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INLD may contest seats in Rajasthan, Delhi
Sirsa, October 17
After getting into the National Democratic Alliance, the leadership of the Indian National Lok Dal is exploring the possibility contesting a few seats in Rajasthan and Delhi in alliance with the BJP.

Nationís Development
Panchayats hold the key: President
Hisar, October 17
President Pratibha Patil today called for greater involvement of panchayats in rural development endeavours.

Happy moments: One of the Nirmal Gram Puruskar winners shows her award after the function in Hisar on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Presents Standard to 46 Armoured Regiment
Hisar, October 17
President Pratibha Patil today presented the Standard to 46 Armoured Regiment at a special military ceremony held at the cantonment here.



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Woman gives birth on bus
Staff, passengers render help
Sonepat, October 17
A woman gave birth to a baby on a Haryana Roadways bus of the Sonepat depot between Manesar and Panchgaon on the National Highway No. 8 in the late hours on October 13.

Unclaimed baggage creates panic
Panipat, October 17
A baggage that was mistakenly left behind by a passenger at the local bus stand created panic here today.

Sampat seeks relief for paddy farmers
Says no decision on BJP-INLD seat sharing yet
Rohtak, October 17
Former Haryana finance minister and senior INLD leader Sampat Singh has demanded that the mysterious disease which has destroyed the standing paddy crop in the region be declared a national calamity.

Wife Ďhiredí killers to murder man
Kaithal, October 17
The police has solved the murder case of an ex-serviceman, who was killed four days ago here. The murder turned out to be a case of contract killing, which was allegedly executed by two youths, who were hired by the wife of the victim.

Deficiency in Treatment
Pay Rs 50,000 as relief, 2 docs told
Rewari, October 17
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 by way of compensation jointly on Dr Sohan Sharma, proprietor, and Dr Dinesh Verma of a private clinic here holding them guilty of deficiency in treatment provided to a patient, Suresh Kumar of Karawara Manakpur village, near here, in September 2005.

Govt admits pest attack on crop
Chandigarh, October 17
The Haryana Agriculture Department has admitted that the white-backed plant hopper (WBPH) has attacked certain pockets of the paddy-growing areas.

High Court
Fake encounter
Chandigarh, October 17
Justice MMS Bedi today issued notice of motion for December 8 to the CBI director, Haryana, and the state police chief on a petition seeking directions for registration of criminal case and probe by the CBI into alleged fake encounter done by the police.

2 bank clerks die in mishap
Rewari, October 17
Madho Singh (46) and Bhoodev Singh (36), members of the clerical staff of Land Development Bank, Kosli, were crushed to death by a passenger train, which was coming from Fazlka to Rewari, at Nangal Pathani station, 17 km from here, last night.

Rs 1.4 lakh looted from bank
Sonepat, October 17
A youth, armed with a knife and a country-made pistol, reportedly looted around Rs 1.4 lakh from the Jeevan Nagar branch of the PNB here around 2 pm today.

 








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INLD may contest seats in Rajasthan, Delhi
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, October 17
After getting into the National Democratic Alliance, the leadership of the Indian National Lok Dal is exploring the possibility contesting a few seats in Rajasthan and Delhi in alliance with the BJP.

Sources revealed that INLD supremo Om Parkash Chautala is due to meet NDA's prime ministerial candidate L. K. Advani and national president of the BJP Rajnath Singh in the national capital tomorrow.The issue of the INLD contesting a few seats in the two states is likely to come up during their talks.

Sources in the INLD maintained that the party was able to win four seats in Rajasthan during the last assembly elections in that state.

The party performed well on a couple of other assembly seats, too, though it was not able to win those seats.

Likewise, the party sources claim, the INLD has a reasonably good presence in outer Delhi and has a municipal councillor, too.

Meanwhile, starting from tomorrow, the INLD and the BJP are beginning joint workersí meetings of the two parties in all districts of Haryana.

The meetings will be addressed by Ashok Arora, state president of the INLD, and Atam Parkash Manchanda, state president of the BJP.

Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Singh Chautala will also be present at some of the meetings.

While drawing up the programme for this at a meeting of senior INLD and BJP leaders held at Panchkula yesterday, it was decided to call these district-level meetings NDA meetings and not those of the constituent parties.

According to the programme released by the two parties, the NDA will hold meetings at Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat on October 18; at Gurgaon, Rewari and Narnaul on October 19; at Bhiwani, Rohtak and Jhajjar on October 20; at Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal on October 21; at Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar and Panchkula on October 22; at Ambala, Kaithal and Jind on October 23; and at Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa on October 24.

