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Thumping majority for BJP in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh a foregone conclusion: ML Khattar

He was speaking on the sidelines of ‘Pravasi Haryana Sammelan’ organised here by his government for people who have origins in the northern state but have settled down in Bihar.”The country-wide BJP wave is there for all to see. The party’s stunning performance in the local body elections in Uttar Pradesh is the latest example. A thumping majority in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh is a foregone conclusion,” Khattar told reporters here.The chief minister also ridiculed Uttar Pradesh leaders Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav for crying foul over their defeat in the recently held civic polls and demanding the return of ballot papers.”Haryana and Bihar share an old relationship and I want both the states to prosper. Faridabad has a large population of Biharis and the Chhath Puja was recently celebrated there with great fervour,” he said. Khattar also claimed that Haryana was among the fastest growing states in the country with a per capita income higher than the national average.Referring to his three-year-old rule, Khattar said, “In terms of ease of doing business we have moved from the 14th to the sixth position. We have also worked on the social front and the sex ratio in the state has risen from 840 to 937.” Khattar said his government was criticized by political parties when it laid down minimum educational qualifications as an eligibility criterion for panchayat polls but the Supreme Court later lauded the decision.”Our decision to introduce education qualification was hailed by the Supreme Court. Now we have suggested the Centre to introduce similar criteria for MLAs and MPs,” he added.
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Robust Haryana braves challenges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi paved way for resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party, riding on the Modi-wave, scripted its maiden victory in Haryana.The state, which had been a traditional battleground for Congress and home-grown Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), witnessed BJP’s historic victory as it emerged, for the first time, as the single-largest party with a majority in the Assembly. BJP won 47 seats in the 90-member Assembly, restricting INLD to 19 and Congress to 15 seats. BJP had won just 4 seats in 2009.The party then announced first-time MLA from Karnal and RSS pracharak, Manohar Lal Khattar, as the chief minister of a state that had not seen a non-Jat CM in the last two decades. While the victory was a clean sweep, the next three years lent a rough pitch to the maiden government.Be it massive damage caused due to the Jat agitation or an outbreak of violence following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Haryana government came under fire for its inept handling of emergency situations. In three major incidents of civil violence in the last three years, at least 74 people were killed and the Army had to be called in. While CM Khattar faced backlash, infighting among the warring factions added to his woes.Op Rampal: 6 killedBarely a month after it took charge, the government faced its first challenge when the head of the Satlok Ashram in Hisar, Rampal, failed to appear before the Punjab and Haryana High Court after repeated summons and also failed to honour a non-bailable warrant for contempt of court. The court then directed the government to affect his arrest, which led to the launch of a 10-day operation.The so-called Godman remained inside his 12-acre Ashram while thousands of his followers, armed with a huge cache of arms and ammunition, engaged in a violent stand-off with the security forces. The water and power supply to the Ashram were also snapped.At least six persons, including women, were killed in the tense stand-off that ended on November 19, 2014, with Rampal’s arrest and evacuation of thousands of his followers, mainly women and children. He was produced before the court a day later and then sent to jail. Apart from contempt of court, he was charged with sedition, arson, raging war against the state, rioting, and murder.The state exchequer lost over Rs 15.43 crore in the operation, which cost Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, and Centre a total of Rs 26.6 crore.Jat agitation: 30 lives lostThe government faced its biggest administrative failure when protests erupted among Jats, who constitute nearly 29 per cent of the state’s population, in February 2016. The community was demanding reservation under the Other Backward Category (OBC).The protests that escalated and spread across Haryana paralysed the state for nearly 10 days, during which property worth several thousand crores was gutted, with Railways itself summing its loss to Rs 55.9 crore. Even as arson and violence spread to various districts, the government failed to take requisite action on time. The Army had to be called in.At least 30 people were killed and several hundred injured. It was also alleged that women were raped by the mob in Murthal during the agitation. The case stands trial in the High Court.The Opposition hit out at CM Khattar for his failure in manoeuvring the situation, even as party’s own ministers, including MP Rajkumar Saini, added fuel to the fire with his provocative, anti-Jat statements.Reeling under pressure, the Haryana Assembly passed the Haryana Backward Classes Bill, 2016, within a month to provide reservation to Jats and four other communities in government jobs and education. But, the Punjab and Haryana High Court put a stay on the Bill. Even as Jats threaten to launch another protest, the demand for reservation remains pending.Dera violence: 41 lives lostIf Jats left the state counting its losses, the self-proclaimed Godmen were no less a challenge. While Haryana was yet to recover from the damage inflicted on it due to the Jat agitation, it was hit by another wave of violence, when Gurmeet Ram Rahim, head of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, was held guilty for raping two women followers and sent to jail for 20 years on August 25.This time, the government was able to arrest the Dera head after his conviction by Special CBI Court and put him behind the bars. But it failed to control the violence, which engulfed Panchkula and claimed 35 lives, with the youngest victim being a 16-year-old boy. Six persons were killed in Sirsa.The Haryana Police, led by DGP B S Sandhu, and the government was slammed by the High Court, which castigated them for failing to implement its own prohibition orders under Section 144 of CrPC. The police watched as thousands of Dera followers swarmed Panchkula, camping on roads and parks, a week before the verdict.History was repeated as the mob went on a rampage, torching vehicles, especially those of journalists, and vandalised government property. The government also faced allegations of facilitating removal of incriminating evidence from the Dera, much before the search operation began. It also came under fire when education minister Ram Bilas Sharma visited the Dera a few days before the judgment and donated Rs 51 lakh, which he later withdrew. The Dera had played a crucial role in shaping the party’s victory in 2014.The Dera head remains behind the bars while his other aids, booked for sedition, including Aditya Insan, remain on the run. The verdict in two other murder cases against the Dera head is also expected soon.Improved fiscal healthAt a time when its neighbouring Punjab is struggling to strengthen its crippled finances, Haryana has managed to bring fiscal discipline. The state government successfully brought down the revenue deficit from 1.9 per cent during the former Congress government to 0.94 per cent during the budget of 2017-18. The GDP also improved from 5.7 in 2014-15 to 8.7 in 2016-17, and might touch 9 per cent in 2017-18.Haryana held its first-ever Global Investors’ Summit and brought in investments worth Rs 80,000 crore. With its new enterprise promotion policy, the state jumped from 14th to 4th rank among all states in the Ease of Doing Business rankings prepared by the World Bank and the Department of Industrial policy and promotion.Unlike its neighbouring Punjab, Haryana also set aside Rs 70 crore to provide subsidies to farmers on agricultural equipment, to prevent them from burning stubble and made provisions to ensure the subsidies were deposited in banks. The government also increased the compensation to farmers, in cases of crop loss, from Rs 1,000-1,200 per acre, apart from waiving tube-well bills of farmers in regions where the crop loss was 25-50 per cent.Whether it was promoting cash-less transactions or linking various government subsidy schemes with Aadhar to weed out fake beneficiaries, the government took the lead. It announced that all government payments of more than Rs 5,000 would be made digitally.E-governanceBe it strengthening its grievance redressal system through the launch of CM Window or introducing Aadhar-linked biometric attendance system in all offices, the government, which came to power with a promise of graft-free good governance, took several steps to bring reforms through e-governance. The government brought transparency through the launch of e-stamping and a centralised online system for integration of property registration and digitisation of land records in the state.A web portal, Harsamay, was also launched by the Haryana Police to facilitate registration of FIRs. But the biggest e-reforms came in the education sector, with the launch of online transfer policy, which was later adopted by Punjab and UP government.Women police stationsTaking a step ahead in its Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, the government empowered women by setting up a network of Mahila police stations across the state, with one in each district. The first Mahila police station was inaugurated in Panchkula on August 28, 2015, on the eve of Raksha Bandhan. According to the government, this has helped increase the percentage of women in police from 6 to 8.5.TASKS ACCOMPLISHEDOpen defecation-free state: Haryana became the fifth state in the country to be declared open defecation-free in June this year, after an intensive campaign that included barring people from contesting the Panchayat elections, if they did not have functional toilets at home. A grant of Rs 1 lakh was also announced for every Panchayat whose village was declared open defecation free.
Women police stations: In order to empower women, a network of Mahila Police Stations was set up in the state, with one in each district. The first was set up in Panchkula on August 28, 2015, on the eve of Raksha Bandhan. According to the government, this has helped increase the percentage of women in police from 6 to 8.5.
Online transfer policy: The step helped curb corruption in transfers of government teachers, as eligible teachers seeking transfers could apply online by submitting their choice of school, which would then be issued as per the necessary criterion. The system was replicated in Punjab.
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: The government hails it as an achievement, stating that the campaign helped the state improve the sex ratio from 850 to 922.
E-governance: Be it strengthening its grievance redressal system through the launch of CM Window — an online portal in all districts — or Aadhar-linked biometric attendance system in all offices, e-Stamp, e-bills, the government took several steps to bring reforms through e-governance.
Minimum education for Panchayat polls: The government laid down a law to ensure minimum education qualification to contest Panchayat polls — Class X for men, Class VIII for women, and Class V for Dalits. The revolutionary step encouraged the inclusion of more youth. SETBACKSJat reservation: Even though the government has passed the Jat Reservation Bill, 2016, in the Assembly, it is yet to clear the legal test as the Punjab and Haryana High Court has put a stay on it. With the decision awaited and Jats adamant on seeking reservation, the issue remains a big challenge for the government.
Jobs for youth: The government was flayed for not fulfilling its promises to the youth, including an unemployment allowance of Rs 9,000 and the assurance of organising student elections in the state.
Pending inquiries: Be it Murthal gangrape, Jat agitation, Dera case investigation, or Junaid lynching case, the government has been under scrutiny for its investigation into many such cases. The cases are pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Smog: The thick blanket of smog that envelops the northern states every year in October remains a key challenge. Stubble burning is rampant across the state, despite subsidies announced on additional agricultural equipment.
Education: Haryana has failed to improve the performance of students of government schools in the state, with declining pass percentage every year.
River water dispute with Punjab: The decades-old dispute over construction of the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal with Punjab remains a teething concern, with the main Opposition party, INLD, set to rake the issue until the canal is constructed. The Apex Court has ruled in favour of Haryana.
Stray cattle: The government had announced to make the state stray-cattle free by August 2017, but with all cow-shelters full to capacity, it seems like a distant dream.

E-auction changes fortune of HUDA, IKEA deal brings windfall

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seems that the rechristen of Gurgaon to Gurugram has also recast the fortune of real estate of the city. Gurugram, which had been in news for land scams and spurious land deals in the previous government, has now hit the headlines for a mega Rs 842 crore auction of 10 acres land. At a time when all real estate giants are finding it difficult to make a deal, state’s urban development agency, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has hit the goldmine.It has auctioned 10 acres land in sector 47 to iconic furniture retailer Ikea, a Swedish multinational group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories at an exorbitant price of Rs 842 crore, making it biggest ever deal in the history of HUDA. The deal has come as a big relief for the cash starved HUDA, which has recently auctioned 2 acres for Rs 206 crores. “The credit goes to the chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who introduced e-auctioning of HUDA land to explore the best price. In the previous government, HUDA land would go at dirt cheap price due to political interference. Some of these deals which involve high ranking political people, are under the lens of investigating authorities,” said a government official.The e-auction system adopted by HUDA has brought transparency in land deal curbing any possibility of corruption. In previous government, private developers would collude with government officials and politicians to take away precious land at dirt cheap prices.”But e-auction has ruled out all these practices. This will help in filling the government coffers,” an official said.The IKEA deal has infused new zeal in the sagging realty market of Gurugram and adjoining National Capital Region (NCR). This will propel some movement in the market which has seen reduced demand mainly due to squeezed commercial activities.”We have planned auctions of other institutional and commercial properties in the next few months.We are hopeful of selling more properties and generating a good revenue for HUDA from the estates of Gurugram,” said the official.

Arvind Kejriwal, Manohar Lal Khattar meet over plan for 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After hitting out at each other for failing to bring down the pollution levels in the region, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar met in Chandigarh on Wednesday, to assert their commitment to devise a collective solution to the problem to prevent smog next year.Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh had turned down Kejriwal’s request to meet him, saying such a meeting would be futile.In the two-hour meeting, several other long-pending issues related to construction of roads and non-payment of water dues were also put on table.”Territories can be different, but nobody can control movement of wind. When there is pollution, wind steers it towards other boundaries. There is a need for collective solution,” Kejriwal said.Haryana CM Khattar, who had earlier lambasted Kejriwal for blaming farmers for stubble burning, said the meeting was fruitful.

