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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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H A R Y A N A

Rural job scheme for 3 more dists soon
Bhiwani, February 8
Three more districts of the state, Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Mewat would also be brought under the ambit of Gramin Rojgar Gurantee Yojna under the second phase of the scheme. With this the total number of districts in Haryana under the scheme would increase to five.

Naresh Yadav plans stir against govt
Chandigarh, February 8
Mr Naresh Yadav, Independent MLA from Ateli in Mahendragarh district of Haryana, today announced the holding of a “mahapanchayat” at Ateli Mandi on February 20 to kick off an agitation against the state government.
Mr Naresh Yadav, Independent MLA from Ateli, at a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday Mr Naresh Yadav, Independent MLA from Ateli, at a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photo

Renaming issue: INLD plans rallies
Kurukshetra, February 8
Former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala demanded from the Congress government to rename Panipat Thermal Station and IMT, Manesar after Tau Devi Lal. Soon after the state executive meeting of the INLD held at Jat Dharamshala here yesterday, its MP, Mr Ajay Chautala, told mediapersons that his party would neither request nor make any appeal to Hooda government to rename thermal and IMT after Tau Devi Lal but it was issuing a warning to it to do so immediately.

Cases of canal breach on rise, crop affected
Sonepat, February 8
Cases of canal cut have been increasing in Sonepat. Officials of the Irrigation Department are hand in glove with influential farmers in hushing up cases of water theft. Standing crops at the tail-end villages are hit.


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EARLIER STORIES
 

Board accepts Jindal panel recommendations
Chandigarh, February 8
The Haryana State Board of Technical Education has accepted the recommendations of a committee constituted by the state government under the chairmanship of Mr Naveen Jindal, MP, to suggest ways and means to improve the quality of technical education in the state.

Three held for stealing diesel
Sonepat, February 8
The Murthal police today arrested three persons, including a canter driver and cleaner for selling diesel after stealing from the drums and duping the owner of the canter.

Service rules of medical teachers to be amended
Rohtak, February 8
Teachers of government medical and dental colleges in the state are in for a pleasant surprise. The Haryana Government has decided to give them good-sounding designations and more avenues for promotion.

Work on Dadupur canal yet to start
Yamunanagar, February 8
Digging of the much-awaited Dadupur – Nalvi canal, that had figured in the Congress election manifesto, is yet to start. It was to start in December last. The government is yet to get loan from Nabard for the project and as the government is under pressure to start the project, the funding may now come from the state plans.

Two jailed for life
Bhiwani, February 8
Additional District Judge Venod Kumar Jain sentenced two members of Bawaria gang to life and fined them Rs 10,000 each in a case of looting and murder today. The court sentenced two others to 10-year and three-year rigorous imprisonment respectively in this case.

Dharna for arrest of former sarpanch
Fatehabad, February 8
Men and women today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Subdivisional Magistrate at Rattia in this district demanding arrest of a former sarpanch, accused of raping a minor girl. The demonstrators alleged that the police had been shielding the accused.

SD College students win laurels
Ambala, February 8
SD College principal Dr Desh Bandhu yesterday said their college had won the prestigious Prof S.K. Chattopadhya Memorial Trophy for overall best performance in the electronic project section at the seventh annual state-level electronic science convention.

Implement programmes honestly: Selja
Ambala, February 8
Union Minister Kumari Selja today said the different programmes of the government must be implemented with honesty and sincerity. Kumari Selja presided over a meeting of the District Vigilance Committee held at Panchayat Bhavan, Ambala City. She said officials must ensure that the benefits of the programmes should reach the poor, women, widows, physically challenged and reserved categories.

Communication dept website launched
Ambala, February 8
The office of Joint Controller of Communication Accounts (CCA), Haryana circle, Department of Telecommunications, has launched its website. Ms Archana Gulati, Joint CCA, today told mediapersons that the website had been specially designed and developed in keeping with the efforts of the Government of India to provide services that are citizen centric. “The core idea behind this website is to reach out to citizens and serve them better,” she said.

