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Manoj-Babli Honour Killing 
Now, slain boy’s sister threatened
A criminal on parole entered the Madhuban Police Academy on December 21 and threatened Seema, a constable, that she and her family would be killed
Killed boy Monoj’s mother and sister at the mini secretariat in Karnal after their meeting with the SPKarnal, December 27
Family members of Manoj, who was killed along with his bride Babli by the latter’s kin opposed to the marriage in the same gotra, have been receiving threats.

Killed boy Monoj’s mother and sister at the mini secretariat in Karnal after their meeting with the SP on Monday. A Tribune photograph 

CPM for special law on honour killings
Rohtak, December 27
The state unit of the CPM has expressed deep anguish over increasing incidents of killing of young girls and boys at the hands of their parents in the name of family honour.

Quota Stir: Gujjars ask PM to intervene
Faridabad, December 27
Members of the Gujjar community here submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister today, urging him to intervene with the Congress government in Rajasthan in support of five per cent reservation for Gujjars in government jobs.



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A traffic jam due to fog in Gurgaon
A traffic jam due to fog in Gurgaon on Sunday. PTI

Parts of state plunge into darkness
13 transmission lines trip due to dense fog
Panipat, December 27
The frosty weather conditions prevailing in the region not only affected life, but also led to a power failure in various parts of the state late last night as a number of transmission lines tripped due to dense fog.

Agri Dept gets latest GPR system to test soil quality 
Jind, December 27
The Agriculture Department is all set to go hi-tech with the introduction of the latest ground penetrating radar (GPR) system to test the quality of soil of cultivable and non-cultivable land. The department has pressed into service at least three vans to collect data regarding the soil to prepare a database about the nature of soil across the state. About 60 samples will be collected from each village of the district during the drive. A spokesperson of the department claimed that this exercise would provide a correct and up-to-date information about the soil quality in each of the areas and help in policy formulation and research and development.

Fog good for wheat crop, say experts
But a longer spell may prove harmful, they warn
Sirsa, December 27
A blanket of thick fog in the area for the past many days is good for the wheat crop, say experts. Since last Friday, there has been little sunshine in the district.

Absentee doctors cripple health services 
Fatehabad, December 27
The Health Department here is awfully short of infrastructure, doctors and other paramedical staff.

Cops capture bus seats 
Rohtak, December 27
Haryana policemen seem to have devised their own rules when it comes to travelling in roadways buses.

Advisory: Don’t park on main roads 
Panchkula, December 27
In view of dense fog, the Haryana police today issued an advisory to the public to avoid travelling during dense fog hours.

Sonepat Traffic Blues
Heavy vehicles between 7am to 8pm banned

Sonepat, December 27
In order to solve the problem of traffic congestion in the town, the district administration has banned the entry of heavy vehicles between 7am to 8 pm.

Governor Jagannath Pahadia presents the Hali Award to Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi at Haryana Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh Governor honours litterateurs
10 awards instituted to promote Urdu
Chandigarh, December 27
The state government today instituted 10 awards for the promotion of Urdu.




Governor Jagannath Pahadia presents the Hali Award to Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi at Haryana Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Senior citizens stage dharna, block traffic
Tohana (Fatehabad), Dec 27
A large number of senior citizens today staged a demonstration and blocked traffic on the local Chandigarh road here in protest against the alleged harassment by the officials of a company, which takes their biometric records for old-age pension.

NGO told to furnish record of HIV+ kids
Had alleged discrimination, expulsion from school
Gurgaon, December 27
District Education Officer (DEO) Jyoti Chaudhary has asked representatives of the Drone Foundation, an NGO which had recently alleged that a local private school had expelled some HIV-positive students, to furnish the relevant record to substantiate their allegation.

Man found murdered
Panipat, December 27
The district police has recovered the body of an unidentified person from outside a private farmhouse on the NH-1.

3-day sports meet begins
Yamunanagar, December 27
Kabaddi matches and cultural programmes marked the opening day of the annual athletic meet at Tejli Sports Stadium here today.







