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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

Acute water, power scarcity in Fatehabad
Fatehabad, July 6
Residents of Fatehabad and the surrounding areas have been facing an acute shortage of potable water and electricity these days. The delay in arrival of the monsoon has compounded the problems. Repeated complaints to the authorities concerned have failed to provide succour to the harassed residents.

Chautala gagging democracy: Hooda
Chandigarh, July 6
The former President of the Haryana Congress, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, of gagging the democracy in the state.

Woman flays Congress for defending MLA
Chandigarh, July 6
A Chandigarh woman, who filed a case against Independent MLA from Pundri, Mr Tejvir Singh, slapping on him rape and other charges, today criticised Congress leaders of the state for defending the MLA.

MDUTA plea on VC’s selection
Rohtak, July 6
The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA) has demanded that the new vice-chancellor be not selected till the executive council constitutes a search panel for the purpose.

Heads of dept to issue caste, residential certificates
Hisar, July 6
The state government has authorised the heads of departments concerned to issue the caste and residential certificates to their subordinates.


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EARLIER STORIES

  2 IAS officers transferred
Chandigarh, July 6
The Haryana Government today issued the transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers with immediate effect.

Are toppers being ignored by commission?
Chandigarh, July 6
Suman Gupta has topped in the Shastri examination of Kurukshetra University. She also has B.Ed, MA and P.hd degrees to mention with her name. When she applied for the post of Sanskrit teacher to the Haryana Staff Selection Commission, she was confident that with her qualification she would be definitely selected. She was wrong.

No change in KU admission schedule
Kurukshetra, July 6
At a meeting of the Deans Committee held under the Chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr A.K. Chawla, to consider the request of the Vice-Chancellor, Ch Devi Lal University, Sirsa, for extending the schedule of admission, it was decided that no fresh application would be considered and the schedule already drawn by Kurukshetra University be followed strictly.

Counselling for MCA from July 13
Kurukshetra, July 6
The counselling for admission against the Kashmiri Migrant and all India category seats to the MCA course for academic session 2004-2005 in Kurukshetra University, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, and their affiliated institutes will be held at Kurukshetra University, Faculty Lounge, here from July 13 to 15.

Kidwai to take over today
Chandigarh, July 6
Dr A.R. Kidwai will take over as Governor of Haryana tomorrow.
According to official sources, Dr Kidwai will be sworn in at 6-15 p.m. He will reach here tomorrow afternoon from Delhi in the state plane. TNS

Malik takes charge as DC
Kaithal, July 6
Mr H.S. Malik took over as Deputy Commissioner here today. Talking to mediapersons after assuming the charge, Mr Malik said he would give top priority to accelerating development works and ensuring adequate drinking water and power supply to the people of the district.

Bid to cheat petrol pump salesman
Sonepat, July 6
Four unidentified car-borne youths purchased petrol for Rs 900 from Jain petrol station on the Sonepat-Murthal road near Sector 15 here last night and drove away without making the payment.

Bihari labourer killed, 10 hurt in mishap
Panipat, July 6
A Bihari labourer was killed while 10 others were injured, including six of them seriously, when the tractor-trailer in which they were travelling overturned after it was hit by a truck on the National Highway here today. The victims were going to Bihar for paddy plantation.

Demonstration against killing of youth
Sonepat, July 6
A large number of Balmikis, carrying the body of a youth, Sanjay, held a demonstration in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police here last evening and demanded arrest of the culprits involved in the murder of Sanjay.

Crime against women rises in Sonepat
Sonepat, July 6
Sonepat district has witnessed an unexpected rise in sexual crimes against women during the past six months. As many as 25 cases of rape and 17 cases of attempt to rape have reportedly been registered in various police stations during the period. In most of the cases, the police has failed to arrest the accused.

Pact with Malaysian firm on expressway
Chandigarh, July 6
The Haryana Government will sign an agreement with a Malaysia- based company to construct the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway in the state on BOT basis.

Protest by candidates
Ambala, July 6
As many as 26 candidates who had come to appear for the post of constable driver in the Haryana Railway Police held a demonstration against the Railway police officers who did not allow them to appear in the physical test on the pretext that they did not have heavy transport vehicle driving licence here today. The physical test was organised at Railway Police Lines in Ambala city.

