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High alert in Yamunanagar district after rise in Yamuna water level; Has the alert increased the risk?

Yamunanagar :
The district administration on Saturday sounded a high alert in the district with the water level in the Yamuna river reaching 4,24,763 cusecs at the Hathnikund barrage at 1 pm due to incessant rain in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

Yamunanagar Deputy Commissioner Girish Arora announced a high alert in the district after the water level crossed 2.12 cusecs mark at 9 am.

The flood-like situation is normally announced when the water level touches 2.5 lakh cusec mark in the barrage.

Arora said they also intimated the army and asked them to remain alert.
He said a team of National Disaster Management Authority (46 personnel) had already reached here.

“We also informed the administration of Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat districts and Delhi administration about the increase of water level in the barrage,” said Arora.
He said there was no report of damage to property or loss of life in the district.

He added that they had identified seven villages--Lapra, Bibipur, Odri, Kalanaur, Mandauli, Gagar and Mali Majra of the district--where floodwater might enter when the water level of Yamuna river crossed the mark of 3 lakh cusecs.

“The water level of the Yamuna has crossed the mark of 4,24,763 lakh cusecs; therefore, special vigil is being kept on the said villages,” the DC said.

The DC has asked officials to monitor the situation around the clock, especially in Chhachhrauli and Radaur blocks.

The district administration has also set up a flood control office in the mini secretariat and at all blocks in the district besides launching a helpline number for an immediate response.

The administration has issued warning asking people not to go near the river, canal and drains.

The DC said directions had been issued to all tehsildars, block development and panchayat officers and other officials to give regular reports about the situation and keep a close eye on the low-lying areas.

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Dip in demand, govt shuts 9 power generation units; Are the people of Haryana feeling disturbed by Adani Power?

Chandigarh :
Owing to fall in power demand due to downpour this week, the state government has closed down nine power generation units of its thermal plants.

All four units – unit number 5, 6, 7, and 8 –of the Panipat Thermal Power Plant with production capacity of 920 MW were closed.
Sources said that these were the only units functional in the Panipat Thermal Power Plant as the first four units were already closed being obsolete.

Similarly, both the units of the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Station of 600 MW each at Khedar in Hisar were also closed on Friday.

Both the units of Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Station at Yamunanagar with capacity of 300 MW each were functional as also all three power stations of Gautam Adani’s Adani Power Limited’s having capacity of 660 MW each.

Of the two units of China Light and Power (CLP) group, one was functional while the other was shut down. Two units of the Indira Gandhi Thermal Power Station of 500 MW capacity each at Jharli in Jhajjar were also functional.

The units of the Faridabad Gas Power Plant had already been closed as being a gas-based project and it was run only in pressing circumstances, said the sources.
PK Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Power, said that the demand of power in the state came down to 1,550 lakh units from 2,150 lakh units during the peak demand days earlier this month.

The total consumption of power was 1,483.29 lakh units on Thursday with the maximum demand remaining 7,584 MW at 0.45 hours.

During peak demand period, the maximum demand crossed 10,000 MW this month.
Interestingly, while several power generation units are being closed owing to fall in demand due to rain, Adani’s power plants are rarely asked to shut.

“This is because Adani’s units provide us power at the cheapest rates. The company has supercritical units with the highest conversion rate for every tonne of coal consumed and hence provides power at highly competitive rates,” Das said.

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Illegal adoption: 85 childcare institutions to be inspected; Should Govt. further investigate these cases?

Chandigarh :
Against the backdrop of the recent cases of alleged illegal child adoption reported from the Missionaries of Charity, a trust founded by Nobel laureate Mother Teresa, in Jharkhand, the Haryana Government has decided to conduct special inspections of 85 childcare institutions in the state.

The special inspections of the 85 institutions will also cover two children homes run by the Missionaries of Charity, the organisation which is in the eye of the storm for alleged illegal child adoption in Gurugram and Panipat.

Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain said based on the special inspection, a status report in compliance with Central Government’s directive would be sent in due course.

She claimed that the Haryana Government had adopted a “zero tolerance” policy towards the violation of any rules and regulations in the child adoption procedure. “All procedures mandated by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) for child adoption are facilitated through the online website CARINGS,” she claimed.

Rakesh Srivastava, Union Secretary for Women and Child Development, in a recent communication to the state Chief Secretaries, had directed the states to comply with the guidelines, especially provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, about the child care institutions in letter and spirit.

“Considering the sensitivity of the matter, I would request you to issue instructions for conducting inspections of all homes run by the Missionaries of Charity and for immediate identification of other such potential institutions which could be involved in unlawful activities. Regular inspection of all institutions, as prescribed in the Act, may also be conducted,” Srivastava’s letter to Chief Secretary DS Dhesi said.

