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Crop failure looms over 3,000 acres in Bhiwani
Bhiwani, August 18
Cooperation and Housing Minister Satpal Sangwan inspects a waterlogged area in Charkhi Dadri block of Bhiwani district. The spectre of crop failure is looming large over around 3,000 acres of farmland at six villages of the Charkhi Dadri block in Bhiwani district.

Cooperation and Housing Minister Satpal Sangwan inspects a waterlogged area in Charkhi Dadri block of Bhiwani district. Photo: Manoj Dhaka

Sonia not to attend Jind rally
New Delhi, August 18
Congress president Sonia Gandhi will not attend the rally at Jind organised by Birender Singh to mark former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary. All-India Congress Committee (AICC) sources today said party general secretary Digvijay Singh would attend the rally instead and represent her. The decision was conveyed to Birender Singh yesterday after he met Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Sonia, in New Delhi.

Let CBI probe Neeraj Bhadana murder: Samiti
Faridabad, August 18
The Neeraj Bhadana Nyay Sangharsh Samiti today decided to gherao Parliament if an announcement was not made by August 21 to get the Neeraj Bhadana case investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). It also gave a call for a chakka jam in Delhi, in which borders of the national capital would be sealed, if the demand was not acceded to after the gherao of Parliament.



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Job under ex gratia policy
HC dismisses state’s plea against beneficiary
Chandigarh, August 18
The Haryana Government has received a rap on its knuckles for acting as if it was committed to the cause of woman empowerment. A Division Bench of the High Court categorically ruled the Government was propagating policies through media in an attempt to pretend that it was committed to the cause of women empowerment.

State BJP leaders seek clarity on alliance with HJC
Chandigarh, August 18
Over a year after a formal alliance, teething troubles between the HJC (Bhajan Lal) and BJP continue to dominate party affairs of the saffron party. In the state executive meeting at Samalkha yesterday, senior BJP leaders put in most of their energy trying to seek clarity on the nature of the alliance rather than sort out their own differences. With Captain Abhimanyu, BJP’s national secretary and the party’s spokesperson skipping the meeting, most queries by BJP leaders remained unanswered.

Rs 2.8 crore excise duty evasion detected
Hisar, august 18
The Central Excise Department has detected excise duty evasion worth around Rs 2.8 crore by a Hisar-based manufacturing unit. A Central Excise Commissionerate official said the manufacturers had opened around 85 bank accounts in various banks, mostly OBC, at other places like Siliguri, Lukhnow, Gwalior, Bareilly, Moradabad, Amritsar etc in the name of his employees.

Resident doctors continue strike
Rohtak, August 18
Almost all 400 resident doctors of the PGIMS struck work for the second day today in protest against the assault on a junior resident doctor at the casualty of the hospital on Friday evening. Routine work at the emergency and indoor wards was affected, resulting in inconvenience to and harassment of patients and their attendants.

The emergency ward of Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences on the second day of doctors’ strike in Rohtak on Sunday. Photo: Manoj Dhaka

Dal roti plan to cover 50% population
Chandigarh, August 18
Nearly half of the state's population will be covered under the "dal roti" scheme set to be launched on August 20. Sources said 1.26 crore persons (49.89 per cent of the state's population) would come under the ambit of the scheme, with 90.28 lakh( 54.61per cent) in the rural areas and 36.21 lakh (41.05 per cent) beneficiaries in the urban areas.

Civil services achievers to be honoured
Chandigarh, August 18
The government will honour on August 22 meritorious students belonging to the state for their outstanding performance in the All-India Civil Services examinations held during the last three years. An official spokesman said the samaroh would be presided over by Governor Jagannath Pahadia and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would be the chief guest on the occasion.

Drive to sterilise dogs resumes
Fatehabad, August 18
After abruptly suspending a drive to sterilise stray dogs in Fatehabad, particularly in Badopal and other areas inhabited by blackbucks, the authorities in Fatehabad have decided to resume it. The drive will be carried out by local veterinarians.

FDA drive against intoxicants shows results
Ratia (Fatehabad), August 18
The efforts put in by the Food and Drug Administration to check the menace of intoxicants is showing positive results in villages of Sirsa and Fatehabad. In its offensive launched last year against chemists selling medical intoxicants to youths, the Food and Drug Administration has so far lodged criminal cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Drugs Act against 22 persons.

