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Commuters stone Rajdhani Express
Faridabad, September 8
A mob of 2,000 persons, mostly commuters from here, allegedly attacked the New Delhi-bound 2952 Rajdhani Express and a local train and damaged windowpanes of several coaches in protest against the late running of EMU shuttle from here. The police lathicharged to disperse the crowd, which had forced the train to halt near the Old Faridabad Railway station at 8. 30 this morning.

Kidwai stresses on educating women
Kaithal, September 8
Haryana has made progress in agriculture but lagged behind in education and steps should be taken for educating the illiterate specially the women.

7 get National Teacher Award
Chandigarh, September 8
Seven teachers of Haryana have been given the National Teacher Award-2005 for their outstanding work in the field of education as well as social, cultural and development activities.

Mann speaks for Dalits
Karnal, September 8
Shiromani Akali Dal (A) president Simranjeet Singh Mann has urged the Punjab and Haryana High Court to intervene in the Dalit torture incident at Qila Jafargarh village in Jind district and feared conversion of Dalits due to the failure of the administration in resolving the issue.

Safe delivery programme implementation successful
Karnal, September 8
With 85 per cent deliveries being undertaken in hospitals, Karnal has become the only district in the state to successfully implement the institutionalised delivery programme under the ‘Save Motherhood Campaign’.

A challenge to godmen claiming miraculous powers
Ambala, September 8
Rationalist Society, Haryana, has thrown an open challenge to all godmen claiming to have magical powers. The winner of the challenge will get Rs 5 lakh as prize money.


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Hathni Kund-Naraingarh canal approved
Ambala, September 8
The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr O.P. Langyan, today said that approval had been received for the canal from Hathni Kund barrage to Naraingarh. Mr Langyan said Rs 300 crore was the estimated cost of the project which would be a major relief for the farmers.

Stress laid on good handwriting
Ambala, September 8
A handwriting awareness camp was held at Police DAV Public School, Ambala City, on Wednesday. The school Principal, Dr Vikas Kohli, said good handwriting not only helped in getting good marks in the examinations, it also affected the careers pf people.

Jain college girl tops

2 schoolchildren drowned in canal
Rewari, September 8
Two boys, Nikhil Yadav and Rahul Gupta, both students of Class IX of the local Jain Senior Secondary School, were drowned while taking a bath in the JLN Canal in the vicinity of Gokalgarh village, near here, this morning. Fortunately, their third classmate, who knew how to swim, was rescued by a villager.

Rape, murder case solved
Kurukshetra, September 8
Following arrest of one person, the mystery shrouding the murder of Priyanka, a resident of Badaam village, near Shahabad, in this district on August 31 last has been solved.

Three cases of theft reported
Rewari, September 8
Three cases of theft and burglary were reported from different parts of the town during the past 36 hours.

 




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Commuters stone Rajdhani Express
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 8
A mob of 2,000 persons, mostly commuters from here, allegedly attacked the New Delhi-bound 2952 Rajdhani Express and a local train and damaged windowpanes of several coaches in protest against the late running of EMU shuttle from here. The police lathicharged to disperse the crowd, which had forced the train to halt near the Old Faridabad Railway station at 8. 30 this morning.

While one of the passengers reportedly got injured in the stoning, several persons in the mob also received injuries in the cane charge. The train was delayed by two hours as it could leave the station here by 9.45 a.m. The incident affected schedule of nearly all trains passing from here causing a delay of over two to three hours. A Minister of Maharashtra state was also among the passengers of the Rajdhani express.

According to eyewitnesses, a large number of commuters and passengers had been waiting for an EMU shuttle known as MP-3, scheduled to come from Palwal at 8.20 a.m. and did not come on time and when it reached the platform it was around 8.42 a.m., late by half an hour. This enraged passengers, who gathered in large number at the spot and shouted anti-Railway slogans. It is learnt that many of commuters and local people rushed towards the EMU and started stoning on it and damaged the driver’s cabin. The mob, which had been further charged with resentment against the railway authorities over their problem also rushed towards the Rajdhani Express coming from Mumbai, and it was forced to stop just outside the platform. With several persons climbing on it the crowd started throwing stones on the windows of the coaches.

