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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
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Farmers’ protest holds up traffic
Farmers hold a masive demonstration outside the mini secretariat in Faridabad on Friday.Faridabad, December 24
Farmers from six villages in Ballabgarh subdivision today held a demonstration at the mini secretariat, demanding enhanced monetary compensation for 1,832 acres acquired by the state government for the proposed Industrial Model Township (IMT) in Ballabgarh.

Farmers hold a masive demonstration outside the mini secretariat in Faridabad on Friday. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

In Jind, link road blocked
Jind, December 24
A large group of farmers blocked the Gohana-Nidana link road here today and halted the vehicle of the Deputy Director, Agriculture, to lodge a protest against the “exploitation” of farmers at the sale centres for seeds and pesticides.

Sirsa blood bank in trouble for dumping blood units
Bags of blood that were found dumped on the Dabwali road in Sirsa on Thursday evening.Sirsa, December 24
The health authorities have lodged a complaint against a local blood bank under the Public Safety Act after bags of blood were found dumped near Panjuana village on the Dabwali road last evening.
Bags of blood that were found dumped on the Dabwali road in Sirsa on Thursday evening. A Tribune photograph





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KU opts for spot assessment
Kurukshetra, December 24
In a bid to streamline the examination system by coping up with the increased workload after switching over to the semester system from this year, Kurukshetra University has decided to introduce spot evaluation of answer-sheets on the campus and other affiliated colleges to declare the results on time.

HC comes to rescue of BDS students
Chandigarh, December 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has held Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Science, Rohtak, at fault for not bringing to dental students’ notice an amended ordinance on eligibility for taking examinations.

President of the All-India Kisan Khet Majdoor Congress Shamsher Singh Surjewala and PWD and Public Health Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala lay the foundation stone of NIILM, a private university, near Keorak village in Kaithal on Friday. Stone of pvt university laid
Kaithal, December 24
President of the All-India Kisan Khet Majdoor Congress Shamsher Singh Surjewala and PWD and Public Health Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala jointly laid the foundation stone of NIILM, a private university, on the NH-65 near Keorak village, 10 km from here, today.


President of the All-India Kisan Khet Majdoor Congress Shamsher Singh Surjewala and PWD and Public Health Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala lay the foundation stone of NIILM, a private university, near Keorak village in Kaithal on Friday. Photo by writer

BCA student found murdered
2 students detained for questioning
Rohtak, December 24
The police has recovered the body of a BCA student of a private educational institute near a water tank in Asthal Bohar village here. The deceased has been identified as Saurabh (18), hailing from Delhi. He was presently residing in a rented accommodation in Model Town here.

Dalit sisters beacons of change
Clear judicial services exam crossing all barriers
Yamunanagar, December 24
Two sisters from a Dalit family, Meenu and Yachana, have done their village proud by cracking the Haryana Civil Services (Judicial) examination. They are an inspiration to all those who dare to dream big.

Will CM play Santa to Sirsa residents?
Security in place for rally today
Chandigarh, December 24
Will Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda turn Santa Claus for the people of Sirsa where he will address a rally on Christmas? Sirsa is one of the districts where the Congress had lost all seats in the 2009 elections. Hooda will dedicate a railway overbridge to the people of Sirsa, besides inaugurating an astroturf at a local stadium.

Demonstration over fixed power charges
Sonepat, December 24
Agitated at the imposition of fixed monthly electricity charges of Rs 100 to 130 per kw on non-domestic and industrial consumers, hundred of shopkeepers, entrepreneurs and

Optical Illusion

Gurmeet Singh Sethi, look-alike of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, at his relative’s place in Karnal on Friday.
Gurmeet Singh Sethi, look-alike of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, at his relative’s place in Karnal on Friday. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Faqir Chand case closed
Dera spokesman calls it “victory of truth”
Ambala, December 24
In a major relief to the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Special Magistrate of the CBI court, Abdul Mazid, today accepted the closure report of the CBI in the Faqir Chand murder case and dismissed complainant Ram Singh Bishnoi’s plea.

Jail panel for woollen clothes to inmates
Chandigarh, December 24
The Haryana Jails Reform Committee has suggested that jail inmates should be provided with undergarments, woollen clothing and hot water during winter.

Varun dodges media on Karnal visit
Karnal, December 24
Firebrand BJP MP Varun Gandhi, who was here on a personal visit, dodged mediapersons waiting for him with a volley of questions.

