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Punjab sets example: Shuns red beacon, announces job reservation for women

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Chandigarh, March 18: Bringing a major break-through in its maiden meeting here on Saturday, the newly elect Punjab Cabinet announced job reservation for women in urban and rural local bodies and restricted the use of red beacons on official vehicles by government officials inlcuding the Chief MinisterAmrinder Singh.

Announcing a big relief to farmers, the Punjab Cabinet has ruled out auction of farmers’ land owing to non payment of loans. The state has also promised to come up with a new transport policy.

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal told media after the meeting, “Punjab is the first state to give 33 per cent reservation for women in jobs, including contractual appointments, and 50 per cent reservation to them in Panchayati Raj institutions and urban local bodies.”

He also informed that the Cabinet has announced the setting up of a special Cabinet sub-committee to provide details on debt of farmers within 60 days to enable the Congress government to take further action.

Badal said the Chief Minister, ministers and legislators will no longer lay foundation stones of public projects and also not inaugurate them.

Even for big projects of Rs 100 crore, Rs 200 crore or Rs 500 crore, the names of the Chief Minister and ministers will not be displayed (on the foundation or inauguration stones). It will carry only one line — the project has been executed with the money of the taxpayers,” Badal said.

He said liquor quota would be drastically reduced and liquor vends reduced by 400 to 500 initially.

“We want to reduce liquor consumption by 50 percent in five years,” he said.

The first Cabinet meeting discussed 140 agenda items.

Promising to curb cartelisation and monopolisation of bus transport in Punjab, which was prevalent in the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government rule of 10 years, Badal said a new transport policy will be taken up at the next Cabinet meeting.

We will reduce our expenses and increase our revenue. In five years, we will make Punjab a revenue-neutral state,” Badal, the estranged nephew of previous Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, said.

The Congress leader said the mafia rule which he claimed was encouraged in the previous regime will end.

We will butcher the mafia operating in Punjab. No one in the mafia will be able to survive the state’s action,” Badal said.

The minister said all MLAs will submit lists of their property in the assembly on January 1 every year, including the Chief Minister and ministers.

“We will bring a strong Lokpal Bill in the assembly. This will be more comprehensive than the bill proposed by social activist Anna Hazare and his movement. This will include the Chief Minister, ministers and high officials,” the Finance Minister said.

Other decisions include scrapping of ‘halqa’ (area) in-charge system prevailing during the previous government’s rule, abolition of district transport office (DTO), fixed duty hours for police personnel, initiation of detailed police and governance reforms and setting up of degree colleges in every sub-division.

The Amarinder Singh-led Congress government assumed charge in Punjab on March 16 after the Congress swept the assembly polls on March 11, winning 77 of the 117 assembly seats.

Wefornews Bureau (with ANI inputs)

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4 killed, 22 injured in bus accident in Bihar

The incident occurred near Shankar Lohar village under the jurisdiction of Baheri police station when the bus was on its way to Darbhanga town from Biraul sub-division in the district, the police said.

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Darbhanga, May 20 : Four persons were killed and 22 others injured when a bus skidded off the road and turned turtle in Bihar’s Darbhanga district today, police said.

The incident occurred near Shankar Lohar village under the jurisdiction of Baheri police station when the bus was on its way to Darbhanga town from Biraul sub-division in the district, the police said.

The bus skidded off the road in order to save a motorcycle-borne person and turned turtle, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Darbhanga distrit, Manoj Kumar, said.

Four persons died on the spot, he said adding that out of the 22 injured, 12 were admitted to Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital with serious injuries.

The rest of the injured were admitted to Baheri primary health centre, the SP added.

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Delhi will be world’s most populous city by 2028, says UN report

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New Delhi, May 17 : The Indian capital will be the most populous city on the planet by 2028, says a new UN report.

Currently, Tokyo is the worlds most populated city, with an agglomeration of 37 million inhabitants, followed by New Delhi (29 million), and Shanghai (26 million). Mexico City and Paulo, come next; each with around 22 million inhabitants.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) report projects that by 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centres, highlighting the need for more sustainable urban planning and public services.

Owing to both demographic shifts and overall population growth, that means that around 2.5 billion people could be added to urban areas by the middle of the century, predicts DESA.

Most of the increase is expected to be highly-concentrated in just a handful of countries.

Together, India, China and Nigeria will account for 35 per cent of the projected growth of the worlds urban population between 2018 and 2050. It is projected that India will have added 416 million urban dwellers, China 255 million and Nigeria 189 million, said DESA, announcing the findings on Wednesday.

The report also estimates that by 2030, the world could have 43 so-called megacities (up from 31 today, according to reports) – those with more than 10 million inhabitants – most of them in developing countries.

These swelling populations will place extra demands on both resources and services in urban areas, notes the report.

Many countries will face challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations, including for housing, transportation, energy systems and other infrastructure; as well as for employment and basic services such as education and health care, said DESA, urging governments adopt better integrated policies to improve the lives of both urban and rural dwellers.

At the same time, linkages between urban and rural areas will need to be strengthened, building on their existing economic, social and environmental ties, the report concludes.

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Tejaswi accuses Nitish of supporting BJP`s ‘bare corruption’ in Karnataka

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Patna, May 20 : Senior RJD leader and Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav today fired a fresh salvo at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by accusing him of supporting BJP`s alleged democratic hooliganism and bare corruption in Karnataka.

Reacting on his official Facebook account to target the chief minister, Mr. Kumar said, Self-proclaimed crusader of morality and a person of conscience is silent on BJP`s alleged democratic hooliganism, act of snatching, mafiadom and open horse trading of MLAs in new India.

Carrying out his attack on BJP in the backdrop of latest political developments in Karnataka, Mr Yadav said, They are ready to feed but nobody is ready to eat, making an oblique reference to alleged attempt of horse trading in Karnataka.

Nitish is giving his full support to such bare corruption, he further remarks.

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