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Admn gears up to tackle floods
Karnal, July 27
Keeping in view the flood threat to villages along the Yamuna following heavy rain yesterday, the district administration is all geared up to tackle any situation.

Tangri river bed colony residents live in flood fear
Ambala, July 27
The residents of colonies located on the Tangri river bed in Ambala cantonment are leading a miserable life, with the constant fear of flood fury.

Kidwai for cheaper hybrid seeds to farmers
Hisar, July 27
“To boost agriculture production and help the farmers get good returns of their produce, it is imperative for the scientists to promote the use of biotechnology and micro-propagation techniques at the grassroots level,” observed Haryana Governor and Chancellor of Haryana Agriculture University (HAU), Dr A.R. Kidwai, while presiding over a meeting of a delegation from Maryland University of the USA and representatives of HAU here today.

Extortionist demands 50 lakh from BJP leader
Kaithal, July 27
Senior BJP leader Ravi Bhushan Garg has received a call from an extortionist who has demanded Rs 50 lakh from him. The police has registered a case under Section 387 of the IPC.

Jail for husband, mother-in-law in dowry case
Kaithal, July 27
The court of CJM Surya Partap Singh here today sentenced the husband and mother-in -law of a woman to two years imprisonment and fined them Rs 2,000 each after holding them guilty of harassing her for want of dowry.

3 killed in road accident
Panipat, July 27
Three persons, including a woman, were killed and seven injured when a car and a maxi cab collided on the Assandh road, near thermal plant, here today.


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Factory sealed for Act violation
Kaithal, July 27
A team headed by Dr R.K. Malik, Deputy Director and Licensing Authority, Ayurveda, Haryana, raided a factory at Dawal village on Tuesday and sealed it for violating provisions of the Trademark and Copy Rights Act.

OPD roof caves in at Civil Hospital
Kaithal, July 27
A major mishap was averted and a doctor and the patients had a miraculous escape when a part of the roof of eye OPD in the local Civil Hospital caved in.

Clerk caught taking bribe
Ambala, July 27
A clerk of the Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, was caught red-handed while accepting bribe here today.




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Admn gears up to tackle floods
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 27
Keeping in view the flood threat to villages along the Yamuna following heavy rain yesterday, the district administration is all geared up to tackle any situation.

Control rooms have been set up to monitor the water level. Panchayats of several villages have also been roped in to keep an eye on the water level in the river.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Mr Sanjiv Verma, said 10 villages had been identified as sensitive ones in the Gharaunda and Nilokheri areas of the district.

He said a central control room had been established at the office of the District Revenue Officer (DRO) at Mini Secretariat.

To further assist the DRO in the monitoring operation, three field stations have been set up at Gharpur Tapu (Indri), Jammu Khola (Kunjpura) and Mundigarhi (Gharaunda). Two policemen each will remain posted at these stations. Walkie-talkie sets have been provided at these stations for communication with the central control room.

On Wednesday evening, the situation in several villages in Yamuna Nagar had become tense following excessive discharge in the river. Sources said fields in certain pockets of the areas were flooded.

Though no major loss was reported, official sources admitted vegetable crops grown in these areas were damaged.

The ADC said the administration had complied a list of contact numbers of various panchayat members to whom message could be flashed in case the water level in the river showed any disturbing rise.

He said elaborated measures, including boats and mobile medical teams, had been made.

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Tangri river bed colony residents live in flood fear
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 27
The residents of colonies located on the Tangri river bed in Ambala cantonment are leading a miserable life, with the constant fear of flood fury.

The residents are worried that if there is a flood in the Tangri, it would damage their homes and wash away their belongings. It is a precarious situation since flooding in the homes during monsoon season is inevitable as the houses have been built on the Tangri river bed. Tangri is a seasonal river.

The colonies, which have been constructed on the river bed, are illegal and unauthorised. Yet, houses continue to be constructed with scant regard to safety. The authorities concerned have failed to prevent their construction.

