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‘Govt may use POTO against scribes’
Rohtak, November 18
Union Minister of State for Agriculture Hukam Dev Narain Yadav has categorically stated that the Vajpayee-led NDA Government will not hesitate in invoking the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO) against the media.

Employees’ rally at Jind on December 9
Sonepat, November 18
The Haryana Karamchari Maha Sangh has criticised the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government, headed by Mr Om Parkash Chautala, for adopting anti-employee attitude and not accepting the just and legitimate demands of employees in the state.

Highway patrol harassing vehicle owners
Fatehabad, November 18
The highway patrol, a special police force set up by the state government for the smooth flow of traffic on national highways and safety of travellers, has failed to live up to the expectations of people.

Doctors told to check female foeticide
Rohtak, November 18
Mr G. Madhavan, Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Medical Education Haryana has stressed the need to check female foeticide in the region.
 

Probe sought into death of MLA’s kin
Bhiwani, November 18
Inquiry by a senior police officer has been sought into the murder of Amarjit Singh, brother of Jagjit Singh Sangwan, MLA from Charkhi Dadri. Murder took place three days ago at Birhi Kalan village.



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Cane growers ‘put to disadvantage’
Chandigarh, November 18
The Haryana Kisan Congress (HKC) has alleged that the State Cane Commissioner has modified the bonding policy for sugarcane as per the wishes of sugar mills to the detriment of growers.

Tributes paid to war heroes
Rewari, November 18
A function was organised under the aegis of the Rezangla Shauriya Samiti at the Razangla War Memorial here today to mark the supreme sacrifice of 114 Ahir jawans of Charlie Company of the 13 Kumaon Regiment in a battle fought against the Chinese at Razangla post in the Ladakh region on November 18, 1962.

Set up Defence University in Haryana: Nehra
Sirsa, November 18
“The Centre is once again trying to deprive Haryana of an important project announced two months back just to cater the political interest of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal”, alleged the former Haryana Education Minister and AICC member, Mr Jagdish Nehra, here today. 

Plea to make police people-friendly
Kalka, November 18
In order to develop cordial relations with the general public, the police today held public meetings in Marhawala and Bargodam villages of Kalka tehsil. Both functions were presided over by Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajesh Duggal.

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Govt may use POTO against scribes’

Rohtak, November 18
Union Minister of State for Agriculture Hukam Dev Narain Yadav has categorically stated that the Vajpayee-led NDA Government will not hesitate in invoking the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO) against the media.

Addressing a public meeting, organised here by the BJP’s district unit as part of the nationwide anti-terrorism day, Mr Yadav criticised the role of media in the ongoing debate over the issue of POTO.

He said a section of the media had been according undue weightage to the criticism of POTO by the Congress and the Left parties. He blamed mediapersons for opposing POTO “at the behest of Congress President Sonia Gandhi’’.

It appeared, Mr Yadav said, that the media had adopted anti-POTO plank of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha who bitterly criticised POTO and dubbed some of its provisions as “determental to mediapersons’’.

Coming down heavily on the National Human Rights Commission, the Union Minister said the commission raised a hue and cry over the killing of a few innocent persons by the police and security forces during combat operations, while it remained silent over the killing of innocent people by terrorists. He advocated disbanding of the Human Rights Commission. UNI

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Council’s apprehension about POTO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The Ambala Citizens Council has expressed apprehension that POTO will be misused by the parties in power to suppress the political activities of the Opposition as was done by the Centre and the states while invoking the provisions of the the National Security Act (NSA) in the past.

In a statement issued here today, the president of the council, Dr N.C. Jain, said Section 3 of the NSA was often invoked by the parties in power to arrest opposition leaders.

He said the law and order was a state subject and the Centre should not normally interfere unless a particular state was declared a “terrorist-infected state”.

He said since the new law involved the question of human rights, there should be a national debate and the issue should not be left entirely to the political parties alone, which were to misuse the laws of land for their political interests only.

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Anti-Terrorism Day celebrated
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, November 18
Anti-Terrorism Day was celebrated by the district unit of the BJP here today by organising a workers’ meeting.

Speakers advocated POTO and said it would deal with the terrorists sternly.

They criticised the Congress and some other parties which were opposing POTO, despite the NDA government’s resolve to fight terrorism with a strong hand.

They urged mediapersons to create an opinion in favour of POTO.

KAITHAL: The BJP organised an anti-terrorism procession and burnt the effigy of Osama bin Laden here on Sunday. Addressing party workers, minister and senior BJP leader Ram Bilas Sharma justified POTO’s promulgation.

He also critised Opposition parties which were opposing the Central Government in connection with a ban on SIMI.

