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Hooda meets Sonia in Delhi
Rohtak, December 20
The Leader of the Opposition in the Haryana Assembly, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today met the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, in Delhi. Addressing a press conference here, Mr Hooda said he apprised her of the political situation in Haryana.

Anti-Bhajan Lal rally on January 7
Chandigarh, December 20
Even as infighting in the Congress in Punjab is making news, in neighbouring Haryana, too, the detractors of HPCC chief Bhajan Lal within the state party are preparing to intensify their efforts of getting the state unit “restructured”.

CPM decries hike in petrol, diesel prices
Fatehabad, December 20
The Communist Party of India (Marxists) has criticised the recent hikes in the prices of petrol and diesel. A meeting of the district committee of the CPM here yesterday resolved that the action of the NDA government in increasing the rates of diesel and petrol after elections in five states was a fraud on people.

Zila parishad chief poll put off
Hisar, December 20
The district authorities today postponed the election of president of the local zila parishad as the executive officer of the parishad and the Additional Deputy Commissioner went on medical leave.

Seismic monitoring in Jind starts
Jind, December 20
The Indian Meteorological Department has started seismic monitoring in this district of Haryana following reports of mild tremors, which are being felt for the last two months in the district.


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Dist Forum orders set aside
Panchkula, December 20
The Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, while deciding the petition filed by the Chief Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Mr N.C. Wadhwa, has set aside the orders passed by District Forum, Rohtak.

Govt to merge welfare corpns
Fatehabad, December 20
The Haryana Government has decided to merge the Haryana Women’s Welfare Corporation, the Haryana Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation. Revealing this here today, Ms Bimla Sangwan, Chairperson of the Haryana Women’s Welfare Corporation, said the merger of the three corporations had been made to overcome difficulties in the implementation of welfare schemes of these corporations.

Sentence against HUDA chief set aside
Rohtak, December 20
The Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has set aside the orders of the Rohtak District Consumer Forum sentencing Mr N. C. Wadhwa, IAS, Chief Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority, to imprisonment and fine in eight cases filed under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act.

MP seeks action against RPF personnel
Ambala, December 20
Local MP Ratan Lal Kataria today sought stern action against the Railway Protection Force personnel who forcibly take money from labourers returning home.
Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Kataria said that from time to time, he had received complaints from poor labourers whose savings were taken away by the RPF personnel when they were travelling on train.

High Court
Attack on politician to be investigated expeditiously
Chandigarh, December 20
Dismissing a petition filed by a senior politician, Master Hari Singh, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has expressed hope that the investigation of a case registered at a Hisar police station regarding an attack on him would be investigated expeditiously.

FIR against school headmaster
Chandigarh, December 20
The Haryana State School Education Board has lodged an FIR under various sections of the IPC at Narnaul police station against the headmaster of Rose Bud High School, Nangal Chaudhary, Mahendragarh, for admitting fictitious students and misleading the board.

Suspected ISI agents give cops the slip
Sonepat, December 20
The police has launched a search operation to arrest two suspected ISI agents, who escaped from their residence in the city just before a raid was conducted to arrest them, police sources said today.

Doubts over identification of body
Rohtak, December 20
Doubts have arisen over the identification of the body which the Delhi police claims to be of Dr R. K. Gupta, who was murdered after he was kidnapped early this month. The badly burnt body was found near Gurgaon and was sent to the PGIMS here for postmortem examination.

Three get 14-yr jail for drug trafficking
Fatehabad, December 20
Additional District and Sessions Judge R. K. Sondhi today awarded imprisonment to four accused in two different cases of drug trafficking. The court released three other accused giving them the benefit of the doubt.

12 kg of charas seized from train passengers
Ambala, December 20
About 12 kg of charas was recovered from eight train passengers, including four women, yesterday. During checking on Mangla Express no. 2618, by the Railway Police, eight persons were found to be carrying charas.

Board lodges FIR against school
Bhiwani, December 20
The Board of School Education, Haryana, has lodged an FIR against Rose Bud High School, Nangal Chaudhry, Mahendragarh, for giving admission to students on the basis of bogus school-leaving certificates.

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Hooda meets Sonia in Delhi
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 20
The Leader of the Opposition in the Haryana Assembly, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today met the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, in Delhi.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Hooda said he apprised her of the political situation in Haryana. He refused to divulge the details.

