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Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Punjab Chief Minister

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Congress leader and MLA Charanjit Singh Channi on September 20 took oath as Chief Minister of Punjab. Two Deputy Chief Ministers — O.P. Soni and Sukhjinder Randhawa — also took oath along with the Chief Minister.

Also read: Baffling to hear Punjab Assembly poll will be contested under Sidhu, says Sunil Jakhar

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy, with Congress leaders, including former party president Rahul Gandhi, State unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu and others, present on the occasion.

Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh skipped the event though he had extended his best wishes to Mr. Channi.

Mr. Channi, 58, is the first Dalit to head the government in the State. He was Technical Education Minister in the Amarinder Singh Cabinet. A close aide of Mr. Sidhu, he was among the ministers who had rebelled against Capt. Amarinder, expressing lack of faith in the former Chief Minister’s ability to fulfil the party’s election promises. He had attacked him on several issues — the Bargari sacrilege issue, failure to curb the drugs and transport mafias and other unkept election promises made in 2017.

Meanwhile, the turmoil in Punjab Congress seems to be far from over as former Punjab Congress State president Sunil Jakhar raised questions on the party’s strategy of going to the upcoming Assembly poll under the leadership of Mr. Sidhu rather than Mr. Channi, saying it undermined the Chief Minister’s authority.

Taking to Twitter, Mr. Jakhar said, “On the swearing-in day of Sh @Charnjit_Channi as Chief Minister, Mr Rawats’s statement that “elections will be fought under Sidhu”, is baffling. It’s likely to undermine CM’s authority and also negates the very raison d’être of his selection for this position.”

 

 

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Rahul Dravid all set to take over as full-time coach of Indian cricket team

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India’s batting stalwart Rahul Dravid is all set to take over as the national cricket team’s head coach following the T20 World Cup in the UAE, having agreed to the BCCI’s offer after initial reluctance.

“Yes, Rahul has agreed to coach the Indian team till 2023 World Cup. Initially, he was reluctant but it is understood that president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah had a meeting with Rahul on the sidelines of the IPL final where they were able to convince him,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“It won’t be an interim role,” he added.

Dravid’s trusted lieutenant Paras Mhambrey is expected to be the bowling coach while Vikram Rathour is likely to continue as batting coach.

However, it is understood that the BCCI will nonetheless give an advertisement for the position to ensure that due process is followed.

Having seen Ravi Shastri achieve a lot of success, the BCCI was always keen on appointing an Indian coach but there were only a few of stature.

One former Indian captain and stalwart had already refused to become the coach in the current team set-up as Virat Kohli still remains the Test and ODI captain.

It is learnt that bigger names were wary of coaching a team where Kohli had mostly called the shots till the Australia tour earlier this year. The dynamics have changed ever since as the team out-maneuvered a stronger Australia in the absence of Kohli, who was on paternity leave at that time.

Shastri was in charge of the team at a fee of Rs 8.5 crore and it is understood that BCCI is offering Dravid a significant hike, which will be more than his NCA remuneration as well as Shastri’s current pay cheque.

The basic idea behind having the Dravid-Mhambrey combination in the Indian team set-up is to ensure that in another two years, when the transition of this team happens, the changing of nucleus is smooth.

“Rohit will be 35 next year, Virat is days away from his 33rd birthday. Apart from them Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane are all fantastic players but at some point during next two years, they will be phased out.

“The players who are set to come in are mostly from the U-19 set-up. So it’s imperative that Dravid is appointed,” the source said.

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DC Ramban reviews arrangements for Eid -e-Milad-un- Nabi (SAW)

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Deputy Commissioner Ramban, Mussarat Islam today chaired a meeting of district officers and religious leaders to finalize the arrangements for the celebration of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).

Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Dherinder Sharma, Tehsildar Ramban and other concerned officers besides heads and representatives of religious organisations attended the meeting. SDMs of Banihal, Ramsoo and Gool, Executive Engineer JPDCL and Tehsildars attended the meeting through virtual mode.

The DC directed the SDMs and Tehsildars to ensure all adequate arrangements in their respective jurisdictions for the Eid celebration with due adherence to Covid protocols. He urged the religious leaders to ensure compliance of Covid SOPs by devotees participating in Eid congregations in their respective areas. He asked them to wear facemasks besides maintain physical distance.

The DC said that Covid is not yet over so the people need to adhere to the Covid Appropriate Behaviour in letter and spirit. He directed the officials of PDD and Jal Shakti Department to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply.

Instructions were also issued to the Health Department for providing health care facilities. Executive Officer MCs were directed to make cleanliness arrangements in the market, especially around the mosques.

The Deputy Commissioner also appreciated the efforts of religious leaders during the Covid 19 lockdown by spreading awareness among the people regarding vaccination.

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J&K govt orders reshuffle in civil administration

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Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday ordered transfer of an IFS officer and two JKAS officers in the civil administration with immediate effect.

Rahul Singh, IFS (AGMUT:2013), Divisional Forest Officer, Forest Division, Kathua, has been transferred and posted as Additional Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, on deputation basis, relieving Anup Kumar Soni, IFS, Divisional Forest Officer, Forest Division, Jammu of the additional charge of the post.

During his deputation, Rahul, the order said shall be governed under the standard terms and conditions of deputation as contained in Schedule XVIII of J&K Civil Services Regulation (Vol. II), 1956 read with SRO-192dated 28.5.2007 and he shall retain lien and promotion prospects in his parent service.

As per a separate order, Aiyaz Ahmad Naisroo, Secretary, J&K Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Tourism, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Besides, Malik Waseem Ahmad, Deputy Secretary to the Government, Power Development Department, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Tourism, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.
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