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500 MW additional power arranged
Chandigarh, July 1
The Haryana power utilities have arranged 500 MW of additional power from different sources to meet the increasing demand. Chairman of the Haryana Power Transmission and Distribution Corporations B.S. Rathee said here today that Haryana would get 100 MW of power round-the-clock and 200 MW during peak-load hours from the Power Trading Corporation.

Farmers protest against erratic power supply
Karnal, July 1
Widespread protests by farmers had been reported from various parts of the district during the past 24 hours against the erratic power supply. A group of farmers protested outside the residence of the District Magistrate and blocked the state highway at Indri last night.

One IAS, 12 HCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, July 1
The Haryana Government today transferred one IAS and 12 HCS officers. Mr Vikas Gupta, SDO(C) Rohtak, has been posted as such at Mahendragarh vice Mr Sandeep Singh, whose posting orders will be issued later.

Ill-maintained historical sites
Panipat, July 1
Historical sites in the ancient city of Panipat are in a state of neglect. Not only the centuries old buildings are crumbling but they are also being used as dumping ground.

Illegal dhabas dot national highway
Karnal, July 1
Roadside eateries and dhabas along the national highway No 1, have become favourite stopovers for commuters to drink liquor. These have also become a nightmare for being indirectly responsible to a majority of accidents on the highway.

Tokyo institute to set up model unit at Ambala
Chandigarh, July 1
The search of the Tokyo-based Asian Productivity Organisation to develop a model unit has ended in Ambala. In a bid to enhance productivity, the premier international institute has zeroed in on Electronics India Company.


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EARLIER STORIES

 

Verma panel report by July 31 likely
Chandigarh, July 1
The Justice J.C. Verma Commission of Inquiry set up by the Chautala Government to investigate the alleged irregularities in the imposition and implementation of the prohibition in the state by the Bansi Lal Government wants to complete its report before the expiry of its extended tenure on July 31, according to sources.

High Court
Order challenged
Chandigarh, July 1
Sonia and Sanjiv, daughter and son-in-law, respectively, of slain Haryana politician Relu Ram Punia have moved the High Court against the orders of District and Sessions Judge, Hisar.

Admn yet to wake up to flood threat
Sonepat, July 1
No arrangements have been made to check floods which are recurring menace in this district every year. According to a report, the Yamuna which traverses the entire eastern boundary of the district, Drain No 8, the Diversion Drain No 8 and some other drains passing through the district are the main culprits.

City remains waterless
Sonepat, July 1
The city, with a population of more than two lakh, remained without water today. No reason was given by officials of the Public Health Department in this regard. The problem of the erratic water supply started with the onset of summer.

Journalists’ conference on July 4
Karnal, July 1
The annual conference of the Haryana Union of Journalists will be held here on Sunday. Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune H.K. Dua will be the chief guest and Congress MP Bhupinder Singh Hooda will deliver the key note address.

DHBVN Junior Engineer held for taking bribe
Fatehabad, July 1
The police today arrested a Junior Engineer of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam here for accepting a bribe from a consumer. The police has registered a case against the official.

Two shot dead
Sonepat, July 1
Joginder (25) was shot dead by three unidentified youths near the Railway station here today evening. The police has registered a case and sent the body for a post-mortem examination. The victim belonged to Thane, Maharashtra.

Demand to raise IT exemption limit
Ambala, July 1
Mr Om Prakash Malik, Vice-Chairman, Legal Cell of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, today demanded that the income tax exemption limit should be raised.

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500 MW additional power arranged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The Haryana power utilities have arranged 500 MW of additional power from different sources to meet the increasing demand.

Chairman of the Haryana Power Transmission and Distribution Corporations B.S. Rathee said here today that Haryana would get 100 MW of power round-the-clock and 200 MW during peak-load hours from the Power Trading Corporation, 150 MW from the National Vidyut Vyapar Nigam, 100 MW from power trading companies of Adani Exports and Global Energies and additional 50 MW power from Himachal Pradesh.

The 210 MW thermal unit at Panipat under shut down for repair was likely to resume production before July 10, which would further ease the power situation.

The demand of power had shot up due to scorching heat, coupled with humidity and start of paddy plantation.

The power utilities were spending an additional amount of about Rs 5.50 crore daily to ensure sufficient power to all categories of consumers by way of overdraw from the Northern Grid.
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Farmers protest against erratic power supply
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 1
Widespread protests by farmers had been reported from various parts of the district during the past 24 hours against the erratic power supply. A group of farmers protested outside the residence of the District Magistrate and blocked the state highway at Indri last night. Reports of protests had also been received from Assandh, Uchanna and other parts of the district.

As per the reports available from various parts of the district, people were facing ‘worst ever situation’ as far as the power supply was concerned. Farmers from different parts of the district has alleged that there were unscheduled power cuts of more than 15 hours in the rural areas, thereby, adversely affecting the paddy crop.