Punjab CM refuses to meet Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another blow to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh has turned down the former’s offer to meet and discuss ways to bring down the pollution level in their respective states. Kejriwal had earlier expressed his interest in meeting Singh on Wednesday in Chandigarh when he was having a meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.Turning down his offer, the Punjab CM’s media adviser Raveen Thukral on Tuesday tweeted “Stop politicising the #pollution issue, you know any meeting between us would be useless, and in any case now that the apex court is also seized of the matter, let us leave it to them and the central govt to find long-term solutions.”Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal had blamed the burning of crop stubble by farmers in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana as the major cause of the spiking pollution in Delhi.”Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wed to meet Haryana CM. Would be grateful if u cud spare sometime to meet me. It is in collective interest,” the Delhi chief minister had tweeted to Amarinder Singh, who had last week called Mr Kejriwal a “peculiar person with views on everything but no understanding.”The social media exchanges began between the ministers after the national capital’s air turned ‘severe’ and the city became unlivable.During the entire fiasco, Amarinder Singh had asserted that Delhi’s pollution crisis has been cause by “mismanaged transportation and unplanned industrial development.” Instead of focusing all his attention on resolving these issues, he said, “Kejriwal wants to waste time with holding useless discussions.”

Ryan case: ‘Haryana minister told us not to seek a CBI probe’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another revelation in the Ryan murder case, victim Pradyuman’s father, Barun Thakur, alleged on Tuesday that Haryana Cabinet Minister Narbir Singh suggested to the family to not demand a CBI probe.The seven-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School was brutally murdered inside the school toilet on September 8, within an hour of his father leaving him there.According to the family, PWD, Forest, and Civil Aviation Minister Narbir Singh visited their house in Gurugram on September 14, a day before CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced the decision on CBI probe. Speaking strongly against a probe by the investigative agency, Singh told the family to not demand it. “He visited our house a day before the CM announced the decision. While talking about the incident, he began to give us reasons why we should not demand a CBI probe. He explained how CBI might not even pick up the case for the coming 1.5 years and how we might end up with the same findings as of the Gurugram Police,” Thakur told DNA.Unwilling to give up, however, Thakur requested the minister to go ahead with the CBI inquiry. “We were not pleased with his suggestion and requested him to take our plea forward,” he said.When contacted, Singh did not respond to DNA queries.The Gurugram Police had arrested a bus conductor in the case. Later, however, the CBI announced that a senior student of the same school was behind the murder, and rejected the police’s claim that the conductor was to blame.

Haryana teachers directed to assist priests

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as poor results continue to mar performance of government schools in the state, Haryana government is more keen on training its teachers to assist priests for an ongoing five-day religious fair and distribute prasad rather than be in classrooms.In a recent directive, a copy of which is with DNA, the district administration sought clarification from the education department on why teachers had not reported for training ahead of Kapal Mochan Fair 2017 in Yamunanagar, stating that it any lapse would invite disciplinary action.As many as 90 teachers from various government schools were directed to attend the day-long training for priests. During the fair, the teachers will be required to distribute prasad and assist priests in pooja. “Disciplinary action is part of the norm, if officials do not report for duty assigned to them,” said DC Yamunanagar Rohtash Singh Kharb.The orders invited sharp criticism from teachers who condemned the move. “Ya to hum school mein padhaein, ya puja-path karein. It has become a norm to deploy teachers on all kinds of non-teaching duties. When we did not attend the training, we were threatened with disciplinary action. If teachers remain absent from classrooms, how are we supposed to improve the results?” said Jagdeep Singh, a member of the teachers’ union.The bizarre diktat has left the Haryana government shamefaced, which seemed to distance itself from the diktat, leaving the ball in the district administration’s court. “It could be the district administration’s order,” said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.BJP Spokesperson Jawahar Yadav defended the move saying, “It is just about distributing prasad to devotees during the fair. The teachers are not being trained to become full-fledged priests.”However, it is not the first time that teachers have been roped in to perform duties during the religious fair, as over 100 teachers are deployed in the religious fair since 2014, when 110 were on duty inside the temple, 110 in 2015 and 105 teachers were roped in last year.When questioned, Deputy Commissioner, Yamunanagar, Rohtash Singh Kharb said the order was taken due to administrative constraints. “It is a huge event and we need manpower. Out of 2,000 officials employed, 90 of them are teachers. It is a religious fair and teachers are required to assist the pujaris, including giving prasad, handling the donations for eight hours every day. The schools can manage by substituting teachers.”The five day religious far, Kapalmochan-2017 which began on October 31 is organized every year in Yamunanagar and witnesses a footfall of over 5 lakh devotees from across Punjab and Haryana. As many as 2,000 district-level officials are deputed on several duties for the fair, which includes at least 100 teachers every year.

No new meat shops in residential areas, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday has banned setting up of new meat shops in residential areas.”No license would be provided to set up new meat shops in residential areas,” Khattar told ANI.Earlier, the Haryana CM has ordered closure of meat shops and slaughterhouses near religious and educational institutions.Following UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s footsteps, who had ordered crackdown on unlicensed meat shops and slaughterhouses in March, Khattar issued a similar suit in Haryana on May this year.Khattar had ordered closure of illegal meat shops and slaughterhouses in the state. At least 666 outlets in the state were shut down with Gurugram accounting for the highest at 550.The Haryana government had sent notices to all unauthorised meat shops and slaughterhouses to apply for licences or face closure. It was mandatory for owners to furnish all details about the source of meat, from where the meat was purchased, as well as the slaughterhouses.

Haryana: Harvesting season begins, 80 stubble burning cases reported already

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As smog begins to envelop the northern states, as many as 80 incidents of stubble burning have already been reported across Haryana, with farmers running against time to dispose of 69 lakh tonne of paddy straw.In Haryana, paddy is cultivated on 13.41 lakh hectares of land, which constitutes half the total land in which paddy is sown (which includes Punjab). But, the challenge escalates considering its close proximity to Delhi, where air pollution levels spike everyone during the harvesting season.Data available with the Haryana Space Application Centre, Hisar, reveals there were a total of 12,965 burning incidents reported across the state in October-November last year, with the highest (4,178) being reported from Fatehabad and another 2,705 from Sirsa.Despite holding massive campaigns and over 2,900 awareness camps for farmers since April, the number of crop fires does not seem to dwindle. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s constituency Karnal leads with 35 incidents, followed by 34 in Kurukshetra, and eight in Panipat.Air pollution levels are being monitored in real time and satellite imaging is being used to alert district-level officials to control such incidents. Environmental compensation of Rs 19.38 lakh was collected from 705 farmers found burning stubble last year.”We have identified the sensitive areas and decided to set up 19 more Ambient Air Quality Monitoring stations in those parts. Apart from imposing fine as per the NGT, we have also announced Rs 50 lakh cash reward to 100 village panchayats which have resolved not to burn stubble,” says S Narayanan, Member Secretary, Haryana State Pollution Control Board.The state has allocated Rs 75 crores for stubble management. “Applications were invited from farmers to avail subsidies on purchase certified machines for straw management. The problem cab ne nipped in the bud, if farmers are convinced to manage the stubble in their field (in-situ) through these machines,” says D K Behera, Director of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.However, the daunting challenge is to convince farmers to use the additional machinery, which is not only expensive, but time-consuming. “We have merely 20 days to clear our fields for the next crop; it is even lesser for potato growers. We do not even get the deserved MSP for our crop and government wants to burden us with extra cost and additional machinery,” says Sahab Singh, a farmer from Kurukshetra.Out of the 16 lakh farmers in the state, more than 8 lakh farmers are small and marginal, with land holdings of less than 5 acres who cannot afford to purchase machinery. Despite its massive awareness campaign, government has only received 1,160 applications so far from farmers to avail subsidies on purchase of additional machinery, which will soon be deposited in their banks.Even as focus remains on urging farmers to use the subsidized machinery for straw management, government has also given its go ahead to setting up of Biomass plants in six major paddy growing districts. Each of the 15 MW plant will have capacity to consume at least 1.2 lakh ton of paddy stray, but the proposal is at its initial stage.

Ryan murder: ‘Shock’ cited as cause of death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The post-mortem report of seven-year-old child who was murdered inside the washroom at the Ryan International School, Gurugram, indicated “shock” and “haemorrhage” as the cause of his death. The report also suggested that a single edged sharp injury and its consequences were sufficient enough to cause his death.DNA had earlier reported that the there was no signs of sexual assault on the body which the report also suggests.The boy was murdered inside the school allegedly by the school conductor who killed him in an attempt to assault him. The report also stated that the incised wound was about 18×2 cm, the wound extended from his anterior neck to right ear and can also be seen cutting through the ear up to the superficial scalp tissue. As per the report, the wound was so deep that it was spread across the strap muscles, trachea and the food pipe.The boy had been murdered with a kitchen knife which was also recovered from the spot.The school has been shut since the child was murdered, on September 8. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday met the parents of the child and asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the case. Meanwhile, the Haryana government has taken over the school for a period of three months.

London Underground attack, Ryan School, Baba Ramdev and Ronaldinho at Siddhivinayak: DNA evening must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fifth terror attack in Britain after crude bomb explodes in Underground train; 22 injuredA home-made bomb exploded on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London injuring 22 people on Friday, police said, in what was being treated as the fifth terrorism attack in Britain this year. Passengers on board a train heading into the capital fled as fire engulfed a carriage at Parsons Green underground station in West London after the explosion at 8.20 a.m. (local time). Full story here.Haryana govt takes over Ryan International; CM Khattar wants CBI probeIn a huge setback for Ryan International, the Haryana government has decided to take over the school for the period of three months on Friday. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has also recommended for a CBI probe in the alleged murder of the 7-year-old student inside the school premises. Full story here.Baba Ramdev takes a dig at Hindustan UnileverBaba Ramdev on Thursday took a dig at Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), India’s largest consumer packaged goods firm. Speaking at the Globoil India 2017, an edible oil conclave, Ramdev said, “What are foreign companies doing for India? What has Hindustan Unilever done for Hindustan, what gate has Colgate opened, and what birds has Nestlé given flight to?”. Full story here.Ronaldinho visits Siddhivinayak Temple ahead of Premier Futsal season 2Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho braved the scorching Mumbai heat to visit the famous Siddhivinayak Temple on Friday. Dressed in a an all-black ensemble, the superstar completed his look with a yellow-orange patka that was hanging around his neck. Ronaldinho, who is in the city for the second season of Premier Futsal which kicks off on Friday, created quite a frenzy with his visit. Full story here.Kareena Kapoor Khan or Saif Ali Khan, who does Taimur resemble more?Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan are one of the most good looking couple in Bollywood. He’s the royal blood of Pataudi and she’s a true blue Kapoor and both of them have a huge fan following. Their little munchkin Taimur is blessed with good looking genes and already has his share fans. We feel Taimur resembles Kapoors more than Pataudis. But now it’s up to you readers to decide. Full story here.

Gurugram student murder: Ryan School taken over by Haryana government, Chief Minister ML Khattar recommends CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a huge setback for Ryan International, the Haryana government has decided to take over the school for the period of three months on Friday.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has also recommended for a CBI probe in the alleged murder of the 7-year-old student inside the school premises.The latest development comes at a time when the school founders are trying to get an anticipatory bail in the case.On Thursday, the Bombay High Court had rejected the bail plea of Augustine Pinto, his wife Grace and his son Ryan in the murder case of class II student.The court had also told the Pintos to submit their passports to the police.

