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By SK.Vyas :

Chandigarh July 10, 2018: Reiterating Haryana’s claim on Chandigarh, the Haryana Chief Minister,  Manohar Lal, has asked Punjab to make new Chandigarh its capital, leave Chandigarh to Haryana, and co-operate in solving the waters issue by sitting across the table.
Manohar Lal was speaking at a panel discussion on the holistic development of the tri-city that is Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali here, today. The Punjab Governor and Administrator of Union Territory, Chandigarh, Mr V.P Badnore, and Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, were also present at the panel discussion.
Both Haryana and Punjab should co-operate with each other to resolve various inter-state water issues in the interest of people of both states. Punjab should not make it a prestige issue. Issues related to water between states can be solved by dialogue, he said.
“I did not like to refer to the waters issue on this platform as the development of tri-city was the main focus of today’s panel discussion but the remarks made earlier by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, have forced him to make a comment on this”, the Chief Minister said.
While describing Punjab as an elder brother of Haryana, Mr Manohar Lal said Haryana faced serious water crisis as compared to Punjab. More area under the dark zone falls in Haryana than in Punjab, and, at some places, the underground water level has gone down to 1,500 feet.
Stressing the need for water conservation, the Chief Minister said he had recently written a letter to his Punjab counterpart to join hands in checking the wasteful flow of Ravi waters to Pakistan by constructing dams and reservoirs to utilise the waters and solve the crisis in both states.
The issue of Haryana getting its share of river water through the Hansi-Butana Canal is also hanging fire since long. Resultantly, the districts of southern Haryana, especially Mahendergarh, Rewari and Nuh, are facing water scarcity, he said.

Haryana Government has invited applications for Post Matric Merit Scholarship from eligible candidates of Haryana who passed matric examination in March 2018, latest by September 30, 2018.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Secondary Education Department said that any candidate from Haryana who has passed matric examination held in March 2018 from any government, government aided or private schools would be eligible for this scholarship. Under this scheme, the scholarship will be given only to those students who have taken admission in class ten plus one in schools of Haryana only.
He said that after examining all application forms of candidates, belonging to rural or urban areas who have passed matric with minimum 95 per cent marks, would be selected for the scholarship of merit basis. He said that benefit of renewal of scholarship in class ten plus two will be given to only those students who would pass class ten plus one examination. Students who would leave schools after class ten plus one would not be given the benefit of renewal of scholarship, he added.
The spokesman said that for this scholarship, no annual income limit of parents has been prescribed. The scholarship would be given for entire academic session, he added.
He said that the students who are studying in classes ten plus one and ten plus two, their schools concerned would send their scholarship claims, forms along with merit after inspection to the District Education Officer (DEO) who would further consolidate and send them by hand to Directorate through special messenger.
Under the scheme, the renewal of scholarship would be mandatory after class ten plus one. For this, the Principal of school would duly inspect the application forms and send them to the DEO. Application forms for fresh application would be made available free of cost to students who have passed matric at their respective schools by the Board of School Education, Bhiwani. In case of late result declared or late admissions, the last date of form would be valid for next 15 days than the prescribed date.
Incomplete and late received forms could be cancelled for which the Principal of the school concerned would be responsible, he added.

Chandigarh, July 10 – Haryana Health Minister, Anil Vij said, “If Dushyant Chautala provides documents of his alleged charges, the complete investigation would be conducted and guilty would not be spared”.
Vij, who was interacting with media persons here today, said that Dushyant Chautala is a confused person who doesn’t know what he is saying and what he wants to say. He said that Dushyant is giving a new statement every time. Sometimes he talk about scam worth Rs 100 crore in local purchase and sometime about scam of Rs 300 crore in National Health Mission, and sometimes he suspects a big scam in some other scheme which is why no one can believe him.  Despite this, if he provides documents to the state government, a full investigation would be carried out, he added.
Describing the statement made by Congress Leader Randeep Singh Surjewala as humorous, the Health Minister said that there should be a level for debate with the Prime Minister, but Surjewala has no intellectual and political level. He said that the Congress has, during its about 60 year’s tenure, not only wasted farming, but also forced farmers to commit suicide. When our government has increased the Minimum Support Price of crops by 1.5 times, the Congress is unable to digest it, he added.

