SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI



THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

Race hots up for top Cong post
Rohtak, July 7
The Haryana Congress is in a state of flux yet again with rumours of an impending change of guard gaining circulation and the fierce factional infighting slowly giving way to a cold war.

Kidwai sworn in Governor of Haryana
A.R. Kidwai
Chandigarh, July 7
Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Haryana Chief Minister, today greeted the new Governor in his inimitable style by reiterating his view that the office of the Governor should be abolished.

Abolish Governor’s post, says Chautala
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala inaugurates waterworks at Ambala on Wednesday.
Ambala, July 7
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said today that the post of Governor in states should be abolished as it was an unnecessary burden on the state exchequer.

Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala inaugurates waterworks at Ambala on Wednesday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

HUDA all set to regain 800 acres of encroached land
Panchkula, July 7
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is all set to regain almost 800 acres of encroached land in different urban estates of Haryana. Senior officials in HUDA inform that a new policy to relocate the slum dwellers in different urban estates is underway.

SGPC poll observers from Haryana apprehensive
Chandigarh, July 7
Apprehension has gripped Haryana IAS officers in the wake of their proposed deputation as observers for the forthcoming SGPC elections.


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EARLIER STORIES

 

Panel on power slabs set up
Kurukshetra, July 7
The Haryana Government has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Sampat Singh to rationalise the slab system of power in the state so that farmer could get maximum benefits from the scheme.

BKU to continue struggle on SYL
Sonepat, July 7
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to continue its struggle for bringing the water from the Satlej-Yamuna Link canal from Punjab to meet the needs of the Haryana farmers.

Haryana transfers 14 police officers
Chandigarh, July 7
The Haryana Government today transferred three IPS officers and 11 Haryana Police Service officers with immediate effect. Mr M. Ravi Kiran IPS, has been posted as Superintendent of Police (SP), State Vigilance Bureau with additional charge of SP, Special Branch, CID against a vacant post.

MLA booked on corruption charge
Karnal, July 7
The police has booked the local Independent MLA, Mr Jai Prakash Gupta, and two others under Section 13-1(D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act in a paddy milling scam.

Bishnoi hails Budget
Chandigarh, July 7
While a Haryana Congress MP, Mr Kuleep Bishnoi, has welcomed the Railway Budget presented by Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav in the Lok Sabha yesterday, a party spokesman, Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, did not seem satisfied with the Budget.

Tejvir’s remand extended
Kurukshetra, July 7
Independent MLA, Tejvir Singh, who was arrested by the police on the charge of bigamy, rape and cheating was today produced before the Duty Magistrate, who further extended his custodial interrogation for a day.

Donating blood a mission for him
Ambala, July 6
He is a senior Army officer and a star blood donor. For Col R.D. Singh, an Armoured Corp officer who is ever ready to fight for the nation during war and peace time, it is his mission to save lives through voluntary blood donation. He has donated blood 58 times.

Reinstatement of suspended school staff sought
Ambala, July 7
A section of the management committee of DAV Public School, Ambala Cantonment, sought the reinstatement of suspended employees here today. Four employees of the school were placed under suspension two days ago.

Varsity counselling schedule revised
Chandigarh, July 7
The counselling schedule of Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, for admissions has been revised.

Varsity land a bone of contention
Sirsa, July 7
The Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) and the Haryana Government are likely to lock horns over the ownership of the 56-acre Ch Devi Lal University (CDLU). The Haryana Government had given the land for the CDLU.

Miscreants fire at police party, ASI hurt
Sirsa, July 7
In a daring act last night, miscreants fired at a police patrolling party and injured an ASI, Mr Ami Lal, near Jandwala village. The police has identified at least three persons in this connection and registered a case against them.

ASI shoots at nephew
Yamunanagar, July 7
An Assistant Sub-Inspector posted at Mullana police station, Ambala, allegedly fired at his nephew, Mehar Singh, 33, and seriously wounded him in Dharamgarh village, under Chhappar police station in this district, in the wee hours today.

Woman mistaken as ghost, killed
Rohtak, July 7
An old woman was done to death by a neighbour who took her to be a ghost at Mokhra village in this district last night.

Market Pulse
Mobike company launches mileage contest
Ambala, July 7
TVS Centra mileage competition began here today. Talking to mediapersons, Mr Y.P. Das, managing partner of Metro Motors, said the competition would be held for three days.
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Race hots up for top Cong post
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 7
The Haryana Congress is in a state of flux yet again with rumours of an impending change of guard gaining circulation and the fierce factional infighting slowly giving way to a cold war.

