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CHANDIGARH

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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

Verma report on liquor smuggling presented in House
Chandigarh, August 2
The Verma commission report on liquor smuggling in Haryana during the erstwhile Haryana Vikas Party(HVP)-led regime was presented before the Haryana Cabinet here today.

3 held for kidnapping, boy rescued
Kurukshetra, August 2
The police here solved the case of kidnapping of Dharambir, of Gudha village near Ladwa in the district in 72 hours of the incident. Dharambir’s father, Prem Singh complained to the police that this son went to work with wood contractor on July 27, but did not return home.

HVP to continue struggle for river waters
Sonepat, August 2
The Haryana Vikas Party will continue its struggle to get the river waters share from Punjab at all costs. This was stated by Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the state unit of the party, while addressing a party workers’ meeting at Ganaur, 16 km from here, today.

Rai farmers cry for irrigation water
Sonepat, August 2
Farmers in the villages of Rai water service division in this district have not been receiving irrigation water for the past few months due to erratic and inadequate canal water supply and alleged theft of irrigation water as a result of which water does not reach the tail-end of the distribution system.

Water bills to those without connections: forum fines SDE Rs 4,650
Jhajjar, August 2 
The Public Health Department at Bahadurgarh sent bills to three persons in Kharar village who did not have water connections. They moved the District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, which pulled up and fined the Sub Divisional Engineer concerned Rs 4650 and ordered the PH Department to return security deposits to them, who were not given water connections.

Haryana not drought-hit
Chandigarh, August 2
The Haryana Government has put off the decision of declaring the state as drought-hit in following the monsoon showers sweeping the state since yesterday. A senior official of the Agriculture Department said there was heavy rainfall in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rewari and Jhajjar districts.



Stories from Haryana towns falling in the National Capital Region are put in
 Delhi & neighbourhood.



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Ambala
Bhiwani
Chandigarh
Hisar
Kurukshetra
Karnal
Rohtak
Sirsa
Sonepat


EARLIER STORIES

 

Haryana withdraws power curbs
Chandigarh, August 2
With the on set of good rains in most parts of Haryana yesterday and today, the state Power Utilities today withdrew virtually all power regulatory measures, which had been imposed due to increasing demand of power in view of the delayed monsoon.

People face malaria threat
Karnal, August 2
Due to heavy rainfall during the past 48 hours, residents are facing the threat of malaria, thanks to official callousness and stagnant water in fields. The paddy fields and a few open drains within the city have been serving as breeding grounds for mosquitoes for years now.

Municipal staff observe fast
Rohtak, August 2
Municipal employees all over Haryana observed fast today to press for the acceptance of their demands. A spokesperson for the Nagar Palika Karamchari Sangh (Haryana) claimed here that its call evoked massive response.

High Court
Plea dismissed
Chandigarh, August 2
The High Court on Monday dismissed the petition filed by an employee of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, seeking quashing of his transfer order.

Counselling dates for engineering courses released
Karnal, August 2
The Technical Education Department of Haryana has notified the dates for the counselling of vacant seats in various diploma-level engineering courses and 11 vacant seats in diploma in industrial and personal management on the basis of merit.

Supplementary exams
School board reduces number of centres
Ambala, August 2
Haryana Education Board Secretary Rakesh Gupta today said that the number of centres for supplementary exams had been drastically reduced in the state.
Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Gupta said the number of centres had been reduced for effective control over the centres. “In comparison to 623 centres which had been set up in the year 2003, only 252 have been set up this year,” he said.



Haryana Education Board Secretary Rakesh Gupta

Haryana Education Board Secretary Rakesh Gupta

New exam centres soon
Bhiwani, August 2
The Haryana School Education Board has decided to set up more district and subdivisional level examination centres for smooth and fair conduct of supplementary examinations.

Leaf from  History
Old ponds linked to city’s growth
THE history of the old ponds of Ambala City have been intrinsically linked with the growth of the town. The ponds, which are better known as ‘talab’, are gradually losing out to population pressure. These ponds used to meet the water requirement of the city in the olden days and ensured that there was no water-logging during the rain.

Bathinda-Delhi train to halt at Ambala
Ambala, August 2
Union Minister and Ambala Member of Parliament Kumari Selja today flagged the Bathinda-New Delhi Intercity Express at the Ambala City railway station.
The train will now stop at the Ambala City railway station. She also flagged in the Ganganagar Express at Barara.

