Dhumal asks people not to be misled by Congress
While blasting the Congress party-led state government for bringing the state’s development to a standstill, former chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prem Kumar Dhumal has asked people not to believe the party or its leaders as they were just trying to fool them to regain their seat at the Centre.
He was speaking during his meetings with the BJP functionaries of Hamirpur assembly constituency as part of a massive campaign launched to take party’s policies and programmes to the grassroots level.
Lauding the BJP, Dhumal said the party’s government at the Centre had done a lot for the people and was heading towards creating new milestones.
The BJP leader said the central government was committed to find a solution to the One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue, but wouldn’t take such a vital decision in haste.
He said the decision on OROP was almost final and would be announced shortly.
Dhumal gave a clarion call to the party leaders to be ready for the next panchayati raj elections in the state and to fight the elections jointly.
He expressed optimism that with the blessings of the people, the party would be able to win more than 80% seats in the state during the elections.
Traffic snarled in Delhi as the national capital welcomed the first monsoon showers on Thursday morning bringing much-needed respite from the heat and humidity. The India Meteorological Department announced the arrival of southwest monsoon in Delhi, which usually arrives in the national capital on June 27 and covers the entire country by July 8. Social media was flooded with photographs of waterlogged roads, with commuters complaining about the traffic and some seeking help from police.
Delhi received its first monsoon shower on Thursday, providing relief from the scorching heat. Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police said, “As per the India Meteorological Department report, Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds would occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi. Commuters are advised to plan their journey accordingly.” Barapullah, Ring Road and ITO were among several parts of Delhi that saw heavy traffic due to incessant rainfall.
In the first major spell this monsoon, intense rain for two hours during peak office hours on Thursday morning left Chandigarh and adjoining Panchkula and Mohali towns waterlogged, leading to traffic jams. The India Meteorological Department classifies rain between 64.5mm and 115.5mm as heavy. Till 11.30am, Yamunanagar recorded the highest rainfall in the region with 73mm followed by Chandigarh 68.2mm, Mohali 55mm, Panchkula 49.5mm, Patiala 23mm, Ambala 15 mm and trace rain in Ludhiana.
Three members of a family and their driver were found dead late on Wednesday in Mumbai's Kandivali West, which the police suspect was a deliberate act by the driver who allegedly killed the three before ending his life.
Students of a prominent college in Bihar's Munger city were allegedly allowed to write exams using their mobile phone torchlight. The incident was reported from RD & DJ College, Munger on Wednesday when the power had tripped due to inclement weather and the college generator was not functioning either. Another examinee without disclosing his identity said, “The college and university here are playing a cruel joke with students.”