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Drop Venod Sharma from Cabinet, demands INLD
Chandigarh, March 9
The Opposition INLD of Haryana today turned the heat on the state government on the Manu Sharma issue and said Manu Sharma's father, Mr Venod Sharma, Power and Public Works Minister, should be dropped from the Cabinet by the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Paper leak: school Principal not booked
Panipat, March 9
A day after exposing the CBSE paper leak case, the Panipat police is allegedly shielding the accused. Despite the written complaint submitted by the CBSE against the Principal of SD Vidya Mandir, Mr Dinesh Jindal, for his alleged role in the paper leak, the local police has failed to name him in the FIR.

Heritage festival to be held in Pinjore
Ambala, March 9
Haryana tourism, Forest and Culture Minister Kiran Chaudhary said today that a tourism policy for the state was being codified and a heritage festival showcasing the rich heritage of Haryana would be held at Pinjore later this year.

Haryana farmers hold protest
Chandigarh, March 9
Farmers of Haryana are on a warpath, seeking realisation of commitments made by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in their manifesto. To express their resentment over the government’s indifference to their demands, procrastination in decision-making and inability of the Chief Minister to give them an audience, the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha sat in dharna at Matka Chowk here today.

Police suspects Bobby gang behind Anoopa killing
Ambala, March 9
The police is suspecting the involvement of the Bobby gang in the murder of Anoopa late last night. Five used cartridges have been recovered from the spot in Punjabi Bagh where Anoopa was shot dead today.


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Welfare scheme for martyrs’ female child
Rewari, March 9
The Rezangla Shauriya Samiti launched a special welfare scheme for female children of martyrs of the Rezangla war on the occasion of the International Women’s Day here yesterday.

Lightning claims 4 lives
Jind, March 9
Lightning killed four persons at different villages in Narwana subdivision in Jind district this afternoon.


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Drop Venod Sharma from Cabinet, demands INLD
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Opposition INLD of Haryana today turned the heat on the state government on the Manu Sharma issue and said Manu Sharma's father, Mr Venod Sharma, Power and Public Works Minister, should be dropped from the Cabinet by the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Ajay Chautala, INLD leader and Rajya Sabha member from Haryana, said the Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mullana, too, should resign from the Cabinet in the wake of the incident of rape of girl students by two teachers in a Haryana school.

The INLD leader, who talked to the press in the company of Mr Ashok Arora, chief of the INLD's Haryana unit, claimed the Congress government in the state had failed on all fronts. He said the state government, which tried to portray itself as a champion of farmers, did not even bother to compensate farmers for the damage caused to their crops by frost. The shortage of power in the state had created a "blackout-like situation", he said.

Mr Chautala said the state government had in reality abandoned the attempts to get the SYL completed as it had already started constructing a new canal for carrying water to Rohtak, Jhajjar and districts located further down in the south of Haryana. He said the canal would not eventually serve any purpose because it had the wrong alignment. “The Congress is actually creating a political issue for future use. Ultimately, it will accuse the INLD of jeopardising the construction of the canal,” he said. He said the state government's assertion to divert water available in Sirsa district to Rohtak, Jhajjar and other southern districts would create a permanent rift between people of Sirsa and those living in Rohtak and its neighbourhood.

On the CBI probe ordered to look into the wealth allegedly amassed by the INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and his family members (including Mr Ajay Chautala), he said the order for the probe was politically motivated and intended to tarnish the image of the INLD. He said the Congress memorandum on the moveable and immoveable property owned by the family grossly exaggerated the value. “ They said the assets were worth Rs 3,500 crore. I am ready to give these to anyone for even 10 per cent of Rs 3,500 crore”, he said. Mr Chautala added that despite being in power for one year now, the Congress government had failed to unearth a single instance of financial corruption by the INLD regime.