The meetings, according to the sources, are aimed at serving the twin purpose of mobilising support for the November 1 rally of the NDA to be held in Sonepat and bridging the gap between workers of the two parties at the grassroots level.

Under the confidence-building exercise started by the two parties, meanwhile, workers of the INLD and the BJP organised a joint meeting in Sirsa today.

Jagdish Chopra, state vice-president of the BJP, Padam Jain, president of the INLD, Renu Sharma, district president of the BJP, Krishana Fogat, district president of the womenís wing of the INLD, and Sita Ram and Mahavir Prashad were present.

Workers of the two parties tried to exhibit their solidarity in front of mediapersons by hugging and offering ladoos to each other.

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Nationís Development
Panchayats hold the key: President
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 17
President Pratibha Patil today called for greater involvement of panchayats in rural development endeavours.

Speaking at a function held here to present Nirmal Gram Puruskars to sarpanches of villages from nine states, which have been declared open defecation free, she said rural development was the key to the national development.

Unless the villages were developed, the nation as a whole could not achieve the required levels of development. It was therefore important for panchayats to be involved at every stage of rural development. This alone could accelerate the pace of national development, Patil said.

She said 70 per cent of Indians still lived in villages. Unless villages were developed, a majority of population would not be able to reap the fruits of development.

The President said she was pleased that rural sanitation had been taken up in a big way in the country. In 1981, only 1 per cent of the villages had proper sanitation. The figure rose to 22 per cent in 2001 and it now stood at 57 per cent.

Patil said rural women and children had been playing a major role in taking forward the sanitation campaign. She said she was proud that seven of the nine representatives of different states, who received the awards from her, were women. She lauded the villagers for supporting the sanitation campaign and said the targets could never have been achieved without the active support of people for whom the campaign was launched in the first place.

Expressing concern over female foeticide, Patil said it was the responsibility of every Indian to help end this evil practice. Women, she said, were the backbone of any society and it was important to empower them in a big way. She recited a poem on female foeticide expressing the agony of the girl child.

Union rural development minister Raghuvansh Parsad Singh said he was glad that 11,140 villages had been declared open defecation free in the country this year. He commended the work done by Haryana in this direction.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Haryana had earmarked Rs 175 crore for sanitation schemes in its villages.

He said the good work done on rural sanitation in the state would continue till all villages were covered.

Haryana with 798 villages this year headed the list of nine states which received the awards from the President. Gujarat with 739 villages won the second spot. Other states whose representatives received the awards today included Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Unprecedented security arrangements were made for the Presidentís visit. The town was converted into a virtual cantonment as a large number of policemen were deployed for the visit. The security officials heaved a sigh of relief after the President left the town safely.

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Presents Standard to 46 Armoured Regiment
Tribune News Service


President Pratibha Patil presents the Standard to an officer of 46 Armoured Regiment at a ceremony held at Hisar cantonment on Friday. Tribune photo: Subhash Kumar

Hisar, October 17
President Pratibha Patil today presented the Standard to 46 Armoured Regiment at a special military ceremony held at the cantonment here.

This military honour has been bestowed on this unit for the meritorious services since its inception on July 1, 1982.

Nicknamed The Thunderbolts, this unit is a premier unit of the Indian Armoured Corps.

The unit has won four Sena Medals, seven Chief of Army Staff Commendation Cards and 10 GOC-in-C Commendation Cards.

An immaculate parade by foot and mounted soldiers was held as part of the special ceremony.

As many as 34 tanks rolled past as part of the parade which was commanded by Col Sanjay Bhatia, Commandant, 46 Armoured Regiment.

Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Deepak Kapoor, and Lt-Gen C.K.S. Sabu, GOC-in-C, South-Western Command, were among those present.

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Woman gives birth on bus
Staff, passengers render help
B.S. Malik

Sonepat, October 17
A woman gave birth to a baby on a Haryana Roadways bus of the Sonepat depot between Manesar and Panchgaon on the National Highway No. 8 in the late hours on October 13.

Bus driver Balkishan and conductor Anilís cooperation helped in the safe delivery of the baby. Besides, a few other passengers, including APRO Jai Pal Singh of the information and public relations department at Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi, arranged medical facilities for the mother and the baby in the Raman Munjhal hospital set up under the rural development project in Sidhrawali village on the opposite lane of the highway.

