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CMs’ meeting on internal security tomorrow
Hooda to re-seek Rs 177 cr for improving policing in NCR 

Chandigarh , September 3

The Chief Ministers’ conference on internal security to be held in Delhi on September 5 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is expected to send “a clear and loud message to the Naxals that unless they give up violence, no negotiations can be held with them. The last conference was held on April 15, 2005.

Nilokheri to have civil hospital
Nilokheri (Karnal), September 3
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here today asked the local Congress MLA Jai Singh Rana to provide all help to people to develop the constituency. 
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda addresses a “Vikas Rally” at Nilokheri in Karnal on Sunday
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda addresses a “Vikas Rally” at Nilokheri in Karnal on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra

Business school at GJU planned 
Hisar, September 3
The state government has decided to set up a Haryana Business School on the premises of Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology here. The idea behind establishing the school is to bring management studies, business administration and other related disciplines under a common platform.

Gangster, accomplice shot dead in police firing
Sonepat, September 3
Gangster Satinder and his accomplice Sonu, alias Seena, were shot dead in an encounter with the police on the Sonepat-Silana link road between Nakloi and Bidhran village today.


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Dalits’ warning to govt
Rohtak, September 3
The Chamar community today bluntly told the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government to take immediate steps to end atrocities on dalits in Haryana or be prepared to lose the biggest vote bank of the Congress, the dalits.

Four get life term for murder
Bhiwani, September 3
The Additional District Judge, Mr V.K.Bakhshi, has convicted five persons for the murder of Satpal Pahadi, a contractor, and sentenced four of them to life imprisonment. The fifth accused has been sentenced to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment. The court acquitted two of the accused.

Bureaucracy told to observe protocol with MPs, MLAs
Chandigarh, September 3
In view of the increasing complaints that the bureaucracy of the state cares two hoots for elected representatives, the Haryana Government has directed its officials to extend proper courtesy and observe protocol while dealing with the MPs and MLAs.

‘Ahirwal region being neglected’
Rewari, September 3
Rao Ajit Singh, younger son former Union Minister Rao Birender Singh and a younger brother of the Union Minister of State for Defence, Rao Inderjit Singh, said here today that on account of weak leadership, the Ahirwal region had been getting an apathetic treatment from the state and central governments.

Panel to review, rationalise posts
Chandigarh, September 3
The Haryana Government yesterday decided to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Finance, to review and rationalise posts in various departments.

Haryana plans hi-tech city near Samalkha
Chandigarh, September 3
The Haryana Government has decided to develop a hi-tech city in the Samalkha-Ganaur area of Panipat and Sonipat districts falling in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Ex-servicemen attend medical camp
Hisar, September 3
A large number of former Army personnel from various parts of the district attended an ex-servicemen rally at the Hisar Military Station here yesterday. Major-Gen B.S. Grewal, General Officer Commanding, 33 Armoured Division, addressed the rally.

13-year-old Dalit girl gangraped
Yamunanagar, September 3
A 13-year-old Dalit girl of Rasulpur village in Sadhoura block here was allegedly gangraped by three youths of the village in the compound of a government school late last night. All the three accused are at large.




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CMs’ meeting on internal security tomorrow
Hooda to re-seek Rs 177 cr for improving policing in NCR 
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , September 3
The Chief Ministers’ conference on internal security to be held in Delhi on September 5 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is expected to send “a clear and loud message to the Naxals that unless they give up violence, no negotiations can be held with them. The last conference was held on April 15, 2005.

According to informed sources, the Union Government feels that the activities of the Naxals are as dangerous for the country’s internal security as the Pak-sponsored terrorism is. Certain recent attacks carried out by the Naxals, with almost military precision, have made those responsible for internal security sit up.

Dr Manmohan Singh is likely to urge the Naxal-affected states to provide more resources to deal with the problem. A policy for providing special incentives to those officers who express willingness to take on the Naxals will be formulated. Intelligence agencies will be asked to collect information relating to the logistical capability, leadership, financial support and strength of their cadre, within a given time frame. The Naxal-affected states will be asked to follow Andhra Pradesh in the field of strengthening their intelligence agencies.

