SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A   E D I T I O N

Chief Minister harps on development
Attends minister Gopal Kanda’s birthday celebrations in Sirsa
Sirsa, December 29
Philanthropic activities marked the 46th birthday celebrations of Haryana Minister of State for Home, Industries, Sports and Youth Welfare Gopal Kanda at Tara Baba Kutiya, a religious and charitable trust managed by his family, here today.
Gopal Kanda cuts his birthday cake as Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and other leaders look on at Sirsa on Wednesday. Gopal Kanda cuts his birthday cake as Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and other leaders look on at Sirsa on Wednesday. Photo: Amit Soni

Kusum Chaudhary joins Congress
Sirsa, December 29
Kusum Chaudhary Kusum Chaudhary, who contested the Ellenabad assembly byelection in January this year as the Samast Bharatiya Party candidate, announced her decision to join the Congress after attending the birthday celebrations of minister Gopal Kanda here today.

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Mitti Kala Board to promote traditional earthenware
Chandigarh, December 29
The manufacture of earthenware, pottery and artifacts in the state is set to get a technological makeover and the artisans engaged in the task a wider and broader platform to hawk their wares and earn more money.

Angry villagers lock up vet hospital
Rohtak, December 29
Angry over the lack of staff and poor services, residents of Sundana today locked the village veterinary hospital gate and staged a demonstration. At least eight of the total 64 such hospitals in the district are facing a shortage of veterinary surgeons.
Residents of Sundana village stage a dharna outside the veterinary hospital after putting a lock on its gate.
Residents of Sundana village stage a dharna outside the veterinary hospital after putting a lock on its gate. Photo: Manoj Dhaka

Widow burnt alive; three booked
Sirsa, December 29
In a suspected case of honour killing, a widow was burnt alive at Kotli village in this district this evening. A youth also sustained serious burn injuries in the incident. Pushma Devi (27), a widow and mother of two, and Sat Pal (25) were shifted to the local general hospital with burn injuries.

DHBVN goes tech savvy
Hisar, December 29
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam will now send a summary of your electricity bill through SMS on your mobile, which will include the amount and the due date of payment. Consumers will also continue to get the hard copy of the bill.

Drive to register labourers
Chandigarh, December 29
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said a special drive will be launched with the help of NGOs to identify and register construction workers so as to enable them to get the benefit of various schemes being implemented for their welfare.

Gujjars take part in a panchayat in Faridabad on Wednesday. Haryana, UP Gujjars to observe bandh
Faridabad, December 29
A panchayat of Gujjars from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh surrounding Delhi met here today. It gave a call for “Bharat Bandh” on January 3 to express solidarity with their community members in Rajasthan, who have been agitating for 5 per cent reservation in government jobs.

Gujjars take part in a panchayat in Faridabad on Wednesday. — PTI

LTC rules for judicial officers revised
Chandigarh: Now judicial officers of the state will get LTC once in four years for visiting any place in India. The block of four years for the purpose will be 2008-2011.

Green campus award for KU
Kurukshetra, December 29
Kurukshetra University has been declared the “Green Campus” of the year by the World Management Congress, New Delhi. Lt-Gen DDS Sandhu, Vice Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, said this while inaugurating “Riverside Lawns” on the university campus here today.

3 on mobike die in road mishap
Fatehabad, December 29
Three persons were killed when the motorcycle they were riding on collided head-on with a truck near Barseen village, 4 km from here.

 







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Chief Minister harps on development
Attends minister Gopal Kanda’s birthday celebrations in Sirsa
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 29
Philanthropic activities marked the 46th birthday celebrations of Haryana Minister of State for Home, Industries, Sports and Youth Welfare Gopal Kanda at Tara Baba Kutiya, a religious and charitable trust managed by his family, here today. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda specially flew in from Delhi to be present during the cake-cutting ceremony and to distribute largesse among the poor.

Addressing supporters of the minister and followers of the Kutiya, who had gathered in large numbers on this occasion, Hooda acknowledged the role of Gopal Kanda in the formation of his government last year.

Wishing Kanda a long and happy life, Hooda said Kanda was among the first Independents to have offered their support to him after the declaration of results of the Assembly elections.

Pledging all-round development of the state, Hooda said his government was committed to people’s welfare. The Chief Minister said the railway overbridge inaugurated by him on December 25 would open up the door to development for Sirsa and assured that the district would not remain behind any other district in the matter of progress.

This was Hooda’s third visit to the district this month. He visited Ellenabad for the inauguration of a judicial complex on December 11 and then came again on December 25 to address the “Badhte Kadam” rally.

Former minister Ranjit Singh, who played a vital role in the rally last week, and KV Singh, a former OSD of the CM, were conspicuous by their absence, though all other leaders of the ruling party attended today’s function.

Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahlad Singh Gillankhera also addressed the gathering and wished Kanda a happy birthday.

Kanda claimed that he was in politics only because of his commitment to charity and his compassion for the poor.

Terming himself as Hooda’s “son”, the minister said the Chief Minister had come here as a “father” to bless him on his birthday.

