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Badal's stand condemned
NEW DELHI, March 12 — MPs from Haryana in the Lok Sabha today objected to the reported remarks of Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, that his state had no extra water to give to Haryana and it would not complete the remaining works of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal.

Cops told to familiarise with human rights
MADHUBAN, (Karnal) March 12 — Mr S.K. Sethi, Director General Police, Haryana, here today called upon policemen to imbibe honesty while dealing with people.

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Haryana ex-Minister for export of wheat
HISAR, March 12 — Demanding immediate action by the Government of India for the export of wheat, Mr Verendar Singh Narnaund, a former Irrigation and Power Minister, Haryana said here yesterday that the government agencies might not be in a position to purchase the ensuing crop of wheat fully for want of storage capacity which in turn would jeopardise farmer's interests.
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5-member gang of hired killers arrested
FARIDABAD, March 12 — The police here claims to have arrested a five-member gang of hired killers who allegedly were going to Mahendragarh to kill a doctor there.

All set for Chetra Chaudas fair
PEHOWA: Preparations are in full swing for the Chetra Chaudas fair at Prithudak Teeratha now known as Pehowa, which starts on March 14.

Technical cell on development schemes
CHANDIGARH , March 12 — A technical cell will be set up by the Haryana Slum Clearance Board to suggest ways and means for chalking out new developmental schemes in a better way for implementation by municipal committees in the state.

8 pc rise in income from liquor vends
CHANDIGARH, March 12 — The Haryana Government has earned Rs 34.72 crore from the auction of country liquor vends of Gurgaon district held at Gurgaon today.




SYL canal
Badal's stand condemned
Tribune News Service

NEW DELHI, March 12 — MPs from Haryana in the Lok Sabha today objected to the reported remarks of Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, that his state had no extra water to give to Haryana and it would not complete the remaining works of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal.

Raising the issue during zero hour, the Haryana Vikas Party member, Mr Surinder Singh, said Mr Badal’s statement, in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha yesterday, was unfortunate.

He quoted Mr Badal as having said that Haryana would not be given its share of water and work on the carrier channel that would be used to carry water from the SYL canal to the neighbouring state would not be completed.

Mr Singh said the Rajiv Gandhi-Longowal Accord and the subsequent Eradi Tribunal had provided for Haryana getting water from Punjab and it was unfortunate that the Punjab Government was going against the decision.

He urged the Union Government to intervene in the matter and ensure completion of the carrier channel. He said work on the channel falling on the Haryana side, which constituted 95 per cent of the project, had been completed and Punjab had to carry out work on only the remaining five per cent.

He urged the Government to make a statement in the House and ensure implementation of the accord in a time-bound manner.

Mr K.S.Sangwan of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supported Mr Surinder Singh saying Punjab should not delay supplying water to Haryana as it was its rightful share.

Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, said his state was not asking for charity from Punjab and it was only insisting that the Punjab Government honour the Rajiv-Longowal Accord and the subsequent Eradi Tribunal ruling. He said the Punjab Government had taken Rs 2 crore from Haryana to buy land to start work on the carrier channel and now it should not change its decision.

Waving a copy of the "Dainik Tribune", Mr Bhajan Lal quoted the statement of Mr Badal in the state assembly yesterday.

Replying on behalf of the Government, the Minister of State for Water Resources, Mr Ram Naik, said he would convey the concern of the Haryana members to the Water Resources Minister and urge him to take suitable action.Top


Haryana BJP joins issue on SYL canal
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 12 — The wordy duel between Punjab and Haryana over the SYL canal further intensified today with the Haryana BJP joining the issue.

After a lull of several months, the controversy over the SYL canal was revived by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, when he remarked at Ambala on March 7 that it was futile to construct the canal because Punjab and did not have surplus river water for Haryana.

Barring the Haryana BJP, the other major political parties of the state, the Haryana Vikas Party, the Lok Dal and the Congress reacted sharply to Mr Badal's statement and demanded that the Eradi Tribunal award be implemented immediately. They also demanded that the Shah Commission's recommendations giving Kharar tehsil, including Chandigarh, to Haryana in 1966 should be implemented in toto.

