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Haryana BJP says no to alliance
Panipat, August 26
The Bharatiya Janata Pary (BJP) will contest the forthcoming assembly elections on its own, state BJP president Ganeshi Lal said while talking to mediapersons here today.

Shayamal Misra is MDU Registrar
Chandigarh, August 26
After Mr Ashok Khemka turned down his appointment as Registrar of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), the Haryana Governor today appointed another IAS officer, Mr Shyamal Misra, in that post.

Poland backs India on Kashmir
Panipat, August 26
The Republic of Poland supports the Indian viewpoint on Kashmir that it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and no third country should play any role in solving the issue.

HUDA auction: MDC sites find more takers
Panchkula August 26
Even as the commercial sites offered by Haryana Urban Development Authority in most parts of the town failed to get a positive response, the successful auction of all commercial sites in Mansa Devi Complex today gave the authorities a breather.

Bidders at the auction of commercial sites at Panchkula Bidders at the auction of commercial sites at Panchkula on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph. 

Rain exposes drainage system
Yamunanagar, August 26
Continuous rain during the past four days had exposed the drainage system in the district with reports of flooding in several residential areas.


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Rohtak
Sonepat
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EARLIER STORIES

 

Houses collapse as villagers block drainage pipes
Sonepat, August 26
At least six houses collapsed and standing kharif crops in 35 acres were submerged with rain and flood waters at Pehladpur Kirohli village of this district following blockage of pipes in the drain by the residents of Sehoti village in a bid to save their village.

Chautala hopeful of SYL completion
Rewari, August 26
Elated at the apex court order, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, announced here yesterday that the SYL waters would now flow to the fields of Ahirwal by the next rabi crop season as the decks for the completion of the SYL canal now stood cleared.

Breach in Gurgaon canal inundates fields
Sonepat, August 26
Standing kharif crops, including paddy, jowar and maize, in an area of about 100 acres, were inundated following a breach in the Gurgaon water channel near Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, last evening.

Haryana, Punjab farm varsities to enhance ties
Hisar, August 26
The agricultural universities of Punjab and Haryana will enhance their ties to provide the latest technological information to the livestock owners of both states. This was stated by the Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Minister of Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, here today. He was on a tour of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) here.

Illicit liquor-packing unit found
Fatehabad, August 26
A team of the Excise Department today unearthed a liquor packing unit at Dhangar village in the district and seized as many as 10,000 pouches of illicit liquor, besides 200 litres of rectified spirit, from there. The excise police arrested one person from there. Two other accused escaped.

MC employees stage dharna
Rohtak, August 26
Municipal employees observed a strike yesterday on a call given by the Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, to press for the acceptance of their long-standing demands.

Jail inmates get rakhis
Panipat, August 26
It was an emotional moment for most inmates of Panipat Jail when Ms Sarla, in charge of the local Prajapati Brahmkumaris Ishwariya Vidyalaya, tied rakhis around their wrists today.

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Haryana BJP says no to alliance
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 26
The Bharatiya Janata Pary (BJP) will contest the forthcoming assembly elections on its own, state BJP president Ganeshi Lal said while talking to mediapersons here today.

The BJP leader said the BJP would not forge alliance with any political party, including its earlier ally, the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP). Answering a question, he said the central leadership of the BJP would not take any decision on the alliance in the state without considering the view of the state unit.

Mr Ganeshi Lal further said the central leadership of the BJP had honoured the decisions taken by the state unit earlier, and would do the same in the future.

Criticising Mr Chautala-led INLD government, he said the Chief Minister had been making promises for political mileage but the people were wise and would not be deceived by his promises.

Mr Ganeshi Lal blamed the Chautala government for the deteriorated law and order problem in the state. He said industrialists had been kidnapped for ransom and minors had been raped during his regime.

The state BJP president said a rally would be organised at Rohtak on October 10 against the alleged anti-Haryana policies of the Chautala government.

Later as part of its nation-wide agitation, a number of BJP workers burnt the effigy of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, for her alleged anti-nation policies, They also marched through different markets of the city, which started from its office near the GT road.

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Shayamal Misra is MDU Registrar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
After Mr Ashok Khemka turned down his appointment as Registrar of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), the Haryana Governor today appointed another IAS officer, Mr Shyamal Misra, in that post.

Mr Shyamal Misra, a Haryana cadre officer of 1996 batch, is expected to join at MDU after an order is issued by the Chief Secretary in compliance with the directive of the Governor, who is also Chancellor of the university.