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Manoj-Babli Honour Killing 
Now, slain boy’s sister threatened
A criminal on parole entered the Madhuban Police Academy on December 21 and threatened Seema, a constable, that she and her family would be killed
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, December 27
Family members of Manoj, who was killed along with his bride Babli by the latter’s kin opposed to the marriage in the same gotra, have been receiving threats.

Seema, sister of Manoj, a constable with the Haryana Police posted at the Madhuban Police Academy, alleged that she had been threatened by one Varinder, alias Billu, a criminal out of jail on a two-week parole.

Seema alleged that Varinder, a resident of Nimri in Panipat, dared to enter the police academy complex without any hitch on December 21 and threatened to eliminate her and her family members.

She said she reported the matter to the Madhuban police station but no case was registered on the plea that Varinder was undergoing imprisonment in a case that fell under the Panipat police jurisdiction.

When she reached Panipat, she was told since the threat was issued at Maduban, the complaint would have to be registered by the Madhuban police. Even as Seema ran from pillar to post for safety, the authorities, instead of giving her protection, transferred her from the relatively secure Madhuban complex to Yamunanagar.

What was surprisingly was that Seema’s transfer orders were issued within 24 hours of her filing the complaint. She said she was made to join duty at Yamunanagar yesterday much against her wishes. On leave for a few days, Seema met the SP, Karnal, Rakesh Arya, today and requested that security be provided to her and her family. She also demanded that Varinder’s parole be cancelled. Seema said she had been transferred in a tearing haste and would meet the DGP in this regard. The SP said a case had been registered against Varinder under Section 506 of the IPC. However, the Director of the Madhuban Police Academy, Sudhir Chaudhry, did not pick the phone when contacted.

Manoj(23) of Karora village in Kaithal district had married Babli (19) of the same village against the wishes of her family on April 7, 2007.

The couple was murdered on June 15, 2007.

The village khap, against the same-gotra marriage, had announced the social boycott of Manoj’s family. The couple was provided protection by court but the police escort let them down and they were kidnapped and butchered in cold blood. The Additional Sessions Judge, Vani Gopal Sharma, had awarded capital punishment to the slain girl’s brother Suresh, uncle Rajinder, maternal uncle Baru Ramand cousins Gurdev and Satish and sentenced Ganga Raj, a village strongman, to life 
imprisonment.

The accused were also ordered to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation to Chanderpati, mother of Manoj.

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CPM for special law on honour killings
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 27
The state unit of the CPM has expressed deep anguish over increasing incidents of killing of young girls and boys at the hands of their parents in the name of family honour.

The party has described such killings as a blot on civil society.

State secretary of the party Inderjit Singh said today that many such murders were neither disclosed nor reported to the police.

The recent incident in which a 14-year-old girl of the Chunnipura locality here was killed by her foster father needed to be dealt with in a strict manner, he said.

The CPM has reiterated its demand for a special law to deal with honour killings to ensure stringent punishment for the culprits. He said such killings were on the rise in the state only because there was no specific law to deal with honour killings.

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Quota Stir: Gujjars ask PM to intervene
Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 27
Members of the Gujjar community here submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister today, urging him to intervene with the Congress government in Rajasthan in support of five per cent reservation for Gujjars in government jobs.

The memorandum, submitted by the Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti said such intervention was a must to stop the agitation in Rajasthan from spilling over to the national capital region (NCR), including Faridabad. The memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister through the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad.

A functionary of the samiti, Mahender Bhadana, said a similar memorandum was submitted by the community in Palwal and other districts of the state.

The memorandum said the BJP government in Rajasthan had made the community leaders withdraw its agitation on the promise that it would pursue their demand for reservation in right earnest. However, the BJP government had reneged on its promise.

The memorandum also said the Gujjars being traditional voters of the Congress, the Prime Minister must direct the Congress government in Rajasthan to initiate measures to meet the demand of the Gujjars.

A panchayat of Gujjars was held here last Saturday. It attended by representatives from various districts in the state and from districts of Uttar Pradesh falling in the NCR.

It decided to submit memorandums to the Prime Minister to express solidarity with the community members in Rajasthan.

Meanwhile, security has been increased in areas bordering Rajasthan as a precautionary measure, said police sources.

