Haryana

Hearing of Dera manager murder case today

Ambala, Sept. 17: A court in Ambala will today hear the murder case of Dera Sacha Sauda manager Ranjit Singh, in which the Dera chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, is an accused.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge R K Saini had adjourned the hearing after five accused - Krishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, Sabdil Singh, Inder Sain and Avtar Singh appeared before the court.

Baba Gurmeet is accused of murdering Ranjit Singh, who threatened to reveal the name of those who were involved in wrongdoings inside the Dera headquarters at Sirsa.


Haryana Tops The List In Terms Of Per Capita Investment

Chandigarh: Centre for Monitoring of Indian Economy (CMIE) has reported that Haryana has topped the state list in terms of per capita investment in the existing fiscal.

The report has detailed that the overall investment figure under implementation is Rs 1,86,045 crore, as of June 2007.

According to the report, the state ranked 14th ten years ago and was placed at 13th place five years ago in terms of per capita investment.


ANNIK opens first office in US

Gurgaon (Haryana), Sept 26 : In a significant move, Annik, India's premier Data Services and Analytics Company, part of Raman Roy's Quatrro Group of Companies, has opened their first office in the US.

The Florida office will provide local presence for client relationship.

"We are proud to announce the opening of our US Office, a major milestone in Annik's growth. This new office will allow us to get closer to clients and provide quicker and more domain-specific responses to client needs,” said Rahul Sahgal, CEO of Annik.


Court to hear Dera chief case today

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh
Ambala, Oct 15 : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will today hear a case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, accused of sexual assault and murder.

Earlier, a court had extended the bail of Baba Gurmit till October 15 in two cases of murder and one count of rape.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed him to appear before the trial court for grant of regular bail.

The dera chief was granted interim bail on surety of three bonds of Rupees five lakh each.


Haryana police learns etiquette to get people savvy

Gurgaon (Haryana), Oct 19 : Police in Haryana are undergoing etiquette lessons to improve the image of the state police force in the public eye.

Under a private-public initiative, cops in Gurgaon are being trained in basic behaviour and code of conduct at Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) offices.

Infamous for being rowdy and unfriendly, the policemen are getting a crash course in being polite to the public.

Police officials, especially those who attend calls at the control room and at police stations, are being trained to respond rationally to people in distress.

Mahendra Lal, Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, said the programme is aimed at making policemen people savvy.


Court to hear Dera Sacha Sauda chief case today

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh
Ambala, Oct 20 : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will today hear a case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, who is accused of sexual assault and murder.

Earlier, a court had extended the bail of Singh till October 20 in two cases of murder and one count of rape.

The court had refused Singh's plea for regular bail on grounds that the Dera chief was not present at the hearing on October 15.

Defence lawyer, however, had stated that Singh was not needed be present.


Hearing in Dera Sacha Sauda chief's case today

Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh
Ambala, Oct 22 (ANI): A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will today hear a case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, who has been accused of sexual assault and murder.

Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought cancellation of interim bail to Singh, alleging that the sect chief was threatening the witnesses.

In an application filed before Special CBI Judge R K Saini, the investigating agency also demanded that no regular bail be granted to Dera Chief as he pressurise the witnesses.


Decision on Dera chief's bail plea today

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh
Ambala, Oct 25 : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will today give its order on the bail plea of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, who has been accused of sexual assault and murder.

Special CBI Judge R K Saini had reserved the decision on regular bail application till today.

The CBI is opposing grant of bail to Singh, alleging that the sect chief was threatening the witnesses.


Dera chief to appear before CBI court

Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim SinghAmbala, Oct 27 : Chief of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda sect, Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, will today appear before a CBI court in connection with two cases of murder and one of sexual harassment.

The court who had granted regular bail to Singh on Thursday, asked him to appear before the court on Saturday.

Singh's lawyer Jasmir Singh had said that Special CBI Judge R K Saini allowed the regular bail plea as his "prima facie involvement" in the three cases had not been established,


Indo-Mauritius ties on strong footing, says Jugnauth

Karnal (Haryana), Dec 14: Mauritius President Sir Anerood Jugnauth believes ties between his country and India are on a strong footing because both share common roots.

"Since Mauritius gained independence, India has helped us a lot. Our cooperation is very strong. We are working together on many issues in international field, " said Jugnauth, while on a private visit to Karnal .

He was accompanied by his wife Sarojni. Both also attended a cultural programme. A Hindi music CD penned by him was released on the occasion.

India and Mauritius signed the double taxation avoidance agreement in 1983. Despite periodic criticism that the treaty has been abused for tax evasion, New Delhi has refused to scrap the agreement.


Chief Minister Hooda plans to promote Gurukul Institutes in Haryana

Haryana Government will promote Gurukul Educational Institutes in the state by providing financial aid. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was addressing Sanskrit Maha-sammelan at Gurukul Maha-vidyalaya.

Chief Minister assured Sanskrit teachers that their demands will be accepted soon and said that the promotion of Sanskrit language in the state will be funded by the government.

Mr Hooda said, "Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages of the world and many Vedas have been written in this language."

Mr. Hooda said that Haryana Government is very keen on overall development of students under Gurukul system of teaching.


North India continues to reel under intense cold wave

North India continues to reel under intense cold waveRohtak (Haryana)/Mussoorie (Uttarakhand), Jan 29: Northern India continued to shiver under intense cold wave conditions on Tuesday as mercury levels dipped to sub-zero temperatures, disrupting normal life.

In Rohtak, the temperature plummeted to around two degree Celsius, causing immense hardship to people, particularly during the intensely cold nights.

Labourers working in the outdoors have wrapped themselves up in maximum possible warm clothing, and are spending most of their time huddling around makeshift fires.


Bird flu scare in Haryana

Bhiwani (Haryana), Jan 31 : Panic gripped poultry farmers in Haryana's Bhiwani District today due to mysterious death of thousands of chickens.

Poultry owners were scared that the bird flu virus has hit them. 
 
"Thousands of chickens are dying daily. Doctors come, they do check up and then go. They are not telling us the exact reason for the mysterious death," said Krishna, a poultry owner.  

There has been no official confirmation however if the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza has actually hit here.

About 160,000 poultry birds have been culled in West Bengal so far, while over 100,000 birds have succumbed to the disease.


Surajkund crafts fair begins today

Surajkund crafts fair begins todaySurajkund (Haryana), Feb. 1: The 22nd Surajkund craft fair, which provides a platform to artisans from across the country to exhibit their crafts and skills, is all set to open up from today.

The main attraction will be the languishing and dying crafts from various nondescript parts of the nation.

Although several changes have been brought in the exhibition since 1987 when it was first held, even today, the display of handicrafts from across the country remains a prominent feature.


Afghanistan a favourite at Surajkund fair

Surajkund (Haryana), Feb 9: Membership of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation or SAARC has helped Afghanistan to expand its trade boundaries at the Surajkund crafts fair, on the outskirts of New Delhi.

The SAARC member countries showcased their craftwork at the fair and Afghanistan's participation was noteworthy.

Surajkund fair was started in 1987 as a novel scheme to highlight Indian handicrafts, art and culture. Now it has become a mega-hit.

In recent years, the fair has expanded its scope by inviting craftsmen and promoters from the SAARC-member countries.

The endeavor to promote economic integration, free trade and cultural links has proved to be fruitful for war-ravaged Afghanistan.


Samjhuta blast victims' relatives pay tribute

Mehrana (Haryana), Feb 20: Samjhuta blast victims' relatives pay tributeRelatives of victims of the last year's Samjhauta Express train blast offered tribute in Haryana's Mehrana village on Tuesday.

Bodies of Pakistani passengers, many of whom were burnt beyond recognition, were buried at a Mehrana village graveyard after consulting relatives and Haryana Waqf Board officials.

The relatives said they wished for a speedy investigation into the case by the Indian authorities.


Haryana Governor’s guards held for alleged rape

Chandigarh, Feb. 21: A 40-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two Haryana Armed Police personnel and a civilian near Governor A R Kidwai's official residence here this morning.

Commando Vijendra, attached to the Governor's security, constable Dinesh and one of his relatives were arrested on charges of raping the woman, SHO Ram Gopal, in whose jurisdiction the alleged crime took place, said.

The woman, who was employed with a caterer, was returning home in an auto-rickshaw when the alleged rape took place close to the official residence of the Haryana Governor in the high-security Sector-3 locality.


Hearing against Dera chief deferred till March 8

Ambala, Feb 23:Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh  Special Judge R K Saini exempted Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, from personal appearance and deferred the hearing for March 8.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim did not appear in CBI court due to illness in Ambala on Saturday for the hearing of three criminal cases against him and others.

His counsel Surya Prakash filed an application in the court in which he requested to grant exemption from personal appearance to Dera chief for today, as he is not well.


Kidney transplantation scam: Dr Upendra sent to judicial custody till Mar. 7

Kidney transplantation scam: Dr Upendra sent to judicial custody till Mar. 7Ambala, Feb 25: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday sent Dr. Upendra Aggarwal, one of the key accused arrested in the kidney transplant racket, to judicial custody till March 7.

“Dr Upendra has been sent back to Tihar jail, further he will be produced on March 7,” said C. P. Pandey, a CBI counsel.


Labourers' kids being educated at brick kiln sites in Haryana

Labourers' kids being educated at brick kiln sites in HaryanaJhajjar (Haryana), Feb. 25: Brick kiln labourers in Haryana can now provide school education to their kids without bothering to send them to distant places for the same, for the State Government has set up temporary classes for them at kilns.

Hundreds of brick kiln labourers' children are today benefiting from the newly set up classrooms which have been opened here under the Central Government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for All) scheme.


No top Delhi cop at encounter specialist Rajbir Singh's funeral

Naya Gaon (Haryana), Mar. 25: No top Delhi cop at encounter specialist Rajbir Singh's funeralDelhi Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and encounter specialist Rajbir Singh was today cremated in his village of Naya Gaon in Haryana's Rewari District, almost 20 hours after he was shot dead by Gurgaon property dealer Vijay Bharadwaj.

Singh's body was taken from a Gurgaon mortuary to his home in Delhi to allow his relatives to grief and pay their last respects before it was taken to his village for final rites.


Hooda Urges WB To Approve Proposals Worth Rs 12,348.79 Cr For Infrastructure Growth

Haryana Government is seeking a financial help of Rs 12,348.79 crore from Bhupinder Singh Hoodathe World Bank for infrastructure growth of the state.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, together with senior governmental officers, made a demand to this effect at a meeting with a 19-member delegation of the World Bank.

For implementation of projects of roads, the state government has sought financial assistance of Rs 15,587.97 crore, for power projects Rs 3,803.98 crore has been demanded and Rs 2,956.84 crore for water supply and sanitation projects.


TDI Hotels inks pact with Fortune Park Hotels

Fortune Hotels & Restors Ltd

TDI Hotels and Resorts Ltd, a group company of TDI Infrastructure, has informed that the company has signed an operating, marketing and technical services agreement with Fortune Park Hotels Ltd, a subsidiary of ITC Ltd.

The agreement is to setup a 100-room Fortune Select Hotel at Sonepat close to the TDI Kundli township.


Unity Infraprojects wins order worth Rs 383 crore

Unity Infraprojects wins order worth Rs 383 crore
Mumbai-headquartered Unity Infraprojects Limited has informed that the company has secured two prestigious orders worth Rs 383 crore from Haryana State Roads and Bridges Development Corporation Limited, Chandigarh.

The first contract worth Rs 142.62 crore was awarded to the company for widening and upgradation of Rai Nahra Bahadurgarh Road (MDR-138) km 0.00 to 37.40 and Rohtak- Kharkhoda Delhi border (SH-18) (km10.20 to 40.76). The work is scheduled to be completed within 15 months.


Vulture's name auctioned for the cause of conservation

Pinjore (Haryana), May 27: A newborn vulture earned the name Phoenix and a sum of 20,000 sterling pounds at an auction conducted by the London-based Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at the Vulture Breeding and Conservation Centre in Pinjore, Haryana.

The amount earned is to be used for conservation.

As the vulture populations dwindling across India, a White-backed vulture, the second to be born in captivity at the Vulture Breeding and Conservation Centre, caught the attention of the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) in England.

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and the Government of Haryana jointly manage the Pinjore centre.


Rebel Kuldeep Bishnoi to vote against UPA

Kuldeep BishnoiChandigarh, July 16 : Rebel Congress MP from Bhiwani, Kuldeep Bishnoi has said that he would vote against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition in the Lok Sabha on July 22 during the trust vote.

Bishnoi said: "I have been raising my voice against the Congress-led UPA''s anti-people policies. I don''t want to commit political suicide, and therefore, there is no question of my voting in their favour."

Bishnoi said that he had recently written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, citing ten objections to the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.


Panchkula Will Soon Have Parsvnath Nanocity

Parsvnath Developers has teamed up with Hotmail founder, Sabeer Bhatia to develop a knowledge city in Panchkula. The project is known as Parsvnath Nanocity. This project is based on the public-private partnership. In this project Sabeer Bhatia has 52% shares while Parsvnath and Haryana government own 38% and 10% shares respectively.  

The state government has already designated 11,000 acres of land near Panchkula for this project. Parsvnath Nanocity will be modeled on Silicon Valley. This project will be accomplished in two phases in ten years. In the first phase 5,000 acres would be developed


Indefinite curfew imposed in Sirsa over Dera-Sikh clash

Dabwali (Haryana), July 18: An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Dabwali town of Sirsa District today following clashes between a group of Sikhs and Dera Sacha Souda followers.

One person has been killed and three were injured in the clashes.

According to the police, the clashes broke out following a dispute between them during morning prayers of Dera supporters.

Following the clashes, tensions have been prevailing in the area. Additional forces have been deployed to prevent any kind of untoward incident

Last month, one person was killed in firing by a bodyguard of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh during a clash with Sikhs when the sect head had visited Mumbai.


Uneasy calm in Dabwali after Dera-Sikh clashes

Sirsa, July 19 : Uneasy calm prevailed in Haryana''s Sirsa district and parts of Punjab today, even as curfew remained clamped in Dabwali town following clashes between Dera Sacha Sauda followers and Sikhs.

Haryana Armed Police (HAP) troops, Rapid Action Force (RAF) and paramilitary force conducted flag marches in Dabwali town and Sirsa''s satellite towns Ratia, Ellanabad and Kalianwala.

The warring factions the Dera Sacha Sauda, Sikh organisations, including the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committtee (SGPC), have appealed to the people to maintain peace and communal harmony.

In Punjab, the situation in Bathinda, Muktsar, Moga and Malout districts was tense, but under control.


Sikh organisations shutdown in Punjab, Haryana against Dera Baba sect

Chandigarh, July 23: Sikh organisations are today observing a shutdown in Punjab and Haryana seeking an immediate arrest of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh whose body guards had killed a person from Sikh community in Mumbai on June 20.

In the wake of the shutdown, the security has been tightened in both the states.

To instill confidence among people in the wake of the bandh, security forces flag marched yesterday at various places in the two States.

Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Khalsa had on July 19 called for the shutdown, saying that only essential services including medical services will be allowed during the total shutdown sponsored by Sant Samaj, a conglomerate of various Sikh outfits.


Heavy security at Kurukshetra ahead of Friday’s solar eclipse

Kurukshetra (Haryana), July 31: Security has been beefed up in Kurukshetra ahead of a fair to be held on Friday to mark the Solar eclipse.

Haryana Government sources said this precautionary step is being taken in the wake of the damage caused to life and property by the serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

Nearly 1.5 million pilgrims are expected to attend the solar eclipse tommorow.

According to Hindu mythology, whosoever takes a dip in the tanks here on the solar eclipse day, is freed from all his sins and attains salvation.


OK Play Receives Rs 32.70 Cr Order From Haryana Government

OK Play India Limited announced that the company has received an order of OK Play Receives Rs 32.70 Cr Order From Haryana Government Rs 32.70 crore from the government of Haryana.

OK Play India is a leading plastic molding company.

Under the proposed contract, the scope of work includes the supplying of water storage tanks for a value of Rs 32.70 Crores.

The order is applicable till March 31, 2009.

To further strengthen its business footprints, New Delhi-based company (OK Play India Limited) is eyeing to pump Rs 70 crore for constructing two facilities in Haryana and Tamil Nadu.


Adani Power Inks Power Purchase Pact With Haryana Govt

Adani Power Limited (APL) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Adani Power Inks Power Purchase Pact With Haryana GovtHaryana Government for supply of 1424 MW of Power for 25 years.

The bid was awarded to APL based on a competitive tariff bidding process which had taken place a few months ago.

The power will be supplied from the company's under-construction power generation facility in Mundra, Kutch, at the rate of Rs 2.94 per unit.


Centre announce financial incentives on Akshay Urja Diwas

http://www.topnews.in/files/Akshay-Urja-Diwas.jpg " alt="Akshay Urja Diwas" title="Akshay Urja Diwas" width="195" height="140" align="left" />Haryana, Aug 20 : Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Vilas Muttemwar today said that government is to implement a scheme to give financial incentives to youth promoting solar energy system.

While participating in the national level function of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas at Panchkula, Muttemwar said there are 140 manufacturing units engaged in the manufacturing of water heater equipment in the country.


Haryana Olympians rewarded with Govt. jobs

New Delhi, Aug 22 : Bhupinder Singh HoodaThe four players of Haryana, who had reached quarterfinals of their respective events at Beijing Olympics would be rewarded by appointment as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday announced the rewards in recognition of their significant achievement at the Beijing Olympics.

While speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Hooda said that a boxing academy would be established in Bhiwani and a wrestling academy would be set up at an appropriate place in Haryana.


Hearing in Dera chief''s case today

Hearing in Dera chief''s case todayAmbala, Aug 23 : A special court here today will hear arguments on the framing of murder and sexual harassment charges against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Special Judge of CBI A K Verma ordered Ram Rahim Singh to appear in his court positively on that date.

Earlier, Ram Rahim Singh did not appear in CBI court due to illness in Ambala for the hearing of three criminal cases against him and others. 


Govt. to set up ex-servicemen commission soon

A K AntonyRewari (Haryana), August 29 : Union Defence Minister A. K. Antony on Friday said that the government would soon set up an Ex-Servicemen Commission to address the grievances of armed forces veterans and plan welfare schemes for them.

“After opening a new department in the Defence Ministry for ex-servicemen, the government is going to set up an Ex-Servicemen Commission soon to recommend various welfare schemes for them and their families,” Antony said, during the inauguration function of a Sainik School at Thappa Gothra Khori village near Rewari in Haryana.


Hooda advises media to be balanced, develop and promote national consciousness

Gurgaon, Sept. 7 : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh HoodaHaryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday called on the media to actively develop and promote a feeling of national consciousness, adding that its role in nation-building could never be underestimated. He also said that there was a need for the media to be seen as a balanced medium of opinion generation on issues of national import.

Hooda also announced a donation of Rs. 25 lakh to the National Media Centre in Gurgaon, as contribution for development of its institutional complex.


Agriculture Leadership Awards announced

New Delhi, Sept 12 : The names for the National Agriculture Leadership Awards have been announced for this year by the National Committee which functions under the Chairmanship of Haryana Governor A. R. Kidwai.

The Life Time Achievement Award for this year went to three outstanding personalities for having served the Indian agriculture system for over four decades each, which positively impacted the growth in India''s farm sector, created newer opportunities and contributed to overall rural prosperity. They are Dr. V. Kurien, Dr. K. L. Chadda, and Dr. R. S. Paroda.


‘No. 1 Haryana’ Campaign Hit Hard By Mosquitoes

The ‘No. 1 Haryana’ campaign, which is currently being aired on cable networks ‘No. 1 Haryana’ Campaign Hit Hard By Mosquitoesacross the state, is likely to be hit hard by the threat due to a potential enemy – mosquitoes. Following the recent cases of dengue and cholera, malaria too has joined the ‘league’ with over 28,000 confirmed cases recorded of late from different places throughout the state.

This high number of confirmed cases has surpassed the figure of 23,278 cases, recorded in Uttar Pradesh. Despite this, the health department, still asserts that this outbreak is yet to take the shape of an epidemic.


FM expresses hope of lifting ban on export of non-basmati rice

P ChidambaramNew Delhi, Sept 22 : With prospects of good kharif output, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday expressed hope that the ban on export of non-basmati rice, which was imposed as a temporary measure, would be lifted soon.

Chidambaram said this after inaugurating new facility of rice exporting firm Tilda Riceland in Gurgaon in Haryana today.

The government had banned export of non-basmati rice in April as part of initiatives to check rising inflation that touched the 13-year high mark of about 12 per cent.


Terrorists want to end social unity, brotherhood: Sonia Gandhi

Sonia GandhiPanipat (Haryana), Oct 2 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said that terrorists want to end social unity and brotherhood.

She was speaking at a rally at Panipat in Haryana on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi''s birth anniversary.

Sonia Gandhi said that the designs of terrorists would not succeed and also warned those who were trying to gain political mileage out of the issue.

“Such people are enemies of society and the country, Sonia Gandhi said, and added, “This is a national problem and everybody should come together to fight it.”


Olympic medallist Vijender supports social cause on 22nd birthday

Bhiwani (Haryana), Oct. 31 : In a gesture to support social cause, the Olympic medallist Vijender launched two social campaigns-- ''Tree Plantation'' and ''Save Girl Child'' here on Thursday on the occasion of his birthday.

Vijender who celebrated his 22nd birthday, visited the local temple of Goddess Durga and offered prayers. His coach Jagdish and the President of Boxing Club of Bhiwani, Kamal Singh accompanied him.

