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Improving law and order situation Hooda’s priority
Kaithal, January 29
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was on his first visit to the town as Chief Minister today, said his government was committed to implementing the manifesto.

Another farm revolution needed, says VC
Hisar, January 29
The Haryana Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Ms Asha Sharma, has asserted that a second genetic breakthrough in agriculture was required to meet the demand of food for the burgeoning population.

Violence at nursing home: 3 convicted
Bhiwani, January 29
A local court has convicted three persons for indulging in violence at a private nursing home and disrupting its functioning and sentenced them to two years’ imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1000 each.

MP for improving education system
Rohtak, January 29
Mr Deepender Hooda, MP, today underlined the need for improving the education system to make it acceptable internationally. He was addressing a meeting organised by the Haryana School Lecturer Association.

6 hurt in mishap
Sonepat, January 29
Six persons including a woman, were injured seriously when the car in were travelling in was hit by truck on the G.T. Road near the Rai police station 13 km from here today.

Awaiting VIP for inauguration
Panipat, January 29
Even after more than fours years the building of a primary health centre at Ujha village, near here, is waiting for a VIP politician to inaugurate it.

Street plays to spread awareness among students
Chandigarh, January 29
The Haryana Education Department has decided to use street plays to spread awareness among students about ecology, social evils and ethical values.


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Haryana Lok Adalats
Chandigarh, January 29
The Haryana State Legal Services Authority will hold Lok Adalats at Karnal, Fatehabad, Tohana, Gohana, Ferozpur Jhirka, Nuh and Meham on February 4.

Police to get custody of militant
Ambala, January 29
A militant belonging to the Babbar Khalsa, Purushottam Singh, against whom a case of terrorist activities was registered in Ambala, will soon be in the custody of the local police. Purushottam belonged to a village of Naggal constituency.

Woman, daughter assaulted
Ambala, January 29
A group of youths allegedly assaulted Vijay and her daughter Poonam at their home in MES in Ambala Cantonment this afternoon.

Teacher booked for forgery
Karnal, January 29
The police has booked a government teacher posted at a school in Dera Purbia village of Yamunanagar district allegedly for getting job on a fake certificate of Scheduled Caste.

Cop beaten up in public by wife
Sonepat, January 29
A constable of UP police was allegedly beaten up by his wife outside the court of Mr A.D. Gaur, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate here yesterday.

Man held for bid to kill sister
Panipat, January 29
The police has arrested a person on the charge of attempting to murder his younger sister. According to reports, a resident of Vikas Nagar in the town had tried to kill his sister.

Peacock poisoned, dies
Rewari, January 29
One peacock died and another got ill after these allegedly were administered poisonous eatables by four unidentified persons in a wild grove of Usmapur village, 30 km from here, yesterday.


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Improving law and order situation Hooda’s priority
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, January 29
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was on his first visit to the town as Chief Minister today, said his government was committed to implementing the manifesto.

He was addressing a press conference at the residence of Mr Tejinder Mann, MLA, Pai, near here. He said improvement in law and order was his top priority being the first point in the manifesto. When he took over as Chief Minister the law and order situation in the state was alarming and murders, dacoities and extortion threats were order of the day. But, now there was a great change in the scenario and a number of criminals were behind the bars or left the state.

Mr Hooda said maintenance of good law and order was important for the development of the state and wherever he went people in general and members of the business community in particular had acknowledged improvement in the law and order in the state. He said now there was no political patronage to the criminals so they were on the run.

The Chief Minister admitted that there was power shortage in the state, but he regretted that no concrete steps were taken during the past years to increase the generation. There was a big gap in the demand and supply and the state generated only 2,000 MW and another 2,000 MW power was being purchased from other states. In spite of this there was a shortfall of 5,000 MW compared to the 9,000 MW demand of the sate.

He asserted that power shortage would not hit the agriculture and maximum possible power would be made available to the farmers. A number of steps were under way to increase power generation and government would be able to meet the demand of power by increasing generation in the next three and half years.

Mr Hooda said huge foreign investment was likely to be made in the state. There would be employment opportunities for thousands of youth of the state.

Earlier, the Chief Minister was honoured by members of business community at a function organised at New Anaj Mandi. Addressing the traders, he thanked them for voting in favour of the Congress in the past elections. He promised to fulfil a number of demands raised by the commission agents. He sanctioned the construction of a huge shed and pucca platforms in mandi and announced that work on the railway over bridge near Mandi would start soon.