Artistes perform a skit on drug abuse during the seminar organised by the Food and Drug Administration at Ratia in Fatehabad on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Hooda behind land scam, alleges Abhey
Kurukshetra, August 18
INLD MLA Abhey Singh Chautala and state INLD president and Kurukshetra MLA Ashok Arora alleged during a party workers' rally today that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was involved in a 8,000-acre land scam worth Rs 3.5 crore. They said the land was purchased by private builders after Sections 4 and 6 were imposed.

INLD MLA Abhey Singh Chautala (second from right), state INLD president Ashok Arora (third from right) at a workers' rally in Kurukshetra on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

BJP leader shot at, robbed
Gurgaon, August 18
Miscreants have shot at a BJP leader, riding a BMW car in the heart of the city. The victim is identified as Ramchandra Maurya, a former MLA from Mirzapur of Uttar Pradesh. Maurya had come to the city to meet his friend Ajay Yadav who deals in property and duo were sitting in the car outside a hotel. The accused reportedly first got parked a car in front of their's removed and then knocked at their window.

Suspected diphtheria patient referred to Delhi hospital
Fatehabad, August 18
The health authorities have referred to a hospital in Delhi a three-year-old girl suspected to be suffering from diphtheria, who had been admitted to the General Hospital here.

Last date extended
Chandigarh, August 17
The Education Department has extended the last date for applying online for admission to a residential four-year integrated bachelor of education degree course in Prarambh School for Teacher Education, Jhajjar.

Guest teachers seek regularisation
Karnal, August 18
Guest teachers in Karnal and Panipat districts took out a procession here today and raised slogans to press their demand for regularisation. They gathered in front of the residence of Congress Member of Parliament Arvind Sharma and presented a memorandum to him. They pointed out that no policy to regularise them had been framed in spite of repeated assurances by the government. They threatened to intensify the agitation if their demand was not met. They said the number of students had increased manifold as a result of their efforts. They added that it had risen from 40 to 500 at some schools in the last eight years. They rued that they had been left in the lurch. — TNS

Guest teachers from Karnal and Panipat going to gherao MP Arvind Sharma’s resident in Karnal on Sunday. Tribune photo

Three booked in dowry case
Rewari, August 18
On a complaint by Deepika Sharma, a resident of Mohalla Bala Sarai here, the city police has booked her husband Akhilesh Sharma, father-in-law Dori Lal, mother-in-law Shakuntala Devi and three others, all residents of Agra (UP), in a dowry case. Deepika complained that after she bore two daughters after marriage in 2009, her husband thrashed her mercilessly several times to fetch more dowry. She returned to her parental house here recently and approached the district police chief with a complaint yesterday. A senior police official said the matter was under investigation. — OC

Vocational training centre inaugurated
Sirsa, August 18
Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar said today that the state government planned to set up training centres for differently abled persons in all districts of Haryana at a cost of Rs 150 crore. Tanwar inaugurated a vocational training centre at ‘Bhai Kanhaiya Ashram in Sirsa today. This is the second such centre of its kind in north India, he said. The centre will provide training to differently abled women in stitching, embroidery, printing, pot making, painting and weaving. Tanwar said one such centre had been set up at Pingalwara (Punjab) and another was being set up by the Banyan Centre in Chennai. — TNS

Girl dies of dengue
Karnal, August 18
Panic gripped a family of Barsat village in Karnal after their daughter, a class VII student, died of dengue at the PGI in Rohtak last night. Deceased’s father Rajesh is still admitted to the hospital. Deepak Prajapat, a relative, said Rajesh and his daughter, who were suffering from fever, were referred to the PGI after a blood test which suggested that they were suffering from dengue. Madan Lal, a neighbour, said there was no blood testing laboratory in the locality. Health officials said a team had been sent to the village to collect samples. — TNS

Admn suspends licences
Gurgaon, August 18
In a bid to curtail the booming illegal mining activities in Mewat, the district administration has suspended all licences for purchase, storage and sale of explosive substances for a period of two months'. The authorities have issued a warning that legal action would be taken against those found violating the orders. DSPs of the concerned sub divisions have also been asked to conduct inspections in their respective areas along with sub divisional officers. The local authorities have claimed that those involved in illegal sand mining were giving them tough time. — TNS


 





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Crop failure looms over 3,000 acres in Bhiwani
Waterlogging major problem in six villages of Charkhi Dadri
Deepender Deswal
Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, August 18
The spectre of crop failure is looming large over around 3,000 acres of farmland at six villages of the Charkhi Dadri block in Bhiwani district. Farmers are facing a flood-like situation in the absence of proper rainwater drainage even though Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had announced a package of Rs 100 crore to control waterlogging in the area two years ago.

