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Haryana to recruit 4,000 constables
Bhondsi (Gurgaon), March 8
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here today announced that in view of the increase in population in the state and to maintain a sound ratio between the police, place and people, the government had decided to recruit 4,000 constables next month.

One shot in Ambala; gang war suspected
The taxi driver who was injured in a shooting at Ambala on Wednesday; and (inset) a file photo of Anoop. Ambala, March 8
Gang war claimed one more life in Ambala Sadar late this evening. While one was shot dead, another received bullet injuries.

The taxi driver who was injured in a shooting at Ambala on Wednesday; and (inset) a file photo of Anoop. — Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra

Over five lakh houses in Haryana without power
New Delhi, March 8
The Congress government in Haryana may be celebrating its completion of one year in power and the Chief Minister boasting to make the state as number one in the country, but there are still over five lakh rural households in the state that have no access to power.

Ten injured in clash between police, villagers
Karnal, March 8

At least 10 persons, including five policemen, were injured in a clash between the residents of Garhi Gujran village and the police here this morning.

Rural Haryana waking up to women’s rights
Chandigarh, March 8
It was a mixed bag for Haryana on the occasion of International Women’s Day today. In a gathering at the Chief Secretary, Ms Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry’s room, the invitees vied with each other to please her.


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Aspirants for judgeship medically examined
Chandigarh, March 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has been officially conveyed the names of the seven advocates who will be elevated to the Bench.

113 panchayats to fight against female foeticide
Karnal, March 8
As many as 113 gram panchayats falling under Assandh and Gharaunda blocks pledged to fight against female foeticide in two separate functions organised today.

Farmers go hi-tech at HAU’s kisan mela
Hisar, March 8
The two-day kisan mela of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) concluded here today. Nearly 22,000 farmers from Haryana and adjoining states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh visited the mela and acquainted themselves with the latest developments in agriculture and allied fields.

Mother shot at by 3-year-old
Yamunanagar, March 8
A woman was injured seriously when her three-year old daughter accidentally fired at her in Sector 17, Jagadhri, on Monday evening. The condition of the woman was said to be stable.

Ban on recruitment relaxed
Chandigarh, March 8
The Haryana Government has decided to fill the backlog of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes for Group A, B and C posts only in relaxation of the ban on filling of vacancies imposed by the Finance Department in 2003.

Gang of thieves busted, 4 held
Ambala, March 8
A gang of robbers involved in thefts at medical shops and godowns has been busted by the police in Ambala.

Cable operator shot
Jhajjar, March 8
A cable operator was shot dead by two unidentified assailants in his house in Model Town Colony of Bahadurgarh here today.

CBSE cancels Class XII paper in Panipat
New Delhi, March 8
The CBSE has cancelled the business studies paper for the Class XII board examination that was conducted in Panipat this morning.

Assistance for house construction
Chandigarh, March 8
The Haryana Government has enhanced by five times the amount of financial assistance being given to members belonging to the Scheduled Castes for construction of houses.


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Haryana to recruit 4,000 constables
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Bhondsi (Gurgaon), March 8
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here today announced that in view of the increase in population in the state and to maintain a sound ratio between the police, place and people, the government had decided to recruit 4,000 constables next month.

Mr Hooda made the announcement at a public function relating to ceremonial passing-out parade of recruit constables of the Haryana Armed Police (HAP) and Government Railway Police Batch Number 2 at Recruitment Training Centre (RC) located here.

As many as 952 jawans today passed out of the training college and took oath of service on the occasion.

Responding to the demands of the Haryana Police put forward by the state police head, Mr Nirmal Singh, the Chief Minister announced that henceforth the next of kin of a police personnel killed during encounter operations will get a sum of Rs 7.5 lakh. The present amount is Rs 5 lakh.

Also, the government will increase its contribution to the Police Welfare Fund from the present Rs 60 lakh to Rs 1 crore.

The money allocated for ration to the police personnel will be increased by 20 per cent on the basic pay of the personnel.

