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Budget anti-farmer, says Chautala
Ambala, July 10
Om Prakash Chautala Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has said that the poor and farmers had not been given any relief in the Union Budget. He was talking to mediapersons at Naraingarh after hearing the grievances of the people at a Sarkar Apke Dwar programme here today. He also laid the foundation stone of the Civil Secretariat and inaugurated the recently constructed Naraingarh-Badholi road.

Cong dharna against power, water shortage
Rewari, July 10
Congress activists from Rewari, Bawal, Dharuhera, Kosli, Kanina, Narnaul, Mahendergarh and other parts of the Ahirwal participated in a day-long dharna near the district secretariat here yesterday in protest against power and water crisis, bad law and order and “dictatorial functioning” of the Chautala government.

Water supply inadequate
Sonepat, July 10
Thousands of residents of the old town went without water last evening. The evening supply of water was stopped to this part of the town since May 15 without information.

MLA Tejvir’s wife defends husband
Chandigarh, July 10
Haryana Independent MLA Tejvir Singh’s wife Anupama today took up cudgels on behalf of her husband and said he had been trapped in a false case by the Chautala regime in the state.

MLA Gupta denied bail
Karnal, July 10
The district and sessions court today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of local Independent MLA Jai Prakash Gupta and his brother Paras Ram Gupta in the Rs 92 lakh paddy scam case.


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Poultry farming gains popularity
Chandigarh, July 10
Poultry farming is fast becoming popular among farmers of Haryana. According to the 17th census of livestock population, which concluded here recently, buffalo rearing, especially that of Murrah breed, also continues to be a popular activity in rural areas.

A huge fire blazing in the old judicial record roomFire in record room
Ambala, July 10
A major fire broke out in the old judicial record room in Ambala City this evening. Records dating back to pre-Independence era were burnt. Flames were noticed around 5 pm. Two fire engines were rushed to the spot to control the fire. Later, more fire engines were requisitioned and six fire tenders battled the flames.

A huge fire blazing in the old judicial record room. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

Pali’s promise on funds for gurdwaras
Ambala, July 10
Mr Harpal Singh Pali, Shiromani Akali Dal Haryana State candidate for the SGPC poll, yesterday promised to get more funds for historic gurdwaras in Haryana.

More security for Amarnath yatra sought
Ambala, July 10
Anti-Terrorist Front of India (ATFI) president Viresh Shandilya has said security for the Amarnath yatra must be heightened.

Firm takes doctor for a ride
Kurukshetra, July 10
A local orthopaedic, Dr Himanshu Anand, placed an order for an “Air Press Massager” to Tele Brand India Limited after seeing company’s advertisements 10 days ago.

Last date extended
Bhiwani, July 10
The last date for depositing forms without late fee for supplementary examinations-2004 of the Haryana Open School to be held in September has been extended to July 19 from July 10.

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Budget anti-farmer, says Chautala
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 10
Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has said that the poor and farmers had not been given any relief in the Union Budget.

He was talking to mediapersons at Naraingarh after hearing the grievances of the people at a Sarkar Apke Dwar programme here today. He also laid the foundation stone of the Civil Secretariat and inaugurated the recently constructed Naraingarh-Badholi road .

He said the Union Finance Minister had exempted the excise duty on tractors but, in fact, this decision had benefited big industrial houses who had been running tractor-manufacturing units. He said due to the enhancement in the price of tractors, a big stock was dumped in the factories. This step would encourage the farmers to purchase tractors and ultimately the industrialists would be the gainers.

He said the farmers were the worst-hit. The Finance Minister had talked of promoting agro-based industries but he had not discussed the cost of inputs like fertilisers, seeds, power and pesticides. He said the Budget did not meet the expectations of a common man.

Mr Chautala said that the price of cement and steel had increased in the budget. It would affect the middle class families who wished to construct a house. He said it would also affect the development works in the state as the construction of various projects would become costly. He said the Congress could not protect the interest of a common man.

Earlier a large number of villagers participated in the Sarkar Apke Dwar programme and informed the Chief Minister of their problems.

