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H A R Y A N A

“Tau Devi Lal” removed from thermal unit
Karnal, February 3
In what could be termed as politics after name, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana Government has changed the name of 1350 MW Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station (TDLTPS) situated in Panipat. It has now been named as Panipat Thermal Power Station (PTPS).

HSSC to recruit school teachers
Chandigarh, February 3
The Haryana Government has decided to entrust the work of recruitment of school teachers to the Haryana Staff Selection Commission.

DC acts good Samaritan
Fatehabad, February 3
A humane and timely action by the local Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Langayan, today saved the life of a person who had been badly injured in a road accident.

Hooda praises partymen
Jhajjar, February 3
The Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said party workers deserved respect and recognition for their struggle. He stated that it were they who toiled hard to get rid of the previous regime and help the party to come to power.

Thousands attend ‘kharach’ ceremony
Fatehabad, February 3
Thousands of people attended the “kharach” (spending) ceremony of Chaudhary Manphool Singh, a younger brother of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr Bhajan Lal, at Mohamadpur Rohi village in this district today.

Dr K.C. Banger joins investigations
Rohtak, February 3
A former Chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission, Dr K.C. Banger, today appeared in the office of the Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) here to join investigations in the case registered against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Haryana to buy 300 mw of power
Panchkula, February 3
The Haryana Power Generation Corporation (HPGC) has signed power purchase agreements with National Thermal Power Corporation today for getting 300 MW of power.


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EARLIER STORIES

 

HIGH COURT
Petition filed
Chandigarh, February 2
The High Court on Friday issued notice of motion for April 3 on a petition filed by the Karnal Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association seeking setting aside of the orders dated October 28, 2005 and November 2, 2005, issued by the Commissioner, Central Excise, Panchkula.

Lok Adalat on February 11
Yamunanagar, February 3
The District Legal Services Authority will organise a special Lok Adalat to solve cases relating with bank loans on February 11 at the district courts complex, Jagadhri.

NRI dead, three kin injured in mishap
Karnal, February 3
An NRI, Pavitar Singh, who was hailing from a village falling under Goraya police station in Jalandhar district of Punjab, was killed and three members of his family were injured in a collision here today.

Rs 3 lakh, jewellery looted from house
Yamunanagar, February 3
Two youths entered a house in Model Town here this afternoon and, after locking the house servant in a room, got away with Rs 3 lakh and jewellery worth several lakhs.

Trees posing risk to canal
Yamunanagar, February 3
The Irrigation Department has approached the Forest Department with a request to remove about 3,000 trees along the Western Yamuna Canal (WYC).

Special grant for police modernisation
Karnal, February 3
The Union Government has sanctioned Rs 37 crore as a special grant for modernisation of the police force in Haryana. This was disclosed by the Chief Secretary, Mrs Meenaxi Anand Chaudhary, while inaugurating the 49th all-India police duty meet at Madhuban today.

Army looking into patients complaints
Ambala, February 3
Complaints by a few attendants of patients regarding the non-availability of medicines at the Military Hospital here are being looked into.

Fresh survey for BPL ration cards sought
Ambala, February 3
Residents of wards 25, 26 and 27 have demanded that a survey should again be conducted for issuing yellow ration cards, meant  for below poverty line (BPL) persons.

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“Tau Devi Lal” removed from thermal unit
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, February 3
In what could be termed as politics after name, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana Government has changed the name of 1350 MW Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station (TDLTPS) situated in Panipat. It has now been named as Panipat Thermal Power Station (PTPS).

Former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has criticised the government for removing the name of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal from the station.

The decision of the state government about change in the name was forwarded to the Chief Engineer of the station today and was implemented with immediate effect.

According to sources in the station, Panchkula-based Chief Engineer (Administration) of the Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) Ranbir Singh Bhatti stated in the letter that the station would be named as PTPS as it had been before 2002.

Mr Bhatti reportedly stated in his letter that state Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Power) R.N. Prashar had directed him to write this letter. The letter was reportedly received by the officials of the station today.

Confirming about the change in the name of station, its Chief Engineer M.S. Dhanda told The Tribune that the subordinate staff had also been directed to make the changes in the sign-boards installed on different parts of the district after receiving the order about change in the name. New stamps and letterheads would also be ordered accordingly, he added.

The station was initially named as PTPS when it had been set up a few decades ago. However, it was changed as TDLTPS soon after the death of Devi Lal during the Chautala regime in 2002.

Meanwhile, flaying the government over the move, INLD state president Ashok Arora told The Tribune that Devi Lal was the national leader of all sections, including working class and farmers.

He was among those national leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi, Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Jawaharlal Nehru, whose statues had been installed in Parliament.

Mr Arora said the issue of changing the name of the station would be discussed at an INLD executive meeting going to be held on February 7 and future course of action would be decided.

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HSSC to recruit school teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
The Haryana Government has decided to entrust the work of recruitment of school teachers to the Haryana Staff Selection Commission.

