The water table in several districts of Punjab and Haryana has been showing a continuous declining trend in the last four decades.

Notwithstanding repeated representations by farmers, villagers and Left parties, the authorities have failed to take steps to check heavy pollution in the Ghaggar, which continues to be a bane for

Top forest official asks State to challenge MoEF report

The Congress government in Haryana is contemplating taking the Centre to court for recommending CBI investigation against officials and politicians named in an Environment Ministry inquiry report on forestry scams highlighted by whistleblower-IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi.

Water pollution being caused by some steel industrial units in the town is playing havoc with the health of people here.

Blames skewed sex ratio for rampant trafficking of women into state for forced marriages

A report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has blamed Haryana’s skewed sex ratio for large-scale trafficking of girls from other states for forced marriages and ‘bonded’ labour into the state.

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam have an ambitious plan worth Rs 280 crore to strengthen the power transmission and distribution system in Hisar

Govt doctor tests positive

A government doctor has tested positive for swine flu in Sirsa while ten new suspected cases of the disease have come to the fore in Hisar in the past two days and two suspected cases have been witnessed in Fatehabad. In Hisar, the health authorities collected throat swab samples of six patients yesterday and four patients today. “We have sent throat swab samples of 172 patients to the Central Institute for Communicable Diseases (CICS), Delhi, for testing so far this year. Of these, 62 were found to be positive - 34 from Hisar and 28 from other districts. As many as 11 people have died due to the H1N1 infection in the district.

The Haryana Health Department has issued guidelines and taken steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 swine flu as 31 cases have so far been reported from the state during the current year.

A spokesman of the department said here today that nine cases had been reported from Karnal district, followed by four each from Kurukshetra and Fatehabad, three each from Hisar and Sirsa, two each from Yamunanagar, Kaithal and Panchkula and one each from Rohtak and Ambala districts. Till yesterday, nine deaths had been reported from five districts-- three in Kurukshetra, two each in Karnal and Sirsa and one each in Hisar and Gurgaon.

Haryana has bagged Krishi Karman Award for the best performing state in wheat category for the year 2011-12. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda received the award from President Pranab Mukherjee during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi today.

Two farmers from the state have also been given award of Rs 1 lakh each along with citation for the highest production of wheat per hectare. Ram Kumar of Sisai Bolan village of Hisar district produced 7,700 kg wheat per hectare, which is the highest ever. The other is a woman namely Anita from Pasina Khurd village of Panipat district, who produced 6,320 kg wheat per hectare.

A case of swine flu has been detected in Hisar.

A married woman from Tohana town of Fatehabad, who has been undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Hisar, had tested positive for swine flu. This is the first case of swine flu in this area. The woman, sources said, had delivered twins by a caesarian operation in a hospital in Tohana on December 31. She complained of breathlessness after the delivery. The kin shifted her to a private hospital in Hisar, where she tested for swine flu.