SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI



THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

Kisan call centre yet to take off
Gurgaon, July 4
It is over five months now since a toll-free kisan call centre was established in the office of the National Horticulture Board here, but lack of information among the farmers is acting as a major roadblock for the project to take off in right earnest.

Bad debts of arhtiyas mounting
Karnal, July 4
It’s not only the farmers but also the commission agents-cum-traditional moneylenders (arhtiyas) of Karnal who are facing bankruptcy due to heavy borrowings done to keep the business going.

Cong men gherao houses of XENs
Ambala, July 4
Congress activists under the leadership of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee deputy spokesperson, Dr Pradeep Chauhan, today gheraoed the residences of the XEN Public Health and the XEN Power.

Haryana MLA booked on bigamy charge
Chandigarh, July 4
Complying with the directions of a Kurukshetra court, the Haryana police today booked Tejvir Singh, MLA, Pundri, for bigamy. A case has been registered against him under Sections 342, 417, 420, 493, 494, 496, 376 and 506 of the IPC.

Regional papers focus more on common man: H.K. Dua

The Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune group of newspapers, Mr H.K. Dua, addresses journalists

Karnal, July 4
Regional newspapers are playing a greater role in nation building than the national newspapers.


The Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune group of newspapers, Mr H.K. Dua, addresses journalists at the 25th annual conference of the Haryana Union of Journalists at Karnal on Sunday. — Photo by Kulwinder Sandhu


Stories from Haryana towns falling in the National Capital Region are put in
 Delhi & neighbourhood.


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EARLIER STORIES

 

Vijay Sharma is HUJ chief
Karnal, July 4
The general house of the Haryana Union of Journalists that met here today unanimously elected Vijay Sharma (Karnal) as its new state president while the outgoing president Virendra Chauhan has been expelled from the primary membership of the HUJ.

Devi Lal varsity yet to appoint teachers, construct labs
Sirsa, July 4
Though Chaudhry Devi Lal University has introduced fresh post-graduate science courses from the current academic session, students are confused and hesitant to opt for the new courses. Reason: The university is yet to appoint faculty members and construct laboratories.

Spend funds on Haryana gurdwaras, say poll nominees
Yamunanagar, July 4
The Guru Gobind Study Circle yesterday organised a ‘Panthak Adalat’ where all four candidates contesting for the lone seat of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee from here participated.

Haryana to have slab system of power tariff
Jind, July 4
The Haryana Government will soon announce the rational slab system of power tariff in the state. Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala announced this while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating the Narwana extension project at Frehn village, near Narwana, today.

Robbers strike at village, elderly couple killed
Ambala, July 4
In a shocking incident, an elderly couple was done to death at Pilkhani village late last night. The incident came to light early this morning when the couple did not visit the village gurdwara at 4 am as per their regular schedule.

 

A sniffer dog hunts for clues following the murder of an aged Sikh couple in Pilkhani village near Ambala on Sunday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

A sniffer dog hunts for clues following the murder of an aged Sikh couple in Pilkhani village

Tributes paid to Gulzari Lal Nanda
Kurukshetra, July 4
While paying tributes to a former Prime Minister of India, the late Gulzari Lal Nanda, Bharat Ratan at Sadachar Sthal on the eastern bank of Brahmsarovar here today, the Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Ashok Arora said although Nanda was no more among us today, yet his ideals and principles still inspired us.

Private buses remain off road
Kaithal, July 4
Private buses remained off road on Cheeka-Kaithal, Kaithal-Assandh and other routes owing to prevailing dispute over the time table introduced by the transport authorities.

‘Aap ke dwar’ programme by HVP
Sonepat, July 4
The Haryana Vikas Party has launched an “opposition aap ke dwar”, programme in the city to tackle the problems and hardships being faced by residents on account of government as well as the administration’s apathy.

Villagers block traffic against police inaction
Bhiwani, July 4
Residents of Hetampura village have demanded the arrest of the killer of Om Prakash (30) who was shot dead after an dispute over land three days ago at the village. Om Prakash reportedly called on Jagdish whom he had sold seven acres a few years ago, to settle the matter where he was shot dead.

Kalyan flays Centre over Governors’ removal
Jind, July 4
Speaking at a state-level rally organised by the Backward Classes Cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party here today, Mr Kalyan Singh, former Chief Minister of UP and National Vice-President of the BJP, criticised the Manmohan Singh government for sacking four Governors.

