 23
The Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, Mr Jagdev Singh Dhanjal, today allowed an application seeking to add of offence under Section 306 of the IPC (abetment to suicide) to the charge sheet against the former Director-General of Police, Haryana, Mr S.P.S. Rathore, in the Ruchika molestation case.

Old-age pension for dead!
Rohtak, October 23
Although Ram Parkash, son of Beer Bhan, had died on September 24 last year, he has been “visiting” his house in Gandhi Nagar Colony every month to “receive” his monthly old-age pension if the records of the Social Welfare Department are to be believed. He has got his salary till September 2001.

Bansi promises demolition of Tau’s statues
Hisar, October 23
Former Chief Minister and president of the HVP, Mr Bansi Lal, has said he will introduce reservations for backward classes on the Central pattern if his party came to power.



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Thousands throng Kali temple
Kalka, October 23
As the Navratras advance, more and more devotees are visiting the ancient Kali Mata temple at Kalka. According to one estimate, about 15,000 persons visited the temple in the first four days of the Navratras and thousands more are arriving daily.

Power staff to hold demonstration
Faridabad, October 23
The All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union will hold a state-level demonstration at Shakti Bhawan in Panchkula on November 21 to protest against the failure of the state government to accept its long-pending demands.

Regular supply of water demanded
Rohtak, October 23
Expressing concern over the acute scarcity of potable as well as irrigation water in villages of Sampla block, 25 km from here, the District Congress Committee has demanded immediate remedial measures.

Disinherit Poonia’s daughter: panchayat
Hisar, October 23
The Sarv Khap Panchayat convened by the Sangharsh Samiti spearheading the agitation for a CBI probe into the Poonia murder case today demanded that the property of former legislator Relu Ram Poonia should not go to his only surviving legal heir Sonia and her husband Sanjeev, both of whom are under arrest.

Student slips into sarovar, dies
Ambala, October 23
A student of a local college, Dalbir Singh, died after he slipped into a water body in Kurukshetra today.
The 19-year-old Dalbir Singh had gone to attend the state-level sports championship at Kurukshetra. Apparently he had gone to take a dip in a sarovar where he drowned.





 

Haryana seeks Rs 102 cr for cotton growers
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 23
Haryana has sought Rs 102 crore from the Centre to compensate the farmers whose cotton crop had been severely damaged due to the worst ever American Bollworm attack.

This was stated by the Chief Minister Mr Om Parkash Chautala while inaugurating a two-day workshop on “Revamping of Extension Education and Possibilities of Social marketing” at Haryana Agricultural University here yesterday.

He said the State government was keen on providing relief to the affected farmers as the damage in the cotton belt was severe.

The chief minister said soil and weather conditions in the state were favourable for sowing every kind of crop but the farmers were not aware of production technologies as well as marketing techniques because of which they were unable to compete with their counterparts from the developed countries.

Complimenting the farmers he said it was sheer hard work that made them sustain production and make Haryana the food bowl of the nation. He expressed concern over the challenges posed by the WTO regime and said that it required serious thinking to address the problems.

Mr Chautala said under the prevailing conditions diversification of agriculture was the need of the hour. He called upon the farm scientists to take every possible step to encourage diversification. He said livestock production, floriculture, horticulture and cash crops offered farmers better returns.

Mr S.Y. Qureshi, Principal Secretary to the chief minister said social marketing and socio developmental programmes had not been exploited fully. He said introduction of social marketing would make agriculture extension work more vibrant.
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Major changes in HCS selection
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
Perturbed by unending controversies over the conduct of the HCS examination by the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC), the state government has decided to make fundamental changes in the pattern of the examination for selecting candidates for the state civil service and the allied services.

Henceforth, the examination will be conducted on the pattern of the one conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the all-India services like the Indian Foreign Service, the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Police Service and the allied services.

According to the Chief Secretary, Mr L.M. Goyal, from now onwards the examination for the HCS and the allied services will be conducted every year regularly by the HPSC. At present the commission is conducting the examination after a gap of several years because the government does not intimate it the number of vacancies it has every year.

Mr Goyal says initially the examination will be conducted only for the HCS and the allied services but ultimately the examination for the Haryana Police Service will also be clubbed with it.

Like the all-India services examination, a preliminary test will be conducted. The candidates will have to appear for two objective-type papers of 100 marks each. While one paper will be of general studies, the other will be optional to be selected by the candidate from 19 subjects.

After the preliminary test, candidates numbering 15 times the number of vacancies will be called for the main examination, which will be of 600 marks and comprise five papers. The English paper(including essay), the Hindi paper(including essay) and the General Studies paper will be compulsory and will carry 100 marks each. There will be two optional papers of 150 marks each. A candidate will select the optional papers out of 21 subjects. The marks for personality test(interview) will be 75 as against 90 at present.

