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Kidwai’s first advice to Haryana
Chandigarh, July 15
The newly appointed octogenarian Governor of Haryana, Dr A.R. Kidwai, has sent his first advice to the state government.

Chautala demands dismissal of Punjab Govt
Chandigarh, July 15
Has the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, set for himself a single point agenda — mobilise support to get Punjab under President’s rule after getting the Congress government in the state dismissed.

CM promises basic facilities to villages
Kurukshetra, July 15
Any village depositing 10 per cent amount under the ‘Swa Jal Dhara’ scheme will be granted 90 per cent as matching grant by the state government for providing every house in the village clean drinking water.

Punjab must honour pacts, says Ajay
Ambala, July 15
A senior leader of the INLD, Mr Ajay Chautala, today alleged that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had passed the Punjab Termination of Agreement Bill, 2004, at a special Vidhan Sabha Session with the consent of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

CLP wants to meet PM on river waters
Rewari, July 15
Officiating chief of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party Ajay Singh Yadav has faxed a communication to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, seeking an appointment for the CLP over the water-sharing issue.

Aggarwals seek HPCC chief’s post
Rohtak, July 15
Haryana Congress chief Bhajan Lal’s rebuttal of reports of impending changes in the party set-up notwithstanding, the Aggarwal community is gearing up for a campaign to install one of its members as the HPCC chief before the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha poll.


Stories from Haryana towns falling in the National Capital Region are put in
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EARLIER STORIES
 

Make HUDA land free of encroachments, officials urged
Panchkula, July 15
The Chief Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Mr NC Wadhwa, has asked all officials to ensure that the authority’s land was safe from encroachments. Mr Wadhwa was addressing a meeting of HUDA Administrators, Estate Officers, Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers from all over the state.

Counselling for varsity courses begins on July 19
Chandigarh, July 15
Counselling for admission to four and five-year engineering technology architecture courses for 2004-05 in respect of the candidates who have submitted their application forms for admission along with requisite documents and fee on the basis of rank obtained in AIEEE and CEET-2004 shall start from July 19 at Faculty House, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar.

Strike by oil tanker owners
Ambala, July 15
Petroleum products supply to North India may be thrown out of gear following a strike by local oil tanker owners at the IOC depot this morning.
The process of loading of tankers at the major IOC depot on the GT road was affected after members of the Ambala Transporters Association decided to go on strike in support of their demand.

Delay in monsoon hits paddy crop
Sonepat, July 15
The delay in the monsoon and the shortage of electricity have adversely affected the transplanted paddy crop in this district. Representatives of various farmers organisations today expressed concern over the erratic supply of canal water particularly in the villages falling under the jurisdiction of the Rai Water Service Division.

Rs 7 crore for development of Shivalik region
Panchkula, July 15
A sum of Rs 7 crore has been earmarked for the development of the Shivalik region during this financial year, according to the Additional Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shivalik Development Board, Mr Brijinder Singh.

Remixes upset Mahendra Kapoor
Sirsa, July 15
“Chalo ek bar phir se ajnabi ban jayeen hum dono’’, the Filmfare award winning number from the B.R. Chopra’s film “Gumrah” is close to legendary playback singer Mahendra Kapoor’s heart. His soul-stirring voice still moves the Hindi music lovers but the deteriorating standard of the Indian music makes him a gloomy man.

High Court
Arrest stayed
Chandigarh, July 15
The arrest of Karnal MLA Jai Prakash Gupta was today stayed by the High Court. The order was passed on a petition filed by the MLA and his brother, Mr Paras Ram Gupta, seeking directions to the Haryana Police not to arrest them without adequate notice in a case registered by the Indri police on August 8, 2002, under various sections of the society, including cheating.

Inquiry ordered into artificial insemination fraud
Karnal, July 15
Reacting to a news item “Artificial insemination: quacks fleece farmers” published in The Tribune on July 12, National Dairy Research Institute here has marked an inquiry into the matter.

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Kidwai’s first advice to Haryana
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The newly appointed octogenarian Governor of Haryana, Dr A.R. Kidwai, has sent his first advice to the state government.

According to highly-placed sources in the government, the Governor's advice in short says: "If the government has to meddle with any constitutional post, the department concerned must moot the proposal well in time."

His advice has also stalled the appointment of the third State Election Commissioner (SEC) for the timebeing.

