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Canal-water thefts on the rise; who cares!
Rohtak, August 1
Amid prolonged drought-like conditions farmers of villages along major canals are stealing around 40 per cent of available water to irrigate their crops. Interestingly, politicians are putting pressure on irrigation officials not to book them for theft in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections due early next year.

Chautala promises regular power, water supply to villages
Jakholi (Kaithal), August 1
The Haryana Government has decided to provide Rs 2.08 lakh each to gram panchayats depositing Rs 25,000 for Anganwadi centres in their villages. Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala stated this at the fourth phase of the “Sarkar Apke Dwar programme” here yesterday.

Chautala accused of politicising drought
Hisar, August 1
Local Congress MP Jai Prakash and Bhiwani MP Kuldeep Bishnoi have accused Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala of using the drought issue to pursue his political interests.

Chautala, Badal enacting drama, says Surjewala
Kaithal, August 1
The SYL canal could not be completed due to the connivance between Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Randeep Surjewala, president of the All-India Youth Congress, said, addressing a press conference here today.

Cong will not force Amarinder to quit, says CM
Karnal, August 1
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said today that he had no hope that the Congress-led Central Government” would force Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to quit as a result of his unilateral stand taken on the issue of the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal.

Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala gives away prizes to one of the best candidates Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala gives away prizes to one of the best candidates at a passing-out parade function at Police Commando Complex, Navel, Karnal district, on Sunday.

 




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Congress rally against govt on August 9
Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja talking to mediapersons in AmbalaJind, August 1
Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, a former President of the Haryana Pradesh Congress, said here yesterday that a state-level rally would be held at Kurukshetra on August 9 to launch an agitation against the Indian National Lok Dal government of the state.

Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja talking to mediapersons in Ambala on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra

Cong charge sheet against Chautala
Hisar, August 1
The Congress is preparing a charge sheet against Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, which would be presented before the people at a public meeting in Kurukshetra on August 9. The Chief Minister would be asked to resign on the basis of this charge sheet.

Try Amarinder for treason, says BJP
Bhiwani, August 1
Haryana BJP leader Ram Bilas Sharma, addressing a workers’ meeting here today, said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh should be arrested on charge of treason for the passage of the Punjab Termination of Agreement Bill, disregarding the decision of the apex court.

DCC meeting criticises INLD rule
Yamunanagar, August 1
A meeting of the office bearers of the District Congress Committee was held here today to discuss the preparations for August 9 rally which is being organised by the Haryana Pardesh Congress Committee at Kurukshetra to protest against the INLD govt.

Harsh exchanges mar DCC meeting
Bhiwani, August 1
A meeting convened here today by the District Congress Committee (Rural and Urban) to review the preparations for ‘Dharmyudh’ rally to be held at Kurukshetra on the SYL issue witnessed heated exchanges among the members.

BJP men to gherao Punjab Raj Bhavan
Hisar, August 1
BJP activists will gherao Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on August 4. This was stated by the Haryana BJP president, Prof Ganeshi Lal, while addressing mediapersons here today.

Sanitation system in schools virtually non-existent
KARNAL: The potable water and sanitation services in the state government-owned middle, high and higher secondary schools in Karnal district are in a pathetic condition due to the apathy of officials concerned and the local panchayats.

Service rules changed to check dowry
Chandigarh, August 1
Every new male entrant in the service of the Haryana Government or its boards or corporations will have to now declare that he had not taken any dowry. His personal declaration will not be enough.

Students lock school against Principal’s transfer
Bhiwani, August 1
Students of a school, while protesting against the transfer of their principal, not only raised slogans but locked the school yesterday at Behal, 50 km from here. The girls took the step when they found that the Principal had been relieved on Friday when the school closed for a day.

Squabble over liquor leaves one dead
Sonepat, August 1
Three gangsters, reportedly under the influence of liquor, allegedly murdered Ram Karan of Nasirpur villages and seriously injured Subhash of the same village late last night.

Brother, sister arrested in murder case
Sonepat, August 1
The Government Railway Police today arrested Ajay and Sunita, younger brother and sister of Vijay Chaudhary, president of the District Congress Committee (Urban), who was allegedly shot dead by his younger brother Virender, alias Mannu, here on last Sunday.

