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Bibi misguiding Sikhs: gurdwara panel chief
Panipat, May 11
The Punjab Reorganisation Act empowers Haryana and the Centre to enact a law for the creation of a separate committee for the management of gurdwaras situated in Haryana.

Plan to improve police behaviour, says IG
Panipat, May 11
The police will hold seminars in different parts of Rohtak Range in the near future to improve conduct and behaviour of its personnel. This was stated by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Vikas Narayan Rai, while talking to The Tribune here yesterday.

Encroachment by lawyers: power supply cut
Fatehabad, May 11
The controversy over the possession of the litigantsí hall in the new judicial complex by the local lawyers here took a new turn today when the electricity supply of the hall was disconnected. It was not known at whose behest the electricity supply was disconnected. The judges, expressed ignorance, while the district administration has said that the judicial complex was not under its control.

Policy on purchases amended
Chandigarh, May 11
Amending its policy and procedure relating to the procurement of stores valued at more than Rs 30 lakh, the Haryana Government has decided that all such purchases will be decided by the High-Powered Purchase Committee. This has been done to bring about uniformity and transparency in its functioning.

Withdraw cases against leaders: YC
Chandigarh, May 11
The Haryana unit of the Youth Congress has demanded that all criminal cases registered by the Chautala government against party leaders should be withdrawn.


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Welfare fund for scribes soon, says Venod
Ambala, May 11
The Excise and Taxation Minister, Haryana, Mr Venod Sharma, said that the Haryana Government would soon constitute the accreditation committee for journalists and a welfare fund would also be set up for the needy mediapersons. He was addressing a function of the Haryana Patrkar Sangh here today, which was convened to honour him.

Hisar Cantt adopts 9 villages
Hisar, May 11
Major-Gen Rakesh Kumar Loomba, GoC, 33 Armoured Division, addressed an ex-servicemen rally here today. He exhorted them to keep abreast of the latest developments in this era of knowledge revolution.

Traffic jam on Shimla highway
Pinjore, May 11
Thousands of passengers and motorists were put to hardship throughout the day following a major traffic jam after a multi-axle vehicle carrying LPG cylinders brokedown on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway here early this morning.

Rly counterís windowpanes broken
Sonepat, May 11
Angry people went on a rampage and broke windowpanes of a counter of a booking office at the railway station here yesterday in protest against the mismanagement and unsatisfactory working of the booking office.

Wheat scam: Ranga gets bail
Ambala, May 11
The Special Judge for CBI cases, Mr M.M. Sharma, today granted a fresh bail to Mr R. K. Ranga, a former senior officer of the Food Corporation of India, Haryana region, in the multi-crore wheat scam case. Earlier on Tuesday, the court had cancelled the bail bond of Mr Ranga and issued a non-bailable warrant against him as he could not appear in the court during the proceedings of the case.

50 pc subsidy on gypsum
Chandigarh, May 11
The Haryana Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (HLRDC) has decided to give 50 per cent subsidy on gypsum to farmers in the state.

Lawyers suspend work following robbery
Hisar, May 11
Lawyers today suspended court work in protest against a robbery at the residence of senior advocate Sukhdev Aggarwal. A number of social and political organisations, including the CPM and the INLD, have condemned the incident.

20 injured in road mishap
Sonepat, May 11
Atleast 20 persons were injured, five of them seriously, when a truck collided with a Punjab Roadways bus on the G.T. Road near Bahalgarh Chowk today.

One dies of diarrhoea
Panipat, May 11
Mishra (30) of Bhaloregarh village died at Bhim Sen Sachar hospital here due to diarrhoea. According to the information, he was admitted to the hospital several days ago. However his condition deteriorated last night and he died here today.


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Bibi misguiding Sikhs: gurdwara panel chief
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 11
The Punjab Reorganisation Act (PRA) empowers Haryana and the Centre to enact a law for the creation of a separate committee for the management of gurdwaras situated in Haryana.

The president of the ad hoc Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC), Mr Jagdish Singh Jhinda, and its general secretary Mr Didar Singh Nalwi, said during their visit to the city here today. They came to Model Town gurdwara for addressing a meeting of the district unit of the HSGPC for creating awareness among the Sikh for a separate committee for Haryana.

They said Section 72 of the PRA, 1966, said an alternate institution would be created in place of the SGPC for the management of gurdwaras.

