Jat mahasabha burns effigy of samiti chief
Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Yuva Jat Mahasabha burnt an effigy of All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti president Yashpal Malik here.
Members of the mahasabha led by Jitender Sandhu gathered at the toll plaza on the NH-44 and raised slogans against Malik. Sandhu alleged that Malik was disturbing the peace and brotherhood in the state and he wanted to burn Haryana again.
Accusing Malik of not taking care and helping the youths lodged in jails, he appealed the Jat youths not to support him in the name of reservation.
Sandhu said that Jat youths had decided to burn the effigy of Malik.
Is this right way to protest?
INLD close to split, Chautala vows to act against Dushyant
A split in the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) seems imminent. Amid a clamour for Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala’s expulsion at the party’s working committee meeting in Gurugram on Thursday, party patriarch Om Prakash Chautala reportedly told the leaders that he would take a call on October 25, stressing the report of the disciplinary committee was a must.
“Anyone who threatens the party will find me standing against him. I am not a father or a grandfather when I adorn this pagri (turban) of party supremo,” he is reported to have assured the leaders.
Both Dushyant and his younger brother Digvijay have been rather “defiant” ever since they were sent a notice and suspended on October 11 for anti-party activities in the wake of the ruckus at the party’s “Samman Rally” at Gohana, which, party leaders allege, was engineered by both the brothers.
Chautala’s furlough from the Tihar Central Jail, where he is serving sentence in the JBT recruitment scam, came to an end on Thursday. He will be out for a day for a medical check-up on October 25. It is then that he is expected to take a decision on the issue.
All eyes are now on Dushyant’s father Ajay Singh, serving imprisonment with his father, who is likely to be out on parole on Friday. It would be interesting to watch as to what would be his political move. Sources said the Chautala-Dushyant meeting, where other family members were present too, ended abruptly with Dushyant making a hasty exit as soon as his uncle Abhay Singh, with whom he has a family feud, arrived there.
Dushyant, who met Chautala morning at the latter’s 11-Meena Bagh residence in Delhi, wrote to INLD office secretary Nachhatar Singh Malhan the second time, seeking 15 more days to reply to the party notice. He had earlier in a letter dated October 14 sought proof of the charges against him. “Every day, I am mindful and proud to represent the passion, strength and integrity of the INLD. I understand it as my responsibility to make a positive impact in community. On the personal level, let me repeat that I have every intention to remain a part of the INLD family and I am extremely excited about the positive future of the party headed by our Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala ji (sic),” read Dushyant’s letter.
The party's October 11 notice to Dushyant had accused him of gross indiscipline and hooliganism during the birthday celebrations of the late Chaudhary Devi Lal and of “causing disaffection within the party and conspiring with forces inimical to the INLD".
Will the Congress get the benefit of the partition of the INLD?
Roadways on strike, govt ropes in pvt school buses
Even as Haryana Roadways unions extended their strike till Friday, the state government on Thursday decided to rope in private school buses for the convenience of commuters.
Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar said school bus operators who wanted to run buses on specified routes could get in touch with the Regional Transport Authorities, which were working on modalities of running of private buses.
He pointed out that school bus operators would have to provide drivers and conductors. He said the state government was ready for talks with striking employees on any issue except for introducing 720 private buses.
Panwar said striking employees would be booked under the ESMA. He added the advertisement to appoint 930 conductors and 500 drivers under the outsourcing policy had been issued.
Karnal: Commuters had to face a tough time on Thursday, particularly on rural routes. They had to wait for hours for buses, though private buses and school buses provided some relief.
“I have been waiting for a bus for more than an hour. The government should take action against the employees causing problems to the common man,” said Ramesh Kumar of Garhibirbal.
The district administration took the help of 20 drivers with the Haryana Police and pressed 65 school buses into service. Another 72 private buses plied on various routes.
“We have urged school managements to support the administration,” said Nishant Kumar Yadav, Additional Deputy Commissioner. He said private schools would be given Rs30 per km for their support.