Undertrial escapes, three cops held
Kurukshetra, August 1
After a murder accused escaped from the police custody yesterday at the local LNJP Hospital, where he was under treatment since Tuesday, the police has arrested all three police employees on duty, under Sections 223 and 224 of the Indian Penal Code, for dereliction of duty.

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Canal-water thefts on the rise; who cares!
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 1
Amid prolonged drought-like conditions farmers of villages along major canals are stealing around 40 per cent of available water to irrigate their crops. Interestingly, politicians are putting pressure on irrigation officials not to book them for theft in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections due early next year.

A direct outcome of this “farmer-politician nexus” in these hard times is that while farmers in some areas are looking forward to a normal crop, courtesy stolen water, people of areas like the Bhiwani, Rohtak, Gurgaon and other southern districts which lie at the tail-ends of the canals are being deprived of their share of drinking water.

A visit to the command areas of major canals in Bhiwani, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat and Hisar districts revealed that thefts were rampant along all major water channels, including the Jawahar Lal Nehru Canal, Gurgaon water channel, Barwala branch, Balsmand branch and Petwad distributory. Loharu in Bhiwani district is dependent on the Jawahar Lal Nehru canal for its drinking water supply too. Upstream thefts of water have reduced the flow of water in this area to a trickle creating a major drinking water problem. Likewise, in villages of Sonepat district thefts have curtailed the supply of water to Gurgaon areas. A similar situation along the banks of the Petwad distributory has affected drinking water supply in Bhiwani. While the urban areas are comparatively better off, the problem is acute in the countryside.

According to Irrigation Department officials, political patronage has emboldened farmers so much that they do not think twice before assaulting members of vigilance teams deployed to check the thefts. In one such incident yesterday, a beldar was seriously injured when farmers fired at the team at Mandothi village in Jhajjar district. The team was patrolling the canal banks around midnight when it found farmers stealing water with large plastic hoses attached to portable pumps. As soon as the team reached the spot farmers fired at point blank range, forcing it to withdraw after the beldar was hit by a bullet. In a similar incident, a junior engineer was manhandled by farmers a few days ago in Fatehabad district.

The paucity of water and the consequent thefts are beginning to weaken the social fabric in the countryside. Disputes over the sharing of stolen water have become common. At Banawali village of Fatehabad district yesterday, a younger brother shot dead his elder brother following a dispute over sharing of stolen canal water. His brother-in-law and father-in-law were accomplies in the crime. At Moda Khera village of Hisar district earlier this week a father was assaulted by his son and daughter-in-law after they fell out over sharing water. The father broke his arm in the scuffle. Group clashes among farmers have also been reported from Karnal, Kurukshetra and Panipat districts over the last week.

Irrigation Department officials said they were feeling the pressure from all quarters. They say while on one hand politicians want them not to intensify their anti-theft campaigns as it would annoy their voters, farmers’ groups from tail-end villagers blame them for not doing their duty and accentuating the drinking water problem. They say that only a strong political will and harsh administrative steps can save the situation from deteriorating further.
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Villagers block road over water theft
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 1
Agitated over the alleged incidents of assault and theft of canal water by residents of Pinana village, a large number of protesters from Ridhau, Farmana, Mahipur and Guhna villages today blocked the Sonepat-Farmana road and disconnected power supply to Pinana village from the Farmana power house.

However, Additional Deputy Commissioner Vinay Singh, DSP Arun Singh Nehra and Tehsildar K. Kharkhoda arrived on the spot and persuaded the villagers to lift the blockade and restore power supply, promising action against the alleged accused.

Incidentally, the fields of these villages were irrigated by a distributary which crosses through the fields of Pinana and due to the alleged theft of water from this channel, the said villages were not receiving adequate water supply.

Some of the residents of Farmana village were patrolling the channel last evening when they were allegedly beaten up and injured by the Pinana residents. The injured were admitted to the hospital.
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Chautala promises regular power, water supply to villages
Tribune News Service

Jakholi (Kaithal), August 1
The Haryana Government has decided to provide Rs 2.08 lakh each to gram panchayats depositing Rs 25,000 for Anganwadi centres in their villages. Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala stated this at the fourth phase of the “Sarkar Apke Dwar programme” here yesterday.

