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Be upright, get shifted
Chandigarh, September 13
Being upright, it seems, is not taken kindly to in Haryana particularly if the officerís uprightness rubs the political bosses on the wrong side. Sometime ago a Food and Supplies Secretary was shifted unceremoniously after being in the office for barely a month or so as he did not help certain candidates favoured by the political bosses in getting jobs.

Harassment: Cong men meet Sonia
Sirsa, September 13
A delegation of local Congress leaders led by the Secretary, All India Congress Committee, Ms Selja met the AICC chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi yesterday.

Cong rally on Oct 2
Kurukshetra, September 13

The Congress will organise state- level rally here on October 2 on Gandhi Jayanti. Former Haryana Forest Minister Devender Sharma said today that he, along with many Congress activists, had toured nearly 24 villages and found enthusiasm among villagers in favour of the Congress.

Non-bailable warrant against ex-minister
Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana State Vigilance Bureau has obtained a non-bailable warrant against former Haryana minister, Brij Mohan Singla to initiate proceedings under section 82/83, CrPC, to have him declared a proclaimed offender and attach his property.

Two killed as earth caves in
Hisar, September 13

Two persons, including a girl, were killed and four injured when earth caved in at two villages, near here, yesterday, the police said today. Mukesh Rani (12) was killed and another girl and two women were injured when earth caved in at Sirsi village, near here.


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Farmers will get enough relief, says Sampat
Fatehabad, September 13
The Haryana Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, said yesterday that despite poor rains this year, the state government had been able to provide sufficient power and irrigation to its farmers. 

Fodder supply
Sirsa, September 13
In the wake of shortage of fodder in Sirsa, Hisar, Bhiwani, Mahindragarh and Fatehabad districts, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Haryana, has instructed other districts to supply fodder to these districts.

Yamuna in spate
YAMUNANAGAR
: The Yamuna is in flood due to incessant rain in the catchment area of Himachal Pradesh during the past two days. According to Mr R. S. Berwal, Executive Engineer, Water Service Division, Dadupur, on Friday at 11 a.m there was high flood to the tune of 2,71,871 cusecs of water in the Yamuna at Tajewala Head Works.

Bridegroom kills waiter
Ambala September 13
A waiter at a banquet hall died after he was assaulted by the bridegroom in Ambala City late last night. The incident took place at the banquet hall located on Ambala-Hisar road when the bridegroom Kuldeep asked a waiter, Sucha Singh, for ice cream. 

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Be upright, get shifted
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Being upright, it seems, is not taken kindly to in Haryana particularly if the officerís uprightness rubs the political bosses on the wrong side.

Sometime ago a Food and Supplies Secretary was shifted unceremoniously after being in the office for barely a month or so as he did not help certain candidates favoured by the political bosses in getting jobs.

More recently, Mr Vivek Mehrotra, who was made the Secretary, Finance, following his predecessor A.N. Mathurís elevation as the Chief Secretary, was punished for daring to take a principled stand. According to sources, Mr Mehrotra invited the wrath of Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala for refusing to attend a meeting called for shortlisting the names for induction as a member in the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission. Mr Ramesh Chandraís term in the HERC had expired on August 16 and on the same day the search committee constituted for shortlisting the names to fill the slot vacated by Mr Chandra made its recommendation to the state government. Sure enough, Mr Mehrotra, who, as the Finance Secretary of Haryana, was a member of the search committee, too was transferred on August 16 as Commissioner and secretary, Fisheries.

Mr S.C. Katyal, a former lecturer of Economics at a Jind college and a former MLA from Palwal, who became a member in place of Mr Chandra, came to Raj Bhavan for for taking the oath in a manner befitting a politician. He was accompanied by scores of his supporters from Palwal.

In fact, the slot vacated by Mr Ramesh Chandra should have been ideally filled by another expert in financial matters. Officials here claim Mr S.C. Katyal, who is an MA in economics, besides being a legislator, is competent to handle the assignment. Mr Mehrotra apparently did not agree with this official point of view which cost him the plum post of Secretary of the Finance Department.

