Friday, February 5, 2016

Japanese agency to invest $2.5 m in Haryana

CHANDIGARH, FEB 5
 Haryana Chief Minister  Manohar Lal, today said that Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has assured to invest 2.5 million dollars in the State.
        The Chief Minister was addressing the ‘Japan-Haryana Business Meet-2016’ at Delhi today.
Referring to his Japan tour, the Chief Minister said that he felt proud on hearing from Osaka Suzuki that their experience of doing business in Haryana has been good and that people in Japan consider it as good investment. He said that the Japanese business community has assured an investment of $35 billion in India and Haryana wants to have a major share of it.
Exhorting Japanese businessmen to invest in Haryana, he asked them to invite their colleagues to the ‘Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit-2016’ which would be organized in Gurgaon on March 7 and 8, 2016. Japanese businessmen consider Haryana as their second home away from their natural home, he added.
The Chief Minister said that during the last 15 months, the State Government has taken steps to exploit the full potential Haryana has for industrial growth. He said that now investors are attracted towards India and people abroad are visualising the image of India changing under the leadership of Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi.
He said that Haryana’s new Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015 has been framed keeping in view the aspects of ‘ease of doing business’ and ‘cost of doing business’. Majority of the issues pertaining to these aspects have been addressed in the policy, he added.
Referring to steps taken for ‘ease of doing business’, the Chief Minister said that Relationship Managers would be made available to get all formalities completed and the entrepreneur or investor is required only to submit an application.
Mr. Manohar Lal assured that the traffic movement on NH-8 would be made smooth and the problem at Kherki Daula Toll Plaza would also be sorted out to facilitate entrepreneurs. He said that we want that more and more entrepreneurs come to Haryana and invest here. However, it does not mean that they should not invest in other states. India is federal country and the structure of federalism should be strengthened. Haryana would try to attract investments through competitiveness, he added.
He said that in order to make skilled manpower available to the industrial establishments, adequate number of skill development centres would be established in the state. Besides, a Skill Development University would also be established. He said that the State Government has taken many steps to facilitate the entrepreneurs coming to invest in Haryana. According to the Chief Minister, the power of issuing Change of Land Use (CLU) for industries with investment up to Rs 10 crore and one acre land has been given to Deputy Commissioners. He said that in 31 Blocks, there is no need of obtaining CLU and in case of industries with investment of Rs 10 crore to Rs 100 crore, CLU will be issued within 90 days. For industries above Rs 100 crore to Rs 500 crore and other big industries, a group of ministers would give the matter special attention and get the CLU issued in a time-bound manner. He said that a Japanese Cluster of Industries has been planned in district Jhajjar and work on developing that area was going on at a fast pace, much faster than anywhere else in the country.
Industries Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, said that Haryana is poised for a new era of industrial development. He said that most of the regulatory work has been made available online. He said that out of 12 Industrial Estates to be set up by the Japanese in India, one would be set up in Jhajjar in Haryana. Capt Abhimanyu said that the mutual trust between Haryana and Japan is deeper with mutual understanding of style of functioning.
Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr. Devender Singh, gave a presentation on the new Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015. Director General of JETRO, Mr. N. Naguchi, Minister (Economic and Development), Embassy of Japan, Mr. Akio Isomata, Managing Director of Bridgestone, Mr. Kamifuku and Director of Maruti Suzuki, Mr. S.Y. Siddiqui also shared their work experiences in Haryana and recommended Haryana as a favorable destination for investment. 
Director General of Federation of Indian Industry (FII), Mr. Deepak Jain, also spoke on the occasion.
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Transfer of colonies to Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon

CHANDIGARH, FEB 5
 In a major decision taken in the larger interest of residents of  licensed colonies, namely Palam Vihar, Sushant Lok (Phase I) and DLF (Phase I to III) in Gurgaon, Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has accorded approval for their transfer  to Municipal Corporation,  Gurgaon for their maintenance and up-keep.
          While stating this here today, a spokesman of Town and Country Planning Department said that  while Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok (Phase I) are being developed by Ansal Properties and Infrastructure, DLF (Phase I-III) is being developed by DLF Universal Limited.
          He said that as the services like roads, water supply, sewerage and open spaces   in these colonies have been  operational satisfactorily for more than five years, the concerned colonizers have been directed to transfer these colonies to Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon on ‘as is where is basis’. A total of 2872.40 acres plotted area would be transferred to the MC, Gurgaon. This included 604.20 acre in sector 53, 27, 43, 28 and  17 of Sushant Lok Phase-I , 633.27 acre in sector 3,2 and 1 of Palam Vihar and 1634.93 acre in sector 24, 25, 25A,  26A and 28 in DLF Phase I to III.
