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Workers, police clash; cops fire in air
Panipat, June 5
The police opened fire into the air and lathicharged agitating workers of pitloom factories after they clashed with the police at a rally on the Kutani road this morning. Two policemen, including in charge of the Quila police chowki, sustained injuries in the clash.

Powermen begin 48-hour fast
Fatehabad, June 5
On a call given by the All-Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union, employees of the Power Utilities began 48-hours fast in front of the office of the Executive Engineer here today. Mr Pawan Sharma, president of the local unit of the union, led the striking employees.

Farmers to get diesel at co-op sugar mills
Karnal, June 5
Apart from selling their sugarcane crop at cooperative sugar mills situated in different parts of Haryana, farmers of the state will now be able to get diesel and petrol from these mills in the near future.

Move over Mahendergarh LS seat alerts Oppn
Gurgaon, June 5
Resentment prevails in the Ahirwal belt of South Haryana over the alleged move of the Delimitation Commission to deprive the Mahendergarh parliamentary constituency of its Independent Lok Sabha seat status.

Agrasen institute students excel
Yamunanagar, June 5
Students of Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management and Technology, Jagadhri have won the first three positions in MBA (first semester) examinations held by Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

Man gets life term for murder
Rewari, June 5
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Bansal, has sentenced Harish, a resident of Kosli, to an imprisonment for life for the murder of one Hans Raj at Kosli on May 13, last year. A fine of Rs 2000 was also imposed on the convict.


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2 held for shooting incident
Ambala, June 5
Two persons have been arrested in connection with last night’s shooting incident in Ambala Cantonment.

Close shave for five as car catches fire
Pinjore, June 5
Five occupants of a Ford Ikon car had a miraculous escape when their vehicle caught fire on the busy Panchkula-Kalka road, 3 km from here, on Sunday afternoon.

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Workers, police clash; cops fire in air
Tribune News Service

Panipat, June 5
The police opened fire into the air and lathicharged agitating workers of pitloom factories after they clashed with the police at a rally on the Kutani road this morning. Two policemen, including in charge of the Quila police chowki, sustained injuries in the clash.

The workers held the rally against a “suppressing” attitude of industrialists of the town. Union leaders said the Chief Secretary and other officials had been informed about the rally and they had made their programme public.

They were demanding ESI, PF besides other benefits.

According to the eyewitnesses, the clash sparked off after Sub-Inspector Jai Pal and his subordinate thrashed a worker. The policemen told the workers to disperse and started to thrash them.

The workers launched a counter assault in which Jai Pal received head injuries while his subordinate sustained injuries on his face. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital.

The agitating mob damaged two motor cycles of the police.

Later, hundreds of workers gathered at Haali Park in an attempt to gherao Labour Minister Birender Singh for failure of the state government in implementing the labour laws. But they failed in their attempt as the minister changed the schedule of the grievances redressal meeting to be held at the park.

However, the DSP, Mr Sumit Kumar, said no policemen were injured and the rally was peaceful.

Talking to this correspondent, general secretary of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) P. P. Kapoor said the police fired in air without any provocation by the agitators. He alleged that several workers were picked up by the police and beaten up mercilessly.

Mr Kapoor clarified that the workers’ union would not hand over any memorandum or written complaint to the state government as they had submitted scores of such applications to the authorities concerned.

He said since the Labour Minister did not reach at the venue till 2.30 pm, a delegation of workers met the Deputy Commissioner who had asked the workers leader to submit a list of those persons who were being exploited by the factory owners.

Meanwhile, thousands of units manufacturing bed sheets, blankets and the pitloom industry observed a complete strike in the town. 

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Powermen begin 48-hour fast  
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, June 5
On a call given by the All-Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union, employees of the Power Utilities began 48-hours fast in front of the office of the Executive Engineer here today. Mr Pawan Sharma, president of the local unit of the union, led the striking employees.

The agitating employees alleged that they had been requesting the management since long to redress their grievances through talks, but the management had not been paying heed to their repeated requests.

