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Chandigarh Confidential: Bigger,higher

The new Haryana Year Planner 2012 is impressive indeed. For each day of the year,the planner gives you the time of sunrise and sunset,separately for Delhi and Chandigarh.

Written by Express News Service |
February 13, 2012 3:45:11 am

A weighty Haryana Planner

The new Haryana Year Planner 2012 is impressive indeed. For each day of the year,the planner gives you the time of sunrise and sunset,separately for Delhi and Chandigarh. Each page has an inspirational quote in the margin. On top of the page is a shloka from Gita in Sanskrit,with the English translation under it. A number of pages have small humourous illustrations. In all,a well-designed planner. The only problem is the weight — the planner weighs a good 1.5 kg (weighed on scale). One-fourth of it is devoted to information on Haryana’s history,climate,economy,manufacturing sector,tourist destinations,statistics and finally,pages and pages of the state’s achievements. On the back pages comes more information — the nutritive value of food items,both veg and non-veg,alcoholic drinks,nuts and even chutneys. This is followed by what food to eat and what to avoid. Phew. If only the planner had realised that a wise planner moves light.

The Lord’s PR via Haryana

The Haryana public relations department is turning spiritual. It now gives us information not only about the government but detailed knowledge about the celebrations organised by the local branch of Brahma Kumaris to celebrate the birthday of Lord Shiva. The effort is laudable indeed and it is to be hoped that the deeply spiritual department will now extend this exercise to all sects and communities. All the sabhas and the mahasabhas,it may safely be said,may now contact the director of public relations to disseminate information about their forthcoming religious congregations. Amen.

Pehalwani is tough

Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda is of slender build. But his enthusiastic coterie made him enter the arena for elections to the Wrestling Federation of India. Hooda Junior lost miserably. The CM’s son got politics on a silver plate,but not the “pahalwani” that is associated with his home district. For his coterie,the inspiration may have come from the fact that arch rival Om Prakash Chautala’s two sons have a strong presence in sports bodies. Abhay Singh Chautala is the president of the Haryana Olympic Association and Ajay Chautala,the national general secretary of the Table Tennis Federation of India.

The anxious wait

A little over two dozen lawyers and their friends or juniors are anxiously awaiting the next full court meeting,which is attended by all high court judges. For,the decision to promote lawyers to designated senior lawyers is to be taken in the full court meeting. While some candidates,vying for the gown of a senior,are keeping completely mum,others have already announced that they are going to be promoted as designated seniors. Each time a few clerks (of judges) are seen standing outside the court room of the Chief Justice,presuming it to be a full court meeting,munshis start calling up the candidates congratulating the lawyers on the “promotion”.

Autograph please

The hard work for top officials in the Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer office did not end with the January 30 Assembly polls. To their horror,the top 2-3 officials were stumped when they discovered that they would be required to personally sign around 5,000-odd authority letters issued by the Election Commission of India for the March 6 counting day. Interestingly,before the polls,Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Sidhu alone was asked to sign an almost similar number of authority letters that allowed entry to mediamen and other officials inside polling stations on the poll day. At that time,Sidhu had managed to delegate part of the momentous task to her junior officers. But even the division of work appears to have come as little consolation with these officials having to personally sign letters in excess of 1,500 each. Last heard,many officials were wondering as to why cannot the EC issue a common authority letter both for the polling and the counting days.

SMS time in PPP

His oratory skills overworked during the elections,People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal has now gone into the SMS mode. Mum is the word in the PPP camp as Manpreet is not taking telephone calls but only texting party leaders and workers. With the size of tumour in his throat having reduced following some rest,he has been prescribed to try silence to avoid surgery. But while his detractors in the both ruling alliance and the Congress see the silence as the dawning of poll reality,Manpreet’s aides describe it as lull before the stormy results. Another group that’s practising silence are Punjab’s babus. With no idea about which way will the wind blow,they are resorting to behind the scenes diplomacy. Those shunted out to punishment postings during the incumbent government are busy seeking out Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh while the blue-eyed boys of the ruling Akalis are hoping for green signal from voters for yet another shot at power.

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