Haryana, Tamil Nadu storm into final of HI Men’s National C’ship

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: The semi-finals of the 12th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2022 came to a thrilling conclusion in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on Saturday as Hockey Haryana and Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu booked their place in the finals of the tournament at the expense of Hockey Maharashtra and Hockey Karnataka respectively.

In the first semi-final, Hockey Haryana stamped their authority with a 5-2 victory against Hockey Maharashtra, courtesy of goals from Deepak (21′, 50′), Deepak (12′), Ravi (27′) and Pankaj (45′). Captain Taleb Shah (24′, 52′) scored a brace for Hockey Maharashtra, but it wasn’t enough to deny opponents Hockey Haryana a place in the final on Sunday.
In the second semi-final, Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu got the better of Hockey Karnataka with a 3-0 victory. After a goalless first half, J Joshua Benedict Wesley (44′), Sundarapandi (50′) and Saravana Kumar (54′) came to the fore as their goals sealed a triumphant performance from Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu.

Hockey Haryana will face off against Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu in the final of the 12th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2022, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, which will take place on Sunday.

Hockey Maharashtra and Hockey Karnataka will participate in the 3rd/4th place playoff match which will also be played on Sunday. (ANI)


Chandigarh lifts all COVID-19 restrictions, no penalty for not wearing face mask in public places

Chandigarh [India]: Amid the continuous decline in COVID-19, the Chandigarh administration on Monday lifted all the remaining COVID-19 restrictions including the wearing of masks in public places.

As per the order, no penalty would be imposed for not wearing a face mask in public or workplaces from now onwards.
However, the administration advised people to adhere to COVID appropriate behaviour including wearing of face mask, hand hygiene and maintaining social distancing.

“The undersigned in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 22 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in my capacity as Chairperson, State Executive Committee, State Disaster Management Authority hereby withdraws all the remaining orders/guidelines issued under DM Act, 2005 with immediate effect. No penalty or fine shall be imposed for not wearing of face mask in public/work places. However, the general public is advised to adhere to COVID Appropriate behaviour including wearing of face mask, hand hygiene and maintaining social distancing,” the order reads.

Several states have lifted COVID-19 restrictions and made use of face masks optional in public places in view of the decline in COVID-19 cases across the country.

States which have removed mask mandate include Maharashtra, Delhi, and Telangana. (ANI)


Haryana, Delhi government in war of words over rising COVID-19 cases

Ambala (Haryana) [India] (ANI): A word of words broke out between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij after the latter blamed the high COVID-19 infection rate in three districts of the State adjoining Delhi on the “uncontrolled” rise in cases in the national capital.
Replying to his claims, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain termed it as “political talk” and said “over 1,000 COVID-19 cases are being reported from outside Delhi every day.” Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal told media persons, “Blaming won’t end the virus. I will not step into this garbage.”
Vij said Haryana was “adversely affected” due to its vicinity to Delhi, and claimed that “more than half” of the around 9,000 new COVID-19 cases in Haryana were from Gurugram, Faridabad and Sonipat districts put together.
“Haryana reports around 9,000 COVID-19 cases every day, of which over 50 per cent cases are from Gurugram, Faridabad and Sonipat. Delhi’s infection rate is having an impact in the state. However, as per requirements, we are tackling the situation by making all necessary arrangements of healthcare services in the state,” he said on Sunday.
Vij also said that whether patients come from Delhi or anywhere else, they will be given complete treatment in the state. (Image source: Instagram)

Haryana cabinet expansion scheduled for tomorrow

Chandigarh [India]: The Haryana government’s Cabinet expansion will take place tomorrow, the state Chief Minister’s office (CMO) informed on Monday.
The new ministers of the state cabinet are expected to take oath tomorrow at 4 pm. “The Haryana cabinet will be expanded on December 28, 2021. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at the Haryana Raj Bhavan at 4 pm,” CMO Haryana tweeted in Hindi.
This is the second expansion of the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in Haryana. The first cabinet expansion took place on November 14.
In the Haryana Assembly elections in 2019, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party winning 40 seats in the 90-member assembly. Congress finished second with 31 seats. Later, the BJP formed the government with the support of Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), which bagged 10 seats, and some independent MLAs.

We’ll try not to repeat our mistakes, says Haryana Steelers’ Captain Vikash Kandola

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Haryana Steelers, who went down 39-42 to Patna Pirates on Thursday, will be up against Jaipur Pink Panthers in their next match of Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Jaipur Pink Panthers also lost their first match of the season. The Pink Panthers went down 27-34 to Gujarat Giants on Thursday. “The entire team played well yesterday and it was a close match. Both sides were neck-to-neck throughout the contest. Sometimes Patna Pirates were leading and sometimes we were leading. It was our first match and we made some small mistakes. We will work on those mistakes and make sure that we don’t repeat them in the next game,” said Haryana Steelers’ Captain Vikash Kandola in a statement.
Kandola added that the side made a few errors in the latter part of the match against Patna, “I made a couple of mistakes while raiding yesterday and there were some mistakes made by the defence unit. We played well throughout the game and will continue with that momentum in the next games as well.
However, the Captain expressed that the confidence is high in the team, “Our confidence is high at the moment. The Jaipur Pink Panthers are a good side, but we are also a good team. We will give our 100 per cent and try to win the match. All the players are great in the Jaipur side and we have to tread carefully and be alert while taking on each of the players.”