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Employees’ rally at Jind on December 9
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 18
The Haryana Karamchari Maha Sangh has criticised the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government, headed by Mr Om Parkash Chautala, for adopting anti-employee attitude and not accepting the just and legitimate demands of employees in the state.

In a resolution adopted at a one-day district-level convention of the Maha Singh held here yesterday, it pointed out that leaders of the sangh had made several attempts to approach the state government for resolving the stalemate, but failed to get a positive response from it. It was announced at the convention that the sangh would organise a state-level rally on December 9 next at Jind for chalking out the future course of action.

The convention alleged that the employees had not been paid the CCA and other allowances in accordance with the recommendation of the Fifth Pay Commission. The state government, it said, had not implemented the recommendations of the commission in various boards, corporations and nigams as a result of which the employees had not been paid bonus for the past three years.

The other demands of the sangh include the regularisation of all ad hoc, workcharged as well as daily wage employees, payment of bonus in cash and revoking of the earlier decision about the handing over of at least 16 departments to the panchayati raj institutions and civic bodies in the state.

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Highway patrol harassing vehicle owners
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, November 18
The highway patrol, a special police force set up by the state government for the smooth flow of traffic on national highways and safety of travellers, has failed to live up to the expectations of people.

The state government had set up a special police force for highway patrol and Gypsies had been provided.

It is supposed to patrol the highways under their charge and provide relief to victims of any accident.

It also has the aouthority to check vehicles and challan them in case of any irregularity. The police does not have any administrating control over it.

However, rather than provide help to vehicle owners, the police force has allegedly been harassing them.

People have complained that the highway patrol stops vehicles on the pretest of checking and then threatens to challan them.

The vehicle owner prefer to part with some money rather than be challaned.

The patrol party is seldom seen taking rounds of the road. Instead, the personnel park their vehicles on one side of the road and stop vehicles coming from both sides. Also, the police party is seldom seen whenever there is an accident, it has been alleged.

The locals have demanded that the government should either check the force or do away with it.

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Doctors told to check female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 18
Mr G. Madhavan, Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Medical Education Haryana has stressed the need to check female foeticide in the region.

He was speaking as chief guest at continuing medical education programme organised by the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, PGIMS here today. Expressing concern over the increasing foeticide Mr Madhavan apprehended it would create serious imbalance in the society if not checked. He urged the doctors to not to adopt such practices.

After the welcome address by Dr S.S. Sangwan, Dr Damyanti Sharma of PGIMS, Rohtak spoke on non-closure of peritoneum at caesarean. Dr Anju Huria of PGIMS, Rohtak discussed the Patwardhan technique in caesarean section. Dr Alka Kriplani and Dr Sunita Mittal of AIIMS, Delhi delivered lectures on management of PPH and medical methods in the termination of pregnancies respectively. Dr Sarla Malhotra of the PGI, Chandigarh spoke on medical management of ectopic pregnancies. Dr Usha Gupta to LHMC, Delhi talked on urogenital prolapse. Dr Anju Khosla, organising secretary of the programme proposed the vote of thanks and Dr D.R. Yadav, Director, PGIMS, Rohtak released the souvenir.

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Probe sought into death of MLA’s kin
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, November 18
Inquiry by a senior police officer has been sought into the murder of Amarjit Singh, brother of Jagjit Singh Sangwan, MLA from Charkhi Dadri. Murder took place three days ago at Birhi Kalan village. People from all walks of life mourned the death of Amarjit Singh today.

Body of Amarjit was found in mysterious condition outside the house of Bhim Singh . A brother of the deceased refuting allegations of the opponents regarding murder has demanded immediate arrest of the main accused.

Samarjit, a brother of the deceased, said that money lending was the cause of murder. Amarjit was a Patwari at Badhra and had business terms with few persons. According to Samarjit, his brother had gone with Rajpal to Birhi Kalan in connection with business. They went to the house of Bhim Singh where an altercation took place and later in the evening his brother’s body was noticed by the villagers outside the house of Bhim Singh.

He deplored that the police first had registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC on his statements, but thereafter called the second party and registered a case against his deceased brother intruding into the house with bad intention. He said that the police had arrested Raj Pal but main accused was at large.

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Cane growers ‘put to disadvantage’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The Haryana Kisan Congress (HKC) has alleged that the State Cane Commissioner has modified the bonding policy for sugarcane as per the wishes of sugar mills to the detriment of growers.

In a statement issued here today the general secretary of the HKC, Mr Sat Pal Kaushik, said the mills were giving priority to the purchase of early-maturing and medium-maturing varities of cane, while ignorning the late-maturing varities. This, he said, had put the growers to disadvantage because the cane crop involved a three-year cycle. He said about 40 per cent of the cane in the state was sown after the harvesting of the wheat crop. Therefore, most of the cane grown in Haryana was of the late-maturing variety.

