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With investigations underway in the DDA housing scam,all other work at the land development authority has taken a backseat for the moment.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | January 26, 2009 11:38:26 pm

Waiting for the cloud to pass
With investigations underway in the DDA housing scam,all other work at the land development authority has taken a backseat for the moment. The DDA is yet to hold its monthly meeting,last held on December 17,and is also yet to clear its annual budget that was presented at the same meeting. “All officials are at present in a state of anxiety. Many are of course a part of the internal inquiry,while others are just waiting for it to get over before getting back to the normal grind,” a junior officer at the DDA recently said.

Lesson learnt for the cops
It appears that the police have learnt some tough lessons from the Jamia Nagar encounter. Before the Green Park encounter with the Satte gang,the Lodhi Colony cops decided to take the precaution of wearing bullet-proof jackets before the operation. The only problem: the police station of the high-profile colony did not have any. Result: An official had to be sent across to fetch bullet-proof jackets from the Vasant Vihar police station.

Learning on the job
Delhi Police officers were waiting anxiously for Home Minister P Chidambaram’s meeting with them soon after he took charge. However,as soon as Chidambaram took his seat during his visit to the Delhi Police headquarters,he started off with the most unexpected words: “I am not an expert in your field. You are better in what you do than me.” But that did not hinder the minister from issuing some tough directions to the cops over the next two hours to upgrade intelligence-sharing and possible steps for the future.

Replacing bottle with baton
The MCD is likely to start alcohol de-addiction camps at its community centres with Alcoholics Anonymous,an NGO working on drugs and alcohol de-addiction. The Corporation plans to create 27 such centres across the city with the NGO. While Alcoholics Anonymous has more than 10,000 existing members in Delhi,the group also runs a programme for the Delhi Police cops who have been identified as alcohol addicts. With more centres,expect more civilians — and cops —to come clean.

Vying for the spotlight
Former chief minister of Delhi M L Khurana,who had spearheaded BJP to a victory in the past,is now in dire straits. An interaction between Khurana and Delhi BJP president O P Kohli proves the point. Khurana told Kohli he wanted to speak to him. But Kohli,instead of giving him an exclusive hearing,asked Khurana to say whatever he wanted in front of all others. A miffed Khurana walked away,but was later seen at Kohli’s office. Khurana has himself been running around for an MP ticket,and has staked a claim from both New Delhi as well as West Delhi constituency.

To be or not to be VVIP?
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and wife Gurcharan Kaur went to the I P Estate transport office to get their driving licences renewed on January 18,despite the Delhi government offering to take care of the paperwork if they came to 7,Race Course Road Complex for the same. Former Finance Minister and now the all-powerful Home Minister P Chidambaram also shed his VVIP status and went to the transport office on May 31,2007,to get his licence renewed,as did Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit also plans to go to the Transport office next month to get her licence renewed. There is,however,one person who is conscious of his VVIP status and flaunts it as well. No prizes for guessing. Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna had the entire Transport department office virtually shifted to Raj Niwas on June 22,2008,so that his driving licence could be renewed.

Extra-curricular knowledge
Lawyers are expected to know all the tricks of their trade. There are,however,times when judges outsmart them owing to their sharpness and experience. One such incident happened in a Karkardooma court when a lawyer,aggrieved by the fact that ‘milder’ charges had been pressed against a few men who had allegedly assaulted him,appeared before a magistrate and showed the stitches he had on for 21 days. This,according to him,demonstrated the seriousness of his injuries. The magistrate,however,dismissed his complaint,observing that it is medically recommended that stitches be removed within a week. Hence,it was obvious that the lawyer still had them just to push for more stringent charges.

No easy disposal
The Directorate of Education has recently embarked on a beautification drive for its schools,with renovation and whitewashing of school buildings. Also,the clutter of unused furniture,beakers,closets and chairs that are a common feature in government schools has finally been noticed. The DoE has now issued orders to centralise the disposal of unused or broken equipment in the school. The reason for the clutter is,however,novel. “The schools have to follow certain set government procedures to dispose things like old cabinets,furniture and laboratory equipment. Thus they actually tend to store the clutter rather than go through the procedure,” said a DoE official.

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