Ignoring the sentiments of the Haryana leaders, Mr Badal reiterated his stand in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha yesterday, evoking immediate reaction from the Haryana Minister of State for Irrigation, Mr Harsh Kumar.

Breaking its, what has been described by Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Haryana Congress as "stony silence", the state BJP today termed Mr Badal's statements as unfortunate and urged the Centre to resolve the SYL canal and the river water issue between Punjab and Haryana on the pattern of the 125-year-old Cauveri water dispute.

In a statement issued here the Deputy Chairman of the Haryana State Planning Board and a General Secretary of the state BJP, Mr Kailash Chand Sharma, said it did not behove Mr Badal to make such statements. Haryana had remained part of united Punjab till November 1, 1966, and its rights could not be ignored.

Mr Sharma said to strengthen the administration a line was drawn on November 1, 1966, to create Haryana. However, its basic necessities had not ended and these should be met by rising above petty politics. Haryana's requirement of water, especially for its southern part, was well known to Mr Badal.

The BJP leader said Mr Badal had himself admitted that Punjab had spent over Rs 1.21 crore on the SYL canal between 1994 and 1999. This, he said, clearly showed that Punjab had spent this amount only to give Haryana its share of the river waters.

Meanwhile, Mr Hooda today reiterated that Haryana being the successor state of Punjab, had full rights on the assets of joint Punjab, including river waters. The Rajiv-Longowal accord, to which Haryana was not a party, made it obligatory upon all parties to honour it.

The Haryana Congress President regretted that Mr Badal was trying to befool the people of Punjab by refusing to implement the historic accord. he urged the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, to convene an all-party meeting immediately to consider the statements of Akali leaders jeopardising the interests of Haryana and to chalk out a future joint course of action to meet the challenge thrown by the Akalis.Top


Haryana not to surrender claim on
Ravi-Beas waters

From Our Correspondent

KAITHAL, March 12 — The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, made it clear today that Haryana would not surrender its claim on sharing of waters with Punjab and said that Eradi Tribunal award was final as it was constituted by the Central Government and its award could not be respond. He said Mr Parkash Singh Badal was the Chief Minister, Punjab and Mr Devi Lal was the Chief Minister of Haryana when digging of SYL Canal was started. Now how could Punjab back out from its earlier stand that Haryana had a share in river waters which was subsequently accepted by the Eradi Tribunal. If Punjab needed any clarification about any clause of award it could be sought but the entire award could not be ruled out.

In an informal talk with reporters at Pabnawa, after addressing a huge public meeting at Dhand village 25 km from here, the Chief Minister clarified the stand of the State Government on the ongoing water disputes with Punjab.

Referring to law and order situation in the states, he ridiculed the repeated statements of Mr Om Parkash Chautala, equating the situation prevailing in Haryana with that of Bihar and said that Mr Chautala was in the habit of making baseless allegations and said that people of Haryana had not forgotten the Meham episode where nine persons were killed during Assembly by-elections.

Mr Bansi Lal said that no Government could provide free of cost power as it had to incur huge expenses on its generation. Had it been possible to provide power free of cost he would have been the first person to provide the same. Conditions in Haryana were entirely different than that of Punjab, as Punjab had more canal water available for irrigation purposes. Whereas Haryana was dependent on tubewells for irrigation. He said Haryana was providing a subsidy of Rs 846 crore to provide power to farming sector as against Rs 200 crore being spent by Punjab for this purpose.

The Chief Minister said that pot holes on roads were being repaired and major maintenance and repair of roads would be taken up in phases. He said that Haryana would become a power surplus state in one and a half year's time and 24-hours power supply would be available after June 30 this year as the first unit of 143 MW capacity of Faridabad power generation plant would become functional the second unit of the same capacity will also be functional soon thereafter and the third unit of 146 MW capacity by March 2000.

All four existing units of Panipat Thermal Plant under renovation would also be functional by June next. The sixth unit of the Thermal plant would be ready by December 2000. All these unit provide Haryana 250 MW, 270 MW of additional power. The I.O.C. would also provide 301 MW power from its Panipat Refinery. One unit of 25 MW capacity at Gurgaon had become functional. He said the Government provided 24-hour regular power supply in September and November last on some occasion on experimental basis.

