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Cong gives notice of no-trust move against Speaker
Chandigarh, October 25
The coming winter session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha promises to be stormy, if the mood of the main Opposition party, the Congress, is an indication.

STD racket: ‘Doctor’ files bail plea
Ambala, October 25
Mr Gopal Sharma, alias Doctor, an officer in the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science, Ministry of Defence, who is at present deputed with the Army hospital, Research and Referral Nuclear Medicine Department, Delhi, has filed a bail application in the court of the local District and Sessions Judge, regarding his alleged involvement in a free STD/ISD call racket.

Third Shatabdi extended till November 17
Ambala, October 25
The temporary third Shatabadi, introduced between Chandigarh and Delhi, will now be running till November 17. The orders to this effect were received late this evening. Earlier, there had been uncertainty regarding the new Shatabadi since it has completed its designated two-month running period.

CBI begins probe into rape case
Hisar, October 25
The CBI has started investigation into an infamous case in which a minor was reportedly raped and kept in illegal confinement for a month by her relatives about two years ago.

Shoe firm employee murdered
Ambala, October 25
An employee of a shoe company was murdered in the factory premises at Baldev Nagar late last night. The murder came to light when the body of 30-year-old Mohammed Qamrul alias Khan was discovered this morning. He had been struck on the head with an iron rod.



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Charge sheet filed in Poonia case
Hisar, October 25
The Vigilance Department of the state police filed the charge sheet against Sonia, her husband Sanjeev Kumar and eight others in the Relu Ram Poonia murder case here this evening.

Hike in licence fee of drugs, cosmetics
Faridabad, October 25
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has gone in for a steep hike in the licence fee for the sale and manufacture of drugs and cosmetics. While the state Health Department’s earning from the same is likely to increase manifold, the duration of various types of licences in the field has also been increased from two to five years.

Delimitation of MC wards mooted
Chandigarh, October 25
The Haryana Government today proposed delimitation of wards of the Panchkula Municipal Council, paving the way for the governance of the district by elected representatives of the people and ending bureaucratic rule.

Rs 3.33 cr for crop diversification
Chandigarh, October 25
Keeping in view the growing need for diversifying the crop pattern from the traditional wheat-rice rotation to economically more viable crops, the Haryana Horticulture Department will spend over Rs 3.33 crore during the current financial year.

Rs 4.5 cr released for development
Chandigarh, October 25
The Haryana Government has released Rs 4.50 crore to all Additional Deputy Commissioners in the state under the Decentralised Planning Scheme for the current financial year.

Farmers to stage dharna till Nov 3
Hisar, October 25
Cotton growers of this area yesterday sat in a dharna in front of the mini secretariat here in support of their demand for compensation for their damaged crops. Earlier, they held a meeting at Krantiman Park under the banner of the Bhartiya Kisan Union and took out a procession.

HIGH COURT
MDU entrance test for B.Ed stayed
Chandigarh, October 25
In less than three days before the entrance test for admitting in-service teachers to the B.Ed course in Haryana was to be held, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that it shall not be conducted till further orders.

Ramlila row takes new turn
Sirsa, October 25
A controversy over the disgraceful dramatisation of Ramlila by the local Adhunik Ramayan Drama Club has taken a new turn when the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) directed the police to register a case against the culprits on an complaint of district jail inmates. According to reliable sources, the directive was passed today when the CJM received the complaint today.

Curbs on use of crackers
Chandigarh, October 25
The Haryana Government has prohibited the manufacture, sale or use of firecrackers with a high noise level.


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Cong gives notice of no-trust move against Speaker
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The coming winter session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha promises to be stormy, if the mood of the main Opposition party, the Congress, is an indication. As soon as the state Governor, Babu Parmanand, today summoned the Vidhan Sabha to meet here on November 8, as recommended by the Cabinet, the Congress gave notice of its intention to move a no-confidence motion against the Speaker, Mr Satbir Singh Kadian.

The Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, Mr Bhajan Lal, and its Deputy Leader, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, this afternoon jointly gave notice of the resolution for the removal of the Speaker under Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Haryana Legislative Assembly and under Article 179 of the Constitution to the Speaker as well as the Secretary, Mr Sumit Kumar.