Farmers of Kamod, Mirchi, Jaishree, Misri, Khatiwas and Loharwala have been facing this problem for years. A good spell of rain not only damages standing crops, but washes away the chances of sowing the rabi crop the next season.

The financial condition of farmers has been deteriorating as the average annual income from agriculture has been reduced to a measly Rs 20,000, the farmers said.

Gulab Singh Yadav of Misri village, who lost the cotton crop on three acres and jowar on one acre, said it had been an annual phenomenon.

“Even a below average spell of rain destroys the crops as there is no drainage system. After the floods in 1995, the entire area was waterlogged and the water table improved drastically, bringing misfortune for us,” he said.

Mitrapal Singh of Kamod village said frequent crop failures over the years had made farming unviable.

“Not only do we lose the crop, but we are not able to sow rabi crops like wheat and mustard as fields remain waterlogged,” he said.

Cooperation and Housing Minister Satpal Sangwan, who is the legislator from Dadri, inspected flood-affected areas in the villages last Tuesday and issued directions to officials to take measures to drain out the rainwater. He said the government had been formulating a scheme for a permanent solution to the problem.

BS Nehra, Executive Engineer, Irrigation, Dadri, maintained that the water table had been quite high in the area and the problem got aggravated when farmers sowed paddy along the Loharu canal, resulting in flooding of fields in adjoining villages.

“They have been installing pump sets to drain out water from the fields. The situation is under control as there has been less rain so far,” he said. He said paddy sowing should be banned in the area as it was the main factor behind waterlogging.

Gulab Singh Yadav said a panchayat of the villages had imposed restrictions on padding sowing last year, but farmers of villages adjoining the Loharu canal ignored those.

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Sonia not to attend Jind rally
Deputes Digvijay; Shakeel Ahmed, Asha Kumari to attend event
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
Congress president Sonia Gandhi will not attend the rally at Jind organised by Birender Singh to mark former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary. All-India Congress Committee (AICC) sources today said party general secretary Digvijay Singh would attend the rally instead and represent her. The decision was conveyed to Birender Singh yesterday after he met Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Sonia, in New Delhi.

AICC general secretary in charge of Haryana affairs Shakeel Ahmed and secretary attached to the state Asha Kumari would attend the rally.

The Congress president's office said Sonia had pressing engagements in the capital that day as it would be Rajiv’s birth anniversary.

She will pay homage at Rajiv’s memorial and then attend the launch of the food security scheme at Talkatora Stadium from 11 am. Later in the day, she will attend the Rajiv Gandhi award ceremony.

Though seen as a flash-point between Birender Singh and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the rally should not be viewed as a platform for political one-upmanship, said Congress sources.

"The Congress president will be unable to attend the rally due to engagements here. There is no political reason behind her absence. Nothing should be read into this," a senior Congress leader said.

Congress leaders said unnecessary political implications were being attached to an event which Birender Singh organised every year.

“Birender holds a function on Rajiv’s birth anniversary every year. This year, he extended an invitation to the Congress president. She accepted it, but her engagements will keep her busy. Where does politics come in?” said a Congress leader.

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Let CBI probe Neeraj Bhadana murder: Samiti
Ravi S Singh/TNS

Faridabad, August 18
The Neeraj Bhadana Nyay Sangharsh Samiti today decided to gherao Parliament if an announcement was not made by August 21 to get the Neeraj Bhadana case investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). It also gave a call for a chakka jam in Delhi, in which borders of the national capital would be sealed, if the demand was not acceded to after the gherao of Parliament.

The call was made after a meeting at the Gujjar Bhawan presided over by former BJP MP from Faridabad Ram Chander Bainda.

