Saturday, November 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Unforgettable day for Ahirwal
A
hirwal is a region dominated by soldiers (both serving and retired). Almost every family has sent its sons to the military to keep the centuries-old tradition alive. The supreme sacrifice of soldiers of Ahirwal highlights their bravery and devotion to duty.

Another meeting on house tax policy
Chandigarh, November 16
Even as the Haryana Government has failed to an all-party consensus on the issue of the new house tax policy, it has now decided to convene yet another meeting to give the controversial formulation a more representative character.

PRESS DAY
Scribes to observe ‘black day’ on Nov 20
Rohtak, November 16
Local journalists will observe ‘black day’ on November 20 in protest against the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO).
The decision to this effect was taken at a joint meeting of the district units of the Haryana Patrakar Sangh (HPS) and the Haryana Union of Journalists (HUJ) held here on the occasion of Press Day today.

Sushma inaugurates 16 projects
Ambala, November 16
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Ambala on the occasion of “Bhaiya Dooj” today. She inaugurated 16 projects constructed out of the MP Local Area Development Funds.

Govt may abolish posts, fears sangh
Faridabad, November 16
About 10,500 posts in various state government departments have been abolished and an equal number of employees retrenched or adjusted elsewhere in the past few years in Haryana, stated a spokesman for the Sarva Karamchari Sangh here today.



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EARLIER STORIES
 

George’s remark a cruel joke: Cong
Chandigarh, November 16
The Haryana Congress has expressed concern over the announcement made by the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, regarding the setting up of a defence university in Punjab.

Haryana Roadways depot posts profit
Yamunanagar, November 16
The local depot of the Haryana Roadways has earned a profit of Rs 76,632 during October, 2001, as compared to a loss of Rs 12,32,640 during the corresponding month last year.

Auto market project approved
Fatehabad, November 16
Auto mechanics here could not have expected a better gift on Vishvakarma Day as the project of an auto market that had been hanging fire for the past 15 years was approved and an announcement to this effect was made by the INLD MLA, Mr Leela Krishan Chowdhary, at a function organised by Baba Vishvakarma Mandal here last evening.

Man shot dead by roommate
Yamunanagar, November 16
One person was shot dead and another seriously injured by their roommate. According to information received here today three persons named Mahmood, Matloob both of Muzfarnagar, Rizwan Ahamad of Saharanpur district were tenants in Gobind Puri village near here.

SLDC to be set up at Sewah
Chandigarh, November 16
Haryana will shortly have a fully computrised State Load Despatch Centre (SLDC) at Sewah in Panipat district under the unified scheme of the northern region power network.


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Unforgettable day for Ahirwal
Satyavir ‘Naharia’

Ahirwal is a region dominated by soldiers (both serving and retired). Almost every family has sent its sons to the military to keep the centuries-old tradition alive. The supreme sacrifice of soldiers of Ahirwal highlights their bravery and devotion to duty. Every other day is martyrs day here in respect of some soldier, but November 18, 1962, is an unforgettable day for Ahirwal.

During the 1962 India-China war, Charlie Company of 13 Kumaon Battalion was posted at Rejangala. This post is situated at more than 16,000 ft above sea level and is of strategic importance. Emergency was imposed on October 26, 1962. On November 18 the brave soldiers of this company were face to face with Chinese troops. Most of the 127 soldiers were from Ahirwal. Major Shaitan Singh was commanding Charlie Company.

The enemy moved its soldiers forward during the night of November 18. Sensing the intention of the enemy, signals were sent to the headquarters. The soldiers were ready in no time. At daybreak, light machine guns and mortars of the company started roaring. Our soldiers killed and wounded many Chinese soldiers who were flooding in through the mountain passes.

Chinese soldiers started bombing Rejangala indiscriminately. No Indian bunker could escape the fierce action. The brave Indian soldiers retaliated with hand-grenades. The Chinese had to change their point of attack towards the west due to the retaliation. But our soldiers foiled this plan of the enemy, too, firing with small weapons.

In this situation the enemy positioned machine guns in the Rejangala area. But Naik Gulab Singh of Manethi village in Rewari district and Lance Naik Singh Ram of Dhawana village pushed forward with a few other soldiers on the orders of their officer. There two brave soldiers along with their comrades were hit by innumerable bullets and attained martyrdom, but not before shattering the dream of the enemy to capture the Rejangala post.

