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Refrain Chautala from using unfair means, Bhajan tells Kidwai
Chandigarh, August 25
The Haryana Congress has alleged that the move by the state government to hold panchayat elections before time was an attempt by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala to regain lost ground in the countryside by forcing a split in the rural society before the Assembly elections.

President of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Bhajan Lal gives a memorandum to Governor of Haryana A.R. Kidwai at the Haryana Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Wednesday. President of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Bhajan Lal gives a memorandum to Governor of Haryana A.R. Kidwai at the Haryana Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photo

Bureaucrats being offered posts of VC
Chandigarh, August 25
"A king is respected only in his kingdom but a learned man is respected everywhere".

Syllabus change forces teachers to take computer classes
Rohtak, August 25
Mathematics, this year, has multiplied problems of college teachers and at the same time divided the student community choosing it as a subject into two distinct categories.

Kidnapped boy released
Kaithal, August 25
Residents of the town and family members of Munish (24) , who had been kidnapping heaved a sigh of relief when Munish, son of Mr Sudesh Bansal, who was kidnapped by four armed youths on Monday in broad day light, returned home safely last night at about 9 pm.


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Residents receive power bill after due date
Hisar, August 25
Hundreds of residents of Sectors 13, 16 and 17, Model Town and Industrial Area here have not received electricity bills though the last date to deposit the same through cheques was August 25 and August 26 through cash.

Registration of 5 ultrasound centres suspended
Chandigarh, August 25
The Haryana Health Department has suspended the registration of five more ultrasound centres in Bhiwani and sealed three more ultrasound machines in Yamunanagar district for violation of the provisions of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (PNDT) Act and Rules.

Toll plaza to stay at Karnal
Kurukshetra, August 25
The toll tax barrier situated at National Highway No. 1, Karnal, will not be shifted to Pipli or Umri.

Signing of MoU put off
Chandigarh, August 25
Contrary to programme no Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Haryana Government and a Malaysian consortium regarding construction of a state of the art Kundli-Manesar-Palwal road was signed in Delhi yesterday.

2 HCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, August 25
The Haryana Government has transferred two HCS officers with immediate effect.

Talent search contest begins
Ambala, August 25
A two-day talent search competition began at Gandhi Memorial National College, Ambala Cantonment, today.


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Refrain Chautala from using unfair means, Bhajan tells Kidwai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The Haryana Congress has alleged that the move by the state government to hold panchayat elections before time was an attempt by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala to regain lost ground in the countryside by forcing a split in the rural society before the Assembly elections.

A memorandum submitted to the Governor, Mr A R Kidwai, by a Haryana Congress delegation led by its President, Mr Bhajan Lal, here today said that candidates of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), including two “infamous sons of the Chief Minister”, were routed in the recently held Lok Sabha elections. Mr Chautala’s effort to hold panchayat elections before the expiry of term and amend the eligibility conditions for appointment of state Election Commissioner were moves driven by the “desperate father” in Mr Chautala, the memorandum said.

Recalling that the Panchayati Raj Act was passed when the late Mr Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister, the memorandum said the Congress was of the view that panchayat elections should not be fought on party symbols. Development work would be hampered if panchayat polls were contested on party symbols, it claimed.

It may be recalled that earlier the state Cabinet approved a draft Bill for holding panchayat elections before schedule and also approved a draft ordinance for amending the eligibility conditions for appointment of state Election Commissioner.

The Congress memorandum submitted also said that if Mr Chautala was keen to hold early elections, he must dissolve the Assembly and go for early Assembly elections. If Mr Chautala was reluctant to hold assembly elections for the whole state, he could at least pave way for holding byelections in the 10 vacant Assembly seats in the state, stated the memorandum.

The memorandum urged Mr Kidwai to refrain Mr Chautala from playing with the sentiments of people by “resorting to unconstitutional, unlawful methods”.

Captain Ajay Yadav, officiating leader of the Congress Legislature Party in Haryana, Mr Mange Ram Gupta, MLA and general secretary of the HPCC, Mr Dharambir, MLA and Mr Dewan Singh Sharma, Convener of the HPCC’s Legal Cell, were also part of the Congress delegation that met the Governor today.

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Bureaucrats being offered posts of VC
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
"A king is respected only in his kingdom but a learned man is respected everywhere".

The old Sanskrit proverb, that goes by as a Chanakyashloka, does not hold true in Haryana where even the post of Vice- Chancellor of a university is slipping out from the hands of academicians.

Needless to say that all academicians are not learned. But the Om Prakash Chautala-led Government is on the verge of abandoning the practice of appointing professional academicians as Vice-Chancellors altogether. The posts of VCs are instead being offered to the CM's favourites from the members of the bureaucracy and other fields.

Since the formation of the government in Haryana by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), as many as three retired IAS officers have been appointed Vice-Chancellors of different universities. While one retired Army officer was also appointed Vice- Chancellor, two serving IAS officers too have been appointed Vice-Chancellors of universities as a stop-gap arrangement.