Health mela on February 11
Sonepat, February 8
The Rotary Club of Midown will organise a two-day health mela on February 11 and 12 on the premises of the GVM Girls College in this city. Doctors from the Sir Gangaram Hosptial, Delhi, Jaipur Golden Hospital Delhi, Escort Heart Institute, Delhi, Maharaja Aggarsen Hospital, Delhi Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Delhi, Health Centre Patti Kalyana (Panipat), Bharatiya Yoga Sansthan and Vaidnath Ayurved Bhawan will examine patients.

Delegation seeks separate SGPC 
Chandigarh, February 8
A 19-member delegation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, led by Mr Jagdish Singh Jhinda, called on the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, here today and stressed on the need for a separate SGPC in Haryana to manage the affairs of gurdwaras and their properties.

Retrenched Confed staff: Garg to talk to CM
Chandigarh, February 8
Mr Bajrang Dass Garg, Chairman of Confed, today refused to give a categorical assurance about reinstating retrenched employees of Confed but said that he would talk to the Chief Minister on the subject.

State asks for more wheat
Chandigarh, February 8
Haryana, the second largest contributor of wheat to the country’s kitty, has urged the Centre to allot 1.50 lakh quintals of additional wheat during February and March each under the Open Market Sale Scheme Domestic (OMSSD) to check the rising prices of wheat in the open market.

Crushing unit starts
Karnal, February 8
Amidst selling of sugarcane by farmers affiliated to Gana Sangharsh Samiti to other sugar mills, the Sarswati Sugar Mill here on Tuesday started its second cane crushing unit. Forty tractor-trailers full of cane was sold to a private sugar mill of the state. the samiti officials claimed no farmer of the district was selling cane to the local mill. Farmers were selling their produce to the Naryanagarh mill, said Dr Shamsheri Singh Tyagi.

6 booked for illegal mining
Yamunanagar, February 8
The police has booked six persons including a contractor, for illegal mining in the stone crusher zone located 50 km from here. During the past one and a half month more than 150 persons have been booked for illegal mining.

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Rural job scheme for 3 more dists soon
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, February 8
Three more districts of the state, Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Mewat would also be brought under the ambit of Gramin Rojgar Gurantee Yojna under the second phase of the scheme. With this the total number of districts in Haryana under the scheme would increase to five.

Two districts of Haryana, Mahindergarh and Sirsa, have been already included among the 200 districts in the country, in which the scheme had been implemented in the first phase recently.

This was disclosed by Haryana Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Dharambir Singh while speaking at a civic reception hosted in his honour by the Citizen Welfare Association in Bhiwani yesterday.

He said that employment of 100 days in a year would be provided to each beneficiary under the yojna. While reiterating the commitment of the state government to generate employment opportunities for the youth, he said that many multinational companies were coming to Haryana to set up their units as a result of the prevailing industrial friendly climate. These would generate employment opportunities and revenue.

He said that Panchayat Sammelans would soon be organised in the state to discuss implementation of developmental programmes in consultation with elected representatives of Panchayats. He assured that there would not be dearth of funds for developmental works He said that apart from undertaking developmental activities in rural areas, urban areas would also be developed. The highest ever sum of Rs 107 crore has been released for the development of urban areas and these funds would be utilised for completion of schemes of roads, streets, sewerage and sanitation.

He said that drains costing Rs. 17 crore would be constructed to check the problem of villages of Mundal, Kungar and other villages situated along the canals in Bhiwani district. A former Chief Minister, Mr Banarsi Dass Gupta and president of Rural Unit of the Congress Party in the district, Mr Sandeep Singh also spoke.

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Naresh Yadav plans stir against govt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
Mr Naresh Yadav, Independent MLA from Ateli in Mahendragarh district of Haryana, today announced the holding of a “mahapanchayat” at Ateli Mandi on February 20 to kick off an agitation against the state government.

Mr Yadav said the agitation would focus on two issues: completion of the SYL canal at the earliest and protest against the acquisition of agricultural land by the state government for handing over to big industrial houses for setting up industries.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Yadav said the water level in the southern part of the state, including Mahendragarh, Rewari and other 
districts, was going down constantly.

