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Cong gives ‘quit Haryana’ call to Chautala
Kurukshetra, August 9
Various factions of the Haryana Congress here today tried to put up a united front as the party virtually launched its campaign for the next Assembly elections by giving a call for “quit Haryana” on the pattern of “Quit India” Movement. If the call on this day 62 years ago was for the British, today’s call was for the INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala. The party also released a “charge sheet” against the Chief Minister.

Chautala to lead delegation to Pak
Chandigarh, August 9
A high-level delegation of Haryana led by Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala would shortly visit Pakistan to fetch sacred water from the birth place of Bhai Kanhaiya at Sadhora village in Sialkot district.

SYL: HVP blames Congress leadership
Fatehabad, August 9
Haryana Vikas Party secretary general, Surender Singh, today claimed that over five lakh people will participate in the August 25 Delhi rally of the party on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal issue. The HVP leader was talking to mediapersons here today. He was here to address a meeting of party workers in connection with the rally.

Ajay’s appeal to INLD workers
Fatehabad, August 9
The Indian National Lok Dal secretary general and member of the Rajya Sabha Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, today exhorted his party workers to be prepared for a long battle to bring the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal waters to the fields of Haryana. Mr Chautala was addressing party workers after inaugurating the district office of the INLD here.

SP activists burn Inderjit’s effigy
Rewari, August 9
Hundreds of Samajwadi Party activists led by Haryana Samajwadi Party chief Kanta Aladia and prominent Samajwadi Party leader of Ahirwal Raghu Yadav took out a mock funeral procession through the main markets of the town and then burnt the effigy of local Congress MP Rao Inderjit Singh, who is the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, at Moti Chowk here today.


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Paswan for right to work as Fundamental Right
Rohtak, August 9
Union Minister for Chemicals and President of the Lok Janshakti Party Ram Bilas Paswan has said his first priority is to get the right-to-work recognised as a fundamental right of every Indian.

Deaf and dumb woman raped
Bhiwani, August 9
A dumb and deaf woman was reportedly raped by some persons at Charkhi Dadri two days ago. The whereabouts of the woman are not known as the police had allegedly taken her away to hush up the case. On the other hand, police officials have denied the occurrence of such incident.

Engg colleges charge excess fee
Hisar, August 9
Various engineering colleges of Haryana, especially the private ones, have been charging excess fees from the students despite specific directions by the university authorities.

Ex gratia for 16 flood victims’ kin
Chandigarh, August 9
Sixteen people died in Haryana due to heavy rainfall, causing floods in the state last week. An official release said the state government today sanctioned Rs. 8 lakh for payment of ex-gratia grant to the next of kin of the 16 persons who had lost their lives due to drowning in flood waters or collapse of houses due to heavy rains.

Special girdawari in Guhla subdivision
Kaithal, August 9
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr H.S. Malik, has ordered a special girdawari in the flood-affected areas of Guhla subdivision to assess the loss caused by the recent floods and this work will be completed by August 20 .

Rewari freight station to be boon for exporters
Chandigarh, August 9
The container depot-cum-container freight station set up at Rewari will be linked by train to provide cost-effective services to the exporters and importers of Haryana, Rajasthan and parts of Punjab and western Uttar Pradesh.

Haryana transfers 2 IAS officers
Chandigarh, August 9
The Haryana Government today issued the transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers with immediate effect.

CITU protests against UPA govt
Sonepat, August 9
Hundreds of workers, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, took out a procession here today in protest against the failure of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre to implement the minimum joint programme finalised with other alliance partners in the government.

Retrenched employees go on fast
Fatehabad, August 9
On a call given by the Joint Action Committee of the Retrenched and Terminated Employees Association, Haryana, 21 retrenched employees of the Minor Irrigation and Tubewell Corporation sat on a 24 hour fast in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today.


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Cong gives ‘quit Haryana’ call to Chautala
Yoginder Gupta & Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, August 9
Various factions of the Haryana Congress here today tried to put up a united front as the party virtually launched its campaign for the next Assembly elections by giving a call for “quit Haryana” on the pattern of “Quit India” Movement. If the call on this day 62 years ago was for the British, today’s call was for the INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala. The party also released a “charge sheet” against the Chief Minister.

The call came at a “dharamyudh rally”, which was impressive by all standards despite the inclement weather. The purpose of the rally, it seemed, was as much as to launch a sustained campaign against the Chautala Government as it was to remove the impression that the Congress was a divided house. Leader after leader impressed upon the audience that contrary to the popular perception, they were one when it came to fight against the Chautala Government and to fight for the interests of Haryana.

