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Don’t play into hands of politicians, warns CM’s brother
Chandigarh, December 26
Mr Pratap Singh Chautala, brother of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, today warned the police and bureaucracy against playing into the hands of politicians.

CM inaugurates irrigation project
Fatehabad, December 26
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said yesterday that the state government had started nine projects for irrigation, drainage and flood control with the aid of NABARD and added that a sum of Rs 700 crore would be spent on these projects.

Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala inaugurates an irrigation project near Fatehabad Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala inaugurates an irrigation project near Fatehabad on Thursday. —  Photo by Sushil Manav

IPS officer Yadav gets bail
Jind, December 26
A Gujarat-cadre IPS officer and former Superintendent of Police here, Mr R.S. Yadav, who was arrested a few days ago, was granted bail by the court of Mr A.K. Raghava, Additional Sessions Judge, today.

Contempt notice to DGP Malik
Rohtak, December 26
A court here on Wednesday issued notice to Director-General of Haryana Police M.S. Malik for January 3 next following filing of an application by a local resident Mr Rajesh, for launching contempt of court proceedings.


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BJP’s high-powered panel formed
Rohtak, December 26
The Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party chief, Mr Ganeshi Lal, has constituted a 19-member high-powered committee to take decisions on all important matters concerning the party.

Haryana claims 100 cr investment
Chandigarh, December 26
The Haryana Government today claimed to have brought investment worth a few hundred crore rupees to the state. A press statement issued here said as many as 23 large and medium-scale industrial units catalysing an investment of Rs 208.41 crore were set up in Haryana during 2003.

Police trainees to get lessons in human rights
Ambala, December 26
The Director-General of Police, Haryana, Dr M.S. Malik, has said that a chapter in the curricula of trainee recruits regarding human rights would be added to enable them to have a complete knowledge of human rights. He was addressing newly recruited police constables in the Police Lines of HAP Ist Battalion in Ambala City today.

Shopping fest a boon for traders
Ambala, December 26
Shopping festival being held in Ambala Cantonment is likely to be a major draw for customers resulting in higher sales for shopkeepers. The shopping extravaganza is being held on the lines of the shopping festival in Chandigarh. Shopkeepers are hopeful that the shopping festival will give a boost to sales and they would not have to face deficit.

Bathinda-Rewari rail section ‘neglected’
Sirsa, December 26
Conversion of metre-gauge into broad-gauge on Bathinda-Rewari Railway section nine years before under uni-gauge scheme of the ministry had generated hopes of better rail service to the people of this section.

Develop Shivalik foothills, says Gharu
Ambala, December 26
Mr Sanjeev Gharu, general secretary state unit the JD (U) pro-Samata Party, yesterday demanded that the government should develop the Shivalik foothills.

Life term for smuggling poppy
Kurukshetra, December 26
Additional District and Sessions Judge, here, Mr Subhash Goel on Wednesday sentenced Shingara Singh of Cheeka village in this district to life imprisonment and fined him Rs 1 lakh for allegedly smuggling poppy husk while his accomplices Balkaar Singh of Ratdaula village and Darshan Singh of Kallanwali village, were declared proclaimed offenders.

BSNL card recharge
Ambala, December 26
The facility of recharging BSNL, Haryana, pre-paid cash card through Bank of Punjab ATMs was started here on Wednesday.

Farmers being paid dues, says DC
Ambala December 26
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam on Wednesday said the sugarcane farmers were being paid the outstanding amount.


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Don’t play into hands of politicians, warns CM’s brother
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 26
Mr Pratap Singh Chautala, brother of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, today warned the police and bureaucracy against playing into the hands of politicians.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Chautala said the case of the arrested Gujrat-cadre IPS officer, Mr R S Yadav, showed the pitfalls of blindly following the dictates of political masters by the police and civil officers.

He said Mr Yadav had arrested Mr Ajay Singh, the elder of the two sons of the Chief Minister, from Rajasthan for removing fishplates from railway tracks during an agitation in 1996.

Mr Pratap Singh said the fact was that Mr Ajay Singh had not done what he was charged with. Mr Yadav, who was the SP of Sirsa at that time, slapped the charge against Mr Ajay Singh and arrested him personally from a Rajasthan village to please Mr Bhajan Lal, who was Chief Minister of Haryana at that time.

Now Mr Yadav was paying for his action against Mr Ajay Singh.

The former legislator criticised the arrest of Mr Yadav and said that it was nothing but vindictiveness on the part of the Chief Minister to settle old scores with Mr Yadav.