A pre-Independence cowshedLeaf from History
A pre-Independence cowshed
AMBALA:
One of the oldest cowsheds in the region is located in Ambala City. It was established in the pre-Independence era. This is the 70th year since its inception and established in 1934. However, some locals say that the cowshed was set up at the turn of the last century.

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Acute water, power scarcity in Fatehabad
Sushil Manav

Fatehabad, July 6
Residents of Fatehabad and the surrounding areas have been facing an acute shortage of potable water and electricity these days. The delay in arrival of the monsoon has compounded the problems. Repeated complaints to the authorities concerned have failed to provide succour to the harassed residents.

The problem of electricity has been continuing for the past two months. Power goes during the day a number of times. In the urban areas where the authorities claim to provide uninterrupted power supply, the number of power cuts in a single day normally cross 12.The consumers are not spared even during the night.

The problem in the rural areas is more acute. The villagers allege that power cuts are rampant and their complaints to the authorities concerned fall on deaf ears. The villagers allege that what to speak of power to run their tubewells, they do not get sufficient power to run even bulbs and fans. Only yesterday, angry villagers put a lock on the 33 KV power substation at Dariyapur in this district. Senior officers of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam had to rush to the village to defuse the situation.

Mr. V. K. Singla, Executive Engineer, DHBVN, , said that the power cuts were not due to any the fault at the local level. He said that they had only been enforcing load restrictions (LR) imposed by the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) from time to time. The DHBVN authorities here see to it that any power cut does not exceed 30 minutes. As far as power supply to the rural areas is concerned, the authorities have been supplying three-phase supply for almost nine hours in a day.

The position of supply of potable water in the area is no better. The supply is scarce in almost all localities of the town. But the position is very bad in villages. The villagers drawing water from the Muse Ahli waterworks have been facing an acute water crisis. Water in the tanks of the waterworks has dried up. The villagers have been forced to fetch water from far- off places in pitchers and tractor- trailers.
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Power future bright for Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6
Mr Anil Rajdan, Principal Secretary, Power Department, Haryana, has said that power situation in the state will improve from today as it will again start getting 320 MW of power with the revival of 1500 MW Naptha-Jhakri Hydel Project in Himachal Pradesh. The project was closed due to flash floods in its catchment area.

Mr Rajdan stated this here today while participating in a meeting on the power situation in Haryana, stated an official press note issued here. The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, who was presiding over the meeting, directed the power utilities to launch a special campaign to release regular electricity connections to those who were found indulging in electricity theft or directly tapping the line through ‘kundi’ connections.
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Villagers meet DC on drinking water
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 6
Facing an acute shortage of drinking water for the past 20 days, the residents of Bajina village, in their memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner here today, threatened either to restore supply within two days or face agitation.

In this letter written by the gram panchayat, it has been mentioned that there is no drinking water supply to the village for the past 20 days. Earlier, it was supplied through Bapora village. The residents are forced to fetch water from ponds which can prove as health hazard, whereas the groundwater is sour and unfit for consumption.

Kali Charan and Bishan Lal, both residents of Bajina, said that women were facing difficulties in fetching water from far-flung areas. “Several villagers are compelled to buy water tankers but most of the population cannot do so,” they said.
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Chautala gagging democracy: Hooda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6
The former President of the Haryana Congress, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, of gagging the democracy in the state.

In a statement issued here today Mr Hooda said it was the people’s right to vote for or against anyone in a democratic set up. During the recent Lok Sabha elections, the people had voted against Mr Chautala’s party to register their protest against his dictatorial style of functioning. But Mr Chautala, he said, had lost his balance over this humiliating defeat and was disrespecting the popular mandate by openly saying that since the people had not voted for him, the government would not undertake any development works.

Criticising Mr Chautala for his arrogant way of functioning, Mr Hooda said the Chief Minister was implicating those MLAs who had extended support to the Congress in false cases. This clearly indicated that Mr Chautala did not believe in democratic values. If these MLAs were at fault, Mr Chautala should not have taken their support for the past over four years. He should have acted against them when they were supporting him.

Cautioning the bureaucracy against being part of the vindictive campaign launched by Mr Chautala, Mr Hooda said if any officer did not discharge his duties according to the Constitution, strict action would be taken against him when the Congress would come to power.