In reply to a question, they termed the SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaurís statement as an attempt to misguide the Sikh of Haryana. Bibi had stated that the demand for the separate committee was not justified as per the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925.

Mr Nalwi, also an executive committee member of the SGPC, said a Bill on the creation of the separate committee might be presented either in the Haryana Assembly or in Parliament according to the Concurrent List.

Hailing the statement of Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda in favour of the separate committee during his visit to Amritsar on Friday, they demanded that the Bill should be presented in the first session of Assembly going to be held in June.

The president of HSGPC blamed SAD and SGPC for doing nothing for the Sikh of Haryana since the creation of the state in 1966. The leadership of SAD had just used them for their personal interests, he added.

Mr Nalwi said the SGPC was getting Rs 18 crore from eight historical gurdwaras situated in Haryana and 10 per cent of the total offerings from other 40 gurdwaras but it was spending only a meager amount for the welfare of the Sikhs of this state.

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Plan to improve police behaviour, says IG
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 11
The police will hold seminars in different parts of Rohtak Range in the near future to improve conduct and behaviour of its personnel. This was stated by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Vikas Narayan Rai, while talking to The Tribune here yesterday.

Mr Rai said that the behaviour of the police personnel had already improved. At the same time, he said a number of things still required to be done in this direction.

The IG said several commissions had also recommended that human aspect of training should be increased and parade and physical training (PT) reduced in order to bring behavioral changes among policemen. The police personnel were already being sensitised to the problems related with the different sections of society, including women and children, he added.

Answering a question that in most of the cases complainant had either to give bribe or use some political influence to get even an FIR registered, he said that he had directed all the police officers of the five districts of Panipat, Sonepat, Rohtak, Karnal and Jhajjar of his jurisdiction to lodge FIRs as and when some complainants approached them to do so.

Even then if any police officer did not lodge or delayed lodging an FIR, stern action would be taken against him, he warned.

Answering a question, Mr Rai admitted that some of the police officers had connived with some criminals in different parts. He said he had secret information that some police officers had connivance with Maha Singh who was arrested last week on the charge of issuing threats to a person of Panipat in an attempt to grab his land.

The IG said that if any person had any complaint against anyone, including Maha Singh, they should come forward without any fear and should contact police officers. He would be provided justice.

Mr Rai said that he had visited some of those villages where the crime rate was very high and found that there was no platform for the youths in those villages to do anything constructive. The Rohtak range police was making efforts to provide them platforms to do some constructive work so that they could get an opportunity to improve themselves and deviate from crimes, he said, adding that as a part of these efforts a painting competition would be held at Kheri Jatt village of Jhajjar district on Sunday. A book exhibition would also be organised.

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Encroachment by lawyers: power supply cut
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, May 11
The controversy over the possession of the litigantsí hall in the new judicial complex by the local lawyers here took a new turn today when the electricity supply of the hall was disconnected. It was not known at whose behest the electricity supply was disconnected. The judges, expressed ignorance, while the district administration has said that the judicial complex was not under its control.

Three lawyers have served an ultimatum of 24 hours to the authorities to restore electric supply of the hall or else their members would sit on hunger fast before the judicial complex.

The lawyers practising in the local district courts, had placed their tables and chairs in the litigants hall of the new judicial complex, when it was inaugurated on May 1. The judges objected to this and wrote to the district distraction to remove the encroachment in the litigantsí hall. But the lawyers resolved not to vacate the hall till their chambers were constructed. The matter was resolved on May 3 on the intervention of the then District and Sessions Judge, Mr Arvind Kumar Goyal. The lawyers had agreed to shift to temporary sheds till their chambers were constructed. The lawyers had even removed some of their furniture from the hall. Even as the sheds were being constructed, the lawyers found the electricity supply of the litigantsí hall disconnected, when they reached judicial complex in the morning today.

The District Bar Association President convened a meeting of the 12-member action committee constituted by the lawyers to solve the current imbroglio today.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Phateh Singh Dagar, when contacted, denied the hand of district administration in this matter.

Mr O.P. Mehta, convener of the action committee, Mr Surender Batra, a senior lawyer and Mr Sandhu termed the action of disconnection of power supply as unfortunate.

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Policy on purchases amended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
Amending its policy and procedure relating to the procurement of stores valued at more than Rs 30 lakh, the Haryana Government has decided that all such purchases will be decided by the High-Powered Purchase Committee. This has been done to bring about uniformity and transparency in its functioning.