The CM promised every help to the people of the State facing drought-like conditions. He said that officials of the Irrigation Department had been told to patrol canals and minors at nights to check theft of canal water and ensure supply of water to users.

The Deputy Commission-ers had been told to inspect all water works in districts, he added. Replacement of all old electric wires, poles and transformers to ensure a proper distribution of power to consumers had been ordered.

He announced Rs 1 crore water supply scheme for Saungari village and also directed officials to construct toilets for women, bus shelters, new tubewells for water supply schemes and new water works for many villages of the constituency.

He also announced a community centre for Pai village and construction of Barela and the Pai-Ramana-Ramani road. He also promised to upgrade middle school of Harsola village, Ramana-Ramani and high school of Jakholi Dabdal. Patti, besides sanctioning community centres at Chandana, Faridabad, Kaseda, Kasan, Mandwal, Peoda and Sergha village.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated 8 Water Supply Scheme at Devban village, constructed at a cost of Rs 1.13 crore. With the commissioning of this scheme, residents of Devban and Kheri Sheru villages will get drinking water supply at the rate of 70 litres per capita per day.

The Chief Minister also planted a sapling of ‘Kapoor’ on the premises of the Devban Water Works.
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Chautala accused of politicising drought
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 1
Local Congress MP Jai Prakash and Bhiwani MP Kuldeep Bishnoi have accused Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala of using the drought issue to pursue his political interests.

Mr Bishnoi, who was here on a tour, said the Chief Minister was not declaring the state drought-affected so that the Central package for drought relief was delayed and the Congress could be blamed for it. He asked the state government to declare the state drought-affected and provide Rs 10,000 per acre compensation to the farmers.

At a press conference here yesterday, Mr Jai Prakash criticised Mr Chautala for not sending a report to the Centre in connection with declaring the state drought-hit. He pointed out that the Centre could not initiate relief measures unless the Haryana Government declared that the state had been affected by drought.

Mr Jai Prakash asserted that after misappropriating the rural development fund for around three years, the state government had decided to disband the village development committees. He said he had stated beforehand that the formation of these committees was unconstitutional. The MP maintained that after a Congress government was formed in Haryana, the matter would be probed and the guilty punished.

He alleged that the Chautala government was patronising criminals, due to which the law and order situation was deteriorating in the state. He observed that there was a feeling of insecurity and unrest in the people and all sections of society were fed up with the government.

Mr Jai Prakash charged the Chief Minister with not fulfilling his responsibility on the SYL issue as he did not move the Supreme Court when the Punjab Government passed the controversial Bill on the termination of water agreements.
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Chautala, Badal enacting drama, says Surjewala
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 1
The SYL canal could not be completed due to the connivance between Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Randeep Surjewala, president of the All-India Youth Congress, said, addressing a press conference here today. He said Mr Chautala and Mr Badal were enacting a political drama and were playing with the sentiments of the people.

Mr Surjewala who had come here to mobilise workers for the Congress rally on August 9 in Kurukshetra said whenever the Congress made any positive move in favour of Haryana, it was opposed by Mr Chautala and his father.

He said while the Punjab Chief Minister was camping in Delhi and had engaged lawyers to fight the state’s case, Mr Chautala was “doing politics” in Haryana.

Mr Tejinder Mann, state president, Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Congress, said at the Kurukshetra rally, the misdeeds of Mr Chautala would be exposed. He said a committee comprising Haryana leaders and headed by former HPCC president Shamsher Singh Surjewala had been constituted to prepare a report on various acts of omission and commission of the Chautala government.
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Cong will not force Amarinder to quit, says CM

Karnal, August 1
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said today that he had no hope that the Congress-led Central Government” would force Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to quit as a result of his unilateral stand taken on the issue of the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SVL)canal.

Mr Chautala added that Capt Amarinder Singh had challenged the very authority of the Supreme Court and violated the provisions of the Constitution.