Lecturer beaten up, robbed
Hisar, August 2
Mr Surender Verma, a lecturer at Alwar Pharmacy College, was allegedly beaten up and robbed of cash and belongings on a train last night. He had boarded the train from the city railway station for Bhiwani, from where he had to go to Alwar.

1 dies in mishap
Jhajjar, August 2
One person was killed and another injured seriously when a truck collided with a three-wheeler in which they were traveling on the National Highway 10 in Bahadurgarh today.

Road blocked to restore bus service
Bhiwani, August 2
Students and residents of five villages today reportedly blocked the road on the Kairu-Bhiwani road at Shimli village in support of their demand of restoring bus service for their villages.

FCI hopes to procure 35 lakh tonnes of paddy
Sirsa, August 2
Yesterday’s rain in certain areas of Haryana has brought cheer to the Food Corporation of India, the premier food procurement agency, to expect high yield paddy in the season, the Senior Regional Manager of the FCI, Mr T.C. Gupta, said at a press conference here today.
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Verma report on liquor smuggling presented in House
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
The Verma commission report on liquor smuggling in Haryana during the erstwhile Haryana Vikas Party(HVP)-led regime was presented before the Haryana Cabinet here today.

The Cabinet also amended the state government's family pension scheme to expand its scope and give benefit to parents who are dependent on an unmarried government employee (or if the employee had left neither a widow nor a child at the time of his death); widowed or legally divorced daughters; ) son or daughter who is suffering from any disorder or disability of mind or is physically crippled or disabled and unable to earn his/her living even after attaining the age of 25 years.

In case an employee is survived by more than one widow, the pension will be paid to them in equal shares. On the death of a widow, her share of the pension will become payable to her eligible minor child. If at the time of her death, a widow leaves no eligible minor child, the payment of her share of the pension will cease. In case an officer is survived by a widow, but has left behind an eligible minor child from another wife, the eligible minor child will be paid the share of pension, which the mother would have received if she had been alive at the time of death of the officer.

The Cabinet also approved extension of the date for submission of applications in Form VAT-A2 and Form VAT-A5 upto October 24, 2003, on payment of late fees of Rs. 1000. In case of Form VAT-A5, if tax payable by such units was not paid already in time, it was to be paid with interest as per the provision of the Haryana Value Added Tax Act-2003.

The Cabinet approved a proposal of the Technical Education Department to amend Haryana Technical Education Department (Group- B) service rules-2002 to amend the qualification for the post of lecturer in textile designing.

According to the amendment, the prescribed qualifications for direct recruitment for the post of lecturer in textile design would be 1st class bachelor’s degree in textile design or textile chemistry or textile processing or textile technology from a recognised university or institute. The candidate should also have knowledge of Hindi or Sanskrit up to matric.

In case of other than direct recruitment, the prescribed qualification would be 1st class bachelor’s degree in textile design or textile chemistry or textile processing or textile technology from a recognised university or institute. Also, the candidate should have done three years service in the post of workshop instructor or laboratory technician in the relevant discipline. The candidate should also have knowledge of Hindi or Sanskrit up to matric.

It was also decided to sell 1066 square yards of government land to Shri Ram Mandir Aggarwal Satsang Bhawan, Gohana, at the market rate of Rs. 1000 per square yard, provided that the land would be used only for the community welfare and no commercial activity would be undertaken on it.

The Cabinet also approved the proposal of the Rehabilitation Department to transfer land measuring 1200 square yards situated at Nilokheri to Bajrang Sewa Dal of Nilokheri for the construction of a baraat ghar.

The Cabinet also decided to transfer land measuring 1178 square yards at Nilokheri.
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3 held for kidnapping, boy rescued
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, August 2
The police here solved the case of kidnapping of Dharambir, of Gudha village near Ladwa in the district in 72 hours of the incident. Dharambir’s father, Prem Singh complained to the police that this son went to work with wood contractor on July 27, but did not return home.

He said that the same day at night his neighbour told him that he (neighbour) had been told by an unidentified person on telephone that if they wanted Dharambir, safe a ransom of Rs 50,000 be brought near sugar mill on the Kaithal-Karnal road. Next day he received second call informing that Dharambir was safe at Shamli in Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Prem Singh told the police that a few day ago, his relative, Dalbir Singh, of Anjanthali village. Kaithal district had threatened Dharambir with dire consequences. The police planned to nab Dalbir Singh first. Dalbir Singh got wind of police plan. Dalbir Singh went to the place work. Dharambir and on some pretext, he carried Dharambir to Indri Chowk, where Anil Kumar and Rajpal were waiting for them. They took Dharambir to Budhakhera village, where he was kept. At this Rajpal rang up the neighbour of Dharambir and demanded ransom. Next day too they rang up twice for the ransom. Now, they took Dharambir to a tea stall near sugar mill.

