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25 families of Bhopa tribesmen evicted
Not supporting panchayat samiti candidate costs them dearly
Jhumpa Kalan (Bhiwani),January 3
Once home to 120 members of the Bhopa tribe, the temporary shanties lie in ruins after these were demolished in Jhumpa Kalan village of Bhiwani district. About 120 members of 25 families of Bhopa tribesmen living in shanties on shamlat land in this village for the past six decades have been driven out of the makeshift colony in biting cold conditions.

Once home to 120 members of the Bhopa tribe, the temporary shanties lie in ruins after these were demolished in Jhumpa Kalan village of Bhiwani district. Photo by the writer

Non-Jats facing discrimination, alleges former MLA
Yamunanagar, January 3
Roshan Lal Arya, a former legislator and president of the Haryana Vanchit Varg Sangharsh Samiti, has alleged that non-Jats are being discriminated by the Hooda government in all spheres of life.



EARLIER EDITIONS


Hooda’s Sirsa visits lift Cong workers’ morale
Sirsa, January 3
Repeated visits to Sirsa by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the past one month have lifted the morale of Congress workers and at the same time, brought local Congress leaders together to some extent in this district know as stronghold of the INLD.

Canals cleaned of sand, wild growth
A team of Irrigation Department officials inspects the cleaning work of a canal in Kaithal district. Kaithal, January 3
The canal water will now reach the fields located at the tail ends and there will be no problem even in the summer season. This was claimed by Arun Malik, superintending engineer, Bhakra Canal, Kaithal circle, while talking mediapersons who were taken to the spot where canals and water minors were being cleaned under the MNREGA scheme.

A team of Irrigation Department officials inspects the cleaning work of a canal in Kaithal district. Photo by the writer

KU’s revised schedule
Kurukshetra, January 3
The vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Lieut-General Dr DDS Sandhu has approved the revised schedule of academic calendar for the session 2010-11 as under:
This dummy of a polar bear gets the attention of a little boy at a mall in Gurgaon.
This dummy of a polar bear gets the attention of a little boy at a mall in Gurgaon. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

State to buy 9,000 MW of power
Panipat, January 3
In yet another attempt to fill the gap in the demand and supply of power, the state has signed pacts with other states to get 9,322 MW of additional power.Stating this here recently, Transport and Tourism Minister Om Prakash Jain said during the 11th Five Year Plan, Rs 25,524 crore was being spent to strengthen the generation, transmission and distribution system of the power utilities.

BJYM to oppose UPA move to dilute AFSPA in J-K
Rewari, January 3
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha(BJYM) will oppose tooth and nail the Congress-led UPA Government's move to dilute the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir.

School celebrates annual sports day
Kalka, January 3
The local St Bir's School celebrated its annual sports day with great enthusiasm here recently.School MD Kulbeer Rana said Kalka SDM Vandna Disodia who was the chief guest, asked students to take part in sports activities as well.

Students of Vaish Senior Secondary School present a cultural show during diamond jubilee celebrations at Charkhi Dadri.
Students of Vaish Senior Secondary School present a cultural show during diamond jubilee celebrations at Charkhi Dadri. Photo: Majoj Dhaka

Fellowship for KU don
Kurukshetra January 3
The Society For Biocontrol Advancement has selected Dr KR Aneja, Professor and chairman, Department of Microbiology, Kurukshetra University, for the prestigious Fellowship of the Society (FSBA) for his notable contributions in the area of biocontrol of weeds such as congress grass, water hyacinth, horse pursulane and several others that cause heavy losses to agriculture, besides causing allergy in humans, by using indigenous fungal pathogens, a novel eco-friendly strategy being used around the world.

No completion certificate to Khedar plant yet
Hisar, January 3
Power Minister Mahendra Pratap has said the government has not yet given completion certificate to Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant at Khedar village.Talking to mediapersons here recently, he said only one unit of 600 MW was generating power. The second unit had yet to commence commercial generation.

2010 saw Sonepat sportspersons on winning spree
Sonepat, January 3
The year 2010 had some sweet and some sour moments for the people of the district. It saw as many as six residents, including four women, two of them married, make it to the civil services. Monika Dahiya joined the IAS cadre, Poonam Malik the IPS and Prem Singh Malik, Aditi Gupta, Seema Dhankhar and Rakesh Dahiya were inducted into the IAS allied services.

Land acquisition notices resented
Sirsa, January 3
Shopkeepers and houseowners of Barnala Road near HUDA Chowk here are up in arms against the notices received from the Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) for the acquisition of their premises.

Protest against fixed power charges
Kaithal, January 3
Representatives of various trade and industry associations under the banner of the district unit of Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) held a peace march in the town to protest against the imposition of per KW fixed charges, peak load charges and enhancement of security deposit for power consumers.

Motivational seminar draws students
Sanjeev Chadha of the ICL Group of Companies speaks at a function “Mission Dil Se” organised at Naraingarh. Ambala, January 3
A transformational seminar “Chadhe Di Pathshala-Mission Dil Se” was organised at Surya Palace, Naraingarh, here recently in which nearly 600 students of different schools participated.


