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Rival leadersí yatras in Fatehabad on same day
Fatehabad, October 20
Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi's Vijay Rath Yatra and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) secretary general Ajay Singh Chautala's younger son Digvijay Singh's Yuva Jan Chetna Yatra have much in common even though the parties are politically poles apart.
Kuldeep Bishnoi addresses villagers
Kuldeep Bishnoi addresses villagers
Digvijay Singh Chautala interacts with people at Fatehabad
Digvijay Singh Chautala interacts with people at Fatehabad. Tribune photographs

DSP among 9 booked for Dabwali residentís suicide
Sirsa, October 20
The Punjab Police has booked a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), an inspector, a sub-inspector (SI) and a head constable of the Haryana Police, along with five others, for abetting the suicide of a Dabwali-based journalist eight months back.

Donít use word sati with temple, says admn
Hisar, October 20
The district administration has told the temple trust which plans to replace the sati temple with a new one to remove the word sati from the temple name or not to go ahead with the project.



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Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda lays the foundation stone of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centre in Rohtak on Sunday Hooda lays stone of ADR centre
Rohtak, October 20
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laid the foundation stone for the building of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centre here today.


Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda lays the foundation stone of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centre in Rohtak on Sunday. Photo: Manoj Dhaka

New rules for water, sewerage billing
Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has come out with a new policy for the release and billing of water and sewerage connections in its industrial estates and industrial model townships.

Plots under scheme still a dream for 13,758 families
Hisar, October 20
As many as 13,758 eligible families are yet to get the plots in Hisar district under Mahatma Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojna. The Haryana Government had launched a scheme five years back to provide residential plots to the Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes (category A) and below poverty line (BPL) families.

Haryana among most accident-prone states
Rohtak, October 20
Haryana continues to be among those states in the country which are accident-prone states and where the accident rate is still on the higher side. With over 10,000 accidents on an average in the past few years, Haryana accounted for around 2.05 percent of the total road accidents reported in the country in the past three years. This was revealed by experts in a seminar held on the subject here recently.

Three cops jailed for abetment to suicide
Ambala, October 20
The court of Additional and Sessions Judge Amarjit Singh has sentenced three policemen and a local resident to five-year imprisonment for having created circumstances which forced Rajesh Pandey, son of a retired Army subedar Parmatma Pandey, to commit suicide in 2007.

Two killed as LPG cylinder bursts
Hisar, October 20
Two persons, including a girl, were burnt to death as a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder burst at Mayyar village of the district last evening.

Policeman booked for bid to rape colleague
Rohtak, October 20
A policeman has been booked for attempt to outrage the modesty of a colleague posted at the Police Training Centre (PTC) in Sunarian village of the district. No arrest has been made so far.
Residents take part in a cycle rally organised in Gurgaon on the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day on Sunday
Residents take part in a cycle rally organised in Gurgaon on the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day on Sunday. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Four held for helping criminal flee
Rohtak, October 20
The police has arrested four youths who had allegedly helped a most wanted criminal to flee from the PGIMS here recently.

Dhaba owner beaten to death in Hisar
Hisar, October 20
A dhaba owner, Rajbir, was beaten to death by assailants on Balsamand road in the town last night.

Three armed miscreants take away vehicle
Sonepat, October 20
A Xylo car was looted at pistol point by three miscreants from the Gohana-Meham road in Gohana on Friday night.

checking wasteful expenditure
Finance Dept puts its foot down on filling of posts
Chandigarh, October 20
To curtail wasteful expenditure and discourage the tendency of filling vacant posts without proper sanction, the Finance Department has put its foot down on the filling of posts by the Haryana Government.

Dabwali fire victims object to ex-DCís plan to contest poll
Sirsa, October 20
The Dabwali Fire Tragedy Victims Association have reacted sharply to former bureaucrat MP Bidlanís expression of interest to contest the 2014 parliamentary poll from Sirsa on the BJP ticket.

12 students rescued as madarsa catches fire
Ambala, October 20
Twelve students of Darul Uloom Khar madarsa were rescued after a room of the building caught fire on Friday night. The two-room building of the madarsa went up in flames around 1 am.

MP lays foundation stone of health centre
Fatehabad, October 20
Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahlad Singh Gillankhera today laid the foundation stones of a community health centre (CHC) at Badopal and a polytechnic at Dhangar village in Fatehabad. The CHC would be constructed at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore and the polytechnic at a cost of Rs 15.5 crore.

