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Brother of MLA booked
Bahadurgarh, February 4
The police today booked six persons, including a brother and a nephew of sitting Indian National Lok Dal MLA, from this constituency Mr Nafe Singh, on charges of preparing fake identity papers to help the legislator’s henchmen to cast bogus votes. Mr Nafe Singh is seeking re-election from this seat.

Second highest turnout in state
Chandigarh, February 4
Polling to the tenth Haryana Vidhan Sabha on February 3 was the second highest since inception of the state on November 1, 1966. Yesterday, 72.29 per cent of the 1,26,57,879 electorate had exercised their franchise, according to the Chief Electoral Officer, Mrs Urvashi Gulati.

Asrewali village records highest polling
Panchkula, February 4
Almost 65 per cent of the electorate had exercised their franchise during the polling for Vidhan Sabha elections yesterday. Of the 2,44, 161 voters, as many as 1,56, 497 voters (64.09 per cent) cast their votes.

Repolling sought at 3 Sonepat booths 
Sonepat, February 4
Sarvjatiya Mahapanchayat candidate Rajiv Jain, who has contested election for local Assembly seat, has demanded repolling at three booths (No 77, 78 and 79) set up at GVM Girls College here.

Panchkula candidates find no time for relaxation
Panchkula, February 4
The day after the polling was hardly a day for relaxation for the three main candidates in fray. Analysing the percentage of votes polled and possible votes polled in their favour, meeting party workers and standing gaurd near the Sector 14 Community Centre, where the electronic voting machines have been stored, ensured that the frenzy of electioneering did not fade away.

26 booked for threatening voters
Yamunanagar, February 4
Acting on the complaint of the Congress, the police have booked the chairman of the local block samiti and 12 others for threatening and assaulting voters at Arraiyanwala village in Sadhaura constituency during voting yesterday.

Robber shoots one, self
Jhajjar, February 4
A person was shot at by a robber, who attempted to snatch cash from him in Pasor village today. On being unsuccessful in the bid, the robber also shot himself.

Dharna to protest Electricity Bill on Feb 7
Faridabad, February 4
Employees and engineers of the state electricity boards and corporations of about 10 states of the northern region of the country will stage demonstration and a dharna at Chandigarh on February 7 , in protest against the controversial ‘Electricity Bill 2003’.


Stories from Haryana towns falling in the National Capital Region are put in
 Delhi & neighbourhood.

A paramilitary commando on Friday stands guard outside Arya Girls College, Ambala
A paramilitary commando on Friday stands guard outside Arya Girls College, Ambala, where EVMs have been kept and sealed. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

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Chautala’s Pak visit from Feb 8
Chandigarh, February 4
After campaigning extensively for over a month, the Haryana Chief Minister and INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, is going to attend Jashn-e-Bahaar in Pakistan. He will lead a 29-member delegation to Lahore on February 8. The External Affairs Ministry has approved his visit.

Prestigious fellowship for KU student
Kurukshetra, February 4
A Kurukshetra University, Ph.D student in chemistry, Mr Surender Kumar Jaglan has been selected for the prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship Award by the European Commission recently.

ASI found dead
Jagadhri, February 4
An Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Haryana Police was found dead in his room last evening. The ASI, Madan Lal (48), was posted at the SP Kurukshetra office and had returned home on leave on February 1.

Two sentenced in dowry death case
Jagadhri, February 4
A Jagadhri court has held a man and his mother guilty in a dowry death case. Rajiv of Bilaspur has been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment while his mother, Sheela will have to spend seven years in jail.

Labourer sustains bullet injury
Ambala, February 4
A labourer sustained bullet injury in the cantonment area, this evening. The incident reportedly took place at about 5 pm today in an army unit located within the cantonment.

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Brother of MLA booked
Tribune News Service

Bahadurgarh, February 4
The police today booked six persons, including a brother and a nephew of sitting Indian National Lok Dal MLA, from this constituency Mr Nafe Singh, on charges of preparing fake identity papers to help the legislator’s henchmen to cast bogus votes. Mr Nafe Singh is seeking re-election from this seat.

The case has been registered on a complaint lodged by Mr Ved Parkash, a polling agent of the Congress, nominee from this seat, Mr Rajinder Joon. He alleged that the MLA’s brother Puran Singh, his nephew Kapur Chaudhary, Municipal Council chief Karamveer Rathi, Rakesh, son of the Chairman of the Improvement Trust and another person had prepared fake identity papers.