Victim’s father seeks SC-monitored probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Varun Kumar Thakur, father of the seven-year-old student who was found brutally murdered with his throat slit inside Ryan International School in Gurugram on Friday, said that he will move the Supreme Court on Monday to seek a court-monitored CBI probe into the horrific crime.”I will also appeal for safety guidelines to be issued so that such crimes are not repeated anywhere in the country,” he said at a press conference in Delhi on Sunday night. Earlier in the day, the police booked the institution’s owner, Ryan Pinto, even as protests against the brutal murder, criminal negligence and police investigation escalated and turned violent.”The probe is being influenced by someone who does not want the truth to come out. The school owner must be arrested,” said Thakur who works as a quality manager for a private company in Delhi. This death should set an example for strict monitoring of schools and their responsibilities and duties, he said. Hundreds of protesters set ablaze a liquor shop near the school, prompting the police to resort to lathi charge, in which many, including journalists, were injured.Many protesters were detained by the police. The local administration announced that the school will be shut on Monday after parents called for a mass protest.Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that action under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act will also be taken against the school management. He said new guidelines for the safety of schoolchildren will be issued on Monday. “Any violation of these guidelines will follow strict action,” he said. The police had on Friday arrested a bus conductor of the school after the Class II student was spotted outside a toilet, crawling and bleeding profusely before he died. Protesters alleged that drivers and conductors of the school often had liquor from the shop and could use toilets meant for students. Locals said the school playground that has no boundary wall opens right in front of the liquor shop. This, they said, had made the playground a den of criminals.The conductor, Ashok (42), who had been working for the school for the past eight months, first tried to sexually assault the child before mercilessly killing him when he resisted, the police had said.The area turned near the school into a police garrison on Sunday as three bus-loads of cops were brought in and the school was fortified, with politicians pouring in to exploit the tragedy and angry parents pressing for a CBI probe. Officers justified the police action, saying the mob could have gone out of control.”The case has been probed very shoddily. When we gathered here to demand justice for the family, the police thrashed us and even mediapersons,” said Subhash Kumar, a protester, who received injuries during the violent scuffle. Cameras of some journalists were also damaged.Girdhar Pathak, another local who was hurt, said, “It was when MP Pappu Yadav arrived and began listening to protesters, police officers ordered lathicharge. We were demanding cancellation of the school’s licence. Even those who got into their houses were dragged out and beaten up mercilessly.”Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda visited the victim’s parents. He condemned the police action in the BJP-ruled state and backed the family’s demand for a CBI probe. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala sought an apology from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.The victim’s father said earlier that the sequence of the crime remains unclear. “There are many questions which the police needs to answer. We doubt that the conductor was alone responsible for the crime. We must get justice. This shall not be left as one of the high-profile unsolved cases,” said Thakur.The acting principal of the school, Neerja Batra, has already been suspendGirdhar Pathak, another local who was hurt, said, “It was when MP Pappu Yadav arrived and began listening to protesters, police officers ordered lathicharge. We were demanding cancellation of the school’s licence. Even those who got into their houses were dragged out and beaten up mercilessly.”Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda visited the victim’s parents. He condemned the police action in the BJP-ruled state and backed the family’s demand for a CBI probe. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala sought an apology from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.The victim’s father, Varun Kumar Thakur, said that the sequence of the crime remains unclear. “There are many questions which the police needs to answer. We doubt that the conductor was alone responsible for the crime. We must get justice. This shall not be left as one of the high-profile unsolved cases,” said Thakur who works as a quality manager for a private company in Delhi.The acting principal of the school, Neerja Batra, has already been suspended. The services of a private agency that provided security to the school have also been suspended.Even on Friday, the brutal murder had sparked angry protests by the victim’s father, other guardians and locals who shouted slogans and vandalised school property, flinging furniture around and shattering glass doors. The police had to resort to lathicharge even then to control the mob fury and arrested five protesters who were later let off.REPORT EXPOSES SAFETY LOOPHOLESA government panel said in its report that CCTV cameras at the school were not installed at key areas, drivers and conductors used same toilets, and the boundary wall was broken. Fire extinguishers had expired and there was no police verification of the school’s employees. The Gurugram DC has written to the Director of Secondary Education for action. The Haryana government, however, said de-recognition of the school was not an option as about 1,200 students study there.

Dera violence: Let them demand resignation, we have done good job: Haryana CM ML Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid criticism over violence after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday gave a clean chit to himself.After meeting BJP President Amit Shah in the national capital, Khattar refuted all the charges.Responding to demands of his resignation as Chief Minister of Haryana, Khattar said, “Let them demand the resignation, we have done our job nicely.” Political parties have been demanding Khattar’s resignation after the large scale violence perpetrated by Dera supporters.It’s being alleged that Khattar allowed Dera supporters to camp in sensitive areas because Dera chief had extended support to the party during the assembly election in the state.
ALSO READ Dera violence: Willful neglect by Khattar govt, says BSF ex-DGPunjab and Haryana High Court had on August 26 severely criticised Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government, calling its inaction ‘a political surrender to allure vote bank’.More than 36 people died and over 250 got injured in the violence after conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case.
ALSO READ It was a war-like situation: Punjab and Haryana High Court asks for SIT to investigate Dera violenceKhattar government is being slammed for letting things go out of control by allowing Dera supports to enter and stay in Panchkula, Sirsa, and Chandigarh. The bench, comprising acting Chief Justice S S Saron and Justices Surya Kant and Avneesh Jhingan on August 29, directed that no FIR registered by the two states during the episode shall be cancelled without the permission of the High Court.It also ordered the Haryana government to file detailed status report regarding steps taken to sanitise Dera Sacha Sauda centres including its headquarters at Sirsa.The bench slammed the Haryana government for going soft on Dera supporters. “You cant go soft when some people come armed with petrol bombs and deadly weapons to indulge in arson and lawlessness,” the court said. “This was a war-like situation and it had to be fought like a war-like situation,” Justice Saron observed verbally.(With agency inputs)

‘Transcended failure of governance’: Shashi Tharoor demands that BJP sack CM Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today said Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar should be sacked for his government’s “complete failure” in controlling the violence following Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction in a rape case.There has been a “transcended failure of governance”, the Congress leader said, a day after a Panchkula court’s guilty verdict against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief triggered widespread violence in which 31 people were killed.The Haryana government’s inability to maintain law and order in a situation of predictable chaos was to be blamed, Tharoor said on the sidelines of the Mountain Echoes literary festival here.”The lack of management of predictable crowd violence, where anyone could see people gathering with weapons in advance of the verdict is the major reason behind what has happened,” Tharoor said.”Ultimately it is the chief minister and his cabinet who are responsible for the law and order situation in the state. It is a complete failure of the government and the CM should be sacked for it,” he added.According to Tharoor, the mob was “clearly preparing” for violence.”Why wasn’t any action taken first under Section 144? Why, for example, were all gatherings not prohibited? Why was there no preventive deployment of armed police on the streets? All of these are such obvious questions to be asked.”To my mind this has been a transcended failure of governance.”The government of Haryana, he said, was principally responsible for the lack of adequate preventive measures.”It has also been said that they had actually allowed people to assemble. If so, it is totally condemnable and I hope an investigation is done…,” Tharoor said.The Congress had yesterday called for Khattar’s resignation, with party president Sonia Gandhi expressing grave concern over “widespread destruction of public property and senseless attacks”.

Deputy Attorney General Haryana sacked for carrying Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s suitcase

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, the Deputy Haryana Advocate General Gurdass Singh Salwara was sacked for carrying rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan’s suitcase!According to ANI, the Haryana DG was seen assisting the rape-accused godman and his actions have left the Haryana government red-faced.The move comes when the Haryana administration is being accused of providing VVIP treatment to the influential godman.Haryana AG Baldev Mahajan confirmed to news agency CNN News 18, that his deputy had been fired and said the AG had accompanied the godman claiming to be his relative.Earlier, Chief Secretary of Haryana Depinder Singh Dhesi on Saturday said that no special treatment is being provided to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and added that action will be taken against those personnel who were lenient in their duty during the violence.
ALSO READ Gurmeet Ram Rahim case: How an anonymous letter changed address of Dera chief‘Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has not been given special treatment in jail. He has been kept like a normal prisoner. In the whole case, if anyone had done any sort of leniency in his duty, then required action will be taken. After 6:30 pm, neither Panchkula nor other parts of Haryana faced any violation of law and order. Law and order is being completely maintained in the entire state,’ Dhesi told media here.He added that the number of casualties in the incident, which took place following the pronouncement of the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh verdict, has reached 28 in Panchkula which include 24 men, three women and one child.
ALSO READ Why Panchkula violence is not just a police failure‘Three deaths have been reported from Sirsa. The number of injured is 250 wherein 50 are police personnel and out of these 101 have been referred to hospitals outside Panchkula. As of now only 61 are under treatment and rest have been discharged. All those injured do not belong to Panchkula,’ he said.Dhesi further said that 28 vehicles have been burnt down, which also included government vehicles and two government buildings were also damaged, adding six private shops were also burnt down.
ALSO READ Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh getting no ‘special treatment’, says DG Prison ‘Under eight different FIRs, around 524 people have been arrested. The owners of the damaged vehicles can file a complaint and the State Government will compensate the entire expense. At the moment there are 101 companies of paramilitary which have been deployed by the State Government in Panchkula and Sirsa. Two cases of sedition have been filed till now,’ he added.Meanwhile, pained with the massive upsurge in the city, post conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a 1999 rape case, the locals of Panchkula today termed the act of the former’s devotees as ‘terrorising’.‘What could be more terrorising than this, our own people are carrying such activity and are destructing our own property,’ said a local told ANI.Expressing anguish over the destruction of the property, the local further said that the situation is very pathetic and nothing can be more painful than to see the people destructing their own city.‘They (devotees) are attacking the security personnel, vandalizing property and now will ask the government to compensate,’ he said.‘What preaching they have is clearly visible,’ he added.Another local, residing in the area, accused the state government for their negligence, which led to chaos in the city and added that the state government should have let the Indian army take over from the beginning to avoid such situation.‘They should have taken the precautions. They should have taken stern actions beforehand and shouldn’t have let the disciplines of Dera enter and gather in the city,’ she said.Meanwhile, high level meeting has begun at the Home Minister’s residence in the national capital. Home Secretary, National Security Agency (NSA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief are also present.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will also visit New Delhi today.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he has been briefed by DGP, the situation is peaceful and curfew has been lifted in three districts. He added that the state is on alert for next 48 hrs.Following are other updates related to the case:-District administration and police sealed two ashrams of Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana’s Kurukshetra.- Curfew has been imposed in Sangrur, Moga and Patiala district of Punjab. Security stepped up after violent protests by Dera followers in the state.- Section 144 imposed in Uttarakhand’s Nainital and Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh.- Baghpat District Magistrate directs all schools in the region to remain closed today in Uttar Pradesh. Schools in Noida and Ghaziabad will also remain close today.- Delhi Transport Corporation has suspended bus services to NCR due to incidents of arson.- Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required. He assured to restore normalcy in violence-hit areas.- Instances of violence are deeply distressing. Strongly condemn violence urge everyone to maintain peace, Prime Minister Modi tweeted.- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the state government had made complete arrangements; but the mob was really huge.- Madhur Verma of Delhi Police confirmed that Dera Sacha Sauda followers tried to create mischief, following which a case has been registered. The police have recovered the CCTV footage, probe is underway.- Chandigarh DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra confirmed that taking preventive measures, Chandigarh Police detains 81 people.- Six private commandos of Ram Rahim Singh arrested by Chandigarh Police, weapons and petrol cans seized from them.- 29 people have lost their lives, and 200 are injured. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar directed doctors for best possible treatment.- Passengers have been stranded at Bathinda railway station due to curfew imposed in Punjab. With inputs from ANI

Punjab Haryana HC slams state government: You let Panchkula burn for political benefits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday slammed Haryana Government, for the ongoing unrest in the state, post conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 1999 rape case saying that “you let Panchkula burn for political benefits”.The High Court asked the state government for details of the Dera chief’s movable and immovable properties in Punjab and Haryana till next hearing that will be held on August 29.Meanwhile, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said important points on internal security were discussed during the high level meeting called at the Home Minister’s residence in the national capital, one being violence post Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction.The National Security Agency (NSA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief were also present in the meeting held at the Home Minister’s residence in Delhi.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah also held a meeting with Haryana party in-charge Anil Jain at Delhi BJP headquarters to the prevailing situation.On the other hand, Anand Kumar, Uttar Pradesh ADG Law and Order said that the security at borders have been beefed up due to ongoing Army and Police joint operation in Panchkula.Kumar said that since train operations have been suspended, supporters will try to use road transport to return to their homes. He said that all districts under MRT Zone are on high alert.Additional Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) has been deployed in concerned districts and Intelligence Machinery is keeping a vigilant eye on all developments.While in Haryana’s Sirsa, Army has gheraoed the premises of Dera Sacha Sauda Headquarters in the same.Army and Rapid Action Force (RAF) along with the Police have surrounded the premises of the headquarters.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will also visit New Delhi today.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he has been briefed by DGP, the situation is peaceful and curfew has been lifted in three districts. He added that the state is on alert for next 48 hrs.UPDATES RELATED TO CASE:-District administration and police sealed two ashrams of Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana’s Kurukshetra.- Curfew has been imposed in Sangrur, Moga and Patiala district of Punjab. Security stepped up after violent protests by Dera followers in the state.- Section 144 imposed in Uttarakhand’s Nainital and Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh.- Baghpat District Magistrate directs all schools in the region to remain closed on Saturday in Uttar Pradesh. Schools in Noida and Ghaziabad will also remain closed on Saturday.- Delhi Transport Corporation has suspended bus services to NCR due to incidents of arson.- Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required. He assured to restore normalcy in violence-hit areas.- “Instances of violence are deeply distressing. Strongly condemn violence urge everyone to maintain peace,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the state government had made complete arrangements; but the mob was really huge.- Madhur Verma of Delhi Police confirmed that Dera Sacha Sauda followers tried to create mischief, following which a case has been registered. The police have recovered the CCTV footage, probe is underway.- Chandigarh DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra confirmed that taking preventive measures, Chandigarh Police detains 81 people.- Six private commandos of Ram Rahim Singh arrested by Chandigarh Police, weapons and petrol cans seized from them.- 29 people have lost their lives, and 200 are injured. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar directed doctors for best possible treatment.- Passengers have been stranded at Bathinda railway station due to curfew imposed in Punjab.