49 Foreign Ministers to meet in Gurgaon from November 8
Gurgaon, October 20
Gurgaon will host a meeting of foreign ministers of 49 countries of Asia and Europe from November 8 to 12.

 





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Rival leadersí yatras in Fatehabad on same day
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, October 20
Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi's Vijay Rath Yatra and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) secretary general Ajay Singh Chautala's younger son Digvijay Singh's Yuva Jan Chetna Yatra have much in common even though the parties are politically poles apart.

Both leaders undertaking the yatras were in Fatehabad district today. Bishnoi covered various villages of the district till late last night and went to Sonepat for a few hours today to participate in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally. Digvijay's rally headed towards Hisar, covering villages in the Tohana Assembly constituency.

Both leaders are undertaking the yatras in luxury Volvo buses fabricated to provide them all comforts during the journey and the chance to interact with people from the buses. Each bus sports the colour of the party flag concerned -- Bishnoi's is yellow and Digvijay's green.

Both leaders will cover the entire state and the yatras will culminate on December 2 ó Bishnoi's at Hisar and Digvijay's at Rohtak. Both parties will hold rallies to mark the conclusion of their rath yatras. The similarities end here. While the INLD has been focusing the attack on the Congress, the first target of the HJC is the INLD.

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DSP among 9 booked for Dabwali residentís suicide
Sushil Manav/TNS

Sirsa, October 20
The Punjab Police has booked a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), an inspector, a sub-inspector (SI) and a head constable of the Haryana Police, along with five others, for abetting the suicide of a Dabwali-based journalist eight months back.

The journalist, Satish Modi, who worked for television channels, had committed suicide near the Bathinda railway station by consuming some poisonous substance. In his suicide note, he had held then DSP Puran Chand Panwar, inspector Ravi Khudia (the Station House Officer), SI Anil Kumar, head constable Pritam Singh and five others responsible for the suicide.

He had alleged in the suicide note that the four police officials had unleashed a reign of terror against his family, branding him and his wife and two teenage sons as criminals and making them run for shelter for the fear of police torture.

Besides them, Modi had named Deepak, Ashok and Naresh, Roshan Lal's sons, and Ajay and Jitender, Gopi Ram's sons, for driving him to this extreme step. The police had allegedly booked Modi and his wife and sons in a false case of trespass and theft on the complaint of his niece and then demanded Rs 5 lakh from him for settling the matter in his favour.

Modi had stated in his suicide note that he met then Sirsa Senior Superintendent of Police Raj Shri Singh with his representation against the first information report (FIR), who sent him to the DSP for inquiry. The victim had alleged in his suicide note that the DSP demanded Rs 5 lakh from him as bribe to favour him in the FIR against him and his family.

The victim had stated that when he expressed his helplessness to pay such a hefty amount, Panwar unleashed a reign of terror through the other policemen named in the suicide note, raiding the houses of his relatives by branding them as criminals.

Running from pillar to post to escape ďpolice highhandednessĒ, Modi finally committed suicide on February 17. The Bathinda police completed proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code at that time, but lodged an FIR against the nine accused under Section 306, IPC, today.

Punjab Police assistant sub-inspector Baljinder Singh, investigating the matter, said the FIR was delayed due to delay in receipt of the report on matching the victimís handwriting by experts. Panwar had since been transferred and could not be contacted for comment. He and the other policemen had denied their role immediately after Modiís suicide.

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Donít use word sati with temple, says admn
Deepender Deswal
Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 20
The district administration has told the temple trust which plans to replace the sati temple with a new one to remove the word sati from the temple name or not to go ahead with the project.

Hisar SDM JK Abhir urged Sati Dadi Mangaliwala Trust president Pyare Lal Mangaliwala to remove the word sati from the temple name as the construction of sati temples was banned. The trust president sought time to consult other members before taking a decision.

Mangaliwala confirmed the administrationís displeasure about the construction of the temple. He said the district administration had objections to the word sati.

A controversy erupted when Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta and Chhattisgarh Health Minister Amar Agrawal laid the foundation stone of the proposed Rs 9 crore sati temple at Sectors 16 and 17 here on September 5.

Social organisations led by the All-India Democratic Women Association had condemned the move to rebuild the temple and lodged a complaint with the district administration. The association had demanded legal action against the ministers who laid the foundation stone.

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Hooda lays stone of ADR centre
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 20
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laid the foundation stone for the building of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centre here today.

Mr Justice Satish Kumar Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and chairman of the building committee of the high court presided over the function.

