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BKU demands release of Nain
Threatens stir from June 15
Jind, June 10
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union today demanded the immediate release of the BKU state chief Ghasi Ram Nain from jail and warned that if Mr Nain was not released, it it would start “Rasta Roko Andolan” from June 15.

Kaithal rally widens rift
Chandigarh, June 10
The much-publicised Kaithal rally organised by anti-Bhajan Lal leaders within the Congress on June 7 turned out to be a “battle for turf” between two prominent dissident leaders, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Leader of the Opposition; and a former party chief, Mr Birender Singh.

Dead man’s son alleges murder
Fatehabad, June 10
The case of alleged suicide by an employee of the Cooperative Bank here had taken a new turn with the kin of the deceased alleging that he has been done to death by colleagues who feared he knew “too much”.

Congress ‘Jal Yudh’ farce: Surender
Fatehabad, June 10
The Haryana Vikas Party Secretary-General, Mr Surender Singh, today termed the ‘Jal Yudh’ of the Congress a farce. Addressing mediapersons here today, the HVP leader said it was ridiculous that Congress leaders were organising rallies for the construction of the SYL canal as if they were really serious about it.

Girls outshine boys in BA, BSc exams
Rohtak, June 10
Girls outclassed boys in the results of BA/BSc/BCom (part-III) examination conducted by Maharshi Dayanand University. The results were declared yesterday.

Roadways staff clash: 11 in court custody
Hisar, June 10

The police today arrested 11 leaders of two rival trade unions of Haryana Roadways employees here, following a violent clash yesterday.


Stories from Haryana towns falling in the National Capital Region are put in NCR Tribune.


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EARLIER STORIES
 

15 boxes of chewing gum stolen
Karnal, June 10

Burglars broke open the shutters of a shop of the sole distributor here last night and decamped with 15 boxes of chewing gum and 12 boxes of a popular brand of pen.

Demarcation work resumed
Yamunanagar, June 10
Demarcation work at the controversial Mandewala Flood Protection Work (Bedbars), 35 km from here, started today in the presence of senior officials of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Pakistan’s flag burnt
Ambala, June 10
Anti-Terrorist Front of India activists today burnt Pakistan’s flag to protest against cross-border terrorism.
The president of the front, Dr Viresh Shandilya, said that India must not hold any talks with Pakistan till such time as terrorist Masood Azhar was not handed over to India. 

Fish farmers to pay bulk water rates
Karnal, June 10
In order to promote fish farming in Haryana, the government has taken a decision to charge bulk supply rates of water from fish farmers instead of commercial rates. The fish farmers now have to pay only Rs 40 instead of Rs 100 for using 2500 cubic feet water as earlier.

Baknor’s bail plea rejected
Ambala, June 10
The Additional Sessions Judge, Ambala, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, dismissed the anticipatory bail application of an INLD leader, Mr Suchha Singh Baknor, here today. Mr Baknor had filed the application in this court after the registration of a criminal case against him and 15 others in Naggal police station a few days back.

Kerosene quota increased
Chandigarh, June 10
The Haryana Food and Supplies Department has enhanced the monthly quota of kerosene for ration card holders from 5.5 litres to 6.5 litres with effect from June. 

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BKU demands release of Nain
Threatens stir from June 15
Our Correspondent

Jind, June 10
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) today demanded the immediate release of the BKU state chief Ghasi Ram Nain from jail and warned that if Mr Nain was not released, it it would start “Rasta Roko Andolan” from June 15.

During the agitation, only Haryana Roadways buses and Haryana Government vehicles would be stopped, state executive president Joginder Singh Mor said at a state-level rally of the BKU here.

Private vehicles would not be stopped during the “Rasta Roko Andolan”, he said adding that the BKU condemned forcible recovery of Co- operative Bank loans from farmers.

The BKU urged the government to stop the recovery of loans in view of the drought conditions prevailing in the state.

The BKU announced that Members of Parliament from Haryana, legislators and office-bearers of ruling party of the state would be asked to explain their stand regarding the demands of farmers during their visits to village in connection with the publicity campaign of their party, he said.

