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Haryana law officer asks cop to close brother’s case
Chandigarh, January 25
In what could only be termed as an open display of strong-arm tactics and brazen disregard for the rule of law, a law officer of the Haryana Government allegedly directed a cop investigating a criminal case against his brother to shut the case.

Work on herbal garden suspended
Gharaunda (Karnal), January 25
Work on a herbal garden in Gharaunda of this district has been suspended due to paucity of funds. According to sources in the Forest Department, it had planned to set up a herbal garden on 5.5 acres of already existing Patel Park in Gharaunda after upgrading and modifying the same.

Poll duty fails to enthuse officers
Chandigarh, January 25
Certain Haryana officers shortlisted as poll observers for the coming Assembly elections in five states aren’t keen for the assignment.

Khap panchayat : HC orders protection for couples, families
Chandigarh, January 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police of Bhiwani to ensure that no harm came to the life and liberty of two newly-married couples and their families, who were facing the wrath of caste-oriented khap panchayats.

Kadyan to launch rural job scheme
Sirsa, January 25
The Haryana Assembly Speaker, Dr Raghubir Singh Kadyan, will launch the Rural Employment Guarantee Programme from Bhavdin village in the district on February 2.

VC: Standard of women’s education to be improved
Kurukshetra, January 25
Unfolding his plans to bring about an all-round development of Kurukshetra University in different fields during the golden jubilee year of the university, the Kurukshetra University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ram Phal Hooda, said to spread women’s education the university proposes to open Kurukshetra University Women’s College of Professional Studies under a self finance scheme.


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Four police posts abolished
Sonepat, January 25
The police department has abolished four police posts — CIA staff Gohana-2 and special police staff, Sonepat with immediate effect. However, no reason has been given by the department in this connection.

Power workers union holds gate meetings
Karnal, January 25
The district unit of the All-Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union has been holding gate meetings in favour of its demands since yesterday.

500 take part in leadership workshop
Yamunanagar, January 25
More than 500 students participated in a state-level workshop on Leadership and Special Values for Students organised by Empowerment Sustainable Development Institute, Nilokheri in association with local DAV Girls College here in the college today.


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Haryana law officer asks cop to close brother’s case
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
In what could only be termed as an open display of strong-arm tactics and brazen disregard for the rule of law, a law officer of the Haryana Government allegedly directed a cop investigating a criminal case against his brother to shut the case.

The law officer — Assistant Advocate-General Anil Kumar Saini — whose family is considered to be close to the family of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, not only called up the investigating officer (IO) but even allegedly asked him to come to the Advocate-General's office here to "discuss the case".

Incidentally, the law officer in question was not in any manner associated with the case except for the fact that his brother is an accused in it.

The case relates to FIR No. 392 registered at the Rohtak Civil Lines police station on July 30, 2004. The FIR, registered on the complaint of one Puran Singh Saini of Rohtak, says that Shamsher Singh Saini and Bhana Ram were involved in illegal transactions relating to a property belonging to the complainant. Shamsher is Anil's brother and currently on bail.

On October 3, 2005, Anil called up the IO and allegedly told him to end the matter. He also told him that in case of any problem, the case file should be brought to him. He made a similar call two days later.

However, the IO, Sub-Inspector Ram Kishan, who was later shifted to the CIA Staff, Rohtak, entered the telephonic conversations in the daily diary report (DDR).

Now, the complainant, Mr Puran Singh Saini, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking directions to the police to present the challan in the FIR. His petition alleges that the law officer and his brother, who enjoy political and bureaucratic patronage, have managed to get the filing of the challan delayed.

It also alleges that the accused Shamsher Singh Saini is close to the Chief Minister and his family and has attended public rallies in their company. The complainant's counsel, Mr Harsh Kinra, also submitted in the court the copies of the DDR registered by the IO, which clearly talk of the calls made by the law officer.

Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta has issued a notice of motion to the Haryana Government for March 9 in the matter.

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Work on herbal garden suspended
Tribune News Service

Gharaunda (Karnal), January 25
Work on a herbal garden in Gharaunda of this district has been suspended due to paucity of funds.

According to sources in the Forest Department, it had planned to set up a herbal garden on 5.5 acres of already existing Patel Park in Gharaunda after upgrading and modifying the same. Work was started after the release of first instalment of Rs 10 lakh of the estimated cost of Rs 30 lakh last year.

A lot of work for setting up the herbal park had already been done with the money provided as first instalment of the estimated cost, said Forests Range Officer Rajpal.

The Forest Range Officer added that some medicinal saplings had been planted in a portion of the park. Several boards had been put up and bore for setting up tubewell to water the plants had already been done besides the completion of other works but the ongoing work was affected due to lack funds.

Meanwhile, the sources said that there was a proposal to plant several medicinal plants like tulsi, isabgol, mulethi, ashwagandha, sanai, shatavar, gurmar, aloevera, aonla, guggal, safed musli, sarapgandha, konch, haldi, amahaldi, harar, vach akarkara and bahera in this park.

The aim of setting up herbal gardens in each district was to help farmers diversify crops and make Haryana a leading state in raising herbal plants.

Apart from promoting herbal system of medicine in the state, the plan of setting up these herbal gardens was also made to demonstrate, educate and generate awareness about cultivation and conservation of medicinal plants but this aim could not be achieved in Karnal district till date due to shortage of funds.

Mr Rajpal said he had sent six months ago utilisation certificate (UC) of the first instalment and demand for release of balance money to the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) for the completion of the work of herbal park at the earliest. The work would be restarted when the money was released, he added.

None of the Chandigarh-based Additional Principal CCF J.K. Rawat, CCFs D.R. Ramesh and Mr R.D. Jagati could be contacted to know their version of the delay in the release of funds. The sources said that Rs 3.60 crore was recently earmarked to set up herbal gardens in the current year.

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Poll duty fails to enthuse officers
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Certain Haryana officers shortlisted as poll observers for the coming Assembly elections in five states aren’t keen for the assignment.

A list of 30 officers has been drawn by the state government for appointment as general observers during the Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pondicherry.

There are at least 10 names in the list which were earlier picked up for doing poll duty in the recent Assembly elections in Bihar. For the Bihar elections also, a list of 30 officers was drawn up. Certain officers, who went to Bihar, will be again packing their bags to oversee the elections in any one of the five states.

The officers, whose names figured in both the lists, do not relish the prospect of another assignment with the Election Commission within a year. It entails absence from home, and worse it gives them the feeling of being less privileged than some of their colleagues who never get picked up for election duty.

Mr M. Kithan, Special Secretary, Industries, always figures in the list of election observers. He went to Bihar for the Assembly elections and his name is there in the fresh list also. Mr Sarban Singh, Mr R.P. Chander, Mr K.K. Khandelwal, Mr V.S. Kundu, Mr R.R. Jowel, Mr S.N. Roy, Mr Balraj Singh, Mr Sant Kumar and Mr Ashok Kumar Yadav are the other officers whose names figure in both the lists.

Mr S.N. Roy and Mr A.K. Yadav, however, are among those who didn’t do the Bihar duty. While Mr Roy’s nomination was withdrawn because he happens to be a native of that state, Mr Yadav’s name was dropped since it was felt that he could be misconstrued as a supporter of Lalu Prasad Yadav. This time the state government appears to be determined to send both of them for election duty.

Some other officers also pulled themselves out from the Bihar list citing various reasons. Those who replaced them have again found their names in the list prepared for the five states.

For instance, Mr A.K. Singh, Director, Social Justice and Empowerment, had to go to Bihar even though his name did not figure in the original list. He has been once again nominated for the coming Assembly elections. Ms Sumita Misra, Director, Renewable Energy Sources, was also asked to report for election duty in Bihar. She was spared by the Election Commission in view of a training course she urgently needed to do. This time she has been nominated again.

