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Chautala’s sops opera on Independence Day
Hisar, August 15
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala announced several sops for farmers, labourers, urban poor, widows of martyrs and youth during a state-level Independence Day function organised here today.

Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala honours Sub-Inspector Sohan Singh of Adampur police station for solving the ransom case in Hansi Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala honours Sub-Inspector Sohan Singh of Adampur police station for solving the ransom case in Hansi, on the occasion of the state-level Independence Day function at Hisar on Sunday.

Widows get sewing machines, shawls
on I-Day
Ambala, August 15
Independence Day was observed at a district level function held at War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantt today. Haryana Transport Minister Ashok Arora unfurled the national flag.
Empty chairs meant for ex-servicemen and freedom fighters at the Independence Day parade in Ambala Cantonment
Empty chairs meant for ex-servicemen and freedom fighters at the Independence Day parade in Ambala Cantonment on Sunday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

Kidwai lauds farmers’ contribution
Panipat, August 15
The Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, today called upon the people to help in providing modern education in science and technology to the youth and added that it was the main responsibility of every parent to educate the coming generation for a bright future of the country.


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Haryana to conduct census of blue bull
Panchkula,, August 15
The dwindling population of blue bull has forced the Haryana Wildlife Department to carry out a detailed census of this antelope in the state. Senior officials in the Forest Department inform that a pilot project for the census of blue bull or neelgai, will be first carried out in 30 villages of Hisar.

Potholed roads cause resentment
Kaithal, August 15
Resentment prevails among residents of the town over the delay in the repair of some important roads by the PWD and the Municipal Council in the town.

Defiant Nain told to surrender
Hisar, August 15
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr D.S. Sheoran, yesterday cancelled the bail of Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union President Ghasi Ram Nain. He has also been told to surrender himself within a week.

Aanganwadi workers, helpers to stage dharna
Sonepat, August 15
The district unit of the Aanganwadi Workers and Helpers Union, Haryana, have decided to organise a two-day dharna from August 16 in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here to press for the acceptance of its demands.

Traders observe bandh
Bhiwani, August 15
Traders observed bandh here yesterday in protest against bid to occupy a shop by some armed persons. Traders blocked Neki Ram Sharma chowk for four hours under the leadership of Mr Pyare Lal Rangwala, president, Nagar Veopar Mandal. Blockage was lifted when the Superintendent of Police assured the traders.
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Chautala’s sops opera on Independence Day
Tribune Reporters

Hisar, August 15
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala announced several sops for farmers, labourers, urban poor, widows of martyrs and youth during a state-level Independence Day function organised here today.

The Chief Minister waived the “abiana” which had to be paid by the farmers. He also announced to replace the four-slab system, of power tariff with a single-slab system. According to the new system the farmers having meter-less tubewell connections will have to pay Rs 35 per month per tubewell connection. In case of metered connections, the rate would be 25 paise per unit.

Mr Chautala also waived the fire tax in the urban residential areas and the house tax in the case of those house owners who had constructed their houses over an area of up to 100 square yards with their earned income. The house tax waiver would apply only to those owners who occupied their houses themselves.

The state government has decided to enhance the ceiling on the monthly income for the labourers under 12 schemes of the state Labour Welfare Board. Now, the labourers having a monthly salary of up to Rs 10,000 will be able to avail of the benefits of these schemes, as against the earlier limit of Rs 3,500.

The widows of martyrs will now get the facility of free bus travel in Haryana Roadways buses along with two of their minor children. This facility has been extended to the cancer patients with one attendant. Mr Chautala added that the national awardees up to the age of 40 years would also enjoy the facility.

The Chief Minister said a third battalion of the NCC for girls would be raised in Hisar. He also launched a scheme under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan to provide bicycles to girl students of rural areas in whose villages there were no middle schools. He gave away bicycles to 10 girls.

He said the farmers whose crops had been damaged would be adequately compensated. Mr Chautala announced that all educational institutions of Hisar would remain closed on Monday.

The Chief Minister honoured eight police officials and employees of various departments for their outstanding achievements. Earlier, he hoisted the Tricolour and took salute from the contingents of the NCC, the Home Guards and the Haryana Armed Police. A colourful cultural programme was also presented on this occasion.

Meanwhile, Independence Day was also celebrated at Campus School of Haryana Agricultural University here today. The Vice-Chancellor, Mr M.K.Miglani, hoisted the National Flag and exhorted the students to strive for excellence in every sphere of life. The school magazine, “Kusumavali”, was also released on this occasion.

KAITHAL: The Independence day function was celebrated with enthusiasm at the local police lines ground here today. Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, Agriculture Minister, hoisted the National Flag and took salute from the contingents of the police, police, the Home Guards, the NCC, the Air Wing and the Scouts. Mr Sandhu paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the freedom struggle and highlighted the achievements of the Haryana state in various fields. He also honoured a number of persons for their outstanding contributions in different fields. Students of different schools presented an impressive cultural programme.

