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Justice Verma sworn in Haryana Governor

Chandigarh, July 2
The Punjab Governor, Justice Om Prakash Verma, today took over as the Governor of Haryana as well following the dismissal of Babu Parmanand nearly one year before the completion of his term.



Justice Om Prakash Verma, Governor of Punjab, signs documents after his swearing-in as the Governor of Haryana in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Justice Om Prakash Verma, Governor of Punjab, signs documents after his swearing-in as the Governor of Haryana in Chandigarh

An effort to capture spirit of 1857 uprising on celluloid

Jhajjar, July 2
Bollywood bug has bitten this decrepit town. Come sunset and the town’s awe-struck residents head for long-forgotten ruins of tombs of the Kalals, who once ruled over it centuries ago.

Unit hands prepare a set for the shooting of Aamir Khan’s forthcoming film The Rising
Unit hands prepare a set for the shooting of Aamir Khan’s forthcoming film The Rising, at Jhajjar on Thursday. — Photo by Ajit Yadav

Express highway to connect National Highways 1, 8, 10
Karnal, July 2
The Haryana Government has planned to construct an express highway within the state to connect National-Highways 1, 10 and 8 with the assistance of the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC).


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Partap Chautala to contest against CM
Sirsa, July 2
A former MLA and younger brother of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Partap Chautala, is keen to contest the forthcoming Assembly election against his brother and Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. Talking to the mediapersons here today he said he was determined to go ahead and challenge his brother to unmask his “misdeeds”.

Pump-manufacturing firm alleges fraud on Internet
Ambala, July 2
A manufacturer in Ambala City nearly fell prey to Internet-based crime. Although timely detection helped save the manufacturer from being defrauded of goods worth lakhs of rupees, the manufacturer is now saddled with material which will take time to clear.

Haryana SGPC candidate’s promise on college
Ambala, July 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal, Haryana state candidate for SGPC, Mr Harpal Singh Pali, today promised to revive Guru Harkishan Sahib Khalsa College at Panjokhra.

Water, power shortage paralyses life
Panipat, July 2
Life in the district has been paralysed due to acute shortage of water and electricity for the past two weeks. With the mercury soaring, the district is reeling under a severe water and electricity crises.

Motor cycle rally flagged off
Ambala, July 2
The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, flagged off the 15th Gita Gopal Himalayan Rally this morning. The motor cycle rally is attempting to set a new record by being the world’s biggest motor-cycle rally to go to Khardung La. The 15th Gita Gopal Himalayan Rally comprises 125 rallyists on 57 motor-cycles with one Tata 407 truck and one Tata 207 jeep on a 4200 km road expedition on tough Himalayan roads. Also, three physically challenged persons are part of the rally. The rallyists are planning to reach Khardung La in record three days.


Motorcyclists, who are trying to set a new record of being the biggest rally to pass through Khardung La pass, in Ambala on Friday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

Motorcyclists, who are trying to set a new record of being the biggest rally to pass through Khardung La pass, in Ambala on Friday

Haryana exporters’ demand
Ambala, July 2
The Haryana Exporters Association today demanded that nationalised banks must disburse credit gold cards for exporters. The association stated that the Reserve Bank of India had issued instructions to all nationalised banks those dealing in foreign exchange business, to issue gold cards to the exporters under gold card scheme.

Married on Thursday, widowed on Friday
Sonepat, July 2
There was gloom in the house of Mr Nand Kishore a resident of Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here today, after the death of his son Karambir whose was solemnised last night at Dubhaldhan Majra village.

High Court
Higher qualification allowed

Chandigarh, July 2
A Division Bench of the High Court headed by Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi has allowed a petition filed by some candidates for the posts of physical training instructor in Haryana.

Two die in road mishaps
Ambala, July 2
Two persons were killed and two others injured in different road mishaps in the city’s vicinity last night.

Five hurt in clashes
Sonepat, July 2
Five persons, including two women, were injured in clashes today in the Model Town area here and the nearby Mehlana village. The injured were admitted to a hospital. They are stated to be out of danger.

