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Chautala claims Chandigarh
Fatehabad, August 14
Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has reiterated his stand that Haryana would not forego its claim on Chandigarh unless Punjab transferred 107 villages of the Abohar and Fazilka tehsils of Punjab to Haryana and pays to Haryana the money required to build its own capital.

Probe panel finds doctors guilty of
child’s death
Yamunanagar, August 14
In its report submitted here today, an inquiry commission has confirmed the death of an 11-month-old child on June 14 due to negligence on part of two doctors of the local Civil Hospital.

Inter-state fake licence racket unearthed
Hisar, August 14
The district police has unearthed an inter-state racket involving fake driving licences, vehicle registration certificates and tourist permits with the arrest of three persons and seizure of fake government stamps and documents.

358 treated for malaria in Karnal
Karnal, August 14
Heeding to the susceptibility of malaria epidemic in the district, the health authorities have managed to give timely treatment to 358 persons, including women and children, who were suffering from it. No death from the disease has been reported during this year so far. Last year, six persons had died of malaria apart from some deaths due to dengue and Japanese encephalitis in the district.

Fire in Jan Shatabadi
Ambala, August 14
A fire broke out in Jan Shatabadi this morning causing panic among the passengers. No one was injured in the incident. The fire broke out in the vestibule between two AC coaches. The fire was noticed near Lalru and immediately the train was brought to a halt. Smoke emanating from the vestibule caused panic.


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Hangmen out of business these days
Chandigarh, August 14
There has been a spurt in recent times in the number of condemned prisoners in Haryana. But with no one being sent to the gallows for a long time, jail officials are hopelessly out of touch with the hanging business.

Blood bank inaugurated in Ambala
Ambala, August 14
A blood bank was inaugurated at Philadelphia Hospital, Ambala City this evening. Dr Vinay Aggarwal, general secretary of the Indian Medical Association, was the chief guest while Dr S.B. Lal Mittal, former senior vice-president, was the guest of honour.

Woman ends life over husband’s affair
Kurukshetra, August 14
Following husband’s illicit relation with another married woman, a local woman allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison here yesterday.

Last date for affiliation forms
Bhiwani, August 14
The Haryana School Education Board has fixed the last date for submitting the forms for affiliation for the academic session 2004-5 as August 18 without late fee.

85 students caught copying
Bhiwani, August 14
As many as 85 students were caught by the flying squads of the Haryana School Education Board while copying in the supplementary examinations being conducted by it. A total of 42,613 students appeared in the mathematics examination of the middle and science and chemistry examinations of matric being conducted by the board.

IAF contingent to return on Aug 17
Chandigarh, August 14
The IAF contingent participating in multi-nation exercises in Alaska is scheduled to return to India on August 17. The contingent will touch down at Ambala and will be received by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy.



 

Chautala claims Chandigarh
Tribune Reporters

Fatehabad, August 14
Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has reiterated his stand that Haryana would not forego its claim on Chandigarh unless Punjab transferred 107 villages of the Abohar and Fazilka tehsils of Punjab to Haryana and pays to Haryana the money required to build its own capital.

Talking to mediapersons here late last night, Mr Chautala said the Shah Commission had given Chandigarh and Kharar tehsil of Punjab to Haryana. But later it was decided that the Chandigarh would be given to Punjab and in lieu of it Punjab would transfer 107 villages of Abohar and Fazilka to Haryana and compensate Haryana for the expenditure incurred by it for establishing its new state capital.

Kaithal: The construction work of new roads would be taken up during the fifth phase of “Sarkar Aap ke Dwar” programme commencing from October 2. All roads in the state would be repaired on priority basis by the year-end.

This was announced by Mr Om Prakash Chautala while presiding over the fourth phase of the “Sarkar Aap ke Dwar Programme” of Kalayat constituency, 20 km from here on Saturday. He listened to the grievances of villagers and of the Municipal Committee, Kalayat.

