SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI



THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

Hooda ready to contest poll to oust Chautala
Chandigarh, August 10
Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, today said he was not averse to contesting the next Assembly elections in Haryana. "I shall try my best to oust the corrupt Chautala-led Government from Haryana during the Assembly elections and bring the Congress to power in the state", Mr Hooda said.

Hooda demands inquiry into Ghaggar breach
Ambala, August 10
Rohtak MP and former HPCC president Bhupinder Singh Hooda today demanded an inquiry into the breach caused in the Ghaggar which led to flooding in Ambala. Talking to mediapersons after visiting different flood affected areas, Mr Hooda said there should be an inquiry into the breach caused in the Ghaggar.

Birender Singh seeks separate High Court for Haryana
Chandigarh, August 10
A former Haryana Congress president, Mr Birender Singh, has demanded that there should be a separate High Court for the state and he would soon lead an agitation in support of his demand.

Farmers irked by heavy premium rate
Fatehabad, August 10
Farmers of the area, particularly the small and marginal farmers, are sore over the heavy premium rates for the insurance of their crops and also the insurance policy of banks for those, who have taken crop loans.

Punjab, Haryana must work jointly to tackle floods: CPI
Chandigarh, August 10
The secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPI, Dr Joginder Dayal, said today that the Union Government should set up a high- level commission to tackle the problem of floods in Punjab and Haryana.

Yadav blames govt for Ambala flooding
Chandigarh, August 10
The officiating Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, today alleged that the state government itself was responsible for the flooding of Ambala district.




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Fields in 12 villages flooded
Fatehabad, August 10
Fields in over a 12 villages in the district have been inundated with flood water. The Fatehabad-Chandigarh via Tohana and Tohana-Jakhal roads have been closed due to floods. The flood water from Ghaggar had entered these villages of the district on Monday.

Ghaggar water damages cotton, paddy crops
Ranga (Sirsa), August 10
Ghaggar since today morning has flooded at least four villages of the district. A visit of affected villages in a radius of 50 km revealed that Ranga, Mattar, Nogoki, and Lehangewala were among the worst hit where water has destroyed crops.

SC rally to press for quick promotions
Chandigarh, August 10
The Haryana unit of the All-India Confederation of SC/ST/BC Organisations will organise a rally at Chandigarh on October 14 to press various demands, including implementation in Haryana of the policy of accelerated promotion of reserved category employees and filling up the backlog of vacancies for the reserve category employees in the state.

CM reiterates demand for Kalpana college
Karnal, August 10
Chief Minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chautala has again demanded from the Union Government to set up a medical college at Karnal in the memory of the first Indian woman astronaut late Kalpana Chawla who died in a space shuttle “Columbia” crash on February 1, 2003.

INLD calls rally damp squib
Chandigarh, August 10
The Indian National Lok Dal yesterday described the “dharamyudh” rally of the Congress as a damp squib and took a strong exception to the manner in which the Congress high command had tried to sidetrack the issue of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act at the rally.

Tarlochan Singh’s election challenged
Chandigarh, August 10
Mrs Kiran Choudhary, who lost the recently-held Rajya Sabha election for one of the two seats in Haryana has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the election of Mr Tarlochan Singh.

Om Prakash, Hooda appointed member of HPSC
Chandigarh, August 10
The Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, administered the oath of affirmation and secrecy to Mr Om Prakash and Mr Ranbir Singh Hooda as members of the Haryana Public Service Commission here today.

Atal ‘sworn enemy’ of Haryana, says Sher Singh
Chandigarh, August 10
A former Union Minister of State for Defence and president of the Haryana Raksha Samiti, Prof Sher Singh, has alleged that former Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is “a sworn enemy” of Haryana.

Haryana forwards 3 names for UT Home Secy
Chandigarh, August 10
The Haryana Government today forwarded three names for the post of Home Secretary of Chandigarh. The names are: Mr Krishan Mohan, 1977 batch. Mr T.C. Gupta, 1987 batch, and Mr Gulab Singh Forot of the 1985 batch.