Scribe’s mother cremated
Ambala, July 2
The body of Kailasho Rani, mother of Dainik Tribune Deputy News Editor Vinod Kohli, was cremated here today. Kailasho Rani, (82), left for her heavenly abode yesterday.
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Justice Verma sworn in Haryana Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
The Punjab Governor, Justice Om Prakash Verma, today took over as the Governor of Haryana as well following the dismissal of Babu Parmanand nearly one year before the completion of his term.

Justice Verma was sworn in as the Governor of Haryana by Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court at a brief ceremony at the auditorium of Haryana Raj Bhavan here. Neither the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, nor any of colleagues in the Council of Ministers or the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker took part in the function.

Official sources said the Chief Minister was in Fatehabad from where it was not possible for him to come to Chandigarh to attend the function. A large number of civil and police officials including the Director-General of Police, Mr M.S. Malik, Mr K. Selvaraj, IG, CID, and others were present .

Before Justice Verma was sworn in as the Governor of Haryana, Mr Sunil Ahuja, Chief Secretary, read out the presidential communique appointing him as such. The communique said that the President, exercising power conferred on him under Articles 155 and 160 of the Constitution, was asking Justice Verma to take charge as the Governor of Haryana with immediate effect.

Babu Parmanand, the outgoing Governor, who refused to step down on his own despite a Union Home Ministry directive, was away when the presidential communique reached Raj Bhavan. Babu Parmanand had gone to Shimla on June 29 to release a Himachali Urdu dictionary. From Shimla, he went to Saharanpur in UP to take part in another function. He is scheduled to return to Chandigarh today from Saharanpur.

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An effort to capture spirit of 1857 uprising on celluloid
Raman Mohan and
Deepender

Jhajjar, July 2
Bollywood bug has bitten this decrepit town. Come sunset and the town’s awe-struck residents head for long-forgotten ruins of tombs of the Kalals, who once ruled over it centuries ago. This is the spot where Aamir Khan playing Mangal Pande in Ketan Mehta’s multistar-film. The Rising is shooting a few scenes amidst the moonlit ruins. The film is based on the 1857 uprising against the British.

But their brave efforts to catch a glimpse of the star come to a naught because of a three-tier security apparatus in place there. They have to deal, first, with police personnel deployed around the place. If they let them go further, the private security guards brought along by the film unit stop them in their tracks a little ahead. And for the brave few who succeed in penetrating the two outer security rings, there are fierce-looking musclemen hired from the local and other nearby akharas.

But, they are still prepared to wait on the sidelines to relive history and watch a star perform. Late last night the unit picturised a scene in which Mangal Pande, the hero of the 1857 uprising against the British, comes to meet with his confidants. There was hushed silence as Aamir Khan perched atop one of the large stones in place there and rehearsed his lines. The ‘mashals’ on the walls of the tombs and the wilderness around added an eerie touch to the setting.

There are around 30 technical and helping hands to assist the director and the camera crew. The bigwigs of the unit including Aamir Khan are all nightly visitors. They arrive here late and leave before sunrise to avoid the star-struck locals. In the absence of good hotels here, they are ensconced in a Gurgaon hotel.

Around 12 technicians toil throughout the day to prepare the sets for the night. Daytime activity is limited to giving final touches to the temporary plywood graves prepared for shooting a qawwali scene which will figure Aamir Khan towards the end. The qawwals are expected to come from Delhi. But that scene will be shot in a few days. Horses from a Gurgaon-based stud farm will be brought here for one of the scenes.

Many of the curious locals who managed to sneak in were disappointed to know that the film’s two leading ladies Rani Mukherjee and Ameesha Patel were not likely to come during the weeklong shooting schedule as they do not figure in the scenes being shot here. However, they still believe that the unit is trying to hoodwink them. The unit members avoid interacting with the locals as well as the media. A few media persons were admitted to the sets last night during a rehearsal, but they were told politely to leave before the real action was to begin.

Rajinder, who is supplying arms for the shooting, was the only one available to the media. He said the unit planned to complete the shooting in five days. However, this could stretch to a week if the director decided on a few retakes.

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Express highway to connect National
Highways 1, 8, 10
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 2
The Haryana Government has planned to construct an express highway within the state to connect National-Highways 1, 10 and 8 with the assistance of the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC). It has invited private investors for a joint venture to conduct a feasibility study and construction of this high-speed motorway having length of 130 km.