He also sanctioned development works amounting to Rs 3 crore in the constituency.

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Probe panel finds doctors guilty of child’s death
Nishikant Dwivedi
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 14
In its report submitted here today, an inquiry commission has confirmed the death of an 11-month-old child on June 14 due to negligence on part of two doctors of the local Civil Hospital.

The child, Ankur, had died allegedly in want of medical attention on the hospital premises following this, the Deputy Commissioner had ordered an inquiry into the incident.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, who submitted his report to the District Public Relations and Grievances Redressal Committee here, found the doctors and a staff member of the hospital guilty of negligence while on duty. On the basis of the report, the Deputy Commissioner has ordered action against Dr Deshwal, Dr Sunil and a staff member who were on duty.

After the death of Ankur and the subsequent allegations of negligence by his parents, the Civil Surgeon had initiated an internal inquiry headed by the Medical Superintendent (which was later cancelled).

The Civil Surgeon, Dr S.C Bhardwaj, was also of the opinion that the child had died when he was brought to the hospital. He had said: “The parents had visited a private doctor in the morning (June 14) but when the child’s condition deteriorated, the doctor referred him to the Civil Hospital. When our doctors examined the child, he was already dead”.

According to Ankur’s parents, they had taken him for treatment to the hospital on June 14. A private doctor recommended them to take the child to Dr Deshwal, a paediatrician, for blood transfusion. However, they could not ‘locate’ Dr Deshwal, as he was not ‘present’ on his seat.

Later the parents reportedly approached Dr Sunil, who was then on emergency duty. But Dr Sunil and other staff member did not attend to the child and instead insisted that the case needed to be handled only by Dr Deshwal. The parents kept looking for the doctor for more than an hour. In the meantime, the condition of Ankur deteriorated and he died.

According to the report, Raj Kumar, father of Ankur, had gone to Dr Deshwal’s room at 12.30 pm on June 14 but the doctor was not there. Dr Sunil, who was then on emergency duty and a staff member at the hospital’s reception counter, also did not attend to the child. Carrying Ankur, Raj Kumar and his wife kept searching for Dr Deshwal in the hospital for more than an hour and the child died.
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Inter-state fake licence racket unearthed
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 14
The district police has unearthed an inter-state racket involving fake driving licences, vehicle registration certificates and tourist permits with the arrest of three persons and seizure of fake government stamps and documents.

Mr Attar Singh Ahlawat, SP, said here today that the gang of cheats used to make fake licences and other certificates pertaining to the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

He said following a tip-off, the police arrested two local cheats, Amarjit and Chanderbhan. On the basis of information provided by them, a police party was sent to Agra.

There, a decoy customer was sent to Hari Singh, alias Hari, son of Pritam Singh Saini of Bijnaur district in Uttar Pradesh, who used to make fake licences. Hari charged Rs 100 from the decoy customer and prepared a fake driving licence in his name. It bore the name of the licensing authority, Hisar.

Following this, the police arrested Hari and brought him to Hisar. He is under police remand for six days. A large number of fake licences, permits, registration certificates, insurance documents, photographs, forms and visiting cards have been seized from him.

During interrogation, Hari said he used to work for one Billoo, who is at large.

Mr Ahlawat said the seized material included some visiting cards of officials of various transport companies, which indicated that the owners of these companies used to get fake papers prepared for their vehicles and drivers.

He said an inquiry would be conducted into the matter and the documents of these travel companies would be checked. The racket had been going on for the past several years and the number of fake documents prepared by these cheats could be in lakhs.
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358 treated for malaria in Karnal
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 14
Heeding to the susceptibility of malaria epidemic in the district, the health authorities have managed to give timely treatment to 358 persons, including women and children, who were suffering from it. No death from the disease has been reported during this year so far. Last year, six persons had died of malaria apart from some deaths due to dengue and Japanese encephalitis in the district.