Swaranjit Singh IGP, Home Guards
Chandigarh, August 10
Mr Swaranjit Sing (IPS), IGP, Gorgaon Range, has been posted as IGP, Home Guards, Haryana, Chandigarh, with additional charge of IG, Gurgaon Range. —
TNS

Randeep on Sports Ministry panel
Chandigarh, August 10
Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, Secretary, All India Congress Committee, has been appointed on the Board of Governors of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

Municipal secretary held on graft charge
Sonepat, August 10
Officials of the Vigilance Bureau headed by Mr Amar Deep Singh, SDM, Sonepat, conducted a raid on the office of the municipal committee at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, last evening and arrested K.L. Malhotra, secretary of the committee while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Mr Sandeep, a contractor and resident of Thana Kalan village.

Rs 4.5 cr sanctioned for vet hospitals
Chandigarh, August 10
The National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned a project worth Rs 4.53 crore to the Haryana Government for the modernisation of veterinary hospitals and setting up of two veterinary polyclinics in Bhiwani and Sonepat districts.

Streetlight pole claims youth’s life
Yamunanagar, August 10
A “faulty” streetlight pole erected last October claimed the life of a 33-year-old resident of the town here last night. There are several other such poles in the twin townships of Jagadhri-Yamunanagar.

Social science exhibition
Ambala, August 10
A social science exhibition at cluster level was organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Ambala Cantonment. Twelve Kendriya Vidyalayas from Ambala, Karnal, Harsinghpura, Panipat, Nahara, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Hisar and Bhiwani participated in the exhibition.

Gangster killed
Ladwa (Kurukshetra), August 10
A dreaded criminal of western Uttar Pradesh, Nafis Ansari, was believed to be shot dead in a gang war here late this evening.

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Hooda ready to contest poll to oust Chautala
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, today said he was not averse to contesting the next Assembly elections in Haryana.

"I shall try my best to oust the corrupt Chautala-led Government from Haryana during the Assembly elections and bring the Congress to power in the state", Mr Hooda said. He added that if asked by the party's High Command, he would be glad to contest in the Assembly elections himself.

Mr Hooda's detractors in the party had predicted his exit from state politics following his election to the Lok Sabha. His candid confessions today are likely to make them jittery.

Even on earlier occasions the victorious candidate from the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat, who used to grumble about the lack of decorum in the state Assembly (he had three stints in the Lok Sabha before he became an MLA in Haryana for the first time in February, 2000), has shown that he finds the charm of the state Assembly irresistible.

Mr Hooda was seen sitting at the visitors' gallery of the Haryana Assembly during the one-day session in June, which was the first session of the state Assembly to be held after the Lok Sabha elections. Other important politicians who came to the Assembly in that session included Mr S S Surjewala and Mr Chiranji Lal Sharma. However, it was Mr Hooda's presence which generated interest.

Mr Hooda, it may be noted, is not the only Haryana Congress MLA to have got elected as an MP from the state. Rao Inderjit Singh and Mr Jai Parkash too have become Lok Sabha members but unlike Mr Hooda, they are not hovering around the Haryana political scene any more.

The Congress MP, who talked to TNS here today before leaving for Ambala to tour the flood-affected areas of the district, said he was taking active interest in Haryana politics because he was concerned about the state. " It is my foremost duty to serve the people of the state", he said.

He said even at the time of floods the state government had failed to give adequate relief to the affected people. He added that no attempt was being made by the state government to rope in the Congress MPs for arranging relief for the state from the Central Government. " The state government has all the details about the damage caused by the floods. If they provide these details to the Haryana MPs, they can take up the matter with the Central Government. It was done by the earlier state governments. But the Chautala-led Government has abandoned the practice", Mr Hooda alleged.

The Congress leader's visit of the flood- affected areas of Ambala today is being seen in the political circles as continuation of his protracted effort to assert his presence in the state politics. While his rivals claim that his election to the Lok Sabha effectively meant an end of his career in the state politics, Mr Hooda is keen to prove it otherwise.

The Congress leader, however, faced accusation of going overboard when he figured in television bulletins in the company of six Independent MLAs who were announcing that they had become associate members of the Congress. All six of them were disqualified by the Speaker of the Haryana Assembly under the anti- defection law. As a result the Congress Rajya Sabha nominee lost in the Assembly elections. Asked about the disqualification of the MLAs and his role, Mr Hooda claimed disqualification of the MLAs was a farce as there was no documentary proof of these MLAs joining the Congress.
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Hooda demands inquiry into Ghaggar breach
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 10
Rohtak MP and former HPCC president Bhupinder Singh Hooda today demanded an inquiry into the breach caused in the Ghaggar which led to flooding in Ambala.