Mr Pawan Diwan, Mr Balwant Singh, and Mr Jabir Malour, MLAs, and the Social Welfare Minister, Mr Rasal Singh, were also present.
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CM sanctions Rs 10 cr for development works
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 10
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, sanctioned a sum of Rs 10 crore for development works in various panchayats of the Radaur Assembly constituency here today. He said commercial centres would be developed in all cities to make the civic bodies self-sufficient.

Mr Chautala was here to preside over the fourth Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar programme at Radaur. A total of 156 panchayats presented their demands to the Chief Minister at the programme. He claimed that Rs 155 crore had been spent on various development works in the district so far.

Mr Chautala announced that a new scheme had been launched in the state under which the government would provide Rs 2.50 lakh for the construction of Anganwadi centres in those villages whose panchayats who would deposit a sum of Rs 33,000 with the government.

The Chief Minister sanctioned a number of development works, including the construction of boundary walls of chaupals belonging to the Scheduled Castes, backward classes and other communities in various villages.

He also gave approval for the construction and repair of schools and for constructing additional rooms in schools. He also sanctioned construction of community centres, boundary walls of schools and sinking of tubewells to solve the problem of water shortage.
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Cong dharna against power, water shortage
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 10
Congress activists from Rewari, Bawal, Dharuhera, Kosli, Kanina, Narnaul, Mahendergarh and other parts of the Ahirwal participated in a day-long dharna near the district secretariat here yesterday in protest against power and water crisis, bad law and order and “dictatorial functioning” of the Chautala government.

The dharna, organised by local MLA and leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, was also joined by Congress legislators Karan Singh Dalal (Palwal) and Mrs Anita Yadav (Salhawas) and other Congress leaders of the Rewari region.

Flaying the Chautala regime for an acute power shortage and drinking water Capt Ajay Singh Yadav said this had made life, miserable for people of Ahirwal.

He said that most of the village ponds were dry and waterless aggravating the situation for cattle too in rural areas. He said that the state government’s “callousness and indifference” towards the residents’ predicament was all the more agonising.

Giving recent incidents of rape and other heinous crimes, he alleged that ‘jungle raj’ prevailed in Haryana particularly in the Rewari region.

Taking a dig at the mass transfers of DC’s and SP’s and other senior officers, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav alleged that such transfers were being made by the Chief Minister with an eye on Assembly elections. He called upon the people to be prepared for a struggle if they wanted to get rid of “misrule” for times to come.

Palwal MLA Karan Singh Dalal flayed Chief Minister Mr Om Prakash Chautala for his bid to deify his late father Devi Lal whose statues had been installed in everywhere in the state.

Mr Dalal alleged that the Chief Minister had been squandering people’s money on such things, which, he asserted , had nothing to do with the welfare of people.

He called on people to be ready to defeat Mr Chautala’s nominees in the Assembly elections. Mrs Anita Yadav MLA and a host of other Congress leaders, were also among the speakers.
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Water supply inadequate
R.D. Sapra

Sonepat, July 10
Thousands of residents of the old town went without water last evening. The evening supply of water was stopped to this part of the town since May 15 without information.

Last week, the Public Health Department restored the water supply for five minutes each evening. The water pressure was very low.

The Federation of All Residents Welfare Association had decided to file a public interest litigation for seeking a compensation of Rs 30 lakh from the department. Representatives of political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions expressed concern over the drinking water crisis in the area.
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MLA Tejvir’s wife defends husband
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Haryana Independent MLA Tejvir Singh’s wife Anupama today took up cudgels on behalf of her husband and said he had been trapped in a false case by the Chautala regime in the state.

Tejvir Singh was arrested by the Kurukshetra Police on July 4 and sent to judicial custody following a complaint filed against him by a woman who accused the MLA of deserting her after marrying her.

Talking to TNS over telephone from her Kurukshetra home, a sobbing Anupama alleged that her husband had been implicated in a false case because he snapped ties with the Chautala-led government and switched allegiance to the Congress after the Lok Sabha elections. “Why was nothing done to him all these days when he was offering support to the INLD government,” she asked.

