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29 killed, 250 injured in violence after Panchkula court convicts Dera Sacha Sauda chief in rape case

At least 29 people were killed and more than 250 others suffered injuries as thousands of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on the rampage after he was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana on Friday.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
At least 29 people were killed and more than 250 others suffered injuries as thousands of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on the rampage after he was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana today.
 
The quantum of punishment for the 50-year-old self-styled godman will be pronounced on August 28. Meanwhile, he was taken into judicial custody and flown in a helicopter from Panchkula to Rohtak, where he was lodged in a special jail.
 
Police officials said 28 people had died in Panchkula, which bore the brunt of today's violence, several of them in police firing. There were clashes between Ram Rahim's supporters and the police in Sirsa, where the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters are located.
 
One person died and four people suffered injuries in police firing in Sirsa, where the situation remained tense, with large numbers of Ram Rahim's followers gathered inside the Dera headquarters.
 
The officials said the police had been able to clear the mobs off the streets in all other towns in Haryana.
 
About 60 policemen also suffered injuries in today's incidents, including two senior superintendents of police and one deputy superintendent of police, they said.
 
In Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who returned during the day from a visit to Kyrgyz Republic, spoke to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and discussed the situation with them. Mr. Rajnath Singh assured them of all necessary assistance from the Centre.
 
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said he had talked to the Chief Secretary of Haryana who had told him that the situation was being brought under control. "The situation is tense but under control," he said, adding that the Centre was monitoring the situation continuously.
 
Thousands of Singh's supporters had gathered at different points in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab and violence erupted shortly after news of his conviction came.
 
 
29 dead as Dera followers bring Panchkula to its knees
In Panchkula, scores of vehicles, including fire tenders, outdoor broadcast vans of television news channels and two-wheelers were set ablaze. The mobs also attacked some government property. Police used teargas, lathi-charges, pellet guns and finally resorted to firing to disperse the mobs.
 
A former follower of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had accused him of repeatedly raping her inside the Dera campus near Sirsa in Haryana in 1999. The first information report in the case had been filed in 2002.
 
The mobs targetted media vehicles and attacked some journalists reporting from the scene.
 
Incidents of violence were also reported from various other places in Haryana as well as Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.
 
In Delhi, some buses in Jahangirpuri and other localities and two coaches of a train parked in the railway yard at Anand Vihar were partially burnt after they were set on fire by miscreants. Police said reinforcements had been rushed to all affected and patrolling had been stepped up all across the city. The situation was under control, they added.
 
Though thousands of policemen had been deployed in Panchkula and elsewhere in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident, they were unable cope with the wave of violence that started after the verdict was pronounced. Police used teargas shells to try and disperse the mobs. Curfew was imposed in some towns of Punjab.
 
Television pictures showed ambulances bringing scores of injured persons to the government hospital there.
 
The Railways had, as a precautionary measure, cancelled some 300 mail, express and passenger trains passing through  Haryana in the past few days.
 
The Centre had sent several companies of central armed police forces to Haryana at the request of the state government and the Army's assistance had been sought at some places.
 
Mr. Khattar urged people to stay calm and maintain peace. He said strict action would be taken against those who disturb the peace and took law into their own hands.
 
In Gurgaon, near here, the police staged a flag march which passed through Kherki Daula, IMT Manesar, Bilaspur, sohna, Bhondsi and Badshapur as a precautionary measure.
 
"A close watch is being kept on the anti-social elements and miscreants who try to take advantages of such situation," a press release from Gurgaon Police said.
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the "instances of violences" were "deeply distressing". He said he strongly condemned the violence and urged everyone to maintain peace.
 
"The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence & urge everyone to maintain peace," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"The law & order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with the NSA & Home Secretary," he said.
 
"Urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required," he added.
 
In Delhi, the police has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, banning the assembly of five or more persons, as a precautionary measure in 11 districts, including New Delhi.
 
"Adequate police arrangements in place & Law & Order situation under control. Officers with reserve force on rounds to maintain peace," the Commissioner of Police said on Twitter.
 
"Appeal to all to maintain peace & order. #DelhiPolice on full alert. Strict legal action will be taken against miscreants for any violation," he added.
 
Meanwhile, the Congress has demanded the resignation of Mr. Khattar and urged the Prime Minister to put the interests and safety of Indians before his party's interests.
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed grave concern and shock at the violence.
 
Ms. Gandhi spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh about the situation. She urged the Governments of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh to ensure the safety and security of citizens. She also appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.
 
"Violence & brutality have no place in our society. Condemn the rampage and lawlessness in Haryana & appeal to restore peace and tranquility," Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.
 
Mr. Amarinder Singh appealed to the people of Punjab to maintain peace and harmony. "We won't allow anyone to disturb the peace and tranquility of our state," he added.
 
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Rahul Gandhi blames Haryana govt. for Dalit killings in Faridabad

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited Sunped village in Haryana, where two children died and their parents suffered injuries in an arson attack on ther house on Tuesday, and blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state for the killings.

 
Rahul Gandhi says visit to Faridabad village no photo op
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today visited Sunped village in Haryana, where two children died and their parents suffered injuries in an arson attack on ther house on Tuesday, and blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state for the killings.
 
"Today, in India, those who are weak, those who are poor are facing such atrocities," he told newspersons after meeting the father of the children, Jitender, and other members of the family.
 
"They asked me, 'What was our fault, what wrong did we commit?'" he said.
 
"They did not commit any mistake. They are poor and weak and that is why they were attacked," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi said that he was told that a group of people had met administration officials to convey their fears. The officials told them to go back to their homes because no one had actually died, he said.
 
"It is the Chief Minister's responsibility to protect the people of the state. Different incidents are happening, in Haryana and elsewhere around the country," he said, calling for strict action against those responsible for the attack as well as the policemen who were negligent in their duties. He said the family of the victims wanted a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
 
"The truth is that this is not a government of the poor and the weak. I have offered all possible help to the family. Whatever they need, they just have to ask," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi said these incidents were the result of an "attitude" that is shared by the Prime Minister of the country, the Chief Minister of Haryana, the ruling BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), its ideological mentor.
 
"The attitude is that if somebody is weak, he can be crushed," he said. "What you are seeing is the result of this attitude."
 