Manohar Lal Khattar meets PM Modi, discusses development projects in Haryana

New Delhi [India]: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said development works in Haryana were among the issues discussed.
In a tweet, Khattar wrote, “I reached respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s residence in Delhi today and met him. During this, many important issues ranging from current and upcoming development works in Haryana were discussed in detail with him.” After attending the meeting, Khattar said, “It felt good after meeting PM Modi. We discussed the Antyodaya Gramodaya Mela, Auto Appeal System (AAS), DRISHYA-drone technology and Large Scale Mapping.”
“The Prime Minister showed concerns on pollution, cleanliness in the rural sector and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’,” he said.

Haryana Public Service Commission official, 2 others held; Rs 1 crore seized

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India]: State Vigilance Bureau, Haryana has arrested a Deputy Secretary of Haryana Public Service Commission and two others involved in manipulating the marks of candidates who appeared in the written examination for recruitment of Dental Surgeons, conducted by the HPSC on Sept 26, 2021.
“Following the registration of FIR on 17th Nov 2021, a raid was conducted and one Naveen Kumar resident of district Bhiwani was caught red-handed while accepting cash amounting to Rs 20 Lakhs. He was produced before the Court on 18th Nov 21 and has been remanded to police custody for 4 days,” read a press release. “Based on his confession and other evidence obtained during the investigation, the SVB officials have further arrested Ashwani Sharma resident of district Jhajjar and seized cash amounting to Rs. 1 crore 7 lakh 97 thousand during his house search,” it added.
Following further investigation, the SVB has arrested Sh Anil Nagar, HCS, Deputy Secretary, Haryana Public Service Commission. Search at the residence of one of his associates is going on resulting in recovery of more cash, it said.
Further investigation in the case is underway to ascertain the nexus and bring all culprits to book.

Income Tax Department conducts searches in Delhi, Haryana

New Delhi [India]: The Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure operations in the case of a Fintech company providing instant short term personal loan through Mobile App, informed the Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT).
As per an official statement from the CBDT, searches were conducted on November 9 at the business and residential premises in Delhi and Gurugram. During the search, it was revealed that the company has been allegedly charging a very high processing fee at the time of disbursement of loans. “This results into effective higher burden of compensation on the borrowers,” the statement said.
CBDT said that the said company is held by a group based in Cayman Island, ultimately controlled by an individual of a neighboring country. The company has brought in India nominal initial capital by way of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) but took substantial working capital loans from Indian banks.
The business model of the company results in a high rotation of capital which is evidenced by a turnover of Rs 10,000 crore in its first year of operation.
“It is seen that repatriation of about Rs 500 crore has been made by it to its overseas group companies under the pretext of buying of services in two years. However, evidence gathered during the search has revealed that such remittances made to the group companies are either highly inflated or non-genuine,” CBDT said.
“Evidences found also indicate that internal web-based application for lending business was controlled from outside India. During the search proceedings, statements of key persons including foreign nationals have been recorded,” it added.
Further investigations are in progress.

Delhi: Carriageway of road leading to Haryana opened

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Police on Saturday reopened the carriageway of the road leading to Haryana, at the farmers’ protest site in Tikri.
DCP Parvinder Singh said, “There are still some temporary structures on the road. As per farmers’ request, only 2-wheelers, 3-wheelers and emergency vehicles will ply on this road.” Earlier today, Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana had said, “General public who travel on regular basis was facing a lot of problem due to this, so we decided to open the borders for the sake of their convenience.”
Earlier, Delhi police have started removing barricades and cemented blocks put up at the Gazipur and Tikri borders after the blockage of almost 11 months due to the farmers’ agitation against Central farm laws.
On Thursday, police started the process of removing barricades placed at the Tikri border allowing traffic movement from New Delhi to Haryana. This initiative have been taken after Supreme Court on October 21 said that farmers have the right to protest but roads cannot be blocked indefinitely.
The barricades were placed in the wake of the January 26 violence during the farmers’ protest.
Thousands of protestors broke barricades to enter Delhi and indulged in vandalism across several parts of the national capital during their tractor rally organised to protest against the Centre’s three new farm laws on January 26 this year.
Farmers have been protesting at different sites since November 26 last year against the three enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Eight of UP family killed as truck rams car on KMP expressway in Haryana’s Jhajjar

Bahadurgarh (Harayana) [India] : Eight people, including a child and three women, were killed when a speeding truck rammed into their car that was parked on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in the Jhajjar district of Haryana on Friday morning.
As per information provided by the police, the mishap took place on the KMP Expressway between Badli and Farukhnagar. The victims, residents of Nagla Anoop village in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, were returning home from Gogamedi in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district. “The driver had parked the car behind a truck that was parked at the side of the road. A truck hit their vehicle from behind and the car got crushed between the two trucks. Eight people died in the incident,” said Om Prakash the investigating police officer.
The driver of the vehicle along with a child and a woman escaped as they were not in the car.
The bodies of the victims were sent to the Bahadurgarh Civil Hospital for post-mortem.
The deceased are yet to be identified, as per police. The accused truck driver fled from the spot after the accident.
The police have started an investigation into the accident and are efforts are on to arrest the absconding driver.

Meeting over Singhu Killing

Chandigarh [india]: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday called a high-level meeting at his residence in Chandigarh over the incident at Singhu border where a body of a man with hands and legs chopped off, was found hanging on a police barricade.
The Chief Minister ordered strict and fair action against the guilty and said, “The guilty will not be spared.” Home Minister Anil Vij, state Director General of Police and other top officials were present in the meeting.
Earlier on Friday, a corpse of a man, with hands and legs chopped off, was found hanging on a police barricade at the farmers’ protest site near the Singhu border, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Hansraj.
The man has been identified as Lakhbir Singh resident of village Cheema Khurd in Tarn Taran district of Punjab. The deceased, about 35-36 years old, who used to work as a labourer, has no criminal record or affiliation with any political party, informed the police.
Haryana Police on Friday detained one person in Sonipat in connection with the Singhu border incident.

