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Malaria spurt: fogging to start 
from May 16

Panipat, May 6
With the reported cases of malaria crossing 300 in the district, the health authorities have mooted a plan to check its further spread. A high-level health team has surveyed the affected areas and decided to commence fogging and spraying from May 16.

Groundwater level declining
Karnal, May 6
In what could be termed as alarming situation, the groundwater level is declining at least by 75 cm annually in those districts of Haryana where advance paddy is sown.

Naveen Jindal new HOA chief, Chautala group cries foul
Panchkula, May 6
After registration of a criminal case against a son of a former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and CBI raids on 24 places of Chautalas, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) suffered another setback when Mr Abhey Singh Chautala was removed from the presidentship of the Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) amid a high drama here today. His rival group virtually took over the Haryana Olympic Bhawan in Sector 3, and after holding a meeting at a hotel in Sector 9, Mr Chautala was removed from his post.

Mr Naveen Jindal, president of the Haryana Olympic Association, flanked by Mr Pamveer Rathi, secretary -general

Mr Naveen Jindal, president of the Haryana Olympic Association, flanked by Mr Pamveer Rathi, secretary -general (right) and Mr Anand Singh Dangi, vice- president of the association (left), after the elections in Panchkula on Saturday.
Tribune photo by  Manoj Mahajan 

HOA elections held among tight security
Panchkula, May 6 
Apprehending disturbance by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), the ruling Congress today got the security tightened outsides the hotel where the election of the president of the Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) was going on.

‘Centre dragging feet on info Act’
Gurgaon, May 6
Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of India Wajahat Habibullah today expressed concern that the Union Government was slow in fulfilling its duties enjoined upon it by the Right to Information Act, 2005.

DA on pension for aided college staff hailed
Yamunanagar, May 6
The Principals Association of Non-Government Aided Colleges, Haryana, has welcomed the Cabinet decision to grant DA on pension to all teaching and non-teaching pensioners of about 200 non-government aided colleges of the state.

Programme on communication skills
Yamunanagar, May 6
A Management Develop-ment Programme in which more than 60 participants from different educational institutions and organisations from Haryana and Punjab took part was organised at Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management and Technology, Jagadhri today.

Molestation: HAU teacher charge-sheeted
Hisar, May 6
The administration of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) here today charge-sheeted Associate Professor B.S. Beniwal, who had been accused of molestation by girl students of Food Science and Technology Department of the university.


Stories from Haryana towns falling in the National Capital Region are put in
 Delhi & neighbourhood.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Transport Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala come out after taking a ride on "Aam Aadmi Ki Khas Bus"
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Transport Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala come out after taking a ride on "Aam Aadmi Ki Khas Bus" started by Haryana Roadways between New Delhi and Chandigarh in Delhi on Saturday —
Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal 

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Jail term for 6 for planning dacoity
Kaithal, May 6
The court of Dr Neelima Shangla, Additional Sessions Judge, here has sentenced six persons to 10 years and five years imprisonment, respectively, after holding them guilty of making preparations to loot vehicles on May 16, 2004 near here.

Four thieves arrested
Ambala, May 6
Four thieves were arrested by the police in Naraingarh yesterday. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Amitabh Dhillon, said four persons had been caught while they were trying to steal logs in Ambli village.

CBI probe sought into working of sugar mill
Ambala, May 6
Mr Madan Pal Rana, BKU general secretary, today demanded a CBI inquiry into the working of the Shahzadpur sugar mill.

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Malaria spurt: fogging to start from May 16
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 6
With the reported cases of malaria crossing 300 in the district, the health authorities have mooted a plan to check its further spread. A high-level health team has surveyed the affected areas and decided to commence fogging and spraying from May 16.

Till the end of April the figure of malaria patients available with the Civil Hospital was 215, with new cases being reported daily.

According to sources in the Health Department, the department swung into action after last year’s experience when more than 7,000 malaria cases were reported from different parts of the district. On Friday, a health team from Panchkula visited Samalkha and other adjoining areas and collected samples of mosquitoes.

Interestingly, an official said the initial reports suggested a complete absence of the female anopheles mosquitoes responsible for transmitting malaria. The official said in the hot and dry weather the female anopheles did not survive, but the department was taking no chances to combat the problem.

The preliminary reports suggested that the patients showing malaria symptoms were possibly those who were diagnosed with malaria last year also. A doctor said it seemed to be a case where the malaria parasites remained in the liver due to the lack of proper treatment.

The full treatment dose of primaquin for five days was solely available in government hospitals and dispensaries. Officials said the patients, who had taken the treatment from private doctors, were showing the malaria symptoms again.

To combat the problem, the department had decided to use delta methrin for the first time. It had been allowed to hire 96 trained persons to control the transmission of the disease.

Against the common belief, doctors engaged in the anti-malaria drive said sprays should be used in the residential premises, but should be avoided in the cattle sheds. A health official said malaria affected human beings and not animals, thus it was of little use in the sheds.

The sources said special teams to take blood samples had been constituted. These teams would also ask the affected persons to take medicine from government hospitals and dispensaries. 