Anupama added that at the time of the recently concluded Rajya Sabha elections also, phone calls had come from top INLD leaders to persuade her husband to vote for Mr Chautala's nominee. Tejvir Singh turned down these leaders, Anupama said.

She added that she and other family members of the MLA were fearing that false cases could be registered against them as well. “I am terribly worried for my husband because he is being subjected to constant psychological torture by the police,” Anupama said.

Anupama, who is a graduate from Kurukshetra University, dismissed the charges levelled against her husband by his alleged first wife. “We got married on November 4, 1996, and there had been never any problem between us . I have never heard of another woman in my husband’s life,” she said. She added that her husband was twice unanimously chosen president of the college for girls at Pundri. “He would not have been chosen the president of the college twice if there was any spot on his character,” she said.
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MLA Gupta denied bail
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 10
The district and sessions court today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of local Independent MLA Jai Prakash Gupta and his brother Paras Ram Gupta in the Rs 92 lakh paddy scam case. They had been booked along with a former DM of Confed V.P. Gupta in 2002. The MLA and his brother refuted the allegations against them and termed these politically motivated. The district attorney and the CONFED counsel sought custodial interrogation of the accused. The Judge, after hearing the arguments, dismissed the anticipatory bail application. Detailed orders of the court would be available on Monday.
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Poultry farming gains popularity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Poultry farming is fast becoming popular among farmers of Haryana. According to the 17th census of livestock population, which concluded here recently, buffalo rearing, especially that of Murrah breed, also continues to be a popular activity in rural areas.

Stating this here today, a spokesman of the Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department said the census conducted by the department with reference date of October 15, 2003, revealed that the total population of livestock in the state was 94.45 lakh and that of poultry was over 1.36 crore. He said there were 60.36 lakh buffaloes, 15.40 lakh cows, 6.33 lakh sheep and 4.60 lakh goats in the state. The census also revealed that there were 24,000 horses, 13,000 ponies, 8,000 ass, 50,000 camel, 1.2 lakh pigs and 5.59 lakh dogs in Haryana.

He said the state government had set a target to achieve the production level of 58.30 lakh metric tonnes of milk, 15,890 lakh eggs and 28.50 lakh kg wool by the end of the 10th Five-Year Plan. A sum of Rs 114 crore had already been allocated for the Plan. He said a sum of Rs 10.80 crore would be spent during the current financial year under the annual plan.

He said the production of milk was 46.79 lakh metric tonnes in 1999-2000, which was likely touch the level of 54.72 lakh metric tonnes during the current financial year in the state. Similarly, the production of eggs, which was 7,589 lakh, was expected to touch the mark of 14,198 lakh during the current financial year. The production of wool was expected to increase from 22.02 lakh kg in 1999-2000 to 26.65 lakh kg during the current financial year.
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Fire in record room
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 10
A major fire broke out in the old judicial record room in Ambala City this evening. Records dating back to pre-Independence era were burnt.

Flames were noticed around 5 pm. Two fire engines were rushed to the spot to control the fire. Later, more fire engines were requisitioned and six fire tenders battled the flames. The fire could be brought under control after about two hours.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. An official said some of the record destroyed in the fire pertained to Jagadhari-Yamuna Nagar area of pre-Independence period. A part of the building was also damaged. However, nobody was injured in the incident.

At the time of filing the report, old records were still smouldering.
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Pali’s promise on funds for gurdwaras
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 10
Mr Harpal Singh Pali, Shiromani Akali Dal Haryana State candidate for the SGPC poll, yesterday promised to get more funds for historic gurdwaras in Haryana.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Pali said that gurdwaras in Haryana had received comparatively less funds than what their contribution to the SGPC was. “I will strive to ensure that this anomaly is immediately corrected. We will definitely get more funds from SGPC for our historic gurdwaras,” he said.

Mr Pali said if he was elected, he would ensure that Sikh children got quality education at reasonable cost. “Also, we will try to speed up the Meeri Peeri medical college which has a budget of Rs 100 crore,” he said. “We will revive Panjokhra Sahib college since it is facing a difficult time,” he added.