Addressing Bar members, Hooda said the government was trying to ensure timely and proper availability of legal services and facilities across the state.

The state government had granted sanction to set up ADR centres at 16 district headquarters. The state would have 21 womenís courts for which the appointment of 107 posts had been made.

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New rules for water, sewerage billing
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has come out with a new policy for the release and billing of water and sewerage connections in its industrial estates and industrial model townships.

Under the new policy, the water and sewerage bill will be presented to the consumer bi-monthly and will have to be paid within 15 days from the date of the issue of the bill.

A consumer who fails to pay the bill by due date will have to pay surcharge/interest at 2.5 per cent of the bill amount. If the consumer fails to make payment of two consecutive bills, connection will be disconnected after issuing a show-cause notice.

However, after disconnection, a third bill will be raised. This bills will also be raised as per the standard bi-monthly billing cycle by adding interest at 2.50 per cent every time till the dues are cleared.

However, the connections can be restored after pending bills along with interest are paid. An amount of Rs 1,000 will have to be paid as disconnection charges and reconnection charges each time the connection is restored.

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Plots under scheme still a dream for 13,758 families
Deepender Deswal
Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 20
As many as 13,758 eligible families are yet to get the plots in Hisar district under Mahatma Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojna. The Haryana Government had launched a scheme five years back to provide residential plots to the Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes (category A) and below poverty line (BPL) families.

The issue has been gaining momentum with elections are drawing closer. Even Congress leaders are raising the issue who have been getting complaints in this regard. Union minister Selja and Rajya Sabha MP Ishwar Singh urged the state government to expedite the process of giving the plots to the needy families. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Jaiveer Balmiki admitted delay in allotting the plots while promising to speed up the process.

According to information, there are around 35,486 eligible families for getting plots under the Mahatma Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojna in the district. Of which, 21,266 families had been allotted plots while 462 families are in the process of taking possession of the land. But the remaining families -- 13,758 -- are still awaiting the allotment of plots. Officials cite various reasons, including encroachments on the shamlat land and even unavailability of land in some villages.

Hisar has 270 villages spread in nine blocks. Sources said in Adampur, out of 25 villages, there is no shamlat land available in two villages. In Agroha block, despite availability of land in all 22 villages, around 200 families are waiting for plots. Two villages of Barwala block too have no land.

The scheme hit a major roadblock in Hansi first block where 19 out of 36 villages have no shamlat land, causing concern to around 5,000 needy families. Ten villages of Narnaund too have paucity of shamlat land, leaving around 2,000 families out of the scheme so far. Some villages in Hansi second and Uklana blocks too don't have land available with them which has cause hurdle in implementation of the scheme.

District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO) Sumit Kumar admitted about problems in giving away plots to all eligible families due to shortage of land in many villages. "We have allotted the plots to around 65 per cent eligible families and the efforts are being made to find out land and to carve out plots for the remaining population also," he stated.

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Haryana among most accident-prone states
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 20
Haryana continues to be among those states in the country which are accident-prone states and where the accident rate is still on the higher side. With over 10,000 accidents on an average in the past few years, Haryana accounted for around 2.05 percent of the total road accidents reported in the country in the past three years. This was revealed by experts in a seminar held on the subject here recently.

Jointly organised by the Indian Road Traffic Education (IRTE) and the district police, the statistics placed by the experts revealed that out of the total 4.9 lakh accidents reported all over the country in 2012, Haryana accounted for 10,065 accidents (2.05 per cent), which placed the state at fifth slot in the country. According to the details provided by the IRTE, Haryana accounted for at least 4,446 deaths in these accidents out of the total 1,23,258 deaths in the country.

With 3,650 accidents, the state was placed at fourth spot in matter of accidents in the National Highways in the same year. While the research on the subject revealed that the fault of the driver was the main cause (78 per cent) behind the accidents, the speakers stressed on intensive awareness campaigns to bring down both the accidents and mortality rates on roads in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Kumar Rao, IG, Rohtak Range, said that while the seminar was a positive development, he said a majority of literate and young drivers had starting realising the importance of road safety as he claimed that it was fault of the driver that led to the accident in a majority of the cases.

He said though many of the times several innocent persons or drivers became victims of accidents, he said it was the level of awareness and the respect and regard to traffic rules that was most important. He said though the police was in the process of upgrade and improvement its traffic control system, it was the cooperation of the people that could guarantee the success of any drive.

