Haryana Day celebrated with great zeal

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Chandigarh, Nov 1 (UNI) The 43rd Haryana Day was celebrated in a traditional way with great zeal and enthusiasm at the State Raj Bhawan here today.

State Governor A R Kidwai was the Chief Guest at the function which was presided by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Extending his heartiest congratulations to the people of the state on this significant day, the Governor in a message said the State of Haryana had emerged as the leading State in every field of human endeavour in the country.

He appealed to the people to maintain the pace of development in the state.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in his message said it was his dream that Haryana should be a number one state of the country in every field of development and prosperity and this dream had been fulfilled to a great extent.

He urged the people to cooperate and coordinate with the government for taking the state to the highest peak of development and progress.

Three districts of Haryana namely Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Gurgaon attained first three positions respectively in improving sex ratio during the year 2007 and were awarded cash awards by the Governor on the occasion.

Bhiwani district was awarded a cash award of Rs five lakh as its sex ratio improved from 861 females per 1000 males in 2006 to 895 by the end of 2007.

Jhajjar district was awarded second prize of Rs three lakh for improving sex ratio from 797 females per 1000 males in 2006 to 826 females by the end of 2007.

Gurgaon district ranked third and was awarded a cash prize of Rs two lakh for improving sex ratio from 826 females per 1000 males in 2006 to 850 females in 2007.

Five artistes were honoured with Devi Shankar Prabhakar Jan Sanchar and Lok Sanskriti Awards. The artistes_ Satya Narayan Vashisth, Prem Singh Dehati, Niranjan Singh, Mange Ram Khatri and Harvinder Rana got these awards for their outstanding performance in the fields of art, culture, public relations, folk music, folk songs, community and rural development and social fields.

Each artist was given a cash award of Rs 21,000 and a Commendation Certificate.

A variety of cultural programme projecting the culture of the people of Haryana was presented by the artistes on this occasion.

Two parts of the first volume of the encyclopedia on cultural aspects of Haryana, compiled by a renowned historian Ms Shamim Sharma, Dr Neelima Prabha, Pradeep Kasni and Puran Chand Sharma were released by the Governor and the Chief Minister at the function.

This encyclopedia on Haryana is being written under the guidance of a committee headed by Mr K K Khandelwal, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Commissioner and Secretary and Director, Information and Public Relations Department.

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