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The director general of police,A B Vohra,was the centre of controversy at the last week’s meeting of IPS Officers Association which turned out to be a stormy affair.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: March 16, 2009 3:02:07 am

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A stormy affair
The director general of police,A B Vohra,was the centre of controversy at the last week’s meeting of IPS Officers Association which turned out to be a stormy affair. A few officers raised doubts over DGP’s impartiality and one of them even questioned the manner in which 17 police stations under state police were brought under Kolkata police. One time Kolkata police commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti lost his temper and threatened to walk out. Later,the meeting became calm and the officers went home happily.

Not in tune
The city may pride itself as the cultural capital of the country but here is an eye-opener. A reputed Western classical musician who was in Kolkata to perform for the first time had to spend hours tuning his piano. And it was not only because he needed to get acquainted with the instrument. The organisers,it seems,had failed to provide him with a proper piano. “I don’t want to nag but it’s disappointing when one has to work without proper facilities. You don’t expect an Olympic runner to run in sandals do you?” the musician said.

Gandhi’s Gandhigiri
Besides doing his bit as being the head of the state,it seems that our Governor has also taken to ‘Gandhigiri’,once in a while,to resolve trivial but nerve wrenching problems. At a recent programme in Ghoramara island in Sunderbans,Governor Gopalkrishna prevented a scuffle between some television journalists and locals by adopting Gandhian measures. Minutes before the start of the programme,a large crowd of locals started shouting at a cluster of TV scribes. They were angry to see tall camera stands blocking their view of the dais. Just as things were heating up,Gandhi stood up and explained to the residents the reason why the TV crew required the camera along with the stands. This helped to pacify the crowd. The salient art of Gandhigiri,quite interestingly saved the day from snowballing into a big bad brawl.

Phony demise
Noted cricketer and columnist Raju Mukherjee was taken aback last week when his phone did not stop ringing. The callers too were surprised to hear Raju’s voice on the other side. To his utter surprise every caller was concerned about his health and asked if he was hale and hearty. On probing the reason,Mukherjee found that it was the demise of Rabin Mukherjee,BCCI East Zone curator,that triggered the rumour of his death. However the callers who were relieved to hear from the former cricketer wished him a long life.

Salty remedy
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and her candidates for the Lok Sabha elections are now depending on one very important liquid — the warm salted water. The reason: they need to nurture their vocal chords for high pitch sloganeering. At closed-door party meetings,it is heard that she is voicing her concerns about sore throats and advising everybody to take to regular gurgling of water. Most of her candidates are now suffering from sore throat,after attending rallies and giving long speeches to woo the voters. “She told us all to gurgle in warm water with a pinch of salt in it. We are all practising it,” said one of her candidates.

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