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CM demands higher MSP for bajra, paddy
Hisar, August 19
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has demanded a higher minimum support price for paddy and bajra from the Centre. He said the Rs 10 increase in the MSP was not sufficient.

A cultural programme being held at the Haryana Agricultural University auditorium during the state-level Teej function in Hisar on Thursday. A cultural programme being held at the Haryana Agricultural University auditorium during the state-level Teej function in Hisar on Thursday. — Photo by Mehta

Hooda flays govt on waters issue
Bhiwani, August 19
While criticising the INLD government for its failure on every front in the state, the MP from Rohtak, Mr Bhupender Singh Hooda, said that the people of the state were ready for a change and asserted that the Congress would form the next government in Haryana. He was addressing a press conference at the Baya tourist complex after paying tribute to martyrs at Tigrana village today.

Breach in Yamuna Canal plugged
Yamunanagar, August 19
Water discharge in the Western Yamuna Canal was restored today, after the breach was plugged. Partial power generation from the four hydro power projects situated on the canal also began working.

Woman constable stabbed to death
Ambala, August 19
A woman constable was stabbed to death in Ambala city last night. Punjab police constable Paramjit Kaur, who was posted at Jagraon police station, was allegedly stabbed to death by her paramour Vinod, alias Guddu, in Housing Board, Ambala city, at around 9 p.m.


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Nod for construction of 300 lawyers’ chambers
Kaithal, August 19
The building construction committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted permission for the construction of 300 lawyers’ chambers on the district court premises here. Giving this information the District Bar Association president, Mr Ranveer Parashar, said here today that a communication to this effect had been received by the Bar .

Naggal MLA’s poser to Selja
Ambala, August 19
Naggal MLA Jasbir Mallour today sought to know what monetary assistance has been provided by Ambala MP and Union Minister Kumari Selja to the flood hit in Ambala. He said the state government had not only started work to repair damages, it had also provided monetary assistance to the victims.

Neem effective in checking bollworm
Sirsa, August 19
Neem spray could prove an effective measure to delay the use of synthetic insecticides thus protecting the cotton crop from American bollworm, opine scientists of the General Institute for Cotton Research.

Missing Rs 5.5 lakh found on bank premises
Yamunanagar, August 19
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Rs 5.5 lakh from the Matka Chowk, Jagadhri branch of the Punjab and Sindh Bank, was today solved, when the money was found lying in the bank premises only.

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CM demands higher MSP for bajra, paddy
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 19
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has demanded a higher minimum support price (MSP) for paddy and bajra from the Centre. He said the Rs 10 increase in the MSP was not sufficient.

The Chief Minister was addressing mediapersons after presiding over a meeting of the INLD workers here today. He said the partymen were geared up for the Assembly elections, adding that the INLD would launch its poll campaign at a rally to be held at Fatehabad on September 25, Devi Lal’s birth anniversary.

Mr Chautala said forging of any poll alliance would be considered only after the elections were announced and said there was no such move at present. Later, he attended a state-level function to mark the Teej festival at the Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) auditorium. Regarding the resignations of BJP members and their poll campaign, Mr Chautala said the BJP leaders had no mass base and were just “paper tigers”. He said the state government was yet to get a sum of Rs 3,000 crore from the Centre. Besides, the government would seek adequate compensation for flood relief from the Union Government.

The Chief Minister said the INLD would not contest the panchayat elections on the party symbol and would extend its support to the deserving candidates. He remarked that the Union Government was being run through various remote controls and would fall before its tenure was over.

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Hooda flays govt on waters issue
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 19
While criticising the INLD government for its failure on every front in the state, the MP from Rohtak, Mr Bhupender Singh Hooda, said that the people of the state were ready for a change and asserted that the Congress would form the next government in Haryana. He was addressing a press conference at the Baya tourist complex after paying tribute to martyrs at Tigrana village today.

He said the Punjab Termination of Water Agreement Bill, 2004, had put a question mark on the federal structure of the nation. Holding the INLD and BJP responsible for the delay in the completion of the SYL canal, Mr Hooda said that INLD-BJP government did not pursue the matter before the erstwhile NDA government. He said the coming Assembly elections would show where the Chautala government stood.

He disclosed that the party was preparing a memorandum pertaining to every issue affecting the state and would submit it to the President of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker. “The state of electricity and water has deteriorated and corruption is at its highest and law and order situation has collapsed in the state”, he said.

In response to a question, the former HPCC president said the Congress followed its own culture and the next Chief Minister would be nominated by the party chief, Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

When asked about government’s decision on holding panchayat elections before the Assembly elections, he said that it was just to draw people’s attention.

