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Power crisis a temporary phase: Chautala
Fatehabad, July 5
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said the current power crisis in Haryana was a temporary phase and it was a nationwide phenomenon. He said the power situation in Haryana was far better than neighbouring states.

Four new members of HPSC sworn in
Chandigarh, July 5
Four new members of the Haryana Public Service Commission, Mr Dungar Ram, Mr Chattar Singh, Mr Yudhvir Singh Arya and Mr Satbir Singh, were sworn in by the Haryana Governor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), at Raj Bhawan here today.
Mr Yudhvir Singh Arya seeks the blessings of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala after he was sworn in as a member of the Haryana Public Service Commission Mr Yudhvir Singh Arya seeks the blessings of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala after he was sworn in as a member of the Haryana Public Service Commission in Chandigarh on Monday. (From left to right): Mr Chattar Singh, Mr Satbir Singh and Mr Dungar Ram were the other members who were sworn in.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

An educationist comes to Raj Bhavan
Chandigarh, July 5
After 12 years a Muslim will occupy the Haryana Raj Bhavan. After a former bureaucrat, Mr S.M.H. Burney, remained the occupant of the Raj Bhavan from 1984 to 1988, Dr A.R. Kidwai, an educationist and a Rajya Sabha member, has now been appointed Governor of Haryana by the President of India.

Hooch claims 3 lives
Yamunanagar, July 5
Three labourers died and as many were taken ill allegedly after they consumed spurious liquor during the past 48 hours here. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll at five. The three labourers are fighting for their lives at the Civil Hospital, Jagadhri.


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Women sarpanches ‘no more rubber stamps of husbands’
Chandigarh, July 5
Women empowerment through reservation in the panchayat level still has a long way to go in Haryana, says Ms Anita Rani. Ms Rani, a sarpanch from Mahendragarh district, says that a lot many women sarpanches in her area are inactive and it is their husbands who actually function as the sarpanchs.
Participants in a press meet with women exemplars and achievers of Haryana organised by PRIA at Chandigarh Press Club
Participants in a press meet with women exemplars and achievers of Haryana organised by PRIA at Chandigarh Press Club on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Pundri MLA remanded in police custody
Kurukshetra, July 5
A local court here today remanded Haryana Independent MLA Tejvir Singh in police custody for a day, who was arrested by the Kurukshetra police on charges of bigamy and cheating last evening.


Tejvir Singh, MLA, Pundri (Haryana), being produced in a court for bigamy in Kurukshetra on Monday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

Tejvir Singh, MLA, Pundri (Haryana), being produced in a court for bigamy in Kurukshetra

Tejvir arrest case: Cong plans protest in Kurukshetra today
Chandigarh, July 5
The Congress will organise a demonstration at Kurukshetra tomorrow to protest against the arrest of Mr Tejvir Singh, Independent MLA, who recently shifted his allegiance from the ruling INLD to the Opposition Congress.

Lawyer framed, alleges Bar
Fatehabad, July 5
The District Bar Association today condemned the registration of a criminal case against a local lawyer Joginder Singh Virk and his ailing father Rattan Singh, allegedly under the political pressure.

HUJ working committee dissolved
Chandigarh, July 5
The secretary-general of the National Union of Journalists(India), Mr M.D. Gangwar, has dissolved the working committee of the Haryana Union of Journalists as new office-bearers of the union could not be elected within three months of the expiry of the tenure of the previous office-bearers.

Swami is Haryana BJP spokesman
Rohtak, July 5
Former Union Minister of State for Home I.D. Swami has been appointed spokesman for the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party. This was stated by the Haryana BJP president, Prof Ganeshi Lal, while talking to media persons here today.

Panel formed for construction work
Sirsa, July 5
To carry on the construction work at Ch Devi Lal University, the state government has constituted a committee, said the Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.P. Dahiya. He said the university has plans to rope in big construction companies to get the quality work on the campus.

Swadesh Deepak wants trust for writers, artistes
Ambala, July 5
Noted writer Swadesh Deepak today suggested that a trust should be formed which would take care of the financial needs of writers and artistes in emergency. Mr Deepak said that the financial help of Rs 1 lakh by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, helped him in paying his medical bills.


