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Jat anger stares Hooda govt in the face
Hisar, January 10
The ghosts of Mirchpur and Mayyar have come back to haunt the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in the form of agitations launched by the Jat community in connection with two incidents in these villages which dented the image of the government irreparably last year.

Ambala police wakes up to encroachments
Launches traffic awareness drive
Ambala, January 10
The Ambala police has launched a road safety campaign in Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment. Various events, including symposiums, debates and awareness programmes, are being held with the cooperation of students and social organisations.
Police personnel take away a motorcycle parked wrongly on a road in Ambala Police personnel take away a motorcycle parked wrongly on a road in Ambala. Photo by the writer


EARLIER EDITIONS



Fight against vagaries of weather: Amidst intense cold, this rickshaw-puller faces a tough time to make both ends meet in Karnal
fight against vagaries of weather:
Amidst intense cold, this rickshaw-puller faces a tough time to make both ends meet in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Companies ready to build FOBs free of cost in Gurgaon
They only want advertising rights, says MC
Gurgaon, January 10
If the local municipal authorities are to be believed, certain companies are ready to construct foot over-bridges (FOBs) at different locations in the city free of cost, Gurgaon Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Khullar at a recent meeting with the district and HUDA authorities.

Temples in middle of roads face demolition
Rewari, January 10
The Municipal Council here has, through a public advertisement, directed the managing heads of various Hindu temples which lie almost in the middle of certain roads of the town either to remove them voluntarily from their present sites by January 17 or the municipal authorities would get them demolished thereafter to ensure the hassle-free movement of traffic on the above roads.

Two HPSC officials get notice for delaying information
Jhajjar, January 10
The State Information Commission, Haryana, has issued a notice under Section 19 (3) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act to two officials of the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) for allegedly not furnishing entire information to an RTI applicant.

Police to launch drive to ease social tension
Jhajjar, January 10
Having taken several steps to establish cordial relationship between the police and the public, the Rohtak range police covering five districts - Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Karnal and Panipat - has now embarked upon a strategy to remove social tension.

Murder Bid
Arrest accused, panel for SCs tells police
Sonepat, January 10
Expressing concern over the alleged police inaction in arresting the accused in a bid to murder case of Joginder, alias Kala, a SC youth of Kathura village, even after seven months of the incident, vice-chairman of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes Raj Kumar Verka directed the local police to arrest the alleged accused within one month.
Vice-chairman of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes Raj Kumar Verka talks to mediapersons at Sonepat
Vice-chairman of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes Raj Kumar Verka talks to mediapersons at Sonepat.

Toy trains jam-packed as tourists head for Shimla
Kalka, January 10
The first snowfall of the season has attracted a lot of tourists to Shimla and the nearby hill stations. Toy trains running on the Kalka-Shimla heritage rail track have become a favourite mode of transportation for people wanting to witness the snow-laden mountains.

Energy conservation in powerloom industry stressed
Panipat, January 10
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) organised a seminar to generate awareness in favour of energy conservation in the powerloom industry here.

CHILD LABOUR: A girl stitches a quilt near Meeta Ghati Chowk in Karnal
CHILD LABOUR:
A girl stitches a quilt near Meeta Ghati Chowk in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Experts dwell on financial innovations
Gurgaon, January 10
“Innovation and regulation have to go hand in hand and imbalance on either side is not desirable. In India, we need to innovate the industry debt market, which will help not only the big companies, but also the small and medium enterprises. We need to innovate the financing of the infrastructure sector...”

Work on Rs 28-cr flyover at Ambala to begin soon
Ambala, January 10
Ambala deputy commissioner Sameer Pal Saro here recently announced a string of development works which would be taken up for execution in the current year. The work on Rs 28-crore flyover on the Ambala-Hisar road near Aggarsain Chowk would commence soon.

Licence to builder
Affidavit needed from landowner
Chandigarh, January 10
The state government has decided that wherever the licence is being granted on the basis of collaboration agreement between a coloniser and a landowner, a condition would be incorporated in Letter of Intent (LOI) to obtain an affidavit from the landowner.

Urdu Akademi invites entries for awards
Chandigarh, January 10
The Haryana Urdu Akademi has invited applications from writers of the state for 17 awards instituted by it.

Unauthorised withdrawals
Case registered against Rewari SBI staff
Rewari, January 10
Beware! Your money lying in your savings bank account even in a prestigious bank like the main branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) here is not safe.

UHBVN to intensify campaign against power theft
Chandigarh, January 10
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has decided to supply power through aerial bunched cables in the theft-prone urban areas having maximum line losses.

Teachers trained in new teaching methods
Fatehabad, January 10
Teaching has undergone changes over the years and these changes are a continuous process. Old methods of teaching are becoming obsolete with new and innovative methods replacing them. Under a programme of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), teachers working in the state’s government schools have been getting training in new teaching methods.
Under the programme, each primary and upper primary teacher will have to undergo 14-day training divided in two cycles of seven days each.

