SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI



THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

Ganeshi Lal rejects any BJP-HVP tie-up
Chandigarh, August 20
Rout in two successive elections in Haryana — first in the Vidhan Sabha, then in the Lok Sabha — has made the Haryana Vikash Party (HVP) look for desperate measures to show that it still has a future in state politics.

Cong planning chargesheet against Chautala
Chandigarh, August 20
The Haryana Congress has decided to launch an offensive against the Chautala Government in the state. As part of its offensive, the party has decided to involve the public in the preparation of a charge-sheet the party proposes to give against the INLD Government to the President and the Governor.

Haryana plans $263-million road with Malaysian aid
Chandigarh, August 20
A Malaysian consortium led by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Haryana Government to build a 263-million dollar road in Haryana.

Chautala doles out sops for traders
Kundli (Sonepat), August 20
The Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today announced a number of concessions for the industrial sector, including exemption from re-payment of internal development charges, introduction of composite application form on the pattern of other states, decentralisation of powers for sanctioning building plans and reduction in transfer fee by 50 per cent.

7 condemned prisoners waiting for ‘death’ in Haryana jails
Chandigarh, August 20
Seven persons are waiting for their date with the gallows in Haryana jails. All of them have been awarded death sentences by trial courts. Their cases are at various stages of the judicial process.


Stories from Haryana towns falling in the National Capital Region are put in
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EARLIER STORIES
 

24 sentenced to life in murder case
Rohtak, August 20
As many as 24 persons, all residents of Bahu Jamalpur village near here, were today sentenced to life imprisonment on the charges of killing a fellow villager and his grandson in a group clash during elections of village sarpanch four years ago.

DHBVN to check power theft from August 23
Bhiwani, August 20
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has decided to reintroduce the scheme of giving on-the-spot domestic and non-domestic connections in place of ‘kundi connections’ in rural areas.

NAAC blames frequent transfers for poor research
Rohtak, August 20
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has blamed lack of opportunities for promotion and frequent transfers as inhibiting factors for research and career advancement among college and university teachers.

2 loan defaulters escape from Revenue Dept custody
Yamunanagar, August 20
Three defaulters of Land Mortgage Bank, Chhachhrauli, who were kept in a cell of the Revenue Department, escaped allegedly in connivance with the watchman last night. However, one of them returned to the bank this morning and deposited a part of his debt.

JBT vacancies to be filled through transfers
Chandigarh, August 20
The Haryana Government has decided to fill vacancies of JBT teachers in zila parishads through transfers from other zila parishads, giving priority to the requests made by female and handicapped teachers for such an adjustment in the state.

More tourists are visiting Kashmir: Mir
Ambala, August 20
J&K Minister G.A. Mir said today that there was a high tourist inflow into Kashmir as compared to previous years. Talking to mediapersons after participating in a function to mark former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary at Ambala City, Mr Mir said from 1990 to 2002 barely 20,000 tourists used to annually visit the Valley. “Ever since our government took over the inflow has increased,” he said.

Jat Mahasabha legal cell office-bearers
Chandigarh, August 20
Mr Pratap Singh and Mr R.K. Hooda, both advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, have been appointed president and convener, respectively, of the legal cell of the Haryana Jat Mahasabha.

National demand day observed
Hisar, August 20
On a call given by the central trade unions, members of the Sarv Karmchari Sangh, CITU and the Karmchari Mahasangh observed national demand day here today. Workers and employees of various organisations, including the LIC, banks and telecom sector, staged a demonstration against various government policies.

Govt to construct Shahabad-Nalvi feeder
Kurukshetra, August 20
The Haryana Government has decided to construct the Shahabad-Nalvi feeder and two distributaries at a cost of Rs 167.62 crore as the Central Water Commission has given its consent in principle for the setting up of this project. 

