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Cracks in Bhakra Main Branch
Fatehabad, October 5
Villagers living on the banks of Bhakra Main Branch running near the Mehmada police post of Ratia area of the district are living under constant threat of floods after big cracks have developed on both sides of the branch. Two small cracks had developed on both sides of the canal three days ago and the cracks have been increasing in size with every passing hour.

Land Encroachment by Hospital
HUDA officials under scanner
Yamunanagar, October 5
Several officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Jagadhri, have come under scanner for allegedly allowing one of the largest private nursing home of the area belonging to an SMO (senior medical officer) of Jagadhri Civil Hospital to encroach upon a prime piece of land belonging to the HUDA in Sector 17 here and carry out construction in violation of rules.

Hooda lays stone of yojana bhavan
To visit US, Canada to attract investment
Panchkula, October 5
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said a delegation led by him would visit the US, Canada and Germany with a view to attract investment in the state. During the tour, their aim would be to bring investment of Rs 2 lakh crore to the state, which would provide employment opportunities to about 20 lakh persons in the state, he said.

‘Bijli Rally’
State machinery goes into overdrive
Gurgaon, October 5
The Jhajjar administration is giving a face-lift to the Jharli village area in the Jhajjar district where the UPA president Sonia Gandhi is coming on October 7 for laying the foundation stone of the 1500 MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project and address a public meeting.

Rally on, ‘bijli’ gone
Rohtak, October 5
Even as preparations are in full swing for the “bijli rally” to be organised at Jharli village in Jhajjar district, acute shortage and erratic supply of electricity have put the residents of the state to great inconvenience.


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EARLIER STORIES


Joginder, Mamta join as DSPs
Panchkula, October 5
Indian cricketer Joginder Sharma and captain of Indian women’s hockey team Mamta Kharab were ceremoniously inducted into the Haryana Police as as Deputy Superintendent of Police at a simple ceremony at Haryana Police Headquarters, Panchkula today.
Cricket star Joginder Sharma and hockey star Mamta Kharab are ceremoniouly inducted into the Haryana police by IG (personnel) S.S. Sandhu in the rank of DSP at the police headquarters, Panchkula, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Cricket star Joginder Sharma and hockey star Mamta Kharab are ceremoniouly inducted into the Haryana police by IG (personnel) S.S. Sandhu in the rank of DSP at the police headquarters, Panchkula

Colleges warned against charging excess fee
MDU to hold 3rd BEd counselling after HC orders
Rohtak, October 5
Following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the authorities of Maharshi Dayanand University here have decided to organise state-level BEd (regular) admission counselling from October 7 to 12. This counselling is being conducted for the vacant seats available in different colleges of education in Haryana.

High Court
Habeas corpus plea dropped
Dera sadhvi denies being kept in illegal custody
Chandigarh, October 5
After Dera sadhvi Suminder Kaur refuted the allegations of being kept in illegal custody at the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today decided not to proceed further with the habeas corpus petition filed by her mother.

Eight-year-old Akshay Kumar works in an ironsmith's shop in Uchana village in Karnal
CHILD LABOUR:
Eight-year-old Akshay Kumar works in an ironsmith's shop in Uchana village in Karnal on Friday. — Tribune photo by Ravi Kumar

Ambedkar’s statue desecrated, 4 held
Tension grips Siwan Gate area of Kaithal
Kaithal, October 5
Tension gripped the Siwan Gate area here last night after some miscreants allegedly desecrated a statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar at Ambedkar Chowk. The miscreants allegedly broke one arm of the statue, besides damaging some vehicles in the area.

Sikh leaders stage dharna for separate SGPC
Ambala October 5
The Sikh leaders of Haryana demanding a separate SGPC staged a dharna in front of the residence of HPCC, chief, Phool Chand Mulana at Ambala today. They were protesting against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards their demand. Mulana was not present at his residence.

Surjewala sees energy revolution
Panchkula, October 5
Haryana power minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said here today the INLD rally at Ambala on September 25 and the proposed Rohtak rally by Bhajan Lal supporters could easily be described as “rallies in search of political existence”.

Administrative reforms panel to be set up
Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana government will set up a state administrative reforms commission to examine various aspects of administrative structures and processes to make administration more effective and responsive.

