Tuesday, December 4, 2001, Chandigarh, India






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Set up lock-ups in courts: DGP
Chandigarh, December 3
The Haryana police has urged the state’s Home Department to construct of lock-ups on the court premises to keep prisoners who are brought to the courts for trial.

Haryana gets 187-cr loan for urban areas
Faridabad, December 3
The National Capital Region (NCR) Planning Board and the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) have sanctioned a loan of Rs 187 crore for the development of urban areas of Haryana.

KU resolution to be challenged 
Karnal, December 3
The Haryana Non-Government Colleges Managements Association has opposed a resolution of the executive committee of Kurukshetra University which has saddled the Vice-Chancellor and the Director, Higher Education (Haryana), with a veto power to strike down selection of college teachers.

POTO need of hour: Chautala
Kaithal, December 3
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, supported POTO saying it was in the national interest. While talking to mediapersons here last evening, Mr Chautala said keeping in view the increase in the terrorist activities, POTO was the need of the hour.

AMBALA DIARY
Ambala archives on display
Ambala
The role of Ambala in India’s modern history was highlighted at an exhibition organised by the Archives Department at Ambala City.

WB Mission members meet HAU VC
Hisar, December 3
The World Bank Mission is likely to recommend sanctioning of the second phase of the Agricultural Human Resources Development Project to Haryana Agricultural University here.



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EARLIER STORIES
 

Tension in village over killing of ex-serviceman
Kaithal, December 3
Tension mounted at Mataur village near Kalayat town when an ex-serviceman was murdered by a mob.

Sugar mill’s assurance to cane farmers
Ambala, December 3
The cane farmers today deferred their decision to block traffic on the Naraingarh road following assurances given by the sugar mill management in the presence of district officials.

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Set up lock-ups in courts: DGP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The Haryana police has urged the state’s Home Department to construct of lock-ups on the court premises to keep prisoners who are brought to the courts for trial.

Mr M. S. Malik, DGP of Haryana, has reportedly written a letter to the Home Department, saying that lock-ups in court would prevent escaping by prisoners while being brought to the court for trial.

There are numerous instances of prisoners, accused of committing heinous crimes, escaping from police custody at the time of their appearances at the court. Sheelu, who has been named as the chief accused in the Joginder Kaur murder case of Panipat, also reportedly escaped from the police when he was being produced in a court at Dadri.

“The undertrials are often not handcuffed when they are produced in the court and professional criminals, who keep themselves fit even inside the prisons, manage to get the better of their pot bellied escorts”, sources here said. There are reportedly also many instances of escorts deliberately offering a chance to the undertrial prisoners to escape.

The state government, it may be stated, had floated a proposal sometime back to assign IPS officers as the supervising officers of the prisons to check the growing nexus between the jail inmates and the personnel manning the prisons. However, this proposal awaits implementation.

In the letter, the DGP reportedly also pointed out the need for having jails in all districts of the state to prevent long-distance transportation of prisoners during trials.

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Haryana gets 187-cr loan for urban areas
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 3
The National Capital Region (NCR) Planning Board and the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) have sanctioned a loan of Rs 187 crore for the development of urban areas of Haryana.

Stating this, the Local Bodies and Urban Development Minister, Mr Subhash Goel, said here today that while an amount of Rs 142 crore would be spent on 26 cities, the rest was earmarked for the development of the other 43 towns of the state in the near future. He said about Rs 7 crore had already been released and it was being spent on cleanliness, shifting of dairies out of towns and improving the fire services. He said about Rs 18 crore were likely to be spent on laying cemented roads in various towns.

He said the government was preparing to hand over cleanliness work of various towns to private organisations on the pattern of Faridabad. Stating that the tubewell operation work in Faridabad was also being privatised, he said about 120 out of a total of 350 tubewells in Faridabad would go in private hands from December 16. He said no employee of the local municipal corporation would be retrenched. About the house tax policy, he said it had been simplified and made more affordable as the vacant plots or empty land would not invite any tax now. The home tax had been reduced from 10 per cent to only 2.5 per cent for residential buildings. Further concessions had also been given to various categories, he added.

