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Politicking on Punjab’s Act gains momentum
Oppn to hold rallies on July 19
Karnal, July 16
Opposition parties in the state are raking up the issue of the Punjab Termination of Waters Agreement Act to get political mileage. The Congress at the same time is busy deriving a middle path to support its stand both at the Central and state levels.

Sampat seeks sedition case against Amarinder
Rohtak, July 16
Haryana Finance Minister Sampat Singh today demanded registration of a sedition case against Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for getting the Punjab Termination of Agreements Bill 2004 passed by the state Assembly.

Punjab Act unconstitutional, says Mazra
Kaithal, July 16
The passing of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, passed by the Punjab Assembly on July 12 was unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic and was against the federal spirit of the country.

Rare show of unity in Cong on waters issue
Chandigarh, July 16
In a rare show of unity, the Hooda faction of the Haryana Congress has decided to participate in a meeting convened by the party chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, here tomorrow to discuss the situation arising out the enactment of the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, which negates agreements on the sharing of river-waters between various states.

Poll panel wants action against six officers
Chandigarh, July 16
The Haryana State Election Commission has recommended disciplinary action against at least six officers, including one HCS officer and one Executive Engineer of HUDA, for the alleged irregularities in the preparation of electoral rolls for the Panchkula Municipal Council elections held in February, 2003.

Spate of accidents leaves 3 dead, 17 injured
Sonepat, July 16
Two persons were killed and another seriously injured when a tractor carrying them fell into a canal, near Harsana village, 5 km from here, last night.


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SP’s warning to traffic-rule violators
Kaithal, July 16
Improvement in the law and order situation and to remove the fear of criminals from the mind of public was the top priority of the police. This was stated by Mr Ranbir Sharma, district police chief, while addressing his first press conference here.

Suspension of lawyer’s licence revoked
Chandigarh, July 16
The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has revoked the suspension of the licence of advocate Siddharth Sanwaria.

Couple’s bid to sacrifice boy
Fatehabad, July 16
A couple tried to kill a boy (11) at Daulatpur village in this district to propitiate a deity. The couple was not successful as the boy got wind of it and ran away. The boy’s family has informed the police. The couple has been absconding since last night along with their children.

IGNOU opens study centre
Kaithal, July 15
As many as 19 courses will be taught at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) centre opened at RKSD (PG) College here recently.

Jawan kills wife, injures daughter
Panipat, July 16
An Army jawan allegedly murdered his wife by stabbing her a number of times and injured his two-year-old daughter in Samalkha town, 12 km from here, late last night. After the incident, the Army jawan, Yashpal, who was posted at Jammu, ran away from the spot along with the weapon used in the crime.

VC favours agri-clinics
Hisar, July 16
Mr M.K. Miglani, Vice-Chancellor of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), here, has exhorted farm graduates to set up agri-clinics and agri-business centres to provide technical information to farmers. He added that their prime aim should be the prosperity of the farmers.

B. Pharmacy counselling from July 20
Kurukshetra, July 16
The counselling for admission against all-India category and state quota seats to B.Pharmacy course for the academic session 2004-2005 in Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, and their affiliated institutions would start at the Directorate of Distance Education of Maharshi Dayanand University from July 20.

Date of submission of forms extended
Chandigarh, July 16
The last date for submission of application forms for the admission to the MBBS and BDS courses-2004 against NRI seats in Pt. Bhagwad Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, has been extended upto July 19, 2004.


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Politicking on Punjab’s Act gains momentum
Oppn to hold rallies on July 19
Tribune Reporters

Karnal, July 16
Opposition parties in the state are raking up the issue of the Punjab Termination of Waters Agreement Act to get political mileage. The Congress at the same time is busy deriving a middle path to support its stand both at the Central and state levels. The ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) plans to knock on the door of the Supreme Court to seek justice and avoid any confrontation. There have been reports of widespread protests against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, across the state. The yesterday’s incident of burning of a Punjab Roadways bus at Hisar has aggravated the situation.

The Haryana state units of the BJP, the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) and the Ekta Shakti have decided to hold demonstrations against the Punjab move on July 19 at all district headquarters. However, the INLD and the Congress are little cautious and not in a mood to go aggressive at the moment.

