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19 convicted for killing antelope
Sirsa, September 9
Nineteen persons have been sentenced to two-year rigorous imprisonment by a Special Environment Court for killing an antelope in 1998.

Rohtak-Rewari rail link work to begin soon
Rohtak, September 9
The work on the much-awaited Rohtak-Jhajjar-Rewari rail link will begin by month-end. The green light to this effect was given at a meeting senior Railways officials had with Commissioner Rohtak Division N.C. Wadhwa here on Thursday.

Poaching case shifted to Faridabad
Jhajjar, September 9
The hearing of the black buck poaching case in which former cricketer Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi is the main accused alongwith seven others, has been transferred to the Special Environment Court (SEC) based in Faridabad.

Permanent lok adalats to be held at division level
Sirsa, September 9
With a view to providing prompt justice to the residents of the state, permanent lok adalats are being arranged at the division level. This was stated by Mr R.K.Dogra, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Secretary, District Legal Service Authority, in an official statement issued here yesterday.

Man run over by train
Ambala, September 9
Two motorcycle borne youths were killed on the GT road while one man died after he was run over by a train at the Kesari railway station late last night.

No negligence, claims Haryana School Board
Chandigarh, September 9
The Haryana Board of School Education has clarified that there is no negligence on its part in allotting Ambala centre to Sandhya Sharma, a candidate of the Middle First Semester Examination of Haryana Open School.

Pulse polio round today
Chandigarh, September 9
Children below the age of five years will be administered polio drops during the Sub-National Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation Round in 13 districts of Haryana tomorrow.


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1.25 lakh seek separate gurdwara panel
Yamunanagar, September 9
About 1.25 lakh affidavits in favour of a separate gurdwara prabandhak committee for Haryana were filed before the Chatha Committee set up by the state government to look into the matter on the last date today. The committee has received more than 3 lakh such affidavits.

Kids burn Pak flag against terror
Ambala, September 9
Children of the members of the Anti-Terrorist Front India burnt the Pakistan flag at the Police Lines chowk in Ambala City this noon to protest against the bomb blasts of Malegaon in which around 36 innocent persons were killed.

Stir dropped as Governor takes action
Ambala, September 9
Former Ambala Cantt MLA Anil Vij today said Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai had marked their memorandum on demand for a CBI enquiry of the Agrofed scam to the Chief Secretary of Haryana for necessary action.

Bank holds medical camp
Ambala, September 9
The Bank of India and Lions Club Ambala Central Gold organised a free medical check-up camp yesterday.

Pulse polio rally
Ambala, September 9
A pulse polio rally was organised by the Rotary Club of Ambala at Ambala Cantt today.



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19 convicted for killing antelope

Sirsa, September 9
Nineteen persons have been sentenced to two-year rigorous imprisonment by a Special Environment Court for killing an antelope in 1998.

The court also awarded one-and-half-year rigorous imprisonment to three snake charmers for killing three wild cats in 2004.

Nineteen persons, all belonging to Punjab, were sentenced to two years’ RI and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each for killing a Neel Gai on March 7, 1998, at Pana village of the district.

If the convicted fail to pay the fine, they will have to undergo an additional jail term of six months, the court at Kurukshetra said yesterday.

One of the accused, Jasbir Singh, has been declared a proclaimed offender and two others died during pendency of the case, District Wildlife Inspector R.P. Dangi told reporters here today.

Three snake charmers Bir Nath, Kale Natha and Pali Nath were awarded one-and-half-year rigorous imprisonment for killing three wild cats.

A fine of Rs 500 each was also imposed on them, the failure of which would mean an additional jail term of six months.

The trio were arrested along with the carcasses of three wild cats near Rori village in Sirsa in 2004 and were booked under various sections of the Wildlife Act, Dangi said. — PTI

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Rohtak-Rewari rail link work to begin soon
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, September 9
The work on the much-awaited Rohtak-Jhajjar-Rewari rail link will begin by month-end. The green light to this effect was given at a meeting senior Railways officials had with Commissioner Rohtak Division N.C. Wadhwa here on Thursday.

Mr Wadhwa told The Tribune that the Haryana Government and the Centre had released Rs 15 crore each towards the first instalment of the Rs 194-crore project.

