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Power bills of flood-hit farmers to be waived
Fatehabad, August 13
Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala today assured farmers of flood-hit areas of the district that adequate compensation would be given to them besides waiving of power bills and land revenue.

Haryana FM clears position on PF rate cut
Hisar, August 13
The Haryana Finance Minister, Prof Sampat Singh, has expressed shock over media reports that the state had wrongfully cut the interest rate on the provident fund of the government employees.

Need to restructure party: Ajay Chautala
Jhajjar, August 13
Mr Ajay Chautala, general secretary of the INLD and Rajya Sabha MP, has pulled up senior party leaders for showing disregard to the concerns of the party workers on the pretext that “they had no authority”.

Centre’s role on SYL issue partisan: Sampat
Kaithal, August 13
“The Centre has played a partisan role by not dismissing the Punjab Government under Article 356 of the Constitution after its Legislative Assembly passed the controversial bill over the SYL issue”, said Prof Sampat Singh, Finance Minister Haryana, while speaking at a seminar organised by the District Bar Association in the RKSD College hall here last evening.

After monkey-man, ‘bijoo’ creates panic
Sirsa, August 13
A few years ago it was a “monkey-man” in Delhi, now it is “bijoo” who has created panic in this district. Children avoid going out in the dark and prefer to sleep inside their houses when there is no electricity as they are scared of the wild “bijoo”, who attacks children.

Chautala seeks elevated highways at Panipat, Faridabad
Chandigarh, August 13
The Haryana Government has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in getting elevated highways constructed at Panipat along the National Highway No.1 (NH 1) and Badarpur in Faridabad district along National Highway No.2 at the earliest to ease congestion of traffic at the two places.


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EARLIER STORIES

 

Traffic restored on Amritsar-Ambala line
Ambala, August 13
Traffic on the Ambala-Amritsar rail line was restored this evening. General Manager Northern Railway R.R. Jaruhar told mediapersons said that the Ambala City-Shambhu section was declared fit at 5.30 pm. “We have started running trains on the Ambala-Amritsar main line from today evening,” he said.

82 new substations in Haryana
Hisar, August 13
To augment power generation and transmission in Haryana, 82 new power substations are being set up and the capacity of the 70 existing substations is being increased. Apart from this, 221 feeders of 11-KV capacity are being re-established.

Board Chairman inspects exam centres
Sonepat, August 13
The Chairman of the Haryana Board of School Education, Brig O.P. Chaudhary (retd), made an inspection tour of the examination centres here today and caught a number of students indulging in unfair means in the supplementary examinations of middle, high and higher secondary classes.

Breach causes panic in village
Sonepat, August 13
Standing crops in about 55 acres were submerged following a breach in the Rajpur minor near Gumar village, about 20 km from here, last night. According to a report, the swirling water of the Rajpur minor also entered houses in the village, causing panic among residents.

Bhajan gives relief to Cong worker’s kin
Chandigarh, August 13
Mr Bhajan Lal, president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, has expressed deep grief over the death of Mr Ram Nath of Ramayan village in Hisar district who lost his life in an accident which took place when he was going to Kurukshetra to participate in the Congress rally there on August 9. The PCC chief gave Rs 50,000 as relief to the aggrieved family.

High Court
Former MLA's arrest stayed
Chandigarh, August 13
The High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of former Haryana MLA Darshan Lal Arya in a criminal case.

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Power bills of flood-hit farmers to be waived
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 13
Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala today assured farmers of flood-hit areas of the district that adequate compensation would be given to them besides waiving of power bills and land revenue. He was talking to farmers of flood-hit villages of Rattatheh, Shakarpura, Meond and Roopanwali after reviewing work on the Rangoi Nullah. Breaches in the banks of the Nullah had flooded fields of these villages.

Mr Chautala said special girdawari of the villages, hit by floods had been ordered to ascertain the loss. He told villagers that arrangements of providing healthcare and veterinary facilities to affected villages had been made in villages affected by floods.