A social worker informed the police about their presence near the sugar mill from where, they were nabbed by the police. Zora Singh, who had gone to Dharambir’s residence to know about the situation, was also arrested near Ladwa bus stand.

Dalbir Singh admitted that he was instrumental in planning the kidnapping plan with Rajpal, of Takhana village Karnal district. Anil Kumar, a resident of Koyar Majra village and Zora Singh, a resident of Budhakhera village.

A knife was recovered from Zora Singh at the time of his arrest.

Dalbir Singh, Anil Kumar, Rajpal and Zora Singh had been arrested under Section 364 of the Indian Penal Code and 25 of the Arms Act. They were produced in a court here and remanded in judicial custody.
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HVP to continue struggle for river waters
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 2
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) will continue its struggle to get the river waters share from Punjab at all costs.

This was stated by Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the state unit of the party, while addressing a party workers’ meeting at Ganaur, 16 km from here, today.

He said the struggle would be launched by Mr Bansi Lal as he had made concerted efforts during his tenure as the Chief Minister to get the share of river waters from Punjab.

Mr Bansi Lal, he said, had succeeded in digging the SYL canal not only in Haryana but in the Punjab territory also. Thereafter, no government and even the present Indian National Lok Dal Government, headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had tried to solve the issue with Punjab.

He blamed successive governments in Haryana for not safeguarding the interests of Haryana on river waters and the boundary issues as well as the farmers of the state. He announced that if his party came to power again after the assembly elections, it would again try to get the river waters share from Punjab for Haryana and take steps for eliminating unemployment from the state.

Mr Jain also announced that the party would also try to give unemployment allowance to the educated jobless youths and absorb them in government jobs.

Referring to the report of the Verma Commission on the prohibition policy of the then Bansi Lal Government, he alleged that this report had been prepared at the behest of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, following the statements of the INLD leaders and workers recorded by the commission during the inquiry.
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Rai farmers cry for irrigation water
R.D. Sapra

Sonepat, August 2
Farmers in the villages of Rai water service division in this district have not been receiving irrigation water for the past few months due to erratic and inadequate canal water supply and alleged theft of irrigation water as a result of which water does not reach the tail-end of the distribution system.

According to a report, as irrigation of the paddy crop that had already been sown has been hit hard by the water shortage, some farmers who do not have alternative means of irrigation have been compelled to steal water from the canal network through pipes. Although adequate canal water is available in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Sonepat and Delhi water service divisions, but the farmers of Rai division, who allegedly enjoy the patronage of the ruling party MLAs and other politicians, are indulging in large-scale theft of water. As a result, the farmers whose fields are situated at the tail-end bear the brunt of the theft.

It is alleged that officials of this division are hushing up of most cases of canal water thefts. Whenever canal cuts are made by some unscrupulous and influential farmers, these are termed as mishaps. In this way, the officials allegedly find an opportunity to misappropriate public funds by preparing bogus muster rolls.

Although the government has made available lakhs of rupees to various water service divisions in this district for desilting and deweeding operations of the canal network, the position had hardly improved as the tail-end fields continue to remain dry and the canal water does not reach there.

It is alleged that bulk of the amount spent on these operations had been misappropriated by officials entrusted with the job of cleaning operations.

The farmers whose fields are situated at the tail-end have demanded a vigilance probe into the complaints about not receiving canal water.

The farmers criticised the authorities for their failure to redress their grievances about the shortage of canal water during the rotation period.
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Water bills to those without connections:
forum fines SDE Rs 4,650
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 2 
The Public Health Department at Bahadurgarh sent bills to three persons in Kharar village who did not have water connections. They moved the District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, which pulled up and fined the Sub Divisional Engineer concerned Rs 4650 and ordered the PH Department to return security deposits to them, who were not given water connections.

Three residents of Kharar village — namely Satish, Jagdish and Jai Narayan applied for water connections to the Public Health Department in 1996 and deposited security amount of Rs 400, each. No water connection were given to them.

