Mayoral polls: HC seeks clarification on roster prepared by Punjab
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday sought clarifications from the Punjab government on the reservation roster prepared by it for mayoral polls in the state.
The high court stated that a perusal of 2012 showed that the roster point 10 was reserved for scheduled castes and roster point 17 was reserved for women. "But, how such points will be allocated amongst the MCs cannot be made out from the reading of the roster," the division bench of justice Hemant Gupta and justice Lisa Gill said, adding that after amendment of the rules, the previous reservation of the MCs to be reserved for SCs, backward classes and women could not be referred to. "Prima facie, we find the roster amended on 2012 'unworkable'," the court asked the government seeking clarification.
The high court was hearing petitions filed by the Punjab government and some councillors of SAS Nagar on the issue of mayoral polls in SAS Nagar.
The Punjab government has challenged the single judge's order, wherein the government's decision to reserve the mayor's post in the SAS Nagar municipal corporation for women was set aside.
The councillors, on the other hand, are seeking early mayoral election. The election was held on February 25 but the city is yet to get a mayor, as the high court had stayed the election.
Heavy rains in Indore inundated low-lying areas of the Madhya Pradesh city where some cars were swept away due to the strong water current on roads, officials said on Wednesday. Alarmed by the situation arising due to heavy downpour since Tuesday evening, the district administration declared a holiday for schools on Wednesday. A Meteorological department official said Indore recorded 108.9 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am on Wednesday.
As the population around dam catchment areas has risen, dam water has started getting mixed with contaminated water due to which the ratio of e-coli (Escherichia Coli) bacteria has increased from 900 to 1.5 lakh per 100 ML, according to the Pune Municipal Corporation. In the last 15 years, the ratio of e-coli bacteria in untreated water has increased. The eastern parts get water from the Bhama Askhed dam.
The U.P. food and supplies department to roll out the distribution of fortified rice through its public distribution scheme to counter anaemia and micronutrient deficiencies across the state, informed additional commissioner Arun Kumar on Wednesday while addressing a workshop organised by United Nations World Food Programme in partnership with New Concept Information Systems. The AYY (Antyodaya Ann Yojana), TPDS (Targeted Population Distribution System), PM-POSHAN and ICDS are part of the rollout.
The vista dome coaches on central railway – with their glass tops and wide window panes – have received an overwhelming response from passengers. Much so that the CR has registered an occupancy of 31,821 passengers in the vista dome coaches of the Janshatabdi (CSMT-Madgaon-CSMT); Pragati Express, Deccan Queen and Deccan Express and a revenue of Rs3.99 crore from April to July 2022.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appreciated the people and government of Tamil Nadu for being "excellent" hosts for the 44th Chess Olympiad and congratulated the Indian teams for winning the bronze medal in their categories. "The people and government of Tamil Nadu have been excellent hosts of the 44th Chess Olympiad. I would like to appreciate them for welcoming the world and showcasing our outstanding culture and hospitality," he tweeted.