Dera chief convicted: Khattar govt had been ‘granting favours’ to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in a rape case today, has been receiving favours from the Manohar Lal Khattar government of Haryana earlier.Just three months back, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced tax exemption for six months on movie ‘Jattu Engineer’ featuring Ram Rahim Singh.Khattar had announced the tax exemption at an event in Karnal in May.Earlier, the chief minister had started a cleanliness drive along with the dera chief.Also, the state’s Health and Sports minister Anil Vij had donated Rs 50 lakh from his discretionary fund to the sect for promoting rural games.At a sporting event organised by the dera at Sirsa in the past, Vij had said, “Dera Sacha Sauda is already promoting sports for a long time and now BJP government will promote all sports related activities by making 20 Olympic Nurseries.”Vij had added, “He (Ram Rahim) is encouraging the games. Since the schools are also encouraging games here, I would like to donate Rs 50 lakh from my discretionary fund.”Notably, all the games played at the dera academy have been created by Gurmeet Ram Rahim himself and are not played at national or international level.Another Haryana Minister Manish Grover too had announced Rs 11 lakh to the dera sports village.Ahead of assembly polls in 2014 in Haryana, the dera chief had extended support to the BJP.After the special CBI court in Panchkula convicted the dera head in a 2002 rape case, Khattar appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace and harmony and not to allow themselves to be misled by rumours.In a statement issued here today, the chief minister said some anti-social elements mixed with the followers of the dera chief and resorted to violence and disrupted the peace.?The court verdict against dera head triggered violence by his followers leaving 30 dead and over 200 injured.

Panchkula riots: Fourth such case of violence in Haryana under Manohar Lal Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will have his hands full, following the riots that have taken place in Panchkula. At the time of writing this piece, 13 people had been killed in the riots that ensued after Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted by a CBI court earlier on Friday.Following the order, his supporters burnt buses, set fire to office complexes and even took their rioting to North east Delhi. Panchkula railway station had also been torched during the riots.While it’s been a tough time for Khattar to restore law and order in the area, it isn’t the first time that the Haryana CM has had mass protests during his tenure. There have been three previous incidents and this one makes it the fourth since 2014 – the year he assumed office
ALSO READ Gurmeet Ram Rahim rape case: All roads lead to Panchkula for Dera followers; many faint, try to block ‘Pitaji’s’ convoyJat Stir in Haryana, 2016As many as 30 people were killed and property worth crores of rupees was damaged at many places in Haryana during last year’s Jat stir which had turned violent. Rohtak and some of its neighbouring districts, including Sonipat and Jhajjar, were the worst hit by the violence last year.Haryana Government has earlier released a compensation of Rs 65.38 crore, including interim and final payments, to those people whose properties were damaged in the recent Jat quota stir in the state.
ALSO READ LIVE: 30 dead in Dera violence, Haryana CM says, ‘we had made arrangements’, but mob was ‘really huge’Private and government insurance companies have already made payments over Rs 12 crore to these people whose insured properties were damaged, an official spokesperson said here.Arrest of religious leader Rampal, 2014Self-styled Haryana godman Rampal, who rose from being a government officer to head a vague divinity cult in Hissar, was arrested in a contempt case. He was also booked for murder. Bodies of four women, including that of a 70-year-old, were also handed over to the police by the ashram staff. Several persons were injured as clashes erupted with police lobbing teargas shells and using batons to disperse his supporters who allegedly fired back. The violence has erupted at a time when the Haryana government is racing against time to meet the Friday deadline set by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for producing Rampal in a contempt case.Faridabad communal riots 2015More than 500 Muslim men, women and children were forced to take refuge at Faridabad’s Balabgarh police station since Monday evening after being forced to flee from their homes in Attari village of the district in midst of violent attacks. The attacks were allegedly carried out by the majority Jat community following a dispute over the construction of a mosque. The village has a population of about 10,000 of which about 550 are Muslim.

Dera violence: Restore peace, Rajnath Singh to Punjab, Haryana Chief Ministers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday spoke with the chief ministers of Haryana and Punjab and asked them to restore peace in the states.Cutting short his Kyrgistan trip, the Home Minister spoke to both Manohar Lal Khattar and Amarinder Singh and assured them of all help in the wake of widespread violence after the conviction of controversial Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.After the meeting, Rajnath Singh issued an appeal for peace. He urged Dera supporters to maintain calm.“I appeal to all to maintain peace. Any harm to life and property due to this unrest cannot be compensated with any amount of money,” Singh said.“I also spoke to IB Chief and Home Secretary. I appeal that Dera supporters should maintain peace,” Singh said.“Forces have been deployed, as per the requests from the State Governments,” Singh said.According to reports, Singh will brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the violence.

Advisory committee makes recommendations on nomadic people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The advisory committee on permanent settlement of shelter-less nomadic people has made a host of recommendations to the Haryana chief minister to bring the members of various nomadic tribes into the mainstream. A delegation, led by the chairman of the committee, Rajiv Jain, today submitted the recommendations to bring the members of the Vimukt, Ghumantu, Ardh-Ghumantu and Tapriwas nomadic tribes into the mainstream to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, an official release said. The chief minister listened to the recommendations and assured the members of the delegation that appropriate and effective steps would be taken, it added. The recommendations aim to strengthen the above-mentioned nomadic tribes socially and improve their lot by ensuring that the benefits of the welfare schemes of the state government reached them. Khattar had announced in Panipat in 2015 to constitute the Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board, keeping in view their socio-economic and educational upliftment. He had also directed a survey and practical assessment through the advisory committee. The Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board was constituted under the chairmanship of Balwan Singh and now, the advisory committee has submitted its report. Jain told the chief minister that the Jogi, Jangam, Raibari, Bhat, Maniyar and Banjara communities had not been included into the list of Vimukt Tapriwas during the survey, adding that they should have been included into it. While revising the list of Vimukta, Tapriwas and Ghumantu castes, the committee has made a recommendation for adding the Rai Sikhs with Mahatma, Bajigar, Gawanria, Banjara and Badi (synonyms of the same caste) in the same sequence number, addition of Shorgir with Shergir into the Tapriwas list, and the names of Aheriya, Aheri, Thori with Hedi-Nayak and include Mahasya or Doom with the Dumana caste. In its recommendations, the committee said that since the members of the Gadaria, Hedi, Nayak, Sansi, Dehha, Bavaria, Bajigar and Banjara communities reared sheep and goat, a sheep-goat rearing and wool development board should be established. It also stressed on the need to provide land for the Vimukt Ghumantu Bhawan at a subsidised rate, ownership to those living on panchayat land for 10 years or more in the rural areas, minimum marks in employment and a 10-per cent rebate in eligibility to them. It also recommended to bring them into the mainstream by giving them representation in the local government, district grievances committees and politics. The committee also recommended a permanent housing facility with all basic amenities to the Gadia Lohar, Deha, Singikat, Sikligar Vimukt, Ghumantus as 90 per cent of the members of these castes were homeless. The committee also said special camps should be organised in the Ghumantu-dominated areas, for giving the facility of ration cards, aadhaar cards and other necessary identity cards to them, so that they can claim the benefits of the prime minister’s housing scheme. The committee has also said there is a need for a caste- based survey for the social, economic and educational development of these castes. “A provision for a separate scheme should be made for these people in the ongoing schemes meant for the welfare of the scheduled castes and backward classes. Apart from this, an arrangement for reservation on the lines of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Punjab should also be made to eliminate their social and economic backwardness,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hry BJP unit has been energised by Amit Shah’s visit: Anil Vij

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recent three-day visit of BJP chief Amit Shah to Haryana has “energised” the party’s state unit, senior Minister Anil Vij said today. He said the programmes given by Amit Shah to the party workers during his visit to Haryana from August 2-4 “are being taken up religiously”. “The state BJP unit has been energised after the visit of Amit Shah ji to Haryana earlier this month. There is new enthusiasm among the workers. Working on the message given by our party chief, our workers have started to further strengthen the party at booth level,” the Health and Sports Minister said here. He said the programmes given by Amit Shah to the party workers during his visit to Haryana from August 2-4 “are being taken up religiously”. “Every worker is putting his full might to see that all programmes which were announced by Shah in different meetings are realised and achieved. Our party president’s main message was that the BJP has to be strengthened at booth level,” he said. With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shah is travelling across states to strategise and find ways to strengthen the party at the grass-root level. The BJP president had visited Union Territory Chandigarh in May. He visited Haryana from August 2-4. Shah is on a 110-day country-wide tour which began in Jammu in April this year. His tour is in two phases–95 days and 15 days. Vij said that in Haryana, the BJP formed government on its own for the first time after the October 2014 assembly polls. “People gave us the opportunity to serve them. Now, it is for us to convert that opportunity and trust reposed by the people in us by working hard to make the state our stronghold. This can be realised when we are strong at the booth level,” he said. With BJP government in Haryana led by Manohar Lal Khattar completing its three years in office in October this year, Vij said, “the government is going in the right direction. People are happy with our performance and we are committed to further accelerate the pace of development in the remaining two years”. Asked if there was scope for further improvement, Vij said, “look, scope of improvement should always be there. Amit Shah also said that we should not sit satisfied by thinking that we have achieved all. We have to work in that spirit and think that we can further improve. A satisfied person thinks everything has been achieved and there is nothing more to do, that feeling should never come.” Vij said that one of the main achievements of the government was showing zero tolerance towards corruption and digitalising various citizen delivery services which has brought transparency. About the Health Department, Vij said an estimate is being prepared to see how many hospitals need to be upgraded across the state so that congestion can be cut and better healthcare facilities be provided to people. With some swine flu deaths in neighbouring Punjab and even Chandigarh this season, Vij said every care is being taken to ensure that H1N1 virus is contained. “So far in this season as of August 15, no deaths have been reported. 77 positive cases have been reported so far, and most of the cases are from Hisar and Panchkula districts,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Stalking case:Mayawati questions silence of senior BJP leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP chief Mayawati today questioned the silence of top leaders of the BJP over alleged stalking of a young woman by Haryana party chief’s son and his friend and demanded their immediate arrest. She also accusing the BJP of trying to hush up the matter and asked if the law of the land was not applicable on those related to BJP. “Why this double standard”. “It is a matter of grave concern that senior BJP leaders are not only silent on the issue but also trying to hush up the matter. Where are the leaders who had raised the slogan of ‘Beti Bachao’?” she said in a statement here. Mayawati demanded invoking of kidnapping charges against the accused and his immediate arrest. She also called for strict action in cases of atrocity and exploitation of women. The BSP chief alleged that in BJP ruled states, there was no rule of law in cases of atrocities and crimes against women, specially in Haryana. “The manner in which the accused, Vikas Barala, is being defended by Chief Minister Manoharlal Khattar has resulted in invoking very weak sections against him and he was let off from the police station itself,” Mayawati said, adding that under such circumstances, the people’s anger was fully justified. “Is the law of the land not be applicable to the BJP people? The recent Haryana incident has proved that beti bachao, love jehad, women’s safety, gau raksha and anti-romeo are mere slogans for them (the BJP) to woo voters for gaining power,” she alleged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP’s incharge of Haryana rules out Barala’s resignation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader Anil Jain, incharge of the party’s Haryana affairs, today ruled out the resignation of its state unit chief Subhash Barala following the arrest of the latter’s son in a stalking case here. “Subhash Barala has nothing to with the Vikas Barala case. The law is taking its own course. There is no reason for Subhash Barala’s resignation,” Jain said in a statement here. Jain’s statement ruling out Barala’s resignation comes a day after Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also said that the BJP state unit chief had “nothing to do with incident”. The opposition has been mounting pressure seeking Subhash Barala’s resignation on the issue. “Subhash Barala has nothing to do with this incident. It is an individual happening, the accused will face action once found guilty. This is my official stand, this was my stand yesterday and today also this is my stand. After this, on this issue, no question, no answer,” Khattar had told reporters yesterday. Subhash Barala had earlier said that he respects the law and the “truth” will come out through the judicial process. The son of Haryana’s ruling BJP chief was arrested along with his friend for allegedly stalking a woman here. Both the accused, Vikas Barala (23) and Ashish Kumar (27), were released later on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act, amid a major outcry. The incident came to light when the woman, around 28 years of age, called up the police on Friday night and complained that two youth were chasing her. Meanwhile, Haryana Congress Chief Ashok Tanwar today met the victim and her family at her residence here and assured her of support in fighting the case. A protest march was also taken out here over the incident. “We appreciate the brave girl for standing up to harassment by two men, one of them belonging to an influential family. The whole of Chandigarh stands by her side,” said a citizen. A Congress worker also accused the Chandigarh police of acting under pressure in the stalking case to protect the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Girl Stalking Case: CCTV footage goes missing, BJP leader asks why was she out late night

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a woman accused the son of a senior Haryana BJP leader in Chandigarh of stalking, CCTV footage from five locations has reportedly gone missing.The girl has accused BJP leader’s son Vikas Barala (23) and his friend Ashish Kumar (27) of stalking her on Friday night after which they were arrested and released on bail.According to reports, police sources claim that CCTV footage which could be an important piece of evidence in the case, is missing.Meanwhile, the BJP state unit has blamed the victim for driving so late in the night.”The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night. Why was she driving so late in the night? The atmosphere is not right. We need to take care of ourselves,” ​BJP state vice president Ramveer Bhatti told CNN-News18.
ALSO READ Stalking case: Accused using my pics to malign me, it won’t stop me from fighting, says victimThe victim had expressed her anguish in a social media post saying she was lucky not to be the daughter of a commoner or else who knows what her fate could be.”There were two guys inside the SUV, and they seemed to really be enjoying harassing a lone girl in the middle of the night, judging by how often their car swerved, just enough to scare me that it might hit me,” she said in a Facebook post. “I’m lucky, it seems, to not be the daughter of a common man, because what chance would they have against such VIPs? I’m also lucky, because I’m not lying raped and murdered in a ditch somewhere. If this can happen in Chandigarh, it can happen anywhere,” she added.
ALSO READ Girl stalking case: CM Khattar says ‘action will be taken’ against Haryana BJP chief’s sonOn Sunday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP government, saying “Condemn attempt to kidnap & outrage modesty of young lady in Chdgrh. BJP Govt mst punish the guilty; not collude W/culprits & mindset they represent.”Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar assured that the accused will be punished once found guilty.”I have complete faith on the Chandigarh Police. Justice will prevail. The accused will be punished once found guilty. This is my official stand on this matter. This case has nothing to do with Subhash Barala. Such act is highly condemnable if proved correct,” the Chief Minister told the media.