FATEHABAD: The Financial Commissioner-cum-Principal Secretary, Home Department, Haryana, Mr Dharamvir, today unfurled the Tricolour and took salute at a parade at the local Manohar Memorial College grounds on the occasion of the 58th Independence Day. Mr Dharamvir said the nation owed its independence to hundreds of martyrs, who laid down their lives for freeing the country from the English. The chief guest took salute from the contingents of the Haryana Armed Police, the NCC and the Scouts and the Guides.

SIRSA: Laying stress on maintaining unity and harmony in the subcontinent, Haryana Finance Minister Sampat Singh termed it as the need of the hour. Speaking after unfurling the Tricolour at the Police Lines on the Barnala road, Mr Sampat Singh asked the youth to be self-disciplined. He listed various achievements of the Chautala government in the state, including introducing the old-age pension scheme and a better road network. He maintained that removing the imbalance in the sex ratio in the state was a serious issue. Meanwhile, colourful cultural programmes marked the Independence Day celebrations here.

REWARI: Haryana Minister of State for Urban Development Subhash Goyal unfurled the National Flag at a district-level Independence Day function at Rao Tula Ram Stadium here today. He also took salute from contingents of the Haryana police, the HomeGuards, the NCC cadets and others. He said it was a matter of pride that over a dozen Haryanvi athletes were part of the 75-member Indian contingent now participating in the Athens Olympics. The minister gave away the Chaudhary Devi Lal award for Rs 25,000 to Hoshiar Singh, a farmer of Kapriwas village, for outstanding agricultural production in the district. Schoolchildren presented a cultural programme on the occasion.

SONEPAT: Mr B.D. Dhalia, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, unfurled the National Flag and took salute at a march-past at the Police Lines here today to mark the 58th Independence Day. Addressing the gathering, he paid homage to the martyrs who had laid down their lives in the cause of the nation and asked the people to rededicate themselves to the prime objective of making India great. He said the state would give top priority to ensuring the supply of power and water, both in the urban as well as the rural areas.

Earlier, contingents of the Armed Police, Home Guards, NCC cadets, Girl Guides and Boys Scouts presented a guard of honour to the Principal Secretary and later took part in the march-past.

Mr Dhalia awarded certificates of appreciation to 47 prominent persons, including officials, policemen, sportspersons and students on this occasion.

KURUKSHETRA: Unfurled the National Flag at Independence Day celebrations at Dronacharya Stadium here today.

Haryana Town and Country Planning Minister Dheerpal Singh. He paid floral tributes to the martyrs at the Shaheedi Smarak near the Mini Secretariat here. Mr Dheerpal Singh said Haryana was the second among those states which contributed foodgrain to the central pool. Under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, 1100 bicycles costing Rs 16 lakh were distributed among girl students of class VI studying in government schools.

Yamunanagar: Over 10,000 persons watched schoolchildren, NCC cadets, scouts and Guides drill and various cultural shows organised at the Tejli Sports Complex here today to mark the 58th Independence Day. Haryana Social Welfare Minister Risal Singh unfurled the National Flag and took salute from a march-past parade. As many as 34 government officers, employees and others were given commendation certificates and cash prizes for doing laudable jobs in their respective fields. Mr Risal Singh paid tributes to the freedom fighters and highlighted the various development works undertaken by the Chautala government during the past four and a half years.

Those who were given commendation certificates included the Assistant Food and Supply Officer, Jagadhri, Mr Surinder Singh, the Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Camp, Mrs Krishna Grover, and the Manager, Central Cooperative Bank, Mr R.K. Chaudhary.
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Widows get sewing machines, shawls on I-Day
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 15
Independence Day was observed at a district level function held at War Heroes Memorial Stadium, Ambala Cantt today.
Haryana Transport Minister Ashok Arora unfurled the national flag. He handed over sewing machines to 10 widows of Army men and presented shawls to 10 othr widows. He inaugurated a scheme for rural girl students by handing over bicycles to 10 girls. A march past and a cultural programme was held also on the occasion.

He said crops have been damaged due to flood and a special girdawari is being carried out. He said the government had decided to repair the damaged tubewells. He said the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal will definitely be constructed.

Thirtyone persons were honoured today. They include president of Rotary Club, Ambala, Ajay Mittal, Ms Reena Nagrath, Ms Anima Jain, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, Mr Atul Jain, Mr Sandeep Gupta, Mr Sushil Kumar, Mr Sandeep Sharma, Mr Kanwaljeet Singh, Mr Boota Singh, Kiran Angra, Reema Gupta, Promila Bali, Mr Manoj Kumar, Mr Naresh Bansal and Mr Desraj Batra.

