Auction of ideas
Giving repeated assurances that the UT Administration is serious in ameliorating the present condition of parking in Sector 17,the counsel for UT Administration sought time for brainstorming. The counsel added that the UT officials have to discuss a variety of ideasa mongst themselves. Taking a dig at the Administration officials,a division bench remarked,When will the auction of your (Administration official) ideas be?.
At the recent press conference organized by the PGIMER to share the inquiry report in Anupamas case,the PGI Administration was left speechless by the media.
What started as a regular press conference suddenly turned into a one way communication street as the director and his colleagues had no answers to give to any of the questions asked by the mediapersons.
As the conference progressed,the intensity of the questions grew stronger and the PGI authorities seemed more and more speechless. Towards the end of the conference,to every question,the director was nodding his head in agreement and was promising to do whatever media asked the administration to do in the case.
Centre of attraction
Earlier in the week,at the CGA function to honour Scottish Open winner Jeev Milkha Singh and Asian development tour winner Sujjan Singh,all the attention was on Sujjans two-month old daughter Serena. As Milkha Singh and his wife Nirmal Kaur greeted Sujjans wife and former golfer Irina Brar,all they talked about was Serena. While the Senior Milkha said the youngster would go on to be a golfer,Irina said it depends on Sujjan Singhs coaching. Later Jeev also met Irina and Sujjan.
At the Chandigarh Lawn tennis Association stadium,the noise made by 150 players and coaches in tandem trying to motivate and support the Indian olympics contingent reverberated across the stadium.
While most of the trainees present were unaware of why they had gathered there,all their doubts were dispelled when the national anthem was sung.
While most would vouch for Indians to win medals in shooting and boxing,the trainees sounded confident that tennis players would end up with a podium finish. That too when all the hype surrounding the animosity in the Indian tennis camp is threatening to burn everything in the way.
Even though the domestic womens cricket season is around the corner,the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA),has still not announced any date for the state camp for the Punjab womens probables or the team.
With neighbouring state associations (Haryana,Delhi and Himachal Pradesh) already in the process of conducting local district level tournaments in anticipation of the domestic season,it seems the PCA will lack the required preparations for the North Zonal tournament.
Such is the situation at the PCA,that its only present national level player Harmanpreet Kaur (who also happens to be Indias best batswoman and the vice-captain of the national team),has been training at the Mohali stadium with the boys.
No other state level cricketer has been informed or told to practice alongside her. With its casual approach towards the fairer sex,there might come a time soon when women will simply stop playing for Punjab.
When the usually garrulous Minister of Human Resource Development and Minister of Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal was in the city recently,he was unnaturally taciturn. A guest at the convocation ceremony of a research institute,he chose to begin his address by saying that he had little advice to give them.
Moreover,to the repeated questions by the media about Anna Hazares fast,he maintained complete silence,only saying that he had absolutely nothing to say this time.
Study till the last breath
Volunteers of the World Foot March for Environment Protection who had arrived in the city recently were of the opinion that with trees getting cut and increased pollution in the environment,school students will soon have to carry oxygen cylinders on their backs in place of school bags.
Their optimism in envisaging that even at the brink of such environmental crises,children will be going to school is noteworthy and that is probably why they themselves plan to set up an institute for disadvantaged children.
All for a chair
The Teej celebrations organized by the Municipal Corporation witnessed drama with the chairs for the senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor being missing. While the chairs of the Mayor,Commissioner and other officials and even former Mayors having been allocated,the two were left stranded and left the venue in protest along with another councillor. This is not the first time that there has been problems with chairs in the functions of the civic body. A nominated councillor had earlier protested when her husband was asked to vacate a chair during the Rose Festival.
The councillors of the Municipal Corporation have forever been raising the issue of lack of powers with the elected representatives. The issue came up for discussion once again when a Parliamentary Standing Committee visited the city. From lack of remuneration to no executive powers and the oft-heard refrain of officers not listening to them were discussed. The councillors are hoping that this time their pleas will be heard.