According to sources in the HSIDC, the corporation would hold a minimum share of 27 per cent while the equity partner would have 73 per cent share. Formalities to invite private investors would be completed soon, sources said.

The thrust of this project was to connect Kundli, Manesar and Palwal with an express highway. This has become essential due to rapid urban development in the sub-region of the National Capital Region (NCR) within the state. Recently, the Supreme Court also ordered not to allow inter-city traffic through Delhi.

The express highway would be a non-stop, four-lane high-speed toll road exclusively for fast-moving vehicles. It would be elevated at the junction of roads having underpasses for cattle, carts and tractors in the countryside at the existing tracks. It would also have barricades to control entry of animals, with provision for quick removal of vehicular breakdown.

The proposed connectivity with this highway would be given at selected locations for Sonepat-Kundli, Jakhoda, Bahadurgarh, Badli, International Airport, Gurgaon, IMT Manesar, Sohna and Palwal. It has been proposed to provide efficient connectivity to the urban centres of Haryana close to Delhi, thereby, opening new areas adjoining the national capital as future corridors of industrial development.

It would provide faster access to the International Airport for the upcoming units of floriculture in the Haryana sub-region of the NCR. The northern parts of Haryana would also have high-speed link with the southern districts of Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Rewari and Faridabad.

Presently, there was no connectivity between the national highways bypassing Delhi and the industrial towns of Gurgaon and Faridabad. In the absence of any connectivity between the national highways 1, 10, 8 and 2 bypassing Delhi, the entire traffic bound for Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra was passing through Delhi. Consequently, the areas in the districts of Sonepat and Jhajjar adjoining Delhi could not find favourable conditions for industrial growth.

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Partap Chautala to contest against CM
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 2
A former MLA and younger brother of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Partap Chautala, is keen to contest the forthcoming Assembly election against his brother and Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. Talking to the mediapersons here today he said he was determined to go ahead and challenge his brother to unmask his “misdeeds”.

Mr Om Prakash Chautala has misused the name of former Deputy Prime Minister and farmers’ leader, late Chaudhry Devi Lal for his personal gain, he alleged. He said he was very interested to contest the forthcoming election on the Congress ticket.

But he was not hesitant to hit out at senior Congress leaders, including Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda. He criticised the politicians for bringing a bad name to the state politics — politics of aya Rams and gaya Rams. He alleged that Mr Bhajan Lal had a secret pact with the ruling INLD. He termed Mr Hooda as an immature politician following his recent Rajya Sabha poll debacle.

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Pump-manufacturing firm alleges fraud on Internet
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 2
A manufacturer in Ambala City nearly fell prey to Internet-based crime. Although timely detection helped save the manufacturer from being defrauded of goods worth lakhs of rupees, the manufacturer is now saddled with material which will take time to clear.

SU Pumps, an ISO 9001:2000 company, has approached the CBI to ensure that appropriate action is taken in the incident and innocent people are saved from being cheated.

The pump manufacturer received a communique from ALARA-FARI SV Importer & Exporter based at Republique Du Benin on March 13.

The manufacturer also received a bank draft of US $ 56400 issued by Saudi American Bank. The payment was sent as an advance for the supply of submersible pump sets. The payment was stated to include the air freight charges to Cotonou Airport in Benin.

The letter stated that the confirmation of the draft should be made through e-mail. The manufacturer acknowledged the receipt of the draft and sought technical specifications from the sender. The delivery period was to be reviewed as the draft was received suddenly with a short-term supply and without any enquiry of rates.

In the application to the CBI, the manufacturer states “the reply of our letter was immediately received by us through e-mail and we were requested to prepare the C&F proforma invoice covering the total amount of order as per specifications confirmed by them. In addition, we were asked to write an invitation letter for their chairman after shipment of material for his visit to our works for further orders and a copy of passport was also sent through e-mail for reference and needful.”

“In the meantime, it was learnt that such demand drafts were received by some other firms too and therefore, the Benin firm was asked through e-mail to clear the same. It was informed that the supply shall depend upon the correct technical specifications and clearance of demand draft from the bank,” the letter adds.

