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Cong to oppose early civic poll in Haryana
Ambala, August 23
Youth Congress today organised Jan Akrosh rally to highlight “poor governance of the Chautala government”.


Indian Youth Congress president Randeep Singh Surjewala at a rally in Ambala on Monday. 
Indian Youth Congress president Randeep Singh Surjewala at a rally in Ambala

INLD activist joins Congress
Panchkula, August 23
Congress MLA Chander Mohan has said that if the Congress came to power in the Vidhan Sabha elections, they would dissolve the Municipal Council in Panchkula. He also added that a Vigilance probe will also be ordered into the contracts awarded by Municipal Council.

Ghastly face of highway crime
Looting of accident victims
Bahadurgarh, August 23
An alarming new dimension has been added to crime on national highways linking various districts of Haryana to the national Capital with anti-social elements looting dead and injured accident victims instead of providing aid.

Living in fear following elopement in village
Panchkula, August 23
Over 2000 residents of Chandeni village in Gurgaon are living in fear of being taken hostage as "punishment" after a lower caste Muslim boy from their village allegedly eloped with a Meo girl of village Pallari.

Yamuna level up; alert sounded
Karnal, August 23
A heavy rainfall was reported from Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat districts during the past couple of days.


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EARLIER STORIES
 

Farm expert against excessive use of chemicals
Hisar, August 23
Ignorance and inactivity are two major hurdles in the way of technological advancements reaching farmers. The progressive farmers are aware of the latest agricultural techniques, seek guidance from experts and put their knowledge to the optimum use.

Man drowned in sewer
Fatehabad, August 23
Amar Singh, a Nihang, got stuck in a sewer and died near the SDM’s residence here today. A resident of the Tehsil Chowk area, he reportedly used to take bath in sewers. Today, he opened the lid of a manhole outside the residence of the SDM and started bathing in the water, which was overflowing due to rain in the morning.

Leaf from History
A ‘dawakhana’ of Ambala Sadar
Ambala, August 23
When Ambala Cantonment was established by the British about 150 years back, there were only a few good doctors here. A family from Bengal started a ‘dawakhana’ in Ambala Sadar to meet medical requirements of the populace here. The ‘dawakhana’ was started in a building which is better known as Pili Kothi.



‘Peace Cottage’ of the Mukherjee family in Ambala Sadar. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra
‘Peace Cottage’ of the Mukherjee family in Ambala Sadar

Woman killed in accident
Sonepat, August 23
A woman was killed and two others were injured in an accident on the GT Road near Pio Manyari, about 15 km from here, today. According to a report, the victim was identified as Sarjo Devi of Panipat. The injured persons were identified as Sarto Devi, sister of the victim, and Subhash, son of the victim.

Haryana transfers
Chandigarh, August 23
The Haryana Government today issued transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers with immediate effect.

Haryana staff strike to be treated as leave
Chandigarh, August 23
The Haryana Government has decided to consider the one-day strike by the employees of its departments, boards and corporations on February 24, 2004, as leave of the kind due to them.

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Cong to oppose early civic poll in Haryana
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 23
Youth Congress today organised Jan Akrosh rally to highlight “poor governance of the Chautala government”.
Braving inclement weather, rallyists led by Indian Youth Congress president Randeep Singh Surjewala, Haryana youth Congress president Satwinder Singh Timmy and vice-president Chetan Chauhan walked from the Sector 7 ground in Ambala City to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Governor.

Talking to mediapersons before the start of the rally, Mr Surjewala said efforts being made by the Chautala government to hold early panchayat and municipal elections were illegal and unconstitutional. “The local bodies have been duly elected and their elections cannot be advanced. We will challenge this decision tooth and nail,” he said.

Mr Surjewala claimed that Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was hoping to place his own persons through the local bodies elections. He claimed that Rs 3,000 crores had been misused in the Sarkar Apke Dwar programme. “Money sanctioned by the Central Government has been siphoned off. When we come to power, a detailed inquiry will be held into it,” he said.

