Sunday, 30 June 2013

Haryana Police has arrested one person on charge of attempting sexual assault and threaten to kill the victim

By 1 2 1 News Reporter

Chandigarh,30th June:– Haryana Police has arrested Ram Singh alias Ram Chand of village Salarpur in distric Karnal on charge of attempting sexual assault and threaten to kill if the victim informed anyone about the incident.

        While giving this information today, a spokesman of Police Department said that a 38 year old woman in her complaint to Police Station Kunjpura, Karnal alleged last evening that the accused Ram Singh alias Ram Chand  forcibly entered into her house around 6 a.m. in the morning and beat her and attempted sexual assault on her. She said that the accused also threatened to kill her in case she informed anyone about this incident.

        The spokesman said that while taking swift action on her complaint, the police arrested the accused. The accused was interrogated. Meanwhile, the medical examination of the victim was also got conducted at Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College, Karnal under the supervision of women counselor and police. The counseling of women was done under the supervision of women advocate Mrs. Raman Malhotra and the statement of the victim was also recorded

 

Haryana government reconstruct these 25 villages which were adversely affected

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Chandigarh,30th June:– Haryana  Chief Minister Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said that the state government has adopted 25 those villages of Uttrakhand that were adversely affected by the heavy rain and land slide recently and the State government would reconstruct these villages so that their resident could be rehabilitated.

          The Chief Minister was interacting with mediapersons in Karnal  today where he visited senior Congress leader, Mr. Tejender Pal Maan, whose wife, Mrs. Pushpa Maan and two of their relations who had recently been to Kedarnath  on a pilgrimage, but did not return till date despite a search was conducted to locate them. Mr. Hooda consoled Mr. Maan and other members of his family and expressed his grief over the incident.

          The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by Incharge Haryana Affairs and National General Secretary of Congress Mr. Shakil Ahmad, said that those affected in Uttrakhand would also be given financial assistance by the State Government. The Haryana government had been sending relief supplies in trucks and had also set up a helpline.

          It was informed that the wife of Mr. Tejender Pal Maan, who was accompanied by her brother and sister-in-law had stayed in an inn near Kedarnath Temple on June 15 and no sooner did they began their return journey the next day, there was a cloud burst and thousands of pilgrims were reported missing. She was last contacted on the evening of June 16. The family members of Mr. Maan visited Uttrakhand and search for them, but all in vain.

          Mr. Hooda was accompanied by MP Karnal Dr. Arvind Sharma, MLA Mrs. Sumita Singh, Mr. Zile Ram Sharma and Political Advisor to Chief Minister Prof. Virender Singh.

 

Haryana Welfare of SC and BC Department invites applications for Post Matric scholarship scheme for the year 2013-14.

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Chandigarh,30th June:– Haryana Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department has invited applications from the eligible students belonging to Scheduled Castes under the Post Matric scholarship scheme for the year 2013-14.

          While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the department said that all students  belonging to  Scheduled Castes studying from post matric classes upto Post graduate classes whose parents' annual income from all sources did not exceed Rs. 2.50 lakh were eligible under this scheme.

He said that maintenance allowance, additional allowance for handicapped students, books allowance and book bank facility for specialized courses, sports, library, medical examination and other allowances were provided to students under the scheme. However, amount refunded by the University, colleges and institutions would not be paid, he added. He said that under the scheme, maintenance allowance ranging from Rs 230 to Rs. 1200 per month was given to the students.

          He said that   to avail the benefit of tuition fee and other allowances, the  eligible students studying in University, colleges and institutions could submit their forms on the link given on the website of the  Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes department www.haryanascbc.gov.in . The link for online submission of forms would be available from July 15 to October 31, 2013. The concerned university, colleges and institutions have been asked to send the application  forms to the department for payment, he added.  

 

999 persons of Haryana rescue from Uttarakhand

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Chandigarh,30th June:– As many as 999 persons hailing from Haryana  have so far been rescue from the devastation in Uttarakhand and out of them 74 have been rescued today as per the information received from Haryana police control room in Dehradun.

          While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that no person hailing from Haryana has been found stranded as on today. He said that 22 persons were reported missing today thus raising the numbers of such persons to 395.

          He further stated that Gauri Shanker son of Sukhi Ram, a resident of Ballabhgarh had passed away in the base hospital of Rudra Pryag in Uttarakhand today. Two persons namely Anita wife of Surender and Vandana wife of Sunil of Ambala Cantt. are admitted to the base hospital in Rudra Pryag. Their respective families in Ballabhgarh and Ambala have been informed about them information

 

Mohali girl makes it to the Google science Fair


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Chandigarh, 30th June:---Srishti Asthana, 15, of Mohali will showcase her science project, which could be potential green method for treating wastewater containing detergent, at the Google headquarters in the US.
Competing in Google Science Fair, 2013, the Class-11 student from The Millennium School, Mohali, is one of 15 finalists chosen from nearly 1,000 contestants across 120 countries. She claims that her project (solar light assisted nanoZnO photo catalytic mineralisation, green technique for the degradation of detergents) has short treatment time, is less costly and has less exposure involved for workers.....

Saturday, 29 June 2013

24- HOUR HELPLINE SET UP

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SAS NAGAR, 29th  June:--The SAS Nagar Administration has set up a 24-hour helpline for seeking information regarding persons missing in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. Assistant Commissioner (G) Amarbir kaur Bhullar said as per the instructions of the state government, help line number 0172-2220152 had been set up at the district headquarter. She said any person could give information regarding their relatives and friends missing in Uttarakhand. She said the information provided would be sent to the state government and then forwarded to the Uttarakhand government so that adequate arrangements couldbe made for tracing the where abouts of messing persons

SANT NIRANKARI CHARITABLE FOUNDATION RELIEF MEASURES FOR UTTARAKHAND FLOOD AFFECTED PEOPLE

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Chandigarh,29th June 29:--Mohinder Singh convenor of Chandigarh Branch said with the blessings of His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, the Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation is taking a number of measures towards the rescue and relief of the flood affected people in Uttarakhand. Secretary of the Foundation, Shri C.L. Gulati has already appealed to all the followers of the Mission to contribute towards its Uttarakhand Relief Fund liberally for which they will be entitled to Income Tax rebate under Section 80(G)5(vi) of the Income Tax Act. The contribution can be made through the Sant Nirankari Mandal also against proper receipt on account of Uttarakhand Relief Fund. 

