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As A doctor’s petition challenging the Central Government’s recruitment policy in super-specialty hospitals had some legal flaws,Delhi High Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra...

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 19, 2010 2:17:36 am

As A doctor’s petition challenging the Central Government’s recruitment policy in super-specialty hospitals had some legal flaws,Delhi High Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra tried to make him understand that he needed a lawyer to draft his petition in proper manner. But the doctor refused to listen. Justice Misra then asked him a few questions relating to nervous system and epilepsy and he shot back,“I am a surgeon and would know things only about my stream.” The judge then simply told him that as he could not answer about other medical streams,he could also not do a lawyer’s job. “A lawyer cannot perform a surgery. Likewise,you cannot draft a petition like him. Please consult a lawyer and get it done if you want relief,” Justice Misra said. The doctor had no difficulty understanding the judge this time.

Steely resolve
THE Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) recently installed specially designed root guards around trees planted on pavements close to many CWG venues,to ensure that the trees get enough water. The concept,according to MCD members,is popular in France and was picked up by some Corporation officials during a recent visit. The only difference is that the Delhi installations are made of sandstone and not steel as in France. “If we had used steel here,the scrap dealers would have stolen it within a day. So we agreed on sandstone instead,” said an MCD official.

Flying off course
CPWD director general B K Chugh recently held an amusing press conference to mark 156 years of his department. Chugh,it seems,relapsed to his PWD days and completely forgot to speak on CPWD projects. During the entire interaction,Chugh was discussing Delhi’s flyovers instead of the CPWD’s projects. From Dhaula Kuan flyover,which he was in-charge of,to flyovers undergoing construction at present,he discussed them all in detail.

Fare business
SINCE the auto-rickshaw fares were increased last month,roadside vendors too have been taking home some extra income. As the new meters have not been installed in vehicles,the Transport department has come up with a sheet of paper that has the list of revised fares for each distance. Because that paper is easily torn or misplaced,roadside vendors have started selling laminated copies of the sheet at traffic junctions. The price starts at Rs 10,but the sheets can be bought for Rs 5 after some bargaining.

Looking to the Gods
On July 12,exactly a year after the Zamrudpur mishap,the construction contractor engaged on the Metro section conducted an elaborate ‘havan’ with several priests in attendance. It seems that with the line nearing completion and expected to be thrown open to the public by September,the contractor wants the Gods to shower some good fortune on the corridor which witnessed the worst accident ever in Delhi Metro’s history.

All for a barrier
WITH most places of interest,roads,markets and tourist spots dug up for beautification before the Games,the barriers at the sites are a study in ingenuity themselves. Instead of standard police barriers,some workers have scrounged together leafy twigs and at times even erected elaborate stop barriers with wooden poles. But in some cases,boards have even been snitched from other construction sites.

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