He alleged that jobs were on sale in Haryana. Nearly 28,000 posts had been filled by the Chautala government, out of which 8,000 were outsiders, 13,000 from Sirsa and the remaining from other districts. Also, 82,000 posts had been abolished and 32,000 employees had been retrenched by the Chautala government, he said.

Mr Chauhan criticised Mr Chautala for failing to compensate farmers and traders who had been affected due to the flood. 

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INLD activist joins Congress
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 23
Congress MLA Chander Mohan has said that if the Congress came to power in the Vidhan Sabha elections, they would dissolve the Municipal Council in Panchkula. He also added that a Vigilance probe will also be ordered into the contracts awarded by Municipal Council.

Mr Chander Mohan was addressing a press conference here today. He alleged that various acts of omission and commission were being carried out in the Municipal Council, and whenever the Congress government came to power in the state, they would order a thorough probe.

Answering queries on growing factionalism in the district Congress committee and the breaking of the Councillors into factions affiliated to local MP Shelja Kumari and former President Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Virender Singh, the local MLA denied that there was any groupism within the local unit. “We are all working together for the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections,” he reiterated.

When asked about the ouster of Mr Umesh Sood from the local unit of Youth Congress, Mr Chander Mohan said that the decision was taken by the state President of the Municipal Council. He declined to comment if the reason behind Mr Sood’s ouster was his involvement in some nefarious activities. Mr Chander Mohan said that all deserving people in the party were being given due responsibilities and positions in the party set up.

Meanwhile, Mr Sohan Lal, Vice President of Zila Parishad and a relative of INLD State Secretary, Mr Amardeep Chaudhary, today joined the Congress. He said that he was disillusioned with the INLD and preferred to join the Congress. His wife, Amoljeet Kaur, who is a Municipal Councillor also joined the Congress camp.

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Ghastly face of highway crime
Looting of accident victims
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Bahadurgarh, August 23
An alarming new dimension has been added to crime on national highways linking various districts of Haryana to the national Capital with anti-social elements looting dead and injured accident victims instead of providing aid.

This unfortunate facet of crime came to light when hooligans robbed five victims of a serious road accident outside the town in the Delhi area before four of them succumbed to their injuries on the spot in the absence of first aid on Wednesday last. The family belongs to this town.

According to eyewitnesses, three of the four victims of the accident were alive for several minutes after the accident. Immediately after the crash, several youths rushed to the crushed vehicle and on the pretext of helping the victims relieved them of their valuables. They said about 12 youths surrounded the vehicle while a couple of them indulged in looting.

The incident would have gone unnoticed but for the fact that one of the victims, a housewife, who lost her husband and two children in the accident, survived to tell the tale. Mrs Anju, who is recuperating in a Delhi hospital and remained unconscious for three days, alleged that immediately after the accident one of those who rushed to their side forcibly pulled out her earrings from her ears injuring her further. He also relieved her of heavy gold bangles and a necklace.

She said she was unable to move since her legs were trapped in the wreckage. She pleaded with the hooligans that she would give them anything they wanted if they rushed her children, who were still breathing then, to a hospital. However, they ignored her pleas and went on to remove cash from her purse and other valuables from the luggage. One of them even removed the trousers of one of the injured since they thought there was cash in the pockets. At this point she fainted. The trousers were not found on the victim or inside the crushed vehicle by the police.

Locals find it even more shocking that such an ugly incident should have taken place on one of the country’s busiest roads. Although motorists consider the link roads linking Haryana districts to the national Capital relatively unsafe at night, no such incidents have been reported in the recent past on the Bahadurgarh-Delhi stretch as it is a very busy road.

The link roads have sparse traffic at night and there is hardly any police presence except at border check-posts. These roads run along the countryside with no big or small towns falling on the way. This is what makes them more prone to highway crime. The criminals can easily escape from Haryana to the Delhi area and vice versa within minutes after the crime.

Police officials say theft of valuables such as luggage and audio systems from cars abandoned after the victims are removed to hospitals is commonplace; looting the injured as they lie trapped inside the vehicle is a recent phenomenon. They say most of these cases are never reported for two reasons. One, if the accident results in a death the family is too shocked to go through the hassle of lodging a complaint. Two, if the victims survive, they are too grateful to God for their survival to take notice of the loss. That explains why police statistics hardly show any such cases.

