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Flood waters enter Rewari villages
Rewari, June 17
Flooded fields in the Mundi-Nangal area in Rewari district Flood waters from neighbouring areas of Alwar district of Rajasthan entered Mundi, Nangal, Pali, Gothara and Anandpur villages of the Rewari region in huge quantities last night.

Flooded fields in the Mundi-Nangal area in Rewari district on Tuesday. Photo: Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Ghaggar Mishap
Two bodies found

Fatehabad, June 17
After 34 hours of concerted efforts, the rescue workers succeeded in recovering the bodies of Sonu and his four-year-old son Jatin, who were missing since the road adjoining the bridge on the Ghaggar river near Ratia here had caved in yesterday.

Sonia seeks status report on eco zones
Chandigarh, June 17
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has asked the Haryana government to send her a status report about the creation of eco-sensitive zones around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Donít demolish police station: INTACH
Says building historical, needs to be preserved
Rohtak, June 17
The Haryana chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has urged the state director-general of police not to demolish the old police station building at Kalanaur township in the district.


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Power Theft
Cash reward for informants doubled

Hisar, June 17
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has decided to double the percentage of cash reward and remove the ceiling of Rs 50,000 given to an informant under the Theft Informer Scheme.

Bank manager shot at
Rohtak, June 17
A gramin bank manager was shot at by two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths near Bhalaut village in the district today. The victim, Sat Prakash, has been admitted to the PGIMS here.

Block Samiti chief booked for embezzlement
Jind, June 17
The president of the Block Samiti, Julana, Kusum Lata, and her husband are among those booked by the police in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds under the central government-sponsored employment scheme.

Student found dead
Sirsa, June 17
Munish, a student of BPharma, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his rented accommodation in the wee hours today.

3 of village commit suicide
Rohtak, June 17
Three youths of Sunariyan Kalan village in the district, including a boy and two girls, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison during the past 24 hours.

2 brothers drowned
Kaithal, June 17
Two brothers drowned in a pond in Guliana village in this district yesterday.

Guest teachers hold protest
Bhiwani, June 17
Guest teachers staged a demonstration against the education department and submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner here today.

Protest over price hike
Sonepat, June 17
A large number of activists of the district unit of the BJP took out a march here today in protest against the steep hike in the prices of petroleum products by the central government.

Aid for farmers using water-saving techniques
Chandigarh, June 17
The Haryana government today announced a new scheme for providing financial assistance to farmers adopting water-saving technologies.

Breach in canal
Bhiwani, June 17
Water entered fields and houses following a breach in the Sunder branch canal near Jamalpur and Adampur villages located on the Bhiwani-Hansi road today. Villagers were forced to take shelter at safer places.

Good rainfall beneficial for kharif crops
Chandigarh, June 17
Haryana has recorded rainfall of 56.1 mm during the pre-monsoon period, which is 8.1 mm more than normal. In Ambala district 128.6 mm of rainfall has been recorded, which is highest in the state.

BSc III Results
Girls win top 11 positions

Kurukshetra, June 17
Girls have outclassed boys in the Kurukshetra University BSc III examination held in April, the results of which was declared here today. The first 11 positions in the merit list have been won by girls.








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Flood waters enter Rewari villages
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 17
Flood waters from neighbouring areas of Alwar district of Rajasthan entered Mundi, Nangal, Pali, Gothara and Anandpur villages of the Rewari region in huge quantities last night. 

While low-lying areas of Mundi village were inundated, fields and farmhouses of the above villages were impregnated with water.

Deputy commissioner Chander Prakash along with other senior officials of the district visited the flood-affected villages today and directed officials of the irrigation department to immediately launch de-watering operations in Mundi and Nangal villages to ensure safety of residents.

No loss of life and property was reported from any of the flood-affected villages till the filing of this report.

Meanwhile, a flood control room to monitor the situation in all such areas in the district has been set up with phone number 225145 in the DCís camp office here.

Paddy damaged

Paddy worth several crores of rupees was damaged by flood waters, which entered an 100 acre open godown of REI Agro Industries near the Delhi-Jaipur highway, 18 km from here, on Monday.

Executive director of the factory Amit Swami said 2,000 stacks, each consisting of 2,000 bags of paddy, were lying in the godown, where flood waters had entered.

He estimated that the loss incurred due to the floods waters could go up to Rs 50 crore.

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Ghaggar Mishap
Two bodies found
Sushil Manav

Fatehabad, June 17
After 34 hours of concerted efforts, the rescue workers succeeded in recovering the bodies of Sonu and his four-year-old son Jatin, who were missing since the road adjoining the bridge on the Ghaggar river near Ratia here had caved in yesterday.

The bodies were recovered from the river, some 2 kmaway from the place of the incident. Farmers working in the fields spotted the bodies and informed the authorities.

As no one except the relatives of these two have approached the authorities till now, it is being assumed now that there is no other victim. But, eyewitnesses still claim that they saw a woman, a child and two other motorcycle-borne persons going down when the road caved in.

The 10 Mechanised Infantry from Hisar Military Station, which had left yesterday after visiting the site, came back today after getting request from the authorities.

