Chandigarh, Aug. 22 -- In view of heavy rains, the Haryana forests department has started a drive to remove dried as well as accident-causing trees from the roads. An official spokesperson said the department has started a WhatsApp number 082782-76564 on which citizens can give information regarding such trees. Action would be taken within 72 hours of receiving the information, the spokesperson said. Public Works (Building and Roads) and Forests ... Read More

Physical training teacher held for beating students

Gurgaon, Aug. 22 -- A teacher accused of beating a student in a Gurgaon school was arrested on Monday and sent to judicial custody. The accused teacher, a physical training instructor, had allegedly beaten class 7 students of Sheetla Vidyapeeth at Jyoti Park on Saturday. The parents of one the students had lodged a complaint at New Colony police station after finding their boy badly injured. A large group of parents gathered at the school premise... Read More

INSO protests, demands student body elections

Rohtak, Aug. 22 -- Members of Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), the student wing of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), on Monday attempted to lock up several universities across the state to press for their demand for resuming student body elections.

The call for locking up universities on Monday was given by INSO chief Digvijay Chautala.

The protesters managed to lock up Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) in Rohtak and Chaudhary Ran... Read More

Cong legislators threaten hunger strike if vehicle not found in 4 days

Rohtak, Aug. 22 -- Four Congress MLAs on Monday threatened to go on a hunger strike if the stolen sports utility vehicle (SUV) of party's Kalanaur MLA Shakuntala Khatak was not recovered within four days.

These legislators are Jagbir Malik (Ganaur), Jai Tirath Dahiya (Rai), Shri Krishan Hooda (Baroda) and Jaivir Balmiki (Kharkhoda) threatened of sitting on hunger strike.

"How will the common man feel safe in Haryana when such incidents are happ... Read More

Cops give clean chit to BJP MLA

Karnal, Aug. 22 -- Two days after the Karnal police booked former chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and BJP's Assandh MLA Bakshish Singh Virk, along with 200 others, for their alleged involvement in an attack on a journalist, the police on Monday gave him a clean chit.

In a press statement, a district police spokesperson said Assandh DSP Dalbir Singh, who conducted an investigation in the matter, did not find any evidence of Virk's involvement... Read More


Karnal, Aug. 22 -- Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president and Poonam Mahajan has said that lakhs of youths in the country will be joining the 'Bharat Jodo Abhiyan' launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Poonam Mahajan, who reached Karnal on Monday, said she has come to Haryana to encourage youth of the state to join the new campaign and make India the world Guru by 2022, when country will be celebrating 75 years of Independence.

"The ... Read More

12 IAS officers transferred in Haryana

Chandigarh, Aug. 22 -- The Haryana government on Monday issued the transfer and posting orders of 12 IAS officers.

Additional chief secretary (ACS), school education, PK Das was posted as ACS, power, relieving Anurag Rastogi of the charge. ACS, sports and youth affairs, KK Khandelwal was given the additional charge of ACS, school education.

ACS, transport, Sudeep Singh Dhillon was appointed as ACS, women and child development, replacing PK Maha... Read More

Patar set to replace Satti as Punjab arts council chief

Chandigarh, Aug. 22 -- Celebrated poet Surjit Patar (72) is likely to be the new chairperson of the Punjab arts council. He will replace television anchor Satinder Satti whose appointment by the erstwhile Akali government had been controversial. Several Punjabi writers and intellectuals had raised voices against it saying that it required a person of greater stature of head the state's premier cultural organised.

It is learned that Patar has bee... Read More

Forces take out flag march in Sirsa

Sirsa, Aug. 22 -- Haryana Police and paramilitary personnel on Monday took out a flag march in Sirsa, where Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters is located, four days ahead of the August 25 pronouncement of verdict in the rape case against dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Seven companies of paramilitary forces, including Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), reached Sirsa and have been deploye... Read More

Drones to keep surveillance in 'sensitive' districts

Chandigarh, Aug. 22 -- The Haryana government on Monday decided to keep surveillance in sensitive areas of the state with the help of drones and video cameras ahead of August 25 verdict by the Panchkula CBI court in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

It also ordered the arms licence holders in nine districts, which have high concentration of dera followers, to deposit their weapons with the local authorities. Thes... Read More