Nirmal Johar Yojana for state villages
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Development brings with itself unseen problems, demanding solutions from the government agencies. Over the past few years, the focus of the state government has been on the rural development. As part of the emphasis on the rural development, provision of piped water supply to rural households is being actively promoted.

The central government-sponsored total sanitation campaign has led to construction of a large number of rural toilets aimed at making the villages free from open defecation. Villagers have taken to this programme enthusiastically, resulting in a large number of villages earning the title of nirmal grams.

But this much-needed development has brought its own problems. One of the major problems is the discharge of wastewater. The discharge, which was negligible in the past, has increased tremendously. With sewerage system not feasible in the villages, the wastewater finds its way to the nearest water body. The village ponds, not only recharge the ground water but also serve several other needs of the villages, particularly to bathe domestic animals. Even children do not mind taking a swim in these ponds during the summer.

The Haryana State Pollution Control Board, prodded by minister of state for forests and environment Kiran Choudhary, has woken up and has decided to act before the problem becomes unmanageable. Choudhary said the board would spend Rs 5 crore to cover 120 villages under the Nirmal Johar Yojana for the treatment of wastewater.

The scheme would be implemented in villages that have been declared as nirmal grams and have a population of more than 2,500 as per the census of 2001. Additionally, the villages that have achieved a sex ratio of more than 950 as per the births data of 2007 would be given the first priority in implementing the scheme.

Choudhary said the regional officers of the board would approach the deputy commissioners for the selection of the villages under the scheme. A grant up to Rs 4 lakh per village would be provided to the district rural development agencies (DRDA) based upon the project report submitted by them. Any expenditure in excess of Rs 4 lakh would be borne by the DRDA and the panchayat.

The technology proposed for the treatment would be chosen by the DRDA suitable to the local conditions, though the duckweed treatment and constructed wetland methods might be proposed as indicative technologies by the board. She said a specific project for the treatment of the wastewater in the village pond along with photographs of the present conditions would be prepared by the DRDA by associating the regional-officer of the board and sent to the board under the signatures of the ADC and the regional officers and counter- signed by the DC. 



Drunken drivers in for a tough time
Bhanu P. Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, January 29
Drunken drivers beware! You will not be allowed to go after a warning and the police will register a case against you from February 1. Karnal SSP AS Chawala has decided to act tough with drunken drivers and cautioned that they won’t be allowed to endanger other people’s lives.

The police had launched a drive against drunken driving on the national highway falling between Karnal district and as a result the number of accidents had come down by 65 in the previous year.

Enthused by the success of the campaign, the SSP has decided to launch the campaign within the city to bring down the number of accidents.

The police would intensify checking in the city and provide alcoholmeter to checking staff to rein in the defaulters. Chawala informed that to ensure that people were not harassed, parameters had been fixed for making drunken driving a cognisable offence and members of the civil grievance committee and JCI, an NGO, were also being involved to ensure transparency.

He said permissible limit for drunken driving had been fixed at 30mg/l and drivers exceeding the limit would be challaned while cases would be registered against those crossing the limit of 100mg/l. The judiciary had also been consulted on this issue and it would also come down heavily on the defaulters, he added.

Chawala stated that to inform the people about the move of the administration and educate them against the hazards of drunken driving, an awareness drive had also been launched.



Preparing parents for bringing up kids
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 29
With the fast changing scenario, parents want their wards to get the best education that enables them to compete globally. And schools in Panipat like elsewhere are fast adopting hi-tech and innovative measures for the overall development of the children.

These schools, besides adopting latest teaching techniques like audio-visual aids to enable children have a better understanding of their subject, are also holding motivational workshop for parents to make sure that their children get the 
best, whether they are at home 
or at schools.

A number of schools are now engaged in grooming the parents by providing them an insight into the multidimensional approach towards effective parenting.

The schools are also drifting away from bland lecturers and monotonous addresses by experts to power-packed interactive programmes in which parents participate along with their children.

