Thursday, November 26, 2015

Pinjore Heritage Festival on November 28-29

 Haryana Tourism is all set to celebrate the 10th Pinjore Heritage Festival on November 28 and 29, 2015, at the majestic Pinjore Gardens. An innovative endeavour of Haryana Tourism, the Festival seeks to project the ancient heritage and culture of the town of Pinjore and its royal Gardens.
While giving this information here today, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Dr. Sumita Misra, said that the Festival would be inaugurated by Haryana Tourism Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, at 5.30 pm on November 28, 2015. Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism and Hospitality, Mrs. Seema Trikha, and MLA, Kalka, Mrs. Latika Sharma, would also grace the occasion.
She added that Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, would be the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony of the Festival to be held at 5.30 pm on November 29.
While giving further information, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Corporation, Mr. Vikas Yadav, said that the Pinjore Heritage Festival would offer a veritable feast for all age groups. Renowned performers and folk artistes will entertain the audiences throughout the day.
He added that renowned Punjabi pop and folk singer Janab Barkat Ali Khan Diwana would present an enthralling performance during the evening cultural programme to be held 6.00pm onwards on November 28. On November 29, famous Manganiyar and Sufi singer Gazi Khan Barna and party from Rajasthan would entertain the visitors with a mesmerising performance at 6.00 pm. Flautist Adit Ravi and Bharatnatyam danseuse Krupa Ravi from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, would also present soulful performances.
Mr. Yadav said that a number of competitions, including rangoli making, folk dance, drawing and mehndi applying would be organised for school children from Chandigarh and Panchkula on both days of the Festival. A kids fashion show and flash mob would further add to the charm of the Festival on November 28.
He added that vibrant performances by the folk artistes of National Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, would be a must-watch, and the enthralling day performances by folk dance groups, including Ragni Kud, Bhangra, Giddha, Bagpiper, Sapera, Sarangi, Banchari, Kathputli, etc, would bring the pathways of the Gardens alive and entertain the visitors.
The Managing Director said that in tune with its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, Haryana Tourism has made arrangements for the visit of differently-abled students on November 28. A Heritage Walk and Best Dressed Competition for Senior Citizens would be organised on November 29, 11.00 AM onwards. They would be able to enjoy free entry to the Festival and complimentary refreshments, he added.
Mr. Yadav said that other attractions during the Festival would include the Crafts Bazaar, which would be the main crowd-puller where unique handlooms and intricate handicrafts by crafts persons from across the country would be on display. The multi-cuisine Food Court would be another major attraction of the Festival. A wide range of mouth-watering dishes like Jaipur’s Dal Bati Churma, Mughlai kebabs and biryanis, Gohana’s famous jaleba, et al, would tantalise the taste buds of one and all. Apart from this, State Institutes of Hotel Management, Panipat and Yamunanagar, would also set up stalls for sale of food and beverage items.
Besides, Haryana Roadways would run special buses between Chandigarh-Panchkula-Pinjore at short intervals for the Festival, Mr. Yadav said.
He added that the grandeur of the royal Mughal Gardens, with fortress walls, ramparts, bastions and palaces, offers a perfect backdrop for the Pinjore Heritage Festival. This Festival encapsulates traditional flavours and is truly a tribute to these world-famous Mughal Gardens that form the venue for this event.
The Garden palace was built in the 17th century by Emperor Aurangzeb’s trusted lieutenant and foster brother, Fidai Khan. This Garden has been laid at seven levels on a descending scale. Natural springs blended with a hilly terrain, displaying plentiful use of moving water in this lush, terraced garden, he added.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

