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Haryana’s bonanza for SC students
Yamunanagar, December 6
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today announced a bonanza of incentives for members belonging to Scheduled Castes, which included a Rs 11 crore scheme for students and another ambitious scheme to give financial assistance for self-employment. 

Surjewala to revamp PPYC
Panipat, December 6
With an eye on the Assembly elections early next year, the President of the Indian Youth Congress, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, has decided to reconstitute the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (PPYC) executive within the next three days.

Goods looted from medicine firm
Gang members kill watchman
Ambala, December 6
In the second such incident, a gang looted goods worth several lakh of rupees from the godown of a leading pharmaceutical company after killing an armed watchman late last night.
The godown
The godown where goods worth several lakh of rupees were looted. —Photo N Chopra

Spurious drug unit unearthed
Faridabad, December 6
The drug control authorities and district health officials have detected a spurious drugs manufacturing unit in Sector 6 here. The factory had been manufacturing some antibiotics under the brand name of a drug unit based at Gurgaon under unhygienic and improper conditions, the officials said.



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Mission to create 25 lakh jobs in 10 years
Chandigarh, December 6
The Haryana Government has constituted the State Mission on Employment to generate employment for the educated persons in rural and urban areas of the state.

AIDS awareness camp at Central Jail
Ambala, December 6
An AIDS awareness camp was held at Ambala Central Jail as part of the AIDS Awareness Week.

Haryana bans use of tractor-trailers 
Rohtak, December 6

The use of tractor-trailers for the transportation of goods without permit has been banned in Haryana.

Donate to armed forces fund: CM
Chandigarh, December 6
Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand and Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala have appealed to the people to donate liberally to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

Awards’ amount enhanced
Chandigarh, December 6
The Haryana Government has enhanced the amount of awards given to Punjabi writers for the promotion of Punjabi language and literature in the state.

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Haryana’s bonanza for SC students
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, December 6
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today announced a bonanza of incentives for members belonging to Scheduled Castes, which included a Rs 11 crore scheme for students and another ambitious scheme to give financial assistance for self-employment. The state government had already spent Rs 115 crore on various other schemes for the socio-economic uplift of the community.

The Chief Minister, who speaking at a state-level function organised by the Dr B.R. Ambedkar Charitable Society here to mark the death anniversary of Ambedkar, said the new “food for work programme” would be launched in the state from this month and each worker paid Rs 38 in cash and wheat worth Rs 42 per day. Village ponds would be dug up to ensure adequate water for the cattle under this programme.

He said four ministers had been asked to work out the modalities to implement the Rs 11 crore scheme for poor students belonging to the Scheduled Castes. While referring to the self-employment scheme, he said the government was considering giving a grant as part of assistance. They could take up ventures like workshops to repair televisions, auto repair shops, photography, beauty parlours and carpentry.

Assuring assistance to members belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, he said 17,600 persons had already been benefited under various schemes during the past 28 months.

Paying tributes to Dr Ambedkar, the Chief Minister pointed out “this great son of the nation gave the right to vote to fellow countrymen, irrespective of their social or economic states”.

He said the best tribute to him would be to root out social evils.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Health, Dr M.L. Ranga, said Dr Ambedkar was in favour of reservation for 10 years only.

He thanked the Chief Minister for the efforts made by him to get the Bill on reservation in promotions passed in Parliament. He said that it would be introduced in Haryana as well.

Other who spoke were member of Parliament Faquir Chand, Minister of State for Social Welfare Risal Singh, chairman of Dr B.R. Ambedkar Charitable Society P.R. Chaudhary, convener of the function Balwant Singh, (MLA) and Mr Banta Ram, Mr Amar Singh and Mr Ramesh Khatak, all MLAs, the Chairman, Haryana Dairy Development Federation, Mr Akram Khan, and the Chairman, Haryana School Education Board, Dr M.C. Gambhir.

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Surjewala to revamp PPYC
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 6
With an eye on the Assembly elections early next year, the President of the Indian Youth Congress, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, has decided to reconstitute the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (PPYC) executive within the next three days.

Talking to The Tribune here today, Mr Surjewala, however, clarified that the PPYC chief, Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, would not be replaced till the elections, which means that Mr Babbu gets a breather at least till February next year.

