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Punjab, Haryana pay dearly for farm fires

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Capital reels under high levels of air pollution, the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana, which are struggling with stubble burning, also remained enveloped in a thick blanket of smog for the third consecutive day.With as many as 30,000 incidents of stubble burning reported through satellite mapping across the state till now, Punjab is suffering from deteriorating levels of air quality, with a mean Air Quality Index (AQI) at 284. Ludhiana also recorded very poor air quality, with AQ Index at 313, compelling the administration to issue an advisory to people.The Punjab Pollution Control Board stated that the situation was aggravated due to static weather conditions.”Stubble burning is not the only reason as there has been a sudden dip in temperature and the wind speed is less. There has been a 30 per cent decline in stubble burning this year, along with lesser burning of firecrackers,” said Kahan Singh Pannu, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board.With paddy harvesting still on across the two states, advisories urging people to avoid unnecessary exposure to the toxic air.RECORDSHaryana has recorded as many as 5,011 cases of stubble burning, with Karnal leading with 310 incients, followed by Kurukshetra which recorded 184 such incidents.
As many as 22 FIRs have been registered against farmers and a fine of Rs 12.02 lakh has been collected, so far

19-yr-old held for killing, robbing bizman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old man who led a gang of highway robbers, and had murdered an Ambala-based businessman to rob his valuables a week ago, was arrested on Sunday. Police said that the accused is involved in more than a dozen cases of robbery on the highways in outer Delhi.The accused has been identified as Vijay alias Daatla (19), a resident of the Jahangir Puri slums, who ran a gang by his name — the Daatla gang. According to police, a PCR call was made on November 4, informing about a body found in the Badli area. The body had cartons strewn around, but no document revealing the identity of the deceased could be found.”Later, the deceased was identified as 55-year-old Ashok, a resident of Karnal in Haryana, and a businessman from Ambala. Ashok had been dealing in electronics and travelled to Delhi often to purchase different items from Bhagirath Place and other neighbouring markets. On Oct 29, he was attacked while returning from one of these markets. As he reached GT Karnal Road around 10.30 pm to haul a vehicle, two men came out of the bushes lining the stretch and attacked him as well as the carrier driver,” said Rishi Pal, DCP, Rohini.While one of them threatened the driver at knife point and took all his valuables, Ashok resisted and tried to raise an alarm. Outraged by the act, the accused stabbed Ashok several times, leaving him dead on spot. Since the driver was too scared, he did not report the matter immediately to police. Investigations started after he gathered courage to register a complaint with the police.Rishi Pal said that police had received a tip-off that one of the criminals involved in the murder case would be near Buddpur bus stand near GT Karnal road, a trap was laid and Daatla was arrested.

Haryana: 18 farmers booked in Karnal for stubble burning; harming the environment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been registered against 18 farmers in Haryana’s Karnal district after they were caught burning stubble resulting in high smoke levels and pollution in the area.”Strict action is being taken against those involved in stubble burning. A fine is also being imposed,” said Dr. Aditya Dahiya, the Deputy Commissioner of Karnal.Stubble burning has harmful effects on environment, human health and productivity have raised serious concern. For many years, the Punjab and Haryana governments have been trying to curb the illegal bi-annual practice, but their efforts have been dwarfed by the enormity of the problem so far.In April, satellite images of fire incidents is helping authorities in Punjab tackle stubble burning in the state, putting a check on the banned practice that causes air pollution and adversely affects human health.

ED arrests meat exporter Moin Qureshi in a money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meat exporter Moin Qureshi has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi on Saturday. ED Director Karnal Singh confirmed the same to DNA.Earlier, a case was registered after Qureshi was accused of accepting money from several people for securing favours from public servants. ALSO READ ED nails Moin Qureshi-politician-bureaucrat nexusIn November last year, ED had sent a case reference to the CBI in case of Qureshi and two former directors of the probe agency.CBI sources had then said that the agency was examining a reference from ED to probe alleged role of public servants in a money laundering case against Qureshi who is facing money laundering and tax evasion cases.More updates awaited. ALSO READ The London-France connect that led to Moin Qureshi’s dirty money

Max temps stay close to normal in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maximum temperatures today stayed close to the normal levels in several parts of Punjab and Haryana even as Chandigarh witnessed heavy rains. Chandigarh, the joint capital of both states, recorded a maximum temperature of 30.4 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal, a Met department report said here. The city received rainfall of 115 mm, it said. In Haryana, Ambala’s maximum was 32.2 degrees Celsius while Hisar recorded high of 36.2 degrees Celsius. Karnal and Narnaul recorded maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius and 37.3 degrees Celsius, respectively. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 35.2 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum of 30.6 and 32.3 degrees Celsius respectively. The Met has predicted light rains at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana during next 24 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt to work for eco-restoration of Brahma Sarovar: Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government has decided to implement a project for eco-restoration of the sacred Brahma Sarovar at Thana village in Kurukshetra district. “With a view to protect and conserve the ecological biodiversity of the area surrounding Brahma Sarovar in village Thana and to further develop the area as a tourist destination, the government has decided to implement the project,” Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said here today. Under the project, restoration activities would be carried out in about 100 acre of area comprising the pond and its surroundings, Khattar said. Khattar laid the foundation stone of ‘Swarna Jayanti Brahma Sarovar Community Reserve’ at Thana village and also released three turtles of different species into the pond. Highlighting the importance of community participation in the project, the chief minister said urged the people to conserve the Brahma Sarovar, which is revered as a sacred site. Earlier at another event today, Khattar, after laying the foundation stones of two 33 KV sub-stations in Karnal, said the state government is spending rupees in crore on strengthening and increasing the capacity of the electric power infrastructure to ensure uninterrupted power supply across the State. These sub-stations would be constructed at a cost of about Rs eight crore, he said. New sub-stations are being established and capacity of existing sub-stations is being increased, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maximum temperature hovers close to normal in Hry and Pb