Talking to mediapersons after visiting different flood affected areas, Mr Hooda said there should be an inquiry into the breach caused in the Ghaggar. “The government claims to be strengthening the river bank every year. Then, how come the breach took place,” he said.

Mr Hooda was accompanied by Capt Ajay Singh, Dr Raghbir Kadiyan, Mr Shadi Lal Batra, Mr Dev Raj Dewan, Mr Rajinder Singh, Rao Dharampal and Mr Nirmal Singh during the visit to villages of Naggal area.

Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the people have told them that the government help was negligible. “There was practically no relief work and there is no clear announcement on the relief measures. There is a need for houses for poor, food, drinking water and fodder for cattle, he said.

He said the compensation announced by the Chautala government for the families of the seven girls who were washed away in the floods was inadequate. “In our opinion, at least Rs 2 lakh should be given to the families,” he said.

Mr Hooda said in urban areas, traders have suffered losses running into crores of rupees. “Small as well as big traders have been hit hard by the floods. Houses have collapsed and the state government is yet to carry out survey to assess the losses. The state government machinery failed to be effective,” he said.

He said crops have been extensively damaged and special girdawari has not taken place. “Survey of urban areas needs to be carried out. When floods affected Rohtak in 1995, the shopkeepers received monetary assistance,” he said. “Army has done a commendable task in the situation,” he added.

Mr Hooda said although Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala regularly visited Ambala when things were normal, he did not bother to visit the flood affected areas. “Only today, when I have visited the different areas, Mr Chautala too is carrying out his visit,” he said.

“It is apparent that the state government was not prepared for floods. It seems Mr Chautala is not interested in development. Instead he is concentrating upon Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan,” he said.

Mr Hooda said there was a need for a flood warning system so that people could be alerted about flood well in time.
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Birender Singh seeks separate High Court for Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
A former Haryana Congress president, Mr Birender Singh, has demanded that there should be a separate High Court for the state and he would soon lead an agitation in support of his demand.

Speaking at a meet the press programme organised by the Chandigarh Press Club here today, Mr Birender Singh said he would contact members of the legal fraternity of the state so that the form of the agitation could be decided.

Referring to the assertion made by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, that Chandigarh belonged to that state, Mr Birender Singh said Haryana’s priority at the moment was the construction of the SYL canal and to resolve the river water issue. The Haryana leaders did not want to club the three issues of river water, Chandigarh and the territory.

He said first the SYL canal issue should be resolved, followed by the Chandigarh issue.

Mr Birender Singh said if Haryana could get Chandigarh, it was good. Otherwise, the state should have a separate capital of its own. The dispute over the territory should be the last to be resolved. All Hindi-speaking areas should come to Haryana, while if there were any Punjabi-speaking areas in the state, these could go to Punjab.

Answering a question, he said if he had been the Chief Minister of Punjab, he would have never become a party in the passing of the Termination of Agreements Act because it violated the spirit of federalism enshrined in the Constitution.

He alleged that the controversial Act was the result of a conspiracy in which even the Governor of Punjab was a party. He asserted that the Congress High Command was not taken into confidence by Capt Amarinder Singh on the Act. Mr Birender Singh said how could the party high command have agreed to the proposal of Capt Amarinder Singh, particularly when the elections were due in Haryana.

The Congress leader alleged that the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, did not approach the Supreme Court on the issue of the Punjab Act deliberately as it served his vested interests.

He alleged that Mr Chautala was not interested in resolving the SYL issue because already half of Haryana’s share in the river waters was going to his native district. The INLD leader was not interested in equitable distribution of canal water in the state.

He said Mr Chautala wanted to keep the issue alive till the elections. But, he said, in the elections “Chautala himself will be the biggest issue”.

Mr Birender Singh said the Congress would soon give a legal shape to the 13-point charge sheet prepared by it against the Chautala Government.

Once the charge sheet was given the legal shape the party would approach the President so that appropriate action could be taken against the Chautala Government.

He regretted that despite eight foreign visits by Mr Chautala during the last five years, no foreign investment had come to the state.

He said the AICC president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, would select the Chief Minister after ascertaining the views of the party MLAs if the Congress came to power in the state.

