Satta Bazar confused!
With the final date approaching, the Satta Bazar has also changed its previous betting offer related to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha polls results. Initially, the punters were showing Shiromani Akali Dal being decimated at nine seats but after the results of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), where the SAD (B) won 35 out of total 46 seats, there is a significant swing in the betting arena. Having realised that no one has the idea nearing the ground reality, the Satta Bazar has lowered the rate on SAD with also now offering relatively more to those showing the clear victory of Aam Aadmi Party.
Post-February 4, the candidates had run away to distant places, obviously to get detoxified after the hectic poll campaign that lasted for about a month. Many of them were totally disconnected with the general public as they wanted to give time to themselves and their family. But as the verdict date-March 11- is just a few days away, they are all returning to their home constituencies and resuming their meeting programmes. Interestingly, their absence had given time for the general voters and supporters to streamline their businesses which were all hampered for a month.
Ides of March
Anyone with a political affiliation in Punjab is now eagerly awaiting the date of election results, March 11, and have, therefore, completely ceased making predictions of their own victory in the state assembly elections. Reportedly, a journalist caught up with a senior Congressman and asked him for his take on how the elections would go in the state. Answering sharply, thereby throwing the mediaman off-guard, the seasoned politician retorted that can’t you wait a few more days to know the results, why are you so eager? Clearly, the tension of the election results is getting the better of people in the state.
Height of insensitivity
Employees of the Pediatrics Department of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, seem to have turned insensitive towards parents visiting there for vaccination of the neonatal. The woman staff posted here are often seen giving priority to their own works rather than attending to the parents holding their newborns. On Saturday, it was the extreme limit of insensitivity when two women employees, sitting there, told the parents to wait for sometime outside, giving reason that the ‘dealing hand’ was out for some official work. Interestingly, the ‘dealing hand’ was busy in doing massage to her senior colleague in one corner of the same room during duty hours, while the parents and their neo-natal were shifting restlessly waiting for the dealing hand to come. It was a surprise for all parents when after almost 15 minutes the same ‘dealing hand’ attended to them after finishing the massage work.
In the name of Saraswati
One must appreciate the commitment of Haryana government to revive legendary Saraswati river. Haryana needs water not only for irrigation and drinking purposes. Despite the Supreme Court’s favourable stand on SYL canal, nobody knows when and how the water will flow into it. Excavations along the river course at Kunal village in Fatehabad district have revealed remnants of pre-Harappan civilisation, which are said to be of more than 6,000 years old. Needless to say that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Archaeology and Museums Minister Ram Bilas Sharma are extending all support to the cause of Saraswati river.
Haryana government has devised different ways to promote quality in education. Here is another example. Haryana State Board of Technical Education (HSBTE) has decided to give a chance to candidates of Unfair Means Cases (UMC) of December 2016 examination, who were not satisfied with the decision of the UMC Committee, to appear before the UMC Appellate Committee on March 21 and 22, 2017. Instead of checking unfair means during examinations, the government is putting hapless students to a situation which is worse than an ordeal. Perhaps this is one of ways adopted the state government to make students realise the gravity of indulging in unfair means during examinations.
The Chandigarh Traffic police was forced to barricade a road leading to a Gurdwara in Sector 38 West, and regulate traffic on Sunday when people from all walks of life converged at this religious place to attend the Bhog and Antim Ardas of Dr Karan Sandhu, elder son of journalist-turned-politician Kanwar Sandhu. Not only people from media but also from different political parties and general public in large attended the last rites in thousands thus forcing the traffic police personnel to remain on their toes for almost four hours. The traffic police personnel were seen directing vehicles owners to park their vehicles systematically along the roads to avoid traffic congestion.
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