The minister distributed tricycles and wheelchairs among differently abled persons and gave blankets and woollen clothes to the poor.

Hooda started the process by giving away tricycles to two persons.

A mega health camp was organised by the Kanda family on this occasion, in which doctors of different specialties examined patients free of cost. The minister’s younger brother, Gobind Kanda, claimed that over 20,000 persons had lunch today for which arrangements had been made in four different lawns in the Kutiya.

Former Haryana minister and veteran Congress leader LD Arora, whom Kanda defeated in the last Assembly elections, was among those present at the function to greet Kanda on his birthday. Former MLAs Sushil Indora, Mani Ram Keharwala, Bharat Singh Beniwal, District Congress president Malkiat Singh Khosa and HPCC delegate Hoshiari Lal Sharma were among those who attended the function.

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Kusum Chaudhary joins Congress
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 29
Kusum Chaudhary, who contested the Ellenabad assembly byelection in January this year as the Samast Bharatiya Party candidate, announced her decision to join the Congress after attending the birthday celebrations of minister Gopal Kanda here today.

She made the announcement in the presence of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Welcoming her decision, Hooda said HPCC president Phool Chand Mulana would formally induct her into the Congress.

During electioneering, Kusum Chaudhary had lodged a complaint on January 17 against INLD workers, alleging that they had assaulted her in the presence of their party leader Om Prakash Chautala when she had gone to the town to address a rally.

The police had registered a case under Sections 323, 148, 149, 394, 506 and 509 of the IPC against several persons, including Chautala, former MP Tarlochan Singh and INLD state president Ashok Arora.

She had staged a dharna at Chandigarh in September demanding speedy action in the case.

Kusum Chaudhary joining the Congress comes as no surprise. She had earlier been seen on the dais with the Chief Minister and Kanda at a public rally.

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Mitti Kala Board to promote traditional earthenware
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
The manufacture of earthenware, pottery and artifacts in the state is set to get a technological makeover and the artisans engaged in the task a wider and broader platform to hawk their wares and earn more money. The state government has drawn up plans to set up facilities for their manufacture and engage artists of repute for the purpose.

An official spokesman said the state government had constituted Mitti Kala Board to promote the traditional art of hand-crafted earthenware, pottery and artifacts in the state. “The board will be an autonomous body and its tenure will be for a period of two years in the first instance, which might be extended from time to time”, the spokesman said.

Having a perpetual seal, the board would rope in artists by encouraging and promoting the business. It would not only organise awareness campaigns for the promotion of items made for large-scale adoption, but also initiate measures for promotional sale of the manufactured wares through sale outlets. Besides, it would take steps for the development of a new range of products and organise exhibitions and institute awards for outstanding artists, the spokesman added.

The board would consist of five members, including a chairman, two official members, including member-secretary, and two non-official members appointed by the government from time to time. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Haryana Khadi and Village Industries Board would be its ex-officio member-secretary. The terms and conditions of the appointment and tenure of the chairman and other members would be determined by the government.

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Angry villagers lock up vet hospital
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 29
Angry over the lack of staff and poor services, residents of Sundana today locked the village veterinary hospital gate and staged a demonstration. At least eight of the total 64 such hospitals in the district are facing a shortage of veterinary surgeons. “There has been no doctor and medicine in the hospital. Where can the villagers have their cattle treated? The veterinary and livestock development assistant (VLDA) and the Class IV employee posted here are hardly available and most of the time the hospital is locked,” alleged Dilbagh, member of the village panchayat. More than 50 per cent of the village cattle requires medical help but no doctor has been posted here for the past couple of years,” said Sunita, another member of the panchayat.

Sixteen members of the panchayat held a meeting today and adopted a resolution co demning the staff shortage. They sought intervention of the state government on the matter.

When contacted, the Deputy Director (Veterinary), OP Chhikara, admitted that there was shortage of vetrinary surgeons and the VLDAs in the district, but claimed that the functioning at the veterinary hospitals had been going on smoothly.

Claiming that the accusations could be politically motivated, he said the VLDA posted at Sundana was on casual leave. Several other employees could also be on leave as it was the year-end, he explained.

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Widow burnt alive; three booked
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 29
In a suspected case of honour killing, a widow was burnt alive at Kotli village in this district this evening. A youth also sustained serious burn injuries in the incident. Pushma Devi (27), a widow and mother of two, and Sat Pal (25) were shifted to the local general hospital with burn injuries.

In her statement given before the Duty Magistrate, the woman alleged that her sister-in-law, Sita, the latter’s husband, Sham Lal, and a neighbourer, Hemu, had set her afire.

The other victim, Sat Pal, son of Sita and Sham Lal, however, said in his statement that he found Pushma Devi engulfed in fire when he went to see her and he sustained burn injuries in an effort to save her.

Based on Pushma’s statement, the police had registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC against Sita, Sham Lal and Hemu.

However, later it was converted into a murder case under Section 302 of the IPC after the woman died shortly after giving her statement, the police said.