Naik Subedar Surya of Mehrampur village in Rewari district, Subedar Ram Chander Yadav of Mandola village and Subedar Hari Ram Yadav of Rajasthan inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. Despite hardships and risks, Jamadar Surga Yadav kept inspiring his subordinates to give a befitting reply to the enemy. When the ammunition was exhausted, these soldiers used rifle bayonets to kill their enemies. The enemy showed respect to these soldiers by writing the word “Brave” on a plastic strip and keeping it on the dead bodies. At another place enemy soldiers reversed rifles and put a cap on these.

In spite of being surrounded by the enemy from three sides, the company commander reorganised his attack and repelled the Chinese till he breathed his last. Ram Kumar Yadav of Gothra village (Pali) in Rewari district was busy attacking the Chinese with a mortar while his comrades were attaining martyrdom one by one. He was seriously injured but kept attacking intermittently with the mortar.

Surrounded by the enemy, Major Shaitan Singh stood like a rock along with his men. Suddenly, a shell from a mortar pierced his stomach. When Jainarain Yadav of Tint village (Rewari) and Phool Singh Yadav of Jainabad village (Rewari) were carrying the wounded Major to a bunker, they were surrounded by the enemy. The Major ordered his soldiers to leave him there and run for safety. But his soldiers preferred to sacrifice their lives along with their commander.

Naik Hukam Chand of Nakhdola village (Gurgaon) told Major Shaitan Singh of the unwillingness of the soldiers to leave the post. Later, all these soldiers sacrificed their lives fighting for their motherland. As many as 114 attained martyrdom, but not before foiling the plan of the Chinese to capture the Rejangala post.

Major Shaitan Singh was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously and others the Vir Chakra. Five soldiers were awarded the Vir Chakra posthumously. Subedar Ram Chander Yadav of Mandola village and Capt Ram Kumar Yadav of Gothra village also received the award.

As many as 127 soldiers, including three junior commissioned officers, fought this battle. The supreme sacrifice of the 114 soldiers highlights the singular sense of duty which is the hallmark of the Indian soldier.

Tributes are paid to these soldiers at many places in and around Rewari city.

On the runway of Chusool (Ladakh) the words “Vir Ahir” are inscribed on the gate. Many stories have been published of the sacrifice of these soldiers in every corner of the Ahirwal region, the land of soldiers.

Despite all this, the Rewari region lacks a Sainik School and a recruiting centre.

One Victoria Cross, six George Crosses, one Param Vir Chakra, three Mahavir Chakras, 22 Vir Chakras and numerous other medals have been awarded to the brave soldiers of Ahirwal.

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Another meeting on house tax policy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Even as the Haryana Government has failed to an all-party consensus on the issue of the new house tax policy, it has now decided to convene yet another meeting to give the controversial formulation a more representative character.

Official sources said that the meeting being held at the Haryana Chief Minister’s official residence here on November 26 would be attended by the chairmen and vice-chairmen of municipal committees of the state. The chairmen and vice-chairmen of various improvement trusts and representatives of trade organisations of the state were also being invited to the meeting. While the meeting will be presided over by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, the Haryana Local Bodies and Urban Development Minister, Mr Subhash Goyal, and senior officials of the Local Bodies department will be present at the meeting.

Earlier, the state government had convened two meetings of MLAs, representing urban constituencies, to evolve a consensus on the modification of the house tax policy. Both meetings, held on October 4 and October 30, were boycotted by the Congress. While the legislators from BJP, an ally of the ruling INLD, also stayed away from the meeting held on October 4, two BJP MLAs, however, participated in the second meting.

The legislators, who attended the meetings, gave various suggestions to the government, including exemption of vacant plots from the purview of house tax assessment. Talking to TNS today, Mr Goyal said that the Local Bodies Department had already submitted to the Chief Minister a report prepared on the basis of feedback received from the MLAs during the meetings.

Mr Goyal said that the meeting of representatives of local bodies and traders’ organisations on November 26 had been called to incorporate their suggestions also while carrying out modifications in the house tax policy. “The Congress did not attend any of the two all- party meetings and we received suggestions regarding the house tax policy only from the INLD and Independent and BJP legislators. However, we are expecting to get constructive suggestions on the policy from a cross-section of people during the meeting on November 26”, Mr Goyal said.

He added that the formulation of house tax assessment, on the basis of the feedback received during the meeting, could be reviewed and completed on November 26 itself. “Or else it may be completed in two-three days after the meeting”, he said.

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PRESS DAY
Scribes to observe ‘black day’ on Nov 20
Tribune reporters and agencies

Rohtak, November 16
Local journalists will observe ‘black day’ on November 20 in protest against the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO).