Noted writer
Swadesh Deepak talks to mediapersons in Ambala on Monday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

Noted writer Swadesh Deepak talks to mediapersons in Ambala

Residents demand shifting of liquor vend
Kaithal, July 5
The Jagrook Chatra Morcha and the Mahila Mukti Morcha organised a procession here today which culminated at the local mini secretariat. Later a deputation called on the ADC, Mr Pankaj Yadav, and demanded shifting a liquor vend situated in their area.

Liquor vends near shrines to go
Hisar, July 5
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balbir Singh Malik, has said the district administration would get the liquor vends removed from the religious places in the city. He said this during an open darbar organised at the mini-secretariat auditorium here today.

4 school employees suspended
Ambala, July 5
Four employees of DAV Public School, By the riverside, Ambala Cantonment have been placed under suspension. The suspended employees sat on a dharna outside the school premises. They claimed that they had been wronged by the management.

Mystery shrouds shooting incident
Ambala, July 5
Mystery shrouds the shooting incident at the marriage ceremony of Ambala City MLA Ms Veena Chibber’s son last night.
While it is believed that Mr Subhash Dogra was shot at in his leg, there is no official confirmation or denial about the incident.

Couple’s murder: no breakthrough yet
Ambala, July 5
The police has not yet made a breakthrough in the case of the murder of an elderly couple which took place in Pilakhani village near here, on Sunday. Gian Singh and his wife were brutally murdered by some robbers, who took away valuables and cash.

10 cases of theft solved
Yamunanagar, July 5
With the arrest of three persons, the police today claimed to have solved as many as 10 cases of theft which had taken place in the twin townships of Jagadhri and Yamunanagar between January and May.

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Power crisis a temporary phase: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, July 5
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said the current power crisis in Haryana was a temporary phase and it was a nationwide phenomenon. He said the power situation in Haryana was far better than neighbouring states. Mr Chautala was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of a 132 kv substation at Jakhal town in this district yesterday.

He said his government had given top priority to the power generation and had increased the power generation capacity by 883 mw in the past four years. He said his government was making endeavours to make sure that people got round-the-clock power from January 1 next year. He said his government had always given top priority to power supply to the rural sector and added that 58 per cent of the total available power was being supplied to rural areas. Due to a delayed monsoon, the demand of electricity had increased manifold and hence his government had been constrained to impose a few power cuts, he added.

Mr Chautala also laid the foundation stone of mini-secretariat-cum-judicial complex building at Tohana in this district. The complex would be built in an area of 12 acres at an estimated cost of Rs 4.46 crore.

Mr Chautala had visited Tohana in connection with his ‘sarkaar aapke dwaar’ programme. Listening to the grievances of the people at Indira Gandhi Government College, Tohana, the Chief Minister made a plethora of announcements for the development of the Tohana town and villages attached with this constituency. He announced that ‘aanganwadi kendras’ with a cost of Rs 2.5 lakh each would be opened in all such villages, whose panchayats deposit Rs 33,000 with the Deputy Commissioner as panchayat’s contribution. He also announced the opening of branches of cooperative banks in many villages subject to completion of norms by the panchayats.

Mr Chautala also announced that the Haryana Government would add 1,000 new buses to the existing fleet of Haryana Roadways by next year so that buses could cater to the needs of each and every village of Haryana. He also announced that the repair work of broken roads and water channels would be taken up before the end of the current financial year. The Chief Minister acceded to almost all demands of 49 villages from Tohana block and 11 villages from Bhuna block in Sunday’s open darbar.

Later, the Chief Minister also inaugurated a 33 kv power substation at Karandi village in this district. Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said Haryana would become self sufficient in power by December 31. He also announced that the 33 kv power substation at Jakhal is also being upgraded to 132 kv power substation. The Chief Minister also announced the conversion of eight-bedded Primary Health Centre at Jakhal to 30-bed hospital.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahtab Singh Sehrawat, SP Saurabh Singh, ADC Nitin Kumar Yadav, SDM Satbir Singh Saini, Mr Nishan Singh, MLA from Tohana, Ms Swatantra Bala Chowdhary, MLA from Fatehabad, Dr Sushil Indora, a former MP, and Ms Krishana Poonia, district president of the women wing of the Indian National Lok Dal, were also present on the occasion.
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Four new members of HPSC sworn in
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Four new members of the Haryana Public Service Commission, Mr Dungar Ram, Mr Chattar Singh, Mr Yudhvir Singh Arya and Mr Satbir Singh, were sworn in by the Haryana Governor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), at Raj Bhawan here today.