Teachers participating in classes and other activities in a camp organised for their training at Fatehabad. A Tribune photograph

Teachers participating in classes and other activities in a camp organised for their training at Fatehabad

Lifetime achievement award for Rai school principal
Sonepat, January 10
VK.Verma, Director-Principal of Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai (Sonepat), has been honoured with Dr Gaur Hari Singhania lifetime achievement award by the Indian Public Schools Conference (IPSC)for his outstanding contribution in the field of education and for promotion IPSC activities in the country.

VK Verma (on the chair) receiving the Lifetime achievement award from Dr Vinay Kashyap at Udupi. Tribune photo

VK Verma (on the chair) receiving the Lifetime achievement award from Dr Vinay Kashyap at Udupi

Corps of Signals’ expedition flagged off
Ambala, January 10
A 15-member Army expedition team was flagged off by the Chief of the Staff of Kharga Corps here to mark the centenary celebrations of the Corps of Signals.

Hisar varsity to impart training in beekeeping
Hisar, January 10
Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University will impart training in beekeeping to ex-servicemen and unemployed boys and girls of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

27 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas proposed
Chandigarh, January 10
The Education Department has decided to set up Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV) in 27 educationally backward blocks of the state.

Horticulturist dead
Kaithal, January 10
A doyen in the field of horticulture and floriculture and Indian Nursery men Association founder president Arjan Dass Aggarwal ( 89) passed away here on January 1.

Training course begins
Hisar, January 10
A three-week advanced training course on host plant resistance in entomology will begin at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCS HAU), Hisar tomorrow.

Blankets given to prisoners
Sirsa, January 10
Gobind Kanda, an executive member of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, recently distributed blankets and woolen clothes among inmates of the jail. There are over 700 inmates in the district jail.

Letter
Implement litigation policy in letter and in spirit
Kudos to the Chief Minister for unveiling the first -of-its- kind state litigation policy at the last Cabinet meeting of 2010 by taking a cue from the national litigation policy the announced by the Union Law Minister last year.





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Jat anger stares Hooda govt in the face
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, January 10
The ghosts of Mirchpur and Mayyar have come back to haunt the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in the form of agitations launched by the Jat community in connection with two incidents in these villages which dented the image of the government irreparably last year.

Though the government's hands have been forced by orders of different courts, the Jat community is nevertheless angry over the government's failure to honour the commitments it had made in the aftermath of the violence at these two places.

In Mirchpur, the Jats have launched an indefinite sit-in against the transfer of the trial proceedings against 98 members of the community to a court in Delhi and the impending shifting of all accused from the local jail to Rohini Jail in Delhi.

It may be recalled that Mirchpur was the scene of violence against Dalit villagers in April last year. A villager, Tara Chand,, and his teenaged polio-stricken daughter were killed when their house was set afire along with other houses of Dalits by Jat villagers.

The Jats are also unhappy about the summons issued to eight members of the community in connection with the violence in Mayyar village of this district in September last year. Violence erupted in Mayyar when the Jats were holding a roadside protest seeking reservation for the community in government jobs. Public and private property worth several hundred crores was destroyed in the violence.

The anger of the Jats against the government stems from the failure of the government to honour the assurances given by the official interlocutors who had negotiated a settlement with the Jat leaders to restore peace. The community had been given to understand that no cases would be registered against anyone involved in the violent incidents.

However, the assurances fell flat when courts took a serious note of this and indicated their displeasure. The government was forced to act even though belatedly. This is not acceptable to the community. The Jats held an angry demonstration here late last week to register their protest. They demanded that the government should honour its commitments.

So far as Mirchpur is concerned, the Jats feel that but for politicians, the dispute with the Dalits could have been resolved at the social level. In fact, the two communities came close to a compromise at least twice during the past few months, but the family of Tara Chand remained adamant.

The apex court's orders transferring the trial to Delhi and the Delhi trial court's order on shifting the accused to a Delhi jail did not help either.

The chain of rallies proposed to be held in all districts of Haryana by the Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti in support of its demands for reservation for the community in government jobs have also added to the government's problems.

The support of the Jats is crucial for the Congress as well as the Chief Minister. But, the government's hands are tied by the court orders. As far as the reservation issue is concerned, if it openly supports the demand, it loses its traditional non-Jat vote bank.

The coming months will require Hooda to use all his political acumen to wriggle out of the mess.

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Ambala police wakes up to encroachments
Launches traffic awareness drive
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, January 10
The Ambala police has launched a road safety campaign in Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment. Various events, including symposiums, debates and awareness programmes, are being held with the cooperation of students and social organisations. Shashank Anand, Ambala SP, is personally monitoring the campaign and accompanying the police force to make the people aware of traffic rules.

Teachers and students of various schools have been coming forward to take part in the campaign. The students of various schools can be seen at various roundabouts of the city making motorists aware of traffic rules and exhorting them to develop a habit of complying with the same.

The SP recently summoned a meeting of three-wheelers drivers and asked them to follow the traffic rules strictly. The police has also designed a special number plate for three-wheelers so that the identity of a three-wheeler driver can be known immediately.

Anand said the campaign had been organised to create awareness among the masses, particularly among the driving community, regarding safe and secure driving habits. He said the traffic rules would be implemented strictly in the twin cities. The safety of human life should be the first and foremost duty of a responsible driver, he added.

