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Govt in a fix over selection of new VC
Rohtak, July 3
The departure of Babu Parmanand from Haryana Raj Bhavan has paved the way for an early appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University which has been hanging fire for the past more than six weeks due to a spat between the former Chancellor and the state government over the new incumbent.

MLAs meet Patil against Chautala
Chandigarh, July 3
Congress and Independent MLAs of Haryana today knocked at the door of the Union Home Minister with loads of complaints against the Om Prakash Chautala-led government in the state. They urged the minister to “intervene” and restore order in the state.

Farmers demonstrate, want regular power, water supply
Yamunanagar, July 3
Angry over erratic power supply farmers in some parts of the district held demonstrations against the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) here yesterday. Residents of the town had held a demonstration outside electricity complaint office here on Thursday night.

Spread up projects, Rao Inderjit to Laloo
Rewari, July 3
Union Minister of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh has written to Union Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav on two on-going railway projects about gauge conversion of the Rewari, Ringus, Ajmer and Phulera metre gauge route and the Delhi-Rewari track.

Devi Lal varsity issues 2 marks card to BA students
Sirsa, July 3
Have you ever heard of a university issuing two different detailed marks card (DMCs) to its students. Sounds strange? But it’s true.

Girl raped by criminal, accomplices
Rewari, July 3
A teenaged girl of Nai Basti Mohalla here was allegedly gang raped by a notorious criminal and several of his accomplices on June 27.

Jat Education Society honours Dharam Singh
Rohtak, July 3
Mr Dharam Singh Hooda a social worker who has collected Rs 13 lakh through donations for the Jat educational institutions here, was yesterday honoured for his contribution to these institutions.


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  Charges baseless, says Principal
Ambala, July 3
Two inquiries are being conducted to look into allegations of financial irregularities in the money collected for the Kargil fund and Gujarat earthquake relief fund by DAV Public School, Ambala Cantonment.

Padyatra reaches Rangiya Mandi
Ambala, July 3
Vikas-Prayas Padyatra under the leadership of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee deputy spokesperson Dr Pradeep Chauhan reached Rangiya Mandi today.

Demand to shift transformer
Ambala, July 3
Residents of Housing Board Colony here today demanded that a transformer located close to the road should be shifted to an open ground.

Youth Congress office-bearers
Ambala, July 3
A meeting of Ward No 31 of the Youth Congress was held under the presidentship of Mr Tarun Chugh.

Lovers commit suicide
Sonepat, July 3
Seema and her paramour Sandeep reportedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets at their respective houses in Sandal Kalan village, 5 km from here last evening.

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Govt in a fix over selection of new VC
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 3
The departure of Babu Parmanand from Haryana Raj Bhavan has paved the way for an early appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University which has been hanging fire for the past more than six weeks due to a spat between the former Chancellor and the state government over the new incumbent.

The post had fallen vacant in April when the then Vice-Chancellor Maj Gen (retd) Bhim Singh Suhag resigned to contest from the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat as the Indian National Lok Dal nominee. However, before the exercise to appoint a new Vice-Chancellor could be undertaken, the Chief Minister and Babu Parmanand developed serious political and personal differences and the government’s efforts to appoint a new Vice-Chancellor of its choice came to a naught.

Now that the MDU has a New Chancellor, decks have been cleared for appointing a regular Vice-Chancellor. But the government’s task is still not free from hurdles. If it retains the search panel which includes the nominee of the former Chancellor it is unlikely that the government will have the ultimate say in the selection. Babu Parmanand’s nominee, Dr Ramesh Chandra has so far stonewalled all attempts by the government to sideline him and have its way.

Under the circumstances, the other choice for the government is to honour the executive council’s decision annulling the earlier panel and make fresh nominations which it had hitherto refused to honour. Incidentally, the original panel had been appointed even before the then VC Gen Suhag had quit. Members of the council had vociferously objected to this unusual practice of appointing a panel before the vacancy had been created.

But given the present composition of the Executive Council, getting two members of the earlier panel — the VCs of Guru Jambheshwar University and Haryana Agricultural University — renominated may not be easy. This is despite the fact the government has appointed an IAS officer Mr Ashok Khemka as the new Registrar. Mr Khemka has held this post at MDU and other universities in the past when the then governments wanted the VCs tamed.

It is learnt that the government is planning to convene a meeting of the search panel sometime next week. The EC may also meet before that to make the fresh nominations.

