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Panipat loom workers in a bind as debt mounts
Panipat, June 21s
Photographs mounted on the wall show dyeing mill owner Yashpal Malik with Haryana labour minister Birender Singh in plush settings on multiple occasions. But the pictures reveal little about Panipat’s under-belly swarming with illegal factories clacking day and night their exploitative machines to churn out hundreds of tonnes of coarse textile products.
A girl works at a spinning mill in Panipat LOST CHILDHOOD:
A girl works at a spinning mill in Panipat.
— Tribune photo by Ravi Kumar

Govt schools that do not deliver
Chandigarh, June 21

There are 93 schools in the state that have recorded zero pass percentage and another 56 have had under 10 per cent pass percentage in the middle, secondary and senior secondary classes.

Despite improved attendance in rural schools, the quality of education is still far from satisfactory. — Tribune photo by Malkit Singh

Despite improved attendance in rural schools, the quality of education is still far from satisfactory

Brisk business for bride brokers
Fatehabad, June 21
Balwant is the youngest among the three sons of Hazari Singh, a marginal farmer who owns about 12 acres of land in a village near Fatehabad. Hazari Singh married his two elder sons to two sisters from a village near Bhattu Kalan town of this district.

Inside Babudom
Will another woman be next chief secy?
Chandigarh, June 21
Will another woman head the Haryana babudom after the retirement of chief secretary Prem Prashant? Though Prem Prashant has over two months to go, the debate on merits and demerits of his possible successor has already started in the state's bureaucracy.

Commuting through commotion
Panipat, June 21

The construction of the ongoing elevated highway project at Panipat has become a nightmare for the NH-1 users. In the absence of any alternative route, the 10-km long stretch passing through township is not equipped to ease out the vehicular blockade.

Vehicles move at a snail’s pace on National Highway No. 1 in Panipat where the construction of a flyover is underway. — Tribune photo by Ravi Kumar
Vehicles move at a snail’s pace on National Highway No. 1 in Panipat where the construction of a flyover is underway

Parking woes in city of malls
Price Gurgaon has to pay for haphazard growth
Gurgaon, June 21
Plush malls have indeed added to the charm of Gurgaon, but the lack of planning has given rise to the parking and traffic problem for the public.

Trafiic in front of a mall in Gurgaon. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Trafiic in front of a mall in Gurgaon

A bumpy ride through colonies
Ambala, June 21
Ambala City and Ambala Cantt face a dichotomy with regard to the condition of roads as the highways passing through the areas are well-maintained while the same cannot be said about roads inside some of the residential colonies.

HAU sets sights on another green revolution
Hisar, June 21
Haryana Agricultural University has identified both short-term and long-term measures to realise the dream of a second green revolution. As part of its long-term plans, scientists have suggested the optimisation of production in rain-fed and under-exploited areas, improvement in delivery and distribution efficiency of irrigation water, increase in the intensity of fertiliser use, precision agriculture, improvement of technological inputs and addressing several socio-economic issues as the main areas of thrust.

On the right course
KU targets emerging career fields
Kurukshetra, June 21
From the coming academic session of 2007-08, Kurukshetra University is all set to experiment several new programmes, with the introduction of a mixed bag of 15 new job-oriented courses, including two M.Phil. programmes. Aimed at providing new dimensions to the education, academicians on the campus expect an overwhelming response from the students.
Students on the Kurukshetra University campus. — Tribune photo by Ravi Kumar
Students on the Kurukshetra University campus

Bhiwani’s meritorious owe it to train, terrain
Bhiwani, June 21
Meritorious students from this economically and industrially backward district are virtually riding a train to success. Thanks to the town’s rail link to Delhi, established during Bansi Lal’s tenure as the union railway minister, local students are storming their way to the country’s premier educational institutions.

Water woes in Ambala
Canal project behind schedule
Ambala, June 21
The ambitious project of canal-based water system for Ambala Cantt is running behind schedule. The project when completed is expected to quench thirst of the entire area.

The laying of pipelines for the water project is far from complete. — Tribune photo by K. Sachar
The laying of pipelines for the water project is far from complete

Development Projects
Slow progress irks Rohtak residents
Rohtak, June 21
As soon as the name of Rohtak MP Bhupinder Singh Hooda was cleared for the post of Haryana Chief Minister, elated residents of his hometown pinned high hopes on their leader.

A road in Rohtak where development work is in progress, causing inconvenience to residents.
— Photo by Amarjeet

A road in Rohtak where development work is in progress, causing inconvenience to residents

Superspecialised evening hospital in Panchkula
Pilot project awaits nod
Panchkula, June 21
As a first step towards the corporatisation of health services, the Haryana Health Department has mooted an evening hospital offering specialist and superspecialist services at a nominal charge. The general hospital, Sector 6, here has been identified as a launch pad for this pilot project in Haryana and is awaiting the government’s approval.

Youth more prone to drug abuse than ever
Fatehabad, June 21
Angrez Singh (25), a resident of a small hamlet near Jakhal town of this district, remembers the day when he took his first dose of poppy husk just for the sake of fun at the age of 17. Working as a truck cleaner, he did not know that the small pack of crushed herb would change his life for worse.

From oblivion to awareness
Neem Kheda women find voice
Neem Kheda (Mewat), June 21
Frustration has now paved way for hope in Neem Kheda village of Mewat district. After being stifled for over two years, the all-women panchayat has finally found its voice and things have begun to move in this back-of-beyond village on the Haryana-Rajasthan border.

Members of the all-women panchayat at Neem Kheda in Mewat district.

Members of the all-women panchayat at Neem Kheda in Mewat district

Power availability likely to increase
Chandigarh, June 21
Power availability in Haryana is likely to improve next month compared to what it is in June. For, a government projection shows that 969 lakh units of power will be available in the state in a day on an average in July. The corresponding figure for this month is 866.30 lakh units.

Declining dollar adds to exporters’ woes
Ambala, June 21
The recent decline in the value of US dollar has adversely affected scientific instrument exporters of Ambala. The exporters, who are already facing stiff competition from China, are now dealing with sudden fluctuations in the value of dollar. As the exporters work on slender margins, abrupt fall hits them.

Volvo to run on six more routes
Chandigarh, June 21
The state Transport Department has decided to introduce six more routes of Volvo buses in view of the growing demand. Transport minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said the new routes would be Chandigarh-Amritsar-Delhi, Delhi-Amritsar-Chandigarh, Delhi-Chandigarh-Katra, Katra-Chandigarh-Delhi, Delhi-Chandigarh-Manali and Manali-Chandigarh-Delhi.


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