Roadside food under scanner
Ambala, October 5
The death of two brothers due to what is believed to be food poisoning after they consumed a hotdog bought from the roadside has made the city question the quality of food available with the vendors. Arun, 11, died even before he could be taken to Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantt while his younger brother Tarun died on the way to PGI Chandigarh late last week.

Eunuchs to get allowance
Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana cabinet today approved the Haryana Allowance to Eunuchs Scheme. The scheme aims at providing allowance at the rate of Rs 300 per month to socially and economically deprived eunuchs. The scheme will be made operational with effect from June 1, 2006.

Qualifications for language teachers changed
Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana cabinet has amended the qualifications for language teachers in the Haryana State Education School Cadre (Group C) Service Rules, 1998. Now, the minimum qualification for language teachers for direct as well as promotion quota will be BA with the subject concerned, plus BEd with teaching subject of Sanskrit or Hindi or Punjabi.

Rs 1,100 MSP sought for wheat
Karnal, October 5
The Karnal wing of the Bhartiya Kisan Union met the local MP Arvind Sharma here today and presented him a memorandum of their demands. State general-secretary of BKU Ishwar Singh, while talking to The Tribune, said this year the weather gods had been unkind to the farmers.


Ishwar Singh, state general secretary, BKU. — A Tribune photograph

Ishwar Singh, state general secretary, BKU

Liquor party ends in murder
Jind, October 5
One person was murdered while another got injured after a liquor party ended in a clash in Pajupur village of Safidon district last night. At least four persons were involved in the incident. No one has been arrested though a case has been registered against two persons.

INLD sees conspiracy in stone theft
Rohtak, October 5
The district unit of the INLD has taken strong exception to the theft of a foundation stone from the pedestal of a statue of Sir Chhotu Ram. The foundation stone had been laid by former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and bore his name.

Schoolboy dies in mishap
Sonepat, October 5
A class X student was killed on the spot by a truck on the GT Road near Ganaur, about 20 km from here, today, the police said. The victim, Narinder, who belonged to Teha village, was a student of Gian Deep Senior Secondary School, Ganaur, and was going to the school on foot.

Industrialist gets ransom call
Gurgaon, October 5
The Gurgaon Police has registered a case against some unknown person for making a ransom call to an industrialist. Police sources said C P Gauba, a resident of Old DLF, lodged a complaint with the Civil Lines police station that he received a call from an unknown person on Wednesday morning who told him to wait for his next call and asked him to share his earnings.

Missing woman’s body found, in-laws booked
Yamunanagar, October 5
The body of 25-year-old Mamta, who had been missing for the past 25 days, was found floating in the Western Yamuna Canal near Amadalpur village here today. Her parents identified her from her clothes. On a complaint of Mamta’s father, a case of abetting her to commit suicide has been registered against her husband and in-laws.

Poppy husk seized, 2 held
Karnal, October 5
The CIA-1 police yesterday night seized 210 kg of poppy husk from the possession of three persons, who were travelling in a Toyota Qualis. The police had set up a ‘naka’ at Uchani Lake yesterday and were stopping and checking vehicles.





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Cracks in Bhakra Main Branch
Sushil Manav

Fatehabad, October 5
Villagers living on the banks of Bhakra Main Branch running near the Mehmada police post of Ratia area of the district are living under constant threat of floods after big cracks have developed on both sides of the branch.

Two small cracks had developed on both sides of the canal three days ago and the cracks have been increasing in size with every passing hour.

The cracks today grew big enough to threaten the villages falling on the banks of the canal.

Interestingly, villages falling under two different states face the threat of floods due to the cracks as one side of the Bhakra Main Branch is towards Punjab while the other side is towards Haryana.

Farmers - Karnail Singh, Ajmer Singh, Bhola Singh and Richhpal Singh - said the water service authorities had done nothing in the last three days to check the cracks.

Today the crack falling towards Haryana area had become around 10 feet in length while that falling towards Punjab had become eight feet.

The farmers said when the branch was constructed it was at ground level but over the years farmers had allowed mounds of earth to be excavated from their fields making the canal much higher than the ground level.

