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Two toppers, one rewarded, other ignored; Is it fair to discriminate among promising students?

Hisar :
Keen on pursuing medicine, Haryana school board Class XII joint topper Naveen Kumar has cleared NEET, ranked 1,554 in the OBC category,  but  is worried that lack of funds may come in the way. 

Belonging to a family with modest means, he is looking to the state government for help. His father Ran Singh, who works as a compounder with a private clinic, is still smarting under the insult of his son being left out of a reward function in Bhiwani on June 4.  
“I am hurt. Naveen keeps asking why the state Education Minister chose to ignore him while presenting a cheque for Rs 4 lakh to the co-topper, Heena.” He now plans to seek a bank loan to sponsor his son’s education. “The government must extend help to bright students from underprivileged sections,” he adds. 

Naveen claims the government is partial with students from government schools. “I worked as hard as Heena, who passed out from a government school. I am proud that we both belong to the same town. But the government must not treat us differently. This hurts me and my father,” he says.

Jagbir Singh, Haryana Board of School Education Chairman, denies the charge. “Heena was given financial aid as her family had appealed to the Education Minister for it. Apparently, no such request was made by Naveen’s family,” he explains.

Naveen has two sisters older than him. A small house in Shiv Colony and two buffaloes is all that the family has. Naveen had secured the sixth place in matriculation following which his school had waived his entire fee. 

A private institute had offered him free coaching for NEET. He is now awaiting a similar gesture from the government.

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Haryana IAS officer goes on Facebook to recount 'abuse' by senior; Are these allegations right?

Chandigarh : 
A woman IAS officer of Haryana cadre has accused her superior — a bureaucrat of the rank of additional chief secretary — of sexual harassment.

The woman, an officer of the 2014 batch, said in a Facebook post today that the senior officer would make her stay late at work — until 7 or 8 pm, make unwanted advances, and even tried to threaten her into not putting on record dissenting comments about work because it would reflect poorly on the department.

She went on to allege that the officer has also threatened to "spoil" her ACR.
The IAS officer against whom the woman has made the allegations, however, termed these as "false and baseless". He told The Tribune that he had instead gone out of his way to help her after she was posted in the department that he is heading.
"I tried my best to provide all facilities to her. She did not even have a room for her office and I asked my staff to provide one," he said.

He alleged the woman officer had been "finding faults" in every official file that had already been cleared by others and writing notes that the files be sent to Advocate General or Legal Remembrance for opinion.

Rubbishing the allegations of threat to spoil the woman's ACR, the officer said he rather advised her that in case she continued writing adverse comments of files like this, some others could spoil her ACR.

In her Facebook post, the woman IAS officer alleged, "It was on May 22 that he first called me to his office and asked me that I should mend my ways or face music throughout my career. He asked me not to make any comments on files as it highlighted what was going wrong in department and if I did not abide he would not just get me transferred from department within two months but would also complain against me. He also threatened to spoil my ACR."

She claimed that the officer was forcing her to go with him to an event at Rohtak, where he was scheduled to deliver a discourse on spirituality.

"Even my security has been withdrawn and I fear that the officer and his men can harm me physically on way back from Rohtak in the late night," the woman officer has written.
The woman has also accused another senior woman IAS officer of warning her against formally lodging a complaint for sexual harassment.

"I want a thorough inquiry, including review of CCTV footage of the office of my senior, and seek police security for me as I am under constant threat," she said.
When contacted, the woman officer claimed all she had to say — her statement and all her email communication with the government — was available on her Facebook page.
Chief Secretary Depinder Singh Dhesi said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has already spoken to media on this issue in Panipat.

Asked whether then matter was being referred to the Internal Complaints Committee constituted under section 4(1) of the Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, Dhesi clarified that the committee constituted on May 11 is for employees of Haryana Civil Secretariat. 

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Will contest all parliamentary, Assembly seats, says MP Saini; Will Rajkumar Saini's party win in Haryana?

Karnal :
Raj Kumar Saini, BJP MP from Kurukshetra and president of the Loktantra Suraksha Manch (LSM), on Sunday announced that the LSM would contest all 10 parliamentary and 90 Assembly seats in the state next year.

He was here to chair a youth party workers’ meeting. Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the programme, he said discrimination against a large section of society by previous governments had forced him into setting up the LSM.