Due to non-recruitment of employees, they had been forced to work for 15 to 20 hours a day instead of the routine eight-hour-a-day schedule, they said. They had also been demanding a ban on contractual appointments. Their other demands include hike in allowances, repair of residential colonies and revival of ex gratia policy.

Besides Mr Pawan Sharma, others who sat on fast are Mr Bhup Singh, Mr Bhola Singh, Mr Harkishan Lal Kamboj, Mr Jeet Kumar, Mr Balbir Singh, Mr Manohar Lal, Mr Data Ram, Mr Sawar Singh, Mr Ram Niwas, Mr Sandeep Dhamija, Mr Mohinder Godara and Mr Ram Niwas.

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Farmers to get diesel at co-op sugar mills
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, June 5
Apart from selling their sugarcane crop at cooperative sugar mills situated in different parts of Haryana, farmers of the state will now be able to get diesel and petrol from these mills in the near future.

According to sources in the Haryana State Cooperative Sugar Federation, Kisan Sewa Kendras will be set up at all cooperative sugar mills in the state. These stores will not only provide petrol and diesel, but it will also make available fertilisers, pesticides, seeds etc. at reasonable prices to the farmers.

Such kendras have already started functioning at Panipat and Shahabad cooperative sugar mills while the setting up of kendras is in progress in the remaining mills.

Sources said the state government had also decided to control pests in sugarcane crop using parasites and chemical alternatives. To produce these parasites, it was decided to establish four biological control laboratories in the state.

Such laboratories had been established at Sonepat and Shahabad Cooperative Sugar Mills, while work was in progress at Meham and Jind cooperative sugar mills.

Sources further said that Rs 24.38 crore had been earmarked for the year 2006-07 under the Intensive Cane Development Programme to reduce the cost of cultivation of the crop and enhance the income of the farmers. Under the programme, subsidy and loan would also be given to farmers by cooperative sugar mills.

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Move over Mahendergarh LS seat alerts Oppn
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 5
Resentment prevails in the Ahirwal belt of South Haryana over the alleged move of the Delimitation Commission to deprive the Mahendergarh parliamentary constituency of its Independent Lok Sabha seat status.

The two main opposition parties in Haryana, the INLD and the BJP, see the development as a handle to use it against the ruling Congress. Ironically, the INLD, which was in power in the state when the present Delimitation Commission, headed by Justice Kuldip Singh, commenced its exercise to define the constituencies in Haryana and whose leadership had come in for flak for trying to allegedly tamper with the constituencies falling in Ahirwal belt, is now trying to project itself as the “saviour” of the populace of the Ahirwal belt.

Mahendergarh consisits of hardcore Ahirwal areas of South Haryana. The constituency encompasses the Assembly segments that fall in Gurgaon, Rewari and Mahendergarh districts.

Leaders of the BJP express anxiety at the proposal of Congress members to the commission allegedly for constituting a parliamentary constituency by the name “Mahendergarh-Bhiwani”. The proposal for such a constituency was made at a meeting of the commission in the Capital on Tuesday and was supported by the Congress leaders.

A few days ago a “Mahapanchayat” of 56 villages in the Kosli area, which is quintessence Yadav/Ahir dominated and at present part of Rewari distict, passed a resolution demanding that it be attached to the Mahendergarh parliamentary seat. Now, Kosli as revenue block is part of the Rohtak parliamentary seat.

The commission has a proposal to set up Kosli as an independent Assembly seat. The proposed Kosli Assembly seat comprises two-thirds of the Jatusana Assembly seat, which is part of the Mahendergarh parliamentary seat.

Hence, the resolution expressed apprehension that the proposed Kosli Assembly seat would be attached to the Rohtak parliamentary seat. The argument of the people of the Ahirwal belt is that Kosli is about 100 km away from Rohtak, part of Jat heartland. Also, Kosli was part of Rewari district.