"We don't want such incidents to happen, and we will fight to ensure this," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi reacted angrily when a reporter asked him about the BJP accusation that his visit was just a "photo op".
 
"It's insulting when someone says that when someone comes here. It's not insulting to me, but it's insulting these people. What do you men by 'photo op'? People are dying left, right and centre in this country. People are being beaten up in this country. What do you mean that it is just a photo op?" he asked.
 
"Absolutely, I will visit. I will visit again, again, and again," he added.
 
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Jitender's wife Rekha, four-year-old son Vaibhav and eight-month-old daughter Divya suffered burns in the attack. The children succumbed to their injuries yesterday, while their mother is battling for survival in a hospital. Jitender also suffered minor injuries while trying to save his family, souces said.
 
Angry villagers blocked the busy Faridabad-Mathura highway in protest against the incident and demanded the immediate arrest of those named in the police complaint. 
 
Seven policemen, including those tasked to guard the village, have been suspended by the authorities for alleged negligence. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.
 
Apart from Mr. Gandhi, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat, former Union Minister and Haryana Congress leader Kumari Selja, Haryana Janhit Congress (Bhajan Lal) leader Kuldeep Bishnoi and National Commission for Scheduled Castes member Ishwar Singh visited the village to meet the bereaved family.
 
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Modi "deeply concerned", asks for report on Nadia nun's gang-rape, Hisar church attack

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has voiced deep concern about the alleged gangrape of an elderly nun at Nadia in West Bengal recentlyand the attack on a church at Hisar in Haryana and sought an immediate report on the incidents.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has voiced deep concern about the alleged gangrape of an elderly nun at Nadia in West Bengal recentlyand the attack on a church at Hisar in Haryana and sought an immediate report on the incidents.
 
"PM is deeply concerned about the incidents in Hisar, Haryana and Nadia, West Bengal," the Prime MInister's Office (PMO) said on micro-blogging site Twitter today.
 
"PMO has asked for immediate report on facts & action taken regarding the incidents in Haryana and West Bengal," it added.
 
A 71-year-old nun was allegedly gang-raped by dacoits at a convent in Nadia district in the early hours of Saturday. The incident has triggered protests in West Bengal and the state government has ordered a probe by the CID in the case.
 
In the second incident, a church under construction at Kaimri village near Hisar in Haryana was vandalised by a group of people on Sunday.
 
Both the incidents have evoked widespread condemnation across the country, with the Christian community expressing serious concern about the safety of churches and other institutions.
 
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BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar to be sworn in as Haryana CM on Sunday

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Lal Khattar, a first-time member of the legislative assembly and former "pracharak" of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Haryana later on Sunday.

Manoharlal Khattar
Manoharlal Khattar
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Lal Khattar, a first-time member of the legislative assembly and former "pracharak" of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Haryana later today.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony that will be held at Panchkula near here.
 
BJP president Amit Shah, former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states are also expected to be present at the function.
 
Mr Khattar, 60, was elected as a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly from Karnal, winning his maiden election with a margin of more than 63,000 votes.
 
The elections, held on October 15, saw the BJP capturing power for the first time in the state, winning 47 seats in the 90-member house. 
 
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala came in second with 19 seats, while the Congress, which ruled the state for the last 10 years, had to rest content with third place, with 15 seats.
 
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) won two seats and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) one seat each. Independents won five seats.
 
Mr Khattar had been unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party by the party's newly-elected legislators here on October 21.
 
Later, senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who was sent here as the party's Central observer for that meeting, accompanied Mr Khattar to call on Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki to apprise him of the party's decision.
 
Mr Solanki invited Mr Khattar to form the new government in the state. 
 
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Mr Khattar was born on May 5, 1954, in Nigana village of Maham tehsil in Rohtak district. His father Harbans Lal Khattar was a Punjabi shopkeeper who had migrated to India during the 1947 Partition.
 
After passing out of school, he moved to Delhi, where he ran a shop near Sadar Bazar while studying for a degree from the University of Delhi.
 
Mr Khattar joined the RSS in 1977 and became a full-time pracharak three years later. In 1994, he was deputed to the BJP. He was Organisational General Secretary of the BJP in Haryana between 2000 and 2014 and was the head of its campaign election committee in Haryana for the recent Lok Sabha elections. He was later made a member of the BJP's National Executive. He is a bachelor.
 
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Gurugram businessman allegedly commits suicide

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A 47-year-old businessman on Monday allegedly jumped to his death from his ninth floor apartment in an upscale housing society here in Haryana, police said. No suicide note was found.
 
The victim was identified as Naresh Hasija, who lived in a flat in Park View Apartments here with his family. He allegedly jumped off the floor around 3 a.m.
 
A case was registered at the Sector 50 police station.
 
"Hasija, his wife and children watched a movie on television till late on Sunday. His elder son was studying till 2 a.m. on Monday. The reason behind this extreme step is not clear immediately," police officer Baljeet told IANS.
 
The family hails from Sonipat in the state.
 
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CBI files chargesheet against Hooda, Vora in AJL land allotment deal case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed a chargesheet against former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and senior Congress leader Motilal Vora in a case related to the re-allotment of a plot in Panchkula to Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald newspaper.
 
The CBI in its chargesheet alleged that Hooda, in conspiracy with Vora, had abused official position and dishonestly re-allotted the institutional plot in Panchkula to AJL at old rate and caused wrongful gain of approximately Rs 67.65 lakh to the private company and corresponding wrongful loss to the government exchequer.
 
The chargesheet was filed before a Special CBI Judge in Panchkula Court in Haryana. The chargesheet named Hooda, the company AJL and its chairman Vora as accused in the case. 
 
The agency has formally charged the accused under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), Section 420 (cheating) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act for committing criminal misconduct and obtaining pecuniary advantages. 
 
A case was registered on April 5 2017 on the request of Haryana Government by the CBI which has also taken over the investigation of First Information Report dated May 5 2016, earlier probed by State Vigilance Bureau of Panchkula. 
 
On August 24 1982, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) allotted a plot in Panchkula to AJL for publishing a Hindi Daily Newspaper, "Nav-Jivan". 
 
"The Estate Officer of HUDA on October 30 1992 resumed the said plot, as the said private company (AJL) failed to carry out the construction as per the terms and conditions of allotment," CBI said. 
 
"AJL had been given ample opportunities for completion of construction at the site."
 