Advocating Congress party’s stand after the passage of the Punjab Termination of Water Agreement Bill, he hoped that the verdict of the apex court would be in favour of Haryana. “We are not begging, it is our right which we will certainly get,” he said.

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Breach in Yamuna Canal plugged
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 19
Water discharge in the Western Yamuna Canal (WYC) was restored today, after the breach was plugged. Partial power generation from the four hydro power projects situated on the canal also began working.

The canal had developed a breach yesterday, near Burjio No 50. The average water discharge in the canal was about 8,000 cusecs today. The flood water had also drained off, sources said.

Sources in the Haryana Irrigation Department said repair work of all the “weakened’ portion of the 20 km stretch between Hathnikund Barrage and Dadupur would also be taken up. All broken embankments of the WYC (also known as Western Jamuna Canal or WJC) would also be repaired.

Sources in the Hydal Power Generation Department said all the four generation units began working. However, the units were not put to the optimum use because of silt in the canal bed.

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Woman constable stabbed to death
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 19
A woman constable was stabbed to death in Ambala city last night.

Punjab police constable Paramjit Kaur, who was posted at Jagraon police station, was allegedly stabbed to death by her paramour Vinod, alias Guddu, in Housing Board, Ambala city, at around 9 p.m.

A police official said Paramjit Kaur, 40, was a widow and she belonged to Ludhiana. He said she had become friendly with Vinod, who was a businessman. Vinod’s wife is settled abroad.

Vinod had begun to live in Ambala city for the past few months. Paramjit Kaur used to visit him. Vinod was staying on the first floor of his relative’s residence.

Paramjit had come from Punjab to meet him yesterday. At around 9 p.m., neighbours heard a verbal altercation taking place between them.

Thereafter, Paramjit rushed out of the house and Vinod followed close behind. She ran to the ground floor.

Vinod, who was armed with a sharp-edged weapon, began to stab Paramjit. Vinod’s relative, Neena, who tried to intervene, received some injuries on her hand. Paramjit Kaur was repeatedly stabbed and she collapsed there. The accused then ran away from the spot.

Paramjit was taken to the Civil Hospital, where she was declared dead. Jagraon police station, where Paramjit was posted, was informed about the incident.

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Nod for construction of 300 lawyers’ chambers
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 19
The building construction committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted permission for the construction of 300 lawyers’ chambers on the district court premises here. Giving this information the District Bar Association president, Mr Ranveer Parashar, said here today that a communication to this effect had been received by the Bar .

The construction of 142 chambers was started two years ago but it was stopped by the district authorities as it was started without seeking approval from HUDA, the local civic body and the building construction committee of the high court. Some objections were raised over the construction of the chambers and later engineers of the PWD (B&R) department inspected the site on the orders of the high court committee and they gave their technical opinion about the half-built building and suggestions to improve the construction to provide required strength to the building .

The Bar Association submitted an amended site plan and a building design prepared by architects and the state government forwarded its recommendations to a high-powered committee for approval. Following this, the high court committee is reported to have granted its approval which has paved the way for the construction of the chambers. 

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Naggal MLA’s poser to Selja
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 19
Naggal MLA Jasbir Mallour today sought to know what monetary assistance has been provided by Ambala MP and Union Minister Kumari Selja to the flood hit in Ambala.

He said the state government had not only started work to repair damages, it had also provided monetary assistance to the victims. He claimed that Kumari Selja was shying away from her responsibility.

He said had she been concerned about the people of Ambala, she would have raised the demand for financial rehabilitation package.

He said that being an MP, Kumari Selja could allot Rs 2 crore from the MPLAD. Her ministry could also provide relief to the poor affected by the flood.

Mr Mallour said the state government rescued people and provided them with food and water.

He said that Kumari Selja must meet the Prime Minister and put pressure on the Punjab Government for carrying out repairs of the Narwana canal and completing of the SYL canal.

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Neem effective in checking bollworm
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, August 19
Neem spray could prove an effective measure to delay the use of synthetic insecticides thus protecting the cotton crop from American bollworm, opine scientists of the General Institute for Cotton Research (CICR). The scientists are educating farmers of Haryana on ways to protect their crops from American bollworm under a programme of the Central Government. To minimise the risk of American bollworm from August 16 to September 30 as the cotton fruit (the ball) comes to the tree, the institute is undertaking Dissemination of Insecticide Resistance Management Programme, sponsored by the Union Agriculture Ministry.