Asked whether the property listed in the Congress memorandum really belonged to the Chautala family, the INLD leader said that he himself as well as his father, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and younger brother, Mr Abhey Chautala, had all given affidavits regarding their assets at the time of fighting various elections. If the state government or the Central Government had any doubt, the Income Tax Department could be asked to look into the affidavits, he said.

The Rajya Sabha member said Mr Om Prakash Chautala had undergone an operation on his leg at a hospital in Seattle in the USA. The date of the operation was fixed four months ago, he said, adding that the former Chief Minister would return to India as soon as he was discharged from the hospital.

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Paper leak: school Principal not booked
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, March 9
A day after exposing the CBSE paper leak case, the Panipat police is allegedly shielding the accused. Despite the written complaint submitted by the CBSE against the Principal of SD Vidya Mandir (SDVM), Mr Dinesh Jindal, for his alleged role in the paper leak, the local police has failed to name him in the FIR.

Talking to this correspondent from New Delhi this afternoon, Mr Ashok Ganguly, Chairman of the CBSE, took a strong exception to this inaction of the Panipat police. He said a report was submitted to the SP after an inquiry by high-level officials revealing the nexus between the Principal of SDVM and officials of Punjab National Bank in the leak of the business studies paper of the commerce stream of Class XII.

Interestingly, Mr Jindal has gone underground and the management of the school run by the influential industrialists of the town were not available for comments.

Mr Ganguly informed TNS that the investigations by the CBSE confirmed that the paper was leaked at the PNB extension branch at SDVM in Sector 12. He said students of SDVM were the direct beneficiaries of the leak.

According to him, at least two students rounded up by the police were of SDVM while one was enrolled with National Open School.

The DSP, City, Mr Virender Kumar Vij, informed TNS that two students — Arush Nagpal and Pankaj Sharma — were studying in MA SD School on Faridpur road, here. Shanky Nagpal was a student of the open school. Manager of the PNB extension counter Sham Das Bajaj and cashier Hari Om Verma were also arrested. Raj Kumar, a photocopy operator, was also arrested on Tuesday night.

Mr Vij denied that the board had written against Principal Jindal to the police.

During a routine checking on the Tuesday night, the police rounded up four persons, including three students, while photocopying question papers at Ashoka Guest House located on Sanauli road.

Mr Ganguly said that despite the written complaint to the SP, the police had failed to arrest Jindal. Mr Alok Mittal, SP, was out of town and could not be contacted for comments.

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Heritage festival to be held in Pinjore
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 9
Haryana tourism, Forest and Culture Minister Kiran Chaudhary said today that a tourism policy for the state was being codified and a heritage festival showcasing the rich heritage of Haryana would be held at Pinjore later this year.

Ms Chaudhary was talking to mediapersons after laying the foundation stone of a sub-surface dam at Gadhouli village in Naraingarh.

She said the tourism policy would go a long way towards encouraging tourism in the state. It entailed setting up of special tourism zones, encouraging roadside tourism and developing religious tourism. “We are also going to organise a heritage festival at Pinjore. Pinjore is more than four centuries old and to mark 400 years of its existence, we are going to hold the heritage there,” she said.

“We will also invite artistes of national repute. There will be varied performances. Theatre, dance and music will be the hallmark of the festival,” she said. “The Union Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs 10 lakh for the festival. We are planning to hold similar festivals in three four other places in the state,” she stated.

A number of efforts were being conceptualised to boost tourism in the state. We were going to develop old forts through public-private participation. Ms Chaudhary said Surajkund would be further developed. “We are going to ask the Archaeological Survey of India to carry out a survey of the area since Surajkund derives its name from the Suraj king lineage. A sound and light show will be put up. Surajkund will be a showcase for various art forms,” she said.

She said stress was being laid on eco-tourism. “We want to develop eco-tourism in the Morni hills,” she said. “We are going to organise an artisans fair at Karna lake on March 17. We are also contemplating inter-linking of golf courses,” she added.

