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From Global Peace Fest to int’l flight, here’s what tricity is talking about

The shadow of war threatened to eclipse the effort of the local peaceniks organising an event called Global Peace Fest. Despite the TV anchors hyperventilating about the ‘mombattiwallas’, the peaceniks are holding on.

punjab Updated: Oct 01, 2016 12:58 IST
Arvind Chhabra
Tricity

Youngsters from 33 nations took part in the event.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

Amid talk of war, peaceniks hold on

The shadow of war threatened to eclipse the effort of the local peaceniks organising an event called Global Peace Fest. Despite the TV anchors hyperventilating about the ‘mombattiwallas’, the peaceniks are holding on. Youngsters from 33 nations took part in the event and they were involved in their peace discussions and conferences, unmindful of the tension pervading the air. The highlight of the conference was the girls from Pakistan who held their nerve and went about enjoying the trip. On a day when some newspapers and channels reported they might cut their trip short, they were actually travelling to Shimla.

Read | Pak women decide to stay put, visit Shimla

Tricity’s got wings

The residents of tricity have suddenly got global wings with the airport finally going international. They are flying to destinations like Dubai and gleefully posting their selfies on social media. On Thursday, Sector 44 shopkeeper Dinesh Malhotra posted a selfie with his wife and wrote: “Going to Dubai first time.” The couple followed up with a series of pictures during the next two days having fun in Desert Safari and other places. The other day, another localite Dr GS Kochar flew to Dubai to celebrate his birthday. With fares well within reach, the international flights have indeed opened new vistas for the residents.

Why has the IGP gone quiet?

UT inspector general of police (IGP) Tejinder Singh Luthra (HT File Photo)

Tajender Singh Luthra is an interesting inspector general of police (IGP).

“IPS officer-poet-author”—that’s how he describes himself on his Twitter account. But what all we want to know is why has he gone suddenly quiet? On social media, that is. He posted 17 tweets (including retweets) in the month of July. Most of these were able to engage a decent number of people as well. But surprisingly in the past two months he hasn’t updated his account. No post, no retweet.

Read | CAT says UT IGP acting above law; summoned on October 17

The Rs 3,500 challan

Sometime back the Chandigarh municipal corporation’s decision to challan cars parked at unauthorised places in Sector 17 had shocked the residents mainly because of the hefty fine of Rs 3,500. The rule was brought in to ensure that people park in the city’s first multilevel parking set up in the sector. The law is very much in force but they are not challaning many. Officers say they are going easy on its enforcement. “Our staffers are deployed at the no-parking zones and they request the drivers not to park in those areas. Still we do end up challaning a few offenders who don’t listen,” reveals an officer. Perhaps, the MC elections due in two months are a reason for MC’s soft approach.

Health is wealth

Many people believe that epipremnum aureum, better known as money plant, brings prosperity or wealth in one’s life. And people love growing them inside their houses in bottles. But suddenly the myth has turned on its head. The reason is dengue, transmitted through Aedes aegypti mosquito which breeds in clean water, including in money plant bottles. With awareness about the menace spreading among residents, they are destroying their money plants. It seems residents know that health is the biggest wealth.

Read | Chikungunya in Chandigarh: From lone case in 26 years, to 44 this year, so far

Income declaration scheme’s buzz

Surveys being conducted by the income tax department are quite a talking point in the tricity. The surveys increased particulalry towards the last days of Income Declaration Scheme, 2016, which ended on Friday. It allowed people to declare their income and avoid going to jail. Industrial units, shops, even educational institutions -- all are under the radar. The other day tax sleuths landed on the premises of chain of a prominent school in the tricity. 

arvind.chhabra@hindustantimes.com