Paddy area in Punjab, Haryana, UP comes down by 7.72 pc

Union Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change on Friday informed that the total paddy area in the states of Punjab, Haryana, and eight National Capital Region (NCR) districts of Uttar Pradesh have come down by 7.72 per cent this year as compared to the last year.

New Delhi [India], October 8 : The ministry, in a press release, said, “The paddy areas have come down by 7.72 per cent during the current year as compared to last year.” “Total paddy straw generation from the non-basmati variety is likely to be reduced by 12.42 per cent during the current year as compared to the previous year,” the ministry added.
Both the Central and the state governments of Haryana, Punjab, and UP have been taking measures to diversify crops as well as to reduce the use of the PUSA-44 variety of paddy.
The burning of paddy straw from the non-basmati variety of crops is the prime concern. Crop diversification and moving away from PUSA-44 variety with short duration High Yielding Varieties are part of the framework and action plan for control of stubble burning.
As per data received from the state governments of Haryana, Punjab, and UP, the total amount of paddy straw generated will come down this year.
Significantly a figurative overview says of the total paddy straw generation is likely to come down by 1.31 million tonnes (from 20.05 million tonnes in 2020 to 18.74 million tonnes in 2021) in Punjab; by 0.8 million tonnes (from 7.6 million tonnes in 2020 to 6.8 million tonnes in 2021) in Haryana and; by 0.09 million tonnes (from 0.75 million tonnes in 2020 to 0.67 million tonnes in 2021) in the eight NCR districts of UP this year.
The total quantity of straw generated by the respective states was 28.4 million tonnes in 2020 which is now expected to come down to 26.21 million tonnes in 2021.
The decrease in non-basmati variety is expected to be even higher.
As per recommendations of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the Government of India, Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) had actively pursued with state governments for promotion of the same.
Apart from this, the Crop Diversification Programs are also being implemented in the states of Punjab and Haryana along with the NCR Districts of UP to divert the area of water-guzzling paddy to alternate crops.

Khattar blasts farmers

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India]: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday asked the state unit of BJP’s Kisan Morcha to ‘pick up sticks’ and to use ‘tit for tat’ methodology against the protesting farmers.

Addressing the unit here, Khattar asked them to form volunteer groups of 700-1000 farmers at different places of the state.
“Do not worry…when you remain there (in jail) for a month, three months or six months, you will become big leaders, your names will be etched in history,” he said.

The Chief Minister, referring to the impact of the ongoing farmers’ agitation, said that the problem is limited to the northern and western districts of Haryana, while it is not as much in the southern districts.

Notably, Khattar also said that if a protest has to be suppressed, it can be done through one government order, but those protesting are “our own people and not enemies”.

Mentioning that there have been several amendments to the Constitution in the past too, the Chief Minister, while referring to the farm laws said that if any lacunae remain even after their implementation, the legislation can always be amended.

Khattar called the ‘adamant approach’ of the farmers on the repeal of the laws incorrect, and said, “Even today, amendments (in the farm laws) can be done. But in a democratic setup, the approach to remain adamant is not right.”

Farmers have been protesting at different sites since November 26 last year against the three enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

SKM will hold protests in poll-bound states if farm bills not repealed, warns Rakesh Tikait

Panipat (Haryana) [India] : Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday warned the central government to repeal the three farm laws, or else Samyukt Kisan Morcha will hold protests and meetings in poll-bound states and give ‘vote ki chot’ to the government.
“Government of India should repeal the three farm laws at the earliest. If they would not, Samyukt Kisan Morcha will go to every part of the country and hold meetings and protests against the central government. Campaigns will be done in poll-bound states too. In fact, meetings are going on in states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab. We will give the government ‘vote ki chot’,” Tikait said during a public meeting in Anaj Mandi here. Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur, and Punjab Assembly elections are scheduled to take place next year.
The farmers’ leader said that attempts were being made to drift away farmers from agriculture and steal their lands.
“In this mandi, a lot of workers are from Bihar. But these workers owned a lot of lands once. 16 years back, mandis were ended in Bihar and the farmers there faced the damage. Sheds were taken on rent and godowns of big companies arrived there eventually. Paddy is brought at Rs 800-900 per quintal, Masoor Dal is brought at 1600-2000 per quintal,” he said.
“Now, Sunflower is not sold there. You can not get loose mustard oil on shops. Selling it leads to imprisonment. Loose milk can not be sold either. It is sold to companies first who sell it packaged in their boxes. 10-year-old tractors, vehicles, pumping sets can not be operated. This is all an attempt to weaken the farmers, to steal their lands,” Tikait added.
Tikait further urged the young farmers to use of technology in order to support the farmer’s movement and spread awareness about it.
“Keep the tractors ready, they could be needed too,” he added.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Nitin Gadkari reviews progress

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday reviewed the progress of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME) covering the States of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