One Gandhi wanted to disband Congress after Indepedence, another doing it: Amit Shah mocks Rahul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, BJP President Amit Shah took a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Haryana where he said that Rahul Gandhi was ‘responsible for finishing the Congress’.He said in Haryana: “Gandhi ji ne kaha tha azadi ke turant baad Congress ko bikhed dena chahiye… khair wo Gandhi ne nhi kiya ab koi Gandhi kar rha hai.” (Mahatma Gandhi had said that Congress should be disbanded after Independence. While that Gandhi couldn’t do it, but some other Gandhi is doing it).This isn’t the first time Amit Shah has spoken about Mahatma Gandhi. On June 10, Amit Shah had called Gandhi a ‘chatur bania’.He had said: “Mahatma Gandhi was a chatur baniya.. he knew what was going to happen” (Bahut chatur baniya tha woh, usko maloom tha aage kya hone waala hai.), said Shah speaking to a collection of “eminent persons” in Raipur.”After independence, he (Mahatma) wanted Congress to be dissolved. He didn’t do it, but some people are now doing that job,” Shah said.Shah had also claimed that Congress was a ‘special purpose vehicle’ to gain independence and not a party based on principles.As BJP chief Amit Shah began his Haryana visit, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today took people’s feedback on a range of issues concerning the state as he interacted with people during his morning walk. The chief minister said here was enthusiasm among the people in view of Shah’s visit to the state.”I went out for a round in the morning and was not accompanied by any security guard. I met some people and I talked to them on developmental issues pertaining to the state. I gathered their feedback on a range of issues and about what they thought about our government,” Khattar later said here.The chief minister said he was happy to know from the public that various citizen delivery services, “which we are trying to give in a transparent manner, were reaching them without any hassle.”Khattar said he also met some young sportspersons. “I also met some young wrestlers of an ‘Akhara’, they were happy with the steps our government is taking for the promotion of sports in the state. They also gave me a few suggestions and we will try to incorporate these,” the CM said.Shah arrived on a three-day visit to Haryana during which he will hold a series of meetings and also review the works undertaken by the M L Khattar government in the state. With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shah is travelling across states to strategise and find ways to strengthen the party at the grass-root level.With inputs from Agencies

If PM Modi tries to wipe out opposition, it will destroy democracy: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today said opposition had a crucial role to play in a democratic set up and any attempt to wipe it out will “eliminate” democracy.AICC media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said that like the government, the opposition also has a significant role in a democracy.”If Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes an attempt to wipe out the opposition, it would eliminate democracy. The people of this country need to be cautious,” he told mediapersons here.”In a democracy, the opposition is a mirror. The Congress leaders are voicing public opinion today. They are highlighting the wrong policies of the BJP governments in states,” he said.He attacked the Haryana government, saying that it had “failed” to hear the voice of the common man.He rejected Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s allegation that the Swaminathan Commission report was withheld for ten years by the Congress government.Referring to the recent affidavit filed by the Central government in the Supreme Court, he said that there were 232 recommendations in the report, out of which the Congress government had implemented 152.He said if the Congress did not implement the remaining 80 points, it was the responsibility of the Centre and the Khattar government to do it now.”The Central government has hit small traders and shopkeepers hard by implementing the GST,” he alleged.”The textile industry is closed. The process of GST has become so complicated that the trader will just be filing returns the entire year,” he claimed.He said GST will lead to rise in inflation, hitting the common man hard.

Haryana to subsidise installation of micro-irrigation systems

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To check declining groundwater level and conserve water, the Haryana government will provide subsidy to the tune of 85 per cent on installation of micro- irrigation systems, according to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Besides, a micro-irrigation project has been prepared for 36 blocks falling in the dark zone, said Khattar, who was interacting with media persons after inaugurating solar- power-run micro irrigation pilot project in village Gunthala Garhu in the district. The pilot project has been launched under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) to ensure water supply to every farm. “Costing Rs 24.65 crore, this will be the first project of its kind in the country, which will draw energy from solar power and the grid, and will be connected to the nearest 11 KV line through hotline to ensure uninterrupted power supply,” he said. Additional power generated by solar power panels at the project would be supplied to the nearest power sub-station, which would be connected to 24-hour plant of 11 KV line. This project would be implemented in all 36 blocks falling in the dark zone, he said. However, in the first phase, 13 districts would be covered. These include Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Hisar, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Rewari, Mahendragarh, Sirsa, Sonepat, Panipat and Jind. Canal irrigated area measuring 1,972.49 hectare has been included in this project, and its discharge would be 15.86 cusecs. The chief minister also felicitated farmers for their contribution towards the implementation of the project and gave away letters of appreciation. He also released a booklet prepared by the Canal Area Development Authority (CADA) for farmers and planted saplings on the occasion. Khattar was accompanied by the state’s Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar and MLA, Assandh, Bakhshish Singh Virk.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lay foundation stone of the medical college or face protest:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress today demanded that the foundation stone of the proposed medical college in Jind be laid in three days, failing which they will launch an agitation against Manohar Lal Khattar-led state government. Khattar had announced that a medical college will soon come up in Jind but the foundation stone of the project is yet to be laid, Congress leader Pramod Sehwag said. “The work on the proposed Railway under-bridge is also yet to start, the CM is fooling the people of Jind,” Sehwag said, adding that the Congress workers will show black flags to the chief minister when he visits the city on July 26. “The four-lane state highway between Rohtak-Jind which started in Congress’ rule was stalled by the BJP government , the law and order situation is deteriorating everyday. The whole city goes into darkness after sunset as no street lights are working,” he claimed. He asked INLD MLA from Jind Hari Chand Midha to join hands to take on the government. “INLD MLAs are nowhere to be seen during protests but are always seen when the campaign for the elections are on,” he joked. “We are giving three days time to the state government, if they don’t lay the foundation stone of the medical college, we won’t think twice before coming out on the streets,” he warned.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre, Haryana Govt. ink pact to revive River Saraswati, provide water in drought-prone area

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Centre and the Government of Haryana joined hands on Thursday to revive the long lost River Saraswati and provide water to the drought-prone areas of India. Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Dharmendra Pradhan and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar witnessed the signing of the ?Memorandum of Agreement?. Pradhan said, ?The Haryana Government and ONGC have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for drilling of 10 water wells along the Petro Channel of Saraswati River up to a depth of 400-500 meters, which will aim at providing water in drought-prone areas?. Helping to restore the lost glory of River Saraswati, Pradhan stated that this MoA will also retain the river?s beauty as well. ?The MoA signed today will not just increase the availability of water in the region but will also help in efforts towards rediscovering the lost lineage of Saraswati River. In years to come, water will be a costlier commodity than Oil; in fact, in some parts of the World it’s already costlier,? Pradhan said. Khattar further asserted that this ONGC project is an added advantage for the state. ?This ONGC project will be the best added advantage for the state. Drilling of 10 water wells will aim at providing sufficient water in drought-prone areas especially for the summer season. When this plan was initiated I happily wanted to take it ahead for the state,? Khattar added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sonowal asks Haryana CM to probe Assamese singer’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today spoke to his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar seeking proper probe into the mysterious death of a popular Assamese actress and singer in Gurgaon. During his telephonic conversation, Sonowal requested Khattar for ensuring proper investigation into the death of Bidisha Bezbaruah so that the bereaved family gets justice in the case, an official release said. Sonowal is presently in New Delhi. Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner and Nodal Officer of Delhi Police for NE People Robin Hibu has also requested the Gurgaon Police Commissioner for detailed investigation into the incident. Hibu also asked the Gurgaon Police Commissioner to carry out post-mortem procedure with the help of senior doctors, the release said. Bezbaruah, who hails from Guwahati, was found hanging in her flat in Gurgaon yesterday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Har govt renaming projects announced by Cong: Hooda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today alleged that the BJP government in the state was only renaming projects and reversing decisions of the previous Congress dispensation. The BJP had made tall pre-poll promises and had also claimed that if voted to power it would be a “game-changer”, but it has turned out to be just a “name-changer”, he alleged after voting in the presidential election. “The only credit that can be given to this government is that they have been reversing decisions of the previous government and changing names of old and already announced schemes and projects, and presenting them as new,” Hooda said. He alleged that the Manohar Lal Khattar government, which would complete three years in office in October, had “failed” on all fronts. “Their (BJP government) performance sheet is blank. When people used to ask me how many marks I would give them when they complete a year in office, I used to tell them, I cannot give marks less than zero. “But, today, I think, they deserve minus points for their performance,” Hooda said. He claimed that the BJP had failed to implement even one its promises. “They had made 154 promises before the elections in 2014, but they failed to fulfill even one. It is just changing names of our schemes and projects. They are not doing any work. They are only giving slogans. Their achievement is nil,” he said. The Congress leader claimed that all sections, including farmers, traders, labourers, employees, poor and Dalits, were unhappy with the present regime. “I have never seen people getting disenchanted by the government whom they have elected. This government has failed to create faith among the people of the state,” he said, adding “this government is completely direction-less”. Hooda demanded that the state government should issue a white paper on the tall claims of investments worth crores of rupees in the state. “They claimed that MoUs worth over Rs 6 lakh crore had been signed during various summits and meetings and investments were on ground. But where are these investments, we want to know. They should issue a white paper to clear their position,” he said. “Haryana was carved out in 1966, from that year till 2014, the total debt of the state was Rs 71,000 crore, which crossed Rs 1.40 lakh crore in just three years of their rule,” Hooda said. On the employment, he said, “As far as giving employment goes, if you take figures of the Gurgaon Employment Exchange, on an average it comes to giving one job in one year. They had promised to give two lakh jobs per year, this claim to proved to be hollow”. “During Congress’s time, we had set up four power plants. But what is the situation today, in Yamunanagar, one unit is lying closed… Haryana is suffering because of their anti-people decisions,” he claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khattar announces horticulture centre in honour of Pulwama