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The maximum temperature at most places in Haryana and Punjab including Chandigarh today hovered close to normal limits. Union Territory of Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 34.5 degrees Celsius, as per the MeT department’s report. Hisar in Haryana registered a maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celcius, down three notches against normal after light rains, while Ambala recorded a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius. Karnal recorded a high of 33 degrees Celcius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 33.1 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal limits. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures at 34.1 degrees Celsius and 35.8 degrees Celsius, respectively. The MeT department has predicted rain and thunder showers at many places in Punjab and Haryana over the next two days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 killed, several injured in bus-tractor collision in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bus turned turtle after it collided with a tractor in Bidoli village on Meerut-Karnal highway in Shamli district today, killing two people and injuring several others. The two were killed as they came under the bus after the huge impact, said SHO Bhagat Singh, adding their bodies were recovered with the help of a crane later. At least 50 people were injured and rushed to a hospital where 25 of them were stated to be critical, he said. The incident took place when the bus was on its way to Jalandhar from Bahraich district. The deceased were identified as Parvesh (30) and Praveen (28). Senior police officials rushed to the spot after getting the information, said Singh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Temperatures rise at most places in Pb and Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after rains lashed several parts of Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures today rose and hovered above normal limits at most places in both the states. Hisar in Haryana registered a high of 35.3 degrees Celsius, two notches above the normal limit, while Ambala recorded a maximum of 35.4 degrees Celsius and in Karnal the mercury soared to 35 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 34.7 degrees Celsius, up one notch against the normal limit. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 35.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded their maximums at 35.4 degrees Celsius and 35 degrees Celsius, respectively, after light rains. The MeT department has predicted rain or thundershowers at many places in Punjab and Haryana over the next two days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 arrested for robbing people by posing as policemen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons have been arrested for allegedly robbing people by posing as policemen dressed in khakhi, the police said today. The three accused — Bharat Bhushan Datta (36), Pankaj (27) and Ravi Datta (29) were arrested from near G T Karnal Road yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) G Ram Gopal Naik said. The three accused had on July 15 intercepted a Honda City car on Noida Link Road flyover near Star City Mall in Mayur Vihar Phase I. Of its three occupants, one was forced to shift to another vehicle at gunpoint while the others were taken away from there, police said. After some distance, all the three abducted persons were pushed out of their respective vehicles and the accused fled with the Honda City car containing silver ornaments weighing more than 40 kg, the officer said. Acting on a tip-off, a trap was laid and the accused were arrested from near G T Karnal Road. A country-made pistol with two live rounds and some of the robbed items were seized from them, police said. “The gang members used to wear khakhi uniforms and would follow their target in two separate cars. They would intercept the target vehicle on the pretext of checking documents,” Naik said. “They would then forcibly enter the vehicle with firearms and abduct the occupants. After taking them to a remote place, the accused would pushed out the occupants of the car after robbing them of their belongings,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mercury soars in Hry and Pb, Hisar hottest at 39.5 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The maximum temperature today further soared across Haryana and Punjab as no rainfall took place in the two states. Hisar In Haryana was hottest place in the state at 39.5 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal limits. Ambala, too, had a hot day recording a maximum of 37.7 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal limits. There was no relief from sultry weather conditions for residents of Karnal where the maximum settled at 37 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal limits. Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 37.3 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal limits, as per the MeT department’s report. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 36 degrees Celsius, up one notch against normal. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded their above normal maximums at 35.5 degrees Celsius and 38.1 degrees Celsius respectively. The MeT Department here said that southwest monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of Haryana and Punjab today. Delayed by over a week, the southwest monsoon on July 12 had advanced into most parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Chandigarh, bringing moderate to heavy rains in the region. However, for the past six days, there has not been any significant rainfall activity at most places in the two states and Chandigarh. The MeT department today predicted rain or thunder showers at many places in Punjab and Haryana over the next two days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maximum temperatures hover close to normal in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The maximum temperatures hovered close to the normal limits at most places of Punjab and Haryana today. Chandigarh, the common capital of both the states, recorded a high of 34.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal. In Punjab, Amritsar registered a high of 36.3 degrees Celsius, while both Ludhiana and Patiala recorded a maximum temperature of 34.2 degrees Celsius, said the MeT office here. Karnal in Haryana recorded a maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal. Ambala registered a high of 34 degrees Celsius, while Hisar’s maximum settled at 35.9 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal. The MeT office has forecast the possibility of rains or thundershowers at many places in the two states tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Max temp stay around normal in Pb, Haryana; showers expected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MeT department has predicted rain or thundershowers at a few places in Haryana and Punjab over the next two days even as maximum temperatures today stayed around normal level in most parts of the two northern states. UT Chandigarh, joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, recorded a maximum temperature of 36.8 degrees Celsius, a MeT Department report said here. In Haryana, Ambala and Hisar registered maximum temperature of 36.7 and 36.8 degrees Celsius respectively while Karnal and Narnaul recorded identical temperature of 36 degrees Celsius. Among other places in Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 36.5 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala witnessed maximum of 36.1 degrees Celsius and 37.1 degrees Celsius, up to two degrees above normal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parts of Punjab, Haryana receive light to moderate rains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rains lashed many places of Punjab and Haryana today bringing down the mercury and giving a relief to the people from hot and humid weather conditions. Chandigarh, which received light rains recorded a maximum temperature of 33.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal limit. In Punjab, Amritsar and Ludhiana received light rain and recorded maximum temperatures of 35.3 degrees Celsius and 33.3 degrees Celsius respectively. Patiala recorded a high of 32.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal after moderate showers. In Haryana, Ambala registered a maximum temperature of 32.4 degrees Celsius, down three notches, following heavy showers. Karnal recorded a high of 30.8 degrees Celsius after light rain. However, Hisar had a hot day at 39 degrees Celsius. The MeT department has forecast rain and thundershowers at a few places in Haryana and Punjab over the next two days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 1,200 inter-state buses impounded in June for violations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Transport department has cracked the whip against inter-state buses plying illegally and issued more than 2,000 challans while impounding over 1,200 offending vehicles in the past one month. The department’s enforcement teams held checks at Anand Vihar, Seelampur, Singhu Border, GT Karnal road, Tikri border and other areas and impounded buses that carried passengers between Delhi and neighbouring states without required permits, said a senior Transport department official. “Operation of diesel run buses in the city is prohibited according to court orders. But such vehicles flout rules in the border areas,” the official said. “A special drive was launched in June and 2,562 buses which were plying illegally were challaned and another 1,281 buses were impounded by our enforcement teams,” the official added. He said, in May also 378 buses were issued challans and 189 were impounded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