The minister said although an all-party meeting on the house tax policy structure had been held in October, a majority of the Opposition leaders did not take interest in it. He claimed that it was the Bansi Lal government which had decided to hike the house tax and now Mr Bansi Lal was talking of withdrawing the hike.

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KU resolution to be challenged 
K.G. Dutt

Karnal, December 3
The Haryana Non-Government Colleges Managements Association has opposed a resolution of the executive committee of Kurukshetra University which has saddled the Vice-Chancellor and the Director, Higher Education (Haryana), with a veto power to strike down selection of college teachers.

The working committee of the association which met at IB College in Panipat last evening decided to take legal action in this regard. Dr R.P. Vij, general secretary of the association, told The Tribune on telephone from Delhi today that the working committee has authorised its members to challenge the decision in a court of law either individually or as a body.

He said the resolution, if implemented, would finish whatever autonomy, if any, was left with private managements to run the colleges. Moreover, the resolution violated the guidelines of the UGC framed for the selection of teachers and principals, he said.

So far all appointments in colleges had been made on merit. Besides, both Vice-Chancellor and the Director, Higher Education, were represented on the selection committees. What was the need for a new procedure, he asked.

Inquiries revealed that about 20 privately-managed colleges did not have regular principals.

Dr Vij said in view of the ban on recruitment of college teachers, the managements had appointed teachers on an ad-hoc basis on a paltry salary. These teachers usually left the colleges in mid-session for greener pastures leaving the students in the lurch. The colleges were also suffering because the government did not pay any grants-in-aid for salary of the teachers. The government aid to privately-managed colleges was “coming down to zero”, he said.

It was also stressed at the meeting that the government should allow a quantitative rise in tuition fee to meet the expenditure in running the colleges.

Thirtyfive representatives of the managements attended the meeting. Members were reported to have taken exception to the move by some senior functionaries of the university to put pressure on them not to attend or hold such a meeting.

This resolution is being viewed by a majority of academicians as a “sinister design” of some higher-ups to please the powers that be. It is being felt that as hundreds of posts of college lecturer were lying vacant, the resolution would empower the representatives of the government to select people of their choice, irrespective of merit.

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POTO need of hour: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, December 3
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, supported POTO saying it was in the national interest. While talking to mediapersons here last evening, Mr Chautala said keeping in view the increase in the terrorist activities, POTO was the need of the hour.

He also took to task the Congress for its opposition to POTO and said the party had brought in Acts like TADA and MISA which infringed human rights. He stressed that provisions of POTO should not be misused against any section of the society.

Mr Chautala said the house tax policy in the state had been changed keeping in view the sentiments of the people. He said the Opposition was invited for debate on the policy but it evaded discussions, following which representatives of the municipal councils and other organisations were called and the policy was suitably amended.

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AMBALA DIARY
Ambala archives on display
Rahul Das

Ambala
The role of Ambala in India’s modern history was highlighted at an exhibition organised by the Archives Department at Ambala City.

Mr Mahavir Singh of Archives Department said the objective of holding the exhibition is to generate awareness about archives. He pointed out that important documents pertaining to Ambala division have been displayed.

The documents put on display included the revolt by the Army on May 10, 1857, the different events during 1857 in Ambala and Thanesar, the participation of Lala Murlidhar at the first session of the Congress in 1885 and the thoughts of Lala Lajpat Rai.

Besides these documents, the other documents are of the hartal by the people against Rowlatt Act in 1919, the arrest of Mahatma Gandhi at Palwal and the rally taken out by students against the British Government at Karnal.

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MDSD Girls College, Ambala City, won the trophy for best women’s college for the third consecutive year at the Kurukshetra University Ambala Zone youth festival held at SD College, Ambala Cantt.

The students of MDSD Girls College were awarded the trophy for their overall performance in the three-day youth festival. The students performed well in various events.