The conference will also explore the possibility of constituting an inter-state joint task force to tackle the growing Naxal violence. The need for such a task force is being felt because of the inter-state nature of the extremist movement.

The sources say the satisfaction of the security agencies over a noticeable decline in terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir this year, has been marred by a sharp increase in the grenade attacks in the state. Another area of concern for the security agencies in the state is the infiltration of better trained and more professional terrorists from across the border through new routes. This is reflected in the sudden spurt in high-profile incidents in the past few months.

The security agencies are also worried over the fact that cross-border terrorism is no longer Jammu and Kashmir centric, but has spread to the other parts of the country. They are concerned over the capability achieved by the Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM) and other Pak-ISA-patronised Jehadi organisations to hit almost anywhere in the country. More worrisome is their ability to influence Indian Muslim youths.

The conference may ask the states to provide more funds to upgrade security and intelligence apparatus.

Haryana, which will be represented by the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, is likely to reiterate its demand for Rs 177 crore to improve the policing in the National Capital Region (NCR) because the state surrounds Delhi from three sides.

Mr Hooda will demand that the Criminal Procedure Code should be amended to ensure signed statements of witnesses in their own handwriting so that they do not turn hostile later on. He will also plead, among other things, for merging the Prosecution Department with the police because after the two were separated a few years ago, the conviction rate in criminal cases has gone down.

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Nilokheri to have civil hospital
Tribune News Service

Nilokheri (Karnal), September 3
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here today asked the local Congress MLA Jai Singh Rana to provide all help to people to develop the constituency.
The much-publicised Vikas Rally, organised by Mr Rana at the grain market at Nilokheri, turned out to be a venue where ministers, MLAs and the local MP failed to raise any issue but focused their speeches in praise of Mr Hooda.

There were four ministers and the local MP and about a dozen MLAs present today at the function.

Out of the total MLAs present, only five got the chance to speak and the rest missed it due to lengthy speeches by fellow VIPs.

Mr Hooda said a new urban estate would be developed at Taraori and also announced that the suburban area would be provided with sewer and water facilities.

He also announced to construct a Civil Hospital at Nilokheri and upgrade the PHC to community health centre at Taraori.

Mr Hooda also promised to improve road network and assured all help to develop the area. Meanwhile, all speakers, including the Chief Minister, failed to focus on any new issue than speaking against the Chautalas.

Speakers talked mainly about the waiver of Rs 1600-crore arrears of electricity bill by Hooda and held responsible the former government for power crisis in the state.

Earlier in the morning, Mr Hooda laid the foundation stone of NDA Block at Sainik School, Kunjpura, and inaugurated library at the Government College here this evening.

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Business school at GJU planned 
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, September 3
The state government has decided to set up a Haryana Business School on the premises of Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology here. The idea behind establishing the school is to bring management studies, business administration and other related disciplines under a common platform.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr R.P. Bajpai, said this while talking to The Tribune on the completion of one year in office here on Friday.

Listing the achievements of the university during the past one year, Dr Bajpai said it had become the first university in the state to have introduced the credit-based system of marking. Apart from creating an academic atmosphere on the campus, the system promises to make the university teachers accountable for their performance.

Introduction of five highly specialised M. Tech courses in VLSI and embedded design, nano science and technology, integrated design and manufacturing, optical engineering and print and graphic communication was another considerable achievement of the university, he maintained.

The Vice-Chancellor said campus-wide networking had also been introduced in the university with financial assistance from the World Bank under its Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme.

Dr Bajpai, who is a recipient of various awards and honours, including the Punjab Ratan, has nearly 175 publications in national and international research journals to his credit.

He said spot evaluation had been introduced with a view to facilitating the timely declaration of results. He added that necessary efforts had been made to ensure timely start of examinations, evaluation and declaration of results.

The Vice-Chancellor asserted that a studio of advance technology had been constructed for the faculty of media studies, while a nano science laboratory was under construction. A number of fresh appointments had been made to enhance the standard of education at the university, he added.