             The Sewa Dal units of the Sant Nirankari Mission in Uttarakhand are working round the clock towards rescue efforts for the flood victims. A series of Blood Donation Camps has also been started in the state and its nearby areas for immediate relief to the injured.    

 One truck containing 15 crates of mineral water, medicines worth Rs. 5,000/- and 2000 packets of biscuits was sent at the rescue centre of Mussoorrie Vikas Pradhikaran (Mussoorie Development Authority) on June 21,2013. Another two trucks fully loaded with mineral water, biscuits and namkeen, bread packets, tarpaulins, blankets, jersies   and other clothes have also been sent to Mussoorrie Development Authority.  Similarly, 120 quintals of fodder have been supplied by Muzaffarnagar branch for cattle in Haridwar area.  

               An amount of Rs. 2,21,500/- has been provided as cash relief to 30 affected families in Saharanpur District. Another amount of Rs.10,00,000/- is also being provided for distribution among the needy.

               Free food (Langar) is also being provided to flood affected people by the Foundation throughout Uttarakhand.The Foundation continues to make every possible effort to ameliorate the lot of victims in Uttarakhand.

 

Candle March for immediate arrest of persons responsible for assault on Pannu

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Mohali, 29th June:-Hundreds of people from all walks of life participated in candle march organized here today to mount pressure on Government for immediate arrest of persons responsible for assault on senior IAS officer KS Pannu while he was in Uttrakhand for rescue of flood victims. Commencing from Gurdwara Shaheedan, the march was culminated at Dusehra ground. The participants demanded to unearth the nefarious design behind the gory incident. 

            While flagging off the march, Dr. AS Khaira, a former Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agriculture, said that there is a deep rooted conspiracy behind this unwarranted and unjustified incident. He said that murder of an ASI in Amritsar, attack on a Tehsiladar and now assault on Mr. Pannu is matter of great concern for peace loving amd law abiding citizens.

            Apart from others, the representatives of Alumni Association of Punjab Agriculture University, Punjab Forest Officers Association, Punjab Non-Gazetted Association, Punjab Forest Rangers Association, Indian Medical Association, Indo-Cnadian Golf Association, Masonic Club and Lions Club (supreme) participated in the march.

 

INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS MUST FOR COMPETITIVE EDGE: EXPERTS

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Chandigarh,29th June:-- An important aspect of strategic management, T V Rao, Director Eximus Centre, Export Import Bank of India, (EXIM Bank) Bangalore said, "Clusters are the most efficient means of capacity building leading to cost effectiveness and increase the productivity with which industries can compete, nationally and globally."

T V Rao was addressing the industry captains of the region during a seminar on "MSME Clusters: Development and Financing" organised jointly by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Export Import Bank of India, here at Jalandhar yesterday evening.

Highlighting that Indian clusters face impediments like technological obsolescence, relatively poor product quality, insufficient information, poor market linkages, inadequate management systems, power shortage and a host of other problems besides pressures from the international markets, stressed Dalip Sharma, Regional Director, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry "Clusters are the only solution to overcome these multifarious problems."

In the Indian scenario where infrastructure and provision of finance is still largely provided and regulated through the government or its institutions, the involvement of such institutions will not only be necessary but also has to be innovative to cater to the specific needs, said Sharma.  

Opinder Singh, Deputy Director, EEPC, said, "In Punjab, specially Ludhiana and Jalandhar are the hubs of industrial activity. The industry should come forward to join hands to form common facilities, and thereby reap the benefits arising out of joint efforts and shared vision of the future."

 Indicating that the main thrust of Export Import Bank is on creation of capacities, Akashdeep Singh, Regional Head, EXIM Bank Chandigarh stressed on the need for enhancing knowledge building. Singh added that EXIM Bank provides solutions for expansion, modernisation, technology upgradation and diversification.

Nullifying the popular notion that setting up of cluster is not possible, Tarun Jain, President, BKTA, shared the success story of the Bahadur ke Textiles and Knitwears Association textile cluster in Ludhiana.

Indicating that the much assumed notion that there has to be geographical proximity is also not an impediment in forming a cluster, Pardeep Singh, Director Technical, J B R Technologies Pvt Ltd, Ludhiana shared the success of having converted STP at Focal point Ludhiana into CETP with Zero Liquid Discharge system for treating the effluents of Electroplating Industries of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Mohali, Amritsar and other cities of Punjab. 

Santosh Chaudhary expresses her concern over shortage of doctors in Punjab Hospitals


By 1 2 1  News Reporter

Chandigarh,29th June:-- The Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Santosh Chaudhary expressed her great concern over the shortage of doctors and para-medical staff in Punjab Govt. Hospitals. Santosh Chaudhary has impressed upon Badal Govt. to speed up the process of selection of requisite staff to ensure quality health care services to the needy people. She said that there is no dearth of funds from the Centre Govt. but the lack of infrastructure and shortage of doctors and para-medical staff has badly affected the health care system in Punjab. She said that as the doctors and other staff is not very keen to join Govt. hospitals in backward district of Hoshiarpur and rural areas of Malwa region, the needy people cannot get proper medical facilities. She announced that there is a proposal to setup special hospitals for treatment of cancer and kidney diseases in backward district of Hoshiarpur and other areas of her Lok Sabha constituency. She fully assured to the State Govt. for making available sufficient funds for the efficient health care network. 
In her maiden visit to Chandigarh after taking charge of minister in the Centre, Chaudhary while interacting with the Press said that she had discussed with the Senior Health Officers of the Punjab Govt. about the status of implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes in the health sector. She said that the Central Govt. has provided special funds for preventing incurable diseases in three districts of Punjab including Bathinda, Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur. She said that she has procured the report of utilization of funds provided by the centre to the state Govt. under NRHM scheme which will be examined. She said that centre Govt. is also extending the help in selection of new doctors in Punjab and building other necessary infrastructure for quality health care services. 
Mrs. Chaudhary further said that it is her sincere effort to ensure that the clinical tests and treatment facilities for the cancer, kidney and other serious kind of diseases in Govt. hospitals of the State are available.
On the occasion, the Additional Secretary Health Govt. of India Mrs. Anuradha Gupta and Secretary Health Punjab and NRHM Mission Director Raj Kamal Chaudhary were also present.