          He said that the Department grants licenses for development of colonies that is residential plotted, residential group housing, commercial, industrial and IT under the provisions of Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975. He said that as per the  agreement executed by the Department with the colonizer at the time of grant of license , the owner is  responsible for the maintenance and up-keep of roads, open spaces, public parks and public health services for a period of five years from the date  of issue of completion certificate unless earlier relieved of this responsibility, when the owner would transfer all such roads, open spaces, public parks and public health services free of cost to the Government of the local authority.
          He said that since the grant of completion certificate in these colonies is still pending due to non completion of community sites and commercial sites, the transfer would be allowed subject to the condition that such transfer of these colonies, could not be construed to be as grant of completion certificate relieving them from other responsibilities to be performed by them in compliance of terms and conditions of the license.
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Haryana Government transfers 68 HCS officers

CHANDIGARH, FEB 5
Haryana Government has issued transfer and posting orders of 68 HCS officers with immediate effect.
        Mrs. Sunita Verma, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ballabgarh has been posted as Administrator, HUDA and Additional Director, Urban Estates, Rohtak relieving Amit Khatri, of the said charge.
        Aurbind Sharma, Additional Director (Admn.), Secondary Education and Special Secretary, School Education Department has been posted as Secretary, HAFED, Panchkula and Inquiry Officer, Panchkula against vacant post.
        Narhari Singh Banger, Joint Commissioner, M.C., NIT, Faridabad goes as City Magistrate, Gurgaon vice Mrs. Ashima Sangwan.
        Rajiv Mehta, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Karnal goes as ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, Panipat vice Sujan Singh.
        Pardeep Kumar-I, Joint Commissioner, M.C., Gurgaon goes as ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, Sirsa against a vacant post.
        Jai Kishan Abhir, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Tohana, has been posted as ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA Fatehabad relieving Vijay Kumar Siddappa Bhavikatti, of the said charge.
        Dharamvir Singh, Secretary, RTA, Panipat and Secretary, RTA, Jind has been posted Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Yamunanagar relieving S.S. Phulia, of the said additional charge.
        Ram Kumar Singh, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Kalayat goes as Secretary, RTA, Mahendragarh vice Ajay Chopra.
        Mrs. Pratima Chaudhary, Joint Controller, Civil Defence, Ambala and Chief Executive Officer, Shivalik Development Agency, Ambala has been posted City Magistrate, Ambala vice Amit Kumar Panchal. Also, she has been given additional charge of Joint Controller, Civil Defence, Ambala and Chief Executive Officer, Shivalik Development Agency, Ambala.
        Sandeep Singh, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Rewari has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Kanina vice Vikram Singh Malik.
        Sujan Singh, ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, Panipat goes as Secretary, RTA, Rewari vice Ajay Chopra.
        Kamlesh Kumar Bhadoo, Estate Officer, HUDA, Panchkula and Additional Director (Monitoring) Social Audit (MANREGA) Rural Development has been posted as Deputy Secretary, Health Department and Joint Director (Admn.), Food and Drugs Administration vice Satish Kumar Singla. Also, he will look after the work of Secretary, Haryana Right to Service Commission vice Amarjit Singh.
        Vatsal Vashisht, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Gurgaon-I has been given additional charge of Chief Executive Officer, Mata Sheetla Devi Shrine Board, Gurgaon vice Jagdish Sharma.
        Mukesh Kumar, SDO(C)-cum-Additional Collector, Hansi has been posted as SDO(C)-cum-Additional Collector, Nuh vice Devi Lal Sihag.
        Devinder Kaushik, Additional Director (Admn.), Higher Education and Joint Secretary, School Education Department goes as Secretary, RTA, Yamunanagar vice Kushal Kataria.
        Ashwani Maingi, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Panipat has been given additional charge of City Magistrate, Panipat vice Vivek Chaudhary.
        Amar Deep Singh, Sub Divisional Officer (C)-cum-Additional Collector, Firozpur Zhirka goes as City Magistrate, Palwal vice Mrs. Anu.
        Satbir Singh Kundu, Sub Divisional Officer (C)-cum-Additional Collector, Thanesar has been given additional charge of Secretary, RTA, Kurukshetra vice Yogesh Kumar.
