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Hooda greets people
Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has greeted people on the occasion of Divali.

Four-year-old falls into well, dies
Yamunanagar, October 20
A four-year-old anganwari pupil in Bhogpur village of Bilaspur block here fell into a well and died this morning. A newly appointed guest teacher at the school risked his life to fish out the child. Gaurav, however, died after a struggle of more than 20 minutes while being taken to Community Health Centre of Sahdoura, about 4 km from the village.
Wailing mother of Gaurav, who died after he fell in a well adjacent to the anganwari in Bhogpur village of Bilaspur block, Yamunanagar, Wailing mother of Gaurav, who died after he fell in a well adjacent to the anganwari in Bhogpur village of Bilaspur block, Yamunanagar, on Friday. Tribune photo

Kin of 13 Kargil martyrs honoured
Bhiwani, October 20
The Zila Sainik Board honoured the kin of 13 Kargil martyrs at a function held at local DRDA auditorium today.

Haryana Police to pay tribute to heroes today
Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Police will be paying tribute to two of its heroes tomorrow on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day.

Rewari to be made global city
Rewari, October 20
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Chander Prakash, said here today that Rewari city would be developed into a global city on the pattern of Gurgaon.


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Bhajan ridicules Hooda’s rally programme
Hisar, October 20
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal set off some political fireworks on the day preceding Divali. He launched an attack on the state party leadership as well as the Chief Minister while talking to newsmen at his residence here today.

Hang Afzal, demands Bhagat Singh’s nephew
Jhajjar, October 20
"The martyrdom of Bhagat Singh should not be equated with the criminal act of Afzal Guru who must be hanged as per the Supreme Court's order". This was stated by Mr Babbar Singh Sandhu, nephew of Saheed Bhagat Singh.

Inform about foeticide, get reward!
Sirsa, October 20
The district administration has initiated some strict measures to check the illegal and anti-social practice of female foeticide. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr V. Umashankar, said here today that a district advisory committee had been constituted to ensure effective implementation of the provisions of the PNDT Act.

Grant for families of hooch victims
Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has announced an ex gratia grant of Rs 51,000 to the next of kin of the six persons who lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor at Malar village in Jind district last night.

Safidon hooch toll six 
Safidon (Jind), October 20
While the toll in the hooch tragedy rose to six here when Kali Ram, a resident of Malar village, died at the PGI, Rohtak, late night, the crime branch has been asked to inquire into the incident. Five victims of the tragedy — Kaptan Singh, Satyawan, Ram Sarup, Suraj Bhan and Pyara Lal — had died reportedly after consuming illicit liquor here yesterday.

Indian Road Congress to hold annual session from Nov 17
Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Public Works (B&R) Department will host the 67th annual session of the Indian Road Congress (IRC) at Panchkula from November 17 to 21.

Raped, beaten up
Rewari, October 20
A 36-year-old woman of Shahbazpur Khalsa village, near here, was allegedly raped by a village youth at a secluded spot close to the JLN canal on the outskirts of the village where she had gone to answer the call of nature last evening.

Industrialist threatened, told to pay Rs10 lakh
Ambala, October 20
Industrialist G.D. Chibber has received a letter threatening him with dire consequences if he does not pay a sum of Rs 10 lakh.

Security beefed up at railway station
Ambala, October 20
Security has been beefed up at the Ambala cantonment railway station in view of Divali.

 


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Hooda greets people

Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has greeted people on the occasion of Divali.

The Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, also extended warm wishes to the people of Haryana on Divali. He urged people belonging to all communities to celebrate this festival. 
— TNS

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Four-year-old falls into well, dies
Nishikant Dwivedi
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, October 20
A four-year-old anganwari pupil in Bhogpur village of Bilaspur block here fell into a well and died this morning.

A newly appointed guest teacher at the school risked his life to fish out the child. Gaurav, however, died after a struggle of more than 20 minutes while being taken to Community Health Centre of Sahdoura, about 4 km from the village.

The tragedy was, in fact, waiting to happen as the 60-feet deep well is located in a compound which houses the anganwari and government middle school.

Children and headmaster of the school located in the campus were injured after varandah of the school had collapsed on March 20, 2001. Villagers said that several representations had been made to fill the well and demolish the building but no action was taken. The dilapidated school building is another potential danger for the children.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P Lohan, said that an enquiry would be conducted into the incident and whoever was found responsible for not filling the well would be taken to task.

