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31 Haryana Roadways employees go on strike
Demand regularisation of service
Tribune News service

Ambala, May 26
About 31 employees of the Haryana Roadways today went on a day-long hunger strike and staged a dharna on the premises of the main bus stand against the policies of the Haryana government.

Inder Singh Badhana and Rakesh Batra, both presidents from the two groups of the Haryana Roadways Joint Action Committee said the hunger strike by the roadways employees was in support of their demand for cancellation of nearly 2,700 permits issued to private operators to ply buses in the state and also seeking regularisation of service of over 3,000 employees of the Haryana Roadways.

Leaders of the Haryana Roadways Employees Union said that the hunger strike was against giving permits to private operators and the leaders warned that if their demands were not met, they would intensify the protest with an indefinite strike.

They claimed that the Haryana Transport Minister Om Parkash Jain earlier this year announced that there would be no privatisation of the Haryana Roadways.

He also said that 2,700 bus route permits for private buses were proposed to be given this year which would help youths to become self-dependent instead of looking around for government jobs. But we all are opposing privatisation of state transport routes through issuance of permits to private operators.

“We want that the Haryana government to take a lesson from this united hunger strike by the roadways workers and refrain from issuing permits to private operators on the Haryana Roadways routes”, they alleged.



Mining poses threat to buildings
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 26
Illegal sand mining in residential area near Gugga Marhi here has posed major threat to buildings.

Around an acre of land here, which lies on the way to Aastha Enclave, has developed craters as deep as 30 to 40 feet due to illegal mining.

There are three-storeyed flats as well as independent houses lying near this site. Deep digging has exposed the foundations of the nearby buildings.

The earth removed from here is being used for filling lands for construction purposes.

Area residents said that hectic construction activity in Kharar and nearby areas had led to escalated prices of earth. Paucity of adequate earth-filling matter has forced people to buy it at double the normal rates.

Earlier, a trolley of sand cost Rs 350, which now costs Rs 700. Contractors said that earlier, farmers used to give their fallow land on lease for mining.

“Shrinking land for agriculture and increasing housing colonies had aggravated the problem and created dearth for earth meant for filling land for construction,” he added.

The paucity has triggered new trend here where people owing vacant land in residential area lease it out for mining in violation of norms.

This has endangered the foundations of nearby buildings making it vulnerable during monsoons.

Kharar SDM Rajiv Kumar Gupta said that he would cross check from the Mining Department before initiating action.



Career counselling for rural youth
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 26
Students and teachers of Doaba College of Education on Monday organised career counselling for class XII students of rural schools to facilitate aptitude-oriented professional placement for them.

A career mela aimed at improving both educational decisions and human resource development of the rural youth.

Mela official Urmila Sharma, principal Doaba College of Education, said this exercise would also help the students to choose subjects in view of their scope and vocational potential.

During the session, the students were made to undergo mock aptitude test based on which they were given suggestions for their future career options. The students were informed about the eligibility criteria, duties and responsibilities, institutions offering respective courses, salary packages, etc.

The students of Doaba College of Education displayed colourful charts depicting various professions. About 400 students from different schools participated in the career mela.



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Rs 60-lakh grant for construction of grain market
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, May 26
Following a tribune report regarding the space problem at the grain market, Dera Bassi, the Mandi Board has released Rs 60 lakh to transfer panchayat land in its name at Dhanouni village for the purpose of construction of a new grain market.

Nearly 10-acre land will be transferred in the name of the Mandi Board. Informing regarding the above District Mandi Officer Gurcharan Singh said a cheque of Rs 60 lakh would be offered to sarpanch of Dhanouni village soon and after that the Mandi Board would start the process for the construction of a new grain market. Some days back, a site inspection committee of the Mandi Board visited Dhanouni village where 10-acre land had been acquired for the construction of a grain market.

Seven officials of different departments included in the committee had given their consent to get the land for the purpose of a grain market. The space problem in the grain market was raised by The Tribune in its columns. The grain market at Dera Bassi had only one-and-half acre area for the grain market, including the shops of commission agents. Mandi officials assured that a new grain market would be completed before the next season of paddy.



Bomb shell found in nullah
Tribune News service

Ambala, May 26
The local police has found a bomb shell in a nullah near Vijay Rattan Chowk, here today. The police claimed that the old bomb shell had expired.

The people of the area have panicked after the explosive was found in the nullah of about 23X8 cm size.

After receiving the information, the police personnel rushed to the spot and took out the bomb shell from the nullah. The police said that after receiving the information about the bomb shell near Vijay Rattan Chowk, a team of experts and a bomb disposal squad from the Army reached the spot and took it with them for further investigation.



10 bottles of liquor seized
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 26
The Lalru police today seized 10 boxes of illegal liquor near Dappar village from a Haryana resident. During a naka, the police arrested Rajesh kumar, resident of Ramnagar, Kurukshetra, with his Scorpio car in which he was carrying illegal liquor from Chandigarh.

Bottles of High-speed Whisky was found in the liquor boxes that was for sale in Chandigarh only. The police has registered a case under the Excise Act.



Medical camp

Kharar, May 26
A medical health and awareness camp under the Rashtriya Sehat Bima Yojana was held at Civil Hospital, here, for the beneficiaries of the scheme.

The camp was inaugurated by Raji P Srivastava, Managing Director, Punjab Health system Corporation, in the presence of Dr Lehmar Singh, Director, PHSC, Dr PK Shridhar, Civil Surgeon, Mohali.

Dr Jai Singh, SMO, Civil Hospital, Kharar, gave an overview of the scheme to the beneficiaries. 200 BPL cardholders and 500 beneficiaries attended the camp. — TNS



Residents demand judicial court at Kalka
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 26
Residents of more than 150 villages of the Doon and Raitan area, including Kalka and Pinjore towns of Kalka subdivision, have demanded to set up a judicial court at Kalka. They said residents of the above said areas have to go to Panchkula for every small task, which was a waste of time and money.