Moreover, the remuneration to the staff of police training colleges will be increased by 15 per cent of their basic salary.

Addressing the passing out jawans, he said the role of the police and the politicians is to offer selfless service to the people even at the expense of the welfare of their families.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nirmal Singh said soon a proposal will be sent to the government to grant the Bhondsi Training Centre a full-fledged status of Police Training Centre in which along with imparting training to the recruits, Constable Advanced Course and Constable Promotion Course will be introduced.

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One shot in Ambala; gang war suspected
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 8
Gang war claimed one more life in Ambala Sadar late this evening. While one was shot dead, another received bullet injuries.

Anoop, alias Anoopa, who was in the “satta” business, was shot by three motorcycle-borne youths at Punjabi Bagh near Madan Mandir at about 8 pm. Anoop was a history- sheeter and was considered to be a close associate of gangster Nishan Singh.

The rival gang led by gangster Bobby is suspected to be behind the incident. Anoop had come out of jail on bail two months ago. A taxi driver, Sukhbir, received a bullet injury on his thigh.

The SP Ambala, Mr Rajbir Deswal, said the possibility of a gang war could not be ruled out. “Anoopa was a history-sheeter and more than 56 cases had been registered against him. The cases ranged from murder to gambling. He was also known to be close to Nishan Singh,” he said.

Teams had been formed to look into various aspects and nakas had been set up to look for the assailants.

Mr Mukesh, who is a cousin of Anoop, said Anoop was planning to go to Yamunanagar to meet a friend who had sustained injuries. “A taxi had been called and we were just about to leave when three youths on a motorcycle came to the spot. They began firing at Anoop. One bullet was fired at the taxi driver,” he said.

One of the youths got down from the motorcycle and fired at Anoop from point blank range. Shots were fired even after he fell.

Anoop was rushed to the Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The taxi driver said: “I was waiting in my taxi at Punjabi Bagh when suddenly the firing started. I received a bullet injury on my thigh. I sped away from the spot and reached the taxi stand. I went to the police station and from there I was brought to the hospital.”

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Over five lakh houses in Haryana without power
Manoj Kumar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8
The Congress government in Haryana may be celebrating its completion of one year in power and the Chief Minister boasting to make the state as number one in the country, but there are still over five lakh rural households in the state that have no access to power.

Though the state government claims to have electrified all of its 6,764 villages years ago, the fact is that almost every fifth household, that is 5.27 lakh out of the 24 lakh households were without any power connection.

According to the Ministry of Power, the state faced a power deficit of 1,737 million units (8.6 per cent of the total requirement) from April 2005 to January 2006.

As against the requirement of 20,240 million units during that period, the state government could arrange only 18,503 million units of supply. It excludes unaccounted demand from the households without power connections.

The Union Power Minister today informed the Lok Sabha that the percentage of un-electrified households was highest in Bihar (94 per cent), followed by Jharkhand (90), Orissa (80), Uttar Pradesh (80) and West Bengal (79 per cent).

In the North, he said, the number of un-electrified rural households was highest in Haryana (27 per cent), followed by Jammu and Kashmir (25), Punjab (10) and Himachal Pradesh (5 per cent).

Admitting acute power shortage in the state, Mr Deepinder Singh Hooda, MP, Lok Sabha, Rohtak, said: “Since the state has no source of hydel power, it is dependent on thermal power plants and power purchased from other states, costing up to Rs 8 per unit during peak season.”

“We have demanded from the Centre to set up a nuclear power project or a financial package worth Rs 1,000 crore considering the fact the state is supplying foodgrains at a lower price for the Central pool, while paying high price to other states for power to produce foodgrains,” the MP added.

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Ten injured in clash between police, villagers
Tribune News Service

Karnal, March 8
At least 10 persons, including five policemen, were injured in a clash between the residents of Garhi Gujran village and the police here this morning.