Sanjeev Chadha of the ICL Group of Companies speaks at a function “Mission Dil Se” organised at Naraingarh. Tribune photo

Rewari school celebrates annual day
Rewari, January 3
Jain Public School, Rewari, a premier educational institution of the region, held its annual day celebration titled “Hamara Utsav” (Our Festival) here recently.While Suresh Jain, chancellor of Teerthankar Mahaveer University, Moradabad (UP), was the chief guest, Vinod Jain, president of the District Consumer Disputes Redessal Forum, was a distinguished guest of the function.

Rohtak to host senior national badminton championship
Rohtak, January 3
Rewards in form of kind will continue to hog the national-level championship of games like badminton also. The organisers of the 75th Senior National Badminton Championship to be held here between January 7 and 10 have announced to award the singles champion of men and women titles, respectively, with a brand new Maruti SX4 car, along with the trophy.

Pinjore Civil Aviation Club a victim of govt apathy
Kalka, January 3
The Civil Aviation Club , Pinjore, is in a pitiable state, thanks to the apathy of the Ministry of Civil Aviation , Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation(HICA) and the state government . The club, which once had been a centre of adventurous activities, especially for the tourists due to its joyrides, wears a deserted look these days as such activities had been lying closed for the past over two years .

Rewari to celebrate National Voters’ Day
Rewari, January 3
In the wake of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the National Voters’ Day (NVD) being held at the behest of the Election Commission of India throughout the country on January 25, felicitous functions to mark the NVD will be held at the district, constituency as well as the booth level in Rewari district as well. This was stated by deputy commissioner-cum-district electoral (returning) officer A. Sriniwas while addressing a meeting of concerned district officials and representatives of various political parties here recently.
With the temperature hitting new lows, people purchase woollen clothes from a roadside vendor in Karnal.
With the temperature hitting new lows, people purchase woollen clothes from a roadside vendor in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Alumni meet at Kurukshetra school
Kurukshetra, January 3
Old students of University Senior Secondary Model School, Kurukshetra University, organised an alumni meet at Radha Krishnan Sadan on the university campus here recently.

Hasya Kavi Sammelan held
Rewari, January 3
Noted lyricists, humorists and satirists from various parts of Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi fascinatingly participated in a Hasya Kavi Sammelan held under the auspices of Master Neki Ram Sahitya and Lok Natya Kala Sanrakshan Parishad in the memory of late Master Neki Ram, an eminent bard, folk musician and sangi (performer of operas) of the Ahirwal region, in the Festivity Hall of the Gymkhana Club here recently.

Shifting of hadwara
Samiti activists threaten hunger strike
Women activists of the Hadwara Hatao Andolan Samiti take out a protest march in Sonepat.Sonepat, January 3
After staging dharna for 35 days for the shifting of hadwara (ground used to dump carcasses) located in front of the local Shani Temple, the Hadwara Hatao Andolan Samiti has threatened to go on a hunger strike if the authorities did not take any step in the regard.


Women activists of the Hadwara Hatao Andolan Samiti take out a protest march in Sonepat. Photo by the writer

OBC status
Jats to take up matter with national panel
Sonepat, January 3
Since the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has sent the representation of the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti for inclusion of the Jat community in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to the National Commission for Backward Classes for consideration, Jats will now pursue the matter with the commission.

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25 families of Bhopa tribesmen evicted
Not supporting panchayat samiti candidate costs them dearly
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Jhumpa Kalan (Bhiwani),January 3
About 120 members of 25 families of Bhopa tribesmen living in shanties on shamlat land in this village for the past six decades have been driven out of the makeshift colony in biting cold conditions allegedly for not supporting a candidate in the panchayat samiti poll.

The village, located about 50 km from Hisar, is Haryana’s last human settlement on the border with Rajasthan. These families have been living in the village for three generations. The Bhopas are tribesmen originally from Rajasthan best known for their wandering lifestyle and earning their livelihood by playing musical instruments and dressing up as ‘behrupias’.

Bhopas are homeless because of their gypsy lifestyle. But, with the gradual change in their living style, they began settling in villages that welcomed them. That is how they got settled in this village just after Independence. Most of the adults from this tribe are registered as voters in the village itself.

Jhinna Ram, whose family is among those uprooted last week, said they had informed the Superintendent of Police and the Deputy Commissioner several months ago that they were being threatened with eviction. However, no steps were taken to protect them. He said the candidate who had won the panchayat samiti poll despite their community’s opposition landed at their colony with a few villagers and policemen and demolished their temporary shelters.

Bharpayi, a grandmother to eight, said her entire family, including infants, had been forced to sleep in the open in biting cold after the eviction. She rued that they had not been provided any houses or plots under any government schemes for the poor despite numerous representations to the authorities.

A young mother of two,Rekha, said all their meagre belongings, including beddings and utensils, had been stacked behind the police post in the village. “We have nothing to eat. A family in a nearby village, which had served food to the poor in memory of an elder who died last week, gave us food. How long can we survive this way?” she wondered.

Villagers say the piece of land on which the tribesmen had living in temporary structures for six decades was not required for any development project. Besides, the village had large tracts of shamlat land for development works. They saw no reason why the families should be uprooted.

