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No monetary relief for poultry farmers: Hooda
Panchkula, April 19
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today denied any monetary compensation to poultry farmers. Giving a plea that there was no bird flue in Haryana, Mr Hooda also claimed that the circumstances in the states where poultry business was hit were quite different from those in Haryana.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laying the foundation stone of the office building of the Directorate of Technical Education at Panchkula Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laying the foundation stone of the office building of the Directorate of Technical Education at Panchkula on Wednesday.

Hooda govt ignoring farmers: INLD
Rohtak, April 19
Indian National Lok Dal general secretary Ajay Chautala today accused the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government of ignoring the interests of farmers bringing the peasantry to the brink of financial bankruptcy.

Surjewala writes to CMs on MSP
Chandigarh, April 19
Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, Chairman of the Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Congress, a front organisation of the Indian National Congress, has sought the support of the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana, Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, respectively, in putting pressure on the Centre to increase the minimum support price of wheat to Rs 700 per quintal from Rs 650 per quintal.

Applications for tubewell connections to
be revived

Hisar, April 19
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam authorities have decided to give another chance to farmers to get their cancelled applications of tubewell connections revived.



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EARLIER STORIES

 

Textbooks for classes IX, XI not available
Kurukshetra, April 19
There is resentment among school teachers and parents in Haryana over the unavailability of new textbooks and the circulation of bifurcated syllabus from old textbooks sent to schools recently.

MDU to introduce more job-oriented courses
Rohtak, April 19
Maharshi Dayanand University will introduce more job-oriented professional courses from the next academic session.

High Court gets new Registrar-General
Chandigarh, March 19
In a major reshuffle, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today shifted over one dozen judicial officers of the rank of District and Sessions Judge. A decision to this effect was taken at a full court meeting held here today.

BSNL to clear backlog of WLL connections
Hisar, April 19
The telephone directory of Hisar telecom district for 2006 was released by Mr Gokul Singh, Chief General Manager, Haryana Telecom Circle, Ambala, at a function organised here yesterday. This issue has information corrected up to December 31, 2005.

Award for Panipat thermal unit
Chandigarh, April 19
The Haryana power utilities, which have been, of late, getting a lot of flak for the perennial electricity shortage in the state, have got a shot in the arm. The Central Electricity Authority has selected the eighth unit of the Panipat Thermal Plant as the Best Executed 250 MW Thermal Power Project for 2004-05.

BEO found absent from office
Yamunanagar, April 19
On an inspection at the BEO and Sarv Siksha Abhiyan office in Jagadhri yesterday, the District Education Officer found several employees, including the Block Education Officer absent.

AG (Audit) office lauded for quick work
Chandigarh, April 19
The office of the Accountant- General (Audit) monitoring the Haryana Government has been lauded by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for submitting the reports quickly.

Selja asked to hurry up project approval
Ambala, April 19
The Haryana Chambers of Commerce and Industry senior st vice-president, Dr N.C. Jain, today demanded that the cluster development project for Ambala’s scientific instruments industry should start at the earliest.

IG inaugurates science block
Ambala, April 19
Inspector General of Police, Ambala Range, S.S. Deswal, inaugurated the science block at DAV Public School, Ambala City, yesterday.

Woman dies, husband held
Ambala, April 19
The death of a woman under mysterious circumstances at Dubli village led to an altercation between the woman's family members and her in-laws today.

Bank official arrested on graft charge
Fatehabad, April 19
A team of the Vigilance Bureau arrested the branch manager of a cooperative mini-bank here today while he was accepting bribe from a farmer.
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No monetary relief for poultry farmers: Hooda
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 19
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today denied any monetary compensation to poultry farmers. Giving a plea that there was no bird flue in Haryana, Mr Hooda also claimed that the circumstances in the states where poultry business was hit were quite different from those in Haryana.

Mr Hooda also made it clear that the case of restraining the government employees, retrenched by the Chautala government, would be taken up soon. He said a committee had already been constituted to investigate the matter.

Protesting against the alleged apathetic attitude of the government, hundreds of poultry farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh had organised a massive protest to press their demands in Chandigarh on April 17.

