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Fate of Tau’s statue uncertain
Power station name change draws residents’ ire

Panipat, February 4
While work to change the name on signboards of the Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station (TDLTPS) as the Panipat Thermal Power Station (PTPS) began today, the fate of a huge statue of the late Deputy Prime Minister, Devi Lal, is still uncertain.

Teacher tries to molest girl
Jhajjar, February 4
A government schoolteacher reportedly tried to molest a student in Government Girls High School at Dharana village of the district today.

Afghan flavour at Surajkund
Faridabad, February 4
After the downfall of the Taliban regime, it is perhaps for the first time that craftsmen of war-torn Afghanistan have been invited by a foreign country to take part in a well-known craft fair like the ongoing Surajkund Craft Mela here.

HAU VC takes charge
Hisar, February 4
Dr J.C. Katyal the newly appointed Vice- Chancellor of the Haryana Agricultural University here today called upon the university fraternity to come up to the expectations of farmers and also do their best in achieving agriculture targets set by the government.

Five killed in road mishap
Rewari, February 4
Bridegroom Sandeep Kumar (23), bride Priyanka Sharma (20), bridegroom’s father Naresh Kumar Haldiya (45), his cousin sister Jyoti (19) and driver Veer Pal were killed on the spot when their Indica car collided with a private bus (RJ19PA0052) on the Jhunjhunoo-Narnaul road, about 4 km from Jhunjhunoo, yesterday morning.

Two youths killed in accidents
Sonepat, February 4
A youth, Amit (25), was killed and his relative, Mahavir, sustained serious injuries in an accident on the GT road near Rasoi village, around 15 km from here, today.

Dr Ben Weider Award conferred
Rewari, February 4
The Dr Ben Weider annual award function was held under the auspices of the Youngmen’s Association of India (YMAI) to mark Dr Ben Weider Day a celebrity and founder president of the International Federation of Body Builders) in the community hall here on Wednesday.


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EARLIER STORIES

 

8 villages with zero literacy!
Chandigarh, February 4
This will come as a surprise to many but there are eight villages in Haryana which have recorded zero per cent literacy. While three of these villages are in district Yamunnagar, two of these villages are in district Faridabad and the rest are in Sonepat, Fatehabad and Hisar.

Sugar mill to restart operations despite boycott
Yamunanagar, February 4
The management of Saraswati Sugar Mill here, which had shut down its operation’s following a gram bandh call by the Ganna Sangharsh Samiti, bowled a googly this evening by announcing reopening of the mill from February 6.

Cong activists take out rally
Ambala, February 4
Youth Congress activists took out a rally in Ambala Sadar today.

Reinstate IAF employees: sabha
Ambala, February 4
Haryana Valmiki Mahasabha District Spokesperson Nirmal Kumar today demanded that persons, whose services had been terminated by the Air Force here should be taken back into employment.

Meeting on Right to Information Act
Chandigarh, February 4
A meeting of various Haryana Government departments will be held here on February 7 to ensure the effective implementation of the Right to Information Act in the state. The meeting has been convened by the Chief Secretary, Ms Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry.

7 buffaloes killed in accident
Ambala, February 4
A truck overturned near Model Town crossing early this morning. Seven buffaloes were killed in the accident.

CM to clear Garg’s appointment order
Chandigarh, February 4
A senior official of the Haryana Food and Supplies Department today said the appointment letter of Mr Bajrang Dass Garg as Chairman of Confed would be issued shortly. “We are waiting for the Chief Minister to come to Chandigarh. The order will be issued after taking the necessary approval from the Chief Minister”, the sources said.

Attack on Youth Cong leader
Ambala, February 4
Youths attacked the president of the Ambala district Youth Congress, Mr Tarun Chug, at his house here last late evening. Mr Chug and his elder brother sustained minor injuries. The police registered a case against five youths in this regard and arrested one of them, identified as Lala.