Three factors have led to this situation. Firstly, the speculation about the health of the HPCC, chief Mr Bhajan Lal, is causing concern among his supporters. They are worrying about their future in the party, should there be a change in his position.

Secondly, the Rajya Sabha poll fiasco has given the anti-Bhupinder Singh Hooda factions a stick to beat him with. At the same time, the six legislators who had declared support to the Congress just before the election and were subsequently disqualified are now groping in the dark about their future in the party.

Thirdly, the emergence of the humbled Congress nominee for the Rajya Sabha seat, Ms Kiran Chaudhry, on the Haryana Congress scene has added an altogether new dimension to the battle for supremacy.

The net result is that the Congress, which romped home with nine of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state recently, is politically inactive at the grassroots level while the leaders are busy lobbying against each other in the Delhi Durbar.

The cold war this time has an internecine theme. Amongst the Jats, the anti-Hooda factions have been advancing the theory that it would be suicidal for the party to face the forthcoming assembly elections with a non-Jat heading the party, especially when the two MPs accommodated in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet are both non-Jats. They want Mr Hooda out of the race since he has already served a rather undistinguished term as Congress president and shifted to the Centre of his own.

The intra-caste struggle has gained momentum with the arrival of Ms Chaudhry on the Haryana scene. She is known as a struggler and is unlikely to quietly quit the Haryana scene in favour of Delhi, where she was recently defeated in the assembly elections. She has a strong foothold in the Congress high command and can emerge as a dark horse in the Haryana Congress. This is giving senior Jat leaders anxious moments.

On the other front, among the non-Jats, Mr Bhajan Lal, despite his failing health, is known as a man who has humbled every Jat opponent in the Congress several times in the past. He has already anointed his younger son and MP, Mr Kuldeep Bishnoi, as his successor and sources say he has in turn cultivated the right contacts in Delhi after his entry to the Lok Sabha.

Among the non-Jats, industrialist-turned-politician Om Prakash Jindal is also an aspirant for the post of Chief Minister after the elections and the Congress chief before the poll. According to Jindal camp insiders, his son, Mr Naveen Jindal, who recently entered the Lok Sabha, is making waves in Delhi, especially among the colts in the Rahul Gandhi stable, which may stand the father-son duo in good stead.

But the scene at the grassroots level remains more confused than this. With no directions coming from senior party leaders, the second-rung leadership, which had been itching for a fight after the Lok Sabha victory, has lost much of its enthusiasm.
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Kidwai sworn in Governor of Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Haryana Chief Minister, today greeted the new Governor in his inimitable style by reiterating his view that the office of the Governor should be abolished.

The Chief Minister told this to reporters at Raj Bhavan here after the swearing-in ceremony of Mr A.R. Kidwai as the Governor of Haryana. Sitting beside an astonished Mr Kidwai, Mr Chautala said, “I would say even in front of the hon’ble Governor that a Governor was not needed in a state. Members of the Council of Ministers are sworn in by the Governor and that job can be done by the Chief Justice of the High Court as well”. The CM added that his view could not be put into practice as the office of Governor could be abolished only by carrying out amendments in the Constitution.

The Chief Minister, however, indicated that he was happy to have got rid of Babu Parmanand as the Governor with whom he shared an acrimonious relation. “People of Haryana are happy to have a new governor. Even the weather has become pleasant today to greet the occasion. Earlier it was very hot and sultry”, the CM said.

He made light of questions about his proposed expansion of the Council of Ministers. “I am watching the situation in Arunachal Pradesh where the Assembly had to be dissolved when the CM tried to prune the ministry in conformity with the new law on size of the Council of Ministers”, Mr Chautala said. Mr Kidwai, when asked what he thought about the sacking of the four Governors by the UPA Government, said that it was the practice that a Governor could remain in the office as long as the President wanted him to remain as the Governor. “I have not appointed myself as the Governor of Haryana nor have I removed the last Governor of the state”, he said. Asked whether the dismissal of Governors was a blow to the high office of the Governor, Mr Kidwai said a Governor was known by his works and his deeds.