Vijender prayed to Goddess Durga for more laurels to India in the boxing ring. After prayers, Vijender planted a tree and inspired others to follow suit. He also urged the people to stop female foeticide and participate in ''Save the Girl Child'' campaign.


Drunken Haryana cops kill innocent youth

In a shocking incident a group of drunken Haryana policemen had shot dead a 22-year-old college student returning home on Sunday night.

The youth Kuldeep Kumar, a BA final year student of Vaish College and a resident of Dabra colony, was shot from point blank range.

While Kuldeep was returning on bike from a party at his friend's place, the unruly policemen asked him to stop Tosham Chowk in Bhiwani. But when he did not stop he was shot in the temple with a service revolver.

As the news of fake encounter spread, local residents began pelting stones at the police at Ghantaghar Chowk and set afire a motorcycle.


NHRC gives Haryana Govt. two months time to report on custodial killing

National Human Rights CommissionNew Delhi, Nov. 5 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo-motu cognizance of the killing of 22 year-old student Kuldeep by the Hisar Police near Bhiwani, and given the state government two months to file a report on the incident.

The NHRC has issued notices to the Director General of Police, Haryana, District Magistrate, Bhiwani, SP, Hisar/Bhiwani to take appropriate action with regard to investigation of the case.

The guidelines were communicated to the Chief Ministers of all States on December 2, 2003 by the NHRC, Chairperson.


Indian Railways dedicates Kalka-Shimla rail track to nation

Indian Railways dedicates Kalka-Shimla rail track to nationKalka (Haryana), Nov 9 : Indian Railways dedicated the Kalka-Shimla railway line to the nation as world heritage track after being declared by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage.

In a vibrant ceremony laced with cultural performance at Kalka station in Haryana, union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu dedicated over a century old Kalka-Shimla rail track by unveiling the plaque on Sunday.

“The entire world know that such a railway, such a wonderful system is here,” said Velu.


Tibetan exiles face brunt in Haryana as their woolen markets get closed

Rohtak (Haryana), Nov 11: Tibetan exiles in Haryana’s Rohtak district were recently barred from running their market of woolen clothes as district administration canceled their permission, allegedly under pressure from local traders.

They had bought land and got permission from the district administration to start their traditional business of selling woolens during winters. But at last moment the administration cancelled the order, which according to exiles has been done under pressure from local traders whose business gets affected.


Pragya Singhs'' religious guru promises cooperation in Malegaon blast probe

Sadhvi Pragya Singh ThakurAmbala (Haryana), Nov 12 : Swami Avdheshanand, religious guru of Pragya Singh, an accused in Malegaon blasts, has offered his cooperation in blast investigations.

Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has so far arrested nine suspects including Singh in connection with the September 29 Malegaon blast case.


Rohtak city’s famous Rewri and Gajjak sell like hot cakes during winters

Rohtak, Nov. 17  With the onset of winters, the shopkeepers selling the traditional sweets Rewri and Gajjak in Rohtak city of Haryana are having a busy time.

There are over 200 sweetmeat shops in Rohtak selling Rewri and Gajjak. The city is known for its best quality Rewri and Gajjak. These two items are prepared with sesame seeds and jaggery or sugar.

The twin sweets are very popular and hold a huge demand not just within the State but in other the parts of the country and abroad. Beyond Haryana and rest of India, the Rewri and Gajjak find their lovers in the markets of North America, England, Europe and the Middle East.


Biotechnology training centre in Haryana approved

New Delhi, Nov 20 : The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for the establishment of the UNESCO Regional Centre for Training and Education in Biotechnology at Faridabad, Haryana with the revised budget of Rs. 99.55 crores.

The proposed centre would act as the focal point for cooperation amongst the Members countries of the Asian Region in Biotechnology.


Rohtak wrestlers in high demand during election time

Haryana MapRohtak, Nov. 20 : It’s election time and the wrestlers from Rohtak are in high demand. It may sound a bit strange to many people elsewhere but at least not here.

After all any political leader gains attention by the number of musclemen he or she is accompanied by while electioneering. And, many candidates facing elections in neighbouring States of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh perceive the wrestlers as a must.

Following such a demand, almost every other Akhara in Rohtak region in Haryana today presents a barren look. Although not much activity is witnessed at the Akharas but no one is complaining.


Absconding Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Resurfaces

Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan, who had been absconding for nearly a month, resurfaced at Jaipur on Sunday. As it turned out, he had married Anuradha Bali, the 35-year-old divorcee, secretly and had also converted to Islam. Bali is a former law officer from Haryana.

Talking over television from hiding, Chander Mohan confessed that he had taken a second wife, for which he had to change his religion. “My new name is Chand Mohammad and my wife’s name is Fiza,” he said. “I was attracted towards Islam since childhood. I have known her (Anuradha Bali) for a long time and now we are happily married.”

After his confession Chander Mohan was sacked by the state’s Congress government today.


Lok Sabha MP killed in accident

Lok Sabha MP killed in accidentLok Sabha member Chaudhary Munawwar Hasan was killed in a road accident near Palwal in Haryana on Wednesday.

He was 45.

Hasan "was brought dead to Apollo Hospital at 3 am," a hospital spokesperson said.

Hasan was elected on a Samajwadi Party ticket from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh in 2004, had defected to BSP at the time of July 22 trust votes.

He was expelled by the Samajwadi Party which also filed a petition seeking his disqualification from the House.


70-Years-Old Indian Woman Gave Birth To A Baby

70-Years-Old Indian Woman Gave Birth To A BabyAn Indian woman, Rajo Devi gave birth to a baby girl in November at the age of 70. She was not able to conceive the child naturally but with the help of in-vitro fertilization, she got pregnant and now has a daughter, Naveen Lohan.


BSNL Rolls Out ‘IPTV’ In Haryana

BSNL Rolls Out ‘IPTV’ In HaryanaBharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has made announcement about the launching of its ‘Interactive Personalised Television and Video Services’ (IPTV) services in Haryana.

In order to fulfill this initiative, State-run telecom operator (BSNL) has joined hands with Smart Digivision.

IPTV is a system delivering digital content services to subscribers using the Internet protocol over a broadband connection using closed network infrastructure.


KLG Systel bags repeat order worth Rs 306 million

KLG Systel bags repeat order worth Rs 306 millionKLG Systel has made announcement that company's power system solution (PSS) division has secured an order worth Rs 306 million from Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN).

According to sources, this is the repeat order, which has been awarded to the company for executing engineering procurement construction (EPC) project.

The major activity of India-based KLG Systel is to offer software, information technology solutions and IT enabled services.


Proposed Meeting Of Dera Banned

Proposed Meeting Of Dera BannedIn an important move, the district authorities on Sunday declined permission to the proposed congregation of the Dera Sacha Sauda, which was to be held in Jalalana here on Monday. It may be here recalled that Dera Sacha Sauda organises a congregation in Jalalana on January 12 every year. The village is considered as the birth place of the former sect head.

With this move, all the Dera followers who had gathered from far-off areas of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and other neighbouring states to participate in the congregation were disappointed.
 


40 generic drug stores to be opened by March: Paswan

Ram Vilas PaswanGurgaon (Haryana), Feb. 20 : Steel, Chemicals and Fertilizers MInister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday announced plans to set up 40 generic drug stores under the brand Jan Aushadhi by the end of March this year.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone of a new block of the public sector Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited (IDPL) to manufacture `Cephalosporin' in Gurgaon today, Paswan said the government is trying its best to provide affordable health services to everybody.


Tata Motors dealer picks up Unitech's Gurgaon hotel

Tata Motors dealer picks up Unitech's Gurgaon hotelUnitech, the country's second largest realtor by market capitalisation, has finally sold its 200-key Gurgaon Marriott Courtyard hotel property to Roop Madan, a high net worth individual (HNI) based in Delhi.

Roop Madan is the managing director of Sanya Motors, the official dealer of Tata Motors in New Delhi with three car showrooms. Sources said that Madan also owns a small realty venture, Sanya Hospitality, and is one of the investors in the Logix group.


Sonia Gandhi to open Medical College for women in Sonepat

Sonia Gandhi to open Medical College for women in SonepatSonepat, February 28 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi will lay the foundation stone of a medical college for women in Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya at Khanpur Kalan village of Sonepat on Sunday.

She will also unveil the statue of Bhagat Phool Singh in the campus.

Gandhi was scheduled to visit the village on February 9, but her visit was cancelled on account of the sudden death of Ranbir Singh Hooda, a veteran freedom fighter and father of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.


Sonia Gandhi lays foundation stone of women’s medical college in Haryana

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi Sonepat (Haryana), Mar 1 : United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of a women's medical college in the Bhagat Phool Singh University campus in Khanpur Kalan, Haryana.

She also unveiled a statue of Bhagat Phool Singh on the occasion.

A large number of armed police and security personnel were deployed for the visit.

Duty magistrates monitored the law and order situation.


Diplomatic pressure forced Pak to speak out truth: Sonia

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia GandhiSonepat (Haryana), Mar 1 : The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi said that diplomatic pressure exerted on Islamabad made Pakistan to divulge the truth and admit that the Mumbai terror attacks were partly planned on its soil.

"Pakistan was forced to speak out the truth due to the diplomatic pressure exerted by India," said Sonia Gandhi while addressing a public meeting here.

Sonia, however, said that some elements were trying to create obstacles in country's progress from time to time.


Wrestlers under scanner during general elections

Wrestlers under scanner during general electionsRohtak, Apr 1 : To keep the law and order situation under control during upcoming general elections, police in Haryana are keeping a strict vigil on wrestlers.

There are hundreds of wrestling training centers and police fear that during elections political leaders may use wrestlers as musclemen.

Police has received many complaints in the past regarding involvement of wrestlers in booth capturing and other unlawful activities during elections.


Two injured in Ambala railway yard fire

Wrestlers under scanner during general electionsAmbala (Haryana), Apr 13 : A fire that was sparked off by a leaking gas tanker spread to a railway yard in Haryana on Monday.

Two railway employees inside the yard were injured in the incident.

The fire out broke at around 4:00 a. m. in a gas tanker on National Highway one in Ambala District.

When the driver and the caretaker in the tanker realized that gas from the tanker was leaking, they took the vehicle to a secluded area and cordoned it off.

All traffic movement was halted in the area.


Karnal inferno reduces butter godown to ashes

Karnal inferno reduces butter godown to ashesKarnal (Haryana), Apr 30: A major fire broke in the godown of a ghee (clarified butter) plant at the industrial town of Karnal in Haryana on Thursday.

This mishap took place at Ruchi Soybean Industry''s plant around 6:00 a. m. and it was detected to have spread from the ghee godown.

Ghee worth thousands of rupees of clarified butter had been stored in the godown, which was completely destroyed.


Sikhs in Ambala protest atrocities on community in Pakistan

Sikhs in Ambala protest atrocities on community in PakistanAmbala, May 6 : Members of the Sikh community staged a protest here on Wednesday against the atrocities being committed on their brethren by the Taliban in Pakistan.

Raising slogans against the Pakistan Government, the protesters expressed their anguish against the treatment being meted out to Sikhs in the North West Front Province
(NWFP).

They also burnt an effigy of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and demanded that the Pakistan Government provide protection to the minorities living in that country.


General Motors operations in India still on track

General Motors operations in India still on trackGurgaon (Haryana) June 3 : General Motors (GM) India would continue all its normal operations in the country, as it was not included in the court reinvention process of GM''s United State''s operations.

This was stated by Karl Slym, President and Managing Director of General Motors India at the company''s corporate office here on Tuesday.

He said that GM India operations are not included in the US filing for Chapter 11 with maintaining their business unharmed in the country.


Huge cache of arms seized in Panchkula

Huge cache of arms seized in PanchkulaPanchkula (Haryana) June 7 : Haryana police on Saturday seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition and arrested three persons in Panchkula.

Most of the weapons were stolen from a gun depot in Hoshiarpur, Punjab.

Police arrested the kingpin of the gang Rajiv alias Raja and his accomplices - Rekha Rani and Ramadeep from the National Highway 1 near Issargarh in Kurukshetra after a brief exchange of fire.

According to the police the gang had committed a series of robberies in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh.


Haryana Govt Hospitals To Introduce ‘Surgery Package Programme’ On July 1

Haryana Govt Hospitals To Introduce ‘Surgery Package Programme’ On July 1With the intention to avoid harassment of patients by attendants, the Haryana government is all set to introduce a ‘Surgery Package Programme’ in government civil hospitals.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would launch the new programme of surgery package on July 1.

Under the scheme, the patients preferring for being operated in government civil hospitals of Haryana, would have to pay nominal charges for the package as compared to private hospitals.


Haryana Power Generation bags coal supply for its power station

Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has notified that company has secured coal supply for its power stations by signing a Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) with three major subsidiaries of Coal India Limited (CIL).

The names of the units are Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) and Northern Coalfield Limited (NCL).

Under the FSA, the above said coal companies have agreed to supply the coal, while HPGCL has agreed to purchase every year the Annual Contracted Quantity (ACQ) of coal.


Haryana youth beaten to death for marrying girl of same clan

Haryana youth beaten to death for marrying girl of same clanNarwana (Haryana), July 23 : A 21-year-old youth who had married against the wishes of the community has been beaten to death in Narwana in Haryana on Wednesday.

Ravinder, who had gone to bring his wife from her parent''s house, was killed by the residents of the girl''s village.

Ravinder was accompanied by a police officer when the incident took place.


Bhoomi Infrastructure to set up Rs 300 crore housing project in Panchkula

Bhoomi Infrastructure to set up Rs 300 crore housing project in PanchkulaMumbai based company Bhoomi Infrastructure has decided to build an integrated housing project at Panchkula, in Haryana.

The company has estimated capital outlay of Rs 300 crore for the proposed project which will be set up within coming three years.

To be set up on 17 acres of land, the housing project will be equipped with total 1000 housing units post completion with five types of apartments entailing one bedroom of 699 square feet, 895 sq feet, 1100 sq feet, 1478 sq feet and 1915 sq feet.


Haryana Government inks ‘MoU’ with SIDBI for HFC

Haryana Government inks ‘MoU’ with SIDBI for HFCHaryana Government has notified that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to revitalize, recapitalize and restructure the Haryana Financial Corporation (HFC), so as to improve its profit ability and viability.

As a result of this MoU, the State Government has agreed to provide resources to HFC, from time to time to strengthen its equity base and provide State Government guarantee to enable the Corporation to raise market borrowings including Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) bonds.


There is no reason why I can't do well in ODI’s: Mishra

Amit MishraPromising leg-spinner from Haryana, Amit Mishra is keen to drop his 'Test specialist' image and is aiming for a regular place in the Indian One-day team.

The leggie, who is among the 30 probables picked for the ICC Champions Trophy, is confident about his odds in making the final team.

Speaking to a TV channel, Mishra said: "I want to remove the tag of Test specialist. For the last two seasons, I have performed well in the shortest format of the game, which is more challenging then the ODI."


Haryana CM lays foundation of Gurgaon Metro

Haryana CM lays foundation of Gurgaon MetroGurgaon will have India’s first Metro rail project to be built and operated by a private company. The foundation stone of the Gurgaon Metro Rail, in DLF Phase III, was laid by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday at a public event in the city.


Five NSG officers awarded Police Medals

Five NSG officers awarded Police MedalsManesar (Haryana), Aug. 14 : Five officers of the National Security Guard (NSG) have been awarded Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the occasion of the country''s 62nd Independence Day.

The officers who have received the medals are Group Commanders Ajai Singh and S. L. C. Khup and Assistant Commanders C. T. Ravi, Om Prakash and S. Chongloi, an NSG press release said.

Ajay Singh has led a number of successful operations against militants in Punjab/Kashmir valley and seized arms and ammunition. He was selected to join the NSG last year.


IPL revived my ODI career: Mishra

Amit MishraPromising leg-spinner from Haryana, Amit Mishra thinks that it was his success in the second Indian Premier League in South Africa, which revived his ODI career.

The leggie, who had made a come-back to the ODI's after a gap of six years, edged out left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha for the second slow bowler's spot.

Speaking on this, Mishra said: "The selection in the ODI team is a reward for the hard work I have put in over the last few years. I am really very happy because at last my struggle paid off."


Haryana demands financial assistance from the centre

Bhupinder HoodaConcerned over poor rainfall in the state, the Haryana government has demanded special financial relief of Rs 3,168.75 crore from the Union government to help the ailing peasantry of the state. Total crop sowing in the state stood at only 26.57 lakh hectares in the current crop season, as compared to 28.92 lakh hectares in the same period last year.


Ahluwalia Contracts bags six new orders worth Rs 215 crore

Ahluwalia Contracts bags six new orders worth Rs 215 croreAhluwalia Contracts India Limited, a leading civil construction conglomerate has announced that it has won six new orders worth Rs 215.06 crore.

The company has secured first order worth Rs 105.64 crore for construction of Institutional Building, Hostels and Residential Accomodation etc. for Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, MCA, Govt. of India at Manesar (Haryana).


India raises scope for cooperation with US by frisking N.Korean freighter

India raises scope for cooperation with US by frisking N.Korean freighterSonepat (Haryana), Aug. 21 : By taking the bull by the horns and not releasing the North Korean ship nearly two weeks after it was seized, New Delhi has opened new possibilities for cooperation with Washington and also sent unmistakable signals to hostile proliferation racketeers and intelligence agencies not to snoop around its waters, says an academic.


Supreme Infrastructure bags order worth Rs 236 crore

Supreme InfrastructureSupreme Infrastructure India has bagged order for Rs 236.31 crore project from a realty developer for the construction of buildings.  

The company has received the contract from Ramprashta Promoters & Developers for construction of Multistoried `Edge Towers` Complex at Ramprastha City in Sector 37-D, Gurgaon, Haryana.

The scope of the project includes construction of 15 towers consisting of basement and 20 storied apartments, named Edge Towers.

The project is scheduled to be completed within 36 months from the date of commencement of the project.


Parsvnath Developers gets nod to build township project in Haryana

Parsvnath Developers gets nod to build township project in Haryana Parsvnath Developers, a leading real estate firm, has finally secured nod from the Haryana government, to build a township project in the state, in which the company would invest about Rs 380 crore.

The company official stated in a release that Parsvnath has received the letter of intent for grant of license from Director, Town and Country Planning, Haryana, for developing approximately 118 acres of integrated township in Sector 33 A, Rohtak, Haryana.


Haryana CM’s helicopter makes emergency landing in Hisar

HoodaHisar, Sep. 9 (ANI): Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s helicopter today made an emergency landing here due to bad weather.

District administration officials confirmed that the helicopter carrying Hooda, who was flying from New Delhi to Muktsar in Punjab, landed in Hisar on Wednesday afternoon.

“The chief minister''s chopper made an absolutely safe landing here. It was only an emergency landing. He has left for Delhi by road now,” said Navdeep Singh Virk, Hisar Superintendent of Police.

According to sources, Hooda opted to land safely in Hasar after pilots warned of bad weather ahead.


Three-storied building collapses in Faridabad, one dead

FThree-storied building collapses in Faridabad, one deadaridabad, Sep 9 : One person was killed and several others were feared trapped inside the debris of a three-storey building, which collapsed on Wednesday in Haryana's Faridabad district.

According to the police, at least two people were taken out of the debris with serious injuries shortly after City Centre building, collapsed. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.

Rescue teams have been rushed to the spot and are being assisted by fire fighters and the police.


Three persons detained for stone-pelting on Rahul Gandhi''s train

Three persons detained for stone-pelting on Rahul Gandhi''s trainKarnal (Haryana)/New Delhi, Sep 17 : Three persons were detained by the Haryana Police on Thursday for allegedly pelting stones at the train in which Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was traveling on Tuesday.

The Haryana police had, earlier, launched a massive manhunt for a group of young men who had allegedly pelted stones at the Swarn Shatabdi Express near Gharaunda town in Haryana, which was seen as a major security breach by the intelligence agencies.


Give a bride and get my votes, say youth voters in Haryana

Give a bride and get my votes, say youth voters in HaryanaJind (Haryana), Sep 24 : In a bid to draw the attention of the lawmakers about the prevailing mass unemployment due to which prospective grooms remain bachelors, youths in Haryana''s Jind district have launched a campaign to highlight their plight.

Holding banners of ''Bahu do, Vote lo'' (Give us brides to get our votes), what these jobless young men from Kunwara Union, or Bachelors'' Union, expect the least from politicians ahead of the October 13 State Assembly elections is just a bride.


Tata Docomo Enters North India By Rolling Out ‘GSM Services’ In Haryana

Tata-Docomo Adding one more feather to its crown, Tata Teleservices Haryana on Tuesday rolled out its GSM services under the Tata Docomo brand across the state.

Mr. Anil Kumar Sardana, TTSL Managing Director, launched the service by making the first phone call to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

In a message, Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata stated, "This launch is truly a moment of triumph for the consumer. The launch of pay-per-use, per-second concept offered by TATA-DOCOMO will create a paradigm shift in the overall telecom experience for the customer and provide a service that is refreshingly different."


Congress manifesto promises to make Haryana power surplus

Congress manifesto promises to make Haryana power surplus Chandigarh, Sep 30 The ruling Congress in Haryana Wednesday promised in its manifesto for the Oct 13 assembly elections to make the state power surplus in the coming years.

Releasing the party's manifesto here, Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress general secretary in-charge for Haryana affairs Prithviraj Chavan claimed their party would register a thumping victory. The state has 90 seats.