While panic and fear gripped passengers inside, the windowpanes of at least 10 coaches had been damaged before the railway and local police reached to the spot. This is the first incident here in which the commuters attacked a superfast train to attract attention of the Railway officials to their problem.

“The passengers from here had taken up the issue of late running of local trains at several occasions, but the complaints had been ignored by the authorities concerned”, claimed a passenger. He said perhaps it was the only alternative left with the commuters, though it could not be justified. He said there had several grievances besides the late running, which include no drinking water at the platform and lack of sitting facilities on the platform. It is claimed by the commuters that the problem of late running of trains had been a cause of gross inconvenience for the commuters who go Delhi and further in connection with their job or work. Over 50,000 persons commute to Delhi and towns of NCR from here daily.

Senior officials of the district administration rushed to the station with heavy police force, which was stationed on the platform for several hours later. The Divisional Railways Manager of the Indian Railways, Mr Pardeep Kumar, said that a probe would be do made into the causes of such an incident and steps taken to prevent any such happening in future. 

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Kidwai stresses on educating women
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, September 8
Haryana has made progress in agriculture but lagged behind in education and steps should be taken for educating the illiterate specially the women.

This was stated by Dr A.R. Kidwai Governor Haryana at a function organised on the occasion of World Literacy Day here today. He said to strengthen the nation people should be imparted education so that they become responsible and enlightened citizens and contribute in building a strong India.

Without cooperation of all sections of society government efforts will not succeed. People must join hands to make literacy campaign successful. He laid special stress on the education of women and said educated women could take the country on the path of progress.

Dr Kidwai said many MNCs had set up units in Gurgaon and other areas of the state. He complimented the government for increasing Budget for Education.

Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana, who presided over the function said the government had taken special steps to provide quality education and guest teachers were recruited recently to overcome shortage of staff in government schools. He said Haryana had become the first state to introduce semester system in schools.

Mr S.S. Surjewala said teachers should be given additional responsibility to teach the illiterates and if necessary they be given special incentives for this. Mr R.S. Gujral, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Education, Haryana, said the education Budget this year had been increased to Rs 365 crore.

Mr Rajinder Kataria, Deputy Commissioner said according to 2001 census rate of literacy in Kaithal district was 69.4 per cent and literacy rate of women was 47 per cent.

The Governor gave away prizes to employees, officials and akshar sainiks for working for literacy campaign. The beneficiaries under Rajiv Gandhi Privar Bima Yojna were given cheques worth Rs 1 lakh each. Needy persons were given tricycles and hearing aids. Earlier the Governor and the Education Minister administered polio drops to children at a camp set up by the Health Department at the PWD rest house. Mr Dillu Ram Parliamentary secretary, Ms Geeta Bhukkal, MLA Kalayat, Mr Satender Rana, MLA Rajaund, Mr Navdeep Singh Virk, SSP, Mr R.C. Verma, ADC and Mr Kavi Raj Sharma, DCC, president were also present on the occasion. 

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7 get National Teacher Award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
Seven teachers of Haryana have been given the National Teacher Award-2005 for their outstanding work in the field of education as well as social, cultural and development activities.

A spokesman of the state Education Department said here today that the award winners were two lecturers, one physical training instructor (PTI) and four headmasters.

He said the award winners were Dr Om Parkash Sharma, lecturer in Sanskrit, Government Senior Secondary School, Doodhla Morthala, Kurukshetra district; Mr Dharam Dev Gautam, lecturer in mathematics, Government Senior Secondary School, Bherthal, Yamunanagar district; and Mrs Khajani Devi, PTI, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Jhoju Kalan, Bhiwani district.

The others who won the award were Mr Dhar Singh, Headmaster, Government Primary School, Gaddi Khera, Teja Majra, Rohtak district; Mrs Nirmala Devi, Headmistress, Government Primary School, Sanwal, Thanesar, Kurukshetra district; Mr Gopal Krishan, Headmaster, Government Primary School, Rania, Sirsa district; and Mr Rohtas Singh, Headmaster, Government Primary School, Uncha Majra, Gurgaon district.