But the land was left unused and AJL did not publish any newspaper from that plot. It was further alleged that the plot was instead mortgaged by the private company to Syndicate Bank, New Delhi, and the loan availed of against the mortgage of the plot was used for commercial purpose.
 
AJL filed an appeal against the resumption order, which was dismissed by the Chief Administrator, HUDA, Panchkula on July 26, 1995. 
 
Thereafter, the AJL challenged the July 26 1995 order before the Finance Commissioner and Secretary, Haryana, Town and Country Planning Department, but the same was also dismissed on October 10 1996. 
 
"The Legal Remembrancer, Haryana had given legal opinion that the resumed plot could not be re-allotted, since the order had attained finality, after the dismissal of the revision petition filed by the AJL," the CBI said. 
 
During the investigation, it was revealed that then chairman HUDA, Hooda allegedly overruled the opinion of Legal Remembrancer, Haryana and the proposal of the officials of HUDA for floating new advertisement for the allotment of the institutional plot at the prevalent current rate on flimsy grounds. 
 
CBI said that Hooda has misused his official position by wrongly ordering for re-allotment of the plot at old rates plus interest to the AJL on August 28 2005. Hooda has served as the Chief Minister of Haryana from 2005 to 2014.
 
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Fire breaks out in Howrah-bound Kalka Mail, six hospitalised

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A fire broke out early on Tuesday in a coach of the Howrah-bound Kalka Mail near Kurukshetra in Haryana, an official said. Six passengers were hospitalised.
 
"Fire broke out in front of the SLR (Seating cum Luggage Rake), next to the locomotive of Howrah-Kalka Mail between Dhirpur and Dhonda Khedi station around 2.55 a.m.," Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar told IANS.
 
Following the blaze, the loco pilot immediately stopped the train and detached the affected coach. This prevented the fire from spreading to other coaches. No one was injured, Kumar said.
 
However, six passengers were admitted to hospital after they complained of breathlessness.
 
The traffic on the route was affected for about an hour, he added.
 
The passengers of the SLR coach were shifted to other coaches as the train resumed its onward journey without the SLR.
 
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5 killed as car falls from bridge in Haryana

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Five persons were killed and nine others injured in Hisar town of Haryana on Wednesday when a speeding car ran over two men sleeping on the roadside and then fell from a bridge, police said.
 
The out of control car had first hit another car on the Jindal bridge before running over the two sleeping labourers from Bihar, a police officer said.
 
It had three occupants when it fell from the bridge, killing all of them.
 
The accident happened after traffic was allowed along one-way on the bridge causing congestion, as work was going on in the other part, the police officer said.
 
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Modi opens KMP Expressway; says it will cut pollution, traffic in Delhi

 
Modi inaugurates Western Peripheral Expressway
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the Kundli-Manesar section of the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in Haryana, saying it will help in reducing vehicular pollution in the national capital.
 
The 136.65-km long six-lane Expressway, which will provide an alternative route to vehicles to go towards Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, will help in easing traffic flow, especially of heavy vehicles, through Delhi.
 
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the Expressway would lead to more development of the National Capital Region (NCR). 
 
He said the 83-km Kundli-Manesar section was completed four months ahead of the revised deadline. The 53-km Palwal-Manesar section was inaugurated in April 2016. 
 
Modi dedicated the KMP Expressway, also called as Western Peripheral Expressway, to people from Sultanpur village in Gurugram district. 
 
"Our government has undertaken the massive expansion of highways and railways in the country to bring more development. Everyday, 27 km of highways are being made," Modi said while addressing a gathering on the occasion. 
 
Taking a dig at the previous government, Modi said the BJP governments (in the Centre and states) were determined to get work executed and completed compared to earlier when projects would just linger on. 
 
"Work was going on on this (KMP) Expressway for 12 years. You should have got this Expressway 8-9 years back. It was to be used during the (2010) New Delhi Commonwealth Games. This shows the work culture of the previous government which encouraged delays and wastage of public money," Modi said. 
 
"Had this Expressway been completed on time, the traffic mechanism in Delhi would have been something else. With the completion of this Expressway, heavy vehicles can avoid entering Delhi. This will help in reducing pollution in Delhi. This Expressways speed up the economy, environment, ease of living and ease of travelling," Modi said. 
 
The Expressway, built at a cost of Rs 6,434 crore including land acquired at a cost of Rs 2,788 crore and construction done at a cost of Rs 3,646 crore, was originally to be completed by 2009-end but got mired in controversies and litigation. Its initial cost was Rs 1,915 crore. 
 
It was rescheduled to be completed by February 19, 2019, but has been completed before the fixed date. It passes through five districts in Haryana: Sonipat, Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Mewat and Palwal.
 
The Expressway would connect four major national highways -- Delhi-Ambala-Amritsar, Delhi-Agra-Varanasi-Dankuni, Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai and Delhi-Hisar-Fazilka-India-Pakistan border. 
 
The Haryana government has announced plans to develop five new cities over an area of 50,000 hectares on each side of the KMP Expressway. 
 
For the convenience and safety of commuters, trauma centre and police patrolling vehicles have been deployed on  the expressway. 
 
After every 14 km, one ambulance and one recovery van with a helpline number have been stationed for speedy response in case of accidents or emergencies. The expressway has been developed as a green corridor, the spokesman added. 
 
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Ballabhgarh Metro and laid the foundation stone for the Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University in Palwal.
 
The Ballabhgarh Metro link will connect the 3.2-km long Escorts Mujesar-Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabhgarh) section with the Kashmere Gate-Escorts Mujesar from village Sultanpur. It will be known as the Violet Line. 
 
Ballabhgarh has become the fourth city in Haryana to get Metro connectivity after Gurugram, Faridabad and Bahadurgarh. 
 
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India to release eight captive-reared vultures with tracking devices

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Eight captive-reared critically endangered white-backed vultures are set to take wings early next year for the first time in India since the vulture conservation centre near here was set up in September 2001.
 
The Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre on the edge of the Bir Shikargaha Wildlife Sanctuary is a joint project of Haryana and the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) with the British government's Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species Fund to investigate the massive decline of three critically endangered Gyps species of vultures in India.
 
Six captive-bred vultures and two rescued from the wild will be tagged with a 30-gram device for satellite telemetry each with a battery backup of three-four years and this will help understanding their behaviour and survival instincts in the wild, BNHS Principal Scientist Vibha Prakash told IANS here.
 