The INLD in the state is worried over the issue, as election to the state Assembly is drawing nearer. The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has appealed to the people of the state, “To maintain peace and harmony, as some anti-social elements could seek to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the state by exploiting their sentiments on the sensitive issue”.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and in charge of the Uttar Pradesh affairs of the party, Chaudhary Birendra Singh, has opined, “This legislation will give leverage and encouragement to anti-national and separatist forces in Punjab”.

Sonepat: The national secretary of the BJP, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP, said on Friday that the state unit of the party would observe Haryana Bandh on July 19 in protest against the controversial Punjab Act. However, he said transportation services and hospitals would be exempted from the bandh.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Sangwan said the party would protest in a democratic way. He also appealed to other political parties, social organisations, kisan unions to extend their cooperation to the agitation.

Mr Sangwan alleged that Haryana had been discriminated against by the successive governments at the Centre after 1965 when the Haryana Vikas Samiti, which was constituted for the reorganisation of the then Punjab state, allocated 4.560 million acre feet (MAF) water as Haryana share in Ravi-Beas waters of 7.00 MAF.

He alleged that the Central Government’s latest move to seek clarification from the Supreme Court was a deliberate move of central Congress leaders, particularly, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to complicate the issue and delay the court orders.

Panipat: Workers of the HVP will stage a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner office on July 19 all over the state in protest against the recent Punjab Act.

Giving details in a press conference organised here on Friday, the district president of the HVP, Mr Surinder Ahlawat, said that the HVP would stage a dharna in protest against the Punjab government’s Act all over the state.

HISAR: Haryana Urban Development Minister Subhash Goel has said the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, should dismiss the Punjab Government for disobeying the Supreme Court verdict on the SYL issue.

He said on Friday, that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had gone against the apex court ruling by introducing the controversial Bill and getting the Governor’s assent on it.

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Sampat seeks sedition case against Amarinder
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 16
Haryana Finance Minister Sampat Singh today demanded registration of a sedition case against Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for getting the Punjab Termination of Agreements Bill 2004 passed by the state Assembly.

Addressing a news conference here, he said if such actions by a Chief Minister were not dealt with sternly, days were not far when state Assemblies would be passing Bills declaring their independence from the Indian Union.

He said by getting the Bill passed, Capt Amarinder Singh had violated the federal constitution of the country. This was tantamount to sedition since the Bill potentially threatened to destroy the federal character of the country.

Mr Sampat Singh, who is a former Irrigation Minister of Haryana, said the apex court had time and again ruled in various cases that no state legislature had the power to enact legislation which adversely affected the interests of any other state. The Punjab Assembly’s action was therefore patently illegal and untenable.

He said the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, did not convene an all party meeting on this issue because both Congress and BJP legislators in Punjab had backed this Bill on the floor of the House. Therefore, there was no logic in convening a meeting since these parties stood exposed before the public.

The Finance Minister alleged that the Congress President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, was taken into confidence by Capt Amarinder Singh before passing the Bill.

The Congress was now creating an impression that this was done without her knowledge. He also alleged that the Prime Minister too was duly informed of the Punjab plans on this issue.

He demanded that all nine Congress MPs from Haryana should quit on this issue because they had failed to back their own state regarding it. He said a meeting with the Prime Minister on the issue could not be considered as fulfillment of their duties towards the people of Haryana, who had given them such a strong mandate recently.

Mr Sampat Singh said if this issue was not amicably resolved within a given time frame, Haryana would be constrained to knock the door of the apex court. He said Haryana had won the legal battle in the past and would do so even now. 

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Punjab Act unconstitutional, says Mazra
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 16
The passing of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, passed by the Punjab Assembly on July 12 was unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic and was against the federal spirit of the country. This was stated by the Haryana Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Ram Pal Mazra while addressing a press conference here today.

Mr Mazra, who also holds the charge of Irrigation Department, said that passing of such an Act by the neighbouring state went to prove that the Chief Minister had no respect for the law of the land in view of the Supreme Court judgement on this issue. He said the Congress, running the governments at the Centre and in Punjab, too, could not be absolved of its responsibility for creating such a situation . He said that the rivers flowing through Punjab were the nation’s property and as such Punjab could not claim absolute rights over these national assets.