In the past whenever a similar notice was given by the Opposition, discussion on it was blocked on a number of occasions, particularly by a former Speaker, Prof Chhattar Singh Chauhan, on technical grounds. Invoking constitutional provisions, Professor Chauhan used to disallow the notice on the plea that a notice of a minimum of 14 days had not been given. Before the expiry of the notice period, the House used to adjourn sine die.

Fearing a similar contention to reject their resolution, the Congress leaders took no chance and gave a clear notice of 14 days this time.

Mr Bhajan Lal and Captain Yadav said in the notice that the office of Speaker “is known for its neutrality and impartiality which is the hallmark of parliamentary democracy. We regret to state that democratic norms have been given a complete go-by by you while discharging the functions of Speaker. “Therefore, this House expresses want of confidence in you, and moves that the House take up the resolution for the removal of the Speaker in accordance with the provision of Rule 11...”

In the explanatory memorandum attached with the notice, the Congress alleged that members had been persistently denied the opportunity to raise matters of great public importance by the Speaker. “He is the one who is to safeguard the rights of the members to raise various issues of public importance in the House. However, the Speaker had failed in his duty to protect the rights of the members belonging to the Opposition by rejecting all call-attention motions, short-term motions and adjournment motions in urgent public interest.”

The memorandum alleged that Mr Kadian “created a history by ignoring the demand of the Opposition for a recount when a no-trust motion was moved against the government in the last session. Similar was the position of other motions moved in other sessions also... Thus, the Speaker’s partisan role helped in bailing out the government for its various acts of omission and commission.

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STD racket: ‘Doctor’ files bail plea
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 25
Mr Gopal Sharma, alias Doctor, an officer in the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science, Ministry of Defence, who is at present deputed with the Army hospital, Research and Referral Nuclear Medicine Department, Delhi, has filed a bail application in the court of the local District and Sessions Judge, regarding his alleged involvement in a free STD/ISD call racket.

Mr Sharma was arrested by CBI, Chandigarh, on October 18. He was produced before the Special Magistrate for the CBI, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, who remanded him in police custody till October 24. Later he was sent in judicial custody till November 6. The Sessions Court has issued a notice to the CBI for October 29 on Mr Sharma’s bail application.

Preliminary investigation carried out by the Vigilance Department had unearthed a free STD/ISD call racket at the Rohtak exchange. The modus operandi was creation of a false level 66 in the E-10B exchange at Rohtak designed to have direct access to the trunk automatic exchange junction in Delhi. The counsel for Mr Sharma stated in the bail application that the route management had to be done by the Divisional Engineer (D6) under his password. Therefore, the DE, E-10B exchange, Rohtak, was responsible for the lapse.

The counsel said in the application that the computer of the department was placed at the telephone exchange and only a particular officer could operate it by feeding his code number. The computer could not be operated for committing the alleged offence and, moreover, there was no record that the accused applicant had ever visited the telephone exchange. The accused had nothing to do with the STD code. He was also not connected with the manipulation of the code and his name was added for reasons best known to the CBI.

The application reads that the accused is in judicial custody and no more required by the CBI for further investigation. So he may be granted bail.

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Third Shatabdi extended till November 17
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 25
The temporary third Shatabadi, introduced between Chandigarh and Delhi, will now be running till November 17. The orders to this effect were received late this evening. Earlier, there had been uncertainty regarding the new Shatabadi since it has completed its designated two-month running period.

A senior railway official said necessary inputs have been provided to the computers so that computerised tickets are made available. “The necessary changes in the PRS system have been introduced, so that tickets are now available for the extended period of the new Shatabadi,” he said.

As the new Shatabadi was temporary in nature with numbers 469 and 470, the final decision on whether to continue or discontinue the train would be taken by senior railway officials in Delhi, he added.

An official suggested that the Shatabadi should come in the morning and leave in the evening so that the occupancy rate of the train continues to be high. Since the time it has been introduced, the occupancy rate in the new Shatabadi from Chandigarh to Delhi has been from 60 to 80 per cent. However, its occupancy rate decreased due to another Shatabadi which reaches the city in the afternoon from Delhi. The figure for the afternoon Shatabadi reaching the city reportedly ranges between 20 and 40 per cent.