Therefore, the Central Government should dismiss the present Punjab Government. Not only this, the Central Government should nationalise the rivers on the pattern of mines and minerals so as to avoid inter-state water disputes in future, he said.

The Chief Minister, who was talking to mediapersons here, was asked to comment on the news reports about the possibility of the Central Government replacing Capt Amarinder Singh in Punjab. Mr Chautala, however, said it was the internal matter of the Congress, but “a Chief Minister of the Congress had been issuing irresponsible statements and the Congress at the Centre should rein him. The Congress was like a paper tiger, therefore, he expected a little from it, he added.

Mr Chautala said Capt Amarinder Singh had got the Punjab Termination of Agreements Bill-2004 passed after consultation with the Congress leaders at the Centre. It was difficult to believe that Capt Amarinder Singh did not consult his seniors at the Centre, as he had been saying, because never before he had taken even any minor decision of its own.

When a newsman pointed out that Capt Amarinder Singh had said water was not a national asset, Mr Chautala said it appeared that Capt Amarinder Singh did not have faith in the democratic system.

In reply to yet another question, Mr Chautala pointed out that the Congress MPs from Haryana should quit as while the leaders of the Haryana unit of the Congress used to criticise the INLD Government’s decision to introduce VAT system in the state, the Congress led Central Government had now announced to introduce VAT in the entire country from April next. Not only this, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram had, in his Budget speech, appreciated the Haryana Government’s decision to introduce VAT.

When his attention was drawn by a reporter towards the proposed ‘dharma yudh’ to be launched by the Congress, Mr Chautala pointed out that the Congress had been asking the ruling government in the state to quit, which had provided all basic amenities to the people. There had been no untoward incident in the state during the past about five years. There had been all-round development. Instead, he added, it would be appropriate for the Congress leaders of Haryana to launch an agitation against the Punjab Government, which had created hindrances in the construction of the SYL canal.

Mr Chautala criticised the UPA government for the hike in the prices of diesel at such a time when the farmers were hard-pressed due to the delayed monsoon.

The Chief Minister, said the state government had supplied power for 10 hours, instead of eight hours, to the agriculture sector in view of drought conditions. The state government had also purchased electricity at a higher rate to supply it to the farmers on the usual nominal rate so that the agricultural production might not be affected for want of electricity.

The Chief Minister presided over a passing out parade at Police Commando Complex at Navel in the district.

While complimenting the 83 probationer Sub-Inspectors, 197 Women Recruit Constables, 101 Telecom Cell Recruit Constables and 1,615 Recruit Constables, who passed out today, Mr Chautala advised them to render selfless service and create a fearless society.

Haryana Director-General of Police M.S. Malik said Rs 194 crore had been spent during the last four years to strengthen and modernise the force.

The Chief Minister also released a book on human rights and security forces written by Dr Malik. — UNI
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Congress rally against govt on August 9
Our Correspondent

Jind, August 1
Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, a former President of the Haryana Pradesh Congress, said here yesterday that a state-level rally would be held at Kurukshetra on August 9 to launch an agitation against the Indian National Lok Dal government of the state.

He said Mahatma Gandhi launched the ‘Quit India’ Movement on this day for freedom. He claimed that the INLD government would be ousted in 14 weeks. Misdeeds, anti-people policies and scandals of the INLD government would be exposed at the rally, he added.

He said charges would be listed against the Chautala government for which a committee has been constituted under his (Surjewala) chairmanship. He said senior Congress leaders, Birender Singh, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Harpal Singh and Phool Singh Mulana, were members of the committee.

A report regarding charges against the Chautala government would be submitted to the party high command. He said a memorandum containing charges against the Chautala government would be submitted to the President of India and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

He alleged that the Chief Minister had weakened the stand of Haryana on SYL canal issue. Mr Surjewala alleged that corruption was rampant and the law and order situation in the state very bad. He alleged false cases had been framed against leaders of opposition parties.

Rewari: The officiating chief of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, has criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for his failure to move the apex court on the Punjab legislation.

At a press conference here last evening, he said it was common knowledge that Devi Lal and Mr Chautala, who had close ties with the Akalis in Punjab, had never been “sincere” in their approach towards the SYL issue.