The sources say Dr Kidwai was constrained to advise the government when an amendment to the State Election Commissioner Conditions Rules, 1994, was sent to him by the Cabinet for approval. The amendment was approved by the Cabinet last evening.

Under the existing rules, either a sitting or a retired High Court Judge or a serving or a retired Commissioner of at least five years' standing or a Financial Commissioner alone can be appointed the SEC. The amendment proposes that a Chairman of a Public Service Commission with at least three years' experience or a former Vice-Chancellor of a university having completed at least one three-year term can also be appointed the SEC.

It is widely believed that through this amendment the government wants to make either the Chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission, Dr K.C. Bangar, or the former Vice-Chancellor of Maharashi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Maj-Gen Bhim Singh Suhag, the new SEC.

Interestingly, the post fell vacant yesterday following the completion of the five-year term of Mr T.D. Jogpal, a former IAS officer of the 1968 batch. The sources say the amendment was proposed by the department concerned yesterday itself. The Cabinet also approved it the same day. The Raj Bhavan also received the proposed amendment yesterday itself.

The sources say the Governor has also sought information about the eligibility conditions for appointment of the SEC in other states. Since Dr Kidwai will remain away from Chandigarh for about a week, the appointment of the new SEC will remain on hold at least till then.

If the Haryana rules are amended as approved by the Cabinet, it will be the first state in the country, where a non-IAS or a non-judicial background person would be eligible to become the SEC.

The bureaucracy in the state is also not happy with the proposed amendment. However, no officer is willing to come on record. In private senior officers say the law-makers had zeroed in on judicial officers or bureaucrats for the post of SEC after much deliberations. A High Court Judge is suitable for this post because its job is quasi-judicial. A Judge also hears and decides election-related cases and petitions during his tenure in a High Court. Since he handles election work at various stages of his career as an SDM, a DC, a Commissioner or even as an Observer of the Election Commission of India, a bureaucrat was also considered to be fit to be a SEC.

In all other states, either judicial officers or senior bureaucrats have been appointed SECs. If in Kerala, Mr N. Mohan Dass, a former High Court Judge, is the SEC, IAS officers of the 1964 batch, Mr G.S. Shukla and Ms Aparmita Prasad Singh occupy the august office in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. Andhra Pradesh has Mr K. Madhava Rao, an IAS officer of the 1962 batch. Earlier he was the Chief Secretary(CS) of the state.

Even in neighbouring Punjab, Mr C.L. Bains of the 1966 IAS batch looks after the democracy at the grassroot level. The Union Territories like Andaman and Nicobar and Chandigarh have a common SEC in Mr R.D. Kapoor, an IAS officer of the 1966 batch. Earlier the Union Territories had the SEC of the 1961 batch in Mr Rohiningthana.

The post of SEC has assumed importance because he is an ex-officio member of the Delimitation Commission. A biased SEC can play havoc with political careers of adversaries of the ruling party in his capacity as a member of the Delimitation Commission.

The Haryana bureaucracy is angry over the move for another reason also. It feels that earlier members of their service used to be made members of the Public Service Commission. The practice seems to have been discontinued in the state. It says if the proposed amendment is approved, another post for which a retired bureaucrat could aspire for would be lost to the IAS tribe
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Chautala demands dismissal of Punjab Govt
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Has the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, set for himself a single point agenda — mobilise support to get Punjab under President’s rule after getting the Congress government in the state dismissed.

If his utterances and speeches after his meeting with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on July 13 are any indication, he appears to be building pressure on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre to act fast.

Mr Chautala reportedly told the Prime Minister during a one-to-one meeting that unless the Centre acted fast “the situation would go out of control and the country would be disintegrated”.

During his hourlong meeting, Mr Chautala said unless something was done fast, his government would be under pressure from the people of the State to annul the Yamuna Water Agreement, thus suggesting that water supply to Delhi could also be stopped.

Today Mr Chautala went to the extent of demanding dismissal of the Capt Amarinder Singh government in Punjab, saying that he could not have got the Act through in such a hurry without the tactical support of the Congress high command as well as the UPA government at the Centre.

