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16,000 teachers to be appointed soon
HSSC to advertise vacancies by month-end
Sirsa, February 21
Around 16,000 posts of teacher are lying vacant in government schools across the state. The government has decided to fill these vacancies soon. Of these, 12,000 teachers will be appointed by way of direct recruitment, whereas around 4,000 posts will be filled through promotions.

Sabha to lay siege to House
Seeks relief for frost-hit farmers
Hisar, February 21
A large number of farmers and All-India Kisan Sabha members from Hisar, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Bhiwani and Jind districts today staged a protest demonstration in support of their demand regarding the grant of adequate relief for the frost-hit farmers.

Bhajan, Chander Mohan absent from party meeting
Chandigarh, February 21
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has urged Ministers, MLAs, office-bearers and workers of the Congress to apprise the people of the welfare programmes and schemes being implemented by the state government.

Samiti against acquisition of farm land
Rewari, February 21
Residents of Mahendergarh, Ateli, Narnaul, Rewari, Pataudi and other parts of Ahirwal participated in a mahapanchayat held under the banner of the Haryana Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (HYKSS ) at Ateli, 37 km from here, yesterday.

100 bonded labourers set free
Sonepat, February 21
Cops led by Mr Subhash Chander Sharma, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) and Mr G.D. Godara, District Food and Supplies Controller, Sonepat, raided two brick kilns at Khanda and Saidpur village in Kharkhauda tehsil of this district today and freed 100 bond labourers from the bondage of brick-kiln owners.


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EARLIER STORIES

 

Mr Lachhman Singh Lachhman Singh dead
Chandigarh, February 21
“Paniwala Baba” is no more. This was how Mr Lachhman Singh, former Haryana Minister and former Rajya Sabha member, who died of a massive heart attack in Kalka today, was known.

Schools and Colleges
Students visit bank
Ambala, February 21
Students of SMV Public School, here today visited the Model Town branch of the Punjab National Bank.

Pension for disabled doubled
Karnal, February 21
Haryana government has doubled the pension for totally disabled persons to Rs 600 per month. This was stated by DC Rakesh Gupta while addressing the villagers at Nighdu during a visit today.

Accept WTO challenge, says VC
Hisar, February 21
The Haryana Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.C. Katyal, has said all efforts would be made to bring Haryana at number one position in agriculture production.

2 killed, three hurt in mishap
Sirsa, February 21
Two persons were killed and three others injured when the jeep, they were travelling in, was hit by an oil tanker near Jamal village of the district, the police said today.

Computer training for MLAs
Chandigarh, February 21
Members of the Haryana Assembly will be imparted training in computers.


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16,000 teachers to be appointed soon
HSSC to advertise vacancies by month-end
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, February 21
Around 16,000 posts of teacher are lying vacant in government schools across the state. The government has decided to fill these vacancies soon. Of these, 12,000 teachers will be appointed by way of direct recruitment, whereas around 4,000 posts will be filled through promotions.

This was stated by Dr K.V. Singh, OSD to the Chief Minister, during his visit to the city. The vacancies would be advertised by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) by the end of this month, he said.

Asserting that the state government was laying special emphasis on improving the quality of education in the state, he claimed about 50 per cent of the next state Budget would be dedicated to qualitative reforms in the education sector.

He said 2,813 new “aanganwadi kendras” would be set up in the state, of which 665 would be located in urban and the rest in rural areas.

Of these aanganwadi centres, 456 would be established in Faridabad, 245 in Gurgaon, 229 in Yamunanagar, 208 in Bhiwani, 183 in Hisar, 167 in Sonepat, 155 in Ambala, 152 in Karnal, 140 in Jind, 132 in Narnaul, 131 in Rewari, 113 in Panipat, 97 in Sirsa, 94 in Rohtak, 77 in Jhajjar, 74 in Kurukshetra, 74 in Fatehabad, 64 in Kaithal and 22 in Panchkula.

“At present, 13,546 aanganwadi centres are functional in the state,” he said. The government had decided to provide nutritional diet to the small children and their mothers living in slum clusters in urban areas.

