MC has no record of its properties in UT villages
MC commissioner on Wednesday admitted that the civic body does not have record of most of its properties in villages of Chandigarh. The matter came to light when BJP councillor Satinder Singh sought a reply from the MC on the vacant properties in the city. During the MC meeting on Wednesday, MC commissioner Bhawana Garg admitted that, “We do not have record of most of the properties in villages of Chandigarh and Manimajra. She requested councillors to prepare a list of the MCs’ properties that are lying abandoned or are encroached.”
BJP councillor Satinder had asked about money spent on construction of its shops, booths and showrooms; along with the year of construction and completion. Interestingly, even though the MC’s estate branch should have this data readily available, the branch in its reply to Singh stated that they had written to the engineering department several times, but had not got any reply. The branch only replied that there were 262 booths lying vacant in various parts of the city and they would soon formulate a policy on their allotment.
Ex-mayor Subhash Chawla questioned as to under which policy the booths were constructed and more than 300 booths in the city are lying abandoned and the civic body was suffering huge loss. “Also, we are totally confused, over the sale of the MC’s property as there is apprehension that the UT has banned the sale, but we have not seen any written orders in this regard,” he added. MC commissioner Bhawana Garg assured the House that a proper report of all the properties would be prepared.
A LeT 'commander' from Pakistan succumbed to his injuries and a constable injured when the former snatched rifle from the latter and fired at a police party during the recovery of hidden weapons along the Indo-Pak international border in the Arnia sector of Jammu district late Wednesday, said officials. The deceased terrorist was a commander of terror group LeT, alias Qasim, alias Jehangir of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Hussain.
Five members of a family and their employer were found dead in two houses in Tawi Vihar locality in Sidhra on the outskirts of Jammu city late on Tuesday, police officials said on Wednesday, adding that they suspect the deaths to have been caused by poisoning. The police received a call from the sister of one of the deceased, who said that her brother was not responding to calls, Jammu SSP Chandan Kohli said.
A day after Congress appointed former two-time legislator Vikar Rasool Wani its J&K chief, there is indignation within the party as many leaders have termed the decision unfortunate. The Congress on Tuesday appointed Wani as its Jammu and Kashmir chief and senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad the head of the campaign committee. However, Azad who is the senior-most member of the party, refused to be a part of the campaign committee.
The top Kashmiri political leaders on Wednesday said that allowing non-locals to vote in the upcoming elections in J&K will be disastrous and will tilt the balance in favour of the BJP. Peoples Conference chairman and former minister Sajjad Lone said that allowing non-locals to vote in assembly elections will be as disastrous as 1987 rigging. The real aim is to continue ruling J&K with an iron fist to disempower locals,” MupDP president Mehbooba Muftiweeted.
The government medical college in Amritsar, which is one of the oldest secondary and tertiary medical care institutes of the country, seems to have failed in meeting the expectations of thousands of patients of north India, especially of the Majha region comprising Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and Pathankot districts, due to several shortcomings, including the acute shortage of super specialist doctors and support staff.