Playing too safe
A notice by the Department of Forests and Wildlife to turn in all animal and plant specimens in compliance with the Wildlife Preservation Act of 1972 has sent several schools into panic mode. As certain schools were found to be hoarding specimens unintentionally,the notice was sent out last month to help schools sidestep potential police action. But some schools,in a rush for justice,are overcompensating. They have submitted robust lists of every object they can find and identify in their science and biology classrooms,even if it is not a specimen. So from glycerin to plastic gloves,wildlife officials are checking off long lists of each unnecessary item declared,reassuring the schools that they are not violating the law by withholding that equipment.
Stuck in red tape
Despite frequent incidents of small to medium range fires breaking out in Delhi hospitals,several government hospitals continue to draw flak for not having obtained necessary fire clearance certifications yet. Authorities at many hospitals,however,say plans to overhaul fire fighting systems have long been caught up in red tape. A senior official in one of the largest government hospitals in East Delhi said,We moved a file more than a year ago to introduce a fire fighting technology that the Fire department has made mandatory for hospitals. The Health department returned the file 18 times and wasted a year on making queries. On the other hand,the government inaugurated a new building at the hospital without taking a fire clearance.
Delhi police officers seem to have become more sensitive towards problems of their staff. After initially rejecting the leave application of an officer,the senior officer apparently re-considered it as he felt that rejecting leave would upset the junior,which in turn was likely to affect performance. Eventually,the junior officer was granted leave.
Pun on posters
Delhis two main political parties that are always at loggerheads ended up on the same platform while trying to showcase themselves. The same unipoles were used for Congresss Gramin Vikas Sammelan posters and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morchas posters inviting youth for their convention on Sunday. The posters soon became a talking point in the BJP circles. The Congress posters,pasted below our Youth meet posters,just had Welcome written. It seemed as it they are welcoming people to our meet, a senior BJP leader joked.
With the courts on vacation,the judges are rostered for duty on a week by week basis. However,the system caused an unexpected delay in the IPL spot fixing case. The judge,who had heard the bail pleas of 20 of the 27 accused,completed his roster and went to another court. However,the new judge initially declined to hear the case,and sent it to another court. But the other court too sent the case back saying that the jurisdiction had changed. Caught in the to and fro,lawyers,police and media personnel complained of the exercise that they had to move between both the courtroom located on different floors of the Saket courts complex.
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