The farmers feared that in case the banks of the branch give way due to these cracks, villages Mehmada, Bhoonderwas, Kamana, Bara and Nikuana of Haryana and Riond Kalan, Riond Khurd, Chak, Pahwa and Badalgarh towards Punjab fear the treat of inundation.

Meanwhile, Narsi Sharma, junior engineer of the water services department, said the department had received the information of cracks but it was not possible to fill the cracks when the branch was running in full swing.

He said once the water level in the branch receded, the department would take suitable measures to repair the cracks.

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Land Encroachment by Hospital
HUDA officials under scanner
Nishikant Dwivedi
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, October 5
Several officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Jagadhri, have come under scanner for allegedly allowing one of the largest private nursing home of the area belonging to an SMO (senior medical officer) of Jagadhri Civil Hospital to encroach upon a prime piece of land belonging to the HUDA in Sector 17 here and carry out construction in violation of rules.

A committee appointed to look into the various violations committed by the hospital located on National Highway 73 found out that an ‘operation theatre’ was being ‘run’ in the basement of the nursing home, in violation of the rules and regulations of the HUDA.

As per the HUDA (erection of building) regulations, 1979 basements could only be used for storage, parking and service area.

The violations came to notice when a private doctor asked information regarding the hospital land under the Right to Information Act, said sources.

The outgoing estate officer had now ordered removal of all encroachments and violations within a specific period of time or else action would be taken against officials.

SDM-cum-estate officer (HUDA) R. Mehta said he was yet to look into the matter. The orders were issued by the earlier estate officer, he added.

The hospital, which was allotted 630.30 square meters, has occupied 661.10 square meters, as per the enquiry report submitted on September 27.

The committee, which carried out the investigations, found that approximately 31 square meters of the HUDA land was under encroachment.

It is to be mentioned here that market rate of one square yard of land in the area was more than Rs 1 lakh. A showroom measuring 110 square yard in the area was auctioned for Rs 90 lakh last year.

SMO Dr Surinder Kumar Rathi, however, said there was no encroachment. The HUDA had removed certain encroachments and regularised some last year, he added.

He said he had no knowledge about the order of the estate officer, as he was not given any copy. He also denied of any operation theatre in the basement.

The committee also found that the hospital had committed violation in regards of covered area.

It was found that the hospital had occupied 64.32 square meter excess area each on basement and ground floor.

The owner of the hospital in violation of the rules was also using a part of the ground floor for residential purpose. The number of toilets as per approved building plan of the hospital at ground floor was six but the committee found 13 toilets.

The committee found that the hospital had raised lawn on a 11.20 meter X 4.50 meter pavement extending from boundary wall of the district courts complex.

The estate officer has ordered a junior engineer for necessary action. He has been asked to remove the violations and encroachments made by the owner of the hospital by October 12.

The estate officer has also asked the JE to put up a report with regard to violations and encroachments, which have been allowed to the City hospital by the erring officials especially the official, who was responsible for issuing completion certificate in spite of violations\encroachments.

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Hooda lays stone of yojana bhavan
To visit US, Canada to attract investment
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 5
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said a delegation led by him would visit the US, Canada and Germany with a view to attract investment in the state.

During the tour, their aim would be to bring investment of Rs 2 lakh crore to the state, which would provide employment opportunities to about 20 lakh persons in the state, he said.

The Chief Minister revealed this while addressing a press conference after laying the foundation stone of yojana bhavan at Panchkula to be constructed at a cost of Rs 4.40 crore. The Bhawan would be completed by December 2008.

In a reply to a question, the Chief Minister said the Haryana government had implemented the New Industrial Policy, which had yielded encouraging results, in the state.

He had also visited the European countries, which resulted in promoting more investment in the state.

While referring to the “Bijli rally” to be held at Jhadli village on October 7, Hooda said no money was being incurred on behalf of the government on this rally.

He criticised those leaders who were indulging in issuing statements regarding the rally.

He said it was very unfortunate that the permanent solution for power was not made during the previous regime. The total generation of the state was 1,587 MW and the state was getting about 2,000 MW power from other sources.