He said the vultures would be released most probably by March-April next year in the Bir Shikargaha sanctuary where the BNHS is working to declare it as vulture safe zone, which extends transboundary into Himachal Pradesh where the wildlife awareness among the villagers is quite high.
 
"If any of the released vulture die or get injured, we can recover them. Satellite telemetry will help us to know the cause of death and prevent other vultures dying from that cause."
 
The satellite tags will also be useful in discovering whether the captive-bred birds behave normally in the wild with other closely-related species.
 
In the first event of its kind in South Asia, the government of Nepal and national and international conservation organisations released critically endangered white-backed vultures in the wild on November 9, 2017.
 
India is home to nine species of vultures. Three of these species, the white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures, underwent catastrophic population declines of greater than 90 per cent in the mid-1990s. The birds are now listed as critically endangered.
 
The vulture, a nature's scavenger, cleans the environment of animal carcasses. Villagers rely on them to dispose of cattle carcasses.
 
The reason, say biologists, for bringing the vultures to the brink of extinction in South Asia is mainly the extensive use of diclofenac in treating cattle. Vultures that consumed the carcass of animals treated with diclofenac died with symptoms of kidney failure. The Indian government banned its veterinary use in 2006.
 
BNHS scientist Prakash said "if there is no toxicity-related death of these eight birds in two years, then we will go for release of 20-25 birds each year".
 
"We are planning to introduce 100 pairs each of the three species of white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed in the wild in the next 10 years. Before that, findings from the first proposed release batch will be crucial in the future programmes."
 
The long-billed and slender-billed vultures will be released in Madhya Pradesh and Assam, respectively.
 
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Officials admit the flight to freedom of these endangered vultures is still caught in red-tapism in the Haryana Forest Department, which has been authorised to procure 10 platform terminal transmitters or satellite telemetries through global bidding.
 
"These birds have been shifted to the pre-release aviary for over a year and a half. Twice their release was postponed last year. The only hurdle is the procurement of satellite telemetries and that too is bogged down by bureaucratic delays," an official, requesting anonymity, told IANS.
 
"The birds are now two to four years old and this is the best age group for their release. The delay in their release will definitely delay the vulture reintroduction programme," he added.
 
Prior to this release, two captive Himalayan griffon vultures were released in the wild in June 2016 from the Pinjore centre on an experimental basis.
 
Both birds were wing-tagged and leg-ringed for identification, but not tagged with satellite transmitters.
 
It was part of Asia's first Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme under which the captive-bred birds were to be introduced in the wild.
 
The team managed to monitor one released bird for a day before it disappeared, while the second bird was tracked for almost a month and never sighted again.
 
The Pinjore centre, Asia's first centre of its kind, houses 289 Gyps species vultures; 198 of them bred at the facility that is funded by the central government.
 
Two such conservation and breeding centres are in Rani in Assam and Rajabhatkhawa in West Bengal.
 
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Air pollution 25 times higher in Faridabad

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While the air-quality across the national capital was deteriorating, Faridabad on Sunday recorded the worse pollution levels in the region, over 25 times higher than the safe limit, causing confusion among weather experts.
 
According to Faridabad's pollution monitoring station, the PM2.5 or particles with diameter less than 2.5 mm, was found 1,515 microgrammes per cubic metres at 9 a.m., while by 12 p.m. it dropped to 1,457 units and 1,452 units by 1 p.m.. 
 
The permissible limits of PM2.5, one of the finest pollutant in air, is 60 units as per national and 25 units as per international standards.
 
The experts have however, claimed the high readings might have been a technical glitch despite the fact that air-quality of the region was "very-poor" .
 
"This must be a technical glitch, pollutants cannot be so abnormally high. The 1,515 units of PM2.5 is way more. We are looking into the matter," Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) Member Secretary Prashant Gargav said.
 
On Sunday, the national capital continued breating toxic air, as the air quality remained very-poor.
 
By 1 p.m., the average PM2.5 across 36 regions in Delhi was 223 units while average of 48 units in 247 units across NCR.
 
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Gurugram judge's son shot at by guard dies, family donates organs

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Gurugram's Additional District and Sessions Judge Krishan Kant's son, who was lying 'brain dead' in Medanta-The Medicity hospital here after being shot at by the judge's security guard on October 13, was declared dead by the hospital on Tuesday.
 
"A very critical Dhruv was on life support since he was admitted to the hospital on October 13. He died around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. The family of the deceased donated his organs," A.K. Dubey, Medical Superintendent of Medicity, told IANS.
 
Dhruv (18) and his mother Ritu (38) were shot and injured by their guard Haryana Police constable Mahipal Singh (32) at the busy Arcadia market in Sector 49 here on October 13 afternoon.
 
The judge's wife had died late that night.
 
Police had said that Mahipal Singh shot at Dhruv and Ritu in a fit of rage.
 
Deputy Commissioners of Police Sumit Kuhar and Sulochana Gajraj had addressed the media for the first time after the incident on October 17.
 
According to them, the victims had gone to shop at the market. When they returned, Mahipal Singh was not near the car.
 
"Upset over his absence, Ritu scolded Mahipal Singh while Dhruv asked him to hand over the keys of the car. Angry over their behaviour, the guard first started beating Dhruv who was seated on the passenger seat. A few minutes later he shot at him twice," Kuhar said.
 
"The accused also beat up the judge's wife before shooting at her," the officer had said earlier.
 
Mahipal, whose services were terminated, is currently in Gurugram's Bhondsi jail.
 
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Golf: Teenaged Sifat Sagoo emerges as best amateur at HWIO

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Teenager Sifat Sagoo, youngest of the Indian players in the field, emerged as the low amateur after a superb round of 2-under 70 on the final day of the Hero Women’s Indian Open here on Sunday.
 
The 17-year-old Sifat   who finished in Tied-33rd place  said that "but for the second day, when I shot 79 and did nothing right, it could have been a great tournament. But I am still happy with the other rounds and especially the final round, where I had three bogeys in a row from sixth to eighth, but fought back with four birdies and no bogeys in last 10 to finish under par at 70.”
 
She added, “It will go a long way in boosting my confidence. I have some more years in amateur golf and definitely want to play pro golf in the future.”
 