Mr Mohammad Akil, SP, Jhajjar, said he had no information about Wednesday’s incident since it took place in the Delhi area. However, he said concerted efforts by the district police had led to a steep fall in the number of incidents of looting on the highways in the district. This year, so far, only one case had been reported compared to six last year. Likewise, the number of cases under Section 395, IPC, had come down to 45 from 50 last year.

Asked whether the Haryana Highway Patrol could help in checking such incidents, he said though they were mainly supposed to rush victims to hospitals, they could intervene if such a crime came to their notice.

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Living in fear following elopement in village
Ruchika M. Khanna

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 23
Over 2000 residents of Chandeni village in Gurgaon are living in fear of being taken hostage as "punishment" after a lower caste Muslim boy from their village allegedly eloped with a Meo girl of village Pallari.

The Khaap panchayat called to sort out the issue has ruled that as revenge for "bringing dishonour" to the girl's family and village Pallari, any resident of Chandeni who ventures out of the village, will be taken hostage till the boy, Majeed, and his family surrender before the panchayat. While one villager, Wahid, a forest guard, was allegedly kidnapped by angry villagers of Chuharpur (the girl's family originally belongs to this village located on the Haryana-Rajasthan border) and Pallari on August 18, the boy's mother, Raheemi, was kidnapped from the family's hideout in village Sikrawa in block Punhana on August 20.

Though the girl returned to her family in Pallari yesterday, her family has "not forgiven" Majeed and his family. The residents of Chandeni allege that they are being threatened to ensure the "surrender" of Majeed and his family, or face the consequences. They allege that both Wahid and Raheemi are being held captive in Chuharpur, and the police has refused to intervene. Though an FIR has been registered for the kidnapping of Wahid, the police has failed to trace him or Raheemi.

The incident dates back to April 13 earlier this year, when Majeed, a Sakka Muslim, allegedly eloped with a Meo girl. "The girl was a minor, and the couple was in love. Since they feared that their union would not be acceptable to the Meo community in Pallari, they eloped. The matter was reported to the police in the first week of May, and an FIR on charges of abduction, was registered on May 3," informs the Station House Officer, Nuh, Mr Jagminder.

After the police allegedly failed to trace the girl, the latter's family decided that the "medieval justice" would alone help restore the family's honour. The village panchayat then called the Khaap panchayat, consisting of members of nearby villages of Gurgaon and Rajasthan, which ruled that the girl be returned and Majeed and his family surrender, so that punishment could be pronounced on them. When the "much-in-love" couple refused to yield to the orders of the Khaap panchayat, another meeting of the Khaap panchayat was held, where it was decided that unless Majeed or his family surrender, the men from Chuharpur and Pallari would take the villagers of Chandeni as hostage.

Says Mr Faqruddin, who hails from Chandeni, and is currently settled in Nuh: "Over the years, most villagers have settled in Nuh town for better employment opportunities. Ever since the residents of Pallari have unleashed their reign of terror, those Chandeni residents settled in Nuh have now moved out and sought shelter with their relatives. It was at the intervention of political leaders that the girl returned back yesterday. But we are still being threatened, and the police is not doing anything to help us."

Station House Officer, Nuh, Mr Jagminder, says that they are not aware of the girl having returned to her family. 

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Yamuna level up; alert sounded
Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 23
A heavy rainfall was reported from Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat districts during the past couple of days. The incessant rains in the region had resulted in the rise of water level of the Yamuna following which a situation of alert was sounded in Karnal, besides, Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Special teams of the respective district administrations of Karnal and Saharanpur visited the villages of the Yamuna belt and conducted a field survey. People were even given tips to face situations of emergency on loudspeakers in the villages along the Yamuna in Karnal district. An official of the district administration has claimed that they were prepared to face any kind of flood situation.