Power engine hits goods train; rail traffic disrupted
Ambala, December 24
Rail traffic was disrupted for nearly nine hours after a power engine collided with a goods train in Ambala Cantt at 1.30 am today.

Gas agency owner, son held for murder
Rewari, December 24
Anil Kumar was allegedly shot dead by the proprietor of Shaheed Vinod Gas Agency at Bawal yesterday following an altercation over bungling in distribution of LPG cylinders.

Tributes paid to last monarch of Jhajjar
Jhajjar, December 24
Tributes were paid to the last monarch of Jhajjar, Nawab Abdur Rahman Khan, on his martyrdom day at his memorial in Shaheedi Park here yesterday. He was executed on this day in 1857 in front of the Red Fort for treason and rebellion against the British rule.

Three killed in two accidents
Sirsa, December 24
Three persons were killed in two road accidents caused by morning fog in the district.







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Farmers’ protest holds up traffic
Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 24
Farmers from six villages in Ballabgarh subdivision today held a demonstration at the mini secretariat, demanding enhanced monetary compensation for 1,832 acres acquired by the state government for the proposed Industrial Model Township (IMT) in Ballabgarh.

They warned that if their demand was not met in 10 days, they would resort to a “rasta roko” agitation, disrupting road and rail services. At least 12 farmers had their heads shorn in protest against the government’s reluctance to accept their demand.

The farmers want compensation commensurate with the prevailing market rate in the area. They say the compensation awarded by the government at Rs 16 lakh per acre is not enough.

The farmers of Chandauli, Machghar, Nawada, Manjauli, Sauti and Uncha Gagon, who have constituted the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, came in a procession from IMT, Ballabgarh, vide the Delhi-Agra highway, disrupting traffic. A large number of women took part in the agitation.

The farmers also demanded that residential quarters in villages outside the “lal dora” be regularised. In case the government was unable to do so, it must provide equivalent land/plot, they said. They also demanded employment for one member of each of the affected families. The agitation of the farmers is being supported, among others, by all Opposition parties, the Sarva Karamchari Sangh and the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha. Ram Singh president of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, said the farmers were contemplating demonstrations during the Chief Minister’s during visit here on December 26. The farmers have been on a dharna at the IMT, Ballabgarh, since August 31 this year.

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In Jind, link road blocked
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Jind, December 24
A large group of farmers blocked the Gohana-Nidana link road here today and halted the vehicle of the Deputy Director, Agriculture, to lodge a protest against the “exploitation” of farmers at the sale centres for seeds and pesticides.

They allowed the official to move only after they were assured of prompt action on their grievance. The protest was staged at 12 noon when Deputy Director AR Godara and other officials were on their way back to the city after attending a programme for farmers at Nidana village.

The agitated farmers told the officials that the sale centres, especially those run as cooperatives, were exploiting the farmers by forcing them to buy various items like tea along with the seeds purchased by them.

“When the farmers decline to buy such items, the owners or functionaries at these centres tell them to buy seeds elsewhere,” claimed Ranbir Singh.

He said with the authorities chosing to keep mum over the matter, the farmers had to resort to stopping the vehicle of the Deputy Director of the department.

He said the farmers may block the movement of other senior officials, including the Deputy Commissioner, if the issue was not resolved.

Meanwhile, farmers of Nidana village held Kisan Diwas at the village today to spread “insect literacy.” The function attracted a large number of farmers, including women.They were told about the insects found in the various crops, including the cotton crop. 

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Sirsa blood bank in trouble for dumping blood units
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 24
The health authorities have lodged a complaint against a local blood bank under the Public Safety Act after bags of blood were found dumped near Panjuana village on the Dabwali road last evening.

Dr Viresh Bhushan, Deputy Civil Surgeon, told The Tribune today that during the checking of records of the local Shiv Shakti Blood Bank, it had been found that all 82 bags of blood recovered from the roadside belonged to this bank.

The blood units carried expiry dates (between December 1 and December 16, 2010).

“We have written to the Regional Officer of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board for booking the blood bank under the Environment Protection Act-1986 and have also written to the Drugs Control authorities for suitable action,” said Dr Bhushan.

Earlier, a team of the Health Department, that included Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr GS Somani, Senior Medical Officer Dr Gobind Gupta and Drugs Control Officer Rajnish Dhaliwal, visited the Shiv Shakti Blood Bank located on the Circular Road and inspected its record.

Dr Ved Beniwal, chairman of the blood bank, admitting that the bottles belonged to his bank, alleged that these might have been thrown away by workers of service provider Synergy Waste Management.