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Parts of state plunge into darkness
13 transmission lines trip due to dense fog
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 27
The frosty weather conditions prevailing in the region not only affected life, but also led to a power failure in various parts of the state late last night as a number of transmission lines tripped due to dense fog.

As per official data, 13 transmission lines of 220 kV capacity tripped, resulting in a power failure in parts of Panipat, Karnal, Rohtak, Bahadurgarh and Nanamajra.

Sources in the power utility maintained that the lines tripped due to short-circuit caused by dense fog.

The lines at Panipat tripped at 9.43 pm. The tripped lines included Panipat-Rohtak circuit 1 and 2, the Panipat-Karnal line, Bahadurgarh-Nunamajra circuit 1 and 2 and Nunamajra-Rohtak circuit 2. The power supply remained disrupted for several hours and was restored in the morning.

Four transmission lines in the National Capital Region also reportedly tripped early this morning, affecting the power supply to important townships of Haryana around Delhi.

The sources said due to the tripping of the 220 kV transmission lines, the voltage of the 400 kV transmission lines went up drastically and three of these had to be shut to avoid a complete system failure. The Dehar-Bhiwani, the Dehar-Panipat and the Kaithal-Nalagarh lines were shut.

Last winter, dense fog had led to the tripping of the Panipat thermal power plant thrice, which had put the northern grid in danger of a collapse. However, timely action initiated by the Haryana Power Utilites in coordination with the Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre had averted a crisis.

Following this, the Haryana Power Utilities had taken up the matter with the BBMB authorities and asked them to install anti-fog insulators on the system to avoid tripping of the system. The state had also provided 2400 anti-fog insulators to the BBMB for the purpose. 

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Agri Dept gets latest GPR system to test soil quality 
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Jind, December 27
The Agriculture Department is all set to go hi-tech with the introduction of the latest ground penetrating radar (GPR) system to test the quality of soil of cultivable and non-cultivable land. The department has pressed into service at least three vans to collect data regarding the soil to prepare a database about the nature of soil across the state. About 60 samples will be collected from each village of the district during the drive. A spokesperson of the department claimed that this exercise would provide a correct and up-to-date information about the soil quality in each of the areas and help in policy formulation and research and development.

The GPR system uses electro-magnetic waves to locate buried utilities (soil nutrients). An on-demand backup cursor gives immediate and accurate location of buried utilities, while a high-frequency 400-MHz antenna transmits and receives pulses during sub-surface surveys.

The antenna allows the system to detect utilities 0.80 inches to 18 inches. The system can detect larger utilities down to 20 ft, depending on soil condition. Soil fertility has gone down across the state over the years, primarily because of blatant use of fertilisers and pesticides after the Green Revolution.

Earlier, the farmers would approach the Agriculture Department with the soil samples for testing. Now the vans will help the farmers to get the soil tested on their doorstep and take corrective measures.

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Fog good for wheat crop, say experts
But a longer spell may prove harmful, they warn
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 27
A blanket of thick fog in the area for the past many days is good for the wheat crop, say experts. Since last Friday, there has been little sunshine in the district.

“The foggy weather will help in tillering of the wheat plant which would have otherwise grown vertically, resulting in lesser crop yield,”explained Sukhdev Singh, Sub-Divisional Officer (Agriculture), Sirsa.

He, however, cautioned that a longer spell of foggy weather could cause damage to the crop, hampering the process of photosynthesis. He said in these conditions, the agriculture department advised the sprinkling of water containing zinc and urea. Prolonged foggy conditions could also harm the prospects of a good mustard crop. In Sirsa, 2.72 lakh hectares are under wheat and the area under cultivation of mustard and gram 52,000 and 11,000 hectares, respectively.

Meanwhile, accidents caused by heavy fog claimed three lives in Sirsa and Fatehabad last night.

Surender of Balasar village in Sirsa was on his motorcycle with his friend when they were knocked down by a vehicle.

Both were rushed to the Sirsa General Hospital where Surender succumbed to his injuries.

In another accident, Seema Bai (53) and her granddaughter Neha (2), riding pillion, were killed when their scooter was hit by a truck.