The PH Department sent bills to them. They said they had received first bill, for five years, i.e. from December 1996 to 2001. They complained to the Department but no action was taken. Again, they were sent a bill on March 31, 2003. Amount of the bills sent to the three consumers were Rs 1832 to Satish and Jai Narayan and Rs 1921 to Jagdish.

The affected persons again approached the officials concerned and complained to the Deputy Commissioner also that they had no connections. The DC ordered an inquiry, which revealed that their houses had no water connections. Then, they approached the Consumer Forum in September 2003 for relief and return of security deposited by them.

The Forum held the SDE concerned responsible for deficiency in service and directed him to pay Rs 1000 as fine and Rs 550 as litigation charges to the three complainants, each and ordered the Department to return their security with 12 per cent interest from December 1996.
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Haryana not drought-hit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
The Haryana Government has put off the decision of declaring the state as drought-hit in following the monsoon showers sweeping the state since yesterday.

A senior official of the Agriculture Department said there was heavy rainfall in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rewari and Jhajjar districts. Other districts of the state also received reasonably good rain yesterday and today, the official said. He said cultivation of paddy and bajra would receive a boost from the rain and added that the rain would also do good to cotton and guar crops.

The official said that a meeting of the Weather Watch Group, constituted by the Haryana Agricultural Department, was convened by Mr K.S. Bhoria, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department, here today where the extent of rainfall in the state was reviewed. It was revealed in the meeting that there was rainfall in the entire state since Sunday and in some place the rains were still continuing. The Metereology Department has predicted that the showers will continue and for another 24 hours and then subside for a couple of days before it starts raining again.

“If there is rain for 24 hours more as predicted by the Met Department, it will be immensely good for the crops”, the official said. The state government, in view of the dry conditions prevailing in the state, was contemplating declaring drought in the state. However, this would not be done any more since the recent showers had given natural relief to the peasantry, the official said.
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Haryana withdraws power curbs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
With the on set of good rains in most parts of Haryana yesterday and today, the state Power Utilities today withdrew virtually all power regulatory measures, which had been imposed due to increasing demand of power in view of the delayed monsoon. In particular, power regulations imposed on urban feeders from 6 a.m. to 12 noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. have been withdrawn.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of Power Utilities said that the total power cut imposed on industries having load of 1 MW and above had been relaxed with the rider that they would not operate between 7.30 p.m and 10.30 p.m.

He said that the industrial consumers, who were asked to observe two off days in a week would revert back to one weekly off, but these industries would not operate during evening peak load hours from 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. He said that the ban on streetlights, use of airconditioners in government offices and ostentatious lighting has been lifted.

He said that the demand for power in the state had now recorded a decline of 400 to 500 MW and today’s energy demand had reduced by nearly 80 to 90 lakh units. He said that the grid frequency had also recorded a substantial improvement. The Nathpa-Jhakri project had also been revived and out of its six machines four machines were already generating power.

He said that the Power Utilities had taken power regulatory measures to give relief of 40 to 50 lakh units as the availability on July 26 last was 685 lakh units as against a demand of 800 lakh units per day.
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People face malaria threat
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 2
Due to heavy rainfall during the past 48 hours, residents are facing the threat of malaria, thanks to official callousness and stagnant water in fields.

The paddy fields and a few open drains within the city have been serving as breeding grounds for mosquitoes for years now. The residents of Ram Nagar, Shakti Colony and a few other localities in the old city suffer the worst as the sanitation system is very poor.

Moreover, these localities are in close proximity to the Western Yamuna Canal (WYC) and the SYL canal. During heavy rains water gets stagnated in the SYL acting as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. There is another Mughal canal that acts as an open drain.

“It has been an eyesore. Also, the stench emanating from the Mughal canal is unbearable and causes many diseases, including malaria. Our repeated pleas to close or cover this portion of the canal or at least not to allow any untreated sewage into it have gone in vain,” said Ashok Kumar, a local resident.

Periodical defumigation at the canals, ponds and stormwater drains could stem the problem, said a local doctor.

Even, an artificial lake developed in the Atal Park in Sector-8 is hardly cleaned by the authorities of HUDA. Algae has been accumulated and is virtually acting as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

When enquired about the precautionary measures taken up by the local Municipal Council (MC) and HUDA, it was surprised to know that none of the civic authorities had even a single fogging machine to prevent the city localities from mosquitoes. However, the Health Department has chalked out a plan to spray on the village ponds and a few identified open drains in the district.
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Municipal staff observe fast
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 2
Municipal employees all over Haryana observed fast today to press for the acceptance of their demands.

