Wednesday, December 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Urban Area Act to be amended
Chandigarh, December 4
The Haryana Government will amend the State Development and Regulation of Urban Area Act, 1975, in order to remove certain ambiguities in the law.

Teachers on varsity council soon
Rohtak, December 4
Maharshi Dayanand University has agreed to give representation to teachers on the university court and the Executive Council.

75 bags of poppy husk seized
Fatehabad, December 4
The police yesterday busted an inter-state gang of drug traffickers and seized a rich haul of poppy husk.

2 civil servants suspended
Chandigarh, December 4
The Haryana Government today suspended two of its officers, including one from the IAS cadre.

INLD activist murdered
Sirsa, December 4
Former sarpanch of Dhingtania village in the district and INLD president of Darba area Kashi Ram was murdered by unidentified men this morning.

Hike cane price to Rs 125, says KKMC
Chandigarh, December 4
The Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress (KKMC), a wing of the Haryana Congress, has demanded a hike in the price of sugarcane corresponding to the increase in its cost of production.

Telephone nos in Ambala SSA to become 7-digit
Ambala, December 4
Telephone numbers in the Ambala secondary switching area (SSA) are going to change soon.



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Urban Area Act to be amended
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 4
The Haryana Government will amend the State Development and Regulation of Urban Area Act, 1975, in order to remove certain ambiguities in the law.

According to informed sources, these ambiguities came to light when certain colonisers filed several writ petitions before the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Since the original Act is silent on many issues raised in the writ petitions, the Advocate-General, who is defending the state government before the high court, requested the Chief Minister to amend the Act suitably.

The sources say the amendments will also make certain provisions, which over the years have been made through executive orders, part of the Act. This will give statutory backing to what is already being done by the Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD).

The TCPD has proposed a new definition of “colony” to cover the development of group housing and commercial complexes. Similarly, the new definition of a “coloniser” will exclude a person “agreeing to own or acquire land” from being considered for the grant of a licence for developing a colony. Now a person desrious of developing a colony must own the land.

The department also proposes to make the definition of “external development works” more comprehensive by including provisions like colleges, hospitals, stadiums/sports complexes, fire stations, grid substations and any other works that the Director may prescribe.

Similarly, the definition of “internal development works” has been widened to include internal community buildings. The sources say the change in these definitions will protect the interests of the residents of private colonies.

The department also proposes to include a new section in the Act to regulate construction within the licensed colonies.

Under the amended Act, defining of the shares of land in the sale deeds for the purposes of colonisation will be an offence. Section 7(A) will be amended to prohibit the transfer of right or title on any vacant land of less than one hectare in an urban area either through the general power of attorney or an agreement or by any other document. Such a document will not be registered unless the transferer produces before the registration officer a no-objection certificate issued by the TCPD.

The amended Act will also reduce the notice period under Section 10(2) and (3). It is also proposed to make the Commissioner and Secretary, TCPD, an appellate authority instead of the government to hear appeals against the decisions of the Director, TCPD. 

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Teachers on varsity council soon
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, December 4
Maharshi Dayanand University has agreed to give representation to teachers on the university court and the Executive Council.

The Vice-Chancellor, Maj Gen B.S. Suhag (retd), gave an assurance to the Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA) at a meeting yesterday that notification would be issued soon for giving representation to teachers through election and rotation on the decision-making bodies — the court and the Executive Council.

The meeting between the Vice-Chancellor and MDUTA representatives lasted for more than four hours during which the university agreed to meet various demands of the teachers. The president of the association, Mr Vazir Nehra, thanked the Vice-Chancellor for agreeing to regular rotational membership of the university-appointed teachers from University College in the Undergraduate Board of Studies.

The Vice-Chancellor has also agreed to provide departmental committees and staff councils at the Postgraduate Regional Centre in Rewari, University College, DDE and Law College.

Mr Nehra told that the Vice-Chancellor had also agreed to put in place an effective procedure for filing and follow-up of the cases of assault and attempted assaults on teachers and to consider ways and means for relief to victims of such crimes. It was also decided that at least one security guard and one employee would be put on night duty at the Faculty House.

The Vice-Chancellor said the MDUTA would be provided copies of the draft budget proposals of the university and communications related to establishment matters received from bodies like the UGC, CSIR, ICSSR, ICHR, the government and other agencies.

The university has promised to set up ‘women’s cell’ at University College and the Postgraduate Regional Centre, Rewari. Besides earmarking separate toilets for the female staff, the Vice-Chancellor also assured handing over of the charge of property and stock at University College to a non-teaching employee. Maj Gen Suhag said felling of trees on the college campus would be stopped and steps for the promotion of environment and aesthetics taken.

The Vice-Chancellor also agreed to get a teachers’ club constructed next to the Faculty House where child care facilities would be provided. The Association lauded the proposal to hold elections to the teachers club. The nomination of Mr Nehra on the committee constituted for the purchase of Holiday Home was also lauded.

The association agreed to submit proposals for making the departmental committee a statutory body under the University Act.

Mr Nehra said the Association would also submit proposal to grant the designation of Reader to University College teachers in the selection grade and reinstatement of the benefit of increment in case of extraordinary leave (without pay) for academic purposes.