Though what actually transpired at the meeting could not be ascertained, it is certain that Mr Chautala made it clear that work on the completion of the SYL canal could not be started till the state was brought under President’s rule. The Punjab termination of Agreement Act has provided him a lever to browbeat not only his main political opponent, (Congress), in the State but also the UPA government.
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CM promises basic facilities to villages
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 15
Any village depositing 10 per cent amount under the ‘Swa Jal Dhara’ scheme will be granted 90 per cent as matching grant by the state government for providing every house in the village clean drinking water.

This was stated by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while redressing the people’s grievances at the ‘Sarkaar Aap Ke Dwar’ programme organised by the district administration at Ladwa, 20 km from here today.

Mr Chautala said the state government was determined to provide basic amenities to every citizen.

Mr Chautala announced that a 220 KV sub-station would be installed in Ladwa shortly. He directed the Electricity Department to replace the iron poles with cement ones and change old wires and transformers. With this, there would be no shortage of electricity by the year-end in the state, he claimed.

The Chief Minister announced that the schools which fulfil all norms prescribed by the Haryana Education Department would be upgraded. He directed the Education Department to provide clean drinking water to the students in schools. He said toilets should also be constructed for the students and desks provided for them.

Mr Chautala said that a gram panchayat depositing 33,000 would be provided a matching grant of Rs 2.5 lakh for the construction of an aanganwadi centre in the village, where sewing centres would be opened for women.

Under the Devi Rakshak scheme, Mr Chautala distributed cheques for Rs 1 lakh each to dependents, of 11 families who had lost their earning members. The beneficiaries included Ms Krishna Devi of Kheri Dabdalan, Ms Rukman Devi of Babain, Ms Bala Devi of Kharindwa, Ms Sukhwinder Kaur of Madanpur, Ms Babli of Teegri Khalsa, Ms Kailasho Devi of Badarpur, Ms Maado Devi of Machhrouli, Ms Lakshmi Devi of Bibipur, Ms Renu Devi of Kalirano, Ms Shero Devi of Sandhauli and Ms Mamraj of Shanti Nagar.

Earlier, Mr Chautala unveiled the statue of Maharaja Shursaini at the railway road here today. He also laid the foundation stone of primary health centre costing Rs 70 lakh at Guda village , 25 km from here.

After unveiling the statue, Mr Chautala called upon the Congress leaders to come out and pressurise the Centre for an early construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal (SYL). He said that there was Congress government at the Centre and two MPs of Haryana were Cabinet ministers at the Centre. If the government did not pay heed to their say, they should resign from their respective posts, he suggested.
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Punjab must honour pacts, says Ajay
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 15
A senior leader of the INLD, Mr Ajay Chautala, today alleged that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had passed the Punjab Termination of Agreement Bill, 2004, at a special Vidhan Sabha Session with the consent of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Addressing a rally of party workers here, he said it was unfortunate that the Union Government had not reacted over the anti-constitutional decision of the Punjab Government. He said the Haryana Government would knock the door of the Supreme Court. He said Haryanvis might stop water flowing toward Delhi and they could consider stopping vehicles of Punjab passing through Haryana.

He said most of the water pacts were signed during the regime of the Congress government and the Congress itself had annulled those accords. He said it was the duty of the Union Government to force the Punjab Government to honour these pacts.

Asked whether the Haryana Government could summon a special session of Haryana Assembly on the pattern of Punjab on this issue, he said if the Opposition parties agreed, the state government could think about it.

Asked if his party would demand the Union Government to dismiss the Punjab Government for going against the Constitution, he said the Chief Minister of Punjab had lost the right to continue as Chief Minister.
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CLP wants to meet PM on river waters
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 15
Officiating chief of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (HCLP) Ajay Singh Yadav has faxed a communication to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, seeking an appointment for the CLP over the water-sharing issue.

Addressing a press conference here this morning, Captain Yadav (retd) said the Punjab Termination of the Agreements Act, 2004, which annulled the December 1981 agreement among Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan had sent shock waves in Haryana.

He said the legislation enacted by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha was unprecedented and unconstitutional.

Emphasising on the urgency of the completion of the SYL canal, which was a long-cherished dream as well as lifeline for Haryana, Captain Yadav (retd) asserted that they would secure their legitimate share of the Ravi- Beas waters.