Commissioner, Hisar Division M. Kithan, IG Police Resham Singh, Deputy Commissioner Mahtab Singh Sehrawat, SP Saurabh Singh and officers of the administration, Tohana MLA Nishan Singh and Rattia MLA Jarnail Singh were present on the occasion. Later, the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of a 132 KV power substation at Teliwara village in this district. The station will cost Rs 5.25 crore. Mr Chautala claimed that power production in Haryana, had increased by 883 Megawatts in four years.

Mr Chautala also inaugurated water supply schemes at Dhani Gopal and Saniana villages. The Chief Minister also heard, public grievances and issued orders on the spot.

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Haryana FM clears position on PF rate cut
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 13
The Haryana Finance Minister, Prof Sampat Singh, has expressed shock over media reports that the state had wrongfully cut the interest rate on the provident fund of the government employees.

Addressing newspersons here today, he said the reports, which had appeared in some newspapers, were “incorrect, misleading and politically motivated.” He clarified that the Centre had reduced the interest rate on the employees’ provident fund (EPF) from 9.5 per cent to 8.5 per cent under the Labour Act.

On the other hand, the interest rate on the general provident fund (GPF) had already been fixed at 8 per cent for 2003-04 by the Union Government in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, he maintained.

The minister said while the EPF concerned the employees of private undertakings, the GPF was deducted from the salaries of the government employees. He asserted that the two provident funds were distinct, adding that the misleading information in this regard had been spread by some anti-social elements.

Further, Prof Sampat Singh asked the Union Government to impose Article 365 in Punjab and dismiss Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Citing reasons for this, he said the Punjab Government had failed to obey the Supreme Court’s verdict on the SYL construction.

The minister also blamed the Punjab Government for creating flood-like situation in various parts of Haryana. He alleged that the Amarinder government diverted the excess water towards Haryana, due to which Ambala and its neighbouring areas were inundated.

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Need to restructure party: Ajay Chautala
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 13
Mr Ajay Chautala, general secretary of the INLD and Rajya Sabha MP, has pulled up senior party leaders for showing disregard to the concerns of the party workers on the pretext that “they had no authority”.

Speaking at a party workers’ meeting here last evening, Mr Chautala stated that the senior leaders and second-rung leaders have emphatic powers that could attend to the needs of the party workers. But, he said, it was reported that these people (pointing towards the dais) turned down the requests of the workers on the excuse that they should directly approach the top leadership and the Chief Minister.

Stressing on the need to restructure the party organisation to prepare the cadre for the forthcoming Assembly elections, he promised to compensate party workers who have been ignored so far in the next six months.

He said party workers had publicly aired resentment towards the party for non-fulfilment of their personal works, which created an adverse atmosphere in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

The state unit INLD president, Mr Ashok Arora, Mr Sher Singh Badsami, former state unit chief and political adviser to Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Mr Dhir Pal, Town and Country Planning Minister, apart from other senior party leaders and MLAs were also present on the occasion.

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Centre’s role on SYL issue partisan: Sampat
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 13
“The Centre has played a partisan role by not dismissing the Punjab Government under Article 356 of the Constitution after its Legislative Assembly passed the controversial bill over the SYL issue”, said Prof Sampat Singh, Finance Minister Haryana , while speaking at a seminar organised by the District Bar Association in the RKSD College hall here last evening.

He alleged that the passing of the Bill was a political conspiracy and even the Punjab Governor’s role needed to come under the scanner. He said matters related to relations between states should have been referred to the President; but the step to grant his approval to the Bill by the Governor had given a blow to the federal structure of the constitution.

Prof Sampat Singh said Congress leaders who claimed that maximum work on the SYL canal was done during their tenure were misguiding people. In fact, he said, between 1987 and 1991, when Devi Lal was the Chief Minister, the work on lining of the canal construction of small and big bridges and other related works were completed.

