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Heavy rains lash Gurugram, traffic hit

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Heavy rains hit Gurugram on Tuesday, leading to the disruption of road traffic and hittingg normal life.
 
Light rains started at around 2 a.m., but it gained momentum by 4 a.m. and between 6 to 8 a.m., it turned into a heavy downpour, A.R.S. Sangwan, Deputy Director of Information, National Capital Region, Haryana Government, told IANS.
 
The traffic movement on the Delhi-Jaipur-Mumbai highway was severely hit due to waterlogging, Assistant Commissioner of Police Heera Singh said.
 
"Our team is trying to make the traffic movement smoother," Singh added.
 
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HC convicts 33 in Haryana killing case, says atrocities against Dalits on rise

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The Delhi High Court on Friday held 33 people guilty in a 2010 Dalit killing case in Haryana's Hisar district and said "71 years after Independence, instances of atrocities against Scheduled Castes by those belonging to dominant castes have shown no signs of abating".
 
"The incidents that took place in Mirchpur between April 19 and 21, 2010 serve as yet another grim reminder of 'the complete absence of two things in Indian society' as noted by Dr B.R. Ambedkar when he tabled the final draft of the Constitution of India before the Constituent Assembly on November 25 1949," a bench of Justice S.  Muralidhar and Justice I.S. Mehta said.
 
"One was 'equality' and the other, 'fraternity'," the bench said and made strong remarks against the "planned attack" made by the Jat community against the Valmikis during the incident that led to the displacement of 254 Dalit families from Mirchpur village.
 
"The unstated footnote is that those who had decided to stay back at Mirchpur village did not support the prosecution in the present criminal trial, while those who decided not to return are the ones who did," the court said.
 
"This in itself is a telling commentary on the fear and intimidation that the Dalits still experience in Mirchpur as a result of the incidents of April 19, 20 and 21 2010."
 
The bench also noted that the government of Haryana has sought to rehabilitate the displaced families not in Mirchpur but in a separate township terming it as "a sobering fact".
 
"The question is whether this accords with the constitutional promise of equality, social justice and fraternity, assuring the dignity of the individual," the court said in the 209-page order.
 
The case was transferred on the direction of the Supreme Court from Hissar to Delhi.
 
A total of 15 accused belonging to the Jat community were tried and held guilty in the case by the trial court in October 2011. Two of them died during the pendency of the appeal. A total of 97 accused were facing trial in the case.
 
The court upheld conviction of 13 people, who were held guilty by the trial court.
 
It also convicted 20 more accused who were previously acquitted by the trial court.
 
"The conclusion of the trial court that there was no criminal conspiracy is unsustainable in law. The trial court failed to examine the photographs, videographs and site plans in its analysis of the events of April 21, 2010 and erred in accepting the alternative version of the incident as put forth by the defence," the bench said and convicted them under various provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
 
The bench directed the 20 more convicts to surrender on or before September 1, failing which the Station House Officer of Narnaund, Haryana will take all necessary steps to take them into custody.
 
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Tarachand, 70, and his 18-year-old physically-challenged daughter Suman were killed in the April 2010 arson attack on their house and a row of other Dalit houses in Mirchpur, about 300 km from Chandigarh.
 
Relying on the dying declaration of Tara and other prosecution witnesses, the bench held the killing of father-daughter was "murder" and convicted four of them under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC.
 
Those four are Kulwinder, Ramphal, Rajender and Pawan. The court said that their culpability in burning father-daughter is proved beyond reasonable doubt in the light of the testimony of several prosecution witnesses.
 
The attack followed a dispute between members of the Jat and Dalit communities of the village.
 
"The incidents of April 21, 2010 constituted an act of deliberate targeting of the Valmiki houses by Jats and setting them on fire in a pre-planned and carefully orchestrated manner. It was pursuant to a conspiracy by the Jats to teach the Valmikis a lesson," the court said.
 
The court observed that the collective act of violence by the Jats compelled 254 families of the low caste community to leave the village and many of them are still awaiting rehabilitation and reparation. They have been too scared to return, the court noted.
 
The court observed that that an unlawful assembly comprising members of the Jat community was formed with the common object of setting fire to the properties of the Valmiki community and perpetrating violence against them.
 
It also noted the members of that unlawful assembly came armed with stones and oil cans as well as lathis and others.
 
