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Centre holds key to CBIís functioning, says Joginder
Fatehabad, October 29
Former Central Bureau of Investigation Director, Mr Joginder Singh, said yesterday that perhaps India was the only democratic country in the world where separate set of rules applied to people according to their status.

Environmental studies to be compulsory
Chandigarh, October 29
The Haryana Government today announced making environmental studies a compulsory subject in all schools of the state. The state will provide environment education through Education Satellite also.

Specifications relaxed for paddy
Chandigarh, October 29
The Central Government today extended up to November 15 the date of relaxation in various specifications for paddy in the case of Haryana. It also relaxed specifications for damaged or slightly damaged grains up to a maximum limit of 3 per cent for raw rice (both Grade A and common varieties) and 1 per cent for pinpoint damage.

Eight IPS officers shifted
Chandigarh, October 29
The Haryana Government today issued the transfer and posting orders of eight IPS officers with immediate effect. The government also promoted one IPS officer, Mr Brijinder Rai, to the rank of Additional Director- General of Police and posted him as ADGP, Human Rights and Litigation, Panchkula.

Lack of fire safety measures poses threat
to records

Panipat, October 29
Absence of fire safety measures in public offices of the district poses a threat to records related to general public. Fire extinguishers, sand buckets and other gadgets to control an incident of fire are missing in all government offices, including that of the Deputy Commissioner.


Stories from Haryana towns falling in the National Capital Region are put in
 Delhi & neighbourhood.


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Ambala
Chandigarh

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Panipat
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EARLIER STORIES
 

Tribune staffer manhandled
Panipat, October 29
Agitated over attempt by the media to cover the high handed men of the local factory owner, they manhandled Vishal Joshi, Staff Correspondent of The Tribune, here this afternoon. This happened in the presence of the police who remained mute spectators.

Student shot dead
Sonepat, October 29
A BBA student of Hindu College was shot dead by an unidentified youth in his house at Janta Colony here last night. According to the police sources, the assailant escaped under the cover of darkness after shooting Charanjit alias Channi. 

Recovery of stolen idols demanded
Ambala, October 29
Shri Digambber Jain Mandir Nirman Committee today demanded that an inter-state police task force be formed so that the idols stolen from Jain temple at Hansi could be recovered.

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Centre holds key to CBIís functioning, says Joginder
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 29
Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, Mr Joginder Singh, said yesterday that perhaps India was the only democratic country in the world where separate set of rules applied to people according to their status.

He was here to attend the annual function of the DAV Centenary Public School and addressed mediapersons at the PWD Rest House.

Mr Joginder Singh said it was ironical that while the investigating agencies could initiate investigations against ordinary persons and junior government officials on their own, they had to seek permission of the governments in case they had to initiate investigations against an officer above the rank of a joint secretary or above.

He said by the time the investigating agencies laid their hands on such officers, the information was invariably leaked and the officer concerned got time to conceal incriminating material.

Mr Joginder Singh said though the Supreme Court had once declared this rule as illegal, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government came out with a legislation to reintroduce it.

To a question whether the governments in power were not using the CBI as a tool to settle scores with opponents, the former Director said the CBI was a part of the Union Government and it was totally up to the government in power as to how it wanted to use the agency.

He said that of the 1300 to 1500 matters being investigated by the CBI in a year, only 15 to 20 related to political figures.

On being asked whether he considered the CBI a competent investigating agency like the FBI, Mr Joginder Singh said the CBI was as competent as any other agency in the world. But it was up to the government in power how it wanted to use it.

He said the performance of the agency also depended on the political will of the political bosses. He cited the example of the US President, Mr George Bush, and said the US President gave a list of 120 terrorists to the CIA and directed that he wanted these persons dead or alive.

He asked whether any Indian political leader had the guts to issue such orders?

Mr Joginder Singh said the CBI had to act within its limitations and the agency was not empowered to investigate any matter without permission of the respective state government.

He suggested that the Central Government should enact a rule whereby certain offences, which were crimes against the nation, should be brought exclusively within the purview of the CBI.

