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Haryana road accident: 8 killed, 10 injured near Jhajjar flyover

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Eight persons, including seven women, were killed and ten critically injured in a massive pile-up of around 50 vehicles because of dense fog on the National Highway 71 in Haryana.
 
The accident occurred on Monday morning on the Rewari-Rohtak-Jalandhar highway near Jhajjar flyover.
 
The eight people who died were travelling in an SUV from their village in Kirdodh in Jhajjar, to outer Delhi's Najafgarh for a condolence visit when it was crushed between a tractor trolley carrying building material and a truck, police said.
 
The deceased were identified as Satpal (48), Santosh Devi (45), Kanta Devi (34), Premlata (50), Laxmi (63), Ramkali (35), Sheela Devi (61) and Khazani Devi (36).
 
The injured, including Pushpa (30) and Mangeram (50), were referred to PGIMS Rohtak, while the other eight victims, aged between 30 and 51 years, were admitted to various hospitals.
 
Haryana Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister O. P. Dhankar announced Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed and Rs 1 lakh for those injured.
 
The accident led to a 2 km-long traffic jam on the highway.
 
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gets total of 20 years in jail in 2002 rape cases

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, three days after his conviction on Friday in two 2002 rape cases had triggered large-scale violence by his followers which left 38 people dead and more than 260 others injured in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was today sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, three days after his conviction on Friday in two 2002 rape cases had triggered large-scale violence by his followers which left 38 people dead and more than 260 others injured in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana.
 
CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh, who normally holds court in Panchkula, near Chandigarh, pronounced the sentence in a makeshift courtroom set up in the library of the Sunaria jail in Rohtak, where the 50-year-old self-styled godman was lodged since Friday after his conviction.
 
The judge awarded Gurmeet Singh to ten years in prison in each of the two cases and said that the sentences would run consecutively and not concurrently. He has also imposed a fine of Rs. 15 lakhs on Gurmeet Singh in each of the two cases.
 
Initially, when details of the sentence filtered out of the court, mediapersons had assumed that the sentences would run concurrently. 
 
The picture, however, became clear a little later when the defence lawyer clarified that his client would spend 20 years in prison because the two sentences would run consecutively, one after the other.
 
In view of the violence that broke out after Gurmeet Singh's conviction on Friday, the authorities decided against holding the proceedings in Panchkula and, therefore, the judge was flown in a helicopter to Rohtak.
 
In the proceedings held this afternoon, the judge heard arguments from both prosecution and defence lawyers on the sentence before awarding Gurmeet Singh ten years in prison. The offence predates the new anti-rape laws brought in by the Centre in 2013 which prescribe more stringent punishments for such crimes against women.
 
According to sources, Gurmeet Singh broke down before the sentence was pronounced and pleaded for leniency, saying that he was innocent. His lawyers also urged the court to show leniency in view of the social work and welfare activities carried out by him and the Dera. Lawyers for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on the other hand, called for the maximum sentence for the "heinous crime".
 
Gurmeet Singh is expected to appeal against the verdict in the High Court, while the CBI is also expected to seek enhancement of the sentence.
 
After the pronouncement of the sentence, Gurmeet Singh was taken for a medical examination, following which he was due to taken back to the jail.
 
He had been flown to Rohtak from Panchkula in a helicopter late on Friday afternoon after his conviction in the case.
 
The Haryana Police had made elaborate security arrangements around the jail in Rohtak and the rest of town as well as in all other towns of Haryana to prevent any repeat of Friday's violence. Apart from the state police, personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces were deployed all over the state and the Army was on standby.
 
Two former followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, or "sadhvis", had accused him of repeatedly raping them inside the Dera campus near Sirsa in Haryana in 1999. The first information report in the case had been filed in 2002.
 
At the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, large numbers of its followers continue to stay put inside and the district administration is making efforts to persuade them to leave the premises and return to their homes.
 
Schools and colleges in the state remained closed in Haryana today as a precautionary measure.
 
Police officials said security forces had been given strict instructions to deal appropriately with any situation that might develop after the pronouncement of the sentence. "Our aim is to ensure law and order," they said.
 
The police had searched and sanitized more than 100 Deras in different parts of Haryana over the past three days.
 
More than 920 people had been arrested till yesterday in connection with Friday's violence. Several people were also taken into preventive detention as a precautionary measure ahead of today's pronouncement of sentence against Gurmeet Singh.
 
As many as 76 vehicles, including many motorcyles, were burnt by the mobs on Friday -- 53 in Panchkula  and 24 in Sirsa.
 