        Subhash Sheoran, Sub Divisional Officer (C)-cum-Additional Collector, Panipat goes as Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ballabgarh vice Mrs. Sunita Verma.
        Sushil Kumar-I, Additional Transport Commissioner goes as Secretary, RTA, Sonepat vice Rajiv Ahlawat.
        Amardeep Jain, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Bahadurgarh goes as General Manager, Haryana Roadways Gurgaon vice Tirlok Chand. Also, he has been given additional charge of General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Faridabad relieving Rajesh Kumar of the said charge.
        Rajiv Ahlawat, Secretary, RTA, Sonepat and Sub Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Kharkhoda has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Kharkhoda. Also, he will look after the work of City Magistrate, Sonipat vice Sudhanshu Gautam.
        Vikram Singh Malik, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Kanina goes as Secretary, RTA, Jhajjar vice Pardeep Kumar-II.
        Suresh Kumar (Kaswan), General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Sirsa goes as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Narnaul vice Vivek Kalia.
        Bir Singh, Secretary, RTA, Bhiwani and Secretary, RTA, Hisar goes as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Kalayat vice Ram Kumar Singh. Also, he has been given additional charge of Secretary, RTA, Kaithal vice Amit Kumar.
        Ashok Kumar Bansal, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Hisar has been given additional charge of Estate Officer, HUDA, Hisar vice Manish Kumar Lohan.
        Mrs. Ashima Sangwan, City Magistrate, Gurgaon goes as Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, NIT, Faridabad vice Narhari Singh Banger.
        Yogesh Kumar, Secretary, RTA, Karnal and Secretary, RTA, Kurukshetra has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Karnal vice Rajiv Mehta.
        Mrs. Vandana Disodia, Additional Transport Commissioner (Road Safety) goes as Additional Director (Admn.), Secondary Education and Joint Secretary, School Education Department vice Aurbind Sharma.
        Jaideep Kumar, Secretary, RTA, Faridabad has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Firozepur Zhirka vice Amardeep Singh.
        Sant Lal Pachar, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Fatehabad has been given additional charge of Secretary, RTA, Fatehabad vice Narender Pal Malik.
        Devi Lal Sihag, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Nuh and Secretary, RTA, Mewat goes as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Tosham vice Pradeep Ahlawat.
        Suresh Kumar Chahal, City Magistrate, Mewat has been given additional charge of Secretary, RTA, Mewat vice Devi Lal Sihag.
        Prithvi Singh, Deputy Secretary, Public Works (Building and Roads) and Architecture Departments goes as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Barwala vice Parshant.
        Naveen Kumar Ahuja, City Magistrate, Kaithal has been given additional charge of Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Guhla during the leave period of Mrs. Kamal Preet Kaur.
        Mahavir Singh, Additional Director (Admn.) and Additional Secretary, Women and Chielf Development goes as Additional Director (Admn.), Social Justice and Empowerment against a vacant post. Also, he has been given additional charge of Secretary, Haryana Agro Industries Corporation vice Ashutosh Rajan.
        Jagdish Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Mata Sheetla Devi Shrine Board, Gurgaon goes as Secretary, RTA, Rohtak vice Pardeep Kumar-II.
        Amit Kumar, Secretary, RTA, Ambala and Secretary, RTA, Kaithal has been posted City Magistrate, Rewari vice Bharat Bhushan Gogia.
        Pardeep Kumar-II, Secretary, RTA, Jhajjar and Secretary, RTA, Rohtak has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Bahadurgarh vice Amardeep Jain.
        Mrs. Anu, City Magistrate, Palwal has been posted as Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon vice Pardeep Kumar-I.
        Vivek Chaudhary, City Magistrate, Panipat has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Panipat vice Subhash Sheoran.
        Ashwani Malik, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Indri has been given additional charge of Estate Officer, HUDA Karnal against a vacant post.
        Narender Pal Malik, Secretary, RTA, Sirsa and Secretary, RTA, Fatehabad goes as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Pehowa vice Dr. Kiran Singh.
        Satish Kumar, City Magistrate, Karnal goes as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Tohana vice Jai Kishan Abhir.
        Amarjit Singh, Joint Director (Admn.) and Deputy Secretary, Medical Education and Research, Secretary, Haryana Right to Service Commission and Secretary, State Information Commission has been posted as Joint Director (Admn.), and Deputy Secretary, Medical Education and Research and Secretary, State Information Commissioner. Also, he has been given additional charge of Secretary, RTA, Panchkula vice Kushal Kataria.
