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Fake connection scam: Bench to hear Hutch case
Chandigarh, August 4
The hearing of the petition filed by leading mobile telecom company Hutch, seeking quashing of all FIRs registered against its officials for allegedly being involved in the fake bulk mobile phone connections racket in Haryana, today witnessed heated arguments.

Bhajan Lal plans second ‘tea party’
Chandigarh, August 4
The Bhajan Lal group of the Haryana Congress is planning to hold its second assembly at Narnaul, which will be once again called a "tea party". The first "tea party" — in reality a meeting of Mr Bhajan Lal’s staunch loyalists and workers — took place at a hotel at Kurukshetra last month and turned out be a well-attended affair.

Haryana woos US industrialists to invest in SEZs
Hisar, August 4
The Haryana Government has initiated efforts to attract capital investment and educational expertise from the USA. A high-level delegation, led by Finance Minister Birender Singh, was recently in the USA to woo industrialists and professionals to set up enterprises in the state.

CM orders crackdown on corrupt employees
Rohtak, August 4
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has ordered a crackdown on corrupt government employees. Under an intensified campaign, the Superintendents of Police (Vigilance) have been authorised to conduct cross-range raids to apprehend corrupt employees. 

Free bus travel for women on Rakhi day
Chandigarh, August 4
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced a Rakhi concession for women in the state. He announced that on the day of Rakhi, falling on August 9, women would be permitted to travel free in Haryana Roadways buses to enable them to meet their brothers and tie the rakhi.


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Disgruntled Cong men asked to join INLD
Rewari, August 4
National secretary general of the INLD and Rajya Sabha member Ajay Chautala said here yesterday that there were thousands of such supporters of the Congress who were now disenchanted with the Hooda government because it had belied their expectations owing to its poor performance on almost all fronts in the past 16 months.

‘Panchayats need power to  oppose khap panchayats’ 
Karnal, August 4
In a report submitted today to the state government after successfully conducting a series of awareness workshops on functioning of khap panchayats, the Haryana Institute of Rural Development (HIRD) has advocated strengthening panchayat-government relations.

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Fake connection scam: Bench to hear Hutch case
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 4
The hearing of the petition filed by leading mobile telecom company Hutch, seeking quashing of all FIRs registered against its officials for allegedly being involved in the fake bulk mobile phone connections racket in Haryana, today witnessed heated arguments.

The hearing also saw Mr Anupam Gupta, counsel for the Superintendent of Police, Kaithal, Mr Navdeep Singh Virk, coming down heavily on the company and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) for trying to put his client in the dock for having unearthed the alleged scam. Supreme Court lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi was appearing for the COAI.

Mr Gupta also questioned the stand of the counsel for the company and the COAI that the company was a major international player and hence could not be treated in such a manner. “Do global players like Hutch have immunity to commit all sorts of criminal acts without bothering for the law of the land? The cases and the evidence against the companies named in the FIRs clearly shows that they are scamsters and criminals and the law will be applied to them like all others. They can't be allowed to get away with such frauds,” Mr Gupta said.

In its petition, Hutch has claimed that the police did not have any authority to investigate such cases against them as it was the job of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the Department of Telecom. It has prayed all FIRs registered against top officials of the company be quashed and the Central Bureau of Investigation be asked to look into the matter.

Sometime back, the court had issued notice of motion to the respondents to file their replies in the matter.

While Mr John V. George, ADGP (Crime, Law and Order), Haryana, filed the reply on behalf of the police and district police chiefs of all districts where the cases stand registered, except Kaithal, for which Mr Virk filed the reply.

Incidentally, Mr George's reply says that investigations had shown that an estimated 65 per cent of the total pre-paid connections of Hutch in Haryana circle fell in the category of connections released to unidentified customers on forged application forms.

The reply also says that the police has information and evidence to the effect that the scam was perpetuated with full consent and abetment of the senior management officials of Hutch. It also says that custodial interrogation of the accused company officials was necessary to unearth the full extent of the fraud.

The reply filed by Mr Virk claims that in various districts of Haryana, Hutch has released over two lakh connections on the basis of fake, forged documents.