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Khap panchayat : HC orders protection for couples, families
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police of Bhiwani to ensure that no harm came to the life and liberty of two newly-married couples and their families, who were facing the wrath of caste-oriented khap panchayats.

The khap panchayat had taken an exception to the marriages of Anju and Aneet, daughters of Mahavir Sheoran of Nangla village, to the sons — Jagdish and Krishan — of Bajrang Gill of Ladawas village. At a meeting of the Sheoran 25 panchayat at Nangla village on January 19, the two families had been ordered to leave their villages within 15 days, besides paying a token fine of one "dhela". The panchayat had also ordered social boycott of the families.

Taking up a PIL filed by the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Panchkula chapter, through its convener advocate Ujjal Singh Sahni, and the fathers of the brides and bridegrooms, the High Court also directed the district police and civil administration to ensure that no problems were faced by the families.

It also directed the Home Secretary, Haryana, to file a detailed report within four weeks regarding the controversy.

The petitioners have sought the registration of a criminal case against the office-bearers of the Sheoran khap panchayat for issuing diktats which were illegal and against the Constitution.

The petitioners have claimed that there is total lawlessness in rural areas of Haryana and the rule of law was not being followed by self-styled bodies such as khap panchayats. They have also accused the local administration and the police of failing to check the anti-social activities of such bodies, pointing out that the diktat was given despite the fact that the High Court had recently asked the Home Secretary, Haryana, to file an affidavit spelling out the government's stand with regard to these khap panchayats.

The hearing will now resume on April 19.

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Kadyan to launch rural job scheme
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, January 25
The Haryana Assembly Speaker, Dr Raghubir Singh Kadyan, will launch the Rural Employment Guarantee Programme from Bhavdin village in the district on February 2.

This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vimal Chandra, who is also the district coordinator of the programme, while addressing a news conference here today. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Pankaj Yadav, who is also the co-coordinator of the programme, was also present on the occasion.

Under the programme, 100 days’ employment would be provided to the needy and deserving families in a year. In case providing employment is not possible, the government would provide the minimum wages for the said period to the family.

Mr Chandra maintained that the district administration had received Rs 5.35 crore for implementing the programme. While 75 per cent of the required amount would be spent by the Union Government, the rest would be contributed by the state government, he said, adding that the Centre would bear all expenses in case wages were to be paid.

The Deputy Commissioner asserted that in the initial phase, village secretaries, sarpanches and other officials would be trained to identify the needy and deserving families. Only unemployed and unskilled persons would be considered eligible, he added.

The interested persons would have to contact the village panchayats, which have been made nodal agencies in this regard. The deserving persons would be issued employment cards so that they could avail themselves of the benefit of the scheme.

Mr Yadav pointed out that initially 200 districts all over the country had been identified for launching the programme, of which Sirsa and Mahendergarh districts fell in Haryana.

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VC: Standard of women’s education to be improved
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, January 25
Unfolding his plans to bring about an all-round development of Kurukshetra University in different fields during the golden jubilee year of the university, the Kurukshetra University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ram Phal Hooda, said to spread women’s education the university proposes to open Kurukshetra University Women’s College of Professional Studies under a self finance scheme.

Prof Hooda, who was addressing a press conference at the university guest house here today, said there was an urgent need for enhancing the standard of women education in Haryana. The proposed college would be set up near Fatupur village and the village panchayat has agreed to provide land free of cost for the purpose.

Talking about the expansion of the university, Prof Hooda said in the coming 50 years the present campus of the university would reach a saturation point and, therefore, there was an urgent need to bring up an East Campus of the university preferably on the G.T. road towards Karnal. The proposed Kurukshetra University East Campus would spread over 100 to 125 acres of land. If the Haryana Government agreed to the proposal, only then the university would be able to establish the East Campus, which would emerge as a vibrant centre of new age professional courses mainly in biological sciences and biotechnology, he added.