He accepted most of the demands of the area raised by local MLA and Hafed Chairman Mr Narender Sharma including the setting up of a second food grain market in Pundri area.

The Chief Minister was honoured with a pugree and a purse of Rs 4 lakh on behalf of the people of the area by the local MLA.

Earlier, Mr Bansi Lal also laid the foundation stone of Government Polytechnic at Pabnawa village. The proposed institute will be constructed on an area of 20 acres at the cost of Rs 14.30 crore. The intake capacity of this institute will be 90 students in the three discipline namely Mechanical Chemical and Computer engineering.

Mr Charan Dass Shorewala, Finance Minister, Mr Narain Singh Technical Education Minister, Mr Narender Sharma, local MLA former Minister Mr Nar Singh Dhanda and Mr Ishwar Singh ex-MLA, Guhla also addressed the public meeting.Top


Hooda decries Badal's remarks on SYL
From Our Correspondent

JIND, March 12 — Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, president, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee criticised the statement of Mr Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister of Punjab in which he had stated that Punjab would not complete Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal because Punjab has no surplus water for giving it to Haryana. He said that Mr Badal had also stated that the Punjab Government had not received any direction from the Vajpayee government for completing the SYL canal. Mr Hooda demanded that the Bharatiya Janata Party should clarify its stand on the issue of construction of the SYL canal. Mr Hooda was talking to reporters here today.

Mr Hooda said Mr Badal wanted to take political advantage by not giving river water to Haryana. He said the Punjab had surplus water while there is a acute shortage of canal water in Haryana. Top


Cops told to familiarise with human rights
Tribune News Service

MADHUBAN, (Karnal) March 12 — Mr S.K. Sethi, Director General Police, Haryana, here today called upon policemen to imbibe honesty while dealing with people.

Mr Sethi was speaking on the concluding session of the three-day seminar on International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights at the Police Training College, Madhuban. The seminar was inaugurated by Prof S.K. Singh, Dean of Faculty of Law of Kurukshetra University, it was organised as part of training programme in the Police Training College.

He stated that officers of DSP's and Inspector-level, who participated in the training programme should further pass it on to the constabulary and familiarise themselves with human rights.

The Director-Generals wanted that the policemen should be provided with more sophisticated weapons and gadgets to enable them to compete with the criminal methodology adopted by the present-day criminals. The Director Generals admitted that at present the police did not have sophisticated weapons and equipment which could compete with the weapons and electronic devices used by criminals. Mr Sethi called upon policemen to improve police image. The force was accountable both to people and the government for their acts, he added.

He expressed concern over the decreasing rate of conviction and maintained that cumbersome legal procedures were responsible for it. He wanted that both public and the press should be involved during the process of investigation by the police. Steps should be taken to lessen the time of investigation and bring transparency into it.

Mr R.N. Vasudeva, DIG and Director, P.T.C., stated that training programme would go a long way in providing knowledge of Human Rights to the constables and and other ranks of police.

Mr D.K. Arya a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross, also spoke at the seminar.Top


Haryana ex-Minister for export of wheat
From Our Correspondent

HISAR, March 12 — Demanding immediate action by the Government of India for the export of wheat, Mr Verendar Singh Narnaund, a former Irrigation and Power Minister, Haryana said here yesterday that the government agencies might not be in a position to purchase the ensuing crop of wheat fully for want of storage capacity which in turn would jeopardise farmer's interests.

Farmers in Haryana and Punjab had already suffered heavy economic crises in the paddy season as the Government agencies remained inactive in the matter of purchase of paddy. Farmers of these very states would be the worst sufferers in wheat season too being largest contributors to the central pool.

Mr Verendar Singh said that according to the higher buffer norms laid down by the government, the country required a stock of 84 lakh tonnes of wheat in January last whereas the wheat stocks were still a whopping 118 lakh tonnes. The total stocks of food grains in the central pool was 245 lakh tonnes against the prescribed buffer stock requirement of 168 lakh tonnes.

Storage capacity in the states was also full and lakhs of tonnes of foodgrains were lying in the open while the Central Government had failed to move wheat from north to the southern states eversince the controversial Rs 950 crore Australian wheat flowed into the godowns of these states.