Subsequently there has been a complete overhaul in the Finance Department. Mr P.K. Das and Mr Y.S. Malik, two bureaucrats, who were posted as Special Secretaries in the Finance Department were transferred. Mr Das and Mr Malik were considered fairly good at their jobs. A source recalled an instance when Mr Om Prakash Chautala had abandoned a proposal for increasing the salary of ayurveda doctors following advice by the Finance Department. ďTheir endevour to curtail unnecessary expenditure may have led to their transfer from the Finance DepartmentĒ, sources said.
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Harassment: Cong men meet Sonia
Our Correspondent

Sirsa, September 13
A delegation of local Congress leaders led by the Secretary, All India Congress Committee, Ms Selja met the AICC chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi yesterday.

The delegation consisted of over 30 Congressmen, including the ex-minister Jagdish Nehra, former spokesman of the state Congress Dr K.V. Singh, former state organising secretary Hoshiari Lal Sharma and district Congress chief Subhash Bansal.

According to sources, the delegation handed over a list of 65 cases in which Congress leaders/workers had been implicated in various false cases. The list includes information regarding FIR numbers, police stations, date and sections under which these false cases were registered.

These Congress leaders alleged that since the Chief Minister hailed from Sirsa district and personally knew all his political opponents he wanted to crush Cong leaders and their supporters. The Congress and Devi Lal family have been traditional political opponents.

According to the sources, these congress leaders have urged Mrs Sonia Gandhi to take adequate steps for a CBI probe into all these cases.Top


Sainiís induction into Cong opposed
Our Correspondent

Ambala September 13
The District Congress Committee (Rural) has opposed the induction of the former MLA of Naraingarh, Mr Raj Kumar Saini, into the Congress. The HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, had recently admitted Mr Saini in the Congress. Mr Saini remained minister in the Bansi Lal and Chautala governments.

A senior leader of the Naraingarh Congress unit and general secretary of the Haryana Youth Congress, Mr Balbir Kapoor, alleged at the meeting that when Mr Saini had been holding the charge of minister he had harassed Congress workers in the constituency. Now his admission would annoy the loyal Congress workers.

A resolution against Ms J.Jayalalitha was passed criticising her for her remarks against Ms Sonia Gandhi. The District Congress president, Mr Nirmal Singh, said that the Congress workers would not allow Ms Jayalalitha to organise any meeting in Haryana against Ms Sonia Gandhi. He asked the Congress workers to participate in the Congress rally being organised at Rewari on September 23.

Former minister Phool Chand Maulana, senior leaders of the district Raj Kumar Gama, Brahm Pal Rana and Naib Singh were present at the meeting. Mr Bhajan Lalís supporters did not attend the meeting.Top

 

Cong rally on Oct 2
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, September 13
The Congress will organise state- level rally here on October 2 on Gandhi Jayanti.

Former Haryana Forest Minister Devender Sharma said today that he, along with many Congress activists, had toured nearly 24 villages and found enthusiasm among villagers in favour of the Congress.

Mr Sharma said there was resentment among all sections of society including, traders, employees, farmers and working class. He alleged that the employees were being retrenched, heavy taxes imposed on traders and also people were unhappy over the implementation of new house tax policy and replacement of the old power meters with the new electronic meters by the Electricity Department.

The former Forest Minister announced that the retrenched employees including the terminated police employees would be reinstated and the new house tax policy and the tax policy reframed after Mr Bhajan Lalís return to power.
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Non-bailable warrant against ex-minister
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The Haryana State Vigilance Bureau has obtained a non-bailable warrant against former Haryana minister, Brij Mohan Singla to initiate proceedings under section 82/83, CrPC, to have him declared a proclaimed offender and attach his property.

An official press note today said that the application for anticipatory bail by the former minister in a case FIR No. 17, dated August 14, 2002, relating to corruption and other charges, had been dismissed by the Special Judge Jind.

The press note claimed that Mr Singla had been evading arrest by not surrendering before the court or the investigating officer. The case against Mr Singla and others was registered following a vigilance inquiry which found that Mr Singla, while being a minister in the Bansi Lal Government, had allegedly embezzled more than Rs 50 lakh.Top

 

Two killed as earth caves in

Hisar, September 13
Two persons, including a girl, were killed and four injured when earth caved in at two villages, near here, yesterday, the police said today.

