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Census report shows more Haryana homes with TVs than toilets
Chandigarh, February 1
The number of households in Haryana which have televisions is more than the number of households which have toilets. According to the data released by the state’s Directorate of Census at Panjab University here today, while 53 per cent of the total households in the state (3712319) have televisions only 44.5 per cent have toilets.

Rohtak MP lays emphasis on education
Panchkula, February 1
The main expectations of the masses from the government are to build infrastructure for power, roads and water, and provide for quality education.

Norms for upgradation of govt schools revised
Chandigarh, February 1
The Haryana Government has revised the norms for the upgradation of government schools in the state with a view to maintaining uniformity in government and private schools.

Politicians forget promise of medical college in memory of Kalpana
Karnal, February 1
While the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) dedicated a new supercomputer besides doing other things in memory of India-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla, one of the seven crew members aboard space shuttle Columbia, which crashed on February 1 three years ago, the Haryana government did nothing to keep alive her memory to inspire younger generation in Karnal where she hailed from.

Worker’s negligence claims two lives
Panipat, February 1
Owing to the alleged mismanaged felling of trees by a private construction company on the GT Road, two persons were killed and four injured when a Qualis rammed into a truck, near Tau Devi Lal Park, here this afternoon.

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Tributes paid to martyr Verma
Karnal, February 1
Tributes were paid to M.L. Verma at a function held here on his 15th martyrdom day today. Verma, then Additional Principal Secretary, Haryana, along with his wife, two children, driver and bodyguard, was killed by terrorists on February 1, 1992.

Tiff leads to infant’s death
Rewari, February 1
Following an altercation between a young woman, Suman, and her mother-in-law Shakuntala Devi at Bhagrana, village under Kanina police station of Mahendergarh district last morning. Manish, Suman’s 13-month-old son was thrown into a well in a fit of rage. The infant died instantly.

Rs 46 cr sanctioned for flood control
Rohtak, February 1
The Haryana Flood Control Board headed by the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has sanctioned Rs 46 crore for flood control measures in the district.

Robbers’ gang busted, five held
Bhiwani, February 1
Police has busted an inter-state gang active along the Haryana-Rajasthan border by arresting its five members. Bhiwani SP Saurabh Singh, addressing a press conference here today, claimed that the gang members were arrested when they were planning to loot a bus.

Five arrested in murder case
Sonepat, February 1
The police claims to have solved the case of alleged kidnapping and murder of Ramesh Jain, a trader of Gannaur Mandi in the district, for a ransom of Rs 1 crore by arresting five persons.

J.C. Katyal may be HAU Vice-Chancellor
Chandigarh, February 1
Mr J.C. Katyal, Deputy Director in the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, is likely to be the new Vice-Chancellor of Choudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar.

12-yr RI for drug traffickers
Fatehabad, February 1
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R. K. Sondhi, today sentenced two drug traffickers to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment each and fine of Rs 1 lakh each for trafficking of poppy husk. The convicts will have to undergo a further imprisonment of three years each in case of their failure to pay the fine.

Affairs of housing societies to be probed
Ambala, February 1
Mr Chaturbhuj Kaushik, the newly appointed Chairman of the Haryana State Cooperative Housing Federation, yesterday said complaints of irregularities in housing societies would be investigated.

Training camp
Ambala, February 1
A training camp on technology based entrepreneurship development was organised by Hartron here today.

Samiti convenes mahapanchayat
Yamunanagar, February 1
Not satisfied with their meeting with the Haryana Chief Minister, the Gana Sangharsh Samiti has called another mahapanchyat on February 4 where it would announce its further plans.


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Census report shows more Haryana homes with TVs than toilets
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The number of households in Haryana which have televisions is more than the number of households which have toilets. According to the data released by the state’s Directorate of Census at Panjab University here today, while 53 per cent of the total households in the state (3712319) have televisions only 44.5 per cent have toilets.

District-wise, residents of Mahendragarh are most lacking in toilets where over 75 per cent of the households do not have this facility. In Sirsa the problem is the least with only 25 per cent of households not having toilets.

