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Chautala hand-in-glove with Badal, alleges Capt Yadav
Chandigarh, July 24
Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, officiating leader of the Congress Legislature Party in Haryana, has expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, for referring the controversial Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, to the President of India.

Centre asks states to curb foreign junkets
Chandigarh, July 24
In an effort to curb the tendency on the part of state government functionaries to go for foreign junkets, the Manmohan Singh-led Central Government has issued a directive saying that the state governments must strictly adhere to the existing guidelines for planning foreign visits.

Widow denied pension despite court ruling
Rohtak, July 24
A 97-year-old widow of a freedom fighter has been fighting for pension for the past 24 years in vain despite court orders in her favour. During her long struggle she was even declared as dead.

CM seeks report on loss to farm sector
Karnal, July 24
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has said that he has instructed the officials concerned to compile a detailed report on the loss caused to the agriculture sector following a delay in the arrival of monsoon.

Cong wants Haryana to be declared drought-hit
Chandigarh, July 24
The Congress yesterday demanded that the state government should declare Haryana as drought-hit and start taking relief measures. 


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Indian prince’s tribute to Hannah
Buria Fort (Yamunanagar), July 24
A 14-year-old scion from here has decided to relive memories of the British student Hannah Foster. In an apparent effort to compensate for the wrongs of an Indian, Prince Amol Singh, heir of former princely state of Buria, has decided to build a tennis court in memory of Hannah Foster near his fort.

Man, woman found dead in gurdwara
Karnal, July 24
A 42-year-old sevadar and a 24-year-old girl were found dead in a gurdwara this morning. The deaths happened last night. As per details, the bodies of Satwinder Singh and Geeta were found from the gurdwara premises where they had slept eating “langar”, last night. Satwinder Singh was serving in the gurdwara for the past 11 years and used to stay on the gurdwara premises.

Rechecking costs Jind student Rs 10,000
Chandigarh, July 24
Going to court against the Central Board of Secondary Education over rechecking of answer books has cost a Jind-based student dearer. Imposing a cost of Rs 10,000 on the student, Vinay Goyal, the court has dismissed his plea.

Hisar reels under water, power shortage
Hisar, July 24
Residents of the city and surrounding areas are annoyed at the acute scarcity of drinking water and erratic power supply. Electricity supply to almost all city areas remains suspended during the night, causing a lot of inconvenience to people.

Karnal students to visit NASA centre
Chandigarh, July 24
Two students of Tagore Baal Niketan Senior Secondary School, Karnal, Swari Malik and Patanjali Sharma, both of Class XII, are going to NASA, Lyndon B Johnson Space Centre, Houston, USA, to attend the International Summer Space School. The session is being held from July 26 to August 9.

Farmers block traffic on Ambala-Hisar road
Ambala, July 24
Farmers block traffic on the Ambala-Hisar National Highway over water sharing in Ambala on Saturday. Farmers blocked the busy Ambala-Hisar road this morning in protest against the inadequate supply of water. The blockade was held at Jansui Head at about 9 am. It led to a traffic jam for more than two and a half hours. The farmers who blocked the road belonged to Saini Majra, Thol, Ajbara, Chota Bara Shambhu, Thaska and Chapra villages.


Farmers block traffic on the Ambala-Hisar National Highway over water sharing in Ambala on Saturday. — Photo Neeraj Chopra.

Mittal new Rotary Club chief
Ambala, July 24
Installation ceremony of the Rotary Club of Ambala was held here last night. Union Minister Kumari Selja was the chief guest. She lauded the role of the Rotary Club of Ambala in ameliorating the suffering of the under privileged. “Programmes of the United Progressive Alliance government are with a human face. We are also working like the club to reach out to the deprived sections of the society,” she added.

“Go Green Carnival”
Chandigarh, July 24
The Indian Oil Corporation today launched its “Go Green Carnival”. A total of 7,000 saplings of various fruit and shade trees were distributed among customers visiting the retail outlets at Chandigarh and in selected cities in Punjab, J and K and Himachal Pradesh.

Commissioner gets additional charge
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Chautala hand-in-glove with Badal, alleges Capt Yadav
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, officiating leader of the Congress Legislature Party(CLP) in Haryana, has expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, for referring the controversial Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, to the President of India.