In the march past, district police contingent stood first, district women police contingent second while the Haryana Armed Police contingent came third. Dev Samaj school, Ambala City, got the consolation prize.

In the cultural programme, Farookha Khalsa School, Ambala Cantt, came first and Angel Public School second.

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Kidwai lauds farmers’ contribution
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 15
The Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, today called upon the people to help in providing modern education in science and technology to the youth and added that it was the main responsibility of every parent to educate the coming generation for a bright future of the country.

The Governor was addressing a gathering after unfurling the National Flag on Independence Day here. He also took salute and inspected the Guard of Honour presented by the contingents of the Haryana Armed Police, district police, Home guards, NCC cadets and scouts of various schools.

Paying rich tributes to the martyrs and his respects to the patriots and freedom fighters, the Governor recalled the sacrifices and ordeals of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and a number of other patriots who, he said, made tireless efforts for liberating India from the clutches of the British empire. He called upon the people to follow the path shown by national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chander Bose, Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, Dr Rajinder Prasad, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai and others who suffered numerous pains and difficulties during the national struggle for freedom.

While congratulating the people for the phenomenal progress made in the fields of agriculture, science, software, industries, handlooms, the panchayati raj system and education, the Governor said every child was an asset to the state and by preparing him to become a skilled scientist, a doctor and an engineer through education, we could make our country a prosperous nation.

Dr Kidwai maintained that during the past 57 years of our independence, more than 250 universities, 1,500 engineering colleges and 200 medical colleges, which had been set up in the country, had been imparting qualitative education and had produced trained and skilled professors, engineers and doctors who had brought laurels to the country by serving at the top positions in various prestigious institutions and organisations of the world like NASA.

The Governor also lauded the remarkable progress made by Haryana and said the state was proud of the hard work and skills of the farmers and labourers who had produced abundant foodgrains and made Haryana a leading food grain-producing state of the country. He said there was reason to be proud of the quality of handloom products, blankets and carpets of Panipat, software products of Gurgaon where a number of multi-national companies had set up their ventures.

While appreciating the role of the panchayati raj institutions in making the country strong, Dr Kidwai maintained that these institutions had played a pivotal role in strengthening democracy at the grassroots level in the country. He called upon the panchayati raj institutions to make strenuous efforts and involve people in the multi-dimensional progress of the country and the make a success of democracy.

He also commended the role of the soldiers of Haryana for defending the national frontiers. He said as many as 12 per cent soldiers in the Indian Army were from Haryana. There were soldiers from almost every family of the state, he claimed.

The Governor honoured Mukesh Kumar posthumously a student of P.G. Government College, Bhiwani, by presenting a draft of Jeevan Rakshak Padak amounting to Rs 30,000, which was given to him by the Union Home Ministry for showing exemplary courage and bravery in saving the life of a five-year-old child from a running train at the cost of his life.

Dr Kidwai also distributed bicycles to 10 schoolgirls of the district under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan scheme. The schoolchildren entertained the audience by performing Rajasthani, Himachali, Punjabi and Haryanvi dances and songs depicting the national and patriotic spirit.

Later, the district administration declared a holiday on Monday for those schoolchildren who participated in the function.
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Haryana to conduct census of blue bull
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula,, August 15
The dwindling population of blue bull has forced the Haryana Wildlife Department to carry out a detailed census of this antelope in the state.

Senior officials in the Forest Department inform that a pilot project for the census of blue bull or neelgai, will be first carried out in 30 villages of Hisar. Actual counting of the antelope would be done in these villages, and population estimates worked out for the district. This survey would later be replicated in the districts of Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar in North Haryana, and Rohtak, Sirsa, Bhiwani and Jhajjar in the southern part of the state.

Officials say after the census has been carried out they will be able to find the male-female ratio of this antelope, found only in India. This animal has gained notoriety for descending from the lower Shivalik hills and nearby forest areas in south Haryana, during the crop season and attacking farmers' fields at night.

The population figures of blue bull will also help officials to determine if the state wilderness is capable of supporting their population. More importantly, says a senior official in the department, the population figures for the antelope will determine if regulated hunting of the animal should continue.

The neighbouring states of Punjab and Rajasthan have allowed for the hunting of these animals, whenever herds of blue bull converge at the fields. Wildlife officials say that this animal was earlier found north of Madras, but now the animal is found only north of Maharashtra. With some states allowing hunting of the animal to save standing crop in the fields, the animal now faces threat of annihilation.

The Haryana Wildlife Department, taking a cue from the Wildlife Departments of Punjab and Rajasthan, had allowed regulated hunting of blue bulls since 1997. Since then, the power to issue hunting a licence for blue bull was delegated to Deputy Commissioner of each district. However, as the problem has worsened, the department has now allowed the Panchayat of the village affected by blue bull menace to approach the Divisional Forest Officer, after passing a resolution to allow hunting of blue bulls, who in turn can issue a permit. The DFOs have, however, been instructed to be very selective while issuing the permits so as not to endanger this species.

