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Delhi Underground: Food for thought

When a police officer ordered a plate of dhoklas calling it as our national food.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 17, 2015 1:45 am
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A police officer, while briefing a group of journalists on the recent murder of a prisoner inside the Tihar jail, ordered a plate of dhoklas. When a journalist asked why dhoklas, the officer said, “It is our national food now.” “And if I refuse to eat,” the journalist asked.“It will surely amount to treason,” the officer said in a lighter vein.

BJP-Cong slogan war
During a meeting of the North municipal corporation, Congress councillors entered the House wearing black bands and raising anti-BJP slogans over what they termed delay in release of pension. Mayor Ravinder Gupta said they should give some credit to the AAP over the issue. At the end, the House echoed with “BJP hai hai” slogans by Congress members and “Kejriwal hai hai” slogans by BJP members.

In the fitness of things
The Delhi High Court Bar Association last week organised a health workshop on lifestyle disorders, inviting a senior cardiologist, a “yogacharya” and an “ayurvedacharya” to speak to lawyers and judges. Speaking at the event, a senior judge remarked on the “habit” of lawyers to seek adjournments by citing ill health. The judge said lawyers and judges need to “see to it that the justice delivery system remains healthy”.

Slip of tongue
While announcing the Delhi government’s plan to expand the 200-bed hospital in Burari to 800 beds, the chief secretary made a faux pas. After speaking for sometime, the chief secretary told the audience that the health minister would appraise them further about the expansion plan. However, speaking in Hindi, he said,“Iske baarein mein ab apko swasthya mantriji aur banayenge.” He promptly corrected himself, replacing “banayenge” with “batayenge”. The difference in meaning of the two similar-sounding words, however, could not escape the amused audience.

No longer in good books
A senior official, who has fallen out of favour with the Delhi government, is presently lying low. While he was at the centre of a storm brewing between the AAP government and the BJP-led Centre, sources said the Delhi government, which was against his appointment to a post, had asked him to surrender his official vehicle. The official, however, said he was entitled to a vehicle and demanded that the government issue a written order, asking him to give up his vehicle. Sources said he had then said he would complain to the Ministry of Home Affairs for “political victimisation” following which a settlement was reached.

Serious about social media
The Delhi Congress has contested three elections in two years. Each time, it promised to strengthen its presence on social media. This time, the party, however, said that the promise would become a reality. “We will involve professionals this time. The intent was always there, but we didn’t have the technical knowhow. We know we have a lot of catching up to do,” a senior leader said.

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