283 challaned on Christmas in Chandigarh but none for drunken driving
Traffic police issued 283 challans in the city on Christmas, but surprisingly no one was penalised for drunken driving.
Last year, the traffic police issued 23 challans for drunken driving on Christmas night. The number was 93 in 2017.
Deputy superintendent of police Kewal Krishan said: “Nakas were set up across the city late till Wednesday night. Besides, 42 mobile nakas were also there to check traffic violations, particularly drunken driving. It was seen that people were moving around in cabs or with drivers so that they are not challaned.”
Road safety activist Harman Sidhu said this points to a change in how people of Chandigarh go out to party now. “Getting stopped at a naka is something that nobody wants. These days, calling a cab takes a few minutes and people of the city have started embracing this change. The harsher penalties in the amended Motor Vehicles Act has acted as a deterrent and people plan out how they’ll get back home when they go out,” he said.
Scientists from the Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour, said that things has not been in favour of the mango crop since its flowering time in March this year. Adding woe to the injuries have been the red-banded mango caterpillars which affected the fruits in their initial stage and continue to damage the crops, causing pre-mature falling of mangoes. This is the first time that mango farmers have experienced the impact of climate change, research wing, associate director, Mohammad Feza Ahmad, Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour added.
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Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday flagged off a bicycle rally in Sangrur district of the state as part of campaign against drug menace. “Bicycle rally against drugs in Sangrur on slogan 'Fight Against Drugs, Play And Read' in every house in Punjab. More than 15,000 youth joined the rally ... it gives us courage. Your government will not stop till drugs are eradicated,” the chief minister tweeted in Punjabi.
A partial shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar on Saturday on the call of separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the death anniversaries of his father Molvi Mohammad Farooq and senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone. Another local said commercial activities were also suspended in Khanyar, Fatah Kadal, Habba Kadal and Bohri Kadal areas.
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