Expressing dissatisfaction at the “inept” handling of such a grave and vital issue by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, he said the Chief Minister sould file a suit of damages against the Punjab Government, in the Supreme Court.
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Two Cong meetings on SYL issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The Haryana Congress has failed to put up a united face even on an issue considered to be very vital for the state. Two groups of the party have convened separate meetings of its MLAs and MPs to discuss the situation arising out of the passage of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, which has negated the Indira Gandhi Award on the SYL canal.

The officiating Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party(HCLP), Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, has convened a meeting of the MLAs and the MPs at Delhi tomorrow to discuss the SYL issue. A former party chief, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has given his blessings to this meeting, which will be held in Haryana Bhavan at 5 p.m.
On the other hand, the Haryana Congress President, Mr Bhajan Lal, has convened a meeting of the MLAs, MPs and other senior leaders of the party at the Chandigarh party office on July 17 at 10 a.m.
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HVP spits fire over water pacts issue
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 15
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has decided to oppose the Punjab Government’s decision to scrap inter-state agreements on river waters and hold demonstrations on July 19 at all the district headquarters in Haryana.

Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the state unit of the party, told mediapersons here today that the party would not remain a mute spectator on this issue. The stand taken by the Punjab Government, he said, was unfortunate, unjust and unwarranted. He appealed to the party workers to organise protest demonstrations and join the dharnas in large numbers to express their anguish against the Punjab Government.

Later, Mr Jain toured the areas of the city under the “Opposition aap ke dwar” programme and heard the grievances of people regarding the government’s apathy and failure of district as well as Sonepat municipal council authorities in solving the problems of the residents.
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Aggarwals seek HPCC chief’s post
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 15
Haryana Congress chief Bhajan Lal’s rebuttal of reports of impending changes in the party set-up notwithstanding, the Aggarwal community is gearing up for a campaign to install one of its members as the HPCC chief before the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha poll.

Although community leaders in the party have been pressing their claim for long, the move was initiated again recently amidst rumours that top-level changes in the party were in the offing. A few members of the community informally met on Tuesday and decided to form a core group for mustering support of other community leaders in the state for the purpose.

A senior Congress leader who attended the meeting told The Tribune here yesterday that despite their numerical strength, the Haryana Congress had never had a member of their community as its chief. He said only Mr Ram Kishan Gupta headed the party in the past but that was when Haryana was a part of Punjab.

The only other member of the community who has occupied a top political office is Mr Banarsi Das Gupta. He remained Chief Minister during the Emergency when the Congress was in power in Haryana. Otherwise, members of the Aggarwal community had only been ministers whenever the Congress ruled the state.

He said the community had a legitimate claim on the HPCC chief’s post as non-Jats accounted for 78 per cent of the population. Besides, unlike several other non-Jat communities who had a presence in either urban or rural areas, the Aggarwals had significant numbers in both. This, they say, would help the party strengthen in both towns and villages.

It is learnt that within this community, the choice of its candidate is narrowing down to industrialist-turned-politician Om Parkash Jindal. Community leaders say Mr Jindal, who is at present a legislator, has also been a member of the Lok Sabha. His son Naveen Jindal recently won the Kurukshetra Lok Sabha seat on Congress ticket.

They stress that Mr Jindal has never occupied a position in the government and, therefore, enjoyed a clean image. Another factor they cite in his favour is that he has won elections both from Hisar and Kurukshetra. This, they claim, is an indication of his vote-catching capacity. They also point out that he belonged to none of the factions currently engaged in an internecine fight.

However, those opposed to Mr Jindal maintain that there are other party leaders from their community who are far senior to him. They say that Mr Mange Ram Gupta from Jind has been in the Congress longer than Mr Jindal and also has a rich experience as minister on different occasions.
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Make HUDA land free of encroachments,
officials urged
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 15
The Chief Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Mr NC Wadhwa, has asked all officials to ensure that the authority’s land was safe from encroachments.

Mr Wadhwa was addressing a meeting of HUDA Administrators, Estate Officers, Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers from all over the state. He asked them to start anti-encroachment drives in all urban estates of the state on a war footing, so that HUDA could initiate development of the land acquired by it.

The Chief Administrator asked the officers to give top priority to maintenance and widening of roads and better sanitation facilities in the urban areas being developed and maintained by HUDA. He urged them to plant trees in the urban settlements as part of Vanamahotsav celebrations.