Senior officials inform that a census of blue bull was carried out in the state in 2002. The Forest Guards in various parts of the state were asked to give the population in their respective areas, and the figures then available put the number of this antelope at 38,000. However, the Wildlife Department felt that the figures were on a higher scale, and it was decided to have a more scientific system for conducting a census survey. Earlier this year, officials from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, were called to evolve a census technique. Subsequently, a two- day workshop was organised at Hisar last month, and it was decided that the actual counting of the animals be done after identifying 30 villages in each district. This would also help find the villages having the maximum population of blue bull, those with moderate population and those with low population.
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Potholed roads cause resentment
Satish Seth

Kaithal, August 15
Resentment prevails among residents of the town over the delay in the repair of some important roads by the PWD (B&R) and the Municipal Council in the town. Though the state government has spent crores of rupees on the repair and construction of roads during the past four years and at most of places cement concrete roads have been constructed which have brought much relief to the road users but the pitiable condition of some patches on the bus stand-Jakholi Adda road here and the potholed Pehowa Chowk-Siwan gate road via local Municipal Council Chowk has undone the good work done at other places.

Every road user has to pass through these two potholed roads and face a lot of inconvenience while crossing big potholes filled with rainwater and mud. A number of vehicles break down in the middle of these roads and at times result in accidents.

The delay in completing the widening and reconstruction of the Pehowa Chowk-Dhand road and part of the Hindu School Chowk-Amargarh Colony road to be completed by the Municipal Council has too added to the woes of the people. The indifferent attitude of the officials concerned has not only been causing great inconvenience to the people but also lowered the image of the government in the eyes of the people .

When contacted the local PWD Executive Engineer said that the roads dug by the Public Health Department would be repaired after the department deposited the requisite funds with his department. He said that the leftout repair work of the bus stand road would be started shortly by the contractor. He said that delay in the widening of the Dhand road was caused due to objection by residents of some colonies who feared that rainwater might enter their houses.

However, the town residents question the wisdom of the officials for their failure to ensure the completion of ongoing works before the onset of monsoon. They want that the Chief Minister should instruct the officials of the departments concerned to expedite the construction and repair work so that they could be saved of avoidable inconvenience.
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Defiant Nain told to surrender
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 15
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr D.S. Sheoran, yesterday cancelled the bail of Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) President Ghasi Ram Nain. He has also been told to surrender himself within a week.

The BKU leader was granted bail on December 23, last year, on the condition that he would appear before the Superintendent of Police here once a month. However, according to SP Attar Singh Ahlawat, Mr Nain did not appear before him. The police moved the court to cancel his bail on July 26. Following this, the court terminated his bail.

Mr Sheoran asked Mr Nain to surrender himself before the court of Ms Poonam Suneja, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Hisar, within a week.
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Aanganwadi workers, helpers to stage dharna
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 15
The district unit of the Aanganwadi Workers and Helpers Union, Haryana, have decided to organise a two-day dharna from August 16 in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here to press for the acceptance of its demands.

Mr Howa Singh, district president of CITU, told mediapersons here today that dharna would also be organised at Gohana, Kathura and Mundlana on August 16, followed by Ganaur, Rai and Kharkhauda on August 17. The union leaders, would submit the demands to the Deputy Commissioner.

The main demands include an increase in the emoluments and declaration of the aanganwadi workers and helpers as government employees. The deduction from the emoluments of the aanganwadi workers and helpers.

The CITU leader warned that a state-level agitation would be launched if the government failed to accept the demands. He, however, appealed to the state government to fulfil the demands.
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Traders observe bandh
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 15
Traders observed bandh here yesterday in protest against bid to occupy a shop by some armed persons. Traders blocked Neki Ram Sharma chowk for four hours under the leadership of Mr Pyare Lal Rangwala, president, Nagar Veopar Mandal. Blockage was lifted when the Superintendent of Police assured the traders.

Mr Rangwala said incidents of crime had increased in the area and the police had failed to check it.

Seeking suspension of the policemen who misbehaved with traders he also demanded arrest of the culprits.

Some armed youths attempted to get a shop vacated at Bichla Bazar here. They allegedly beaten up the shop-owner and his accountant.

The armed youths were overpowered and taken to the police station. Traders raised anti-police slogans and demanded arrest of the accused. The DSP and the SHO failed to pacify the traders and beat up the three arrested publicly on traders’ demand.

Congress MLA, Dharmbir Singh, criticised the incident and alleged that some persons in groups were taking forcible possession of land, houses and shops.

The Jan Sangharash Samiti criticised the incident and sought arrest of the accused. He alleged that land mafia was active in the town and it took possession by the property with musclemen’s help late sold it at higher price.
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