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Ambala Cantt MLA resigns
Bansal upset over CMís indifference

Ambala, June 10
Upset over the lack of grants for development work and indifference of the Haryana government towards genuine demands, Ambala Cantt MLA Devender K. Bansal resigned today.
Ambala Cantt MLA D.K. Bansal addresses a meeting in Ambala on Saturday.
Ambala Cantt MLA D.K. Bansal addresses a meeting in Ambala on Saturday. ó  Photo by Neeraj Chopra

Markfed to take up future trading of wheat through NCDX
Chandigarh, June 10
Taking a cue from the success of the Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (HAFED), Haryana, the Punjab State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (Markfed) will now indulge in future trading of wheat.

MPís grandson accused of molestation
Fatehabad, June 10
Mr Atma Singh Gill, Congress MP from the Sirsa parliamentary constituency, is in the thick of a controversy after a woman from his native Baliala village accused his grandson of molesting her and trying to rape her after intoxicating her husband.

Rs 93,000 looted from bank
Rohtak, June 10
Five armed youths looted Rs 93,000 at gunpoint from a branch of Kshetriya Gramin Bank at Farmana village in Meham subdivision of this district this afternoon.

No ST on petro price hike, says Hooda
Chandigarh, June 10
The Haryana Government will not impose sales tax on the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products.


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No bus fare hike, says Randeep
Kaithal, June 10
The Haryana Government is not considering any proposal to increase bus fares in the wake of the recent hike in petrol and diesel prices. This was stated by Haryana Transport and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala at a press conference here today.

Patwari caught taking bribe
Ambala, June 10
A patwari was allegedly caught red-handed while taking bribe in Naraingarh on Wednesday.

MC president assures colony residents
Ambala, June 10
The president of Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, Neelam Sharma, visited Shastri Colony today. Dr Harprakash Sharma, president of Shastri Colony residents welfare society, said they had made a representation regarding poor civic amenities.

Nagarpalika elections held
Ambala, June 10
The office-bearers of Nagarpalika Jalvitran Karamchari Sangh, Ambala Sadar unit, were elected at its meeting yesterday.

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Ambala Cantt MLA resigns
Bansal upset over CMís indifference
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 10
Upset over the lack of grants for development work and indifference of the Haryana government towards genuine demands, Ambala Cantt MLA Devender K. Bansal resigned today.

With a Congress MLA openly taking up cudgels against the Congress government, politics in Haryana may witness a period of upheaval in the near future. An emotionally charged Mr Bansal said he had repeatedly pleaded with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for grants so that development work could take place. "I only received assurances and nothing else. It is extremely difficult for an MLA to face the people since promises cannot be kept without availability of grants," he said.

Expressing his anguish, Mr Bansal said Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda had not paid desired attention to Ambala Cantt. "I was told by Mr Hooda that there are no grants for urban areas but only for rural areas. He told me that some alternative would be looked into. But nothing happened."

Mr Bansal faxed his resignation to the Chief Minister this afternoon. The resignation letter stated, "People of Ambala Cantt are staging an agitation against me because of not issuing map, NOC, freehold of land and property and settlement of lease land. Today in a public meeting, people demanded my resignation and agitated against me. I resign from MLAship."

Mr Devender Bansal, while interacting with mediapersons, said a long list of development works had been held up because of lack of grants. "Grants worth Rs 68 lakh are required but it is not forthcoming," he said. "Dharamshalas for different communities, including Khukrain, Garhwal, Aggarwal, Valmiki and Harijan have to be constructed. Public toilets have to be made and there are a host of other development works which need to be carried out," he said.

He said he had been requesting the Chief Minister for grants since February this year but to no avail.

Mr Bansal said another major issue was the demand for withdrawal of NOC and the conversion of leasehold property into freehold property in Ambala Sadar area. "I have held several meetings on this matter. The end result is zero. Nearly 20,000 residents of Ambala Cantt are directly affected by this issue. I am answerable to them," he said.

He pointed out that the problem of Rai-Randhawa market had been hanging fire for quite sometime. Incidentally, Mr Bansal made the announcement for quitting at a function held at Rai market, Ambala Sadar, in the afternoon. The function was held to inaugurate a water cooler in the Rai market. When shopkeepers at the function pointed out that bold steps were needed for to redress their grievances, Mr Bansal announced that he would resign.

Soon after he announced his resignation, Congress Municipal Councillor Omkar Nathi said he and ten other MCs would also tender their resignation.

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Markfed to take up future trading of wheat
through NCDX

Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Taking a cue from the success of the Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (HAFED), Haryana, the Punjab State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (Markfed) will now indulge in future trading of wheat.

For the first time this year, Markfed had entered the mandis of Punjab as a private player and purchased 20,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wheat. This was other than the 18 lakh metric tonnes of wheat procured by Markfed by paying the minimum support price (MSP).

Senior officials in Markfed informed TNS that other than trading for 20,000 MT of wheat that had been purchased by Markfed (at Rs 10 - 20 higher than the MSP of Rs 700 per quintal), they would also be future trading for 45,000 MT of wheat on behalf of farmers and traders, through the National Commodities Exchange (NCDX). ďA three-member panel has been formed that will continue to monitor the prevailing market prices on the NCDX and then make bids. We hope to make good profits through commodities exchange,Ē said Mr M.B.S. Sandhu, Chief Manager, Food Grains, International Trade and Projects, Markfed.