Rita Kaul, a noted child psychologist, who is also the principal of Millennium School in Noida, said the importance of the time that parents spend with their children was extremely crucial. She said the parents needed to strengthen bonds with children through meaningful conversations, establishing routine in intermingling with children, limiting time spent on TV and social obligations.

Kaul said such activities were essentials for healthy upbringing from parental perspective. Carving special time for children's activities through planning and special weekends were also some of the major strengthening factors, she added.

The schools here have come to the aid of those parents who do not understand the importance of these factors as they were brought up in different times.

Latest to join the new age inclination was Millennium School, which organised a first its kind workshop here for good parenting. The workshop shed light into the art of bringing up children through a synergetic effort on the part of parents and teachers with special emphasis on optimisation of endeavors. The workshop introduced to over 300 participating parents from the city a wide variety of guiding tips for effective parenting.

Accepting the fact that parenting in the 21st century was possibly one of the most challenging jobs, the two-hour long workshop addressed core issues pertaining to the upbringing of kids. The experts stressed the need for positive praise, motivation, approval and endorsement to the child's 

Even as multimedia tools were aptly used to drive home some vital concerns, traditional modes like skit and musical presentations added to the interest of the parents.

Ashlesha Thakur, director, education empowerment, Educomp, who was also present on this occasion, informed that the new learning system developed and adopted by the Educomp team of over 100 educational researchers would be implemented across all Millennium Schools spread all over the country.



Drive to identify blood groups of students
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, January 29
Under a project of the Health Department, the authorities have initiated the process of identifying blood groups of students of all the educational institutions and issue them cards bearing the name, full address and blood group of the students.

The record of blood groups will be computerised for the purpose of use at opportune time. This will also help to identify students with anaemia and to advise them treatment to improve their health.

The scheme is being launched under the Backward Area Development Fund Scheme and a sum of Rs 1 crore will be spent on this.

Deputy Commissioner, Sirsa, S.K. Goyal informed that the campaign would be launched from the local Government Post Graduate National College and Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Engineering College, Panniwala Mota. Later, the exercise would be carried out in all the educational institutions of the district.

He said Sirsa would be the first district of the state to have initiated blood group campaign. He said to make this campaign a big success the department would recruit special lab technicians and other staff. Two deputy civil surgeons had been appointed nodal officers. The specialists would advise treatment to anaemic students to increase their haemoglobin level.



54 accident-prone areas identified in Yamunanagar
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, January 29
Six persons have been killed in three accidents in the past few days at various places in the district. Most of the accidents occurred while drivers made an attempt to overtake other vehicles on the already congested roads.

Mishaps on most of these roads are a routine affair and require immediate attention of the traffic police, highway and PWD authorities. While the traffic police should ensure the smooth flow of traffic, the PWD and highway authorities should work for the widening of the roads. Three persons were killed while two injured when two tractor-trailers collided on the national highway-73 near Malikpur Khadar on January 19. While a speedy truck crushed two motorcycle-borne youths on January 20 in Chhachhroli, an unidentified vehicle near Chhappar killed a woman.

The traffic police has identified 54 accident-prone areas, which include 20 such spots on the national highway-73 and 73-A alone. These areas in various subdivision were spotted after taking into account the congested roads, their poor condition, and the absence of barricades, speed-breakers, dividers and traffic lights.

The roads that required immediate attention include the road from Kanhaiya chowk to Jagadari bus stand. Every day around 8,000 vehicles ply on this congested stretch, which leads to traffic jams, accidents and inconveniences to locals commuters. Other areas are in Chhappar, Chhachhroli, Jagadari and Radaur.



Inter-college meet organised
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, January 29
A two-day inter-college meet and prize distribution function of the local DMA College of Education was organised recently. Twenty colleges participated in 10 different competitions held during the meet.Daffodils College of Education, Fatehabad, got the first prize in the poster-making competition.