A special campaign was launched by the health authorities just before the onset of monsoon as a preventive measure, in which 86,221 samples of blood were collected, out of which, 358 cases were detected positive for malaria.

The health authorities had in the special campaign found that villages along the Yamuna in the Gharaunda block of the district, situated on the Haryana-Uttar Pradesh border, were most vulnerable to the threat with over 93 per cent of the cases detected from here.

The District Malaria Officer of Karnal, Dr D.P. Goel, told The Tribune that during the special campaign, 15,490 blood samples were collected from the border villages of Gharaunda block out of which 336 were found positive. In Indri block, out of 18,715 blood samples four cases, in Nissing block out of the 13,590 blood samples 10 cases, in Nilokheri block out of 11,350 blood samples one case, in Karnal urban area out of 15,927 blood samples five cases, in Assandh block out of 8,726 blood samples one case and in Balla block out of 2,423-blood samples one case of malaria were detected.

The worst affected villages were Mundogarhi with 96 cases, Chaura 35, Rainpura 17, Sadarpur 28, Jamalpur 19, Tarpur 10, Barsat 13, Garhi Baral 13 and Balera 22 cases, he said.

He said: “In 356 cases, the disease was tackled through medication while two patients — both pregnant women — were under observation. Medication cannot be prescribed to them due to fear of side-effects on the baby”.

Over the decades, the district has faced mosquito menace particularly because of being a paddy growing area. The first malaria epidemic in the modern period, as recorded in the Karnal district gazetteer, that took hundreds of lives in the district was in 1841-42. It even forced the British authorities to close down army cantonment at Karnal in 1843. A high-level inquiry was marked into the epidemic to Surgeon-Major Adam Taylor who in his report had written that 60 to 80 per cent of the population had suffered from enlarged spleen and yearly attacks of fever. Later, in 1871 and 1876 also, the area suffered the epidemic of malaria..

The British Empire established ‘Colonel Ross Field Experimental Station for Malaria’ in Karnal in 1910 to study the problem of malaria in the country. The institution was later converted into ‘Malaria Institute of India’ and shifted to Delhi in 1938. On July 30, 1963 it was renamed ‘National Institute of Communicable Diseases’.

The main factors contributing to the spread of the disease here have been identified as the inundation during monsoon, waterlogged conditions of soil in the vicinity of the Yamuna and Western Yamuna Canal, vast area under paddy cultivation and a large number of ponds in the district — an average of at least two ponds in each village.

The special campaign launched by the health authorities has exposed the grim reality of unhealthy environment that prevails in villages along the Yamuna.

Four children of Mundokheri village of Gharaunda block in the district have died of diarrhoea and food poisoning during the past one month. The children who lost their lives were identified as Shamsher (4), Muskaan (2), Rahul (6) and Prakana (2). One pregnant woman Ruksana (30) also died possibly as a result of unhealthy environment.

The District Magistrate, Mr R.S. Doon, claimed that the administration had launched the special health campaign in these villages and efforts had been made to create awareness among the villagers to keep their surroundings clean.
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Fire in Jan Shatabadi
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 14
A fire broke out in Jan Shatabadi this morning causing panic among the passengers. No one was injured in the incident.

The fire broke out in the vestibule between two AC coaches. The fire was noticed near Lalru and immediately the train was brought to a halt. Smoke emanating from the vestibule caused panic. A few worried passengers jumped off the train as soon as it came to a stop.

The incident took place at about 9.45 am when the Chandigarh-New Delhi Jan Shatabadi (No. 2058) was passing through Lalru. Fire was noticed by an attendant in the vestibule between the two AC coaches C1 and C2. The train was brought to a halt.

A passenger claimed that the train attendants took a couple of minutes to find the fire extinguisher so that the flames could be put out. He said the fire caused panic among the passengers.

A railway official said the footmat caught fire and the cable in the vestibule got burnt. “There was panic due to the smoke emanating from the fire. The train halted for about 20 minutes and thereafter, it proceeded for Ambala Cantt railway station,” he said. The air conditioner of the affected AC coach was switched off.

