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The district police in Mohali seem to be facing threat from mobile phones.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 19, 2010 3:14:46 am

Mobile threat?
The district police in Mohali seem to be facing threat from mobile phones. It is evident from the fact that all visitors are asked to leave their mobile phones outside before entering the offices. Except for mobile phones,however,the visitors are neither frisked nor asked to leave anything else outside. So,the next time you wish to visit any Mohali district police officer,don’t carry your mobile phone. You may carry anything else.

Oh Captain,My Captain!
Captain Amarinder Singh has never minced words when it comes to expressing his disapproval. While voicing his opinion,he prefers calling a spade a shovel. But his recent expression of disdain or outright indifference (depending upon how one looks at it) was directed at a fellow party member. At a recent press conference,where Singh was speaking on the issue of water sharing between Punjab and Haryana,a journalist asked him to comment on some statements given by Captain Ajay Yadav,Minister of Finance,Haryana. Captain Singh responded,“Who is this fellow? Is he a minister?” Reportedly,Captain Yadav was not amused at the disregard shown to him by a fellow Congressman and Armyman.

Dog’s day out
Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla has been dogging the Centre to allow sale of anti-rabies vaccines at Jan Aushidhi stores,keeping in view the huge population of stray canines in the state. Irked with the authorities for not coming up with an effective mechanism to check the menace,she said at a press conference: “It is a dog’s day out there. In our country,you can kill a cow,goat,sheep,buffalo,but cannot touch a dog. When a farmer kills a snake in his fields,it is considered a step in self-defence,but he is helpless when a stray dog bothers him.” No doggerel intended,the concern of Chawla is not unfounded as her constituency,Amritsar,has earned the dubious distinction of recording highest number of dog bite cases.

Cat’s nap
Seminars and conventions are treated by many in the audience as the perfect place to catch up on sleep. Especially,the speakers during the post-lunch sessions barely get enough attention. This was evident at a recent function at PGI. Some of the overworked doctors and nurses could be seen taking a nap while the guests addressed the gathering. Maybe the PGI authorities should look into their demand for curtailing work hours.

Who has got the time?
While a few officers in the Chandigarh Administration have given in writing that they should be repatriated to their parent cadres,other senior officials are also cooling their heels in their air-conditioned offices and waiting for their deputation-tenures to come to an end. The officers,who are busy clearing the mess that their predecessors left for them,say “Who has got the time to launch any new project? Whatever we have,we are merely trying to consolidate the same. Let us complete our tenures and move back to our parent states. Enough of City Beautiful.” The Administration’s senior officials are busy these days preparing replies and answering a number of inquiries initiated by several Union government agencies on the controversial mega projects.

A ‘noteworthy’ adjournment
He may be good at arguing but the language used by a lawyer in an application seeking adjournment was noteworthy,if not praiseworthy. Consider this: “The lawyer is not in term (town) and is not keeping good body (health),so he shall be excepted (exempted) from individual (personal) appearance.” With a broad smile on his face,his junior appeared on behalf of his senior and asked for a short adjournment. When asked as to who had drafted the “masterpiece”,the junior lawyer confidently said,“my senior,your honour”.

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