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Chander Mohanís elevation changes order of precedence
Chandigarh, March 15
The order of precedence issued by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, yesterday has undergone a change following the decision today to accord the status of Deputy Chief Minister to Mr Chander Mohan, son of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr Bhajan Lal.

Transporter murdered over property dispute
Karnal, March 15
Four car-borne assailants murdered a local transporter following a property dispute in Sector 4 here last evening. The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC.

Panchayat, civic body elections next month
Chandigarh, March 15
The third general election to gram panchayats, panchayat samitis, zila parishads, municipal committees and municipal councils in Haryana will be held next month. Announcing this here today the State Election Commissioner, Mr Chander Singh, said the panchayat elections would be held in two phases on April 3 and April 9.

Bylaws being violated; HUDA complicity alleged
Karnal, March 15
A large number of high-value properties here, particularly in the urban estate areas, have grossly violated building bylaws. Many properties in residential areas were being used commercially. An official-politician-builder mafia seems to be the reason behind the violations.

Over 100 criminals absconding
Karnal, March 15
The performance of the district police during the past few years has not been up to the mark as more than 100 criminals wanted in many cases are absconding as a result of which no breakthrough has been achieved in hundreds of cases registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and other Acts.

HIGH COURT
Vacant posts
Chandigarh, March 15
A Division Bench comprising Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice Viney Mittal on Tuesday directed the Registrar of the High Court to pursue the matter of bringing the authority of filling vacant posts of judicial officers in the purview of the High Court.


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EARLIER STORIES
 

Teachers seek action against VC
Rohtak, March 15
The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachersí Association (MDUTA) has demanded action against the Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.S. Dhanker, for not holding a meeting of the executive council of the university for four months.

Governor seeks probe into charges against former VC
Rohtak, March 15
The Chancellor and Haryana Governor, Dr A. R. Kidwai, has asked the government to probe the allegations of irregularities allegedly committed by former Maharshi Dayanand University Vice-Chancellor Maj-Gen (retd) Bhim Singh Suhag during his tenure which ended last year.

Misappropriation of money comes to light
Yamunanagar, March 15
Misappropriation of Rs 5 lakh in the Mustafabad block samiti has reportedly come to light. There is no account of the amount, which was given to the samiti under the Gramin Sadak Rozgar Yojna in November last.

Vishnu Bhagwan gets additional charge of Devi Lal varsity
Chandigarh, March 15
Mr Vishnu Bhagwan, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, has been given additional charge of Vice-Chancellor of Ch Devi Lal University at Sirsa.

Navodya Vidyalaya hits roadblock
Yamunanagar, March 15
The upcoming Jawhar Navodya Vidyalaya has hit a roadblock. The entrance test for the first batch of students for Class VI is scheduled for April 9 and several hundred forms for the same have been sold but it is not yet clear from which building the school will function.

Clash over land claims 2 lives
Gurgaon, March 15
Two persons were killed and several others were injured in a clash following a land dispute between two brothers in Heda Hadi village in Pataudi tehsil of Gurgaon district, the police said yesterda.

3 teenagers arrested
Yamunanagar, March 15
With the arrest of three teenagers, the police today claimed to have solved the murder of the father of the District Congress President on the night of February 6. The three had allegedly consumed liquor before killing Ishwar Dutt Tyagi in his shop.

Non-official members removed from panels
Chandigarh, March 15
The Haryana Government has decided to remove all non-official members of the District Public Relations and Grievances Committees with immediate effect. 

636 SD College students get degrees
Ambala, March 15
The annual convocation of SD College, Ambala cantonment, was held here today, in which 636 students, including 62 postgraduate students, were conferred degrees in various disciplines.

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Chander Mohanís elevation changes
order of precedence

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
The order of precedence issued by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, yesterday has undergone a change following the decision today to accord the status of Deputy Chief Minister to Mr Chander Mohan, son of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr Bhajan Lal.

From being number six among the 10 Cabinet Ministers inducted by Mr Hooda, Mr Chander Mohan has now shot up to the position of the seniormost minister after the Chief Minister. Mr Venod Sharma, who occupied the slot yesterday, has been relegated to the number two position.

Mr Birender Singh, former HPCC chief, has come down to number three, Mr Surender Singh, son of former Chief Minister Bansi Lal, to number four from being number three yesterday, Ms Kartar Devi to number five from number four and Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, Deputy Leader of the Congress party in the last assembly, to number six from his number five position yesterday.