According to the complainant Puran Singh was a Director of the Jhajjar District Cooperative Bank. Fake passbooks were issued to outsiders to cast bogus votes on the basis of these passbooks. Besides, scores of voters were given fake identity cards of the Bahadurgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the same purpose.

Mr Ved Parkash alleged these fake documents had been prepared and issued around booth numbers 72, 94, 102 and 109 during polling yesterday. Copies of the complaint were forwarded to the EC Observer and the district administration.

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Second highest turnout in state
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Polling to the tenth Haryana Vidhan Sabha on February 3 was the second highest since inception of the state on November 1, 1966. Yesterday, 72.29 per cent of the 1,26,57,879 electorate had exercised their franchise, according to the Chief Electoral Officer, Mrs Urvashi Gulati.

She said here today that in the first election to the Vidhan Sabha in 1967, 72.65 per cent electors had exercised their franchise.

The highest polling of 88.01 per cent was recorded yesterday in the Rori constituency while the lowest of 47.96 per cent was in Gurgaon constituency. Three blind persons cast their vote in Braille script in Gurgaon.

Narwana has recorded voter turnout of 87.34 per cent followed by Chhachhrauli 86.43 per cent, Darba Kalan 83.78 per cent, Bhattu Kalan 83.78 per cent, Sadhaura (SC) 81.96 per cent, Pai 81.88 per cent, Radaur (SC) 80.94 per cent, Pundri 79.89 per cent, Nilokheri 79.78 per cent, Uchana Kalan 79.69 per cent, Indri 79.53 per cent, Ghirai 79.50 per cent, Fatehabad 79.39 per cent, Adampur 79.24 per cent, Narnaud 78.93 per cent, Barwala 78.85 per cent, Safidon 78.82 per cent, Naraingarh 78.54 per cent, Meham 78.52 per cent, Tohana 78.48 per cent, Ellanabad (SC) 78.42 per cent, Naggal 77.89 per cent, Badhra 77.89 per cent, Kalayat (SC) 77.78 per cent, Dabwali (SC) 77.68 per cent, Loharu 77.63 per cent, Samalkha 77.61 per cent, Jagadhri 77.47 per cent, Gulha (SC) 76.74 per cent, Shahabad 76.58 per cent, Gharaunda 76.55 per cent, Mullana (SC) 76.27 per cent;

Bawani Khera (SC)-76.24, Hansi 76.22, Ratia (SC) 76.13, Jatusana 76.12, Pehowa 75.97, Julana 75.86, Rajound 75.41, Tosham 75.19, Dadri 75.11, Baroda (SC) 74.91, Mahendergarh 74.83, Mundal Khurd 74.77, Jind 74.71, Nauthla-74.71, Ateli-74.70, Sohna-74.38, Rewari-74.37, Beri- 74.12, Kailana-74.11, Thanesar-73.97, Salhawas-73.80, Sirsa-73.47, Bawal (SC)-73.13, Narnaul-72.78;

Hassangarh-72.50, Assandh (SC)-72.48, Taoru-72.13, Rai-72.13, Rohat-72.08, Badli-71.81, Kaithal-71.47, Hathin-71.25, Kalanaur (SC)-71.23, Jundla (SC)-71.14, Gohana-70.70, Nuh-69.83, Ferozepur Jhirka-69.56, Ambala Cantt.-68.68, Palwal-68.39, Kiloi-68.06, Jhajar (SC)-66.98, Yamunanagar-66.88, Hisar-66.72, Bhiwani-66.59, Hassanpur (SC) 65.45, Rohtak-64.88, Panipat-64.69, Bahadurgarh-64.14, Kalka-64.09, Sonipat-64.08, Karnal-63.28, Pataudi (SC)-62.24, Ambala City-62.12, Ballabgarh 60.47, Faridabad 52.10, Mewla Maharajpur 51.35, and Gurgaon 47.96. 

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Asrewali village records highest polling
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 4
Almost 65 per cent of the electorate had exercised their franchise during the polling for Vidhan Sabha elections yesterday. Of the 2,44, 161 voters, as many as 1,56, 497 voters (64.09 per cent) cast their votes.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam P. Kasni, said the highest polling of 95 per cent was registered at the booth no. 196 in Asrewali village. As many as 228 votes were polled here, of which 126 male and 102 female voters had cast the votes. The lowest voter turnout was at Sector 76, Panchkula (40 per cent) at booth no. 132, where only 508 votes were polled.

