Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has expressed deep condolences on the sad demise of Mr. Keshubhai Patel, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and former Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Chandigarh, October 29 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has expressed deep condolences on the sad demise of Mr. Keshubhai Patel, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and former Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Mr. Patel was ill for a long time and breathed his last today. He was 92 years old.

In a condolence message issued here today, Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal while expressing grief over the demise of Mr. Patel said that his death is an irreparable loss for BJP and for the Indian politics, especially for Gujarat.

Mr. Manohar Lal expressed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that the departed soul may rest in peace.
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Realizing the 'Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon' Scheme, Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam will start supplying 24-hour electricity to 123 more villages of the State from the coming Haryana Day.

Chandigarh, October 29- Realizing the 'Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon' Scheme, Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam will start supplying 24-hour electricity to 123 more villages of the State from the coming Haryana Day. Following this, 24-hour electricity will be supplied to 4878 villages of the state under this scheme, covering about 70 percent villages of the State.

Giving information in this regard, Chairman, Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Mr. Shatrujeet Kapur said that the new 123 villages which will get the 24 hour electricity supply from November 1, 2020, includes 5 villages of Sonipat Circle, 6 of Panipat, 6 of Rohtak, 11 of Jhajjar and 37 villages of Kaithal under Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), while 30 villages of Palwal, 18 of Narnaul, 3 of Bhiwani and 7 of Fatehabad under Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam.

He said that due to extensive efforts of the officers and employees, the line-loss has been reduced. There has been an unprecedented improvement in the line loss of rural areas under Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam which was more than 70 percent, he added. He said that now 24 hours electricity supply is being received in 4755 villages out of 7000 villages, which will be 4878 villages from November 1, 2020.

He said that Pachankula, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sirsa, Rewari and Fatehabad are the districts where 24 hours electricity is already being supplied. Now 2800 villages under 605 feeders of UHBVN which include 615 of Ambala circle, 412 of Kurukshetra circle, 435 of Karnal circle, 920 of Yamunanagar circle, 39 of Panipat circle, 88 of Sonipat circle, 233 villages of Kaithal circle, 20 villages of Rohtak circle and 38 villages of Jhajjar circle will receive 24-hour electricity supply

Similarly, under 591 feeders in DHBVN, 2078 villages which includes 250 of Gurugram circle, 135 of Faridabad circle, 354 of Sirsa circle, 418 of Rewari circle, 313 of Fatehabad circle, 234 of Narnaul circle, 156 of Bhiwani circle, 52 of Hisar circle, 78 villages of Palwal Circle, 3 of Jind Circle and 85 villages of Mewat Circle will be provided 24-hour power supply.

He said that the foresightedness of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has brought the Power Utilities into profit.

He said that the State Government has set a target of providing 24-hour electricity supply in all the villages of the state in the coming 18 months. He directed all the employees and engineers of power distribution companies to link the remaining 30 percent villages of Haryana to this scheme.

Continuing the work with this objective will serve the purpose of Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon scheme in the entire State. He said that the motive of the electricity companies is to ensure that the agricultural work and industrial production should also not suffer.

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PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ORGANIZED BY BY HARYANA DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND LANGUAGES

Chandigarh, October 29 – Haryana Department of Information, Public Relations and Languages awarded consolation prizes to three participants in a photography competition organized on the theme of International Gita Jayanti Mahotsav to promote International Gita Mahotsav.

Giving information in this regard, an official spokesman said that this photography competition was organised with the objective of getting outstanding real photographs for outdoor media for publicity on the International Gita Mahotsav.

Around 11 contestants participated in this competition and three entries were selected for consolation prizes according to the terms and conditions set by the Departmental Selection Committee. These include Mr. Mandeep Singh of District Kaithal, Ms Shilpa of Kurukshetra and Mr. Sunil Maratha of Jind. The spokesperson said that these three participants have been sent a consolation prize amounting to Rs 1,100 each along with a letter of appreciation through registered post. The remaining eight contestants have been sent appreciation letters as a token of encouragement for participating in this competition.
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Transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers
Chandigarh, October 29: Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers with immediate effect.

