SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI



THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

Haryana doubles subsidy for farmers
Chandigarh, July 27
The Haryana Government has doubled the subsidy being provided to the farmers under the Agricultural Mechanisation Scheme and has decided to provide 350 rotavators and 30 bed planters on enhanced subsidy of 50 per cent to the farmers during the current financial year.

Surjewala seeks relief for farmers
Sonepat, July 27
The senior Congress leader and the state president of the Haryana Krishak Samaj, Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, today criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for his decision to declare the state drought-hit only after waiting for the rains for another week.

Drought-like situation in Panipat villages
Panipat, July 27
Drought-like situation prevails in the district due to acute shortage of water and extended power cuts triggered by delay in the monsoon. Farmers fear huge losses as cracks have surfaced in the fields where paddy was sown recently.

Kisan Sabha seeks relief for drought-hit areas
Kidwai urged to declare Kurukshetra drought-hit

IAS officer charges Chautala, ex-CS with contempt of court
Chandigarh, July 27
Before retiring from the office of the Chief Secretary of Haryana on June 30, Mr A.N. Mathur, gave a parting gift to Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Haryana cadre IAS, officer, who was instrumental in getting the Supreme Court to order a probe by the CBI into the controversy regarding recruitment of JBT teachers in Haryana.

Eradi panel members inspect canals
Bhiwani, July 27
The two members of the Eradi Tribunal, Mr Justice P.C. Balkrishnan Menon and Mr Justice M.Y. Iqbal, inspected Satnali (Bhiwani), near Loharu, and Madhogarh distributaries in Mahendragarh district yesterday in view of the distribution of Ravi-Beas waters and also interacted with people of the area.


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BJP threatens to gherao Punjab Governor
Panchkula, July 27
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party yesterday threatened to gherao the Punjab Governor on August 4 in protest against the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, passed by the Punjab Assembly.

Tremors  felt in Rohtak, Jind
Rohtak, July 27
An earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit the area early today but did not cause any loss of life and property. The tremors were felt around 5.40 am, making the people rush out of their houses in panic.

Paddy scam: MLA to get notice today
Karnal, July 27
The Karnal police will serve a two-day notice on the local Independent MLA, Mr Jai Prakash Gupta, tomorrow directing him to appear before the investigating officer with regard to Rs 92-lakh paddy scam. He has been evading the police for the past many days.

20-foot breach in Pai distributary plugged
Sonepat, July 27
A large tract of land was inundated following a 20-foot breach in the Pai distributary near Anandpur Jharot village, about 10 km from here, last evening. According to a report, the water inundated the area between the distributary and the village. Residents of the village started to fill the breach but in vain.

Families below poverty line to get house grants
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 27
The state government will provide a financial grant to all those living below the poverty line and having no house to live so that they may construct pucca houses.

Judicial custody for murder bid accused
Bhiwani, July 27
A local court sent the main plotter, in the case of attempt to murder a municipal councillor, to judicial custody when he surrendered in the court yesterday. Karmbir was wanted in the case as the prime hatcher of this conspiracy for several days by the police.

Newly wed hacked to death
Jhajjar, July 27
A newly married 19-year-old woman was reportedly hacked to death by her cousin in Siwana village of the district today.

Another child fugitive held
Sonepat, July 27
The police today claimed to have arrested one more child fugitive, Rakesh, of Lath village who had escaped from Bal Sudhar Grih (juvenile) here last week. According to a report, the number of re-arrested child prisoners has gone to three. Six more are still at large.

Gangster freed from police custody
Rohtak, July 27
Ram Dhan, a notorious gangster, was freed from police custody while he was being brought here from Bhiwani in a police vehicle today.

Dalits protest ‘custodial killing’
Bhiwani, July 27
The Dalit Kalyan Sabha and Dalit Adhikar Sangharsh Samiti organised a protest outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here alleged demanding the arrest of two accused policemen in the murder case of Hari Singh of Loharu.

ACs on in govt offices
Hisar, July 27
A team, comprising officials of the security branch of the local police, today found the air-conditioners on in various government offices.

30 pc results of Devi Lal varsity RLA
Sirsa, July 27
One can well imagine the working of Chaudhary Devi Lal University (CDLU) as its over 30 per cent results declared recently are the cases of result later (awards) (RLA). Moreover, handwritten detail marks cards (DMCs) are given to students.