Mr Kidwai was sworn in as the 14th Governor of Haryana by the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr B.K. Roy in a brief ceremony held at the lawn of the Raj Bhavan. While most of the ministers of the Chautala-led Cabinet were present in the function, none from the Opposition, except Congress MLA, Mr Zakir Hussain, took part in the ceremony. None of the BJP legislators took part in the function even as Mr Tarlochan Singh, newly elected Rajya Sabha member from Haryana whose name was proposed by the BJP MLAs, was present there.
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Abolish Governor’s post, says Chautala
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 7
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said today that the post of Governor in states should be abolished as it was an unnecessary burden on the state exchequer. He was speaking after inaugurating a drinking water scheme at Balana village, near Ambala.

He said there was no need of any Governor as the Chief Justice of the respective high court could administer oath to ministers in the state. He termed Governors as white elephants. He said former Governor of Haryana Babu Parmanand did not act as per the constitutional ethics. He said it was the privilege of the President to dismiss any Governor. Without naming the BJP, he said some political parties had been opposing the decision of the President in removing some governors. It was against the democratic norms, he said.

Justifying the arrest of the MLA of Pundri, he said the police had registered a criminal case against the MLA on the direction of the court. He said it was unfortunate that some political parties were demonstrating in support of the MLA against whom a case under Section 376 of the IPC was registered. He said the charges levelled by Congress leaders that some of the Independent MLAs were being politically victimized were baseless.

He said the Union Government had handed over the construction of the SYL Canal to a Central agency and the people of Haryana were now hopeful that they would get their share of the water soon. He said the SYL canal was the lifeline of Haryanvis and the farmers of the state had been suffering a lot for the past two decades due to its non-completion.

He said the people had supported the Congress in the recent Lok Sabha elections, but now they were repenting. He said the Congress had always indulged in the politics of power and it had nothing to do with the interests of the common man.

Referring to the power crises in the state, he said it was only a temporary phase. He said the people of Haryana had been getting better power supply in comparison to neighbouring states. He said his government had been giving top priority to power generation and the situation would improve a lot in the next few months.

President of the state unit of the INLD Ashok Arora, Social Welfare Minister Rasal Singh, president of the district unit of the party Surjit Singh Sonta and MLA Jasbir Malour were present on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner R.P. Gupta, Superintendent of Police Desh Raj Singh and senior officers of the Public Health Department were also present.
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Chautala seeks military school in Jhajjar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has urged the Union Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, to expedite the setting up of a military school at Matenhail village in Jhajjar district as its foundation stone had already been laid by the former Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, on September 7, 2003.

In a letter to Mr Mukherjee, Mr Chautala mentioned that a piece of land measuring 300 acre was donated free of cost by the village panchayat for the purpose and now it was for the Defence Ministry to take possession of the land and start construction of the building.

He also pointed out that the request for a military school in the district had been a long-standing demand of ex-servicemen of the area. Jhajjar district is well-known for its significant contribution to the armed forces as 226 martyrs of the district had sacrificed their lives for the nation after Independence. As many as 29,859 ex-servicemen were registered with the Zila Sainik Board, Jhajjar, and about 16,000 persons were presently serving the Indian Army and another 10,000 persons were with the paramilitary forces.
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Repair roads by Sept-end, Chautala tells PWD
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has directed the Public Works Department (Building and Roads) to repair all damaged roads by September-end and complete all ongoing works, including the construction of roads and buildings of various offices and institutions, positively by December 31.

Mr Chautala, who was presiding over a meeting to review the functioning of the department here last evening, said as a policy matter, it had been decided that all roads passing through the villages would be laid with concrete so that these might not get damaged due to stagnant water.

While referring to the issue of roads on the border of the state, he made it clear that in case any of the neighbouring states had made a road upto the border of Haryana, the department should also construct a road upto that end thus providing a road link to the people of both states.

The Chief Minister said it had been observed that the berms of the roads got damaged for lack of soil upto their level on both sides of the roads.

The “beldars” should be asked to discharge their duty with sincerity so as to maintain the roads.
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Incentive for recovery of market fees

Chandigarh, July 7
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today announced that an incentive would be given to the employees of the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board and those of market committees for their outstanding performance in the recovery of market fees and Haryana Rural Development Fund.

While disclosing this here today, the Chairman of the board, Mr Balwant Singh Maina, said this incentive included 15 days of basic pay, in the form of collection charges, for the past three consecutive years, that is for 45 days in total. It would benefit employees to the tune of Rs 2 crore.