Mehendragarh also reports the highest number of households which use firewood, crop residue, cowdung cake etc as cooking fuel (almost 84 per cent) followed by Kaithal (82.03 per cent) and Fatehabad (82 per cent).

The situation is equally grim when it comes to drinking water supply figures for the state. While members of over 50 per cent of households have to fetch drinking water, the number of hand pump users is as high as 30 per cent with the maximum number of hand pump users reported in Yamunanagar (54 per cent). Just about 30 per cent of households in Jhajjar have drinking water coming in taps the lowest in the state followed by Jind (31 per cent). The number of households with running water in taps is the highest in Panchkula at 80 per cent.

Over 82 per cent of the households in Haryana have electricity with Kurukshetra being the most well-lit district followed by Ambala. The worst-lit district in the state is Sirsa where only 73 per cent of the households have electricity supply. Ambala has the largest number of households which own a television (71.5 per cent), followed by Kurukshetra (69.5 per cent) and Panchkula (67.6 per cent).

During 2001 census 67.9 per cent literacy has been recorded in the state which was 55.8 per cent in 1991. There is, however, a wide disparity between the number of literate males (78.5 per cent) and literate females (55.7 per cent). This gap between male and female literacy is the highest in Mahendragarh where while 85 per cent of men are literate, only 55 per cent of the women are literate. The gap is lowest in case of Ambala where 82 per cent of men are literate and 67 per cent of the women. The literacy rate among both men (68 per cent) and women (46.5 per cent) is the lowest in Fatehabad. The literacy rate among men is the highest in Rewari (over 88 per cent) and among women it is the highest in Ambala (67 per cent).

The rest of the data released by the Deputy Director, Mr Karan Singh, included figures relating to religion-wise population of the state. While the Jains which constituted .27 per cent of the total population of the state (21144564), they were recorded as the most literate community (94 per cent), followed by the Christians (85 per cent) which formed .13 per cent of the population.

Sikhs form 5.5 per cent of the population and recorded 69 per cent literacy levels while Muslims who form 5.7 per cent of the population recoded 40 per cent literacy.

The largest religious community in the state the Hindus (88 per cent ) recorded 70 per cent literacy rates.

Another cause for concern is the number of non-workers in Haryana which is as high as 60 per cent of the total population.

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Rohtak MP lays emphasis on education
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 1
The main expectations of the masses from the government are to build infrastructure for power, roads and water, and provide for quality education.

This was stated by the Member of Parliament from Rohtak, Mr Deepinder Hooda, during a Meet The Press programme organised by Panchkula Press Club today. He said as a young politician, his main focus in his Parliamentary constituency was to build infrastructure and improve educational standards.

"We have got the Central Government's sanction for four laning of the Delhi- Rohtak highway and a new power generation plant will be set up in Rohtak. We are now working to get the status of a Central University for Maharishi Dayanand University," he said.

Mr Hooda said he proposed to spend at least 50 per cent of his MPLAD fund for improving the educational facilities in his constituency. He also informed that he was working on a pilot project for improving primary education, and was holding talks with the World Bank for financial aid to run the project.

In answer to a question about the performance of the Congress government, the young MP said political climate in Haryana had undergone a complete change. "There has been complete decentralisation of power; corruption has been curbed; law and order situation has improved; and, capital investments are flowing in the state like never before," he said.

Mr Hooda said the biggest challenge before the state was power shortage. "With a yearly 18 per cent increase in power demand, there is need to have a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the situation. Other than increasing the installed capacity within the state, the Inter Grid transmission system, too, needs to be improved, so that power from surplus states can flow to power deficit states," he said.

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Norms for upgradation of govt schools revised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The Haryana Government has revised the norms for the upgradation of government schools in the state with a view to maintaining uniformity in government and private schools.

While stating this here today, Mr K.K. Khandelwal, Commissioner and Director-General, School Education, said the government had revised the norms keeping in view the constraints on land in towns. The government had fixed the norms for the recognition of private schools in 2003 but those for government schools were fixed in 1999 and had remained the same.

