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Make fertiliser from straw, farmers told 19.8.2017 The Tribune

Our Correspondent

Fazilka, August 18

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) scientists have urged farmers not to burn paddy straw. Scientists have advised farmers to use paddy residue to prepare organic fertiliser to save the land and prevent air pollution.

PAU scientists, agriculture experts and farmers from Fazilka, Ferozepur, Muktsar and Faridkot districts participated in a seminar “Don’t burn paddy straw; save land” organised by Sampuran Agri Venture Pvt Ltd (SAVPL) here today.

Senior PAU scientist Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar said there are four major benefits of using bio-fertilisers prepared from paddy straw. These are financial benefits, preservation of the environment, checking of arsenic content in sub-soil water and improvement in the quality of land.

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Crop acreage up 3.5% in last phase of kharif planting 19.8.2017 ET: Agriculture
Compared to the previous year it was 0.84% less covering 97.63 million hectare, according to the Agriculture ministry data.
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Demand survey from Sept 1 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Chandigarh, August 18 The Punjab Department of Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with the Department of Local Government will carry out a demand survey from September 1 under the Punjab Shehri Awas Yojana (PSAY) to provide free housing to eligible houseless SC/BC urban families with an annual income less than Rs 3 lakh and subsidised housing/cheap home loans to eligible slum dwellers. Disclosing this here today, Additional Chief Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Vini Mahajan said detailed eligibility conditions as per the PSAY guidelines would be mentioned in the demand survey form, which could be downloaded from or could be obtained from the help desk counter of any civic body and sewa kendras in the state. The demand survey forms could be submitted at the respective civic body office from September 1 to 30. The applicants could upload their forms on the PMAY-MIS portal also, she said. Private firms — Oasis, Jayesh A Dalal and Savjani A&E Consultants — have already ...
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HC extends bail of 1984 riots convict 19.8.2017 The Tribune
New Delhi, August 18 The Delhi High Court today extended till August 24 the interim bail granted to a former Congress councillor, serving life term in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, to enable him to arrange funds for paying his lawyers. A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra granted relief to Balwan Khokhar, who had sought extension of bail till October to finalise the sale of his properties. Initially, he was given interim bail on July 20, which was extended till August 8. His application for extension was moved as the interim bail was expiring today. Congress leader Sajjan Kumar had been acquitted in this case by the trial court, but Khokhar was convicted along with four others. Khokhar, retired naval officer Capt Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and two others were held guilty in a case about the murder of five members of a family in Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment on November 1, 1984, after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. They had challenged their ...
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Don’t distort prayer: Takht to Namdharis 19.8.2017 The Tribune

Amritsar, August 18

Akal Takht has cautioned the Namdhari sect to refrain from violating the “rehat maryada” (religious tenets) by distorting the Sikh “aarti” (prayer) prescribed in Guru Granth Sahib.

This was the reaction of Akal Takht to a video clip which went viral on the social media showing a group of women followers performing “aarti” of Thakur Dalip Singh, head of the Namdhari sect.

Taking cognisance of it, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said it was against the principles of Sikhism, as described in Gurbani. — TNS