He said the Board had created a record by raising Rs 441.15 crore in the form of market fees and Rs 427 crore as the Haryana Rural Development Fund (HRDF) during the past three years.

The Chief Administrator of the board, Mr Sajjan Singh, said this increase in recovery had been made as a result of reduction in the market fees from 2 per cent to 1 per cent on 21 agricultural items and exempting them from the HRDF. — TNS
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HUDA all set to regain 800 acres of encroached land
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 7
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is all set to regain almost 800 acres of encroached land in different urban estates of Haryana.

Senior officials in HUDA inform that a new policy to relocate the slum dwellers in different urban estates is underway. Thousands of plots in the urban estates, reserved under the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category will be granted to the evicted slum dwellers. Over 500 acres of area under encroachment in the state is presently under litigation (where slum dwellers have filed cases against eviction), while 300 acres of encroached land in various parts of the state is under encroachment, without litigation. Officials say that the 300 acres of encroached land which is not under litigation, cannot be reclaimed as permanent slum/labour colonies have come up on this land.

As per the figures available, the urban population in Indian cities is growing by approximately 3 per cent and the slum population is growing at a comparatively faster pace. About 20 per cent of the population in the big cities is estimated to be living in slums. Sources say that in accordance with the already existing policy followed by the Government of Haryana, wherever slums have come up on government or Municipal Council land in conforming land use, liberal leasehold rights to slum squatters will be given at reasonable rates on a long term installments. But colonies in non- conforming land use like drains\ canals, green belts etc. cannot be regularised.

HUDA officials say that since the largest encroachments are in the urban estates of Faridabad, Panchkula and Gurgaon, they have decided to earmark the EWS plots in these cities for relocation of the slum dwellers. About 3,500 plots have been reserved for this purpose in Panchkula (Sector 20 and 28, besides the 20 percent plots reserved under the EWS category in all new sectors). In Faridabad, HUDA has reserved 10,000 plots in Gonchi village for rehabilitation of these slum dwellers. Officials say that the land under encroachment in Gurgaon is comparatively less than in Faridabad and Gurgaon, and the land acquisition process in Gurgaon is underway. The HUDA authorities have identified the slum dwellers in different urban estates, registered under the Punjab Slum Areas Improvement and Clearance Haryana Amendment Act, 1990. 
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SGPC poll observers from Haryana apprehensive
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Apprehension has gripped Haryana IAS officers in the wake of their proposed deputation as observers for the forthcoming SGPC elections.

Sources in the Haryana Government said that at least two IAS officers have already written to the Chief Secretary voicing concern about their deputation as observers for the forthcoming SGPC elections.

The sources said Mr Roshan Lal, Special Secretary, Health Department, wrote in a letter, dated July 7, that it was probably for the first time in the history of Haryana that the names of super- time scale IAS officers had been recommended for the elections of a religious body. The letter added that since the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, did not have any provision for appointing observers during SGPC elections, their appointment could turn out to be an exercise in futility.

Listing the powers vested with the observers appointed by the Election Commission of India to make them effective, Mr Roshan Lal wrote that the Gurdwara Election Commission(GEC) must make the appointment of officers under provisions of the 1925 Act. He also added that detailed guidelines should be issued by the GEC to the observers clearly defining their role and the duties expected of them.

The letter also mentioned possibility of violence breaking out in Punjab during the SGPC elections and said since the stakes in the elections were quite high, the atmosphere in the state was quite surcharged for these elections. He added that given the attitude of the Punjab Government towards the SGPC elections, the Returning Officers for the SGPC elections in Punjab might not be receptive to the observers appointed by the GEC. They may not provide security to the observers, and if at all security is provided, use of Punjab Police for this purpose may not be effective. Mr Roshan Lal then added that at least half a section of Central paramilitary forces should be provided to him on the polling day to ensure his security.

He also added that the Returning Officer concerned should be directed by the GEC to provide transport to him at Chandigarh itself. He also wrote that he should be provided with all the facilities which were provided to observers appointed by the Election Commission of India.

Mr Roshan Lal added that he might be allowed to take his own secretary along with him in order to maintain the secrecy of his reports since reliable staff might not be provided to the observers by the Returning Officers in Punjab. He also said that the GEC should place adequate funds at the disposal of Returning Officers for providing necessary facilities to the observers. The IAS officer urged the Chief Secretary to take up these issues with the GEC at the earliest.