He said the student strength for primary to middle, middle to secondary and secondary to senior secondary schools would be 100. However, for science classes in senior secondary schools it would be 150 students, while the minimum student strength in each science class would be 20. Each school would not have more than 50 students in a section.

Both for the rural and urban areas, the norms for land would be 1 acre for primary and middle schools and 2 acres for secondary and senior secondary schools. Each classroom from primary to middle, middle to secondary and secondary to senior secondary must be 24 ft x 18 ft x 10 ft, with a 10 foot verandah. As regards the norms for the number of classrooms for middle, secondary and senior secondary schools, it would be six, nine and 11 rooms, respectively. However one more room would need to be added by these schools in each successive year for the upgraded classes.

He said the new school buildings would be constructed keeping in the view safety factors relating to earthquakes, fire and hygiene. Each school would be required to provide one room for the head of the institution, one each for office, library, laboratory for practical subjects and storeroom.

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Politicians forget promise of medical college in memory of Kalpana
Tribune News Service

Karnal, February 1
While the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) dedicated a new supercomputer besides doing other things in memory of India-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla, one of the seven crew members aboard space shuttle Columbia, which crashed on February 1 three years ago, the Haryana government did nothing to keep alive her memory to inspire younger generation in Karnal where she hailed from.

On her third death anniversary, residents of Karnal again demanded either a medical college after her name as assured by politicians of the parties or name the proposed Women’s University after Kalpana Chawla.

Mr Rajan Lamba, principal of Tagore Bal Niketan Senior Secondary School here, where Ms Chawla had her education up to class X, said that all politicians, including those in power now, had declared at the time of Columbia crash that a medical college would be set up in Karnal but nothing was done so far.

Mr Lamba added if there was no proposal of a medical college in Kalpana’s memory, the government should name the proposed Women’s University after her to inspire students especially girls.

The director of the school, Ms Vimla Raheja, said had the state government done something in Kalpana’s memory in her home district, it would have been better.

Supriya Gupta, a class IX student of Nikka Singh Public School here, also demanded that the state government should have done something to keep Kalpana’s memory alive. She is also wants to be an astronaut like Ms Chawla but she has also written poems in her praise.

Kalpana’s father Mr Banarsi Dass Chawla, said that her memories were still alive not only in his mind but in the minds of tens of thousands of countrymen. This was the work of governments to do something in her memory, he added.

Several residents of Karnal have set up the Kalpana Chawla Yadgaar Samiti under the presidency of Mr Tarloachan Singh, also city’s chief of the Congress, to urge the government to set up a medical college after her name in Karnal and install her statue on the national highway.

Local MP Mr Arvind Sharma said that he would request CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda to name the proposed Women University after Kalpana Chawla’s name. Evading a direct reply on a medical college in Karnal, he said that he was already trying to name the local Civil Hospital after Kalpana Chawla after its upgradation as a superspeciality hospital.

At a function at Tagore Bal Niketan School in Ms Chawla’s memory today, Karnal DC Rakesh Gupta said that a planetarium was being constructed after her name at a cost of over Rs. 6 crore in Kurukshetra.

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Worker’s negligence claims two lives
Tribune News Service

Panipat, February 1
Owing to the alleged mismanaged felling of trees by a private construction company on the GT Road, two persons were killed and four injured when a Qualis rammed into a truck, near Tau Devi Lal Park, here this afternoon. The driver of the Qualis, Gurvinder Singh, and a resident of New Delhi, Naresh Kumar, died on the spot while Gopal Krishan, Sharanjit, Sheela and Amit sustained serious injuries.

The trees are being felled to create space for the construction of an elevated bridge in the city.

According to the eyewitnesses, the accident took place when the truck going towards Karnal was suddenly directed by a worker of the company to divert to the other side of the road. While negotiating a turn the truck hit the Qualis going towards Panipat.

An eyewitness, who informed the police and took the injured to the Civil Hospital, said the worker was manning traffic in a casual way and no police personnel was deputed on the spot to control the traffic on the GT Road.

The company, L&T, had been awarded the contract to construct the elevated bridge. Local residents alleged that no precautions had been taken to erect signals while felling trees on the busy road.

