In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections,it is the economically weaker section that is being given special attention by all political parties in the city. While BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan is busy visiting colonies and also courted arrest during the demolition of Colony Number 5,the Congress contributed by announcing new bylaws for this section. With the colonies and slums comprising almost 30 per cent of the vote-bank,several incentives are being offered. Little consideration seems to be given to rest of the city.
The bonanza offered by the city politicians to strengthen their vote bank was questioned by the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the resumed hearing of a petition concerning encroachments in the Sector 26 vegetable market. The Bench was referring to a slew of decisions taken by the House to appease rickshaw pullers,hawkers etc. The division bench advised the Administration not to give a knee-jerk reaction to Court orders. We do not want our decisions to have seasonal effects, the Bench quipped,making it clear that implementation of Court directions should not be ephemeral.
In the interest of justice
At a recently held National Lok Adalat,the court rooms at the Chandigarh district courts transformed into a friendly place. While the litigants felt at ease to put forward their grievances,judges walked the extra mile to lend precious advice as friends. In one such incident,a gentle act of putting the child in the arms of his father settled a divorced case. The warring couple that was contesting for legal separation was almost in tears when the judge picked up the child and put him in his fathers lap,following which the couple withdrew the case.
Besides maintaining a close vigilance on the mischief mongers and trouble makers,the Panchkula-Ambala Commissioner of Police,Rajbir Deswal,is a vigilant cop. As proclaimed at a recent press conference,Deswal said,I always cooperate with the media even when it means going to the extent of capturing self-videos on my cell phone and sending it to the electronic media to give them news bytes in case of late-hour developments. This was in response to a complaint made by mediapersons about the non-friendly attitude of Panchkula police officials.
With elections to Panjab University Syndicate just a week away,the number of meetings of professors happening everyday on the campus has also increased. Members of the Senate as well as the Syndicate who were rarely seen earlier,are now spotted quite often on the campus premises,holding discussions in groups. Well,with elections round the corner,it seems more such re-unions are in the offing.
As the current semester comes to an end in most of the departments at Panjab University,the exam fever has also caught up among the students. With students busy with group studies interspersed with coffee and paratha breaks at the student centre and late night study hours at the AC Joshi library,one thing is sure – the campus buzz refuses to die down even during exams!
Not so easy
When drug lord Jagdish Bhola was remanded to judicial custody by a Mohali court last week,many people in the courtroom,including Bholas lawyers and family members,heaved a sigh of relief. A moment later,they were jolted back to reality after the police forwarded an arrest warrant in another case,which allowed them to retain Bhola in custody. Wont let him off that easily! muttered the Investigating Officer under his breath.
On Tuesday evening,a rumour about the office of a judge being raided spread like wild fire across Mohali,with even senior lawyers and district officials calling each other to find about the raid. The next day,it was found that it was a shop called Jhajj which had been raided by the Income Tax officials. The shops name Jhajj was misconstrued as Judge.
Unprepared as always
With notice boards missing and no help desks or office counters to provide information regarding entry-level admissions,government schools dont seem to be prepared for the admissions till now,while they claim that there are no takers till the month of March.
With CCTV cameras installed at various spots and security guards deployed at almost every nook and corner at PGI,the citys tertiary care institute,claims of tight security arrangements. However,sadly an attack on PGI employee in front of security guards has put a question mark on this system. A station supervisor was stabbed six times with a sharp-edged weapon in his head and that too when security guards were standing nearby. Neither did they get hold of the attackers,nor did they make the effort to note the registration number of the motorcycle on which the miscreants came. On top of it,there was no CCTV camera found installed at the New OPD gate.