The decision to this effect was taken at a joint meeting of the district units of the Haryana Patrakar Sangh (HPS) and the Haryana Union of Journalists (HUJ) held here on the occasion of Press Day today.

Both print and electronic media persons would wear black badges on that day and submit a memorandum addressed to the President to the Deputy Commissioner demanding the withdrawal of the POTO.

The speakers at the meeting, including Sanjiv Saini, Mahavir Jain, Dr Satvir Singh Sarwari, Dr Anand Sharma and Sudhir Malik (all from HPS) and Som Nath Sharma, Shanti Prakash Jain, Vipin Sharma, Praveen Batgra, Dharam Pal Dhankar and Dr Satish Tyagi (all from HUJ), took strong exception to certain provision of the POTO and expressed apprehension that it might be misused against mediapersons to curb the freedom of the press.

A resolution demanding the withdrawal of the POTO was unanimously adopted at the meeting.

AMBALA: The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, on Friday allayed misgivings of journalists about the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO).

Speaking at a function organised to mark the National Press Day here, Ms Swaraj termed the misgivings of journalists as baseless. “Nowhere in POTO, the word “journalist” has been used,” she said.

She said under the law, if an information was available then it should be shared with the authorities concerned, which was nothing new. “Under the CrPC, it is the duty of citizens that if there was any information regarding criminal acts, then they should inform the authorities concerned,” she said. “This is a special ordinance against terrorism,” she added.

Ms Swaraj explained that if a journalist published an interview, then there was no problem. “However, if a journalist overhears any conversation regarding terrorist activity in the same complex where the interview is conducted, then that information should be shared,” she said.

She stressed that the misgivings of journalists were baseless and there was nothing against press persons in POTO.”

Regarding “projection of women by the media in the present-day context,” a subject suggested by the Press Council of India for discussion on the National Press Day, Ms Swaraj said this year was being observed as the Women’s Empowerment Year. “Every month an issue is taken up and last month was women and media month. A seminar was held which was attended only by women journalists,” she said.

She stated that there was a need for introspection. “We deliberated upon what women journalists have done for women empowerment. The three points of discussion included what we have done, what we can do and pledge to work for women empowerment through the power of the pen”, she said.

Criticising the media, Ms Swaraj said women models were used on advertisements for which they had no relevance. “Even in soap operas these days, only extra marital relations are shown which reflects our thinking, she said. “No dasi, no devi’, we just want that a woman should be treated as a human being,” she added.

On occupational hazards faced by the mediapersons in conflict situations and relief and rehabilitation measures in fatal cases, Ms Swaraj said a Journalist Welfare Fund had been set up. “Journalists have lost their lives while performing their duty. For instance, Pradeep Bhatia was killed in the Kashmir valley and four journalists lost their lives in a plane crash while accompanying Madhav Rao Scindia,” she said.

She said the fund had been set up with a corpus of Rs 5 crore and the interest on the money was being used for relief purposes. We are giving Rs 1 lakh in such cases as immediate relief,” she said.

The President of the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Ambala MP, Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, said as TADA had lapsed, POTO was needed.

PANIPAT: The state president of Haryana Union of Working Journalists, Mr Rajendra Maurya, on Friday stressed the need for cooperation and coordination between the administration and the mediapersons to provide fact-based informations to the public.

While presiding over the Press Day function, organised by the Public Relations Department in the local Seema Complex, Mr Maurya, however, pointed out that a lot was to be done to overcome the problem of communication gap between these two agencies directly concerned with the public.

KURUKSHETRA : Local journalists will observe ‘black day’ on November 20 in protest against the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO).

The decision to this effect was taken at a joint meeting of the district units of the Haryana Patrakar Sangh (HPS) and the Haryana Union of Journalists (HUJ) held here on the occasion of Press Day today.

Both print and electronic media persons would wear black badges on that day and submit a memorandum addressed to the President to the Deputy Commissioner demanding the withdrawal of the POTO.

The speakers at the meeting, including Sanjiv Saini, Mahavir Jain, Dr Satvir Singh Sarwari, Dr Anand Sharma and Sudhir Malik (all from HPS) and Som Nath Sharma, Shanti Prakash Jain, Vipin Sharma, Praveen Batgra, Dharam Pal Dhankar and Dr Satish Tyagi (all from HUJ), took strong exception to certain provision of the POTO and expressed apprehension that it might be misused against mediapersons to curb the freedom of the press.