He clarified that the Government of India got the absolute right on the waters of these rivers by paying Rs 110 crore to Pakistan after the Indus Treaty of 1960 between India and Pakistan. Mr Mazra said that the present Congress government, headed by Capt Amarinder Singh, had shown great immaturity by not respecting the Supreme court’s verdict on the SYL case. He said that Capt Amarinder Singh had set up a bad precedent and created problems for the Congress government at the Centre and even challenged the authority of the party high command by not taking it into confidence on such an important and sensitive issue.

He further said that the Haryana Government would take every step to safeguard the interests of its people, but said that his government had full faith in the apex court and expected justice at its hands.

Referring to the BJP call for a state bandh on July 19, Mr Mazra said that the party never raised its voice on this issue when the BJP was in power at the Centre, but now it was shedding crocodile tears to get political mileage.

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Rare show of unity in Cong on waters issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
In a rare show of unity, the Hooda faction of the Haryana Congress has decided to participate in a meeting convened by the party chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, here tomorrow to discuss the situation arising out the enactment of the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, which negates agreements on the sharing of river-waters between various states.

The faction led by a former Haryana Congress president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had convened a meeting of senior party leaders, including MLAs and MPs, at Delhi today to formulate the party’s response to the Punjab Act. However, Mr Bhajan Lal also convened a meeting of the party leaders for the same purpose here tomorrow.

According to party sources, the meeting of the Hooda faction was held in Delhi today. In order to give an impression of unity in the party over the SYL issue, the meeting decided not to adopt any formal resolution stating the party’s response in view of the meeting convened by Mr Bhajan Lal. It was also decided that all senior party leaders, irrespective their allegiance, should attend tomorrow’s meeting to be held in the Congress office in Sector 9 here.

Among those who did not attend the Delhi meeting today were Mr Bhajan Lal, his sons, Chander Mohan and Kuldip; Mr Mange Ram Gupta and Mr Narinder Singh.

Meanwhile, a former Haryana Congress president and member of the Congress Working Committee, Mr Birender Singh, came down heavily on his party colleague, Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab. The Haryana leader said: “India, not Punjab, is the sovereign state within the meaning of the Constitution. Arrogation of the power and the status of a sovereign authority by Capt Singh is a travesty of the Constitution of India itself.”

He warned that the controversial Act would give leverage and encouragement to anti-national and separatist forces, whom the people of Punjab defeated with heroic courage. He appealed to the political parties and the people of the states concerned to respect and submit before the Constitution and the judiciary.

In another hard-hitting statement, the Congress MP from Bhiwani, Mr Kuldip Bishnoi, said if Punjab did not yield to the demands of justice, the people of Haryana would be compelled to launch an agitation of unparalleled dimensions, which could take a serious turn by not allowing Punjab politicians to travel through their state to Delhi. They would also not allow transport of essential commodities to go through Haryana to Punjab from other parts of the country.

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Poll panel wants action against six officers
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The Haryana State Election Commission has recommended disciplinary action against at least six officers, including one HCS officer and one Executive Engineer of HUDA, for the alleged irregularities in the preparation of electoral rolls for the Panchkula Municipal Council elections held in February, 2003.

According to informed sources, the commission has recommended strict disciplinary action against Mr M.S. Yadav, the then SDM, Mr A.K. Maggu, XEN, HUDA, Mr D.S. Parmar, District Employment Officer, Mr D.S. Chhikara, District Statistical Officer, Mr Krishan Kumar, Planning Officer, and Mr O.P. Sihag, Executive Officer, Panchkula Municipal Council, for “dereliction of duty and for committing large scale irregularities in the preparation of the electoral rolls”.

In a confidential report sent to the Chief Secretary two days before his term expired on July 14, Mr T.D. Jogpal, the then State Election Commissioner, directed the Chief Secretary to seek explanation from at least two IAS officers for their failure to take prompt action to prevent the irregularities despite several communications sent to them by the commission.

The sources say he directed the Chief Secretary to seek explanation from Mrs Satwanti Ahlawat, IAS, the then D.C. of Panchkula, as to why she failed to obtain the report of the then A.D.C. of Panchkula, Mr S.K. Goyal, about the physical survey of voters and also about the fixation of responsibility for the erroneous entries in the rolls.