The afternoon Shatabadi, which passes through Ambala at 2 p.m. and reaches Chandigarh at 2.40 p.m., has not proven to be a popular train. A probable reason, railway officials feel, could be the timing which was not attractive for the regular Shatabadi travellers.

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CBI begins probe into rape case
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 25
The CBI has started investigation into an infamous case in which a minor was reportedly raped and kept in illegal confinement for a month by her relatives about two years ago.

On a petition filed by the victim, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into the case. A team of CBI officials reached here and recorded statements of the complainant and her family members.

A 15-year-old girl of the local Moti Pura colony, was married to a resident of Patel Nagar by her grandmother, Laxmi Devi, two years ago as her parents had died in her childhood. After four months of marriage her relatives, Sarv Mohan, his wife Renu, his brother Ashwani and Vikki, all residents of Moti Pura colony, brought her from her in-laws house by misguiding her against them. They allegedly kept her in illegal confinement and raped her. They also forced her to lodge a false complaint against her grandmother and in-laws. After this, her in-laws broke their relationship with her. A month later, she was freed by her family members.

She filed a complaint against the accused but the police did not take any action against them. The police harassed her family members at the behest of the accused. Later, she filed a petition demanding a CBI probe into the case.

In another incident the body of a young girl was recovered by the police at Sisai village today. She was allegedly raped by some youths yesterday.

According to the police, a 20-year-old girl had come to the village last evening. Some youths of the village started teasing her. When some residents objected this, they brought her to fields and allegedly raped her. Later, they buried her in unconscious state.

The village chowkidar informed the police after which Mr Udaivir, DSP, Hansi, and the SHO, Sadar police station reached the village and recovered the body.

The police has registered a case against the suspects in this regard but no arrest has been made so far.

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Shoe firm employee murdered
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 25
An employee of a shoe company was murdered in the factory premises at Baldev Nagar late last night.

The murder came to light when the body of 30-year-old Mohammed Qamrul alias Khan was discovered this morning. He had been struck on the head with an iron rod. Police officials believe that he was attacked when he was asleep.

A visit to the shoe company located on the Ambala-Chandigarh road revealed a large patch of blood on the dewan where Qamrul was sleeping. Also, blood stains were present on the wall. He had been bludgeoned to death.

The attackers, who are suspected to be more than three persons, are believed to have then entered an adjoining room from where they took away Rs 15,000 in cash and a television set. Since construction work is underway at the shoe company, the attackers are believed to have used an iron rod lying in the area for hitting Qamrul.

The owner of the company is a resident of Urban Estate, Sector 7, in Ambala city and the company had been running there for the last six years. The company is located on the outskirts of Ambala which is sparsely populated.

The body of the victim has been taken to the Civil Hospital, Ambala city for postmortem. Police officials including Superintendent of Police, Mr Sandeep Khirwar, visited the spot. Forensic experts and a dog squad are trying to find clues to the murder.

A police official said that they are working on several angles. They said that Qamrul had joined the shoe company about two months back and he was staying in a room in the factory premises. Qamrul was hailing from Delhi.

The murder is belived to have taken place after midnight since some work was being carried out till late last night. The room in which Qamrul was sleeping was not yet complete so access into the room was not difficult.

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Charge sheet filed in Poonia case
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 25
The Vigilance Department of the state police filed the charge sheet against Sonia, her husband Sanjeev Kumar and eight others in the Relu Ram Poonia murder case here this evening.

The charge sheet was filed in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sanjeev Kumar. a sangharsh samiti is spearheading the campaign for a CBI probe into the murders. Besides, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has already issued notices to the government and the district police on a writ petition seeking the transfer of the case to the CBI.

The probe was handed over to the Vigilance Department by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, when he visited Poonia’s residence to condole his death. But the Vigilance Department also did not make much headway beyond arresting Sanjeev Kumar.

The others who figure in the charge sheet are close relatives of Sanjeev Kumar. A sarv khap panchayat held at Litani on Tuesday had sought disinheritance of Sonia maintaining that if the vast property went to her, it would send a wrong signal to the society. The panchayat had also sought transfer of the case to the CBI.

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Hike in licence fee of drugs, cosmetics
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 25
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has gone in for a steep hike in the licence fee for the sale and manufacture of drugs and cosmetics. While the state Health Department’s earning from the same is likely to increase manifold, the duration of various types of licences in the field has also been increased from two to five years.