He said the Congress would not tolerate the autocratic policies of Mr Chautala, who would have to face an agitation if he did not behave responsibly.
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Woman flays Congress for defending MLA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6
A Chandigarh woman, who filed a case against Independent MLA from Pundri, Mr Tejvir Singh, slapping on him rape and other charges, today criticised Congress leaders of the state for defending the MLA.

HPCC chief Bhajan Lal and his son Kuldeep Bishnoi, Lok Sabha member from Bhiwani, yesterday said that the MLA was arrested by the police without carrying out an investigation into the allegations against him. The complainant, who claimed to have lived 10 years with the MLA as husband-wife before she was thrown out of his house, asked whether the Congress leaders themselves had ever bothered to enquire into the charges levelled by her against the MLA.

“Mr Bhajan Lal, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda and many other senior Congress leaders were given copies of the complaint filed by me to the authorities regarding the matter. All of them knew about the case but none did anything to help me”, she told this reporter over the telephone today. She added that she knocked the door of the Congress leaders soon after she was thrown out by the MLA in 2001 but there was no response from them.

Asked how the action against the MLA coincided with his decision to switch allegiance to the Opposition Congress from the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), she said she would not like to say anything more at this juncture.

The Congress, it may be stated, has been holding demonstrations at Kurukshetra to protest against the arrest of the MLA.

Official sources said that even as the complainant was trying to get the MLA booked earlier also, action against him apparently did not take place due to the support offered by him to the ruling party.
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Tejvir’s remand extended
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 6
Independent MLA Tejvir Singh arrested on charges of bigamy, rape and cheating, was today produced before the Duty Magistrate, who extended his police remand by one day for custodial interrogation.

Tejvir Singh was brought to the district courts, complex here, where a large number of Congress supporters were present.

Congress workers raised anti-government slogans in front of the Mini-Secretariat here, sat on a dharna and organised a rally.

MP Navin Jindal, in a signed statement, condemned the action taken by the Haryana Government and said he would meet the Governor and the Union Home Minister in this regard.
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MDUTA plea on VC’s selection
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 6
The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA) has demanded that the new vice-chancellor be not selected till the executive council constitutes a search panel for the purpose.

In a communication sent to the acting Governor and Chancellor, Justice O. P. Verma, today, the MDUTA secretary, Mr Ajmer Kajal, pointed out that the executive council had at its meeting held on May 31 annulled the earlier panel constituted even before the office of the VC had fallen vacant and further decided to make fresh nominations to the panel. However, the proceedings of this meeting were recorded improperly and after protests by several members of the council, the minutes were rectified on June 14.

Despite this, a meeting of the council had been summoned for July 12 but the proposal for constituting the search panel had not been included in the agenda. This had given rise to speculations that the government wanted to go ahead with the appointment without the EC making fresh nominations to the panel. He added that this would be highly improper.

The association pointed out that a former VC Major-Gen Bhim Singh Suhag (retd), had not yet vacated the official residence and camp office of the Vice-Chancellor and that he continued to interfere in the day-to-day functioning of the university. This was having an adverse impact on the functioning of the university.

It said that the annulled panel had been constituted illegally at a meeting held on March 26 which was presided over by Major-General Suhag and that he had not quit his post by then. The panel was annulled after several members of the EC protested against the decision.
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Heads of dept to issue caste, residential certificates
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 6
The state government has authorised the heads of departments concerned to issue the caste and residential certificates to their subordinates. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balbir Singh Malik, here today.

The employees belonging to the Scheduled Castes and backward class will be issued certificates as per their service record or on the basis of the affidavit submitted by them in this regard, irrespective of the fact whether the employee is a native of the state or not.

The Deputy Commissioner said the present form for Scheduled Caste and backward class certificates had been made simpler for the convenience of the employees. He said in the case of the employees who were working in Haryana but were residents of some other state, certificates would be issued to the employees belonging to those castes which had been declared Scheduled Castes in Haryana. Mr Malik said if the service record of an employee did not have a caste certificate, it could be issued on the basis of an affidavit submitted by him or her.
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2 IAS officers transferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6
The Haryana Government today issued the transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers with immediate effect.