“We have been supplying bio-medical waste to the service provider as and when it is generated. It becomes their duty to dispose it off as per the guidelines of the Environment Protection Act. However, the workers of the service provider tend to dump the waste in the open,” he alleged, maintaining that complaints like these had come to him earlier too.

Dr Beniwal is patron of the state chapter of the Indian Medical Association and has been taking cudgels against the service provider on behalf of local doctors.

Denying allegations, Neeraj Agarwal, director, Synergy Waste Management, claimed that the blood bank gave only 9.1 kg of biomedical waste to them in December. Even in October and November, the waste given by the blood bank was 15.5 kg and 5.7 kg, respectively.

He alleged that a majority of doctors, lab owners and blood banks dumped the biomedical waste produced at their establishments in the open to evade extra charges levied on waste exceeding 25 kg per month.

Agarwal maintained that as per a survey carried out by his staff, 17 qualified allopath doctors and 40 dental surgeons and ayurveda doctors had not registered their hospitals with them.

He said the list of such doctors had been handed over to the State Pollution Control for action.

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KU opts for spot assessment
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, December 24
In a bid to streamline the examination system by coping up with the increased workload after switching over to the semester system from this year, Kurukshetra University has decided to introduce spot evaluation of answer-sheets on the campus and other affiliated colleges to declare the results on time.

Spot evaluation centres for undergraduate and BTech courses have already been running in the university and its affiliated colleges.

The Vice-Chancellor, Lt-Gen DDS Sandhu (retd), who held a meeting to review the situation, said henceforth it would be the responsibility of the centre superintendents to ensure that the question papers and other examination material for the examinations scheduled to be held in their centers reached there well in advance.

Dr Sandhu said discrepancies, if any, be pointed out to the controller of examinations as soon as the examination material was received so that corrective action could be taken. He told the Controller of Examinations that henceforth failure to ensure availability of question papers and other related material would entail stern action.

The university has opened a quick action cell wherein two officials will be available for information round the clock during the conduct of the examination.

Further, any delay on the part of the teachers, evaluating the answer-sheets, with regard to submission of awards or return of answer books for declaration of results will also attract disciplinary action.

KU conducts examination of as many as 7.5 lakh students every year, but due to switch over to the semester system, the load had almost doubled. This year, the university has set up 329 examination centres with 5,000 assistant superintendents and other staff for the smooth conduct of the exams. 

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HC comes to rescue of BDS students
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has held Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Science, Rohtak, at fault for not bringing to dental students’ notice an amended ordinance on eligibility for taking examinations.

Taking up nine petitions by Archana Bharti Raina and others, Justice Ranjit Singh observed: “The petitioners were admitted to Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course with various colleges in 2008. They passed two subjects out of four of the first year of the BDS course….

“They approached the court seeking direction they be allowed to appear in the second year BDS examination. Reliance has been placed on a clause of an ordinance of the varsity….

“The clause apparently entitles the petitioners to appear in the second year BDS examination. This clause clearly provides that the person, who has passed the first year BDS examination, may be allowed to join the second year BDS course. The candidate, who fails in the first year BDS examination, may not be allowed to attend the second year BDS examination till he passes in all the subjects.

“The case set up is that all the petitioners have passed first year BDS classes and, thus are eligible to appear in second year examination….

“They were informed they would not be issued admit card as being not eligible. On inquiry, they learnt regulations for BDS, 2007, now bar them for appearing in the second year BDS examination.

“The petitioners have, accordingly, filed these writ petitions to seek direction for permitting them to appear in the second year BDS examination on the ground the amended regulation was not brought to their notice”.

Justice Ranjit Singh asserted: “The permission to appear in the second year BDS examination, as interim measure, was granted on the basis of ordinance. Amended regulation was brought into effect with effect from April 9, 2009, much prior to the date of interim order. Had the amended regulation been brought to the notice of this court, perhaps the interim order allowing the petitioners to appear in the examination may not have been passed….

“This may be a reason to make an exception as a one-time measure in this case to give effect to the result of the examination, which has been declared now”. 

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Stone of pvt university laid
Satish Seth

Kaithal, December 24
President of the All-India Kisan Khet Majdoor Congress Shamsher Singh Surjewala and PWD and Public Health Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala jointly laid the foundation stone of NIILM, a private university, on the NH-65 near Keorak village, 10 km from here, today.

The university will impart education to students in professional courses.

Randeep Singh said as science and technology would play an important role in the coming times, the university management had decided to start courses in management of logistic and event and supply chain management, besides biotechnology, engineering, mobile communication and commerce, media, fashion hospitality and tourism.