When Mr Singhvi alleged that a senior police officer was trying to extort money in the name of carrying out investigations in the matter, Mr Gupta asked him to name the officer.

When the Bench headed by Mr Justice Viney Mittal suggested that the parties could sit across the table and talk, Mr Gupta refused. “Why? no police officer should sit across criminals and try to work out a deal. My client also has no such intentions,” he asserted.

At one stage, when things got too hot, Mr Justice Mittal said the Bench would not hear the matter and it would refer the same to another Bench.

Later, after hearing all sides, the Bench admitted the matter to be heard within three months.

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Haryana woos US industrialists to invest in SEZs
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 4
The Haryana Government has initiated efforts to attract capital investment and educational expertise from the USA. A high-level delegation, led by Finance Minister Birender Singh, was recently in the USA to woo industrialists and professionals to set up enterprises in the state.

Guru Jambheshwar University Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.P. Bajpai, who was a member of the delegation, told The Tribune here today that an exhibition of products being manufactured in the state was organised in Maryland state of the USA during the tour.

“The US industrialists and professionals were also told about the special economic zones (SEZs) being developed in the state to attract foreign investment in the industrial sector,” Dr Bajpai said, adding that they got a good response.

The Vice-Chancellor informed that the delegation comprised top officials of the Agriculture Department, Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) and other state government departments.

He pointed out that owing to the geographical and socio-cultural similarities in the states of Haryana and Maryland, their business and commercial requirements were also similar.

“The Finance Minister addressed an impressive gathering comprising prominent citizens of the state of Maryland and apprised them of the Haryana Government’s pro-industry policies and programmes.

Dr Bajpai maintained that apart from the business interests, the delegation also sought to strengthen academic linkages with the University of Maryland and other educational institutions of the state, including the Vocational College at Montgomery.

The Vice-Chancellor asserted that the stepwise procedure of providing tailor-made educational packages to the students in US institutions was worth emulating. He added that the university teachers and students would be sent there for gaining worthwhile exposure in their respective fields.

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CM orders crackdown on corrupt employees
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 4
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has ordered a crackdown on corrupt government employees. Under an intensified campaign, the Superintendents of Police (Vigilance) have been authorised to conduct cross-range raids to apprehend corrupt employees.

Under this campaign the Gurgaon Vigilance authorities caught taxation inspector Suresh Kumar red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 3500 from one Jasbir Singh here today.

Rajbir Deswal, SSP (Vigilance), Gurgaon Range, told TNS that the accused was apprehended in the presence of the City Magistrate. He said normally Vigilance authorities conducted such raids in the districts falling in their police range.

However, in view of the Chief Minister’s stress on curbing corruption effectively, the Vigilance authorities had been asked not to restrict their activities to their respective ranges. They had been empowered to conduct raids in places outside their normal jurisdiction.

Mr Deswal said the latest move would eliminate the possibility of corrupt employees colluding with similar elements in the police to avoid getting caught. Now any aggrieved person could approach any Vigilance officer and report about corruption in government offices.

Meanwhile sources said the chief minister had directed the Vigilance Bureau to widely publicise its campaign against corruption to encourage the public to report corruption. The bureau had designed advertisements which were being screened on cable TV channels all over the State. The advertisements carried the names and contact numbers of Vigilance officers whom the aggrieved persons could safely approach to report corruption.

They said in view of the success of the campaign against corruption the Chief Minister had directed Vigilance Bureau officers to use electronic equipment and techniques to book the corrupt employees. 

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Free bus travel for women on Rakhi day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced a Rakhi concession for women in the state.

He announced that on the day of Rakhi, falling on August 9, women would be permitted to travel free in Haryana Roadways buses to enable them to meet their brothers and tie the rakhi.

The Chief Minister said children up to 15 years of age accompanying any woman would also be able to travel without paying the fare on that day.

He said women could avail themselves of this free-travel facility 
within the state as well as on to-and-fro travel between Chandigarh and Delhi. 

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Disgruntled Cong men asked to join INLD
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 4
National secretary general of the INLD and Rajya Sabha member Ajay Chautala said here yesterday that there were thousands of such supporters of the Congress who were now disenchanted with the Hooda government because it had belied their expectations owing to its poor performance on almost all fronts in the past 16 months.