Mr Nain from the jail who was arrested a few months ago in Ambala district in connection with the agitation of farmers.

Mr Nain was arrested a few months ago in Ambala district in connection with the agitation of farmers.

Speaking at the rally, BKU leaders alleged that false cases were registered against the BKU leaders and they were arrested when they raised their voice to highlight the problems of farmers.

Prominent among those who addressed the rally included Joginder Singh Mor, executive president, BKU, Jiya Lal former executive president of the BKU, Ramphal Kandela, state general-secretary of the BKU, Dharambir Hooda, district president of the BKU, Rohtak, Kundan Ram, district president of the BKU, Kaithal, and Kamal Singh, secretary, BKU Haryana.

The district administration had made strict security arrangements to maintain law and order situations and to prevent any untoward incident in view of the BKU rally. Haryana Roadways stopped plying buses today on the Jind-Kaithal, Jind-Hansi and Jind-Bhiwani roads as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, a minor clash took place between the BKU activists in which one of its leaders was beaten up.

According to reports, some workers were insisting that the “Rasta Roko andolan” should be started from Kandela village today while some BKU leaders opposed the proposal.
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Kaithal rally widens rift
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The much-publicised Kaithal rally organised by anti-Bhajan Lal leaders within the Congress on June 7 turned out to be a “battle for turf” between two prominent dissident leaders, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Leader of the Opposition; and a former party chief, Mr Birender Singh.

Even before their respective supporters raised slogans eulogising the leaders at the rally, it was obvious that the relations between Mr Hooda and Mr Birender Singh had been strained by the manner in which the rally was being organised by supporters of the latter.

Mr Birender Singh’s supporters thought that since it was the show of their leader, they had the right to project him as the next Chief Minister. But this disturbed the delicate power equation within the dissident camp.

Mr Hooda, who was perturbed by slogans like “Bhrashtachar Mitana Hai, Birender Singh Lana Hai”, had to call a press conference here before the rally to declare that the Kaithal rally was not the show of any individual leader but of all those Congressmen who had decided to launch “jal yudh” in order to put pressure on the Central and state governments to complete the SYL canal expeditiously.

He made it clear that the Kaithal rally was a part of “jal yudh”, which was launched from Jhajjar on March 2. Significantly, before the press conference a former Haryana Congress President, Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, met Mr Hooda at his official residence here. That Mr Surjewala and Mr Birender Singh are sworn enemies is no secret.

The scene created by supporters of the two leaders made the chief organiser of the rally, Mr Jai Prakash Barwala, MLA, lose his cool. At one stage he had to use abusive language to restore order. It was only when Mr Barwala described the rowdy supporters as the men of Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, and Mr Bhajan Lal, that the slogan-shouting crowd fell silent.

Mr Birender Singh had been a senior colleague of Mr Hooda till the latter was nominated President of the Haryana Congress by the then AICC President, Mr Sita Ram Kesri. Though Mr Birender Singh did not openly resent Mr Hooda’s elevation to the top post in the party, he sided with Mr Bhajan Lal to oppose Mr Hooda in the subsequent party elections. This led to the parting of ways between the two old friends.

The two joined hands only after Mr Bhajan Lal managed to become the party President, upsetting the plans of Mr Birender Singh. However, it seems that Mr Birender Singh has been advised by his supporters to try to regain the lost ground by projecting himself as the leader of northern Haryana. Since Mr Hooda has strongly entrenched himself in what is known as old Rohtak district, Mr Birender Singh seems to have accepted this advice.

He spoke at length how northern Haryana was yearning for strong political leadership. He said despite being rich in resources, this part of the state had suffered because of lack of strong political leadership.

The fissures in the ranks of the dissidents must have gladdened the Bhajan Lal camp, which had been at the receiving end so far.

According to informed sources, the Bhajan Lal camp is likely to act tough against the dissidents in the next coming days. Already a complaint has been sent to the high command against Mr Barwala for accusing Mr Bhajan Lal of sending saboteurs to the Kaithal rally. The dissidents’ reaction will depend on the level of unity among their ranks.
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Dead man’s son alleges murder
Sushil Manav

Fatehabad, June 10
The case of alleged suicide by an employee of the Cooperative Bank here had taken a new turn with the kin of the deceased alleging that he has been done to death by colleagues who feared he knew “too much”.

