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In Karnal, 6,000 farmers demand relief

Karnal :
Fearing a huge loss due to the incessant rain in the past few days, around 6,000 farmers of the district have approached the Agriculture Department to seek compensation under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

Around 32,000 farmers have opted for the government’s crop insurance scheme PMFBY. Of them, around 6,000 have approached the department for compensation, said Aditya Dabas, Deputy Director, Agriculture (DDA).

Farmers cultivate paddy crop on around 1.65 lakh hectare in the district, out of which around 50,000 hectare is covered under the PMFBY, he added.

The bulk of the farmers claiming the loss are from Assandh block as around 40 per cent of the total farmers applied for claim, followed by Nilokheri, Indri, Gharaunda and Karnal blocks.

Due to heavy rainfall and releasing of water from Hathnikund Barrage in Yamunanagar, farmers living along the banks of Yamuna River have faced major losses. Sources in the department claimed several affected farmers did not have insurance cover but were demanding compensation. However, the government had ordered for special girdawari for the losses due to rainfall.

“I have applied for the claim and the department will assess the loss. I have also requested the authorities not to delay the reimbursement as that can lead to additional woes for us,” a farmer from the district said.

One of the officials said the revenue officials had been asked to assess the loss due to rainfall.

Should government immediately provide relief to farmers?

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Class IX pupils in 310 govt schools to learn maths, science in English

Ambala :
The Education Department has decided to introduce English as a medium of instruction for science and mathematics subjects in Class IX in nine government schools of the district from this academic session. Of these, eight schools are senior secondary schools and one is a government high school.

District Education Officer Uma Sharma told The Tribune, “For the promotion of science, the department has decided to introduce maths and science in English medium in Class IX from this session. The department has selected 310 government schools under this programme across the state of which nine are from Ambala. A request in this regard was forwarded from Ambala a few months ago. Some students had requested us to provide the facility of learning science and mathematics in English from Class IX so that the students who want to pursue medical and non-medical streams can easily cope up with the subjects.”

“As English poses a big challenge to students in government schools, the department has focused on improving their language skills. The study of these subjects in English medium during classes IX and X will help them in understanding the subjects better when they opt for science streams in Class XI. The selected schools will be given a budget of Rs 15,000 each to purchase books. Currently, half-yearly exams are on and soon after the exam, the budget will be provided,” she added.

The DEO said “In these schools, there are parallel sections for Class IX. While in one section the students will continue to study in Hindi medium, in the second section they will study both these subjects in English medium. We have good PGT teachers in these schools and the students will cope up soon.”

The schools selected under this programme are Government Senior Secondary School, Ugala; Government Senior Secondary School, BC Bazaar (Ambala Cantonment); Government Senior Secondary School, Bakra Market (Ambala Cantonment); Government Senior Secondary School, Naraingarh; Government Senior Secondary School, Ghel Kalan; Government Senior Secondary School, Prem Nagar (Ambala City); and Government Senior Secondary School, Samlehri, Government Senior Secondary School, Rampur Sarsheri; and Government High School, Sonda.

9 schools chosen in Ambala district

The schools selected under this programme are Government Senior Secondary School, Ugala; Government Senior Secondary School, BC Bazaar (Ambala Cantonment); Government Senior Secondary School, Bakra Market (Ambala Cantonment); Government Senior Secondary School, Naraingarh; Government Senior Secondary School, Ghel Kalan; Government Senior Secondary School, Prem Nagar (Ambala City); and Government Senior Secondary School, Samlehri, Government Senior Secondary School, Rampur Sarsheri; and Government High School, Sonda.

Will this decision increase the quality of education?

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Northern states agree to form panel for uniform fuel prices

Chandigarh :

With the initiative of Haryana Finance and Excise and Taxation Minister Captain Abhimanyu for economic strengthening of North and implementing “One nation, one tax” regime, a meeting of Finance Ministers and senior officers of northern states was organised here today.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal represented their respective states at the meeting. Senior officials of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh also participated in the meeting.

