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HVP-BJP alliance likely for next Assembly poll
Chandigarh, August 30

Vociferous denials by Haryana BJP chief Ganeshi Lal notwithstanding, the possibility of an alliance between the Haryana Vikas Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Haryana during the next Assembly polls cannot be ruled out.

MDU VC’s appointment may be delayed
Rohtak, August 30
Though an air of expectancy hangs over Maharshi Dayanand University campus here as the university community awaits the appointment of a regular Vice-Chancellor, the search panel appointed for the purpose is unlikely to make the appointment at its meeting scheduled to be held on September 8.

Cong flays BJP for burning Sonia’s effigies
Chandigarh, August 30
Mr Satpal Kaushik, a secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), has condemned the Bharatiya Janata Party for burning effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Chautala ready for special session on SYL
Chandigarh, August 30
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said here today that he had no objection in convening a special session of the state Assembly to discuss the SYL canal issue, provided the Congress promised not to stage a walkout while adopting a resolution on the canal as it did during the last session.

Panchkula is most developed dist, Jind least
Chandigarh, August 30
The sex ratio in the state has gone down by four per 1000, and the sex ratio in children (0-6 years) has gone down by 60 per 1000. Other than this, 17. 03 per cent of households in the state do not have a power connection, nine villages have zero per cent literacy rate, 20.8 per cent have to travel long distance for fetching drinking water.


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2500-year-old idols at Jain Mandir 2500-year-old idols at Jain Mandir 
AMBALA: The idols at Jain Mandir, Ambala Sadar, are said to be more than 2,500 years old. There are four idols in the temple whose age is believed to date back to more than 2,500 years.

59 monkeys found dead in gunny bags
Rohtak, August 30
The bodies of 59 monkeys were found packed in gunny bags on the roadside at Basana village, near Kalanaur, in this district yesterday.

Sanskrit day observed
Bhiwani, August 30
Haryana Education Minister Bahadur Singh has expressed concern over growing impact of Western civilisation on the lives of the people and pointed out that Sanskrit had played a significant role in preserving the rich Indian Cultural Heritage.

White paper sought on industrial development
Bhiwani, August 30
Blaming the INLD government for poor development in Bhiwani district, ex-secretary of the Congress party, Mr Arun Agarwal, here today sought a white paper from the state government on industrial investment and development in the district during the past four years.

Youths on motorcycle snatch woman’s chain
Ambala, August 30
Motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from a woman, Meena, near King Fisher in Ambala city last evening.

Campaign to provide power connections to continue
Bhiwani, August 30
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) will continue to hold special camps in villages up to September 26 for providing regular connections to those drawing power through 'kundi' connections.

Fresh survey for old-age pension
Fatehabad, August 30
The Haryana Government has ordered a fresh survey to identify persons, who are eligible for the old-age pension. Though a survey was made from July 1 to 20 for the purpose, the government has ordered a fresh survey to ensure that no eligible person was left out of the scheme. The fresh survey would be conducted from September 1 to 10.

Unfurling of Pak flag causes tension
Sonepat, August 30
The unfurling of the Pakistani flag on top of a religious place, has caused tension in Aterna village, along the Haryana-Delhi border, about 25 km from here, last evening.

Gurgaon to have flower sale centre
Chandigarh, August 30
A modern flower auction centre would be set up at Gurgaon in Haryana to boost flower industry and diversification programme of agriculture sector. While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that a decision to this effect had been approved by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

Rickshaw-puller run over by train
Ambala, August 30
A rickshaw-puller was killed and another injured when they were hit by a train while crossing the rail track near Ambala City railway station.

Man kills wife
Ambala, August 30
A woman was killed by her husband at Sekhon Jagta village last night.

Pay, pensions to be given on Aug 31
Chandigarh, August 30
The Haryana Government will disburse pay and allowances for the month of August to all its gazetted and non-gazetted employees and pension as well as family pension to pensioners and others on August 31.

Police posting
Chandigarh, August 30
The Haryana Government has transferred Mr Sultan Singh, IPS, Commandant First Battalion, Haryana Armed Police, Ambala city, with additional charge of Commandant, 5th Battalion, HSISF, Panchkula, and posted him as Superintendent of Police, Home Guards, Haryana, Chandigarh, with immediate effect against a vacant post.


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HVP-BJP alliance likely for next Assembly poll
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
Vociferous denials by Haryana BJP chief Ganeshi Lal notwithstanding, the possibility of an alliance between the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana during the next Assembly polls cannot be ruled out.

