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Flood water damages Rohtak-Hisar highway
Mundhal, August 27
Dozens of villages along the Rohtak-Hisar section of National Highway No 10 continue to be flooded even three days after torrential rains lashed the area on Wednesday. The rains have also severely damaged the highway here and at Sorkhi where flood waters are still flowing over the road.

53 SIs failed in test, claims Dalal
Chandigarh, August 27
As many as 53 of the 70 Sub-Inspectors (SI) selected during the INLD Government have failed to qualify a mandatory written examination held after one-year-training in the Police Academy, Madhuban.

Youth escapes from police custody, commits suicide
Gharaunda (Karnal), Aug 27
A youth escaped from the police custody and allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train here this morning. A policeman was suspended after preliminary investigation and a probe was ordered by the administration.

Ordinances: CPM sends memo to Governor
Rohtak, August 27
The Haryana CPM has sent a memorandum to the Governor raising serious objections to the recent ordinances issued by the state government.

2 armed youths arrested during CM’s visit
Kaithal, August 27
The district police during the Chief Minister’s visit to the town here today arrested two youths armed with pistols who fired at a police patrol party led by SHO (City) Ramphal Singh. The two fled to different directions but were nabbed by the police after a hot chase.

8 girls to get scholarships
Chandigarh, August 27
Eight girls from two Haryana districts have been selected for scholarships offered by the Maulana Azad Education Foundation to girl students belonging to minority communities.


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Kisan panel seeks SYL water for Ahirwal
Rewari, August 27
Thousands of activists, including women, of the Haryana Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (HYKSS) led by their president, Mr Naresh Yadav, held a demonstration near the Parliament House in Delhi on Wednesday to press for the acceptance of their demands.

Monthly salaries of labourers raised
Chandigarh, August 27
The Haryana Labour Welfare Board has decided to enhance the ceiling of monthly salaries of labourers to Rs 10,000 so that they could benefit from various schemes being implemented by the welfare board.

Two murders in Ambala
Ambala, August 27
Two murders took place in Ambala since last night. While a young boy was done to death in Karena village, a chowkidar was murdered near Naraingarh.

Roadways buses to carry goods
Hisar, August 27
In view of the ongoing strike by truck operators, the district administration has decided to send the essential commodities to rural areas through Haryana Roadways buses. Besides, the operators of tempos and matadors have also been allowed to transport goods.


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Flood water damages Rohtak-Hisar highway
Tribune News Service

Mundhal, August 27
Dozens of villages along the Rohtak-Hisar section of National Highway No 10 continue to be flooded even three days after torrential rains lashed the area on Wednesday. The rains have also severely damaged the highway here and at Sorkhi where flood waters are still flowing over the road.

Among the flooded villages along this important highway, Sorkhi is the worst affected as water has inundated most of the houses in the village. This is one of the bigger villages in the area with a population of over 15,000. Flood waters have entered the government school building forcing its closure. Residents have taken shelter on both sides of the highway. Several cars and other vehicles could be seen stranded on the road.

The Haryana Highway patrol police post just ahead of Sorkhi, has also been flooded. While rainwater has accumulated in the compound and the parking lot for rescue and relief vehicles, the section of the highway in front of the post had waters flowing from one side to the other. Five other points on the three-km-long stretch of the highway were also inundated. The berms on both sides of the highway have sunk at several places making it unsafe to drive after dark.

At Mundhal, which falls in Bhiwani district, a 500-metre stretch of the highway has been severely damaged. Road berms are submerged and several heavy vehicles were stranded after being trapped in deep potholes. The highway authorities and the villagers have dumped bricks on the damaged road but these are not of much help. Since the berms are invisible, highway staff has hung red cloth banners from makeshift poles to mark the two sides of the road.

Work to drain out water had been started immediately after the rain stopped on Wednesday but it was hindered by the disruption in power supply as rainwater had entered the power station. Power supply was resumed late at night after water was first pumped out of the power station by diesel-operated pumping sets.