 Sifat, who represented India at the recent Asian Games in Jakarta said, “My father (Harvinder), has been a big inspiration for me and since he is a regular golfer, it was he who got me into the game.”
 
Sifat recalled her experience of the Asian Games very glowingly. “To represent my country at the Asian Games is a feeling I cannot express in words. It has been one of the high points of my short career. To be able to play against some of the best amateurs in Asia was a great feeling. It was a huge step for me and one that will always be in my memory.”
 
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Golf: Three share lead; Tvesa Malik is at 11th place in Hero Women’s Indian Open

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There was yet another change at the top for the third successive day as Becky Morgan(Wales), Nicole Broch Larsen (Denmark) and Ellie Givens (England) shared the lead on four-under-par 212, while local challenger Tvesa Malik slipped to tied 11th place at the end of the penultimate round of the Hero Women’s Indian Open DLF Golf and Country Club on Saturday.
 
Morgan, the runner-up in 2015, birdied the last for a 68, Nicole Broch Larsen hit 69 while Ellie Givens posted 70 in the third round.
 
Second round leader Austrian Christine Wolf, who had a three-shot lead on the 18th tee, twice committed faux pas, hitting her second and fifth shots into the lake. A quadruple bogey nine ruined her card and saw her slip to three-under, one behind the leaders, alongside Felicity Johnson and Manon Mollé.
 
The contest is wide open. Just four shots separate 18 players ahead of Sunday’s action.
 
Olivia Cowan (Germany), Noora Komulainen (Finland) and Marianne Skarpnord (Norway) are on two-under-par, with Caroline Hedwall (Sweden) on one-under-par.
 
There are a further eight players on level par, including Isabelle Boineau, who shot a 65 for the round of the week, Solheim Cup player Florentyna Parker and the leading Indian, Tvesa Malik.
 
Twenty-three-year-old Malik, overnight 1 under 143, started promisingly as she hit a birdie on her first nine to go out at 35 but her back nine let her down. She started with a bogey on 10th , dropped two strokes on 13th and one more on 15th. She managed a birdie each on 11th and 18th to close the round with one-over 73. Her three-round total of par 216 pulled her down from T-7 to T-11 place.
 
However, Malik was satisfied with her showing. “It was nice to finish the day with a birdie and left me something to look forward to tomorrow. I need to get a few more birdies and not have three-putts."
 
“This is a course where nothing is sure till the ball falls into the cup. Anything can happen and big numbers can crop up suddenly. We have already seen that over the last three days. Also, one cannot miss on the wrong side, as I did on 13th and ended with a double,” she said.
 
Gaurika Bishnoi, 20, tied 16th after the second round, hit five birdies and an equal number of bogeys to card par 72 third round and with a total of one over 217 (71,74,72) slipped to T-19 position.
 
“I am happy that I managed to make a good recovery right at the end with birdies on 16th and 18th. I didn’t have the best of starts with three bogeys in first six holes and another on eighth.
 
“I made some errors and missed a couple of short putts, including one from two feet on the fourth. I missed a couple from five and eight feet, also.
 
"Overall I had five birdies and five bogeys. The good thing is I have made a lot of birdies, 14 in all, but also given away a lot. I am 1-over for three rounds, which means I gave away 15 bogeys and that is a lot.
 
"What was satisfying was that coming back on the back nine I had three birdies on 11th, 16th and 18th. I hope I can keep the errors down on the final day," she said.
 
Ridhima Dilwari, who stole the limelight on the opening day, carded one under 71 (3 birdies, 2 bogeys), thus making amends for the second round’s dismal show. With a three round aggregate of 217 (69,77,71) she moved up to T 19 from T27 place.
 
Vani Kapoor, tied 51 at the end of the second round, came up with a much improved performance in the penultimate round as she shot 2 under 70. She hit five birdies while dropping three strokes
 
Her three-round aggregate of 4 over 220 ( 77,73,70) took her to T 31 place along with compatriot Astha Madan .
 
Astha also shot 2 under 70 round which included five birdies and three bogeys for a total of 4 over 220 (75,75,70) 
 
Amateurs Diksha Dagar and Sifat Sagoo hit identical one over 73 third rounds while Pranavi Urs returned two over 74. All three with identical score of eight over 224 were tied 51.
 
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Christine Wolf takes four-shot lead as eight Indians make the cut at Hero Women’s Indian Open

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Austrian Christine Wolf carded  a second successive 4-under 68 to  take a  four-shot lead over the rest of the field at the half-way stage of the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2018 at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Friday.
 
India’s Tvesa Malik (72-71) was Tied-7th alongside Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen (74-69), French Celine Boutier (72-71) and Thai Kanphanitan Muangkhumsakul (72-71).
 
On a day, when Wolf rose above all, Indian golf too took a huge step forward with eight Indians, including three amateurs, making the cut that fell at 7-over. Led by Tvesa, the others were Gurika Bishnoi (71-74) at T-16th,  Ridhima Dilawari (69-77) at T-27th, Vani Kapoor (77-73), Astha Madan (75-75) and amateur Pranavi Urs (76-74) at T-51st besides two more amateurs Sifat Sagoo (72-79) and Diksha Dagar (75-76) at T-61st.
 
Wolf, who had never shot a round in the 60s in her previous four visits to India, including three of them to this course, has now done it twice in the last two days. With seven birdies in a sparkling nine-hole stretch  and three bogeys, she shot 68 to set herself up for her maiden LET win in a six-year long pro career. Her best at HWIO is T-11 in 2016, when she had a share of the lead after the first day.
 
The middle segment of the scorecard was liberally sprinkled with seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch from the fifth to the 13th holes. She reached 10-under at one stage but bogeys on the 14th and 17th brought her back to 8-under, which was still enough to give her a four-shot lead over Thailand’s Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras (68-72).
 
The Thai, who plays on the LPGA, looked like catching up with the Austrian as she reached 6-under with two holes to go. She ran into a disastrous triple bogey on Par-4 eighth, which was her 17th hole as she hit into the water twice. She birdied the final hole to get 4-under and four behind Wolf.
 
This  was the highest number of Indians making the cut in the history of the Hero Women’s Indian Open.
 
Overnight leader  Norway’s Tonje Daffinrud (66-75) was 1-under through 13 holes, before she triple bogeyed the 14th and dropped yet another shot on 15th to lose four shots in two holes. She parred the rest for 75 and was 3-under 141 and third.
 
