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60 posts of Judge and only 3 clear the exam
Chandigarh, August 24
Sixty posts of Judge and just three eligible candidates. Sounds incredible in these days of unemployment. But it is true in Haryana. In December last the Haryana Public Service Commission conducted the Haryana Civil Service examination, 2003, to fill 60 posts of Civil Judge.

Top posts vacant, MDU going down
Rohtak, August 24
Maharshi Dayanand University has set a record of sorts by functioning without a regular Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Dean of Colleges, Director of Distance Education, Chief Librarian, Executive Engineer and Finance Officer.

Bank staff to continue stir
Sonepat, August 24
Banking operations in this city and elsewhere in the district came to standstill today following a strike by employees of the public sector banks in support of their demand for revision of the pay scales.

Rain leaves Ambala areas waterlogged

Ambala, August 24
In Haryana, Ambala recorded the maximum rainfall in this Meteorological zone. It poured 47 mm till this evening in Ambala which had already recorded 91 mm between last evening and this morning.
A woman removes rainwater from her home in Ambala city on Tuesday.
A woman removes rainwater from her home in Ambala city on Tuesday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra


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Rain hits canal repair work
Ambala, August 24
Continuous rain in the region has affected the ongoing repair of the Narwana branch canal in Ambala. The Irrigation Department had deployed heavy machinery to repair breaches at the earliest so that water from the Bhakra main canal could be released in it.

Last date for achievers’ awards extended
Chandigarh, August 24
The Haryana Women and Child Development Department has extended up to August 31 the last date for inviting applications from individuals and organisations to confer the Women Empowerment Award, the National Child Award for Outstanding Achievements, the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Sewa Puraskar and the Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Puruaskar.

Action plan to improve air quality in Faridabad
Chandigarh, August 24
The Haryana State Pollution Control Board has prepared an action plan for improving the air quality in Faridabad town by checking vehicular, industrial and other kinds of pollution.

Farmers find animal husbandry unremunerative
Karnal, August 24
Agriculture has become less profitable in recent years due to high cost of inputs and this has forced a sizeable section of farmers in Haryana to take up animal husbandry as an allied profession. But even this was turning out to be far less profitable due to unscientific methods being adopted by them.

Complaints against poor drainage system
Kaithal, August 24
Resentment prevails among residents of this town over the poor sewer and drainage system as a result of which dirty water gets accumulated on many main roads and residential localities frequently.

Inmate of Peeth disappears with idols
Yamunanagar, August 24
An inmate of the Yogini Nirmala Chandi Peeth situated on the Bilaspur – Sadhaura road has allegedly disappeared with silver idols worth several lakhs. The theft was discovered last night when the coordinator of the Peeth returned from Hardwar.

Murder case registered
Yamunanagar, August 24
A case of murder has been registered against unidentified persons for killing Amar Singh, 26, of Vikaspuri here. His decomposed body was found on the Ratoli road on August 16.

Minor raped, accused at large
Jhajjar, August 24
A minor was reportedly sexually exploited by an influential person and his accomplice in Babepur village of the district for six months. The suspect threatened to kill her if she tried to expose them.

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60 posts of Judge and only 3 clear the exam
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Sixty posts of Judge and just three eligible candidates. Sounds incredible in these days of unemployment. But it is true in Haryana.

In December last the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) conducted the Haryana Civil Service (Judicial) examination, 2003, to fill 60 posts of Civil Judge (Senior Division). Only three candidates could pass the written examination. Out of 5500 applicants, about 3500 candidates took the examination.

The successful candidates are Mr Anubhav Sharma (Roll no. 448), Mr Bhanu Pratap (Roll no. 851) and Mr Vivek Nasir (Roll no. 5289). The HPSC declared the result today.

While Mr Bhanu Pratap and Mr Nasir belong to Haryana, Mr Sharma belongs to Alwar in Rajasthan.

When the commission had conducted a similar examination to fill 12 posts of Civil Judge (Senior Division) in 2001, only one candidate, Mr Sanjay Kumar, could clear the written examination, which was taken by 662 candidates out of 958 applicants. At that time an eligible applicant was required to have at least three years experience of practicing law after doing his LL.B.

In 2003 the condition of experience was dropped by the High Court. Presumably it was felt that after a three-year break in studies, those who want to join the judicial service find it difficult to pick up the thread again. No doubt the number of candidates shot up after the experience condition was dropped.