He said the Centre had sanctioned the construction of 21 railway overbridges in the state. He directed the district administration to shift the local Truck Union office to Transport Nagar to ease traffic congestion in the mandi area.

He also announced the construction of a plus two school for girls near the mandi.

Mr S.S. Surjewala, former HPCC chief and local MLA, supported the demands raised by the New Grain Mandi Association.

At another function organised by Mr Tejinder Mann on the HUDA grounds and attended by many Cabinet ministers, Mr Hooda was accorded a warm welcome by thousands of supporters of Mr Mann.

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Another farm revolution needed, says VC
Tribune News Service

Hisar, January 29
The Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) Vice-Chancellor, Ms Asha Sharma, has asserted that a second genetic breakthrough in agriculture was required to meet the demand of food for the burgeoning population.

Ms Sharma, who is also the Financial Commissioner-cum-Principal Secretary (Agriculture), Haryana, observed that the country had successfully reaped the benefits of the green revolution, but now a fresh attempt was needed by farm scientists to increase agricultural, especially foodgrain, production.

The Vice-Chancellor was addressing agricultural scientists after inaugurating an ICAR-sponsored winter school on resource conservation technologies in agriculture for food security on the HAU campus here yesterday. In all, 25 farm scientists across the country are attending the school.

Ms Sharma pointed out that on the one hand, the productivity of major crops like wheat and rice had reached a plateau, while on the other, soil had started showing signs of fatigue due to overexploitation of nutrients by crops.

“In such a situation, maintaining a growth rate of 3 per cent in the agriculture sector to feed the ever-increasing population is a great challenge for the agricultural scientists,” she maintained.

The senior bureaucrat advised the farm scientists to focus on developing high-yielding crop varieties and restoring soil fertility through the application of resource conservation technologies.

“HAU scientists have achieved a significant success in this regard by developing the zero-tillage technology to conserve the natural resources,” Ms Sharma said, adding that apart from restoring soil fertility, this technology was proving time and cost-effective for the farmers.

The Director of the winter school, Dr R.K. Malik, the Director (Human Resource Management) Dr R.S. Dalal, the university Registrar, Dr M.S. Kuhad, and Deans of the colleges of Veterinary Sciences and Agricultural Engineering, Dr S.K. Nagpal and Dr Pratap Singh, were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, a two-day national seminar on the situation, risks and acceptance of transgenic plants was also organised on the HAU campus. Nearly 100 agricultural scientists and representatives of various non-governmental industrial groups attended the seminar.

Addressing the participants at the inaugural function, the HAU Vice-Chancellor exhorted the farm scientists to make full use of biotechnology along with the conventional crop-breeding techniques for ushering in a second green revolution.

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Violence at nursing home: 3 convicted
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, January 29
A local court has convicted three persons for indulging in violence at a private nursing home and disrupting its functioning and sentenced them to two years’ imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1000 each. The three are Vijender, president, Sheoran Khap 25 of Berla village, Capt Dharmpal, secretary of the Khap of Panch village, and Ram Swaroop of Bhandwa village.

The nursing home run by Dr Sumer Sangwan in Badhra had become controversial in 2002 and the Sheoran Khap, a strong panchayat of the people of Sheoran gotra, had issued a boycott call besides expelling the doctor from Badhra.

Dr Sangwan had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court which directed the Bhiwani police to ensure adequate security to the doctor and his family. The court had also directed the administration to make arrangements for smooth running of the nursing home.

Security cover had been provided to the doctor and police arrangements were made around the nursing home after the interference by the court. The complainants said the Khap people held a panchayat at Bhandwa village on November 1 and as per their ultimatum they proceeded towards the nursing home at Badhra.

It was alleged that the unruly crowd attacked the nursing home and the police forcibly evicted Dr Sangwan, family members and his followers. However, the police maintained that they were evicted to save their lives and the police had to struggle to prevent the crowd from entering the nursing home.

The police had to use tear gas shells to control the crowd in the presence of the Additional Deputy Commissioner and the Sub- Divisional Magistrate. The police had registered a case of inciting the crowd and interrupting the official function against four persons. Later, the crowd entered the nursing home on December 29 and damaged its property.

