Such is the disrepute 2G spectrum has brought to the process of auction,that the mere mention of the word ‘auction’ in a disputed case raises eyebrows. When the UT counsel offered to auction vends at night food street,a division bench wasted no time in taking a dig at the offer,you mean 2G!. Struggling to find a response,the lawyer could only manage a faint smile and request for an adjournment. The night food street has been shut owing to failure of the Administration to offer hygenic food at reasonable rates.
Who says police officers are not hospitable? The hospitality of the Punjab Police was at its best display when two senior superintendents of police and an inspector general of police were summoned by the Punjab and Haryana High Court,last week. Diet Cokes,mineral water,grilled sandwiches,disposable glasses and plates,all this and over a dozen junior police officers were lined up for their bosses outside the court room. While the two senior cops were busy chatting with each other,an SHO was busy serving his two bosses. Enjoying the sight were lawyers and litigants.
It is known that official mobile numbers are passed on to the next incumbents in the UT Administration for the convenience of public. A senior official,recently,received a call on his number and the person on the other side asked for ‘Raju’. The official politely told the person his name and that the number did not belong to Raju. As soon as he disconnected the call,the officer couldnt help,but ask,By any chance did the previous officer have a pet name,Raju?
With his job demanding travelling around across the world,Jose Tavares,Portuguese coach who trains children at Bhaichung Bhutia Football School,also knows the importance of picking up local dialect to make his work more convenient. On Friday,at the Sector-17 footballs stadium,Tavares showed his linguistic skills when he interacted with children in Hindi. He said,”jaldi jaldi,bhaago,aise” to make them more comfortable. Later,he was also seen indulging in local delicacies like chaat papdi.
Cheers to cheerleaders
In the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers held earlier this week,as the Chargers bus came out of the stadium,more than 100 fans were standing outside the gate. The fans were not waiting to see the players,but the cheer leaders. Security officials did not allow the fans to get near the cheerleaders. Later,some fans were also seen pleading the officials to allow them to get some pictures clicked with the cheerleaders.
On a lighter note
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badals sense of humour came to fore during cricketer Yuvraj Singhs felicitation function held in Chandigarh earlier this week. He asked Yuvraj in his (Yuvraj) mother Shabhnam Singhs presence,whether he wanted to marry in the near future? And also expressed how excited he would be to find his name on the guest list of his wedding. The remark left everyone in splits,especially Shabhnam,and left Yuvi embarrassed.
While the UT Education Department has happily sent back its head DPI (schools) Sandeep Hans to his parent state Punjab,the Independent Schools Association (ISA) seems to be upset with the officer’s repatriation. While the ISA had always showed resentment over his decisions pertaining to the implementation of the RTE Act,over the last one year,it is now concerned over the fate of the pending issues,including reimbursements to be paid to schools,which are likely to remain undecided for another few months till the new officer understands the set up.
Naming the chef
Hotel Mountview,recently,hosted a Chinese and Thai food festival spearheaded by its chef,Gopal Khadka. Before the food was reviewed for the feature columns,the reporter received a strange request from the hotel’s general manager – to write the chef’s name as ‘Michael’. On being questioned whether it was his real name or the boys in the kitchen referred to him that way,the explanation given was that the name Gopal didn’t ring well with Chinese fair and ‘Michael’ “suited” the profile better. The chef himself,however,showed no reluctance and we went by him.