The training programme delivered by IRTE stressed on importance of highway lane driving, code of conduct on road, lane discipline, overtaking, speeds, U-turns, driver signals, night driving, mirrors, tailgating and made the participants aware about the causes of road traffic crashes and violations, problems faced by drivers in current road and driving environment, importance of traffic control devices, understanding road signs, markings and signals, factors affecting drivers behaviour like health, hygiene, stress, fatigue, hours of driving, drunk driving, drugs and medicines, basics of defensive driving and hazard perception.

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Three cops jailed for abetment to suicide
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 20
The court of Additional and Sessions Judge Amarjit Singh has sentenced three policemen and a local resident to five-year imprisonment for having created circumstances which forced Rajesh Pandey, son of a retired Army subedar Parmatma Pandey, to commit suicide in 2007.

Holding then ASIs Om Pal and Ganga Bishan, along with constable Jitender Rana, and one of his relatives Dinesh Kumar guilty of abetment to suicide, the court pronounced the sentence.

The body of Rajesh Pandey had been recovered from the bushes in Babyal village in August 2007. The police had recovered a note from his pocket in which he had accused Dinesh and Jitender Rana of having implicated him in fake cases of chain theft.

It had been alleged that the accused had been continuously harassing him and had created circumstances which forced him to consume some poisonous substance to end his life.

The court while holding the four guilty of the crime observed that there was enough evidence on record to prove their guilt and awarded them five-year jail term.

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Two killed as LPG cylinder bursts
Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 20
Two persons, including a girl, were burnt to death as a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder burst at Mayyar village of the district last evening.

The deceased have been identified as Radhe Shyam (30) and his minor niece, Ritu (15).

The village sarpanch said the victims were preparing food in the kitchen when the cylinder caught fire and exploded.

The villagers rushed to the site and took the injured to the hospital where they were declared brought dead.

The police has registered a case.

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Policeman booked for bid to rape colleague
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 20
A policeman has been booked for attempt to outrage the modesty of a colleague posted at the Police Training Centre (PTC) in Sunarian village of the district. No arrest has been made so far.

Sources said the incident took place in the residential quarters of the centre where both were residing.

Sources said a wordy duel resulted into a quarrel and Ravinder Kumar allegedly manhandled the victim. The complainant alleged that the accused tried to outrage her modesty during the incident.

A case has been registered under Sections 354 and 506 of the IPC against the accused.

Carpenter booked on rape charge

Gurgaon: The police on Sunday registered a case against an unidentified carpenter for raping a mentally challenged woman. The 32-year-old victim is a resident of Phase II, DLF City. The accused was working at the house next door.

The police said the incident occurred last evening and the family moved the police today. Her brother and sister-in-law had gone out when the incident took place.

When they returned, the victim could not give details about the incident and the accused. Her medical examination, conducted today, confirmed rape.

The police questioned the neighbour who had employed the carpenter, but he did not have details about the accused's whereabouts.

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Four held for helping criminal flee
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 20
The police has arrested four youths who had allegedly helped a most wanted criminal to flee from the PGIMS here recently.

Two pistols and some crude weapons have been recovered from them.

The police said Deepak, Ravinder, Suraj and Neeraj were nabbed from near Karontha village, about 12 km from here, last night when they were planning to carry out a loot in the region.

He said the accused tried to flee when challenged by a police party which had reached at the spot after information about their movement. Two pistols a cartridge, a rod and a stick was recovered from them, it is claimed. It is revealed that the accused admitted their involvement in the incident in which the dreaded criminal Ashok, alias Doga, escaped from ,police custody while undergoing treatment at the PGIMS about 10 days back.

Doga, who faces 12 cases, is wanted in four cases of murder. He carries a reward of Rs 20,000. All accused were remanded in police custody by a local court.

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Dhaba owner beaten to death in Hisar
Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 20
A dhaba owner, Rajbir, was beaten to death by assailants on Balsamand road in the town last night.

Rajbir was sitting in his chamber at the dhaba when assailants attacked him after a brief altercation, resulting in serious injuries on his head.

They made good their escape after committing the crime.

A case of murder has been registered.

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Three armed miscreants take away vehicle
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 20
A Xylo car was looted at pistol point by three miscreants from the Gohana-Meham road in Gohana on Friday night.

On the complaint of Xylo driver Bhagat Singh, a resident of Girnawati village in Rohtak district, a case had been registered against the unidentified persons at the Baroda police station.