Neha’s father Kulwant Singh was critically injured in the accident. 

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Absentee doctors cripple health services 
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, December 27
The Health Department here is awfully short of infrastructure, doctors and other paramedical staff.

Against the 89 sanctioned posts of medical officer, the health authorities have been managing with 48 doctors only. Of the total deficit of 41 doctors, the district has vacancies for 21 doctors.

Two women doctors are on medical leave, while 18 others are on the rolls of the government and still “missing”. Eight doctors have been absenting themselves from duty and some of them have been “absent for decades” and still the government has failed to take any action against them.

Among them is a doctor who has been living abroad while some others are doing private practice or have proceeded for further studies without information to the department.

Five other doctors have submitted their resignations to the government, but so far no action has been taken on their letters.

Five more doctors have gone for their postgraduate studies after duly informing their department.

Though the government is in the process of recruiting new doctors, no doctor will be recruited in place of those who are still on the rolls of the government, but not physically present on duty. The department has two general hospitals, one each at Fatehabad and Tohana, four community health centres, 12 primary health centres and 103 sub-centres in the district.

However, the infrastructure requirement as per the population of the district is six community health centres, 19 primary health centres and 155 sub-centres.

As per the specification of the department, a sub-centre is needed for a population of over 5,000, a primary health centre for a population of over 20,000 and a community health centre for a population of one lakh.

According to the Civil Surgeon, Dr OP Arya, the government has already sanctioned two more primary health centres and 29 sub-centres.

A proposal for a community health centre and five primary health centres has also been sent to the government, said the Civil Surgeon.

The 50-bedded hospital at Fatehabad was elevated to the status of a 100-bedded hospital long back, but it still lacks infrastructure.

The district-level hospital does not have a blood bank, though its building was constructed some years ago. Interestingly, two new primary health centres constructed at Nagpur and Pili Mandori have been rendered useless as the government has not appointed any doctors or other staff for these.

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Cops capture bus seats 
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 27
Haryana policemen seem to have devised their own rules when it comes to travelling in roadways buses.

Passengers of several long-route buses face severe inconvenience with their seats often occupied by policemen.

Mandeep, a local resident became a victim of such police highhandedness on Tuesday. “I found the seat allotted to me by the conductor already occupied by a policeman when I boarded a bus for Karnal this morning,” said Mandeep.

“When I asked the policeman to vacate the seat, he told me to take another bus, warning that he must not be disturbed again.

When the bus staff was told about the matter, they expressed their helpless and advised me to look for another seat. I had to travel standing till Panipat,” said a visibly agitated Mandeep.

According to sources, such incidents are common as a large number of policemen travel on buses daily.

Ashok Kumar, a conductor with the Haryana Roadways, said at least 25 seats were occupied by policemen daily on any Rohtak-Chandigarh bus.The policeman had passes and did not bother to get a seat number from the conductor.

He said this was sheer highhandedness on the part of the policemen and the authorities concerned should take action to resolve the issue and put a stop to harassment of citizens.

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Advisory: Don’t park on main roads 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 27
In view of dense fog, the Haryana police today issued an advisory to the public to avoid travelling during dense fog hours.

Ranjiv Dalal, Director-General of Police, said in a press note that if necessary people should drive slowly and cautiously during dense fog hours.

He said drivers should maintain a safe distance from vehicles going ahead and drive along the white line on the road.

They should also keep fog lights and indicators on. He warned people not to park vehicles on main roads.

Dalal advised that in case of vehicles loaded with protruding items or heavy machinery, the drivers should put extra reflector tapes and indicators.

He exhorted people to use public transport like trains or buses and said in case of an emergency, people should call on the toll-free telephone numbers 100 and 1073 of the Haryana traffic police immediately.

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Sonepat Traffic Blues
Heavy vehicles between 7am to 8pm banned
BS Malik

Sonepat, December 27
In order to solve the problem of traffic congestion in the town, the district administration has banned the entry of heavy vehicles between 7am to 8 pm.

