Delhi underground: Pay cut

Till last month, the biometric system used to be unoccupied at 4 pm when I would leave the hospital.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2014 1:49 am
Cheerleaders wait for their cue to enter the ground before the beginning of an IPL match at Feroze Shah Kotla stadium in the capital. (Ravi Kanojia) Cheerleaders wait for their cue to enter the ground before the beginning of an IPL match at Feroze Shah Kotla stadium in the capital. (Ravi Kanojia)

Pay cut

Still getting used to the installation of biometric systems in government hospitals, several employees across all categories got a shock when they found that salaries had been deducted after the new system was introduced. Salaries of several employees have been deducted by Rs 5,000-10,000 as they had failed to mark their attendance. Salaries have also been cut for employees who marked their entry time, but forgot to mark their exit time on some days. “Till last month, the biometric system used to be unoccupied at 4 pm when I would leave the hospital. Now, there is a queue near the system. Colleagues who used to laugh at us for taking the system seriously are the first ones in queue now,” an administrative official at a government hospital said.

SMC vs IPL

The South Municipal Corporation (SMC), keen on withdrawing permission for cricket matches at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium citing safety rule violations, itself got pulled up by the Delhi High Court. The court first pulled up the civic agency for having granted provisional permission without all documents being filed and then accused it of “trying to twist the Delhi & District Cricket Association’s neck” after the IPL was already announced and under way. “Why didn’t you look at these concerns earlier? Should we stop matches in Delhi altogether?” the court asked.

Twitter handle

Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi found it difficult to find a ‘username’ for his Twitter account. Sources said the Commissioner decided to join the micro-blogging site last month and wished to create a Twitter handle by the name of ‘Delhi Police’. It turned out that the handle had already been issued to a user, so was the handle ‘DelhiPolice1’. Former Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar uses the handle ‘Delhi Police 2’ and, although inactive on Twitter, continues to own that account. Bassi finally settled for ‘Delhi Police 4’ as the username for his Twitter account.

Cattle menace

Noida traffic police has a new problem on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway: Cattle. Police said buffaloes running stray on the road in search of water bodies in summer were particularly a menace. Police said most ponds and lakes in Noida are located on the western side of the expressway. The eastern side is dominated by villages and high-rises. There have been some near-fatal accidents already, an officer said.

Over-admissions

With undergraduate admissions in Delhi University set to begin in the next couple of weeks, a section of the university community expressed apprehension on whether colleges would be able to deal with the issue of over-admissions. With the university administration putting the blame on colleges for admitting more than twice the number of students last year, a college principal said, “There is no solution to the problem of over-admissions.”

How to serve water

A policeman recently got a crash course on “how to serve water to guests” from his SHO. The SHO, angry with the way the policeman placed a glass of water on table, got up and showed how water should be served to guests, followed by a set of things one needs to keep in mind. “Have you ever seen an air-hostess serve water during a flight? Always get the glasses in a tray. When you keep the glasses on the table, there should be no noise and water should never be filled to the brim, so it doesn’t spill. Keep these things in mind when you serve water next time,” the officer said.

Quiet Mayor

The Delhi BJP recently organised a press conference at the Civic Centre to introduce newly elected South Delhi Mayor Khushi Ram.
Mediapersons asked the mayor his views on the unification of the municipal corporations of Delhi. Ram remained quiet for a few seconds before Leader of the House Subhash Arya prompted him to say that the BJP was for unification of the MCDs as the current system was not beneficial and led to increased cost of functioning of the body. The  new Mayor simply repeated Arya’s statement.

White beard

These days, LeT’s Abdul Karim Tunda, arrested by Delhi Police’s Special Cell last year, has been sporting a white beard against his trademark orange. The reason — security rules do not permit him to use henna or mehendi to colour his beard.

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