Thousands of Singh's supporters had gathered at different points in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab ahead of Friday's verdict and violence erupted shortly after news of his conviction came.
 
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. The mobs also targeted media vehicles and attacked some journalists reporting from the scene.
 
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Though thousands of policemen had been deployed in Panchkula and elsewhere in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident, they were unable cope initially with the wave of violence that started after the verdict was pronounced. Order was restored in about three years, during which several lives were lost and property worth crores of rupees destroyed.
 
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.
 
On Saturday, the Haryana government came under flak in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which pulled it up for its poor handling of the situation after the delivery of the verdict by the CBI court in the 15-year-old case.
 
"You let a city like Panchkula burn  for political motives," the court remarked. "You let the situation escalate. You surrendered to the situation," it said.
 
The state government has attracted a lot of criticism for preventing some 1.5 lakh followers of Gurmeet Singh from gathering in Panchkula in the days before the court verdict, despite the ban it had imposed on such gatherings.
 
The CBI had registered the case against Gurmeet Singh in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court following an anonymous complaint received by the Prime Minister's Office in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two of his female followers who were staying in a hostel at the Dera's headquarters in Sirsa. The CBI filed the chargesheet against him in July 2007. It mentions sexual exploitation of two "sadhvis" by him between 1999 and 2001.
 
The special CBI court framed charges against him under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in September 2008. The two complainants recorded their statements before the court between 2009 and 2010. The court decided to hold daily hearings in the case from July 2017 and arguments concluded on August 17. 
 
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gets 10 years in jail in 2002 rape case

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday sentenced to ten years in prison, three days after his conviction on Friday in a 2002 rape case had triggered large-scale violence by his followers which left 38 people dead and more than 260 others injured in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was today sentenced to ten  years in prison, three days after his conviction on Friday in a 2002 rape case had triggered large-scale violence by his followers which left 38 people dead and more than 260 others injured in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana.
 
CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh, who normally holds court in Panchkula, near Chandigarh, pronounced the sentence in a makeshift courtroom set up in the library of the Sunaria jail in Rohtak, where the 50-year-old self-styled godman was lodged since Friday after his conviction.
 
In view of the violence that broke out after his conviction on Friday, the authorities decided against holding the proceedings in Panchkula and, therefore, the judge was flown in a helicopter to Rohtak.
 
In the proceedings held this afternoon, the judge heard arguments from both prosecution and defence lawyers on the sentence before awarding Gurmeet Singh ten years in prison. The offence predates the new anti-rape laws brought in by the Centre in 2013 which prescribe more stringent punishments for such crimes against women.
 
According to sources, Gurmeet Singh broke down after hearing the sentence and pleaded for leniency, saying that he was innocent. His lawyers also urged the court to show leniency in view of the social work carried out by him and the Dera. Lawyers for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on the other hand, called for the maximum sentence for the "heinous crime".
 
Gurmeet Singh is expected to appeal against the verdict in the High Court, while the CBI is also expected to call for enhancement of the sentence.
 
After the pronouncement of the sentence, Gurmeet Singh was taken for a medical examination, following which he was due to taken back to the jail.
 
The Haryana Police had made elaborate security arrangements around the jail in Rohtak and the rest of town as well as in all other towns of Haryana to prevent any repeat of Friday's violence. Apart from the state police, personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces were deployed all over the state and the Army was on standby.
 
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.
 
Gurmeet Singh, 50, was flown in a helicopter late on Friday afternoon to Rohtak after his conviction in the case.
 
At the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, large numbers of its followers continue to stay put inside and the district administration is making efforts to persuade them to leave the premises and return to their homes.
 
Schools and colleges in the state remained closed in Haryana today as a precautionary measure.
 
Police officials said security forces had been given strict instructions to deal appropriately with any situation that might develop after the pronouncement of the sentence. "Our aim is to ensure law and order," they said.
 
The police had searched and sanitized more than 100 Deras in different parts of Haryana over the past three days.
 
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More than 920 people had been arrested till yesterday in connection with Friday's violence. Several people were also taken into preventive detention as a precautionary measure ahead of today's pronouncement of sentence against Gurmeet Singh.
 
As many as 76 vehicles, including many motorcyles, were burnt by the mobs on Friday -- 53 in Panchkula  and 24 in Sirsa.
 
Thousands of Singh's supporters had gathered at different points in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab ahead of Friday's verdict and violence erupted shortly after news of his conviction came.
 