Hooda awaits legal opinion on separate SGPC for Haryana

SGPCChandigarh, Sep 30 : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Wednesday reiterated that a separate organisation would be set up to administer Sikh gurdwaras in the state -- provided there are no legal hitches.

"Our stand is very clear and we are already in the process of having a separate body for Haryana gurdwaras. But we cannot rush things as we are still waiting for legal opinion," Hooda told reporters.


As Haryana polls approach, Hooda bats for 'khap panchayats

Bhupinder Singh HoodaChandigarh, Sep 30 : Despite their controversial record, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda feels that Haryana's 'khap panchayats' - community councils that have ordered honour killings in the past - are still part of the state's traditions and values.

"Khaps have never brought a bad name to Haryana. Who says they have caused discomfort or embarrassment to us? Khaps are part of our 'sanskriti' (traditions)," said Hooda while addressing reporters here Wednesday. The state assembly polls are to be held Oct 13.


Congress sells foreign dreams to Haryana farmers in manifesto

Congress sells foreign dreams to Haryana farmers in manifestoChandigarh, Sep 30 : Haryana's ruling Congress seems to be selling foreign dreams to farmers in the state in their election manifesto released Wednesday, offering them help in buying land in any part of the world if their land is acquired to set up Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

"Farmers whose land will be acquired by us will get all help from our officials to buy land not only in other states of India but also in other countries of their choice," Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said here.


Declare cow 'national animal': Hindu groups

Declare cow 'national animal': Hindu groupsKurukshetra (Haryana), Sep 30 : Several Hindu groups came under a common umbrella Wednesday to urge the government to declare the cow as the "national animal".

Members of these groups said they had started a 108-day national campaign that will cover about 20,000 km.

Vijay Bhardwaj of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad told IANS: "There was a time when cow was considered the most holy being. Now the cow is struggling to survive."


Woman wants to bike her way to Haryana legislature

HaryanaRohtak (Haryana), Oct 1 : At a time when politicians in patriarchal Haryana do not hesitate to show off their luxury SUVs and cars during electioneering, a woman contestant of the ruling Congress in the state is happy to run her campaign for the assembly polls on a motorbike.

Shakuntala Khatak, who has been allotted the Congress ticket for the Kalanaur constituency (reserved for the Scheduled Castes) in this district, does not want to change her image of being a 'commoner' in the electoral fray for the Oct 13 polls.


Train engine derails in Haryana, no injury reported

Indian-railwayKurukshetra (Haryana), Oct 2 : A passenger train derailed in this Haryana district Friday, disrupting rail traffic on the busy Ambala-Delhi route, officials said. No one was injured in the incident.

According to a Government Railway Police (GRP) official at Kurukshetra, the engine of the train went off the tracks after colliding with a buffalo Friday morning.

Another engine had to be called to pull the train, she said, adding all the passengers were safe and the train suffered no other damage.

Some of the trains on the route were delayed and some were diverted to other routes, a railway official said.


Over 13 million voters in Haryana for Oct 13 assembly poll

Over 13 million voters in Haryana for Oct 13 assembly poll  Chandigarh, Oct 2 : Over 13.1 million electors will decide the fate of 1,222 candidates in the election to the 90-member Haryana assembly to be held Oct 13.

Haryana's Chief Electoral Officer Sajjan Singh said Friday that out of the total voters 7,147,100 were male while and 5,965,911 were female voters.

There are only 67 women candidates in the fray compared to 1,155 male candidates; 13,524 polling station are being set up for the assembly election, Singh added.


'Gandhi Jayanti' observed in Chandigarh, Haryana

'Gandhi Jayanti' observed in Chandigarh, Haryana Chandigarh, Oct 2 : The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which is now the International Day of Non-violence, was celebrated in this union territory and in neighbouring Haryana Friday.

In what could be one of its kind initiative, around 50 inmates of a model jail here were enrolled in a unique course called 'Gandhi Peace' Friday. This one-month course is designed jointly by local NGO Yuvsatta, Chandigarh prisons department and the Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal.


Sonia Gandhi to address rallies at Karnal, Sirsa today

Sonia Gandhi to address rallies at Karnal, Sirsa todayHaryana, Oct 4 : Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi will address rallies at Karnal and Sirsa in Haryana today.

The rallies are being held in support of the Congress candidate for Assembly elections in the state, which is scheduled to be held on October 13.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed an election rally at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Assembly elections will be the first major test for the Congress coalition after registering a thumping victory in the General Elections for the Lok Sabha in May.


Haryana's splintered opposition - and confident Congress

Ambala (Haryana), Oct 4  Thanks to a divided and demoralized opposition, Haryana's ruling Congress is confident of retaining power in the Oct 13 assembly elections and break a nearly four-decade jinx.

As the election day draws close, Congress leaders are upbeat. The last time a party returned to power in Haryana after ruling it for five years was in 1972.

"We have no contest this time. The opposition parties are fighting it out to see who comes number two. There is no opposition for most seats," former union minister and the chairman of Haryana Congress campaign committee Venod Kumar Sharma told IANS.


Vote Congress back to power for development, Sonia tells Haryana voters

Congress president Sonia GandhiKarnal (Haryana), Oct 4 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday asked the people of Haryana to return the Congress to power in the upcoming assembly polls if they wanted the state to progress further.

"I am sure that people will vote for development, peace and security in Haryana and will negate all those powers who devastated this state during their tenure earlier," Sonia Gandhi told a gathering in this Haryana town, 100 km from Chandigarh.


Advani, Badal head in different directions in Haryana

L. K. Advani, Parkash Singh BadalAmbala (Haryana), Oct 5 : It was only in May this year that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) organised a big rally in Punjab's industrial city of Ludhiana two days before the final phase of general elections in a show of strength and solidarity of all alliance partners.

Just five months and a few hundred kilometres thence, the NDA partners have taken different directions.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani will address his first election rally for the Oct 13 assembly poll in Ambala Cantt, 45 km from Chandigarh, Monday evening.


Rules for security agencies

HaryanaYou live in a posh society in one of the many sectors in Gurgaon. Your society has hired services of private security agencies to protect your family and your home from every possible danger. But what happens when your guard himself becomes a threat?

An answer to this nagging question is the new licence scheme the Haryana government is going to implement.

In a recent notification, the state has made it mandatory for private security agencies in Haryana to get a licence. October 31 is their deadline.


World Skills Challenge to kick off Hero Honda Indian Open

World Skills Challenge to kick off Hero Honda Indian Open Gurgaon, Oct 5 : The country's richest golf event, the $1.25 million Hero Honda Indian Open kicks off Tuesday at DLF Golf and Country Club with a unique India versus Rest of World Skills Challenge.

The entertaining contest will see India's two top ranked players Gaganjeet Bhullar and Arjun Atwal take on former US Open winner, Michael Campbell and Daniel Chopra, a two-time winner on the US PGA Tour.


Marykom's ‘jab’ kicks up a storm in National boxing

Haryana In a rare upset, four-time world champion and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna recipient Manipur’s Mangte Chungneijang (MC) Marykom lost to unknown Pinky Jangra of Haryana in the 10th Senior National Women’s Boxing Championship in Jamshedpur on Monday.

The verdict left the Manipuri fuming and she left the ring in a huff.

Refusing to accept defeat, she later registered a protest with the judges.

Marykom, an inspector with Manipur Police, has been raising her voice against the “discrimination” being meted out by private and government sectors towards women boxers.


PM to join Haryana poll campaign

Manmohan SinghAmbala, Oct 6 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will Wednesday address his first campaign rally here for the Haryana assembly elections.

The prime minister will address the rally at the Gandhi ground in Ambala, 45 km from Chandigarh, in favour of Congress candidate Venod Kumar Sharma and the party candidates of the adjoining assembly constituencies.

Election to the 90-member assembly takes place Oct 13.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday addressed two rallies in Haryana, at Karnal and Sirsa towns.(IANS)


Some Congress stalwarts may face rough weather in Haryana

Some Congress stalwarts may face rough weather in HaryanaChandigarh, Oct 7  The ruling Congress in Haryana may be eyeing a win in the Oct 13 assembly elections but some of its top leaders, including ministers, may not find the going easy.

The Congress won nine out of the 10 Lok Sabha seats from Haryana in May this year and led in 59 assembly segments out of the total 90.

Despite the Congress gains, the party trailed in some assembly segments now being contested by some of the party's leading lights.


Worst will soon get over on price rise: PM

Worst will soon get over on price rise: PMAmbala (Haryana), Oct 7 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said the federal government was fully aware of the difficulties faced by common people because of rising prices but said that the worst was getting over.

"The worst is getting over on price rise. With a good Rabi (winter) crop, we should be able to cope with things," the prime minister said at an election rally at the Gandhi ground in this Haryana city, some 45 km from Chandigarh.


PM praises Hooda government, seeks votes for Congress

PM praises Hooda government, seeks votes for CongressAmbala (Haryana), Oct 7 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spent 20 minutes at an election rally here Wednesday listing the achievements of the Congress government in Haryana led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Looking relaxed in his white kurta-pajama and trademark light-blue turban, Manmohan Singh exhorted people in Haryana to vote for the Congress again in the Oct 13 assembly elections.


Salt bags on tracks hold up trains in Haryana

Salt bags on tracks hold up trains in HaryanaAmbala (Haryana), Oct 8 : Salt bags that fell on the railway tracks from an overturned truck held up rail traffic on the Ambala-Saharanpur section for several hours Thursday morning, railway authorities said.

The bags fell after a truck overturned early Thursday on the National Highway 1 flyover passing over the tracks. The truck broke through the flyover parapet and was hanging precariously on the flyover edge.

The railways had to stop trains to and from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh following the accident.


Inside Julia's vanity van: Simple and ethnic Indian

Inside Julia's vanity van: Simple and ethnic IndianPataudi (Haryana), Oct 10 - Hollywood actress Julia Roberts' love for simplicity and appreciation of Indian craft were more than evident inside her personal vanity van as she shot here for the movie "Eat, Pray, Love".

Even as the Pretty Woman spent her last day in India Friday, her white air-conditioned vanity van told a story of its own.

With two rooms and a washroom, it had sparkling black flooring and her character Elizabeth Gilbert's name pasted on the door, as witnessed by these IANS correspondents.


Julia in Pataudi market was an affair to remember

Julia in Pataudi market was an affair to rememberPataudi (Haryana), Oct 10 - Not many residents of this town could catch a glimpse of Julia Roberts while she stayed at Pataudi Palace for over three weeks. But when the Hollywood actress finally stepped out into the market for a shoot, the crowds couldn't take their eyes off her!

Julia shot a few scenes of her film "Eat, Pray, Love" at Pataudi market Thursday, a day before she left India.


EC bans Opinion and Exit polls ahead of Oct. 13 State Assembly polls

Election Commission of IndiaNew Delhi, Oct. 10 : Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday prohibited dissemination of results of opinion and exit polls related to State Assembly elections to be held in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday (Oct. 13).

The ban period comes into effect from Sunday (Oct. 11) three o’clock in the afternoon and will last till the end of polling on Tuesday (Oct. 13) at five o’clock in the evening, the Election Commission stated on Saturday in a official release.


Mewat desperate for basic amenities, not big poll promises

Mewat desperate for basic amenities, not big poll promisesMewat, Oct 12 Jobless youngsters can be seen sitting and chatting at tea stalls, women washing clothes in dirty ponds, naked children playing in the dust with flies all around. Welcome to Mewat district in Haryana, just 30 km from Gurgaon, the country's IT and MNC hub, which seeks basic amenities and not big poll promises.

As Haryana goes to poll Oct 13, people reeling under abject poverty in the region aspire and hope for just basic amenities from the new government.


Polling agent killed in Haryana

Polling agent killed in HaryanaChandigarh, Oct 13 - A polling agent of an independent candidate was killed Tuesday, following an election-related group clash while polling was on in Guhla (reserved) constituency of Haryana's Kaithal district.

A police officer said Jyoti Ram was a polling agent of independent candidate Kulwant Bazigar. He was killed in Hemu Majra village of Kaithal, about 150 km from here.

Kaithal district police chief Sandeep Khirwair denied knowledge of the incident.

"We are on a round to see security arrangements for voting," Khirwair told IANS.


Hooda votes in village with mother

Hooda votes in village with motherRohtak (Haryana), Oct 13 - A confident Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Tuesday headed to his native village Sanghi with his mother, wife and MP son Deepinder Singh Hooda to cast his vote in the Haryana assembly election -- but not before going for his morning walk.

The ruling Congress and Hooda are hopeful that the party will return to power by winning a comfortable majority in the 90-member assembly.

Counting of votes in the state takes place Oct 22, deciding the fate of 1,222 candidates, including 68 women.


Political leaders cast their vote in Haryana, Maharashtra

Political leaders cast their vote in Haryana, MaharashtraRohtak (Haryana)/Pune (Mumbai), Oct 13 : Prominent leaders came out to cast their votes for the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana on Tuesday.

In Rohtak, Bhajan Lal, former Haryana Chief Minister and chief of the Haryana Janhit Congress came out and cast his vote.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda cast his vote and refused to comment about his rivals.

"This is democracy and everybody has the right of expression. But it is people who will elect the government," he said while heading before casting his vote.


33 per cent polling in Haryana till noon

elections About 33 per cent voters in Haryana had exercised their franchise till 12.45 pm on Tuesday for the assembly elections in the state.

Barring incidents in Guhla assembly segment where a person, Jyoti Ram who was the polling agent of an Independent candidate died at Hemomajra village in Kaithal district and Meham assembly segment in Rohtak where supporters of Congress nominee Anand Singh Dangi and supporters of an Independent, Sunil alias Kallu entered into a scuffle at a polling booth, the polling by and large has been uneventful so far.


40 lakh tonnes of paddy procured in Punjab, Haryana

40 lakh tonnes of paddy procured in Punjab, Haryana Chandigarh, Oct 14 : Nearly 40 lakh tonnes of paddy have been procured by government agencies and private rice millers in Punjab and Haryana, officials from the two states said here Wednesday.

In Punjab, nearly 28 lakh tonnes were bought by about 1,600 procurement centres across the state till Tuesday evening.

Over 96 percent of the paddy was procured by government agencies -- five Punjab government enterprises and the central government's Food Corp of India (FCI).


NSG to get high tech new weapons to fight terror: Chidambaram

NSG to get high tech new weapons to fight terror: ChidambaramManesar (Haryana), Oct 16 - The process of inducting state-of-the-art weapons for for the National Security Guard (NSG) is in the final stages, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Friday while detailing the steps being taken to give the anti-terrorism force the extra edge.


Chidambaram promises better weapons as NSG celebrates silver jubilee

Chidambaram promises better weapons as NSG celebrates silver jubileeManesar (Haryana), Oct 16 : Praising the valour and sacrifice made by commandos of the National Security Guards (NSG) during the 26/11, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday promised them better hi-tech weaponry.

The NSG, also known as the Black Cats is celebrating its silver jubilee today.

Chidambaram said: “The country would never forget the supreme sacrifice made by the NSG commandos during the Mumbai terror attacks.”


Millennium City Gurgaon scores low in Haryana poll

Chandigarh, Oct 19 : With its maze of malls, condominiums and IT offices, Millennium City Gurgaon has never quite fitted in with the rest of Haryana - an incongruity that was underscored by the poor turnout in the Oct 13 assembly elections.

Only about half the residents of the suburban town turned up to vote. At a time when the whole of Haryana recorded its highest polling percentages since the state was born, Gurgaon city, adjoining the national capital, recorded the lowest among all 90 assembly seats -- at just 54.25 percent.

Much of the polling percentage came from the rural areas, whereas localities where technology professionals live recorded as low as 25 percent voting.


Gurgaon factory tense after labour unrest claims life

Gurgaon factory tense after labour unrest claims lifeGurgaon, Oct 19 : The situation at a Gurgaon-based auto component factory in Haryana continued to be tense Monday, a day after after labour unrest there left one worker dead and at least six injured.

While a case of murder has been registered by Gurgaon police, around 200 striking workers at RICO, an auto-parts manufacturing unit, sat outside the factory gate in protest Monday.

The management, they claimed, was responsible for triggering the violence Sunday evening.


Yet another couple upsets clan council in Haryana

Rohtak, Oct 19 : Haryana, which has of late recorded various cases of village councils high-handedly deciding against same clan marriages, is seeing the fate of another young couple being decided by the village elders in the state's Rohtak district.

Village khap panchayat (clan council) has accused the couple of flouting social norms by marrying within the neighbouring villages.

"We have summoned the couple's parents during our next meeting after the festival season to take up the issue of this controversial marriage. Ther boy and the girl belonged to neighbouring villages and are considered kin as per our beliefs," said a senior member of village khap here Monday.


Huge cash withdrawals land Haryana candidate in soup

Huge cash withdrawals land Haryana candidate in soup Chandigarh, Oct 19 : Making huge withdrawals from a bank, almost running into Rs. 34 lakh, has earned an Independent candidate in Haryana a notice from the Election Commission (EC).

Independent candidate Jogi Ram Sihag, awaiting the result of the Oct 13 polling for the Haryana assembly, has been issued a show cause notice to explain the purpose of drawing Rs. 3,379,774 from his bank account.

The withdrawal was made from his account with the Union Bank of India, Hisar, between Sep 26 and Oct 10.


Punjab plans evening courts to clear backlog of cases

Punjab plans evening courts to clear backlog of cases Chandigarh, Oct 19: In view of nearly 700,000 pending cases in various courts under its jurisdiction, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday announced that evening courts would be started shortly in Punjab to lessen the pendency of cases.

Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur said in Muktsar town, 250 km from here, that in the first phase evening courts would start functioning in important cities of Punjab.

Thakur inaugurated the new judicial complex in Muktsar, built at a cost of Rs. 21 crore.


Haryana officials to monitor cases of their departments

Haryana officials to monitor cases of their departments Chandigarh, Oct 19 : Embarrassed by failure of officials of various departments to appear before courts for hearing of cases, the Haryana government Monday instructed its top officials to monitor all court cases pertaining to their departments.


Traders stike in Gurgaon, traffic on highway may be hit

Traders stike in Gurgaon, traffic on highway may be hitGurgaon (Haryana), Oct 20 : Workers at India''s biggest automobile hubs have called for a strike on Tuesday following the death of a worker at Gurgaon-based Rico Auto.

A worker was killed in a clash at the plant of component maker Rico Auto on Sunday.

The workers alleged that the police and some unidentified men acting at the behest of Rico Auto''s management, had launched an unprovoked attack which had resulted in one death and left many others injured. Since then, workers have been on a protest.


Re-poll in 9 Haryana booths again marks 90 percent vote

Re-poll in 9 Haryana booths again marks 90 percent voteChandigarh, Oct 20 : A re-poll held in nine booths of Naurnaund constituency in Hisar district of Haryana threw up a similar figure of over 90 percent polling - as during the Oct 13 assembly elections, officials said Tuesday.

Sources in the Election Commission said the re-poll was ordered because the turnout in these booths was more than 90 percent and the poll panel wanted to be doubly sure about the massive turnout.


Three-tier security for Haryana counting centres

Chandigarh, Oct 20: Fool-proof arrangements, including those for security, have been made for counting of votes Thursday for 90 assembly seats in Haryana held Oct 13.

The counting would commence at 8 a. m. on Oct 22 at 90 counting centres, Haryana chief electoral officer Sajjan Singh said here Tuesday.

Singh said a three-tier cordoning system would be set up to prevent unauthorised entry inside the counting centres. The innermost cordon would be manned by central forces.

He said cellular phones, cordless phones, wireless sets and other communication equipment would not be allowed in counting centres and in the area cordoned off by security forces.


Kenyan team to witness Haryana poll counting

Kenyan team to witness Haryana poll counting Chandigarh, Oct 20 : A six-member Kenyan delegation will observe the counting of votes Thursday for Haryana assembly's 90 seats.

The Kenyan delegation will be led by the interim Independent Electoral Commission of Kenya chairman Ahmed Issac Hassan. The team will visit a counting station in Gurgaon, adjoining the national capital.

There are 90 counting centres in the state.

Haryana's chief electoral officer Sajjan Singh said Tuesday that the delegation's visit was courtesy the Election Commission of India.(IANS)


Two-year-old abducted girl rescued

Two-year-old abducted girl rescuedPanchkula (Haryana), Oct 21 : A two-year-old child, who was kidnapped from outside her house in this Haryana town Tuesday evening, was brought back Wednesday but police and family remained tight-lipped on how the child was rescued.

Amitabh Dhillon, district police chief, said: "We cannot divulge anything as of now because it may hamper our investigation."

According to police, four men, in their early 20s, allegedly kidnapped Jia from the garden outside her house here in Sector-7.


Counting begins for Maharashtra, Haryana and AP Assembly polls

Counting begins for Maharashtra, Haryana and AP Assembly pollsMumbai/Haryana/Itanagar, Oct 22 -: Counting of votes for the Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh began this morning.

In Maharashtra, the counting of votes is being held at 288 counting centers for as many seats in 267 locations across the state.

The counting will decide the fate of 3,536 candidates, including 1,820 independents.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the fate of 154 candidates in 57 assembly constituencies will be decided.

About 60 to 72 per cent voting was witnessed.


Cricketer Yuvraj Singh's father loses election

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh's father loses electionPanchkula (Haryana), Oct 22 : Former Indian cricketer Yograj Singh, who is the father of cricket star Yuvraj Singh, Thursday lost his maiden election from Haryana's Panchkula assembly seat.

Yograj, who was fielded by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), was defeated by Congress candidate Devender Kumar Bansal from the Panchkula seat, adjoining state capital Chandigarh, by over 12,250 votes.