The charge against Mr Yadav, of misusing his official vehicle, was registered 10 years ago in a police station in Jind, Mr Pratap Singh said and expressed surprise that all these years nothing was done regarding the case.

He alleged Mr Chautala had opened the case when he was on a strong footing and Mr Yadav was having trouble in Gujrat. He said the police officers who had orchestrated the move against Mr Yadav following directives from the Chief Minister should not forget that they too could be in Mr Yadav's shoes when the regime in Haryana changed.

Mr Pratap Singh alleged that a large number of bogus voters were being registered in Haryana by the INLD to pave way for the party's victory in the next elections. To substantiate his allegation, Mr Pratap Singh cited the case of a household in Chautala village in which the number of voters had jumped from 7 to 20 during the revision of the electoral rolls.
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CM inaugurates irrigation project
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, December 26
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said yesterday that the state government had started nine projects for irrigation, drainage and flood control with the aid of NABARD and added that a sum of Rs 700 crore would be spent on these projects.

He was addressing local residents after inaugurating the new Dahman sub-minor project for irrigation near Dahman village in the district last evening. The Chief Minister was scheduled to arrive in the afternoon, but due to delays in his scheduled programmes in Delhi and Hisar, he reached around 6 a.m. The Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, an INLD MP, Dr Sushil Indora, and party MLAs, Ms Swatantra Bala Chowdhary, Mr Nishan Singh and Mr Jarnail Singh, besides Mr Ram Kumar, a member of the Haryana Finance Commission, Dr R.B. Langyan, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Des Raj Singh, SP and Mr N.K. Yadav, ADC, were present on the occasion.

Mr Chautala said the government had made a plan to construct Bass-Hisar-Ghaggar drain to save Jind, Hisar, Sirsa and Fatehabad districts from floods and water-logging. He said the project would be completed at a cost of Rs 170 crore and funded by NABARD. He said all ‘kutcha’ canals in the state were being bricklined to prevent the seepage of water.

He said work was afoot on the Rs 319-crore project to brickline the minors coming under the Bhakra Canal Command. The project, he said, was being carried out through the Command Area Development Authority (CADA).

He hoped that the work on the SYL canal would begin soon as the Supreme Court had given its verdict in favour of Haryana in this regard. He hoped that the apex court would soon direct the Central Government to get the project completed.

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of new rooms at the Government College, Bhattu Kalan, in the district. Mr Bahadur Singh, Education Minister, Haryana, was present on the occasion.

On demand of the villagers, he assured that a stadium would be constructed in the village and all streets in the Dalits’ bastis would be bricklined.

Mr Sampat Singh said eight new classrooms and two halls would be constructed in the college at a cost of Rs 41 lakh.
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IPS officer Yadav gets bail
Our Correspondent

Jind, December 26
A Gujarat-cadre IPS officer and former Superintendent of Police here, Mr R.S. Yadav, who was arrested a few days ago, was granted bail by the court of Mr A.K. Raghava, Additional Sessions Judge, today. Mr Yadav was arrested by the Safidon police on December 17 from his Panchkula residence on charges of misuse of official vehicles when he was Superintendent of Police at Jind on deputation in 1993-94. The case was registered on the complaint of Mr Kashmir Singh of Dharamgarh Bohli village in the district. The complainant had alleged that Mr Yadav used his official car and jeep for personal purposes and embezzled about Rs 1 lakh by submitting fake repair bills of these vehicles.

An inquiry into the complaint was conducted by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Safidon, who found the allegations correct. Mr Yadav was produced before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Jind, on December 18. The court remanded him in police custody till December 22. Mr Yadav filed a bail application in the court of Mr Raghava on December 23 on the ground that he had been implicated in a false case. The court today accepted his bail application.
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Contempt notice to DGP Malik
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 26
A court here on Wednesday issued notice to Director-General of Haryana Police M.S. Malik for January 3 next following filing of an application by a local resident Mr Rajesh, for launching contempt of court proceedings.

In his application he stated that the DGP had allegedly interfered in the proper administration of justice. The application stated that an FIR was registered at the Civil Lines Police Station here on July 9 last under Sections 323, 379, 452 and 506 of the IPC on orders of the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

The Investigating Officer sought arrest warrants against the accused which could not be executed. The IO stated before the court that he was asked by the DGP not to arrest the accused.

The CJM in his order stated that prima facie the allegations of contempt of court required to be enquired into to determine whether a reference to the high court could be made within the meaning of various sections of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971. He said the DGP should be provided an opportunity being heard.
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BJP’s high-powered panel formed
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 26
The Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party chief, Mr Ganeshi Lal, has constituted a 19-member high-powered committee to take decisions on all important matters concerning the party.