A senior BJP leader of the state told TNS that Mr Surinder Singh, HVP secretary-general and son of the party supremo, Mr Bansi Lal, had been frequently meeting the BJP’s central leaders in Delhi to clinch an alliance with the saffron party for next year’s Assembly elections. According to the source, Mr Surinder Singh even met BJP’s national president Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi last week and discussed possibilities of an alliance.

It is understood that one of the reasons why Mr Ganeshi Lal and other BJP leaders are insisting that the BJP will fight the next Assembly elections in the state alone is that they are apprehensive that if the state BJP opens its doors for the HVP, the party’s central leaders may try to persuade the state unit to go for an alliance with the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of Haryana.

Contradiction between the BJP’s central leadership and a powerful section of the leaders in the state unit was a constant factor even when the BJP and the INLD were allies in the state for about four years - an alliance that came to an end before the last Lok Sabha elections.

The break-up did not bring good results for either of the outfits. While the BJP tally came down to one seat from five in the previous Lok Sabha elections in the state, the INLD drew a complete blank from five seats won by it 1999.

The ordeal of the BJP’s state unit, however, was not over with the calling off of the ties with the INLD at the time of the Lok Sabha elections. The state unit was again made to eat the humble pie at the time of Rajya Sabha elections when it was asked by its central leadership to vote for Independent candidate Tarlochan Singh, who was being supported by the INLD.

Mr Tarlochan Singh, since his victory in the Rajya Sabha, has given enough indication of his loyalty to Haryana Chief Minister and INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala. The Independent MP even attended the swearing-in ceremony of Mr O P Verma, who was appointed Governor of Haryana by the UPA Government after removing Babu Parmanand, a BJP nominee.

The experience of its alliance with the INLD has made Mr Gurjar, Mr Ganeshi Lal and other leaders as well as workers so bitter that they want to avoid yet another stint with the INLD at all costs. “We shall either fight the elections on our own or in alliance with the HVP. There is absolutely no chance of an alliance with the INLD”, confided a BJP source. He added that the problem the party’s state unit was facing was that the party’s central leaders were inclined for an alliance with the INLD rather than the HVP.

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MDU VC’s appointment may be delayed
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 30
Though an air of expectancy hangs over Maharshi Dayanand University campus here as the university community awaits the appointment of a regular Vice-Chancellor, the search panel appointed for the purpose is unlikely to make the appointment at its meeting scheduled to be held on September 8.

According to highly placed sources, all the three members of the panel are of the view that they should first finalise a procedure for identifying suitable persons before making their final choice. Under these circumstances, the first meeting of the panel will most likely focus on the procedure rather than persons. The three members of the panel are: Dr L. R. Verma, Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla; Dr V. R. Mehta, a former VC of Delhi University, and Dr Ramesh Chandra, VC, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi.

The sources said a senior government functionary who contacted these members to inform them about the meeting was told that they could consider names only after adopting a certain procedure. The government’s plea that it had a sufficient number of applications with it did not find favour with the panel members.

Even earlier when the government tried to manage the appointment through the old panel the Chancellor's nominee, Dr Ramesh Chandra, had written to the government to adopt the procedure favoured by the University Grants Commission. Under this system the government asks all universities in the country to suggest names for consideration of the panel.

It is further learnt that all three members want that the new VC should be an academician of repute. Therefore, the chances are that the panel may invite names from universities and then meet again to select one of these. Should this procedure be adopted, retired bureaucrats or defence service officers will be out of the race. Significantly, in the past, the government has shown a strong liking for such persons for heading the universities.

However, if the government is able to convince the panel that the appointment be made expeditiously, the panel can consider the names of senior professors of Haryana’s universities. The third alternative is that the three members themselves prepare a common list and then make the choice collectively. In any case, the adoption of a procedure will make the process of appointment transparent.

The sources said the government, too, may suggest some names. The name of an Indian Institute of Technology don is doing the rounds in political circles. Another strong contender from the government side is a mathematician working abroad. But the composition of the panel is such that the government will not have much say in the final selection since two of the members are nominees of the executive council of MDU and the third is nominee of the Chancellor and none of them is under influence of the government.