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Four teenagers from Haryana drown in Yamuna

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Four teenage boys from Haryana drowned while bathing in the Yamuna river in northwest Delhi early on Sunday, police said. 
 
The bodies of two of them were found, while the others were yet to be traced.
 
"Seven youngsters, all from Haryana's Sonipat district, had come to Alipur for a swim in the river. Four of them drowned, with a call on the incident received by police around 7.30 a.m., Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Gaurav Sharma said.
 
They were students of Class 9 in their native place.
 
The police officer said that fire brigade, a disaster management team comprising nine divers and motor boat were pressed into service to locate the boys. 
 
"However, bodies of only two have been located, as of now, and sent for post-mortem. Efforts are on to search for the two others," he added.
 
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Suspected cattle thief beaten to death in Haryana

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The Haryana Police on Saturday arrested three men in the state's Palwal district after they allegedly beat up an unidentified man to death on suspicion of cattle theft.
 
The police said that the three accused, who are brothers, caught hold of the man on the intervening night of August 2 and 3 when he and two others were allegedly trying to steal cattle from the cattle yard belonging to their father by cutting the fencing around it.
 
His two other accomplices, however, managed to flee.
 
Those arrested include Bir Singh, Prakash and Ram Kishan. They have been booked for murder.
 
The deceased is believed to be in his 20s. The police said efforts are being made to identify him.
 
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School bus mows down couple in Gurugram

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A school bus on Thursday mowed down a couple on a bicycle, killing both on the spot, police said.
 
The bus belonged to the Delhi Public School (DPS) and the accident took place in Sector 44.
 
Police officer Anil Yadav said the victims, identified as Gayasudeen (45) and his wife Anju, worked as helpers in a private school.
 
The bus driver and conductor managed to flee the spot after the accident.
 
People vandalised the bus and blocked traffic for over half an hour until the police dispersed them.
 
"The deceased couple hailed from West Bengal and lived here on rent. A further probe is on," Yadav added.
 
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Yamuna inundates Haryana villages, CM's aerial survey

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With more than three dozen villages getting waterlogged in two districts, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas.
 
He also directed officials to conduct a special 'girdawari' (revenue survey) to assess the crop damaged by heavy rains. 
 
Authorities have sounded a high alert in the districts of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat and Sonipat.
 
At least 30 villages in Yamunanagar district and 10 villages in Karnal were flooded due to the release of over 600,000 cusecs from the Hathnikund barrage, officials said. The Yamuna river continued to flow above the danger mark. 
 
The marooned villagers took refuge on house rooftops to escape flooding.
 
"There is no help from the government as all our dry ration and other household items were damaged due to sudden rise in river water level last (Saturday) night," Zubair Khan of Mandi village near Yamunanagar town told a news channel.
 
He rued that there was no fodder for his livestock either. "We were told by the government to leave the village, but we can't go because of our livestock," an aggrieved Khan added.
 
Yamunanagar Deputy Commissioner Girish Arora said that the Army and the National Disaster Response Force have been put on alert for rescue and relief operations.
 
The authorities began to evacuate hundreds of people living in the Yamuna catchment area following a sharp rise in the water level, the officials said.
 
Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand while authorities released more water from the Hathnikund barrage during the day.
 
The Yamunanagar administration has set up a flood control office at the district headquarters and all the blocks for immediate response.
 
There was no report of loss of life in the state.
 
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Yamuna flows above danger mark, Sisodia reviews evacuations

As the Yamuna river continued to flow above the danger mark in Delhi on Sunday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took stock of the ongoing evacuation in low-lying areas.

 
Yamuna crosses danger mark, people evacuated from low-lying areas
 
 
As the Yamuna river continued to flow above the danger mark in Delhi on Sunday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took stock of the ongoing evacuation in low-lying areas.
 
Over 1,000 families had been evacuated till Sunday morning. Sisodia also visited low-lying areas around Akshardham and Pandav Nagar and urged people to move to safer places.
 
The river's water level rose to 205.50 meters on Sunday due to water discharge from Haryana's Hathnikund Barrage amid continuous rain in the catchment areas. It is expected to rise to 206.60 meters on July 31. 
 
Haryana had released six lakh cusecs of water at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
 
The water released at Hathnikund barrage, which provides drinking water to New Delhi, normally takes 72 hours to reach the city.
 