6 crore released for development of Yamunanagar villages

 Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain said that a sum of about Rs six crore has been released for development of various villages under Municipal Corporation, Yamunanagar. The funds would be utilized for various development works under Rajiv Gandhi Urban Development Mission (RGUDM), Haryana.
        Giving this information, Mrs. Jain said that a sum of Rs 2.5 crore has been released for development works in Municipal Corporation, Yamunanagar under RGUDM, Haryana and over Rs 3.48 crore for development works in Scheduled Castes and triban-dominated colonies. The funds would be utilized for villages of Radaur assembly constituency falling under Municipal Corporation Yamunanagar. These villages are Ishopur, Aurangabad, Patashgarh, Jorian, Mandeber, Jampur, Mandebri, Bhootmazara, Phunsgarh, Panjeto ka Majra, Kansepur, Kami Majra, Raipur, Kheri Ranghran, Kehar Singh Ka Majra, Sasauli and Farakpur.
        She said that earlier approval had been given for release of more than Rs 103.30 crore for the development works in all the 79 Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils, Municipal Committees for the year 2015-16.
        The Minister said that Rs 219.83 lakh has been released for Ambala, Rs 74.94 lakh for Naraingarh, Rs 73.02 lakh for Barara, Rs 168.11 lakh for Bhiwani, Rs 67.26 lakh for Bawanikhera, Rs 108.14 lakh for Charkhi Dadri, Rs 63.41 lakh for Loharu and Rs 55.73 lakh for Siwani. Similarly, Rs 865.78 lakh has been released for Faridabad, Rs 88.40 lakh for Bhuna, Rs 133.59 lakh for Fatehabad, Rs 106.02 lakh for Ratia, Rs 148.43 lakh for Tohana, Rs 488.93 lakh for Gurgaon, for Rs 40.35 lakh for Farukh Nagar, Rs 82.63 lakh for Haily Mandi, Rs 84.55 lakh for Pataudi and Rs 82.63 lakh for Sohna. Apart from this, Rs 240.94 lakh has been released for Hisar, Rs 150.55 lakh for Barwala, Rs 151.21 lakh for Hansi, Rs 67.26 lakh for Narnaund, Rs 71.10 lakh for Uklana Mandi, Rs 185.96 lakh for Bahadurgarh, Rs 48.04 lakh for Beri, Rs 131.47 lakh for Jhajjar.
        Mrs. Jain said that Rs 163.41 lakh has been released for Jind, Rs 65.34 lakh for Julana, Rs 125.10 lakh for Narwana, Rs 139.95 lakh for Safidon, Rs 34.59 lakh for Uchana. Similarly, Rs 202.86 lakh for Kaithal, Rs 100.49 lakh has been released for Cheeka, Rs 69.18 lakh for Kalayat, Rs 73.02 lakh for Pundri, Rs 49.96 lakh for Rajaund. Likewise, Rs 359.7 lakh for Karnal, Rs 118.75 lakh has been released for Assandh, Rs 129.35 lakh for Gharaunda, Rs 32.67 lakh for Indri, Rs 49.96 lakh for Nilokheri, Rs 30.75 lakh for Nissing and Rs 195.08 lakh for Tarori.
        She said that Rs 171.87 lakh for Thanesar, Rs 108.14 lakh for Pehowa, Rs 201.45 lakh for Shahabad, Rs 137.83 lakh for Ladwa, Rs 61.49 lakh for Ferozepur Jhirka, Rs 55.73 lakh for Nuh. Likewise, Rs 63.41 lakh for Punahana, Rs 92.24 lakh for Taoru, Rs 24.98 lakh for Ateli Mandi, Rs  40.38 lakh for Kanina, Rs 78.79 lakh for Mohindergarh, Rs 165.39 lakh has been released for Narnaul, Rs 32.67 lakh for Nangal Choudhary. Apart from this, Rs 247.45 lakh for Panchkula, Rs 353.13 lakh has been released for Panipat, Rs 82.63 lakh for Samalkha, Rs 167.51 lakh for Hodel and Rs 53.81 lakh for Hathin.
          The Minister said that Rs 118.33 lakh for Palwal, Rs 42.28 lakh for Bawal, Rs 88.4 lakh lakh for Dharuhera, Rs 175.63 lakh for Rewari, Rs 217.66 lakh for Rohtak, Rs 57.65 lakh for Kalanaur, Rs 88.4 lakh for Meham, Rs 42.28 lakh for Sampla, Rs 139.95 lakh for Mandi Dabwali, Rs 92.25 lakh for Ellenabad, Rs 59.57 lakh for Kalanwali, Rs 61.49 lakh for Rania and Rs 164.35 lakh for Sirsa. Similarly, Rs 82.63 lakh for Gannur, Rs 176 lakh for Gohana, Rs 76.87 lakh for Kharkhoda, Rs 267.66 lakh for Sonepat and Rs 302.17 lakh for Yamunanagar.

