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Cracker unit blast toll nine
Factory owners still absconding
Jhajjar, July 29
The death toll in the cracker unit explosion at Yakupur village, near here, has risen to nine with one more injured worker succumbing to injuries at Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi today.

Verma panel submits report today
Chandigarh, July 29
The Justice J.C. Verma Commission of Inquiry will submit its report to the Haryana Government tomorrow, according to informed sources.

Fish farming in troubled waters
Panipat, July 29
The inordinate delay in the monsoon has not only affected paddy and sugarcane crops in the district, but also fish farming. Fish farmers fear heavy losses as the water level in fish ponds has gone down significantly during the past one month, forcing them to sell under-developed fish at throwaway prices.

Building material confiscated
Panchkula, July 29
The enforcement staff of Haryana Urban Development Authority today launched a drive against the building material contractors, selling their wares from roadsides in various sectors.

Crop insurance scheme introduced
Bhiwani, July 29
Bajra and cotton crops will be provided insurance cover under the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme in the district for 2004. The banks concerned have already started necessary work to insure crops under the scheme.

22-yr-old woman dies of burns
Karnal, July 29
A 22-year-old married woman succumbed to burns leaving behind an 18-month-old male child in the trauma centre of the local Civil Hospital this afternoon. Her in-laws allegedly set her on fire early this morning at her residence in Gharaunda, 18 km from here.

Fake cement racket busted
Rewari, July 29
With the arrest of five persons, all members of an inter-state gang of fake cement racketeers and the seizure of 950 bags of fake “Birla Uttam cement”, the Rewari district police has claimed to have busted an inter-state fake cement racket.




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Three abduct wife of friend, one arrested
Sonepat, July 29
Three persons are reported to have kidnapped a young housewife, Radha, from her house in Jiwan Vihar here last night. According to a report, they consumed liquor with the husband of the woman and when he became unconscious they forcibly took the woman with them.

600 bottles of illicit liquor seized
Kaithal, July 29
The local police in a raid conducted here today unearthed a liquor manufacturing factory and seized a huge quantity of liquor and other articles.

Man gets seven years’ jail term
Bhiwani, July 29
A fast-track court today convicted a man and sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment and fined Rs 1,000 for illegal possession of explosive material. The accused will have to undergo imprisonment for another six months if he did not pay the fine.

Judicial remand for rape accused
Bhiwani, July 29
A local court at Charkhi Dadri remanded a 26-year-old man to judicial custody for 14 days. The police arrested the man allegedly on the charge of raping a married woman at Adampur village six days ago.

Whither English in govt colleges?
Rohtak, July 29
Teaching of English in government colleges in Haryana has touched its nadir if the annual magazines published by most such colleges are any indication. If you don’t agree read this opening paragraph of the “editorial” written by a lecturer of English in one such college who is also the editor of the English section: “The new issue of ‘Teej’ is in your hands again and here the bidding writers have tried to unlock their corridors of passions and emotions locked in their hearts.

Varsity to market 45 techniques
Hisar, July 29
Marketing of 45 techniques developed by Chaudhry Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University experts has been allowed by the management board of the university. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the board held in Chandigarh.

VC gets rank of Colonel in NCC
Ambala, July 29
Dr A.K. Chawla, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, was given the honorary rank of Colonel in the National Cadet Corps at a ceremony at Gandhi Memorial National College yesterday.

Fudging in HUDA accounts by staff
Panchkula, July 29
Haryana Urban Development Authority has detected fudging of its accounts by the accounts staff in collusion with an allottee of a commercial site. An allottee of a shop-cum-flat in Sector 15, paid Rs 1 lakh as in Sector 15 in January 1992.

Haryana postings and transfers
Chandigarh, July 29
The Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of one IPS and six HPS officers with immediate effect. Mr S.P. Ranga, Superintendent of Police, Security-II with headquarters at Hisar, has been given the additional charge of Commandant, 3rd Battalion, Haryana Armed Police, Hisar during the training  period of Mr Yoginder Singh Nehra.