The result has vindicated the HPSC, which often comes under criticism for alleged irregularities in the selection of candidates for various posts. Sources in the commission say the question paper was set by the commission and the examination was also conducted by it, with no supervision from the High Court. They claim that if there had been any truth in the criticism of the commission, it would have been very easy for its functionaries to manage the success of 60 candidates in the written examination. They also say that among those who took the examination, many were wards of influential persons.

Of course, interviews are conducted by a High Court Judge along with members of the commission. But it is the opinion of the Judge, which normally matters the most in the selection of the candidates.

The result is a reflection on the quality of law education in the region in general and the state in particular. Mr Bhanu Pratap, who belongs to Kaithal, is a law graduate of Guru Jambleshwar University, Hisar, while Mr Nasir, who belongs to Sonepat, did his LL.B from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. Mr Sharma of Alwar was awarded the law degree by the Rajasthan University, Jaipur.

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Top posts vacant, MDU going down
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 24
Maharshi Dayanand University has set a record of sorts by functioning without a regular Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Dean of Colleges, Director of Distance Education, Chief Librarian, Executive Engineer and Finance Officer. In the name of top officers, the university just has an overburdened Controller of Examinations (CoE) in Dr K.C. Bhardwaj, who too is due to retire early next year.

The last regular Vice-Chancellor, Maj-Gen Bhim Singh Suhag (retd), resigned in April last to contest the Lok Sabha poll. After that the senior-most professor, Dr Ravi Parkash, was appointed acting Vice-Chancellor. He was replaced recently by the Chief Secretary, Mr Sunil Ahuja, in the same capacity.

The university last had a full-time Registrar in Dr A.K. Rajan, who was suddenly reverted to his parent teaching department about three months ago. The CoE, Mr Bhardwaj, was then asked to look after the work of the Registrar in addition to his own duties. Later, an IAS officer, Mr Ashok Khemka, was assigned to this post but he declined the offer.

It is learnt that since then the state government has failed to find any takers. Sources say an IAS officer whose wife is working here was willing to take up the challenge but the government was not favourably inclined towards him. The post continues to be vacant for several months.

The Directorate of Distance Education has been without a head for five years now. The last incumbent, Dr I.S. Mohar, left in 1999. Since then the directorate has been run by officiating directors who have held this post in addition to their own duties.

The College Development Council responsible for the affairs of affiliated colleges has been without a regular Dean since September 1999, when Mr Kapur Singh retired. Since then the university has not found a person to man the post on a regular basis. The council plays an important role in granting affiliations and monitoring the functioning of the affiliated colleges.

The university library too has been without a head for almost three years. The Deputy Librarian, Dr Ajit Siwach, has been acting as Librarian following the retirement of the last regular incumbent, Dr P.N. Sharma, on August 31, 2001.

The crucial post of Finance Officer has been vacant right from the beginning.

The post is at present held as additional charge by the Deputy Registrar, Mr K.C. Dadhwal.

The Executive Engineer’s post too is being filled temporarily by an officer of a junior rank. The last regular incumbent was removed following certain allegations.

With all these key posts lying vacant for years, the work culture in the university has touched its nadir. Long delays in the disposal of files, indiscipline and absenteeism have become hallmarks of the university over the years.

However, senior officials and teachers claim it is creditable that the university has been maintaining a semblance of being functional without key officers for such long durations.

No senior officer, acting or otherwise, is prepared to go on record about the reasons for keeping most of the key posts vacant.

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Last date for achievers’ awards extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
The Haryana Women and Child Development Department has extended up to August 31 the last date for inviting applications from individuals and organisations to confer the Women Empowerment Award, the National Child Award for Outstanding Achievements, the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Sewa Puraskar and the Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Puruaskar.

While stating this here yesterday, an official spokesman said that the Women Empowerment Award would be conferred upon five women of prestigious non-governmental organisations engaged in the field of women empowerment. The award would consist of Rs 1 lakh and a commendation certificate.

He said that the National Child Award for Outstanding Achievements would be given to the children in the age of 4 and 15 years, who had unique achievements in the field of education, art, culture and sports. One child would be given gold medal with a cash award of Rs.20,000 and a commendation certificate at the national level while one child of each state would be given silver medal and a cash prize of Rs.10,000 and a commendation certificate.