To a question whether the CBI was more competent than the state police forces, Mr Joginder Singh said the state police forces were equally competent.

The only difference was the environment under which they had to perform their duties. He said even the CBI was comprised of the officers coming from various state cadres.

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Environmental studies to be compulsory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The Haryana Government today announced making environmental studies a compulsory subject in all schools of the state. The state will provide environment education through Education Satellite (EDUSAT) also.

The announcement was made by the Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mullana, here today while inaugurating an environmental awareness workshop for teachers organised by the M. C. Mehta Foundation, New Delhi, at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

He said an intensive 10-point programme would be implemented in the state for promoting environmental awareness. At least one lecture per week would be broadcast on EDUSAT to all connected schools. A task force of educationists, environmentalists and academicians had been constituted by the state government to suggest course contents for a book on the subject.

He said there would be three books ó one for the junior level, another for the senior level and the third for teachers.

Mr Mullana said three separate annual environmental awareness examinations for the junior level up to Class VIII, the senior level and educators would be conducted. The topper in this subject would get a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and the second Rs 5,000 along with commendation certificates in all three categories.

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Specifications relaxed for paddy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The Central Government today extended up to November 15 the date of relaxation in various specifications for paddy in the case of Haryana. It also relaxed specifications for damaged or slightly damaged grains up to a maximum limit of 3 per cent for raw rice (both Grade A and common varieties) and 1 per cent for pinpoint damage.

While stating this here, a spokesman of the Food and Supplies Department said that a communication to this effect had been received by the Haryana Government in response to a request made by the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, to the Union Minister for Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Mr Sharad Pawar.

He said relaxation in the specifications had been given for discoloured, sprouted and weevilled paddy up to a maximum limit of 8 per cent. In the case of raw rice, the specifications for damaged and slightly damaged grains (both Grade A and common varieties) also had been relaxed up to 3 per cent against 2 per cent earlier.

Apart from this, rice with 1 per cent pinpoint damage would also be acceptable. The out-turn ratio in the case of raw rice had been brought down to 66 per cent whereas in case of parboiled rice, it had been reduced to 67 per cent on the paddy procured by the state agencies and the Food Corporation of India.

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Eight IPS officers shifted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The Haryana Government today issued the transfer and posting orders of eight IPS officers with immediate effect.

The government also promoted one IPS officer, Mr Brijinder Rai, to the rank of Additional Director- General of Police and posted him as ADGP, Human Rights and Litigation, Panchkula.

Ms Deepa Mehta, ADGP/OSD Rules, will now be ADGP, Vigilance, with her headquarters in Delhi.

Mr Satyendra Kumar, IGP, State Crime Record Bureau, Madhuban, becomes IGP, Crime. Mr R.K. Vachher, IGP, Training, goes as IGP, Railways and Technical Services, and Mr M.S. Maan, awaiting posting, has become IG, Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban.

Mr Sanjay Bhatia, SP, Fingerprint Bureau, Madhuban, has been posted as Commandant, 5th Bn, Haryana Armed Police, Madhuban.

Mr Yogender Nehra, SP, State Vigilance Bureau, will now be SP, Security.

Mr Rajbir Singh, Commandant, Ist Bn, HAP, Ambala City, will be SP, Telecom, and Mr Y. Puran Kumar, SP, Telecom, will be Commandant, Ist Bn, HAP, Ambala City.

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Lack of fire safety measures poses threat to records
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 29
Absence of fire safety measures in public offices of the district poses a threat to records related to general public. Fire extinguishers, sand buckets and other gadgets to control an incident of fire are missing in all government offices, including that of the Deputy Commissioner. A survey revealed that offices dealing with general public including the DCís office and camp office; offices of the SDM city magistrate, Excise and Taxation, police stations and district courts besides others lack basic fire-fighting equipments.

Officials in the district administration admitted that absence of fire-fighting systems could lead to any disaster. Sources said that as per rules, the government offices should maintain the system to control the fire. Though there is no fire Act in the state but sources said that as the owners of private buildings are made to follow the fire safety measures, the government offices should also follow the same.

Indifferent attitude of the district administration led to non-existence of any such system.