He promised to end nepotism and give reservation to every category in society. He stated that the name of his party would be announced as soon as it was registered.
Asked about his BJP membership, he said, “I am still in the BJP. The party can fire me whenever it likes.” He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying none could replace him.

“The need to form this party arose due to discrimination by previous governments, which did not discharge their duties impartially. A particular community which forms 10 per cent of the population holds around 50 per cent state government jobs while 90 per cent have a small share,” he stated.

He accused former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of misguiding society over reservation for a community, which was set aside by court.

Saini claimed that the present government had failed to resolve the issue, leading to destruction in the state. He pointed out that instead of punishing arsonists, it had rewarded them with jobs and relief.

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Hooda’s third Jan Kranti Yatra from Nuh on June 30; Will Hooda's Jan Kranti Yatra show some color?

New Delhi :
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will launch the third leg of his three-day Jan Kranti Yatra with a public meeting at Punhana in Nuh district on June 30, and raise the government’s alleged neglect in the area.

The yatra and Hooda’s moves will be followed by the BJP and INLD.

Hooda discussed finer points of the yatra with his supporters from Nuh here on Sunday. The yatra will pass through all the three Assembly segments of Nuh district during the three days.

“The BJP government in the state has stopped development projects, especially those relating to the core social sectors of education, health and employment,” he said.
He said farmers of Mewat felt neglected and the public was reeling under worsening law and order condition.

Aftab Ahmad, former minister in the Hooda Cabinet from Nuh, alleged that the present dispensation was “apathetic” towards Nuh, which was created as a separate district by the Congress government headed by Hooda.

He said the development, including job avenues, in the area had come to a standstill. The Shahid Hasan Khan Mewat Government Medical College, which was constructed during the Hooda government, was atrophied with shortage of medicines and doctors.
Mewat encompasses Nuh, and Hodal Assembly seats in Palwal district. It accounts for four Assembly segments. The others are Nuh, Punhana and Ferozepur Jhirka. The erstwhile Taoru Assembly segment, which is a part of the Nuh district, has been merged with Sohna Assembly in Gurugram district.

Although the number of seats appears insignificant in the 90-seat Haryana Assembly, Mewat has a symbolic value on account of the religious diversity of the people.
The electoral battle in the Assembly election remains between the INLD and the Congress.

In the last Assembly elections, while the INLD won Nuh, Ferozepur Jhirka and Hodal seats, the Congress drew a blank. The Punhana seat was won by an independent candidate. The BJP won the Sohna seat on account of split of Meo votes between the INLD and the Congress in Taoru.

With regard Hooda putting the spotlight on Mewat, the BJP will be uneasy at the Congress revival in Mewat. The INLD, too, is keen on protecting its turf.
The February 25 and June 3 rallies relating to the first and second leg of the yatra, respectively at Hodal in Palwal and Samalkha in Panipat, reportedly had good turnout.

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Chief among 6 booked for Rohtak Bar ‘scam’; Are these allegations inspired by politics?

Rohtak :
The police have registered an FIR on the basis of a complaint lodged by the district bar association general secretary regarding the alleged embezzlement worth crores of rupees and concealment of the bar association record.

Talking here, district bar association general secretary Puneet Punia said the elections for the association were held on April 6, 2018. However, the outgoing team of the office-bearers did not hand over the records, including receipts, ledgers, accounts book and minutes book etc to the newly inducted team.

He said a general house meeting was held on April 21, at which it was decided to give two days’ time to the previous office-bearers to furnish the association record, failing which legal proceedings were to be initiated against them.

Punia said when the former president of the association, Deepak Kundu, present president Lokender Phougat alias Jojo, former secretary Sumit Budhwar and clerks Jogender Kundu, Sandeep Kumar and Sombir failed to produce the record, he lodged a complaint with the police.

The case was registered against the said persons under Sections 149, 204, 409 and 477-A of the IPC. Punia alleged that these persons had concealed several years’ record to cover alleged embezzlement of crores of rupees collected for the construction of lawyers’ chambers and subscription fees etc.

On the other hand, district bar association president Lokender Phougat while refuting the allegations had termed these as “motivated by internal politics of the bar association.”
Phougat said that in a written reply submitted with the economic offences wing at the SP office, he had stated that the entire record was available at the association office and any authorised person could check it any time. The sections imposed in the FIR were unmaintainable, he added.

District bar association’s former president Deepak Kundu also termed the allegations as baseless and politically motivated, stating that it was an attempt to tarnish their image.

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