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Ganeshi Lal rejects any BJP-HVP tie-up
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Rout in two successive elections in Haryana — first in the Vidhan Sabha, then in the Lok Sabha — has made the Haryana Vikash Party (HVP) look for desperate measures to show that it still has a future in state politics.

This was alleged today by leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) while reacting to HVP secretary general, Surinder Singh's statement that the HVP was trying to unite all the non-INLD and non-Congress parties of the state for the next Assembly elections.

Rebutting the chances of an alliance between the BJP and the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) for the state Assembly elections, state BJP president Ganeshi Lal said at Sirsa today that the BJP would not tie up with any party in the forthcoming elections.

Mr Ganeshi Lal added that the HVP wanted to harness public support for its August 25 rally in Delhi by issuing such statements.

The BSP, which too could fit in the scheme of things proposed by the HVP leader, also vehemently denied that it could tie up with the BSP for the Assembly elections to be held early next year. " We would contest on our own. Our experience has shown that alliances do not transfer votes to us, though they benefit by the support offered by the BSP to their candidates", Mr Ramji Lal, president of the Haryana unit of the BSP said. Regarding Mr Surinder Singh's call of bringing non-INLD, non-Congress parties together, Mr Ramji Lal said it was to enthuse the HVP workers who could sense that the party was fast losing its significance in the state politics.

The HVP, which managed to get a majority in the 1996 Assembly elections riding on its promise to impose prohibition in Haryana, was reduced to only two MLAs when the next Assembly elections were held in February, 2000. It drew a blank in the Lok Sabha elections in May this year. The crucial Bhiwani seat, considered a stronghold of the HVP due to the party supremo Bansi Lal's association with Bhiwani, was won by Congress candidate, Kuldeep Bishnoi, who trounced Mr Surinder Singh, HVP leader, who is also son of Mr Bansi Lal.

While Mr Surinder Singh talks about HVP's "alliance" with other parties, the possible allies are thinking in the line of HVP's merger in their party. There was reportedly a move for the merger of the HVP with the BJP. The nomination of Ms Kiran Chaudhary, wife of Mr Surinder Singh, as Congress Rajya Sabha nominee from Haryana, had also triggered off speculations about HVP's merger in the Congress.

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Cong planning chargesheet against Chautala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
The Haryana Congress has decided to launch an offensive against the Chautala Government in the state. As part of its offensive, the party has decided to involve the public in the preparation of a charge-sheet the party proposes to give against the INLD Government to the President and the Governor.

A former party president, Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, who is heading a committee formed by the Congress to prepare the chargesheet, said here today that they would collect evidence from the general public regarding the “misdeeds” of Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, his family members, ministers, INLD MLAs and functionaries and “henchmen” bureaucrats.

He said any public man could contact him or any other member of the committee and furnish the necessary evidence. Mr Surjewala said the identity of the person providing evidence would be kept secret.

The other members of the committee are Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Mr Birender Singh and Mr Harpal Singh, all former party presidents; Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, officiating leader of the CLP; Mr Phool Chand Mullana, general secretary of the party; Mr Karan Singh Dalal, MLA; and Mr Ran Singh Mann, organising secretary of the Haryana Congress.

Mr Surjewala said the first meeting of the committee was held on August 16 and the next would be held on August 23.

He said the public men could also send the evidence to the Congress office in Sector 9 here through post in a sealed envelope with “Memorandum” superscribed on it.

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Haryana plans $263-million road with Malaysian aid
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
A Malaysian consortium led by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Haryana Government to build a 263-million dollar road in Haryana.

The MoU with the state government would be signed during the Malaysian Works Minister S Samy Vellu's visit to New Delhi from August 22.Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala will be present when the MoU is signed between the state government and the Malaysian consortium at Haryana Bhavan in Delhi on August 24.

"The contract is to build the 130-km Delhi peripheral road,'' a source said and added that the CIDB consortium comprised Malaysia's main highway company Plus Bhd and IJM Bhd, which was already active in several construction projects in India.

