Shimla: Mandi MP Pratibha Singh on Tuesday has approached the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and sought an additional India Reserve Battalion (IRB) for the state. She met Union Minister of State for Home R P N Singh and submitted a proposal on behalf of the state government. She also demanded setting up of disaster response force units in Shimla,Kangra,Mandi,Chamba,Lahaul Spiti and Sirmour districts to strengthen the state government in capacity building and provide holistic,co-ordinated and prompt response to all disaster emergencies, said a state government spokesperson.
19,500 enroll for BJYM on day 1
Ludhiana: On day one of the mass campaign of Bhartiya Jan Yuva Morcha (BJYM),a total of 19,500 members enrolled from the state on Tuesday. Out of this,4,000 members enrolled online. The membership drive was in connection with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and it aimed at youth between 18-25 years. We will set up stalls outside university campuses to make youth aware of our yuva morcha, said BJYM chief Mohit Gupta.
Sarpanchs son,6 others booked for murder
Amritsar: Kuldeep Singh,the son of Babowal village Sarpanch Harnam Singh in Majitha constituency in Amritsar,is among the seven persons booked in a murder case on Tuesday. A person allegedly died due to a gunshot in a firing in the village during a clash between two groups over construction of a kutcha road through the fields to a motor tube well. The case was registered on the complaint of former village Sarpanch Mangal Singh who alleged that the rivalry between the two groups over the recently held village Panchayat elections was another reason that the accused opened fire, said Kathunangal SHO Preetinder Singh said. The deceased was identified as Mukhtar Singh.
Pannus transfer shows CM shielding Maluka
Chandigarh: Terming the appointment of K S Pannu from Director General of School Education as Secretary of Agriculture a punishment transfer,the Congress on Tuesday said there was no place for honest officers in the SAD-BJP government. It also goes to show that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is hell bent on protecting and bailing out Education Minister Sikender Singh Maluka from the infamous book scam. The initial inquiry report submitted by Pannu to the CM indicated a scam and it was enough to ask the education minister to step down,but the CM preferred to turn a blind eye. Feeling ignored and sidelined,Pannu proceeded on leave, Khaira said.
Vigilance raids patwaris place
Moga: On the complaint of one Jaspal Singh from Jalalabad village against patwaari Nayab Singh,the vigilance department on Tuesday conducted a raid at the patwaaris office in Dharamkot. Currency notes of Rs 1,000 were found with the patwaari,but he proved them to be his personal cash. However,the raid has left behind several questions,as the vigilance department was unable to recover the alleged bribe amount of Rs 13,000 and the patwaari,even after four hours of investigation,was not arrested.
SAD challenges Bajwa to open debate
Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday challenged PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa to open a debate on the issue of education,health and other development in Punjab. Reacting to statements made by Bajwa at a programme in Mansa,SAD secretary and spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said Bajwa must know that with the untiring efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,the ranking of Punjab in the field of education had reached the third position from 14th in the country. To improve the teacher-student ratio,the SAD-BJP government has recruited more than 70,000 teachers, he said.
Award contract for waste management plant
Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed Amritsar Municipal Corporation to award the contract to set up municipal solid waste management plant (MSWMP). The High Court has set a six-month deadline for it. The direction assumes significance as nearly seven years ago,garbage disposal and processing unit contract awarded to a company was cancelled. A division bench also directed the Municipal Corporation to apply for authorisation of its site at Bhagtanwala. The grant of authorisation,however,shall not be a condition precedent to award contract to set up the plant.
865 Punjab cops promoted
Chandigarh: The Punjab government Tuesday promoted 865 police personnel of various ranks. Of the total,40 are SPs,125 DSPs,200 inspectors,250 sub-inspectors and 250 ASIs,an official said. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will preside over the formal pipping ceremony to be organised for these police officers and officials at PAP Headquarters in Jalandhar.
Centre approves STP for Sangrur
Sangrur: Sangrur MP Vijayinder Singla Tuesday announced that Centre had approved Rs 48 crore sewerage treatment plant (STP) project so that the sewer water from Sangrur do not pollute the Ghaggar river. Singla said that the work on the project will be completed by June 2015.