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PWD faces peculiar shortage — that of contractors
Chandigarh, December 3
The Haryana Public Works Department (Building and Roads) is facing a shortage. It is not a shortage of manpower or financial resources. It is a shortage of contractors.

Hospital female ward awaits inauguration
Karnal, December 3
Inauguration of the newly constructed female ward of the Civil Hospital here hangs fire due to apathy of the state Health Department. The department reportedly had shown inability to provide funds to the PWD (B&R) for the completion of the ward.

Youth Cong flays Bishnoi for ‘anti-party’ activities
Chandigarh, December 3
The Haryana Youth Congress has criticised the party MP, Mr Kuldip Bishnoi, for his alleged anti-party activities.

New Haryana BJP chief to curb indiscipline
Atam Prakash Manchanda Panchkula, December 3
He has a panacea for all that ails the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in Haryana. No novice to politics and its complexities, newly elected BJP state President Atam Prakash Manchanda knows his biggest challenge comes from taming the indiscipline to curbing factionalism before he can train his guns on rival political parties. 
             Atam Prakash Manchanda

Encounter: INLD for action against cops
Jhajjar, December 3
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has demanded strict action against the policemen who allegedly killed a maxi-cab driver in an encounter here two days ago while maintaining that the victim was innocent.


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Rs 30-cr tourist circuit approved
Chandigarh, December 3
Tourism in Haryana is set to get a boost with the creation of a Rs 30-crore tourist circuit of Panipat, Kurukshetra and Pinjore under a centrally-sponsored scheme.

Artificial limbs, tri-cycles distributed
Kaithal December, 3
On the occasion of World Disabled Day, Deputy Commissioner Rajinder Kataria distributed artificial limbs and tri-cycles worth Rs 1. 62 lakh to 128 handicapped persons at a function held at Red Cross Bhavan here today.

Four killed in road mishaps
Panipat, December 3
Four persons were killed in the district in different motor accidents here today.

15 UP students injured
Hisar, December 3
At least 15 students from Uttar Pradesh were injured when the bus they were travelling in overturned near Agrohadham in the district this morning.



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PWD faces peculiar shortage — that of contractors
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The Haryana Public Works Department (Building and Roads) is facing a shortage. It is not a shortage of manpower or financial resources. It is a shortage of contractors.

Over the years, the cost of projects has increased, several times running into crores of rupees. This has virtually eliminated small contractors from the field, who are no longer able to compete for big projects. Informed sources say in the entire state only about 25 contractors are in a position to bid for these projects. In the past two years, the department has launched so much big projects that the bag of even big contractors is almost full. Their resources are now stretched to the utmost.

The newly appointed Engineer-in-Chief of the department, Mr Har Sarup Chahal, says shortly the department will issue advertisements inviting interested parties to enlist themselves as contractors with the department. Mr Chahal says with technical talent available for hire in abundance, a contractor now need not have a technical background. All that a person who wants to be a contractor needs is sound financial background.

So far people have been complaining that it is difficult to get registered with the PWD as contractor. Now the department will itself invite people to be its contractors.

Mr Chahal says among his priorities will be the one to standardise and simplify tender documents and shorten the tendering process. At present a tender is to be finalised within 90 days. It is absurd, particularly when the job is to be completed in less than 90 days. Therefore, the period for completing the tendering process for small and medium projects will be reduced. Of course, for big projects, three months to complete the process is justified.

Similarly, suitable changes will be made in procedures to curtail delay in the implementation of projects. Mr Chahal says the big contractors will be persuaded to go for ISO certification.

Besides providing high-speed corridors for intra and inter-state vehicular traffic, stress will be laid on strengthening and widening the existing roads. Each officer of the department will be asked to adopt at least one accident-prone location every year and work on it to reduce chances of accidents. Good work done by them in this field will be recorded in their annual confidential reports.

Mr Chahal says steps will also be taken to rehabilitate and widen old bridges in the state.

