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On a lighter note

Even if not done, at least it can be made to appear that justice has been done. Interacting with the lower court judges of Punjab and Haryana, a Supreme Court judge, on a lighter note, "advised" the Judges to give the lawyers and clients a patient hearing. The Supreme Court judge suggested that even if the judges cannot hear, they can pretend to be hearing the arguments of the case. By this, the Apex Court Judge opined, lawyers and clients feel contented that they have been heard. The "advisory" was given during the concluding day of a conference on "Administration of justice: issues and challenges".


The young generation, it seems, have forgotten the sacrifices made by Guru Tegh Bahadur. An independent research carried out by Panditrao Dharennavar, assistant professor at the PG Government College has revealed certain disconcerting results. The research was carried out on youth hailing from Chandigarh and Mohali. The research has revealed that only 11 per cent of the interviewed people are aware of the name of the person who carried the head of the martyr from Delhi to Sri Ananandpur Saheb.

Only 9 per cent of people are aware of the name of the person who burnt his house in order to cremate Guru's body. Out of 500 respondents only 10 per cent of people know the fact that Guru Tegh Bahadur was ninth Guru of Sikhism.

Only 11 per cent of the people polled by him knew Guru Tegh Bahadur meditated for over two decades. Although 60 per cent people are aware that Guru Tegh Bahadur sacrified his life of humanity, only 18 per cent of people are aware the Guru was the son of Guru Hargobind. Gurudwara Rakab Ganj, Delhi which was in the news recently where two groups clashed, was the same place where the Guru's body was burnt by Lakhi Shahi Vanjara but now it is known as Rakab Ganj and only 18 per cent of people are aware of its history.

Unhappy with the ignorance of the Guru's life revealed by the results of his research, Panditrao has decided to speak about Guru Tegh Bahadur ji for 12 hours on November 24, the day of the latter's martyrdom.

Panditrao is originally from Karnataka but he has learned Punjabi and has written eight books in Punjabi.

City girl honoured

City girl Aishna Vashishth was honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee with the 'National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement 2012', for her excellence in the field of dance. Comprising of a silver medal, citation, certificate and cash, the award is given by the Ministry of Woman and Child Development. Vashishth, who is a special child with 90 per cent hearing loss, has not let her disability be a roadblock for her. Her forte is Bharatnatyam, apart from western and folk dances. A Class VII student of Sri Harkrishan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 D, she has shown potential in the field of sports and painting. She has earlier won the 'National Bal Shree Award 2010'.

Tit for Tat

Free parking passes to councillors, officials and the media was a much-debated issue in a recent meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation. All the passes issued this year were canceled after a controversy over the large number of passes distributed.

As the issue was discussed, some councillors were against giving passes to the media. One of the reasons for the councillors' reluctance was that due to the stories constantly done by the media against their study tours and these being termed futile the councillors had not been able to go anywhere this year.

Identification crisis

On the final day of the CLTA-AITA open men's and women's tennis championship played at the CLTA Stadium, the audience had a hard time identifying the Sood brothers - Lakshit and Chandril. Since they are twins, have the same build, and play the same kind of game, more than enjoying the game, the audience was seen enquiring bemusedly about which of the two brothers was winning the final match.

A day before the final, the two brothers had come together to annex the men's doubles title. However, confusion was bound to arise, especially to those who have never followed the game closely. Only when the name of the winner was declared and Lakshit waved that the audience came to know who the actual winner was.

Useful translator

After having produced the accused of the PGI's MD/MS exam leak scam, CBI sleuths were heard joking that suspended city SP Desh Raj and dummy candidates should be kept in nearby cells in the Burail jail. This, opined CBI sleuths, is because in this way Desh Raj's help could be taken to interrogate the accused involved in the PGI paper leak case.

No Show of the dignitary

The recently concluded annual IT conclave of the UT administration had its own embarrassing moment, that too at the time of the inauguration, while everything was set for a gala opening, with all participants in place,organisers working out last minute details, all officials of Punjab government and UT administration waiting for the UT administrator to come and inaugurate the mega event. However even after an hour of waiting there was no sign of the dignitary. Finally, after an hour and a half, some of the participants started to leave, much to the embarassment of the organizers.

Mind your language!

Spelling errors can give a statement an altogether different meaning. A case in example is the recent press release issued by a well-known private school announcing that one of their students had won a silver medal at the Asian rowing championship in China . A matter of pride for any institution but the glaring mistake of spelling "bagging a medal" to "begging" in the subject of the release by the PR department gave us reason to boo rather than cheer.

Coat Unquote

This is one of those regular Joe jokes that bring a smile on one's face every time it happens, (and trust us, it did take place). A fellow scribe from another English daily was entrusted with the task of a news story for which she had to get in touch with the members of the Punjabi Department, Panjab University.

She brushed up on her Punjabi speaking skills, got the number of the person concerned and braced herself for a Q&A. The line clicked and a voice answered on the other end. "Sir," she introduced herself and said, "we wanted your quote..." Before she could finish the sentence or brief him on the story, the jolly good fellow shot back in humour, "Coat? You can have pant, shirt, tie...whatever!" Ah, the wardrobe woes of English vocabulary.

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