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Non-teaching staff at KU go on strike, work hit

Kurukshetra :
The Kurukshetra University Non-Teaching Employees’ Association (KUNTEA) started indefinite strike demanding release of arrears as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and relaxation in qualification for promotion as the key demands.

Administrative work at various departments of Kurukshetra University was adversely affected as members of the association stayed away from the duty. It is the third major call of strike by KUNTEA in the last eight months.

There are about 1,600 non-teaching staffers. Only 700 outsourced employees worked on Wednesday.

No protest was held on the campus, and KUNTEA members did not report at work. Meanwhile, the KU administration has invoked ‘no work no pay’ rule while stating various demands raised by KUNTEA has been agreed upon by the authorities.

An official spokesperson said the Vice-Chancellor had appointed a five-member committee of Deans and the KUNTEA leaders had been invited for a dialogue.

The spokesperson said the VC had announced that university would disburse the arrears of Rs 10 crore as and when the funds were received from the state government.

The KU has not much financial resources to immediately pay the arrears to the employees. But the arrears are the legitimate right of KU staff and they would get it soon, he added. The spokesperson said the promotions for various posts would be done strictly as per the university rules.

Whether the government has failed to meet the demands of the employees?

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Khaps unite for change in Hindu Marriage Act

Demand law to ban intra-gotra weddings | Will meet Modi, Shah

Kurukshetra :
Representatives of khap panchayats from various states have resolved to form a united platform — Jan Kalyan Manch — to push for their demand to legally ban intra-gotra marriages.

At a mahapanchayat held in Jind on Tuesday, the community leaders unanimously elected prominent khap leader from Delhi’s 360 villages Ram Karan Singh Solanki as the national patron, whereas Tek Ram Kandela of Sarvjatiya Khap Panchayat as the national convener of the manch.

A social and political leader from Jind, Kandela said the apolitical front was supported by khap leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. He said the manch would soon nominate committee members with specific tasks to achieve their goals.

Kandela said the khap leaders decided to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and others to garner support for amendment to the Hindu Marriage Act.

“We want a Central legislation banning marriages within the gotra and villages. Such practices are breach of the traditional brotherhood in rural society. Matrimonial alliances of intra-gotra or villages are against the socially accepted norms and traditions of villages,” said Kandela.

Also, the community leaders demanded pension scheme for former members of panchayats on par with the MPs and MLAs, complete waiver of farm loans, a pension of Rs5,000 for each farmer above 42 years of age and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report.

Kandela said Jind was a centrally located district of Haryana, and the government should promote an industrial hub for the development of the district.

Should the government consider the demand of Khaps?

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Kaithal farmers say no to stubble-burning

Chandigarh :
In a unique initiative under “Haryana-Ek Sudhar” programme of the Khattar Government, farmers in Kaithal pledged not to burn stubble in a bid to reduced pollution and protect environment.

Scores of farmers, led by Guhla Cheeka MLA Kulwant Bazigar, converged at Kaithal and took pledge not to burn stubble and reiterated their resolve to protect environment. “In fact, this is perhaps for the first time in the region that farmers, who are usually blamed for stubble-burning resulting in large-scale pollution, have come forward to say no to stubble-burning and contribute their bit for environment protection,” Rocky Mittal, Project Director of “Haryana-Ek Sudhar” programme, told The Tribune here on Monday.

In fact, to replicate the Kaithal experiment across the state, the BJP government also initiated the preparation of the documentary on the issue of stubble-burning under “Haryana-Ek Sudhar” programme. Under the programme, started by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar a few months back, a specific reform is initiated every month by the state government for welfare of the public.

“Various aspects related to stubble-burning, including ill-effects of the stubble-burning, state government’s efforts to curb pollution through subsidies for the management of the stubble disposal through alternative means and various uses of stubble for the fertility of the soil, would be highlighted in the documentary. The documentary will be shown across the state to motivate the farmers not be burn stubble and use alternative methods to dispose of the crop residue,” Mittal asserted.

Meanwhile, sources said 112 farmers’ societies in Kaithal and 42 in Guhla Cheeka had been selected for grant of subsidy for crop residue management by the state government.

Is this welcome step of the farmers?

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Day after suicide by rape victim, 1 held in Bhiwani

Bhiwani :
A day after a gangrape victim reportedly committed suicide over police “inaction”, the police on Tuesday arrested one of the three accused, Pradeep Kumar, even as her family started an indefinite dharna at the Civil Hospital here, refusing to take the body for cremation.

Members of her family demanded arrest of the other two accused and action against police officials, who they alleged drove the girl to commit suicide. The three accused are also Dalits.

Kumar’s family, too, started a dharna at the Mini-Secretariat, claiming that the victim’s family was implicating him as he had an old enmity with them.

The police have constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Gohana Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Narender Bijarnia to investigate the alleged incident of gangrape and suicide by the victim.

The gangrape victim had committed suicide by hanging herself in her house at a village in Bhiwani district on Monday night. Her family alleged she took the extreme step because of the failure of the police to arrest the accused.

On the night of August 17, she was allegedly kidnapped from her home and raped.

On Tuesday, the SIT chief held a meeting with an 11-member committee, which was constituted to fight for justice for the victim and her family. After the meeting, he said the Director General of Police had ordered him to conduct the inquiry. “One of the accused has been arrested. The police are gathering evidence,” he added.

Should the police have to act quickly?

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2 more detained in sodomy case

Rohtak :
The police have detained two more juvenile students of a gurukul located at Ladhaut village in the district in connection with a sodomy case registered at the Sadar police station.

The SHO (Sadar) said the five juvenile students detained on Monday had been sent to a children’s reformatory home at Hisar after being produced before the Juvenile Justice Board.

“Gurukul warden Sachin, who was arrested on Monday, was produced in a local court, which sent him to judicial custody,” he added. The principal of the gurukul is still absconding.

Meanwhile, officials of the Education Department, led by Block Education Officer Virender Malik, visited the gurukul and initiated a probe into its functioning.

The parents of many students have taken their children home in the wake of the sodomy row. The authorities said the parents who wanted to take their children home had been allowed to do so.

Several students, including those who have lodged an FIR in this regard, have alleged that they were beaten up with sticks even for small instances of indiscipline.

On the other hand, certain students as well as their parents said a good academic atmosphere and other conditions prevailed at the gurukul and that they were satisfied with the functioning of the management.

Should the culprits be severely punished?

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