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Tech institutes given autonomy to frame syllabi
Chandigarh, July 10
The Haryana Government has decided to give autonomy to technical education institutes in the matter of prescribing their syllabi, disciplines and other related factors for imparting education according to the specific needs of the job market.

HC seeks status report on ‘sand thieves’
Chandigarh, July 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has sought a status report from the Sonepat district administration on “sand thieves” active in the area and the steps taken to check their activities.

Traders in a row with MLA
Say they were rebuked for not ‘gifting’ money to CM
Hisar, July 10
Office-bearers of the Adampur Vyapar Mandal allege that the Congress MLA from Bhattu Kalan, Mr Kulbir Beniwal, rebuked them for not gifting a certain amount to the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, during his recent visit to the township.

Balmikis cancel function to honour Surjewala
Kaithal, July 10

Alleged use of derogatory words against members of the Balmikis by senior Congress leader and local MLA S.S. Surjewala has caused widespread resentment among the Balmiki community here and a programme here to honour him at Balmiki dharamshala today was cancelled.

Sewerage system hit by rain
Bhiwani, July 10
Incessant rain that continued for about eight-10 hours has badly affected the sewerage system of the town. The rain started at midnight and continued till noon today. Main roads like Loharu Road, Hansi Chowk and colonies and markets were full of water.

Ex-minister evicted from encroached land
Yamunanagar, July 10
The Jagadhri Municipal committee today took possession of a prime piece of land which was encroached upon by a former minister and four-time MLA from Jagadhri, Mr Om Parkash Omi.


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Delhi cop arrested in murder case
Sonepat, July 10
The Haryana police has arrested a Delhi police constable from Narela in the national Capital in connection with the murder of contractor Narinder Rathi. Constable Ram Chander was arrested from Narela yesterday and a manhunt has also been launched to apprehend the other accused in the case, Superintendent of Police Yoginder Nehra told reporters here.

Book Agro Fed accused: parishad
Ambala, July 10
Vikas Parishad led by its president and former MLA of Ambala Cantt Anil Vij staged a dharna before the Mahesh Nagar police station today to protest against the police inaction against the accused of Agro Fed.

College security guard booked
Ambala, July 10
The body of Manish Kumar who was allegedly beaten to death by a security guard of Mulana Engineering College on Sunday was sent to the PGI, Rohtak for a post-mortem examination on the recommendation of a board of doctors of the Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantt, today.

Govt urged to clear position on GPAs
Panchkula, July 10
The Panchkula Public Peace and Welfare Association today urged the Haryana Government to clear its position on the registration of GPAs in the state.

Efforts on to form ‘Punjabi morcha’
Kaithal, July 10
The Punjabis of Haryana should get united to attain power and get their problems solved. This was stated by Mr Sant Kumar, president, Haryanvi Punjabi Sabha, at a press conference here yesterday.

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Tech institutes given autonomy to frame syllabi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Haryana Government has decided to give autonomy to technical education institutes in the matter of prescribing their syllabi, disciplines and other related factors for imparting education according to the specific needs of the job market.

This was stated by the Haryana Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Technical Education, Mr Ajit M. Saran, while addressing academicians, heads of various technical institutes and industrialists of the state during a one-day interactive session on "Excellence in technical education" organised here today.

Mr Saran said at present, India had the largest youngest population in the world, second only to China. This single factor had provided the country with an opportunity to equip the youth with such employment skills which would enable them to compete in the world market and earn their livelihood. The education system, especially technical education, should be improved to such an extent so as to make it on a par with the world level.

He said at present only 6 per cent opted for such education and the remaining 94 per cent joined the general stream. This huge disparity had led to a wide gap in the demand and supply of skilled manpower. The institutes should impart technical education in a manner that industries did not have to re-train the students.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Director, Technical Education, Mr M.P. Gupta, said Haryana had shown exponential expansion in quantity in the field of technical education during the past decade but a lot had to be done to improve quality.

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HC seeks status report on ‘sand thieves’
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has sought a status report from the Sonepat district administration on “sand thieves” active in the area and the steps taken to check their activities.

The Tribune had highlighted on March 20 how the “sand thieves”, based in Uttar Pradesh, cross the Yamuna, quarry sand in the Haryana areas and sell it in Delhi and other areas, making a huge profit. They are known as “thieves” because they pay neither royalty or any tax to the state exchequer nor any compensation to the farmers from whose land the sand is quarried. Land owners of a number of Sonepat villages had approached the authorities to check their activities but in vain.

