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Cong leader booked for assaulting Dy CMO
Rewari, June 26
Newly appointed Mahendergarh district Congress president Rao Ram Singh has been booked by the Narnaul police on the charge of assaulting and causing hurt to Dr Gurdeep Singh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Narnaul, while he was on duty at the Civil Hospital there on June 22.

Uncertainty mars opening of overbridge
Kurukshetra, June 26
Uncertainty mars the opening of the newly constructed rail over bridge (ROB) here as the state government has not decided whether to collect toll tax or not. To avoid public wrath against the proposed toll tax, a section of politicians are reportedly demanding the state government to pay Rs 13.86 crore to company which constructed the ROB.

One dies in boiler blast
Panipat, June 26
A labourer working in a dyeing unit died on the spot today and another was seriously injured when there was a blast in a boiler installed in the factory. The factory was not registered with the labour department, it is learnt.

Villagers block traffic on highway
Kaithal, June 26
Hundreds of residents of Kultaran and other villages blocked the Chandigarh-Hisar National Highway Number 65 near Kultaran village here today . The protesters were demanding the arrest of two suspects named in the murder of a patwari, Raj Kumar, who was attacked by some armed miscreants at the Pega rest house on June 13 in the presence of a Sub- Divisional Engineer and Junior Engineer.

DC’s appeal on sanitation
Bhiwani, June 26
The district administration today pressed into service Marketing Board loader for lifting garbage and filth, which had collected in the town due to the ongoing strike of the safai karmcharis of the Bhiwani Municipal Council .

Haryana village gets website
Chandigarh, June 26
Hansdehar village in Jind district today acquired a new address for itself. It launched its own website with complete information about the village. Haryana Governor, A.R. Kidwai, today launched the website.


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Imposter DTO, accomplice nabbed
Kaithal, June 26
The Dhand police on Saturday arrested one person who was impersonating as DTO and his accomplices who posed as staff of the DTO . According to reports , Sunder Singh in charge Dhand police station got information from a Canter driver that some persons in a red Quails with red light atop stopped his vehicle between Pabnawa and Pindarsi and asked him to show his documents to the DTO who was sitting in the Qualis.

MLA demands action into Agrofed scam
Ambala, June 26
Vikas Parishad chairman and former Ambala Cantt MLA Anil Vij today demanded that action must be taken by the government in the Agrofed scam. A meeting of the Vikas Parishad was held here in which a decision was taken to submit a memorandum on the issue to the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, on June 28.

Government has failed to keep promises: ex-MP 
Ambala, June 26
Former Ambala MP Mr Ratan Lal Kataria today said that the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government has failed on various fronts. Mr Kataria claimed that the Congress government has not be able to provide corruption-free governance. Electoral promises have not been kept and the people of Haryana are feeling let down.

Boy throws acid on girls, arrested
Bhiwani, June 26
Three girls reportedly sustained burn injuries when a boy threw acid on one of them here today. The two other girls and a woman, who had come to their rescue also sustained injuries. All of them have been admitted to civil hospital. The condition of two girls has been stated to be serious but out of danger.

Agrofed scam: MLA demands action
Ambala, June 26
Vikas Parishad chairman and former Ambala Cantt MLA Anil Vij today demanded that action must be taken by the government in the Agrofed scam. A meeting of the Vikas Parishad was held here in which a decision was taken to submit a memorandum on the issue to the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, on June 28.

Govt schools to have mini-herbal parks 
Sirsa, June 26
With a view to promoting herbal farming, it has been decided to develop mini- herbal parks in some government schools in the district. One government school in each block of the district will have a mini herbal park under the Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana (RSVY).

Migrant labourers drowned
Rewari, June 26
Kailash (18) and Atulesh (17), both migrant labourers from Jhunjhnu and Hanumangarh districts of Rajasthan, respectively, were drowned in a pond at Unhani village in Mahendergarh district, 37 km from here, yesterday.

Rs 32-crore sewerage scheme for town
Bhiwani, June 26
In order to improve the existing sewerage in Bhiwani town and to lay sewer lines in the outer areas, a Rs 32-crore scheme has been sent for sanction to the state government.

Naib Tehsildar granted bail
Ambala, June 26
The District and Sessions Judge Ambala, Mr R.C. Gupta, has granted bail to Naib Tehsildar, Ambala, and Davinder Singh who was arrested by a team of the Haryana Vigilance Bureau for taking a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a villager a month back. They were ordered to furnish two bail bonds of Rs 25,000 each.

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Cong leader booked for assaulting Dy CMO
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 26
Newly appointed Mahendergarh district Congress president Rao Ram Singh has been booked by the Narnaul police on the charge of assaulting and causing hurt to Dr Gurdeep Singh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Narnaul, while he was on duty at the Civil Hospital there on June 22.