According to a police spokesperson, heavy vehicles coming from Gohana and going towards Delhi or Meerut will have to take a diversion on the Gohana road bypass, cross the level crossing near the sugar mill and reach Bahalgarh road via Jatwara, subzi mandi, Murthal Chowk and the road running between Sectors 14 and 15. The same route is to be taken by vehicles coming from Delhi and Meerut for going to Gohana.

The vehicles coming from Jhajjar and Rohtak and going to UP, Chandigarh and other northern states will have to cross the railway overbridge from the Kalupur octroi post and reach the Bahalgarh road via the Sector 12 bypass. The same route is to be taken by the vehicles coming from the opposite direction.

Traffic congestion at the rail level crossing had become a problem for the traffic police as well as the people of the town and the entry of heavy vehicles compounded the problem.

Generally, the level crossing remains closed for 14 hours with 160 trains passing through everyday.

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Governor honours litterateurs
10 awards instituted to promote Urdu
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, December 27
The state government today instituted 10 awards for the promotion of Urdu.

Besides, Governor Jagannath Pahadia announced the institution of a lifetime achievement award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 1.51 lakh, at a literary awards presentation ceremony of the Haryana Urdu Academy for 2008 and 2009 at Haryana Raj Bhawan here today.

The new awards include an award in Urdu journalism, carrying a cash prize of Rs 51,000, an award in Urdu translation, the Jafar Zattali award for humour and satire, a children’s literature award, an award for contribution to the promotion of Persian, an award for ghazal/qawwali singing, an award for contribution to theatre, an award for writers and poets belonging to the state but living outside Haryana and an award for writings which help promote scientific temper and improve environment, carrying a cash prize of Rs 21,000 each.

After giving away awards for 2008 and 2009, Pahadia said the new awards would motivate Urdu litterateurs and help in enrichment and promotion of the language.

He called for making Urdu simpler, easier and more receptive. He said Urdu, Punjabi and English were gaining popularity in the state.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sharda Rathore lauded the contribution of litterateurs to society.

The Haryana Urdu Academy’s Hali Award was conferred on Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi (2008) and Ramesh Chander Puhal (2009); the Kanwar Mahender Singh Award on Dr Dharam Dev Swami (2008) and Dr Himmat Singh Sinha Nazim (2009); the Sabar Dutt Award on Prof Zahida Zaidi (2008) and Prof Sugra Mehdi (2009); the Muzaffar Hussain Burni Award on Akhgar Panipati (2008) and Anjum Zaidi (2009); the Khwaja Ahmed Abbas Award on Azad Gulati (2008) and Dr Kundan Arawali (2009); the Munshi Gumani Lal Award on Amar Sahani (2008) and Anju Dua (2009); the Surender Pandit Soz Award on Dr Gopal Krishan Shafaq (2008) and Ramesh Tanha (2009); the Outstanding Child Literature Award on Salik Zamil Brar, Hyder Bayabani and Dr Khush Hal Zaidi; the Veteran Writers Award on Shri Bhardwaj, Kurukshetra, Sehrai, Gurgaon, Kanwal Haryanavi Pai and Vasdev Sahani Talib, Faridabad (2008) and Bodhraj Jafar, Sonepat, Dr Betab Alipuri, Sonepat and Maikash Ambalwi, Yamunanagar (2009).

The Award for Outstanding Books for 2008 was given to Amar Sahani, Faridabad, SPS Chauhan Bharat, Faridabad, Nashad Aurangabadi, Faridabad, Shama Haryanavi, Sonepat, Narender Singh Rafique, Shahabad, Dr Desh Raj Sapra, Shahabad, Nazma Zabin Nuh and late Mahavir Jain, Sonepat, while awardees for 2009 included Kamar Rais, Sonepat, Azad Sonepati, Devraj Puri Dilbar, Sonepat, Anju Dua, Faridabad, Ram Lok Kaushal, Pinjore and RP Kalia Kausar, Faridabad.

Haryana Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati, Dr KK Khandelwal, IAS, and literary persons graced the occasion. Earlier, academy secretary KL Zakir welcomed the chief guest. 