He said the proposed ‘hisab chukao’ rally at Kurukshetra on January 7 would be held as scheduled. Asked whether it would highlight factionalism in the Haryana unit of the party, he said rallies had always strengthened the party and there was no question of promoting factionalism.

He said he, along with another party leader, Mr Shadi Lal Batra, would go to Pakistan as part of a goodwill mission on Monday. The mission would spend five days there, he added.

Referring to the government decision on VAT. yesterday, he said the Congress had opposed imposition of VAT. He said the damage had been done and farmers of Haryana had lost Rs 200 crore. Rice shellers had moved to Punjab en masse because of VAT, he added.

Criticising the Chautala government, he said it had let loose a reign of terror in the state. The Chief Minister’s home district was the worst affected and excesses were being committed everywhere in Haryana, he alleged.
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Hooda to visit Pakistan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Leader of the Opposition in Haryana, will be visiting Pakistan as part of a delegation of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Association. While stating this here today, a law officer of the Punjab Government, said Mr Hooda would be going to Pakistan as a guest of the Chief Minister of Punjab province of Pakistan.

He said the delegation would enter Pakistan through the Wagah border on Monday and return to India on December 26. Members of the delegation would meet the Chief Minister of Punjab province and highly placed members of Pakistani judiciary during their stay in Pakistan, he added.
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Anti-Bhajan Lal rally on January 7
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
Even as infighting in the Congress in Punjab is making news, in neighbouring Haryana, too, the detractors of HPCC chief Bhajan Lal within the state party are preparing to intensify their efforts of getting the state unit “restructured”.

Free from their engagements in the assembly elections in three states, the dissidents will once again organise a rally in which Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Leader of the Opposition, and other major leaders of the anti-Bhajan Lal factions will take part. The rally, being called “hisaab chukao rally” (rally to settle the accounts) will be held at Kurukshetra on January 7.

“All the former Chief Ministers of the state, including Mr Bhajan Lal, would be criticised at the rally on the issue of discrimination against the northern districts of the state by successive regimes,” stated a party insider. If he is to be believed, Mr Nawal Kishore Sharma, one of the general secretaries of the AICC, who is looking after the party affairs in Haryana, will take part in the rally being organised by former minister Nirmal Singh and others.

“The AICC general secretary has attended a rally organised earlier by Congress dissidents on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day at Rewari in September,” sources say.

While lobbying in Delhi for Mr Bhajan Lal’s removal from the PCC chief’s post, the dissidents are stated to be focusing on the possibility of alienation of Jat voters of Haryana from the Congress if the next Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections were held with Mr Bhajan Lal at the helm of the state unit.

They argue that in Rajasthan the Congress was routed because of the Jat voters moving away from the party and a similar thing could happen in Haryana unless a Jat was brought to the forefront. The increasing popularity of Mr Bansi Lal, also a Jat, is also an indication that those Jats who are dissatisfied with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) may eventually lend their support to the Haryana Vikas Party, say the dissidents.

On the other hand, Mr Bhajan Lal seems to be fairly confident about anti-incumbency mood emerging as the key factor in the next elections and the Congress benefitting from the mood. He too will address a rally at Gurgaon tomorrow. This was to be followed by a rally at Bhiwani on December 27 which was cancelled in view of the Congress Party’s foundation day celebrations in Mumbai.
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CPM decries hike in petrol, diesel prices
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, December 20
The Communist Party of India (Marxists) has criticised the recent hikes in the prices of petrol and diesel. A meeting of the district committee of the CPM here yesterday resolved that the action of the NDA government in increasing the rates of diesel and petrol after elections in five states was a fraud on people. The party said that there was no rationale behind the hike as there was no increase in the prices of these commodities in the international market and the government must roll back the hike.

Mr Inderjit Singh, state secretary of the CPM told reporters that it was wrong to view the victory of the BJP in three states as victory of that party’s policies. He said the victory of the BJP was rejection by the people of the policies adopted by the Congress in those states. The BJP, he said, had only benefited from being the main opposition party. He said that the policies of the BJP led NDA government at the Centre and the ill effects of those policies were there for everyone to see. He alleged that the agriculture and the industry had been ruined by the policies of the government. Employment had also decreased due to these policies, he alleged. A large populace of the country was on the verge of starvation, he added. He said that the reason for the rise of the BJP was the Congress party’s bankruptcy in economic policies.

