Sukhbir Siwach

Articles By Sukhbir Siwach

Explained: The GM cotton conundrum

With a few Haryana farmers symbolically defying a government restriction against sowing banned HT Bt Cotton in Hisar, and the government determined to curb its spread, The Indian Express explains the complex problem and arguments that both the sides present.

Don’t violate traffic norms, cops won’t stop you for papers: Haryana DGP

The practice of policemen flagging down vehicles for checking documents will be completely stopped, Haryana DGP Manoj Yadava said Tuesday.

Haryana farmers defy govt restriction, sow banned HT Bt cotton in Hisar

As its nomenclature signifies, HT Bt seeds are resistant to herbicides that farmers use to clear weeds without harming the crop.

Amid protests, Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim withdraws his parole plea

After he submitted a parole request for “agriculture works”, the jail authorities had recently forwarded his application to the Sirsa District Magistrate Ashok Garg.

Haryana scholarship scam: House panel recommends CBI probe

The committee had held a meeting with Principal Secretary of Haryana Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department, Neerja Sekhar, on May 21 regarding a CAG report, which had also pointed suspected fraudulent payment of scholarships.

Haryana: Farmers in 7 paddy-growing districts agree to switch to maize under govt scheme to save groundwater

According to the state Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department, the farmers have formally registered for alternative plantations over 40,000 hectares of land.

Explained: Is paddy cultivation sucking Haryana’s water table dry?

As Haryana fights to turn the tide on depleting water table, The Indian Express explains how paddy is the culprit in state’s numerous “dark zones”.

Haryana: Lukewarm response to diversification scheme for water conservation

Just 20% of 50,000 hectares registered, govt extends area to seven districts

Fruit production triples in 13 years in Haryana

Seeking to give a boost to the horticulture activities, the state government has increased its budget for the sector for the 2019-20 fiscal year to Rs 523 crore, more than double of Rs 210 crore in 2014-15.

Two real estate firms booked for ‘stealing’ flat buyers’ money in Chandigarh

The FIR was lodged on May 22 on the complaint of the Aarcity Regency Park Apartment Buyers Welfare Association, which has accused the directors and promoters of M/s Aarcity Builders Private Limited (ABPL) and Hisar Real Estate Private Limited (HREPL) of cheating.

Haryana CM Khattar pushes pedal to expedite development works

Model code out of the way, the government is now pushing development works in urban areas, mainly in 18 cities and towns including Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ambala, Panchkula, Karnal, Sonipat and Panipat.

Shift to non-paddy crops: On day one of pilot project, 3,491 Haryana farmers sign-up

Government officials says that maize is the ultimate solution to replace paddy in Haryana and has various strengths such as many fold water saving, increase wheat yield, suitable for conservation and less chemical input in maize farming.

Of 90, BJP maintained lead in 79 Assembly segments

BJP candidates maintained lead in all nine segments in six parliamentary constituencies - Ambala, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Sirsa and Faridabad.

Saffron surge sweeps away Cong’s tried and tested stalwarts

After ruling the state for two consecutive terms from 2004 till 2014, Congress was almost wiped out from Lok Sabha when BJP came with a thumping majority and won nine out of 10 lok Sabha seats.

INLD decimated, its splinter JJP, BSP-LSP alliance emerges stronger

JJP contested on seven seats and its ally AAP on remaining three. While JJP remained on third position in three constituencies, fourth position in three and fifth position in one constituency; AAP finished fourth in one constituency and finished on fifth position in two.

In Haryana’s Fatehabad, family facing GM brinjal storm asks, ‘what’s our crime?’

The Sainis, who have grown brinjal on three kanals (less than half-an-acre) of rented land, are at the centre of a brewing storm over the “use of Bt brinjal” or other genetically modified crop in Haryana.

Rural Haryana braves heat to vote: Women in veils queue up at polling booths, Modi remains major talking point

Villagers here disclosed that BJP supporters especially from backward communities were voting silently. At the polling booths, many women said they struggled to find the election symbol of their favourite candidates because of long veil covering their face.

Chandigarh: Truckers find way to avoid excess toll on KMP Expressway 

Truck operators have found a way to get around paying extra at toll plazas on the Kundli Manesar Palwal (KMP) Expressway.

In fight for Haryana’s 10 seats, just 11 women

In fight for Haryana’s 10 seats, just 11 women.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Jatwar village, locals talk stubble burning, note ban, income schemes

With around 4,000 voters, Jatwar is the biggest village of Ambala district. Villagers here say it will be a tough contest between Congress’s Kumari Selja, a Rajya Sabha MP, and BJP MP Rattan Lal Kataria in the Lok Sabha constituency.