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Power utilities serving CM's interests: Dalal
Chandigarh, August 12
The Congress MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, yesterday alleged that the Haryana Power Utilities were purchasing electricity from private traders to serve the "vested interests of the family of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala".

Orders on correct National Flag display
Chandigarh, August 12
With the Independence Day celebrations of the country fast approaching, the Haryana Government has weilded the stick to prevent incorrect display of the National Flag by dignitaries on their vehicles.

Syllabus revision puts Hindi teachers in a spot
Rohtak, August 12
Hindi teachers in Haryana’s colleges are up against a formidable problem. They are looking for teachers to take lessons in Haryanvi dialect so they can teach their students in turn.

Bending rules for the influential?
Chandigarh, August 12
Successive governments in Haryana are allegedly playing truant with the rules for induction of members of the Group-C staff into the Haryana Civil Services (HCS). If sources are to be believed, the rules are changed to favour people close to those in power in the state.

BJP not to have poll alliance
Rohtak, August 12
Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party chief Ganeshi Lal announced today that his party would not forge an alliance with any other political party in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.

Copying controlled, claims school board’s chief
Jhajjar, August 12
Copying in examinations has almost been controlled (up to 95 per cent) claimed Mr Rakesh Gupta, secretary, Haryana Board of School Education. He said that next year would be observed as Sikhsa-Pariksha Sudhar year and workshops would be organised in all districts.


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Wakf Board chief flayed on transfers
Sonepat, August 12
The newly formed Haryana Wakf Board has come under sharp criticism not only from prominent citizens of the community, but also from one of the members of the board, Mr Bashir Ahmad on the issue of large scale transfers of the executive officers and non-release of grant to madarsas and widows for the past several months.

Repair of Ambala-Amritsar rail line nearing completion
Ambala, August 12
Repair work on the Ambala-Amritsar rail line is nearing completion. Railway engineers are working at hectic pace to meet the August 14 deadline for making the rail track operational.

Company fined Rs 10,000
Rewari , August 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered Haldiram Manufacturing Company, Mathura Road, New Delhi to pay Rs 10,000 to Vivek Yadav son of Rajender Singh Yadav of Sector 3 of HUDA Estate here. The company was found guilty of deficient services and indulging in unfair trade practices.

Rs 47 lakh for dewatering operations
Chandigarh, August 12
The Haryana Government has allocated Rs 47 lakh for undertaking the work of dewatering in flood-affected districts of the state.

210 power connections regularised
Karnal, August 12
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has regularised 210 unauthorised domestic electricity connections in the Yamunanagar circle and has recovered an amount of Rs. 23.44 lakh by way of surcharge from the 825 electricity consumers, who have paid their bills late under a special ongoing campaign which will last till August 31.

Gangster killed
Ladwa , August 12
The Uttar Pradesh and Haryana police have confirmed that the person who was killed by certain persons here last evening was dreaded gangster Nafis Ansari.

Appointment of acting VC opposed
Rohtak, August 12
The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association has expressed its displeasure over the appointment of Chief Secretary as acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Youth sentenced to life imprisonment
Ambala, August 12
The District and Sessions Judge, Ambala, Mr C.B. Jaglian, has sentenced a youth of Ambala Cantt. to life imprisonment for molesting and murdering his maternal aunt.

Pollution control board simplifies consent procedure
Chandigarh, August 12
The Haryana State Pollution Control Board has simplified the procedure for grant of consent for industrial units for the current financial year, as now instead of three types of forms under water, air and hazardous waste rules, they could make a simplified composite application form.

Insurance men visit flood-hit areas
Ambala, August 12
A team of officers from United India Insurance Company Ltd visited flood affected areas yesterday.

Fellowship award for Seema Bahadur
Chandigarh, August 12
Ms Seema Bahadur, president of the Dalit Jan Kalyan Samiti, Haryana, has been nominated for the Virangana Savitribai Phule Fellowship Award -2004, conferred by the Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi (DSA).

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Power utilities serving CM's interests: Dalal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The Congress MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, yesterday alleged that the Haryana Power Utilities were purchasing electricity from private traders to serve the "vested interests of the family of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala".

Talking to newsmen here, Mr Dalal alleged that most of the private companies from which the Power Utilities were purchasing electricity, were "benami" companies owned by relatives of the Chief Minister. He alleged that instead of purchasing electricity from surplus states directly at low rates, the Haryana Power Utilities were paying higher rates to the private traders so that the powers that be could get their "cut".