54.97 lakh MT of paddy arrive in Haryana mandis

More than 54.97 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy have arrived in the mandis of Haryana till November 24, 2015, of which 42.39 lakh MT paddy has been purchased by government procurement agencies.
        While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Food and Supplies Department said that more than 19.36 lakh MT of paddy have purchased by the Food and Supplies Department, more than 14.96 lakh MT have been purchased by Hafed, 4.34 lakh MT have been purchased by the Haryana Agro-industries Corporation and more than 3.71 lakh MT have been purchased by the Haryana Warehousing Corporation.
        He added that Karnal had received the maximum amount of paddy at 11.89 lakh MT of the total arrival, more than 10.08 lakh MT paddy has arrived in Kurukshetra, more than 7.08 lakh MT in Kaithal, more than 6.80 lakh MT in Ambala, more than 4.63 lakh MT in Fatehabad, more than 4.51 lakh MT in Yamunanagar, more than 2.63 lakh MT in Jind, more than 1.99 lakh MT in Sirsa and more than 1.38 lakh MT paddy in Sonipat.
        Similarly, more than 1.25 lakh MT in has arrived in the mandis in Panchkula, more than 1.21 lakh MT in Palwal, 66,599 MT in Hisar, 27,723 MT in Faridabad, 31,569 MT in Rohtak, 13,672 MT in Jhajjar, 4,711 MT in Mewat and 3,670 MT in Gurgaon.
        The spokesman said that farmers have been advised to clean and dry their harvest properly before bringing them to the market so that they do not have to face any problems in storage due to high moisture content.

Haryana delegation to participate in Agro-Product Trade Fair in China

A high level delegation of Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board led by Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar will participate in the 8th China International Agro-Product Trade Fair from November 27 to 29, 2015 at Zhengzhou, China.
        The Delegation has already reached China and during its visit, the delegation would study in depth the level of infrastructure, systems, methods etc being provided in the Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Markets of China. China has significantly improved in terms of post harvest losses in fruits and vegetable in recent years and resultantly income of farmers has increased. This has brought in rural prosperity and has made China to hold number one position in the production of horticulture products in the world. The level of infrastructure in wholesale markets has improved exports in a big way and which is why today Japan and Korea largely depend on imports from China.
On an average 30 per cent damage is caused to fruits and vegetables in the mandis in Haryana whereas it is just one per cent in Saint Charles Market, France, the world’s biggest market. A modern terminal market aiming to be one of the largest markets in the world is being developed at Ganaur, Sonepat of Haryana which would be made functional in the next one and a half to two years. It would be developed according to the conditions favourable to Haryana.  There is a possibility of daily arrival of more than 20,000 trucks carrying products in this market.  Emphasis would be laid on better packaging, minimising losses and better transportation management. A special purpose vehicle would be developed for this purpose.
The delegation includes MLAs Mr. Sukhvinder Sheoran, Dr. Pawan Saini and Mr. Ghanshyam Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Mr. V.S. Kundu, Chief Administrator, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board, Mr. Anil Malik and other officers.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

First phase of excavation work of Sarasvati River on war footing.

 Haryana Chief Minister and Chairman, Haryana Sarasvati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB), Mr. Manohar Lal said that in the first phase, excavation work of Sarasvati River from its origin point to Kurukshetra in three districts would be completed soon and directions have been issued to complete the work at war footing.
        The Chief Minister said that budget amounting to Rs three crore has been made available to the Board during the current financial year which would be spent on setting up of office, construction of palaeo-channel, digging of bore wells, carbon dating and other works.
        He said that three-day Sarasvati Mahotsav would be celebrated on the occasion of Basant Panchmi in three districts namely Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal in which information regarding Sarasvati would be given to people and literature would be distributed. Also, some scholars would inform people about the findings done so far about the Sarasvati.
        The Chief Minister said that a steering committee has constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi so as to deal with any problem arising in the rejuvenation work of Sarasvati. The committee includes Additional Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of Public Works (Building and Roads), Tourism, Agriculture, Irrigation, Cultural Affairs, Town and Country Planning and Revenue departments.
        He said that provision would be made to keep books, research papers and other materials related to Sarasvati River in district libraries of Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Yamunanagar so that information pertaining to Sarasvati could reach the masses. In this direction, digital libraries would also be set up in districts for which a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Member of Governing Body, Mr. Rao. The Committee would look after the setting up of digital library alongwith designing of the website of the Board.