Since after the preliminary test, the number of candidates appearing in the main examination will be considerably fewer than at present, it may be possible to conduct the examination at one centre or at the most at two. This will ensure better invigilation, reducing complaints of copying by influential persons.

Mr Goyal says the optional papers will be of the level of postgraduation but the syllabus will be less than that for the all-India services examination. He says the holding of a competitive examination every year will give a “prompt opportunity” to students, who have to now wait for years to compete for the state civil services.

In another change in the pattern, it has now been decided that ex-servicemen and their dependents, too, will have to appear in the preliminary and main examinations. While the application form will be priced, no examination fee will be charged from the candidates belonging to the reserved categories.

While the minimum pass percentage for the Hindi and English papers will be 33, there will be no such condition for the other papers.

Mr Goyal says next year 59 vacancies will be notified to the HPSC in the HCS and allied services.
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Rathore faces another charge
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 23
The Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, Mr Jagdev Singh Dhanjal, today allowed an application seeking to add of offence under Section 306 of the IPC (abetment to suicide) to the charge sheet against the former Director-General of Police, Haryana, Mr S.P.S. Rathore, in the Ruchika molestation case.

Mr Dhanjal committed the case to the Session Court. The order said that the application had been filed by Mrs Madhu Prakash, complainant in this case, alleging there in that pursuant to the order dated August 21, 1998 passed by the high court on a petition filed by the applicant and upheld by the Supreme Court a case was registered and the charge sheet was sent to this court under Sections 354 and 509, IPC.

It was alleged that during the investigation, the CBI had recorded the statements of prosecution witnesses, namely Ms Aradhana, alias Reemu, Ms Madhu Prakash, applicant, Mr Anand Prakash, Mr S.C. Girhotra and others. It was further contended that Mr Rathore had filed an SLP in the Supreme Court against the judgement of the high court and it was averred by Mr Rathore that on December 28, 1993 Ruchika was admitted to the PGI Chandigarh reportedly for poisoning at home, where she died at 11.15 p.m. the next day.

The fact that Ashu, brother of Ruchika, was involved in six cases has also been mentioned in the SLP filed by Mr Rathore. It was averred that witnesses who had been examined by the CBI had stated that hell-like conditions for Ms Ruchika were created by Mr Rathore which was the cause of death of Ms Ruchika. It was contended that Mr Girhotra, father of the decased, stated that Ruchika used to weep and cry and used to complain that Mr Rathore had spoilt her life and her character had been assassinated. Two or three days before her death, she cried and cursed Mr Rathore for making her life useless by molesting her, said the order.

A prayer was made that an offence under Seciton 306, IPC, be added to the charge sheet and the case be further committed to the Court of Sessions, it was also prayed that the CBI be directed to get the statements of Ashu and other important witnesses recorded in the interest of justice and further directions be issued to the CBI to produce all original record pertaining to the investigation of this case from the very inception.

This application was contested by the accused as well as the CBI by filing their separate replies.
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Old-age pension for dead!
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, October 23
Although Ram Parkash, son of Beer Bhan, had died on September 24 last year, he has been “visiting” his house in Gandhi Nagar Colony every month to “receive” his monthly old-age pension if the records of the Social Welfare Department are to be believed. He has got his salary till September 2001.

Lajwanti, wife of Bhagwan Dass of Babra Mohalla, died on October 22 last year but she too has got her old-age pension till July this year. She was not paid the pension for August and September as she was found absent from her house.

Savitri Devi, wife of Bhim Singh of Indira Colony, died on December 17 last year but she was “alive” till September this year as per the pension disbursement records of the department.

These are not isolated cases. There are numerous such cases, says Mr Resham Singh, IGP, Rohtak Range. After he got a report about the irregularities, he ordered an inquiry into the scandal. He had to correspond with the higher authorities of the department to procure the list of beneficiaries as local officials were not “enthusiastic” to oblige him.

The government disburses old-age pension through employees of the municipal council which records births and deaths in its jurisdiction. Records revealed that the deaths of the “beneficiaries” who had been receiving pension were also recorded with the municipal committee.

According to Mr Resham Singh, there are nearly 12,000 pension beneficiaries in Rohtak. A random survey of the records of approximately 1,000 such beneficiaries revealed that 19 of them were dead.

The IGP had ordered the registration of a criminal case under Sections 420/467/468/471 and 120-B, IPC, in this connection. He has also directed the SPs of Sonepat, Panipat, Jhajjar and Karnal to hold an inquiry into the disbursement of pension in their respective areas.

Investigations revealed that many persons in their 40s and 50s were also getting old-age pension.
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Bansi promises demolition of Tau’s statues
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 23
Former Chief Minister and president of the HVP, Mr Bansi Lal, has said he will introduce reservations for backward classes on the Central pattern if his party came to power.

