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7,000 jobs given to outsiders, says Surjewala
Narwana, August 3
The “jal ahvan rally” organised by the Indian Youth Congress at Narwana in Jind district today, got a good response as there was downpour even when the rally was on. The rain cut both ways as far as the rally was concerned.

Mr Randeep Surjewala, president of the Indian Youth Congress, during the "jal avhan rally" at Narwana Mr Randeep Surjewala, president of the Indian Youth Congress, during the “jal avhan rally” at Narwana on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Dry spell damaged 50 pc kharif pulses
Chandigarh, August 3
The long dry spell has damaged kharif pulses to the extent of 50 to 100 per cent in the districts of Hisar, Bhiwani and Mahendergarh, whereas the damage was about 50 per cent in the districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rohtak and Jhajjar in Haryana.

Plant horticulture crops, farmers told
Salaru (Karnal), August 3
Agriculture scientists have expressed their concern over the extensive exploitation of underground water for irrigation purposes and advocated the cultivation of horticulture crops that require less irrigation.

Ambala marooned; Army called out
Ambala, August 3
Army had to be called out to assist the district administration after the twin towns of Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment were flooded following incessant rainfall. Army columns were deployed for rescue operation in different areas.


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A milk vendor wades through a flooded road following incessant rainfall in Ambala on Tuesday
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milk vendor wades through a flooded road following incessant rainfall in Ambala on Tuesday. — PTI

Employment scheme for youths
Rohtak, August 3
The local Municipal Council will soon introduce a scheme under which jobless youths will be given cycle-carts for removing garbage bags from houses for a monthly fee. A spokesperson for the council said here that the scheme would provide part-time employment since it would require only two to three hours a day to carry the garbage bags to a disposal site.

Haryana transfers
Chandigarh, August 3
The Haryana Government today transferred three IPS officers and one HPS officer with immediate effect. Mr Alok Joshi, Inspector General Police, Railways and Technical, Panchkula, would also hold the charge of Law and Order and Crime in addition to his present duties.

Water supply restored after 30 hours
Sonepat, August 3
After 30 hours, the drinking water supply to this city was restored today by the Public Health Department. However, no reason had been given about the disruption in the water supply system.

Night sanitation introduced in Bhiwani
Bhiwani, August 3
The district administration and the Improvement Trust have chalked out a programme to renovate existing parks of the town, ensure adequate lights at chowks and public places and improve sanitation.

Sonepat-Delhi bus service mooted
Sonepat, August 3
The Haryana Transport Department has drawn up a scheme to ply ordinary, de luxe and air-conditioned buses between Sonepat and Delhi under the city bus service for the convenience of the people.

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7,000 jobs given to outsiders, says Surjewala
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Narwana, August 3
The “jal ahvan rally” organised by the Indian Youth Congress at Narwana in Jind district today, got a good response as there was downpour even when the rally was on.

The rain cut both ways as far as the rally was concerned. The crowd was ecstatic over the long-awaited rain but the crowd could have been bigger if there was a break in the rain, rued organisers.

The rain forced Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, chief of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC), to abandon his plan of attacking the Haryana Government for failing to give adequate relief to farmers to face the “drought situation”. The IYC chief, however, did pull up the state government and said Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, might be callous to the plight of the farmers, but God was not.

He the focused on how to get Haryana’s share of the Ravi-Beas waters through the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal.

He criticised Mr Chautala for not challenging the Bill passed by the Punjab Government. “Even now Mr Chautala has not proceeded to defend the case of Haryana in the Supreme Court. Mr Chautala’s reluctance has created doubt in the minds of Haryanvis”, Mr Surjewala said. Attacking the Congress government in Punjab, Mr Surjewala claimed that the Congress-led government at the Centre, however, had made evident its concern for Haryana by referring the Bill to the President.

The rally, believed to have been organised as a run-up to Mr Surjewala’s plan to contest elections from this constituency, also saw the IYC chief launching a scathing attack against the Haryana Chief Minister on the issue of corruption in recruitment.