JW Marriott forays into wedding industry:organising 2-day fair 'Shehnaai'

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Chandigarh,29th June:-- Weddings are one of the most special part of ones life and with the aim of making it the most memorable affair of your lifetime, JW Marriott has forayed into this field. Keeping its promise of bringing in sheer luxury to the city beautiful, JW Marriott Chandigarh gives the city beautiful its first exclusive and bi-annual Wedding Fair 'Shehnaai 2013'.

"A flawlessly orchestrated luxury-expo, the wedding extravaganza promises to be a one-stop wedding destination offering unparalleled amenities and services. From the first pop of a champagne cork to the final farewells, every detail of a dream wedding will be attended to by the experts themselves," said Deepak Manocha, General Manager, JW Marriott. While on one side, there is an opportunity to indulge in the finest gourmet tastings by the award winning chefs of JW Marriott Chandigarh, on the other side; automobile brand Mercedes flatters the flamboyant Punjabis with various luxury transport options for the perfect wedding. What's more? JW Marriott Chandigarh has announced attractive options to entice couples on the way to tying the proverbial knot. To ensure that couples have an unforgettable wedding celebration, an elite range of wedding packages – Silver, Gold and Platinum have been introduced, which allows the bride and groom to relax and enjoy this momentous occasion in true comfort and luxury. Talking about these packages, Sunny Ghaiee, Director, Sales & Marketing, JW Marriott said, "These three types of luxurious packages will take care of every wedding related need. The sparkling Silver Package offer couples the premier services, floral and décor of the event, DJ and necessary licenses, wedding night stay in an executive room followed by a lot many other facilities for the guests."

In addition to the elements of Silver package, the dazzling Gold Package will offer the newly-wedded couple a wedding night stay in a luxury suite along with many other facilities for the guests. In addition to the elements of the gold package, the comprehensive Platinum package takes luxury one step further with wedding night stay in the presidential suite, and other benefits. 
The customers also get a chance to win an exotic honeymoon at selected International locations in Marriott properties if they book the wedding on-site

 

Uprooting of trees cause damages 2 cars due to Heavy rains in Chandigarh

By 1 2 1 News Reporter

Chandigarh,29th June:-- With the sudden advent of heavy rains in Chandigarh, trees were uprooted and at some places vehicles were also damaged. In one of the incidents, uprooting of two trees caused damaged to brand new cars in Sector 40 as the trees fell on the cars.

The owners tried calling Municipal Corporation officials but to no avail. They have earlier also raised the issue of the trees that looked on the verge of falling to the MC, but nothing happened.Early monsoon spells have been witnessed by the city almost everyday this week but no loss of life has been reported so far.

Friday, 28 June 2013

भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच संबंधों में सुधार लाने के लिए दोनों देशों के व्यापारी संगठन लगातार कर रहें हैं प्रयास

By 1 2 1  News Reporter
Chandigarh 28th June:--भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच संबंधों में सुधार लाने के लिए दोनों देशों के व्यापारी संगठन लगातार प्रयास कर रहें हैं । इसी सम्बन्ध में आज पाकिस्तान के झंग प्रांत से 14 सदस्यों का प्रतिनिधिमंडल भारत आया और उसने चंडीगढ़ के पी एच डी चेम्बर आफ कामर्स में भारतीय उद्योग पतियों से मिला । झंग चेम्बर आफ कामर्स एंड इंडस्ट्री के प्रतिनिधिमंडल के अध्यक्ष इमरान सोहेल ने दोनों देशों के बीच तनाव कम करने में व्यापार को सबसे बड़ा जरिया बताया । 
पी एच डी चेम्बर आफ कामर्स पंजाब के को-चेयरमैन आर एस सचदेवा ने बताया के पाकिस्तान में नवाज़ शरीफ सरकार के आने से दोनों देशों में दुबारा से व्यापार शुरू होने का काफी संभावनाएं जागी हैं और इसी संदर्भ में बातचीत के लिए यह 14 सदसीय प्रतिनिधिमंडल भारत आया है । हमने इनके द्वारा पाकिस्तान की सरकार द्वारा दोनों देशों के बीच व्यापार बढाने को लेकर आ रहीं मुश्किलों को हल करने की अपील की है ताकि वाघा सीमा द्वारा जल्दी से जल्दी व्यापार दुबारा शुरू हो सके । 

Badals express grief as Bhattal's mother-in-law Harcharan Kaur passes away

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Chandigarh 28th June:--Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Harcharan Kaur (96), the mother-in-law of former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who breathed her last yesterday at village Chagalliwala in Lehra block of Sangrur district. 

Sharing their heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family members, friends and relatives, both the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister described it as a personal loss to Bhattal and prayed to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give courage to them to bear this huge loss in this hour of grief.

 

Haryana Chief Minister announce ‘Chief Minister Milk Production Incentive Scheme’

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Chandigarh 28th June:-- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda has announced a new scheme 'Chief Minister Milk Production Incentive Scheme' wherein the milk producers would get Rs four per litre on the procurement of milk over and above the procurement price  given by Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation. However, there would be no increase in the price of Vita milk and the consumers would continue to get it at the same price. The scheme which has been implemented with immediate effect would remain effective upto September 30, 2013.

About one lakh milk producers of the state, who are basically poor farmers and landless labourers would be benefitted with this scheme. With the launching of this scheme, Haryana now ranks first in the country for giving highest procurement price of milk to the farmers engaged in profession of milk production and who are also the members of Cooperative Milk Societies of the state.  