A similar letter to the Chief Secretary was written also by Dr Dalip Singh, Special Secretary, Cooperative Department, whose name, too, has been recommended by the Haryana Government for acting as an observer during the SGPC elections. Dr Dalip Singh wrote that he might be posted as an observer in Haryana only in view of the tense atmosphere in Punjab. He also wrote that many Haryana officers, who were not made observers during the last Lok Sabha elections, could be posted as observers for the SGPC elections so that they could also gather the experience of an election observer.

Other IAS officers, whose names have been proposed to be deputed as observers for the SGPC elections, are also expected to write to the Chief Secretary voicing their opinion regarding the assignment, the sources said.
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Panel on power slabs set up
D.R. Vij

Kurukshetra, July 7
The Haryana Government has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Sampat Singh to rationalise the slab system of power in the state so that farmer could get maximum benefits from the scheme. This was stated by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today while presiding over the fourth phase of the “Sarkar Apke Dwar” programme at Pehowa, 30 km from here.

Mr Chautala said the report of the committee would be submitted to the government soon. He alleged that opposition parties were misleading the people and provoking them to misbehave with Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam officials.

The Chief Minister sanctioned about Rs 6 crore for the development works to be executed in the Pehowa constituency. He said the Haryana Government had supplied sufficient power and water for irrigation to the agricultural sector. He maintained that remunerative prices had been ensured for the produce of farmers and proper arrangements had been made for the storage of foodgrain.

Mr Chautala said the government had initiated a scheme for the construction of anganwari centres at the village level, under which a village panchayat had to deposit Rs 33,000 and the government would provide Rs 2.5 lakh. He said the “Swajaldhara” scheme had been launched, under which a village panchayat had to deposit 10 per cent of the money while the rest would be given by the government.

He announced the upgradation of government girls’ and boys’ high schools to the senior secondary level. The sewerage of the town would be made functional, he announced. He said the police station and the veterinary hospital would be shifted. The Chief Minister sanctioned an ayurvedic dispensary for Gumthla Gadu and Seonsar villages.
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BKU to continue struggle on SYL
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 7
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to continue its struggle for bringing the water from the Satlej-Yamuna Link canal from Punjab to meet the needs of the Haryana farmers.

This was stated by Mr Ghasi Ram Nain, president of the BKU (Haryana unit), while addressing a press conference at Gohana, 35 km from here, yesterday.

He said that it was the responsibility of the central and state governments to supply water to the Haryana farmers through the SYL canal after the verdict of the apex court. If both the governments failed to bring water, the BKU would launch an agitation and bring water on its own by breaking the law, if necessary.

The BKU leader said that the union had adopted the non-violence attitude by following the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, but the leaders of the political parties were in the habit of resorting to violence for their selfish ends. He said that the BKU would meet at Jind on July 23 to chalk out the future course of action on the issue of the canal.
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Haryana transfers 14 police officers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Haryana Government today transferred three IPS officers and 11 Haryana Police Service officers with immediate effect.

Mr M. Ravi Kiran IPS, has been posted as Superintendent of Police (SP), State Vigilance Bureau with additional charge of SP, Special Branch, CID against a vacant post. Mr Sultan Singh, SP, State Vigilance Bureau, has been posted as Commandant, Ist Battalion, Haryana Armed Police (HAP), Ambala, against a vacant post.

Mr, Y. Puran Kumar, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Jhajjar, has posted as Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ambala cantonment vice Mr Arun Kumar.

Mr Arun Kumar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Ambala cantonment has been posted as Deputy Superintendent of Police, GRP, Ambala cantonment in place of Mr Rajinder Singh, who has been posted as DSP, HPA, Madhuban. Mr Om Parkash, DSP, CID, has been posted as DSP, Mahendragarh.

Mr Mohinder Singh, Mr Jagat Singh and Mr Mahavir Singh, all DSPs, CID, have been posted as DSP, 3rd Battalion, HAP, Hisar, DSP, Headquarters, Narnaul and DSP, Nuh, respectively. Mr Phool Kumar, DSP, Headquarter, Kurukshetra, has been posted as DSP, Naraingarh.