        Tirlok Chand, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Gurgaon goes as Secretary, RTA, Panipat vice Dharamvir Singh.
        Vivek Kalia, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Narnaul has been posted as Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon vice Mahesh Kumar.
        Ajay Chopra, Secretary, RTA, Rewari and Secretary, RTA, Mahendragarh and City Magistrate, Narnaul has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Bawal vice Jitender Kumar-II.
        Sudhanshu Gautam, City Magistrate, Sonipat has been posted as City Magistrate, Karnal vice Satish Kumar.
        Mrs. Shilpy Pattar, Joint Director (Admn.), Tourism and General Manager, Tourism Development Corporation Limited has been additional charge of Joint Director (Admn.), Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs against a vacant post.
        Bharat Bhushan Gogla, City Magistrate, Rewari has been posted as Secretary, RTA, Faridabad vice Jaideep Kumar.
        Mrs. Meenakshi Dahiya, Joint Director (Admn.) Agriculture has been given additional charge of Secretary, Haryana Right to Service Commission relieving Amarjit Singh of the said charge.
        Ms. Radhika Singh, City Magistrate, Panchkula has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Panchkula vice Ms. Mamta.
        Kushal Kataria, Secretary, RTA, Panchkula and Secretary, RTA, Yamunanagar goes as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Bilaspur vice Girish Kumar.
        Girish Kumar, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Bilaspur goes as Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ambala against a vacant post.
        Jagdeep Singh, City Magistrate, Bhiwani has been posted as Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Hansi vice Mukesh Kumar. Also, he has been given additional charge of Secretary, RTA, Hisar vice Bir Singh.
        Pradeep Ahlawat, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Tosham goes as City Magistrate, Narnaul vice Ajay Chopra.
        Mahesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon has been posted as City Magistrate, Bhiwani vice Jagdeep Singh. Also, he has been given additional charge of Secretary, RTA, Bhiwani vice Bir Singh.
        Amit Kumar Panchal, City Magistrate, Ambala goes as Secretary, RTA, Ambala vice Amit Kumar.
        Parshant, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Barwala has been posted as Secretary, RTA, Sirsa vice Narender Pal Malik.
        Manish Kumar Lohan, Estate Officer, HUDA, Hisar and General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Hisar has been posted as Estate Officer, HUDA, Panchkula vice Kamlesh Kumar Bhadoo.
        Pradhuman Singh, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Chandigarh has been posted as Secretary, RTA, Karnal vice Yogesh Kumar.
        Dr. Kiran Singh, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Pehowa goes as City Magistrate, Jind relieving Balraj Jakhar of the said charge. Also, Dr. Singh has been given charge of Estate Officer, HUDA, Jind against a vacant post.
        Satish Kumar Singla, Deputy Secretary, Health Department and Joint Director (Admn.), Food and Drugs Administration has been posted as General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Chandigarh vice Pradhuman Singh.
        Jitender Kumar-II, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Bawal has been posted as General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Rewari vice Sandeep Singh.
        Sumit Kumar, Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Narwana has been given additional charge of Secretary, RTA, Jind vice Dharamvir Singh.
        Ashutosh Rajan, Chief Administrative Officer, Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Limited and Secretary, Haryana Agro Industries Corporation has been posted as Chief Administrative Officer, Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Limited. Also, he has been given additional charge of Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Kalka vice Mrs. Gauri Midha (proceeded on leave).
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MGNREGA scheme is being updated: CM

CHANDIGARH, FEB 5
 Haryana Chief Minister  Manohar Lal, said that reforms are being introduced in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) Scheme to provide greater benefits to a larger number of people.
        The Chief Minister was addressing mediapersons at the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2016 at Surajkund in district Faridabad today.
Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that the scheme, which was launched about 10 years ago, had a number of shortcomings. This had resulted in the benefits being limited to only a few people. However, under the leadership of Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, Union Rural Development Minister, Mr. Birender Singh, was making consistent efforts to overcome the drawbacks in the scheme, he added.
Referring to his upcoming visit to Chennai, the Chief Minister said that he would visit the city on February 10, 2016, with the objective of attracting investment in Haryana. He said that apart from foreign investors, the Haryana Government was also wooing investors from other states.
He said that Haryana Government was ready for elections to Urban Local Bodies in the State and all preparations have been completed. The election process would begin as soon as the date is announced by the State Election Commission, he added.
  The Chief Minister had earlier held a discussion with officers regarding health services being provided in the State.
