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Justice for Pavitra

Delhi University were recently seen vying with each other to lead the 'Justice for Pavitra' campaign.


October 14, 2013 2:20:42 am

Two groups of teachers in Delhi University were recently seen vying with each other to lead the ‘Justice for Pavitra’ campaign,each coming up with its own way to draw the media’s attention to its press conferences. While one group showed copies of letters purportedly written by Pavitra,the other group brought her kin to interact with the media.

Judges pad up

Like every year,cricket matches between judges and employees of various high courts are scheduled to be held this week. Teams comprising of judges and staff from four high courts,including the Delhi High Court,are scheduled to play matches on the ground of a prominent school in central Delhi.

Ripple effect

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Medical students and teachers in India are feeling the ripple effects of the US government shutdown. “PubMed,an online research gateway,was a one-stop shop for all assignments and ideas for us. It’s like the Wikipedia of medical research. Now that it’s down,it has become a huge problem,” a PG student of medicine at AIIMS said. The online research gateway,which maintains database of publications and citations in medicine and related disciplines,is run by the US government. A message on the homepage of the website simply states,“PubMed is open. However,it is being maintained with minimal staffing due to the lapse in government funding. Information will be updated to the extent possible,and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries. For updates regarding government operating status,see USA.gov.”

Same surname

What’s in a name? Well,a lot. A man,who knew a senior police officer once posted in a prime district,went with an invitation for a function to his office,assuming that the officer was still posted there. Well,a new officer is posted there now but,incidentally,he shares the same surname as that of the officer posted there previously. However,assuming that it was his friend,the man walked in with the invitation card. After a good 10-minute conversation,the new officer pointed out that the name on the invitation card was the same except for the initial. The officer told the man that the previous officer had been transferred. Embarrassed,the man said,“It’s okay. You can also attend the function.” To which the officer replied,“It’s okay. Mistakes happen. Don’t force yourself to invite me.”

‘Outdoor’ Assembly

At a press conference at the Delhi CM’s residence,a senior Congress leader spoke about certain ‘rebellious’ elements in the electoral fray and said that because of such people,the state Assembly cannot work ‘outdoors’. To his surprise,some journalists criticised his statement and claimed the Kashmir Assembly had functioned ‘outdoors’,at the famous Dal Lake. The leader was forced to clarify and explain that what he meant was the Assembly cannot pass any Bill outdoors. After explaining the vagaries of ‘indoor’ and ‘outdoor’ assemblies,he scurried away — possibly indoors.

Last word

A man was arrested four years after an FIR was lodged in the case. While hearing the arguments for his bail,the magistrate pulled up the investigation officer for poor and slow investigation. “It is for people like you that our system has become so inefficient and people have lost faith in it,” the magistrate observed while granting bail. In response,the public prosecutor claimed that by granting bail in the case,the judge couldn’t change the ‘system’. Disagreeing with the prosecutor,the judge remarked,“Dust accumulates in my house every day… but that does not mean,I don’t employ a maid to clean it up.”

Catch-22 situation

After the NGT pulled up the Noida administration for not doing “enough” to prosecute illegal sand miners,a senior police officer described the situation as Catch-22 for the Noida Authority. “Illegal sand mining is what allows realty agents to thrive in Noida. Without cheap sand,there can be no flats. With no flats,there can be no Noida,” the officer said.

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