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Eye on 2019, PM Modi reaches out to farmers 21.6.2018 The Asian Age | Home
Modi also reiterated that his government is working to double farm income by 2022.
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Sowing paddy: Farmers lauded for abiding by govt directives 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 20 Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma on Wednesday thanked farmers of the district for abiding by the government directive of supporting the ‘Tandarust Punjab’ Mission for saving ground water. Deputy Commissioner said Jalandhar had roughly 1.69 hectares of paddy cultivation in the district. Out of this, the district administration had received complaints against only a few farmers who had sown paddy in 14 acres of land in the district. Sharma said the paddy was ploughed by the Agriculture Department for violation of Punjab Preservation of Subsoil Water Act, 2009. The Deputy Commissioner reiterated that the state government’s decision to transplant paddy not before June 20 was meticulously planned to save water, which was the only natural resource the state had, except the fertile soil. He said as water extraction from the ground was more than its recharge, it was the duty of all of us to save this precious natural resource. Sharma said in such a ...
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Farmers sowing paddy in Nabha before deadline 21.6.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Nabha, June 19 

Facing shortage of labour, the farmers in the region have started sowing paddy before June 20, which is a deadline set up by the state government, thus violating the  government orders. 

Due to the government notification, the farmers are irked as the sowing season has been delayed by about 10 days this year. Moreover, there was shortage of labourers as the migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have decided to arrive in the state after June 20. 

However, the farmers took advantage of the recent rains as they got sufficient water for irrigating their land and planted the paddy saplings in their fields two to threedays  in advance. 

Meanwhile, the labourers have also increased their wages by 25 to 30 per cent this year. Earlier, the farmers were paying Rs 3,000 per acre, while this year the labourers were demanding Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 per acre. This is adding burden on the farmers as well.

