CHANDIGARH: Seriously displeased with the conduct of the Faridkot Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM),the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday slapped an exemplary penalty of one lakh on the SDM. The Punjab chief secretary has also been asked to look into the matter,order a probe,and submit the report within six months. The bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta passed strictures against the SDM for having no knowledge about the Land Acquisition Act and for passing strange orders. The directions were passed on a petition filed by residents of Faridkot,who alleged that despite their objections to an acquisition proposed by the Punjab government,the SDM dismissed them and went ahead with the acquisition process.
Haryana to replace iron electric poles
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav on Monday said all electric poles made of iron and installed near hospitals,schools and parks,interrupting wires and overhead lines will be removed by the end of September. The minister,who was addressing a joint review meeting of the officers of power utilities in his office,added that the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam was accomplishing its target of replacing 5,501 iron electric poles with those made of RCC and changing 2219.6 kms of interrupting wires and removing 1,080 overhead wires. He also directed officers to launch a special campaign to change the defective meters of consumers.
Vendors to be under insurance scheme
CHANDIGARH: Vendors,waste pickers and domestic workers in Haryana will also be covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme. Apart from thm,the benefit of the scheme will be extended to those labourers who have worked under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) for 15 days and do not have BPL cards. A government spokesman said a campaign would be launched in the state from August 1 to October 31 2012 to enrol these members under the scheme.
Sex health education in Haryana
CHANDIGARH: With a view to ensure effective implementation of the Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) Programme,the Haryana Health Department on Monday began the training of doctors appointed under the scheme. The training programme will be conducted in five batches and about 400 doctors from all the districts would be imparted training.
Seven kg of heroin recovered from train
Amritsar: Customs authorities at Amritsar,on Monday,claimed to have recovered seven kilograms of heroin from a goods train from Pakistan that brought cement bags to India. The international worth of the heroin is pegged at Rs 35 crore. The heroin was recovered from two packets placed with bags of cement in a bogey that had 488 cement bags. Last month,five kilograms of heroin was recovered concealed in cement bags that also came from Pakistan. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner (Customs Rail Cargo) Vijay Bahadur said the matter will be taken up with Pakistan.
Freedom fighters portraits in Assembly
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will unveil the gallery of portraits of freedom fighters in Haryana Vidhan Sabha on July 19,2012. The gallery has been set up in front of the Assemblys library on the ground floor.