The states have also been asked to file status reports by July 31.

Sources said the Office of the Chief Secretary had sent the Central Government’s communication to the department concerned on July 25 for compliance.

‘Zero tolerance policy’

  • The special inspection of 84 childcare institutions will also cover two children's homes run by the Missionaries of Charity, the organisation which is in the eye of the storm for alleged illegal child adoption in Gurugram and Panipat
  • Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain said based on the special inspection, a status report in compliance with Central Government’s directive would be sent in due course
  • She claimed the Haryana Government had adopted a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards the violation of rules and regulations in the child adoption procedure

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Cop, woman get jail term in honey trap case; Are Honey Trap incidents increasing in Haryana?

Bhiwani :
A Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate’s (SDJM) court in Tosham town of the district awarded jail terms of three years and two years to the two accused — an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police and a woman — in a case of honey trapping a trader.

The convicts — ASI Shamsher, a resident of Siwani Bolan village in Hisar, and Krishna Devi, a resident of Siwani village in Bhiwani district — will serve three years imprisonment under Section 388 (extortion) and two-year jail under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC. They will have to serve both the terms as one sentence will commence after the end of the other, the court stated.

Complainant Dharambir Jain had approached the police on May 15, 2015 that he was being subjected to extortion by a woman and an ASI on the threat of implicating him in a case of harassment by the woman.

He stated that the woman had contacted him in December 2013 and lured him to accompany her to a room. The ASI, who was present in the room, demanded Rs 2 lakh, threatening to implicate him in the case.

The policeman and the woman continued to threaten him and took away about Rs 10.5 lakh on various occasions.

Convicting the policeman, SDJM Saurabh Gupta commented in the verdict that he misused his uniform to extort money from the complainant. “It’s a perfect case where who has been given the responsibility of maintaining law and order and to protect citizens has committed a crime by misusing the power vested in him. He has shaken the confidence of the citizens in the Police Department,” the court stated.

The court also rapped the woman stating that she had taken advantage of her womanhood and had trapped the complainant.

“Rather than seeking protection of law meant for women, she has tried to exploit the law in order to extort money from the complainant for one-and-a-half years. She deserves no leniency,” the court added.

Other cases 

The SHO of all-women police station Saroj Bala and her accomplices were booked under Sections 217, 218 (incorrect record or writing with intent to save a person from punishment), 389 (intimidation to commit extortion), 195 (fabricating evidence to procure conviction of offence punishable with imprisonment) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC as well as the Prevention of Corruption Act on May 15 by the Hisar Vigilance Bureau.
Police inspector Paramjit Singh, posted as SHO in Ding police station of Sirsa district, was booked on charges of extortion of Rs 3 lakh by using a honey trap from an official of the Agriculture Department on July 6.

Woman sub-inspector Santosh Devi, posted at Hisar Sadar police station, was booked on corruption charges after a video went viral on social media which showed her demanding a bribe of Rs 1,200 from a shopkeeper to let him off in a case of rape in Hisar in May.
A woman had lodged a complaint against a person and then demanded Rs 9 lakh, promising to withdraw the case. While he was handing over the money to the honeytrap gang members, the police raided the spot and nabbed three persons of the gang from Rohtak on July 3.

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Khattar to be CM face, poll on schedule: Barala; Has the BJP started preparing for the election?

New Delhi :
Putting all speculation to rest, Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala has said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will be the party’s face for the 2019 Assembly elections, which he said would be held on schedule.

“Khattar’s clean image will be an invaluable asset for the BJP in the elections,” he told.

“No other Haryana Chief Minister in the past has earned as much respect as has Khattar. There has been no allegation of corruption against him. He has been honest and transparent in his working,” Barala added.

On the possibility of advancing the Assembly elections, due in October next year, to time it with the Lok Sabha elections in April-May next year, Barala said the elections would be held on time. He attributed the speculations in this regard to canards spread by BJP’s opponents.

“The Haryana BJP has completed 90 per cent of its organisational preparations ranging from the state to the booth level with regard to the Lok Sabha elections. Each of the party’s core group has been assigned at least one district to oversee the preparations,” the BJP leader said.

“A team consisting of at least five party workers has been formed with regard to about 17,000 polling booths in the state. Moreover, a social media team has been deployed at each booth,” Barala said.

On the achievements of the state government, Barala said the Khattar government’s thrust was on digitisation, e-governance, transparency and industrialisation. “The state had improved on the international parameter of ease of doing business. Major projects have almost been completed. One of them being KMP expressway.”

Taking a dig at opposition parties, he claimed that they were “leaderless”.

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