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Hooda hardsells govt’s initiatives, promises more
Loharu (Bhiwani), December 8
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the state was facing power shortage but assured that the government was working on it to find a solution.

Court summons Haryana D-G, Revenue Intelligence
Chandigarh, December 8
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Mr Justice Rajesh Bindal today summoned the Director-General of Revenue Intelligence, New Delhi, to personally appear before the court on December 13.

Govt neglected us, say Dalit leaders
Chandigarh, December 8
One day before a meeting of Chief Ministers is to be held in Delhi under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to discuss the issue of atrocities against Dalits, many organisations of Dalits here today accused the Haryana Government of neglecting their community.

Panorama showing women in varying hues inaugurated
Panipat, December 8
The three-day photo exhibition started here today. On display at Bal Vikas Progressive School here the exhibition depicts changes in the life of Indian women from 1875 to 1947. It also tells of varying styles of getting photo clicked since last century.

Recruitment of teachers, doctors soon
Hisar, December 8
The state government will recruit nearly 12,000 teachers and 125 doctors in the near future. Announcements to this effect were made on different occasions in the district today.


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CM assurance to Bank Colony residents
Bhiwani, December 8
Irked at the notices sent by the District Town Planning Department that their houses are unauthorised, residents of the local Bank Colony, led by MLA Shiv Shankar Bhardwaj, met Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today and submitted a memorandum to him.

3 Bangladeshi women held
Rewari, December 8
The police has arrested three Bangladeshi women -- Naseema, Gorium, and Rokia -- for allegedly violating rules and regulations pertaining to immigrants.

One held for Dalit’s torture
Rewari, December 8
The police has arrested Bobby Prajapat, one of the ten accused who allegedly tortured a Dalit youth, Kalu Das, in Lisan village, about 30 km from here, on the night of September 2.

Govt to develop Rattia
Fatehabad, December 8
The state government has notified an area within the radius of 8 km from Rattia, for its planned development. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Sheoran, told mediapersons here today that the government had decided to develop 18 sectors of this town.

One-way traffic plan welcome, but encroachments have to go
Ambala, December 8
Introduction of one-way traffic pattern alone may not prove to be the miracle cure for traffic woes being faced in Ambala Sadar.




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Hooda hardsells govt’s initiatives, promises more
Shiv Sharma

Loharu (Bhiwani), December 8
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the state was facing power shortage but assured that the government was working on it to find a solution.

He added that several earlier governments never took serious steps towards power production so as to meet the rising demand.

Mr Hooda was addressing a public meeting here after laying down the foundation stone of a 33 KV sub-station at Singhahi village under this sub division. Loharu MLA Sombir Singh had organised the public meeting.

The Chief Minister said the state had 2,900 MW of power whereas its demand was 9,000 MW. With the production of additional 5,000 MW of power through setting up of various thermal power plants in the state within next two-and-a-half-years, at least 20 to 22 hours of supply would be made available to each village of the state. He reiterated that the crops would not get damaged, even if he had to buy costly power from other states.

Mr Hooda also announced that the Government College, Loharu, would be known by the name of Ch Bansi Lal.

He also announced to convert the existing community health centre into 50-bed hospital by raising its status to provide more health facilities to the people of the area.

He also announced to give government service to the next of the kin of farmer Mahabir of Fartia village who was killed in the police firing in 1981 during 'Kisan Andolan' and status of martyr to his family.

The Chief Minister, while assuring equitable distribution of water in entire state, said work on Rs 260-crore Hansi-Butana branch canal was continuing on war footing and with the completion of this canal every tail-end of canals of southern Haryana would get water. Claiming that the Congress government would bring SYL water in the state, he said that INLD and BJP governments caused delay in construction of this canal.

He said the state government had taken several historical decisions like waiving off outstanding bills of electricity worth Rs 1,600 crore keeping in view the interest of farmers, Dalits, businessmen, employees, women and other sections of the society.

Other steps like not to arrest farmers for recovery of cooperative loans, special economic zone projects, interest on seasonal crops reduced from 14 to 7 per cent, Indira Gandhi Water Distribution Scheme etc were too yielding results.

He emphasised that the government had decided to constitute debt settlement board in every district. The government had also decided not to realise interest exceeding the loan amount.

Announcing the construction of a new bus stand for Loharu, Mr Hooda assured of constructing bus stand at Satnali.

He also announced to open branches of the Industrial Training Institute and Land Development Bank at Behal.

The HPCC working president, Dr Ram Prakash, Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharmbir Singh also addressed the meeting.

MLAs Shiv Shankar Bhardwaj, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, Nripender Singh, Chhatarpal Singh, Subhash Chaudhary, Political advisor Prof Virender Singh, ex-minister Jagdish Nehra, Ram Bhajan Agarwal, Abhey Ram Dahiya were also present at the meeting.