A Haryana official said the government wanted to construct an express highway to connect National Highways Nos1, 8 and 10. The proposed highway would be a joint venture project with the HSIDC holding majority share of 27 per cent and the equity partner having 73 per cent share, he said.

The official said that the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal express highway had been necessitated due to pressure of traffic in the Haryana sub-region of National Capital Region. The salient features of the express highway would be a non-stop four-lane high speed toll road only for fast moving vehicles. It would be elevated at the junction of any road, and have under-passes for cattle, carts and tractors in the countryside at the existing tracks. It would have barricades to control the entry of animals and have arrangements for quick removal of any vehicular breakdown.

He said that the proposed express highway would ensure smooth and quick transportation of grain, milk and milk products, fruits and vegetables from Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir to other parts of the country. It would reduce the travel time and distance by bypassing Delhi and reduce traffic congestion and pollution in the National Capital.

He said due to the absence of connectivity among NH 1, 10, 8 and 2, the entire traffic bound for Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra was passing through Delhi. Consequently the areas of district Sonepat and Jhajjar adjoining Delhi could not find favour for industrial development. There was also a strong demand to connect by road the areas of industrial concentration of Haryana. These areas included Sonepat-Bahadurgarh and Gurgaon-Faridabad.

The trucks bound for Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have to wait for hours together outside Delhi due to the restriction on their entry, the source said, and added that the expressway would put an end to this phenomenon.

He said that the Town and Country Planning Department of the state had drawn perspective development plans for the towns within the NCR, which covered one-third area of the state. The construction of express highway outside Delhi would go a long way in connecting these settlements.

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Chautala doles out sops for traders
Tribune News Service

Kundli (Sonepat), August 20
The Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today announced a number of concessions for the industrial sector, including exemption from re-payment of internal development charges, introduction of composite application form on the pattern of other states, decentralisation of powers for sanctioning building plans and reduction in transfer fee by 50 per cent.

The Chief Minister, who was addressing a meeting of the entrepreneurs and traders under the second phase of ‘Sarkar Udyogpatiyon Ke Dwar’ at Kundli in Sonepat district, said interest at a rate of 11 per cent would be charged on the loan given earlier by the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation.

He said the government would also consider bifurcation of industrial plots and added that the decision regarding fee for extension of load was under consideration. He also announced to allot plots to various associations of Kundli.

He claimed as a result of a number of steps taken by the state government to create congenial atmosphere for the development of industry, 208 large and medium as well as 5,000 small-scale industrial units catalysing an investment of Rs12,000 crore had been set up during past four-and-a-half years. These units provided employment opportunities to two lakh people, he said.

Referring to the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the state, he said the state leaders of the Congress had intentionally launched a campaign against this for vested political interests while on the other hand Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had appreciated the decision of the state government to introduce VAT. He said there would be no shortage of power in the state after the commissioning of the seventh and eighth units of Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Plant at Panipat. He said tenders from world over had been invited to set up Yamunanagar Thermal Plant. The process to set up a power plant at Hisar had already been started.

He said steps were being taken to set up an ESI dispensary in the complex of the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation here. He said all roads would be repaired by the end of December and a bridge would be constructed over the drain No. 8 here.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vidya Dhar, said 13 large and medium as well as 291 small-scale industrial units had been set up in the district in the past four-and-a-half years with a total investment of Rs 430 crore.

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7 condemned prisoners waiting for ‘death’ in Haryana jails
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Seven persons are waiting for their date with the gallows in Haryana jails. All of them have been awarded death sentences by trial courts. Their cases are at various stages of the judicial process.

The oldest ‘condemned’ prisoner (as a person carrying the death sentence is known in jail parlance) is Dharam Pal, who was awarded the death sentence on May 5, 1997. He has been in custody since June 22, 1993.