According to the new policy framed by the Industry Department, all cases regarding arranging of the rate contract will also be decided by the purchase committee. All cases of purchase of stores valued at between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 30 lakh will be decided by the Standing Purchase Committee (Higher) and those below Rs 10 lakh by the Standing Purchase Committee (Lower).

The practice of holding negotiations by the Special or High-Powered Purchase Committee with all technically valid tender bidders has been dispensed with. In future a meeting for negotiations on rates will be held by the Special and High-Powered Committees in connection with the lowest valid tenders only. The existing system of finalisation of purchases by the Standing Purchase Committee (Higher) and the Standing Purchase Committee (Lower) without holding negotiations on rates with the bidders will, however, continue.

Purchase cases of boards, corporations or federations valued at more than Rs 50 lakh will be put before the Special High-Powered Purchase Committee, for finalisation. Purchases valued at below Rs 50 lakh will be decided by them at their own level.

The government has also increased the purchasing power at the level of the PGIMS, Rohtak from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for ad hoc items.

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Withdraw cases against leaders: YC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
The Haryana unit of the Youth Congress has demanded that all criminal cases registered by the Chautala government against party leaders should be withdrawn.

A resolution to this effect was adopted unanimously at a meeting of the state executive of the unit held here yesterday. Later, briefing newsmen, state Youth Congress president, Mr Satwinder Singh Sandhu, said these cases were registered against office-bearers, including him, and other leaders of the Youth Congress for participating in various agitations launched by the Congress and its youth wing in the state.

He said the Hooda government had done well by deciding to withdraw criminal cases registered against farmers in the state by the Chautala government. Similarly, the cases against the Youth Congress leaders should also be withdrawn.

Mr Sandhu said the executive also demanded adequate representation to the Yough Congress in advisory committees, boards and corporations.

He said the executive decided to send 100 delegates under his leadership to attend the three-day leadership training camp to be held in Amritsar from May 15.

Mr Sandhu said the delegates who will be trained in Amritsar would organise two-day similar camps in each district of Haryana from June 1.

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Welfare fund for scribes soon, says Venod
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 11
The Excise and Taxation Minister, Haryana, Mr Venod Sharma, said that the Haryana Government would soon constitute the accreditation committee for journalists and a welfare fund would also be set up for the needy mediapersons. He was addressing a function of the Haryana Patrkar Sangh here today, which was convened to honour him.

He said that he would soon meet the Chief Minister, Haryana, to discuss the demands of the journalists. Referring to the role of media, he said that the Press had always played a significant role to maintain the democracy in the country. It always boldly opposed the anti-democratic steps of the governments. He said that the political parties and their leaders had to lose their government, who attempted to pressurise the press people for their political interests.

Mr Sharma said that the newspapers were the best media through which the government got aware of public grievances. He assured the mediapersons of Ambala that he would provide every possible assistance for establishing a press club in Ambala.

The president of the Haryana Patrkar Sangh, Mr K.B. Pandit, said that it was the only journalist union in the state, which had distributed the amount of 34 lakh to the families of 10 deceased journalists. He said that the sangh would introduce a state level award for the journalists.

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Hisar Cantt adopts 9 villages
Tribune News Service

Hisar, May 11
Major-Gen Rakesh Kumar Loomba, GoC, 33 Armoured Division, addressed an ex-servicemen rally here today. He exhorted them to keep abreast of the latest developments in this era of knowledge revolution.

General Loomba asserted that concerted efforts of the civil as well as military administration, besides the media and people in general, were must to redress the grievances of the ex-servicemen. He assured them that the Army authorities would always be ready to solve their problems.

Officials of various departments of the civil administration, including electricity, telecom, police and employment exchange, were present on the occasion to guide the ex-servicemen in different matters concerning their departments.

Experts delivered lectures explaining various health, pension and other welfare schemes being run for their benefit. A medical and dental check-up camp was also organised.

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Traffic jam on Shimla highway
Our Correspondent

Pinjore, May 11
Thousands of passengers and motorists were put to hardship throughout the day following a major traffic jam after a multi-axle vehicle carrying LPG cylinders brokedown on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway here early this morning.

The multi-axle vehicle carrying LPG cylinders to Baddi developed a snag and its rear-tyres bust. The incident occurred around 6.30 am when the vehicle was crossing the congested stretch of the highway.

