India: JJP apologises for lathicharge on farmers in Haryana

Chandigarh, Sep 17 (PTI) Jannayak Janta Party leader Digvijay Singh Chautala on Thursday apologised for the lathicharge on farmers in Kurukshetra's Pipli last week, saying if any of them was hit, they feel it was the family of the late Devi Lal.

Digvijay Chautala, whose party is a coalition partner of the BJP in the state, is the great grandson of the former deputy prime minister.

Earlier, his elder brother and Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala had condemned the lathicharge on farmers during a protest on September 10.

India: Haryana minister Ranjeet Singh tests COVID positive

Chandigarh, Aug 29 (PTI) Haryana Power Minister Ranjeet Singh said on Saturday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Singh, who is an Independent MLA supporting the BJP-JJP government, had got his test done just before the one-day Assembly session on Wednesday and his report returned negative. However, he developed symptoms after the session and got himself tested again.

"I got my COVID test done again and the report came positive," the cabinet minister tweeted. "My health is alright, but I under home quarantined on the advice of doctors."

India: Haryana agriculture minister tests positive for COVID-19

Chandigarh, Aug 26 (PTI) Haryana Agriculture Minister J P Dalal has tested positive for COVID-19, he said in a tweet on Wednesday, making him the eighth legislator of the ruling BJP in the state to contract the infection.

Dalal said he got himself tested three days ago and the report returned negative. However, he got one more test conducted later, in which he tested positive.

The minister said that he has isolated himself at home and appealed to all those who had come in his contact to get themselves examined.

India: Haryana govt to open 1,000 play schools

Chandigarh, Jul 15 (PTI) The Haryana government is all set to open 1,000 playway schools to provide quality education and learning among children aged between three to six years.

The announcement to open these schools was made in this year's Budget and a formal decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday.

Education Minister Kanwar Pal was also present in the meeting, an official statement said.

India: Locust clouds over Gururgram, likely to spare Delhi

Gurugram/New Delhi, Jun 27 (PTI) The skies over many parts of Gurugram turned dark on Saturday as swarms of locusts descended on the town, but the migratory pests are likely to spare the national capital for now, officials said.

The dark cloud of locusts, spread across two kilometres, crossed the suburban city, touched the Delhi-Gurugram border but did not enter Delhi.

"The swarms moved from west to east. They entered Gurugram around 11.30 am," K L Gurjar of the Locust Warning Organisation, Ministry of Agriculture, told PTI.

India: Rising fuel prices will have cascading effect: Hooda

Chandigarh, Jun 25 (PTI) Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday flayed the Centre over the rising fuel prices, saying it is bound to have a cascading effect and burden common people.

He said the diesel and petrol prices have been going up daily for over two weeks now and the situation has come to a point where diesel and petrol prices are almost at par now.

He said the burden of the fuel price hike has fallen on common people and farmers, whose lives have already been adversely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

India: Hefty priv school fee forces parents to look for govt schools

Ambala, Jun 16 (PTI) Facing financial problems due job loss and pay cut in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, parents in Haryana's Ambala are turning to government schools to reduce their expenses on their children's education.

Some parents said they have been paying a hefty fee but private schools are not ready to give much concession in the present situation.

India: Liquor theft case: Ex Haryana MLA arrested

Chandigarh, May 14 (PTI) Former Haryana MLA Satvinder Rana has been arrested by the state police for his alleged role in the theft of liquor from a sealed godown in Samalkha in Panipat district, a senior police official said on Thursday.

Rana, who was a two-time legislator from Rajound constituency in Kaithal district, was arrested on Wednesday night from the MLA hostel here.

India: Woman suspected to be suffering from coronavirus flees hospital

Chandigarh, Mar 20 (PTI) In a first such case in Punjab, a 26-year-old woman suspected to be suffering from coronavirus was booked for fleeing from the hospital here, police said on Friday.

The woman, a resident of Mohali, had returned from the US and was taken to a government hospital in Chandigarh for a check up.

India: Haryana govt declares coronavirus epidemic

Chandigarh, Mar 12 (PTI) The Haryana government on Thursday declared the contagious coronavirus infection an epidemic.

According to the state Health Department, 44 samples of suspected cases were sent for tests till Wednesday. Out of these, 38 were found negative for coronavirus while reports of six people -- four from Gurgaon and two from Panchkula -- were awaited.

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