He said if the Congress came to power in the state, a probe would be ordered into all appointments made by the Haryana Public Service Commission and Haryana Staff Selection Commission.

He said after the Chautala-led government came to power in the state, 47,000 employees had been retrenched by the government. On the other hand 27,000 people had been recruited, out of which 12,000 were from Sirsa (Chautala’s home district) and 7,000 from UP, Rajasthan and other states where the INLD had political interest, he said.

He announced a plan of holding districtwise demonstrations, starting from Sirsa on August 7, on the SYL canal, corruption and criminalisation of politics in the state.
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Dry spell damaged 50 pc kharif pulses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The long dry spell has damaged kharif pulses to the extent of 50 to 100 per cent in the districts of Hisar, Bhiwani and Mahendergarh, whereas the damage was about 50 per cent in the districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rohtak and Jhajjar in Haryana.

This was disclosed by the Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Agriculture, Mr K.S. Bhoria, at a meeting of the D.C.s and S.P.s convened by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, here today. During a review of the contingency plan prepared by the Agriculture Department in consultation with CCS Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar, to meet the drought-like situation in the state, it was observed that although pulses could not be resown, an area of 5000 hectares was likely be brought under Mash.

Mr Bhoria said good rains in the past three days would help farmers of the state, particularly in the traditional paddy growing areas. It was estimated that basmati would be sown in additional one lakh hectares, bringing the total area under paddy to 8.50 lakh hectares. The prospects of cotton crop had also improved. Bajra could be sown now in 3.50 hectares. Gaur would now be resown in about 50,000 hectares.

Mr Chautala said in view of the increased availability of water in the region, rice shoots should be allowed to paddy growers. He directed the Financial Commission, Irrigation, Mr Anil Razdan, to ensure completion of the remodeling of water courses by the year- end as Rs 346 crore had been provided for it.

Mr Chautala also asked the Power Utilities to launch a special campaign to check power theft, especially through "kundi" connections. He said regular metered connections should be released to those found using "kundi" connections. Penalty should be waived off so as to motivate them to get a regular power connection.

It was decided that the Departments of Excise and Taxation, Police and Transport would jointly challan the vehicles found violating traffic rules or being used for any antisocial activity.

The meeting was informed by the Director-General of Police, Mr M.S. Malik, that five battalions of newly constituted Haryana State Industrial Force(HSISF) were ready for deployment in the state for providing security cover, especially to the public sector undertakings.

Mr Chautala directed the police to check the unauthorised use of red lights atop vehicles and loudspeakers with a firm hand.

Mr Chautala told the officers that he would launch the fifth phase of his ambitious "Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar" programme from October 2 next. He directed them to continue to hold open darbars. The scheme to develop residential sectors on the urban pattern in villages should be implemented on a war-footing. Only congested villages or those having poor sanitation or which were over populated should be considered under the scheme.
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Plant horticulture crops, farmers told
Tribune News Service

Salaru (Karnal), August 3
Agriculture scientists have expressed their concern over the extensive exploitation of underground water for irrigation purposes and advocated the cultivation of horticulture crops that require less irrigation.

The agriculture scientists gathered here in a seminar on growing horticultural crops here yesterday at the Regional Centre of the National Horticulture Research Development Foundation (NHRDF) under the Integrated Vegetable Development Project of the government.

Presiding over the seminar, Dr Nagendra Sharma, Director of the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), stressed farmers to realise the affects of extensive irrigation, which were being felt now as the water table was lowering on an average of two feet every year in the region.

He said the latest technologies and the high-yielding varieties of seeds of various horticultural crops were available for the farmers that could give more production and income with less utilisation of water for irrigation.

Dr Sharma further said the farmers should switch over to integrated farming rather than monoculture of wheat-paddy rotation that was widely prevalent in this part of the state. He also called upon the scientists to develop better post-harvest technologies to increase the shelf life of the fresh vegetables and value addition of the horticultural crops.