"I have been told that representations were made to fill the well. After enquiry, it would be known why the well was not filled", said Mr Lohan.

Like all other days, Gaurav came to the anganwari along with his aunt, who cooks the mid-day meal in the school. Gaurav fell into the open well at around 10 am .

Mr Virender Kumar, who joined the school as a guest teacher today, jumped into the well. After about 10 minutes, he found Gaurav in the waters.

Meanwhile, a crowd gathered around the well. A rope was thrown into the well to take out the teacher and Gaurav. The rope broke in an effort to take the two out and they again fell in the waters. After sometime he again caught hold of Gaurav. Villagers said that Gaurav was alive when taken out of the well.

Ms Seema Rani, Sarpanch of the village, said several representations have been made to the officials concerned to fill the well and dismantle the old school building, but no action has been taken.

A new school building has come up. However, villagers said, that school children often play and take shelter in the dilapidated old school wing.

Karam Singh, father of Gaurav, is a daily wage labourer.

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Kin of 13 Kargil martyrs honoured
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, October 20
The Zila Sainik Board honoured the kin of 13 Kargil martyrs at a function held at local DRDA auditorium today.

Deputy Commissioner and Zila Sainik Board Chairman Mohinder Kumar, who presided over the function, remembered the sacrifices of freedom fighters and martyrs.

“We are breathing in an independent country because of the sacrifices of our freedom fighters and martyrs,” he said.

He presented Rs 11,000 in cash, a shawl and a memento each to next of kin on behalf of the district Red Cross Society.

He said the district administration was committed to providing assistance to the families of martyrs.

Those honoured today were Mr Ved Prakash, father of Sep Suresh Kumar of Charkhi village; Ms Kamlesh, wife of a Hav of Mouri village; Ms Bimla Devi, mother of Sub Randhir Singh of Balkara village; Ms Dharnpati, mother of Hav Ram Kumar of Devas village; Mr Sher Singh, father of L. Naik Raj Kumar of Rawaldhi village; Ms Urmila Devi, wife of Hav Sidh Ram of Pur village; Mr Sheo Narayan, father of Sepoy Kuldeep Singh of Mahrana village; Mr Om Prakash, father of GDR Sanjay Singh of Madh Madhavi village; Ms Gindori, mother of Hav Lal Singh of Gokal village; Ms Dhanapati Devi, mother of Sepoy Surender Singh of Bardu village; Ms Sunderi Devi, mother of CT Naresh Kumar of Dandma village; Subedar Bir Singh, father of Lt Dharmabir Singh Sihag of Miran village; and Mr Pyare Lal, father of L. Naik Mahabir Singh of Kaneti village.

He said photographs of the martyrs would be put up at the Red Cross Bhavan at the district headquarters here and each photograph would carry their life sketch to inspire people.

He also distributed copies and sports material to children of Bal Sewa Ashram, a local orphanage, as a Divali gesture.

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Haryana Police to pay tribute to heroes today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Police will be paying tribute to two of its heroes tomorrow on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day.

The Police Commemoration Day is observed on October 21 every year in memory of those officers and men who were killed in action during the past 12 months while protecting the lives and property of people or for the security of the nation.

According to Mr John V George, ADGP, Law and Order, Haryana, the two heroes, who would be remembered tomorrow are Mr Jagadish Chander, ASI, and Mr Satyavir Singh, constable.

Jagadish Chander, accompanied by two of his colleagues, lost his life at Kachha Bari Road, Rohtak, on June 14 while trying to rescue a dhaba owner from a group of anti-social elements. The ASI tried to intervene when the anti-social elements had attacked the dhaba owner, Balwant. Furious at the resistance put up by Mr Chander, the crooks attacked him. The ASI, without caring for his life, succeeded in resisting the attackers till reinforcements arrived. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Satyavir Singh was killed on May 25 at Ghuspetti village when cattle smugglers riding in two dumpers tried to run over a police party on the Adbar-Ghuspetti road. A police party headed by Mr Prabhu Dayal, ASI, had received information that some people of Ghaseda village were trying to smuggle cattles in two dumpers. When the police tried to stop the dumpers coming from the Ghuspetti side, the driver of the first dumper tried to run over the cops. Satyavir Singh was seriously injured in the incident and died on the way to hospital.

