Punjab plans ordinance route for CM’s advisers

first_imgAmid the ongoing controversy over the appointment of six Minister-rank advisers to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the Punjab government on Thursday decided to bring in an ordinance to exclude adviser (political and planning) from the ambit of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952.The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held at Dera Baba Nanak that was presided over by the Chief Minister.No disqualificationAn official statement said the ordinance will amend the law to add these posts to the list of posts that are not considered office of profit for the purpose of disqualification of MLAs. With the amendment, these MLAs will not be disqualified.The Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, had been enacted in terms of Article 191 of the Constitution, to declare certain offices of profit as not disqualifying the holders of such office from being members of the State legislature.“Enacted in 1952, the Act has undergone minor amendments from time to time. However, such amendments have not taken into account the complexity of modern day governance. Further, these amendments to the said Act have not taken into account the reports and studies of various parliamentary committees which addressed the issue of office of profit. Therefore, the Cabinet felt the need to amend Section 2 of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952,” said the statement.The Cabinet also authorised the Punjab Governor to approve and recommend the draft ordinance for promulgation, said the statement.Six advisersThe Punjab government had earlier this month appointed six Minister-rank advisers to the Chief Minister. Five Congress MLAs were given the status of Cabinet Ministers while the sixth was given the rank and status of a Minister of State.last_img read more

Katie Holmes’ stunning photo shoot

first_imgKatie Holmes, the woman with a million dollar smile, got a new uber chic look for a lifestyle magazine, which was reportedly shot days before she parted ways with husband of seven years, Tom Cruise.Katie, who used to keep a low profile when she was with actor husband Tom Cruise, looked very impressive in the photo shoot for C magazine’s September issue.Katie Holmes has now shifted her base to New York and is enjoying her work and family time with her parents and Suri.In the magazine, she sports four different looks. In one, she is seen in a ballgown, while for another she is sporting unkempt hair and is wearing a loose white shirt. The cover has gorgeous girl in a little black dress with her hair left open and flowing.last_img