Smile Please

The flagging-off of the new Shatabdi train by Union Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal witnessed a large number of Congress leaders and workers converging at the station to make their presence felt. As the Minister showed the green flag to the train when it was set in motion, the party workers waved Congress flags. An enthusiastic worker stated, "We have just come to see our leaders and have got pictures clicked with them." The start of a new train seemed to pale in comparison in importance.

Playing Tricks

The Panchkula Police has been successfully hoodwinking the media persons present outside the court every time MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary is produced for a hearing. During the hearing this week, a dummy Chaudhary was led away from the court as the court granted police remand. A similar thing had been done by the police when Chaudhary had earlier surrendered in court. Anxious reporters and photographers who have been waiting for some time outside the court had followed the dummy Ram Kumar to the court.

Flop show

This year's first auction of vanity registration numbers, which was recently canceled, owing to poor response, was a flop show since the beginning. Right from the onset, the failure of the event was palpable. So much so that right after the first number was auctioned which could only fetch Rs 3.5 lakh, some bidders who were standing for their turn to come had started saying, "This one is going to be a flop show." "It's out of the hands of the officials now," said one of them.

Rain Gods vs

Cricket Fans

Intense cold and rainy weather could not dampen the spirits of cricket fans in the region who were seen in full attendance at the Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula ticket-counters ahead of the 4 th ODI between India and England to be played in Mohali on January 23. Despite Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from ODI cricket, the fans in the region are all pumped-up for the match.

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