Earlier, Mr Ashok Khemka, an IAS officer of 1991 batch, who is at present Director of the Information Technology Department, had refused to join as Registrar of MDU. In a letter - addressed to the Chief Secretary of Haryana and Secretary to the Haryana Governor - Mr Khemka thanked the Governor for offering him the assignment. He, however, added that due to personal reason it would not be possible for him to take up the appointment.

The state government apparently did not try to persuade Mr Khemka to join at the MDU in view of existing guidelines on such appointments. According to the service manual of IAS officers, a member of the service could be deputed to an international organisation, an autonomous organisation or a private body only by the Central Government in consultation with the state government concerned. However, no cadre officer could be sent to such a posting without obtaining the consent of the officer.

The manual further states that a university is an autonomous body. Therefore, the deputation of a member of the IAS to a university can be ordered only by Central Government in consultation with the state government. Such a deputation, the manual says, comes under the ambit of clause (ii) of sub rule (2) of Rule 6 of the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954.

The appointment of Mr Shyamal Misra at MDU has been apparently made by the Governor disregarding the existing guidelines on service of IAS officers. Interestingly, the Chief Secretary, Mr Sunil Ahuja, is at present holding the post of VC of MDU as an additional charge. His posting at MDU too was stated to have been carried out, disregarding the rules. 

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Poland backs India on Kashmir
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 26
The Republic of Poland supports the Indian viewpoint on Kashmir that it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and no third country should play any role in solving the issue.

The Ambassador of Poland to India, Dr Krzysztof Majka, talked about the Polish stand on certain international issues while talking to The Tribune here yesterday. He was accompanied by his wife, Sophia, during his maiden visit to the historical city.

Dr Majka told The Tribune that the Kashmir problem was purely a bilateral issue and no third country should mediate in any form.

The Polish Ambassador further said Poland did not favour war in any part of the world as it had suffered a lot during World War II, he added.

However, he preferred not to speak anything on cross-border terrorism. When asked about Indian allegations on Pakistan sponsoring cross-border terrorism in Kashmir, he merely said he did not want to go into the details.

Expressing his views on the present situation in Iraq, he said military presence in Iraq should be over as early as possible and attempts should also be made for establishing the rule of the Iraqi people there at the earliest.

Dr Majka said the military could provide only a temporary solution to a problem.

The Polish Ambassador was also of the view that Mr Saddam Hussein should be tried by an international court and Iraqi people should be allowed to play a role in deciding his fate.

In reply to a question, he appreciated the joint family system and ethos prevalent in India. He said he noticed strong bonds among family members here which were not seen in other parts of the world. His wife, Sophia, also praised Indian women.

Dr Majka’s visit to the city was in connection with establishing diplomatic relations between India and Poland. He visited two schools in Sonepat and Panipat.

The Polish Ambassador said he had also been trying to promote business relationships between the two countries and he had visited Kolkata last month and would visit Kerala in September.

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HUDA auction: MDC sites find more takers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula August 26
Even as the commercial sites offered by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in most parts of the town failed to get a positive response, the successful auction of all commercial sites in Mansa Devi Complex today gave the authorities a breather.

As many as 83 commercial sites, including booth sites and built-up booths, shop-cum-offices, built-up kiosks and kiosk sites, double-storeyed shops and service industry shops were on offer in today’s auction. But other than the sites in Sector 4 and 5 of Mansa Devi Complex, the sites in other sectors received a lukewarm response. Only 22 sites went under the hammer and 12 of these are located in Mansa Devi Complex (MDC).

While the SCO sites in MDC, Sector 4, were auctioned for Rs 68 lakh to Rs 70 lakh (Rs 15 lakh more than the reserve price), booth sites were yielded Rs 17 to Rs 19.35 lakh in the same sector. The surprise was the kiosk sites in this sector, which fetched between Rs 7. 35 lakh to Rs 8.05 lakh each, as compared to a reserve price of Rs 1.07 lakh.

The SCO sites in MDC, Sector 5, fetched Rs 83. 30 lakh and Rs 79. 20 lakh each, as against a reserve price of Rs 77. 45 lakh. During the last auction of commercial sites in this sector in January, HUDA had sold SCO sites at Rs 64. 25 lakh to Rs 1. 25 crore, while the booth sites were sold for Rs 6. 25 lakh.

The other surprise in today’s auction were the sites in Industrial Area, Phase II, where the service industry shops fetched Rs 22. 40 lakh to Rs 23. 85 lakh in comparison to a reserve price of Rs 10. 85 lakh.

Other than these, one site each was sold off in Sectors 12, 15, and 19, and three sites in Sector 25. However, the sites in Sectors 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 14 16, 7 and 20 failed to get any response from the bidders. Only 135 bidders participated in the auction and HUDA earned Rs 6. 99 crore.

