Centre clears new political map
The final seal of approval on the new electoral map of India is imminent. President Pratibha Patil is set to issue the Presidential Order for redrawing boundaries and reclassifying the reserved category status of 499 parliamentary and 3,645 assembly constituencies in 24 states — in effect redrawing the country’s political portrait.
The constituency maps will be valid through 2026.
The existing constituencies were drawn up on the basis of the 1971 census. Subsequent changes in population densities created imbalances like in Chandni Chowk and Outer Delhi, both parliamentary constituencies — the former has 4.5 lakh people, while the MP from the latter represents 38 lakh people.
The delimitation exercise — based on the 2001 headcount — aims to redraw constituencies of a state in a way that the population of one is almost the same as the other. “This decision will pave the way for election to the House of the People (Lok Sabha) and the legislative assembly of each state on the basis of new territorial constituencies in the rest of India,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi announced on Thursday after the Cabinet decided to recommend notification of the report of the Delimitation Commission headed by Justice (retd) Kuldip Singh for 24 states.
The presidential order is likely to be issued in the second week of March after the poll process in the three northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland is completed.
Since the Election Commission would need about four months to change electoral rolls so as to match the new political map, there is a probability that assembly elections in Karnataka (slated for May) may be deferred and get clubbed with elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Delimitation will also force prominent politicians like Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to move out of familiar territories. Constituencies represented by both Patil (Latur) and Chatterjee (Bolpur) are going to be reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates in the next general elections.
On January 11, the Union Cabinet had exempted Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland from the delimitation process.
Compensation against land acquired for the Ambala ring road project will be disbursed to land owners from next week, officials of the district administration said on Thursday. “NHAI has already released ₹150 crore for land compensation. Further process for disbursement will be initiated by the district revenue officer,” said Kuldeep Chand, an official from the technical branch of NHAI's Ambala zone office.
While the first decade of 2000s began with the launch of several self-financed courses at Panjab University, envisaging them as money-spinners, not all courses have managed financial viability in the long run. University Institute of Applied Management Sciences and University Institute of Legal Studies are generating surplus revenue. Even in the next near, the income of ₹7.05 crore fell short of the expenditure of ₹20.55 crore.
Thieves broke into a house in Sector 8-C while the family was away at Shimla, and decamped with ₹3.5 lakh in cash and some gold jewellery. On returning home on August 10, they found the cupboards in their house ransacked and ₹3.5 lakh in cash, along with gold jewellery, missing. On The complainant, a retired bank officer's complaint, Jagdeep Singh, police lodged an FIR under Sections 380 (theft) and 457 (house-trespass) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector-3 police station.
Cheaper booze in Punjab has left the liquor contractors in Chandigarh in red, as Bacchus lovers have turned to neighbouring Mohali for their liquor fix. After the recent cut in liquor prices in Punjab under its new excise policy, liquor vend contractors in Chandigarh claim their sales have declined by 40% to 50% within days and unless, the tax rate in Chandigarh is brought on par with Punjab, the slump in their sales will continue.
A day after a 26-year-old lineman was electrocuted to death while fixing power lines in Mubarakpur, Dera Bassi, the police on Thursday lodged an FIR against a junior engineer with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. The junior engineer, Talwinder Singh, was booked under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. The deceased lineman, Mandeep Singh, was a resident of Sundran village, Dera Bassi.