It was also obvious that the facade of unity had been brought about by the tough stand taken by the new AICC general secretary, Mr Janardan Dwivedi. His no-nonsense approach was clear even in his speech. Supporters of various leaders were repeatedly raising banners eulogising their leaders. Repeated appeals by the Haryana Congress general secretary, Mr Mange Ram Gupta, who was managing the stage, to lower the banners fell on deaf ears. But when Mr Dwivedi rose to speak, his one verbal lash was enough to discipline the over-enthusiastic supporters, who hurriedly lowered the banners.

But this did not deter the senior leaders from taking swipes at each other, though obliquely.

Urging the people not to vote for Mr Chautala even after five years because he had corrupted every institution, a former Haryana Congress president, Mr Birender Singh, the Congress would also have to provide a government free of corruption and nepotism.

Another former party chief, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said unlike certain parties, the Congress was a democratic party in which every leader had its say. He was candid in admitting that there had been difference of opinion among the leaders, which would continue in future also. But on certain issues like the SYL canal, all Congress leaders were one.

He said Mrs Sonia Gandhi liked neither corruption nor a corrupt person. Corruption would come to an end in Haryana once the Congress formed the government in the state. He meaningfully added that various Haryana Chief Ministers had been favouring a particular community or a particular area as the present Chief Minister was doing. Interestingly, only two Congress Chief Ministers, Mr Bansi Lal and Mr Bhajan Lal, had a meaningful innings in the state. While Mr Bansi Lal is no longer with the Congress, Mr Bhajan Lal heads the state unit of the party and is a strong contender for the chief ministership.

The industrialist-turned-politician, Mr O.P. Jindal, whose son, Mr Navin Jindal, who is MP from Kurukshetra, was among the organisers, too had a dig at “corrupt” politicians when he said that corrupt persons should not be in politics as their place was in a jail.

The Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, said the Chautala Government, “which is like the Kauravas of the Mahabharata”, was blaming others for the recent floods in the state to hide its failure to take timely preventive steps as well as to provide relief to the flood victims.

Mr Dwivedi also left no one in doubt that the party would not project any leader as the next Chief Minister. He said the party was being led by various leaders jointly and all of them were capable of becoming the Chief Minister. In a way he also ruled out the possibility of a change in the leadership of the state Congress before the next Assembly elections.

He said while he did not want to reiterate his views about the action of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in enacting the Termination of Agreements Act, which negated the Indira Gandhi award on the SYL canal, he could only assure the people of Haryana that no injustice would be done to them.

Mr Dwivedi had earlier openly criticised Capt Amarinder Singh for enacting the controversial law.

He regretted that it was for the government of Rajasthan and Haryana to challenge the Punjab law before the Supreme Court. But when these governments failed to protect the interests of their states, the Congress government in the Centre approached the apex court to save the interests of these states.

Earlier a four-page charge sheet against the Chautala Government was released. It had been prepared by a committee headed by Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, former party chief. The charge sheet highlighted the failure of the Chautala Government to approach the apex court on the SYL issue, the alleged misappropriation of the public exchequer, nepotism and corruption, deteriorating law and order situation in the state, failure to provide basic amenities to the people and terrorising of various sections of society.

Those who spoke on the occasion included Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, AICC secretary; Ms Selja and Rao Inderjit Singh, Union Minister of State; Mr Kartar Singh Bhadana and Mr Jai Prakash Barwala, MPs, Mr Jagdeep Singh Cheema, Chairman of the Minorities Cell; and Mr Satpal Kaushik, Secretary of the party.
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Chautala to lead delegation to Pak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
A high-level delegation of Haryana led by Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala would shortly visit Pakistan to fetch sacred water from the birth place of Bhai Kanhaiya at Sadhora village in Sialkot district.

This was decided here today in the first meeting of the 39-member State level Committee, constituted by the state government to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Bakshish Divas of Bhai Kanhaiya Sahib. The meeting was presided over by Mr Chautala.

It was decided that sacred water would also be collected from the springs of Anandpur Sahib, from where Bhai Kanhaiya used to draw water to quench the thirst of wounded soldiers. The waters from Sadhora and Anandpur Sahib would be taken in a procession from Anandpur Sahib on September 8 through various parts of the State. The yatra would culminate at Sirsa on September 15.

Cultural programmes highlighting the ideology of Bhai Kanhaiya would be organised in the evening at all those places where the yatra would halt for the night.

It was also decided to set up a statue of Bhai Kanhaiya at Sirsa, bordering Punjab. A statue of Bhai Kanhaiya, the founder of Sevapanthi sect, had already been installed at Yamunanagar.