PGIMS counselling next week
Rohtak, July 27
The counselling for admissions to undergraduate courses in the local Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) and Dental College will begin next week, it was officially stated here today.

Employees to launch stir
Hisar, July 27
The Haryana Karmchari Mahasangh has decided to launch a statewide stir to protest against the alleged non-implementation of their demands to which the government had already agreed.

Bus operators disrupt traffic
Karnal, July 27
The co-operative societies bus operators of the district protested against the unauthorised plying of buses and auto-rickshaws here yesterday.

Ashwin Sareen files bail plea
Ambala, July 27
Mr Ashwin Sareen, joint secretary of the Ambala Educational Trust, in his anticipatory bail application filed in a city court, has pleaded that a criminal case against him and Ms Naib Kaur, wife of former minister Nirmal Singh, was registered at the behest of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala due to political reasons.

Dhaba shut down, panchayat gets land
Ambala, July 27
Neelkanth Dhaba, a popular dhaba on the GT Road near Ambala Cantonment, was shut down by the district administration and the possession was handed over to the Mohra village panchayat today.

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Haryana doubles subsidy for farmers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Haryana Government has doubled the subsidy being provided to the farmers under the Agricultural Mechanisation Scheme and has decided to provide 350 rotavators and 30 bed planters on enhanced subsidy of 50 per cent to the farmers during the current financial year.

While stating this here today, official sources said that earlier only 25 per cent subsidy was available under this Centrally- sponsored scheme. They said the decision to provide 25 per cent more subsidy through the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board had been approved by the Chief Minister, Mr. Om Prakash Chautala, in the interest of the farming community. He said that it was felt that some of the implements like rotavators and bed planters being very costly, were not within the reach of the farmer. The cost of each rotavator is about Rs. 60,000 and that of a bed planter Rs 32,000. the sources said.

The sources said that these implements played a vital role in increasing agricultural production and also reduced the cost of cultivation and saved labour as well as time. He said that with the use of rotavators stubbles and residues of the previous crops get chopped into fine pieces and get thoroughly mixed in soil to form organic manure. It also effectively removes the sugarcane stubbles and prepares seed bed quickly.

The sources said that bed planter was also highly useful for cultivation of wheat as well as other diversified crops like soybean, arhar, mustard, peas and maize. Different crops could be sown by replacing suitable seeding attachments. Row spacing and number of rows for different crops could be varied by using bed planter, they said.

Partial relief for big units
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) have allowed with immediate effect partial relaxation in consumption of power by large industrial consumers with a load of 1 MW or more.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of Power Utilities, said that the relaxation had been granted in view of the demand of some industrial consumers for power to arrange drinking water and other essential services.

He said that it had been decided to allow them to consume up to five per cent of electricity for which the average bill of last 12 months would be the base of consumption.
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Surjewala seeks relief for farmers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 27
The senior Congress leader and the state president of the Haryana Krishak Samaj, Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, today criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for his decision to declare the state drought-hit only after waiting for the rains for another week. In fact, the drought like conditions have been prevailing in the state for the past three weeks. The ponds have gone dry, crops have withered and there is an acute shortage of drinking and canal water supplies,” said Mr Surjewala.

Stating this here today, Mr Surjewala disclosed the Haryana Krishak Samaj and the Haryana Pradesh Kisan and the Khet Mazdoor Congress had unanimously passed a resolution demanding the Chief Minister to immediately declare Haryana as a drought affected state and provide compensation of Rs 10,000 per acre to the farmers whose crops had been damaged.

The state government had also asked to commence all other drought relief measures, including deferment of loan recoveries, advancement of interest free loans, waiving of electricity bills and filling of village ponds, he added.

“If the government remained silent on these demands, a delegation of the organisations will submit a memorandum to the Governor of Haryana on August 5, he said and added if even then the government did not take any step to mitigate the sufferings of the farmers, a one-day dharna would be staged in front of the CM’s office on August 9 and ask the CM to step down.
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Drought-like situation in Panipat villages
Kiran Deep
Tribune News Service

Panipat, July 27
Drought-like situation prevails in the district due to acute shortage of water and extended power cuts triggered by delay in the monsoon.

Farmers fear huge losses as cracks have surfaced in the fields where paddy was sown recently.