In a statement issued here today, Captain Yadav said while referring the Act to the Supreme Court of India for examination, the President had covered all four contentious points relating to the Act. He said the points were: (1) whether the Act was in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, (2) whether the Act was in accordance with the provisions of the 1955 Indus Water Treaty, Section 14 of the Inter-State Water Dispute Act, 1956, Section 78 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, and the notification of March 24, 1976, (3) whether Punjab has validly terminated the agreement of December 31, 1981, and all other agreements relating to the Ravi-Beas waters and is discharged from its obligations under these agreements and, (4) whether in view of the provisions of the Act passed by Punjab on July 12, it is discharged from its obligations flowing from the Supreme Court judgement of January 15, 2002, and the judgement of June 4, 2004.

Captain Yadav said on the other hand Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister of Haryana, had failed to protect the interests of Haryana by his reluctance to move the Supreme Court to challenge the Punjab Act.

He said the fact was that Mr Chautala was hand-in-glove with the Punjab Akali leader, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Another statement, issued jointly by Mr Bhajan Lal, HPCC chief, and Captain Yadav, criticised the Chief Minister for not taking any step to tackle the drought situation prevailing in the state. Top

 

Amarinder acted on PM’s ‘behest’
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 24
Finance Minister Sampat Singh said today that the Haryana (Congress) and the Union Government had adopted delay tactics on the SYL issue to “harm” the interest of Haryana.

Talking to mediapersons here, said the Prime Minister himself had advised the Punjab Chief Minister to annul the inter-state waters accord. He alleged the Union Government had pressurised the Governor of Punjab to sign on the Punjab Termination Bill 2004.

He said as per the legal process, the Governor should have recommended the same to the President.
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Pratap Chautala to file plea  in SC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Mr Pratap Chautala, former Haryana MLA and brother of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has said he will file a petition in the Supreme Court alleging contempt of the court directive on the completion of the SYL canal in Punjab.

Mr Chautala, who was addressing a press conference here yesterday, said his lawyers would decide who could be made respondents in the petition. He said he would file the petition in a week's time.

While criticising the Punjab Congress Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh for passing the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, Mr Chautala alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister was "another Bhindranwale in the making". He said the Governor, Mr O. P. Verma, had given consent to the Punjab Act because he did not want his term to be cut short by rubbing the Congress party on the wrong side.Top

 

Centre asks states to curb foreign junkets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
In an effort to curb the tendency on the part of state government functionaries to go for foreign junkets, the Manmohan Singh-led Central Government has issued a directive saying that the state governments must strictly adhere to the existing guidelines for planning foreign visits.

The directive has been sent to all state and union territorry governments, including Haryana.

The letter written to the Haryana Chief Secretary by the Union Finance Secretary, said the existing guidelines of foreign visits by Chief Ministers, ministers, MLAs and state government officials laid down that proposals for foreign visits should be submitted to the Finance Ministry at least two months before the date of departure in order to process these proposals in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs (political angle), concerned administrative ministry (essentiality angle) and the ministry of Home Affairs (from Foreign Contribution Regulation Act angle). After obtaining the advice of these ministries, proposals of Chief Ministers, ministers and MLAs are submitted for the consideration and approval of the Prime Minister.

The Finance Secretary said the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, in his letter dated June 14, 2004, had stressed upon the need that the state governments must strictly follow the guidelines for scheduling foreign visits. The letter added that prior scrutiny by the Administrative Ministry concerned and the Ministry of External Affairs would be necessary for visits abroad. Proposals without the recommendations of these two ministries would not be considered, the letter said and added that to avoid any embarrassment on account of last-minute cancellation, no visit should be finalised with foreign governments either directly or through the diplomatic missions prior to obtaining the Prime Minister’s approval.

The letter, written on June 24, was circulated among Financial Commissioners and Commissioners of Haryana on Thursday.
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Widow denied pension despite court ruling
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 24
A 97-year-old widow of a freedom fighter has been fighting for pension for the past 24 years in vain despite court orders in her favour. During her long struggle she was even declared as dead.

Sarti Devi’s husband, Sarup Singh, a resident of Baliana village, near here, had participated in the Hyderabad agitation during British rule in which hundreds of Arya Samaj activists from this area had gone to jail for a year under orders of the then Nizam. Those who had participated in the agitation were declared as freedom fighters by the government in 1980. They were extended all the benefits given to other categories of freedom fighters.

The long battle began when Sarup Singh applied for pension in 1980. It was denied to him since the bureaucracy felt there was no documentary evidence of his being jailed during the stir. After strenuous efforts he was able to procure some documents about his internment. But even these were termed insufficient by the government.

The matter went to the Supreme Court which ordered grant of pension to several associates of Sarup Singh, but due to some technical reasons he was again denied this benefit. He died fighting his case in 1997.

It was then that his widow took up cudgels on his behalf. She went to the court and it ultimately ruled that she be given pension from 1997 onwards. Seven years after the court orders the government is yet to give the frail old widow her due.