Those among the race for this post are former Vice-Chancellor Gen Suhag who lost the Lok Sabha poll and former Chief Secretary A.N. Mathur, who retired last month.

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MLAs meet Patil against Chautala
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Congress and Independent MLAs of Haryana today knocked at the door of the Union Home Minister with loads of complaints against the Om Prakash Chautala-led government in the state. They urged the minister to “intervene” and restore order in the state.

Nine Haryana MLAs — four from the Congress and five Independents who recently joined hands with the Congress — also urged the Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, to ask the CBI to speed up the investigation into the JBT teachers recruitment scam.

The officiating Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Haryana, Mr Ajay Singh Yadav, Congress MLAs, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, Mr Jagjit Singh Sangwan and Mr Zakir Hussain, and Independent MLAs, Mr Rajendra Bisla, Mr Devraj Dewan, Mr Uday Bhan, Mr Jai Parkash Gupta and Mr Daryao Singh, today met Mr Patil in Delhi and urged him to expedite the probe.

“We told the Home Minister to ask the CBI to speed up investigations into the scam and net the kingpins of the racket at the earliest”, Mr Yadav told TNS over the telephone from Delhi.

The MLAs also told the Home Minister that the opposition MLAs were being harassed by the state government headed by Mr Chautala. “Mr Chautala is registering false cases against his political opponents.

A large number of politicians from the Congress and other opposition parties have been booked under false cases. We brought Mr Chautala’s policy of settling scores with his political opponents to the notice of the Home Minister”, Mr Yadav said.

He said the most recent case of harassment of an opposition politician was related to Mr Dewan. “The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has slapped various charges against the MLA as soon as he switched allegiance to the Congress from the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)”, Mr Yadav said.

He said the MLAs’ delegation also told Mr Patil that the law and order situation in the state had become deplorable.

“We told Mr Patil that Mr Chautala’s policy of releasing hardcore criminals from prisons by using the government’s special power was also responsible for the deterioration of the law and order situation in the state,” Mr Yadav said.

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Farmers demonstrate, want regular power, water supply
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 3
Angry over erratic power supply farmers in some parts of the district held demonstrations against the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) here yesterday. Residents of the town had held a demonstration outside electricity complaint office here on Thursday night.

Irregular power and unscheduled long cuts have angered urban and rural population of the district. Water supply in the district was also hit.

Shortage of power coupled with absence of rain has created a peculiar situation for farmers of the district as a significant number of them has already sown paddy and remaining are planning to sow it in next few days.

Farmers demonstrated outside the UHBVN offices in Radoor and Jathlana here yesterday. They were demanding sufficient power for paddy sowing.

Meanwhile, the Congress has threatened an agitation if supply of power was not assured.

“Paddy sowing needs a lot of water and we need to run tubewells for water”, said Mr Ram Ahir, who bought a drum full of diesel on Thursday.

Officials of the UHBVN claim that despite shortage of power, the supply has not been affected much. “Efforts were being made to regularise the supply”, said an official of the UHBVN.

According to reports more than 400 villages of the district were severely affected by power shortage. It is being alleged that at times power remains off for more than one day.

“The Manmohan Singh government has increased the price of diesel and the Chautala government has switched off the power supply. A farmer like me owning small chunk of land is now left on the mercy of rain god”, said Mr Tarkeswar Ram, a farmer from Bilaspur.

Power position in the twin townships of Yamunanagar and Jagadhri is also ‘worse’. Urban population has been also facing unscheduled long power cuts. Both commercial and government establishments are now dependent on generators for power supply and the air-conditioners remain more or less switched off.

“I could not watch the Euro – 2004 semifinal due to power cut”, said Mr Vipul Sharma of Jagdhari. A shopkeeper in Model Town, Yamunanagar, alleged that power scene in the district was the worst in the recent past. “Power cuts and the scorching sun have forced residents of the townships to remain indoors and the business community was suffering”, said a shopkeeper. “Thank god the colleges are yet to open otherwise we would have to sit in our classrooms without fans”, said Rakesh Saini, a B.A (II) student of a college here to the Tribune.

“The claim of Chautala government that Haryana had surplus power has gone haywire. The farmers of the state are suffering due to the apathy of the government and the electricity department. If the power supply position is not improved in the next few days, the Congress would be forced to launch an agitation”, said Mr Satpal Kaushik, Secretary, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC).

KURUKSHETRA: Due to rise in temperature, shortage of power and unscheduled cuts by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVNL), lot of inconvenience is being faced by the residents of Kurukshetra and nearby villages for the past four days.