Mukesh Rani (12) was killed and another girl and two women were injured when earth caved in at Sirsi village, near here.

They were digging earth at a pond when the mishap occurred. In another incient, a labourer was killed and another injured when earth caved in at Barha village, near here.

They were digging a well. PTI
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Farmers will get enough relief, says Sampat
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, September 13
The Haryana Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, said yesterday that despite poor rains this year, the state government had been able to provide sufficient power and irrigation to its farmers. The minister was addressing public meetings at Kumharia, Kharakheri, Baropal and Chinder villages in this district.

He said the INLD government had ordered a special girdawari in order to ascertain the loss caused by the recent drought. It would provide sufficient compensation to farmers on the basis of the assessment, he said. The state government was committed to all-round development of its people. While on the one hand it had implemented welfare and pro-active policies in the fields of education, agriculture, information, sports and industry, on the other it had endeavoured to provide transparent administration to its people.

Mr Sampat Singh said the birth anniversary of the late Chowdhary Devi Lal would be celebrated at Jind on September 25 and a rally organised on the occasion. The minister inaugurated an Anganwari centre at Khara Kheri village constructed at a cost of Rs 1.25 lakh.

The MP, Mr Sushil Indora, the SDM, Mr Yogesh Bhardwaj, and a number of officers and INLD workers accompanied the minister during his tour. 
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Fodder supply
Our Correspondent

Sirsa, September 13
In the wake of shortage of fodder in Sirsa, Hisar, Bhiwani, Mahindragarh and Fatehabad districts, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Haryana, has instructed other districts to supply fodder to these districts.

According to sources, Kurukshetra will provide fodder to Sirsa, Karnal to Hisar, Sonepat, Rohtak and Ambala collectively to Bhiwani and Faridabad and Yamunanagar to Mahindragarh. Top

 

 

Yamuna in spate

YAMUNANAGAR: The Yamuna is in flood due to incessant rain in the catchment area of Himachal Pradesh during the past two days. According to Mr R. S. Berwal, Executive Engineer, Water Service Division, Dadupur, on Friday at 11 a.m there was high flood to the tune of 2,71,871 cusecs of water in the Yamuna at Tajewala Head Works. Due to this flood, thousands of acres of agricultural land has been submerged. The farmers here are apprehending damage to their standing paddy crop which is under two to three feet of water. Yamunagar and Jagadhari had 77 mm of rain, Chhachhrauli 68 mm, Radaur 76 mm, Bilaspur 119 mm, Sadhaura 87 mm and Mustafabad 72 mm during the past two days.

KAITHAL: Normal life was put out of gear here and other parts of the district due to continuous rain which started here on Thursday morning and continued on Friday. A number of roads remained submerged. Some residential localities were flooded due to the poor drainage system. The digging of a road opposite the local bus stand by the Public Health Department for laying a water pipeline caused some accidents and a number of vehicles, including trucks, tractors and two-wheelers overturned. The department had taken no precaution to warn the public by putting up sign boards about the trenches.
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Bridegroom kills waiter
Tribune News Service

Ambala September 13
A waiter at a banquet hall died after he was assaulted by the bridegroom in Ambala City late last night. The incident took place at the banquet hall located on Ambala-Hisar road when the bridegroom Kuldeep asked a waiter, Sucha Singh, for ice cream. Apparently, there was some delay and Kuldeep lost his temper. He allegedly used the sword being carried by him as part of the ensemble of the groom to strike at Sucha Singh. Sucha Singh sustained serious injury on his thigh.

When two waiters tried to intervene in the matter, those accompanying the bridegroom assaulted them. Later, Sucha Singh was taken to a local hospital in Ambala City from where he was referred to PGI Chandigarh. Sucha Singh died on the way.Top



Mr S. N. Vashisht
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Mr S.N. Vashisht, DIG, Devi Lal Centre for Police Training and Research, Bhondsi (Gurgaon), has been given additional charge of the post of DIG, HAP, Madhuban.Top

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