The vestibule was inspected by senior railway officials, including Additional Divisional Railway Manager Dayal Dogra at Ambala Cantt railway station. The Jan Shatabadi proceeded to Delhi after a brief halt at Ambala.

Meanwhile, a wagon of a goods train derailed at Shambhu railway station early this morning. Two wheels of the goods trains derailed when shunting was taking place. Incidentally, a goods train had derailed at the site where the breach was being filled up two days back. The incident had taken place between Ambala City and Shambhu.

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Hangmen out of business these days
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
There has been a spurt in recent times in the number of condemned prisoners in Haryana. But with no one being sent to the gallows for a long time, jail officials are hopelessly out of touch with the hanging business.

Till 2002, there were only two condemned prisoners in the state but the number has increased to seven now---four in Hisar and three in Ambala Central Jails. The condemned prisoners at Ambala include one woman and her husband. Sonia and her husband Sanjeev have been given the death sentence for killing Sonia's father Relu Ram (former MLA) and his family members. Their appeals are now pending before the High Court.

The other condemned prisoner at Ambala is Dharampal, whose condition can be compared somewhat with Dhananjoy Chatterjee, who was hanged in Kolkata today. Dharampal is in incarceration for the last 11 years and has exhausted all avenues of appeal. His fate will be decided by the result of the mercy petition he has sent to the President of India. The decision of the President, to whom the mercy petition was sent in 1999, is still awaited.

The condemned prisoners at Hisar include three brothers who have been convicted of slaying five members of a family. The fourth prisoner at Hisar facing the death penalty has been found guilty by the court of sodomy and killing of a minor boy. Mr Jagdish Singh, Superintendent of the Hisar Central Jail, said all four prisoners had come during this year and the year before.

Jagdish Singh himself has not taken part in an execution so far. ''Last time a hanging took place in the Hisar jail was in 1988 and I joined in Hisar in 1989", he said.

A veteran of the Ambala Central Jail became nostalgic when talking about the "good old days" when capital punishment was the order of the day for heinous crimes. " There was a time when all 32 solitary cells in the Ambala jail, meant for keeping condemned prisoners, used to be full. But this is not the case any more", the official said grudgingly.

It was learnt that Manila ropes, which were acquired when India was still under British rule, are being still preserved carefully in the Ambala jail for use if the need arises. If someone is to be hanged the ropes will be brought out and rubbed with chemicals for smooth movement. The drill includes holding practice sessions a day before the execution, with a dummy having the same weight as that of the convict who is to be hanged.

If a prisoner is underweight, then sand bags are attached to his legs so that the noose is fastened tightly round the convict's neck when the body goes down with a jerk. The work needs skill as well as nerve. Vijay Singh, the only hangman of Haryana, who is attached to the Ambala jail, is yet to show that he has any hanging experience because no execution has taken place in the state in his over 14 years of service.
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Blood bank inaugurated in Ambala
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 14
A blood bank was inaugurated at Philadelphia Hospital, Ambala City this evening.

Dr Vinay Aggarwal, general secretary of the Indian Medical Association, was the chief guest while Dr S.B. Lal Mittal, former senior vice-president, was the guest of honour.

Dr D.S. Jaspal, former president of IMA Haryana, spoke about the importance of blood bank.

He said the blood bank at the Philadelphia Hospital would help patients whenever there was requirement of blood.

Dr Sunil Sadiq, of Philadelhia Hospital said they were going to run the blood bank on a no-profit-no-loss-basis.

“We have got the latest machines. Modern facilities are available at the blood bank,” he said.

Dr Sadiq said Thalaessemia patients would be given blood without the condition for replacement while others would have to provide replacement for blood.

“We currently have facility for 300 units of blood and in six months, the storage capacity would go up to 500 units. We are going to put up a component separator,” he said.

