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Sub-divisional Engineer placed under suspension
Jhajjar, August 8
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, placed a Sub-Divisional Engineer of the Public Health Department under suspension with immediate effect on the complaint of the Guda village panchayat during the Sarkar Apke Dwar programme held in Beri town here today.

Water supply to Delhi can be hit if breaches are not plugged: Sampat
Chandigarh, August 8
Mr Sampat Singh, Finance Minister of Haryana, today warned that water supply to Delhi could be affected if Punjab did not plug the breaches in the Narwana branch soon. The Finance Minister said there could be scarcity of water in areas being fed by the Narwana branch unless the breaches were repaired at the earliest. 

Flood deaths: next of kin to get Rs 8 lakh
Chandigarh, August 8
The Haryana Government today sanctioned Rs 8 lakh for the payment of ex-gratia grant to the next of kin of those 16 persons who had lost their lives due to drowning in flood water or collapse of a house due to heavy rains.

Panchayat land retrieved
Woman sarpanch’s efforts pay off
Karnal, August 8
Ms Nirmala Devi, sarpanch of Risalva village panchayat in Assandh block of the district has succeeded in getting 128 acres of panchayat land freed from encroachers after fighting one legal battle for 16 months in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

BJP rules out poll pact with other parties
Sonepat, August 8
Mr Shivraj Singh Chauhan National General Secretary of the BJP. and in charge party affairs in Haryana today reiterated that the party in Haryana would not forge alliance with any political party during next Assembly elections.


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Farmers trained in dairy farming
Karnal, August 8
A two-day training in scientific dairy farming for the beneficiaries of Agricultural Technology Management Agency from Munger district of Bihar concluded at Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the National Dairy Research Institute here, today.

Waste disposal plan a non-starter
Kaithal, August 8
The much talked-about Rs 435.57 lakh solid waste management scheme launched in the city following Supreme Court directives has failed to make any headway due to lack of coordination among various departments responsible for executing it.

German national killed in accident
Karnal, August 8
Three persons, including a German national, died and four were injured in different accidents on the national highway in Karnal district during the past 24 hours.

Farmers will be compensated, says Ajay Chautala
Hisar, August 8
The farmers of Haryana would be duly compensated for any loss to crops due to flood or drought-like conditions in different parts of the state. This was stated by Mr Ajay Chautala, Rajya Sabha MP and general secretary of the INLD, while addressing mediapersons here today.

Two die in flood waters
Kaithal, August 8
Two persons were drowned at Kasaur village of Guhla subdivision this evening. According to information, the victims, Multan Singh, a farmer, and his servant, Satpal, were moving through the flood water when suddenly Satpal slipped into the water and Multan Singh tried to save him, but he did not succeed and he himself slipped into the water.

Teenaged girl saves 2 drowning sisters
Fatehabad, August 8
A teenaged girl showed exemplary courage and saved the lives of two little girls from drowning in a canal at Rattia in this district early today.

2 cops arrested, get bail
Ambala, August 8
A case of negligence in duty was registered against an ASI and a constable here today.
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Sub-divisional Engineer placed under suspension
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 8
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, placed a Sub-Divisional Engineer of the Public Health Department under suspension with immediate effect on the complaint of the Guda village panchayat during the Sarkar Apke Dwar programme held in Beri town here today.

The delegation of villagers led by Mr Naresh Kumar reported to the Chief Minister that even after the commissioning of the water works near Dhaur village, drinking water had not reached their village. They said eight-inch water pipes had been laid from Dhaur water works to their village but water connections had not been provided.

Mr Chautala is on a two-day visit to Salawas, Jhajjar, Beri and Badli Assembly constituencies as part of the Sarkar Apke Dwar Programme. While listening to grievances of people, he directed the officials concerned to make adequate arrangements for drinking water for rural areas. He informed that on receipt of 10 per cent amount for commissioning of the water supply scheme, the government would contribute 90 per cent amount under the Savjal Dhara Scheme.

Addressing people at Beri, the Chief Minister directed the police to make proper arrangements at the examination centre to deal with unscrupulous persons who encouraged copying. He listened to the complaints of 77 villages of the Jhajjar Assembly segment, 75 villages of the Salawas constituency, 40 villages of the Beri segment and around 40 village of the Badli constituency.