Mr Dalal alleged that the Power Utilities were offered electricity at lower rates by Reliance Energy Private Limited. But its offer was turned down on flimsy grounds. He said Haryana had also not set up the Power Trading Corporation as stipulated in the Electricity Act.

He said he had written to the Governor, urging him to ask the Central Vigilance Commissioner to inquire into his allegations. However, an official spokesman described Mr Dalal's allegations as ridiculous. He said it appeared that Mr Dalal neither had any knowledge of the Electricity Act nor was he aware that Haryana was the first state in the country to take a Cabinet decision to constitute a Power Trading Corporation and register it with the Registrar of Companies. Also, its Memorandum of Understanding was in the advanced stage of signing.

As regards the allegation that M/s Adani Exports, M/s Global Energy and PTC were the benami firms of the family members of the Chief Minister, the spokesman made it clear that the PTC was nothing but the Power Trading Corporation promoted and legally owned by the Power Sector Undertakings of Central Government and its IPO was issued recently and over-subscribed. The other two were reputed companies in the power sector.

He said that Mr. Dalal was dragging the name of the Chief Minister’s family to raise unnecessary controversies simply to remain in news. As regards the allegation of purchasing power from Reliance Energy Trading Private Limited, the spokesman said that Mr. Dalal should know that the offer made by the company did not bear any authentication or signatures. Therefore, this offer was not found to be fit for consideration.

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Orders on correct National Flag display
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
With the Independence Day celebrations of the country fast approaching, the Haryana Government has weilded the stick to prevent incorrect display of the National Flag by dignitaries on their vehicles.

The Chief Secretary of Haryana, in a letter addressed to all heads of departments, Divisional Commissioners the Registrar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Deputy Commissioners has drawn their attention to the Flag Code of India. It said, “when the flag is displayed alone on a motor car, it shall be flown from a staff which should be affixed firmly either on the middle front of the bonnet or to the front right side of the car”.

The letter, written by the Chief Secretary earlier this week, said several instances of the National Flag being flown on the left side of the car had come to the notice of the state government.

The Chief Secretary asked the recipients of the letter to take note of the provisions of the Flag Code and issue instructions that the provisions must be scrupulously followed.

The CS added that it had also come to the notice of the government that several government vehicles were fitted with metallic staff on the left side of the car for flying the National Flag. The position of the staff should be immediately changed and refixed either on the middle of the bonnet or front right side of the car.

He added that when a foreign dignitary would travel in a car provided by the government, the National Flag would be flown on the right side of the car and the flag of the foreign country would be flown on the left side.

The CS also sent a diagram to the recipients illustrating the correct display of the National Flag on motor cars. He also asked the recipients to bring the instructions to the notice of VIPs who were authorised to fly the National Flag on their vehicles.

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Syllabus revision puts Hindi teachers in a spot
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 12
Hindi teachers in Haryana’s colleges are up against a formidable problem. They are looking for teachers to take lessons in Haryanvi dialect so they can teach their students in turn.

The problem has arisen as the universities have introduced new syllabus for Hindi from the current session for BA III in which traditional Hindi verses and prose have been substituted with Haryanvi poems and prose and not many of these teachers know or understand this dialect. The same is true of students, especially those hailing from urban areas. They have no choice either since Hindi is a compulsory subject.

Teachers say Haryanvi dialect was not taught to them either during their schooling or at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As such they have no idea of the traditional Haryanvi, especially the kind spoken in the countryside decades ago. Many of the poems included in the syllabus comprised part of ‘Haryanvi Saang’ which is now a rarity even in villages.

They say the traditional poems included in the syllabus have lost their relevance since long. For instance, there is a poem in which the poet exhorts the youth to join the British Army. The poem was penned during World War I when British officers went to villages to recruit Indian youths as it was short of able-bodied men at that critical juncture.

Here is how it goes: “ Bharti ho le re, tere bahar khade rungruit, ade mile tannein toote litter, othe milein full boot, ade milein tannein faatte chithde, othe milenge suit, ade milein tannein sookhe tikkad, othe milein biskoot”. (Get recruited, the recruiters are outside your door; here you wear worn out 'juttis', there you will get shoes, here you wear torn rags, there you will get suit; here you eat dry chapattis, there you will get biscuits).