Dharam Pal, who is lodged in Ambala Central Jail, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in 1991-92 for raping a girl of Shahpur Turk village in Sonepat district. The High Court bailed him. Dharam Pal, who says that he was falsely implicated in the rape case due to a land dispute, killed the girl’s father, mother, sister and two brothers aged 15 years and 13 years, respectively. The girl, however, escaped because she was not at home.

His mercy petition is pending with the President after the High Court and the Supreme Court rejected his appeals. The mercy petition was sent in 1999.

The other two condemned prisoners in Ambala are Sanjeev Kumar and his wife, Sonia, who were awarded the death sentence in the Relu Ram case. Sonia along with her husband had killed her father, Relu Ram, a former MLA, and seven other members of the family. Their appeal is pending in the High Court.

Sonia has been temporarily shifted to the Hisar jail along with all other women inmates of the Ambala jail due to the flood threat.

Among the four condemned prisoners lodged in the Hisar jail, three persons were convicted in one case. They were awarded the death sentence on February 8, 2002, for eliminating the entire family of six in Jhajjar district. Om Prakash, his wife Satwanti, his daughter Rekha and his three sons, Dharmender, Rakesh and Rajesh, were done to death on December 21, 1996. The High Court is yet to confirm the death sentence.

The fourth condemned prisoner in Hisar is Rattan Singh, who received the death sentence on February, 17, 2004, for murdering a 12-year-old boy in Faridabad district. The sentence is to be confirmed by the High Court.

According to the Director-General, Prisons, Mr A.S. Bhatotia, only two jails in Haryana, Ambala and Hisar have gallows. The Rohtak jail also used to have gallows but these have been in disuse since long.

After Haryana came into existence on November 1, 1966, 28 persons have been hanged to death so far. The last time the gallows were put to use in Haryana was on June 20, 1989, when Gulab Singh was hanged to death in the Ambala jail. The first persons to be hanged in the Ambala jail in independent India were the assassins of Mahatma Gandhi — Nathu Ram Godse and narain D.Apte, who were executed on November 15, 1949, on the orders of Mr Attma Charan Singh, ICS, who held the special court in Delhi.

In the Ambala jail after 1947, twice three persons were hanged simultaneously on September 14, 1967, and April 17, 1968, respectively.

On three occasions two convicts were hanged simultaneously. Godse and Apte were also hanged simultaneously.

Out of 10 persons hanged in the Hisar jail after Haryana came into existence, three persons were executed simultaneously on October 7, 1974. On two occasions, two persons were executed simultaneously.

Vijay Singh, who will turn 50 in December next, is the only hangman in this part of the country, which includes Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Though he joined the rolls of the haryana Prison Department as a hangman on December 1, 1987, he is yet to hang a convict. In 1989, he assisted in the hanging of Gulab Singh. He gets the pay of a jail warder.

A quick study of the executions in Ambala jail show that till 1989, the time gap between the pronouncement of the death sentence by the sessions court and the execution varied from a few months to about three years.

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24 sentenced to life in murder case
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 20
As many as 24 persons, all residents of Bahu Jamalpur village near here, were today sentenced to life imprisonment on the charges of killing a fellow villager and his grandson in a group clash during elections of village sarpanch four years ago.

Mr Vinod Kumar Jain, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Fast Track Court, also imposed fine of Rs 27,500 on each of the convicts.

The judge acquitted nine other villagers against whom these convicts had filed a complaint in the same court alleging that the murder was committed by them.

The clash took place on March 16, 2000 when the polling for elections of the village sarpanch was in progress. The supporters of rival candidates had an altercation outside a polling booth. In the group clash that followed Sahi Ram, a supporter of one of the candidates and his grandson were assaulted by supporters of the rival candidate. While Sahi Ram died on the spot, his grandson Mandroop died after few hours.

The police had registered a case under Sections 302, 323, 325, 341, 285, 452, 148, 149 of the IPC and various sections of the Arms Act against 24 residents of the village.