The police has also launched the campaign in the inner areas of the city. Devender Yadav, ASP, and others senior police officers have been meeting the shopkeepers, asking them to help the police in this campaign by removing encroachments from roads and public places.

Haphazard parking of vehicles and loading and unloading of consignment from trucks during peak hours, especially in the wholesale cloth market, badly affect the moment of traffic. Some of the shopkeepers have constructed multistorey buildings in the main markets without any arrangement for parking of vehicles.

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Companies ready to build FOBs free of cost in Gurgaon
They only want advertising rights, says MC
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, January 10
If the local municipal authorities are to be believed, certain companies are ready to construct foot over-bridges (FOBs) at different locations in the city free of cost, Gurgaon Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Khullar at a recent meeting with the district and HUDA authorities.

"We are exploring the possibilities of getting FOBs constructed on the busy roads of the city without having to spend any money from our coffers," Khullar told the participants as he laid out his plan before them.

Khullar, who has been under fire from various quarters for chronic inefficiency and slackness in the functioning of the municipal body, said the busy roads of the city made it difficult for the pedestrians to cross the road. He noted that FOBs were needed in the city to ensure the safety and convenience of local residents.

"The Gurgaon MC had recently invited proposals for constructing FOBs at different locations on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis," he said, adding that in response to the advertisement, proposals from seven companies had been received.

Khullar maintained that a majority of the companies were ready to construct the FOBs free of cost and wanted only advertising rights for some years on those FOBs in return.

HUDA Administrator Nitin Yadav told the meeting that they had got a draft mobility plan prepared.

“The plan also recommends nearly 20 FOBs in Gurgaon and before reaching the final conclusion regarding the location of these FOBs, the recommendations of the plan should also be assimilated," he asserted and added that the metro stations at Shankar Chowk and MG Road could be used as FOBs for crossing the roads. There is also an agreement with DLF for constructing a FOB on the Golf Course road, he pointed out.

The meeting discussed that FOBs were required at the bus stand, Dundahera road, Palam Vihar T-junction on Old Delhi road, on the road from Shankar Chowk to Trident Hotel, near Civil Hospital, Gallaria Market, Badshahpur village, Umang Bhardwaj Chowk on Patoudi Road and the elevated path connecting IFFCO metro station with IFFCO Chowk, including the crossing of MG Road.

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Temples in middle of roads face demolition
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, January 10
The Municipal Council here has, through a public advertisement, directed the managing heads of various Hindu temples which lie almost in the middle of certain roads of the town either to remove them voluntarily from their present sites by January 17 or the municipal authorities would get them demolished thereafter to ensure the hassle-free movement of traffic on the above roads.

According to its administrator, the directive has been issued in pursuance with an Apex Court’s order passed by it on January 3.

As many as four Hindu temples, one lying near the Agrasen Chowk, in the vicinity of the Municipal Council premises itself, the second one situated along the Circular Road, near the Jagan Gate here, the third one located along the Circular Road, near the trauma centre, and the fourth one set up in Model Town, near the Sales Tax Office here, now face the threat of demolition.

This has evoked sharp reaction among activists of the Bharatiya Shiv Sena (BSS), the Veer Savarkar Manch and other Hindu organisations here.

Flaying the Municipal Council for adopting a double-standard policy in this regard, Deepak Goyal, in charge of BSS affairs in Haryana, alleged while only Hindu temples had been singled out for demolition, the MC, by following a detestable policy of appeasement of members of a particular community, had not even mentioned about any of the shrines of the above community, which much lay in the middle of the above roads and pose an obstruction to the smooth flow of traffic, in its agenda of dismantlement.

He warned that the BSS would never tolerate such partisan approach in such matters on the part of the municipal authorities.

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Two HPSC officials get notice for delaying information
Ravinder Saini

Jhajjar, January 10
The State Information Commission, Haryana, has issued a notice under Section 19 (3) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act to two officials of the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) for allegedly not furnishing entire information to an RTI applicant.

As per the notice, the Commission has directed the First Appellate Authority-cum-member and the state public information officer-cum-secretary of the HPSC to appear before it on March 5 after the submission of their written reply by January 24 in this regard.

Subhash, the applicant and the state coordinator of the Haryana Suchna Adhikar Manch, had sought information regarding appointments on five posts of the district social welfare officers (DSWO) by submitting an application with requisite fees to the state public information officer (SPIO) of the HPSC on July 28, 2010.

The information sought included how many candidates had applied for the posts, what were their names, addresses, educational qualifications and experiences, how many applications were cancelled for what reasons, how many candidates among them were invited for interview and what are the names of those candidates selected for the posts. He also sought information about the experts who were in the interview panel and details of the marks given to the candidates in the interview.

“After nearly two-and-a-half months, I got a letter from the HPSC wherein details of the candidates applied for the posts, appeared in the interview and selected for the posts were furnished, but the information regarding educational qualifications and experiences of the selected candidates were not mentioned pleading that their documents, along with applications, had been sent to the Social Justice and Empowerment Department (SJED), Haryana, hence the required information can be obtained from the government,” informed Subhash.