He said that the district committee of the CPM would launch a campaign in the rural and urban areas from February 1 to February 15 demanding cheap ration and employment for the poor. The party would also support the nationwide strike of the employees on February 11 in support of the right to go on strike.
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Zila parishad chief poll put off
Our Correspondent

Hisar, December 20
The district authorities today postponed the election of president of the local zila parishad as the executive officer of the parishad and the Additional Deputy Commissioner went on medical leave.

INLD-supported members and members of the opposition group reached the zila parishad office this morning, but local officials announced that the election could not be conducted. The officials said the next date for the election would be announced soon.

All 11 members of the opposition gathered at a local hotel later. Addressing mediapersons, Congress leader and zila parishad member Dilbag Sihag alleged that the Chautala government was delaying the election intentionally.

He threatened that the opposition members would move court if the election for the post of president was not held soon.
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Seismic monitoring in Jind starts

Jind, December 20
The Indian Meteorological Department has started seismic monitoring in this district of Haryana following reports of mild tremors, which are being felt for the last two months in the district.

While stating this here today, the Director of the department, Dr A. K. Shukla, said although there was no need for panic, the department had set up instruments at four places in this district to study the causes leading to such tremors. He said these instruments had been set up at Aherika village, Ramgarh Dhani, and the local rest house of the Public Works Department and the five-member team of the Meteorological Department would continue its study for one month.

He said instruments for seismic monitoring would be set up at 50 more places in areas adjoining here for one hour each. He reminded that similar tremors were felt at several places in Rohtak and Sonepat district since 1964.

Therefore, a telemetric centre was set up at Bansi village in Rohtak district. He said the people of these two districts were now familiar with the situation but it was new for the people here. He said stress should be laid on developing earthquake-resistant structures.

He said out of the tremors, which were being felt here for the past two months, four of them were of around 2 on the Richter scale. He said a tremor of 2.1 magnitude was felt no October 31 at 5.39pm, 2 magnitude on November 16 at 11.12 am, 2.5 magnitude on November 29 at 8.17 pm and 1.7 magnitude on December 12 at 11.29 am.

He said tremors of up to 3 magnitude on the Richter scale had been felt more than one lakh times in the world, but no loss of life and property was reported because of their impact. He said India had been divided into four zones numbered as 2, 3, 4 and 5. The number 5 zone was the most sensitive and the Himalayas were under this zone, but this district was under zone number 3 and Delhi under zone 4. He said 56 per cent of the land mass of the country was in the seismic zone.

He said the entire earth had 12 plates and these had developed a fault. As a result of the friction in the fault, the earth was shaking and we were feeling tremors, he added. — UNI
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Dist Forum orders set aside
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
The Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, while deciding the petition filed by the Chief Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Mr N.C. Wadhwa, has set aside the orders passed by District Forum, Rohtak.

On November 25, the forum had awarded imprisonment along with a fine under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act. This order of the District Consumer Forum was challenged before the Redressal Commission on the grounds that the Chief Administrator, HUDA, was not even a party in a few of the complaints filed by Ranjeet Singh against HUDA and had not been given any opportunity of hearing, as required under the law by issuing summons by name, warrant etc.

The District Forum had punished Mr Wadhwa to six months’ imprisonment each in eight cases and a fine of Rs 10,000 in each case. Since the forum had ordered that the sentence would not be concurrent, Mr Wadhwa would have had to undergo a four-year term and pay a fine of Rs 80,000 for the non-compliance of the orders of the forum.

However, Mr Wadhwa’s arrest was stayed by the State Commission on November 28 and December 1. The commission had restrained the president of the District Forum, Rohtak, Mr Jagdish Chopra, from pronouncing the judgements kept reserved by the forum.
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Govt to merge welfare corpns
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, December 20
The Haryana Government has decided to merge the Haryana Women’s Welfare Corporation, the Haryana Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation.

Revealing this here today, Ms Bimla Sangwan, Chairperson of the Haryana Women’s Welfare Corporation, said the merger of the three corporations had been made to overcome difficulties in the implementation of welfare schemes of these corporations.

