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Dy Supdt (Jails) gets police remand
Karnal, March 27
While the Deputy Superintendent of Karnal Jails, Mr Dharamvir Singh Malik, was today remanded in police custody for two days for his alleged involvement in the murder of a plywood dealer, Narinder Arora, his role has come under cloud as the police questioned him in connection with threatening calls to a businessman of Dhand in February.

Hooda’s supporter joins INLD
Rohtak, March 27
The Indian National Lok Dal today succeeded in creating a chink in Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s political citadel in this district when it roped in one of Mr Hooda’s staunch supporters.

Altercation between Congress leaders
Ambala, March 27
A verbal altercation took place at the PWD Rest House, Ambala Cantt between Congress Municipal Councillors of Ambala Sadar who have offered to tender their resignation and a group of Congress leaders when they went to meet Union Minister and Ambala MP Kumari Selja today.

High-voltage power distribution planned
Hisar, March 27
The state power distribution corporation authorities are considering a plan to replace the existing power distribution network with a high-voltage power distribution system.

Women teachers for girls schools
Sirsa, March 27
Apparently perturbed over the recent incidents of sexual harassment of girl students in various parts of the state, the Haryana Government has decided to post only women teachers in all girls' schools of the state.

850 students get degrees
Yamunanagar, March 27
India belongs to the youth and there is a high job potential in fields like pharmaceuticals, automobile, tourism, research and development, information technology etc.


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Karnal scientist honoured
Chandigarh, March 27
Dr P.S. Minhas, Project Coordinator at the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, has been honoured with the Jain-INCID Krishi Sinchai Vikas Puraskar-2006. The award, which was conferred upon him by the Union Minister for Water Resources, Mr Saifu-Din Soz, on March 22, which is celebrated as Water Resources Day, comprises Rs 51,000 in cash, a plaque and a citation.

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Order to club all cases of undertrials
Chandigarh, March 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered that all petitions relating to alleged crimes committed by undertrials and criminals lodged in various jails of Haryana after being allowed to go out of the jail and return after committing the crime be clubbed together for hearing.

Robbery at petrol pump
Ambala, March 27
Robbers struck at a petrol pump located on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway late last night and took away Rs 1.37 lakh after roughing up three petrol pump employees. The incident took place at New Motors petrol pump located on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway near Khanna Farm.
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Dy Supdt (Jails) gets police remand
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, March 27
While the Deputy Superintendent of Karnal Jails, Mr Dharamvir Singh Malik, was today remanded in police custody for two days for his alleged involvement in the murder of a plywood dealer, Narinder Arora, his role has come under cloud as the police questioned him in connection with threatening calls to a businessman of Dhand in February.

In a report in The Tribune on March 2, it was stated that the role of jail officials had been questioned after the recovery of some mobiles from the jail premises.

Meanwhile, the Kaithal SP, Mr Navdeep Singh Virk, confirmed that Mr Malik and Jail Superintendent Rati Ram Goyat, besides another Deputy Jail Superintendent, Mr Virender Lamba, were also questioned following the recovery of three mobile phones after a jail inmate had made threatening calls to a businessman in an attempt to extort Rs 10 lakh.

He said he could not say yet whether action would be taken against the other two jail officials in connection with the extortion calls and murder.

In a clear example of laxity in the enforcement of the jail manual, several mobile phones were recovered during a raid by the Kaithal police on February 28.

While Deputy Jail Superintendent Virender Lamba had been taken to Kaithal for questioning on that very day, Kaithal SP Navdeep Singh Virk questioned Mr Goyat and the Deputy Jail Superintendents after calling them to his office the next day.

Earlier, the Kaithal police had already arrested the jail inmate Sultan Singh for making the threatening calls. The police took him in custody after getting his production warrant following the registration of an FIR.

Mr Virk along with Karnal Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Gupta had also checked the jail last month when the Dhand businessman brought the matter to the notice of the police. Some material, including a list of mobile phones, was reportedly recovered at that time.

Meanwhile, another case was filed at the Sadar police station of Karnal against Mr Malik under section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act on the complaint of the in charge of the CIA, Kaithal, Mr Krishan Lal.

It was alleged in the FIR that Mr Malik had taken a bribe of Rs 10,000 for making arrangements to shift a criminal, Surender Geong, to Kurukshetra jail and for providing him with a mobile phone and a sim card.

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Hooda’s supporter joins INLD
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, March 27
The Indian National Lok Dal today succeeded in creating a chink in Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s political citadel in this district when it roped in one of Mr Hooda’s staunch supporters.

