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Bansi Lal’s daughter alleges house arrest
Hisar, September 5
Dr Sumitra, daughter of late Chief Minister Bansi Lal, has alleged the late leader’s house at Bhiwani was being used by Ms Kiran Chaudhary to further her political interests.

Haryana to double power generation
by 2010

Chandigarh, September 5
Haryana will double its power generation capacity to 8000 mega watt in the next four years. An investment of Rs 8000 crore is expected to be made by 2010, for setting up new power projects in the state.

Haryana Roadways to acquire 10 AC buses
Chandigarh, September 5
The Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, has reason to smile about the Volvo bus service between Chandigarh and Delhi.

TTE pushes woman out of train
Ambala, September 5
A woman was pushed out of a train by a TTE at the Barara railway station this morning. Ms Poonam Chibber, who is said to be over a month pregnant, felt acute pain after falling on the platform and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.

HoDs’ rotation order flouted
Rohtak, September 5
Delay in holding interviews for promotion of teachers of Maharshi Dayanand University has resulted in a queer situation in which some teachers have unexpectedly become heads of teaching departments, while others run the risk of retiring without getting elevated to the post.

100 teachers honoured
Bhiwani, September 5
As many as 100 teachers were honoured by the Commissioner, Hisar Division, R.R. Fulia, on Teachers Day at the local Panchayat Bhavan today. The teachers, included heads and lecturers of various schools.


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Teachers' Day celebrated
Ambala, September 5
Teachers' Day was celebrated with fervour in Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Ambala Cantt. The portrait of Dr S. Radhakrishnan was garlanded by vice-principal Santosh Kharbanda which was followed by two speeches by Rohit and Manju of Class VII.

Students block road
Hisar, September 5
Students, agitated by “neglect” shown to them by bus operators, today blocked the traffic for over an hour near Sorkhi village in this district. Students from Sorkhi village, who commute daily to Hansi and Hisar, were not being picked by the bus operators, sources here said.

Make 'Vande Mataram' compulsory in schools: former MP
Ambala, September 5
Former Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria said today that singing of ''Vande Mataram'' should be made compulsory in all schools in the country. Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Kataria said nobody should be exempted from singing the National Song.

Mega festival at Pinjore in October
Yamunanagar, September 5
To mark the 500th year of the Moghal Gardens, Pinjore, a week-long mega festival would be held at the gardens from October 6. Moghal bazars would be recreated and famous artistes would perform during the festival.

Work on dam may start in November
Chandigarh, September 5
The Haryana Irrigation and Revenue Minister, Mr Ajay Singh Yadav, today said work on the construction of a dam on the Kaushlya river would start in the current financial year.

Two caught taking bribe
Rewari, September 5
Food and Supplies Department’s Inspector Ved Pal was nabbed by a Vigilance team at Kosli while accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from Mr Dinesh Kumar, a depot holder at Shyam Nagar village, near Kosli, yesterday.

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Bansi Lal’s daughter alleges house arrest
Tribune News Service

Hisar, September 5
Dr Sumitra, daughter of late Chief Minister Bansi Lal, has alleged the late leader’s house at Bhiwani was being used by Ms Kiran Chaudhary to further her political interests.

Addressing a press conference at her residence here today, Dr Sumitra maintained that family members of Bansi Lal, including his widow Vidya Devi, were under a virtual house arrest at his Bhiwani residence.

“A number of police personnel, besides private security guards and other persons are deployed there, obstructing free movement of our family members, including my mother. We have no privacy and are under virtual house arrest,” she asserted.

Dr Sumitra alleged that Ms Chaudhary was using pressure tactics and subjecting the family members to mental torture. The police and the administrative officials were also not playing their role justly, she added.

Reacting to the decision of a committee based on five panchayats allowing Ms Kiran Chaudhary to stay at the house, she remarked that the decision was biased and had no validity. At the same time, she maintained that they had no objection to Kiran staying at the house, provided she did not use it for “playing politics”.

Ms Chaudhary, could, however, not be contacted for her comments despite repeated attempts.

Regarding the move to raise a memorial to Bansi Lal and hand over the late leader’s house to a trust, Dr Sumitra said the move was aimed at fulfilling the desire of her mother and late father.

She said her late father’s house had become a haunt for drunkards and ‘goonda’ elements, which was not acceptable to the family. “We have written to the President, the Prime Minister and the Haryana Governor to intervene into the matter to save the dignity of my late father,” she said, adding that they had urged the Chief Minister to get metal-detectors installed as they feared a threat to their life.

