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Irregularities in working of ultrasound centres
Hisar, October 13
Various irregularities have been detected in the functioning of several ultrasound centres and nursing homes in an investigation conducted by the state Directorate of Health. An inquiry in this regard had been instituted following a news channel's sting operation on pre-natal sex determination and abortion of female foetuses.

Booth officers in seven Assemblies appointed
Bhiwani, October 13
Following directions of the Election Commission of India, booth level officers have been appointed at each polling centre in the all seven Assembly constituencies of the district. Besides, supervisors have also been appointed for assistance and inspection of the work to be carried out by the booth level officers.

Rajput Sabha seeks representation
Bhiwani, October 13
The Haryana Rajput Pratinidhi Sabha, at a meeting here today with Col Gajraj Singh (retd) in the chair at Rajput Dharmshala here, expressed concern at the Congress government’s attitude towards the community.

Rally to mark Sonia’s birthday
Fatehabad, October 13
Haryana Finance Minister Birender Singh yesterday announced to organise a rally at Fatehabad on December 9 on the occasion of the birthday of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

IT raid on  3 jewellery shops
Ambala, October 13
The Income Tax Department conducted a raid at three jewellery shops in Ambala City while Income Tax officials carried out a survey at a saree shop here today.

Monkey menace near Kalesar park
Yamunanagar, October 13
Monkeys have created a menace in Khezrabad, Faizpur, Kalesar, Bhadhurpur, Gulabgarh and other villages along the Kalesar National Park and have bitten more than 50 villagers during the past four months.


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Eight modern veterinary polyclinics to be set up
Rohtak, October 13
To improve livestock health eight veterinary polyclinics will be set up in the state. These polyclinics will have all facilities, including X-ray, ECG, EEG and pathological laboratories. Each such clinic will cover two to three districts.

World Mental Health Week
Yamunanagar, October 13
The District and Sessions Judge, along with other members of the judiciary, participated in a function of Koshish, a unit of Utthan, an Institute of Development Studies, here on Wednesday. The function was part of the World Mental Health Week being observed by the Haryana State Legal Services Authority.

Clock tower to get facelift
Ambala, October 13
Ambala City residents will no longer face any difficulty to set right their clocks once the process for giving a major face-lift to the clock tower of the city is complete.

Conman held
Yamunanagar, October 13
The Jagadhri police has arrested an alleged conman who duped several persons of more than Rs 1.5 crore. He has been sent to two-day police custody by a local court.




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Irregularities in working of ultrasound centres
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 13
Various irregularities have been detected in the functioning of several ultrasound centres and nursing homes in an investigation conducted by the state Directorate of Health. An inquiry in this regard had been instituted following a news channel's sting operation on pre-natal sex determination and abortion of female foetuses.

The Director (Health), Dr Avinash Sharma, who has conducted the inquiry, told The Tribune that it was found that certain ultrasound and diagnostic centres and nursing homes were not following even the mandatory provisions under the PNDT Act.

"The irregularities found in the functioning of these centres ranged from not furnishing the requisite information to providing doubtful facts and figures to the district health authorities," she maintained.

Dr Sharma asserted that the monthly reports these centres had to give to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at the district level were reduced to a mere formality, as these lacked vital information.

The Director remarked that the comments of CMOs at district headquarters and Nodal Officers under the PNDT Act would also be sought regarding the sensitive matter.

"If the monthly reports of certain centres were incomplete or doubtful, the CMOs and Nodal Officers concerned should have taken appropriate action against them," she said, adding that the district health officials were being asked to explain their stance.

Regarding the outcome of the probe, Dr Sharma said so far, only a preliminary fact-finding inquiry had been carried out. She added that the probe report had been finalised.

On her assessment of the situation, Dr Sharma stated that the persons who had carried out the sting operation had not handed over the original CD to them despite being asked for it. "It is not possible for me to comment on the issue unless I see the CD...we have got a recorded version, which cannot be relied upon," the Director maintained.

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Booth officers in seven Assemblies appointed
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, October 13
Following directions of the Election Commission of India, booth level officers have been appointed at each polling centre in the all seven Assembly constituencies of the district. Besides, supervisors have also been appointed for assistance and inspection of the work to be carried out by the booth level officers.

Addressing a press conference here today, the Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Mr Mohinder Kumar, said that meetings to ensure compliance of the directions of the Election office in regard to the preparation of voter lists, work related to photo identity cards and inspection of election work would be held from October 17 to 27.

Meetings of booth level officers falling under Badhra sub-tehsil will be held at DDPO's office and for Bhiwani at district election office here on October 17. For the villages falling under Tosham and Mundhal Khurd Assembly constituencies meeting would be held at Bhiwani on October 18.

For the villages under Tosham tehsil of Buwani Khera Assembly segment and Tosham meeting would be held at rest house Tosham on October 19, for villages falling under Mahendergarh and Loharu tehsil at the office of the SDM, Loharu, on October 20, for villages of Buwani Khera and Loharu assemblies at tehsil office Siwani on October 23.