Farmers of the Assandh area, who protested and blocked the state highway and link roads at different points, yesterday, had alleged that they were not getting even six hours of regular power supply. They blocked the state highway at the Salwan and Kaithal chowks at Assandh, besides, link roads at Shekhupura, Alawala and Fardana villages. A villager told TNS that the transplantation of paddy in most of the areas was at standstill due to the lack of irrigation facilities.

The state highway in Assandh was reopened for traffic only after an assurance of improving the power supply within 24 hours by the local SDM and officials of the electricity board. An official of the electricity board posted at Assandh said it would take at least two weeks to improve the situation in the sub-division as the newly-established power sub-station at Safidon was yet to start functioning. It would start functioning by the mid of July, the official added.

A few residents of Karnal protested outside the District Magistrate’s residence demanding regular power supply. There were also reports of protest at Uchanna village near Karnal.

Last night’s protest at Indri turned out to be a law and order problem as hundreds of people not only blocked the state highway for hours but also threatened officials of the electricity board. The District Magistrate, Mr Ranbir Singh Doon, immediately asked the Superintending Engineer, Mr C.S. Khurana, to rush to the spot. Heavy police force was called to prevent any untoward incident. There were also reports of mishandling of an employee of the electricity board by farmers.

The District Magistrate held a meeting with the SE this morning and discussed the situation. Mr Khurana told the District Magistrate that six hours of regular power (III-Phase) was being supplied to the rural areas for irrigatin. Rest of the time power (II-Phase) was being used for domestic consumption; however, thousands of farmers had installed capacitors on the submersible pumps that pumps out water even at low voltage. “This creates lot of problem and power supply trips automatically following over load”, said the SE.

Meanwhile, the DM has urged the people to maintain law and order, avoid use of capacitors on submersible pumps and unnecessary use of air-conditioners for a few days. He assured that the state government was worried about the situation and efforts were being initiated to improve the situation.
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One IAS, 12 HCS officers shifted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The Haryana Government today transferred one IAS and 12 HCS officers.

Mr Vikas Gupta, SDO(C) Rohtak, has been posted as such at Mahendragarh vice Mr Sandeep Singh, whose posting orders will be issued later.

Mr Ashwani Kumar-1, Managing Director, Ch Devi Lal Cooperative Sugar Mill, Paniwala Mota, Sirsa, becomes Secretary, Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission, Panchkula, against a vacant post.

Mr Girish Arora, DTO, Ambala, and Mr N.S. Dhull, DTO, Karnal, will swap their places of posting.

Mr Jagtar Singh, DTO, Panchkula, has been posted as SDO(C), Jagadhri, vice Mr Pardeep Godara, who has been appointed as SDO(C), Ellenabad.

Mr Sanjay Rai goes as SDO(C), Rohtak.

Mr Rajeev Ahlawat, will be the new SDO(C), Ganaur, vice Mr Ashok Kumar Bishnoi, whose posting orders will be issued later.

Ms Vandhana Disodia, City Magistrate, Panchkula, will also look after the work of the Secretary, Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Panchkula.

Mrs Subhita, Extra Assistant Commissioner (under training), Jhajjar, has been appointed City Magistrate, Jhajjar, vice Mr Vatsal Vashisht, who has proceeded on leave.
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Ill-maintained historical sites
Kiran Deep

Panipat, July 1
Historical sites in the ancient city of Panipat are in a state of neglect. Not only the centuries old buildings are crumbling but they are also being used as dumping ground. The symbol of the first Battle of Panipat, the tomb of Ibrahim Lodhi, and Salar Gunj Gate, which had been declared protective monuments by the Archaeological Survey of India, are a picture of official neglect.

The historical sites have been abused by local residents. As a result the tomb site has virtually been turned into a dumping ground, whereas Salar Gunj Gate is used by vendors to sell their wares, and it has lost much of its original shape.

Salar Gunj Gate, known as Babe-e-Faiz, is the main entrance to the old town in Panipat. It was built by Nawab Sadiq Inah in 1733 and comprises two arched openings placed at either end of the passage. But because of lack of care, its stones have already disappeared and the walls of the gate are in a state of neglect. Now it has become shelter for the fruit sellers and rickshaw-pullers.

Just 0.5 km from the gate, there is another monument, Ibrahim Lodhi Tomb. Ibrahim Lodhi was killed while fighting Mughal invader Babur on April 21, 1526, in the first Battle of Panipat. Babar built Ibrahim Lodhi Tomb after he won the first Battle of Panipat.

A visit to the tomb shows that the historical site wears a deserted look. Lodhi Park, in which the tomb is situated, is filled with stinking polluted water released from factories and the residential area.
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Illegal dhabas dot national highway
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 1
Roadside eateries and dhabas along the national highway No 1, have become favourite stopovers for commuters to drink liquor. These have also become a nightmare for being indirectly responsible to a majority of accidents on the highway.