Hence, there was no justification in attaching the segment with Rohtak. Leaders of the BJP and the INLD took part in the mahapanchayat and also supported the resolution.

The general public of the Ahirwal belt feels that if Kosli was attached to the Mahendergarh parliamentary constituency, then it (Mahendergarh) would have five Assembly segments. This would enable Mahendergarh to continue with its independent status of a parliamentary seat.

Significantly, the Union Minister of State, Rao Inderjit Singh, who is from the Ahirwal belt, has also written to the commission to keep the Mahendergarh parliamentary constituency intact. The grouse of the masses with regard to the debate on the status of the Mahendergarh parliamentary constituency has reasons, political and social. The people feel that the Ahirwal belt has historical importance on account of which it has a separate identity not only in Haryana, but in the country. 

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Agrasen institute students excel
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, June 5
Students of Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management and Technology, Jagadhri have won the first three positions in MBA (first semester) examinations held by Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

Priyanka Marwah and Sheenu Nagpal stood first by securing 581 marks back out of 750. Amrinder Kaur was placed second (580) followed by Priyanka Verma (579 marks). Sahibir of the MAIMT secured the seventh position in the university.

This was stated by Dr Raj Kumar, Director the institute.

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Man gets life term for murder

Rewari, June 5
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Bansal, has sentenced Harish, a resident of Kosli, to an imprisonment for life for the murder of one Hans Raj at Kosli on May 13, last year. A fine of Rs 2000 was also imposed on the convict.

The incident happened when an altercation over an insignificant matter ensued between Harish and Hans Raj at a barber’s shop at Kosli. Harish, in the heat of the moment, abruptly picked up the scissors and then pushed it into Hans Raj’s stomach injuring him critically.

He was then rushed to the Civil Hospital, Rewari. However he died on his way to the hospital. Consequently, the Kosli police, which registered a case of murder. — OC

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2 held for shooting incident
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 5
Two persons have been arrested in connection with last night’s shooting incident in Ambala Cantonment.

Rakesh, alias Chidiya, 45, was shot dead from a point blank range in Shivpuri Colony at about 9 pm last night. The police is suspecting the involvement of the Bobby gang in his murder.

The Superintendent of Police said two persons had been arrested. “Ritu, sister of Bobby and Bittoo Sharda, an old accomplice of Bobby, have been arrested. We are also working on certain other leads,” he said.

Ritu and Bittoo Sharda were remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a city court today.

A police official said they were hopeful of cracking the case soon. “We have identified certain persons and teams have been formed to arrest them,” he said.

Shooting incidents due to a gang rivalry have been taking place in the cantonment for the last couple of months. Dreaded gangster Nishan Singh and gangster Bobby are pitted against each other. Ritu, sister of gangster Bobby who has been arrested, was shot at by members of Nishan Singh gang when she was going home after paying obeisance at Kali Bari temple earlier this year.

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Close shave for five as car catches fire
Tribune News Service

Pinjore, June 5
Five occupants of a Ford Ikon car had a miraculous escape when their vehicle caught fire on the busy Panchkula-Kalka road, 3 km from here, on Sunday afternoon.

According to the car owner, Mr Ashweenee Kumaria, a Chandigarh- based businessman, he along with his superior, Mr Vikas Garg, and three subordinates were on their way to Baddi when the car (HR-49C-0023) caught fire near Sahara Resorts. Noticing smoke, all the occupants were shocked.

The central locking system of the car also failed to function. However, the car occupants managed to get down from the burning car.

Motorists and onlookers assembled at the spot and began extinguishing the blaze. A Haryana Highway Patrol party reached the spot and a complaint was lodged against a Chandigarh-based authorised dealer, Bhagat Fords, at the Pinjore police station.

While talking to The Tribune, Mr Kumaria complained that the car had developed faults many times after its purchase. He had complained to the service manager of the company at the Industrial Area, Chandigarh, several times and even gave him a written complaint. The company often charged for the services but the problem remained the same, he alleged. Mr Kumaria has also threatened to sue the company.

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