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DHBVN to check power theft from August 23
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, August 20
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has decided to reintroduce the scheme of giving on-the-spot domestic and non-domestic connections in place of ‘kundi connections’ in rural areas.

While revealing this here today, a spokesman for the nigam said the scheme would be effective from August 23 to September 26 in all eight districts — Bhiwani, Rewari, Mahendragarh, Hisar, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Fatehabad and Sirsa, that fall in the area of the DHBVN.

He said under the scheme, nigam officials would organise camps to provide on-the-spot domestic and non-domestic connections in the villages where number of connections were less as against the number of houses and power theft was apparent. The villages were to be selected by the Superintending Engineers (Operation) concerned.

He said the scheme was being launched mainly to check the menace of power theft, discourage people using ‘kundi’ connections and to facilitate people to get electricity connections easily. People steal power by taping low tension lines or service cables. Such connections were not only a cognizable offence, but had also created hindrance in the way of development, he added.

He said the DHBVN had already conducted survey in the selected villages and found that a number of people had electricity fittings in their houses, but had got no regular connections. The nigam was giving an opportunity to such people to come forward voluntarily to get regular connections instead of using ‘kundi’ connections.

He said under the campaign, a team comprising concerned Subdivisional Officer, Junior Engineer, linemen, clerk and a representative of the district administration would visit the villages on fixed days and release new connections on demand by going at the doorstep of the people.

The spokesman said the team of the nigam officials would carry all required papers with it and all formalities would be completed at site without causing any inconvenience to the applicants.

People desirous to get connections in villages would, thus, be given connections on the same day and they need not bother even to go to the office of the nigam.

He said after September 26, a campaign would be launched by the nigam to detect unauthorised connections and action would be taken against the persons found stealing power.

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NAAC blames frequent transfers for poor research
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 20
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has blamed lack of opportunities for promotion and frequent transfers as inhibiting factors for research and career advancement among college and university teachers.

In its latest analysis of accreditation reports of colleges and universities in Haryana, it has pointed out that 52 per cent of the reports of peer teams which inspected these institutions showed that the staff lacked motivation for engaging in research and career advancement because of these two factors. It said frequent transfers disrupted continuity which in turn affected performance.

NAAC is an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission (UGC), which evaluates higher education institutions in the country. It is on the basis of this evaluation that the UGC determines the quantum of aid to the institutions. As many as 75 per cent of higher education institutions in the state are accredited to the council.

The report said that “very few” teachers were members of professional bodies. Not many attended symposia, conferences and workshops for their professional growth. It has suggested that to encourage teachers to engage in research, the government as well managements of higher education institutions should create a corpus to provide seed money for funding research. It said this should be done even at the post-graduate level.

The council pointed out that no attempts were being made to relate subject matter to current issues regarding community development and its needs. Therefore, it wanted all colleges in the state to set up research and development units which should be managed by competent faculty.

According to the report, very few teachers demonstrated awareness of latest trends and issues related to their subjects. They did not show interest in developing and using well-crafted instructional materials to facilitate learning. It said professional development of teachers “should be encouraged and made mandatory if required”.

The report said that most of the teachers were not trained to use computers despite the fact that there was a provision in colleges under an agreement with Tata Infotech for providing 100 hours of free training for teachers. It has recommended that computer training be made compulsory for both teaching and non-teaching staff of colleges and universities.

The report also pointed to the heavy workload on teachers in violation of the UGC norms. This, it added, was affecting the overall performance of the institutions as the teachers had little time to spare for other important activities. It also pointed out that though there were 127 privately managed colleges in Haryana compared to 60 run by the government, the former were not being allowed to fill vacant posts or create new posts since 1986 and this was affecting their performance.

The council said because of lack of government support, colleges and universities were appointing teachers on a temporary or ad hoc basis on consolidated salary. It said pay parity between teachers of all categories was a must and temporary and ad hoc staff should be paid “full scale of pay similar to that of permanent staff”.