Later, the HPSC communicated with the SJED for providing him the remaining information, but he was amazed to go through a letter in which the SJED had asked him to deposit Rs 180 for getting the photocopies of various documents of the selected candidates, said the applicant, adding that the demand of the SJED was illogical as per the Act.

“Then, I had to file an appeal before the first appellate authority of the HPSC against the SPIO for not furnishing the complete information despite a long time lapse, but the efforts failed to get any result as the first appellate authority did not decide the appeal within the stipulated period of 45 days,” said Subhash.

Ultimately, he had to knock the door of the State Information Commission, Haryana, which taking swift action on his appeal, had asked both officials - the First Appellate Authority-cum-member and the state public information officer-cum-secretary, Haryana Public Service Commission, to appear before it, he added.

The Commission has also said the officials may either appear in person or through a departmental representative authorised in writing not below the rank of gazetted officer, who is well conversant with the facts of the case to respond to the points raised by the appellant along with the relevant record of the case.

Besides, the Commission has also warned them that they would be liable for action under the penal provisions of the Act if failed to appear before it on the date fixed for hearing and deciding the appeal.

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Police to launch drive to ease social tension
Ravinder Saini

Jhajjar, January 10
Having taken several steps to establish cordial relationship between the police and the public, the Rohtak range police covering five districts - Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Karnal and Panipat - has now embarked upon a strategy to remove social tension.

Under the strategy, the police will soon launch a campaign across the range to nab those persons who spread social tension by indulging in illegal activities.

V Kamaraja, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Rohtak range, disclosed this while interacting with mediapersons after inaugurating a seven-day NSS camp at Government Senior Secondary School in Dujana village here recently.

He said after a deep study he had identified five categories that indulge in illegal activities and also pose a serious threat to social harmony and peace. These included a section of private financiers, property dealers, ration depot holders, gas agencies and illegal beneficiaries of below poverty line (BPL) card, he added.

“We have received several complaints against some private financiers wherein the complainants had charged them with extorting 15 to 20 per cent interest. Interestingly, the financiers have not obtained licence from the authority concerned to run the business. Despite all, they harass loan takers physically and mentally with the support of anti-social elements,” said the IGP, adding that criminal cases would be registered against the financiers under the drive.

Likewise, a section of property dealers had also allegedly been causing social tension and unrest in the society by either disposing of the same property to two or more people or trying to take illegal possession of the entire land through anti-social elements after buying a piece of it so that they could mount pressure on other partners to sell their share at a lower rate, said the IGP.

“Similar complaints have been received against several ration depot holders, gas agencies and ineligible BPL card holders. As per the complaints, the ration depot holders and gas agencies indulge in black marketing of kerosene and domestic LPG cylinders, respectively,” said Kamaraja, adding that punitive action was required to teach a lesson to these law violators.

“The drive will be launched simultaneously all five districts of the range and immediate action will be taken against erring private financiers, property dealers, gas agencies, ration depot holders and BPL card holders,” said the IGP, adding that they would also not spare any government official found guilty of issuing BPL cards to ineligible aspirants.

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Murder Bid
Arrest accused, panel for SCs tells police
BS Malik

Sonepat, January 10
Expressing concern over the alleged police inaction in arresting the accused in a bid to murder case of Joginder, alias Kala, a SC youth of Kathura village, even after seven months of the incident, vice-chairman of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes Raj Kumar Verka directed the local police to arrest the alleged accused within one month.

Talking to the media after holding a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Ajit Joshi and SSP KK Rao here yesterday, Verka said a murder attempt was made on Joginder by firing nine bullets on him on July 17, 2010, at the village bus stop.

A case was registered in Baroda police station on the same day, he said. Despite giving representations to the Inspector General of Rohtak range police and the Sonepat DC, the police had failed to nab the alleged accused.

He also pointed out that in another case of rape and murder of a married woman, Poonam, a Scheduled Caste and resident of the same village, 15 years ago, the police as well as the CBI had not been able to solve the case.

The commission had taken exception to these incidents and inactiveness of the Haryana police and if immediate action was not taken, the commission would start hearing on these cases in Delhi, he added. The commission had written a letter to the Chief Minister and the State Home Secretary in the recent past about the inactiveness of the Haryana police in taking action against the alleged accused in cases relating to atrocities against the Scheduled Castes, he said, adding that the commission would again register its objection in the Kathura cases by writing to the CM.

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Toy trains jam-packed as tourists head for Shimla
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, January 10
The first snowfall of the season has attracted a lot of tourists to Shimla and the nearby hill stations. Toy trains running on the Kalka-Shimla heritage rail track have become a favourite mode of transportation for people wanting to witness the snow-laden mountains.

While all trains plying on the Kalka-Shimla section are running beyond capacity, unreserved compartments are particularly overcrowded.

According to officials, the Kalka railway station is witnessing a heavy rush of passengers these days. In the general and unreserved compartments, passengers can be seen clinching on to the doors. The officials said overloaded trains were prone to accidents.

They said the department had launched a holiday special train as four other trains were plying on the section between 4 am and 8.30 am.

To cope up with the rush of the passengers of the Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi and Delhi-Kalka Himalyan Queen, one train should be started before or after the Himalyan Queen, which runs at 12.10 pm to avoid inconvenience to tourists.