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Groundwater level declining
Dharmendra Joshi

Tribune News Service

Karnal, May 6
In what could be termed as alarming situation, the groundwater level is declining at least by 75 cm annually in those districts of Haryana where advance paddy is sown.

According to the data provided by the Ground Water Cell (GWC) of the Agriculture Department, Karnal, the water level had declined to 4.66 and 4.57 metres respectively in Karnal and Panipat districts within six years between 1999 and 2005.

The groundwater level was recorded at 12.25 metres below the upper layer of the earth in June, 2005, against the same had been registered at just 7.59 metres in June, 1999, in the district.

Similarly, the groundwater level was registered at 13.10 metres below the soil in the month of June, 2005, against the same had been recorded at 8.53 metres in the same month in 1999 in Panipat 
district.

The worst affected blocks are Gharaunda (14.52 m) and Nissing (12.86 m) in Karnal district, whereas Panipat (19.89 m) and Samalkha (17.93 m) are most affected blocks in Panipat district.

Apart from early transplantation of paddy, Mr Surinder Singh Bishnoi, Hydrologist, GWC, attributed the decreasing groundwater level in these districts to less rainfall than the normal of 650 mm in past several years and to increasing number of tubewells.

According to the latest data, as many as 66,500 and 30,000 tubewell connections are operating in Karnal and Panipat district respectively.

Concerned authorities are well aware of the alarming situation posed due to declining groundwater level.

With their efforts to make farmers aware against early transplantation of paddy, advance paddy was sown only in 400 hectares of land in 2004, as compared to 12,000 hectares in 2003, in Karnal district. However, the area under advance paddy was increased to 2,000 hectares in 2005.

When contacted, the Karnal DC, Mr Rakesh Gupta, expressed hope that the area under advance paddy would reduce further as panchayats were being involved to discourage farmers to transplant early paddy.

Looking happy over the response of today’s seminar at Uchani, the DC said Jagjit Singh, a farmer of Darar village, agreed to destroy his paddy sown in advance in seven acres of land after hearing about its ill effects in the seminar by him and the Agriculture director, Mr R.K. Khullar.

Mr Gupta said they had identified those villages where advance paddy was being sown. They would concentrate on these villages and would make farmers aware of its ill effects, so that they would avoid sowing advance paddy. They would also be encouraged to break the cycle of sowing of wheat paddy by adopting diversification of crops.

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Naveen Jindal new HOA chief,
Chautala group cries foul

Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 6
After registration of a criminal case against a son of a former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and CBI raids on 24 places of Chautalas, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) suffered another setback when Mr Abhey Singh Chautala was removed from the presidentship of the Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) amid a high drama here today.

His rival group virtually took over the Haryana Olympic Bhawan in Sector 3, and after holding a meeting at a hotel in Sector 9, Mr Chautala was removed from his post. The meeting that continued for over six hours was held under tight security.

Out of the 145 member-associations of the HOA, 112 members passed a no-confidence motion against Mr Chautala and unanimously declared Mr Naveen Jindal, a Member of Parliament from Kurukshetra, as the new chief of the Haryana Olympic Association. Being a direct political rival of Mr Chautala, Mr Jindal then nominated Mr Pamveer Rathi, Inspector General of Police (CID) as the secretary general of the association, replacing Mr MS Malik, a former DGP, Haryana, and Mr Anand Singh Dangi, MLA from Meham, as vice-president.

Mr Rathi is said to be a close associate of Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda since his childhood.

While talking to media persons after the elections, Mr Jindal alleged that the HOA had become an abandoned baby under the presidentship of Mr Chautala. He also charged the former president of the HOA with bungling of huge money during his tenure. Mr Jindal also claimed that notices were served to all the members of the HOA over 15 days ago. He made it clear that the elections were held after completing all the formalities.

Meanwhile, the Chautala group led by Mr Jaswinder Singh, a former Agriculture Minister, Mr Jasbir Singh Kadian, President of the Haryana Football Association, Mr HS Bhadu, Director of the HOA and Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, a member of the Haryana Public Service Commission, has termed the elections unconstitutional and unethical. They claimed that Mr Chautala was a life-time president of the HOA.

They also claimed that proper procedure and guidelines were not followed for holding fresh elections. They, however, threatened, to knock at the doors of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this matter.

Mr Kadian claimed that Mr Chautala was a life-time president of the association and thus could only be removed from his post after making amendments in the constitution of the HOA. 

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HOA elections held among tight security
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 6 
Apprehending disturbance by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), the ruling Congress today got the security tightened outsides the hotel where the election of the president of the Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) was going on. 

The hotel was virtually cordoned off by the district police. Congress leaders from different districts and top bureaucrats descended at the venue and remained at the hotel till the results of the HOA election were declared. 

The supporters of Mr Naveen Jindal, newly elected president of HOA, started reaching the hotel early in the morning. The Congress had chalked out the election programme a couple of days ago but the venue of elections was disclosed only this morning to avoid any untowards incident. 

The parking place outside the hotel was packed to capacity. The traffic police personnel did not allow any private vehicles inside the parking lot. 