Mr. K.C. Sharma, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Public Works Department (Building and Roads) and Architecture, has been posted as Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Revenue and Consolidation Departments.

Mr S.C. Chaudhary, Commissioner and Secretary, Industries Department, has been given additional charge of Commissioner and Secretary, Public Works Department (Building and Roads) and Architecture Department.
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Are toppers being ignored by commission?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6
Suman Gupta has topped in the Shastri examination of Kurukshetra University. She also has B.Ed, MA and P.hd degrees to mention with her name.

When she applied for the post of Sanskrit teacher to the Haryana Staff Selection Commission, she was confident that with her qualification she would be definitely selected. She was wrong.

The commission's interview turned out to be much tougher than most of the examinations in which she was awarded gold medals.

Ms Praveen Kumari is B.Ed, MA (Sanskrit) and M.Phil. The commission did not find her suitable for the job of Sanskrit teacher, the basic qualification for which is Shastri. Surinder Kumar is not only a winner of the gold medal in MA, he also cleared the NET. But he was not found fit to be a Sanskrit teacher.

They were among those who showed their credentials to newsmen in the presence of the Congress MLA, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, here today.

Mr Ashok Kumar, who had sought the job in the category reserved for sportspersons, won a gold medal in wrestling.

He was also awarded a commendation certificate by the state Governor. But he was not selected as a teacher.

Speaking for the unfortunate candidates, Mr Krishan Kumar, holder of a Master's degree, said the interviews should be videographed. Krishan, who belongs to Jhajjar district, was interviewed by the commission in Gurgaon. He said if the interview was videographed, it would be known to all what type of questions a candidate without any recommendation, was asked by commission members.

He said during interview he was asked only two questions. "To which village you belong?" "Do you know that so and so is a big contractor of your village?" He was given a parting shot of advice by a commission member : "Kisi ki Sifarish Karwao."

Mr Dalal alleged that the commission had ignored merit while selecting teachers of various categories.

He demanded that the CBI, which was already inquiring into the selection of JBT teachers in the state on the orders of the Supreme Court should also inquire into the recent recruitment of teachers by the commission.

Mr Dalal alleged that four members of the Haryana Public Service Commission, who were sworn in yesterday, were selected on political considerations and not for their merit.

He said the Chautala Government was subverting the Constitution by obtaining the resignations of those members who were still to complete their term as members of the commission. He alleged that the Chautala government was doing so in order to pack the commission with its men for the next six years. 
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No change in KU admission schedule
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 6
At a meeting of the Deans Committee held under the Chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr A.K. Chawla, to consider the request of the Vice-Chancellor, Ch Devi Lal University, Sirsa, for extending the schedule of admission, it was decided that no fresh application would be considered and the schedule already drawn by Kurukshetra University be followed strictly.

However, the candidates of Ch Devi Lal University and Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, whose results were not declared, would be allowed to submit their results in writing before the display of the final list on July 14 and their cases would be considered for admission.

It was also decided that if students with higher percentage could not be admitted because of non-availability of seats, then to create supernumerary seats the case would be referred to a committee consisting of Deans and the Registrar to fix the number of extra seats in each course. The candidates would have to fulfil the other conditions laid down by the university. Where an entrance test was necessary, the candidate must have had appeared in it and no fresh application would be accepted. Only the candidate who had already applied would be eligible to seek admission.
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Counselling for MCA from July 13
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 6
The counselling for admission against the Kashmiri Migrant and all India category seats to the MCA course for academic session 2004-2005 in Kurukshetra University, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, and their affiliated institutes will be held at Kurukshetra University, Faculty Lounge, here from July 13 to 15.

Stating this here today, a university spokesman said that the list of candidates admitted and vacant seats institution wise and category wise would be displayed on July 16, while the seats remaining vacant under the All India Category would be filled up from the state quota candidates.

The spokesman further said that similarly, the counselling for admission against the all-India category and the state quota seats to the MCA course for 2004-2005 session in Kurukshetra University, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, and their affiliated Institutes would be held in two rounds at the same venue here from July 13 to 23 and July 29 to August 30.

