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HUDA top post vacant again
Panchkula, August 28
In the past three months, the post of Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), has been filled as many times. With the present incumbent, Mr Shyamal Misra being posted as Registrar of Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, the post is once again lying vacant.

2,000 seats vacant in engineering colleges
Hisar, August 28
More than 2,000 seats in various engineering colleges of Haryana remain vacant even though the second phase of counselling for admissions has already concluded. There are 37 engineering colleges in the state, most of which have come up in the past few years.

Kisan sabha’s threat to launch stir
Fatehabad, August 28
The Haryana Kisan Sabha today alleged that hundreds of poor farmers in Haryana were put behind bars for failure to repay loans or land revenue. The sabha has threatened to launch an agitation against the government in case this was not stopped.

Principal alleges harassment, goes on leave
Ambala, August 28
The Principal of SA Jain College, Ambala City, Dr C.L. Singla, has proceeded on long leave following alleged harassment by the management committee. Dr Singla, who is a noted academician, stated that he was being victimised despite having served the institution for the past 33 years, including 14 years as Principal.

CM promises Bar library
Kaithal, August 28
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said yesterday that a consumer forum building, Bar library and sheds for the litigants would be constructed in Kaithal.


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MD varsity may get new VC next month
Rohtak, August 28
After months of uncertainty, Maharshi Dayanand University may finally get a regular Vice-Chancellor early next month.

Woman killed with sickle
Jhajjar, August 28
A woman was reportedly killed with a sickle in the fields in Kharar village of the district, the police said here today. A case has been registered.

Cable TV man commits suicide
Hisar, August 28
Rajiv Mittal, in charge of a local cable TV network’s news section, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous tablets here on Thursday. A family problem is being cited as the reason of the suicide.

3 robbers arrested
Sonepat, August 28
The local CIA staff today busted an inter-state gang of robbers with the arrest of three persons. Those arrested have been identified as Waheed of Chhota Sahara village in Rajasthan, Shree Om of Ghasauli village in Sonepat, and Mukesh, alias Boby of Patla village.

Lions Club to help visually challenged see
Ambala, August 28
The District Governor of the Lions Club district 321 A-2, Mr J.P. Singh, said yesterday that they had entered into a tie-up with their counterpart in Sri Lanka to get cornea so that the visually challenged could see.

Samajwadi Party activists burn effigy of Ambala MP Kumari Selja on Saturday.Selja’s effigy burnt
Ambala, August 28
An effigy of Union Minister and Ambala MP Kumari Selja was burnt by the activists of the Samajwadi Party here today. The effigy was burnt to protest against the lack of initiative on the part of Kumari Selja to solve the SYL canal issue.

Samajwadi Party activists burn effigy of Ambala MP Kumari Selja on Saturday. — Photo by Neerja Chopra



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HUDA top post vacant again
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 28
In the past three months, the post of Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), has been filled as many times. With the present incumbent, Mr Shyamal Misra being posted as Registrar of Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, the post is once again lying vacant.

While Mr Misra was posted as Administrator, Panchkula, for barely 19 days, the previous incumbent, Mr Abhilaksh Likhi, was also posted as Administrator for 19 days, while Ms Sukriti Likhi took charge of the office for almost 40 days. Ms Likhi served on the post from May 25 to July 6, before she proceeded on study leave to the USA. The government posted Mr Abhilaksh Likhi as Administrator, Panchkula, on July 13, and after serving for 19 days, he too, proceeded on study leave to the USA. Mr Misra was posted as Administrator on August 9, and was transferred out yesterday.

Since the Administrator, Panchkula, is in charge of six urban estates--- Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Jagadhri, Panipat and Panchkula---the development work and appeal works in these six urban estates of Haryana has been hit.

The HUDA Administrator, Panchkula, is the authority for hearing appeals regarding default in payment of installments for a property allotted by HUDA, resumption of property, regarding enhancement charges, development charges levied by HUDA et al. Senior officials in HUDA inform that during the past three months, since May 25 this year, when Ms Likhi was appointed as the Administrator, the appeal cases have been taken up only on two occasions.

While the appeal cases were heard by Ms Likhi and Mr Misra once each, no appeal cases were taken up during Mr Likhi's brief tenure as Administrator. Sources say that as a routine, appeal cases from allotees in the six above mentioned urban estates have to be taken up twice a week. It is learnt that over 350 appeal cases are pending, and the allotees are suffering for no fault of theirs.