The clash occurred when a police team, led by Indri SHO Sub Inspector Angrej Singh, forcibly tried to lift the road blockade by the villagers, who were demanding the arrest of accused wanted for crushing Rajesh and Balraj of the village to death under a jeep on March 5.

Both policemen and villagers blamed each other for the clash. The villagers alleged that some policemen beat up women demonstrators in their attempt to end the road blockage. On the other hand, a police spokesman alleged that the demonstrating villagers attacked the policemen.

The villagers, including a large number of women, blocked the Karnal-Indri link road. They alleged that the police was adopting dilly-dallying tactics to nab the accused, who after beating the victims with rods crushed them under a jeep.

However, the police spokesman said one of the accused, Gurmej Singh (jeep driver of Khanpur village), had been arrested last night while it was trying to nab the other two accused, Des Raj and Krishan (both of Garhi Gujran).

Those injured included ASI Satbir, HCs Satpal and Krishan, Constables Yashpal and Kripal, Prem Lata, Kamlesh, Shanti and Sumitra. Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Gupta and SP Sibash Kaviraj later visited the spot.

Meanwhile, the police booked over 50 villagers for attacking the policemen and blocking the road.

Those booked included sarpanch Raj Kumar, his two sons Azad and Satpal, Subash, Dharampal (all of Garhi Gujran) and Angrej Singh of Bibipur Jatan village.

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Rural Haryana waking up to women’s rights
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
It was a mixed bag for Haryana on the occasion of International Women’s Day today. In a gathering at the Chief Secretary, Ms Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry’s room, the invitees vied with each other to please her. On the other hand, a function of villagers at Barwala, gave a ray of hope to those fighting for women’s rights in the state.

In the first event, the participants were the women IAS officers of Haryana, who had gathered at the Chief Secretary, Ms Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry’s office. They were invited by Ms Chaudhry, who happens to be the first woman Chief Secretary of the state. The women officers had tea and snacks. Ms Chaudhry also cut a cake to celebrate the occasion.

The officers talked about the progress made by women IAS officers of Haryana. There was a time when the governments even hesitated appointing a woman officer as Deputy Commissioner. In the backdrop of this, the appointment of a woman officer as the topmost bureaucrat of the state was indeed an achievement, they said. Ms Chaudhry narrated a story or two about her career as a bureaucrat. The party, lasting for about one-and-a-half hours, saw some serious eulogising of the Chief Secretary by some of the guests.

The second event was organised at a college in Barwala. It was organised by the Women and Child Development Department of the state government and the participants were mostly villagers. They talked about the notorious sex ratio of Haryana and the practice of female foeticide in the state. From their presentations, it emerged that the message of gender equality is slowly but surely taking roots in the rural areas of Haryana. Mr Dalip Singh, Secretary, Women and Chief Development Department, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Interestingly, the occasion coincided with the arrival of a rare case in the delivery hut attached to the health centre at Barwala. The case was of a man volunteering for sterilisation operation.

The doctor working in the PHC said ever since the delivery hut had been set up, more than 100 women had undergone sterilisation there. The number of women coming to the hut for delivery was 183.

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Aspirants for judgeship medically examined
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has been officially conveyed the names of the seven advocates who will be elevated to the Bench.

According to informed sources, a fax message was received by the High Court last evening from the Union Law Ministry.

Following the Ministry’s message, the seven aspirants, Mr Paramjit Singh Patwalia, Mr Ranjit Singh Randhawa, Mr Vinod Sharma, Mr T.P.S. Mann, Mr Ajai Lamba, Mr Rajesh Bindal and Mr Mahesh Grover, underwent a medical examination at Sector 16 General Hospital here today.

Mr Patwalia is designated as senior advocate. He along with Mr Randhawa, Mr Sharma and Mr Mann are from Punjab. Mr Lamba, Mr Bindal and Mr Grover are from Haryana.

According to informed sources, the medical report will be sent to the Union Law Ministry, which in turn will write to the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Since the warrant of appointment for each individual judge is to be hand written and personally signed by the President, the sources say the warrants of appointment are likely to reach here not before next week.

