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INLD MPs ready to resign over SYL issue, says Chautala
Yamunanagar, July 23
Going a step further on cornering the Congress on the SYL issue, the Haryana Chief Minister today said all his Rajya Sabha members would resign, provided the two Congress central ministers from the state promised him that Haryana Congress MPs would follow the suit.

Cong MLAs decide not to quit
Chandigarh, July 23
The Haryana Congress MLAs did not submit their resignations to the Speaker of the state Assembly today in view of the Presidential reference to the Supreme Court on the issue of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, which has annulled the 1981 agreement on the sharing of the river waters between the two states.

Chautala ridicules Cong MLAs on resignation

Profit-making PSUs not to be disinvested
(Binjaul) Panipat, July 23
The Union Ministry of Steel has formed a committee to work out a formula to control price of steel said Union Minister of Chemicals, Fertilizers and Steel Ram Vilas Paswan yesterday. He said “our first priority is to fulfil domestic requirement of steel. 

Rangarajan commends Haryana on revenue growth
Chandigarh, July 23
The Chairman of the 12th Finance Commission, Dr C. Rangarajan, has assured that the commission would take into account Haryana’s specific concerns in its report.

Former minister’s wife gets bail
Ambala, July 23
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr M.M. Sharma, granted anticipatory bail to Mrs Naib Kaur, the wife of a former Minister of Haryana and senior Congress leader, Mr Nirmal Singh, today.


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Power consumption rises in villages
Panchkula, July 23
The power consumption in the rural sector in Haryana has seen an unprecedented hike of 41. 26 per cent this year, thus putting additional pressure on Haryana Power Utilities.

High Court
Karnal MLA’s arrest case
Chandigarh, July 23
The High Court on Friday directed the Haryana Police to give at least two-day notice before arresting Karnal MLA Jai Prakash Gupta in any case. Resuming the hearing in a petition filed by Mr Gupta, the Bench of Mr Justice S.S. Saron adjourned the matter to July 29.

  • Stolen documents

  • Bhajan Lal’s contempt plea

Mob attacks newspaper office, DM orders probe
Karnal, July 23
A mob attacked the Karnal district office of a Hindi daily newspaper, Hari Bhoomi, and ransacked the office last night. However, no one was injured. The police has registered an FIR and a hunt has been launched to nab the culprits.

1,863 constables to be recruited
Chandigarh, July 23
The Haryana Police will be recruiting 1,863 constables, including women, for various battalions of the Haryana State Industrial Security Force. The recruitment will commence from August 9, 2004, at six selections centres being set up at Yamunanagar, Faridabad, Jhajjar, Jind, Panipat and Sonepat.

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INLD MPs ready to resign over SYL issue,
says Chautala
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 23
Going a step further on cornering the Congress on the SYL issue, the Haryana Chief Minister today said all his Rajya Sabha members would resign, provided the two Congress central ministers from the state promised him that Haryana Congress MPs would follow the suit.

Yesterday, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, had asked the Congress Lok Sabha MPs from Haryana and Rajasthan to resign to pressurise the UPA government to start construction of the SYL canal. He said the moment the Congress MPs from Haryana would resign, all his five Rajya Sabha MPs would also resign.

Addressing a press conference here this evening, before leaving for Delhi, Mr Chautala said the Congress MPs yearn for power and they would never resign. “My MPs would resign from Parliament provided the Minister of State Kumari Salja and Rao Inderjeet assure me of resignations of the Haryana Congress MPs, immediately after the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MPs resign”, announced the Chief Minister.

When asked why assurance from the two union ministers and not from the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr Bhajan Lal, the Chief Minister replied, “Mr. Bhajan Lal has never stuck to his commitments” and added, “See the 72-hour ultimatum of the Congress has passed but none of the Congress MLAs have sent their resignations to the Vidhan Sabha Speaker”.

According to him the Congress MLAs were never sincere about their resignations. “Had they been sincere they would not have send their resignations to the Haryana Congress President,” he said.

He said the Supreme Court would provide justice to the state and no political party would be able to hamper the completion of the SYL.