International airport in UP ‘betrayal’ with Haryana: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress today alleged that the Union government has betrayed Haryana’s interests by sanctioning the international airport at Jewar in Uttar Pradesh. “BJP governments, at the Centre and State, have sold Haryana’s interest at the altar of political expediency. Previous Congress-UPA government had granted in-principle approval in the year 2013-14 for setting up a greenfield airport in Haryana. The M L Khattar government has, however, come a cropper, failing to protect Haryana’s claim,” Congress in-charge of communication Randeep Singh Surjewala said. He alleged that ignoring Haryana’s claim to set up an international airport at Jhajjar, Meham or Karnal, the Centre has made a “unilateral announcement” for setting up of a new international airport at Jewar, Uttar Pradesh. An international airport with a capacity to handle 30-50 million passengers per year will come up at Jewar in Greater Noida in the next five to six years to ease the load on the Delhi airport, the government had announced yesterday. Surjewala said in a statement that Haryana’s case for an international airport is the most meritorious and naturally acceptable. “Till today, Haryana does not have a single airport, domestic or international, for commercial air traffic. Previous Congress government in Haryana made serious efforts and suggested the names of Meham/Jhajjar/Karnal for setting up of an International airport as a successor second airport to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. “Ministry of Civil Aviation conducted a survey and gave in-principle approval for setting up of an airport in Haryana, dealing with both cargo and commercial traffic. In the meanwhile, government at the Centre changed and Modi government put the entire project on back burner. For three years, people of Haryana waited with great expectation but in an act of deception, Union government has proceeded to shift the airport to Jewar, Uttar Pradesh,” Surjewala alleged. He said “conspiratorial silence” of Chief Minister Khattar and BJP MPs of Haryana on this “blatant sellout of Haryana’s interests is deeply intriguing”. An International airport would have meant employment for thousands of Haryana youth. Acquisition and development of nearly 3,000 acres of land for the airport would have brought in an investment of Rs 15-20,000 crore, besides multi-fold development in all the districts and areas around the airport, Surjewala, who is also Congress MLA from Haryana, said. “An international airport would have also given a distinct identity adding to Haryana’s growth story. All these gains have been undone on account of lackadaisical attitude of the Khattar government,” he said. He said it is time for BJP government in Haryana “to wake up from its slumber and act decisively against the betrayal of interests of the state by the Central government and fight for Haryana’s cause”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Har: Khattar seeks report on proposed herbal park in Pundri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today directed officials concerned to submit a special report on the proposed 200-acre Herbal Park in Pundri here within 10 days. The chief minister had announced to establish the park under the eco-tourism scheme during his visit here in May 2015. Khattar, meanwhile, directed officers of the state health department to ensure attendance of doctors at the Community Health Centre at Pundri. The directions came in a meeting headed by Khattar to review the announcements made for development works for Kaithal district, a release said. He also reviewed the expansion work on the indoor and outdoor stadiums, and four-laning of the Kaithal-Karnal road, it said. Khattar took stock of implementation of development works in Kaithal and directed officers concerned to expedite work on them, the release said. There are sufficient funds for development works and no work would be allowed to suffer for want of funds, Khattar said. The chief minister directed officers to identify land for ‘Gau Charand’ in Kaithal to keep stray cattle. He said the district administration was also constructing a new ‘Nandi Shala’ with capacity to house 1,200 cattle. All stray cattle would be taken to the Nandi Shala and Gaushalas in a fixed time period by the district administration.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sultry weather prevails in Har, Pb; MeT predicts rain soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hot and humid weather conditions prevailed in Haryana and Punjab today, while the weatherman has predicted showers in both the states for the next couple of days. Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 38.8 degrees Celsius, one notch above the normal limit. In Haryana, Ambala recorded a high of 39.7 degrees Celsius, two notches above the normal, while Hisar too had a hot and humid day at 40.1 degrees Celsius and Narnaul registered a maximum of 40 degrees Celsius. Karnal recorded a high of 38.5 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded above-normal maximum temperatures at 38.9 degrees Celsius and 39.2 degrees Celsius respectively. According to the MeT forecast valid for the next five days, favourable conditions for pre-monsoon showers are developing and advancement of south-west monsoon afterwards in Punjab and Haryana including Chandigarh is likely.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hry will seek Israel’s assistance to conserve water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana will seek Israel’s assistance in conserving water and to resolve the problem of depleting groundwater levels in the state. This was stated by Chief Secretary, D S Dhesi, in a meeting with Ambassador of Israel, Daniel Carmon, who had called on him today. During the meeting, Carmon invited Dhesi to a three-day exhibition on water technique to be organised in Israel from September 12 to 14, 2017, according to an official release here. Dhesi said that it had been proposed to run five centres of excellence in the State with the assistance of Israel. Of these, Centre of Excellence for Vegetables has been established in Gharaunda, district Karnal, Centre of Excellence for Fruits in Mangiana, district Sirsa and Centre of Excellence for Sub-Tropical Fruits in Ladwa, district Kurukshetra. An integrated bee keeping development centre would be inaugurated in Ramnagar, district Kurukshetra in October this year. Besides, a Centre of Excellence for Flowers would soon be established in Jhajjar, he added. Dhesi said the state government was promoting horticulture and peri-urban agriculture would be promoted to avail the benefit of proximity to the National Capital Region. He said the state government was taking special steps for the promotion of horticulture, under which Maharana Pratap Horticulture University has been established in village Anjansthali, district Karnal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Max temperatures close to normal in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The maximum temperature today hovered close to normal limits in most parts of Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, registered a maximum temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal, a MeT department report said here. In Haryana, Ambala’s maximum was 40.6 degrees Celsius, while Hisar’s maximum settled at 42.5 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal. Karnal registered a high of 40 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar’s high was 40.4 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures of 40.7 and 41.1 degrees Celsius, respectively. The MeT department predicted rain or thundershowers at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab over the next two days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Max temperatures hover close to normal in Pb, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The maximum temperature today continued to hover close to the normal in most parts of Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, registered a maximum temperature of 38.5 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal, a MeT Department report said here. In Haryana, Ambala’s maximum was 39.7 degrees Celsius, while Hisar’s maximum settled at 42 degrees Celsius, one degree above the normal. Karnal registered a high of 39.2 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar’s recorded 39.3 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures of 38.8 degrees Celsius and 39.7 degrees Celsius respectively. The MeT department predicted rain or thunder showers at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab over the next two days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Max temperatures stay below normal in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after rains lashed several places in the region, maximum temperature today hovered below the normal in most parts of Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, registered maximum temperature of 35.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below the normal, a MeT Department report said here. In Haryana, Ambala’s maximum was 36 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal while Hisar’s maximum settled at 39.7 degrees Celsius, three degrees below the normal. Karnal registered a high of 37 degrees Celsius, two degrees below the normal. In Punjab, Amritsar’s recorded a high of 36.8 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures of 36 degrees Celsius and 37.4 degrees Celsius respectively, four and three notches below the normal. The MeT department has predicted rain or thunder showers at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab until tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ambala to get waste management plant capable of generating

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij today said a Rs 600-crore solid waste management plant capable of generating electricity will be established at Patvi village here. The plant will generate electricity from the waste that is collected from Ambala, Karnal and other nearby towns, he said during an event to mark the World Environment Day here. “With the assistance of an Mumbai-based organisation, the municipal corporation will provide separate dustbins for dry and wet waste disposal to each house in the area,” Vij said. This organisation would visit people and encourage them to put waste into these dustbins, he said. “The previous government had used the name of Mahatma Gandhi for gaining political benefits, but never made efforts to implement his ideals at the ground level,” he alleged. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to make the country waste-free by October 2, 2019, the minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hry govt to conduct aerial surveys to check encroachments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government has decided to conduct aerial surveys using drones to keep a check on encroachments and illegal constructions on government properties in the state. A pilot study of the project would be conducted in Karnal, Gurugram and Faridabad. The decision to employ the innovative solution to the encroachment problem was taken in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today. “On success of this pilot run, the project would be implemented in the remaining districts also,” he said. The chief minister directed the urban local bodies department to prepare a roadmap, along with the timeline, for the implementation of the project, and to submit the report within a week. He also asked the department to take the assistance of Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC) and National Remote Sensing Authority (NRSA) for the satellite imagery of the areas and also for setting up of ground control points necessary for conducting the survey. Khattar directed the departments concerned to gather complete information, within a month, about any illegal construction or encroachment on their land, so that action could be taken against those found guilty. He also asked various departments to ensure strict enforcement of laws for against illegal encroachments and construction in their respective areas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maximum temperature hovers below normal in Haryana, Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The day temperatures in various parts of Punjab and Haryana remained below normal today. Chandigarh recorded a high of 38.9 deg C, MeT Department report said here. Ambala in Haryana also recorded a temperature of 39.9 degrees Celsius, while Hisar’s maximum settled three notches below normal at 39.6 degrees Celsius. Karnal recorded maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal. In Narnaul, the temperature settled five notches below normal at 36.5 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana recorded a high of 39 degrees Celsius, down one notch against normal. Patiala registered 39.5 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal while Amritsar 38.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal. Dry weather will prevail in the two states tomorrow, a MeT forecast said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heatwave continues in Pb, Hry; Hisar sizzles at 46.1 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heatwave conditions continued to prevail in most parts of Punjab and Haryana today with Hisar once again turning out to be the hottest place in the region by recording a maximum temperature of 46.1 degrees Celsius. Hisar’s high was three notches above normal, the MeT Department said, adding that the maximum temperature at Ambala and Karnal settled at 38.1 degrees Celsius and 38 degrees Celsius respectively. Chandigarh, the common capital of both the states, registered a maximum temperature of 39.1 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar had a hot day at 41.1 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, while Ludhiana and Patiala too sizzled at 40.7 degrees Celsius and 39.2 degrees Celsius respectively. The MeT Department has forecast a light rain or thundershowers at isolated places of the two states in the next 48 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Telangana on fire; light rain in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana continued to be in the grip of a raging heatwave on Saturday even as there was a slight dip in the mercury in Rajasthan which saw light rain at some places. Delhi saw a maximum temperature of 38.7 degrees Celsius, a notch below the average while the minimum settled at 28.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal, the MeT said.There was no “large” change in maximum temperatures in Telangana during the last 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The temperatures were above normal at one or two places while the highest maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius was recorded at Ramagundam and Nalgonda, it said. Heatwave conditions are likely to prevail at a few places in all districts of Telangana for next three days starting Saturday.According to a senior official of the State Disaster Management, as many as 167 people have died reportedly due to heatwave-related ailments since April 1 this year. The day temperatures dipped by few notches at many places in Rajasthan even as light to moderate rainfall occurred at isolated areas of the state. Kota was recorded as the hottest place with a maximum temperature of 43.8 degrees Celsius.Jaisalmer, Sriganganagar, Churu and Jaipur recorded maximum of 41.4, 41.3, 41 and 40.6 degrees Celsius respectively.The maximum temperature in several parts of Punjab and Haryana today stayed around levels normal for the season, even as rains lashed few places in both states. Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, as per a MeT department report. The city also witnessed rain of 0.5 mm, it said.Hisar was the hottest place in Haryana with 44.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, while Karnal and Ambala recorded a high of 39.4 and 40.1 degrees Celsius, respectively. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum temperature of 38.6 degree Celsius, a notch below normal, while Ludhiana and Patiala registered 39.2 and 40.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Mercury hovers around normal temp in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The maximum temperature in several parts of Punjab and Haryana today stayed around levels normal for the season, even as rains lashed few places in both the states. Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, as per a MeT department report. The city also witnessed rain of 0.5 mm, it said. Hisar was the hottest place in Haryana with 44.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, while Karnal and Ambala recorded a high of 39.4 and 40.1 degrees Celsius, respectively. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum temperature of 38.6 degree Celsius, a notch below normal, while Ludhiana and Patiala registered 39.2 and 40.5 degrees Celsius, respectively. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded a rainfall of 7.2 mm and 0.9 mm, respectively. The MeT department has predicted light rains or thundershowers accompanied with squall at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab in next 36 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Intense heatwave in Pb, Hry; Hisar sizzles at 45.4 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An intense heatwave prevailed in most parts of Punjab and Haryana today with the weatherman forecasting no immediate respite. The maximum temperatures hovered between four and six notches above normal in most parts of the two states, the MeT office said here, adding that the severe heatwave conditions would continue over the next 48 hours. Hisar in Haryana registered the highest temperature of 45.4 degrees Celsius in the region, five notches above normal. While Patiala sizzled at 43.6 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal, the maximum temperature at Ludhiana was 43.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal. Karnal braved a high of 43 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal, followed by Ambala at 42.9 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal, Chandigarh at 42.2 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal and Amritsar at 41.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hisar hottest at 42 deg C as heatwave sweeps Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A heatwave today swept many parts of Punjab and Haryana with Hisar turning out to be the hottest place in the region. As per the MeT department, Hisar in Haryana sizzled at 42.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. Narnaul too braved hot weather conditions at 41.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, while Karnal and Ambala and Karnal recorded maximum temperatures of 39.6 and 39.3 degrees Celsius respectively, two notches above normal. In Punjab, Patiala recorded a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, while Ludhiana and Amritsar registered a high of 39.4 and 38.9 degrees Celsius respectively. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a maximum temperature of 38.7 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. The MeT department has forecast a dry weather in both the states over the next 48 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

It’s time for India to be tax-compliant: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Introspecting the non-compliance of tax havens with currency and fiscal reforms, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday asserted that it is important for the Indian economy to move from a non-compliant to a highly-compliant state.Delivering the inaugural address at the Enforcement Day celebrations of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here, the Finance Minister, while highlighting the importance of tax compliance urged the ED to exercise their power of penalising those who violate the law.”The ED should extensively use its power to bring offenders to the forefront. Fear of the law will ensure automatic compliance with the norms,” he said.”Money laundering, round tripping through shell companies and the recent case of Havala transactions has lead to excessive dealing of the cash economy. Such offences affect greater interest of the public. Through taxes, we are looking to collect around Rs 19 to 20 lakh crore,” added Jaitley.With regards to the existence of crime in the society, Jaitley revealed that although the nature of crime has seen a drastic change, it is still largely prevalent in the economy.”With advancements in information technology, detection of crime has become easier than before. There is a lot of pressure on tax havens to obey taxation policies. They are under the fear of being declared as ‘non-compliant’,” he added.The session, organised in the presence of Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia; Director of Enforcement Karnal Singh and former directors and officers of the ED aimed to identify and felicitate the performers, as well as analyse the changing role of the ED over the past decade.

Member of Mewat-based gang of highway robbers arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An alleged member of a Mewat- based gang of highway robbers, wanted in many cases, including firing on a police party in Haryana, has been arrested, police said today. The accused, Jahid Khan (28), was arrested from Siraspur village, G T Karnal Road on Tuesday. He belongs to Mewat-based Haroon gang and was wanted in more than 10 cases of dacoity, robbery, kidnapping, DCP(Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said. “On Tuesday, when police attempted to nab him, he tried to fire at the personnel. A constable snatched the loaded pistol from him,” he said. Khan has been declared a proclaimed offender in two cases at Mathura in Uttar Praesh. A reward has also been declared by Rajasthan Police for his arrest, the officer said. The accused, along with his gang members, had facilitated the escape of Haroon, while he was being escorted by a team of Rajasthan Police from Hathin area in Haryana in July last year. They also robbed the police personnel of their weapons. Haroon was arrested in December last year. The weapons used by the gang were kept in Jahid’s house. After Haroon’s arrest, Jahid had reorganised the gang and carried out several armed robberies, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Max temperatures stay close to normal in Pb, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maximum temperatures at most places in Punjab and Haryana continued to stay close to the normal even as light rains lashed a few places in both the states. Union Territory Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 36.3 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal, the MeT department report said here. The city received 0.2 mm rainfall. In Haryana, Ambala registered a high of 36.7 degrees Celsius, one degree below the normal while Hisar’s maximum was 40 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperatures at Karnal and Narnaul was 37 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius respectively. Narnaul received rainfall of 26 mm. