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State govt to confiscate ‘illegal’ motor vehicles
Chandigarh, December 8
Motor vehicles plying without valid permits will now be confiscated in Haryana. This decision was taken by the state Cabinet, which met here today and approved draft amendments to the Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924. The amendments will empower the enforcement agencies to confiscate such vehicles.

Cops withdraw remand plea
Rohtak, December 8
The revision application filed in the court of Additional Sessions Judge, Shiva Sharma by the police to seek three days’ remand of Mr Balrak Dangi, son of former Revenue Minister Anand Singh Dangi, was today withdrawn by the police without assigning any reason.

2 young scientists to share Goyal prize
Kurukshetra, December 8
Two young scientists, Dr Daizy R. Batish from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Dr Naveen Arora from the Centre for Biochemical Technology, Delhi, have been selected for the Rajiv Goyal prize for Young Scientists for their significant contribution in the areas of environmental and biological sciences, respectively.

Chautala lays stone of 66 kv sub-station
Kalka, December 8
Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, Haryana, today laid the foundation stone of a 66 kv sub-station here today. After the commissioning of this project, which is to cost about Rs 4.50 crore, over 22,000 subscribers of 22 villages of this sub-division will be benefited.

Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala inaugurates a 66 kv sub-station in Kalka on Saturday. Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala inaugurates a 66 kv sub-station in Kalka on Saturday. — Photo Madan Mehra



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Police parties dispatched to find dacoity-accused
Ambala, December 8
The Ambala police has sent five police parties to different cities of Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in search of the accused, who had committed dacoity at the godown of C&F depot of a multinational pharmaceutical company late on Thursday night near Ambala cantonment.

NGO’s novel way of protest
Fatehabad, December 8
Activists of Parivartan a local NGO, found a novel method of protest against the poor sanitary conditions prevailing in the town by cleaning the floor of the residences of the Deputy Commissioner, the President and Secretary of the local Municipal Committee.

Haryana Finance Dept orders
Chandigarh, December 8
The Haryana Government has decided that wherever the functional pay scales of the feeder post and that of the promotion post became identical in the general revision effective from January 1, 1986, on account of clubbing of pay scales and such a situation has a continued effect in the general pay revision effective from January 1, 1996, the pay of an employee, on his promotion in the identical function pay scale, should be fixed at the stage next above subject to a certificate from the complete authority that the promotional post carries higher responsibilities and duties.

Justice after 41 yrs
Ambala, December 8
An employee of the Life Insurance Corporation was awarded justice by the Punjab and Haryana High Court after a period of 41 years. Justice V.K. Vali, while speaking at a Lok Adalat function, briefed the facts of the case here today. He said the Bench comprising Chief Justice and himself had given the order in this regard on December 7.

Justice V. K. Bali of Punjab and Haryana High Court (l) arriving for a Lok Adalat at Sessions Court, Ambala city, on Saturday.
— Photo N Chopra

Justice V K Bali of Punjab and Haryana High Court (l) arriving for a Lok Adalat at sessions court, Ambala city on Saturday.

‘Miracle spring’ draws crowds
Kalka, December 8
People in large numbers are trekking to a hill spring near Kalka to collect its water which they believe can cure certain ailments. Holding cans, bottles and containers of all types, they queue up at the natural spring to take home its water which they believe has magical qualities. This water is supposed to be particularly effective against asthma.

Cane farmers protest against mill
Kaithal, December 8
A large number of farmers sat on dharna outside the Cooperative Sugarmill, here yesterday and blocked the Kaithal-Karnal road for about six hours. The SDM, Mr Ashok Bishnoi, DSP, Mr Gurbachan Singh Saini, along with a heavy police force visited the dharna site.

Farmers’ protest at poor power supply
Jind, December 8
Farmers of the Alewa area staged a dharna today at Alewa village in the district in support of their demands. Their main demand was regular supply of power to their tubewells. The farmers also blocked traffic on the Jind-Assandh road. The police rushed to the spot and lifted the blockade.