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the widening and strengthening of a 10.40 km long Jagadhri-Kalanaur road, which was to be completed in a year. Besides inaugurating the newly constructed Vishva Bharti Public School at Jagadhri town here, the Chief Minister also presided over the fourth phase of the “Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar” programme of the Jagadhri constituency where he “redressed” the grievances of 113 village panchayats and the Municipal Council.

Among others who accompanied the Chief Minister, included Dr M.C Gambhir, Dr B.L Saini and Mr Balwant Singh, MLAs, Deputy Commissioner Mr Vijayender Kumar, ADC, Mr Suparveen Kumar, SP Yamunanagar Mr Rajender Singh.
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Cong MLAs decide not to quit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Haryana Congress MLAs did not submit their resignations to the Speaker of the state Assembly today in view of the Presidential reference to the Supreme Court on the issue of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, which has annulled the 1981 agreement on the sharing of the river waters between the two states.

The party president, Mr Bhajan Lal, announced at a press conference after a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party and eight Independent MLAs supporting it that there was no need for the MLAs to quit the Assembly in view of the Presidential reference.

The Congress had given a 72-hour ultimatum to the Chautala Government that its MLAs would quit the Assembly if the state did not approach the apex court for the annulment of the Punjab Act. The ultimatum expired at 12 noon today.

Soon after the Congress had served the ultimatum, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, declared that he had no intention of going to the apex court.

Mr Bhajan Lal said the MLAs were willing to resign. But in view of the Presidential reference, which, he said was made after the Haryana Congress put pressure on the Centre, there was no need for the MLAs to quit. He was confident that the Supreme Court would undo the injustice perpetrated by Punjab on Haryana.

Mr Bhajan Lal said the proposed dharna at Raj Ghat on July 28 and the proposed rally at Ram Lila ground in Delhi had also been postponed.
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Chautala ridicules Cong MLAs on resignation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today ridiculed Congress MLAs of the state and said it would be the eighth wonder of the world if they resigned on the issue of SYL canal. In case the Congress Lok Sabha members from Haryana and Rajasthan resigned, the INLD MPs of the Rajya Sabha would also quit to exert pressure on the Central Government to annul the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, Mr Chautala said. He added that the Congress should rise above party politics to get the SYL issue resolved.

Mr Chautala was talking to mediapersons shortly after flagging of the Jal Chetna Yatra here today. 
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Profit-making PSUs not to be disinvested
Our Correspondent

(Binjaul) Panipat, July 23
The Union Ministry of Steel has formed a committee to work out a formula to control price of steel said Union Minister of Chemicals, Fertilizers and Steel Ram Vilas Paswan yesterday. He said “our first priority is to fulfil domestic requirement of steel. The ministry therefore has directed all PSUs to cater to domestic needs first and export steel in case it was surplus”.

“The decision will help small-scale industry and common man, who suffer due shortage and a hike in the price of the steel” said Mr Paswan to queries of the media at NFL plant 6 km from the city.

Ruling out disinvestments of PSUs, Mr Paswan said that profit-making PSUs would not be disinvested. He added to generate employment, the ministry had decided to re-start several closed PSUs fertiliser plants in Bihar, Uttar Pardesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

On life-saving drugs, Mr Paswan said at present prices of 74 life-saving drugs were under control. The ministry is exploring to introduce 300 more life-saving drugs in the market, if these were introduced then prices of these drugs will have to be controlled.

Giving reasons for the rise of price of urea, Mr Paswan said the fertiliser plants had been facing tough time due to hike in the price of raw material. Production cost of urea was very high as plants have been importing raw materials. Mr Paswan said he would discuss the issue with the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to control price of urea.

Mr Paswan also questioned distribution method of subsidised urea among farmers. He said that ministry had constituted a consumer forum to look after problems of farmers. The forum organises meetings of the representatives of farmers, urea producers and government officials in every state where farmers can air their grievances.

On tonnes of ash dumped by the NFL plant in fertile land of nearby Binjaul village and the pollution problem, he said that there were several plants in the country using coal to generate heat and releasing ash. As per court directions 50 per cent of the ash has to be dumped in a nearby place. Also the NFL plant is working on sending the ash to the PWD and other departments, for repairing roads and construction of bridges.