The education department of Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, was adjudged first in the collage-making competition. Rajendra Triveni College, Sirsa, topped in the clay modelling competition, Shah Satnam Singh College got the honours in the teaching model competitions.

The first prize for the blackboard writing competition went to the SBS College, Kalanwali, while BSK College, Dabwali, got the first position in the best-out-of-waste competition. Mata Harki Devi College, Odhan, won the rangoli competition, while the host DMA College won the mehandi competition. The Fresh Flowers decoration competition was won by Rashoba College, Sirsa, while in the dry flowers category Shah Satnam Singh College bagged the honours. SBS College, Kalanwali, got the running trophy in the competitions.

Industries Minister of the state Lachhman Dass Arora said in his address that competitions like this polished the talent of students and goaded them to perform better.

Chairperson of the Improvement Trust Sunita Setia presided over the proceedings. Chairman of the Sirsa Education Society Parveen Baghla, secretary VP Singhal, principal of the college Shakuntala Gupta, patron RS Sangwan, Kulwant Rai Jindal, Karan Singh, Bhim Jhunthra, Uttam Singh Grover, Pawan Dingwala, Shilpa Verma and Subhash Narula were present.



Work towards women empowerment: DC
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, January 29
Deputy Commissioner Deepti Umashankar has stressed the need for making women aware of health related and other important issues. She said this after inaugurating a camp and a seminar organised by Paras Hospital to celebrate National Girl Child Day here.

Umashankar said: “Although sufficient laws are in place to provide the desired status to a girl child in society, enforcement of these laws needs to be improved.” She added that society needed to take a holistic view of the problem and conduct a social alertness campaign.

“We need to work towards women empowerment and make society believe that women can be achievers,” she said and urged society to do all that could be done to bring societal reforms.

Appreciating the hospital for its initiative, she highlighted the need for affordable healthcare.

She congratulated Dr Bhwana Singh, only woman cardiac surgeon from Haryana and among few women cardiac surgeons of the world.

She has been associated with over more than 1,000 heart bypass surgeries and also spearheads the cardiac surgery department of the hospital.

Over 200 children underwent free-of-cost haemoglobin test for anaemia detection, vaccination and consultation with paediatrician, dietician and gynaecologist.



Sirsa school organises sports meet
Tribune News Service

A pyramid show during the annual sports meet of Rajendra Public School in Sirsa.
A pyramid show during the annual sports meet of Rajendra Public School in Sirsa. Photo: Amit Soni

Sirsa, January 29
The local Rajendra Public School organised its first athletics meet in the school grounds recently. A myriad of cultural and sports activities were presented by the children. A pyramid show and exhibition of the tae-kowando, a kind of marshal arts, were the main attraction of the function.

Speaking on this occasion, local philanthropist Dr Karan Singh said sports and extracurricular activities ensure all round development of the child.

Chairman of the school management committee Dr Rajinder Singh Sra presided over the function. Poonam Monga, director of the school read the annual report.

Earlier, the school principal Sunita Patnaik welcomed the guests. 



Bravery award for Yamunanagar constable
Kiran Deep
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, January 29
A city constable, Bholi Singh, who made a difference with his acts of bravery in saving the lives of three persons, has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal. The medal was presented to him by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister during an all-India police meet held in Bangalore recently.

Bholi Singh has set an example by saving two youths from drowning in the Yamuna in two separate incidents.

Talking about the incidents, Bholi Singh said last year in April, five youths were taking bath on the banks of the Yamuna near the Dadupur headworks when two of them, Sunil Kumar of Kansepur and Ashok Kumar of Shankarpuri,fell into the river. “I was deployed at the headworks when the youths called for help. The water level in the Yamuna was high and I dived and first managed to find out Ashok Kumar and take him out safely. I dived again to look for Sunil Kumar and it took much time and efforts to rescue him,” the constable said.

Besides this, he had also saved the life of another man, Ram Bansh, who, after an altercation with his family members, had jumped into the Yamuna to commit suicide. ”After hearing a call of help from people present near the river, I rushed to the spot and dived into the river and managed to save his life,” Bholi Singh added.

