India worried by turmoil in Pakistan
India fears the political crisis in Pakistan after the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary is going out of control and the writ of the Pervez Musharraf regime is on a decline. And while the ability of the Pakistan government to engage with India and carry the composite dialogue process forward is not immediately affected, there is no question of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visiting Pakistan soon.
“The situation is not good,” sources said. “The political crisis is going out of control,” and this shows the (Musharraf) regime’s “inability to maintain the delicate balance”, sources said on Tuesday.
The fractured balance has shown up even in Lahore where Chaudhary’s supporters have been shouting both anti-Musharraf and anti-Altaf Hussain (head of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement) slogans. The MQM, an ally of the Musharraf government, was at the spearhead of the violence on Saturday in Karachi against supporters of Chaudhary, mostly gleaned from the leading opposition parties.
The composite dialogue process and engagement with Pakistan would continue, with talks on Sir Creek scheduled on Thursday and Friday (May 17 and 18) in Islamabad. “India has a broader policy imperative, which cuts across regimes,” sources in the government said. It was much more important for the Indian government to deal with Pakistan as a whole and not only the regime in power, which was why it laid so much importance on the variety of 'people-to-people' initiatives.
The Pune municipal Corporation, for the first time has awarded the tender of building an integrated project consisting of flyover, grade separator and a bypass road on a development credit note. This integrated project will be constructed at Gangadham chowk, Market Yard and will help ease traffic congestion on the Katraj Kondhwa road. The project was approved by the standing committee on August 6.
Even as the Pune Municipal Corporation withholds the findings of its survey of Balbharti-Paud road conducted a few months ago, residents are in no mood to relent with a fresh round of protests having erupted on Sunday. Sunday morning saw over 2,000 Punekars converge at the Apla Maruti temple, Vetal tekdi, to tie yellow ribbons to trees to pledge their support for the Vetal tekdi through the 'yellow ribbon campaign'.
The flow of traffic is required to be improved on six busy stretches in Lucknow by correcting road engineering faults, installation of traffic signals and implementing e-challan system as part of the Smart City Mission. Senior Lucknow police and traffic officials discussed the plan to streamline city traffic during a high-level meeting with UP government officials recently.
Three persons from Jharkhand were arrested on Saturday for allegedly duping a senior citizen to the tune of ₹3.94 lakh on the pretext of updating the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) of her bank account. The arrested accused were identified as Virendra Kumar Mandal, 31, Ashok Mandal, 30, and Rohit Mandal, 31. The victim then asked about the process and what needs to be done for updating the KYC. The victim followed the instructions given by the accused.
Even as MBBS aspirants are waiting for the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2022, medical colleges in the city and state are prepping their classrooms and labs to accommodate two batches of first year undergraduate students. UG-2021 exams were conducted in September and the results were announced by the National Testing Agency on November 1. The first year of MBBS will take place from February 2022 to January 2023.