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63 polling stations sensitive
Gurdwara committee elections

Chandigarh, November 2
The Gurdwara Election Department of Haryana has made elaborate preparations for the poll on December 11 to the Local Gurdwara Management Committee. Mr M. K. Midha, Special Secretary, Home Department, and Joint Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections Commission, Haryana, said a total of 1,65,766 voters constituted the electorate for 18 constituencies in the state.

Sacked employees to meet Hooda today
Rohtak, November 2
The Joint Action Committee of retrenched and dismissed employees of Haryana will meet the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, at Chandigarh tomorrow to discuss its demand for reinstatement of sacked and retrenched employees of Haryana.

ITI syllabus to be revised
Chandigarh, November 2
The Haryana Industrial Training and Vocational Education Department proposes to revise the syllabus and finalise it by November 15 to meet the changing needs of the new industrial units coming up in the state.

BDPO arrested for taking bribe
Sonepat, November 2
Mahinderpal Kaushik, Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Rai, and a chowkidar Hari Chand have been apprehended on the charge of receiving Rs 5,000 as bribe from Mr Bijender, husband of a woman sarpanch Saroj Devi of Nangal Kalan village for signing the documents relating to the purchase of building materials in connection with the development works.

Ex-servicemen to assist DHBVN
Hisar, November 2
After Mahendergarh district, ex-servicemen will now be engaged in the task of power meter reading, bill distribution, accepting payments and disposing of consumersí complaints in Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Bhiwani districts.



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63 polling stations sensitive
Gurdwara committee elections
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
The Gurdwara Election Department of Haryana has made elaborate preparations for the poll on December 11 to the Local Gurdwara Management Committee.

Mr M. K. Midha, Special Secretary, Home Department, and Joint Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections Commission, Haryana, said a total of 1,65,766 voters constituted the electorate for 18 constituencies in the state. The constituencies were spread over nine districts. He said there were 242 polling stations in the state out of which 63 had been identified as sensitive.

Mr Midha said the Election Department had already appointed nodal officers and returning officers for the conduct of the elections. While district development and panchayat officers had been appointed the nodal officers in the districts of Ambala, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Kaithal and Fatehabad, the city magistrates had been appointed the nodal officers in Kurukshetra, Rohtak and Sonepat. In Sirsa district, the district revenue officer had been appointed the nodal officer.

The state government had also appointed 11 officers ó one IAS and the rest HCS ó the returning officers for the poll. They had been instructed to appoint presiding officers and polling officers. The returning officers had been also sent the list of symbols that could be used by the contestants.

Out of the 18 constituencies in the state, Yamunanagar, Kaithal and Karnal districts had three constituencies each, followed by two in Sirsa, two in Rohtak , two in Ambala, two in Kurukshetra and one in Fatehabad.

Incidentally, while the filing of nominations for the elections had commenced on October 21, till date not a single candidate has filed the papers for the vacancies in the committee. November 7 is the last date for filing nominations.

It is also learnt that no observer will be appointed for the elections.

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Sacked employees to meet Hooda today
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, November 2
The Joint Action Committee of retrenched and dismissed employees of Haryana will meet the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, at Chandigarh tomorrow to discuss its demand for reinstatement of sacked and retrenched employees of Haryana.

This decision was taken at the end of a rally organised here today by the committee. Earlier in the day, the committee had set November 10 as deadline for the government to hold talks with it failing which senior committee leaders would sit on a fast unto death in front of the residence of the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, at Delhi from November 11.

However, senior local officers intervened and arranged a meeting between the Chief Minister and the committee leaders.

The committee had organised a rally of the affected employees here today to press its demands. The rally attracted hundreds of sacked and retrenched employees of the Haryana government from all over the state. The committee had earlier announced that it would organise a dharna in front of the private residence of the Chief Minister here but they were not allowed to proceed there by the police.

The protestors then gathered at the Mansarovar Park. They included former employees of police, Haryana State Minor Irrigation and Tubewell Corporation, Confed, Haryana Export Corporation, power board and spinning mills.

The rally was addressed, among others, by Bharat Singh Beniwal, president of the committee and leaders of similar committees of different departments, boards and corporations.

They regretted that although the Congress had promised to reinstate them once it came to power, the promise had remained unfulfilled for eight months. The leaders apparently were divided on the issue of the future strategy of the committee. While many of them wanted to stay put at the park till the demands were met, others suggested that it hold negotiations with the government. The leaders had to go into a huddle several times before announcing the deadline.

Many of them in their speeches reminded the Congress that that they had backed it to the hilt in the May 2004 parliamentary poll and the last assembly poll and that they now expected justice from its government.

The police surrounded the park early in the morning and water cannons were stationed on the main road in front of the park to prevent them from taking out a procession to the CM residence.

Till late this evening the protestors remained inside the park and threatened to block traffic. However, they dispersed after official confirmation of the meeting with the Chief Minister.

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ITI syllabus to be revised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
The Haryana Industrial Training and Vocational Education Department proposes to revise the syllabus and finalise it by November 15 to meet the changing needs of the new industrial units coming up in the state.

An official spokesman said that the Liberty Group of Industries had agreed to adopt the ITI, Karnal; Maruti Udyog Limited had agreed to adopt the ITI, Gurgaon; Sona Koya Steering Systems, Gurgaon, would adopt the ITI, Nagina; Jai Bharat Maruti had agreed to adopt the ITI, Faridabad; and Jindal Steel Strips Limited was likely to adopt the ITI, Hisar.

The CIDC, an agency created by the Planning Commission, had agreed in principle to provide training in various trades related to construction industry at the ITI, Palwal. The Central Leather Research Institute was assisting the state government to develop the ITI, Karnal, into a centre of excellence in the leather goods and footwear trade.