Mr Paswan announced Rs 500 production allowance for every employee of the NFL, Panipat saying that the plant was making profit and the credit went to its employees who deserved share of profit.
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Rangarajan commends Haryana on revenue growth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Chairman of the 12th Finance Commission, Dr C. Rangarajan, has assured that the commission would take into account Haryana’s specific concerns in its report.

While stating this here today, a Haryana Government press release said that Dr Rangarajan commended the performance of Haryana Government in the areas of revenue growth, expenditure checking and reduction of deficit indicators.

The release said during a meeting with the Chief Minister and senior officials of the state government here today, Dr Rangarajan noted that Haryana’s dependence on central transfers was much less than other states of the country. During the year 2003-04, these transfers constituted only 13.8 per cent of total revenue receipts as against the average of 34.9 per cent for other non-special category states. He noted that the ratio of own tax revenue to Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) had steadily increased from a level of 6 per cent in 1996-97 to 8.5 per cent in 2003-04. This ratio was higher than the average tax-GSDP ratio of 7.6 per cent for other non-special category states, especially Haryana.

He also lauded Haryana for pioneering the implementation of Value Added Tax. He said the Commission would do its best to evolve a scheme of fiscal transfers through tax devolution and grants which would give due weight to the requirements of the States.

Dr Rangarajan also noted that the total expenditure and revenue expenditure of Haryana had grown at an average annual rate of only 8.7 per cent and 11.5 per cent respectively, which was well below the growth rate of 14.9 per cent in total revenue receipts.

He also noted that the deficit indicators had also shown improvement after reaching a peak in 1998-99. The fiscal and revenue deficit had come down from a level of 5.1 per cent and 3.5 per cent of GSDP in 1998-99 to 1.8 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively in 2003-04. These deficits were the lowest among all non-special category states of India, he observed.

He said that the Commission would examine suggestions received from the State Government, which included recommendation of united grants for local bodies on the basis of 2001 population figures and without insistence on matching resources, assessment of fund requirement of local bodies on the basis of recommendations of First State Finance Commission, and modification of sharing pattern between the Centre and the States at 90:10 from the existing 75:25.

He also commended that the population of the State below the poverty line was only 8.7 per cent in 1999-2000 as compared to 26.1 per cent at the All-India level. The per capita GSDP of the State at current prices was Rs 27,746 in 2000-2001, which was among the highest in the country. He said that it would be the endeavour of the present Commission to evolve appropriate procedures to assess the resources of the Centre and the States and the requirements of the two levels of the Government.

Earlier, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala demanded adequate resources to continue the pace of development in the state and assured their judicious use so as to make Haryana a top ranking state in the country. He urged the commission to modify the composition, content and coverage of the existing income re-distributive criteria of tax sharing, which discounted the prudent financial management of states like Haryana and rewarded the states with lax financial management and lower tax efforts. He suggested that the divisible pool be expanded and the share of states in Central taxes and duties be increased from existing 29.5 per cent to atleast 50 per cent.

With regard to inter-state division of Central taxes, he suggested that population should be the main criteria as population was the only objective criteria to determine the real financial needs of a state. Therefore, 65 per cent weightage should be given to population, 10 per cent to per capita income and 7.5 per cent each to fiscal discipline and tax efforts, followed by 5 per cent each to area and contribution.

He pointed out that although Haryana was not given any financial assistance to help the drought affected people a year ago yet the state government provided drought relief of Rs 244 crore to its affected people of its own. He feared that this year the delayed monsoon had already damaged the crop thus affecting the farmers in the state.

While demanding adequate funds for the state, Mr Chautala said that he was not against the backward states being given incentives by the Central Government, but the allocation of funds to progressive states should not be curtailed because of this. He reminded that the Centre was yet to pay a sum of Rs 3000 crore to the state.
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Former minister’s wife gets bail
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 23
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr M.M. Sharma, granted anticipatory bail to Mrs Naib Kaur, the wife of a former Minister of Haryana and senior Congress leader, Mr Nirmal Singh, today. The judge in his order said that in case of her arrest she be released on bail after furnishing a personal bond of Rs 30,000 with one surety of an equal amount.