Sohna (Haryana) [India], September 16 : Addressing media in Sohna, Gadkari said, “Delhi-Katra expressway will be launched in two years, to reduce the distance from 727 to 572 kilometres, you will reach Katra from Delhi in six hours. We are also working on new roads from Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Dehradun and Delhi-Haridwar, to take you there in two hours.” As per the official release by the Transport and Highways Ministry, the expressway is being developed at a cost of Rs 98,000 crores. The 1,380 kilometres long Delhi Mumbai expressway will be the longest expressway in India.
It will enhance connectivity between Delhi and Mumbai. The expressway will connect the urban centres of Delhi through the Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna section of the corridor along with a spur to Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Mumbai through a spur in Mumbai.
In addition, the expressway which passes through the six states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra will improve the connectivity to economic hubs like Jaipur, Kishangarh, Ajmer, Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat bringing economic prosperity to millions.
Delhi Mumbai Expressway, envisaged under the vision of Prime Minister’s ‘New India’, was kick-started in 2018 with the foundation stone being laid on March 9, 2019. Out of the 1,380 kilometres, contracts for more than 1,200 kilometres have already been awarded and is under progress. (

Farmer unions hold talks with Karnal officials over police lathicharge; judicial probe ordered

On Thursday, Home Minister Anil Vij had said the government is ready for a probe into the last month’s clash between farmers and police but warned that farm leaders too could face action if they’re found to be at fault.

Karnal, Haryana, India, September 11 : Farm union leaders and the Karnal district administration held another round of talks today. The farmers had begun a dharna outside the district headquarters in Karnal on Tuesday against the police lathi-charge on August 28. Following their fresh round of talks today, it was mutually decided that the incident will now be probed by a retired High Court judge. The probe will be completed in a month’s time, Additional Chief Secy Devender Singh said, adding, then Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha will be sent on leave during this while.

Two family members of deceased farmer Satish Kajal, who had sustained injuries in the lathi charge and later died of a heart attack, will be compensated and will be provided jobs at DC rate on sanctioned posts, he said.

Former SDM Ayush Sinha was caught on tape allegedly telling policemen to “break heads” of farmers if they cross the line. The farmers’ union had also claimed that a farmer died after the August 28 violence, an allegation rejected by the administration.

As the farmers’ sit-in outside the Karnal district headquarters entered its fourth day on Friday, both sides said the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.

“We held a discussion for four hours. Some positives have come out and another meeting will be held on Saturday,” Karnal Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav said over the phone.

Asked if the administration has agreed to any of the demands of the farmers, he said, “lt will not be right to comment anything more at this stage. Let another scheduled meeting take place first.”

However, the DC said the talks remained positive.

“Yes, there is positive development,” he said replying to another question. Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh, Haryana BKU chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni and farmer leader Suresh Koth were among those present in the meeting. Koth told reporters that the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.

“The meeting was positive. But there are some things which we will take up in Saturday’s meeting. We are hopeful that the issues will be resolved soon,” said Koth.

However, he did not divulge details of what exactly transpired during the meeting.

“As a follow-up meeting is scheduled on Saturday, let us first wait for that,” he said.

Chaduni said, “We will also talk to other leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha and apprise them of details of today’s meeting.”

When asked if the meeting can be termed as positive, Chaduni replied in affirmative. Some senior leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha are expected to take part in the Saturday’s meeting.

Meanwhile, the Haryana government resumed mobile Internet services in the district.

On Thursday, Home Minister Anil Vij had said the government is ready for a probe into the last month’s clash between farmers and police but warned that farm leaders too could face action if they’re found to be at fault.

Vij offered an “impartial” inquiry into the “entire Karnal episode” as farmers continued their dharna outside the Karnal district headquarters demanding action over the August 28 lathicharge.

Earlier, talks between district officials and farmers had failed, after which the protesters had said they will continue their sit-in “indefinitely” at the district headquarters.

Haryana court sentences 3 to 10 years jail in NDPS case

Fatehabad (Haryana) [India], September 9 : The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Fatehabad on Thursday sentenced three persons to 10 years of imprisonment in a case related to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).
The court also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on each convict and will undergo additional imprisonment in case of non-payment of fine. The Haryana Police said that the three accused were arrested by a police team on July 7, 2018, on Uklana road in village Saniana, Fatehabad and seized around 240 kilograms of Kachra Doda post (poppy straw) from a truck in their possession.
The Court, after going through all evidence, sentenced the accused Sunder, Ramesh Kumar and Dharampal guilty under NDPS Act and gave each convict 10 years of imprisonment with a fine of Rs one lakh each.

Haryana to hold felicitation ceremony for paralympians

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India], September 7 : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said that six of 19 medals won by India at Tokyo Paralympics were bagged by paralympians from the state.
He said a felicitation ceremony will be held for paralympians from the state later this month. “Six out of 19 medals were won by paralympians of Haryana. I congratulate them. We will hold a felicitation ceremony for paralympians around September 18,” Khattar told the media here.
The Indian contingent finished their campaign at the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020 at an all-time high and secured 19 medals. This includes five gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals.
India sent its biggest ever contingent of 54 athletes across nine sporting disciplines at the Games. Badminton and Taekwondo made their debut in Tokyo.
Since making its first appearance at the Paralympics in 1968, India had won 12 medals in total till the 2016 Rio edition. 

Karnal Mahapanchayat: BKU leader Chaduni says ‘will break barricades’; mobile internet suspended

Security arrangements have been beefed up in Karnal as farmers will be holding a mahapanchayat today and also plan to gherao the mini-secretariat.

Karnal, Haryana, India, September 7 : Farmers have started gathering in Haryana’s Karnal for the kisan mahapanchayat scheduled for Tuesday noon. Till 10:30 am, around 250 farmers had reached the Karnal mandi, the venue for the mahapanchayat and the numbers are expected to increase in the next few hours.