He said a large number of villages in that area had already gone dry and did not have even drinking water. He said soon there was going to be a situation when without the supply of water through the SYL canal, it would not be possible to irrigate land.

Successive state governments in Haryana had done precious little to get the SYL canal completed, Mr Yadav alleged. “Politicians make a hue and cry about the SYL canal when they are in the Opposition camp. When they come to power, they keep quiet”, Mr Yadav said. He added that the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also following this practice.

“Congress leaders love to describe Ms Sonia Gandhi as an epitome of sacrifice (tyagmurti). Let her sacrifice her party’s interests in Punjab and get the SYL canal constructed”, he remarked.

The Ateli MLA, however, praised the Hooda-led government’s plan to construct a new canal to improve the supply of water to the southern districts. He criticised the Punjab Government and the INLD of Haryana for opposing the project and said the INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had always made common cause with the political leadership of Punjab.

Mr Yadav also criticised the acquisition of agricultural land for industrial projects. He said while people of at least 15 villages would lose their land due to the setting up of the proposed education city in Sonepat, more than 150 villages would be affected by the proposed 25,000 acre special economic zone of the Reliance Group.

He said the displaced villagers would be in dire straits as they knew of no other way to earn their livelihood than farming. He added that local boys and girls would not get employment in such projects as these jobs would go to aspirants from Delhi.

Mr Yadav said he would travel throughout Haryana and mobilise youth, farmers and workers for the success of the agitation. The agitation would be carried out under the banner of the Haryana Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Mr Yadav said.

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Renaming issue: INLD plans rallies
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, February 8
Former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala demanded from the Congress government to rename Panipat Thermal Station and IMT, Manesar after Tau Devi Lal.
Soon after the state executive meeting of the INLD held at Jat Dharamshala here yesterday, its MP, Mr Ajay Chautala, told mediapersons that his party would neither request nor make any appeal to Hooda government to rename thermal and IMT after Tau Devi Lal but it was issuing a warning to it to do so immediately.

The INLD would hold demonstrations in each district on February 15 to warn the Congress government to rename the thermal station and IMT after Tau Devi Lal. If Congress did not restore the name of even after holding district-level demonstrations, then INLD would intensify its movement, he added. Mr Ajay Chautala said that meetings of workers would be held on February 11 and 12 for mobilising them for the demonstrations. The Cabinet had decided on January 27 to remove the name of Deputy Prime Minister from Thermal and IMT.

The INLD also passed five other resolutions in its state executive meeting held under chairmanship of its supermo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

In one of its resolutions, INLD criticised Finance Minister, Mr Birender Singh for inviting the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, to attend a function at Narwana a few days ago.

The invitation to Mr Amarinder Singh was an insult of the residents of Haryana as he had tried to create a biggest hurdle in the construction of SYL canal by passing a Bill in Punjab Assembly. Congress Government should make sincere efforts to get its share of water from Punjab, INLD demanded.

Flaying the UPA and state governments for steep hike in the price of essential commodities, the INLD demanded to reduce the rates.

A former finance minister, Prof Sampat Singh, the INLD state president, Mr Ashok Arora, former Speaker, Mr Satbir Singh Kadian and former Agriculture Minister, Mr Jaswinder Sandhu were also present in the meeting.

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Cases of canal breach on rise, crop affected
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 8
Cases of canal cut have been increasing in Sonepat.
Officials of the Irrigation Department are hand in glove with influential farmers in hushing up cases of water theft. Standing crops at the tail-end villages are hit.

Sources revealed that whenever canal cuts are made by influential farmers, backed by ruling party legislators or politicians, these are hushed up by showing the mishap during the government and public funds by preparing bogus muster rolls in connection with repair and pocket the money in this way.

Farmers alleged that they had not received canal water for the past six months even during rotation period and this had hit standing crops.

Farmers of many villages blamed officials of the Irrigation Department for not cleaning the canals, distributaries and minors properly despite government instructions.

Farmers whose fields are on the tail-end demanded a high-level probe into their complaints of water.

Maintenance of the canals, distributaries and minors continues to remain neglected despite heavy expenditure incurred on them in this district.

