Navjot Singh Sidhu named Congress’ Punjab election committee chairman
The Congress on Monday constituted a 29-member state election committee in Punjab to be headed by party president Navjot Singh Sidhu. Assembly election to the state is due early next year.
“Congress president has approved the proposal of the formation of the Pradesh Election Committee of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, as follows, with immediate effect,” the party said in a statement signed by Congress general secretary KC Venugopal.
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi has been appointed as a member in the committee. Also, all Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs and all ministers in the Punjab government have been appointed as members.
The party has also appointed presidents and working presidents to 28 district-level committees in the run-up to the assembly election.
On December 6, the party constituted an election screening committee, comprising Ajay Maken, Chandan Yadav and Krishna Allavaru, with state in-charge Harish Choudhary, Channi, Sidhu, Sunil Jakhar and all Congress secretaries in-charge of Punjab as ex-officio members.
Besides, the party appointed Ambika Soni as chairperson of the election coordination committee, Sunil Jhakar as chairperson of election campaign committee and Pratap Singh Bajwa as chairperson of manifesto committee the same day. All the three leaders were also appointed members of the state election committee.
Former CM Rajinder Kaul Bhattal, party MLAs Raminder Singh Awala, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Shyam Sunder Arora, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Ajaib Singh Bhatti and Navtej Singh Cheema have been named in the latest panel.
Other members included HS Hanspal, Mohinder Singh Kay Pee, KL Sharma, Laal Singh Sr, Kuljit Singh Nagra, Sukhvinder Singh Danny Bandala, Pawan Goyal, Gurpreet Kangar, Hamid Masih, Raj Kumar Chabbewal, Balbir Rani Sodhi, Barinder Dhillon, Akshay Sharma and Nirmal Kaira.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.