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Neeraj Mohan is a correspondent, covering Karnal, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Panipat and Yamunanagar districts of Haryana.

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Haryana: Farmers demand sugarcane SAP hiked to 450/quintal

The delay in announcing the SAP has left farmers in a state of anxiety, as the farmers’ unions of the state were demanding a substantial hike, thus fixing it to ₹450 a quintal from the current ₹372

A group of farmers under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU Tikait) held a protest in Panchkula on Friday and handed over a memorandum, demanding a hike in the sugarcane SAP, to the director agriculture. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 06:26 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana records 36% decline in farm fires

This is for the third consecutive year that the state reported a fall in farm fires. During kharif harvesting season from September 15 to November 30, 2022, Haryana reported 3,661 incidents of stubble burning against 6,987 in 2021

Haryana records 36% decline in farm fires (AFP)
Updated on Oct 26, 2023 06:50 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana might fall short of 60 lakh MT procurement target of non-basmati paddy

Officials monitoring paddy procurement operations say that the arrival of paddy has reported a decline and the per day arrival has come down to around one lakh tonne from two-three lakh tonnes a week ago

Haryana might fall short of 60 lakh MT procurement target of non-basmati paddy
Updated on Oct 25, 2023 06:36 AM IST
By, Karnal

Centre has agreed to reduce basmati MEP to USD 950: Exporters

The decision was taken by the minister of commerce and industry, consumer affairs, food and public distribution Piyush Goyal in a virtual meeting with the rice exporters

Centre has agreed to reduce basmati MEP to USD 950: Exporters
Updated on Oct 24, 2023 07:30 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana CM honours Asian Games winners, announces to setup sports facilities

Thrilled over the performance of sportespersons of the state, Khattar announced to set up two shooting ranges and two archery ranges in Haryana

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar handing over a cheque for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.5 crore to Deepak Punia at an event in Karnal on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 08:28 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana government forms committee to examine historical facts about Mihir Bhoj

The government’s decision came two days after the show of strength of the Rajput community members at Kaithal as they accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of not taking action against the members of the Gurjar community

HT Image
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana: Paddy farmers sigh with relief as traders, exporters end strike

The rice exporters and millers’ association had jointly suspended the procurement operations by boycotting the procurement operations to protest the Union government’s move of maintaining the minimum export price for the export of aromatic long-grained basmati rice to US $1,200 per tonne

Workers dry paddy crop at a mandi in grain market, Rohtak, on Thursday. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 07:46 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana: Farmers feel the pinch as traders, exporters go on strike

Amarjit Chhabra, state president of the Haryana Rice Millers and Dealers Association, said, “The procurement has been suspended by the rice exporters against the government’s decision of retaining the US $1,200 per tonne, which is not justified as most of the rice is being export below US $900 per tonne”

Since there was no procurement in the mandis of Haryana on Sunday, there were reports that the rice traders received a positive note from the government that their demand to bring the MEP to US $850 ( <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>70,788) was under active consideration. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 06:10 AM IST
By, Karnal

Basmati traders to go on strike as Centre keeps floor price unchanged

Since Haryana is the biggest producer of basmati rice with a total share of around 42 percent in its exports, the decision is likely to have an adverse impact on farmers and traders of the state

The Union government refused to bring down the minimum export price of aromatic long-grained basmati rice to US $ 850 per tonne from $1,200. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2023 07:20 AM IST
By, Karnal

No demand for caste census in Haryana, says CM Khattar

Khattar's response came a day after the outgoing Congress government in Rajasthan announced to conduct a caste census in Rajasthan on the lines of Bihar.

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar at a Jan Samvad programme in Yamunanagar on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2023 01:29 AM IST
By, Karnal

Around threefold rise in farm fires in Haryana this year; air quality dips

The figures reveal that Haryana has reported 209 incidents of farm fires from September 25 to October 6, against 74 cases reported in 2022 and 24 in 2021, during the same period

As per the data of the Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC), the state has witnessed 72 cases in the past three days.
Updated on Oct 08, 2023 06:26 AM IST
By, Karnal

Punjab govt stand on SYL row puts Haryana AAP unit in spot

Haryana AAP leader Sushil Gupta shifts onus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, says two states cannot share water if there is shortage and Centre can’t remain silent spectator

Haryana AAP leader Sushil Gupta has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and help in resolving the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal dispute with Punjab. (HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 03:58 PM IST

Tardy lifting leads to rush near Haryana mandis, commuters suffer

Farmers are struggling to get gate passes, necessary for selling the produce on minimum support price of ₹2,203 a quintal, at the entrance of mandis

In Karnal, commuters faced a lot of inconvenience due to tractor-trailers that blocked the traffic on service roads on both sides of the Delhi-Chandigarh (NH 44) for several hours. (HT photo)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 08:16 AM IST
By, Karnal

Basmati growers reap bumper profit as price crosses 4,000 mark

Another basmati grower Binder Singh said, “Not only the prices but the better yield of around 24 quintal per acre helped me to earn a bumper ₹1 lakh per acre from three acres I had under moochal basmati this year. It was my highest-ever earning from one acre of paddy”.