He asked the officials to decide on the auction of commercial sites, only after they had studied the market trends, so that the auctions were successful. Mr Wadhwa also asked the officers to redress public complaints at their own level, and organise monthly or fortnightly darbars where people could come with their complaints.

Mr Wadhwa was also apprised of the recovery of installments affected from the allottees and was informed that there was 125 per cent of recovery, during the first quarter. He also reviewed the land acquisition cases and the village development schemes.
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Counselling for varsity courses begins on July 19
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Counselling for admission to four and five-year engineering technology architecture courses for 2004-05 in respect of the candidates who have submitted their application forms for admission along with requisite documents and fee on the basis of rank obtained in AIEEE and CEET-2004 shall start from July 19 at Faculty House, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar.

While disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the university said that Rs. 9000 for Ch. Chottu Ram State College of Engineering, Murthal and Ch. Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College, Panniwala Mota, and Rs 20,000 for other institutions/Universities for admission would be required to be deposited at the time of counselling either in cash or in the shape of bank draft drawn in favour of the Registrar, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, payable at Hisar. Any excess/shortage would be adjusted by the institution where the candidate was admitted after notification by the state government.

He said that candidates should come prepared to stay overnight if required and make their own arrangements. They should also bring their original certificates with them.

The spokesman said that the candidates should bring their medical certificates signed only by a government medical officer.

One guardian/parents would be allowed to accompany the candidate at the time of counselling for admission. In case of All-India Category seats, the rank of AIEEE only would be considered and not the state rank.

Such candidates would have to submit proof of rank of AIEEE.
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Strike by oil tanker owners
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 15
Petroleum products supply to North India may be thrown out of gear following a strike by local oil tanker owners at the IOC depot this morning.

The process of loading of tankers at the major IOC depot on the GT road was affected after members of the Ambala Transporters Association decided to go on strike in support of their demand. Only tankers belonging to government agencies were allowed to load and leave the complex.

The local transporters are demanding that they should be allowed to ply their tankers on the Ambala-Leh route. They alleged that the authorities concerned were showing favouritism to the transporters from Jammu and Kashmir while the local transporters were being ignored.

An official, however, said the decision regarding the allotment of routes was taken by the higher-ups and they only followed orders.

The transporters sat in dharna outside the IOC depot main gate and blocked the road leading to the terminal. They raised slogans against the authorities concerned. A posse of policemen was called to ensure that there was no untoward incident.

A transporter said last year transporters were asked to fill in joint tenders for the Ambala-Leh as well as the Ambala-Parwanoo routes. “While we have got the Ambala-Parwanoo route, which is not profitable, a few others have been alloted the profitable Ambala-Leh route,” he said. “On the Ambala-Parwanoo route, the monthly billing is of only Rs 8,000 while the monthly billing on the Ambala-Leh route is in the range of Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh,” he added.

He said after they had raised this issue, some vehicles plying on the Ambala-Parwanoo route were allowed to ply on the Ambala-Leh route last year. “As many as 73 local tankers were allowed on the Ambala-Leh route last year,” he said.

“This year, we again demanded that we, too, should be given the Ambala-Leh route but our request was not heeded. If we could be given the Ambala-Leh route last year then why cannot we be given this route this year,” he said. “The season for supply to Leh will be over soon and we will have to suffer heavy losses,” he lamented.
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Delay in monsoon hits paddy crop
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 15
The delay in the monsoon and the shortage of electricity have adversely affected the transplanted paddy crop in this district. Representatives of various farmers organisations today expressed concern over the erratic supply of canal water particularly in the villages falling under the jurisdiction of the Rai Water Service Division. They urged the state government to take immediate and effective steps to ensure the regular supply of water and electricity in the rural areas.

In a joint press note they demanded immediate transfer and suspension of the officials of the Irrigation Department and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) who have failed to maintain the supply of canal water and the electricity in the agricultural sector.

According to a report, the UHBVN has given an assurance that the tubewells in the rural areas will be supplied power for eight hours daily.
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Rs 7 crore for development of Shivalik region
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 15
A sum of Rs 7 crore has been earmarked for the development of the Shivalik region during this financial year, according to the Additional Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shivalik Development Board, Mr Brijinder Singh.

He said the budget had been approved by the board and would be utilized for the development of the Shivalik foothill region, falling in the districts of Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar.

