North India


Rajesh Ahuja

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


 Punjab Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Minister  Lal Chand Kataruchak has directed the officers to exert themselves for lowering the number of pending Court cases pertaining to the department and bring these down to zero.

Chairing a meeting to review the functioning of the department. he said every case must be studied and analyzed thoroughly.

He said that the Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had while assuming office one year ago, vowed to take every possible step for the welfare of all sections of the society. Therefore,  the Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Department must ensure that there should not be any delay in the process of giving jobs to the kin of the deceased employees.

   He further directed that steps must be initiated to implement on the ground level the policy decisions taken in the meetings for improvement in the functioning of the department and each task should be completed with an emphasis on the transparency factor. He warned that malpractices would not be tolerated.

  Among others present included Director Ghanshyam Thori, AMD Pungrain Parampal Kaur Sidhu, and Joint Directors Dr. Anjuman Bhaskar and Ajayveer Singh Sarao.

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Haryana, North India

Haryana CM reviews law and order. crime situation


While instructing the top brass to take even stricter actions against organized crime, Mr.Manohar Lal asserted that creating a safe environment for people in Haryana is the key priority for the state government. “Crime and criminal incidents should be curbed at all costs so that a friendly environment is maintained. The state should achieve the distinction of peaceful and no-crime state by dealing firmly with the offenders,” he added.

After a thorough review of the crime scenario, he also instructed the police officers to connect with the villagers for getting intelligence about criminal elements who have been found involved in criminal activities and target killings. This will increase the credibility of the police and will help in controlling such incidents with the cooperation of the general public.

He also directed that Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau and Special Task Force should work in tandem with district police units to completely eliminate drug trafficking, crime and criminal elements across the state. The district SPs and CPs should be more proactive and miscreants and criminal elements whosoever should be dealt with with an iron hand.

Expressing concern over the growing incidents of cybercrime, he said that it has become a threat not only to individuals but also to the government sector, thus endangering national security. Apart from establishing new cyber police stations, the entire police department is being technologically strengthened to meet the present challenges posed by cybercrime. He said that a special drive to spread awareness about cybercrime trends and safety tips should also be organized.

Mr.Manohar Lal asserted that crimes against women will not be tolerated in the state. He also directed all the officers to maintain a special vigil on the security of women and take stern action against offenders.

It was apprised in the meeting that around Rs. 47 crores of defrauded amount has been recovered/blocked to date.

While appreciating the novel initiatives of the Haryana Police, the Chief Minister said that continuous action against criminals and anti-social elements has increased public confidence. Carrying this forward, maximum police presence in the field should be ensured to deter criminal elements. Police being the face of Government should be efficient and its functioning should be transparent. Commending the good work being done by the Police, he said that ERSS 112 of the police being its face, is responding to distress calls promptly and courteously without any delay.

Earlier the Chief Minister also reviewed the functioning of ERSS 112.

Appreciating the state police force, Home Minister Mr.Anil Vij said that the state police had also initiated the process for the attachment of ill-gotten assets of drug peddlers through competent authority. He also directed the officers to periodically launch special operations for the arrest of most wanted criminals, proclaimed offenders, and bail jumpers as well as for recovery of illegal weapons so that the crime rate can be further reduced across the state.

Mr.P.K. Agrawal assured the Chief Minister that his directions would be followed in letter and spirit and that the Police Department would further improve its efficiency, especially in terms of tackling the growing cybercrimes.

ACS Home  TVSN Prasad, ADGP Crime O.P. Singh, ADGP CID Alok Mittal ADGP Telecom and IT A S Chawla, ADGP Law, and Order  Sandeep Khirwar, ADGP Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau Shrikant Jadhav, all Range ADGPs/IGPs, Commissioners of Police and other officers were also present in the meeting.

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Haryana, North India

Haryana extends Power Department’s Surcharge Waiver Scheme

Haryana Government extends Surcharge Waiver Scheme-2022

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


The Surcharge Waiver Scheme-2022, launched by the Haryana Government to solve the problem of outstanding electricity bills, has been extended till December 31.

