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Deluge Chautala’s weapon to corner Amarinder
Chandigarh, August 7
Till recently, the lack of rainfall in the state appeared to be an issue for Haryana politicians who are gearing up for the fast approaching Assembly elections in the state. As heavy rainfall earlier this week inundated part of Ambala and Panchkula districts, the deluge now has become a potent weapon to corner one’s political rivals.

Army help no longer needed, says DC
Ambala, August 7
Deputy Commissioner R.P. Gupta today said that Army help was no longer required as the flood situation had improved in the district.

Special girdawari to be ordered
Kaleshwar, August 7
The Haryana Government is “planning” to conduct a special girdawari in the flood-affected districts of the state to ascertain the loss to the farmers.

Haryana BJP to start campaign on water Act
Panchkula, August 7
The Haryana Unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party will launch a signature campaign in protest against the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act passed by the Punjab Assembly.

BJP to support Cong on women’s Bill
Sonepat, August 7
The National president of BJP’s Mahila Morcha, Ms Karuna Shukla, today said that if the Congress and its allies at the Centre would bring the women reservation Bill in the Parliament, the BJP would support the Bill provided it was in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.


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Supplementary exams from August 11
Hisar, August 7
The Board of School Education, Haryana, will conduct supplementary examinations for VIII, X and XII classes from August 11. This was stated by Mr Rakesh Gupta, the Secretary of the board, while addressing a press conference here today.

3 get 10-yr term in fake currency case
Bhiwani, August
7
A fast track court sentenced three persons to 10 years’ imprisonment after convicting them in fake currency case. One of the accused was released for want of evidence.

9-hr power cut in Sonepat areas
Sonepat, August 7
The entire city and its surrounding areas remained powerless for more than nine hours today following loadshedding from 5.45 a.m.

Prisoner escapes from hospital
Ambala, August 7
A life-term prisoner lodged in Ambala Central Jail escaped from Civil Hospital, Ambala City, this morning from the custody of police personnel. The escapee, Ramesh Kumar, alias Mechi, was a resident of Daand in Kaithal district. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case.

School student dies in mishap
Ambala, August 7
A school student died in an accident on Staff Road this morning. Abhijit fell from his cycle after it hit a stationary rickshaw near the State Central Library. He was rushed to Civil Hospital, Ambala cantonment, where he was declared brought dead. His father is with the Railway Protection Force.


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Deluge Chautala’s weapon to corner Amarinder
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Till recently, the lack of rainfall in the state appeared to be an issue for Haryana politicians who are gearing up for the fast approaching Assembly elections in the state. As heavy rainfall earlier this week inundated part of Ambala and Panchkula districts, the deluge now has become a potent weapon to corner one’s political rivals.

Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister of Haryana and President of the Indian National Lok Dal, is gunning for his Punjab counterpart, Capt Amarinder Singh, for causing flood in the state allegedly by releasing to Haryana excess rain water of Punjab. Mr Ram Pal Majra, Chief Parliamentary Secretary of Haryana who is looking after the Irrigation Department, has also issued some stinging statements against the Punjab Chief Minister.

Not long before the Punjab Assembly had passed the Termination of Agreements Bill to prevent Haryana from claiming an increased share of the Ravi Beas waters.

The floods which followed offered Mr Chautala two issues in quick succession to attack the Punjab Chief Minister. At the political level Mr Chautala’s propaganda against the Congress Chief Minister of Punjab is believed to be aimed at creating problems for the Congress in Haryana.

Haryana Congress leaders, when contacted by the TNS, claimed Mr Chautala was creating all this furore to hide his own failure to control flood in the state.” Mr Amarinder Singh is not our liability, rather it is Mr Om Prakash Chautala who has become a liability for the people of Haryana”, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, MP from the Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency said.

Mr Hooda, a former HPCC chief, reacted cautiously to the allegations levelled against the Punjab Government by Mr Chautala. “A central team had visited the flood affected areas of Haryana. They would look into the charge levelled by Mr Chautala against the Punjab Government”, Mr Hooda said. He alleged that the Haryana Government had done nothing to give relief to the flood-affected people.

Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, officiating leader of the Congress in Haryana, said Mr Chautala’s statements against the Punjab Chief Minister was politically motivated. “Mr Chautala is gunning for Capt Amarinder Singh to divert his attention from his own shortcomings. It had been exposed that the state government had no preparation for tackling flood”, Capt Yadav said and claimed that the flood relief work of the state government was grossly inadequate.
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Army help no longer needed, says DC
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 7
Deputy Commissioner R.P. Gupta today said that Army help was no longer required as the flood situation had improved in the district.
Talking to mediapersons here today, he said Army assistance was called off yesterday. “We are continuing with the relief work. Most villages in Naggal area are now accessible by road.”

Mr Gupta said 13 persons had died in the flood. “The bodies of six of the seven girls who were washed away have been recovered. There is slim chances of survival of the seventh girl”.

He stated that two persons had died in Mitla and one each in Dalipgarh, Chormastpur and Nahan House.

The siphon on the Narwana branch near Sarala village had been damaged. This could lead to potable water scarcity in other areas. “We are preparing a report on the damage caused due to the flood,” he said.

Mr Gupta said a 5 km stretch of highway from Sakraon to Naggal had been damaged.

“We are providing food and drinking water in the flood-affected areas. There is sufficient provision for food and water. Help has been extended by the Red Cross Society, voluntary organisations and religious places for providing eatables to the flood affected people. Our officers are monitoring the situation and any person seeking help has been provided assistance,” he said.

To a query, Mr Gupta said 184 trolleys had been pressed into service to clear the sullage and garbage.

“We have sought trolleys from neighbouring districts of Karnal and Kurukshetra. Our medical teams are visiting different flood-affected areas,” he said.
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Scientific instruments units hit by flood
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 7
Ambala scientific instruments industry has been adversely affected by flood.
A joint statement issued by Dr NC Jain, senior state vice-president, Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr GC Aggarwal president, Scientific Apparatus Manufacturers Association, and Dr Anil Jain, president, Ambala Scientific Instruments Manufacturers Association, said the industry was facing a severe financial crisis.

They said scientific instruments units located in Ambala Sadar, Mahesh Nagar and Industrial Area were partially submerged in water. Raw material as well as finished goods were damaged. “Working tools, electric motors, generator sets, grinding machines and other electrical appliances have been badly damaged,” they said.

They demanded that the state government must defer the payment of electricity bills, sales tax, excise duty, telephone bills and other local taxes for two months. “It is also requested that a flood relief grant of atleast Rs 50 crore should be sanctioned for small scale, cottage and tiny industries affected by the flood,” they stated.

“Insurance companies should settle claims on a priority basis. Loans for repair of buildings may be sanctioned by financial institutions,” they added.
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School to resume classes on August 11
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 7
Chaman Vatika School, whose students had to be rescued by Army personnel after it was flooded, will resume classes on August 11.
School principal Promil Bali said that classes X and XII will be resumed on August 11 and classes IX and XI on August 16.

She said all 500 boarders were evacuated from the school premises after it was flooded.
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Steps to tackle floods
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The Haryana Health Department has taken all necessary measures in the flood-affected areas of the state and control rooms have been set up at the state headquarters as well as all district headquarters as a part of the relief operation.

While claiming this here yesterday, Director General, Health Services, Dr B.S. Dahiya, said that all civil surgeons and programme officers in the state had already been provided with an action plan for its implementation in case of floods in their respective areas.

He said that the telephone numbers of the state control room was 0172-2585504 and fax number 0172-2585505. The control rooms set up here at the state headquarters and district headquarters were functioning round-the-clock, he added.

He said that the situation in Ambala and Panchkula was well under control of the Health Department. All the civil surgeons in the state had been directed to ensure adequate stock of essential medicines and equipments in all health institutions right upto the level of primary health centres. Medical and para-medical teams had already been constituted in flood affected areas. The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1987, was being strictly enforced and water samples were being taken for testing so as to ensure supply of safe drinking water to the people. The civil surgeons had been directed that halogen tablets and bleaching powder be made available to the public so that chlorination of water could be conducted even at their homes by the people.