"More water is being released from the barrage every hour, which will have an impact on the Yamuna level in Delhi. We are keeping a close watch," a Flood and Control Department official told IANS.
 
East Delhi's District Magistrate K. Mahesh also visited the low-lying areas and said that the situation is under control and the government is fully prepared to tackle emergency.
 
"As many as 67 boats have been deployed at 23 locations. We have made arrangements to shift the affected persons to school campuses and night shelters," the official told the media.
 
He said that although the river level was above the danger mark, the situation, as of now, is not worrisome. Quick response teams have been activated, the official said.
 
The National Disaster Relief Force too is on a standby.
 
"We have set up over 750 tents for about 1,000 families in East zone alone, apart from arrangements of food. We are shifting people living on the river bed to the nearest higher areas," Nodal officer (Preet Vihar) Arun Gupta told IANS.
 
The evacuation started on Saturday following a rise in the water level.
 
Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, forcing authorities to release more water from Haryana's Hathnikund barrage on Sunday.
 
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday held a review meeting with officials concerned on the preparedness to tackle the flood-like situation in low-lying areas of Delhi.
 
The Delhi government also requested the Army to be on standby for any emergency.
 
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Evacuation on as Yamuna continues flowing above danger mark in Delhi

More than 1,000 families had been evacuated from the low-lying areas near the Yamuna till Sunday morning as the river continued flowing above the danger mark in Delhi.

 
Water level in Yamuna river crosses danger level
 
 
More than 1,000 families had been evacuated from the low-lying areas near the Yamuna till Sunday morning as the river continued flowing above the danger mark in Delhi.
 
The level of the river rose to 205.46 meters on Sunday after water discharge from Haryana's Hathnikund Barrage and continuous rainfall in the region.
 
It is expected to rise further to 206.60 meters on July 31. Haryana had released six lakh cusecs of water at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
 
The water discharged from Hathnikund barrage, which provides drinking water to New Delhi, normally takes 72 hours to reach the city.
 
"More water is being released from the barrage every hour, which will have an impact on the water level of the river here. We are keeping a close watch on the situation," a Flood and Control Department official told IANS.
 
"We have established over 750 tents for about 1,000 families in East zone alone. The arrangements for their food is also done. We are shifting the people living in the river bed to the nearest high area," Nodal officer (Preet Vihar) Arun Gupta told IANS.
 
"Boats have been deployed to tackle any unwanted situation," Gupta said. Quick response teams have also been activated for the emergency.
 
The evacuation started on Saturday following a sharp rise in the river's level.
 
Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, with authorities releasing more water at Haryana's Hathnikund barrage during the day.
 
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday held a review meeting with officials concerned on the preparedness to tackle the flood-like situation in low-lying areas of Delhi.
 
The officers assured Kejriwal that they are alert and prepared for dealing with exigencies.
 
The Delhi government also requested the Army to be on the standby for any emergency.
 
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Delhi authorities begin evacuation of people as Yamuna level rises

The authorities in Delhi on Saturday began to evacuate hundreds of people living in the Yamuna catchment area as a flood threat loomed following a sharp rise in the river's level, officials said.

 
Water level in Yamuna river crosses danger level
 
 
The authorities in Delhi on Saturday began to evacuate hundreds of people living in the Yamuna catchment area as a flood threat loomed following a sharp rise in the river's level, officials said.
 
Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, with authorities releasing more water at Haryana's Hathnikund barrage during the day.
 
The Yamuna in Delhi was flowing above the danger mark at 205.06 metres by 10 a.m., an Irrigation and Flood Control Department official told IANS.
 
"Over 10,000 persons have been affected. People earlier living on the river bed and low-lying areas are being shifted out," Nodal Officer (Preet Vihar) Arun Gupta said.
 
He cautioned that the Yamuna water level is expected to go up further by Sarurday night.
 
"On Saturday morning, over 200,000 cusecs was released into the Yamuna from the barrage -- which provides drinking water to New Delhi," an official told IANS in Chandigarh.
 
The official said villagers living along the river have been alerted on the release of excess water.
 
The official said that water at the Hathnikund barrage along the Haryana-Uttarakhand border had risen to alarming levels owing to overnight downpour in catchment states, making authorities release the extra water.
 
The Yamuna passes through Yamunanagar, Karnal and Panipat districts in Haryana before entering Delhi.
 