When the matter was brought to the notice of the general manager of the Sonepat roadways depot, Kuldeep Singh Ahlawat, he announced that the driver and the conductor would be suitably rewarded.

According to Jai Pal Singh, the pregnant woman, Suman, along with her husband Yogesh, boarded the bus (HR-69-5013 ), which was on the way to Jaipur from Delhi, from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi on October 13 for Bahrod (Rajasthan) around 7.40 pm. When the bus reached near the IMT, Manesar, the woman started feeling labour pains. She was offered a three-seat capacity berth by the driver and the conductor and cloth covers were also arranged for her.

Since it was an emergency case, a telephone call was made on emergency phone No. 1033 for help, but to the utter disappointment of the bus passengers, the reply was that they entertained only accident cases.

Soon after the delivery, her first one, the conductor offered his towel for wrapping the newborn and the driver switched off the bus lights, closed the window panes and as guided by the APRO, who happened to be a resident of Dharuhera and was familiar with the medical facilities in the area, diverted the bus towards Kaprivas village to provide immediate medical assistance to the mother and the baby in the Raman Munjhal hospital. It was 9.25 pm when they were admitted to the hospital.

The driver and the conductor left the hospital only after they were assured by the medical staff that the mother and the baby were safe.

Moved by the hospitality and assistance provided by the bus staff, the womanís husband wanted to reward them with Rs 1,000 each, but it was politely declined by them.

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Unclaimed baggage creates panic
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 17
A baggage that was mistakenly left behind by a passenger at the local bus stand created panic here today.

The district police swung into action and initiated several measures to prevent any untoward incident. It took almost two hours for the police to ascertain that there was noting alarming in the baggage.

According to eyewitnesses, some people on the bus stand spotted a baggage that was lying unattended to. This caused apprehensions amongst many and the police was informed about the baggage.

Two police personnel of the CIA staff, who were around the bus stand at the time the baggage caused panic there, immediately picked it up and placed it in one of the corners of the bus stand and ensured that the general public was kept away from the suspicious baggage.

They then informed the district police chief, who sent for the dog squad and anti-explosive units to handle the situation.

Incidentally, the baggage belonged to Arvind Pandey, son of Ram Lal Pandey and resident of Itawa in Uttar Pradesh, who had boarded a bus for Hardwar about two hours ago. It was not until the driver of the bus, in which Arvind was travelling, called the local authorities and told them about the baggage that the police heaved a sigh of relief. The driver asked the local authorities to take care of the baggage and that the owner would collect it soon.

The police, however, verified the credentials of Arvind Pandey and handed him his baggage only after making certain that there was nothing suspicious against him.

The police said there was nothing alarming about the incident, but because of the prevailing circumstances across the nation, due precautions were taken to maintain the law and order situation.

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Sampat seeks relief for paddy farmers
Says no decision on BJP-INLD seat sharing yet
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 17
Former Haryana finance minister and senior INLD leader Sampat Singh has demanded that the mysterious disease which has destroyed the standing paddy crop in the region be declared a national calamity.

The demand follows a report published in The Tribune, which highlighted the heavy losses being suffered by farmers due to some mysterious disease hitting the paddy crop.

Referring to the report while addressing a news conference here today, Sampat Singh maintained that the disease was not confined to the Rohtak area, but was prevalent in the entire region.

He demanded that the government should take immediate action to save the standing paddy crop and adequately compensate the farmers whose crops had been destroyed by the disease. "Besides, the distribution of relief should be unconditional as the farmers were facing heavy losses due to the unprecedented disease," he added.

The former minister further demanded that the ban imposed on the purchase of bajra brought from other states should be lifted.

In response to a query, the former minister clarified that the BJP and the INLD had not reached any agreement on the sharing of seats in the coming elections to the Lok Sabha or the state assembly as yet. A decision in regard would be taken at a joint NDA meeting, he added.

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Wife Ďhiredí killers to murder man
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, October 17
The police has solved the murder case of an ex-serviceman, who was killed four days ago here. The murder turned out to be a case of contract killing, which was allegedly executed by two youths, who were hired by the wife of the victim.

Police sources said the killers were allegedly given the contract to murder Ram Sarup. The deal was struck for Rs 30,000 and Rs 4,000 was paid as advance to Karam Singh, who frequently visited the residence of Ram Sarup. The balance amount was to be paid after Diwali. Later, Karam Singh contacted Kamal and they both allegedly executed the murder plan.