The civil surgeons had been directed to identify the vulnerable areas and take necessary action in coordination the other departments. They were also maintaining a close liaison with the Deputy Commissioners, he added.

While giving details of the action plan, he said that anti-snake venom, adequate quantity of insecticide spray and chlorine tablets were available at all health institutions. The people were being educated to use boiled or chlorinated water and take hygienic food. 
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Special girdawari to be ordered
Tribune News Service

Kaleshwar, August 7
The Haryana Government is “planning” to conduct a special girdawari in the flood-affected districts of the state to ascertain the loss to the farmers. “If required the government may conduct a special girdawari in the flood-affected areas of the state”, announced Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, Agriculture Minister, after planting a sampling at the Mahakelesar Math at Kaleshwar village, about 40 km from Yamunanagar, yesterday. Mr Sandhu was the chief guest at a vanamahotsva programme organised by the Department of Kandi Area Development.

Sources said if there was loss to the farmers, the Haryana Government may approach the Central Government for a special flood relief grant so that the affected farmers could be compensated.

Later addressing a gathering at the Math, Mr Sandhu said the government was closely watching the flood situation in the state. “The Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs 50,000 each to the next of kin of those who have died in the floods”.
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Haryana BJP to start campaign on water Act
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 7
The Haryana Unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party will launch a signature campaign in protest against the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act passed by the Punjab Assembly.

Senior BJP leader and former minister Ram Vilas Sharma said yesterday that BJP workers from all over the state would launch the campaign and signatures of 60 lakh residents of Haryana would be obtained.

He said the Indian National Lok Dal-led government in the state had made no efforts to file a contempt petition in the case, especially when they had a precedent in the case of sharing of Cauvery waters.

Mr Sharma said the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had passed a Bill that was undemocratic and against the principles of unity and integrity.
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BJP to support Cong on women’s Bill
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 7
The National president of BJP’s Mahila Morcha, Ms Karuna Shukla, today said that if the Congress and its allies at the Centre would bring the women reservation Bill in the Parliament, the BJP would support the Bill provided it was in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

She was talking to mediapersons here at Chhotu Ram Dharamshala after inaugurating a two-day seminar of the state mahila morcha. She reiterated party’s commitment to women’s reservation but made it clear that the party was not in favour to give it a caste touch.

Explaining that the seminar was aimed to strengthen the party base among the womenfolk of the state, she said that a two-day meeting of the National Executive Committee of the Mahila Morcha would be organised in Delhi on August 12 and 13. The party’s national president, Venkaiah Naidu would inaugurate the meeting. The closing ceremony would be presided over by the former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani.

She charged the Punjab Police with canning Mahila activists of the party at Chandigarh during the party’s demonstration against the Punjab Government and its controversial Punjab Act on water sharing agreements.

State mahila morcha president Rozi Malik and vice-president Sunita Lochab were also present.
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Supplementary exams from August 11
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 7
The Board of School Education, Haryana, will conduct supplementary examinations for VIII, X and XII classes from August 11. This was stated by Mr Rakesh Gupta, the Secretary of the board, while addressing a press conference here today.

Mr Gupta said to have a better control over the conduct of examinations, the number of exam centres had been reduced from 623 to 252. He said 1,06,411 candidates would appear in the examinations for the classes. In Hisar district, 17 examination centres had been set up for 7,424 candidates.

To check copying at the examination centres, Section 144 would be imposed around the centres. He said five control rooms had been established at Fatehabad, Bhiwani, Rohtak, Gurgaon and Kurukshetra for smooth conduct of examinations.

Besides 200 flying squads constituted by the board, 19 teams of the Special Task Force and 10 of the Rapid Action Force would be pressed into service. Mr Gupta said as part of measures to check copying in the exams, no supplementary answersheets would be provided to the candidates.