The link will take off from Asthal Bohar on the outskirts of the town where a railway station already exists. There will be five new stations on the 73 km-long railway track. These will be Dighal, Jhajjar, Maachroli, Palawas and Gokulgrah. The track will culminate at Rewari.

Mr Wadhwa said the Railways had informed the administration that its construction wing had already identified points where it planned to build bridges and culverts over canals. The Railways had also invited tenders for these bridges. The earth work and bridges would be completed in 18 months. The whole track would take three years to complete.

The Railways had finalised the alignment and demarcated the land. It would acquire a 20 to 30 wide long strip on the route for the track. The Railways had already posted an Executive Engineer here for the broad gauge track.

Mr Wadhwa said the District Revenue Officers of Rohtak and Jhajjar districts had been appointed nodal officers from the Haryana Government side to ensure the timely completion of the project. The work would be monitored on a weekly basis every Monday till the completion of the project.

He said the officials had been asked to acquire the land under the emergency clause and hand it over to the Railways by issuing notices and paying compensation.

The Deputy Commissioners of Rohtak and Jhajjar Mr R.S. Doon and Ms Suprabha Dahiya also attended the meeting. The Railways was represented by its Deputy Chief Engineer (Construction Wing), Mr Ved Parkash.

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Poaching case shifted to Faridabad

Jhajjar, September 9
The hearing of the black buck poaching case in which former cricketer Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi is the main accused alongwith seven others, has been transferred to the Special Environment Court (SEC) based in Faridabad.

The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ADJM) Mr Gulab Singh stated today that the case be further tried in the Environment Court.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has given the ruling that the case be transferred to the SEC on the petition of Mr Naresh Kadian, an animal rights activist. The court fixed the next date of hearing on September 27 before the SEC.

Nawab Pataudi and seven other co-accused were present in the court today.

When asked about reports of intimidating one of the co-accused to give a favourable statement, Pataudi's lawyers denied any such incident. — OC

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Permanent lok adalats to be held at division level
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, September 9
With a view to providing prompt justice to the residents of the state, permanent lok adalats are being arranged at the division level. This was stated by Mr R.K.Dogra, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Secretary, District Legal Service Authority, in an official statement issued here yesterday.

Mr Dogra said cases pertaining to roadways, postal and telegraph services, power and water supply, sanitation, health and insurance disputes involving an amount of up to Rs 10 lakh would be disposed of at these lok adalats.

He stated that cases of Hisar, Bhiwani, Jind, Fatehabad and Sirsa districts would be taken up at the lok adalats organised in the Hisar division, adding that the cases would be disposed of on the spot.

Stating that these lok adalats were being organised to provide prompt service to the people, Mr Dogra appealed to the residents to avail of the benefit of these.

He said that a rural lok adalat would be held in Sikandarpur village on September 17 under the presidentship of the District and Sessions Judge, Mr M.P.Mehndiratta. Cases of the Sirsa block would be taken up on the occasion, adding that the residents who had not filed their case in the court could also get their disputes settled.

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Man run over by train

Ambala, September 9
Two motorcycle borne youths were killed on the GT road while one man died after he was run over by a train at the Kesari railway station late last night.

Sunil and Rajesh were coming from Chandigarh towards Ambala when their motorcycle was hit by a vehicle near Kali Paltan. Both of them died on the spot. They used to work in a company in Chandigarh and they were residents of Babyal near Ambala Cantt.

A man was run over by a train at the Kesari railway station. A train ticket from Sarsawa to Dukheri was found from his pocket.

This morning, three persons sustained injuries after a jeep collided with a motor-cycle and a rickshaw in Ambala Cantt. Two girl students of Gandhi Memorial National College were travelling on the motorcycle which was hit by the Jeep. A rickshaw-puller was also injured.

GMN College Principal R.R. Malik said Raman and Neeru were injured in the accident. They had been taken to the Civil Hospital. TNS

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No negligence, claims Haryana School Board
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The Haryana Board of School Education has clarified that there is no negligence on its part in allotting Ambala centre to Sandhya Sharma, a candidate of the Middle First Semester Examination of Haryana Open School.