Ex-cashier of MC sentenced
Ambala, February 4
The Additional Sessions Judge, Ambala, Mr Sanjeev Kumar Aggarwal, sentenced former cashier of Ambala City municipal council Surender Kumar to three-year imprisonment for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The court gave him one-month time to file an appeal.

Fungus found in glucose bottle
Ambala, February 4
A doctor spotted fungus floating in a glucose bottle here today.

Woman, mother-in-law arrested
Rewari, February 4
The Kanina police has arrested a woman Suman and her mother-in-law Shakuntala Devi in connection with the death of Suman’s 13 month-old son Manish.

11-yr-old girl raped
Sonepat, February 4
An 11-year-old girl, Class VI student, was allegedly raped by two youths at Tharu village, around seven km from here, today.

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Fate of Tau’s statue uncertain
Power station name change draws residents’ ire
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, February 4
While work to change the name on signboards of the Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station (TDLTPS) as the Panipat Thermal Power Station (PTPS) began today, the fate of a huge statue of the late Deputy Prime Minister, Devi Lal, is still uncertain.

The statue was installed outside the thermal station in 2002 during the Chautala regime.

While the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government has changed the name of the 1360 MW thermal unit, no decision has reportedly been taken regarding removing the statue from the present site.

The Chief Engineer at the thermal station, Mr Satish Kumar Dewan, told The Tribune that he had not received any instructions regarding removing the statue.

Meanwhile, a painter was changing the signboard put up on the main gate of the thermal station, 8 km from Panipat city on the Panipat-Assandh road. He told The Tribune that he had been directed by the Xen to change the name on about a dozen signboards installed around the thermal station and several other places, including the Delhi-Ambala National Highway number one.

Residents of several villages around the thermal station have criticised the government for changing the name.

One of them, Mr Raj Singh of Sutana village, said the government had taken a wrong decision of changing the name as Devi Lal had played an important role in the development of the state.

He said villagers and admirers of Devi Lal would not allow the administration to remove the statue. He termed the change of name as a wastage of money because old stationery, stamps and other related things would be of no use now.

Taking exception to the change of name, the INLD has decided to discuss it at the state executive meeting scheduled for February 7.

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Teacher tries to molest girl
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, February 4
A government schoolteacher reportedly tried to molest a student in Government Girls High School at Dharana village of the district today.

Enraged at the incident, the village panchayat locked up the school and staged a demonstration, demanding action against the erring teacher.

According to information, school’s science teacher Jagat Singh reportedly called a Class 8 student to his room and made some obscene gestures at her.

The girl reported the matter to her parents after the school hours. The parents of the victim informed sarpanch Jaiveer Singh about the incident.

The villagers, led by the sarpanch, reached the school and locked it. Due to holiday, the District Education Office or other higher officials could not be informed about the incident.

The sarpanch, however, said they would not open the gates until action was taken against the teacher.

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Afghan flavour at Surajkund
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 4
After the downfall of the Taliban regime, it is perhaps for the first time that craftsmen of war-torn Afghanistan have been invited by a foreign country to take part in a well-known craft fair like the ongoing Surajkund Craft Mela here.

Mohammed Ismail of Kabul is one of them. He has come with the traditional hand-weaved carpets. There had been a total of six craftsmen from Afghanistan who have set up three stalls at the fair. Besides, around 14 artistes from other SAARC countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh have been allotted space at the mela.

According to Ismail, the carpets he had brought were known as “tijarat kaleen” and it involved extensive hand weaving of the wool obtained from the sheep. He claimed that a carpet having a length and width of 6X4 feet could take two craftsmen a time period of about three months to prepare.

The work required preparation of threads from the wool after cleaning process and colouring these with locally made colours. Finally it was weaved by expert hands. He said the largest piece ever prepared by him was of 6X4 metres. The smallest such carpet available here was of 1X1 feet, which could be used for resting a telephone on it.

He said he had prepared a large number of carpets to be used as footmats in the vehicles also. Regarding the cost of these carpets he said it ranged from Rs 200 to about Rs 10,000 per piece. He and his friends, who had been invited for the first time in India, were very happy and felt quite satisfied with the opportunity. It would certainly help them to create new type of pieces, as they would be able to know the trend and demand of the people in India.