Yamunanagar Deputy Commissioner Girish Arora said a high alert was declared in the district in the morning.
 
He said the Army has been put on alert along with a team of the National Disaster Management Authority.
 
However, there was no report of any damage to property or a loss of life in Yamunanagar district.
 
The Met Department in Chandigarh predicted that hill states in Haryana's neighbourhood will continue to experience heavy rains.
 
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Haryana's Hathnikund barrage releases water, floods threaten Delhi

 
Water level in Yamuna river crosses danger level
 
 
With heavy rains continuing in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, authorities in Haryana's Hathnikund barrage on Saturday released excess water into the Yamuna river, posing a flood threat to New Delhi.
 
"On Saturday morning over 200,000 cusecs of water was released into the Yamuna from the Hathnikund barrage -- which provides drinking water to New Delhi," an official told IANS in Chandigarh.
 
In the national capital, the water level in the Yamuna crossed the danger level by 10 a.m., a Flood Control department official said.
 
The official said villages along the Yamuna river have been alerted about the release of the excess water. The city government have already begun evacuating people from low-lying areas. 
 
The water-level at the Hathnikund barrage along the Haryana-Uttarakhand border rose to alarming levels owing to overnight heavy rains in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
 
The Yamuna river passes through Yamunanagar, Karnal and Panipat districts in Haryana before entering New Delhi.
 
The Met has predicted that Haryana's neighbouring hill states would continue to experience heavy rains.
 
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Kovind says Kabir's teachings remain relevant

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President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday that the teachings of Sant Kabir remained as relevant today as they did in his lifetime.
 
Addressing the Shiromani Kabir Prakat Diwas (Kabir Jayanti) celebrations at Fatehabad in Haryana, he said Sant Kabir was a great social reformer who showed people the path of equality and harmony.'
 
The function was organised by the Dhanak Sabha Fatehabad and the Sant Kabir Dhanak Samaj Karamchari Welfare Association, Haryana.
 
The President said he was happy to note that the Shiromani Kabir Prakat Diwas was being observed in every district of Haryana to make people aware of Sant Kabir’s teachings.
 
He noted that the Monsoon Sessions of Parliament and State Assemblies were going to commence soon. He expressed confidence that legislators will carry forward their work for the public through debate and dialogue.
 
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Rape, molestation accused to lose facilities in Haryana

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Barring ration facility, the accused in rape and molestation cases in Haryana will now be debarred from government facilities such as old age pension, pension for the physically disabled persons, driving and arm licenses.
 
"These services will remain suspended till the court announces its verdict in the case. In case the accused is convicted and sentenced, he would not be eligible for these facilities any more," Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced on Thursday.
 
Virtually giving a warning to the perpetrators of crime against women and girls in the state to mend their ways, he reiterated the commitment of his government to make Haryana number one state in the country in terms of safety and security of women and girls.
 
Khattar said a comprehensive scheme for the safety and security of women would be launched either on Independence Day (August 15) or on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan (August 26) this year.
 
The Chief Minister said in case a rape victim wanted to hire a lawyer of her choice, except for the one provided by the state government, she would be provided financial assistance of Rs 22,000 for the fees.
 
"Provision of uninterrupted investigation in cases of rape and eve-teasing would be made in all police stations. The investigation officer would have to complete the investigation into a rape case in one month, and in eve-teasing within 15 days, otherwise action would be taken against him," he said.
 
Six fast-track courts would be set up in those districts where 50 or more cases of rape, molestation and mental harassment are pending in the courts, Khattar said.
 
"I would shortly meet the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to request him to issue necessary directions to the court to record the statement of a woman on the same day and not to adjourn the hearing to any other day," he added.
 
Khattar announced that girl students of classes 9 to 12 would be given training in self-defence.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Sonipat region in Haryana, tremors felt in Delhi

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Sonipat region in  Haryana today and the tremors were felt in Delhi and other parts of the National Capital Region (NCR), Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.9°N and longitude 77.0°E, occurred at 1537 hourss at a focal depth of 5 km.
 
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Delhi Metro's City Park (Bahadurgarh)-Mundka corridor ready for operations

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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today said that passenger services on its City Park (Bahadurgarh)--Mundka Metro corridor will begin from 4 pm tomorrow.
 