Responding to a report headlined “Gurgaon student given Ambala centre” (Sept 7), the Board said in a letter that the candidate was allotted Ambala because she failed to mention her choice of centre in the examination form.

The candidate belongs to the “other state” category as her permanent address is that of 
Allahabad.

Neither the candidate nor her guardian drew the attention of the Board to the problem. Had they approached the Board, corrective action would have been taken promptly, the Board said.

The Board has already allotted a centre in Gurgaon to the candidate.

This has been done because Gurgaon is mentioned in her address for correspondence.

“But the candidate is taking her exam in Ambala on her own wish”, the letter added.

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Pulse polio round today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Children below the age of five years will be administered polio drops during the Sub-National Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation Round in 13 districts of Haryana tomorrow.

The districts are Ambala, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Kaithal, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Mewat, Panchkula, Panipat, Rohtak, Sonepat and Yamunanagar.

The Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Health Department, Ms Urvashi Gulati, said the campaign would continue for another two days when a house-to-house drive would be undertaken to administer polio drops to the left-out children.

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1.25 lakh seek separate gurdwara panel
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, September 9
About 1.25 lakh affidavits in favour of a separate gurdwara prabandhak committee for Haryana were filed before the Chatha Committee set up by the state government to look into the matter on the last date today. The committee has received more than 3 lakh such affidavits.

Representatives of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) submitted the affidavits to Mr Harmohinder Singh Chatha, Haryana Agriculture Minister and Chairman of the committee.

Mr Joga Singh, senior vice-president, HSGPC, said representatives from all district met Mr Chatha and submitted the affidavits to him in Chandigarh. About 25,000 affidavits were from Yamunanagar district. “We have been assured that the committee would decide in favour of the Sikhs of the state”, said Mr Joga Singh, who was also present in the meeting.

“They were demanding a separate prabandhak committee for Haryana”, said Mr Chatha. “I told them that the matter would be decided by the committee, which would be submitting its report by the year end”, he added.

He said a remark by Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, former president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), that the committee had already decided what had to be done regarding the demand for a separate committee for Haryana was incorrect.

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Kids burn Pak flag against terror
Our Correspondent

Ambala, September 9
Children of the members of the Anti-Terrorist Front India burnt the Pakistan flag at the Police Lines chowk in Ambala City this noon to protest against the bomb blasts of Malegaon in which around 36 innocent persons were killed.

Addressing the children, the president of the front, Mr Viresh Shandilya, said Pakistan was encouraging cross-border terrorism and was responsible for the terrorist incidents in the country. He urged the Union Government to curb terrorism with iron hands. He appealed to the people of Maharashtra to maintain communal harmony to crush the terrorists’ plan.

The president of the women’s wing of the front, Ms Pankaj Shandilaya, state president Sangeeta Walia and other leaders of the front Vijay Gupta, Neha Walia and Kulwant Singh Manakpur were present on this occasion.

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Stir dropped as Governor takes action
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 9
Former Ambala Cantt MLA Anil Vij today said Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai had marked their memorandum on demand for a CBI enquiry of the Agrofed scam to the Chief Secretary of Haryana for necessary action.

Mr Anil Vij said they had received information from Raj Bhavan today that their memorandum, which was submitted on June 28, had been forwarded to the Chief Secretary for action and the matter brought to the notice of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

He said an emergency meeting of the Vikas Parishad was held today in which the Governor’s direction was discussed. It was decided that in light of the Governor’s response, the demonstration would not be held outside Governor’s House in Chandigarh.

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Bank holds medical camp

Ambala, September 9
The Bank of India and Lions Club Ambala Central Gold organised a free medical check-up camp yesterday.

Mr Raman Sharma, Chief Manager, Bank of India, Ambala Cantt branch, said the medical camp was held to mark the 100th anniversary of the bank. Ms Nupur Mitra, zonal manager, Bank of India, Chandigarh zone, was the chief guest. — TNS

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Pulse polio rally

Ambala, September 9
A pulse polio rally was organised by the Rotary Club of Ambala at Ambala Cantt today.

Rotary Club president O.P. Soota said sub-polio immunisation day would be held on September 10. Past district governor Y.P. Das along with other Rotarians will man 16 polio drop booths in the district. — TNS

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