The panel was first constituted in March last when the then VC, Maj-Gen (Retd) Bhim Singh Suhag, announced his decision to quit to contest the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat as Indian National Lok Dal nominee but had still not actually resigned. The then council had nominated the VCs of Guru Jambheshwar University and Haryana Agricultural University to the panel. But following an uproar, the council reconsidered the issue and ultimately annulled the nominations on May 31. Later on July 12 it nominated Dr Mehta and Dr Verma to the panel. The government’s efforts to make the appointment through the annulled panel were thwarted by the nominee of the Chancellor.

Meanwhile, the MDU Teachers Association has demanded that a reputed academician be appointed as the new VC. Dr Vazir Singh Nehra, president, MDUTA, said that caste should not be the criteria for appointing a new VC. He said the university community was of the view that the least it expected of the panel was that it consider names of senior dons of Haryana’s universities for heading this institution. All it wanted was that MDU should become a centre of academic excellence, he said.

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Cong flays BJP for burning Sonia’s effigies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
Mr Satpal Kaushik, a secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), has condemned the Bharatiya Janata Party for burning effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

In a statement here Mr Kaushik said Ms Gandhi had cut a unique figure in the minds of the Indians by her sacrifice and her leadership abilities. Her popularity has scared the BJP, which is why the party has started burning her effigy, Mr Kaushik said. He said the BJP workers should rather burn the effigy of their own party leaders as they were trying to divide the people of India on the basis of religion.

Mr Kaushik said the BJP was trying to mislead people by saying that the only charge against Ms Uma Bharti was that she had hoisted the National Flag on a disputed piece of land. " Her action at Hubli had triggered of violence, leading to the death of six people", Mr Kaushik said, and added that using communal violence for furthering political clout was not acceptable in a democracy.

Mr Kaushik added that the problem with the BJP was that it did not want to accept gracefully its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. Out of frustration, the BJP was not allowing the Lok Sabha to function, Mr Kaushik alleged.

He also deplored the BJP and its allies for the current rise in the prices of essential commodities and said the previous Union Government's policies were responsible for the hike.

Mr Kaushik also criticised Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala for trying to hold the panchayat elections before schedule. " The panchayat elections were held last time after the Assembly elections in 2000.

The next panchayat elections should also take place after the next Assembly comes into being", he said.

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Chautala ready for special session on SYL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said here today that he had no objection in convening a special session of the state Assembly to discuss the SYL canal issue, provided the Congress promised not to stage a walkout while adopting a resolution on the canal as it did during the last session.

Talking to newsmen here today, Mr Chautala said he was willing to convene the session within 15 days if the Congress accepted his condition.

Mr Chautala said his government was conducting a survey to make Mewat a district. Referring to the BJP's opposition to the move, he said the party was opposing the status of a district to Mewat because of religion. He said a district was not made on the basis of the religion of the people but for the sake of convenience of the people.

When asked about the government's intention to prepone the panchayat elections, Mr Chautala said his government would work within the framework of the Constitution. Referring to the opposition expressed by the Haryana Congress president, Mr Bhajan Lal, to the preponement of the panchayat elections at a meeting with the Governor, the Chief Minister said anybody could meet the Governor.

He said the Government would bring an ordinance to amend the eligibility conditions for the appointment of the state Election Commissioner. He said the government wanted these conditions to be broadened.

Mr Chautala, who also heads the Indian National Lok Dal, said in politics no party was "untouchable". Therefore, he said, the possibility of an alliance between his party and the BJP for the next Assembly elections could not be ruled out.

He announced two schemes which would be implemented in the state before the next Raksha Bandhan. He said within one year, women in rural areas would get drinking water within the village itself. Community toilets would be constructed in all the villages for women within one year.

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Panchkula is most developed dist, Jind least
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
The sex ratio in the state has gone down by four per 1000, and the sex ratio in children (0-6 years) has gone down by 60 per 1000. Other than this, 17. 03 per cent of households in the state do not have a power connection, nine villages have zero per cent literacy rate, 20.8 per cent have to travel long distance for fetching drinking water.

These facts were brought to light after the compilation of the district-wise study of amenities in Haryana. The data has been published and was released by the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Revenue, Mr K C Sharma, and Director, Census Operations, Mr Sunil Gulati, recently.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sharma said that the Haryana Government had provided birth certificates to 36 lakh children below the age of 10 at their doorstep in the state under the national campaign on birth certificates. Referring to the census figures highlighted in the report which indicated that still a lot needed to be done to raise the standard of living of the people, he stressed that India had to undergo an attitude change to overcome the problems which had been generated due to the massive population explosion.