Rehris blocking flow of traffic
Ambala, July 29
Traffic movement near the main bus stand at Ambala Cantt has been affected as rehris occupy a major portion of the road. Fruit and vegetable vendors park their rehris on the roadside, which leads to traffic congestion.

Tail-end farmers demand water
Bhiwani, July 29
Resentment prevails among farmers of Tosham tehsil area against the indifferent attitude of the Irrigation Department towards providing water to the tail-end area of Sangwan new minor.

‘Make tubewell operational’
Ambala, July 29
Residents of Prabhu Prem Puram here today demanded that the tubewell at Khojkipur be made operational at the earliest. The residents said they had not been receiving water for the past 10 days.

MC employees to observe fast
Rohtak, July 29
Municipal employees all over Haryana will observe a token strike on August 25 to press for the acceptance of their long-standing demands. Announcing this, Mr Ram Kishen Bidlan, convener of the Nagarpalika Karamchari Association, Haryana, said the employees would observe a 12-hour fast on August 2, followed by a day-long fast on August 9.

2 criminals get police remand
Sonepat, July 29
Two criminals, Sanjay and Naresh, alias Neshi, and accomplices of Anil, alias Bhagte, were produced before the Judicial Magistrate at his residence here last night who remanded them in police custody for a week.

Three die in road accident
Hisar, July 29
Three persons were killed and two injured in a road accident on the Barwala-Hansi road near Badhawar village in the district today. The deceased include Bharthu (52) his son Shamsher (27) and Ramesh (27) of Badhawar village.
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Cracker unit blast toll nine
Factory owners still absconding
Tribune Reporters

Jhajjar, July 29
The death toll in the cracker unit explosion at Yakupur village, near here, has risen to nine with one more injured worker succumbing to injuries at Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi today.

The deceased was identified as Raj Kumar, a resident of Daboda village in Gurgaon district. Eight workers had died yesterday. They were Bhateri, Krishan, Vijay, Rajpal, Rajbir, Chhote Ram, Pammi Ram and Pandey. Another injured worker Babu Ram is still in the hospital.

According to the police, four others with minor injuries have been made witnesses in the case. They are Naveen, complainant in the case, Chandar Bhan, Pradeen, Bala and Banddar.

However, the police has still not traced the two factory owners, Shailander Jain and Manoj Jain. They are both residents of Delhi. The DSP, Mr Teeka Ram said raids had been conducted at their residences and possible hideouts yesterday. Notices regarding their wanted status had been pasted at these premises.

He said a case under Section 304 A of the IPC had been registered against them Some sections of the Explosives Act and other relevant sections of the IPC had also been applied.

A team of experts of the Department of Explosives from Faridabad today collected samples of live and exploded explosive materials stored in the factory. The experts, Mr R.K. Mundela and Mr R.P. Sharma, inspected the rooms where the incident occurred. They said they would examine the explosives being used in manufacturing crackers to verify whether the owners were permitted to use it.

They said maximum damage was caused by the flash-fire. As the fire began, burning explosives rained on the workers.

It is still not known whether the factory had obtained the necessary licences. While the Controller of Explosives said the factory had the requisite licence, the police said there was no such licence in its record. Some sources said the factory owners had only a no objection certificate and they had applied for a licence which had not yet been issued.

Meanwhile, the absconding owners faxed an unsigned press statement to mediapersons here late this evening claiming they held a valid licence for manufacturing crackers. They said adequate fire safety equipment was in place in the factory and the incident was the result of a human error.

It added that they were committed to rehabilitation of the families of the dead and injured workers and would also suitably reward those who helped in rescuing the injured workers. They claimed they would meet the district authorities soon for the purpose. However, they did not mention whether they planned to surrender to the police.
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Verma panel submits report today
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Justice J.C. Verma Commission of Inquiry will submit its report to the Haryana Government tomorrow, according to informed sources.

The commission was set up by the Chautala Government in May, 2003, to inquire into the circumstances under which the prohibition imposed in the state by the Bansi Lal Government was lifted. Its terms of reference also included fixation of responsibility for the alleged smuggling of liquor in the state during the prohibition period.