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Terminator out to kill mosquitoes 19.8.2017 TOI: Delhi Times
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CM vows to pursue state’s case for special incentives 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 18 Opposing the Centre’s decision to extend special incentives to hill states, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said today that he would pursue Punjab’s demand for extending similar incentives to the border areas and the Kandi belt. Speaking at the Punjab Kala Bhawan here after inaugurating an exhibition of the Photo Journalists Welfare Association, the Chief Minister said Kandi and border areas should be treated on a par with the hill states in terms of these incentives. On the probe into the sand mining auctions, the CM said no committee had been formed to examine Justice JS Narang’s report. “I’ve marked the report to the Chief Secretary, who may have involved other officials for studying its findings,” he said. Earlier, the Chief Minister after observing a two-minute silence in memory of award-winning photojournalist S Paul, announced a Running Trophy for the Best Photographer of the Year, to be presented in December every year. The three-day exhibition ...
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Capt’s nod to groundwater authority 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 18 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday initiated the process of implementation of the Centre’s Incentivisation Scheme for Bridging Irrigation Gap (ISBIG). He gave in-principle approval to the establishment of a groundwater authority to tackle the state’s groundwater crisis. Chairing a high-level meeting to review the groundwater situation and discuss the implementation of the central scheme, the CM gave his concurrence to the state’s share of 40 per cent, amounting to Rs 3,448 crore against the total project cost of Rs 8,658 crore for Punjab. The scheme -- aimed at bridging the gap between Irrigation Potential Created (IPC) and Irrigation Potential Utilised (IPU) in India's completed water resources projects -- will provide better irrigation facilities to 1,249.257 lakh hectares of 12 canal commands falling in 21 districts of Punjab and benefitting nearly three lakh farming families. Punjab has the highest water exploitation rate and the maximum ...
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Marooned villagers in Saran wait for relief 19.8.2017 TOI: Patna
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Unpotable water supply irks consumers 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jammu, August 18 The private water supply chain in Jammu catering to the needs of shopkeepers, small hotels, restaurants and inns is serving water filled from ‘unknown sources’ and charging consumers Rs 750 per month. Though the sellers claim that they get the water checked every six months from the Food and Supplies Department, they fail to answer if the water is fit for consumption and does not contain germs and bacteria. The consumption of this water at Nai Basti recently led to diarrhoea and vomiting among a few residents who complained that besides dirty water, the campers in which it was brought were filthy and broken. The Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department supplies water to the sellers who in turn supply it to the shopkeepers. “In such circumstances, the six-monthly check-up of water is an eyewash. From what source the water is collected and distributed to us is not known,” said Ramesh Gupta, a mobile shop owner at Nai Basti. The owner of Aryan Sheetal Jal Company at ...
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Nod for girls college in Sonepat 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Sonepat: State BJP media in charge Rajiv Jain on Friday claimed that the government has given the administrative approval for setting up a government girls college in Sonepat after overcoming all technical problems. In a press statement, Jain said, "The college will be constructed on 4.26 hectare in HUDA Sector 12. The land has been given on 99-year lease to the Department of Higher Education at the annual lease amount of Rs 100." OC Motorcyclist killed in collision with cow  Rohtak: A man was killed and another injured as their motorcycle collided with a stray cow at Kheri village near Meham township in the district. The deceased has been identified as Suresh Beniwal, a farmer of the same village. The police said he was going towards Kheri from Meham on Wednesday. On the way, his motorcycle collided with a black cow which he could not see due to darkness. He was shifted to a local hospital where he was declared dead on Thursday. His friend riding pillion also suffered injuries in the accident. ...
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Mosquito terminator train flagged off 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 18 South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, R. N. Singh today jointly flagged off the mosquito terminator train from New Delhi Railway Station. The running of this special train during the monsoon period or after the heavy rains is considered best to prevent the high-breeding cycle of the larva of these ecto-parasites and thus tackle outbreak of vector-borne diseases, a spokesperson of the Northern Railway said. As per schedule, there will be four rounds of spraying in an interval of two weeks. The mosquito terminator train will cover 100 km in two days in the peak mosquito season. The train carrying the terminator will pass through Sarai Rohilla, Patel Nagar, Delhi Cantonment, Palam, Safdarjung, Kishanganj, Lajpat Nagar, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Adarsh Nagar, Rathdhana, Shahdara, Palam and Gurgaon, he said. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has provided a truck-mounted power sprayer to railways which sprays insecticide in ...
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CM to meet DJB officials in sewer death cases 19.8.2017 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is going to hold an emergency meeting with executive engineers and senior officials of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on August 22 in the wake of death of nine sanitation workers.

In three separate incidents within a month, nine people have died while cleaning sewer lines and septic tanks in the national Capital.

Earlier this month, the Chief Minister had announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh and a job to a member of the families of the three workers who died while cleaning a sewer pipe in Lajpat Nagar.

The issue of sanitation workers' deaths was also raised in the session of the Delhi Assembly last week.

Water Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam had said that the government was framing new parameters so that there was no such incident in future and the responsibility of the officers and contractors concerned can be fixed. The minister said it in the House.

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Chandrababu Naidu for interlinking of rivers to prevent water disputes 18.8.2017 TOI: Cities
The chief minister was speaking at his camp office here with members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources, who were on a tour of the state.
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Chandrababu Naidu for interlinking of rivers to prevent water disputes  18.8.2017 India – The Indian Express
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24-hour power to farmers is fitting reply, says KTR 18.8.2017 Hindu: News
Farmers got a raw deal in unified Andhra Pradesh, he says
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Steps mooted to revive Canoli canal 18.8.2017 Hindu: News
District administration to conduct mass survey of the waterbody on August 26
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Bihar flood toll touches 119; over 4 lakh evacuated 18.8.2017 Hindu: News
400 villages in Malda waterlogged as rivers breach danger levels; second wave inundates Kaziranga National Park
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Sustainable farming, the only way out 18.8.2017 HBL: Opinion
Climate smart agriculture as well as proper management of soil and water need priority attention
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Bihar flood toll hits 153; Army help sought in UP 18.8.2017 TOI: Home
The Bihar flood toll climbed to 153 on Friday while those marooned in 17 districts of the state crossed the 1 crore mark, even as the Army was called in for relief and rescue operations in deluge-hit eastern Uttar Pradesh districts adjoining Nepal.
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