The government spent crores on the clearance of the canals and other distributaries, but water does not reach the tail-end fields of farmers.

Farmers alleged embankments of canals and distributaries faced sitting resulting in waterlogging of fields.

Sonepat district consists of Sonepat, Rai and Gohana water service divisions of the Irrigation Department and the officials of these divisions do not attend complaints of farmers, they alleged. A probe into affairs of these divisions is needed, said farmers.

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Board accepts Jindal panel recommendations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
The Haryana State Board of Technical Education has accepted the recommendations of a committee constituted by the state government under the chairmanship of Mr Naveen Jindal, MP, to suggest ways and means to improve the quality of technical education in the state.

The decision was taken at the 22nd meeting of the board, held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, after a gap of 10 years, here last evening. It was also decided to formulate an action plan for the implementation of these recommendations. The last meeting of the board was held on January 5, 1996.

Stressing the need for improving the quality of technical education Mr Hooda suggested that Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, should be consulted on improving the quality of the faculty. He said effective steps should be taken to encourage students in the rural areas to join polytechnics.

The board decided to set up a placement cell in Gurgaon to help students. It also decided to set up a data cell for information on students in various trades at polytechnics, the opportunities available to them in various industries and their future prospects.

The recommendations of the Jindal committee included stress on developing skilled technicians of world standard, the inclusion of competence and performance standards for different occupations and the adoption of a competence-based approach in polytechnics and industrial training institutes. It also recommended third party inspection of the institutions and effective rapport with industries.

Among its other recommendations were the formulation of a plan for a staff development programme, upgradation of machines, equipment and tools to match the training requirements for developing new practical skills specified by the job market and need for the institutes to simulate the environment of industry in respect of discipline, time keeping and safety precautions.

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Three held for stealing diesel
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 8
The Murthal police today arrested three persons, including a canter driver and cleaner for selling diesel after stealing from the drums and duping the owner of the canter.

The police said, the owner Mr Ravinder of Rohtak complained to the police alleging stealing of the diesel from the drums and selling it without his consent. Both driver and cleaner left Rohtak for Sonepat to deliver the diesel to its purchaser but they did not reach there. Thereupon, Mr Ravinder suspected some foul play and he reached the site at Sonepat but failed to find the canter there. Thereupon he started search for the canter and found it along the G.T. Road near Dhaturi village. He also spotted person Jai Bhagwan who was unloading the drum of the diesel. When Mr Ravinder inquired from him he said that he had purchased the diesel from the driver and the cleaner.

Thereupon, Mr Ravinder complained the police and all three were arrested. They were identified as Kishan a canter driver of Kiloard village, Shri Bhagwan cleaner of Butana village and the purchaser Jai Bhagwan.

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Service rules of medical teachers to be amended
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, February 8
Teachers of government medical and dental colleges in the state are in for a pleasant surprise. The Haryana Government has decided to give them good-sounding designations and more avenues for promotion.

It is learnt that the government has decided in principle to redesignate lecturer as assistant professor, reader as associate professor, associate professors as professor and professor as senior professor.

Besides, the quota for promotion of associate professors to the post of professor and professor to senior professor is likely to be raised from the present 50 per cent of posts to 80 per cent.

The sources said the government had agreed to amend the two-decade-old Haryana State Medical Education Service Rules. After the amendments are formally approved by the departments concerned, the draft would be approved by the Cabinet before it is sent to the Vidhan Sabha.

The sources said on a representation submitted by the Haryana State Medical Teachers Association (HSMTA), the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had appointed a committee headed by the Health Commissioner, Ms Urvashi Gulati, to consider the demands.

The Gulati panel has finalised its report and it was discussed at a meeting held in Chandigarh recently. It was attended among others by the Special Secretary (Health), Mr S.R. Gaur, Director, PGIMS, Rohtak, Dr K.S. Sangwan, Joint Director of PGIMS, Mr P.D. Verma, HSMTA chief Dr R.S. Dahiya, and Secretary, Dr R.B. Jain.

The sources said after the amendments, the lower age limit for the post of Director, PGIMS, would be brought down to 40 years from 45 at present. The upper age limit would, however, remain unchanged at 50 years.