The meeting for villages falling under Buwani Khera assembly segment will be held at tehsil office, Buwani Khera, on October 24, for villages under Buwani Khera assembly area of Hisar and Hansi tehsil at DDPO's office in Hisar on October 26 and for the villages falling under tehsil Dadri of Mundhal Khurd, Badhra and Dadri Assembly segments would be held at the DDPO, Dadri office, on October 27.

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Rajput Sabha seeks representation
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, October 13
The Haryana Rajput Pratinidhi Sabha, at a meeting here today with Col Gajraj Singh (retd) in the chair at Rajput Dharmshala here, expressed concern at the Congress government’s attitude towards the community.

The meeting, which was attended by the Sabha’s state president Kanwar Ram Phal Singh, Municipal Councillor Suresh Tanwar, Mr Surender Singh Parmar, youth wing president Omveer Singh, Lt-Col Bir Singh, Lt-Col Mahabir Singh, Lt-Col Randhir Singh, Mr Ajit Singh, Capt Ram Kumar said the government had not given representation by inducting any MLA of the Rajput community in the Cabinet while there were 10.71 per cent voters of the community.

The meeting resolved unanimously that no member of the community had been made member or chairman of the State Staff Selection Commission despite requests.

The meeting deplored not even a single Rajput had been included in the 110 advocates appointed in the Advocate-General’s office. The government had not considered to utilise the services of ex-servicemen, retired generals and other officers, who had served the country.

Members reiterated the Rajput community cast 90 to 95 per cent votes in favour of the Congress. It threatened the Rajput vote bank might look to an alternative if it was not given due representation in the government.

The meeting urged to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to look into the demands.

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Rally to mark Sonia’s birthday
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 13
Haryana Finance Minister Birender Singh yesterday announced to organise a rally at Fatehabad on December 9 on the occasion of the birthday of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

The rally will be organised under the banner of “Haryana Yuva Berozgar Sangthan” and has been named “Kisan Aur Yuva Sashaktikaran Rally” (Farmers and Youths Empowerment Rally).

Mr Birender Singh announced this at a meeting of workers of the Haryana Yuva Berozgar Sangthan held in the local Panchayat Bhavan last evening.

The Finance Minister said that the Centre had recently sanctioned a grant for lessening the burden of debts on the farmers of 60 districts in South India. He said Haryana had not been included in that but he was trying to get a similar package for Haryana too. He said the Prime Minister had already constituted a three-member committee to find ways to provide help to Haryana and Punjab farmers.

On the issue of development of special economic zones (SEZs) in the state, Mr Birender Singh said Haryana was the most preferred destination for the development of SEZs and, therefore, there was no need for the government to bend backwards to help the developers at the expense of the farmers. 

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IT raid on  3 jewellery shops
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 13
The Income Tax Department conducted a raid at three jewellery shops in Ambala City while Income Tax officials carried out a survey at a saree shop here today.

The raid started early this morning at the jewellery shops located in Sarafa Bazar. The survey was carried out at well-known Dishu Sarees showroom.

The cloth market of Ambala City remained closed since afternoon to protest against the raid at Dishu Sarees. An emergency meeting of Kapda Market Association was held in which the cloth shop owners strongly protested against the raid. The association members raised slogans against the raid.

Market association president H.S Bhatia said conducting a raid during festival time was unfair. He said the shop owners are law abiding citizens and the timing of the raid is inappropriate.

A delegation of members of cloth market association met senior Income Tax officials this evening to deliberate upon the issue.

The raids, which started early in the morning, were continuing till the filing of this report. No employee of the establishments where raids were being carried out was allowed to leave.

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Monkey menace near Kalesar park
Nishikant Dwivedi
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, October 13
Monkeys have created a menace in Khezrabad, Faizpur, Kalesar, Bhadhurpur, Gulabgarh and other villages along the Kalesar National Park and have bitten more than 50 villagers during the past four months.

More than 50 monkeys have been run-over by fast-moving vehicles on the stretch of Jagadhri-Paonta Sahib highway passing through the Kalesar forest range in the past few months. The Wildlife Department has started a campaign to catch monkeys who stray into residential areas but during the past two days only three monkeys have been caught. Villagers say that monkeys which are creating trouble for villagers were once caught from Hisar and Bhiwani and let off in the jungles. Sources said these monkeys probably are finding it difficult to adjust in the jungles.

Villagers had complained about the monkeys to Ms Kiran Chaudhary, Haryana Forest and Environment Minister during her visit in Khezrabad last week. Villagers complain that more than 50 persons have fallen prey to these monkeys who roam around in the villages in groups of five and ten.

Motorists who drive through the stretch often throw eatables to the monkeys and now the situation is that hundreds of monkeys can be spotted sitting on roads. The Forest Department has put up several boards warning motorists not to throw eatables to monkeys.