Mr, Virender Kumar, DSP, State Vigilance Bureau, has been posted as DSP, Headquarters, Kurukshetra. Mr Randhir Singh, DSP, Commando, has been posted as DSP, Hodel. Mr Gurdeep Singh, on promotion, has been posted as DSP, 4th Battalion, HAP, Madhuban, and Mr Chander Singh, on return from leave, has been posted as DSP, HPA, Madhuban.
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MLA booked on corruption charge
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 7
The police has booked the local Independent MLA, Mr Jai Prakash Gupta, and two others under Section 13-1(D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act in a paddy milling scam.

A local court today remanded one of the co-accused, former District Manager of CONFED V.P. Gupta, in police custody for three days while the anticipatory bail applications of the MLA and his business partner, Mr Ramesh Bansal, were pending before the District and Sessions Court here and would come up for hearing on tomorrow.

They all were booked under Sections 406, 420, 120-B, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC in 2002 at Indri police station (Karnal) for irregularities in a rice mill said to be owned by MLA Gupta and Mr Bansal.

Last week, the police also charged them under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The MLA and Mr Bansal moved an application in the District and Sessions Court against the addition of the Prevention of Corruption Act and demanded an anticipatory bail. The court granted stay on their arrest till July 8.

However, the police raided the house of Mr Gupta at Kurukshetra on Tuesday night and arrested him. 
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Bishnoi hails Budget
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
While a Haryana Congress MP, Mr Kuleep Bishnoi, has welcomed the Railway Budget presented by Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav in the Lok Sabha yesterday, a party spokesman, Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, did not seem satisfied with the Budget.

In separate statements issued here today, Mr Bishnoi described the Budget as “pro-poor, pro-middle class and pro-businessmen”. He said the decision to allow free travel to unemployed youth for going to appear in interviews, widows of the defence personnel and chronically ill persons was praiseworthy.

Mr Bishnoi said the introduction of new trains and extension of the existing trains would go a long way in increasing the rail traffic. He was also appreciative of the Railway Minister’s plan to launch the “village on wheels” scheme, which, he said, would provide more facilities to the lower strata of society.

On the other hand Mr Hooda said there was a need of several rail lines in Haryana, including the Rohtak-Jajhar-Rewari line, for which he would soon meet Mr Yadav. He said the electrification of the Rohtak-Delhi rail track was a necessity because thousands of passengers travelled on this line daily.

Mr Hooda also demanded introduction of more trains on the Rohtak-Delhi section to meet the growing demand of daily passengers. He said the number of coaches reserved for women should be increased.

Mr Hooda said he had already written a letter to Mr Yadav to his demand for more rail services in Haryana. However, he welcomed Mr Yadav’s announcement to increase security in the trains. 
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Tejvir’s remand extended
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 7
Independent MLA, Tejvir Singh, who was arrested by the police on the charge of bigamy, rape and cheating was today produced before the Duty Magistrate, who further extended his custodial interrogation for a day.

Tejvir Singh was arrested on July 4 and was sent in police remand for third time today. His supporters also raised slogans in protest against being falsely implicated.

The Congress supporters also demonstrated in front of mini-secretariat by raising anti-government slogans and held a rally.

While addressing the rally, all speakers criticised the Haryana Government for arresting Tejvir. The former Haryana Finance Minister and Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) general secretary, Mr Mange Ram Gupta, said the Haryana Government was suppressing the public voice by terrorising the elected representatives of the public.
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Donating blood a mission for him
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 6
He is a senior Army officer and a star blood donor.

For Col R.D. Singh, an Armoured Corp officer who is ever ready to fight for the nation during war and peace time, it is his mission to save lives through voluntary blood donation. He has donated blood 58 times.

Col R.D. Singh has been a Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He started donating blood while he was a student of DAV College Chandigarh in 1972.

The officer not only donates blood but also motivates others for this noble cause. He has been instrumental in organising blood donation camps. As a Commanding Officer of 48 Armoured Regiment in the Western Sector in 1997, he recalls how his unit saved the life of a man who was dying for want of blood.

“A woman came to my house and pleaded that her husband had to undergo an emergency operation at the Civil Hospital, Sri Ganganagar. She sought the help of the unit in arranging the blood. I immediately sent two soldiers from the unit who donated blood for the operation. The next day, the woman thanked the unit for having saved her husband’s life,” he said.

Besides Col R.D. Singh, his wife Madhu Singh and daughter Anusha Singh have also donated blood for a number of times. Mrs Madhu Singh, a teacher in Army School, Ambala Cantt, has donated blood 13 times while Anusha Singh, a final year student at Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, has donated blood thrice.

