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INLD govt has betrayed 
farmers, says Surjewala
Jind, December 12
Addressing a series of public meetings in rural areas of the Narwana Assembly constituency today, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, president of the All-India Youth Congress, said the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government in Haryana, which had come to power with the support of farmers, had proved to be an anti-farmer government. He alleged that the INLD government had failed to fulfil its election promises made to farmers and ignored their interests.

NDA following double standards: Oscar
Ambala, December 12
AICC general secretary and CWC member Oscar Fernandes said today that the BJP-led NDA government was following double standards with regard to the Judeo incident.
AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes talks to mediapersons in Ambala
AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes talks to mediapersons  in Ambala on Friday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

Police yet to arrest cops guilty of 
custodial death
Panipat, December 12
The Police here has failed to arrest the five policemen accused of killing Shiv Narain of Naraina village in illegal custody even after several days of the incident.

6 cops suspended for dereliction of duty
Hisar, December 12
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) is among the six Haryana cops who have been suspended on a charge of dereliction of duty while escorting an undertrial back to jail in Bhiwani from here the other day.


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Video cameras to catch eve-teasers, says SP
Bhiwani, December 12
The local police has urged NGOs to educate people of their rights and obey the law of the land. More emphasis will be given to the weaker section of the society and women.

Punjabis’ migration to towns changes socio-political scene
Rohtak, December 12
The Punjabi-speaking Hindus who had settled down in hundreds of villages in Haryana after Partition are gradually shifting to towns, changing the community-wise composition of several Assembly segments. This will have important political ramifications in near future. Significantly, the migration is also changing the cultural scene in villages.

MITC employees threaten stir
Kaithal, December 12
The MITC Workers Union here criticised the Chief Minister and the state’s Finance Minister for making statements that the government had not retrenched any employee. In a statement issued here yesterday, state convener of union, Bharat Singh Behniwal said that the government had already retrenched 16600 employees of various boards and corporations and allotted works to private contractors.

New Haryana BJP office-bearers
Rohtak, December 12
The Haryana BJP chief, Mr Ganeshi Lal, today announced the appointments of office-bearers of the party. These include four vice-presidents and three general secretaries.

Chautala opens citrus food show
Sirsa, December 12
The Haryana Government has launched a drive to boost fruit and flower cultivation in the state. This was disclosed by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a state-level citrus category food show here today.

Centre flayed over cane price
Yamunanagar, December 12
The state unit of the Congress has blamed the Central Government for not declaring the statutory minimum price (SMP) of sugarcane. Mr Sat Pal Kaushik, Secretary, Haryana Pradesh Congress, while addressing a press conference said here today that the peasantry class was fed up with the anti-farmer policy of the Union Government.

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INLD govt has betrayed farmers, says Surjewala
Our Correspondent

Jind, December 12
Addressing a series of public meetings in rural areas of the Narwana Assembly constituency today, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, president of the All-India Youth Congress, said the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government in Haryana, which had come to power with the support of farmers, had proved to be an anti-farmer government. He alleged that the INLD government had failed to fulfil its election promises made to farmers and ignored their interests.

He said the government had suppressed farmers’ agitation by force and fabricated cases against their leaders and arrested them.

Mr Surjewala said before the Assembly elections, Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala had promised free power and water to the farmers. But after coming to power, Mr Chautala had increased the electricity and water tariff.

He said due to the increase in the prices of fertilisers, insecticides, diesel and agriculture equipment, the cost of agriculture production had increased manifold but the government had failed to give remunerative prices to farmers for their produce.

Mr Surjewala said the people of the state were fed up with the “anti-people” policies of the INLD government. He said the government had implicated several of its political opponents in false cases. Several Youth Congress leaders accompanied Mr Surjewala and addressed public meetings.

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NDA following double standards: Oscar
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 12
AICC general secretary and CWC member Oscar Fernandes said today that the BJP-led NDA government was following double standards with regard to the Judeo incident.

Talking to mediapersons after attending a programme organised by the Haryana Harvest Christian Network Congress at St. Paul’s Church in Ambala Cantt, Mr Fernandes said the Prime Minister had main issues before him. “While one is the Judeo tapes, the second is the Jogi incident”, he said.

Mr Fernandes said as soon as the report regarding former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi was received he was placed under suspension.

“However, the Centre seems to be dilly-dallying on the Judeo incident even though he was exposed well before the Assembly elections took place. No action has been initiated against him. This clearly reflects the double standards of the government”, he said.

Mr Fernandes said they were working out a strategy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. “A committee headed by Mr Pranab Mukherjee is looking into the matter”, he said.

To a query of the Punjab chief ministership issue, Mr Fernandes stated that all differences would be resolved.

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Police yet to arrest cops guilty of custodial death
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 12
The Police here has failed to arrest the five policemen accused of killing Shiv Narain of Naraina village in illegal custody even after several days of the incident.