Mr Sunil Gulati gave a detailed presentation on the analytical study of amenities in Haryana. He informed that 18 indicators had been studied to rate all the districts both in rural and urban areas of the state. On the basis of the composite index, Panchkula with the composite index value of 1399 was the most developed district, while Jind (499) was the least developed. The entire eastern belt on both sides of the National Highway covering the districts of Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat and Faridabad with the composite value index of more than 859, was the most developed part of the state. This was the area which was marked with fast industrial growth and high urbanisation levels in the state. Within this belt, Panchkula, the newly added district at the Census 2001 was the most developed.

He said that the belt extending from Sirsa in the north-west to Gurgaon in the south-east was marked with the development index varying between 701 and 818. The introduction of canal irrigation in Sirsa, industrial activities in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Rewari, Gurgaon and the growth of Hisar district as an educational and services centre had helped in the improvement of development levels in this belt. The state had made big strides in the growth of industrial development. Nevertheless, greater impetus on industrial development, especially the small-scale industry, would give further boost to its economic growth and reduce spatial disparities among the districts in the state.

Mr Gulati further enumerated the agendas for governance which had been suggested on the basis of this report. These included improvement in the condition of census houses, enabling easy renting of census houses, promoting commercial use of census houses, giving thrust to the spread of education, especially that of girls, and raising the status of women on the whole. Besides this, efficient disposal of solid and liquid wastes, providing urban amenities in rural areas, checking population growth and improving health and transportation facilities would also go a long way in improving the quality of life in the state.

On this occasion some officers, NGOs, civil registration advisers and district incharge of the national civil registration campaign were honoured for their unstinted support for making the national civil registration campaign, 2003-04, a success. These included Mr. S.P. Sharma, Financial Commissioner, Women and Child Development, Mr. Raj Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Mr. Dhanpat Singh, Director Higher Education, Mr P.K. Das, Commissioner and Inquiry Officer, Mr. R.K. Khullar, DPR and DPS, CM, Mr T.K. Sharma, Director, Urban Development, Mrs. Dheera Khandelwal, Director, Women and Child Development, Mr. Pushp Raj Singh, Mrs Satwanti Ahalawat, Director, Primary Education, Haryana, Mr. Anurag Rastogi, Deputy Commissioner, Panipat, Mr H.S. Dhankar, Deputy Commissioner, Mahendragarh, Mr. Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Jind, Dr R.B. Langyan, Dr. B.S. Dahiya, Director- General, Health Services, and Mr. Ranvir Gupta, Economical and Statistical Adviser.

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2500-year-old idols at Jain Mandir
Rahul Das

AMBALA: The idols at Jain Mandir, Ambala Sadar, are said to be more than 2,500 years old. There are four idols in the temple whose age is believed to date back to more than 2,500 years.

Although, no scientific analysis has been carried out to ascertain the exact age of the idols, the temple trustees maintain that the idols are over two thousand years old.

Mr Vinod Kumar Jain, member of the Mandir Management Committee, says while one idol has been placed in one part of the temple complex, the remaining three idols have been placed in another part of the complex.

“The biggest idol is that of Chanda Prabhu. The medium-sized idol is that of Parshavnath, while the smallest one is that of Arihant. In the other part of the complex, the idol of Shanti Nath is located,” Mr V.K. Jain says.

Mr Jain says the idols of Chanda Prabhu, Parshavnath and Arihant have been carved out of stone. The biggest idol of Chanda Prabhu has been carved out of single block of stone. “The idol of Shanti Nath is made of marble,” he adds.

“We have been told by our elders that these idols were recovered during digging at a portion of Pinjore Gardens. Since the Jain temple in Ambala Sadar was the nearest one to Pinjore, the idols were brought here.

Even the temple was constructed at a time when Ambala Sadar was established nearly 150 years ago,” he says.

“Those who constructed the Jain temple were probably from Sonepat since we have found the word Sunpat inscribed in the temple,” he adds.

District Congress Committee Ambala Cantonment unit president Ashok Jain observes that the idols are perhaps the oldest in the region.

“The idols are well maintained and everyday ‘snan’ is performed,” he says.

Mr Jain says the idols are a product of an excellent workmanship and by looking at them one can assume that they belong to the period dating back to 2,500 years.