Mr Birender Singh suggested that in case a political party nominated a tainted person as its candidate in an election, that party should be barred from contesting the election in that constituency.
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Farmers irked by heavy premium rate
Sushil Manav

Fatehabad, August 10
Farmers of the area, particularly the small and marginal farmers, are sore over the heavy premium rates for the insurance of their crops and also the insurance policy of banks for those, who have taken crop loans.

Mr Ranbir Singh Chowdhary, district convener of the Young Farmers Association, Haryana, said under the National Agriculture Scheme of the Union Government, the Agriculture Insurance Corporation of India (AICI) had started insurance of various crops like wheat, cotton, bajra and maize.

He said recently the nationalised banks had got the crops of those farmers insured from the AICI who had obtained crop loans from the banks. The banks had debited the premium from the accounts of the farmers.

Mr Chowdhary said the biggest worry of the farmers was the heavy rate of premium on the insurance and the pick and choose policy adopted by the banks for insuring their crops.

He said the rate of premium on cotton had been kept at 4.05 per cent, which the farmers found prohibitive. He said while the annual rate of interest for the small and marginal farmer, who had taken loans up to Rs 50,000, was 8.5 per cent, they were being forced to ray a further 4.05 per cent for the insurance of their crops.

Further, he said the AICI was not insuring paddy crop, which was a highly risked crop in view of the recent flood situation. He appealed to the Union Finance Minister to decrease the premium rate on crop insurance to make it affordable for the small and marginal farmers, implement it on all crops and also make it optional.

The Chief Manager, State Bank of India, Fatehabad, Mr K.K. Mittal, when contacted, confirmed that the nationalised banks had started getting cotton and bajra crops of the farmers insured from the AICI.

He said as per the directions from the higher authorities, only bajra and cotton crops were being insured in this area.
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Punjab, Haryana must work jointly to tackle
floods: CPI

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPI, Dr Joginder Dayal, said today that the Union Government should set up a high- level commission to tackle the problem of floods in Punjab and Haryana.

Addressing a press conference, he said that the Ghaggar had been flooding vast areas of Patiala, Sangrur and Mansa districts for the past several decades. But no concrete effort had been made to tame it by the authorities concerned.

He said the Union Government should intervene and direct both the states to prepare a joint project for raising a dam on the Ghaggar to solve the problem of floods for all times to come. He said the CPI would hold a conference of flood-affected people of Sangrur, Patiala and Mansa districts at Khanauri, near Patran, on August 16 to highlight the issue of floods.

He said the compensation being offered by the Punjab Government to flood- affected people was meagre. " It should be enhanced", he added.

Dr Dayal said that the CPI had also planned to take a deputation of farmers to Delhi for a meeting with the Prime Minister. " Floods are a very important issue for the Malwa region and it required to be dealt with at the PM level", he added. The farmers whose crops had been damaged by floods should be given compensation to the tune of Rs 15,000 per acre, he added. The recovery of crop loans should be postponed. The recovery of power bills and abiana should be waived, he added.
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Yadav blames govt for Ambala flooding
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The officiating Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, today alleged that the state government itself was responsible for the flooding of Ambala district.

Capt Yadav visited the flood-affected areas of Ambala today along with Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, MP, and Mr Shadi Lal Batra and Dr Raghbir Singh Kadian, both MLAs.

He said the government did not strengthen the bandh along the Ghaggar river before the monsoon, as a result of which the bandh breached and the Ghaggar water inundated large parts of Ambala district, including Ambala city. Similarly, the government failed to strength the banks of the Tangri, which flooded Ambala cantonment.

Capt Yadav said the government had not so far provided any relief to the people of Ambala. Even the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, visited the district only today after he came to know about their visit to the district.

He said in villages the people were facing a severe shortage of drinking water and fodder for the cattle.
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Fields in 12 villages flooded
Our correspondent

Fatehabad, August 10
Fields in over a 12 villages in the district have been inundated with flood water. The Fatehabad-Chandigarh via Tohana and Tohana-Jakhal roads have been closed due to floods. The flood water from Ghaggar had entered these villages of the district on Monday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahtab Singh Shehrawat, SP Saurabh Singh and senior officers of the Water Services Department have been camping in the flood-hit villages of the Tohana sub division in the district.