Residents of Naraina village got a shot in the arm when RPI National President and MP, Ram Dass Athavale visited the village and assured to raise the issue of police atrocities in Parliament. Mr Athavale criticised the Chautala Government for its failure on the law and order front. Criminals and the police were the law unto themselves and terrorising the public, the MP alleged.

Villagers have decided to block the GT Road if the “justice” was not done to them. The villagers yesterday met the Samalkha DSP to press for the arrest of guilty cops but to no avail.

Five policeman Atma Ram, in charge of the CID branch of the Samalkha Police Station, Wazir Singh, Taqdir Singh, Joginder and another unidentified policeman were booked by the police for the alleged death of Shiv Narain in alleged police custody on December 5 night.

Shiv Charan, was picked up by the police on the charge of smuggling. Within hours, his body was thrown outside the village school and when the police came to take the body for a post-mortem examination, there of the cops allegedly involved in the custodial death were recognised by the villagers. The cops were given severe beating and the villagers had staged a dharna to press for the arrest of the guilty cops.

Later, the Samalkha MLA and the Cooperation Minister, Mr Kartar Singh Bhadana, intervened to save the skin of the police which had been trying for a compromise in the case.

Meanwhile, Mr Bijendar, a son of Jagphul, who was killed in the police custody four months back, had moved the Punjab and Haryana Court, for a fair probe into the causes leading to the death of his father. Jagphul was also picked up by the Samalkha police.

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6 cops suspended for dereliction of duty

Hisar, December 12
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) is among the six Haryana cops who have been suspended on a charge of dereliction of duty while escorting an undertrial back to jail in Bhiwani from here the other day.

District police chief A.S. Ahlawat, official sources said, has ordered the suspension following reports that an ASI, three head constables and two constables, while escorting an undertrial from a court here, left him unguarded in a jeep on the roadside and went into a factory to buy soap.

Bhiwani district police chief, in the course of patrolling, saw the accused in conversation with occupants of a car, who were following the police jeep from Hisar jail. — UNI

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Video cameras to catch eve-teasers, says SP
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, December 12
The local police has urged NGOs to educate people of their rights and obey the law of the land. More emphasis will be given to the weaker section of the society and women.

This was disclosed by Mr Yoginder Nehra, SP, while addressing a press conference here today. He said video cameras were being fitted around girls’ schools and colleges where cases of eve-teasing were common. He said eve-teasers would be dealt with sternly and no gathering would be allowed outside these institution. “The police has been asked to watch the activities of students particularly sportsmen and if anything objectionable is noticed strict action should be taken” said Mr Nehra and added that a letter having code of conduct with regard to the behaviour with the working women would be distributed in the offices and a complaint centre would be set up to sort out such cases.

To make police-public relations more friendly, he said, a campaign would be launched wherein SHOs would visit schools and the DSP, SP colleges. They would interact with students besides imparting necessary informations about traffic rules. He said the department would seek a separate bus for girls from the Haryana Roadways in order to prevent eve-teasing. He said every police station would be checked during the programme which begins on December 21. Concerned over the irresponsible behaviour of vehicle owners engaged in transporting passengers in the district he said they would be asked to provide job to those having valid licence only.

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Punjabis’ migration to towns changes socio-political scene
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 12
The Punjabi-speaking Hindus who had settled down in hundreds of villages in Haryana after Partition are gradually shifting to towns, changing the community-wise composition of several Assembly segments. This will have important political ramifications in near future. Significantly, the migration is also changing the cultural scene in villages.

This steady migration is resulting in bigger towns getting dominated by the Punjabis, while their villages are dominated by the Jats, who are buying the land and houses of migrating Punjabis.

The process reflects the different mindsets of the two communities. Since the Punjabis had come here almost empty-handed, they had to rebuild their lives through hard work and enterprise. They never evinced much interest in increasing their land holdings allotted to them by the government. Instead, they spent the saved money on educating the younger generation and having them settled in jobs or small businesses. The Punjabis had a greater inclination for higher education. Hence, they cornered more jobs in towns.

On the other hand, the local Jats have always shown a marked preference for agriculture. No member of this community would knowingly miss any opportunity to buy more agricultural land. So as the Punjabis shifted to bigger towns and cities, the Jats bought their land and houses. The Jats interest in agricultural land is so great that they bought holdings of Punjabis in villages located far off from their own.

For instance, in Gugheri and Bainsi villages near here, Jats from Peeragarhi in Delhi have bought agricultural land. Similarly, in Hisar district, Jat farmers have purchased agricultural lands in as far as Yamunanagar area.

The situation in the originally Punjabi villages is that in most cases, only one member of the family is staying back there and that too reluctantly. Most others have already shifted to towns and sold their shares. Those staying back are still in the process of settling all their children before finally shifting to settle down with one of them in towns.

The falling numerical strength in the villages has made Punjabis politically irrelevant there. Till a few years ago, members of this community were elected as sarpanches on the basis of their numbers. However, very few erstwhile Punjabi-dominated villages now have sarpanches from this community. They have been edged out by the Jats who now outnumber the Punjabis in villages.