He said apart from benefiting children and their mothers, the opening of new aanganwadi centres would provide employment to around 6,000 women.

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Sabha to lay siege to House
Seeks relief for frost-hit farmers
Tribune News Service

Hisar, February 21
A large number of farmers and All-India Kisan Sabha members from Hisar, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Bhiwani and Jind districts today staged a protest demonstration in support of their demand regarding the grant of adequate relief for the frost-hit farmers.

The protesters, including a considerable number of women activists, marched from Krantiman Park to the Divisional Commissioner’s office, holding placards and raising slogans.

The sabha members, led by its national joint secretary N.K. Shukla, submitted a charter of demands to the Commissioner to be forwarded to the Haryana Chief Minister.

The members of the kisan sabha have been staging a dharna at the local mini0-secretariat for the past around 20 days.

The main demands of the farmers include grant of adequate compensation for the mustard, gram and vegetable crops destroyed due to the recent cold wave and frost, abolition of “aabiyana”, proper implementation of the crop insurance scheme and ensuring regular supply of water and electricity to the farmers.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Prithvi Singh Gorakhpuria, member of the state advisory committee of the All-India Kisan Sabha, said if the demand on adequate compensation was not met, the members would lay siege to the state Assembly on March 9.

He said the state farmers, who were already in dire straits, had been hit hard by the frost and cold wave. He said in view of the grave damage caused to crops, compensation should be given to the farmers at the earliest.

Earlier, the sabha demanded strict legal action against the management of Eicher Tractor company and other companies, which had cheated farmers of their hard-earned money. Farmer leader Mohar Singh Kalod and sabha’s state secretary Dayanand Poonia addressed the protesters. 

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Bhajan, Chander Mohan absent from party meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has urged Ministers, MLAs, office-bearers and workers of the Congress to apprise the people of the welfare programmes and schemes being implemented by the state government.

Mr Hooda, who was speaking at meetings of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee and the Congress Legislature Party, here today, urged them to make the people understand that the implementation of these schemes would benefit the poorest sections.

It was decided that prominent Central leaders and the AICC general secretary in charge of Haryana affairs, Mr Janardhan Dewedi, would address the “Nav Nirman rally” being organised by the Haryana Congress on March 5 in Mahavir Stadium in Hisar to mark the completion of the first year of the Congress government in Haryana.

The Haryana Congress president, Mr Bhajan Lal, and his elder son, Mr Chander Mohan, who is the Deputy Chief Minister, were conspicuous by their absence from the meeting of the Pradesh Congress Committee, which was presided over by the Working President of the party, Dr Ram Prakash. A large number of MLAs also did not attend the meeting because of confusion in communication. The CLP meeting was to be held at 3 p.m. today. Most of the MLAs thought that they were to attend the CLP meeting and not the party meeting. Among the MPs also, only Mr Jai Prakash, who was appointed convener of the Hisar rally, was present. The others were busy with a meeting convened by Mrs Sonia Gandhi in Delhi.

It was also decided that since the rally would be entirely a political affair, no help was to be taken from official machinery for the mobilisation of vehicles, people or financial resources.

The districts have been allotted to various Ministers and MLAs for the supervision of publicity of the achievements of the government and the efforts being made for the success of the rally.

Admitting that there was power shortage in the state, Mr Hooda, however, said those who said power was freely available during the INLD regime were wrong. “I can give figures to anyone which show that on any given day during the past one year, we have supplied more power than what was available during Mr Chautala’s time.”

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Samiti against acquisition of farm land

Rewari, February 21
Residents of Mahendergarh, Ateli, Narnaul, Rewari, Pataudi and other parts of Ahirwal participated in a mahapanchayat held under the banner of the Haryana Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (HYKSS ) at Ateli, 37 km from here, yesterday.

Mr Naresh Yadav, MLA, who was unanimously re-elected president of a re-vamped HYKSS at the mahapanchayat, said the samiti would now be moulded into a new regional outfit, which the people of Haryana needed in the prevailing political scenario.