With the implementation of this scheme, the Cooperative Milk Societies would be able to procure more milk which would not only strengthen the financial position of the farmers but consumers would also get milk at low rates

Haryana Punjabi Sahitya Akademi to bring out reference book on Punjabi litterateurs

Chandigarh 28th June:--Haryana Punjabi Sahitya Akademi has decided to bring out a reference book where complete bio-data of Punjabi litterateurs alongwith their photographs would be published.

      While giving this information here today, Director, Haryana Punjabi Sahitya Akademi, Mr. Sukhchain Singh Bhandari said that all the Punjabi writers could send the particulars of their writing along with their achievements by July 30, 2013 at Akademi office Plot number 16, Sector-14, Panchkula so as to ensure early publication of this reference book. The publication of the reference book would popularise Punjabi writers in the literary world. The reference book would also be distributed to be placed in the various libraries of the country. This effort would be a new step towards promotion of Punjabi literature and to bring fame to Punjabi litterateurs.

            Mr. Bhandari said that the Akademi, from time to time, had orgainzed story writing competition, kahani darbaar, kavi darbaar, kahani workshop, kavita workshop, nukkad naatak, Sufi kalaam and seminars at different places for the promotion of Punjabi language in the state.


Power shutdown in Ph-5 ,Shahimajra,Bariali Ballomajra,Fartullapur, Desumajra, TDI City on June 29


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Mohali,28th June:--Power supply would remain suspended from 8 am to 12 noon on Saturday 29th June in Phase 5, Shahimajra, Bariali Ballomajra, Fartullapur, Desumajra, TDI City and a few other areas due to some urgent maintenance work at the 220 KV GRID S/STN Phase 7 power grid. 

Efforts On To Bring Transfer Claims Online Soon: Stated K K Jalan during an Interaction at PHD Chamber

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Chandigarh 28th June:--The problem of settlement of dues and transfer of PF accumulations from one establishment to another and from one state to another will be resolved soon as the online system will make things easier for the employees said K K Jalan, Central Provident Fund Commissioner during an interaction today at PHD Chamber with industry representatives across the States of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and U.T. Chandigarh and Trade Union representatives from BMS, AITUC, INTUC, CITU etc.

While briefing the issues of the employers with respect to delays, objections levied on the claims, meagre PF interest rates and low pension funds for the dependents in case of retirement or death, the Commissioner stated that the Provident Fund department has made revised parameters for investment which has already been approved by the trustees and the interest rate for the next year may be revised from 8.25% to 8.5% which is in process and may be declared soon.

However, regarding demand of enhancing the ceiling of Rs 6500 in order to become a member of the fund, Jalan said that these are legislative issues to be decide by the elective Govt though the voice of beneficiaries would definitely be conveyed to the higher ups in the system.

Appreciating that the EPFO, India's one of the largest provident fund institutions in the world in terms of members and volume of financial transactions that it has been carrying on, Mr Dalip Sharma, Regional Director, PHD Chamber said, "People should find value while associating with the EPFO rather than being forced to join it." He appreciated the efforts of PF department for publicising the benefits of EPF and its scheme to the people. He said that the purpose of today's intercation was to discuss the difficulties faced by the employers and employees while taking claims and transfers and hoped that the interaction of the participants with the expert faculty will help in resolving various doubts and difficulties for faster settlements of claims.

The Industry members lauded the initiatives taken by PF department for incorporating the IT system in this fast moving IT world and bringing the whole process online which shall considerably reduce the burden of common man

No FIR since one month past attack in Press Club:A big political force behind the scene alleges Dr.Ranu.

Chandigarh 28th June:--Attack on President of Sehajdhari Sikh Party Dr.P.S.Ranu in the Chandigarh Press Club has some political shadows behind the scene as Dr. Ranu alleged that no FIR has been registered since last one month and the police had made a lame excuse stating that the medical injury reports are yet awaited. Delay on the part of the hospital authorities raised serious questions when Dr.Ranu said that he was lifted by the PCR team from the Press Club Chandigarh and admitted in Govt. Medical College & Hospital Sector 32 on 1 June at 12.30 noon where he was examined for injuries and admitted in emergency under observation for 24 hours and his examination of the eye was done at midnight 1.30amwhere he had been declared with corneal injury and black eye. His X-rays of fractured shoulder and nasal bone were done on 1 june night. He claims to have all the receipts of the amounts deposited in the hospital for all the investigations but astonishingly his discharge summary card showed the date of admission as 2 june instead of 1 june. He was operated for implants in the shoulder joint in the hospital due to fracture which is a grievous injury but the MLR showed simple injury. On 4 june even his wife gave a representation to the Director for re-examination of her husband by a board of doctors as the injuries were grievous but no action was taken on that instead the said letter was not present in the records of the hospital whereas Dr.Ranu claims to have the copy of the receiving with stamp and date.

 Dr.Ranu said he was discharged from the hospital on 11 june and till 18 june he was on rest but no action was taken by the police against the accused. On 18 june the Police made a lame excuse stating that the injury summary report is yet awaited from the hospital for registering an FIR in the matter, so he again made a representation to the director to check the delay. On 21 june he was re-examined by a board of doctors of the forensic department to declare the nature of injuries. Even after this  huge exercise no action was taken by the police whereas according to the latest directions of the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Home Affairs the FIR is the right of the party and even in this case the police could have registered suo motto FIR as the unruly incident of attack on Dr.Ranu and a victim innocent lady before the media was telecasted on almost every TV channel.

The victim girl who was thrashed by her husband and in-laws before the media made numerous complaints and met the senior Police officials like Acting SSP (UT) Mr. Manish Chaudhary IPS  who sent her to SP Ghuman for redressal  of grievances but no action was taken and she was compelled to write to the National Women Commission against the Chandigarh Police.

 Dr.Ranu has written to the Governor of Punjab cum Administrator of UT by presenting the News videos of TV channels in this regard against the police and hospital authorities. He said a special team of his party senior leaders is also investigating the matter and involvement of political hands behind the scene.