He said girl students would get 10 per cent concession in fee and students on merit from each of 283 villages of the district would be given free-of-cost admission on the recommendation of the village panchayat.

The minister said the present government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had taken important decisions to spread education to every nook and corner of the state.

The state government allotted Rs 350 crore grant to university in Sirsa, which had been facing grave financial crisis.

He further said Microsoft would open a centre of excellency in the local ITI. Earlier, at the initiative of his father SS Surjewala, Dr BR Ambedkar College was started and work on 35 other projects, including 11 education-related projects, were under execution, he said, adding that the jobs in the university would be given on merit.

SS Surjewala said the university would prove to be a milestone in the field of education. He expressed his gratitude to the Rai foundation for setting up this project in Kaithal.

Vinay Rai, chairman of Rai foundation, said world-class education would be provided in all courses in NIILM. He said Rai foundation had been running 42 institutions in the country and most of them were related to education.

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BCA student found murdered
2 students detained for questioning
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 24
The police has recovered the body of a BCA student of a private educational institute near a water tank in Asthal Bohar village here. The deceased has been identified as Saurabh (18), hailing from Delhi. He was presently residing in a rented accommodation in Model Town here.

The police has rounded up two students in this regard. Sources said some youths came to his residence this morning and took him to Ashtal Bohar village on some pretext. They allegedly strangled him to death following an argument.

It is alleged that the accused were upset over his interaction with a teenaged sister of one of the accused for the past few months. They had even warned him in this regard, said the police.

Saurabh’s body was recovered from an isolated spot near the village, said SSP Satish Balan. He said the students had told the police that the victim had allegedly molested the girl.

Earlier, the body of a girl student aged about 14 years was recovered. She was also strangled and her body was dumped in a drain here.

Sirsa: While the police is still struggling to solve the mystery of the murder of a young woman, whose chopped body parts were recovered from two different places on Saturday, the body of another girl was found from a water channel near Dabwali last night.

The body was spotted by villagers in the Dabwali minor between Shergarh and Lakhuana villages. The police said the girl aged between 20 and 22 years and she appeared to be from a good family. There were no apparent injury marks on the victim’s body. — TNS

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Dalit sisters beacons of change
Clear judicial services exam crossing all barriers
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, December 24
Two sisters from a Dalit family, Meenu and Yachana, have done their village proud by cracking the Haryana Civil Services (Judicial) examination. They are an inspiration to all those who dare to dream big.

Raghubir Ram Saraswal, the father of the two girls, who works with the State Bank of India at Chandigarh, says his daughters worked hard to achieve the feat.

The sisters did their masters in law from Panjab University, Chandigarh. The elder of the two, Meenu, did LLM first and Yachana followed in her footsteps.

The sisters attributed their success to hard work and family support.

“ We owe it all to our parents. They always motivated us and supported us so that we could be successful in our endeavour and serve society better.” “The gender bias does not come in the way once you are determined to achieve your goal,” they said, adding that social evils could be removed only by educating women.

“ The skewed gender ratio can also be rectified with the education of women, “ the y emphasised. The grandparents of the girls, Manphool Ram and Anchali, live in their ancestral village of Musimbal in this district.

Talking to The Tribune, Raghubir Ram said he had three daughters and had never felt the need for a son.

The youngest, Rajni, had completed MBA and was working with an event management company in Chandigarh.

He said in these times when there was increasing discrimination against girls, the achievement of his daughters had made the village proud.

He said Yachana had cleared the judicial service examination in her first attempt.

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Will CM play Santa to Sirsa residents?
Security in place for rally today
Yoginder Gupta and Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Will Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda turn Santa Claus for the people of Sirsa where he will address a rally on Christmas? Sirsa is one of the districts where the Congress had lost all seats in the 2009 elections.

Hooda will dedicate a railway overbridge to the people of Sirsa, besides inaugurating an astroturf at a local stadium. But Sirsa residents would want more from him, if he wants them to turn their back on the INLD whose leadership has deed roots here. The Congress has always been on a weak wicket in Sirsa, mainly because of deep fissures among local leaders. This time the situation has changed a little. Two archrivals, Ranjit Singh, younger son of former Deputy PM Devi Lal, and his cousin KV Singh have joined hands with local MP Ashok Tanwar to make the rally a success. It is for the first time that Ranjit Singh and KV Singh are working in tandem. The rally has been named “Badhte Kadam”, a euphemism for the growing influence of the Congress in the district and the development the the Hooda government professes to have undertaken in the state.