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29 fresh cases of diarrhoea reported from Mauli Jagran 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 19 As many as 29 fresh cases of diarrhoea were reported from Mauli Jagran today. Of the 29 cases, eight were of mild diarrhoea, which were referred to the Mani Majra Civil Hospital. According to the authorities at the Health Department, as many as 141 cases of mild diarrhoea had been reported in the past three days. Rising cases of stomach infection and diarrhoea have prompted the Health Department to set-up an evening OPD at the Mauli Jagran dispensary.  “Further, water samples from all three tubewells in the area were collected and the report is expected to arrive soon,” said Health Department officials. On June 17, soon after the diarrhoea outbreak, Dr G Dewan, Director, Health Services, had announced free treatment for all diarrhoea patients.      So far, the Health Department has surveyed 5,086 houses and 1,145 ORS  packets have been distributed.  Water scarcity led to diarrhoea outbreak? A heath department official said water scarcity had led to the diarrhoea ...
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Sand mafia attacks forest officer, guard 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Our Correspondent Kharar, June 19 In a daring incident, members of the sand mining mafia attacked Block Forest Range Officer Devinder Singh and forest guard Karnail Singh near Seonk village in Kharar subdivision on the periphery of Chandigarh on Monday night, leaving them seriously injured before fleeing from the spot. Both injured forest officials were admitted to the PGI, where Devinder’s condition is stated to be “very critical”. He has suffered multiple fractures in the skull and was operated upon, said doctors, adding that he had been kept under observation for the next 72 hours. A naka was laid by Devinder Singh along with other employees of the Forest Department near Seonk village on Monday night to check sand mining. Around 10.30 pm, they stopped a tractor-trailer coming from Seonk village. A car was following the tractor-trailer in which some armed persons were sitting. They suddenly attacked the forest employees at the naka and inflicted serious injuries on them before fleeing. The Mohali ...
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Kharar MLA wants armed guards to curb illegal mining 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Our Correspondent Kharar, June 20 Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu has demanded “militancy-style nakas”, manned by armed guards, at various check points on main roads and dirt tracks to stop illegal mining in the state. Accompanied by some media persons, Sandhu visited the site of “illegal” mining at Jayanti Majri Dam (near Seonk Village in Mohali district) with Majri block AAP Pradhan, Dalwinder Singh Benipal, and some villagers. This is the area where some forest officials were attacked on Monday night. One of them, Devinder Singh, is battling for life while another Karnail Singh is waiting to be operated for his injuries at the PGI. The Forest Department has finally snapped the ‘kutcha’ track to prevent four-wheelers and tractor-trailers from reaching the river bed behind the dam, where sand was allegedly being excavated. “Why was this not done when I was complaining for the past six months that illegal mining is prevalent in the belt? Was government sleeping?” said the MLA. Since the ‘kutcha’ track has been ...
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Of 25 cases in 5 months, only 9 ended in conviction 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Satinder Pal Singh Dera Bassi, June 20 Since the role of three officers from Dera Bassi came under scanner for their alleged nexus with the mining “mafia”, those connected to the mafia have apparently felt the heat. According to the police, the activity at the sand quarry sites in Dera Bassi, which used to witness illegal mining, has reduced drastically in the subdivision. However, sources said the illegal sand mining in Dera Bassi could not be stopped completely because of its large scale. According to the data from police records, 25 cases of illegal mining have been registered in Dera Bassi from January till May 31, 2018. Only nine cases have resulted in conviction while others were either under investigations or under trial, said sources. After receiving a number of complaints regarding rampant illegal mining in Dera Bassi, including Mubarikpur, Kakrali, Sundran villages, and nearby areas, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had ordered a vigilance inquiry into the matter. Following the ...
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Four held for attacking forest officials 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mohali, June 20 The Mohali police have claimed to have arrested four of the six accused in the case regarding brutal attack on forest officials on Tuesday night. The four accused have been identified as Satpreet Singh, Satvinder Singh, Jagjeet Singh and Inderjeet Singh, all in their early 20’s and residents of Seonk village. The SSP said all accused were locals and running the business of illegal mining on a small scale. Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said: “We have recovered the tractor-trailer and i-20 car used in the crime. These vehicles were registered in the name of accused Lovepreet Singh and Amrit Singh, who are absconding.” A naka was laid by Devinder Singh and other employees of the Forest Department near Seonk village on Monday night to check sand mining. Around 10.30 pm, they stopped a tractor-trailer coming from Seonk village. A car was following the tractor-trailer in which some “armed” persons were sitting. They attacked the forest employees at the naka, leaving them ...
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Water supplied to Mauli Jagran led to diarrhoea outbreak: Report 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 20 A gross contamination of drinking water turned out to be the reason behind the diarrhoea outbreak in the Mauli Jagran area, said the Health Department report. The water sample taken from tube well No. 4, from which water was being supplied to some areas of Mauli Jagran, has failed the quality test. It was on June 18 when the Health Department collected water samples from five tube wells which are used for supplying water to Mauli Jagran and surrounding areas. The water samples were sent to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, District Priority Lab (IDSP-DPL) in Mani Majra. The contamination count which should be less than one point of most probable number (MPN), turned out to be 180 MPN. The MPN is a teting method to analyse the concentration of micro organisms in the water sample. The report has been shared with the MC and the Director, Health Services, G Dewan. The test report has put the civic authorities on the back foot. The MC was maintaining that ...
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Another village ravaged, miners dig deep 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mohali, June 20 With more areas, that have fallen prey to illegal mining on the periphery of Chandigarh, coming to light, the murderous attack on forest officials has placed the spotlight on another village being ravaged by the sand mafia. Seonk, the picturesque village that houses Jayanti Dam and the nearby Jayanti Devi temple, is the latest victim. While the Majri-Khizrabad belt in the area has been depleted of most of its sand over the years, Seonk is fast losing its natural resources. About 2 km from the dam, a rough terrain inside the forest takes you to trenches extending over at least 5 km from where earth has been dug up. A visit by this correspondent on Wednesday showed fresh tyre marks in the area, indicating that the illegal activity is on. The area that has been dug up is a rich source of sand as before the construction of Jayanti Dam, the rivulet used to flow through it. As the flow of the water was stopped towards the area by the dam, a large part of the area dried up. ...
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VC thanks state farmers 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 20 PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon on Wednesday thanked farmers of the state for adhering to the June 20 date for transplanting paddy. It may be mentioned that, as a measure to control the declining water table in the state, the varsity had earlier given a clarion call to the agricultural fraternity to strictly follow the government’s timeline instructions for sowing paddy and not transplanting it before June 20. While stressing the adoption of PAU’s early maturing paddy varieties, PR 121, PR122, PR124, PR126, PR127, Dr Dhillon explained that the transplanting time of these varieties can be aligned with the onset of monsoon in the region that normally hits Punjab by the end of June, therefore the water requirement for paddy at the time can be achieved through seasonal rainfall. Dr Dhillon said, “These varieties mature in about 93 to 110 days after transplanting and are immune to humidity at the time of marketing, therefore these are being adopted well by ...
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Maharashtra: Delayed monsoons have farmers worried, only 2% fields sowed 21.6.2018 DNA: Top News
With monsoon in a lull phase, farmers have sowed only 2 per cent of the total crop area so far. And with only 16 per cent water left in the state's major dams, aagriculture is the most hit sector. According to the Department of Agriculture of Maharashtra, sowing activities have declined by 2 per cent compared to last year. "However, we are not yet worried. We are expecting good monsoon even though it is delayed. So far most of the agricultural activities are taking place in Kolhapur, Konkan and North Maharashtra region that produces paddy and cotton," said Bijay Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, (agriculture). According the to Water Resource Department, reservoirs in Maharashtra have only 16 per cent of water stock left. "The Nagpur and Amarawati region is worst affected with only 10 per cent and 13 per cent water left in the dams respectively. While in Pune it is 15 per cent , 18 per cent in Marathwada, 33 per cent in Konkan and 18 per cent in Nasik region. Vidharbha is most worst affected region," ...
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‘Farmers’ income increasing’ 21.6.2018 The Navhind Times
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the income of farmers in the country increased, and also doubled in many cases, due to various initiatives taken by the Central government. During his interaction with select farmers from the various parts of the country through “Narendra Modi App”, Modi asked them about their success ...
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New NASA instrument to monitor plant water use from space 21.6.2018 The Navhind Times
Washington: NASA plans to install on the International Space Station (ISS) an  instrument that will measure the temperature of plants from space, enabling researchers to  determine plant water use and to study how drought conditions affect plant health. The instrument, called ECOSTRESS, or ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometre Experiment on Space Station, will hitch a ride ...
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Monsoon rains disrupt normal life in coastal Karnataka 21.6.2018 The Navhind Times
MANGALURU: Incessant rains measuring up to 15 cm lashed Karnataka’s coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttar Kannada till Wednesday morning as the southwest monsoon remained active over the region. “As on Wednesday morning, the southwest monsoon remained active over coastal Karnataka and was weak in north interior Karnataka,” the Bengaluru centre of India ...
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Fisheries department to push for regional boards 21.6.2018 Hindu: News
A high-level team of the Fisheries department will meet Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu next week to pursue the proposal for regional ce
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Sukhbir: Cong hand in glove with mafia 21.6.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday alleged that attacks on government officials as well as large-scale illegal sand mining were continuing unabated because the Congress government was patronising the mafia.

