Badal’s words of wisdom to keep temper under control
At a recently held Sangat Darshan programme in Adampur assembly constituency, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was seen sharing his golden rules with none other than the villagers, who were almost wrestling with each other to share their problems with the CM. When an elderly man lost his cool narrating his tale of woes, Badal said in a lighter tone, “Why are you losing your cool? Is this how you talk with each other in the village? Talk politely.” The CM’s golden words made the villager realised his mistake and the next moment he was a picture of patience. Interestingly, with this incident, the Chief Minister shared his words of wisdom for all – ‘Never lose your cool. Relax.’
Surjewala’s Haryana love
Randeep Singh Surjewala, a senior Congress MLA from Haryana and former state Finance Minister, continues to be in love with Haryana affairs, though he has been appointed as the in-charge of AICC’s media unit. From time to time, he takes on the state government. There was a time when he used to be see either on the right or the left side of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. These days the duo are rarely seen together. It is being said that Surjewala is habouring the ambition of being the Congress’ face in Haryana.
AAP’s internal bickering keeps social media abuzz
The recent expulsion of AAP Punjab Convener Sucha Singh Chottepur by the Central leadership in Delhi over a sting operation left the social media abuzz with equal measure of support and anti-stand on AAP’s leadership. Though the target should have been Chottepur in this case, the social media confined its attacks on AAP National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. From funny posters to one-liners, it has been AAP all the way on social media these days.
Kinnow export a challenge
At a time when Punjab is all set to give a stiff competition to Pakistan on ‘Kinnow’- export during the coming season, the ‘unsatisfactory’ condition of cold chain infrastructure in the state has kept the government officers worried, who have been asked by CM Parkash Singh Badal, to work exclusively for Kinnow export. The major targeted export will be done on international markets such as Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Iran by ship routes. Though the state government has sanctioned a hefty budget of Rs 10 crore to Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (PAIC) to strengthen cold chain infrastructure, but it will not be possible to implement in days to come. Now, the export of 20,000 tonnes of Kinnows in domestic and international markets will be a challenge for the government in near future.
Chhotepur lends insight into Bhagwant’s mind
Recently-deposed state Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convenor Sucha Singh Chottepur minced no words when, the other day, he was asked by the media regarding the infamous sting operation and his take on Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann’s role in it. A visibly red-in-the-face Chottepur said that sometime ago, Bhagwant Mann, whom he described as a ‘druggie’ and an ‘alcoholic,’ had telephoned him and expressed his desire to jump ship from AAP as former BJP MP from Amritsar Navjot Singh Sidhu was poised to join AAP, thereby scuttling any move by Mann to project himself as the CM candidate for next year’s elections. Chottepur went on to state that Bhagwant was so anxious and agitated that he even suggested joining Congress or forming a new party as AAP was seemingly going nowhere.
Dhankar is in hiding mode
Haryana Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar is not hogging the limelight these days. He is seems to in hibernation. There was a time when he used to hitting the headlines almost everyday–whether at home or abroad. It is said that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Dhankar are having serious differences over the way post-Jat quota issues are being managed. Needless to say, Dhankar along with Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu were among those who had been tasked with managing agitating Jat leaders, but their way of doing things were not liked by many in the government. Since then, Dhankar is said to be feeling sidelined.
Govt’s election agenda
Eyeing the elections scheduled to be next year, the state government has listened to the voices of many establishments crying out to regularise their buildings constructed prior to 2005. In a recent notification, state government’s Housing and Urban Planning Department has given a relief to the building owners, who have constructed buildings before 2005, by relaxing the law for them. The matter in this regard was brought to the notice of the state government by Punjab Unaided Technical Institutes Association (PUTIA). However, the owners of these buildings have to pay the composition fee on building structure as fixed under this policy for compounding of their buildings as the Punjab Urban Planning and Development (Buildings) Rules 1996 were applicable throughout the state during 2005 to 2007.
Civic body works only for ‘khaas aadmi’
Whenever, wherever there is any platform to address the people, former BJP state president Kamal Sharma does not forget to describe the development of Ferozepur during his tenure as state president. He never leaves any occasion to tell the people that he is the only leader in Ferozepur who can develop the city as a model town in the state, but what happened this past Saturday, exposed the ground reality of the ‘so-called’ development. The last few days have witnessed non-stop rainfall in Ferozepur and a flood-like situation prevailed in almost all of the city. So much so, that entire streets were inundated, making it difficult for residents to venture outside. However, that did not deter Kamal Sharma as using his clout, he got the Nagar Council to bring draining machines to get rid of the water from outside and inside his house. Whoever said that civic bodies work for the betterment of aam aadmi’s lives didn’t know what he was talking about.
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