Jhinna Ram said they had sent a representation to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi also, saying that the victorious candidate had been threatening them. The representation had sought his intervention and allotment of plots under the Indira Awaas Yojna.

Although the Bhopas usually opt for their traditional profession of playing musical instruments, the younger generation, though illiterate, prefers to work as labourers. Now that they have lost their homes, it is impossible for them to go out for work in nearby villages or towns.

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Non-Jats facing discrimination, alleges former MLA
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, January 3
Roshan Lal Arya, a former legislator and president of the Haryana Vanchit Varg Sangharsh Samiti, has alleged that non-Jats are being discriminated by the Hooda government in all spheres of life.

He said with the end of 2010, another year of discrimination against non-Jats had ended. He hoped that in 2011, the state’s 81 per cent non-Jat population and 35 communities would get justice.

He said a campaign would be launched to educate and organise the people of non-Jat communities whose interests were being ignored by the Hooda government. The year 2011 would be observed as “Haryana Vanchit Jago year”, he added. Arya claimed that the next chief minister of Haryana would be a non-Jat.

He demanded that a human rights commission should be constituted in the state. He disclosed that the motive behind the acquisition of 1900 acres in seven Ambala villages was that none of the seven villages belonged to the Jat community. Only the prime land of non-Jats was being acquired at throwaway prices, he alleged.

Arya said the inclusion of his name in the HPCC executive list was a conspiracy to divert the attention of non-Jats. The state Congress had turned into Haryana Jat sabha and non-Jats had no place in that party, he rued.

He demanded that a white paper should be issued regarding recruitments in government services as there was no transparency and 90 per cent of the services were being cornered by Jats.

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Hooda’s Sirsa visits lift Cong workers’ morale
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, January 3
Repeated visits to Sirsa by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the past one month have lifted the morale of Congress workers and at the same time, brought local Congress leaders together to some extent in this district know as stronghold of the INLD.

The visits have also exposed glaring differences between the independents, occupying ministerial posts and the old Congress leaders of the district now cooling their heels due to defeat in the last assembly elections. Hooda visited the district thrice in December.

He visited Ellenabad for inaugurating a judicial complex on December 11, addressed a political rally “Badhte Kadam” in Sirsa on December 25, and again visited Sirsa on December 29 to participate in the birthday celebrations of minister Gopal Kanda, an independent MLA from Sirsa.

Hooda’s visits have worked towards lifting the morale of Congress workers, who were feeling disheartened after the party’s defeat on all the five assembly seats of the district in the last assembly elections.

In fact, the Congress was able to win only one assembly seat - Tohana - out of the nine assembly seats falling under the Sirsa parliamentary seat.

Later, the party lost the Ellenabad bypoll necessitated due to the resignation of Om Parkash Chautala, who won Uchana Kalan besides Ellenabad.

The “Badhte Kadam” rally in particular provided the Congress leaders an opportunity to go among their electorate and refresh their political links with them.

The rally witnessed a rare unity between various factions of the Congress, as leaders like Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar, Ranjit Singh, a former deputy chairman of the state planning board, KV Singh, a former OSD to the CM, Bharat Singh Beniwal, Sushil Indora and Mani Ram Keharwala, both former MLAs working in tandem after a long time.

Former minister Lacchman Dass Arora also attended the rally, although he could not campaign for it due to his age and ill health.

Malkiat Singh Khosa, president, and Hoshiari Lal, a former president of the district Congress, were also seen working together for the rally despite their sharp differences.

The rally also witnessed Ranjit Singh reaffirming his ability to hold successful rallies. His domination over the rally was such that a large section of the crowd stood to waive when he rose to speak and people started leaving the ground after he finished. Later, Ranjit Singh had to appeal to the crowd to sit patiently till the rally was over.

Minister Gopal Kanda and chief parliamentary secretary Prahlad Singh Gillakhera, both independents, however, were seen working together as a separate group. Tanwar, however, was seen trying to strike a balance between the two rival groups - the Congress leaders and the independents supporting the Hooda government.

When Hooda visited Tara Baba Kutiya, a religious and charitable trust of Kandas to participate in the birthday celebrations of Gopal Kanda on December 29, Ranjit Singh and KV Singh remained absent.

During the programme, only Tanwar and Gillakhera were seen in the centre stage with Hooda and the Kanda brothers, although other Congress leaders like Sushil Indora, Beniwal, Arora and Keharwala also attended the function.

Whether the semblance of unity shown by the Congress leaders lasts for long or not is yet to be seen, but the chief minister’s visits have definitely helped boost the morale of the party leaders in Sirsa. 

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Canals cleaned of sand, wild growth
Satish Seth

Kaithal, January 3
The canal water will now reach the fields located at the tail ends and there will be no problem even in the summer season. This was claimed by Arun Malik, superintending engineer, Bhakra Canal, Kaithal circle, while talking mediapersons who were taken to the spot where canals and water minors were being cleaned under the MNREGA scheme.

Malik said a number of canals and water channels had been de-silted and cleaned of accumulated sand and wild grass. This would not only ensure unobstructed flow of water and increase the water carrying capacity of canals and watercourses but also make sufficient water available at the fields located at the tail ends.