Mr Dungar Ram, born on June 10, 1947, holds the degree of MA in English. He was working as the head of the Post-Graduate Department of English of the Government National College, Sirsa, the native district of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

Mr Chattar Singh, an engineering graduate from Punjabi University, Patiala, was the District Transport Officer, Gurgaon, as well as the General Manager of the Haryana Roadways Engineering Corporation, Gurgaon. He was born on January 4, 1949.

A graduate from Panjab University, Mr Arya, who was born on December 6, 1950, was working as the District Marketing Enforcement Officer with the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board before he was sworn in as a member of the commission.

Mr Satbir Singh has been practicing as an advocate for the past 24 years. He is 49.

Besides the Chief Minister, the others who were present on the occasion included Finance Minister Sampat Singh, Transport Minister Ashok Arora, Urban Development Minister Subash Goyal, Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, MP, Dr K.C. Bangar, Chairman of the commission, and Mr Sunil Ahuja, Chief Secretary.
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An educationist comes to Raj Bhavan
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
After 12 years a Muslim will occupy the Haryana Raj Bhavan. After a former bureaucrat, Mr S.M.H. Burney, remained the occupant of the Raj Bhavan from 1984 to 1988, Dr A.R. Kidwai, an educationist and a Rajya Sabha member, has now been appointed Governor of Haryana by the President of India.

A Cancerian, Dr Kidwai belongs to Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh. He was born on July 1, 1920. After doing his doctorate in Chemistry from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Dr Kidwai had a stint at the University of Illinois and the Cornell University, USA. He had been Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), from 1951 to 1967. After being Dean, Faculty of Science, AMU, he went on to become the Chancellor of AMU for seven years. He also remained a member and Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission.

For Dr Kidwai it will not be his first stay in a Raj Bhavan. He had been the Governor of Bihar twice. He was also the Governor of West Bengal for one year. He is also a banker, being the Chairman of the Bombay Mercantile Cooperative Bank. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2000.

Dr Kidwai has over 40 research papers in Chemistry and Biochemistry to his credit.

A nationalist to the core, Dr Kidwai as a student participated in various movements launched by Mahatma Gandhi. Actively involved in the Quit India Movement, he was associated with the underground socialist leader, Mr S.M. Joshi and Mrs Aruna Asaf Ali. He was actively involved in the publication of the Congress News Bulletin and the underground Azad Radio in Bombay. He was a founder member of the Students Federation of India in Delhi.

Dr Kidwai played an important role in reviving and developing the Nav Nalanda Mahavihara as an international centre for advanced studies in Pali language and Buddhist studies as well as the Institute of Prakrit and Jainology at Vaishali. He also made efforts to modernise education in Madarasas by integrating them with modern education and technical training.

Being involved with higher education for over 35 years, Dr Kidwai’s experience can bring a big change in the universities of Haryana, usually involved in controversies, of which he would be the Chancellor. His experience in the Union Public Service Commission can also be a role-model for the Haryana Public Service Commission and the Haryana Staff Selection Commission, two employment-oriented bodies known more for the controversies they generate than their work.
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Hooch claims 3 lives
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 5
Three labourers died and as many were taken ill allegedly after they consumed spurious liquor during the past 48 hours here. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll at five. The three labourers are fighting for their lives at the Civil Hospital, Jagadhri. The police said that the two other persons, Mohan Singh and Somnath of Chhachhaurli, died of illness and were not hooch victims.

A resident of Chhachhrauli, Ram Ratan, alias Pinki, who had allegedly sold the liquor to the victims was said to be absconding. A case under Sections 304, 328, 272 and 273 of the IPC has been registered against him. Police sources said Pinki was selling alcohol in old bottles of branded liquor at lower prices.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vijayender Kumar, has ordered an inquiry into the incident. The Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (Excise), Mr S.K. Kalra, has been asked to conduct the inquiry and submit his report by next week. The DC has also asked to collect samples from the licensed liquor vends operating in the area.