The Chief Minister said the first unit of the Yamunanagar Thermal Plant would be ready by November 1 and the second by February 2008, besides 1,200 MW Thermal Power Plant being constructed at Khedar would be commissioned by 2009.

He said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi would lay the foundation stone of the Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Plant at Jhadli village on October 7.

Hooda said the government was making persistent efforts to solve the recharging problem of water. BML Hansi-Butana multipurpose canal was being constructed at a cost of Rs 350 crore, besides Dadupur-Nalvi canal at a cost of Rs 267 crore. He said the Mewat canal would also be constructed at a cost of Rs 425 crore and the case for the same had been sent to Central Water Commission for approval. The Ottu Lake was also being renovated at a cost of Rs 80 crore.

The Chief Minister said Haryana was the first state in the country in the big states having highest per capita income.

Besides this, the state had also stood first in investment with 78,500 per capita. He said the vacant posts of teachers were being filled up.

While referring to the construction of SYL canal in the Punjab territory, Hooda said the matter was in the Supreme Court.

He said most of the work on SYL canal was completed during the regime of the Congress party and assured that the water of the Ravi-Beas canal would be brought by the Congress party through SYL so that the parched fields could get ample water for irrigation purpose.

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‘Bijli Rally’
State machinery goes into overdrive
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News service

Gurgaon, October 5
The Jhajjar administration is giving a face-lift to the Jharli village area in the Jhajjar district where the UPA president Sonia Gandhi is coming on October 7 for laying the foundation stone of the 1500 MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project and address a public meeting.

The seriousness of the state government for the UPA President's visit can be judged from the fact that the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda himself visited the function site twice to review the arrangements. Besides this, the Chief Minister's son, MP Deepinder Singh Hooda, is undertaking a tour of the villages of entire district, which is part of his parliamentary constituency, to mobilize maximum people for rally on Sunday.

According to the ADC Jhajjar, Ajit Bala Joshi, the 1500 MW power project at Jharli will be set up by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and will cost over Rs 7,892 crore. He said Haryana would get 750 MW power from this project and the rest of power would be utilized by northern power grid. Land measuring 2,223 acres has been given by four villages of the area including Jharli.

He said according to the schedule, the first unit of this project of 500 MW capacity would be commissioned by April 15, 2010 and the second unit of the same capacity would become functional by June 2010. Its third unit of 500 MW would be ready by August 15, 2010 After the commissioning of this project, the entire area would benefit by way of better power supply. Gurgaon district will also be benefited from this project as the power consumers there would be relieved of frequent power cuts.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for Gandhi’s visit. A team of SPG today visited the site to take stock of arrangements there. The ADGP (Law and Order) V.B. Singh also reviewed the arrangements. According to the SP Jhajjar, K.K. Rao, about 4,000 police personnel will be posted at the site to maintain law and order and keep watch on anti-social elements.

New roads are being constructed, on war footing, in the fields of village Jharli, where the foundation stone is to be laid, so as to enable the people to reach the venue of the function smoothly. In addition to this, the roads leading to this remote village are being widened for easy movement of vehicles.

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Rally on, ‘bijli’ gone
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 5
Even as preparations are in full swing for the “bijli rally” to be organised at Jharli village in Jhajjar district, acute shortage and erratic supply of electricity have put the residents of the state to great inconvenience.

As the rally has become a prestige issue for the state leadership, they are leaving no stone unturned in making it a grand success.

However, all preparations for the “bijli rally” notwithstanding, the people of the district and nearby areas of the region have been facing an acute shortage of electricity for the past few days.

The long and unscheduled power cuts, coupled with the hot and humid weather, have made life hell for the local residents. The crisis situation has been prevailing for the past few days. K.K.Goel, superintending engineer (Rohtak circle), Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), admitted that long power cuts were being imposed in view of the crisis situation. He attributed the prevailing crisis to the low parameters, closing of two power-generation units in the state and reduction in power of Haryana’s share.

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Joginder, Mamta join as DSPs
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 5
Indian cricketer Joginder Sharma and captain of Indian women’s hockey team Mamta Kharab were ceremoniously inducted into the Haryana Police as as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) at a simple ceremony at Haryana Police Headquarters, Panchkula today.