The auction of commercial sites and draw of lots for residential plots in the six urban estates has not suffered, since the Estate Officers in these urban estates are responsible for auctions and draw of lots, and these can be presided over by the Superintending Engineers at Karnal. However, no new development works have been sanctioned in these urban estates because of the frequent changes at the post of the Administrator. The Administrator can sanction development works to the tune of Rs 10 lakh.
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2,000 seats vacant in engineering colleges
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 28
More than 2,000 seats in various engineering colleges of Haryana remain vacant even though the second phase of counselling for admissions has already concluded. There are 37 engineering colleges in the state, most of which have come up in the past few years.

However, heavy rush for admission during counselling notwithstanding, a considerable number of seats in various disciplines are still lying vacant in many colleges.

According to official sources, seats in the newly established colleges, including those at Gohana and Kanina, are vacant. Some old colleges, including those at Jind, Mulana and Radaur, also reportedly registered a decline in the number of fresh students.

The sources said the recent mushrooming of engineering colleges in the state, lack of facilities, poor infrastructure and insufficient faculty members were responsible for the fall in the number of admission seekers.

The parents of some students maintained that in view of the stiff competition these days, it was better for their wards to sacrifice a year and work hard to get a better position next year, so that they could get admission in the college and discipline of their choice.

The Registrar of Guru Jambheshwar University, where the counselling for admission to engineering colleges was held, confirmed that many seats had remained vacant after the second phase of counselling.
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Kisan sabha’s threat to launch stir
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 28
The Haryana Kisan Sabha today alleged that hundreds of poor farmers in Haryana were put behind bars for failure to repay loans or land revenue.

The sabha has threatened to launch an agitation against the government in case this was not stopped.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Krishan Swaroop Gorakhpuria alleged that in the lock-up, situated in the local tehsil complex, over six farmers had been kept by the administration.

He alleged that three ‘lambardars’ of Gorakhpur village had also been put in the lockup for the slow recovery of revenue.

He alleged that the ‘lambardars’ were neither served with summons nor any notice.

Saying it was not the case of Fatehabad alone Mr Gorakhpuria added farmers had been put in the lock-up throughout the state for their failure to pay paltry sums. He warned that the sabha would plan an agitation at its meeting on September 9 and September 10 at Rohtak in case the government did not change its ways by then.

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Principal alleges harassment, goes on leave
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 28
The Principal of SA Jain College, Ambala City, Dr C.L. Singla, has proceeded on long leave following alleged harassment by the management committee.

Dr Singla, who is a noted academician, stated that he was being victimised despite having served the institution for the past 33 years, including 14 years as Principal. However, the management committee denied that he was being harassed and said Dr Singla had proceeded on leave voluntarily “in the larger interest of the institution”.

Dr Singla has shot off letters to the Kurukshetra University Vice-Chancellor and Commissioner, Higher Education, in this regard.

Shri Atmanand Jain College Trust and Management Committee president Kuldip Kumar Jain said Dr Singla had taken long leave. “After the leave period is over, he may take up some other assignment. He went on leave due to apparent lack of coordination among teachers,” he said.

Mr Jain said Dr Singla had gone on leave in the larger interest of the institution. “Our aim is that the institution must run well and our image must be maintained. Dr Singla is neither being harassed nor being victimised,” he said. “I am not aware of any letter written by Dr Singla to Vice-Chancellor or Commissioner, Higher Education. The allegations levelled against us are baseless,” he added.

Dr Singla in his letter, has given specific instances of university norms being flouted and political interference taking place in the college. Citing an example, he said an order was issued by the college management to deduct the amount received from Kurukshetra University for assignments when undertaken by employees of the college. “There is no gain saying that the order has been issued in a cloistered manner. I took a rigid stand for not implementing the said arbitrary and mala fide order. As a result, the management started victimising me,” the letter states.

The letter points out that Rs 37,000 was collected from teaching and non-teaching staff to promote the cause of a particular party. The management committee member enrolled various staff members as life members of a political party. “I strongly opposed the collection of unauthorised fund from college employees as well as for enrolling them as life members in the college premises but the secretary publicly snubbed me in the presence of the staff,” the letter said.

Dr Singla said: “The management has compelled me to make payment of salary to class III and class IV employees and regular courses out of the students amalgamated fund and I did not oblige them.”

“I had been threatened with dire consequences in June 2003 for fixing the price of Rs 60 for the college prospectus against the printing cost of Rs 7.30 only. They wanted me to charge Rs 100 for the same which I considered too high a price for students. This year again, for a prospectus of Rs 5 per , they compelled me to charge Rs 100. As per rules, I have charged 25 per cent of the price from SC/ST/BC students. The management has taken a serious view for charging reasonable price of Rs 60 of college prospectus and charging 25 per cent from SC/ST/BC students this year. The management alleged that I have made the management suffer a loss of Rs 80,000,” he said.