Craftsmen from Pakistan, including Amir Baksh and Abdul Hoi Khatri, who have come from Multan and Sindh provinces, respectively, have set up three stalls. While Baksh has displayed handloom items made from cotton using natural colours and the block style of printing, the items of Khatri belong to the “azrak” style of printing on textiles.

Both these products have been colours made from locally available materials like gondh, harad, fitkari, katha and indigo.

The cost of these items varies from Rs 200 to 1,200 per piece. They said it was their privilege to be a part of such a famous fair and it would help them to popularise their traditional products.

One of the stalls from Afghanistan has jewellery and similar products. Other foreign craftsmen here include two from Nepal, two from Bhutan and four from Bangladesh . These stalls have been attracting quite a number of visitors.

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HAU VC takes charge
Tribune News Service

Hisar, February 4
Dr J.C. Katyal the newly appointed Vice- Chancellor of the Haryana Agricultural University here today called upon the university fraternity to come up to the expectations of farmers and also do their best in achieving agriculture targets set by the government.

He said there were multidinential challenges facing Indian agriculture and it was responsibility of agricultural scientists that they come forward with suitable technology to make farmers earn better returns from agriculture.

Addressing officers of the university after taking over he said this would need reorientation of research and renewed thrust to the extension activities undertaken for transfer of technology.

Dr Katyal who has several awards and recognitions to his credit as academician and scientist, is basically a soil scientist. Before joining this university he was looking after higher agricultural education in the country as Deputy Director-General (Education), ICAR and most recently had joined IGNOU as Director of Agriculture Department. 

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Five killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 4
Bridegroom Sandeep Kumar (23), bride Priyanka Sharma (20), bridegroom’s father Naresh Kumar Haldiya (45), his cousin sister Jyoti (19) and driver Veer Pal were killed on the spot when their Indica car collided with a private bus (RJ19PA0052) on the Jhunjhunoo-Narnaul road, about 4 km from Jhunjhunoo, yesterday morning.

The mishap occurred while they were returning to Shahadra (Delhi) after the wedding ceremony at Jhunjhunoo in Rajasthan.

The bodies were taken to Narnaul where postmortem was conducted at the Civil Hospital following which Veer Pal’s body was sent to Shahadra whereas the bodies of the bridegroom, his father, his cousin and the bride were cremated by their relatives and others at Narnaul.

Naresh Kumar Haldiya was a native of Narnaul and he, along with his wife and children, had shifted to Shahadra where he had been working as a commission agent for an oil mill for the past about 10 years.

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Two youths killed in accidents

Sonepat, February 4
A youth, Amit (25), was killed and his relative, Mahavir, sustained serious injuries in an accident on the GT road near Rasoi village, around 15 km from here, today.

The police has registered a case against the driver of the truck who fled after the accident. The police has sent the body of the victim for a post-mortem examination. The injured person has been hospitalised and is stated to be out of danger.

In another accident, a youth was killed and another sustained injuries in an accident on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Bhalaut village, around 40 km from here, today. The police has registered a case and sent the body for a post-mortem examination. — OC

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Dr Ben Weider Award conferred
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 4
The Dr Ben Weider annual award function was held under the auspices of the Youngmen’s Association of India (YMAI) to mark Dr Ben Weider Day a celebrity and founder president of the International Federation of Body Builders) in the community hall here on Wednesday.

Lt-Gen. J.B.S. Yadav (retd) was the chief guest while the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahender Kumar, presided over the function. Dr C.S. Rao, SP, and Mr Nitin Kumar Yadav were the guests of honour.