Talking to this correspondent at the institute, Dr D. Monga, Head of the institute, said the experts had advised the measure as the farmers had sprayed up to 40-50 per cent less insecticide in their fields to get maximum yield. Over the years, the worm had developed resistance towards commonly available pesticides and it was a serious issue for the cotton growers. Though, the farmers were reluctant to accept the capabilities of neem, there was a need to educate them in this regard. During the awareness programme, the scientists laid stress on the use of “natural insecticide” at different levels to maximise the delay of synthetic insecticides to keep intact the quality of the crop as per the international standards, including the allergy factors.

The institute had undertaken the project in 45 villages in Sirsa, Hisar and Fatehabad districts. With a strong team of field workers, the farmers were instructed to use various insecticides at different levels of crop to check the resistance of insects towards a particular insecticide and tests were conducted at the institute’s laboratories at the district level. Commonly available neem was effective as a pesticide for cotton crop if used in a proper manner under the guidance of experts, he added.

Dr Monga said if 5 kg nimoli (neem seed) was grinded and mixed in 100 litres of water, the solution was sufficient for spray in one acre. Similarly, a number of companies were also producing neem oil, which was commonly available in the domestic market also.

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Missing Rs 5.5 lakh found on bank premises
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 19
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Rs 5.5 lakh from the Matka Chowk, Jagadhri branch of the Punjab and Sindh Bank, was today solved, when the money was found lying in the bank premises only.

Sources said the money in form of Rs 500 currency notes had actually never disappeared but was mistakenly stacked along with Rs 50 wads. The confusion was cleared when the bank officials recounted the cash and compared it with the bank’s ledger. The internal inquiry started by the bank in the incident had also been stopped.

A bank cashier, Mr Vaheguru Pal, had yesterday raised an alarm when Rs 5.5 lakh which was supposed to be in his cash box went missing.

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4 of family killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 19
Four family members of the president of the Municipal Council, Bahadurgarh, died when their vehicle overturned and fell into a nullah near Hirankudna turn in Delhi, 7 km from Bahadurgarh on the Delhi-Rohtak national highway number 10, last night. Nine others are in serious condition and have been admitted to Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi.

According to information, Suresh, nephew of the MC chief, Mr Karambir Rathee, was coming to his house from Nangloi along with 12 persons of his family, most of them children. The deceased have been identified as Suresh (30), his children Abhishek (7) and Ashu (5), and Praveen (19), daughter of Karambir Rathee. 

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Technical glitch at railway bridge, rectified
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 19
A “technical trouble” again developed at a railway bridge located between Dhulkot and Lalru, which had recently been repaired.

The fault took place at railway bridge No. 246 this morning. The problem was noticed soon after a goods train passed over the bridge at a relatively high speed. A number of officers of Ambala division reached the spot to take stock of the situation. Rail traffic, however, was not affected due to the incident.

According to an officer, a speed caution system is present on each bridge on its approach. While the goods train driver claimed that he was driving within the speed limit, staff on the ground observed that the train passed over the bridge at a speed relatively higher than the caution limit. After the technical fault came to light, the railway engineers rectified the problem.

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SP burns effigy of Karnal MP
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 19
The state unit of the Samajwadi Party (SP) held a demonstration against the ruling Congress at the Centre and in Punjab on the issue of the SYL canal and burnt the effigy of the local MP, Dr Arvind Sharma, today.

Hundreds of SP workers from across the state gathered here in the morning under the leadership of the state president, Mrs Kanta Alrhiya, and raised slogans against the Union Government

She said similar protests would be held on August 22 at Faridabad and on August 23 at Bhiwani.

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Five held in dowry case
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 19
Five persons of a family have been booked for allegedly harassing a bride for dowry.

In a complaint lodged with the police, Ram Kumar resident of Jewali village, said that husband Duli Chand, father-in-law Matu Ram, mother-in-law Bimla, Chanderpati and sister-in-law Manju of Bhagola village in Rajasthan had been harassing his daughter, Sushila. 

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Death of woman: panchayat demands inquiry
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 19
A delegation of the panchayat of Kayla village, led by sarpanch Mange Ram, met the Superintendent of Police here on Tuesday and demanded an inquiry into the death of a woman.

The woman was admitted to the Civil Hospital on August 13 with burn injuries and she had charged in her statement her brother-in-law and sister-in-law with rape and setting her on fire. Later, she was referred to the Medical College, Rohtak, where she died after three days. The police had booked Ajay Pal, brother-in-law of the deceased, and his sister, Pushpa.

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