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Hot weather continues in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh: Hot weather conditions continued to prevail in Haryana and Punjab on Saturday with  Narnaul city in Haryana recorded maximum temperature at 41.2 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal, according to the meteorological (MeT) department here. Hisar experienced hot weather at 41 degrees Celsius, followed by Karnal at 38.2 and Ambala at 37.4. Rohtak, Gurugram and Bhiwani recorded maximum temperatures at 40.1, 40.7 and 40.4 degrees Celsius respectively, up to five degrees above normal. In Punjab, maximum temperatures of Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala settled at 36.5, 37.1 and 38 degrees Celsius respectively, up to three degrees above normal.  Meanwhile, Amritsar received 16 mm of rainfall. Chandigarh registered its maximum at 37.5 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal.

Hry’s 1st ‘Jal Panchayat’ held in Beholi village

Chandigarh: Haryana Government’s community mobilization programme ‘Jal Panchayat’ endeavoring to increase community participation was organized in Beholi village, in Panipat district on Saturday. The ‘Jal Panchayat’ organized under Atal Bhujal Yojana aims to make a water security plan for the village.   It is pertinent to mention here that Dr. Anil Gautam, hydrologist working for Atal Bhujal Yojana along with this team conducted three-day research to explore the groundwater management issues in Beholi village.  During the research, the team had examined groundwater conditions in the village as well as conducted water quality testing. After conducting the research, Dr. Anil Gautam along with his team then had organized ‘Jal Panchayat’ to share research findings with the villagers and the villagers shared their suggestions to resolve the water-related problems in their village.  Divulging more details about the purpose of organizing ‘Jal Panchayat’ across the State, Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, Devender Singh said that a total of 14 districts will be covered under Atal Bhujal Yojana in Haryana, which includes 1669 gram panchayats of 36 blocks.  He said that the Atal Bhujal Yojana aims to improve groundwater management in priority areas through community participation and Haryana has a target to reduce groundwater depletion by minimum 50 percent.

Punjab CS launches ‘anaemia mukt Punjab'

Chandigarh:  Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan on Saturday launched ‘anaemia mukt Punjab’ campaign to free the adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women of anemia in the state.  Chairing a review meeting of Health and Family Welfare, Social Security, Women and Child Development and School Education departments on reducing anaemia in the state, the Chief Secretary deputed all three departments to implement the drive with a focus on testing and treating children, adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women on a priority basis. She also called for a concerted campaign to inculcate vigorous behaviour change communication and lifestyle modification among the beneficiaries.  Mahajan said anaemia is a major issue, especially among  pregnant and lactating women besides adolescent girls but is easily preventable through a widely-practised strategy combining iron and folic acid supplements and proper nutritional diet.

Will develop smart playgrounds: Minister

Chandigarh:  Punjab School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla on Saturday, said that the state government has decided to develop smart playgrounds in the government schools and the education department has approved a grant of Rs. 9.10 crore for the development of smart playgrounds in primary and middle schools in the first round of Smart Playground project.  He said that sports and other extra-curricular activities are equally important for students as compared to the curricular activities.

People suffering due to PSPCL's mistake: AAP

Chandigarh:  With formation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab, the deadly power agreements made by the Badals with the private power companies would be canceled in the first cabinet meeting, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Punjab Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema said on Saturday. In a statement, he said the cancellation of the faulty power agreements reached during the SAD-BJP government; would not only alleviate the power crisis but would also make the electricity cheaper. Cheema said that today, the traders and farmers of Punjab were suffering from power shortage and were paying due to the mistakes of PSPCL and the ruling Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government. He said that the Congress and SAD-BJP, while in power in Punjab had always robbed the people with their wrong policies.  He said that if the crisis was not resolved by the government, then the AAP will take to the streets for the rights of the traders.

PGIMER’s 22 COVID Heroes felicitated

Chandigarh: Together We can Foundation, an Ambala based NGO known for their social commitment, felicitated 22 COVID Heroes of PGIMER for their selfless work and daunting courage during the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 at a felicitation ceremony here at PGIMER on Saturday.  Poonam Gupta, President of the Foundation presented certificates and mementoes to all 22 COVID Heroes as a token to acknowledge the commendable work and excellent management of COVID 19, thereby, saving many precious lives during this pandemic.  The COVID Heroes of PGIMER felicitated by the Foundation included Prof, Vipin Koushal, Sourav Dogra, Naresh Kumar, Gurinder Longia, Anil Kumar, Narender Kumar Prarthi, Sampada Sharma, Amar Singh, Baljit Kaur, Yogesh Prasad, Vidya, Dr. Navdeep Bansal, Arvind Jindal, Arvinder Singh, Dr. Yadwinder Singh, Mohit Gautam, Gurpreet Singh Sethi, Meenakshi Vyas, Swati Thapa, Varinder Singh, Dr. Surinder Rana and Vinod Kumar. The COVID Heroes shared their experiences and the struggle during hard times of the pandemic for saving lives.

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