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. The mobs also targeted media vehicles and attacked some journalists reporting from the scene.
 
Though thousands of policemen had been deployed in Panchkula and elsewhere in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident, they were unable cope initially with the wave of violence that started after the verdict was pronounced. Order was restored in about three years, during which several lives were lost and property worth crores of rupees destroyed.
 
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.
 
On Saturday, the Haryana government came under flak in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which pulled it up for its poor handling of the situation after the delivery of the verdict by the CBI court in the 15-year-old case.
 
"You let a city like Panchkula burn  for political motives," the court remarked. "You let the situation escalate. You surrendered to the situation," it said.
 
The state government has attracted a lot of criticism for preventing some 1.5 lakh followers of Gurmeet Singh from gathering in Panchkula in the days before the court verdict, despite the ban it had imposed on such gatherings.
 
The CBI had registered the case against Gurmeet Singh in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court following an anonymous complaint received in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two of his female followers. The CBI filed the chargesheet against him in July 2007. It mentions sexual exploitation of two "sadhvis" by him between 1999 and 2001.
 
The special CBI court framed charges against him under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in September 2008. The two complainants recorded their statements before the court between 2009 and 2010. The court decided to hold daily hearings in the case from July 2017 and arguments concluded on August 17. 
 
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim case: Court to pronounce sentence Monday amidst tight security

The Haryana Police said on Sunday that they had made elaborate security arrangements across the state ahead of Monday's pronouncement of the sentence against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in a rape case by a Special CBI Court in Panchkula on Friday.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
The Haryana Police today said they had made elaborate security arrangements across the state ahead of tomorrow's pronouncement of the sentence against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in a rape case by a Special CBI Court in Panchkula on Friday.
 
As many as 38 people died and more than 260 others suffered injuries when supporters of the self-styled godman went on the rampage in Panchkula, Sirsa and other towns in Haryana as well as at various places in Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.
 
Haryana Director General of Police Baljit Singh Sandhu told journalists in Panchkula today that those killed in the violence included 32 in Panchkula and six in Sirsa, where the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect is located.
 
Gurmeet Singh, 50, was flown in a helicopter late on Friday afternoon to Rohtak, where he is now lodged in the district jail. To prevent any law and order problems, the Special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh will travel to Rohtak tomorrow and pronounce the sentence there after hearing the defence and prosecution arguments in this regard. The sentence is expected to be pronounced around 2.30 pm tomorrow, police officials said.
 
Mr. Sandhu said there were no untoward incidents in any part of the state today and curfew had been lifted in all towns, except Sirsa.
 
At the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, large numbers of its followers continue to stay put inside and the district administration is making efforts to persuade them to leave the premises and return to their homes.
 
Mr. Sandhu said the police had made elaborate arrangements to ensure law and order all over the state, including in Panchkula, Sirsa and Rohtak. Apart from the Haryana Police, personnel of paramilitary forces have been deployed in sensitive areas and the Army is on standby.
 
However, schools and colleges in the state will remain closed tomorrow as a precautionary measure, he said. He said that, apart from Rohtak and Sirsa, no restrictions were in force in any  part of the state.
 
Police officials said security forces had been given strict instructions to deal appropriately with any situation that might develop tomorrow. "Our aim is to ensure law and order," they said.
 
Mr. Sandhu said as many as 103 Deras in different parts of Haryana had been searched and sanitized over the past two days.
 
Mr. Sandhu said efforts were also on to restore normal train and bus services in the state as quickly as possible after these were suspended for a few days ahead of Friday's verdict in anticipation of trouble.
 
He said as many as 926 people had been arrested so far in connection with Friday's violence.
 
According to him, all six killed during the violence in Sirsa had been identified. He said 24 of those killed in Panchkula had been identified, and 20 bodies had been claimed their relatives -- 10 in Haryana, nine in Punjab and one in Rajasthan.
 
Of those injured, only 17 people were currently undergoing treatment in hospitals, including three policemen.
 
Mr. Sandhu said as many as 76 vehicles, including many motorcyles, were burnt by the mobs on that day -- 53 in Panchkula  and 24 in Sirsa.
 
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.
 
Thousands of Singh's supporters had gathered at different points in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab ahead of Friday's verdict and violence erupted shortly after news of his conviction came.
 
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. The mobs also targeted media vehicles and attacked some journalists reporting from the scene.
 
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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.
 
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.
 
On Saturday, the Haryana government came under flak in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which pulled it up for its poor handling of the situation after the delivery of the verdict by the CBI court in the 15-year-old case.
 