He took to task the Congress for organising a rally at Kurukshetra on the canal issue and said it should have organised a rally in Delhi to put pressure on the Centre.

Mr Rampal Mazra Chief Parliamentary Secretary, who also holds charge of irrigation Department, accused Punjab of backing out from implementing inter-state accords and not giving Haryana its due share in river waters. He said it was a matter of concern that excess water was being allowed to flow to Pakistan but was not given to Haryana.

Mr Y.K. Mangal, advocate and president of the governing body of the college, took strong objection to a statement issued by Punjab Chief Minister on resurgence of terrorism. Mr Naranjan Lal Bansal, Chairman, Haryana Warehousing Corporation, Prof R.K. Gupta and Mr Ranbir Parashar, advocate and journalist, also spoke on the occasion.

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After monkey-man, ‘bijoo’ creates panic
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, August 13
A few years ago it was a “monkey-man” in Delhi, now it is “bijoo” who has created panic in this district. Children avoid going out in the dark and prefer to sleep inside their houses when there is no electricity as they are scared of the wild “bijoo”, who attacks children. Such encounters have been reported from villages in Sirsa and Fatehabad districts but experts dismiss them as rumours by certain “psychologically upset individuals.”

Reports of attacks with the animal started pouring in about three months ago from villages around Mandi Dabwali, about 70 km from here, but no actual case came to light. Over a month ago, an unidentified animal at Abubshahar, near Mandi Dabwali, attacked a boy who sustained injuries on the face and head. Doctors confirmed that he had been attacked by some animal from the cat family but could not identify it.

People who claim to “have a glimpse” of the animal give varied versions. According to some it is the size of a hound while others say it as big as a wolf. Some even claim that it changes its shape from a snake to monkey. Though the district police has deputed staff to keep a check on those spreading rumours, the administration rules out the presence of any such animal as no case has been reported in the district.

Some parents want to send their wards to safer places till the animal is taken care of. Even thikri pehras are being held in some areas of the town.

This is the work of people having a certain mental disorder, says Dr Ravinder Puri, a psychology teacher at the local PG National College. “Such people suffer from hysteria, a kind of mental disorder, and complain of certain unnatural behaviour. They imagine a situation or character and give examples to authenticate their experience or imagination,” he added.

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Chautala seeks elevated highways at Panipat, Faridabad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Haryana Government has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in getting elevated highways constructed at Panipat along the National Highway No.1 (NH 1) and Badarpur in Faridabad district along National Highway No.2 at the earliest to ease congestion of traffic at the two places.

In separate demi-official letters addressed to the Prime Minister, Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala drew the PM's attention to the congestion and bottlenecks being experienced at Panipat on NH 1 and Badarpur on NH 2.

The Chief Minister mentioned that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had already prepared a detailed project report for the construction of an elevated highway at Panipat. The portion of the highway at Panipat was still a major traffic hazard. He said that the construction of an elevated highway at Panipat should be taken up at the earliest.

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Traffic restored on Amritsar-Ambala line
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 13
Traffic on the Ambala-Amritsar rail line was restored this evening.

General Manager Northern Railway R.R. Jaruhar told mediapersons said that the Ambala City-Shambhu section was declared fit at 5.30 pm. “We have started running trains on the Ambala-Amritsar main line from today evening,” he said.

Mr Jaruhar said 70 per cent traffic would be restored by Sunday and by Monday, the traffic would be 100 per cent. “On the up line, Ambala-Sirhind-Nangal Dam 3 SUN has passed over the section and on the down line, 4 UL has passed over the Ambala City-Sirhind section,” he said.

He said three more trains would also pass over the Ambala-Amritsar rail line. “We will be running the 4033 Jammu Mail, 1077 Jhelum Express and 2403 Pooja Express,” he added.

He said the damage and repair cost to the Railways Rs 5 crore.

