RTI dose for docs
Accused of embezzling health centre funds
Jhajjar, September 14
The Right to Information (RTI) Act has helped expose alleged large-scale embezzlement at the community health centre at Bahadurgarh in the district.

Less rain good for crops!
Chandigarh, September 14
Deficient monsoon for the fourth consecutive year has not affected the state a wee bit. If government figures are to be believed, Haryana is all set to achieve the target of production of 50 lakh tonnes of kharif food grain (including the water-intensive paddy) this season. Paddy harvesting in progress near Pehowa on the Hisar road.
Paddy harvesting in progress near Pehowa on the Hisar road. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh


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Groundwater depletion
Geologists fear threat to ecology
Jind, September 14
Tubewells, a lifeline of agriculture in the district, are posing a threat to the ecological balance given a look at the fallouts of its unchecked growth.

Unaware of 1033, motorists still dial 100
Panipat, September 14
The emergency helpline telephone number (1033) of the state highway patrol police has failed to get sufficient response from the needy motorists due to the haphazard positioning and poorly written signboards displaying the number.

Solution lies in multiple farming options
Dr Ashok Kumar Batra at the integrated farm at the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal.Karnal, September 14
Rice and wheat cropping system provides a farmer income only twice a year. But the farmer needs a regular income. This results in agriculturists borrowing heavily from moneylenders at the time of sowing of a crop. After harvesting, nearly the whole amount earned by the farmer goes to the moneylender.

Dr Ashok Kumar Batra at the integrated farm at the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal. — Tribune photo by Ravi Kumar

Sowing seeds of good health at herbal park
District forest officer M.S Malik explains the use of medicinal plants at Chaudhary Devi Lal Herbal Nature Park at Chuharpur in Yamunanagar district.Yamunanagar, September 14
The state has shown the rest of the country the path to preserve and popularise herbs and other medicinal plants by starting a herbal park in each district of the state. While most of these parks are in their initial phase of development, the Chaudhary Devi Lal Herbal Nature Park at Chuharpur in Yamunanagar district is already attracting national and international attention.

District forest officer M.S Malik explains the use of medicinal plants at Chaudhary Devi Lal Herbal Nature Park at Chuharpur in Yamunanagar district. — A Tribune photograph

HAU management board
Govt fails to nominate non-official members
Hisar, September 14
The management board of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University here has been functioning without the mandatory five non-official members for nearly two years, leaving the university’s highest decision-making body at the mercy of bureaucrats.

Govt reverts to old rules for sainik board posts
Chandigarh, September 14
The state government has withdrawn the changes in the eligibility criteria for recruitment to the posts of secretary of Zila Sainik Boards in the state and reverted to the earlier criteria.

Getting info to be easier with Sirsa IT centre
Sirsa, September 14
The residents of the district will soon have access to various kind of information under one roof that too at the click of a mouse. The training-cum-production and information technology centre, which will be operational soon, will act as a record bank and help people to get copies of land records, pension, licence and FIR on the spot.

Inside Babudom
Environment secy’s UP connection
Chandigarh, September 14
Outside state environment secretary Naseem Ahmed’s room the doorman feebly tried to stop this reporter. “The boss is having his meal,” he said in Hindi. One entered the room nevertheless and found Ahmed after having his meal was engrossed in a telephone conversion with someone in Aligarh.

Jind wants its high-ups to pay back
Jind, September 14
Jind, the undeclared political capital of the state is in the limelight again. It has become the only district, which has three cabinet ministers in the present Hooda government after the recent expansion.

Varsity for south districts sought
Rewari, September 14
The union government has decided to set up as many as 16 central universities all over the country. An allocation of Rs 4,800 crore has been made for this purpose.

Tele-medicine unit for Gohana
Sonepat, September 14
Gohana in this district has become the first town of Haryana to be provided with a tele-medicine unit of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi.

Citizens’ Grievances
Tata Sky too hot
I dismissed as prank about my kids getting electric shock from the newly commissioned Tata Sky digicomp (subscriber ID: 1006133951) until line tester proved them right. The company technicians tried to bluff it out with excuses like humidity and house wiring being faulty.

Give semester system a chance
Voices are being raised about the academic efficacy of the semester system of examination in Haryana schools. It is too early to conclude about this infant experiment. This pattern of examination should run at least for three years. It should then be assessed scientifically and objectively with all different parameters like pedagogy, cognition and, assimilation in view.

Rewari barley finds instant market
Brewers, FCI, Nafed, Army among buyers
Rewari, September 14
The barley culture that flourished during the Indus valley civilization about 4,500 years ago has always been popular in the Rewari region, popularly known as Ahirwal. The Persian saying, which has remained in vogue here since the days of Moghul emperor Akbar, bears testimony to it.

Sugar mill to be set up
Karnal, September 14
A sugar mill will be set up by HAFED in Fafrana village in Assandh subdivision and will start functioning by the next season. This was stated by deputy commissioner B. S. Malik at a press conference at the Karnal Press Club.

Faridabad MC workers fear loss of jobs
Faridabad, September 14
Though the government has assured of sympathetic consideration with regard to its move to review the continuation of services of about 570 daily-wage workers of the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF), the workers are still apprehensive over the motive of the authorities.



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