Volunteers from some NGOs and followers of a religious sect played a major role in recovering the bodies.

Earlier, shopkeepers in Ratia town had closed their shops in the afternoon in protest against the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities in recovering the bodies.

People alleged that the authorities by their indifferent attitude allowed the initial crucial hours to lapse without any rescue effort being made.

Commissioner, Hisar, P.C. Bidhan said a probe would be initiated and the guilty would be brought to book.

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Sonia seeks status report on eco zones
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has asked the Haryana government to send her a status report about the creation of eco-sensitive zones around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Haryanaís forest minister Kiran Choudhary had written to Sonia and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in April that in compliance of the supreme court and union governmentís directions, Haryana had proposed the creation of eco-sensitive zones in March 2007. However, the notification was still pending at the union governmentís level.

In the absence of the notification, developmental activities around such parks were jeopardising the biodiversity in the country, she had argued.

Now a personal aide to Sonia, G.C. Bhardwaj has written a letter to the principal secretary to the Haryana Chief Minister that it had come to her notice that the notification for declaration of eco-sensitive zones around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries has been pending for the state.

Bhardwaj further wrote that the union ministry of environment and forests had asked the Haryana government for detailed demarcations and maps of the proposed eco-sensitive zones in a proper format.

He said Sonia had directed him to seek the status report about the information to be furnished by Haryana to the union ministry.

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Donít demolish police station: INTACH
Says building historical, needs to be preserved
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, June 17
The Haryana chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has urged the state director-general of police not to demolish the old police station building at Kalanaur township in the district.

As per a recent advertisement, the old building of the Kalanaur police station is being auctioned on June 19. The advertisement, given by the executive engineer, Haryana Police Housing Corporation, Panchkula, indicated that the building would be demolished and its debris sold as scrap.

In a letter to DGP R.S. Dalal, state convener of INTACH R.L. Bawa has pointed out that the said building needed to be conserved due to its historical value.

ďThe building is more than 100 years old and has historical importance. According to old records, the building, located on the Rohtak-Bhiwani highway, was constructed in the 1880s. Hence, it needs to be preserved,Ē the letter states.

INTACH has urged the DGP to get the old building declared as a protected monument in consultation with the department of archaeology. ďThe executive engineer concerned should be asked to defer the auction of the said building,Ē it maintained.

The letter points out that it seemed that the police station building played some role in quelling the uprising of the local peasants during the First War of Independence in 1857.

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Power Theft
Cash reward for informants doubled
Tribune News Service

Hisar, June 17
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has decided to double the percentage of cash reward and remove the ceiling of Rs 50,000 given to an informant under the Theft Informer Scheme.

An official spokesperson for the nigam said here today that the amount of the reward had been raised from the present 20 to 40 per cent and there would be no upper limit. He said employees who detected theft under the scheme or through their own efforts would also get 18 per cent of the recovered amount of the penalty.

He said if the theft was detected on information by an individual, a minimum amount of Rs 1,000 per case would be given immediately to the informant on providing correct information. If the nigam recovered the assessed theft amount, 40 per cent of the amount realised would be given to the informant on providing the correct secret code given by him while giving information and the secret code number given by the nigam while noting his information.

The informant need not disclose his identity at any stage. Eighteen per cent of the recovered amount would be divided among the officials comprising the raiding team. The general manager, the deputy general manager and the assistant general manager would also be given a part of the penalty.

He said informants could call on 01662-221527 or toll-free number 16001801011 during working hours for providing information about a theft. The information can also be given by email at hookacrook4dhbvn@yahoo.co.in or hookacrook4dhbvn@gmail.com.

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Bank manager shot at
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, June 17
A gramin bank manager was shot at by two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths near Bhalaut village in the district today. The victim, Sat Prakash, has been admitted to the PGIMS here.

Prakash, a resident of Sector 4, HUDA, was shot at on the Bhalaut-Kiloi road when he was going on his scooter to Kiloi, where he is posted as branch manager in Haryana Regional Rural Bank.

He received bullet injuries in the shoulder and was rushed to the PGIMS. The police has registered a case.

In another incident, an ex-serviceman was allegedly axed to death to by his son in Saiman village near Meham subdivision of the district late last night.

The deceased has been identified as retired subedar Hargyan. The suspect, Shamsher, reportedly informed the villagers after committing the crime. The police has registered a case of murder against the son of the deceased. Some illicit relation of the deceased is said to be behind the incident.

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Block Samiti chief booked for embezzlement
Tribune News Service

Jind, June 17
The president of the Block Samiti, Julana, Kusum Lata, and her husband are among those booked by the police in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds under the central government-sponsored employment scheme.

They have also been booked under the SC/ST Act on a complaint lodged by a resident of Pouli village in the district.

The registration of the case followed a protest and blocking of the national highway by villagers today over their demand for a probe into the matter. No arrest has been made so far.

The authorities, including the additional deputy commissioner and a DSP, went to Julana after the police reported that several residents of Pouli and Akalgarh villages had assembled there and had blocked the NH-71 linking Jind with Rohtak in support of their demand for a probe into the alleged bungling of funds received under the Sampooran Gramin Rojgar Yojna.