The sources say the Chairman of the commission, Justice J.C. Verma, a retired Judge of the Rajasthan High Court, will hand over his report to the Chief Secretary, Mr Sunil Ahuja, tomorrow evening.

Soon after the Chautala Government came to power, it set up the Chahal Commission of Inquiry to go into various aspects of the prohibition. The former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, challenged the appointment of the Chahal commission before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the plea that when the state Cabinet decided to set up the commission, it had no material before it to justify the setting up of such a commission.

After the Chahal commission submitted its report to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, the High Court upheld Mr Bansi Lal's plea and quashed its appointment. The report could not be made public, though it is believed that the Chahal commission had indicted Mr Bansi Lal and his son, Mr Surender Singh, among others.

The sources say the report of the Chahal commission was not made available to the Verma commission because the report had lost its sanctity after the High Court verdict.

Mr Bansi Lal has challenged the appointment of the Verma commission also. His plea is listed for hearing next month. Several politicians, who were issued notices by the commission asking them to file their replies to the complaints received against them, refused to participate in its proceedings. Their complaint was that the commission had refused to give them permission to cross-examine those persons who had filed affidavits against them. However, the plea of the commission's counsel, Mr L.D. Mehta, was that in case a witness is not examined by the commission, the other party has not right to cross-examine that witness. The other party, of course, can file a counter- affidavit in reply to the affidavit filed by the witness. He quoted a Supreme Court judgement in the Jammu and Kashmir versus Bakshi Gulam Mohd case in support of his contention.

The commission accepted Mr Mehta's plea and decided to go ahead with the preparation of its report despite the virtual boycott of its proceedings by the accused politicians.

The term of the commission will expire on July 31.
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Fish farming in troubled waters
Kiran Deep

Panipat, July 29
The inordinate delay in the monsoon has not only affected paddy and sugarcane crops in the district, but also fish farming. Fish farmers fear heavy losses as the water level in fish ponds has gone down significantly during the past one month, forcing them to sell under-developed fish at throwaway prices.

Moreover, as drought-like situation prevails in the region, many fish farms are on the verge of closure. Even if it rains now, it will not help fish farmers to make good their losses. The condition has deteriorated to the extent that prices of fish have come down to around Rs 18 per kg from Rs 50 kg.

Around 550 hectare area is available for fish farming in the district. Out of this, about 350 hectares are being used for the production of Rohu, Katla, Mirgal and common cop fish varieties.

These fish varieties are preferred as within six months these fish can attain weight between 1 kg and 1.5 kg. However, things are different this time. Due to delay in the monsoon, there is scarcity of water. The water level in ponds has decreased by 2 to 5 feet.

Mr Gajender Singh, a fish farmer, said farmers could not take more risk now. Three years ago, farmers had suffered huge losses. Due to similar conditions. “As there is no sign of the monsoon, we have decided to sell under-developed fish at half the price, ” he said. Another farmer, Mr Rameshwar, said fish farmers would not be able to recover even the input costs this time.

The District Fisheries Officer, Dr M.S. Kuhada, said around 5,000 kg fish could be produced in one-hectare pond area annually. But this time, due to shortage of water, fish farmers were selling under-developed fish at very low prices. If the situation did not improve, it would hit fish farmers very hard, he added.
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Building material confiscated
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 29
The enforcement staff of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) today launched a drive against the building material contractors, selling their wares from roadsides in various sectors.

A team of the enforcement staff led by the five Junior Engineers - Mr M.P. Sharma, Mr Rajinder Punia, Mr Ajay Bansal, Mr J.S. Beniwal and Mr Karam Chand — led the enforcement staff as they went around various sectors. At least five trolley loads of building material (boulder, bricks and sand) were confiscated.

The drive began from Sector 7 and was carried on in Sector 8, 9, 10, 15, 21 and on the road dividing Sectors 2 and 4. Some jhuggis that had come up on vacant plots in these sectors were also removed. As many as 20 members of the enforcement wing were involved in the drive that went on for four hours. They were accompanied by the police force. A JCB machine was used to lift the material and put them in the trolleys.