He said Dr Sharma got the award for his excellent services as teacher for the past 25 years and showing 100 per cent examination results. He had also inculcated the habit of small savings among students.

Mr Gautam had been working in the Education Department for 18 years. He had done new experiments in the field of education and organised various science exhibitions. He created awareness among students about social evils like smoking, drinking, gambling, use of narcotics and dowry.

Mrs Khajani Devi, who had been working in the department for 22 years, had shown 100 per cent results of her students. She was also the coach of various national and international players.

Mr Dhar Singh had been a teacher for 33 years and also showed 100 per cent results. He also imbibed the spirit of sportsmanship and savings among his students.

Mrs Nirmala Devi had been teaching for 25 years. She had also participated in the small savings and family planning programmes. She had done a commendable job by increasing the enrolment of students in government schools.

Mr Gopal Krishan had been teaching for 33 years and shown 100 per cent results. He took keen interest in the construction of school buildings and their maintenance.

Mr Rohtas Singh had also shown 100 per cent results during his 32 years of service and had done a commendable job in improving various aspects of personality of students.

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Mann speaks for Dalits
Tribune News Service

Karnal, September 8
Shiromani Akali Dal (A) president Simranjeet Singh Mann has urged the Punjab and Haryana High Court to intervene in the Dalit torture incident at Qila Jafargarh village in Jind district and feared conversion of Dalits due to the failure of the administration in resolving the issue.

He has blamed the state government to allow the Khap panchayats in the area against the directions of the court.

Mr Mann said today that the district administration had failed in tackling the situation where the members of the upper caste beat the Dalits of the village.

He said he was in touch with the Dalit members of the village who had been socially boycotted by the upper caste leaders of the area. He said the Dalits had sought his help and he was scheduled to visit the village next week.

In a scathing attack on Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the SAD (A) president said the former was only worried about certain references on Jats and least bothered about the Dalits’ plight in the state.

Mr Mann said though he had met the Governor on the issue, nothing had been done to resolve the issue.

He appealed to the Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to intervene as the Hooda Government had failed in taking any action in the matter.

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Safe delivery programme implementation successful
Tribune News Service

Karnal, September 8
With 85 per cent deliveries being undertaken in hospitals, Karnal has become the only district in the state to successfully implement the institutionalised delivery programme under the ‘Save Motherhood Campaign’. Against the state average of 40 per cent of pregnant women getting themselves registered, officials in the district are hoping to achieve a record of 100 per cent.

According to Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Gupta, only 25 per cent women used to report, consult and deliver in hospitals in January, when the campaign was started.

The district administration had issued directions to health staff to compulsorily register details of pregnant women and deliveries conducted at hospitals or delivery huts.

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A challenge to godmen claiming miraculous powers
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 8
Rationalist Society, Haryana, has thrown an open challenge to all godmen claiming to have magical powers.

The winner of the challenge will get Rs 5 lakh as prize money. Rationalist Society has prepared a list of 23 activities, out of which if even one activity is carried out successfully, without any cheating, the reward money will go to the winner.

Mr Balwant Singh, Rationalist Society president, said that earlier the prize money was Rs 1 lakh. “Now, all the members of Rationalist Society have pooled in money and we have increased the prize money to Rs 5 lakh. It is an open challenge to all godmen, sadhus, babas, yogis, tantriks, jyotishis, munis and all others who claim to have magical powers,” he said.

He said that innocent people are misled by those claiming to have special powers. “We want to reveal the truth. People must not believe such persons. Rationalism is the basis for all acts,” he said.

For any person who takes on the challenge a sum of Rs 5000 will have to deposit so that only serious persons come forward. The first test will be carried out by a Rationalist Society member and if the person clears the test, then the subsequent test will be carried out in front of people. If the person fails, the person will lose the deposit money.

In case there is confusion regarding the language of the challenge, then the original challenges written in English by Dr AT Kapoor in 1963 will be applicable.

The activities include reading the serial number of a sealed currency note, duplication of a currency note at that very moment, to produce any article which is demanded, the ability to fly, the ability to walk on water, to stand on fire and not get burnt, to twist an object at a distance, to stop body pulse for 10 minutes, to read another person’s mind through telepathy, to increase body length through prayer, to leave one’s body and re-appear somewhere else, to not breathe for 30 minutes, to change into any animal or to produce a ghost whose photograph can be taken.