Speaking on the occasion, Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, said that the Haryana Government is ready to take every possible step for empowerment of women and the ambitious ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme is being implemented on a strong note. She also hailed the election of nearly 50 per cent women to Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State during the recently-concluded elections. Praising the artistes and artisans, she said that the Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2016 was playing a significant role in promoting the cultural heritage of Haryana.
Transport Minister, Mr. Krishan Lal Panwar said that a state-level function would be organised in Rohtak on February 21, 2016, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Saint Guru Ravidas. The Chief Minister would be the chief guest on the occasion, he added.
Those present on the occasion included Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Krishan Pal Gurjar, Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr. Kanwar Pal, Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Santosh Yadav, Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Agriculture Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, Mrs. Seema Trikha and Mr. Shyam Singh Rana, and other prominent personalities.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

6500 villages to get broadband connectivity

CHANDIGARH, FEB 3
-Haryana Government would soon launch  a new scheme under which villages having population of more than  10,000 would be treated as Nagar Panchayats and developed on the pattern of urban areas. Also, about 6500 villages would get broadband connectivity.
          This was disclosed by Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal while addressing a press conference here today. 
        The Chief Minister said that there were about 120 villages in the State which have population of more than  10,000. These villages would continue to have Gram Panchayats, but development in these villages would be undertaken on the pattern of urban areas. Apart from this, an arrangement is also being made for the drainage of stagnated  water in the villages.
          He said that apart from this,  about 6500 villages in the State would be get the facility of  broadband for internet services. So far, 2500 villages have  this facility. He said that he would urge the NRIs during the Haryana Parvasi Divas to be held on March 9 at Gurgaon, to adopt their native villages so to ensure their overall development. He said that the State Government has already implemented Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojana and Sweh Prerit Adarsh Gram Yojna for the development of villages in the State.
        On being asked about the number of NRIs that are   to participate in the Haryana Parvasi Divas at Gurgaon, he said that  list of all NRIs of Haryana has been sought from the concerned Deputy Commissioners. Apart from this, he is personally writing letters to the NRIs to invite them to the Haryana Parvasi Divas. In all, about 1200 investors were expected to participate in the Global Investors Summit to be organized at Gurgaon on March 7 and 8, 2016.
        When his attention was drawn towards the statement made by the opposition leaders to stall the proceedings of the ensuing budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha, the Chief Minister said that opposition has no issue. Therefore, they are making such statements out of frustration. When asked to comment on the allegations leveled by a woman against hockey player  Mr Sardara Singh  who is Deputy Superintendent of Police  in Haryana Police, he he made it clear that who so ever found   guilty would not be spared.
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Haryana Ontario sign MoU to promote common interest

CHANDIGARH, FEB 3
Haryana and the Province of Ontario, Canada, have entered into a partnership with a view to pursuing common goals as Sister States. Therefore, both parties have signed an agreement and decided to designate Nodal Agencies from their sides for timely and effective communication on the matters of common interest.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the Haryana Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Province of Ontario today to further enhance and strengthen economic relations, facilitate knowledge transfer and encourage ongoing dialogue and cooperation and collaborations in various fields.
        The MoU was signed by Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, on behalf of the Haryana Government and Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Ms. Helen Angus, on behalf of the Province of Ontario, in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, Industries Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Premier of Ontario, Ms. Kathleen Wynne, and Premier of Prince Edward Island, Mr. Wade MacLauchlan.
        Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the Haryana Government was organising ‘Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit-2016’ in Gurgaon on March 7 and 8, 2016, to woo investors, and invited Premier of Ontario, Ms. Kathleen Wynne, to participate in this event.
        The Chief Minister said that this was for the first time that nodal agencies were being designated. Under the agreement, activities would be undertaken to facilitate knowledge transfer in the areas of museum development, cultural preservation and exchange. Collaborations would be encouraged in the fields of education and skill development, start-up ecosystem, food processing, science and technology, low carbon development and aerospace, besides other sectors, he added.
        Under the MoU, domestic information seminars or webinars would be organised to build awareness of opportunities and educate domestic companies in Haryana and Ontario on doing business in the partner market. Assistance would be given to companies in connecting with peers who are experienced in doing business in the partner market.
        Haryana and Ontario Governments would coordinate and lead trade missions to the partner market, with a focus on priority sectors, to help companies gain access to the partner market. They would endeavour to provide in-market support to their respective trade mission delegates for the duration of travel abroad.
