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MLA’s ‘wife’ denies being used by his rivals
Chandigarh, July 8
A Chandigarh woman, who has accused Haryana Independent MLA Tejvir Singh of bigamy and rape, today claimed that she was herself a Congress functionary and therefore there was no question of her being a tool in the hands of the MLA’s political opponents.

Delay in invitations kept Cong MLAs away from ceremony
Chandigarh, July 8
Delay in handing over the invitation letters had apparently kept Congress MLAs of Haryana away from the swearing -in ceremony of the new Governor, Mr A R Kidwai.

I declined Governor’s post: Bhajan
Hisar, July 8
Former Haryana Chief Minister and state Congress chief Bhajan Lal has said the decision to allow Independent MLAs to join the party before the Rajya Sabha poll was a mistake. He said the MLAs could have joined the party after the elections.

Cong activists hold dharna
Ambala, July 8
The activists of the District Congress Committee (Rural) staged a dharna before the office of the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the shortage of power and drinking water in the rural as well as urban areas.

Youth Cong’s protest march against CM
Sonepat, July 8
Thousands of Youth Congress activists led by the All-India Youth Congress president, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, held a march here today to protest against the anti-people policies of the state government and deteriorating law and order situation.

Nehra for President’s rule in Haryana
Sirsa, July 8
Senior Congress leader Jagdish Nehra today demanded the imposition of President’s rule in Haryana. In a press statement released here, he criticised the Chautala government for poor administration and motivated activities.


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2 murder suspects give up after over 2-hour encounter
Ambala, July 8
Two murder accused engaged a police party in a two-and-a-half hour-long encounter in a congested locality here this morning. No one was injured in the shootout that shattered the morning calm. The alleged criminals were later arrested. Kuldeep, alias Kala, and Sandeep Rana, suspected to be involved in the Bobby murder case last month, were spotted hiding in a house in Hari Nagar. 

Kuldeep, alias Kala and Sandeep Rana surrender following an encounter in Ambala Cantonment on Thursday morning. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra
Kuldeep, alias Kala and Sandeep Rana surrender following an encounter in Ambala Cantonment

1 IAS, 11 HCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, July 8
The Haryana Government today transferred one IAS officer and 11 HCS officers. Mr M. Kithan, Commissioner, Hisar Division, will also look after the post of Special Secretary, Housing Department, Chandigarh.

Engg graduates apply for ward boy’s posts
Rohtak, July 8
Unemployment in Haryana has touched its nadir with 14,000 persons, including engineering graduates, postgraduates and diploma-holders applying for 80 posts of ward boy in the local Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS).

Improvement Trust chief dies in mishap
Yamunanagar, July 8
Newly appointed Chairman of the Improvement Trust, Yamunanagar, Pancham Singh, 62, was killed in a road accident on the Jagadhari-Ambala road yesterday. A draftsman of the trust, Ravi Kumar, was also killed in the accident.

4-year-old girl dies of dysentery
Fatehabad, July 8
Over 24 villagers have been taken ill due to the spread of dysentery in Jandwala Bagar village of this district. A four-year-old girl died of dysentery today. Supply of unhygienic potable water in the village is stated to be the reason behind the spread of the disease.

CM opens water supply scheme
Kaithal, July 8
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today inaugurated a water suply scheme constructed at a cost of Rs 79 lakh at Dewal village, 10 km from here.

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MLA’s ‘wife’ denies being used by his rivals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
A Chandigarh woman, who has accused Haryana Independent MLA Tejvir Singh of bigamy and rape, today claimed that she was herself a Congress functionary and therefore there was no question of her being a tool in the hands of the MLA’s political opponents.

Talking to reporters at a Sector 34 office here this evening, she said she was a district president of the Chandigarh Mahila Congress. “I shall write to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the National Commission for Women as well as the National Human Rights Commission about the treatment meted out to me by Mr Tejvir Singh,” she said.

The woman, who claims to be the MLA’s wife, claimed that it was a coincidence that he was arrested by the Kurukshetra police soon after he withdrew support to the Haryana's ruling Indian National Lok Dal(INLD) and switched allegiance to the Congress. She, however, admitted that the police, which was earlier reluctant to take action despite a High Court directive, did so when she moved a lower court recently.

Agency reports from Kurukshetra said the MLA was today remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a local court. He was arrested by the police on the charges of bigamy and cheating on July 4.