The local residents are now maintaining a night watch so that they can keep a vigil in case the river water begins to rise. Deputy Commissioner of Ambala O.P. Langyan said he would have the matter looked into. “People must understand that they should not build houses on the river bed as there is always the danger of flood,” he said.

Mr Gurjinder, who resides at a house on the river bed, said it was a tense situation for them. “We are taking turns to maintain night watch over the past 3-4 days. During the day, we are hopeful we will get time to evacuate when the water rises in Tangri river,” he said. “Two years back, we had lost our belongings when flood water had entered our homes,” he added.

Mrs Geeta said she built the house on the Tangri river bed after her husband’s death. “I built the house with my husband’s gratuity and other monetary payments,” she said.

The unauthorised colonies on the river bed have been coming up for the past 10 years. The gradual process has now taken an ominous turn with a large number of houses being built on the Tangri river bed. The land is sold at a cheap price by the land mafia, ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 350 per square yard. Due to the cheap price of land, many poor people prefer to buy land on the Tangri river bed.

Ever since the land prices shot up in Ambala in the past three years, more people have opted for buying land on the Tangri river bed due to the low prices.

They say that economics of building a house on the river bed far outweigh the other problems.

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Kidwai for cheaper hybrid seeds to farmers
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 27
“To boost agriculture production and help the farmers get good returns of their produce, it is imperative for the scientists to promote the use of biotechnology and micro-propagation techniques at the grassroots level,” observed Haryana Governor and Chancellor of Haryana Agriculture University (HAU), Dr A.R. Kidwai, while presiding over a meeting of a delegation from Maryland University of the USA and representatives of HAU here today.

The Governor said though hybrid seeds and varieties known for high yield and other qualities were available, yet, due to their high cost, majority of the farmers were not in a position to use these in crop sowing operations. Hence, he said, the plant material prepared through micro-propagation techniques would be a boon for Indian farmers.

HAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.C. Katyal, thanked to the Chancellor for initiating collaboration with Maryland University. He said initially, representatives of the two universities had identified four areas of collaboration, which included plant and animal biotechnology, production, marketing and processing of horticultural crops and curriculum development.

Dr Katyal revealed for the implementation of this collaborative project, Rs 5 crore would be allotted by the ICAR and $ 3 million by the US government. The delegation from Maryland University is on a five-day visit to HAU to identify areas of cooperation in agricultural teaching and research. Process of mutual cooperation between Maryland University and HAU was initiated by Dr Kidwai during his visit to the USA last year.

The Governor asserted that its fast-track progress of Haryana was attracting attention of multinational companies all over the world.

He said if the latest agriculture technology was made available to farmers at cheaper rates, Haryana would be number one state in the country in farm production.

Addressing members of the US delegation, Dr Kidwai maintained that a combination of the technological innovation of the USA and skilled manpower of India would yield fruitful results. He also put forth a proposal of outsourcing in agriculture to the US delegation.

The Governor appealed to the representative of the US delegation to explore possibilities of collaboration in installing agriculture-based processing units. Dr Raymond J. Miller, leader of the Maryland University delegation, and Dr R.S.Dalal, Registrar, HAU, also addressed the gathering. Later, the Governor also attended a function organised by the Darshan Academy, an educational institution.

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Extortionist demands 50 lakh from BJP leader
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 27
Senior BJP leader Ravi Bhushan Garg has received a call from an extortionist who has demanded Rs 50 lakh from him. The police has registered a case under Section 387 of the IPC.

According to the information, Mr Garg received the call today. The caller identified himself as Baljeet, alias Jeeta. He threatened Mr Garg with dire consequences if he failed to pay the money.

He told Mr Garg on the phone that he was a member of the Surinder Geong gang.

Baljeet is one of the accused allegedly involved in the murder of local plywood dealer Narinder Arora in March.

According to police sources, he made the extortion call from a South Africa telephone number.

It is learnt that Baljeet, along with Joginder Geong and Surinder Barta, is at present in South Africa . Certain other businessmen had also received such calls.