Over 8,000 posts of school teacher were first advertised in July last year. The Education Department was supposed to carry out these recruitments. But the process kept getting delayed for various reasons, including the model code of conduct imposed on the state in the wake of the byelection to the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat.

The time taken by the government to give final shape to its policy on reservation for rural youth also contributed to the delay in starting the process.

In the meantime, the HSSC was reconstituted by the government in October. This gave rise to the question whether the Education Department should be doing something which fell within the purview of the commission. Sorting out this question led to further delay even as the government introduced the system of guest teachers as a stopgap arrangement in view of the problem of shortage of teachers in schools.

The posts of teacher originally advertised by the Education Department were for contractual appointments. However, it has been decided now that teachers will be recruited as regular employees instead of on a contract basis. The Education Department had received over 1.30 lakh applications from aspirants for the advertised posts. These applications would be passed on to the HSSC. The applicants will have to provide certain additional information to the HSSC in view of the change in the nature of employment from contract to regular. Those who have already applied for the posts will not need to deposit the application fee when the HSSC issues fresh advertisements for teachers’ recruitment.

The HSSC may also honour the selection criteria drawn up by the Education Department for recruiting the right candidates. The commission has been advised to “consider the criteria”.

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DC acts good Samaritan
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, February 3
A humane and timely action by the local Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Langayan, today saved the life of a person who had been badly injured in a road accident.

The DC was going to Tohana to preside over a meeting of the District Grievances Committee there. He was accompanied by a convoy of vehicles of district officials.

As his vehicle reached Jhalnia village, 8 km from here, an autorickshaw hit a scooter and in the process two brothers riding the scooter were injured. One of them Viney Kumar, was badly injured in the mishap.

The DC stopped his vehicle and directed his staff to shift the injured person to the Fatehabad General Hospital. He directed the District Public Relation Officer, Mr Sahib Ram Godara, to accompany the injured to the hospital. The victim is now recovering from his injuries.

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Hooda praises partymen
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, February 3
The Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said party workers deserved respect and recognition for their struggle. He stated that it were they who toiled hard to get rid of the previous regime and help the party to come to power.

The Chief Minister freely mingled with party workers during the first formal interaction after coming to power here today. He, however, said some people were unhappy with the construction of a new canal to bring their share of the irrigation water into south Haryana. He stated that many welfare schemes were in the pipeline for the region and work on the ambitious canal project had also begun.

Some speakers also cautioned the party workers to be vigilant as some elements had nurtured envious feelings toward the government. Without naming any body, these speakers in the presence of Mr Hooda stated that certain people were unable to bear their political success. Their intentions would never be fulfilled as the present Congress government was making all out efforts for the welfare of the people, they added.

Mr Hooda also announced that Jhajjar would soon be linked through rail as the state government had agreed to bear half of the total cost of Rs 250 crore for the project. 

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Thousands attend ‘kharach’ ceremony
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, February 3
Thousands of people attended the “kharach” (spending) ceremony of Chaudhary Manphool Singh, a younger brother of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr Bhajan Lal, at Mohamadpur Rohi village in this district today. Chaudhary Manphool Singh had died after a protracted illness on January 30.

Prominent among those who attended the ceremony were former Union minister, I. D. Swami, Rajya sabha member Ajay Singh Chautala, Haryana Irrigation Minister Ajay Singh Yadav, Industries Minister Lachhman Dass Arora, OSD to Chief Minister K.V. Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharamveer and Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala.

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Dr K.C. Banger joins investigations
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, February 3
A former Chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission, Dr K.C. Banger, today appeared in the office of the Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) here to join investigations in the case registered against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The local vigilance wing had registered a case against him in August last year on charges of irregularities in appointment of a local youth as drug inspector. A local court had issued non-bailable warrants of arrest against him when he failed to join investigations. However, the operation of the warrants was later stayed by the apex court.

Dr Banger said he was abroad all these months for continuing his research work. After he was informed of the case, he decided to join the investigations. He said the vigilance authorities refused to accept his application for joining investigations as the SP was not available.

He said the case had been registered against him on political considerations and that after months of investigation the police had not been able to produce any evidence against him.

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Haryana to buy 300 mw of power
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 3
The Haryana Power Generation Corporation (HPGC) has signed power purchase agreements with National Thermal Power Corporation today for getting 300 MW of power.

The agreement has been signed by Mr R.N. Prashar, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Power, Haryana and Ms Jyoti Arora, Managing Director, HPGC. The state will get power from Barh in Patna and North K aranpura near Tandwa town in Hazaribagh and Chatra districts of Jharkhand.

Officials in HPGC say that though they have signed agreements for 666 MW from these stations, the state is likely to get an allocation of 300 MW. The agreements have been signed in order to procure power from the upcoming projects of NTPC in the 10 th and 11 th plan, in the eastern region on coal pithead locations.

These projects will be commissioned between years 2008 - 2011, and are being developed under the mega poweer policy of the Government of India, and enjoy fiscal benefits resulting in lower tariffs.