Dr Lalan Singh, Additional Director, NHRDF, Pune, said kharif onion was introduced in this region in 1977, which has been widely accepted now by the farmers in this region. He said the regional centre of the NHRDF here at Salaru had also produced four varieties of high-yielding garlic, which had been released for cultivation.

Dr Singh said the farmers were being provided a grant of 30 per cent on construction of seed stores and 20 per cent on creating structures for zero cooling.

Dr Jag Sheoran, Project Director of the Directorate of Wheat Research, stressed the farmers to adopt zero tillage technology.

Dr K.P.S. Chauhan, Joint Director, NHRDF’s regional station at Salaru, said the farmers of Karnal would be provided seeds of tomato on subsidised rates.

Dr S. Singh, Principal Scientist of NDRI and Dr J.C. Markanday, head of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the NDRI, also addressed the farmers. Dr Ram Chand, head of the dairy extension division, Dr J.P.S. Chauhan, Mr Dalip K. Gosain and Dr K.S. Kadian, senior scientists of the NDRI, also interacted with the farmers.

Earlier Dr Nagendra Sharma inaugurated a seed cleaning grading and packaging plant commissioned at the regional station of the NHRDF.
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Ambala marooned; Army called out
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 3
Army had to be called out to assist the district administration after the twin towns of Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment were flooded following incessant rainfall.

Army columns were deployed for rescue operation in different areas. One column of Army personnel was rushed to Devi Nagar, where water had begun to rise dangerously following a breach in the Ghaggar which is in spate.

Three Army columns were deployed in the Mahesh Nagar area of Ambala Cantonment and one column was deployed at the Supply Depot chowk. The help from the Army was sought at about 2 pm when water in Ambala had begun to rise rapidly.

One person lost his life in Ambala City this afternoon. An aged cyclist was travelling near Nahan House when he fell into water. He later died.

Deputy Commissioner Ambala Mr RP Gupta said that rescue operations are also on to safely bring out students of Chaman Vatika and Springfield residential schools. “We have saved people at Devi Nagar by deploying motorboats. Assistance is being provided immediately wherever there is a requirement,” he said.

Mr Gupta said heavy rainfall and rivers in spate had caused several areas to become inundated with water.

The rainfall is believed to be the highest in the last couple of years. The water level in different parts of Ambala began to rise early this morning. Continuous rainfall coupled the water flowing in from the upper reaches of the catchment area led to a flood-like situation in Ambala Cantonment and Ambala City.

Water entered houses and shops causing extensive damage to goods. All areas were badly affected due to excess water with the low-lying areas bearing the brunt of the problem. Train traffic and vehicular traffic was badly hit.

The areas adjoining Devi Nagar, including Dadiana, Dandehri, Manakpur and Lohgarh villages were submerged in water. “People had to cling to trees to save their lives. Even a large number of LPG gas cylinders were washed into the area,” an eyewitness said.

In Ambala City, the affected areas include Nadi Mohalla, Prem Nagar, Hisar Road, Khattarwara, Subhash Road, Railway Road, Shukalkund Road, Baldev Nagar, Jagadhari Gate, Model Town, Urban Estate, Sector 9 and 10 and the Kapda Market.

Businessmen estimate that goods worth crores of rupees have been damaged by the water in Kapda Market. “Water has spoilt the cloth and it is a difficult situation for us. Whatever measures we took to prevent water from entering the shop have failed. Water entered our showroom in the morning,” a businessman lamented.

In Ambala Cantonment, water entered houses in the Mahesh Nagar area, Mall Road, Housing Board, Subhash Nagar, Subzi Mandi, Khatik Mandi and main bazars of Ambala Sadar.

Traffic on the busy Jagadhari road was severely affected due to the fast flowing water. Water was flowing in from the cantonment side and entering the Sadar area. The stretch of road near Punjabi Mohalla was virtually turned into a rivulet and water entered The Tribune sub office.

Local residents had to make breaches on the berm on Jagadhari road so that water could flow through. Although, people did try to stop the water from entering their houses, it was not effective.

