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Dismiss HSSC member Virk for organising CM’s rally: INLD
Karnal, January 1
The Indian National Lok Dal has demanded the dismissal of Haryana Staff Selection Commission member Raghubir Singh Virk for “organising” Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s public meeting in Assandh on Friday.

Guidelines for seeking information
Chandigarh, January 1
The Haryana Government today issued guidelines for the public for seeking information under the Right to Information Act.

Water conservation project drawn up
Chandigarh, January 1
The Haryana Government has forwarded to the Central Government an ambitious Rs 935-crore project for its approval to restore ecological balance, leading to security of food production and livelihood through sub-surface drainage, ground water recharge and conservation of water.

Draft labour policy rejected
Sonepat, January 1
Mr Hari Parkash, secretary, Haryana State Committee of the United Trade Union Centre (Lenin Sarani), has rejected the draft labour policy of the state government on the ground that it meets the expectation of the employers only.

Six killed in mishaps
Yamunanagar, January 1
Six persons were killed in road and rail accidents during the past 24 hours here. Gurdev and Patanga, both residents of Saharanpur, were crushed to death by the Kalka–Delhi Express near the Pansra railway crossing yesterday.

Youth kidnapped, ransom demanded
Fatehabad, January 1
A youth was kidnapped from the residence of his in-laws’ house at Tohana on Friday night. The kidnappers have reportedly demanded a ransom of Rs 20 lakh for his release.


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Peon found dead in school
Ambala, January 1
The peon of a privately managed public school of Naraingarh was found dead in the computer room of the school today morning. The police has registered a murder case against unknown persons.

‘Attack on academicians unfortunate’
Ambala, January 1
Mr Rahul Jain, a research scholar at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, today expressed anguish over the terrorist attack on the academic institution. Mr Jain is pursuing his PhD in partial differential equations on the IISc, Bangalore.

'Alvida-2005' celebrated
Ambala, January 1
Golden Public School celebrated 'Alvida-2005'. On this occasion, the parents, invitees and guests had lots of fun playing games. Mr Jain is pursuing his PhD in partial differential equations on the IISc, Bangalore.

Tiger spotted in Kalesar
Yamunanagar, January 1
A tiger has been spotted in Kalesar National Park, situated 50 km from here. The tiger crossed over to the park from the adjoining Raja Ji National Park, Uttaranchal. A team of senior forest officials, including Mr R.D. Jakati, Chief Conservator Forests (Protection), visited the park.
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Dismiss HSSC member Virk for organising
CM’s rally: INLD

Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, January 1
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has demanded the dismissal of Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) member Raghubir Singh Virk for “organising” Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s public meeting in Assandh on Friday.

Talking to The Tribune, INLD leader Krishan Lal Panwar said the Governor should order a probe into the matter and if these allegations were found true he should be dismissed from his post.

Also the former MLA from Assandh, Mr Panwar, said Mr Virk had not only took active part in organising the public meeting but also shared the dais with the Mr Hooda. He could not take part in political activities while holding a constitutional post, he added.

Mr Panwar said he had a video recording of the public meeting which was enough to substantiate his claims and, if required, he was ready to hand over the recording to the inquiring authority for bringing the truth to the fore.

The INLD leader claimed that Mr Virk had put up hundreds of hoardings and banners in different parts in view of the rally. These hoardings and banners clearly showed Mr Hooda and Mr Virk’s photos.

Meanwhile, Mr Virk admitted that his photos had been carried on hoardings and banners. At the same time, he claimed that the organisers of the rally had used his photographs to attract the crowd without his consent and he had nothing to do with the rally. He said he had even asked the rally organisers to remove his photos as he was not a politician.

To another query, he said that he had not shared the dais with Mr Hooda. He said it was another HSSC member, Mr Ram Saran Bhola, who had shared the dais with the Chief Minister at both Indri and Assandh public meetings.

Both Mr Virk and Mr Bhola belong to Karnal district and were made members of the HSSC by the Hooda government.