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Hospital female ward awaits inauguration
Tribune News Service

Karnal, December 3
Inauguration of the newly constructed female ward of the Civil Hospital here hangs fire due to apathy of the state Health Department. The department reportedly had shown inability to provide funds to the PWD (B&R) for the completion of the ward.

Construction of the block built under reproductive child healthcare (RCH) was completed five months back by the PWD (B&R). It awaits finishing touches, which has delayed the process of handing it over the hospital authorities.

There is provision of labour room-cum-gynecological operating theatre in the ward.

Several expectant mothers and their family members in the ward face problems. Patients find it difficult, as they have to use stairs or ramp to climb to the first floor to reach the labour room and the gynaecology wards.

Absence of a lift in the hospital is another problem faced by pregnant women.

Officials blame the faulty building design where no space was earmarked for a lift.

Sources said work of electrical fitting was pending as the Health Department was yet to make the required payments.

Sources said the fitting work was stalled after the Health Department refused payment to the PWD (electric) Department.

Paucity of funds was cited the reason by the Health Department, sources confirmed.

Doctors at the hospital demanded opening of the ward to meet rise in the number of patients.

A doctor stated ever since the government introduced several schemes at the delivery huts under the RCH scheme the hospital had witnessed sudden rise in the number of patients visiting the ward.

Sources said though the number of expectant mothers had increased more than three times to a figure of over 175 patients. Sources said there was only a gynea surgeon while two other women doctors had been deputed as stopgap arrangement.

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Youth Cong flays Bishnoi for ‘anti-party’ activities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The Haryana Youth Congress has criticised the party MP, Mr Kuldip Bishnoi, for his alleged anti-party activities.

In a statement issued here today, the general secretary of the Youth Congress, Mr Lakhwinder Singh Lakha, said Mr Bishnoi should not forget that he was an MP because of the party against the interests of which he was working. He said Mr Bishnoi was misusing the name of his father, Mr Bhajan Lal, to mislead supporters of the former Chief Minister.

Mr Lakha said supporters of Mr Bhajan Lal came to the so-called tea meetings to listen to the former Chief Minister. But Mr Bhajan Lal never uttered a word and all the talking was done by Mr Bishnoi. He said if Mr Bishnoi considered himself to be very popular with the masses of the state, he should quit the Congress and then try to arrange the so-called tea meetings.

The Youth Congress leader said Mr Bishnoi was not able to digest the fact that the AICC president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, chose Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda to lead the state in order to give a clean administration. He said every man had his time. Mr Bhajan Lal had played his innings and now he should be allowed to rest peacefully. However, Mr Bishnoi was not allowing him to do so and was firing from the shoulders of his old father to serve his own vested interests.

Mr Lakha said Mr Bishnoi should not forget that his elder brother, Mr Chander Mohan, who was much senior to him (Mr Bishnoi) in politics, was the Deputy Chief Minister in the government against which he was spreading falsehood day and night. Since in a parliamentary democracy, the Cabinet was collectively responsible, Mr Bishnoi was virtually criticising his own brother, who had been a party in all important decisions of the government.

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New Haryana BJP chief to curb indiscipline
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 3
He has a panacea for all that ails the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in Haryana. No novice to politics and its complexities, newly elected BJP state President Atam Prakash Manchanda knows his biggest challenge comes from taming the indiscipline to curbing factionalism before he can train his guns on rival political parties.

"We have a lot of people behind us. However, the thumb rule is that a mob never fights. We have to set our house in order, discipline our men and pull up our socks to fight our own battle in the coming days.

I have set a deadline of six months to give a new face to the party" he emphasises.

In the city for a public reception by the district unit of the BJP, speaking to The Tribune, Mr Manchanda admits,"We can't live in denial-- we do have shortcomings. We need to address these before we can become a force to reckon with. One issue, however, is decided---we will fight the next state election on our own. We have had enough of coalitions."