A case under Sections 353, 332 and 186 of the IPC has been registered against the district Congress chief on the basis of a written complaint lodged by the doctor.

Copies of the complaint have been sent by the complainant to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister, Haryana, the Director-General of Health Services, Haryana, and the Chairman of the Minorities Commission.

He was allegedly manhandled by the district Congress chief in the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the presence of Dr Rohtash Yadav, Deputy Director, Health Services, and Dr S.C. Mittal, the CMO of Narnaul.

In the absence of the CMO, Dr Gurdeep Singh and Dr Yadav, who was accompanied by the Congress leader, exchanged hot words after Dr Gurdeep Singh reportedly refused to oblige Dr Yadav, who wanted to go through office records pertaining to a specific case.

While this was going on, Dr Mittal entered his office and Mr Rao Ram Singh, who apparently lost his cool, allegedly roughed up Dr Gurdeep Singh.

Following a rapprochement bid by senior officials of the district later in the evening, Mr Rao Ram Singh tendered a written apology, that pacified Dr Gurdeep Singh.

The doctor lodged a written complaint on June 23, following which the Narnaul police registered a case.

Dr Neel Kanth Sharma, Director-General of Health Services, took a serious note of the matter.

As a result, Dr Yadav was divested of his powers as nodal officer for Narnaul and Rewari districts, which were given to Dr A.S. Sodhi.

Dr Sharma also sought a detailed report in this regard from Dr Mittal.

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Uncertainty mars opening of overbridge
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, June 26
Uncertainty mars the opening of the newly constructed rail over bridge (ROB) here as the state government has not decided whether to collect toll tax or not. To avoid public wrath against the proposed toll tax, a section of politicians are reportedly demanding the state government to pay Rs 13.86 crore to company which constructed the ROB.

Enquiries revealed that the ROB project was completed a month back but it is yet to be opened for the public. The work on the project was started by the Chautala government in 2003. The bridge was constructed on the built operate and transfer (BOT) agreement by Zoom Developers Private Limited, a Mumbai-based construction company.

Zoom Developers constructed the main part of the bridge, having length of approximately 1 km, but the railways undertook the part of construction of 70 m crossing above the rail tracks.

Highly placed sources informed TNS that Member of Parliament from Kurukshetra Naveen Jindal was against the provision of toll tax. He had reportedly written to the state government to pay the cost of construction i.e Rs 13.86 crore to the company instead of allowing it to collect toll tax.

The PWD had written to the Chief Minister Office (CMO) two weeks ago to take a decision on the issue but they have yet to receive a reply.

Giving details of the agreement, a top official said it was decided that the private company would charge toll from the users for seven years, 11 months and 27 days. Rates were also fixed at Rs 10 for cars, Rs 20 for light commercial vehicles, Rs 30 for heavy vehicles. No toll will be charged from two wheelers but three wheelers will be charged.

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One dies in boiler blast
Tribune News Service

Panipat, June 26
A labourer working in a dyeing unit died on the spot today and another was seriously injured when there was a blast in a boiler installed in the factory.
The factory was not registered with the labour department, it is learnt.

According to sources, nine persons were present in Arun Processors — a dyeing unit situated at Shiv Nagar locality — at around 12 noon when the boiler burst resulting in the death of Asseeruddin (35), a migrant labourer from Bihar working as boiler attendant, while his colleague Mukhtiar was seriously injured.

According to Mr P. P. Kapoor, state convener of Indian Federation of Trade Unions, Haryana, more than 3 lakh labourers were employed in factories in Panipat district and 80 per cent of the factories were not registered with the labour department resulting in the exploitation of the labourers.

To protest against this negligent attitude of the government, the trade unions have been protesting for the past 10 months.

Memorandums demanding better conditions for the labourers were presented to the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, added Mr Kapoor.

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Villagers block traffic on highway
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, June 26
Hundreds of residents of Kultaran and other villages blocked the Chandigarh-Hisar National Highway Number 65 near Kultaran village here today .
The protesters were demanding the arrest of two suspects named in the murder of a patwari, Raj Kumar, who was attacked by some armed miscreants at the Pega rest house on June 13 in the presence of a Sub- Divisional Engineer and Junior Engineer.

The patwari was seriously injured and he later succumbed to the injuries. The SDM, Mr Ashok Garg, and the DSP, Mr Surinder Singh, reached the spot and asked the villagers to lift the blockade. Later, the traffic was diverted to the other route.

The protesters alleged that two suspects were being shielded by an influential politician and some senior police officers of the state .

Earlier, a panchayat of representatives of over 10 villages was held at Kultaran village this morning in which concern was expressed over the delay in the arrest of suspects.

Patwaris and representatives of various employees organisations also submitted a memorandum to the local MLA demanding the payment of Rs 10 lakh as compensation to family members of the victim.

