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New excise policy flawed, says Sampat
Fatehabad, March 25
The new excise policy adopted by the Hooda government would lead to a law and order problem, which would be worse than the one that prevailed during prohibition, said former state finance minister Sampat Singh while talking to mediapersons here today.

Need to maintain growth momentum: Rangarajan
Rohtak, March 25
Dr C. Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, today outlined a five-point plan to maintain the current economic growth. Addressing a gathering at the 13th convocation of Maharishi Dayanand University here, he said if the growth momentum was to be maintained, some areas needed focused attention.

Man beaten to death by daughter-in-law
Jhajjar, March 25
An aged person was beaten to death by his daughter-in-law and her family members at Kheri Asara village of the district last night after a row over the distribution of property following the death of his son two days ago.

Air Force static display
Ambala, March 25
A static display of fighter aircraft and weapons was held at Air Force Station, Ambala Cantt, this morning. A combat vehicle armed with anti-aircraft MSL system, Jaguar aircraft, Bison single seater interceptor, microlight aircraft and Pichora missiles were on display.


A view of Jaguars at the Air Force Station, Ambala Cantt, on Saturday A view of Jaguars at the Air Force Station, Ambala Cantt, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph


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Newly married couple commits suicide
Jhajjar, March 25
Three youths, including a newly married couple committed suicide in front of a train on the Delhi-Bathinda section near Bahadurgarh town here last night.

Panchayati Raj sammelan today
Sonepat, March 25
The state-level Panchayati Raj sammelan to be organised at Rai in the district on March 26 has generated a lot of curiosity among elected and former representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions.

Bitta wants panel for terror victims
Ambala, March 25
The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chairman, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today said a coordination committee should be formed to look into the various aspects of victims of terrorism.

World unfair towards fair sex: experts
Hisar, March 25
A two-day national workshop on Gender and Development organised at Haryana Agricultural University campus in collaboration with the British Council concluded here today.

SD College alumni meet
Ambala, March 25
The fifth annual meeting of the Alumni Association of SD College, Ambala Cantt, was held last night. Mr Yogesh Kumar, an alumnus, was honoured for his contribution in designing the light combat aircraft. Mr Yogesh Kumar is Director, LCA, and member, Board of Directors, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore.

Unit fined for overdrawn power
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New excise policy flawed, says Sampat
Our correspondent

Fatehabad, March 25
The new excise policy adopted by the Hooda government would lead to a law and order problem, which would be worse than the one that prevailed during prohibition, said former state finance minister Sampat Singh while talking to mediapersons here today.

The former minister said the INLD government had adopted the policy of giving contracts for selling liquor to a single contractor in a particular district after thorough survey and after studying the system in several states, but the present government had allotted different vends in a district to different persons. The move, he said, would have grave ramifications.

He said it was a well-known fact that illicit trafficking of liquor was at its peak during the prohibition days during the HVP regime. This, he said, had created a law and order situation in the state. More or less the same type of situation prevailed in the state when the liquor vends were auctioned to different individuals in a district earlier, as the contractors always tried to sell their stock in the domain of other contractors to improve their sales, which led to rivalries and gang wars among them.

He said the present system of allotting liquor vends would also lead to the similar situation in the state and only those contractors who enjoyed backing of musclemen or the police support would only be able to survive.

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Need to maintain growth momentum: Rangarajan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, March 25
Dr C. Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, today outlined a five-point plan to maintain the current economic growth. Addressing a gathering at the 13th convocation of Maharishi Dayanand University here, he said if the growth momentum was to be maintained, some areas needed focused attention.

He said agricultural growth rate must be accelerated as it had several implications for the economy. It would reduce poverty, promote expansion in employment and finally facilitate a more broad based growth. A comprehensive agricultural policy encompassing a higher level of public investment, a shift from revenue expenditures to investment, consolidation of holdings, fostering exports, intensified agricultural research to raise yields and a better cropping pattern needed to be in place, he said.

Secondly, he said, massive funds must be infused in infrastructure growth both to meet the future needs and to clear the backlog. To achieve this, a definitive, transparent and concrete policy framework should be put in place.