Independent Gopal Kanda, who was made minister for supporting the Congress government, wanted to organise the rally on his birthday on December 29, but the move was thwarted by Congress leaders from this district, who continue to see him as their rival. Kanda’s younger brother Gobind Kanda, however, maintained that Hooda would come to Sirsa again to attend the birthday function. Meanwhile, heavy security arrangements have been made for the rally tomorrow.

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Demonstration over fixed power charges
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 24
Agitated at the imposition of fixed monthly electricity charges of Rs 100 to 130 per kw on non-domestic and industrial consumers, hundred of shopkeepers, entrepreneurs and

traders led by BJP’s state media in charge Rajiv Jain, today staged a demonstration at the office of the Superintendent Engineer (SE) of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Nitran Nigam here.

They handed over a memorandum, addressed to the Chief Minister, to the SE, MS Dahiya, seeking withdrawal of the charges.

The memorandum said these charges had put an additional burden on the consumers, particularly industrialists, nursing homes, banquet halls, colleges and cinema hall that had been paying regular bills as per meter readings. It questioned the logic behind imposing these charges when the consumers were already burdened with sundry charges and a hike of about 20 per cent in the electricity charges. Addressing protesters, Jain said with the imposition of fixed charges, the electricity bills of shopkeepers and traders had increased twofold and of industrialists by Rs 20,000 to 50,000 per month. 

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Faqir Chand case closed
Dera spokesman calls it “victory of truth”
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 24
In a major relief to the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Special Magistrate of the CBI court, Abdul Mazid, today accepted the closure report of the CBI in the Faqir Chand murder case and dismissed complainant Ram Singh Bishnoi’s plea.

The CBI had filed a closure report on November 31 this year, stating that no evidence against the dera chief could be found in the case. The complainant’s counsel pleaded that the CBI had not investigated the case in a proper manner. Talking to mediapersons, the Bishnoi said that CBI had “favoured” the dera chief and he would file an appeal in the High Court.

A spokesman of the dera, Pawan Kumar, said “conspirators against the dera have been exposed and the truth has triumphed.”

Faqir Chand, a senior functionary of Dera Sacha Sauda, has been missing since 1991. Dera followers in Punjab and Haryana had gone on the rampage when a case of murder of the functionary was filed against the dera chief.

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Jail panel for woollen clothes to inmates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
The Haryana Jails Reform Committee has suggested that jail inmates should be provided with undergarments, woollen clothing and hot water during winter.

This recommendation is contained in its report, which was submitted to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda by committee members Justice JS Sekhon (retd), VK Kapoor, IPS, (retd) and IAS RR Banswal (retd) here today.

The committee was set up on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The panel said there was need to improve hygiene conditions in barracks, bathrooms and toilets. The government should set up RO system for drinking water and drug de-addiction centres.

It appreciated the fact that the state had utilised the entire grant of the central government for construction of jail buildings and almost all jail buildings had been constructed or renovated.

The committee said the sleeping berths of the prisoners were not in accordance with the provision of the Punjab Jail Manual as applicable to Haryana. It regretted that the medical services in the jails were deficient as out of 34 sanctioned posts of medical officer only 17 were filled.

It suggested segregation of smokers and non-smokers; individual bank accounts of the prisoners regarding their wages; computerisation of prisoners’ history and record; improvement in interview system and making the prisoners aware of their rights regarding free-of-cost legal aid and plea bargaining. It also suggested installation of CCTVs in the barracks, administrative block and other sensitive places and use of sniffer dogs for detection of contraband.

The committee said kitchen menu should be revised in consultation with dieticians for providing nutritious and balanced food. The report further said the newly constructed building of Medical Health Hospital in Rohtak, which had already been inaugurated by the Chief Minister, should be made operational immediately. The services of the licensed psychiatric homes in Ambala, Karnal and other places should be fully utilised in the treatment of jails inmates suffering from mental ailments.

HC notice on missing amenties

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday issued a notice of motion on a petition based on newspaper reports claiming Rahimpur Kheri village in Panipat district is without electricity, medical facilities and schools, even after 44 years of the creation of the state of Haryana.

The petitioner, Ravinder Singh Dhull of Panchkula, has said the government has failed to provide the facilities, despite repeated pleas by more than 250 families living in the village.

Dhull has said the right to life as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution also includes the right to shelter. “The right to shelter includes access to drinking water, shelter, electricity and descent environment.” 