He said that the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Sewa Puraskar comprising Rs1 lakh in cash and a commendation certificate would be given to such an individual who had rendered service for the welfare of children, including disabled children. The Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Puruskar was admissible to an individual or an organisation which had rendered outstanding service for the welfare of children. Under this award, a sum of Rs 1 lakh and a commendation certificate would be given to an individual. 

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Rain leaves Ambala areas waterlogged
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 24
In Haryana, Ambala recorded the maximum rainfall in this Meteorological zone. It poured 47 mm till this evening in Ambala which had already recorded 91 mm between last evening and this morning.

Incessant rainfall led to water logging in different parts of Ambala Sadar and Ambala City. Rainfall began early this morning and it continued throughout the day. Water accumulated in low lying areas and entered homes in early afternoon and people were forced to shift their belonging to higher grounds.

Dr OP Sehgal, a resident of Deep Nagar, Ambala Cantt, said that water entered his home this morning. “We are again facing a difficult situation. We had to call up the authorities with a request to take some appropriate action in this regard,” he said.

Gurguria nullah, passing through Ambala Sadar, was flowing to the brim. Water level had begun to rise in the nullah in the morning and by afternoon, there was heavy flow of water in the nullah. Water level was high in the drain running along the Jagadhari road.

In Ambala city, water accumulation took place in Nadi Mohalla, Jagadhari Gate, Patel Road, Nahan House, Model Town main road, Prem Nagar and Kumhar Mohalla.

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Rain hits canal repair work
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 24
Continuous rain in the region has affected the ongoing repair of the Narwana branch canal in Ambala.

The Irrigation Department had deployed heavy machinery to repair breaches at the earliest so that water from the Bhakra main canal could be released in it. Around a dozen breaches had appeared in the Haryana portion of the canal due to heavy rain around three weeks ago. The SYL canal running along the Narwana branch here had breached from three places and its water had flowed into the Narwana branch canal, flooding the area. Two dozen villages of the Naggal constituency had been badly affected in the flood . As many as 10 residents of the area including seven girls, had lost their lives in the flood.

The Irrigation Department has been repairing the breaches and about hundred labourers have been working continuously.

The Narwana branch canal which carries about 4,000 cusecs to Haryana from the Bhakra main line canal is presently carrying rain water.

Meanwhile, widespread rain has disrupted life in the city and the nearby areas. Traffic on inner roads of the city was hit due to water logging in some lower areas, however, farmers in the region are happy as it would benefit crops.

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Bank staff to continue stir
Tribune Reporters

Sonepat, August 24
Banking operations in this city and elsewhere in the district came to standstill today following a strike by employees of the public sector banks in support of their demand for revision of the pay scales.

According to a report, the strike was complete and striking employees staged demonstrations in front of their banks and raised slogans against the UPA government at the Centre. They also held rallies.

Leaders of the bank employees’ unions declared that their struggle would continue until their demand was accepted by the government.

ROHTAK: All nationalised banks remained closed today because of a strike by the employees. The striking employees gathered in front of the main branch of the State Bank of India here and held a demonstration. Those who addressed the demonstrators included Mr M. L. Sehgal, Mr Amarjit and Mr R. A. Verma. They said their struggle would continue till their demands were met.

FATEHABAD: Banking services in the district were paralysed due to a strike by the employees of various nationalised banks here. The call for strike was given by the United Forum of Bank Unions at the national level.

Employees and officers of various nationalised banks in the town and its surrounding areas assembled in the local Ambedkar Park and raised slogans against the anti-employee policies of the Central Government. Mr Sooraj Bhan Rathi, district president of the United Forum of Bank Unions, led the agitating bank employees. Besides Mr Rathi, Mr Bhagwant Singh Sethi of the Punjab National Bank Employees Union, Mr Jatinder Lekra of Canara Bank and Mr Jagdish Nagpal, secretary of the district unit of the forum, addressed the employees.

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Action plan to improve air quality in Faridabad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
The Haryana State Pollution Control Board has prepared an action plan for improving the air quality in Faridabad town by checking vehicular, industrial and other kinds of pollution.

While stating this here today, the Chairman of the board, Mr H. S. Bains, said the government had constituted two task forces under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary and the Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad, to supervise, monitor, coordinate and report on the implementation of the action plan.