“Besides this medal, I was also honoured by the police department on Independence Day,” he added.



Govt adopts Jind museum
Tribune News Service

Jind, January 29
The state government has officially taken over the one and a half-year-old Jayanti Archeological Museum here.

This decision was taken at a recently held high-level meeting, chaired by state chief secretary Dharamvir. The committee approved permanent transfer of the museum to the state Archaeological and Museum Department.

According to Deputy Commissioner T.L Satya Prakash, the issue had been pending since its inception. He said the museum had valuable artefacts of the historical rivers - Saraswati and Darasdawati.

He claimed that the museum was one of the most famous museums of north India.Hence, now the government would have to sanction the much-awaited land and building infrastructure to the museum, said Kuldeep, a local resident.



Park set for facelift
Bhanu P. Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, January 29
Finally, the historic Karan Tal Park, situated in the heart of the city, is all set to get a facelift. The local administration has provided Rs 30.50 lakh for the renovation of the park and awarded the contract for executing the work to Gagan Cooperative Labour Construction Society.

The renovation work of the park, which is named after Karan, the legendry philanthropist king of Mahabharata period, envisaged covering the pathway with interlocked tiles and the demolition of five small circles to pave way for raising an attractive huge round circle for leisurely walk.

For years, the park had escaped the attention of the authorities and remained in a state of neglect, virtually turning it into a refuge for gamblers, drunkards and drug addicts. These people are now perturbed by the construction activities and consider these as intrusion in their “safe haven”.

The contractor, Narinder, is a harassed man as the gamblers and drunkards are not letting his labour work, creating one problem after other to cause obstruction in the construction.

He complains, “The construction material unloaded at the site last night was found missing in the morning as it was stolen by some miscreants and in such a situation it is difficult to work without proper protection”.

“If a police posse is deployed for three or four days to keep the miscreants at bay, all our troubles would be over but if it is not done it would be impossible to finish the work under the prevailing circumstances,” he adds.



Civic amenities to improve in Kaithal soon
Satish Seth

Kaithal, January 29
The fire brigade services in Kaithal will be well-equipped and the state government will provide the necessary funds to improve the civic amenities and the road infrastructure in the town.

Power and Public Health Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala stated this after inaugurating the newly built building of fire brigade service here recently.

Earlier, Surjewala inaugurated new chaupals built at Shakti Nagar and ward no 2 on the Sirta road here. He gave the details of various development projects completed and under execution in the town and elsewhere in the Kaithal assembly constituency. He said Kaithal had seen unparalleled development in the Congress rule in the state. He assured the people that the tempo of development would be maintained.

Local MLA Shamsher Singh Surjewala also addressed the people and gave details of the development activities in this area. President Amel Kaulia, vice-president, Municipal Council, Surinder Ranjha, secretary, HPCC, Randhir Rana, president, DCC, Kavi Raj Sharma and organisation secretary Dilbagh Mor and district media coordinator Sham Shawney and local officials were present.



Health sub-centre upgraded
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, January 29
Under a scheme of the state government to upgrade all health sub-centres of Haryana, the sub-centre of Rajjipur (Surajpur), which falls under the community health centre (CHC), Kalka, has become the first sub-centre not only in Haryana but also in the country to have been upgraded under the Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS).

Anuradha Gupta, financial commissioner, inaugurated it recently. Two other upgraded sub-centres of Karanpur and Madhanwala have been equipped with facilities like delivery huts, dental services, delivery services, referral facility, OPD services, free medical pre-natal check- up, post-natal facility and immunisation, Anuradha informed while interacting with mediapersons.

She said through these sub-centres, the health department intended to provide better services at the doorstep. She added that Haryana was the first state to provide dental oral services in primary health centres (PHCs).

After the inauguration, Anuradha along with director-general, health services, Dr Narveer Singh; mission director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), SS Prashad; civil surgeon, Panchkula, Dr Kamla Singh; and Panchkula DC Rajinder Kataria, also inspected the trio sub-centres.