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Guidelines for seeking information
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Haryana Government today issued guidelines for the public for seeking information under the Right to Information Act.

An official spokesman said here today that those seeking information under the Act would have to submit applications in a prescribed form along with the fee paid either in cash against proper receipt or by treasury challan to the concerned State Assistant Public Information Officer(APIO) or the State Public Information Officer(PIO).

He said an application for obtaining any information under sub-section(1) of Section 6 of the Act would have to be accompanied with a fee of Rs 50. For providing information under sub-section(1) of Section 7, the fee would be Rs 10 for each page in A-4 or A-3 size paper and in case of a paper larger than that, the actual cost of such paper would be charged.

He said in case of an information under sub-section(5) of Section 7, a fee of Rs 50 would be charged for providing information in floppy and Rs 100 for providing information in diskette. In case the required information had been in a priced printed document, that information would be provided after charging the price fixed for that document. However, if only an extract or page of such a printed document had been asked for, a fee of Rs 10 per page would be charged.

He made it clear that no fee would be charged for inspection of record for an hour only. However, for inspection of record for more than an hour, a fee of Rs 10 would be charged for every 15 minutes in excess of first hour.

In case a person had been aggrieved by the decision of the state PIO or APIO, he could prefer an appeal to the First Appellate Authority and thereafter to the state Chief Information Commissioner.

He said information about state APIOs, state PIOs, First Appellate Authorities designated by the state government departments and organisations was available on the Haryana Government website: http://haryana.gov.in.

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Water conservation project drawn up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Haryana Government has forwarded to the Central Government an ambitious Rs 935-crore project for its approval to restore ecological balance, leading to security of food production and livelihood through sub-surface drainage, ground water recharge and conservation of water.

While stating this here today, the Director Agriculture, Mr R.K. Khullar, said an area of 40,000 hectares in 1000 villages would be reclaimed under the project over seven years. He said with the implementation of this ambitious project, soil health would improve and more water would be conserved and it would also recharge aquifers. It would decrease cost of cultivation, save energy and enhance agricultural production. Direct and indirect employment generation would be an added advantage of this project.

He said out of the total cost of the project, Rs 222.25 crore would be spent on drainage systems like construction of sub surface drainage system, ditch drain, vertical drainage, bio-drainage and surface drains. Similarly, about Rs 352 crore would be spent on water recharge systems, including rain water injection into tubewells, renovation of ponds and depressions, roof rain water harvesting, kharif channels, implementation of zero tillage, bed planting, organic farming, waste water disposal-cum-irrigation system, laying of water management irrigation pipes and underground water pipes.

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Draft labour policy rejected
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 1
Mr Hari Parkash, secretary, Haryana State Committee of the United Trade Union Centre (Lenin Sarani), has rejected the draft labour policy of the state government on the ground that it meets the expectation of the employers only.

In a memorandum, sent to the Labour Commissioner of Haryana, a copy of which was released to the Press here today, the union leader said the draft labour policy advocated the policies of globalisation which did not coincide with the object of industrial growth or creating employment opportunities.

He said an impartial study on the basis of objective reality of the present economic situation revealed this undisputed fact that nowhere the policies of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation had been beneficial for the cause of the working class.

Referring to the state of Haryana, the union leader said the minimum wages in Haryana were not based on the vital factor and the minimum wages should be fixed at Rs 8,000 per month instead of Rs 2,359.54 at present. Non-implementation of the minimum wages helped the employers against the interests of the workers.

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Six killed in mishaps
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, January 1
Six persons were killed in road and rail accidents during the past 24 hours here.

Gurdev and Patanga, both residents of Saharanpur, were crushed to death by the Kalka–Delhi Express near the Pansra railway crossing yesterday.

Pawan Kumar of Gadi Munda village was run over by a train near the Bara railway station last evening.

Suleman of Chhapar village was killed after a truck rammed into his tractor trailer near Bambholi village.