A spokesperson for the Nagar Palika Karamchari Sangh (Haryana) claimed here that its call evoked massive response.

He said reports received here revealed that despite inclement weather municipal employees gathered outside their respective offices and observed fast.

He said this was the first phase of their stir and it would be intensified if the government failed to accept their long-standing demands. These included benefit of merger of 50 per cent of DA in the basic pay, payment of arrears on account of revision of pay and payment of arrears of provident fund.

The sangh leader said the government was yet to deposit arrears of provident fund which had mounted to Rs 22 crore. Employees of civic bodies were being given step-motherly treatment and they were not receiving their salaries in time.
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High Court
Plea dismissed
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 2
The High Court on Monday dismissed the petition filed by an employee of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, seeking quashing of his transfer order.

The Bench headed by Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar held that there was no mala fide in the issuance of the transfer order and hence the petition was dismissed.

The petitioner, Dharambir Singh, Agriculture Inspector, had prayed for quashing of the transfer order, shifting him from Sonipat to Hisar.

He had levelled allegations of mala fide against his senior officers. However, the Bench comprising Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice Nirmal Singh held that unless the transfer order was founded on misconduct, it could not be held to be actuated by malice.
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Counselling dates for engineering courses released
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 2
The Technical Education Department of Haryana has notified the dates for the counselling of vacant seats in various diploma-level engineering courses and 11 vacant seats in diploma in industrial and personal management on the basis of merit. The terms and reservation policy would be applicable as mentioned in the admission brochure.

A press note by the department states that the counselling of diploma in industrial and personal management would be held on August 4.

The counselling of candidates having a rank from 8001 to 12,000 in DET-2004 would be held on August 5, from rank 12,001 to 16,000 on August 6 and from 16,001 onwards on August 7.

The candidates should apply to the Principal, Government Polytechnic, Ambala City, and Principal, Kalpana Chawla Government Polytechnic for Women, Ambala City, by August 12 on the prescribed application form available in the admission brochure available at all government and government-aided polytechnics in the state and on the department’s website www.techeduhry.nic.in. The counselling schedule for such candidates would be notified later.

The vacant seats in diploma in hotel management, catering and nutrition at M.M. Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology, Mullana, would be filled by the management as per the guidelines issued by the department for filling up management quota seats.
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Supplementary exams
School board reduces number of centres
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 2
Haryana Education Board Secretary Rakesh Gupta today said that the number of centres for supplementary exams had been drastically reduced in the state.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Gupta said the number of centres had been reduced for effective control over the centres. “In comparison to 623 centres which had been set up in the year 2003, only 252 have been set up this year,” he said.

He said top priority was being given to safety of question papers by strengthening the question paper distribution system.

Mr Gupta said 1,06,223 candidates would appear at 252 centres. “In Ambala district, 4141 candidates would take the examination at 12 centres,” he said.

For the first time in supplementary examinations, five control rooms had been set up throughout the state for effective monitoring of examinations. “Ambala. Panchkula, Yamunanagar. Kurukshetra and Kaithal will be monitered through the Kurukshetra control room. Senior officers will be deputed at these control rooms. Section 144, CrPC, will be enforced strictly outside the centres,” Mr Gupta said.

Mr Gupta said for checking the use of unfair means, candidates would be provided only one answerbook and no loose sheets. For candidates of Class VIII, 24-paged answer book would be provided for candidates of Class X, a 28-paged answerbook and for candidates of Class XII, a 32-paged answerbook would be provided.

He said for the convenience of candidates, the board had provided admit cards on its website ‘http:/hbse.nic.in’and candidates of supplementary exams could download their admit cards from August 6 on deposit of fees. The datesheets of the examination would be available on the website.
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New exam centres soon
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 2
The Haryana School Education Board has decided to set up more district and subdivisional level examination centres for smooth and fair conduct of supplementary examinations.

According to a spokeswoman of the board, the number of centres was less this year as only 254 centres had been formed as compared to 623 last year.

She said the new system of distribution of question papers would be continued under which the centre superintendents would be provided question papers of the subject on the same day of the examination by the administrative officers at the district and subdivisional levels.
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Leaf from  History
Old ponds linked to city’s growth
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

THE history of the old ponds of Ambala City have been intrinsically linked with the growth of the town.

The ponds, which are better known as ‘talab’, are gradually losing out to population pressure. These ponds used to meet the water requirement of the city in the olden days and ensured that there was no water-logging during the rain. They have gained religious importance over the years.