  An official spokesperson said that consumers of urban and rural areas whose bills were outstanding on December 31, 2021, can avail of the benefit of this scheme.

This scheme is applicable to both connected and disconnected customers. Along with this, benefits will also be given to government offices and departments paying pending bills.

He further disclosed that electricity connections related to domestic, agricultural consumers and government, gram panchayat, and the municipal corporation will freeze the entire surcharge so far and the consumers will have to pay only the basic amount till now. The consumer can deposit the principal amount either in a lump sum or along with the next three bills. Consumers will also be given an additional discount of 5 percent on the principal amount on a lump sum deposit.

The surcharge will be waived in proportion to the payment of the next 6 bills. If the consumer does not deposit his principal amount in a lump sum or in fixed installments and does not deposit six consecutive bills, then his waived surcharge will be added back to the bill. After that, the consumer will not get the benefit of the scheme.

The surcharge on the outstanding principal amount of the consumers will be recalculated and instead of the present interest rate of 1.5 percent per month, interest will have to be paid at the rate of 10 percent per annum.

Consumers can pay the original amount and the recalculated surcharge in a lump sum or along with the next three bills. The freeze surcharge will be waived in proportion to the continuous payment of the next 6 bills. Wrong bills made to all types of consumers will be rectified as per the terms and conditions of the Department.


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PM Narendra Modi congratulates Droupadi Murmu on being elected President

From Rajesh Ahuja

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Smt. Droupadi Murmu on being elected as President of India.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said:

“India scripts history. At a time when 1.3 billion Indians are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a daughter of India hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected our President!

Congratulations to Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji on this feat.”

“Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji’s life, her early struggles, her rich service, and her exemplary success motivates each and every Indian. She has emerged as a ray of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, marginalized and the downtrodden.”

“Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has been an outstanding MLA and Minister. She had an excellent tenure as Jharkhand Governor. I am certain she will be an outstanding President who will lead from the front and strengthen India’s development journey.”

“I would like to thank all those MPs and MLAs across party lines who have supported the candidature of Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her record victory augurs well for our democracy.”

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India, Telangana

Vice President calls for credibility in media organisations, suggests media ‘should not mix news with views’

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that media ‘should not mix news with views’ and maintain objectivity in bringing facts to the people.

Releasing a collection of editorials titled ‘Mutnuri Krishna Rao Sampadakeeyalu’ here, he observed that people take the content of the news and broadcast media to be credible and media organizations should live up to their expectations. ‘

‘Journalism should be treated as a mission’, he said.

Mr.Naidu highlighted the critical role of media as the ‘fourth pillar’ in protecting and preserving democracy. “Media is the vital channel of communication that can take the issues of the people to the government and the schemes and policies of the government to the people”.

He emphasized that the media has the right and responsibility to question and criticize the government and suggest alternative solutions. At the same time, he observed, media organizations should not rake up trivial issues and spread panic among the people.

Observing the tremendous impact the media has on people, the Vice President said journalists should weigh the consequences of each word they print and broadcast on society. “They must remember that they are a part of society too”, he added.

He lauded journalists for their resilience and courage during the pandemic and said they have shown great grit and resolve in bringing out reports from the ground.

On this occasion, Mr.Naidu paid rich tributes to Mutnuri Krishna Rao, the pioneering Telugu journalist and editor of the nationalist newspaper ‘Krishna Patrika’ from 1907 to 1945. He noted the lasting impact of both Shri Krishna Rao’s work and Krishna Patrika in inculcating patriotism in the Telugu youth and in setting high standards in journalism during that time.

Referring to the role of newspapers in the freedom movement, he said they played a vital role in taking the spirit of the freedom struggle to the grassroots and keeping people abreast of the changes happening around the country.

The Vice President appreciated Shri Marumamula Dattatreya Sharma for bringing out the book and hoped that it would make the present generation aware of the high standards of journalistic values set by Shri Krishna Rao.

