27HR01A.qxd 9/26/2013 7:17 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b Hisar 36 27 HOODA TO OFFICIALS 3 Complete water supply projects on time STAFF CRUNCH People suffer as 72 posts lie vacant in Karnal Municipal Corporation 4 The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Friday, September 27, 2013 Competing with real ones Stage set for Hooda's political rally in Sirsa on Sept 29 SUSHIL MANAV TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE SIRSA, SEPTEMBER 26 An artist displays handmade animal toys for sale in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar Soon, apply online for power connections MANISH SIRHINDI TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE AMBALA, SEPTEMBER 26 The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam are all set to provide the facility of online submission of applications for new industrial connections in the state. The facility would be made available to non-domestic and domestic category applicants in a phased manner. Aimed at bringing transparency and tracking of applications, the decision in this regard was taken by the discoms recently. Devender Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, UHBVN and DHBVN, said the state had about 500 MW surplus power and it was in the larger interest of the state to consume the electricity within the state by creating additional load in the industrial and nondomestic sectors. He said the move would not only facilitate the working of the power utilities but also make it convenient for the masses to get new connections. He said the discoms had already asked the applicants to lodge their complaints online or in the directorate of CMD at Panchkula and Hisar. The stage is set for the September 29 rally of the Congress to be addressed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and several other Central and statelevel leaders at Kharia village in Sirsa. Kharia village falls under the Rania Assembly segment of Sirsa and the rally is being organised by Ranjit Singh, a former minister and senior leader of the party, who had contested this seat in the 2009 Assembly elections. Deputy Commissioner J Ganesan and Senior Superintendent of Police Saurabh Singh have been personally supervising the setting up of stage and other arrangements for the rally with administrative and policing angle, though Ranjit Singh himself has been touring to villages to mobilise crowds. The rally has assumed importance for several factors. Deputy Commissioner J Ganesan and SSP Saurabh Singh review the preparations of the stage for the Chief Minister's rally at Kharia in Sirsa. A Tribune photograph This will be the first rally to be addressed by Hooda since Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Singh, who enjoy a considerable influence in their home district Sirsa, Designing students get tips on Gujarat's Ajrakh craft TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE GURGAON, SEPTEMBER 26 The Sushant School of Design at Ansal University, Gurgaon, hosted a two-day Ajrakh designing and printing workshop recently. The workshop was conducted by Dr Ismail Khatri, a master Ajrakh craftsman. Prof Mike Knowles, Dean, Sushant School of Design, said the underlying idea behind organising the workshop was to promote the use and knowledge of the craft of Ajrakh dyeing and printing, a traditional textile craft practised by the Khatri community of Kuchh in Gujarat. “This was a great opportuni- Master Ajrakh craftsman Dr Ismail Khatri trains students at Ansal University in Gurgaon during a workshop. ty for our students to learn from a master of Ajrakh. With the recent increase in global demand for Indian designs, these art forms provide promising career opportunities to the www.tribuneindia.com students.” Dr Ismail Khatri said, “I am glad to be part of this workshop. Through such workshops, students not only get to know about designing and printing techniques of traditional forms, but they also carry forward the rich cultural heritage of our nation.” Traditional Ajrakh printing continues to thrive in craft villages such as Ajrakhpur and Dhamadka in Gujarat. Prof Promil Pande from the Sushant School of Design, who conceptualised the workshop, said, “Many of the country’s traditional art forms are fading away, mainly due to the unavailability of the relevant techniques and knowledge. Our endeavour to familiarise our students with such art forms through the Ajrakh workshop was one step in this direction. .” c m y b have been jailed in the JBT Recruitment Scam. This will also be Hooda's first political rally in Sirsa after his own former Cabinet colleague Gopal Kanda was booked in his former staffer Geetika Sharma's suicide case. Although Hooda has addressed a Congress workers' meeting at Sirsa and inaugurated a Centre of Excellence for Fruits near Dabwali during this period, but it will be his first pub- lic rally since he addressed a public meeting on March 25, 2012 — also organised by Ranjit Singh. Hooda would lay the foundation stone of development schemes worth Rs 90 crore in the Rania Assembly constituency and would also address a public rally at Kharian village in Sirsa district on September 29. Ranjit Singh said Hooda would lay the foundation stone of Rattakhera Kharif channel costing Rs 71.79 crore at Kharian village. This project would be completed with the cooperation of NABARD. The channel would facilitate irrigation in 15,907 acres of agricultural land of 15 villages. He said that 219.48 acres of land would be acquired for the channel project. There is a proposal to construct 40 new bridges on the channel project which would improve connectivity between the adjoining villages of this channel, he added. The Chief Minister would lay the foundation stone of Continued on page 2
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