It was also decided to institute a chair, named after Bhai Kanhaiya, in one of the Universities of the State. His life-sketch would be added in the syllabus at school level. Publication material related to Bhai Kanhaiya would be displayed at the museum set up at Kapal Mochan in Yamunanagar.

The Chief Minister also announced constitution of a sub-committee headed by Member of Parliament and Chairman of Minorities Commission, Mr Tarlochan Singh to take further action regarding the decisions taken in today’s meeting.
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SYL: HVP blames Congress leadership
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 9
Haryana Vikas Party secretary general, Surender Singh, today claimed that over five lakh people will participate in the August 25 Delhi rally of the party on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal issue. The HVP leader was talking to mediapersons here today. He was here to address a meeting of party workers in connection with the rally.

Surender Singh alleged that the central and Haryana state leadership of the Congress was equally responsible for the stand taken by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on the SYL issue. He said Amarinder Singh had been maintaining from the time of Punjab Assembly election that he would not let a drop of water from the SYL to go to Haryana, but the state as well as the central leadership of the party had kept silent on the statement. He said now when the Punjab Government had taken steps detrimental to the interests of Haryana, the state Congress leaders had been making hue and cry over the issue.

He said neither Bhajan Lal nor Om Prakash Chautala had done anything to safeguard the interests of the state. He alleged that it was due to the improper stand taken by Bhajan Lal that the share of Haryana waters was decreased in 1981 from what had been agreed upon in 1976.

The HVP leader claimed that his party would win the forthcoming assembly election in Haryana. On alliance with the BJP or any other party, Surender Singh said his party was ready to forge an electoral alliance with any political party other than the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal. 
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Ajay’s appeal to INLD workers
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 9
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) secretary general and member of the Rajya Sabha Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, today exhorted his party workers to be prepared for a long battle to bring the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal waters to the fields of Haryana. Mr Chautala was addressing party workers after inaugurating the district office of the INLD here.

Mr Ajay Singh alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had played a cruel joke on the people of Haryana. He said when the people of Haryana were crying for their share of waters from the SYL canal, Capt Amarinder Singh flouted all federal traditions of the country and got the water accord among the states cancelled through legislation. And now, he alleged, the Punjab government had deliberately breached the Narwana branch at several places leaving the people of Haryana at the mercy of God.

The INLD leader said that the Om Parkash Chautala government in Haryana had fought a long legal battle on the SYL issue, while Congress and other political parties had done precious little for bringing the SYL water to Haryana.
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SP activists burn Inderjit’s effigy
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 9
Hundreds of Samajwadi Party activists led by Haryana Samajwadi Party chief Kanta Aladia and prominent Samajwadi Party leader of Ahirwal Raghu Yadav took out a mock funeral procession through the main markets of the town and then burnt the effigy of local Congress MP Rao Inderjit Singh, who is the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, at Moti Chowk here today.

The activists, who had come from Gurgaon, Sohna, Pataudi, Rewari, Jatusana, Bawal, Ateli, Mahendergarh and Narnaul areas of the Mahendergarh parliamentary constituency of Ahirwal, raised slogans against the Congress MPs of Haryana, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Capt Amarinder Singh. They condemned the political hegemony of Rampura House (which is the ancestral home here of former Union Minister Rao Birender Singh and his elder son Rao Inderjit Singh) which, they alleged, had led to utter neglect and deprivation of the Ahirwal during the past four decades.

Later addressing a press conference here, Mr Yadav and Mrs Kanta Aladia castigated the Congress MPs of Haryana for their failure to secure justice from the Congress-led UPA government for Haryana in the on-going SYL canal imbroglio.

Alleging that the Congress high command as well as the Manmohan Singh government were privy to the Punjab Termination of Agreements of Act, 2004, unilaterally enacted by Capt Amarinder Singh government, the two leaders asserted that the Punjab legislation needed to be rescinded by the UPA government just on the pattern the autonomy Bill adopted by the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.
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Paswan for right to work as Fundamental Right
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 9
Union Minister for Chemicals and President of the Lok Janshakti Party Ram Bilas Paswan has said his first priority is to get the right-to-work recognised as a fundamental right of every Indian.

Addressing a state-level workers’ meeting here yesterday, he said in his view this was the only solution to the problem of unemployment and poverty in the country. The gulf between the rich and the poor was widening so much that a textile mill worker did not have money to clothe himself and a shoemaker could not afford a pair of shoes.

He said the poor were being discriminated against and were being denied proper educational and health facilities. This was the sole reason why the poor were becoming poorer and the rich getting richer by the day. The system had to be changed suitably to end this kind of discrimination, he added.