The farmers were demanding monetary compensation for the losses incurred by the poultry industry, and lifting of ban on free movement of poultry products from one state to another. The farmers said that the prices of egg and poultry had fallen because of the bird flu scare. The poultry farmers in state have been facing losses in crores every day, they claimed.

The Chief Minister was on a foundation stone laying spree in the city today. Mr Hooda laid a foundation stone of the Technical Education Department building which too would come up at a cost of Rs 3.13 crore in Sector 4.

He said the Haryana Government had been making best possible efforts to promote technical education in the state.

The budget of technical education had been increased from Rs 29 crore to Rs 60 crore in the current financial year, he claimed.

The placement percentage in the technical institutes had also been raised from 37 per cent to 60 per cent.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Haryana Staff Selection Commission building constructed at a cost of about Rs 2 crore in Sector 2.

He also laid the foundation stone of a building of the Pet Animal Medical Center-cum-Teaching Hospital to be constructed in Sector 3 at a cost of Rs 4.50 crore.

The newly constructed building of the Directorate of Ayurveda constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.6 crore in Sector 3 was also inaugurated.

Mr Hooda also attended function of a staff colony of HARCO bank employees in Sector 20 and assured the residents that electricity would be provided to the colony within a week.

Others who accompanied the Chief Minister included the Minister of State for Cooperation and Archaeology, Mrs Meena Mandal, Agriculture Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha, Health Minister, Kartar Devi, Parliamentary Secretaries, Mr Dilu Ram and Mrs. Krishana Pandit, Chairman, HSSC, Brig. N L Poonia and many senior officers of the district administration.

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Hooda govt ignoring farmers: INLD
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, April 19
Indian National Lok Dal general secretary Ajay Chautala today accused the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government of ignoring the interests of farmers bringing the peasantry to the brink of financial bankruptcy.

Talking to newspersons after visiting the local Anaj Mandi to see for himself the process of wheat procurement, he said farmers were taking their produce to Delhi and other neighbouring states as the Haryana Government was not procuring their produce.

He said the government was trying to prevent farmers from taking their produce outside Haryana by erecting police check posts at the state borders, thus creating more problems for them.

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Surjewala writes to CMs on MSP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, Chairman of the Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Congress, a front organisation of the Indian National Congress, has sought the support of the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana, Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, respectively, in putting pressure on the Centre to increase the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat to Rs 700 per quintal from Rs 650 per quintal.

In letters written to them, Mr Surjewala also pointed out that the Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar, recently announced in Hyderabad that farmers of 35 districts of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka would be covered under a special package for mitigating their sufferings.

Mr Surjewala urged the two Chief Ministers to help him in persuading the Centre to replicate a similar package for the northern states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttranchal and Madhya Pradesh. He said in some of these areas the rural indebtedness and the resultant incidents of suicides by the farmers had reached an alarming stage.

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Applications for tubewell connections to be revived
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, April 19
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) authorities have decided to give another chance to farmers to get their cancelled applications of tubewell connections revived.

According to sources, the farmers were given a chance of getting their cancelled applications revived during September and October last. But a number of farmers could not avail themselves of the opportunity due to financial constraints or other reasons.

In view of this, the DHBVN authorities have decided to give another opportunity for getting applications up to May 31, 2006, revived to all those consumers who could not comply with the requirement of demand notice issued by the nigam for release of tubewell connections.

The chance would be given irrespective of the period of cancellation of applications. The applicants would have to give written consent to comply with the stipulated requirements of the demand notice by May 31.

The Superintending Engineers concerned have been authorised to revive the cancelled applications.

The DHBVN authorities have also launched a crash programme for the maintenance of power distribution system so as to meet the increased load during ensuing summer and rainy seasons and to minimise interruptions.

The nigam has authorised its SDOs to engage 10 persons for a specific period to make up the deficiency of manpower for effective maintenance of the distribution system.

The DHBVN would complete the task of tightening of loose wires, joints, straightening of tilted poles and maintenance of distribution transformers.

Besides, the DHBVN has also decided to launch a special programme for maintenance of distribution transformers in villages. The programme includes addition of new distribution transformers as per requirement, proper earthing, balancing of load, toping up of transformer oil, installation of DT meters and other prescribed checking, maintaining parameters.