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced that a horticultural centre in Jind district would be named after Captain Pawan Kumar who was killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir last year. Khattar made the announcement during a meeting of the Civil Military Liaison Conference at the Western Command Headquarters in Panchkula’s Chandimandir. Lt. Gen. Surender Singh, General Officer Commanding- in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Western Command, was also present at the meeting, an official release said. The 23-year-old Army officer, Kumar, from the district, had died fighting militants in Kashmir’s Pulwama district last year. The 10 Para Special Forces officer was leading his men from the front in an operation in a 7-storey building in Pampore where at least three terrorists had holed up. Khattar also said that an office of Zila Sainik Board would be set up in the newly created district of Charkhi Dadri. Khattar said the state government had always been in the forefront of ensuring the welfare of serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and their dependents. A separate Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare Department has been created with an independent administrative secretary, he said. Besides, it has also been decided that all posts advertised by the state recruiting agencies would be hosted on the website of the Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare Department, to be launched shortly, so that ex-servicemen could benefit from seats reserved for them in various government departments, he said. The department has tied up with the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) and the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) for this purpose. Lauding the efforts of the armed forces in safeguarding the borders of the country, the chief minister said they were always prepared to sacrifice their life to ensure a secure and bright future for the people of the country. He also said the Western Command was the pride of the Indian Army and had made outstanding achievements in the last seven decades. Talking about the state’s contribution to the army, Khattar said Haryana was a small state with only two per cent of the country s population, yet its contribution to the armed forces of the country was ten per cent. The chief minister said during the last 32 months of the present government, various facilities had been extended to serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and their dependants in the state. The ex-gratia grant to martyrs has been enhanced to Rs 50 lakh from Rs 20 lakh. Scholarships for the students from Haryana, studying in the Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, had been enhanced from Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 per year per student from April 1, 2017, he said. Complimenting the efforts of the Western Command for organising the Civil Military Liaison conference every year, he said it should be organised regularly as it provided a platform to both the government and the Army to take up various issues of mutual interest. Lt. General Surender Singh thanked the state government for allotting five acres of land in Bahadurgarh for the Jai Jawan Awas Yojna and said that work on this project would be started soon.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC sets aside appointment of four chief parl secys in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a setback to the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today set aside the appointment of four BJP MLAs as chief parliamentary secretaries. The judgment of a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court came on a PIL filed by a lawyer, Jagmohan Singh Bhatti, who had filed the litigation shortly after the four were appointed chief parliamentary secretaries in July 2015. A division bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Darshan Singh, however, gave the four legislators – Shyam Singh Rana, Bakhshish Singh Virk, Seema Trikha and Kamal Gupta – time to file an appeal against the order by keeping it in abeyance for three weeks. The Haryana government’s decision to appoint the four was challenged by Bhatti on the ground that there were no such provisions in the Constitution and the appointments were thus, unconstitutional, and also a burden on the exchequer. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had administered oath to four party legislators as chief parliamentary secretaries on July 23, 2015. Rana is MLA from Radaur in Yamunanagar district, Virk, MLA from Assandh in Karnal district is the lone Sikh face among BJP MLAs, Trikha is a legislator from Badhkal in Faridabad and Gupta is an MLA from Hisar. Significantly, chief parliamentary secretaries are often appointed on these posts by various state governments to accommodate MLAs since all cannot be made ministers due to a statutory ceiling of 15 per cent on ministerial berths vis-a- vis the respective assembly strength. Bhatti had contended that the state was spending lakhs of rupees of public money on paying for the salaries, perks and facilities of these secretaries, who were de-facto ministers. However, the Haryana government had countered the claims saying the four chief parliamentary secretaries were not getting the salary or allowances provided to ministers and were also not included in the category of ministers. The government counsel had argued that they were not appointed as ministers on the advice of the chief minister, nor administered an oath of office and secrecy by the governor. The state had argued that the four were appointed in public interest to assist the ministers in view of their multifarious duties. Bhatti told reporters that the Bench observed that the appointments of chief parliamentary secretaries were contrary to the constitutional intent of limiting the number of ministers or the size of the cabinet. Earlier in August last year, Punjab and Haryana High Court had also quashed the appointment of the chief parliamentary secretaries made by the previous SAD-BJP government in April 2012. In that case too, Bhatti was one of the petitioners.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana govt school students to get purified drinking water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The students of government schools in Haryana will get purified drinking water from next year as the Manohar Lal Khattar dispensation has decided to install reverse osmosis systems on all school premises of the state. Initially, this facility would be made available in urban schools from the next year and later on, it would be further extended to schools in rural areas also, an official spokesperson said today. “A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today to review the progress of centrally sponsored schemes,” he said, adding Finance minister, Capt. Abhimanyu and Minister of State for Public Health Engineering, Dr Banwari Lal were also present. Apart from this, the government is also planning to install solar panels on the roof-top of government schools. The solar energy thus produced would be utilised to run computers. While reviewing the schemes, Khattar stressed on the need to increase the state’s revenue rather than depending on debts from other sources. He also directed the officials to constitute a committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, comprising officers from the Finance Department as its members, to find ways to curtail wasteful expenditure and to bring down revenue expenditure. The Chief Minister directed that all the administrative secretaries to prepare realistic proposals of various schemes before sending it to the Project Approval Board so that the funds may be released by the centre at the earliest. He also directed them that the budget under the centrally sponsored scheme should be fully utilised so that development works does not get hamper, the spokesman said. Khattar also directed to make provision of separate budget for the implementation of ambitious ‘Maha Gram Yojna’ to provide sewerage facility in 126 villages having population of more than 10,000. He said that the state government was in the process of setting up a ‘Smart Gram Authority’ and the “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) would also be linked with it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Flooded roads leave commuters stranded in Gurugram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy showers on Friday saw waterlogged roads slow down the pace of traffic at various parts in the city. As a result, commuters coming from Delhi had a great difficulty in reaching their respective workplaces.”It happens here every year. We were stuck in long traffic jams because of the waterlogging,” said Rakesh Yadav.Last year, Gurugram witnessed a massive traffic problem due to waterlogging resulting in long traffic snarls. The administration was highly criticised for it then, but this year it seems to be no better.Many people blamed the planning and design of the Millennium City which they said has stopped the water from draining away.”The city has become a mess and there is no planning in the construction. Nothing has changed by changing its name. It is still Gurujam for us,” said Parth Taneja, who works for a software company.Even the employees of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), a body responsible for planning and development of the urban area, struggled to get into their office in sector 14 area. Knee-deep water in the parking area of the planning body’s office was indeed an irony.On Thursday, the waterlogging problem did not even spare the Chief Minister Manoharlal Khattar. His convoy was stuck in traffic for a while, despite preparations made by the police authorities.The MCG (Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon) has set up a control room in Sector 34 to deal with waterlogging and traffic issue while the Chief Minister has promised to widen the Badshahpur drain by 10 metres, which will lessen the waterlogging problem in the city.

Now, INLD announces support for Ram Nath Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana’s main opposition party, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), has announced its support to National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA’s) Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, who was in Chandigarh to meet the legislators.Accompanied by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Kovind reached Chandigarh, where he was welcomed by former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.After meeting the SAD-BJP legislators in Chandigarh, who assured him of complete support, Kovind reached Panchkula, where he met the BJP legislators from Haryana. Soon after the meeting concluded, he met INLD legislators to seek their support. He was accompanied by Khattar, Anil Jain, in-charge of BJP affairs in Haryana, and the BJP state president Subhash Barala.”We have decided to support Kovind,” INLD’s General Secretary Abhay Chautala said after the meeting, adding that the decision to support Kovind was taken after discussing his candidature during the working committee meeting of the party a few days ago. The party had left the decision to party supremo Om Prakash Chautala, who is undergoing his sentence in the teachers’ recruitment scam.”After weighing his credentials and an extensive debate, the party has decided that he is the most suitable candidate for the highest office of the country,” Abhay Chautala said while addressing party workers. The party has two members in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha, apart from 19 MLAs in the 90-member Haryana Assembly, which has a BJP majority with 47 MLAs and the support of five Independent members.”Kovind also paid tributes to late Chaudhary Devi Lal and said that he remembered the day when his statue was unveiled in the complex of the Parliament, and assured that he would remain above party politics,” said the INLD spokesperson.

INLD announces support to NDA’s presidential nominee Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana’s main opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) today announced its support to NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. “We will support Kovind,” INLD general secretary and MLA Abhay Chautala announced after a party meeting here. Earlier, Kovind held confabulations with Haryana BJP MLAs and MPs here to seek support in his favour. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was also present in the meeting. Khattar later drove to the venue of the INLD meeting where Chautala announced his party’s support to Kovind. In the 90-member Haryana Assembly, the ruling BJP enjoys a majority with 47 MLAs and the support of five Independents. The Congress has 17 MLAs. The Shiromani Akali Dal has a lone legislator in Haryana Assembly, while the INLD, which is the principal opposition party, has 19. Among the Lok Sabha MPs in Haryana, the ruling BJP has seven members, INLD has two and the Congress has one, while the BJP has only one member among the five Rajya Sabha MPs. Media baron Subhash Chandra was last year elected to the upper house with the BJP’s support. The Congress has two Rajya Sabha members and the INLD has one in Haryana.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP, Cong same on issues like Article 370: Kurukshetra MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MP from Kurukshetra Raj Kumar Saini today said there is no difference between the BJP and the Congress when it comes to issues like Article 370 that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The MP told reporters that, “When it comes to issues like population control and Article 370, the BJP and the Congress both are same.” The parliamentarian also hinted of launching a new party in a rally here on November 26. Saini said had he been on a senior position in the government “he would have sent to jail Congress leaders and those who were allegedly raising anti-national slogans in the JNU in 2016”. When asked about the performance of the BJP government in Haryana, the MP said he will give zero marks to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for law-and-order situation but will give full marks for development and honesty. Targeting the former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, he alleged the Congress leader had sown the seed of Jat reservation in 2005 which helped him to form a government. He misled the community to stay in power, the MP alleged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Har govt has disbursed Rs 2,400 cr compensation to farmers: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that his government has disbursed Rs 2,400 crore as compensation to farmers in the last two years. He said the BJP government in the state was pursuing farmer-centric policies and has set a target to double the income of tillers by 2022. Notably, the opposition Congress has upped the ante on the farmers issue in the state and senior leaders, including former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Randeep Singh Surjewala and Ashok Tanwar, addressing meetings of farmers to highlight their plight. Khattar claimed that the farmers in the state are satisfied with the availability of fertilisers, seeds and water for irrigation. “Many initiatives have been taken to make agriculture risk-free. Under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, there is a provision of compensation in case of crop damage and also if farm production is less than average,” the chief minister said. “Many facilities are being provided for crop procurement in mandis. As many as 54 grain markets in the state have been connected online,” he said. Khattar said Haryana Agro-business Training School was being set up in Hisar and Maharana Pratap Horticulture University was being established in Karnal to promote horticulture and keep farmers updated with new techniques. “Zero per cent interest rate facility is being provided on crop loan. Beekeeping, milk production, pisciculture, mushroom growing are also being promoted,” he said. On introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Khattar said it is a good initiative for reforming the economy and it would bring transparency in business. “Tax on television sets, air conditioners, washing machines, furniture would now be levied at the rate of 28 per cent, which was presently taxed at 33 per cent. GST would end red-tapism and facilitate consumers and traders by reducing costs,” he said. The chief minister said that 50 per cent of the announcements regarding development works in the state made by him in the last 32 months have been implemented.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

If Congress cared about Dalits, they would’ve nominated Meira Kumar last time: Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today that the opposition parties fielded Meira Kumar as their presidential candidate to divide Dalits to “save their skin”.Only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah picked Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as the NDA’s presidential candidate, the Congress decided to field Kumar, Adityanath told reporters after Kovind filed his nomination papers.”Intentions of the opposition are not honest towards Dalits, otherwise they would had fielded Kumar last time,” Adityanath said.The opposition parties have fielded her only to divide Dalits in the country, he added.
ALSO READ ‘Vow to keep office above party politics’: Flanked by NDA leaders, Ram Nath Kovind files his nomination papers Echoing the UP chief minister’s views, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said that opposition parties have made Kumar a “scapegoat” by naming her as the opposition’s presidential candidate.
ALSO READ Prez Polls: How Modi-Shah smashed Opposition unity by picking Ram Nath Kovind”They thought about Dalits for the top post only after the BJP announced Kovindji as presidential candidate. And why didn’t Congress nominate her last time when it was in a position to get her elected to the highest office,” Modi said.Praising the choice of the NDA, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das expressed confidence that Kovind would be victorious.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar described the BJP’s choice for the top constitutional post as a step towards empowering the lower sections of society.Kovind hails from humble background and is a committed person for social cause and his personality suits the stature, Khattar added.Speaking highly about Kovind, Union minister Uma Bharti said Kovind was a successful MP and a committed worker towards social causes.