They say nowhere the poem teaches the youth to serve the Army to defend the country. The poem only lures them with goodies promised by the British to youths from poor rural families. There is no hint of patriotism in the poem.

They have serious objections to the “tukbandi” in many poems in which English words have been used to maintain rhyme. Another problem is that the number of poets whose works have been included in the syllabus is around 28. Teachers say students will find it difficult to comprehend so many poems.

Teachers also lament that many poets included in the prescribed collection can hardly be called litterateurs whose works would merit inclusion in a textbook. Moreover, no reference books are available for teachers which they could consult to know the literary styles and lives of these poets.

The syllabus was revised on the recommendations of a committee of experts of MDU and Kurukshetra University following a directive from the University Grants Commission.

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Bending rules for the influential?
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
Successive governments in Haryana are allegedly playing truant with the rules for induction of members of the Group-C staff into the Haryana Civil Services (HCS). If sources are to be believed, the rules are changed to favour people close to those in power in the state.

The current regime, headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala, recently asked all heads of departments and Managing Directors and Chief Administrators of the state public sector undertakings to recommend one member each from the Group C staff working under them for recruitment to the HCS.

The communique, issued on August 5, said the member whose name would be recommended for induction in the HCS should complete three years continuous service in government or in state public sector undertakings. It added that the age of a member recommended for recruitment to the HCS should be less than 50 years on September 1, 2004. The recipients were asked give their recommendations by August 31.

Sources alleged that while originally the cut off upper-age limit for induction in the HCS of the Group C staff was 45 years, it was pushed up to 50 when the Congress Government headed by Mr Bhajan Lal was in power in the state. After Mr Om Prakash Chautala became the Chief Minister, the maximum age was again brought down to 45 years. However, the August 5 letter issued by the state government has once again pushed up the cut off upper age to 50 years. “Then why did the same government had bring down the age limit to 45 years in the first place”, asked an infuriated official.

The sources added that condition of minimum period of continuous service for induction in the HCS used to be five years earlier. The latest communique, which was circulated for filling up six vacancies of HCS, showed the period to have been brought down to three years.

The sources said yet another controversial aspect of the August 5 directive was that while the vacancies to be filled up were of 2003, the cut-off date for fulfillment of the eligibility conditions (including age) was shown as September 1, 2004. Sources claimed that the practice used to be that the cut off date of eligibility conditions would be of that very year in which the vacancies had been created.

They added that previously also the Chautala-led Government gave a jolt to members of the Group C staff working in the state government when the scope of induction in the HCS was made open to similar staff working in state public sector undertakings.

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BJP not to have poll alliance
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 12
Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party chief Ganeshi Lal announced today that his party would not forge an alliance with any other political party in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.

Addressing a press conference here, he said there was no truth in the reports that the BJP was exploring the possibilities of an alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal or the Haryana Vikas Party.

He said the party high command had authorised the state unit to decide the issue. It had decided to contest the assembly poll on its own. He said he would not contest he wanted to supervise the party campaign.

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Copying controlled, claims school board’s chief
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 12
Copying in examinations has almost been controlled (up to 95 per cent) claimed Mr Rakesh Gupta, secretary, Haryana Board of School Education. He said that next year would be observed as Sikhsa-Pariksha Sudhar year and workshops would be organised in all districts.

He was addressing a press conference here yesterday after end of the first paper of the supplementary examination of Middle, Matriculation and Senior Secondary classes which begun yesterday simultaneously in single shift (from 1 pm to 4 pm) for the first time in the state. He added that 53 cases of unfair means (UMC) were noticed.

He said that if any school did not cooperate with the board or tried to over-sponsor appearing candidates from his school, or submit bogus documents, school leaving certificate etc, such schools could be disaffiliated.

He said that Bhiwani district was the worst in terms of copying as its pass percentage come down from 74 per cent to 41 per cent in one year. While Jhajjar came second. He maintained results of 12 districts had improved.

Mr Gupta said examination centres were concentrated at district and subdivisional headquarters to reduce cost.

He informed that the government schools were hit by campaign to control. copying as their result of board conducted examination had dropped in many districts — 72 per cent to 27 per cent in Bhiwani, 58 per cent to 33 per cent in Sonepat, 47 per cent to 37 per cent in Narnaul, 57 per cent to 34 per cent in Jhajjar.