Nonagenarian Manohar Aich (West Bengal), known as Pocket Hercules of body building in India, two-time Mount Everest climber Santosh Yadav (in absentia-Haryana), Rajender Singh (a Magsaysay awardee and environmentalist of Rajasthan), Dr Vinod Sharma (noted animal welfare activist of New Delhi), Dr Uma Shanker Yadav (A well-known writer of Haryana), Dr Naresh Chander Saxena ( in absentia — a renowned surgeon of the US), Dr Tara Saxena (a well-known women welfare activist of Haryana), Nawal Kishore Rastogi( a journalist of Haryana), Dr L.N. Sharma (a prominent educationist of Haryana) S. Santhanam (a sports journalist of New Delhi), Dr Surat Singh (an eminent Supreme Court advocate of New Delhi), Vipin Suneja (a well-known poet of Haryana)and Sunil Thapar (a budding youth welfare activist of Haryana) were honoured with the Dr Ben Weider Award

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8 villages with zero literacy!
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
This will come as a surprise to many but there are eight villages in Haryana which have recorded zero per cent literacy. While three of these villages are in district Yamunnagar, two of these villages are in district Faridabad and the rest are in Sonepat, Fatehabad and Hisar.

The Directorate of Census, Haryana has found that these villages are very thinly populated and the number of literates in the villages is so negligible that it does not constitute even a single per cent.

Village Garhi Gujran in Yamunanagar, for example, has been listed to have a population of only 13 persons (10 men and 3 women), none of whom are literate. Similarly, village Gurdhianpur has been listed as a village inhabited by only one illiterate person. Nagal Chakbat, another village of the same district has 38 persons (20 men and 18 women), all of them illiterate.

Hansapur village in Sonepat has been listed to have a population of just four illiterate persons and village Malaheri in district Fatehabad has just two illiterate persons. Village Risalu Khera in district Hisar has about 50 persons and villages Ranika Hathin and Auli, both in district Faridabad, have a population of 12 persons in total, none of who are listed as literate.

There are 6955 villages in Haryana out of which only 26 villages fall in the literacy range between 1 per cent and 20 per cent. Literacy rates in about 350 villages fall within the range of 20 per cent and 40 per cent, Almost 2000 villages fall within the literacy rate of 40 per cent and 60 per cent and only about 200 villages have literacy above 80 per cent.

Overall, almost 68 per cent of Haryana’s population (21144564) is literate. While over 78 per cent of the men in Haryana are literate only 55.7 per cent of the women are literate.

District wise, more than 88 per cent men from Rewari are literate, the highest in the state followed by Mahendragarh where 85 per cent of the men are literate. Other than these, over 80 per cent literacy rate among the male population has been achieved by districts Panchkula, Ambala, Sonepat, Bhiwani, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Faridabad.

The state of female literacy is abysmal in the state with none of the districts even reaching the 70 per cent literacy mark. The largest number of literate women have been recorded from Ambala (67.4 per cent) followed by Panchkula (65.6 per cent). In fact other than these, only Yamunangar, Kurukshetra, Sonepat, Rohtak and Rewari districts have more than 60 per cent literate women.

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Sugar mill to restart operations despite boycott
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, February 4
The management of Saraswati Sugar Mill here, which had shut down its operation’s following a gram bandh call by the Ganna Sangharsh Samiti, bowled a googly this evening by announcing reopening of the mill from February 6.

Only a few hours earlier in the afternoon, the samiti at its mahapanchyat had announced to continue the boycott of the mill and the participants took a pledge to reduce the cane farming area by 25 per cent from the next session.

The mill management today announced that the mill would start operations from Monday. On the other hand, the samiti office-bearers said all farmers were united and they would not sell cane to the mill. “It’s the decision of the mill management and we are not concerned as all farmers in the district are with us”, said Dr Shamsher Singh Tyagi, general secretary of the samiti.

The mill management claims that it is being approached by thousands of farmers.

“There were more than 50,000 cane farmers in the district and only a small chunk of them were with the Samiti”, claimed a top official of the management, requesting anonymity.

On January 19, the samiti had announced a gram bandh and the mill had to close down its operations in the absence of cane on the evening of January 21.

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Cong activists take out rally
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 4
Youth Congress activists took out a rally in Ambala Sadar today.

