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Playing the fiddle

Mayor Subhash Chawla is an avid Facebook user. Apart from commenting on events, he has also uploaded pictures of himself in different moods. One shows him cooking in his kitchen, while another depicts him enjoying some time at the Sukhna Lake getting his portrait made. Comments by him on House Tax also led to a debate in the cyber world. The BJP leaders meanwhile are having a field day over this, with one of the councillors quipping, "Nero fiddled while Rome burnt. This is the case here. While the MC is in dire states, the Mayor is busy on Facebook."

Glued to his seat

The two-day nation wide strike hit the health services at the tertiary care institute partially. On the second day, the contractual staff of the institute burnt the effigy of the medical superintendent of PGI outside the main gate. Interestingly, while this was going on outside, inside, the MS Dr AK Gupta himself was sitting glued to his chair in front of the CCTV cameras monitor in the control room in PGI watching his own effigy being burnt. His close aides said he was doing so to identify who all among the employees were enjoying the effigy burning the most.

Sidelined

After the charge has been given to the five DSPs who had joined the UT Police on deputation, there has been a buzz around the UT Police Department that the charges have been very fairly divided. However, there is a different clan of officers who feel that they have been sidelined. "This is just being biased about your own people," said one of the DSPs. The other side says that is is good that the monopoly is broken now.

Simplicity

While hearing a case regarding the status of national highways, Justice Rajive Bhalla asked an official of the National Highway Authority why they don't use simple words and that if grade level means ground level then why they must confuse others. "Tell me, if I say come to rectangle number 14 instead of room number 14, how will it be understood?" Bhalla was heard pointing out.

Missing in action

It has become routine for the Congress councillors to be missing from the events organized by the MC. The internal disputes in the party are stated to be one of the reasons for the same. This was visible at the Rose Festival when most of the BJP-SAD councillors were present, while the Congress councillors were conspicuous by their absence. The BJP leaders stated that while the Congress might be in majority in the House, outside, the party is nowhere to be seen.

Groping in the dark

Police personnel manning the control room at Panchkula literally grope in the dark after the electricity goes off. The police personnel have to put on the lights of their cell-phones to do the work. Police personnel say that they are working on a makeshift arrangement and the work for the new office in the Secretariat building has been going on for quite some time. The current PCR, which caters to the Panchkula district, does not have the facility to connect with the main generator that is being used to supply the light to the entire Secretariat complex in Sector 1 in the city.

Home ground

To the relief of senior superintendent of police (SSP) oper, he has finally received his salary after he managed to get his transfer orders revoked after nearly three months of lobbying. Though the SSP had earlier claimed that he had received his salary for the month of January, the officials at the section office had the paperwork ready which said that his salary has been blocked as per the orders by the Administrator.

Master Blaster in Action

As the India vs Australian Test Series gets underway, the cricket fans in the region are waiting anxiously for the third test match that starts at the PCA Stadium in Mohali from March 14. After Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar bid goodbye to ODI cricket, he will be seen in action during the third test match in Mohali, that will provide a chance to his fans to see him in action in whites. The contest between Sachin and the Aussies pacers will be intriguing and high octane.

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