The Haryana Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu,  said here today that the Congress Party had always indulged in politics based on nepotism and religion, and its leaders had nothing to do with heritage and traditions of the country.

Chandigarh, Jan 13–The Haryana Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu,  said here today that the Congress Party had always indulged in politics based on nepotism and religion, and its leaders had nothing to do with heritage and traditions of the country.
        Strongly reacting to the statement made by the Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr Siddaramaiah, mentioning BJP and RSS leaders and workers as terrorists, the Finance Minister said the nation was of paramount importance for BJP leaders and the RSS, and they always followed the policy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. The statement shows desperation of Mr Siddaramaiah.

        In a statement issued here today, Capt. Abhimanyu said the people of the country were well acquainted with the policies and intentions of the Congress Party. The country has suffered its ill-governance for about 65 years. Its rule was ridden with corruption and nepotism. The people voted against Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and gave a massive mandate to the BJP. Thereafter, people in most states have voted against the Congress.
        People have appreciated the policies of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, and the BJP. Today, BJP is the biggest political party under the leadership of the BJP President, Mr. Amit Shah. During the last three years, people have voted against the Congress and now its Karnataka’s turn.
        The Finance Minister said that during the last three years, various leaders of BJP and RSS were killed in Karnataka, and the present state government did not take interest in getting these cases investigated. The people of Karnataka have been eagerly waiting for elections so that they could vote out Congress from the state, he added.

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 Haryana Irrigation Department has framed five projects to the tune of Rs 4.58 crore for Nissing area in district Karnal 

Chandigarh, Jan 13 – Haryana Irrigation Department has framed five projects to the tune of Rs 4.58 crore for Nissing area in district Karnal for which approval is being sought from the State Government. The approval would soon be accorded by the Government and work on these projects is likely to start before arrival of monsoon.
          Under these projects, a gated inlet would be constructed on North West of Nissing Drain – Behlolpur Link drain. It is worth mentioning that during rains, the excess water flows into low-line fields of farmers of villages Singda, Balu and Behlolpur. The Gated Inlet project has been prepared by the Department to save crops from floods. Desilting would be carried out of about 18 km long link drain and two culvert or bridges would be constructed. A sum of about Rs 1.15 crore would be spent on these projects by the Department, he added.
          Under the second project, a new bridge would be constructed on R.D. 39600 of Indri Drain passing through village Bansa. The existing bridge is very old and in deteriorated condition. It is expected that about Rs 1.85 crore would be spent on it. This would provide great relief to the people of this area, he added.
         About 1,300 feet long area would be make pucka between pond and drain to save the Panch Dev Tirth from drain water passing through village Padha. About Rs 37 lakh is expected to be spent on this project.
          Pump house would be established near village Jabhala. He said that people of the area had raised this demand with the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal on November 27, 2017 that during monsoon, stagnated rain water causes damage to their crops. The main reason for this is the Bhakra Main Line Canal passing through this area due to which water does not pass through and get back to low-line area causing damage to crops. Now the pump house would pump out the excess water and put it into Bhakra Main Line. This project would benefit farmers of villages Jabhala, Thali and Uplana. About Rs 31 lakh is expected to be spent on this project, he added.
          He said that a new bridge would be constructed on drain from Taraori and passing through village Hathlana. Due to improper design of old bridge, frequent accidents take place on the bridge. The new bridge on R.D. 78600 would be 7 meter wide and it would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 90 lakh.

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 Appreciating the proactive and investor-friendly approach of the state government, Canada has evinced keen interest in investing and catalyzing investments in Haryana.

 Chandigarh, Jan 13–Appreciating the proactive and investor-friendly approach of the state government, Canada has evinced keen interest in investing and catalyzing investments in Haryana.

        A delegation of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), led by President, Mr Kanwar Dhanjal, called on the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, here today and invited him and officers of the state government to visit Canada for furthering the relationship and exploring investment opportunities in Canada.
        Stating that his government would provide all possible facilitation to investors, the Chief Minister laid emphasis on such projects and sectors as would not only generate investments but also create employment avenues and ensure balanced growth of the state.
      A mechanism should be put in place to ensure continuous dialogue between the two sides. Being priority sectors, skill development and agro and food processing offered great potential in Haryana. The state is keen on supporting and promoting the agriculture sector by way of assured pricing and development of the food processing sector, he added.
Mr. Kanwar Dhanjal said the ICCC was a non-profit, non-partisan organisation, founded more than four decades ago. Its mission includes promoting business, professional, and general well-being of Indo-Canadians; creating positive awareness of high degree of contribution of the Indo-Canadian business and professional community; facilitating business and trade opportunities between Canada and India, and Indian diaspora throughout the world.
     Delegates from diverse sectors representing food processing, information technology, hospitality, legal services, skill development, interacted and exchanged views regarding avenues for investments and joint-business opportunities. They also mentioned some of the areas where expertise from Canada in skill development, urban farming and agro and food processing can be effectively utilised in the state. 
Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr Sudhir Rajpal, briefed the delegates about various initiatives taken by the state government and emphasized that there was great scope for MSME investments in Haryana, as they constituted a major source of employment. 
     Chairman, Foreign Investment and NRI Cell, Dr. Ashwin Johar, said the state was keen on foreign investments in general and by NRIs in particular, as these would be mutually beneficial and rewarding. Organizations like HAFED can explore Canada as a potential market for its products, he added.
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 Power Utilities of Haryana have decided to compensate farm feeders in the eventuality of any 
Chandigarh, Jan 13–Determined not to let consumers of power in the agriculture sector suffer in the state, the Power Utilities of Haryana have decided to compensate farm feeders in the eventuality of any breakdown.
        Stating this here today, a spokesman of the Utilities said that  directions had been issued in this regard to officers of the Uttar and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigams.
        Electricity is being supplied to all agriculture feeders in the state for eight hours. The decision to compensate them has been taken by giving priority to the agriculture sector so that circles where electricity is being supplied to tube-wells in three phases get supply for eight hours even if there is any breakdown. The loss of power supply in case of any breakdown will be made good by making cuts on other feeders, he added.
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 It has happened for the first time in Haryana. In what can be billed as a huge leap forward on the road to improved sex ratio at birth (SRB), the state has logged the highest ever ratio of 914 girls against 1,000 boys in 2017. 
 
