Delhi Gurdwara Committee wants Sikh blacklist scrapped
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has decided to approach the Centre to scrap the blacklist of Sikhs living abroad and pave way for their return.
It also wants the government to consider announcing general amnesty to blacklisted Sikhs. DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK, who is touring the US, said this after meeting Sikh and Punjabi diaspora at New York. GK said he has sought a list of Sikhs and their children who are being denied visa to travel to India from different associations in the US.
He said the DSGMC would take up the matter Union home minister Rajnath Singh and minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj. “I was surprised to know that apart from Sikhs whose names are on the blacklist, there are 30,000-40,000 community members and their families, who are being denied visa by the Indian embassy. It’s kind of a hidden blacklist,” GK told a group of Sikhs in the US.
“The government should consider announcing amnesty to Sikhs whose names feature on the blacklist,” he said.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.