Judicial Magistrate Sangeeta Rai Sachdeva sent the MLA to judicial custody when he was produced before her after the expiry of his one-day police remand, which had been extended the day before. A large number of Mr Tejvir Singh's supporters were also present outside the court today.

The son of former Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Ishwar Singh, Mr Tejvir Singh was arrested by the police 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” on July 2. She had alleged that Mr Tejvir Singh had remarried without her consent and also without divorcing her. 

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Delay in invitations kept Cong MLAs away from ceremony
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
Delay in handing over the invitation letters had apparently kept Congress MLAs of Haryana away from the swearing -in ceremony of the new Governor, Mr A R Kidwai.

Except for Mr Zakir Hussain, no one of the 19- member Congress squad in the Assembly took part in the swearing- in function which was held on the Haryana Raj Bhavan lawns at 6-15 p.m. yesterday. The state government's spin doctors were quick to criticise the Opposition MLAs for not turning up at the function and said it was a particularly unbecoming gesture on the part of the Congress because the new Governor had been appointed by the Congress-led Government at the Centre.

Reacting to the charge, Mr Ajay Singh Yadav, officiating leader of the Congress Legislature Party(CLP), lashed out at the state government and claimed that he did not receive any intimation about the function. " There was no letter or telegram or telephone call. I read in the newspapers that the new Governor would be sworn in on Wednesday. But how can I land up in Chandigarh to attend the function on the basis of newspaper reports", Mr Yadav asked.

Mr Raghubir Singh Kadian, senior Congress MLA from Rohtak district, said he was given intimation about the function at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday. " I was given a photocopy of an invitation letter by a messenger. But the distance between Rohtak and Chandigarh is nearly 300 km and I could not possibly reach Chandigarh in time even if I started from Rohtak at 1 p.m.", Mr Kadiyan said.

Mr Chander Mohan, Congress MLA from Kalka, was among the MLAs who lives closest to Chandigarh. But he too did not turn up at the function. When contacted, the MLA told TNS that a message was delivered at his home in Panchkula in the afternoon of Wednesday. " I was at my home in the morning but when the letter was delivered, I had already left. The message was passed on to me by my PA but it was not possible for me to return to Chandigarh for the function", he said.

An official in the Haryana Chief Secretary's office, when contacted, admitted that the letters were possibly not delivered well in advance to enable the MLAs from far- off districts to come to Chandigarh to take part in the function. The official said that only on Tuesday night they got to know that the Governor would be sworn in the following day.

"We drafted an invitation letter and sent it by fax to all the Deputy Commissioners of districts on Tuesday evening with the request that copies of the letter may be passed on to the MLAs. Printing of invitation cards for distribution in Chandigarh continued till late on Tuesday", he said. He, however, added that no attempt was made to contact the Congress MLAs over the telephone.

Incidentally a large number of MLAs of the ruling INLD, however, were present in the swearing- in function. It is not clear how these MLAs managed to turn up at so short a notice.

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I declined Governor’s post: Bhajan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 8
Former Haryana Chief Minister and state Congress chief Bhajan Lal has said the decision to allow Independent MLAs to join the party before the Rajya Sabha poll was a mistake. He said the MLAs could have joined the party after the elections.

Mr Bhajan Lal, who recently underwent a heart surgery at Escorts Hospital in New Delhi, was addressing mediapersons at his residence here today. He said he had been offered the post of Governor by the party high command, but he had declined the offer.

He alleged that the cases against the MLAs, who had joined the Congress, were politically motivated.

The former Chief Minister lashed out at the Chautala government stating that there was no law and order in the state and corruption was rampant. He said the people were fed up with the INLD government as there was an acute shortage of water and the power supply was erratic.

He asserted that there was no move to change the party organisation in the state before the Assembly elections. Regarding the infighting in the party, he said the Congress was a big family and differences between its members were “normal”. However, he maintained that the differences would not have an adverse impact on the party’s poll prospects. He claimed that the Congress would win 70 of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly.

Mr Bhajan Lal demanded that instead of holding state Assembly elections in February next, these should be organised in this September-October along with other state Assembly elections.

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Cong activists hold dharna
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 8
The activists of the District Congress Committee (Rural) staged a dharna before the office of the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the shortage of power and drinking water in the rural as well as urban areas. A large number of party workers took part in the dharna.

Later the Congress workers led by the former minister and the president of DCC, Ambala, submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner addressed to the Governor, Haryana.

The memorandum said the people in the district had been facing an acute shortage of water and power. The incidents of murder, looting and theft have increased in the district. The police had been registering false cases against the Congress workers, the memorandum said.