Yuvraj had not come to campaign for his father, who had put up posters of his celebrity son.


Haryana governor likely to invite Congress to form government

Haryana governor likely to invite Congress to form governmentChandigarh, Oct 23 - Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia is likely to invite the Congress to form the next government in the state after the party formally stakes its claim later Friday.

As the Congress has emerged as the single largest party in the assembly after the poll results were announced Thursday, Pahadia is likely to give it time to prove its majority on the floor of the house, sources in the Haryana Raj Bhawan said.


Bhajan holds key, will drive hard bargain

Bhajan LalFormer chief minister Bhajan Lal’s Haryana Janhit Congress may hold the key to formation of a stable government in the state with the Congress falling short of a simple majority in the 90- member House.

The Janhit Congress has six seats, enough to enable the formation of the government. But the question is whether Bhajan Lal will allow arch enemy Bhupinder Singh Hooda to become chief minster once again or make peace with his original party and bargain for deputy chief ministership for his younger son, Kuldeep Bishnoi.

The Congress will face a dilemma in case Bhajan Lal offers support only if Hooda is removed.


Chautala back in business

Om Prakash ChautalaRising from the ashes like a Phoenix would be the apt aphorism to describe the performance of Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the Haryana assembly elections. Orchestrating a grand political revival, the INLD has emerged as the surprise package, winning 31 of the 90 seats in the assembly on its own.


Congress all set to form the government in Haryana

HaryanaThe Congress is all set to form the government in Haryana once again after managing the support of seven independents.

With their support, the party will have a total strength of 47 in the 90-member House, crossing the half way mark of 45. The Congress had won 40 seats when results were declared on Thursday and its formation of the government was dependent on either the support of the Independents or the support of Bhajan Lal's Haryana Janhit party.


Congress stakes claim to form government in Haryana

Phool Chand MaullanaChandigarh, Oct 23 : Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Phool Chand Maullana met state Governor Jagannath Pahadia here on Friday and staked a claim to form the next government in the state.

On Thursday, the Congress got 40 seats in the 90-member assembly, falling short by six MLAs to cross the half - way mark.

During his meeting with Governor Pahadia, Maullana submitted letters of all seven independent MLAs who had pledged unconditional support to the Congress party to form the government.


All three incumbent CMs set to return

congressThe frontrunners for the post of chief minister in the three states where assembly election results were declared on Thursday continue to be the current incumbents.

As the final steps towards forming new governments in the three states are taken, Ashok Chavan in Maharashtra, Bhupi-nder Singh Hooda in Haryana and Dorjee Khandu in Arunachal Pradesh, each of whom led the Congress to victory, are most likely to retain power.


Shrewd Hooda gets the numbers

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda staked his claim to form the new government in the state on Friday, having cobbled together a majority within hours of discovering the Congress party was falling six short.

Assembly elections results on Thursday showed Congress had won just 40 seats, six short of the majority it needed to continue in power in the 90-member assembly. By late Thursday Hooda had already obtained letters of support from six of the seven newly elected independent MLAs.

It was not an easy task as his main rival, Om Prakash Chautala, leader of the Indian National Lok Dal, was also engaged in garnering support, his party having won 32 seats. But Hooda, with greater numbers on his side, also moved quickly to trump Chautala.


Haryana university to help Chinese improve buffalo breeds

Haryana university to help Chinese improve buffalo breedsHisar (Haryana), Oct 24 : Made in China products are all around the globe but scientists from there will now get tips on buffalo breeding from their Indian counterparts in Haryana.

Scientists at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar, Saturday offered cooperation to China's Guangzhi Buffalo Research Centre for research projects.

HAU vice chancellor K. S. Khokhar told a delegation of 16 visiting Chinese scientists that the university would help them breed high-milk yielding buffaloes.


Court takes serious view of lawmaker-police officer spat

Court takes serious view of lawmaker-police officer spat  Chandigarh, Oct 24 : Taking a serious view of the ongoing spat between a lawmaker and the Amritsar police chief, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Saturday said that police were free to initiate action against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator for his recent utterances.

The spat between Amritsar-North legislator Anil Joshi and district police chief Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh has been continuing for nearly a week after the Amritsar police registered cases against supporters of the lawmaker.


Congress chooses Bhupinder Singh Hooda to be Haryana CM

New Delhi, Oct 25 Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been chosen for the second time to be the chief minister of Haryana. The decision was announced by the Congress party high command here early Sunday morning after a day-long suspense over the matter.

Sources in the Congress earlier during the day said that party president Sonia Gandhi was busy consulting various leaders before the name of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, who will be the next chief minister, was announced.

Though caretaker Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's name continued to be in the front, there was also a speculation about the Congress MP from Ambala and Union Minister for Tourism Kumari Selja running for the post.


Congress retains Chavan and Hooda as chief ministers

Congress retains Chavan and Hooda as chief ministersMumbai/Haryana/Itanagar, Oct 25 : The Congress Party has decided to retain Ashok Chavan and Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the chief ministers of Maharashtra and Haryana respectively.

A decision was taken by Congress President Sonia Gandhi after she held several rounds of consultations with senior party leaders.

Defence Minister A K Antony, who is one of the observers for Maharashtra, said Chavan has been chosen as the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader in the state.


Haryana cancels pilgrimage to Pakistan after travel advisory

Haryana cancels pilgrimage to Pakistan after travel advisoryChandigarh, Oct 27 : The Haryana government Tuesday cancelled the pilgrimage to Sikh shrines in Pakistan following a travel advisory issued by the union home ministry.

The home ministry asked Indians to avoid travelling to Pakistan in view of the deteriorating security situation in that country.    


Sikh leaders meet Hooda, demand separate SGPC

Bhupinder Singh HoodaChandigarh, Oct 27 : A faction of Sikh leaders who want a separate and autonomous body other than the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to manage gurdwaras in Haryana Tuesday met Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to discuss the issue.

"We met Hooda and reminded him about his promise of a separate SGPC for Haryana. He has assured us ... a separate body to administer gurdwaras in Haryana," Jagdish Singh Jhinda, president of an ad hoc committee of SGPC, told reporters here.


Traders foil bank robbery in Haryana town

Traders foil bank robbery in Haryana town Kaithal (Haryana), Oct 27 : Local traders and their customers swung into action and foiled a bid by armed robbers to take away a trunk full of cash from outside a nationalised bank branch in this Haryana town Tuesday, police said.

The robbers even fired in air to scare away the bank security guards but this did not deter the onlookers, who threw stones and whatever came to their hand to stop the robbers from running away with the cash.


Haryana CM to prove his majority in assembly today

Haryana CM to prove his majority in assembly todayHaryana, Oct 28 : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly today.

Protem Speaker Captain Ajay Singh Yadav will administer the oath of office to newly elected MLAs.

On October 25, he was sworn in as Haryana’s Chief Minister for a second consecutive term.

Previously, Hooda has been the Lok Sabha member for four terms in 1991, 1996, 1998, 2004 and the leader of opposition in Haryana''''s Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2004.


Boxing gloves out in Bansi Lal's clan

Bansi LalChandigarh, Oct 28 : Former Haryana strongman Bansi Lal's family members are locked in a big political battle - this time among themselves.

Days after the Oct 13 Haryana election results were declared, prominent members of the family are openly accusing one another of sabotaging their electoral fortunes.    

The fight now is among equally strong personalities of the Bansi Lal family, which has its political base in Bhiwani district.    


Haryana to launch loan, interest waiver scheme

Haryana to launch loan, interest waiver schemeChandigarh, Oct 28 : Haryana will launch a cooperative bank loan and interest-waiver scheme for landless labourers, rural artisans and petty shopkeepers, state Governor Jagannath Pahadia said Wednesday in his maiden address to the newly-elected assembly.

The governor's address in the first session of the assembly, however, did not refer to Haryana as India's "number-one state" -- the most-heard slogan of the ruling Congress Party in the run-up to the assembly poll this month.


HJC legislators 'abstain' from Haryana trust vote

HJC legislators 'abstain' from Haryana trust voteChandigarh, Oct 28 : Keeping his political cards close to his chest, Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) president Kuldeep Bishnoi Wednesday led party legislators in 'abstaining' from the vote of confidence of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in the state.

Six legislators of the HJC, including Bishnoi, left the Haryana assembly complex here after taking oath as legislators.    

"We will abstain from the trust vote. We are going to Delhi," Bishnoi had told the media before leaving.    


Hooda sails through, wins trust vote

Haryana The Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government won the confidence vote in the Haryana assembly by a voice vote on Wednesday.

The Congress, which has 40 members in the assembly, won the trust motion by securing the support of 47 from among the 82 MLAs (excluding the Speaker) present in the House.

Six members of Kuldeep Bishnoi's Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) abstained from the proceedings.

Thirty-nine Congress members, seven Independents and the lone Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member favoured the motion.


Bickering holds up Haryana cabinet

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh HoodaThe Congress may have won the trust vote in the Haryana assembly but infighting seems to be holding up cabinet formation.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda faces a daunting task. His problem is that there are more claimants than the 13 ministerial berths in the 90-member assembly.

The single-day assembly session on Wednesday saw a spirited Opposition, led by Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal, buoyed by an impressive increase in its seats, take on a divided Congress in the House.


Fire in Haryana building, people trapped

Fire in Haryana building, people trappedAmbala (Haryana), Oct 30 - At least 10 people were trapped when fire broke out in a commercial building in this Haryana city Friday afternoon, an official said.

Fire officials said fire brigade teams had rushed to the VR Tower in Ambala, about 45 km from Chandigarh, and were trying to control the fire.

"There is a lot of smoke on one floor of the building. Some people are trapped and are being rescued," a fire official said.

The fire is believed to have been caused by an explosion in an air-conditioning unit. (IANS)


Delhi car catches fire in Haryana, occupants unhurt

Delhi car catches fire in Haryana, occupants unhurtChandigarh, Oct 30 : Four Delhi residents had a narrow escape when the car in which they were travelling to Chandigarh turned into a ball of fire after colliding with a tractor-trolley.

The Hyundai Accent car (DL 1CJ 1660) was travelling at a high speed when it hit the tractor trolley in Shahbad town, 65 km from here, on National Highway (NH)-1 between Ambala and Delhi.


Urvashi Gulati to be next Haryana chief secretary

Urvashi Gulati Chandigarh, Oct 30 : The Haryana government Friday appointed Urvashi Gulati as the next chief secretary of the state. She is the third woman to be named for the top post in the last four years.

Gulati, a 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, takes over from incumbent Dharam Vir, who retires Saturday. Gulati is currently posted as the financial commissioner-development.    

In 2005, Meenaxi Anand Chaudhary became the first woman chief secretary of Haryana. Promila Issar was appointed to the top bureaucratic job in Aug 2007.    


Goods train derailed in Haryana town

Goods train derailed in Haryana townKalanaur (Haryana), Oct 30 : A goods train derailed in Yamunanagar district of Haryana Friday, disrupting rail traffic on Ambala-Saharanpur route for some time, an official said.

According to a Government Railway Police (GRP) official, three wagons of the goods train carrying coal derailed in Kalanaur town, around 100 km from state capital Chandigarh.    


Haryana procures over 27 lakh tonnes paddy

Haryana procures over 27 lakh tonnes paddy Chandigarh, Oct 30 : Despite a drought-like situation and below average rainfall in the region this year, Haryana has managed to procure over 27.95 lakh tonnes of paddy so far, a state official said here Friday.

"This year, out of the total arrival, over 21.67 lakh tonnes of paddy has been purchased by various procuring agencies whereas over 6.27 lakh tonnes has been lifted by private rice sellers," said a spokesperson of Haryana's food and supplies department.

"So far, Haryana has contributed 17,254 tonnes of rice to the central pool," he added.


Haryana readies to set up IIM at Rohtak

Haryana readies to set up IIM at Rohtak Chandigarh, Oct 30 : A memorandum of association for setting up of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Rohtak town in Haryana was signed Friday between the representatives of Haryana and central government.

"IIM-Rohtak will start from 2010-11 academic session. Haryana government has earmarked 213 acres of site at Granawati village in Rohtak for construction of the IIM building at a cost of Rs. 35 crore (Rs. 350 million)," said the state spokesperson here Friday.


Haryana industry development firm earns Rs.60 cr

Haryana industry development firm earns Rs.60 crChandigarh, Nov 2 : The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corp posted an earning of over Rs. 60 crore in 2008-09, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced here Monday.

This was 38 percent over the previous year, when it registered revenues of Rs. 43 crore, Hooda said here.    

The corporation allotted 647 plots to entrepreneurs who have committed investments of Rs. 9,225 crore.    


Haryana makes bureaucratic reshuffle

Haryana makes bureaucratic reshuffle  Chandigarh, Nov 2 : In a bureaucratic reshuffle, the Haryana government has posted Chhatar Singh as the principal secretary to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Singh, an IAS officer of 1980 batch, replaces M. L. Tayal, who was principal secretary to Hooda in the previous government.    

K. K. Khandelwal, director for public relations, has been posted as additional principal secretary to the chief minister.

Naresh Gulati, a 1975-batch IAS officer, has been posted as financial commissioner and principal secretary for revenue. (IANS)


Six railway staff run over by train near Faridabad

Six railway staff run over by train near FaridabadPalwal (Haryana), Nov 3 : At least six railway personnel were killed Tuesday evening when a passenger train ran over them at Asawati station near Palwal town, 60 km from New Delhi.

Another worker was seriously injured in the incident.

The railway gangmen were returning after finishing repair work on the tracks when they did not realise that a train was coming on the same track, and they were run over. Light was failing when the accident took place.


Haryana saves Rs.9 lakh energy bill at governor, CM houses

Haryana saves Rs.9 lakh energy bill at governor, CM housesChandigarh, Nov 4 : The palatial residences of Haryana's governor and chief minister in Chandigarh have been refurbished with new energy-efficient lighting worth nearly Rs. 23 lakh that has brought down electricity bills at the two places by nearly Rs. 900,000 annually.

The two sprawling residences of Governor Jagannath Pahadia and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda are among the several buildings that have undergone energy audit under the state's department of renewable energy's plan to conserve energy.


Haryana saves Rs.9 lakh energy bill at governor, CM houses

Haryana saves Rs.9 lakh energy bill at governor, CM housesChandigarh, Nov 4 : The palatial residences of Haryana's governor and chief minister in Chandigarh have been refurbished with new energy-efficient lighting worth nearly Rs. 23 lakh that has brought down electricity bills at the two places by nearly Rs. 900,000 annually.

The two sprawling residences of Governor Jagannath Pahadia and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda are among the several buildings that have undergone energy audit under the state's department of renewable energy's plan to conserve energy.


Hooda to induct new ministers Friday

Hooda to induct new ministers FridayChandigarh, Nov 4 : New ministers in the Congress government in Haryana led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be inducted Friday, officials said Wednesday.

Governor Jagannath Pahadia will administer the oath to the new ministers.

It is still not clear who all and how many ministers will make it to the Hooda government.

Sources in the Congress said that up to eight ministers could be sworn in.


Rs.138 cr water supply plant for Gurgaon

Rs.138 cr water supply plant for GurgaonChandigarh, Nov 5 : The Haryana government Thursday announced sanctioning of a Rs. 138-crore (Rs. 1.38 billion) project to improve drinking water supply in Gurgaon.

A public health department spokesman said a second water treatment plant is proposed to be set up at village Chandu Budhera over an area of 274 acres.    

He added that land had already been acquired for this plant and the construction work would start next month.


Hooda ministry to be sworn in Saturday

Bhupinder Singh HoodaChandigarh, Nov 6 : The Congress government in Haryana led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will induct new ministers Saturday, 15 days after the assembly poll results came Oct 22, an official said Friday.

Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia will swear in the new ministers.

The swearing-in ceremony was earlier slated for Friday morning but was called off at the eleventh hour, ostensibly owing to differences within the Congress party and with its supporting legislators over sharing of ministry berths.

It is still not clear who all and how many ministers will make it to the Hooda government.


Harassment of northeast youth rising in Gurgaon

Harassment of northeast youth rising in GurgaonGurgaon, Nov 7 : Cases of abuse and discrimination against northeast youth have seen a rise in the capital's neighbouring town Gurgaon, the latest incident being of a young Manipuri woman being molested by a shop manager Friday, a voluntary organisation said Saturday.

According to the North East Support Centre and Helpline, the 20-year-old employee at the Metropolitan Mall's Ginny and Johny outlet was molested by her store manager after she refused his advances.


Congress admits infighting cost dearly in Haryana polls

Phool Chand MullanaChandigarh, Nov 9 : The Congress Monday admitted that infighting within its ranks in Haryana cost it dearly in last month's assembly poll.

"We suffered setback on several seats due to infighting within the party," Haryana Congress president Phool Chand Mullana told mediapersons here.

Mullana said the election results were being reviewed and appropriate action would be taken against leaders who indulged in anti-party activities in the recent elections.


Anti-encroachment drive in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, haryana, indiaChandigarh, Nov 9 : A massive anti-encroachment drive was carried out here Monday to recover illegally occupied land for the development of the third phase of Chandigarh, officials said.

"This drive was carried out for the removal of leftover unauthorized encroachments on 46.30 acres of illegally grabbed land," said the official spokesperson here.

The enforcement staff removed 40 structures, two nurseries and five junk dealers. Chandigarh is one of India's most well planned cities. (IANS)


Congress reaches half-way mark in Haryana assembly

Congress reaches half-way mark in Haryana assemblyChandigarh, Nov 10 : The ruling Congress reached the half-way mark in the 90-member Haryana assembly after one more legislator from former chief minister Bhajan Lal's Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) joined it Tuesday.

Dharam Singh Chokker, a legislator from Samalakha seat in Panipat district, is the fifth member of HJC to join the Congress. Four of the six newly-elected legislators of HJC had joined Congress Monday.


Teenager gets 2 yrs in jail for gurgaon e-way deaths

Haryana A Gurgaon court has sentenced 19-year-old Tapan Malik to two years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) on Tuesday for the death of three teenagers on the Gurgaon expressway in June last year.

Malik is accused of speeding, driving negligently under the influence of liquor and ramming the car into a median on the expressway, resulting in three deaths.

All the three deceased students and Malik were on their way back from a party at Hotel Samrat in New Delhi on June 14 around 2.30 am.


Haryana to have green rating for its new buildings

Haryana to have green rating for its new buildingsChandigarh, Nov 12 : Keeping in view the rising need of renewable energy, the Haryana government Thursday made it mandatory for all buildings coming up after April next year to be compliant with the green rating norms of GRIHA.

GRIHA, or the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA), is the national rating system for the green buildings in the country.


Clouds cover Chandigarh, neighbouring states

Clouds cover Chandigarh, neighbouring statesChandigarh, Nov 13 : Overcast conditions and a fall in temperature Friday forced the residents of Chandigarh and neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana to take out their woollens.

"Clouds are prevailing all across the region. Met department has predicted isolated rainfall at some places in the coming days," Chandigarh meteorological centre director Chatar Singh Malik told IANS.

Minimum temperature in Chandigarh was recorded at 14 degrees Celsius Friday.


High court to get new Chandigarh building to store records

High court to get new Chandigarh building to store recordsChandigarh, Nov 13 : The Punjab and Haryana High Court has run out of space to store its judicial records and will soon get a new building here to store these.

Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator S. F. Rodrigues Friday laid the foundation stone of the Central Judicial Archive building for the high court in the city's industrial area (Phase-II) here, where judicial records will be preserved.


After food poisoning, Haryana village students discharged from hospital

After food poisoning, Haryana village students discharged from hospitalChandigarh, Nov 13 : As many as 85 students of a government-run primary school in Karnal district of Haryana were Friday discharged from a hospital, the state's health minister said.

The students had fallen ill Thursday after they ate the seeds of a Jathropa tree in their school campus in Chundipur village in Karnal, 110 km from here.

They were rushed to the civil hospital in Karnal for treatment.

Haryana Health Minister Geeta Bhukkal, who visited the hospital, said all of them were discharged Friday.


Souvenir shop on Le Corbusier's works opens

Souvenir shop on Le Corbusier's works opensChandigarh, Nov 14 : Now tourists coming to Chandigarh can take back memories of one of the most well-planned cities in the country.

A state-of-the-art souvenir shop, offering coloured reproductions of works of art of legendary French architect Le Corbusier, was inaugurated here Saturday at the Le Corbusier Centre and Museum in Sector 19.


Race on three wheels to save the environment

Race on three wheels to save the environmentChandigarh, Nov 14 : It was a different kind of motor race. No vrrooming cars or mobikes, but three-wheeled autorickshaws chugging away at a sedate speed.

This union territory Saturday saw a unique race on three wheels, with the participation of over 100 LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)-run auto rickshaws.

And the winners were not judged on speed but their driving acumen.

In a bid to spread environmental awareness among the masses, a city-based event management company organised the race christened 'Jalwa Autowale Ka'.


Now in Haryana dial 102 for ambulance

Now in Haryana dial 102 for ambulance Chandigarh, Nov 14 : Haryana Saturday launched a new service, which will enable

people from all parts of the state to avail an ambulance by dialling 102.

Called the 'Haryana Swasthya Vaahan Sewa No. 102', the service will be available in cities, towns and even rural areas, health officials said.

The first ambulance was launched by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Panchkula, 10 km from here.

At least 319 new ambulances were launched and 100 more would be added soon, officials said.