According to prosecution, the police had registered a forgery case against Mrs Kaur and another person on the complaint of Nasib Singh, a resident of Mohra village on March 30. Nasib had alleged in the complaint that Mr Nirmal Singh had purchased a piece of agriculture land from him in 1998 in Rs 22,62,000. A tubewell connection was also existing on that land in the name of Kuldeep Singh. The electricity connection of the tube well disconnected by the department in December, 2000, for the non-payment of dues.

Later some person impersonating as Nasib Singh applied for the new connection and it was granted. When Nasib Singh received the bill, he applied for the disconnection and filed a complaint with the police. The police after investigation registered a case against Naib Kaur and one other in this regard.

The counsel of the petitioner Mr Satish Jain while arguing said the petitioner happened to be the wife of a former minister, Mr Nirmal Singh, who was not on good terms with the Chief Minister. Earlier, a murder case was also registered against Mr Nirmal Singh, in which he was acquitted. He said the petitioner was falsely implicated in the case. He said the complainant had assured that he would get the connection transferred but later he denied.
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Power consumption rises in villages
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
The power consumption in the rural sector in Haryana has seen an unprecedented hike of 41. 26 per cent this year, thus putting additional pressure on Haryana Power Utilities.

Well placed sources in Power Utilities inform that as compared to a daily average consumption of 307.60 lakh units (LUs) by the rural consumers in the state last year, this year the daily consumption by the rural sector is 434. 52 LU. The total power consumption in the state has also gone up by 25 per cent, from an average 586 LUs last year to 733.33 LUs this year.

With the growing demand between demand and supply, Power Utilities has now asked the Union Power Ministry to allocate 200 MW of power from the unallocated Central pool for the next two months, considering the prevailing drought- like conditions in the state. The Central unallocated Central pool is 15 per cent of the total power generation kept as reserve with the Union Power Ministry, to be given to the states deficient in power. Since the demand in the rural sector is now at an all time high because of paddy cultivation, Power Utilities is feeling the pinch in supplying uninterrupted power supply for running tubewells for irrigation. It is learnt that though the cuts have been imposed on industrial and domestic consumers, and lighting load (two phase power supply at night hours) is being imposed on rural consumers, the state Power Utilities has a crisis at hand. The hydel power generation from Bhakra has been adversely hit, affecting the hydro power production. The thermal power plants are running to their full capacity, but there is still a shortfall in power availability.

The Chairman of the Utilities, Maj Gen. (retd) B S Rathee, today met the Union Secretary, Power, Mr RV Shahi, and urged that the state be allocated at least 60 LUs of power each day.

Also, overdrawals from the Northern Grid (in case other states fail to draw their share), often at penal rates in case the frequency of power is low, is costing heavy on the pocket of Power Utilities. By getting power from the Central unallocated pool, the Utilities will get power at the rate of Rs 2.50 to Rs 3 per unit and would thus lessen the financial burden on the Utilities, besides augmenting the power supply.
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High Court
Karnal MLA’s arrest case
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 23
The High Court on Friday directed the Haryana Police to give at least two-day notice before arresting Karnal MLA Jai Prakash Gupta in any case.

Resuming the hearing in a petition filed by Mr Gupta, the Bench of Mr Justice S.S. Saron adjourned the matter to July 29.

The Independent MLA had moved the High Court, seeking directions to the Haryana Government and the Haryana Police not to book him in any case without giving 15-day notice.

In his petition, Mr Gupta, who was till recently was supporting the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana, had claimed that after he parted ways with the INLD, the police has been looking for him to arrest him.

He has also stated that he feared that he could be booked in false cases by the police at the behest of the ruling party to settle scores with him. Mr Gupta also claimed that the police had tried to arrest him recently.

Stolen documents

A Bench of the High Court on Friday issued notice for August 17 on a petition seeking directions for the proper reconstruction of two stolen documents from court records in the case titled State versus S.S. Mago, pending in the court of Panchkula Chief Judicial Magistrate.

