01HR01A.qxd 9/30/2013 6:15 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b Hisar 34 25 HARVESTING SEASON 3 Procurement of paddy, bajra starts today DISTRICT VIGILANCE AND MONITORING COMMITTEE Officials to ensure job cards to people under MGNREGA 4 The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Tuesday, October 1, 2013 www.tribuneindia.com C O N G R E S S ’ J A N S H A K T I R A L LY I N S I R S A AICC secy hits out at Modi, Hooda's detractors within Cong Heart to heart SUSHIL MANAV TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE SIRSA, SEPTEMBER 30 The Jan Shakti rally organised by the Congress at Kharia village of Sirsa on Sunday has sent across several messages for Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh's detractors within the party and outside it and also the rally was unique in nature for the arrangements made for it. The rally, organised by former minister Ranjit Singh, was unique in that it was perhaps the first political rally in which arrangements for chairs had been made for all those who attended it. Normally, the organisers make arrangements for chairs for the VIPs as well as for the media, but the general public who constitute the crowd are made to sit on the flour or stand on the sides. Ranjit Singh's rally managers claimed that he had ordered 37,500 chairs for the rally. Though the claims could not be verified, as a matter of fact, the turnout in the rally was so huge that while the pandal was full with people, almost half the number sitting on chairs were seen on the roads and in the ground outside the pandal. Political observers said it was one of the biggest rallies addressed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in any constituency. Music director Anu Malik performs during a programme organised to celebrate World Heart Day in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar Bhupinder Singh Hooda Rao Inderjeet Singh Narendra Modi The rally was important for the Congress as it came close on the heels of Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh's rally at Rewari and the INLD's successful rally at Narnaul — both these rallies were held on September 23. The BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, had also organised a rally at Rewari in Haryana earlier this month. All these rallies were quite huge in size going by the number of people attending them. Before him, Hooda's bête noire within the Congress Birender Singh, too, had organised a big rally at Jind on the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. In the backdrop of these rallies, Hooda needed a big rally to match the public meetings organised recently by his detractors. The Jan Shakti rally organ- ised by Ranjit Singh provided him an opportunity to show his strength. The rally provided Hooda and his camp an opportunity to send several messages. In an attempt to embarrass Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Hooda's political adviser Virender Singh moved a resolution asking Modi to restore land to hundreds of farmers from Punjab and Haryana, who have been uprooted from the Bhuj area in Gujarat from the land they owned for decades. Haryana has already passed a Bill for the restoration of land to Sikh families from a village near Pehowa, who, too, were uprooted from their lands in almost a similar fashion. AICC Secretary and in charge for Haryana, Shakeel Ahmad, used this rally to hit out at Narendra Modi as well as Hooda's detractors within the Congress. Shakeel Ahmad pooh poohed Modi's Rewari rally and said the Gujarat Chief Minister had in fact come to Haryana to know how Hooda has been able to make it number one state. He also castigated those who accused the Chief Minister of skewed development. The rally was also important for the Congress, because through this, Hooda has been able to exhibit a great show of strength in INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala's bastion. HPCC president Phool Chand Mullana, MP Ashok Tanwar, OSD (Media) to CM KV Singh and former Hisar MP Jai Parkash addressed the rally. HPCC delegate Hoshiari Lal Sharma, and Sirsa (Urban) president Bhupesh Mehta were also present. Wish to set up academy in Haryana, says Baichung Bhutia SUNIT DHAWAN/TNS SUSHIL MANAV TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE SIRSA, SEPTEMBER 30 Sirsa has become the first district in the state where poor children studying in government schools in villages will get training to use digital technology and the Internet in their education and their teachers will use power-point presentation and other digital methods in pedagogy. Under a programme, Digital Equaliser, as many as 115 teachers from 25 government senior secondary schools of the district have completed their training in pedagogical methods with the use of technology in classrooms and now they will be using their newly acquired skills in classrooms. The training under the Digital Equaliser, a programme of the American India Foundation, ended at the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Ding, in Sirsa on Friday evening. “The mission of the Digital Equaliser (DE) programme is to advance the use of technology to engage, enrich and empower India’s underserved children. The DE seeks to bridge the digital and educational divide in India by providing comput- ers, software, Internet access and training to children and teachers in underprivileged schools across India,” said Sirsa Deputy Commissioner J Ganesan, who roped in the American India Foundation to undertake this project under the Backward Region Grants Fund (BRGF), a scheme to address regional imbalances in various districts of the country. Poor students, who would normally not have access to such technology, become proficient at using it in their regular curriculum and thus develop skills that are necessary to be competitive in the 21st century workforce, said Gurmail Singh, a trainer from the American India Foundation. In the training