Haryana to celebrate three-day Sarasvati Mahotsav

 The Haryana Government has decided to celebrate three-day Sarasvati Mahotsav on the occasion of Basant Panchmi in three districts namely Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal. Beside this, an exhibition on Sarasvati Heritage will also be displayed at Kurukshetra on Geeta Jayanti from December 17 to 21, 2015.
          These and other decisions were taken in the first General Body meeting of Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal here today.
          The Chief Minister said that this year three-day exhibition on Sarasvati Heritage will also be organized in all districts during Geeta Jayanti celebrations. He said that Kurukshetra Development Board would be expanded for ensuring overall development of all tiraths falling under the jurisdiction of Board. On a suggestion, he also directed for making separate arrangement for Pehowa tirth.  
The Chief Minister also directed the officers to complete the demarcation work on Sarasvati course by December 31 this year so that further action could be taken for its rejuvenation and development. Besides, Detailed Project Report for construction of check dams, reservoir and viability should be completed by the end of February 2016. First of all, the Board should conduct lengthwise demarcation of the river course so that track of Sarasvati course could be identified and to plan accordingly. He directed the officers to find the ground level course of  Sarasvati River from Aadi Bdri to Ottu in Sirsa.
          The Board also approved the proposal for development of tourism circuit including Sarasvati-tirthas, rejuvenation of Sarasvati Nadi Darshan Sthal and constitution of monitoring committees with the provision of social audit system.
          Deputy Chairman of the Board Mr. Prashant Bhardwaj thanked the Chief Minister for taking necessary steps to initiate, promote and support research in the field of Sarasvati Heritage and also to assist in its preservation and restoration. He said that Sarasvati River stream is completely mentioned in revenue record. He said that two check dams would be constructed on Som River. The project would boost tourism at large scale. He also highlighted the scientific basis and objectives of the Sarasvati.
          Deputy Commissioners of Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal presented progress reports on ongoing activities on Sarasvati River in the meeting.
          Education Minister Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, Chief Secretary Mr. D.S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. R.K. Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Finance, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Cultural Affairs, Mr Vijai Vardhan,  Additional Chief Secretary Irrigation, Mr. Ram Niwas, Principal Secretary Tourism, Mrs. Sumita Misra, Non Official members of State Sarasvati Heritage Development Board and other senior officers of the State Government were also present in the meeting.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Vij's assurance to Haryana radiographers

 Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said that the demands of radiographers would be considered sympathetically.
          In this regard, Radiographer Association of Haryana today called on the Health Minister with their demands. The members of the association raised all their issues, which were heard sympathetically by the Minister and assured to resolve them.
Meanwhile, Mr Vij said that MRI and CT scan machines would  soon be installed in three more hospitals in the state. Before this, MRI and CT scan machines were made operational in four other hospitals. 
          Mr Vij said that these three hospitals where these machines would be installed include Bhagat Phool Singh (BPS) Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, Shaheed Hassan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar, Mewat, and Civil Hospital, Panipat. In these medical colleges, 1.5 Tesla MRI and 128 Slice CT scan machines would soon be made operational. Besides this, a new building is being constructed in Civil Hospital, Panipat, immediately after this CT scan machine would be installed in the new building. This would help in providing inexpensive treatment to the patients, he added. 
          The Health Minister said that in the first phase, MRI and CT scan machines have been installed and operationalised in four hospitals of the state which included Civil Hospital, Panchkula, Bhiwani, Faridabad and Gurgaon. In these hospitals, 1.5 Tesla MRI and 16 Slice CT scan have been installed.  For this, trained doctors and staff have been posted in these hospitals so that patients do not face any problem.
          Mr Vij said that these machines are being installed under Public Private Partnership. Under this, people are provided with cheaper and free of cost healthcare facilities. Free services are being provided to patients belonging to BPL families, residents of urban slums, patients receiving disability allowance from the government, unattended roadside accident victims, patients belonging to Scheduled Caste families, State Government employees, pensioners and their dependents and poor patients who do not belong to any of these categories. The cost of treatment of such patients is borne by the Health Department of Haryana.
          Besides this, rates  which have been finalized at each centre are less than half of those of the private centres. This facility is being provided in the state hospitals at the rates which are also much lower than those at Government Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh and PGIMER Chandigarh.