Sources in the highway police revealed that a majority of the accidents on this highway in Sonepat, Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra and Ambala districts occurred because of faulty road engineering, serving liquor in the eateries/dhabas, encroachments and lack of adequate traffic education.

It may be mentioned that more than 500 persons had lost their lives since January, 2003, in the accidents on this highway. Most of the accidents occurred within the vicinity of city limits where the owners of eateries/dhabas had not only encroached upon public land but also diverted illegal routes from the highway paving the way for commuters to enter these eateries/dhabas and park their vehicles.

A survey conducted by The Tribune revealed that some stretches, particularly on the outskirts of these cities where eateries/dhabas were situated on the national highway, had become virtual death-traps.

Commuters on long routes and truck drivers throng these eateries/dhabas. They purchase liquor from the roadside vends and sit here to drink. The owners of certain eateries/dhabas provide them all other required facilities to sit and drink. It may be mentioned that the state government had imposed a ban on drinking in such eateries/dhabas. Only restaurants and hotels above the category of three-star were permitted to obtain licences for serving liquor.

When contacted, a senior official of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) admitted that the entry to a majority of these roadside eateries and dhabas was illegal. However, he was hesitant to answer whether any action was initiated against them. Even officials of the respective district administrations and the Excise and Taxation (E&T) Department of the state had never talked the issue that indirectly led to hundreds of accidents every year.

On the other hand, it has come to notice that a majority of these eateries/dhabas within the vicinity of city limits or the controlled areas were illegally constructed without prior permission from the Town and Country Planning department.
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Tokyo institute to set up model unit at Ambala
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The search of the Tokyo-based Asian Productivity Organisation (APO) to develop a model unit has ended in Ambala. In a bid to enhance productivity, the premier international institute has zeroed in on Electronics India Company.

The APO, in collaboration with the local centre of the National Productivity Council (NPC), has sanctioned a major project for the unit for the “optimum utilisation of industrial and human resources”.

Fully-financed by the APO, the project aims at creating a model for small-scale industrial units to emulate,which have been passing through trying times in recent years. The cost of implementing various suggestions, however, will be borne by the unit, sources said here today.

Confirming the development, Mr Ajit Singh Balhotra, Regional Head of the NPC, said an APO expert, Mr Yasuhiko Iwaoka, would visit the unit on September 6 for an on-the-spot assessment of the problem areas. He would be assisted by Mr Naresh Chawla of the local centre in the study, which would suggest ways and means for improving the efficiency of the various wings of the units.

The project would help in the “adoption” of similar units by international organisations, including the APO, he hoped. The strategy for increasing productivity and other suggested measures would be put on the Internet and other units could derive “multiple benefits” from the experiences of Electronics India Company, Mr Balhotra argued.

The impeccable record of the APO in turning around several units in the Asian nations should come in handy for better results as other countries faced similar problems. Besides, the organisation is engaged in the implementation of integrated community development programmes at the village-level to improve the lot of the villagers.
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Verma panel report by July 31 likely
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The Justice J.C. Verma Commission of Inquiry set up by the Chautala Government to investigate the alleged irregularities in the imposition and implementation of the prohibition in the state by the Bansi Lal Government wants to complete its report before the expiry of its extended tenure on July 31, according to sources.

Following the alleged “non-cooperation” of various politicians who had been issued notices by it, the commission has decided to go ahead with its report on the basis of affidavits filed by various persons before it and the evidence produced by the state. It is learnt that the state concluded its evidence on June 29.

However, the politicians against whom affidavits were received by the commission and to whom it had issued notices are crying foul at the commission’s move to give its report “ex-parte”. A BJP spokesman has alleged that the commission is not providing an opportunity to the accused politicians to cross-examine those who had filed affidavits against them.

He said the Chahal Commission had examined about 75 witnesses, who were also cross-examined by the accused politicians. The Chautala Government had also set up the Chahal Commission to go into various aspects of prohibition. However, the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed its appointment on the ground that the Cabinet had no material evidence before it to warrant such a commission. The report of the Chahal Commission, which was submitted to the government before its appointment was quashed, was never made public.

The former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, who had challenged the appointment of the Chahal Commission, has also challenged the setting up of the Verma Commission. The case is likely to come up for hearing before the High Court in August.

Sources in the commission maintain that the accused politicians were given several opportunities to submit their written or oral statements. Instead of doing so, they repeatedly sought adjournments on frivolous grounds.