50 pc concession in Hry Roadways buses to any destination for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To facilitate senior citizens, the Haryana government has decided to allow a concession of 50 per cent in the fares of state roadways buses to any destination, including those in other states. At a meeting held here, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar also directed the officers to abolish bus pass service for Haryana Roadways for the staff of the chief minister and other ministers working in the Haryana civil secretariat, an official release said. “Passengers availing any concession in the fare of Haryana Roadways buses will have to procure e-ticket through Aadhaar-based biometric identification. This will ensure that the facilities are not misused. This scheme will be implemented within the next four months,” an official release said. The decision was mentioned at a meeting of the transport department presided over by Khattar here today, it said. Transport minister Krishan Lal Panwar was also present in the meeting, the release said. The chief minister said that while 50 per cent concession in fare was already being given to men aged 65 years and above and women aged 60 years and above for intra-state travel in the buses of Haryana Roadways, this facility would now be extended to include inter-state travel. He directed the officers to issue a notification to this effect at the earliest. He also directed the appointment of drivers and conductors in Haryana Roadways buses through outsourcing until recruitment is carried out, so that all routes may be covered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yoga Day celebrated with enthusiasm across Haryana and Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The third international Yoga Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm across the twin states of Haryana and Punjab. Chief minister, ministers, MLAs and chief parliamentary secretaries took part in district level functions in Haryana. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was the chief guest in district level function organised in Indri in Karnal. Yoga Day celebrations were also held in Union Territory Chandigarh here. Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Khattar lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to make Yoga Day an international event. Khattar touched upon several steps which the BJP government in the state has taken for promoting yoga. Our government has been working on promoting Yoga, Ayurveda and Sanskrit,” Khattar said, asking people to adopt yoga in their daily life. Khattar asserted that all kinds of obstacles can be overcome with the help of a determined mind and thoughts and said Yoga not only helps keep the body free of diseases, but also strengthens the mind and intellect. The Chief Minister also said that yoga was beneficial, especially given the stress which has become part of today’s modern life. Talking about steps taken by his government to eliminate corruption and bring in transparency, he said, “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas is our aim and we are working on it. ” In Punjab, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan participated in International Yoga Day function held in Amritsar. In Bathinda, Union MP and SAD MP from there Harsimrat Kaur Badal took part in function in the city. The main Yoga Day celebrations in Chandigarh were held in Sector 17, where Punjab Governor and UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore was the chief guest. Union Health Minister J P Nadda, BJP MP from here Kirron Kher and Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon and party’s senior leader Satya Pal Jain were also present. “Yoga is our ancient discipline, it helps strength mind and intellect. We can keep our body free from disease by doing yoga regularly. I want that more and more people should adopt yoga in their daily lives,” Nadda told reporters here. At the event here, around 3000 participants performed yoga in accordance with the common Yoga protocol given by the Ministry of AYUSH.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurdwara collapse: 2 more bodies found, toll rise to 3, CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two more bodies were found today from the debris of a gurudwara which collapsed on National Highway 1 here, taking the toll to three, even as NDRF and Haryana Police teams were carrying out operations to look for some more trapped persons. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who visited the site and reviewed the relief work, announced an ex gratia of Rs five lakh to the kin of those killed and Rs two lakh to those who sustained grievous injuries and Rs one lakh to those who sustained minor injuries. The gurudwara, where some construction work was going on, had collapsed last evening, killing a 30-year-old man was killed and injuring eight others. It is situated on the busy GT road. After recovery of two more bodies, the toll in the incident reached three, a senior police official said. “Three people have died in the incident that include two labourers. Rescuers were still at the spot searching for more people who could be trapped under the debris,” Karnal Range Inspector General of Police, Subhash Yadav told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ad blitzkrieg, divisive politics sum up BJP’s 3yrs: Gogoi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress alleged today that the Modi government’s talk about development had proved to be hollow and the BJP led dispensation was focussed only on advertisements and polarisation. Addressing a press conference here, Congress MP and spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi also took a dig saying the recent incident when Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal had to scale a tree so that his phone could catch signals showed how effective the ‘Digital India’ campaign had been. “Beyond the slogans, advertising and hyper-rhetoric, the sentiment is gloomy. The so called development exists only on paper,” Gogoi, said at a press conference at the Haryana Congress headquarters here. India’s economic growth has sharply slowed down, primarily due to demonetisation, which was a “scam”, Gogoi claimed. The promised ‘Acche Din’ (good days) have come, but only for a select few as the “suit boot ki sarkar” was pursuing “anti-poor” and “anti-farmer” policies while favouring the rich and the corporates, he said. He said that ‘Digital India’s progress can be gauged from the fact that “one of ministers in the government had to climb a tree to catch mobile signals”. “The BJP government only believes in Vigyapan (advertisement blitzkrieg) and Vibhajan (divisive politics),” Gogoi said, flanked by Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar here. Acche Din have come, but only for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and those industrialists who are close to the ruling party, he alleged. “Today, they are talking about privatising Air India, various PSUs are shutting down….What happened to HMT in Haryana….do they have answers to these?,” he asked. Terming demonetisation a “scam”, he said, “it’s real impact was now slowly being felt. It has dealt a big blow to economy, especially in rural areas. Any government because of which farmers, youth, rural folk and the poor stand to lose, that cannot last long, Gogoi said. “They said demonetisation will deal a blow to black money, but till today, no one knows how much black money was found. If anyone puts an RTI, they do not reply,” he said. Asked about the BJP’s claim that the government is scam-free unlike the previous Congress led regime, Gogoi said, “they brush their scams under the carpet”. “Vyapam scam and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation scam, everyone knows about them and demonetisation scam will emerge in time to come,” he claimed. Asked about the cases against Congress leaders like former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Gogoi said, “we welcome every kind of inquiry, but it should be made time bound”. The BJP government, he said, should not use CBI as a political tool. “What happened in Vyapam scam, Gujarat Petroleum scam, when their own government and Ministers are in dock, they remain silent….who assisted Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya, all these facts should emerge,” Gogoi said. On the country’s economy, he claimed the GDP de- accelerated at 6.1 per cent year-on-year between January 2017 -March 2017. The promised jobs are not being created, he said. “The Index of Industrial Production was growing at 5.3 per cent in February 2016, which has come down to 1.9 per cent in March 2017. Bank credit growth at 5.3 per cent in 2016-17, is the lowest in 63 years,” Gogoi said. “Taking a dig he said ‘ease of doing business’ had become cease of business and there had been an increase in the number of stalled projects, estimated to be worth a whopping Rs 77,000 crore. Falling exports prove that the economy is sluggish,” he said. All the labour reforms which the BJP government wants to bring are anti-labour, Gogoi alleged. On oil prices, he said that “post May 2014, international crude oil prices had come down by more than 55 per cent, but the prices of diesel and petrol had not been reduced. “The government has earned a windfall Rs 233,000 crore by reduction in the crude oil prices, but no one knows where this money has gone?”, he asked. He said the government’s decision to increase fuel prices from June 16, was a “double whammy”. The Congress MP alleged that “tax terrorism” had flourished under the BJP regime, with “unlimited power of search and seizure given to the tax man.” On the housing sector, he said the BJP government had renamed the ‘Rajiv Awas Yojna’ as ‘Housing For All’ promising two crore houses by year 2022. “In three years, the BJP government has completed 1,02,676 houses only. At this pace, it will take 600 years to construct two crore houses. This is a cruel joke,” he said. He said under the government’s ‘Digital India’ scheme, 2,18,000 gram panchayats had to be given internet connectivity. The first phase of Digital India was to cover 1,00,289 Panchayats but after three years, only 16,355 panchayats have been covered. “At this pace, it will take 40 years to meet the objective,” he said. ATTACKS KHATTAR GOVT Hitting out at the Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP government in Haryana, Gogoi said the state had lagged its rule, the investment flow had stopped and the promised international airport had not materialised. He also hit out at over the law and order situation in Haryana, referring to the several incidents during the past one month including gang-rape of a woman from the north-east. “It shows how police and administration are working here,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Miffed at not being served bread, Haryana CM’s ADC thrashes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A cook, working at the residence of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, today alleged that the ADC to the CM thrashed him for not serving bread. The cook, Anup Kumar, has lodged a complaint in this regard with the Chandigarh police, the police said here. Kumar alleged that he was beaten up by the ADC to the Haryana chief minister, Rajnish Garg, DSP Ram Gopal said, adding Garg was angry with the cook for not serving bread during breakfast on Thursday. The cook alleged that he was beaten up in the presence of Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the CM, Neeraj Daftuar, the DSP said. The medical examination of the cook has been done and the report is awaited, the DSP said. Investigations into the allegations are underway and no case has been registered so far, the officer said. Garg was appointed the Aide De Camp (Tour) to the chief minister last year.(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.)

Cong hits out at Centre for its "anti-farmer" policies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today hit out at the Centre over its “anti-farmer” policies, alleging that a “foodgrain mafia” is prospering under the current regime. The party also claimed that farmer suicides in the country are on a rise. “The total number of suicides by the farmers, including farm labourers, has shown a consistent increase since the BJP came to power at the Centre with an estimated 14,000 farmers committing suicide in 2016. The figure for the year 2014 was 12,360 while it was 12,630 in 2015,” Congress leader and former Union minister Jitendra Singh told reporters here. He alleged that while defaulting loans worth over a whopping Rs 1.54 lakh crore of rich people had been waived, the Modi government is “shy of bringing a comprehensive loan waiver scheme for distressed farmers”. Singh said that a foodgrain mafia was prospering under the BJP rule in the country. He alleged that the Centre was procuring less to give undue advantage to the “foodgrain mafia”. “The Central agencies had procured about 59.18 lakh tonne less wheat in 2016-17 as compared to 2015-16 to give undue benefits to the foodgrain mafia,” he said. “On one hand, the BJP government buys less wheat from country’s farmers. On the other hand, it imports wheat by reducing import duty from 25 percent to zero percent. The nexus with foodgrain mafia is evident,” he added. Picking out shortcomings in the BJP-ruled UP government’s recent farm loan waiver scheme, Singh said, “Of UP’s 2.15 crore small and marginal farmers, only 86.68 lakh were within the banking system. The remaining 1.28 crore farmers were denied the hyped loan waiver on account of indebtedness to money lenders”. The Congress leader said that in 2015-16, the BJP-led Centre permitted the import of pulses at Rs 44/kg, which were sold at Rs 230 per kg. “In 2016-17, despite bumper production of 221 lakh tonne, BJP government has again permitted import of 54 lakh tonne pulses at Rs 44 per kg,” he said. On the prime minister’s ‘Fasal Bima Yojana’, launched in April last year, Singh claimed that “the scheme benefits private empanelled companies and not the targeted farmers. Moreover, the premium paid to companies is many times more than the compensation paid to farmers”. Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, who was also present, hit out at the Manohar Lal Khattar government in the state, alleging that it had failed on all fronts. “People are fed up with this non-performing government,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No change in state leadership, Khattar to continue as CM: Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Putting to rest the ongoing speculations regarding change in the state leadership, BJP president Amit Shah today said that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will continue in office. When specifically asked to comment on the speculations that Khattar is likely to be changed in coming days, in the wake of reports on “dissident” activities by at least 16 MLAs, Shah said, “there is no change”. 63-year-old Khattar, a former RSS pracharak, was picked up as the Chief Minister after BJP formed government in Haryana on its own in 2014, for the first time. There were many front runners for the Chief Minister’s post when BJP came to power in the state including Anil Vij, Ram Bilas Sharma and Capt Abhimanyu, all of whom are ministers now, but Khattar pipped them to become the CM. At least 16 MLAs of BJP have openly expressed their unhappiness in the past, amid friction with the state bureaucracy. On some party MLAs and even workers being unhappy, Shah said, “I meet all of them, you need not be worried”. When asked about the rising dissent among party leaders in the state, the BJP chief countered a reporter and asked him to name the ‘dissident’ MLAs. Shah also praised the Khattar Government, especially its performance in improving the skewed sex ratio in the state. Notably, Shah will be undertaking a three-day Haryana tour, as part of his nationwide “vistaar mission”, in July. On being asked that Chandigarh BJP MP Kirron Kher is not getting enough support from the party’s local leadership, Shah said, “she is doing good work and all of them are supporting her”. On the issue of Chandigarh, the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, Shah said, “whatever the present situation is that remains”. When asked that Modi government was against “VIP culture” but Chandigarh today was dotted with BJP flags and posters in view of his visit, Shah said, “putting up flag is not a VIP culture…”. To a related question on traffic diversion due to his visit, Shah said, “there is no role of party in this. If local administration diverted the route, then they kept in mind the convenience of people”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