Although towns in Haryana have always been dominated by the Punjabis, their increasing strength due to migration has considerably lessened the political influence of the locals. This explains why towns are becoming politically closer to parties like the BJP and the Congress although the former has lost considerable following because of its marginalisation by the INLD. Nevertheless, as a community, the Punjabis are becoming a more dominating force in the urban areas.

The migration has also led to other social and cultural changes, especially in the villages. The mixed culture which marked these villages for several decades after Partition is giving way slowly but surely to the original Haryanavi lifestyle.

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MITC employees threaten stir

Kaithal, December 12
The MITC Workers Union here criticised the Chief Minister and the state’s Finance Minister for making statements that the government had not retrenched any employee. In a statement issued here yesterday, state convener of union, Bharat Singh Behniwal said that the government had already retrenched 16600 employees of various boards and corporations and allotted works to private contractors.

He said that the government was selling immoveable property belonging to the MITC and other departments at Karnal and other places. He said that the government employees were being retrenched and government had started recruiting employees in some departments as it wanted to pack every department with its own party workers. He said that if the government failed to redress the grievances of the employees they would be forced to launch an agitation. The further strategy would be decided on December 15.

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New Haryana BJP office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 12
The Haryana BJP chief, Mr Ganeshi Lal, today announced the appointments of office-bearers of the party. These include four vice-presidents and three general secretaries.

The vice-presidents are Mr Kailash Chand Sharma, Mr Kishen Singh Sangwan, Mr Gurdial Singh Saini and Mr Niti Sain Bhatia. The three general secretaries are Mr Veer Kumar Yadav, Mr Kanwarpal Singh and Mr Bharat Bhushan Bharti.

The four secretaries are Mr Sita Ram Bagri, Mrs Santosh Atreja, Mrs Shakuntala Raj and Mr Mahavir Parshad.

Mr Gian Chand Gupta has been appointed treasurer. There are two spokespersons — Dr Sudha Yadav and Mr Kishen Singh Sangwan.

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Chautala opens citrus food show
Our Correspondent

Sirsa, December 12
The Haryana Government has launched a drive to boost fruit and flower cultivation in the state. This was disclosed by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a state-level citrus category food show here today.

The Chief Minister said the fruit cultivation area had gone up to 5.5 hectares and about 50,000 tonnes of fruits were being produced every year. He said a new scheme had been introduced in the state to promote herbal plantation. Under this scheme 1,480 acres of the panchayat land had been identified out of which herbal plants on 572 acres had already been planted. This would not only boost the panchayat income but motivate farmers to adopt fruit flower and herb cultivation, he added. He also assured to provide government’s help for marketing of the products.

On occasion the Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr Jaswinder Singh disclosed that work on one of the four food parks to be constructed at Saha in Ambala district had already started while the work on parks in Sonipat. Dabwali of Sirsa district and Narwana of Jind district would begin soon.

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Centre flayed over cane price
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, December 12
The state unit of the Congress has blamed the Central Government for not declaring the statutory minimum price (SMP) of sugarcane. Mr Sat Pal Kaushik, Secretary, Haryana Pradesh Congress, while addressing a press conference said here today that the peasantry class was fed up with the anti-farmer policy of the Union Government.

Mr Kaushik said since the year 2000 the rate of sugarcane had not been increased in the state whereas the cost of production had increased manifold. He said private sugar mills and the state government were hand in glove and the farmers had been deprived of Rs 50 crore.

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Dowry death: 7-year jail for husband
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, December 12
A court here sentenced Surinder Singh to seven years imprisonment and fined him Rupees 50,000 for killing his wife.
According to prosecution, Sube Singh, father of Urmila had complained to the Siwani police station last year that his daughter had been killed by her husband, his sister and mother-in-law for dowry. Sube Singh said in his complaint that his daughter was harassed for dowry repeatedly. He received a phone call on January 31 last year that Urmila had committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. The police had registered a case under Sections 304 B and 498 A of the IPC and arrested the accused.

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3 held for looting traders
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, December 12
The police has arrested all three culprits involved in the shootout that took place last month at a fertiliser shop. The SP, Mr Yogender Nehra, said they had been identified as Sukhvir, a servant at the shop, Sushil, an M.Sc student at HAU, Hisar, and a resident of Sisai village and Rajesh of Gudha village. He said the police had recovered the arms used in the incident. The three motor-cycle-borne youths had tried to loot a fertiliser shop located at Lohar Bazar and the accused had shot at owners before fleeing with cash.

He said the culprits had also been identified in the Siwani case wherein a constable was shot dead last week.

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JBT interviews from Dec 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
The Haryana Staff Selection Commission will hold interviews for the posts of JBT teacher at Karnal, Gurgaon and Bhiwani from December 15.

A spokesman for the commission said here today that in case any candidate did not receive the call letter by December 28, he or she should contact the office of the commission from December 29 to January 2 for receipt of a duplicate roll number along with the original markesheet in support of his qualifications and proof of having deposited the requisite fee.

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