Mr Paswan lashed out against Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati and accused her of virtually imprisoning Mr Kanshi Ram. He regretted that the ailing BSP leader’s family members had to approach the court for meeting him. Mr Paswan also accused Ms Mayawati of hoarding “ill-gotten wealth” and said she never thought of uplifting the Dalit society.

Appealing to the Dalits of Haryana to unite, he said nothing could prevent them from coming to power in the state if they heeded his word.

However, Mr Paswan’s party received a big jolt when the general secretary of the Haryana unit, Mr Surender Singh Hooda resigned from his post immediately after the meeting accusing the party chief of “following in the footsteps of Ms Mayawati and trying to spread the poison of casteism in the state”.
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Deaf and dumb woman raped
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 9
A dumb and deaf woman was reportedly raped by some persons at Charkhi Dadri two days ago. The whereabouts of the woman are not known as the police had allegedly taken her away to hush up the case. On the other hand, police officials have denied the occurrence of such incident.

The woman was found sitting near Baba Balaknath temple, Chiriya road, at Charkhi Dadri, 29 km from here, on Saturday night. The ‘mahant’ (in charge) of the temple provided her shelter and meal. Around four youths noticed her and tried to molest her, but left when the ‘mahant’ interfered.

However, they returned with some other youths and took the woman away forcibly. Later, they allegedly raped her. The ‘mahant’ was beaten up by the miscreants. He reported the matter to the police and requested to rescue the woman.

Mahant Sursi Nath said the woman was found lying unconscious behind the temple premises next morning. When he went to the police station to inquire about the woman, he was returned without proper reply, he alleged.

SHO Rajpal Singh denied having knowledge of the incident. No such complaint had been lodged in the police station, he said. DSP Sajjan Kumar was also of the same view. However, he said if such incident had taken place and he found any dereliction on part of the policemen, stern action would be taken against the guilty. He assured of investigating into the case personally.
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Engg colleges charge excess fee
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 9
Various engineering colleges of Haryana, especially the private ones, have been charging excess fees from the students despite specific directions by the university authorities.

The counselling for admission to engineering colleges this year is being conducted by Guru Jambheshwar University (GJU) here. While the first phase of counselling concluded on August 6, the second phase will commence in a few days.

After a student gets admission, he or she is required to deposit Rs 20,000 with the university. The balance fee of the first semester is to be paid to the college concerned. However, many colleges are charging the fee for the full year (two semesters), apart from other charges, even though it is mentioned on the admission letter that no additional fee is to be charged.

Many students and their parents, who had come to the university here for counselling, said the authorities of various colleges refused to accept their joining report unless they paid the fee which was more than what indicated in the university guidelines.

Some colleges even keep the original certificates, though the same had been verified by the university officials.

According to informed sources, by charging full fees for the year and keeping the original documents, the college authorities want to ensure that their students do not switch over to other colleges after the second counselling. But by charging more, they put unnecessary financial burden on the parents of students who do not want to lose the seat.

The Registrar of the GJU, Mr Devender Kasania, said he had received several complaints in this regard. He said the university had written to the directors and principals of all engineering colleges, directing them not to charge any additional fee from the students or retain their original documents.

Mr Kasania said the government had also been apprised of the matter. He said the issue would be taken up with the Financial Commissioner, Technical Education, at a meeting with him here on August 13.
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Ex gratia for 16 flood victims’ kin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
Sixteen people died in Haryana due to heavy rainfall, causing floods in the state last week.

An official release said the state government today sanctioned Rs. 8 lakh for payment of ex-gratia grant to the next of kin of the 16 persons who had lost their lives due to drowning in flood waters or collapse of houses due to heavy rains.

The release said that 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, it added.

The release added that Rs. 11.50 lakh was also sanctioned for flood relief measures in Kaithal district.

It said that the funds allocated for flood relief in Kaithal district would be utilised for supplying food clothing, tents, fodder, house repair etc. In case of death of cattle, financial assistance would be provided.

It said flood relief would be provided strictly in accordance with the Haryana Flood Manual.
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Special girdawari in Guhla subdivision
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 9
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr H.S. Malik, has ordered a special girdawari in the flood-affected areas of Guhla subdivision to assess the loss caused by the recent floods and this work will be completed by August 20 .

Giving this information, the Deputy Commissioner said the water level and its flow in the Ghaggar was gradually receding. He said efforts were on to restore power and drinking water supply through the Public Health Department in the affected areas.

He informed that some voluntary social organisations were sending food packets for distribution among the flood victims .