Dr. KV Ramanachary, Advisor to the Government of Telangana, Dr. Varaprasad Reddy, Chairman, Shantha Biotech, Tummala Narendra Chowdary, Founder Chairman, Rachana Television Pvt Limited,  K Ramachandra Murthy, senior journalist,  Valleswar, senior journalist,  Dattatreya Sharma, author, MVR Sarma, Editor, Darsanam, and others participated in the event.


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Haryana, North India

Haryana Cabinet approves formation of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Lohgarh Foundation (Trust)

Rajesh Ahuja

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


The Haryana Cabinet which met here on Monday under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal has given approval for the formation of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Lohgarh Foundation (Trust) with headquarter in the office of Deputy Commissioner Yamunanagar.

This was decided in pursuance of the announcement of Chief Minister on November 12, 2017 that a trust would be set up to support a coordinated effort and to take forward various initiatives promoting research, preservation, and development of various sites relating to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

It may be recalled that recent pieces of evidence at Lohgarh, have highlighted the need for putting in place a robust mechanism, with the help of domain experts, to preserve the rich legacy and values embodied by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

The Trust would strive to promote research, archeological discoveries, development of museums, memorials as well as literature on Lohgarh and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and his ideals and philosophy. All these activities would be aimed towards fulfilling the objectives set forth by the revered Sikh Guru Sahibans as the vision for the entire humanity at large.

The trustees of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Lohgarh Foundation (Trust) will include Mr. Manohar Lal, as the Settlor-Author of the Trust. While, Mr. Gurvinder Singh Dhamija, resident, Model Town, Karnal (Haryana), Mr. Kanwar Pal resident of Bahadur Pur, Yamunanagar (Haryana), Mr. Shiv Shankar Pahwa resident of Kaithal (Haryana), Mr. Sanjay Bhatia resident of Model Town Panipat (Haryana), Divisional Commissioner, Ambala Division, Ambala (ex-officio), Director, Information, Public Relations and Languages, Haryana(ex-officio), Deputy Commissioner, Yamunanagar(ex-officio), Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad, Yamunanagar (ex-officio), District Development and Panchayat Officer, Yamunanagar(ex-officio), would be the founder governing trustees.

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Corona Virus, Education, Haryana

Haryana Board of School Education to organise online quiz competition on COVID-19

Rajesh Ahuja

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau



Board of School Education Haryana will organize the second and final phase of online quiz competition on Tuesday to create awareness about various aspects related to COVID-19, an official spokesman said here.

The first phase of this online quiz competition was held on June 16.

He said that the contestants who have secured the top position in the three categories have been selected for the second phase, in which 306 students of class VI to VIII, 300 of class IX to X, and 330 of XI to XII will participate. The quiz will be conducted from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The list of selected participants is available on the board website

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Haryana, North India, Rajesh Ahuja

127 kg ganja, 4800 bottles of prohibited syrups seized from Nuh

Rajesh Ahuja

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau


Stepping up vigil against smuggling of drugs and other narcotics, Haryana Police have seized 127 kg 800 grams of ganja and 4,800 bottles of syrups which fall under the category of banned drugs from Nuh district.

         An official spokesperson disclosed that acting on a tip-off, a police team along with Tehsildar conducted a raid at the house of a resident of village Bhajlaka in the district. They found seven plastic bags containing a total of 127 kg 800-gram ganja. However, all the members in the house managed to escape after seeing the police.

        All accused were identified and police teams dispatched for their arrest.

          In another crackdown, a police team had arrested two accused after it seized 4,800 bottles of banned syrups from a pick-up vehicle in Nuh. Based on a tip-off, the police team established a check-point near the civil hospital, Punhana road, and stopped a vehicle bearing UP registration number coming from the Hodal side.  When searched, 40 boxes containing 4,800 bottles of syrups Welcyrex & Chloramine Phosphate, a prohibited drug were recovered.

          The accused have been identified as residents of district Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.


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