programme that began on May 6 and ended on September 27, the teachers learnt pedagogical methods with using technology in the classrooms in English, mathematics, science and social studies. Now, they can make use of technology, including the use of power-point presentations, in their teaching work in the schools. Incidentally, Sirsa is the only district in Haryana, where 71 rural government schools have digital classrooms. Will quit politics, but Anirudh won't join Cong, Chaudhary says Bishnoi is treasurer of BCCI 'Govt doesn't have money to pay pension; CM announcing schemes of crores GURGAON, SEPTEMBER 30 Celebrated Indian footballer and former Captain Baichung Bhutia has stated that he wishes to establish a football academy in Haryana. Bhutia, who provides football coaching to youngsters in the age-group of 5-18 years at seven centres in Delhi-NCR, two at Chandigarh and one each in Mumbai and Jammu, said he nurtured an ambition to have football schools across the country. “Haryana has emerged as a hub of sports, thanks to the sporting zeal and indomitable spirit of its residents and encouragement by the state government. It is also close to the national capital and I would love to set up a football academy here,” he maintained. In an informal chat with The Tribune during his recent visit to the city, the noted footballer said though many youngsters were enthusiastic about pursuing sports, many of them were not able to go far due to training and infrastructural constraints. “We have been approach- Sirsa first dist to expose poor students to digital education SUNIT DHAWAN/TNS DEEPENDER DESWAL TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE HISAR, SEPTEMBER 30 Former Indian Football Captain Baichung Bhutia at a sports event in Gurgaon. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed ing the managements of different schools with offers to provide training, but most of them are not willing to give access to their grounds on a regular basis,” he shared. Bhutia, who got the coveted Arjuna Award in 1998 and Padmashree in 2008, observed that thanks to the notable accomplishments of our players at prestigious international events, the craze for sports had grown in a big way during the recent years, and grooming and facilitating the budding sportspersons was a must to make India a formidable sporting power. Hailing from the town known as mini-Cuba due to exploits of its boxers at the world stage, the elevation of 37-year-old cricket administrator Anirudh Chaudhary as the treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also enthused the sports loving people of the region. Chaudhary, grandson of the former Chief Minister Bansi Lal, has been at the helms of affairs at the Haryana Cricket Association for the past eight years. He replaced Mumbai Cricket Association president Ravi Savant. His father Ranbir Mahendra, a senior Congress leader, had also served as the BCCI president in 2004. Haryana Agriculture University cricket coach Baljit Girdhar said it was a good news for the state. “Haryana has talent and we hope that the cricket infrastructure and facilities in the state will improve to facilitate young players in refining their talent," he said. Chaudhary was also the manager of the Indian team on the 2011 Test tour of England. Besides, he had also served as the head of the Museum Committee besides being a member of marketing committee, legal committee, umpire committee, corporate committee and constitution committee in past. Chaudhary’s father Ranbir Mahendra, a former legislature, while congratulating him hoped that his management skills would help the BCCI in flourishing the sport. Rajwanti Maan, Deputy Director, Haryana Archives Department, said it was a record that Chaudhary had become the youngest treasurer of the BCCI and another fact that his father had been president of the BCCI would be registered in the state archives. c m y b GURGAON, SEPTEMBER 30 Lok Sabha MP and Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) president Kuldeep Bishnoi has stated that people wanted to get rid of corrupt regimes in Haryana as well as at the Centre, and 2014 would be the year of change. Addressing a public meeting at Sohna township in the district yesterday, Bishnoi exhorted the people to uproot the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in the state in the coming elections. "The time has come to teach the Hooda government a lesson for its corrupt and anti-people policies," he maintained while addressing the gathering. Referring to Hooda's recent remark that he (Bishnoi) could rejoin the Congress, the HJC leader asserted that he could quit politics, but he would not rejoin the Congress at any cost. He said the recent ordinance brought by the Congress leadership had proved that it favoured corrupt and tainted politicians. Lok Sabha MP Kuldeep Bishnoi and other HJC-BJP leaders at a public meeting at Sohna on Sunday. Coming down heavily on the Haryana Chief Minister, Bishnoi alleged that nine years of Hooda's misrule had left the state's economy in a pitiable condition. "Haryana is under a massive debt burden of Rs 60,000 crore and the state government does not have funds to pay salaries and pensions. Still, Hooda is trying to mislead the people by announcing big schemes," he maintained. The MP pointed out that INLD leader Abhay Chautala was offering unconditional support to the BJP leader- ship, even though no INLD MP had been elected to the Lok Sabha after 1999. Asserting that the HJC-BJP alliance was rock-solid, former Haryana BJP president Krishanpal Gurjar said the Congress and the INLD leaders were spreading rumours about its breakage due to their own apprehensions. Former BJP MP Sudha Yadav maintained that the people had made up their mind to install Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister, while Kuldeep Bishnoi would be the next Chief Minister of Haryana.
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