Last week, when more than a 100 Indians from Ebola-hit Liberia were scheduled to arrive in Delhi and Mumbai, journalists, camping at the Delhi airport for the arrival of suspected cases, pounced on several passengers unconnected to the scare. One such passenger, wearing a surgical mask and being taken out in a wheelchair, happened to be undergoing treatment for cancer. Then, there was a group of students from Nigeria, studying at a university in Chennai. It turned out, they haven’t been to their home country in months and were travelling to Delhi for a project. Similarly, a group of tourists from China got into an argument with the journalists after they were greeted with flashing cameras. Finally in the evening, four Ebola suspects were taken in an ambulance to the airport isolation facility.
An accused in the Delhi University admission racket, busted last week, gave investigating officers a tough time when he claimed he could not remember the names of students whom he helped get admission by using fake papers and certificates. After several hours of questioning, the accused, Arvind Yadav, disclosed 13 names, but claimed he could not remember more. Yadav then asked for a glass of milk and some tablets, which he said would help him remember the names.
At a recent meeting of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, attended by BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay, councillors were advised to avoid having members of their families as personal staff. But, Congress leader Mukesh Goel pointed out that even after the suggestion, most BJP women councillors were carrying out their official duties through their husbands. “You can check the Independence Day photos and see for yourself that your councillors are missing and their husbands are attending the official functions,” Goel claimed.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh vardhan, the chief guest at the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana at the Delhi Secretariat on Thursday, said many people called him to find out where the function was taking place. “But then they realised that permission was required to enter the Secretariat. These people were very excited to be part of the event but could not as prior permission is required to enter the Secretariat,” he said in his speech. At the same function, a special mention (followed by a round of applause for him) of D M Spolia taking over as Chief Secretary from S K Srivastava was made. People wanted to know what had become of Srivastava, but no information was forthcoming.
‘Camaraderie’ between counsels
A judge, hearing an anticipatory bail plea in a high-profile case, said she was amazed and surprised at the ‘camaraderie’ between the counsels defending different accused in the same case. The observation came when the counsel for one accused was offered help by the counsel of another. The judge said she had never seen such camaraderie between Bar members fighting the cases of different clients.
Blazes stretch firemen
When fires broke out in Connaught Place and Chandni Chowk’s Kinari Bazaar this week, nearly 22 fire-tenders were deployed. The same night, a fire broke out at a furniture shop elsewhere. Three fire-tenders were rushed there. An officer at the fire control room exclaimed, “Today was a busy day. Three fires broke out on one day. Thank god, the blazes did not start at the same time. Had the blazes started simultaneously, we would have been in deep trouble considering the resources and manpower we have.”