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HIGH COURT
Petition filed

Chandigarh, February 2
THE High Court on Friday issued notice of motion for April 3 on a petition filed by the Karnal Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association seeking setting aside of the orders dated October 28, 2005 and November 2, 2005, issued by the Commissioner, Central Excise, Panchkula.

The petition, which has been filed through advocate Ashok Sharma Nabhewala, claims that the orders are illegal as they are in contravention of the Central Excise Act, 1944.

As per the petition, as per a notification issued by the Government of India on March 1, 2003, it had been ordered that first clearances up to a maximum of Rs 1 crore in any financial year would not attract any excise duty via-a-vis small-scale industries.

Later, through an order dated January 7, 2005, it was ordered that all medicaments would be liable for excise duty after abatement at 35 per cent. The rate was later hiked to 40 per cent.

The petitioner-association has stated that the decision of the authorities to peg the exemption limit of Rs 1 crore based on the value of clearances on the minimum retail price (MRP) and not on the invoice value was illegal.

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Lok Adalat on February 11

Yamunanagar, February 3
The District Legal Services Authority will organise a special Lok Adalat to solve cases relating with bank loans on February 11 at the district courts complex, Jagadhri. Mr Basheshar Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary of the authority, said bank recovery cases would also be taken up for disposal with the mutual consent of the parties involved. — TNS

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NRI dead, three kin injured in mishap
Tribune News Service

Karnal, February 3
An NRI, Pavitar Singh, who was hailing from a village falling under Goraya police station in Jalandhar district of Punjab, was killed and three members of his family were injured in a collision here today.

The deceased and the injured were returning to their village from Delhi airport in a Tata Sumo (PB-01-4791) that was hit by a truck on National Highway No. 1. The driver of the truck fled from the spot after the collision.

The injured have been identified as Jagir Singh, Harjinder Kaur and Pawan Kaur. They have been admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

An FIR was registered on the statement of Devender Singh, a cousin of the deceased.

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Rs 3 lakh, jewellery looted from house
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, February 3
Two youths entered a house in Model Town here this afternoon and, after locking the house servant in a room, got away with Rs 3 lakh and jewellery worth several lakhs.

As per police sources, two youths in their early twenties entered the house of Mr Sanjeev Kathuria, a cement dealer, on the pretext of repairing a computer. The servant, Dhani Ram let them in. The moment they were in, they beat up the servant and locked him in a room and searched the house for valuables.

They reportedly took away Rs 3 lakh and diamonds and gold jewellery. While Mr Kathuria was in Chandigarh, while his wife, Seema had gone to her institute. A case has been registered. 

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Trees posing risk to canal
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, February 3
The Irrigation Department has approached the Forest Department with a request to remove about 3,000 trees along the Western Yamuna Canal (WYC).

As per sources in the Irrigation Department, about 3,000 trees along the canal between Dadupur (Yamunanagar) and Indri (Karnal) were dangerous as when they fall, they damage the banks of the canal.

Mr Dalbir Singh Saini, Superintending Engineer of the department, said when a tree on a slope fell, it uprooted the soil, too, and the gushing water in the canal eroded the banks. Mr M.P Sharma, District Forest Officer said he had not got any request. 

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Special grant for police modernisation
Tribune News Service

Karnal, February 3
The Union Government has sanctioned Rs 37 crore as a special grant for modernisation of the police force in Haryana. This was disclosed by the Chief Secretary, Mrs Meenaxi Anand Chaudhary, while inaugurating the 49th all-India police duty meet at Madhuban today.

Mrs Chaudhary called upon the police force to solve the cases of cyber crime, crime against women and financial matters on priority. She said that computerisation of the Haryana Police network would greatly help in solving inter-state crimes promptly.

DGP Kanwar Nirmal Singh said the police had an important role in the present set-up in providing relief, safety and security to the people.

He said that various competitions like scientific aids to investigation, dog squads, photography, computer awareness, anti-sabotage check and videography would be held in the meet. As many as 26 teams from various states comprising of 850 competitors and 80 dogs were participating in this meet.

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Army looking into patients complaints
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 3
Complaints by a few attendants of patients regarding the non-availability of medicines at the Military Hospital here are being looked into.

An Army officer today said they ha taken note of the complaints and the matter was being looked into.

“Medicines are available at the hospital. In case a particular medicine is not available, an alternative medicine is available in our stores,” he said.

The issue regarding complaints of non-availability of medicines had been brought to the notice of the GOC.

A few attendants of patients had said medicines prescribed had been marked ‘NA’.

They had claimed that the medicines were of utmost importance, without which recovery could be affected.

They had demanded that the medicines prescribed be provided to them.

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Fresh survey for BPL ration cards sought
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 3
Residents of wards 25, 26 and 27 have demanded that a survey should again be conducted for issuing yellow ration cards, meant 
for below poverty line (BPL) persons.

The residents claimed that in the previous survey, a number of BPL persons had been left out.

They asserted that holding a fresh survey would ensure that all BPL persons were taken into account.

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