Wolf,  may well have been in double digits under par, but for the dropped shots on the 14th and the rocky 17th.
 
Wolf said, “I’m really pleased with the way I played yesterday and also today. I hit a lot of greens and hit my iron shots close, so I gave myself a lot of chances and I really enjoyed it out there. I made a lot of birdies and tried to keep high numbers off the score card.”
 
She also revealed, “I’ve always liked this course but never played well. It’s only halfway, so still a lot of golf to be played. I hit every fairway today. This course suits my eye and it’s just fantastic when you walk around it, it’s beautiful.”
 
Malik, who shot two-under par rounds of 71 each while winning the last WGAI event three weeks ago at this very course, outscored her experienced playing partners, Beth Allen, who won the Order of Merit in 2016, and Caroline Hedwall, HWIO champion and Order of Merit winner in 2011. Hedwall is now T-27th and Allen is T-30th.
 
Malik said, “I'm disappointed with today, I feel I could have finished much better, I had a lot of good chances for birdies especially in the last 4-5 holes but I could not convert. My game has been good so hopefully tomorrow and day after will be better. I started really good with two birdies on the 10th and 11th, had another birdie on the 16th but after that I just missed a lot of birdies.”
 
Playing her second HWIO as a pro, Malik, Order of Merit leader on the domestic WGAI circuit, was aided by a birdie-birdie start on the tenth. She had two more birdies after that on Par-3 16th and Par-4 second, but she also dropped three shots on 14th, third and fifth.
 
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Indian golfers confident of good showing at Hero Women's Indian Open

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As many as 17 promising Indian golfers will get a chance to showcase their wherewithal amid a strong field of international players as the $ 500,000 Hero Women's Indian Open (HWIO) gets underway at the DLF Golf & Country Club here on Thursday.
 
Apart from Vani Kapoor and Tvesa Malik, others like Gaurika Bishnoi, who won the domestic Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour Order of Merit last year, Amandeep Drall and Gursimar Badwal looked hopeful of putting up a good show.
 
Drall will be the earliest top Indian to tee off on Thursday morning at 6.55 am with Felicity Johnson and Karolin Lampert, while Bishnoi will play the first round with Korea’s A Hyeon Kim and Thai player, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras and they tee off at 7.05 am from the first.
 
Kapoor has been teamed with Eleanor Givens of England and Noora Komulainen of Finland at 7.35 am from the 10th tee, while talented amateur, Diksha Dagar plays with Lucie Andre and Indian pro, Siddhi Kapoor at 7.45 am from the tenth tee.
 
The afternoon wave will see Malik play alongside former Order of Merit winner Beth Allen and 2011 champion Caroline Hedwall at 11.10 am from the first tee. 
 
 "Whether you play here regularly or whether it's your first time, the course is always tricky. I’ll just have to see how it goes. It’s great to be at home here," says Malik, the current Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit leader. 
 
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Kapoor, who finished a career-best tied-sixth in the previous edition, will be leading the Indian challenge. Ahead of the tournament, Vani said, "I think it’s a great advantage to know the course. I have been playing here quite a lot and we also played a tournament here, so we had another week to test our skills and sharpen up. I’ve been putting in a lot of hours this year. I’m just waiting for my game to fall together."
 
"I’m not thinking about winning. I think the good thing about golf is that you all start from scratch and it’s about putting four good rounds together. I’m not going to put any pressure on myself, I just want to do my best," said Bishnoi.
 
Drall and Badwal were of the view that taking part in the HWIO is in itself a big thing for the local women golfers. The tournament has given big boost to women’s golf in the country. 
 
The international players include defending champion Camille Chevalier, former champion Swedish Caroline Hedwall, who also won the Lacoste 
Ladies Open de France earlier this month, Beth Allen - the 2016 LET Order of Merit winner, Thailand’s Kanyalak Preedasuttjit - winner of the Thailand Ladies Open, and Celine Boutier - winner of the Australian Ladies Classic.
 
 This is the 12th edition of the tournament, and will see 120 golfers from 27 different countries vying for the top honours. The prize money for this year has been enhanced to $ 500,000 and the winner will earn a cheque of $ 75,000.
 
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Golf: Vani, Tvesa to represent home challenge in Hero Women’s Indian Open

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Vani Kapoor and Tvesa Malik will spearhead the Indian challenge as defending champion French golfer Camille Chevalier will lead the international star cast in the $ 500,000 Hero Women’s Indian Open  (HWIO) to be held  at DLF  Club here from October 18 to 21.
 
Kapoor was  tied-sixth and was the country’s  top player at the event last year, while Malik, who leads the local Order of Merit on the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour, will make her  debut in  HWIO as a professional.
 
2011 champion, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, Australian Sarah Kemp and the leading Ladies European Tour rookie this year, Swedish Julia Engstrom, form the  strong field that has assembled for the HWIO.
 
The leading players got around to talking about their plans before going onto the Hero Skills Challenge, which has become the regular warm-up and forerunner to the main event.
 
Chevalier, 25, who has made four cuts in 10 starts in 2018, looks at HWIO to turn her form around. She said, “I have been practicing at the Le National in France before coming here. That is not my home course, but is tough and great preparation for the HWIO. The rough is quite big there and as challenging as at this course. It was great winning last year and was a big moment for me. I am very excited to be back to defend the title.”
 
Vani Kapoor, tied-6th last year, has had an average season this year, but is hopeful of a strong finish to get her 2019 card.
 
“I have been preparing hard. I was hit by tendinitis few days back but I am hoping to get over that. This is my home course and I know it well, but, as they say in golf, every shot is a new one and you never play the same shot again. Last one year has been one of great learning,” she said.
 
Hedwall recalled that when she  won (in 2011), the course was a different one (Arnold Palmer course). “I was here two years ago and it is amazing the way  the course is looking and is challenging, too."
 
Kemp, 32, from Australia, still winless on LET, has three Top-5 finishes this year including Lalla Meryem Cup (2nd) and Lacoste Ladies Open de France (3rd).
 
"It has been a solid season. So far so good and I am full of confidence.  The course is looking great and I will always love coming to India, because I like it so much," she said.
 