Sand is categorised as a “minor mineral” under the mineral laws and permission from the government is a must for quarrying sand.

The Tribune repot had also highlighted that since these “thieves” had developed close links with certain local politicians, the administration was turning a blind eye to their activities. Since it takes longer to reach Delhi via Uttar Pradesh, the “sand thieves” were audacious enough to take their loot to the national Capital through Haryana. Via Haryana, they have to travel less than 50 km to reach Delhi territory.

The High Court’s decision to seek the status report from the district administration came last week while hearing a writ petition filed by a company which had been granted the mining rights of sand in Sonepat district for Rs 12.50 crore per annum a few years ago. The petitioner contended that despite repeated representations to various officers, the authorities had failed to check the illegal activates of the “sand thieves”, though under the law they were bound to do so.

Earlier, while issuing notice of motion to the respondents on April 27, the High Court directed the Deputy Commissioner of Sonepat to ensure that “illegal mining is not carried out in the district with regard to the extraction of ordinary sand by any unauthorised person as prima facie it is the petitioner who has the exclusive right to extract, transport and sell sand in the district.”

The status report has been sought by next week.

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Traders in a row with MLA
Say they were rebuked for not ‘gifting’ money to CM
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 10
Office-bearers of the Adampur Vyapar Mandal allege that the Congress MLA from Bhattu Kalan, Mr Kulbir Beniwal, rebuked them for not gifting a certain amount to the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, during his recent visit to the township.

The Vyapar Mandal president, Mr Shyam Lal Jain, alleged that Mr Beniwal had asked them to gift a Rs 5 lakh to the Chief Minister during his visit. "However, we learnt through media reports that Mr Hooda was against the practice of accepting gifts at public functions. Hence, we did not offer him any such present when we went to see him," he said.

Mr Jain and other office-bearers of the Adampur Vyapar Mandal, including Mr Tarsem Lal, Mr Suresh Mittal and others, alleged that the following day, Mr Beniwal called them to his place and scolded them for not keeping their promise.

Mr Beniwal has refuted the allegation as "baseless and concocted". He calls it a political conspiracy to defame him. "If I were to impress the Chief Minister by doing so, I could have arranged for it at the rally at Bhattu Kalan," maintains the MLA, who had arranged the rally.

However, it seems it will not be easy for Mr Beniwal to come clean. Former Haryana Finance Minister and senior INLD leader Prof Sampat Singh today went to Adampur, where the Vyapar Mandal representatives apprised him of the incident . He assured them full support on the matter.

Prof Sampat Singh has demanded strict legal action against the Congress MLA for threatening the traders and trying to extort money from them. "Mr Hooda had claimed at the Bhattu Kalan rally that he would not tolerate corruption. I appeal to the Chief Minister to act on his words by initiating appropriate action against Mr Beniwal," the former minister said.

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Balmikis cancel function to honour Surjewala
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 10
Alleged use of derogatory words against members of the Balmikis by senior Congress leader and local MLA S.S. Surjewala has caused widespread resentment among the Balmiki community here and a programme here to honour him at Balmiki dharamshala today was cancelled.

In a press conference (Surjewala) here today representatives of the community alleged that the Balmiki Samaj had decided to organise a nagrik abhinandan to honour Mr Surjewala and bright students of the community at Balmiki dharamshala. Preparations for the function were on for the past couple of days. On July 7, Anil Kumar Sauda, Rajesh Bahadur, Nayab Singh Chauhan, Sham Lal Kalyan, Kroshan Goldi and others went to the court here to give invitation cards. Mr Surjewala met them and when they gave him an invitation card after reading it he allegedly said “you people can not improve” and then used derogatory words against their community which hurt them. The hosts said they reminded him when he needed their votes in Assembly elections he had no such impression about them. But now he had changed his perception.

Following this incident a meeting of Balmiki community was called on July 8 and decided to cancel the programme to honour him. Community leaders said they would inform Mrs Sonia Gandhi, President AICC, Central ministers Meira Kumar, Kumari Selja, Mahabir Parshad and Janardan Diwedi about the attitude of Mr Surjewala about their community.