Senior leaders who were present included Balwant Gupta, Amarjit Kaur Sodhi, Narender Pal Shera, Naib Singh Saini, Brahampal Rana, Raj Kumar Durana, Dharmpal Kalia, Parminder Singh, Mehar Singh and R.N. Samrat.

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Youth Cong’s protest march against CM
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 8
Thousands of Youth Congress activists led by the All-India Youth Congress president, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, held a march here today to protest against the anti-people policies of the state government and deteriorating law and order situation.

Marching through the main bazars of the town and raising slogans against the government, the protesters reached the mini-secretariat and handed over a memorandum, addressed to the Governor, to the Deputy Commissioner, demanding immediate dismissal of the Chautala government. Mr Surjewala was accompanied by the vice-president of the Kisan Cell of the state Congress, Dada Baljit Singh Malik, general secretary Sumitra Chauhan, vice-presidents Sudesh Sharma and Bhupinder Phaugat of the state youth wing, and district president Manjit Singh Tushir.

Addressing the meeting, Mr Surjewala chided the Chautala government for creating a reign of terror in the state by implicating political opponents in false and fabricated criminal cases.

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Nehra for President’s rule in Haryana
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 8
Senior Congress leader Jagdish Nehra today demanded the imposition of President’s rule in Haryana. In a press statement released here, he criticised the Chautala government for poor administration and motivated activities.

Pointing at the recent series of cases against the sitting MLAs, Mr Nehra alleged that Mr Om Prakash Chautala was doing this purely for political rivalry. He said that the registration of a fabricated case against Mr Yudhvir Singh MLA, was enough reason for the imposition of President’s rule in the state. Mr Nehra stated that the law and order situation in the state was worsening.

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2 murder suspects give up after over 2-hour encounter
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 8
Two murder accused engaged a police party in a two-and-a-half hour-long encounter in a congested locality here this morning. No one was injured in the shootout that shattered the morning calm. The alleged criminals were later arrested.

Kuldeep, alias Kala, and Sandeep Rana, suspected to be involved in the Bobby murder case last month, were spotted hiding in a house in Hari Nagar. The police laid siege to the house, in which the two were holed up.

Kuldeep and Sandeep had arrived in Hari Nagar late last night. They visited the house of Rinku, who is living with a eunuch. Rinku told the police that the duo threatened them with a pistol. They told them that they were going to spend the night at their house and would leave early in the morning.

At about 4 am, the police got a tip-off that the two were in Hari Nagar. A police team of CIA-II reached the spot. A few minutes before 5 am, Rinku and the eunuch walked out of the house on the pretext of going to the toilet.

The police team then asked Kuldeep and Sandeep to surrender. The two opened fire at the police party. The police returned the fire. The policemen encircled the area, set up nakas and called for help. Within minutes, armed police teams from Ambala Sadar police station, Mahesh Nagar police station and Parao police station reached the encounter site.

The area was sealed off and the encounter began.

DSP Arun Kumar asked the two to surrender. They first demanded that press persons be brought to them. Thereafter, they said they would surrender only if their relatives were called. A tear-gas shell was then lobbed into the house.

Kuldeep alias Kala, had nearly 15 cases registered against him. His accomplice Sandeep Rana also had a criminal background.

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1 IAS, 11 HCS officers transferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
The Haryana Government today transferred one IAS officer and 11 HCS officers. Mr M. Kithan, Commissioner, Hisar Division, will also look after the post of Special Secretary, Housing Department, Chandigarh.

Mrs Geeta Bharti, awaiting posting orders, has been made the Executive Magistrate of Sirsa in place of Mr J.P. Thamman, who has been shifted to Jind.

Mr Gurmeet Singh, City Magistrate, Panipat, goes as Estate Officer, HUDA, Karnal, in place of Mr Satbir Singh Kundu, who will be the new District Transport Officer(DTO) of Karnal. Mr Girish Arora, becomes the DTO of Kurukshetra.

Mr Ashok Kumar Bishnoi, awaiting posting orders, will be the secretary, Municipal Corporation, Faridabad. Mr Sushil Sarwan, SDM, Palwal, will be the DTO, Rewari. Mr Manoj Kumar, City Magistrate, Sirsa, has been given the additional charge of DTO, Sirsa.

Mr Pardeep Godara, SDM, Ellenabad, becomes DTO, Gurgaon, while Mr Mahender Pal, Land Acquisition Officer, Irrigation Department, Ambala, goes as City Magistrate, Faridabad.