According to reports, a resident of Harijan Colony, Chhachhrauli, Gurjeet (60), and his nephew, Subhash Basi (40), had consumed liquor on Friday. However, their condition started deteriorating and the two died on Saturday evening. Their relative, Harkesh, who had also consumed liquor along with them, is currently fighting for life at the Civil hospital. It is being said that he was losing his eyesight.

Another labourer, Amarjeet (of Chhachhrauli), who, too, had consumed liquor some time between Friday and Saturday, died at the hospital last night.

Two other residents of Chhachhrauli, Arun and Ashok, reportedly fell ill after consuming liquor on Saturday. Sources said these two also complained of failing eyesight.

“We could not get post-mortem examination of Gurjeet and Subhash done as their families had cremated them,” said a police sources. However, a post-mortem examination was performed on the body of Amarjeet today and the result was awaited.

When contacted, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Vijynder Singh, said, “No post-mortem examination was performed on the bodies of Subhash and Gurjeet. But their families told the police that their condition started deteriorating after they consumed liquor. On their statement we have booked the seller, Ram Ratan, and he would be arrested soon.”
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Women sarpanches ‘no more rubber stamps of husbands’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Women empowerment through reservation in the panchayat level still has a long way to go in Haryana, says Ms Anita Rani.

Ms Rani, a sarpanch from Mahendragarh district, says that a lot many women sarpanches in her area are inactive and it is their husbands who actually function as the sarpanchs. Ms Rani, who also comes from the Dalit community, says that when she goes to the office of the Block Development Officer (BDO) or some other office to pursue some project, the employees apparently feel ill at ease in dealing with her.

“ They are a bit taken aback when I go to their office and check what is being done about a particular project. Their attitude is that a village woman can come to an office only for their personal work”, Ms Rani said. According to her, the attitude of government personnel toward women sarpanches would change only if all the women sarpanches became active.

Ms Anita Rani and three other women, Ms Veena, Ms Sukhvinder Kaur and Ms Shyama, had come here today to take part in a press meet organised by a non government organisation, PRIA (Society for Participatory Research in Asia). Veena, Sukhvinder and Shyama work as volunteers to ensure participation of women in panchayat activities.

Ms Veena, who works in Panchkula district, says that women empowerment in villages may still be a distant objective but a beginning in this direction has been made by reserving seats for women in the panchayats. “ The situation is gradually changing for the better. Many more women sarpanches are now discharging their duties at their own level instead of being the rubber stamps of their husbands”, says Veena. She added that the women sarpanch of Ramgarh and some of the other villages of Panchkula district fall in this category active sarpanches.

They said participation of women in the functioning of panchayats had brought a lot of change in the activities of the panchayats. According to them, menfolk spend most of their time on earning a livelihood and it is the women who actually have firsthand experience of problems being faced by villagers. “The focus of panchayats on sanitation and drainage can be attributed to the presence of women members”, Veena says. She added that participation of large number of women in ‘gram sabhas’ itself was a big achievement as far as the goal of women empowerment was concerned.

Ms Shyama said that while earlier women were stopped from talking during gram sabha meetings, it was not happening any more. The women said they were also working to provide education to girl children and on stopping the practice of female foeticide.
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Pundri MLA remanded in police custody

Kurukshetra, July 5
A local court here today remanded Haryana Independent MLA Tejvir Singh in police custody for a day, who was arrested by the Kurukshetra police on charges of bigamy and cheating last evening.

The prosecution demanded three-day police remand of the Pundri MLA, but Judicial Magistrate Sangeeta Rai Sachdeva granted only one-day police remand.

A large number of Tejvir’s supporters were also present outside the court, raising anti-Om Prakash Chautala slogans.

Tejvir Singh, son of former Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Ishwar Singh, was arrested by the police soon after a case was registered against him under Sections 342, 417, 420, 493, 494, 496, 376 and 506 of the IPC.