Basmati growers of Haryana are eying a rich dividend this year as the Union government’s decision to relax the minimum export price (MEP) to US $850 from US $1,200 has led to a sudden rise in the prices of the premium aromatic long-grained basmati rice pushing it beyond <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4,000 a quintal. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 07:12 AM IST
By, Karnal

Jolt to INLD as prominent INDIA bloc leaders skip Kaithal rally

Prominent leaders of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc skipped the Indian National Lok Dal’s (INLD) annual Kaithal rally organised here to mark the 110th birth anniversary of party patriarch late Devi Lal.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal with J&K National Conference MP Farooq Abdullah and others during a programme on the 110th birth anniversary of INLD founder and former deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal, in Kaithal on Monday. Prominent leaders of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc skipped the INLD’s annual Kaithal rally organised here to mark the 110th birth anniversary of party patriarch late Devi Lal. (PTI)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 01:01 AM IST
By, Kaithal

Stage set for INLD’s Kaithal rally, no clarity over Congress’ participation

Several political bigwigs, especially top leaders from the opposition’s newly-formed Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) are likely to reach Kaithal to attend the rally

INLD’s Abhay Chautala will lead the Kaithal rally. (HT File)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 07:25 AM IST
By, Karnal

On-target Ramita Jindal inspires young girls back home in Kurukshetra with Asian Games medals

Ramita Jindal, a BCom second-year student from Kurukshetra, shot a score of 230.1, including a clutch 10.8, en-route to the individual bronze in the 10-m air rifle discipline at the Asian Games

Ramita Jindal posing with her Asian Games medals. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 07:20 AM IST
By, Karnal

Panipat gangrape cases: 15 suspects detained, SIT formed

Although no arrests have been made so far, a special investigation team has been formed under deputy superintendent of police Krishan Kumar with crime investigation agency (CIA-I) in-charge and Matlauda police station in-charge as members

Besides, 10 police teams involving over 100 cops from nearby districts and special task force, Sonepat and CIA teams have been deputed to conduct raids (iStock)
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 12:13 AM IST
By, Karnal

Robbers kill migrant worker’s wife, rape three women in Panipat village

Around 1am on Thursday, four men barged into houses of migrant labourers working at two fish farms on village outskirts, held them hostage at gunpoint before killing a woman and raping three others besides fleeing with ₹18,000, a mobile phone and ornaments

Panipat superintendent of police Ajit Singh Shekhawat said, “Two incidents were reported at two locations. At one spot, a man and his ailing wife were targeted and the woman died. While at another farm, three women were allegedly raped and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>13,000 were robbed.” (iSTock)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana: Robbers kill migrant worker’s wife, rape two women in Panipat village

Around 1am on Thursday, four men barged into house of migrant labourers working at fish farm on village outskirts, hold family hostage at gunpoint before killing a woman was ailing and raping two others besides fleeing with ₹13,000 and silver ornaments

The 45-year-old ailing wife of a migrant labourer was killed and two other women members of the family were raped when armed men targeted a fish farm on the outskirts of a village under Matlauda police station in Panipat district early on Thursday. (Representational photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 05:16 PM IST

Karnal teens’ death appears to suicide pact: Cops

They said that as per the post-mortem, the bodies bore no visible injury marks, but maintained that probe is on. The boy’s family had, however, claimed that there were injury marks on his face and neck, and expressed suspicion about the role of the girl’s family, stating that the latter were opposed to the teenagers’ relationship.

Four days after the bodies of a 17-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl were recovered from the Western Yamuna Canal, police said it appears to be a suicide pact. (HT File)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 01:03 AM IST
By, Karnal

Nuh violence: Arrests based on evidence, not religion or caste: Haryana DGP

595 people have been arrested in over 100 cases related to the Nuh communal violence and the arrests are based on facts and evidence, not on the basis of religion or caste of the offender, said Haryana director general of police (DGP) Shatrujeet Kapur reacting to allegations by opposition parties against the arrest of sitting Congress MLA Mamman Khan.