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Senior citizens stage dharna, block traffic
Tribune News Service

Tohana (Fatehabad), Dec 27
A large number of senior citizens today staged a demonstration and blocked traffic on the local Chandigarh road here in protest against the alleged harassment by the officials of a company, which takes their biometric records for old-age pension.

The blockade continued for half an hour before tehsildar Vijender Bhardwaj reached there and assured them of proper action.

A Delhi-based private company hired by the Union Bank of India, which has been given the contract to distribute old-age pension of the senior citizens through the biometric process from the coming financial year, has come here to take photographs and thumb impressions of the beneficiaries in the local municipal office.

There are over 5,500 senior citizens drawing old-age pension in Tohana town. They alleged that the company officials made them wait for hours in the open in severe cold and turned up in the office at their will.

Even when they arrived in the office, they did not work properly, much to their harassment, they alleged.

“They made us wait for an hour yesterday and did not clear a single beneficiary. Today, they have not turned up till now, though we have been waiting in the cold since morning,” alleged an angry agitator.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Tohana, Ashwani Maingi said the company officials could not do anything yesterday because of lack of connectivity.

He claimed that the work of taking thumb impressions and photographs continued properly in the afternoon, though the officials arrived a bit late due to fog today.

Maingi said to avoid senior citizens from waiting for long, the work of the entire town had been divided into four days with 4 to 5 wards to be taken up in a day. The SDM said the biometric system of distribution of pension would bring about transparency. 

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NGO told to furnish record of HIV+ kids
Had alleged discrimination, expulsion from school
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 27
District Education Officer (DEO) Jyoti Chaudhary has asked representatives of the Drone Foundation, an NGO which had recently alleged that a local private school had expelled some HIV-positive students, to furnish the relevant record to substantiate their allegation.

The NGO had alleged that the management of Delhi Public School (DPS), Maruti Kunj, Gurgaon, had expelled seven or eight HIV-positive students from the school.

However, the school Principal, Rachna Pandit, has maintained that the said students were never on the school’s rolls. She said these students were only attending some afternoon classes organised on the school premises.

The Principal asserted that these students had been told not to attend the classes as the school neither had the infrastructure, nor the expertise to handle them.

The NGO, on the other hand, had alleged that the school authorities had expelled the students. It was also alleged that these students were also being discriminated against at the government schools in which they were later enrolled.

However, the representatives of the NGO have not been able to produce any plausible evidence in support of their claim.

DEO Jyoti Arora, who had been told to probe the matter and submit a report in this regard, said after going through the record and meeting the students, their parents, teachers and schools heads, she had inferred that the allegations of discrimination against these children were untrue.

As of now, seven infected girls and seven infected boys are studying in government girls and boys primary schools, respectively, at Bhondsi in Gurgaon district, while one boy is a student of Government Senior Secondary School there.

The DEO said the students were attending classes at their schools and the misunderstanding had been removed. “A report has been prepared and the NGO asked to furnish evidence to back its claim/allegation,” she said, adding that the NGO had sought some more time. 

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Man found murdered
Tribune News Service

Panipat, December 27
The district police has recovered the body of an unidentified person from outside a private farmhouse on the NH-1.

The police said someone had slit the throat of the victim and thrown the body outside the farmhouse located opposite to the BBMB powerhouse.

A team of senior police officials, including district police chief Pankaj Nain, reached the spot to take a stock of the situation. The police sent the body to the mortuary of the civil hospital for a postmortem and registered a case.

Sirsa: The police recovered two bodies from the Rajpura minor near Dabwali here last night.

The bodies were in a highly decomposed condition and were, in fact, mere skeletons. The police said it was not possible to identify the bodies and these appeared to be of men.

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3-day sports meet begins
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, December 27
Kabaddi matches and cultural programmes marked the opening day of the annual athletic meet at Tejli Sports Stadium here today.

Yamunanagar DC Ashok Sangwan inaugurated the three-day district-level panchayat sports and athletic meet. The games began with a kabaddi match between Mustaffabad and Sadhaura circle players. Other athletic events would be held tomorrow and day after.

Sangwan said as athletes from the state had made the country proud by winning medals in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. He said CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda had launched a programme to identify sports talent from the state. 

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