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SC accepts state’s stand on SC, ST vacancies
New Delhi, March 28
The Supreme Court today was satisfied with the stand of Haryana Government that it had been filling of reserved posts of all ranks for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the police force from time to time and disposed of a writ petition raising the issue.

10 lakh expected to take holy dip
Kurukshetra, March 28
Several close-circuit cameras have been installed in and around the mela site in the district to avoid any untoward incident during the solar eclipse fair here tomorrow.


Holiday in Kurukshetra



A sadhu stands on one leg during the solar eclipse fair in Kurukshetra on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra

A sadhu stands on one leg during the solar eclipse fair in Kurukshetra

Govt to look into Naraingarh canal issue
Naraingarh, March 28
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today said that the feasibility of a canal from Hathni Kund to Naraingarh region will be examined.

Commuters stone train, 20 injured
Yamunanagar, March 28
More than 20 persons, including women, on board the Amritsar-Dehra Dun passenger train (330) were injured when agitated commuters who were to board the Saharanpur-Nangal Dam hurled stones at the train at Tandwal Railway Station this morning.


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Ex-HPSC chief surrenders
Rohtak, March 28
Dr K.C. Banger, former Chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission and close associate of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, today surrendered in the court of Additional Sessions Judge H.P. Singh.

Rs 23 cr plan to develop Shivalik areas in 3 dists
Chandigarh, March 28
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, yesterday said an action plan would be prepared for the systematic development of the areas falling under the Shivalik Development Board.

List of persons eligible for BPL cards ready
Chandigarh, March 28
A survey to enlist the names of persons eligible for getting below-the-poverty-line cards has been completed, sources in the Haryana Government said today. Earlier, the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had announced at a conference of panchayat members in Sonepat that the first list of persons eligible for the BPL cards would be published by April 10.

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PIL challenges Haryana liquor policy
Chandigarh, March 28
A PIL challenging the allotment of liquor vends by the Haryana Government came up for hearing before the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice DK Jain and Mr Justice Surya Kant.

Union leaders’ meeting today
Faridabad, March 28
Top leaders of the All-India State Government Employees Federation, representing interests of about 80 lakh state and Union government employees across the country, will meet here on March 29 and 30.

Reader to SDM held on graft charge
Rohtak, March 28
The Vigilance today caught Brahamanand, reader to the Subdivisional Magistrate, Meham, redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from a villager. The bribe had allegedly been demanded to supply some documents. 
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SC accepts state’s stand on SC, ST vacancies
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, March 28
The Supreme Court today was satisfied with the stand of Haryana Government that it had been filling of reserved posts of all ranks for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the police force from time to time and disposed of a writ petition raising the issue.

After taking into consideration the affidavit filed by the Haryana Government and statements of its counsel, a Bench of Ms Justice Ruma Pal, Mr Justice B.N. Srikrishna and Mr Justice Dalveer Bhandari said no further direction needed to be issued to the state as the reserved vacancies were being filled as per the provisions of the law.

The Haryana Government in its affidavit filed last year though had admitted that nearly 1,000 reserved posts right from the constable rank to DIG rank were vacant, but it had filled nearly 4,00 of them during the interim period.

As per the affidavit, earlier there were vacant posts of 6 of IPS officers, 4 DSPs, 33 Inspectors, 68 Sub-Inspectors, 173 ASIs, 230 head constables and 378 constables reserved for SC and STs.

Though in the PIL filed in 2003, the issue of non-filling of reserved posts in all states was raised, the court had confined the examination of the issue to Haryana because the petitioner had only submitted data about the vacant posts in the state and failed to furnish any such details regarding other states.

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10 lakh expected to take holy dip
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, March 28
Several close-circuit cameras have been installed in and around the mela site in the district to avoid any untoward incident during the solar eclipse fair here tomorrow. Around 10 lakh pilgrims are expected to take a holy dip in Brahm and Sanhit Sarovars on the occasion of the solar eclipse between 4.30 p.m. and 6.04 p.m. tomorrow.

Over two lakh pilgrims have already arrived here till this evening.

According to Kurukshetra SP Sanjay Kumar, a number of close-circuit cameras were installed at several vital points to keep a vigil on antisocial elements. Besides, over 5,600 police personnel, including 600 Home Guard jawans have been deployed.

Apart from this, as many as 32 swimmers and divers, 18 motor and rowing boats would be available for any emergency, he added.

According to Kurukshetra SDM-cum-mela administrator, S.B. Lohia, the entire mela area has been divided into 12 sectors and each sector will have a health centre, telephone and fire tender.

He said 70 medical officers along with the paramedical staff would remain in service round the clock till March 30.

Apart from this, several NGOs and social organisations would deploy their volunteers, he added.

Northern Railway was running six special trains, he said, adding that 250 special buses of Haryana Roadways would also ply for the pilgrims.

The mela administrator further said reception rooms had also been set up at every entry point of the city.