Present and former legislators from Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, cutting across party lines, are members of the samiti. The agitation is backed by the Gujjar community, to which the victim belonged.

Samiti convener Ranbeer Singh Chandila said the date of the gherao would be announced in the national capital on August 22.

He said the samiti members claimed that the authorities concerned were apparently trying to cover up the case under pressure from vested interests.

He said the Uttar Pradesh Government had assured the victim’s family that it would recommend the case to the CBI, but the status of the case was not known so far.

Neeraj Bhadana of Lakarpur village, a first-year MBBS student of Tirthankara Mahavira University at Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, was raped and murdered on the campus on the night of July 6.

Victim’s father Ram Kishore Bhadana had alleged that the Moradabad police tried to dismiss the death as suicide and dithered to register a proper FIR even after the autopsy report confirmed rape and murder.

The police finally included rape and murder in the FIR and named university Vice-Chancellor’s son Manish Jain, the university Manager and the hostel Warden.

The Vice-Chancellor was booked for tampering with evidence. Samiti members said more than two months of the crime, none of the accused had been arrested.

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Job under ex gratia policy
HC dismisses state’s plea against beneficiary
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Haryana Government has received a rap on its knuckles for acting as if it was committed to the cause of woman empowerment. A Division Bench of the High Court categorically ruled the Government was propagating policies through media in an attempt to pretend that it was committed to the cause of women empowerment. But, it was dragging the beneficiaries into unwanted litigation, when the issue of actual disbursement of benefits arose.

The admonishment by the Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Surinder Gupta came on an appeal filed by the State of Haryana against Nitu Rani. The state had challenged the order passed on May 31, 2012.

The judge had directed the state to consider Nitu Rani’s claim for her appointment as a clerk on compassionate ground under the ex gratia policy. The order was passed after her father, working as PTI teacher, died in July 2002, leaving behind his widow and three minor children.

The Division Bench asserted: “The respondent is the eldest child - a brave girl who despite adversities completed her education and immediately on attaining majority sought her appointment on compassionate grounds under the ex gratia policy. Her claim was rejected only on the ground that under the Haryana Compassionate Assistance to the Dependents of Deceased Government Employees Rules, 2003, there was no provision for appointment on compassionate ground”.

Referring to the impugned order, the Bench asserted the Single Judge rightly concluded that 2003 policy could not be applied to her case. Rather, the previous policy of 1995 would be applicable as it was “in vogue at the time when respondent lost her father”.

Dismissing the appeal, the Bench added: “We are constrained to take judicial notice of not one but many policies propagated by Haryana Government in print media or otherwise pretending its commitment to the cause of women empowerment. When the question of actual disbursal of benefits comes, such hapless women are being dragged to unwanted litigation. The instant appeal is no exception.

“The respondent is merely asking for consideration of her claim for appointment under the ex gratia policy which was in vogue at the relevant time. If she fulfills the eligibility conditions and is given appointment, it would strengthen her hands to take care of education of her other minor siblings, as admittedly the family has no other source of livelihood”.

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State BJP leaders seek clarity on alliance with HJC
Naveen S Garewal/TNS

Chandigarh, August 18
Over a year after a formal alliance, teething troubles between the HJC (Bhajan Lal) and BJP continue to dominate party affairs of the saffron party. In the state executive meeting at Samalkha yesterday, senior BJP leaders put in most of their energy trying to seek clarity on the nature of the alliance rather than sort out their own differences. With Captain Abhimanyu, BJP’s national secretary and the party’s spokesperson skipping the meeting, most queries by BJP leaders remained unanswered.

The lack of coordination between the two parties became the pivot of the agenda as both parties have announced big functions on October 6. While the BJP has announced a mobilization rally at Sonepat, HJC President Kuldeep Bishnoi has announced the starting of his “Rath yatra” the same day.

With both parties holding their individual functions on the same day, neither would be able to hope for the presence of the other. The BJP leadership has raised several questions about the “fate” and “future” of the alliance, highly placed sources said.

While state BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma tried to dispel many misgivings, Anil Vij, Ambala Cantt legislator and the party’s leader in the Vidhan Sabha, tried to make a point that the BJP will not only have to win seats for itself, but also have to secure a formidable win for the HJC as the BJP executive leadership felt the alliance partner was not on a very firm footing in the state.