The DHBVN has decided to install meters on the distribution transformers, which would measure the power received at the transformers. With the introduction of this system, the areas of higher losses and theft of electricity would be checked. Checking would be intensified in areas of higher line losses and meters of consumers in such areas would be shifted outside their premises.

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Textbooks for classes IX, XI not available
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, April 19
There is resentment among school teachers and parents in Haryana over the unavailability of new textbooks and the circulation of bifurcated syllabus from old textbooks sent to schools recently.

School teachers and parents alleged that the Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE) has introduced semester system in the schools from current session without preparation. Though, session for first semester commenced from April, 2006, but new textbooks prescribed for classes IX and XI, are not available in the market.

First unit test, marks of which will be added to the first semester examination result, will be held by the school teachers next month while the first semester examination for classes X and XII will be conducted by the HBSE in September-October.

On the bifurcation of syllabus from old books, school teachers say that bifurcated syllabus out of all old books for classes VI to VIII for first and second semesters, has not been made available. However, some textbooks bifurcated syllabus, recently dispatched to the schools, does not include the bifurcation of class IX English and Hindi as well as class X English subject while optional subjects of both these classes have not even been mentioned in the syllabus dispatched.

Similarly, English subject for class XI as well as Hindi (Core), Hindi (Elective) and Sanskrit for class XII have not been divided indicating first and second semester even syllabus for classes XI and XII Sociology, Public Administration and Physical Education has not been mentioned in the syllabus dispatched by the HBSE.

Moreover, the blue prints regarding the pattern of question papers have also not been mentioned for the guidance of teachers and the students.

The school education observers feel that if the HBSE was not equipped with new textbooks, which are under print, introduction of semester system would have been introduced next year.

It is learnt stock of class IX and XI textbooks is lying with the HBSE as well as the booksellers in Haryana and it has been suggested that old textbooks and their bifurcation be introduced this year to save affected students’ future and the semester system can be introduced next year with preparation by the HBSE.

However, if the new textbooks and proper demarcation of the subjects for first and second semester are not made available to students at the earliest, future of the affected students appears bleak, they add.

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MDU to introduce more job-oriented courses
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, April 19
Maharshi Dayanand University will introduce more job-oriented professional courses from the next academic session.

The Vice Chancellor, Dr R.S. Dhankar, said here today that the university was planning to introduce MSc courses in medical bio-technology, food processing technology, mathematics with computer science, BA (international business) in the Institute of Law & Management Studies, Gurgaon, a diploma course in French, certificate courses in German and Spanish, B.Tech. (IT), M.Tech. (computer science and technology) and BEd under self-financing scheme.

The university, he said, also planned to start a university evening college of professional studies from the next academic session. Various professional courses at undergraduate level would be introduced in this college.

He said the MDU had decided to establish centre for Haryana studies on the local campus. This centre would conduct multi-disciplinary studies on historical, political, economic, social, literary, cultural and geographical aspects of Haryana.

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High Court gets new Registrar-General
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 19
In a major reshuffle, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today shifted over one dozen judicial officers of the rank of District and Sessions Judge.

A decision to this effect was taken at a full court meeting held here today.

Mr Nawab Singh, District and Sessions Judge (D&SJ), Rohtak, will be the new Registrar-General of the High Court. He comes in place of Mr M.S. Sullar, who has been appointed Legal Remembrancer (LR), Haryana.

The post of LR, Haryana, was lying vacant as the previous incumbent, Mr R.S. Madan, was elevated as Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Chandigarh and Panchkula both have got new D&SJ. While Mr B.S. Mehandiratta, presently posted as Presiding Officer, State Transport Appellate Tribunal, Punjab, has been posted as D&SJ, Chandigarh, Mr M.M. Sharma, who was posted as Additional District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh, has been promoted and posted D&SJ, Panchkula.

Mr Sharma, it may be recalled, has been hearing the case relating to the assassination of the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Beant Singh.

The posts of D&SJ of Chandigarh and Panchkula have been lying vacant since April 1 when the last incumbents - Mr M.M.S. Bedi and Mr Arvind Kumar Goyal, respectively, were elevated to the High Court Bench.