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Holiday in Kurukshetra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The Haryana Government has notified that March 29 will be observed as a holiday in all offices under the state government, including educational institutions, corporations and boards, located in Kurukshetra on account of the solar eclipse. The holiday will be observed within the meaning of Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

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Govt to look into Naraingarh canal issue
Tribune News Service

Naraingarh, March 28
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today said that the feasibility of a canal from Hathni Kund to Naraingarh region will be examined.

Addressing a rally at the Anaj Mandi in Naraingarh this afternoon, Mr Hooda expressed the hope that efforts will be made to complete the proposed canal during his tenure. He said that the canal from Hathni Kund will lead to overall development in the area.

The rally had been organised by Naraingarh MLA, Mr Ram Kishen, following the completion of a year of the Congress government in the state. Union Minister and Ambala MP Kumari Selja was present.

Mr Hooda said that the residents of Naraingarh have reposed faith in the Congress by ensuring victory of Kumari Selja in Lok Sabha elections and Mr Ram Kishen in the Assembly elections.

He said that the Congress party is being led by Mrs Sonia Gandhi who strongly believes in high moral values.

He said that Rozgar guarantee scheme is the result of her vision. “In Haryana, we have taken a number of welfare decisions for different sections of society,” he said. “I believe in undertaking work now instead of waiting till the end of the tenure,” he added.

He said that after becoming the Chief Minister, he thought of waiving the outstanding power bill. “However, I was informed that it was Rs 1600 crore. After thinking over the matter, the decision to waive the amount was taken,” he said.

Mr Hooda gave his approval for a girls’ college at Shahzadpur, ordered the increase in capacity of transformers, agreed for construction of bus stands, directed construction of a bridge and accepted the demand for construction of a community hall in Shahzadpur.

Union Minister Kumari Selja said that the Congress government is taking decisions for the benefit of the people. She said that Rs 1,74,000 crore is going to be spent for Bharat Nirman Yojana. She said that the Yojana will help in upliftment of rural areas.

She opined that women need to be empowered. She expressed concern over the declining sex ratio in Haryana and she exhorted the people to desist from female foeticide. She said that girls should be imparted education.

Naraingarh MLA, Mr Ram Kishen, said that the Congress government in Haryana has taken a number of steps for the welfare of the people. He said that during the previous governments, less attention was paid to Naraingarh because of which there is lack of development.

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Commuters stone train, 20 injured
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, March 28
More than 20 persons, including women, on board the Amritsar-Dehra Dun passenger train (330) were injured when agitated commuters who were to board the Saharanpur-Nangal Dam (DMU) hurled stones at the train at Tandwal Railway Station this morning. Commuters earlier stopped the DMU at the station when they could not get in the train.

Railway traffic remained disrupted on up and down sections for more than two hours from 8 a.m. as the two trains remained held up at Tandwal. Railway sources said besides other trains, Chandigarh bound Sadbhwana Express from Lucknow got delayed. More than 4,000 persons at various stations between Ambala cantonment and Jagadhri were affected. There was more rush today as train (No 4682) the Jalandhar-New Delhi Express was cancelled.

As per information, the DMU was overcrowded by pilgrims going to Kurukshetra to take dip in sarovars there on the occasion of tomorrow’s solar eclipse. They were to de-train at Ambala cantonment.

Commuters, including milkmen and students, could not get in the train (DMU) as even lavatories were occupied. Commuters sat on the track in front of the engine and did not let it move.

Meanwhile, the Amritsar-Dehra Dun passenger train from Ambala cantonment (which was running five hours late) was crossing the station.

A section of the commuters threw stones at the train and passengers in coaches 6 and 7 were injured, said sources. Windowpanes of several coaches of the train were damaged because of the stone-throwing. The driver of the train also received injuries. The agitated commuters kept the passenger train on hold for more than one hour. Sources said that efforts were made to start the train but each time someone pulled the stopping chain.

Later the police reached and the passenger train continued its journey. The police reached after more than one hour when the DMU was stopped.

Some of the injured were given first aid at Barara Railway station. Some of the injured (who were to de-train at Jagadhri) could not get first aid at Jagadhri railway station.

These injured were going to Kapal Mochan gurdwara here. Sources said that there was only cotton in the name of first aid at the station.

The Additional Divisional Railway Manager (Ambala circle) said that it was strange that first-aid kit was not available at Jagadhri station. He said that the official concerned would be asked to explain reason. He assured first aid kit would be provided at the station. The Railway has not made any complaint against the persons who stopped two trains and also threw stones.

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Ex-HPSC chief surrenders
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, March 28
Dr K.C. Banger, former Chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) and close associate of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, today surrendered in the court of Additional Sessions Judge H.P. Singh.

The court remanded him in judicial custody for a day. He would be produced in the court again tomorrow where the Vigilance authorities would try to secure his custody for interrogation.

He was wanted in connection with a case registered against him in August last year. Three persons had been arrested in the case registered against Dr Banger and nine others. They include Pardeep Sangwan, Drug Inspector, his father Mohinder Singh and one Rajiv Mukul.

