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Haryana overtakes UP in exports, ranks 5th in country

Chandigarh :
Haryana is now among the top five states of the country in exports, replacing Uttar Pradesh by registering exports of $2,401 million in the first two months of the current financial year. Gujarat tops the list with exports of $13,780 million followed by Maharashtra ($12,622 million), Tamil Nadu ($4,858 million) and Karnataka ($2,566 million).

Major exports from Haryana include engineering goods, automobiles, handloom products, carpets and basmati. “The increase is mainly due to exports of automobiles and auto components from the state. Other sectors have also performed well,” said SC Ralhan, former president of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO). 

Haryana is the fifth largest exporter with 4.42% share in the pie during April-May 2018 as compared to 4.37% in 2017-18 and 3.88% in 2016-17. “Haryana has emerged as a major auto cluster with investments flown into the engineering, automobile and ancillary industries. The increase in exports is primarily due to auto and components exports,” said Dr Ajay Sahai, Director General and CEO of FIEO. 

According to experts, the result of investments in electronics sector is expected to come soon that is expected to catapult Haryana into the fourth position as the gap between Haryana and Karnataka have narrowed to only $165 million. Haryana has been progressing consistently. It was at the sixth position in 2017-18 and seventh in the previous financial year.

This year, Haryana has taken a lead as compared to Uttar Pradesh, whose exports’ share has slipped from 4.55% in 2017-18 to 4.39% in the two months this year.
Haryana’s neighbour Punjab is far behind and does not figure even among top 10 exporting states. It is at the 13th position with total exports of $1,002 million. Its contribution in total exports has decreased from 1.91% in 2017-18 to 1.84% in the first two months of the current financial year.

Even in the GST collection, Haryana holds fifth position in the country after Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

Haryana is, however, far behind Gujarat and Maharashtra in terms of its contribution to India’s exports. Gujarat’s share in the national pie is 25.4% while Maharashtra’s share is 23.23%.

“It is important to note that it is export of manufactured goods and not of services. When services like software are exported, there is hardly any ancillary benefit, but when manufactured goods are exported, it helps several other sectors like transport and also provides employment to local people,” a state government official said.

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Panel for SIT probe into Rohtak ‘honour killing’

Chandigarh/Rohtak :
The Haryana State Commission for Women (HSCW) took suo motu notice of the murder of a woman and a policeman accompanying her in Rohtak. It also offered to carry out cremation of the alleged honour killing victim.

The panel recommended a probe preferably by a special investigation team and allowing the victim’s husband, in jail on rape charges and forgery, to attend the cremation.
In Rohtak, commission chairperson Pratibha Suman said the HSCW would recommend the death penalty. 

The Rohtak SP said some persons, including members of the victim woman’s family, had been rounded up. 

Meanwhile, the family members of the Dalit youth whom the victim had married maintained they had warned him against marrying the Jat girl as the consequences could be dire.
They said the girl’s father had been threatening them with dire consequences after the couple eloped.

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Can give governance tips to Khattar: Kejriwal

Rohtak :
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has stated that they could give tips on good governance to the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana without charging any fee.

“The BJP government in Haryana has spent almost four years in office, but has failed to perform on all fronts. It indicates that the state leadership either does not know how to work, or it has no intention to work,” Kejriwal said during a visit to Rohtak.
Kejriwal asserted that they had revolutionised the health and education sectors and streamlined the provision of water and electricity in Delhi, though it did not have full statehood and the Central leadership tried to create obstacles.

“If we could still perform in Delhi, why can’t the BJP regime perform in Haryana? We will contest the coming Lok Sabha as well as Assembly elections in Haryana on the basis of the Delhi model of governance,” he stated.

On being asked about the grand alliance of the Opposition parties against the BJP government at the Centre, Kejriwal maintained that he did not believe in the politics of alliance, but in service of people.

Regarding the construction of SYL canal, he said AAP was of the view that both states should get justice and the Supreme Court could ensure this. He accused the BJP, the Congress and the INLD of playing politics over the issue.

The Delhi CM, who was accompanied by AAP Haryana president Naveen Jaihind, offered Gangajal and paid floral tributes at the state-level martyrs’ memorial here on Thursday.
He demanded that the Haryana Government should also give monetary compensation of Rs 1 crore to the families of the martyrs of the armed forces and the police.
On being asked about the chaos in the Punjab unit of the party, AAP leader said it was a matter of their family and would be sorted out.

