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The Delhi government’s idea to observe the ‘Earth Hour’ every month seems to have run into the ‘recession hurdle’.

Market politics
The Delhi government’s idea to observe the ‘Earth Hour’ every month seems to have run into the ‘recession hurdle’. While lights at monuments and public offices can be easily switched off from 8.30 to 9.30 pm on the last working day of every month,switching off the neon lights in markets,shopkeepers feel,will add to their recession losses. But the actual reason to say no is that in election time the “BJP-friendly” traders are doing the opposite of whatever the Sheila Dikshit government is proposing.

Watch your step
Now,staff in Capital’s district courts will need to mind their step in court buildings. A recent circular by the administrative judge has sounded a warning,following complaints by judges that the court employees use “staircases and lifts” exclusively meant for them. Sent to the five court complexes,the note officially cautions the staff to stay away from these staircases and lifts,adding that “disobedience” will be viewed “seriously”.

What’s the hurry?
In the high-profile anti-Sikh riots case,not only the lawyers,apparently,the judges are also extra-cautious. During a recent hearing of the case allegedly involving Congress’ Jagdish Tytler,the judge gave the CBI a date to argue on a contention he had already “overruled”. Perplexed,the CBI counsel reminded the judge that he had already dismissed the argument. The judge said he had only “orally” overruled the CBI’s contention,and that it was required to record everything in “black and white”. Besides,he did not wish to act in a hurry,he added.

Mayor race
The upcoming change of guard at the MCD has kicked off a series of allegations and counter-allegations in the saffron corridors. After Mayor Arti Mehra’s two-year term,the mayor’s post will go to a reserved category candidate. The name of Vishwas Nagar councillor Tanwar Sen,who is supported by Arun Jaitley’s aide O P Sharma,has been doing rounds. However,as soon as his name was suggested,a campaign to tar his image started. A BJP general secretary was even heard calling him a “drunkard and a womaniser”.

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Taxing times
An atmosphere of protest is building up in Gurgaon’s public offices during the election season,and it has nothing to do with politics. Many officials of government departments like PWD,HSIDC and HUDA are complaining that they have to shell out toll tax every time they cross the Capital’s border. As per the rulebook,only vehicles with red beacon lights are spared from the cess by DSC Ltd,the concessionaire. Despite arguing,the officials are asked to pay Rs 18 for every trip to the Capital. Even a request to District Commissioner Deepti Umashankar has not yielded anything. Now,the officials have decided to lodge a complaint with the Gurgaon Police against the toll management for “obstructing public servants from performing duties.”

Media shy
After becoming the centre of media attention over the fee hike issue,schools have decided to play safe. To keep possible rifts with parents away from the media,a private school in Vikaspuri recently startled parents by asking them to submit affidavits that they would not take any contentious issue to the media. And if they did,the form given by the school says,it may affect the admission status of the ward. Shocked over the demand,a few parents have approached the Directorate of Higher Education to keep a check on the school’s “unnecessary” conditions.

So what!
Despite a warrant issued against BSP East Delhi candidate Haji Yunus in connection with a kidnapping and rape case,party workers are not perturbed. While Yunus continues to campaign as usual,the confidence of his party workers seems to be coming from Mayawati. Asked if the warrant will affect Yunus’ ‘chances’,a party worker shot back: “So what if there’s a warrant against him. There are so many cases pending against Behenji also. But people still love her… they will respect him also.”

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Not so ‘lucky’
Film Oye Lucky Lucky Oye seems to have inspired a few others to take to crime. The Gurgaon Police recently nabbed two robbers,who have been committing crimes for a luxurious life. The goods recovered from the accused (which did not include much cash) stunned the cops — a good collection of latest clothing range,trendy watches and other fashionable articles.

First published on: 13-04-2009 at 03:13:01 am
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