4 killed in truck collision
Yamunanagar, July 4
Four persons were killed and six injured in a head-on collision between two trucks on the Jagadhri–Ambala road, near here, early today. The condition of the two injured was said to be serious. Traffic on the road remained disrupted for over an hour.

One drowned in canal
Sirsa, July 4
One person was drowned while he was taking a bath in a canal near Janana village, a place bordering Rajasthan. According to police, the deceased Sharvan Kumar was posted at Ratia Sud-division in Fatehabad district.

1 killed as train, tempo collide
Hisar, July 4
One person was killed and two others were injured in an accident between a passenger train and a tempo at an unmanned level crossing near Dhanu village, about 30 km from here on the Hisar-Ludhiana rail line this afternoon, railway sources said.

Man shot at in MLA’s son’s wedding
Ambala, July 4
A man was shot at in the wedding ceremony of Ambala City MLA Veena Chibber’s son this evening. Mr Subhash Dogra, 60, a resident of Ambala Cantonment, had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of Mr Vishal Chibber, son of MLA Veena Chibber.

7200 kg of poppy husk seized
Sirsa, July 4
The local police seized 7200 kg of poppy husk during the past 24 hours and arrested five persons in this connection when they were allegedly trying to smuggle it in a truck from Rajasthan.
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Kisan call centre yet to take off
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 4
It is over five months now since a toll-free kisan call centre was established in the office of the National Horticulture Board (NHB) here, but lack of information among the farmers is acting as a major roadblock for the project to take off in right earnest.

The centre was one of the 12 of its kind launched simultaneously in the country on January 21 by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

According to the Area Manager of the NHB, Mr D.P. Singh, who is associated with the functioning of the centre, the conceptual background to the project is to provide online scientific-based and quick information to the farmers covering issues relating to agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and animal husbandry.

According to Mr Singh, the NHB is the nodal office for Haryana and Delhi with its headquarters at Nehru Place in Delhi. As far as Haryana was concerned a communication line (centre) each has been established at Hisar Agricultural University, in the offices of the Directors of Agriculture and Horticulture and at the NHB here.

The central office has one standard number "1551" to which all the possible calls from the farmers are made. While calls relating to schemes of the NHB are directed to it, questions germane to other departments are directed to the quarters concerned where lines have been provided.

These queries are to be dealt with by "level-II" experts. According to Mr Singh, there is a provision to first dispose of the queries at the Nehru Place office by "level-I" experts. Only the difficult and more technical ones are directed to the "level-II" experts. While the "level-I" experts consist of science graduates and masters in agriculture, the "level-II" experts are scientists and experts in their fields.

The official claims that in case queries could not be dealt with instantaneously even by "level-II" experts for lack of adequate inputs or otherwise, the answers are sent by mail within 72 hours to the farmers concerned. Also, there is a provision for tele-conferencing with the farmers at the central office.

Another senior officer of the NHB, Mr Surender Singh, said that there was a provision for special orientation programmes, both for the "level-I" and "level-II" experts to attune them in dealing with the farmers in a more facile way.

According to the officials, the response from the farmers to the centre throughout the country had started increasing but the recent Lok Sabha elections allowed the focus to shift.

According to statistics, the timing for the centres has been changed from 9.30 am to 6 pm to 6 am to 10 pm from June 10. This has increased the calls by about 50 per cent. Since the inauguration of the centres the queries related calls received were about 3,40,000 till May-end. However, the number of calls received at the Nehru Place centre till June 25 was 23,860.

Many in the NHB feel that the toll-free kisan call centre has already started showing results, albeit on a smaller scale. The farmers want to diversify their cropping pattern.

Also, the generation-next farmers are grounded in the virtue of never-say-die spirit and are prone to accept challenges. With the kind of information boom the new breed of farmers do not see agriculture as a "donkey's job". They are taking it up as a business and means of intensive capital formation. Right from the nature of soil, its ingredients, to inimical symptoms shown by cows are cause for concern for the new bunch of farmers.

In this context the concept of the call centres is destined to play a major role, though the concept needs to be presently popularised for its optimal utilisation. Perhaps, this is the reason why the Ministry of Agriculture is planning a mass awareness drive in the coming days.
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Bad debts of arhtiyas mounting
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 4
It’s not only the farmers but also the commission agents-cum-traditional moneylenders (arhtiyas) of Karnal who are facing bankruptcy due to heavy borrowings done to keep the business going. The shifting of the grain market to a new location has increased their financial burden.