 Haryana Chief Minister,Manohar Lal said that to further strengthen the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), State Development Council would be constituted in Haryana on the pattern of National Development Council under his chairmanship whereas Development and Panchayats Minister would be the Vice-Chairman and representatives of Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis, Zila Parishad and Municipal Corporations would be its Members.
The Chief Minister was addressing the gathering after honouring nine Gram Panchayats achieving four-star rating under Seven Star Rainbow Scheme, here today. Development and Panchayats Minister,  O.P. Dhankar and Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayats Department, Sudhir Rajpal were also present on this occasion.
He said that the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) can play a significant role in development of villages by effectively implementing government schemes for the betterment of the villages.  Congratulating the villages which have got a four-star rating, the Chief Minister said that no scheme of the government can be successful without the support of PRIs.
He said that the Seven Star Rainbow Scheme was launched on January 26, 2018, to improve the life of the villagers and 1120 Gram Panchayats have bagged stars in the first year which shows that the scheme has been a success.
The Chief Minister said that the government had recently launched a campaign on the occasion of Van Mahotsav on June 5 under which one plant each would be planted by the school students of classes VI to ten plus two. He said that the government had also launched a campaign to install water taps in villages to ensure water conservation. The Gram Panchayats should play their role in the success of these initiatives, he added.
The Chief Minister said that under Maharam Yojana, all basic amenities are being provided in 126 villages. Similarly, under Shivdham Navinikaran Yojana, the facilities of paved roads, boundary walls, shed and water supply would be completed in the next six months. For the management of solid and liquid waste, Gobardhan Yojana had been initiated to generate energy from waste. So far, the work of installation of the plant in districts Faridabad, Gururgram and Sonipat has started. He also called upon the representatives of PRIs present there, to explore the possibility of initiating Gobardhan Yojana in their respective villages.
He said that the state government has also initiated the scheme of the opening of college at a distance of every 20 km, under which 51 such sites have been identified where colleges would be opened out of which foundation stone of 22 colleges has already been laid.
Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankar said that he had recently met Defence Minister  Nirmala Sitharaman and requested that the statues of martyrs of Haryana who attained martyrdom in the revolution of 1857, first and second world war,  India-China war, India-Pakistan or Kargil war to be built in their native villages. He said that 7 star Rainbow Scheme is unique scheme of Haryana and other states   are contacting Haryana to emulate the same in their states.
Gram Panchayat Akbarpur and Haddon of district Ambala, Banawali Sottar and Malhar of district Fatehabad, Wazirpur of district Gurugram, Behbalpur of district Hisar, Ramgarh and Karna of district Palwal and Madalpur of district Faridabad have achieved four-star rating for better performance under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Swachhta Abhiyan, education, environment conservation, peace and harmony, and social participation.
Under the Seven Star Rainbow Scheme, Gram Panchayats would get Rs one lakh each for every single star and an additional bonus of Rs 50,000 is being given for better performance under Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Swachhta Abhiyan. A cash prize of Rs four lakh each has been given to Gram Panchayat Akbarpur of district Ambala and Gram Panchayat Behbalpur of district Hisar. Similarly, the cash prize of Rs 4.5 lakh each has been given to Gram Panchayat Haddon of district Ambala, Gram Panchayat Banawali Sottar and Malhar of district Fatehabad, Gram Panchayat Wazirpur of district Gurugram and, Gram Panchayat Ramgarh and Karna of district Palwal. He said that cash prize of Rs five lakh has been given to Gram Panchayat Madalpur of district Faridabad.