He was also critical of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for enacting a legislation to annul the waters agreement.

He said the Congress would organise a rally in Kurukshetra on August 9 in this regard.

He demanded a CBI probe into the functioning of Devi Lal Memorial Trust which, he alleged, had amassed huge assets.
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Cong charge sheet against Chautala
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 1
The Congress is preparing a charge sheet against Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, which would be presented before the people at a public meeting in Kurukshetra on August 9. The Chief Minister would be asked to resign on the basis of this charge sheet.

This was stated by Haryana Krishak Samaj president Shamsher Singh Surjewala while addressing a press conference here today. He said the decision had been taken at a party meeting held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Mr Janardan Dwivedi, in charge of Haryana affairs.

Mr Surjewala said politics in Haryana had been criminalised and Mr Chautala himself was the biggest threat to the state. He alleged that corruption was rampant in all state government departments and Mr Chautala was getting a share in all illegal transactions. He said all competitive examinations and interviews in the state were a farce and the selections were made by the Chief Minister and his family.

The former state Congress chief lamented that the law and order situation in the state was deteriorating and the crime was on the rise. He said there was a big scam in the construction of roads.
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Try Amarinder for treason, says BJP
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 1
Haryana BJP leader Ram Bilas Sharma, addressing a workers’ meeting here today, said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh should be arrested on charge of treason for the passage of the Punjab Termination of Agreement Bill, disregarding the decision of the apex court. Outgoing MLA Krishan Pal Gurjar, and former ministers Ram Bilas and Kailash Chander Sharma were here in connection with the “jan jagran yatra”.

He said the BJP workers would gherao the Punjab Assembly in Chandigarh on August 4 and would file a writ in the high court against Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and Capt Amarinder Singh if the former did not go to the court against the Punjab Bill.

Mr Gurjar alleged that there was a conspiracy between the Haryana Congress and the Central Government on the water issue. He termed the announcement of the resignation by the Congress MLAs and the denial thereafter as Congress culture. He sought the imposition of the President’s Rule in both states by dismissing the state governments.

He criticised the Central Government for being a silent spectator and flayed the in charge of Haryana Congress, Mr Janardhan Dwivedi, on his statement that the SYL was not an issue.
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DCC meeting criticises INLD rule
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 1
A meeting of the office bearers of the District Congress Committee was held here today to discuss the preparations for August 9 rally which is being organised by the Haryana Pardesh Congress Committee (HPCC) at Kurukshetra to protest against the INLD govt.

The meeting was attended among others, by Hisar MLA and former MP O.P. Jindal, general secretary, HPCC, Phool Chand Mullana and secretary, HPCC, Satpal Kaushik. District presidents Raj Kumar Tyagi and Lehri Singh.

Later, Mr Kaushik said the rally ‘Chautala Gaddi Choodo’ is to be held to highlight the corruption, deteriorating law and order situation and shortage of water and power in the state during the INLD rule.

“Various leaders, who will be reaching Kurukshetra on August 9, will also highlight that Mr Chautala was not serious about bringing water to the state through the SYL canal and just trying to take political mileage from the issue” he said.
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Harsh exchanges mar DCC meeting
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 1
A meeting convened here today by the District Congress Committee (Rural and Urban) to review the preparations for ‘Dharmyudh’ rally to be held at Kurukshetra on the SYL issue witnessed heated exchanges among the members.

The DCC was directed that a meeting be called to show unity on the issue. However, several leaders who had attended the meeting just to appease sitting MP Kuldip Bishnoi were disappointed when the latter did not come.

The convener of the meeting and working president, DCC (Rural), Mr Jangbir Singh, said workers’ meetings would be held at the block level for the preparation of ‘Dharmyudh’ rally.

The DCC (U) president, Mr Ramesh Masta, said the meetings would decide about vehicles and discuss other arrangements for the rally. The meeting was attended, among others, by former Governor Chandrawati, Mr Ran Singh Maan, general secretary Pradesh Congress Committee Ranvir Singh Mahendra, NSUI president Verender Kaushik and Pradesh Mahila Congress general secretary Bimla Parmar.