Mr Kaushik said if the government and the sugar mills had declared three years ago that the late-maturing varieties would not be purchased, the growers would not have sown these. He regretted that while the average yield of cane was about 250 quintals an acre, the mills were exploiting the growers by entering into a contract with them on the basis of an average yield of about 150 quintals an acre.

He said to highlight various problems of the cane growers a one-day token fast and dharna would be organised under the banner of the Haryana Congress outside the Jind sugar mill tomorrow. Mr Kaushik, who is also a secretary of the Haryana Congress, said all senior leaders of the party as well as certain Sentral party leaders would participate in the dharna.

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Tributes paid to war heroes
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 18
A function was organised under the aegis of the Rezangla Shauriya Samiti at the Razangla War Memorial here today to mark the supreme sacrifice of 114 Ahir jawans of Charlie Company of the 13 Kumaon Regiment in a battle fought against the Chinese at Razangla post in the Ladakh region on November 18, 1962.

A contingent of the Kumaon Regiment led by its acting commanding officer Major K.B. Jairaj saluted the memorial while former Union Minister and former Governor of Goa, Maharaja Bhanu Praksh Singh, former Union Minister, Col. Rao Ram Singh, and several others paid floral tributes at the memorial. War widows and other persons also participated.

Ms Rana Pilot, wife of late Rajesh Pilot and Congress legislators Capt Ajay Singh Yadav and Rao Narendra Singh, besides several others offered floral tributes at another war memorial at Pragati Chowk here.

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Set up Defence University in Haryana: Nehra
Our Correspondent

Sirsa, November 18
“The Centre is once again trying to deprive Haryana of an important project announced two months back just to cater the political interest of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal”, alleged the former Haryana Education Minister and AICC member, Mr Jagdish Nehra, here today. He was reacting to the Defence Minister’s announcement a few days ago about the setting-up of a Defence University at Amritsar.

The former Education Minister lashed out at the Centre and the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for being hand in glove to compromise the interest of the state to boost the declining political prospects of Mr Badal. He said that it was not the first time that the interest of Haryana was put at stake.

The Congress leader counted the partial decisions taken by the Centre and said that earlier the Rail Coach Factory was shifted to Kapurthala, the extension of Panipat Oil Refinery was abandoned to facilitate the setting-up of a new oil refinery near Bathinda and the Yuamunanagar Thermal Power Station was instead constructed at Ropar.

He criticised the Centre for giving step-motherly treatment to Haryana. Mr Nehra stressed that now the people of the state would not tolerate injustice and would not compromise if the first Defence University of the country was set up in Punjab instead of Panchkula in Haryana, as announced earlier.
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Plea to make police people-friendly
Our Correspondent

Kalka, November 18
In order to develop cordial relations with the general public, the police today held public meetings in Marhawala and Bargodam villages of Kalka tehsil. Both functions were presided over by Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajesh Duggal. Such functions are reportedly being organised in the entire state of Haryana and will continue up to November 30.

Speaking on the occasion, the sarpanch of Marhawala village Hardyal Singh said that it was essential to bridge the gap between the police and the public, as public fears the police and hesitates to approach it.

The sarpanch of Naya Nagar village Raghubir Singh demanded that traffic violation cases need to be decided on the spot to avoid harassment of going to courts to pay fines. A resident complained that behaviour of night duty policemen with the public is mostly not good.

INLD district president Ram Gopal Mehta demanded that there should be monthly meetings between the police and panches, sarpanches, members of samitis etc.

Mr Rajesh Duggal requested the people to give information about bad elements to the police without any fear. They will be given full protection as well as respect by the police, he added.
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Haryana award for Radheshyam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The Haryana Sahitya Akademi has honoured Mr Radheshyam Sharma, a former Editor of Dainik Tribune, Director-General (Vice-Chancellor) of Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism, Bhopal, and writer of over a dozen books on press subjects.

Before Mr Sharma, nobody had got this award for 17 years.

Earlier, he was given the most prestigious honour in his field, the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award, by the President of India in the year 2000.

Mr Sharma’s service to journalism spans four decades. He has travelled widely abroad and his travelogues are immensely popular.

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Two roll numbers to one candidate
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 18
A candidate has been allotted two role numbers — 5658 and 10163 — for taking the written test for posts of science teacher at Panchkula on November 25 by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission, Chandigarh.

Interestingly, the candidate has been directed to report simultaneously to different examination centres in Panchkula under two roll numbers.

Will the commission rectify the error to enable the candidate to take the written test ? 

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