A party press note issued here today said the first meeting of the panel would be held at Panipat on January 4 and 5. It would formulate party programmes for the near future, besides discussing organisational issues.

While the panel is headed by Mr Ganeshi Lal himself, the Union Minister of State for Home, Mr I. D. Swami, has been included as a member. Four other party MPs from Haryana — Mr Kishen Singh Sangwan, Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, Mrs Sudha Yadav and Mr Ram Chander Bainda – have also been nominated to the committee. The leader of the BJP Legislature Party, Mr Krishan Pal Gujar, has also found a place in it.

Other members were: Mr Ram Pyare Pande, Mr Bharat Bhushan Bharti, Mr Om Parkash Dhankher, Mr Sita Ram Singla, Mr Atam Parkash Manchanda, Mr Faqir Chand Aggarwal, Mr Kailash Chand Sharma, Mr Veer Kumar Yadav, Mr Kanwar Pal Singh, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma and Mr Surinder Kaushik.
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Haryana claims 100 cr investment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 26
The Haryana Government today claimed to have brought investment worth a few hundred crore rupees to the state.

A press statement issued here said as many as 23 large and medium-scale industrial units catalysing an investment of Rs 208.41 crore were set up in Haryana during 2003. The units were providing employment to 2,011 persons.

The statement said 434 small-scale units were also set up in the state. more than Rs 50 crore was invested in these units which provided employment to 5,572 persons.

Foreign direct investment of Rs 278.43 crore was approved for 27 units in the state between January and July, 2003. Also, 113 industrial memoranda was sanctioned during this period.

These units would catalyse an investment of Rs 1069 crore and provide employment to 18,381 persons, the statement claimed.

It was also stated the central government had approved a state project and sanctioned Rs 20 crore under the Textile Centre Infrastructure Development Scheme.
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Police trainees to get lessons in human rights
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 26
The Director-General of Police, Haryana, Dr M.S. Malik, has said that a chapter in the curricula of trainee recruits regarding human rights would be added to enable them to have a complete knowledge of human rights. He was addressing newly recruited police constables in the Police Lines of HAP Ist Battalion in Ambala City today.

Later, talking to mediapersons, he said he wished to make the Haryana police a model institution in checking human rights violations. He said besides patrolling, the recruits should also be acquainted with the functioning of control room and to deal with any emergency situation.

He said all police stations and police posts in the state would be computerised and would be connected with the district and state police headquarters. He said the state government had provided Rs 6 crore for this purpose. He said tenders had been floated and the project would be completed within two years.

He said he had directed the officers concerned of the department to dispose of cases of provident fund loans of police officials within two weeks. He said the government had also decided to provide Rs 5 lakh as ex gratia grant and a government job to the next of kin of police personnel who laid down their lives while fighting against terrorism.

He said there was no pending list of promotions in the department. He said vacancies in the Police Department would be filled next year. He said the crime graph in the state had come down and 95 per cent of the crime incidents had been solved by the police.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ambala Range, Mr Alok Joshi, the DIG, Vigilance Bureau, Mr M.S. Ahlwant, the Commandant, Ist Battalion, HAP, Mr Sultan Singh, the SP, Railway, Mr Ravi Azad, and the SP, Ambala, Mr Mohmmad Akail, were present on the occasion.
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Shopping fest a boon for traders
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 26
Shopping festival being held in Ambala Cantonment is likely to be a major draw for customers resulting in higher sales for shopkeepers.

The shopping extravaganza is being held on the lines of the shopping festival in Chandigarh. Shopkeepers are hopeful that the shopping festival will give a boost to sales and they would not have to face deficit.

Mr Suman Jain of Ambala Cantonment Shopkeeper’s Welfare Association told mediapersons today that the festival is gradually getting an enthusiastic response from shoppers. “The festival is picking up and we expect that a large number of people will like to avail of the lucky coupon scheme,” he said.

The draw for the lucky coupon will be held on January 31. The mega prize is a Maruti 800. The other prizes are motorcycles, scooters, washing machines, refrigerators, audio systems, TV, microwave ovens and computers.

Mr Prem Jain, controller of the association, said such a festival was being held for the first time in Ambala. “This mega event is going to be a memorable one for local residents. The event offers a chance to customers to win prizes even as they shop at the different outlets,” he said.

He said 42 shops are participating in the festival. “We are going to maintain transparency in our dealings and different committees have been formed to ensure that there are no hiccups,” he said.

Presently, a select number of shops dealing in cloth, jewellery, fast food, readymade garments, cosmetics, motor bikes, home appliances, electronics and shoes are taking part in the festival. Looking at the response from customers, the association is receiving queries from more shops to include them in the festival.