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DC’s appeal on sanitation
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, June 26
The district administration today pressed into service Marketing Board loader for lifting garbage and filth, which had collected in the town due to the ongoing strike of the safai karmcharis of the Bhiwani Municipal Council .

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vikas Gupta, said here today that the strike had badly affected the sanitation state of the town. He said the garbage-lifting work would continue till the end of the strike.

Mr Gupta appealed to residents to dump the garbage in the nearby dumping stations. The municipal council had set up as many as 120 dumping station in the town and residents should use these. This would help in keeping the town , he added.

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Haryana village gets website
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
Hansdehar village in Jind district today acquired a new address for itself. It launched its own website with complete information about the village. Haryana Governor, A.R. Kidwai, today launched the website.

Dr Kidwai appreciated “samanvay.com”, the NGOs which compiled information about the village. He said the information would help the government and its officers in formulating plans for all round development of the area.

Giving details about the “smart villages programme”, Mrs Archana Bindusar, President, samanvay.com, said villages would be analysed on various socio-economic parameters at a micro as well as macro level besides improving the literacy rate of the villages by reducing the drop-out rate.

She said information would be disseminated about various agro-based schemes and connectivity to the initiatives like Agris-Net and Agmark-Net. Emphasis would be laid on providing web-based career counselling to the rural community .

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda; the Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mullana Mullana; and Sarpanches of Hansdehar, Data Singh Wala, Dhandoli, and Padarth Khera villages were also present.

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Imposter DTO, accomplice nabbed
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, June 26
The Dhand police on Saturday arrested one person who was impersonating as DTO and his accomplices who posed as staff of the DTO . According to reports , Sunder Singh in charge Dhand police station got information from a Canter driver that some persons in a red Quails with red light atop stopped his vehicle between Pabnawa and Pindarsi and asked him to show his documents to the DTO who was sitting in the Qualis.

The man sitting in the vehicle who was posing as DTO told the driver that his vehicle was overloaded and be would be challaned. The driver pleaded not to challan him and the man posing as DTO demanded Rs 1000 as bribe but the matter was settled at Rs 500. The driver reportedly paid the money but he got suspicious due to the behaviour of officer and his staff. He reported the matter to the Dhand police which reached the place where the Qualis was parked.

The police quizzed the man sitting in the vehicle who broke down and identified himself as Anant Ram and his accomplice as Sultan Singh both of Pabnawa village. The driver identified as Bachi of Amin in Kurukshetra reoprtedly fled from the scene the police has booked them under various Sections of the IPC.

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MLA demands action into Agrofed scam
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 26
Vikas Parishad chairman and former Ambala Cantt MLA Anil Vij today demanded that action must be taken by the government in the Agrofed scam. A meeting of the Vikas Parishad was held here in which a decision was taken to submit a memorandum on the issue to the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, on June 28.

A four-member committee has been formed in this regard. The committee members are Mr Narendra Bangali, Mr Suresh Garg, Mr Shiv Dayal Gupta and Mr Balkesh Vats.

Mr Vij said the Agrofed scam should be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI).

Mr Vij alleged that corruption had been on the rise since the Congress came to power. He said the oil scam, the Reliance land-allocation scam in Haryana and now the Agrofed scam had taken place during the Congress tenure.

He said a large number of people were a victim of the Agrofed scam and the scam ran into crores of rupees.

Meanwhile, the three persons allegedly involved in the Agrofed scam, who were nabbed and brought to Ambala from Amritsar last evening, were sent in police remand by a city court today. Mr Sarfareen, Mr Anil Kumar and Mr Sihota were sent to police remand till July 1.

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Government has failed to keep promises: ex-MP 
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 26
Former Ambala MP Mr Ratan Lal Kataria today said that the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government has failed on various fronts.
Mr Kataria claimed that the Congress government has not be able to provide corruption-free governance. Electoral promises have not been kept and the people of Haryana are feeling let down.

He said whenever the Congress has come to power, the prices of essential commodities have spiralled. The common people has been adversely affected by the high prices.

Mr Kataria said farmers are harassed during procurement process. It is perhaps for the first time that the government target for wheat was not been achieved. Late declaration of bonus has also adversely affected farmers.

He stated the allocation of land by Haryana Government to Reliance for SEZ has put a question mark on transparency. The land has been allotted at a highly subsidised rates and the deal has been carried out speedily.

The government is claiming that there will be investment in agriculture sector and power generation. Mr Kataria queried why cannot the government itself make necessary investment in agricultural sector and for power generation.

The whole state is suffering due to frequent power cuts. Industrial production has been badly affected due to power cuts. 

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Boy throws acid on girls, arrested
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, June 26
Three girls reportedly sustained burn injuries when a boy threw acid on one of them here today. The two other girls and a woman, who had come to their rescue also sustained injuries. All of them have been admitted to civil hospital. The condition of two girls has been stated to be serious but out of danger.