Multi-layer security has been deployed at the spot. Around 30 battalions, including the Centre’s forces have been deployed to ensure the security of farmers and to avoid any untoward incident. Though there are multi-layers of barricades to stop the people from moving towards the Karnal mandi, the agitating farmers said they will reach the spot at any cost. 

“If needed, we will break the barricades. No security can stop farmers from attending the mahapanchayat,” said Jagdeep Singh Chaduni, a Karnal-based Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU). “People have started coming and they will reach the mandi soon. All farm leaders will reach the spot by noon and then mahapanchayat will start,” he added.

Farmers gathered at Karnal mandi said they want action against the IAS officer who had ordered police action on August 28. They said the official should be suspended and the families of all farmers who have sacrificed their lives during the protest should be compensated.

The farmers will hold the mahapanchayat at the grain market of Karnal and then take out a protest march on NH 44 before proceeding towards the mini-secretariat. The protesting farmers have been demanding action against the IAS officer who ordered police action on August 28, and those policemen who were involved in the lathicharge on the protesting farmers. They have also sought a compensation of Rs 25 lakh and a government job to the next of kin of Sushil Kajal, a farmer from Gharunda who received head injuries in the lathicharge and died later due to heart attack. The farmers further demand compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the wounded persons.

“The state administration has made all arrangements (for Kisan Mahapanchayat). No one will be allowed to take the law into their hands. We appeal to our farmer brothers to peacefully conduct their public meeting,” Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said.

Meanwhile, the state government has ordered the suspension of mobile internet services in Karnal district to “stop the spread of misinformation and rumours”. The mobile internet services in Karnal district will remain suspended till Tuesday midnight, according to an order of the Home Department.

“We will go ahead with our Panchayat”

Karnal (Haryana) [India], September 6 : Ahead of farmers’ Mahapanchayat against police lathi-charge on farmers on August 28, Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union Chief Gurnam Singh Charuni said that the Panchayat will continue as scheduled.
The farmer leaders met with the Karnal administration today to discuss the Karnal Mahapanchayat on September 7 and the gherao of the mini secretariat. “No outcome me from the meeting with Karnal administration. We will go ahead with our Panchayat,” Singh said.
Further, claiming that the administration is not ready to cooperate, Singh said, “They said that they will stop us, but we are ready to bear whatever they bring to us. The administration is not ready to listen to us or to cooperate with us at all.”
“Sector 144 is the government doing its own will; it is like they want to beat us, but do not want to let us cry either. At least let us cry,” he added
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which is heading the farmers’ agitation against three farm laws, has given a call for gherao of the secretariat demanding registration of an FIR against those officers who had allegedly ordered a lathi charge on agitators during their protest against a BJP event in Karnal on August 28.
Haryana Police have tightened security arrangements in view of the call for gherao of Karnal Mini Secretariat on Tuesday made by several farmers’ organisations, said police on Monday.
Giving this information here today, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh Virk said that the primary objective of these arrangements is to maintain public peace and order, prevent any kind of violence, facilitate the functioning of traffic and public transport systems and to safeguard the public property across the state in general and Karnal in particular.

Harsimrat Kaur slams Haryana govt over remark

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India]: Taking a dig at Haryana government over Karnal sub-divisional magistrate Ayush Sinha’s instructions to policemen to “crack” the heads of protesting farmers in a viral video, Shiromani Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Monday said that the time has come for the people to oppose a government that conspires with its officials to break farmers’ heads.
Speaking to the media, Kaur said, “Time has come for the people to oppose a government that conspires with its officials to break farmers’ heads. People should support farmers and not vote for such a government.” Haryana Police lathi-charged protesting farmers near the Bastar toll plaza on Saturday, where they gathered in large numbers to protest against a programme that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was scheduled to attend.
Following the incident, a clipping of a video went viral on social media, which was also tweeted by BJP MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi, in which Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha could be purportedly seen instructing policemen to “crack their (protesting farmers’) heads” to prevent them from moving forward and not to let anyone breach the security cordon.
“No matter what happens, nobody will cross this barricade. We could not let this line be breached at any cost. Let me make it clear, break the heads of all those who try to cross. I am the duty magistrate, and I’m giving you these instructions in writing. Hit them with your cane straightaway…We have enough force available. We haven’t slept for the past two days. But you have come here after taking some sleep. No one should break the cordon and reach me,” Sinha said in the video.
Later issuing clarification on the viral clipping, Sinha told ANI that, “Stone pelting had started at many places… It was said during the briefing to use force proportionately.” Several farmers were injured during the police action on Saturday.

Haryana: Toll Plaza blocked, farmers lathicharged

Karnal (Haryana) [India], August 28: The Surajpur Toll Plaza on the Kalka-Zirakpur Highway in Haryana was on Saturday blocked by farmers after Haryana Police lathi-charged farmers at Karnal’s Gharaunda toll plaza.

The Commissionerate of Panchkula put out an advisory informing commuters about the block and advising them to take alternate routes.
“The Surajpur Toll Plaza (Kalka-Zirakpur Highway) has been blocked by protesting farmers. The traffic on this route is being diverted. All commuters are advised to avoid this route except in an extreme emergency,” tweeted the official account of Commissionerate of Panchkula.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait had earlier issued a call to farmers to block all highways and toll plazas across Haryana till 5 pm on Saturday.

