Thursday, May 8, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S




Swear; renounce; forswear

If you abjure something such as a luxury or a way of life, you state publicly that you will give it up.

It was difficult for him to abjure the luxuries of life, as demanded by the swami.

The firm decided to abjure the policy it had been following for a long time. It was not yielding any profit.



Hate; detest; loathe; abhor.

If you abominate someone or something, you dislike it very much.


It was not possible for the school authorities to put the two of them in the same room during the trip to Ooty. They abominated each other.

She always thought she abominated Srijan, but she was actually always in love with him.


Confound; mystify; puzzle.

If you are baffled by something you cannot understand or explain it, or think of a solution to it.


She was baffled by the gravity of the situation.

he students were baffled by the complex equation.

She was baffled by his refusal to marry her.



Chastise; scold severely.

If you castigate someone you criticise him severely.


He castigated me for having prepared such a lose report.

The teacher castigated the class for its poor performance.


Pain in the neck


Nuisance; something or someone that annoys one.


No one ever wanted to attend the party with her: she was such a pain in the neck.

My little cousin would just not let me concentrate during examination. He would go about the house, playing havoc. What a pain in the neck!

Rule the roost


Be in command.


Unfortunate it may be, but the fact is that the corrupt rule the roost in our land.

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure




Improve summoning of witnesses: court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
Taking a serious view of the prosecuting agencies’ failure to secure the presence of witnesses in criminal cases, Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjab and Haryana’s Directors General of Police, besides Inspector General of Chandigarh Police, to issue instructions for improving the functioning of the criminal courts as far as the summoning of witnesses was concerned.

Issuing the directions on a petition filed by an Amritsar resident challenging the closure of prosecution evidence following the failure of the prosecuting agency to produce official witnesses, Mr Justice Dutt directed the Directors-General and the Inspector-General to instruct all police officers not to avoid “effecting the service of summons by making request for adjournments to the courts”.

Mr Justice Dutt further directed that instructions should also be issued by heads of the police force requesting all officials, served for appearance, to be present in the court on the date fixed, lest disciplinary proceedings were initiated against them.

The Judge added that necessary instructions should also be issued to the District Attorneys and Assistant District Attorneys for examining the list of witnesses to be produced by them. They should scrutinise the list with a view to looking for cases in which the filing of affidavits would serve the purpose. An attempt should also be made by the Attorneys to file the affidavits, along with the challans, for enabling the defence counsel to indicate whether the witnesses were required for cross-examination.

They may also be requested, if possible, to analyse and give tentative dates regarding the commencement of the examination for avoiding “unnecessary presence” of witnesses. The Attorneys should also identify the witnesses to be examined so that time was not wasted by effecting service on “unnecessary witnesses”.

“Separate staff should also be sanctioned at the district headquarters under the supervision of gazetted officers, Superintendents of Police (Detective) or Deputy Superintendents of Police (Headquarters) for the service of summons both inside and outside the districts. 


HC notice to Admn

Chandigarh,  May 7
Taking up a petition filed by a Naya Gaon resident claiming that countryside dwellers had been ignored by the authorities, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion to the Chandigarh Administration and other respondents.

In his petition, Dr B. Singh claimed that the villages had been ignored, while towns were being planned after “uprooting the villages”. He had added that the houses of the poor villagers were being acquired and demolished even though they were protected under the law. He further stated that the villagers, whose houses had either been demolished or acquired, should be compensated.

Suggesting a solution, he asserted that planning should be done in the villages without acquiring the land. The roads, meanwhile, should be developed by the villagers or the Panchayats.

Notice to Haryana: A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion on a petition challenging a notification issued by the state of Haryana directing levy on professional consultancy services.

The notice was issued for May 14 by the Bench, headed by the Chief Justice, Mr B.K. Roy, on a petition filed by Panchkula lawyers. The lawyers, in their petition, had contended that the notification was issued on January 12, 1999.


Bawa's remand extended: The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr H.S. Dahiya, has remanded president of the Himachal Pradesh unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) Amarjit Bawa in judicial custody for 14 days. He was later sent to the Ambala jail.


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