When seven new judges with join, the strength of the High Court will go up from the present 28 to 35. Six District and Sessions Judges (D&SJ) serving in Punjab and Haryana are also likely to be elevated soon.

They are Mr H.S. Bhalla, Legam Remembrancer, Punjab; Mr A.N. Jindal, D&SJ (Vigilance), High Court; Mr M.M.S. Bedi, D&SJ, Chandigarh (all from Punjab); and Mr Arvind Goyal, D&SJ, Panchkula; Mr S.D. Anand, D&SJ, Gurgaon; and Mr R.S. Madan, Legal Remembrancer, Haryana.

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113 panchayats to fight against female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Karnal, March 8
As many as 113 gram panchayats falling under Assandh and Gharaunda blocks pledged to fight against female foeticide in two separate functions organised today.

While the functions were organised for sanitising the villages, the ADC, Mr Sanjiv Verma, used this opportunity to make the representatives of the gram panchayats aware against female foeticide, telling them the ill-effects of the declining sex ratio.

He told the villagers that the issue of declining sex ratio directly related with the law and order problem as the incidents of rape and molestation would increase if the sex ratio kept declining.

International Women’s Day was celebrated all over the district as a number of functions were organised at various places to create awakening about the rights of women. “Matrashakti” (mother empowerment) conferences were held in all the 434 villages of the district.

The Special Secretary of Women and Child Development, Mr P.C. Bidhan, the Deputy Commissioner, Karnal, Mr Rakesh Gupta, and other senior officers of district administration and more than 800 officials of health and anganwadi centres visited villages to apprise the women of their rights and welfare schemes of the government.

Mr Bidhan distributed investment certificates of Rs 5,000 among 16 mothers under the Ladli scheme. He gave away cash prizes of Rs 4,500 to three girl students who got the first three positions in Karnal block in the Class X examination.

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Farmers go hi-tech at HAU’s kisan mela
Tribune News Service

Hisar, March 8
The two-day kisan mela of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) concluded here today. Nearly 22,000 farmers from Haryana and adjoining states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh visited the mela and acquainted themselves with the latest developments in agriculture and allied fields.

They also purchased certified seed of various crops worth Rs 30 lakh for the ensuing kharif season from the seed sale counter set up by the university in collaboration with various government seed agencies.

Profitable farming system was the theme of the fair. The visiting farmers evinced keen interest in new crop varieties, medicinal plants, vermin-compost, management of soil micronutrients as well as production technology of hybrid cotton.

The agro-industrial exhibition set up at the venue was another major attraction. Products and technology developed by over 200 public and private agro-industrial units were on display.

Besides, nearly 60 departments of the university and state government also displayed their latest achievements in agriculture and allied areas.

Dr R.K. Malik, Director, and in charge of the mela, said the farmers were taken on guided visits to the research farms of the university.

They were shown bumper crops and given demonstration of the technology applied by the varsity experts in raising these crops.

The farmers also availed the facility of testing soil and water samples, he added.

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Mother shot at by 3-year-old
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, March 8
A woman was injured seriously when her three-year old daughter accidentally fired at her in Sector 17, Jagadhri, on Monday evening. The condition of the woman was said to be stable.

According to police sources, Sana (3) daughter of Ms Sudesh Rani, somehow picked up the family’s licensed revolver when the latter had gone for a walk along with her husband, Mr Rakesh Ratan. When the couple returned home, they saw the revolver in the hands of Sana.

Ms Sudesh tried to snatch the gun but the girl pressed the trigger. The bullet hit Ms Sudesh in the neck. She was taken to a private hospital.

In another incident, 35-year old Rajinder, alias Sonu, of Yamunanagar sustained serious burn injuries when a kerosene stove burst. With more than 80 per cent burns, he is undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital. when the reports last came in.

As per his neighbours, they saw Sonu in flames doused the fire using blankets and water.