The kin have accused two doctors of the local General Hospital of acting hand in glove with the alleged killers by not recording the statement of the deceased, despite his repeated requests. The allegation, however, has been denied by the doctors and senior officers of the bank.

The bank staff apprehended Naveen Kumar, an employee of the Cooperative Bank at Akanwali in this district yesterday. Accused of embezzling bank money, he was under suspension for the past four years. Mr Raj Kumar, Mr Krishan Saini and Mr Lok Nath, all employees of the bank, caught him in Tohana and produced him before the Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Fatehabad, to be sent to a lock up at Hisar.

The bank staff alleged that Naveen Kumar had consumed poison. He later died at the local General Hospital.

The kin of the deceased alleged today that Naveen Kumar’s death had been planned by certain employees of the bank. Mr Kirti Chhabra, son of the deceased, who along with other relatives, was handed over the body at the hospital here today, said the persons who had “arrested” his father yesterday from the office of a transport company where he worked had been “harassing” his father for the past some years.

They too were involved in the alleged embezzlement and had been “extorting” money from his father. He said these persons feared that in case his father decided to confess before the authorities, they would be in trouble.

He said poison had been administered to his father by force as “my father did not go to work with the pills”.

The kin accused two doctors at the local General Hospital of working at the instance of the bank officials. He said his father was a “strong” person and the family had planned to see a bridegroom for his sister today.

The SDM, Fatehabad, Mr Yogesh Bhardwaj, said the administration would inquire into the charge that a dying declaration was not recorded, despite repeated requests by the deceased.

Mr Ram Bir Singh Rathi, MD, Cooperative Bank, Fatehabad, termed the charges as “baseless”.
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Congress ‘Jal Yudh’ farce: Surender
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, June 10
The Haryana Vikas Party Secretary-General, Mr Surender Singh, today termed the ‘Jal Yudh’ of the Congress a farce. Addressing mediapersons here today, the HVP leader said it was ridiculous that Congress leaders were organising rallies for the construction of the SYL canal as if they were really serious about it.

He claimed that the result of the recently concluded Fatehabad Assembly by-poll had clearly indicated that the HVP was going to form the next government in Haryana.
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Girls outshine boys in BA, BSc exams
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 10
Girls outclassed boys in the results of BA/BSc/BCom (part-III) examination conducted by Maharshi Dayanand University. The results were declared yesterday.

Sushila (roll No. 720435) of Adarsh Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Bhiwani, secured first division by getting out of 1,030 out of 1,200 marks in BA (part-III) examination. Savita (roll No. 912675) of Gita Vidya Mandir Girls College, Sonepat, bagged first position by getting 1,296 out of 1,450 marks in BSc (part-III) examination. Sapna Rani (roll No. 420566) of B.L. Jindal Suiwala College, Tosham (Bhiwani), stood first in B.Com (part-III) examination. She scored 1,351 out of 1,800 marks.

Only eight boys could find place in the list of 56 students who secured top 15 positions in the three-streams. Colleges falling in Rohtak, Bhiwani, Rewari, Mohindergarh, Sonepat, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Jhajjar districts are affiliated to this university.

Girls performed better than boys in first and second year examinations of the above stated courses. The university also declared the result of pre-medical test conducted recently.
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Roadways staff clash: 11 in court custody

Hisar, June 10
The police today arrested 11 leaders of two rival trade unions of Haryana Roadways employees here, following a violent clash yesterday.

As leaders of one union, supported by the Sarvkaramchari Sangh, a representative body of various unions, were on dharna near the bus stand here yesterday, they were attacked by leaders of the pro-management union, supported by the Karamchari Mahasangh, in the presence of the police.

The police later registered a case of rioting.

A local court today sent all 11 leaders to judicial custody till June 24. UNI
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15 boxes of chewing gum stolen

Karnal, June 10
Burglars broke open the shutters of a shop of the sole distributor here last night and decamped with 15 boxes of chewing gum and 12 boxes of a popular brand of pen.