They said the Supreme Court clearly laid down in the Jammu and Kashmir versus Bakshi Gulam Mohd. case that only those witnesses could be cross-examined who would give oral evidence before a commission of inquiry. In case they filed affidavits, the other party could file counter-affidavits.
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High Court
Order challenged
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 1
Sonia and Sanjiv, daughter and son-in-law, respectively, of slain Haryana politician Relu Ram Punia have moved the High Court against the orders of District and Sessions Judge, Hisar. On May 31, this year, the District and Sessions Judge, Hisar, had sentenced and found Sonia and Sanjiv guilty of having brutally murdered Mr Punia and seven other members of the family.

Mr Punia, who had won from the Barwala Assembly constituency in 1996 as an Independent candidate, and seven members of his family had been killed in their sleep on the intervening night of August 230-24, 2001.

Among the others killed were Mr Punia's wife, Krishna, son Sunil, daughter, daughter-in-law and three small children. One of the children who was killed was just one-and-half months old girl child.

The police had arrested Sonia, Sanjiv and three others on the suspicion of having murdered Mr Punia and other members of the family.

The District and Sessions Judge, Hisar, while finding Sonia and her husband guilty as charged, had acquitted the other three persons.

Today, a Division Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice J.S. Narang admitted the appeal of the husband-wife duo and also stayed the fine.
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Admn yet to wake up to flood threat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 1
No arrangements have been made to check floods which are recurring menace in this district every year.

According to a report, the Yamuna which traverses the entire eastern boundary of the district, Drain No 8, the Diversion Drain No 8 and some other drains passing through the district are the main culprits.

Floods in the Yamuna usually affect a vast tract of the Khadar area. In Ganaur and Sonepat subdivisions, at least 50 villages are exposed to flood threat. Several villages in Gohana subdivision are the worst-hit by the floods which are caused due to the overflowing of the Bhambewa drain and the Drain No 2.

The old drains passing through this district have not been enlarged. At some places new drains have been dug to clear out water from the natural depressions.
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City remains waterless
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 1
The city, with a population of more than two lakh, remained without water today. No reason was given by officials of the Public Health Department in this regard.

The problem of the erratic water supply started with the onset of summer. Although the department had fixed the timings for the supply of water to each zone, but the supply was seldom on time.

The Residents’ Welfare Association and the Sonepat Citizens’ Forum blamed the officials of the Public Health Department for the problem and demanded their transfer and suspension.

Meanwhile, there was improvement in the supply of power from 10 a.m. today. There had been nearly 15 spells of power cuts yesterday.
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Journalists’ conference on July 4
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 1
The annual conference of the Haryana Union of Journalists will be held here on Sunday. Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune H.K. Dua will be the chief guest and Congress MP Bhupinder Singh Hooda will deliver the key note address. President of the National Union of Journalists A.N. Mishra will be the chairman of the session.

Convener of the conference Vijay Sharma said here today a discussion on challenges before the print media will be discussed.

More than 350 journalists are expected to take part in the conference.
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DHBVN Junior Engineer held for taking bribe
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, July 1
The police today arrested a Junior Engineer of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) here for accepting a bribe from a consumer. The police has registered a case against the official.

According to reports, Ramesh Kumar, a junior engineer in the local city subdivision of the DHBVN, had detected unauthorised extension of sanctioned load by a consumer Pramod Bajaj three days ago. He warned the consumer that his act could invite a penalty of Rs 15,000. But added that he could get it regularised by paying a sum of Rs 5000 to him. The consumer allegedly paid Rs 3500 to the engineer with a promise to pay the rest of the amount later.

The Junior Engineer allegedly had been calling the consumer for the past two days to make the rest of payment. Meanwhile, the consumer informed the authorities about the incident. A vigilance team laid the trap and caught Pramod Bajaj red-handed with currency notes.
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Two shot dead
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 1
Joginder (25) was shot dead by three unidentified youths near the Railway station here today evening. The police has registered a case and sent the body for a post-mortem examination. The victim belonged to Thane, Maharashtra.

An aged woman was allegedly shot dead by a brother of her daughter-in-law at Tihar Malik village, 20 km from here today. The police has registered a case. The body has been sent to the local Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
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Demand to raise IT exemption limit
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 1
Mr Om Prakash Malik, Vice-Chairman, Legal Cell of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, today demanded that the income tax exemption limit should be raised.

In a memorandum to the Union Finance Minister, Mr P.Chidambaram, Mr Malik demanded that the IT exemption limit must be raised from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,20,000 per annum in view of the all-round high prices of commodities.

He stated that salaried persons were the worst affected. He demanded that income tax rates should be reduced to half.
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Lok adalat at Yamunanagar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A special lok adalat will be organised by the State Legal Services Authority at Yamunanagar on July 31.

Mr Shekhar Dhawan, Member-Secretary of the authority, said the authority disposed of cases, including bank loan cases, matrimonial cases, landlord-tenant disputes and other compoundable cases.

The lok adalat would take up loan cases of Punjab National Bank.
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