According to an estimate, more than Rs 30 crore advanced to farmers during the past few years by the commission agents-cum-traditional moneylenders in Karnal could not be recovered. This does not include the current advancements.

Col Prithipal Singh Virk, a local commission agent, while talking to The Tribune said his firm was unable to recover the amount which has crossed Rs 50 lakh with the current advance amounting to Rs 85 lakh. “This Rs 50 lakh amount, including the principal amount and interest, has gone into the bad debt account,” he said.

He revealed that more than 50 per cent of his bad debt account was advanced to the farmers more than five years ago. However, “I am still paying the interest against the principal amount,” he said.

Mr Brij Singla, president of the local Association of Commission Agents, said on an average more than 25 per cent of the income of each commission agent goes into the bad debt account. He also revealed that many commission agents had suffered heavy losses and were slowly winding up this business.

The basic reason for the non-recovery of the advancements to the farmers has been attributed to the decline in farm income and luxurious living style of the farmers. “The farmers try their best to borrow money from all possible sources and spend money on purchasing vehicles, luxurious living and to great extent on marriage ceremonies,” says Colonel Virk.

The official records of the district Cooperative Bank support Colonel Virk’s statement. More than 50,000 farmers in the district holding credit cards have become defaulters as they had not paid back the loan advancements. Apart from this, 25,000 more farmers in the district are defaulters in other banks.

The shifting of the grain market to a new location near the national highway has also added to the woes of the commission agents. “The reserve price of the shops has been fixed beyond the purchasing capacity of the commission agents,” alleged Sumer Chand, another commission agent.

The reserve price of two categories of shops in accordance to their size in the new grain market had been fixed at Rs 15.12 lakh and 20.32 lakh per shop. On the other hand, the commercial value of the shops owned by them in the old grain market had declined following the shifting of the location. “We are suffering loss at both ends,” commented a commission agent.

Moreover, it has been made mandatory that the licences of the commission agents will not be renewed until they purchase the shops in the new grain market. This has further aggravated the situation. As a result, more than 150 commission agents are still waiting for the renewal of their licences.

Confirming this, Mr Ramesh Verma, Zonal Administrator of market committees and Special Collector of Karnal, said the business in the old grain market would not be allowed in the coming purchasing season as per the directions of the state government.
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Cong men gherao houses of XENs
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 4
Congress activists under the leadership of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee deputy spokesperson, Dr Pradeep Chauhan, today gheraoed the residences of the XEN Public Health and the XEN Power.

Dr Pradeep Chauhan told mediapersons today that they were going to gherao the houses of officials responsible for maintaining power and water supply in the town. He said if assurances on improvement were not meting, then they would be forced to cut off the supply of power and water to the residence of the officials concerned.

Thereafter, Dr Pradeep Chauhan along with his supporters reached the residence Mr Handa, XEN, Public Health. They raised slogans against the officials for acute paucity of water in the area. As Mr Handa was not present at home, the Congress activists decided to continue their dharna in front of his residence.

Dr Chauhan stated that the power and water supply to the XEN Handa’s residence would be disconnected within half-an-hour if Mr Handa did not meet the Congress activists. Mr Handa then met the Congress activists. He assured them that there will be improvement in water supply within 72 hours. It was pointed out that some tubewells were malfunctioning.

From the residence of XEN Handa, the Congress activists went to the residence of XEN Power Mr Gupta. Mr Gupta was not present there. When the Congress activists stated that the power and water supply to the residence of Mr Gupta would be disconnected, Mr Gupta arrived after some time.

Dr Pradeep Chauhan said that Mr Gupta had now promised to provide power for 20 hours. He had also assured that faulty transformers would be changed. Also, additional power would be supplied to the tubewells so that water scarcity could be overcome.

Congress activists had stated that if the situation of power and water supply did not improve within 72 hours, they would again hold demonstrations to press for their demand.
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Haryana MLA booked on bigamy charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Complying with the directions of a Kurukshetra court, the Haryana police today booked Tejvir Singh, MLA, Pundri, for bigamy. A case has been registered against him under Sections 342, 417, 420, 493, 494, 496, 376 and 506 of the IPC.