INLD alleges scam in purchase of benches for public places

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana’s principal opposition party INLD today alleged a scam in the purchase of benches for parks and public places in the state. Senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala accused the ruling BJP of extending benefits to their favourites in purchase of benches. “The benches which have been installed are commonly available in the market ranging from Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,200, but these are being purchased for anything between Rs 4,500 to Rs 5,200,” he alleged. He said the government has been purchasing about 50 to 100 benches for a village or town depending upon the population. “At some places, you will find these benches even on roadside where no one uses them. What is shocking is that these benches are being bought from the firms of the BJP MLAs, leaders or their kin,” Abhay alleged while talking to mediapersons here. “We have ascertained these facts while more facts will be known in near future as our party workers have sought more information through Right to Information (RTI) applications,” he said. Chautala alleged that the BJP government in the state was “neck deep in corruption” and would surpass even the previous Congress regime. He also claimed to have proof of alleged corruption by BJP members in the state, which he would make public in future. Chautala hit out at the Khattar government on the issue of crimes against women in the state, including recent incidences of gang-rapes. Meanwhile, INLD’s deputy leader and former minister, Jaswinder Sandhu alleged that chapters from the textbooks pertaining to the life of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur, had been removed from textbooks of the State School Board. “The chapters pertaining to Guru Teg Bahadur’s life have been dropped from the textbooks of Classes 8th, 9th and 10th. It is sad that this has been done. Guru sahib sacrificed his own life to protect the faith of others, but it is most unfortunate that the BJP government in Haryana choses not to let the children know about such a great personality,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gang rape-and-murder of woman an unfortunate incident: Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today termed as “unfortunate” the brutal gang rape-and-murder of a young woman from Sonipat, and said the guilty would not be spared. Talking to reporters here, he said an inquiry was being conducted into the unfortunate incident and that the guilty would not be spared. The 23-year-old woman was gang-raped and brutally murdered with her mutilated body being found in Rohtak district, police said. Stray dogs had bitten away the victim’s face and lower portion of her body which was spotted by a passer-by in the urban estate area of Rohtak on May 11, they said. Two persons have been arrested in this connection, Superintendent of Police of Sonipat Ajay Malik said. Meanwhile, Khattar said the state government would frame a policy under the Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act passed by Parliament. He said that this would provide a big relief to vendors. In reply to a query on the river water-sharing issue, he said that Haryana’s need for water was much higher than Punjab and therefore, all treaties made in this direction should be implemented. In reply to another question, he said that work on the state resident database would be completed in the next three months. After its completion, integrated data of the population would be available with the government, enabling it to pass on benefits of various schemes to deserving people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Honour past agreements: Khattar tells states on water disputes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of river water sharing disputes, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that agreements arrived at in the past must be honoured by the states. At a meeting of northern states chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here, he complained that Haryana was suffering as Punjab was not releasing the water due to it and voiced concern over excess river water being allowed to flow into Pakistan. “Since our faith in the Constitution of India is full and unflinching we would never hesitate in taking legal recourse in our determination to safeguard our interests and to protect the rights of the residents of the state,” Khatter said. At the same time, the chief minister said his government is willing to work towards an “amicable settlement” of every issue. Haryana is a water stressed state as against the demand of 36.0 MAF water, the availability of water is only 14.7 MAF, he said at the meeting of Northern Zonal Council (NZC). “We have to give, out of our own share in the Yamuna waters, extra water to Delhi in compliance of the apex court’s orders, even as Punjab is not delivering Haryana’s full share of the Ravi-Beas water,” he said. He also urged the Union government to expedite the construction of Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar-Vyasi dams on river Yamuna. He said that it is also a matter of concern that even after the signing of the Indus Water Treaty in 1960, more than 3 MAF of water is being allowed to flow into Pakistan. The chief minister said that the supplies in river Yamuna have been dwindling over the recent years and there being no dam on it, precious water goes waste during the monsoon season. It is “most unfortunate” that thousands of villages in Haryana and millions of hectares of land are even today bereft of the water that is our due from Punjab, he said. Khattar said that “we are not in agreement with the Punjab government on their proposal of exclusive investment in the Bhakra Main Line Canal and exclusive utilization f the electricity generated there”. He said that on the matter of the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste from Delhi, Haryana’s concerns about disposal and storage of the waste must be kept in mind, while finalising the details of the project. He said the project should be as per norms and not detrimental to the quality of life of the residents of the area He hoped that the deliberations held today would help to evolve a consensus on several inter-state and Centre-state issues. “I am sure we will never lose sight of the important aspect of promotion of cooperative federalism even as we remain engaged in the task of building a modern, strong and developed India”, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana govt to conduct survey to provide affordable houses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government has decided to conduct a survey to identify beneficiaries for providing affordable houses under ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna- Housing for all’ programme to people living in urban areas of the state. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Urban Local Bodies department held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today, an official spokesman said. It was also decided that those who are living in urban areas and were residents of the state as on June 17, 2015, would be eligible to participate in the survey. Those belonging to economically weaker sections, low income group and medium income group living in urban areas would be eligible for credit linked subsidy and affordable houses in the state, he said. The applicant should have Aadhar card and a bank account, is one of the conditions. The applicant or his family members should not have any pucca house in any other locality, is another. Applicants who has not been benefitted under any central or state housing scheme would be eligible to avail the benefits under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Robert Vadra slams Kejriwal over corruption charges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lambasting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over corruption charges, Congress president Sonia Gandhi?s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Tuesday said the people have now witnessed both right and wrong. ?The people have now witnessed both right and wrong. It will be revealed in the future. But it is very much necessary to have proof before blaming someone. It was wrong that I was blamed without testimony,? Vadra told reporters. Vadra, who has been at the receiving end of Kejriwal’s accusations of dubious land deals, took a dig on the Delhi Chief Minister through his Facebook post. “From inception in 2010, the people who threw baseless, false accusations at me are now having to face a similar plight. That too from an insider who claims to have substantial proof,” Vadra said. ?Well, I’ve borne so many false accusations from various politicians, mostly to gain publicity for themselves or divert the public mind from important national issues that I’d like to see how this one plays out. Had been on the receiving end, of a political and media campaign to malign me,” he added. Vadra wished Kejriwal to come out clean in the matter for the sake of people of Delhi who trusted the AAP leader by giving him an enormous majority to lead. ?I sincerely wish Mr. Kejriwal all the best. I hope he comes out clean for the sake of the people who believed in him. Also for the respect of his immediately family, especially the children, for whom such trials by media, of those they love and look up to are painful and sad,” Vadra said. Nearly five years ago, Kejriwal was among the first ones to have accused Vadra of benefiting from land deals made in Haryana when the Congress was in power for 10 years. The deals were held up by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during poll campaigns for years as proof of massive corruption on Congress watch. Vadra has consistently rejected the allegations that were inquired into by a commission set up by the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana. Last month, wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra issued a statement that her finances were separate from those of her husband and his company.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana CM lays foundation stone of 30 buildings in Jind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today inaugurated the Safidon drain project here and laid the foundation stone of 30 residential buildings to be constructed in the sub-division. He also approved allocation of Rs 2.10 crore from the Kurukshetra Development Board for the development of pilgrimage site ‘Naag Kshetra’. Khattar said the Safidon drain project would cost Rs 7 crore while Rs 9.12 crore would be spent on constructing the residential buildings. The Chief Minister unveiled the statue of Sikh leader Maharaja Jassa Singh Ahluwalia here and announced that the chowk and the ITI here would be named after the Maharaja. Congratulating members of the Maharaja Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Kirti Abhiyan Samiti, he stressed the need to apprise the youth about the lives and deeds of such great personalities. Khattar also approved the demands for the construction of roads, upgradation of schools and setting up of veterinary hospitals. Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Steel Birender Singh said Tri Shatabadi Samaroh of Maharaja Jassa Singh Ahluwalia should be celebrated throughout Haryana with full honour. The Union Minister S S Ahluwalia said the aim of organising Tri Shatabadi Samaroh is to spread the word on the principles of great personalities among the people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana to take action against illegal slaughter houses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana government today said it has decided to take strict action against illegal slaughter houses and meat shops flouting the rules in the state. Notices will be issued to owners of shops selling meat after slaughtering animals in violation of the rules, in all urban local bodies and rural areas by May 15. Stating this here in a release today, the Urban Local Bodies Minister, Kavita Jain, said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had approved a proposal to this effect, and directed the officers of urban local bodies to take action against the violators. On May 15, a ban would be imposed on illegal slaughter of animals and sale of meat procured thereof, throughout the state. Officers have been directed to strictly enforce this ban. It would be mandatory for owners of meat shops to furnish details regarding the source from where meat was purchased as well as the slaughter house, she said. Besides, meat would not be prepared in the shop and it would only be stored in a freezer. Such shops would not be allowed to operate near religious and educational institutions. The department has issued 21-point guidelines in this regard, the compliance of which would be ensured by officers, Jain added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khattar reviews performance of Haryana govt at half-time

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today held a meeting here to review the two-and-half- years performance of his government besides discussing schemes and policies for the remaining term. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which was held at Surajkhand under the chairmanship of Khattar, state Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankhad said implementation of various flagship schemes of the government would be completed in time-bound manner. All the ministers who participated in the meeting discussed about completing the development projects within the stipulated time, he said. They also discussed, among others, about the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Dhankhad said. He said the ministers have decided on allotting more time for meeting people at their residences besides fixing time for meeting with workers. They also decided on fixing two days for meeting the common people at the state secretariat, Dhankhad told reporters. The proposed visit of BJP national president Amit Shah to Haryana was also discussed during the meeting, the minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sewage systems to come up in Haryana villages: Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that sewage management systems would be developed in the state’s 126 villages with a population of 10,000 or above. The sewage systems will be developed under the ‘Swarna Jayanti Mahagram Vikas Yojana’ with a cost of Rs 10-15 crore. 100 litres of drinking water per person would also be provided in this scheme, he said. Besides, schools and hospitals would be set up in such villages, Khattar said while speaking at a public meeting in Mokhra village here. He said the state government is making efforts to ensure that water was supplied in Haryana through the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, on which the Supreme Court has already given the verdict. The chief minister urged the people to pay their electricity bills on time and surcharges and penalty would be waived for those who pay their outstanding bills by May 31, 2017. Under the ‘Mhara Gaon-Jagmag Gaon’ (our village, shining village) scheme, 24-hour power supply is provided to feeders where all consumers clear their dues and make timely payments. Khattar said various schemes are being implemented to improve the standard of education, generate employment opportunities through investment, enable youth to hone their skills and provide amenities to villages through infrastructure development. Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu who was also present in the meeting said the government is committed in carrying out all-round development of the state “without any regional bias”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana to publish draft rules of real estate regulation act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana government today said it has decided to publish draft rules of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, for seeking feedback of the people of the state. Stating this in a release here, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar added that people’s suggestions and objections may be submitted online by May 15, 2017. Reiterating the commitment of the state government towards providing adequate protection for investment of the home buyers and faster implementation of the projects, the chief minister assured working at full steam for achieving the goal of housing for all.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SYL issue: INLD workers to stop Punjab vehicles on July 10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Upping its ante on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue, Haryana’s main opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) today said its youth workers will stop the Punjab Roadways buses in Haryana on July 10, demanding construction of the canal. Briefing reporters after the party’s state executive meeting here today, INLD senior leader Abhay Singh Chautala said his party workers will also stop the Punjab government vehicles entering Haryana on the day. He said although private vehicles from Punjab will be allowed, the motorists will be given a rose and a copy of the memorandum containing the INLD’s demands on the SYL issue. Chautala said the decision in this regard was taken at the party executive committee meeting, wherein it was decided to stop the government vehicles of Punjab going towards New Delhi. He, however, made it clear that no emergency vehicle like ambulances will be stopped. The apex court has posted the hearing on the water sharing dispute on July 11. The INLD leader also hit out at the Punjab unit of the BJP for throwing its weight behind the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government on the SYL issue. On being asked about their protest venue, Chautala said it would be either around Rajpura-Ambala border or on the Ambala-Delhi National Highway 1. Hitting out at the Delhi government for adopting “dissuading tactics” against INLD workers protesting over the SYL canal issue at Jantar Mantar there, he said from May 1, the party workers will start dharna at sub-divisional levels in their respective assembly constituencies in Haryana and submit memoranda to their respective deputy commissioners. Chautala had two months ago tried to march to Punjab from near Shambhu barrier on Haryana-Punjab border to undertake the digging of the SYL canal, but was arrested for breaching prohibitory orders. However, he along with other INLD leaders were later released by the Punjab Police. Over a month ago, hundreds of INLD supporters from Haryana had flooded the Parliament Street in the heart of the national capital to protest over the SYL canal issue, prompting police to resort to lathicharge. Earlier this week, INLD had also attacked Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for not taking with him an all-party delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. The controversial 1981 water-sharing agreement came into being after Haryana was carved out of Punjab in 1966. For effective allocation of water, the SYL canal link was conceptualised and both the states were required to construct their portions within their territories. Haryana constructed the portion of SYL canal in its territory. However, Punjab, after the initial phase, stopped the work, leading to a spate of litigations. In 2004, the Congress government in the state came out with the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act with an intention to terminate the 1981 agreement and all other pacts relating to sharing of waters of rivers Ravi and Beas. The apex court had first decreed the suit of Haryana in 2002 asking Punjab to honour its commitments with regard to water sharing in the case. Punjab challenged the verdict by filing an original suit that was rejected in 2004 by the Supreme Court which asked the Centre to take over the remaining infrastructural work of the SYL canal project. Chautala also demanded Rs 25,000 compensation for wheat crop per acre in case of fire. He hit out at the BJP-led state government in Haryana over its “failure to lift mustard crops in time, following which the farmers had to sell off their crops for about Rs 3,200 a quintal below the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 3,700.” INLD also took a dig at the Khattar government over power and water shortage in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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