Outlining the strategy to check vehicular pollution, he said Bharat-II norms had already been implemented and Bharat-III norms would be implemented by April, 2005, in the city. He said that Euro-IV norms would also be introduced to check the vehicular pollution. Steps had also been taken to reduce sulphur contents in diesel and petrol to 0.05 per cent being supplied by Indian Oil Corporation at Faridabad. He said all the 15-year-old commercial vehicles and diesel three-wheelers plying in the city were being phased out to check vehicular pollution, adding that there was a plan to further lower the age of these vehicles. Surprise checks of vehicles on roads were also being conducted regularly and defaulting vehicle owners were being challaned as per rules. Premix oil dispensers were being installed in the petrol pumps in the city for 2-stroke vehicles and three-wheelers and the sale of loose 2T oil had already been banned.

Giving details of the steps taken to check industrial pollution in the city, he said almost all the industries covered under the Air Pollution Act and using fuel other than oil and electricity had already installed air pollution control devices. In the thermal plants, best quality of coal with high calorific value and low ash contents was being used and fly ash being pumped out in a place situated at 8 km from the city. There was a plan to increase the number of air quality monitoring stations. Two such stations had already been working in the city and more such stations would be installed by March 2005.

He said incinerators had also been installed at the major hospitals. Over 13.90 lakh saplings had already been planted in the city.

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Farmers find animal husbandry unremunerative
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 24
Agriculture has become less profitable in recent years due to high cost of inputs and this has forced a sizeable section of farmers in Haryana to take up animal husbandry as an allied profession. But even this was turning out to be far less profitable due to unscientific methods being adopted by them.

It may be mentioned that there were 60.36 lakh buffaloes and 15.40 lakh cows as per the latest census of the state government. In spite of the extensive campaign carried out throughout the state earlier, the crossbred cattle population in Haryana had not exceeded even 20 per cent of the total cattle population.

Although various cooperative and nationalised banks were financing farmers to buy high yielding cows and buffaloes under various schemes but the sources from which the poor and marginal farmers purchased milch animals were not up to the standards in most of the cases resulting in mushrooming of middlemen who had set-up their business and were selling ‘inferior’ breeds of cows to the farmers.

These animals give less milk and at times even show reproductive disorders. This had hit the dairy farmers hard, who were cheated on many occasions due to lack of knowledge in selecting the purchase of high yielding animals.

According to Dr Nagendra Sharma, Director, National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), here,” Steps are being taken by the NDRI apart from the state government to hold farmers’ camps in the rural areas to bring awareness among them about the scientific methods of dairy farming”.

He said that regular training programmes were also being organised at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the institute where the visiting farmers from across the nation were being trained about the selection traits and criterion for elite dairy animals, feeding practices, management and health care.

Meanwhile, Dr Ram Chand, Principal Scientist and Head of the dairy extension division of the NDRI, had advised the farmers that while purchasing dairy animals they should check that at least two-time milking was done in their presence. He also suggested that the high-yielding dairy animals, while being shifting from one place to another, be given special attention.

It may be mentioned that observations made by the dairy farmers had proved that during transportation of high-yielding animals instances of animals coming under stress and fear, have been reported, resulting into immediate drop 
in milk yield.

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Complaints against poor drainage system
Satish Seth

Kaithal, August 24
Resentment prevails among residents of this town over the poor sewer and drainage system as a result of which dirty water gets accumulated on many main roads and residential localities frequently. The Public Health Department, which is responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of sewer lines, has miserably failed to keep its choked lines clean.

Residents of the affected colonies said their repeated complaints were not attended by the Public Health authorities. The matter was raised at the Grievances Committee meeting presided over by the Health Minister, Dr M.L. Ranga, two days ago, who directed the Executive Engineer, Public Health, to improve the situation immediately.

Notwithstanding the availability of machinery worth lakhs of rupees to open the choked lines, the situation is going from bad to worse . The Executive Engineer, when contacted, blamed the junior staff for the prevailing situation and assured to improve the system .

The choked nullahs on the Ambala road, the Jind road, Amargarh Colony and the Mata Gate area and desilted drains at certain other places have added to the woes of the residents. After every spell of rain the nullahs and drains overflow and the dirty water accumulates on roads, causing a lot of inconvenience to the people.