HAMIRPUR: Mr Nirmal Singh Suman, Additional District Magistrate, has lauded the role of media in helping the mankind as well as to inform the people about the day-to-day activities of the state government and the district administration.

He said this while presiding over the district-level Press Day function here on Friday. Nearly 36 reporters from various parts of the district were present on this occasion.

SHIMLA: The occupational hazards faced by mediapersons in conflict situations and relief and rehabilitation in fatal cases and portrayal of women in press were discussed at a function to mark the Press Day here on Friday.

Presiding over the function, Mr Ganesh Dutt, Vice Chairman of the Housing Board and Editor of a weekly, said ‘self discipline and self restraint’ were of utmost importance for the journalists while reporting the facts in print and electronic media.

NAHAN: A function was organised in the DPRO office here on Friday to mark Press Day. The local press correspondents demanded full security to the mediapersons and asked the every section of the society to cooperate with the Press. They appealed to the newspersons to work with responsibility by protecting rich traditions of the Indian journalism. The state-level Press Day was observed here in which the mediapersons participated in a seminar held in the Teachers Lounge of Kurukshetra University on Friday.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Hoshiar Singh, in his key-note address advised mediapersons to shun writing with prejudice and malice because such writing devalue the significance of the news so created and also the creditability of the media person.

Dr Rajbir Singh, Deputy Director (Electronic Media) of Haryana Public Relations Department, highlighted the role of the Press in the modern world.

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Sushma inaugurates 16 projects
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 16
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Ambala on the occasion of “Bhaiya Dooj” today. She inaugurated 16 projects constructed out of the MP Local Area Development Funds.

She entered politics from Ambala cantonment in 1977 when she won this Assembly seat on the Janata Party ticket. She tried to enter the Lok Sabha twice from Karnal in the eighties last without success. However, from Ambala cantonment she won the seat on the BJP ticket in 1987.

When the MP Local Area Development Fund scheme was launched, Ms Swaraj opted for Ambala to spending a grant of Rs 2 crore(for two years).

She also persuaded her husband Swaraj Kaushal to bestow financial assistance on Ambala cantonment when he became a Rajya Sabha member. Unlike the present practice in the state, under which the ruling party MPs use local area development funds only at the advice of the party president, he allotted almost the entire funds for two years to Ambala. 

The husband-wife duo have helped in the construction of 26 rooms in various schools, 20 anganwadis, and seven community centres, among other projects. Besides, an emergency ward, two general wards, a special ward and six houses for doctors and other staff were also constructed in the Civil Hospital here. The town has received a total grant of about Rs 5.5 crore. 

Ms Swaraj says the localities where the anganwadis have been constructed are inhabited by the poor. These localities include Lal Kurti Bazar, Ranjit Nagar, Bakra Market, Teli Mandi and Kumhar Mandi. Aastha, an NGO, has adopted 10 anganwadis. Later in the evening, she inaugurated a low-power transmitter of the Doordarshan Metro relay kendra here.

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Govt may abolish posts, fears sangh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 16
About 10,500 posts in various state government departments have been abolished and an equal number of employees retrenched or adjusted elsewhere in the past few years in Haryana, stated a spokesman for the Sarva Karamchari Sangh here today.

He said a large number of jobs in the state were likely to be abolished in future also in order to downsize the government departments on the instructions of the Union Government.

The spokesman further said that both the Centre and the state government had adopted an anti-employee stance and the retrenchment of the staff under the “garb” of downsizing was an example of such a stance.

He claimed that the Centre had written to the Chief Secretary, who, in turn had asked various heads of the departments to take proper action in this regard. He said the employees were agitated over this issue and had decided to oppose any move in this direction.

Giving details, he said about 1,000 part-time employees had been removed recently and the total number of employees who had lost their job in the past three or four years had been more than 10,000. He said instead of providing employment as promised before the elections, the government had rather been responsible for increasing unemployment by adopting such measures.

He said a district-level rally would be organised here on November 30, besides a block-level demonstration.

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George’s remark a cruel joke: Cong
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The Haryana Congress has expressed concern over the announcement made by the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, regarding the setting up of a defence university in Punjab.

In a statement issued here today the party president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said before the reinduction of Mr Fernandes as the Defence Minister, his predecessor, Mr Jaswant Singh, had announced that the university would be set up in Haryana.

Describing Mr Fernandes’s announcement as a “cruel joke” on the people of Haryana, Mr Hooda said the people, particularly ex-servicemen, were feeling let down by the state government and Mr Fernandes.