He said the all these works were being executed under the MNREGA scheme and hundreds of persons from the rural areas were given employment. He said every year, farmers complained that canal water did not reach their fields, but this summer the situation would be better as the canals, which used to be cleaned partially, had been cleaned properly.

Malik said besides him, ADC BB Kaushik, XENs YP Choudhry and RK Latka, SDOs and all JEs had been working as a team and monitoring the execution of the project.

Some farmers working in their fields said efforts of irrigation department officials would certainly bring relief as the canal water which increased soil fertility would be available in plenty after the cleaning operation was over.

Kaushik said, “We are satisfied with the work undertaken by the Irrigation Department. The funds for this scheme have been provided by Centre, which has helped rural people get employment opportunity”.

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KU’s revised schedule

Kurukshetra, January 3
The vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Lieut-General Dr DDS Sandhu has approved the revised schedule of academic calendar for the session 2010-11 as under:

For undergraduate and PG courses (semester system): Winter vacation till January 16; Working days: January 17 to April 30; and summer vacations: May 22 to June 30, 2011. For undergraduate courses (annual system): Winter vacation from till January 16; 2nd term January 17 to March 31; examinations April 1 onwards; and summer vacations May 22 to June 30, 2011.

It has also been notified that if the number of teaching days falls less than 90 days in a semester due to some unforeseen reason, it would be the responsibility of each institute/college to make good the loss by arranging extra classes.— OC

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State to buy 9,000 MW of power
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 3
In yet another attempt to fill the gap in the demand and supply of power, the state has signed pacts with other states to get 9,322 MW of additional power.Stating this here recently, Transport and Tourism Minister Om Prakash Jain said during the 11th Five Year Plan, Rs 25,524 crore was being spent to strengthen the generation, transmission and distribution system of the power utilities.

He said Rs 7,643 crore was being spent on improving the transmission system and Rs 6,514.32 crore on the distribution system. Besides, Rs 11,367 had been allocated to increase the power generation in the state that would make the state power surplus in a few years.

Jain said other than 9,322 MW of power that the state would be buying from other states, it would generate 5,000 MW through its thermal power plants by 2011-2012.

During the current regime, as many as 220 substations had been set up at various places in the state and 416 existing substations were upgraded to bring about more efficiency in the power distribution, the minister said.

A total of Rs 2,056 crore was spent on laying of 2,892 km of suppression lines and 1,07,222 new transformers were installed that helped the power utilities to supply uninterrupted electricity to the consumers across the state.

Besides, 2,36,963 families living below poverty line were identified, which would be provided free-of-cost power connections at a cost of Rs 228 crore. As many as 69,552 families had already been granted connections under the scheme. Under various schemes, 92,711 tubewell connections were released during the current year.

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BJYM to oppose UPA move to dilute AFSPA in J-K
Our Correspondent

Rewari, January 3
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha(BJYM) will oppose tooth and nail the Congress-led UPA Government's move to dilute the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to mediapersons here, Rajesh Yadav, in charge of BJYM affairs in Haryana, asserted that they would forcefully combat any such curtailment of the AFSPA the UPA government was contemplating to enforce in the wake of its policy of appeasement of members of a particular community.

Furnishing details of the BJYM's country-wide Tiranga Yatra (protest march to uphold the dignity and glory of the National Flag), he said while the Tiranga yatra would commence from Kolkata, the birthplace of the Jan Sangh's founder father, late Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, on January 12, it would culminate with the unfurling of the National Flag on January 26 at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, where Dr Mukherjee had laid down his life for the sake of the country.

Yadav said while the BJYM's yatra would cover 11 states of the country, they would organise 35 impressive rallies at Kolkata, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, Amethi, Faridabad, Delhi, Ambala, Jammu and other important places, to be addressed by BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition, among others

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School celebrates annual sports day

Kalka, January 3
The local St Bir's School celebrated its annual sports day with great enthusiasm here recently.School MD Kulbeer Rana said Kalka SDM Vandna Disodia who was the chief guest, asked students to take part in sports activities as well.

A colourful culture programme by the school students remained the main attraction

Hans Raj Swan, a former DGP of Haryana, gave away the prizes. Harshita Rana was declared the best athlete of the school. — OC

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Fellowship for KU don
Our Correspondent

KR Aneja
KR Aneja

Kurukshetra January 3
The Society For Biocontrol Advancement has selected Dr KR Aneja, Professor and chairman, Department of Microbiology, Kurukshetra University, for the prestigious Fellowship of the Society (FSBA) for his notable contributions in the area of biocontrol of weeds such as congress grass, water hyacinth, horse pursulane and several others that cause heavy losses to agriculture, besides causing allergy in humans, by using indigenous fungal pathogens, a novel eco-friendly strategy being used around the world.

Dr Aneja will be honoured with the fellowship at a national symposium to be organised by the society in 2011. He was earlier honoured with a fellowship by the Indian Mycological Society in December, 2009.