Among other important postings, Mr Inderjit Kaushik, D&SJ, Nawanshahr, has been appointed D&SJ, Jalandhar, while Mr Mohinder Pal, D&SJ, Faridkot, has been made LR, Punjab.

The High Court also gets two new faces as D&SJ (Vigilance) for Punjab and Haryana. Mr S.S. Gupta, D&SJ, Kapurthala, has been posted as D&SJ (Vigilance), Punjab, while Mr VS Malik, D&SJ, Kurukshetra, has been posted as D&SJ (Vigilance), Haryana.

Mr Inderjit Singh has been appointed D&SJ, Patiala.

Among the other postings, Ms Rekha Mittal, Additional D&SJ, Jalandhar, has been promoted and posted as D&SJ, Ropar; Mr S.P. Bangar, Additional D&SJ, Ludhiana, has been promoted and posted as D&SJ, Sangrur; Mr Dev Raj Arora, Additional D&SJ, Bathinda, has been promoted and posted as D&SJ, Kapurthala.

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BSNL to clear backlog of WLL connections
Tribune News Service

Hisar, April 19
The telephone directory of Hisar telecom district for 2006 was released by Mr Gokul Singh, Chief General Manager, Haryana Telecom Circle, Ambala, at a function organised here yesterday. This issue has information corrected up to December 31, 2005.

This was disclosed that nearly 70 per cent area of the state had been covered by the mobile telephone network so far. Of the 4,85,783 mobile connections in Haryana, 1,50,047 are in Hisar SSA alone.

In fact, the number of mobile connections in the Hisar SSA has surpassed the number of basic landline telephones.

Mr R.K.Tyagi, General Manager, Hisar Telecom District, stated that 1,44,709 landline and 16,169 WLL connections were working in the Hisar SSA. There is a waiting list of 12,155 as on March 31, 2006, which is likely to be cleared during 2006-07 with the help of WLL equipment to be commissioned this year.

As many as 11,78,875 basic telephones are functioning, of which 80,501 are functioning on WLL systems. The high-speed broadband Internet service, which is being provided in Hisar, Sirsa and Hansi, will be extended to other towns on demand.

There is also a plan to clear the waiting list of basic phone subscribers by installing MSC-based CDMA WLL system in the Hisar SSA. Besides, all villages having above 2,000 residents will be covered under the mobile network. The Hisar SSA has also started the facility of online meter-reading service through IVRS.

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Award for Panipat thermal unit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The Haryana power utilities, which have been, of late, getting a lot of flak for the perennial electricity shortage in the state, have got a shot in the arm.

The Central Electricity Authority(CEC) has selected the eighth unit of the Panipat Thermal Plant as the Best Executed 250 MW Thermal Power Project for 2004-05.

Mr J.P. Kardam, Chief Engineer of the Thermal Project Monitoring Division of the CEC, has written to Mrs Jyoti Arora, Managing Director of the Haryana Power Generation Corporation, which runs the Panipat unit, that the unit would be conferred a national award at a function to be presided over by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.

The unit was built by Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited, a public sector undertaking.

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BEO found absent from office
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, April 19
On an inspection at the BEO and Sarv Siksha Abhiyan office in Jagadhri yesterday, the District Education Officer found several employees, including the Block Education Officer absent.

On the other hand, the Haryana Adhyapak Sangh in a release issued here claimed that no staff was absent from the office as all of them were either out on official duty or on leave.

As per sources, Mr M.R Sharma, DEO, reached the office in the morning and found Ms Krishna Grover, BEO, absent. In the attendance registers, question marks were put against the names of several assistant block research coordinators (ABRC), clerks and other staff members. Mr Sharma was not available for comments.

The sangh claimed that Ms Grover was in Chandigarh on an official duty, while the office assistant, Mr Balraj Dhall, was on medical leave and admitted to a hospital. Mr Garib Chand, clerk, had taken a prior leave and Ms Gian Kaur and Mr Lalit Kumar were not in the office as they had been deputed somewhere else for duty.

In the release it was claimed that the ABRCs, Mr Mohan Lal, Mr Ranjit Singh, Mr Satish Arora, Mr Pradeep Sareen and Mr Umesh Pratap, were all on official duty and the same was reported in the register.