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Wakf Board chief flayed on transfers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 12
The newly formed Haryana Wakf Board has come under sharp criticism not only from prominent citizens of the community, but also from one of the members of the board, Mr Bashir Ahmad on the issue of large scale transfers of the executive officers and non-release of grant to madarsas and widows for the past several months.

Mr Ahmad here today alleged that the Chairman of the board, Mr Hamid Hussain has assured members of the board at a meeting held at Ambala last Monday. That there would not be any transfers. But soon after the meeting, transfer orders of all estate officers of the district except of Sonepat and Gurgaon were issued, he said.

Fateh Mohammad had been transferred from Panipat to Jind, Mohammad Baksh from Jind to Karnal, Khalil Ahmed from Karnal to Kurukshetra, Ashiq Ali from Hisar to Ambala, Jalil Ahmed from Ambala to Jhajjar, he said.

Mr Ahmad further alleged that at the meeting members of the board were not taken into confidence by the Chairman on the issue of large scale transfers of the EOs.

He also alleged that the board had not released the aid for the madarsas for the past eight months. The widows have not received their grant for the last two months.

Mr Islam Azad, Usmaan and Mohammad Usuf also endorsed the allegations of Mr Bashir Ahmad and further alleged that the income earning areas like Karnal, Sonepat, Panipat and Rohtak were being neglected by the board’s Chairman.

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Repair of Ambala-Amritsar rail line nearing completion
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 12
Repair work on the Ambala-Amritsar rail line is nearing completion.

Railway engineers are working at hectic pace to meet the August 14 deadline for making the rail track operational.

General Manager Northern Railway RR Jaruhar is expected to personally check the down line tonight. Mr Jaruhar will travel on the rail track on the down line from Shambhu to Ambala City. He will be travelling by an OHE wagon.

Most of the breaches have been filled. The power and signal lines are being restored.

An official said the process of compacting is being carried out by running light locomotives.

“We are hopeful that goods train will run on the Ambala-Amritsar rail line tomorrow,” he stated.

Seven major breaches on the Ambala-Amritsar rail line have been filled with the help of the Army. About a dozen minor breaches too have been filled up.

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Company fined Rs 10,000
Our Correspondent

Rewari , August 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered Haldiram Manufacturing Company, Mathura Road, New Delhi to pay Rs 10,000 to Vivek Yadav son of Rajender Singh Yadav of Sector 3 of HUDA Estate here. The company was found guilty of deficient services and indulging in unfair trade practices.

Mr Vivek Yadav had complained that 200 gm packet of Navrattan Bhujia of the company he had purchased from a store, in HUDA Estate, was short of printed weight.

The Forum too found the sealed packet of Bhujia short in weight by 65 gm.

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Rs 47 lakh for dewatering operations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The Haryana Government has allocated Rs 47 lakh for undertaking the work of dewatering in flood-affected districts of the state.

Stating this here today, a spokesman of the Revenue Department said that out of the total amount sanctioned, Rs 25 lakh has been allocated to the Public Health Department for undertaking dewatering work in urban areas. He said Rs 10 lakh had been given to Sirsa district, Rs 5 lakh each to the districts of Ambala and Panchkula and Rs 2 lakh to Yamunanagar district for undertaking dewatering operations in the rural areas affected by floods.

He said the governent also sanctioned Rs 53.50 lakh for drilling of four new tubewells in Ambala city to provide drinking water supply in flood affected areas as the existing tubewells had been badly damaged due to recent floods.

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210 power connections regularised
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 12
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has regularised 210 unauthorised domestic electricity connections in the Yamunanagar circle and has recovered an amount of Rs. 23.44 lakh by way of surcharge from the 825 electricity consumers, who have paid their bills late under a special ongoing campaign which will last till August 31.

Disclosing this, the Superintending Engineer of the Yamunanagar Circle of the nigam, Mr A.K. Johar said it was decided to give an opportunity to the electricity consumers having unauthorized domestic connections to come clean. For this purpose, the concerned consumers could contact the sub-divisional officers of their area by August 31.

Mr Johar that the cash collection centres set up in the electricity offices in all the districts would remain open on August 19, 21 and 28, which are holidays, to facilitate the consumers to pay their bills.

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Gangster killed
Tribune News Service

Ladwa , August 12
The Uttar Pradesh and Haryana police have confirmed that the person who was killed by certain persons here last evening was dreaded gangster Nafis Ansari.