The list also includes to increase the weight of an object, to convert water into petrol or blood, to harm any body part of a society member through magic, to speak some special language on the basis of re-birth or to give celestial proof of fire incidents or stone throwing incidents in houses.

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Hathni Kund-Naraingarh canal approved
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 8
The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr O.P. Langyan, today said that approval had been received for the canal from Hathni Kund barrage to Naraingarh.

Mr Langyan said Rs 300 crore was the estimated cost of the project which would be a major relief for the farmers. He said that irrigation facilities would be greatly enhanced after the canal water reached the Naraingarh area.

Mr Langyan was addressing district administration officials at Panchayat Bhavan, Ambala City. He said that strict action will be taken against government hospital doctors who write medicines to be bought from outside, even though medicines are available in the stock. He said that action will be taken against chemists who sell medicines for drug purposes without the prescription of doctors.

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Stress laid on good handwriting
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 8
A handwriting awareness camp was held at Police DAV Public School, Ambala City, on Wednesday.

The school Principal, Dr Vikas Kohli, said good handwriting not only helped in getting good marks in the examinations, it also affected the careers pf people. He said in countries like France and the USA, many companies checked the handwriting of a candidate before selection.

The students were addressed by Mr Mohan of Healthy Handwriting Institute, Chandigarh. He said if one is under stress, it is reflected in handwriting.

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Jain college girl tops

Ambala, August 8
Poonam Gupta, a student of SA Jain College, Ambala City secured 1st position in M.A. Economics (previous) of K.U. University. — OC

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2 schoolchildren drowned in canal
Our Correspondent

Rewari, September 8
Two boys, Nikhil Yadav and Rahul Gupta, both students of Class IX of the local Jain Senior Secondary School, were drowned while taking a bath in the JLN Canal in the vicinity of Gokalgarh village, near here, this morning. Fortunately, their third classmate, who knew how to swim, was rescued by a villager.

The mishap occurred when the boys, on their way back to the village after taking the semester test, decided to have a bath in the canal.

As soon as information reached here, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Chander Prakash, Mr Ram Singh Bishnoi, SP, and other senior officials of the district reached the spot. The bodies of the two boys were then fished out.

The DC announced that an ex gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh each out of the Chief Minister’s Fund would soon be paid to the bereaved families.

Later Haryana Revenue and Irrigation Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav went to the village and consoled the bereaved families.

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Rape, murder case solved
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, September 8
Following arrest of one person, the mystery shrouding the murder of Priyanka, a resident of Badaam village, near Shahabad, in this district on August 31 last has been solved.

Claiming this at a press conference here today, the district police chief, Mr Sanjay Kumar, said that confessing his crime during interrogation, Manjeet Singh of the same village, who was arrested on suspicion and had been in police remand for four days, told the police that he had committed the crime.

Mr Sanjay Kumar said that Manjeet told the police that he had been a student of BA (I) at the GMN College, Ambala Cantonment. It was on August 31, that he went to the college, got marked his attendance and left one period before for Haripur where he waited for Priyanka by hiding himself in a nearby sugarcane field. The moment, Priyanka reached near the sugarcane field, he caught hold of her and dragged her into the sugarcane field, shut her mouth by pressing it, threatened her with dire consequences and raped her. When the victim repeatedly told him that she would disclose the matter, he strangled her.

Manjeet Singh was produced in a local court today and was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days while the second person was discharged. A case under Section 302 and 376 of the IPC had been registered against Manjeet Singh, Mr Sanjay Kumar added.

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Three cases of theft reported

Rewari, September 8
Three cases of theft and burglary were reported from different parts of the town during the past 36 hours.

A pilferer took away Rs 35,000 from the dickey of a scooter which was parked outside the post office here yesterday.

In another incidents, thieves burgled the houses of Pt. Priyag Raj in Shiv Colony and Mr Ashok Kumar in Vikas Nagar. They decamped with cash and household items. — OC

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