The manufacturer contacted the demand draft issuing bank at their website and it was confirmed that the draft had been issued.

It was also stated that the total amount reflected on the draft was already debited from their client account and transferred to their corresponding bank in America. “The bank even guaranteed immediate payment of the instrument.”

“We therefore started the process of manufacturing pump sets, to complete the formalities for export of goods and presented the demand draft in our bank. After a few days we were informed by our bankers telephonically regarding non-clearance of the draft.

The bank ultimately returned the demand draft since it was counterfeit,” the letter addressed to CBI states.

The only contact the manufacturer had with the company in Republique Du Benin was through e-mail.

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Haryana SGPC candidate’s promise on college
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal, Haryana state candidate for SGPC, Mr Harpal Singh Pali, today promised to revive Guru Harkishan Sahib Khalsa College at Panjokhra.

Addressing a meeting in Naggal area, Mr Pali said the college was on the verge of closure and such condition of the college would not have taken place, if proper attention had been paid by the previous leaders. Mr Harpal Singh Pali asked Punjab leaders why institutions like Sanatan Dharma and DAV were successfully running all over the country while the Khalsa College at Panjokhra was crying for attention. “I promise that if I am elected, I will try to revive the college,” he said.

He said he would ensure that Sikh children and youth got proper educational opportunities in Haryana. He visited Jansui, Jansua, Gaursiyan, Udaipur, Jangoli, Ambala City and Ambala Cantt.

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Water, power shortage paralyses life
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 2
Life in the district has been paralysed due to acute shortage of water and electricity for the past two weeks. With the mercury soaring, the district is reeling under a severe water and electricity crises.

With the each passing day, the situation is worsening. The farmers in the district are miserable lot as the shortage of water has adversely affected the paddy plantation, whereas the power crisis is affecting patients at the Civil Hospital. The city residents are having sleepless nights. Parents aare also reluctant to send their children to schools following the crisis.

The power shortage is said to be due to low power supply from the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) and the non-functional fifth unit of 250 MW capacity in Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station (TDLTPS) here.

The ongoing power crisis has a direct bearing on the water shortage as the water supply to a majority of the areas is linked to the power supply. As tubewells do not have the back up of generators, power and water crises go together.

A farmer from Bapauli village, Mr Telu Ram, said that its peak time for paddy plantation, but for several days they were facing unscheduled and long power cuts. As the tubewells could not be run without electricity the paddy plantation was not possible.

The Chief Engineer of the Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station, Mr M.M. Bindlish, said that a team of engineers had been working round the clock to repair the fifth unit of 250 MW capacity. He added that he expected the fifth unit to start production late tonight.

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Power cuts irk Ambala residents
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 2
Residents of Ambala City as well as Ambala Cantt are upset over the frequent unannounced power cuts.

The Sangharsh Vahini of Ambala Cantt has threatened to hold a demonstration outside the office of the Executive Engineer, HVPN, if the power situation did not improve at the earliest.

Mr Hira Lal Yadav of Sangharsh Vahini stated that people are upset due to frequent power failures. He said the people were facing hardships since the duration and frequency of the power cuts was not known.

He said the HVPN was charging a high rate for power but the power supply was faulty. He said the HVPN had failed to provide regular power supply at correct
voltage.

Mr Yadav said the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had been claiming that in Sarkar Apke Dwar programme there had been an improvement in the power supply. “But, the claims of Mr Chautala are hollow,” he said.

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Motor cycle rally flagged off
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 2
The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, flagged off the 15th Gita Gopal Himalayan Rally this morning.

The motor cycle rally is attempting to set a new record by being the world’s biggest motor-cycle rally to go to Khardung La.

The 15th Gita Gopal Himalayan Rally comprises 125 rallyists on 57 motor-cycles with one Tata 407 truck and one Tata 207 jeep on a 4200 km road expedition on tough Himalayan roads. Also, three physically challenged persons are part of the rally.

The rallyists are planning to reach Khardung La in record three days. The youngest motor-cycle pillion rider will be 6 1/2 year-old-Chakshu while the youngest rider in the world to ride to Khardung La will be Ankush Sharma. Mr GC Rastogi, 70, is the oldest member of the motor cycle rally team.

