Ludhiana gas leak: HC notice to Punjab govt
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued a notice to the Punjab government on the Ludhiana gas leak incident of last month in which five people were killed and 213 hospitalised.
The division bench of justice SK Mittal and justice HS Sidhu issued the notice acting on a citizen's letter. On June 13, a tanker carrying liquid ammonia damaged its safety valves in trying to pass under a low bridge at Doraha on the Delhi-Ludhiana highway, causing the chemical to turn into gas and leak. Within minutes, vapours of ammonia had spread in the air in a 5-kilometre radius, causing major and minor injuries to the respiratory tract, eyes and skin of the people living in the area.
The high court has issued a notice to the department of health and the Ludhiana deputy commissioner, seeking their responses by September 15.
Highlighting that the COVID-19 positivity is on the rise, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Thursday said only 17 per cent of people have taken booster shots, and urged all to get the additional dose of the vaccine. "Not taking the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine even when it has been made available free for everyone amounts to negligence and we as responsible citizens must avail it to enhance immunity," Sudhakar said.
Three more witnesses, including two policemen, were examined in the Gauri Lankesh murder trial at the special court for Karnataka Control of Organised Crime on Thursday. Trial Judge CM Joshi presided over the trial. Police inspector Shiva Reddy, who arrived at the murder scene was examined by the special public prosecutor and also questioned by the defence. The second witness who was examined on Thursday was Public Works Department, assistant engineer, VN Kalageri.
Compensation against land acquired for the Ambala ring road project will be disbursed to land owners from next week, officials of the district administration said on Thursday. “NHAI has already released ₹150 crore for land compensation. Further process for disbursement will be initiated by the district revenue officer,” said Kuldeep Chand, an official from the technical branch of NHAI's Ambala zone office.
While the first decade of 2000s began with the launch of several self-financed courses at Panjab University, envisaging them as money-spinners, not all courses have managed financial viability in the long run. University Institute of Applied Management Sciences and University Institute of Legal Studies are generating surplus revenue. Even in the next near, the income of ₹7.05 crore fell short of the expenditure of ₹20.55 crore.
Thieves broke into a house in Sector 8-C while the family was away at Shimla, and decamped with ₹3.5 lakh in cash and some gold jewellery. On returning home on August 10, they found the cupboards in their house ransacked and ₹3.5 lakh in cash, along with gold jewellery, missing. On The complainant, a retired bank officer's complaint, Jagdeep Singh, police lodged an FIR under Sections 380 (theft) and 457 (house-trespass) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector-3 police station.