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

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Kharif crops output and food security

How have heavy rains in July and the El Nino effect in August affected major kharif-season crops?

Farm workers transplanting paddy saplings after rain in Bathinda district of Punjab on June 26, 2023. The state relies heavily on the monsoon and groundwater through tubewells to irrigate crops. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT file photo)
Published on Sep 09, 2023 10:10 AM IST

Haryana: Beekeepers feel the sting as adulteration leads to price dip

Beekeeping is no more a profitable business as beekeepers in Haryana are facing a tough time due to adulteration of honey with sugar syrup and market dominance by big companies. “The major challenge we face is Chinese sugar adulterants which have caused a great damage to the beekeeping business as those who produce pure honey do not even get the input cost,” said beekeepers of the state.

Worried about their future, hundreds of beekeepers from Haryana gathered at Kaithal on Tuesday and raised the issue of falling prices of honey due to adulteration. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 09:02 PM IST
By, Karnal

2 Haryana food supplies inspectors held for bogus paddy procurement

Police said that the two Haryana food supplies inspectors were allegedly involved in the bogus procurement on the fake registrations on the Meri Fasal Mera Byora (MFMB) portal to show the procurement of 5,180 quintal paddy with the help of a local commission agent by creating fake registrations of farmers on the MFMB portal.

Two inspectors of the Haryana food, civil supplies, and consumers affairs department have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the paddy procurement scam during the kharif harvesting season 2021-22. (Representational image)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 01:11 AM IST
By, Karnal

AICC observers meet district leaders: Now, Congress vs Congress at Karnal, Rohtak, Yamunanagar meets

The intense factionalism in the ranks of the cadres of the Congress party’s Haryana unit was witnessed at Karnal on Tuesday as the supporters of the rival camps came to blows and heated arguments during the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) observers’ consultations with district-level leaders of the party.

Later, the supporters of the Hooda camp went inside but the supporters of the rival camp continued raising slogans against Hooda and the AICC observers. The protesters who were raising slogans in support of Congress leaders Kumari Selja and Surjewala alleged that the party leaders were ignored in the appointment of the observers, and they demanded that all the party leaders should be given preference in allocation of the Congress tickets. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 01:08 AM IST
By, Sunil Rahar

Haryana transgender community presses for equal rights, dignity

The meeting was called by HBCC chairperson Justice Darshan Singh (retd) to hear their grievances. The Haryana government has accorded the HBCC the responsibility to submit a report on the status of the transgender community in the state so that the government can take steps for their social and educational upliftment.

Hundreds of transgender persons participated in the meeting of the Haryana Backward Classes Commissionvirtually as well as in person. (HT File)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 12:37 AM IST
By, Karnal

INLD sends out invites for Devi Lal’s birth anniversary event to INDIA Alliance leaders

As per INLD sources, invites have been sent to Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar, his deputy and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, Hanuman Beniwal of the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party, Jayant Chaudhary of Rashtriya Lok Dal Party and CPI (M) general secretary Sita Ram Yechuri among others.

INLD senior leader Abhay Chautala said priority is to invite all leaders who were associated with Chudhary Devi Lal. (HT File)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana: Khaps raise pitch against ‘same gotra, same village’ marriages

Leaders of around 55 Khap panchayats and representatives of farmer unions held a panchayat at Kurukshetra on Wednesday and they threatened to boycott MPs and MLAs if they fail to clear their stand on their demands, including amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act

Representatives of Khap panchayats have given a one-month ultimatum to the government, MPs and MLAs to support their demand of an amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act to prohibit same gotra (clan) marriages in the state and urged the youths to take a pledge against “love marriages” in same gotra and same village. (Representational image)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 12:17 AM IST
By, Karnal

Sale of sand in flood-hit areas: Mining dept, village panchayat to have up to 85% share

Beyond 1 hectare, farmers to get only 15 to 20% share of earnings from the mined sands in their fields; farmer unions slam move. Even as the Haryana government has decided to conduct mining operations and take out sand and silt minerals accumulated in the fields due to the floods, farmers will get only 15 to 20% share of earnings from the mined sands in their fields.