Today was the third auction of commercial sites during this year and like in the previous two auctions, technical faults in offering sites proved to be a dampener. As many as two sites in Sector 11 and two sites in Sector 16 were reportedly withdrawn from the auction. During the auction held on March 9, 48 of the 152 sites on offer were withdrawn from the auction, and during the auction on January 28, some sites were withdrawn after it was found that these sites had already been allotted earlier.

Today, two sites in Sector 11 shopping centre were withdrawn after it was found that these had been allotted earlier. Two sites in Sector 16 were withdrawn when the bidders thought that the these were built up SCO’s but found that these were SCO sites.

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Rain exposes drainage system
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 26
Continuous rain during the past four days had exposed the drainage system in the district with reports of flooding in several residential areas.

According to the reports, rainwater has flooded several houses in Gandhinagar, Lajpatnagar, Azadnagar, ITI Road and City Centre Road.

A former BJP MLA from Jagadhri, Mr Brij Mohan Gupta, has alleged the administration is responsible for poor drainage in the district. According to him, the drainage system between ESI Hospital and Aggrasen Chowk has not been cleared for the past many days.

The rain has also exposed the condition of roads in the twin townships of Yamunanagar and Jagadhri, Most of the internal roads were water-logged yesterday and require repairs or recarpeting. Roads in posh colonies of the town are also in bad shape.

“We have spent lakhs on the construction of our house but the road in front is in bad shape and requires immediate recarpeting”, said Mr Parmod of Model Town.

The condition of the roads in Prem Nagar, Santpura, Shastri Colony and Professor Colony is no different. The road in front of DAV Polytechnic College for Women is also in bad shape.

Deepak Malik, a resident of Model Colony, Piarya Chowk, complained: “The road near Tikona Park is in such a bad shape that it becomes almost difficult to use it at night or during rain”.

Officials of the district administration maintain that Rs 5 crore has been spent on the repair of roads during the past four and a half years.

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Houses collapse as villagers block drainage pipes
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 26
At least six houses collapsed and standing kharif crops in 35 acres were submerged with rain and flood waters at Pehladpur Kirohli village of this district following blockage of pipes in the drain by the residents of Sehoti village in a bid to save their village.

Residents of Pehladpur Kirohli village immediately informed the authorities in the Irrigation Department but no action was taken in this regard.

The authorities blamed each other over jurisdiction. This caused resentment among residents of Pehladpur Kirohli village and they demanded stern action against the officials responsible for not taking action against residents of Sehoti village who had blocked the pipes of the drain.

All schools and a hospital in Pehladpur Kirohli village were closed on account of rain water which had accumulated in these buildings. The water has also entered houses of many people.

According to another report, rain water also entered a large number of houses at Kharkhauda town and at least 50 houses have collapsed or have been damaged. Household goods and fodder worth several thousand rupees were damaged by the rain.

The Government Primary School has been shifted to the Government High School at Kharkhauda as the primary school building has been inundated.

In Sonepat city, several residential colonies and jhuggis are still submerged under rain water on account of defective drainage system.

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Chautala hopeful of SYL completion
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 26
Elated at the apex court order, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, announced here yesterday that the SYL waters would now flow to the fields of Ahirwal by the next rabi crop season as the decks for the completion of the SYL canal now stood cleared.

Taking a dig at the Congress governments in Punjab and at the Centre for creating hurdles in the implementation of the Supreme Court verdict of June 4, a confident Mr Chautala said the gathering at his “Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar” programme that the construction work of the SYL canal would now be accomplished by them.

Responding to specific complaints of certain village panchayats about erratic power supply, Mr Chautala reiterated his directives earlier issued to the DHBVN authorities to expeditiously replace low capacity transformers, to install cemented electric poles in place of iron poles and to replace worn out and tottered wires in rural areas.

The Chief Minister also accorded sanction to various development works costing about Rs 6 crore for the 81 village panchayats of Rewari constituency as well as the Municipal Council of Rewari.

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Breach in Gurgaon canal inundates fields
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 26
Standing kharif crops, including paddy, jowar and maize, in an area of about 100 acres, were inundated following a breach in the Gurgaon water channel near Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, last evening.

According to a report, the water of this channel also spread in some residential colonies. Officials of the Irrigation Department reached the spot and plugged the breach within a few hours.

The SDM, Mr Amar Deep Singh, visited the site and directed the officials to take immediate steps for draining out the water from the residential colonies.

According to another report, the water had started overflowing the embankments of the West Juan Drain, near Ridhao village, about 20 km from here today. Standing kharif crops, including paddy, sugarcane and jowar, in an area of 500 acres were submerged.