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Gangster, accomplice shot dead in police firing
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 3
Gangster Satinder and his accomplice Sonu, alias Seena, were shot dead in an encounter with the police on the Sonepat-Silana link road between Nakloi and Bidhran village today. Both gangsters were accused in a number of criminal cases, including the murder of Naveen and Amit of Kurar village in the village on the August 29 evening.

According to Superintendent of Police Yoginder Nehra, Satish, one of the accomplices of Satinder who was taken into police custody for interrogation in the double-murder case, informed the police in the morning that Satinder and Sonu were hiding in Bhatgaon village and were planning to murder the Numberdar of Nakloi village.

The police teams raided their hideout, but the duo managed to escape on a motor cycle.

On a turning on the road between Bidhran and Nakloi villages, their motor cycle they fell. When the police asked them to surrender, the two opened fire at the police.

The police retaliated and both were shot dead in the police firing.

Their bodies were brought to the local Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination.

Satinder was wanted by the police in 16 cases, including murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, loot etc. Sonu was also wanted in three cases of murder and attempt to murder.

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Dalits’ warning to govt
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, September 3
The Chamar community today bluntly told the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government to take immediate steps to end atrocities on dalits in Haryana or be prepared to lose the biggest vote bank of the Congress, the dalits.

Addressing a rally organised by the Haryana Pradesh Chamar Sangharsh Samiti here today, almost every speaker took up the issue of violence against Dalits during the past one year and regretted that the government had failed to check it effectively.

They pointed out to the Gohana incident that took place last year and yesterday’s violence in Jind district and said a feeling of insecurity among the Dalits was noticeable after such incidents.

They said if the government did not take immediate steps to curb it, the dalits would withdraw their support to the party and added that the Dalit communities had always played an important role in bringing the Congress to power in the state.

Through a resolution the samiti demanded implementation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court order ending the grouping of Dalits in different categories for the purpose of reservation. It said the Dalit society had failed to see why the government was taking so much time to annul a decision meant to divide the Dalits.

Though all 11 sitting legislators and ministers belonging to the Chamar community had been invited, only two showed up. They were Bhupinder Chaudhary from Pataudi and Rampal Chidana from Baroda.

The latter appeared visibly upset when state secretary Ram Mehar remarked that atrocities on dalits also took place when Mr Om Prakash Chautala was the Chief Minister. Mr Ram Mehar had to clarify that what he meant was that atrocities against dalits had been taking place since Chautala’s rule to date.

Another resolution drew the government’s attention to the issue of clearing the backlog of posts reserved for the Scheduled Castes. It said ending grouping would lead to nothing unless the backlog of posts was cleared.

It was pointed out that the Congress had promised to allot plots to Dalits in its manifesto but no steps had been taken to fulfil this promise during the past 18 months.

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Four get life term for murder
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, September 3
The Additional District Judge, Mr V.K.Bakhshi, has convicted five persons for the murder of Satpal Pahadi, a contractor, and sentenced four of them to life imprisonment. The fifth accused has been sentenced to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment. The court acquitted two of the accused.

According to prosecution, Mukesh wife of Satpal Pahadi, a resident of Krishna colony here had lodged a report with the police that four to five assailants had barged into her house and shot dead her husband on March 8, 2002. The assailants later fled from the scene.

In her complaint, she alleged that she was preparing tea for her husband in the morning when she heard gunfire.

The police had registered a case under Section 302 and other relevant Sections of the IPC, against Anita wife of Subhash of Rohna village, Subhash, Anil of Meham, Narender, Shishu, alias Suresh, Pritam, Shishu, alias Shiv Kumar, Sandeep, Ishwar Devi, Lado Devi and Praveen, a minor.

The court convicted Anita wife of Subhash of Rohna village, Anil of Meham, Narender, Shishu, alias Suresh and sentenced them to life imprisonment and fined Rs. 16000 each. The court also sentenced Subhash to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5000. Two of the accused Preetam and Shishu, alias Shiv Kumar, were acquitted.

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Bureaucracy told to observe protocol with MPs, MLAs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
In view of the increasing complaints that the bureaucracy of the state cares two hoots for elected representatives, the Haryana Government has directed its officials to extend proper courtesy and observe protocol while dealing with the MPs and MLAs.