He claimed that “I was also compelled by the management to fill seats reserved for SC/ST students in B.Com and M.Com classes (both morning and evening session) from the general categories and particularly accomodating the Jain community against rules.”

In a serious allegation, he said: “Our college NSS volunteers had collected a truck-load containing 6 tonnes of rice, 200 blankets, medicine, pulses and sugar and Rs 1 lakh in the form of draft for the Gujarat relief fund but I am sorry to mention that the truck containing the goods was handed over to an unknown political worker ,Mr Maheshwari, at Gurgaon on February 8, 2001, and the goods never reached their destination.”

“It is rather strange that a person who served for 33 years and brought the college to lofty heights among the top 10 colleges of Haryana (as per report of NAAC in October 2003), will be treated shabbily for no fault of mine. The injustice meted out to me needs to be undone. I have applied for leave only to obviate hairsplitting by the management. The leave is not voluntary. The principles of natural justice requires that the erroneous decision needs to be set aside at the earliest as otherwise, the whole system of governance will collapse,” he added.
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CM promises Bar library
Tribune News Service

Kaithal, August 28
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said yesterday that a consumer forum building, Bar library and sheds for the litigants would be constructed in Kaithal.

He also presided over ‘Sarkar Udmiyon ke Dwar’ programme in Kaithal and said a high power committee for quick redressal of industrialist grievances would be constituted within a week. The Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary, Mr B.D. Dhalia, would head the committee and senior government officials and entrepreneurs would be its members.

The Joint Secretary of Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mr Hans Raj, was also present on the occasion.
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MD varsity may get new VC next month
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 28
After months of uncertainty, Maharshi Dayanand University may finally get a regular Vice-Chancellor early next month.

According to sources, the search panel comprising Dr L. R. Verma, Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Dr V. R. Mehta, a former Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University and Dr Ramesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi will meet at Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi on September 8 to select a new Vice-Chancellor. Dr Chandra is the nominee of the Chancellor while the other two have been nominated by the Executive Council of the university.

This follows months of bitter wrangling between the council and the government over the choice of nominees of the former. The dispute arose when the council first nominated the Vice-Chancellors of Guru Jambheshwar University and Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar as its nominees at a meeting held in March last when the then Vice-Chancellor, Major Gen Bhim Singh Suhag (retd.) was still in saddle. He had announced his decision to quit in order contest the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat as a candidate of the Indian National Lok Dal but had not actually resigned.

The nominations were notified and the then Chancellor Babu Parmanand had nominated Dr Chandra as his nominee on the panel. However, senior teachers and members of the council objected to these nominations by saying that these had been made illegally to help the government foist a Vice Chancellor of its choice. They demanded that the nominations be annulled since there was no vacancy when the nominations were made.

The council reconsidered the issue and ultimately annulled the nominations on May 31. Later, on July 12, it nominated Dr Mehta and Dr Verma to the panel. However, the government refused to acknowledge this panel. Amidst this controversy the government tried to get a new Vice-Chancellor appointed through the annulled panel. However, whenever it convened a meeting Dr Chandra was unavailable. The panel even met once but failed to take a decision in the absence of the Chancellor’s nominee.

While this tug of war was on, Dr Ravi Parkash was unceremoniously removed as acting Vice-Chancellor earlier this month and the post was assigned to the Chief Secretary Mr Sunil Ahuja. However, since he could not afford time the functioning of the university was crippled. The problem was compounded by the fact that in addition to not having a regular Vice-Chancellor the university was also functioning without a regular Registrar, Dean, College Development Council, Librarian, Finance Officer, Director, Distance Education and Executive Engineer.

It remains to be seen whether the panel chooses an academician or a retired bureaucrat or an army officer for the post. In the past the Chautala government has shown a penchant for appointing superannuated bureaucrats and army officers as Vice-Chancellors.
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Woman killed with sickle
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 28
A woman was reportedly killed with a sickle in the fields in Kharar village of the district, the police said here today. A case has been registered.

The police said about 46-year-old woman, Roshani, wife of Rameshwar, had gone to the fields to bring fodder for cattle, adding it appeared that the assailant after overpowering her, assaulted her on the neck with the sickle she had taken with her.

The brother-in-law of the deceased, Dalel Singh, who was to follow her in the fields, found her in a pool of blood in a semi-conscious state, but she died on her way to hospital.
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Cable TV man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 28
Rajiv Mittal, in charge of a local cable TV network’s news section, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous tablets here on Thursday. A family problem is being cited as the reason of the suicide.

Rajiv, who was married three months ago, also left a suicide note, which has been confiscated by the police. On a complaint lodged by Rajiv’s brother, the police has registered a case against the wife, brother-in-law and mother-in-law of the deceased.
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3 robbers arrested
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 28
The local CIA staff today busted an inter-state gang of robbers with the arrest of three persons.