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 36.7 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded their maximums at 37.6 degrees Celsius and 37.4 degrees Celsius respectively. Amritsar received rainfall of 2.4 mm. The MeT department has predicted light rain or thunder showers at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab in the next 48 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sizzling heat prevails in Haryana, Punjab; Narnaul hottest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana and Punjab continued to sizzle under severe heatwave conditions, with Narnaul being recorded as the hottest place in the two states today. As the mercury continued its upward rise, Narnaul, Hisar, Patiala and Chandigarh recorded the season’s hottest day so far. Unbearable heat swept Narnaul in Haryana, which once again turned out to be the hottest place in the two states at a maximum of 45.5 degrees Celsius, eight notches more than normal limits, a MeT Department official said here. Hisar too reeled under severe heat with the maximum temperature settling at 45 degrees Celsius, seven notches above the season’s normal. Ambala and Karnal recorded seven degrees above normal maximum temperature at 42 and 42.8 degrees Celsius, respectively. Chandigarh recorded the season’s hottest day so far at a maximum of 41.6 degrees Celsius, which was eight degrees above normal limits. Intense heat prevailed in Amritsar, where the mercury touched 43 degrees Celsius, eight degrees above normal. Ludhiana, too, had a hot day at 43.1 degrees Celsius, up seven notches against normal, while Patiala sizzled at 43.7 degrees Celsius, eight degrees above normal. According to the MeT forecast, there is a possibility of thunder storm accompanied with a squall having wind speed exceeding 45 kmph at isolated places on April 22 and 23 in Haryana and Punjab.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Severe heat wave sweeps Har, Pb; Narnaul hottest at 45.3 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana and Punjab continued to remain under the grip of severe heat wave conditions with some places in both the states, including Chandigarh, Narnaul and Karnal, experiencing the season’s hottest day today. Narnaul in Haryana, which registered a maximum temperature of 45.3 degrees Celsius, once again turned out to be the hottest place in the two states, the MeT department said. Hisar experienced a hot day recording a high of 43.9 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal. Ambala and Karnal also registered above-normal maximum temperatures of 41.3 degrees Celsius and 42 degrees Celsius respectively. Chandigarh today recorded the season’s hottest day so far at a maximum of 41 degrees Celsius. In Amritsar, the mercury rose to 42.6 degrees Celsius, while in Ludhiana the maximum temperature was 43.1 degrees Celsius. Patiala sizzled at 43 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has forecast heat wave to severe heat wave at many places in Haryana and Punjab until tomorrow, which is likely to abate afterwards for a few days. There is possibility of thunderstorm accompanied with squall at isolated places on Friday and Saturday in both the states, the MeT department has said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heatwave conditions continue to prevail in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Intense heatwave conditions continued to prevail in parts of Haryana and Punjab today, with Narnaul once again turning out to be the hottest place in the two states at 44.8 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature recorded at Narnaul in Haryana was seven notches above normal, a MeT Department official said here. Hisar was closely behind at 44.7 degrees Celsius, once again seven notches above normal. Ambala and Karnal also recorded above normal maximum temperatures of 40.2 deg C and 41 deg C respectively. Chandigarh recorded the season’s hottest day at 40 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal. The mercury touched 43.6 deg C at Amritsar, nine notches above normal. Ludhiana too had a hot day at 43.2 deg C, eight notches above normal, while Patiala sizzled at 42.6 deg C, seven notches above normal. According to the MeT forecast, severe heatwave conditions are likely to continue at many places in the two states tomorrow. In what is likely to bring some relief to the people, the MeT Department has forecast a possible thunderstorm accompanied with a squall with a wind speed of over 45 kmph at isolated places of the two states on April 21 and 22.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Har BJP’s executive body meet to be held in Karnal on April 22

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A two-day state executive body meeting of the BJP’s Haryana unit will be held in Karnal from April 22 to strengthen the party and contemplate on the welfare schemes of the government. The meeting would be attended by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, BJP’s state president Subhash Barala and its state in-charge Anil Jain, the party’s state media in-charge Rajiv Jain said today. On the first day, meeting of office bearers, district heads and district in-charges would be held on the topic of strengthening the party and effective implementation of government welfare schemes, he said. During the meeting, strategy of upcoming programmes would also be formulated, Jain said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Max temps continue to hover above normal in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maximum temperatures today continued to hover above normal limits across Haryana and Punjab with the joint capital Chandigarh recording a high of 36 degrees Celsius. In Haryana, Hisar experienced a hot day with maximum temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius, up by four notches against normal, while Ambala registered a high of 37.3 degrees Celsius, the MeT department here said. Karnal registered a maximum temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Patiala recorded a high of 37.9 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana, too, experienced a hot day at 36.8 degrees Celsius, while Amritsar registered a maximum temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana jail warden suspended after dancing video goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The head warden of district jail Karnal was today suspended after a video purportedly showing him dancing with a woman went viral on social media. “Haryana Inspector General of Police (Prisons) has suspended Satwan Singh, Head Warden, District Jail Karnal with effect from April 1, 2017, for his involvement in video of cultural programme at District Jail Jind recently, which went viral on social media,” a press release said here today. The video shows the jail warden performing dance moves with a professional dancer on stage inside Jind jail premises. The warden, who is in uniform, is dancing while another man on the stage can be seen throwing currency notes on the woman dancer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Closing ceremony of Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniv to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced that the closing ceremony of the celebrations in the state to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh will be held in Sirsa on September 17. Announcing this at an event here, he said the function held in Karnal on February 12 to mark the birth anniversary of the tenth Sikh Guru was attended by 1.25 lakh people. “It was for the first time that a programme of such a grand scale has been organised in Haryana in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh. Such functions should be organised on regular basis to acquaint our youth about the sacrifices made by our saints and gurus,” Khattar said. During the event here, the Chief Minister felicitated prominent personalities of the Sikh community who made significant contribution in the successful organisation of the function at Karnal by presenting them Siropas, mementos and citation. On the occasion, Khattar was presented with a sword. Khattar urged the members of the Sikh community to work actively for the welfare of the people and help the needy and the poor besides organising religious discourses. “A major part of our society is reeling under poverty and our aim should be to serve the people,” the Chief Minister said and exhorted the members of the community to adopt villages so as to ensure their holistic development. Hailing the contribution of the Sikh community in the field of education, Khattar said besides running their own schools, they should also adopt government schools to improve the teaching environment. “The Mughals and the British… had written our history in a distorted manner,” he said and laid