Interacting with health workers and patients, she stressed on breast-feeding and immunisation, besides recommending to increase the incentive slab on deliveries. She also disbursed financial aid to mothers under the yojna.

During the visit, Anuradha also inspected the CHC, Kalka. She said projects like the construction of the casualty building, the installation of a photo-therapy machine in Kalka hospital and trauma facilities for the hospital in Pinjore were in the pipeline.

A delegation of sarpanches of Kalka and Pinjore, headed by Vijay Bansal, former secretary of the state Congress, also met the financial commissioner and submitted a memorandum in connection with the construction of the buildings of health sub-centres in Nandpur, Ganeshpur Bhorian and Chikken villages of the Pinjore block and Dharla, Tikri, Chaplana villages of the Morni block. The panchayats have already given land for the purpose. The delegation also urged to upgrade the PHC, Pinjore.

Anuradha informed that the state government had already given Rs 131 crore to the PWD (B&R) for the construction of the buildings of PHCs and health sub-centres throughout the state.



No action against Ambala, Pehowa DAV colleges
Appointment of principals ‘against rules’
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, January 29
Principals of DAV colleges in Ambala and Pehowa continue to function even though the state higher education commissioner and Kurukshetra University, to which these colleges are affiliated, have 
not approved their appointments.

Both these principals were appointed by way of transfer from one DAV college to another. The duo was transferred to their present posts "subject to the approval of the higher education commissioner and the university". So far, neither the HEC nor the university has approved their appointment.

In response to a query raised by a local resident, the public information officer (colleges branch) of Kurukshetra University admitted under the RTI Act that “since as per university record, no approval of transfer in respect of these two principals has been received from the state education department, the university has o far not noted the transfers of JS Nain and MR Gupta in DAV college, Ambala and Pehowa, respectively".

Both these colleges get grant-in-aid from the government and to continue to receive the grant, these colleges are bound to follow the rules prescribed by the government for privately managed affiliated colleges. The HEC has not approved these appointments and yet the colleges continue to receive the grants. Normally the grant should have been withheld when the principals were not appointed as per rules.

Likewise, the university should have disaffiliated the two colleges for failing to adhere to the rules. Despite admitting that the university has not even "noted" these appointments, the university continues to recognise their official status by entertaining all correspondence signed by the principals of these colleges making a mockery of its own rules and regulations.

The DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, has been appointing principals and teachers by way of transfer from one college to another for the past several years. This organisation is neither recognised by the government nor the university. But both the HEC and the university continue to entertain correspondence from this organisation regarding its various colleges in Haryana.

Under the rules, the appointment to any post in a college has to be made by the governing body of the respective college as per procedure prescribed by the government. The posts have to be advertised. The governing body then holds interviews and selects the most suitable candidate whose appointment has to be approved by the HEC as well as the university concerned.



Former bureaucrat launches party
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Former bureaucrat-turned-politician KR Punia has now taken upon himself to help citizens in resolving their problems through a “credible avenue”.

A minister in the Devi Lal Cabinet, Punia, after having been in and out of several political parties, including the Congress and the BJP, recently launched his own political party, the Rashtriya Janhit Party (RJP).

He has set up a “special helpline” for residents of Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh. He says the helpline will provide citizens with a credible avenue where their complaints will be heard and assistance will be provided for speedy redressal. It will be overseen directly by senior members of the RJP core team.

He has also announced the establishment of a knowledge forum to provide a platform where the common man can formally present his ideas on how to solve crucial problems being faced by society today. A team of experts will examine each suggestion to ascertain its practicality and applicability.

The solutions chosen from amongst those given by the people will be presented to the masses and the government to ensure that they are speedily implemented.

The helpline and forum can be reached via phone or email. The helpline number is 0-94163-68423 and the email id is The helpline phones are open all seven days from 9 am to 9 pm. All complaints or suggestions received, via phone or email, will be duly recorded and pertinent action taken will be informed to the person concerned.

