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PGIMS questioned on appointment
Rohtak, December 5
The audit officer, who audited the accounts of Pt B.D. Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), the only government-owned medical college in the state, has raised serious objections on the manner of appointment of Dr R.K. Seth, Reader, Paediatrics Department.

Crime rate lowest in Fatehabad: IGP
Fatehabad, December 5
Mr V. George, IGP (Hisar range), said yesterday that if the crime rate was to be minimised, the society would have to play a major role in it.

Haryana may join CBSE scheme on CET 
Chandigarh, December 5
the Haryana Government is seriously considering joining hands with the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) for conducting a common entrance test (CET) for the engineering colleges of the State.

Rs 26-cr project for widening Haryana roads
Chandigarh, December 5
A Rs 26-crore project to improve the 168-km length of state highways and major district roads will be taken up by the Haryana Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) during next month.

Changes in house tax eyewash: Vidrohi
Faridabad, December 5
The President of the Haryana unit of the Janata Dal (United), Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has described the changes in house tax assessment formula by the state government as an eyewash. 



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No registration fee for more than one phone connection
Ambala, December 5
For booking of new telephone connections in urban areas, no registration charges and security deposit will be levied from existing subscribers applying for second and subsequent new telephone connec-tion without STD/ISD facility.

Haryana decision on Urdu
Panchkula, December 5
The Haryana Government would provide Urdu teachers in those government colleges where a minimum of 20 students would be interested to learn the Urdu language.

Two dead, 13 hurt as jeep hits tree
Kaithal, December 5
Two persons were killed on the spot and 13, including five women, one from Delhi, and a child, were seriously injured when a jeep dashed against a tree near Geong village, 6 km from here, on the Kaithal-Kurukshetra road today.

Two teenagers drowned in canal
Rohtak, December 5
Two teenaged 12th standard students — a boy and a girl — of the local Vaish Public School drowned in the Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) canal here under mysterious circumstances.

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PGIMS questioned on appointment
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, December 5
The audit officer, who audited the accounts of Pt B.D. Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), the only government-owned medical college in the state, has raised serious objections on the manner of appointment of Dr R.K. Seth, Reader, Paediatrics Department.

Dr Seth was appointed/Lecturer under a centrally sponsored scheme in the pay scale of Rs 2200-75-4000 plus NPA, but was later shifted as Lecturer, Paediatrics, in the pay scale of Rs 3000-5700 plus NPA.

The audit officer has pointed out that Haryana Medical Education Service Rules stipulate direct recruitment of Lecturer (in case suitable persons are not available then by deputation or transfer). But in the case of Dr Seth, neither the procedure laid down in the rules was followed not the relevant rules were relaxed by the competent authority.

Dr Seth was also sanctioned study leave with full pay for D.M. in neonatology at the AIIMS without the approval of the competent authority. He was relieved by the Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Medical Education, on June 30 last year pending approval of the competent authority, the Chief Minister in this case and the Finance Department.

Later, the Secretary, Health, vide letter dated March 15 sanctioned the study period of Dr Seth for three years on full pay. He was to be treated on duty for the entire period of three years. However, the letter did not convey the concurrence of the Finance Department as stipulated in the Health Secretary’s letter of June 30, 2000. The concurrence of the department is mandatory as per the rules. The audit officer has asked the PGIMS authorities to mention the rules under which the study period has been treated as deputation period.

The audit officer has asked the PGIMS to explain the reasons for not considering the case of Dr Seth as per the rules. The state government has to incur an expenditure of Rs 7.2 lakh on the study/training of Dr Seth who has also not executed the mandatory bond of Rs 10 lakh.

In yet another case, the officiating Director of the PGIMS was granted higher pay scale of an Assistant Librarian in gross violation of rules. The government, in this case, had to intervene and direct the officiating Director to withdraw the orders.

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Rohtak PGI board reconstituted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Haryana Government today reconstituted the Board of Management of Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, with the Medical Education Minister as its Chairman.

Several eminent doctors of the Chandigarh PGI have been nominated to the board. Among the official members are the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister; the Secretary, Medical Education; the Secretary, Finance, or his representative; and the Secretary, Public Works Department.

The other members are the Director of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences; the Director-General, Health Services; the Director, Supplies and Disposals; the Principal of the Rohtak Dental College; the Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak; the Dean, Rohtak PGIMS; Dr I.C. Pathak and Dr B.R. Sharma, both former Directors of the PGI; Dr O.N. Nagi, Professor and Head of the Orthopaedics Department, Chandigarh PGI; Dr K.C. Kajal of Kajal Nursing Home, Bhiwani; and Dr Bhagirath Bishnoi, Sirsa. 
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Crime rate lowest in Fatehabad: IGP
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, December 5
Mr V. George, IGP (Hisar range), said yesterday that if the crime rate was to be minimised, the society would have to play a major role in it. Speaking on the occasion of a police-public convention organised in the local Manohar Memorial College here yesterday, Mr George said the attitude of “it is not my duty” was doing much harm to the society. In most cases people did not come forward to divulge information to the police even when they know about those crimes. Mr George said if the society wants the police to control the crime rate effectively, they must understand hat it was their duty to share the information with the police.