“Today, in protest against the lathi charge in Karnal, Haryana, all the roads will be blocked till 5:00 pm. The government’s target is the Kisan Mahapanchayat organized in Muzaffarnagar on September 5, it wants that the people of Haryana should not be able to attend the Mahapanchayat, all of you should pay attention to these this,” Tikait tweeted.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was scheduled to attend an event in Karnal today. Farmers gathered in large numbers in the area to protest against his visit and against the three farm laws. To stop the farmers moving towards the programme venue, police lathi-charged them, leading to several farmers sustaining injuries. (ANI)

People have to come forward to prevent further spread of COVID says Haryana Health Minister

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], August 26 : Haryana Health Minister, Anil Vij on Thursday said that people have to actively come forward to prevent further spread of corona in the state.
Vij said that the only approach to prevent the spread of the imperceptible COVID-19 is to adhere to the protocols and social distancing norms put in practice by the State and Central Governments. “If we follow these protocols like wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, and ensuring hand hygiene, then we will be able to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus”, he said in a statement.
To combat the precarious COVID-19 situation, Haryana Government adopted an empirical approach and remained perceptive during the first and second waves which resulted in a sharp decline of COVID cases in the State.
The state health Minister anticipated the basic requirements and took several steps like the constitution of various committees and teams to handle various activities like Surveillance, Call Centre Management, HR Management, Training and awareness generation, Material Management at State and District Levels.
Supervision and monitoring of various activities undertaken for containment of COVID-19 on March 9, 2020, even before the first case was reported, Vij said.
Likewise, during the second wave this year, there was a sudden spurt of COVID-19 cases, and meeting the oxygen demand was the main concern. To monitor the oxygen distribution, a Control Room at State Headquarters, comprising of Senior Administrative Secretaries of different departments was set up, he said.
Listing the key steps taken, Vij said that oxygen audit committees were constituted at District as well as State Level to assess the oxygen demand.
He further elaborated that the Engineering Department expedited the extension of gas pipelines on COVID beds in hospitals, call centers, and oxygen helpline numbers were distributed to masses, officers of other departments were deputed outside Haryana for monitoring the supply of oxygen from far off plants.
He specified different challenges were identified during both the waves. During the first wave, the challenges were, establishing COVID labs, training the existing manpower, strengthening the existing infrastructure, ensuring availability of logistics, medicines, monitoring the treatment of patients and control the spread of infection, and most importantly motivating the exhausted and demoralized Health Care Workers and Frontline Workers.
The Government has taken effective steps to help in curtailing the spread of the highly contagious virus, he added.

“Land acquisition bill promotes crony capitalism”

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India]: Former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday slammed the Haryana government for passing the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Haryana Amendment) Bill alleging that many of its provisions are “anti-farmer” and promoted crony capitalism.
Addressing a press conference, Hooda said that the new law passed by the government disregards the landowners’ consent in the process of acquisition of land and is against the farmers welfare. “I have requested Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya to not pass this bill to the President. If need be, we will protest against this bill,” he stated.
“The lands of the farmers are being snatched from them. They are not getting a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the crops. The price of fertilisers and pesticides has raised. This government has done nothing good for the farmers,” he added.
Hooda further accused the government of acting like an event management company that only announces and advertises schemes but does not implement them. “They have not fulfilled a single promise listed in their manifesto,” he said.
The Congress leader also criticised the government for the paper leak of various recruitment exams in Haryana. “They have not ordered an investigation. What are they scared of? It can be only because they are themselves involved in this. There are so many vacancies in different departments in Haryana but why are they not being filled. The jobs are being sold in Haryana,” he stated.
Hooda further cited various reports to say that the conditon of Haryana was deteriorating in terms of employment, crime and inflation. He also accused the government of not preparing for the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The former Chief Minister said that government does not let the Opposition speak in the Legislative Assembly. “They allotted three minutes per person in zero hour. How is someone supposed to keep their point in mere three minutes?” he said.
“Three days of assembly session were too less to raise so many issues. This government is a complete failure and has not fared well in any sector, be it education, sports or employment,” he added.

PM chairs 37th PRAGATI meeting, reviews eight projects of three ministries

New Delhi [India], August 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired the 37th meeting of PRAGATI, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving the Centre and state governments.
A PMO release said nine agenda items were taken for review during the meeting including eight projects and one scheme. Among the eight projects, three projects each were from the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and two projects were from the Ministry of Power.
These eight projects have a cumulative cost of Rs 1,26,000 crore concerning 14 states – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Delhi.
The Prime Minister stressed the significance of the timely completion of these projects.
During the interaction, the Prime Minister reviewed ‘One Nation – One Ration Card’ (ONORC) scheme.
He asked officials to explore multiple utilities of the technological platform developed under the scheme for a wide array of benefits to the citizens.
The Prime Minister also directed the state officials to keep monitoring the construction of oxygen plants and the availability of hospital beds.
In the previous 36 PRAGATI meetings, 292 projects having a total cost of 13.78 lakh crore, have been reviewed.

1127 facilities set up by Haryana govt to provide appropriate treatment to Covid patients: Dr Banwari Lal

