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Ex-DGP Rathore files objections
Ambala, October 20
The Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, today fixed October 23 for order on an application filed by Ms Madhu Prakash in the Ruchika molestation case.

Former DGP Haryana, Mr SPS Rathore outside the court of special magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana in Ambala on Saturday. Former Haryana DGP  SPS Rathore outside the court of Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana in Ambala on Saturday. — photo N Chopra

Inter-state gang busted, robber held
Panipat, October 20
The police claims to have received vital leads into the operations of an inter-state gang of robbers with the arrest of a notorious criminal, Joginder.

Residents win battle against police
Gurgaon, October 20
Residents of Arjun Nagar, have won a temporary legal battle against the police.
The residents, fighting a legal battle under the aegis of the Sudhar Sabha, has obtained an injunction from the court, prohibiting the police to undertake constructions in the park. The residents want that the makeshift police chowki should be shifted from the colony.

Ambala factor in LCA success
Ambala, October 20
When the prestigious Light Combat Aircraft undertook its maiden flight earlier this year, among the scores of persons stood a man who was seeing his dream fulfilled.



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KALKA DIARY
CM promises bridge on rivulet
Kalka
The causeway on Sukhna Nadi which connects Kalka with Tipra and some other villages, has been lying damaged for the past many months.
This causeway was constructed twice, but every time it was washed away during the rains. Crossing the rivulet has become a problem, particularly for the children and the old.

IN FOCUS
Unlit roads of Ambala City
Ambala
Most of the roads of Ambala city are not safe for walkers at night. Pedestrians and drivers of two wheelers face problems in the absence of adequate street lights, even on some of the main roads of the city.

Haryana to award 3 women writers
Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Government will give awards to three women writers of the state this year to commemorate Women Empowerment Year.
Official sources said each award would carry a cash prize of Rs 11,000 and a citation. It is for the first time that awards specifically meant for women writers are being given in the state.

Fake currency seized, five arrested
Rohtak, October 20
The police has arrested five persons allegedly engaged in printing counterfeit currency notes from near Jassia in this district. The SSP Mr Atar Singh Ahlawat, said the police had seized fake currency notes worth over Rs 2.2 lakh.

Youth stabbed
Faridabad, October 20
A youth of a local colony who opposed an attempt by some persons to molest a girl of his colony stabbed and given electric shocks here yesterday has been admitted to the civil hospital here in a serious condition. The police has registered a case against six persons in this connection.

Robbery in house, teacher killed
Shahabad, October 20
Jagjit Singh (37), a government school teacher, was reportedly killed and his wife, Surinder kaur injured seriously by dacoits, who fled after looting valuables from his house in HUDA, Sector 1, here last night.

GJU convocation on November 17
Hisar, October 20
Dr R.K. Chauhan, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University, said here today that the second convocation of the university would be held on November 17. Dr Hari Gautam, Chairman of the University Grants Commission, would award the degrees to students.

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Ex-DGP Rathore files objections
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 20
The Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, today fixed October 23 for order on an application filed by Ms Madhu Prakash in the Ruchika molestation case.

The arguments on the application for addition under Section 306 took place today.

A former Director-General of Police, Haryana, Mr S.P.S. Rathore, today filed objections to the application filed by Ms Madhu Prakash.

The objections filed by Mr Rathore states, “The petition is not maintainable as the applicant has no locus standi to file any such application as the same is neither filed by CBI nor forwarded by the CBI”.

“Madhu Prakash can address the court through CBI prosecutor. This learned court vide order dated 27.11.2001 had only permitted Madhu Prakash to engage an advocate to assist the CBI but she was not allowed to become a party in the instant case. Thus, her advocate can assist the prosecutor of CBI but cannot directly address the court. Madhu Prakash has moved two applications before the High Court for becoming a party, but her applications were dismissed by the High Court. The present application moved directly by her ought to be dismissed on this ground itself”, the application states.

It further said that Section 301, clause (2) of the CrPC stipulates that a private person shall only act under the direction of the public prosecutor or the assistant public prosecutor in charge of the case or submit written arguments after the close of evidence but nothing further. Therefore, such an application by a private party is no maintainable under law.

“The alleged incident, regarding which the CBI has filed charge sheet under Section 354, IPC, is dated 12.8.1990, whereas the death of Ruchika occurred on 29.12.1993. There is no nexus between the two. Statements of father, mother and grandfather at the time of death as recorded in the police inquest report are already on the court file. Therein the parents have clearly stated that there was no suspicion against anyone in the matter of death of Ruchika”, the application states.