Mr Om Prakash Hooda, though by no means a politician of any standing, yet nevertheless a well known face in the Hooda circle here, joined the INLD today at Khidwali village falling in Mr Hooda’s Assembly constituency in the presence of Mr Abhey Chautala, a son of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala.

Even though the INLD was routed both in the last Lok Sabha as well as Vidhan Sabha poll, its leadership had been on the lookout for even a minor foothold in the Kiloi Assembly and Rohtak Lok Sabha seats which are represented by Mr Hooda and his son Deepender Hooda, respectively.

Originally Mr Ajay Chautala, MP, was scheduled to be present but his programme was cancelled at the last minute forcing his younger brother to deputise for him.

Mr Chautala criticised the Chief Minister for not providing any jobs to the youth of Haryana. He said law and order had touched its nadir and power situation had been deteriorating day by day. He alleged that Mr Hooda was not paying any attention to the people of Haryana as he remained busy in Delhi trying to appease Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

He said even the close associates of the Chief Minister had become frustrated with his style of functioning. The bureaucracy had turned all powerful and the Chief Minister had no control over the administrative machinery, he added.

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Altercation between Congress leaders
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 27
A verbal altercation took place at the PWD Rest House, Ambala Cantt between Congress Municipal Councillors of Ambala Sadar who have offered to tender their resignation and a group of Congress leaders when they went to meet Union Minister and Ambala MP Kumari Selja today.

When the Congress Municipal Councillors said that they are trying to highlight corruption in execution of development work, the Congress leaders stated that an unnecessary issue is being raised.

Party sources said that a Municipal Councillor alleged that MC president Neelam Sharma was being shielded despite allegations of irregularities against her.

Thereafter, both the groups met Union Minister Kumari Selja and put across their views. Kumari Selja is believed to have told them that there should not be any bickering in public.

She has reportedly told the Municipal Councillors that if there are irregularities, then the matter should be reported to the Deputy Commissioner.

The verbal altercation took place a day after a group of ten Municipal Councillors had offered to tender their resignation. They had demanded that either the prevailing situation in the Municipal Council be improved or their resignation should be accepted. The resignation letter was sent to Ambala Cantt MLA Mr D.K. Bansal.

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High-voltage power distribution planned
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, March 27
The state power distribution corporation authorities are considering a plan to replace the existing power distribution network with a high-voltage power distribution system. It would not be possible to pilfer electricity from high-voltage supply lines under the new plan.

The idea behind the exercise is to check power thefts through “kundi” connections and ensure improved voltage. The authorities also hope to significantly bring down technical line losses and reduce excessive load on power transformers.

The system, which has been successfully implemented in Delhi and other states, has yielded positive results. According to sources, the authorities have agreed in principle to switch over to the high-voltage distribution system and the estimates in this regard are being prepared.

However, the requirement of huge funds for this project is a major issue before the government. Central financial assistance would be required as all supply lines in the state would have to be replaced.

Under the system, high voltage power would be supplied to a small transformer catering to a cluster of houses. While it would not be possible to steal electricity from the lines, consumers would also be made responsible for checking theft through individual supply lines.

According to the sources, another proposal to use aerial bunched conductor supply lines instead of the existing naked wires is also under consideration and is likely to be introduced soon.

This is also intended to check "kundi"connections, besides minimising line losses by using better insulated wires.

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Women teachers for girls schools
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, March 27
Apparently perturbed over the recent incidents of sexual harassment of girl students in various parts of the state, the Haryana Government has decided to post only women teachers in all girls' schools of the state. Besides, yoga and scouts training would be provided to schoolteachers and students for building their character.

An announcement to this effect was made by Dr K.V. Singh, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, while addressing a school function here today.

Dr Singh, however, maintained that if the authorities concerned were compelled to appoint a male teacher at a girls' school, only those above 50 years of age would be posted.

"With a view to bring about qualitative improvements in the quality of education at government schools, the government plans to establish a model school in each block of the state," he disclosed adding that a Rs 435-crore proposal had been sent to the Centre in this regard.

The state government has also demanded a Central assistance of Rs 190 crore for the setting up of Edusat network in the state. Under the ambitious project, all 61 government colleges and 151 senior secondary schools across the state would be connected through satellite to make expert lectures in certain subjects available to the students.

Dr Singh added that ISRO authorities had agreed to set up two free hubs in the state for the purpose. To encourage the students, a new scholarship scheme had been introduced under which 50,000 outstanding school students of the state would get prizes.