In the case of dental colleges, the posts of deans would be abolished and it would be redesiganted as principal.

The post of principal was created in 1994 but since the service rules were not amended appropriately, the designation remained that of dean only.

Among the proposals rejected by the government are — raising the retirement age of medical teachers from 60 to 62 years and appointment of a doctor only as Director of the PGIMS.

The HSMTA had contended that to encourage super speciality departments, the age should be raised. The government did not consider these proposals.

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Work on Dadupur canal yet to start
Nishikant Dwivedi
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, February 8
Digging of the much-awaited Dadupur – Nalvi canal, that had figured in the Congress election manifesto, is yet to start. It was to start in December last.
The government is yet to get loan from Nabard for the project and as the government is under pressure to start the project, the funding may now come from the state plans.

Former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala had laid the foundation stone of the canal near Barara in Ambala district in November 2004. The 380-km long canal will benefit three districts, Yamunanagar, Ambala and Kurukshetra.

It was conceived in July, 1983, at a cost of Rs 15.37 crore. But the project never took off and the cost of the canal has now shot up to whopping Rs 267 crore.

Source in the Irrigation Ddepartment said more delay in the project would significantly enhance the cost further. The government had acquired 190 acres in 1987 and again 267 acres a few years ago for the project.

The source said the funds for the canal was yet to be sanctioned from the Nabard. Mr B.L Mishra, General Manager, Nabard said no decision had been taken as the matter was still lying with the head office.

Capt Ajay Yadav, Haryana Minister for Irrigation said the government was serious about the project and the work would start soon. When asked about the delay in funding from Nabard, he said: “We are even considering to finance the project from the state plans”.

The canal was an election promise of the new government and tender for a stretch of the canal (from Dadupur to Darajpur railway crossings in the district) was floated in April last and it was awarded to seven contractors.

Contractor Surinder Mehta complained that because of the delay in the project, contractors were suffering as they have already deposited the security money and had also hired machinery and labourers for the work. “I have written to the government to either start the work at the prevailing rates or return the security amount”, informed Mehta.

On the other hand, Mr R.K Garg, Chief Engineer, Irrigation Departmetn, Haryana, however, claimed that the project was on the priority list of the government.

“Just a few days ago a review meeting was held with the minister”. He said the project would start soon.

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Two jailed for life
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, February 8
Additional District Judge Venod Kumar Jain sentenced two members of Bawaria gang to life and fined them Rs 10,000 each in a case of looting and murder today. The court sentenced two others to 10-year and three-year rigorous imprisonment respectively in this case.

Om Prakash of Sohasara village of Loharu sub division had reported to the police on January 6, 2001 that he noticed noise of walking steps from the roof of the house and went up to find out. As he opened the door, an unidentified person caught him and threatend. He got furious and returned.

Meanwhile, his father came out of the room and several miscreants entered the house and attacked him with iron rods. The assailants hit his mother also and fired shots in the air. The accused decamped with a colour TV, CD player, jewellery and cash.

The police recovered an iron pipe, and fired cartridges of. 12 bore from the site. Police later found empty jewellery box and a purse from near a field. Injured father succumbed to his injuries on January 14 in a hospital. The police has registered a case under Sections 412, 460, 458, 380 of the Indian Penal Code and 120 B of the Arms Act against Krishan of Mamaria village, Ramji Lal, Jagdish of Loharu, Hawa Singh of Ladot (Alwar) village, Kalu of Ghirwai, Rajasthan and Krishna of Ujena village. The police had arrested the accused on January 16.

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Dharna for arrest of former sarpanch
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, February 8
Men and women today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Subdivisional Magistrate at Rattia in this district demanding arrest of a former sarpanch, accused of raping a minor girl. The demonstrators alleged that the police had been shielding the accused.

Addressing activists of the ‘Nyaye Sangharsh Samiti’, constituted for getting justice to the victim, Ms Jatinder Paul Kaur, District president of the All-India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) said that it was strange that the police had not been able to arrest Joginder Singh, former sarpanch of Raipur village, who had been accused of raping a village girl, though an FIR had been registered against him 15 days back.