As per the time table for the entire Inderlok/Kirti Nagar--City Park section, a total of 20 trains will be put into service, a press release from DMRC said.
 
Every alternate train from Mundka will go up to City Park in Bahadurgarh and a frequency of around 8 minutes will be maintained between Mundka and City Park. 
 
The total running time between Inderlok/Kirti Nagar and City Park (Bahadurgarh) will be about 50 minutes, the release said.
 
With  this, Bahadurgarh will become the third place in Haryana to get metro connectivity, after Gurgaon and Faridabad.
 
The 11.183 km elevated section will not only connect the national capital with Bahadurgarh but will also provide connectivity to many outer Delhi areas of the western fringes of the city such as Mundka, Ghevra and Tikri Kalan. 
 
With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will expand to 288 kilometres with 208 stations.
 
There are seven elevated stations on  the 11.183 km section -- Mundka industrial Area, Ghevra, Tikri Kalan and Tikri Border in Delhi and Modern Industrial Estate, Bus Stand and City Park in Haryana.
 
After the completion of this corridor, the entire Inderlok/Kirti Nagar – Bahadurgarh section will become 29.64 kilometres long. Haryana already has over 21 kilometres of Delhi Metro lines. With this section, the Delhi Metro section in Haryana will expand to 25.8 kilometres.
 
Bahadurgarh is an upcoming urban settlement in the Jhajjar district of Haryana, which has many industrial units and a population of 1.7 lakh people. Similarly, Mundka also has an industrial area where many people travel every day for their professional requirements, the release said.
 
The Bahadurgarh Industrial Area houses many industrial units and is a source of employment for lakhs of people who travel there from Delhi. Besides, Bahadurgarh has also developed into an educational hub and houses many universities and colleges. Many students travel to these institutes from Delhi every day. This connection will be of great help to them also, it said.
 
"Many areas of Outer Delhi in the western parts of the national capital will be benefitted. The Mundka Industrial Area also has many industrial units. This apart the localities of Ghevra, Tikri Kalan will be connected by the Metro for the first time," it said.
 
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Rains bring relief to Punjab, Haryana

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Rainfall in parts of Punjab and Haryana on Sunday brought relief from the heat wave and dusty conditions prevailing over the region in the past few days.
 
At many places, the maximum temperature hovered in the 23-25 degrees mark, making the weather quite pleasant.
 
Chandigarh and its surrounding areas were lashed by rain since Saturday evening.
 
The maximum temperature in the capital city of Punjab and Haryana was 29.4, nine degrees below the average on Saturday.
 
The city and nearby areas continued to get intermittent rain on Sunday and the skies remained overcast.
 
"Chandigarh saw such a bad weather in the past over one week. First there was a heat wave followed by two days of very dusty weather. The rain has brought so much relief," Manju Malhotra, a homemaker in Panchkula town, said.
 
All flights to and from the Chandigarh airport were cancelled on Thursday and Friday due to dusty conditions. Hundreds of passengers were affected by the flight disruption. Flight operation resumed on Saturday.
 
The Met Department has forecast light to moderate rainfall in several areas of both states till Monday.
 
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Haryana puts sports notification on hold after controversy

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Within hours of a controversy generated by the issuing of a notification asking sportspersons to deposit one-third of their earnings with the Haryana Sports Council, the state government put the notification on hold.
 
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted that he had put the notification on hold and called for the file.
 
"I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Department to be shown to me & the notification dated 30th April to be put on hold till further orders.We are proud of the immense contribution by our sportspersons & I assure them of a just consideration of all issues affecting them," Khattar tweeted on Friday evening.
 
The Haryana government had flak from the sporting fraternity over the move to seek one-third earnings of its sportspersons who have government jobs.
 
The state government had earlier on Friday defended its decision to do so. The notification issued by the Sports and Youth Welfare Department Principal Secretary Ashok Khemka had directed sportspersons from Haryana to hand over one third of their earnings from professional events and endorsement to the sports council.
 
"One third of the income of sportspersons from professional sports or commercial endorsement will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council. The money shall be used for development of sports in the state," the order signed by Khemka on April 27 read.
 
Though the move has drawn widespread condemnation from athletes, Sports Minister Anil Vij as well as Khemka, a senior IAS officer, defended the move.
 
