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Haryana to have defence park
Tribune Reporters and agencies

Palwal (Faridabad), April 6
A national-level ‘defence park’ will be established in Haryana to highlight the role of the state in the defence sector and pay tributes to martyrs who had defended the borders of the country.

This was announced by Union Defence Minister George Fernandes after unveiling a statue of the late Devi Lal at Palwal town today. The statue has been installed in the park to be developed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The park will be named after the late Deputy Prime Minister. The land measuring about three acres belongs to the Defence Ministry, which has been handed over to the state government for the purpose.

‘Lauding the role of Haryanvis in the defence sector, Mr Fernandes said their contribution was unparalleled in terms of the ratio of the population of the state to the country. He said he had proposed to the Haryana Government to establish a park in memory of its martyrs.

He said the ‘park’ would be unique and it would serve as a motivation to the youth about patriotism and sense of national integration and unity.

He claimed that the government had been trying its best to honour the services of the defence personnel through various schemes and policies.

Paying tributes to Devi Lal, he described him as a leader of the masses.

HISAR: To mark the second death anniversary of the late Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal, a blood donation camp was organised at Haryana Agricultural University here on Sunday. Organised by the Directorate of Students Welfare in collaboration with the District Red Cross Society, the camp was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Vinay Kumar.

A book, ‘Jan Nayak Tau Devi Lal’, written by Prof Zile Singh Rana was distributed among the students and teachers.

A large number of students and teachers donated blood on this occasion.

KAITHAL: Rich tributes were paid to the late Devi Lal at a function organised here on Sunday. Ms Kailash Saini, MP, said that Tau Devi Lal’s contribution for the uplift of poor, downtrodden, elderly and indebted farmers was tremendous. She said Devi Lal was never after power and he was always ready to make sacrifices for the cause of society.

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