 

 

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Anil Joshi hands over job letters to 372 daily wage employees

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Chandigarh, 27th June:-- Anil Joshi, Industry and Commerce Minister, Punjab today handed over the appointment letters to the 372 daily wage and work charge employees, whose services have been regularized by the Punjab Small Industries & Export Corporation Limited (PSIEC). The appointment letters were handed over today in a simple but impressive function at Udyog Bhawan, sector 17, Chandigarh. 
Joshi while congratulating these employees exhorted them to work with full dedication and sincerity. He said that 317 daily wage and 54 work charge employees have been regularized with effect from July 1. The minister assured that we are committed to implement the policy framed by the Punjab Government for regularization of services of the employees working on daily wage and work charge basis. He said that large number of employees of the states has been benefited by virtue of this policy. 
He said that the Government of Punjab issued instructions for the regularization of services of daily wage and work charge employees working in Boards/Corporations/Co-operative Institutions and other societies vide Notification dated November 17, 2011. 
Prominent amongst other present on the occasion included Kamal Sharma, President, BJP, Punjab Unit and NK Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Industries & Commerce), Karan Avtar Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Punjab and Yashvir Mahajan, IAS, Managing Director, PSIEC.

MOCHA NOW OPEN IN Elante Mall CHANDIGARH

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Chandigarh, June 27, 2013:--Mocha the award-winning café from Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. (IEHPL), has come to be known for its quirky vision and hands-on approach to dining as well as design. Now it has found a perfect muse in the eclectic city of Chandigarh.

In keeping with the Corbusier-inspired theme of the place, another infamous creation that adorns one of the brick walls is his signature Open Hand monument that has artfully been made using metal wires. Pushing the design envelope while simultaneously using classic elements, Mocha Chandigarh is a great place for those who appreciate the nuances of design while also providing a welcoming, comfortable ambience. Taking a cue from one of the most influential masters of modern architecture – Le Corbusier and using his planned city – Chandigarh as a canvas, the décor is an ode as well as an initiation to the works of a great man. Designer Amith Chhabra, Livin' Colors Design Co elaborates, "The outlet seeks inspiration from some of the master planner's landmark buildings and monuments. We have recreated walls that are a scaled down version of the High Court building's façade. Using natural ply-board, this distinct brise-soleil design is a Corbusier signature and even acts as shelves in the bar area. Mimicking the bold yellow, red and blue colours of the High Court building, the eye-catching wooden panels have been juxtaposed with exposed brick walls to create a warm inviting ambience. Other artworks include portraits of Le Corbusier along with paintings of his creations, while even the furniture and light fixtures are recreations of his original designs."

 Franchise partner, Ayush Singla,of Early Morning Concepts adds, "We have worked for a very long time to bring Mocha to Chandigarh in an avatar that fits the brand as well as the city. As an ideal lifestyle destination serving global cuisine and gourmet beverages, we are excited about this new venture and are happy to be a part of the Impresario family."

 Pioneering the way people eat, engage and experience for over 12 years now, Mocha has spread throughout the country with 20 outlets in 13 cities. An all-day casual dining concept that goes beyond the plate and concocts a signature menu of tweaked classics gathered from around the globe, this coffee shop is a homegrown brand.

 More than anything else, Mocha gives its guests a chance to take back something new from every visit – a memorable meal, a fun time with friends, a favorite coffee, a new book or an off-the-cuff idea. As a platform for like-minded individuals who are not bound by time or geography, Mocha's boundary free Clubs and Communities encourage free thought.The one thing that remains constant in each new outlet though, is the passion and enthusiasm to keep providing a unique experience, but each city makes its mark by providing inspiration to the vibe and décor. And no one has been a better canvas than Chandigarh.

 

BJP District No. 4 collect aid for victim of Uttarakhand

By 1 2 1 News Reporter
Chandigarh 27th June:--Bharatiya Janata Party District No. 4 under the leadership of District President Sh. Shakti Prakash Devshali visited various parts of the District to collect aid for the disaster hit people of Uttarakhand under party's Uttarakhand Calamity Relief Abhiyan.

          Party activists approached people by going door-to-door in Manimajra, Vikas Nagar, colony No. 4, Bapu Dham, Sector 26, 27, 28 & 29 and other areas alongwith Mandal Presidents and prominent party activists as well as residents of the area and requested people to donate for the noble cause of helping the disaster hit people of Uttarakhand.

        

          District President Sh. Shakti Prakash Devshali said that keeping in view the disaster in Uttarakhand, Party National Secretary & Incharge Chandigarh Affairs Ms. Aarti Mehra and president of local unit of BJP Sh. Sanjay Tandon postponed all the political programs for one week and announced 'Uttarakhand Calamity Relief Abhiyan' and started collecting aid for the people of Uttarakhand.  Party activists are inspiring the local residents to help the disaster-hit people of Uttarakhand.  He said that the residents of city are helping generously for the noble cause and are extending every help.

 


Chandigarh Police arrested Boy & Girl for ATM/Debit Card Clonning

Chandigarh 27th June:--चंडीगढ़ पुलिस ने साइबर क्राइम और ऐ टी एम् फ्राड के मामलों के लिए एक अलग सेल बनाया है जिसने एक बड़ी कामयाबी हासिल करते हुए  एक युवक और युवती को गिरफ्तार किया है और उनके कब्ज़े से 21 ऐ टी एम् और क्रेडिट कार्ड्स , 5 मोबाइल्स ,1 लैपटाप और एक चुम्बकीय रीडर /राइटिंग मशीन बरामद हुई है । पुलिस मुख्यालय में आज एक पत्रकारवार्ता के दौरान इस बात का खुलासा किया गया ।  यह लोग प्रट्रोल पम्प इत्यादि सार्वजनिक खर्चा करने वाली जगहों के मुलाज़िमों को अपने साथ मिला कर चुम्बकीय मशीन द्वारा स्वाइप करते समय कार्ड का डाटा कापी कर लेते थे और फिर उस डाटा से क्लोन कार्ड बना कर शापिंग करते थे । इन दोनों को चंडीगढ़ एयरपोर्ट से गिरफ्तार किया गया है और दूसरी कई जगहों पर इनके साथियों और खरीदे हुए मुलाज़िमों की तलाश में छापेमारी जारी है । 