Lauding the role of the Haryana government in recognising talent among sportspersons, both the newly appointed DSPs appealed to the state government to induct more sportspersons into the police forces so that a good team could be prepared for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

In an informal tête-à-tête Sharma said their appointments as DSP by the state government had provided a new platform for sportspersons, who would now be encouraged to give their best to the sport.

Kharab said so far hockey players had been appointed only by the Railways and this was the first time that the police was inducting sportspersons of national stature. “I am sure the youth would be very happy to learn that the government has amended its policy to respect and honour sportspersons”.

Kharab said she had been very inspired by the movie “Chak De India” and a lot of her team mates had drawn inspiration from the movie, the first of its kind on the game of hockey. “I still remember the last goal that I had scored for India during the Commonwealth Games. I still relish the memories of the match wherein I could score six goals”

Sharma on the other hand while reacting to his state of mind while delivering his last over in the twenty-twenty World Cup he said, “I was looking for that one mistake by the batsman to get him out. When the batsman came forward before I could deliver the ball, I minimised the speed of the ball that ensured that the ball did not go to the boundary easily and that changed everything for India”.

Inspector general of police, (Personnel), B.S. Sandhu said both the newly appointed officers would have to pass through training for one year, but during this time they would be allowed to continue with their practice side by side.

He said a notification for the direct appointment of six outstanding sportspersons as inspectors had been issued.

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MDU to hold 3rd BEd counselling after HC orders
Colleges warned against charging excess fee

Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 5
Following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the authorities of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) here have decided to organise state-level BEd (regular) admission counselling from October 7 to 12. This counselling is being conducted for the vacant seats available in different colleges of education in Haryana.

Talking to The Tribune here today, MDU vice-chancellor R.S.Dhankar said the third counselling had been necessitated by the court’s orders.A considerable number of seats remained vacant in many BEd colleges. He asserted that unlike last year, the counselling process would be completed by the middle of October.

The counselling of candidates from rank no. 19901 to 23900 will be held on October 7, from rank no. 23901 to 27900 on October 8, from rank no. 27901 to 31900 on October 9, from rank no. 31901 to 35900 on October 10, from rank no. 35901 to 45000 on October 11 and from rank no. 45001 to 56327 on October 12.

Further, the left-out candidates up to rank no. 19900 may take part in admission counselling on any day between October 7 and October 12. However, such candidates can opt for the seats available at the time of counselling. Counselling will be held in the senior teachers’ common room of Indira Gandhi Vidya Bhavan of the university.

Meanwhile, according to the dean, Colleges Development Council, only those new colleges of education which have been granted unconditional recognition by the NCTE up to September 30 will be considered for affiliation and admission for the session 2007-08. The left-out candidates up to rank no. 19900 can also appear in counselling on any day of the third counselling from October 7 to 12.

Each student is required to deposit Rs 5,000 in cash with the university at the time of admission. The remaining fee (Rs 33,500 in the case of self-financing education colleges and Rs 5,000 in the case of government and government-aided education colleges) is to be deposited with the college where the candidate is admitted within three working days.

The dean has warned the college authorities concerned against charging any excess fee or capitation fee from any candidate and has directed them to immediately return the excess amount if charged already.

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High Court
Habeas corpus plea dropped
Dera sadhvi denies being kept in illegal custody

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
After Dera sadhvi Suminder Kaur refuted the allegations of being kept in illegal custody at the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today decided not to proceed further with the habeas corpus petition filed by her mother.

At the very outset of the resumed hearing of the case, Suminder Kaur appeared before the Court and asserted that she was not in illegal confinement. As she was over 18, she was at liberty to go anywhere.

Taking up the matter, the Bench also recorded her mother Sukhjit Kaur's submission to the effect that the girl was 22 years old. The Bench also took on record the assertion that the warrant officer appointed by the court was made to wait for about one-and-a-half hours before he could carrying out the search.

Earlier, during the hearing today the court agreed that the girl should be allowed to interact with her mother. The girl and her mother interacted for about 10 minutes, following permission of the court, but there was no difference in the stance of Suminder Kaur. Petitioner's counsel, while referring to the warrant officer's report and Suminder Kaur's reply, argued that she was under the influence of Dera Sacha Sauda.