Mr O.P. Jindal, Mr P.C. Mullana, Mr L.D. Arora and Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala had figured after Mr Chander Mohan in yesterdayís list as number seven, eight, nine and 10, respectively. Their positions have remained unaltered.

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Transporter murdered over property dispute
Tribune News Service

Karnal, March 15
Four car-borne assailants murdered a local transporter following a property dispute in Sector 4 here last evening. The police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC.

A spokesman for the local police said the assailants fired from a close distance hitting the head of Jagbir Singh, owner of Lathar Transport Company, when he was about to sit in his car outside his shop in Sector 4 late last evening. His brother Sukhbir Singh was closing down the shutter of the shop when the assailants strike. Jagbir Singh was rushed to Civil Hospital but doctors declared him brought dead.

Tension brewed at his native village Khera Chapra immediately after the incident where agitated people destroyed the standing crop on the disputed land and also burnt a motor cycle. As a precautionary measure, a police team has been deployed in the village.

As per the statement of Sukhbir Singh, two assailants came on foot near the car of his brother and fired a shot at him. They ran towards a car parked nearby in which two persons were already waiting for them and fled.

Sukhbir told the police that Mehar Singh, a resident of his village, was the main assailant. He said Jagbir had purchased a piece of land from Meharís cousin sister recently but Mehar was not happy with the sale of their ancestral property that led to the murder.

The body of the deceased was handed over to family members after post-mortem today.

Meanwhile, the police reportedly managed to nab two assailants today but the investigating officer did not officially confirm it. 

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Panchayat, civic body elections next month
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
The third general election to gram panchayats, panchayat samitis, zila parishads, municipal committees and municipal councils in Haryana will be held next month. Announcing this here today the State Election Commissioner, Mr Chander Singh, said the panchayat elections would be held in two phases on April 3 and April 9.

With the announcement of the local body elections, the model code of conduct has come into force immediately from today, putting a ban on the transfers of the field staff, particularly those who are connected with the election work.

However, Mr Chander Singh said that the commission had granted permission to the new government to transfer SPs of districts. Any other transfer, he said, would have to be made by the government after obtaining permission from the commission.

He said that elections would be held in 576 wards of 20 municipal councils and 421 wards of 27 municipal committees on April 16. About 23.50 lakh persons would cast their votes in these elections.

One general observer and one expenditure observer would be appointed in each of the 19 districts to ensure a free and fair poll.

The notification would be issued on March 17, he said, adding that no party had approached the commission for contesting the elections on party lines in the urban areas whereas for sarpanchs and panchs there was no provision for holding elections on a party basis. The elections to panchayat samitis and zila parishads could be held on party symbols.

In the first phase, elections to the panchayats of 53 blocks would be held while in the second phase, there would be polling for the panchayats of 66 blocks.

Nomination papers would be filed for the panchayat elections from March 18 to 19. The papers would be scrutinised on March 21. The last date of withdrawal would be March 22. The polling for the first phase would be held on April 3 and for the second one on April 9.

For the municipal elections, the nomination papers would be accepted from March 23 to 28. Scrutiny would take place on March 29. The last date for withdrawal would be April 5. The polling would be held on April 16.

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Bylaws being violated; HUDA complicity alleged
Tribune News Service

Karnal, March 15
A large number of high-value properties here, particularly in the urban estate areas, have grossly violated building bylaws. Many properties in residential areas were being used commercially. An official-politician-builder mafia seems to be the reason behind the violations.

The nexus reportedly grows manifold before the elections as politicians depend on the builder mafia to fill their election chests. Because of these alleged nexus rates of property have jumped and are next only to Gurgaon and Faridabad in the state.

The district administration and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had almost failed to take action against influential persons who were violating the building plans and encroached upon parking spaces and government land.

When contacted, a senior official of the district administration claimed that both HUDA and the Municipal Council had issued legal notices to the violators. However, action could not be taken against them because of the general elections to the state Assembly.

HUDA had demolished illegal constructions a couple of years back but after that nothing was done to maintain the enforcement of building bylaws.

The reported complicity of HUDA authorities in allowing illegal constructions and running of commercial activities from purely residential areas had been quite evident. HUDA officials also did nothing to prevent builders when building plans were being violated. Even after their unlawful activities came to notice nothing was done to bring them to book.

The illegal activities were not limited to any particular area of the city. The situation had, however, become explosive in thickly populated areas like Sector-13, 14, 6, 7, 8, 9 and the Model Town.

