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Special bus service begins
AC buses for Gurgaon district

Chandigarh, May 8
The Haryana Government will ply air-conditioned district buses in Gurgaon, CNG buses in the National Capital Region (NCR) and rural areas of Delhi and introduce a city bus service in the major towns of the state.

Probe sought into assets of Bhajan Lal
Bhajan LalChandigarh, May 8
Master Tara Singh, who once enjoyed proximity with two Haryana Chief Ministers, today said the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, and his family members should volunteer for a CBI probe into their wealth.

Farmers protest as Centre stops mustard procurement
Bhiwani, May 8
Hundreds of farmers today hold protest against the decision of the Central Government to stop the procurement of mustard. The agitating farmers raised anti-government slogans and blocked roads at three different places in the district.

Smoke from burning of wheat stumps turns roads into death traps
Rohtak, May 8
Thanks to official apathy, the illegal practice of setting wheat stumps afire has turned Haryana’s otherwise fine roads into death traps once again. The practice, which had been on the wane after the ban imposed several years ago, is back with all its deadly ramifications this year.

Wadali brothers resent delay at function
Panipat, May 8
Showing great disrespect to renowned singers, the Wadali bothers, who made a point not to cancel their programme despite the fact that they had lost their mother on Saturday, the Panipat district administration and the Indian National Trust of Art and Culture (INTAC), both organisers of the first Panipat Mahotsav, made them wait for two long hours on Sunday night.

Hike in safai karamcharis’ spl allowance
Chandigarh, May 8
The Haryana Finance Minister, Mr Birender Singh, announced a hike of Rs 200 in the special allowance of safai karamcharis working in various departments, public undertakings and municipalities in the state with effect from this month.

Industrialist booked for stealing power
Karnal, May 8
An industrialist of the district was booked for allegedly stealing power through a kundi connection.


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One held for harbouring kidnapping accused
Kurukshetra, May 8
The district police has arrested a person for harbouring the culprits who were responsible for kidnaping a local trader at revolver point from near his house at HUDA, Sector 5, here on the April 25 night.

‘Disha’ organised by JayCees
Ambala, May 8
JayCees International organised a three-day mega project “Disha” on the Golden Public School campus here today.

High Court
Notice to Narnaul resident for throwing slipper at judge

Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to a Narnaul resident, directing him to show cause as to why contempt of court proceedings not be initiated against him.

 

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Special bus service begins
AC buses for Gurgaon district

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The Haryana Government will ply air-conditioned district buses in Gurgaon, CNG buses in the National Capital Region (NCR) and rural areas of Delhi and introduce a city bus service in the major towns of the state.

This was stated by the Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, today while talking to mediapersons shortly after flagging off a special bus service called Haryana Gaurav from the Inter-State Bus Terminus here. The special bus service, plying between Chandigarh and Delhi, is being advertised with the slogan “ Aam aadmi ki khas bus” (special bus for common people).

He said in the case of Gurgaon, a showpiece for Haryana, 10 air-conditioned buses would be introduced in the district next month. The Haryana Urban Development Authority and the state roadways would jointly run these buses. A non-AC city bus service would also be introduced in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rohtak, Sonepat, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Ambala and Panchkula.

He said 150 CNG buses were purchased 10 days ago and would be plied in the NCR by July.

He said the government was planning to add 3,000 new buses to the fleet of the state roadways during the next four years. As many as 559 buses were purchased during the last financial year.

He said the Volvo bus service had so far yielded a profit of Rs 86 lakh to the roadways. This service was not connected to the issue of privatisation. On the issue of the recent strike by state roadways' employees, the Minister claimed that the strike was due to some misunderstanding by employees. The matter was resolved after they held discussions with him and the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The Haryana Gaurav bus was a prototype for future buses. It was for the first time after the creation of Haryana that an in-house prototype had been developed by the state roadways, he said. He added that 100 such buses would be added to the fleet of the state roadways. These buses would have 45 seats but the leg space would be the same as in the case of 33-seater buses, he said. 

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Probe sought into assets of Bhajan Lal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
Master Tara Singh, who once enjoyed proximity with two Haryana Chief Ministers, today said the HPCC chief, Mr Bhajan Lal, and his family members should volunteer for a CBI probe into their wealth.

According to Master Tara Singh, a CBI probe into Mr Bhajan Lal's wealth would give credibility to the ongoing CBI investigation against the Chautalas for disproportionate assets.

Asked why he had singled out Mr Bhajan Lal, he said questions had been always raised about Mr Bhajan Lal's wealth. The HPCC chief should volunteer for a CBI probe and come clean on the issue of assets, Tara Singh said. This would also prevent Mr Om Prakash Chautala from alleging that the CBI probe into his family's assets was politically motivated.

He further said the CBI should offer incentives to people who give them tip-off about Mr Chautala's wealth. “For instance if following a tip-off, a property was found to be belonging to the Chautalas illegally, then 10 per cent from the sale of the property should be given to the informer”, Master Tara Singh said.

He said the CBI should also probe into the wealth allegedly amassed by bureaucrats and police officers in nexus with Mr Chautala.

