'Gurgaon emerging as major centre of golf'

Bhupinder-Singh-HoodaGurgaon, Nov 6 : Gurgaon is emerging as a major golf centre in north India. It attracted about 30,000 golf tourists last year and the numbers are increasing 10 percent annually, said Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Hooda was addressing a function of 'Take Solutions India Golf Awards' organised here Tuesday evening. The India Golf Awards, powered and created by golfing journalist Shaili Chopra, recognised over 30 special winners.

Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia was also present.

Gurgaon expressway snarls causes concern, says Canon CEO

Kazutada-KobayashiGurgaon, Oct 14 : Canon India president and CEO Kazutada Kobayashi Monday termed the regular traffic snarls on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway a "cause of concern" and the poor infrastructure here a scar on millennium city's developing face.

"Traffic problems on National Highway 8 (Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway), specially near toll plazas, are a cause of concern," said Kobayashi, who has been living in Gurgaon for more than a decade since the company set up its Indian headquarters in the city in 1997.

Miss Universe starts India tour

Olivia-CulpoGurgaon, Sep 27 : Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo Friday began her official tour of India. She is here on her maiden tour, and she will raise concern about the girl child.

Designer Sanjana Jon will accompany her for the tour.

"It is such an important social cause. We will be celebrating the girl child and are against violence against women. We needed someone like her who is so young and has the heart to associate herself with such a cause," Jon told IANS.

Culpo, 21, will also be going to Mumbai, where superstar Salman Khan will be associating himself with the cause.

Karisma Kapoor launches 'My Yummy Mummy Guide'

Karisma-KapoorGurgaon, Sep 17 : Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor Tuesday launched her book "My Yummy Mummy Guide" on pregnancy and motherhood. She says it is for 'desi' mothers.

"We don't have an Indian take on pregnancy and motherhood. I felt that this will be something that Indian mothers will be able to relate to," Karisma told reporters at the launch of the at the Landmark book store.

The 39-year-old has written about everything related to pregnancy and childbirth. The book also gives tips on how to loose post pregnancy fat.

Taj to open more Vivanta, Gateway brand hotels

vivanta-taj-hotelFaridabad, Sep 12 : Hotels and resorts major Taj Thursday said it will go ahead with its expansion plans despite the economic downturn by opening 15 more Vivanta brand hotels and 14 Gateway properties.

"We will be opening around 15 Vivanta and 14 Gateway properties. The industry has witnessed a slowdown, however, with the US and European economies improving and the current rupee devaluation will help us in attracting more tourist and customers," Vivanta CEO Veer Vijay Singh told IANS.

Hero Motocorp to make 12 mn two-wheelers a year

Hero-MotocorpGurgaon, Aug 8 : Hero Motocorp said Thursday its annual production capacity will reach 12 million units manufactured in over 20 facilities all over the world.

Managing director and chief executive Pavan Munjal said the company by the year 2020 will sell its products in over 50 countries and have an annual turnover of Rs. 60,000 crore.

Further, the company is aiming to achieve an EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) margin of 20 percent, Munjal said on the sidelines of an event to mark the production of the company's 50-millionth two-wheeler here at its Gurgaon plant.(IANS)

Maruti Suzuki introduces sporty version of Swift

Swift-RSGurgaon, July 2 : Maruti Suzuki India has introduced a limited edition "Swift RS", the sporty version of its popular Swift car.

The Swift RS comes with new styling and graphics that give it a distinct sporty character and looks. Swift RS will be available only in limited numbers and for a short period, a company spokesperson said.

Haryana breaks power supply record

Haryana breaks power supply recordGurgaon, June 25 : The power transmission and distribution system in Haryana supplied an all-time high of 1,536.43 lakh units and took a record 7,527 MW load during peak hours Monday, an official said Tuesday.

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran (DHBVN) Nigam said that it was a new power supply record in the state.

The DHBVN and the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran supplied over 1,536 lakh units of electricity Monday, which was 143 lakh units more than the power supplied on the corresponding day last year.

The nigams supplied 42.93 lakh units more than the demand.

18-month-old stable after complex surgery

Roona-BegumGurgaon, June 19 : An 18-month-old girl suffering a rare disorder in which her head swelled to an unprecedented 94 cm is stable and progressing well after a complex surgery, doctors treating her said Wednesday.

According to doctors, Roona Begum has shown a remarkable improvement in her condition. She had been admitted to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) here in April.

"For the first three weeks after she was admitted, we tried to bring down the size of her head to manageable levels. We provided an alternate pathway to drain the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)," said Sandeep Vaishya, a doctor treating Begum.

Former information minister V.C. Shukla dead

V-C-ShuklaGurgaon, June 11 :  Veteran Congress leader V. C. Shukla, who was grievously injured in a Maoist attack in Chattisgarh last month, died here in a private hospital, doctors said Tuesday.

Shukla, 84, who was the main architect of media censorship during the emergency regime of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, died at around 2.30 p. m. in the Medanta Medicity Hospital.