Punia is greatly disappointed with the rigidity of the bureaucratic structure of which once he was a part. He feels that the system has become so rigid and insensitive that the common man does not even have access to it, let alone solution to his problems.

He says the current political parties lack the willpower to take on the bureaucratic structure and bring about strong fundamental changes. This unholy nexus between the political and bureaucratic classes is the bane of the common man.

The only way out of this situation is the formation of a new political order, a pro-people government that is dedicated to the cause of the common man and forces the bureaucracy to become pro-people as well.



Schoolgirls get bicycles under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, January 29
Girls studying in Government High School, Shergarh, will now find it easy to come to school, as they will not have to cover the distance between their residence and school on foot.

From now onwards, they will come to school on bicycles as principal Kamlesh Verma distributed 24 bicycles to the girls under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan recently.

The Principal informed that the girls who come to attend the school by walking 2km or more than this distance would come on bicycles. However, to promote education among girls and check dropout rate this has been done on a condition that the girls should be eighth class pass only then they could keep this cycle without any charge.

The Principal also added that these cycles had been distributed in time as most of these girls were thinking to leave the studies just because they had to travel a long distance to reach the school. But now they had got enthusiasm for studying further.

She further elaborated that under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the children aged between 6 and 14 were being given benefits under various schemes and bicycles for girl students had been one of the most useful schemes liked both by the students and their parents.



Movies This Week
Luck by Chance

Producer: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Isha Shravani in ‘Luck by Chance’
Isha Shravani in ‘Luck by Chance’

Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Konkana Sen Sharma, Hrithik Roshan, Isha Shravani, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Sanjay Kapoor, Juhi Chawla

“Luck by Chance”, which marks the debut of Zoya Akhtar (Farhan Akhtar’s sister) will be released today at K.C.-Panchkula, Fun-Ambala City, Fun-Karnal, Fun-Panipat, CHM-Sirsa, Sheila-Rohtak, PVR MGF, PVR Sahara, PVR Ambience, SRS, DT City Centre, DT Mega Mall, Big Cinema Palam (all Gurgaon), PVR Crown Plaza, SRS Sector 12, SRS Prestine, INOX, Movie Time Manthan Mall, Movie Time City Mall (all Faridabad), Sun City-Hisar, and Cinemax-Panipat.

Special Attraction: Farhan Akhtar-Konkana Sen Sharma pair, 30 cameo appearances by celebrities like Shabana Azmi, Kareena Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan and directorial skills of Zoya Akhtar.


Director: Ajit Pal Mangat

Cast: Harman Baweja, Amrita Rao

“Victory”, a tale of young cricketer from Jaisalmer, also opens today at Minerva-Ambala Cantt, Fun-Ambala City, Fun-Karnal, Fun-Panipat, Cinemax-Panipat, PVR MGF, PVR Ambience, PVR Sahara, SRS Omaxe, Adlabs, DT City Centre, DT Mega Mall (all Gurgaon), INOX, SRS, SRS Shubham Tower, SRS Prestine, PVR Crown Plaza, Movie Time, Movie Time City Mall (all Faridabad) Harsha K3 Mall-Karnal, Movie Time Super Mall-Kalka, OHM cine Garden-Sirsa.

Special Attraction: “Victory” has special appearances by international cricketers like Michael Clarke, Brett Lee, Murlitharan and many more, Harman Baweja-Amrita Rao pair and Ajit Pal Mangat’s direction.

Dharam Pal



A risky travel

The government is claiming Haryana as the No. 1 state in the country in every aspect. That obviously means one should have a refreshing experience while travelling through the state roads. But, the tall claims go in vain when one travels through the national highways and the state highways. The stretch between Karnal and Yamunanagar via Indri is in deplorable condition. The village roads in Yamunanagar district too appear to be in bad shape. The government should go for the balanced development of the state.

Puran Singh, Nilokheri

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