Karnal received a total rainfall of 45 mm, Indri 55 mm, Assandh 54.2 mm, Gharaunda 51 mm and Nilokheri 52.4 mm Panipat received 92 mm, Samalkha 29 mm, Madlauda 98 mm, Israna 40 mm and Bapauli 39 mm Sonepat received 33 mm, Ghanaur 113 mm, Gohana 63 mm and Kahrkhoda 125 mm rainfall during the past couple of days.

PANIPAT: Three persons received injuries when a floor of the house situated near Amar Bhavan Chowk collapsed during an incessant rain on Monday morning. The injured have been identified as Yogindra, Bishni Devi and Pappu. They were admitted to a private hospital.

ROHTAK: Heavy rains lashed the area today flooding almost the entire town and throwing normal life out of gear.

The rain which began early in the morning continued till late in the afternoon. The rain was so heavy that even those areas which get rarely flooded were also waterlogged. These included Model Town, Subhash Road and D-Park. The low-lying areas, Chhotu Ram Chowk, Circular Road, Mata Darwaza, Old bus stand, Nehru Colony and Vaish College Road, were under several feet of water.

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Farm expert against excessive use of chemicals
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 23
Ignorance and inactivity are two major hurdles in the way of technological advancements reaching farmers.

The progressive farmers are aware of the latest agricultural techniques, seek guidance from experts and put their knowledge to the optimum use.

This was stated by Prof G. Kalloo, Deputy Director-General (Horticulture and Crop Sciences) of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), in an informal discussion here today.

Prof Kalloo was here to attend an international conference on allelopathy at Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) as the chief guest.

Expressing concern about the excessive use of chemicals in farming, Professor Kalloo said due to this, the micro-organisms present in the soil were being destroyed, resulting in a decline in its natural productivity.

He suggested a three-pronged strategy to tackle the problem — to promote organic farming, make efforts to revive the micro-organisms and to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers and other medicines. The expert also advocated the use of biofertilisers, maintaining that they were low in cost and had shown good results.

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Man drowned in sewer
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 23
Amar Singh, a Nihang, got stuck in a sewer and died near the SDM’s residence here today.

A resident of the Tehsil Chowk area, he reportedly used to take bath in sewers. Today, he opened the lid of a manhole outside the residence of the SDM and started bathing in the water, which was overflowing due to rain in the morning. When he entered the sewer for a dip in the water, his head hit the ceiling of the sewer and he fell into it.

Passersby informed the public health authorities and the police about the incident, but no one came forward to enter the manhole to save the man. Later, Rajinder Singh, an employee of Bhuna Cooperative Sugar Mills, showed the courage to fish out the body from the sewer. Amar Singh was rushed to the local general hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

Amar Singh had allegedly killed his wife by trampling her under his horse in 2002. He was tried in a local court but was recently acquitted.

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Leaf from History
A ‘dawakhana’ of Ambala Sadar
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 23
When Ambala Cantonment was established by the British about 150 years back, there were only a few good doctors here.
A family from Bengal started a ‘dawakhana’ in Ambala Sadar to meet medical requirements of the populace here. The ‘dawakhana’ was started in a building which is better known as Pili Kothi.

Mr Man Mohan Sarup Gupta, an octogenarian, said that Mr Raj Kissen Mukherjee with Dr Bhagat Ram opened a clinic called ‘Raj Kissen Ka Dawakhana’ on Nicholson Road in Pili Kothi. After Mr Raj Kissen Mukherjee, also known as ‘Ghanti Babu’ worked in the dawakhana.

“Rai Sahib Kali Kissen Mukherjee, son of Mr Raj Kissen Mukherjee, was winner of a gold medal in Civil Engineering. He had the distinction of designing the then main post office of Lahore besides his palatial home ‘Peace Cottage’,” he said.

Peace Cottage is located near Nicholson Road and the Kabari Bazar crossing. The building is imposing and impressive. The house’s unique architecture is reminiscent of the Raj era.

After graduating in medicine, Dr Bimal Krishan Mukherjee, son of Rai Sahib Kali Kissen Mukherjee, assumed charge of the dawakhana. “Dr Mukherjee was a competent doctor and the dawakhana gained more popularity. He had a good command of English, Bengali, Hindi and Punjabi language,” he said.