He was taken to the civil hospital on a rickshaw. His wife was feeding her one and half year old daughter at the time of the incident, while her two other daughters had gone out for tuitions.

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Ban on recruitment relaxed

Chandigarh, March 8
The Haryana Government has decided to fill the backlog of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes for Group A, B and C posts only in relaxation of the ban on filling of vacancies imposed by the Finance Department in 2003.

An official spokesman said here today that the matter regarding filling of backlog of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes in the services had been under consideration of the government for some time. He said that instructions to this effect had been issued to all heads of departments, Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Sub Divisional Officers and the Registrar, Punjab and Haryana High Court.

He said since the number of Group ‘C’ posts was been sizeable, the filling of vacancies in this group might take two years.

The Haryana Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Mrs. Kartar Devi, said that a long standing demand of the people had been met by the Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda. — TNS

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Gang of thieves busted, 4 held
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 8
A gang of robbers involved in thefts at medical shops and godowns has been busted by the police in Ambala.

Superintendent of Police Rajbir Deswal today said four persons had been arrested. Those arrested are Uttam Kumar Srivastava of Pinjore, Rajinder Pal of Panchkula, Ravinder Negi of Baltana and Jasbir of Pinjore. The robbers are said to have been involved in seven cases in the district.

Mr Deswal said Uttam Kumar Srivastava had thorough knowledge about medicines. The robbers would go to different areas and have a look at medicines shops. At night, they used to break into these and steal expensive medicines.

He said the robbers used to load the stolen medicines in Cielo and Tata Sierra vehicles and sell them at cheaper price in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Deswal said besides Ambala, the gang was involved in theft cases in Panchkula and Zirakpur. He said on June 27, 2005, the robbers had stolen medicines from a godown in Kuldeep Nagar. On July 8, 2005, they had stolen medicines from Laxmi Medical Hall and another shop. On October 24, they had stolen medicines from a godown on the DRM road.

Similarly, on November 29, they had stolen medicines from a godown in Kuldeep Nagar. On December 24, they had stolen medicines from a shop in Nanhera.

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Cable operator shot
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, March 8
A cable operator was shot dead by two unidentified assailants in his house in Model Town Colony of Bahadurgarh here today.

The trader community resorted to road blockade to protest against the incident and jammed all the roads leading to the town till the late evening.

According to information, Ashok Sharma, a partner in the Pooja Cable Operators, was shot dead by two youths after barging into his house. The assailants had covered their faces. They escaped on the motor cycle after committing the crime. Members of the family witnessed the crime but could not chase the assailants.

Later, shopkeepers of the town organised a protest march and blocked the roads leading to Rohtak and Delhi. They also closed down all the markets and demanded immediate arrest of the accused.

The protesting traders demanded that the Deputy Commissioner should come to the town to assure quick action and restoration of the law and order. The police has registered a case against two persons.

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CBSE cancels Class XII paper in Panipat
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8
The CBSE has cancelled the business studies paper for the Class XII board examination that was conducted in Panipat this morning. The Controller of Examinations, Mr Pavnesh Kumar, said: “We sent a team of officials to Panipat to verify whether the question paper packet had been tampered with. Our officials have confirmed that of the nine sets, one set has been tampered with”.

He said action had been taken against the centre superintendent and invigilators. Mr Kumar said the connivance of bank officials where the papers were kept cannot be ruled out. “The matter has been reported to the police and further action will be taken on the completion of inquiry,” he said.

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Assistance for house construction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The Haryana Government has enhanced by five times the amount of financial assistance being given to members belonging to the Scheduled Castes for construction of houses. The state government has also widened the scope of the scheme by including Block ‘B’ of Scheduled Castes under its ambit.

While disclosing this here today, the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Welfare Minister, Ms Kartar Devi, said financial assistance of Rs 50,000 would be now offered instead of Rs 10,000 to members belonging to the Scheduled Castes for the construction of houses.

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