Even if it rains now, it will be difficult for farmers to save their crops.

There are villages where paddy plantation was not undertaken at all. Tubewells have become useless as the water table has gone down by several feet.

The ongoing power crisis has had a direct bearing on the water supply to majority of villages here. Power cuts here extend up to 15 hours daily. With a view to showing resentment, villagers have staged demonstrations and dharnas against the authorities concerned at various places.

According to the Agriculture Department, there is about 1.3 lakh hectare fertile land in the district.

Out of this, 64,000 hectare is expected to be used for paddy, 5,000 hectare for sugarcane and rest for other crops.

The water table in Sonali Khurd, Tamashabad, Ramdar, Khandra and Ashan villages has gone down by several feet in the past three months. The condition is worsening with the day.

Paddy and sugarcane crops have withered out in Kachroli, Babarpur, Barauli villages.

Small farmers appear to be the worst hit.

However, many farmers believe that rain even at this juncture will help them reduce losses and save many lives. Mr Satbir Malik, a farmer who owns 50 acres at Sink village, said due to delay in the monsoon, no crop was sown in most of his land.

“Paddy was sown in 22 acres recently, but with no sign of rain, I fear that effort would also go waste,” he added.

Mr Gurdeep Singh, a farmer of Kachroli village, said, “Due to acute shortage of water, paddy plantation was not possible here. I own 100 acres and is desperately waiting for the monsoon.”

Another farmer, Mr Surinder, said the only source of water available here was through the canal. “Early farmer gets water for one week after every 45 days, but it is not enough for irrigation,” he added.
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Kisan Sabha seeks relief for drought-hit areas

Hisar, July 27
The All-India Kisan Sabha has said the entire south Haryana had been hit by the drought and the state government should initiate relief operations. The demand was raised at a joint meeting of the Hisar and Bhiwani units of the sabha, held here today.

Sabha leader and former state president of the Sarvkarmchari Sangh, Mr Sher Singh, who presided over the meeting, said Siwani, Adampur, Dadri, Loharu, Buwani Khera and Kanwari had been severely affected by drought and standing crops had been destroyed.

Mr Sher Singh warned the state government that if it did not take effective steps in this direction, the sabha would launch an agitation. — TNS
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Kidwai urged to declare Kurukshetra drought-hit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
A delegation of Congressmen of Kurukshetra met the Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, here today and urged him to use his good offices with the state government to get Kurukshetra district declared as drought-hit.

The delegation, led by the Kurukshetra district Congress chief, Mr Pawan Garg, submitted a memorandum to Dr Kidwai, highlighting the plight of farmers of the district, who had been hit hard by the failure of the monsoon. The memorandum pointed out that Kurukshetra was known as the granary of the state as it was an agriculture rich district. However, since there was no canal irrigation here, the farmers were dependent upon tubewells and rains.

The delegation said the underground water had gone down. The power situation was bad, making it difficult to run the tubewells to meet the water needs of the paddy crop.

It said the worsening power situation had hit hard the urban areas also. The agriculture-based industry like cold stores, rice mills and flour mills had come to a grinding halt.

The Congressmen pleaded with the Governor that the district should be declared as drought-hit and measures should be taken to provide relief to the people.
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IAS officer charges Chautala,
ex-CS with contempt of court
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Before retiring from the office of the Chief Secretary of Haryana on June 30, Mr A.N. Mathur, gave a parting gift to Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Haryana cadre IAS, officer, who was instrumental in getting the Supreme Court to order a probe by the CBI into the controversy regarding recruitment of JBT teachers in Haryana.

Mr Kumar has been under suspension for about two-and-half a year now, and is entitled to get at least 50 per cent of his salary as subsistence allowance. However, all this time he did not get any pay from the state government. But in the last week of June the Chief Secretary reportedly got a draft sent to Mr Kumar toward his accumulated subsistence allowance for two and a half years.

The belated payment of the accumulated arrears, however, has apparently failed to amuse Mr Kumar, who has recently filed a petition accusing Mr Mathur as well as the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, of contempt of court. The case is related to the JBT teachers recruitment issue. According to Mr Sanjeev Kumar’s petition, the affidavits filed by the Mr Mathur and Mr Chautala are at variation with each other regarding results of the inquiries ordered against him. Therefore, the submissions made in one of the affidavits must be untrue, says the petitioner who accuses the respondents of misleading the court. The case will come up for hearing on Monday, it was learnt.