He said the heinous attack on two forest officials, who were trying to check illegal mining in Majri block in Mohali, proved that the state had descended into “jungle raj”. “The sand mafia has become so bold that it is ready to murder government officials coming in the way of its illegal operations,” the SAD chief alleged.

Sukhbir claimed that this had become clear in the run up to the Shahkot byelections when the State shielded Hardev Singh Laddi despite grave charges of illegal sand mining against him.

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Heli-taxis from more places soon 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Shimla, June 20 Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the closing ceremony of the ‘Kotkhai Utsav’, which conlcuded on Wednesday, said the state government would operate heli-taxi services from other places also to bring in tourists in the state. He said Rs 55-crore drinking water project for 27 panchayats in Jubbal-Kotkhai would be funded by BRICS. “The state government has got schemes and projects worth Rs 4,365 crore sanctioned from the Union Government during a short period of five months,” he said. He announced Rs 5 crore for beautification of Hatkoti temple complex, PWD division at Kotkhai, degree college at Kotkhai, Rs 1 crore for Vikas Bhawan at Kotkhai, PG classes in four subjects at Degree College Saraswati Nagar, and new trades for students at Atal Behari Vajpayee Engineering College, Pragatinagar. He also announced Rs 4 crore for sewerage scheme at Saraswati Nagar and Rs 2.11 crore for improving power supply in Nawar area. The Chief Minister also announced ...
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Ordinance promulgated to protect, develop ponds 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News service Chandigarh, June 20 Haryana has decided to improve its poor water management with the help of a special authority that will keep a watch on state’s water resources. The state on Wednesday promulgated the State Pond and Water Management Authority Ordinance, 2018 to develop, protect, and rejuvenate ponds and water bodies. The objective is to reduce the overexploitation of groundwater. The ordinance will come into force once the government notifies it. It will apply to all ponds in the state, except those having an area of less than 0.5 acres and those located on private land or in notified forest area. Besides a chairperson, the authority would have district committees and monitoring committees. The Chief Minister will be the chairperson, while two ministers — one from the Irrigation and Water Resources Department and the other from the Development and Panchayats Department — will be the senior vice-chairpersons. A person of eminence in the field of water resources will be the ...
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Rain continues to lash the coast; man dead 21.6.2018 Hindu: Health
IMD predicts heavy rainfall for the next two days
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