Modi govt has failed to set any development agenda: Bhattal
Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said here on Wednesday that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Centre has been an absolute failure as it has failed to set any agenda for the development of the country.
Bhattal said that the Prime Minister is busy in his foreign tours and has no time to solve the problems of his own countrymen. She said it seemed that Modi has become the PM of the world rather than of India.
The Modi government made tall promises before coming to power, but was now only working for the benefit of a handful of industrial houses, Bhattal added.
She claimed that the PM was spreading false propaganda that no money was left by the previous UPA government.
Bhattal said that due to the Modi government's anti-people policies, Punjab has also suffered on the development front. Even the Badal government failed to get a special economic package from the BJP-led NDA government.
She said it is really unfortunate that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has been compelled to clarify that the BJP was part of the cabinet meeting which took the decision to levy entry tax on sugar in the state. She said that the BJP had reportedly alleged that the party was kept in the dark on the decision.
Owing to continuous rain, educational institutions in several parts of Karnataka will remain shut on Thursday. Top officials in the 4 districts of Karnataka - namely Udupi, Kodagu, Hassan and Uttara Kannada -- have declared holiday for Anganwadi schools and colleges amid the 'red alert' issued by the weather department. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted extremely heavy rain, ranging above 204.5 mm for these 4 cities.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.