The rallyists will be spreading the message ‘Save Himalayas - Save India’. For the past 14 years, similar rallies are being organised to prevent pollution in the Himalayan region.

Speaking on the occasion, Babu Parmanand, said it was crucial to save the Himalayas from pollution. He said pollution made life difficult. He said youths should face challenges and it is a challenge to ensure how to channelise the energy of the youth in good work.

Ambala Cantt MLA Anil Vij said the Gita Gopal organisation had been regularly creating awareness about the environment. He said the organisation was showing the correct path to the youth.

The rally will pass through Mandi, Manali, Rohtang, Jaspa, Sarchu, Pang, Taglag La, Leh, Khardung La, Ka La, Rekong Peo, Rampur, Bushar, Shimla, Nahan, Paonta Sahib, Dehra Dun, Rishikesh, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Joshimath, Badrinath and Haridwar.

Among others, DC HS Malik, Col JS Khanoria, Mr Randhir Singh, SDM Hawa Singh, EO KK Jain, Mr Shyam Sundar, Mr Sunil Kumar, Mr Ashok Joshi, Mr Virendra Sehgal, Mr Suresh Sharma, Mr Sudarshan Puri and Mr Surendra Arora were present.

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Haryana exporters’ demand
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 2
The Haryana Exporters Association today demanded that nationalised banks must disburse credit gold cards for exporters. The association stated that the Reserve Bank of India had issued instructions to all nationalised banks those dealing in foreign exchange business, to issue gold cards to the exporters under gold card scheme.

Under this scheme, the exporters will get cheap and fast credit. This scheme was initially proposed in the Exim Policy 2003-04.

All credit worthy exporters, including those in the small and medium sector, with good track record are eligible for gold card, a press note said.

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Married on Thursday, widowed on Friday
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 2
There was gloom in the house of Mr Nand Kishore a resident of Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here today, after the death of his son Karambir whose was solemnised last night at Dubhaldhan Majra village.

According to a report, Karambir was going on a bicycle to hire a car for going to his inlaws house with his bride. A jeep hit him and he fell on the road.

In the meantime a motorcycle came also hit him badly. Karambir received serious injuries and was removed to the PGIMS at Rohtak for treatment. He succumbed to his injuries there.

When news of the death of Karambir reached his house it turned into a mourners house.

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High Court
Higher qualification allowed

Chandigarh, July 2
A Division Bench of the High Court headed by Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi has allowed a petition filed by some candidates for the posts of physical training instructor in Haryana.

These candidates had sought directions to the Haryana Staff Selection Commission to accept their applications for the posts and consider them for selection. Their applications had been rejected by the commission on the ground that their qualification was more than what was asked for the posts. While some of the petitioners hold post-graduate degrees in physical education, others are bachelors in the subject. They had stated that their higher education could not be used against them.

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Two die in road mishaps

Ambala, July 2
Two persons were killed and two others injured in different road mishaps in the city’s vicinity last night.

A truck cleaner was killed while the driver was injured due to electric shock when their vehicle got stuck in high tension electric wires which were hanging lose from a pole near Ambala Cantonment.

In another incident, a youth was killed and another seriously injured when their motor cycle was hit by a tanker near an oil depot on the national highway in Ambala Cantonment last night.

The deceased was identified as Parvinder Kumar and the injured, Mr Baljit Singh, was admitted to Civil Hospital here in a serious condition. — UNI

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Five hurt in clashes

Sonepat, July 2
Five persons, including two women, were injured in clashes today in the Model Town area here and the nearby Mehlana village. The injured were admitted to a hospital. They are stated to be out of danger.

According to another report two groups of farmers clashed at the Railway station here today, over farm labourers. Some farmers received injuries in the clash. — OC

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Scribe’s mother cremated
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 2
The body of Kailasho Rani, mother of Dainik Tribune Deputy News Editor Vinod Kohli, was cremated here today. Kailasho Rani, (82), left for her heavenly abode yesterday. Her mortal remains were consigned to flames at Ram Bagh, Ambala Sadar.

A number of Tribune employees were present at the cremation.

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