Prof Aneja has also been selected by the Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, to deliver a lecture on "Biological control of weeds using hemi-biotrophic fungal pathogens" at the 98th three-day Indian Science Congress to be held in Chennai from January 3 

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No completion certificate to Khedar plant yet
Tribune News Service

Hisar, January 3
Power Minister Mahendra Pratap has said the government has not yet given completion certificate to Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant at Khedar village.Talking to mediapersons here recently, he said only one unit of 600 MW was generating power. The second unit had yet to commence commercial generation.

He said power generation from Haryana's own sources would get doubled in the next six years as projects under construction went on stream one after the other. At present the state was producing 3,230 MW power from its own sources. Urban and industrial areas were getting power for 20 to 22 hours a day and rural areas for 10 to 12 hours. Efforts were afoot to increase the duration of supply.

The minister said the government had constituted a panel to source power consumption recording meters which would be made available to consumers for approximately Rs 1,000. The sourcing process would be completed soon. The minister also addressed a meeting of district officials.

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2010 saw Sonepat sportspersons on winning spree
BS Malik

Sonepat, January 3
The year 2010 had some sweet and some sour moments for the people of the district. It saw as many as six residents, including four women, two of them married, make it to the civil services. Monika Dahiya joined the IAS cadre, Poonam Malik the IPS and Prem Singh Malik, Aditi Gupta, Seema Dhankhar and Rakesh Dahiya were inducted into the IAS allied services.

Similarly, five advocates-Saurabh Khatri, Amit Gautam, Kirti Jain, Pawan Kumar and Asish Chaudhary-from the district cleared the Haryana Civil Services (Judicial) examination and will join as Judicial Magistrates soon. Saurabh topped the examination.

Sportspersons from the district created a history of sorts, claiming three gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the Commonwealth Games in October. However, their performance in the Asian Games was not as good.

Former Indian women hockey team captain Pritan Siwach was deputed coach of the team during the Asian Games. Renowned wrestler Kuldeep Malik was honoured with the Arjuna Award this year.

The opening of a wrestling academy in the district brought cheer to the people of the district.

As many as 131 persons, including nine women and three children, were killed in train accidents during 2010 compared to 120 during 2009.

Out of these, 21 were suicide cases. At least 300 persons were killed in road accidents. One of the worst accidents was on April 20 when four members of a family, Anuj of Buwana in Delhi, his wife, mother and son were killed on the spot when the car he was driving was hit by a truck at a crossing on the GT road near Garhi Kalan.

On May 1, a mother of four children, all below the age of 10, were drowned in the channel of the Delhi branch of the West Yamuna Canal near Rohat village.

The completion of a four-storey administrative block at the mini secretariat, which was scheduled to be completed by June 2010, is in the final stages.

Like those in metro cities, residents of the town will also get the facility of PNG supply in the New Year. 

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Land acquisition notices resented
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, January 3
Shopkeepers and houseowners of Barnala Road near HUDA Chowk here are up in arms against the notices received from the Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) for the acquisition of their premises.

The notices served under Section 9 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, call upon the owners of the lands to appear before the LAC in the PWD Rest House on December 31 for their claims in lieu of their lands.

The land is being acquired for sectors 21 and 22 of the HUDA, and the notifications in this regard has already been issued.

Sat Pal Jindal of the Sirsa Adarsh Cooperative House Building Society, who has also received a notice, alleged that the notices were against the stay orders issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Jindal said as many as 200 shops and an equal number of houses were being affected by the acquisition, and about 
450 families would be directly affected.

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Protest against fixed power charges
Satish Seth

Kaithal, January 3
Representatives of various trade and industry associations under the banner of the district unit of Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) held a peace march in the town to protest against the imposition of per KW fixed charges, peak load charges and enhancement of security deposit for power consumers.

The peace march culminated at the office of superintending engineer, operation circle, Kaithal, where a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister was handed over to Subhash Gupta, SE, UHBVN.

The protesters carrying banners and play cards representing various organisations, assembled near Rotary Children Library on the Park road, and held a march. In the memorandum, it had been pointed that the UHBVN had indiscriminately imposed fixed charges of Rs 100 to Rs 120 per KW on consumers and hiked peak load charges and security deposits for various categories of consumers, which had put heavy financial burden on industrial units and commercial establishments.

It said under the prevailing situation, the cost of production would increase substantially which would hit the profitability and might even force the units to close down.

It had also been pointed out that there were no such levies in the neighbouring states, which was bound to affect the state industry.

Sunil Choudhry, president, and Anand Khurania, secretary, HCCI, Kaithal, said the Chief minister had been urged to direct the UHBVN to withdraw the recently imposed charges and roll back hike in power rates. A copy of the memorandum had also been forwarded to Power Minister Mohinder Partap, PWD Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala and HERC Chairman Bhaskar Chaterjee.

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Motivational seminar draws students
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 3
A transformational seminar “Chadhe Di Pathshala-Mission Dil Se” was organised at Surya Palace, Naraingarh, here recently in which nearly 600 students of different schools participated.

Students from DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Arya Senior Secondary School and SD High School of Naraingarh witnessed this unique initiative of chief gardener and motivational guru Sanjeev Chadha, ICL Group of Companies, with a mission to “Transform the Latent Talent of India into Vibrant India”.