Later, Mr Chautala also laid the foundation stone of water works, phase 2, at community centre, Sector 7, and community centre, Sector 9, at Bahadurgarh here this evening. 
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Water supply to Delhi can be hit if breaches are not plugged: Sampat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
Mr Sampat Singh, Finance Minister of Haryana, today warned that water supply to Delhi could be affected if Punjab did not plug the breaches in the Narwana branch soon. The Finance Minister said there could be scarcity of water in areas being fed by the Narwana branch unless the breaches were repaired at the earliest. 

He said the Narwana branch was being used to supply water to the districts of Kurukshetra, Jind, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Rohtak and the national Capital of Delhi. “Unless the Narwana branch is quickly repaired it will not be possible to transfer water to the Yamuna canal system to supply drinking water to Delhi”, Mr Sampat Singh said.

The Finance Minister added that the drinking water supply schemes of Haryana based on the Narwana branch had already been affected.

The Finance Minister also criticised the Rohtak MP, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and the officiating leader of the Congress Legislature Party in Haryana, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, “for defending the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for all his acts aimed at harming the interests of Haryana”.

Mr Hooda and Mr Yadav had yesterday alleged that Mr Chautala was gunning for Capt Amarinder Singh to divert popular attention from the Haryana Government’s failure to control flood in the state.

The Finance Minister alleged that these two Congress leaders of Haryana were forgetting that they were first “Haryanvis” and later Congressmen. They were trying to defend a Chief Minister (Capt Amarinder Singh) who had committed crime against humanity by creating floods in Haryana as a result of which precious lives were lost and property and standing crops had been damaged, he said.

Mr Sampat Singh also refuted the claim of the Punjab Irrigation Minister, Mr Lal Singh, who said the Narwana branch had breached because of the gushing waters of the Ghaggar river and had not deliberately been breached by the Punjab authorities. Mr Sampat Singh said Mr Lal Singh should first check his official records before making any statement on the issue. The records would show that the canal was made empty before the flood and then used as a drain to release the rain water, Mr Sampat Singh said and reiterated that the canal was breached at three places to divert flood water of Punjab to Haryana.

The minister also dwelt on the issue of the SYL canal and alleged that the leaders of the Haryana Congress, Punjab Congress and their high command in Delhi were hand-in-glove for preventing the construction of the canal. He alleged that Congress design was evident from the recent statement of its General Secretary, Mr Janardhan Dwivedi (who is in charge of the Haryana affairs of the party), saying that the SYL canal would not be an issue for the Congress in the Assembly elections in Haryana.

Mr Sampat Singh added that generally the Governors did not sign Bills related to inter-state issues and referred them to the President. However, in the case of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Bill, the Punjab Governor took no time in putting his signature on the controversial Bill to make it an Act. On the Congress move of preparing a chargesheet against the Chautala-led government, Mr Sampat Singh said in case the Haryana Congress leaders had to chargesheet a government for its inaction, they should target the Central Government which had not done anything to construct the SYL canal. He claimed the Congress wanted to chargesheet the state government so that the party could underplay the issue of the SYL canal. He added that the Congress leaders were a frustrated lot as they were at the receiving end of resentment of the people of Haryana on the SYL canal issue.
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Flood deaths: next of kin to get Rs 8 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
The Haryana Government today sanctioned Rs 8 lakh for the payment of ex-gratia grant to the next of kin of those 16 persons who had lost their lives due to drowning in flood water or collapse of a house due to heavy rains. An official spokesman said here today that Rs 11.50 lakh was also sanctioned for flood- relief measures in Kaithal district.

He said 15 persons had died in Ambala district and one in Kaithal district.

The ex-gratia grant would be paid at the rate of Rs 50,000 per deceased person, he added.

He said the funds allocated for flood relief in Kaithal district would be utilised to supply food, clothing, tents, fodder and for house repair and dewatering of rural areas.