His first wife, Asha Thakur, had alleged that the accused had remarried without her consent and also without divorcing her.

Asha had earlier told the court that the accused came closer to her while they were residing in Chandigarh in 1993. Since the parents of the accused did not give their consent to their relationship due to their high status, the accused married her in July, 1996, and started living with her first at Gurgaon and later at Kurukshetra. She was made to believe that their marriage had been registered. She further added that this was not true as the marriage was never registered.

She also alleged that in July, 1997, the accused got married to another girl of his parents’ choice in her absence. On being confronted, the accused told her that he got remarried only to please his parents and that he would be leaving his second wife shortly. But when she asked him to fulfil his promise he started harassing and beating’’ her on one pretext or the other and turned her out of the house in September, 2001. He even did not allow her to take her belongings.

Acting on these allegations, the court of Mrs Vivek Bharti, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, observed that “the accused had cheated her by getting the marriage papers signed dishonestly. Since important documents pertaining to their marriage were lying in the possession of the accused, it was difficult to recover the same without the assistance of the police. The two had lived as man and woman, both at Chandigarh and Mirjapur and that she had discharged her marital obligations even without being his legally wedded wife.
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Regional papers focus more on common man: H.K. Dua
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 4
Regional newspapers are playing a greater role in nation building than the national newspapers. Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune group of newspapers, stated this while presiding over the 25th annual conference of the Haryana Union of Journalists here today.

He said the regional newspapers were closer to the common people and highlighted issues which affected them directly while the national newspapers or the newspapers published from the metro cities did not reflect the issues that touch the common people.

However, he said the problems of journalists of both national and regional media in all states were common, as they have to face many challenges to maintain the freedom of the Press. He narrated his personal experiences of Emergency in 1977 and said, “Press succumbed during Emergency under the authoritarian regime”.

Mr Dua said the freedom of the Press was not only important for free functioning of the journalists but also for the common people who deserved the right to get correct information. “Honesty and dedication towards duty of a journalist plays a great role in building a strong society or nation,” he added.

He ‘pinched’ the politicians and political system as a whole by saying, “Politicians by and large are indifferent to the problems of people”. He said Parliament as an institution had weakened in the recent years, particularly in solving the problems of the people. “Except for three or four departments, broader issues concerning all sections of society related to health, education, science, environment are never discussed seriously by the politicians,” he said.

As far as the administration at the local level was concerned, ‘it is indifferent and arrogant’, he said. Similarly, the right to justice was also beyond the reach of the poor. The process of providing justice to the people was slow and costly, he added.

Mr Dua said there was a need to refine journalism by highlighting issues related to common people and development in the field of science, education, environment, etc. The social commitment of journalists towards society was more important, he said.

Congress MP Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the mediapersons were facing many challenges in today’s environment. Without naming Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, he said the freedom of Press was being ‘pinned down’ in the state. He also said that there was lack of stories on development issues in the newspapers these days.

Veteran journalist Shyam Khosla, Resident Editor of Amar Ujala Baldev Sharma and president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of North India, Colonel Manbir Chaudhary, also expressed their views.

Mr Dua later presented Satyapal Saini award in the field of journalism to Mr Somnath Sharma of Dainik Jagran from Rohtak. Meanwhile, former president of the Haryana Union of Journalists Ashwani Dutta announced to give Rs 5,000 every year to the HUJ to set-up another state-level award for eminent journalist from Haryana in the memory of his father O.P. Dutta, who died in 1986 after serving for more than three decades in the field of journalism.

In the second session of the function, Maratha Virendra Verma, president of the Ekta Shakti, and eminent lawyer Balkishan Sharma also expressed their views on challenges before the media. Earlier, Mr Virendra Chauhan President of the HUJ highlighted the achievements of the union during his one-year tenure as president.
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Vijay Sharma is HUJ chief
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 4
The general house of the Haryana Union of Journalists (HUJ) that met here today unanimously elected Vijay Sharma (Karnal) as its new state president while the outgoing president Virendra Chauhan has been expelled from the primary membership of the HUJ.