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AG (Audit) office lauded for quick work
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The office of the Accountant- General (Audit) monitoring the Haryana Government has been lauded by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for submitting the reports quickly.

The Accountant-General's commercial and revenue receipts reports for the 2004-05 period were presented in the Assembly in December last year.

The civil report for the period was submitted in March this year. This is considered a marked improvement.

The AG's office here has written to the Haryana Government to take note of the fact that the reports are being prepared faster than before. It has also written to the state government to consider acting on the findings of the reports.

On the Assembly front , the Public Accounts Committee(PAC) and the Committee on Public Undertakings(COPU) deal with the reports by the AG. Both these committees have a huge backlog as far as discussing the reports are concerned. In the case of the PAC, the present backlog has accumulated from 2000-01 onwards. For COPU, the backlog goes back to the 1999-2000 period.

It is expected that with the hastening up of submission of the reports, the PAC and the COPU will also look at the reports at a faster pace.

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Selja asked to hurry up project approval
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 19
The Haryana Chambers of Commerce and Industry senior st vice-president, Dr N.C. Jain, today demanded that the cluster development project for Ambala’s scientific instruments industry should start at the earliest.

Dr Jain wrote a letter to Ms Selja, Union minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, and Ambala MP, stating that there was an abnormal delay for the approval of the project.

"The Government of India had already allocated Rs 50 crore for the project. The industry had already formed a cluster development cooperative society. The Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, was the chief patron while the General Manager, District Industry Centre, was the general secretary of the society," the letter stated.

A number of scientific instruments industrial units had already submitted their project reports to the society. The society had also entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Central Manufacturing Technological Instruments, Bangalore, for technical consultancy and training support.

He said the industry was of the opinion that in case the project approval was delayed, the project cost would increase considerably. "We demand that Ms Selja should follow up the matter and get the financial approval from the authorities concerned," he said.

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IG inaugurates science block
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 19
Inspector General of Police, Ambala Range, S.S. Deswal, inaugurated the science block at DAV Public School, Ambala City, yesterday.

The school Principal, Dr Vikas Kohli, said the new block housed the science lab, mathematics lab, library, table tennis room and five new rooms. Among others, SP Rajbir Deswal, DC J.P. Kaushik and Dr D.P. Asija were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr S.S. Deswal said education was of paramount importance in the modern age. Besides education, students must improve their personality by participating in cultural functions and sports. Overall growth of the students would lead to a bright future, he said.

A number of students were given prizes. The prize winners included Nikhil, Daljeet, Harneet, Vishu, Mamta, Sabneet, Prinkle, Surekha, Dikshita, Upindra, Steffi, Gurinder, Anju, Manisha, Jasmer, Gurdeep, Mandeep, Jasandeep, Karan, Diljeet, Shraddha and Surekha.

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Woman dies, husband held
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 19
The death of a woman under mysterious circumstances at Dubli village led to an altercation between the woman's family members and her in-laws today.

Amrita, who had married Dalvinder five years ago, had reportedly committed suicide. Her body was discovered at 10 am yesterday by her mother-in-law. She informed her neighbours and the family made preparations to carry out the last rites.

At about 2 pm, someone called up the residence of the former Sarpanch of Panjokhra village from where Amrita hailed. Thereafter, Amrita's brother Rajnish and a few others rushed to Dubli and the police was informed about the incident.

This morning, the woman's family members as well as her in-laws arrived at the hospital to take the body for performing the last rites. An altercation took place between them. Amrita's brother alleged foul play.

Later, Amrita's body was taken to Panjokhra for the last rites. Three persons, including Amrita's husband Dalvinder have been held.

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Bank official arrested on graft charge
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, April 19
A team of the Vigilance Bureau arrested the branch manager of a cooperative mini-bank here today while he was accepting bribe from a farmer.

According to reports, Sharwan Kumar, branch manager of the cooperative mini-bank at Jhalnian village in this district, had been demanding Rs 2,500 as bribe from a farmer of Kajal Heri village for issuing a credit card to him. The farmer informed the Vigilance Bureau about the matter.

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