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State govt to confiscate ‘illegal’ motor vehicles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Motor vehicles plying without valid permits will now be confiscated in Haryana. This decision was taken by the state Cabinet, which met here today and approved draft amendments to the Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924. The amendments will empower the enforcement agencies to confiscate such vehicles.

Accordingly two new sections, 14-A and 14-B, will be inserted in the Act. A vehicle plying without a valid permit will mean a vehicle carrying passengers for hire and reward without permit in contravention of the provisions of sub-section(1) of Section 66 read with Section 192A, of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and earlier involved at least twice in similar offence resulting in conviction or composition or a vehicle carrying passengers on hire and reward of which the earlier permit has expired for more than 45 days and no application for its renewal has been filed before the Regional Transport Authority and earlier involved at least twice in similar offence resulting in conviction or composition or a vehicle which is found to be playing for hire and reward on false or fabricated permit or registration documents.

Officers not below the rank of District Transport Officer will be given the confiscation powers. However, the final decision regarding confiscation will be taken by the District Magistrate. An appeal against the orders of the District Magistrate will lie in the sessions court. If the confiscation order is upheld by the sessions court, the District Magistrate will dispose of the vehicle 60 days after the verdict of the Sessions Judge.

The Cabinet also decided to amend Section 69 of the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973, through an ordinance to give effect to the recently revised house tax policy.

The Cabinet gave its ex-post fact approval to the framing of the Haryana Additional District and Sessions Judge(Adhoc) Recruitment and Condition of Service Rules and revision of pay scales of judicial officers.

It also decided to amend Rule 12.3 of the Punjab Police Rules, 1934, as applicable to Haryana, according to which, except as provided in Rule 12.1 and 12.4, direct appointment shall not be made except in the rank of Inspector and Sub-Inspector. These appointments will be made up to the maximum of 10 per cent and 50 per cent of the posts, respectively.

The Cabinet also approved the proposal of the Fisheries Department to transfer the general superintendence and control of the fish markets at Faridabad, Panipat and Yamunanagar from the department to the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board.

It decided to allot a piece of land measuring one acre to a Buddhist organisation to set up a temple in Sector 42 of Gurgaon. The land would be allotted at Rs 433 per sq. yard and would be on lease-hold basis. It also decided to dispose of surplus land measuring 63 acre of the Irrigation Department in Bhiwani district through public auction.

A proposal of the Urban Development Department to sell a piece of land measuring 123 kanal of the Cheeka Municipal Committee to the Haryana Warehousing Corporation at a rate of Rs 3 lakh per acre for construction of a godown was also approved by the Cabinet.
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Cops withdraw remand plea
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, December 8
The revision application filed in the court of Additional Sessions Judge, Shiva Sharma by the police to seek three days’ remand of Mr Balrak Dangi, son of former Revenue Minister Anand Singh Dangi, was today withdrawn by the police without assigning any reason.

The police has registered a case under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B, IPC, against Mr Balram and Mr Dharam Raj on charges of cheating and impersonation.

According to the FIR, Mr Balram and Mr Dharam Raj, students of LL.B. (III), at Maharshi Dayanand University did not receive their original roll numbers and requested the university to issue duplicate roll numbers.

The FIR said the photos pasted on the duplicate forms were changed and some other candidate appeared in the examination on the basis of the duplicate roll numbers.

Though the case was registered over a year ago, the two accused surrendered in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate C.B. Sheoran on Wednesday (December 5). The court remanded them into judicial custody till December 19.

The police filed a revision application against the order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate and sought three days’ police remand of Mr Balram Dangi and Mr Dharam Raj for the recovery of duplicate roll number slips.

The Additional Sessions Judge yesterday issued a notice to the accused through the Superinten-dent, District Jail here for today to decide the revision application.

But when the court met this morning, the police withdrew its revision application without assigning any reason to the surprise of a large number of people who had gathered there to listen to the debate on the application.
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2 young scientists to share Goyal prize
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, December 8
Two young scientists, Dr Daizy R. Batish from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Dr Naveen Arora from the Centre for Biochemical Technology, Delhi, have been selected for the Rajiv Goyal prize for Young Scientists for their significant contribution in the areas of environmental and biological sciences, respectively.