The list of candidates admitted and vacant seats Institution wise and category wise would be displayed in the counselling Hall on July 24 and August 4 for the first and the second round of the counselling, respectively.
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Malik takes charge as DC
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 6
Mr H.S. Malik took over as Deputy Commissioner here today. Talking to mediapersons after assuming the charge, Mr Malik said he would give top priority to accelerating development works and ensuring adequate drinking water and power supply to the people of the district. He said that encroachments from government land in rural and urban areas would be removed and traffic in the town would be regulated to make roads more safe and user-friendly.

Mr Malik said that he would contact the senior HUDA officials to expedite the construction of the new bus stand building for which the Chief Minister had already laid the foundation stone. When his attention was drawn to the bad condition of some roads and the poor sanitation in the town causing great inconvenience to the public, he said that the PWD and the other departments concerned would be asked to repair roads dug by the Public Health Department for laying a pipe line for the canal-based water supply scheme in the town. 
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Sharma appointed Chairman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6
Mr Vasudev Sharma of Bhiwani, who left the Congress and joined the Indian National Lok Dal was today appointed Chairman of the Haryana Bureau of Public Enterprises and Standing Committee on Public Enterprises. The state government today also appointed Mr Pradeep Chaudhary as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Haryana Tourism Corporation Limited with immediate effect in place of Rao Inder Pal.
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Bid to cheat petrol pump salesman
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 6
Four unidentified car-borne youths purchased petrol for Rs 900 from Jain petrol station on the Sonepat-Murthal road near Sector 15 here last night and drove away without making the payment.

According to a report, when the salesman raised the alarm, some persons chased them and apprehended the youths a few kilometres away.

They were brought back to the petrol station and the dispute was resolved after the youths made payment for the fuel. The owner of the petrol station did not report the case to the police.

According to another report, three unidentified armed motor cycle-borne youths reportedly robbed a truck driver, near the Industrial area, of Narela today of Rs 12,000. The incident occurred on the Narela-Khera road and the truck driver has lodged a complaint with the police.
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Bihari labourer killed, 10 hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 6
A Bihari labourer was killed while 10 others were injured, including six of them seriously, when the tractor-trailer in which they were travelling overturned after it was hit by a truck on the National Highway here today. The victims were going to Bihar for paddy plantation.

The mishap took place around 7.30 am, when the ill-fated tractor-trolley carrying 11 persons, including nine Bihari labourers, and two farmers from Amritsar, was on its way from Amritsar to Bihar. As they entered Panipat, a truck loaded with fruits heading towards Delhi from Batala, hit the tractor-trailer from behind. The tractor-trailer overturned and a labourer, Dalip, was crushed to death, while others sustained injuries. The truck driver and the cleaner also sustained minor injuries. The injured have been admitted to the Civil Hospital and the condition of the six of them is said to be critical.

An injured labourer, Dinesh, said that all labourers hailed from Bihar and had been working as farm workers on the contractual basis for Gurdayal Singh, a farmer who also sustained injuries in the accident.

After finishing paddy plantation in Amritsar, Gurdayal Singh was taking them to Bihar for paddy plantation in his farm there, he added.
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Demonstration against killing of youth
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 6
A large number of Balmikis, carrying the body of a youth, Sanjay, held a demonstration in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police here last evening and demanded arrest of the culprits involved in the murder of Sanjay.

According to a report, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldip Singh Sihag, ordered the DSP, Ganaur, to arrest the culprits. The order of the SP pacified the agitating Balmikis and they dispersed. Later they cremated the body.

It is stated that a dispute arose between Sanjay and the neighbourers, Jai Bhagwan and Mukesh, on the issue of drainage of storm water in Balmiki Basti on July 2. Thereupon Jai Bhagwan and Mukesh assaulted Sanjay, his father Randhir, mother. Ompati and brother’s wife, Krishna, with lathis. All the injured persons were rushed to the community health centre at Ganaur for treatment. Sanjay was referred to Panipat hospital for further treatment where he succumbed to his injuries.
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Crime against women rises in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 6
Sonepat district has witnessed an unexpected rise in sexual crimes against women during the past six months. As many as 25 cases of rape and 17 cases of attempt to rape have reportedly been registered in various police stations during the period. In most of the cases, the police has failed to arrest the accused.