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Haryana to double power generation by 2010
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Haryana will double its power generation capacity to 8000 mega watt (MW) in the next four years. An investment of Rs 8000 crore is expected to be made by 2010, for setting up new power projects in the state.

The setting up of new power plants would ensure a transition for Haryana from a power-deficit state to a power-surplus state. After doubling its generation by 2010, Haryana aims to increase its generation by an ambitious 12-14 per cent each year. Presently, the power generation in the state increases by about 5 to 6 per cent annually.

It has also been decided that because of non-availability of gas for operating the gas-based power projects, commissioning of all such projects in the state has been put on hold for the time being. Last year, the Haryana Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with private players for setting up at least four gas-based power plants, with a total installed capacity of around 3480 MW.

Even the expansion of the Faridabad Gas Plant has been put on hold. The first phase of the plant (400 MW) is already operational, but the second phase of 400 MW has been on hold. Now, the Haryana Government has urged the National Thermal Power Corporation to make gas available for the second phase of the project.

Top officials in the power sector informed TNS that it had now been decided to set up coal-based power projects only. "Considering the exponential growth in demand for power each year, especially because of rapid industrialisation in National Capital Region (NCR) and increase in tubewell connections in the agriculture sector, we have decided to set up three power projects on our own. A 600 MW plant is being set up at Yamunanagar and a 1000 / 1200 MW Super Critical plant is being set up at Hisar. A 1500 MW plant is also being set up at Jhajjar by the NTPC, where Haryana and Delhi will have a 50 per cent share each," informed Ms Jyoti Arora, Managing Director, Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL).

Other than this, two independent power producers Amarkantak and Budhil Hydro will be generating 300 MW and 70 MW, respectively. Haryana has already invited technical bids from power producers anywhere in the country, to get anything up to 2000 MW of power. It is also proposed to invite private players to set up plants with a capacity of 1000 MW within the state.

"The state also has a share of 750 MW from the Ultra Mega Projects being set up at Mudra and Sasan, by the Government of India," said Ms Arora.

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Haryana Roadways to acquire 10 AC buses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, has reason to smile about the Volvo bus service between Chandigarh and Delhi.

He was given a tough time by employees’ organisations which protested against the decision to launch Chandigarh-Delhi service by air-conditioned Volvo buses under the aegis of the Haryana Roadways.

According to official figures, the Volvo buses have earned the state government a profit of over Rs 80 lakh ever since the service was introduced nine months ago. There is no plan to launch a fresh high-end bus service on the Chandigarh-Delhi route by Haryana Roadways, Mr Surjewala told TNS here on Saturday.

Reports about a state-of-the-art bus service by Haryana Roadways to compete with the executive class of the Shatabdi Express, which emanated from the official circles of Haryana, were categorically dismissed by the minister. “No such thing is under consideration or being even contemplated by the Transport Department”, Mr Surjewala said when asked about the reported ultra delux bus service.

The Volvo buses running on the Chandigarh-Delhi route have been taken by the Roadways on lease from private parties. The Roadways has now decided to acquire its own air-conditioned buses.

The Haryana Cabinet on Saturday gave approval to the Transport Department to purchase 10 air-conditioned buses. The department also got approval for purchasing 150 CNG buses and 153 ordinary buses.

The Cabinet approved giving state guarantee of Rs 63 crore to the Haryana Roadways Engineering Corporation, Gurgaon, to raise loan for the purchase of buses for the year 2006-07.

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TTE pushes woman out of train
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 5
A woman was pushed out of a train by a TTE at the Barara railway station this morning.

Ms Poonam Chibber, who is said to be over a month pregnant, felt acute pain after falling on the platform and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.

The incident took place when Amarnath Express reached the Barara railway station at about 7.30 am. The train does not have a scheduled halt at Barara but due to some other train movement, it stopped for three-four minutes. When the train started, she was allegedly pushed out by the TTE.

Her husband, Vikas Chibber, has filed a complaint with the Station Superintendent. The couple hails from Ludhiana and had gone to Yamunanagar for some work.

He and his wife boarded Amarnath Express and had ticket from Jagadhri to Ambala. The TTE stated that express train fare would be levied, leading to an altercation. When the train reached Barara, Vikas said the TTE pushed his wife and she fell on the platform.

The Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala division, Mr A.K. Gupta, said appropriate action would be initiated on the basis of the complaint.