In another development relating to the JBT teacher recruitment case, the Supreme Court has reportedly ordered that all the departmental inquiries pending against Mr Kumar should be transferred to the Central Vigilance Commissioner. Earlier the Court had transferred to the CBI the cases in which the state government had filed FIRs against Mr Kumar, and had stayed the departmental inquiries initiated against Mr Kumar after July 2000.

Mr Kumar made a prayer to the court that an independent agency might look into departmental inquiries initiated against him.
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Eradi panel members inspect canals
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 27
The two members of the Eradi Tribunal, Mr Justice P.C. Balkrishnan Menon and Mr Justice M.Y. Iqbal, inspected Satnali (Bhiwani), near Loharu, and Madhogarh distributaries in Mahendragarh district yesterday in view of the distribution of Ravi-Beas waters and also interacted with people of the area.

While presenting the case of the state, the Chief Engineer, Mr R.K. Garg, said Satnali distributary was aimed at covering 2,025 hectares of area falling in six villages, but there had been no supply of water through this distributary so far. The area needed adequate supply of water not only for irrigation, but also for drinking purposes. Therefore, the supply of Ravi-Beas waters to the area was of utmost importance, he asserted.

While interacting with the members of the tribunal, sarpanch of Satnali, Ram Kumar, said in case the people of the area did not get the supply of water soon, they would be forced to migrate to other areas.

Mr Dayanand of Patharwa said the water table in the area was declining rapidly and people did not have adequate water for the cattle. Former sarpanch of Satnali Bhagirath said farmers were having a hard time without water. Sarpanch of Nawa village Prabhati Lal, Mahavir Singh of Shyampura village and Girwar Singh Sohri village pleaded that Haryana be given its due share in water.

The members were accompanied by the Haryana Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Irrigation, Mr Anil Razdan, Additional Advocate General of Rajasthan, Mr Aruneshwar Gupta, Advocate on Record from Punjab, Mr Rupender Suri and advocates Azaz Maqbool and K.K. Lahri.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mahendragarh, Mr H.S. Dhankar, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Mahendragarh, Mr Vikas Gupta, and other senior officers of the district administration were also present on the occasion.
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Cong hails Eradi’s visit to Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Haryana Congress has welcomed the visit of the Eradi Tribunal to the state’s three southern districts of Mahendragarh, Gurgaon and Rewari.

In a statement issued here today a general secretary of the party, Rao Narender Singh, MLA, said the visit would give a first hand knowledge to members of the tribunal about the water situation in these districts. He said the members had now seen for themselves the pitiable plight of the people of these districts, who were facing an acute shortage of water even for drinking purposes what to talk of irrigation.
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BJP threatens to gherao Punjab Governor
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 27
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party yesterday threatened to gherao the Punjab Governor on August 4 in protest against the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, passed by the Punjab Assembly.

Senior BJP leader and former Minister Ram Vilas Sharma said that BJP workers from all over the state will converge at Chandigarh and gherao the Punjab Raj Bhavan. "From July 28, six yatras led by the six MLAs of the BJP who have resigned recently, will start from Nangal Chaudhary on the Haryana-Rajasthan border, Dabwali, Hodal, Bahadurgarh, Kalayat and Kalesar and reach here on August 4," he said.

He said that the Indian National Lok Dal- led government in the state had made no efforts to file a contempt petition in the case, especially when they had a precedent in the case of sharing Cauvery river waters. "The BJP will soon file a contempt petition on its own," he said.

Mr Sharma was addressing media persons here. Comparing the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Mr Sharma said that the former had passed a Bill that was undemocratic and against the principles of unity and integrity. " After having taken oath as the Chief Minister, and swearing to work for the unity and integrity of the country, the Punjab CM has done just the opposite. He should be booked for working against the interests of the state," he added.

Accusing the Congress leadership at the Centre of being hand- in- glove with the Congress Government in Punjab, Mr Sharma said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress president Sonia Gandhi made no efforts to restrain the Punjab Assembly from passing the Bill.
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RLD men observe fast over SYL canal issue
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 27
Rashtriya Lok Dal activists observed a fast today to protest over the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

RLD workers under the leadership of the president of the state unit of the party, Mr Ratan Singh Sourot, observed the “symbolic” fast. Mr Sourat said similar fasts would be held in all district headquarters of Haryana.