Residents are also facing an acute shortage of drinking water and small scale units have been hit by power crisis. Paddy crop has started drying up due to shortage of power.

Nearly 12 farmers from Dhurala village, 4 km from here, already blocked traffic twice in protest against erratic power supply.

UHBVNL authorities are silent on the issue of power supply but sources admitted that whole of the northern Haryana was reeling under power crisis due to a fault in Bhakhra Beas Management Board.

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Spread up projects, Rao Inderjit to Laloo
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 3
Union Minister of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh has written to Union Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav on two on-going railway projects about gauge conversion of the Rewari, Ringus, Ajmer and Phulera metre gauge route and the Delhi-Rewari track. He pointed out that at present rail traffic was moving via the Ajmer , Bandiqui, Alwar, Rewari and Delhi route which was saturated to capacity of over 150 per cent. The existing Rewari, Ringus, Ajmer and Phulera metre gauge route, which provided connectivity to Delhi and Udaipur as well, was an alternative route

The santion of the metre-gauge route project has been pending with the Railway Board. It was proposed to be executed with- out any budgetary support and its cost was to be met with borrowings from the market by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, he added.

He explained that the Delhi-Rewari gauge conversion project was an old one. It was sanctioned in 1993-94 with an estimated cost of Rs 70 crore. He informed that Rs 40 crore had already been spent on it. He urged the Railway Minister to increase the allocation of Rs 7 crore to 20 crore to ensure its completion in one go. He added that these two projects were interlinked and vital for freight and passenger movement from Kandla and Udaipur to Delhi. Rao Inderjit Singh urged for expeditious construction of the two overbridges on the Rewari-Delhi railway line, level-crossing no. 57 B on the Rewari-Jhajjar road and the Rewari-Alwar Railway line, level-crossing no. 58 A on the Rewari-Narnaul road, sanction for which had been accorded by the Railway Ministry.

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Devi Lal varsity issues 2 marks card to BA students
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 3
Have you ever heard of a university issuing two different detailed marks card (DMCs) to its students. Sounds strange? But it’s true.

Undergraduate students who passed out of Chaudhary Devi Lal University are bound to face the wrath of the parent university in getting admission in some other institutions due to two different DMCs issued to them. Confusion prevails among final year students of BA and B.Sc, who got such detailed marks cards.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that the detailed marks cards issued today to students of the local National PG College differ in font and point sizes. Another point of confusion on the part of the BA students is the printed name of the degree mentioning it as Bachelor of Art (instead of Arts), which is altogether a different subject.

Officials term the glaring blunders as troublesome for students aspiring to get admission in other universities. Sources on the campus blamed the university authorities for the blunder, as the students might have to prove that their DMCs were not fake. “This is a serious issue as the mention of Art instead of Arts and non-uniformity of DMCs might put students in trouble. It also puts a question mark on the university’s functioning,’’ points out an insider.

Meanwhile, this seems to be a non-issue for the university authorities. When contacted, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.P. Dahiya, terms it is a ‘minor issue’. When asked about the non-uniformity of the DMCs he says, “we inherited the Kurukshetra University’s pattern as before the establishment of this university it was the Kurukshetra University’s study centre.’’ He further admits that the font used in B.Sc detailed marks cards is confusing as there seems to be a similarity between the letter ‘V’ and ‘B’ but hasten to add that the font will not be used from the current academic session.

Interestingly, he further added that to avoid delay in the declaration of results, detailed marks cards of the BA were given a distinct pattern while printing the university’s name. “It is not the format of the detailed marks cards, including the style, font or point size that matters, it is just the marks which are considered while admitting a student,’’ he says. On the issue of mentioning Art in BA detailed marks cards, Mr Dahiya says he brought the matter to the notice of the Controller of Examination, Mr Sarjeet Singh Bhambhoo, but the same was not rectified. “We will inform the principals concerned to suffix the latter ‘S’ and also issue a new BA detailed marks cards if a student asks for the same,’’ he adds.

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Girl raped by criminal, accomplices
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 3
A teenaged girl of Nai Basti Mohalla here was allegedly gang raped by a notorious criminal and several of his accomplices on June 27.

The victim, who had been threatened with dire consequences if she dared to open her mouth in this regard, kept mum for several days after which she eventually divulged the matter to her parents.

Consequently they approached the police which got the girl medically examined which confirmed the rape following which a case of abduction, rape, extortion, wrongful confinement and criminal conspiracy under Sections 363, 366,376, 384, 342, 120-B, 34 of the IPC was registered on July 1 against the accused Jitender, alias Jeeta Gujjar, and four others.

