All the colleges and universities of the state will participate in the function to be organized on International Yoga Day on June 21, 2019.

Chandigarh, June 18 – In Haryana, all the colleges and universities of the state will participate in the function to be organized on International Yoga Day on June 21, 2019. For this, the Director, Higher Education Department has directed principals of all colleges, NSS program coordinators of all the colleges and District NSS Coordinators to ensure participation of students in the Yoga function so as to inspire the youth to imbibe yoga in their daily life to stay healthy.

A spokesman of the Department said that as per the directions, the Director said that the Government of India and Haryana Government will organize programs at the state, district and assembly level in the state on the occasion of International Yoga Day. Therefore, the principals of the colleges and universities have been requested to ensure participation of students in the yoga function or organise Yoga function at their own level fortheir students. They should ensure presence of NSS Volunteers, NCC Cadets, Scouts and Guide volunteers, players and other students in these event.

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APPOINTMENT BY PRIME MINISTER
Chandigarh, June 18 - The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi has appointed Dr. Ranjana Aggarwal, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra as the new Director of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (CSIR-NISTADS), New Delhi. NISTADS is one of the CSIR Institutes under the Central Government and the Prime Minister serves as its President. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Cabinet Minister for Science and Technology is the Vice-President of the premier research body. The appointment of Dr. Ranjana Aggarwal has been made for a tenure of six years. This prestigious institute is devoted to a study of various aspects of interaction among science, society and state and exploring continuously the interface between Science, Technology and Society.

Prof. Aggarwal obtained her B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees from Kurukshetra University and then after carrying out postdoctoral research on erythromycin biosynthesis at Cambridge University, UK. She joined her Alma mater in 1995 as lecturer. Subsequently, she worked in many well known European Labs such as Cambridge University, Trinity College Dublin, and University of Trieste. She is actively collaborating with scientists of USA, Spain and Ireland. Presently she is Professor of Chemistry and Director, Women’s Studies Research Centre at Kurukshetra University.

Her research interests consists of design and synthesis of azaheterocycles, involving green reagents, of therapeutic interest as anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and photodynamic agents. Recently she has been granted a research grant of Rs. 20 lakh by Haryana State Council for Science and Technology to develop new leads to treat cancer by targeting DNA. Her research contributions have been acknowledged in the form of awards notably Commonwealth Fellowship (2003-2004), Dr. Basudev Banerji Memorial Award (2014) by Indian Chemical Society and Prof. S. S. Katiyar Endowment Award (2015) by Indian Science Congress. As Director Women’s Studies Research Centre she has is actively engaged in capacity building programs, promotion of Gender sensitization and skill development particularly among rural women.

Dr. Kailash Chander Sharma, Vice-Chancellor Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra congratulated Prof. Aggarwal and wished that under her guidance CSIR-NISTADS will set new milestones. He further added that it is a great moment for Kurukshetra University as the first Women Director of CSIR laboratory; Dr. Lakshmikantam was also an alumnus of Kurukshetra University. Incidentally, both these women scientists have obtained their PhD degrees from Chemistry Department of this University.
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Infant Mortality Rate has decreased from 41 to 30 and Maternal Mortality Rate has decreased from 127 to 101.

Chandigarh, June 18 – Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij said that due to the excellent health services being provided in the state, the Infant Mortality Rate has decreased from 41 to 30 and Maternal Mortality Rate has decreased from 127 to 101.

Speaking on the issue of deaths of several children in Bihar, Mr. Vij said that it is a disease of a specific area, yet the Department has been directed to stay alert of any such illness. He said that someone has given wrong information to the media about Gurugram, which will be got investigated.

The Health Minister said that complaints are being received of corruption in outsourcing and their investigations are being ordered. Apart from this, cases have also been got registered against the contractors at some places. Beside, the state government is in the process of making regular recruitment in the state.

Replying to a question regarding Mr. Dushyant Chautala, the Minister said that Mr. Chautala should get his father and grandfather released from jail, who are in jail in the corruption cases.
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On the occasion of 5th International Yoga Day in Haryana, the Union Home Minister, Mr Amit Shah will be the Chief Guest in the state level function to be organised in district Rohtak on June 21, 2019.

Chandigarh, June 18- On the occasion of 5th International Yoga Day in Haryana, the Union Home Minister, Mr Amit Shah will be the Chief Guest in the state level function to be organised in district Rohtak on June 21, 2019. Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal will also be present on the occasion.

While giving this information, an official spokesman said that the State Government would celebrate International Yoga Day in all the districts and assembly constituencies. Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Speaker, Mr. Kanwar Pal would attend the district level function as chief guest in Jagadhri of district Yamunanagar and Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Santosh Yadav in Ateli of Mahendragarh district.

He said that on the occasion, the Education Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma would be the Chief Guest in a district level function to be held in district Mahendragarh, Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu in Narnaund of district Hisar, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O. P. Dhankar in Jhajjar City of District Jhajjar, Transport Minister, Mr. Krishan Lal Panwar in Israna of district Panipat, Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain in Rai of district Sonepat, Health Minister, Mr Anil Vij in Ambala Cantonment and Ambala City, Industry and Commerce Minister, Mr. Vipul Goel and Krishan Pal in district Faridabad and Public Works (Buildings and Roads) Minister, Rao Narbir Singh and MP, Rao Inderjit Singh in district Gurugram.