The Association demanded that the issue of promotion should be considered without any further delay.

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75 bags of poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, December 4
The police yesterday busted an inter-state gang of drug traffickers and seized a rich haul of poppy husk.

The SP, Mr Hanif Qureshi, told mediapersons at a press meeting organised in his office today that the in charge of the CIA branch of the district police, Mr Sukhraj Singh, stopped truck bearing number plate RJ-13-0065 at a police naka near Khara Kheri village. In the meantime, the DSP (Headquarters), also reached the site. The truck driver, Chand Singh, and cleaner, Bitto, both residents of Ahnedpur village in Punjab and Sukh Pal Singh on board the truck told the police that they were carrying paddy husk in the truck.

When the police searched the truck, it found 75 bags of poppy husk hidden under 95 bags of paddy husk. All three were arrested under Section 15 of the NDPS Act, while the alleged financier of the trafficking, Darshan Singh, a sarpanch, has been booked under Section 27-A of the NDPS Act.

Raids were also conducted at the residence of Darshan Singh, but he had absconded from the village along with members of his family.

The SP said the police had arrested six persons who had jumped the bail and one proclaimed offender during the ‘operation night vigil’ organised by it last month.

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2 civil servants suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 4
The Haryana Government today suspended two of its officers, including one from the IAS cadre.

Mr Sanjeev Kumar, IAS, Joint Secretary, Social Welfare Department, was placed under suspension for his continued absence from duty without intimation to the superior authorities.

Mr R.K. Chaudhary, HCS, was also placed under suspension following a vigilance report indicting him of malpractices during his tenure as the General Manager of Haryana Roadways at Kurukshetra.

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INLD activist murdered
Our Correspondent

Sirsa, December 4
Former sarpanch of Dhingtania village in the district and INLD president of Darba area Kashi Ram was murdered by unidentified men this morning.

According to information, when Kashi Ram went to his fields for morning ablution, unidentified men believed to be six in number, gheraoed him and beat him with stubs and sharp-edged weapons. He was later run over by a jeep. The assailants, believing him to be dead, threw him in the nearby bushes. He was brought to the local Civil Hospital in serious condition where he was referred to the Rohtak hospital. He succumbed to his injuries just 20 km from Sirsa.

The reason behind the murder is reported to be a land dispute.

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Hike cane price to Rs 125, says KKMC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 4
The Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress (KKMC), a wing of the Haryana Congress, has demanded a hike in the price of sugarcane corresponding to the increase in its cost of production.

In a memorandum submitted to the Haryana Governor, the KKMC said the price of sugarcane should be raised from Rs 110 per quintal to Rs 125 per quintal. It also demanded that the bonding policy for sugarcane should be amended to make it pro-grower instead of being the pro-mills.

The president of the KKMC, Mr Tejinder Pal Maan, said here today that a big rally of farmers would be held in Ballah village in Karnal district on December 9.

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Telephone nos in Ambala SSA to become 7-digit
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 4
Telephone numbers in the Ambala secondary switching area (SSA) are going to change soon.

The telephone numbers are now going to become seven-digit in different areas of Ambala SSA, including Ambala Cantonment, Ambala City, Naraingarh, Kalka, Jagadhri, Barara, Chhachhrauli and the villages falling under its purview.

For instance, in Ambala Cantonment and Ambala City, the telephone numbers are six-digit. From December 8 onwards, the telephone numbers will become seven-digit with ‘2’ being prefixed to the current number. Similarly, ‘31’ will be prefixed to the telephone number in Naraingarh, ‘32’ in Barara, ‘34’ in Chhachhrauli, ‘52’ in Kalka and ‘37’ in Jagadhari.

The change from six-digit to seven-digit and in some areas, from five-digit to seven-digit is termed the linked numbering scheme.

This change will enable a single code ‘0171’ for the whole of Ambala SSA, instead of different codes for different areas. Currently, a person calling from Ambala Cantonment to Naraingarh has to dial the code of Naraingarh but with this upgradation, a subscriber needs to dial only the seven-digit number without the area code.

Also, for people living outside the Ambala SSA, it would be simpler since a single code (0171) for the whole area will suffice.

General Manager, Telecom, Ambala SSA, Mr G.S. Daria, said the change from six-digit to seven-digit will take place on December 8. “There will be a single code (0171) for Ambala SSA. There is no change in tariff and the subscriber simply needs to dial the seven-digit number falling in the Ambala SSA. A telecom official stressed that the change from six-digit to seven-digit will enable sparing of “levels” for them. “Technical experts are at work and the change-over will be smooth,” he said.

However, the change from six-digit to seven-digit is coming at a time when the new telephone directory has recently been released. The telephone directory contains six-digit numbers. Consumers with new telephone directory will have to add the necessary prefix before dialling the telephone number.

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Youths rob petrol station
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 4
Three armed youths looted Rs 96,000 from a petrol station on the Rewari-Jhajjar road near Lisana village, about 5 km from here, today. They decamped with the money after locking employees of the petrol station in a cabin.

Mr Mahavir Singh Yadav, owner of the petrol station, said this was the fifth incident of an armed robbery at the petrol station in the past few years. He said the security guards, which were provided by the district police in 1999, had recently been withdrawn.

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