Haryana tells oil firms to shift depots from residential areas

Urvashi Gulati Chandigarh, Nov 17 : Concerned over the devastation caused by the recent oil depot fire near Jaipur, the Haryana government has asked leading public sector oil companies to review and shift their depots located near residential areas in the state.

A state government spokesman Tuesday said Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati has met officials of various oil companies to review security and other issues related to oil terminals in Haryana.


Protests delay Chandigarh Shatabdi by over 3 hours

Protests delay Chandigarh Shatabdi by over 3 hoursChandigarh, Nov 17 : The arrival of the New Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi here Tuesday was delayed by over three hours due to passengers of a local train blocking the tracks in Haryana's Sonepat town, officials said.

"The Shatabdi train, coming from New Delhi, arrived here at 2.30 p. m - three and a half hours late," R. K. Dutta, superintendent of Chandigarh railway station, told IANS. The train normally reaches Chandigarh at 11 a. m.


Haryana to launch drive for promoting Solar Energy

Haryana to launch drive for promoting Solar Energy
Taking the go green dive to new heights, the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency has chalked out elaborated plans for promoting solar energy in the state. The state has made it compulsory for industries, hospitals and nursing homes, hotels, jail barracks, canteens and housing complexes to make optimum use of solar energy.


City gets another mega hospital

Medanta, India’s largest medicity spread over 43 acres in Gurgaon’s Sector 38, opened its doors to patients last week with the commissioning of 100 beds, including 30 in critical care.

Within a day of its quiet launch, the Rs 1,000-crore hospital — promoted by cardiac surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman, Global Healthcare Ltd — had 50 per cent surgical occupancy for 70 beds, including two patients from the US who got knee replacement surgeries done.

“The popular perception is it is a five-star hospital, but the reverse is true. The economies of scale allow us to offer cutting-edge healthcare at affordable prices, which is why our packages are priced 15-20 per cent lower than hospitals in Delhi,” said cardiac surgeon Dr Trehan.


WCCB traps notorious poacher Bheema in Haryana

WCCB traps notorious poacher Bheema in HaryanaBallabhgarh (Haryana), Nov 18 : A notorious poacher Bheema, was arrested in a joint operation late on Tuesday evening near Ballabhgarh in Haryana.

Bheema was wanted by several central and state agencies in connection with a tiger poaching racket prevailing in the country.

He was apprehended in a joint operation led by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) Gurgaon Police and other agencies.

Bheema was absconding since July 2008, and was subsequently declared a proclaimed offender.


Haryana's exports touch Rs.35,000 crore

Haryana's exports touch Rs.35,000 croreChandigarh, Nov 19 : Despite the global slowdown, Haryana's exports crossed the Rs. 35,000-crore mark in 2008-09, a top government official said here Thursday.

Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Industries Y. S. Malik said out of the total exports from the state, software exports alone accounted for Rs. 21,000 crore.

Haryana recorded a growth rate of 9.3 per cent last fiscal, Malik said.


12-year-old tells Punjab, Haryana why girls are important

12-year-old tells Punjab, Haryana why girls are importantChandigarh, Nov 21 : She moves with a doll in her hands and looks like any other girl of her age. But 12-year-old Ishita Uppal's similarity with girls of her age ends there.

The doll in Ishita's hands is symbolic of why girls are important in our society, especially in states like Punjab and Haryana -- which have the worst sex ratio in the country.

Ishita has embarked on a 10,000 km journey by car to address various events against female foeticide, the killing of the unborn female child, in Punjab, Haryana and other states.


Reliance Infrastructure awarded Rs.780-cr Haryana project

Reliance Infrastructure awarded Rs.780-cr Haryana projectChandigarh, Nov 23 : The Haryana government has awarded a Rs. 780-crore contract to Reliance Infrastructure for four-laning the Gurgaon-Faridabad road, state officials said here Monday.

The build, operate and transfer (BOT) project is expected to be completed by May 2011. The Ballabhgarh-Sohna road will also be widened as part of this project.

Reliance officials Monday gave a demand draft of Rs. 150.3 crore to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for the project.


Police grapple with rising crime in Panchkula

Police grapple with rising crime in PanchkulaPanchkula (Haryana), Nov 25 - All the police's efforts to curb crime in this town neighbouring Chandigarh seem to be proving futile. Be it banks, jewellers or residences, robbers have struck everywhere and there have been kidnapping cases too.

In a desperate attempt to control the situation, frequent transfers have been made in the police department. Manish Chaudhary, who joined as the new district police chief last week, is the third to hold the post in the last nine months.


NHAI starts acquiring land to widen Gurgaon-Jaipur highway

National Highway Authority of IndiaThe National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has started the process of acquiring land along National Highway No. 8 in Haryana and Rajasthan to expand the 225.6-km stretch between Gurgaon and Jaipur from four to six lanes.

Around 300 hectares of land in both states will be acquired. Eighty hectares fall in Haryana between Gurgaon and Shahjahan border.

The Rs 1,896.25 crore project is likely to be completed in June 2011.


20-year-old girl commits suicide in Haryana town

20-year-old girl commits suicide in Haryana townKarnal (Haryana), Nov 26 : A 20-year-old girl studying in a polytechnic in Nilokheri town in this district committed suicide by swallowing poisonous tablets in her hostel room Thursday, police said.

According to the police, Neetu and Swati, both 20-years-old, had swallowed the poisonous tablets and were immediately shifted to hospital, where Neetu died while Swati is still battling for life.

Neetu is a native of Jhunjunu town in Rajasthan while Swati is a resident of Haryana's Narnaul town.


BJP legislator arrested in Haryana

BJP legislator arrested in HaryanaAmbala (Haryana), Nov 27 - Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) newly elected Haryana legislator Anil Vij surrendered to the police Friday after he was booked for allegedly causing a traffic jam on a national highway.

Vij, who has been elected from the Ambala Cantonment assembly seat, was arrested along with some of his supporters after he went to the Ambala Cantonment police station to surrender with hundreds of backers, police said.


Haryana power companies offer disclosure schemes

Haryana power companies offer disclosure schemes Chandigarh, Nov 27 : Haryana power distribution corporations, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Friday announced a new voluntary disclosure scheme for consumers to get their illegal connections regularised.

Both agencies decided to introduce the voluntary disclosure load scheme (VDS) for domestic, non-domestic and industrial consumers of urban areas.

The scheme will remain open up to Dec 31.


Haryana paddy arrival crosses last year's mark

Haryana paddy arrival crosses last year's markChandigarh, Nov 27 : Paddy arrival in Haryana this season so far has surpassed the total arrival last year.

Food and supplies officials said Friday that 43.33 lakh tonnes of paddy had arrived in grain markets of the state till Thursday evening.

Last year, the total arrival of paddy in the entire season was 43.03 lakh tonnes.

Neighbouring Punjab had Thursday crossed the 140-lakh-tonne paddy target set for this season despite not so favourable weather conditions.


Congress issues notices to 20 Haryana leaders

Congress issues notices to 20 Haryana leaders Chandigarh, Nov 27 : Forced to seek help from Independents and other legislators to form a government in the state, the Haryana Congress Friday issued show cause notices to 20 of its leaders following complaints that they sabotaged the chances of party candidates, a Congress leader said.


Chadha wins Albatross juinor golf

Chadha wins Albatross juinor golfGurgaon, Nov 27 : Ankur Chadha lived up to his reputation and fired a level par 72 to win the category A title with a four-day total of 221 in the inaugural Albatross International Junior Golf Championship 2009 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Classic Golf Resort, here Friday.


Seventy-year-old mother celebrates daughter's first birthday

Seventy-year-old mother celebrates daughter's first birthdayJind (Haryana), Nov 27: Fifty-five years after her marriage, Rajo Devi last year became the world's oldest mother at 69. As she and her 73-year-old husband proudly celebrated their daughter's first birthday Friday, she said she was ready to have a second child.

Rajo Devi had given birth to a healthy girl Nov 27, 2008, after undergoing an in-vitro fertility (IVF) treatment. The girl was named Naveen Lohan.


Clouds prevail in Chandigarh, neighbouring states

Clouds prevail in Chandigarh, neighbouring states Chandigarh, Nov 30 : Clouds prevailed in Chandigarh and its neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana Monday, lowering the temperature further in the region.

"Clouds are there in most parts of the region. We are expecting them to remain there for a few more days and there is also a possibility of drizzle in some parts of Punjab," Chandigarh meteorological centre director Chatar Singh Malik told IANS.


Haryana youth set on fire in a case of road rage

HARYANAChandigarh, Dec 2 : Four people allegedly set a man on fire in Haryana's Sonipat village in a case of road rage, police said Wednesday.

The victim, Pawan Kumar of Parnala village, was waylaid, thrashed and then set on fire Monday night by four unidentified occupants of an Indica car.

Haryana police seemed to be clueless about the identity of four men yet.

Kumar died Tuesday at a hospital in Rohtak, where he was referred to in a critical condition with burn injuries from the hospital in Sonipat.


Slow start to India international fashion week

Slow start to India international fashion week Gurgaon, Dec 4 : Empty seats, few buyers and technical glitches -- the Oxybleach India International Fashion Week (OIIFW) got off to a rather disappointing start here. But the organisers hope the event will lead to exchange of ideas among designers.

Unlike other fashion events where you have an elevated ramp, OIIFW has a flat ramp with a very casual seating arrangement -- not in keeping with international standards.


Haryana seeks quick sanction of nuclear power plant

Haryana seeks quick sanction of nuclear power plantChandigarh Dec 4 : With a high-level delegation of the Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) of India, concluding its visit to Haryana Friday, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has urged it for fast-tracking 2,800 (4x700) MW nuclear power plant so that it could be set up in the state soon.

Hooda and NPC officials, including its chairman and managing director S. K. Jain, held discussions in New Delhi Friday on the project.


Court holds out ray of hope for overseas citizens

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday permitted an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Sorab Singh Gill, son of Punjab Director General of Police, to participate in selection trials for the national shooting team.

International skeet shooter Sorab Singh Gill had petitioned the High Court, seeking quashing of November 3, 2009 communication of the Union government whereby he was held ineligible to represent India. The petitioner, born in the USA and doing Law from Panjab University, is an Overseas Citizen of India, duly registered as such in 2007. After his registration as an OCI, the petitioner had represented India in various international events.


Separate high court is Haryana's right: Hooda

Bhupinder Singh HoodaChandigarh, Dec 7 : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Monday reiterated his government's demand for a separate high court and in the state capital Chandigarh.

"It is our legitimate right to have a separate high court for Haryana and at the same time we want it in Chandigarh," Hooda told reporters here Monday.

"There is only the question of jurisdiction but we are confident that very soon all the issues will be settled and Haryana would have its separate high court," he added.

The centrally administered city Chandigarh is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.


Toll in Chandigarh accident rises to 9

Toll in Chandigarh accident rises to 9Chandigarh, Dec 7 : The toll in Sunday's accident, in which a group of slum dwellers, including children, looking for scrap were buried alive after a dumper-truck partially overturned trapping them under loose earth, reached nine Monday after two more bodies were dug out.

All the victims belonged to families of labourers working on nearby under-construction buildings in the city's Sector 31. They had come to the area to collect scrap.

The dead include four children.


Haryana Congress issues notice to Kiran Choudhry

Kiran ChoudhryChandigarh, Dec 7 : The ruling Congress in Haryana has issued show cause notice to former tourism minister Kiran Choudhry and some other party leaders following complaints that they had sabotaged the chances of party candidates during the assembly elections, a Congress leader said Monday.

"So far, we have received 26 complaints, and acting on them we have sent notices to around 50 leaders. We have not received any complaint against a sitting MLA," said Phool Chand Mullana, president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), here.


Six vehicle thieves held in Chandigarh

Six vehicle thieves held in ChandigarhChandigarh, Dec 9 : Six people, including a woman, were arrested and 21 stolen two-wheelers recovered as police Wednesday claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves.

According to police, the alleged kingpin of the gang Roshan Sharma, a native of Solan in Himachal Pradesh, and his female accomplice Laxmi Pushpekar were held in sector-45 here.    

The bike they were riding was found to be a stolen one with a fake registration number.    


Bishnoi wants 'defector' HJC legislators unseated

Kuldip Bishnoi Chandigarh, Dec 9 : Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) president Kuldip Bishnoi Wednesday sought that five legislators who 'defected' from his party and joined the ruling Congress should be disqualified and thereby unseated from the state assembly.

Bishnoi submitted petitions to Speaker Harmohinder Singh Chatha at the Haryana assembly here. Since Chatha was not in his office, Bishnoi spoke to him on phone and was told to leave the petitions with the speaker's office here.    

Bishnoi was accompanied by former Chandigarh MP and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Satya Pal Jain, who is also a lawyer.    


Chandigarh people walk for cancer awareness

Chandigarh people walk for cancer awareness Chandigarh, Dec 9 : More than 100 residents of this union territory took part in a cancer awareness walkathon Wednesday to sensitise the masses about the perilous disease of cancer.

The walkathon with a theme of 'know cancer to conquer it' was organised by a city-based NGO Cancer Sahayata Sahyog.

Ace shooter and Olympian Abhinav Bindra flagged off the rally from hotel Taj and it culminated at Sector 17, the commercial hub of Chandigarh, after covering a distance of around 2 km.


Haryana to import cattle semen

Haryana to import cattle semenChandigarh, Dec 9 : To produce cattle of the desired sex, the animal husbandry and dairying department in Haryana has decided to import cattle semen.

With the implementation of the government's "Sex Semen Yojana (scheme)", the "X" and "Y" chromosomes would be produced which would make it possible to get the cattle of desired sex, state Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary Hardip Kumar said Wednesday.


Social workers held trying to enter Badal's residence

Social workers held trying to enter Badal's residenceChandigarh, Dec 9 : Over 80 'anganwadi' workers (village-level social workers) were arrested here Wednesday trying to enter the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to submit a memorandum, police said.

The workers gathered in Sector 2 from various parts of the state and wanted to meet Badal but were stopped just metres away from the chief minister's official residence.


Haryana teacher's composition becomes CBSE song

haryana mapChandigarh, Dec 9 : A Hindi song "Naya Aghaz" (New beginning) composed by a Gurgaon-based private school teacher has become the signature song of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for its Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in schools.

The song composer, Kamaljit, is a teacher at Salwan Public School.

The CBSE has the song, which is 4.32 minutes long, to further popularise its new concept of CCE in addition to conducting workshops, training teachers and distributing manuals.


Sandhu in lead in PGTI Qualifying

Karanjit Singh SandhuGurgaon, Dec 10 : Karanjit Singh Sandhu (67, 76, 69) of the DLF Golf and Country Club led the field at the end of round three of the Aircel-PGTI's Final Qualifying Stage for the 2010 season here Thursday.

Sandhu's total read four under 212 followed by Delhi's Anirudh Goyal (76, 70, 69) and Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal (74, 71, 70) of Chandigarh with matching totals of one under 215.


Panchkula banks to install CCTV cameras

Panchkula (Haryana), Dec 11 - To check growing incidents of bank robberies in this Haryana district, police have directed all the banks here to install CCTV cameras in their premises, an official said Friday.

"We met senior officials of all leading banks of Panchkula district (Thursday) to discuss various measures to effectively stop bank robberies. It was decided that all banks will install CCTV cameras by Jan 10," district police chief Maneesh Chaudhary said.

"The banks also have to maintain the proper records of camera recordings. If any bank is found without CCTV camera after this deadline, then strict action will be taken against them."


Panchkula banks to install CCTV cameras

Panchkula banks to install CCTV camerasPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 11 : To check growing incidents of bank robberies in this Haryana district, police have directed all the banks here to install CCTV cameras in their premises, an official said Friday.

"We met senior officials of all leading banks of Panchkula district (Thursday) to discuss various measures to effectively stop bank robberies. It was decided that all banks will install CCTV cameras by Jan 10," district police chief Maneesh Chaudhary said.


Archeological department unearths Hindu idol in Kurukshetra

Archeological department unearths Hindu idol in KurukshetraKurukshetra, Dec 12 : Archaeological Department has unearthed a Hindu deity''s idol Kurukshetra, which statue is made of white sandstone and depicts Goddess Parvati and her two sons Ganesha and Karthikeya.


Haryana fillip to Games’ hotels

Haryana The Haryana government has decided to ease the worries of hoteliers gearing up for Commonwealth Games 2010.

They have decided to set up a single-window-service for the speedy disposal of approvals at various departments in Gurgaon, Faridabad and other NCR towns.

As many as 6,647 rooms are being built at various hotel sites. They are likely to be ready for use between March and June next year.


Haryana breaks its paddy production records

Haryana breaks its paddy production records Chandigarh, Dec 14 : Since its formation Nov 1, 1966, Haryana has broken all records in paddy production this season (October 2008-December 2009), according to the state's food and supplies department officials.

Haryana registered a production of over 45.55 lakh tonnes of paddy, more than the previous highest of 45.11 lakh tonnes notched in 2005, the officials said here Monday.

The record production has been achieved despite not so favourable weather conditions this year with the state experiencing less-to-scanty rainfall.


Haryana opposition wants CBI to probe police academy sex scandal

Haryana opposition wants CBI to probe police academy sex scandal  Chandigarh, Dec 14 : Opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Monday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into an alleged sex scandal at the Haryana Police Academy (HPA) in Madhuban town of Karnal district.

"We strongly demand an independent CBI probe into the Madhuban sex scandal. We have enough to prove that many senior officers of the Haryana police are involved in this scandal. We have lost our trust in the state's police, we want a CBI inquiry," INLD general secretary Ajay Chautala told reporters.


Chautala demands independent probe in police academy sex scandal

Om Parkash ChautalaChandigarh, Dec 15 : Former Haryana chief minister Om Parkash Chautala Tuesday met Governor Jagannath Pahadia and demanded an independent probe into an alleged sex scandal at the Haryana Police Academy (HPA) in Karnal district.

"We have full belief that our governor will deal with this issue very seriously and appropriately. We have submitted copies of written complaints which we had received from women police officers and apprised him about the whole issue," Chautala told reporters here.


Excursions for Haryana students at government expense

excursionChandigarh, Dec 15 : School students in Haryana can look forward to some fun while learning. They will soon get outdoor education with the state government initiating a scheme to take them on excursion tours.

The state government has framed a policy 'Excursion Tour of Students' under which students of Classes 9 to 12 in government schools will be taken on a study tour once a year.

"The policy has been framed to provide conducive atmosphere for the all-round growth and development of children through interaction with other children and exposure to new places of interest," Haryana's Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said here Tuesday.


Ashok stays one shot ahead of the pack

Ashok stays one shot ahead of the packGurgaon, Dec 17 : Ashok Kumar kept the lead with a three-under 69 in round two of the PGTI Tour Championship 2009 golf to lead by one stroke. Ashok's second round effort took his total to 10-under 134.

Shamim Khan, who returned a 68 Thursday, is one stroke behind the leader in second place.

Raju Ali Mollah (70, 67) is third at seven under 137 while S. S. P. Chowrasia and Rahil Gangjee share fourth spot at six under 138.


Panchkula jewellery shop owners to install CCTV cameras

Panchkula jewellery shop owners to install CCTV camerasPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 19 - Police here have directed the jewellery shop owners to install CCTV cameras in their premises by Jan 5 next year to curb growing incidents of robberies in this Haryana district, police said Saturday.

"We held a meeting with the members of Panchkula jewellers association to discuss our strategy for keeping a tab on robbery incidents. In the meeting, we have told all the members of this association to install CCTV cameras in their properties," district police chief Maneesh Chaudhary told IANS.


Power defaulters pay Rs.14.7 crore

Power defaulters pay Rs.14.7 crore Chandigarh, Dec 19 : Haryana's power distribution agency, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), has recovered arrears totalling Rs. 14.7 crore (Rs. 147 million) from nearly 16,000 power defaulters in the past 15 days, a company official said Saturday.

A DHBVN spokesman said that 142 teams of the agency knocked at the doors of over 26,000 consumers in the last 15 days to recover bill arrears.    

While 5,149 consumers faced electricity disconnection, arrears of were recovered from nearly 16,000 consumers.    


Ashok Kumar pockets PGTI title

Ashok Kumar pockets PGTI title Mewat (Haryana), Dec 19 : Ashok Kumar inscribed his name on the PGTI Tour Championship trophy at the Classic Golf Resort here today as he outplayed Shamim Khan to take home the winner's cheque of Rs. 12,68,000.

Ashok shot a bogey-free 69 to finish with a tournament total of 15 under 273 and thus secured his seventh win on the Aircel-PGTI, which also happened to be his second title triumph of the 2009 season.

Shamim Khan fired 73 in the final round to finish one stroke behind Ashok Kumar in second place.


Former Haryana DGP gets jail for molesting minor

S P S RathoreChandigarh, Dec 21 : Former Haryana director general of police (DGP) S. P. S. Rathore was Monday sentenced to six months in prison in a 1990 case of molesting 14-year-old budding tennis player Ruchika Girotra who committed suicide three years later.

Rathore was allowed bail by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court special judge J. S. Sidhu immediately after his sentencing.

The former DGP can now appeal before a higher court against the CBI court order.


Six-month jail trivialises Rathore's crime, feel activists

S P S RathoreChandigarh/New Delhi, Dec 22 : A six-month jail term and penalty of Rs. 1,000 is a light sentence for the molestation of a girl that led her to commit suicide 16 years ago, was what lawyers and activists here felt Tuesday, a day after former Haryana director general of police (DGP) S. P. S. Rathore was convicted and sentenced for the crime.