The worst was on the main dividing road between Sector-13 and Housing Board where several property dealers had opened up their offices, besides, auto repair workshops and other commercial set-ups. 

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Over 100 criminals absconding
Tribune News Service

Karnal, March 15
The performance of the district police during the past few years has not been up to the mark as more than 100 criminals wanted in many cases are absconding as a result of which no breakthrough has been achieved in hundreds of cases registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and other Acts.

Sources in the police department revealed that, 17 persons were wanted in serious crimes like murder, 26 in cases of dacoity and thefts and the rest in many other cases. As many as 21 criminals after committing crimes had fled to Bihar, 16 to Uttar Pradesh, 10 to Punjab and others to Rajasthan, West Bengal and even Nepal. A few Bangladeshis are also on the wanted list of the local police.

As per the official records, a total of 2,352 cases were registered during 2004 under various sections of the IPC in the entire district but 569 cases were still pending investigation at the end of the year.

The records show that 40 cases of murder, 2 of culpable homicide, 15 pertaining to dowry deaths, 342 under Section 498-A of the IPC, 25 related to attempts to murder, 30 rape cases, 16 relating to abduction, 24 relating to assault on government servants on duty, 251 cases of hurt, 34 cases of rioting, 26 cases under Section 356 of the IPC, two cases of poisoning, and 625 cases of road accidents, besides many others under various Sections of the IPC were registered during 2004 in the district.

Similarly, 1,826 criminal cases under other Acts were registered in the district during 2004 that include 1,214 cases under the Excise Act, 80 cases under NDPS Act, 49 under Arms Act, 421 under the Gambling Act besides 60 others.

Interestingly, the police after investigation cancelled 231 cases registered under the IPC during 2004 as against 207 cases in the year 2003. A senior official of the police told The Tribune that the district police could not trace as many as 242 cases registered uner the IPC during 2004.

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HIGH COURT
Vacant posts
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 15
A Division Bench comprising Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice Viney Mittal on Tuesday directed the Registrar of the High Court to pursue the matter of bringing the authority of filling vacant posts of judicial officers in the purview of the High Court.

While adjourning PIL filed by Panchkula resident advocate Baldev Singh, seeking directions to the Governments of Punjab and Haryana to fill posts of Judicial Magistrates (First Class), the Bench noted that the State of Haryana had already initiated the process for filling 62 posts of HCS (Judicial).

The Bench also noted that the High Court had initiated a move on the administrative side to ensure that the posts in question were withdrawn from the purview of Public Service Commissions and the High Court be allowed to fill these posts by its own process.

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Teachers seek action against VC
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, March 15
The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachersí Association (MDUTA) has demanded action against the Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.S. Dhanker, for not holding a meeting of the executive council of the university for four months.

In a communication to the Chancellor, the MDUTA chief, Dr V.S. Nehra, and secretary Dr Gulshan Taneja pointed out that as per the provisions of the MDU calendar, meetings of the council were supposed to be held every month except during summer vacation, on a date and time fixed by the VC.

The calendar also specified that the duration between two meetings would not exceed three months in any case. However, the last meeting of the council was held over four months ago.

The MDUTA leaders said now the VC had convened a meeting on March 18 and there were 88 items on the agenda. They said it was impossible for the members to study the items and apply their mind on so many issues. It was an attempt by the VC to hurriedly get approved some of his own and those of his predecessorís actions which violated the rules.

They pointed out that the university calendar clearly stated that the responsibility for observing the statutes, acts and rules was that of the VC and that he had failed to perform his primary duty. While asking the Chancellor to fix responsibility for the lapse, the MDUTA leaders sought the postponement of the meeting to enable members to study the agenda.

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Governor seeks probe into charges
against former VC

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, March 15
The Chancellor and Haryana Governor, Dr A. R. Kidwai, has asked the government to probe the allegations of irregularities allegedly committed by former Maharshi Dayanand University Vice-Chancellor Maj-Gen (retd) Bhim Singh Suhag during his tenure which ended last year.

This follows disposal of a writ petition by the Punjab and Haryana High Court filed by the MDU Teachers Association (MDUTA) on February 25. The court had requested the Chancellor to get the allegations probed. According to highly placed sources, the Chancellor has forwarded the MDUTA complaint to the Secretary Education for getting the allegations probed. 

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Misappropriation of money comes to light
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, March 15
Misappropriation of Rs 5 lakh in the Mustafabad block samiti has reportedly come to light. There is no account of the amount, which was given to the samiti under the Gramin Sadak Rozgar Yojna in November last.