HUDA officials say that they had given a warning to all building contractors 10 days ago, asking them to remove encroachments from government land. They said the drive would be resumed again, depending on the availability of the police force.
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Crop insurance scheme introduced
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 29
Bajra and cotton crops will be provided insurance cover under the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme in the district for 2004. The banks concerned have already started necessary work to insure crops under the scheme.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, said here today that the government would provide 10 per cent rebate on premium to small and medium farmers under the scheme. Non-debtor farmers could get their crops insured by July 31, whereas debtors could avail themselves of the facility by August 31, he added.

He said bajra had been sown in about 1.05 lakh hectares, cotton in 70,000 hectares, ‘guar’ in 50,000 hectares, pulses in 4,000 hectares and sugarcane and paddy in 2,000 hectares each. The delayed monsoon had affected all crops adversely. Seventy per cent of the bajra crop had been badly affected, he said.

He said a special team of the Union Agriculture Ministry had assessed the crop loss due to the delayed monsoon in the district. The team also interacted with residents of several villages.
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22-yr-old woman dies of burns
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 29
A 22-year-old married woman succumbed to burns leaving behind an 18-month-old male child in the trauma centre of the local Civil Hospital this afternoon. Her in-laws allegedly set her on fire early this morning at her residence in Gharaunda, 18 km from here.

SHO of Gharaunda police station Sandeep Singh said a case under Section 304B of the IPC had been registered and investigations were in progress.

According to the FIR, deceased Jyoti was married to resident of Gharaunda Sanjiv Kumar, three years ago. Her parents lived at Panipat. The parents of the deceased had alleged that Jyoti’s in-laws harassed her a lot for bringing dowry.

Sanjiv Kumar said he last met Jyoti today at about 11 am before leaving for his poultry farm. He said, “She desired to go out for an outing with me but I turned down the proposal convincing her that we would go out for a picnic on July 31 on my birthday”.

Soon after her husband left the house for office. She allegedly burned herself when most of the family members were not at home. The family members tried to save her and broke the door of the room in which she burned herself, added he.

“A tub of water was poured on her with a hope to save her from burns but she fell unconscious with severe burns”, said a family member. She was immediately rushed to the trauma centre here where she succumbed to burns.

No arrests were made when the reports last came. However, the police was interrogating her family members as part of the investigations, said the SHO.
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Fake cement racket busted
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 29
With the arrest of five persons, all members of an inter-state gang of fake cement racketeers and the seizure of 950 bags of fake “Birla Uttam cement”, the Rewari district police has claimed to have busted an inter-state fake cement racket.

Giving details, a spokesman of the district police administration, Mr Jag Pravesh Dahyia, DSP, Rewari city, disclosed that Mr Hanif Qureshi, SP, Rewari, acting on a tip-off yesterday, dispatched three police parties headed by Mr Randhir Singh, Inspector, CIA, Rewari, Mr Om Prakash, ASI, and Mr Charanjit Singh, ASI, respectively.

At different spots on the National Highway No. 8, they seized truck No. HR-47- 3884; carrying 400 bags of fake “Birla Uttam cement”; Tata vehicle No. HR 38- S 5454, loaded with 250 bags of counterfeit “Birla Uttam cement” and truck No. HR38 J 9519, carrying 300 bags of fake “Birla Uttam cement”. The police also arrested five persons, Balbir Singh, Ajit Singh, Vinod, Satender and Joginder, all residents of Uttar Pradesh in this connection.

Cases on charges of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy under Sections 467, 468, 471, 420, 120 B of the IPC, Sections 72, 73 of the Trade Mark Act and Sections 7/10/55 of the Essential Commodities Act, have been registered against them.

All five accused were produced today in a local court which remanded them in the judicial custody till August 12, 2004.

The spokesman further informed that a cement-manufacturing plant known as “Chandra Mini cement factory” was set up at Paniyada village in Alwar district of Rajasthan by one Rajender Goyal , resident of Preet Vihar, Delhi. The cement manufactured in this plant was allegedly stuffed into empty bags of “Birla Uttam cement” which then found their way into open market allegedly through a cement dealer of New Delhi.
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Three abduct wife of friend, one arrested
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 29
Three persons are reported to have kidnapped a young housewife, Radha, from her house in Jiwan Vihar here last night.