Soon after Mr Chautala became Chief Minister, Mr R S Chaudhary, a promotee IAS officer who had become a spokesman of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) after retirement, was appointed Vice- Chancellor of the prestigious Kurukshetra University. This was followed by appointment of a retired Army officer as Vice- Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) at Rohtak. Major- General (retd) B S Suhag was later put up as a candidate of the INLD for the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat.

Mr Vishnu Bhagwan, who was Principal Secretary to Mr Chautala and later became the Chief Secretary, was appointed Vice- Chancellor of Guru Jambleswar University (GJU) at Hisar shortly after Mr Bhagwan retired from service. Mr M K Miglani, after retirement from service as Principal Secretary to CM, briefly served as Principal Adviser to the Chief Minister. It was known to everybody that the Adviser's office was a temporary arrangement and he was going to be appointed as VC. As anticipated, he became VC of HAU after a while.

Mr Chautala's dream university at his native district Sirsa, named after his late father, Mr Devi Lal, was headed by the Commissioner of Hisar division, Mr P K Das, for quite some time till he was replaced by a regular Vice-Chancellor.

MDU at Rohtak is now headless as Maj Gen Suhag had to resign for fighting the Lok Sabha elections. Mr Sunil Ahuja, Chief Secretary, has been recently given the assignment of VC of MDU in addition to his present duties. The appointment has been made by the state government apparently in violation of the existing rules. According to the rules, only the Central Government can appoint an IAS officer in a university.

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Syllabus change forces teachers to take computer classes
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 25
Mathematics, this year, has multiplied problems of college teachers and at the same time divided the student community choosing it as a subject into two distinct categories. While recent changes in the syllabus by Maharshi Dayanand University have sent perplexed teachers scurrying for computer institutes to learn before they teach, the imposition of a ceiling of 60 per cent marks at the Plus 2 level for opting it in undergraduate courses in government-run colleges, has left the students divided into two categories.

Students from economically weaker families, scoring less than 60 per cent marks at the Plus 2 level, had to opt for other subjects as they could not afford higher fees charged by private colleges. But those coming from higher income groups but with lower scores in the subject opted for private colleges.

As far as mathematics teachers are concerned, the introduction of C (computer language) as a component of the syllabus for B. A. III has created problems. Firstly, most of the mathematics teachers are finding it difficult to teach this course since they never learnt a computer language themselves. Secondly, their colleges neither have well equipped computer laboratories nor finances to set up new ones. The computer component carries 10 to 12 marks.

Teachers say they have joined computer institutes to learn the ‘C’ language to be able to teach their students. But these institutes have their own schedules which do not match with those of the colleges they work for. Nevertheless, they are trying hard to overcome the hurdle.

Principals say the change has created logistical problems for them.

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Kidnapped boy released
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 25
Residents of the town and family members of Munish (24) , who had been kidnapping heaved a sigh of relief when Munish, son of Mr Sudesh Bansal, who was kidnapped by four armed youths on Monday in broad day light, returned home safely last night at about 9 pm.

The SP Mr Ranbir Sharma, claimed that Munish had been released by his captors due to pressure built by the police. The family members of the youth also support this view but the residents of the town find it difficult to digest as when hundreds of policemen led by Mr Ranbir Sharma, SP, Kaithal had laid a naka at Narwana, 40 km from here, and were claiming to had achieved a breakthrough in the case, at that time Munish was travelling back in a bus to Kaithal from Tohana where he was released by his captors. Though the entire police party led by the SP had left no stone unturned to trace the kidnapped boy it seemed that the criminals were smarter than the police as it could not get a clue about the hideout where the captors had kept the boy. The residents of the town strongly believe that the kidnapped boy had been released after a huge ransom amount was paid. The father of the boy owns a factory.

Four armed youths had entered the factory of Mr Sudesh Bansal on Sher Garh road here at about 3 pm on Monday. Mr Bansal and his son Munish, were both present in the office when the youths first asked for the rates of some electric motors manufactured in the factory, but soon they told the father that they had come to kidnap his son .

All pleas of the father to spare his son were ignored by the miscreants and two of them took the boy in the car waiting outside the factory while the other two snapped the telephone wires and remained in the office for more than 15 minutes so that the father of the boy could not raise an alarm and the kidnappers were able to escape safely. After about 15 minutes they left on a motorcycle towards Sher Garh village.

On getting information about this incident, Mr Ranbir Sharma himself reached the site immediately and flashed a message to the police of neighbouring districts to help in nabbing the criminals . However, after monitoring calls made by the kidnappers from the mobile of Munish late Monday night , the police reached Narwana and cordoned off a locality. But they got not clues about the where about of the boy or his kidnappers till last night as the captors probably gave a slip to the police.