RLD activists demanded that the SYL canal must be completed at the earliest since it was the lifeline for Haryana. They said the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, must be dismissed since the annulment of the water pacts was an unconstitutional move.
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Tremors felt in Rohtak, Jind
Tribune Reporters

Rohtak, July 27
An earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit the area early today but did not cause any loss of life and property.

The tremors were felt around 5.40 am, making the people rush out of their houses in panic.

Official sources said the tremors were stronger in the areas bordering Jind district. However, relief teams have been alerted as a precautionary measure.

Unofficial reports, however, said a few kutcha houses in some villages on the Jind-Rohtak border had developed cracks.

SONEPAT: The city and its adjoining areas were rocked by a mild earthquake around 5.42 am on Tuesday. However, no loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far.

According to a report, the tremor lasted for a few seconds only.
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Paddy scam: MLA to get notice today
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 27
The Karnal police will serve a two-day notice on the local Independent MLA, Mr Jai Prakash Gupta, tomorrow directing him to appear before the investigating officer with regard to Rs 92-lakh paddy scam. He has been evading the police for the past many days.

The MLA had met the District Magistrate of Karnal, Mr R.S. Doon and Senior Superintendent of Police Vikas Arora early this week and had expressed willingness to join the investigation into the case.

“I have directed the investigating officer, a DSP, to give a fresh date to the MLA for recording his statement,” he said.

The MLA had applied for bail in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the date of which has been fixed for July 29. The MLA and his brother had been booked under Sections 406, 420, 120-B, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC along with a former DM of Confed, Mr V.P. Gupta, in 2002 on the complaint of Confed authorities for allegedly committing irregularities in a rice mill reportedly owned by the MLA and his brother.

Last week the police had served a notice to another co-accused Ramesh Bansal in the case, asking him to appear before the investigating officer. He has also not appeared before the officer to record his statement.

The Tribune tried to contact the MLA for his version but he was not available.
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20-foot breach in Pai distributary plugged
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 27
A large tract of land was inundated following a 20-foot breach in the Pai distributary near Anandpur Jharot village, about 10 km from here, last evening.

According to a report, the water inundated the area between the distributary and the village. Residents of the village started to fill the breach but in vain. They then sent an SOS to the authorities of the district administration and the Rai Water Service Division, but officials concerned could reach the site only after three hours. The breach was repaired around midnight.

The breach occurred at a site where from animals used to pass for drinking water. The embankment got weakened and the authorities concerned failed to strengthen it despite repeated complaints.

Many villagers pointed out that the Pai distributary had been breached many a time in the past also but the authorities concerned had failed to take any action to strengthen its embankments.
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Families below poverty line to get house grants
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 27
The state government will provide a financial grant to all those living below the poverty line and having no house to live so that they may construct pucca houses.

The scheme will be implemented in a phased manner and during the current year 315 beneficiaries will be given a grant of Rs 63 lakh in the district, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, while presiding over a grant distribution function at Peerjan village today.

The function was organised by the Social Welfare Department to hand over cheques worth Rs 2.40 lakh to 12 beneficiaries who had no houses.

Dr Lal said under the Ashirwad Scheme of the government, cheques worth Rs 5 lakh had been given as shagun at the marriages of 80 SC girls in the district. He said besides this, the government had initiated various schemes for the welfare of SC/BC sections of society, particularly girls, and the school going children of this section, so that they may be able to earn their livelihood. He said a batch of 85 SC poor girls had been imparted training in tailoring. Sewing machines along with training certificates were given to these girls.

Similarly a fresh batch of more than 100 girls for training them in different field had been started. These girls would be helped to earn their livelihood independently.

Dr Lal said the state government was fully committed to the overall development of the state and to ensure a transparent and corruption-free administration. He said all government-sponsored schemes would be implemented at the grassroots level. He announced a grant of Rs 60,000 for repairing the dharmshala of the village and Rs 21,000 for Balmiki Mandir of the village.