Gurnam Singh of Sadhora village died after his bicycle was hit by an auto-rickshaw near Kot village.

An assistant lineman of the electricity department, Gobind Ram, was killed and his colleague Jai Bhagwan sustained injuries after their motor cycle was hit by a tractor trailer near the Hamida waterworks yesterday.

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Youth kidnapped, ransom demanded
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, January 1
A youth was kidnapped from the residence of his in-laws’ house at Tohana on Friday night. The kidnappers have reportedly demanded a ransom of Rs 20 lakh for his release.

According to reports, Mr Hemant (30), a partner in a Hisar-based wholesale medical agency, had gone to Tohana for supply of medicines and collection of payments from medical stores. After finishing work, he went to the residence of his in-laws at Krishna Nagar.

At about 10.30 pm, some youths went to see him. They forced him into a car and sped away. His father-in-law informed the police about the incident the next morning. The kidnappers have reportedly demanded Rs 20 lakh as ransom.

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Peon found dead in school
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 1
The peon of a privately managed public school of Naraingarh was found dead in the computer room of the school today morning. The police has registered a murder case against unknown persons.

According to information, the deceased, Dinesh Kumar was working as a peon in the school at Naraingarh. He used to stay in the computer room of the school. Today morning when the principal of the school came to school he found that the main gate of the school was opened.

Later, the principal found that the door of the computer room was also lying open. As soon as he entered the computer room he saw the body of the peon was lying on the floor and a piece of cloth was stuffed in his mouth. A piece of electric wire was also recovered from there. He immediately reported the matter to the police.

The principal in his complaint with the police said two computers and one printer were found missing from the school. The police suspect that some persons may have come in the school premises during late night hours to steal the computers and they may have murdered the peon. The police is investigating the matter.

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‘Attack on academicians unfortunate’
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 1
Mr Rahul Jain, a research scholar at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, today expressed anguish over the terrorist attack on the academic institution.

Mr Jain is pursuing his PhD in partial differential equations on the IISc, Bangalore.

Mr Jain recalled that he had just finished eating at the institute mess when a colleague informed him about the terrorists attack. “Initially, I was sceptical and I was not ready to believe that terrorist would attack the institute. However, by the time I reached my room, I realised that terrorists had indeed struck,” he said.

He said he received a call from his parents and thereafter, phone calls were being received by his other colleagues. “The terrorist had attacked the seminar hall which was in another part of the campus,” he said.

Mr Jain said even though a terrorist attack has taken place, it had not adversely affected life on the campus. “We are all deeply saddened at the death of Prof Puri and the injuries sustained by others,” he said.

“As a matter of fact, Prof Vijay Chandru of the Computer Science and Automation Department of IISc who was injured in the attack is one of the first person’s in the country to develop the ‘simputer’. Academicians have been attacked which is extremely unfortunate,” he said.

Mr Jain has come to Ambala following the death of his grandmother.

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'Alvida-2005' celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 1
Golden Public School celebrated 'Alvida-2005'. On this occasion, the parents, invitees and guests had lots of fun playing games.

The whole programme was planned and organised by the children of the school. The parents played various games like ring, bucket, snakes and ladders and musical chairs.

The highlight of the occasion was a game where parents had to answer to questions regarding their children. Prizes were given to the winning parents. The children had made elaborate arrangements for the event.

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Tiger spotted in Kalesar
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, January 1
A tiger has been spotted in Kalesar National Park, situated 50 km from here. The tiger crossed over to the park from the adjoining Raja Ji National Park, Uttaranchal.

A team of senior forest officials, including Mr R.D. Jakati, Chief Conservator Forests (Protection), visited the park. Sources said Forest officials were making efforts to locate pug marks of the animal. An official said this was not an easy task as the forest was spread over thousands of hectares.

Tigers are often spotted in the park during the months of December and January. In December, 2004, a pair was spotted.

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