The application states, “It is pertinent to note that the aforesaid case was instituted on 17.11.2000. There was no attempt by Madhu Prakash to move this application for addition of the charge under Section 306 IPC in the last 11 months”.

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Inter-state gang busted, robber held
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 20
The police claims to have received vital leads into the operations of an inter-state gang of robbers with the arrest of a notorious criminal, Joginder.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Mr P.R. Deo, SP, said Joginder was arrested following a brief encounter at the Jondhan Gate area on the Panipat-Gohana road last night.

Earlier, Joginder along with other gang members had snatched a Maruti Zen car (HR-06F-3033) from Mr Man Singh, who was going to pay obeisance at a gurdwara in Israna, 18 km from here.

Acting on the complaint of Mr Man Singh, the police cordoned off the whole area. When the two cars were signalled to stop by the police, the criminals fired at the police after abandoning the cars.

The police fired back at the them. However, five of the gang members managed to escape under the cover of darkness. Only Joginder could be nabbed by the police with the help of residents and a country-made loaded revolver was seized from him.

A case under Section 307 of the IPC and Section 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered.

Mr Deo claimed that during interrogation the accused had confessed that he along with Nanha, Pradeep and Sonu had forcibly taken away an Indica car (DL-8CG-4859) from a snacks bar on the GT Road here on October 2. The same car was used for committing a daylight robbery at a petrol station in Mehrana, near here, on October 4.

The gang was contemplating to free two accused, Dinesh and Angrez Singh, lodged at the Ambala Central Jail when they were to be produced in a Delhi court. The accused confessed to the police that the gang was also planning to kill the Gohana DSP, Mr Kuldip Singh, Mr Deo added.
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Residents win battle against police
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 20
Residents of Arjun Nagar, have won a temporary legal battle against the police.

The residents, fighting a legal battle under the aegis of the Sudhar Sabha, has obtained an injunction from the court, prohibiting the police to undertake constructions in the park. The residents want that the makeshift police chowki should be shifted from the colony. The irony is that the residents are being led by a retired Head Constable of the Delhi police, Mr Shayam Lal Chabbra.

Arjun Nagar has three wards and a population of about 45,000.

According to the residents, a police team comprising three men was initially allowed to pitch a tent on the outskirts of the colony during the time of prohibition under the Bansi Lal regime. However, it soon encroached on the only park of the colony on the plea of protection from the rains.

The police personnel then demolished the boundary walls of the park and iron grills. According to the president of the Sudhar Sabha, Mr Nathu Munjal, they also damaged of structure in the park which had magic glass for the entertainment of children. It also acted as a library-cum-reading room. Mid-monsoon, the police blocked the nullah passing through one end of the park, submerging a part of the colony with knee-deep water. The civic authorities had set up a tubewell in the park and women felt uncomfortable to draw water from it.

The police personnel had reportedly often been noticed consuming liquor in the park.

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Ambala factor in LCA success
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 20
When the prestigious Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) undertook its maiden flight earlier this year, among the scores of persons stood a man who was seeing his dream fulfilled.

The General Manager (LCA), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore, Mr Yogesh Kumar, who hails from Ambala, was justifiably proud of the achievement, since he had been entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the first technology demonstrator LCA TD-1 for its maiden flight.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Yogesh Kumar who had been conferred the scientist of the year award-2001 by the Gian Chand Jain memorial foundation, said many scientific instruments manufactured in Ambala were being utilised in the aerospace programme.

He said contribution of an industry depended to an extent on how much support was extended by the user industry. For instance, strain gauge caliberator and proving range have been sourced from Ambala based Vaiseshika Electron Devices for the LCA project.

Mr Kumar heads the HAL’s biggest R and D centre of excellence-Aircraft Research and Design Centre. He is an alumnus of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, and had been awarded the university gold medal for standing first in Punjab Engineering College in 1968.

Mr Yogesh Kumar said the intermediate jet trainer would be ready to fly next year. “We are working on total indigenous capability. The multi role transport aircraft is under collaboration with the Russian Design Bureau,” he said. He said “today we are in the process of managing technology. Managing technology is extremely crucial, since it is comparatively easy to develop a technology but very difficult to put it on the field.”

He said the LCA had already made several successful flights. “We still have a lot of work to do and we have to continue flying. We have to get our user’s confidence. The flight development programme of the LCA is in progress and the flight envelope is being expanded,” he said.

Referring to the maiden flight of the Light Combat Aircraft, Mr Yogesh Kumar said when there were national commitments, then one had to be always focussed. “My job is to provide leadership and I was elated to see the LCA fly. There is definitely a sense of achievement,” he said.