        Apart from this, Haryana and Ontario Governments would host incoming delegations from the partner market in order to facilitate partnerships between companies and government officials from both places.
        The Canadian delegation included Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs, Ms. Lynn Betzner, Member of Ontario Legislative Assembly, Mr. Harinder Takhar, Consul General of Canada, Chandigarh, Mr. Christopher Gibbins, Deputy Principal Secretary to the Premier, Mr. Karim Bardeesy, Senior Advisor to the Premier, Ms. Alex Phillips, Ontario Representative in India, Mr. Jens Michael Schaal, and Director, International Relations, Ms. Leslie Marchant.
        Others present on the occasion included Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. R.K. Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary, Information Technology, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation, Mr. Ram Niwas, Additional Chief Secretary, Town and Country Planning, Mr. P. Raghavendra Rao, Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr. Devender Singh, Principal Secretary and Director General, Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Director-cum-Special Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Mr. Vivek Atray, and Trade Commissioner, Canadian Embassy, Mr. Gurbans Sobti.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Telangana painters steel show in Surajkund International Crafts Mela.

CHANDIGARH, FEB 2
Cherial scroll painters from Telangana stationed outside their state’s Apna Ghar creating amazing masks, paintings and decoration plates catch the eyeballs of every visitor at the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela.
Practitioner of the Cherial art and national merit awardee, Mr. D. Vaikuntam Nakash, explains, “This art dates back to the 15th century and these paintings are prepared by only Nakashi caste people in Telangana. Hundreds of years ago, the story-telling communities used to travel through the villages of Telangana, singing and narrating stories using their scroll as their visual aid. These paintings are unique pictorial presentation of numerous tales from Hindu epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana and the various Indian Puranas.”
The technique of these paintings is unique, adds Nakash, “The painting is drawn on khadi cloth while the mask is made on the coconut shell. The processing of both is same which involves applying a paste of tamarind seed along with a tree gum and white clay. Once it dries, the artist draws the outline using a squirrel haired brush in a phased manner. The striking red colour fills the background and the colour of the face and skin is decided by nature of the character like blue and yellow for Gods and Goddesses respectively.”
Only natural colours are used to make these paintings like white colour is obtained from grounded sea shells, black from lamp soot, yellow from ‘pevidi’ stone, blue from indigo leaves, red from ‘inglikam’ stone and the other from various vegetable dyes and ground stones. His works range between Rs 600 and Rs 9,000.
Nakash recently participated in the expos and demonstrated this heritage art at China and Switzerland as a part of the Make in India initiative of Government of India.
Exotic artwork galore at Surajkund Mela
The artists from Turkmenistan are showcasing their masterpieces at Surajkund International Crafts Mela for the first time. Dursunosolmaz, an artist from Turkmenistan is enjoying her first visit to India, as she narrates, “This fair is an interesting place for all countries to come together to showcase their folk art and traditions. I have got vases and curios hand-painted with ceramic colours and glazed to perfection.” Dursunosolmaz seeks is inspired from life and most of her creations have human faces painted on them. These are priced Rs 9,000 onwards.
Relive bygone era at Haryana’s Apna Ghar
The Dharohar Musuem of Kurukshetra University has showcased biggest hookah in the world at Haryana’s Apna Ghar. Then there are interesting artifacts from the past including big size urns, utensils and radio sets. Also visitors are enjoying the glimpse of the Haryana’s rural life with life-size mannequins of women cooking on hearth and churning milk and interesting depiction of men sitting on charpoy with hookah and the importance of a barber in every man’s life. Outside the Apna Ghar, one can witness some live action with real time weaver working on a hand operated loom, a lady spinning the charkha and a man making baskets from straw. These are indeed the diminishing techniques that are being showcased at the Mela and offer a perfect opportunity for the youth to connect with the golden past.
Face painting competition for school students
Face painting competition was organised for school students at the Natyashala in which about 85 students from different schools participated. The first prize was bagged by Nishant Vikram and Priyanshu of Vidya Sagar International School, Gharora Tigaon, Faridabad, second prize was bagged by Prithamjeet Singh and Pushpam of DAV Public School, NIT-3, Faridabad and the third prize was bagged by Raj and Siddharth Singh of Holy Child Public School, Sector 29, Faridabad. The consolation prizes were given to Meenu and Kavita of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School Faridabad; Preet Tyagi and Vidhi Yadav of Vidya Sagar International School, Gharora Tigaon, Faridabad and Vansh and Shreya of Holy Child Public School, Sector 29, Faridabad.
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