According to available information, the highest number of seven cases of rape were registered in February. Five cases of rape were registered in January, four cases each in March and June, three and two cases in April and May, respectively.

Interestingly, 13 victims of rape were married women. As many as seven minors were also raped. The body of a woman, who was reportedly raped and murdered, was recovered by the police near Kundli on April 21.

The rape cases involving minors included rape of a 10-year-old girl in Tazpur village on January 30, seven-year-old girl of Pio-Maniari on February 3, seven-year-old of Khanda village on March 20, a minor of local Baba Colony on March 24, another of Silana village on April 3, A 12-year-old of Kharkhoda on April 29 and an 8-year-old girl of the local Hanuman Nagar on June 18.
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Pact with Malaysian firm on expressway
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6
The Haryana Government will sign an agreement with a Malaysia- based company to construct the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway in the state on BOT basis.

This was decided at a meeting of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala here today.

While stating this here, an official release said a Malaysian delegation led by the Works Minister had a meeting with the Chief Minister in New Delhi earlier this year to discuss the construction of the expressway.

The release claimed that Haryana's participation in CeBIT-2004 at Hanover in Germany from March 18 to 24 had made its IT initiatives known in the international arena. An IT event will be organised at Chandigarh in February, 2005, to further project Haryana's IT initiatives, the release said.

A number of proposals received from foreign companies, including those which had resulted following the visit of a high- level delegation led by Mr Chautala to Gulf countries, were also discussed in the meeting.
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Protest by candidates
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 6
As many as 26 candidates who had come to appear for the post of constable driver in the Haryana Railway Police held a demonstration against the Railway police officers who did not allow them to appear in the physical test on the pretext that they did not have heavy transport vehicle driving licence here today. The physical test was organised at Railway Police Lines in Ambala city.

The candidates Kulwinder, Ram Dayal, Muksh, Suresh, Rakesh, Karambir Ravinder, Umesh, Ram Nivas, Dinesh, Mahender and Shamsher who had come from Jind, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Faridabad and Gurgaon districts said an advertisement had appeared in various newspapers on December 15 in this regard. The eligibility for the candidates was Matriculation and the driving licences of heavy transport vehicles and light transport vehicles.

The agitated candidates said they had attached the copy of their LTV licence along with the application around six months ago and after the proper scrutiny they were called for the physical test. If the LTV licence holders were not eligible for the post, they should not have been called for the physical test.

They alleged that a railway police officer did not allow some of the candidates stating their driving licence were fake without any proper verification. On the other hand some of the candidates were given VIP treatment during the physical test. They threatened that they would take the matter to the court if they were not entertained for the physical test.

The SP Railway, Mr Ravi Azad, could not be contacted after repeated efforts for his comments.
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Leaf from History
A pre-Independence cowshed
Rahul Das

AMBALA: One of the oldest cowsheds in the region is located in Ambala City.

It was established in the pre-Independence era. This is the 70th year since its inception and established in 1934. However, some locals say that the cowshed was set up at the turn of the last century.

Located on Spatu Road, the cowshed is an epitome of the selfless service being carried out for cows.

Mr Gian Chand Aggarwal, president of the Gaushala Trust Society, said ever since its inception the cowshed had taken care of cows, particularly the aged, sick and infirm.

He said over the years a number of changes have taken place at the cowshed. “We have built new sheds so that more cows can be accommodated and a few rooms have also been added,” he stated.

Mr Aggarwal said they had tried to keep abreast with the latest technology by starting a biogas plant. “The plant meets our basic requirements. We are also planning to set up a small unit for refining “gau mutra”, which will be bottled and sold,” he said.

He stated that the revenue for the maintenance of the cowshed comes from the rent of adjoining shops, by selling milk and through donations. “Although we have limited space, we have tried to use it to the maximum. Currently we have 250 cows at the shed,” he added.
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Former DC bereaved
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 6
Dr Shanno Devi (68), mother of former Deputy Commissioner of Kaithal, Mr Anurag Agarwal, died in a hospital in New Delhi this morning. She will be cremated here tomorrow morning. Mr Agarwal, who hails from Lucknow, was recently transferred to Gurgaon but his family had not shifted from here. Dr Shanno Devi is survived by her husband, son Anurag Agarwal and a daughter, who is a doctor.
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