Earlier, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate had issued directions to the Kurukshetra police to register a case against the accused on a petition filed by his ‘first wife’ Asha Thakur, a resident of Chandigarh, on July 2.

Asha, in her petition, had stated that Tejvir had remarried without her consent and also without divorcing her. She also alleged that the accused got married to another girl of his parents’ choice in her absence.

She further alleged that on being confronted, the accused told her that he got married only to please his parents and that he would leave his second wife soon. But when she asked him to fulfil his promise, he started harassing and beating her up.

Tejvir had recently withdrew support from the Chautala government to back the Congress. He had backed the INLD for more than four years before withdrawing support two months ago. He switched side to the Congress in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections and then backed its nominee Kiran Chaudhary in the Rajya Sabha elections. — UNI
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Tejvir arrest case: Cong plans protest in Kurukshetra today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The Congress will organise a demonstration at Kurukshetra tomorrow to protest against the arrest of Mr Tejvir Singh, Independent MLA, who recently shifted his allegiance from the ruling INLD to the Opposition Congress.

The MLA was arrested by the Kurukshetra Police yesterday following a directive from the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate. The court was moved by the alleged first wife of the MLA who accused him of bigamy and a number of other charges.

In a press statement here today, Mr Bhajan Lal, chief of the HPCC, said the case had been registered against the MLA at the behest of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala. He said the Congress would protest against Mr Chautala’s high-handedness’ by organising a dharna outside the mini secretariat at Kurukshetra tomorrow. The protest will be spearheaded by DCCs of Kaithal and Kurukshetra.

Mr Bhajan Lal alleged that the arrested MLA had earned the wrath of the Chief Minister by his decision to extend support to the Congress. He added that following the rout of the INLD in the Lok Sabha elections, Mr Chautala had let loose a reign of terror upon his political opponents.

Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, officiating leader of the Congress Legislature Party(CLP) in Haryana, also went to Kurukshetra today in the company of Mr Karan Singh Dalal, a newly inducted Congress MLA, to protest against Mr Tejvir Singh’s arrest. Mr Yadav said out of the eight Independent MLAs, who recently joined hands with the Congress, the government had already slapped cases against three, — Mr Devraj Dewan, Mr Tejvir Singh and Mr Jaiparkash Gupta.

He said a demonstration would be held in Palwal on July 8, followed by one at Rewari on July 9, to protest against harassment of political opponents by the government.
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Lawyer framed, alleges Bar
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, July 5
The District Bar Association today condemned the registration of a criminal case against a local lawyer Joginder Singh Virk and his ailing father Rattan Singh, allegedly under the political pressure. Mr Virk and his father have been booked under Section 302 of the IPC after the daughter-in- law of an acquaintance died under mysterious circumstances. Mr Virk, who had an old association with the ruling Indian National Lok Dal and broke up with the ruling party to join hands with the BJP before the last Lok Sabha poll, has alleged that he has been framed due to political reasons.

An emergency meeting of the District Bar Association was convened here today with the Bar president, Mr Ravinder Tayal, in the chair. Mr Virk narrated the incident in which the daughter-in-law of one of his old client died due to poisoning under mysterious circumstances. A local surgeon, who happens to be a Congress activist, treated the woman. He maintained that he was in no way involved with the treatment and then discharge of the woman from the hospital. He alleged that the woman died after parents of the woman got her discharged from the local hospital for taking her to Ludhiana. But the police, he alleged, booked him, his ailing father and the doctor along with the in-laws of the woman. The Bar decided to pass a resolution condemning the registration of a criminal case against the advocate.

A deputation of the local lawyers later met the SP, Mr Saurabh Singh, and apprised him of their resentment against the police move.
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HUJ working committee dissolved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The secretary-general of the National Union of Journalists(India), Mr M.D. Gangwar, has dissolved the working committee of the Haryana Union of Journalists(HUJ) as new office-bearers of the union could not be elected within three months of the expiry of the tenure of the previous office-bearers.