Sources said the local police and the administration had not been informed about the schedule of thefelling of tress. Admitting serious lapse by the construction company, an official said the company should depute some responsible persons at the spot where the felling of trees was on. But, the sources said, no particular workforce was deputed on the site to man the traffic.

The eyewitnesses said had there been any boards with the signals of traffic diversion on the spot, the accident could have been averted.

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Tributes paid to martyr Verma
Tribune News Service

Karnal, February 1
Tributes were paid to M.L. Verma at a function held here on his 15th martyrdom day today. Verma, then Additional Principal Secretary, Haryana, along with his wife, two children, driver and bodyguard, was killed by terrorists on February 1, 1992. The function, held under the aegis of the National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists (NIFFA), was attended by several bureaucrats, politicians and social activists.

Attending the function as the chief guest, the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Power, Mr R.N. Prashar, said the people would keep getting inspiration from the lives of martyrs.

Speaking on the occasion, the martyr’s younger brother, Mr Sanjiv Verma, ADC, Karnal, said the terrorists had targeted him and his family as he had been actively working for the construction of the SYL canal. He was the only IAS officer killed by terrorists, the ADC added.

The Karnal DC, Mr Rakesh Gupta, the Nilokheri MLA, Mr Jai Singh Rana, the Zila Parishad president, Ms Prakash Devi, the Municipal Council chief, Mr Balwinder Kalra, the city Congress president, Mr Tarloachan Singh, and the NIFFA chief, Mr Pritpal Singh Pannu, also paid their tributes to the martyr.

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Tiff leads to infant’s death
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 1
Following an altercation between a young woman, Suman, and her mother-in-law Shakuntala Devi at Bhagrana, village under Kanina police station of Mahendergarh district last morning. Manish, Suman’s 13-month-old son was thrown into a well in a fit of rage. The infant died instantly.

Suman too made a bid to end her life by jumping into the well, but she was prevented from doing so by other members of the family.

The huge amount accruing from the accidental claim of Suman’s husband Shailesh Kumar, who was a railway employee and who had died in a road accident near Mahendergarh in 2004, had become the bone of contention between the two. A case has been registered.

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Rs 46 cr sanctioned for flood control
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, February 1
The Haryana Flood Control Board headed by the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has sanctioned Rs 46 crore for flood control measures in the district.

According to official sources, Rohtak district will become flood-free on completion of the projects. Rain water disposal drain under construction at Chhotu Ram Chowk and the Civil Road area is part of the package, and will cost Rs 10 crore. The construction of a Chiri, Khidwali and Gharouthi link drains will be taken up by the Yamuna water services circle. These would cost about Rs 96 lakh. The board has also sanctioned Rs 81 lakh for increasing the capacity of the Balambha link drain.

The Madina link drain will cost Rs 2.64 crore and will drain out excess water in the Meham area.

The projects under water services (mechanical division) of Rohtak were also approved at the meeting. This division will install permanent pump sets for draining out water on Meham drain, Jawahar Lal Nehru Canal and Bhainisurjan minor. The installation of these pumps would cost about Rs 1.7 crore. Separate pumps will be installed at various points on JLN Canal, BSB Chiri, Madina and Sampla pump at a cost of Rs 1.6 crore.

Two other projects costing Rs 18.80 crore would be executed by the Public Health Department. These include disposal of storm water from the old Housing Board area, Kanehli road, Delhi Road and the ITI area.

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Robbers’ gang busted, five held
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, February 1
Police has busted an inter-state gang active along the Haryana-Rajasthan border by arresting its five members. Bhiwani SP Saurabh Singh, addressing a press conference here today, claimed that the gang members were arrested when they were planning to loot a bus.

The gang was involved in a bus robbery committed in Rajasthan in January this year, he said.

Mr Saurabh Singh added that the police constituted a team under Mr Vijay Prapt Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (probationer), and comprised CIA-2. inspector Ram Avtar, Mr Bhupender Kumar Jakhad, Inspector in charge, police station, Rajgarh (Rajasthan), and Sub-Inspector Ramphal, CIA-2, Bhiwani.

