Abroad for rickshaws!
Peeved at the callous attitude of the municipal corporation (MC) in not filing a response to a courts query on rationalisation of rickshaw stands,a division bench had inquired about the MC Commissioners whereabouts. The counsel appearing on behalf of MC told the bench that Commissioner V P Singh had gone to the US. Taking a dig,one of the High Court judges quipped,Has he gone abroad to learn how to rationalise rickshaw stands? Struggling to suppress a smile,the counsel replied in the negative.
Even as several sections in the city are crying hoarse over preserving Chandigarhs heritage,UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar is of the view that this is hindering the process of bringing about change. He stated that when the city was built,the technology was not that advanced. Citing an example of glass windows in his room,he stated that instead of small windows,one huge glass could be installed which would provide a better view of the outside. This,however,cannot be done. He also opines that there is not much to see at the Capitol Complex,which is termed a world-renowned creation of Le Corbusier.
It seems that Chandigarh Administration is totally unfazed by the fact that many official signboards painted black in the last few months by Baljeet Singh Khalsa have not been repainted or replaced. To name a few,the sign board in Sector 43,indicating the location of Chandigarh Judicial Academy,and the signboard of Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) in Sector 17,still bears the mark of the eccentricities of the man. While the Chandigarh Police have failed to arrest this menace,the UT Administration has also failed to repaint the signboards.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari,who was in the city last week to distribute licences to newly enrolled advocates,had to apologise for what he was attired in. The first thing he did when he stood to address the gathering was to apologise for his attire. He said,I apologise for my attire as I was travelling in my constituency and have come straight from there. I did not get the time to change. Dressed in a kurta-pyjama,Tewari perhaps felt he was in minority among those draped in well knitted suits.
Homework not done
The guest of honour at a recently held conference by CII proved that one needs to come prepared before addressing a huge audience,else it could lead to an embarrassing situation. The Punjab Secretary-Expenditure Department of Finance and Planning was asked to speak on Finance on growth. Giving a pause after every word,seemingly out of nervousness and then a long pause after a few words,he struggled,looked down upon a page,read a few lines and left the dais,apologising to the audience for having come unprepared.
Soothsayer from Pakistan
Narendra Modi will be the next Prime Minister of India. Making this prediction,a soothsayer from Pakistan sounded exceedingly confident about his forecast. Here to attend the CII fair,the Lahore-based palmist who claims to be an international astrologer has been visiting Chandigarh for the last seven years. Making another prediction about the forthcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections,he added: if Congress appoints somebody else,other than Rahul Gandhi,as PM candidate,the results may well be different.
The hustle-bustle created by the Karva Chauth revellers at the Panchkula markets turned out to be a nightmare for some. While the markets here,especially those in Sector 7 and Sector 8,remained jam-packed during the Karva Chauth week,people had a tough time driving their vehicles on these roads. Riders of two- wheelers were seen making their way through narrow market lanes,while car drivers were stuck for long periods in the traffic chaos.
Nostalgia in the air
As Panjab University celebrated its 133rd foundation day,it also gave a reason for various alumni of the varsity to come together after years. The emotions were high on stage on the first day,when old photos of student days of vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover were displayed by one of the eminent panelists,who was also his batch mate. Stirring nostalgia in the air,the photos almost left the V-C teary-eyed,who then listened to all the speakers intently,almost with a child-like look.
Leaders too busy
While on one hand PU rejoiced over the achievement of it being among the top most university of India,on the other it could not manage the presence of the top leaders in its most important event – the foundation day.
While,Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal had already expressed his inability to attend the function,UT Administrator Shivraj Patil also could not include the event in his busy schedule. On top of that,Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal also cancelled his visit at the last minute.
Food safety seminar held at PGIMER
CHANDIGARH: To propagate the message of food safety,a day-long training for all food handlers of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) was conducted at the School of Public Health on Sunday. About 200 participants attended the seminar where they were given a booklet on food safety and shown a comedy movie as well.
Dr Puja Dudeja,who organised the camp,said,Lack of trained food handlers can compromise the food safety in hospitals and thereby the health of the people. She added,When we talk about food safety,usually food handlers are blamed. However,not much effort is taken to focus on their training,nor are their grievances heard. Keeping this in mind,I organised a one day training for all food handlers of PGIMER.