In the case of death of cattle also, financial assistance would be provided, he said.
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Panchayat land retrieved
Woman sarpanch’s efforts pay off
  Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 8
Ms Nirmala Devi, sarpanch of Risalva village panchayat in Assandh block of the district has succeeded in getting 128 acres of panchayat land freed from encroachers after fighting one legal battle for 16 months in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The court in its orders of March 15, 2003 had directed the encroachers to vacate the land and ordered the state government to ensure possession of the land to the panchayat.

The woman sarpanch claimed that hers was the only village in the sub-division with such a large land holding in the name of panchayat, she said, “Unfortunately, a few persons of the village supported by powerful lobbies encroached upon the land measuring 128 acres for years”.

An official of the Rural Development and Panchayat Department revealed that following orders of the court the department had issued several notices for the vacation of the land but no one vacated it till the administration acquired the land on Thursday. “The local police went to the spot in the village and got the land vacated without facing any resistance”, said the official.

District Magistrate of Karnal R.S. Doon said that the administration did not get land vacated from encroachers earlier due to Lok Sabha elections to avoid tension among the villagers.

The woman Sarpanch claimed that her panchayat now was the richest panchayat in the area and she would draw up a plan to earn profits from this land for overall development of the village. She hoped that her village would become self-sufficient in the next couple of years with income from this land.
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BJP rules out poll pact with other parties
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 8
Mr Shivraj Singh Chauhan National General Secretary of the BJP. and in charge party affairs in Haryana today reiterated that the party in Haryana would not forge alliance with any political party during next Assembly elections.

Talking to mediapersons here, he disclosed that the party in its state-wide signature campaign would obtain 17 lakh signatures to expose misdeeds of the Chautala government and befooling by the Congress on the SYL canal issue. A memorandum of the signature campaign will be presented to the President of India as a charge-sheet against the Chautala government.

He said people of the state were fed up with the politics of “parivaarvad” and aparting of Congress leaders.

He lambasted the UPA government at the Centre for increase in terrorism, inflation decrease in foreign exchange reserve devaluation of rupee vis-a vis dollar and lawlessness in the North-East.

He also criticised the congress for giving reservations to Muslims to appease the community for political gains.
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Farmers trained in dairy farming
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 8
A two-day training in scientific dairy farming for the beneficiaries of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) from Munger district of Bihar concluded at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) here, today.

Dr Nagendera Sharma, Director of the NDRI, said the ATMA was a dynamic instrument of introducing major changes in the agricultural research and extension systems in the selected operational districts of the country under the National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP).

While addressing the visiting group today, he said scientific dairy had enormous potential for increasing income and employment in the rural areas, therefore, farmers should come forward to adopt dairy production and processing technologies developed and propagated by the NDRI to gain profits.

He said farmers and farm women should attend different training programmes orgainsed by various developmental agencies to attain latest knowledge and skills in agriculture and allied sectors.

Dr J.C. Markanday, Head of the KVK, said there was a need to integrate bee-keeping, fish culture and dairy in the mixed farming system of crop so as to further enhance the income in rural areas with the help of resources available at the local level.

Dr P.S. Oberoi, senior scientist of the KVK, explained the methods for making economical concentrate rations at the local level that was regularly required for milk production. He said that improved feeding could help increase the milk production in dairy animals. “There is a tremendous scope of enhancing the nutritive value of the straws and economic computation of ration that can lead to higher milk production”, he added.

Mr Dalip K. Gosain, senior scientist of the KVK and coordinator of the training, explained the merits of crossbred cattle as compared to native cattle.
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Waste disposal plan a non-starter
Satish Seth

Kaithal, August 8
The much talked-about Rs 435.57 lakh solid waste management scheme (SWMS) launched in the city following Supreme Court directives has failed to make any headway due to lack of coordination among various departments responsible for executing it. Though the Haryana Urban Development Department has taken some steps to implement this scheme, certain loopholes remain to be plugged.

A number of requests by the local Municipal Council for permission to appoint drivers for dumpers have evoked no response from the Urban Development Department. As a result, a number of dumpers and three wheelers for collection and disposal of waste have been lying unused for the past couple of months.

Following the Supreme Court directive on solid waste management in class-I cities, the Haryana Slum Clearance Board prepared a Rs 83.31 crore project report for 17 Municipal Council towns of the state. Under this scheme, the local Municipal Council received certain items like 16 dumper placer containers, 488 litter bins, three three-wheeler autos, 186 handcarts and 19 containerised tricycles.