The villages where flood water have either entered fields or face flood threat are Simbal, Himmatpura, Pooran Majra, Tamaspur, Narail, Kudni, Jakhal, Talwara, Talwari, Sadhanwas, Sidhani, Chandpura, Mamupur, Rainwali, Girnoo, Haiderwala, Hindalwala, Tiwana, Shakarpura and Rattakhera.

Meanwhile, the water level at the Chuharpur syphon has crossed the danger mark and villagers on both sides of the Rangoi drains are trying to strengthen its banks. The level in Chandpur is also above the normal level.

When this correspondent visited the flood-hit villages of the district today he found 3-4 feet water in the fields of Pooran Majra village. The Fatehabad-Chandigarh road via Tohana has been closed and buses are being diverted through Dhamtan, Khanoauri and Patran.

Farmers told the correspondent that the flood water in their fields might not cause much damage to the crops, provided it is for limited period. It could help in raising the water table in the areas, they added.

The Deputy Commissioner who was reviewing flood relief and prevention measures at Shakarpura village along with other officers of the district administration described the situation alarming but added that vigil was being kept.
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Ghaggar water damages cotton, paddy crops
Tribune News Service

Ranga (Sirsa), August 10
Ghaggar since today morning has flooded at least four villages of the district.

A visit of affected villages in a radius of 50 km revealed that Ranga, Mattar, Nogoki, and Lehangewala were among the worst hit where water has destroyed crops. Villagers are worried that water might enter houses. Yesterday the flow of water in the river was less than 3000 cusecs. It touched over 15000 cusecs this afternoon. The SDM, tehsildar and Irrigation Department officials were present in the area to oversee the situation. Mr Ashwani Sharma, SDM, Sirsa, said situation in some parts of the district was alarming due to sudden increase in the level of water.

Mr Balraj Singh, DC, said the situation was under control and the administration was prepared for any emergency. To ease the situation, he added, floodgates at Ootu had been opened to discharge Ghaggar water. Villagers in Nogoki and Ranga are camping near flood water, to protect their assets. They are using tractors to plug breaches caused by water. Villagers constructed bundhs to check water from entering the villages but these started eroding within an hour due to gushing water.

Gursewak Singh of Ranga village said that Ghaggar water started rising since morning and by afternoon it submerged many acres damaging paddy and cotton crops. Waist-deep water in fields worries farmers of the area who had sown cotton. They say chances of revival of paddy crop are bleak.
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SC rally to press for quick promotions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The Haryana unit of the All-India Confederation of SC/ST/BC Organisations will organise a rally at Chandigarh on October 14 to press various demands, including implementation in Haryana of the policy of accelerated promotion of reserved category employees and filling up the backlog of vacancies for the reserve category employees in the state.

While stating this here yesterday, a press statement issued by Mr Karmveer Singh, president of the confederation’s Haryana unit, said a meeting of the executive committee of the state unit of the confederation and the state unit of the Lord Buddha Club took place in Kaithal on Sunday in which the Haryana Government’s reluctance to implement the policy of accelerated promotion (enshrined in the 85th amendment of the Constitution) was discussed.

The press statement said the confederation had several times made representations to the Chief Minister of Haryana as well as to other ministers and MLAs, demanding the implementation of the 85th amendment and filling up of the backlog of vacancies meant for Schedule Caste aspirants. But all that the confederation got in return was assurances and nothing else.

Mr Karmveer Singh said 14 teams had been constituted to make the October rally a success. While 10 teams would go to the countryside of Haryana to mobilise people for the rally, the remaining four teams would meet all the MLAs and ministers of Haryana and present their demands to them.

A state-level team has also been constituted which will present demands to the Governor and the Chief Minister, the statement said.
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CM reiterates demand for Kalpana college
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 10
Chief Minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chautala has again demanded from the Union Government to set up a medical college at Karnal in the memory of the first Indian woman astronaut late Kalpana Chawla who died in a space shuttle “Columbia” crash on February 1, 2003.

In a letter despatched to Union Minister of Health A. Ram Dass last week, the CM had quoted, “Kalpana Chawla would be a source of inspiration to the youth of Haryana and it will be a befitting memorial to a person who gave her life to science and knowledge”. He alleged that the previous NDA government had turned down this demand. “The then Union Health Minister expressed inability to open a medical college at Karnal”, he quoted in the letter written to Mr. Dass.

