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Potable water govt’s priority: Hooda
Faridabad, December 26
Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda said here today that his government would try to find a permanent solution to the scarcity of potable water in the entire state.
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda addresses a public meeting in the NIT Assembly constituency in Faridabad on Sunday. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda addresses a public meeting in the NIT Assembly constituency in Faridabad on Sunday. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Declared ‘dead’, infant comes alive in Sirsa
Sirsa, December 26
An infant, allegedly declared dead by a local hospital, turned alive when family members were going to cremate it in the morning today.
The 45-day-old infant at a hospital in Sirsa on Sunday. The 45-day-old infant at a hospital in Sirsa on Sunday. Photo: Amit Soni



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Rural folks need to be told about safe sex: Experts
Panchkula, December 26
Rohtak has reported the highest number of 423 AIDS cases in the past 10 years (1999-2010) followed by Jhajjar and Sonepat districts with 229 and 220 cases, respectively, Dr Narveer Singh, Director-General, Health, said here recently.

Admn to proceed against illegal religious structures
One of the illegal religious structures identified by the district administration opposite the ESI Hospital in Yamunanagar.Yamunanagar, December 26
The Yamunanagar district administration has decided to proceed against illegal religious structures that have come up in big numbers during the past few years.



One of the illegal religious structures identified by the district administration opposite the ESI Hospital in Yamunanagar. A Tribune photograph

Cops undergo trauma course
Gurgaon, December 26
The Indian Head Injury Foundation, in collaboration with Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, organised the first primary trauma course for the Haryana traffic police personnel on Friday. The course also included a disaster drill for the policemen.

Karnal coldest in 10 years
Motorcyclists move at a snail’s pace with headlights on during dense fog in Gurgaon on Sunday.Karnal, December 26
Karnal experienced the coldest day in 10 years today with maximum temperature dipping to 11.7 °C and thick fog engulfing the region, reducing visibility to a few meters in the morning.



Motorcyclists move at a snail’s pace with headlights on during dense fog in Gurgaon on Sunday. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

RTI reply: UGC had no norms on PhD admission before ’09
Gurgaon, December 26
In response to a recent RTI appeal, the UGC administration has maintained that the UGC had not prescribed any norms for admission to the PhD course before 2009 and the universities are free to decide such norms under their academic autonomy.

Dumping of blood bags: IMA backs blood bank
Sirsa, December 26
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has backed Shiv Shakti Blood Bank here following allegations that it dumped a large number of bags of blood near Panjuana village.

Flouting ban with impunity

Despite a ban on the use of polythene bags, a shopkeeper in the Model Town market uses one to pack items in Rohtak.
Despite a ban on the use of polythene bags, a shopkeeper in the Model Town market uses one to pack items in Rohtak. Photo: Manoj Dhaka 

Shaheed Udham Singh remembered
Kohand (Gharaunda), Dec 26
Rich tributes were paid to martyr Udham Singh on his birth anniversary and his heroic deeds were recalled at a solemn function here today. A financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh was granted to the members of the martyr’s family - Khushi Nand (98) and Inder Singh (75).

BJYM rally to enter state on January 17
Ambala, December 26
The youth wing of the BJP, BJYM, will launch a national integration rally from Kolkata to Srinagar to focus on the Kashmir issue.

Youth shot dead; 5 booked
Sonepat, December 26
Sandeep, a 25-year-old youth of Hullaheri village under the Sadar police station, was shot dead allegedly by five gangsters when he tried to intervene in an altercation between the gangsters and a youth of his village near his house late last night.

15,000 pirated DVDs seized; 7 held
Panipat, December 26
Two months after carrying out a special operation to bust a gang involved in production and distribution of pirated DVDs, the Rohtak police has arrested seven persons from Panipat and recovered 15,000 DVDs from their possession.







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Potable water govt’s priority: Hooda
Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 26
Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda said here today that his government would try to find a permanent solution to the scarcity of potable water in the entire state.

Addressing a meeting organised by Minister of State for Revenue and local MLA Shivcharan Sharma at the NIT Assembly constituency here, Hooda said earlier the focus of his government was on solving the power shortage problem in the state. People were satisfied with the progress of work relating to the setting up of major power projects in Haryana which would make the state self-sufficient in electricity, he claimed, adding that potable water for the entire state was now his government’s priority.