Hundreds of passengers from Delhi, Haryana and Punjab have to face disappointment due to the non-availability of seats in trains, forcing tourists to go by road either on buses or taxies.

Some of the passengers say the Railways should increase the number of general compartments for the convenience of the common people who want to enjoy a ride on toy trains.

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Energy conservation in powerloom industry stressed
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 10
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) organised a seminar to generate awareness in favour of energy conservation in the powerloom industry here.

Panipat, being a hub of textile industries where total annual exports are estimated to be more than Rs 1,200 crore, was chosen to hold the campaign as the textile industry is known to be energy intensive. The organisers said it was felt that there was a need to adopt new measures to bring down power consumption.

Considering the vast potential of energy savings in Panipat, the seminar aimed at disseminating practical knowledge on the currently available energy-conservation technologies and techniques which could be adopted in the textile and the powerloom industry resulting in reduced energy costs and GHG emissions. According to experts, industrialists could save up to 30 per cent of the energy through basic housekeeping improvements, including auditing and energy management.

During the seminar, various techniques for effective energy management were discussed which could result in reducing both thermal and electrical energy consumption. Information on the latest energy-saving ideas on various energy-intensive equipment commonly used in the powerloom industry was also provided during the programme. Participants were updated on self-energy auditing techniques through actual implemented case studies.

Dalip Sharma, regional director of the PHD Chamber, said energy costs in the country had risen by more than threefold in the past decade and in this context, energy saving techniques could prove to be an effective tool in increasing manufacturers’ profits. He said since energy cost was a major component of production cost, introducing energy-efficient techniques could add considerably to the earnings of the industries, besides bringing down greenhouse gases in the environment.

In his opening address, Sapan Thapar, project manager (ET) from IREDA, said, considering the country’s energy self-sufficiency ratio, it was merely a fraction in comparison to the comparable economies. This remains so even if nuclear energy was included. To counter that, the country should make considerable efforts to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency and environment-friendly technologies.

Ashu Sharma, manager (marketing and technology) of Llyod Insulation, who also spoke on the occasion, highlighted the benefits of thermal insulation and shared case studies explaining the advantages of thermaseam pre-insulated panels and explained the ways to improve energy efficiency by using thermal insulation products.

Pradeep Naik, manager, business development of Schneider Electric Pvt. Ltd., said understanding the patterns of all forms of energy use and other utilities was the first step in assessing the potential for efficiency savings as this provided a tremendous diagnostic tool for identifying and solving energy problems and appreciating opportunities for cost savings.

RS Punia, project officer from HAREDA, Ritesh Khera, business development manager from Advit Foundation, Dr. D. Banerjee, assistant professor and head (Department of Textile Industry) of the Panipat Institute of Engineering and Technology, also spoke on the occasion.

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Experts dwell on financial innovations
Sunit Dhawan/TNS

Gurgaon, January 10
“Innovation and regulation have to go hand in hand and imbalance on either side is not desirable. In India, we need to innovate the industry debt market, which will help not only the big companies, but also the small and medium enterprises. We need to innovate the financing of the infrastructure sector...”

This was stated by C Rangarajan, chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, after inaugurating an international conference on “Financial Innovations and Change” organised by Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, in association with the School of Business, University of Connecticut, USA. According to the organisers, the conference aims to redefine the need for innovative products and processes essential for developing countries. Faculty members from management and educational institutes in India, the USA, Australia and Turkey will present 56 papers on key topics and core issues in finance during the conference.

MS Sahoo, executive member, SEBI, talked about how the regulatory body had been able to sustain financial turmoil in India. He emphasised on an in-depth understanding of risk management.

MDI Director Prof VK Gupta, Prof Chinmoy Ghosh and Prof Shantaram Hegde from the University of Connecticut and Prof Arvind Sharma, chairperson, MDI Finance Area, also addressed the participants. The purpose of the conference is to come up with solutions more relevant for innovation for developing and emerging economies. The sessions spread over two days will ponder upon innovations needed in the field of finance, what kind of innovation is required in the current scenario and whether some recent innovations are actually hindering the growth of finance.

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Work on Rs 28-cr flyover at Ambala to begin soon
Attar Singh/TNS

Ambala, January 10
Ambala deputy commissioner Sameer Pal Saro here recently announced a string of development works which would be taken up for execution in the current year. The work on Rs 28-crore flyover on the Ambala-Hisar road near Aggarsain Chowk would commence soon. When completed, this would provide a major relief to the people travelling from Ambala to Hisar.

Saro said a massive campaign “clean and green Ambala” had been planned. He further said a solid waste plant would also become functional this year. Work on food street near the Ambala Cantt Bus Stand would begin soon which would provide a major relief to the commuters. He said the food street would have around 12 restaurants, which would offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food at reasonable rates.

He said there were about 12 dhabas functioning at this place for the past several years and the administration had proposed to build a lane for all dhabas, which would be housed in similar looking restaurants. The proposed restaurants would have provisions for eateries at the ground floor, while kitchens would be located at the first floor, Saro added.

The deputy commissioner said piped drinking water from the canal would be made available to the residents soon. A proposal had been finalised and a sum of `35 crore was estimated to be spent on it, he added.