चंडीगढ़ पुलिस के तत्कालीन एस  एस  पी मनीष चौधरी ने बताया के बढती हुई ऐ टी एम् और क्रेडिट कार्ड क्लोनिंग की घटनाओं को देखते हुए चंडीगढ़ के आई जी ने एक स्पेशल इन्वेस्टिगेशन टीम (SIT) डी एस पी राजेश कालिया की निगरानी में गठित की जिसने दिन रात काम करके इन शिकायतों के आधार पर काम करते हुए एक बड़ी सफलता हासिल की और दो आरोपियों रमनदीप कौर और मुकुल गर्ग को जो के लुधियाना के रहने वाले हैं ,को चंडीगढ़ एयरपोर्ट से गिरफ्तार कर लिया । अब तक के खुलासे से दुसरे राज्यों से भीलाखों रूपए की खरीददारी की बात क्लोन ऐ टी एम् से सामने आयीं हैं ।  इसलिए  रकम और भी बढ सकती है ।   मनीष चौधरी ने यह भी अपील की है के जब भी आप अपना डेबिट या क्रेडिट कार्ड स्वाइप  करवाएं तो अपनी आँखों के सामने ही करवाएं । 
1 2 1 News की तरफ से भी लोगों को यह सुचेत किया जाता है के जब भी किसी काम के लिए आप अपना कोई कार्ड प्रयोग में लाते हैं तो साथ जा कर अपनी आँखों के सामने ही स्वाइप करवाएं वर्ना आप के कार्ड की क्लोनिंग कर के कोई भी आपकी मेहनत की कमाई को कुछ ही मिनटों में लूट सकता है । 


Haryana bagged 2nd Time IFC-Mint State Competitiveness Award-2013

Chandigarh,27th June:--Haryana has,bagged the IFC-Mint State Competitiveness Award-2013 for being the best State in the 'Innovation in Economy' category.It is for the second consecutive year that Haryana bagged the award, 

Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda received the prestigious award, which was presented by the Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari at a function in New Delhi last evening. The award has been instituted by the Institute for Competitiveness (IFC) and the H.T. Media Group.

While thanking the organizers for choosing Haryana for the  award, Mr Hooda said that this is not an honour to him, but to the people of Haryana.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, in fact, there is no competition among the States. Each State is unique and has its own strengths.On the progress of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that basically the progress of any State or nation is measured on the basis of four parameters, which are – per capita income, per capita investment, per capita Plan Budget and resource mobilization. Haryana is leading in all these four parameters, he added.

Giving Exam with the help of a Mobile Phone: Haryana Police arrested a person

Chandigarh,27th June:--Haryana Police has arrested a person who was taking the Haryana Teacher Eligibility Test (HTET) with the help of a mobile phone on June 26 in Rewari.

          While stating this today, a spokesman of the Police Department said that Anup Rekha, Center Superintendent at Center Number-24 for HTET examination in district Rewari   informed the police that Parvinder, a candidate was taking the exam with the help of mobile phone. On the basis of written complaint given by Anup Rekha, the police  registered a case against the accused who was produced in the court today The Court has sent him to one day's police remand

Chief Minister Haryana expressed grief over the demise of Khubram Jakhar,

Chandigarh,27th June:- Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda has expressed  grief over the sad demise of Khubram Jakhar, veteran freedom fighter and  former Sarpanch of village Chautala in district Sirsa. He was about 105.

In a condolence message issued here today, Mr. Hooda described him as a   great freedom fighter who played a vital role in the freedom struggle of the country. Bhupinder Singh  Hooda conveyed his heartfelt sympathies to the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the  departed soul might rest in peace.The mortal remains of Mr. Jakhar were cremated with full State honour at cremation ground of the village

Municipal Corporation's Road Committee Meeting Held:Different agendas were taken up for the upgrade of the roads of the City

By 121 News Reporter
Chandigarh,27th June: - A meeting of Roads Committee of Municipal Corporation was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sat Parkash Aggarwal and attended by other members of committee and concerned officers of Municipal Corporation. In the meeting different agendas were taken up for the upgrade of the roads of the City. The Committee accorded approval to following agenda items:

1.      The members of road committee have decided at the higher level to
upgrade junction No. 10 by providing 6 vide paved path around the
junction to safeguard the junction, so that in case of accident, the
vehicle may not cross over to the junction. The committee accorded
approval to Rs. 3.97 lacs for the work first of its kind in Chandigarh.
2.      Rough Cost Estimate for construction of cement concrete footpath in side park near plot No. 901 and 191 industrial area Ph-II, Chandigarh
at approximate cost of Rs. 22.31 lacs.
3.      Rough cost estimate for construction of cement concrete footpath
inside park near House No. 785, 2307 and 3180 in sector 31, Chandigarh
at approximate cost of Rs. 19.33 lacs.
4.      Rough Cost Estimate for construction of cement concrete pavement in
park near BSNL flats and toe wall below existing railing in parks of
sector 44 A, C &D, Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 13.70 lacs.
5.      Rough Cost estimate for construction of cement concrete pavement
passage as per approved drawings near electric sub station sector 44
D, Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 5.62 lacs.
6.      Rough Cost Estimate for construction of jogging track in green belt
sector 34 C, Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 11.89 lacs.
7.      Rough Cost Estimate for construction of jogging track in Topiary
park sector 35-A & B, Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 9.02 lacs.
8.      Rough Cost Estimate for providing and fixing 60mm thick paver
blocks in front of Shiv Tample in industrial area Ph-II, Chandigarh at
approximate cost of Rs. 1.13 lacs.
9.      RCE for providing and fixing 40mm thick interlocking paver blocks
of parks in front of House No. 5205-5210, 5181-5186, 51-57-5162 and
5115-5120 in category-I in Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra,
Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 6.33 lacs.
10.     Rough Cost Estimate for renovation of Harijan Dharmshala, Village
Badheri, Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 8.30 lacs.
11.     Rough Cost Estimate for providing and fixing flat railing on toe
wall in park near H.No. 371, 431-426 in milk colony, Dhanas,
Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 9.28 lacs.
12.     Rough Cost Estimate for providing and fixing MS flat railing on
toe wall around open space infront of H.No. 3159-3187 in Housing Board
Colony, Dhanas, Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 13.31 lacs.
13.     Rough Cost Estimate for widening of V-6 road and providing and
laying 25mm thick SDBC on parking of market in sector 38-C, Chandigarh
at approximate cost of Rs. 15.19 lacs.
14.     Rough Cost Estimate for providing and fixing 60mm thick paver
blocks around the open space near H.No. 3159-3287 in Housing Board
colony and House No. 431-436 and 371 in milik colony Dhanas, Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 7.49 lacs.
15.     Rough Cost Estimate for providing and fixing 60mm thick paver
blocks around the parks infront of H.No. 77 to 87, sector 42 A and
2937-2948, sector 42 C, Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs. 16.45
lacs.
16.     Rough Cost Estimate for providing and laying 25mm thick SDBC on
parking in sector 41-D and 42, Chandigarh at approximate cost of Rs.
16.94 lacs.
17.     Rough Cost Estimate for providing heavy patch work in bituminous
roads of Manimajra at approximate cost of Rs. 8.83 lacs