Rathore was convicted by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here Monday for molesting Ruchika Girhotra, then a 14-year-old budding tennis player, on Aug 12, 1990, at Panchkula town, 10 km from here.


Rathore should get more punishment: Ruchika's friend

Ruchika GirhotraPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 22 : Aradhana Gupta, who fought for 19 years to get justice for her friend Ruchika Girhotra, Tuesday said she was happy that the light punishment given to former Haryana director general of police (DGP) S. P. S. Rathore for molesting the teenager in 1990 was raised in parliament.

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Chandigarh had Monday held Rathore guilty of molesting 14-year-old Ruchika here Aug 12, 1990 and sentenced him to a six-month prison term. The teen had committed suicide three years after the incident.


Only LPG autos in Chandigarh after March 31 next

Only LPG autos in Chandigarh after March 31 nextChandigarh, Dec 22 : Plying of non-LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) auto rickshaws will not be permitted on Chandigarh roads after March 31 next year, officials said here Tuesday.

"Liberal financial assistance has been arranged from Delhi Financial Corporation and other financial institutions through a tripartite agreement in which cheap finance is being provided to auto drivers. There would be no collateral security and third party guarantee," said Ram Niwas, home-cum-transport secretary of the union territory (UT).


Jharkhand lift under-16 Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy

Jharkhand lift under-16 Mir Iqbal Hussain TrophyGurgaon, Dec 22 : Jharkhand won the National Under-16 Football Championships for the Coca Cola Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy football with a 1-0 win over Karnataka in the final at the packed Devi Lal Stadium here Tuesday.

Singrai Soren's header helped Jharkhand score the solitary goal in the match.


Verdict on molester cop: too little, too late

“Too little, too late.”

The reaction of the National Commission for Women to the six-month jail sentence handed down to former Haryana Police chief S. P. S. Rathore — convicted of sexually molesting Ruchika Girhotra (14) in 1990 — summed up the overall response to the judgment.

A day after the Chandigarh court’s verdict, politicians and women’s groups were outraged that a police officer who’d misused his position to threaten the victim and her family — driving her to suicide in 1993 — had got away “very lightly”.

Rathore (67) was awarded a lighter sentence due to the “prolonged trial” and his age, the Press Trust of India reported. The crime for which he was convicted comes with a maximum punishment of up to two years.


Rathore enjoyed patronage of four Haryana chief ministers

S P S RathoreChandigarh, Dec 23 : Disgraced former Haryana director general of police (DGP) S. P. S. Rathore may not be finding many friends after his conviction by a court here in the molestation case of 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra 19 years ago, but the police officer enjoyed the patronage of four successive chief ministers despite the serious charges against him.

Even among parties, the Lok Dal (now Indian National Lok Dal - INLD), Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the now defunct Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) governments continued to promote and probably shield Rathore between 1990 and 2002.


Riot police protect Rathore's house from candlelight marchers

S P S RathoreChandigarh, Dec 24 : Riot police in full battle gear surrounded the house of former Haryana director general of police S. P. S. Rathore as local citizens took out a candlelight procession to protest the light sentence he had been given for molesting a teenager in 1990.

The marchers were heading towards his house in Panchkula, a town in Haryana about 10 km from here, police said.

Rathore had been sentenced to six months in jail and a fine of Rs. 1,000 for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra. He is also alleged to have later hounded her and her family till she commited suicide three years later.


Court asks CBI not to close cash-for-judge case

Court asks CBI not to close cash-for-judge caseChandigarh, Dec 24 : A city court Thursday refused permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to close the cash-for-judge scam case for want of sanctions for prosecution of the main suspects.

A packet containing Rs. 1.5 million in cash was delivered Aug 13, 2008 at the residence of newly appointed Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Nirmaljit Kaur but investigations later revealed it was meant for another judge.


Police drive to check underage drivers in Gurgaon

Police drive to check underage drivers in Gurgaon Gurgaon, Dec 24 : If you like the thrill of being behind the wheel but are not 18 yet - beware. Police in Gurgaon have launched a drive to nab underage drivers.

"We have started to 'challan' (fine) underage students and children found driving vehicles. In the last few days, 327 students have been fined. We have also educated parents and teachers not to allow children to drive," S. S. Deswal, Gurgaon police commissioner, said here Thursday.


Ruchika molestation case: ''I don''t know why I am being blamed'', says Chautala

Ruchika molestation case: ''I don''t know why I am being blamed'', says ChautalaNew Delhi, Dec 25 : Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chuatala on Friday defended himself in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, putting the blame on former Haryana Chief Minister Bansi Lal. He said the benefits given to the accused-- former Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore--took place under the Bansi Lal regime.

Chautala said Rathore was promoted as DGP of the state in 1999 during Bansi Lal''s government on the recommendation of bureaucrats.


150,000 power connections cut off in Haryana

150,000 power connections cut off in HaryanaChandigarh, Dec 25 : Over 150,000 power connections have been cut off in Haryana this year, with the state-run power distribution agency launching a massive campaign to pull up defaulters.

"Our officials are keeping a strict watch on theft of power in Haryana," said an official spokesperson of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), here Friday.

"This year, till November we have disconnected the power connections of 159,698 defaulting consumers. Besides, a penalty amount of Rs. 51.70 crore (Rs. 517 million) has been recovered from them."


CBI's role in Ruchika molestation case dubious, says lawyer

Ruchika Girhotra, S P S RathoreChandigarh, Dec 25 : Lawyer Pankaj Bhardwaj, who has fought Ruchika Girhotra's molestation case free of cost for the last 13 years, says that the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) role in probing the charges against Haryana's former top cop S. P. S. Rathore seems dubious and termed the court's verdict "disappointing".


Ruchika molestation case - chronology of events

Ruchika molestation case - chronology of eventsChandigarh, Dec 25 : The following is the chronology of events in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case and subsequent events.

* Aug 12, 1990: Haryana Inspector General of Police (IGP) S. P. S. Rathore, also the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association president, molests 14-year-old budding tennis player Ruchika Girhotra in his office room.

* Aug 16, 1990- Complaint made to chief minister Hukam Singh and home secretary.

* Aug 17, 1990- Hukam Singh asks Director General of Police (DGP) R. R. Singh to investigate the matter.


'Compensate Ruchika's family, strip all honours of Rathore'

'Compensate Ruchika's family, strip all honours of Rathore'Panchkula (Haryana), Dec 26 - Former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, convicted of molesting 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra, should be stripped of all honours and the state government should compensate the victim's family, Ruchika's friend Aradhana's father Anand Prakash said Saturday.

"Although six-month imprisonment is nothing before the gravity of crime but still we are satisfied that the court has identified Rathore as a culprit. Now we want the concerned authorities to intervene and to strip him of all rewards and medals," Prakash told IANS.


Mercury to dip further in Punjab, Haryana

Mercury to dip further in Punjab, HaryanaChandigarh, Dec 28 : With cold wave prevailing in most parts of Punjab and Haryana Monday, met officials are predicting a further dip in the temperature and the presence of fog during early mornings and late evenings.

According to met officials, Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest in the region Monday with a minimum temperature of zero degree Celsius.

Ludhiana, the industrial hub of Punjab, recorded a temperature of 0.2 degree Celsius while Patiala registered 2.4 degrees Celsius.


Family to observe death anniversary of Ruchika Tuesday

Family to observe death anniversary of Ruchika TuesdayPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 28 : Anand Prakash and his family members are preparing to observe the 16th death anniversary of Ruchika Girhotra Tuesday by visiting the place where she spent her last days of life.

"Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the 16th death anniversary of Ruchika. We would go to house number 363 in Sector 6 in Panchkula where she committed suicide. There we would light lamps in her memory and observe one minute's silence for the peace of her soul," Prakash told reporters here Monday.


Ruchika molestation case: Signature campaign launched

Ruchika GirhotraPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 28 : Aradhana, staunch friend of Ruchika Girhotra, has launched an online signature campaign to garner support for reopening of her dead friend's molestation case.

"We have started a signature campaign in which we are collecting signatures of people who are in favour of reopening of the case. Besides, to associate people who are sitting at far away places, we have created an e-mail address 'joinaradhna4ruchika@gmail.com'," Aradhna, lone eye-witness in the case, told IANS.


Haryana to get 600 MW power from new thermal plant

Haryana to get 600 MW power from new thermal plantChandigarh, Dec 28 : A greenfield thermal power project, completed ahead of schedule and expected to generate power at the lowest rates in the country, will provide additional 600 MW to Haryana after it is synchronised Tuesday.

Built in 35 months, compared to 39-42 months that such projects normally take to be set up, the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project (RGTPP) at Khedar in Hisar district, 300 km from here, will be synchronised by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.


Candle light march in Chandigarh in support of Ruchika

S P S RathoreChandigarh, Dec 28 : Hundreds of people of different age groups held a candle-light march here Monday evening to mark the day Ruchika Girhotra consumed poison 16 years ago after her molestation by former police chief S. P. S. Rathore. The marchers are seeking reopening of the case.

Carrying candles, placards and banners, these volunteers, including representatives of many city-based NGOs, sought justice for Ruchika. Rathore was given a six-month jail term and a fine of Rs. 1,000 by a court Dec 21 -- 19 years after the incident.

The marchers took out a peaceful protest in Sector 17, the commercial hub of Chandigarh.


Nithari victims' relatives pray for speedy justice

Nithari victims' relatives pray for speedy justiceNoida, Dec 29 - A prayer meeting was held at Nithari village here Tuesday, three years after the discovery of the gruesome killings of at least 19 young girls and boys, allegedly by businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surinder Kohli.

About 50 families, including those of the victims, gathered a few metres from Pandher's bungalow -- D-5 in Noida's Sector 31 -- where all the killings took place.


Ruchika's father submits fresh complaint against Rathore

Ruchika's father submits fresh complaint against RathorePanchkula (Haryana), Dec 29 - S. C. Girhotra, father of teenaged molestation victim Ruchika, Tuesday submitted a fresh police complaint, seeking registration of a case against disgraced former Haryana director general of police S. P. S. Rathore and other police officers.

Girhotra, who submitted the complaint to the Panchkula district police chief, sought registration of First Information Report (FIR) against Rathore and other police officers for conspiracy in slapping false cases of car theft against his son Ashu in the early 1990s.


Peace march in Ruchika's memory, 16 years after death

Ruchika GirhotraPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 29 : Teenager Ruchika Girhotra, who committed suicide three years after being molested by former Haryana top cop S. P. S. Rathore, was remembered by people from all walks of life through a march held here on her 16th death anniversary Tuesday.

The march started from the house of Anand Prakash, who has been fighting a legal battle against Rathore for the last 19 years, and culminated at Ruchika's old house where she consumed poison.


Haryana villagers accuse Rathore of illegally occupying land

SPS-Rathore-Ruchika-Girhotra-CBIPanchkula, Dec 29 : Residents of a village in the Panchkula district of Haryana Tuesday accused tainted cop S. P. S. Rathore of illegally occupying 27 acres of their common village land as well as buying 13 acres of their private land after making false promises.

Led by the village sarpanch (headman), over 20 residents of village Badhour Tuesday gathered at the house of Anand Prakash, complainant in the Ruchika molestation case, and levelled allegations against Rathore.


Former Haryana police chief offers to be witness against Rathore

Ruchika Girhotra, S P S RathoreKarnal (Haryana), Dec 29 : Former Haryana director general of police (DGP) R. R. Singh Tuesday offered to be a witness against disgraced police officer and teenaged girl Ruchika Girhotra's molestor, S. P. S. Rathore.

Singh, who lives in this Haryana town, 130 km from Chandigarh, after retirement, said: "I am willing to be a witness against Rathore in any court that takes up the matter against him. My sympathies are with the Girhotra family."


Hooda assures impartial probe into Ruchika case

Hooda assures impartial probe into Ruchika caseChandigarh, Dec 29  Without listing any concrete steps for time-bound action in the matter, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Tuesday assured an impartial enquiry into the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case involving former director general of police
(DGP) S. P. S. Rathore.

"All aspects of this case are being examined legally and the government would try to ensure justice to the affected family," Hooda told mediapersons at Khedar near Hisar, 300 km from here, after inaugurating the first phase of the 1,200 MW Rajiv Gandhi thermal power plant.


Fresh FIRs against Rathore, including attempt to murder

S P S RathorePanchkula (Haryana), Dec 29 : The Haryana police Tuesday registered two fresh First Information Reports (FIRs) against disgraced former top cop S. P. S. Rathore, including for attempt to murder and wrongful confinement, in the 19-year-old Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.

The FIRs were also filed against other police officials

Rathore, former Haryana director general of police (DGP), has been charged with serious crimes like attempt to murder (Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code), criminal intimidation, wrongful confinement and conspiracy.


Ruchika's lawyer to meet Chidambaram Wednesday

P Chidambaram, Ruchika GirhotraChandigarh, Dec 29 : Lawyer Pankaj Bhardwaj, who fought Ruchika Girhotra's molestation case free of cost for the last 13 years, said he will meet union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi Wednesday and place all the facts and evidence of the case before him.

"I had got a call from the home minister's office a few days back and they called me to Delhi to discuss this case. Earlier we fixed the date of Dec 29 but later changed it to Dec 30," Bhardwaj told IANS Tuesday.


Thermal power plant in Haryana becomes operational

Rajiv-Gandhi-Thermal-Power-PlantChandigarh, Dec 29 : The first 600 MW unit of the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project (RGTPP) at Khedar in Hisar district of Haryana became operational Tuesday, an official said.

"The unit will be operated at a load of around 40 to 50 MW for a few hours during which all the leakages and problem areas will be noted for corrective action," said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here Tuesday.


Molestor, Murderer, Rapist: Sector 6 has seen them all

Molestor, Murderer, Rapist: Sector 6 has seen them allPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 30 - Sector 6 of Panchkula, an upscale suburban town outside Chandigarh, is not only known for its leafy streets, spacious houses and influential residents - but for infamous high-profile offenders as well.

The most notorious resident of the sector now is the disgraced former Haryana director general of police (DGP) S. P. S. Rathore - convicted last week by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court for molesting teenaged budding tennis player Ruchika Girhotra here Aug 12, 1990.


Hang Rathore, says Ruchika's father

Hang Rathore, says Ruchika's fatherPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 30 - With support for teenaged molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra coming from all quarters, her family and friends are now seeking the death penalty for former Haryana top cop S. P. S. Rathore, who molested her and allegedly hounded her till she killed herself.

Ruchika's father Subhash Chander Girhotra said that Rathore should be hanged till death.


Rathore makes first public appearance after outrage

Rathore makes first public appearance after outragePanchkula (Haryana), Dec 30 - Facing the possibility of imminent arrest, former Haryana top cop S. P. S. Rathore, convicted for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, Wednesday came out of home for the first time after public outrage over the case.

Carrying a file in his hands, Rathore reached the Panchkula court flanked by his wife, who is also his lawyer. With two fresh FIRs (First Information Report) registered against him, including for attempt to murder and wrongful confinement, he is expected to seek anticipatory bail.


Ruchika case: Fresh FIRs, as Moily steps in

Ruchika-GirhotraThe Haryana Police registered two fresh first information reports (FIRs) against former state police chief S. P. S. Rathore and other officers on Tuesday, for allegedly lodging false cases against Ruchika Girhotra’s brother, trying to kill him and fabricating the post-mortem report after her death.

With that, the national outcry against the trifling six-month sentence awarded to Rathore on December 22, for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika — who committed suicide three years after the incident — appeared to have made its first dent.


Committee to probe charges against Rathore

S P S RathoreChandigarh, Dec 30 : The Haryana government Wednesday announced the setting up of a committee to probe the charges made against disgraced former state police chief S. P. S. Rathore in the two fresh first information reports (FIRs) registered against him, state government sources said here.

The committee will be headed by Inspector General of Police Shatrujit Kapoor and includes Panchkula district police chief Maneesh Chaudhary. The committee will examine the charges made against Rathore in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case and subsequent events in the two new FIRs registered Tuesday evening.


Ruchika Case: Aradhana blames Rathore for manipulating documents

Ruchika Case: Aradhana blames Rathore for manipulating documentsPanchkula (Haryana) Dec 30 : Ruchika’s friend and the sole eyewitness to her molestation case Aradhana today blamed former Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore for manipulating documents.

Speaking to the media here Aradhana said: "This is clear in the case, event statements have come from CBI that they were influenced and attempts were made to bribe them.”


Rathore's wife's plea for early hearing rejected

Rathore's wife's plea for early hearing rejectedPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 31 - The district and sessions court here Thursday rejected a plea of Abha Rathore, wife and counsel of disgraced former Haryana top cop S. P. S. Rathore convicted in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, for early hearing of his anticipatory bail application.

She wanted the hearing to take place Thursday itself instead of Friday.

Sessions judge S. P. Singh rejected the plea of Abha Rathore, who reached the court here Thursday afternoon with all documents sought by the court during the hearing Wednesday.


Ruchika's brother files fresh complaint against Rathore

Ruchika Girhotra, S P S Rathore Panchkula (Haryana), Dec 31 : Ruchika Girhotra's brother Ashu submitted a fresh complaint to the Panchkula police Thursday evening seeking registration of a case of abetment to suicide against former Haryana top cop S. P. S. Rathore and other police officials.

The complaint also sought a case against serving Haryana inspector general of police (IGP) K. P. Singh, who was the Ambala district police chief when Ashu was booked in false car theft cases by the police at Rathore's behest.


Rathore oversaw my torture, recalls Ruhika's brother

S P S Rathore, Ruchika GirhotraPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 31: Speaking about the torture and harassment he underwent at the behest of former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore years ago, teenaged molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra's brother Ashu Thursday demanded that Rathore "should be behind bars".

Ashu, who remained in hiding since his sister committed suicide Dec 1993 following torture unleashed by the Haryana police at Rathore's behest, said that he had moved an application Thursday evening to get a case under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code
(abetment to suicide) registered against Rathore.


Rathore bail hearing adjourned till 12.30 p.m.

Rathore bail hearing adjourned till 12.30 p.m.Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 1 - The hearing of the anticipatory bail plea by disgraced former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra 19 years ago, was adjourned by a court here till Friday afternoon.

District sessions judge S. P. Singh, after hearing Rathore's counsel and wife Abha Rathore and Ruchika's family lawyer Pankaj Bhardwaj, asked the state government counsel to provide details of the case at the hearing slated to take place at 12.30 p. m.

Rathore did not come to the court Friday.


Panchkula sessions Court grants bail to Rathore till January 7

Panchkula sessions Court grants bail to Rathore till January 7Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 1 : The Panchkula sessions court on Friday granted an interim bail to former Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore and put a stay on his arrest till January 7.

Rathore has been charged for allegedly molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra in 1990

The court has also asked for a reply from the state government in the concerned matter.

Rathore''s bail hearing started at the Panchkula sessions court around 9:30 am.


Chautala son to contest Haryana by-election

Om Prakash ChautalaChandigarh, Jan 2 : Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has fielded his son Abhay Singh Chautala for the Jan 20 by-election in Ellenabad assembly constituency.

Abhay is the younger son of the INLD chief. Om Prakash Chautala and his elder son Ajay Singh Chautala are both members of the state assembly.

Om Prakash Chautala vacated the Ellenabad seat as he had been elected from two assembly seats - Uchana Kalan (Jind) and Ellenabad (Sirsa).


Haryana urban body goes online

Bhupinder Singh HoodaChandigarh, Jan 2 : In a bid to streamline its working, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has digitalized nearly 250,000 files to enable web-based services to its customers, state Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Saturday.

"It is a big achievement for HUDA and we have also directed the concerned officers to create a payment gateway. We have also told them to set up a computer-based grievance redressal system," he added.


Hooda assures speedy justice in Ruchika case

Bhupinder-Singh-HoodaHaryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda assured to expedite investigations into the Ruchika molestation case through a Special Investigation Team for speedy delivery of justice to the family of Ruchika who was molested by former Haryana police Chief SPS Rathore.


Probe against Rathore will take more time

Probe against Rathore will take more time  Chandigarh, Jan 4 : The special investigation team (SIT), set up by the Haryana police to examine criminal charges against former state police chief S. P. S. Rathore who is convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, will take some more time to complete its work, its chief said Monday.

"We had got this case only last week and we are looking into every aspect of this matter. Our investigation is still under process and right now we cannot disclose our so far findings to anyone," Inspector General (Security) S. S. Kapoor, who heads the seven-member SIT, told IANS.


Prakash family hails withdrawal of Rathore's medal

S-P-S-RathorePanchkula (Haryana), Jan 4 : Anand Prakash, who has been fighting the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case for the past 19 years, hailed the union home ministry's decision Monday to strip tainted cop S. P. S. Rathore of the police medal he was given for meritorious service in 1985.

"This is very encouraging for us and now we are more confident than before," he said.

"We all welcome this decision of the central government. With this development, we are quite hopeful that this case will soon reach a logical end," Madhu Prakash, his wife, said.


Haryana sets first central university rolling

Bhupinder Singh HoodaNarnaul (Haryana), Jan 4 : A new central university, the first in Haryana, started functioning Monday in the state's educationally and economically backward Mahendragarh district.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda inaugurated the first academic session of the university, in the district, 300 km from Chandigarh.

With its own campus spread over 500 acres at Jant-Pali town, 7 km from Mahendragarh town, yet to be built, classes of the university have been started from the complex of B. Ed. College, Narnaul. Mool Chand Sharma is the first vice-chancellor of the university.


Rathore charged with abetting Ruchika's suicide

Rathore charged with abetting Ruchika's suicidePanchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 - A fresh case against former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore was registered here Tuesday, charging him with abetting the suicide of teenager Ruchika Girhotra three years after he had molested her.