The drain overflowed following a heavy downpour in the area. A breach had also occurred.

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Haryana, Punjab farm varsities to enhance ties
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 26
The agricultural universities of Punjab and Haryana will enhance their ties to provide the latest technological information to the livestock owners of both states. This was stated by the Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Minister of Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, here today. He was on a tour of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) here.

Mr Kang said the Punjab Government had decided to establish a veterinary and animal science university in the state to boost the livestock sector. He said the university would be set up soon, probably in Ludhiana. The livestock had a considerable contribution in the state economy, he said, adding that the farmers should shift their attention from the wheat-paddy cropping pattern and focus on livestock development.

The minister, accompanied by HAU Vice-Chancellor M.K. Miglani inspected the animal farm of the university’s Animal Science College. Mr Kang also visited the local Government Livestock Farm and Central Buffalo Research Institute. Meanwhile, a delegation from Jabol University of Iran, led by its Vice-Chancellor, Dr Habibullah Dehmarde, visited the university today. The team studied various academic and research programmes being run by the HAU.

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Illicit liquor-packing unit found
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 26
A team of the Excise Department today unearthed a liquor packing unit at Dhangar village in the district and seized as many as 10,000 pouches of illicit liquor, besides 200 litres of rectified spirit, from there. The excise police arrested one person from there. Two other accused escaped.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Saurabh Singh, SP, and Mr Ashok Sharma, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (Excise), said that the excise police received a tip-off that Om Parkash, a resident of a Dhani, near Dhangar village, had been running an illicit liquor-packing unit. The police team, led by Mr Sunil Kumar, Excise Inspector, and Mr Shubh Ram, SI, raided the dhani and seized an automatic liquor pouch-filling machine, 10,000 pouches of illicit liquor and 200 litres of rectified spirit. The police also seized a motor cycle from the site.

The police arrested Shalender, a resident of Mangali in Hisar district, in this connection, but two more accused, including the main accused Om Parkash, escaped.

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MC employees stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 26
Municipal employees observed a strike yesterday on a call given by the Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangh, Haryana, to press for the acceptance of their long-standing demands.

They staged a demonstration outside the office of the Municipal Council.

Addressing the employees the sangh leaders criticised the government for ignoring the municipal bodies in the state and failing to improve their financial health. They said they were the “most important, yet most neglected” section of society.

The strike was part of their ongoing agitation launched in July. Earlier, they had observed a fast and submitted memoranda to legislators all over the state. 

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Jail inmates get rakhis
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 26
It was an emotional moment for most inmates of Panipat Jail when Ms Sarla, in charge of the local Prajapati Brahmkumaris Ishwariya Vidyalaya, tied rakhis around their wrists today.

A special function was organised by the Model Town centre of Brahmkumaris on the jail premises for its inmates, where jail officials were also present.

Ms Sarla not only tied rakhis on the wrists of inmates but also got a promise from them that they would give up crime and join the mainstream. She explained to the inmates the importance of spiritualism in life.

Other members of the Vidyalaya, including Ms Maya and Mr Mahavir, were also present on the occasion. After tying the rakhis, inmates were given sweets by the Brahmkumaris. Brahmkumaris also visited leprosy patients at Baikunth Dham and tied rakhis on their wrists.

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Sanskrit Day function at Bhiwani on Aug 29
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
The state-level Sanskrit Day function will be organised at Bhiwani on August 29 by the Haryana Sanskrit Akademi.

The Director of the akademi, Dr.Chander Trikha, said here today that the function would be inaugurated by the Minister of State for Education, Mr Bahadur Singh, and presided over by the Chairman, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Dr Vasudev Sharma. The second edition of the akademi's quarterly magazine, "Hari Prabha," would also be released on the occasion.

He said that scholars of different states would read their papers on the relevance of Sanskrit and its possible contribution in the information revolution. 

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Congress councillor commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 26
Mr Chuni Lal, a local Congress Municipal Councillor, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree near Odhan in Sirsa district.

The police had cremated his body as an unidentified one. Though the incident is four day old, but the kin of the councillor came to know about his death today.

According to sources, the councillor was missing for the past four days. They said he was suffering from tension ever since he met with an accident some time back. His kin reached Odhan police station today and identified the photographs and cloths of the deceased.

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Youth electrocuted
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 26
A youth was electrocuted when he touched a live electrical wire at his home in Siklikar Mohalla, Ambala Sadar, this morning.

The incident took place when Varinder Singh (20) picked up the cable wire so that his mother could watch TV. There was current in the wire and he was electrocuted. He was a student of Gandhi Memorial National College, Ambala Cantt.

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