Badal seeks central help to modernise Punjab Police
A day after union home minister Rajnath Singh lauded the role of Punjab Police in neutralising the three Pakistani terrorists at Dinanagar, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal urged the Centre to provide financial assistance to help modernise the state’s police force.
Interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of a function held to pay homage to freedom fighter Udham Singh on his 75th martyrdom anniversary here, Badal said, “The central government should provide adequate financial help to Punjab for the modernisation of the police force.”
Asked about Capt Amarinder Singh’s criticism of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government’s failure to act on intelligence inputs about the terrorist attack, Badal said, “The Opposition should not play politics on such sensitive issues. Constructive criticism is welcome to help solve problems.”
The function was held at the local stadium named after Udham Singh as the state-level public function was postponed due to the seven-day national mourning announced after the death of former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on July 27.
Wreaths were placed before the statue of Udham Singh by SAD MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and his son and state finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa besides Akali leaders Balwant Singh Ramoowalia and Gobind Singh Longowal.
Asked about a memorial to Shaheed Udham Singh, Badal said that the project was held up for want of a suitable plot. He asked Parminder Dhindsa and deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind to look into the matter.
The district U-16 cricket team lifted the Punjab Inter-District Cricket tournament trophy after defeating Patiala by 87 runs in the final test match held at Yadvinder Cricket Stadium, Mullanpur, on Wednesday. The Ludhiana team had a poor start after losing the toss as it wrapped at 107 runs in 52.1 overs. Armaan Walia faced 343 deliveries in 447 minutes, hitting a total of 25 fours. Khushmeet Singh and Vyom Chug took three wickets each against Ludhiana.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leadership on Wednesday set in motion the process of an organisational rejig in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.), replacing party's hugely successful general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal with Dharampal, a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh pracharak and other backward classes leader. Dharampal belongs to Bijnor in west U.P. and has an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad background. There is much speculation on who the party would now choose for the state chief's position.
As many as 31 new Covid cases were reported in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Currently, there are 226 active cases, of which 215 patients are under home isolation and 11 are undergoing treatment at a private facility. Ludhiana has so far recorded 1,12,860 Covid infections, of which 1,09,626 have successfully defeated the virus and 3,008 have succumbed to it. National Deworming Programme kickstarts Ludhiana The National Deworming Programme kickstarted in the district on Wednesday.
A three-day training on 'Best Management Practices for Shrimp Farming in Inland Saline Areas' was conducted at College of Fisheries, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), for 20 fish and shrimp farmers from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Course coordinator, Prabjeet Singh, said shrimp farming in salt-affected degraded lands had revolutionised aquaculture expansion in the north-western region of the country, with a huge profit margin of 3-5 lakh per acre in 100-120 days.
A mobile phone was recovered from an inmate of Ludhiana Central Jail during a checking by assistant superintendent of jail Jasveer Chand. The Division Number 7 police booked the accused— Sohail Khan of Giaspura under Section 52-A(1) of the Prisons Act for illegally keeping the cell phone inside his prison.