It was agreed at the meeting to bring uniformity on petrol and diesel rates and all the participating states decided to constitute a sub-committee for the same. The panel will convene a meeting in 15 days and the states will submit their recommendations. Captain Abhimanyu said on the advice of Delhi, a same excise policy would be implemented in northern states. Punjab proposed a uniform policy for state transport so that there should be no loss of revenue from registration and permit fee as many vehicles of Punjab and Haryana have registration outside their states.

A committee of officials has been set up for excise and transport and it would send its report to their respective governments on the uniformity of rates, he added.

Will this reduce petrol prices?

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‘Letter from LeT’ threatens to blow up railway stations

Ambala :
The station Director at the Ambala Cantonment railway station received a threat letter purportedly from LeT area commander Molvi Abbu Bukhari Kishtwar Kashmir, Karachi, Pakistan, to blow up railway stations and religious places in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The Director, BS Gill, found the letter on his table.

The letter cover did not bear the stamp of any post office. It appears that someone placed the letter on his table.

The letter written in Hindi talks about avenging atrocities against Muslims by Hindus and Sikhs. “On October 20, the ‘jihadis’ will blow up several railway stations including in Ambala Cantonment, Jagadhri, Saharanpur, Rewari, Panipat, Kurukshetra, Sirsa, Jakhal and Hisar. Besides, military camps, railway bridges and petrol pumps will be blown up in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh,” the letter reads.

There is a purported threat to blow up temples in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, and Saharanpur on November 10. The Director reported the matter to the Government Railway Police (GRP).

Shital Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, GRP, said: “An alert has been sounded. Someone placed the letter on the Director’s table. The CCTV footage will be analysed. Security agents and all officials have been directed to gather information.”

It is being suspected that it could be a prank of any railway employee.

To a query, the DSP said: “It could be a prank. Maybe some official had rebuked any railway employee and he may have sent the letter. The matter is being investigated.”

Sources say it is being suspected that the letter may have originated from Ambala. Officials failed to get any clue from the CCTV cameras installed at the railway station, as some of the cameras were not working and the remaining ones were not pointed towards the Director’s office.

A case was registered at the GRP police station under Sections 124-A, 153-A, 295-A and 505 (1) (b) of the IPC.

Divisional Railway Manager Dinesh Chand Sharma said, “The matter has been brought to the knowledge of the GRP and it is under investigation.” In the evening, a team of the bomb disposal squad inspected the railway station, while GRP staff carried out a recce and seized around 3-kg opium from a UP resident from platform number 7.

On October 12, 2011, 5-kg RDX was recovered from a car parked in the parking lot of the railway station.

Should this letter be taken seriously?

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Villages along Yamuna flooded again — twice in two months

Karnal :
Due to incessant rain in the past couple of days and water released at the Hathni Kund barrage, the water flow in the Yamuna rose alarmingly to around 2.5 lakh cusecs.

Acres of paddy, sugarcane, maize and other crops in Syeed Chapra, Japti Chapra, Nabiabad, Dabkoli Khurd, Kalsora and Halwana villages situated along the Yamuna bank have got flooded leading to loss to the farmers.

This is the second instance of flood in the villages along the Yamuna in the past two months. In July, hundreds of acres were waterlogged due to the rising water level of the Yamuna.

The farmers are demanding compensation for the loss. “My fields have witnessed flood twice in the past two months. The crop has been damaged totally,” said Ram Chand, a farmer. “I demand that the government compensates each and every farmer without considering the crop insurance scheme,” he said.

Now, the water level has started receding and the officials of the Irrigation Department are hopeful that it would come down by Wednesday morning.

Munish Sharma, XEN, Irrigation Department, said that so far, there was no serious threat.

Meanwhile, the district administration has asked revenue officials to assess the loss. Deputy Commissioner Aditya Dahiya said that the state government has already ordered special girdawari to determine the loss.

Is the cultivation affected by heavy rains?

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