He said Rs 1.35 crore had been earmarked for the extension of industrial training institute at Ambala. Similarly, an extension plan at a cost of Rs 4 crore had been finalised for the industrial training institute for girls.

Public health centres at Saha and Kesari being built at a cost of Rs 4 crore would become functional this year. Saro said the work on the repair of 196 roads damaged in the floods last year would also start this month and Rs 16.25 crore would be spent on these roads. Saro appealed to the people to extend full cooperation in keeping the twin towns (Ambala Cantt and Ambala City) clean. He also appealed to them to not to use polythene bags as they not only affect health, but also cause blockage of sanitary systems.

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Licence to builder
Affidavit needed from landowner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The state government has decided that wherever the licence is being granted on the basis of collaboration agreement between a coloniser and a landowner, a condition would be incorporated in Letter of Intent (LOI) to obtain an affidavit from the landowner that such land has not been sold to any person after entering into collaboration agreement with the coloniser to whom LOI is being issued and at present there is no collaboration agreement in force with any other person for such land.

While stating this here recently, a spokesperson for the Haryana Town and Country Planning Department said it was observed that wherever landowners apply for grant of licence in collaboration with some colonisers, complaints had been received that in some cases before the licence was granted, the landowners had sold off this land to third parties. This was resulting in disputes. No licence application would be entertained in future unless the collaboration agreements are registered before the sub-registrar having territorial jurisdiction of the area in which the land falls, he added.

He said instructions in this regard had been issued to the state town planner (monitoring), all district town planners and all other concerned.

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Urdu Akademi invites entries for awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The Haryana Urdu Akademi has invited applications from writers of the state for 17 awards instituted by it.

The awards for which applications have been invited include the Haryana Gaurav Award, Hali Award, Kanwar Mohinder Singh Bedi Award, Sabir Dutt Award, S.M.H. Burney Award, Khawaja Ahmed Abbas Award, Munshi Gumani Lal Award, Surinder Pandit Soz Award, Urdu Journalism Award, Award for Translation of Urdu, Jafar Zatalli Award, Award for children's Literaute, Award for contribution to the promotion of Persian and Arabic, award for Ghazal/Qawwali Singing, award for contribution to theatre, award for writers/poets and award for writings for the promotion of scientific temper and improvement of environment.

The Haryana Gaurav Award, which carries a cash amount of Rs 1.50 lakh, a shawl, memento and a citation, is given for lifetime contribution for the enrichment of Urdu literature and language. The Hali Award carries a cash amount of Rs 1.21 lakh, a shawl, memento and a citation, and is given for the promotion of Urdu Language, especially for significant writings of Hali.

The Urdu Journalism Award carries a cash amount of Rs 51,000; the Kanwar Mohinder Singh Bedi Award and the Sabir Dutt Award carry a cash amount of Rs 25,000 each, besides a shawl, memento and a citation.

The SMH Burney Award, Khawaja Ahmed Abbas award, award for translation of Urdu, Jafar Zatalli award, award for children's literature, award for contribution to the promotion of Persian and Arabic, award for ghazal/qawwali singing, award for contribution to theatre, award for writers/poets and award for writings for the promotion of scientific temper and improvement of environment carry cash prizes of Rs 21000 each, besides a shawl, a memento and a citation.

The Munshi Gumani Lal award and the Surinder Pandit Soz award carry cash prizes of Rs 11,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively, besides a shawl, a memento and a citation.

The scholars, writers and poets who have already received awards from the Haryana Urdu Akademi, would be eligible for these awards after three years. The applications for these awards should reach the akademi by January 31.

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Unauthorised withdrawals
Case registered against Rewari SBI staff
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, January 10
Beware! Your money lying in your savings bank account even in a prestigious bank like the main branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) here is not safe.

A staggering fraud played on Jagdish Prasad Dahinwal, a retired principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Jatusana, presently residing in Shiv Colony here and a savings bank account holder of the main branch of the SBI here, by a swindler, who recently withdrew a huge amount of Rs 7.80 lakh in two instalments from his account, has now come to light.

While it has cast aspersions on the functioning of the SBI here, it has put Dahinwal in a critically embarrassing situation as well.

It is noteworthy that the cheat just by forging Dahinwal’s signatures on the cash vouchers of the bank withdrew Rs 90,000 on November 10 and Rs 6.90 lakh on November 11 in a row from the latter’s account.

Next day, i.e. on November 12, when Dahinwal went to the bank in connection with some work and got a copy of the statement of his account issued, he was stunned to find that a huge amount of Rs 7.80 lakh had been withdrawn from his account.

Thus, when he brought it to the notice of Radhe Shyam Bhardwaj, general manager of the bank, and when relevant cash vouchers of the bank were examined, they showed that some cheat had withdrawn the money fraudulently.

Besides, when CCTV footages of the bank of the two concerned days were checked, Dahinwal was unable to identify the cheat hovering at the withdrawal counter.

Consequently, Dahinwal made a written complaint following which the bank authorities promised to provide relief and justice to him soon after their departmental probe.