Alleging the involvement of the Block Samiti chief and her husband and some employees of the rural development office, they claimed that funds meant for development had been misused or diverted illegally and no action had been taken by the officials concerned despite complaints by them.

The protesters assembled at the Julana office of the samiti and later blocked the highway at around 11 am for about two hours. It was lifted after ADC B.B. Kaushik assured them of an immediate inquiry into the matter.

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Student found dead
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, June 17
Munish, a student of BPharma, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his rented accommodation in the wee hours today.

The police said his four friends, who shared the accommodation with him, said they had consumed alcohol last night.

After conducting the postmortem examination, the body was handed over to the family, who arrived from Jhajjar.

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3 of village commit suicide
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, June 17
Three youths of Sunariyan Kalan village in the district, including a boy and two girls, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison during the past 24 hours.

While some love affair is stated to be behind the suicide of Rajesh and Rinki; Jyoti, a teenaged girl, ended her life due to some domestic reason. The bodies of the deceased has been sent for postmortem examination.

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2 brothers drowned
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, June 17
Two brothers drowned in a pond in Guliana village in this district yesterday.

Amit (11) and Ajay (13), sons of Ved Parkash, a resident of Guliana village, 25 km from here, were playing near the village pond. Their ball fell into the pond. Amit entered the pond to get the ball and started drowning. His elder brother saw this and jumped into the pond to rescue him, but he too drowned. A passerby reportedly noticed the tragedy and raised the alarm.

A large number of villagers rushed to the pond to rescue the children, but it was too late.

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Guest teachers hold protest
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, June 17
Guest teachers staged a demonstration against the education department and submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner here today.

Later, they shouted anti-government slogans and staged dharna outside the DCís office in the mini-secretariat.

District president and secretary of the Guest Teachers Sangh Sushil and Shiv Kumar, respectively, said the state teachers eligibility test being conducted by the Haryana School Education Board should be cancelled, as it would lead to the exploitation of unemployed teachers.

Demanding equal pay for guest teachers, they said the state government had been doing injustice by giving merely Rs 3,000 per month to them.

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Protest over price hike
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 17
A large number of activists of the district unit of the BJP took out a march here today in protest against the steep hike in the prices of petroleum products by the central government.

They also handed over a memorandum of their demands to the City Magistrate, which was addressed to the President.

The protesters led by BJP MP Kishan Singh Sangwan and state media in charge Rajiv Jain reached the mini- secretariat in mule carts shouting slogans against the UPA government at the centre and Hooda government in Haryana.

In the memorandum they blamed the central government for pursuing wrong policies and making the day-to-day life of the common man difficult.

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Aid for farmers using water-saving techniques
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
The Haryana government today announced a new scheme for providing financial assistance to farmers adopting water-saving technologies.

Announcing the scheme, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said during 2008-09, Rs 225 lakh had been earmarked for the scheme, which aimed at ensuring economic use of precious water and encouraged the farming community to adopt various water-saving techniques.

He said, under the scheme, the farmers would be encouraged to adopt three water-saving technologies, construction of tanks, laying out underground pipeline systems and sprinkler irrigation systems, by giving financial assistance to them. Hooda said on the construction of a water tank, a cost subsidy at the rate of 33 per cent, subject to a maximum of Rs 50,000 per tank, would be provided to the farmers.

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Breach in canal
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, June 17
Water entered fields and houses following a breach in the Sunder branch canal near Jamalpur and Adampur villages located on the Bhiwani-Hansi road today. Villagers were forced to take shelter at safer places.

Following the information about the breach, department officials arrived and started the rescue work.

The information created furore among the villagers and they started leaving their houses.

Villagers attempted to stop the water but the flow was so rapid that they could not control.

The breach would soon be filled, an official said.

The breach had led to a loss of crores of rupees, a villager said.

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Good rainfall beneficial for kharif crops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Haryana has recorded rainfall of 56.1 mm during the pre-monsoon period, which is 8.1 mm more than normal. In Ambala district 128.6 mm of rainfall has been recorded, which is highest in the state.

A spokesman of the agriculture department said here today usually the monsoon reached northern India at the end of June or in the first week of July, but this year it had arrived 15 days before the normal time. He said good rainfall had been reported throughout the state, which would be beneficial for kharif crops like bajra, jawar, pulses and sugarcane.

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BSc III Results
Girls win top 11 positions
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, June 17
Girls have outclassed boys in the Kurukshetra University BSc III examination held in April, the results of which was declared here today. The first 11 positions in the merit list have been won by girls.

Stating this here, KU controller of examinations Hukam Singh said Mukti Sachdeva of Kumari Vidyavati Anand DAV College, Karnal, had topped the KU BSc-III examination by securing 1,325 out of 1,450 marks while Sonia Ratta and Gurpreet Kaur, both of DAV College, Ambala City, were declared second and third by securing 1,307 and 1,301 marks, respectively.

He added that 3,526 students appeared in this examination and the pass percentage was 70.65. The result is available on the university website: www.kukinfo.com.

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