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The cause for a portion of Shahjahan Road caving in last week still remains an enigma.

Challans unchallenged
The cause for a portion of Shahjahan Road caving in last week still remains an enigma. The authorities,however,deployed sewer rehabilitation machines and large drain cleaning machines,which remained parked in the area throughout the week. But the gigantic machines,visible from the Khan Market circle,were no deterrent for impatient motorists,who regularly breached the ‘stop’ barrier to traverse till the end of the road — only to come up against the huge machines,creating a logjam near the India Gate hexagon. It was only when an enterprising traffic cop,armed with a conspicuous challan book,parked his motorcycle near the barricade that the traffic violation came to a halt.


Ask Mr Secretary
Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely,it seems,is very peeved with Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta,who had announced that the second phase of the BRT corridor will begin on September 1. The work,however,is yet to start. When reporters questioned Lovely on the delay,an infuriated and caustic Lovely asked them to go to the Chief Secretary. “Why don’t you go and ask Chief Secretary. Maybe he has the answer,” the minister grumbled.


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Power point
To err is human,but for discom BSES it has become a norm. Or at least that is what is being said in certain quarters of the Power department. Following the revelation on Friday that a “glitch” had resulted in 90,000 consumers getting “higher” bills,discom officials pointed out on Saturday there was another error. Apparently,BSES has got its numbers mixed up again. While the government was told that 70,000 consumers were sent “higher” bills,the discom,in its official statement,put the figure at 90,000 on Friday. By Saturday evening,however,BSES had lowered the number to “62,000 odd”.

Unbarred devotion
In the recently concluded MCD by-polls,one of the winners,Kishan Pahalwan,has 27 murder cases against him. While he managed to attend the oath-taking ceremony on parole,the MCD is now worried about how he would manage to be a part of other meetings,etc. The candidate,however,is not flustered. When asked,he said the matter was too small to worry about. Everything had been arranged for and within a week from now he would be out of jail on a bail to serve his people,the newly-elected councillor said. 

My man vs your policy
Delhi’s Finance Minister recently initiated an inquiry against a man who has nearly a dozen excise licences. Rumours have it that the person in question is very close to PWD Minister Rajkumar Chauhan. Irked by the inquiry,it seems Chauhan did not let the excise policy,presented by Walia for Cabinet clearance,be passed. He has in turn accused Walia of not consulting anyone about the policy.  


Poll gamble
As the DUSU poll results sink in,the Left parties were left blaming the rejection of issue-based politics and the curious pattern of voting,where the first candidate on every list had an obvious advantage,for their defeat in the elections. “Our candidate for president was eighth on the list; we did not think that voters would vote inky-pinky-ponky. We have the party votes,but have lost all the floating votes,” lamented an AISA supporter.

Winner by default
Three women have been elected as the officer-bearers of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) this year. This,however,is more an accident than a victory for women. Kriti Wadhera,ABVP’s vice-presidential candidate was not served a showcause notice like others in the ABVP panel because she had not expected her candidature and therefore,had not campaigned. Arshdeep Kaur’s bio-data was not available at the NSUI office even after her victory as she was a last-minute replacement for a preferred candidate. And few know of Anupriya Tyagi (Joint Secretary),who was propped up by major parties to prevent a Left victory.

First published on: 07-09-2009 at 04:02:10 am
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