He urged the Central Government to stand by the announcement made by Mr Jaswant Singh.

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Haryana Roadways depot posts profit
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, November 16
The local depot of the Haryana Roadways has earned a profit of Rs 76,632 during October, 2001, as compared to a loss of Rs 12,32,640 during the corresponding month last year.

This was disclosed by Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, here today. The depot buses covered 62,722 km more as compared to the previous year. It earned Rs 30,084 on account of the realisation of penalties imposed on people travelling without ticket, he added.

Mr Narender Singh, General Manager of the depot, said the depot had a store inventory of Rs 18,000 per bus which was the lowest in the state. To facilitate the daily commuters, especially students and girls, shuttle service from Railway station to the local workshop, Railway station to Chhachhrauli, Sadhaura, Thana Chappar had been introduced. This would help in curbing the menace of illegal plying of jeeps on these routes, he added.

The manager said the depot was going to start 3 new buses from the town to Baijnath, Rampur Bushahr and Kangra (HP) soon. 

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Auto market project approved
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, November 16
Auto mechanics here could not have expected a better gift on Vishvakarma Day as the project of an auto market that had been hanging fire for the past 15 years was approved and an announcement to this effect was made by the INLD MLA, Mr Leela Krishan Chowdhary, at a function organised by Baba Vishvakarma Mandal here last evening.

Mr Chowdhary said tenders for the construction of inner roads, streetlights and development of the green belt in the auto market would be floated in a few days’ time. The fate of disputed plots would also be decided by them.

The issue of development of the auto market had been hanging in balance. This had led to claims and counter-claims among mechanics owing allegiance to various political parties.

Mr Chowdhary said the issue of alleged wrong distribution of some plots would be resolved amicably very soon.

Meanwhile, the mechanics organised two functions to mark Vishvakarma Day.

The Auto Market Union organised a havan while the Vishvakarma Mandal organised a cultural evening. Punjabi folk singers Mukhtiar Manak and Sangita Sandhu enthralled the audience.

Mr Chowdhary claimed that the auto market would be the best of its kind in Haryana. 

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Man shot dead by roommate
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, November 16
One person was shot dead and another seriously injured by their roommate. According to information received here today three persons named Mahmood, Matloob both of Muzfarnagar, Rizwan Ahamad of Saharanpur district were tenants in Gobind Puri village near here.

It is said Matloob owned some money to Rizwan and Mahmood which he did not return on demand. This resulted in fight amongst them yesterday.

Matloob today got a country made revolver and fired at both Rizwan and Mahmood resulting in the death of Mahmood.

Matloob has absconded. A case under Sections 302, 307 and 25/54/59 of the IPC has been registered against him.

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SLDC to be set up at Sewah
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Haryana will shortly have a fully computrised State Load Despatch Centre (SLDC) at Sewah in Panipat district under the unified scheme of the northern region power network.

A spokesman for the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) said here yesterday that the SLDC scheme of the state would cost Rs 44.52 crore. Initially, the amount would be invested by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and it would be paid back by the HVPN in 15 years after the commissioning of the project.

He said the load despatch scheme envisaged the establishment of the main SLDC at Sewah and three sub-LDCs at Narwana, Dadri and Panipat.

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SGPC poll rolls date extended
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 16
The date for the preparation of electoral rolls for elections to the board of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has been extended up to December 12, according to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vineet Garg.

He said names of voters would now be registered afresh and all of them would be required to fill a new entry form.

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Robbery in bank
Our Correspondent

Karnal, November 16
Armed robbers looted a bank in Budhanpur Khalsa village near Indri, about 25 km from here on Wednesday. According to police sources, the robbers had allegedly broke open the doors of the bank and decamped with Rs 40,000.

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Electoral rolls
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 16
The preliminary printing of electoral rolls of the three Assembly constituencies of Bawal (R), Rewari and Jatusana of this district will be ready by November 24, according to the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Mr Vineet Garg.

He said the rolls would be available for inspection by the public from November 24 to December 10 and claims and objections, if any, could be filed. These would be settled by January 9.Top

 

 

Tarak Sheel mela on Sunday
Our Correspondent

Ambala, November 16
The Tarak Sheel Society will organise Tarak Sheel mela at Naneola, 27 km here, on Sunday on the premises of Government High School Naneola. Mr Megh Raj, state president of the Tarak Sheel Society with his team will grace the mela, according to Mr Kulbir Singh, treasurer of the Naneola unit of the society.

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