He said that shelf life of wheat was up to one year but some of the state agencies in Haryana and Punjab had wheat stocks procured in 1997. The agencies would have to suffer a lot if any quantity of this stock was damaged. Attitude of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) was indifferent towards Haryana with regard to moving wheat stock out from Haryana to other states. The FCI preferred to send its own stock instead of the state's stock.

Mr Verendar Singh said that with the market sale scheme of the government for wheat's disposal having failed to take off and the southern states still saddled with imported stock of wheat, only the export of wheat could relax pressure on storage capacity of the Centre as well as states.

He said that a bumper crop of wheat was expected this year of which a major part would remain lying in open or the government agencies would be unwilling to purchase wheat posing difficulty for the farmers. The farmers would not tolerate the adverse effects of the situation and agitate.

Mr Verendar Singh urged the Haryana Government to send an SOS to the central government to vacate the stores in Haryana by moving the wheat to other deficit states. The wheat procured last year for the central pool by state government agencies was still in various stores of the state. As wheat was not stored in a proper manner and was lying on plinths and covered with polythene it was bound to be damaged.Top


5-member gang of hired killers arrested
Tribune News Service

FARIDABAD, March 12 — The police here claims to have arrested a five-member gang of hired killers who allegedly were going to Mahendragarh to kill a doctor there.

Mr Mohammed Aquil, Superintendent of Police, today identified them as Sazid, Sunder, Mukesh, Kamal, Vikas but Vishnu the other member of the gang who had a revolver with him escaped.

The arrests were made yesterday by a naka party at Dhauj village when the police was tracking robbers who had looted Rs 10 lakh from the car of the Oriental Bank of Commerce earlier in the day in Faridabad. They were proceeding to Mahendragarh to commit the crime in a car. A sword, knife, cycle chain and knuckle busters were seized from them.

Mr Aquil said that Roshan Khan, an armyman had died after the doctor gave him an injection and some medicine on January 31 this year. Roshan Khan had fallen ill during a drinking session with the doctor. Roshan Khan was buried without the post-mortem examination.

It was revealed during interrogation of the arrested persons that the doctor was having "illicit relations" with Roshan Khan’s wife,Mr Aquil said.

The body of Roshan Khan is to be exhumed to find the exact cause of his death.

Mukesh, one of the arrested persons also made advances towards Roshan Khan’s wife, which was not liked by the doctor. Thereupon Mukesh hatched a plan to kill the doctor with his associates by striking the murder deal for Rs 80,000.

The case is being handed over to the Mahendragarh police for investigation, Mr Aquil said.Top


All set for Chetra Chaudas fair
From K.G. Dutt
Tribune News Service

PEHOWA: Preparations are in full swing for the Chetra Chaudas fair at Prithudak Teeratha now known as Pehowa, which starts on March 14.

The fair symbolises a significant link of the Hindu-Sikh unity. About five lakh pilgrims are likely to have holy dip in the sacred Saraswati tank here during the three-day mela. About 90 per cent of the pilgrims are Sikhs from the districts of Sangrur, Patiala, Ropar, Bathinda, Faridkot and Ferozepore which is known as the Malwa region of Punjab.

According to Hindu mythology, Prithudak Teeratha had a rich hoary past. It was here that Lord Brahma is believed to have prayed before the creation of this universe. Again sages like Vashishtha, Vishwamitra and even August Muni are believed to have prayed here for years on the banks of the river Saraswati. The name Prithudak was derived from King Prithudak whose son Vain freed from the bane of leprosy after a dip in the sacred waters of the Saraswati. Again it was here that Yudhisthara — the Kuru King, had prayed and offered "pinds" in memory of his ancestors, near and dear ones, who were killed in the Mahabharata war. He did so on the advice of Lord Krishna. The teeratha is considered to be the holiest one for peace to the departed souls if "pinds" were offered here. Even the Sikh Gurus are reported to have visited the teeratha on a number of occasions. That is why thousands of Sikhs could be seen offering "pinds" in the memory of their departed ancestors during the three-day period of the fair.