Stating this here today Mr Ashok Malik, returning officer of the HUJ, said Mr Gangwar had invoked the provisions of Article 8(c) and (d) of the NUJ and had appointed Mr Shivaji Sarkar, vice-president of the NUJ, as the convener of the HUJ. Mr Sarkar had also been authorised to appoint not more than seven members of the HUJ to assist him in conducting the affairs of the union and to hold the elections.

Mr Malik said he had told the annual convention of the HUJ held at Karnal yesterday that certain persons had raised reservations about the voters’ list after the election process had begun. Since there was no unanimity about holding the elections and in view of a chaotic scene, it was not possible for him to conduct the poll.

Mr Gangwar, who was presiding over the meeting, announced the dissolution of the working committee and closed the convention.

Mr Malik said reports in a section of the press that the “office-bearers” of the HUJ were elected were baseless because no elections could be conducted in the absence of the returning officer. He also termed the report that the outgoing president of the HUJ, Mr Virender Chauhan, had been expelled from the primary membership of the HUJ as “incorrect”. He said Mr Chauhan continued to be a member of the HUJ.
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Swami is Haryana BJP spokesman

Rohtak, July 5
Former Union Minister of State for Home I.D. Swami has been appointed spokesman for the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

This was stated by the Haryana BJP president, Prof Ganeshi Lal, while talking to media persons here today.

Mr Swami was defeated in the Lok Sabha elections from Karnal by Congress candidate Arvind Sharma.

Former MP Ram Chander Bainda has been appointed the vice-president of the Haryana BJP. Mr Bainda's appointment had been made in view of the appointment of one of the state BJP vice-presidents Kishan Singh Sangwan as the national secretary of the party, Prof Lal said.
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Panel formed for construction work
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 5
To carry on the construction work at Ch Devi Lal University (CDLU), the state government has constituted a committee, said the Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.P. Dahiya. He said the university has plans to rope in big construction companies to get the quality work on the campus.

Addressing mediapersons, the VC said the layout plan undertaken earlier on the campus was not upto the mark and this was the reason that the authorities had decided to invite fresh tenders. He gave a tentative time of three months to start the construction activity on the campus. The layout design prepared by architects was absolutely unsatisfactorily and this was the reason that the authorities decided to scrap the design, he said.

He said the new building plan would be worked out keeping in mind the newly allotted pieces of about 180 acres given to the CDLU.

Elaborating the future plans of the CDLU, Dr Dahiya said soon the faculty members would be appointed. On the issue of non-teaching staff, he said the present staff on deputation has been asked to give their choice if they want to continue with the CDLU. He said the entrance test for LLB would be conducted on July 12.
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Swadesh Deepak wants trust for writers, artistes
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 5
Noted writer Swadesh Deepak today suggested that a trust should be formed which would take care of the financial needs of writers and artistes in emergency.

Mr Deepak said that the financial help of Rs 1 lakh by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, helped him in paying his medical bills. “The money was promptly paid to me. I am happy that Mr Chautala honoured me,” he said.

He said the government should form a trust which would meet the emergency needs of people from the field of theatre and literature. “I just hope that a good precedent is set and creative people in distress can be helped out by the trust,” he suggested.
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Residents demand shifting of liquor vend
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 5
The Jagrook Chatra Morcha (JCM) and the Mahila Mukti Morcha organised a procession here today which culminated at the local mini secretariat. Later a deputation called on the ADC, Mr Pankaj Yadav, and demanded shifting a liquor vend situated in their area. Residents of Ram Nagar have been demanding closure of the liquor shop as it has become a source of nuisance for them.

Earlier they had organised processions, held meetings and submitted memorandum in support of the demand. Ms Geeta and Mr Shailender, state treasurer and district president, JCM, said it had become difficult for women and girls to move freely and incidents of eve-teasing have increased. They regretted that in spite of their repeated protests, processions and memorandums, the authorities had taken no action to remove the grievance.

It is learnt that the ADC has assured them action on the demand.
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Liquor vends near shrines to go
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 5
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balbir Singh Malik, has said the district administration would get the liquor vends removed from the religious places in the city. He said this during an open darbar organised at the mini-secretariat auditorium here today.

As many as 170 complaints were registered on the occasion. Most of the complaints pertained to shortage of water and unscheduled power cuts. The Deputy Commissioner directed the officials concerned to redress the grievances of residents.

