Fungal diseases attack paddy crop in Karnal
Several diseases, including sheath blight, leaf folder, brown plant hopper, foot rot, sheath rot have attacked paddy crop in various parts of the district.
The diseases have mostly attacked1509 and PR-14 varieties of paddy.
“I have cultivated 1509 variety of paddy on 5 acres. The crop has been affected by sheath blight and leaf folder diseases,” said Malak Singh, a resident of Pabana Hasanpur village. Dharamvir Satija, another farmer from Chundipur village, said that sheath blight, leaf folder and brown plant hopper had attacked 1509, PR-14 and other varieties in most of his fields, It would reduce the production up to 40 per cent, he said.
“I have to spray pesticides twice or thrice to overcome the problem of these diseases,” said Jitender Kumar, a farmer from Nigdhu.
“High temperature and high humidity are conductive for the diseases. Water stagnation due to unprecedented rain has also resulted in these diseases,” said Dr Shashipal, assistant plant protection officer, Agriculture Department.
He said that these fungal diseases could cause loss if not treated. He urged the farmers not to let the water stagnate in their fields.
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Cash awards for junior players demanded
Scores of senior players and sports enthusiasts gathered in Jind on Friday to demand better facilities and opportunities for junior and sub-junior level sportspersons.
Under the aegis of ‘Yuva Jagao, Khel Bachao’, a voluntary association, they urged the state government to provide cash awards to the junior players.
They assembled at Rani Talab area of the city and marched to the DC office to handover their charter of demand.
Participants charged the state government for ignoring the young players.
International wrestler Jagdeep Singh said there was an acute shortfall of coaches for the junior players in the state. He said the state government should restart giving financial assistance to the junior and sub-junior players to improve the sports environ in the state.
Arjuna awardee wrestler Ashok Garg said it was unfortunate that the BJP government was paying no attention to strengthen the infrastructure for the young players. He said supporting the junior players was crucial to promote sports culture in Haryana.
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Arrest warrant against six for social boycott of Dalits
A district court has issued arrest warrant against six persons of Bhatla village, including the husband of the sarpanch, in a case of social boycott of Dalits by upper caste people of the village in June 2017.
The court had summoned the six persons identified as Ram Chander, Ram Singh, Jai Kishan, Leela, Sumer and Punit to appear as accused during the previous hearing in the case on August 3. However, they did not receive the summons. They also failed to appear in court.
The police had registered a case against seven persons under Sections 153A, 504, 505, 506 of the IPC and various Sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against seven persons — Chander Fauji Pandit, Ram Chander, Ram Singh, Jai Kishan, Leela, Sumer and Punit (sarpanch’s husband).
Later, the police filed challan against one of the accused, Chander Fauji Pandit, and gave a clean chit to the others. However, the court summoned the six other accused as well under Section 319 of the CrPC.
Issuing the orders on Friday, Additional Sessions Judge DR Chalia stated that the summons issued to the six persons for appearing in court have been received back un-served. “It has been reported by Raju, chowkidar of the village, that the accused were not found at their houses. This court is of the view that the above-named accused are deliberately not appearing in court despite knowing the passing of the orders. Hence, this court is left with no other option but to issue warrants of arrests against them to be served through SP, Hansi.”
Fixing the next hearing in the case on September 28, the court stated that in case orders are received back unexecuted, the executing officer would personally appear in court and explain the reasons.
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NHAI failed us in heavy rain: Gurugram admn
After drawing flak for water-logging, especially on the Delhi-Gurugram expressway and newly constructed underpasses, the Gurugram administration has pulled up the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
In a letter to the NHAI, DC Vinay Pratap Singh highlighted the fact that maintenance of underpasses and the expressway was the sole responsibility of the NHAI.
He claimed that the authority had failed miserably in making any effort to drain water-logged stretches, leading to massive inconvenience and trolling of civic authorities.
“We had written a letter the same day and shot off another on Thursday. The expressway and underpasses are under the NHAI,” said the DC.
“Considering the woes of residents, we did not care about responsibility and jurisdiction. We went ahead trying to drain water. No such effort was made by NHAI officials. The authority failed to rise in time of crisis,” he said.
Gurugram had received 138 mm rain, the highest recorded in the last eight years, which threw life out of gear. There was massive water-logging in the city.
Parts of the expressway like Narsinghpur, Hero Honda Chowk, Iffco Chowk and Signature Chowk and two newly constructed underpasses were the worst hit, coming under between 7 feet and 8 feet of water.
The Gurugram police kept traffic moving, cleared clogged drains and helped stuck motorists. The civic authorities kept things under control in inner parts of the city.
“I will not comment on engineering, but the NHAI should have a squad to deal with such situations on highways and stretches under its ambit as it will be of great help,” said the DC.
Local MP and Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh reviewed work on the Hero Honda Chowk underpass, which could not be drained of water even after 48 hours.
“I will get in touch with the authorities and ensure that those responsible are taken to task. We are looking at a mechanism to to ensure that the city does not face this situation again,” he said.
2,500 cops to be rewarded
Commissioner of Police KK Rao has recommended appreciation and cash rewards for 2,500 police personnel who braved rain and water-logging, but kept the city going. “They were heroes without capes. They were in water till the chest in many areas, but ensured that nobody was stuck. They repaired vehicles, cleared drain covers and created water outlets,” he said.
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Postmen to turn bankers, deliver cash at doorstep
You want to withdraw cash from your bank account but are not able to move out of your home? Don’t worry, just give a call or send an SMS and your postman will come equipped with a smartphone and a biometric device and deliver cash at your doorstep.
“Yes, this is going to become a reality soon. The Department of Posts is launching as many as 3,900 branches of the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) across the country from September 1. The number of the branches will go up to 1.55 lakh by the end of the year,” said Adarsh Mishra, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Rohtak Division.
He said the Centre had sanctioned Rs 1,435 crore for the project, adding that of the 3,900 branches, 120 will be located in different parts of Haryana. Of these, 20 will be district-level branches and 100 branches – or access points – will be located in villages.
“The underlying idea behind the exercise is to reach out to the people residing in remote, rural and tribal areas and connect them with the banking sector so that gradually, the dream of a cashless economy can be achieved,” said Mishra.
He said online payment of bills, mobile recharge and other facilities would also be provided by the IPPB at the consumers’ doorstep. The IPPB would also tie up with other banks and insurance companies to widen its service network.
“A Quick Response (QR) card will also be provided to our customers to facilitate simple, secure, easy and risk-free transactions and online payments. It will operate in tandem with a biometric device to eliminate the possibility of fraud,” he added.