‘Prerna’ rally was led by Haryana Youth Congress President Satwinder Singh. Ambala Cantt MLA, D.K. Bansal accompanied the rallyists.

The rally started from Congress Bhavan in Ambala Cantt and passed through different markets before culminating at Indra Park.

The objective of the rally was to encourage people to join the Congress. Among others, Mr Sukhpal Singh Bhullar and Mr Satish Saini were present.

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Reinstate IAF employees: sabha
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 4
Haryana Valmiki Mahasabha District Spokesperson Nirmal Kumar today demanded that persons, whose services had been terminated by the Air Force here should be taken back into employment.

Mr Nirmal Kumar said after the Jaguar air crash in village Dalipgarh, employment had been promised to the members of the worst affected families. The employment had been given in the President Service Institute (PSI) department of the Air Force. Although employment was given, the services were subsequently terminated after a couple of months, he said.

He said no concrete steps had been taken to provide regular employment to the members of the affected families. He claimed only hollow promises were made in this regard.

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Meeting on Right to Information Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
A meeting of various Haryana Government departments will be held here on February 7 to ensure the effective implementation of the Right to Information Act in the state. The meeting has been convened by the Chief Secretary, Ms Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry.

It is learnt that some government departments have been slow in putting information on the state government website. Official sources said most of the queries under the Act received by them so far were from government servants, including bureaucrats. The queries were actually aimed at settling personal issues.

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7 buffaloes killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 4
A truck overturned near Model Town crossing early this morning. Seven buffaloes were killed in the accident.

The truck, which was going from Punjab to Uttar Pradesh, overturned at about 6 am. Out of 37 buffaloes in the truck, seven buffaloes died while 12 buffaloes were injured. The driver and cleaner of the truck ran away after the incident.

In another incident, the driver of a tanker lost control and the vehicle entered a shop in Baldev Nagar this morning. The goods kept in the general merchandise shop were damaged. The driver of the tanker ran away from the spot.

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CM to clear Garg’s appointment order
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
A senior official of the Haryana Food and Supplies Department today said the appointment letter of Mr Bajrang Dass Garg as Chairman of Confed would be issued shortly. “We are waiting for the Chief Minister to come to Chandigarh. The order will be issued after taking the necessary approval from the Chief Minister”, the sources said.

Mystery shrouds the delay in issuing the appointment letter to Mr Garg, who was supposed to join as the Confed Chairman yesterday and then address a press conference. The sources said there was a legal tangle blocking the appointment.

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Attack on Youth Cong leader
Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 4
Youths attacked the president of the Ambala district Youth Congress, Mr Tarun Chug, at his house here last late evening. Mr Chug and his elder brother sustained minor injuries. The police registered a case against five youths in this regard and arrested one of them, identified as Lala.

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Ex-cashier of MC sentenced
Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 4
The Additional Sessions Judge, Ambala, Mr Sanjeev Kumar Aggarwal, sentenced former cashier of Ambala City municipal council Surender Kumar to three-year imprisonment for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The court gave him one-month time to file an appeal.

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Fungus found in glucose bottle

Ambala, February 4
A doctor spotted fungus floating in a glucose bottle here today.

The doctor, who runs a private clinic in Ambala Sadar, said he had already informed the company authorities about the incident. “It is a serious matter. I would strongly advice that people first check before administering any medication,” he said. TNS

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Woman, mother-in-law arrested

Rewari, February 4
The Kanina police has arrested a woman Suman and her mother-in-law Shakuntala Devi in connection with the death of Suman’s 13 month-old son Manish.

Manish had been thrown into a well following an altercation which reportedly occurred between the two women at Bhagdana village under the Kanina police station of Mahendergarh district on January 31. — OC

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11-yr-old girl raped

Sonepat, February 4
An 11-year-old girl, Class VI student, was allegedly raped by two youths at Tharu village, around seven km from here, today.

A case has been registered against the youths — Sonu and Amit — of the same village and hunt is on to apprehend them. — OC

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