Responding to demands of the people of the NIT Assembly constituency raised by Shivcharan Sharma, Hooda said the government would set a water project of “international standards” to solve the problem of the people. He also accepted demands for the setting up of a hospital and a college. On complaints of residents that industrial workers were not being paid proper wages, he ordered the authorities concerned to ensure that from now on full wages were paid through cheques. He also accepted a demand for the setting up of “Chhath Ghat (a place to offer Chhath prayers)”.

He used the occasion to take a jibe at the INLD, saying that during its rule in the state from 1999 to February 2005, the INLD had spent a sum of about Rs 501 crore on development projects in Faridabad. On the contrary, his government had spent a sum of Rs 1,513 crore during the past six years.

The Chief Minster also criticised the Opposition at the Centre, especially the BJP, for crippling the functioning of Parliaement during its winter session. He lauded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying that he was a person of impeccable integrity and economist of international repute.

Hooda also inaugurated a housing scheme for poor set up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Low-cost dwelling units for slum-dwellers were given to allotees. More than 3,000 such units are being set up under the scheme.

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Declared ‘dead’, infant comes alive in Sirsa
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 26
An infant, allegedly declared dead by a local hospital, turned alive when family members were going to cremate it in the morning today.

Ved Parkash, whose 45-day-old kid was suffering from a breathing problem, was treated at a local hospital for a few days in November.

He alleged that he took his son to Babylon Hospital, when his condition deteriorated in the morning today and he was told that the kid had died.

Ved Parkash and his wife Saroj took the child home and then took him away to the cremation ground after keeping the “body” at home for an hour and bathing it with water.

When the family members were putting the body in a pit, they noticed some movement in the lips of the child.

He said he rushed his child to another hospital, where the doctor confirmed that the child was alive.

The child is still in the hospital and his condition is improving, though he is not yet out of danger.

Ved Parkash has approached the police for lodging a complaint against Dr RN Bana of Babylon Hospital. Denying allegations of Ved Parkash, Dr Bana however, maintained that the kid remained in his hospital from November 22 to November 30 this year and was treated fully for his ailment.

He said two women brought the child to his hospital in a serious condition in the morning today and the kid was gasping for breath.

Dr Bana maintained that he told the women that the child needed hospitalisation and would have to be kept on a ventilator that required some expenditure.

However, the women, he claimed, said they would admit the child only if there was a guarantee of the kid’s survival, as they were poor and could not afford the expenditure needed for hospitalisation.

He claimed that the women took the child away and never approached him again after that. He denied that he ever declared the child dead.

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Rural folks need to be told about safe sex: Experts
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 26
Rohtak has reported the highest number of 423 AIDS cases in the past 10 years (1999-2010) followed by Jhajjar and Sonepat districts with 229 and 220 cases, respectively, Dr Narveer Singh, Director-General, Health, said here recently.

Jind district reported 186 cases while in Bhiwani 163 cases were registered during this period. Only one case was registered in Ambala district. As many as 62 and 15 cases were reported from Panipat and Panchkula districts, respectively.

A study has found youths in the age group of 15-35 the most vulnerable, citing lack of awareness as the main reason. Dr Narveer Singh explained that Rohtak district had reported the maximum cases of AIDS as people from surrounding areas visited the PGIMS Hospital there.

Earlier, addressing a seminar on AIDS at Red Bishop here, Rajan Gupta, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Health, said there was a need for creating awareness on safe sex among the rural folks. The stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS was a major challenge and lack of awareness about the disease further aggravated the problem.

About 42 project directors working for various organisations in the state participated in the seminar. Dr Surbir Saxena and Dr Jagmal Singh, Additional Project Director, were among those present. 

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Admn to proceed against illegal religious structures
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, December 26
The Yamunanagar district administration has decided to proceed against illegal religious structures that have come up in big numbers during the past few years.

According to sources, a decision to this effect has been taken following instructions from the Supreme Court that illegal religious structures must be removed.