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SD College students win laurels
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 8
SD College principal Dr Desh Bandhu yesterday said their college had won the prestigious Prof S.K. Chattopadhya Memorial Trophy for overall best performance in the electronic project section at the seventh annual state-level electronic science convention.

Dr Desh Bandhu said the science convention was held at RKSD College, Kaithal, in association with the Electronic Science Teacher’s Association and the Department of Electronic Science, Kurukshetra University.

Ajay Malhotra, Sandeep Kumer and Anubhav Jain of BSc (Electronics Final Year) won the first prize for their project ‘Automatic train signalling system’. Kanupriya Sharma of B Com (III) and Roshan Lal of B.Sc (Comp Sc-III) won the second prize in power point presentation on video-conferencing.

Neeraj Bhushan of BCA (I) won the second prize in the chart display section for ‘How call centres work’. Zaheer Ahmed of BSc (Hons-IT) won the third prize for his essay “Telephone surveillance security of the nation or violation of human rights”.

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Implement programmes honestly: Selja
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 8
Union Minister Kumari Selja today said the different programmes of the government must be implemented with honesty and sincerity.
Kumari Selja presided over a meeting of the District Vigilance Committee held at Panchayat Bhavan, Ambala City. She said officials must ensure that the benefits of the programmes should reach the poor, women, widows, physically challenged and reserved categories.

She said there could not be any compromise with the quality of work and strict action would be initiated against officials whose work was found to be sub-standard. She stated that officials must carry out surprise checks and the officials should consult the MLAs, panchayat samiti members and other people’s representatives.

Kumari Selja said her priority is to provide drinking water and sulabh shauchalyas in villages and financial assistance will be provided by the state government and the Zila Parishad.

She said that incomplete works should be completed.

She stated that works relating to flood control must be completed before the onset of monsoon so that people do not have to face any problems then.

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Communication dept website launched
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 8
The office of Joint Controller of Communication Accounts (CCA), Haryana circle, Department of Telecommunications, has launched its website.
Ms Archana Gulati, Joint CCA, today told mediapersons that the website had been specially designed and developed in keeping with the efforts of the Government of India to provide services that are citizen centric. “The core idea behind this website is to reach out to citizens and serve them better,” she said.

The website has useful and pertinent information for DOT licencees, subsidy claimants, BSNL employees and DOT pensioners of Haryana circle. “The website provides information from the users perspective. Wherever possible, tables have been provided for easy reference to required information. The site provides online feedback and grievance pages apart from all relevant forms and circulars,” Ms Gulati said.

An innovative feature of the website is the personalised pension roadmap. A government servant can enter his name and date of birth which will generate a virtual road map showing him all the relevant dates specific to his case. “We want to create awareness in the serving employees so that while in service itself, the employee can ensure timely completion of all necessary steps leading to timely pension payment,” she said.

The website also has a notice board which alerts the BSNL employees, pensioners, DOT licencees and subsidy claimants about important letters and circulars issued by the CCA office. If the letters are of a confidential nature, then they can be accessed by registration on the mailbox page of the website.

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Health mela on February 11

Sonepat, February 8
The Rotary Club of Midown will organise a two-day health mela on February 11 and 12 on the premises of the GVM Girls College in this city.
Doctors from the Sir Gangaram Hosptial, Delhi, Jaipur Golden Hospital Delhi, Escort Heart Institute, Delhi, Maharaja Aggarsen Hospital, Delhi Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Delhi, Health Centre Patti Kalyana (Panipat), Bharatiya Yoga Sansthan and Vaidnath Ayurved Bhawan will examine patients.

A free medical camp will be organised on February 10 on the premises of Maharaja Aggarsein Charitable Hospital at Ganaur town in this district. Doctors and ENT specialists will examine the patients.

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Delegation seeks separate SGPC 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
A 19-member delegation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, led by Mr Jagdish Singh Jhinda, called on the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, here today and stressed on the need for a separate SGPC in Haryana to manage the affairs of gurdwaras and their properties.