The Swedish youngster, Julia Engstrom, has arrived without her golf bag. “I am still waiting for my bags. I have been told they are arriving tomorrow. So far I have practised with borrowed clubs. I turned pro this year and the season has been good and the experience on LET has been great,” the 18-year-old said.
 
Malik, the 22-year-old leader, has been having a great year with multiple wins and is looking forward to playing her first HWIO as a pro.
 
"It has been a great season and I have been improving a lot and I have been really looking forward to this event for long. I have played here often and know the course well and it is very challenging and is in great shape. As for my plans, I plan to go to the LET Q-School this year and have picked Vani’s brains on this a lot,”  she said.
 
The traditional trophy and a whopping cheque of $ 75,000 await the winner. The tournament  will be telecast live in over 100 countries for the first time.
 
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Judge's wife, son shot by security guard dead

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Both the wife and son of Additional District and Sessions Judge Krishan Kant, who were shot at by the judge's security guard on Saturday, have died, police said on Sunday.
 
While the wife, Ritu (38), died overnight due to excessive bleeding, the 18-year-old son, Dhruv, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here, the police said.
 
They were seriously wounded after being shot from close range by Mahipal Singh, a Haryana Police constable hailing from Bhungarka village in Mahindargarh who was posted with the judge for nearly two years. 
 
The Personal Security Guard was arrested while trying to flee to Faridabad. On Sunday, he was sacked from the Haryana Police.
 
The judge was not in the government car when the horrific incident occurred in Sector 49 on Saturday. 
 
Ritu suffered two bullet injuries in her chest and died due to excessive loss of blood, senior forensic expert and doctor Deepak Mathur told IANS.
 
To investigate the incident, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been set up under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of Police East of Gurugram, said a police officer.
 
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Judge's wife, son shot at in Gurugram

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The wife and son of an additional district judge were on Saturday allegedly shot at by the judge's security guard, injuring them.
 
"The two are injured and have been admitted to a hospital," Gurugram Police Commissioner K.K. Rao said. 
 
"The doctors are monitoring the condition of the two, who have been very critically injured," he said.
 
A preliminary report said security guard Mahipal Singh opened fire at the woman and her son, a senior police officer said. "We are trying to ascertain facts." 
 
A video shot by a passer-by showed the suspected assailant in uniform trying to lift the judge's son and put him in a car, but fled the spot when he could not do so. 
 
The incident occurred in Gurugram's sector 49. The victims have been identified as Ritu (38) and Dhruv (18), wife and son of Additional District Judge Shrikant. 
 
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Camille Chevalier looking to extend her lease over Hero Women's Indian Open

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Defending champion Camille Chevalier will return to extend the lease on the Hero Women’s Indian Open title at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon next week, looking for back-to-back titles.
 
Last year, the rising French star fired five birdies in her last eight holes to become the third successive LET rookie to win the title, following Emily Kristine Pedersen (2015) and Aditi Ashok (2016), all of whom went on to become the LET rookie of the year in their debut season on tour.
 
With rounds of 68, 69 and 67, Chevalier finished on 12-under-par and narrowly edged out Scotland’s Michele Thomson, who was leading after 15 holes before her putter turned cold. Anne Van Dam, Carlota Ciganda and Sarah Kemp ended three strokes further back in third place.
 
In the last three editions, it had ultimately all come down to the dramatic 18th hole at DLF. Chevalier’s precision accuracy helped her to walk away with the women’s trophy. At her 54th hole, she laid up short of the water and played a 58 degree wedge from 65 metres to within one metre from the hole, before rolling in her putt for birdie.
 
Chevalier said that practising regularly at Le Golf National in Paris, the 2018 Ryder Cup venue and home of the French Federation, was the perfect preparation for the challenging Gary Player-designed Black Knight Course. 
 
“At DLF, you can make birdies, but you really have to play smart. The greens are also very grainy in India. I’m excited to go back and see the course, because I think it suits my game well.” she said.
 
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PM unveils statue of Sir Chhotu Ram, lays foundation tone of Rail Coach Refurbishing Workshop in Haryana

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sampla in Rohtak district of Haryana on Tuesday to unveil a statue of Deenbandhu Sir Chhotu Ram and lay the foundation stone of the Rail Coach Refurbishing Workshop in Sonepat.
 
Once complete, the workshop will be a major repair and maintenance facility for rail coaches in the northern region. It is being set up using modular and prefabricated construction techniques, modern machinery and environment-friendly features.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said Chaudhary Chhotu Ram was one of those social reformers, who stood for the oppressed and the deprived.
 
The Prime Minister complimented Sir Chhotu Ram’s vision. In this context, he also spoke of the Bhakra Dam. He also mentioned Sir Chhotu Ram’s initiatives to provide remunerative prices to farmers and spoke of the steps taken by the Union Government in this regard.
 
The Rail Coach Refurbishing Workshop will contribute to the development of not just Sonepat, but the entire state of Haryana. It will benefit small entrepreneurs in the region, besides generating employment for youth, he added.
 
Speaking about the progress of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, he said that the first beneficiary of the health assurance scheme was from this State. He expressed satisfaction that, in two weeks, more than 50,000 people have benefited from this scheme.
 
Mr Modi mentioned the success achieved under the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” scheme. He observed that girls born in villages of Haryana are making the country proud in the global arena, and the youth of Haryana is helping make India a global sports power.
 
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Sunshine in Punjab, Haryana after three days of rain

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Giving a break to three days of continuous rainfall, sunshine greeted people in most parts of Punjab and Haryana on Tuesday.
 
The skies cleared at most places even though cloud cover could be seen.
 
Three days of heavy rainfall in Punjab and Haryana affected normal life in both the states with a number of areas getting water-logged, roads caving in and the threat of flooding in low-lying areas.
 
Five deaths were reported from the states due to the rains.
 
The Punjab government has ordered the closure of schools and colleges on Tuesday due to the conditions created by the adverse weather.
 
It has sounded a red alert in several districts that fall in the down-stream of rivers Sutlej, Beas and Ravi following heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of these rivers in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.
 
The water level in the Pong and Bhakra Dams was being monitored by the authorities as it was close to the danger mark. Officials said that water could be released from the Pong Dam, located in Himachal Pradesh, on Tuesday.
 
In Haryana, the authorities released water from the Hathnikund barrage in Yamunanagar district due to heavy inflow in the Yamuna river from neighbouring hill state of Uttarakhand.
 