Following interrogation, it came to light that the victim had allegedly developed illicit relations with his daughter and she disclosed this to her mother. The police has arrested Krishna and Poonam, mother and daughter of the deceased, respectively, and the two killers, Karam Singh of Geong village and Kamal of Jakholi Adda here.

An ex-serviceman, Ram Sarup, was allegedly murdered in Friends Colony here four days ago. In her complaint lodged with the police, Krishna had alleged that two youths entered their house and tied her and her daughter with ropes. Later, they killed her husband.

All four accused were produced in a local court here, which sent Krishna and Poonam in judicial custody and Karam Singh and Kamal in one-day police remand.

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Deficiency in Treatment
Pay Rs 50,000 as relief, 2 docs told
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 17
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 by way of compensation jointly on Dr Sohan Sharma, proprietor, and Dr Dinesh Verma of a private clinic here holding them guilty of deficiency in treatment provided to a patient, Suresh Kumar of Karawara Manakpur village, near here, in September 2005.

Besides, Vinod Chawla, chairman of the forum, also directed the two respondents to pay Rs 5,000 as litigation expenses as well as to refund Rs 2,750 to petitioner Suresh Kumar, which he had incurred on his treatment at their clinic.

Suresh Kumar, who was suffering from severe inflammation in his left leg, caused by insect bite, received treatment at their clinic in the last week of September 2005.

However, when his condition, instead of improving, further aggravated, he went to another private hospital here where doctors had to operate his leg.

The operation cost him over Rs 50,000. He filed a petition in May 2006 in the consumer court, seeking relief and justice.

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High Court
Fake encounter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
Justice MMS Bedi today issued notice of motion for December 8 to the CBI director, Haryana, and the state police chief on a petition seeking directions for registration of criminal case and probe by the CBI into alleged fake encounter done by the police.

The petitioners, Pradeep alias Kala and other inmates of Hisar central jail have alleged they had been implicated in a case registered under section 302 and 120-B IPC at police station, Narnaud, on July 5, 2007.

On the other hand, the police officers were allegedly involved in killing people in fake police encounter.

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Govt admits pest attack on crop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
The Haryana Agriculture Department has admitted that the white-backed plant hopper (WBPH) has attacked certain pockets of the paddy-growing areas.

Director, agriculture, R.R. Jowel, said here today that the dwarf varieties of paddy had already been harvested but the basmati crop was standing in the fields and had been affected by this pest. He advised farmers to apply 10 kg Carbaryl 5 per cent dust or Methyl Parathion 2 per cent dust per acre. The farmers may also spray 400 gm Carbary-l 50 per cent WP or 350 ml Endosulfan 35 per cent EC or 250 ml Monocrotophos 36 per cent SL or 125 ml Dichlorovos 76 per cent EC by mixing in 200 litres of water per acre. They could also apply 250 ml Dichlorvos 76 per cent EC with 1.5 litres of water and 20 kg sand per acre. Spray of 500 ml Fanobucarb 50 EC (BPMC) in 200 litres of water per acre had also been found effective in controlling the plant hopper.

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2 bank clerks die in mishap
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 17
Madho Singh (46) and Bhoodev Singh (36), members of the clerical staff of Land Development Bank, Kosli, were crushed to death by a passenger train, which was coming from Fazlka to Rewari, at Nangal Pathani station, 17 km from here, last night.

The mishap took place when Madho Singh, a resident of Bhiwani district, and Bhoodev Singh of Jhajjar district, along with two other colleagues, were coming from Kosli to Nangal Pathani to participate in a social function.

Sources said while two of their colleagues alighted comfortably, the train abruptly came into motion when Madho Singh was getting down. Therefore, he lost his balance, fell down and was run over by the train. Similarly, Bhoodev Singh, too, lost his life while trying to rescue Madho Singh.

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Rs 1.4 lakh looted from bank
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 17
A youth, armed with a knife and a country-made pistol, reportedly looted around Rs 1.4 lakh from the Jeevan Nagar branch of the PNB here around 2 pm today.

Before escaping with the looted cash, he inflicted injuries with the knife on assistant manager S.M. Mehra and clerk Praveen of the branch.

During the lunch hour in the bank, the youth, posing as a person from a courier service, entered the room of the manager and looted about Rs 1.4 lakh. When the manager resisted his attempt, the youth stabbed and injured him. He also injured the clerk and threatened others.

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