In between the Haryana Government’s Swatantrata Sainik Samman Samiti took up her case and wrote to her to present her case before it here on May 22 last year. But as luck would have it, the postman returned the letter to the samiti office in Chandigarh with the remarks that she had been dead for long.

The samiti office was shocked when it received another communication from her seeking early action on her plea. The samiti asked the Deputy Commissioner to verify whether she was actually alive. Finally, the local administration declared her alive in December last year. Almost seven months have gone by and she has not heard about her case since.

Sarti Devi is presently living in Durga Colony here with her son.
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CM seeks report on loss to farm sector
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 24
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has said that he has instructed the officials concerned to compile a detailed report on the loss caused to the agriculture sector following a delay in the arrival of monsoon.

He was talking to mediapersons after presiding over a function to mark the 44th founder’s day of Sainik School, Kunjpura.

He said the state government was purchasing additional power by paying Rs 16 crore daily from different sources to meet the requirements.

Earlier, he inaugurated a project for widening and strengthening the banks of the Western Yamuna Canal near Karnal.

The Chairman of the Haryana Housing Board, Mr Krishan Pawar, was present on the occasion.
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Cong wants Haryana to be declared drought-hit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The Congress yesterday demanded that the state government should declare Haryana as drought-hit and start taking relief measures. The officiating leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, said here yesterday that since it had now been established that the monsoon had failed this year, the Chautala Government should immediately declare Haryana as drought-hit so that relief could be provided to the suffering farming community.

Capt Yadav said the government should also order a special girdawari in the state to assess the loss caused by the drought.

He also criticised the state government’s move to amend the rules for the appointment of the state Election Commission. Alleging that the government wanted to politicise the statutory post, the Congress leader said in the interest of fair elections the rules should not be amended.
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Indian prince’s tribute to Hannah
Tribune News Service

Buria Fort (Yamunanagar), July 24
A 14-year-old scion from here has decided to relive memories of the British student Hannah Foster. In an apparent effort to compensate for the wrongs of an Indian, Prince Amol Singh, heir of former princely state of Buria, has decided to build a tennis court in memory of Hannah Foster near his fort.

Her maternal aunts, Princess Kiran Singh and Princess Rajan Singh, today jointly laid the foundation stone of the tennis court. Once it is ready, the royal family plans to hold tennis events, including one in the name of their father late Raja Rattan Amol Singh.

Living in Atlanta, USA, Prince Amol Singh kept a track of the Hannah Foster murder case on television and the Internet. When Hannah’s alleged murderer Maninder Pal Singh Kohli was arrested, he called up his maternal aunts living at Buria Fort, near Yamunanagar, and requested them either to donate a part of his fortune to Hannah’s parents or build something in her honour. Prince Amol Singh is son of Princess Nitu Singh and is studying in eighth standard.

“Our father was very loving. We all in the family know how much parents love their children. Prince Amol Singh was moved by the murder of Hannah Foster. He used to update himself on the investigations being carried out by the Hampshire police on television news channels and the Internet,” said Princess Rajan Singh.

“Our little Prince wanted us to do something so that Hannah Foster always remained in our hearts. Only four five days ago, he expressed his desire in this regard. We finally decided to set up a tennis court in the name of the slain British student,” said Princess Rajan Singh.

When asked if they had told the parents of Hannah about their plan, Princess Rajan Singh replied in the negative.Top

 

Man, woman found dead in gurdwara
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 24
A 42-year-old sevadar and a 24-year-old girl were found dead in a gurdwara this morning. The deaths happened last night.

As per details, the bodies of Satwinder Singh and Geeta were found from the gurdwara premises where they had slept eating “langar”, last night. Satwinder Singh was serving in the gurdwara for the past 11 years and used to stay on the gurdwara premises.

The exact cause of the deaths was not immediately known, as the post-mortem report was still awaited. However, it is suspected that they had either consumed poisonous food or allegedly committed suicide by taking poison.

The gurdwara staff in a statement before the investigating officer said they had committed suicide by consuming poison. The relationship between Satwinder and Geeta was also being examined.

The police has registered a case.Top

 

Rechecking costs Jind student Rs 10,000
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Going to court against the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) over rechecking of answer books has cost a Jind-based student dearer. Imposing a cost of Rs 10,000 on the student, Vinay Goyal, the court has dismissed his plea.

The student of Moti Lal Nehru Public School, Jind, had challenged the result of rechecking. Hearing the plea of the student, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice H.S.Bedi and Mr J.S.Narang , held that all the questions in the answer books had been checked and the petitioner had very poor marks.