Sirsa resident Sukhjit Kaur had earlier filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court seeking directions for recovery of her daughter from the Dera. The petitioner had alleged that her daughter, niece of Khatta Singh, prime witness in the murder and rape cases against the Dera head, was being kept in illegal custody and was not even allowed to participate in her father's bhog.

Following this, the High Court had appointed a warrant officer to find out the truth into the allegations.

After visiting the Dera on September 25, the warrant officer had filed a report stating that he could not trace the girl in the Dera.

He had also given a detailed account as to how he could not begin search for about one-and-a-half hours. In his report, the officer had also submitted that he could not find the girl and was told that she had gone to meet her aunt.

In the meantime, the girl filed a reply in the High Court refuting the allegations, and stating that her uncle Khatta Singh had influenced her mother and relatives. She had also submitted that they were trying to influence her to make a statement against the Dera head.

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Ambedkar’s statue desecrated, 4 held
Tension grips Siwan Gate area of Kaithal
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, October 5
Tension gripped the Siwan Gate area here last night after some miscreants allegedly desecrated a statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar at Ambedkar Chowk.

The miscreants allegedly broke one arm of the statue, besides damaging some vehicles in the area.

As word about the incident spread, people in large numbers gathered near the damaged statue. The police took four youths in custody for interrogation which helped ease the situation.

Some persons noticed the desecration and raised the alarm following which the police was informed.

SHO (city) Ravinder Tomar and Jagat Singh, inspector, CIA, reached the spot along with a police force.

The situation became tense when the crowd that had gathered at the site started raising slogans.

SSP Anil Kumar also reached the the site and assured the people that strict action would be taken against those behind the incident.

However, the crowd laid a siege to the area and did not allow the movement of traffic.

In the meantime, the police took in custody four youths identified as Balwinder of Patti Afgan, Rohit of Mahadev Colony, Mahesh of Subhash Nagar and Gagan Deep of Mata Gate.

Protestors could be seen near the site of the incident this morning also.

The four youths have been arrested and were produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate Rajnish Sharma, who remanded them in police custody for a day. Dalit leaders have condemned the incident.

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Sikh leaders stage dharna for separate SGPC
Our correspondent

Ambala October 5
The Sikh leaders of Haryana demanding a separate SGPC staged a dharna in front of the residence of HPCC, chief, Phool Chand Mulana at Ambala today. They were protesting against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards their demand. Mulana was not present at his residence.

Jagdish Singh Jhinda, president of the proposed Haryana SGPC and several other senior Sikh leaders were present. While addressing the party workers Jhinda said the Haryana Congress during the assembly poll had promised to the Sikh people of the state to constitute a separate SGPC for Haryana. He said two and half years had passed but no announcement had been made in this regard. He said a Committee constituted under the chairmanship of agriculture minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha had also assured them that the announcement in this regard would be made soon but the matter was still pending with the committee.

He announced that the members of proposed SGPC would demonstrate in front of the residence of senior ministers of the state.

Later the leaders took out a protest march in the city and blocked the Ambala-Hisar road for an hour this evening near. The blockade was finally lifted after the authorities persuaded the protesters.

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Surjewala sees energy revolution
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 5
Haryana power minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said here today the INLD rally at Ambala on September 25 and the proposed Rohtak rally by Bhajan Lal supporters could easily be described as “rallies in search of political existence”.

Talking to newsmen here Surjewala said on the contrary the “Bijli rally”, scheduled to be addressed by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at Jhadli village in Jhajjar district on October 7 “will mark the beginning of an energy revolution in the state”. The rally, he said, would not only give a new political direction to the state, it would also infuse a “new political current” in the Congress cadre.

Surjewala said the story of the power sector in the state could be summed up as “40 years versus five years”, because till February, 2005, only 1587 MW generation capacity was set up in the state since its inception. In the five years starting from 2005, the generation capacity of the state would be over 5000 MW. The state government would invest Rs 21,000 crore in the power sector in five years.

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Administrative reforms panel to be set up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana government will set up a state administrative reforms commission to examine various aspects of administrative structures and processes to make administration more effective and responsive.

A decision to this effect was taken at a cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here today.