The Deputy Commissioner said that 42,000 acres in 40 villages had been flooded and the Public Health Department had suffered a loss of Rs 44 lakh. He said the flood-affected areas had been divided into four sectors and senior officers had been deputed to oversee relief and rescue operations.
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Rewari freight station to be boon for exporters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
The container depot-cum-container freight station set up at Rewari will be linked by train to provide cost-effective services to the exporters and importers of Haryana, Rajasthan and parts of Punjab and western Uttar Pradesh.

This was disclosed in a meeting presided over by Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to review the working of the Haryana Warehousing Corporation (HWC) here today.

The Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Mr K. S. Bhoria, said that train service would be available on every Monday and Thursday at Rewari. He said that Concor would also shortly convene a meeting of shipping lines regarding availability of empty containers. The HWC was maintaining a close liaison with Concor in this regard, he added.

The Chief Minister directed that the scope of the Warehousing Corporation be expanded by introducing a new scheme for the welfare of the farming community.

Mr Bhoria said that apart from making procurement of foodgrains and storing their stocks, the HWC was also implementing two extension service schemes known as

Disinfestation Extension Service Scheme and Farmers Extension Service Scheme.

The stocks of the farmers, cooperative societies, traders and others were being disinfested at their godowns as well as homes under the Disinfestation Extension Service Scheme. Regarding the Farmers Extension Service Scheme, he said the staff of the warehouse visit villages to acquaint the farmers about the benefits of scientific storage.

He said 526 villages were covered under the Farmers Extension Service Scheme during the last financial year.

The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress of work regarding construction of godowns. He was informed that the corporation was currently having a storage capacity of more than eight lakh metric tonnes.

It was also revealed in the meeting that farmers and traders were also availing the benefit of its storage capacity. Against 3165 farmers and 26,395 traders, who availed the benefit during the year 2002-2003, as many as 5210 farmers and 25,879 traders got their stocks stored by the corporation during the last financial year.
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Haryana transfers 2 IAS officers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
The Haryana Government today issued the transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers with immediate effect.

Mr Harbaksh Singh, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation and Managing Director, Tanneries Ltd, Jind and Commissioner and Secretary, Haryana Electronics and Information Technology Department has been posted as Commissioner and Secretary, Urban Development in place of Mr P.K. Gupta. Mr Harbaksh Singh will, however, retain his charge of the Electronics and Information Technology Department.

Mr P.K. Gupta will be the new Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation and Managing Director, Tanneries Ltd, Jind. Mr Gupta will retain his charge of Commissioner and Secretary, Mines and Geology Department.

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CITU protests against UPA govt
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 9
Hundreds of workers, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), took out a procession here today in protest against the failure of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre to implement the minimum joint programme finalised with other alliance partners in the government.

According to a report, carrying placards and raising slogans, they marched through the main bazaars of the city. The procession was led by Mr S.N. Solanki and Mr Howa Singh, both leaders of CITU. The procession reached the mini secretariat where they held a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum listing the demands to him.

Earlier, addressing a workers’ rally, at Dr Ambedkar Park, CITU leaders alleged that the UPA government was backing out of the minimum joint programme and increasing the prices of LPG and other petroleum products. They warned that CITU would not tolerate it and continue its struggle against the anti-people policies of the government.
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Retrenched employees go on fast
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 9
On a call given by the Joint Action Committee of the Retrenched and Terminated Employees Association, Haryana, 21 retrenched employees of the Minor Irrigation and Tubewell Corporation (MITC) sat on a 24 hour fast in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today.

Addressing the striking employees, Mr Jai Bhagwan Dalal, a leader of the association, alleged that the state government had taken no steps to talk to their association in connection with its demands during the past 30 months. Rather, the government had been trying to cow down the employees’ leaders to curb the struggle. He alleged that the government had thrice backed out of the promises it had made to the retrenched MITC employees. He said that over 50 retrenched employees had died due to mental tension and economic hardships and more than 70 employees had become mental wrecks. He alleged that the government had been misleading people on the issue of providing employment to 50,000 people and said that, in fact, the government had so far removed over 45,000 employees from service.

Meanwhile, the Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangh also organised fast here today. The municipal employees had been sitting on dharna in front of the municipal office in support of their demands.
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Three killed in accident

Ambala, August 9
Three persons, including an Army jawan, were killed and as many wounded when the truck carrying them to Ambala from Yamunanagar overturned near Kharukhera village, on the Ambala-Jagadhari road today, the police said.

The mishap occurred when the truck driver tried to save a cow crossing the road. The injured were admitted to the local Civil Hospital. — UNI
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Birender Singh to meet Press

Chandigarh, August 9
Mr Birender Singh, a senior Congress leader and former minister of Haryana, will address a meet-the-press programme at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, Chandigarh, tomorrow at 11 am. — TNS

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