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Now Enjoy, Dine & Wine at Buzz : Restaurant Open in Sector 17

By 1 2 1 News Reporter

Chandigarh 26th June:--  "buzz chandigarh " उन लोगों के लिए एक आदर्श जगह है जो एक साथ लज़ीज़ खाने,पेय पदार्थों और पार्टी का आनंद एक ही छत के नीचे प्राप्त करना चाहते हैं। दिल्ली में अपनी ही तरह के इकलौते आउटलेट की 2001 से चल रही भारी सफलता को देखते हुए चंडीगढ़ में यह आउटलेट आज विधिवत रूप से शुरू कर दिया गया है । buzz में क्लबिंग ,डाइनिंग और वाइनिंग की सुविधाएं उपलब्ध हैं । 

 buzz chandigarh के मैनेजर सौरभ सिआग  ने बताया के दिल्ली में 12 साल लोगों का प्यार पाने के बाद हम चंडीगढ़ में आये हैं और हमे आशा है के चंडीगढ़ से हमे भरपूर प्यार मिलेगा । हमारे यहाँ की सुशु और थाई डिशेस लोगों को काफी पसंद आयेंगीं । 

 

Social Welfare department celebrates International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

By 1 2 1 News Reporter

Chandigarh 26th June:--Social Welfare department, Chandigarh celebrated the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at SNEHALAYA,in Maloya to  create awareness among the society about the ill effects of Drug Abuse. More than 200 persons from slum colonies participated from different institutions. Supervisors and Anganwari Workers also participated this function. Prof BS Chavan, Professor & Head Department of Psychiatry. GMCH 32, Dr Deepak Sharma,GMSH 16, and NGO's  and other representatives from ICDS  were also present during the function. 

Director Social Welfare Sh. Rajesh Jogpal  in his inaugural addressed urged the youth to prevent from using drugs and said that the best protection for the drug abuse is the family support and for the school going and college going youth the teachers have a positive and protective role to play in checking this menace. Director Social Welfare also advised the representatives from the Health department to motivate the addicts to seek medical assistance and counselling support from the government departments of Social Welfare and Health. 

 While Prof. B S Chavan addressed the participants and highlighted the wrong perception about drug abuse, and called upon the participants that the drug abuse is like a disease for which medical treatment and counselling support is required. Dr. B.S. Chavan also gave a detailed presentation on the problem and highlighted various reasons for the use of drugs by the young and the aged persons. He also stated that as a consequence of use of drugs specially alcohol in excess has given a rise to the number of accidents taking place in Chandigarh and Punjab. It was also pointed out that illegal sale of drugs to individuals without the prescription of doctor is the main cause for its rise in the number of drug addicts in the city.

 Dr.Ajit K. Sidana, Incharge of Drug De-addiction Centre ,GMCH-32 also highlighted the plight of drug addictions in the city and informed that treatment for them is available with GMCH-32, GMSH-16, PGIMER and SPYM Drug De-addiction Centre, Sector 18, Chandigarh. It was also informed that 12 Bedded drug de-addiction centre  in Govt. Multi Specialty Hospital Sector 16; 30 Bedded De-Addication Centre in Govt. Press Building Sector 18, 12 Bedded DDTC in GMCH-32 and PGIMER,Sector 12,Chandigarh.Dr.Deepak Sharma from Govt. Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16 urged the youth to show courage to say NO to DRUGS. 

 

Jaamawar Minx's Fashion Studio now in Chandigarh: Jaamawar Minx's makes Fashionable Entry

By 1 2 1 News Reporter

Chandigarh 26th June:--Renowned Fashion Designer Rupam Kaur Grewal Today Launched Jaamawar Minx's new designer studio in Elante Mall, Chandigarh. The opening of Jaamawar Minx's third outlet was announced through a classy fashion show that saw top models stylishly showcasing, the Jaamawar Minx collection made up of breath-taking Salwar Kameezs', Churidaars with Kalidar Kurtas, Lehengas, Laachas, Shararas, Ghagras and the novel two piece pre-draped Sarees and Lehanga Sarees. Ace Choreographer Prasad Biddappa turned out a very professional ramp show..     

Rupam who is a gifted designer worked with various types of embroidery for 15 years. However, she was enamored mainly by the beautiful & sophisticated Jamawar embroidery. Jaamawar Minx was launched in the year 2008 and the USP of the brand is undoubtedly the innovative Jaamawar Minx Salwaar conceptualized and created by Rupam and which has transformed the humble Patiala Salwaar into a fashion statement. The designs juxtapose numerous fabrics with delicate inserts and meticulous detailing. Rupam's passion is dressing up Brides.