The commission will recommend appropriate changes in the organisational structure and methods of operation of the departments and decentralisation of powers to promote efficiency,economy, transparency and responsiveness in the overall delivery of services. It will also recommend ways of creating an environment where government functionaries could respond to people with courtesy and a spirit of understanding and helpfulness.

The commission will also recommend ways of promoting ethics in governance and honesty in public dealings besides recommending measures for more effective monitoring and evaluation of systems relating to both personnel and programmes.

The commission will also suggest ways of promoting greater spread of e-governance in all departments and at all levels. The commission will have its headquarters in Chandigarh and camp office in New Delhi.

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Roadside food under scanner
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 5
The death of two brothers due to what is believed to be food poisoning after they consumed a hotdog bought from the roadside has made the city question the quality of food available with the vendors.

Arun, 11, died even before he could be taken to Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantt while his younger brother Tarun died on the way to PGI Chandigarh late last week.

The brothers had eaten the hotdog and gone to sleep. Later, they had complained of uneasiness and the condition of the two brothers turned critical by early next morning. They died soon thereafter.

Deputy commissioner, Ambala, Mohammad Shayin said he has taken a serious note of the incident. “We have launched a drive against the sale of stale food by roadside vendors. Seven teams have been formed to carry out checking throughout Ambala district. The team includes Health Department officials,” he said.

He said the orders to the teams are that they have to destroy any stale food. “Even if there is less than 1 percent chance of the food being stale, it has to be destroyed. If the roadside vendor is again caught selling stale food then FIR will be lodged against him,” he said.

Shayin said that during the drive against roadside food vendors, the teams would also be checking whether commercial LPG cylinders are being used or not. An official said that during the drive against roadside vendors, they destroyed stale food being sold by 25 vendors in Ambala city and Ambala Cantt. Also, in 36 out of the 71 shops inspected, it was found that domestic cylinders were being used. This drive would be carried out in other areas of Ambala including Naraingarh, Barara, Saha and Mullana. However, roadside vendors state that they have been selling food items for the last couple of years and no health related incident has taken place after eating their food in the recent past.

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Eunuchs to get allowance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana cabinet today approved the Haryana Allowance to Eunuchs Scheme. The scheme aims at providing allowance at the rate of Rs 300 per month to socially and economically deprived eunuchs. The scheme will be made operational with effect from June 1, 2006.

According to a survey conducted by the health department, there are 1,305 eunuchs in the state.

The beneficiaries under this scheme should be a permanent resident or domicile of Haryana and should have been residing in the state for the past five years at the time of submission of the application.

The age of the applicant should not be less than 18 years and the applicant must give a certificate from the civil surgeon in support of being a eunuch.

The applicant should not be involved in any unlawful activity.

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Qualifications for language teachers changed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The Haryana cabinet has amended the qualifications for language teachers in the Haryana State Education School Cadre (Group C) Service Rules, 1998.

Now, the minimum qualification for language teachers for direct as well as promotion quota will be BA with the subject concerned, plus BEd with teaching subject of Sanskrit or Hindi or Punjabi.

The decision has been taken in view of various judgments pronounced by the high court and the Supreme Court.

The cabinet also amended Appendix-18 of CSR, Vol-I, Part II, for declaring posts of principal, training and placement officer, workshop superintendent, foreman instructor, workshop instructor, librarian, and ministerial and class IV employee working in government polytechnics, as non-vocational staff.

The cabinet also approved a proposal of the town and country planning department for taking 10 vacant posts of assistant town planner out of the purview of the Haryana Public Service Commission.

It was also decided to take Class-II (Group B) posts of Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, out of the purview of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission.

The cabinet also approved the annual administrative report of the architecture department for 2005-06.

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Rs 1,100 MSP sought for wheat
Tribune News Service

Karnal, October 5
The Karnal wing of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) met the local MP Arvind Sharma here today and presented him a memorandum of their demands.

State general-secretary of BKU Ishwar Singh, while talking to The Tribune, said this year the weather gods had been unkind to the farmers. Below normal rainfall had increased the expenditure of farmers on diesel, fertilisers and pesticides and this coupled with a low MSP of Rs 675 for paddy had ruined them.