The Aircraft Research and Design Centre of HAL, which Mr Yogesh Kumar is heading, in addition of LCA is engaged in a number of design projects such as intermediate jet trainer, 100-seater transport aircraft, various upgrade programme and simulators.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of aircraft technology, the Aeronautical Society of India conferred upon him the “National Aeronautical Prize” for the year 2000.
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KALKA DIARY
CM promises bridge on rivulet
Harjit Singh Jaggi

Kalka
The causeway on Sukhna Nadi which connects Kalka with Tipra and some other villages, has been lying damaged for the past many months.

This causeway was constructed twice, but every time it was washed away during the rains. Crossing the rivulet has become a problem, particularly for the children and the old.

Some days ago, when Mr Om Parkash Chautala, the Chief Minister of Haryana visited the Pinjore Garden, his attention was drawn to this problem and he promised that a bridge would be constructed across the rivulet, so that the recurring expense of constructing a causeway was saved.

He also said that an inquiry would be held to find reasons of frequent washing away of the causeway.

This area also plunges into darkness at night because the streetlights installed on this road by the Market Committee do not function. People feel insecure using this road after dark since some cases of looting have been reported from this area.

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A meeting was held at the Railway Colony Gurdwara to condemn the burning of the “Birs” of Guru Granth Sahib at some places in Punjab. The meeting, called by Mr Sangat Singh, president of the Gurdwara Committee, passed a resolution demanding the arrest of the culprits. The Parbhandak Committees of the gurdwaras on Kasauli Road and in Kurari Mohalla also condemned the incidents.

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The cancellation of the Kalka-Amritsar train has put the residents of this town and its adjoining areas to much inconvenience. This train was useful to passengers as the journey to Amritsar was completed during the night and it was convenient to the passengers, especially the pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi.

The general secretary of the district INLD, Mr Dwarka Dass, has alleged that by withdrawing this train, the Railway Ministry has done gross injustice to the people. He said that a large number of people of this area and Himachal Pradesh used to travel to Vaishno Devi by this train which enabled them to complete the journey during the night, and reach Jammu Tawi in the morning. On the demand of the public, some bogies meant for Jammu Tawi were attached to the Siri Gangamagar bound train. But recently this facility was also withdrawn. This has deprived the people of this area of a direct rail service to Amritsar and Jammu.

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The two-day ITF Taikwandoo Championship was held at Pinjore on October 13. The Championship was divided into three age groups. The first group comprised children up to the age of 13, the second group between 14 and 18 year and the third above 18 years. Participants came from Rohtak, Sonepat, Ambala, Panchkula and some other places. Rohtak district won the first position, winning 31 gold, 17 silver and 12 bronze medals, while Panchkula came second with eight gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze medals.

Panipat secured the third position, winning six gold, 17 silver and nine bronze medals. Pooja and Vikram of Sonepat were declared the best fighters.
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IN FOCUS
Unlit roads of Ambala City
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala
Most of the roads of Ambala city are not safe for walkers at night. Pedestrians and drivers of two wheelers face problems in the absence of adequate street lights, even on some of the main roads of the city.

The Model Town road forms the main entry point to the city. Several colonies and public institutions such as the civil hospital are situated on this road. About half the street lights of this road are out of order. The stretch from the Polytechnic Chowk to Prem Nagar, a distance of more than one km, hardly has half a dozen lights in working order. The rest have been dead for several months.

the Mission Hospital road is one of the important roads of the city. All traffic from Punjab and Chandigarh heading for Hisar and Sirsa passes through this road. Several street light points on this road are not in working order. The Manji Sahib Gurudwara Road, another point of entry to the city from the GT Road, has no street light even at the entry point.

Some of the important crossings like Agarsen Chowk, Polytechnic Chowk, Jain College Road Chowk urgently need sodium lamps for proper visibility. There are blind turns on several roads in the city where sodium lamps can help reduce accident to a great extent. The internal streets of the city are also in great need of street lights.

A few months back the Union Government had sanctioned a special grant to the Municipal Council for installing sodium lamps and other street lights in the city. The residents have been eagerly waiting for the Central scheme to be implemented.

Recently some of the main roads of the city were converted into concrete roads and the step has been appreciated by the people. Conversion of the main roads into concrete roads and installation of sodium lamps would improve the look of the city which is commonly known as the most dirty city in Haryana.
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Haryana to award 3 women writers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Government will give awards to three women writers of the state this year to commemorate Women Empowerment Year.

Official sources said each award would carry a cash prize of Rs 11,000 and a citation. It is for the first time that awards specifically meant for women writers are being given in the state. The names of the winners of the award will be announced in the first week of November.