This was the fourth burglary case in the town since Sunday, which has created panic among shopkeepers and dealers.

The other burglaries had taken place at a confectionary shop, a book depot and an audio-video parlour.

The police has registered a case. UNI
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Demarcation work resumed
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, June 10
Demarcation work at the controversial Mandewala Flood Protection Work (Bedbars), 35 km from here, started today in the presence of senior officials of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Vijayendra Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, said demarcation work at the site was resumed today in the presence of officials of Behat subdivision of Saharanpur and Yamunanagar district, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, the Naib Tehsildar and other Revenue Department officials.

He said the Chief Engineer, Flood Management, Government of India, had asked the Chief Engineer of Uttar Pradesh to take appropriate action to enable Haryana to proceed with the work unhindered as it had to be completed before the onset of the monsoons.

Mr Vijayendra Kumar said the Chief Secretary, Haryana and senior officials of the Irrigation Department were in touch with the U.P. Government to resolve the issue.

Mr Rajinder Singh, Superintendent of Police, said the police had been posted at the site.
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Pakistan’s flag burnt
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 10
Anti-Terrorist Front of India activists today burnt Pakistan’s flag to protest against cross-border terrorism.

The president of the front, Dr Viresh Shandilya, said that India must not hold any talks with Pakistan till such time as terrorist Masood Azhar was not handed over to India. Among others, Mr Balwant Singh Manakpur, Mr Mohan Lal Ghel, Mr Baldev Singh, Dr Pradeep Kaushik, Mr Sarvan Singh, Mr Subhash Walia, Mr Deepak Sharma, Mr Sanjeev, Mr Prem Chand and Mr Darshan Saini were present.

Dr Shandilya said that Pakistan was not reliable and India must give Pakistan a strong warning to desist from cross-border terrorism.
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Fish farmers to pay bulk water rates
Our Correspondent

Karnal, June 10
In order to promote fish farming in Haryana, the government has taken a decision to charge bulk supply rates of water from fish farmers instead of commercial rates.

The fish farmers now have to pay only Rs 40 instead of Rs 100 for using 2500 cubic feet water as earlier.

Mr Mohammad Ilyas, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Wakf, said this while presiding over the 16th Fish Farmers’ Day annual function organised here by the Department of Fisheries at the National Dairy Research Institute yesterday.

More than 700 fish farmers from all over the state participated.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ilyas also said an outlay of Rs 4340 lakh had been approved for the implementation of various schemes of the department during the 10th Five-Year Plan (2002-2007) and added that Rs 5 crore had been approved during the current year plan.

An exhibition was also put up by the Fisheries Department.

Mrs Shakuntla Jakhu, Commissioner and Secretary, Fisheries, Mr P.K. Patnayak, Joint Secretary, Fisheries, Dr S. Ayyppan, Deputy Director, ICAR, and Deputy Commissioner R.S.Doon were present.Top

 

Baknor’s bail plea rejected

Ambala, June 10
The Additional Sessions Judge, Ambala, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, dismissed the anticipatory bail application of an INLD leader, Mr Suchha Singh Baknor, here today. Mr Baknor had filed the application in this court after the registration of a criminal case against him and 15 others in Naggal police station a few days back.

Counsel of Mr Baknor said that his client had been implicated in a case due to political reasons. 

It may be mentioned that a few days back the then SHO of Naggal police station, Mr Babu Ram, had registered in the DDR that Mr Baknor, along with some of his supporters, came to the police station and misbehaved with him and also threatened the police officials present in the police station.

Later the Superintendent of Police ordered an inquiry into the matter. OC
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Kerosene quota increased
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The Haryana Food and Supplies Department has enhanced the monthly quota of kerosene for ration card holders from 5.5 litres to 6.5 litres with effect from June. 

A spokesman of the department said those holding cooking gas connections would not be entitled for kerosene. 
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Haryana Speaker bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Chaudhary Gaje Singh, father of Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Satbir Singh Kadiyan died at the PGI here today. He was 84. The cremation would be held at Siwah village in Panipat district tomorrow at 8.30 p.m.
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