Pushma’s husband, Subhash Chander, had died two years ago due to a heart attack and sources said Sat Pal used to visit her occasionally. Sources in the police said Sita and Sham Lal did not like the victim’s relations with their married son, Sat Pal, and had an altercation with her in the past too.

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DHBVN goes tech savvy
Tribune News Service

Hisar, December 29
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam will now send a summary of your electricity bill through SMS on your mobile, which will include the amount and the due date of payment. Consumers will also continue to get the hard copy of the bill.

Managing Director of the DHBVN, Sudhir Rajpal, said here today that the first SMS would carry the amount and due date, the second a reminder 48 hours before the due date and the third an acknowledgement receipt of payment. He said in the near future bills would also be sent by email to consumers opting for the facility. The DHBVN had already begun registering complaints regarding billing and metering on its website www.dhbvn.com. For effective monitoring, the complaint would be received at the head office and forwarded to the sub-division concerned. Rajpal said the facility of online registration of complaints was available in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rewari and Hisar towns. Over 1,000 consumers had registered their complaints so far. He said officers had detected over 1,800 cases of power theft during this month.

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Drive to register labourers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said a special drive will be launched with the help of NGOs to identify and register construction workers so as to enable them to get the benefit of various schemes being implemented for their welfare.

The Chief Minister said this while presiding over a meeting to review the implementation of 20-point programme here recently. As many as 19 NGOs have been engaged for identifying and registering construction workers in the state.

It was also decided that night shelters would be set up for construction workers in the state. According to a rough estimate, there are about 5 lakh construction workers in the state who would also be issued smart cards so that they could take the benefit of schemes like Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna.

Hooda, who is also the chairman of the high-powered committee on 20-point programme, suggested deputy chairman of the committee Phool Chand Mullana to personally review the implementation of the programme in each district of the state.

At another meeting, Hooda approved the proposal of increasing diet money from Rs 100 to Rs 150 per day for the players of sports hostel, Gurgaon, and for those who are getting training in government sports nurseries and academies from April 2011.

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Haryana, UP Gujjars to observe bandh
Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 29
A panchayat of Gujjars from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh surrounding Delhi met here today. It gave a call for “Bharat Bandh” on January 3 to express solidarity with their community members in Rajasthan, who have been agitating for 5 per cent reservation in government jobs.

The members of the community from Delhi also took part in the panchayat organised in Gujjar Bhawan here. INLD MLA Subash Chaudhary also attended the panchayat. President of the Gujjar Sabha, Haryana, Mahender Singh Bhadana said on January 3, the community members would ensure that milk and other commodities were not supplied to Delhi and ensure “chakka jam”.

The Gujjars of the National Capital Region would stage a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on December 31 and submit a memorandum to the President demanding acceptance of the demand of the gujjars in Rajasthan.

The Gujjars have constituted a forum called the “Gujjar Arakshana Sangharsh Samiti” to spearhead the agitation.

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LTC rules for judicial officers revised

Chandigarh: Now judicial officers of the state will get LTC once in four years for visiting any place in India. The block of four years for the purpose will be 2008-2011.

The judicial officers will be entitled to avail LTC on completion of two years of continuous service and after successful completion of the period of probation, while retaining the block of four years. If otherwise eligible, a judicial officer in the last year of his or her service is entitled to avail LTC.

In case of Home Travel Concession the judicial officers will be provided this facility once in two years. In case where a judicial officer is transferred for more than once in the same cadre from one end of the state to other for administrative reasons, he or she may be allowed to avail an additional HTC in addition to the HTC for which he or she is eligible.

The block year for visiting hometown is 2010-2011. The judicial officers shall not be entitled to cash payment in lieu of LTC. — TNS

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Green campus award for KU
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, December 29
Kurukshetra University has been declared the “Green Campus” of the year by the World Management Congress, New Delhi. Lt-Gen DDS Sandhu, Vice Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, said this while inaugurating “Riverside Lawns” on the university campus here today.

Dr Sandhu will receive the award at a ceremony to be organised by the World Management Congress at India International Centre, New Delhi, tomorrow.

Dr Sandhu said: “The greenery on the campus not only helps the campus community unwind itself, but also fights pollution. With 472 acres filled with a motley collection of trees, flower beds, green lawns and water fountains, the university makes all efforts to make its campus clean and green.” The executive council of the university has resolved to preserve an area of 40 acres as “protected zone”, he added.

There are about 63 species of birds on the campus. Some of the rare birds found on the campus include peacock, yellow-billed blue magpie, hornbill, pied bus chat, Indian chat, fantail fletcher and francolin.

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3 on mobike die in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, December 29
Three persons were killed when the motorcycle they were riding on collided head-on with a truck near Barseen village, 4 km from here.

It was a gory sight with the motorcycle trapped under the truck and the three victims crushed under the front wheel of the truck.

The victims - Krishan (31), Babloo (34) and Hawa Singh (41), all residents of Khajuri village, were going towards their village from Fatehabad when the accident occurred.

All the three victims died on the spot.

The bodies were brought to the local general hospital for postmortem.

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