While stating this here today, an official spokesman said the directions had been issued to all heads of departments, divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners and all sub-divisional officers.

He said the elected representatives of the people occupied a very important place in the democratic set-up and they had to perform important functions under the Constitution. It was necessary for them to seek information from the ministries or departments, make suggestions and ask for interviews with the officers in connection with the parliamentary and allied duties. It should be the endeavour of every officer to help them in discharging their functions under the Constitution. Similarly, any written request from them should also be acknowledged promptly and reply be sent at an appropriate level expeditiously.

The spokesman said the officials should consider carefully and listen patiently to what the MPs and MLAs had to say. Any deviation from an appointment made with the legislator must be properly explained to him to avoid any possible inconvenience and fresh appointment should be fixed in consultation with them. They should also be invited to the public functions organised by the government and proper and comfortable sitting arrangement should be made for them.

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‘Ahirwal region being neglected’
Our Correspondent

Rewari, September 3
Rao Ajit Singh, younger son former Union Minister Rao Birender Singh and a younger brother of the Union Minister of State for Defence, Rao Inderjit Singh, said here today that on account of weak leadership, the Ahirwal region had been getting an apathetic treatment from the state and central governments.

In a hard-hitting statement at a press conference here today, he alleged that almost all the so-called politicians of the region had their selfish interests and had amassed huge assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Alleging that several of them had built palatial houses at Rewari, Gurgaon, Delhi and Chandigarh, he demanded a CBI probe into their assets.

Making a mention of the Hooda Government’s assertion regarding equitable distribution of available canal water, Rao asserted that even if the Hansi-Butana Link Canal was made operational, Ahirwal region could never hope to get its legitimate share of water as long as its leadership remained busy in pursuit of selfish goals.

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Panel to review, rationalise posts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The Haryana Government yesterday decided to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Finance, to review and rationalise posts in various departments.

This was decided at a meeting of the state Cabinet here yesterday.

The committee would decide on creating new posts if required in any department, and also decide on abolishing or renaming existing posts.

The committee would submit its report to the government by March 31 next.

In another decision, the Cabinet approved a proposal that family pension would be admissible from the day following the day of death of an employee while in service.

It was decided that if under special circumstances, family pension was granted long after an employee had died, retrospective effect shall not be given to it without special orders of the government.

In such a case, family pension would take effect only from the date of sanction.

However, procedural delay of up to one year could be adjusted in the payment and shall not require the sanction of the government.

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Haryana plans hi-tech city near Samalkha

Chandigarh, September 3
The Haryana Government has decided to develop a hi-tech city in the Samalkha-Ganaur area of Panipat and Sonipat districts falling in the National Capital Region (NCR).

A spokesman of the Town and Country Development Department said here today that the expression of interest had already been invited by the department from consultants to prepare a detailed strategy and action plan for developing this hi-tech city for the anticipated population by 2021 on the pattern of international towns and cities which provide similar services.

He said the new city would become a one-stop destination in the region for services like IT, IT-enabled services and related institutions for venture capital, insurance and transportation.— TNS

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Ex-servicemen attend medical camp

Hisar, September 3
A large number of former Army personnel from various parts of the district attended an ex-servicemen rally at the Hisar Military Station here yesterday. Major-Gen B.S. Grewal, General Officer Commanding, 33 Armoured Division, addressed the rally.

A medical check-up camp and CSD facility were arranged for the ex-servicemen attending the rally. A cultural function was organised on the occasion. Various difficulties of the former personnel were redressed on the spot. — TNS

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13-year-old Dalit girl gangraped

Yamunanagar, September 3
A 13-year-old Dalit girl of Rasulpur village in Sadhoura block here was allegedly gangraped by three youths of the village in the compound of a government school late last night. All the three accused are at large.

As per police sources, the girl who was returning home after visiting the Guga Mari in the village was allegedly dragged to the school premises and raped.

The police has registered a case against Amit, Ravi and Chander. No arrests had been made till the reports last came in. — TNS

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