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The monsoon continues, leaving everyone guessing

The monsoon has decided to postpone its exit, leaving everyone including the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at their wits end. The persistent rains have not only chilled the weatherman’s forecasts, but also dampened the festive mood. Earlier last week, the IMD announced the monsoon retreat from Chandigarh by Wednesday. And as of Wednesday itself, it started raining in the city. Speaking about the confusion, IMD officials explained that a system had formed over the Bay of Bengal that was previously expected to last only as far as central India, but ended up being in our region as well caused rainfall. Now the monsoon retreat has been delayed by at least a week.

Leaky ceilings on

not so smart school

Although the Punjab Ministry of Education has upgraded the state-run Senior Secondary School in Lalru Mandi in Mohali district to a smart school, the roofs of eight classrooms have been leaking due to rain over the past two days. When contacted, Principal Parminder Kaur Chahal said, “We have not yet received a grant for repairs.” Surprisingly, the school board has left the furniture outside, even in the rainy weather.

Dogs hold ATM

safe in Panchkula

Last week, a video was widely circulated on social media of a cow sitting peacefully in an ATM vestibule, swatting flies with its tail while a man hovered above to withdraw cash. The clip is from Madhya Pradesh. Panchkula is no different. Dogs have been spotted guarding an ATM. The only problem was that this “guard” scared away customers along with thieves!

Mohali police not on

their best behavior

When police failed to control the crowd at the 20 September India-Australia cricket match, they resorted to Lathi, not sparing women and children, many of whom suffered minor injuries. Police, who claimed to be following their “best behavior”, even publicly abused women and kept many cricket fans out of the stadium despite having tickets in hand.

Doctors told how to do it

“Survive” PGI stay.

The Association of Resident Doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research conducted an orientation session for incoming residents on Saturday, followed by an interactive session with Director Vivek Lal. The ‘How to survive (or maybe enjoy) the stay in the PGI’ session aimed to make the stay less awkward. The new resident doctors were informed about life hacks, facilities such as sports, library, food and hostel; speed dial contacts; and emergency forums and helpline numbers.

Wi-Fi issues in PU hostels

Students at various boys’ homes at Punjab University have complained about Wi-Fi connectivity issues. Residents at some dormitories have called for Wi-Fi connections to be made operational. The problem has been raised several times by students, but to no avail. A resident of a PU hostel said that students face many difficulties in accessing the Internet in the hostel rooms, which affects their studies.

Contributions by Hillary Victor, Tanbir Dhaliwal, Rajanbir Singh, Mandeep Narula and Dar Ovais


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