The noted economist said there had to be a significant increase in investment in social infrastructure. “Education and health must receive priority attention. Universal primary education is a goal which is still to be achieved. In fact, the very purpose of liberalisation is to reduce the role of the state as an entrepreneur and direct investor, and expand its role in areas such as social infrastructure, where state alone can play a dominant role”, he said.

The public sector would continue to dominate the economy in several important sectors. Even as attempts were being made to disinvest wherever feasible, there was no doubt that we must pay adequate attention to improving the functioning of public sector enterprises where their presence was essential, he said.

He concluded with the remarks that the system of governance from the bottom to the top must be made more accountable for results. The delivery system must improve, whether it be the provision of education or health or any other social or economic services.

The Governor of Haryana and Chancellor of MDU, Dr A.R. Kidwai, conferred the degree of D.Litt (Honoris Causa) on Dr C. Rangarajan and noted writer Khushwant Singh. The chancellor also awarded Ph. D degrees to as many as 82 scholars.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.S. Dhankar, presented various degrees to 489 students while the Education Minister, Mr Phul Chand Mullana, presented medals to 93 meritorious students. 

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Man beaten to death by daughter-in-law
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, March 25
An aged person was beaten to death by his daughter-in-law and her family members at Kheri Asara village of the district last night after a row over the distribution of property following the death of his son two days ago.

The police has registered a case against the daughter-in-law, Mukesh, her brother Yogesh, her mother and about 40 unidentified persons who accompanied them.

According to information, the deceased Maha Singh’s son Rajbir and his wife Mukesh were not on good terms for some time. The couple was living in Najafgarh, a suburb of Delhi, where he was prasticing as an RMP. His wife hails from Rani Khera village.

Their marriage was reportedly on the rocks, as the couple was engaged in frequent quarrels. Two months ago, the couple reached a compromise after the intervention of one Prabhu Singh, a resident of Mangashpur village in Delhi, who was instrumental in solemnising their marriage. The wife was living with her husband since then.

However, in a mysterious incident, Rajbir was found dead in front of the house of Prabhu and the Bawana police in Delhi registered a case of murder on March 23. His body was brought to his ancestral village here and consigned to flames yesterday evening. After cremation, his wife Mukesh and her family asked his father to hand over his share of property to her (Mukesh). The father, however, asked them to wait for some days, as it was not an occasion to settle property dispute. As a result, they started thrashing the old man. He was rushed to hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. No one has been arrested in the case so far.

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Air Force static display
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 25
A static display of fighter aircraft and weapons was held at Air Force Station, Ambala Cantt, this morning. A combat vehicle armed with anti-aircraft MSL system, Jaguar aircraft, Bison single seater interceptor, microlight aircraft and Pichora missiles were on display. The weapons on display included guns, rockets, bombs, cluster bombs and rockets.

Air Marshal A.K. Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, today said no final decision had been taken with regard to 126 new aircraft, which were to be inducted into the Indian Air Force. “Jaguar aircraft will continue to serve the nation till 2025,” he said.

He said the accident rate in India was 0.7 per cent which was lower than the world average accident rate. He stressed that safety was given priority. He said the aircraft were constantly being upgraded and had now better equipment.

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Newly married couple commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, March 25
Three youths, including a newly married couple committed suicide in front of a train on the Delhi-Bathinda section near Bahadurgarh town here last night. The couple had fled from their homes in Bindroli village in Sonepat district about three months ago and got married at a temple in Delhi. Their friend, who also ended his life, was one of the two witnesses to their marriage.

According to information, Mohan and Rashmi’s relationship was unacceptable to their families. While Mohan was unemployed, the girl was a student of B.Sc (II) at JD College in Sonepat. They got married on January 1. Their two common friends — Manoj from Jakhoda village and another from Sankhol village — were witness to their wedding.

The families of the boy and girl were on the lookout for the absconding couple. The girl’s family got the address of Manoj, and a village panchayat arrived in his village, Jakhoda, on February 25. The parents of Manoj said that they had disowned him. The family of the girl, had lodged a complaint of kidnapping against Mohan and Manoj at the Kundli police station in the last week of February.