"You let a city like Panchkula burn  for political motives," the court remarked. "You let the situation escalate. You surrendered to the situation," it said.
 
The state government has attracted a lot of criticism for preventing some 1.5 lakh followers of Gurmeet Singh from gathering in Panchkula in the days before the court verdict, despite the ban it had imposed on such gatherings.
 
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S. P. Balasubrahmanyam gets notice from Ilaiyaraaja for singing his songs on world tour

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Renowned singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam has announced that he would not be performing well-known music composer Ilaiyaraaja's compositions on stage during shows in the United States as part of an ongoing world tour following a legal notice sent to him by the latter's lawyers.
 
SPB, as the singer is known, said in a post on his Facebook page that the notices from an attorney representing the composer had been received by him and other popular singers like K. S. Chitra and Charan as well as the organisers of his concerns in different US cities and the managements of the venues of the shows.
 
He said the notice said that they were not supposed to perform the compositions of Ilaiyaraaja without his permission and that they would be in violation of copyright laws if they did so. 
 
He said the notice said that they would have to pay huge financial penalties if they broke the copyright law and face legal action.
 
"Let me say, I am ignorant of these legalities. My son designed this world tour and we kickstarted this SPB50 concert tour in August in Toronto, then we performed in Russia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and did lots of shows in India, too. I did not get any feelers from Shri. Raja's office at that time. I don't know why now when we started our US tour. As I said earlier, I am ignorant of the law. If it is a law, so be it and I obey it," he said.
 
"In these circumstances, our troupe cannot perform Isaijnani's compositions from today. But the show should happen. By God's grace I have sung lots of other composer's songs, too, which we will present. Hope you all will bless our concerts as usual," he said.
 
Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
"I am always grateful for your love and affection. I only request you all not to have any harsh opinions and discussions regarding this. If this is the design of God, I obey it with reverence," he added.
 
Later, in response to comments on the post, SPB said he could have talked about the matter to the composer if he had called him or sent him a mail prior to the tour.
 
"But when I get a legal notice, either I have to respond legally, which I never want to, or, accept the law. I too have self respect. Please let us stop the futile discussion and move ahead. My intention of this information is to prepare the audience. I do not want my good friend Shri Raja inconvenienced. I do not want my sponsors and concert organizers to get hurt sentimentally and financially," he said.
 
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Prabhu lays foundation stone for elevated rail line in Haryana

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today laid foundation stone for the construction of a 4-km Elevated Rail Line on the Rohtak-Gohana stretch in Haryana under Delhi Division of Northern Railways, through video-conference. 
 
A parallel synchronized ceremony was held at Rohtak. Mr Manish Kumar Grover, Minister for Cooperation, Haryana, presided over the ceremony in Rohtak. 
 
The elevated line would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 315 crore and help in decongesting Rohtak city, provide safety to road users by eliminating five busy level crossings connecting residential colonies and enable operational flexibility for the Railways, an official press release said.
 
This will the first elevated rail track of Indian Railways built for facilitating smoother road traffic in densely populated city areas. Out of the cost of Rs. 315 crore, the Railways will spend Rs. 90 crore and the rest will come from the Haryana Government. 
 
The elevated track would be built adjoining to the existing alignment leaving 12m wide strip for construction of road on railway land and once it is operational, the existing track would be retired. 
 
The project will be completed by 2018 when the work on bullet train project will start. The tender for preliminary works such as Survey, Geo-Technical investigations and Design & Drawing, and so on has been awarded and work has commenced. 
 
The elevated tracks are safer as there would not be any trespassing on them. The experiment will also help study how elevated tracks will help ease traffic problems in congested cities and can become an example for resolving urban transportation chaos. 
 
Constructing elevated corridors will save the hassles of land acquisition that can delay the project. An elevated corridor will be financially more viable compared to the compensation amount to be given to the land owners. Also, it will ensure speedy execution of the project. 
 
A number of foreign countries have preferred elevated rail corridors.. Globally, a majority of high-speed trains have been operating on elevated corridors. Countries like Japan, France and Germany have developed elevated corridors for their high-speed trains. 
 
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One dead in police firing as Haryana quota stir intensifies

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At least one person died and some others suffered injuries when police opened fire near the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) campus at Rohtak at Jat protesters seeking reservation in jobs even as their agitation intensified and the Haryana government called out the Army to help maintain order in as many as eight districts.
 