He said the couple had boarded Amarnath Express but they had passenger train tickets. “There is superfast fare restriction of 200 km for train fare. Also, a penalty of Rs 250 per passenger has to be levied. The fare worked out to more than Rs 700, including penalty. The couple expressed their inability to pay the fare,” he said, adding that they were asked to get down at the Barara railway station.

Mr Gupta said the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager had spoken to the TTE who explained the situation. About the passenger falling on the platform, the TTE said she fell while getting off. “We are looking into the matter,” he said.

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HoDs’ rotation order flouted
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, September 5
Delay in holding interviews for promotion of teachers of Maharshi Dayanand University has resulted in a queer situation in which some teachers have unexpectedly become heads of teaching departments, while others run the risk of retiring without getting elevated to the post.

About 60 teachers have been awaiting promotion for the past two and a half years.

In the orders issued last Saturday, the heads of departments of economics, commerce and statistics were changed. This was because headship of postgraduate teaching departments is rotated every three years. The delay in holding interviews for promotions in the departments of statistics and economics has affected the order of rotation.

Had the interviews been held on time Dr Madhulika Dubey and Dr Rajinder Chaudhary would have become heads of their respective departments. However, the honour went to Prof Ashok Kumar and Prof S.B. Dahiya instead, who will now remain heads of their departments for three years.

Prof Dahiya has headed the department of economics more than once before. Had promotions taken place in time, he would have retired without becoming head again as five Readers are due for promotion in the department. The delay in promotions has, thus, ensured that the five Readers will not become HoD for six years and in the meanwhile some of them would retire without ever becoming HoD.

The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers’ Association (MDUTA) has been repeatedly pressing for timely promotions as per varsity policy. The issue has also been brought to the notice of the Chancellor and the Chief Minister. However, that has not ensured timely promotions.

The MDUTA president, Dr Rajinder Chaudhary, has in communication to the Chancellor hoped that he would ensure that this scenario is not repeated in other departments.

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100 teachers honoured
Tribune Reporters

Bhiwani, September 5
As many as 100 teachers were honoured by the Commissioner, Hisar Division, R.R. Fulia, on Teachers Day at the local Panchayat Bhavan today.

The teachers, included heads and lecturers of various schools.

Deputy Commissioner Mahender Kumar said teachers could play a positive role in removing darkness of illitracy by educating society. He said new opportunities had come up for youths in the fields of agriculture, medicine, information technology etc. under the new education policy implemented by the state government recently. A sum of Rs 315 crore was being spent in the education field by the government.

Mr Kumar announced to give Rs 1000 each to the teachers honoured on the occasion.

A “teacher samman divas” also held at the local Vaish Model Senior Secondary School today. The Principal, Mr O.P. Joshi, said teachers are not limited to impart knowledge about syllabus only. They should educate their students about their duties and rights also.

Hisar: The district administration today honoured 70 teachers and social activists for contributions to the education sector. The educationists were honoured at a function organised at the local Panchayat Bhavan to mark the Teachers Day today.

Functions to mark the Teachers’ Day were organised at Haryana Agriculture University, Guru Jambheshwar University, Government College for Women and a number of schools, colleges and other educational institutions.

On the other hand, member of the Haryana Agriculture University Teachers Association wore black badges to register their protest against the alleged indifferent attitude adopted by the state government and the university administration towards their demands.

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Teachers' Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 5
Teachers' Day was celebrated with fervour in Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Ambala Cantt.

The portrait of Dr S. Radhakrishnan was garlanded by vice-principal Santosh Kharbanda which was followed by two speeches by Rohit and Manju of Class VII.

Both of them enlightened the students about the personality of Dr Radhakrishnan. The main attraction of the programme was the magic show presented by Aashta of Class III who kept everybody spellbound. A feast was also organised by them along iwth some surprise games planned for teachers.

DAV Public School

Teachers' Day was observed in DAV Public School by the riverside. The students presented dance shows and musical skit. A play ''Andher Nagri Chopat Raja'' was presented. A cricket match was also organised.

Lord Mahavir Jain School

Teachers' Day was celebrated at Lord Mahavir Jain School today.

Principal S.Vasudeva said a cultural function was organised by school students for teachers. A student spoke about the importance of Teachers' Day. Also, various games for teachers were organised.

The teachers who won in different games include Shweta, Uma, Meenu, Sanjay, Meenakshi, Meenakshi Walia, Sunita and Nisha.