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Four police posts abolished
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 25
The police department has abolished four police posts — CIA staff Gohana-2 and special police staff, Sonepat with immediate effect. However, no reason has been given by the department in this connection.

According to official sources, the said police posts are — Sisana police post, Qumashpur police post, Ganaur city police post and G.T. Road Ganaur police post. The policemen posted at these police posts have been shifted to other police stations and police posts in this district. These police posts, it may be recalled, had been established to check the activities of anti-social elements and criminals.

With the closure of these posts the activities of anti-social elements and criminals are likely to increase in the wake of shortage of police staff in this district.

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Power workers union holds gate meetings
Tribune News Service

Karnal, January 25
The district unit of the All-Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union has been holding gate meetings in favour of its demands since yesterday.

While the union members had organised a gate meeting in front of the Neval office of the Executive Engineer (City) yesterday, they held two separate gate meetings at Grid TL and Circle Office today.

In a press note issued here today, the district president of the union, Mr Surinder Singh, and its secretary, Mr Roshan Lal, said their demands included the issuance of salary slips, release of marriage and GPF advance in time and implementation of annual increment on a fixed date.

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500 take part in leadership workshop
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, January 25
More than 500 students participated in a state-level workshop on Leadership and Special Values for Students organised by Empowerment Sustainable Development Institute, Nilokheri in association with local DAV Girls College here in the college today.

Dr Pam Rajpur, Director, Maya Foundation, said that to solve problems of women, it was important to empower the members of the fair sex.

She called upon people to tackle female foeticide.

Prof C.P. Singh from Kurukshetra University said rising population and preference for nuclear families to joint families were some of the main causes behind the most of the problems including poverty and starvation in society. Ms Manju Panwar, coordinator of the workshop, said that empowerment of women was must so that they could become leaders.

Dr A.S. Chaudhary, former professor, KU and Ms Manju Sharma, in charge Women Study Centre and Ms Surinder Kaur, in charge, Women Cell, also spoke.

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English literature scholar dead
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, January 25
A scholar of English literature and former Dean of Academic Affairs, Kurukshetra University, Dr O.P. Grewal died yesterday. His body was cremated here today.

A large number of teachers and officials of Kurukshetra University, including the Vice-chancellor, Prof R.P. Hooda and Registrar, Yudhveer Singh were among those who joined the funeral procession and paid tributes to the outstanding teacher.

Dr Grewal lived a very simple life and impressed his colleagues and students by his dedicated teaching and scholarship.

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RMP rapes patient

Karnal, January 25
A registered medical practitioner (RMP) allegedly drugged and raped a young widow, who visited is clinic for treatment at Gharaunda in Karnal district of Haryana last evening.

Reports received today said accused Vinod Kumar gave water laced with an intoxicant to the patient, making here unconscious and then raped her. The patient, on regaining consciousness, reported the matter to the police with registered a case. — UNI

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Workers hold dharna
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 25
Workers engaged in the blanket-manufacturing units here held a dharna at the office of the District Labour Officer today.

The protesting workers demanded immediate action against the factory owners who had declared lockout in their respective units.

Mr Sant Ram Kushwaha, the district president of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IGFTU) deplored the Hooda government for ignoring the demands of the workers of the town.

Workers demanded that the state authorities should intervene and ensure their demands of providing ESI, minimum wages, bonus, overtime , besides other demands of the workers.

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Samalkha MLA sues Malik for defamation
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 25
Mr Bharat Singh Chhokar, rebel Congress MLA from Samalkha, has filed a defamation suit against Bitoo Malik, a fellow party worker from the district. Mr Chhokar said here this afternoon that he had filed a suit against Malik for his alleged objectionable remarks last week.

Mr Chhokar had said Mr Bhajan Lal should be made CM.

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