He said a special park at a cost of Rs 2 lakh would be constructed in the village. It would be dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the supreme sacrifice of the Sahibzadas.
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Judicial custody for murder bid accused
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 27
A local court sent the main plotter, in the case of attempt to murder a municipal councillor, to judicial custody when he surrendered in the court yesterday. Karmbir was wanted in the case as the prime hatcher of this conspiracy for several days by the police.

Mr Ramesh Masta, municipal councillor and president, District Congress Committee (Urban), Bhiwani, was returning home after attending a marriage in late hours in February this year. Two motor cycle-borne youths fired shot at him from point blank range near Naya Bazar area. He had been admitted to the civil hospital where doctors removed bullet from his back and saved his life.

Two days ago, the police arrested a miscreant Vikas, alias Vikky, of Bond village in connection with a robbery that occurred during the Lok Sabha elections at Sanwad village. Vikas, during interrogation, admitted of having shot at Mr Masta before the Charkhi Dadri police. The matter was later handed over to the CIA.

Vikas told the police that Karmbir and Bhawani, sons of Maman, had hired him to kill Mr Masta and they had given him the arm which had been used in the incident. He further admitted that the brother duo had given him cash and Subhas Kala was his accomplice in this incident, who later died during a police encounter.
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Newly wed hacked to death
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, July 27
A newly married 19-year-old woman was reportedly hacked to death by her cousin in Siwana village of the district today.

According to the police, the deceased, Manju, daughter of Ramchander, a student of Class XII, was recently married at Bhali village in Rohtak district. She was, however, staying with her parents.

The police said the accused, Chand, son of Malhe Ram, went to her house once when her mother was away with his nefarious designs. She raised the alarm and villagers caught hold of him.

Since then Chand was nurturing revenge and finding her alone today, he attacked the girl with an axe. She died on the spot. The police has registered a case. The accused has not yet been arrested.
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Another child fugitive held
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 27
The police today claimed to have arrested one more child fugitive, Rakesh, of Lath village who had escaped from Bal Sudhar Grih (juvenile) here last week.

According to a report, the number of re-arrested child prisoners has gone to three. Six more are still at large.

Rakesh was involved in a case of looting registered against him at Sadar police station, Gohana, whereas Gulabsher had been involved in a case of dacoity and murder. Another child prisoner was arrested by the Samalkha police in Panipat district.
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Gangster freed from police custody
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 27
Ram Dhan, a notorious gangster, was freed from police custody while he was being brought here from Bhiwani in a police vehicle today.

According to the police, a police party was bringing four prisoners here from Bhiwani when a four-wheeler overtook it and blocked its way at Lali village, near here. Several associates of the gangster came out of it and fired at the police party. In the melee, they freed Ram Dhan and escaped.

Another prisoner in the police vehicle, Rajbir, was injured in the firing. He has been admitted to the local Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment. The remaining two were sent to the local jail after the incident.

No policeman was injured in the incident. Police parties have been sent to apprehend the escapee.

Later three of the desperadoes, who had freed Ram Dhan from police custody, were shot dead in an encounter with the police at Patwapur village, near here, in the evening.

According to reports received here, after the attack on the police party at Lali village, Ram Dhan escaped in a Tata Sumo. The three accomplices escaped on foot towards a nearby village. A police party followed them.

They were later surrounded by the police in a sugarcane field and all three were killed in the encounter.

Official sources said the police in on the look-out for Ram Dhan.
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Dalits protest ‘custodial killing’
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 27
The Dalit Kalyan Sabha and Dalit Adhikar Sangharsh Samiti organised a protest outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here alleged demanding the arrest of two accused policemen in the murder case of Hari Singh of Loharu.

The samiti in its memorandum said the two policemen, Havildar Dalip Singh and Assistant Sub-Inspector Mahabir, posted at Loharu police station had taken a Dalit, Hari Singh, son of Ami Lal, forcibly to the police station and tortured him. The body of Hari Singh was recovered from a deserted well at Loharu on July 10. The body bore multiple marks of strokes. A medical board, which performed a post-mortem examination, had reported that he died due to severe beating.

It further said the police had registered a case against the accused policemen under Sections 306, 34 and 120 B of the IPC whereas the postmortem report has proved it as a murder.
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ACs on in govt offices
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 27
A team, comprising officials of the security branch of the local police, today found the air-conditioners on in various government offices.