Mr. Devender Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Health Engineering Department and Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Department has been given the additional charge of Irrigation and Water Resources Department.

Mr. Pankaj, Chief Executive Officer, Micro Irrigation Authority, Special Secretary, Irrigation & Water Resources Department and Managing Director, HSMITC and Administrator, CADA has been given the additional charge of Director, Citizen Resources Information Department (CRID) and Special Secretary, Revenue & Disaster Management Department.

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Haryana Government is steadfast to create a progressive business environment in the state and it has formulated an investor-friendly industrial and business promotion policy.

Chandigarh, October 29 - Haryana Government is steadfast to create a progressive business environment in the state and it has formulated an investor-friendly industrial and business promotion policy. Owing to the consistent efforts of the state government, Haryana has attracted a foreign direct investment (FDI) of $ 73 billion during the year 2019-2020. Haryana thus is the fifth largest economy in the country.

This information was shared by the Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr. Vijai Vardhan during the first meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Forum of Heads of Regions. The Chief Secretary was representing India in this meeting which was hosted by Russia.

In his address, Mr. Vijai Vardhan said that it was a matter of pride that he was representing India today. He welcomed the initiative to organise this dialogue between the Area Heads of the member countries by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). This forum will pave the way for better cooperation and coordination between member countries and regions, he added.

Encapsulating the salient features about the state he said that Haryana state covers only 2 per cent of India geographically and has a population of about 25 million, still it is the leading state in agriculture and industrial sector. The state is surrounded by New Delhi from three sides and three industrially developed cities of Gurugram, Faridabad, Rohtak are falling within the radius of 70 km from New Delhi International Airport. He further added that a new airport is being developed at a fast pace in Hisar district of Haryana as well. Besides, the state has a rail network of more than 1,700 km and after the approval of the new Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor (HORC) project by the Government of India in September 2020, the transport network in the state will be enhanced further. The state has a very well laid out road network, including more than 30 national Highways, 11 Expressways and State Highways.

Mr. Vijai Vardhan said that Haryana is one of the largest automobile hubs in the country and two-thirds of passenger cars, 50 per cent tractors and 60 per cent motorcycles of the country are manufactured here. Furthermore, Haryana is the ideal destination for auto companies and auto-component manufacturers. The state has also made its mark in the field of IT and biotechnology and is the third largest exporter in terms of software and is the preferred destination for IT / ITES facilities.

Elaborating more on IT, the Chief Secretary said that Gurugram district has emerged as a preferred destination for the IT industry with over 400 companies in the field of information technology (IT) in North India. Meanwhile, the state is also an educational hub. Speaking on it, he said that India’s first University for skill development for vocational education Shri Vishwakarma Kaushal University was established in Haryana. He said that Haryana has more than 60 universities, including universities dedicated to science and technology, health science, agriculture, veterinary science and performance and visual arts.

Mr. Vijai Vardhan said that Haryana is one of the most preferred destinations for Research and Development (R & D) and the top companies in the world like Intel, Apple, Samsung, Amazon and Google have invested in the state. He said to streamline various issues pertaining to foreign cooperation the State Government has established a Department of Foreign Cooperation.

He said that there is immense potential for cooperation between Haryana and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member countries in the fields of trade and business, auto manufacturing, skill development, IT and ITES, agriculture and agro-based industries like food processing, health and animal science.

Sharing the state’s history, Mr. Vijai Vardhan said that Lord Krishna gave the celestial message of Gita to Arjuna on the pious land of Kurukshetra. He invited all Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member countries to Haryana. Other member countries of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) also shared their views in the meeting.

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Haryana Health Department decided to further reduce the prices of RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests

Chandigarh, October 29 – Haryana Health Department decided to further reduce the prices of RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests. The Department also gave instructions to all private laboratories to refrain from overcharging.