“Beside the main idol, small statuette have been carved around the idols,” he said. TNS

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59 monkeys found dead in gunny bags
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 30
The bodies of 59 monkeys were found packed in gunny bags on the roadside at Basana village, near Kalanaur, in this district yesterday.

A team of doctors which conducted autopsies today has concluded that the deaths were caused by injuries. The police has registered a case against the unidentified persons in this connection, on a complaint made by Wildlife Department officials.

The viscera of some of the monkeys, who had no external wounds, have been sent to Haryana Agricultural University at Hisar for analysis.

Eyewitnesses said, the sacks were dumped on the roadside by occupants of a jeep, who fled the scene immediately. Passers-by examined the sacks and found monkeys inside.

While most of them were dead, others succumbed to their injuries before they could be sent to a veterinary dispensary.

It is suspected that the miscreants could be from a nearby village, who wanted to drive them away from the village. However, the wildlife officials are perplexed over as to how they managed to trap so many monkeys alive and then killed them mercilessly.

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Sanskrit day observed
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 30
Haryana Education Minister Bahadur Singh has expressed concern over growing impact of Western civilisation on the lives of the people and pointed out that Sanskrit had played a significant role in preserving the rich Indian Cultural Heritage.

The minister, who was speaking at a function organised jointly by the local Haryana Sanskrit Academy and Sanskritik Manch to mark Sanskrit day here yesterday, said not only Indians, but also foreign scholars had enriched Sanskrit literature. The research works of Charak and Sukshutu who gave a new direction to the health sector was written in Sanskrit.

The Chairman, Haryana Public Enterprises Bureau, Dr Vasudev Sharma, described Sanskrit as a symbol of Indian culture. The Director, Haryana Sanskrit Academy, Dr Chander Trikha, assured that the academy would continue to promote Sanskrit in a big way. He said the Haryana Government had introduced two awards after Rishi Balmiki and Rishi Vedvyas to promote Sanskrit. While the Rishi Balmiki award carried a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, the Vedvyas award had Rs 15,000 prize money.

A number of Sanskrit scholars, including Dr Dayanand Bhargava, Mr Sudhershan Dev Acharya, Mr Madhav Kaushik, Dr Sansar Chander Sharma and Professor Budh Dev Arya attended the function.

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White paper sought on industrial development
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 30
Blaming the INLD government for poor development in Bhiwani district, ex-secretary of the Congress party, Mr Arun Agarwal, here today sought a white paper from the state government on industrial investment and development in the district during the past four years.

Stating the figures released by the Chief Minister in connection with industrial investment in Bhiwani district, Mr Agarwal said that several big units like Mohta Electro Steel, Rama Fibres, Bhiwani Synthetics, Century Tubes, CCI cement unit and Bhiwani Vanaspati had closed down permanently here. A leading textile unit had also reduced 70 per cent of its business, he observed.

He said the government had recently issued tall figures pertaining to power production and maintenance, whereas the industry had to face undeclared long cuts and heavy trippings. Since, much of the small-scale units had become seasonal, the state government should reduce electricity rates for 1 to 60 kw from Rs 120 kw to Rs 50 per kw, he urged.

Referring to VAT, he said the traders and industrialists had not been issued the TIN numbers by the department concerned even after the implementation of VAT for 17 years, while it had to be completed by June 30, 2003. Describing the step to bring business up to Rs 5 crore in a year under self-assessment system as a positive one, he stressed the need for the issuance of receipt of assessment to the businessmen at the time of application by the Revenue Department. He said thousands of cases were still to be issued receipt for March 31, 2003. Seeking clarification about VAT C-4 enforced under the VAT system from the government, he demanded that the minimum limit of form VAT D-3 inward and outward should be increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000.

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Youths on motorcycle snatch woman’s chain
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 30
Motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from a woman, Meena, near King Fisher in Ambala city last evening.

The woman was going on a scooter along with a relative when at the King Fisher crossing two motor- cycle-borne youths began to chase them. They snatched the woman’s chain near an overbridge.

A case in this regard was registered in the Baldevnagar police station.

SUICIDE BID: A middle-aged man attempted to commit suicide outside a local court by consuming a poisonous substance on Monday noon. Ashok telephonically had informed some mediapersons that he would be committing suicide outside a local court in protest against the “atrocities” committed on him by an ASI and a Head Constable. He also had a suicide note ready.

The Superintendent of Police was also not available for comment. Two days back when Finance Minister Sampat Singh had come to Panchayat Bhavan Ashok had given a complaint against the police to the minister. 