Col R.D. Singh has been honoured several times for his efforts in blood donation. He was awarded a bronze medal by the Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh. He was honoured as a star blood donor by Justice O.P. Verma, Governor of Punjab, on October 1, 2003. He was also felicitated by Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat as distinguished alumni of DAV College Chandigarh.

He said member of his family will keep donating blood till they reach the age of 65. “I will keep working for the voluntary blood donation movement throughout my life,” he said. His blood group is rare B (negative).
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Reinstatement of suspended school staff sought
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 7
A section of the management committee of DAV Public School, Ambala Cantonment, sought the reinstatement of suspended employees here today.

Four employees of the school were placed under suspension two days ago.

While five members of the school management committee have sought that the employees must be reinstated, the president of the committee maintained that action was taken after a unanimous decision of the committee.

A letter written to the president of the school management committee by the five members states that decision to suspend the employees must be reconsidered and they must be reinstated. They have alleged that they were not properly briefed on the issue in the July 4 meeting of the school management committee.

They have stated in the letter that after much thought, they have come to the conclusion that the employees are not at fault. “We have decided that the suspension order must be taken back without any delay,” the letter states.

However, the president of the school management committee, Mr S.R. Sareen, said, “The employees were suspended following disobedience of the Principal’s orders and the committee had authorised me to take action.”

Mr Sareen said the views of these management members would  be put up in a subsequent meeting of the  committee.
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Varsity counselling schedule revised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The counselling schedule of Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, for admissions has been revised.

A spokesman of the university said here today that counselling for M.Sc. (Environmental Science), M. Tech, (Environmental Science and Engineering), M.Sc, Mass Communication, Post-graduate Diploma in Advertising Management and Public Relations M.Sc) Food Technology, M.Sc. Physics, Master of Business Economics, M.Sc. (Chemistry), M.Sc (Applied Psychology) and M.Sc. Biotechnology for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes of Haryana only would be held on July 13, 17 and 23.

He said the counselling for Bachelor of Physiotherapy would be held on July 8, 13 and 23. For M. Pharmacy- July 16, 19 and 22; for M. Tech (Computer Science and Engineering) July 26, 30 and August 2; and for M.Sc (Computer Science) the test is scheduled for July 15 while counselling would be held on July 26, 30 and August 2.
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Counselling dates for MBA course

Kurukshetra, July 7
Counselling for admissions against the all-India category and the Kashmiri migrant and state quota seats to the MBA course in Kurukshetra University, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa and their affiliated institutes will be held in two rounds at the Kurukshetra University Senate Hall here on July 14 and August 4. — OC
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Varsity land a bone of contention
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 7
The Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) and the Haryana Government are likely to lock horns over the ownership of the 56-acre Ch Devi Lal University (CDLU). The Haryana Government had given the land for the CDLU. While land ownership has been changed in the name of the CDLU in the revenue records, the CICR has staked its claim over the ownership of the land.

Frequent visits of university officials to chalk out the construction on the CICR campus have become a cause of concern for the CICR authorities. Officials in the CICR accuse the university authorities of visiting the CICR campus without officially intimating the institute authorities. Officials at the institute, under the Union Ministry of Agriculture, say the visitors should intimate the institute officials before moving about on the campus as they have sophisticated research instruments and valuable cotton crop sown for research programmes.

Last week, the university authorities had sent a delegation comprising surveyors, to the CICR, to which the institute had objected. “Last week, members of an agency came to the institute campus with to carry on the land survey. The team did not inform the CICR authorities,’’ informs an insider. Sources say the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar and two other top officials from the Haryana Agriculture varsity along with an official of the engineering wing, came to the campus to chalk out the construction plans on the campus.

“We have the records, showing that the CICR has the ownership over the campus land, including the farmland. This was done in the late 1950s by the then united Punjab authorities in the name of the Project for Intensifying Research on Cotton Oilseeds and Millets, later named as CICR,’’ says Dr D Monga, head of the institute. About two weeks ago, the state government, in a communiqué to the CICR, stated that the ownership of the land had been changed in the name of the varsity. Dr Monga said before sending the letter, the state government had asked the CICR to cancel the lease deed that never existed. He added that the authorities in New Delhi had been informed about the situation. District officials feel that the matter is complicated and may take a new turn even in courts. “The CDLU has got the land and now is its property. The CICR can only request the CDLU to cooperate,’’ says a senior functionary.
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Miscreants fire at police party, ASI hurt
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 7
In a daring act last night, miscreants fired at a police patrolling party and injured an ASI, Mr Ami Lal, near Jandwala village. The police has identified at least three persons in this connection and registered a case against them.