According to the report, private colleges in Haryana were found “significantly superior to government colleges” so far as curricular, teaching-learning evaluation, infrastructure, learning resources, student support and progression, organisation, management and healthy practices were concerned. But research, consultancy and extension criterion for both categories of institutions was found to be equally low.

The NAAC found that the “accredited status of colleges affiliated to Kurukshetra University is more encouraging than colleges affiliated to Maharshi Dayanand University”.

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2 loan defaulters escape from Revenue Dept custody
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 20
Three defaulters of Land Mortgage Bank, Chhachhrauli, who were kept in a cell of the Revenue Department, escaped allegedly in connivance with the watchman last night. However, one of them returned to the bank this morning and deposited a part of his debt.

According to information available, the defaulters — Shyam Lal of Karkoli village, Faquir Chand of Tibi village and Budhu of Malikpur village — and the watchman Gurtez Singh reportedly consumed liquor in the cell last night.

The “heavily drunk” watchman reportedly left the cell door unlocked and the three defaulters fled. According to Mr Balbir Singh, Manager of the bank, Budhu, instead of fleeing, reached the bank in the morning and offered to clear his debt. He deposited Rs 9,500 and assured the bank officials to clear his debt by August 31. The three had taken a loan of about Rs 50,000 each against their land holdings for setting up business.

But when they did not repay the loan, an arrest warrant was issued against them and the three were arrested on August 16. Sources said each of them owed about Rs 70,000 (principal amount plus interest) to the bank.

Sources in the Revenue Department said the department had only provided a cell and the security was not its concern. 

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JBT vacancies to be filled through transfers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
The Haryana Government has decided to fill vacancies of JBT teachers in zila parishads through transfers from other zila parishads, giving priority to the requests made by female and handicapped teachers for such an adjustment in the state.

While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that in case of any vacancy of JBT teacher in a zila parishad, priority would be given to fill it through transfers from amongst unmarried women, widows or divorcees, ex-servicemen or para military personnel or wives of officers, handicapped and couple cases in case of employees of state government or of its board or corporation or the Union Government. He said those desirous of seeking such a transfer would have to apply on prescribed performa to the department within 10 days through the concerned zila parishad. Thereafter, he said, no application would be considered.

He said in case of acceptance of their applications they would have to give their consent to accept such an appointment through transfer as a new appointment. As a result of it they would not be entitled to the benefit of seniority fixed in their parental zila parishad. They would be appointed only in rural areas and would never be transferred to urban areas. Their new seniority in the new zila parishad would commence from the day they would assume the charge.

Such a transfer would be admissible only once. The reservation policy of the state various categories would be kept in view while making such an appointment through transfer. Such teachers would not be entitled to any travelling or dearness allowance. 

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More tourists are visiting Kashmir: Mir
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 20
J&K Minister G.A. Mir said today that there was a high tourist inflow into Kashmir as compared to previous years.
Talking to mediapersons after participating in a function to mark former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary at Ambala City, Mr Mir said from 1990 to 2002 barely 20,000 tourists used to annually visit the Valley. “Ever since our government took over the inflow has increased,” he said.

Mr Mir said in 2003, 2.5 lakh tourists visited Kashmir and this year so far 3.65 lakh tourists have arrived here. “These figures do not include the pilgrims going on Amarnath Yatra or Mata Vaishno Devi,” he said.

He stated that the state government had identified areas so that the Kashmiri migrants who want to return could be rehabilitated. Housing complexs were being built at Khir Bhawani in Srinagar and at Muttur, besides construction of complexes at Badgam and Anantnag.

“The Kashmiri migrants who will return will be provided with basic facilities. A job will be given to one member of each family. The relief being given to them will continue. We are also providing jobs to Kashmiri Pandits. We are also going to ask for an employment package from the Centre,” he added.

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Jat Mahasabha legal cell office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Mr Pratap Singh and Mr R.K. Hooda, both advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, have been appointed president and convener, respectively, of the legal cell of the Haryana Jat Mahasabha.