Mobs resorted to violence in many parts of the state and blocked road and rail traffic in support of their demand.
 
Haryana Director General of Police Yash Pal Singal told journalists that someone from a "leaderless" mob, which went on the rampage, setting fire to and damaging many vehicles, opened fire on a Border Security Force (BSF) patrol, injuring a constable.
 
He said the BSF personnel opened fire in "self-defence", killing one of the protesters and injuring some others.
 
Mr. Singal said the angry mob did not allow the police to remove the injured constable to hospital for a long time.
 
The mob also set fire to the gate of the residence of the Inspector General of Police and later attacked the residence of State Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu. The Minister and his family were not at home at that time.
 
Mr. Singal said the Army had been called out in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat, Jhind, Hissar, Bhiwani and Kaithal districts of the state. He also said that reinforcements of paramilitary forces had reached the state.
 
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.
 
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ASI discovers Pratihara period mint in Rohtak district of Haryana

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Excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have revealed the remains of a mint that belonged to the Pratihara period at Bohar Majra in Rohtak district of Haryana, the first such find ever in the country.
 
The ancient mounds at village Bohar Majra in Rohtak are gradually disappearing in the wake of construction of new colonies.
 
The mounds located near Sri Baba Mastnath University have never been protected by either the ASI or the State government, an official press release said.
 
In the middle of January this year, Prof. Manmohan Kumar, a retired professor of MD University, Rohtak informed Dr. B R Mani, Additional Director General, ASI to do something to understand the site as it has yielded some terracotta moulds for making coins. The site was under constant levelling, he said. 
 
ASI decided to immediately do some salvage operation through exploration followed by excavation, if required. 
 
Dr. Mani visited the site on February 2 and, in a brief exploratory survey, could collect 31 pieces of terracotta coin moulds for casting coins of King Mihira Bhoja, the mighty ruler of the Pratihara dynasty of Kannauj who ruled between 836 and 885 AD and whose empire covered almost entire northern and central India. 
 
Regular salvage excavation at the site started on February 15 under the direction of Dr. Mani, assisted by Mr V.C. Sharma and staff of the Chandigarh Circle of ASI. 
 
So far, seven trenches of 3 squares of 10 x 10 m have been excavated, revealing remains of a rectangular structure considered to be the mint, of almost 20 x 10 m which seems to have belonged to about 8th century AD and probably continued to exist till about the 11th century. The bricks used are around 30 x 20 x 5 cm in measurement.
 
"The ceramic assemblage and other evidences of material culture suggest that it is a single culture site, though there are three structural places connected with the habitational deposit which is at the maximum around 3.25 m in thickness. The site has yielded hundreds of terracotta coin moulds and crucibles from the last phase of the site and an interesting fact is that some potsherds are having glazed surfaces of primitive type over red ware pottery. Knife edge bowls are the features of all the three phases of the site,"  Dr Mani said.
 
The mint site is spread over an area of about 100 m in east-west and 50 m in north-south direction amidst a comparatively very large spread of an early medieval city site at village Majra which seems to have been occupied after the destruction of the earlier city site of Rohtak which is located at Khokra-Kot, a few kilometers towards north-west from the locality of Majra. 
 
"The discovery of the mint belonging to the Pratihara period is the first of its kind ever found in the country," the release added.
 
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Kejriwal makes foray on national stage, hits out at BJP, Congress

 
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal today made his first appearance on the national stage with a rally at Rohtak in Haryana in which he launched broadsides at BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and even the media.
 
Mr Kejriwal told the huge crowd that had turned up to hear him that both Mr Modi and the Congress were backed by industrialists such as Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani who, he alleged, also wielded considerable influence on the media.
 
He also hit out at Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, describing him as a "property dealer" who took land from farmers in Haryana and gave them to industrialists such as Mr Ambani, Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and others for their projects.
 
Mr Kejriwal, who had a 49-day stint as Chief Minister of Delhi after the December 4 elections, hails from Haryana and spoke with a Haryanvi accent to win over the local people as he defended the performance of his short-lived government.
 
He said no other government had delivered so much in such a short time and said that his ministers, including Santosh Bharti, Rakhi Birla and Manish Sisodia, had spent long hours every day trying to address the problems of the people.
 
He said he had quit office on principle after the Jan Lokpal Bill -- a key election promise of his party -- failed to get through the Assembly.
 
He said he was grilled by the media about the size of his government accommodation and such matters but no one had the guts to ask Mr Modi or Mr Gandhi where they got the funds for their election campains.
 