He said they had demanded that Rs 150 bonus per quintal should be paid over and above the MSP. The MSP of wheat should be increased to Rs 1,100 and the MSP of sugarcane Rs 150 per quintal.

“We also demanded that the farmers should get at least what he has invested,” Ishwar said.

“When the Central government can pay Rs 1,600 per quintal for imported wheat why can’t they pay Rs 1,100 MSP to their own farmers,” he said.

He said the Centre should waive off loans given to farmers as this would provide relief to them and put an end to debt-ridden farmers committing suicides.

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Liquor party ends in murder
Tribune News Service

Jind, October 5
One person was murdered while another got injured after a liquor party ended in a clash in Pajupur village of Safidon district last night. At least four persons were involved in the incident. No one has been arrested though a case has been registered against two persons.

According to a complaint lodged with the police, the deceased, Mahavir, and his friend Mukesh, along with Ajit and Balihar, decided to have a drinking session in their fields on the outskirts of the village.

Mahavir and Ajit, hailing from Bihar, reportedly got engaged in a brawl after some time following which the latter allegedly picked up an axe lying nearby and assaulted Mahavir. Balihar is alleged to have helped the accused attack the victim. Mahavir died on the spot, while Mukesh got injured in the assault. The accused fled the spot soon after the incident.

The police has launched a hunt to arrest the accused. The main reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained.

Painter commits suicide

In another development, a person working as a painter committed suicide by jumping before a train in Julana town in the district last evening. Identified as Surajbhan, believed to be in his early thirties, he has left a note stating that he was under depression and had decided to end his life on his own. He is survived by his wife and three kids.

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INLD sees conspiracy in stone theft
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 5
The district unit of the INLD has taken strong exception to the theft of a foundation stone from the pedestal of a statue of Sir Chhotu Ram. The foundation stone had been laid by former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and bore his name.

A delegation of local INLD members, led by district president Balwan Suhag, today met the deputy commissioner, R.S.Doon, and demanded that a new stone be installed in the place of the stolen one. The INLD members also demanded action against the persons behind the theft and demanded adequate security for the statue and pedestal located on the local Chhotu Ram Chowk in future.

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Schoolboy dies in mishap

Sonepat, October 5
A class X student was killed on the spot by a truck on the GT Road near Ganaur, about 20 km from here, today, the police said.

The victim, Narinder, who belonged to Teha village, was a student of Gian Deep Senior Secondary School, Ganaur, and was going to the school on foot.

The police has registered a case against the truck driver and sent the body for postmortem examination.

The police has also launched a hunt to apprehend the truck driver who is still at large. — PTI

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Industrialist gets ransom call
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 5
The Gurgaon Police has registered a case against some unknown person for making a ransom call to an industrialist. Police sources said C P Gauba, a resident of Old DLF, lodged a complaint with the Civil Lines police station that he received a call from an unknown person on Wednesday morning who told him to wait for his next call and asked him to share his earnings.

DCP (west) Rakesh Arya revealed that the caller phoned from a local mobile number and they have got the details of the caller.

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Missing woman’s body found, in-laws booked

Yamunanagar, October 5
The body of 25-year-old Mamta, who had been missing for the past 25 days, was found floating in the Western Yamuna Canal near Amadalpur village here today.

Her parents identified her from her clothes. On a complaint of Mamta’s father, a case of abetting her to commit suicide has been registered against her husband and in-laws.

Her parents alleged that she was being harassed by her in-laws for quite some time. She had gone missing from her in-laws’ place in Kisanpura Majra village. She was a mother of two. — TNS

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Poppy husk seized, 2 held
Tribune News Service

Karnal, October 5
The CIA-1 police yesterday night seized 210 kg of poppy husk from the possession of three persons, who were travelling in a Toyota Qualis.

The police had set up a ‘naka’ at Uchani Lake yesterday and were stopping and checking vehicles.

The three persons inside the vehicle tried to escape but only one managed to do so. The other two were arrested.

The arrested persons have been identified as Sanjay Jaiswal and Parwinder Singh, residents of Gwalior, while the third one, who had escaped, has been identified as Gurwinder Singh of Devigarh, Patiala.

A case under Section 15 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

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