The fair will start on March 14 and end on March 16.

The state government has granted Rs 5 lakh for holding the fair. It comes to about Re 1 per pilgrim to provide facilities to them during the fair days. According to official sources, the Saraswati tank at Pehowa has been cleaned after having it dewatered. The dried tank since then has been re-filled with fresh water. The mela administration has started repairing of roads leading to the sacred Saraswati tank.

However, a visit to the Pehowa town shows that much needs to be done to preserve historicity and sacredness of the ancient teeratha. The main Saraswati drain leading to the tank is choked with weeds. Heaps of dirt are lying on its banks near two ancient temples near the cremation ground.

The administration claims that it had demolished unauthorised structures from the banks of the Saraswati. However, potters and other shopkeepers could be seen using about half the bed of dried river Saraswati. In fact, in the main tank, it is slush and dirt after the Maa Santoshi temple.

The administration has been holding the fair for decades together but unfortunately it has not so far been able to provide regular supply of fresh water to the tank. The tank is filled with fresh water every year during mela days. The water after the mela is over becomes dirty and unfit for consumption after the fair as hundreds of quintals of wheat floor i.e. atta, in the form of "pinds" is thrown in the waters of the tank.

Even after the mela, hundreds of pilgrims including from foreign countries, visit the town every day to offer "pinds" on the banks of the Saraswati. Hindus believed that offering of "pinds" at the Saraswati tank in Pehowa was a must for ensuring peace and permanent place in heaven to their dead ancestors.

Accommodation is another big problem for pilgrims during the mela days. There are very few dharamshalas in the town to offer accommodation to pilgrims. Tented accommodation is also not available on large-scale during the mela days. Therefore, in case of inclement weather which often is the case during the mela days, pilgrims have to brave unpleasant weather conditions. The ‘pandas’ in the town who earn large amounts and get handsome donations during the mela days, do not offer satisfactory accommodation to pilgrims. Therefore, majority of pilgrims are left to fend for themselves.

About 600 policemen and home guard volunteers are expected to be deployed during the mela days for the convenience of pilgrims. The Haryana Roadways and Punjab Roadways, will ply special bus services from different places in Punjab and Haryana for the benefit of pilgrims.

It is officially learnt that the Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB) has prepared a master plan to beautify the teeratha and its surroundings as well as demarcation of the ancient Saraswati from Vashishta Prachi to the "women ghat" of the tank. The master plan is likely to cost Rs 1.20 crore to the KDB. It is expected that once the master plan is executed, the KDB will be able to restore the pristine glory of the teeratha.Top


Technical cell on development schemes
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH , March 12 — A technical cell will be set up by the Haryana Slum Clearance Board to suggest ways and means for chalking out new developmental schemes in a better way for implementation by municipal committees in the state.

Stating this here today Dr Kamla Verma, Local Government Minister, said the cell would provide technical guidance for the execution of schemes of commercial complexes so that income of the municipalities in the state could be enhanced substantially and the towns be maintained in a better way.

She said that the board had already constructed 16 sulabh shauchalayas in different towns of the state and the construction of 16 more sulabh shauchalayas was at the advanced stage. She said 21 more sulabh shauchalayas had been constructed under the Yamuna Action Plan in six towns of the state and the same had been transferred to the municipalities concerned for maintenance.

Dr Verma said the state was getting 70 per cent grant from the Union Government under the National Slum Development Programme (NSDP). These funds were being spent for providing civic amenities. She urged the Centre to provide 100 per cent grant under the NSDP so that more facilities could be provided by the municipalities by constructing more sulabh shauchalayas.

The minister said that the municipalities had also been directed to install 'gobar' gas plants by individual dairy owners or on a cooperative basis so that 'gobar' was not disposed off into the sewers, which caused a blockade. She said this step would further help in maintaining cleanliness as well as best utilisation of the waste.Top


8 pc rise in income from liquor vends
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 12 — The Haryana Government has earned Rs 34.72 crore from the auction of country liquor vends of Gurgaon district held at Gurgaon today, as against Rs 32.15 crore during the last year, showing an increase of 8 per cent. Indian made foreign liquor(IMFL) vends of Gurgaon district were offered at the licence fee of Rs 21.68 crore — an increase of 15 per cent over last year.