He admitted that the relations between the police and the public had never been cordial and said that there was a limit up to which the police could come nearer to the public. The basic function of the police, he said, was to check crime as well as to maintain an order. He said if the police started maintaining close ties with each and every person it would not be in a position to perform its duties.

He said the conventions like this, however, help the police in making the people aware of their duties towards society. He lauded the role of the district police in combating crimes and said that the crime rate in the district was lowest in Haryana. He said only if the crimes under the Excise Act and the Narcotic Act could be checked Fatehabad could become a model district of Haryana in policing.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Indora, praised the efforts of the district police in organising this convention. The SP, Mr Hanif Qureshi, said such conventions help in bridging the gap between the police and the public. Mr Leela Krishan Chowdhary, chairperson of the Haryana Women Commission, Mrs Sheela Bhayan and the INLD leader, Mrs Krishana Poonia, spoke on the occasion.

The district police also organised an exhibition on the occasion. On display were various arms used by the police ranging from small arms like the 9mm pistol, the 0.38 inches revolver, 0.9mm carbine and bigger arms like. 303 rifles of mark 1,2 and 3, the self loading rifle (SLR) of 7.62mm size, the AK-47 rifles and the gas gun with tear gas bombs. The ammunitions used in various arms were also displayed. Also on display were a complete kit of police uniform and various badges worn by the cops showing their rank structure from the constable level to DGP level. A stall displaying the news clippings of various welfare activities carried by the Paryaas and Sahyoog was also shown on this occasion.

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Haryana may join CBSE scheme on CET 
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Haryana Government is seriously considering joining hands with the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) for conducting a common entrance test (CET) for the engineering colleges of the State.

According to informed sources, if the scheme is finally approved, the State Government will give 15 per cent of the seats in the engineering colleges of Haryana in the CBSE pool for admission on the basis of all-India merit. There are about 8,000 seats in 32 engineering colleges of the State. Thus about 1,200 seats will be given in the CBSE pool in Haryana. The sources say by giving 1,200 seats in the CBSE pool, Haryana students will become eligible to compete for about 40,000 seats of the colleges in the other States, which are in the CBSE pool at present.

It is learnt that while the scheme has been virtually approved at the official level, clearance from the political leadership (read the Chief Minister) is yet to come. A meeting of senior officers was convened by the Chief Secretary, Mr L.M. Goyal, here today in this regard.

The government has also set up a committee under the chairmanship of Prof K.K. Aggarwal, Vice-Chancellor of Indraprastha University, Delhi, to suggest measures to improve and streamline the entrance test for the remaining 85 per cent of the seats in the Haryana engineering colleges. Among the other members of the committee are the Director, Higher Education; and the Director, Technical Education, Haryana.

There is a feeling that for the remaining 85 per cent of the seats also the students from Haryana should compete in the CET conducted by the CBSE. They would be admitted to the State colleges on the basis of the ranks obtained in the CBSE test. A separate merit list will be prepared on the basis of domicile. This would save the students and their parents from the trauma of appearing in multiple entrance tests.

The students will be able to seek admission to colleges of their choice even in the other States on the basis of their ranking in the all-India test.

It may be recalled that the entrance tests conducted in Haryana in the past two years had been mired in a controversy. If the CBSE conducts the test, the chances of heartburning among meritorious students will be reduced considerably.

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Rs 26-cr project for widening Haryana roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
A Rs 26-crore project to improve the 168-km length of state highways and major district roads will be taken up by the Haryana Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) during next month.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the department said that the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had sanctioned the schemes for improvement of nine highways under the project. Tenders had already been invited to undertake the work on these highways and the work would be completed within a year.

He said most of the roads would be widened to two-lanes, besides improving their surface. The roads to be covered under the project are Rohtak-Kharkhouda-Delhi road, Narwana-Tohana road, Beri-Kalanaur road and Rohtak-Bhiwani road in Rohtak district, Sanauli-Panipat-Gohana road in Panipat district, Jind-Hansi road in Jind district, Chhuchakwas-Jharli-Bahu Karoli road in Jhajjar district and Karnal-Meerut road in Karnal district. The ninth scheme for construction of a bridge and improvement of Ratia-Mudhlada road in Fatehabad district was also part of the project. 