Mr Vipin Aggarwal, executor of the association, said during the festival, the customer would be offered a lucky coupon against shopping value worth Rs 250 for food and restaurant, Rs 1,000 for jewellery and electronics and Rs 500 for remaining traders. The shopping festival, which began on December 16, will continue till December 31.
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Bathinda-Rewari rail section ‘neglected’
Our Correspondent

Sirsa, December 26
Conversion of metre-gauge into broad-gauge on Bathinda-Rewari Railway section nine years before under uni-gauge scheme of the ministry had generated hopes of better rail service to the people of this section.

Two express trains started running on this track for better utilisation of this section by the Railway ministry. But even after nine years of this, there is a question mark on the claims of the Railway Minister for optimum utilisation of the railway infrastructure.

Another train, Kisan Express is plying more as a passenger train than as an intercity express on this section. There is no significant Railway services between Sirsa, Hisar, Bhiwani and Rohtak. When this section was attached with Jaipur based North-East Railway Zone after the reorganisation of Railway zones, it was hoped this important railway section would be utilised. President of Sirsa unit of the Railway Employees Union, Rajvinder Veer Singh also admitted that this station that was of immense value during the English Rule had been ignored. He added suggestions to improve the Railway services in this section have so far not been attended.

Secretary of the unit Narayan Lal Yadav, said Kisan Express obtained through political pressure, has resulted in additional revenue of Rupees 10 lakh for Railway Department made it clear that people wanted to use railway services provided there had a comfortable train schedule.

President of Sirsa unit of Haryana Vayapar Mandal Hiralal Sharma said that various organisations had met the regional manager and had requested him to provide a coach for Chandigarh and Jammu and Hardwar for pilgrims and officials as night service but no attention was paid to it.
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Develop Shivalik foothills, says Gharu
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 26
Mr Sanjeev Gharu, general secretary state unit the JD (U) pro-Samata Party, yesterday demanded that the government should develop the Shivalik foothills.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Gharu said the area stretching from Kalka to Chhachhrauli had not witnessed development. “The Shivalik foothills have been ignored by the government,” he said.

Mr Gharu said they had started a people-to-people contact propcure. “We want that development should take place in areas of Morni, Raipurani, Naraingarh and Sadhaura. If the Haryana Government is not able to develop these areas, then the foothills should be transferred to Himachal Pradesh,” he said.

He observed that basic facilities are not available in the foothills. “Projects must be undertaken which will bring about qualitative change in the lives of the local people,” he said.

Mr Gharu said that after the merger of Samata Party and JD (U), those who were in Samata Party will be referred to as JD (U) pro-Samata Party till such time the new executive is not announced.

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Life term for smuggling poppy
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, December 26
Additional District and Sessions Judge, here, Mr Subhash Goel on Wednesday sentenced Shingara Singh of Cheeka village in this district to life imprisonment and fined him Rs 1 lakh for allegedly smuggling poppy husk while his accomplices Balkaar Singh of Ratdaula village and Darshan Singh of Kallanwali village, were declared proclaimed offenders.

A police party raided the residence of Shingara Singh on March 14, 2000 when Shingara Singh and his accomplices were loading bags of poppy husk on a tractor-trolley. Shingara Singh was arrested and 72 bags of poppy husk were seized from him. His accomplices Balkaar Singh and Darshan Singh escaped.
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BSNL card recharge
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 26
The facility of recharging BSNL, Haryana, pre-paid cash card through Bank of Punjab ATMs was started here on Wednesday.

The Chief General Manager, Telecom, Haryana circle, Mr A.K. Nagpal, inaugurated the facility at the Nicholson Road branch of the bank here.

Mr Tejbir Singh, Executive Director, Bank of Punjab, said BSNL customers could walk into any of the bank’s branches, and recharge the cash card through ATMs.

A bank official said: “All that a customer need to do is to insert the ATM card, punch the PIN number and follow simple instructions displayed on the ATM screen.”
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Farmers being paid dues, says DC
Tribune News Service

Ambala December 26
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam on Wednesday said the sugarcane farmers were being paid the outstanding amount.

Mr Gautam said the payments were being done on the basis of the talks held between the district administration and farmers. He said the payments had begun from December 11 and till now, a sum of Rs 1.01 crore had been given to farmers.

The remaining amount would also be paid to the sugarcane farmers.

Mr D.D. Gautam said the district administration was making all efforts to get payment for outstanding dues and regular meetings were being held between the mill management and sugarcane farmers.
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