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Institute shuts, risks 600 students’ future

Kurukshetra University urges AICTE, Haryana Technical Education Department to intervene

Kurukshetra :
The future of about 600 students enrolled at Geeta Institute of Management and Technology (GITM) at Kanipla village in the district hangs in the balance as the college administration abruptly announced its closure last week.

Sources said Akhil Garg, joint director and promoter of the GITM, issued a letter to the staff and students on August 1, declaring the institute had been shut with immediate effect.

Financial crunch was stated as the cause of closure in the notice. The institute offered MTech, BTech, BBA, MBA and MCA courses. Students submitted representations to the Kurukshetra University (KU) authorities.

Requesting anonymity, a final-year student said there was no one in the college to answer their queries. The students were shocked to know that the management had asked them to get admissions in other institutes ahead of the new academic session, he added.

“The college collected fees for the next semester. Representatives from private institutes in Kurukshetra, Karnal and Yamunanagar districts have started contacting GITM students for admission to their colleges. Some have taken up to Rs 30,000 to secure a seat in the new session,” said another student.

An official said the teaching and non-teaching staff had been asked to put in their papers. “We have not been paid for the last several months and the authorities are unavailable to employees,” said a GITM staffer.

Refusing to comment, Garg said only institute chairman Rakesh Goyal could make any statement on the issue. He refused to share contact details of the chairman.
Principal SP Sharma disconnected the mobile phone when questioned about the fate of students after the institute’s closure.

The KU authorities said the GITM decision was in violation of rules laid down by the All India Council of Technology Education (AICTE).

University’s Dean of Colleges Rajnish Sharma said he had written to the AICTE and Haryana Technical Education Department, asking them to intervene and initiate strict disciplinary action against the GITM.

He clarified that the KU could grant migration certificate to GITM students in case the closure was without approval of the AICTE.

“The college cannot put the future of students in jeopardy with this arbitrary decision. It is mandatory for an institute to submit closure proposal one year ahead of the new academic session. In case of closure, the institute is liable to pay the additional fee which a student has to pay for getting admission in a new college,” he said.

He said security fee of the GITM could be forfeited for not adhering to rules. “It is an emergency wherein students are suffering. If the AICTE and Haryana Technical Education Department allow us, the KU can initiate counselling for GITM students to ensure admission in various institutes this session,” said Sharma.

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Girl, accompanying cop shot in Rohtak; SP hints at 'honour killing'

Rohtak :
A local girl and a police officer from Karnal district accompanying her were shot dead by motorcycle-borne assailants near the mini-secretariat here on Wednesday. At least seven bullets were fired at the girl and the police officer.

Rohtak SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said the preliminary investigation indicated that it was a case of "honour killing" as the girl had married a Dalit youth and her parents were not happy with their wedding.

"Four persons have been rounded up for questioning. We have got vital clues and the shooters as well as the conspirators would soon be arrested," he maintained.
Meanwhile, the police have registered a case, in which Ramesh, the father of the deceased girl, has been named. Ramesh had adopted the girl, Mamta, from his brother-in-law in 2002.

The Jat girl, who belonged to Rohtak, had eloped with a Dalit youth of Singhpura village in the district last year. They got married and sought police protection, but a scrutiny of their certificates revealed that the girl was a minor.

Following that, the youth was arrested. As the girl refused to go back to her parents, she was sent to a women shelter-home at Karnal. She was brought to Rohtak for a court appearance today.

Sub-Inspector Narender Kumar of Karnal police and a woman constable were accompanying the girl. The girl's mother-in-law Saroj and brother-in-law Dinesh alias Tinku had also come to meet Mamta. They were returning after the court hearing when the incident took place.  

They were in front of the local mini-secretariat near the courts complex when some motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire at Mamta. As Sub-Inspector Narender tried to take out his revolver, the assailants fired at him as well.

The girl and the police officer were rushed to the local PGIMS, where they were declared dead by the doctors. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination.
Police investigators as well as forensic experts visited the scene of crime and examined the spot. No arrests had been made till the time of filing this report.

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