Sharing details in this regard, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Mr. Rajeev Arora informed that the price of RT-PCR testing has been reduced from Rs 1,200 to Rs 900 and Rapid Antigen Testing has been reduced from Rs 650 to Rs 500.

Elaborating on it, he said that after due consideration and advice of experts taking into account the cost of the kits & consumables and consent of leading private laboratories the State Government (exercising its powers under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897) has directed that no private laboratory should charge any amount more than the rates fixed by the government, inclusive of GST taxes.

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Haryana School Education Department has started the process for promotions to the post of Deputy District Education Officer.

Chandigarh, October 29: Haryana School Education Department has started the process for promotions to the post of Deputy District Education Officer.

Giving information about this, an official spokesperson said that to fill the vacant posts of Deputy District Education Officer, promotion from Block Education Officer is to be done. He said that the department has directed the concerned officers to complete the record of the Block Education Officers according to the seniority list of the Principal Class, dated June 27, 2019, from serial number 768 to 1230 after verifying a Summary Sheet for the 10-year Annual Confidential Report and a No-Objection Certificate and to ensure sending it to the Directorate within a week by e-mailing at dsehrg1@gmail.com or through the recognized courier by filling it in the attached proforma.

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Haryana State Vigilance Bureau (SVB) with regard to three corruption cases the State Government has issued directions to initiate recoveries.

Chandigarh, October 29 – On the recommendations of the Haryana State Vigilance Bureau (SVB) with regard to three corruption cases the State Government has issued directions to initiate recoveries.

The State Vigilance Bureau had sent a report in this regard to the Central Government recommending departmental action against the concerned government officers and officials and recovery of lakhs of rupees.

Sharing details in this regard an official spokesperson said that the Government has issued directions to the concerned departments to take action on the recommendations of the Vigilance Bureau. Divulging details of the cases the spokesperson said that the first corruption case is regarding illegal possession and construction of land of Municipal Corporation, Rewari measuring 10,150 square yard. The Vigilance Bureau has issued directions to vacate the land from illegal possession along with Departmental action against two Executive Officers, two Municipal Engineers and four Junior Engineers.

The spokesperson said that the second matter is regarding use of sub-standard material in construction of building of Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Jind, in which directions have been issued to recover the amount of Rs 3,21,650 from M/s Prabhu Dayal Builder (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi and to initiate Departmental action against concerned government officers and officials.

Sharing more details, the spokesperson said that the third matter related to the irregularities in sanctioning the “Old Age Pension” in district Karnal. It came to the notice of the State Government that old age pensions were sanctioned to the candidates, who were not eligible for the same. During the inquiry it was established that pensions were sanctioned to 29,029 ineligible candidates and three criminal cases have already been registered in Civil Line Police Station, Karnal in this regard. Proceedings to recover the amount has already been initiated, however, recovery from 69 ineligible candidates was pending. The Government has now issued directions to initiate recovery from these 69 candidates.

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A three-day online training programme on soil and water testing started today at Saina Nehwal Institute of Agriculture Technology ,Training and Education of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar.

Chandigarh, October 29 - A three-day online training programme on soil and water testing started today at Saina Nehwal Institute of Agriculture Technology ,Training and Education of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar.

Co-Director (Training) of the Institute, Dr. Ashok Godara, called upon the trainees to avail maximum benefits of this training programme.

While giving detailed information about the importance of soil and water testing, Training Coordinator and Assistant Director (Soil Sciences), Dr. Usha Vashisth shared the right methods of collecting samples.

While Assistant Scientist, Soil Science Department, Dr. Devraj Chauhan shared his views on the nutrients present in the soil and their role in crop production. Assistant Scientist, Dr. Ram Prakash gave information about various aspects of soil-water testing like electrical conductivity, pH value in soil and water etc.