He said the Sikhs residing in Haryana must be given employment in the gurdwaras of Haryana and the jobs should not be taken up by those from Punjab. “The Sikhs of Haryana have been misled but now they have become aware. I strongly believe that they will not be swayed by political issues since this is a religious matter,” he said.

Mr B.S. Bindra, chief organising secretary of SAD Haryana State, said that they were having a direct contest only with Mr Preetam Singh Majri. “Our candidate Mr Harpal Singh Pali has a spotless clean image. He and his family has always worked for the Panth. We have never issued any irresponsible statements that affects the faith of the people,” he said.

Among others, Mr Shamsher Singh, Mr Bhagwant Singh, Mr Nirmal Singh, Mr Paramjit Singh, Mr Rajinder Singh, Mr Balwinder Singh, Mr Jujhar Singh, Mr Jasjit Singh, Mr Amar Singh and Mr Harbhajan Singh were present.
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Hectic canvassing for SGPC poll
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 10
Candidates in the fray for SGPC election to the Ambala seat carried out a hectic campaigning today.

The candidates visited villages to woo the voters. The candidates who are contesting the election in the Ambala constituency are: Mr Harpal Singh Pali, Mr Gurdeep Singh Bhanokheri, Mr Khushpal Singh and Mr Preetam Singh Majri.

Former SGPC member Surjit Singh Niddar, who belongs to the SAD (Badal), said the fight of their candidate Mr Gurdeep Singh was with Mr Pali. “Our candidate is a Panthic candidate. Ambala has always voted for the Panth,” he said.

Mr Niddar said Mr Sukhdev Singh Gobindgarh has extended unconditional support to us.
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More security for Amarnath yatra sought
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 10
Anti-Terrorist Front of India (ATFI) president Viresh Shandilya has said security for the Amarnath yatra must be heightened.

Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, Dr Shandilya said a senior Army officer had stated that the yatra was likely to be targeted by militants. “Keeping that statement in mind, we demand that the security needs to be beefed up and the Army must be given complete control of the area,” he said.

Dr Shandilya said Mr Chandrashekhar Rawat of Rajpura is going to be the president of the Punjab unit of the ATFI while Mr Navjot Singh will be the president of the Patiala unit of the ATFI.
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Firm takes doctor for a ride
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 10
A local orthopaedic, Dr Himanshu Anand, placed an order for an “Air Press Massager” to Tele Brand India Limited after seeing company’s advertisements 10 days ago.

A value payable parcel (VPP) was delivered to him yesterday when he was in the OPD. However, when he opened the parcel, he found a bundle of waste papers, including reports of another company, instead of the booked consignment.

Dr Anand, said he received the VPP after paying Rs 3275 for the ‘Air Press Massager’. He said that when he contacted the local postal authorities on telephone and narrated the whole story, he was told that they had delivered the sealed parcel. Thus, they were not responsible for the fraud, they added.
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Last date extended
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 10
The last date for depositing forms without late fee for supplementary examinations-2004 of the Haryana Open School to be held in September has been extended to July 19 from July 10.

While stating this today, the Chairman of the Haryana School Education Board, Brig O.P. Chaudhary, said the last date with a late fee of Rs 300 would be July 30, as notified earlier. He said that the re-appear candidates of the Haryana Open School and those intending to appear under the Credit Transfer Policy could deposit their forms without any late fee up to July 19 and with a late fee of Rs 300 up to July 30 at the headquarters of the Board in Bhiwani and at the study centres situated in the district.
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Villagers lock PHC

Jhajjar, July 10
Residents of Machhroli village locked the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in their village today. They alleged that most of the staff either remained absent or arrived late at the centre. Denying allegations, the CMO said she was inquiring into the matter. — OC
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Vanamahotsava
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 10
Vanamahotsava was celebrated at Air Force School, Ambala Cantonment yesterday.

Mr Anuradha Malhotra, President, AFFWA Local, planted a sapling in the school premises. The school students recited poems, which were thought-provoking.

School principal Jatinderjeet Kaur spoke on the importance of the day. She encouraged students to plant saplings. A slogan writing competition was organised.
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