Harried residents of nearby Sorkhi blocked traffic on the highway for more than two hours yesterday demanding stepping up of relief efforts as Hisar district authorities mulled over plans for diverting the flood water. The villagers lifted the blockade after being assured that a makeshift drain would be dug up with a JCB machine operating round the clock. It was planned to dig a drain to Kunger village to divert the flood water.

Several other villages in Hansi subdivision of Hisar district have also been flooded too by heavy rains. In Narnaund and other surrounding villages fields have been inundated and cotton, paddy and other crops had been damaged. Most of the fields in the villages along the NH 10 and Jind Road were under several feet of water.

In Bhiwani several areas of the town continue to be flooded despite strenuous efforts by the authorities to drain out water from these areas. The pond behind the old bus stand overflowed flooding the areas lying between Meham and Hansi gates. The Old Housing Board Colony had two to three feet of water. Since the floodwater caused the sewers to overflow, there was also a fear of outbreak of disease.

Clashes between farmers who have begun draining out water from their fields or building temporary earthen bunds have been reported from several villages. In one such clash at Talu village near here last evening, a farmer was seriously injured when he was fired upon by a neighbour who had objected to dewatering as it had raised water level in his fields. Likewise, bunds raised by villagers collectively around individual villages have led to tension between neighbouring villages.

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53 SIs failed in test, claims Dalal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
As many as 53 of the 70 Sub-Inspectors (SI) selected during the INLD Government have failed to qualify a mandatory written examination held after one-year-training in the Police Academy, Madhuban.

Claiming this here yesterday, the Congress MLA, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, said the poor result of the SIs, was a reflection on the manner in which they were selected. He claimed that many of the SIs who failed to clear the examination were wards of the persons who were influential in the Chautala Government. He said the influential persons included a top police officer and a former Advocate-General, whose nephews were selected as SIs, but failed to pass the written examination.

Mr Dalal claimed that pressure was being put on the officers responsible for conducting the examination to change the result. He said under the police rules, if a trainee failed to pass the examination, he could not remain on the rolls of the Police Department. He said the failure of these SIs proved his allegations that they were selected after ignoring merit.

Mr Dalal, who released copies of a letter written by him to the Governor, said the recent HCS (Judicial) examination conducted by the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) was a cruel fraud played upon the candidates. He said the commission had deliberately failed these candidates because it could not select the recommended contenders of the ruling party in the judicial service. It was the opinion of the High Court Judge who conducted the interview for judicial service which carried weight. Therefore, he alleged, the commission wanted to establish its credibility at the cost of the candidates appearing in the HCS (judicial) examination.

He urged the Governor to either reconduct the examination for these candidates under the supervision of the Union Public Service Commission or their answersheets, he said, should be re-evaluated under the supervision of the High Court. He said if this was done, many of the candidates, who had been failed by the HPSC, would clear the written examination.

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Youth escapes from police custody, commits suicide
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Gharaunda (Karnal), Aug 27
A youth escaped from the police custody and allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train here this morning. A policeman was suspended after preliminary investigation and a probe was ordered by the administration.

The SHO of the Gharaunda police station, Mr Sandeep Singh, told The Tribune that 19-year-old Sanjay Kumar, son of Pala Ram of the local railway colony, had abducted a girl early this week after luring her to get married. However, the boy and the girl were both arrested last evening and a case was registered against the former under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC, he said. He was likely to be produced before the court today.

This morning, at about 8.00 am, the boy went to answer nature’s call in the open within the premises of the police station behind the lock-ups after complaining stomach ache. A police constable accompanied him. When the boy noticed that the constable was not watching him he scaled the boundary wall of the police station and fled away. Immediately, the constable sounded an alert and a hunt was launched to re-arrest him.

“When I, along with Pala Ram, father of the boy, were busy looking for him at possible hideouts, they got a message at the police station that a boy had jumped in front of the train and died. Reaching the spot, we found that the deceased was no other than Sanjay who had escaped from the police station just a couple of hours ago,” he said.