According to a report, they consumed liquor with the husband of the woman and when he became unconscious they forcibly took the woman with them. When he gained consciousness he started searching for the wife and her abductors, Kishore, Gobind and Rajesh, but failed to locate them.

After some time, he received a phone call from Dinesh, brother of Rajesh, who demanded Rs 10,000 as a ransom from him if he wanted to get his wife back. The residents of the colony assembled at the site and caught Dinesh who was later handed over to the Sadar police.

The police has registered a case against the three alleged abductors and launched a hunt to apprehend them.
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600 bottles of illicit liquor seized
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 29
The local police in a raid conducted here today unearthed a liquor manufacturing factory and seized a huge quantity of liquor and other articles.

According to the Superintendent of Police, Mr Ranbir Sharma, a police party headed by Mr Raj Kumar Vashisth, DSP and comprising SHO (City) Ramphal Singh and other police personnels, accompanied by the excise staff, conducted the raid on Karan Vihar on the Jind road here this morning.

The team seized 600 bottles of illicit liquor, 10 quintals of lahan, urea, 20 cans, three drums and other equipment used in the manufacture of illicit liquor.

He said Virender and Surinder of Kailram village were arrested in this connection. A case under the Excise Act was registered.
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Man gets seven years’ jail term
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 29
A fast-track court today convicted a man and sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment and fined Rs 1,000 for illegal possession of explosive material. The accused will have to undergo imprisonment for another six months if he did not pay the fine.

The police had booked two persons in this case but one of the accused died during legal proceedings.

According to the prosecution, Dharmbir of Charkhi village and Rajesh of Kaliyana village had been intercepted by the Charkhi Dadri police on September 13, 2001, when they were going somewhere near Mankawas village along with the explosive material.

They were arrested under the relevant sections of the Explosive Act.
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Judicial remand for rape accused
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 29
A local court at Charkhi Dadri remanded a 26-year-old man to judicial custody for 14 days. The police arrested the man allegedly on the charge of raping a married woman at Adampur village six days ago. According to a report, the accused entered the house of the victim when her husband was away during night and raped her. The accused is a JBT teacher at the village, the report said.

In another incident, a 60-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance in the old Charkhi Dadri town. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital where he died.
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Whither English in govt colleges?
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 29
Teaching of English in government colleges in Haryana has touched its nadir if the annual magazines published by most such colleges are any indication. If you don’t agree read this opening paragraph of the “editorial” written by a lecturer of English in one such college who is also the editor of the English section: “The new issue of ‘Teej’ is in your hands again and here the bidding writers have tried to unlock their corridors of passions and emotions locked in their hearts. I really appreciate the attempts of those students who at least treed their best”.

A lot of stress has been laid on issues concerning the youth. This is what one of the contributors says in an article ‘‘Our Young Generation Is going where’’: “The young man are the pillar of any nation. If the young generation of any nation is great than it can be say that the nation or country is great but now in these day our young generation is going out of their line. They are going in bag company, bad habit etc. In this way it is matter of concern for any chantry. So the leader of that country should be take definite steps to save their young generation from going dark... So our leader should make a attention to our young generation.” Here are nuggets from another article titled ‘Where Modren Youth’: TV also effects bad on modern youth. Ugly scene can seen always on TV. Dancess makes so bad action that cannot be seen with family together.” A little ahead the author says: “Modren youth wants to live freely without boundaries live in boundaries in like hell money is god for him”.

Another article titled “Whither Modern Youth” reads like this: “Modern youth are free from congested traditional views about cost and creed. They are breaking these chains which bind the humanity. They are patriot. They live and die for their country. We can see an example of it the battle of Kargil. They were Indian youth who laid down their lives to save their country and society. Their sacrifices brings a sense of respect with in our heart of them.”