Recalling that successive state governments had done precious little to get the SYL canal completed, Mr Yadav said it was ironical that various political parties had been tactfully using it as a ploy just to grab power, befooling the masses all the while.

Expressing concern at the ongoing acquisition of agricultural land by the state government for handing over it to big industrial houses for setting up industries, he said the proposed 25,000-acre special economic zone of the Reliance group alone would lead to uprooting of numerous farmers in Pataudi, Rewari and other areas of Ahirwal. He announced that the samiti would oppose such acquisition of cultivable land.

The mahapanchayat was addressed by Mr Rajender Singh Yadav, Swami Sukha Nand, Mr J.P. Saini (Rohtak), Mr Vidyanand Lamba besides others. — OC

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100 bonded labourers set free
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 21
Cops led by Mr Subhash Chander Sharma, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) and Mr G.D. Godara, District Food and Supplies Controller, Sonepat, raided two brick kilns at Khanda and Saidpur village in Kharkhauda tehsil of this district today and freed 100 bond labourers from the bondage of brick-kiln owners.

The bonded labourers belong to Badayon district in UP. The action followed complaints by Commissioner, Rohtak Division N.C. Wadhwa abound these labourers who were not being allowed to go outside the brick kilns where they were forced to work without payment. There was no report about the registration of a case against the erring owners of the bricks kilns.

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Lachhman Singh dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
“Paniwala Baba” is no more. This was how Mr Lachhman Singh, former Haryana Minister and former Rajya Sabha member, who died of a massive heart attack in Kalka today, was known.

Mr Lachhman Singh (84) is survived by two sons and three daughters. The cremation will take place in his native village, Karanpur, near Kalka, at 9-30 am tomorrow.

When Mr Lachhman Singh was the Public Health Minister in Haryana, he did a lot for ensuring piped drinking water supply for villages in the Kalka constituency. This led villagers to call him “Paniwala Baba”.

With his death, an era in Kalka politics has come to an end. Till the arrival of Mr Chander Mohan, elder son of a former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, on the political scene of Kalka, the politics of Kalka used to revolve around two persons, Mr Lachhman Singh and Lala Kishori Lal. However, Mr Lachhman Singh continued to command respect of a large number of people in the constituency. After becoming a member of the Rajya Sabha, he was instrumental in initiating several development projects in the Kalka Assembly constituency.

He was a member of the state Assembly from 1967 to 1977 and then from 1982 to 1987. As a Minister he held a number of portfolios, including Transport, Public Relations, Food and Supplies, Fisheries and Industries. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in April, 1996.

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Schools and Colleges
Students visit bank
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 21
Students of SMV Public School, here today visited the Model Town branch of the Punjab National Bank.

PNB manager Chetan Sethi explained the working of the bank. The students were shown the cash counting machine and the safe room. Mr Sethi exhorted the students to inculcate the habit of saving. He said “a rupee saved is a rupee earned”. School principal O Purewal was present during the visit.

Seminar on INA role in freedom struggle

A national seminar on the “Role of INA in the Indian freedom” was organised by the History Department of MDSD Girls College, here City today.

Deputy Commissioner J.P. Kaushik was the chief guest. Speaking at the seminar, college principal Kiran Angra said people must not forget the supreme sacrifice of the martyrs.

“History is a witness to the fact that freedom was attained not only through non-violence but also through incessant efforts of revolutionaries like Subhas Chandra Bose,” she said.

Among others, Mrs Karamjeet Kaur and Dr B.D. Yadav spoke on the occasion. Capt Ratan Singh (retd) released a CD. An exhibition related to the INA was also put up.

Talent hunt

A talent hunt programme was organised at PKR Jain Public School, here today.

School principal Jyothsna Sachdeva said various competitions like poetry recitation and story-telling were held. The judges were Dr Nidhi, Dr Parveen Jain and Mr Sanjeev Mittal. Mr Ratan Chand Jain was present.

In category I (English) Kavya was first. In Hindi poem recitation, Abhimanyu was first, in story telling Shillona was first. In Sanskrit shlokas, Kanav was first.