He read out two numbers, saying they were of the Swiss bank accounts of Mr Mukesh Ambani and his brother Anil Ambani, and challenged Mr Modi to bring back to India the money allegedly stashed abroad by them and others.
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Accusing Mr Mukesh Ambani of virtually running the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and of financing Mr Modi's election campaign, he said he was the only one who had the guts to file a first information report (FIR) against the industrialist on the gas price issue.
 
Mr Kejriwal said he was criticised for his decision to provide a subsidy to power consumers in Delhi, he said there was no criticism when the Government gave concessions worth lakhs of crores to the big industries.
 
He said several media houses went out of their way to boost Mr Modi's image and, at the same time, show him and his AAP in a poor light, he urged the people to call up the offices of the television channels and newspapers concerned whenever they carried wrong or biased reports and voice their protest.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Rohtak area of Haryana

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Rohtak region of Haryana in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The tremor, which had its epicentre at latitude 29.0 degrees North and longitue 76.6 degrees East, occurred at 0140 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Rohtak district of Haryana

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Rohtak district of Haryana today.

The quake had its epicentre at latitude 28.8 degrees North and longitude 76.5 degrees East. It occurred at 1353 hours at a focal depth of 5 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Rohtak district of Haryana today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.7 degrees North and longitude 76.6 degrees East, occurred at 1155 hours at a focal depth of 5 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Haryana urges Centre to consider cargo, civilian airport in State

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh, in New Delhi on July 27, 2012
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh, in New Delhi on July 27, 2012

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda met Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh here yesterday and requested him to take forward the proposal for building a greenfield cargo airport for international operations at Meham in Rohtak district of the State.

The proposal has been sent by the State governmet through Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (HSIIDC). 
 
During the discussion, it was mentioned that an area of about 2770 acres had been identified for the project, which would be purchased from private parties. The State government said the displacement of population would be assessed and the people would be taken care of as per its resettlement and rehabilitation policy.
 
The meeting was informed that the proposal has been examined in the Ministry of Civil Aviation in consultation with Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for grant of site clearance and has been recommended by both the organizations. 
 
Mr Hooda also underlined the need to have civilian airports in Karnal and Hisar which he said will cater to needs of a large number of people in adjoining areas. He offered to provide land for these airports. 
 
Mr Singh assured Mr Hooda that the Centre would consider the proposals positively. He asked the AAI to deploy a team to conduct survey of the land in collaboration with State officials regarding these projects. 
 
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Minor quakes recorded in Karbi Anglong area of Assam, Rohtak in Haryana

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong area of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.9 degrees North and longitude 92.7 degrees East, occurred at 1650 hours at a focal depth of 28 km.
 
Earlier, in the day, a minor quake, measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Rohtak region of Haryana. It had its epicentre at latitude 28.7 degrees North and longitude 76.6 degrees East, and occurred at 0846 hours at a depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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27 injured as Punjab Mail derails near Rohtak in Haryana

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At least 27 people were injured when eight coaches of the Ferozepur-Mumbai Punjab Mail derailed between Kharawar and Sampla stations in the Rohtak district of Haryana early this morning.

The mishap occurred at 0350 hours at a spot about 20 km from Rohtak town in the Delhi Division of Northern Railway, a spokesman for the Indian Railways said.
 
He said three of those injured had suffered grievous injuries while the remaining 24 had escaped with minor injuries. Most of the passengers were sleeping when the mishap occurred. 
 
The injured were taken to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) at Rohtak, about 70 km from Delhi. 
 
Traffic on the Rohtak-Delhi section was affected by the derailment and efforts were being made to restore the line as quickly as possible.
 
The derailed coaches included six second class coaches (S5 to S10), an ordinary second class coach and the guard's coach, the spokesman added.
 
There were reports that about 50 metres of the railway track at the site of the mishap were found broken, but railway officials were not sure if this had been caused by the accident or had led to it.
 
The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Northern Circle, Mr R S Kardam, will conduct an inquiry into the mishap, the spokesman added.
 
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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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3 girls injured in acid attack by two youths in Haryana

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Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths threw acid on three teenaged school girls, police today said.

The incident took place when Urvashi, a Class XI student, Yashika and Prerna both Class X students, were returning to their homes after tuition classes yesterday. Two motorcycle-borne youths, who were

waiting for them, threw acid on the girls from a container and sped away from the spot.

The girls with burn injuries on their face, chest and legs were admitted to a hospital for treatment.

Police have registered a case under section 326 of the Indian Penal Code, the police added.

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