The first information report (FIR) has been registered against the former director general of police, Panchkula superintendent of police Maneesh Chaudhary said here.  (IANS)


Haryana police wants Rathore cases to go to CBI

Haryana police wants Rathore cases to go to CBPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 -The Haryana police Tuesday recommended that the three fresh cases registered against disgraced former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for further investigation.

"We have registered the third FIR (first information report) against him (Rathore). We have recommended that all cases be handed over to the CBI for investigation," Panchkula Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhary told IANS.


Cold wave in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana kills thre

Chandigarh, Jan 5 - Chandigarh and its neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana Tuesday continued to bear the brunt of an intense cold wave that has claimed three lives.

Amritsar in Punjab was again the coldest in this region Tuesday, recording a minimum temperature of 1.2 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana and Patiala cities in Punjab saw a minimum temperature of 7.8 and 8.2 degrees respectively.

The minimum temperature in Chandigarh was 7 degrees Celsius.

According to officials, the cold and icy winds left two people dead in Ambala in Haryana and one person in Amritsar in Punjab late Monday.


We are now sure of justice ahead, say Ruchika's friends

We are now sure of justice ahead, say Ruchika's friendsPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 - It could be "appropriate justice" at last, said a relieved Aradhana Tuesday as a prolonged legal battle was infused with new energy with former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore being charged with abetting the suicide of her friend Ruchika Girhotra in 1993.

Police in Panchkula filed a fresh case against Rathore Tuesday. He was charged under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code of abetting the suicide of teenager Ruchika Girhotra, who killed herself in 1993, three years after he molested her.


Arrest Rathore immediately, says Ruchika's father

Arrest Rathore immediately, says Ruchika's fatherPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 : Teenaged molestation victim Ruchika's father Tuesday demanded that former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore be immediately arrested as he was a "criminal" roaming freely in the society.

S. C. Girhotra said he wondered that even after registering non-bailable cases, like abetment to suicide, attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, forging evidence, wrongful confinement and criminal conspiracy against Rathore, why were the Haryana police still shying from arresting him.


Temperature dips further in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana

Chandigarh, Jan 6 - The residents of Punjab, Haryana and the joint capital Chandigarh continued to brave the cold wave and the freezing weather Wednesday as mercury dipped further in the region. The met department has forecast rainfall in the coming days.

Amritsar city of Punjab was the coldest in the region, with a minimum temperature of 1 degree Celsius. Ludhiana and Patiala cities were comparatively warmer as they recorded minimum temperature of 6.3 and 5.8 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Chandigarh shivered at a minimum temperature of 3.4 degrees Celsius Wednesday, down from Tuesday's temperature of 7 degrees Celsius.


Angry eunuch drinks poison at Haryana police headquarters

Angry eunuch drinks poison at Haryana police headquartersPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 6 : A middle-aged eunuch, angered at police's alleged inaction in a case of assault on her adopted son, Wednesday attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison right outside the Haryana police headquarters here, police said.

According to police, the eunuch was identified as Laxmi, a resident of Hansi town in Hisar district of Haryana.


Gurgaon's unregistered realty dealers could face penal action

Gurgaon's unregistered realty dealers could face penal actionGurgaon/Chandigarh, Jan 6 : Property dealers and real estate agents in Gurgaon not registering themselves with the district administration will face penal action, officials said here Wednesday.

Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Rajinder Kataria said officials have been asked to get shops and offices of property dealers and real estate agents videographed and photographed to know who all are operating in the district. All realty dealers have to register themselves under the Haryana Regulation of Property Dealers and Consultancy Act.


Decision on Rathore's bail plea reserved

Decision on Rathore's bail plea reservedPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 7 - Additional District and Sessions judge Sanjeev Jindal Thursday reserved his decision on former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore's anticipatory bail plea on two fresh first information reports (FIRS), which were registered Dec 29.

The argument in the court went on for over two hours.

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Chandigarh had Dec 21 held Rathore guilty of molesting 15-year-old Ruchika Gehrotra and sentenced him to a six-month prison term. Rathore was, however, immediately granted bail.


No respite from cold for Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana

No respite from cold for Chandigarh, Punjab, HaryanaChandigarh, Jan 7 : There was no respite from the bone chilling cold for the residents of Punjab, Haryana and the joint capital Chandigarh, even as mild sunshine greeted them Thursday.

"Intense cold wave running through the northern plains has led to a sharp fall in both day and night temperatures. In most parts of the region, the mercury remained two to three degrees below normal," said a Met official here Thursday.


Rathore's anticipatory bail plea dismissed

Ruchika Girhotra, S P S RathorePanchkula (Haryana), Jan 8 : A Panchkula court in Haryana Friday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former state police chief S. P. S. Rathore, who molested teenager Ruchika Girhotra 19 years ago.

Additional district and sessions judge Sanjeev Jindal dismissed the bail plea filed after two fresh FIRs were registered against Rathore Dec 29.

Rathore was booked under non-bailable charges like attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, forging evidence, wrongful confinement, fabricating false evidence and criminal conspiracy.(IANS)


Police not to arrest Rathore 'hastily' despite criticism

Police not to arrest Rathore 'hastily' despite criticismPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 9 - Haryana Police has been pulled up for delaying action in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case but police officials say they did not want to arrest former top cop S. P. S Rathore "hastily" despite a Panchkula court having dismissed his anticipatory bail pleas.


Thick fog engulfs Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, Jan 10 - Fog along with bone-chilling cold Sunday derailed normal life in Punjab, Haryana and the joint capital Chandigarh and hit road, rail and air traffic.

A blanket of thick fog enveloped Chandigarh and most parts of Punjab and Haryana. "Dense fog prevails in the region, reducing the visibility level to below 100 meters. We are expecting these conditions to continue in the coming days," said a Met official here.

The Chandigarh Police have issued a traffic advisory for the residents to follow while driving. "People should drive slow during foggy weather and avoid overtaking as far as possible. Fog lights should be switched on and nobody should use high beam while driving," the advisory stated.


'Step-mom' generates new controversy in Ruchika case

Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 11 - A new controversy has emerged in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case involving former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, with a 'mystery' woman, Veena, claiming that she was married to Ruchika's father, S. C. Girhotra. The claim has been dismissed by the lawyer and friends of the Girhotra family.

Veena has told the special investigation team (SIT) of the Haryana police that she was married to Ruchika's father, S. C. Girhotra, between November 1990 and 1995.


Complainant in cash-for-judge scam fails to appear in court

Complainant in cash-for-judge scam fails to appear in courtChandigarh, Jan 11 : Amrik Singh, who worked in the office of Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Nirmaljit Kaur and complainant in the cash-for-judge scam, failed to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here Monday.

During the last hearing Dec 24, CBI special judge Darshan Singh had summoned Singh after CBI submitted its sealed final report in the cash-for-judge scam, which rocked this union territory in August last year, seeking cancellation of the case.


Ruchika's principal returns state award

Ruchika's principal returns state award Chandigarh, Jan 11 : Four days after a magisterial inquiry held the Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School here guilty of being unfair in expelling teenage molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra for fee default, the school principal S. Sebestina Monday returned the state award.

The Chandigarh administration had directed her to return the award, which was given to her in 2005 for meritorious contribution to city education. She was the principal of the school in 1990, when Ruchika was expelled.


Aishwarya looks best in a sari: Designer Neeta Lulla

Aishwarya looks best in a sari: Designer Neeta LullaGurgaon, Feb 1 - Ace designer Neeta Lulla has been lending her creative touch to Aishwarya Rai's wardrobe for more than a decade. Having dressed the actress in varied costumes in movies like "Taal", "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" and "Jodhaa Akbar", the designer feels the sari suits the former beauty queen best.

"No doubt Aishwarya looks beautiful in Indian outfits, but, personally, I feel that she looks her best in a sari. She can carry a simple cotton to a designer sari with equal poise and elegance," Lulla told IANS in an interview.


CBI Judge grants interim bail to Abhay Chautala in graft case

Abhay-ChautalaAfter he failed to appear before it in a graft case, Haryana legislator Abhay Chautala was granted interim bail by a city court Monday.

Interim bail was granted to Chautala, an Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator by Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge P. S. Teji, who also fixed the matter for further hearing March 5. Abhay is the son of INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala.

After the CBI's counsel submitted that despite their best efforts summons issued against the leader could not be served, the court had issued a warrant against Abhay Chautala Feb 15.


‘I am satisfied with arrest’

Kapashera Police StationOn Thursday, Ankaj Kushal, 33, heaved a sigh of relief after receiving a call from the Kapashera Police Station that a gang of four criminals had been arrested and he had to come and identify them.

The four accused had allegedly abducted, thrashed and robbed Kushal, a Sector 23 resident and export house executive, of his belongings and Ford Icon car before dumping him in the Najafgarh drain on Saturday.

“I hope the police can use the CCTV footage from the ATM booth in Dwarka where they had used my ATM card. I was satisfied today when I got a call from the investigating officer in the morning. “


Haryana Software Exports Surge 17% In 2008-09

software exportsIn spite of worldwide slump, software exports from Haryana rose 17% during the last fiscal (2008-09).

The total software exports from the state stood at Rs 21,000 crore (Rs 210 billion/$4.5 billion) as against last year's figure of Rs 18,500 crore.

Gurgaon contributed the most to the yield of IT as well as Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) industry in the state as over 90% of the units are situated in the district.


Good news for TB patients in Haryana

Bhupinder-Singh-HoodaChief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda is proud to announce that Haryana is all set to be -TB Free State. Mr. Hooda said that Haryana has achieved third position in providing free second line treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) after Maharashtra and Gujarat.

He brought in to the picture, the initiatives to wipe out the disease and informed that Revised National Tuberculosis Control (RNTC) programme will be implemented to shrink the mortality rate and curtail the transmission of TB.


Wheat output goes down in Haryana

Wheat-ProductionAs per a senior farm official, wheat production of Haryana will fall this year. It has been estimated that there will be a huge production of in the year when the season commenced. But now it has been seen that the output can't reach to that mark and will behind by a huge margin.

According to the official, higher temperature in this region has ruined the earlier expectation and now he is apprehending that the wheat output may fall behind by 200,000 tonnes from the expected figure. Haryana is the third biggest wheat producer in the country.


Cocaine Seized In Haryana Town, 7 Arrested

Cocaine Seized In Haryana Town, 7 ArrestedPolice officials have caught seven people, comprising two engineering pupils, in Haryana region and recovered cocaine worth Rs 2.5 crore from their possession.

Police detained seven people near a bus stand in Ambala Cantt and around one kg of smuggled cocaine was recovered from their possession.


Over 16,000 women set to be elected in panchayat elections in Haryana

Over 16,000 women set to be elected in panchayat elections in HaryanaAccording to official reports, Haryana is infamous for its skewed sex ratio. But thanks to quotas for women in grassroots bodies, over 16,000 women are set to be elected in the panchayat elections next month, getting a chance to show their might.

State election commissioner Dharam Vir told IANS, "The panchayat elections in the state are being held June 6 and 12. The reservation of seats for women candidates will give them a fair representation in these bodies."


Delhi Petrol Dealers To Go On Indefinite Strike From June 14

Delhi Petrol Dealers To Go On Indefinite Strike From June 14Today, Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) declared to go on an indefinite strike from June 14 if Delhi administration fails to bring equality in VAT rate with the neighboring states.

DPDA president Atul Peshawaria stated, "If the government does not reduce the VAT and bring it to parity with that of Haryana, we will be left with no other option but to close down our petrol pumps and observe a strike."

The increase in value added tax has seen 35 to 95% drop in the sale of diesel since 2008.


DAE Plans To Set Up Nuclear Energy Centre In Haryana

DAE Plans To Set Up Nuclear Energy Centre In HaryanaThe Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has decided to establish a Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership in the neighboring villages of Jasaur Kheri and Kheri Jasaur in Haryana's Jhajjar region.

The centre's project director, G. P. Srivastav, and other DAE representatives visited the site Friday to examine it.

Mr. Srivastav stated that four educational institutions will open in the centre to examine nuclear security, radiological conservation, use of radio-stopes and radiation techniques and nuclear energy facility.


Mango Production Soars In Haryana

Mango Production Soars In HaryanaMango farming is gaining ground in Haryana with its production and area under cultivation going up by around three times in two decades.

Financial Commissioner Roshan Lal stated that the production of mango climbed from 19,900 tonnes in 1990-91 to 64,570 tonnes in the year 2009.

Mr. Roshan Lal attributed the groth to the use of newest technology by agriculturists.

The area under mango production also went up to 9,125 hectares from 3,553 hectares previously.

An extra 250 hectares would be brought under mango plantation during the existing financial year (2010-11).


Global Nuclear Energy Centre to open in Haryana

The recent proclamation of nation's first Global Centre for Nuclear Energy has come in Bahadurgarh town on the border of Haryana and Delhi.

The Centre inaugurated by the PM himself will be set up on high importance terms on a dimension of 125 acres while 80 acres will be kept for residential plots.

It is deemed to take up Considered a minimum of three years for completion as stated by project director Dr J P Shrivastva, who led a six-member-team that visited Jassaurkheri and Kheri Jassuar villages today.


Magma Fincorp To Disburse Rs 532 Crore In Retail Loans In Punjab, Haryana

Magma Fincorp To Disburse Rs 532 Crore In Retail Loans In Punjab, HaryanaAsset financing company Magma Fincorp Ltd has announced that it would offer up Rs 532 crore in retail loans in Punjab and Haryana during the existing fiscal year (2010-11).

In a declaration, Sanjeev Chandhok, regional sales manager stated, "By penetrating deeper, we will focus on providing asset finance to the economically disenfranchised in the state."

Construction equipment and tractor finance have been the major growth drivers this year for the company.


Crops In Punjab, Haryana Hit Hard By Floods

Crops In Punjab, Haryana Hit Hard By FloodsRecently sown paddy crop has been destructed in around 4 days of flood fury in some regions of Haryana and Punjab, the states, which are the largest food grain contributors to the national kitty.

Thus far, 11 fatalities have been reported including six in Punjab and five in Haryana, with 4-5 people missing after being washed away in both states.

Heavy rain accompanied by breaches in rivers and irrigation canals in some regions of both states resulted in flooding since Tuesday.


Vodafone Rolls Out Lowest Priced Bonus @ Rs 4

Vodafone Rolls Out Lowest Priced Bonus @ Rs 4Vodafone Essar, one of the country's top cellular service providers, has made announcement about the launching of India's most economical Bonus offer for its prepaid customers.

Available at Rs 4, it is the lowest cost denomination offer presently available in the market.

Eyeing to enable many more individuals at the grass root level to stay linked, the Rs 4 Bonus reiterates Vodafone's commitment towards speeding up tele-density in India and enhancing affordability.


Haryana, Punjab in blame game over floods

Punjab, HaryanaChandigarh, July 11 : The floods in parts of Punjab and Haryana has led to a spate of angry exchanges between the two states, each accusing the other of causing the flooding on their side.

Ruling political leaders of Haryana and Punjab are accusing each other for releasing water into the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, which has led to breaches in parts of the canal causing widespread floods in both states.

The Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal was built to link the waters of the two rivers, but has left the neighbouring states completely divided.


Flood Toll In Punjab, Haryana Rises To 51

Flood Toll In Punjab, Haryana Rises To 51Six days after Rekha Gohil (27) gave birth to a baby on the pavement after being turned away by a civic maternity home at Mahim, the municipal corporation suspended a physician and a senior nurse until pending inquiry gets completed.

Rekha's husband, Kishorilal, who works a conservancy worker with the ward office in Dadar, said, "We are thankful to the civic authorities that they took our complaint seriously."


Haryana All Set To Set Up New-Born Corners, Care Centres

Haryana All Set To Set Up New-Born Corners, Care CentresHaryana will establish New Born Corners (NBC) and Sick New Born Care Units (SNCUs) in all the administrative hospitals of the state in order to confirm the infant death rate.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda made this announcement today while addressing a meeting.

Mr. Hooda stated that NBC units would be established at 144 sub-centres, 11 rural community health (RCH) centres and 156 primary health centres under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).


E-challaning system in Haryana

E-challaning system in HaryanaThe Haryana government has determined to initiate an e-challaning system for enhanced management of traffic regulations in the state.

According to Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Home Department, Krishna Mohan here today, the E-challaning system might entail of a computer-based centralized catalog of vehicles, driving licenses and traffic infringement and hand-held stuffs with the field personnel to offer them real time connectivity with the pivotal server.


Haryana came into action with meanness to support DLF

Haryana came into action with meanness to support DLFMonitoring with the intention that the state of Haryana had taken action with unfairness and hatred to confirm support to DLF Universal Ltd, the High Court, on Friday, ordered the state government to get back from DLF land estimating 19 acres, 4 kanals and 5 marlas in Nathupur village of Gurgaon district and that was obtained by the state and moved to the planner for locating up a cyber town.

The court additionally ordered the state administration to give back the land to the gram panchayat of Nathupur which is rite now fraction of the Gurgaon Municipal Corporation.


Maruti Suzuki strike called off as agreement reached

Maruti SuzukiManesar (Haryana), June 17:  The workers at auto major Maruti Suzuki's plant in this Haryana town called off their 13-day long strike, after an agreement was reached between them and the company management on the issue of a second union.

"The strike have been called off. The management and the 2,000-odd workers of Maruti have reached an understanding," Anil Kumar, general secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) told IANS.


Hazare''s condition stable

 Hazare''s condition stableGurgaon, Aug 30: Anna Hazare''s health is improving and his blood pressure and heart rate are becoming stable, said Dr. Yatin Mehta of Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon, where the social activist has been admitted after he broke his fast on Sunday.

Talking to reporters here, Dr. Mehta said: "His (Anna) condition is stable. He has started walking. All parameters are good now. He is on soft diet."

"His blood pressure is124/88. Ketone levels have gone down. It will take 4-5 days for him to be out of the hospital," he added.


Advani condoles veteran Congressman Vansant Sathe’s demise

Advani condoles veteran Congressman Vansant Sathe’s demiseGurgaon, Sep 24 : Condoling the death of veteran parliamentarian Vasant Sathe,

senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K Advani on Saturday described him as a gentleman politician, who used to do what he felt right.

Talking to reporters here, Advani said: "I have not seen such a political leader. I had a close relation with him, despite he being in another party. He was never influenced by his party."

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said Sathe had his own style of dealing with politics


GBTA Foundation, Egencia unveil first corporate travel policy study for India

GBTA Foundation, Egencia unveil first corporate travel policy study for IndiaGurgaon, Sep. 28 : The GBTA Foundation, a research arm of the Global Business Travel Association, and Egencia, the corporate travel arm of Expedia, Inc., have released results of its first ever corporate travel policy study for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, exploring trends and effectiveness in policies.


Firms should directly hire casual labour, says Haryana Labour Minister

Maruti-SuzukiShiv Charan Lal Sharma, the Labour and Employment Minister of the Indian state of Haryana has said that private firms should hire casual labour directly fro the labour market instead of relying on contractors.

The minister said that the payments to them should be made through cheques. "Company should not hire casual workers through contractors rather they should hire them directly by negotiating with them. They can also ask the state employment department to provide workers on contract basis," Sharma said.


Riot affects Maruti operations

Riot affects Maruti operationsA riot by workers that left Awanish Kumar Dev, General Manager HR dead in a fire accident and resulted in 90 employees being jailed, is likely to affect the company’s operations and disrupt supplies of models.

The company is now facing a lengthy shutdown that could cost $15 million a day and result in disruption of supplies for its models including Swift. The police have said that they are looking to detail the whole of 3,000 strong workforce of the company’s Manesar factory in Haryana in the incident.


Lockout at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar Plant

Lockout at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar PlantAuto major Maruti Suzuki India has announced indefinite lockout for its Manesar plant after the Wednesday's violence. The company has asked for quick resolution of the police probe. The police has not been able to catch the union leaders, many of whom are on the run. In the violence, a senior HR official was killed.

The company has declined the speculation that it will completely close operations at Manesar once the facility in Gujarat is ready.


Maruti Suziki is not planning to move out of Haryana, says Hooda

Maruti Suziki is not planning to move out of Haryana, says HoodaThe chief minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said that the Maruti Suziki is not planning to move its facilities out of the state and pointed out that there is mutual trust in the long relationship between the company and the state.

Hooda also pledged any kind of support to the company from the authorities. He has clarified that the company, which is the leading automaker in the country, has not put forward any demand to the government.


Maruti Suzuki begins damage assessment at Manesar

Maruti Suzuki begins damage assessment at ManesarIndia’s leading automaker, Maruti Suzuki has stated damage assessment activities at its plant in Manesar in Haryana after a week of the violent riots by the workers at the site.

A riot by workers that left Awanish Kumar Dev, General Manager HR dead in a fire accident and resulted in 90 employees being jailed, is likely to affect the company’s operations and disrupt supplies of models.


Tripartite meeting can help resume work at Maruti’s Manesar plant, lawyers

Tripartite meeting can help resume work at Maruti’s Manesar plant, lawyersA team of Haryana lawyers associated with the incidence at Maruti's Manesar auto plant, has said that a tripartite meeting of Maruti officials, workers' representatives and Government can help sort out the issues and resume work at the plant.


Maruti Manesar riot renew calls for change in laws

Maruti Manesar riot renew calls for change in lawsThe recent violent rioting at Maruti Suzuki's manufacturing plant in Manesar in Haryana has renewed calls from the industry players for the government to overhaul laws that restrict them.