Meanwhile, sources in the Wildlife Department said a herd of seven elephants which had come to the jungle from the adjoining Rajaji Garden in Uttranchal a few months ago had now been spotted in Sibbal Bara in Himachal Pradesh. The Haryana Wildlife Department claims that a baby elephant was born in the Kalesar jungles. It was the first reported birth of an elephant in the forests. Mr Satpal Dhiman, an official of the Wildlife Department, said the elephant herd had now been spotted in Sibbal Bara.

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Eight modern veterinary polyclinics to be set up
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 13
To improve livestock health eight veterinary polyclinics will be set up in the state. These polyclinics will have all facilities, including X-ray, ECG, EEG and pathological laboratories. Each such clinic will cover two to three districts.

This was disclosed by Financial Commissioner of Animal Husbandry Department H.C. Disodia to mediapersons here today.

He said the construction of buildings for the polyclinic at Bhiwani and Sonepat was in progress. Such clinics will be set up in Ambala, Kaithal, Sirsa, Karnal, Gurgaon and Faridabad districts.

Mr Disodia said Rs 554-crore project for development of Murrah buffalo had been sent to the Centre for approval. For this project 1.74 lakh high milk yielding Murrah buffaloes had been identified. As many as 1.04 lakh bulls will be produced from these buffaloes in the state to enable Haryana to supply 20,000 bulls and 50 lakh of semen doses every year to other states to double milk-yielding capacity of buffaloes in the country after five years of implementation of the project.

He said to improve the health services for livestock, a policy decision to keep veterinary hospitals and dispensaries at every block headquarters open round the clock had been taken by the government.

The government had also decided to open dispensaries in gaushalas having at least 2000 cows. The Animal Husbandry Department had identified 15 such gaushalas.

He said the government was also concerned about the health of pet animals like dogs and cats.

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World Mental Health Week
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, October 13
The District and Sessions Judge, along with other members of the judiciary, participated in a function of Koshish, a unit of Utthan, an Institute of Development Studies, here on Wednesday. The function was part of the World Mental Health Week being observed by the Haryana State Legal Services Authority.

District and Sessions Judge Virender Singh distributed sweets and fruit among mentally challenged children at Koshish. The judge advised members of Utthan to educate parents of the children regarding their legal rights. He said during the week, efforts would be made to make mentally challenged persons aware of their rights.

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Clock tower to get facelift
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 13
Ambala City residents will no longer face any difficulty to set right their clocks once the process for giving a major face-lift to the clock tower of the city is complete.

The clock tower is going to be restored to its old glory with a modern look. The clock tower is located at Jagadhari Gate, opposite the Municipal Council Ambala City office complex. The tower is an important landmark of the City.

As the old clocks were no longer functional for the past few years, the clock tower had lost its significance. But, the refurbishing of the clock tower will go a long way towards restoring the Ghanta Ghar to its earlier 
importance.

The Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Ambala City, Mr S.K. Goel, said work had been initiated on the clock tower and the renovation process was expected to be completed soon. “Besides carrying out necessary repairs, we are also considering using glazed tiles to give a better look to the clock tower,” he said.

He said an important change in the clock tower would be the utilisation of large digital watch instead of the old clocks. “The digital watches will be visible even during the night time. Also, we will not have to face the constant problem of frequent breakdown of the old clocks,” he explained.

Mr Goel said the digital watches would be about 2 feet by 2 feet in size and would be brought from Delhi.

Clock towers of Ambala used to be famous landmarks in the past. Besides having a clock tower in Ambala City, there used to be two large clocks put on top of buildings in Ambala Sadar.

In Ambala Sadar while one clock was placed on top of Hargolal Building, the other clock was put up on Banarsi Dass Women’s Hospital. The former clock was mounted in the middle of 1910s. It was manufactured by Anglo-Swiss Watch Company and had four faces.

The clock face was about 2.5 feet in diameter and used to keep exact time. Beautiful coloured glass used to cover the clock face. Besides serving a decorative purpose, it used to offer protection to the machinery from the inclement weather.

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Conman held
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, October 13
The Jagadhri police has arrested an alleged conman who duped several persons of more than Rs 1.5 crore. He has been sent to two-day police custody by a local court.

Parmod Kumar, a resident of Subhash Nagar, Jagadhri, was arrested from Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, where he was running a provision store. The moment the news spread, several persons, who were cheated by him, reached the police station and then the Jagadhri Court Complex.

He used to lure people by promising higher interests on deposit made with him.

Ms Jyoti of Kamla Nagar, who is visually handicap and runs a tuition academy to earn her livelihood, was cheated of Rs 1.40 lakh by the accused. Parmod had started several chit fund committees.

Another victim Ms Kaushal Aggarwal said, "I had given him Rs 7 lakh. Later, I needed the money for operation of my husband. When I went to him and asked for the money he gave me bank cheques which bounced. He disappeared in April 2004".

Ms Gianwati’s son was injured in an accident and got Rs 1.80 lakh as compensation. "Parmod came to me and somehow allured us to deposit the money in chit fund. I deposited Rs 2 lakh with him. But when I went to ask him for the money, he was no where to be found", said Ms Gianwati.

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