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According to a senior official in the Delhi government,the agenda of Health department meetings on the H1N1 virus is largely centred on the quality of snacks and tea being served during the meetings.

Fighting flu,thinking food
According to a senior official in the Delhi government,the agenda of Health department meetings on the H1N1 virus is largely centred on the quality of snacks and tea being served during the meetings. “We have these meetings daily nowadays. And you cannot blame the babus for being touchy about the quality of snacks. They have to work round-the-clock after all,” a senior official at the Delhi Secretariat said.

Bullet-proof reasoning
When it was revealed that Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H G S Dhaliwal was shot at during the Bunty encounter a year ago,questions were raised as to why this information wasn’t shared with the media at that time. Dhaliwal was awarded a police gallantry award this Independence Day and the citation clearly states he was saved by a bullet-proof jacket. When Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal was questioned in this regard,he said,“Yes,he was hit while wearing a bullet-proof jacket.” But when asked as to why this was not made public,he said,“No one asked us about it.”

Spoiled in a flash
When the roof of the new Rs 500-crore terminal at IGI Airport crashed and leaked after 30 minutes of heavy rain on Friday,a senior airport official said,“It was like watching the Niagara Falls without having gone anywhere.” While passengers and airport staff ran for shelter from the pouring rain,some airport officials said it was disheartening to see all the expensive items at the retail outlets getting spoiled because of the water at Terminal 1D. “The expensive Hidesign bags were spoiled in a flash,” one of them said.

Lost in litigation
It is not unusual for a court to hear excuses of all sorts from accused persons on bail when they fail to appear for hearings. One person topped them all by claiming he could not locate the courtroom in the last seven months. “The courtrooms were changed and I have been trying my best to trace this court but could not do so. Today also court staff had to help me find it,” the man said. He had failed to appear in the Patiala House Court despite court summons and warrants. The judge was infuriated but softened his stand after the man’s father,in his seventies,pleaded for mercy. The court then imposed a monetary penalty and agreed to go on with the bail order.

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Washed in
The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee must be hoping it does not rain during next year’s mega event. Committee members were left stranded after their office infrastructure buckled under Friday’s heavy shower — their underground parking lot was flooded,water was seeping from shafts and the staircase resembled a waterfall. To top it all,the lifts too had stopped working.

Past tense
A senior leader of the MCD recently called a press conference to “expose” the chinks in the state government. He spoke at length about how the Chief Minister had misused public money and even distributed a list containing details of such expenditure. However,an hour later,he called yet another meeting and requested the reporters to not publish the document he had distributed earlier; he had inadvertently handed out documents relevant to the previous year.

Spell check please
Last week,Deputy Commissioner of Police S S Yadav sent a press release after the arrest of notorious snatcher Jonty,alias Vikas,claiming he was involved in over 60 cases of snatching using a motorcycle in Maurya Enclave,Shahdara and other parts in Northeast Delhi. The police wanted to say that they have arrested a “bike-borne snatcher”. However,an ‘e’ went missing and what finally appeared was — “Bike-born snatcher arrested by Nand Nagri police”.

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Curb the spread
After a student of IIT-Delhi tested positive for swine flu,the authorities there shut down the swimming pool to keep people from interacting with one another. The students devised their own way of curbing the spread. The college street play festival “Rendezvous” is coming up soon and posters calling for auditions state: “Nerds and swine flu patients not allowed”.

More colonies,more votes
The Municipal Corporation of Faridabad held an emergency meeting earlier this week to push through the regularisation of 70 unapproved colonies. It,however,ended up approving 130 colonies. The meeting was held with the aim of wooing the electorate in these colonies before the Model Code of Conduct is implemented. The proposal to regularise these 70 unapproved colonies was moved in the House. However,after strong protests from councillors,who even threatened to disrupt the proceedings,60 more unapproved colonies were added.

First published on: 24-08-2009 at 01:25 IST
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