As many as 595 people have been arrested in over 100 cases related to the Nuh communal violence and the arrests are based on facts and evidence, not on the basis of religion or caste of the offender, said Haryana director general of police (DGP) Shatrujeet Kapur reacting to allegations by opposition parties against the arrest of sitting Congress MLA Mamman Khan. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 01:16 AM IST
By, Karnal

Kaithal man convicted of rape, murder of 7-year-old girl gets death sentence

Kaithal court awarded death sentence to a 22-year-old man convicted in the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl last year. The convict, Pawan Kumar, alias Moni, is a pickle vendor. As per information, this is the first capital punishment announced by the district court terming it as the rarest of the rare cases.

A court in Kaithal on Saturday awarded death sentence to a 22-year-old man convicted in the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl last year. The convict, Pawan Kumar, alias Moni, is a pickle vendor. (Representational image)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 12:51 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana man gets death penalty for rape-murder of minor

The special Pocso court also announced financial assistance of ₹30 lakh to the kin of the deceased by the District Legal Services Authority

The court termed the rape and murder of a minor girl as the rarest of rare cases while awarding the death penalty. (HT Archives)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 11:45 PM IST
By, Karnal

Sonia, Kharge among INDIA bloc leaders invited to INLD Kaithal rally

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has invited top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge, besides top leaders of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) at a rally being organised in Kaithal on September 25 to mark the birth anniversary of the INLD founder late Devi Lal.

“We have sent official invitations to Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge. “Now it is up to the Congress leadership to decide,” INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala said during his visit to Karnal for meeting with party leaders and workers to ensure huge gathering at the Kaithal rally. (HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 01:12 AM IST
By, Karnal

Proud of my son’s supreme sacrifice, says Panipat braveheart Major Aashish Dhonchak’s mother

The mortal remains of Major Aashish Dhonchak were consigned to the flames with full military honours at his native village in Panipat. Thousands of people gathered to console the grieving family members, including his wife Jyoti and his mother, on his final journey. Ashish’s three-year-old daughter also paid floral tributes to her father.

Family members and relatives mourn near the mortal remains of Major Aashish Dhonchak before his last rites at his native place in Panipat on Friday.Thousands of people gathered to console the grieving family members, including his wife Jyoti and his mother, on his final journey. Aashish’s three-year-old daughter also paid floral tributes to her father. (PTI)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 12:52 AM IST
By, Bhinjol (panipat):

Kin, villagers mourn deaths of army officers, cop in Anantnag encounter

A pall of gloom descended on villages in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab on Thursday as families and relatives mourned the killings of two decorated army officers and a Jammu and Kashmir police officer during an encounter with terrorists in Anantnag district a day earlier.

J&K DSP Humayun Muzamil Bhat’s father and retired IGP, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, lays a wreath on his son’s coffin in Srinagar on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 12:44 AM IST
By, , Ashiq Hussain, Chandigarh/karnal/srinagar:

Farmers, traders worried as Centre’s cap on basmati export leads to price fall

The restrictions have resulted in a fall in wholesale prices of aromatic basmati paddy varieties by up to ₹800 per quintal, while the exporters in the country have not received the orders from the importers in Middle Eastern countries for the upcoming season

In Punjab, the restrictions are likely to affect the aromatic basmati variety 1509 which has started arriving in the state mandis. (HT photo)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 12:22 AM IST
By, , Chandigarh/karnal

15 new varieties of wheat, one of barley identified

As per the scientists, two high yielding wheat varieties namely HD3386 and WH1402 have been identified for irrigated timely sown and restricted irrigation conditions, respectively, for the northwestern plains zone. ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal, in collaboration with the Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Rajasthan, have identified 15 new varieties of wheat and one variety of barley.

The ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal, in collaboration with the Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, Rajasthan, have identified 15 new varieties of wheat and one variety of barley. (HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 12:55 AM IST
By, Karnal

Floods, El Nino effect unlikely to impact rice output in Haryana: Experts

In the second week of July, 10,000 to 20,000 acres of standing crops were destroyed by floods in the districts of Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Fatehabad, Sirsa, Karnal, Ambala and Yamunanagar. Despite floods, heavy rains and waterlogging in July as well as the El Nino effect in August, experts expect Haryana to have a bumper crop this year provided weather conditions remain favourable.

Despite floods, heavy rains and waterlogging in July as well as the El Nino effect in August, experts expect Haryana to have a bumper crop this year provided weather conditions remain favourable. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Karnal
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