Giving details about the incident, police spokesman Surjeet Singh said last night when the police party, headed by the SHO, Odhan, Mr Hari Singh, was on night patrolling, it signalled a car to stop. On seeing the police the miscreants opened fire injuring Mr Ami Lal in the feet. Meanwhile, another car reached the place and its occupants also started firing on the police party.

The policemen returned the fire and ran for shelter to Rajpura village in the same area. The miscreants gave a chase to the police party and kept on firing at it. Later they sped away from the spot. Meanwhile, the police has identified at least three persons allegedly involved in the incident. They are: Veervant Singh, Neeka Singh and Tota Singh.

According to the police, Veervant Singh has been declared a proclaimed offender by the court and he is allegedly involved in smuggling of narcotics. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Hardeep Singh Doon, started on-the-spot investigations and has ordered sealing of the area and starting search operations to arrest the accused.

Besides, the police has also registered a case against five other persons under Sections 307, 332 and 353 of the Arms Act. However, no arrests have been made so far.
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ASI shoots at nephew
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 7
An Assistant Sub-Inspector posted at Mullana police station, Ambala, allegedly fired at his nephew, Mehar Singh, 33, and seriously wounded him in Dharamgarh village, under Chhappar police station in this district, in the wee hours today. The ASI was later given a beating up by family members of Mehar Singh and neighbours.

According to police sources, the ASI Ranjor Saini was drunk when he fired six shots from his service revolver at Mehar Singh at around 3 am Two bullets hit him on the shoulder and back, though his condition was stated to be stable.

A dispute among family members was said be behind the incident. The ASI has been booked under Section 307 of the IPC and is currently admitted in a hospital following injuries sustained in the beating he received.
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Woman mistaken as ghost, killed

Rohtak, July 7
An old woman was done to death by a neighbour who took her to be a ghost at Mokhra village in this district last night.

The alleged assailant’s wife was suffering from a mental disorder and several times in her sleep she would shout that there was a ghost in the house. She did the same last night and the commotion brought an old neighbour to the scene. When the schizophrenic wife was asked where the ghost was, she pointed towards the frail old neighbour standing in the dark. In a reflex action her husband picked up a spade and hit the old woman . TNS
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Undertrial shot
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 7
Kulbir Singh, an undertrial and a resident of Mohalla village under the Narnaud police station in Hisar district, was shot by Mangal Singh, resident of Meham Farmana, on the judicial complex here today. He was rushed to the local Civil Hospital and was shifted to PGIMS Rohtak, where he died later. The police has arrested the alleged assailant and recovered a country-made pistol and a live cartridge from his possession. The police has registered a case and sent the body for the post-mortem examination.
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Hooch toll five

Yamunanagar, July 7
The death toll in the hooch tragedy here has gone up to five with two more persons, Roshan Lal and Mahinder of Chhachhrouli, dying during the past 48 hours.

However, the police has not confirmed if the two died after consuming spurious liquor.

Meanwhile, Pinki, who was arrested yesterday in connection with the three earlier hooch deaths, has reportedly told the police that he was getting his liquor supply from Chandigarh. — TNS
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Market Pulse
Mobike company launches mileage contest
Tribune Reporters

Ambala, July 7
TVS Centra mileage competition began here today.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Y.P. Das, managing partner of Metro Motors, said the competition would be held for three days. “The competition has also been organised in Karnal, Yamuna Nagar and Sirsa. The maximum mileage per kilometre was 129 km/1 in Yamuna Nagar,” he said.

Mr Das said anybody who was in possession of a valid driving licence for a two-wheeler was eligible to participate in the competition. The person achieving the maximum mileage per km would be awarded a colour TV. The second prize winner would get a VCD player and the third prize winner would get a stereo. The prizes would be awarded on all three days.

LAUNCHED: Kinetic Motor Company today launched Kinetic Zing 80 scooterette in Ambala. Hind Motors convener Mr Sanjiv Jain said the latest scooterette was stylish as had attractive features. It was priced within a student’s buying range.

Some of the features of the new scooterette included better engine & pick up, power & torque, two tone colour body, puncture free tyres, mobile charging point, cola can holder, self start and gear-less transmission, a released said. 
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