emphasis on carrying out researches on the history of the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Roads in Haryana to be soon free from stray cattle: Official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The roads of Haryana will soon be free from stray cattle as a community-based action plan has been prepared for the entire state which aims to bring to end this menace, a senior official said today. “Maximum districts of the state will be free from the menace of stray cattle by June 2017. Panchkula and Ambala will be declared free from stray cattle menace by April and the entire state by August 15,” said Rakesh Gupta, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister. He was presiding over a meeting of Deputy Commissioners of 11 districts and other officers during the second phase of the action plan to make the state free from stray cattle in Sonepat. He said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had ordered for preparation of a comprehensive scheme for rehabilitation of the cattle roaming openly on the roads. Khattar had also directed the officials to study the best models implemented in the country for this purpose so that it could not only serve the purpose for a long time to come, but also take care of the religious sentiments of the people, according to an official release. Gupta said a meeting of Deputy Commissioners and Additional Deputy Commissioners of Nuh, Yamunanagar, Rewari, Fatehabad, Panipat, Hisar, Panchkula, Ambala, Sirsa, Karnal and Kurukshetra was convened in Karnal on December 23, 2016 in which an action plan had also been prepared. “A scheme was prepared for all the districts. As a result of this, while Nuh was declared free from stray cattle by January 15, Yamunanagar was declared free from the same in the first week of February and Fatehabad by February 28,” he said. He said as many as 45,000 cattle in 11 districts of the state had been identified in the first phase, out of which 17,000 cattle have been shifted to different cattle-barns, ‘Nandshalas’ and ‘Gaushalas’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cold wave prevails in Pb, Har; Adampur coldest at 6.1 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab and Haryana continued to be under the grip of cold weather conditions, with Adampur being the coldest place in both the states after recording a low of 6.1 degrees Celsius. Gurdaspur and Bathinda in Punjab registered below normal temperature at 7.8 degrees and 8.3 degrees Celsius respectively. Halwara (9.7 degrees), Pathankot (8.1 degrees) and Amritsar (8 degrees) also registered below normal minimum temperatures, a MeT Department official said here. The cold weather conditions also prevailed in Patiala, where the minimum temperature settled at 9.6 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, while Ludhiana recorded a low of 10.1 degrees. Union Territory Chandigarh registered a low of 9.5 degrees Celsius, down three notches against normal. In Haryana, Karnal was the coldest place after recording the minimum temperature of 6.8 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal. Hisar too experienced a cold night at 8.6 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal. Ambala recorded a low of 11.3 degrees Celsius, down three degrees against normal. The MeT attributed the recent dip in mercury in the plains of Punjab and Haryana to fresh spell of snowfall last week at many places in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

A letter to the state government was also sent last

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>year warning it about the possibility of the fungi entering the state through its border with Bangladesh. Dr Sandhu said, “Because of the fact that the fungus floats in the air, it is difficult to contain it since cattle can also act as a carrier. This is quite a serious matter and we need to check this anyhow because if it spreads to other states then the entire wheat cultivation will be affected.” Apart from asking the West Bengal government to destroy or burn the wheat grains immediately, the ICAR has constituted a team to check the spread of the fungus, he said. “As burning the affected crop is the best possible way to contain the spread of the fungal infection as of now… the vigilance must be continued for the next two to three years as it may have gone to host plants,” Dr Sandhu said. The ICAR has also asked the Ministry of External Affairs to hold a diplomatic discussion with the Bangladesh government on the issue and devise research strategies for the same, Dr Sandhu said. It is learnt that a team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research in Karnal will soon undertake surveillance in Bihar and Jharkhand on the spread of the fungus. The agriculture minister has put the blame on the BSF for the outbreak of the disease in the state, claiming that the government had cautioned the farmers about the disease last year itself. “We had cautioned the farmers last year itself, but they must have mistakenly bought seeds from agents from across the border which contained the fungus. The BSF also has some role in this because it allowed these agents to enter India,” Basu said. On compensating farmers who have lost their cultivation, Basu said that the state government has decided to write to the Centre. “As per the Centre’s rule, farmers are supposed to get Rs 1,625 for each quintal of wheat grains. As per the rule, the average production of each farmer for the last five years will be calculated for the compensation,” he said. The state government was also thinking of compensating the farmers from its fund, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Issue of Dalit groom barred from mounting horse rocks Hry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The issue of a Dalit groom being barred from riding a horse during his wedding procession rocked the Haryana Assembly which saw heated exchanges today with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar saying a minister has been rushed to the village to ease tensions. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Congress leader and former Speaker Kuldeep Sharma said members of the Dalit community from Sagga village have been forced to leave their homes and were now sitting on protest in Karnal. Heated exchanges ensued as Health Minister Anil Vij attacked the Congress, saying it has no moral standing to raise the issue. “Their own state unit president, a Dalit (Ashok Tanwar), was mercilessly beaten up at a party rally in Delhi last year,” he said. He was referring to the Mirchpur incident, in which two Dalits were burnt to death and said that too had happened during Congress rule. Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu and BJP’s state unit president Subhash Barala too joined the exchanges with Sharma. Khattar then rose and said that Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Kumar Bedi and MLA Bhagwan Dass Kabirpanthi have been sent to pacify both communities and ease tension in the village. The state government was making efforts to normalise the situation in the village and persuade 100-125 members who had left the village to return, he added. He said that as per information, the villagers had unanimously decided to do away with the ‘ghurchari’ ritual in which a groom mounts a horse. “But when members belonging to one community (Dalit) wanted to perform the ritual, they were stopped by members of another community, which made the situation tense,” he said. Khattar said the “‘Ghurchari’ ritual was performed in the presence of police, but it was opposed by members of another community and they resorted to pelting of stones, which caused injuries to some police personnel and several others.” The police has registered a case “and another case was registered under the provisions of the SC/ST Act, he said. Initially both the communities agreed to sort out the issue, but as per information received, there were some others (among the Dalits) who wanted action to be taken as per the cases registered by the police, he said. “The government is trying to restore normalcy and resolve this issue. But in case it’s not resolved, further action would be taken as per the FIR lodged in this case. The Deputy Commissioner, Karnal had also constituted a committee to resolve the issue,” he added. After Khattar spoke, BJP members raised objection against some words that had been used by Congress leader Sharma in the Assembly. Noisy scenes were again witnessed. However, the Congress member then agreed to withdraw the remarks, that were being objected to and the BJP members later dropped the proposal of bringing condemnation resolution against him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Min temp remains normal in Punjab, mercury drops in Hary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minimum temperature remained normal in most parts of Punjab, even as the mercury dropped in a few parts of Haryana today. Among other places in Haryana, Karnal recorded a low of 7.