Chandigarh, Aug 20: With the onset of COVID, Haryana Government has set up 1,127 facilities (DCH, DCHC,DCCC) to provide appropriate treatment to COVID patients, including 68 Dedicated COVID Hospitals, (DCH), 564 Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHC) and 495 Dedicated COVID Care Centres (DCCC).
This was shared by Cooperation Minister Dr Banwari Lal while answering the questions during the Monsoon Session of the Vidhan Sabha on Friday in the absence of Health Minister Anil Vij.
He said that there is sufficient availability of beds, oxygen, equipment etc in the State. He elaborated that the State presently has 61,096 Isolation Beds, 4,040 Isolation beds for Paediatric patients, 14,362 Oxygen supported beds, 3,286 Oxygen Isolation Beds for paediatric patients, 5,069 ICU Beds and 1535 ICU Paediatric Beds, 708 Neonatal ICU Beds, 827 Paediatric ICU Beds, 2,058 Ventilators and 426 Paediatric Ventilators.
Regarding financial assistance for families, the Minister said that an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 2 lakh has been given to Haryana State BPL Card Holders, who died due to COVID and a Special Ex-Gratia Grant of Rs 5 lakh has been given to family members of who dies due to COVID disease.
Besides this, Special Compassionate Financial Assistance of Rs 20 lakh was given to families of Covid warriors, who dies while on active COVID duty, especially related to management of COVID or maintenance of essential services.
Apart from this, under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, insurance Scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19 to the tune of Rs 50 lakh to healthcare providers, including community health workers, deployed for COVID duty.
A total of 26 healthcare personnel (9 doctors, 2 AYUSH doctors, 8 paramedical staff, 2 ASHA workers and 5 other staff) deployed for COVID duty have lost their lives, who were provided with life insurance.

14 Haryana cops to get Police Medals on Independence Day

Chandigarh, Aug 14: On the eve of Independence Day, 14 Haryana police officers and personnel have been selected to receive Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG), President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (PPMDS) and Police Medals for Meritorious Service (PMMS).
Stating this here, a Haryana Police spokesperson informed that the medals were announced by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday.
While two Haryana police officials will be conferred with Police Medal for Gallantry, one has been selected to be decorated with the prestigious President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 11 other cops are to be awarded with Police Medal for Meritorious Service.
Two police personnel who will be honoured with Police Medals for Gallantry include ASI Rakesh Kumar and Constable Pawan Kumar.
Besides, Dr C S Rao, ADGP, Director Haryana Police Academy Madhuban has been selected to be awarded with the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
Those who have been selected to be decorated with Police Medal for Meritorious Service include Dr Hanif Qureshi, IGP IRB Bhondsi, Raj Kumar ACP Panchkula, Ramjit Singh DSP State Crime Record Bureau Madhuban, Sanjeev Balhara DSP Traffic Gurugram, Chaman Lal Inspector 4th Battalion HAP Madhuban, Nirmala Devi Lady Inspector CID Panchkula, Manoj Kumar Sub-Inspector Police Headquarters Panchkula, Mewa Singh Sub-Inspector Police Headquarters Panchkula, Jasbir Singh Sub-Inspector GRP Ambala Cantt., Sukhpal Singh E/SI State Vigilance Bureau Panchkula and Gurnam Singh ASI 4th IRB Manesar.
Congratulating all the police officers and officials, Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) Manoj Yadava that it is a great honour for the entire Police force that 14 of its officers had been selected for this prestigious honour.
The recognition of their bravery, untiring and relentless efforts at national level would go a long way to further boost their morale as well as of others, he added.

Tokyo Olympics: Haryana announces Rs 6 cr reward, govt job to gold medalist Neeraj Chopra

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India], August 7 : Haryana announced a Rs 6 crore cash reward and a class I category state government job to Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who clinched a gold medal at Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
“Neeraj Chopra will be given Rs 6 crore and a class I category job as per our policy. We will be building a Centre of Excellence for athletes in Panchkula, where he will be the head if he wants. He will be given a plot with 50 per cent concession, like other players,” said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history on Saturday as he became the first athlete from the country to win a gold in a track and field event in the Olympics. He threw a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Neeraj began his quest for medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of first attempt. He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m. While he wasn’t able to improve any further, it was enough to get him the coveted medal. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events.
India has now won seven medals in the multi-sporting event, its best-ever performance at the Olympics. Bajrang Punia (Bronze), Mirabai Chanu (silver), PV Sindhu (bronze), Lovlina Borgohain (bronze), men’s hockey team ( bronze), and Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) have also won medals.

IOC to automate all fuel pumps in Delhi, Haryana to ensure transparency

Karnal: A public sector oil company, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), will introduce total automation at all its petrol pumps in Delhi and Haryana soon to ensure complete transparency in refuelling operations and provide the highest standards in quality and quantity to customers.

‘Consumers will enormously be benefited with the introduction of hundred per cent automation at its petrol pumps. At present more than 30,000 Indian Oil petrol pumps are automated in the country. A customer at the oil pump gets drive in experience with automatic e-receipts, automated loyalty points and automate payments at any automated Indian Oil fuel pump ,’ said Mr Sanjay Sinha, Chief General Manager, Delhi and Haryana state office, IOC while launching the app-based doorstep diesel delivery service in 20 Liters ‘Safar20’.

‘The 20 liters ‘safar20’ jerry can diesel at doorstep service starting with a start-up Humsafar India will benefit small housing societies, malls, hospitals, banks, construction sites, farmers, malls, mobile towers, education institutes along with small industries. The service aims to ensure fuel directly to end-users and also avoid unnecessary fuel spillage, unsafe handling, pilferages and adulteration. Jerry Can comes sealed with a seven-wire seal, having a unique number,” Mr Sinha said.

‘Doorstep diesel delivery is a new revolution and new age concept in the field of energy distribution in Karnal and adjoining areas which will not only ease the lives of the end-consumers but also ensure quality and quantity,’ said Ms Sanya Goel, Founder and director and Mr Dilprit Sadana, Co-founder and technology head, Humsafar India.

Haryana to organize Khelo India Youth Games in Feb 2022

Chandigarh: Haryana government has decided to organize ‘Khelo India Youth Games, 2021’ in February 2022 in view of the possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A decision in this regard was taken in the first meeting of the Organizing-cum-Coordination Committee regarding the preparation of ‘Khelo India Youth Games- 2021’ held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on Monday.