The Haryana Prohibition, Excise and Taxation Minister, Mr O.P.Mahajan, said here today that all the vends of country liquor and IMFL vend of Gurgaon district fetched Rs 56.40 crore as against Rs 51 crore during last year, showing an overall increase of 10.59 per cent.

Country liquor vends of Rewari district went for Rs 12.59 crore as against Rs 8.49 crore last year showing an increase of 48.29 per cent. IMFL vends of Rewari district were offered at the licence fee of Rs 5.12 crore, an increase of 15 per cent.

Country liquor vends of Narnaul district were auctioned for Rs 13.75 crore as against Rs 8.04 crore last year showing an increase of 71.01 per cent. IMFL vends of the district were offered at the licence fee of Rs 3.38 crore — an increase of 15 per cent. All country liquor and IMFL vends of Narnaul district fetched Rs 17.13 crore as against Rs 10.98 crore year — an overall increase of 56.01 per cent.,

He said the auction of the vends in 18 districts had been completed so far which had netted total revenue of Rs 540.53 crore as against Rs 406.48 crore during the previous year showing an increase of Rs 134.05 crore which comes to 32.97 per cent.Top


MDU budget yet to be approved
Tribune News Service

ROHTAK, March 12 — The annual budget of Maharshi Dayanand University for 1998-99 is yet to be approved though only fortnight is left before the financial year closes.

The university had prepared an annual budget of Rs 448.40 crore, including Rs 48.40 crore on the plan side, but it could not be approved as the finance committee of the university failed to meet during the whole financial year.

The finance committee had in February last year, authorised the university to incur expenses for the first four months (up to July 31) of the financial year only. The expenses since August 1, 1998, are being incurred by the Vice-Chancellor by exercising emergency powers under Section 9-A(5) of the University Act.

Meanwhile, the university has made arrangements to hold the annual examinations of undergraduate students from April 1. The examinations of postgraduation students will commence from May 1. As many as 1.40 lakh students will appear in these examinations.

The Controller of Examinations, Dr K.C. Bhardwaj, told TNS the practical examinations for undergraduate classes has already started from March 8. Arrangements had been made for the smooth conduct of examinations at certain "troubled" centres, he said.

Dr Bhardwaj said the students appearing for clearing the compartment papers and those appearing for improvement of result would have to appear as per the latest syllabus applicable for the current academic session.

He said the results of the examinations held for students of engineering and professional colleges in December last year would be announced next week. He claimed results of nearly 54 classes, like MBA, MCA, M.Com, MA in Hindi, English, economics and psychology had already been declared.

The entrance tests for admission to MBA, LLB and Pharmacy classes would be conducted in May. The B.Ed test would be held on June 20.Top


1 killed, 2 injured in firing
From Our Correspondent

ROHTAK, March 12 — An old woman was killed and two persons were injured in a firing incident between two rival groups at Gandhi Camp locality here today.

The injured were admitted to the PGIMS.

According to police sources, both the groups had old enmity. One member of a group was released from imprisonment today.

Bhaum Pehalwan was reportedly injured in the firing. He has received a bullet injury in the neck.Top


Blast shatters, doors, windows
From Our Correspondent

ROHTAK, March 12 — Doors, windows and one wall of a two-storey house at Ram Nagar locality here were broken by an explosion which shook houses of entire locality at 6.35 am today. The explosion was so powerful that all doors and windows of ground floor of the affected house, Vij Bhawan were thrown outside the house.

However, no loss of life was reported in the incident. Arjun Das, a dumb person received multiple injuries as a wall fell on him in the explosion.

A visit to the site revealed that one of the kitchen walls of the affected house lying in the neighbouring house. The door of a refrigerator was blown up by the explosion and was found several metres away from the spot.

Mr V.P. Rathi, DIG, Rohtak Range, Mr P K Aggarwal, SSP and Mr Anil Kumar, Deputy Commissioner reached the spot. The officials ruled out the possibility that the explosion was caused by a bomb.

