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The Delhi Assembly election result will be out today, but over this past week, both parties have put up a brave face, neither of the two publicly willing to concede defeat.

Written by Expressnewsservice | New Delhi |
December 8, 2008 1:07:27 am

Predicting victory
The Delhi Assembly election result will be out today, but over this past week, both parties have put up a brave face, neither of the two publicly willing to concede defeat. The BJP leaders went up to the extent of convincing party workers of their impending victory. A message from Delhi BJP president Dr Harsh Vardhan to party workers read: “Hope the rest is over, congrats for the excellent work done by you in the recent election. Be prepared to welcome a good result.” Meanwhile, employees of the Delhi government are busy pondering over the political equations and calculating the odds in favour of a Congress comeback.

Pakistan missing
Pakistan’s absence at the recent Asian Regional Cooperation Conference on Heritage Management, Art Conservation, Education and Tourism, organised by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), was conspicuous, especially after the attack on Mumbai and its alleged links with the country. While Thailand’s absence was understandable, with protesters clogging the Suvarnabhumi International airport, organisers were talking about the Pakistan delegation’s sudden decision to not come despite the confirmation earlier.

No shirking
To ensure that the MCD sanitation staff join work on time the MCD commissioner, in his budget for the next year, has proposed that the names of all MCD sweepers and the gardeners will be put on the MCD website along with their respective areas. To mark their presence, these employees will have to put their thumb impression in the attendance register. In case they fail to do their duty or are not available on their beats the residents will be able to lodge an online complaint against them, and will also be able to inform the MCD control room about it.

No coordination
A recent call made to the emergency number 100 set in motion a never-ending series of return calls to confirm the ‘incident’. Having confirmed it the fifth time and realising that by then the traces of the incident had all but vanished—with the police still not in sigh—an explanation was demanded when the call came next. This time a traffic police officer on the line had an apology ready, accompanied by an explanation: “What to do madam, we and the Delhi Police have no co-ordination.”

‘Read’ before you leap
A hurried act left a police officer embarrassed when a Tis Hazari court snubbed him for not properly reading a document produced by him. Seeking prosecution of a man for using a loudspeaker during election campaigning without taking permission from the police station, the sub-inspector produced before the court Election Commission (EC) guidelines on the issue. The judge wasted no time to bring to his notice that the man he had booked and challaned was the owner of the loudspeaker, and that he should have challaned the candidate or his party as they were expected to take the permission. The official was asked to read the EC document meticulously, as his hurried act had led to the harassment of an innocent man.

Planning ahead
With so much confusion over the right age for admission to the nursery class, we might next hear of parents planning their babies so that they are born in August or September! Only then will the baby’s age be three plus as required for admission by the court’s order. So it’s better to plan ahead than waste a precious year. Some schools are giving extra points to children more than three-and-a-half years old, while some have strictly mentioned an upper-age limit. For the harried parents, all this may mean more than checking the calendar and ensuring they are on the safe side of the dates. Else fake birth certificates are the last resort for some parents.

Anything for a seat
Just in case you think planning the arrival of babies to match with nursery admission guidelines is a bit odd, consider this: there is almost nothing that parents won’t do to get a nursery seat, from changing residence to cash in on the neighbourhood points to considering changing marital status and get extra points for “single parent”. With the ‘war’ for seats in reputed schools reaching a high point, parents also seem to be prepared. And on, the victories and the losses are all documented. One jubilant parent wrote “I have cracked Amity Saket” in bold type as if it were the toughest exam in the world. And while the parents pull strings, celebrate and whine, the children look on.

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