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Gurjar ‘responsible’ for Faridabad drive
Chandigarh, March 18
The INLD has accused Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, leader of the BJP in the assembly, as being responsible for the drive launched by the government in Faridabad to remove illegal encroachments.

Bhajan threatens ‘jail bharo’ stir
Hisar, March 18
Haryana Congress President Bhajan Lal announced here today that if the construction work on the SYL canal did not resume by April 13, the party would launch a jail bharo andolan in the state.

Curbs on water supply
Chandigarh, March 18
The Haryana Government has notified that due to the closure of the Bhakra main line (RD No. 158) by the Punjab Government for carrying out repair work, the water supply to the state’s main channels would be totally cut off from April 13 to 28 or for the period required for completion of the work.

Warrant against ex-minister’s kin
Panchkula, March 18
Acting on a plea moved by the Panchkula police, the Additional District and Sessions Judge today issued a production warrant against Manoj Pal, nephew of former Haryana Home Minister and suspect in the Shimla girl abduction and rape case.

Trader shot; money stolen
Hisar, March 18
A trader, Anjani Kumar, was shot outside his house in Shivaji Park Colony here last yesterday. The killers took away a bag containing about Rs 10,000 from the trader, who had just returned from his shop.

Steps to check drunken driving
Chandigarh, March 18
To check drunken driving on the national highways on Holi, the Haryana Highway Patrol and Road Safety has decided to launch a special campaign tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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NASA team to visit Karnal
Karnal, March 18
A five-member team of space scientists from NASA (USA) will visit Dayal Singh College here on March 20 to know about the study career of Kalpana Chawla, who was killed recently in the Columbia space shuttle crash.

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Gurjar ‘responsible’ for Faridabad drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
The INLD has accused Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, leader of the BJP in the assembly, as being responsible for the drive launched by the government in Faridabad to remove illegal encroachments.

In a statement here today, Mr Dharambir Singh, Additional Political Secretary to the Haryana Chief Minister, said Mr Gurjar had put up a question (No. 1368 starred) in the recent Budget session regarding parks and green belts in Sector 28, Faridabad, which were under illegal possession and steps taken so far or proposed to be taken to rectify the situation.

In reply to the question, the minister concerned stated on March 11 that there were 63 parks or open spaces in Sector 28 as per the approved layout plan out of which one park and one open space were under encroachment. Notices had been issued to the encroachers and further action was being taken as per the provisions of the HUDA Act, 1977, to remove them.

Mr Dharambir Singh claimed that the encroachments from Sector 28 and 29 were removed in view of the request made by Mr Gurjar. Responding to his question the government had assured him that it was taking steps to remove encroachments in Sector 28. “Therefore, Mr Gurjar was responsible for removal of encroachments from the green belt and parks in Sector 28”, the statement said.

Mr Dharambir Singh said this was the reason which led people to pelt stones at Mr Gurjar and other BJP functionaries when they reached Sector 28 at Faridabad. “People realised that instead of safeguarding their interests, Mr Gurjar had incited the government to take up such activities which created differences between the allies, the INLD and the BJP”, the statement said, adding that the sole interest of Mr Gurjar was to malign the image of the government.

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Bhajan threatens ‘jail bharo’ stir

Hisar, March 18
Haryana Congress President Bhajan Lal announced here today that if the construction work on the SYL canal did not resume by April 13, the party would launch a jail bharo andolan in the state.

Congress leader while talking to newsmen here said: SYL water is our right. We have not to beg for it”.

Mr Bhajan Lal criticised the role of the Speaker during the Budget session and called his attitude as “partisan and prejudiced” which was unbecoming of a monitor of a democratic body.

Mr Bhajan Lal also assailed the Budget which had no provision of any sop for farmers, backward classes or Scheduled Castes. Apparently no new tax had been imposed in Budget but later on the people would be burdened with taxes through backdoor.

He said the party was ready for elections any moment and claimed that the next government would be that of the Congress. UNI

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Curbs on water supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
The Haryana Government has notified that due to the closure of the Bhakra main line (RD No. 158) by the Punjab Government for carrying out repair work, the water supply to the state’s main channels would be totally cut off from April 13 to 28 or for the period required for completion of the work.

An official spokesman said the channels which would be affected were BMB-Fatehabad branch, Fatehabad, Prithala and Samain distributaries and their offtakes — BML Barwala link and its offtakes and BML RD-158 and its offtakes.

The Barwala link would run partly for drinking water purposes only with the supplies available through the Narwana and Sirsa branches.

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Warrant against ex-minister’s kin
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 18
Acting on a plea moved by the Panchkula police, the Additional District and Sessions Judge today issued a production warrant against Manoj Pal, nephew of former Haryana Home Minister and suspect in the Shimla girl abduction and rape case.

The police had submitted before the court that it required the custody of Manoj Pal to recover the weapon used for intimidating the girl and the car used in her abduction on February 8.

The court had twice declined police custody of the suspect in the case.

It may be noted that the Shimla-based girl had accused Manoj Pal and Chandigarh-based businessman, M.K. Jain of abducting, threatening and keeping her in an illegal confinement and of rape.

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Trader shot; money stolen

Hisar, March 18
A trader, Anjani Kumar, was shot outside his house in Shivaji Park Colony here last yesterday.
The killers took away a bag containing about Rs 10,000 from the trader, who had just returned from his shop.

The Traders’ Association held a meeting after the incident and demanded that the killers be arrested soon. The Haryana Beopar Mandal president, Mr Bajrang Dass Garg, said traders would observe a bandh here on March 31 against the deteriorating law-and-order situation.

Mr Pawan Kumar, Anjani’s brother, said robbery seemed to be the motive because Anjani had no enemy.

No recovery of the bullet from the body during the post-mortem examination has baffled the police.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr O.P. Kadyan, said, “in spite of many X-rays and CT scans, the bullet could not be traced in the body”. UNI

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Steps to check drunken driving
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
To check drunken driving on the national highways on Holi, the Haryana Highway Patrol and Road Safety has decided to launch a special campaign tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

According to Mr Saurabh Singh, S.P. Highway Patrol, special checkpoints will be set up at every 30 km on the national highways passing through Haryana tomorrow to check strictly drunken driving.

At least 10 persons were killed and 23 injured on the national highways on Holi day last year. In most of these accidents, the drivers were under the influence of liquor. In the case of any inconvenience, rash driving or drunken driving, a report could be lodged at telephone No 1033 or 98120-66666.

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NASA team to visit Karnal
Our Correspondent

Karnal, March 18
A five-member team of space scientists from NASA (USA) will visit Dayal Singh College here on March 20 to know about the study career of Kalpana Chawla, who was killed recently in the Columbia space shuttle crash.

Mr Sanjay Chawla, elder brother of Kalpana, will accompany the NASA team. The team will also visit Tagore Bal Niketan from where Kalpana did her matriculation before joining Dayal Singh College for her pre-university studies.

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New study courses allowed in colleges

Chandigarh, March 18
The Haryana Government has allowed 39 private colleges to start new courses on a self-financing basis with a view to encouraging vocational studies, a spokesman for the Higher Education Department said here today. No-objection certificates had been granted to four educational societies to run B.Ed and other courses. Similarly, under-graduate and post-graduate courses in information technology had also been allowed. TNS

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House prorogued
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, has prorogued the Haryana Vidhan Sabha.

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