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Rewari to be made global city
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 20
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Chander Prakash, said here today that Rewari city would be developed into a global city on the pattern of Gurgaon.

Addressing a press conference here today, he asserted that the Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, was taking a keen interest in the rapid development of the city which would soon have civic amenities at par with other metropolitan cities of the country.

A huge amount of Rs. 9148 lakh had been allocated for various development projects most of which were already in progress here. The on-going Rs 1825 lakh National Capital Region (NCR) Rural Water Supply Scheme, when fully accomplished, would make 410 villages of the district immune from drinking water shortage.

Similarly, a provision of Rs.1745 lakh had also been made under the NCR Project for augmentation of drinking water supply, sewerage system and construction of stormwater channel in Rewari city, he added.

Mentioning a specific city beautification project, the Deputy Commissioner said while roads and drains in slum colonies of the city would be built at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh, as many as eight community centres would be set up in various colonies of the city at a cost of Rs. 65 lakh.

A sum of Rs. 20 lakh would be spent on equipping city parks with a fine lighting and musical system. 

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Bhajan ridicules Hooda’s rally programme
Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 20
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal set off some political fireworks on the day preceding Divali. He launched an attack on the state party leadership as well as the Chief Minister while talking to newsmen at his residence here today.

Mr Bhajan Lal, who seemed to have regained his form, ridiculed Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s plan to hold a rally at Balsamand village in the Adampur constituency. “What is the logic of holding a rally at Balsamand,” he quipped, adding that he would not attend the rally. Adampur is Mr Bhajan Lal’s constituency and stronghold.

On being asked to rate the functioning of the state government on a zero to 10-point scale, the former Chief Minister maintained that the performance was “below zero”. In response to another question, he categorically stated that he was not going to join any other party.

When asked about the possibility of the state Congress working president being made the regular chief of the state unit of the party, he shot back: “What is his standing?” The Adampur MLA reiterated that step-motherly treatment was being given to his constituency.

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Hang Afzal, demands Bhagat Singh’s nephew

Jhajjar, October 20
"The martyrdom of Bhagat Singh should not be equated with the criminal act of Afzal Guru who must be hanged as per the Supreme Court's order". This was stated by Mr Babbar Singh Sandhu, nephew of Saheed Bhagat Singh.

Mr Sandhu was interacting with the press at PWD Rest House in Bahadurgarh this morning on way to Loharu where he was slated to unveil a statue of Shadeed-e-Azam.

He maintained that the clemency plea of Afzal should not be considered as he deserved to be hanged for attack on Parliament. — OC

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Inform about foeticide, get reward!
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, October 20
The district administration has initiated some strict measures to check the illegal and anti-social practice of female foeticide. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr V. Umashankar, said here today that a district advisory committee had been constituted to ensure effective implementation of the provisions of the PNDT Act.

The committee, headed by the District Family Welfare Officer, comprises the District Public Relations Officer, the District Immunisation Officer, besides doctors, legal officials, Red Cross district committee secretary and social activists.

Mr Umashankar said the district administration had also got a telephone installed to receive complaints regarding female foeticide. He said any resident could dial 01666-326450 and provide information in this regard.

The Deputy Commissioner said the person providing correct information regarding female foeticide would be given a cash reward of Rs 5,000.

He maintained that Sirsa was the first district in the state to have adopted this system of providing cash incentive to the informer, adding that the identity of the informer would be kept secret.

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Grant for families of hooch victims

Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has announced an ex gratia grant of Rs 51,000 to the next of kin of the six persons who lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor at Malar village in Jind district last night.

While stating this here today, an official spokesman said the Chief Minister also asked the Crime Branch of the police to look into the circumstances leading to the tragedy.

He said the names of the deceased were Kaptan Singh, Payrelal, Satyawan, Ram Sarup, Suraj Bhan and Kali Ram. He said the police had also registered a case against four persons for running an unauthorised liquor vend and arrested two persons in this connection. Those arrested were Azad and Raghbir. — TNS

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Safidon hooch toll six 
Tribune News Service

Safidon (Jind), October 20
While the toll in the hooch tragedy rose to six here when Kali Ram, a resident of Malar village, died at the PGI, Rohtak, late night, the crime branch has been asked to inquire into the incident. Five victims of the tragedy — Kaptan Singh, Satyawan, Ram Sarup, Suraj Bhan and Pyara Lal — had died reportedly after consuming illicit liquor here yesterday.