Observations of the BJP leader were based on specific examples that include the Ratia by-election where the BJP leaders felt that the HJP failed to garner enough votes for the BJP except in a very small pocket. “If the BJP could not depend on the HJC in the Bishnoi-dominated areas, where else can the party expect to gain from the alliance”, a senior leader is reported to have said.

Former MP Sudha Yadav wanted clarity on the issue of Gurgaon’s Congress MP Rao Inderjit being inducted into the BJP. The Rao has indicated that he may contest the next election on a non-Congress ticket. There is also talk about his joining the BJP. In a recent survey, the Gurgaon seat has been projected to be a BJP seat to which Yadav said that she was the BJP candidate who could win that seat from the Congress.

Meanwhile, Haryana Power Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav today questioned the motive behind the Rao's allegations against the state government, particularly his demand for an inquiry into Robert Vadra's land deals.

Yadav, a prominent leader of the Ahirwal Rao Inderjit belongs to, claimed that by levelling such baseless allegations, the Rao wanted to project himself as a “martyr” in the election year. Yadav and Inderjit Singh have always remained political rivals in Ahirwal politics, with each trying to don the leadership of the area.

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Rs 2.8 crore excise duty evasion detected
Tribune News Service

Hisar, august 18
The Central Excise Department has detected excise duty evasion worth around Rs 2.8 crore by a Hisar-based manufacturing unit. A Central Excise Commissionerate official said the manufacturers had opened around 85 bank accounts in various banks, mostly OBC, at other places like Siliguri, Lukhnow, Gwalior, Bareilly, Moradabad, Amritsar etc in the name of his employees.

Revealing the modus operandi to evade duty, the official said: “The outstation buyers would deposit amounts not exceeding Rs 50,000 from their locations and the amount would be withdrawn through ATMs up to Rs 25,000 at one time to escape the excise scanner”, the official informed.

Deepak Gupta, one of the owners of M/s PS Raj Steels Private Limited at Talwandi Rukka village in the district, was arrested and produced in a court in Rohtak which sent him in judicial custody for seven days.

The official said the records of removal of goods and collection of sale proceeds for the past 15 months had been seized. The manufacturer was clandestinely removing finished goods from the factory for supplying to one set of buyers and almost simultaneously passing on inadmissible cenvat credit to other manufacturers by issuing goods-less invoice thereby accounting for consumption of raw material, electricity etc.

The excise official said though the unit had two directors, RK Gupta and his son Vishal Gupta, accused Deepak Gupta ( RK Gupta's elder son) had dissociated himself from the company in February, 2012, which seemed nothing but a corporate veil.

“He has emerged as the mastermind behind the evasion of Rs 2.8 crore excise duty on goods valued at nearly Rs 30 crore”, stated the official in a statement.

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Resident doctors continue strike
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 18
Almost all 400 resident doctors of the PGIMS struck work for the second day today in protest against the assault on a junior resident doctor at the casualty of the hospital on Friday evening.

Routine work at the emergency and indoor wards was affected, resulting in inconvenience to and harassment of patients and their attendants.

The PGIMS receives around 900 patients at the emergency everyday. The police has registered a case in this regard, but no arrest has been made so far.

“I took my relative to the Civil Hospital due to the rush and strike at the PGIMS. We were not sure of being attended to properly,” said Sandeep, whose relative had been suffering from high fever.

He said someone advised him to go to some other hospital or clinic. He said an employee told him that many patients had been reffered to the Civil Hospital in view of the strike.

The PGIMS authorities said senior doctors and professors had been posted in various departments, including the emergency and the OPD, so that patients did not suffer.

The striking doctors did not hold a dialogue with the authorities. “There was no communication from the Resident Doctors Association,” said Dr Ashok Chauhan, Medical Superintendent.

“We expected them to hold a dialogue last night, but they did not turn up,” he added. He said the issue was likely to be resolved soon as a meeting was expected later.

Expressing sympathy with the victim doctor, he said the assault was illegal and unwarranted. He said the doctor was not at fault as he was attending to a heart attack patient when he was assaulted by the kin of a woman who was admitted after she consumed some poisonous substance at her house over a marital issue.