The five major ponds which were there in the pre-Partition days include Labbu Wala Talab, Ram Talai Talab, Kajiyon ka Talab, Navrang Rai Talab and Kalalon ka Talab. Out of these, Kajiyon ka Talab and Kalalon ka Talab here now dried up.

A local resident said Labbu Wala Talab was constructed by a person called Labbu. He said that a confidante of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Dewan Krishan Chand, had carried out the construction work to errect permanent structures along the pond.

It is apparent from the use of small bricks that the construction belongs to the period of Rani Daya Kaur. Incidentally, the masonry work and the use of bricks is similar to the construction work at Zulamgarh, which was the abode of Rani Daya Kaur.

Kajiyon ka Talab probably derives its name from a Muslim Qazi. During the British period, a number of Muslim families used to live in that area. The pond has now been covered up. Ram Talai Talab near Manji Sahib Gurdwara has four ghats.

A local resident said Navrang Rai Sarovar was one of the most important ponds of the city. It had religious significance since Bavan Dwadashi Mela was organised on its banks. “The sarovar is in a sorry state. Although a few years ago, an effort was initiated to clean up the sarovar, but it was left in between. There is definately a need to bring Navrang Rai Sarovar to its earlier glory,” he said.

Kalalon ka Talab is a part of history now. The pond has been covered up and a bustling market is functional there. It is said the old Sher Shah Suri marg used to pass close to the pond. An old pillar is an indicator of the old GT Road. People using the old GT road probably used to rest on the banks of the Kalalon ka Talab.
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Bathinda-Delhi train to halt at Ambala
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 2
Union Minister and Ambala Member of Parliament Kumari Selja today flagged the Bathinda-New Delhi Intercity Express at the Ambala City railway station.

The train will now stop at the Ambala City railway station. She also flagged in the Ganganagar Express at Barara.

Kumari Selja said that she had requested Union Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav for more trains to stop at the Ambala City railway station. “Issues pertaining to the Railways will be taken up with the appropriate authority. Ambala will not be ignored,” she said.

She had sought the construction of a subway near the Agrasen chowk so that traffic is smoothened and people would get a short cut.

Senior railway officials, including Divisional Railway Manager Keshav Chandra, were present on the occasion. Former minister Mr Nirmal Singh, former minister Mr Phool Chand Mullana and DCC Ambala City president Kiran Bala Jain were also present on the occasion.
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Lecturer beaten up, robbed
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 2
Mr Surender Verma, a lecturer at Alwar Pharmacy College, was allegedly beaten up and robbed of cash and belongings on a train last night. He had boarded the train from the city railway station for Bhiwani, from where he had to go to Alwar.

Mr Verma alleged that two unknown youths, who had boarded the train from Hisar, first attacked him and after overpowering him, snatched his two bags and fled.

He said apart from some cash and personal belongings, there were some important documents in the bags. A complaint has been registered in this regard.
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1 dies in mishap
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 2
One person was killed and another injured seriously when a truck collided with a three-wheeler in which they were traveling on the National Highway 10 in Bahadurgarh today.

According to information, deceased Raj Kumar, a resident of Killa Mohalla, was travelling in a three-wheeler coming from Tikari border to Bahadurgarh when a truck coming from Rohtak rammed into it. While Raj Kumar was killed on the spot, Sanjay, another traveller, was injured.

The police has registered a case against the truck driver.
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Road blocked to restore bus service
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 2
Students and residents of five villages today reportedly blocked the road on the Kairu-Bhiwani road at Shimli village in support of their demand of restoring bus service for their villages.

According to information, students, shopkeepers and traders from Shimli, Mansarbas, Khariawas, Sungarpur, Dharanwas villages used to travel by a roadways bus daily but the department had stopped this service nearly two months ago adding woes to the commuters. The villagers met the administration several times to restore the bus service but no action was taken and they blocked the road.
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FCI hopes to procure 35 lakh tonnes of paddy
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, August 2
Yesterday’s rain in certain areas of Haryana has brought cheer to the Food Corporation of India (FCI), the premier food procurement agency, to expect high yield paddy in the season, the Senior Regional Manager of the FCI, Mr T.C. Gupta, said at a press conference here today.

During this season, the FCI was hoping to procure around 35 lakh tonnes of paddy in the state. Mr Gupta said that the agency was fully geared up to procure and store paddy. The FCI has a capacity to store 106.66 lakh tonnes of wheat and paddy, he said.
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