The CM said that he repeatedly took up the matter with the NDA government but the then Minister of Health was inclined for setting up of a medical college at Kurukshetra. Earlier, at a state Cabinet meeting held on February 14, 2003, a couple of weeks after the death of the Kalpana Chawla, a unanimous resolution was passed urging the government to set up a medical college at Karnal and a planetarium at Kurukshetra in Kalpana Chawla’s memory.
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INLD calls rally damp squib
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) yesterday described the “dharamyudh” rally of the Congress as a damp squib and took a strong exception to the manner in which the Congress high command had tried to sidetrack the issue of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act at the rally.

In a statement issued here yesterday, the president of the Haryana unit of the INLD, Mr Ashok Kumar Arora, said the Congress high command could not disown an action taken by one of its Chief Ministers, particularly when it aimed at harming the interests of a neighbouring state.

He said the helplessness expressed by Mr Dwivedi had proved the contention of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, that Capt Amarinder Singh had taken the decision of getting the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act passed at the behest of the Central Government. He said it was most unfortunate that the Central Government had taken the Punjab Act so lightly.

Mr Arora said it was also wrong on the part of Mr Dwivedi, who is in charge of Haryana affairs, to say that the Haryana Government should have approached the Supreme Court when the Punjab Act was passed. Mr Arora questioned why a state government would again knock at the door of the Supreme Court when justice had already been done to it by the highest.
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Tarlochan Singh’s election challenged
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 10
Mrs Kiran Choudhary, who lost the recently-held Rajya Sabha election for one of the two seats in Haryana has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the election of Mr Tarlochan Singh.

In her election petition, Mrs Choudhary has also challenged the action of the Haryana Assembly Speaker in disqualifying six MLAs, who had come out in her support.

While the petitioner had secured 22 votes, Mr Ajay Singh Chautala of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman of the National Minorities Commission, who contested as an Independent candidate supported by the INLD, the BJP, the BSP and three Independent candidates, got 29 first preference votes and 28 first preference votes, respectively.

Interestingly, Mr Ajay Singh Chautala has been made party by name in the petition.

The election branch of the High Court has fixed September 3 as the date for scrutiny of the election petition.
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Om Prakash, Hooda appointed member of HPSC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, administered the oath of affirmation and secrecy to Mr Om Prakash and Mr Ranbir Singh Hooda as members of the Haryana Public Service Commission here today.

The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, the Haryana Assembly Speaker, Mr Satbir Singh Kadian, a number of Haryana Ministers and senior officers of the government were present on the occasion.
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Atal ‘sworn enemy’ of Haryana, says Sher Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
A former Union Minister of State for Defence and president of the Haryana Raksha Samiti, Prof Sher Singh, has alleged that former Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is “a sworn enemy” of Haryana.

In a statement issued here today, Prof Sher Singh alleged that Mr Vajpayee and the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, “conspired” to foist an “Akali” as the state’s representative in the Rajya Sabha despite the Akalis being always harming the interests of Haryana.

He said a Haryana Sikh should have been sent to the Rajya Sabha. He also alleged that the family of Mr Chautala was close to that of Mr Prakash Singh Badal. He alleged the Badals had been harming the interests of Haryana.
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Haryana forwards 3 names for UT Home Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The Haryana Government today forwarded three names for the post of Home Secretary of Chandigarh. The names are: Mr Krishan Mohan, 1977 batch. Mr T.C. Gupta, 1987 batch, and Mr Gulab Singh Forot of the 1985 batch.

Mr Mohan has already served in Chandigarh as Deputy Commissioner in the early nineties.

Interestingly, the name of Mr Gupta cannot even be considered till the present Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, a 1986 batch IAS officer, is posted to Chandigarh. Since the Home Secretary, is also Secretary Local Government the MC Commissioner, in a way, is his subordinate. If Mr Gupta is selected, then the Administration will have to find a way out.

The same goes for the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Rajesh Kumar, also. He is a 1979 batch IPS officer. Since the IG reports to the Home Secretary for administrative matters, it can create an ugly situation in case Mr Gupta or even Mr Forot is selected.

Mr Forot is a 1985 batch officer who has been promoted from among the HCS officers.
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Randeep on Sports Ministry panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, Secretary, All India Congress Committee, has been appointed on the Board of Governors of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

Other members who have been appointed as Governors along with Mr Surjewala are Mr Janardan Dwivedi, Member of Parliament and General Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee, Mr Sandeep Dixit, M.P. and son of Ms Sheila Dixit, and Mr Rajiv Arora, a bureaucrat from Rajasthan. This Board is chaired by Mr Sunil Dutt, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, while Dr. Shakeel Ahmed has been appointed as its Vice-Chairman.