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MP for improving education system
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, January 29
Mr Deepender Hooda, MP, today underlined the need for improving the education system to make it acceptable internationally. He was addressing a meeting organised by the Haryana School Lecturer Association (HSLA).

He said India’s large population which was seen as a negative aspect at the international level now had become a major instrument for development through human resource development and the world acknowledged this fact. This could only be exploited fully if we had a system of education that met international standards.

He said India and China were emerging world powers and teachers could play greater role in shaping the country’s future. But before that the country would have to reorient its education system. So far as Haryana was concerned, he asked the HSLA office-bearers to organise a meeting to discuss measures for improving education system.

In India on an average one computer was available for 400 students whereas in China every student had a computer. Now China had started investing more in the field of education instead of roads and other development works. It had started teaching English compulsorily in schools. India too needed a similar approach to education, he said.

Earlier, in a charter of demands presented to Mr Hooda, the HSLA demanded a pay scale of Rs 7,500-12,000 on a par with that of headmasters. HSLA chief Kitab Singh Mor demanded that the ratio for promotion to the post of principal between lecturers and headmasters should be 86:14 instead of 60:40 at present.

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6 hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 29
Six persons including a woman, were injured seriously when the car in were travelling in was hit by truck on the G.T. Road near the Rai police station 13 km from here today.

The injured persons were identified as Mr Dharam Raj, of Delhi, his wife Mrs Promila, his brother’s daughter Mrs Manisha, Raju, Raj Bhawan and car driver Ramnavmi. They were hospitalised at a Delhi hospital where they are stated to be out of danger. They were returning to Delhi from Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. The police has registered the case against the truck driver and arrested him. The car was damaged.

According to another report, two youths were injured seriously when the motor cycle they were travelling on was hit by a tractor-trailer loaded with sugarcane, on the G.T. Road near Bilaspur village 12 km from here today. They were identified as Sunil and Kapil were hospitalised at Bahalgarh village. The police has registered the case against the driver of the tractor-trailer.

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Awaiting VIP for inauguration
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 29
Even after more than fours years the building of a primary health centre at Ujha village, near here, is waiting for a VIP politician to inaugurate it.

Despite the building, the district Health Department is running the same from the village chaupal. The centre at Ujha village on the Hardwar road was constructed in November 2001 by the PWD but due to disuse it now requires maintenance.

Villagers rue over the indifferent attitude of the Hooda government. They said they had approached the Finance Minister, Mr Birender Singh, and the district administration, besides others, but in vain.

Chief Medical Officer Neh Lata Singh was not available for comments. She was the in charge of the hospital at the time of the completion of the building.

Even the medical staff lamented the fact that top officials and the local administration had been unable to get the building operational.

Sources said the PWD had written to the health authorities to take charge of the building and also to maintain it. But the health officials did not find it convenient to send a reply to them, the sources added.

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Street plays to spread awareness among students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
The Haryana Education Department has decided to use street plays to spread awareness among students about ecology, social evils and ethical values.

According to Mr K.K. Khandelwal, Commissioner and Director-General, School Education, the state government has allowed Mr G.S. Channi, Honorary Director of a voluntary organisation, Centre for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA), to show a street play, “Khuli Hawa Ki Talash Mein”, in schools in a phased manner. The play will basically focus on environmental awareness along with various other social evils such as female foeticide, drug abuse and the use of polythene bags.

Mr Khandelwal said these street plays would be staged in urban as well as rural schools for which CEVA would not charge anything. The street plays of educative value would be staged in schools situated in Panchkula district in the first phase. The District Education Officer, Panchkula, would have to arrange the show the duration of which would be 50 minutes. It could be staged anywhere and no extra facilities, like sound system etc, would be required, he added.

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Haryana Lok Adalats
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
The Haryana State Legal Services Authority will hold Lok Adalats at Karnal, Fatehabad, Tohana, Gohana, Ferozpur Jhirka, Nuh and Meham on February 4.

Mr Shekhar Dhawan, member-secretary of the authority, said for settling maximum number of cases through the Lok Adalats at pre-litigative stage as well as those pending in the courts, Lok Adalats were recently held at Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Hansi and Charkhi Dadri and a rural Lok Adalat at Badshahpur village in Gurgaon district.

He said in these Lok Adalats, 808 cases were settled. Out of these, 98 cases pertaining to death or injury arising out of vehicular accidents under the Motor Vehicle Act were settled wherein an amount of Rs 1.19 crore was awarded as compensation.