Among others who have been elected include Kulwinder Sandhu (Karnal) and Jasmer Singh Malik (Jind) as senior vice-presidents; Satish Tyagi as general secretary; Bhupinder Dhimani (Sirsa) and Mukesh Chawla (Jhajjar) as vice presidents; Rajesh Gupta (Ambala), Vinod Kohar (Gohana) and Ram Bir Singh (Palwal) as secretaries; and Ajay Malhotra (Bhiwani) as Cashier, Anil Dutta (Yamunanagar), Rajinder Saini (Loharu) and Yug Dutt Sharma (Tosham) as joint secretaries of the HUJ. Ms Neena Sharma has been elected as president of the women wing of the union. Som Nath Sharma has been appointed as chairman of the disciplinary committee.

The state executive members include Somnath Sharma, D.N. Diwakar, Vijay Kumar Kaushik, Sanjay Rathee, Maha Singh Sheoran, Vijay Mehta, Suresh Chand Gupta, O.P. Nagpal, Raj Kumar Kakran, Rajender Sharma, Lokesh Jain, Ashok Kumar, M.L. Verma, Mahipal Singh, Arvind Kumar Chauhan, Inder Mohan Sharma, Pankaj Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Joginder Gupta, Vinod Jindal and Ashwani Dutta.

Scene at the general house meeting muddled at a time when a majority of the members raised their voice against the existing president Virendra Chauhan and demanded his removal from the post. He was even manhandled, as per the eyewitnesses. When the house passed the resolution of Chauhan’s removal from the post, he along with few supporters left the meeting hall.
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Devi Lal varsity yet to appoint teachers, construct labs
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 4
Though Chaudhry Devi Lal University has introduced fresh post-graduate science courses from the current academic session, students are confused and hesitant to opt for the new courses. Reason: The university is yet to appoint faculty members and construct laboratories.

After much fanfare the university was established last year by the state government, but the dream project of the Chautala regime is yet to materialise due to the absence of the basic infrastructure. This correspondent talked to a number of students and senior functionaries on the campus but found the response about the new courses, including M.Sc (chemistry and physics) and food technology discouraging.

Sources in the university blame the highest authorities for delaying the appointment of the teaching staff.

“We have started new postgraduate courses without appointing teaching staff and the basic infrastructure,” remarks a senior functionary of the university.

The sources on the campus reveal that till date the university had no plans to construct laboratories that are a must for doing practicals.

Officials say the situation turns awkward for them when aspirants ask about the location of laboratories and other related questions. The university has yet to chalk out the syllabus.

Dilip (name changed) a graduated in science from college affiliated to the university, but is not keen to take admission here.

“My future hangs in the balance as I am not willing to take admission here due to confusion over the teaching staff, but I may have to do so if I don’t get a chance to go elsewhere due to the late declaration of the final-year results,” he says.

Last year faculty members in other departments could not be appointed due to the lack of ‘suitable’ teachers.

Functionaries fear repetition of the similar situation this year too. “Since the university is in its infancy, senior and experienced faculty members from other universities and colleges might feel hesitant to join it. This could be disastrous for the university,” opines an insider.
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Spend funds on Haryana gurdwaras, say poll nominees
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 4
The Guru Gobind Study Circle yesterday organised a ‘Panthak Adalat’ where all four candidates contesting for the lone seat of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from here participated.

Mr Joga Singh of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee was for a separate Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for Haryana. According to him, offerings and donations from Gurudwaras in Haryana go to Punjab and a separate committee for the state would stop the outflow of funds.

Countering arguments of Mr Joga Singh, Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal (SAD-B) candidate Baldev Singh Kaimpur said gurdwaras all over the world should be brought under the control of SGPC. He also announced that he would ensure that Miripiri Medical College at Shahabad Markanda be started at the earliest. He proposed that the recently constructed Sikh Martial Art Museum at Kapal Mochan here be handed over to the SGPC.

Another candidate Kartar Singh Takkar also rejected a separate gurdwara committee for Haryana. But he favoured that the money from gurdwaras in the state should be spent in the state only.

Independent candidate Major Harbansh Singh Gadhola (retd) also rejected a separate committee for Haryana. He said he would ensure that more money was spent on the unkeep of historical gurdwaras in the state.
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Haryana to have slab system of power tariff

Jind, July 4
The Haryana Government will soon announce the rational slab system of power tariff in the state.

Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala announced this while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating the Narwana extension project at Frehn village, near Narwana, today.

The Chief Minister said the nine-member committee constituted by the state government to make the slab system of power rational would submit its report by July 6.