 Haryana Government has decided that teachers appointed on contractual basis would be entitled to vacation pay during Autumn or Winter break, provided the incumbent has worked at least one month prior to and afterwards each time.
While giving information about Re-engagement Policy, a spokesman of the Secondary Education Department said that the post of PGT Physical Education had been included under Re-engagement policy. The retirees from other State’s Education Department, who is proficient in Hindi and are bonafide residents of Haryana, would be re-engaged on the basis of qualification and experience under the policy.
Five per cent extra weight would be given to retirees of the Department of Education, he added.


The Integrated Agromet Advisory Service Unit of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar has the possibility of variable weather up to July 15, light to moderate rain associated with winds may occur the late evening of July 10 in the region.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of the University said that the maximum temperature is likely to be between 35 and 38 degree Celsius and minimum between 24 and 28 degree Celsius. The average wind speed would range from eight to 12 kilometre per hour.
Due to the possibility of light to moderate rain, farmers are advised to continue transplanting of rice and apply 1g Carbendazim per square meter mix with the sand and apply in the nursery before seven days of transplanting in the field for protection of Bakanae disease. Avoid the deep planting of seedlings.
Farmers are advised to drain out the excess rainwater in the cotton crop and withhold the sowing of Bajra and Gvar.
As the prevailing high humidity in the environment or atmosphere may increase the infestation of sucking insect-pest, farmers are advised to regularly monitor and spray as per university recommendation when sky remains clear and withhold or avoid the irrigation in existing vegetable crops and fruits plants for next three days.
Farmers are advised to keep the animals in well-ventilated place and provide clean drinking water and green forage as per requirement, due to humid weather conditions. For livestock management, the farmers have been advised to provide them with 50 grams of Iodized salt and 50 to 100 grams mineral mixture daily with animal feed and fodder to keep them healthy, he added.

 Haryana Police has arrested four drug peddlers after it seized one kilogram 63-gram heroin valued around Rs one crore from  Sirsa district.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of Police Department said that one kg heroin was seized from Parveen Kumar, a native of new housing board colony, Sirsa, whereas 63-gram heroin was recovered from three persons namely Rajinder Kumar, Sandeep Kumar and Satish Kumar, all from Mandi Dabwali.
He said that Director General of Police, Mr B.S. Sandhu appreciated the efforts made by Sirsa Police against the narcotics and drugs through ‘prabal prahar’ campaign.
In the first case, crime investigation agency of Dabwali has stopped a car during patrolling at a bridge on Hisar road. During checking, the police team recovered one kg heroin from the accused Parveen Kumar. A police team has also enquired about the name of the supplier. Based on this, a case under NDPS Act has been registered against two persons at City Police Station, Sirsa.
In another case, CIA Dabwali has arrested three persons from a car in Panniwala bus stand areas and recovered 63-gram heroin from their possession.
All the accused would be taken on remand by producing them in the court. Stern action would be taken after identifying the other persons involved in this racket of heroin smuggling, he added.


 The Chairman Consumer Grievances Redressal Forum (CGRF) of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam along with the members of the Forum   would take the proceedings of the forum in the office of XEN ‘OP’ Division Panchkula to redress the grievances or to hear the complaint of the consumers and to entertain new complaints from 11.30 am to 2 pm on July 16, 2018.
While giving this information today, a spokesman of the Nigam said that the CGRF would take all grievances or complaints of consumers like billing problem, voltage complaints, problems in metering, disconnection and reconnection of power supply, interruptions, failure of power supply, efficiency, safety, reliability, non compliance of Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission orders etc. However, the cases of theft and unauthorized use of electricity, offences and penalties as specified under section 126 and section 135 to 139 of Electricity Act, accidents and inquiries as under section 161 of the Act would not be considered by the Forum.

Haryana Government has given the additional charge of Chief Administrator, Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Panchkula to Mukul Kumar, Director and Special Secretary, Hospitality and Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, against a vacant post, with immediate effect.