The patient later died at the hospital. The police was yet to take action against the accused in a case of assault that took place in July. This made doctors feel unsafe while on work, said a doctor.

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Dal roti plan to cover 50% population
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Nearly half of the state's population will be covered under the "dal roti" scheme set to be launched on August 20. Sources said 1.26 crore persons (49.89 per cent of the state's population) would come under the ambit of the scheme, with 90.28 lakh( 54.61per cent) in the rural areas and 36.21 lakh (41.05 per cent) beneficiaries in the urban areas.

In the first phase, beneficiaries of the Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), the Central Below Poverty Line (CBPL) and the State Below Poverty Line (SBPL) will be covered under the scheme.

"This will cover a major share of the electorate ahead of the parliamentary and state Assembly elections," a senior state government functionary told The Tribune here today.

The beneficiaries have been divided into two categories - the AAP and the priority households.The AAP beneficiaries will be given 35 kg foodgrains per month per card at the rate of Rs 2 per kg, while the priority households be given five kg foodgrains per person per month.

Besides, under the "dal-roti" scheme, the beneficiaries of the AAY, the CBPL and the SBPL will be entitled to 2.5 kg pulses per month at the subsidised rate of Rs 20 per kg to take care of their nutritional needs.

With Chief Minister Hooda spurning the offer of AICC member Birender Singh to use the platform of his August 20 Jind rally to launch the scheme, the two leaders are on collision course again. The Chief Minister has chosen Painpat to preside over a function. Since Panipat is about 42 km from Jind, Congress sources claimed that Hooda's presence at a nearby town would take a toll on the Jind rally.

Food for thought

  • Nearly 1.26 crore to benefit
  • AAP beneficiaries to get 35 kg foodgrains at subsidised rates
  • Priority households to get five kg of foodgrains
  • CM, ministers to launch scheme in districts

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Civil services achievers to be honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The government will honour on August 22 meritorious students belonging to the state for their outstanding performance in the All-India Civil Services examinations held during the last three years. An official spokesman said the samaroh would be presided over by Governor Jagannath Pahadia and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would be the chief guest on the occasion.

The spokesman said a cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakh each and a certificate would be awarded to all the candidates who had qualified in the Indian Forest Service, the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service.

An amount of Rs 75,000 each would be awarded to all the eligible candidates who had qualified in Group A and Group B services.

The candidates who had cleared the examinations from 2010 to 2012 are eligible for the award. Similarly, the candidates or their parents should be a domicile of Haryana or any of the parents should be a Haryana Government employee.

The spokesman said all the eligible officers, who fulfil the eligibility criteria, can send their applications for the awards and a proof of any one of the eligibility criteria along with a proof of services allotted, on the email id: [email protected] or through fax at 0172-2562042 latest by August 20. The candidates can also call at 0172-2562029.

All the eligible candidates will have to register themselves and submit a proof of eligibility at the office of Director-General, Higher Education, Haryana, Shiksha Sadan, Sector 5, Panchkula, on August 22 from 10 am.

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Drive to sterilise dogs resumes
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, August 18
After abruptly suspending a drive to sterilise stray dogs in Fatehabad, particularly in Badopal and other areas inhabited by blackbucks, the authorities in Fatehabad have decided to resume it. The drive will be carried out by local veterinarians.

Prompted by a recent report by the Wildlife Institute of India with respect to the site selected by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited for its residential colony, which said the control on population of stray dogs in Badopal was necessary for the conservation of blackbucks in the area, the authorities have directed the Animal Husbandry Department to check the menace.

Fatehabad Deputy Commissioner Saket Kumar called a meeting on this issue today.

Shakti Singh, Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife), Dr Kanshi Ram, Deputy Director (Animal Husbandry), Dr Rachna Sandeep Ghosla, Veterinary Surgeon at Badopal and animal rights activists of the All-India Bishnoi Jeev Raksha Sabha led by Rameshwar Delu and Vinod Karwasara were present at the meeting.

The DC said he had directed the department to continue the programme launched in March as a routine exercise from now.

The authorities have also decided to rope in local dog catchers and provide them training from the experts.

Earlier, the authorities had launched a programme to rid blackbuck inhabited villages of the district from stray dogs with the help of the PFA.