Demanding the arrest of three close relatives of the Haryana Assembly Speaker Satbir Singh Kadian for their alleged involvement in the sensational day-light murder of Joginder Kaur in the district courts here on November 26, Mr Surjewala, however, refused to comment whether the Congress would become a party in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a CBI probe into the case.

Earlier, addressing a rally organised by the local district Congress, the IYC chief said the Congress would intensify its agitation in the state and raise the issue of “state patronage” to criminals. He said due to several daylight murders in the state, the functioning of the state police had come under a cloud as it had failed to work out any of these cases and there were repeated attempts to implicate Congressmen in false cases.

Demanding a CBI probe into the Joginder Kaur case, Mr Satvinder Singh Sandhu, President Haryana Pradesh Youth Congress (HPYC), warned that the agitation would continue till the Speaker resigned.

Terming it a “political murder”, local MLA and former Haryana Transport Minister Balbir Pal Shah said law and order system had collapsed in the state and industry was on the verge of closure.

A memorandum submitted to the DC demanded the dismissal of “repressive and undemocratic” INLD government. Seeking the removal of the Speaker, it demanded either a CBI probe or inquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.

There had been a sudden spurt in crime in the state in the two years of the INLD reign, it alleged.

Prominent among those who addressed the rally were Mr Krishan Vir Maina, Mr Sanjeev Chaudhury, Ms Anju Chhokar, Mr Prem Sachdeva, Mr Suresh Gupta and Mr Rajesh Saini.

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Goods looted from medicine firm
Gang members kill watchman
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 6
In the second such incident, a gang looted goods worth several lakh of rupees from the godown of a leading pharmaceutical company after killing an armed watchman late last night.

The incident took place at the godown of the C&F agent located on the GT Road, a few kilometers from Ambala cantonment. Medicines worth several lakh of rupees were looted by the gang.

The gang struck late last night at the godown stocked with medicines. The police suspects that the gang entered the godown complex after scaling the wall. They then overpowered the armed security guard on duty. The security guard, Dharam Pal, was reportedly armed with a single-barrel gun.

They took the security guard, an ex-serviceman, to a room where six persons including another guard and labourers were present. It is believed that when Dharam Pal was taken to the room, he had resisted the gang members and he was done to death. The gang members were present at the godown complex for more then an hour.

The gang members then broke open the locks and took away medicines. The gang reportedly took away those medicines which were expensive. Since the labourers heard the sound of a truck, it is suspected that the medicines were then loaded onto the truck and the gang made a getaway on the GT Road.

Early this morning, the police was informed about the incident. Senior police officials visited the spot to take stock of the situation. Dog squads and forensic experts were called to examine the crime spot.

In a similar incident which took place a few months back, a gang had struck at a godown of a well-known company and decamped with goods worth several lakhs of rupees. 

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Spurious drug unit unearthed
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 6
The drug control authorities and district health officials have detected a spurious drugs manufacturing unit in Sector 6 here. The factory had been manufacturing some antibiotics under the brand name of a drug unit based at Gurgaon under unhygienic and improper conditions, the officials said.

The raid was conducted last evening by a team of officials led by the Assistant State Drug Controller (ASDC), Mr G.L. Singhal. The samples of medicines and material seized were produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Y.S. Rathore, who allowed the officials to take the items in custody today. Two samples of the medicines are being sent to the testing laboratory at Chandigarh for examination.

According to officials, medicines were being prepared inside the factory while its main gate was locked from the outside. It is reported that manufacturing and packing of medicines were being done in a secret manner.

It is also learnt that the unit had a licence for manufacturing albendazole syrup and tablet, but it was packing the drug in the wrappers of another brand illegally.

The unit was being run in unhygienic conditions in violation of norms.

Some of the wrappers lying there had an October date. About 60 kg of powder, 676 bottles of the syrup, rubber stamps, 1200 labels and samples of other material were seized from the factory.

None of the workers was a trained pharmacist, said Mr G.L. Singhal. He said a case would be filed in the district court soon.