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Court summons Haryana D-G, Revenue Intelligence
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Mr Justice Rajesh Bindal today summoned the Director-General of Revenue Intelligence, New Delhi, to personally appear before the court on December 13.

The direction was issued on a writ petition filed by a Hisar firm, Messrs Manoj Kumar Sanjay Kumar, against the Commissioner of Customs.

The firm had imported 32 containers of non-edible oil in October and November. But the containers have not been cleared by the Customs authorities till date.

The firm, through its counsel, Mr Jagmohan Bansal, filed a writ petition in the High Court, urging it to issue directions for the speedy clearance of the containers which, the writ said, contained non-edible oil. Mr Bansal contended that his clients had to pay Rs 2 lakh per day as demurrage charges at the port.

After the writ petition was filed, samples of the oil imported by the Hisar firm were drawn and sent for testing.

Mr Kamal Sehgal, counsel for the Customs, informed the court that while non-edible oils like palm fatty acids distillates and crude palm stearin attracted import duty ranging from 12.5 per cent to 65 per cent, edible oils were charged 100 per cent duty. His clients had received information that some persons declared imported edible oils as non-edible to pay a lower rate of duty. Therefore, it was decided that the consignment of oils should be cleared only after the samples were tested.

Mr Bansal contended that any drastic power conferred under any law having serious financial and other repercussions on rights of citizens had to be exercised fairly and reasonably. Undue delay in taking decision, not only resulted in violation of rights of the citizens but also resulted in corruption.

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Govt neglected us, say Dalit leaders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
One day before a meeting of Chief Ministers is to be held in Delhi under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to discuss the issue of atrocities against Dalits, many organisations of Dalits here today accused the Haryana Government of neglecting their community.

Importantly, a meeting of the National Development Council, being held in Delhi tomorrow, is also slated to discuss the issue of resource allocation for the empowerment of Dalits.

Mr Karamveer Singh, president of the Haryana Confederation of SC and BC Organisations, said the state government had not been able to fill the backlog of vacancies meant to be given to Dalit aspirants. The 85th Amendment of the Constitution, prescribing accelerated promotion for dalit employees, also was not being properly implemented in the state, he said. He said while Haryana should have been offering 27 per cent reservation in government vacancies for Backward Classes, it was offering only 10 per cent jobs to the BC aspirants.

Mr Karamveer Singh was part of a delegation led by CPI leader D. Raja which met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, in Delhi on December 6.

Mr Ashok Bharti of the National Conference of Dalit Organisations, who was a member of the delegation that met the Prime Minister, was also present.

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Panorama showing women in varying hues inaugurated
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 8
The three-day photo exhibition started here today. On display at Bal Vikas Progressive School here the exhibition depicts changes in the life of Indian women from 1875 to 1947. It also tells of varying styles of getting photo clicked since last century.

Old photographs evoked interest of the present generation. Mr H. K. Dua, Editor in Chief, The Tribune group of publications, inaugurated the exhibition curated by the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi. It took us more than one and half years to collect over 250 visuals based on archival photographs as moments frozen in time and aids to understanding a country’s multifaceted history, said Dr Malavika Karlekar exhibition’s curator.

The exhibition categorising the photographs in five sections - Visualising the Family, The Learning Experience, Worlds Beyond, The National Movement and Towards the Midnight Hour displaying the Women in different roles.

Viewers will get a glimpse of earliest photographs of women and girls in the family’s context with pictures featuring girl’s education on the agenda of missionaries, reformers and government in second half of the 19th century. Creative and artistic talents among women of 1930s found expression in the photos of Devika Rani, Durga Khote, noted heroines of Indian celluloid with Pilot Sarla Sharma, first woman pilot of undivided India in 1936 and Anadmayi Ma spiritual head clicked in 1930. Amrita Shergil, an eminent painter, Sukhalata Ray, a noted writer, and lyricist also got prominent place in the exhibition.

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Recruitment of teachers, doctors soon
Tribune News Service

Hisar, December 8
The state government will recruit nearly 12,000 teachers and 125 doctors in the near future. Announcements to this effect were made on different occasions in the district today.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of an education fair organised here, the Haryana Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mulana, said that till regular teachers were appointed, guest teachers will be engaged for government schools.

The state government would also provide some relief to the owners of private schools, he added.

Meanwhile, Dr K.V. Singh, the OSD to the Chief Minister, said that 125 doctors would soon be recruited in the state Health Department. He was addressing a public meeting organised by Chaudhary Surender Singh Memorial Club at Mandi Adampur in the district.

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CM assurance to Bank Colony residents
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, December 8
Irked at the notices sent by the District Town Planning Department that their houses are unauthorised, residents of the local Bank Colony, led by MLA Shiv Shankar Bhardwaj, met Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today and submitted a memorandum to him.

Hooda was on his way to Loharu where he was to lay a foundation stone of a 33 KV substation at Singhani village and address a public meeting.