Of the 1,56, 497 votes polled, 55. 61 per cent of the voters were men (87,043) and 44. 38 per cent of the voters (69,454) were women. Here are 1,32,983 male and 1,11,198 female voters in the constituency, which means that 65. 45 per cent of the male voters and 62.45 per cent of the total female voters had cast the votes.

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Repolling sought at 3 Sonepat booths 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 4
Sarvjatiya Mahapanchayat candidate Rajiv Jain, who has contested election for local Assembly seat, has demanded repolling at three booths (No 77, 78 and 79) set up at GVM Girls College here.

In a message sent to the Election Commission of India Mr Jain has alleged that bogus voting had taken place at these polling booths in favour of the ruling INLD candidate in connivance with officials of the district administration and the police. He said the matter was brought to the notice of the District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police, but both remained mute spectators and failed to visit the site.

Thereafter, he sent a message to the State Electoral Officer but no action was taken on his complaint.

Mr Jain also pointed out that he finally sent the message to the Election Commission of India informing him about the bogus voting.

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Panchkula candidates find no time for relaxation
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 4
The day after the polling was hardly a day for relaxation for the three main candidates in fray.
Analysing the percentage of votes polled and possible votes polled in their favour, meeting party workers and standing gaurd near the Sector 14 Community Centre, where the electronic voting machines have been stored, ensured that the frenzy of electioneering did not fade away.

Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, Indian National Lok Dal candidate, said throughout the day he was meeting party workers and received calls from all over the Kalka constituency, informing him about the possible votes polled in his favour. “Though I was home all day, but the string of visitors and party supporters ensured that I had no time to myself,” he said.

Mr Sham Lal Bansal, BJP candidate, said though he took it easy in the morning, a meeting of all Mandal chiefs of the BJP was held and he was busy analysing his performance. “There was no time to relax. In the evening, I went to the Sector 14 Community Centre where the EVM’s are stored and asked my party workers to keep guard,” he said.

Congress candidate and sitting MLA Chander Mohan went to his party office in Sector 15 in the morning and spent several hours with party workers and analysed his performance. In the evening he himself went near the Sector 14 Community Centre and sat on guard for quite some time and ensured that the EVM’s were locked properly.

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26 booked for threatening voters
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, February 4
Acting on the complaint of the Congress, the police have booked the chairman of the local block samiti and 12 others for threatening and assaulting voters at Arraiyanwala village in Sadhaura constituency during voting yesterday.

The INLD got a counter- complaint lodged and the police booked the sarpanch of the village and 12 others. The Congress alleged that the black samiti chairman, Charan Singh Jatpura, and 12 others were forcing Congress voters to vote in favour of the INLD.

The presiding officer and the police personnel posted at the booth were made party in the case. On the other hand, the INLD also lodged a similar complaint against the village sarpanch, Ram Sharma, and others. 

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Robber shoots one, self
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, February 4
A person was shot at by a robber, who attempted to snatch cash from him in Pasor village today. On being unsuccessful in the bid, the robber also shot himself.
According to information, the victim, Mahender, son of Deendayal, was going towards his village on foot from bus stop. He was carrying Rs 68,000, which he withdrew from Punjab National Bank branch in nearby Badli village.

The police said that as the victim reached an isolated place, the robber tried to snatch cash from him. When he challanged the robber, he fired two shots injuring him seriously.

In the meantime, some villagers working in the fields, gathered on the spot and surrounded the accused, who then shot himself in the head.

The accused was identified as Rakesh, an unemployed youth of Badli village while the victim was a health department employee in Delhi.

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Dharna to protest Electricity Bill on Feb 7
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 4
Employees and engineers of the state electricity boards and corporations of about 10 states of the northern region of the country will stage demonstration and a dharna at Chandigarh on February 7 , in protest against the controversial ‘Electricity Bill 2003’.

The National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers’ (NCCOEEE), a confederation of the employees of the power of various states, has described the bill as ‘anti-consumer’ and anti-employee.

According to Mr Subhash Lamba, spokesperson for the ‘All-Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union’, an affiliate of the NCCOEEE, said here today that a large number of employees of the state electricity departments of various states, including Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttranchal and the union territory of Chandigarh, will assemble at the Parade Ground in Chandigarh on February 7, to protest the Bill and the proposed move by the Punjab Government to dismantle its electricity board.