Mr Jogpal also directed the Chief Secretary to ask Mrs Ahlawat to explain that if Mr Goyal had not submitted the report, why did she not take any action against him. She should also explain why she failed to report the matter to the government for taking action against Mr Goyal.

The Chief Secretary has been asked to seek explanation of Mr Goyal for his failure to submit the reports of physical survey and the persons responsible for the erroneous entries in the rolls.

The commission has also sought the explanation of the then SDM, Panchkula, Mr Inder Singh; Mrs Geeta Prakash, District Town Planner (DTP), Panchkula; and Mr Dilbagh Singh, DTP, HUDA, for submitting a wrong report to Mr Arun Gupta, the then Administrator, Panchkula Municipal Council.

It is learnt that the district administration was stonewalling the attempts of the Election Commission to fix the responsibility of officers and other officials who were guilty of failure in checking bogus votes figuring in the rolls on a large scale. The ruling INLD wanted to make its presence felt in the Panchkula civic elections because the satellite town is represented by Mr Chander Mohan, elder son of Mr Bhajan Lal, the Haryana Congress President, in the Assembly.

Several candidates, both Independent as well as of political parties, had complained to the commission that bogus voters had been enrolled to benefit the ruling party candidates. It was found that the complaints were not wrong in most cases. In PWD colony of Sector 14, persons residing on ground floor were shown in Ward no. 13, while those on the first floor of the same building were shown as voters in Ward no. 20.

Earlier the commission had recommended immediate suspension of and disciplinary action against certain officials found guilty of similar irregularities at Kaithal and Bhiwani. Action against these officials is on.

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Spate of accidents leaves 3 dead, 17 injured
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 16
Two persons were killed and another seriously injured when a tractor carrying them fell into a canal, near Harsana village, 5 km from here, last night.

The deceased were identified as Bijender and Ram Kishan, whereas the injured was identified as Surat Singh. Surat Singh was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where he was stated to be out of danger. All the persons were going to Mandora village. The police has registered a case.

Meanwhile, a nine-year-old boy Abhish, was killed in a road accident near Bari village, about 15 km from here, last night. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident, however, fled the spot. The police has registered a case.

In another incident, at least four persons were injured when a tyre of Tata-407 burst and the vehicle overturned on the GT Road, near Murthal, 8 km from here.

The injured were identified as Karambir and Bijender of Lalehri village, Krishan of Dhikadla village and Sanjay of Swaroop Nagar, Delhi. All the injured were rushed to the local Civil Hospital. Krishan was referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak.

All the injured were going from Ganaur to Delhi.

In yet another incident, two three-wheelers and a motor cycle were involved in an accident on the Kharkhauda-Delhi road, near Pipli, about 25 km from here, today.

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SP’s warning to traffic-rule violators
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 16
Improvement in the law and order situation and to remove the fear of criminals from the mind of public was the top priority of the police. This was stated by Mr Ranbir Sharma, district police chief, while addressing his first press conference here. He said 18 sealing points had been set up recently to check the escape of criminals from the district and seven PCR vans and 16 motorcycle squads will continue patrolling to reach the site of a crime immediately. He said any person receiving an extortion threat would be provided full security and arms licence would be issued to such persons on priority.

Mr Sharma, urged print and electronic media to create awareness among the people about their rights and duties and to cooperate with the police.

Giving seven days time to the traffic-rule violators, Mr Sharma said those driving without valid documents and helmets, blowing hooters and playing loud music in their vehicles will be challaned. Those obstructing traffic by carrying on business activity on roads and parking their vehicles on roads and other busy places will also be challaned. He also disclosed that the police will keep a strict watch on the activities of eve teasers outside girls educational institutions, buses and other busy markets.

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Suspension of lawyer’s licence revoked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has revoked the suspension of the licence of advocate Siddharth Sanwaria.

The council had suspended Mr Sanwaria’s licence on July 7 following his failure to appear before it in connection with a complaint regarding professional misconduct. The suspension order was passed ex-parte on a complaint by a convict undergoing life imprisonment in Jind jail. He had accused Mr Sanwaria of taking Rs 1 lakh from him in the name of a High Court judge.