Senior Congress leader Arun Agarwal, who has served the party in various capacities wished the Presidential reference on the SYL issue scheduled for hearing before the Supreme Court on August 2, would go in favour of Haryana.
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BJP men to gherao Punjab Raj Bhavan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 1
BJP activists will gherao Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on August 4. This was stated by the Haryana BJP president, Prof Ganeshi Lal, while addressing mediapersons here today.

Prof Lal, who was here in connection with a state-level meeting of the NGO Cell of the party, said six yatras of BJP activists would reach Chandigarh on August 4, after which Punjab Raj Bhavan would be gheraoed. He said this would be done to register protest against the Punjab Government’s unilateral step of cancelling the river water agreements.

The state BJP chief sought the dismissal of Capt Amarinder Singh government from the Centre. He added that if this was not possible, the Chief Minister should be changed. He justified the resignation of BJP MLAs from the Haryana Assembly, asserting that the step had been taken in the state’s interest.
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Sanitation system in schools virtually non-existent
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

KARNAL: The potable water and sanitation services in the state government-owned middle, high and higher secondary schools in Karnal district are in a pathetic condition due to the apathy of officials concerned and the local panchayats. So unconcerned are the officers in charge that despite several complaints from residents, nobody seems interested to initiate steps towards addressing the issues that may put the life of thousands of children at risk

The toilets are rarely cleaned and the garbage is seen piled up on the playgrounds within the premises of the schools- This has been a common sight in the government schools located in the rural areas.

The Tribune recently visited as many as 10 government schools in the district located at Jundla, Assandh, Indri and Nissing and found that none of the government schools had the facility of filtered and chilled potable water for children. Toilets were insufficient as the number of enrolments in the schools was large.

In Government Girls High School, Jundla, the situation was found very pathetic. A school having more than 350 students had just two toilets, that too not properly cleaned. The students inhale foul smell and even sometimes pass through heaps of garbage and dirty water that accumulate on the entry point in most parts of the year during the academic session.

Bhagat Ram, a resident of this village, also pointed out an open drain that flows through the premises of the school. In the monsoon season there is every possibility of epidemics like diar rohea, jaundice or malaria spreading in the school if the open drains were not cleared.

Further, it came to light that a boundary was constructed by the village panchayat to separate the open drain from the school premises but heavy seepage has made it useless. In one corner of the school premises adjoining few houses The Tribune also found women making fuel-cakes from cow-dung.

In government middle, high and higher secondary schools of Indri, Nissing and Assandh also the toilets were not only insufficient in comparison to the large number of students but also unclean, spreading foul smell in and around them.

Interestingly, in none of the government schools The Tribune team visited; water filters and coolers were available to provide clean and chilled water to the students.

It may be mentioned that more than 35,500 students had enrolled themselves in the government schools of the district in Class-VI, VII and VIII for this academic session, while in Class-IX and X more than 15,400 students had been given admissions. In the senior secondary government schools of the district there were approximately 10,000 students.
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Service rules changed to check dowry
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Every new male entrant in the service of the Haryana Government or its boards or corporations will have to now declare that he had not taken any dowry.

His personal declaration will not be enough. It will have to be signed by his wife, his father-in-law and his father jointly. The Women and Child Development Department has written to all departments and corporations in this regard.

The department has taken this step following the notification of the New Haryana Dowry Rules, under which Rule 8(4)(1) provides that “Every government servant and employee of the boards, corporations and other bodies under the control of the Haryana Government, shall after his marriage furnish a declaration stating that he has not taken any dowry to the Head of Department/ Board/ Corporation/Other body under the control of the Haryana Government.”

However, doubts are being expressed about the efficacy of the provision in checking the menace of dowry. The President of the Indian Citizens’ Forum, Mr S.K. Nayar, says the Haryana Government’s step is laudable. But it is doubtful if the provision would really put a check on the greed of dowry seekers, who could harass the girl and her parents after the declaration had been furnished.