The police has arrested the accused boy. According to report, three girls, identified as Rekha, Sapna and Renu, were coming out of the house of their teacher, in Rupa Champa street, near the Bichla Bazaar area.

The three took a turn to enter the house of their teacher, when they noticed a boy, identified as Lalit of old bus stand area, coming towards them with some liquid in a bottle covered in a bag. The girls raised an alarm.

The wife of their teacher came to help the girls on hearing their cries. But, Lalit threw acid on one of the girls. Some acid got sprinkled on other girls and teacher’s wife also.

Some passersby nabbed the boy and gave him a thorough bashing. The girls and woman were rushed to the hospital.

The victims received burn injuries on head, face, back and hands. Rekha and Sapna sustained serious burn injuries.

The police arrested the accused Lalit and a case has been registered under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against him. Lalit also sustained burn injuries in this attempt.

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Agrofed scam: MLA demands action
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 26
Vikas Parishad chairman and former Ambala Cantt MLA Anil Vij today demanded that action must be taken by the government in the Agrofed scam. A meeting of the Vikas Parishad was held here in which a decision was taken to submit a memorandum on the issue to the Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, on June 28.

A four-member committee has been formed in this regard. The committee members are Mr Narendra Bangali, Mr Suresh Garg, Mr Shiv Dayal Gupta and Mr Balkesh Vats.

Mr Vij said the Agrofed scam should be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI).

Mr Vij alleged that corruption had been on the rise since the Congress came to power. He said the oil scam, the Reliance land-allocation scam in Haryana and now the Agrofed scam had taken place during the Congress tenure.

He said a large number of people were a victim of the Agrofed scam and the scam ran into crores of rupees.

Meanwhile, the three persons allegedly involved in the Agrofed scam, who were nabbed and brought to Ambala from Amritsar last evening, were sent in police remand by a city court today. Mr Sarfareen, Mr Anil Kumar and Mr Sihota were sent to police remand till July 1.

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Govt schools to have mini-herbal parks 
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, June 26
With a view to promoting herbal farming, it has been decided to develop mini- herbal parks in some government schools in the district. One government school in each block of the district will have a mini herbal park under the Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana (RSVY).

This was stated by the Hisar Divisional Commissioner, Mr R.R.Fuliya, after a meeting organised to review the development works under the RSVY and the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme here today.

The Commissioner disclosed that the state Forest Department, in coordination with the Education Department, would launch a sapling plantation drive on the vacant land of all government schools in the district. He said saplings would also be planted on the vacant land of village panchayats and various government departments under the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

The Deputy Commi-ssioner, Mr Vimal Chandra, maintained that Rs 22.17 crore had been spent on various development works under the RSVY.

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Migrant labourers drowned
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 26
Kailash (18) and Atulesh (17), both migrant labourers from Jhunjhnu and Hanumangarh districts of Rajasthan, respectively, were drowned in a pond at Unhani village in Mahendergarh district, 37 km from here, yesterday.

It so happened that after being scared from monkeys they jumped into a pond to save themselves. They got drowned as they did not know how to swim.

Their bodies were fished out by village youths.

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Rs 32-crore sewerage scheme for town
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, June 26
In order to improve the existing sewerage in Bhiwani town and to lay sewer lines in the outer areas, a Rs 32-crore scheme has been sent for sanction to the state government.

This was stated by the Bhiwani MLA and District Congress Committee president, Dr Shiv Shankar Bhardwaj, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating the work of laying sewer line at Ward 8 in Bharat Nagar here today.

He said the state government had earlier sanctioned Rs 13 crore on his request for strengthening the sewerage in Bhiwani town.

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Naib Tehsildar granted bail
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 26
The District and Sessions Judge Ambala, Mr R.C. Gupta, has granted bail to Naib Tehsildar, Ambala, and Davinder Singh who was arrested by a team of the Haryana Vigilance Bureau for taking a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a villager a month back. They were ordered to furnish two bail bonds of Rs 25,000 each.

A villager had filed a complaint with the DIG, State Vigilance Bureau, that the Naib Tehsildar had been demanding Rs 5,000 from him for rectifying his land record. The DIG had constituted a raiding party under the supervision of a DSP who nabbed the Naib Tehsildar while he was accepting the amount from the villager.

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4 IAS officers promoted

Chandigarh, June 26
The Haryana Government today promoted four IAS officers as Financial Commissioners.
A Department Promotion Committee, which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, Mr Prem Prashant, here recommended the names of Mr Ajit Mohan Sharan (1979 batch), Mr Ashok Lavasa, Mr Samir Mathur and Mr Chattar Singh, all of the 1980 batch, for promotion. — TNS

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