Stating this to The Tribune, the investigating officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police Varinder Vij, said the gangster’s sister, Sharifan Begum, and her husband Shaukat Ali came here today and identified the body. Later in the evening it was handed over to them after a post-mortem examination, he said.

Meanwhile, the Haryana police has recovered the Alto car used in the crime from a dhaba Zarbarhi at village on National Highway No 1 between Kurukshetra and Karnal, the DSP said.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the car was registered at Karnal and belonged to Sudarshan Jain, who runs a CD shop at Mujjafarnagar. As per the statement of Mr Jain his car was stolen last week and he had lodged an FIR.

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Appointment of acting VC opposed
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 12
The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association has expressed its displeasure over the appointment of Chief Secretary as acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.

In a statement issued here, the association said being preoccupied with his other duties, the Chief Secretary would find it hard to afford adequate time for the university affairs and flat he would visit the university occasionally. Under the circumstances, the interests of the university were bound to suffer, it said.

It appealed the Haryana Governor and Chancellor of the MDU to ask the search panel to select a regular VC.

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Youth sentenced to life imprisonment
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 12
The District and Sessions Judge, Ambala, Mr C.B. Jaglian, has sentenced a youth of Ambala Cantt. to life imprisonment for molesting and murdering his maternal aunt.

According to the prosecution, the deceased, Madhu, was married to Pappu, a resident of Ambala Cantt. The accused Chote Lal, who is a maternal nephew of Pappu, wanted to develop illicit relations with Madhu. On June 1, 2003, he, in the absence of Pappu, went to meet Madhu at her residence Madhu expressed her resentment when Chote Lal attempted to molest her. Chote Lal threatened her of dire consequences.

In the evening, Madhu narrated the incident to her husband. The next day Pappu, along with his uncle, Lekh Raj went to meet Chote Lal but he was not available in the house at that time. On June 3, Chote Lal again went to the house of Madhu in the absence of her husband. He pressurised Madhu to oblige him. When she refused, he attacked her with a knife. Madhu sustained serious injuries in the attack. When she called for help Lekh Raj and Pappu reached the spot. They also sustained injuries in the scuffle. Chote Lal, managed to flee from the site. Madhu was rushed to the PGI where she succumbed to her injuries on July 11.

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Pollution control board simplifies consent procedure
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The Haryana State Pollution Control Board has simplified the procedure for grant of consent for industrial units for the current financial year, as now instead of three types of forms under water, air and hazardous waste rules, they could make a simplified composite application form.

While stating this here yesterday, the chairman of the board, Mr H.S. Bains, said the industrial units were also allowed to apply for extension of consent. The board had issued 2140 consent letters under the Water Act and 3431 consent letters under the Air Act. The units, which had applied for consent before May 31 this year, but failed to receive consent order or show cause notice from the board, could contact the concerned Regional Officer in this regard.

He said that the board had, on the request of industrial associations, given time up to June 30, 2004, for the DG set owners having a capacity of more than 250 KVA to deposit security to install acoustic chambers. Those units, which had installed acoustic chambers before June 30, 2004, could apply for refund of security with the respective Regional Officers of the board.

Owners of small DG sets having a capacity from 62.5 KVA to 250 KVA were required to install acoustic chamber before September 30, 2004. In case any DG set owner failed to install acoustic chamber upto September 30, legal action, including closure of the unit, would be initiated by the board.

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Insurance men visit flood-hit areas
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 12
A team of officers from United India Insurance Company Ltd visited flood affected areas yesterday.

Mr R.K. Sharma, Regional Manager, of the company, and Senior Divisional Manager A.K. Gulati were accompanied by a team of technical officials from Chandigarh.

Mr Sharma said claims would be quickly settled. He said necessary instructions had been given to officials and surveyors concerned to help claimants in completing the claim papers so that the claims of the people could be settled speedily.

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Fellowship award for Seema Bahadur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
Ms Seema Bahadur, president of the Dalit Jan Kalyan Samiti, Haryana, has been nominated for the Virangana Savitribai Phule Fellowship Award -2004, conferred by the Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi (DSA). She will be presented the award at the 19th national conference of the Akademi at Talkotra Indoor Stadium in Delhi on December 10. The DSA is a reputed institution founded by the late Babu Jagjivan Ram, former Defence Minister of India. Its patrons include Babu Parmanand, former Governor of Haryana, Mr Suraj Bhan, Chairman, National Commission of Scheduled Castes, Mr Mahavir Prasad, Union Minister, and others.

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