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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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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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Broken roads, littered stinking streets present dark side of City Beautiful 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 20 Mauli Jagran, the epicentre of the diarrhoea outbreak, presents a dark side of the City Beautiful. Broken roads, stinking streets and littered garbage shows how basic amenities elude the area. Local residents are thankful to the media for highlighting the diarrhoea outbreak issue. “Municipal Corporation employees visited us after a long time. They cleaned the garbage and cleared the blocked sewerage line,” said a group of women sitting outside a house in lane No. 2100. Walking through lane No. 1,700 was a challenge. Nearly 80 cases of diarrhoea were reported from this lane alone. The stink emitting from the area could make anyone unwell. Rani, who had just returned from the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16, on Wednesday, said she suffered from acute diarrhoea soon after drinking water. “I rushed to the dispensary with complaints of vomiting and an upset tummy. From the dispensary, I was rushed to the GMCH 16. I was discharged on Wednesday. On ...
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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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Gastro update: 18 new cases reported from Ward No. 1 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Ludhiana, June 20 As many as 18 cases of gastroenteritis were reported from Bharti Colony, Geeta Colony and Aman Colony from Ward No. 1 here on Wednesday. No new patient was admitted to the hospital. As many as 57 cases of gastroenteritis were detected from these areas on Tuesday after which the Health Department and the Municipal Corporation swung into action. Savitri Devi, an area resident said, “The drinking water supply, which we are getting, is clean. Earlier, the water being supplied to our houses was contained. But after a boy in the area died, the authorities swung into action. The faulty water pipe was also repaired.” “They should have listened to our complaints and acted earlier because we were getting contaminated water in our houses since the last 15 days,” said added. A boy living at Bharti Colony died on Monday night. Residents claimed that he died due to gastro, but the Health Department did not confirm the same as the boy’s family took his body from the Civil Hospital before post-mortem ...
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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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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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Stuck in red tape, Chenab project now back on track 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jammu, June 20 The ambitious Chenab water diversion project that was stuck in red tape seems to be back on track again. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has granted a no-objection certificate which will pave way for its funding by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. Now, about 100 cusecs of water will be diverted from the river at Akhnoor, some 30 km from Jammu, and later carried to filtration plants by pipes. Though it’s going to take years before the water supply resumes from the Himalayan river, the delay in granting permission had stalled the plan aimed at ending perennial water crisis facing nearly two million people in J&K. Proposed in late 1980s, the first detailed project report was formulated in 2007 when the PDP-Congress coalition was governing the state. Later, the failure of the then Omar Abdullah led NC-Congress government to submit the detailed environmental assessment report had led to the cancellation of funds by the Asian Development Bank in 2013-14. In ...
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36 patients of diarrhoea in Panipat village 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Panipat, June 20 In all, 36 persons have taken ill due to diarrhoea and gastroenteritis in the district’s Shimla Mulana village. A team of the Health Department visited the village on Wednesday and set up a camp, while a team of the Public Health Department collected samples of water. Shimla Mulana sarpanch Pinki claimed one or two persons from each household were affected due to the disease. Civil Surgeon Dr SL Verma and Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Navin Suneja also visited the village. Dr Amit Dahiya from Community Health Centre, Dadlana, said: “I, along with others, visited about 215 houses on Wednesday and screened 1,045 persons. We found 36 cases of diarrhoea and health authorities have provided treatment to patients.” Only a picket of the village was affected due to diarrhoea, Dr Dahiya said, adding the cause of the disease might be the supply of contaminated water. “The condition of all patients is normal. The Health Department team has provided ORS packets, tablets and ...
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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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Dug-up roads worsen traffic woes in Thripunithura 21.6.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Pedestrians forced to walk along the middle of the road; stretch between Statue Junction and Kizhakkekota not restored
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Activist throws challenge to officials 21.6.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
A social activist M.G. Hegde threw a social concern challenge to the MP, MLAs, Deputy Commissioner and Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer of Dak
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Varahi water to Udupi project figures in review meet 21.6.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
The issues of bringing water from the Varahi in Bharatkal, about 36 km from here, to Baje, and underground drainage system figured prominently in the
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One more witness turns hostile in Sohrabuddin trial 21.6.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
71 of 108 witnesses have been declared hostile in the case
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