“Chadhe Di Pathshala”, since its launch by noted film actor Gulshan Grover, was addressing the core issues of making students globally competitive by realising their hidden potential and installing confidence in them. This nationally promoted motivational programme is successfully achieving its core objectives through this unconventional teaching approach, which is being aptly taught by Sanjeev in order to make “India a vibrant India”.

The main focus of the mission was to encourage the students for being entrepreneurs by utilising and enhancing their present set of skills and channelise their energies in a positive direction. Through this Pathshala, youngsters are encouraged to be productive by realising their dreams and to achieve their set goals with a focused approach not only for individualistic growth, but also for the overall growth of the nation.

JS Virk, director, BD ICL Group of Colleges, conducted the personality development and activity-based grooming session with students. He stressed upon the need to inculcate discipline, hard work and competitive edges in students in order to stand affirm in the present competitive scenario.

Virk acquainted the students with various career options and ICL Group of College’s role in shaping their careers.

The internationally acclaimed professional trainer, Sahil Sahor, took the interactive session with students and highlighted various factors of success. He said dreams, vision, imagination and logical thinking were the pillars of success and they do not come overnight. Continuous and relentless efforts concrete the road to success.

Along with various dignitaries of Naraingarh, the seminar was graced with the presence of Meenakshi Dogra, principal, DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Suman Lata, principal, SD High School, and LC Aggarwal, principal, Arya Senior Secondary School, Naraingarh.

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Rewari school celebrates annual day
Our Correspondent

Rewari, January 3
Jain Public School, Rewari, a premier educational institution of the region, held its annual day celebration titled “Hamara Utsav” (Our Festival) here recently.While Suresh Jain, chancellor of Teerthankar Mahaveer University, Moradabad (UP), was the chief guest, Vinod Jain, president of the District Consumer Disputes Redessal Forum, was a distinguished guest of the function.

The festival commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, his wife and other dignitaries.

Schoolchildren regaled the guests as well as audience with a colourful cultural programme comprising a variety of dances, instrumental music and a skit titled “a passport to heaven”.

Delivering his keynote address, while Suresh Jain proudly mentioned about the notable contributions being made by the Jain Samaj towards the promotion of education in various parts of the country, he exhorted the local Jain Samaj to set up a university here as well.

Simultaneously, he emphasised the urgency of adopting modern techniques of education for advancement and flowering of the student community. Besides, he announced two scholarships to be given to meritorious students of the local Jain educational institutions.

While principal Subrata Kundu presented the annual report highlighting the achievements of the school, Vinod Jain released the latest issue of the school magazine.

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Rohtak to host senior national badminton championship
Bijendra Ahlawat/TNS

Rohtak, January 3
Rewards in form of kind will continue to hog the national-level championship of games like badminton also. The organisers of the 75th Senior National Badminton Championship to be held here between January 7 and 10 have announced to award the singles champion of men and women titles, respectively, with a brand new Maruti SX4 car, along with the trophy.

This is perhaps the first national-level sports event which will be held in Haryana after the recently concluded Commonwealth and Asian Games which saw the emergence of a large number of medal winners from the state who were awarded by the state government in both cash and kind.

Sponsored by the DLF Group, the championship named as Chaudhary Raghvender Singh Memorial Tournament would witness the participation of a large number of national and international badminton players who would compete for the top honour here, claimed a spokesperson for the Haryana Badminton Association (HBA) which is the main organiser of the event.

The tournament would be held in the sports complex of Maharshi Dayanand University here. Around 500 players would be taking part in the championship which includes current national champions Chetan Anand and Trupti Murgunde in men and women category, respectively.

CWG medal winner P. Kashyap, Ajay Jairam, Arvind Bhatt, Anup Sridhar Guru Sai Dutt, Aditi Mutatkar and Aparna Balan will also take part in the tourney. Champions of the state Akshit Mahajan and Ekta Kalia will also display their skills in the championship.

According to Ajay Singhania, the honorary general secretary of the HBA, the qualifying matches would be played on January 3 and 4, while the inter-state and inter-zonal matches would be played on January 5 and 6. He said the senior national championship would be held between January 7 and 10.

Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh would be the chief guest of the opening ceremony, while Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would be the chief guest on the closing ceremony of the championship.

The main sponsor of the championship would award the man singles and woman singles champions with Maruti SX4 car, respectively, he added.

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Pinjore Civil Aviation Club a victim of govt apathy
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 3
The Civil Aviation Club , Pinjore, is in a pitiable state, thanks to the apathy of the Ministry of Civil Aviation , Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation(HICA) and the state government . The club, which once had been a centre of adventurous activities, especially for the tourists due to its joyrides, wears a deserted look these days as such activities had been lying closed for the past over two years .

Official club sources said despite the tall claims made by the HICA five years ago that the Civil Aviation club , Pinjore, would be used as a hub of adventurous activities like paraggliding and parasailing, these had been lying closed for the past few years.