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, a MeT department official said. Hisar recorded a minimum temperature of 8 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal, while Ambala’s minimum was 12.6 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal, he said. The joint capital Chandigarh recorded a low of 11.2 degrees Celsius, the official said. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a low of 9.2 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal, while the minimum temperatures of Ludhiana and Patiala were recorded at 11.6 and 11.4 degrees Celsius, respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After brief respite, cold conditions revive in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Adampur and Karnal remained the coldest places in Punjab and Haryana, respectively, as cold conditions continued to persist most places in the the two states. Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, recorded a low of 11.2 degrees Celsius, which settled within the limits normal for this time of the season. In Punjab, Adampur shivered at a low of 6 degrees Celsius, followed by Gurdaspur which recorded a below normal minimum temperature of 7.8 degrees Celsius, a MeT Department official said here. Bathinda (7.8) and Faridkot (8) also registered below average minimum temperatures, they said. Amritsar recorded a low of 8.6 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature at Ludhiana and Patiala settled at 9.4 and 11.9 degrees Celsius, respectively. In Haryana, Karnal was the coldest place at a low of 6.5 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal range. Hisar recorded a low of 9.1 degrees Celsius, down three notches against normal. However, Ambala’s low settled at 12.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. After a temporary respite, cold weather conditions have revived at most places in Punjab and Haryana during the past few days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adampur in Pb shivers at 4.7 deg C, cold prevails in region

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Adampur was the coldest place in Punjab today, recording minimum temperature of 4.7 degrees Celsius, even as cold weather conditions prevailed in most parts of the state and neighbouring Haryana. Most places in Punjab today recorded below normal minimum temperature, a Met Department official said here. Amritsar too had a cold night at 5.6 degrees Celsius, down one notch against normal, while Halwara recorded a low of 6.5 degrees Celsius. Bathinda (5.3 C) and Gurdaspur (7 C) also recorded below normal minimum temperatures. Ludhiana registered a low of 8.6 degrees Celsius while Patiala’s minimum temperature settled at 8.5 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh registered a low of 8.6 degrees Celsius. In Haryana, Hisar recorded a low of 6 degrees Celsius, down four notches against normal while Karnal’s low settled at 6.2 degrees Celsius, which was three degrees below normal limits. Ambala, however, saw its minimum temperature a degree above normal at 10.2 degrees Celsius.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman enters CRPF camp posing as employee, arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly entering a Central Reserve Police Force camp, near Sutiyana village here, posing as a steno in the para-military force, police said today. “The incident happened around 8 PM yesterday when Monika, a resident of Karnal in Haryana, wearing CRPF uniform, entered the camp posing as a steno,” DSP Rakesh Kumar said. CRPF officiers got suspicious and inquired her, during which it was found that she was not working with the force. Following which, Assistant Commandant Mohan Singh informed the Ecotech police, which rushed to the spot and arrested her, the official said. Kumar said woman also confessed that she had delibrately entetred the camp.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minimum temperatures rise sharply across Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minimum temperatures today rose sharply across Punjab and Haryana, where few places received light to moderate rainfall. Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 16.6 degrees Celsius, ten degrees above normal limits. Ambala in Haryana registered a sharp increase in its minimum temperature, which settled at 15.3 degrees Celsius, up seven notches against normal. Hisar recorded a low of 14.8 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal while Karnal’s minimum settled at 13 degrees Celsius, up four notches against normal. Amritsar in Punjab recorded a low of 15.6 degrees Celsius, up ten notches against normal. Ludhiana recorded a low of 15.2 degrees Celsius, eight degrees above normal limits. Patiala’s minimum settled at 15.4 degrees Celsius, seven notches more than normal limits. Pathankot (15.5 C), Adampur (16 C), Halwara (13.5 C), Bathinda (13.4 C), Faridkot (14 C) and Gurdaspur (15 C) also registered above normal minimum temperature. Among other places which received rainfall today included Chandigarh, Ambala, Panchkula, Mohali, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Pathankot, Adampur, Halwara, Bathinda, Faridkot and Gurdaspur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minimum temperature drops at many places in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minimum temperature today registered a slight drop at many places in Punjab and Haryana even a fog reduced visibility at many places. Hisar in Haryana was the coldest place in the State registering a low of 5.6 degrees C, a MeT Department official said here. Karnal also had a cold night at 7 degrees Celsius, down one notch against normal. However, Ambala recorded a low of 9.4 degrees Celsius, up two degrees. Amritsar was the coldest place in Punjab, registering a low of 5.6 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana recorded a minimum temperature of 6.7 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal while Patiala registered a low of 9.1 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal. Bathinda registered a low of 7.5 degrees Celsius while Gurdaspur’s minimum settled at 6.9 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh, where the sky was hazy in the morning, recorded 10 degrees Celsius.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fog affects normal life in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A thick blanket of fog early today reduced visibility levels at several places in Punjab and Haryana, affecting normal life. “Dense fog prevailed at most places in Punjab and Haryana,” a MeT Department official said. Vehicular traffic was affected due to foggy weather at several places in the two states. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature continued to hover above normal at most places in the two states. Chandigarh recorded a low of 9.5 deg C, three notches above normal, a MeT Department official said here. In Haryana, Ambala recorded a low of 10.1 deg C, three notches above normal, while in Hisar the minimum temperature settled at 7.5 deg C. Karnal recorded a low of 8 deg C, a notch above normal for this time of the season. Amritsar in Punjab registered a low of 6.9 deg C, up three notches from normal. Ludhiana recorded a minimum temperature of 8.2 deg C, two notches above normal while Patiala registered a low of 9.7 deg C, two degrees above normal. However, Bathinda had a cold night at 6.1 deg C while Pathankot’s minimum temperature settled at 9 deg C, which was within the normal range.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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