The delegation said a separate SGPC was mandatory under Section 72 of the Reorganisation of Punjab Act, 1966. It also pointed out that the Congress election manifesto had made a promise to Haryana Sikhs in this regard. It urged the Chief Minister that a Bill in this regard should be moved during coming Budget session of the Assembly.

Mr Hooda reportedly assured the delegation that he agreed to the demand for the creation of a separate SGPC for Haryana but he did not spell out the time frame.

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Retrenched Confed staff: Garg to talk to CM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
Mr Bajrang Dass Garg, Chairman of Confed, today refused to give a categorical assurance about reinstating retrenched employees of Confed but said that he would talk to the Chief Minister on the subject.

“I joined only today and have not got the time to go through the relevant files. Only after I read the files will I know if anything can be done for the retrenched employees”, he said. He added that a delegation of the retrenched employees had met him after his appointment as Chairman.

Mr Garg said he would try to revive the retail outlets operated by Confed earlier. The outlets were shut down under the Chautala regime as part of its drive to downsize loss-making cooperative sector and public sector undertakings. 

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State asks for more wheat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
Haryana, the second largest contributor of wheat to the country’s kitty, has urged the Centre to allot 1.50 lakh quintals of additional wheat during February and March each under the Open Market Sale Scheme Domestic (OMSSD) to check the rising prices of wheat in the open market.

This was stated by the Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, while reviewing the prices of wheat and atta with officers of the Food and Supplies Department here today.

Mr Chander Mohan said Haryana had received 60,000 quintals of wheat in January under the OMSSD from the Union Government. He said all Food and Supplies controllers had been asked to take special measures to ensure the supply of wheat to consumers through the public distribution system.

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Crushing unit starts
Tribune News Service

Karnal, February 8
Amidst selling of sugarcane by farmers affiliated to Gana Sangharsh Samiti to other sugar mills, the Sarswati Sugar Mill here on Tuesday started its second cane crushing unit. Forty tractor-trailers full of cane was sold to a private sugar mill of the state. the samiti officials claimed no farmer of the district was selling cane to the local mill. Farmers were selling their produce to the Naryanagarh mill, said Dr Shamsheri Singh Tyagi.

He claimed that during the past six days, several thousands quintal of cane has been hold to other sugar mills. But the mill management claimed that farmers were selling cane to the mill and all its centers were functioning. However, a senior official of the mill admitted that the supply of cane was significantly less —TNS

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6 booked for illegal mining
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, February 8
The police has booked six persons including a contractor, for illegal mining in the stone crusher zone located 50 km from here. During the past one and a half month more than 150 persons have been booked for illegal mining.

As per police sources, on the complaint of the district mining officer, Mahipal, Yashpal, Sukhdev and Jaswant (of Gulbabhgarh village here) and Inderpal and Dilbag (of Yamunanagar town) were.

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Pawar’s visit cancelled

Karnal, February 8
Union Agriculture Minister and (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s visit to Karnal on February 17 has been postponed. This was stated by president of the Nationalist Kisan Congress (NKC) Ved Pal here today.

Mr Ved Pal said that the session of Parliament was likely to be held on February 22 when the programme of his visit had been fixed but now the session was being held a week earlier.

Besides there would be a question-hour regarding the Agriculture Ministry in the Lok Sabha on February 17, he said adding, that was why the programme of his visit was postponed and next date of his visit would be fixed later on. —TNS

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2 die in accident

Hisar, February 8
Two youths were killed when their motorcycle was hit by a roadways bus near Fourth-Mile on the Hisar-Sirsa road today. The police said Mahender (20), a resident of Mangali Aaklan village and Krishan (22), a student of BA second-year were going on a motorcycle when a roadways bus hit them.
A case has been registered in this regard. — UNI

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Yoga camp for prisoners
Tribune News Service

Ambala. February 8
A 10-day yoga camp began at Ambala Central Jail today.
Jail Superintedent SPS Chauhan said the yoga camp was being organised by Nature Cure Centre, Ambala Cantonment. He said Dr Ved Prakash taught yoga to the prisoners and explain the benefits of different yoga `asanas’. He said yoga helped to relieve stress. He said the yoga camp had been well-received by the prisoners.

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