Following the blockade traffic on the highway was disrupted and there were long queues of vehicles on either sides of the highway. Vehicles were lined up along the Pinjore-Kalka, Pinjore-Nalagarh-Pinjore-Panchkula roads.

The Panchkula police had a tough time controlling the heavy traffic. Vehicles were allowed to cross the highway on one way for some time.

Panic gripped residents and shopkeepers when the LPG smell started filling the area. Taking precautionary measures fire engines from the Panchkula Fire station were called. Heavy duty cranes from Panchkula and Chandigarh were also pressed in to service in shifting the multi-axle vehicle from the congested area. The efforts proved futile as both cranes were unable to pull the vehicle to a safer place.

Vehicles on the highway moved at a snailís pace. While the long route vehicles were the worst affected, local residents took link roads from the villages to reach their respective destinations.

Vehicular traffic on the busy highway could not be restored till late this night as the local administration failed to remove the multi-axle vehicle.

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Rly counterís windowpanes broken
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 11
Angry people went on a rampage and broke windowpanes of a counter of a booking office at the railway station here yesterday in protest against the mismanagement and unsatisfactory working of the booking office.

The people also held a demonstration and raised slogans against railway officials. some tried to take away tickets from the counter. Officials of the Railway Protection Force arrived on the scene and brought the situation under control.

It is stated that a number of persons were lined up at the booking office counter but counter clerk was unable to meet the rush. When the announcement of a Delhi-bound passenger train was made, they became furious and they tried to get the ticket after breaking the queue. This led to a scuffle and they started raising slogans against the railway staff and officials. When the situation became worsened, an SOS was sent to the police and the officials rushed to the site and control the situation.

It is alleged that the staff was negligible and all complaints made to the higher authorities had fallen on deaf ears.

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Wheat scam: Ranga gets bail
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 11
The Special Judge for CBI cases, Mr M.M. Sharma, today granted a fresh bail to Mr R. K. Ranga, a former senior officer of the Food Corporation of India, Haryana region, in the multi-crore wheat scam case. Earlier on Tuesday, the court had cancelled the bail bond of Mr Ranga and issued a non-bailable warrant against him as he could not appear in the court during the proceedings of the case.

Mr Anil Kaushik, the counsel for Mr Ranga, filed bail application in the court today saying that his client had always complied with the order of the court and never remained absent during the proceedings of this case in the several years. On May 10, he reached around 35 minutes late in the court as his vehicle conked off on the way to court. Mr Ranga was also present in the court.

The court accepted the request of the counsel and ordered to furnish a fresh bail bond of Rs 20,000 for getting the bail.

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50 pc subsidy on gypsum
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
The Haryana Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (HLRDC) has decided to give 50 per cent subsidy on gypsum to farmers in the state.

Subsidy amounting to Rs 2 crore has been introduced to make gypsum and seeds available to farmers for reclaiming unfertile land.

Stating this here today, the Managing Director of the HLRDC, Mr Sunil Gulati said that 50 kg bags of gypsum would be available at the outlets of the HLRDC and the authorised dealers of the corporation and sale centres at the rate of Rs 30 against the existing price of Rs 60 per bag.

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Lawyers suspend work following robbery
Tribune News Service

Hisar, May 11
Lawyers today suspended court work in protest against a robbery at the residence of senior advocate Sukhdev Aggarwal. A number of social and political organisations, including the CPM and the INLD, have condemned the incident.

Unidentified robbers had looted thousands of rupees and some jewellery from the house of Mr Agarwal in Sector 15 yesterday. The robbers, armed with pistols, entered the house in broad daylight and picked up a grandson of Mr Agarwal.

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20 injured in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 11
Atleast 20 persons were injured, five of them seriously, when a truck collided with a Punjab Roadways bus on the G.T. Road near Bahalgarh Chowk today.

According to a report, the injured included four women and three children. The injured were rushed to local Civil Hospital where 15 of them were discharged after first aid. Five passengers namely Jeet Bahadur, Narinder Singh, Balbir Singh, Ms Paramjit Kaur and Vishal whose conditions were stated to be serious, were referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment.

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One dies of diarrhoea
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 11
Mishra (30) of Bhaloregarh village died at Bhim Sen Sachar hospital here due to diarrhoea. According to the information, he was admitted to the hospital several days ago. However his condition deteriorated last night and he died here today.

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