Though district officials term it as a serious situation but the Deputy Commissioner has a different opinion. Mr D.P.S. Nagal, said that there were sufficient arrangements to control any emergency situation without elaborating, he added that presence of fire extinguishers was not that effective to control fire in the buildings.

Sources in the administration said that the files relating to equip the government offices with fire-fighting equipment were lying in the DCís office but nothing had been done. Most of the offices including the DCís camp office besides others at a three-storey building of a local cinema hall at Model Town, sources said that the private owners had never been approached regarding safety measures.

Existing and old administration campus located at Model Town, houses judicial campus offices of the SDM, the CTM besides subordinate departments of the DCís offices. Crowded campus has public records, including revenue, licence, motor vehicles, landholdings besides others but are not safe, admit the officials.

The offices of the SP and DSPs and police stations are also without fire-fighting equipment posing a threat to the records of criminals, crimes and other secret documents.

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Tribune staffer manhandled
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 29
Agitated over attempt by the media to cover the high handed men of the local factory owner, they manhandled Vishal Joshi, Staff Correspondent of The Tribune, here this afternoon. This happened in the presence of the police who remained mute spectators.

Earlier in the afternoon, the factory owners had heated arguments with the union leader and district President of CPI (ML), Mr P.P. Kapoor, who was accompanied by the labourers. Eyewitnesses said that they mercilessly thrashed Kapoor and his associate Jai Bhagwan near Sanatan Dharam Temple at Model Town.

Soon the police reached the spot and took the union leader to the Model Town Police Station. On seeing the other supporters of Mr Kapoor outside the police station, a mob of around 100-150 factory owners attacked Jai Bhagwan and started beating him.

When the mediapersons gathered on the spot, the infuriated factory owners surrounded Vishal Joshi and thrashed him in full public view outside the police station. One of the officials from the police station came out.

The police has registered an FIR against Deepak Nagpal, alias Sonu.

Later in the evening, the labourers gathered at the Bhim Sain Sachhar Government Hospital where Mr Kapoor and Mr Jai Bhagwan are admitted, and raised anti- industrialist slogans.

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Student shot dead
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 29
A BBA student of Hindu College was shot dead by an unidentified youth in his house at Janta Colony here last night.

According to the police sources, the assailant escaped under the cover of darkness after shooting Charanjit alias Channi. The mother of the student raised an alarm and a large number of resident gathered at the spot and took an injured Channi to the local Civil Hospital. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The police has registered a case on a complaint of Mrs Premjit, mother of the victim.

Mr Harbans Gogia, an accountant with a private firm, has stated that the assailant reached Channiís house around 9 pm. As Channi was asleep, his mother asked him that a youth had come to see him.

When he reached the main gate of the house he was shot by the assailant.

The residents blocked traffic on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road for about an hour in protest against the killing. The blockade was lifted when they were assured that the assailant would be brought to book.

Police officials believe that rivalry between studentsí groups of the college is the reason behind the murder. The assailant reportedly was the age of 20 or 25 years and was wear gold rings in his ears.

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Recovery of stolen idols demanded
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 29
Shri Digambber Jain Mandir Nirman Committee today demanded that an inter-state police task force be formed so that the idols stolen from Jain temple at Hansi could be recovered.

Mr Nem Chand Jain presided over a meeting of the committee.

Mr Jain said the idols which were stolen, were more than 1000-year old and their price was worth several hundred crores.

He said that a well-coordinated effort needs to be launched by the police so that the idols were not smuggled out of the country.

He demanded that the security should be increased at all Jain temples located throughout Haryana.

He said an Ďashta-dhatuí idol was stolen from Digamber Jain Mandir located in Gur Bazar, Ambala Cantonment last month. The police had still not been able to recover the stolen idol.

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4 die in mishaps

Sonepat, October 29
At least four persons were killed in different accidents in Sonepat district today.

According to a report, the victims were identified as Mukesh (11), Kusum (13), both residents of Shivpuri Colony in Kundli village, Mr Howa Singh (35) of Bawana village in Delhi and Preet (12) of Bahalgarh village, a student. ó OC

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