The water is likely to reach downstream in Panipat and other districts in the next 24-48 hours. The water will then flow towards Delhi.
 
Owing to the rainfall, the maximum temperatures at most places fell by 8 to 11 degrees Celsius.
 
Chandigarh recorded a high of 23 degrees on Sunday.
 
The worries of farmers have increased as the standing paddy and cotton crops in agrarian states Punjab and Haryana has been damaged at a number of places.
 
The paddy crop in both states was ready for harvest and procurement is to officially begin on October 1.
 
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Rains affect life in Punjab, Haryana; damage paddy, cotton crop

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Moderate to heavy rainfall continued in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for the third day on Monday, affecting normal life.
 
With the standing paddy and cotton crop almost ready for harvest, farmers said their crop was damaged due to the unseasonal rain.
 
In Punjab, districts downstream of rivers Sutlej, Beas and Ravi and in Haryana districts downstream of river Yamuna were put on alert on Monday due to heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
 
Amritsar received over 145 mm of rain on Sunday. The maximum temperature in the city dropped to 23 degrees, 11 degrees below normal. A road there caved in due to heavy rain on Sunday.
 
Water accumulated in the heritage walking area near the Golden Temple complex, causing problems for devotees and other visitors. Traffic was affected in various parts of both states.
 
In Chandigarh, traffic was affected as water accumulated at many places in the city. Complaints of water-logging were also received by authorities in the adjoining towns of Panchkula in Haryana and Mohali in Punjab.
 
Two persons were killed in a roof collapse in Nawanshahr district in Punjab, around 90 km from here, on Sunday. 
 
Due to the incessant rainfall, the maximum temperature dropped at all places in both states. The maximum temperature was six to 11 degrees below normal.
 
Farmers in both Punjab and Haryana said the rain during this period was not good as the harvesting of the paddy crop was on. Paddy procurement was to officially begin on October 1. 
 
They are worried that the moisture content in the paddy grains would be higher this time due to the rainfall. Officials of the Food and Supplies Departments in both states were expecting a bumper paddy crop. 
 
An official spokesperson said elaborate arrangements have been made to procure the expected 200 lakh tonne of paddy in Punjab alone this season.
 
Cotton farmers said that there was damage to their crop also. 
 
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Two main accused in Rewari gang-rape arrested

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The Haryana Police's Special Investigating Team (SIT) on Sunday arrested the two main accused in the Rewari gang-rape case.
 
The accused, Pankaj and Manish, were on the run for almost two weeks. They were arrested from Satnali in Mahendragarh district.
 
The victim, a 19-year-old school topper, was abducted and gang-raped after being drugged on September 12 while she was on the way to a coaching institute.
 
Earlier, the SIT announced the arrest of a third accused, Nishu and two other men - Deendayal, the owner of a tubewell room where the crime took place in Mahendragarh, and Sanjeev Kumar, a medical practitioner who had treated the victim.
 
Both Deendayal and Sanjeev were booked as they did not inform police despite knowing about the crime.
 
The police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for providing information on the absconding accused, all residents of Kanina village.
 
The victim, who has identified her attackers, and her parents had earlier accused the police of not taking action and dealing with the matter casually.
 
She said they gave her sedative-laced water to drink and gang-raped her in a room in agricultural fields till she fell unconscious. They later dumped her at a bus stop near her village.
 
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Haryana: One main accused nabbed for Rewari gang-rape

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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police said on Sunday evening that one of the three main accused in the brutal gang-rape of a board topper in Haryana had been arrested, nearly 110 hours after the incident.
 
SIT chief Nazneen Bhasin said that Nishu had been nabbed. "He is being brought here," Bhasin told the media in Rewari. She said that raids were being conducted to nab the other two main accused -- soldier Pankaj and Manish.
 
Bhasin said the SIT had collected enough evidence linked to the case including mobile forensics and other proof to nail the accused in the court.
 
She said Nishu had got in touch with the tubewell owner to arrange the room after the accused kidnapped the victim and sedated her.
 
She said that over 100 people have been questioned and it had come to light that the same room was being used for other "wrong activities". The SIT had earlier arrested two other persons connected with the crime.
 
They included tubewell room owner Deendayal, whose premises was used for the crime, and medical practitioner Sanjeev Kumar, who provided treatment to the rape victim after her condition deteriorated following the brutal sexual assault. The victim was gang-raped on September 12 after being kidnapped and sedated by the accused.
 
Bhasin said the victim, who had earlier got her statement recorded under Section 164 Cr.PC, wanted to get a fresh statement recorded.
 
There is suspicion that the victim was gang-raped by up to 12 men.
 
The 19-year-old woman's family on Sunday rejected the compensation cheque for Rs 2 lakh sent by the Haryana government.
 
"Is it the price that the Haryana government has calculated for her honour? We reject the compensation. I want justice for my daughter," her mother said in Rewari, nearly 350 km from here.
 
Doctors at a Rewari hospital said that the condition of the victim, a college student, had improved though she continued to be in "shock". 
 
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, whose government has been in the firing line for inept handling of the case by Haryana Police and the administration, on Sunday axed his engagements in Jalandhar city in Punjab and rushed back to Chandigarh to take stock of the situation.
 
Police accused Deendayal of handing over the keys of the room to the accused on September 12. Police claimed that the medical practitioner did not inform police despite knowing about the crime.
 
Bhasin said a medical examination of the woman had confirmed rape.
 
Police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for providing information about the absconding accused.
 
Haryana Director General of Police B.S. Sandhu admitted to lapses on the part of police in Rewari and Mahendragarh districts due to which the accused absconded.
 
Haryana Police has faced flak for treating the gang rape casually initially by citing jurisdictional issues, losing crucial time and evidence to nab the accused.
 
Rewari Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajesh Duggal was removed from his post on Sunday by the Haryana government. He has been replaced by Rahul Sharma.
 
The accused, who belong to the same village as the victim and knew her, allegedly kidnapped the victim from Kanina bus stand while she was on her way for coaching classes on Wednesday.
 
She said that they gave her sedative-laced water to drink and gang-raped her in a room in agricultural fields till she fell unconscious. They later dumped her at a bus stop near her village. 
 
Accused Manish even called up her father and told him to pick her from the bus stand. The victim had topped board examinations and was felicitated by the government for her academic achievement.
 
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