Youth should vote enthusiastically in the grand festival of democracy - Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Agarwal

New voters should upload photo on social media by writing 'You are the one'

Unique initiative launched by Election Commission of India for voter awareness

Chandigarh, April 22 (<>)– Haryana Chief Electoral Officer, Sh Anurag Agarwal said that the Election Commission of India has initiated a unique campaign through social media by giving slogans such as 'Turning 18' and 'You are the One' to inspire the youth to participate in the electoral process enthusiastically during this significant celebration of democracy.

He said that turning 18 symbolizes a new responsibility for the youth to engage actively in the democratic process. They should exercise their right to vote responsibly and select their preferred public representative. This time, the Election Commission is not only active on the ground but also on social media platforms to enhance voter awareness. There's a significant focus on encouraging new voters to participate. For the youth who are in the age group of 18 to 30 years, the Commission has introduced a new slogan, "You Are the One," urging them to exercise their franchise in the upcoming 18th Lok Sabha general elections. These young voters are encouraged to share their participation by uploading a photo on social media with the caption 'You are the one' along with the ink mark on their finger.


Vice-Chancellor releases Mathematics Department Newsletter

Chandigarh, April 22- Department of Mathematics of J. C. Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, Faridabad, released the second edition of its departmental newsletter 'Infinity for Thought' today. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sushil Kumar Tomar unveiled the publication during a programme organised in the university board room.

On the occasion, the Head of the Department Prof. Nitu Gupta presented a brief report on the department's achievements and events organised in the last two years to the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Tomar. She also highlighted the remarkable performance of students in competitive examinations like UGC/NET, JAM, GATE, and placement records. On this occasion, the Vice-Chancellor also released the admission flyer prepared for the upcoming academic session 2024-25.


Haryana Right to Service Commission imposes Rs 20,000 fine on Junior Engineer for service delay

Also recommended the Energy Department to initiate suitable disciplinary proceedings against SDO

Chandigarh, ( <>April 22 - Taking cognizance of a complaint/appeal regarding electricity meter shifting, Haryana Right to Service Commission has imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on a Junior Engineer of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).

A spokesperson for the Haryana Right to Service Commission said that under the chairmanship of Chief Commissioner Sh TC Gupta, a hearing was conducted on April 5, 2024, regarding the case involving Kuldeep Singh Nehra, the XEN of Rewari Division under the DHBVN, Jatin Kumar, the SDO of Rewari Sub Division, and Junior Engineer (JE) Surendrer Sharma of Rewari Sub Division. JE Surender Sharma failed to attend the hearing, and the appellant, Saroj Yadav, also did not participate. However, the Commission received a written email from Saroj Yadav expressing gratitude for the intervention of the Haryana Right to Service Commission, acknowledging the assistance received.

The Commission has imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on JE Surender Sharma for service negligence. Consequently, instructions have been issued to the XEN to ensure compensation of Rs 5,000 to the complainant/appellant, Saroj Yadav. The Commission's decision stipulates that this sum will be deducted from the April salary, provided it doesn't exceed 1/3 of the salary. Any surplus amount will be deducted in subsequent months, up to 1/3 of the salary, and will be deposited to the state treasury, totaling Rs 20,000. Furthermore, the Commission has directed that from the deducted amount, Rs 5,000 should be prioritized for payment to Saroj Yadav, provided that he is a consumer in the DHBVN records. If Saroj Yadav is not a consumer, the amount should be credited to the account of the concerned consumer.

The spokesperson highlighted that rather than taking any action against Surender Sharma, SDO Jatin Kumar opted for a simpler solution by transferring Surender Sharma's responsibilities to another JE. Additionally, he neglected to adhere to the directives, resulting in the automatic dismissal of the appeal. Such actions, the spokesperson emphasized, contravene both the explicit provisions and the underlying principles of the Act. Consequently, the Commission has recommended the Energy Department to initiate suitable disciplinary proceedings against Jatin Kumar. The state government will review the Commission's recommendations and provide information regarding the actions taken to the Commission within a period of thirty days or more.

Similarly, lapse has been found on the part of Kuldeep Singh Nehra, XEN and he has failed to comply with the order and he has also rejected the appeal. His actions were deemed to have violated the fundamental ethos of the Act. However, instead of proposing disciplinary action against him, considering his apology tendered during the hearing, his behavior has been reported to the Managing Director of DHBVN for any suitable action deemed necessary. The Commission expressed its dissatisfaction with the negligent conduct of senior officers like Kuldeep Singh Nehra. It is hoped that he will ensure justice for complainants/appellants in the future before hastily "resolving" or "dismissing" their complaints.


KU’s distance and online education center receives Competition Success Review Award 2024

Chandigarh, ( <>)April 22 - The Center for Distance and Online Education at Kurukshetra University has been honoured with the Competition Success Review (CSR) Award 2024. Professor Manjula Chaudhary, Director of the Center, accepted the CSR Top University of India for Excellence 2024 Award at a ceremony held in Delhi on April 21, 2024.

On this remarkable achievement, University Vice Chancellor Prof. Som Nath Sachdeva congratulated Centre Director, Prof. Manjula Chaudhary and added that all the courses of KU's Distance and Online Education Center are of high standard. The surge in student enrolment, particularly due to online courses, reflects the growing appeal of the center. Registrar Prof. Sanjeev Sharma also extended his congratulations, attributing this award to the relentless dedication and efforts of the faculty under the guidance of Vice Chancellor Prof. Somnath.

Prof. Manjula Chaudhary said that the center is dedicated to delivering high-quality and innovative education through distance and online platforms, both within the country and internationally. All courses offered by the center are meticulously structured in accordance with the guidelines laid down by both the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). She informed that last week ‘The Knowledge Review magazine’ included Kurukshetra University's Distance and Online Education Center in its annual list of top distance education institutions in India. The university's Distance and Online Education Center is an institution that provides excellent education in the distance education landscape of India.


Ensure timely and hassle-free payment for farmers' crops – Vikas Gupta

Chandigarh, April 22 ( < - Senior IAS officer and District Administrative Secretary Sh Vikas Gupta, accompanied by DC Prashant Panwar, visited the Kaithal additional Grain Market, Kalayat Mandi, and silos on Monday. Instructing officials, Sh. Gupta emphasized the swift lifting of wheat to prevent congestion in the mandis. During the visit, he also engaged with Aadhtiyas and farmers, attentively addressing their concerns.

He said that there must be no laxity in the lifting process, otherwise action will be taken against the concerned transporter and officer as per regulations. Ensuring timely payment for farmers' crops is paramount. Nodal officers are urged to fulfill their duties diligently and maintain vigilance over the procurement procedure.

Administrative Secretary Sh. Vikas Gupta also personally assessed the moisture content of the crop using a moisture measuring device. He further instructed to ensure cleanliness and provision of basic amenities in the market. Sh Gupta urged Aadhtiyas to extend their full cooperation in the wheat procurement process to mitigate any inconvenience to farmers. During his inspection of the silos, he directed officials to implement measures to reduce waiting times for farmers, ensuring efficient operations.