Even as the Haryana government has decided to conduct mining operations and take out sand and silt minerals accumulated in the fields due to the floods, farmers will get only 15 to 20% share of earnings from the mined sands in their fields. (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 12:41 AM IST
By, Karnal

Basmati growers rejoice as prices touch 3,800 a quintal

Paddy has already started arriving in the grain markets of Haryana’s northern districts -- Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat and Yamunanagar, and farmers are getting anywhere between ₹3,500 to ₹4,000 for a quintal of the early maturing varieties: Pusa 1509, Pusa 1847 and Pusa 1692.

Growers of the early maturing varieties of Basmati rice are reaping a rich harvest with the prices of long-grained aromatic varieties touching <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,800 a quintal. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 12:51 AM IST
By, Karnal

At 3,800 per quintal, Basmati growers reap rich harvest

The rice harvest has started arriving in grain markets of Haryana’s northern districts, including Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat and Yamunananagar

Traders and arhtiyas (middlemen) are expecting prices to rise further, said a commission agent, Sohan Lal from Kurukshetra (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 11:49 PM IST
By, Karnal

Panipat: Villagers tear down posters banning entry of Muslims

Matlauda police station in-charge Manpree Sudan said the posters were installed by some anti-social elements but the police and villagers took a serious note of it and they were removed

The matter came to light when photos of the posters went viral on social media and the district administration and the police swung into action. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 12:55 AM IST
By, Panipat

Communal tension in Haryana’s Samalkha town after Tiranga Yatra

Located 30km from Panipat on the Delhi-Chandigarh national highway (NH-44), the industrial town of Samalkha has an estimated 20,000 members of the Muslim community, most of them migrant labourers from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

Local community members holding a meeting at the mosque in Samalkha on Wednesday after the incident Tiranga Yatra triggered communal tension. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 04:54 PM IST

War of words over Randeep Surjewala’s ‘demon’ remark

BJP mounted a sharp attack on Congress’s Rajya Sabha MP Randeep Surjewala’s for his ‘demon’ remarks made at rally in Kaithal

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala (HT File)
Updated on Aug 15, 2023 03:33 AM IST
By, Karnal

Tussle between communities for the legacy of Raja Mihir Bhoj

A statue of 9th-century ruler Raja Mihir Bhoj has become a point of contention between Rajputs and Gurjars in India, with both communities claiming his legacy.

The inauguration of a statue of Gurjar Pratihar Raja Mihir Bhoj in Karnal was fraught with tension. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 10:48 PM IST
By, Karnal

If Manesar is guilty, we will assist Rajasthan Police to arrest him: Khattar

On whether the government is ready for another round of the Braj Mandal Yatra, Khattar said the government will react only after the subject comes up.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (HT File)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 04:48 AM IST
By, Karnal

JJP has succeeded in building strong base in Haryana, says dy CM Dushyant Chautala

Since its formation in 2018, the JJP has succeeded in building a strong base in Haryana, and the party is now expanding, says JJP leader and deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala

Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 03:27 PM IST

Students must give back to society; help weaker sections: Ex-prez Kovind

The president lauded the research of the Kurukshetra University scholars for producing 5 padmshrees, 16 Arjuna , 6 Dronacharya and 1 major Dhyan awardees

Students must give back to society; help weaker sections: Ex-prez Kovind (ANI)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 01:18 AM IST
By, Kurukshetra

2 years on, Haryana govt resumes mustard oil supply under PDS in Haryana

The government has resumed the supply of 2-litre mustard oil to 18 lakh AAY and BPL families of the state from the month of July at ₹20 per litre

The state government had decided to distribute fortified mustard oil through the PDS at the rate of two litres per month per family at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20 per litre from September 2018, one year before the assembly elections. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 12:23 AM IST
By, Karnal

Uttar Pradesh madrasa teacher booked for raping minor girl of Karnal

As per the family members, the victim had gone to the madrasa for study on July 20 and stayed there for around two weeks

The matter came to light when the family members visited the madarsa to meet her last week and she disclosed the incident to them. They reported the matter to the district child welfare committee and her statement was recorded.
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 12:24 AM IST
By, Karnal

Merc, 26.4 lakh seized during ED raids on 2 mining firms in Haryana

The ED searches were carried out at the premises of M/s. Sunder Mining and Associates and M/s. Govardhan Mines & Minerals and its partners spread over Delhi, Hisar, Bhiwani, Karnal and Yamunanagar.