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Residents receive power bill after due date
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 25
Hundreds of residents of Sectors 13, 16 and 17, Model Town and Industrial Area here have not received electricity bills though the last date to deposit the same through cheques was August 25 and August 26 through cash. Moreover, the department does not accept bills above Rs 1,000 in cash, which automatically makes the earlier date the last date.

A number of consumers told this correspondent that due to the negligence of authorities concerned, they were subjected to great inconvenience. Many of them alleged that they did not get the last bills on time also, due to which they had to pay surcharge without any fault of theirs.

Official sources said the meter-reading and bill-distribution work was being done by a contractor, who was responsible for the problem. The contractor had collected the bills on August 7, but failed to distribute these among consumers on time.

A number of residents were coming to get duplicate bills, the sources said, adding that it had also led to duplicity of work as the same bills had to be issued twice.

The Director (Operations) of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited, Mr M. K. Sharma, when apprised of the matter, promised to take action in this regard. He said the consumers could deposit their bills without paying the surcharge for the time being. As per a provision in the bill-distribution contract, the contractor could be penalised for the delay, he said, adding that timely delivery of bills would be ensured in future.

Mr Suresh Sethi, patron, Rama Krishna Welfare Association, said the consumers were being harassed due to the indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned.

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Registration of 5 ultrasound centres suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The Haryana Health Department has suspended the registration of five more ultrasound centres in Bhiwani and sealed three more ultrasound machines in Yamunanagar district for violation of the provisions of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (PNDT) Act and Rules.

While disclosing this here today, Dr B.S, Dahiya, Director General, Health Services, warned that the department would continue to tighten its noose around those found violating the provisions of the PNDT Act and Rules by conducting sex determination tests.

He said that a team of the Health Department had inspected five registered ultrasound centres in Bhiwani, where mobile ultrasound machines were being used without getting these registered as mobile clinics in various parts of district. This, he said, was in gross violation of the PNDT Act. The records of these ultrasound centres were seized. The team also observed that neither the records were in accordance with the provisions of the PNDT Act, nor were they sending reports regularly to the District Appropriate Authority.

He said that apart from this, the raiding party caught red handed the persons performing sex determination tests on a pregnant woman at Anand Mediscan Research Centre in Yamunanagar. The ultrasound machine of the centre was sealed on the spot and its license to carry out ultrasonography had also been suspended under the PNDT Act. The ultrasound machines of R.K. Memorial Ultrasound Centre and City Hospital at Radaur in Yamunanagar district had also been sealed for violation of PNDT Act and Rules.

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Toll plaza to stay at Karnal
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, August 25
The toll tax barrier situated at National Highway No. 1, Karnal, will not be shifted to Pipli or Umri.

Conveying this, Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister, T.R. Baalu in a reply letter to Mr Naveen Jindal, MP, Kurukshetra assured that there was no proposal to shift the toll plaza from near Karnal to Umri or Pipli.

In the letter, Mr Baalu said proposed location for shifting the toll plaza was at 146.40 km and not 156 km or 159 km. However, a further comprehensive review of the matter by the consultant/contractor concerned for a suitable location and action for shifting the barrier to new location at 146.40 km had also been deferred for the time being, he added.

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Signing of MoU put off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Contrary to programme no Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Haryana Government and a Malaysian consortium regarding construction of a state of the art Kundli-Manesar-Palwal road was signed in Delhi yesterday.

A Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) official, when contacted, said that signing of the MoU had been postponed even though no future date had been fixed for this purpose. Sources said the state government was considering inviting global tenders for the project. They, however, added that while inviting global tenders for the project could be the proper way of accomplishing the work, it would certainly lead to delay in completion of the project.

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2 HCS officers transferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The Haryana Government has transferred two HCS officers with immediate effect.

Mr Dalip Singh, awaiting posting orders, has been posted as District Transport Officer, Panchkula, relieving Mr D.R. Kairon of the said charge.

Mr Pradeep Godara, District Transport Officer, Gurgaon, has been posted as Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Ellenabad, relieving Mr Satbir Singh Jangu of the said charge.

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Talent search contest begins
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 25
A two-day talent search competition began at Gandhi Memorial National College, Ambala Cantonment, today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Principal of the college, Dr R.R. Malik, said litterateurs played an important role in India’s freedom.

In the declamation contest, Priyanka stood first while Sohan Lal was second. In poetry, Kokila stood first while Naseema was second. Amandeep Singh, Harjit Kaur and Sohan Lal won consolation prizes.

In quiz, a team comprising Manoj and Rajiv stood first while a team comprising Ravinder Kumar and Prem Raj Singh was second. In painting, Gurwani Oberoi stood first while Shweta Gupta was second. Vivek Arora and Rajendra Kumar won consolation prizes.

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MC employees observe strike
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 25
As a part of the statewide agitation, employees of Panipat Municipal Council observed one-day strike in support of their demands on Wednesday. They staged dharna outside the office of Municipal Council.

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