Similarly, the girl students achieving the top positions in the state board examinations at the block level would also get cash awards.

The state government had also allowed private educational institutions to fill the vacant posts of teacher. The fee structure of unaided technical and medical institutes had also been prepared, he added.

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850 students get degrees
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, March 27
India belongs to the youth and there is a high job potential in fields like pharmaceuticals, automobile, tourism, research and development, information technology etc.

This was stated by Prof R.P. Vajpayee, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar, while delivering the keynote address at the annual convocation of MLN College here today. As many as 850 postgraduates and graduates were awarded degrees. He congratulated the college management for the excellent infrastructure. He said the college had a potential to become a research center.

The college is celebrating its golden jubilee year. Reading out the annual college report, the principal said students of the college had secured as many as 142 merit positions in the university and 572 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp in the college this year.

Dr K.L Johar, former Vice-Chancellor, GJU and Seth Ashok Kumar, chairman of the MLN educational institutes also addressed the students.

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Karnal scientist honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
Dr P.S. Minhas, Project Coordinator at the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, has been honoured with the Jain-INCID Krishi Sinchai Vikas Puraskar-2006.

The award, which was conferred upon him by the Union Minister for Water Resources, Mr Saifu-Din Soz, on March 22, which is celebrated as Water Resources Day, comprises Rs 51,000 in cash, a plaque and a citation. It is given by the Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCID).

Dr Minhas’s contributions to the field of irrigation include sustained irrigation with saline and poor quality water, development of water quality guidelines for irrigation, foresight in optimally utilising the marginal quality waters adopting the micro-irrigation technology, alternate uses and demonstration of the impact of drip irrigation and integrated farming technology.

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Order to club all cases of undertrials
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered that all petitions relating to alleged crimes committed by undertrials and criminals lodged in various jails of Haryana after being allowed to go out of the jail and return after committing the crime be clubbed together for hearing.

This order was passed during hearing of the petition filed by Raj Kumar and seven other employees of the Ambala Central Jail, seeking CBI investigation into the alleged involvement of jail staff in letting out some criminals from the jail to commit murder and return.

Raj Kumar and the seven had been suspended on August 6, 2003, by the Haryana Government pending inquiry into their role in the case where three prisoners — Rajinder Singh, Umed Singh and Mahinder Singh — were allowed to go out of the jail and return after committing the murder of one Mohinder Singh of a village in Sirsa district.

On the identification of the villager, the accused had been identified and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Hisar. In his order, the Judge had also ordered that strict action be taken against the jail staff who had facilitated the movement of the criminals out of the jail.

Today, after hearing his counsel, the Bench noted that some other similar petitions were also pending in the High Court. It, therefore, directed that all such cases be clubbed for being heard together. The matter was directed to be put up before the Chief Justice for appropriate orders.

Bail denied

The High Court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of INLD leader Umed Singh Lohan, who is presently lodged in Hisar jail in a murder case.

In his petition for grant of bail, Lohan had alleged that he had been framed at the behest of the MLA brother of Congress MP Jai Prakash. Lohan had been booked for being involved in the murder of one Kulbir. An FIR was registered on February 3, 2005, and he was arrested.

Today, Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta dismissed his bail plea.

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Robbery at petrol pump
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 27
Robbers struck at a petrol pump located on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway late last night and took away Rs 1.37 lakh after roughing up three petrol pump employees.

The incident took place at New Motors petrol pump located on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway near Khanna Farm. Three employees, Sushil Kumar, Satbir and Rinku had shut down the pump and gone to sleep in a room located at the petrol pump.

After sometime, they heard noises outside the petrol pump. Someone was asking for “Sharma ji”. Since, the pump owner as well as the pump manager have the surname “Sharma”, the employees thought that someone was looking for them.

As soon as the employees opened the door, four persons barged into the room. They threatened the employees with dire consequences. The robbers demanded the keys of the locker. When the employees resisted, they began to beat them up. Thereafter, Sushil Kumar handed over the keys to the robbers. Rs 1.37 lakh was in the locker which the robbers took away.

The robbers tied up the employees in the room and locked the room from outside. The robbers escaped in a white Maruti van which was parked outside. Two persons were sitting in the Maruti van.

After sometime, Satbir managed to free himself. He then helped others to free themselves.

The pump manager Virender Sharma was informed about the incident. The three injured employees were taken to the Civil Hospital.

Forensic experts reached the petrol pump in the morning. A case has been registered.

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