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Floods: Haryana Health Department seeks Rs 3 crore
Chandigarh, August 11
The Haryana Health Department has submitted a contingency plan to the state government to prevent outbreak of epidemics in the state in the wake of floods. Funds worth Rs 3 crore have been sought by the Health Department to gear itself up to meet the challenges of the situation.

CM takes stock of flood situation
Kurukshetra, August 11
Farmers, whose crops were damaged during the recent floods in Haryana, will be duly compensated. This was announced by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while inspecting the flood-affected areas from the Markanda bridge on the Kurukshetra-Kaithal boundary, 40 km from here, last evening.

Hike in paddy MSP meagre, says Chautala
Chandigarh, August 11
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today criticised the Congress-led Central Government for making a meagre hike of only Rs 10 per quintal in the minimum support price for paddy saying that the government had played a cruel joke on farmers of the country.

Survey for building ring bundh to avoid flooding
Ambala, August 11
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today said a survey would be carried out for building a ring bundh so that Ambala Cantonment, Ambala City and the Naggal area could be saved from flooding in future.

Technical education to be job-oriented in Haryana
Chandigarh, August 11
The technical education in Haryana is set to be job-oriented with the National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research here devising a new curriculum for the polytechnics.


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High Court
Haryana MLA seeks bail, notice issued
Chandigarh, August 11
Mr Justice Jasbir Singh of the High Court on Tuesday issued notice for September 7 on a petition filed by Haryana Independent MLA Tejbir Singh. In his petition, Mr Tejbir has sought bail in a case of alleged rape for which he is currently in jail.

HVP open to poll alliance
Sonepat, August 11
The Haryana Vikas Party was ready to forge an electoral alliance with any political party except the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal for contesting the next Assembly elections in the State.

319 cr for bricklining of water courses
Karnal, August 11
The Haryana Government has earmarked over Rs 319 crore for bricklining water courses in the state, besides a special plan to repair all the existing water courses on priority.

Haryana khadi board tops in loan disbursement
Chandigarh, August 11
The Haryana Khadi and Village Industries Board has ranked first in the country in the disbursement of loans, achieving recovery targets and furnishing utilisation certificates for the two consecutive years (2002-03 and 2003-04).

1 dies as cab overturns
Yamunanagar, August 11
A maxi-cab, which was allegedly being followed by a Gypsy of the District Transport Officer overturned on the Bilaspur-Jagadhri Road, killing the co-driver of the cab. Some of the passengers of the “overloaded’ cab sustained injuries.

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Floods: Haryana Health Department seeks Rs 3 crore
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
The Haryana Health Department has submitted a contingency plan to the state government to prevent outbreak of epidemics in the state in the wake of floods. Funds worth Rs 3 crore have been sought by the Health Department to gear itself up to meet the challenges of the situation.

The sources said primarily four districts - Ambala, Panchkula, Kurukshetra and Kaithal - were affected by the floods. According to a state government estimate, 3.48 lakh people living in 82 villages of the district have been affected by the floods. Fortyfour villages have been affected in Ambala district, followed by 16 in Kaithal, 14 in Kurukshetra and eight in Panchkula. The break-up of the population affected is: 2.30 lakh in Ambala, 48,000 in Kurukshetra, 40,000 in Kaithal and 23,000 in Panchkula. It is feared that the remaining 15 districts of the state may be affected by floods and the situation in the four already affected districts may further worsen.

People living in the areas affected by the floods are facing the problem of scarcity of drinking water and it is feared that water-borne diseases may break out from drinking unsafe water. The Health Department has proposed organising medical camps in the flood-affected areas after the water recedes. The camps will continue for three months after the floods are over. For this purpose the department has sought funds to acquire extra medicines, equipments for medical teams working in affected areas, mobilisation of medical teams and providing health education to people.

Bulk of the funds sought by the Health Department are for acquiring medicines for the four already affected districts. A total of Rs 2.19 crore - including Rs 1.44 crore for Ambala alone - was sought for acquiring medicines. Another Rs 27 lakh was sought for other relief activities in the four districts. In addition, the Health Department has sought Rs 2 lakh each for the remaining 15 districts of the state for acquiring medicines. A sum of Rs 30 lakh more has been sought on other heads to prepare the state in case of floods.

The sources said while medical teams had been already deployed in the flood-affected areas to combat outbreak of any disease, the Health Department had also prepared an action plan which would be put into operation in case of deterioration in the flood situation.