"There is nothing new in this decision. It is an old government rule. Under Rule 56, if a government employee earns professional or commercial income, he has to deposit one third of the earning with the state government. We had allowed (international boxer) Vijender Singh to play professionally. The (Punjab and Haryana) High Court asked us to frame rules in this regard. We have brought out the rules now," Vij said on Friday.
 
Khemka said the notification had been issued after the state gave an assurance to the court that the Haryana government would bring a policy vis-a-vis those who play professional sports.
 
"Normally, government employees are not allowed to play professional sports. The money will be used for the benefit of sportspersons only," he said.
 
On the other hand, star wrestler Geeta Phogat told a TV channel: "This new rule makes a mockery of sportspersons. There is no such rule for cricketers who earn much more than those from other sports. Cricketers make a lot of money from endorsement but those from other sports like boxing, kabaddi, and wrestling do not earn much." 
 
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"If we give up a third of our earnings, what will be left for us?" she asked.
 
International sportspersons like wrestler Sushil Kumar and others have also questioned Haryana's move to "take away the hard-earned money of sportspersons". The notification has a direct bearing on a number of international and national sportspersons from Haryana, employed by various state government departments.
 
That is not all. 
 
Sportspersons employed by government departments and participating in professional sports or commercial endorsements with the approval to be treated as on duty will have to deposit their full income with the council.
 
"In case a sportsperson is treated on duty with the prior approval of the competent authority while taking part in professional sports or commercial endorsement, the full income earned by the sportsperson on this account will be deposited with the Sports Council," the notification added.
 
Sportspersons from Haryana, including several women, have brought laurels to the country in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in recent years.
 
As many as 22 of the 66 medals won by India at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April were won by sportspersons from Haryana.
 
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Former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi on life support

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Former Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Ajit Jogi is on life support and his condition is stable, senior doctors said at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram of Haryana.
 
The former IAS officer and first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh was brought to Medanta Hospital by an air ambulance on Wednesday after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
 
Earlier, the 72-year-old Chhattisgarh Janata Congress party chief was undergoing treatment at a Raipur hospital.
 
"Jogi's condition is stable and he is on ventilator support. The next bulletin will be shared at 10 a.m. on Thursday," Senior Medical Superintendent Dr. A.K. Dubey told IANS.
 
Jogi is being treated by a team of doctors led by Yatin Mehta.
 
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Man found hanging in Delhi-Gurugram Expressway underpass

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A man, appearing to be in his mid-20s, was on Monday found hanging in an underpass of the Delhi-Gurugram expressway near Rajiv Chowk here, police said.
 
The deceased, who could not be identified, seemed to have committed suicide, police said, but added that no suicide note was found. 
 
"Prima facie it seems a case of suicide. We are waiting for the post-mortem report that would be conducted after 72 hours if the body remained unidentified," said a police officer.
 
The underpass where the body was found was almost complete but currently not operational.
 
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Man crushed to death by Metro in Gurugram

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A 40-year-old man was on Saturday crushed to death after coming in between an on-coming Delhi Metro train and its platform in Gurugram, police said.
 
The deceased, identified as Bhura Singh, was native of a village in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
 
According to the police, Singh was living with his son Ashwin in Kasan village near Manesar. Both were manual labourers.
 
Singh had gone to his village in Kanpur and returned on Saturday.
 
"He (deceased Singh) boarded the Metro from Delhi and got down at HUDA City Centre Metro Station on Platform No. 1. In a hurry to get out of the station fast, instead of using the stairs or escalator, he tried crossing the tracks to reach Platform No. 2," said a police officer.
 
But as he was about to jump on to the other platform, he saw a train coming towards him and became nervous.
 
"A woman on the platform also tried to pull him up from the tracks, but it was too late. He came in between the train and the platform, was dragged for a few meters and died on the spot," the officer said.
 
The deceased was identified by his son.
 
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Kummanam Rajasekharan, Ganeshi Lal appointed as Governors of Mizoram, Odisha

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President Ram Nath Kovind today appointed Kerala Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kummanam Rajasekharan as the new Governor of Mizoram.
 
He will succeed Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma, who will complete his tenure on May 28, a press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
 
The President has also appointed Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Haryana BJP leader and former state minister, as the new Governor of Odisha, with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.
 
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After heat wave, dust storm follows in Punjab, Haryana

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Heat wave conditions continued to prevail in most parts of Haryana and Punjab on Saturday with the mercury soaring to 45 degrees in Hisar town in Haryana.
 