The sources said the club had starting paragliding in 1980 and power flying in 1983. Before 2004, the club had been imparting commercial pilot training with the help of three pilots and one chief engineer, charging a fee of Rs 7-8 lakh per student for 250-hour training and Rs 2-3 lakh from Haryana-domiciled trainees. However, power flying these days was functional only for 30 hours as against the required average of 200 hours in a month, which was inadequate for commercial pilot training.

President of the Shivalik Vikas Manch VK Bansal recently sent a letter to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to upgrade the Pinjore Civil Aviation Club and convert it into a mini airport keeping in view the rapid expansion and development of industrial units in the adjoining Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial area of Himachal Pradesh.

It is pertinent to mention that joyrides were the main attraction for tourists and were the main source of income, earning about Rs 3 lakh in 2001-2003. After Feb, 2008, adventure sports like paragliding and parasailing organised in association with the Haryana Sports dept were also stopped. Paragliding and parasailing were a hit with school students.

The Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation (HICA) took over the three aviation clubs of Haryana at Karnal , Hisar and Pinjore in 1999. The Pinjore Civil Aviation Club is being given stepmotherly treatment by the HICA, as adequate funds were not being allegedly allocated to the Pinjore club.

The two gliders at the Pinjore club had been lying unutilised for a long time now. Some of the tourists at Yadvindra Gardens, Pinjore, said paragliding should be made a regular feature in the Civil Aviation Club, Pinjore.

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Rewari to celebrate National Voters’ Day

Rewari, January 3
In the wake of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the National Voters’ Day (NVD) being held at the behest of the Election Commission of India throughout the country on January 25, felicitous functions to mark the NVD will be held at the district, constituency as well as the booth level in Rewari district as well. This was stated by deputy commissioner-cum-district electoral (returning) officer A. Sriniwas while addressing a meeting of concerned district officials and representatives of various political parties here recently.

Stating that the main objective behind such celebrations of the NVD was to encourage all eligible voters for expeditious enrolment as well as the electorate in general and the youth in particular for the enhanced participation in the polling process, he said while 136 venues in the Bawal constituency, 109 in the Kosli segment and 116 in the Rewari segment had been specified for felicitous functions, a district-level felicitation samaroh would also be held here on January25 where elector photo identity cards (EPICs) would be presented to the newly enrolled voters, along with the fixation of befitting badges.

Besides, winners of the district-level poster and slogan-making competitions as well as declamation on “Democracy in India” contest would also be given cash prizes, he added. — OC

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Alumni meet at Kurukshetra school
D.R. Vij

Old students of University Senior Secondary Model School, Kurukshetra University, during an alumni meet in Kurukshetra.
Old students of University Senior Secondary Model School, Kurukshetra University, during an alumni meet in Kurukshetra. Photo: D.R. Vij

Kurukshetra, January 3
Old students of University Senior Secondary Model School, Kurukshetra University, organised an alumni meet at Radha Krishnan Sadan on the university campus here recently.

Many of them are presently working as senior officers in the Indian Army, administrative services, executive officers of MNCs, senior academicians and leading businessmen.

They shared nostalgic moments spent during school days. Former and working teachers of the school were also honoured on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Satya Chopra, founder principal of the school, pressed upon the fact that parents were required to give more time to their children to bring them up in a manner so that they did not lose touch with the realities of life. She advised the old students to be generous to serve the poor and their elders by remaining in constant touch with them.

Welcoming the guests and teachers, Dinesh Takkar, a businessman from Delhi and a former student of the school, said the values that students learnt at the school had gone a long way in helping them face difficult situations in life.

Col Arvind Rana said it was easy for him to adjust in the disciplined life of the Army as he had studied in such a school. Veenu Grover, a leading executive in an MNC, said she could excel in higher studies due to strong foundation that was laid at the school. Dr Brajesh Sawhney, professor and chairman, Department of English, KU, said, “We were taught English from books that were adopted from Cambridge schooling system of the UK”.

Meanwhile, it was decided to form an alumni association of the school and hold its first function in December 2011.

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Hasya Kavi Sammelan held
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, January 3
Noted lyricists, humorists and satirists from various parts of Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi fascinatingly participated in a Hasya Kavi Sammelan held under the auspices of Master Neki Ram Sahitya and Lok Natya Kala Sanrakshan Parishad in the memory of late Master Neki Ram, an eminent bard, folk musician and sangi (performer of operas) of the Ahirwal region, in the Festivity Hall of the Gymkhana Club here recently.

While Sheel Madhur, IG (Vigilance), Haryana Police, Gurgaon, was the chief guest, Raj Gopal Singh, an eminent lyricist of Delhi, presided over its proceedings which were proficiently conducted by Mahender Sharma, a prominent satirist of Delhi.

Describing the Kavi Sammelan organised by the Parishad as a cogent means of perpetuating Master Neki Ram’s contribution to the genre of swang and minstrelsy, Sheel asserted that such sammelans provided genuine entertainment to the public in sharp contrast to the indecent extravaganza of modern times.

Besides, he released “Shahadat”, an anthology of patriotic ballads composed by folk lyricist Mahashay Kedarmal as well as the second edition of “Ib Raftar Badal Gayee” - a collection of Haryanavi poems by Alok Bhandoria, a rising poet and grandson of late Master Neki Ram.

