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Delhi underground: Oops

After he finished his speech, someone in the audience pointed out his mistake.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 15, 2014 1:59 am

On the sidelines of a workshop for doctors at a city hospital, in an appeal to doctors to donate to the flood-affected in Jammu & Kashmir, a doctor, in his speech, constantly referred to the flood-hit state as Uttarakhand. Exhorting doctors to donate a part of their salaries and explaining the medicines, injectibles and sanitary needs of the affected people, the doctor, all the while, referred to the wrong state. After he finished his speech, someone in the audience pointed out his mistake.

Pipeline thieves
Last month, residents of Mandir Marg had a tough time because of irregular water supply. After they complained to the Delhi Jal Board, it was found that portions of the pipeline running through the ridge area near Jhandewalan had been stolen. Following repeated complaints, last week police assigned a beat constable to catch the pipe thieves.

Novel pledge
Before NSUI presidential candidate Gaurav Tushir lost the Delhi University Students’ Union elections, he spent his birthday campaigning for visually challenged students and cutting the cake with the hostel’s residents. Promising to donate his eyes, he said he would work for a campus that strives to provide better facilities to the visually impaired.

Rx
At a workshop on patient safety organised at a Delhi government hospital, asked what was the takeaway message, a doctor said, “I learnt that doctors should acknowledge that when they can do no good to a patient, they should do no harm either,” she said.

Just a trailer
The ABVP’s clean sweep in the DUSU polls has lifted the spirit of BJP leaders. The party now seems confident of winning the Assembly polls in Delhi, as and when they are held. As one leader put it, “It’s just a trailer. With the youth supporting us, we will surely win the elections.”

Prosecutors’ woes
The Delhi High Court has been hearing a PIL regarding bad working conditions for government prosecutors. One of the issues raised in the PIL is that standing counsels, who are paid according to the number of cases they handle per month, face problems to get their bills cleared. This week, two senior government standing counsels filed an application before the bench hearing the case, alleging their bills for the last few months have not been paid fully. “We have only got part of the payment,” the lawyers said. The court has asked the Additional Solicitor-General to take up the issue with the government and will hear the matter next week.

Pulled up
A Delhi court this week pulled up an investigation agency in a high-profile corruption case for ‘withholding’ documents and prolonging proceedings by repeatedly seeking time to submit more information. The judge observed that in that case, cases would drag on forever and nobody would have faith in the judiciary. “Every time I allow your applications, you file additional documents. I have been liberal in allowing your application, but you cannot kill anyone under the name of a big case,” the judge observed.

New role
With the reappointment of D M Spolia as the Chief Secretary, his predecessor, S K Srivastava, has now been posted as the Financial Commissioner of Delhi. While Spolia retires in December, he had been shunted out by former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose government lasted 49 days. Spolia, who was the Chief Secretary during the last two years of the Congress government, had then been replaced by Srivastava.

Rush of supporters
At Yogi Adityanath’s rally in Noida, anyone who could climb on the stage and go near him tried to garland him, so much so that there was hardly any space left on the stage and Adityanath was barely visible. This caused much frustration among camera persons too.

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