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Students block road

Hisar, September 5
Students, agitated by “neglect” shown to them by bus operators, today blocked the traffic for over an hour near Sorkhi village in this district.

Students from Sorkhi village, who commute daily to Hansi and Hisar, were not being picked by the bus operators, sources here said.

The bus operators were stopping the bus much before or ahead of the bus stand to avoid picking them apparently because the students mostly had bus passes and meant loss of fare, the sources said.

The students today sat in the middle of the road, for over an hour, blocking the traffic.

The blockade remained from 830 am to 945 am and was lifted only after Sub-divisional Magistrate, Hansi Ashok Garg and local police officer assured the students of proper bus facilities. — UNI

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Make 'Vande Mataram' compulsory in schools:
former MP

Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 5
Former Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria said today that singing of ''Vande Mataram'' should be made compulsory in all schools in the country.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Kataria said nobody should be exempted from singing the National Song. "'Vande Mataram' must be sung by everybody. It will be an insult to the makers of our Constitution if 'Vande Mataram' is not sung by one and all," he said.

Mr Kataria said in 1950, it was decided that the National Song will be on a par with the National Anthem ''Jan Gan Man''. "In 1937, Jinnah had opposed 'Vande Mataram'. The opposition to 'Vande Mataram' means an opposition to the integrity of the Nation," he observed. He stated that the singing of ''Vande Mataram'' must be made compulsory in all educational institutions, including madarsas.

"We will be holding a function on September 7 to commemorate the diamond jubilee of 'Vande Mataram'," he said.

Mr Kataria said the recent incident of rape and murder of a college girl in Shahbad showed that the law and order situation has deteriorated in the state. "Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda must resign as the Chief Minister for failing to ensure safety for schoolchildren" he said.

He said incidents of Gohana in Sonepat and Mehmoodpur in Karnal showed that there was failure of governance in the state.

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Mega festival at Pinjore in October
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, September 5
To mark the 500th year of the Moghal Gardens, Pinjore, a week-long mega festival would be held at the gardens from October 6. Moghal bazars would be recreated and famous artistes would perform during the festival.

Ms Kiran Chaudhary, Haryana Minister for Tourism and Forests, said this during her visit to the Hathnikund barrage area, about 50 km from here, on Sunday. She was there to select a site for setting up a major tourist spot of over 30 acres in the area. She said the government planned to develop the area into a major tourist centre and for the purpose global tenders would soon be called.

She said the government had prepared a master plan to promote Kurukshetra as a religious tourism centre. She said the government was making efforts that the historical buildings and monuments in the holy town be declared as heritage sites and the state government had already taken up the matter with the Union Government.

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Work on dam may start in November
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The Haryana Irrigation and Revenue Minister, Mr Ajay Singh Yadav, today said work on the construction of a dam on the Kaushlya river would start in the current financial year.

He said the Central Water Commission recently gave its clearance for the construction of the dam.

Talking to TNS here Mr Yadav said the proposed dam was estimated to cost Rs 51 crore. NABARD had been approached by the state government for a loan for the construction of the dam. The government was keen to begin work on the project in November.

The Irrigation Minister said once the dam was completed, it would ensure round-the-year availability of 25 cusecs of water for people living in the Pinjore area of Panchkula district.

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Two caught taking bribe
Our Correspondent

Rewari, September 5
Food and Supplies Department’s Inspector Ved Pal was nabbed by a Vigilance team at Kosli while accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from Mr Dinesh Kumar, a depot holder at Shyam Nagar village, near Kosli, yesterday.

Earlier, the depot holder had lodged a complaint with Vigilance SP Rajbir Deshwal that the Inspector had been pressuring him to give a bribe of Rs 3,000 to cover the expenses incurred to purchase ‘laddoos’ distributed on the Independence Day at Kosli.

In another incident, consolidation Patwari Mangesh Kumar was caught red-handed by a Vigilance team while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 from Mr Pearey Lal, a farmer from Pithanwas village, near here, to execute the mutation of land purchased by him recently, here yesterday.

Cases under Sections 7, 13 and 49 of the Prevention of Corruption Act were registered against the accused.

Mr Deshwal said an awareness campaign to educate the people about the anti-corruption drive had covered 70 villages of the Gurgaon range.

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Accident claims Baddi man’s life
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 5
One person was killed in an accident on the Jagadhari road near Kalpi late on Sunday.

Santosh (28) was run over by an unidentified vehicle.

He was a resident of Baddi and he used to carry out shuttering work in Ambala.

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