The government has announced a relief of Rs 51,000 each to the families of the deceased.

According to information received here, the condition of Ajmer, Subhash, Zile Singh and Ram Singh, admitted to the PGI, were still critical, while 13 victims were discharged from the hospital today.

The police arrested two persons in the case and produced them in the court of Judicial Magistrate Gopal Krishan at Safidon. Both the accused, Uday Singh and Kadam Singh, were sent to police custody till October 24.

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Indian Road Congress to hold
annual session from Nov 17

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana Public Works (B&R) Department will host the 67th annual session of the Indian Road Congress (IRC) at Panchkula from November 17 to 21.

A meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Prem Prashant to review the preparation made by various departments engaged in organising the session. The session would be inaugurated by the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shippings and would be presided over by the Haryana Chief Minister.

The session would provide opportunities for the research and development institutions, manufacturers, engineering firms, consultants and trading organisations to display their latest products, machineries and latest technology in the field of infrastructural development.

It was disclosed at the meeting that besides the members of the Indian Road Congress, the session would be attended by 2000 professional and eminent experts from central government, private and public sector organisations and financial Institutions from the country and abroad.

The Chief Secretary said the session would be organised in Haryana after 35 years. In the context of massive road development programme which was under implementation all over the country, this session had a special significance, he said.

He said the programme of the session included discussions of technical papers and panel discussions on report of work done in road research laboratories in the country during 2005-06. Talk by experts, technical and research presentations and meeting of council would also be held during the session. Cultural programmes would be organised on the evenings of November, 18 and 19.

Also, a technical exhibition with special emphasis on highway engineering, bridge engineering and road safety would be inaugurated by the Haryana Chief Minister on November 17 in the parade ground of Panchkula. The exhibition would throw light on various developmental activities, new technology and provide a forum for exchange of technical information in these fields. It would remain open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m..

Representatives of the Haryana Tourism, the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation, the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board, the Health Department, the Municipal Council, Panchkula, the District Administration, Panchkula and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam attended the meeting.

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Raped, beaten up
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 20
A 36-year-old woman of Shahbazpur Khalsa village, near here, was allegedly raped by a village youth at a secluded spot close to the JLN canal on the outskirts of the village where she had gone to answer the call of nature last evening.

When the woman resisted the evil designs of the accused, she was beaten up with a club which inflicted injuries on her body.

Soon afterwards, the woman was admitted in the civil hospital here where the Kasaula police recorded her statement.

A case of rape, causing hurt and criminal intimidation under sections 376, 323, 506 of the IPC has been registered against the accused Bir Singh Yadav, who is reportedly absconding.

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Industrialist threatened, told to pay Rs 10 lakh
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 20
Industrialist G.D. Chibber has received a letter threatening him with dire consequences if he does not pay a sum of Rs 10 lakh.

Mr Chibber has informed the police and an FIR has been registered at the Mahesh Nagar police station. The letter, written in Hindi, was received at the pharmaceutical factory of Mr Chibber yesterday.

The pharmaceutical factory is located on Rampur-Sarsehri road. The letter states that Rs 10 lakh has to be paid to Jasbir, a depot holder in Samalkha village, by October 21. Mr Chibber and his son have been threatened with dire consequences if the amount is not paid. The letter was received at the factory by an ordinary post.

He said a youth on a black motorcycle was following the postman. After the postman delivered the letter, the youth asked the security guard at the entrance about the letter.

He said the Superintendent of Police, Ambala, Mr Amitabh Dhillon, has been apprised of the matter. “We have sought security in view of the threatening letter. We have been assured that security will be provided tomorrow,” he said.

He pointed out that on October 3 and 4, his daughter had also been receiving calls on her mobile in which the caller was using unparliamentary language. Jokes were sent by SMS from the same mobile.

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Security beefed up at railway station
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 20
Security has been beefed up at the Ambala cantonment railway station in view of Divali.

Railway Protection Force as well as Government Railway Police personnel are carrying out intensive patrolling. They are checking the belongings of passengers. The security has been intensified. Police personnel are also keeping a round-the-clock vigil at the platforms to ensure that no untoward incident takes place. 

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