The Minister of State for Public Health and Engineering, Mr Banwari Lal would be the chief guest at district level function to be held in Bawal of district Rewari, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr Krishan Kumar in Shahabad of district Kurukshtra and Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Mr Karan Dev Kamboj in Indri of district Karnal.

Similarly, MP, Ambala, Mr. Ratan Lal Kataria would be the chief guest in a function to be held in district Panchkula, MP, Kurukshetra, Mr. Nayab Singh Saini in district Kaithal, MP, Karnal, Mr. Sanjay Bhatia in district Karnal, MP, Sonipat, Mr. Ramesh Kaushik in district Sonipat, former MP, Ch. Birender Singh in Narwarna of district Jind, Member of Rajya Sabha, Gen. D.P. Vats in Tohana of district Fatehabad, , MP, Sirsa, Mrs Sunita Duggal in district Sirsa, MP, Hisar, Mr Brijender Singh in district Hisar and MP, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Mr Dharmbir Singh in district Bhiwani, he added.

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Augmentation of water supply and sewerage

Chandigarh, June 18: Haryana Government has decided that villages having less than 10,000 population and desirous of having more facilities like augmentation of water supply and sewerage would be covered under the Mahagram B category.

A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of 52nd meeting of Water Supply and Sewerage Board which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal here today. Minister of State for Public Health Engineering Dr Banwari Lal was also present in the meeting.

The Chief Minister said that at present 126 villages of over 10,000 populations are being covered under the Mahagram Yojana. Facilities like augmentation of water supply, sewerage and setting up sewerage treatment plant are being provided under the scheme. He said that recently people of various villages have approached him with a request to carry out these development works in their villages also under the scheme for which they have also offered to contribute funds.

He also directed that besides providing training to the sewer men, they should also be provided with necessary equipment, uniform and kit so as to prevent any untoward incident of suffocation while cleaning the sewer. He directed that only trained sewer men should be allowed to enter into the manholes.

It was informed that training of 703 sewer men has been held at different locations covering 14 circles of Public Health Engineering Department. It was also informed that three robotic machines are being purchased by the department for cleaning manholes. On the successful trail run of these machines, more such machines would be purchased.

In the meeting, the Board approved a sum of Rs 145058.92 lakh for improvement of drinking water supply facilities, sewerage system in the rural and urban areas and storm water drainage facilities in urban areas. Apart from this, funds were also allocated for 4027 ongoing schemes and 694 new schemes. It was informed that a sum of Rs 40438.25 lakh has been earmarked for improvement of drinking water supply and providing sewerage/stormwater system in urban areas whereas, a sum of Rs 102220.00 lakh has been earmarked for improvement of drinking water supply and providing sewerage system in rural areas.

It was also informed that during the year 2019-20, a target has been fixed to improve drinking water supply facilities in 292 habitations of rural areas and in the urban areas, construction of 5 Sewage Treatment Plants and improvement of water supply, sewerage/storm water drainage system in various towns of the State.

While emphasizing the need to save water, the Chief Minister directed the Public Health Engineering Department to take the water conservation and re-cycling of waste water as a mass movement and also include all village Panchayats in this drive. He said that during the meeting of NITI Ayog held under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi in New Delhi recently, the Chief Minister of various States appreciated him (Mr Manohar Lal) for implementing ‘Jal Hi Jeevan’ Scheme in Haryana’ aimed at water conservation.

He directed the Urban Local Bodies Department to prepare a scheme for the storage of waste water of bathroom or washroom using tanks and reuse the same for flushing in toilets. He said that the State Government would also provide subsidy on water tanks used for this purpose. He also directed to explore the possibilities of using portable actuator with a block valve on drinking water distribution network in villages to minimize the wastage of water.

Earlier, the Board approved various works for the rural areas. These included 272 new tube wells, 11 independent canal based water works in villages namely Bhada-Khera, Naurangabad, Santor, Bohla, Kheri Roj, Nangal Pathani, Qutabpuri Buzag, Balawas Ahir, Lisana, Nayagaon and Khrampur. It also approved 5 boosting stations, 3 renovation and repair of existing water works, 25 pipelines works and 25 other works including augmentation of existing water works, independent feeders, sustainability, raw water arrangement etc in rural areas.

Similarly, various works were also approved for the urban areas. These included improvement or augmentation in urban water supply in towns namely Ambala Sadar, Barara, Chhachrauli, Pinjore, Pehowa, Rampur Seri (Kalka), Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Indri, Gharaunda, Narnaund, Nilokheri, Kalanwali, Tohana, Bahadurgarh, Hansi, Indri, Nissing, Tarori, Narnaul and Sampla. Apart from this, new works for existing sewerage system in towns of Pinjore, Jind, Narwana, Ismailabad, Nilokheri, Kalanwali, Rania, Kosli, Firozpur Jhirka, Hodal, Hassanpur and Meham were also approved. In addition, new works for upgradation of Sewerage Treatment Plants for providing Tertiary Treatment Plants (TTP) at Sirsa, Uchana, Punhana, Uklana, Kosli, Narnaul, Ateli and Kanina were also approved .

Among those present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Public Health Engineering Mr Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Power Mr T.C Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Mr TVSN Prasad, Principal Secretary Urban Local Bodies Mr Anand Mohan Sharan, Engineer-In-Chief Public Health Engineering Mr Manpal Singh and other senior officers of the State Government.