Mr Dharambir, sarpanch of Kinala village, apprised Mr Malik of the erratic power supply to the village. He also demanded bus service from Tohana to Kinala.

Mr A.S. Ahlawat, SSP, Mr Pankaj Agarwal, ADC, Mr Pradeep Dagar, SDM, and Mr K.K.Gupta, SDM, Hansi, were also present on the occasion.
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4 school employees suspended
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 5
Four employees of DAV Public School, By the riverside, Ambala Cantonment have been placed under suspension.

The suspended employees sat on a dharna outside the school premises. They claimed that they had been wronged by the management.

However, a note issued by the Secretary of the school management committee, Mr Raj Kapoor, said “these employes have been found guilty of gross misconduct and the managing committee of the school has unanimously decided to suspend and charge sheet these employees and take appropriate disciplinary action against these employees as provided in the service rules framed by the school and CBSE.”

“The managing committee firmly believes that all doubts in the minds of the public at the instance of mischievous elements will be dispelled after the completion of inquiry,” the note adds.
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Mystery shrouds shooting incident
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 5
Mystery shrouds the shooting incident at the marriage ceremony of Ambala City MLA Ms Veena Chibber’s son last night.

While it is believed that Mr Subhash Dogra was shot at in his leg, there is no official confirmation or denial about the incident.

A doctor at the Civil Hospital, Ambala City last night claimed that Mr Dogra sustained injury in his leg due to a fall. However, it is not clear as to why Mr Dogra had to be shifted the PGI Chandigarh, even to though he had an “ordinary injury”.

The possibility of a gun being fired to celebrate the marriage, hitting the guest by mistake cannot be ruled out. Also, nobody has come forward to lodge a complaint in the incident.

Incidentally, the Haryana Chief Minister Mr Om Prakash Chautala had visited the wedding ceremony and he had left minutes before the shooting incident took place.
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Couple’s murder: no breakthrough yet
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 5
The police has not yet made a breakthrough in the case of the murder of an elderly couple which took place in Pilakhani village near here, on Sunday. Gian Singh and his wife were brutally murdered by some robbers, who took away valuables and cash.

The police has recovered a small bottle of chloroform from the scene indicating that the robbers may have made the couple unconscious before committing the crime. The police did not rule out the possibility of the involvement of a professional gang in the crime. The number of robbers could be more than two, the police said.

Two police parties have been sent in search of the killers.

A few days ago a youth of Ambala city, Rajinder, alias Bobby, was shot dead by three motor cycle-borne youths.
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10 cases of theft solved
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 5
With the arrest of three persons, the police today claimed to have solved as many as 10 cases of theft which had taken place in the twin townships of Jagadhri and Yamunanagar between January and May.

According to the police, Hibjra Vasudev of Madhya Pradesh and Hira Singh, alias Raju Shyam Rao, both residents of Sector 15, HUDA, Jagdhari, were arrested from an unoccupied house at Shahpur village here last night. One of the accused allegedly fired at the cops when the latter surrounded them.

However, when the police warned them of counter-firing, the trio surrendered. The police claimed to have recovered two country made pistols, live cartridges and knives from their possession.

According to the Superintendent of Police Mr Rajender Singh, the three have confessed of committing 10 thefts in the district. The three were later produced in a local court, which remanded them in the police custody.
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Nain gives call for Jind rally
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 5
The BKU has decided to hold a state-level meeting at Jind on July 23. This was announced by Mr Ghasi Ram Nain, state president, BKU, while addressing a meeting here on Sunday.

He asked the government to release jailed BKU activists. He said the BKU had to oppose the INLD due to its anti-farmer attitude. He said before last Assembly elections Mr Chautala had promised to provide free power to farmers and waved off their power bills and take steps to remove their grievances. Instead, he had jailed a number of farmers who participated in peaceful agitations. He urged the farmers of the Kaithal area to participate in the Jind rally.
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Canal water theft makes farmers suffer
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 5
Farmers in the villages under the Rai water service division in this district have not been receiving their due share of irrigation water for the past few months. They allege water is being stolen, as a result of which the tail-ends of the canal system remain dry.
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