The preliminary investigations revealed that the boy, after fleeing away from the police station, straightaway went towards his house situated near the railway track and hided himself in the bushes just opposite the house on the other side of the railway track. As per the eye witnesses, when the Malwa Express train came at about 10.15 am, the boy jumped in front of it.

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Ordinances: CPM sends memo to Governor
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 27
The Haryana CPM has sent a memorandum to the Governor raising serious objections to the recent ordinances issued by the state government.

Releasing copies of the memorandum to newspersons here today, the CPM state secretary, Mr Inderjit Singh, said he had requested the Governor to weigh the party’s objections before deciding to sign the ordinances.

The memorandum said there was no justification for holding local bodies’ elections before the expiry of their terms. The decision was aimed at deriving political advantage from the elections and if allowed, these elections would serve a serious blow to the local self government system.

It also opposed the changes made in the qualifications for the appointment of the state election commissioner saying the changes were tailor-made for imposing a pliable and politically suitable person on this important post. It said any person appointed in this post in this manner would only be accountable to his political mentors rather than the state and its people.

The party had also objected to the ordinance on contract farming. It said by introducing this system the government wanted to rid itself of the responsibility of assuring minimum support price to the farmers for their produce. Contract farming would thus prove fatal for agriculturists in Haryana, it said.

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2 armed youths arrested during CM’s visit
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 27
The district police during the Chief Minister’s visit to the town here today arrested two youths armed with pistols who fired at a police patrol party led by SHO (City) Ramphal Singh. The two fled to different directions but were nabbed by the police after a hot chase.

According to district police chief Ranbir Sharma, the SHO (City) on patrol duty got information that two armed motor cycle-borne youths on the Kaithal-Jind road had tried to stop a Maruti car and were still present there. The SHO reached the spot and asked the youths about their identity. One of them pulled out his pistol and fired at the police party. When challenged, they ran in two different directions. One of them was overpowered in a nearby field and the other was nabbed from railway line near Friends Colony.

The police seized two .315-bore pistols from their possession and live cartridges along with the stolen motor cycle. Both have been booked under Sections 393, 398, 307, 353, 186 and 34, IPC, and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

The youths have been identified as Subhash, son of Azmer Jat, and Ved Pal, son of Ram Phal, both residents of Bhani Amirpur under Narnound police statior of Hisar district.

According to preliminary investigation, the accused were living at Jat Dharamshala, Kurukshetra, and they had also committed a murder in Hisar district some time ago.

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8 girls to get scholarships
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Eight girls from two Haryana districts have been selected for scholarships offered by the Maulana Azad Education Foundation to girl students belonging to minority communities.

A spokesman of the Haryana Government said that eight girl students of the state who had been selected for a scholarship of Rs 10,000 each were Jaspreet Kaur of Mariwala village, Sirsa district, Harvender Kaur, Sonia of Sirsa, Nazish of Faridabad, Anjum Saifi of Faridabad, Reena Rani of Sirsa, Rajni of Sirsa and Ifsha Khan of Faridabad.

He said the scholarship would be admissible for payment of school or college fees, purchase of textbooks and stationery and payment of boarding and lodging charges. He said the objective of the scheme was to assist meritorious girl students belonging to minority communities who were facing financial hardship.

Maulana Azad Education Foundation, controlled by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry of the Union Government, is a voluntary non-political and non-profit making social service organisation established to promote education among the educationally backward sections of society. 

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Kisan panel seeks SYL water for Ahirwal
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 27
Thousands of activists, including women, of the Haryana Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (HYKSS) led by their president, Mr Naresh Yadav, held a demonstration near the Parliament House in Delhi on Wednesday to press for the acceptance of their demands.

They were detained by the police when they tried to force their entry into Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Later, an 11-member delegation headed by Mr Naresh Yadav was escorted by the police to Rashtrapati Bhavan where they submitted a memorandum to an aide of the Dr Kalam.

