January 26, 2009 3:11:24 am
Lost and found: a gharibabu for Raj Bhavan
Raj Bhavan,which has been frantically scouting for a gharibabu the man in the household of zamindars and aristocrats of yesteryears whose job was to wind all the clocks of the household from time to time finally got one from Marble Palace in central Kolkata. He became part of the group of people with whom Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi had an interaction on the eve of the Republic Day. Initially,Doordarshan,which telecasts the Governors programme and which is assigned the task of finding out people with whom the Governor would have the interaction,threw up its hands,saying a species like gharibabu had become extinct. But,Raj Bhavan staff did not give up and ultimately,the gharibabu was found.
Officers fume at top cops hop with actresses
Of late,police commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabortis affinity with celebrities,actors and actresses has not gone down well with the police force,with joint commissioners,deputy commissioners,even officers-in-charge of police station barely guising their unhappiness over their boss being escorted by Tollywood beauties while taking stock of security arrangements at public places. In one case,he was surveying security arrangements in a shopping mall,and was escorted by a famous actress. This is too much. Thereafter,he has to be on her duty for the entire day, said a senior cop. The top cops claim that celebrity-endorsement is just to spread security awareness failed to cut ice with his officers. Why waste money and time by hiring celebrities for spreading security awareness? People can learn about security themselves, said another top cop.
Its poll time,not a minor matter for Left
Whenever the state government makes tall claims of spending money for the minorities in the state,the critique is that it is trying to woo the minority community,which forms 25 per cent of the state population. The recent shift of minority votes towards the Trinamool is giving sleepless nights to the government. At a recent announcement of special allocation of funds for minority-dominated districts,the Minister for Minorities Development and Madrasa Education Abdus Sattar could not avoid asking journalists not to repeat the criticism. It would be better if I do not have to read that after the debacle in the panchayat elections and as a poll sop,the government has taken the measure, he was heard saying at the sidelines of a programme.
No free culture with Buddha at helm
The organisers for the celebration of actor Saumitra Chatterjees 75th birthday Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was also present at the function were hugely disappointed when the Information and Culture department (which the CM handles himself) refused to allow Rabindra Sadan to be used by them free for the celebration. Nothing free is available at this time. That is hard reality, a senior official of the department said.
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