A heavy spell of rain coupled with a poor drainage system causes a huge inconvenience to both the staff and visitors to the offices of Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) and Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) which are housed in the same building here.
The district administration on Thursday said the school authorities should not take any action against the drivers of buses or auto-rickshaws for reaching the school premises by 5 to 10 minutes late.
In what could be called as apathy of the district transport department, it has failed to check rampant violations and negligent attitude of school bus staff, even as it claimed the life of four-year-old Arush Arora, who fell off the bus he was travelling in and died on the spot on August 1.
As expected and discussed in political circles, the Punjab government has transferred Jalandhar commissioner of police (CP) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, whose nearly two-month tenure witnessed minimum political interference in the police functioning.
The three pro-Khalistan terrorists the Jalandhar (rural) police arrested in Jammu on Monday were planning to launch terror activities to create alarm among a "section of people" in Punjab.
The Punjab government's proposal to promote Giani Zail Singh Engineering College, Bathinda, to a technical varsity parallel to Punjab Technical University (PTU) has attracted sharp criticism from different quarters, including academicians and ABVP, the student outfit of the BJP.
Kanjli wetland, which was constructed to provide irrigation to the hinterland in the district and once home to several species of migratory birds, is presently in a bad condition, courtesy sheer apathy on part of the government.
The state health department's efforts to attract medical officers (specialists) in the field of psychiatry from outside the state have failed to yield much positive outcome as only three candidates were interviewed and selected in New Delhi on Saturday.
After Aarush Arora (4), an LKG student of Innocent Hearts School, was crushed to death by his school bus on Friday, the city police have failed to initiate concrete action besides merely arresting the driver and conductor.
Two unidentified persons robbed a petrol pump attendant of Rs 8,000 on Court Road in the city early Saturday. The miscreants managed to flee after committing the crime. The incident took place at 5 am.
The proposed road to connect Surya Enclave and Guru Gobind Singh Avenue localities with Domoria bridge here is still hanging in the balance, courtesy the administration's inability to curb encroachments in Kazi Mandi and Santosh Nagar that fall on this stretch.
People who visit the local vegetable market to buy fresh vegetables and fruits are welcomed by heaps of garbage littered everywhere with flies hovering over them. Sullage makes the compound even more stinking and the situation turns uglier in rainy days as water finds no outlet.
Environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal has started efforts to clean Choti Bein, a tributary of Kali Bein, which was constructed by the rulers centuries ago by linking it with the Kanjli wetland with the purpose to get the clean water. The Choti Bein was lying abandoned for decades.
With more than 450 applicants seeking high security registration plates (HSRP) every day, the district transport department is finding it difficult to manage the heavy rush of applicants at its office.
Students of a local school have been told to pay late fee even as it were the school authorities who had mentioned incorrect last date for submitting admission on the notice board.