According to a press statement of the cell, Mr Man Mohan (Tohana) and Mr Rameshwar (Yamunanagar) have been made senior vice-presidents, while Mr Subhash Mann (Panipat), Mr Balraj Gill (Sirsa) and Mr Narender Attri (Faridabad) have been appointed vice-presidents.

Mr Ranjit Singh (Kurukshetra), Mr Satbir Ravish (Kaithal) and Mr Daya Nand Hooda (Hisar) will be the secretaries. Mr Jasbir Singh Mor (Chandigarh), Mr Vinod Chahar (Dadri), Mr Vinod Gulia (Gurgaon), Mr Virender Bhal (Karnal) and Mr Karnail Singh (Guhla-Cheeka) have been made joint secretaries.

The following will be the presidents of the district units: Mr Sushil Nehra (Ambala), Mr Jitender Dhaliwal (Bhiwani), Mr Rajbir Singh (Fatehabad), Mr Abhey Dahiya (Gurgaon), Mr Satbir Singh Nain (Hisar), Mr Jasbir Singh Dhull (Jind), Mr Shamsher Singh Kundu (Kaithal), Mr Joginder Deswal (Karnal), Mr Sukhvinder Singh Malik (Kurukshetra), Mr Satish Kadian (Panchkula), Mr Rajesh Saharan (Rohtak), Mr Yash Pal Malik (Sonepat), Mr Prithvi Singh Dhanda (Yamunanagar) and Mr Surinder Lochhab (Jhajjar).

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National demand day observed
Tribune Reporters

Hisar, August 20
On a call given by the central trade unions, members of the Sarv Karmchari Sangh, CITU and the Karmchari Mahasangh observed national demand day here today. Workers and employees of various organisations, including the LIC, banks and telecom sector, staged a demonstration against various government policies.

Their demands included increasing the EPF interest rate to 12 per cent, scrapping the move on foreign direct investment in Air-India, LIC and BSNL, restoring the right to strike through legislation and framing a national policy for farm labourers. Mr Prabhat Singh, president, and Mr Satbir Singh, general secretary of the Haryana chapter of CITU, said a special resolution was also adopted against the termination of services of Forest Department workers.

Sonepat: Various trade unions observed a national demand day here today and warned the Union Government against treading the NDA path and adopting anti-workers attitude.

According to a report, the employees from banking, insurance and telecom sectors belonging to the Central Coordination Committee, AITUC and CITU have urged the Centre to implement pro-workers policies to ensure the stability of the UPA government.

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Govt to construct Shahabad-Nalvi feeder
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, August 20
The Haryana Government has decided to construct the Shahabad-Nalvi feeder and two distributaries at a cost of Rs 167.62 crore as the Central Water Commission has given its consent in principle for the setting up of this project. A senior official of the Irrigation Department, while revealing this, said the state government had approved the proposal of the department to set up an independent construction unit headed by the Chief Engineer for the speedy completion of this project.

Under this project, a 22.25 km long feeder and two main distributaries — Shahabad distributary and Nalvi distributary — would be constructed. The total length of these channels would be 381.30 km. 

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Man poisons his three children, commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 20
In a shocking incident a man gave poison to his three children and later committed suicide by consuming poison at Siwan village yesterday. Pritpal (30), a resident of Saini Mohalla, took the extreme step following a dispute with his wife. Pritpal, his daughter Renu (9) and son Shubham (4) died on the spot while another daughter Meenu (6), was rushed to a private nursing home at Kaithal. Her condition is reported to be serious.

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Three get life term for murder
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 20
The Special Judge for CBI cases Mr M.M. Sharma, sentenced three persons to life imprisonment in a murder case.
Abdul Ilai, Kamal Singh and Dharm Raj were found guilty of murdering wood contractor Bhart Bhushan the Faridabad-Delhi National Highway on September 10, 1996.

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