In spite of announcements by the district administration regarding its preparedness to meet flood threat, the desilting of drains was not done and after every spell of rain the residents had to pass through stagnant dirty water mixed with rainwater.

Interestingly, the nullahs outside PWD Rest House on both sides remain choked. The residents lament the role of the district administration and the senior officers from the state capital who come to inspect the flood-preventive measures but fail to appreciate the difficulties faced by the public and do something constructive to improve the situation.

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Inmate of Peeth disappears with idols
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 24
An inmate of the Yogini Nirmala Chandi Peeth situated on the Bilaspur – Sadhaura road has allegedly disappeared with silver idols worth several lakhs. The theft was discovered last night when the coordinator of the Peeth returned from Hardwar.

According to police sources, the inmate, Abhishek Tiwari, was staying at the Peeth for the past 3 years. The coordinator of the Peeth, Ms Nirmala, told the police that silver idols of Radha, Krishna and Ganesha had been stolen. Among the other things reported missing from the Peeth include silver utensils and a television set.

A case under relevant Sections of the IPC has been registered.

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Murder case registered
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 24
A case of murder has been registered against unidentified persons for killing Amar Singh, 26, of Vikaspuri here. His decomposed body was found on the Ratoli road on August 16.

Amar Singh, used to beg aloms in the name of Shani Devta, said police sources. As per the autopsy report, a sharp-edged weapon had been used to kill him. The police suspect that he was killed at some other place and the body was thrown on the Ratoli road. On August 16, the police started an inquest.

The complainant in the case, Sonu, brother of the deceased, has not named anyone behind the killing.

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Minor raped, accused at large
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 24
A minor was reportedly sexually exploited by an influential person and his accomplice in Babepur village of the district for six months. The suspect threatened to kill her if she tried to expose them.

The family of the victim took up the matter with the village panchayat. But the accused person did not attend the panchayat. The Salawas police has registered a case against Krishan and Suresh, residents of Kheri Jat village.

Residents of Babepur and Girdharpur villages called on the SP, Mr Mohammad Akil, yesterday. The SP reportedly assured them of strict action against the accused.

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Two-year-old girl buried alive in wall collapse
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 24
A two-year-old girl was buried alive and four others were injured when the roof and a wall of a house collapse during the heavy downpour in the Indian colony, today.

The injured were identified as Akram, his wife Nafeesa, his brother-in-law Anees and his son Rasheed. All the injured were rushed to the local Civil Hospital where they were stated to be out of danger. The deceased was identified as Najma and the police sent the body for the post-mortem examination.

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Panun Kashmir meeting
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 24
A meeting of Panun Kashmir, Haryana, under the chairmanship of state secretary Mr J.L. Koul was held here today.

A number of displaced Kashmiri migrants participated in the meeting. Mr Koul informed the members about current status with regard to relief and registration in Haryana. He observed that there is delay despite details having been provided to the government last year.

Mr Koul said that authorities concerned have assured that the cases would be solved at the earliest. He stated that registration and issue of identity cards to Kashmiri misplaced persons had been completed in Ambala district while in other districts, it has not yet been initiated. 

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Declamation contest results
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 24
A declamation contest was organised by Avantika organisation at GRSD Senior Secondary School (Sargodha), Ambala City today.

School Principal S. Kashyap said Mr Des Raj Batra Presided while Mr Ajit Singh Dalal was the chief guest and Mr Chaman Lal Gupta the guest of honour.

Ten teams from different schools participated in the declamation contest. PKR Jain Public School team came first while Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School team was second and DAV Public School Ambala City team third.

In individual categories Ishu Jangra of NMMD Model School came first, and Ankit Bansal of GRSD Senior Secondary School second. A Sohan Lal DAV Senior Secondary School student won the third prize.

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MC staff hold demonstration
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 24
The Nagar Palika Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, today held a demonstration outside the Ambala Sadar Municipal Council.

Employees carried brooms to register their protest. They said the Chautala government was pursuing ‘anti-employees’ and anti-people’ policy. They said they would stop work tomorrow.

Rain did not deter the employees from gathering at the main gate of municipal council. They said despite assurances given on August 11, nothing concrete had been done. They said if the government did not accede to their demands in time, they would be forced to repeat what they had done in 1996-97.

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