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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Haryana is bounded UP in the east, Punjab in the west, Himachal Pradesh in the north and Rajasthan in the south. The Union Territory of Delhi juts into Haryana and is encompassed by it on three sides. The south west of Haryana is dry, sandy and barren. Haryana has no perennial rivers. The only river which flows through Haryana is the Ghaggar, which passes through the northern fringes of the state. Rainfall is meager, particularly in the districts of Mahendragarh and Hissar.

Since its creation in 1966, Haryana has become India’s fastest growing state, offering its citizens the third highest per capita income. Agricultural development in Haryana has been tremendous. Agriculture is the mainstay of more than 75% of the people. Haryana was the first state to introduce crop insurance scheme in north India.


The State is proverbially known as the ‘Milk-pail of India’, as the per capita per day availability of milk is 579 grams as against the Indian average of 180 grams.

Haryana produces the largest number of tractors in the country. Gurgaon is a fast growing industrial hub where Maruti Udyog is the central piece. Haryana has a large industrial base with more than 1,200 large and medium and 75,000 small-scale units. Haryana is the first state to have electrified all of its villages. The Indian Army has 11.2% of its soldiers from Haryana.

Prominent tourist centers are Raj Hans, Badhkal Lake, Surajkund, Dabchik, Sultanpur, Barbet, Sohna and Pinjore. Haryana has a network of 44 tourist complexes. Tourists number 700,000. In 1993 tourism was declared an industry.


The Janadesh Yatra has given the movement for land rights fresh momentum and also captured the popular imagination. (March For Land, Frontline, Jayati Ghosh, Nov 08, 2007)

In a populist measure that ought to have been avoided, the Haryana Chief Minister last Thursday waived the house tax in the urban areas and the “chullah” tax in the rural areas from April, 2008, provided the tax payees clear their arrears . . . . . . (Scrapping House Tax, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

Controversy is not new to Blue Lady. The 76,049-tonne luxury liner, formerly known as SS Norway and before that SS France, was once the largest passenger ship in the world and has a colourful history. (Shipload Of Trouble, Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 07, 2007)

It really doesn’t matter whether you are a high-tech worker or a housewife; you could be jailed without even having committed a crime merely because the police believes that you are the person who did it. (Jailed Innocence, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 06, 2007)

Almost a decade ago, International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted the 'Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work'. (No One To Fight For Indian Workers In Gulf, Times of India, Dhananjay Mahapatra, Nov 05, 2007)

Why a Union Minister from West Bengal is opposed to the deployment of the Central Reserve Police Force in Nandigram as sought by the State government when those belonging to States such as Andhra Pradesh and Assam, are agreeable to . . . . . (Nandigram: Brinda Karat Sees A Conspiracy, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

The Punjab government’s decision to implement police reforms in the state is welcome. (Reforming The Police, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 05, 2007)

The Supreme Court has upheld states’ powers to classify prisoners according to the gravity of their crimes and take a call on whether they could be released before time. (Sc Stamp On States’ Prisoner Powers , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

India’s preference for boys and the resulting skewed sex ratio could plunge the country into a serious social crisis. (Tackle Prejudices , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Given runaway international crude oil prices, India's top energy firms are gearing up massive expansion and exploration plans both at home and abroad. (India's Oil Majors In Global , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Mayawati’s call for trifurcation of Uttar Pradesh may have evoked no political reaction and very little media attention but it certainly comes as a surprise. (Special Article, Statesman, Sumer Kaul, Nov 03, 2007)

In a move to correct the skewed sex ratio in the country, the Centre is planning to provide cash as well as non-cash incentives to families with girl children. Families who delay the marriage of their girls beyond 18 years will also be . . . . (Cash For Families With Girl Child, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

THE ghost of an outspoken judge is haunting the Indian establishment. A pronouncement by Justice Anand Narain Mulla of the Allahabad High Court nearly half a century ago is often quoted even today. (A Criminal Force?, Tribune, PUNYAPRIYA DASGUPTA, Nov 03, 2007)

After Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi challenged heir-apparent Rahul Gandhi to 'convince' Gujarat, the Congress threw an open challenge back at Modi -- "have a debate on any developmental issue". (Congress Dares Modi On 'Development Debate', Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Prime Minister's abiding image is that of a leader with no strength or fixed ideology - jettisoning economic reforms one day and embracing land reforms another (Pm Dons Left Avatar , Pioneer, Anuradha Dutt, Nov 02, 2007)

The Haryana Government will spend Rs. 1,240 crore on four irrigation projects which will come up in the near future, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said on Thursday while laying the foundation stone for two projects in Dadupur . . . . (4 New Irrigation Projects To Come Up, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday announced a bonanza for the people on the occasion of Haryana Day and the ongoing festive season. (Hooda Announces Tax Waiver Scheme, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Former CM and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday expressed his doubt over UP CM Mayawati’s intention behind introducing the proposed Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) and challenged her to use the . . . . (‘Proposed Law Aimed At Intimidating Sp’, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

In a crucial decision having far reaching implications on the role of the police, the Punjab Cabinet today gave its nod to introduce a legislation to govern and administer the Punjab Police besides separately imposing four per cent entry tax. . . (Punjab Govt Move To Control Police, Tribune, Ajay Banerjee, Oct 31, 2007)

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Tuesday called upon IPS probationers to change the public perception that police were reactive instead of pro-active. Police stations, which formed the backbone of policing, deserved greater attention, he said. (Shivraj Patil Calls For Pro-Active Approach To Policing, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)


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