According to a notification issued by the Health Department recently, the licence fee for the retail sale of drugs and medicines has been increased from Rs 80 (40 + 40) to Rs 3,000 (1,500+1,500). While Rs 1,500 will be the fee of one type of drugs, a similar amount will be charged if the retailer wanted to be permitted for the sale of other category of drugs. The two categories are: biological and non-biological drugs. The late fee for the application for such a licence has been hiked from Rs 30 to Rs 250 per month.

According to the notification, the retailers of homoeopathic type of drugs will have to pay Rs 250 as licence fee instead of Rs 10 earlier.

The manufacturers of drugs and cosmetics will also have to face the hike in the fee. Any unit which wishes to produce or manufacture up to 10 items for each category of drugs categorised in schedule M and schedule M-III shall be paying Rs 7,500 per application, instead of the earlier fee of Rs 1,500. The amount will be double (Rs 15,000) for applications desiring to go for the production of both biological and non-biological drugs. Any applicant who wishes to go for the additional number of items (above 10) will have to shell out Rs 300 per item.

Besides these, charges connected with licencing and thereof have also been hiked by several items. Similarly, for cosmetics production, the applicants will have to pay Rs 2,500 for 10 items and an inspection fee of Rs 1,000 for every inspection thereof or for purpose of renewal of licence.

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Delimitation of MC wards mooted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Haryana Government today proposed delimitation of wards of the Panchkula Municipal Council, paving the way for the governance of the district by elected representatives of the people and ending bureaucratic rule.

The state government will now request the State Election Commission to hold the council elections on or before January 26.

Earlier, the government had given a 30-day notice to representatives of the people for filing objections to the proposed wards. In certain cases the objections raised by the representatives of the people were accepted. The demand of the people to carve out wards on the basis of the sectoral area could not be accepted for want of homogeneity.

The notification now issued says that wards 7, 28 and 29 have been reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates, while Ward 28 out of them has been earmarked for Scheduled Caste woman.

The notification says that Wards 8 and 31 are meant for Backward classes. Among the general category wards 1, 2, 5, 10, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, and 30 have been reserved for women candidates.

The notification further says that out of 31 wards 15 have been reserved for different category and there will be 16 wards open for general category candidates.

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Rs 3.33 cr for crop diversification
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Keeping in view the growing need for diversifying the crop pattern from the traditional wheat-rice rotation to economically more viable crops, the Haryana Horticulture Department will spend over Rs 3.33 crore during the current financial year.

While stating this here today, the Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, said farmers were being encouraged to adopt progressive methods of farming. To harness the horticulture potential in the state, the government would undertake various activities under macro-management schemes for the benefit of farmers. The activities under such schemes comprised the integrated development of tropical and zone fruits, improving the production of fruits and hybrid vegetables, promotion of the use of plastic in horticulture, popularisation of commercial floriculture, strengthening of the existing government nurseries and extension activities through information technology.

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Rs 4.5 cr released for development
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Haryana Government has released Rs 4.50 crore to all Additional Deputy Commissioners in the state under the Decentralised Planning Scheme for the current financial year.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Planning Department said Rs 21 lakh had been released to Ambala, Rs 33.50 lakh to Bhiwani, Rs 29.50 lakh to Faridabad, Rs 22.50 lakh to Fatehabad, Rs 28.50 lakh to Gurgaon, Rs 30 lakh to Hisar, Rs 26 lakh to Jind, Rs 21 lakh to Jhajjar, Rs 24.50 lakh to Karnal, Rs 28 lakh to Kaithal, Rs 21.50 lakh to Kurukshetra, Rs 22.50 lakh to Mahendragarh, Rs 17 lakh to Panipat, Rs 12 lakh to Panchkula, Rs 20.50 lakh to Rohtak, Rs 26.50 lakh to Sirsa, Rs 25 lakh to Sonepat, Rs 19 lakh to Rewari, and Rs 21.50 lakh to Yamunanagar.

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Farmers to stage dharna till Nov 3
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 25
Cotton growers of this area yesterday sat in a dharna in front of the mini secretariat here in support of their demand for compensation for their damaged crops.