Announcing these awards, Mr R.S. Chaudhry, Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University and Chairman of the Organising Committee for Goyal prizes, said both these scientists would share the prize money of Rs 50,000.

Dr S.P. Singh, co-chairman of the committee, said that Dr Batish had focused attention on the environmental hazards of the obnoxious weed, parthenium, commonly called congress grass, that has spread to almost every part of the country. Dr Arora had made a major contribution in the area of allergen standardisation, immunotherapy and drug targeting. He has used the recombinant DNA technology to develop molecules of interest for medical applications, he said.

Four eminent scientists of the country — Dr Lalji Singh, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, Dr C.M. Gupta, Director, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, Dr J.P. Mittal, Director, Chemistry and Isotope Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, and Dr O.N. Srivastava, Professor, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, — have already been selected for the coveted Goyal prizes of Rs 1 lakh each.

The six scientists will be honoured at a ceremony to be held early next year at Kurukshetra University.
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Chautala lays stone of 66 kv sub-station
Our Correspondent

Kalka, December 8
Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, Haryana, today laid the foundation stone of a 66 kv sub-station here today. After the commissioning of this project, which is to cost about Rs 4.50 crore, over 22,000 subscribers of 22 villages of this sub-division will be benefited. Presently, power supply to the residents of this area is being made through 11 kv sub-stations.

He also announced the opening of a chilling centre here and promised that the chilling plant will continue to function till a mini milk plant is commissioned here. The Chief Minister also promised that the primary school of girls will be upgraded to high school level shortly, thereby enabling the girls of this area to continue their higher education in the Government College Kalka.

He said that Mobile Transformer Service has been introduced in the state so that during emergency breakdown, it can be utilised.

The government will hold public auction of the state mines, which will help in revenue collection to the state exchequer. He blamed earlier governments for leasing out mines secretly, thereby depriving the state of crores of rupees.

He also inaugurated a drinking water scheme for Manakpur and Rathpur villages where two tubewells have been commissioned at a cost of Rs 2.87 crore.
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Police parties dispatched to find dacoity-accused
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 8
The Ambala police has sent five police parties to different cities of Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in search of the accused, who had committed dacoity at the godown of C&F depot of a multinational pharmaceutical company late on Thursday night near Ambala cantonment. A few months ago, a similar dacoity had been committed in the godowns of three national-level companies in this area, but those crimes, too, have remained unresolved till now.

According to the Superintendent of Police, Ambala, Mr Sandeep Khirwar, police parties have been sent to Meerut, Ghaziabad, Badaun, Zirakpur (Punjab), Sirsa, Rohtak and Delhi where the sale of the looted medicines could be possible. He said that the gang involved in the earlier incidents in this area could also be behind the recent case. He said that the modus operandi of this gang was similar to the earlier one, in which securitymen had been tied with ropes and locked in a room.

He said that the involvement of some local persons related to the medicine trade could not be ruled out as only expensive medicines had been taken away by the gang. The gang had also opened some of the boxes of expired medicines, but they had not taken those.

The SP told that a few months ago, he had directed the owners of the C&F depots to engage at least two security guards at their concerns. Arm licences to those guards had also been issued liberally by the administration. He said that Ambala cantonment and Kundali (Sonepat) had the maximum number of C&F depots in the state and that was why a special police post had been established on the GT road near Ambala cantonment. The police would soon get some clue in this regard, he added.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the robbers had left the single barrel gun of the security guard in the depot premises but the nine live cartridges snatched from the guard seem to have been taken away by the robbers. The police had also rounded up three-four people for investigation.
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NGO’s novel way of protest
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, December 8
Activists of Parivartan a local NGO, found a novel method of protest against the poor sanitary conditions prevailing in the town by cleaning the floor of the residences of the Deputy Commissioner, the President and Secretary of the local Municipal Committee.

Members of ‘Parivartan’ had submitted a memorandum to the Municipal President, Ms Sheela Wanti Tuteja, drawing her attention towards the poor sanitary conditions in the town. The organisation had expressed its resentment over the fact that while heaps of garbage were piling up in the town, administrative officers and office-bearers of the municipal committee were taking the services of the municipal safai karamchari to clean up their residences.