The district administration has directed officers of the departments concerned to conduct a survey of such illegal structures, particularly those that have come up along highways.

Following the directions of the district administration, the departments concerned have sent notices to the managers of such illegal religious structures. A recent survey conducted by the district administration has put the number of such illegal structures at over 24.

The sources said the survey had revealed that in the Jagadhri Assembly segment one such structure had come up on the Jagadhri-Bilaspur road, two on the Jagadhri-Chhachhrauli road, one on the Jagadhri-Kharban road and four on the Jagadhri BKD road. Besides, two such structures had been identified on the Khizrabad road, one on the Jagadhri Railway road and one on the Saharanpur road.

VN Jakhar, Executive Engineer in the Haryana Public Works Department, said the PWD was in the process of sending notices to the managements of these illegal structures.

They would be asked to voluntarily remove these structures failing which other options would be explored for the removal of these structures, he said.

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Cops undergo trauma course
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 26
The Indian Head Injury Foundation, in collaboration with Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, organised the first primary trauma course for the Haryana traffic police personnel on Friday. The course also included a disaster drill for the policemen.

The course was conducted by a team of senior doctors from Apollo Hospital, including Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr Arun Prasad, Dr Kuldeep Singh, Dr Vikrant Mahajan, Dr Priyadarshini Singh, Dr Amitabh Dutta and nurses from the American Embassy Health Unit. Gurgaon Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Mittal and DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora coordinated the event.

The programme was initiated after a discerning statement of Union Road Transport Minister Kamal Nath, in which he emphasised the need to sensitise policemen and medical personnel to the importance of the “golden hour”. He had stated: “The entire police force needs to be trained and instructed about handling accident victims with compassion and utmost urgency. Traffic policemen should not wait for investigators to arrive at the scene before shifting victims to the nearest hospital.”

The first lot of 24 Haryana traffic police personnel of the total 340 was trained in obstructed airway management, rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, serious bleeding and bandaging, spinal injury management, triaging and safe transport of patients.

Addressing the workshop, Dr Rajendra Prasad, honorary executive director of the foundation, said: “The golden hour is the first hour after an injury, during which there is the highest likelihood of death or disability if prompt medical treatment is not given.”

The minister’s letter comes months after the Transport Ministry set the target to bring down road fatalities by 50 per cent by 2012. According to a report of the ministry’s transport research wing, nearly 1.2 lakh persons died in road accidents in 2008. 

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Karnal coldest in 10 years
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, December 26
Karnal experienced the coldest day in 10 years today with maximum temperature dipping to 11.7 °C and thick fog engulfing the region, reducing visibility to a few meters in the morning.

However, the CSSRI scientists maintained that the chill had broken the record of the past 15 years due to fog and cold wave conditions sweeping the region.

The vehicles were forced to run at snail’s pace with headlights on. Eight persons sustained injuries when a HRTC bus was hit by a Punjab Roadways bus near Dhantori village in Shahbad. Most of the trains are running behind schedule due to foggy conditions.

While the normal life was disrupted due to fog and cold, farmers were happy as it would help in improving the wheat production, said Wazir Singh, Sub-Divisional Agriculture Officer, Karnal.

The maximum temperature was 21.4 °C in 2000, 20.8 °C in 2001, 21.5 °C in 2002, 15.7 °C in 2003, 16 °C in 2004, 19.8 °C in 2007, 18.4 °C in 2008 and 19 °C in 2009.

However, the minimum temperature, which touched 1.9 °C in 2009, was near normal at 7 °C today.

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RTI reply: UGC had no norms on PhD admission before ’09
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 26
In response to a recent RTI appeal, the UGC administration has maintained that the UGC had not prescribed any norms for admission to the PhD course before 2009 and the universities are free to decide such norms under their academic autonomy.

On the other hand, in a communiqué sent to the Vice-Chancellors of all central, state and deemed universities, the UGC authorities have asserted that they have initiated the process of identifying candidates who had been awarded the PhD degree in compliance with the UGC regulations issued in 2009 so as to exempt them from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SLET for recruitment as Assistant Professor or on equivalent positions in various universities, colleges and institutions.