Mr Brijinder Singh said the money would be utilised for providing irrigation facilities in the region, construction of check dams and small height dams and for the watershed management programmes. He said though there was a proposal to construct link roads in the region, it was shot down by the board last year.

The CEO says that the board had initiated a number of development works in Morni area for providing water for irrigation, rain water harvesting and making small height dams. 
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Remixes upset Mahendra Kapoor
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 15
“Chalo ek bar phir se ajnabi ban jayeen hum dono’’, the Filmfare award winning number from the B.R. Chopra’s film “Gumrah” is close to legendary playback singer Mahendra Kapoor’s heart. His soul-stirring voice still moves the Hindi music lovers but the deteriorating standard of the Indian music makes him a gloomy man.

Talking to the TNS, the singing icon said there was nothing wrong with the remix numbers if done with dignity. “If a singer sings the old numbers without butchering the original composition as was attempted by Asha didi in her album dedicated to Pancham da, I accept it. But the ongoing trend is not fair,’’ he says. He was in the town to perform at a devotional programme in the memory of Baba Tara temple here.

His first number “aadha hai chandrama raat aadhi’’ from the classic “Navrang” had made him a star overnight. He had a long-lasting rapport with filmmakers like B.R.Chopra and Manoj Kumar and also with poets like Sahir. He recorded his first song in 1957 and never looked back. Still young at heart at 70, the veteran singer is cutting a sufiana album. He is, however, not keen to sing for movies any longer, as he feels contented with singing devotional songs.

Talking in chaste English and Punjabi, Kapoor got nostalgic while talking about the golden era of Indian film music. “Those were the days when I got a chance to work with legends like Rafi phaji, Manna Dey, Talat Mehmood, Lataji, Asha didi besides others,’’ he adds. Born at Amritsar, his father shifted to Mumbai when he was only a month old to manage the garment business. “I did not face any difficulty in joining the film industry as my passion for singing was never suppressed by my family though it was considered to be an untouchable profession at the time.’’

While talking about his association with Rafi saab, he got emotional. “Rafi saab always asked me to remain humble as he said success is only due to His blessing. I still try to follow this lesson,’’ he says. On one occasion, he added, Rafi saab asked me to come to the rooftop at around 4 am and asked me to offer prayers. He rubbed his nose nine times against the floor as a mark of gratitude for God’s blessings.

Impressed and inspired by Mohammad Rafi, Kapoor made him his guru after tying the traditional ganda-taviz. “Since Rafi saab too belonged to Amritsar, our families had good relations and he always encouraged me to take training in classical music. Initially, I took training from B.M. Vyas ji, the elder brother of legendary Bharat Vyas.’’

Recalling another instance, he said after the success of the movie “Baiju Bawra”, a band of fans approached Rafi saab for autographs but he did not understand it. “Rafi phaji enquired from me what the crowd wanted from him and I told him that they wanted his name in their respective diaries. The simple soul, Rafi saab told me sign his name and I followed his instructions and it worked.’’
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High Court
Arrest stayed
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 15
The arrest of Karnal MLA Jai Prakash Gupta was today stayed by the High Court.

The order was passed on a petition filed by the MLA and his brother, Mr Paras Ram Gupta, seeking directions to the Haryana Police not to arrest them without adequate notice in a case registered by the Indri police on August 8, 2002, under various sections of the society, including cheating.

The petitioners claimed that the case was politically motivated and the sudden interest in it was due to the fact that MLA Gupta had recently withdrawn support to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Government in Haryana.

After hearing counsel for the petitioners, Mr Justice Varinder Singh while staying their arrest in the case also issued notice to the respondents for August 15.
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Inquiry ordered into artificial insemination fraud
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 15
Reacting to a news item “Artificial insemination: quacks fleece farmers” published in The Tribune on July 12, National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) here has marked an inquiry into the matter. Farmers in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Jind and Kaithal districts had complained that artificial insemination in cattle had become an expensive and risky exercise with low pregnancy rate, as many quacks were posing as veterinary experts.

The Director-cum-Vice-Chancellor of the NDRI, Dr Nagendra Sharma, told The Tribune that a detailed inquiry would be conducted into the matter.

He reiterated that the NDRI did not take any service charges for artificial insemination.

The result of each insemination was strictly monitored for scientific evaluation as per the standing instructions, he said, adding that scientists were accountable for their work.
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