Clean rivers on priority: Jathedar to Badal

Akal Takht Jathedar Ginai Gurbachan Singh on Monday appealed to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to get rivers and other natural resources of water in the state cleaned on a priority basis. He said this while inaugurating the world's 5th multimedia-enabled museum depicting Sikh history and achievements at Nirmal Kutiya of environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal in Sultanpur Lodhi. "Rivers and other water sources like rivulets, nullahs are getting polluted at a fast pace and it was high time to pay attention towards their," said Singh.

Green tribunal cracks whip on hydro project

Shimla: The National Green Tribunal has restrained Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited from feeling trees and utilising forest land at the site of its upcoming 120-MW Kashang hydro power project in Kinnaur. The orders were passed by the tribunal on a petition filed by local environmentalists and NGOs, who had been opposing the project fearing that it would result in an ecological disaster. The tribunal had issued the order on November 23, effectively stalling the project.

Manpreet appoints new media advisor

Chandigarh: Weeks after the "ouster" of his former media advisor, Arunjot Sodhi, People's Party of Punjab president Manpreet Singh Badal on Monday appointed a senior journalist to the post. A press release issued by the party confirmed the appointment of Bakhshinder Singh, who has worked with Punjabi newspapers in senior positions. He has also written for radio and television programmes besides writing scripts for a few documentary and feature films.

Two die in Karnal road mishap

Chandigarh: A one-year-old child, Karan, and his mother Geeta Devi died while his father, Satpal, sustained severe injuries after an unidentified truck rammed into their motorbike and sped away at Jaisinghpura in Karnal district on Monday. Police said that as a result of the collision, Geeta, who was riding pillion, and Karan, who was in her lap, died.

Rewari-Jhajjar-Rohtak rail link in Jan: Hooda

Birdhana: Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda on Monday said he was hopeful that the Rewari-Jhajjar-Rohtak rail service would be operational by the first week of January. "The work on the line has already been completed and Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has agreed to the commencement of service in the first week of coming January," Hooda, who inaugurated a wrestling championship in honour of freedom fighter, his late grandfather Choudhary Ranbir Singh, at Birdhana village, said.

Rs 3.17 crore for adolescent girls in Haryana

Chandigarh: The Haryana government has allocated Rs 3.17 crore, in the current financial year, for around 2.7 lakh girls in the age group of 11 to 18 years, under Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of adolescent girls."The scheme has been started in Ambala, Hisar, Rewari, Rohtak, Yamunanagar and Kaithal districts. The Department's priorities are to enhance the socio-economic status of women, to arrest the declining sex ratio, to reduce malnutrition and ensure the development and protection of children in Haryana," Women and Child Development Minister Geeta Bhukkal said.

SIC urges public authorities to digitise records

Chandigarh: The Haryana State Information Commissioner, Urvashi Gulati, has urged public authorities to digitise their records so that information could be provided instantaneously under Right to Information Act. Speaking at a seminar organised in Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Gulati said that it was the duty of every public authority to put into practices all the provisions of RTI and to provide timely information to applicants.

Two IAS officers transferred

Chandigarh: The Haryana Government has issued posting and transfer order of two IAS officers with immediate effect. Vijay Singh Dahiya, has been posted as Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon against a vacant post, while Balraj Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad has been given additional charge as Deputy Commissioner, Palwal vice Vijay Singh Dahiya.

Skill institute for girls to come up in Sonepat

Sonepat: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday announced that a skill training institute for women, at the cost of Rs 25 crore, will be opened in the name of Choudhary Ranbir Singh in Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya at Khanpur Kalan in Sonepat district. "In the first phase, courses of 10 skills will be started and in each skill, 50 girls will be given admission. In the second phase, the number of skills will be increased to 20," Hooda said while addressing a public meeting at Bhainswal Kalan.

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