He demanded that the murder of a Kaithal-based journalist during the previous INLD regime and the murder of Independent candidate Amir Singh at Meham way back in the 80s should also be investigated by the CBI.

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Farmers protest as Centre stops mustard procurement
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, May 8
Hundreds of farmers today hold protest against the decision of the Central Government to stop the procurement of mustard. The agitating farmers raised anti-government slogans and blocked roads at three different places in the district.

The farmers also threatened to intensify the stir if the procurement was not re-started by the government-sponsored agencies.

According to information, when the farmers arrived in mandis today, NAFED officials refused to purchase their produce and told them about the decision of the government. The farmers engaged into an altercation with the officials and later blocked the Chiriya-Mahendergarh road in Charkhi Dadri subdivision.

Meanwhile, several farmers of the Badhra area blocked the Delhi-Pilani road against the decision. They also staged demonstration outside the grain market in Bhiwani and blocked the road.

The farmers said they were waiting here for the past 5-6 days to sell their produce, but the agencies stopped the procurement. They said the HAFED officials refused to purchase mustard stating that NAFED had ordered to stop further procurement. However, mustard was still being purchased through middlemen, the farmers alleged.

Government functionaries, who arrived to pacify the protesters, assured them of conveying their grievances to the senior officers in Chandigarh.

The national vice-president of the Bhartiya Janta Party Kisan Morcha, Mr Om Prakash Dhankhad said the morcha would burn effigy of the Chief Minister at Bhiwani new grain market on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the government overlooked the interest of the farmers and stopped procurement without any prior information. He said that the government had issued tokens for procurement to the farmers but half of the quantity had not been purchased so far. The government first made the procurement process complicated and now admonishing the farmers, he alleged.

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Smoke from burning of wheat stumps turns roads into death traps
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, May 8
Thanks to official apathy, the illegal practice of setting wheat stumps afire has turned Haryana’s otherwise fine roads into death traps once again. The practice, which had been on the wane after the ban imposed several years ago, is back with all its deadly ramifications this year.

A drive on National Highway No 10 revealed that long stretches of fields are set afire every evening by farmers after harvesting wheat crop. This is an effective and costless way to get rid of stumps, but the smoke from burning fields on both sides of the road is claiming precious lives.

On Saturday evening, 14 lives were lost at Bhagwatipur village near here when a maxicab and an oil tanker collided due to zero visibility caused by the smoke from nearby fields. Over 12 road mishaps, both minor and serious, took place between Meham and Bahadurgarh on the highway last evening. Similar mishaps were also reported from the Hisar-Meham stretch of the road.

Daya Singh, a truck driver whose vehicle overturned near Meham last evening said he lost control when he encountered a thick pall of smoke from burning fields and suddenly noticed a car coming from the opposite direction. Luckily, he and his cleaner escaped with bruises but the damage to the truck was extensive.

Three persons were injured seriously late last night when their Indica car collided with an unidentified heavy vehicle near Mundhal village. The driver, who escaped unhurt and was guarding the wreck said he failed to see the oncoming vehicle because of smoke and blinding light from the fields burning on both sides of the road.

Several Army vehicles were seen parked on the roadside just ahead of a stretch covered by thick smoke from the fields. The officer heading the convoy said they decided to wait for the smoke to clear before proceeding because of the risk involved in letting the convoy pass through the stretch with almost no visibility.

The fires are killing thousands of roadside trees daily in Haryana as farmers continue to burn wheat stumps to save time, money and labour. Environmentalists say thousands of rodents, snakes and other small animals are scorched to death in the burning fields endangering the environment.

It was noticed that farmers generally set the stumps afire when the wind was blowing towards the road so as not to let the fire spread to neighbouring fields.

Doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences here said there had been a sudden spurt in the number of patients coming to them with respiratory problems and allergies caused by the smoke and soot hanging in the air for hours after the fires die.

The district administration has woken up to the problem after Saturday’s accident. Panchayats have been directed to advise farmers not to resort to burning stumps with the rider that violators would be dealt with sternly.

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Wadali brothers resent delay at function
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 8
Showing great disrespect to renowned singers, the Wadali bothers, who made a point not to cancel their programme despite the fact that they had lost their mother on Saturday, the Panipat district administration and the Indian National Trust of Art and Culture (INTAC), both organisers of the first Panipat Mahotsav, made them wait for two long hours on Sunday night.

The reason for the delay was the late arrival of the chief guest, the Commissioner of Rohtak range, Mr N. C. Wadhwa, and lengthy speeches of the “VIP” bureaucrats at the function. IAS officer and INTAC patron Ajit Joshi told the audience about the demise of the mother of the celebrated singers. No speaker expressed sorry for having made them wait.

The function turned out be a mismanaged event, where the singers repeatedly asked the technicians till the end of the function to adjust the sound. A thin audience discouraged the organisers. After being fed up with the speeches, Pyare Lal Wadali, the younger brother, finally said, “Haath jod ke benti hai, hun saanu vi bolan dita jave” (We beg to let us start singing). 

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Hike in safai karamcharis’ spl allowance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The Haryana Finance Minister, Mr Birender Singh, announced a hike of Rs 200 in the special allowance of safai karamcharis working in various departments, public undertakings and municipalities in the state with effect from this month.