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Police to get custody of militant

Ambala, January 29
A militant belonging to the Babbar Khalsa, Purushottam Singh, against whom a case of terrorist activities was registered in Ambala, will soon be in the custody of the local police. Purushottam belonged to a village of Naggal constituency.

According to sources, the UK police nabbed him in London two weeks back. The matter was informed to the Interpol. He was to be deported to India on January 28.

After receiving the feedback that the terrorist was arriving at Delhi airport yesterday, the SSP Ambala had deputed a police party led by a senior police officer to bring him to Ambala. The sources said the police team got an official message that Purushottam was not arriving as he had filed an appeal and the court has deferred his deportation for the time being. OC

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Woman, daughter assaulted
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 29
A group of youths allegedly assaulted Vijay and her daughter Poonam at their home in MES in Ambala Cantonment this afternoon.

The incident took place at about 12.30 pm when four youths came to her residence and asked for her son, Rahul. When the youths were informed that Rahul was not at home, the youths began to beat up Poonam and her mother. When some passersby tried to intervene, the youths began to pelt them with stones.

Both victims were taken to the local Civil Hospital. Vijay said that the youths began to beat them up as soon as she said that her son was not at home.

She said they badly beat up her daughter Poonam, who fell unconscious.

The police is investigating the matter.

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Teacher booked for forgery
Tribune News Service

Karnal, January 29
The police has booked a government teacher posted at a school in Dera Purbia village of Yamunanagar district allegedly for getting job on a fake certificate of Scheduled Caste.

A police spokesman said here today complaint against teacher Isham Singh of Shergarh Tapu of Karnal district found to the true.

An FIR under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC was registered against the teacher but he had not been arrested. The accused teacher belongs to Jat community but he submitted a certificate of Scheduled Caste to get job.

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Cop beaten up in public by wife
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 29
A constable of UP police was allegedly beaten up by his wife outside the court of Mr A.D. Gaur, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate here yesterday.

The constable was identified as Krishan Paul and his wife as Mrs Mamta. She had filed a suit again her husband under the Hindu Marriage Act for seeking “Guzara Allowance” from her husband who had refused to pay it despite the court’s order. Yesterday was the date of hearing in the case. When she spotted her husband coming towards the court, she caught hold of him and started beating him in the presence of other persons present there. She also tore his sweater and other clothes. The constable fled from the site.

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Man held for bid to kill sister
Our Correspondent

Panipat, January 29
The police has arrested a person on the charge of attempting to murder his younger sister. According to reports, a resident of Vikas Nagar in the town had tried to kill his sister.

Police sources said that the girl had divorced her husband and the separation led to tension in the family. On Saturday, the person tried to strangle his sister at his house and left her presuming to be dead. She reportedly wanted to marry a person of the locality.

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Peacock poisoned, dies

Rewari, January 29
One peacock died and another got ill after these allegedly were administered poisonous eatables by four unidentified persons in a wild grove of Usmapur village, 30 km from here, yesterday. When sarpanch Ishwar Singh got the news of it, he along with others reached the spot following which the poachers fled.

Both peacocks, who were in a critical condition, were taken to the veterinary hospital at Guraora village near Usmapur where one peacock died. The police registered a case. — OC

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5 held for assault
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 29
The police today arrested five persons including two women for assaulting a resident of Lehrara village on the premises of the Judicial Complex on January 24 last.

According to a report, the arrested persons were identified as Kapil, Shamim, Javed and their mother Mukhtiari and the wife of one of the suspect. They have been charged with the assault and intimidation. They were released on bail by a court.

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Undertrial prisoner dies
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 29
Dwarka (60), an undertrial prisoner, who had a pain in jail, rushed to the Civil Hospital here last evening for treatment but he was declared brought dead by the doctors.

The police sent the body for a post-mortem examination which was carried out in the presence of Mr Amarjit Singh Maan, SDM Sonepat, last evening. Thereafter, the body was handed over to his parents and relatives. Dwarka was arrested by the Gohana police under the NDPS Act and lodged in the district jail.

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Engine derails
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 29
A train engine derailed in the railway yard near Ambala Cantt this morning.

The traffic on the main line was not affected due to the derailment. The engine derailed at about 7 am in the railway yard. The engine was put back on rail at about 11.30 am.

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