He announced that the day would be observed as ‘save power sector day’ in the country as he claimed that the present UPA government at the Centre had also failed to review the controversial Bill of 2003, introduced by the NDA governement. He claimed that if the Bill gets implemented, it could mean supply of power at a very high cost.

He said the Bill would lead to dismantling of the government boards and retrenchment of employees at a large scale.

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Chautala’s Pak visit from Feb 8
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
After campaigning extensively for over a month, the Haryana Chief Minister and INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, is going to attend Jashn-e-Bahaar in Pakistan.
He will lead a 29-member delegation to Lahore on February 8. The External Affairs Ministry has approved his visit.

Mr Chautala will come back on February 11. His wife Sneh Lata will also accompany him. Mr Chautala is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of the Chief Minister of the Punjab province in that country.

Among others who will accompany him are Mr Anil Razdan and his wife Rajani; the Director, Public Relations, Mr A.K. Singh; the Joint Director, Public Relations, Mr Rajiv Khosla; the S.P. of Jhajjar, Mr Hanif Qureshi; and the D.C., Faridabad. 

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Prestigious fellowship for KU student
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, February 4
A Kurukshetra University, Ph.D student in chemistry, Mr Surender Kumar Jaglan has been selected for the prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship Award by the European Commission recently.

Under Marie Curie Fellowship, Mr Jaglan has been invited to Denmark to carry out research at the Nucleic Acid Centre, Denmark, for one year starting from April 1 next. He will work on the synthesis of modified DNA/RNA for targeting disease causing genes in the body. The focus of his research will be to develop general ways of performing efficient molecular recognition of DNA/RNA. A thorough investigation on the use of LNA (Locked Nucleic Acid) as a promising candidate for solving this challenge by either triplex or strand-invasion strategies is planned with the long-term objective of developing efficient gene-targetting drugs.

The fellowship carries a monthly allowance of Ł 3787 ($ 5000) per month besides the cost of international travel. The Fellowship has been awarded to Mr Jaglan based on the assessment of his research work being done at Chemistry Department of Kurukshetra University under the supervision of young researcher, Dr Pawan K. Sharma. The research group of Dr Pawan is currently working on selective Cyclooxegenase-2 inhibitors (safer pain relief drugs) and antisense oligonucleotides broadly known as Gene Therapy.

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ASI found dead
Tribune News Service

Jagadhri, February 4
An Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Haryana Police was found dead in his room last evening.
The ASI, Madan Lal (48), was posted at the SP Kurukshetra office and had returned home on leave on February 1.

Yesterday, when no movement was noticed in his Gandhi Dham Colony residence here, neighbours got suspicious and when somebody peeped inside his room from a ventilator, he was found unconscious on the bed.

It is being alleged that he had estranged relationship with his wife and was staying alone. The viscera of the body have been sent for chemical examination to Karnal.

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Two sentenced in dowry death case
Tribune News Service

Jagadhri, February 4
A Jagadhri court has held a man and his mother guilty in a dowry death case. Rajiv of Bilaspur has been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment while his mother, Sheela will have to spend seven years in jail.

Two other accused in the case, Rajiv’s elder brother Jagdeep and Jagdeep’s wife Amita have been discharged for lack of evidence.

Rajiv was married to Seema in July, 1996.

On May 19, 2002, Seema died at the PGI, Chandigarh, after sustaining burn injuries at her Bilaspur residence.

The father of the deceased had lodged a complaint with the police that Seema’s husband and in-laws had been harassing her for bringing a motor cycle in dowry. 

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Labourer sustains bullet injury
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 4
A labourer sustained bullet injury in the cantonment area, this evening.
The incident reportedly took place at about 5 pm today in an army unit located within the cantonment.

Construction work was going on in the unit and Shravan Kumar was working there as a labourer. Shravan Kumar, 21, sustained bullet injury in his thigh. He was rushed to Civil Hospital Ambala Cantt from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

The type of weapon from which the shot was fired was not yet known.

According to one version, Shravan Kumar shot himself while he was fiddling with the gun. However, according to another version, the weapon, being carried by a soldier was fired by mistake.

An army officer said they were looking into the incident and the facts of the case would be known only after the investigations were complete.

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Additional charge

Chandigarh, February 4
Mr Anand Sharma, IAS, General Manager (Project), Haryana Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation and Additional Director, Women and Child Development Department, has been given additional charge of Director and Joint Secretary, Women and Child Development Department, during the training period of Ms Dheera Khandelwal, IAS.

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