Sources said the incident had led to tension in Bindroli village, as the boy and the girl belonged to the two “panas” (colonies) of the same village. Another panchayat was scheduled to arrive in Jakhoda village tomorrow to build pressure on the family of Manoj to search him.

However, the trio apparently decided to end their lives last night.

The Railway Police recovered the bodies and handed these to their relatives after post-mortem examination in the Civil Hospital, Bahadurgarh.

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Panchayati Raj sammelan today
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 25
The state-level Panchayati Raj sammelan to be organised at Rai in the district on March 26 has generated a lot of curiosity among elected and former representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions. Most of them felt the need for providing more power to these bodies in the real sense.

Talking to The Tribune, chairman of Sonepat block samiti Satpal Singh Malik said: “The chairman and members at block samiti level should be given powers to inspect the ongoing development works and to transfer the junior engineers working in the block.”

Mahila sarpanch of Fazilpur Kamlesh (hoped that the Chief Minister might make some announcement for strengthening of Panchayati Raj institutions.

The former sarpanch of Mondora village, Raj Singh categorically stated that if the corruption was eliminated from the offices of block development and panchayat officers, entire system would automatically improve.

President of mahila mandal, Mehndipur, Yashwanti was of the opinion that the government must ensure that the representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions, particularly women, should be educated and literate so that they did not become rubber stamp.

A former chairman of block samiti on condition of anonimity as being supporter of ruling party pointed out that on paper that the elected representatives had powers. But in practical these are being used by the bureaucracy.

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Bitta wants panel for terror victims
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 25
The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chairman, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today said a coordination committee should be formed to look into the various aspects of victims of terrorism.

Talking to mediapersons here this evening, Mr Bitta said there were several instances of petrol pumps having been allotted to next of kin of martyrs but these had not started functioning due to various factors. “The coordination committee will help in easing the resettlement process,” he said.

Mr Bitta said May 21 would be observed as anti-terrorism day. He said there was a need for stringent laws against terrorism.

He said a sum of Rs 2.5 lakh had been announced by the AIATF to any person who gave concrete information regarding the Varanasi blast. He said the information could be passed onto government agencies, the police or the front.

Mr Bitta said terrorist attacks clearly showed that an attempt was being made to divide Hindus and Muslims in Uttar Pradesh and Hindus and Sikhs in Punjab. “We will never allow terrorists to meet their objectives. We will make all attempts to thwart their nefarious designs,” he said.

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World unfair towards fair sex: experts
Tribune News Service

Hisar, March 25
A two-day national workshop on Gender and Development organised at Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) campus in collaboration with the British Council concluded here today.

The workshop was organised to mark the 25th anniversary of the Higher Education Link programme of the British Council. HAU is also a beneficiary of this programme, under which it has established academic link with the University of Hull, U.K.

Inaugurating the workshop, the HAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.C. Katyal, asserted that for the rise of women, it was imperative that they should be treated at par with the men folk in society as well as in jobs.

Dr Katyal observed that though some positive changes had been witnessed in regard to the status of women in the last century, that was not enough. He pointed out that in spite of the right to equality granted to women by the Constitution, they were being discriminated against in all spheres of life.

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SD College alumni meet
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 25
The fifth annual meeting of the Alumni Association of SD College, Ambala Cantt, was held last night. Mr Yogesh Kumar, an alumnus, was honoured for his contribution in designing the light combat aircraft. Mr Yogesh Kumar is Director, LCA, and member, Board of Directors, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore.

The college Principal, Dr Desh Bandhu, said a portrait of Prof Brij Narain, which was presented by Mr K.B. Sharma, was unveiled by two former principals Dr R.P. Vij and Dr C.R. Nagpal.

A cultural programme was presented by students of the college. A number of former students were present on the occasion.

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Unit fined for overdrawn power

Panipat, March 25
The state power authorities have imposed a fine of Rs 12.60 lakh against Abhishek Industries at Bhapouli village, near here, on a charge of overdrawn electricity. According to Mr Naresh Sardana, the Xen (Vigilance), a team raided the premises of the defaulters last morning and found them using power more than the sanctioned limit. He said the defaulters had been given a time of 72 hours as per the rules to pay the challaned fee failing which an FIR would be lodged against the owners of the accused firm. — TNS
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