Sukhbir Badal apprises Gadkari of road projects
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday said union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari had assured him of approving, upgrading and constructing various national highways and other roads in the state at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore.
Sukhbir said the minister also promised to initiate pending road projects after meeting senior officials and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) at the earliest.
Sukhbir called on Gadkari in New Delhi and discussed the pendency of road projects vis-à-vis pending wildlife clearances with the ministry of environment and forests.
The deputy chief minister requested the minister that the Phagwara-Rupnagar national highway also be considered for four-laning under the NHDP for facilitating the traffic, fostering agricultural development and providing high-speed link to the state capital.
He informed the minister that traffic on the road had increased manifold and with the upcoming of the international airport at SAS Nagar, traffic on the road was expected to increase further.
Sukhbir said that after hearing the demands, Gadkari assured him that the union ministry would clear the projects at the earliest. Sukhbir said he had also asked Gadkari to consider the Ring Road project around Ludhiana city.
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to notify the Uttar Pradesh Jail Manual 2022 to replace the one that came into force during British rule in 1941, and has been amended several times since. It classifies the state's prisons into four categories with inmate populations ranging from 1,000 to 2,000. Pregnant women will be given additional nutritious food. Jails will have playing areas for children with mothers held in prisons.
A day after the body of a six-year-old girl was recovered from a deserted place near a drain in Panipat city, the police arrested a 40-year-old migrant labourer for the rape and murder of the girl. The police said that the accused, Ishwar Singh belongs to Chamoli in Uttarakhand, and he was living in Panipat for the past 15 years as he worked at a dhaba there.
Despite enhanced security across Kashmir, militants managed to carry out four back-to-back attacks in the past three days, including three grenade attacks and a targeted killing which left two policemen and a civilian dead and three others injured. Though officials claim that Independence Day remained almost peaceful without any major incident, the grenade attacks sparked concerns over security. Militants on Tuesday attacked two cousins belonging to Hindu community at their apple orchard in Shopian.
More than six portals allegedly peddling fake news and maligning the image of Jammu and Kashmir government were banned in Ramban district on Tuesday, an official order said. The portals banned included United News Urdu, VD News, News Verse India, Current News of India, News Bureau of India, Today News Line and CHRT News Sangaldan. These were operating without any registration or permission from the competent authority, the order said.
A 13-year-old girl died while three others sustained injuries when a high mast light being installed at Chaurashi temple complex in Bharmour town of Chamba fell on them, officials said on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Pariksha Devi of Bhaderwah in Jammu's Doda. Injured Anjill Singh, his son Advik, and a woman identified as Anita Minhas have been airlifted to Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College in Tanda.