This was stated by the Superintendent of Police, Mr Attar Singh Ahlawat, here today.

He said the departments in which ACs were found running, included the offices of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, the SDM, the Social Welfare Officer, the Excise and Taxation Officer, a local branch of the State Bank of India, the executive officers of the Irrigation and Public Works Departments and some offices of Guru Jambheshwar University.
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30 pc results of Devi Lal varsity RLA
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, July 27
One can well imagine the working of Chaudhary Devi Lal University (CDLU) as its over 30 per cent results declared recently are the cases of result later (awards) (RLA).

Moreover, handwritten detail marks cards (DMCs) are given to students.

TNS has come across a number of cases where the DMCs issued by the university to students of BA-III have been poorly written and incomplete. Sources in the university say that these were provisional degrees whereas this is nowhere mentioned in the degrees.

Duly signed by the Controller of Examination (CoE), Mr Sarjit Singh Bhambhoo. Each subject has been given a code for a e.g. EN stands for English, HI for Hindi but the authorities have not bothered to elaborate the code. Sources confirm that a number of students are approaching them with similar problems.

As many as 1987 students appeared for B.Com (first year) and out of these 649 were declared as RLA. Similarly, there are about 597 RLA cases out of 1663 B.Sc (first year). Insiders blame it on inefficient and unplanned working culture on the campus.

The Tribune had earlier highlighted the case in which DMCs in two different fonts and styles were handed over to the students.
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PGIMS counselling next week
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 27
The counselling for admissions to undergraduate courses in the local Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) and Dental College will begin next week, it was officially stated here today.

Commenting on the delay, a spokesperson for the PGIMS, said the Dental Council of India (DCI) wanted certain facilities to be augmented for increasing the number of seats. These requirements had been met and a formal approval of the DCI was expected later this week.

A number of teachers had been engaged on contract basis and several posts were being filled through the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC), he added.
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Employees to launch stir
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 27
The Haryana Karmchari Mahasangh has decided to launch a statewide stir to protest against the alleged non-implementation of their demands to which the government had already agreed. Mr M.L. Sehgal, general secretary of the mahasangh, said a three-phase plan had been prepared in this regard. He said the stir would begin on August 4, when Demands Day would be observed.
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Bus operators disrupt traffic

Karnal, July 27
The co-operative societies bus operators of the district protested against the unauthorised plying of buses and auto-rickshaws here yesterday. At least 50 buses blocked traffic on the old GT Road and raised slogans against the district administration. Commuters suffered as the bus services were also suspended in the district for most part of day.

They have staged a protest outside the mini-secretariat against the district administration’s failure to check the unauthorised plying of private buses and auto-rickshaws in the district on Friday.

Later, they handed over a memorandum to the District Magistrate demanding stern action against those private bus and auto-rickshaw operators who were plying without the permission from the state transport authority. — TNS
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Ashwin Sareen files bail plea
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 27
Mr Ashwin Sareen, joint secretary of the Ambala Educational Trust, in his anticipatory bail application filed in a city court, has pleaded that a criminal case against him and Ms Naib Kaur, wife of former minister Nirmal Singh, was registered at the behest of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala due to political reasons. The application would be taken up tomorrow. Ms Naib Kaur was granted bail on July 23.

Mr Sareen and Ms Naib Kaur were booked under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471, IPC, on the complaint of Mr Nasib Singh of Mohra village. He had alleged that the two had got a power connection transferred in their name by forging a thumb impression.

The application states that they had purchased land along with a tubewell connection in 1998. They had submitted the documents for the transfer of the tubewell connection that had been given by the seller. They stated that they have not forged anything and had been falsely implicated.
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Dhaba shut down, panchayat gets land
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 27
Neelkanth Dhaba, a popular dhaba on the GT Road near Ambala Cantonment, was shut down by the district administration and the possession was handed over to the Mohra village panchayat today.

There was a controversy over the land ownership. While the dhaba owners claimed that the lease given by the panchayat was for 15 years, panchayat members stated that it was for five.

The panchayat had requested the Deputy Commissioner to get the land vacated and hand over the possession to it as the lease period was over.

Today, a team of officials headed by the SDM, along with policemen, reached the dhaba to hand over the possession to the panchayat.

The dhaba owners protested against the move and said the lease was yet to expire. They raised slogans against the Chautala government.
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