Mr Ashok Kumar, City Magistrate, Sonepat, will be the new SDM, Tohana, while Mr Ram Avtar Gupta, District Revenue Officer, Bhiwani, will also hold the additional charge of DTO, Bhiwani. 

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Engg graduates apply for ward boy’s posts
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 8
Unemployment in Haryana has touched its nadir with 14,000 persons, including engineering graduates, postgraduates and diploma-holders applying for 80 posts of ward boy in the local Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS).

These posts are to be filled on temporary basis initially for a period of six months at a monthly salary of Rs 3,500 approximately. The duties of a ward boy, also called bearers, include caring of patients and shifting them for tests to different wards and clinics in the hospital.

According to sources among the 14,000 applicants, around 10,000 are arts graduates and several hundred engineering graduates. There are about 100 applicants who hold master’s degrees in two subjects. Interestingly the minimum qualification for the post is Class V pass.

Likewise, 5,800 persons have applied for nine posts of peon. The applicants include master’s degree-holders and graduates. More than 9,000 applicants are in the line for 30 posts of clerk and 700 for the post of a DTP operator.

One of the members of the selection committee told The Tribune that he was “shocked when two engineering graduates appeared for interview for the post of ward boy.” He said he felt “greatly humiliated” and at the same time “sorry” for their plight as both were highly intelligent.

The interviews have been going on for the past several days and will continue at least till the weekend.

One of the engineers, Sumer Singh (not his real name), said he passed the B.Tech. examination in the first class two years ago but had not been able find a suitable job.

“How long can I wait to find a proper job? It is a shame to be dependent on my ageing father who ensured that I got every opportunity to pursue a proper career. But I never expected to be jobless after all the hard work I did for the degree,” he said, adding that since these posts were to be regularised in due course, he would not mind being a ward boy. “I want to earn my bread even if it comes through a menial job,” he said.

The number of applicants for the post of ward boy is the maximum because of the higher number of vacancies. Candidates think that they stand a better chance for these posts than those of peon and clerk.

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Improvement Trust chief dies in mishap
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 8
Newly appointed Chairman of the Improvement Trust, Yamunanagar, Pancham Singh, 62, was killed in a road accident on the Jagadhari-Ambala road yesterday. A draftsman of the trust, Ravi Kumar, was also killed in the accident. The driver of the car in which they were travelling also sustained injuries in the accident.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has expressed shock over the death of Pancham Singh.

According to the police, a tractor-trailer rammed into the official Ambassador car in which Pancham Singh was travelling along with Ravi Kumar. The two were taken to the Jagadhri Civil Hospital where they were declared brought dead.

Pancham Singh is survived by his wife, four daughters and a son. Ravi Kumar is survived by his wife and two children. The last rites of Pancham Singh and Ravi Kumar were performed at the local Gandhinagar crematorium today. Among others who were present at the cremation were the local MLA, Dr M.C. Gambhir, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vijayender Kumar, and the SP, Mr Rajender Singh.

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4-year-old girl dies of dysentery
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, July 8
Over 24 villagers have been taken ill due to the spread of dysentery in Jandwala Bagar village of this district. A four-year-old girl died of dysentery today. Supply of unhygienic potable water in the village is stated to be the reason behind the spread of the disease.

Journalists, who visited the village today found Poonam (13), Jyoti (14), Vijay (14), Pirtha (25), Jeeto (17), Bala Rani (25), Bimla (40), Badho Rani (17), Santosh (19), Suman (12), Vikas (6), Salochna (25), Neetu (10), Sawarno Kaur (60), Kuldip (2), Muskan (1), Dalbir Singh (35) and Guro Devi (45) suffering from acute dysentery.

The villagers said that they procured potable water from the Panchayati village tubewell. They said that water was being supplied from this tubewell through pipes. The pipes, they alleged, were leaking from several places resulting in the spread of dysentery. The Civil Surgeon, Dr. R. C. Aggarwal, yesterday visited the village and met several victims, according to the villagers. A doctor and a nurse had also been deputed by the Civil Surgeon.

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CM opens water supply scheme

Kaithal, July 8
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today inaugurated a water suply scheme constructed at a cost of Rs 79 lakh at Dewal village, 10 km from here.

Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated the waterworks at Peoda Road, Kaithal, constructed at a cost of Rs 14.85 crore. The Chief Minister also inaugurated a cowshed at the local Grain Market constructed at a cost of Rs 57 lakh. — OC

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