He said a compulsory module of basic computer application would also be introduced from July, 2006.

He said the scheme of upgrading the five ITIs of Ambala city, Karnal, Yamunanagar, Faridabad and Gurgaon into centres of excellence had been introduced to improve the quality of training. Twenty more ITIs would be developed into such centres during 2006-07.

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BDPO arrested for taking bribe
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 2
Mahinderpal Kaushik, Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Rai, and a chowkidar Hari Chand have been apprehended on the charge of receiving Rs 5,000 as bribe from Mr Bijender, husband of a woman sarpanch Saroj Devi of Nangal Kalan village for signing the documents relating to the purchase of building materials in connection with the development works.

The police sources said that the accused demanded Rs 5,000 from Mr Bijender who approached the Deputy Commissioner Ms Neerja Shekhar with the complaint against the BD & PO. The DC immediately directed the city Magistrate and the DSP, Ganaur, to conduct the surprise raid and take action against the erring official.

The Gram Panchayat of the village, it may be recalled, has passed a unanimous resolution authorising Mr Bijender to go to the office of the said official and get the signature on the documents about the purchase of materials.

When Mr Bijender approached him he insisted on 5,000 as bribe for his signature on the documents. Mr Bijender also agreed on the demand and made a complaint to the DC in this regard.

The police has registered a case against the BD & PO under the Anti-Corruption Act after recovering the amount from the possession of the chowkidar.

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Ex-servicemen to assist DHBVN
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, November 2
After Mahendergarh district, ex-servicemen will now be engaged in the task of power meter reading, bill distribution, accepting payments and disposing of consumersí complaints in Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Bhiwani districts.

An agreement to this effect has been signed between the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and the Haryana Ex-Services League.

According to an official spokesperson for the DHBVN, the ex-servicemen would be assigned the responsibility of meter-reading, bill distribution and payment collection for domestic, non-domestic, agricultural consumers and industrial units up to 20 kw load.

The ex-servicemen authorised by the Ex-Services League will be provided a meter-reading book by the sub-divisional office concerned. Computerised bills, along with a list of power consumers and their addresses will be handed over to the ex-servicemen.

Apart from meter-reading, distribution of bills and collection of payments, the former soldiers will also register the complaints of consumers and accept applications for the grant of new connections.

A special training camp will be organised by the DHBVN for the ex-servicemen identified for the task.

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Fire damages shop, house
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 2
Two incidents of fire took place in Ambala last night.

While one incident took place in Ambala city, the other took place in Ambala cantonment. In Ambala city, a general merchandise shop was gutted in a fire. The fire was noticed around midnight at the shop located on the Patel road.

In Ambala cantonment, a fire broke out in a house in Inder Puri. Household goods were damaged. The exact cause of the fire is not known.

Meanwhile, a robbery took place in Kacha Bazaar of Ambala Sadar last night. The robbery came to light this morning when house owners returned home. The house owners had gone out of town for Divali.

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Villagers threaten agitation
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, November 2
Residents of Mukundpur village in Bahadurgarh subdivision here have threatened to launch an agitation if the missing children of their village were not traced immediately.

The residents who held a panchayat, which was presided over by Sarpanch Balwan Singh, said the police had failed to recover any of the three missing children.

According to villagers, a six-year-old girl, Neha, daughter of Ajay Kumar, disappeared on October 27 while on her way to home from school.

Mukesh son of Ramchander, has been missing for the past one year and another child, Satish, son of Naresh, was untraceable since August 17.

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Two dead in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

Karnal, November 2
Two persons were killed and two injured in separate collisions here.

While the deceased were identified as Arwinder Singh of Kirthal village in Baghpat of UP and Suresh of Madina village in Rohtak, the injured are Pawan Kumar and his son, Gaurav.

Arwinder died on the spot when his motor cycle collided with a Canter near Nangla farms, whereas Suresh was killed in a collision with a car being driven by Pawan Kumar on the GT Road.

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Meenaxiís joining may be delayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
The Chief Secretary-designate of Haryana, Mrs Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry, may take a couple of days more to take up her new assignment.

Mrs Chaudhry, who will be the first woman Chief Secretary of the state, is currently posted as Secretary, Union Ministry of Sports.

According to informed sources, the Haryana Government's request for the return of Mrs Chaudhry to her parent state was received by the Union Government on the eve of Divali. It could not be processed due to the Divali holiday.

The process regarding the return of Mrs Chaudhry is unlikely to be completed before tomorrow afternoon.

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Two booked for raping insane woman

Karnal, November 2
Two persons of Nigdhu village, Soma and Sanju, allegedly raped an insane woman at Panchayat Bhavan of the village after taking her there last night. An FIR under Section 376 of the IPC in this regard was lodged against the accused at Butana police station on the statement of the chowkidar of the village. ó TNS

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5 children, woman hurt as cylinder catches fire
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, November 2
As many as five children and a woman suffered severe burn injuries when a leaking LPG cylinder caught fire in a house in Ram Nagar. The injured were rushed to a private nursing home and one child was admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

Rohit (5), Mohit (3), Ajay (10), Pooja (12) and Rani (8) were engulfed in the fire. Hearing screams of the children, Asha, mother of Mohit and Rohit, rushed to the kitchen and tried to save the children. She was also caught in the fire.

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Chief Info Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
The Haryana Governor, Mr A. R. Kidwai, administered the oath of office to Mr G. Madhavan, former Chief Secretary, as the Chief Information Commissioner of the state at Raj Bhavan here yesterday.

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