But the “cheif-editor” takes the cake. In his editorial titled ‘From the chief-editor’s pen’ he says: “ It gives me gladness to note that the students…have been contributing excellent articles for the magazine… the college magazine reflects the merits, enthusiasm, aspiration and creative talent of the students”! Elsewhere in the magazine, the Planning Forum section has been described as the Planning Form. But the editors do seem to have taken care that no bloomers appear on the back cover. Stickers were pasted over captions of two colour photographs. The original captions described one photograph as “Adminstration College Building and “Education Block Govt. College”. The pasted captions now read “Administration Block” and “Teaching Block”, respectively.

On an average, every college in the state spends about Rs 30,000 a year on publishing the annual magazines. Since the magazines fee charged from the students is very low, funds have to be diverted from other sources to bring out these annual issues. Generally, the magazines are published during summer vacations. By that time, when the final year students have left the college. Their copies are either given to them if and when the convocation takes place or are simply sold off as ‘raddi’. These magazines are a platform to the students. Over the years, the editorial content of these magazines has gone down considerably. Only a few colleges are still maintaining the quality of production and content. Though the students pay for it, office-bearers of managements of most private affiliated colleges use the magazines for self-publicity.
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Varsity to market 45 techniques
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 29
Marketing of 45 techniques developed by Chaudhry Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University experts has been allowed by the management board of the university. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the board held in Chandigarh.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Mr M.K. Miglani, said an agreement had been signed with National Research Development Corporation, in this regard. Eight of these techniques had been selected for getting patented, he added.

Mr Miglani said it was also decided to merge 50 per cent dearness allowance (DA) with the basic pay of the university employees with effect from April 1. He said around 1,200 pensioners would also benefit from the decision. He said the move would put an additional financial burden of Rs 3.5 crore on the university.
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VC gets rank of Colonel in NCC
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 29
Dr A.K. Chawla, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, was given the honorary rank of Colonel in the National Cadet Corps at a ceremony at Gandhi Memorial National College yesterday.

The “pipping” ceremony was conducted by Col Manohar Singh, Group Commander, Ambala. A number of Army and NCC officers and cadets were present on the occasion. The ceremony was followed by a guard of honour. Dr Chawla also visited a blood donation camp organised by 2 Haryana Battalion, NCC, Ambala Cantonment.

Dr Chawla said it was a rare honour. “I was an NCC cadet during my school, college and university days, though I did not pursue a career in the Army and opted to become a lecturer,” he said.
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Fudging in HUDA accounts by staff
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 29
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has detected fudging of its accounts by the accounts staff in collusion with an allottee of a commercial site.

An allottee of a shop-cum-flat in Sector 15, paid Rs 1 lakh as in Sector 15 in January 1992. In collusion with certain employees of HUDA, the voucher of this deposit was fudged and the entry of Rs 1 lakh was changed to Rs 4 lakh.

The authorities have sealed the account registers pertaining to the case, and after conducting an internal inquiry, have asked the police to register an FIR against the allottee and investigate the involvement of HUDA employees.

The allottee, a resident of Sector 22, Chandigarh, had bid for the SCF in an open auction in August 1986, and was allotted the same for Rs 4,01,000. While 10 per cent of the amount was paid on the spot, 15 per cent was deposited within a fortnight, before an allotment letter was issued in August 1986.

The allottee had sold the SCF, after depositing Rs 1,78,306 with HUDA. Officials say after the police investigation is complete, accountability will be fixed on officials of the accounts department.
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Haryana postings and transfers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of one IPS and six HPS officers with immediate effect.

Mr S.P. Ranga, Superintendent of Police, Security-II with headquarters at Hisar, has been given the additional charge of Commandant, 3rd Battalion, Haryana Armed Police (HAP), Hisar during the training period of Mr Yoginder Singh Nehra.

Mr Samey Ram, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), 4th Battalion, HAP, Madhuban, has been posted as DSP, headquarters, Gurgaon, vice Mr Balwan Singh who goes as DSP, Traffic, Faridabad.

