Before the Punjab and Haryana High Court closes for a ten day long break,lawyers are busy wooing their colleagues to cast vote for them in the upcoming Bar Association elections. Lunch and dinner parties,SMS campaign is already on to fetch votes. Thanks to the stiff competition between candidates who are equally popular in the High Court,no supporter is coming out in the open to lend support or campaign with one candidate. While lawyers (voters) speculate that it will be a tight election this year,candidates believe that whosoever wins,will win with a huge margin.
There seems to be to nobody left in the Panjab University management from whom the outgoing Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti would have not invited criticism. Displeased over an examination related issue,the V-C entered into such a heated argument with the controller of examination A K Bhandari that the latter tendered his resignation immediately. While Bhandari refused to attend to office and remained away for two days,the V-C had planned to appoint a new official. However,later some of the senators persuaded Bhandari to join back the office.
The admission season,which started at Panjab University last week,has brought trouble for the Chief Security Officer at Panjab University (PU). For,the operators at the computer center have included his phone number in the list of information helplines on PU’s website,by mistake,and the most of students have been coincidently ringing in at his number for admission related queries. Annoyed,the officer has now written to the head of the computer center to remove his number from list.
While Chandigarh Police was busy searching for a child,who had reportedly fallen into a nullah on Friday various ice-creams vendors tried to make most of the situation by placing their carts near the accident spot as a large crowd had gathered. The Police,who were in a fix and wanting to abandon the search operation as they had almost searched over three hours without any success. While the vendors enjoyed the sudden spurt in business,for the Police personnel it was adding insult to injury as they had conducted a similar search operation after a hoax bomb call,earlier that day.
Tricity jewellers held a protest in Sector 7 on Friday evening during the visit of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to the city,amidst heavy police presence,but jewellers conceded that this would not move the FM. “Only Mamta and Mulayam can do so,” said one. A jeweller offered a low,almost hesitant “FM hai hai”,but others rushed to silence him. “Why waste energy with all this shouting. We are shopkeepers,not farmers. If the police even shows us the lathi,you will see us run,” admitted another jeweller. But finally some of them managed to gather courage,and their shouts could be heard inside the seminar hall where the FM was speaking. He gave them no audience,though,and left the venue to soon fly out of Chandigarh.
Perturbed at the lack of cleanliness in her ward,councillor Asha Jaiswal stated that despite the residence of the Municipal Commissioner,the Mayor’s house as well as the house of other councillors being in her ward it was in a pitiable state. However,she observed that the route that the Commissioner takes from his house to the office has witnessed a change with the road being more clean. She requested the Commissioner to change his route everyday for the betterment of the ward.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal put the blame the youth for not being healthy about their food habits. At a function held recently at Western Command headquarters at Chandimandir,he said that the number of youngsters in the army from Punjab are decreasing,The youngsters these days prefer having pizzas and cold drinks,he rued.