Earlier, they held a meeting at Krantiman Park under the banner of the Bhartiya Kisan Union and took out a procession.

Farmers’ leaders said the cotton crop in western Haryana had been destroyed due to attack by American bollworm.

Now they were not in a position to sow the next crop. They said the government should announce Rs 10,000 per acre as compensation.

They said they would continue the dharna till November 3. If the government failed to take any decision on the issue, they would evolve a new strategy for intensifying their agitation.

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HIGH COURT
MDU entrance test for B.Ed stayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
In less than three days before the entrance test for admitting in-service teachers to the B.Ed course in Haryana was to be held, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that it shall not be conducted till further orders.

Ruling on a petition filed by two Jind district teachers against Maharshi Dayanand University at Rohtak, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar, observed: Counsel for the petitioners S.K. Garg “contends that the university under the directions of the NCTE has started B.Ed course for in-service teachers for improving their qualifications. However, the admission is restricted only to a few districts mentioned in a notification”.

The Judges added: “The petitioners have also applied for the test but they are not being issued roll numbers. The petitioners, working as teachers in districts other than the ones notified claim discrimination.... It is provided that the entrance test scheduled to be held on October 28 shall not be held till further orders”.

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Ramlila row takes new turn
Our Correspondent

Sirsa, October 25
A controversy over the disgraceful dramatisation of Ramlila by the local Adhunik Ramayan Drama Club has taken a new turn when the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) directed the police to register a case against the culprits on an complaint of district jail inmates. According to reliable sources, the directive was passed today when the CJM received the complaint today. In this matter the members of the club, who had enacted this disgraceful dramatisation, and a youth, who had disrupted the meeting called by various NGOs and intellectuals in this matter, felt sorry for their objectionable behaviour late night. At this they were given the penalty to perform “seva” in a temple for a day while the youth would serve the punishment for a week.

In this meeting a 12-member committee was also constituted to frame the code of conduct for staging Ramlilas. The committee will also ensure that other clubs follow the ethics of Ramlilas and if anybody violates these, the committee will suggest a mode of action to punish them.

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Curbs on use of crackers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Haryana Government has prohibited the manufacture, sale or use of firecrackers with a high noise level.

The use of fireworks or fire-crackers will not be permitted except between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fire-crackers will not be used at any time in the silence zones, as per the instructions of Union Ministry of Forests and Environment. A silence zone is an area not less than 100 metres around hospitals, educational institutions, courts, places of worship or any other area which is declared as such by the competent authority.

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Five killed in road mishap

Hisar, October 25
Five pilgrims were killed and ten others injured, some of them seriously, when the horsecart in which they were travelling, overturned in Pali district at Haryana-Rajasthan border, police said here today.

The pilgrims, all residents of Jind district, were heading for Dhamtan Sahib in Udaipur to perform kar seva yesterday when the cart’s driver took a sharp turn after seeing a dead camel on the highway. In the process, the driver lost control and the cart overturned killing five persons on the spot. The injured have been admitted to a hospital. PTI

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6 get life term for murder
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, October 25
District and Sessions Judge N.S. Ahlawat today sentenced to life imprisonment the six accused of killing Rajesh of Makrana village.

According to the prosecution, Ram Singh, his three sons Bijender, Charan Singh and Sanjay, and two brothers-in-law, Attar Singh and Zile Singh, attacked the deceased Rajesh, and two others, Ved Prakash and Sher Singh, on August 6, 1998 with ‘pharsi’, knife and iron rods following an altercation.

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4 extortionists arrested
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, October 25
The local police busted a gang of extortionists with the arrest of four of its gang members who were trying to flee in a car after receiving Rs 50,000 from a businessman here yesterday. The criminals belonged to Satvir Jhabbal gang, who is presently lodged in Hissar jail for his alleged involvement in number of criminal cases.

Those arrested have been identified as, Satya, alias Satta Kana alias Babloo of Madina, Sunil, son of Sultan Singh of Jind, Hitender, son of Dhoop Singh of Ramra Khera, and Narender son of Prem Singh of Kharak Pandav village.

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Governor summons session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, has summoned the state Vidhan Sabha to meet here on November 8 at 2 p.m., according to the Secretary, Vidhan Sabha, Mr Sumit Kumar.

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