However, the matter took a grave turn on November 20 when the bank authorities sent him an ATM card for which he had never applied as he was already in possession of an old ATM card of the bank.

Things became murkier on November 22 when the application, on the basis of which the above ATM card had been issued, was found missing from the bank’s relevant file.

Thus, finding it hard to endlessly wait for the provision of relief and justice by the bank authorities as promised by them earlier, Dahinwal filed a written complaint on January 7 following which the city police registered a case of cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy against the general manager and some other employees of the bank.

The case has now been entrusted to SI Kailash Chand, in charge of the Economic Cell of the Police Department here, who is now investigating the matter.

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UHBVN to intensify campaign against power theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has decided to supply power through aerial bunched cables in the theft-prone urban areas having maximum line losses. The Nigam has decided that 500-km-long cable would be made available to filed officers by the end of this month to undertake this operation so as to minimise the technical losses and ensure human safety.

According to Arun Kumar, MD, UHBVN, the Nigam would intensify its campaign to detect the cases of power pilferage and approach the special courts against erring consumers. These courts have been constituted by the state government with the concurrence of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The field officers have been directed to streamline the distribution system in their areas so that uninterrupted power is supplied to the consumers. Arun said the Nigam had supplied 9 per cent more power to consumers in December 2010 as compared to the corresponding month of the last year.

He said the Nigam would have 1.25 lakh single-phase and 50,000 three-phase meters by the end of February 2011. Simultaneously, the process of procuring one lakh single-phase and 25,000 three-phase meters has been started to overcome the problem of shortage of meters and replace the defective meters.

The managing director appreciated the efforts of field officers for distinct increase in revenue collection.

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Teachers trained in new teaching methods
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, January 10
Teaching has undergone changes over the years and these changes are a continuous process. Old methods of teaching are becoming obsolete with new and innovative methods replacing them.

Under a programme of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), teachers working in the state’s government schools have been getting training in new teaching methods.

Under the programme, each primary and upper primary teacher will have to undergo 14-day training divided in two cycles of seven days each.

The first cycle of the training is in progress at Government Primary School, Sector 3, here.

Vinod Karwasara, assistant block resource coordinator of the SSA, said that the training being imparted under the aegis of the Haryana Prarthmik Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad was being provided by New Horizon India Limited, which had been given the contract for 10 districts of the state.

The company trainers teach new methods of teachings through projectors and slide shows.

The trainers show clippings of teaching methods in advanced countries and also those on child psychology to convey their message. The trainers also tell the teachers the difference between good and bad teaching.

Excerpts from Bollywood movies “Taare Zameen Par” and “Three Idiots” are shown to teachers to show how good teaching can help students give their best and vice versa.

Portions of “Chak De India” are also shown to bring home the message that how inspiration can help ordinary people give the best results.

Karwasaa said that the first phase of the training started in November last year and would continue till the end of this month.

The schedule for the second phases would be announced later, he added.

Meanwhile, addressing the concluding session of one such training camp, additional deputy commissioner Ashok Meena gave tips about the provisions of the Right to Education to teachers.

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Lifetime achievement award for Rai school principal
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 10
VK.Verma, Director-Principal of Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai (Sonepat), has been honoured with Dr Gaur Hari Singhania lifetime achievement award by the Indian Public Schools Conference (IPSC)for his outstanding contribution in the field of education and for promotion IPSC activities in the country.

Mr Verma is the seventh teacher of India to receive this award, which comprises Rs 1 lakh in cash, a silver salver and a shawl.

The award was presented to Mr Verma at a function held at Udupi in Mangalore on January 5. Padma Bhushan MV.Kamath was the guest of honour on the occasion Mr Verma has also been decorated with the best teacher award by the Central Board of School Education.

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Corps of Signals’ expedition flagged off
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 10
A 15-member Army expedition team was flagged off by the Chief of the Staff of Kharga Corps here to mark the centenary celebrations of the Corps of Signals. According to sources, the team, which comprises two officers, one JCO and 12 other ranks, will cover a distance of 6,000 km on motorcycles in 24 days and traverse through 14 states before terminating at Jodhpur on February 14.

The team known as “Mercury Explorer Motorcycle Expedition” will display their skills while visiting various military stations with an aim to enhancing the Corps’ image and increasing awareness among the general population.

The Corps of Signals is responsible for providing secure and reliable communication in the Army and has been pioneer of technological advancements. To add adventure, the team has planned to travel across the length and breadth of the country from Srinagar to Arunachal Pardesh in the Far East passing through one of the most rugged and difficult hilly terrain.

According to an Army spokesman, the expedition aims at motivating the youth to join the Indian Army and to interact with the Armed forces.

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Hisar varsity to impart training in beekeeping
Tribune News Service

Hisar, January 10
Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University will impart training in beekeeping to ex-servicemen and unemployed boys and girls of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

While stating this, a spokesperson for the Agriculture Technology Training and Education Institute of the university said the training programme had been organised jointly by the institute and the Entomology Department of the university.

He said the training programme for ex-servicemen would be organised from January 17 to January 24 and for boys and girls of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes from January 24 to January 29. The training programme had been organised under the National Agriculture Development Scheme.