They said under a special policy, the state government was intended to set up judicial courts in every subdivision of the state.

Notably, Vijay Bansal, president of Shivalik Vikas Manch, has recently sent a letter to the Central Law Minister in connection with the setting up of judicial court at Kalka.



Painter suffers fall, dies
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 26
A painter was killed after he suffered a fall while working on a water tank at the Hansa Industrial Park, near here, on Tuesday.

According to sources, Rupinder Singh, a resident of Devinagar village, was working at the newly constructed park near Kuranwala village on the Dera Bassi-Barwal road when he slipped and fell. He was seriously injured and taken to the local civil hospital where he was declared brought dead.

A post-mortem examination of the body would be conducted on Wednesday, the police said.



100 Chhat Bir zoo employees protest against boss
Tribune News Service

Chhat, (Banur) May 26
More than 100 employees of Chhat Bir zoo held a protest against the Zoo Field Director after he lodged a police complaint against three class IV employees for allegedly stealing eight eggs of Lady Merest Pheasant, a rare bird.

However, TK Behra, Zoo Field Director, took the police complaint back after the eggs were recovered from the cage of a snake that had entered the bird's enclosure from a hole. The snake was caught and residue of 3 stolen eggs was ejected from its mouth.

According to the protesting employees, on Tuesday, the caretakers informed Range Officer Raminder Singh that eight eggs of Lady Merest Pheasant were found missing from its enclosure. After getting the information, the Range Officer informed the matter to the Zoo Field Director. The protesters alleged that without investigating the matter the Zoo field Director called the police and lodged a complaint against the three employees. The protesters raised slogans against the director and demanding the inquiry against the Zoo Field Director.

After investigation, it was found that the eggs had been actually gulped by a snake. The snake was caught from a hole beneath the bird's cage and three stolen eggs were ejected from its mouth, protesters claimed.

The police official said they got the complaint from the Zoo Field Director but later the complaint was withdrawn.

Denying all allegations by the protesters, Behra said eight eggs of Lady Merest Pheasant were found missing and he had lodged a police complaint against the employees concerned. But after getting the eggs from the cage of the snake the complaint had taken back, he added.



Six armed youths arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The police arrested six armed youths from Colony No 5 last night. They were allegedly planning a dacoity.

With their arrest, the police has claimed to have solved five incidents of robberies and thefts.

The accused have confessed to have committed over 50 robberies.

DSP (South) Vijay Kumar said a police team headed by the SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Inspector Udeypal Singh, conducted a raid at a tubewell near Colony Number 5.

The accused have been identified as Roshan Ali, Man Singh and Sharan, all residents of Colony No 5, Bittu Kumar and Pardip Kumar, both residents of Sector 52, and Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Burail.

Two stolen motorcycles and three daggers were recovered from their possession.

The DSP said the accused used to steal motorcycle after breaking their locks and commit snatching and robberies. They have stolen around 20 motorcycles from the city.

Inspector Udeypal Singh said the accused had a larger group and their other accomplices were yet to be arrested. They were produced before a local court, which remanded them in three-day police custody.



Five booked for forgery

Mohali, May 26
Five persons, including three women, have been booked on charges of cheating and forgery.

According to the police, deputy state project director, Rashtriya Madhiam, Sikhya Abhiyan, Punjab, had complained that the five persons had allegedly produced fake documents during recruitment of teachers in upgraded schools. A case was registered against Jaskarn Singh, Jaspal Kaur and Simranjit Kaur, Kulwinder Singh and Gurvinder Kaur in this regard. — OC



Shopkeeper stabbed over dumping of debris

Chandigarh, May 26
A clash between two shopkeepers over dumping of debris took a violent turn when a shopkeeper allegedly stabbed another in Mani Majra here this morning.

The police said the victim, Abhishek Garg, a resident of Sector 17, Panchkula, was injured in the attack and was admitted to the Sector 16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital, where his condition is stated to be stable.

Sources said the incident occurred around 12 pm, when the shopkeeper had an altercation over dumping of debris in a plot adjacent to their shops. During the scuffle the accused, Goldy, a resident of Pipliwala Town, Mani Majra, stabbed Abhishek with a knife.

The police said a case of causing injuries and criminal intimidation under Sections 324 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered. No arrest has been made so far. — TNS



Sidhus eye golds in Asian meet
Deepankar Sharda

Mohali, May 26
Local master athletes advocate GS Sidhu and his younger brother PS Sidhu have confirmed participation in the 16th Asian Master’s Athletics Championship to be held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) this year.

While senior Sidhu will prove mettle in shot put and hammer throw in the plus 75 category, his brother will take part in the plus 65 category. Elated over their selection in the reputed international championship, the duo said, “We are looking forward to win gold medals in the Asian meet.”

Senior Sidhu has already won top honours in shot put during the Asian championships held in 2006 and 2008. “This time I will try to achieve a hat-trick at Kuala Lumpur. I am practising hard,” said GS Sidhu.

Junior Sidhu has also clinched a gold medal in hammer throw during the 31st National Masters Athletics Championship held in Chennai this year. “I am sure to win a gold medal in the forthcoming Asian championship (masters),” said PS Sidhu.

Though the master sportspersons have been toiling hard in a bid to bring laurels to the country, it seems that they are not happy with the government’s attitude towards them.

“As far as board and lodging are concerned, we bear the expenses each time. This time also we will have to shell out Rs 1.10 lakh to participate in the Kuala Lumpur games,” they added. They also lashed out at the Punjab government for not chalking out any policy for veteran sportspersons.



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