While the executive of the party is yet to be named, he has already started allocating work to activists. "We will follow the carrot and stick policy where genuine workers are rewarded. My priority will be to strengthen our grassroots base by working on ward samitis in urban areas and grameen samitis in rural areas.

We are banking on a strong foundation provided by them. We will show results and give the BJP an identity in the state," Mr Manchanda stated.

Maintaining that he is merely a "trustee" of the BJP, he emphasised that his experience at different levels in the party will stand him in good stead. "I am no big man. I rose from the position of a member of the ward samiti to where I am today.

So, hard work never goes unnoticed. I have pledged to work with good intentions and will ensure that each one of my workers is as committed and as inspired to labour as me," he emphasises.

Holding that there was no dearth of BJP workers, the chief asserted that the disillusioned public was now turning towards the party for succor.

"After a rule of tyranny to near anarchy, people are looking at the BJP with a new hope and we will rise to the occasion. The BJP has finally arrived in Haryana and all our detractors need to watchout. The BJP is in for a changeover and its for the better," Mr Manchanda remarked.

Criticising the Congress government for acquiring "productive land" under the Special Economic Zone (SEZ), the BJP chief was critical of the fact that false promises were being made to the farmers.

"I believe that the farmer is being betrayed by the government which has not made the right choice of land to bring under the SEZ. We will adopt an agitational path to take up crucial issues like SEZ and the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issue shortly," he claimed.

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Encounter: INLD for action against cops
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, December 3
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has demanded strict action against the policemen who allegedly killed a maxi-cab driver in an encounter here two days ago while maintaining that the victim was innocent.

The district president of the INLD and former MLA, Mr Nafe Singh Rathi, today visited the family of the youth, Vikas, and expressed deep condolences. Mr Rathi stated that the circumstances and the version of the eyewitnesses proved that the killed youth was not a member of the robber's gang who looted the Main Post Office at Bahadurgarh just half an hour before the encounter.

Criticising the alleged oppressive and antagonistic attitude of the police, the former MLA demanded that the family of the "victim" must be adequately compensated and one family member be given a government job. Mr Rathi also demanded that a case must be registered against the cops who shot the youth and they be arrested immediately.

The INLD leader also held that his party would give full support to the people's agitation for bringing justice to the "victims's" family.

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Rs 30-cr tourist circuit approved
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Tourism in Haryana is set to get a boost with the creation of a Rs 30-crore tourist circuit of Panipat, Kurukshetra and Pinjore under a centrally-sponsored scheme.

The Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has already approved a project mooted by the Haryana Tourism Corporation in this regard.

The Haryana Minister of State for Tourism, Ms Kiran Choudhry, told TNS that the project had been sent to the Union Ministry of Tourism.

In tourism jargon, a tourist circuit is a route on which at least three major tourist destinations are located but not in the same town. They should also not be separated by a long distance. A tourist who enters the circuit should get motivated to visit all places identified on the circuit.

In Panipat, the land of three famous battles, the corporation has identified Kabuli Shah Mosque, built by Mughal king Babar; Jain temples in Holi Mohalla; dargah of Bu Ali Shah Kalandar; Ibrahim Lodhi's tomb; Haali Park named after famous Urdu poet Altaaf Hussein Haali; historical Qila Maidan, renamed Gandhi Maidan; and Kala Amb War Memorial; for the development at a cost of over Rs 5 crore.

Similarly, the corporation has sought about Rs 15 crore for developing Kurukshetra, "the land of the Gita", to make it a part of the tourist circuit. Among the attractions planned for Kurukshetra are a "visual gallery" relating to Lord Krishna, Kurukshetra and the Mahabharata; the illumination of the Viratrupa statue of Lord Krishna, Braham Sarovar and Sannehit Sarovar; audio-visual galleries on the Mahabharata and the Gita; the beautification of Kuruvan Park and the development of Sheikh Chehli Dargah.

Another about Rs 10 crore will be spent on the restoration and conservation of fountain water channels, fountain baskets and Jal Mahal fountain area in the Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore. A light-and-sound programme is also planned, besides the restoration of the boundary wall of the gardens.