The petitioner, Mr Sanjay Bhardwaj, has also prayed for fixing the responsibility of the court official responsible for stealing the vital documents. He has also sought the registration of a criminal case against the culprits who had stolen the documents.

The petitioner has stated that he had married the daughter of Mr Mago against his wishes, following which he was threatened of dire consequences. Later, his father-in-law filed an application in the court of the CJM seeking the registration of an FIR under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (rape). The girl was later married off to a non-resident Indian, but was later divorced.

Bhajan Lal’s contempt plea

The High Court on Friday ordered that the contempt application filed by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal will be heard along with the main petition seeking the restoration of Z-category security.

In the application, Mr Bhajan Lal has claimed that even though his petition for Z-category security is pending after being admitted by the High Court, the Haryana Government has reduced his security cover. This, he claimed, was contempt of court.
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Mob attacks newspaper office, DM orders probe
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 23
A mob attacked the Karnal district office of a Hindi daily newspaper, Hari Bhoomi, and ransacked the office last night. However, no one was injured. The police has registered an FIR and a hunt has been launched to nab the culprits.

As per information a mob comprising at least 150 persons belonging to a particular community equipped with lathis and sharp-edged weapons attacked the office. They first cut-off the power supply to the office situated in front of the city police station and then broke the furniture and computers.

“I kneeled down and hid myself under a table to save myself, Navneet Vaid, district correspondent of the newspaper, said.

The mob gathered at the main bazaar about 150 m from the newspaper office. It raised slogans against the newspaper. It passed through the municipal committee chowk where two PCR vans were parked but it was neither intercepted nor was information passed to the control room. It took the police half hour to reach the office.

The Haryana Union Journalists, Haryana Patrakar Sangh and members of the local Press Club held a meeting and condemned the attack.

The journalists also met the District Magistrate and demanded the arrest of the culprits and action against policemen on duty last night.

The District Magistrate said a delegation of a few persons belonging to a particular community met him early this week and demanded legal action against the newspaper for allegedly publishing derogatory remarks against their community.

The SP had been asked to suspend the official on duty at the city police station at the time of the incident. An inquiry to be conducted by a police official not less than the rank of DSP had also been ordered.
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1,863 constables to be recruited
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Haryana Police will be recruiting 1,863 constables, including women, for various battalions of the Haryana State Industrial Security Force. The recruitment will commence from August 9, 2004, at six selections centres being set up at Yamunanagar, Faridabad, Jhajjar, Jind, Panipat and Sonepat.

According to a statement issued here, the recruitment includes 250 male drivers and 366 female constables.

For ex-serviceman a total of 277 vacancies under different categories are available. Ex-serviceman candidates must have retired after August 1, 2002.

Eligible candidates who pass physical measurement, will undergo physical efficiency test which includes long jump, high jump, 200 m race and shot- put as prescribed. Before appointment selected candidates will be medically examined by civil surgeons.

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Ex-minister’s house burgled
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 23
Robbers allegedly struck at the residence of a former Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mulana, located in Sector 7 of the Urban Estate in Ambala City here yesterday. They decamped with a gold ring, cash and other valuables.

Mr Mulana said he came to know about the incident early this morning when he noticed that the grill of the window of his son’s room way lying broken. He said that his son was away to Delhi and the room was vacant when the thieves made this attempt. The matter was reported to police.
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44 commercial sites to be auctioned
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 23
HUDA will hold auction at its office here for the sale of 44 commercial sites located at various places at Bhiwani.

A spokesman of HUDA said that the commercial sites to be auctioned included two sites in Sector 26, five in Shopping Centre, Sector 13, 14 in City Centre, two in Town Centre, New Anaj Mandi, five in Iron Steel and Timber Market, seven in special purpose mandi township, two in mandi township and seven at Old Bus Stand.
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Juvenile held
Our Correspondent

Panipat, July 23
The Panipat police today arrested Pardeep, who had escaped from the Sonepat Juvenile Rehabilitation Home three days ago. The police claimed to have recovered a country-made pistol and cartridges from his possession. He had escaped from the juvenile home along with eight other inmates on Tuesday.
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