The communiqué further states that as the process is likely to take time, the UGC has decided - in public interest and for expediting the filling of vacant positions of Assistant Professor or equivalent - as an ad hoc measure, to leave it to the universities, colleges and institutions concerned to decide as to whether the PhD degree awarded to “various” candidates is in compliance with the provisions of the UGC regulations of 2009.

The move is set to disrupt the selection process of Assistant Professors as the assessment of the PhD course at the university/college level will, in all probability, lead to chaos (and a spate of litigations) due to the lack of uniformity.

This communiqué, coupled with certain discrepancies/ ambiguities in the criteria laid down for admission to the PhD course, have also created a lot of confusion regarding the course of research in the universities.

For instance, the communiqué, issued by UGC Joint Secretary KC Pathak, “clarifies” that where the admission to the MPhil course has been through an entrance examination and course work has been prescribed at the MPhil level, such MPhil candidates, when admitted to the PhD programme, shall not be required to undertake the entrance examination or (pre-PhD) course work.

This means that the persons who have done their MPhil in the regular stream would be exempted from the pre-PhD course work/entrance test, whereas those who have done MPhil through distance education would not be.

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Dumping of blood bags: IMA backs blood bank
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Dr Ved Beniwal, patron of the state chapter of the IMA and chairman of Shiv Shakti Blood Bank, addresses mediapersons in Sirsa on Sunday.
Dr Ved Beniwal, patron of the state chapter of the IMA and chairman of Shiv Shakti Blood Bank, addresses mediapersons in Sirsa on Sunday. Photo: Amit Soni

Sirsa, December 26
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has backed Shiv Shakti Blood Bank here following allegations that it dumped a large number of bags of blood near Panjuana village.

The doctors affiliated with the IMA have instead accused the Synergy Waste Management, a service provider under the Environment Protection Act, for dumping the expired blood units collected from the blood bank in the open instead of treating these as per the government rules.

The Director-General of Health Services, Haryana, has banned all blood donation camps organised by Shiv Shakti Blood Bank and the health authorities have lodged a complaint against its management.

The authorities had recovered 82 bags of expired blood and biomedical waste from a roadside near Panjuana village on Thursday.

Addressing mediapersons in IMA Bhawan here in the presence of over 10 senior doctors of the town today, the beleaguered chairman of the blood bank, Dr Ved Beniwal, who is also the patron of the state chapter of the IMA, denied having thrown the blood units in the open.

“When we have been paying for the disposal of biomedical waste to the service provider, why do we need to throw the expired blood in the open?” Beniwal asked.

He maintained that the service provider company had been collecting biomedical waste from all doctors of the town and it was the legal duty of the company to dispose off the waste as per the rules.

“However, the way some waste, including used syringes, swabs, empty bags of blood and bags meant for packing biomedical waste, has been recovered along with the blood units, it becomes clear that the waste has been dumped by the service provider company,” he alleged.

Dr Beniwal said his blood bank enjoyed the status of a charitable organisation that had been doing a yeoman service for the society by providing infection-free blood to patients.

Giving reasons for the expiry of such a large number of blood units in his blood bank, Dr Beniwal maintained that due to the increased demand of platelets for suspected dengue patients, relatively more units of blood were collected last month than the actual demand.

Senior members of the IMA and the Private Practitioners’ Association supported the claims of Dr Beniwal. They alleged that due to the monopoly of the service provider, the disposal of biomedical waste had been hit badly despite payment of heavy charges.

Meanwhile, Dr DS Jaspal, national vice-president of the IMA, has also flayed the action of the authorities against the Shiv Shakti Blood Bank and alleged that the service provider was at fault and action should be taken against it.

Neeraj Agarwal, Director of the Synergy Waste Management, however, reiterated his stand that the blood bank did not deliver the expired blood to his company.

“We have a record of everything delivered to us on daily basis with the signatures of the blood bank authorities. Let them belie the record and prove them right before the authorities,” Agarwal said.

He claimed that the Synergy Waste Management had been providing services to the blood bank free of cost.