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Varun dodges media on Karnal visit

Karnal, December 24
Firebrand BJP MP Varun Gandhi, who was here on a personal visit, dodged mediapersons waiting for him with a volley of questions.

Varun Gandhi visited Dera Baba Lakkar Nath at Bajida Rodan village and reached the farmhouse of Subash Kamboj, an old family friend and former member of Dr Ambedkar Foundation at Kalwheri.

Kamboj said it was “purely a private visit” and that Varun enjoyed the “makki ki roti and sarson ka saag with lassi.” Varun did not meet local BJP leaders. — TNS

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Power engine hits goods train; rail traffic disrupted
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 24
Rail traffic was disrupted for nearly nine hours after a power engine collided with a goods train in Ambala Cantt at 1.30 am today.

Sources said the rail traffic along Ambala-Saharanpur, Ambala-Chandigarh and the Ambala-Rajpura sector was disrupted as a section of bogies of a goods train got detached.

Railway spokesman Manoj Kumar Rana said a power engine hit the Dhappar-Desnokh goods container, which was standing on point No 295 at Ambala Cantt railway yard. Three empty containers derailed due to the collision and blocked the lines.

According to railway sources, loco-pilot Anil Kumar and assistant loco-pilot Vineysh Kumar have been suspended. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

The railway traffic was diverted through alternate routs. The diverted trains included Amritsar-Nanded Express, Jammutawi-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express, Pooja Express, Jhelum Express, Attari Express, Udhampur-New Delhi Sampark Kranti, Jammu Mail, Hemkund Express, Amritsar-Dehradun Express, Shalimar Express, Golden Temple Express, Jammutawi-Delhi Special Exp and Pooja Express.

The cancelled trains include Ambala Cantt-Ludhiana (passenger), Ambala Cantt-Nangal Dam (passenger), Ambala Cantt-Patiala (passenger), Ambala Cantt-Ludhiana (passenger), Amritsar-Ambala Cantt (passenger), Amritsar-New Delhi Express and New Delhi-Jalandhar Express.

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Gas agency owner, son held for murder
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, December 24
Anil Kumar was allegedly shot dead by the proprietor of Shaheed Vinod Gas Agency at Bawal yesterday following an altercation over bungling in distribution of LPG cylinders.

The gas agency’s proprietor Jagdish and his son Sanjeev fired three shots at Anil from a point blank range, killing him on the spot. Anil Kumar ran a hotel on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway at Saban Chowk near Bawal. He is survived by wife Maina Devi and three small daughters.

Shopkeepers in Bawal downed their shutters after the incident even as furious residents held a demonstration, demanding stringent action against the alleged killers.

Agitated citizens held a panchayat in the Katla bazaar of Bawal today, which was attended by Dr Banwari Lal, Rewari district (rural) Congress president, Chander Pal Choken, Bawal municipal committee chief and advocate Virender Singh.

The panchayat adopted several resolutions demanding conferment of the status of a martyr on Anil Kumar, cancellation of the licence of the above gas agency, allotment of the above gas agency to Maina Devi, wife of the deceased, and payment of adequate compensation to the kin of the deceased.

A memorandum, addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, was handed over to Narender Chauhan, naib tehsildar of Bawal.

The police has registered a case of murder and arrested Jagdish and his son Sanjeev. They were today produced in the court of ACJM RK Jain who remanded them in police custody for three days. 

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Tributes paid to last monarch of Jhajjar
Ravinder Saini

Jhajjar, December 24
Tributes were paid to the last monarch of Jhajjar, Nawab Abdur Rahman Khan, on his martyrdom day at his memorial in Shaheedi Park here yesterday. He was executed on this day in 1857 in front of the Red Fort for treason and rebellion against the British rule.

Jhajjar Subdivisional Officer (Civil) Chander Shekhar said Abdur Rehman Khan fought with valour till his last breath to resist the policies of the British.

“British rulers lodged a case against him. The Nawab faced charges of rebellion against the British rule and having correspondence with freedom fighters. Eventually, the Nawab was hanged to death in front of the Red Fort on December 23, 1857, following the death sentence announced by a court after a trial of three days,” said Shekhar, adding that the Nawab was a great warrior.

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Three killed in two accidents

Sirsa, December 24
Three persons were killed in two road accidents caused by morning fog in the district.

A jeep carrying 10 persons collided with a truck near Bhrutwala in Ellenabad. Jeep driver Veer Bhan and Rakesh from Ellenabad were killed. A bus rammed into a cart, killing a man . — TNS

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