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CM Hooda takes a swipe at Chautala
Says his govt has done much more for Sirsa than INLD
Sirsa, December 25

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched a scathing attack on opposition parties, particularly the Indian National Lok Dal, at a rally here today.


Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, along with other leaders of the Congress, at a rally in Sirsa on Wednesday. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, along with other leaders of the Congress, at a rally in Sirsa on Wednesday. Photo: Amit Soni

14-yr-old girl was killed for honour
Father booked; was upset over her affair 
with schoolmate
Rohtak, December 25
The murder of a 14-year-old girl, whose body was recovered from a drain near here on Wednesday, has turned out to be a case of honour killing. The police has booked the girl’s father, Umed Saini, in the case.



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Man throws wife, daughters into canal
Sirsa, December 25
A man allegedly threw his wife and their two minor daughters into the Bhakra canal near Maujgarh village following an altercation with his wife here today. The accused fled after committing the crime.

MP Deepender Hooda honours Sunil Dabas, coach of the Indian women kabaddi team which won the gold medal in the Asian Games, at a function at Mohammadpur Majra village in Jhajjar district on Saturday. National kabaddi coach felicitated
Jhajjar, December 25
Sunil Dabas, coach of the Indian women kabaddi team which won the gold medal in the recently concluded Asian Games in China, was felicitated at a function at her native Mohammadpur Majra (Jahajgarh) village here today. The function was organised by residents of the village to celebrate her success at the international level.



MP Deepender Hooda honours Sunil Dabas, coach of the Indian women kabaddi team which won the gold medal in the Asian Games, at a function at Mohammadpur Majra village in Jhajjar district on Saturday. Photo by writer

10 IPS officers transferred
Chandigarh, December 25
The state government has transferred 10 IPS and three HPS officers with immediate effect.

Children dressed as Santa Claus distribute sweets and gifts on the occasion of Christmas at Model School in Rohtak on Saturday.
Children dressed as Santa Claus distribute sweets and gifts on the occasion of Christmas at Model School in Rohtak on Saturday. Photo: Manoj Dhaka

Bhiwani hospital to have latest facilities, says CPS
Bhiwani, December 25
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan Fauji said Ch Bansi Lal General Hospital, Bhiwani, would become a “mini-PGI” in the coming few months as crores were being spent to provide latest medical facilities in the hospital.

Consumer forum slaps Rs 61,100 fine on gas agency
Rewari, December 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has slapped a fine of Rs 61,100 on Shaheed Surender Singh Gas Agency in Kosli, holding it guilty of deficiency in service.

Vajpayee’s birthday celebrated
Rewari, December 25
The 87th birthday of former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee was celebrated at a samaroh of BJP activists in Kosli here today. District BJP chief Laxman Yadav and district Yuva Morcha chief Ram Chhabri spoke on the occasion.

Tek Chand is HAUTA chief
Hisar, December 25
Dr Tek Chand and Dr Kamal Dutta Sharma have been elected president and the secretary of the Haryana Agricultural University Teachers Association.







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CM Hooda takes a swipe at Chautala
Says his govt has done much more for Sirsa than INLD
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 25
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched a scathing attack on opposition parties, particularly the Indian National Lok Dal, at a rally here today.

In a hard-hitting speech during the “Badhte Kadam” rally, organised by the ruling party here on the INLD’s home turf today, Hooda castigated former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala for spreading “false propaganda” about region-based development by his government.

Presenting figures before the public, Hooda claimed that Rs 2196.32 crore had so far been spent in Sirsa district after he came to power in Haryana in 2005, whereas Chuatala, he said, spent Rs 789.34 crore during his regime spanning six years from 1999 to 2005.

Hooda said he had announced at a rally last week that he would reply to allegations levelled by the Chautalas from time to time during the Sirsa rally.

“Now, I am here to give an account of what my government has done for Haryana in general and Sirsa in particular and also demand an account of what the Chautalas did during their regime,” the Chief Minister declared.

Hooda said 16 railway overbridges (ROBs) were constructed in Haryana from 1966 to 2005.

However, during his six years in power, 19 ROBs had already been constructed and work on 10 more was in progress.

Hooda also came down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party and alleged that the party did great damage to the country by stalling Parliament during its session, denying people the benefit of several Bills that could have been passed during this session.

Complimenting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his offer to present himself before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, Hooda said the BJP was not justified in its stubborn attitude on the demand for a JPC into the 2G spectrum scam.

Hooda accepted most of the demands placed before him by Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar and assured to examine some others.

Hooda also announced that the new industrial policy of Haryana would be released in January and Sirsa would be declared industrially backward for the benefit of entrepreneurs.

Thick fog since Friday evening seemed to be threatening the rally in the morning.

Even, the plane of Hooda did not get permission to take off from Chandigarh and finally he came by helicopter to Fatehabad from where he reached Sirsa by road.

Though Hooda’s arrival was delayed by two hours, he did not disappoint a large turnout in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium.