Later, a five-member team led by Mr Laxman Singh Yadav, a senior scientist of the Forensic Department, Madhuban visited the site. Mr Yadav said that the cause of explosion was leakage of LPG from a cylinder.Top


Telecom officers fined by forum
From Our Correspondent

REWARI, March 12 — The Rewari District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 by way of damages on the District Engineer, Telecommunications, the Subdivisional Telecom Officer of Rewari and the Junior Telecom Officer of Bawal on account of proven deficiency of service on their part in providing a telephone connection to advocate Hawa Singh, a resident of Asraka Majra village of Bawal tehsil in Rewari district, under the special category meant for advocates to which he is fully entitled.

The forum has further ordered that the complainant is entitled to recover the damages from the respondents within one month. The forum has also ordered the complainant's telephone connection should be given by March 15.

The Telecom Department has also been asked to recover the above amount from the guilty official or officials responsible for putting the application from a special category to general category.Top


2 held for raping 52-year-old
From Our Correspondent

SIRSA, March 12 — Two residents of Thehar Mohalla, in the town, Jeeti and Kaka Singh, alias Anand Kumar, were arrested on charges of rape and making threats under Sections 457,323,376,504 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of 52-year-old Daleep Kaur.

According to the complaint, the two men under cover of darkness had raped Daleep Kaur and threatened to kill her. They had earlier been booked for eloping with her daughter Parkash Kaur. When the police recovered the girl, she reportedly refused to go back to her mother. She was sent to a women's home, and two youngmen were granted bail. Dalip Kaur had visited her daughter there to persuade her to come back. This had infuriated the accused into committing the crime against the complainant.Top


Miscreants stab 2, snatch 20,000
From Our Correspondent

ROHTAK, March 12 — Two persons were allegedly stabbed and cash amounting to about Rs 20,000 snatched from one of them by some miscreants near Jhajjar, about 40 km from here, yesterday.

According to a complaint lodged with the police by one of the victims identified as Rajbir Singh at least two accused identified as Jaideep of Kheri Asra and Billoo of Talao village of the same district attacked Jagdish, a milk vender of Bhadani village, last evening when he was coming from the town after collecting monthly bill of about Rs 10,000. He told the police that when he (Rajbir) came to the rescue of the Jagdish the miscreants attacked both of them with knives.

He said the accused snatched the case and fled away. Jagdish had been admitted to the PGIMS here for treatment.

The police had booked a case under Section 394 of the IPC but no arrest has been made.

Meanwhile in another incident the railway police here recovered a stolen Hero Honda motor cycle from near the railway line. It is reported that the motor cycle was stolen from Delhi and brought here with changed registration number. Top


Panipat BKU leader joins Congress
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 12 — The president of the women's cell of the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Mrs Parkash Wati Malik of Panipat, yesterday joined the Congress along with her supporters in the presence of the party chief, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Top


Bomb hoax disrupts rail services
From Our Correspondent

SONEPAT, March 12 — Train services on the Sonepat-Delhi section of the Northern Railway remained disrupted for about two hours in the morning following a rumour that a bomb had been planted on the railway line between Azadpur and Badli railway stations, about 45 km from here, today.

Railway officials swung into action and started checking the railway track between Azadpur and Subzi Mandi. The information about the planting of the bomb proved to be hoax.

The Amritsar-bound Barauni Express which left Subzi Mandi railway station around 8 a.m. was stopped at Azadpur railway station. Similarly, the Ambala-bound Shatabdi Express and Unchhar Express were also held up at Azadpur, besides the Kurukshetra-bound DPM Passenger train at Subzi Mandi.

Delhi and New Delhi bound DPM and suburban trains were held up at Holambi Kalan, Narela and other nearby railway stations.Top


Paper cancelled at 2 centres
From Our Correspondent

BHIWANI, March 12 — The Board of School Education, Haryana, has cancelled the paper of English of Matriculation examination at two more centres.

Disclosing this a spokesman of the board told mediapersons here today that the paper of English had been cancelled at F.C. Girls High School, Hisar-7 (Block-I) and F.C. Girls High School, Hisar-8 (Block-2) centres due to the violation of the sanctity of examinations.

The spokesman further informed that on March 9 various flying squads booked 57 cases of unfair means at various examination centres.Top

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