WHO WILL clean up Shimla’s poster mess? The issue has started seeking the attention of citizens following the election of the town’s new mayor and deputy mayor on Tuesday. Most of the localities in all 34 wards, falling under the three Assembly constituencies of Shimla (Urban), Shimla (Rural) and Kasumpti, have seen a heavy poster war among all candidates in all the 126 seats. With elections already over, most of the Shimla localities remain defaced by torn posters and walls covered with multi-colour hanging and candidates’s pictures, giving an ugly look to the town.
More than 53% farmers of Haryana have failed to repay farm loans taken from state cooperative banks and societies on time. As many as 7.38 lakh farmers out of the 13.80 lakh farmers, who had taken farm loans from cooperative banks, have been termed “defaulters” by the government agencies. Once the farmers fail to deposit their loan installments on time, they have to return it with 14% interest and their loan goes increasing.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda came down heavily on the UT Administration over lack of proper protocol followed during his visit to the Chandigarh on the eve of International Yoga Day on Wednesday. According to sources, Nadda was ‘disappointed’ that no senior officials from the UT Administration were present at the airport on Tuesday evening to receive him. The Chandigarh administration, sources said, had deputed a Punjab Civil Service(PCS) officer, Amit Talwar to receive him.
The SAD-BJP MLAs protested against the use of “intemperate language” by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday and forced the Punjab House to adjourn. The SAD-BJP MLAs protested against the use of “intemperate language” by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday and forced the Punjab House to adjourn.
A group of youths led by VHP activists on Wednesday staged a demonstration on the campus of a dental college in Partapur to protest the alleged pro-Pakistan slogans raised by Kashmiri students following Pakistan’s victory over India in the Champions Trophy final.
To make a watertight case against AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran after he refused to provide voice sample in connection with the Election Commission bribery case, Delhi Police’s Crime Branch now plans to conduct his voice sample test from his TV interviews. The investigation officer, an ACP-rank officer, has recently sent a notice to four leading news channels, asking them to share videos of his interviews.
TOP-LEVEL bureaucratic assignments will soon become contingent on the number of hours officers sit behind their desk. Ahead of Wednesday’s fresh infusion of secretaries, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) wing in the Prime Minister’s Office had, on Monday, sought attendance records of each serving secretary from the administrative wing of each department.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday said that journalists must maintain objectivity in their work, use “beautiful language” and sometimes avoid telling the unpleasant truth.
URBAN DEVELOPMENT secretary Rajiv Gauba will take over as the new Union Home secretary, the government ordered on Wednesday as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle that involves appointment of secretaries in 16 ministries.The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, changed portfolios of a few secretaries in this rejig.
Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath government, which is going to complete 100 days, is likely to replace Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, the only top officer from the previous Samajwadi Party regime to continue after the new Cabinet took charge, said sources. Bhatnagar, a 1983 batch IAS officer, was appointed chief secretary during the last phase of the Akhilesh Yadav government.