Haryana Government has initiated a general recruitment drive in respect of Group D posts and has directed all the departments to issue a fresh requisition of all Group D posts directly to the Haryana Staff Selection Commission in accordance with provisions of Haryana Group D Employees (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Act 2018.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the general recruitment drive would be for all Group D posts except for the posts of Sweeper, Chowkidar and Sweeper-cum-Chowkidar. The departments have been directed that requisition should also be in accordance with the reservation policy or criteria fixed for Group D posts on the basis of instructions and guidelines issued from time to time.
He said that all the departments, Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Boards were advised for sending fresh requisition for the general recruitment drive in respect of Group D posts.


YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad will draft its action plan for the ten years under Vision-2030. It will include expansion of the University, the introduction of New Courses, Development of New Research Facilities and improve the quality of existing Academic and Research Facilities.
The decision to this effect was taken in the first meeting of University Planning Board held under the Chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Kumar. Vice Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar Prof. Tankeshwar Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University Prof. K.C. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh Technical University Prof. S.P. Bansal, Vice-Chancellor of Haryana Vishvakarma Skill University  Raj Nehru, former Vice Chancellor of I.P. University Prof. K.K. Aggarwal and President of Manav Rachna Educational Institutions Dr. Prashant Bhalla were also present as a member of the Board. The members appreciated the initiatives taken and accomplished by Prof. Dinesh Kumar in the past three years and gave suggestions for the future plans of the University.
The members laid emphasis on the planning of new developmental works keeping in view of existing and new courses. Also, the members gave suggestions regarding the development of new facilities like innovative labs and incubation centre, development of research facilities and improving upon the quality of education being provided by the affiliated colleges.
While briefing about academic and infrastructural developmental activities being carried out in the University, the Vice-Chancellor said that the total intake of various undergraduate and postgraduate courses were 714 in the year 2015 which has now been doubled in the year 2018. Similarly, the strength of the students has been increased from 2500 to 3500 and it is expected to increase up to 5000 in the next three years. He apprised that as many as 11 new courses in Science, Management, Computers and Arts were introduced and seats of other existing courses have also been increased. The University has a plan to introduce the M.Sc. in Biotechnology and Micro-Biology from the next academic session. The University has also taken initiative to implement AICTE Model Curriculum, he added.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the University has constituted Research Promotion Board to promote research activities. Research projects amounting to about Rs. 90 lakh are already being carried out in the University. New research equipment have been purchased and concerted measures are being taken to set up a Centralised Research Facility. Also, the University has set up two Centres of Excellence in collaboration with Danfoss and Daikin and has a plan to set up a new Centre of Excellence in collaboration with Ador Company.
Prof. Dinesh Kumar said that the University and its courses have been accredited by NAAC and NBA and has also marked its presence in the NIRF which reflects the quality of education being imparted by the University. The University has received grants amount to Rs. seven crores and 20 crores under TEQIP-3 and RUSA respectively.
Briefing about the Infrastructural Developmental works, Vice Chancellor said that construction of Auditorium, Smart Classrooms, New Laboratories and renovation of existing facilities etc. amounting Rs. 10 crores have been initiated in the University. Similarly, new projects costing over Rs. 70 crores including new academics block, residential block, hostel, new offices and main gate are under progress.


 In a major decision for the dependents of policemen who died in the line of duty, Haryana Government has enhanced the special ex-gratia grant being admissible to their widow and dependents from Rs 10 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh.
While stating this here today, Director General of Police, Mr B.S. Sandhu said that now Rs 20 lakh would be given to the widow or dependent and Rs five lakh each to the mother and father of the deceased police employee who die while fighting with anti-social elements or saving the public life and property during natural calamities.  In case both father and mother not alive, then the share of parents would be given to the widow or dependents of the deceased.
Sandhu said that similarly, financial assistance of Rs15 lakh would be paid to terminally injured police personnel, Rs 10 lakh in case of major injury and Rs five lakh would be given for minor injuries during line of duty.
He also thanked the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal for implementing a number of welfare decisions including increasing the ex-gratia amount to those who die or are seriously injured in the line of duty.
The DGP said that in addition, Rs two lakh is being given to cops on natural death and Rs 30 lakh in case of an accidental death as per agreement of Haryana Police inked with HDFC bank Limited.