The crowd cheered when he took jibes, not only at the Opposition, but also at his own party men in the district.

The biggest applaud was reserved for former Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board Ranjit Singh, as the crowd rose to cheer him when he rose to speak.

Hooda walked up to the seat of former minister and ailing veteran Congress leader LD Arora to enquire about his well-being, when he noticed him sitting on the dais.

HPCC president Phool Chand Mullana, working president Kuldeep Sharma, MP Ashok Tanwar, Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, Ranjit Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahlad Singh Gillankhera and former MLAs KV Singh, Dura Ram, Bharat Singh Beniwal, Sushil Indora and Kulbir Singh Beniwal spoke on this occasion.

Earlier, Hooda inaugurated a railway overbridge built on the national highway at a cost of Rs 34.22 crore and an Astroturf set up in the local stadium.

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14-yr-old girl was killed for honour
Father booked; was upset over her affair with schoolmate
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 25
The murder of a 14-year-old girl, whose body was recovered from a drain near here on Wednesday, has turned out to be a case of honour killing. The police has booked the girl’s father, Umed Saini, in the case.

The girl, who went missing on December 3 while she was preparing to go to school, was strangled to death and her body dumped in the drain. The victim was allegedly murdered by her family with the help of a servant, Mohan, said the police. The badly decomposed body of Tapasya, a student of Class IX in a local private school, was found in the drain on the outskirts of the town.

“Though the family had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that three youths, students of the same school in which Tapasya studied, could be behind her disappearance, the arrest of the servant led to the revelation that the family was behind the girl’s murder,” said SSP Satish Balan.

He said the suspects named by the girl’s father in the complaint were not involved in the case. After his arrest, Mohan disclosed that he committed the crime on the instructions of the girl’s father.

He said Saini, a retired junior engineer, was unhappy over his daughter’s affair with a schoolmate. He deemed it as dishonour for the family and decided to kill the girl.

The servant said he had been employed with the family for the past four years and Saini had asked him to kill the girl.

The police said the duo took the girl to the fields outside the town and strangled her to death.

They initially buried the body in the fields on December 3 and when it started stinking, they dumped it in the drain by tying a load of bricks to it.

The Saini family had adopted Tapasya from a family in Gohana, where her twin sister lives.

The police has also recovered the school bag and other belongings of the girl from the nearby fields.

The police said the bricks tied to the body made them suspect the hand of the girl’s family in the crime as the fingerprints on the bricks matched with those on the bricks found in the fields of the girl’s father.

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Man throws wife, daughters into canal
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 25
A man allegedly threw his wife and their two minor daughters into the Bhakra canal near Maujgarh village following an altercation with his wife here today. The accused fled after committing the crime.

Onlookers saved one of the girls, Swaran Preet Kaur (7). However, Kuldeep Kaur (24) and Balla (1) are yet to be traced. The police has registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC.

The police said the accused, identified as Sher Singh, a resident of Muktsar district in Punjab, worked as a labourer in a farmhouse at Maujgarh.

He was going from the farmhouse to the village to get medicines for his wife, when the two had an altercation.

Sher Singh allegedly threw Kuldeep Kaur and their two daughters into the canal and fled. The police said Swaran Preet Kaur was stable now.

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National kabaddi coach felicitated
Ravinder Saini

Jhajjar, December 25
Sunil Dabas, coach of the Indian women kabaddi team which won the gold medal in the recently concluded Asian Games in China, was felicitated at a function at her native Mohammadpur Majra (Jahajgarh) village here today. The function was organised by residents of the village to celebrate her success at the international level.

Member of Parliament from Rohtak Deepender Hooda was the chief guest at the function, who honoured the coach on behalf of the villagers.

Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Dabas attributed her success to the blessings of her parents and well-wishers.

“The Indian women kabaddi team has won five gold medals in international events, besides the gold in the Asiad, but it is the first time when my players and I have received such a warm welcome from the government’s side. The state government has formed a good sports policy, which has started paying off,” said the coach.

She said there was no dearth of sports talent in Haryana.

Deepender Hooda said Sunil Dabas had brought laurels not only to the state, but also the country as her team clinched the gold medal.

“The state government has taken a number of steps to promote sports and these initiatives have started bearing fruit,” said the MP.

Earlier, Deepender Hooda, while addressing a gathering at a function organised to mark the birth anniversary of Maharaja Sur Saini at Bahadurgarh town here, said Gurgaon had already been connected with the metro rail while Bahadurgarh and Faridabad would also get this facility during the next phase.

The MP said he had prepared a development scheme for Bahadurgarh, including an effective sewer system, in consultation with the Bahadurgarh MLA.

In another function at Daboda Khurd village here, the MP urged the people to help check female foeticide.

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10 IPS officers transferred

Chandigarh, December 25
The state government has transferred 10 IPS and three HPS officers with immediate effect.

