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77 school buses challaned in Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri dists; Is strict action against school buses running against rules justified?

Bhiwani : 

The traffic police challaned 77 school buses and impounded 10 buses for violating traffic rules during a special drive in Bhiwani and Charkhi Dadri districts.

This comes in the wake of two road mishaps involving school buses in the two districts. In Charkhi Dadri, four children and a bus conductor died when a school bus collided with a truck on April 30. Another mishap took place on May 2 in Bhiwani. A school bus rammed into an auto-rickshaw, killing two persons.

The state government’s Surakshit School Vahan Policy seems to have fallen flat in view of several violation detected in the two days.

Pawan Kumar, traffic police incharge, Charkhi Dadri, said they challaned 69 buses and impounded 10 buses in two days. “Several bus drivers did not posses driving licence. Some buses did not have required documents to ply. Other violations included not installing speed governors, CCTV cameras and first-aid boxes,” he said.
The Charkhi Dadri administration held a meeting with school owners on Thursday and directed them to conform to safety norms. “It is shocking that school owners who charge hefty fee from students are careless about the safety of their students,” he told.

The guidelines

The Surakshit School Vahan Policy of the state government lays down guidelines for safety of schoolchildren. It says school buses should have CCTV cameras with a storage capacity for 15 days, speed governors, reflective strips and a woman attendant. The contact numbers of drivers and schools should be painted on the buses. And the colour of the bus should be yellow. Besides, the police should ensure that drivers have at least five years’ experience and should not have been challaned more than thrice.

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Farmers fined Rs27,500 for stubble burning in Panipat; Does pollution burn air pollution?

Panipat : The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has imposed a fine of Rs 27,500 on 12 farmers of various villages in the district for burning wheat crop residue.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a ban on stubble burning which causes air pollution and other health problems. Following the NGT orders, the Agriculture Department has directed all the Agriculture Development Officers (ADOs) and the field functionaries to keep a vigil.

Sunil Mann, SDO, Agriculture Department, said a team comprising a patwari and an official from the HSPCB conducted joint inspection.

He said, “In the last season, there were 31 teams, but this time the department has fixed responsibility of the field functionary concerned, including ADOs, to check stubble burning.”

The fine has been imposed on 12 farmers of Parahalad Pur Khalila, Shahpur, Raja Kheri, Seewah, Manana, Dehra and Dhodhpur villages of the district, he said, adding that eight more cases of stubble burning had been detected.

“Twelve cases of stubble burning have been reported so far in the district and Rs 27,500 fine has been imposed on 12 farmers,” said Bhupender Singh Chahl, Regional Officer, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB). Besides, eight cases of stubble burning were reported by the teams so far and the farmers would be challaned shortly, he said.

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All jails to have gaushalas: CM; Is the Haryana Government doing something for the cows?

Karnal : Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said the state government would set up “gaushalas” in all prisons of the state.
He laid the foundation stone of the first “gaushala” in the jail of the state in Karnal. It will be constructed for Rs2.67 crores and spread over three acres.
The Police Housing Corporation will construct the building, which will house 300 cows.

“Stray animals will be provided shelters and prisoners will be able to earn ‘punya’ (moral deed) by giving their services in ‘gaushalas’,” the CM said.

He highlighted the importance of the cow and said there was a need to take steps for the conservation and growth of cows.

Jail Minister Krishan Lal Panwar said the government had formulated a policy for setting up “gaushalas” in the state.

Under the policy, the government will provide Rs5 lakh to gram panchayats which would set up “gaushalas” over one acre having a capacity to shelter 100 cows.
Earlier, Khattar inaugurated Swami Dayanand Gaushala and lauded the efforts of the government for the conservation of cows.

Sportspersons to get synthetic track 

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar laid the foundation stone of a synthetic track at Panchayat Bhawan in Karnal on Thursday. It will be constructed for Rs 7.96 crore.  Sportspersons had been demanding a track for long. 
Also laid the foundation stones of a bridge on Western Yamuna Canal and strengthening the banks of canal. He laid the stone for community centres in Sector 16 and Kachwa village, and the Alipur Khalsa-Pundri road.

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Tanwar’s cycle rally from May 17; Is there any reason to go to Haryana for congress?

Chandigarh : State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Thursday said the second phase of the Haryana Bachao Parivartan Cycle Rally will begin from Sirsa on May 17 and culminate on May 21. Speaking to mediapersons at Congress Bhawan here, Tanwar said during the yatra, party workers would highlight the failures of the BJP government at the Centre and the state.

Before launching the second phase of the yatra, the Congress would hold a Samman Samaroh at Jind on May 13 where party workers, who worked to mobilise support for the Jan Akrosh Rally addressed by party president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on April 30.
Claiming that lakhs of people attended the Jan Akrosh Rally, Tanwar said people of the state were fed up with the BJP government at the Centre and in the state and were looking for an opportunity to dislodge them from power.

He alleged the anti-people policies of the BJP government had harmed the interests of all sections of society and the government had failed to fulfill promises made before coming to power.

Tanwar said atrocities against Dalits had increased during the BJP rule and hundreds of people had been booked by the government for holding protest against dilution of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
He alleged that Dalit officials were deliberately being denied posting on key position by discriminating against them.

The Congress, he said, would organise a rally under Samvidhan Bachao Abhiyaan at Karnal on May 27.

The party, he said, would also organise Garib Kisan Mazdoor Sammellan in the state in the last week of the month.

The date and venue of the sammellan is yet to be decided, he said.

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BJP promises free smartphones, laptops, visits to China, Israel; Is the BJP misguiding the Maranders with false promises?

Bengaluru : With an eye on returning to power in Karnataka, the BJP on Friday released its manifesto for the Assembly elections by promising free smartphones to poor women, free laptop to students entering college and visits to China and Israel by farmers.

"Our manifesto aims to cater to the aspirations of the people of Karnataka. We have focused on the welfare of farmers, women, youth and backward sections," said the Bharatiya Janata Party's state unit head and Chief Ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa.

"All women from below poverty line (BPL) families will be given free smartphones under a 'Mukhya Mantri Smartphone Yojane'," Yeddyurappa told the media. And every student enrolling in a college will get a free laptop.

One thousand farmers will be allowed each year to travel to countries like Israel and China to study the best practices in agriculture under the "Chief Minister's Fellowship for Agriculture", the manifesto said.

The document proposes to waive off all farmers' loans upto Rs 1 lakh from nationalised banks and cooperative banks in the very first state Cabinet meeting. Assembly elections are due on May 12.

The party said it will support about 20 lakh small and marginal dry land farmers through a direct income support of Rs 10,000.

"We will ensure that farmers receive 1.5 times the cost of production as Minimum Support Price (MSP)," read the 60-page manifesto.

The party will set aside Rs 5,000-crore "Raitha Bandhu Market Intervention Fund" to support farmers during price fluctuations.

"An amount of Rs 100-crore will be allocated for 'Raitha Bandhu Scholarship' to be given to farmers' children to pursue agriculture and allied sector courses in the state," the manifesto added.

The BJP leader said the party will earmark Rs 10,000-crore for a "Stree Unnati" Fund to set up women-run cooperatives across the state and establish stores to market the products made by the women at district and sub-district headquarters.

The party said it would ensure more work opportunities in the state but did not specify the number of jobs it aimed to create.

The BJP also said it will reintroduce the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill, 2012.

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