Addressing a largely attended workers' sammelan here last evening, he exhorted INLD activists to approach to these Congress supporters to make them join the INLD. Meanwhile, dozens of youths, who joined the INLD here last evening, were welcomed into the party fold by him.

Making a specific mention of the raids earlier conducted by the CBI on various premises of the Chautalas, he asserted that these were an integral part of the politics of character assassination which was being resorted to by the Congress brass to browbeat their opponents in Haryana.

He further exhorted the workers to go from village to village and publicise the programmmes and policies of the INLD.

Earlier, Mr Chautala was given a rousing reception by thousands of his supporters who had come from various parts of the Rewari region.

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Bhajan Lal plans second ‘tea party’
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Bhajan Lal group of the Haryana Congress is planning to hold its second assembly at Narnaul, which will be once again called a "tea party". The first "tea party" — in reality a meeting of Mr Bhajan Lal’s staunch loyalists and workers — took place at a hotel at Kurukshetra last month and turned out be a well-attended affair.

The coming event is slated to be held on August 27 where Mr Bhajan Lal, his MP son Kuldeep Bishnoi and senior Congress MLAs Dharampal Malik and Mangeram Gupta are scheduled to be present.

The first engagement at Kurukshetra after his resignation from the HPCC chief’s post on the PCC executive issue was craftily handled by Mr Bhajan Lal as he as well as his son refrained from saying anything that might be seen as anti-party activity. The job of criticising the Congress regime in the state headed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was left to other speakers.

Except for not attending the meeting of the PCC in Chandigarh chaired by the AICC representative, Mr Janardhan Dwivedi, the Bhajan Lal group has not really done anything else to keep the pot boiling since the emotionally charged assembly at Kurukshetra on July 21.

The identity of the person organising the function at Narnaul is being kept under wraps. The original plan was to organise the meeting at Narnaul on August 20, but the date was later changed when it was found that August 20 was the birthday of the late Rajiv Gandhi. The assassinated former Prime Minister has emerged as the latest icon of Congress politicians, and Mr Bhajan Lal did not want to do anything controversial on this occasion.

The ageing Congress leader, whose publicly expressed desire to become the Chief Minister of Haryana for the “last time” was ignored by the party high command after the Congress victory in the last Assembly poll, has still kept his door open for reconciliation. The possibility of charting a course different from that of the Congress is something that both Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Bishnoi have dismissed with alacrity.

Supporters, meanwhile, are getting restless. Mr Bhajan Lal will brave the heat and dust of the summer to go to Narnaul for the “tea party” to bring hope to his loyalists.

After a tour of villages of Gurgaon to demand higher compensation from the government for land acquisition for a proposed SEZ, Mr Bishnoi, too, has put a brake on his anti-Hooda outbursts. Mr Bishnoi was today playing the obedient party member by attending the Lok Sabha in deference to the whip issued by the Congress.

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‘Panchayats need power to oppose khap panchayats’ 

Karnal, August 4
In a report submitted today to the state government after successfully conducting a series of awareness workshops on functioning of khap panchayats, the Haryana Institute of Rural Development (HIRD) has advocated strengthening panchayat-government relations.

The HIRD initiated the project after the Centre asked the Haryana Government to launch an awareness drive at the district level against the caste-based panchayat system in the rural Haryana which had taken several extrajudicial decisions in the recent months.

Talking to TNS here today, director of Nilokheri-based HIRD Surat Singh said over 3,000 participants from panchayats and administration of seven districts took part in various exercises conducted by the institute.

Several elected panchayats showed the lack of capacity to oppose the khap panchayats because they did not have powers.

Besides, PRI members also stressed the need of an honorarium and other facilities to enable them to perform their role actively.

HIRD had conducted training programmes and workshops at the Jat dominating districts, including Kaithal, Jind, Sonepat, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Hisar and Bhiwani, that concluded on July 26. — TNS

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Rs 6,000 snatched from old man
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 4
Four youths snatched Rs 6,000 from an old man at the Civil Hospital here this morning.

The man, Sher Singh Narayana (70), said he had come from Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, for his treatment. He was later attended by doctors of the hospital.

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