While speaking to Media Rupam said that When a bride wears an outfit created by her,she feel truly blessed. What makes her Brand Jaamawar Minx so special & plush,she said that it is the fact that the garments are tastefully adorned with semi-precious stones procured from the world over. What's more, the use of pure silver thread and the delicate Chantilly lace in creations lends them that oomph factor. The kaleidoscope of colors enhances the exceptional craftsmanship & traditional embroideries like Zardozi, Gota work, Paarsi and Kashmiri provide the exclusivity. Adds Rupam, "I always visualize and create the most befitting ensemble for the Client. If your Lehenga or Salwaar Kameez is not properly constructed it will both be uncomfortable and lack grace. My signature fit and structure is exclusive which is enhanced with the drape of luxurious fabrics and a gorgeous modern silhouette with rich traditional embroidery and ornamentation. One needs to be comfortable in the garment that one is wearing. If your outfit is pulling or pinching your skin, or your shoulder strap is constantly falling off, you cannot dance the night away. A perfect outfit needs at least a couple of trials and fittings."

The fabrics used are all pure silks be it crepe, brocade, chiffon or georgette. On the lighter side is the enticing collection of tunics, dresses and pashmina stoles and shawls.  The uniqueness -- the finest Cashmere shawls handcrafted by master artisans with up to 365 days of intricate workmanship is also an integral part of Jaamawar Minx. So if you are a connoisseur of the best that Indian fashion has to offer your search has ended. A short drive up-to the newly opened Jaamwar Minx Fashion studio in Chandigarh's Elante Mall, will open the doors for some of the most exquisite Indian drapes. Every piece is a master stroke of creativity. But it's all limited edition and every piece has its discerning buyer marked. Are you the lucky one?

 

Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan visits Chandigarh to promote Ghanchakar


By 1 2 1  News Reporter

Panchkula, 26th June:--Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan were in the city to promote their upcoming movie'Ghanchakkar' that is all set to release on June 28. At the promotional event for the film, Vidya Balan said Rajkumar Gupta was offering her such a different film and she felt 'Ghanchakkar' would be the best film as her first comedy. 
The 33-year-old actress added while reading the script she felt that it was very interesting and she had never read anything like that. The story of the film was about real situations and real people. So, she nodded for the film and now she was so happy she had done the film. The actress has teamed up with Gupta for the second time after No One Killed Jessica.
Meanwhile, last seen in an unconventional flick Ek Thi Daayan, Emraan is now appearing in the comedy movie Ghanchakkar. The actor has called the new appearance as a "rebirth" in his career post 2009. The actor admitted that breaking through stereotypes in films such as The Dirty Picture and Ek Thi Daayan have brought him success.
Ghanchakkar is an upcoming Bollywood comedy thriller film directed by Rajkumar Gupta and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur from UTV Motion Pictures. The film features Emraan Hashmi opposite Vidya Balan in the lead. 

CM Panjab directs DGP Saini to probe attack on K S Pannu

By 1 2 1

Chandigarh, 26th June:-- Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal has ordered an inquiry in to the attack on Punjab IAS Kahan Singh Pannu on June 23 in Uttrakhand. He has directed DGP Punjab Sumedh Singh Saini to depute a special team to inquire into the whole matter and submitt report ASAP.
According to Mr Gaggandeep Singh Brar, special Principal secy to CM, the chief minister have also taken up the issue with Uttrakhand CM to take appropriate action in assault on Pannu.Brar told that CM was very much perturbed over the incident, he,however, appealed to all to remain patient and calm in the hour of natural clamity of flood havoc in UK
Meanwhile , a deputation of Punjab IAS officers Assocation led by its president Sarvesh Kaushal met CM Punjab today morning.K S Pannu , who returned back from Uttrakhand here last night,also joined the IAS deputation. The asscoaiton demanded action in this case. Sarvesh Kaushal told babushahi.com that CM himself was very very upsent over the incident.He showed full concern and assured full support and appropriate action. He told deputation that Pannu was on duty for a noble cause.....

Oscar Fernandes inaugurates helpdesk of NSUI at Panjab University


By File photo

By 1 2 1  News Reporter

Chandigarh, 26th June:--Even as there was a huge protest,among students.Transport and Highway minister Oscar Fernandes inaugurated the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) help desk at Panjab University. The police was finding it difficult to handle the situation and the PU authorities were nowhere to be seen. 
Talking about the situation in Uttrakhand, he said that repair works would be started soon.....

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

On-line Grievance Redressal Portal launched for Transparency in Excise and Taxation Department Haryana

By 1 2 1 News Reporter

Chandigarh,25th June:-- With a view to injecting more transparency in the working of the Excise and Taxation Department, the Excise and Taxation Minister, Kiran Choudhry, today launched an On-line Grievance Redressal Portal  www.haryanatax.com and a Toll–Free Service 1800-180-2017 here, today.

Speaking to media persons after the launch, she said that besides making the working of the department more transparent, these facilities would ensure faster disposal of complaints and suggestions of such citizens as come in regular contact with the department. Any citizen, especially a dealer registered with the department, would now be able to lodge his grievance or give any suggestion on-line at the website  and call the toll-free number for the purpose.  This would help abridge the distance between the department and citizens of the state.

The web-based, on-line grievance system would be operational 24x7 and the toll-free telephone service would be available from 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all working days.  The caller would be given a specific ID for his query or complaint  at both services. These queries, complaints and suggestions would be sent to the concerned dealing officer for quick disposal.  The caller would be duly informed regarding the status in the matter on his given telephone number as well as on his e-mail within 15 days.

Mrs Choudhry said that all tax officials of the state had been sensitized about the need for greater transparency in their working, and for faster removal of public grievances at a state level meeting held in Gurgaon, recently. The officers have also been directed to help create a conducive atmosphere for trade and industry to flourish in the state.

She said that the department had earlier launched "Amne-Samne" programme in the same spirit. Under this interactive programme, members of tax bar associations and unions of registered dealers and representatives of trade and industry   are called at a fixed venue after giving public notice. Senior officials of the department interact with them directly at  personal level. Such meetings were held in all districts of Haryana on August 24,2012 and April 26,2013.  Various suggestions and complaints received at the meetings have been duly taken care of.

She said that the launch of the grievance redressal portal and toll-free service would be another step in the same direction. The citizen will now have an immediate and 24- hour access to the decision makers in the department. It is going to be a big step to increase openness and transparency in the working of the Excise and Taxation Department. The department has also made its official website more business-friendly by posting on it all its Acts and rules made thereunder, administrative instructions and clarifications and other relevant information", she added.

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