The cost of Rs 10,000 has to be recovered from the student and deposited in the High Court Lawyers Welfare Fund.

Earlier, the student had approached the CBSE for rechecking in the subject of Social Science of All India Senior School Examination 2004.
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Hisar reels under water, power shortage
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 24
Residents of the city and surrounding areas are annoyed at the acute scarcity of drinking water and erratic power supply. Electricity supply to almost all city areas remains suspended during the night, causing a lot of inconvenience to people.

Besides, unscheduled long and frequent power cuts have become common. Due to the irregular power supply, water supply has also been affected.

Representatives of various residents’ organisations have met the authorities concerned in this regard. Activists of several social and political bodies have also been holding protest marches and demonstrations over the matter, but to no avail.

Mr Arun Kumar Gupta, MD, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, said the delay in monsoon and high demand of electricity were responsible for the crisis. He admitted that the residents’ anger was justified, but maintained that the nigam was doing its best to meet the demand.
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Karnal students to visit NASA centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Two students of Tagore Baal Niketan Senior Secondary School, Karnal, Swari Malik and Patanjali Sharma, both of Class XII, are going to NASA, Lyndon B Johnson Space Centre, Houston, USA, to attend the International Summer Space School. The session is being held from July 26 to August 9.

Being the alma mater of astronaut, Kalpana Chawla, each year two students of the school attend the annual event.
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Farmers block traffic on Ambala-Hisar road
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 24
Farmers blocked the busy Ambala-Hisar road this morning in protest against the inadequate supply of water. The blockade was held at Jansui Head at about 9 am. It led to a traffic jam for more than two and a half hours. The farmers who blocked the road belonged to Saini Majra, Thol, Ajbara, Chota Bara Shambhu, Thaska and Chapra villages.

The farmers were supported by the Krantikari Mazdoor Kisan Union. They said that they were not receiving water in the Minors going to their area. Thaska and Chapra Minor were not supplying water supply and their fields had gone dry.

Thereafter, the SDM and the DSP reached the spot. The blockade was cleared after assurance from the officials that their demand will be looked into. Later, a delegation of farmers was assured by the officials concerned that adequate water supply will be released into the Minors.
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Mittal new Rotary Club chief
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 24
Installation ceremony of the Rotary Club of Ambala was held here last night. Union Minister Kumari Selja was the chief guest. She lauded the role of the Rotary Club of Ambala in ameliorating the suffering of the under privileged. “Programmes of the United Progressive Alliance government are with a human face. We are also working like the club to reach out to the deprived sections of the society,” she added.

The Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and former Himachal Pradesh Governor, Dr Suraj Bhan, said there was an urgent need to maintain ecology. “Individuals and voluntary organisations must plant saplings so that there is improvement in our environment,” he added. New President of the Rotary Club of Ambala, Mr Ajay Mittal, and his team were installed at the ceremony held at Kumari Rukmani Devi Hall.

Those who were installed include the Vice-President, Mr P.K. Jain, the secretary, Mr O.P. Soota, the treasurer, Mr Anil Verma, the president-elect, Mr Kamaljeet Jain, the sergeant-at-arms, Dr Neeraj Prashar, the editor, Ms Anuradha Bakshi and Mr Subhash Bansal. The director community service, Mr P.C. Jain and Dr Vivek Malhotra, the club service, Mr Gian Prakash and Mr B.D. Walia, the director vocational service, Dr Anil Jain, the director international service, Mr Rohit Gupta.

The Inner Wheel president, Ms Prem Gupta and the secretary, Ms Uma Gupta, as well as the Rotaract president, Mr Dhiraj Aggarwal, and the secretary, Mr Anish Bansal were installed at the ceremony.

Mr Ajay Mittal said to mark the 100th year of the Rotary movement, they were going to start a Rotary Health Care Centre. “The past District Governor, Mr Y.P. Das will head the committee for the Rotary Health Care Centre. The health care centre will encompass our different projects including the palliative care, to terminally ill cancer patients and TB eradication project,” he added.
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“Go Green Carnival”
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The Indian Oil Corporation today launched its “Go Green Carnival”. A total of 7,000 saplings of various fruit and shade trees were distributed among customers visiting the retail outlets at Chandigarh and in selected cities in Punjab, J and K and Himachal Pradesh.

Mr Vikram Chhibbar, General Manager, inaugurated the carnival aimed at creating consciousness about environment.
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Commissioner gets additional charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The Haryana Government has ordered that Mr Raj Kumar, Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Rohtak, will also hold the additional charge of Commissioner and Secretary, Archieves and Archaeology Departments, relieving Mr Manik B.Sonawane of the charge.
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