The NGO had warned Ms Tuteja that in the case the municipal administration failed to improve the sanitary conditions in the town, it would stage a protest demonstration against the committee.

The Parivartan president, Mr Ramesh Monga, convened a meeting of the organisation on Thursday to discuss the matter.
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Haryana Finance Dept orders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
The Haryana Government has decided that wherever the functional pay scales of the feeder post and that of the promotion post became identical in the general revision effective from January 1, 1986, on account of clubbing of pay scales and such a situation has a continued effect in the general pay revision effective from January 1, 1996, the pay of an employee, on his promotion in the identical function pay scale, should be fixed at the stage next above subject to a certificate from the complete authority that the promotional post carries higher responsibilities and duties.

A spokesman of the Finance Department said here today that all heads of departments had been issued directions in this regard.

In another communication, the government had issued instructions to them to forward cases concerning extension in service of the employees attaining the age of 50 or 55 years to the committee concerned six months in advance so that necessary action could be taken in time. The officer concerned officer would be held responsible for any delay in such cases.
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Justice after 41 yrs
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 8
An employee of the Life Insurance Corporation was awarded justice by the Punjab and Haryana High Court after a period of 41 years. Justice V.K. Vali, while speaking at a Lok Adalat function, briefed the facts of the case here today. He said the Bench comprising Chief Justice and himself had given the order in this regard on December 7.

He said the employee of the LIC, Amritsar, was terminated from his service on the charge that he had contested the municipal council election without obtaining prior permission of the office. The employee was recruited one year before the dispute in 1960. He challenged his termination order in the lower court in 1961. He said the High Court in its order, while quashing the termination order, directed the LIC authorities to pay the salary of 41 years to the employee. The employee did not attend the office even for a single day during the period. Yet he was compensated with all the benefits of his service. Interestingly, the employee had already crossed the age of retirement when the justice was made.
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‘Miracle spring’ draws crowds
Our Correspondent

Kalka, December 8
People in large numbers are trekking to a hill spring near Kalka to collect its water which they believe can cure certain ailments. Holding cans, bottles and containers of all types, they queue up at the natural spring to take home its water which they believe has magical qualities. This water is supposed to be particularly effective against asthma.

The rush at the spring has alerted the local administration and the Tehsildar, Mr M.L. Maria, recently visited the place to take stock of the situation. He sent samples of the water to a laboratory for testing.

The spring acquired this fame, when Parma Nand, a resident of Tipra village, spread the word that his old father had regained strength after drinking this water regularly. He also says that a rickshaw-puller who has been suffering from asthma was regaining health day by day with the use of water from this spring.

The reputation of the spring soon spread in the neighbouring areas and now it has started attracting visitors even from distant places.
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Cane farmers protest against mill
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, December 8
A large number of farmers sat on dharna outside the Cooperative Sugarmill, here yesterday and blocked the Kaithal-Karnal road for about six hours. The SDM, Mr Ashok Bishnoi, DSP, Mr Gurbachan Singh Saini, along with a heavy police force visited the dharna site.

The farmers who brought sugarcane to the mill were protesting against the alleged non cooperative attitude of the mill management towards their demands . They said that delay in issuing of slips for purchase of sugarcane, non-purchase of the 767 variety, irregularities in weighing and cut in rates on quality basis and imposition of penalty for non-fulfilment of conditions of purchase bonds were the main reasons for which they had adopted the path of protest.

Mr J.P.S. Dhaiya, sugarmill Managing Director, however, said the allegations levelled were baseless . He said that farmers brought poor quality sugarcane to the mill, causing a fall in the recovery of sugar. The mill was strictly following the norms fixed for purchase of sugarcane.
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Farmers’ protest at poor power supply
Our Correspondent

Jind, December 8
Farmers of the Alewa area staged a dharna today at Alewa village in the district in support of their demands. Their main demand was regular supply of power to their tubewells. The farmers also blocked traffic on the Jind-Assandh road. The police rushed to the spot and lifted the blockade.

The farmers alleged that they were getting power supply for only three hours a day. Authorities of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam gave assurance to the farmers.
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