Those arrested have been identified as Waheed of Chhota Sahara village in Rajasthan, Shree Om of Ghasauli village in Sonepat, and Mukesh, alias Boby of Patla village. A countrymade pistol and goods worth Rs 55 lakh were recovered from the godown.

A spokesmen of the Police Department said the police received a tip off that some persons were trying to allegedly sell goods snatched from truck operators. These goods were dumped in a godown at Jakhauli village. The police raided the godown and arrested them. Seventy-six bags of spare parts, 117 bags of pista and other goods worth about Rs 55 lakh were recovered from the godown. The suspects, during the course of interrogation, revealed that they used to loot trucks plying on the Haryana-Rajasthan border and dump them in the godown.
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Lions Club to help visually challenged see
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 28
The District Governor of the Lions Club district 321 A-2, Mr J.P. Singh, said yesterday that they had entered into a tie-up with their counterpart in Sri Lanka to get cornea so that the visually challenged could see.

Talking to mediapersons after participating in a flood -relief camp, Mr J.P. Singh said they were making a unique effort for the visually challenged. “We are sending a team of two eye surgeons to Sri Lanka next month. They will be using the latest phaco machines. The number of corneas we receive will be equivalent to the number of surgeries performed by them”, he said.

Mr J.P. Singh said they were preparing a list of those who needed cornea within their Lion district comprising Delhi, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, who would benefit from the cornea transplant. “The operations will be conducted at subsidised rates. A team of eye surgeons headed by Dr Vivek Gupta, will leave for Sri Lanka on September 26 and will return after a 10-day stay,” he said.

He said they were constructing an eye hospital in Shimla. “We are also setting up a blood bank in Delhi. Latest machines worth Rs 1.5 crore will be utilised,” he said.

Mr J.P. Singh said they had held 11 flood-relief camps in villages affected by the floods. The camps have benefited residents of Naya Gaon, Baknour, Metlan, Niharsi, Chour Mastpur, Amipur, Jandli, Kabir Nagar and Govardhan Nagar. “About 1,500 families have been provided with ration packets,” he said.

Among others, Dr G.G. Kapur, Mr Ravi Mehra, Mr Chandra Gupta Bansal, Mr Anil Verma, Mr Kashyap Sharma and Mr C.L. Gupta were present.

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Selja’s effigy burnt
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 28
An effigy of Union Minister and Ambala MP Kumari Selja was burnt by the activists of the Samajwadi Party here today.

The effigy was burnt to protest against the lack of initiative on the part of Kumari Selja to solve the SYL canal issue. The activists said that Capt Amarinder Singh’s decision to annul all water pacts was a serious issue and Congress president Mrs Sonia Gandhi was not ensuring that the SYL canal was completed.

They said that Kumari Selja, who is a Union Minister, has not taken any steps so that the Satluj Yamuna Link canal could be constructed at the earliest.

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Train delayed for 4 hours
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 28
Unchahar Express which runs between Ambala cantonment to Allahabad was delayed for four hours yesterday as the engine of a train to Ambala cantonment Railway platform from washing shed was derailed. The train which was scheduled to depart at 5.40 pm from Ambala cantonment could not leave by 9.30 pm.

According to information a shunting engine hauling the coaches of the Unchahar Express from the washing line was derailed at 5.30 pm. The rail track which was submerged in water for two days was displaced and the engine derailed. The train could not be brought at the platform till the engine was put back on the rail track.

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School student stabbed
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 28
A school student was stabbed near SA Jain College this morning.

Ravinder Singh and Satinder Singh, both students of GRSD Senior Secondary School, were attacked by a group of youths this morning. Ravinder Singh was stabbed once while Satinder Singh was manhandled.

Ravinder Singh was taken to Civil Hospital, Ambala City from where he was referred to PGI Chandigarh.

The police suspects that today’s incident was the result of old enmity. Apparently, an altercation had taken place between two groups a few days back.

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10 cows, one buffalo die
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 28
Eleven heads of cattle died in Ambala Sadar last night.

They died in different places after they were allegedly fed ‘pedha’ by a youth late last night.

At about 1 am last night, a youth arrived at the dairy owned by Itwari behind BD Flour Mill. He offered ‘pedha’ to the cattle. Thereafter, at about 3 am, the chowkidar informed Itwari that his cattle was unwell. Later, one cow and one buffalo died while two cows are seriously ill.

In another dairy located a short distance away, four cows died after they ate ‘pedha’. One cow owned by Rajinder also died last night. In Gwal Mandi, four cows died.

The deaths have shocked the dairy owners. They are suspecting foul play and alleging that the youth who fed ‘pedha’ was responsible for the deaths.

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