The action plan includes setting up of a round-the-clock flood control room, constitution of medical and health teams, ensuring adequate stock of medicines, strict enforcement of the Epidemic Diseases Act, identification of areas vulnerable to floods and coordination with other government departments and the Red Cross Society.
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CM takes stock of flood situation
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, August 11
Farmers, whose crops were damaged during the recent floods in Haryana, will be duly compensated.

This was announced by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while inspecting the flood-affected areas from the Markanda bridge on the Kurukshetra-Kaithal boundary, 40 km from here, last evening.

Mr Chautala said directives for the inspection of the damaged crops had already been given. He said the farmers, who had lost their animals and houses during the floods, would also be compensated. On the demand of the affected farmers, he announced that the electricity bills of the private tube-wells damaged by the recent floods, would be waived. On this occasion, Mr Chautala talked to the affected farmers, who apprised him of the damage caused by the floods.

Among others, the Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Ram Pal Majra, the Guhla MLA, Mr Amar Singh Dhanda, the Indian National Lok Dal Kurukshetra district president, Mr Boota Singh Lukhi, and district officers were present on the occasion.

Later, Mr Chautala stopped his caravan near Kraha Sahab village, Mohanpur and Ismailabad on the highway, discussed the flood damages with the affected farmers and assured them every possible help from the government.
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Hike in paddy MSP meagre, says Chautala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today criticised the Congress-led Central Government for making a meagre hike of only Rs 10 per quintal in the minimum support price for paddy saying that the government had played a cruel joke on farmers of the country.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Chautala pointed out that the farming community had already been hard pressed because of the repeated hike in the prices of diesel and other inputs. Also, the long dry spell had already made its impact felt on the crop.

He pointed out that he had already written a demi-official letter to the Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar, urging him that the MSP for paddy be fixed at Rs 680 per quintal for common variety, Rs 700 per quintal for fine and Rs 730 per quintal for superfine variety.
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Survey for building ring bundh to avoid flooding
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 11
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today said a survey would be carried out for building a ring bundh so that Ambala Cantonment, Ambala City and the Naggal area could be saved from flooding in future.

Talking to mediapersons after visiting Ambala Sadar this morning, Mr Chautala said the proposed ring bundh would stretch from Tangri on one side to the Chandigarh road on the other side. “After a 15-km long bandh is constructed, the chances of flood in this area will be diminished,” he said.

Mr Chautala said after water receded, it became clear that the Narwana branch canal could not have breached due to the force of flood. “We have briefed Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh about the situation,” he said.

He said maximum compensation would be given for the losses. “We have increased the compensation for death from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. We are with the people in this hour of need. We are carrying out survey in rural as well as urban areas. Medical teams are present in various places,” he said. “The loss in Kapda Market of Ambala City alone is of Rs 100 crore,” he added.

Mr Chautala said the August rally of the Congress was a flop show. “We want that the SYL canal must be built. The Haryana Congress can force the UPA to direct Capt Amarinder Singh to build the SYL,” he said.

He stated that when Punjab passed the Bill terminating all water pacts, he had stressed that this would pose a threat to the federal structure of the country. There should be a meeting of the national integrity council, he added.

He said that while Capt Amarinder Singh was saying that all previous agreements had been nullified, he was claiming Chandigarh on the basis of old agreements.

Meanwhile, a number of associations and federations today submitted memoranda to Haryana Chief Minister. These were submitted by the Ambala Cantonment Traders Federation, General Merchants Association, Green Circle, Main Sadar Bazar Traders Association and the Chaura Bazar Association.

The Ambala Cantonment Traders Federation demanded financial compensation to the trading and industrial community. It demanded the recovery of electricity bills to be deferred by two months and recovery of sales tax of first quarter to be postponed for two months. Also, house tax, trade tax and water tax should be waived for the current year. Besides, filing date of sales tax return should be extended by two months.
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Technical education to be job-oriented in Haryana
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
The technical education in Haryana is set to be job-oriented with the National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research (NITTTR) here devising a new curriculum for the polytechnics.

Prepared under the guidance of Dr KM Rastogi, Professor and Head of the Curriculum Development Centre, the revised curriculum is aimed at developing desired professional, managerial and communication skills among the diploma engineers suited to different works environments.

A brainchild of Mr Dharamvir, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Haryana Government, the project to review the 30 diploma programmes was handed over to the centre last year. The complete revised diploma curriculum is based on the feedback from the industry and field organisations for wage and self-employment opportunities in the industry.

Giving details, institute sources said there was provision for continuous assessment of students for proper evaluation of their learning. The student-centred activities figure high on the new curriculum for the overall personality development of the students. The inclusion of the environment protection has also been added to bring about awareness about this global issue.