The police has arrested Jeeta Gujjar as well as a photographer while three other accused. Kishan Gujjar, Surender Gujjar and Deepak are absconding.

The police yesterday arrested Dalip Singh, father of Surender Gujjar, Jagdish, father of Kishan Gujjar and Amarjit, brother of Deepak, on charges of harbouring the offenders under Section 216 of the IPC. However, Dalip Singh, Jagdish and Amarjit were granted bail by the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate here today.

The girl was picked up from a place near her residence in Nai Basti Mohalla on June 27 after which she was taken in a Maruti van to a house in Uttam Nagar. There she was gang raped by the accused who then took her to a studio where her photographs in compromising positions were taken. After that the accused dropped the girl near her residence.

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Jat Education Society honours Dharam Singh
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 3
Mr Dharam Singh Hooda a social worker who has collected Rs 13 lakh through donations for the Jat educational institutions here, was yesterday honoured for his contribution to these institutions.

He was presented with a memento and a shawl by president of the Jat Education Society Uday Singh Maan.

The society also expressed gratitude to Ghuskaani village which has donated 170 acres of land to the society for building more educational institutions there. The society announced that a school and an engineering college would be built on this land.

Leaders of teachers’ organisations of the Jat educational institutions pleaded with the Chief Minister to release grants for the institutions which had been withheld for three years.

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Charges baseless, says Principal
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 3
Two inquiries are being conducted to look into allegations of financial irregularities in the money collected for the Kargil fund and Gujarat earthquake relief fund by DAV Public School, Ambala Cantonment.

While the school management committee has set up a two-member fact-finding committee to inquire into the allegations, the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, has directed the Additional Deputy Commissioner to look into the matter.

The Ambala Cantonment MLA, Mr Anil Vij, said the allegations were of serious nature. “A high-level enquiry must be conducted to ascertain the truth,” he said.

A press note issued by the president of the school management committee, Mr S.R. Sareen, states: “The school has been running since 1998 and has built a magnificent structure for the service of the people of Ambala. The school has been showing excellent results year after year. The allegations levelled by some elements are baseless and without any merit.”

“Since there were allegations of financial irregularities, the management decided to hold an intensive and detailed audit of the relevant years. The Principal ordered the office staff to hand over the relevant record and documents related to accounts to the auditors duly appointed by the managing committee, but the office staff refused to hand over the relevant record and documents. The management plans to discuss the issue and take necessary disciplinary action in this regard,” the note stated.

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Padyatra reaches Rangiya Mandi
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 3
Vikas-Prayas Padyatra under the leadership of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee deputy spokesperson Dr Pradeep Chauhan reached Rangiya Mandi today.

Dr Chauhan said the local residents had demanded that a primary school should be opened in the locality. He said the contract system had started in different departments of the government and the labourers were not getting their dues. He demanded that the contract system must end.

He said many people were getting inflated power bills despite the fact that they had limited electricity usage. He said complaints of the people were being systematically noted and they would be taken up with the department concerned.

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Demand to shift transformer
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 3
Residents of Housing Board Colony here today demanded that a transformer located close to the road should be shifted to an open ground.

The residents stated that the transformer had caught fire last night. Since it was located close to the road, traffic had to be brought to a halt. They suggested that the transformer could be shifted to an open ground near Kasturba Colony.

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Youth Congress office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 3
A meeting of Ward No 31 of the Youth Congress was held under the presidentship of Mr Tarun Chugh.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Bhoom Singh Rana. New vice-presidents in Ward No 31 are Mr Surendra Kumar Ghotra, Mr Shashi Bhushan Khanna, Mr Gurpreet Singh and Mr Suresh Kumar. The general secretaries are Mr Sushil Kumar, Mr Amit Dogra, Mr Kishore Chand and Mr Hardeep Chand. The secretaries are Mr Jagjit Singh, Mr Parveen Mehta, Mr Gurpreet and Mr Umesh Kumar while the organising secretaries are Mr Rakesh Suri, Mr Raj Kumar Sehgal, Mr Rajiv Vashisht and Mr Rimpy Bhatia.

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Lovers commit suicide
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 3
Seema and her paramour Sandeep reportedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets at their respective houses in Sandal Kalan village, 5 km from here last evening.

According to a report, they wanted to marry but their parents were opposed to it. The police has sent the bodies for a post-mortem examination.

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