Another member of the gang, Rajesh Buddanpur, had recently been shot dead by the police in Jind district.

It is learnt that the Haryana police was taking steps to take Interpol help and exploring diplomatic channels to get these accused extradited. A number of cases have been registered against them in India. 

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Jail for husband, mother-in-law in dowry case
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 27
The court of CJM Surya Partap Singh here today sentenced the husband and mother-in -law of a woman to two years imprisonment and fined them Rs 2,000 each after holding them guilty of harassing her for want of dowry.

Giving this information, the SSP, Mr Navdeep Singh Virk said here today Gurmeet Kaur, daughter of Kartar Singh, a resident of DAV colony, Kaithal, had lodged a complaint with the police on November 1, 2005 that she was married to Gurmit Singh, son of Pyara Singh of Rot village, Safidon Tehsil in Jind district in February 2005, Her parents gave dowry at the that time according their capacity. She alleged that her greedy husband and mother-in-law began harassing her asking to bring in more dowry. She was also beaten on number of occasions and ultimately she was turned out of the house.

Following this complaint the accused were booked under Sections 406 and 498-Aof the IPC and arrested by the police. ‘Istridhan’ was recovered from them. The accused were put on trial and after perusal of evidence and examining witnesses the court of CJM Surya Partap Singh convicted mother Mohinder Kaur and son Gurmit Singh. They were sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined.

The S.P. further said in another dowry related case the police has arrested Parveen Kumar Khatri of Sita Ram colony, Safidon, on the charge of harassing and torturing his wife and threatening to kill her for her failure to bring in more dowry demanded by them.

Meenu Gandhi, a resident of Siwan gate, Kaithal, had lodged a complaint with the police that she was married to Parveen Khatri on March 28, 2001, and two daughters were born to her. She was asked to bring a motorcycle and Rs 50,000 cash from her parents. They paid Rs 10,000 on one occasion, but showed their inability to meet their further demands. Panchayats were held but she was threatened and turned out of the house. The accused was produced in the court here today and he was sent in judicial custody. 

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3 killed in road accident
Tribune News Service

Panipat, July 27
Three persons, including a woman, were killed and seven injured when a car and a maxi cab collided on the Assandh road, near thermal plant, here today.

The drivers of the car and maxi cab, Mukesh and Ashok, respectively, were among the dead.

According to information, the car was coming towards Panipat from Jind when it collided with the maxi cab going to Jind, resulting in the death of Darshna, a resident of Jatal village in Panipat district, and the two drivers.

The injured, Padam Singh, Pawan, Vikram Singh, Randhir, Sunita, Nirmal, and Vikas, were admitted to the local Civil Hospital. 

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Factory sealed for Act violation
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 27
A team headed by Dr R.K. Malik, Deputy Director and Licensing Authority, Ayurveda, Haryana, raided a factory at Dawal village on Tuesday and sealed it for violating provisions of the Trademark and Copy Rights Act.

The team comprised Mr C.P. Aggarwal, Senior Drug Inspector, Ambala, the District Ayurveda Officer, Dr R.K. Sharma, and Drug Inspector Sunil Dahiya.

Dhaba owners booked

The police has booked four dhaba and sweet shop owners for using domestic LPG. The police has also recovered five commercial cylinders from them. 

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OPD roof caves in at Civil Hospital
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 27
A major mishap was averted and a doctor and the patients had a miraculous escape when a part of the roof of eye OPD in the local Civil Hospital caved in.

According to reports, the eye surgeon, Dr R.P. Goel, who was examining the patients had just left for emergency ward when the roof fell damaging some equipment and furniture. 

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Clerk caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 27
A clerk of the Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, was caught red-handed while accepting bribe here today.

Hari Chand, who works as a lease clerk in the MC Ambala Sadar, was caught by the vigilance sleuths. He was demanding Rs 1,000 from the complainant.

The complainant, Mr Om Prakash, works as a safai karamchari. He is a resident of BC Bazar, Ambala Cantt. 

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