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Changes in house tax eyewash: Vidrohi
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 5
The President of the Haryana unit of the Janata Dal (United), Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has described the changes in house tax assessment formula by the state government as an eyewash. In a statement issued here yesterday, Mr Vidrohi, said the so called changes carried out by the Chautala government were farce. This policy fails to provide relief to the low income and middle class families.

He demanded a reasonable house tax of not more than two per cent of the total cost of the construction for these families.

Moreover, he said every house owner pays a hefty fee towards the development and other charges at the time of construction of the house. He said no house tax should be charged from houses located in colonies which do not have mettalled roads, proper sewerage system, potable water supply, street lights and a park. He said all houses whose market rate was less than Rs 5 lakh should be exempted from house tax. 

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No registration fee for more than one phone connection
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 5
For booking of new telephone connections in urban areas, no registration charges and security deposit will be levied from existing subscribers applying for second and subsequent new telephone connec-tion without STD/ISD facility.

Talking to mediapersons here today, the Chief General Manager Telecom, Haryana, Mr G. Jethwani, pointed out that the security deposit will be levied as per the existing practice in case of a second and subsequent telephones connection with STD/ISD facility. “This scheme will not be offered to habitual defaulters of payment of telephone bills”, he said.

Mr Jethwani said the quota for recommending out-of-turn telephone connections has been increased from 150 to 200 per annum to two MPs who are members of Telecom Consultative Committees. Presently in Haryana, Dr Sudha Yadav and Mr Ajay Chautala are members of that committee.

He said seven-digit numbering scheme for whole of Ambala SSA is being introduced from December 8. The STD code of whole Ambala SSA will be 0171. There will be no separate STD code of Barara, Chhachhrauli, Jagadhari, Kalka and Naraingarh. Subscribers within the Ambala SSA will be able to dial any number of SSA without prefixing any access code.

Mr Jethwani stated that the tariff for Wireless in Local Loop (WLL) with limited mobility has been revised, which is applicable for both rural and urban areas. “Acquisition of WLL telephone instrument for limited mobility from BSNL is optional for subscribers. In case the handset is not obtained from BSNL the security deposit of Rs 10,000 is not required. Subscribers may straight away buy the handset from BSNL at a price of Rs 10,000. If required by the customer, handset may be provided by BSNL on loan for three months and the deposit of Rs 10,000 in case of loan will be adjusted,” he said.

He observed that as per recent orders from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), it is obligatory for private operators providing telecom services to maintain waiting list and to provide telephone connections only as per seniority and the operators cannot deny the registration to any individual or organisation.

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Haryana decision on Urdu
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 5
The Haryana Government would provide Urdu teachers in those government colleges where a minimum of 20 students would be interested to learn the Urdu language.

This was stated by the Haryana Education Minister, Mr Bahadur Singh, while presiding over the Urdu adbi quiz contest organised by the Haryana Urdu Akademi at Government College, Kalka, today. He also assured that postgraduate classes would be started where sufficient students would be available.

He appreciated the endeavour of the akademi for taking steps to popularise the Urdu language.

An adbi quiz contest was held on the occasion. Nine teams had participated in the quiz with three teams each participating from Government College, Panchkula, Government College, Barwala, and Government College, Kalka. The Momin team from Barwala got the first position, the Faiz team from Kalka won the second prize and the Josh team from Barwala won the third prize.

Dr Hamid Ullah Bhatt, Director, National Council for Promotion of Urdu, and the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, were also present on the occasion. 

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Two dead, 13 hurt as jeep hits tree

Kaithal, December 5
Two persons were killed on the spot and 13, including five women, one from Delhi, and a child, were seriously injured when a jeep dashed against a tree near Geong village, 6 km from here, on the Kaithal-Kurukshetra road today.

The dead included the jeep driver.

According to injured passengers, the driver who was driving rashly, noticing a jeep of the Transport Department with a red-light, further accelerated the speed and in the process lost control and rammed into a tree.

The jeep was coming from Kurukshetra via Pehowa to Kaithal.

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Two teenagers drowned in canal

Rohtak, December 5
Two teenaged 12th standard students — a boy and a girl — of the local Vaish Public School drowned in the Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) canal here under mysterious circumstances.

While the body of the 15-year-old girl, Monica, has been fished out, efforts were on to trace the body of the 16-year-old boy, Manoj, the police here said.

Both Manoj and Monica were last seen at the Tilyar tourist complex, situated on the outskirts of the city yesterday, where they talked to each other in presence of a friend of the boy. The police has started investigations in the case. UNI

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Advice proves costly to Headmaster

Rohtak, December 5
A school headmaster here had to pay for advising youths against indulging in eve-teasing.

The youths not only beat up the headmaster but also relieved him of his wrist watch here yesterday.

According to police sources, the headmaster of a private school at Hari Singh Colony here advised some youths to shun passing remarks on girl students.

Residents, on hearing the commotion, rushed to the school but the miscreants fled away. UNI

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