Ms Choudhry said at Pinjore, the infrastructure at the ancient Bhima Devi Temple would be upgraded and illumination would be provided there.

Along with Pinjore, the Morni Hills would also be developed as an added attraction for those who chose to undertake a journey down the circuit. 

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Artificial limbs, tri-cycles distributed
Tribune Reporters

Kaithal December, 3
On the occasion of World Disabled Day, Deputy Commissioner Rajinder Kataria distributed artificial limbs and tri-cycles worth Rs 1. 62 lakh to 128 handicapped persons at a function held at Red Cross Bhavan here today.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr Kataria said that due to the availability of a number of facilities these days even a physically challenged person could lead a comfortable life, but the affected person should maintain courage and self-confidence like an ordinary person. He said such persons do not need the mercy of anyone but an attitude of cooperation from society.

The Deputy Commissioner said that to identify physically challenged persons, a survey at the block level was conducted and such persons were being provided artificial limbs according to their needs. He said all school heads had been issued directions to ensure that no handicapped student was left without required artificial limb.

Mr R.S.Mor, secretary, District Red Cross Society, said that today 26 tri-cycles , 44 hearing aids , six wheelchairs and 52 artificial limbs had been distributed.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner and Ms Kalapna Kataria, chairperson, Red Cross Hospital Society, inspected the rehabilitation centre and artificial limbs-manufacturing workshop at the local Red Cross Bhavan.

BHIWANI: Two ambulances and a funeral van were dedicated to people today on the occasion of World Disabled Day.

Dedicating the van to Bhiwani and Charkhi Dadri hospital at a programme in Panchayat Bhawan here, the Deputy Commissioner Mohinder Kumar also distributed blankets Rs 2.50 lakh among 1000 poor persons on behalf of the Red Cross Society at this district-level-function.

Addressing physically challenged persons, the DC said disability was not a curse in present era. The DC said the monthly pension of the disabled had been raised from Rs 300 to Rs 600 and retainership for blind weavers also raised from Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 per month. Their reservation in government job had also been increased. The DC said 2000 disabled persons had been in a medical camps held at block level in the district and they will be provided with artificial limbs, tricycle and other equipments very soon.

He also distributed track suits and players of the Disabled Cricket team of the district for getting first prize. He also delivered Rs 6 lakh for books and writing material among 591 students of Scheduled castes on behalf of the Welfare Department. Prizes were given to the students who got first place in essay, sports, drawing and other competitions held here yesterday. He also distributed scholarship of Rs 1.32 lakh among 157 disabled students.

Disabled persons were provided with bus passes after fulfilling formalities related to application for pension at the function and doctors issued certificates to the handicapped persons after examining them. Students of different schools presented colourful cultural programmes.

SP Subhash Yadav, SDM Yogesh Chander Bhardwaj, City Magistrate Mrs Pankaj Chaudhary were also present among others.

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Four killed in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 3
Four persons were killed in the district in different motor accidents here today.

According to information, Rajbir, a pedestrian, was killed when an unidentified vehicle hit him near Pepsi Chowk on the GT Road. Rajbir who belonged to Kurukshetra, used to live at Kabri village, near here. Tara Chand (70) and Babloo (25), both residents of Railway Colony, Panipat, and Muzaffarnagar, respectively, died when they were hit by unidentified vehicles.

A 70-year-old resident of Siwah village was injured seriously when a car hit him near Sector 29. Later the victim, Hansraj, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

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15 UP students injured

Hisar, December 3
At least 15 students from Uttar Pradesh were injured when the bus they were travelling in overturned near Agrohadham in the district this morning.

According to police, the private bus with 51 students of Maharaja Agrasen Public School, Khurja in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, overturned when it was hit by a tanker from behind.

All the injured students were admitted to Maharaja Agrasen Medical Hospital at Agroha where their condition was stated to be out of danger. — UNI

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