Bhagat Singh stated that he was using his car as taxi and when he was returning to his village, a youth signaled him to stop the car.

As soon as he stopped the car, two other youths forcibly entered the car. The miscreants took control of the car at pistol point and dropped him near Kathura village on the road.

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checking wasteful expenditure
Finance Dept puts its foot down on filling of posts
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
To curtail wasteful expenditure and discourage the tendency of filling vacant posts without proper sanction, the Finance Department has put its foot down on the filling of posts by the Haryana Government.

In the latest directive to various departments, the Principal Secretary, Finance Department, has said: ďThe posts lying vacant for more than two years, whether newly created or old, should not be filled without the prior approval of the Finance Department. The two-year period shall be calculated as the period preceding September 1, 2013.Ē The directive is a part of the economy measures-prioritisation of expenditure in the current financial year.

However, these instructions would not be applicable to the posts for which requisition had already been sent to the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) and the Haryana Subordinate Service Commission (HSSC) and for which advertisements had already been issued.

Relaxations could be granted in exceptional circumstances with the prior approval of the Chief Minister and the Finance Department, the directive said.

Meanwhile, the directive asked all administrative secretaries to hold detailed discussions with the officers concerned and identify the areas in which expenditure could be curtailed. The directive asked the departments to avoid unnecessary expenditure with a view to curtailing the wasteful expenditure.

It may be recalled that filling of posts without the sanction of the Finance Department was currently a routine affair in the state.

New directive

  • No filling of posts without FDís prior approval
  • Directive not applicable to posts advertised by HPSC, HSSC
  • CM, FD can relax norms for filling new, old posts
  • Secretaries asked to curtail wasteful expenditure

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Dabwali fire victims object to ex-DCís plan to contest poll
Vow to teach him a lesson at the hustings
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, October 20
The Dabwali Fire Tragedy Victims Association have reacted sharply to former bureaucrat MP Bidlanís expression of interest to contest the 2014 parliamentary poll from Sirsa on the BJP ticket.

Addressing mediapersons after a meeting of the association at the fire memorial built at Dabwali, the office-bearers of the association castigated the BJP for promoting Bidlan as its prospective candidate.

Bidlan was the Sirsa DC when a devastating fire left 442 persons dead and more than 150 injured during the annual function of a school on December 23, 1995.

ďHe was attending the function as the chief guest when fire broke out in the pandal, Bidlan asked his security staff to close the exit for his safe escape instead of saving the lives of children crying for help,Ē alleged Vinod Bansal, general secretary of the association.

Bidlan was suspended after the incident and an inquiry committee had recommended his removal from service. However, he was later let off with minor punishment.

Bansal said residents of Dabwali would never forgive Bidlan for his role in the worst fire of the country and teach him as well as the BJP a lesson.

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12 students rescued as madarsa catches fire
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 20
Twelve students of Darul Uloom Khar madarsa were rescued after a room of the building caught fire on Friday night. The two-room building of the madarsa went up in flames around 1 am.

As some villagers saw flames coming out of the building, they immediately called up the fire brigade department at Ambala Cantt. which rushed fire tenders to the village.

The villagers managed to rescue 12 students and no injures were reported to any of them. The fire started in the room which was used as kitchen-cum-store and the whole room was gutted.

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MP lays foundation stone of health centre
Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, October 20
Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahlad Singh Gillankhera today laid the foundation stones of a community health centre (CHC) at Badopal and a polytechnic at Dhangar village in Fatehabad. The CHC would be constructed at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore and the polytechnic at a cost of Rs 15.5 crore.

Tanwar said the Haryana governmentís priority was to provide in villages all facilities which were available in towns as 70 per cent of the population lived in rural areas.

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49 Foreign Ministers to meet in Gurgaon from November 8
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 20
Gurgaon will host a meeting of foreign ministers of 49 countries of Asia and Europe from November 8 to 12.

Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi today called a meeting of the officials concerned as part of preparations of the meet being organised by the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

Vidyarthi assigned duties to the officers and said the issue of security would be looked after by the Gurgaon police. A dedicated lane will be kept reserved for the delegates at the Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bharti Arora will supervise the traffic arrangements while Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Maheshwar Dayal has been made the nodal officer for the policing arrangements. Additional Deputy Commissioner Pushpender Singh Chauhan will be overall in charge for the arrangements for the meet while SDM (Gurgaon- North) Satender Duhan has been appointed the nodal officer for maintaining liaison with the Ministry of External Affairs.

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