While this is the first year that Punjab has initiated future trading of wheat through Markfed, in Haryana, HAFED has been successfully trading in wheat through the NCDX since year 2004, by a core team of four officers of HAFED.

ďIn the first year, we had purchased 70,000 MT of wheat for the purpose from the mandis of the state, and this year, we have purchased 1.04 lakh MT of wheat for future trading, after getting an approval from our Board of Directors. This wheat was procured at Rs 20 higher than the MSP of Rs 700 per quintal,Ē said Mr Rajan Gupta, Managing Director, HAFED. HAFED has also procured 8.20 lakh MT of wheat on behalf of the state government.

He said in 2004, HAFED had earned a profit of Rs 3 crore by future trading of 70,000 MT, while in 2005, the future trading of 30,000 MT of wheat had helped HAFED net a profit of Rs 2 crore. ďFuture trading has helped us earn profits. By entering the mandis as private buyer, HAFED has also helped in fixing a rate higher than MSP for farmers , by acting as price stabiliser,Ē said Mr Gupta.

Officers in Markfed and HAFED say that they have taken on future trading in order to stay profitable, for long-term support for marketing of agricultural products.

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MPís grandson accused of molestation
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, June 10
Mr Atma Singh Gill, Congress MP from the Sirsa parliamentary constituency, is in the thick of a controversy after a woman from his native Baliala village accused his grandson of molesting her and trying to rape her after intoxicating her husband.

The MP has termed the allegations as baseless.

Ms Sukhpal Kaur, the complainant, said she and her husband had sent affidavits in this regard to the Chief Minister and other higher-ups after the police refused to register an FIR.

The woman alleged that Arundeep Singh, grandson of the MP, came to her house in an inebriated condition and took some liquor with her husband. Then he mixed some Ďsubstanceí in his drink, after which her husband fell unconscious. Arundeep then tried to rape her. When she raised the alarm, her brother in-law Nimma reached there and Arundeep fled.

When Nimma went to the MPís residence to complain about his grandson, the MPís family members allegedly beat him up and handed him over to the police.

Mr Gill refuted the charges, saying that certain people were trying to tarnish his image.

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Rs 93,000 looted from bank
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, June 10
Five armed youths looted Rs 93,000 at gunpoint from a branch of Kshetriya Gramin Bank at Farmana village in Meham subdivision of this district this afternoon.

According to reports, the youths, one of whom had his face covered with a cloth, entered the bank and took positions at the entrance, near the counters and the Managerís office.

The masked youth pointed his gun to the head of the cashier, removed the keys of the strong room and stole the cash. The desperadoes then escaped from there.

The bank employees raised an alarm and informed the police. It is learnt that the police then cornered them in the fields of an adjoining village. However, no arrests had been made till the filing of this report.

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No ST on petro price hike, says Hooda
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, June 10
The Haryana Government will not impose sales tax on the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products. An official press note issued here quoted the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, as having said this while talking to mediapersons today after addressing a public meeting at Jasaur Kheri village in Bahadurgarh subdivision of Jhajjar district.

Jhajjar: Mr Hooda said on Saturday that in order to strengthen health services in rural areas, primary health centres (PHCs) would be set up in almost all villages by 2010 at an approximate cost of Rs 749 crore.

The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of a PHC at Jasaur Kheri village in the district.

Mr Hooda said the state government had given priority to strengthen the health infrastructure with an increase in the Budget outlay.

He said about 11,000 teachers would be recruited soon to fill vacant posts in government schools.

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No bus fare hike, says Randeep
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, June 10
The Haryana Government is not considering any proposal to increase bus fares in the wake of the recent hike in petrol and diesel prices. This was stated by Haryana Transport and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala at a press conference here today.

He said the Congress was opposed to the steep hike in oil prices and hoped that the government would withdraw the hike.

He said ferrying passengers in maxi cabs with permits would not be stopped. However, the government would come down heavily on cab operators who were guilty of overloading, non-payment of taxes and plying vehicles without valid documents.

He said a group of 25 eminent persons of Haryana was being formed to raise funds for the PGI, Chandigarh, as about 47 per cent of the patients belonged to Haryana.

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Patwari caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 10
A patwari was allegedly caught red-handed while taking bribe in Naraingarh on Wednesday.

Patwari Tarsem Lal was nabbed by a team headed by DSP Arun Kumar Moudgil. Banarsi Dass, a resident of Nagla village, had complained to the vigilance authorities that the patwari was demanding bribe for making entry in revenue record.

Banarsi Dass told the authorities that Tarsem Lal had allegedly demanded Rs 2,400 for the work.

The patwari was arrested after he took the bribe amount.

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MC president assures colony residents
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 10
The president of Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, Neelam Sharma, visited Shastri Colony today. Dr Harprakash Sharma, president of Shastri Colony residents welfare society, said they had made a representation regarding poor civic amenities.

He said Ms Sharma had assured maximum cooperation to improve the situation. She ordered the completion of an incomplete drain and gave instructions for installation of sodium lights on the outer roads and the colony's park. She also gave directions for upgrading the existing roads and gave assurance for restarting the library after its renovation.

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Nagarpalika elections held
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 10
The office-bearers of Nagarpalika Jalvitran Karamchari Sangh, Ambala Sadar unit, were elected at its meeting yesterday.

Baljit Singh was elected as the president, Paramjit Singh as senior vice president, Baljinder Singh as vice president, Dronacharya as general secretary, Ranjit Singh as treasurer and Dharampal as auditor.

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