Simultaneously, while the “Master Neki Ram Kavya Puruskar” was conferred on Halchal Haryanavi, an eminent satirist of the Rewari region, the “Halchal Haryanavi Thitholi Puruskar” was presented to Alok Bhandoria. The awards carried a cash prize of Rs 5,100 and a citation each.

Eminent lyricists Raj Gopal Singh (Delhi), Vipin Suneja (Rewari), Suresh Makkar (Mahendergarh), distinguished satirists Mahender Sharma (Delhi), Halchal Haryanavi (Rewari), Parth Naveen (Pratap Garh), Master Mahender (Jhajjar) and Sanjay Pathak (Alwar), a poet of valour and heroism, regaled the audience with their poetic compositions.

Besides, the local poets Laj Kaushal, Alok Bhandoria, Rajesh Bhulakkar, Ahmana Bhardwaj and Mahashay Kedarmal delighted the gathering with their rhymes as well.

Highlighting the superb attributes of Master Neki Ram, Dr Shivtaj Singh, chairman of the Parisahd, proudly said he regaled audience with his stellar performances in various parts of the country and Pakistan for over 50 years, from 1934 to 1985.

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Shifting of hadwara
Samiti activists threaten hunger strike
BS Malik

Sonepat, January 3
After staging dharna for 35 days for the shifting of hadwara (ground used to dump carcasses) located in front of the local Shani Temple, the Hadwara Hatao Andolan Samiti has threatened to go on a hunger strike if the authorities did not take any step in the regard.

A number of organisations, including political parties, have extended their support to the samiti which has been staging dharna at the main gate of the hadwara for the past 35 days and the samiti activists, led by Ravinder Jatheri, were not allowing dumping of carcasses in the hadwara premises.

As a token of protest, they had also blocked the road and handed over a memorandum of their demand to deputy commissioner Ajit Joshi during these days.

The hadwara has become a bane of residents of the surrounding localities in general and devotees coming to the temple in particular because of the emission of foul smell.

The demand for the shifting of the charnel ground to other place had been raised several times before the former as well as the present Chief Minister and they had even given directions to the administration and the civic authorities to do the needful, but nothing concrete had been done so far.

Ajit Joshi said the administration and the civic authorities had tried their best to secure a remote place in the adjoining villages for the shifting of hadwara, but on knowing about hadwara, gram panchayats and the individual landowners refused to sell their land.

“Despite every effort, we did not get the land,” he said and hoped that the administration would be able to solve the problem. He also disclosed that until a proper site was not available, there was a plan to renovate the hadwara with a new building and equip it with modern facilities to minimise the problem.

Shopkeepers of the area as well as the residents of the nearby colonies pointed out that because of the hadwara’s location there was no way to escape from foul smell.

Though the local municipal council had taken a number of steps to improve the charnel ground and its surroundings, these measures failed to provide much relief to the people.

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OBC status
Jats to take up matter with national panel
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 3
Since the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has sent the representation of the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti for inclusion of the Jat community in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to the National Commission for Backward Classes for consideration, Jats will now pursue the matter with the commission.

Talking to mediapersons, Baljit Singh Malik, “dada” of Malik Khap, thanked Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for forwarding the detailed representation of the samiti to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for favorable consideration.

Malik said the representation had finally reached the Commission through the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. He said many other castes in Haryana and other states with almost same socio-economic conditions had already been included in the OBC list of the Central Government and Jats in many other states, including Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, had got their demand accepted.

He also appealed to various Jat organisations that had been striving for reservation to make efforts for the common cause of the Jats. He opined that the samiti should avail the services of experts for pursuing their demand in the National Commission for Backward Classes.

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Letter
Haryana ‘lacks’ good roads

Haryana is the worst among neighbouring states as far as roads infrastructure is concerned. I got this impression after having travelled around 25 cities of Haryana, UP Uttarakhand, Himachal, Punjab & Delhi over the past three months.

In Haryana, important routes like Kaithal - Ambala NH-65 (Pehowa to Ambala section), Kaithal -Karnal, Kaithal - Patiala (Up to Punjab border), Kaithal - Kurukshetra sections are in bad shape. Kurukshetra - Yamunanagar (Ladwa - Yamunanagar) is in a pathetic condition. Yamunanagar, an important industrial town of Haryana, has never been connected with good roads till now. Even the intra-city roads in some big cities like Yamunanagar, Karnal, Ambala, Jind , Sonepat, Panipat, Kaithal are in a state of neglect . Even certain sections of the GT road passing through Haryana are not up to the mark.

Punjab, however, is a class apart among these states. Whether you go on the national highways, state highways, link roads, village roads all are competing against each other in quality.

On entry into Punjab, one is welcomed by wide, well-maintained roads, with proper line markings, roadside reflectors. Proper lanes for buses and trucks have been constructed for smooth flow of traffic.

People complain about the heavy toll being charged by the Punjab Government on various roads, but one won't mind paying that amount in Haryana if roads like Punjab are provided.

I suggest that PWD officers of the states under reference visit Punjab to know how to build a good roads infrastructure.

Sumeet Seth Kaithal

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