In the wake of the elections, nakas were laid at various exit and entry points to the city. Policemen in civilian clothes were also deployed at various T-points on the busy Zirakpur-Panchkula road and around the Haryana Olympic Bhawan in Sector 3. 
Heavy deployment of the police force in the city affected policing in other parts of the district. 

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‘Centre dragging feet on info Act’

Gurgaon, May 6
Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of India Wajahat Habibullah today expressed concern that the Union Government was slow in fulfilling its duties enjoined upon it by the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Making a presentation at the Management Development Institute (MDI) here on the Act and obligation and responsibilities on part of all concerned under it, Mr Habibullah, who is also former Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, said the government had been enjoined by Section 26 to encourage the authorities concerned to participate in programme aimed at increasing awareness about the whole gamut of issues relating to the Act.

Also, it is to promote timely and effective dissemination of accurate information on the range of its activities.

Making out a strong case for mass awareness on the right to information and the Act per se, he lamented that the government was found short on this front. — TNS

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DA on pension for aided college staff hailed

Yamunanagar, May 6
The Principals Association of Non-Government Aided Colleges, Haryana, has welcomed the Cabinet decision to grant DA on pension to all teaching and non-teaching pensioners of about 200 non-government aided colleges of the state.

Dr Ramesh Kumar, president of the association, said more than 10,000 families would be benefited by the decision. He also expressed gratitude towards the government for lifting the ban on the appointment of teachers in such colleges.

“Hundreds of teachers have retired since the ban was imposed in 1998,” informed Dr Kumar. He said new appointments would help remove the vacuum which was created in higher studies.

The association also expressed gratitude towards Mr Birender Singh and Mr Phool Chnad Mulana, Haryana Ministers for Finance and Education, respectively. — TNS

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Programme on communication skills

Yamunanagar, May 6
A Management Develop-ment Programme in which more than 60 participants from different educational institutions and organisations from Haryana and Punjab took part was organised at Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management and Technology, Jagadhri today.

While inaugurating the programme Dr Raj Kumar, Director of MAIMT, gave a lecturer on communication skills and revealed how various multi-national companies were using the skills for promoting their growth. Among others who participated in the programme included Dr R.S Wadhwan and Mr S.L Mahendru, Principal and Vice-Principal, respectively, of Maharaja Agrasen College,

Mr Amit Mittal, an MBA lecturer, threw light on how to develop better relationships with the help of effective communication skills and how it assisted in the progress and growth of business. Mr Neeraj Garg, head MCA programme, MAMIT, talked about the use of computers in making communication more effective. — TNS

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Molestation: HAU teacher charge-sheeted
Tribune News Service

Hisar, May 6
The administration of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) here today charge-sheeted Associate Professor B.S. Beniwal, who had been accused of molestation by girl students of Food Science and Technology Department of the university.

The HAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.C. Katyal, while acting on an inquiry report of the Women Cell of the university, had placed him under suspension on May 1 and transferred him to the Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the university located at Sadalpur.

The Vice-Chancellor had assured the agitating university students that disciplinary proceedings would be initiated against Dr Beniwal within 10 days. The students, mainly girls, had been demanding the termination of the teacher's services.

Meanwhile, the HAU administration has appointed Dr Hari Chand, Professor of Plant Pathology, as Chief Security Officer and Dr Joginder Singh Malik, Joint Director (Extension Education), as Security Officer of the university.

Besides, a nine-member Vigilance Committee on security services has also been constituted to check the movement of vehicles as well as the security staff on duty. 

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Jail term for 6 for planning dacoity

Kaithal, May 6
The court of Dr Neelima Shangla, Additional Sessions Judge, here has sentenced six persons to 10 years and five years imprisonment, respectively, after holding them guilty of making preparations to loot vehicles on May 16, 2004 near here.

The accused, who were armed with a pistol and iron rods, were overpowered by a police party when they were planning to loot vehicles near Ujhana village.

All six were booked under Sections 399 and 402, IPC, and 25, 54, and 59 of the Arms Act . Later the police recovered two Maruti cars and two motorcycles stolen from various places by Shiva, Rajinder, Anil and Mahaveer. — OC

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Four thieves arrested 
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 6
Four thieves were arrested by the police in Naraingarh yesterday. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Amitabh Dhillon, said four persons had been caught while they were trying to steal logs in Ambli village.

Mr Som Nath, a resident of Ambli village, said he had cut 15 eucalyptus and poplar trees.

When Som Nath and his son were going towards their tubewell, they noticed that four persons were loading the logs in a mini truck. They tried to flee when they saw Som Nath and his son were approaching. However, they were held.

The arrested persons were Ram Kumar, Dharambir, Ram Kumar and Dheera. 

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CBI probe sought into working of sugar mill
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 6
Mr Madan Pal Rana, BKU general secretary, today demanded a CBI inquiry into the working of the Shahzadpur sugar mill.

Mr Madan Pal Rana said they were planning to take a delegation to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on May 8 to press for CBI inquiry. He said a yatra would start from Kalka to Rohtak on May 9 and would highlight the plight of farmers in Haryana. He demanded that farmers should be given power and water free of cost. 

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