Ms Sangwan said during the last 42 months of the INLD government, the three corporations had jointly provided financial help of Rs 133 crore to 54,365 beneficiaries, which she said was a record.

Mr Gulab Singh Sarot, Managing Director of the three corporations, said the corporation had decided to honour those district managers and regional managers who had produced excellent results. Mr Mohinder Singh Jhanjra, district manager of the local branch, was honoured for securing the first position in financing and recovery of loans.
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Sentence against HUDA chief set aside
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 20
The Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has set aside the orders of the Rohtak District Consumer Forum sentencing Mr N. C. Wadhwa, IAS, Chief Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority, to imprisonment and fine in eight cases filed under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act.

Mr Wadhwa had filed a petition before the commission challenging the orders of the forum passed on November 25.

In its judgement delivered yesterday, the commission stated that none of the eight respondents had been able to controvert the facts stated in the petition and therefore, the order of the forum was being set aside.

Mr Wadhwa had pleaded that the order of the forum was against the provisions of the Act, arbitrary and beyond jurisdiction. He stated that the Chief Administrator had not impleaded as a party in any of the cases and had also not been provided an opportunity of hearing required by law.

It was pointed out that Mr Wadhwa was present at the High Court in Chandigarh on November 24 on which day the forum heard the cases, but his counsel had duly appeared before the forum.
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MP seeks action against RPF personnel
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 20
Local MP Ratan Lal Kataria today sought stern action against the Railway Protection Force personnel who forcibly take money from labourers returning home.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Kataria said that from time to time, he had received complaints from poor labourers whose savings were taken away by the RPF personnel when they were travelling on train.

“Such incidents are a blot on the RPF. I have raised this issue in Parliament during deliberation on the amendment Bill for the Railway Protection Act 1957 and the Railway Act 1989. I have demanded that stern action must be taken against the erring RPF personnel,” he said.

Mr Kataria said that he had sought for the stoppage of two trains at Barara. “Residents of Barara have been demanding for the stoppage of Superfast and Sadbhavna at Barara,” he said.

He pointed out that the Divisional Railway Manager’s office was located in Ambala. “There is a large cloth market in Ambala City. The Railways must provide for the stoppage of some trains in Ambala City for the convenience of cloth traders,” he said.
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High Court
Attack on politician to be investigated expeditiously
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
Dismissing a petition filed by a senior politician, Master Hari Singh, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has expressed hope that the investigation of a case registered at a Hisar police station regarding an attack on him would be investigated expeditiously.

Pronouncing the orders, a copy of which was received today, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice S.S. Saron, also expressed hope that the culprits were brought to book. His plea for security was also declined.

Alleging attack at the instance of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and another respondent, the petitioner had earlier contended that the two were after him and his family as he had contested elections against their close relatives in 1999. He had also tried to expose the corrupt policies followed by the government, the petitioner had added.

After hearing the arguments in the case, the Judges held that the “petitioner had not been able to substantiate the allegations of mala fide against the respondents”. The Judges added that the apprehension expressed by the petitioner that the police would not conduct free and fair investigation was not well founded. Consequently, his prayer for handing over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation was rejected.
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FIR against school headmaster
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The Haryana State School Education Board has lodged an FIR under various sections of the IPC at Narnaul police station against the headmaster of Rose Bud High School, Nangal Chaudhary, Mahendragarh, for admitting fictitious students and misleading the board.

While stating this here today, an official release said the board had now written to the Director, Secondary Education, Haryana, to derecognise the school. It said the case had been entrusted to the Special Economic Cell of the Mahendragarh police for further investigations.

The release added that the school had sent an enrolment list of 49 students of Class IX for 2002-03 to the board. But on scrutiny it was found that 37 of them were issued school leaving certificates by a school in Agra. On making inquiries at Agra, it was found that all 37 certificates were fake. The school also informed the board that the school leaving certificates had been verified by the District Basic Education Officer, Agra.

The verification letter was received in the office of the board through post and an advanced copy accompanied with a photostat copy was delivered in person at the office. However, the letter too was found to be false upon inquiries by the board officials at Agra.
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Suspected ISI agents give cops the slip

Sonepat, December 20
The police has launched a search operation to arrest two suspected ISI agents, who escaped from their residence in the city just before a raid was conducted to arrest them, police sources said today.