A former union minister, he received three bullet injuries and lost a lot of blood in the attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region May 25. He was flown in an air ambulance to Delhi and taken to a private hospital in Gurgaon.

Hooda takes on detractors

Bhupinder-Singh-HoodaKarnal (Haryana), June 8 : A day after his detractors within the ruling Congress blamed his government for neglecting the Scheduled Castes, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Saturday asked them to visit villages to see the development.

Haryana gets only 58.82 lakh tonnes of wheat

wheatChandigarh, June 3 : Contrary to expectations of a bumper wheat arrival of nearly 90 lakh tonnes, Haryana has seen wheat arrival of only 58.82 lakh tonnes this year, food and supplies officials said Monday.

"Over 58.82 lakh tonnes of wheat has arrived so far in Haryana mandis during the current procurement season. Out of it, over 58.73 lakh tonnes of wheat has been procured by government agencies and 9,232 tonnes has been purchased by private millers and traders," a spokesman of the food and supplies department said.

This is much lower than the arrival of 83.25 lakh tonnes of wheat in the season last year.

Shukla still critical: Doctors

VC-ShuklaGurgaon, May 29 : Congress leader V. C. Shukla, who was critically injured in the Maoist attack on party leaders in Chhattisgarh last week, continues to remain critical, doctors attending on him here said Wednesday.

"He is still critical but conscious. He has been put on ventilator and administered strong antibiotics to contain the infection. We are closely monitoring him," a doctor treating Shukla at Medanta Medicity told IANS.

Doctors had performed exploratory laparotomy surgery (a diagnostic tool that allows physicians to examine the abdominal organs) Sunday when he was admitted to the hospital.

Heat wave unabated in Punjab, Haryana

Heat-Wave-PunjabChandigarh, May 24 : The heat wave prevailing over the plains of Punjab and Haryana remained unabated Friday with temperatures at most places in the two states remaining over 46 degrees.

The Sikh holy city of Amritsar, which had Thursday recorded its highest ever temperature of 48 degrees, saw another hot day with the mercury touching 47.7 degrees. The temperature was nine degrees above the average, Met officials said.

Chandigarh airport touched a high of 46.3 degrees. The city had a high of 43 degrees.

Haryana agrees to release more raw water to Delhi from Tajewala

TajewalaAuthorities in the state of Haryana have agreed to release more raw water to Delhi from Tajewala cutting the share of of Uttar Pradesh in the Yamuna.

The move would help the national capital increase water levels at its Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi water treatment plants where the treatment was halted due to low raw water supply from the Ganga Canal. The government will lift the water from Haryana from Wazirabad and supply it to Sonia Vihar and Bhagairathi water treatment plants.

Punjab, Haryana stare at lower wheat arrivals

WheatChandigarh, May 18 : What was supposed to be a bumper crop with a record target for wheat procurement has turned out to be a dampener with much lower quantities of wheat arriving in grain markets across Punjab and Haryana - the country's breadbasket.

Punjab has barely managed to procure 11 million tonnes of wheat while Haryana has seen just over 5.86 million tonnes arriving this season.

"Contrary to expectations of a bumper crop and record procurement, the actual arrival and procurement of wheat is much less in both states," a senior agriculture officer in Punjab told IANS.

Haryana lifts ban on 'Sadda Haq'

Sadda-HaqChandigarh, May 15 : Haryana Wednesday lifted the ban imposed last month on the screening of Punjabi movie "Sadda Haq". The ban was lifted following the Supreme Court's recent nod to allow the screening of the film after making some cuts.

"The Haryana government has lifted the ban on the exhibition of film 'Saada Haq' in the state subject to the condition that the observations of Supreme Court and provisions of other applicable laws are compiled with in letter and spirit," a state government spokesperson said here.

14th IIFA to be held in Macau

IIFA-MacauGurgaon, May 14 : The 14th International Indian Film Academy awards (IIFA) will be held in Macau from June 4 it was announced here Tuesday. This is the second time that the event will be held in the city.

The three-day event will take off at The Venetian Macao.

"IIFA is a pioneering initiative that opens new doors and creates myriad opportunities for the film industry, taking it to new shores each year," actor Abhishek Bachchan told reporters at a press meet at the Kingdom Of Dreams here.

Planning Commission approves Haryana’s Rs 27,072cr plan outlay for 2013-14

Planning Commission approves Haryana’s Rs 27,072cr plan outlay for 2013-14The Planning Commission of India on Monday approved Haryana's annual plan of Rs 27,072 crore for the financial year 2013-14.

The plan was finalized by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Yojana Bhawan in New Delhi.

Haryana SEZ promoters can now use land to develop industrial colony

Haryana SEZ promoters can now use land to develop industrial colonyThe Haryana Government on Thursday allowed Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to opt for industrial colony licence, a move that will benefit developers of as many as two dozen SEZs in the state.

The SEZ scheme had collapsed in Haryana as farmers refused to sell their lands and it was not feasible for promoters to purchase land at very high market rates.

Following the state government's approval, the promoters of SEZs can now develop residential and industrial sites.

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