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Shaheed Udham Singh remembered
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Ambala MLA Venod Sharma honours family members of Shaheed Udham Singh at Kohand village on Sunday.
Ambala MLA Venod Sharma honours family members of Shaheed Udham Singh at Kohand village on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Kohand (Gharaunda), Dec 26
Rich tributes were paid to martyr Udham Singh on his birth anniversary and his heroic deeds were recalled at a solemn function here today. A financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh was granted to the members of the martyr’s family - Khushi Nand (98) and Inder Singh (75).

It was a mixed feeling of pain and pleasure for the family members to be remembered and given financial assistance by former union minister and Ambala MLA Venod Sharma. However, they were sore about being neglected the whole year.

The organiser, Sarv Jati Manch, pointed out that the aged family members of martyrs had been living in penury and finding it difficult to make both ends meet.

Sharma urged people to always remember the martyrs, who laid down their lives to let us breath in free air and give respect and social support to their families. It was their moral duty to help their families.

Expressing anguish over the present political scenario, Sharma said the politicians were facing crisis of confidence and credibility and the spirit of service and sacrifice had vanished. “People are entering politics to nurse their own interests and not to serve the people and the nation,” he added.

Calling upon people to keep a vigil on corrupt and unscrupulous employees, Sharma asked the employees to discharge their duty with honesty and integrity.

Accepting the request of the organisers to install a statue of Shaheed Udham Singh in Karnal, he said a suitable memorial would be raised in the memory of the great martyr and his statue would be installed at some prominent place.

Shaheed Udham Singh hailed from Sonam village in Sangrur district of Punjab.

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BJYM rally to enter state on January 17
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 26
The youth wing of the BJP, BJYM, will launch a national integration rally from Kolkata to Srinagar to focus on the Kashmir issue.

Talking to mediapersons here today, coordinator of the rally and national general secretary of the BJYM Rajesh Yadav said BJP president Nitin Gadkari would flag off the rally on January 12 and it would reach Srinagar on January 26, where BJYM activists would unfurl the national flag at Lal Chowk.

He said the rally would cross 11 states and over 30 public meeting would be organised in various regions. The rally would enter the state on January 17.

The BJYM would also submit a memorandum to the President, in which abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir would be demanded. He said the union government was planning to withdraw the Special Power Act, which would weaken the moral of the Army personnel deployed in J&K. He condemned the statement of the J&K Chief Minister in which he said Kashmir was never merged with India. He said such statements encouraged the separatists’ move. President of the state BJYM Mahipal Tanda said public meetings would be organised in Hodal, Faridabad, Panipat, Kurukshetra and Ambala during the campaign.

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Youth shot dead; 5 booked
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 26
Sandeep, a 25-year-old youth of Hullaheri village under the Sadar police station, was shot dead allegedly by five gangsters when he tried to intervene in an altercation between the gangsters and a youth of his village near his house late last night.

On a complaint of Sandeep’s cousin Jai Bhagwan, the police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC and the Arms Act against Atender of Kilorad village and four others. However, no arrest has been made so far.

While going to his plot in the village, Sandeep found that some youths were having an altercation with a youth of the village, Sanjay, and tried to pacify them. However, the gangsters did not take kindly to it and one of them fired at him from close range.

Sandeep was injured seriously and taken to Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sandeep was to marry on February 8 and his death had shocked his family members, villagers and relatives.

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15,000 pirated DVDs seized; 7 held
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 26
Two months after carrying out a special operation to bust a gang involved in production and distribution of pirated DVDs, the Rohtak police has arrested seven persons from Panipat and recovered 15,000 DVDs from their possession.

Senior police officials said the raids were carried out after a Delhi-based complainant, Sunil Sukheja, approached the IG’s office alleging that the trade of pirated DVDs was still going on in Panipat. The IG ordered a special team to raid several places in the city.

The arrested include Arvind Arora, alias Vicky, Rajesh Nayak, Ramesh, Pappu, Ashok Kumar, Prem Kumar and Om Prakash.

The police said the accused were booked under Sections 51, 52-A, 63 and 68 of the Copyrights Act of 1957 along with Section 420 of the IPC.

In October, the IG had constituted a special team to curtail the practice of piracy as Panipat had become a hub of this illicit trade.

During the previous raid, five persons were arrested and equipments used to manufacture fake DVDs was confiscated by the police.

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