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Hry Min: digital connectivity of agriculture must
Chandigarh: Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Om Prakash Dhankar on Thursday stressed the need for packaging, value addition, branding, direct marketing, agri-service and digital connectivity of agriculture. Dhankar said that maximum brands in agriculture and allied activities should be registered to ensure greater benefits to the farming community in the state. He was presiding over a meeting held here to review the preparedness for a session on the topic of ‘Agriculture Reforms for Doubling Farmers Income’ to be organized during the brainstorming session at Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh by the State Government on December 16.
Haryana enhances allowances
Chandigarh: Haryana Government has enhanced the monthly rate of allowance, pension and financial assistance under various welfare schemes with effect from November 1. A spokesman said that all the beneficiaries under Old Age Samman Allowance, Haryana Pension to Widows and Destitute Women, Haryana Divyang Persons Pension Scheme (Disabled Pension), Ladli Social Security Allowance Scheme, Haryana Allowance to Dwarf Scheme and Allowance to Eunuch Scheme would get monthly pension of Rs 1,800 instead of Rs 1,600. All beneficiaries under Financial Assistance to Destitute Children Scheme would get monthly financial assistance of Rs 900 instead of Rs 700 and financial assistance of beneficiaries under Financial Assistance to
Non-School Going Disabled Children would be Rs 1,200 instead of Rs 1,000.
Man suspected to be working for ISI arrested
Batala: Punjab Police claimed to have arrested a man suspected to be working for Pakistani spy agency ISI. On getting a secret information, station house officer of Sadar police station, Mukhtar Singh, set up a check-barrier near Purian Khurad village and arrested the accused, Gurmukh Singh. Senior Superintendent of Police, Batala, Inderjit Singh Ghumman, told reporters that the accused had visited Pakistan with a Sikh Jatha - religious group - where he allegedly established links with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The accused has been charged with trying to gather vital information related to the Indian Army and intended to pass them on to the ISI, the police said.
HDFC to hold blood donation drive on Dec 8
Chandigarh: HDFC Bank will hold its nationwide blood donation drive on December 8. People between the age group 18-65 can walk-in to any of the blood donation camps in Chandigarh Gurudwara Singh Shaheedan, Sohana, Dominos Sector 34 Chandigarh, Motor Market, Manimajra, Bank Square Sector 17 Chandigarh to donate blood. To find the location of the camp, one visit HDFC Bank website. The drive is a CSR initiative of Parivartan, HDFC Bank’s umbrella brand for all its social development programmes.
horticulture Production increased in Haryana
Chandigarh: The production upto October 2017 in horticulture sector has been increased 20.36 lakh metric tonnes from the production of 70.97 lakh metric tonnes during the year 2016-17 in Haryana. A spokesman said that the total area of 215.55 hectares has been covered under protected cultivation at a cost of Rs 38.04 crore. Apart from this, additional area of 95.2 hectares has been covered under protected cultivation (poly house) and (net house) upto October 2017.
Haryana to provide 1 kg sugar to BPL and AAY
Chandigarh: Haryana Government will provide one kilogram Sugar and one liter of mustard oil of Hafed every month to the eligible BPL and AAY beneficiaries, said Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Karan Dev Kamboj. Each of these families would get one kilogram sugar at the rate of Rs 13.50 per kilogram and one liter mustard oil of Hafed at the rate of Rs 20 per liter every month with effect from January 1, 2018, said he. With this decision, the Hafed Oil Mill at Nizampur and Rewari would start functioning with its full capacity. Besides, the Government would be able to purchase the mustard and Sunflower produce at Minimum Support Price (MSP), he added.
Over 70.94 lakh MT arrived in Haryana
Chandigarh: In Haryana, over 70.94 lakh metric tonnes (MTs) of Paddy has arrived so far in mandis, as against the arrival of 69.56 lakh MT during the same period of last year. A spokesman and Consumer Affairs Department said that Government procuring agencies have procured over 59.08 lakh metric tonnes whereas over 11.85 lakh metric tonnes of paddy is purchased by millers and dealers. Over 27.48 lakh MT of paddy have been purchased by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, over 19.22 lakh MT by Hafed, over 6.49 lakh MT by the Haryana Warehousing Corporation, over 5.68 lakh MT by the Haryana Agro-industries Corporation and 19,667 MT by the Food Corporation of India.
Volleyball Tournament concluded
Panchkula: The 5th Panchkula District Volleyball Tournament organized by Panchkula District Volleyball Association concluded at Sports Complex here on Thursday. In women category, the final match was played between Sarthak School Panchkula and Hindu Girls School, Kalka. The players of Sarthak befittingly won the tournament by 25-18 and 25-20. In men category, Panchkula Club bagged the first place by defeating Maharana Pratap Club, Barwala by set of 3-1.
CHB decision unfair and callous: Bansal
Chandigarh: Former Union Minister and ex-MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal has termed Chandigarh Housing Board’s decision of not constructing new houses under the Pradhan Mantri Aawaas Yojna (PMAY) – a ‘housing for all’ scheme, as “a ploy to escape from responsibility”. Bansal asked, “How is it possible that out of over 1,27,000 applicants, CHB has found only 450 people eligible to avail the scheme? The former MP expressed the need to re-evaluate the 1,27,000 applications and build houses for them. “People are tired of the shock therapies and Government going back on its promises”, he added.
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