The Enforcement Directorate found many incriminating documents which revealed that these firms indulged in several mining violations by bypassing environmental clearances and raised hundreds of crores. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 12:53 PM IST
By, Karnal

Now, Karnal MC to collect cow dung from dairies

The decision by Karnal MC has been taken to ensure a complete ban on cow dung from dairies until they are shifted to the dairy complex site at Pingali village of the district. However, the Karnal MC will charge the dairies for the collection and disposal of the cow dung.

As owners failed to shift dairies outside Karnal city, the Karnal MC has decided to start the collection of cow dung from dairies in the city and will also dispose it of. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 10:51 PM IST
By, Karnal

Will take back tablets from students misusing it: Haryana government

With rampant complaints of Class 10 and 12 students misusing free tablets distributed to them for study purposes, the Haryana government has decided to take the tablets back from those who are misusing the devices.

Haryana education minister Kanwar Pal in a meeting with the officials of the education department directed them to identify the students who have unlocked the MDM software installed in the tablets and were using the devices for other purposes. He directed the officials to take action against such students and take the tablets back from them. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representational image)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 12:58 AM IST
By, Karnal

Take back tablets from students: Sarpanches urge Haryana govt

Write to chief minister, education minister; say screen time has increased manifold among children and is impacting their studies

The government spent <span class='webrupee'>₹</span> 620 crore on the project and the students also get free 2GB Internet data daily.
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 12:34 AM IST
By, Karnal

Floods a blessing in disguise for paddy nursery growers

Paddy nursery growers earn ₹3 to ₹5 lakh per acre by selling paddy saplings at arbitrary prices to farmers who lost their crops in floods

Floods a blessing in disguise for paddy nursery growers
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 12:36 AM IST
By, Karnal

In a month, Haryana saw 58% more rain than normal

IMD data shows that between June 26, the date of monsoon onset in the state, and July 29, Haryana recorded 312.1mm rain against the normal of 197mm for the period. Nineteen districts in the state received normal or above normal rain while three districts received less than normal rain in the said period.

Rescue operations in Haryana during the July 8 floods caused by incessant rains. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 12:16 AM IST
By, Karnal

Wushu coach booked for molesting woman player in Kaithal

The woman player alleged that the coach had called all the players to his house on May 3 to celebrate the players’ performance in Panipat. She was the first to reach the coach’s house that day. She alleged that the coach first served her a cold-drink laced with sedatives and then started molesting her. Two other players, however, reached there and rescued her.

A wushu coach in Kaithal was booked after a woman player accused him of sexual harassment and rape attempt. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 01:37 AM IST
By, Karnal

Karnal MC struggling to recover 112 cr in pending property tax from central govt institutions

The National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), which works under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), is the biggest defaulter, owing ₹72.5 crore to the MC. It is followed by Regional Sugarcane Breeding Institute which has to pay ₹19.6 crore. Most of these institutions have not cleared their dues since 2010, as per the civic body.

Central government institutions are among the biggest property tax defaulters in Karnal, owing about <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>112 crore to the municipal corporation (MC) till date (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 01:16 AM IST
By, Karnal

As talks with protesting clerks fail, Haryana invokes ‘no-work-no-pay’ principle

As per the letter issued by the office of Haryana chief secretary to the additional chief secretary of finance department, some categories of employees, predominantly clerks, have been on strike for some time, causing a huge convenience to the public and thus, it has been decided that the no-work-no-pay principle may be applied on them.

Heavy rains have been on in Nagpur since Wednesday morning. Residents of low-lying areas woke up to flooded streets, under-bridges and houses after rain lashed the city in the wee hours of Thursday. The heavy downpour and waterlogging led to traffic disruptions in several parts of the city. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 12:44 AM IST
By, Karnal

Kurukshetra cop held for raping minor girl

The accused head constable of the Kurukshetra police was arrested for reportedly raping a 16-year-old girl. Superintendent of police Surinder Singh Bhoria said that the incident took place in the Police Mitra Kaksh which is located in a separate building.

A head constable of the Kurukshetra police was arrested for reportedly raping a 16-year-old girl. The accused Shyam Lal was posted at Babain Police station of Kurukshetra district. (Representational image)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 12:02 AM IST
By, Karnal

Green Tribunal cracks whip on HSPCB over illegal sand mining in Yamuna

The National Green Tribune (NGT) directed the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) to put a check on such illegal activities and take action against officials who fail to exercise their duties sincerely.

The National Green Tribune told HSPCB to take immediate remedial action, stop illegal mining activities and submit a report within four weeks. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 23, 2023 01:14 AM IST
By, Karnal
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