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Pollution board recommends closure of three pyrolysis units; Is it a good decision?

Decides to take similar action against three stone crushers

Mahendragarh :
The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has recommended the closure of three tyre pyrolysis oil manufacturing units in Gangutana village and Narnaul in the district. The board has also decided to take similar action against three stone crushers being operated in the Nangal Choudhary area.

During inspection in May, board officials found the units grossly violating mandatory provisions under the Prevention and Control of Pollution Act and Environment Protection Act.

“The officials neither found proper sampling arrangement of stacks nor effluent treatment plants to treat the waste generated from wet scrubber and oil mixed water generated from final oil collection tank. Even, the units did not have proper shed to store carbon black generated as by-product,” said sources.

During inspection of the stone crushers, the officials found that sprinklers were not in working conditions, machineries were not covered properly, metal sheets were lying broken, tree plantation was insufficient and no logbook was maintained regarding electricity consumed for operations of sprinklers, premises were dusty and no wetting was done, said the sources.

Even, the crushers did not have air pollution control measures. The officials also collected samples of air emission from the crushers which also failed the test, said the sources.
“After inspection, the pryrolysis units and stone crushers were issued show-cause notices, but all units failed to respond to the notices in stipulated time. Recommendations for closure of the tyre units have been made, while we have decided to take similar action against the stone crushers,” said Ravinder Yadav, SDO, HSPCB regional office, Dhaaruhera, Rewari.

What is pyroylsis plant? 

A pyroylsis plant produces industrial fuel for furnaces by heating rubber tyres in a reactor in the absence of oxygen. This produces a gas which is condensed and turned into fuel oil. Carbon black is a by-product of this process and is used to make dyes.

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Haryana school with zero result to get motivational drills; Will this help the children?

Hisar :
The District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), a government teacher training institute located in the district’s Mattarsham village, has adopted Government Girls Secondary School in Kabrel village that shot to infamy due to zero result of Class X students this year.

The DIET staff would organise camps in the school to motivate and train teachers for better performance of students.

All 24 students of the school flunked Class X exams conducted by the Haryana Board of School Education.

The school has a staff of seven teachers. Two posts – one of the head master and another of Sanksrit teacher — are vacant. The school, which re-admitted most of the 24 students, has the strength of 40 students in Class X.

In Parliament, Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala on Wednesday flagged the issue of poor results of the Kabrel school, while demanding recruitment of regular teachers in all government schools.

“The entire batch failed to clear the examination due to shortage of teachers. The Kabrel school did not have a teacher for mathematics, science and English for long,” he said in Lok Sabha.

Village sarpanch Dharam Singh said the panchayat intimated the district education authorities about the vacant posts, but they did not bother to fill them. “The teachers were appointed a couple of months before the Class X exam,” he added.
The ADC, Amarjit Singh Maan, said the DIET had adopted the government school for a year. He hoped it would raise the standards of teaching and learning.

All 24 students flunked Class X 

All 24 students of the school flunked Class X exams conducted by the Haryana Board of School Education

The school has a staff of seven teachers. Two posts — one of the head master and another of Sanksrit teacher — are vacant

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Girl held for extorting money; Are there such cases growing?

Karnal :
A 19-year-old girl from the district’s Sekhpura Sohana was arrested on the charge of extorting money from a man on the pretext of implicating him in a rape case.
The police refused to reveal her name.

Mohan Lal, SHO, City police station, said Ramesh, alias Sonu, on Wednesday approached the police, claiming that a girl was threatening to implicate him in a rape case.

In his police complaint, he said he came in contact with the girl through Facebook around four months ago. They fell in love and, after some time, she started blackmailing him on the pretext that she got pregnant, Ramesh claimed.

He gave her Rs50,000 to settle the matter, but she demanded more money. When she demanded Rs50,000 more, he approached the police. In support of his case, he submitted to the police a record of the chat between them.

Currency notes worth Rs50,000 signed by the police were seized from her. The police also recovered Rs10,000 which the girl had allegedly extorted from the man.
The girl has been booked under Sections 384 and 389 of the IPC.

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Gallantry award winner Army officer moves HC over denial of benefits by Haryana; Will the officer get justice?

Chandigarh :
An Army Major, presented gallantry award on August 15, 2009, by the President for displaying exemplary courage in hostage rescue operation in Trident-Oberoi hotel by NSG commando during the Mumbai terror attack, on Wednesday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the denial of benefits to him by the Haryana government.

He was told that Mumbai operation was not declared war by the Government of India. As such, he was not eligible for award money. In his petition placed before the Bench of Justice Rajiv Narain Raina, Major Karamjeet Singh Yadav stated he was deputed with the National Security Guard during 'Operation Black Tornado' in Mumbai from November 26 to November 30, 2008.

After the gallantry award, the petitioner applied for one-time cash award in accordance with the policy of the Haryana government "for war-time and peace time gallantry award for Defence personnel".

The petitioner asserted he received a letter on January 25, 2011, that his claim for cash award had been turned down by secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, Haryana. He was told that the case was not covered under the Haryana government policy "and incident occurred during the peace time". 

He added the stand in the letter was "totally illegal and not according to the law". 
Claiming that the petitioner was clearly denied of all benefits despite his entitlement, Major Yadav said it was clearly "in violation of fundamental rights of citizen of India and it is clearly violation of Constitution of India of the Article of 14 & 16".

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Caste balancing act by Congress in state; Will Congress succeed in Haryana?

Selja, Surjewala, Deepender, Bishnoi find place in revamped working committee of party

Chandigarh :
Assembly elections, due next year, seem high on the agenda of the Congress high command with four leaders finding place in the revamped Congress Working Committee (CWC). Their choice is aimed at striking a caste balance while appeasing various factions in the state unit.

While Rajya Sabha member Selja has been nominated as CWC member, AICC media incharge and Kaithal MLA Randeep Singh Surjewala has been picked as permanent member. MP Deepender Hooda and MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi have made it to the CWC as special invitees.

The representation outweighs the small size of the state, which votes along caste lines. The inclusion of two Jat leaders, Surjewala and Deepender, has been balanced by giving representation to Selja, the Scheduled Caste face of the party, and Bishnoi, who recently merged the Haryana Janhit Congress and returned to the Congress fold to reclaim his position of a non-Jat leader.

While the caste factor is important, the constantly warring factions in the state unit are equally significant and the party high command has failed to bring them on a common platform.

To placate the leaders clamouring to give former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda his due and elevate him to the post of president of the state unit, the high command has accommodated his son Deepender in the CWC. Deepender is seen as a youth leader in his own right and is the only Congress MP to be re-elected from Haryana in the 2014 General Election.

Though representation to the faction of state unit chief Ashok Tanwar and Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhry has been overlooked, the CWC representation may be an arrangement worked out by the high command to silence Tanwar’s critics, pressing for his removal. No state unit chief has made it to the CWC.
As Tanwar’s replacement, Selja’s name has been doing the rounds as a contender for the post of PCC president. Over the last few months, her field presence has gone up and her equation with Hooda improved.

Surjewala has already carved a niche for himself, rising from a party spokesperson to become the AICC media incharge and be counted in a party where “seniors” abound.
Sources say this attempt at giving representation to all these leaders in various capacities is the party leadership’s attempt to resolve differences among top leaders to ensure that they hit the tarmac running when elections are announced.

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