The safai karamcharis were earlier getting Rs 65 as special allowance. Now they will get Rs 265 per month.

Mr Birender Singh also announced that administrative departments had been given the power to clear the medical reimbursement claims of employees for treatment taken at reputed or specialised hospitals outside the approved list of medical institutions.

This had been done to speed up the settlement of medical reimbursement cases.

He said permission from the appropriate authority, however, would have to be taken before going in for treatment at institutions which did not figure on the official list. 

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Industrialist booked for stealing power
Tribune News Service

Karnal, May 8
An industrialist of the district was booked for allegedly stealing power through a kundi connection.

According to a police spokesman, an FIR under Section 379 of the IPC and Section 39 of the Electricity Act was filed against the industrialist, Subash of Khera Chhapran village.

The industrialist was allegedly found stealing power during a raid by the Electricity Department some time back. Following which, he was fined Rs 1 lakh, but he reportedly did not deposit the fine. At this, the FIR was lodged against him. 

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One held for harbouring kidnapping accused
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, May 8
The district police has arrested a person for harbouring the culprits who were responsible for kidnaping a local trader at revolver point from near his house at HUDA, Sector 5, here on the April 25 night.

Stating this here yesterday, the district police chief, Mr Sanjay Kumar, said that on a tip-off, the person, who was arrested from near Brahamsarover here on May 6, had been identified as Rajesh Kumar, a son of Sheetu Ram, a resident of Morpattee, in Jind district.

Mr Kumar said that during interrogation, Rajesh told the police that his brother, Vijay, along with his accomplices, kidnapped a local trader, Ishwar Bansal, in a Scorpio car from near his house at HUDA, Sector 5, here on the night of April 25.

The district police chief further said that the accused was produced in the local court and had been sent to district jail on judicial remand for 14 days.

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‘Disha’ organised by JayCees

Ambala, May 8
JayCees International organised a three-day mega project “Disha” on the Golden Public School campus here today.

Around 60 students from various schools of Northern states participated in it. The participants were trained in life skills to grow as future leaders in all fields of life. As many as six students were selected for further participation in the national level programme to be organised in Mysore.

Three students of GPS Ajay, Anshul and Bhavya, two students from DAV Public School and one student from Jind was selected for the national level programme. 
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High Court
Notice to Narnaul resident for throwing slipper at judge
Our High Court  Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to a Narnaul resident, directing him to show cause as to why contempt of court proceedings not be initiated against him.

Taking cognisance of a letter written by the Additional Sessions Judge, Narnaul, to the Registrar (General) of the High Court, informing him about an incident of a witness throwing his slipper at the Judge and also threatening him, the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice R.S. Randhawa issued notice for July10.

In his letter, the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr R.K. Khanagwal, had said that during hearing of a murder case, one Raj Kumar alias Raju, who was the defence witness in the case, allegedly threatened him of dire consequences and later, on the asking of his father, threw his slipper on the Judge. The slipper, the letter says, hit the Judge.

Raju also levelled allegations against the Judge and allegedly threatened to kill him.

PS appointments

The High Court on Monday admitted for further hearing the petition filed by a BJP leader of Haryana challenging the appointment of a Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) and seven Parliamentary Secretaries (PS) by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government on January 14.

In his writ, Mr P.S. Bajwa of Naggal in Yamunanagar district has alleged that the appointments were illegal and unconstitutional. He alleged that the same were done only with the view to adjusting different groups within the ruling Congress as also to establish a caste/region balance.

Pointing out that even though the state is facing a financial crunch, the move of the government to appoint a CPS and seven PSs would lead to needless expenditure.

During hearing, the petitioner's counsel told the court that none of these posts existed in either the Constitution or any other act/statute.

By making these appointments, he added the government had only tried to circumvent the Constitutional provision that put a limit on the maximum number of ministers that a government could have.

Today, the Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice R.S. Randhawa admitted the case and ordered that the same be heard on July 18.

Liquor vends

Counsel for a liquor vend licencee of Haryana on Monday again reiterated his earlier allegation that the Bhupinder Singh Hooda Haryana government had favoured a Sirsa-based liquor trader by allotting huge number of liquor vends out-of-turn to him.

Making this allegation, Mohan Jain, counsel for petitioner Ram Chander, again sought a CBI inquiry into the whole issue and also to probe if some money had changed hands to benefit the Sirsa-based Amrit Singla and his family, as companies owned by him and his family members in various names have been allotted hundreds of vends in various districts of Haryana.

The petitioner has prayed for setting aside of the licences granted to the respondents, alleging that the number of vends was almost doubled only to give undue benefit to the Singla family.

The stand of the petitioner, who has been granted licence to sell IMFL in Tohana town in Fatehabad district, is while ordinary businessmen like him paid hefty sums as fees to participate in the draw of lots, the government circumvented the rules to favour its favourites.

However, Mr Jain's allegations were rebutted by the Advocate-General, Haryana.

Later, the Bench of Mr Justice A.K. Goel and Mr Justice Rajesh Bindal adjourned the matter to tomorrow.

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