Their demands are: equitable distribution of canal water in Haryana, providing its legitimate share to farmers of Ahirwal (South Haryana), completion of the unfinished portion of the SYL canal, imposition of the President’s rule in Punjab and stop discrimination against Ahirwal in the allocation of developmental projects.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr Yadav said the samiti had been agitating for an equitable supply of canal water to the parched fields of Ahirwal for the past 10 years.

He urged the UPA and the Punjab Government to expedite the implementation of the apex court verdict of June 4 in toto otherwise samiti activists would be forced to organise a demonstration at 10 Janpath in Delhi.

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Monthly salaries of labourers raised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The Haryana Labour Welfare Board has decided to enhance the ceiling of monthly salaries of labourers to Rs 10,000 so that they could benefit from various schemes being implemented by the welfare board.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of the board said that this was decided in a meeting of the board held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. He said it was also decided that in case of an accident during work, an immediate financial assistance of Rs. 5000 would be provided to the affected labourer by the Assistant Director, Industrial Security and Health. It was also decided to increase the amount of financial assistance being given to the widow or dependants of the deceased labourers from Rs 3500 to Rs 10,000.While withdrawing the condition of death certificate, it was decided that now a certificate from the employer would be enough availing the assistance.

With a view to provide financial assistance for education of wards of labourers, it was decided that the board would pay the fee for undertaking courses like BCA, MCA and BE or special professional course. Earlier a grant used to be given by the Board for this purpose. He said it was decided to give the benefit of scholarship scheme also to those wards of the labourers who would join professional courses outside the state. It was also decided that in case the ward of a labourer got first position in the state in the 10th or 12th examinations conducted by the Haryana School Education Board or Central Board of Secondary Education or in graduation or postgraduation from a university, the welfare board would bear the expenditure of his or her fee for further education. However, the facility would be admissible in case of those labourer who had been in service for last one year.

It was also decided to reduce the condition of length of service from 15 years to 5 years for benefitting from the ‘kanyadan yojna’. Also, the application for financial assistance under the scheme could now be submitted upto the date of the marriage of the daughter. With a view to involve the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the welfare activities, it was decided to give a grant of Rs 2.5 lakh per labour welfare centre or 75 per cent of the actual expenses, whichever was less, to NGOs interested in strengthening such centres. 

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Two murders in Ambala
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 27
Two murders took place in Ambala since last night. While a young boy was done to death in Karena village, a chowkidar was murdered near Naraingarh.

Robbers struck at a gas agency located on the Nabipur road near Naraingarh at about 1 am last night. Bala Ram who was working as a chowkidar at the gas agency was attacked by a dozen robbers armed with iron rods. They had come in a truck.

The robbers beat him up and later tied him to a cot. Thereafter, they loaded 475 cylinders into the truck. This morning, some passers-by heard Bala Ram’s cry for help. He was taken to the hospital and was later to the PGI Chandigarh but he died on the way.

In the second incident, 10-year-old Ajay was allegedly murdered by servant last night. His incident came to light this morning when his body was found in the fields.

Ajay and this servant, Ram Chander, were missing since last night. This family searched for them throughout the night. While Ajay’s body was found, Ram Chander was missing.

The police suspects that Ram Chander murdered Ajay over some matter.

Ajay’s body has been brought to Civil Hospital, Ambala City for a postmortem examination.

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Roadways buses to carry goods
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 27
In view of the ongoing strike by truck operators, the district administration has decided to send the essential commodities to rural areas through Haryana Roadways buses. Besides, the operators of tempos and matadors have also been allowed to transport goods.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balbir Singh Malik, said here today that necessary arrangements had been made to ensure the proper supply of items like oil, cooking gas and foodstuff to the villages in the district.

Mr Malik said the tankers of oil and gas companies would be given police escorts so that they could reach their destinations safely and timely.

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