Addressing public meetings at Mahenda and Garhi villages of this district yesterday, he said instead of different categories, the reservation was provided in one category under the Central system.

Mr Bansi Lal said if voted to power, the HVP would remove all statues of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal as Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was trying to gain cheap popularity at government expense by installing such statues.

Demanding a compensation of Rs 10,000 per acre to cotton growers, he alleged the Chautala government had failed to save cotton crops from American bollworm. He said the compensation should be announced at the earliest as the farmers were not in a position to sow another crop. He said Mr Chautala had burdened people by raising power tariff, house tax rates and imposing new taxes. He also said crime was on the rise in the state.

Mr Bansi Lal said his party would not have an alliance with the BJP in the next election.
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Thousands throng Kali temple
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 23
As the Navratras advance, more and more devotees are visiting the ancient Kali Mata temple at Kalka. According to one estimate, about 15,000 persons visited the temple in the first four days of the Navratras and thousands more are arriving daily. The devotees, who come from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and the adjoining areas of Kalka, chant hymns and bhajans as they approach the temple. They come in tractor-trailers, cars, trucks and buses. Devotees from the surrounding areas are seen coming barefoot and prostrating themselves on the way. On Ashtami day, thousands of devotees are expected to visit the temple and the administration has made arrangements for their convenience. A langar is being run inside the temple and the police is on duty to regulate the traffic and to maintain law and order.

The Sarbajneen Durga Puja Committee of Kalka is organising Durga Puja at Gobind Ram Dharamshala. Besides the religious rituals, the celebrations include cultural programmes on different days before the celebrations conclude on October 26.
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Power staff to hold demonstration
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 23
The All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union will hold a state-level demonstration at Shakti Bhawan in Panchkula on November 21 to protest against the failure of the state government to accept its long-pending demands.

According to a spokesman for the union the decision to stage the protest at Panchkula was taken at a recent meeting of its leaders.

He said the government had been continuously ‘harassing’ and ‘victimising’ the staff, which had forced the employees to resort to agitation. Despite staff in the department, the employees had been trying to cope up with the additional burden of work, he claimed.
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Regular supply of water demanded
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 23
Expressing concern over the acute scarcity of potable as well as irrigation water in villages of Sampla block, 25 km from here, the District Congress Committee (DCC) has demanded immediate remedial measures.

After visiting villages in the block yesterday Prof Virender, president DCC (rural), said the condition of the people, especially farmers in Sampla, was miserable due to scarcity of water. Residents of Naya Baans village told him that they were not getting piped and canal water for quite some time and they were forced to fetch drinking water from the neighbouring Gijhi village.

Prof Virender said residents of Hasangarh village complained that the water tank in the village had remained dry for the past over two years. Residents of Naunand village reportedly told him that the water works of the village was closed just after the present government took over.

He said a ‘Jalyudh’ would be launched from Sampla block from tomorrow.
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Disinherit Poonia’s daughter: panchayat
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 23
The Sarv Khap Panchayat convened by the Sangharsh Samiti spearheading the agitation for a CBI probe into the Poonia murder case today demanded that the property of former legislator Relu Ram Poonia should not go to his only surviving legal heir Sonia and her husband Sanjeev, both of whom are under arrest.

The panchayat held at Litani village, near hear, and presided over by Swami Karampal, through a resolution, said since Sonia (Poonia’s daughter) had already confessed to the eight murders, her inherting the vast property would send a wrong signal to society.
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Student slips into sarovar, dies
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 23
A student of a local college, Dalbir Singh, died after he slipped into a water body in Kurukshetra today.

The 19-year-old Dalbir Singh had gone to attend the state-level sports championship at Kurukshetra. Apparently he had gone to take a dip in a sarovar where he drowned. His body was brought to Ambala where it was cremated.

A pall of gloom had descended on his residence. Local residents said Dalbir Singh was an upcoming sportsman and he had performed well. They said that his death was a blow not only to his family members but also to the sports fraternity.
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Anti-US protest
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 23
Activists of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) took out a procession and held a demonstration near the bus stand here today in protest against the US bombardment of Afghanistan. They also burnt the effigy of US President George W. Bush. The Vijay Kumar, district secretary of the SUCI, said the September 11 attacks in USA were condemnable but the way in which the USA had let loose horror in people of Afghanistan was more condemnable.
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Envelope sent for lab test
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 23
Mr Shamsi, an employee of the Punjab Waqf Board, who had fallen sick after opening an envelope yesterday, today underwent different medical tests at the Civil Hospital, Ambala cantonment. The envelope, which had caused Mr Shamsi to fall sick, has been sent to Rohtak.
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Salaries on Oct 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
The Haryana Government has decided to disburse the salary for October to its employees and pension to its pensioners as well as others who are drawing their pension from the government treasuries on October 31 in view of the gazetted holiday falling on November 1 (Haryana Day).
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