A house collapsed in Mochi Mandi, Ambala Sadar and an abandoned house near Old Civil Hospital, Ambala City collapsed. 
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Employment scheme for youths
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 3
The local Municipal Council will soon introduce a scheme under which jobless youths will be given cycle-carts for removing garbage bags from houses for a monthly fee.

A spokesperson for the council said here that the scheme would provide part-time employment since it would require only two to three hours a day to carry the garbage bags to a disposal site.

After implementation of this scheme, any household dumping its garbage in the street would have to pay a hefty fine. For the time being the scheme would be introduced only in colonies with paved roads and streets and which were wide enough to be accessible by cycle-carts.

To keep the town clean, the scheme would not differentiate between authorised and unauthorised colonies since both categories of households would be paying a monthly charge for the service. He added that the normal sanitation process now in vogue would also continue.

The spokesperson said all civic employees, who were issued uniforms, would have to wear it regularly. After August 15 any employee found without the uniform would be treated as absent from duty.
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Haryana transfers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The Haryana Government today transferred three IPS officers and one HPS officer with immediate effect.

Mr Alok Joshi, Inspector General Police, Railways and Technical, Panchkula, would also hold the charge of Law and Order and Crime in addition to his present duties.

Mr R. N. Chahalia, Inspector General of Police, Law and Order and Crime, has been posted as Inspector General Police, Ambala Range vice Mr K. P. Singh, who goes as Deputy Director, Vigilance and Security, Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, Panchkula.

Mr Rohtas Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Safidon, has been posted as Deputy Superintendent of Police 4th Batallion, Haryana Armed Police, Madhuban, against a vacant post.
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Water supply restored after 30 hours
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 3
After 30 hours, the drinking water supply to this city was restored today by the Public Health Department (PHD). However, no reason had been given about the disruption in the water supply system.

According to a report, the city, having a population of more than 2 lakh, remained without water throughout the day yesterday following the disruption in the drinking water supply system.

People were forced to fetch water from distant places to meet their requirements.

Even the department had no tanker to supply water to the affected areas. Many residential alleged that officials of the PHD, junior engineers and the Superintending Engineer, had always been indifferent to the public grievances about the erratic water supply and low pressure. Instead they had remained silent spectators in this regard. Some residents also blamed the district authorities for not taking any action against the officials of the PHD who were responsible for the water crisis in the city.

Meanwhile, representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions today expressed their concern over the inefficient working of the PHD and demanded a high-level probe into the erratic water supply.
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Night sanitation introduced in Bhiwani
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 3
The district administration and the Improvement Trust have chalked out a programme to renovate existing parks of the town, ensure adequate lights at chowks and public places and improve sanitation.

The newly nominated chairman of the Improvement Trust, Ms Poonam Sangwan, has started a drive and personally visited parks. The government had sanctioned Rs 26 lakh for the renovation of Nehru Park two years ago but nothing really came of it.

Under the new renovation plan, lights are being installed and saplings are being planted. Residents have objected to the parking of taxis at the main entry of the park.

Following the system adopted by the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka Governments, a new system of night sanitation has been introduced. An autorickshaw would carry the rubbish. Waste papers and polythenes are burnt immediately.

Social organisations have demanded the construction of speed-breakers outside schools located on the main circular road.
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Sonepat-Delhi bus service mooted
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 3
The Haryana Transport Department has drawn up a scheme to ply ordinary, de luxe and air-conditioned buses between Sonepat and Delhi under the city bus service for the convenience of the people.

According to a report, these buses would cover Sectors 12, 14 and 15 of Sonepat before leaving for Delhi from Sonepat railway station. Thereafter, the buses will touch Azadpur Market, Delhi, Delhi University, ISBT, All-India Medical Institute of Sciences, Parliament House and the Central Secretariat.

The department would issue permits to the owners of private buses also for plying their buses on this route. Police and college staff would not be allowed in these buses.

The department has sent the proposal about the city bus service scheme to the head office for approval.
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