Lodging and boarding facility would also be provided to them. Certificates and some equipment would also be given to the trainees after the training so that they could start their own ventures, he added.

The spokesperson said ex-servicemen could get themselves registered by January 15 and the youth belonging to the SC and the ST by January 22.

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27 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas proposed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The Education Department has decided to set up Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV) in 27 educationally backward blocks of the state. A spokesman of the Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad said here that the Education Department had, under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, invited applications from registered educational institutions and societies to set up and run free residential schools to be known as Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas.

The blocks in which these schools were to be set up were Bapoli, Hassanpur, Hodal, Palwal, Bhattu Kalan, Bhuna, Fatehabad, Ratia, Tohana, Nangal Chaudhary, Kaithal, Kalayat, Alewa, Agroha, Barwala, Hansi-I, Hisar-II, Narnaund, Uklana, Tosham, Siwani, Baragudha, Dabwali, Ellenabad, Nathusari Chopta, Odhan and Rania.

These schools would be started from the next academic session. Initially, registration for 100 girls of disadvantaged groups of society from the 6th to 8th classes would have to be made by such schools.

The spokesman said the organisations should have a minimum of five years' experience of running institutions or implementing educational programmes in the state. They should also have sufficient infrastructure in the form of land and buildings and also have to follow the other norms as laid down by the Central Government from time to time.

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Horticulturist dead
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, January 10
A doyen in the field of horticulture and floriculture and Indian Nursery men Association founder president Arjan Dass Aggarwal ( 89) passed away here on January 1.

He started a fruit and flower nursery on his 40- acre farm in the Kalayat area about 60 years ago and devoted his energy and experience to grow varieties of flowers like gladioli , roses and orchids that had great demand in metros like Delhi. He had won many awards in this field at the national level. He also visited England and Holland to participate in international seminars on horticulture .

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Training course begins
Tribune News Service

Hisar, January 10
A three-week advanced training course on host plant resistance in entomology will begin at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCS HAU), Hisar tomorrow. As many as 25 scientists from various agricultural universities and ICAR institutes representing 10 states of the country will participate in this course.

According to Dr R.K. Saini, director of the host Centre of Advanced Faculty Training, the main objective of the training course is to provide latest information to the participating scientists with regard to innovations made in the area of host plant resistance at the molecular level. The main emphasis would be on the role of chemicals available in plants in fighting insects invading them and how the plant defence mechanism could be strengthened by exploiting these chemicals. He said that experts from other institutes would also deliberate on important issues during the course.

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Blankets given to prisoners
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, January 10
Gobind Kanda, an executive member of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, recently distributed blankets and woolen clothes among inmates of the jail. There are over 700 inmates in the district jail.

Speaking on the occasion, Kanda wished the inmates early release and a crime-free future. He said the prisoners had come to the jail due to some circumstances.

JS Sethi, jail superintendent, said the jail had a temple, a mosque and a gurdwara, all three adjacent to each other.

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Letter
Implement litigation policy in letter and in spirit

Kudos to the Chief Minister for unveiling the first -of-its- kind state litigation policy at the last Cabinet meeting of 2010 by taking a cue from the national litigation policy the announced by the Union Law Minister last year. Although the state policy aims at reducing unnecessary litigation involving the state government, it fails to thoroughly address the core issue of government representation.

It is pertinent to mention that the central policy provides for constitution of screening committees at every level to prepare a panel of advocates for defending the government in courts by identifying the prospective advocates' areas of core competence, domain expertise and areas of specialisation.

With the strength of more than 150 advocates in the state Advocate-General (AG)office under various designations, the Hooda government has already created a record of sorts in this office. Though the nature of the various posts is of public character, their appointment is marred by lack of transparency as well as the absence of fair process of appointment.

When this lawyer last year filed an RTI application with the state's Administration of Justice Department to inquire if any guidelines had been framed till date for appointing these law officers, he just received a one-line response asserting that all these are engaged by the state government as it is a competent authority to do the same. What a reply.

Undoubtedly, the government is a competent authority for every executive act but all its actions must withstand public scrutiny and no act ought to be done in a clandestine manner. Even the first appellate authority under RTI endorsed that viewpoint while deciding the appeal. It is often alleged that all those appointed are close loyalists of the ruling elite or their kith and kin and, as such, their appointment is considered to be a kind of "adjustment" which lasts till the tenure of the incumbent government.

Notwithstanding the fact that when the state has a regular cadre of Deputy/Assistant/ District Attorneys, one can't understand what compels the state to engage such a large number of law officers in the AG office. Political compulsions apart, the state ought to consider the necessity of retaining the huge battery of such law officers and that too at a hefty remuneration. Even then, the success rate of the state government as litigant/prosecutor/ appellant in courts remains dismal.

The functions of the state-level empowered committee as contemplated under the state policy must be broadened to periodically assess the efficiency and conduct of law officers posted in the AG office. Similar powers need to be delegated to the department and the district-level policy implementation committees. The Committee(s) should also be empowered to depute the adequate number of surplus law officers in various departments with the task of dispute settlement and grievance redressal at the pre-litigation stage. No state litigation policy can be successful without the optimal utilisation of law officers.

Hemant Kumar
Ambala City

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