When Mr Surjewala was contacted for his version, he said he had great regard for all communities including Balmikis. It seems some persons were trying to malign him. He also said he had asked organisers to invite Mr Surinder Ranjha Vice-president, local Municipal Council also a Balmiki but they might not have liked his suggestion. He said he was on the way to attend today’s function but got the information that it had been cancelled.

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Sewerage system hit by rain
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, July 10
Incessant rain that continued for about eight-10 hours has badly affected the sewerage system of the town.

The rain started at midnight and continued till noon today. Main roads like Loharu Road, Hansi Chowk and colonies and markets were full of water. Water entered houses in Housing Board Colony and old Bhiwani area. Most of the streets and roads were waterlogged. Bhiwani has only one disposal station, where two motors are pressed into service to drain water. The administration and the Public Health Department have totally failed to flush out the water. Although alternative arrangement has been made through diesel engines to flush out the water, during rains, power supply is stopped to this station and diesel engines are never used.

Earlier, the administration had claimed that a special flood control cell had been set up and additional motors had been installed to drain rain water. All these arrangements proved futile during today's rain. 

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Ex-minister evicted from encroached land
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 10
The Jagadhri Municipal committee today took possession of a prime piece of land which was encroached upon by a former minister and four-time MLA from Jagadhri, Mr Om Parkash Omi. The former MLA had constructed a two-storey building on the land and now he has been asked to pay Rs 2.43 lakh to the MC.

The MC officials supported by a police force reached the land piece and took possession of the land. The former minister was present on the spot.

In December, 2003, the MC moved an application in the court of the SDM for vacation of the land. The court gave a decision against the former MLA on April 21 this year.

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Delhi cop arrested in murder case

Sonepat, July 10
The Haryana police has arrested a Delhi police constable from Narela in the national Capital in connection with the murder of contractor Narinder Rathi.

Constable Ram Chander was arrested from Narela yesterday and a manhunt has also been launched to apprehend the other accused in the case, Superintendent of Police Yoginder Nehra told reporters here.

The arrested constable had allegedly given Rs 20 lakh to a wanted criminal, Krishan, for the murder of Rathi, a former chairman of the Ganaur Block Samiti, who was killed on October 18, 2004. — PTI

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Book Agro Fed accused: parishad
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 10
Vikas Parishad led by its president and former MLA of Ambala Cantt Anil Vij staged a dharna before the Mahesh Nagar police station today to protest against the police inaction against the accused of Agro Fed.

While addressing the workers on the occasion Mr Vij said the police did not arrest the accused. He alleged that some of the Congress leaders were also involved in the scam but the police was taking a lenient attitude.

He said hundred of unemployed youths were cheated by Agro Fed officials and crores of rupees were collected from them on some pretext. He said the police should also book the owner of the printing press where the documents of the company were printed.

The SHO of Maheshnagar police station, Mr Dharmbir, while refuting the allegation of Mr Vij said the police had registered the cases against Agro Fed whenever it received any complaint in this regard.

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College security guard booked
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 10
The body of Manish Kumar who was allegedly beaten to death by a security guard of Mulana Engineering College on Sunday was sent to the PGI, Rohtak for a post-mortem examination on the recommendation of a board of doctors of the Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantt, today.

According to information, the victim was the resident of Ambala Cantt and was a supplier of medicines. On Saturday he went to Mulana Engineering College where he had a scuffle with the security guards over some matter. He was injured and taken to a hospital at Mulana, where he was declared brought dead.

The Mulana police has registered a case against a security guard of the college.

The relatives of the deceased booked the Ambala-Jagadhri road for half an hour, demanding the arrest of the other security guards who were involved. Later, they demonstrated at the Civil Hospital.

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Govt urged to clear position on GPAs
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 10
The Panchkula Public Peace and Welfare Association today urged the Haryana Government to clear its position on the registration of GPAs in the state.

In a letter to the Haryana Chief Minister, the president of the association, Mr Hemant Kinger, alleged that he was refused the registration of an agricultural land on GPA by the revenue officials here today. It was argued that the GPAs of only the blood relations would be entertained.

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Efforts on to form ‘Punjabi morcha’
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 10
The Punjabis of Haryana should get united to attain power and get their problems solved.

This was stated by Mr Sant Kumar, president, Haryanvi Punjabi Sabha, at a press conference here yesterday. Jathedar Sukhdev Singh, president, Haryana Akali Dal, also addressed the press conference.

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