He said the blood bank at Philadelphia Hospital would help in meeting the shortage of blood supply in Ambala.

“We are going to regularly hold camps and we are going to reach out in rural areas to ensure blood availability,” he said.

Dr Sunil Sadiq said the blood bank would be opened 24 hours, seven days a week.

“In case of an emergency, blood would be provided immediately but an undertaking had to be given by the doctor concerned that the blood replacement would take place,” he said.
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Woman ends life over husband’s affair
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, August 14
Following husband’s illicit relation with another married woman, a local woman allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison here yesterday.

According to the FIR lodged with the police, the suicide note recovered from the possession of the deceased blamed her husband’s illicit relation with a local married woman for the suicide.

A Chandi Mandir, Panchkula, resident and father of the victim, said his daughter was married to Sunil Dutt, a resident of Mohalla Saodagran here in 1994. Although their married life went without a problem initially, they saw a change in his daughter’s in-laws behaviour towards her with the passage of time.

Her husband’s illicit relation with the woman came to light when the woman allegedly started frequenting the residence of her husband. He alleged that his daughter’s mother-in-law took sides with Sunil in his acts.
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Last date for affiliation forms
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 14
The Haryana School Education Board has fixed the last date for submitting the forms for affiliation for the academic session 2004-5 as August 18 without late fee.

Setting this, a spokesman for the board said only in special circumstances affiliation forms could be submitted with prior approval of the chairman upto September 30, 2004 with a late fee Rs 5,000. He said after this date no form would be accepted under any circumstances.

The spokesman said for permanent affiliation a fee Rs 5000 would be charged up to VIII class, Rs 8000, upto X class and Rs 10,000 would be charged upto senior secondary. He said for temporary affiliation, a fee Rs 2,000 would be charged. He clarified that the fee would not be charged every year from the institutions which were given permanent affiliation.

He further said those institutions which had applied for recognition from the Education Department and had not been recognised so far could also submit their affiliation forms and fee up to the prescribed date.
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85 students caught copying
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 14
As many as 85 students were caught by the flying squads of the Haryana School Education Board while copying in the supplementary examinations being conducted by it. A total of 42,613 students appeared in the mathematics examination of the middle and science and chemistry examinations of matric being conducted by the board.

Stating this, a spokesman for board said a flying squad led by the Chairman of the board, Brig O.P. Chaudhary (retd), conducted raids at 11 examination centres at Narwana and Jind and found two students indulging in copying. He registered cases against them.

Similarly, the Deputy Chairman of the board, Mr Dilbag Singh, and his team also conducted raids at several centres falling in Narnaul and Mahendergarh and caught seven students for using unfair means in the examination.

He further said the secretary of the board gave an award of Rs 500 to Mr Rajpal, a teacher of Government High School, Agondh for rendering commendable services during the examination.
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IAF contingent to return on Aug 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The IAF contingent participating in multi-nation exercises in Alaska is scheduled to return to India on August 17. The contingent will touch down at Ambala and will be received by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy.

According to IAF sources, a demonstration of the IAF’s mid-air refuelling capabilities will also be organised on the occasion. The Air Chief will also address IAF personnel on the occasion.

Six Jaguars deep penetration strike aircraft from squadrons based at Ambala had proceeded in June to participate in Exercise Coop Thunder 2004. Also accompanying them were two IL-76 strategic freighters, one of them from a Chandigarh-based squadron and the newly acquired IL-78 aerial refuelling tankers.
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Bail for BSNL GM
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 14
The Special Judge of the CBI in Haryana, Mr M.M. Sharma, yesterday granted bail to the General Manager of BSNL, Rohtak, Mr Chander Shekhar, who was arrested by the CBI officials on June 4 when he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 25000 from a contractor.

The CBI officials could not file the challan even after expiry of 60 days.

The counsel for Mr Shekhar had filed a bail application on this ground in the court. The Judge after hearing the arguments of both sides accepted the bail application.
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