At a meeting of the samiti yesterday, the members demanded a vigilance enquiry into the matter. Besides the money, there is also no record of 138 quintals of wheat. Sources said a meeting of the samiti was held on November 9 and the members had given a list of roads, which were to be repaired. At the second meeting held on December 17, 2004 the members got infuriated as no work had started. Meanwhile, the BDPO, Mr Kartar Singh, was transferred to Bhiwani.

The misappropriation of the money and wheat came to light during a meeting of the samiti on March 10, 2005. Another meeting was held yesterday and a resolution was passed for a vigilance enquiry into the matter. The BDPO, Mr Ram Naryan said the resolution had been placed on record and an investigation into the matter would start soon. 

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Vishnu Bhagwan gets additional charge of Devi Lal varsity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Mr Vishnu Bhagwan, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, has been given additional charge of Vice-Chancellor of Ch Devi Lal University at Sirsa.

The charge of VC of Ch Devi Lal Universty had been with the Chief Secretary after the resignation of Mr R.P. Dahiya. Mr Bhagwan was appointed the VC of GJU by the previous Om Prakash Chautala regime after he retired as the Chief Secretary of the state.

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Navodya Vidyalaya hits roadblock
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, March 15
The upcoming Jawhar Navodya Vidyalaya has hit a roadblock. The entrance test for the first batch of students for Class VI is scheduled for April 9 and several hundred forms for the same have been sold but it is not yet clear from which building the school will function.

The panchayat of Gulabgarh village, where the proposed school is to come up, has given 10 acres for the school building. The Principal of the school, Mr Chander Gupt, had earlier announced that till the school building came up, the classes would be held in Hydel Colony. There was another proposal to purchase the Hydel Colony for the school..

Sources in the Irrigation Department said the cost of the building was calculated at Rs 4.25 crore and an advance of Rs 80 lakh had been demanded from the school management.

Superintending Engineer, Irrigation Department, Yamunanagar, Mr Dalbir Singh said the HRD Ministry had approached the department regarding the colony building and the estimated price was conveyed to the ministry. However, the ministry is yet to respond. 

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Clash over land claims 2 lives

Gurgaon, March 15
Two persons were killed and several others were injured in a clash following a land dispute between two brothers in Heda Hadi village in Pataudi tehsil of Gurgaon district, the police said yesterda.

According to the police, Manbhari and Ram Parshad were killed as the two groups clashed.

All the injured persons were admitted to the General Hospital. ó PTI

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3 teenagers arrested

Yamunanagar, March 15
With the arrest of three teenagers, the police today claimed to have solved the murder of the father of the District Congress President on the night of February 6. The three had allegedly consumed liquor before killing Ishwar Dutt Tyagi in his shop.

Amarjeet Chottu (15) a native of Bihar, allegedly committed the crime along with Amarjeet (18) of Uttar Pardesh and Shiv Shankar (19). The police said the three had entered the shop to commit theft. Earlier, the police was suspecting hand of the Bawaria gang. ó TNS

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Non-official members removed from panels

Chandigarh, March 15
The Haryana Government has decided to remove all non-official members of the District Public Relations and Grievances Committees with immediate effect. 

This was stated in an official press release issued here today. ó TNS

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636 SD College students get degrees
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 15
The annual convocation of SD College, Ambala cantonment, was held here today, in which 636 students, including 62 postgraduate students, were conferred degrees in various disciplines.

Dr G.D. Sharma, Director, Consortium for Educational Communication, New Delhi, was the chief guest. Among others, Dr Desh Bandhu, Dr R.P. Vij, Mr Ajay Krishan, Mr R.P. Bali, Mr Sohan Lal Agnihotri, Dr C.R. Nagpal, Dr Neena Bedi, Dr R.R. Malik, Dr Bharti Bandhu and Col Hans Pal were present.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr G.D. Sharma said students who graduated today are lucky as they have reached this stage in life. He praised the girl students who fared well than boys and said it was a significant achievement. He said that knowledge was necessary for bringing about development and women were a media for passing knowledge from one generation to the next.

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T.K. Sharma takes over as Kurukshetra DC
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, March 15
Mr T.K. Sharma, Administrator, HUDA, Panchkula, took over as new Deputy Commissioner, Kurukshetra and Director and Joint Secretary, Archaeology and Museum Department, here yesterday in place of Mr S.C. Goel, whose posting is awaited.

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