However, Chandigarh and its surrounding areas and some parts of Haryana and Punjab were hit by a dust storm on Saturday evening followed by light rain, giving relief from the sweltering weather.
 
The day temperatures at most places in both states were in the 40-45 degrees Celsius mark.
 
Narnaul town in Haryana sizzled at 44.5 degrees, while Bhiwani saw a high of 44 degrees. Chandigarh recorded a high of 40.6 degrees.The maximum temperatures were two to five degrees above average, Met Department officials said here.
 
Amritsar city in Punjab recorded 40.1 degrees, while Patiala and Ludhiana recorded 40.6 and 41.6 degrees, respectively.
 
The Met Department said heat wave conditions would prevail over the region in the coming days. Some places are likely to witness thunderstorms on May 13.
 
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Thunderstorms likely in NCR including Rohtak, Jind

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Thunderstorm with light rain and strong winds is expected in the National Capital Region (NCR), including Jind, Rohtak and Bhiwani, the weather office warned late Monday evening.
 
"Thunderstorms with light rain and strong winds would occur over NCR, including Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Narnaul, during the next two hours," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in the release.
 
Earlier, the Haryana government closed schools for two days -- Monday and Tuesday -- as a preventive measure following the thunderstorm warning.
 
The Delhi government on Monday said that in view of the Met office warning for various parts of India, including the national capital, all city schools would remain closed in the afternoon shift on Tuesday.
 
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Rains lash Chandigarh; Haryana, Punjab on storm alert

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Early morning rains lashed Chandigarh and surrounding areas on Monday while authorities in Haryana and Punjab remained on high alert following a storm advisory issued by the Met Department.
 
Schools in Haryana were ordered to remain closed for two days (Monday and Tuesday) as a preventive measure in view of the weather warning.
 
A few private schools in Chandigarh also announced closure for two days.
 
The maximum temperatures at most places in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh remained between 31.5 to 38.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday with rainfall at some places and overcast sky at several in others.
 
The Met office has predicted thunderstorms, accompanied by strong winds and rain, in Haryana and Punjab and Punjab starting from Monday to Wednesday.
 
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Six dead as Dalit protests turn violent in different states

Six persons were killed and dozens injured as Dalit protests during a day-long nation-wide shutdown on Monday turned violent in India amid anger against a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

 
Bharat Bandh over "dilution" of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Six persons were killed and dozens injured as Dalit protests during a day-long nation-wide shutdown on Monday turned violent in India amid anger against a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
The government, in a bid to pacify the agitated activists, said it had filed a petition in the apex court seeking a review of its March 20 order that bars automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Dalits and others. But the top court denied an urgent hearing of the matter.
 
Protesters clashed with police in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha -- states where normal life was paralysed in varying degrees amid incidences of violence and arson.
 
The central government rushed 800 anti-riot policemen to violence-hit Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
 
A Home Ministry official in Delhi said two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) were sent to Meerut and one company each to Agra and Hapur in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Clashes turned deadly in Madhya Pradesh where five persons were killed and dozens injured, forcing officials to impose curfew in Morena, Gwalior and Bhind districts. Protests were also held Bhopal as agitators blocked roads in the state capital.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a passionate appeal for peace.
 
Police said one person each was killed in Bhind and Morena while three died in Gwalior. The dead in Morena was identified as Rahul Pathak, a student leader. 
 
Gwalior District Magistrate Rahul Jain told IANS that at least 22 persons were injured, some critically, in clashes in his district, where prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were also imposed.
 
"Three people have been conformed dead in Gwalior." Jain said.
 
A man identified as Pawan Kumar was killed in Rajasthan's Alwar as violence was also reported from other parts of the state including Jaipur, Ajmer. Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
 
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Punjab and Haryana also saw widespread protests.
 
Shops, educational institutions and other establishments remained closed and Class 10 and 12 examinations were deferred in Punjab, which has the highest concentration of Scheduled Castes, constituting nearly 32 per cent its 2.8 crore population.
 
Hundreds of protesters carrying swords, sticks, baseball bats and flags forced shopkeepers and other establishments in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda too shut down.
 
Protests also took place in Rohtak and other towns of neighbouring Haryana.
 
In Bihar, activists disrupted rail and road traffic. Mobs shut down markets and shops as well as educational institutions, police said.
 