In the meeting, Mr Khattar directed that as ‘Khelo India Youth Games-2021’ are to be held in the Under-18 category and as Director of AIIMS New Delhi and other experts have predicted the possibility of the third wave of COVID-19 in October-November the officers concerned should ensure that COVID-19 protocol should be strictly followed during the games.

He said that constant talks should be held with Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur about this programme and if possible, possibilities should be explored to organize some events of the Games at some places in Himachal Pradesh.

During the meeting, Mr Pankaj Nain, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Department, also gave a presentation on the salient features of ‘Khelo India Youth Games-2021’. He apprised the Chief Minister that the games are to be held in the under-18 age group in which there will be a total of 25 sports competitions including five indigenous games.

He also informed that about 8,500 players are likely to participate, out of which 5,072 will be athletes, 2,400 will be female and 2,672 will be male. He said that earlier it was proposed to organize the Games from November 21 to 30 at five places including Panchkula, Chandigarh, Shahbad, Ambala and Delhi.

In view of the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19, it has become necessary to extend the date. He said that the Mascot ‘Dhakad’ of the Games has been decided and the ‘Jersey’ and ‘Logo’ will be issued soon.

Haryana continuously providing 1,049 cusecs of water to Delhi: Official

Chandigarh: Haryana is continuously providing 1049 cusecs of water at Munak through its canal system to Delhi the quantity of which is 950 cusecs of water at Bawana Contact Point, an official spokesperson said on Sunday.

People of Delhi are facing scarcity of water as there is less water in the Yamuna due to delay in the monsoon and due to poor system of water management in Delhi, the official said further.
The Delhi government is making false political rhetoric to hide its failure. The truth is that in spite of 40 per cent less water in the Yamuna, Delhi has been given its share of water, he claimed.
He said that according to the report of the Economic Survey 2017 of the Delhi Government, 20 per cent of the drinking water in Delhi is wasted due to mismanagement of drinking water.

According to experts, he said, the amount of drinking water that is wasted is more than 30 per cent. It is a matter of great regret that the Haryana Government is facing criticism of the Delhi Government despite making positive efforts and following the orders of the Supreme Court.
He said that Delhi has a share of 719 cusecs of water at Munak from Yamuna and Ravi Beas waters. In addition to it, 330 cusecs extra Yamuna water is being released by Haryana at Munak, as per compliance with Supreme Court orders pronounced on February 29, 1996.
He said that the Upper Yamuna River Board in its 52nd and 54th meetings have already verified this position. In the month of May this year, Delhi filed a Civil Writ Petition before the Supreme Court, on the ground that Haryana is not providing its full share of water to Delhi. This petition was disposed of by the Court, on basis of the report of the Committee chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Similar petitions filed by Delhi in previous years were also disposed of by the Supreme Court. He said that the shortage of water in Delhi is totally internal mismanagement of Delhi and Haryana has no role in it. It is worth mentioning here that due to the delayed monsoon, Haryana is facing heavy water scarcity but we are still maintaining water supply to Delhi without any reduction.

Haryana schools to reopen

Haryana schools are all set to reopen for Classes 9 to 12 from July 16 and classes 6 to 8 from July 23, as Covid cases continue to follow a downward trend.

Haryana schools are all set to reopen for Classes 9 to 12 from July 16 and classes 6 to 8 from July 23, as Covid cases continue to follow a downward trend.

“Schools to reopen for classes 9 to 12 from 16th July with social distancing. If the situation remains normal, then, schools will be reopened for other classes too,” Haryana Education Minister said on Friday.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Haryana reported nine more Covid-related deaths, taking the cumulative toll to 9,534, while 57 fresh infections pushed the case count to 7,69,205, according to the Health Department’s daily bulletin.

Two deaths were reported from Gurgaon and one each from Hisar, Panipat and Kurukshetra districts.

Of the fresh infections, seven cases each were reported from Palwal and Fatehabad, and six cases each were from Gurgaon and Karnal.

There are 993 active cases in the state, while 7,58,678 people have recovered from the infection so far.

The recovery rate was 98.63 per cent, the bulletin added.

NEP in Haryana

Chandigarh, Jul 8: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Thursday that while envisioning the state government’s commitment to empower students with knowledge, skills and values to increase their employability by providing quality education, the state is already leading the way to ensure successful implementation of the National Education Policy(NEP) by 2025.

Stating this while presiding over a review meeting regarding the implementation of NEP in Haryana here on Thursday, Mr Khattar said that along with teachers, academicians and stakeholders wide publicity of the benefits of NEP should be done among the children too so that they can choose courses as per their choice and the career they wish to pursue.

“Since the announcement of NEP, dedicated efforts have already been made by both state and central government for spreading awareness among the teachers, stakeholders, but making each child, who is the real beneficiary of this policy, aware is need of the hour,” he said.

During the meeting, top officials of Women and Child Development, School Education, Higher Education and Technical Education departments apprised the Chief Minister about the blueprint of the successful implementation of NEP by 2025 as announced by him during the budget session 2021.

Mr Khattar was apprised that the recommendations of NEP have already been put into practice in Haryana and even the recommendations made by Haryana have been included in the NEP.

The Chief Minister said that the target of every department should be to ensure 100 per cent enrollment of school dropouts.

He said empowering students with knowledge, skills and values to increase their employability is the utmost priority of the state government, hence dedicated efforts should be made to ensure that every school dropout gets readmitted and completes ones education.

He said that real time data of the dropouts should be prepared so that every such child is admitted back to schools.

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