A riot by workers that left Awanish Kumar Dev, General Manager HR dead in a fire accident and resulted in 90 employees being jailed, is likely to affect the company's operations and disrupt supplies of models.

The company is now facing a lengthy shutdown that could cost $15 million a day and result in disruption of supplies for its models including Swift.


Maruti’s aiming to produce 850 cars per day in Manesar

Maruti’s aiming to produce 850 cars per day in ManesarMaruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is planning to start producing as many as 850 cars per day at its plant in Manesar in Hariyana during eth first half of September.

The plant in Manesar, where it recently resumed production following a violent riot, is operational and will start producing cars to start filling the gap in supply and help the company improve delivery to the customers.


DGSCL to re-start collecting toll fee on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway from today evening

DGSCL to re-start collecting toll fee on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway from today eveningThe Sirhol toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway will once again start collecting toll fee from all vehicles from today (Tuesday) evening.

The Punjab & Haryana High Court on Monday lifted the ban on toll fee collection that had been imposed on 4th of September.


Violence at Maruti’s Manesar plant was a result of management-workers issues: SIT

Violence at Maruti’s Manesar plant was a result of management-workers issues: SIT The violence at the Manesar Maruti plant on July 18 this year was not instigated from outside; rather it had occurred due to internal issues between the company's management and workers, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) said in its report.

On July 18, workers at the Manesar plant went on rampage, killing on senior manager and leaving hundreds injured. The auto giant had claimed that the aggression had been planed by some outsiders.


IAS officer probing controversial deals between Vadra and DLF transferred

IAS officer probing controversial deals between Vadra and DLF transferredSenior IAS officer Ashok Khemka was transferred from the position of Inspector General of Registration Haryana to the DG Haryana Seed Development Corporation, within hours after he launched a probe into the alleged nexus between Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and DLF.

On October 12, Khemka ordered the deputy commissioners-cum-registrars of the four districts of Haryana, viz. Palwal, Gurgaon, Mewat and Faridabad, to scrutinize all documents registered from January 1, 2005 by or on behalf of Vadra.


Haryana Govt. tries to defend its decision to transfer Khemka

Haryana Govt. tries to defend its decision to transfer KhemkaAfter the heat over the transfer of IAS officer Ashok Khemka became unbearable, the Haryana Government led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda tried to defend if self by claiming that there was no malice in the decision to transfer Khemka.


Cold wave over Punjab, Haryana continues

Cold-wavChandigarh, Jan 3 : Narnaul town in Haryana was freezing Thursday morning with the minimum temperature registering 0.5 degrees Celsius, Met officials said here.

Though the minimum temperature rose slightly at some places since Wednesday, the cold wave over Punjab and Haryana continued along with fog.

Three deaths have been reported in Punjab since December. Two were from Amritsar and one from Hoshiarpur.

Chandigarh saw a high of 10.1 degrees Celsius and a low of 4.7 degrees since Wednesday. Amritsar too had a chilly day Wednesday with a high of only 9.6 degrees.


Haryana CM Hooda lays foundation stone of UIDAI Data Centre in Manesar

Haryana CM Hooda lays foundation stone of UIDAI Data Centre in Manesar Manesar, Jan. 8 : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laid the foundation stone of the Unique Identification Authority of India''s (UIDAI) Data Centre here on Tuesday.

UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani, Member of Parliament Rao Inderjit Singh and UIDAI Director General and Mission Director R. S. Sharma were present on the occasion.

The Data Centre is estimated to be completed by June 2014.


Chautala arrests changes contours of Haryana politics

Chautala arrests changes contours of Haryana politics Chandigarh, Jan 18 : The conviction and arrest of its two most senior leaders, including former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, on bribery charges, has changed the contours of Haryana's politics and given some relief to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.


Mob resorts to violence after stalker rapes, murders teen girl in Haryana

Mob resorts to violence after stalker rapes, murders teen girl in Haryana Faridabad, Jan. 26 : Venting its ire, an irate mob resorted to violence on Friday here after it heard of a stalker raping and later murdering a teenage girl.

The victim was a student of Class 12 and the incident took place when she had gone out to attend tuition classes on the afternoon of January 24.


Mamma Mia - for new mothers to get into shape

Fortis-Healthcare-LimitedGurgaon, Jan 31: Mamma Mia, a new fitness programme, introduced by Fortis Healthcare Limited, in collaboration with international celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza aims to give new mothers a healthy way to shed post-pregnancy weight.

Braganza, who has helped Hollywood stars like Halle Berry and Jessica Alba get back into flawless figure, will train the hospital staff, who will further train the new mothers for the specific workout and health techniques.


Yuvraj Singh asks cancer patients to fight disease with courage

Yuvraj Singh asks cancer patients to fight disease with courage Gurgaon, Feb 5 : Recalling his close shave with death, Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh asked cancer victims to fight with disease courageously.

Known as a fighter, Yuvraj recalled his successful battle with cancer on Monday on the occasion of World's Cancer Day.

He asked cancer patents to fight out with strength and courage for their survival.


Maruti Suzuki to suspend production Saturday

Maruti-SuzukiGurgaon, March 15 : Auto major Maruti Suzuki has decided to suspend production of cars at its Gurgaon and Manesar plants Saturday, a company spokesperson said.

Amid declining sales, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) will Saturday keep on hold production of petrol and diesel cars in all five units of its Gurgaon and Manesar plants for a day.

On March 8 too, MSIL suspended production of petrol cars at three units of the Gurgaon plant.


Sehwag's flop show continues in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Virender-SehwagGurgaon, March 20 : Virender Sehwag's poor run of form continued Wednesday as he was back to pavilion for four runs, but his Delhi team beat Jammu and Kashmir by 17 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 tournament here.

Delhi won the toss and chose to bat. Cricket lovers expected some fireworks from Sehwag but that wasn't to be. He faced three balls and was caught at point off Asif Rasool. Unmukt Chand made 23 in 25 balls, with four boundaries.

Milind Kumar scored 40 runs off 31 balls, smashing three fours and a six.

Chasing the 134-run target, J&K scored 116 runs losing nine wickets in 20 overs.


Gambhir confirms IPL-6 participation

Gautam-GambhirGurgaon, March 21 : Setting all rumours to the contrary to rest, India opener Gautam Gambhir Thursday confirmed his participation in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Gambhir, who is suffering from mild jaundice, captained the Kolkata Knight Riders to the title last year.

"I am available for the IPL. It's a mild jaundice, hoping to be good in 4-5 days time," Gambhir tweeted.


India needs excellence in higher education: President

Pranab-Mukherjee149Sonepat (Haryana), March 21 : President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday called for concrete steps to create a "culture of excellence" in higher education.

The president made the observation while inaugurating a three-day Conference on "The Future of Indian Universities" organised by the O. P. Jindal Global University here.

Mukherjee expressed deep concern about the staggering percentage of vacancies in central universities.


Punjab beat Himachal in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Punjab-beat-HimachalGurgaon, March 22 : Punjab beat Himachal Pradesh by two wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 tournament here Friday.

Punjab won the toss and put Himachal in to bat.

Siddharth Kaul was the star of the match scalping four Himachal wickets as the entire team were bowled out for 100 runs in 19.5 overs.

Rishi Dhawan was the top scorer for Himachal with 31 runs in 33 balls smashing four boundaries.

Chasing the target, Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals but scored at an incredible run rate despite losing wickets.


Tension at Suzuki plant in Gurgaon

Suzuki-Motors-plantGurgaon, April 4 : Tension prevailed at Suzuki Motors plant here over the issue of revoking the suspension of three employees, including two senior union leaders, a leader said Thursday. The union is now threatening strike.

Suzuki Motorcycles India Ltd (SMIL) management suspended three workers -- including the union's president Anil Kumar, general secretary Avinash Kumar and Pradeep Kumar -- on disciplinary grounds on March 19.

Many workers have alleged that the company management harasses them over one or the other issue.


Universities should be hotbeds for innovation: Pranab

Pranab-MukherjeeKurukshetra (Haryana), April 9 : Pointing out that India's balance sheet of innovations was not very encouraging, President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday called upon universities and research and development centres to become hotbeds of innovations.

The president said that with depleting natural resources, future growth will have to be secured through innovation and constant technology upgradation.


Haryana to grow 90 lakh tonnes of wheat this season

wheatChandigarh, April 13 : Haryana has set a target of producing 90 lakh tonnes of wheat this season, a Food Corporation of India (FCI) official said here Saturday.

Sudhir Garg, FCI northern region executive director, said that Haryana was likely to export 65 lakh tonnes of wheat to other states and abroad this year compared to only 30 lakh tonnes last year.


Maruti's Dzire and Ertiga win design award

Swift-Dzire-Ertiga1Gurgaon April 18 : Passenger car market leader Maruti Suzuki's Swift Dzire and Ertiga cars have been awarded the India Design Mark Award, a company official said here Thursday.

The award is given to products which are trustworthy, reliable, offer value for money, and most importantly, are manufactured in a responsible manner, a Maruti Suzuki spokesperson said.

This is the second consecutive year when this award has been bestowed on Maruti Suzuki models. In 2012, the company's Wagon R and Swift were the winners of this award.


Haryana SEZ promoters can now use land to develop industrial colony

Haryana SEZ promoters can now use land to develop industrial colonyThe Haryana Government on Thursday allowed Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to opt for industrial colony licence, a move that will benefit developers of as many as two dozen SEZs in the state.

The SEZ scheme had collapsed in Haryana as farmers refused to sell their lands and it was not feasible for promoters to purchase land at very high market rates.

Following the state government's approval, the promoters of SEZs can now develop residential and industrial sites.


Planning Commission approves Haryana’s Rs 27,072cr plan outlay for 2013-14

Planning Commission approves Haryana’s Rs 27,072cr plan outlay for 2013-14The Planning Commission of India on Monday approved Haryana's annual plan of Rs 27,072 crore for the financial year 2013-14.

The plan was finalized by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Yojana Bhawan in New Delhi.


14th IIFA to be held in Macau

IIFA-MacauGurgaon, May 14 : The 14th International Indian Film Academy awards (IIFA) will be held in Macau from June 4 it was announced here Tuesday. This is the second time that the event will be held in the city.

The three-day event will take off at The Venetian Macao.

"IIFA is a pioneering initiative that opens new doors and creates myriad opportunities for the film industry, taking it to new shores each year," actor Abhishek Bachchan told reporters at a press meet at the Kingdom Of Dreams here.


Haryana lifts ban on 'Sadda Haq'

Sadda-HaqChandigarh, May 15 : Haryana Wednesday lifted the ban imposed last month on the screening of Punjabi movie "Sadda Haq". The ban was lifted following the Supreme Court's recent nod to allow the screening of the film after making some cuts.

"The Haryana government has lifted the ban on the exhibition of film 'Saada Haq' in the state subject to the condition that the observations of Supreme Court and provisions of other applicable laws are compiled with in letter and spirit," a state government spokesperson said here.


Punjab, Haryana stare at lower wheat arrivals

WheatChandigarh, May 18 : What was supposed to be a bumper crop with a record target for wheat procurement has turned out to be a dampener with much lower quantities of wheat arriving in grain markets across Punjab and Haryana - the country's breadbasket.

Punjab has barely managed to procure 11 million tonnes of wheat while Haryana has seen just over 5.86 million tonnes arriving this season.

"Contrary to expectations of a bumper crop and record procurement, the actual arrival and procurement of wheat is much less in both states," a senior agriculture officer in Punjab told IANS.


Haryana agrees to release more raw water to Delhi from Tajewala

TajewalaAuthorities in the state of Haryana have agreed to release more raw water to Delhi from Tajewala cutting the share of of Uttar Pradesh in the Yamuna.

The move would help the national capital increase water levels at its Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi water treatment plants where the treatment was halted due to low raw water supply from the Ganga Canal. The government will lift the water from Haryana from Wazirabad and supply it to Sonia Vihar and Bhagairathi water treatment plants.


Heat wave unabated in Punjab, Haryana

Heat-Wave-PunjabChandigarh, May 24 : The heat wave prevailing over the plains of Punjab and Haryana remained unabated Friday with temperatures at most places in the two states remaining over 46 degrees.

The Sikh holy city of Amritsar, which had Thursday recorded its highest ever temperature of 48 degrees, saw another hot day with the mercury touching 47.7 degrees. The temperature was nine degrees above the average, Met officials said.

Chandigarh airport touched a high of 46.3 degrees. The city had a high of 43 degrees.


Shukla still critical: Doctors

VC-ShuklaGurgaon, May 29 : Congress leader V. C. Shukla, who was critically injured in the Maoist attack on party leaders in Chhattisgarh last week, continues to remain critical, doctors attending on him here said Wednesday.

"He is still critical but conscious. He has been put on ventilator and administered strong antibiotics to contain the infection. We are closely monitoring him," a doctor treating Shukla at Medanta Medicity told IANS.

Doctors had performed exploratory laparotomy surgery (a diagnostic tool that allows physicians to examine the abdominal organs) Sunday when he was admitted to the hospital.


Haryana gets only 58.82 lakh tonnes of wheat

wheatChandigarh, June 3 : Contrary to expectations of a bumper wheat arrival of nearly 90 lakh tonnes, Haryana has seen wheat arrival of only 58.82 lakh tonnes this year, food and supplies officials said Monday.

"Over 58.82 lakh tonnes of wheat has arrived so far in Haryana mandis during the current procurement season. Out of it, over 58.73 lakh tonnes of wheat has been procured by government agencies and 9,232 tonnes has been purchased by private millers and traders," a spokesman of the food and supplies department said.

This is much lower than the arrival of 83.25 lakh tonnes of wheat in the season last year.


Hooda takes on detractors

Bhupinder-Singh-HoodaKarnal (Haryana), June 8 : A day after his detractors within the ruling Congress blamed his government for neglecting the Scheduled Castes, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Saturday asked them to visit villages to see the development.


Former information minister V.C. Shukla dead

V-C-ShuklaGurgaon, June 11 :  Veteran Congress leader V. C. Shukla, who was grievously injured in a Maoist attack in Chattisgarh last month, died here in a private hospital, doctors said Tuesday.

Shukla, 84, who was the main architect of media censorship during the emergency regime of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, died at around 2.30 p. m. in the Medanta Medicity Hospital.

A former union minister, he received three bullet injuries and lost a lot of blood in the attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region May 25. He was flown in an air ambulance to Delhi and taken to a private hospital in Gurgaon.


18-month-old stable after complex surgery

Roona-BegumGurgaon, June 19 : An 18-month-old girl suffering a rare disorder in which her head swelled to an unprecedented 94 cm is stable and progressing well after a complex surgery, doctors treating her said Wednesday.

According to doctors, Roona Begum has shown a remarkable improvement in her condition. She had been admitted to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) here in April.

"For the first three weeks after she was admitted, we tried to bring down the size of her head to manageable levels. We provided an alternate pathway to drain the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)," said Sandeep Vaishya, a doctor treating Begum.


Haryana breaks power supply record

Haryana breaks power supply recordGurgaon, June 25 : The power transmission and distribution system in Haryana supplied an all-time high of 1,536.43 lakh units and took a record 7,527 MW load during peak hours Monday, an official said Tuesday.

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran (DHBVN) Nigam said that it was a new power supply record in the state.

The DHBVN and the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran supplied over 1,536 lakh units of electricity Monday, which was 143 lakh units more than the power supplied on the corresponding day last year.

The nigams supplied 42.93 lakh units more than the demand.


Maruti Suzuki introduces sporty version of Swift

Swift-RSGurgaon, July 2 : Maruti Suzuki India has introduced a limited edition "Swift RS", the sporty version of its popular Swift car.

The Swift RS comes with new styling and graphics that give it a distinct sporty character and looks. Swift RS will be available only in limited numbers and for a short period, a company spokesperson said.


Hero Motocorp to make 12 mn two-wheelers a year

Hero-MotocorpGurgaon, Aug 8 : Hero Motocorp said Thursday its annual production capacity will reach 12 million units manufactured in over 20 facilities all over the world.

Managing director and chief executive Pavan Munjal said the company by the year 2020 will sell its products in over 50 countries and have an annual turnover of Rs. 60,000 crore.

Further, the company is aiming to achieve an EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) margin of 20 percent, Munjal said on the sidelines of an event to mark the production of the company's 50-millionth two-wheeler here at its Gurgaon plant.(IANS)


Taj to open more Vivanta, Gateway brand hotels

vivanta-taj-hotelFaridabad, Sep 12 : Hotels and resorts major Taj Thursday said it will go ahead with its expansion plans despite the economic downturn by opening 15 more Vivanta brand hotels and 14 Gateway properties.

"We will be opening around 15 Vivanta and 14 Gateway properties. The industry has witnessed a slowdown, however, with the US and European economies improving and the current rupee devaluation will help us in attracting more tourist and customers," Vivanta CEO Veer Vijay Singh told IANS.


Karisma Kapoor launches 'My Yummy Mummy Guide'

Karisma-KapoorGurgaon, Sep 17 : Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor Tuesday launched her book "My Yummy Mummy Guide" on pregnancy and motherhood. She says it is for 'desi' mothers.

"We don't have an Indian take on pregnancy and motherhood. I felt that this will be something that Indian mothers will be able to relate to," Karisma told reporters at the launch of the at the Landmark book store.

The 39-year-old has written about everything related to pregnancy and childbirth. The book also gives tips on how to loose post pregnancy fat.


Miss Universe starts India tour

Olivia-CulpoGurgaon, Sep 27 : Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo Friday began her official tour of India. She is here on her maiden tour, and she will raise concern about the girl child.

Designer Sanjana Jon will accompany her for the tour.

"It is such an important social cause. We will be celebrating the girl child and are against violence against women. We needed someone like her who is so young and has the heart to associate herself with such a cause," Jon told IANS.

Culpo, 21, will also be going to Mumbai, where superstar Salman Khan will be associating himself with the cause.


Gurgaon expressway snarls causes concern, says Canon CEO

Kazutada-KobayashiGurgaon, Oct 14 : Canon India president and CEO Kazutada Kobayashi Monday termed the regular traffic snarls on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway a "cause of concern" and the poor infrastructure here a scar on millennium city's developing face.

"Traffic problems on National Highway 8 (Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway), specially near toll plazas, are a cause of concern," said Kobayashi, who has been living in Gurgaon for more than a decade since the company set up its Indian headquarters in the city in 1997.


'Gurgaon emerging as major centre of golf'

Bhupinder-Singh-HoodaGurgaon, Nov 6 : Gurgaon is emerging as a major golf centre in north India. It attracted about 30,000 golf tourists last year and the numbers are increasing 10 percent annually, said Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Hooda was addressing a function of 'Take Solutions India Golf Awards' organised here Tuesday evening. The India Golf Awards, powered and created by golfing journalist Shaili Chopra, recognised over 30 special winners.

Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia was also present.


Asia-Europe ministerial meeting begins

Asia-Europe-MeetingGurgaon, Nov 11 : Foreign ministers of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries began their two-day conclave here Monday in one of the biggest diplomatic gatherings this year in India.

Foreign ministers of 36 Asian and European countries, deputy foreign ministers of 12 countries and two vice ministers are participating in ASEM - a gathering of 49 countries and two international organisations - the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat.


Nagarro achieves second Microsoft gold collaboration, content competency certification

Nagarro-IncGurgaon, Feb 21 : High-end technology services firm Nagarro Inc. has earned a second Microsoft gold competency, attaining certification in Collaboration and Content in addition to Application Development.

The firm, specializes in strategic software and IT projects, has earned the certification for demonstrating a "best-in-class" ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers' evolving needs.


Gadkari defamation suit: Kejriwal to appear before Delhi court on April 7

Arvind-KejriwalRohtak, (Haryana), Feb 28 : Delhi Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha on Friday asked former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to appear before her court on April 7 to clear his name in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari.

It may be recalled that Kejriwal had included Gadkari's name in Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP's) list of "India's Most Corrupt".

Gadkari complained that Kejriwal had maligned his reputation.


AAP's Gujarat tour sponsored by Congress: Swamy

Subramanian-SwamyGurgaon, March 8 : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy Saturday described AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's tour of Gujarat as a "sponsored drama" of the Congress.

Swamy, who merged his Janata Party with the BJP some seven months ago, was the chief guest at a meeting here of traders organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

"AAP failed to provide details of their foreign funding to the home ministry. Kejriwal and his team have been busy in Gujarat to escape action by the central government," he said.


Kejriwal mocks Modi, challenges him to contest elections from one seat

Arvind-KejriwalBadli (Haryana), Mar 28 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief, Arvind Kejriwal, on Friday took a jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, challenging him to contest the electoral battle from Varanasi only, during his road show in Haryana.

Kejriwal kickstarted his road show in Haryana's Badli area to garner voters' support ahead of the elections.

Slamming Modi, Kejriwal said there was no Modi wave and if he had the power he should have contested elections from one seat, that is, temple town of Varanasi.


Nearly 15 percent polling in Chandigarh, Haryana

Nearly 15 percent polling in Chandigarh, HaryanaChandigarh, April 10 - Up to 15 percent polling took place in Chandigarh and most parts of Haryana in the first three hours of voting Thursday for 11 Lok Sabha seats. At a number of polling booths, long queues could be seen.

Election officials said that brisk polling is likely to be witnessed at least till 2 p. m. since a number of people have lined up to cast their votes.

Enthusiastic voters began queuing up in the first hour itself in Chandigarh and parts of Haryana as polling booths opened at 7 a. m. Thursday.


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