The local civic body has installed litter bins at some places on the ground in contravention of the directions given by the office of the Director of Urban Development to install these on raised concrete platforms. A number of litter bins have been uprooted while others remain stuffed with waste paper and other material. Most of these litter bins have not been opened for cleaning by the municipal staff since their installation a few months ago. The handcarts and tricycles are nowhere in sight on the roads.

Containers put at a number of places are not emptied and the cleaning staff have started burning garbage in containers. Heaps of garbage at various places in the town are a common sight. The collection of garbage, its segregation and the setting up of a treatment plant remain a distant dream.

It is felt that it the Urban Development Department is serious about implementing this scheme, it should send its senior officers to the field who should have the powers to take on-the-spot decisions to make this plan functional. 
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German national killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 8
Three persons, including a German national, died and four were injured in different accidents on the national highway in Karnal district during the past 24 hours.

Police sources said that a Qualis car (HP-01D-2678) collided with a truck on the national highway early in the morning on Sunday, near Samana Bahu, resulting in the death of a German national. He was identified as Renhard Scoles (50), a resident of Berlin. His wife, Terrista Scoles, and driver of the car, Vijay Kumar, son of Sant Ram, a resident of Khaniara (Himachal Pradesh), were injured in the accident.

In another accident, Manjit Kaur, a resident of Shiv Colony, Karnal, died while her husband, Amrik Singh, was injured late last night on the national highway when a truck rammed into the car in which they were travelling. The woman died on the spot. Another woman Ranjit Kaur, wife of Amrik Singh’s brother-in-law, was also injured.

In the third incident, Subash Chandra, son of Suraj Mal, a resident of Pinnana, died in a road accident, near Padhana, late last night when an unidentified vehicle hit the motor cycle on which he was travelling.
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Farmers will be compensated, says Ajay Chautala
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 8
The farmers of Haryana would be duly compensated for any loss to crops due to flood or drought-like conditions in different parts of the state. This was stated by Mr Ajay Chautala, Rajya Sabha MP and general secretary of the INLD, while addressing mediapersons here today.

He said 120 sportspersons would be recruited in the state police force at a special recruitment drive in Jhajjar on August 9.

Regarding the Congress campaign against the state government on the SYL issue, he said if the Congress was serious on the issue, it should ask its party High Command and the Central leadership to remove the Punjab Chief Minister, who had acted against the interests of Haryana.
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Two die in flood waters
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 8
Two persons were drowned at Kasaur village of Guhla subdivision this evening. According to information, the victims, Multan Singh, a farmer, and his servant, Satpal, were moving through the flood water when suddenly Satpal slipped into the water and Multan Singh tried to save him, but he did not succeed and he himself slipped into the water.

Villagers saw them drowning but could not do anything as none of them knew how to swim. However, they rushed to village and raised the alarm. Villagers reached the spot and searched for the drowned persons and pulled them out of the waters.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr H.S. Malik, Mr Amar Singh Dhandey, MLA, SDM Kamlesh Kumar and Mr Ishwar Singh, former MLA, also rushed to the spot.

However, all efforts to revive the victims failed and they were declared dead.
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Teenaged girl saves 2 drowning sisters
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 8
A teenaged girl showed exemplary courage and saved the lives of two little girls from drowning in a canal at Rattia in this district early today. According to reports, Dingi (4) and Gholi (8), two sisters residing in the slum area near a canal on the Fatehabad road of Rattia town, were taking bath on the stairs of the canal when Dingi suddenly fell into the canal. Seeing her younger sister drowning, Gholi also jumped into the canal. But she also started drowning due to a strong current of water.

Rani, a 16-year-old girl standing near the canal watched the girls and immediately jumped into the canal. She saved both little girls and came out of the canal safe.
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2 cops arrested, get bail

Ambala, August 8
A case of negligence in duty was registered against an ASI and a constable here today.

They were deployed at the local Civil Hospital to guard a life-term prisoner Ramesh, who escaped from the hospital yesterday. The police personnel were arrested and produced in a local court which granted them bail. — OCTop

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