They informed the Chief Minister that the residents had constructed their houses about 20-25 years ago and the foundation stone of a boosting station had recently been laid by the Rohtak MP and his son Deepender Singh Hooda and its construction work was in progress.

The residents further said they had ration cards and a ration depot was also under operation.

The residents urged the Chief Minister to get the notices of the DTP department withdrawn. Mr Hooda assured them of solving their problem.

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Govt to develop Rattia

Fatehabad, December 8
The state government has notified an area within the radius of 8 km from Rattia, for its planned development. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Sheoran, told mediapersons here today that the government had decided to develop 18 sectors of this town. — OC

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3 Bangladeshi women held

Rewari, December 8
The police has arrested three Bangladeshi women -- Naseema, Gorium, and Rokia -- for allegedly violating rules and regulations pertaining to immigrants.

A case under Sections 3/14 and 31/46 of the Foreigners' Act has been registered against them. They were apprehended from the court complex here on December 6 when they had come to see their husbands and other relatives who were produced before the court after being arrested on October 25 here on the same charge. — OC

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One held for Dalit’s torture
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 8
The police has arrested Bobby Prajapat, one of the ten accused who allegedly tortured a Dalit youth, Kalu Das, in Lisan village, about 30 km from here, on the night of September 2.

The remaining suspects, who all belong to the upper caste, are still absconding.

The two Dalit brothers, Ramesh Kumar and Kalu Das, who along with their families, had left the village after being tortured and threatened in September, are yet to return to Lisan.

The police had registered a case of causing hurt, trespass, and rioting under Sections 323, 452,147 and 149 of the IPC as well as Section 3 of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against the alleged torturers.

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One-way traffic plan welcome, but encroachments have to go
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 8
Introduction of one-way traffic pattern alone may not prove to be the miracle cure for traffic woes being faced in Ambala Sadar.

While one-way traffic can be considered to be a necessary step for smoothening of traffic flow in the congested Sadar area, other aspects too need urgent attention for this ambitious plan to succeed. Lack of proper parking space, temporary encroachments by shopkeepers coupled with ineffective traffic monitoring have been stumbling blocks for easy movement of motorists.

The new traffic pattern has begin to show results with smoother flow of traffic in the Sadar Bazar area. But the results could have been far more impressive had the temporary encroachments put up by shopkeepers in Gur Mandi, Kabari Bazar, Halwai Bazar, Railway Road, Timber market and Hill Road been completely cleared.

The shopkeepers have failed to completely remove the temporary encroachments kept on the road. This leads to movement of vehicles being slowed down. The problem is compounded when cars and mini trucks are parked near the shops. Hardly any space is left for the other vehicles. Also, shopkeepers park their own vehicles outside their shops which adds to the already existing traffic problem.

Constant monitoring was carried out by police personnel throughout the day today to ensure that there were no bottlenecks. Local residents are of the opinion that such traffic policing is needed throughout the year so that the traffic movement continues to be smooth.

District Congress Committee, Ambala cantonment president Narinder Pal Singh Shera, said that they have asked the police officials to consider not hampering cyclists and two-wheelers movement in the one-way traffic plan. "Regarding temporary encroachments, we have requested the shopkeepers to cooperate with the police officials so that traffic conditions can be improved," he said.

Local residents recall that a few years back, when Inspector Banwari Lal was SHO of Sadar police station, he had personally ensured that there were no encroachments by the shopkeepers. The removal of encroachments had led to much better traffic movement. In many areas, there are traffic bottlenecks due to temporary encroachments even though the road is quite wide.

The ambitious one-way traffic plan has been implemented at Durga Charan Road. A motorists can now travel from Vijay Ratan Chowk to Bazaza Bazar in no time. For motorists wanting to go to DC road, they would have to take a route passing through Kabadi Bazar. The pattern is in force from 8 am to 8 pm. The entry of heavy vehicles has been banned on Nicholson Road.

Certain problems seem to be peculiar to Ambala Sadar. For instance, vehicles are parked in the middle of the road in Bazaza Bazar. Cars, scooters, motorcycles and cycles are all parked in the middle of the main road. It is perhaps the only bazar where motorists do not park near the shops. Although an effort had been made to ensure that nobody parks on the middle of the road a few months back, the old routine is back.

The lack of proper parking space is a major problem for motorists. Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, had given the solitary parking space behind Rai Market to a contractor earlier this year. Barely a couple of vehicles use the paid parking space. Even when the parking space was free of cost, then too there were no takers.

The parking space is located a good distance away from the heart of the Sadar area. If the cars and motor cycles are parked at the Municipal Council parking space, then the shoppers would have to either walk or take a rickshaw to the area where they want to go for shopping. Alternate sites suggested for parking include the Anaj Mandi area. But the grain market is yet to be shifted out.

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