No immersion , Sangwan khap to bury mortal remains, plant tree
In a path-breaking decision that aims at changing an age-old ritual, the Sangwan khap panchayat — the predominant khap in Charkhi Dadri district — announced that they would not immerse the mortal remains of the dead in the Ganga.
The khap meeting held at Kheri Bura village in Charkhi Dadri district claimed that it was taking decisions to usher in social reforms by discarding outdated norms that were ostentatious and extravagant for people to perform.
The Sangwan khap has influence in 60 villages having a population of 3.5 lakh in Charkhi Dadri and Bhiwani districts. It is considered one of the strongest khaps in Haryana.
Sombir Sangwan, khap pradhan, said the khap took the unanimous decision to do away with immersing mortal remains in the Ganga. “This is an illogical ritual which not only pollutes the river, but also puts financial burden on the family which has lost a member. From now, we will not go to Haridwar to immerse the remains. People in these villages will bury the ashes in the ground and plant a tree in the name of the departed soul,” Sangwan informed.
Nar Singh, secretary of the khap, said people in the entire khap were unanimous in doing away with this practice as it hadbecome a social evil as the priests living in Haridwar were spreading superstitions among the people.
The panchayat also issued directions that no more than 11 persons should visit a bereaved family. Similarly, relatives should not be asked to create a rush at the time of cremation.
Besides, it also sought to cut down on the spending at weddings by asking the villagers not to take more than 51 members in the wedding procession going to the house of the bride.
“The wedding function should be organised at daytime and should not be delayed after 11 pm. The khap also told people not to accept more than Rs 10 as ‘kanyadaan’ at the wedding. An equal amount should be given at the time of ‘rasam pagri’,” said Nar Singh.
Pradhan said they had decided to organise sarv khap mahapanchayat to deal with the issue of crime against women on November 11 in Dadri town.
“Despite legal provisions and police deterrent, incidents continue to occur across the state. We aim to devise some effective mechanism that can control such incidents,” Pradhan said.
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Assandh MLA’s son, friend fired at, safe
Harpreet Singh Virk, the son of BJP’s Assandh MLA Bakshish Singh Virk, and his friend Harminder Singh were attacked by armed persons in Safidon late Sunday night. They were travelling in an SUV. A shot was fired but the bullet hit the bonnet, said DSP Sunil Kumar.
A case has been registered against six unidentified persons under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation) and other sections of the IPC.
The MLA said his son and his friend were waylaid by some persons from Dera Gujrakhia village in Assandh subdivision. He claimed neither of the two had enmity with anyone. “The police must investigate the case from all angles,” he demanded.
The lone Sikh BJP legislator had last week sought the resignation of the CM’s media adviser, Rajiv Jain, over a press statement after Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar skipped a scheduled visit to a gurdwara in Dachar village on September 28, antagonising local Sikhs.
Reports said the CM was advised to keep away in view of the gurdwara displaying a picture of Bhindranwale.
While Jain claimed the Sikhs had extended support to the CM, the community leaders announced a meeting to take a final call.
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INLD projects Maya as PM candidate
Former Chief Minister Chautala promises jobs to all unemployed youth if voted to power
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati was projected as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 General Election during a “Sadbhavna Sammaan Rally” organised by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) to mark the 105th birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal.
Eyeing victory in Haryana in the 2019 Assembly elections on a combination of Jat and Scheduled Caste votes, INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala, Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala, state INLD president Ashok Arora and others said a grand alliance at the national level was only a matter of time.
Pointing to former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela’s presence on stage, Abhay said formation of a third front at the national level was a matter of time. He predicted that Mayawati would be the next Prime Minister and Vaghela the next Gujarat Chief Minister.
Out of jail on 14-day furlough, Chautala termed his sentence as “punishment for providing employment to 3,200 youths”. He declared that if the INLD was voted to power, he would provide jobs to all unemployed youth depending on eligibility even if he had to spend the rest of his life in jail in that connection.
He promised that the INLD would hike old-age pension to Rs 3,000 per month, halve electricity tariff, provide free power to tube wells and waive loans of small farmers and traders. The party promised Rs 5 lakh as “kanyadaan” to the poor on marriage of daughter and Rs 15,000 as unemployment allowance.
Vaghela remembered his association with Devi Lal. He said he was sure that this rally would mark the beginning of opposition unity ahead of the 2019 elections in the same manner in which the late INLD patriarch had united opposition parties against the Congress.
Abhay announced that the party would launch a bigger movement if the Centre failed to begin construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal by November 1. State BSP leaders Parkash Bharti and Megh Raj were present during the rally.
Bharti offered a blue turban to Chautala when he came to the dais. Sporting a green turban, Chautala accepted the blue turban in his hands instead of wearing it. A video in this regard later went viral.
Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala alleged that the BJP government had reneged on its promise of employment to the youth. Terming the BJP as anti-farmer, he alleged that farmers had been hit the most under the current dispensation at the Centre and in the state.
Differences between Abhay and Dushyant were discernible as slogans raised when the MP was speaking mentioned Devi Lal, Chautala and Dushyant’s father Ajay Singh Chautala. A section continued disrupting the rally when Abhay was speaking, forcing a remark that only disciplined workers would be given ticket.
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Will waive farmers’ loan, says Hooda
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the ruling BJP party and said it had failed to fulfil its poll promises.
He alleged that it had ignored farmers and had not taken any initiative for their betterment.
“We are preparing our manifesto for the elections and have kept several policies for the welfare of the farmers in it,” said Hooda while interacting with farmers and traders at a programme organised by former district president Surinder Narwal in the Assandh grain market.
The former Chief Minister also attended a “smriti sabha” organised in memory of Thakur Bijender Singh, a resident of Salwan and former Additional Advocate General Haryana, and remembered his services in Assandh.
He said farmers of the state would assemble in Chandigarh to discuss their issues on October 25 and later the Congress would include the issues of debt waiver and doubling the income of the farmers in its manifesto. “We will waive the farmers’ loan and double the income the farmers if voted to power,” he said.
Addressing farmers, Hooda said the farming community was happy during his regime, but now it was struggling hard to earn its livelihood. He flayed the government for implementing “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana” and said that insurance companies were making money and farmers were waiting for compensation.
He said the government was harassing farmers for stubble burning to hide its failure of giving an alternative to farmers. He criticised the lathi-charge on farmers on the Delhi-UP border.
On being asked about the cases registered against him, Hooda maintained, “I am not afraid of the BJP and would not bend. The BJP has registered false cases against me, but truth will prevail.”
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PGIMS resident doctors end stir
The resident doctors at the local PGIMS, who had been on strike over pay anomalies since Wednesday, ended their strike on being assured of the fulfilment of their demands.
The PGIMS public relations officer, Dr Varun Arora, stated that the striking doctors ended their strike after the University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor, Prof OP Kalra, gave them a written assurance regarding their demands.
The resident doctors have been assured that the matter pertaining to their pay anomalies would be taken up with the state authorities promptly and the said anomalies would be removed in a time-bound manner, said Kalra.
PGIMS Resident Doctors Association vice-president Dr Gaurav Nandal confirmed that the association had called off their stir. As per the PGIMS authorities, the striking doctors have started rejoining their duties.
Nearly 1,200 resident doctors of the institute, including junior and senior resident doctors as well as house surgeons, had gone on strike on Wednesday, bringing the patient-care services at the PGIMS to a standstill.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued here this evening, the PGIMS Residents Doctors Association (RDA) maintained that the body would resume its stir after 10 days if their demands were not met by then.