“Tourism can be a maximum revenue earner for a state and it is also a major source of employment opportunities,” she stated. She said according to projected estimates, about 40 crore persons are expected to visit India in the next couple of years and Haryana would leave no stone unturned to attract them.

The sub-surface dam in Gadhouli village will help in irrigation of 260 acres. The construction of the dam will cost Rs 51.40 lakh. She also inaugurated a sewing centre at Ambli village.

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Haryana farmers hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Farmers of Haryana are on a warpath, seeking realisation of commitments made by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in their manifesto. To express their resentment over the government’s indifference to their demands, procrastination in decision-making and inability of the Chief Minister to give them an audience, the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha sat in dharna at Matka Chowk here today.

Led by former CPM MLA Harpal Singh of Gohana and state general secretary of the sabha, farmers from all over the state converged at the Parade Ground and marched down to the chowk where the protest began. Waving red flags and holding placards, they raised slogans against the government for “avoiding and ignoring them after elections in the state”.

“The Agriculture Minister, Mr Harmohinder Singh Chatha, met us on behalf of the Chief Minister, Mr Hooda. We have given him a deadline till noon tomorrow for either getting us to see Mr Hooda or agreeing to our demands. The future course of action will be decided after this,” Mr Harpal Singh said.

The farmers are demanding compensation for mustard and vegetables damaged due to severe cold. “They admit our crop was damaged because of the record-breaking cold this year but maintain there is no clause to award compensation since it does not amount to being a natural calamity,” he said, addressing the farmers.

“The Chautala government initiated it and the Hooda government continued with the waiver. How can they now ask us to pay for all these months that have gone by,” Phool Singh Sheokand, president of the sabha, stated.

The farmers are also against the acquisition of 25,000 acres of land. They reasoned that on the one hand the government was importing wheat and on the other they were acquiring the “most fertile of land”.

“We suggest they acquire barren land instead. This will not only save fertile land but bring development in backward areas as well,” he said.

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Police suspects Bobby gang behind Anoopa killing
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 9
The police is suspecting the involvement of the Bobby gang in the murder of Anoopa late last night. Five used cartridges have been recovered from the spot in Punjabi Bagh where Anoopa was shot dead today.

Anoopa was involved in gambling and there were 56 cases registered against him. He was considered to be a close associate of gangster Nishan Singh. An FIR was registered at the Mahesh Nagar police station under Sections 302, 307 and 34 of the IPC.

The FIR was registered on the statement given by taxi driver Sukhbir. Sukhbir had received a bullet injury on in the firing on Anoopa. Police teams have been formed to search for the three assailants.

It may be recalled that the police has announced a reward for both Bobby as well as Nishan Singh.

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Welfare scheme for martyrs’ female child
Our Correspondent

Rewari, March 9
The Rezangla Shauriya Samiti (RSS) launched a special welfare scheme for female children of martyrs of the Rezangla war on the occasion of the International Women’s Day here yesterday.

As many as 114 Ahir jawans of the Charlie Company of 13 Kumaon had laid down their lives in the historic Rezangla war which was fought against the Chinese at the Rezangla post at the height of 18,000 ft in the Chushul sector of the Ladakh region on November 18, 1962.

Col Ram Singh, former union minister and chief patron of the RSS, said for a girl child each from the families of the martyrs and survivors of the Rezangla war, the Samiti would deposit Rs 5,000 in a bumper saving scheme. He said at the expiry of the maturity period the total amount received in each case would be spent on higher education as well as marriages of the girls.

He further said the samiti would also use the grant it received from Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for the above scheme.

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Lightning claims 4 lives

Jind, March 9
Lightning killed four persons at different villages in Narwana subdivision in Jind district this afternoon. According to official reports received here, Rattan and Suresh were killed at Balerkha village, Pyara at Pipltha village and Dalipa at Barpda village.

Lightning struck them while they were reportedly working in their fields.

Their bodies have been sent to the General Hospital at Narwana for a post-mortem examination.

An animal was also killed at Baroda village, officials said. — PTI

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