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82 new substations in Haryana
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 13
To augment power generation and transmission in Haryana, 82 new power substations are being set up and the capacity of the 70 existing substations is being increased. Apart from this, 221 feeders of 11-KV capacity are being re-established.

This was stated by Major-Gen Bhoop Singh Rathee (retd), Chairman of the Haryana Power Corporations, in a press statement here today. He said though the power generation and transmission had been strengthened, the load on the system was increasing due to the rising demand.

Steps were being taken to upgrade the system to meet the heavy demand, he added.

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Board Chairman inspects exam centres
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 13
The Chairman of the Haryana Board of School Education, Brig O.P. Chaudhary (retd), made an inspection tour of the examination centres here today and caught a number of students indulging in unfair means in the supplementary examinations of middle, high and higher secondary classes.

According to a report, the board has set up four examination centres in the city for conducting the examinations. Mr Amar Deep Singh, SDM, detected two cases of copying, whereas Mr R.S. Saroha, superintendent, detected five cases of unfair means.

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Breach causes panic in village
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 13
Standing crops in about 55 acres were submerged following a breach in the Rajpur minor near Gumar village, about 20 km from here, last night. According to a report, the swirling water of the Rajpur minor also entered houses in the village, causing panic among residents. They went to the site and on seeing the breach, informed officials of the Irrigation Department about it.

However, the officials arrived after 15 hours along with a contractor and labourers. The breach was plugged with the help of villagers after a few hours. The accumulated water of the minor was drained out from fields, which passed through the Ganaur-Shahpur road, where traffic remained disrupted for several hours.

The cause of the breach is being ascertained by the Irrigation Department.

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Bhajan gives relief to Cong worker’s kin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Mr Bhajan Lal, president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, has expressed deep grief over the death of Mr Ram Nath of Ramayan village in Hisar district who lost his life in an accident which took place when he was going to Kurukshetra to participate in the Congress rally there on August 9. The PCC chief gave Rs 50,000 as relief to the aggrieved family.

The Congress workers from Hansi area were travelling in a Sumo to take part in the rally when there was a collision of their vehicle with a truck. Ten other Congress workers were injured in the accident. Mr Bhajan Lal expressed his sympathy for the injured workers and wished them speedy recovery.

Mr Kuldeep Bishnoi, Lok Sabha member and younger son of the PCC chief, visited the house of the expired Congress worker.
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High Court
Former MLA's arrest stayed
Our High Court Correspondent 

Chandigarh, August 13
The High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of former Haryana MLA Darshan Lal Arya in a criminal case.

The Bench of Mr Justice S.S. Saron also ordered that the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Yamunanagar, would accept the bail bond of Mr Arya and grant regular bail to him.

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Haryana postings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Haryana Government has posted Mr Anil Kumar, IPS, awaiting posting orders, as Assistant Inspector General, T&T, Panchkula, relieving Mr Balbir Singh, IPS, of the charge. The government has also cancelled the transfer orders of Mr Rai Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, HPA, Madhuban as DSP, Hansi. He would continue to work at HPA, Madhuban.

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Survey Commissioner of Wakfs

Chandigarh, August 13
The Haryana Government has ordered that Mr Sarban Singh, Special Secretary, Revenue and Environment, would also look after the work of Survey Commissioner of Wakfs for Haryana in addition to his present duties. — TNS

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Student falls unconscious
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 13
A student of a public school in Ambala Sadar fell unconscious on Thursday after he was punished by his teacher. The incident took place when the school teacher told two students to hop as punishment. The two boys were apparently not forming a straight line. The students began ‘daddu chaal’ and then one of the students fell unconscious. He regained consciousness after a while.

Parents of the two students on Friday complained to the school authorities after which they apologised.

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Kalam invites ex-sportsman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Dhyan Chand Life Time Achievement awardee and former international volleyball player Om Prakash, who is on deputation with the HSIDC, has been invited by President APJ Abdul Kalam on the eve of Independence Day, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, according to HSIDC General Manager.

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