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Delhi Underground: PM on flight mode

Earlier we had a PM who was on silent mode, now we have the one who is on flight mode.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 25, 2015 2:09:40 am
Delhi underground, DU, PM, manmohan singh, Anindo Majumdar, delhi news, city news, local news, Indian Express Men merrily fill up a women’s only compartment of a local train near Seelampur on Sunday. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

While addressing auto-rickshaw drivers last Sunday, Delhi women and child development minister Sandeep Kumar made a reference to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said that for 10 years, “we had a PM who was always on silent mode”. He then quickly added that we now have a PM who is always on “flight mode”.

Happily locked out
After senior bureaucrat Anindo Majumdar was locked out of this office, there was talk of bureaucratic morale taking a hit. However, a senior official tried to clear the air and said it was too early to talk of effects on morale. He then said in jest, “If I was locked out of my office, I would be very happy. I would just go home and read a book.”

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On-record or off-record?
A senior police officer was upset by a news item published in The Indian Express for which he had given information to a reporter. The reporter protested that everything published in the report was on record and accurately worded. To this, the flummoxed officer said, “I forgot to specify if I was on record. I have 10 different things on my mind, much more than you reporters have to do in a day. We are busy, you know. You should have asked me if I was saying this on record.”

Call waiting
An official from the Health department did not pick up calls from patients and fellow officials for an entire day. The official is responsible for key patient activities and his phone number is among the numbers displayed in several hospitals for patients to contact in case of problems. At the end of the day, many of those who had called the official were told that he was waiting for Health Minister Satyendra Jain’s call. He was told that Jain would call him any time during the day till 7.30 pm, so he should keep his phone free. He did, much to the chagrin of dozens of other callers.

A light issue
In a meeting held recently, office staff of a DCP in New Delhi district mistook a house-keeping mishap for an attack. The DCP was holding a meeting with his office and security personnel when suddenly the frame of an old tube light fell on them. The entire staff thought it was an attack and took cover under the desk. Moments later, they realised it was no attack and made light of the issue.

Whistle job
During the proceedings in a high profile corruption case involving a top industrialist and a former legislator, the court had to deal with a rather over-enthusiastic advocate. He appeared before the court stating that he wants to oppose the bail plea of the accused and that he wants to assist the court as the case involves immense public interest. The court said it would seek any assistance, if required. However, the energetic counsel argued that the court has to protect “whistle-blowers”. To which the court replied on a lighter note, “As and when the whistle needs to be blown, I will seek your assistance. Your plea cannot be allowed now.”

There’s a lot in a name
After the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld land acquisition by the Greater Noida Authority in the Greater Noida West area, previously known as Noida Extension, confusion regarding the two names followed. The area was rechristened ‘Greater Noida West’ after the land acquisition row had made buyers wary of investing in the area. The change in name was an effort, by the Noida and Greater Noida Authority to mark a new beginning for the area. “However, people still think of the area as Noida Extension. But builders insist on calling it Greater Noida West. As a result, a lot of people have contacted us wondering which area it is exactly that has been affected by the order,” an official said.

Talking rubbish!
In a hearing on a PIL regarding garbage and litter on city roads, the bench told the counsel for the South Municipal corporation that one of the judges had visited Lajpat Nagar over the weekend and found litter that looked like it had “not been touched for days”. The lawyer, however, insisted that the area had been cleaned and that the court could “crucify him” if he was proven wrong. “We can’t crucify you. However, we will we replace you,” quipped the court.

Virtual hearings
The courtroom of the senior-most judge in the Delhi High Court, after the Chief Justice, is usually overcrowded as many important matters are sent there. When a lawyer complained about the overcrowding, the bench commented that the issue would get sorted only after the new building of the High Court was completed. A few minutes later, the court quipped that “virtual hearings” could perhaps be held, with lawyers “sitting in their posh chambers” and arguing via the internet.

Go-slow governance
Within two weeks of taking over, newly elected North Delhi mayor Rajender Gupta has already met the Lt-Governor, the chief minister and deputy chief minister regarding the body’s financial constraints. He even began his term by announcing a helpline for citizens and also successfully averted a safai karamchari strike by informing them that he has met senior officials of the state to discuss their issues. Commenting on the swift pace at which the new mayor is moving, a corporation official said, “The mayor needs to be reminded that this is the MCD and he has full year to put pressure on the government. Things move slow here.

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