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Having failed an earlier security drill,the BMC finally earned its scout pin when a security guard detected a ‘breach’.

Published: September 2, 2013 12:33:08 am

Having failed an earlier security drill,the BMC finally earned its scout pin when a security guard detected a ‘breach’. A press note issued by the civic body,though a little smug in its self-praise,spoke of a BMC security guard who spotted a ‘shifty-looking’ man,trying to sneak in with an electric circuit inside his bag. Although the man denied it,the machines confirmed the suspicion. Just as an alarm was about to be raised,the ‘trespasser’ disclosed his identity — he was a constable from Azad Maidan police station and was there as part of a drill to check security parameters around the 1865 heritage structure. After the US Homeland Security personnel showered praise on the BMC’s disaster management cell’s response time recently,this is the second time that the corporation got a good review for its response time. With little to cheer about in recent months,following bad press through the monsoon over potholes,the civic body promptly issued a press note,lest its ‘mini achievement’ went unnoticed.

Hurry worry

An anxious litigant got a court worried on Friday. As lunch break neared,she almost pounced on a lawyer to seek a further date for her case before the court rose. “Your Lordship,may I mention…” a middle-aged woman,who travels from Pune to Bombay High Court,began. Justice M L Tahaliyani was quick to interrupt,saying,“Madam,I am not running away. Please don’t get restless and breathless. I will have to call a doctor otherwise.”

‘Raisin’ money

MUMBAI is considered a city where many intrepid entrepreneurs are out to make a fortune. It is not surprising to see this entrepreneurial streak pervading all segments of society. A BEST bus conductor on the Fort Ferry route has found an ingenious way to make a quick buck. Apart from selling bus tickets,he also offers the “sweetest sun-dried raisins” to passengers. In spite of the cost,which he admits is higher than the market price,his sweet-talking ways have earned him quite a few customers.

Uneasy lies the head

In spite of heading the state government for over three years,Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has never quite found himself at ease. Chavan’s problems are not only caused by his colleagues in the government or those in the Opposition — he also seems to have a difficult time dealing with the bureaucracy. The CM recently took a dig at bureaucrats over the many infrastructure projects in the state that are stuck. In a remark that put a question mark over their efficiency,Chavan suggested that they (bureaucrats) were not mature enough to draft watertight contracts to ensure that problems don’t crop up.

For & against

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has ticked off Home Minister R R Patil over the failure of the police to trace the killers of activist Narendra Dabholkar. A few hours after receiving news of the murder last month,Pawar had said,“It is a failure of law and order.” In the past week,Pawar has expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state on at least three occasions. Meanwhile,at an award function,NCP chief Sharad Pawar had said,“R R Patil is my favourite minister.” And the award,many confirmed,was for ‘best performance’. NCP leaders are wondering why uncle and nephew are singing different tunes.

Resuming office

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has decided to work from Mantralaya daily. Till last week,Chavan had shifted his workstation to Sahayadri Guest House at Malabar Hills to escape the din and dust that come with the restoration work at Mantralaya. Several Cabinet ministers and bureaucrats had followed suit and spent more time working outside Mantralaya. This did not go down well with the employees,who continued to work at the state headquarters. Chavan has thus decided to spend a few hours at Mantralaya every day.

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