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Mission to create 25 lakh jobs in 10 years
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
The Haryana Government has constituted the State Mission on Employment to generate employment for the educated persons in rural and urban areas of the state.

The prime objective of the Mission is to suggest strategies to achieve the target of providing employment opportunities to 25 lakh people over the next 10 years. The Mission would also prepare a time bound action plan for the implementation of the suggested strategies.

The scope of employment would include both organised and unorganised sectors, self-employment, entrepreneurship, development with special reference to micro enterprises and employment for artisans and skilled persons.

Haryana Chief Minister Om prakash Chautala will be the chairman of the Advisory Council of the Haryana Mission on Employment and the Chief Secretary of the state would be the vice-chairman. Other members of the Advisory Council of the Mission include Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Secretary, Labour and Employment, Chairman, Punjab National Bank, Director, Institute of Economic Growth, University Enclave, new Delhi, Prof S.K. Sundaram, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi, Prof Subhashish Gangopadhyay, Indian Statistical institute, new Delhi, Prof S. Mahendra Dev, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, Dr M.Z. Khan of Noida, Dr Amit Mitra, Secretary GFICCI, new Delhi, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, new Delhi, Adviser (LEM), Planning Commission, new Delhi, Managing Director, NABARD, Dr K.C. Bangar, chairman, Haryana Public Service Commission, Director, W Giri National Labour Institute, Noida, General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Chief or Resident Representative, International Labour Organisation, India, Mr Hemant Bharat Ram, President, Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology, New Delhi, Director, Indian Institute of Applied Manpower Research, President, NASSCOM, New Delhi, Director, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and Director General, Labour Bureau, Chandigarh.

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AIDS awareness camp at Central Jail
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 6
An AIDS awareness camp was held at Ambala Central Jail as part of the AIDS Awareness Week.

A number of jail inmates took part in the camp in which health officials gave details regarding AIDS.

District Health Officer Umesh Lamba said that India had a large number of AIDS cases. He said that all over the world, about four crore HIV cases had been detected and till now, about 1.80 crore people worldwide had died of AIDS, a release said.

He observed that in India, too, the number of HIV positive cases was steadily increasing. He said that according to a recent survey, about 38,000 men and women had been found HIV positive in Haryana, while 200 AIDS patients had been detected in the state.

Dr Lamba said that prevention was the best cure for AIDS. He said that AIDS spreads about 85 per cent due to unsafe sex and the remaining 15 per cent for other reasons, including using an infected needle.

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Haryana bans use of tractor-trailers for freight

Rohtak, December 6
The use of tractor-trailers for the transportation of goods without permit has been banned in Haryana.

According to Deputy Commissioner Anil Malik, the State Transport Controller has issued orders, declaring the use of tractor-trailers, for the transportation of goods without valid permit as illegal.

In view of these directions, the district administration has prohibited the plying of tractor-trailers on freight basis for government as well as private transportation work, the DC said, warning that the District Transport Officer and other enforcement agencies would take stern action against the vehicles found plying without valid permits.

Truck operators had been complaining against the use of tractor-trailers for the transportation of goods, causing financial losses to the truck operators, the DC said. UNI

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Donate to armed forces fund: CM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand and Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala have appealed to the people to donate liberally to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

In a message issued on the eve of Armed Forces Flag Day, the Governor said the funds so collected were being used for the welfare of the soldiers, ex-servicemen and their dependents.

The Chief Minister conveyed his good wishes to the armed forces and said that the nation would always remain indebted to the brave soldiers who had made supreme sacrifice to maintain the unity and integrity of the nation.

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Awards’ amount enhanced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
The Haryana Government has enhanced the amount of awards given to Punjabi writers for the promotion of Punjabi language and literature in the state.

This was disclosed by the Director, Haryana Punjabi Sahitya Academy, Maj (retd) Amrao singh Shergil. He said that a writer would now get Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 5,100 given earlier. Similarly, a grant-in-aid for a publication would be Rs 7,500 instead of Rs 5,000 and the award instituted in the name of great poet Bhai Santokh Singh would be Rs 21,000 in place of Rs 5,100. Story writers would be awarded Rs 1,200, Rs 1,000 and Rs 800 for securing first, second and third position respectively.

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