It raided a room situated at a distance of about 1 km from Bhiwani on Loharu road last night and arrested Sushil of Desh Khera, Jind, Ramesh of Brahmanwas, Jind, Raju of Rakhi-Garhi, Ram Avtar of Dhana Kalan, Hisar, and Anil of Hari Nagar, Panipat.

The police recovered a pistol, a cartridge, four iron rods and a Maruti car No. DL-3 CA from them. A case under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC and Sections 255 and 459 of the Arms Act has been registered. 

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Five arrested in murder case
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 1
The police claims to have solved the case of alleged kidnapping and murder of Ramesh Jain, a trader of Gannaur Mandi in the district, for a ransom of Rs 1 crore by arresting five persons.

They were identified as Pawan and Praveen of Ghasoli, village Dharmendra, alias Bunty, of Badki Naini in Muzaffarnagar, Surender of Ragana also in Muzaffarnagar district of UP, and Amar of Gannaur Mandi. It recovered the body of the victim from the premises of a temple in Kheri Khushnam village

Talking to mediapersons here, today, Superintendent of Police Rajinder Singh said that Amar, who had been a partner with the victim the kidnapping of Ramesh Jain on December 25 in association with the other three accused.

The victim was taken to a temple in the village where he was administered drug injections and kept under the influence of drugs. However, because of torture and overdoses of drug injections, Ramesh Jain suspectedly died and his body was buried about eight feet deep in the temple’s premises. 

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J.C. Katyal may be HAU Vice-Chancellor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Mr J.C. Katyal, Deputy Director in the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, is likely to be the new Vice-Chancellor of Choudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar.

His name has been recommended to the Chancellor of the university, Dr A.R. Kidwai, by a selection committee, which met here today under the chairmanship of the Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Agriculture, Haryana, Mrs Asha Sharma.

Mrs Sharma is at present the acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.

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12-yr RI for drug traffickers
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, February 1
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R. K. Sondhi, today sentenced two drug traffickers to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment each and fine of Rs 1 lakh each for trafficking of poppy husk. The convicts will have to undergo a further imprisonment of three years each in case of their failure to pay the fine.

Upon a tip-off, the police stopped a Canter near Jhalnia village on March 18, 2002. On search of the vehicle, the police seized 28 bags of poppy husk concealed beneath 60 bags of gypsum. The police arrested Bhup Singh, Manoj, Bishambar Dass and Ashok Kumar in this connection. The court acquitted Bhup Singh and Manoj and held the other two guilty of the offence and pronounced the judgment against them. 

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Affairs of housing societies to be probed
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 1
Mr Chaturbhuj Kaushik, the newly appointed Chairman of the Haryana State Cooperative Housing Federation, yesterday said complaints of irregularities in housing societies would be investigated.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Kaushik said the complaints against housing societies, who have taken loan from the federation, would be looked into. “It has been brought to my notice that some of the housing societies are defaulters and we are going to take suitable action,” he said.

He observed that in some housing societies, comprising poor and backward sections, the society members have become defaulters. “The case of such societies will be put up before the Chief Minister,” he added.

Mr Kaushik said he was going to accord top priority to backward and marginalised sections of the society. “We will also accord priority to ex-servicemen and war widows,” he added.

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Training camp
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 1
A training camp on technology based entrepreneurship development was organised by Hartron here today.

Employment exchange officer Jasbir Bhasin spoke about entrepreneurship as a career for engineers.

He said if an engineer became an entrepreneur after being provided proper guidance, he could generate employment for others through a successfully running unit.

He said a number of self-employment programmes were being run by the Centre as well as the state government.

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Samiti convenes mahapanchayat

Yamunanagar, February 1
Not satisfied with their meeting with the Haryana Chief Minister, the Gana Sangharsh Samiti has called another mahapanchyat on February 4 where it would announce its further plans.

A delegation of the samiti met Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Chandigarh last evening. Mr Shamsher Singh Tyagi, general secretary of the samiti, in a release issued here today said that all demands of the farmers were put before the CM but none of them was accepted.

The samiti has also decided to organise a march to the Sarswati Sugar Mills here on February 4. — TNS

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