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Campaign to provide power connections to continue
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 30
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) will continue to hold special camps in villages up to September 26 for providing regular connections to those drawing power through 'kundi' connections.

Stating this here today, a spokesman for the Nigam said that special camps were being organised in villages falling under the jurisdiction of the Nigam to provide connections on the spot to such defaulters. He warned that stern action would be taken against such defaulters after September 26.

He said the campaign had started on August 23 to check the menace of power theft. The villages for organising such camps had been chosen keeping in view the number of regular connections and the quantity of power being drawn by people through 'kundi' connections.

Such camps would be organised in 66 villages in Sirsa district, 44 villages in Fatehabad district, 49 villages in Hisar district and 62 villages in Bhiwani district. Similarly, 30 villages would be covered in Mahendergarh district, 50 in Rewari, 34 in Gurgaon and 44 in Faridabad district.

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Fresh survey for old-age pension
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, August 30
The Haryana Government has ordered a fresh survey to identify persons, who are eligible for the old-age pension. Though a survey was made from July 1 to 20 for the purpose, the government has ordered a fresh survey to ensure that no eligible person was left out of the scheme. The fresh survey would be conducted from September 1 to 10.

The Deputy Commissioner Mr Mahtab Singh Sehrawat, told media persons here today that the work of survey of eligible persons would be conducted at the tehsil level. He said that eligible persons could approach officials at Patwar Bhavan Fatehabad, and the tehsil offices at Tohana, Rattia, Bhuna, Jakhal and Bhattu Kalan. He said that pension papers of the persons living in urban areas would be made in the municipal offices at Fatehabad, Rattia and Tohana.

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Unfurling of Pak flag causes tension
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 30
The unfurling of the Pakistani flag on top of a religious place, has caused tension in Aterna village, along the Haryana-Delhi border, about 25 km from here, last evening.

It is learnt that the flag was hoisted on August 14, Pakistan’s independence day, at a religious place in the village, by some persons. The residents came to know about it only yesterday and informed the police about it. The police has seized the flag which was hoisted.

Some BJP activists demanded immediate arrests of the persons allegedly involved in the incident. The police is investigating into the incident. Apprehending any communal violence, the police has intensified patrolling in the area.

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Gurgaon to have flower sale centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
A modern flower auction centre would be set up at Gurgaon in Haryana to boost flower industry and diversification programme of agriculture sector. While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that a decision to this effect had been approved by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

He said that flower, being a perishable commodity, required efficient post harvest management and marketing. As Gurgaon is adjacent to the international airport, the proposed auction centre would prove to be of immense help for the export of flowers. He said according to an estimate, the Indian domestic market had a consumption of flowers worth Rs 60 crore and in the international market it was Rs 100 crore per annum.

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Rickshaw-puller run over by train
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 30
A rickshaw-puller was killed and another injured when they were hit by a train while crossing the rail track near Ambala City railway station.

According to information, the gate of the level crossing was closed when the two rickshaw-pullers tried to cross the track.

One of the rickshaw-pullers died on the spot, while the other sustained serious injuries and was taken to the local Civil Hospital. The doctor later referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh.

During the past one year, around five persons have lost their lives while crossing the rail track here. The rail crossing falls is located near the wholesale cloth market and generally remains closed for hours. The local citizen have been demanding for the construction of a flyover to avoid loss of life for some time.

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Man kills wife
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 30
A woman was killed by her husband at Sekhon Jagta village last night.

The incident came to light this morning when the woman’s mother-in-law Debo Devi saw her lying motionless. Debo Devi informed neighbours who called the police.

Shashi was reportedly strangulated to death by her husband Gulzar. Gulzar is absconding. The couple has three children. It is not yet known as to what led Gulzar to kill his wife.

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Pay, pensions to be given on Aug 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
The Haryana Government will disburse pay and allowances for the month of August to all its gazetted and non-gazetted employees and pension as well as family pension to pensioners and others on August 31.

This was decided in view of the public holiday declared by the state government on September 1 on account of the 400th anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji.

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Police posting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
The Haryana Government has transferred Mr Sultan Singh, IPS, Commandant First Battalion, Haryana Armed Police, Ambala city, with additional charge of Commandant, 5th Battalion, HSISF, Panchkula, and posted him as Superintendent of Police, Home Guards, Haryana, Chandigarh, with immediate effect against a vacant post.

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