The NYKS is the largest root-level organisation of the world, established in 1987 under the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports by the then Prime Minister, Mr Rajiv Gandhi, with the objective of involving the rural youth in nation building activities, developing their values and skills and working towards promoting an environment where all castes, colours, sex or religion find equal opportunity to serve the nation.
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Municipal secretary held on graft charge
Our correspondent

Sonepat, August 10
Officials of the Vigilance Bureau headed by Mr Amar Deep Singh, SDM, Sonepat, conducted a raid on the office of the municipal committee at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, last evening and arrested K.L. Malhotra, secretary of the committee while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Mr Sandeep, a contractor and resident of Thana Kalan village, for issuing a cheque for Rs 1.50 lakh in payment for the development works he had executed in the town.

According to a report, the officials of the raiding party also seized the currency notes signed by them from the possession of the secretary. A case under the Anti-corruption Act has been registered against the secretary.
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Rs 4.5 cr sanctioned for vet hospitals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned a project worth Rs 4.53 crore to the Haryana Government for the modernisation of veterinary hospitals and setting up of two veterinary polyclinics in Bhiwani and Sonepat districts.

The project, the first of its kind to be sanctioned under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) aims at modernisation of as many as 160 veterinary hospitals in the state by providing the latest equipment, surgical kits and other diagnostic aids. It also provides for setting up two veterinary polyclinics as referral hospitals at Bhiwani and Sonepat. The polyclinic will provide services like surgery, radiology, gynaecology and obstetrics. A full-fledged clinical diagnostic laboratory comprising sections like pathology, microbiology, parasitology, epidemology and biochemistry will also be a part of the polyclinic.

An ambulance van, with complete set of equipment, will also be a part of the polyclinic to make available quality veterinary services at the doorstep of the farmers.
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Streetlight pole claims youth’s life
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 10
A “faulty” streetlight pole erected last October claimed the life of a 33-year-old resident of the town here last night. There are several other such poles in the twin townships of Jagadhri-Yamunanagar.

A local resident, Vinod (33) died when a streetlight pole fell on him after being hit by a tractor-trailer near the bus stand here last night.

Leaning streetlight poles could be spotted on the Sugar Mill road and near the Jagadhri workshop.

During the preparation for the 19th state games (October, 2003) held here, the district administration had erected 80 streetlight poles in the two towns. Sources said that as per the tender the weight of each pole should have been 120 kg. However, later an audit report found that the poles weighed 75 kg each only.
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Social science exhibition
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 10
A social science exhibition at cluster level was organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Ambala Cantonment.

Twelve Kendriya Vidyalayas from Ambala, Karnal, Harsinghpura, Panipat, Nahara, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Hisar and Bhiwani participated in the exhibition.

Students from different KVs showed social and cultural life of people from different regions including Nagaland and the US. The judges were Dr Hem, Mr Gyan Chand and Mr Ashok Sharma.

KV No.1, Ambala Cantonment, received first prize for Hindi elocution while KV, Karnal, was second and KV No.4, Ambala Cantonment, was third. In English elocution, KV, Karnal, was first, KV No.4, Ambala Cantonment was second while KV, Jhajjar, was third.

In social science exhibition, KV, Rohtak, was awarded first position.
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Gangster killed
Tribune News Service

Ladwa (Kurukshetra), August 10
A dreaded criminal of western Uttar Pradesh, Nafis Ansari, was believed to be shot dead in a gang war here late this evening.

Ansari, who spread terror in western Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and parts of Haryana, was having tea at a shop in the local Bus Stand along with two of his friends when he was fired upon allegedly by members of a rival gang. He died on the spot.

Ansari had over 50 cases of murder, looting and extortion registered against him in different parts of the country.

The DSP, Mr Varinder Vij, told The Tribune that documents from the scene of the crime pointed to the fact that the slain gangster was Ansari. The SSPs of Muzzafarnagar and Saharanpur had been alerted and the exact identity of the slain criminal would be known by tomorrow.

Besides crime, Ansari also dabbled in politics, having contested elections to the UP Assembly as a BSP candidate.
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