After Mr Sanwaria submitted an affidavit before the council, it revoked the ex-parte order.

Mr Sanwaria clarified that the complainant was not his client and he had not file a bail application on his behalf, what of to talk of demanding Rs 1 lakh from him.

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Couple’s bid to sacrifice boy
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, July 16
A couple tried to kill a boy (11) at Daulatpur village in this district to propitiate a deity. The couple was not successful as the boy got wind of it and ran away. The boy’s family has informed the police. The couple has been absconding since last night along with their children.

According to a report, Ram Chander and his wife Vidhya Devi were in a financial crisis for some time. They had been visiting a ‘tantrik’ for a solution to their problem. The ‘tantrik’ reportedly told them to propitiate the deity by taking a bath with blood of a young boy. The woman called Pawan (11), who lived in their neighbourhood on Wednesday evening. The boy told his parents that the couple stripped themselves off and then took out his clothes off also. After locking him in a room, the couple talked about their plan to kill the boy. Ram Chander then allegedly asked his wife to get hold of the boy and he himself went to bring a spade to kill the boy.

When Ram Chander went to the backyard of his house to fetch the spade’. Pawan freed himself from Vidhya Devi and ran away. He narrated the incident to his parents, who informed the police. Ram Chander, his wife and children left the place on Wednesday night.

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IGNOU opens study centre
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 15
As many as 19 courses will be taught at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) centre opened at RKSD (PG) College here recently.

Giving details of the courses to be introduced at the centre Mr K.K. Sirohi, principal of the college, said today that B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, M.A. Hindi, English, History and political science, M.Com, Bachelor of Tourism Studies, Bachelor Preparatory Programme, Certificates in HIV and Family Education, Diploma in Creative English, Diploma in Creative Hindi, Post-Graduate Diploma in Saral Development, Post-graduate diploma in Translation, Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education, Certificate in Teaching of English, certificate in Laboratory Technique had been introduced at the centre.

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Jawan kills wife, injures daughter
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 16
An Army jawan allegedly murdered his wife by stabbing her a number of times and injured his two-year-old daughter in Samalkha town, 12 km from here, late last night. After the incident, the Army jawan, Yashpal, who was posted at Jammu, ran away from the spot along with the weapon used in the crime.

The incident took place when some heated arguments were exchanged between Yashpal and his wife, Bimla, over some domestic matter. Yashpal stabled his wife all over the body in front of several people outside their house. His daughter, Nancy, who was in her mother’s lap at the time of the incident, also sustained injuries. The case has been registered.

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VC favours agri-clinics
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 16
Mr M.K. Miglani, Vice-Chancellor of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), here, has exhorted farm graduates to set up agri-clinics and agri-business centres to provide technical information to farmers. He added that their prime aim should be the prosperity of the farmers.

The Vice-Chancellor was addressing the participants at the concluding ceremony of a two-month training programme has been agriculture graduates. The programme has been organised by the Department of Business Management of the university.

Meanwhile, the HAU authorities have decided to lodge all new students at one hostel and make adequate security arrangements for them. This has been done to curb the menace of ragging on the university campus. The university has banned ragging in all its constituent colleges. 

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B. Pharmacy counselling from July 20
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, July 16
The counselling for admission against all-India category and state quota seats to B.Pharmacy course for the academic session 2004-2005 in Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, and their affiliated institutions would start at the Directorate of Distance Education of Maharshi Dayanand University from July 20.

Sources in Kurukshetra University said there would be one-round of counselling for all-India category and two rounds of counselling for the state quota. Counselling for admission against the state quota and management quota seats (surrendered by institutions to the state agency) for both general and reserved categories would be conducted simultaneously.

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Date of submission of forms extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The last date for submission of application forms for the admission to the MBBS and BDS courses-2004 against NRI seats in Pt. Bhagwad Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, has been extended upto July 19, 2004.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of the institute said that the counselling for the admission against NRI seats would be held in the office of Director, PGIMS Rohtak at 10 am on July 20.

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Women hold protest
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 16
A large number of women held a demonstration in front of the office of the Public Health Department in the Model Town area here on Friday to protest against the non-supply of drinking water for the past two weeks in Ward No. 5 and 6. According to a report, the women took out a procession and reached the office where they staged a demonstration.

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