Supporters of the Bhim Army and other Dalit outfits halted over three dozen long-distance and local trains, stranding thousands of passengers.
 
Violence was reported from Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Patna and Bhagalpur when protestors clashed with police.
 
Violence also erupted in parts of Uttar Pradesh as protesters attacked shops, looted some and pelted stones at police in Hapur, Agra, Meerut, Saharanpur and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.
 
Many cars were targeted and their window panes smashed. At some places, government property was targeted. 
 
Some people reportedly fired at a police team in Meerut while a passenger bus was set on fire. 
 
Also in Meerut, over 500 Dalit youths targeted the media and broke their cameras as they were trying to photograph the protests. 
 
Gujarat's major towns and cities also saw protests by Dalits amid reports of vandalism from Ahmedabad and Jamnagar.
 
Amid widespread anger and violence, the Modi government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to seek recall of its judgment that ruled that there would be no automatic arrest of an accused following a complaint moved under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
The Supreme Court had held on March 20 that police will hold an inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the complaint filed under the act before acting on it. 
 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government "with due respect, does not agree with the reasoning given by the apex court".
 
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Two killed as violence grips India amid Dalit protests

Two persons were killed and many injured as violence gripped parts of India on Monday as Dalit groups enforced a day-long country-wide shutdown against a Supreme Court order they say dilutes a law to prevent atrocities against the marginalized Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).

 
Bharat Bandh over "dilution" of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Two persons were killed and many injured as violence gripped parts of India on Monday as Dalit groups enforced a day-long country-wide shutdown against a Supreme Court order they say dilutes a law to prevent atrocities against the marginalized Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
The government, in a bid to pacify the agitated Dalit activists, said it had filed a petition in the apex court seeking a review of its March 20 order that bars automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Dalits and others.
 
Protesters clashed with police in Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Odisha -- states where normal life was paralyzed in varying degrees amid incidences of violence and arson.
 
Clashes turned deadly in Madhya Pradesh where two persons were killed and dozens injured, forcing authorities to impose curfew at many places. Police said one person was killed in Bhind and the other in Morena.
 
Gwalior District Magistrate Rahul Jain told IANS that at least 22 persons were injured, some critically, in clashes in his district, where prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were also imposed. 
 
Protesters blocked rail tracks and set fire to vehicles, with plumes of fire and smoke seen on near barren roads.
 
The Madhya Pradesh government called the Army to control the situation in Bhind, Morena and Gwalior.
 
Punjab and Haryana also saw widespread protests.
 
Shops, educational institutions and other establishments remained closed and Class 10 and 12 examinations were deferred in Punjab, which has the highest concentration of Scheduled Castes, constituting nearly 32 per cent its 2.8 crore population.
 
Hundreds of protesters carrying swords, sticks, baseball bats and flags forced shopkeepers and other establishments in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda to shut down.
 
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Protests also took place in Rohtak and other towns of neighbouring Haryana.
 
In Bihar, activists disrupted rail and road traffic. Mobs shut down markets and shops as well as educational institutions, police said.
 
Supporters of the Bhim Army and other Dalit outfits halted over three dozen long-distance and local trains, stranding thousands of passengers.
 
"Train services have been badly disrupted due to the protest," an East Central Railway official told IANS.
 
Violence was reported from Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Patna and Bhagalpur when protestors clashed with police.
 
Violence also erupted in parts of Uttar Pradesh as protesters attacked shops, looted some and pelted stones at police in Hapur, Agra, Meerut and Saharanpur.
 
Many cars were targeted and their window panes smashed. At some places, government property was targeted. 
 
Some people reportedly fired at a police team in Meerut while a passenger bus was set on fire. Pro-reservation groups indulged in vandalism at the Muzaffarnagar railway station, stoning the Kocchi Express.
 
Also in Meerut, over 500 Dalit youths targeted the media and broke their cameras as they were trying to photograph the protests. 
 
Amid widespread anger and violence, the government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to seek recall of its judgment that ruled that there would be no automatic arrest of an accused following a complaint moved under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
The Supreme Court had held on March 20 that police will hold an inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the complaint filed under the act before acting on it. 
 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government "with due respect, does not agree with the reasoning given by the apex court".
 
He said senior government lawyers "will argue this matter with all their legal preparations and authority that this judgment needs to be reconsidered". 
 
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