Sharad Kumar, Director, V&B, HVPNL, has been posted as ADGP (Crime) against Sri Niwas Vashist, who goes as ADGP, Vigilance, vice Parminder Rai, who will take the place of Sharad Kumar. Anil Dawra, ADGP, CID, has been posted as ADGP, Training.

Vivek Sharma and Parul Kush Jain, who were awaiting their posting orders, have been posted as SP, Fatehabad, and DCP, Faridabad (Central), respectively. Palwal SP Sanjay Kumar has been posted as Rewari SP and Mitesh Jain, awaiting posting orders, has been posted as DCP, Gurgaon (Crime). Narnaul SP Jagdish Nagar has been posted as Commandant, 2nd India Reserve Battalion (IRB), Bhondsi, and Jagwant Singh, SP, Fatehabad, goes as Commandant, 3rd Battalion, HAP, Hisar.

Maharaj Singh, Additional SP, CID, has been posted as SP, Narnaul, and Anil Dhawan, DCP, Gurgaon (Crime), has been posted as SP, Palwal.

Randhir Singh, Commandant 3rd Battalion HAP, Hisar, has been posted as SP, RTC, Bhondsi. — TNS

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Bhiwani hospital to have latest facilities, says CPS
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, December 25
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan Fauji said Ch Bansi Lal General Hospital, Bhiwani, would become a “mini-PGI” in the coming few months as crores were being spent to provide latest medical facilities in the hospital.

Fauji said this while interacting with mediapersons here after inspecting the General Hospital here yesterday.

He said Rs 16 crore had been spent on the new dental, X-ray and lab-testing machines, new operation theater and on the construction of OPD rooms. A CT scan machine would be set up in the hospital soon, Fauji added.

Recruitment of doctors was being carried out every month by the state government to fill up the vacant posts. He said all kinds of medical facilities would be made available in the General Hospital and the people of this area would not have to go elsewhere to get treatment.

Fauji said a 320 kV generator would be set up in the hospital so that it could get 24-hour power supply. Primary Health Centers (PHCs) have been constructed at Hadodi, Sohansada and Badhra villages at a cost of Rs 1.53 crore.

Besides, Primary Health Centres were being constructed at Digawa Jatan, Biran, Santokhpura and Balkara villages at a cost of Rs 8 crore. Sub-health centers were being set up at Singhani, Chang, Rampura, Hindol, Lamba and Paju villages at a cost of Rs 2 crore.

He said the state government led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had taken concrete steps to improve medical facilities in the state. He said new health institutions would be set up at Mewat and Karnal.

Later, the CPS also addressed a meeting of all doctors of the district and directed them to provide better health care facilities to patients coming to hospitals. 

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Consumer forum slaps Rs 61,100 fine on gas agency
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, December 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has slapped a fine of Rs 61,100 on Shaheed Surender Singh Gas Agency in Kosli, holding it guilty of deficiency in service.

Copies of the order, which was recently passed by Vinod Jain, president of the forum, were circulated among mediapersons at Kosli yesterday by the complainant, Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Kosli.

The order states that of the total amount of the fine, Rs 50,000 was to be given to the Consumer Welfare Board, Rs 10,000 to the petitioner, Rajesh Kumar, whereas Rs 1,100 would cover the legal expenses of the case.

Rajesh Kumar said an LPG cylinder supplied to him by the gas agency on December 29, 2009, ceased to work after about a fortnight following which he got it tested locally which revealed that it contained water.

He said when his request for a replacement of the defective cylinder was turned down by the agency owner, he approached the Food and Supplies office at Kosli with a complaint.

The official concerned got the cylinder tested officially and found that it contained over 5 kg of water.

The Food and Supplies authorities issued a directive for a replacement of the defective cylinder. However, when the gas agency owner refused to do so, Rajesh filed a petition in the consumer forum on April 15, 2010, seeking justice.

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Vajpayee’s birthday celebrated
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 25
The 87th birthday of former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee was celebrated at a samaroh of BJP activists in Kosli here today. District BJP chief Laxman Yadav and district Yuva Morcha chief Ram Chhabri spoke on the occasion.

Highlighting the achievements of the Vajpayee regime, Yadav asserted that due to pro-people policies pursued by the Vajpayee government, essential commodities were available at cheaper rates in sharp contrast to the conditions prevailing under the UPA regime.

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Tek Chand is HAUTA chief
Tribune News Service

Hisar, December 25
Dr Tek Chand and Dr Kamal Dutta Sharma have been elected president and the secretary of the Haryana Agricultural University Teachers Association.

Tek Chand defeated his nearest rival Joginder Singh Malik by 70 votes, while Sharma humbled his rival Avtar Singh by 44 votes. Amarjit Kalra was elected joint secretary.

Rakesh Mehra and SD Batra were elected unopposed as vice-president and treasurer, respectively.

The newly elected members of the executive committee are: RK Chandolia, RS Dhillon, Kishore Kumar, M. Kichher, Rajiv Kumar, VK Madaan, Ram Avtar Singh Amarjit Kalra and RS Beniwal.

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