"If implemented in the right spirit the revised curriculum will definitely prove useful in bringing out competent diploma engineers catering to the needs of public and the private sectors," Dr Rastogi told The Tribune.

Not only that, the one-week camp for the entrepreneurship development during the final semester and provision of minor and major works during the second and third years for building confidence among the students in the application of knowledge and skills learned would be integral parts of the new courses.
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High Court
Haryana MLA seeks bail, notice issued
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 11
Mr Justice Jasbir Singh of the High Court on Tuesday issued notice for September 7 on a petition filed by Haryana Independent MLA Tejbir Singh.

In his petition, Mr Tejbir has sought bail in a case of alleged rape for which he is currently in jail. He has claimed that he had been implicated in the case on the instance of his political rivals in Haryana. His bail plea was earlier dismissed by the District and Sessions Judge, Kurukshetra.

UT guest-houses

The High Court on Tuesday directed the owners of guest-houses in Mani Majra to file objections to the notices issued by the UT Estate Office within 15 days.

Disposing of the petition filed by Mr Ajay Aggarwal and six other owners of guesthouses at Motor Market, Mani Majra, the Bench said that the Estate Office would deal with the objections.

In their writ, the petitioners stated that they had received notices from the UT Estate Office as the guest-houses are situated in shop-cum-flats (SCF). The Estate Office had said that the petitioners had not applied for change of use of the SCFs.

In its order, the Bench also ordered that no action would be taken against the guesthouses till their objections were dealt with.
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HVP open to poll alliance
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 11
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) was ready to forge an electoral alliance with any political party except the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) for contesting the next Assembly elections in the State.

Stating this, Mr Surender Singh, secretary-general of the party, told mediapersons here today that the main aim of the party was to eliminate the Congress and the INLD from the political scene and to dislodge Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala from power as the people of the state were fed up with the functioning of the government.

Referring to the SYL canal issue, he said the Congress legislators had betrayed the people of the state by not resigning from the Assembly.
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319 cr for bricklining of water courses
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 11
The Haryana Government has earmarked over Rs 319 crore for bricklining water courses in the state, besides a special plan to repair all the existing water courses on priority.

This was announced by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while presiding over the fourth phase of "Sarkar Aapke Dwar Programme" at Nilokheri, 20 km from here, today. He sanctioned Rs 7 crore for development works in the Nilokheri assembly constituency.

While hearing the complaints of village panchayat, Barthal, the CM ordered to place under suspension Fathe Sing, junior engineer of the Haryana Vidhyut Parsaran Nigam (HVPN), posted at Amin village in Kurukshetra district for negligence of duty. He also ordered the Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra, to inquire into the charges levelled against him.

Earlier, the CM inaugurated a 33-KV substation at Nigdu, constructed at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore, which would provide improved power supply to 2900 consumers in six villages, including 773 tubewells.
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Haryana khadi board tops in loan disbursement
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
The Haryana Khadi and Village Industries Board has ranked first in the country in the disbursement of loans, achieving recovery targets and furnishing utilisation certificates for the two consecutive years (2002-03 and 2003-04).

This was disclosed here at a meeting presided over by Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, to review the functioning of the board. The board disbursed loans totalling Rs 48 crore in 685 cases and its recovery figures were as high as 83.05 per cent.

The Chief Minister, who is also the Chairman of the board, asked the Chief Executive Officer, Ms Sumita Misra, to broaden the board’s activities and generate more employment opportunities.

The board is also implementing the rural employment generation programme known as ‘Gramudyog Rojgar Yojana’.
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1 dies as cab overturns
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 11
A maxi-cab, which was allegedly being followed by a Gypsy of the District Transport Officer (DTO) overturned on the Bilaspur-Jagadhri Road, killing the co-driver of the cab. Some of the passengers of the “overloaded’ cab sustained injuries. The deceased was identified as Ajay Kumar. The Gypsy driver and its unidentified occupants fled.

Demanding arrest of the DTO, the Maxi-cab Association kept the road jammed for over three hours. According to witnesses, the Gypsy was following the cab. The cab overturned after being hit by the Gypsy near Mehmoodpur village. Ajay reportedly died on the spot.
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CS appointed VC of MDU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
The Haryana Governor, Dr A. R. Kidwai, who is also the Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, has appointed the Chief Secretary, Mr Sunil Ahuja, as the Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, in addition to his present duties with immediate effect.
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Counselling to begin on August 20
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 11
Counselling for admission to the vacant seats in a few courses run by the Department of Bio-Sciences of Maharshi Dayanand University will be held on August 20, it was officially stated here today.

These courses are M.Sc. (previous) in botany, zoology, genetics and environment sciences.
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