In category II, (English) Palaksha was first. In Hindi recitation, Anubhav was first. In story-telling Varun was first and in Sanskrit shlokas, Nikita was first.

Yogesh Kumar on HAL Board

Mr Yogesh Kumar, an alumnus of SD College (Lahore), has been appointed as Director, Light Combat Aircraft, and member, Board of Directors of Hindustan Aeronautical Limited, Bangalore.

SD College principal Desh Bandhu said Mr Yogesh Kumar did his pre-engineering from the college. Mr Yogesh Kumar was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing India’s prestigious light combat aircraft. He said under his dynamic leadership, the Intermediate Jet Trainer programme resulted in the maiden flight in 2003.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of aircraft technology, Mr Yogesh Kumar was awarded the National Aeronautical Prize in 2000 and the `Scientist of the year award’ by Gian Chand Jain memorial foundation, Ambala Cantonment in 2001.

Mr Yogesh Kumar is a gold medalist in aeronautical engineering with Honours from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

Annual Day celebrated

Annual Day was celebrated at Darshan Academy, Ambala Cantonment, yesterday.

Haryana Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana was the chief guest. The theme of the programme was `gift of sharing’. Students from nursery to class X participated.

The programme began with a torch drill, a prayer dance followed by “swagatam”. A play, with a cast of about 100 students, was enacted. The tiny tots presented “jungle” dance and “Happy Birthday” dance.

Sant Darshan Singh scholarship went to Guru Prasad. School principal Mr Mathew Varghese presented the school annual report highlighting the achievements and multi-dimensional activities of the school. The school magazine `Darshanika’ was released on the occasion.

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Pension for disabled doubled
Tribune News Service

Karnal, February 21
Haryana government has doubled the pension for totally disabled persons to Rs 600 per month. This was stated by DC Rakesh Gupta while addressing the villagers at Nighdu during a visit today.

At the same time, he said that the pension for 70 per cent disabled persons would remain unchanged as Rs 300 per month.

The DC said that the 3 km-long stretch of dilapidated road between local petrol pump and anaj mandi would be repaired soon at the cost of Rs 52 lakh.

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Accept WTO challenge, says VC
Tribune News Service

Hisar, February 21
The Haryana Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.C. Katyal, has said all efforts would be made to bring Haryana at number one position in agriculture production.

The research, teaching and extension education programmes would be also be reoriented so that small and marginal farmers could benefit.

Talking to newsmen here yesterday, he said the WTO regime should be taken as a challenge by the agricultural scientists and the farmers should make all-out efforts to make their produce competitive in the global market in terms of quality and cost.

Underlining his priority agenda, he said he had identified seven points that needed to be addressed urgently at the level of the university for boosting the agricultural production in the state.

He said the biggest challenge was to increase agricultural production although there was little possibility of bringing more land under cultivation. Moreover, landholdings and productivity growth rate were also declining.

“Keeping these points in view, research endeavours will be made so that besides increasing farm output, the farmers can also earn more from agriculture,” he said.

Focus would also be on developing crop varieties tolerant to variable climatic conditions, he added.

Replying to a query, he said the need of the hour was to minimise the loss of foodgrain during transportation and storage.

On being asked about the ban on fresh appointments in the university, he said new appointments would be made in the Colleges of Veterinary Sciences and Agriculture Engineering. For lifting the ban for other posts, the matter had been taken up with the state government, he added.

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2 killed, three hurt in mishap

Sirsa, February 21
Two persons were killed and three others injured when the jeep, they were travelling in, was hit by an oil tanker near Jamal village of the district, the police said today.

All injured were admitted to the local general hospital after the accident yesterday, they said.

The deceased were identified as Dinesh, jeep driver, and Banwarilal, both residents of Jamal village in Sirsa district.

The truck driver fled the scene after the incident. — PTI

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Computer training for MLAs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Members of the Haryana Assembly will be imparted training in computers.

The Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today inaugurated a special computer training programme for MLAs at the centre for e-governance in the Haryana Civil Secretariat here.

Mr Hooda also inaugurated the computer lab where the training would be imparted. 

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