Referring to the issue of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal, the Chief Minister said it was the moral duty of the Central Government to ensure the supply of the due share of water to Haryana at the earliest by getting the remaining portion of the SYL Canal completed in the territory of Punjab.

He alleged that the Punjab Government was creating hindrances after the decision of the Supreme Court. — UNI
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Robbers strike at village, elderly couple killed
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 4
In a shocking incident, an elderly couple was done to death at Pilkhani village late last night.

The incident came to light early this morning when the couple did not visit the village gurdwara at 4 am as per their regular schedule. A neighbour went to check on them and found that they had been murdered. The bodies were lying on cots in the courtyard.

Gian Singh, (76), and his wife Balwant Kaur (72), had been killed after their hands were tied and mouth gagged. Gian Singh bore injuries on
his head.

The police suspects that a gang of robbers had struck at their house. Gian Singh had received a
payment of Rs 1.80 lakh on June 15 for releasing land that had been kept
as “rehan”.

While Gian Singh’s younger son, Pritam Singh, had taken away about Rs 1.50 lakh the remaining amount was with the couple.

After the murder the robbers had taken away the trunk in which the couple normally used to keep the money. The trunk was found in the fields on the outskirts of the village.

The robbers had then proceeded to strike at the house of Jarnail Singh, secretary of the Cooperative Society. The robbers had decamped with a music system after ransacking a room. A bottle of chloroform was found near the house.

A villager is believed to have seen a group of persons passing through the village streets after midnight.

He, however, did not raise the alarm.

Villagers held a panchayat meeting to discuss the issue. They stated that there had been a string of robberies in their village during the past six months.

The DSP, Mr Arun Kumar, a crime expert, Dr G.R. Jain and the Naggal MLA reached the spot. A police dog was called to the scene of crime.

Mr Arun Kumar said patrolling would be intensified in the area.
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Tributes paid to Gulzari Lal Nanda
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 4
While paying tributes to a former Prime Minister of India, the late Gulzari Lal Nanda, Bharat Ratan at Sadachar Sthal on the eastern bank of Brahmsarovar here today, the Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Ashok Arora said although Nanda was no more among us today, yet his ideals and principles still inspired us.

Mr Arora, who was speaking after paying floral tributes at Nanda’s samadhi at a function organised by the Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB) on the 107th first anniversary of Nanda, Mr Arora said Nanda’s dream of developing the historic and ancient town of Kurukshetra had come true with the help of the state and the Central governments. Kurukshetra had started figuring on the world tourism map and about 1,000 tourists visited this holy town daily, he added.

Mr Arora said the residents of the town owed a debt of gratitude to Nanda, who contributed his services to the development of Kurukshetra. The state and the Central governments were jointly constructing a planetarium as well as a hotel management and catering institute here. Nanda established the KDB in 1968 and since then the board had been working for Kurukshetra’s all-round development, Mr Arora added.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Subhash Goel, said Nanda was a symbol of simplicity. He rose to the post of the Prime Minister of the country with hard work and dedication. He raised his voice against corruption and restored the past glory of the town by restoring the religious and historical places within 48 ‘kosas’ of where the Mahabharata war was fought. The credit for the all-round development of Kurukshetra, including the Brahmsarovar and the Sannihitsarovar, went to Nanda, he added.
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Private buses remain off road
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 4
Private buses remained off road on Cheeka-Kaithal, Kaithal-Assandh and other routes owing to prevailing dispute over the time table introduced by the transport authorities. A large number of buses remained parked at the police line ground here and till the filing of this report, the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Pankaj Yadav, was holding talks with the transport officials and representatives of the private bus operators, who did not ply buses for the second consecutive day today.

The trouble began when the Haryana Roadways Employees Union objected to the changing of timings for some routes. They alleged that all this had been done to benefit the private operators at the cost of the Haryana Roadways. The union also alleged that due to more timings allotted to private bus operators the routes of the Haryana Roadways would come down considerably. On the other hand the private bus operators said that the change in time tables introduced recently was done after much consultations and if it was again changed under the pressure of the roadways employees union they were bound to suffer huge financial losses.
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‘Aap ke dwar’ programme by HVP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 4
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has launched an “opposition aap ke dwar”, programme in the city to tackle the problems and hardships being faced by residents on account of government as well as the administration’s apathy.