Ramphal and Ramesh came under suspicion as they had been frequently making telephone calls to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Kuwait.

Police sources said Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, on checking the duo’s telephone records on December 17, found that calls costing Rs 7 lakh were made in a month and these included ISD and STD calls.

The police immediately swung into action and yesterday raided the rented house at the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road in which they had been living, but the duo had already fled along with their belongings. — PTI
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Doubts over identification of body
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 20
Doubts have arisen over the identification of the body which the Delhi police claims to be of Dr R. K. Gupta, who was murdered after he was kidnapped early this month.

The badly burnt body was found near Gurgaon and was sent to the PGIMS here for postmortem examination. It was cremated here as an unidentified and unclaimed body.

The postmortem examination report stated that the body was that of a young adult male whereas Dr Gupta was much older. It also stated that the death seemed to have taken place about two months earlier. Both facts are contrary to the claims of the Delhi police, which is convinced that the body is that of Dr Gupta.

The identification now hinges on a piece of femur of the body, which was handed over to the Gurgaon police for DNA tests.

A relatively junior doctor performed the autopsy since the head of the department and his deputy were busy elsewhere that day.

Following this, the Director of the PGIMS issued a letter, saying the standard procedure was not followed in this case and in future, it should be followed religiously.

It remains to be seen whether the Gurgaon police or the Delhi police opts for a DNA test.
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Three get 14-yr jail for drug trafficking
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, December 20
Additional District and Sessions Judge R. K. Sondhi today awarded imprisonment to four accused in two different cases of drug trafficking. The court released three other accused giving them the benefit of the doubt.

The police, according to the prosecution story, had arrested Bhal Singh, Bakshish, and Joginder from village Sandhanwas from the residence of Bhal Singh with 73 bags of poppy husk. The value of the contraband was estimated at Rs15 lakh.

The Judge sentenced the three accused to 14 year’s imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh each. They would have to serve a further imprisonment of two years each in case they failed to pay the fine.

In another case, the Judge awarded 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh to Kuldip Dhingsaran village for poppy husk trafficking. The Crime Investigation Agency of the district police had arrested the accused with two bags of the contraband.
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12 kg of charas seized from train passengers
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 20
About 12 kg of charas was recovered from eight train passengers, including four women, yesterday.

During checking on Mangla Express no. 2618, by the Railway Police, eight persons were found to be carrying charas. The women had tied the charas pouches to their body. A case has been registered.

In another incident, the GRP personnel recovered 4 kg “afeem” from two women. While one woman is a resident of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, the other is a resident of Kota in Rajasthan.

About 90 gm smack was also recovered from them. These women had also tied “afeem” pouches to their body.
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Board lodges FIR against school
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, December 20
The Board of School Education, Haryana, has lodged an FIR against Rose Bud High School, Nangal Chaudhry, Mahendragarh, for giving admission to students on the basis of bogus school-leaving certificates (SLCs).

A board spokesperson informed here today that the board had lodged the FIR against the school Headmaster under Sections 420, 467, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and the Superintendent of Police, Mahendragarh, had handed over the case to the Special Economic Cell for investigation.

The spokesperson said the board got SLCs of 37 students of Rose Bud High School issued from Agra, verified.

These SLCs were found to be bogus.

The spokesperson said the board had sent a letter to the Secondary Education Directorate, recommending the cancellation of the recognition of the school. He added that the affiliation granted by the board to the school would also be cancelled.
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100 students donate blood
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, December 20
A blood donation camp was organised here on Friday at Guru Nanak Girls College, Santpura. A team of doctors also conducted a general health check-up of the students.

The camp was sponsored by State Bank of Patiala, GNG Branch, Yamunanagar. As many as 100 students donated blood on this occasion.
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2 nominated to MDU court
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 20
Vice-Chancellor of Maharishi Dayanand University Maj-Gen (Retd.) B.S. Suhag has nominated two members to the university court.

They are: Dr B.M. Singh Vashisht, Reader, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, PGIMS, Rohtak and Dr Satish Chander Narula, Professor of Periodontics, Dental College, Rohtak.

Meanwhile, Dr Neena Singh has been appointed acting head of the Department of Geography, a university press release said here yesterday.
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