Classical vocal (solo) was recommended and the classical instrumental (solo) was commended. Group song (folk) was recommended while group song (general) was commended. Haryanvi group dance as well as Haryanvi solo dance was commended. Ms Kawleen was commended as best actress.

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A declamation and song competition was held at Shri Hanuman Jayanti Samaroh organised by Sanatan Dharam Sabha in Ambala Cantt.

Teams from 12 schools participated in the competition. In song, Ankush Goyal was first, Ajay Goyal was second and Anshu Jaimal was third. In declamation, Sunny Aggarwal was first, Alka was second and Preetima Rai was third. SD High School, Topekhana Bazar won the running trophy for the second consecutive year.

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The Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, said initial voters list had been prepared as per the directions given by the Election Commission.

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WB Mission members meet HAU VC
Our Correspondent

Hisar, December 3
The World Bank Mission is likely to recommend sanctioning of the second phase of the Agricultural Human Resources Development Project to Haryana Agricultural University here.

This was stated by the mission members during a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor and senior officers of the university here today.

The mission members, who were here to review the implementation of the project, lauded the efforts of the university.

The VC, Mr Vinay Kumar, said the project had helped the university to improve the quality and relevance of agriculture education and to sharpen the learning abilities of the students. 

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Tension in village over killing of ex-serviceman
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, December 3
Tension mounted at Mataur village near Kalayat town when an ex-serviceman was murdered by a mob. His wife was injured in the attack and his house set on fire. The mob also misbehaved with members of a police party which reached the spot. The police has registered cases against about 12 men and three women in this connection and rounded up six of them.

According to the SP Mr A.S. Chawala, the mob attacked the house of Ramdiya an ex-serviceman and set a part of his house on fire. The victim fired at the mob and injured four persons, one of them seriously. The injured later shifted to the PGI in Chandigarh.

The victim and his wife climbed the roof but his wife sustained serious burns while he was killed with lathis.

Preliminary investigations revealed that there was a dispute between the Dalit ex-serviceman and members of a particular community over some plots and approach road.

The SP said a large number of police personnel had been deployed at the village.

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Sugar mill’s assurance to cane farmers
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 3
The cane farmers today deferred their decision to block traffic on the Naraingarh road following assurances given by the sugar mill management in the presence of district officials.

A meeting was held at Naraingarh sugar mill between the cane growers and the mill managers. The mill managers assured that they would look into the grievances of the cane growers.

A district official said that the cane farmers had been assured about arrears being cleared by December 31 and the current payments being made by the first week of March. Another assurance was about a cane manager hearing the grievances of the farmers once a week and once in a month, an official would meet the cane growers.

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Disabled get sweets from Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand and his wife, Sudesh Kumari, distributed sweets to disabled children and adults at Raj Bhavan here today on the occasion of International Disabled Day.

Handicapped persons from Saket High School, Chandimandir, and Deaf and Dumb Centre, Raipur Rani, had called on the Governor. 
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SGPC poll: voter registration extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The last date for the registration of voters for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections has been extended to December 12, according to a press note issued here today by Mr M.K. Midha, Joint Commissioner, Haryana Gurdwara Elections.

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Joginder case: YC to hold rally
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 3
In the wake of Joginder Kaur’s murder, the Haryana Youth Congress will organise a protest rally here on December 6.

The spokesman for the state Youth Congress, Mr Pradeep Chauhan, said today since the Speaker of the Haryana Assembly was allegedly involved in the case, the functioning of the government had come under a cloud.

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Polio drops given
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 3
Health Department officials today visited different homes to ascertain that polio drops had been administered to the children. They visited door-to-door in different colonies and administered the polio drops to the child who had not been given.

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Test for lecturership
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The written examination for the posts of Hindi lecturer (female), school cadre, will be conducted by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission at Panchkula on December 23, an official press note stated here today.

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Ranvir Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The Haryana Government has promoted Mr Ranvir Gupta, Additional Economic and Statistical Adviser, to the post of Economic and Statistical Adviser.

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