Mr Man Mohan Sarup Gupta said Dr B.K. Mukherjee was one of the first doctors in Ambala who had patients from the army, civil and nearby villages. He was one of the few Indian member of the Army’s Sirhind Club.

“After retirement and handing over the clinic to his sons — Dr Diptendra Mukherjee and Dr Jyotirindra Mukherjee — he spent his summers at his residence in Shimla. There he used to give consultation free of cost to the poor and needy and was endearingly called ‘the child doctor;” he said.

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Woman killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 23
A woman was killed and two others were injured in an accident on the GT Road near Pio Manyari, about 15 km from here, today.

According to a report, the victim was identified as Sarjo Devi of Panipat. The injured persons were identified as Sarto Devi, sister of the victim, and Subhash, son of the victim.

It is stated that all these persons had come to Pio Manyari. When they were returning, Sarjo Devi was hit by a car and injured seriously. She was referred to a trauma centre at Delhi where she succumbed to her injuries.

The police has registered a case against the car driver for rash and negligent driving. The injured persons were hospitalised at Kundli where they were stated to be out of danger.

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Haryana transfers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Haryana Government today issued transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers with immediate effect.

Mr D. Suresh, Officer on Special Duty (Rules), has been posted as Director and Joint Secretary, Secondary Education, relieving Mr R.B. Langayan of the sai charge.

Mr Mohammed Shayin, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Kalka (designate), has been posted as Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Assandh, vice Mr Dalip Singh, HCS whose posting orders would be issued later on.

Mr Devinder Kaushik, HCS, would continue to work as Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Kalka, and Land Acquisition Officer, Urban Estates, Panchkula.

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Haryana staff strike to be treated as leave
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Haryana Government has decided to consider the one-day strike by the employees of its departments, boards and corporations on February 24, 2004, as leave of the kind due to them.

A circular to this effect has been issued by the Chief Secretary, stated an official release issued here today.

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AWWA celebrates raising day
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 23
The Army Wives Welfare Association, Kharga Corps, raising day was celebrated here oday.
Mrs Minna G.D. Singh, president of the Kharga AWWA, inaugurated the function at the Kharga auditorium, Ambala Cantonment.

An officer said week-long celebrations had been planned. Major activities during the week include awareness about the AWWA, educational facilities in the Army, healthy baby competition, best-kept-house competition, painting competition among schoolchildren, sports championship, cancer awareness and detection programme, and declamation contest.

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Girl, youth found dead
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 23
A girl and a youth in their early twenties were found dead in the cantonment here last night.
The police is not ruling out the possibility of a suicide pact. A jawan noticed the bodies lying in the ICC lines. He informed his superiors who intimated the BC Bazar chowki. Bus tickets were found in the boy’s pocket. The tickets were from Naraingarh to Ambala City. The bodies were taken to the Civil Hospital.

A post mortem examination was carried out today and a doctor said the duo seemed to have ingested some poisonous substance. Later, the youth was identified as Dimple, resident of Kotkachua, while the girl was identified as Madhubala, resident of Batrohan.

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Four injured in accident
Tribune News Service

The damaged Zen car which met with an accident in Naraingarh
The damaged Zen car which met with an accident in Naraingarh in Ambala district on Monday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

Ambala, August 23
Four Congress activists were injured in an accident near Panjokhra this evening.
Haryana youth Congress vice-president Chetan Chauhan said that after the Jan Akrosh rally in Ambala city was over, the four Congress activists were heading towards Gobindpura village when their brand new Zen car collided with a truck.

“While three of them received minor injuries, the fourth person is serious. We have taken him to Civil Hospital, Ambala City,” he said.

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Health programme opens
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 23
A health-screening programme was inaugurated at Station Medicare Centre, Air Force Station, by Ms Anuradha Malhotra, president of the local unit of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association, here today.

Group Capt Vipan Chandra, senior medicare officer, explained various signs and symptoms of anaemia, eye problem and general debility. Dr Shakti spoke about gynaecology problems while Dr Archana spoke on dental problems.

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