The sources said the state government had decided to give the five existing state awards for literary activities after a gap of for more than a decade. The names of the winners of Surdas Award, carrying a prize of Rs 1 lakh, and Balmukand Award, Dr R M Lohia Award, Lakshmichand Award and Vyas Award, each carrying a cash prize of Rs 15,000, would be announced next month.

While Surdas Award is given for Hindi literature, Balmukand Award is given for Hindi journalism, Lohia Award for progressive writings, Lakshmichand Award for folklore-related works and Vyas Award for works in Sanskrit.
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Fake currency seized, five arrested
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 20
The police has arrested five persons allegedly engaged in printing counterfeit currency notes from near Jassia in this district.

The SSP Mr Atar Singh Ahlawat, said the police had seized fake currency notes worth over Rs 2.2 lakh. A computer, scanner, printer and raw material were also seized.

The gang leader is a resident of Bar-Khalsa village in Sonepat district. He was arrested earlier by the Karnal police on charges of printing counterfeit currency notes and was on bail.

He had lived in the USA for nearly 17 years and was deported by the American authorities on charges of hooliganism. He was considered to be an expert in printing fake currency, an art he was believed to have learnt in the USA.

The infrastructure was installed at the residence of Azad Singh of Samri village in Gohana sub-division. He was a science teacher in a school in Delhi and had also been arrested.

The gang was printing currency notes in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 100. They had so far circulated over Rs 5 lakh of such notes. Two members of the gang are absconding. The police has registered a case. The policemen who busted the gang would be rewarded.
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Youth stabbed
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 20
A youth of a local colony who opposed an attempt by some persons to molest a girl of his colony stabbed and given electric shocks here yesterday has been admitted to the civil hospital here in a serious condition. The police has registered a case against six persons in this connection.

The victim, Javed, son of Babu Khan, a resident of Nangla Enclave colony, was beaten up by a group of about 10 youths when he reportedly opposed the molestation of a girl of his colony.

The girl, according to the complainant is a sister of his friend. He told the police that the accused called him to a house in the colony yesterday and locked him up in room. He alleged that after beating him up, they stabbed him and give him electric shock.
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Robbery in house, teacher killed
Our Correspondent

Shahabad, October 20
Jagjit Singh (37), a government school teacher, was reportedly killed and his wife, Surinder kaur injured seriously by dacoits, who fled after looting valuables from his house in HUDA, Sector 1, here last night.

The miscreants are reported to have scared the neighbours and escaped before the police reached the spot.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Des Raj Singh, the SDM, Mr Narhari Singh Bangar, Kundu, said the police had cordoned off the area to nab the culprits and registered a case under Sections 459, 460 and 342, IPC.

The state vice-president of the Haryana BJP doctors cell, Dr Narender Bansal, former BJP district unit President, Mr Surinder Jain, HUDA Welfare Association President, Mr R.D. Gupta, local INLD leader, Mr Pardeep Sharma and Mr Sheesh Ram Saini, Municipal Commissioner expressed concern over the incident and demanded strict security arrangements in the sector.

The injured women, Mrs Surinder Kaur, who was in a serious condition, has been referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.
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GJU convocation on November 17
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 20
Dr R.K. Chauhan, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University, said here today that the second convocation of the university would be held on November 17. Dr Hari Gautam, Chairman of the University Grants Commission, would award the degrees to students.

Addressing a press conference, he said the Department of Distance Education of the university would start MBA and MCA courses through the distance mode from the current academic session.

These courses are unique in nature. If a student failed to complete his MCA course and dropped out in the first year, he would get PGDCA certificate and after the second year, he would get M.Sc (computer science) degree. Those who completed the three-year course would get the MCA degree, he added.

He said that the Academic Council has approved the registration of 18 students for Ph.D in various departments and award of four Ph.D degrees. The University Grants Commission had sanctioned 14 research projects to teachers of the university. The University Grants Commission had sanctioned 14 research projects to teachers of the university. The university had also sanctioned 12 minor research projects to teachers.
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Chautala pays tributes to cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Mr Om Prakash Chautala has said the state government will mitigate the sufferings of next of kin of the police personnel killed in the time of duty. In a message issued on the eve of Police Commemoration Day, he paid tributes to policemen who had made the supreme sacrifice while doing their duty.
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Anganwadi workers seek salary hike
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 20
The Anganwadi Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, in charge, Mr C.N. Masih, has demanded that the honorarium to the anganwadi workers must be increased.

He said the anganwadi workers get Rs 700 and helpers get Rs 350. He demanded that the anganwadi workers must be considered government employees, a press note said.
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