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FDA drive against intoxicants shows results
Tribune News Service

Ratia (Fatehabad), August 18
The efforts put in by the Food and Drug Administration to check the menace of intoxicants is showing positive results in villages of Sirsa and Fatehabad. In its offensive launched last year against chemists selling medical intoxicants to youths, the Food and Drug Administration has so far lodged criminal cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Drugs Act against 22 persons.

Looking into the gravity of drug menace in the Dabwali and Kalanwali areas of Sirsa and the Ratia and Jakhal areas of Fatehabad, the Food and Drug Administration adopted a two-pronged strategy to get tough with chemists selling such drugs on the one hand and educating people on ill-effects of drugs on the other.

Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar today inaugurated a seminar "Prevention of Misuse of Intoxicants" here to mark the first anniversary of Information Communication and Education launched by the Food and Drug Administration on August 18 last year.

The Food and Drug Administration has so far organised 45 programmes, all in Sirsa and Fatehabad districts, to make people aware of the ill-effects of drugs.

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Hooda behind land scam, alleges Abhey
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, August 18
INLD MLA Abhey Singh Chautala and state INLD president and Kurukshetra MLA Ashok Arora alleged during a party workers' rally today that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was involved in a 8,000-acre land scam worth Rs 3.5 crore. They said the land was purchased by private builders after Sections 4 and 6 were imposed.

But, it was later released by the Haryana Government benefiting the builders with Hooda having a partnership therein.

They said the land taken from the farmers was given to 35 big industrialists for SEZs. But, only four SEZs had been constructed.

They said instead of returning the land to the respective farmers, the government gave it to Reliance, allowing it to use the land for commercial or residential purposes.

Abhey Singh Chautala and Ashok Arora have demanded a high-level judicial probe into all land scams in Haryana during the Hooda regime by a Supreme Court Judge.

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BJP leader shot at, robbed
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, August 18
Miscreants have shot at a BJP leader, riding a BMW car in the heart of the city. The victim is identified as Ramchandra Maurya, a former MLA from Mirzapur of Uttar Pradesh. Maurya had come to the city to meet his friend Ajay Yadav who deals in property and duo were sitting in the car outside a hotel. The accused reportedly first got parked a car in front of their's removed and then knocked at their window.

Thinking him to be a traffic policeman, they lowered the pane and he trained a pistol on them and asked part with all valuable.

When Maurya tried to shut the pane, he fired at his foot. The driver his friend Ajay got scared and reportedly handed over Rs 30,000 along with watch, rings and chain etc.

The accused then fled. Maurya was rushed to the Fortis Hospital, where doctors said he was out of danger.

The police has identified the accused.

According to Commissioner Alok Mittal, the accused, a notorious criminal, is wanted for many crimes in Gurgaon, Rewari and Jhajjar.

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Suspected diphtheria patient referred to Delhi hospital
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, August 18
The health authorities have referred to a hospital in Delhi a three-year-old girl suspected to be suffering from diphtheria, who had been admitted to the General Hospital here.

The Civil Surgeon, Dr Suraj Bhan Kamboj, said the girl was referred for tests to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases. He said the girl would be treated here after the tests.

The girl, belonging to a labourer’s family of Ayalki village, had been admitted here with symptoms of diphtheria, which was rare these days.

Dr Sameer Tuteja, the private paediatrician who treated the girl earlier, had diagnosed her to be suffering from diphtheria, based on the report of her throat swab tested at a laboratory and other symptoms.

Dr Mukta Kumar, Medical Superintendent of the General Hospital, a paediatrician herself, had contradicted the findings and termed it as a normal case of upper respiratory catarrh.

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Last date extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The Education Department has extended the last date for applying online for admission to a residential four-year integrated bachelor of education degree course in Prarambh School for Teacher Education, Jhajjar.

Stating this today, a spokesman of the department said the online applications had been invited for 35 seats each for three streams, Bachelor of Education in Arts, Science and Commerce. He said the course would be taught as per the scheme of studies approved by the Central University of Haryana, Narnaul and National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

He said the candidates who have passed 12th with 60 per cent or more marks in the relevant stream from the board of school education, Haryana, Bhiwani, the CBSE, the ICSE or any recognized examination as is equivalent. An aptitude test for admission to the course will be held on September 2.

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