According to a report, Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the state unit of the party, went round the Sundar Sanwari area today and listened to the complaints of residents about the non-drainage of storm water, non-payment of streets and erratic and inadequate supply of drinking water.

Mr Jain urged the district administration to take immediate steps for shifting the “hadwara” from the residential area. Mr Jain blamed the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government for neglecting this area and alleged that it had failed to execute the development works.
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Villagers block traffic against police inaction
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 4
Residents of Hetampura village have demanded the arrest of the killer of Om Prakash (30) who was shot dead after an dispute over land three days ago at the village.

Om Prakash reportedly called on Jagdish whom he had sold seven acres a few years ago, to settle the matter where he was shot dead. Villagers informed the Jui police post and the police registered a case against five persons on the complaint of a brother of the deceased.

The villagers blocked the Behal-Bhiwani road yesterday to protest against the police which failed to arrest the culprits. Deputy Superintendent of Police Anil Dhawan and city Magistrate M.K. Ahuja who reached the dharna site of villagers assured to arrest the culprits. A report said Jagdish and his family were absconding after the incident and his house is locked.
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Kalyan flays Centre over Governors’ removal
Our Correspondent

Jind, July 4
Speaking at a state-level rally organised by the Backward Classes Cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party here today, Mr Kalyan Singh, former Chief Minister of UP and National Vice-President of the BJP, criticised the Manmohan Singh government for sacking four Governors. He said this was an undemocratic action of the Union Government. He said explanation from every employee was sought before dismissing him, but the Union Government did not observe any rule in sacking the Governors. He said the Governors were removed without any justification.
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4 killed in truck collision
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 4
Four persons were killed and six injured in a head-on collision between two trucks on the Jagadhri–Ambala road, near here, early today. The condition of the two injured was said to be serious. Traffic on the road remained disrupted for over an hour.

According to police sources, According to police sources, all four persons sitting in the cabin of the Malerkotla-bound truck, Mahsroof (23), Bhupinder (driver), Shamsher Ali and Pramod, died.
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One drowned in canal
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 4
One person was drowned while he was taking a bath in a canal near Janana village, a place bordering Rajasthan. According to police, the deceased Sharvan Kumar was posted at Ratia Sud-division in Fatehabad district.

Sharvan Kumar along with two other Ram Phal, BDPO, and Satbir Singh, Panchayat Secretary, both posted in Fatehabad, was returning after visiting Salasar in Rajasthan on a pilgrimage. To get relief from heat, they stepped into the canal and drowned. The passersby managed to save both but could not save Sharvan Kumar.
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1 killed as train, tempo collide

Hisar, July 4
One person was killed and two others were injured in an accident between a passenger train and a tempo at an unmanned level crossing near Dhanu village, about 30 km from here on the Hisar-Ludhiana rail line this afternoon, railway sources said.

The ill-fated tempo, carrying passengers from Hisar towards Sulkhani village, was involved in a collision with the Ludhiana-bound passenger train, killing Kailash Chand of Hisar on the spot.

The injured woman was admitted to a private hospital in Barwala, while the driver, Maru Ram of Hisar, has been admitted to Civil Hospital here, the sources said. — PTI
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Man shot at in MLA’s son’s wedding
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 4
A man was shot at in the wedding ceremony of Ambala City MLA Veena Chibber’s son this evening. Mr Subhash Dogra, 60, a resident of Ambala Cantonment, had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of Mr Vishal Chibber, son of MLA Veena Chibber. He was shot at in his leg at about 9.25 p.m.

He was rushed to Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantonment. Doctors then referred Mr Dogra to the PGI at Chandigarh.

It is not yet known, who fired the shot and the motive behind the firing is also not clear.
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7200 kg of poppy husk seized
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 4
The local police seized 7200 kg of poppy husk during the past 24 hours and arrested five persons in this connection when they were allegedly trying to smuggle it in a truck from Rajasthan.

Police source said that following a tip-off, a trap was laid and the truck (RJ-14IJ-5898) was signalled to stop in the Nuhianwali area. The team of special task force headed by Mr Gurmeet Singh recovered the contraband from the truck. The poppy husk was stored in 180 sacks and valued about Rs 15 lakh.

The police arrested Sharavan Kumar, Jairam, Darshan Singh, Bira Singh and Sevak Singh, while one of their accomplices escaped.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.
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