Casteist remarks: Bittu tenders unconditional apology
Chandigarh Ludhiana Member of Parliament (MP) Ravneet Singh Bittu on Monday tendered an unconditional apology before the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes. Chairperson of the commission Tejinder Kaur said that in his written explanation, Bittu tendered an unconditional apology, and clarified that his intention was not to insult anyone.
“If my statement has hurt anyone’s feelings, then I offer an unconditional apology,” Bittu has said in his apology.
Speaking to media in New Delhi, Bittu had objected to the handing over of Chamkaur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib assembly constituencies to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for 2022 assembly polls, as part of their pre-poll alliance. Dalit organisations had taken offence at his statement.
In a bid to identify issues faced in 1,000 community toilets, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, the Delhi government's slums management agency, is seeking the help of college students to carry out a survey at toilets run by the agency in the city, and also identify problems faced in nearly 800 night shelters. With the survey, the agency aims to identify beneficiaries under the slum and JJ cluster rehabilitation policy of the Delhi government.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut – under fire from his party's dissident faction for calling them 'living corpses' – on Tuesday, tweeted out a one-liner that contained the phrase 'chalti firti lashain' (moving dead bodies), in what seemed a dig at the rebel group. 'Jahalat', an Urdu word, roughly translates to being unknowledgeable/stupid. The full translation, therefore, reads: “Stupidity is like death, and fools are walking corpses.”
The Centre's Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the armed forces has evoked mixed responses ever since it was announced by the government. There is now disappointment among group of trainers and coaching institutes in Bihar engaged in mentoring students for their career paths. Rahul Kumar, who is from Ujiarpur (Samastipur), is a trainer for Army job aspirants. An Army job aspirant Ajit Kumar said the passion for the job was the main driving force.
The monsoon's arrival in Delhi has been delayed, with rains not predicted to begin for another few days after it was initially predicted that it will keep arrive by its usual onset date of June 27. Showers are expected from Wednesday, and conditions are favourable for monsoon clouds to sweep in over northwest India, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday. The southwest monsoon usually arrives at the capital on June 27.
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday laid foundation stones of projects worth ₹112 crore in Bilaspur district on Monday. Addressing a meeting at Ghawandal Chowk, the CM announced that a government degree college will be opened at Swarghat in Naina Devi assembly segment. The CM said the government will take over Shakti Senior Secondary School, Naina Devi and open a Primary Education Block office in Naina Devi.