Yamunanagar: The police on Thursday registered a case against Hari Narain Sharma, state president of the All-Haryana Roadways Workers’ Union, for participating in the strike.
On the complaint of Ravinder Prakash Pathak, General Manager of the Yamunanagar depot, a case was registered against Sharma under the ESMA. Sharma could not be contacted for comment.
The strike remained peaceful in the district. The roadways authorities plied about 25 buses, both roadways and private, in the afternoon.
Panipat: The General Manager of Panipat depot, SP Parmar, on Thursday suspended 18 employees and served show-cause notice on 192 employees for violating the ban order under the ESMA.
Around 215 employees were on strike on Thursday. The administration arranged 30 private buses, which would be run on local routes.
The district administration provided 53 special police officers to Haryana Roadways.
Whether the mass life in Haryana in problem due to bus strike?
Girl power to fore in student union poll
Get top positions in MDU, SUPVA & colleges in dist
Girl students have bagged the top positions in the student union elections at Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), State University of Performing and Visual Arts (SUPVA) and a majority of the colleges located in different parts of the district.
In fact, the top three positions of students’ union at the State University of Performing and Visual Arts (SUPVA) have been swept by girl students. While Divya Vats of the Department of Urban Planning and Architecture has been elected as the union president, Tamanna Balhara of the Department of Design has been elected vice-president and Isha Gautam of the Department of Lifestyle Accessories has been elected secretary of the union.
SUPVA Students Union president Divya, who is the daughter of architectural model maker Harish Vats and home-maker Savita Vats of Delhi, says that their university was a unique integrated campus of different institutes and she would try to make it known across the country by organising events and coordinating with other institutions.
“I will also try to raise the voice of the students as till now, they had no such platform/mechanism to get their concerns addressed,” she maintained while talking to The Tribune on Friday.
Yashika of the Department of Zoology at the MDU has been elected the president of the MDU Students Union. Daughter of Kanwar Sain, a driver, and Neeta, a housewife of Rewari, Yashika says she had never thought of entering student union politics, but contested the election on being motivated by her friends and teachers.
“I will try to ensure that the provision of merit-based scholarships at the university, redress the students’ grievances related to hostel issues and ensure the safety of girl students on the university campus. We will also make efforts for the withdrawal of cases registered against the university students during the recent agitation against indirect elections. I will discuss the pressing concerns of the students with my team and then decide on the future course of action,” she said.
Know your leaders
At SUPVA, Divya Vats has been elected the union president, Tamanna Balhara vice-president and Isha Gautam secretary of the union, while Yashika of the Department of Zoology has been elected the president of the MDU Students Union.
Do girls get respect in Haryana?
62 primary schools shut
60 teachers to be affected
As part of its rationalisation policy, the Education Department has closed down 62 primary schools across the state.
Sonepat district accounts for the maximum nine such schools followed by six in Nuh district and five each in Bhiwani, Hisar, Gurugram and Yamunanagar districts. In all, four schools each will be closed in Rohtak and Kaithal districts.
Three schools each will be closed down in Ambala, Karnal and Rewari districts, while two schools each will be shut down in Fatehabad, Jind, Kurukshetra and Mahendragarh districts. In Jhajjar and Palwal, one school each will be shut.
An order from the Director, Elementary Education, dated October 16 directed District Education Officers to ensure that teachers working in schools, which will shut down or merged with other schools, should be shifted to nearby ones.
“At the time of rationalisation, the posts of teacher will be rationalised on the basis of requirement at that point of time. All such teachers shall compulsorily participate in the next transfer drive,” the order stated.
Sources say the 62 schools have zero enrolment and have government primary schools in their vicinity (in most cases, within a radius of 500m). Students will not be affected, but about 60 teachers will be. They will be ‘adjusted’ in nearby schools or schools facing shortage, the sources say.
Meanwhile, the moveable assets of the 62 schools would be shifted to schools to which they would be merged. “When two schools are merged, a school may be shifted to a building of the school having better conditions,” the order stated.