The admit cards for the exams could now be downloaded from the board website. This had been done to overcome the problem of postal delays. He said from the next academic session, one-time fee, including the examination charges, would be charged from the students to ensure a hassle-free conduct of exams.
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3 get 10-yr term in fake currency case
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 7
A fast track court sentenced three persons to 10 years’ imprisonment after convicting them in fake currency case. One of the accused was released for want of evidence.

According to prosecution, the police had conducted a raid on the basis of a tip-off at Mundhal Chowk on February 10, 2001, and arrested Jagat Singh and Shekhar Singh of Madina village in Rohtak district when they were trying to sell fake currency. The police had seized 46 notes of Rs 100 denomination.

The judge, Ms Sarita Gupta, sentenced three persons to 10-year imprisonment and fined them Rs 2,000 each.
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9-hr power cut in Sonepat areas
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 7
The entire city and its surrounding areas remained powerless for more than nine hours today following loadshedding from 5.45 a.m.

According to a report, many areas got power at 3.05 p.m. while Mohalla Kalan, Jatwara Mohalla and Mahabir Colony received power at 4 p.m. The long spell of power cut hit life and business. Water supply was also hit. Residents alleged that the areas of the mini-secretariat and offices and residential colonies of the UHBVN at Fazilpur and other places had been exempted from power cuts. The situation in the rural areas is also far from satisfactory as the average power supply is short by 10 to 12 hours.

Sources said there was load on all feeders in the district due to increased demand and to save the system from collapsing, the cuts were being imposed. 
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Prisoner escapes from hospital
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 7
A life-term prisoner lodged in Ambala Central Jail escaped from Civil Hospital, Ambala City, this morning from the custody of police personnel.
The escapee, Ramesh Kumar, alias Mechi, was a resident of Daand in Kaithal district. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case.

He was admitted to hospital on August 2 when he complained of chest pain. The jail doctors referred him to the Civil Hospital.

He was kept in the prisoners’ ward located on the first floor of the hospital. An ASI and two constables were deployed to keep an eye over him.

This morning police personnel found that Ramesh was not in his ward. The police searched toilets and other parts of the hospital.

Later, the matter was brought to the notice of senior officers.

The Assistant Police Superintendent, Mr Y Puran Kumar, visited the Civil Hospital this noon.

A case in this regard was registered at the Baldev Nagar police station. Police team was sent to Kaithal in search of the prisoner.

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School student dies in mishap
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 7
A school student died in an accident on Staff Road this morning.
Abhijit fell from his cycle after it hit a stationary rickshaw near the State Central Library. He was rushed to Civil Hospital, Ambala cantonment, where he was declared brought dead. His father is with the Railway Protection Force.

One person was killed and four were injured when their vehicle hit a divider on the GT road.

They were returning from the Delhi airport. Rajesh died on the spot while his father, mother, wife and car driver were referred to the GMCH, Chandigarh, from the Civil Hospital, Ambala cantonment.

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Veteran journalist dead
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 7
Veteran journalist and former Special Correspondent, The Tribune, JC Uberoy, breathed his last in Bangalore yesterday. He was 95.
He also served in other national newspapers. He started his career as a reporter in 1932.

The Ambala unit of the Haryana Union of Journalist, MLA Anil Vij, District Congress Committee (urban) president Ashok Jain and BJP leaders paid tributes to Uberoy.
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Factory owner electrocuted
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 7
Mr Rakesh Paliwal (40), owner of a factory, was electrocuted in his house in the Gur Mandi area here yesterday.

According to a report, he was repairing a fan and he came into contact with a live wire, resulting in his death. The police has sent the body for postmortem examination.
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Spurious desi ghee seized, 2 arrested
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 7
The district police raided a desi ghee manufacturing unit here yesterday and seized stocks of spurious ghee and articles used in its manufacture. Two persons identified as Sunil Kumar and Shyam Lal, have been arrested. The police seized 125 packs of 1kg desi ghee of Utsav and Madhu Rattan brands, 8 packets of 2kg packing, 30 packs of half kg each and three tins of Dalda of 15 kg each, among other things.

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