Mr Baljeet Singh, DSP, 4th Battalion, HAP, Madhuban, and Mr D.K. Bhardwaj, District Commandant, Home Guards, Gurgaon will swap their places of posting. Mr Samunder Singh, DSP, Hansi has been posted as DSP, Kosli, against a vacant post. Mr Rai Singh, DSP, HAP, Madhuban, has been posted as DSP, Hansi.
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Rehris blocking flow of traffic

Ambala, July 29
Traffic movement near the main bus stand at Ambala Cantt has been affected as rehris occupy a major portion of the road.

Fruit and vegetable vendors park their rehris on the roadside, which leads to traffic congestion. While the police had earlier carried out a drive and cleared the temporary encroachments, the rehris were now back at the same place.

A few months back, the then Superintendent of Police, Mr Mohammad Akil, had ordered that the road should be clear of all rehris so that vehicular movement was not affected. This had helped smoothen traffic movement.

Over the past couple of days, rehris are again occupying most of the road, leaving only a narrow passage for buses. A local resident demanded that the SP, Mr Des Raj, directed police personnel to ensure that rehris were not allowed to be parked in the area. TNS
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Tail-end farmers demand water
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 29
Resentment prevails among farmers of Tosham tehsil area against the indifferent attitude of the Irrigation Department towards providing water to the tail-end area of Sangwan new minor. Hundreds of acres of agricultural land have been rendered barren for want of water.

Residents of Sangwan village stated that Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Singh Chautala had inaugurated the Sangwan new minor. Nearly 5,000 acres had to be irrigated by it but they alleged that since water was not reaching the tail-end only 1,000 acres could be irrigated by it. “Our repeated complaints made to the MP and officials concerned have proved futile,” they alleged.

They threatened to stage a demonstration at the district headquarters and submit a memorandum to the Governor if arrangements were not made to provide irrigation water till tail-end.
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‘Make tubewell operational’
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 29
Residents of Prabhu Prem Puram here today demanded that the tubewell at Khojkipur be made operational at the earliest.

The residents said they had not been receiving water for the past 10 days. They said the Khojkipur tubewell, from where they were getting supply, had dried up. They demanded that a fresh bore be drilled by the Public Health Department so that the residents did not face water scarcity.

They said that the area was fully dependent for drinking water on the Khojkipur tubewell. They stated that department officials must set up a separate tubewell to meet the requirements of Prabhu Prem Puram and Pooja Vihar.
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MC employees to observe fast
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 29
Municipal employees all over Haryana will observe a token strike on August 25 to press for the acceptance of their long-standing demands.

Announcing this, Mr Ram Kishen Bidlan, convener of the Nagarpalika Karamchari Association, Haryana, said the employees would observe a 12-hour fast on August 2, followed by a day-long fast on August 9. They would also present their charter of demands to legislators and senior officials.

On August 24, the employees would organise a demonstration with brooms in their hands to highlight their plight.

Mr Bidlan said efforts by the municipal employees to convince the state government to fulfil their demands had failed and they had been left with no other option but to agitate. If the month long stir in August failed to force the government to act, the association would consider further action.

The employees have been demanding regular and timely payment of salary, the extension of benefit of the merger of 50 per cent of DA in the basic pay to municipal employees and payment of arrears of provident fund and pay revision following the implementation of the 5th pay panel report.
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2 criminals get police remand
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 29
Two criminals, Sanjay and Naresh, alias Neshi, and accomplices of Anil, alias Bhagte, were produced before the Judicial Magistrate at his residence here last night who remanded them in police custody for a week. Both the criminals were arrested in an encounter at Nangal Kalan village in this district on Tuesday.

The SP, Mr Kuldip Singh Siag, said here today that Sanjay was involved in four cases of loot and theft, whereas Naresh, alias Neshi, was wanted in a case of extortion.
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Three die in road accident

Hisar, July 29
Three persons were killed and two injured in a road accident on the Barwala-Hansi road near Badhawar village in the district today. The deceased include Bharthu (52) his son Shamsher (27) and Ramesh (27) of Badhawar village.

They, along with Rajender and another person, were going towards Hansi in a Maruti car, which collided with a truck near the village. Bharthu and Ramesh died on the spot, while Shamsher died on the way to a hospital at Barwala. — TNS
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