Rather, Mr Nayar says, since the girl and her father would sign the declaration that no dowry had been given in the marriage, later on if the girl is harassed for dowry, she would not be able to go to the authorities against her husband.
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Students lock school against Principal’s transfer
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 1
Students of a school, while protesting against the transfer of their principal, not only raised slogans but locked the school yesterday at Behal, 50 km from here. The girls took the step when they found that the Principal had been relieved on Friday when the school closed for a day.

The transfer of the Principal, Mr Bir Singh Leghan, of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Behal, was being opposed by the residents. The sarpanches of Behal block and several other prominent residents had sought the cancellation of the transfer orders from the Education Minister, Mr Bahadur Singh. But the District Education Officer went to the school on Friday and relieved the Principal.

When students arrived at school and came to know about the transfer. They launched an agitation. They raised anti-government slogans and warned the administration that they would block roads to Behal followed with a bandh if the transfer order of the Principal was not cancelled.
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Squabble over liquor leaves one dead
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 1
Three gangsters, reportedly under the influence of liquor, allegedly murdered Ram Karan of Nasirpur villages and seriously injured Subhash of the same village late last night.

Two of the three accused were identified as Bora of Nasispur village and Suresh of Harshana, village. The third accused said to be working with a liquor vend in the village.

The incident occurred when the victims objected to the accused taking liquor at a tube well site, which infuriated the accused. The accused then attacked the deceased with sharp-edged weapons.

The police has registered a case but no arrest has been made so far.
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Brother, sister arrested in murder case
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 1
The Government Railway Police (GRP) today arrested Ajay and Sunita, younger brother and sister of Vijay Chaudhary, president of the District Congress Committee (Urban), who was allegedly shot dead by his younger brother Virender, alias Mannu, here on last Sunday.

According to a report, the GRP has also registered a case against Ajay and Sunita. Main suspect Virender, alias Mannu, was arrested from Ghaziabad (UP) by the GRP.

A dispute over property and money was the cause of the murder of Vijay Chaudhary.

Meanwhile, some persons made an attempt to forcibly occupy one of the factories of the deceased but his wife, Ishwanti, foiled the attempt by informing the police. Similarly, an attempt to kill Mrs Ishwanti by her mother-in-law, Savitri Devi, along with Suraj Mal and others was made but she managed to get herself free from the clutches of alleged assailants. The police has registered a case in this connection, but no arrest has been made so far.
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Undertrial escapes, three cops held
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, August 1
After a murder accused escaped from the police custody yesterday at the local LNJP Hospital, where he was under treatment since Tuesday, the police has arrested all three police employees on duty, under Sections 223 and 224 of the Indian Penal Code, for dereliction of duty.

The murder undertrial Satish (26), a resident of Serdha village, Kaithal district, was admitted to the local LNJP Hospital here on July 27 for headache treatment. The doctor on round yesterday morning prescribed ECG to be conducted on Satish.

The havildar on duty, Rajpal started preparing to carry Satish from first floor to the ground floor of the hospital. Meanwhile, Rajpal allowed Satish to go toilet when he expressed the need for the same. But after waiting for a long time when Satish did not turn up, havildar knocked at the toilet door repeatedly which was then forcibly opened after getting no response. Satish had already escaped from there.

However, the police soon erected nakas on all exit points in this district. But Satish was still absconding and efforts are being made to arrest him.

A criminal case had been registered against Satish, his brother Rajesh as well as Sultan, Dalser, Rohtash and Jagdish for an alleged murder said to be a result of their old rivalry and they had been here in Kurukshetra district jail for more than a year.
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Rs 1.75 lakh stolen from shop
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 1
A bag containing Rs 1.75 lakh was allegedly stolen from a shop outside the vegetable and fruit market here this morning.

According to a report, the owner of the shop has lodged an FIR with the police in this connection. It is stated that an unidentified youth entered the shop in his absence and took away the bag. The incident has caused panic among the shopkeepers and arhtias.
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Two abducted
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 1
Gopal (3) was allegedly abducted while he was playing in the street outside his house in Adarsh Nagar colony here today.

Monika (15) was also reported abducted by three youths from her house in Shiv Colony here yesterday. The police has booked Uma Shankar, Subhash and Ramesh for this.
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