Pardeep Sangwan, who lives in Dev Colony here, is accused of securing his job on the basis of fake documents.

It is learnt that he hails from the ancestral village of Dr Banger and had been recruited by the HPSC on the basis of an interview conducted on October 6, 2004. A local court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

But, Dr Banger went abroad. In the meanwhile, he obtained a stay order on the warrant from the apex court. He joined investigations on February 3 on his return from abroad. His plea for bail was ultimately turned down by the court a few days ago.

Since then Vigilance teams had been conducting raids at various places for his arrest.

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Rs 23 cr plan to develop Shivalik areas in 3 dists
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, yesterday said an action plan would be prepared for the systematic development of the areas falling under the Shivalik Development Board.

The Chief Minister was presiding over a meeting of the board. He asked the officers to prepare the action plan and finish mapping of the areas as early as possible. He said effective steps would be taken to provide drinking water in the Morni area in Panchkula district.

The Chief Minister said an annual action plan for the Shivalik areas falling in Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar districts had been prepared involving an investment of Rs 23.41 crore for the current financial year.

Out of the total outlay, about Rs 11.40 crore had been earmarked for water management works, and Rs 4.97 crore for drinking water. For schemes such as the distribution of solar devices, horticulture, vermiculture, fish farming, information and technical education Rs 3.83 crore had been allocated.

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List of persons eligible for BPL cards ready
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
A survey to enlist the names of persons eligible for getting below-the-poverty-line (BPL) cards has been completed, sources in the Haryana Government said today.

Earlier, the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had announced at a conference of panchayat members in Sonepat that the first list of persons eligible for the BPL cards would be published by April 10. The list would be amended, if necessary, he said.

The sources here said the list, prepared in English, was ready. It would be now translated into Hindi and displayed in all villages. If anyone had a complaint regarding the non-inclusion of his name in the list, he would need to fill a form and submit it to the authorities concerned for examination.

The sources said instead of using the income criterion, a set of new parameters was used this time for determining the eligibility of persons falling in the BPL category. Thirteen points such as type of land holding, food security, sanitation and the ownership of consumer durables were drawn up. The persons getting the lowest scores in the card had been enlisted.

The BPL list has been a sensitive issue in Haryana. The list prepared under the INLD regime had attracted complaints of political favouritism.

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PIL challenges Haryana liquor policy
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 28
A PIL challenging the allotment of liquor vends by the Haryana Government came up for hearing before the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice DK Jain and Mr Justice Surya Kant.

The petitioner, Mr Jagdish Parshad of Narnaul in Mahendragarh district of Haryana, has also challenged the failure of the government in fixing the maximum retail price of liquor and the increase in the total number of vends in the excise policy applicable for the financial year 2006-07.

Today, after hearing senior advocate Mohan Jain, counsel for the petitioner, the court directed the Haryana Government to produce on April 3 the entire record where the decision in regard to the new excise policy has been taken to show why maximum retail price of liquor bottle had not been fixed whereas the minimum price was fixed.

In his petition, Mr Parshad has stated that the number of vends has been more than doubled. Rewari, which had 64 vends in the current financial year, will now have 170 vends in 2006-07. Similarly, Gurgaon district, which had 100 vends, will now have 231 liquor vends, the petition says.

The increase, Mr Jain alleged, was against public interest and the new excise policy had been framed without following the Punjab Excise Act, 1914 (as applicable to Haryana), the Haryana Liquor Licence Rules, 1970, the Punjab Intoxicants Licence and Sale Order, 1956.

The PIL also claims that vends that will be allowed to sell Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) have been allotted against unsold country liquor vends in the same area where such vends had already been allotted.

Pointing out that Article 47 of the Constitution states that the State would endeavour to bring about prohibition of consumption, the PIL says that the present Congress government has increased the number of liquor vends by changing the country liquor vends (L-14) to IMFL (L-2), a step that is totally against the rules.

He has prayed that directions be issued to the respondents to re-allot liquor vends by observing the statutory provisions.

Hearing will now resume on April 3, the day when a similar petition against excise policies for Punjab and Chandigarh is also scheduled to be heard.

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Union leaders’ meeting today
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 28
Top leaders of the All-India State Government Employees Federation, representing interests of about 80 lakh state and Union government employees across the country, will meet here on March 29 and 30.

They will discuss various issues, including the pension policy, rate of interest on the GPF, right to strike, review of the Electricity Act- 2003, recruitment and outsourcing policy and the matter of vacant posts.

Adopting a tougher stand, the federation is likely to announce the launch of a fresh agitation in view of the widening differences between the government and trade unions.

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Reader to SDM held on graft charge
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, March 28
The Vigilance today caught Brahamanand, reader to the Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM), Meham, redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from a villager.

The bribe had allegedly been demanded to supply some documents. The complainant approached the Vigilance Department which prepared a plan and caught the accused.

A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against him.

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