Chandigarh, January 13---It has happened for the first time in Haryana. In what can be billed as a huge leap forward on the road to improved sex ratio at birth (SRB), the state has logged the highest ever ratio of 914 girls against 1,000 boys in 2017. It was 900 in 2016 and 876 in 2015. While 17 districts achieved SRB of 900 or more, no district was below 880 in 2017.
 
Needless to emphasise, this marked improvement in the sex ratio recorded by the CRS system of registration of birth in the state since the launch of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, from Panipat in 2015 is an outcome of the concerted and consistent efforts made by the state government led by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal.
 
Soon after the launch of the campaign, the present government embarked upon a multi-pronged drive to erase the black dot of skewed sex ratio state from the map of the state by conducting raids on illegitimate ultrasound centres, decoy-trapping of ultrasound/scanning institutes, registration of FIRs against the offenders, unearthing of the unholy nexus of culprits engaged in sex selection and female foeticide and a regular follow-up of the registered FIRs until judgment was handed. 
 
The drive was accompanied by an overarching campaign to promote, celebrate and institutionalize holistic growth of female child and her monitoring.
 
  It was found that apart from qualified radiologists and doctors, an unholy nexus existed in the state comprising quacks, untrained health workers, laboratory or x-ray technicians or operation theatre assistants to conduct illegal sex determination tests.
 The racket was busted and portable, affordable, handy ultrasound machines found illegally used by these quacks or untrained paramedics for sex detection purposes were confiscated during the raids in various parts of the state as well as in inter-state raids.
Many instances of unqualified personnel without ultrasound machines befooling pregnant women and their families by performing sex detection using jelly, scanned images, TV screens and rubbing objects like mobile phones posing as ultrasound probes were detected and those involved booked. 
A massive drive was launched against sex selective abortion/ female foeticide after the launch of BBBP by the Prime Minister under which extensive interventions by way of enforcement of PC-PNDT Act and MTP Act were undertaken to nail the culprits engaged in this illegal trade in the state leading to skewed sex ratio.
 During the campaign, inter-state joint raids under the PNDT Act were also planned and executed with the help and support of counterpart state authorities for the first time to nab the offenders engaged in cross-border sex determination followed by female foeticide. About 550 FIRs were registered under the PC-PNDT/MTP Act against the offenders after successful raids deploying decoy operations, including 126 cross-border raids in adjoining five states.
 
More than 200 FIRs under the MTP Act were registered during the last more than two years in the state involving illegal abortion services, including cases of illegal use of MTP kits for abortion found sold without prescriptions and rampantly used by many BAMS and other unauthorized practitioners for illegal abortions across the state. 
More than 60 cases of sex selection drugs being sold or supplied by quacks, paramedics, to couples desirous of having a male child in various districts were unearthed and offenders were booked under the PC-PNDT Act for unethical and illegal practices.
The PC-PNDT Act emerged as a looming cloud on the offenders and strengthened the arm of administration. So far, the state has been able to achieve conviction in more than 20 cases, while many are pending trials in various courts.
It is a matter of pride and a major jump from 2011 for Haryana, having worst gender ratio among all states at 834:1000 (as per census 2011). The state witnessed a remarkable increase of 82 points in its sex ratio at birth during the last 5 years with 9 districts improving SRB by 100 or 100+ points.
Out of the 5,09,290 children born in the state during the year (January 2017 to December 2017), there were 2,66,064 boys and 2,43,226 girls witnessing a marked improvement of the sex ratio at birth, which jumped from 871 to 914, a marvellous increase of 43 points since the launch of B3P.
   While 17 districts achieved SRB of 900 or more no district was below 880 in 2017. Panipat with SRB of 945 tops the list, followed by Yamuna Nagar with 943, close to 950 considered ideal from the perspective of public health. Mohindergarh, Rewari, Sonipat and Jhajjar districts having child sex ratio below 800 mark (as per 2011 census) have shown marked improvement of 136, 91, 88, 96 points respectively, in their SRBs. 
 The gains in SRB will most certainly show up in the CSR of 2021 census. The efforts and success have reaped worldwide recognition for Haryana and registered Haryana as a torch-bearer in the mission to normalize sex ratio.